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Monday, May 31, 2010

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4Videosoft Archos Video Converter 3.3.28

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Saturday, May 29, 2010


4Videosoft Archos Video Converter is the vital converter for Archos users. This professional tool can convert any video and audio formats to Archos MP4, WMV, MP3, WMA, WAV, AC3, OGG video and audio formats. This Archos converter can be used on all the Archos versions: Archos 705 WiFi, Archos Gmini XS 100, Archos 605 WiFi, Archos 404 camcorder, Archos 404, Archos 504 etc.With this super Archos Video Converter, you can convert multiple files at a time, get any time-length of video clips, adjust the size of play region, capture your favorite picturesKey Functions 1.Convert all the popular video and audio formats for Archos4Videosoft Archos Video Converter can convert all the formats to MP4, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC(.mp4) video and MP3, WMA, M4A, WAV audio for all the Archos versions. 2.Video Splitter4Videosoft Archos Video Converter allows you to get any time-length clips from your video sources. You can get it by set the exact time or just drag the slider bar. 3.Video Cropper4Videosoft Archos Video Converter allows you to crop video play region and adjust the output aspect ratio to get the perfect playing effect. 4.Video JoinerMerge your selected video sources into one file after conversion for you to enjoy successively. 5.Support preview and adjust video effectYou can preview the original video and output video effect at the same time and adjust the video effects by modifying the video Contrast, Brightness, Saturation 6.Convert one file to rich formatsSet multiple output formats for source file for converting at the same time Requirements800MHz Intel or AMD CPU, or above; 512MB RAM or more.......
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simple seo process

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Friday, May 28, 2010

1) Analysis of competition.
A competitive analysis will help us to know what strategies they are using those "fight" with our company to win the segment. Through this research we know your keywords, its strengths and weaknesses. This does not mean it will copy all of its attributes, but watching you learn. Learn about our competitors will be very useful to know where we can fight and how we improve.
2) Survey of Keywords.
Through a detailed study we know the keywords in place and largely used by the public they will target your company. Match in the keywords is an essential step for the success of their "virtual branch", since they will transport visitors from search engines or search engines to your website.
3) Development of a database for the site.
We must improve the site's pages, and if we start from scratch, create them. This step will optimize both the HTML coding (headings, metatags, etc..) And "site architecture" (internal structure of links to Web pages that compose your site) as the graphical interface of the website (content and design). Recall that a website that has a great design but not provide content that visitors need, is a sterile site.
4) Incorporation of keywords.
Once you choose the most effective keywords, we put on our website. These should appear on the most important pages (Home Page and Services page) and the right balance. An excessive repetition of the same would result in some Search Engines erase the site from their lists.
5) Review and building links.
Acquiring and quality related links pointing to your website generates 95% of success in trying to get high rankings in Search Engines. While increasing the Network Status for search engines is also important to have lots of links pointing to your pages, we see that the really important matter is the quality and degree of relationship of the same with your site.

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Facebook Can't Be Trusted

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The new privacy controls Facebook announced Wednesday were met with criticism the following day from privacy groups that called the new policies inadequate.
In a conference call on Thursday, representatives of the groups insisted on a Federal Trade Commission investigation of the social networking giant and regulatory oversight.
They also questioned Facebook's commitment to privacy and its honesty.
What Privacy Controls?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Wednesday that the social networking site is making its privacy controls simpler. He also expressed his company's desire to make no further changes to its privacy settings in the immediate future.
"The whole process raises questions about Facebook's actual commitment to privacy," said Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. "If you review the press release Facebook put out last December claiming to provide user privacy, you'll see that it in fact let it collect more user information."
Those December changes led the Electronic Privacy Information Center, together with the Center for Digital Democracy, the American Library Association, the Consumer Federation of America and other privacy organizations, to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Facebook must develop privacy controls for its virtual currency and location products, among other features, and install opt-in policies for general information and personalization, Chester said.
"Despite procedural improvements made as a result of Facebook's new privacy rules, the substance remains unchanged," said Joe W. (Chip) Pitts III, president of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. "They're constant with Mark Zuckerberg's mission to share information more widely."
"If Facebook were sincere about privacy, the default mode for privacy would be minimal information about everything," pointed out John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog.
Honesty Is Such a Lonely Word
The participants also questioned Facebook's honesty.
"There are still substantial questions about the deceptiveness of Facebook's approach to these issues, particularly with reference to the latest announcement on privacy controls," Pitts from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) said.
"I don't think we have any reason to trust this company now based on their behavior," Consumer Watchdog's Simpson added. "The whole process shows something of the Silicon Valley mindset that Facebook and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) follow -- you push the envelope as far as you can, grab as much data as you can, and then, when there's pushback, you do something else."
Participants in the conference call also criticized Facebook's stance that people who opt in to its site voluntarily provide their information, and so they implicitly consent to having their information published.
"A large majority of Facebook users are minors, and you can't raise the issue of consent if people don't understand the implications of their actions," pointed out Robert Ellis Smith, publisher of Privacy Journal. "To have meaningful consent, people have to know the consequences of posting their information."
What Do You Mean, Your Personal Information?
In addition, participants questioned Facebook's respect for users' privacy.
"Facebook consistently violates privacy, and that's the core of our complaint to the FTC," Pitts said. "Facebook is very opaque as to the degree to which third party applications can reach into your information, even if you don't use those applications."
Users' data is available to third-party apps if their Facebook friends use those apps.
"Facebook has consciously created an architecture to encourage the transmission of user data so it could be mined without the user understanding it," the CDD's Chester said. "This is where its new approach to instant personalization doesn't work, because ultimately the default will be to let third-party applications collect data."
This access to user data by third-party apps was the focus of EPIC's complaint to the FTC last year, EPIC executive director Marc Rotenberg remarked.
"Much of the user's social graph was going to application developers without users knowing about it," Rotenberg pointed out. "Facebook users have a fair amount of control over what they post, but they can't control what Facebook provides to third parties, and that's where we think the FTC's and regulatory activities need to continue."
Time to Lay Down the Law
"We want opt in to be the model with data minimization, user control, articulation of sensitive data on, for example, finance and health that would have more stringent safeguards," the CDD's Chester insisted. "We want regulation to control the massive stealth data collection that has emerged with Facebook and Google and want the FTC to this fall state what the governing policy should be on collecting consumer data, especially on social networks," he added.
"There are very sound reasons for Federal regulatory action and oversight on an ongoing basis in this area [of Facebook's commitment to privacy]. We know that people treat Facebook as a trusted environment. Unless default settings are changed by the user, they remain more open to the world than in prior incarnations of Facebook," BORDC's Pitts said.
"There's a need for federal oversight, and we need legislation for online privacy rights," Consumer Watchdog's Simpson pointed out.
EPIC is looking to the FTC to crack down on Facebook.
"We did receive an acknowledgement by the FTC in January that said the complaint filed by EPIC and other groups raised issues of particular interest to the Commission," EPIC's Rotenberg said.
The FTC had a representative attend the teleconference

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How To Convert Blog Readers To Paying Customers

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

You work hard to build your blog through traffic and content strategies, but are you working equally as hard at converting readers into paying customers? As Darren demonstrated during his week-long, $72,000 ebook launch, having your own product available for sale can help you generate an impressive revenue stream.

To get to the big numbers, however, you need more than just a high-traffic blog – you need a way to contact your readers via email, because that’s what really drives the sales. Let’s talk about why this is true (and how you can start using your blog to build a list who will buy from you).

