theEweekly Wrap: Icann, iPhone and I hate social media
|Historic approval||This week saw the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (Icann) board of directors approve a plan that brings about an historic change to the internet’s domain name system. Until now only 22 domain name endings – or generic top level domains (gTLD) – have been approved by the board, but the recent approval will see this number increase dramatically.
Businesses, organisations, brands, and even individuals will be able to apply from 12 January 2012 to create a unique domain suffix. This opens up a wealth of possibilities for the future of gTLDs, providing they meet the requirements from Icann first. Brands and companies will be able to market themselves in particular ways depending on the gTLDs they design.
|Release date rumours||Rumours are rife yet again with regards to the iPhone’s next release. The latest gossip suggests the release date is set to be this September, but Apple has not confirmed anything. Debates about how different the new offering will be from last year’s iPhone 4 are also circulating, with many saying it will be pretty similar and possibly simply called the iPhone 4S or 4G.
Bloomberg reports that it will be an improved version, however, with the same A5 processor that the iPad 2 uses, and an 8 megapixel camera. One thing we do know is that it will sport the new iOS 5 and will be able to access Apple’s iCloud data storing and sharing system. There are also suggestions that soon after its release Apple will be offering a mid-range phone to open up its technology to a broader audience.
|You’re not my friend||Aaron Sorkin, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for The Social Network film, has admitted this week that he has deleted his account on the site. The film, which depicts how the Facebook site was invented, has often faced criticism for being created by people who are not savvy with web 2.0.
Sorkin, speaking at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, said: “I have a lot of opinions on social media that make me sound like a grumpy old man sitting on the porch yelling at kids.” Jesse Eisenberg, who played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the film, has also admitted to not using the site.