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Facebook’s Zuckerberg: Sluggish Google indexing drove us to Bing

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has blamed Google’s reactiveness to privacy concerns for negotiations between the two companies breaking down, pushing the social site into the arms of Microsoft’s rival Bing engine. “Microsoft was more willing to do things that were specific to Facebook” Zuckerberg said at the launch of Facebook Graph Search yesterday, the Guardian reports, citing the speed and willingness to remove personal content that had previously been public, but which Facebook users subsequently made private, as key to the deal.

“I think the main thing is about when people share something on Facebook, we want to give them not only the ability to broadcast something out but also change their privacy settings later and take the… Continue reading

Chevrolet shows off 2014 Corvette all-digital instrument panel

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Before the 2014 Corvette C7 was officially announced earlier this week, we got a very short glimpse of the all-digital instrument panel back in November, thanks to a teaser trailer about the new car. From just the split-second look that we had, we could tell that the gauge cluster was going to be fantastic, and it looks like that’s actually very true.

Autoblog ended up getting a much closer look at the new instrument panel in the 2014 Corvette at NAIAS 2013, and it’s about as stunning as you’d expect. You’re essentially looking at an 8-inch “high-resolution” display that’s fully reconfigurable, and it has three modes that you can scroll through.
Sport Mode features one large, central tachometer, and you can… Continue reading

Developer fired for outsourcing job to China

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It might seem like a crazy stunt that you would never think anyone would pull off, but it officially happened. A developer at an undisclosed “critical infrastructure company” was caught outsourcing his job to China for less than one-fifth of his six-figure salary. From there, the developer could sit back and relax.

A 2012 case study from Verizon brought forth the story of the sneaky developer. Only known as “Bob”, he worked at the unnamed company for a quite a long time, and was earning “several hundred thousand dollars a year.” Plus, he received excellent performance reviews along the way, noting that he was one of the best devs at the company, and that his code was very well-written.
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Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner turns 35mm film into digital pics

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Odds are many people out there have old developed film from the old days of 35 mm photography lying around. If you ever wished that you could take those old photos from physical film and transfer them to digital, you will want to check out the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner. The scanner works with a smartphone and an app that allows you to make digital versions with ease.

The film scanner is designed to work with 35mm films and sounds very easy-to-use. You place the film into the scanner, turn on the backlight, and then take a photo using your smartphone and the included. There will be versions of the app available for the iPhone and Android devices. The app allows users… Continue reading

2013 Shelby Focus ST debuts at the North American International Auto Show

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We’ve see a lot of interesting cars announced during the 2013 North American International Auto Show. The 2013 Ford Focus ST wasn’t one of the cars unveiled at the show. This turbocharged hot hatchback has been around for a while now. Shelby American has unveiled a hopped up version of the Focus ST at the show.

While the Shelby name is associated with hopped up mustangs producing significantly more horsepower than normal, Shelby American curiously adds no additional power to its version of the Focus ST. The card develops 252 hp from a turbocharged stock engine. Most of the tweaks Shelby adds to the vehicle come in the form of visual items.
The car gets new wheels, tires, suspension, a new hood with… Continue reading

Bang & Olufsen shuttering shops as AV sales stumble

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Bang & Olufsen will shutter up to 125 stores across Europe in an attempt to save money, the Danish style merchant has confirmed, after retail sales of the company’s high-design A/V products failed to keep pace with its automotive deals. Sales grew 5.5-percent year on year in September to November 2012, B&O announced, but that was predominantly down to in-car audio tie-ins with Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, and other marques, rather than its more traditional media player and TV range.

In fact, revenue for the three months was DKK 819m ($146m), up from DKK 776m for the same period a year ago, but earnings were down to DKK 22m ($3.9m), hurt particularly by higher amortisation charges. Consumer device sales… Continue reading

Leap Motion inks Best Buy exclusive for motion-tracking dongle

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Leap Motion‘s ultra-precise Controller will launch at Best Buy exclusively, the company has announced, with pre-orders of the motion-tracking dongle kicking off in February. Set to go on sale both in Best Buy stores and through the retailer’s site – in addition to Leap Motion’s own preorders – the 3-inch long gadget hooks up to your computer via USB, and can track the movements of up to ten individual fingers around it.

In fact, Leap Motion’s technology can not only track ten fingers, but with an accuracy of up to 1/100th of a millimeter. There’s no visible delay in the tracking either, the company says, thanks to a 290fps capture rate, and the area of sensitivity covers 150-degrees.
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FAA proposal would prohibit personal wireless devices in the cockpit for pilots

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I’ve always thought that allowing pilots to use electronic devices like iPads in the cockpit was a bit unfair to passengers. If it’s safe enough for the pilots to use an iPad in the cockpit during all phases of flight, it should be safe enough for passengers to do the same thing I would think. I’ve always wondered if pilots use their own personal electronic devices in the cockpit, and apparently, they do.

The FAA is proposing a new rule that would prohibit pilots from using their personal wireless devices in the cockpit. The FAA is specific that the proposed rule would continue to allow iPads and laptops pilots use for work in the cockpit. Some major airlines have begun issuing iPads… Continue reading

Mushkin unveils 480 GB Atlas mSATA SSD upgrade drive

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If you have a compact notebook or ultrabook, there’s a good chance the device uses a very compact mSATA SSD. There is also good chance that you have used all the storage space available on the small SSD that many of these machines come with. Mushkin has announced the US availability of a new upgrade drive for any device using a mSATA SSD with lots of storage later this month.

The drive is called the 480 GB Atlas mSATA SSD and it will be available online soon. The SSD uses a SandForce SF-2281 processor with unthrottled IOPS. The drive supports features such as ATA APM, Security Set, and NCQ. If your machine has an OS and drivers that support it, the SSD… Continue reading

Life-size HAL 9000 replica is $500 of pure geek nostalgia

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If you’re in the middle of outfitting your geeky man cave or evil lair as the case may be, ThinkGeek has what might be the perfect wall decoration for you. That is assuming you don’t mind coughing up $500 on a geeky piece of wall art. Granted, this thing is a 100% accurate replica of the evil computer HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Let’s be honest, a typical fan of the film isn’t going to drop $499.99 on this replica, you need to be an uber fan. For your $499.99, you get a 100% accurate, life-size replica of HAL 9000. This thing was created from the actual studio blueprints used to create the devices for the film. The recreation is… Continue reading

Blockbuster UK enters administration

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Blockbuster UK has entered administration (UK bankruptcy), with 500 stores and 4,190 jobs hanging in the balance. ITV reports Deloitte, which is also handling the administration of HMV, has been appointed to handle the bankruptcy proceedings and find a buyer. The HMV situation involves 239 stores and 4350 jobs in the region.Although neither HMV nor Blockbuster are wholly game retailers, these latest events push forward the idea that the ecosystem of UK brick-and-mortar video game retail is collapsing. Play.com will alter its operation by March and GAME has had its own bought with bankruptcy. GameStop, a company that globally dominates game retail, removed itself from the physical UK market in early 2012.Hope you… Continue reading

