17 November 2008

Cheaper mobile calls are here

There are over a billion land line numbers that you can dial worldwide (350 million in China alone). The number surprised me at first considering the population of the world is 6.7 billion people. The arrival of Voice over IP (VOIP) and with it Skype gave us the ability to talk via the internet allowing huge savings on local and …

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17 November 2008

What is the future of search?

What is the future of search? A lot of people in the industry will agree, one of the next big steps in the searchscape is ‘semantic search’. You could argue that we already have semantic search engines, but what we have are loosely linked trend monitors that group certain things together and then attempts to match your query to the …

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17 November 2008

Copywriting 104

The benefits of using both onsite and offsite content As everyone with a website knows, unique onsite content is vital, not only attract and hold visitors to your site, but also to help your website get noticed by the search engines and to help your site rank higher than the competition. Search engine optimised press releases are also great way …

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17 November 2008

Google voice search….. what next?

Google is really pulling out all the stops when it comes to maintaining the lead in the online and marketing  world. Google has released an application that allows you to do a voice search on the new Apple iPhone. What this means is that you would be able to stand in the centre of, say Times Square or Camden Town, …

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17 November 2008

Yue Miao Athletics Carnival

A mere 3 months after the Olympic Games, sports mania found its way to Western Shanghai for an athletics carnival at the Yue Miao School. It was a grey old Saturday afternoon, but you wouldn’t know it from the festive atmosphere of the school yard. Students families and various volunteers, came together to watch the students participate in running, basketball, …

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14 November 2008

The best websites in the world…ever.Vol. 28

Now I bought a house a few months ago – I know, I know, house price crash blah blah – so I’m currently blocking out all news related to house prices thank you very much. However during the (long) search for our perfect home we went completely online and the best of these sites was globrix. This site is a …

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14 November 2008

Good News in Bad Times

Omniture is one of the largest analytics providers world wide, and in the 3rd Quarter of 2008, despite doom and gloom around the business world, it announced revenue of $77.8 million, which was a 108% increase on the same time last year (unfortunately, overall they incurred a net loss). Anyway, regardless of the net loss, the point is, that their …

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13 November 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.27

I am going to keep this simple. Three favourites sites eh? OK, here we go.. Actually no, I am going to do my least favourite sites first: Sporting Life – slow and not so good on my blackberry – but I still use it every day! Wikipedia – killed debate. HolyMoly – guilty pleasure, used to be anyway. So here …

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13 November 2008

Web 2.0 – 5 years on…

Web 2.0 is 5 years old. Well, not yet, the concept is probably a wee bit older than the term "web 2.0" which first apparently arose from a brainstorming session between O’Reilly and MediaLive International.By my calculations the big-bad-hype version of web 2.0 is 5 years old TODAY. The concept of "web 2.0" wasn’t even remotely new when it became …

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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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