The Blessing (and Curse) of A Blog Audience

Blogs are an incredible way to build a connection to your audience. People get a chance to sample your content, get to know you, and establish trust in you, all at their own pace. Your loyal readers can spread the word about you, creating “social proof” and an ongoing stream of new readers. It’s a beautiful thing.

The downside, though, is that a blog audience isn’t necessarily a “real time” audience, meaning that readers may not be keeping current with your content on a daily basis. And this will kill you when it’s time to do a promotion or sale.

You may be running a 5-day special on a new product or service, but what if readers only catch up on their RSS feeds once a week? They may miss out. Or, if their feed reader is too cluttered, they may never get to it at all. You run your promotions, and sales flounder.

But having a growing number of people who are subscribed to your mailing list turns the tables on this problem. If you’re releasing a product today, your subscribers will hear about it via email today – no matter what.

The Advantage Of An Email Audience

Unlike feed readers or tweet streams (which people often skim through, ignoring most of the content), email commands attention in a different way. Readers are used to opening emails in order to figure out what to do with it (read it, save it for later, or delete it), and they’re a lot more likely to give it a look – and click the links inside – within a few hours of it being sent.

So if you’ve got a promotion going tomorrow, you can let all your readers know about it tomorrow. Some may decide to ignore it, but they’ll have at least seen it, because their inbox gets looked at in detail at least once a day.

And if you’ve been doing your job using your blog to warm up your audience, they’ll be more likely to open that email soon after receiving it.

So let’s talk about a few field-tested strategies for getting your readers on your list.

How to Get Blog Visitors On Your List

To get blog visitors on your list, you need to have a reason for them to join up – and in most cases, people offer a freebie such as a special report or audio/video content as an incentive. The challenge with this, however, is that everybody’s doing it.

Years ago, just having something for free was enough to get people to join your list. But these days, people are inundated with free offers so you’ve got to do something more to stand out. Whatever it is that you give away needs to better than good – it needs to be spectacular.

The good news is that making this happen is pretty easy to do. All you need to do is create one small, product-worthy resource that solves one of your potential customers’ biggest problems. It doesn’t have to be a gigantic undertaking – just a resource that represents some of your expertise specifically positioned to solve a reader’s issue or help them become smarter than they were before.

I recommend you actually create a workbook for this free resource, because it’s a format that isn’t used too often and will more readily capture attention. “Special Reports” are a dime a dozen, but most people are accustomed to paying for workbooks, so your offer will automatically appear higher-value.

Why The “Free Product” Model Works So Well For This

Giving away a product-quality resource is an incredible list-building tool because it takes people by surprise – they’re not used to getting something truly substantial for free. And workbooks are particularly powerful because they contain the promise of some fairly immediate results – when the reader gets through it, they’ll either have a particular problem solved or they’ll have more information around a topic that’s important to them.

That promise of immediate results is a powerful motivator to get on your list, get your workbook and go through it. And once your reader finishes that workbook, they’ll be pre-sold on the idea that you are a person worth buying from in the future (after all, if your free stuff is product-quality, how much more impressive will your paid products be?).

One other benefit to this “over the top” free offering is that very few of your competitors will have the guts to do this. Just having this resource puts you at a competitive advantage.

What To Do If This Seems Like A Scary Amount Of Work

By this point you might be thinking that you don’t have the time to make a product-quality offer for your list. But it’s actually easier than you think. You don’t have to create a 100-page PDF or 6 hours of audio – all you need to do is pick one specific pain point your audience has and create a resource that lets them get one step further than they are now.

And to show you just how simple it is, I’ve put together a free workbook that steps you through how to put together a product-quality resource in a weekend (or even one day, if you’re ambitious). It’s not that difficult to do, and the payoff can be huge. I’ve personally used this free workbook strategy to drive over 3,000 people onto my list over the last seven months, all by adding additional free workbooks to a “library” on my blog.

(And the best part is, you can reuse the strategies in the free workbook to create additional products you can charge for after you get people on your list.)

When You’re Ready To Begin Building Your List, Here’s What To Do

What would it do for your blog’s reputation to have a product-quality resource available for free download? And how strong of a good first impression would you make on your readers if you offered it?

Take a look at the free workbook and decide what kind of resource you’re going to create to pull people into your mailing list. One weekend is all it takes, and it could be the tipping point your blog has been waiting for.

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Dell Streaks Into Tablet Scene

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on Tuesday announced that its upcoming Streak mobile device will be available in the United Kingdom in June, and in the U.S. later this summer.


The Streak -- Dell's 5-Inch Android-Based Tablet
The Streak -- Dell's 5-Inch Android-Based Tablet
The Streak, which runs on the Android mobile OS, is "a hybrid device that lies in the space between a smartphone and other larger tablets or netbooks," according to Dell executive Lionel Menchaca.

"The Dell Streak brings together a great Web browsing experience, multitasking capability, slick turn-by-turn navigation, and a great way to enjoy your photos, movies and music into a sleek device that's built for mobility," Menchaca said.

Despite the Streak's apparent similarities with the Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad, Dell officials downplayed such comparisons.

"I wouldn't position it against the iPad; while we do share some common features, the Streak also offers phone features," Dell spokesperson Matthew Parretta told TechNewsWorld. "The Streak's a data-centric device with voice capabilities that's designed to be an extremely small, portable, and still give the real Web experience you can't get on a three-inch-screen device."
Breaking Down the Streak

If the Streak sounds familiar, it's because the gadget blog Managed hosting solutions for e-commerce, web apps, blogs and more. Click here to learn more. Engadget published leaked information about it and several other supposedly upcoming Dell products about a month ago.

The Streak has a 5-inch capacitive multi-touch 800-by-400 pixel WVGA display; a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash that uploads to social networking sites like Facebook, YouTube and Flickr; a VGA front-facing camera that will enable video chat functionality in the future; and a battery that can be removed and replaced by users.

Also included: a 3.5mm headphone jack; integrated 3G wireless; WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1; a UMTS/GPRS/Edge-class 12 GSM high-speed wireless radio; and a microSD slot of up to 32 GB of data.

The Streak is built around a 1GHz Snapdragon Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) ARM-based mobile processor. It uses a version of the Android operating system customized by Dell. The Streak features Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Exchange connectivity and integration; Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Voice support; and integrated Google Maps with voice-activated search, turn-by-turn navigation and street and satellite views.

Integrated widgets give users access to social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The Streak will support over-the-air upgrades, and later this year, it will offer Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) Flash 10.1 on Android 2.2, in addition to video chat applications and other software innovations.

Dell did not disclose the Streak's pricing or its exact time frame for U.S. availability.
Will the Streak Flip, Flop or Fly?

With the euro sagging and the UK's economy in the doldrums, why is Dell releasing the Streak there first instead of here in the U.S.? And will people in the U.K. have the money to buy the Streak?

"It seems that Dell's using the UK as a test market for Streak before releasing it here in the U.S.," Jennifer Jacobson, a spokesperson at Retrevo, told TechNewsWorld. "That may be a smart move, considering America's current fascination with the iPhone, iPad and all things Apple," she added.

"There are a number of reasons, including our having the relationship with O2 for a while and announcing last month that we were working with their parent company, Telefonica," Dell's Parretta said. He denied that Dell is using the U.K. to "test out" the Streak.