Nintendo to merge handheld and console divisions by next month

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Nintendo plans to unite its console and handheld divisions by February 16, combining the two into a singular unit tasked with creating next-generation hardware. As reported by Nikkei, and then confirmed to Engadget by Nintendo, the combined unit will initially incorporate 150 handheld and 130 console engineers, and operate out of a new $340 million facility located just by the company’s headquarters (pictured above) in Kyoto, with the facility due to be completed by the end of 2013.The move represents Nintendo’s first major organizational restructuring in around a decade. In 2002, Saturo Iwata replaced Hiroshi Yamauchi as president of Nintendo, and initiated a move which saw the company’s two Research & Development teams re-assigned into the… Continue reading

Report: Epic Mickey 2 sold 270K copies in North America last year

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Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two reportedly sold 270,000 copies in North America by the end of last year, around a million less than its Wii-only predecessor in roughly the same amount of time post-release. That’s according to the LA Times, which reports it learned the figure from a person with access to recent NPD data.Epic Mickey, released in November 2010, reportedly sold 1.3 million copies by the close of that year. If accurate, Epic Mickey 2’s sales represent a commercial plummet for the series, despite the sequel coming to PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U last year in addition to the Wii, not to mention the 700 or so people who worked on the… Continue reading

Streamlined Xbox Live region-switching now available

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Swapping regions on Xbox Live should be smoother now that Microsoft has flipped the switch on its new migration account page. Spotted as a pilot program earlier this month, the account migration page is a streamlined process for Xbox Live users to swap accounts from one Xbox Live-serviced part of the world to another.Migration through the system will allow users to retain their gamerscore, those hard-earned Achievements, Microsoft Points, remaining time on their Gold membership and their profile. What won’t move is access to region specific apps, subscriptions and some content that is blocked in the other location due to “legal obligations or regional restrictions.”Microsoft notes: “Before you change your region, make sure you’ve downloaded any purchased content… Continue reading

Spider mech infests MechWarrior Online ahead of Double XP weekend

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It may not have eight legs or carry hundreds of thousands of its young around on a moist, throbbing abdomen, but MechWarrior Online’s new Spider mech is the game’s “most maneuverable and agile of all Light Mechs,” according to the press release tucked away after the break. The game’s new mechanical jam is already available in its store and can also be seen in the gallery below.Since jumping around is universally the most fun thing you can do in a giant robot, we’re expecting to see a lot of the Spider during MechWarrior Online’s first ever Double XP weekend event, which starts at 1 p.m. Eastern on Friday, January 18 and ends at 1 p.m. Eastern on… Continue reading

Kid Cudi joins cast of Need for Speed movie

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Dreamworks’ Need for Speed movie is rounding out its cast, adding hip-hop artist Kid Cudi (real name Scott Mescudi) to a lineup including Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots (real name). Paul, who plays the lead in the Need for Speed film, is best known for his role as Jesse in Breaking Bad. Cooper played Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger and Poots is best known as Tammy from 28 Weeks Later.Joining Mescudi and the rest of the cast is The Wire’s Ramon Rodriguez, American actor Rami Malek and Australian actor Harrison Gilbertson, The Hollywood Reporter says. The Need for Speed film is set to hit theaters on February 7, 2014.Kid

Might and Magic 6: Shades of Darkness pre-order bonuses are really grim

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Ubisoft has revealed a handful of pre-order bonuses for the standalone Might & Magic Heroes 6 expansion, Shades of Darkness. Pre-ordering the $30 package directly from Ubisoft will net you several in-game items, including the hero Belketh - who looks just a bit like the Grim Reaper - as well as four special weapons.Shades of Darkness will be released on February 28. Check out the trailer above for a peek at its story (just be sure to set your monitor to “maximum cheese”).Continue reading Might and Magic 6: Shades of Darkness pre-order bonuses are really grimMight and Magic 6: Shades of Darkness pre-order bonuses are really grim originally appeared on Joystiq on… Continue reading

Civilization 5 ‘One World’ expansion spotted in Steam database

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Civilization 5 might be getting a new expansion titled “One World,” according to a listing on the Steam Apps Database, as spotted by members of the 2K Games forums. The database lists only “Expansion - One World Content” and its executable file for PC, with no additional information. Neither 2K nor Firaxis have confirmed future DLC for the game.The previous expansion for Civilization 5 was Gods and Kings, which launched in June. We thought that expansion brought us pretty close to the “final version” of Civilization 5, but it seems there’s always room for improvement. Rome wasn’t built in a day, people.Civilization 5 ‘One World’ expansion spotted in Steam database originally appeared on… Continue reading

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX surfaces on Windows 8

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Originally due in November, the Windows 8 and Windows RT version of Pac-Man Championship Edition DX are available now. Being compatible with both Windows 8 and Windows RT, you don’t have to try to remember exactly which Surface tablet you bought; it’ll work on any of them.Pricing on the Windows 8 version is consistent with the XBLA and PSN versions, at $9.99/8.49€. We assume the ghost count is also consistent, at so many ghosts.Continue reading Pac-Man Championship Edition DX surfaces on Windows 8Pac-Man Championship Edition DX surfaces on Windows 8 originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds

PSA: PSN undergoing maintenance this Thursday

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PlayStation Network will undergo maintenance this Thursday: 4pm-4am GMT in Europe, and 11am-11pm EST in North America. The PlayStation Store will be down for that period, but online play will be available if you’re already signed in.PSA: PSN undergoing maintenance this Thursday originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 15 Jan 2013 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments

Affiliate Summit West 2013 Show Floor

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The show floor at the 2013 Affiliate Summit in Las Vegas is where all the action takes place. With 5,275 people attending, the 2013 ASW was the biggest show to date. The exhibit hall was buzzing with activities.
You can find nearly every company that has anything to do with the affiliate marketing industry on the show floor. The exhibit hall offers a great way for me to catch up with some of the affiliate networks that I deal with and meet new ones as well. When it come to building relationships, face to face networking is still where it’s at, and a show like the Affiliate Summit is a great place to do it. The exhibit

Affiliate Summit West 2013 Meet Market

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The Affiliate Summit Meet Market is where up and coming affiliate marketing companies get to do some quality face to face networking with affiliate marketers. The event runs for a single day only, so it’s a lot cheaper to display at the Meet Market than the show floor.
Affiliate Summit kicks off with an extended session of structured, face to face networking. Merchants will have tables set to meet with affiliates to discuss their affiliate programs and cut deals. Vendors that cater to affiliates and merchants will also have tables to share information about their products and services. Each table is a meeting spot for teaching, learning, closing deals, creating partnerships and finding new opportunities.
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How To Increase Traffic and Sales with Video Marketing

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Affiliate Summit West 2013 opened in Las Vegas today with a jam packed session on how to increase traffic and sales with video marketing by Heather Romiti.
Learn the advantages and the latest video marketing tips and tools for creating, syndicating, ranking, and monetizing your videos. Drive more traffic, more sales, and have fun doing it!
Heather Romiti is an Iraq war veteran turned affiliate marketer and wellness coach who created Blendhappy to inspire optimal health. She’s gained a lot of attention and opportunities through her blog and YouTube channel.
Heather started by showing some eye-opening stats about the power of videos. She claimed YouTube has over 8 billion unique visitors per month. That’s more than the entire world’s population!

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Who Will Win The Race? Place Your Bets Now!

