Another Daily Friction for this week, this time have a chance to check out the new Google Chrome Beta, take pictures while you party without a camera in hand, learn about Firefox 3.6 from Firefox’s director, think about software pricing, Analyze Twitter’s top 5% users and more in today’s edition of the Daily Friction.

Software and Services

  • New Google Chrome Beta – There’s a brand new beta for you to try out today. As always, we continue to focus on speed, and this beta release shows over 30% improvement on both the V8 and SunSpider benchmarks over our current stable channel release.


  • Sony’s Party-shot dock snaps photos while you party – Launched tonight alongside Sony’s DSC-WX1 and DSC-TX1 Cyber-shot digicams, the $150 IPT-DS1 Party-shot (ships in September) is a newfangled camera dock that pans 360 degrees and tilts 24 degrees, automatically detects faces, adjusts composition and takes photos for you.


  • Firefox Director Talks Firefox 3.6, Tasks, and Competing with Chrome – Personal interview with many interesting details about Firefox and it’s future.
  • Software Pricing: Are We Doing It Wrong? – One of the side effects of using the iPhone App store so much is that it’s started to fundamentally alter my perception of software pricing. So many excellent iPhone applications are either free, or no more than a few bucks at most. That’s below the threshold of impulse purchase and squarely in no-brainer territory for anything decent that I happen to be interested in.
  • An In-Depth Look at the 5% of Most Active Users – When Sysomos published its initial “Inside Twitter” report last month that looked at the people on Twitter and how it was being used, we discovered that 5% of users accounted for 75% of all activity. This finding was based on indexing 11.5 million accounts, and then looking at the top 5% users who accounted for most number of Tweets.

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