The state of the UK economy may not adversely impact sales Best Fit CRM Analysis - Learn which 3 CRM solutions would best fit your business. Click here. of the Streak, Laura DiDio, principal at ITIC, told TechNewsWorld. "Despite the ongoing economic downturn, people always seem to have money for discretionary purposes," DiDio pointed out. "Whether or not the Streak takes off in the U.K. depends on how well Dell markets it."

Marketing, though, could pose a problem. "Dell doesn't want to call the Streak a smartphone," Jacobson said. "I guess this leaves us with the label 'tablet computing device that can make phone calls.' Such an unusual label will, I think, be difficult for consumers to accept and use

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Privacy Advocates: Facebook Has Fooled Us Once Too Often

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Complaints about Facebook's privacy practices and policies have been building toward a new crescendo, with growing interest on the part of Congress and regulators, as well as a budding viral movement to quit the network. In an effort to cut through the din, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg decided to address his company's attitude toward consumer privacy head-on in an editorial in The Washington Post.

He gets it, Zuckerberg wrote.

"The biggest message we have heard recently is that people want easier control over their information. Simply put, many of you thought our controls were too complex. Our intention was to give you lots of granular controls; but that may not have been what many of you wanted. We just missed the mark."

If at First You Don't Succeed

Zuckerberg promised that Facebook is developing new privacy controls "that are much simpler to use" as well as "an easy way to turn off all third-party services."

Also coming, he said, are stronger controls on how users can limit the visibility of their information.

At bottom, he promised readers, Facebook is guided by a few core principals:

  • Users have control over how their information is shared.
  • Facebook does not share personal information with people or services against the user's wishes.
  • Facebook does not give advertisers access to users' personal information.
  • Facebook does not and never will sell any personal information to anyone.
  • Facebook will always be kept a free service.

No Apology

Nowhere in the OpEd does Zuckerberg come out and apologize for the actions that have brought Facebook to this point: the institution of complex, multilayered privacy settings that are difficult to navigate; the recent change in its privacy policy that permits the automatic sharing of personal information; or even the news reported in The Wall Street Journal last week that Facebook and other social networks, including MySpace, have been sending advertisers data that could be used to uncover consumers' names. When notified of the breach, Facebook said it was making changes to fix the practice.

Instead, the closest Zuckerberg comes to a mea culpa is an explanation that Facebook has to move quickly to satisfy the evolving social media connection demands of a user base of more than 400 million people and that "sometimes we move too fast."

All the Right Things

The lack of a specific apology aside, Zuckerberg's column appears to have struck a receptive chord.

"It is certainly encouraging. I am pleased at the tone, and his comments represent a change in how Facebook has responded to the concerns of its users," Leslie Harris, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, told TechNewsWorld.

That these statements were made in an op-ed in The Washington Post, she added, suggests the company's commitment to them is strong.

Been There, Heard That

However, this is not the first time Zuckerberg has promised to do better with users' privacy -- and his words now carry little weight among privacy advocates, who say they'll have to see material evidence of Facebook's privacy changes before they believe in it.

Concluded Harris: "We will have to wait and see what the changes actually are before we can say that Facebook is fundamentally changing how it deals with the privacy of its users."

"The problem is, we have gone through this before -- what Mark said this morning is similar to what he said a year ago," Marc Rotenberg, executive director of Electronic Privacy Information Center, told TechNewsWorld.

The statements are also quite different from Facebook's actual practices, he said -- and those discrepancies are the foundation of the accusations EPIC and other privacy organizations have made against Facebook in a complaint recently filed with the FTC.

"We are claiming that Facebook's policy practices are unfair and deceptive, because [they don't] honor the commitments it has made," Rotenberg said.

Zuckerberg "doesn't have a lot of credibility right now," Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy for the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, told TechNewsWorld.

Although waiting to see exactly what changes will be introduced, Stephens noted that even the number of changes Facebook has made to its policies should be a red flag to consumers.

They Keep On Coming

Over its long and convoluted privacy policy history, Facebook has made several stabs at best practices, Stephens continued.

"Keeping track of their privacy policy changes is a full time job for an organization -- much less a consumer," he remarked.

Kurt Opsahl of the Electronic Frontier Foundation recently put together a time line of Facebook's privacy changes.

The long-term trend is clear, he wrote. While Facebook originally offered users simple and powerful controls over their personal information, as it grew larger and became more important, "it's slowly but surely helped itself -- and its advertising and business partners -- to more and more of its users' information, while limiting the users' options to control their own information."

The Washington Stick

There is a chance that Facebook might truly be ready to make longstanding changes, Stephens said. If it is, that's because the risk of regulatory or legislative action -- or both -- is greater now than it's ever been, and Facebook is furiously backpeddling to avoid it.

"Facebook would prefer not to be regulated," he noted, "and it is willing to make certain changes voluntarily."

There is something to that theory, Patrick Kerley, senior digital strategist at Levick Strategic Communications, told TechNewsWorld. "I don't think it is a coincidence that Facebook ran this op-ed in The Washington Post." The paper is read by many lawmakers.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has already asked the FTC to design privacy rules for social networking sites.

No matter what its motivation is, Facebook does appear to be getting serious about privacy, Rob Enderle, principal of the Enderle Group, told TechNewsWorld. However, that doesn't mean that it won't screw up its handling of privacy again.

The problem, in Enderle's view, is that "they continue thinking like a technology company and are treating this much as they would a bug, by fixing the product or changing rules."

What Facebook needs to do, he said, is start thinking like a consumer company and focus on protecting its image -- or it will eventually start bleeding badly.
By Erika Morphy
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Get More Website Traffic

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Webmasters always want to have a good number of visitors on a daily basis. There is no guarantee your Website will have a good number of visitors even though it looks attractive and provides quality information. It is necessary that you optimize your Website to bring in the traffic. You can use the following techniques to get more Website traffic:

Create a Link Chain:
A link chain is one of the best ways to get more website traffic. You must get inbound links (commonly referred as back-links). You can get back links form other website owners who deal with similar niche as yours. You can create a list of links through a link campaign. The more links you create, the more traffic will come to your Website.

Another way to create a link chain is to make useful comments on different blogs and forums that allow you to post a link to your Website. This is a very effective way to get more Website traffic, since many people tend to click on links out of curiosity to see the link's content. You can attract traffic by posting interesting content. This way you can retain the visitor's interest and you can convert the visitor into a customer.

Submit Articles:
This is another very effective ways to get more website traffic, but is often overlooked by people. You must write informative and unique articles and submit them to various article directories. Your article should have a good mix of keywords related to your niche. Make sure the article title contains your primary keyword. Your article should be useful to visitors and of interest to them. This is important to retain the visitor's interest. When you submit article-on-article directories, make sure to include a call-to-action resource box.

Join Free Website Directories:
You can get more Website traffic by promoting your site through online newsgroups and free website directories. This way you can spread the word about your Website and people will come to know about your expertise in the subject.

Start Blogging:
Blogs are a great way to get more Website traffic. You can get a lot of referral traffic to your Website through blogs. But, in order to get traffic you must blog regularly and add informative content to them. At the end of the blog, you can paste the link that would lead the reader to your Website.

Submit Press Releases:
This is another great way to get more Website traffic. Through press releases, you can promote your Website quickly and let people know about what you are offering.

Social Networking:
Social networking is another effective way to get more Website traffic. Social networking sites are popular and attract huge numbers of people. You can promote your Website by posting the URL to your site on your homepage.