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OK! Shoemoney is entering the ring, so the famous Shoemoney vs. John Chow battle continues. Me, dk, Shoemoney, and Ryan Niddel are going to be racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a bunch of the top affiliate marketers. It’s going to be quite the event.
If you’re at Affiliate Summit and want to join us, you can apply over to dk’s blog. Some of the attendees will actually be allowed to drive the cars. We will be driving over-powered Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and other exotics.

You are also invited to apply to come and just hang out and watch. The event is going to be amazing. Whoever wins, All Phase Hosting is going to donate… Continue reading

I Love Receiving Emails Like These

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Hey John!
Checking in – just wanted to say that I’m now on day 17 of the action plan for Blogging With John Chow. I want you to see something…
My blog has always had lots of comments compared to most who have none (maybe 25-30 per post sometimes). Once in awhile I’d have a 100+ posts – not often. Look in my sidebar – left side under Popular Posts: 172 comments…78 comments…75 comments… yes, those include me (so did the previous 20-30 ones).
But look at the kinds of comments people are leaving:
“Wow, Tiff. Another awesome post. I’m going to run out of wall space soon if I have to keep printing these out and hanging up to read… Continue reading

Come Race Me At Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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My buddy dk is always coming up with crazy stuff. Affiliate Summit is this coming weekend, and at the last second, dk and Ryan at All Phase Hosting came up with a fast and furious idea to get me killed. Ryan rented out the entire Las Vegas Motor Speedway, got a bunch of exotic cars, and said “Let’s race!” Yes, it’s good to have rich friends.
Of course, this much fun needs to be shared. So All Phase Hosting is going to allow some of my readers to attend! If the thought of driving high power Lamborghinis and Ferraris appeals to you, then read on.
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How To Be The Go-To Expert – Part 1

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I’m starting a new blogging series on how to become the go-expert in whatever field you choose to blog about. I’m not sure how many parts there will be, but I do know the series will help you greatly in presenting yourself as the go-to expert to your readers.
Why You Need To Become The Go-To Expert
When people are searching for information online, they want to learn from the experts in the field. I have over 250,000 daily readers and followers because I am viewed as the go-to expert in the field of Internet marketing and blogging. This expert status separates me from all the other make money online blogs, and allows me to continually attract more readers, which increase the… Continue reading

Make Money Online with Adaloo Ad Network

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There are many advertising networks on the Internet and one of the newest on the block is Adaloo. Even though the PPC-based ad network only launched on November 20, it already boasts a network of websites that reach 20 million visitors.
As we make our way through today’s review, we’ll take a look at what Adaloo has to offer and how it is different from the other ad networks you may encounter on the web.
Connecting with the Right Websites
Adaloo is an ad network that appears to specialize in display advertising. They support a number of different banner sizes, matching up the appropriate advertisers with the right audiences on the right websites in its network.

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Nothing’s Changed But My Change: The ShoeMoney Story

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My good friend (and sometimes enemy) Jeremy “Shoemoney” Schoemaker has just just released in his new book on Amazon, and it promises to be unlike any business book you’ve ever read.
Shoe has been telling me about this book for years, and it’s great to see he finally got it out. The book is more an autobiography than anything else. It’s an incredible read and I highly recommend you pick up a copy and add it to your success library.
Penned with the same irreverence for authority and grammar as his widely read blog (shoemoney.com), Nothing’s Changed but My Change chronicles the journey from a difficult childhood as the fat “dumb” kid to a grown-up place of prominence… Continue reading

How To Make 2013 Your Best Blogging Year

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You can look at 2013 as the same old same old, or you can look at it as an opportunity for a fresh. I do not believe in making new year’s resolutions. What I do like is making clearly defined goals and then creating a plan to get them. If one of your goals is to make 2013 your best blogging year, then taking the following actionable steps will help get you there.
Get Your Own Domain Name and Web Hosting
If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to give your blog its own domain name and get out of Blogspot or WordPress.com and into a professional web host. I am continually amazed at the number of emails I get from… Continue reading

Avoid Obesity. Pump Your Stomach?

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January, sweet January. That time when we all feel the holidays around our waistline, gym membership sales skyrocket and many of us set our list of ways we will try to improve our health. Giving up the pasta, breads and sugar can be a challenge. What if you could pump it out? Gorge yourself and take it out of your system. Sounds crazy, but Aspire Bariatrics developed AspireAssist which does exactly that. Currently available in parts of Europe – this weight loss tool literally allows the user to pump food out of your stomach.
Sure, AspireAssist may not be for the average Joe looking to drop a couple lbs. But face it. The amount of gastric bypass surgery in the US… Continue reading

Magnetic Light Switch Covers

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When it comes to making sure that your entire bunch of keys remain where they are always, there are some inexplicable moments in life when you just simply forgot where you put your keys, or for the life of you, swore that it was last put at the place you normally keep it, but for some reason or another, it is no longer there. Perhaps what you need is some novelty to ensure that something like this never happens again – and Thinkgeek’s $24.99 Magnetic Light Switch Covers ought to step in to help.
Basically, the Magnetic Light Switch Covers is pretty much self-explanatory – not only does it function as a light switch cover, it also allows… Continue reading

Super WiFi Antenna helps extend your WiFi reach

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When you add the prefix “Super” to anything, and rest assured, expectations on the performance of that particular noun would be sent to sky high proportions. So when we came across the $119.95 Super WiFi Antenna, there was this naughty bit in me that wanted to tear into all that the Super WiFi Antenna promised but could not deliver, but just to give the benefit of the doubt to First Street Online, let us see what this device touts.
For starters, it claims to be so powerful and amped up, that it is capable of picking up available WiFi signals from up to a mile away, how about that? All you need to do is plug it into… Continue reading

iTwin Connect unveiled

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Security of your precious data is often one of the priorities to have right at the top of your computing list, and even more when it comes to giant corporations. Well, there are many ways to leak out data (unwillingly or otherwise), and here is a potential solution for those who want to enjoy private and restriction-free browsing – with the iTwin Connect. The iTwin Connect will also be able to offer the wonders of remote file access and access to the home/office network (i.e., functioning as a personal virtual private network or VPN), coming in a simple and highly portable device form factor.
Basically, the iTwin Connect will comprise of two identical halves. In order to install, all you need… Continue reading

Facebook announces Graph Search

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Now, I know that social networks are very different from what we normally serve up here, but this news is a wee bit too popular to not talk about – with Facebook announcing their very own social network search capability that comes in the form of Graph Search. Basically, Graph Search would empower Facebook users to have the relevant tools in order to map out their relationships with the people and things they care about. It is a living, breathing graph, and Facebook claims that right now, with over a billion people, it translates to over 240 billion photos and over a trillion connections. Truly mind blowing figures, and these are set to grow in time. Imagine how it would… Continue reading

Phone Reminders on Your Wrist

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Anyone paying attention to advancements in the world of using your watch as a helpful, connected device certainly look forward to 2013. Rumors of an Apple watch keep circulating. The long awaited launch of the Pebble was announced at CES. Health and fitness watch features flourished. And something called the Cookoo watch made some headlines. Some of you may look forward to checking texts and emails on a watch. Some can’t go to the gym without a ‘smart watch’. But some of us don’t need THAT much on our wrist. Rather than serving as another device on which to read or interact, I would prefer something that is sort of an extension of my phone features.
Cookoo proves to be… Continue reading

