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Google Chrome OS to Launch in 2010

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The official Google blog has announced earlier today that Google is coming up with a new operating system called “Google Chrome OS“.

Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management and Linus Upson, Engineering Director writes:

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

So it looks like all the previous speculation is indeed true! Lets look at whats the deal here – Google has been very successful on the web with their search engine and several other web properties and next they sort of tapped into the browser and mobile OS market withchrome browser and Android (Mobile OS). And now they will be competing head on head with software giant Microsoft in the OS market with Chrome OS!

Well I think everyone saw it coming, when Google released chrome they mentioned that its more than just a browser, its a platform where web applications can be built on. So basically the Chrome OS will eventually be something like a cloud based operating system and for people who mostly use computer for the internet will find this very fascinating.

Google Chrome OS will basically run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and Google is working hard with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market in 2010.

The software architecture is pretty straight forward, You can look at Chrome OS as the Google Chrome browser running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work with Chrome OS (as they are both the same platform) and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies.

The best part about developing web applications is that they are pretty much platform independent, the apps that you develop will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving you as a developer the largest user base of any platform.

I’m really looking forward to this new Chrome OS. I really can’t wait to get my hands on one of the netbooks running Chrome.

What others are saying about Google Chrome OS:

Google vs. Microsoft: Net giant readies own operating system: USA Today

Google Says Yes to Launching An OS (Based on Chrome)Louis Gray

Google targets Microsoft with new operating systemGurdian.co.uk

Google plans Chrome-based Web operating systemCNet

Google to launch Operating SystemMashable!

Google OS Becomes RealityReadWriteWeb

Google announces Chrome OSZDnet

Google to Challenge Microsoft With Operating System (Update1)Bloomberg

Google Drops A Nuclear Bomb On Microsoft. And It’s Made of ChromeTechcrunch

Check the rest of the stories on Techmeme .


Google Finally ditched the “BETA” Label

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Whenever Google comes out with a product, you will notice that it is always in “BETA”. For many years Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar and many other awesome google products has been under Beta.

Google’s VP of Search, Marissa Myers was once asked, about Google’s common practice of keeping everything in Beta. In her reply she mentioned that when it comes to software ‘beta’ basically refers to something that is incomplete or in other words ‘buggy’. But Google looks at the whole thing very differently; As the life cycle of the web services that Google comes up with is always evolving so they never consider it as the final product. At that time, I was wondering why don’t they put Google search under beta? It’s also always changing & improving every day!

Anyway it seems like Google has now finally decided to take off the Beta label from Gmail, along with 4 other major google products including – Google Docs, Calender & Gtalk.

Gmail has been in Beta for over 5 years, so why go out of Beta now? Matthew Glotzbach, director of product management for Google Enterprise, said on reply that the beta tag “just doesn’t fit for large enterprises that aren’t keen to run their business on software that sounds like it’s still in the trial phase. Google basically sells a bundle of its applications, including Gmail, Calendar and Docs, to businesses via Google Apps. Businesses don’t like the idea of buying something that is not ‘complete’ (or in Beta).

So basically by lifting of the beta label, Google’s paying customers will be happy. But if you are a regular users who wants to see Gmail in beta forever, You can simply go to “Labs” under “Settings” and choose the “Back to Beta” option, which restores the little “beta” label to the logo. Funny isn’t it?


Bing Translator

bing-translator Do you ever come across a situation where you need to quickly translate a page or some text which is not in the language that you speak? Then you should really give the new Bing Translatorhttp://www.bing.com/translator a try.

Bing Translator currently supports about 15 languages including – English, Dutch, French, Chinese, Arabic, German, Italian, Japanese Korean, Russian, Spanish and many more. If you have previously used any translation service like Google Translate, then you probably already know how to use it. Bing Translator has a very easy to use interface, just dump some text or a URL in the left hand box on the page and select the source language (auto-detect is default) and select the language that you wish your text/website to be translated to and finally click translate!

bing translator screenshot

This neat thing about this particular translation tool is – if you are translating a website, bing automatically opens both the original and the translated page side by side in a frame. If you click on a particular section of the page it also highlights that portion of the page in the translated version. So in terms of usability, I personally find Bing Translator awesome. However Google Translate supports more languages at this point of time but I’m sure that Bing will catch up with them in no time.

bing translation example

So if you ever need any translation done try Bing Translator!