I own several blogs. I made one for my son on baseball he's a fanatic and plays college ball. He's a power hitter. http://thekingofswings.com

I also did one on internet marketing and my personal like. I figured we all need a laugh now and then. http://dbellsblog.com

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iPad Sales Boom While Netbooks Gather Dust

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The iPad appears to be making significant inroads into the netbook market, based on research findings and the conclusions of a Morgan Stanley analyst, but other analysts aren't so quick to agree.

Netbook sales Best Fit CRM Analysis - Learn which  3 CRM solutions would best fit your business. Click here. are no longer growing at the double-digit rates of the last few years, noted Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, who made the observation in a client note primarily focused on HP's (NYSE: HPQ) acquisition of Palm (Nasdaq: PALM).

Netbooks posted just a 5 percent year-over-year sales increase last month, Huberty reportedly wrote in the note. That compares dismally with the 600 percent jump they saw in July 2009 and the 800 percent jump in March 2009.

January 2010 was the tipping point, she said, based on data from Morgan Stanley and NPD, which reported that year-over-year netbook growth was 53 percent in February, but only 25 percent in March. In April, it dropped to 5 percent.

Those two monthly declines correlate with Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs' announcement of the iPad in January and its subsequent unveiling in April, Huberty observed.

Also bolstering her case is a Morgan Stanley/Alphawise survey conducted in March. That survey found that 44 percent of U.S. consumers who planned to buy an iPad claimed to be buying it instead of a netbook or laptop.

Doesn't Jibe

With the iPad on the market for just a month, it is difficult to draw the conclusion that its sales are having a direct impact on netbook sales, Steven Baker, VP of industry analysis for NPD, told MacNewsWorld.

Netbook sales growth is slowing, he acknowledged, but there are other, unrelated reasons for that decline.

Furthermore, the rate of decline is in question, said Baker. There were virtually no sales in 2008 due to the recession, and the fact that the netbook market was barely emerging in 2008 makes comparisons with 2009 figures deceptive.

The drop in sales growth is not unexpected, he argued, because the netbook market is naturally entering a lower-growth part of its cycle. "Sales would have leveled off even if the iPad never entered the market."

All that said, the iPad eventually will begin to erode netbooks' market share, if only because the two devices are natural competitors, Baker predicted.

Not Now, but Later?

The extent to which that will happen is still subject to much debate, Bob O'Donnell, an analyst with IDC, told MacNewsWorld.

"Certainly, there will be some people who decide on the iPad instead of the mini or netbook, but we don't think these devices are mutually exclusive. There will be some people who will own multiple devices."

Morgan Stanley's notion that the iPad has already made a dent in netbook sales is far-fetched, said O'Donnell.

"The netbook market started to slow down in terms of growth even before the iPad was ever announced," he pointed out.

This year there will be 39 million netbook units sold, according to IDC projections, he said. There were 34 million sold in 2009 and 11 million in 2008.

These projections only account for U.S. growth, he added. "We are going to see a huge growth in netbook sales in emerging markets -- huge.

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Make Money Online Scams - are There Real Opportunities Out There?

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Friday, May 21, 2010

There use to be many make money online scams out there, and there still are some out there you should worry about. There are also alot of agencies dedicated to stopping these scams before they get out of control.

If you ask me 10 years ago there was nothing, but make money online scams, now I'm sure some people will beg to differ, but that is just the way things are.

Back in the day, so to speak there wasn't really any laws to protect us from these make money online scams, now it is a very serious crime to spam or screw someone out of there money online.

It is pretty easy to spot a scam today, if you get an email from a royal prince in some country you never heard of, and there asking for your info so they can send you $25 million dollars to split, this should tip you off that this is a scam, some people do fall for this type of scam though

If you get an email saying you have won the foreign lottery, and all you have to do is pay $5,000 dollars to receive it, what does that tell you? SCAM!!!! Well or at least it should.

Those are two of the most popular make money online scams out there, and honestly any home business system or product I have reviewed, has never taught me how to rob people of their identities, or steal there bank account information, and if they did I definitely wouldn't say they were good.

I am not willing to destroy my business, or my integrity over a couple bucks, and I hope you wouldn't either. One of the key principles of a home business is help others first, and add as much value to your customer as you possibly can.

I and many others have built our businesses on this principle alone. Sure there are many other factors as well, but if you run your business based on these principles you will have a much better chance at success.

So are there any real opportunities to make money online. YES! There are many different ways to make money online, there is:




  • Niche Marketing (which allows you to make money talking about the things you love)



  • Internet Marketing



  • Flipping Websites



  • Affiliate marketing



  • Blogging (which is another way to make money talking about what you love)



  • Network Marketing



  • Drop-shipping



  • eBay



  • Creating information products



There are more ways to make money online, but these are the ways I have tried and have had success with. You will have to see which method you like best, and do what works out easiest for you.

Everybody is different, one person may love internet marketing another may hate it. Drop-shipping may earn one person thousands of dollars while another may struggle to, see a cent.

A lot my my friends make a nice living online, I was a bit skeptical at first, but that is only human nature I'm sure. Just try not to let a few scammers scare you out of following your dreams.

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Sustainable PTC (Paid to Click) Sites - Can You Earn Money Online?

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The big question: "Is it really profitable?"

I have been in the Paid to click (PTC) Industry for quite some time now.

The sustainability of a PTC site is the key to deciding which Ptc program to join. To put it in a simple way, "Is income more than expenses?". PTC's get their income mainly through Premiums or Upgrades, through selling advertisement clicks, through selling and or renting referrals. Expenses include server fees, staff salary, programmer costs, script cost, and payment to members. Constant monitoring of these key factors that affect the "Current Net Worth" or "Sustainability" of a ptc site should lead to critical decisions and sound judgment of selecting which ones are the best and profitable.

Another big consideration is how long are they online?

Do they or did they have a good quality of service to their members as well as their advertisers?

Over the course of time, I have analysed which is the best ptc or at most the ones that belong to the top 10 ptc to register with and earn some cents in a daily basis.

Persistence is the key to success. "Knowledge is power" so they say, and keeping updated with the site's statistics as well as a good analysis of key performance indexes mentioned above should provide you with the essentials to succeed in the ptc business.

I hope this is useful resource for those who intend to endeavour into the PTC world.

How to earn from sustainable and profitable PTC sites:

1. Search Google for "top 10 best ptc investment sites", or "top 10 ptc most trusted paying", or similar keywords.

2. Register your FREE ACCOUNT.

3. CLICK ADS after Login to your Free account.

4. The ads renew after 24 hours, so to maximize your earning potential, it is very IMPORTANT to CLICK EVERYDAY.

Warning!

The PTC industry is very volatile..!

As with most investments like stocks, forex, funds, futures, money markets...etc., ptc's can be profitable at one point in time as well as unprofitable in another time. When a ptc is at a loss, it sure will close down as with any business.

But, some few people well-equipped with knowledge and experience already made considerable amount of profit and still up to this very moment are making profits.
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Web abuzz over Facebook ban in Pakistan

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Islamabad: The web is abuzz over the ban on social networking site Facebook in Pakistan following the Prophet cartoon row. While some favour a clamp down, others question the blanket ban.

Webpages have sprung up on Facebook after "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" was set up.

A Pakistani court had Wednesday ordered the government to temporarily block Facebook after a controversy over a competition for caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

Pakistan has also blocked the video-sharing website YouTube because of its "growing sacrilegious contents".

A statement from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said that YouTube and Facebook websites were blocked after the government failed to convince them to remove "derogatory material".

