14 April 2010

Improving internet security – it’s about time

By way of simple explanation, every website has an IP (internet protocol) address and if you were to type an IP address into your web browser’s address bar then you would be directed to that web site. However, using IP addresses is a bit impractical so URLs are used as they are more memorable. The Domain Name System (DNS) makes …

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13 April 2010

Google buys UK visual search engine

Google announced this week that the search engine plans to buy the UK based visual search engine company called PlinkArt, making it the first UK based company to be acquired by Google. PlinkArt is just four months old and is currently available as an application on Google’s mobile platform Android. It allows users to identify works of art by photographing …

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12 April 2010

7 more Facebook tips you may not know

A couple of years ago I wrote a post on this blog called “9 Facebook Tips That You Might Not Know” – a reasonably in-depth but by no-means exhaustive list of some useful how-to’s for getting by on Facebook. I didn’t realise quite how useful it would prove at the time, but even now it still gets dozens of hits …

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12 April 2010

It’s official: The speed of your site affects your rankings

Late last year there was a lot of talk about the speed of a site helping toward rankings. Google has recently added ‘site speed’ into their search ranking algorithms, and officially announced that speed is now a factor. The speed of a website is important to not only site owners, but to everyone online. Google’s done some research and found …

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12 April 2010

Facebook panic button meeting with CEOP in Washington

Facebook executives are set to meet with the head of a British child protection agency in Washington, to discuss the safety of the younger members of the social networking site. Facebook has come under fire recently from the Child Explotation and Online Protection agency after Ashleigh Hall, 17, was raped and murdered by a man she met using the social …

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9 April 2010

Exciting ways to charge your gadgets

I like gadgets, but owning lots of gadgets often means also owning lots of mains chargers too. This has become an issue in recent years for many people like me.  The issues are: 1. It’s unsightly.  Spaghetti springs to mind. 2. It’s not very environmentally friendly, as there is a carbon footprint for each main charger you own. 3. It’s …

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8 April 2010

Marketing with Chatroulette

One of the hottest new online destinations is Chatroulette, a website which randomly connects users with other visitors for a random video chatting experience. Chatroulette is largely uncensored and while there’s an age requirement of 16, there’s no real enforcement of the rule. The website’s anonymity features have made it extremely popular and fun. It’s no Twitter, but traffic has …

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7 April 2010

Facebook’s Latest Statistics

Facebook recently released some statistics about their social networking platform, and some of the numbers released paint a very vivid picture of how influential the site is. It is no longer just another website, but now a major factor in the way we communicate online. There are now over 400 million active Facebook users, with 50% of those logging in …

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6 April 2010

The iPad Question

This past weekend Apple’s latest creation, the “magical and revolutionary” iPad was released in the United States. The initial sales numbers seem promising- more than 300,000 have been sold on the first day, along with a million applications and 250,000 e-books. The iPad appears to be a hit and has been receiving largely positive reviews- tech blogs around the Internet …

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6 April 2010

Curiosity doesn’t always kill the cat

I am quite a nut about protecting my privacy on the ‘internets’ but boy do I love ‘playing’ Foursquare and Gowalla (yes, I am active on both). I finally read something this weekend that helped me make sense of the incompatibility of the two things. Media journalist Jemima Kiss writes, “It’s safe to assume that most of the few hundred …

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