4 March 2008

Yahoo! Updating, again!

Weather report reads shuffle and change! A weather report on the Yahoo! blog says that Yahoo! is rolling out some changes to their crawling, indexing and ranking algorithms. So expect some changes in the next two weeks. We are not seeing anything in the UK as yet but as soon as we do see any changes we will let you …

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4 March 2008

iPhone in trouble…again?

Apple are reportedly being sued for infringing on Romek Figa’s patented caller ID system. Figa claims that he approached Apple regarding the caller ID functionality that he patented in 1990. Figa approached Apple in July last year to negotiate a fee for the use of his patented technology, but the Silicon Valley giants declined. The suit reads: "Apple is actively …

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4 March 2008

Google Health

Google has released some information about its latest upcoming service – Google Health. “Through our health offering, our users will be empowered to collect, store, and manage their own medical records online,” Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of search and user products, added in her post dedicated to the company’s brand new personal health records management service. “Google Health aims …

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3 March 2008

Drag and Drop

What with all this drag and drop functionality on the new BBC homepage, here is a site that uses it with an element of perspective – nice! www.brightbox.co.za – A freelancer based in South Africa

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3 March 2008

Google CAPTCHA cracked?

It has recently emerged that the home-grown CAPTCHA system developed and implemented across Google services has been successfully bypassed.Speculation had been circulating in security circles for some time as to when this would actually happen, especially with the easy availability of 3rd party tools to bypass other, simpler CAPTCHA tests. Previously the CATCHA had only been bypassed by manual intervention, …

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3 March 2008

A very impressive website indeed!

Working as a web designer, I have come across many websites which have made me sit back and say wow! I stumbled across this website called webdesignerwall.com a few weeks ago and every time I see it, it creates a burning desire within me to push myself further in terms of the level of intricacy and creativity in the websites …

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29 February 2008

Usability vs. Flexibility

It is a well-known design principle that the more a product increases it’s flexibility, the less usable it becomes. By trying to offer a wider scope of functionality and utilities a product becomes more complex. The higher the complexity the greater the usability issues. Many designers often make the mistake of adding as many features as possible expecting this to …

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29 February 2008

PackRat – Most Addictive Facebook Game So Far?

Over the past few weeks I have been ‘reviewing’ (aka. slowly getting addicted to) a number of new applications on Facebook, with my current favourite being Packrat. It’s one of those games that isn’t entirely obvious at first glance, but once you start playing you will struggle to get anything else done – at least if you’re a fan of …

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29 February 2008

The scale of China internet advertisement market exceeds ten billion Yuan

A report from iResearch reveals that the total revenue of China internet advertisement is 10.6 billion Yuan (0.7 billion GBP). The concept of China internet advertisement market includes both brand marketing and search engine marketing. According to the increasing rate, the revenue would reach 37 billion Yuan (2.5 billion GBP). Brand marketing would reach 23.7 billion Yuan and search engine …

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28 February 2008

Is bigger really better…?

Not the usual argument I’m afraid.I’m talking about the size that we build websites. We currently build all our sites to 800×600 as best practice and have done for the last 8 years, but recently we have been having discussions on whether we are ready to increase the size to 1024×786. For 800×600: –    Keeps the site as accessible …

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