Archive for the ‘internet’ Category

Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Activision Blizzard, and NetEase.com, a China-based Internet technology company, say that Blizzard’s World of Warcraft will be licensed to an affiliated company of NetEase in mainland China. It’ll be for a period of 3 years following the expiration of the current license agreement.

Both companies had also announced a partnership on Blizzard’s Warcraft III, StarCraft II, and Battle.net gaming platform last summer.

World of Warcraft, also known as WOW, is a subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). It became a very popular online game around the world soon after it has been released by Blizzard.

There are many localized versions of World of Warcraft, such as the English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese etc.

Now, it’s being promoted for gamers in China.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm that Chinese gamers have shown us over the years, and we’ve always worked hard, in collaboration with our partners, to ensure that these players receive the same high-quality service and gameplay experiences that we deliver in other regions,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment.

“By combining Blizzard Entertainment’s expertise in developing world-class games with NetEase’s strength in online-game operation in China, I am confident that we will be able to deliver the best gaming experiences in the world to our players,” says William Ding, CEO of NetEase.

Google has recently announced that their newly launched 3d world Lively will be shut down at the end of this year. It’s a very interactive virtual world in which you can customize the rooms and avatars.

Lively is launched in July 2008, which is said to be a “20 percent” monicker of Google. The idea behind the product is that website owners could customize a virtual room and embed it on their site, and visitors can interact with the web site owner through that little online room.
Users could create customizable avatars with many interactive actions, and chat with each other, and you can also interact through animated actions. Sounds really interesting.

Despite of the rich user experience provided, the application suffered from known bugs and animation failures, which is immature compared to other 3D virtual world engine like Second Life.

From a RIA developer’s point of view, I hope Google can open source the platform and form a really impressive community that everyone can contribute and share in a much more polished way just like Second Life did.

Just found a very interesting joke from w3schools.com, which is about the Internet.

W3schools is one of my favorite web sites that are full of useful articles and tutorials. A lot of tutorials about XML and Web technology are presented in a quick-and-easy-to-learn way. If you want to have a glimpse at the world of XML related knowledge, this is a good place to go to. Ok, here comes the joke.

Customer: “I want to download the Internet. Do I need a bigger hard disk?”

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MIT(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is one of the world’s most famous universities, with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological research.

MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) is an initiative of the MIT with the intent to put all of the educational materials from both its undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online, free and openly available to anyone. This project is considered to be a free and open web-based resource center for publications of MIT course materials,which also includes the lecture notes, textbooks written by MIT professors, and streaming video lectures . Everyone who is intersted in learning can access it for free from anywhere.

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Just have a quick review of the Google Chrome. It has a really simple and concise layout which is similar as Google’s home page. Following is a screenshot of that browser:

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The internet giant Google released their new browser product named Google Chrome, which will be considered as a new big challenger for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8. And as we can imagine, a new internet browser war has begun.

This makes me think about the internet browser war that happened between Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator 10 years ago. Till now, Microsfot IE has gained a very steady and large market share, and Mozzila Firefox has penetrated the territory day by day because of the promotion of Google.

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