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The City as a Chalkboard – There’s an App for That January 8, 2010

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BlockChalk is a new piece of fun for your phone that lets you “write” in chalk all over your city, town, neighborhood, favorite restaurant, etc. How will this affect search you might ask? It’ll only be a matter of time until Google (more…)

New Google Search Result Filtering Has Scent of Bing December 10, 2009

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Apparently Bing is doing something to intimidate Google. Today, while doing searches in different browsers, I ended up in Explorer (double checking some ranking discrepancies) and was served the results you see below –

Picture of New Google Search ResultsI almost thought my search bar in IE had directed me to a different Engine just based on how different the page felt. I quickly realized this was in fact a list of Google search results, but formatted slightly differently and providing different filtering options on the left… filtering options that appeared vaguely familiar… (more…)

WakeMate Technology Takes the Groggy Out of Your Morning November 24, 2009

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This morning, my alarm went off at 6:00 am, welcoming me to the reality of another work day. But this morning, I just couldn’t take it. My head was just too heavy. So I rolled over and reset my alarm to 6:30 am (which is when I leave by to get to work on time). Turns out I was only 10 minutes late to work, but the extra 30 minutes of sleep just made me want to stay in bed even longer.

Anyone out there relate with similar experiences? Enter WakeMate to the rescue! Launching today, the startup WakeMate manufactures a Bluetooth wristband that (more…)

Be Good At What You’re Good At October 31, 2009

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As I’m browsing around, trying to find some fresh and interesting tech blog articles or news, I decided to hit up the Google monster for the term “tech blogs”.  I know, I know.  The depth of my insight into search term extrapolation astonishes most people I bump into. But I just really wanted to see what Google thought was the most important tech blog.

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This is where the comedy comes in – result number one (pictured above) is for Gizmodo, which makes sense. It’s a highly trafficked site with millions of backlinks, in all the right directories, providing fresh and interesting content all the time.  What made me pause (more…)

New Google Sidewiki: Will it Stay or Will it Go? October 24, 2009

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Although I’m sure you’ve already heard by now the news about Google’s newest toolbar-gadget the Side-Wiki (even Bruce Clay briefly mentioned something about it), I thought I’d make a quick reference to a feature webmasters/site owners should get to first just in case people actually start using it.  As the site owner, you can post a note about your site that stays on top of all other notes.  An algorithm similar to Google’s current search algorithm will be used to rank the listing of the rest of the notes people post. Take advantage of your site ownership, and use this space to communicate the heart of your business. Make it a little more personal, as a note should be. This isn’t the place for sales pitches. I can almost guarantee that a sales pitch posted in the owner’s note will drive away some visitors. While your checking it out – post your impressions on the Side-Wiki of the HireAHelper local movers landing page.

Two More Reasons Apple is Overrated September 19, 2009

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A follow up to the Top 10 reasons Apple is Overrated

Reason number 11

A claim by security expert Charlie Miller that “Snow Leopard’s more secure than [previous release] Leopard, but it’s not as secure as Vista or Windows 7.”

Interesting when one of the loudest horns Apple keeps tooting is their resilience against virus’ and spy-ware.

Address space layout randomization (ASLR) is the key difference Miller points to.  Vista upgraded their version of this random memory placement tool, but Apple has ignored Vista’s updates and made none of their own.

Charlie says that Macs get hacked less, but not because they’re harder to get into, but simply because there are significantly less out there than there are PCs.  He says “That’s because if [the hacker] can hit 90 per cent of the machines out there, that’s all he’s gonna do. It’s not worth him nearly doubling his work just to get that last 10 per cent.”

So Apple’s claim to security fame… not so impressive.

Reason number 12

Apple has been lying to the FCC – a federal offense.

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Ok so I know it’s not a technical reason, but still. Apple has rejected (or according to Apple, is still pondering over) the Google Voice app. Apple has been denying this rejection but Google recently submitted a letter to the FCC stating that they have screenshots documenting the rejection.

But Apple won’t back down and in a recent letter to the FCC still says they have “not rejected the Google Voice application and we continue to discuss it with Google.”

Apple lists in that letter that Google Voice falls in the same category as 3 other third party GV apps.  Those apps strangely enough have all been removed from the app store.  In fact, the company behind one app sent a screenshot confirming their rejection from the app store to Tech Crunch. So why would Apple categorize Google Voice with other rejected apps if GV wasn’t rejected, but merely “under consideration.”

Lying to the FCC – there’s an app for that.

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Link Strategy Site Gets A Facelift 3 Years in the Making September 17, 2009

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PayPerPost is one of a growing crowd of link strategy sites hoping to broker deals between advertisers and bloggers. After 3 years of user input, Ted Murphy announced in April that they were releasing PPPv4 – “A complete re-write of PayPerPost from the ground up.”

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After checking out PPPv4 for a couple weeks, I’ve found it very easy to use/understand.  The interaction between advertisers and bloggers is the best I’ve seen from a review site. The approval process involves the bloggers and advertisers in a way that makes sure both parties are happy with the pricing, posting, and approving.

On top of that, they have a 25% deal going on right now – rewarding advertisers with a 25% bonus if they deposit $500 or more into their account. A big chunk of change, but a sweet incentive to do so. The blogs are priced relatively well compared to the industry.

All blog posts are required to contain full disclosure. Advertisers can pick whether they’d like disclosure to appear within the post, site-wide, or a combination of both. While disclosure isn’t ideal from an advertiser’s perspective, it is closer to being aligned with Google’s best practices than most paid reviews. Perhaps following such guidelines will warrent some favor from King Google.

All-in-all, from my experience, Version 4 of PayPerPost is a decent upgrade to the sponsored reviews industry.  Well done PPP.