Joomla! 1.6 Arrives

Popular open-source content management system Joomla! has made available Joomla! 1.6. This version of the CMS delivers a variety of new tools to improve website management and access, a more robust organizational structure for content control, and various other user-experience improvements throughout the software. "Joomla 1.6 has evolved to… [[ This is a content summary […]

Google Cooks Up a New Recipe for Local Search

The engineers at Google have recently been throwing a lot of new ingredients into local search, working to improve both user experience and merchant visibility. This week’s announcement of a new local recommendation engine called Hotpot is the latest culmination of those efforts. Hotpot is an extension of Google Places, the local search… [[ This […]

WebOS Might Finally Get a Shot Under HP

As we reported earlier today, Hewlett-Packard announced its plans to purchase Palm for $1.2 billion. The acquisition comes a few weeks after Palm put itself up for sale and less than a week after potential suitor HTC walked away from the table. The deal comes as a bit of a surprise, given that it was […]

Adobe Creative Suite 5 Now Available

Although there’s a heated Adobe vs. Apple discussion going on, creative professionals are probably much more excited about the latest version of Adobe’s Creative Suite, which is now officially available. Besides the new versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro and Dreamweaver, Adobe Creative Suite 5 also brings Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR® 2, […]

Kevin Rose’s First Move as Digg CEO: Kill the DiggBar

Social news website Digg is getting rid of the controversial DiggBar as soon as the upcoming version of Digg exits beta, acting CEO Kevin Rose announced in a blog post today. All previously banned domains will also be unbanned when the new Digg launches, Rose said. DiggBar is an iFrame toolbar that sits on top […]

Why User Competency Matters in Social Design

Adrian Chan is a Sr Fellow with SNCR.org and is a social interaction design consultant and strategist. You can follow him on Twitter @gravity7 and at his blog: gravity7.com/blog/media. In designing for social participation, we can consider user goals and needs — even interests, features, functionality, adoption and scaling issues. Best practices and popular ways […]