21 August 2009

The evolution of YouTube as a search engine

In May, to continue the trend of major names giving themselves subtle summer makeovers(see Twitter’s login facelift), YouTube expanded their search bar and removed their ‘home’, ‘videos’, ‘channels’, ‘community’ tab-style layout in favour or a more search-oriented design. This further establishes YouTube’s status as the internet’s 2nd most popular search, surpassing Bing, Yahoo and the other search engine also-rans. The …

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20 August 2009

No Joke, Video’s Coming to Print!

Abso-freaking-mazing! American TV broadcaster CBS has found a way to cut through the noise of our modern “message” saturated world. With the help of ad partner, Pepsi, they’re advertising their fall TV show line up with a video-chip ad embedded in an issue of the magazine, Entertainment Weekly. Yes, you’re reading that right! A video in a magazine! Wait, it …

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19 August 2009

Image search: am I doing it wrong?

There’s no doubt that image optimisation has the potential to increase traffic, but I want to know why more sites don’t make better use of this? Or am I doing it wrong? I use Google images all the time, especially, as a woman, when looking at shoes, dresses, jeans and so on. Searching this way is easier and more brand-liberating …

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19 August 2009

The Race to 1 Billion – Facebook UK hits 20m

About a month ago, TechCrunch leaked some internal Twitter papers and the expose revealed Biz Stone and co.’s dreamworld projection of 1 billion tweeters by 2013. Love the ‘blue sky’ thinking, Biz! But, I think the 1 billion by 2013 dream is more realistic for Mark Z. and the Facebook crew. They’re already a quarter of the way there! To …

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17 August 2009

Twitter and URL shortening will ruin the internet

URL shortening services are very new, only really entering the mainstream with twitter. If you use twitter you have used a lot of the shortening services out there, it all started with tinyURL, which was a simple tool that redirected a short URL to a long one. The concept has become more than just a way to make clumsy URL’s …

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16 August 2009

BlackBerry – Coming soon to a Mac near you

After years of promising Mac support for the BlackBerry, RIM are finally releasing a Macintosh version of the popular BlackBerry Desktop Manager. Looking somewhat similar to iTunes, RIM says the new sofware will enable users to: Sync calendars, contacts, notes and tasks Update the BlackBerry software Add and remove applications Back-up, restore and encrypt data Manage multiple devices Sync iTunes playlists The …

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15 August 2009

Internet Explorer 8 is partnering with top search providers like Bing, Wikipedia, Yahoo!, Amazon

Internet Explorer 8 is partnering with top search providers like Bing, Wikipedia, Yahoo!, Amazon to deliver visual suggestions that provide you with immediate answers. For example, typing “Isaac Newt” with Wikipedia visual suggestions will instantly show you a preview of the results directly in the Search Box drop-down. Look for more visual suggestion results with your preferred search providers. The …

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12 August 2009

Windows 7 minus IE 8 for EU

Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer 8 will not be shipped with the Windows 7 release for Europe. This is to ensure that Microsoft complies with the competition laws of the European Union. They also said that this is not its preferred path, but it has to comply with the European Union competition laws. Also Windows 7N, another edition of …

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12 August 2009

Microsoft will not give up on Internet Explorer 6

High profile traffic sites like YouTube and Digg are considering dropping support for Internet Explorer 6 very soon, as they are increasingly growing frustrated with modifying their sites to support Internet Explorer 6. From a recent survey done by Digg, it showed that 69% of Digg users still use Internet Explorer 6, but only because they are forced to use …

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