Pore Cleaning Microdermabrasion System

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Everyone wants to have pure and clean skin, no doubt about that. If you ever doubt that, then check out the numbers that the cosmetics industry churns out each year. It runs into the billions for sure, as vanity appeals to every single one of us. Well, the quest to find the Fountain of Youth remains an elusive one, so we are left to getting enough exercise, keeping to a healthy diet, and also using other facial cleansing products such as creams and if you want to go a bit further, how about exploring life with the $299.95 Pore Cleaning Microdermabrasion System?
The Pore Cleaning Microdermabrasion System is a diamond-tip microdermabrasion system which relies on a gentle yet powerful… Continue reading

Kyocera Ceramic Coffee Grinder

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There is nothing quite like a piping hot cup of coffee for you to begin the day with, and while some of us are able to make do with any kind of coffee without having to complain, while others are far more picky with their taste buds. Well, you know what they say – if you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself, and here we are with the $49.99 Kyocera Ceramic Coffee Grinder.
Basically, with the Kyocera Ceramic Coffee Grinder, you are able to grind it the way you want it, where there is a ceramic burr grinder that is hard and durable, and it does not only do coffee since it is fully adjustable… Continue reading

Rapoo does a slew of wireless audio solutions

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We are still not quite done with CES 2013 just yet, even though the show ended late last week, there are still some ripples to cover considering the vastness of the entire event. Well, Rapoo, being one of the leading manufacturers of wireless peripheral products, did take the opportunity to make an announcement of a trio of new wireless, portable audio solutions back at CES 2013. They are the Bluetooth Portable Speaker A5000, Bluetooth Portable Mini Speaker A3060 (as seen above) and Bluetooth Portable Speaker A8060, where all of them will deliver a compact design and powerful sound perfect for use at home or on the go.
First off, Rapoo’s compact Bluetooth Portable Speaker A5000 will be a Bluetooth 4.0 speaker… Continue reading

Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

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We have seen our fair share of Kickstarter projects, and while some of them fail to take off as they did not manage to raise the minimum amount of funds, others achieve their funding goals in a matter of hours – not even days, and this has led the folks behind these projects to come up with extended goals to further add more features to the final product. Well, here is one Kickstarter project that has yet to achieve its funding goal, but it is well on the way there with 20 days to go and $8,000 short of the $50,000 goal – the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner.
The name itself, the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner, is pretty much self-explanatory. With… Continue reading

The PC is not dead

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Every once in a while so-called analysts proclaim the death of a company or device and while the dices they throw are sometimes right about that, they are more often than not wrong. The latest prediction is that the PC is dead and that is almost entirely based on a drop in 4th quarter 2012 shipments and the rise of tablets.Tablets are the latest trend and they are doing extremely well right now, selling like hotcakes so to say. The majority of tablets are great for certain activities, like browsing the Internet, watching video, listening to music, messaging and other activities that require little to no input from the user. Playing Angry Birds on a Kindle Fire is fun and even… Continue reading

Record, Edit and upload videos to YouTube with ezvid

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Creating a YouTube channel and videos that you publish on it may sound like a complicated task on first glance especially if you are not the tech-savviest of users. While it is easy to record videos using a webcam or software like MSI Afterburner, you need video editing software to edit the recorded video before you publish it on a site like YouTube. There are free programs out there for that task, like Free Video Dub and while they produce great results, it means that you have to work with at least two different programs on your system.Ezvid is a free program for the Windows operating system that combines screen recording with video editing. While it may not… Continue reading

Extract Frames from animated gifs with Gif Scrubber

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Do you like to browse the animated gif sections over at Reddit, 4Chan (Work safe gifs only) or another website where they are posted regularly on? I certainly appreciate animated gifs as long as they are provided on standalone pages and not as part of a website that I browse on a daily basis. So, no to blinking under construction signs or dancing babies on regular sites, but yes to sites that let me browse animated gifs individually.In case you do not know, animated gifs are basically short movies that are often used to capture funny or interesting scenes of existing movies, videos or television shows. They do open up like images in browsers but instead of just displaying… Continue reading

The new MySpace is here

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The last couple of years were a rough time for the social networking site MySpace. Once the most popular social networking site available on the Internet, users started to leave it in shiploads to join competing services like Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. While it still managed to keep a sizable amount of users and a top spot as one of the top 250 or so sites in the world, it never managed to catch up with its main competitor Facebook.MySpace was sold in 2011 for $35 million US Dollars and rumors made the rounds that the new owners would relaunch the site with a new design and focus on what made the site popular in first place, music.The new MySpace… Continue reading

Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on PCs where it is blocked

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While most malware ignores software installed on a PC it is trying to infect, some have been designed to block security software from running or being installed on a system it has successfully infected. Malware designed this way tries to make it harder for admins and users to disinfect the system or even detect that malware is running on it. Various techniques are used to achieve that goal, from redirecting security software websites to other sites so that antivirus solutions can’t be downloaded that easily to monitoring running processes to automatically kill processes created by security software.Malwarebytes, the makers of the popular Anti-Malware application for Windows have created a program they call Chameleon for these situations that can install the… Continue reading

Self-Destructing Cookies for Firefox

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Cookies, small bits of data that Internet servers you connect to can place on your local computer, can be both beneficial and privacy-invasive depending on how they are used. Beneficial cookies store session data so that you can browse a website without having to sign in on every page you visit. Privacy-invasive cookies on the other hand track you on the Internet to create profiles that are used by advertising companies and marketing firms.A core issue in this regard is that cookies have an expiration data set by the server so that they may reside on the computer even after you have closed the website. While this may be beneficial at times, for instance if you visit the website regularly and… Continue reading

Microsoft details Mesh to SkyDrive migration process

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Windows Live Mesh will be retired by Microsoft on February 13, 2013 in favor of the company’s SkyDrive cloud hosting and synchronization service. Microsoft has set up a support page for Mesh customers that informs them about the migration process to SkyDrive. The company notes that files synchronized with Mesh won’t be available online anymore starting the date of retirement. The copies on the local system are unaffected by this for obvious reasons, and the first thing that Mesh users need to make sure of is that they have synced all files stored online with local systems to avoid losing access to these files in the migration process.The company notes in an email sent out to all Mesh users… Continue reading

Chrome 25 beta adds CSP, voice control

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Today Google rolled out the beta version of Chrome 25 with a few intriguing new features. As you may remember, last week the search giant rolled out a beta channel for Android, which took a surprisingly long time given that the mobile operating system is also a part of the Mountain View, CA-company.First and foremost is the addition of Content Security Policy (CSP) which will, hopefully, help to reduce the threat from cross-site scripting and other content injection attacks. According to Google’s Eric Biddelman, this means that users can utilize a “Content-Security-Policy HTTP header to define a whitelist of trusted content sources.Tthe browser will only execute or render resources from those sources.”However, the big thing with this latest version of Chrome is the… Continue reading

TubeStop adds useful shortcuts to YouTube on Chrome

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YouTube’s default shortcut system – yes there are shortcuts – is really inferior when you compare it to other Google products. I’m not exactly sure why that is the case but it may have something to do that the site was acquired by Google and not build up from the ground like Gmail or Google Reader.To use the shortcuts, you need to move the mouse cursor over elements of the video player which more or less breaks the purpose of using shortcuts. Why not just click if you have to move the mouse anyway? You can press space to pause a video or play it, but only if the video itself is active for instance.Here are a couple of default keyboard… Continue reading

Health Reports to launch in Firefox 20

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Developers like Mozilla, Google, Microsoft or Opera software need information on how their products are used and how well the underlying technologies work. The data that is gathered can provide the developing company with important information about optimizations in regards to stability, performance or functionality.A basic example are crash reports that users can but do not have to submit. Mozilla for instance sometimes uses this feature to block unstable add-ons, plugins or features in the browser remotely to protect users from further crashes.Mozilla implemented a Telemetry feature beginning with Firefox 7 that is turned off by default in stable and beta versions of the browser, and turned on in aurora and nightly versions of it.