Free Website Monitoring with Pingdom

pingdom free website monitoring If you are running your own blog or website then chances are that you often get paranoid about your site’s downtime. Personally I have switched at least a dozen of web hosts before I found just the right one that gave me almost 100% uptime to date.

And trust me, it not easy to find the right web host for you. I remember back in 2008, I was pretty active in the social media sites like – Digg, Reddit & Stumble Upon. I have got my website in the front page and got massive traffic from all these site over and over again. But the first time it happened, I was not ‘ready’ to handle all the traffic and my site went down within the first 10 mins. The host I was working with back then didn’t even want to admit that they just can’t handle this much traffic for the price I was paying.

But anyway, later I sort of got around that and tweaked my blog to make sure that such downtime won’t come again. But few days later it happened again…and then again! I was really frustrated as I was putting in a lot of effort at that time to get all these traffic, but every day I have a downtime of over 30-45 mins!

Thats when I switched to a new host – Hostgator (well they aren’t exactly new to me, I have done business with them since 2004), however I never really stuck with them because at that time their servers were a bit expensive for me. The projects I was running at that time required me to have a dedicated server and so I was always looking around for a more affordable solution. One lesson that i learnt is, if you trust a particular web host you should stick with them regardless of what their ratings/reviews say or how much they charge. Now I have a Reseller account with HG and I am running all my sites there without any problem.

Anyway, I am a bit off topic here, the main question on the table today is how do you know when your website goes down? You can’t obviously monitor in 24/7, right? So how do you know that your website is still up and running when you are asleep at 3 in the morning?

Monitor your Website for Free with Pingdom

After all my troubled experience with many web hosting companies, I heard about Pingdom from Yoast. They had a free 14 day trial, so I signed up and from that day onwards I never had to worry about my website’s downtime! Pingdom automatically checks my website every 1 min to see if my website is up and running. If it fails to access my site for any reason (e.g. site is down), Pingdom automatically sends an email and also an SMS to my mobile phone! Their online dashboard is rich with statistics and graphs which tells you exactly how long your site was down with detailed time stamps. So if your web host claims that they give you 99.9% uptime, you should use Pingdom to find out whether their claim is actually true or not.

Pingdom was not free and it was a paid service. However if your website is important to you, I don’t think you would mind paying that small fee. But many bloggers and small scale website would have found the price point a bit expensive. But guess what the good news is?!

Pingdom is Available for Free

Yes! Now you can Signup for a Free Pingdom account and monitor 1 website with 20 Free SMS Credit. It just takes 2 mins to signup and you are done! After you signup, Pingdom will start monitoring your website and will tell you everytime it goes down! And with the 20 Free SMS credit, you will be informed even when you are not in front of your PC.

pingdom free website monitoring

And if you run out of that 20 SMS, then you need to seriously consider getting a new webhost! I’d seriously recommend you to go to Hostgator – They have awesome support and near 100% uptime.

You can signup for just 1 cent ($0.01) for the first month and try out their awesome service! Use the Coupon Code – “404PAGE”.

And don’t forget to Signup for a Free Piangdom Account and make sure that your website or blog is running 24/7!

Limitation of the Free Pingdom Account

There is actually no real limitation of the Free Pingdom Account. Its not some sort of trial offer, your account is completely free but you will only be able to monitor one website or server. So if you run one website/blog then this account is perfectly suitable for your needs. If you need to track more than one site, then you may want to signup for their paid service. For your free pingdom account to be kept alive you will need to log in to the Pingdom control panel at least once every 90 days.


Feedburner – Change Email Subject Line

feedburner-logo Feedburner is one of the most popular feed management solution that is available today for absolutely free of charge. But because it is free and now owned by Google, the users had to make certain compromises when it came to features. For example for a long time everyone was crying out loud for a way to change their feed email subject line that are automatically sent out from Feedburner; and guess what? there was simply no way of doing that – the subject line was static!

