9 June 2010

BP proves there’s no such thing as bad publicity

It would appear that BP is taking the old adage ‘there’s no such thing as bad publicity’ very seriously. The company suffered a massive PR setback earlier this year after a leaking undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico caused what is being referred to as ‘one of America’s worst ecological disasters’. A BP spokesman, Toby Odone, recently confirmed that …

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9 June 2010

Vuvuzela’s and keeping up with the realtime web

Vuvuzela (voo-voo-zeh-lah) – a long trumpet commonly blown at football matches in South Africa,  traditionally made from horn. Most are, however, plastic these days.  A lot of bloggers know the importance of utilising current affairs and trending topics to get traffic, but is traffic all you want? There are so many SEO benefits to getting onto the trending topics  bandwagon …

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8 June 2010

Is web design really subjective?

We recently completed a project for YOUR Insurance, a part of the Towergate Group Ltd. The project was a full conversion design project, including a complete rebrand to position itself as a leading business insurance quote comparison solution. Along with the usual functional usability testing on the comparison prototype, we also completed some emotional response feedback on the new homepage …

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8 June 2010

It’s CSR time in Cape Town!

It’s CSR time in Cape Town and once again we are looking forward to helping out at Vuyani Primary. Every year the Tamar Cape Town raises funds which are used to help out at the school. Last year we built every classroom a bespoke bookshelf, set up an outdoor classroom and built two sturdy seesaws for the playground. To raise …

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7 June 2010

World Cup Online: Google vs Bing

It has been a while since I’ve done one of my comparison posts and with the World Cup less than a week away from kick-off, the timing seems ideal. So, the question is, which search engine will provide you with the most relevant and useful information regarding football’s biggest showpiece? To decide which results are best, we need a barometer. …

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2 June 2010

Kick off your World Cup experience online

The 2010 Football World Cup kick off is a week away! Here in Tamar’s Cape Town office we have gotten into the spirit of things, throwing ourselves behind our boys in green and gold. Some of us are supporting England though, and debates over the odds are getting quite heated. As South Africans, we are very aware of the pressure …

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2 June 2010

Accessibility in the world of Web 2.0

The internet is constantly changing, which is why the the WCAG 1.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) have finally been updated to WCAG 2.0. This version takes into account the ever-increasing changes in the technology used on the web. There has been two main developments in recent years that have had a significant impact on web accessibility. The first of these is an increased use of AJAX …

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2 June 2010

Google snubs Microsoft Windows from within

Under the guise of security deficiencies, Google is reported to have axed Microsoft Windows from all it operational desktop PCs since the beginning of January this year. Google employees are forced to use either Apple Mac OS or Linux, until ChromeOS, Googles own operating system, is ready for global release later this year. With a reported 88% market share, other …

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1 June 2010

Tips to save money using iPhone overseas

I recently took an Iphone 3GS to Paris.  Before going to the ‘City of Light’, I decided to check the mobile tariff for internet usage, and I was surprised to learn that the mobile network operator charged £3 per 1Mb data usage.  This set me on a path of finding useful tips to ensure I don’t get an end of …

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