Telemetry shares performance, usage, hardware and customization

Nespresso vs. Espresso

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Interesting take on technology and automation in the form of a blind coffee taste test of hand-made espresso versus Nespresso machine:
Does this herald the death of artisan coffee, except in those exclusive enclaves where the very best, most obsessive practitioners ply their trade? And is the writing on the wall for other areas of human excellence where we cling to the idea that artisanal is best? A lifeline might seem to be provided by the detailed reviews of the coffees we tasted. The key descriptors for Nespresso were ‘smooth’ and ‘easy to drink’. And from the point of view of restaurateurs who use it, the key word is ‘consistency’. It was far from bland, but it was not… Continue reading

The Science of Trolls

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Mother Jones has a short piece about the effects of “negative consequences of vituperative online comments for the public understanding of science” (aka comment trolling):
The researchers were trying to find out what effect exposure to such rudeness had on public perceptions of nanotech risks. They found that it wasn’t a good one. Rather, it polarized the audience: Those who already thought nanorisks were low tended to become more sure of themselves when exposed to name-calling, while those who thought nanorisks are high were more likely to move in their own favored direction. In other words, it appeared that pushing people’s emotional buttons, through derogatory comments, made them double down on their preexisting beliefs.
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The Consequences of Time

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I’ve been trying to get through my Instapaper backlog lately. It’s a kind of New Years resolution thing, but mostly a reaction to reading books for awhile. That’s not all that important except to explain why I’ll probably be posting some old stuff over the coming weeks.
Anyway, I was struck reading this post from 2009 by Kevin Kelly on technology and how he explained the clock in a very McLuhan’esque way:

Seemingly simple inventions like the clock had profound social consequences. The clock divvied up an unbroken stream of time into measurable units, and once it had a face, time became a tyrant, ordering our lives. Danny Hillis, computer scientist, believes the gears of the clock spun out science, and all… Continue reading

Jacobs v. Moses

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One of the best ways to judge just how interesting something really is is to see whether you’re still thinking about it days from then. Anyway, another stop on my Instapaper archaeology was this excellent New Republic book review that talks about the relationship between the work of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses. It’s a pretty balanced affair that suggests that Jacobs may not have been as perfect an urban planner as she has since been painted and Moses may not have been the devil incarnate. I’ll leave the conclusion for you to read on your own, but here’s a quick snippet on where Jacobs doesn’t necessarily work for the realities of the city:
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A Coffee Drought?

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This paragraph from The Awl on the possibility of a coffee drought wins the day:
Can you imagine? Think about how unpleasant people are already, with coffee. Think about how unpleasant people are about coffee. And I’m not even talking about your garden-variety dickheads who debate the merits of pour-over brew versus the Estonian flatiron reverse-osmosis method, which is probably a thing even though I just made it up. I’m talking about the people who are all, “I can’t start the day without coffee,” as if the rest of us aren’t just as tired and irritable without feeling the apparently deep-seated need to broadcast just how dependent we are on hot water dripped through crushed beans to help us contend with… Continue reading

Notes

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The Chronicle of Higher Education has an interesting article on notes, which, as the article points out, is something we all constantly interact with and seldom discuss. Here’s a bit on digital note-taking systems:
Digital note-taking systems were a direct outgrowth of the early hypertext knowledge-representation systems. I had my first encounter with one of those when I arrived at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in the mid-1980s. In addition to their better-known innovations (the laser printer, the WYSIWYG text editor, the graphical user interface, the Ethernet), the center’s researchers developed the system Notecards. It was a thing of wonder, back when the computer could still induce that feeling. You could create notecards containing text or graphics, sort them… Continue reading

Making It

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I like this little story on Quora from Stewart Butterfield, one of the co-founders of Flickr. In response to why the company dropped the “e”, he explains it was because the guy who owned the flicker.com domain wouldn’t sell. But then he goes on to give this extra anecdote:
Bonus story: for a long time when I searched Google for “flickr” I got a “Did you mean flicker?” suggestion. I knew we’d have “made it” when that stopped. Eventually that message did stop showing up … and by 2005 or 2006 the search results page even asked “Did you mean flickr?” when searching for “flicker”. That’s when I knew it was big! (Google seems to have stopped doing that since.)

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Idiots & Taking the Long View

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I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, and one of them is New Yorker’s Out Loud. The last episode featured a great interview with Daniel Mendelsohn, a literary critic. In the podcast he mostly talks about the books that inspired him to become a writer, but then, towards the end, he talks a bit about the job of a cultural critic and I thought what he had to say was interesting enough to transcribe and share:

We now have these technologies that simulate reality or create different realities in very sophisticated and interesting ways. Having these technologies available to us allows us to walk, say, through midtown Manhattan but actually to be inhabiting our private reality… Continue reading

Context, Identity and the New UC Logo

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I’m guessing you heard about this, but earlier this year the University of California introduced a new identity system. It looked something like this:

 
As people are wont to do, they freaked out. In fact, they freaked out enough that the University eventually decided to drop the new logo. Now, with the controversy in the rearview mirror, I’ve read/listened to a few post-mortems on how and why something like this happened and I felt like chiming in. My credentials, like most commenters, are pretty thin, but I think they give me an interesting perspective. Beyond spending a sort of ridiculous amount of time thinking about brands, overseeing a product team including three designers and previously working in advertising overseeing creative… Continue reading

Top Longform of 2012

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Last year I listed out my five favorite pieces of longform writing and it seemed to go over pretty well, so I figured I’d do the same again this year. It was harder to compile the list this year, as my reading took me outside just Instapaper (especially to the fantastic Longform app for iPad), but I’ve done my best to pull these together based on what I most enjoyed/found most interesting/struck me the most.
One additional note before I start my list: To make this process slightly more simple next year I’ve decided to start a Twitter feed that pulls from my Instapaper and Readability favorites. You can find it at @HeyItsInstafavs. Okay, onto the list.