But not anymore! Google adsense for Feeds blog has recently blogged about this new feature that feedburner was supposedly working on for some time. Now if you log in to your feedburner account and go to Publicize > Email Subscriptions > Email Branding, you will be able to change the title of the email that feedburner sends on your behalf and that’s not all, you will now be able to insert the title of your last post in the subject line using their predefined variables.

feedburner email subject line

How to Customize Feedburner Email Subject Line

Just follow the steps and you will be able to change your Feedburner email subject line in no time.

  • Step 1 – Login to your Feedburner account.
  • Step 2 – Go to Publicize > Email Subscriptions > Email Branding
  • Step 3 – Under Email Subject/Title, write what you want your email subject line to be. For example, if you wish to insert the title of your last post you can use ${lastestitemTitle}. So a nice title would be: Your Blog Name – ${lastestitemTitle} (or any other way you prefer).
  • Step 4 – If you have more than one post on a day, then you can also include additional information on the subject line. Check the option, “Change Subject when email has 2 or more…” and it will give you an additional field to refine your subject line.

    Examples
    Your Blog Name: ${latestItemTitle}
    Your Blog Name: “${latestItemTitle}” plus ${m} more
    Your Blog Name (in this message: ${n} new items)

So what are you waiting for? Check out Feedburner today and customize your feed email subject line!


Google Blog Search – RSS, Hot Queries & Latest Posts

I am a huge fan of Google Blog Search, its pretty much the first place I go to when I’m looking for latest blog posts of my favorite topics like technology, gadgets etc.

Today Google has announced that they have added in some neat feature inside Google Blog Search. So I thought why not give them a quick run down..

1. RSS Subscription: If you are particularly interested about a topic you can now easily follow all the stories of that topic as they come along using your RSS Reader. In case you don’t use a RSS feed reader, Google is also providing an iGoogle gadget that lets you embed the Blog Search front page right inside of your iGoogle home page or any other page where iGoogle gadgets are accepted. Now you can easily browse topics and dig into stories from within the widget, and you can customize the gadget to choose which topics you want to follow and so on. In my opinion this is definitely a nice addition and it should have been there a long back!

2. Hot Queries: Google Blog search now also displays the popular blog searches in a list called “Hot Queries”. It’s an easy way to quickly dive into the trending topics of conversation on the web. Bloggers should definitely keep an eye on this area as this gives a good pointer on what to write about.

3. Latest Posts: This new section sort of displays the new posts from popular blogs right at the Google blog search home page! Google hasn’t provided any criteria on how they select the “popular blogs”, but so far based on my observation I saw that it picks up posts from reputable blogs hosted everywhere (even from blogspot and typepad). So regardless of what blogging platform (free/paid/self hosted) you use, as long as Google thinks your blog has quality – its likely to be picked up.

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Optimize your Blog Posts using SEO Blogger Tool

If you are a blogger and want to make sure that each post that you write gets enough exposure on the search engines like Google or Bing, then you should start optimizing your post a bit by having some of the important & semantically related keywords on your post title, body & Meta description.

How Do I Manually Optimize my Blog Posts?

Usually when I start writing post, I use Google Keyword Tool to figure out the search volume of a 2-3 word long tail keyword that I plan to use in the HTML Title tag. I usually choose 2-3 keywords that has a moderate amount of search volume and less competition in the Google Search Engine. (To check the competition, I simply do a search for those keyword in Google with “double quotes” and also with allintitle: tag).

Once I find the best keywords (the ones with high/moderate search volume and low competition), I use them in my title tag and also in the “meta description” of that particular post. If you are using a wordpress plugin like All-in-one-SEO, it should be relatively easy for you to change the title and the other meta tags of any individual post. I also use a lot of variations and semantically related keywords of my primary keyword on the sub headers (h2, h3 tags) and the body of the post. Usually my posts always contains images or screen shots illustrating the subject of my post, thus I also use some of the keywords in the alt and title tag of the images as well. These are some of the basic optimization strategy that I have been using to optimize each and every blog post that I write here. It is often a bit time consuming, but it really worth the effort when you see all the traffic coming in from many long tail keywords.

