13 November 2008

Google launches videochat

Google launched their voice and video applications on Gmail and Gtalk on 11 November, making the next best thing to actual in person face to face conversation easily available to everyone with a computer and a webcam. And it’s free! Google promises it’s really quick and easy to sign up, so why not get Google live videochat right now?Users can …

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12 November 2008

Google tracks outbreak of virus

Google today released information about a new project that could revolutionise the way our health services monitor and survey the outbreak of diseases within a given population. The Google.org site is specifically designed to track the spread of the infectious disease influenza, (what is more commonly known to you and me as the flu,) and produces its results by tracking …

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12 November 2008

Microsoft’s new search strategy

In a move that can be likened to Barack Obama asking George W Bush for political guidance, Microsoft has turned to one its former foes, Sun Micro Systems for marketing advice. The exact details of the arrangement is to be published soon but early indications are that Sun will promote a Microsoft toolbar which has built in Microsoft Live Search …

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12 November 2008

Browser Stats

I don’t know about everyone else out there, but I am becoming increasing frustrated with having to test web sites in IE6 Surely it is time to call it a day and banish it to browser heaven? The latest browser usage stats from w3schools show it is on a steady decline and now Chrome has been up for a couple …

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12 November 2008

Google Local Postcode Lookup

Looking for local results Well it’s new to me! I don’t often do searches that require a local solution but searching for ‘car rental’ today I noticed a nice wee offering from Google – is this new or have I been living in cave for a few months? See the box so you can type in Town or Postcode? Nice. …

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11 November 2008

Making the case for Visual Studio 2008

A big part of any successful organisation is ensuring that all expenditure is justified in terms of the expected ROI.  With this in mind I recently went in seek of documentation to support my development teams request to upgrade to the latest version of Visual Studio.  What I didn’t expect was to find that Microsoft had already done the hard …

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11 November 2008

Google reader now able to translate blogs

If like me you are addicted to your set of trusted blogs, Google’s latest announcement will be a welcome surprise.  The Google reader now gives users the ability to have content on blogs in other languages, automatically translated into your native tongue.  Google will also rather cleverly remember your settings so that you will continue to receive a translated version …

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11 November 2008

Happy (belated) birthday Windows

Twenty five years ago, a very confident young man announced that his latest software creation would revolutionise personal computers and they way they worked. In 1983 that might have seemed a little ambitious and ordinarily it would’ve been, but considering the young man behind the idea’s name, a certain Bill Gates, people should’ve taken more notice. Windows 1.0 was announced …

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11 November 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.26

Growing up there were three things I always wanted to do. The sites that I’ve chosen and visit often are to do with those three things. Because I am a huge fan of Manchester United – like many youngsters, I wanted to become a David Beckham. Sadly this dream got crushed because ‘I was too good’ (haha). So almost every …

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10 November 2008

Copywriting 103

Before a copywriter can even write the first word of an optimised press release, he or she must know which keywords to optimise. This keyword or -phrase is the term that internet users are most likely to type into the search bar. Google has a useful tool which allows users to identify the best keywords. It’s quite amazing how this …

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