9 January 2009

Technology that smells

Creating an engaging website is always the Experience Design team's goal. In the offline world, marketers and merchandisers know that the more senses that they can positively effect in the shopping process the better. The online world presents a bit more of a challenge. Visual is the main focus and audio can be utilised but it is not often done …

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9 January 2009

Sacrifice a friend for a burger? Not on my watch!

If your immediate answer to the title of this post was a resounding "Yes!" then you're going to love the new application that Burger King have made to promote their Whopper Burger… If you install the app and remove ten of your Facebook friends, BurgerKing will reward you with a free whopper, apparently. If on the other hand you're like …

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8 January 2009

Adopt-a-blog #2 – StereoGum

When Henry first came up with the idea of reviewing blogs I was really excited by the idea, I love reading blogs, well, I just love reading really. So I read blogs, they're by the people for the people. I generally tend to read blogs about SEO (to further my knowledge of my job), sports (people's opinions can be very …

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8 January 2009

Hottest gadget predictions of 2009

I was wandering the wonderful web earlier today and I stumbled across a website called Gadgetophilia. The site claims to have an obsessive fascination with gadgets. Now, I certainly do not have an obsessive fascination with gadgets, having only just bought a mobile phone which not only does message texts and calls, but also takes pictures, sends MMS’s, has a …

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8 January 2009

Shift in focus from keywords to user experience

Marissa Mayer, vice-president of search products and user experience at Google shared some of her  thoughts on SEO recently. She says that SEO is likely to become less focused on keywords in the future with the possibility of returning results based on user questions rather than keywords. She added that making web-based data easy to access from mobile phones will …

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7 January 2009

Monopoly? No thank you!

Nobody likes monopolies, especially when they are not benefiting from them, and this is as true for search as any other sector. Google is usually the search engine singled out with accusations of unfair domination of the market, but it is Baidu’s turn now. The massive Chinese search engine is being by Qmyy.com for losses incurred after it was dropped …

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6 January 2009

Hackers target Twitter

It would seem that phishing spammers truly are taking over social networks. Many of our favourite networks have been targeted and it has become quite a problem. Facebook has seen a dramatic increase in spam over the last month or so and Twitter became the latest victim of these phishing attacks. Monday morning it was discovered that 33 accounts, including …

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5 January 2009

Playstation Programming

I have long had an interest in programming artificial intelligence systems, particularly those that can predict a future series of events based on past data (think stock market).  During one of my recent web surfing sessions I was reading about an Astrophysicist who has replaced his Super Computer with a cluster of 8 Sony Playstation 3's.   One of the great …

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5 January 2009

Social Stalking, yes thats right….

I came across this new social media site that will allow you to not only watch out for stories about your own website but you can also keep an eye out for what people are writing about you. This service is just amazing, it updates extremely quickly. It's called "who stalkin", well not really, it's actually whos talkin.

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5 January 2009

Using search engines on the hoof

How to get a better deal using search engines Even though I have moved from the iPhone back to my standard blackberry and it does not render websites as well as the iPhone, I still find I use search engines to get a better price off retailers by comparing prices when shopping. This is really useful as retailers are a …

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