A webpage called "Ban FACEBOOK in Pakistan" has been set up "to condemn the hypocrisy of FACEBOOK. As it won't delete the hate mongering page called "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!".

Izhar Khan wrote on the page: "I Quit Facebook from today...Sorry my friends....but will cath u somewhere else.. Insha-ALLAH".

But there are others who don't want a ban of facebook.

The creator of the page "Only ban the Disrespecting Group and not the facebook in Pakistan" says: "Why should everyone get punished for 1 or 2 person's mistake. Please be fair and take step to do something right so join this group and lets try and make a difference."

Protests took place across Pakistan Thursday over the Prophet's cartoon row.

In Islamabad, religious leaders issued a decree calling for the killing of the "blasphemous cartoonist" while in Rawalpindi, hundreds of activists from the women's wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) staged a protest demonstration. They demanded that the government should end economic and diplomatic relations with all those countries who are involved in it.

The protesters held placards saying, "We will accept death in slavery of Prophet (SAW), the competitors are the real terrorists", "We love our Prophet (SAW) more than our forefathers", The News International reported.

Jamiat Ulema Pakistan, Tahffuz Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz, Anti Facebook Movement, Muhammadia Students Movement, International Tanzim-e-Ahle Sunnat and Muttahida Tehrik-e-Khatum-e Nubuwat Committee demonstrated in front of the Lahore Press Club and Punjab Assembly.

The lawyers community also observed a strike on the Punjab Bar Council’s call against Facebook. The lawyers boycotted the court proceedings in civil and session courts and lawyers did not attend the court proceedings in the Lahore High Court after 10.30 a.m.

Social organisations, religious bodies and NGOs of Sialkot have announced that they would observe Friday as a protest day.

In Quetta, thousands of activists of the Islami Jamiat-e-Tulba Balochistan chapter took out a rally against the planned contest of blasphemous caricatures on Facebook, demanding the UN to take immediate notice.

Violent demonstrations had erupted in 2006 in Pakistan over the publication of cartoons on the Prophet Mohammed in Danish newspapers Jyllands-Posten and Politiken.

Last week, Pakistan refused to renew the visa of a Jyllands-Posten correspondent, forcing him to leave the country.

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Google Brings an Open Source Gun to the Video Codec Battle

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Google.on Thursday announced WebM, a royalty-free media file format for online video. With WebM, Google has thrown the gauntlet to H.264, the codec backed by rivals Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), among others.

Buried within the new format's FAQ was news about another Google project: Android. The next iteration of the mobile operating system, dubbed "Gingerbread," will be released in the fourth quarter of this year.

What Is WebM?

WebM is an open, royalty-free media file format designed for the Web. Its files consist of video streams compressed with the VP8 codec and audio streams compressed with the Vorbis audio codec. Its file structure is based on the Matroska media container.

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WebM files run on supported Web browsers or media players. Google Chromium will support WebM from Thursday, Opera Labs already supports WebM for several operating systems, and Mozilla Firefox will also support WebM files.

YouTube is supporting WebM, of course, and Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) is also backing the VP8 codec.

Brightcove has announced that one of its clients, The New York Times, will test WebM soon.

Google will release QuickTime and DirectShow plug-ins in the next few weeks that will allow many third-party encoding applications to produce WebM files. On Thursday it released a developer preview for the WebM project.

WebM versus H.264

In unveiling WebM, Google is locking horns with Apple and Microsoft, both of which support the H.264 codec. Cupertino and Redmond have suggested using H.264 and HTML5 instead of Adobe Flash for online videos. Flash, they declared, is creaky and outdated.

However, the battle's not just about the best technology. The real issue is money.

"HTML5 doesn't specify which video and audio codecs to use," Thomas Ford, a spokesperson for browser developer Opera, pointed out."That's why we have a codec war. First there was Theora, then H.264 and now there's WebM."

What's in it for the winner? Dominance of online videos, and that could involve some serious pocket change.

The H.264 codec uses patents that are owned by developer companies, including Microsoft and Apple. Users will have to pay fees to MPEG LA, a private company that administers the licenses for H.264, among others.

Google's WebM Licensing Terms

MPEG LA issues five-year licenses. In February, the company announced that it will not charge users of the H.264 codec royalties for the technology through to December 2015.

Further, there are fears that patent holders may sue users if a dispute arises.

Google may hope to undercut all these problems by making WebM a free and open source project and modifying its licensing terms. Its license is based on BSD and Apache, so licensees can use the VP8 code in both proprietary and open source software with few restrictions.

The main modification Google made to the licensing terms is that its VP8 license grants patent rights, and it terminates if patent litigation is filed alleging the code has been infringed.

"H.264 isn't a very good option because of the rights issues around it," Opera's Ford told LinuxInsider. "We can't pay a large licensing fee, and we needed a free alternative. Fortunately, Google stepped in with a free and open alternative."

Whither WebM?

Despite support for VP8 from several companies, Google may initially find it difficult to take on H.264.

"Unfortunately, VP8 isn't as good as H.264, and Apple is aggressively against it, which could be problematic given the heavy shadow Apple casts on this space," Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, told LinuxInsider.

However, support from Microsoft may mitigate Google's problems a bit.

"Microsoft has announced that it will build support for VP8 into Internet Explorer 9," Enderle said.

Hansel and Gretel

Rumors that Google's next version of Android will be named "Gingerbread" have been circulating on the blogosphere for months, but up until now Google has refrained from commenting on them officially.

With the unveiling of the WebM codec Thursday, Google announced that Gingerbread is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter and that this version of the operating system will support WebM.

"We expect many other Google products to adopt WebM and VP8 as they prioritize it with their other product requirements," reads Google's WebM FAQ.

VP8 is the video codec Google acquired when it bought On2 Technologies last year. It's used to compress video streams in WebM files.
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Making Money Online With Social Networking

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Unless they have been living in a cave somewhere then pretty much everyone has heard of sites such a Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, how could they not have? These sites are so popular that they are not only mentioned frequently in on TV shows and in movies but they have also become headline news on numerous occasions. Facebook has apparently had a hand in helping to catch several criminals and you have no doubt heard the stories of celebrities airing their opinions of one another on Twitter.

My point is this...social networking sites are HUGE hotbeds of activity; from bored housewives wanting some social interaction to celebrities wanting to connect with their fans, from teenagers wanting to chat with friends to grandmothers trying to keep up to date with their families and from musicians promoting their music to gamers sharing their MMO exploits, social networking sites cover almost every social group you can think of. Don't believe me? Try typing Amish into Facebook, last time I looked there were over 3000 fans for the Amish as a religious organisation. For a culture that doesn't allow technology that really is impressive!

So what does this have to do with making money?

With so many people gathering in one place there is no doubt going to be a way to make money from it. You can advertise your business on Facebook, this does cost money but the fact of the matter is that Facebook not only has much better audience targeting system for its advertisers but it also has MORE people visiting it than Google does!

People began advertising their products and services on Facebook fairly early on, they create pages or even whole new profiles specifically for their businesses and websites then invite people to join thus gaining free advertising. Groups are created for everything from financial advisors to ghost hunters.

And what about the applications? Facebook is rife with little browser games that give the user a few minutes of entertainment per day, people log on to check on their game and spend pretend money on decorating and buying new items. The creators of these applications can earn money from advertisements but that's not all. Not only do you have the choice of paying pretend money for you game items, you also have the option to use real money. I was stunned to find that people were joining a group that was campaigning to be able to spend MORE money on a game, when I asked why on earth you would want to spend real cash on the game I was told that a young boy had managed to ride up a £6000 bill on his mother's credit card. Most people on these social networking sites don't just play one or two games they play multiple games. Even if they are not spending real money they are still providing the application designers with a nice profit in advertising.

