2011 Most Influential Women in Technology

For the past two years, Fast Company and the PepsiCo Women's Inspiration Network have been compiling a list to honor the most influential women in technology, recognizing the challenges faced by women in the technology industry.  And of course as a Woman Owned business, we here at AlphaGraphics in the Cultural District love to hear about influential women in the workforce!  Check out the article here and be sure to click the link to view the whole list!



Google Labs Invites Users to Experiment and Play

Much like we mention in our October 15th posting, there are a lot of super neat applications being created on the Internet.  Google actually has an entire “online lab” of prototype applications for the public to check out and provide feedback to the Google engineers who developed them.  Google Labs has a wide variety of products in development that “aren’t quite ready for primetime” in their own words.  The products range from new search innovations to public transit guides, music playlists and even mapping Mars.  From their lab, engineers are able to receive this valuable feedback without forcing every new feature on to the millions of Google users.  Plus, they have some pretty cool applications to play with.

Our favorite applications are My Tracks (a GPS and pedometer app that provides live stats on your phone) and Fast Flip (snapshots of popular newspapers’ front pages).  Check it out for yourself and let us know what your favorites are!

Better Blog Maintenance? There’s an App for That…

For those of you who are responsible for maintaining your company or organization's blog, you know very well that it can be difficult to maintain a regular schedule and to keep the ideas for content flowing.  With the regular work flow of each day, it's not uncommon for your blog or social media presence to fall by the wayside.  Mashable recently posted an excellent article about a number of iPhone apps to help keep you on track.  From blog, Twitter, and Facebook access, to photo sharing and analytics, simply put, "there's an app for that…"  You can check out the article here for tips on which apps to use to access the blogosphere on the go!


On the heels of Graph Expo…

Graph Expo is the country's largest Graphic Communications trade show, located in Chicago, Illinois.  It is held annually, and we are lucky to attend most every year to stay on the cutting edge of technology and industry related progress.  This year was different than those past in that there was a major shift or changing of the guard, if you will.  Typically, Heidelberg and Komori (two of the world's biggest offset press makers) hold the largest, main spots of the show.  This year they were replaced by a dueling Xerox and HP flexing their respective digital muscles, both with fantastic products that will continue to push the limit of digital technology.  At AlphaGraphics, we are committed to staying on the forefront of this offering, to provide our clients with the best and broadest offerings as possible.  See the link below for more details on the show.



10 Technological Advancements from the Past 10 Years

Take a moment to think of all of the technology, social media, and web-related content that we’re surrounded by these days.  For a second, it’s almost hard to pinpoint them all because they’re easily taken for granted, and the use of many of them has become second nature for most of us.  It’s amazing how quickly technology is evolving, especially over the past 10 years.  As AlphaGraphics wraps up its first decade of operation and moves forward into the next, it’s hard to even imagine what the future holds for us in terms of technological advancements.  Just look at this list of 10 relatively new advancements that feel like they’ve been around forever! 


2000 – The world’s first wireless local area network Internet connection is demonstrated.  By 2005, Sunnyvale, California becomes the first city in the US to offer city-wide free Wi-Fi.

2000 – The US government begins allowing civilian use of the military’s advanced GPS signal.  Today, it is very common to own a GPS unit, or even have access to it via a mobile device.

2001 – Apple launches the first version of the iPod.  As of June 2010, the iPod product line includes an updated and evolved iPod Classic, the touchscreen iPod touch, the video-capable iPod Nano, and the compact iPod Shuffle.

2003 – Professional networking site LinkedIn is launched.  Today, 80% of companies utilize social media for recruitment.  Of those, 95% use LinkedIn.

2004 – Social networking site Facebook is launched.  In 2010, Facebook tops Google for weekly site traffic in the US.  To put the site’s growth into perspective, consider this: it took the radio 38 years to reach 50 million users, TV took 13 years, the Internet took 4 years, and the iPod took 3 years.  Facebook had 200 million users in less than 1 year.

2004 – Google, Inc. launches a beta release of Gmail, a free email service with an initial storage capacity of 1GB per user.  Today, it has over 176 million users monthly.

2005 – The video-sharing website YouTube is launched by three former PayPal employees.  The very first video uploaded to the site was by co-founder Jawed Karim, titled “Me at zoo” in April 2005.

2006 – Social networking and microblogging site Twitter is launched.  The site has more than 100 million users worldwide.  With the rapid growth of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and similar sites, it’s no wonder that social media is now the #1 activity on the web.

2007 – Apple introduces the first iPhone, which functions as a camera phone, portable media player, and an Internet client, with email, web browsing and Wi-Fi connectivity.  The App Store launched in 2008, which now has well over 200,000 third-party applications approved by Apple.

2007 – Amazon.com launches the Kindle, a platform for displaying e-books.  By the holiday season of 2009, Kindle books outsold traditional printed books. 


Of course these are just a few of the major players in today’s tech-savvy world, but they each significantly contribute to the fundamental shift that is occurring in the way we communicate.  Let’s see where we go from here!