11 March 2009

The new Wolfram Alpha search engine

The new Wolfram Alpha search engine – due to be launched in May of this year apparently has the ability to compute answers to factual questions more powerfully than Google. The brainchild of Stephen Wolfram (famous as the inventor of Mathematica) Wolfram Alpha uses semantics as its approach (the meaning of words rather just the words themselves) and it is …

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10 March 2009

Why did Facebook rush the new Fan page design?

Those of you that regularly visit Facebook's fan pages will have noticed a big change last week, as Facebook changed the structure of these pages to bring in more user-like functionality. Sounds fair enough I'm sure you'll agree – and surely all in the interests of the brands who use the pages, who can now do a lot more things? …

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10 March 2009

Email is sooo 1999!

Social media has officially over taken email as preferred method of communication. A bold statement, I know, but it is backed up by recent research done by Nielsen Online. It isn't all that hard to believe as we all spend time on our individually preferred social networks daily, but let us see what the stats say, shall we? According to …

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9 March 2009

Streetview London: Why is Google stalling?

While Google is embroiled in what seems to be a debate over privacy issues, another clever startup, seety has pounced on the opportunity to publish streetview-esque images of central London. I can almost see into the Queens bedroom, nothing different to the millions of pics taken every year of the same area, in fact I can see nothing different between …

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9 March 2009

Which under performing website would you most like to redesign?

Richard’s kitchen nightmare My chosen under performing website that I’d like to redesign is the DIY store Wickes. I have recently been trying to tart-up my kitchen and so I trawled the web for some ideas/solutions. Once I’d exhausted IKEA and B&Q I went to Wickes for some inspiration. The overall site design is fine, well branded, clean and simple. …

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6 March 2009

The House of Doome

                Tamar proudly sponsors 14 year old Simo Sam who is in Grade 9 at the Cape Town school St Cyprians. The school held a play this week, and a lucky few of us from the Cape Town office went to check out the talent. While Simo herself was not one of the actors in the play, we went along …

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6 March 2009

Google Tip Jar

Save Money, Be Green, Learn! Just spotted this from Google which is TipJar which is run by Google Moderator and it is a collection of money saving ideas and tips for home, works, kids finance, shopping, travel and more. You can vote for each idea so hopefully the best will appear first. Check it out. It is mostly US ideas …

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6 March 2009

Vince Change from Google

It's a Brand thing, and not an update! For those of you who may have noticed more weight being given Brands in the SERPs Matt Cutts has updated on this and the bottom line is that while not an update this is more of a minor change. And it's not really about Brands either. However, it is more about Trust …

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5 March 2009

Adopt a Blog #32 – Zen Habits

As the Buddha of Rugby, Brian O Driscoll, once said (before beating England) ‘Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad’. Similarly, Zen Habits shows that it is one thing have a knowledge of something, but it is something else knowing how to use that knowledge. Taking for …

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