How do you cash in on the social networking sites?

This depends on what it is that you do. Can you design browser games for people on Facebook and MySpace? Great then crack on with it. Once you are finish pass it on to your friends and ask them to do the same, ask people to test it and tell you what they think then use the feedback to make it more appealing.

For those of you have already have a business or website that you want to promote then go ahead, make your pages, groups and profile and get people interested in what you have to offer. But don't stop there, the social media sites have wonderful integration possibilities. Not only can you keep your followers up to date by using RSS or Atom feeds, a lot of these social media sites can be connected. In most cases you can set up your accounts to update one another automatically. You post a video on YouTube and the same link is then posted on Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed, etc, etc without you ever having to lift a finger!

Social networking not only gives you the ability to stay up to date on what friends and family all over the world are doing but it also gives you the opportunity to make sure that they stay up to date with you.

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10+ mistakes Linux newbies make

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This is a guest post by TechRepublic’s Jack Wallen
1: Assuming they are using Windows

Although this might seem way too obvious, it’s not. The average user has no idea there are even different operating systems to be had. In fact, most average users couldn’t discern Windows XP from Vista from 7 (unless they are certain Windows 7 was “their idea”). Because of this, new users might believe that everything works (or doesn’t work, as the case may be) as it does in Windows. Make your end users aware that they are using a different operating system — and that it works differently.
2: Trying to make exe files work

Unless you have done your homework and installed WINE, double-clicking those .exe files simply won’t do anything. And when that happens, your end users are going to be upset. I have seen many an end user download an app made for Windows assuming that it will work for Linux. Make it clear to users that Linux, like Windows, will only run applications made for that operating system. This, of course, is tossed out the window when WINE is involved. But new users won’t be using WINE anyway.
3: Choosing the wrong distribution

One of the biggest problems for users is choosing the wrong distribution. Imagine being a new user and selecting Gentoo or Slackware or Fedora! Yes those are all good distributions, but any of them would send a new user running away in fear. If you are in the initial stages of helping a new user out, do yourselves both a favor and choose the distribution carefully. Consider the user’s ability, needs, and hardware before you make that selection. Don’t just jump on board Ubuntu because everyone says you should. A lot of distributions out there are made specifically for new users. Give them all a close examination before making the choice.
4: Not finding software

Because so many new Linux users are migrating from Windows, they think software can be had from the same channels. Most of the time, this is not the case. The new user needs to become familiar with their package management tools right away - especially tools like Synaptic, Packagekit, and Ubuntu Software Center. Each of those tools is a mecca of software where users can most likely find all the applications they need.
5: Sending OpenOffice documents to Microsoft Office users in the default format

I see this so often. New Linux users are proud of the strides they have made but dumbfounded (and sometimes turned back to Windows) because the people they share files with can’t read their formats. Remember, Microsoft products are not good at getting along with other operating systems and other applications. Make sure your new users are saving in file formats that are readable by the Microsoft equivalents.
6: Avoiding the command line

I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why people completely avoid the command line as if it is the most complex tool there is. I know people who can work absolute magic with Photoshop but can’t seem to type a simple rm command at the command line. Why this is I will never know. New users shouldn’t shy away from the command line. Knowing the command line isn’t essential anymore, but it will make them more capable users.
7: Giving up too quickly

Here’s another issue I see all too often. After a few hours (or a couple of days) working with Linux, new users will give up for one reason or another. I understand giving up when they realize something simply doesn’t work (such as when they MUST use a proprietary application or file format). But seeing Linux not work under average demands is rare these days. If you see new Linux users getting frustrated, try to give them a little extra guidance. Sometimes getting over that initial hump is the biggest challenge they will face.
8: Thinking the Windows directory hierarchy translates to Linux

There is no C:\ in Linux. Nor do you use the “\” character. Nor should you use spaces in filenames. These are common mistakes new users make. Trying to map out Windows to Linux, directory for directory, is impossible. You can get as far as C:\ = / and maybe Default User = ~/, but beyond that you’re out of luck. Make sure new users understand that everything starts at / and their most important directory is their home directory (aka ~/ aka /home/USERNAME/).
9: Skipping updates

I have been burned with Windows updates many times. Need I bother mentioning the update from Explorer 7 to Explorer 8? Very rarely has a Linux update fubar’d a system of mine. In fact, I can’t remember the last time it has. So I am always up to date on my systems… and with good reason. Those updates bring new security patches and features to software and should be applied. Having an installation with a security hole is not what your users need, especially on a machine that houses important information.
10: Logging in as root

I really shouldn’t have to say this. But just in case, be sure to tell your users DON’T LOG IN AS ROOT! But… just in case they must… DON’T LOG IN AS ROOT! Instead, have them open up a terminal window and either “su” to root or use “sudo”. And just in case you didn’t hear me the first time, DON’T LOG IN AS ROOT!
11: Losing windows to the pager

The pager is one of the handiest features of the Linux desktops. But over and over, I’ve seen that new users don’t quite understand what the pager is for and what it does. Because of this, they will “lose” their windows from the desktop. Where did it go? It was there a moment ago! I guess it crashed. No. More than likely, they moved it to another desktop. Another desktop? You see where this is going? Help the new user understand what the pager is and how useful it can be.
12: Ignoring security because it’s Linux

A big part of me still wants to boast and say, “In the 12 years I have used Linux, I have never once had a virus or worm or been hacked.” Although that is true, it doesn’t mean I should ignore security. I have witnessed the effects of a rootkit on a Linux machine. They aren’t pretty and data will be lost. Tell your users that they can’t ignore security just because they’re using Linux. Security is crucial, regardless of the OS.

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Forget Cookies, Your Browser Has Fingerprints

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Even without cookies, popular browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox give Web sites enough information to get a unique picture of their visitors about 94 percent of the time, according to research compiled over the past few months by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The research puts a quantitative assessment on something that security gurus have known about for years, said Peter Eckersley, the EFF senior staff technologist who did the research. He found that configuration information -- data on the type of browser, operating system, plugins, and even fonts installed can be compiled by Web sites to create a unique portrait of most visitors.

This means that most Internet users are a lot less anonymous than they believe, Eckersley said. "Even if you turn off cookies and you use a proxy to hide your IP address, you could still be tracked," he said.

The data doesn't actually identify the Web user, but it creates a unique browser "fingerprint," that can be used to identify the user when he visits other Web sites.

Using JavaScript, Web sites are able to probe PCs and learn a lot. No single piece of data is enough to identify the visitor on its own, but when it's all strung together -- browser version, language, operating system, time zone details -- a clearer picture emerges. Some things -- what combination of plugins and fonts are installed, for example -- can be a dead giveaway.

And using the private mode offered by some browser-makers does nothing to stop this analysis. "They provide you with some protection against other people who may be in your house or who have access to your computer, but they haven't got to the point where they've provided protection against the companies that are profiling Web users," Eckersley said.

In fact, there are already a handful of companies have already started offering this kind of cookie-less Web tracking to help e-commerce sites identify fraudsters. Companies such as 41st Parameter, ThreatMetrix, and Iovation are widely used in the banking, e-commerce and social Web sites.

And the products work. Last August, when Serbian criminals started testing stolen credit cards by posting hundreds of US$1.99 transactions to the iReel.com online movie site each day, iReel turned to ThreatMetrix to get a fix on the fraudsters.

