Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Google News Tests Trending Topics

Google is already taking a page out of Twitter's playbook with the recent launch of Buzz, which lets everyone on Gmail broadcast public status updates, share links, blog posts, photos, videos, and more. But Google, which tried and failed to buy Twitter last year, is still studying its various features and building some of them into its own services. The next one it might borrow from Twitter is trending topics. Twitter exposes the keywords people are using the most or growing fastest at any given time under Trending Topics in the sidebar or in Twitter search. Now some people are noticing similar trending topics in the left sidebar of Google News when they are logged in. Joe Hobot captured the screenshot at left on his blog. Some of the trending topics earlier today were "Greece" (which is considering an economic austerity plan) "Iran" (which is facing U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program), "Mobile Technology" and "smartphones" (no doubt due to the Mobile World Congress kicking off in Barcelona today). Google already shows the relative popularity of news topics in Google Trends, but showing them in Google News is probably more helpful.The trending topics, though, appear to be part of a larger redesign. We've been getting other reports and images of a Google News redesign bucket test. (See image below). The redesign also has personalization options which let you customize Google News by location or category (business, world, etc.). Of course, MyYahoo did this ten years ago, but it's good to see Google News finally getting around to letting people personalize their news pages. Update: A Google spokesperson confirms it's been testing the new design since early February: "At Google, we run anywhere from 50 to 200 experiments at any given time on our websites all over the world. Right now, we are running a small test of a new Google News homepage design." And Search Engine Roundtable posted a similar screenshot on Friday.CrunchBase InformationGoogle NewsTwitterInformation provided by CrunchBase

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Digital photo frames- perfect valentine’s gift!

A photo just grabs your memories and helps you to see in future. Earlier you had to have one picture in a silver frame staring at you on your desktop. We are now fully in the age of the digital camera and with that comes a plethora of ways to view your favorite photos. One of the most popular ways is a digital photo frame.

Gifts make your love ones happy whatever be the occasion and digital photo frames be a perfect choice. They are usually quite expensive on the high street so they have a very high perceived value. Luckily for UK businesses, they are much less expensive when purchased in larger quantities as promotional gifts. You may also get a photo effect online all you need it to make a proper search on your favorite engine.

Digital Photo Frames are the new craze that has been hitting the market within the last year or so. With the decrease in price of digital camera, the digital frame got popularity. A digital photo frame is a picture frame that displays digital photos without the need to print them or use a computer. Digital frame is best source of displaying digital camera picture in different styles. First of all compare all photo frame templates available then only make a payment. These are providing a great way to display those fabulous shots without having to print them.

Photo frames are small monitors that display digital photos on an LCD screen. Most frames have screens that are five to ten inches. But, there are a few that are as large as 15 inches. Various features that are available in a digital photo frame include screen resolution, internal memory, frame styles, installed software, multiple viewing modes and memory card compatibility. Make a smart search and sites that offering online photo frames and add to cart to make a payment. It comes with rechargeable batteries. Some even have built-in mp3 players so that music can be played while certain pictures are displayed.

When shopping for a photo frame, it's best to see the different models in action before buying. There are quality differences and size differences that are hard to detect unless the unit is turned on and sample photos are displayed. This may be tough to accomplish, as many retailers are not providing shelf space because the products are still so new to the marketplace.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Just follow these quick tips to play casino online!

Nowadays charm of playing casino online is becoming very popular. There are so many games available at online casinos. All you have to be is 18 and above to play these games online from your computer. If you are a new player to an online casino, it is important to understand the basic tips or strategies on how to play your favorite game in a winning way so that you will minimize the risk of losing and stay at the best chance of winning. Here are some quick tips for you to get a start and prepare yourself to be a winner at online casino.

1. Avoid playing wildly otherwise you will definitely be a loser

Most of the new players tend to play wildly by simply place their bet according to their instinct. This is a way of betting, which the luck will determine the winning or losing. Unfortunately, most players have more bad lucks than good lucks. That's why online gambling is the sole winner in the long run. The house advantage had been designed to let the casinos make profit from most players, except for those who have very good lucks. Therefore, if you want to win, you have to play with an effective winning strategy so that you can beat the house advantage. Before you start playing with real money, make sure you have a winning strategy in hand. There are many free and paid betting strategies either online or offline, get one that works.

2. Beware of the fake online casinos sites

It’s important that you get money when you win otherwise there is no mean of playing. These casinos are known as rogue casinos, which accept your deposit without letting you to withdraw your winnings. Don't be scammed by them. Before you deposit your hard-earned money into a casino's account, make sure you have read the reviews or getting an informed detail about the casino to ensure it is a reputed online casino that will pay you when you win. That’s why it is recommended to make proper search online casino gambling sites which are trust worthy too.

