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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28 February 2008

BBC unveils new homepage

So here we have it, the BBC have unveiled their new looking homepage which promises to bring in a lot more Web 2.0 functionality through greater levels of user customization. Scrolling around I cant help notice that it feels like a widget styled site.  Each area is split into each of the BBC’s themes where the user is allowed to …

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28 February 2008

First Google Zeitgeist in China

At the beginning of 2008, Google issued the very first year-end zeitgeist in China, which showed the most popular searching phrases during the last year.  The local instant communication tool brand QQ, which is quite similar with MSN, ranked first on the Zeitgeist.  While MSN ranked 10th.  Among the top 10, four of them related to finance, including China Merchant …

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