Obama Or McCain Polls: The iPhone app that will last a day

One knock on applications built for the iPhone and iPod touch is that they’re fairly disposable. One might be popular one week, but then many others come along and the formerly popular one is largely forgotten about. We’ve seen it time an time again. A new app launched today is basically assured to have that problem right out of the gate.

Firefox hits 20 percent market share as Internet Explorer continues to sink

Mozilla’s Firefox web browser surpassed 20 percent worldwide market share for the first time last month, according to new data from Net Applications. That’s a huge milestone for the open source web browser, which was first released (the 1.0 version) by Mozilla almost exactly four years ago (November 9, 2004), at a time when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer had a choke-hold over the web browsing industry with a market share well over 90 percent.

Election Day (search) results: America is voting, hungry and loves Chuck Norris

It’s Election Day here in the United States, and so much of the country (and probably a good portion of the rest of the world as well) is doing what we do best: searching for stuff on Google. The Internet giant has written a post outlining some of the interesting trends it’s seeing in the search results, and a quick perusal of Google Trends shows even more interesting results.

Apple spokesman: No new products until 2009

It has been a long few, um, weeks since Apple last launched a new product — the new MacBooks. The Internet is already chomping at the bit for more. While it was always unlikely that Apple would hold any more events before its big MacWorld conference in January, rumors were starting to circulate of smaller product refreshes taking place in November. Those rumors now appear debunked, according to Macworld.

Gmail gains a to-do list — but it's not made by Google

Google’s online email application Gmail is quickly turning into my main hub on the Internet. Not only does it house my email, it supports instant messaging (including Google Talk and AIM’s networks) and thanks to its brilliant Gmail Labs, services such as Google Calendar and Google Docs can be placed in Gmail’s sidebars as well. One thing that has been lacking from a productivity perspective however, is a proper to-do list. Today, thanks to the third party service Remember The Milk, you can add one.

Yahoo Live gestates for 9 months, won't survive delivery

Remember Yahoo Live? Probably not. It’s Yahoo’s attempt at doing live video streaming over the Internet. It got some buzz when it launched back in February as Yahoo was the first of the large Internet companies to step into the space. But since then, it’s just lingered in obscurity and today, the company is announcing its death.

Social network ad company Adknowlege buys Adonomics

Adonomics, an analytics service for Facebook apps, started off strong last year, led by developer Jesse Farmer. But Farmer left for other projects and now Adonomics has been sold off to social network advertising company Cubics, part of online ad targeting company Adknowledge. Adonomics data services will be integrated with Cubics’ other ad services. More on AllFacebook.com.

Political keyword ads pissing off bloggers/readers as elections near

Maybe you’re aware that tomorrow is Election Day in the United States. Obviously, it’s a pretty big deal because we’ll be electing a new president, but there are several other key battles going on — both in contests for other offices and in proposition voting. With the explosion of online advertising over the past several years, web sites that use keyword-based advertising, such as Google’s AdSense, are now getting bombarded with political ads, whether they want them or not.

Search those Google Profiles you probably aren't using

You might not realize it, but Google has social profiles for users. Yes, the search engine has a page of personal information similar to what all the major social networks have for their users. In fact, if you have a Google account, you can probably find yours at this link: http://www.google.com/s2/profiles/me. While Google has done an absolutely awful job promoting them, they’re actually quite useful — and now you can search them.

Exit awkward situations with the FakeCalls iPhone app

Sometimes I wish I had a secretary — not just to do my busy work, but so I could tell them to call my phone after a few minutes if I’m in a meeting I don’t want to be in. You know, the old: secretary calls the phone, you answer and then turn to the person you’re meeting with and politely say, “Sorry, I have to take this.” Now there’s an iPhone application that allows you to do just that without the need for a secretary.

Video: Netflix on the Xbox 360 looks slick

The ability to stream all Netflix “Watch Instantly” content to Xbox 360 gaming consoles over Xbox Live is set to be released to the public on November 19 when the new Xbox dashboard update comes out. A few lucky beta testers already have their hands on it, and the blog Zatz Not Funny grabbed a video of it in action (below).

Record your own "I'm a PC" video — then go buy a Mac

Following Microsoft’s odd Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates ads, the company launched into a more straightforward “I’m a PC” campaign, which emphasized how everyday people use WIndows-based PCs. These ads were meant as a direct response to Apple’s often condescending “Mac vs. PC” ads, in which a cool, hip Mac guy pokes fun at a slow, stodgy PC guy. Now it looks like Microsoft is taking its ads into the real world to compete with Apple as well.

Online movie distribution: Netflix has a wide variety. Blockbuster gets a late fee.

Netflix continued its assault on the living room today by announcing a deal to put its “Watch Instantly” content on TiVo digital video recorder boxes. This follows similar deals with the Roku living room set-top box, select Blu-ray players and the forthcoming update to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 gaming console. These deals make it clear: Netflix understands where the home movie renting and buying business is heading — online.

Another competing app Apple won't approve: Opera Mini

Several weeks ago, a big stink was made when Apple rejected a podcast application from being included in the App Store. The basis for the rejection was that it duplicated the functionality of the podcast section of iTunes (which users should be able to access with the upcoming 2.2 iPhone software update). Now there appears to be another application getting rejected on similar grounds: Opera Mini.

Publish FriendFeed updates to Twitter — a snake that eats its own tail?

One of the reasons that I really like FriendFeed is that it provides a single place to see and have conversations about updates from multiple services. The service that seems to be the most popular (based on my and other users’ statistics) in terms of updates on FriendFeed is the micro-messaging service Twitter. Now FriendFeed is turning the tables a bit, allowing users to automatically post FriendFeed entries and comments back to Twitter.

The Beatles set to please please Rock Band before iTunes?

If you like rock and roll music, you probably like The Beatles. If you like The Beatles, you’ve probably noticed that their music is not exactly the most digital-friendly. Everyone has been waiting for the group to end up in iTunes (Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has made his love of the group very clear), but it appears their music may be entering a different market in the digital realm first: Video games.

Pink versus Snow Patrol in the battle of promotional iPhone apps

Apple has used its iTunes digital store to dominate not only the music on the Internet, but all of retail music. Now, artists are seeing an opportunity to use Apple’s newest hot store, the App Store, to promote their music. Two artists, Pink and Snow Patrol, launched apps this week to coincide with the launches of their new albums. The two take very different approaches.

LinkedIn's platform opens for business

LinkedIn, the professional networking web site, has publicly launched its platform to third-party developers, with an emphasis on supporting business and “productivity” applications that have failed to gain traction on other social networks.

American App Idol? Apple's push for voting in iPhone 2.2 could create stars out of no name apps

I’m fortunate to have a job where it’s beneficial to download and try out as many iPhone applications as possible. But with over 5,500 apps now available in the App Store, not even I can possibly download them all. I need some kind of filter — and usually, that is an app’s rating within the App Store. But depending on the app’s popularity, those ratings can be uneven. With the upcoming 2.2 iPhone software update, that may change.

Cursebird: F#@!ing thing sucks!

I’m shocked it has taken someone this long to come up with this: An aggregator for all those naughty Twitter folk swearing in their tweets (Twitter messages). Cursebird, created by developer Richard Henry, is exactly that.

Swap contact info beyond the iPhone with beamME

I have a stack of business cards that is utterly ridiculous. It’s so bad that I’ll be honest: I’m probably never going to look through them. If I need someone’s contact information I’ll simply find it on the web. But that method isn’t particularly reliable or convenient. What I want is a way to digitally transfer contact information onto a device I always have with me: My iPhone. With a new iPhone app, the mobile contact company rmbr, gives me that option.