The Yankee

Color Organ

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There are some projects that provide you with hours of enjoyment. This Color Organ is one of those types of projects since you can play different songs and watch the dancing colors. Ledartist goes through all of the parts needed for the project and some of the issues in developing the circuit. Hearing about problems is great since you can learn what not to do without going down the path yourself. It is completely analog and uses very common parts, chances are you have all of these parts (or compatible parts) in your part bins. 
If you are interested in purchasing a kit version you are in luck… Continue reading

Name the Thing Contest – 217

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The prize this week is a breadboard power supply. This contest will run for one week (January 13 2013 – January 18, 2013). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item above and what it can be used for.
Please do not give the answer in the comments.
Send an email to contest @ hackedgadgets.com with “Name the Thing Contest” as the subject, and the message body consisting of:

The name of the item in the above picture
An example of what the item pictured above can be used for

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DIY Gamma-Ray Probe

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David Prutchi has just put together a DIY Gamma-Ray Probe using a Philips XP5312/SN photomultiplier tube and a piece of scintillation plastic. A paint can was selected as a nice solid enclosure, the tube and plastic are supported by some foam on the inside to protect them from damage.
“The probe yields a background count of approximately 1,000 counts/minute (cpm) in our lab, and 7,400 cpm from a 137Cs 6.7 µCi exempt source at a distance of 30 cm.  The probe’s sensitivity, portability and rugged construction make it an ideal choice for surveying.”
 

Wireless IP Camera hacked to Remotely Monitor and E-Stop a CNC Machine

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You might remember a few years ago when I shared how I monitor my running CNC machine. Looks like Dave from Plastibots has added a cool twist to the idea. Dave uses a wireless IP camera to monitor his equipment but he also came up with a way to wirelessly e-stop the machine by remotely pressing the escape button if the system is acting up. Instead of coming up with a new way to communicate the e-stop command he saw that the IR lights could be turned on and off remotely. By hijacking the signal line for this operation he is now able to use the re-purposed signal to shut down the CNC remotely.
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Skittles Sorting Machine based on a Basic Stamp 2

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If you like to dig through your bag of skittles to eat all of one color before moving on to the next this Skittles Sorting Machine might be just for you. It uses a BASIC Stamp 2 to control the system. A few sensors and actuators get the job of sorting done. The main thing at work here is a TAOS color sensor, this sensor allows the stamp to determine what type of skittle it is looking at. There is always some issue that crops up in a project like this and the creator mentions that dealing with the white “S” that is printed on one side of the Skittle made it hard to… Continue reading

Lego Mindstorms EV3 unveiled at CES 2013

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Stephen Cass from ieee Spectrum demonstrates the new Lego Mindstorms EV3 which was just unveiled at CES 2013. Looks like this platform will allow for some great project building. The EV3 runs on Linux and can interface with smartphones through blootooth. It also has a wifi dongle to connect to other wireless devices. Of course they have a gambling demo setup in Las Vegas to show us some of its capabilities. The price is quite steep at $350 though. I can’t wait to see some of the hacks on this new platform!
 

 


Midi-Controller Guitar

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 Ben shows us how he starts one of his hacks. He is talking a midi controller and making it fit into a Guitar sized unit. Lots of work went into moving some sliders and buttons around so that it will work in the new form factor. Ben uses a neat trick to make the new front face fit all of the existing buttons. He takes a scan of the original enclosure which allows him to make the new enclosure exact, to ensure that his new design fits well he cuts out the test pattern o paper using a laser cutter. On the next episode he will complete the enclosure since the hardware mod is complete… Continue reading

Signature Electronic Signs Hack and Repair

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Our friend Bob Davis has been working with some Signature Electronic Signs. He didn’t like the complex controller that came with the device so he made a controller based on the arduino to control the sign. You can see the code that makes the system work here. These displays are available on Ebay at some reasonable prices, Bob describes some of technical details of the display here where he tells us how he repaired one that he purchased on Ebay.
 

How to Reflow a Macbook Pro GPU

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Dane from Transistor Man had a Macbook Pro with a GPU that wasn’t working. The system would boot but the display output was dead. Similar to the  Xbox 360 BGA  problems there are some Macbook Pro computers that have experienced BGA solder issues. The big issue here is that BGA devices have the solder connections under the device itself. Dane used a heat gun and a variac to blow a measured amount of heat onto the device to reflow the solder in attempts to repair the bad connections. The actual remelting of the solder isn’t a quick application of heat as it is when you solder a through hole solder pad. To prevent thermal… Continue reading

Name the Thing Contest – 216

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The prize this week is a breadboard power supply. This contest will run for one week (January 6 2013 – January 11, 2013). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item above and what it can be used for.
Please do not give the answer in the comments.
Send an email to contest @ hackedgadgets.com with “Name the Thing Contest” as the subject, and the message body consisting of:

The name of the item in the above picture
An example of what the item pictured above can be used for

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Mold Your Engaged Employees Into Brand Advocates

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Matt Ridings & Michael Brito Advocating For Employee Advocacy

Employee engagement is key in improving productivity in any industry.  A happy employee is much more likely to be more productive than their counterparts.
A recent study from the National Business Research Institute (NBRI) shares just how important it is to keep employees engaged.  Findings include:

Engaged employees product twice as much work product in the time as unengaged employees
The average adult spends a quarter to a third of their waking life at work
40% – 80% of customer satisfaction is affected by employee attitudes

Additionally NBRI identified the following six traits of engaged employees:

Believe in their organization
Have the desire to work to make things better
Understand the business context and the bigger picture
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6 Essential Questions & Answers About Content Marketing for 2013

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For every social media, SEO or content marketing “expert” there are hundreds, if not thousands of smart business people that do not possess advanced knowledge in those areas. That’s not unreasonable, since running a business involves more than keeping up with the latest internet marketing best practices.
On this blog we often include the basics of search, social and content marketing because that’s where a lot of people need confidence and affirmation that they’re on the right track.  To support that approach, here are a series of questions my co-worker Miranda Miller shared with me as prep for an online radio show. Hopefully, if you’re responsible for attracting, engaging and converting new business for your company, you will find them useful.
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Online Marketing News: Retail + Big Data, Fans Love Brands, Slideshare Generates Leads

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The Retailer’s Guide to Big Data
The explosion of mobile and social media has changed the ways that retailers view customer data. This recent infographic from Monetate takes a dive into big data and presents challenges, goals, and tips for developing a big data game plan.
Google To Hire More Help, Users Enticed To Search While Signed In
Google is determined to see G+, local search, and personalized search succeed. To that end, they’re hiring a new product marketing manager for search. This person would be responsible for developing plans, creatives, campaigns, and programs to increase the number of users that are signed in. Via everythingpr.
Even Amid Scandal, People Will Defend Their Favorite Brands
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Link Building for Beginners in 3 Simple Steps

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Historically, link building was critical for companies to appear in search results, as links have long been an important signal to search engines. However, the new link building is about mentions, social visibility, and building your company’s presence, says Alison Groves, Product Coordinator at Raven Internet Marketing Tools.
Groves presented her three simple steps to link building for businesses in a presentation this morning at NMX Las Vegas. Her process, she says, revolves around relationship building and nurturing in order to earn mentions from relevant websites. We need to focus less on the technical and more on attracting targeted traffic by getting our sites in front of the people most likely to be interested in… Continue reading

Pinterest 101: 33 Ways To Create Engaging Content & Be More Pinnable #NMX

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I am amazed at how much Debba Haupert (@girlfriendology) was able to cover in one short session at NMX Las Vegas.  Debba’s session on Pinterest proved to be very informational and provided practical advice and tools that marketers can use to better engage their followers.
Many brands are still struggling to determine if Pinterest is a platform that will work for their business.  Companies that have taken the leap may be unsure of how exactly to use Pinterest and what their strategy should be.
The numbers don’t lie.  Pinterest has proven that it has staying power.

