13 July 2009

Windows 7 – Pre-order

With Windows 7 due for release on the 22nd of October, Microsoft are offering users the chance to pre-order the new operating system between now and the 9th of August at a discounted rate. If you are interested in more information about Windows 7, Microsoft have produced a series of videos showing the new features available which are available here.

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8 July 2009

Micro-optimisation: Bing

As soon as Bing came out, it was important for me to try and find as many ways to take advantage of any new technology that they use on the site. The first and possibly most obvious difference between Bing and other search engines (including previous incarnations of MSN search) is the preview panel. I was initially very excited by …

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8 July 2009

Google to launch new Chrome operating system

Google has today announced that it is launching a new operating system called Chrome OS. The new OS is initially going to be aimed at the netbook market and will be a direct competitor to Microsoft’s Windows XP which has seen a resurgence in popularity as a direct result of the growth in the netbook market. Google’s decision to build …

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8 July 2009

HTML 5: Its impact on the future of web design and development

The fundamental core of web design is due to be shaken up, when HTML 5.0 and Xhtml 2.0 are released. It’s a very interesting time for web designers, especially when two of the fundamental tools used by front-end developers are to be given a major upgrade or reinvention in the upcoming months or years. Not to forget the progress being …

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7 July 2009

How is Twitter coping with trend spam?

The problem of “trend spam” has been raising it’s ugly head more and more lately. For those of you who aren’t as geeky about Twitter as I am, here’s what trend spam is in a nutshell: Twitter’s trending topics list is a top 10 list of things people are discussing on Twitter at any one time, ranked according to activity. Until very recently it didn’t raise a lot of people’s ire, and served as quite a useful way of not only picking up on global events (Michael Jackson’s death was probably revealed to a lot of people via the trends, for instance) but also a great way for some of the comedy elements of Twitter to spread and grow.

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4 July 2009

PubCon London 09

Pubcon London 09 What better on a sunny summer afternoon than to descend into a darkened beer cellar and drink err, beer? Well, that’s what I did as I headed off to an olde drinking haunt the Cittie of Yorke which I have an interesting history with spanning back 20 years.  I seem to remember a lot of conversations about …

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2 July 2009

Activate 2009 – Part 1

Activate 2009 is the first exclusive one-day summit providing a unique gathering of leaders working across all sectors of industry. The main objective – to get a discussion started (right now) sharing, debating and creating strategies for answering some of the world’s biggest questions. Due to Activate 2009 being so rich in discussion and prognosis I’ve decided to release this …

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2 July 2009

Scoping Tamar Design and Build Projects

Although the majority of our business at Tamar is natural search conversion, we are often commissioned to redesign our client’s web and micro sites. In many cases the sites we are asked to redesign have been built without SEO in mind and therefore building the site from the ground up i.e. User Centered Design twinned with Accessible HTML/CSS is the …

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1 July 2009

Get rich or die trying

I think the above sentiment is particularly apt when looking into the ever evolving world of social media. Calculating the ROI companies are likely to receive as a result of partaking in some form of social media is a tricky business: for some, particularly the PPC evangelists will wax lyrical about the importance of quantifiable click through rates, others are …

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1 July 2009

Changes to Twitter welcomed by users

If only Facebook were so keen to keep their users happy! Twitter unveiled some snazzy new additions to their site today, in the form of an improved experience for browsing your followers / friends list. The new feature gives you a lot more options when browsing these lists (an essential task when trying to find interesting people to follow), including …

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