3. Stop running behind strategy that can guarantee a winning

People who are trying to find a 100% win-proof betting strategy, just wasting save energy and time because you won't find one because there is no one betting strategy that can 100% guarantee you will win at your favorite casino game. However, there are good strategies, which will alter the house edge and increase your chances of winning. Therefore, you should focus on find the best strategy instead of a win-proof strategy. Any strategy that makes you win more than lose is a good strategy.

4. Always play according to your pocket

Never go beyond your pocket money. You should treat online casino as a place for entertainment which you can spend your leisure time playing your favorite games from your computer. Although you aim is to win at casino, you should always be prepared to take losses if it is not your lucky day to win. Since there is no one strategy that can guarantee the winning, never play with the money you can't afford to lose.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Make money online without a website, how!

When first starting out making money online there are many obstacles, the biggest one being how to make a website. This article will show you how to make money online without having to worry about putting a website together. The best way to do this is by becoming an affiliate marketer. As such, you don't need to have your own product, website, or marketing material. Also, you can get great commissions for each sale you make.

The best thing to affiliate online is digital products. These are information or software products that the purchaser can directly download. They also tend to have the highest payouts per sale, usually 50% or more, which can result in huge profits for you.

First, you start out by getting your affiliate link through Clickbank.com. This is an affiliate network which handles all the transactions and makes sure you are paid fully by check or directly to your account. What this affiliate link does for you is tracks all the people who click on it and who end up purchasing the offer. You then get paid up to 75% or more of each sale.

However, before you start driving traffic to your affiliate link you have to set up something called a 'redirect'. To do this, simply get a domain name from Godaddy.com for about $9 per year. You can choose a name that is related to the market you're selling in, which in this case would be the 'how to make money online' market. Then you can make your domain name redirect to your affiliate link, which will take the person directly to the sales page offer for the product you are promoting.

The last thing you have to do is direct traffic to your domain name. This can be done a few different ways. The cheapest way to do this (by cheap I mean free) is by writing articles related to your market and submitting them to article directories like EzineArticles.com. At the end of each article you need to add a 'signature' which will tell the reader briefly about the opportunity you are promoting and will have your domain link included.

The goal of this is to attract people searching for information and opportunities about making money online to your article. They will find your information useful, and be inclined to click on your link to learn more. This is known as driving targeted traffic to your sales offer.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Where to find the best online casino place?

Nowadays most of the people loves online gambling and it’s all because a player can gamble online from the comfort of his home at any time and there is no need to wait for the place - players like this convenience very much. Selection of an online casino should be done very carefully also you need to take care of certain things.

You should always search on Internet before choosing online casino stores. While searching you need to be specific about what you want. Unless you are specific, you might end up sifting through various useless web pages filled with information. But since there are so many sites popping up every day and most of them are well advertised over the internet, finding best online casino site would not be a problem over the web.

An important thing to consider is that who empowers the online casino site? The top names in the online casino software industry are - Microgaming, Playtech and Cryptologic. These gaming giants take up the majority in this line; they are the most advanced, they offer the best games with great visuals, lucrative bonuses and complete security.

While you check out the different online casinos, you will see that some of them are not only linked to the software providers, but they also have built casino 'families' like Fortune Lounge Group, Jackpot Factory etc-etc. These online casino communities are powered by the respective online casino software provider. These communities have some games in common. For instance, there is a Progressive Jackpot slot and it is linked to all the other online casinos on the same network. It boosts the money flowing in the Jackpot and thus adds the excitement for the players.

Moreover, if you have always been an avid poker fan and have a role model for that matter, you can start finding out what poker site they play in, or endorse or sponsor like if you are a Daniel Negreanu fan, you might want to give the Poker Stars a try. Just keep in mind that there are many top poker playing sites out there and each has its own advantage.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Happy Easter

Easter is about creativity and developing problem solving skills and maybe it's a little bit about fresh starts, near as I can surmise.

Bueche's Shop-Rite had the most colorful Easter basket display. The display created much longing in my sugar-grubbing soul. My parents never took me to church so I'd never heard of Jesus and imagined God to be a nice man in a brown suit with a matching derby hat. The Easter Bunny, however, I knew intimately.

My mother used to say He would not set foot in an unkept house, so we helped her tidy up and clean things. We then went to bed looking forward to the egg hunt and lots of sugar. Organized religion is not the only way to control the masses.

After I expressed joy and longing while passing the Bueche's (beekeez) Easter basket display, my father said (and this is one of his real life-changing gems), "Show me a kid who believes in the Easter Bunny and I'll show you a dumb kid."

