24 May 2007

Google Mobile maps UK with added GPS support

Google Maps Mobile is now available for UK mobile phone users. Google has launched the UK-specific version of its mobile application that allows users to see London Underground routes, as well as perform local searches. If you have a Java-enabled handset, you can download the UK version from Google Mobile. Google has also added GPS support for the latest version …

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24 May 2007

Live from Cape Town

With the deadline of the 8th of June looming large the builders are working frantically to get the main structure of the classroom built on time. Construction was halted at the weekend due to gale force winds and driving rain. Living up to its reputation as the Cape of Storms, Cape Town experienced record rainfall, low temperatures and in some …

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24 May 2007

Only 2 weeks to go…

In just 2 weeks we’ll be flying to Cape Town so we’re all very excited. We’ve now raised £16,409 – a large amount of this has been from friends and families over the last few weeks. So we’re really grateful for everyone’s generosity. We’ve still go to raise £8409 before we go so we’re still fundraising. One of our activities …

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21 May 2007

Tamar Goes to China – SES Strategies 2007

Later this week we will be attending the second Search Engine Strategies Conference to be held in China, this year the event is in Xiamen. One of the most exciting reasons for going is getting a chance to talk at close hand with the engineers behind www.baidu.com, China’s biggest and most successful search engine as well as www.google.com. We are …

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18 May 2007

Universal search launched by Google

Google has launched and is rolling out its new ‘universal’ offering. What is this? Well, it is where results from regular web searches are integrated with results from all of Google’s vertical search properties, such as image, video, maps, local and blogs. This could mean there are fewer spots up for grabs on their natural listings, in much the same …

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15 May 2007

Improved Hotmail Launched!

After an 11 year ugly phase, Microsoft’s Hotmail has blossomed into a Web 2.0 service. Microsoft’s re-launch earlier this week sees MSN Hotmail being transformed into Windows Live Hotmail. Microsoft called the re-launch of its free email service “the most significant upgrade” since its commencement in 1996. The new web client now more closely emulates its software cousin Outlook, with …

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12 May 2007

What a difference a month makes…

What a phenomenal month we’ve had on the fundraising front. Our total now stands at £12k and we’ve been helped by some very generous donations from friends and family of all the Tamar team. We’ve had some great initiatives in both countries to raise the cash we need for the building materials. In Cape Town the team raised £420 from …

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10 May 2007

Microsoft aim for a billion.

Microsoft is trying to meet its goal of doubling the number of computer users to 2 billion by 2015, by promising cuts in software prices to governments in developing countries that provide free computers to school children. The news of the program was announced by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at a news conference in Beijing on Thursday. Washington-based Microsoft said …

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10 May 2007

To err is human…

… to forgive divine. Well, this is how the famous quote from Alexander Pope goes, but I don’t think that he had technology in mind when he made it. The initial statement is still applicable as the one thing that is forever is that people will make mistakes, both in designing technology and with using technology, but forgiveness on either …

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8 May 2007

The dark side of web 2.0

This week has seen some very interesting developments at the community news website Digg.com, after a top secret encryption key for HD DVD’s that allows anybody to copy HD DVD’s was made public by users of the news site. The move prompted cease and desist orders from the legal team representing the holders of the intellectual property the AACS. The …

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