Is Web 3.0 the Next Web Revolution?

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Nowadays, people use the Internet in almost all aspects of their lives. Users gain benefits from Internet services that help them look for what they need.

Gone were the days when you have to be blind about a movie that you would want to watch, or a restaurant where you’d plan to eat. And heck, a lot of bad movies and bad food were wasted because of that.

But with evolution of the Web, you can now Google almost everything, be it a movie or restaurant review or everything else in between and find results. And before you even leave the house, you’ll have knowledge and preparedness for such recreation. What is the next web revolution, then?

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The Future of Web Development Without Internet Neutrality

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Internet neutrality has been under siege by corporations and world governments for several years now. They are discovering that it’s not just a tool for communication and entertainment, but also to spread ideas across borders and elicit action beyond governing.

The Internet has given birth to many important services, inventions, and ideologies. Not only that, it has also provided millions of people entertainment and access to instant communication. With that in place, who wants the Internet to be limited?

Net neutrality, in the most basic sense, means everyone gets equal treatment on the Internet no matter where, what ISP they use, and network they connect to. It passively encourages creative experimentation which has given birth to many startups over the last decade – some of which are controversial like Megaupload.

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NEWS: Project Naptha – Chrome Extension to Copy Texts from Images

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What if I told you that you can copy and even translate texts inside images you find on the Internet? Would you believe me?

For those who answered yes, thank you very much. For those who doubted me, I present to you, Project Naptha, a free Google Chrome browser extension developed by Kevin Kwok.

Project Naptha uses a series of optical character recognition (OCR) algorithms that include libraries developed by Microsoft and Google. These algorithms and libraries quickly build a model of text regions, words and letters in nearly any image there is.

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What is the Future of Online Education?

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Think of the job you have now and imagine losing interest in it. I love writing, but for the sake of this example, let’s say, I’m already on the brink of giving up. I’m 24 years old, turning 25 in a couple of months, and I want to start fresh. Do something different. But at this age, enrolling in a college to earn a new degree is impractical, both money-wise and time-wise. That leads me to consider online education as part of my learning.

It’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Very few people talk about this issue for the sake of keeping appearances, but everyone will encounter it at one point. Including you, no matter how much you love your job right now.

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Save the Internet: Learn About Net Neutrality

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Neutrality is a philosophy where vested interest, or favoring of sides, is absent from a situation. As one of the original guiding principles of the Internet, net neutrality gives people all around the globe a platform for sharing and appreciating ideas with respect for their fellow person. However, would that be the case if your Internet service provider(ISP) had a say in how you use the Internet?

On September 9, 2013 the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia(DC) Circuit began hearing the case of Verizon vs. the Federal Communications Commission(FCC). This case was then decided upon in favor of Verizon on January 14, 2014. This is commonly referred to now as the ruling against Net Neutrality.

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2012 was a Great Year for WordPress Development, How Will it Fare this Year?

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2012 is long gone. The past month was slightly busy owing to happenings here at 1stWebDesigner (stay tuned, we got a lot coming your way!), and as February begins, I have decided to take a look at how 2012 was, as well as what 2013 has in store for WordPress!

Now, before I actually start ranting about how good or bad 2013 is going to be, let us spend some time taking a look at 2012.

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You Are Alone No More: Introducing 1WD TV

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Today we have really exciting news for you!

How would you like to see yourself become a better web designer with our help? Do you feel like you are left alone on this journey to become a web designer?

Do you want to see and hear how I flunked on camera and do you want to see 1WD’s new branded microphone?

Yes, you heard it right – see and hear!

We aren’t seeing you yet, but you can see us and it really feels like we are talking directly to you!

You are alone NO MORE! Oh, wait! There is much more, watch video now!

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WebPlatform: Trustworthy Programming Language Documentation Backed by Facebook, Google, Microsoft!

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Are you a web developer trying to create awesomeness using the power of code? If so, obviously, you are not alone. There are numerous talented developers like you, fighting evil monsters that wish to destroy the Internet, and at the same time using their coding skills to create a better browsing experience for the world!

However, let me ask you: what exactly is your specialization? PHP? JavaScript? Obviously CSS and HTML? Did I hear Perl, Ruby or Python?

I guess the point is clear: there are numerous languages out there, each with its own pros and cons, and as a developer, keeping up with the trends in technology can often be confusing. This is where development and design blogs come in: you simply subscribe to a blog, and that’s it! All the latest updates from the world of design and development right at your finger-tips!

However, what if, apart from updates, you need proper tutorials and theoretical info that only an encyclopedia or a wiki can provide? What if there existed a platform (not exactly a blog), which provided you with tutorials, wiki and other detailed how-to type documentation about your preferred specialization? What if you could find trustworthy documentation about PHP and CSS under one roof? Have no fear; WebPlatform is here!

So, what is it all about? Read on as we take a look!

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Microsoft Announces TypeScript: Will It Change The Web?

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Like it or not, JavaScript has long established itself as a de-facto scripting language on the web. There are many programmers who are in love with JavaScript, and then there is an equal number of programmers who hate it. Yet, if you are developing for the web, you most probably deal with JavaScript in some way or another, at some point or the other.

Owing to such popularity, JavaScript has seen its fair share of clones copies languages that attempt to replace or build upon JS. CoffeeScript is a shining example, for instance.

Among such examples, we recently saw a new entrant few days ago. Yes, Microsoft announced the release of TypeScript, a typed superset of JavaScript.

What is it all about? Read on as we take a look at it in this article!

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Hackathons – Giving Birth to Awesome Apps and Startups

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A hackathon is a portmanteau of “hack” and “marathon”, which means that it’s a marathon for developers to create an application within a certain theme within a limited amount of time. Hackathons have been around since 1999 but have just hit the mainstream in the last couple of years.

If you think a hackathon is an intensive program to participate in, you’re correct! Hackathons are generally nerve-wracking, but they’re also great at testing one’s abilities and pushing them to the limits. Some hackathons last for several hours while some even last for a week, depending on the theme.

In the past there have been 24-hour hackathons that have yielded great results which turned into multimillion dollar companies in just under a year.

So, are you itching to get your hands started on that dream startup of yours? Why not host or join a hackathon?

In this article:

  • Hackathon in the Philippines (Aug. 25, 2012) and TechCrunch’s Disrupt event (Sep. 8-9, 2012)
  • Successful startups born from hackathons
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