10.4 million users
25 million uni visitors/month
1/3 use for shipping inspiration
Average time spent: 1hr 17 min
Draws more referral traffic than Google+, LinkedIn, and youtube combined

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Jay Baer on Content Marketing, Youtility and Why Inbound Marketing Just Isn’t Enough #NMX

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Helping beats selling. If you sell someone, you can make a customer today. If you help someone, you can make a customer for life. So says social media speaker, author and coach Jay Baer, in the opening of his “Youtility” presentation at NMX Las Vegas.
What is Youtility and why do marketers need to get on board? Audiences have become fragmented, there is far more competition for their attention, he says. Frame of mind awareness is all about inbound marketing, but this doesn’t create demand; it fulfills it. It’s half the cake – it’s a great thing for consumers for already know what they want. In 2004, 83% of people used search engines to find websites, but in 2012, it fell… Continue reading

Lee Odden’s War of Words: Myth-Busting Social, Content Marketing & SEO at NMX

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Our CEO at TopRank Online Marketing, Lee Odden (@leeodden), shared his War of Words: Myth-Busting Social, Content Marketing and SEO yesterday at NMX Las Vegas.
The premise of Lee’s presentation was actually crowdsourced; the title War of Words comes from H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, which was turned into a radio program by Orson Wells and spawned a mass fear that Mars aliens were on their way to take over Earth. There is much misinformation in content marketing, social media and SEO that the hype spreads much like the alien myths of days gone by, says Lee.
Is SEO Dead?
This is perhaps one of the most widely held myths, Lee points out. People get a lot of attention for proclaiming SEO… Continue reading

Social Influence and Why Brands Need to Care #NMX

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Do brands care whether they have influence in social media? They certainly should, said members of the three-person panel on social influence at NMX Monday.
Jonathan Dick, Director of Business Development at Klout,  kicked off the conversation with his thoughts that brands do care, though they may struggle to understand or measure their influence.
Andy Levey, Senior Manager of New Media & Analytics at Cirque du Soleil, believes social influence is incredibly important for brands to connect with and engage fans. “It’s all about them; if we don’t have fans talking about us, we’re not in business,” he said. Cirque du Soleil are lucky, Levey admits. Their… Continue reading

Fireside Chat with Guy Kawasaki: Self Publishing & Marketing Your Own Book – #NMX

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“I love Las Vegas.  I love New Media.  What’s not to love?” – Guy Kawasaki
Day two of NMX Las Vegas kicked off with a fireside chat between Mark Fidelman (@markfidelman) and Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki).  Guy is well known for his work at Apple, as founder of Alltop, as well as his books and speaking.
In the interview Guy discussed everything from the devices he uses to what he’d like to change about social platforms.  However, the highlight of the conversation was surrounding Guy’s new book APE: How to Publish a Book.
What Is APE?
APE is a book for authors looking to stray from traditional publishing in favor of self-publishing.
Why Guy Wrote APE
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Productivity Power Panel: Tools, Tactics, & Workflows of Highly Productive Bloggers – #NMX

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I arrived early to Monday’s Productivity Power Panel and it was standing room only.  I quickly snapped my picture (as you can see the panelists were doing the same of the packed room) and found my spot in the back of the room, on the floor.  This panel discussion features Moderator Craig Jarrow (@TMNinja) and speakers Leo Widrich (@LeoWid), Brett Kelly (@inkedmn), and Mike Vardy (@MikeVardy).
In this session the speakers covered 3 different elements to becoming a highly productive blogger:
- Techniques and Tools
- Social Media and Sharing
- Gadgets and Gear
Techniques For Picking Blog Topics
Craig: One of the first things we get asked about is how do we generate so much content, or how do you write so many… Continue reading

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: July 2012

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We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for over four years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.
We continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by… Continue reading

Why Account Managers Shouldn’t Prevent Designers From Speaking To Clients

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Working as a Web designer can suck sometimes. This is especially true when you don’t get to work alongside the client. Unfortunately this scenario is more common than you would think. Many organizations have been carefully structured to keep the Web designer and the client apart. But is that really sensible? Would projects run much smoother without your account manager or boss acting as the middleman?
This issue came to my attention following the release of my latest book “Client Centric Web Design.” In this book I provide advice about how to work more effectively with clients. However, I… Continue reading

Create A Responsive, Mobile-First WordPress Theme

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Let’s assess the situation. WordPress is an extremely popular, flexible, easy to use and open-source blogging and CMS system. More and more mobile devices are flooding the market every day, changing the way people use the Internet. And the need is growing for more beautifully designed and coded WordPress themes that work well across all of these devices. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get to work!

At first, the idea of designing and developing a fully responsive, mobile-ready WordPress theme might be overwhelming. You might be thinking, “How do I handle a responsive design with all of… Continue reading

How Content Creators Benefit From The New SEO

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Due to big changes in the SEO landscape, designers, photographers, videographers and writers have new opportunities to build their reputation, expand brand awareness and generate more leads. This post describes five important developments that content creators should be aware of, and then we’ll outline several ways to capitalize on them.
Five SEO Developments That Favor Content Producers
Thanks to self-publishing and social networks, the world is drowning in content. Google’s response: make it easy for searchers to drill down to exactly what they are looking for. Today, we can perform a search and look at the results all together in one… Continue reading

Form-Field Validation: The Errors-Only Approach

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Error pages for form-field validation are dreadful. You’ve just filled out 20 form fields, yet you get the same bloated page thrown back in your face because a single field failed to validate.
I clearly recall the often loud sighs of despair during our last usability study each time a test subject encountered a validation error page.
We also noticed that test subjects who had been exposed to validation errors began to take preventive actions to avoid them in subsequent steps, by writing things such as “N/A” in the “Company name” field if in doubt about whether the field was optional… Continue reading

Introduction To JavaScript Unit Testing

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You probably know that testing is good, but the first hurdle to overcome when trying to write unit tests for client-side code is the lack of any actual units; JavaScript code is written for each page of a website or each module of an application and is closely intermixed with back-end logic and related HTML. In the worst case, the code is completely mixed with HTML, as inline events handlers.
This is likely the case when no JavaScript library for some DOM abstraction is being used; writing inline event handlers is much easier than using the DOM APIs to bind those events… Continue reading

Do-It-Yourself Caching Methods With WordPress

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There are different ways to make your website faster: specialized plugins to cache entire rendered HTML pages, plugins to cache all SQL queries and data objects, plugins to minimize JavaScript and CSS files and even some server-side solutions.

