25 March 2009

Google insights for Search

By definition, Google insights, provides insights into the search terms users have been entering into the Google search engine. “Unlike Google Trends, Google Insights for Search provides a visual representation of regional interest on a map.” First introduced in 2008 Google insights has finally upgraded. Aside from web searches you can now use this tool to analyse desired search behaviour …

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25 March 2009

Facebook responds to redesign feedback

Facebook recently had a redesign to it's homepage which resulted in quite a few unhappy users. Yesterday Facebook decided to respond with a lengthy blog post which explains how they make product decisions. In the post they also let users know about upcoming changes that will be made; like live updating, photo tags, tools to control applications, seeing more highlights …

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24 March 2009

Hot off Microsoft, Internet Explorer 8, is not so hot

IE8, the latest Microsoft internet browser, hit the download sites recently.  According to Information Week, the initial feedback from the public has been bad. With complaints ranging from slow boot times, buggy search functionality and a ridiculous computer physical disk space requirement along the line of 4Gb, there’s little surprise that early users have voted negatively by rolling back to …

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24 March 2009

Google Street View: I have a black box over my eyes.

After quite a bit of back and forth with the government and protesters, Google Street View has finally launched its British counterpart: And how much fun has it been roving around your old haunts and places you spent time growing up? Although very impressive in its detail and the awesome tech behind its recognition software, it has managed to stir …

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24 March 2009

How reading leads to better blogging

Some people are hopeless writers and no matter how hard they try they’ll never write anything without confusing their readers. There are many people like this, so if you feel you are one of them, do not despair. Because I write for a living, it comes easily to me, but I must confess it wasn’t always this natural. I obsessed …

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24 March 2009

Who is the walrus?

"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things:Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–Of cabbages–and kings–And why the sea is boiling hot–And whether pigs have wings."– Lewis Carrol – 1879 Twitter is ablaze at the moment, growing at a million percent a second (not quite but close) and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight yet. There …

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24 March 2009

“I’m sorry John – it’s Twitter or me!”

Anybody who has tried juggling a demanding relationship with an addiction to social networking will know that it can be hard to balance your online time with your loved-one time… Well, according to the Telegraph, and that old journalistic staple 'a friend of the actress', Twitter is copping the blame for the recent break-up of celebrity A-list couple Jennifer Aniston and …

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20 March 2009

To title or not to title and the misuse of the alt tag

The tooltip like feature that most people are used to seeing when hovering their cursor over a text link, is commonly misunderstood as being due to a link having an 'alt' tag. It is true that the 'alt' tag text will display this way, but this is only true for Internet Explorer. Microsoft has wrongly implemented the 'alt' tag to …

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19 March 2009

Style notes – Increase online fashion sales

Stories of record losses and plummeting profit margins are making the headlines on an almost daily basis, serving as a constant reminder of the difficult times the world's economy is facing. The online retail sector however appears to be bucking the downward trend by seeing a positive growth in sales over the past 12 months. Thriving over the Christmas months, …

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19 March 2009

New Twitter phenomenon

TwitterJobSearch, has introduced the first “smart” search engine. This means that it extracts the meaning of a search term from Twitter content database and creates a resource that will link and or associate all jobs posted on their platform. This is achieved by using algorithms developed by Workhound, a leading job search portal. Twitter regards this as phase one and …

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