2 March 2009

Text chat and keyword search

According to John Sutherland of University College London, writing in the Guardian in 2002, text language is "bleak, bald, sad shorthand…. it masks dyslexia, poor spelling and mental laziness. Texting is penmanship for illiterates." Harsh words. But this is nothing new: ever since the arrival of printing – thought to be the invention of the devil because it would put …

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2 March 2009

Skittles re-launches with social-flavoured website

Those clever people over Mars have obviously been on a sugar-high recently, and have now taken a brave (but wonderful) jump in to the world of embracing Social Media – taking it to a whole new level.   Visitors to the Skittles website from today will be greeted by a pop-up asking them to verify their age (more on that …

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2 March 2009

How does Google spot brands?

  There is a lot of buzz at the moment about Google favouring brands in its search results,  a lot of people have asked the questions "How would you algorithmically qualify a site as a brand?" or "How does Google decide what counts as a brand?" my answer is, quite simply"Easy!". There are a few ways to do this without …

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1 March 2009

Mobile phone cpu processor breaks 1GHz

Frustrated and tired of using slow smart phones?  Well Qualcomm announces release of 1GHz chip in 2009 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona recently.  The chip called Snapdragon is 50% faster than any current mobile processors in the market, making videos run smoother, games run hi-res graphics, internet browsing a richer experience.  The first mobile phone to use this chip …

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1 March 2009

Bad FAT…

I recently purchased a new Western Digital 1TB external hard drive for Tamar on which to archive a large quantity of HTML files.  The drive arrived the day after I ordered it and within 5 minutes of unpacking the box, it was attached to my laptop and appeared to be working correctly. I then started the process (a very long …

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27 February 2009

Tianamo visualising search

A nifty new way to look at search, I mean really look at search. Tianamo is a 3D visualiser, similar to other 2D viz engines like kartoo etc. This one looks interesting and I will certainly be keeping my eyes open to see what happens next.

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27 February 2009

Adopt a blog #29 – ars technica (Art of Technology)

My immediate reaction to my adopted site, ars techica, is what actually is it? I found it totally unclear who the site is aimed at, what it stands for and what information I may find. One reason is the design of the site it looks like a big corporation’s website and not a blogging site for technology news/reviews. This may …

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27 February 2009

Facebook introduces its own Terms of Use today

Facebook is giving its users the opportunity to voice their own opinions about how the popular social media site is governed. After last week’s debacle over the change in the company’s Terms of Use, Facebook has come up with two new documents: the Facebook Principles, which defines your rights and will serve as the guiding framework behind any policy we'll …

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26 February 2009

I have violated what…?

This morning, while enjoying my daily dose of caffeine, I logged into facebook to get my daily dose of  inspiration… by that I mean having a big old laugh at the scandals that play out within my facebook friendship circle. I was surprised to get an update that I had apparently violated facebook’s terms and conditions. At first I thought …

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26 February 2009

Adopt a blog #28 – TechCrunch

Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube, Software, IPhones… These are just some of the things that this very well-known blog posts about. TechCrunch is a very well organized site – with headings in large font, an image to go with it and links in green text; it makes it easy for readers to understand and navigate. TechCrunch keeps us up-to-date with the …

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