Using similar techniques to those described by the EFF, ThreatMetrix generated digital fingerprints of site visitors, which helped iReel know when a single user was trying to use hundreds of different credit cards, even when the fraudster was using proxy IP addresses, said Adam Altman, iReel's chief operations officer. "We were able to cut out a lot of the unnecessary transactions," he said.

These products may see more widespread use as browser-makers give users more control over managing the Web-tracking cookie files on their browsers, said Avivah Litan, an analyst with Gartner. Many e-commerce sites already use so-called Flash cookies to track visitors, but Adobe is starting to give users more control over these files, so browser fingerprinting maybe the next widely used visitor tracking technology on the Web, she said.

For people who think they're anonymously surfing the Web, this is bad news, Eckersley said. "If someone can see what pages we're going to, they know what we're reading and what we're thinking," he said.

The EFF has set up a Web site that tests visitors for uniquely identifiable information. Most people are surprised to discover just how trackable they are online, Eckersley said.

There are some effective countermeasures, however. A uniquely identifiable IDG News Service Windows XP computer running Firefox could not be identified with the NoScript safe browsing extension turned on. Adding the Tor Internet anonymization software also works, Eckersley said.

Mobile browsers on the iPhone on Android platforms are often not identifiable. That's because they typically don't have the variety of browser plugins and font add-ons that are common on desktop PCs.

So could browser makers make their products more private? Eckersley believes so. "There are some situations where having some of this information is useful, but you don't need all of it by any means," he said.

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Avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.545

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avast! Free Antivirus is perfect for people who send e-mails and surf popular websites. avast! is a package of applications that aim to protect your computer from a possible virus infection or other malware threat. If you use it correctly, and in combination with other programs such as data backup utilities, it will significantly reduce the risk of your computer being attacked or infected by a virus, and thus the risk of losing important or private data.

These help files have been created to help you understand how the program works as a whole, as well as describing the properties and functions of its component parts. We assume the user has knowledge of basic terms and the basic skills needed to use the Windows operating system. If you are not familiar with terms such as "folder", "file", or "window", or what it means to "activate a window" or "click a button", we recommend that you consult the appropriate user manual before proceeding.

Based on the award-winning avast! antivirus engine, avast! antivirus 5.0 contains all of the features you would expect in a modern antivirus program. It incorporates anti-spyware technology certified by West Coast Labs' Checkmark process, as well as anti-rootkit and strong self-protection capabilities, but now provides even faster scanning with improved detection ability. It contains several real-time "Shields" which continuously monitor your email and internet connections and check the files on your computer whenever they are opened or closed.

avast! antivirus 5.0 now also comes with a completely revamped user interface for easier scanning. avast! Pro antivirus 5.0 offers a number of additional features, including a script shield and a process virtualization module, while avast! Internet Security 5.0 comes with an antispam filter and built-in firewall. Once installed, avast! runs silently in the background to protect your computer against all known forms of malware. You don't need to do anything else - just install and forget!
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Chrome, IE Browser Battle Addresses Need for Speed

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On the heels of news that the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Chrome Web browser is gaining market share while Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Internet Explorer browser is losing ground, both companies took the wraps off faster, next-generation browsers Wednesday.

Google released a new beta of its Chrome browser which is much faster than the previous version and has several new features.

Meanwhile, Microsoft put out its second IE9 platform preview, one week ahead of schedule.

A Bruiser Beta

Speed is one of the main hallmarks of the latest Chrome browser beta, which loads Web pages at 2,700 frames per second, according to Google.

"We made some improvements to our JavaScript engine," Google spokesperson Eitan Bencuya told TechNewsWorld.

The new beta also has some HTML5 features such as geolocation application programming interfaces, an application cache, Web sockets and file drag-and-drop capabilities.

Further, it has an integrated Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) Flash Player plug-in.

Hiding Your Identity

Users of the new Chrome browser beta can synchronize bookmarks as well as browser preferences, including themes, homepages and startup settings; Web content settings; and languages. They can also install and use Chrome extensions while in incognito, or private, mode.

In incognito mode, Web pages users open or files they download are not recorded in their browsing and download histories. All new cookies are deleted after all incognito windows are closed. Changes made to Google chrome bookmarks and general settings while in incognito mode will be saved, however.

Further, incognito mode only prevents Google Chrome from storing information about websites users have visited. The websites visited may retain records of visits, and any files saved to users' computers will remain.

Microsoft Speeds Up IE9 2nd Preview

Perhaps to keep pace with Google, Microsoft unveiled the second platform preview of IE9 Wednesday -- one week ahead of schedule.

When Redmond released the first IE9 platform preview in March, it promised to issue an update every eight weeks.

"We're excited to provide developers with access to updated builds of the Internet Explorer 9 platform preview every eight weeks leading up to beta," Microsoft spokesperson Ryan Bartholomew told TechNewsWorld.

However, this second preview was released after only seven.

This second preview speeds up IE9, offers support for standards, and incorporates hardware acceleration for HTML5. It uses background compiled JavaScript for greater speed.

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The release schedule for the full public IE9 beta is still unknown. "Internet Explorer 9's public availability will be dependent on when it reaches the quality bar for release," he explained.

Winning Is Everything

The announcements from Microsoft and Google reflect an ongoing battle in the browser market. April statistics from NetApplications.com show that Microsoft's IE is still dominant, it continues to lose ground in the browser market. Meanwhile, Google Chrome is making sharp gains.

Overall, Internet Explorer's share of the market fell to just below 60 percent in April.

"This is a new low for IE's market share," Ray Valdes, vice president of Web services at Gartner (NYSE: IT), told TechNewsWorld.

Google Chrome is not only eating into Microsoft's turf, but it's also impacting other browsers. Take Firefox, for example: It ranked second in the browser market, with a 25 percent share. That share may well have been bigger if it hadn't been for Google Chrome.

"Firefox's growth rate has slowed a lot recently, due to strong uptake by Google Chrome," Valdes pointed out.

While Google Chrome is fast, speed isn't the only factor boosting its growth in the market, he said.

"Google Chrome is growing share more rapidly than any of the other browsers for several reasons," Valdes stated. "It has impressive speed, provides a good user experience, and perhaps most importantly, it's leveraging the Google brand and distribution channels -- it has a prominent link on the Google home page.
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Microsoft Gives OEMs Embedded Win 7 to Tinker With

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Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has given manufacturers the tools to make Windows the operating system for a host of consumer-oriented devices -- from video game consoles to TV set-top boxes that serve as full-blown home entertainment centers. It's not clear, however, exactly when consumers will be able to purchase these devices.

Windows Embedded Standard 7 is the proposed platform. Microsoft announced the release of a "componentized and customizable" version of the operating system to equipment manufacturers at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley, taking place this week in San Jose, Calif.

Home Entertainment

Adding Windows Media Center to Windows Embedded Standard 7 will drive growth in the home entertainment market by allowing both OEMs and service providers, such as cable and satellite TV companies, to "explore additional revenue streams by providing unique content through a central media hub in the home," said Kevin Dallas, general manager of the Windows embedded unit at Microsoft.

Windows Media Center -- which allows users to create libraries of music, video and other forms of media from multiple sources, including the Internet -- is a standard feature in most PC-based versions of Windows 7.

It appears that consumers, indeed, have an appetite for devices that offer wide access to various forms of content. They spent roughly US$74 billion on connected media devices such as game consoles, TVs and set-top boxes in 2009, according to ABI Research, and the firm expects that figure to reach $94 billion in 2010.