This must have been in 1967 or 1968. I must have been five or six years old when I learned how dumb I am, which is cool, because most people never figure it out. Color me precocious.

My father expected us to push the creative limits of egg dying. This was in the day of Paas, the dye tablets you mixed with hot water and vinegar; none of the new-fangled glittery dying kits had been invented yet. If we wanted a swirly psychedelic egg, we had to go to some trouble, and I did, because I did not want to disappoint the Bunny with boring, monochramatic, pastel eggs.

As the years went by the Easter Bunny let it be known that we were expected to demonstrate our growing intelligence. If we looked for an egg in an easy spot we would find a note in perfect Easter Bunnyish printing (black ink, white paper): You're going to have to try harder than that, or If your name isn't Lydia, leave this egg alone. Beside the note would be a small pile of Bunny turds (raisins).

With a bit of humor, through the Easter Bunny, my dad's message was: try harder because you can and because it's fun. My dad was the best Easter Bunny. And he knew it.

In addition to sugar, most human beings seem to crave guidance, comfort, and relief from guilt. Maybe that's where the whole god thing comes from and therefore the whole reason we celebrate Easter. Curiously, the kids in my family were somehow taught some of the ways of Jesus, without Jesus's name ever coming up. Do unto others was the Big One. If you could grasp doing unto others, you were half way there. Wherever there was. Is. Will be.

We had to answer to our own consciences. The most dreaded form of discipline, second only to being called stupid, was a very terse, "Go to your room and think about that." We were never taught that we would be punished for our sins or that anyone died to make up for our sinful ways, because there was no sin. There were just things that needed to be thought about. Learning from a mistake and moving on not to repeat it was the way to relieve guilt.

Two of our beliefs definitely came from Dad's navy training, teamwork being the best example. If one sibling messed up, we all paid, so there was preventative teamwork (talking a sib out of something stupid) and damage-control teamwork (helping to hide the evidence to avoid being sent to our rooms to think about something). Another navy-founded teaching was you snooze you lose. It wasn't until sometime during the last year that I ever felt comfortable showing up late for anything.

A lot of the stuff we were supposed to learn came from my grandfather:

when you point fingers in blame, there are three pointing back at you;
be proud of who you are and do not shame the family name;
stand up straight, shoulders back, head held high, make eye contact, and offer a firm handshake;
do not lie, ever;
do not throw like a girl (that one pissed me off, so I insist on throwing like a girl);
and some other stuff that will come to me at three in the morning.

Benjamin Franklin was probably influential as well: a borrower nor a lender be; waste not want not. I never borrow from family or friends, and if anyone borrows from me they pretty much can assume I'm prepared not to be paid back. I have a disgusting tendency to eat off of other people's plates while I'm doing the dinner dishes.

Deleterious side effects like punctuality neurosis and dirty dinner plate pillaging aside, I have to say, it's worked out okay having been raised by people who realized there's just no knowing what happens after death and therefore concerned themselves with training us to learn how to get along right now rather than to indulge any worries about a heaven or hell that might come later. If they ever felt the anxiety of the incontrovertible, unavoidable end of life, they never spoke of it; they were much too busy.

Coyote writes, "Let's face it: all evidence points to the extinction of consciousness upon our death. Rather, there is no evidence whatsoever to support its continuance, so how could we possibly believe (other than out of desperation) that we do live on in some way?"

My response: Our existence here at all seems so improbable to me, and our consciousness seems so altogether baffling and unexplainable, yet here we are and we seem to be conscious of our hereness. What would be so surprising, therefore, about a continuation of consciousness, in whatever form? It's not a matter of desperation to allow for the possibility of neverending consciousness. However, to oppress and murder people based on one's fervent belief in neverending consciousness within all of the dogma surrounding that belief is desperation in its most abominable form. We hate that; it bugs us.

For me, the world is pregnant with meaning -- whatever meaning I bring to whatever event I notice in order to fill whatever need I have. When I hear the loon call, especially when the loon ought to be quiet, when I see a great blue heron in an unusual place, and especially when I see specialty rainbows -- doubles, triples, horizon-to-horizon, circling the moon -- it means to me that I need to pay attention to something, that I'm on the cusp of an opportunity to learn something big. I assign that meaning because birds and rainbows are things I associate with my dad, and what he seemed to need was for me to be smart.

Meaning, like belief, is the contrivance of human personality. Their being contrivances does not invalidate them. Either belief does something for you or it doesn't. Either you find meaning useful or you don't.

Belief for me shifts with the wind.