But even if you use such plugins, using internal caching methods for objects and database results is a good development practice, so that your plugin doesn’t depend on which cache plugins the end user has. Your plugin needs to be fast on its own, not depending on other plugins to do the dirty work. And if you think you need to… Continue reading

Create Interactive Prototypes With Adobe Fireworks

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Whilst designing for screens—including Web, mobile and rich interaction applications (RIAs)—you often need to create a prototype to see whether the application works properly before moving onto the development stage.
Prototypes are also essential in Web projects. For example, when you plan an online ordering process, you have to be sure that every step is correct and that no critical elements are missing. Usually, you would create different screens for all pages of a website, ordering process or application workflow, and then describe the connection between them. This way you can see whether the interactions work… Continue reading

Powerful New CSS- and JavaScript Techniques

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Since our last round-up of useful CSS techniques, we’ve seen a lot of truly remarkable CSS geekery out there. With CSS3, some of the older techniques now have become obsolete, others have established themselves as standards, and many techniques are still in the “crazy experimentation” stage.
Since the release of the previous post, we’ve been collecting, sorting, filtering and preparing a compact overview of powerful new CSS techniques. Today we finally present some of these techniques. Use them right away or save them for future reference.
Please note that many techniques are not only CSS-based, but also use HTML5 and… Continue reading

Easily Customize WordPress’ Default Functionality

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The absolute best thing about WordPress is how flexible it is. Don’t like the theme? Just change it. Need added functionality? There is probably a plugin you can download or buy. If not, build it yourself! You can change pretty much anything about WordPress. In this article, we’ll go over some easy ways to customize WordPress that you might not know about.

Change The Default Source Of jQuery
Another great thing about WordPress is that it comes locked and loaded with all kinds of JavaScript libraries, including jQuery. It also gives you the power to change the source of those… Continue reading

Científicos de la Universidad de Málaga desarrollan un ordenador capaz de componer música clásica

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Un grupo de investigación en Inteligencia Computacional de la Universidad de Málaga (UMA) ha diseñado y programado un ordenador capaz componer música clásica, ‘Iamus’, el cual se ha convertido en el primer sistema no humano que puede producir una partitura de música "indiferenciable" de obras de compositores profesionales.etiquetas: musica, iamus, universidad de málaga» noticia original

Valoración del #30J: Sal de Twitter. Sal de Facebook. Toma la calle

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Las movilizaciones del 30J se han planteado como un comienzo. Se está tratando de cambiar la realidad de un sector diseñado para cortocircuitar desde un principio los mecanismos de presión colectiva de los trabajadores. El sector TIC tiene que estar en la calle y en la red, y ahí es donde internet juega una posición ambivalente. Y es que Internet es parte de la solución y parte del problema, gracias a la Red se llega donde antes no se llegaba, ahora hay que conseguir que la gente haga algo más que "me gusta" en Facebook o hacer RT en Twitter.etiquetas: 30j, manifestación, informática» noticia original

¿Ajuste? Valencia paga 24.000 euros por su ‘embajada’ de 14 m2 en Nueva York

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El Secretario de Estado de Comercio, Jaime García Legaz, lo tuvo claro el día que descubrió que en la brasileña Sao Paulo había once oficinas comerciales españolas. Y todas a un tiro de piedra. “Es un disparate”, sentenció. Afirmó también que había que atajar como fuera ese despilfarro, aunque, por ahora, el murciano no ha tenido mucho éxito en su empeño.etiquetas: crisis, economia, nueva york, valencia» noticia original

Pepa Bueno: "De la mano de Fran Llorente hemos pasado de la tele del Gobierno a la tele del Estado"

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Nunca, jamás, recibí una instrucción política de Fran Llorente como director de Informativos de TVE. Nunca me impuso una noticia o impidió que diera otra. Hemos discutido mucho, hemos coincidido y hemos discrepado, como ocurre en todas las redacciones del mundo. Pero jamás ha interferido en mi trabajo de periodista con criterios ajenos a la lógica informativa o a la responsabilidad social. No ha sido fácil y en el camino ha habido también fracasos, pero Fran Llorente simboliza ya un modelo de televisión pública en España.etiquetas: tve, pepa bueno, fran llorente, informativos, julio somoano» noticia original

El fuego duplica su avance en Valencia en unas horas

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El fuego avanza el doble en unas horas en Andilla. El constante cambio de viento y las altas temperaturas facilitan el avance del fuego hacia la Sierra Calderona. Decenas de miles de hectáreas han ardido ya en ambos incendios, que siguen sin estar controlados a última hora de la tarde del domingo.etiquetas: incendio, valencia, sierra calderona, emergencia» noticia original

La Generalitat de Cataluña pone en marcha la privatización de los túneles de Vallvidrera y del Cadí

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El gobierno catalán ha puesto en marcha hoy el proceso de privatización de los Túneles de Vallvidrera y del Cadí por un precio de salida de 430 millones de euros. Se trata de un contrato de gestión de servicio público en régimen de concesión, por un período de 25 años, para la conservación y explotación de los túneles de Vallvidrera y accesos, y el túnel del Cadí y sus accesos. Estas privatizaciones, por las que ya se ha interesado Abertis Autopistas, forman parte de las acciones adoptadas por el gobierno catalán para reducir el déficit.etiquetas: generalitat, privatización, peajes, cadí, vallvidrera, túneles, abertis» noticia original

La ministra Báñez filtra datos confidenciales del ERE del PSOE

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El Ministerio de Empleo difundió datos confidenciales sobre el expediente de regulación de empleo (ERE) que prepara el PSOE para reducir drásticamente su plantilla, una información de carácter privado que solo puede darse a conocer a las partes interesadas. (…) Un texto de dos páginas con los principales datos del ERE fue enviado desde el correo de la ministra a un periodista al menos.etiquetas: ministra, báñez, datos confidenciales, ere, psoe» noticia original

Alemania retira en Madrid una placa nazi defendida por el PP de Gallardón

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El Gobierno municipal del antes alcalde de Madrid (2003-2011) y ahora ministro de Justicia, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón (Partido Popular), defendió con vehemencia varios símbolos del franquismo y el nazismo que pervivían aún en el Cementerio de la Almudena. El Ayuntamiento de la capital argumentó en 2010 que “hay que dejar a los muertos descansar en paz”; y llego hasta el punto de afirmar que se debe “reconocer” la “actitud bélica” de la División Azul, una de las homenajeadas en el cementerio, máxime porque fue condecorada por el régimen nazi.etiquetas: madrid, cementerio, gallardón» noticia original

De campeón del mundo a vender cupones

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La vida nos depara caminos tan dispares que muchas veces son difíciles de asimilar. La línea que separa el éxito del fracaso, la alegría de la tristeza es tan sumamente fina que de la noche a la mañana puedes pasar de un estado al otro sin tiempo para digerirlo. Es el caso de Álex Lombardero (Arteixo, 1979), campeón del mundo sub’20 en Nigeria en 1999. Por entonces en las filas del Lugo, Alex compartió vestuario, minutos sobre el césped y la gloria del primer gran entorchado del fútbol español con un tal Iker Casillas y un tal Xavi Hernández.etiquetas: deportes, sub 20, álex lombardero, casillas, xavi, fútbol» noticia original

Agreden a pedradas a dos hermanos al creer que eran gays y muere uno de ellos

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Dos hermanos iban abrazados por la calle en Brasil, volviendo de una fiesta. Un grupo de jóvenes creyeron que eran una pareja gay y los atacaron brutalmente. Uno terminó en el hospital y el otro muerto. No es el único caso que ha ocurrido recientemente en el país. [La noticia contiene una dura fotografía del chico que falleció.]etiquetas: homofobia, gay, lgbt, violencia» noticia original

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