27 August 2008

Microsoft tweaks XP anti-piracy checker!

Apparently, Microsoft isn’t planning on taking out the wind from the sails of Windows XP yet. If you checked your Windows Automatic Updates this morning you would have noticed it downloading a version of Windows genuine certification software. This software basically verifies that you are running a valid copy of Windows XP Professional, much like the software used by Vista. …

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26 August 2008

Google Trends – check your competitors

Most people working in SEM would by now know about Google Trends, which is a free Google labs tool that I have fallen in love with and could play with all day long. One particularly good way to use it, is to enable you to check out how your site is doing against your competitors. In the websites tab, you …

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25 August 2008

Dedication

Let it never be said that the staff of the China office are less than 5000% dedicated when it comes to their work, as evidenced by our determination to ford floods to get to our office today! When we arrived on the train to the station near our work this morning, this is what we were faced with. After valiantly …

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22 August 2008

Innovate to survive (or making banking fun)

Inspiration can come from many places. One of my personal favourites of late is the Technology Review published by MIT. Many of the videos are centred on creativity, innovation, the processes that support them and some stories about successes. I especially enjoyed “Bruce Sterling on Design”. Bruce discusses why so many technologies seem hostile. The discussion about humanising or making …

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22 August 2008

The Cape Town office gets synthed…

Okay, i know that Louis did the initial post on this and its not really search related BUT Microsoft does have a wee search engine called live so I think this is relevant. I am really impressed to see Microsoft pioneering some awesome new technologies that actually work and are easy to use. Louis and I took a few quick …

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21 August 2008

Michael Phelps’ Facebook Popularity Soars

Record-breaking Olympian Michael Phelps might be over in China right now, but that hasn’t stopped Facebook users showing their love for him. As of this morning, his Facebook fan page had shot to the top of the rankings – second only to Barrack Obama at the moment, but set to overtake him any day now. With 1,258,316 fans and counting, …

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21 August 2008

Microsoft releases new 3D technology

Microsoft has launched a new 3D technology called Photosynth. The technology basically takes a group of photos of an environment, strings them together and creates a 3D environment with it. Pretty cool, I’d say. Photosynth allows the users to upload their photos, which can be taken with a standard digital camera, and then strings it together to create the 3D …

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21 August 2008

Search engines need a better understanding.

It will be years before users will be able to type a question into a search engine and get exactly what they looking for. “What do people mean when they type Olympics 2008?”  Shashi Seth, chief revenue officer of Cooliris. He said that guessing what a search query means is still an art and thinks search engines are only successful …

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20 August 2008

Downing Street In Clever-Use-of-YouTube Shocker!

It looks like the back-room nerds at 10 Downing Street have finally woken up to the power of Social Media, and in particular YouTube. And even better than that, they’ve upset the opposition in the process! The current furore is surrounding a video response that Downing St have put up on their YouTube channel in response to the famous "Jeremy …

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20 August 2008

Donated goods arrive at Vuyani

After a lengthy battle with bureaucracy all the donated goods from the UK where finally delivered to Vuyani this week. The books were particularly warmly received by the principal. Vuyani doesn’t have a library and so they rely on a few mobile bookshelves which are wheeled between the classes. Big thanks to everyone involved in arranging the goods – particualry …

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