The economic downturn slowed consumer spending on core home networking devices, such as routers and gateways for home WiFi networks, ABI noted.

Consumers' desire to distribute audio and video around the home and access online content through their televisions is the main driver of growth in the connected media space, according to the firm.

With a market showing healthy growth in the face of a severe recession, it's not surprising that Microsoft would tout the potential for Windows Embedded Standard 7 to be a force in this sector.

Digital Signage

However, most of the manufacturers that Microsoft has identified as having immediate plans to ship products containing the new operating system are in other markets. For instance, it said HP (NYSE: HPQ) and Wyse Technology will use Windows Embedded Standard 7 as a thin-client user interface. It also mentioned several companies that plan to use it as a platform for running new digital signage appliances.

Microsoft and Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) will unveil a platform they codeveloped for this market at the upcoming Screen Media Expo, to be held in London in early May, Dallas said.

"We will be debuting two new digital signage appliances based on Windows Embedded Standard 7 at Screen Media Expo," Gabrielle Marshall, marketing manager for DT Research, told TechNewsWorld. "We have been using Windows Vista for our appliances, and it has worked well, but we expect Windows Embedded Standard 7 to be even better."

Specifically, Marshall said, DT Research engineers expect a new video rendering module in Window Embedded Standard 7 to improve the quality of 3-D graphics and provide faster video playback on the company's digital signs, which are used in places like airports, train stations and restaurants.

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As to when devices powered by Windows Embedded Standard 7 might reach the home entertainment space, Ashwin Kulkarni, senior product manager Window Embedded, told TechNewsWorld the company was "actively working with several OEMs to deliver set-top boxes, TVs and other connected media devices built on Windows Embedded Standard 7." Further details will be announced in the coming weeks

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Google Buzz and SEO

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Everyone has been 'buzzing' around the new social media platform launched by Google recently - Google Buzz. There is nothing outstanding about the layout - it's a sort of Twitter meets FriendFeed design. The major difference (and advantage) Buzz has over the existent social networks is that it is integrated into your Gmail account. There are many other interesting features which have been discussed in much detail across the internet, hence in this article I will just concentrate on SEO implications of Google Buzz.

For Search Engine Optimizers, the two interesting aspects of Google Buzz are:

  1. The 'implicit' priority that Google Buzz will get on the Google Search Engine
  2. The 'auto-following' - you can leverage Gmail to grow your social network more rapidly (compared with Twitter) since Buzz has a built-in viral feature by auto-following contacts

For the past few years, Google has moving towards a trend know as 'real-time' or 'blended' search. On your search result page you won't only see organic (free results) and sponsored ads but also images, video, Twitter, MySpace and news posts (all as it happens). The opportunities for SEO here are:

  1. Google may interpret links from these posts to your website as having some marginal impact on your PageRank.
  2. People may read your tweets, news posts and thereby directly o to your website
  3. The posts themselves may show up on Google searches and give you some temporary visibility for free and for your target keywords.

I may be speculating here but I believe that Google Buzz might get a slight advantage when it comes to 'real-time' search, after all its Google's baby.

Or look at it this way - Google is in all ways the dominating Search Engine - a huge monopoly, huge profits to link products to attractive packages and important products to give away for free. Buzz is already linked to Gmail and Google says that public Buzz will be indexed on Google search engines (have a look at the launch video). Google is also indexing Twitter posts; all of this encourages an SEO to see Buzz as a powerful tool.

Also take a look at YouTube, video posts on Google are heavily biased towards it with respect to other alternative video services. Not really sure if Buzz will outrank Twitter but there is a vast opportunity to be exploited from an SEO perspective.

Another important point is that you can get a real link from Google.com Many SEO people still like to get links, especially from an authority domain. All your buzzes are extra pages with their own clean URL. The links don't use the infamous no-follow attribute that makes them useless for search engines.

I believe Google Buzz has a vast opportunity that can be exploited by search engine optimizers. So buzz your way around!

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Adam_Ada

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Twitter's Forced-Follow Flaw Fix Purges Users' Fan Files

Buzz Me

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Twitter has stomped out a bug that for a brief period allowed users to force other users to follow them on the microblogging site. In eliminating the glitch, however, Twitter emptied out some users' list of followers entirely.

"Like other social networks, Twitter was originally designed to serve a pretty small community, and when it grew so big, funny things were bound to happen," Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe told TechNewsWorld.

Twitter's real-time nature exacerbates the problem. "Maintaining a real-time site is like changing the engine in your car when you're going down the freeway at 60 miles an hour," Howe explained.

You Will Be My Friend

The bug, which struck over the weekend, let users unilaterally decide to add anyone they wanted as followers. This was a reversal of Twitter's normal approach, in which the decision to "follow" someone -- to see that person's tweets as they're posted -- is left up to the follower, not the followee. In some cases the person being followed may need to also grant permission.

Twitter on Monday announced that it had resolved the problem. However, it was rolling out the solution in stages, so users who were still being forced to follow others unwillingly had to block or unfollow them, it said.

In addition, the solution deleted some Twitter users' followers. Several celebrities, including Ashton Kuchter, Demi Moore and teen star Justin Bieber, complained about losing their followers.

"Twitter is being hacked by some Turkish hacker," Kuchter wrote on the microblogging site. "Haha I have 0 followers. Whew! There's an update from Twitter, 'Missing relationships are being restored'."

"Hackers, I send a warning -- U have now p**ssed off over two million teenage girls. They are more dangerous than Navy Seals," Bieber wrote.

Twitter's Woes

The "follow" bug that surfaced over the weekend was the third problem to hit Twitter in less than two weeks. On April 26, outbound emails were delayed for up to five hours. However, no tweets were lost.

"Twitter is one of the more fragile of the social networks, because it was originally designed to do a set of things and do them very well, and it's morphed into this giant website and so had to go through a lot of changes," Howe, who's director of anywhere consumer research at the Yankee Group, pointed out.

The forced following flaw was probably caused by a programmer taking "a couple of shortcuts" before implementing Twitter's "accept" feature, which governs followers, Howe said. Here's how "accept" feature is supposed to work: If you want to follow someone you admire on Twitter, find his or her page and click "follow." If your idol has certain privacy restrictions implemented, he or she must first grant permission; otherwise, you are now one of that person's Twitter followers.

However, the real-time nature of sites like Twitter sometimes obligates admins to take shortcuts because service needs to be restored as quickly as possible after a problem surfaces.

"Always-on, real-time sites are a maintenance nightmare because most of the problems occur under load when millions of people use them; most of them occur in funny ways when millions of people use them; and you can't bring them down for maintenance," Howe said.

Twitter cofounder Biz Stone did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

Dominance Is Good

On the other hand, although users may be voluble in their complaints, they have little recourse.

"Any interruption in service is problematic, but there's no rival service out there to Facebook or Twitter," Josh Martin, a senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, told TechNewsWorld. "Occasional hiccups in service are expected in the Web 2.0 world."

Still, putting a little thought beforehand into planning might alleviate some of the problems Twitter and other social networking sites are facing, Yankee Group's Howe said.

"All the things we tend to do in the real world, like making sure we know who we're talking to and making sure we know they are who they think they are, should be implemented in the online world," he added.

"In the electronic world, people never seem to think that others might use technology outside their use case," he concluded. "They need to think out of the box"
By Richard Adhikari
TechNewsWorld

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