Optimizing your Blog Posts – The WordTracker Way!

Last week, Wordtracker, a major player in the keyword research industry launched an awesome free SEO tool for bloggers called – SEO Blogger.

SEO Blogger is a plugin for Firefox which allows you to carry out keyword research, when you are writing your blog post. It is very simple to use, you just install this add-on and a small Wordtracker button will appear at the bottom of your browser and whenever you click that their keyword search tool will load within your browser. So if you are writing a blog post you can load it easily alongside your screen and it can really help you to do some fantastic keyword research for your blog post.

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Basically you type in a word you would like to research, and it will give you back related keywords with search volumes alongside it. So you can then choose which ones to target by adding them to your chosen keywords list. Once you do that it will automatically keep a count of how many times you have mentioned that particular key phrase on your post to give you some rough idea about your keyword density for that particular keyphrase.

Even though I’m not the biggest fan of WordTracker, I’m still really happy that I have a tool that is very easily accessible within my browser. Will this make me stop using other keyword tools? Absolutely not! But this will definitely save me some time!

Download it FreeSEO Blogger (Wordtracker Firefox Addon for Keyword Research)


Winners Circle – Internet Marketing Case Studies

winners-circle-review I am sure a lot of you often have this question in the back of your mind – “What do I need to excel in Internet Marketing and become successful on the web?” One of the most important things that you definitely need is the willingness to try out new things and also your ability to take some challenges and risks.

All marketers will agree that they learn things from experience and not by reading a book. Books often give out the ground concept (which is important), but it usually never gives out the actual scenario and cases which is a very essential learning experience for any student wanting to learn something new.

Studies have shown that case studies attached with some of the newer text books in the colleges and Universities are now more welcomed by the students & the professors because they have really seen the benefits of going through real-life scenarios rather than just grasping bookish concepts. But due to corporate red tapes & competition, big companies never actually gives out their secret ‘formula’, but rather they give generalized cases and best practices out to the publishing companies for printing in the text books.

Now Imagine the same thing for Internet Marketing, If you could really find out the ‘secret formula’ of some individual/company that became successful on the web – you can probably take a thing or two out from their formula and implement them on your own. So there might be a thing that took an expert 3 years to figure out, but if once you get that formula it will probably take you an hour rather than the 3 years that he spent perfecting it.

Winners Circle is a subscription based service to the Digital Library of all real Internet Marketing cases studies, with actual facts/figures & details that you won’t find anywhere. Imagine sitting on a cineplex and going over the secret strategy of some of the very successful entrepreneurs who are making a living now on the web by earning substantial revenue from their website/

It really took a lot of research by Gyutae Park – the facilitator of this digital library, who has done really an incredible job of researching, spying & combining all this information in one place – Winners Circle.

What’s Inside Winners Circle

1. Site analysis – What defines success? Find out more about the site’s level of traffic, income, and exposure as well as distinguishing characteristics that set it apart from the pack.
2. Market Research – What are some of the challenges ahead for the site? Analyze the competitive landscape and look at trends for that specific industry or niche.
3. Traffic Generation Strategies – What are the biggest marketing strategies the site is employing to achieve success? Get ready to rip it apart and look at everything from link building tactics and SEO rankings to viral campaigns and PPC advertising.
4. Monetization Methods – What is the site’s business model and how does it make money? Study the proven business models that work online.
5. Site Potential – What is the long term potential of the site? What can it do to improve? Explore the risks and rewards of launching a similar type of site – and how you can do it better.
6. Key Lessons – So what? Case studies are only as good as the lessons you take away from them. I’ll direct you towards the ideas you should focus on.

Watch the Introduction video of Winners Circle by Gyutae Park

Well, I have personally got the chance to review the product and I must say that it is quite an extensive and “deadly” thing that Gyutae Park is putting out there. Why do I call it “deadly”? Well because, this Digital Library contains information that can really make a huge impact on your success, especially if you are just starting out. So I won’t be surprised if people start using some of these formulas straight away and see success…which will eventually increase the competition for everyone else on the market.

What Winners Circle is NOT

If you have followed my blog, you probably never saw me to promote a product before, and the reason is I never promote something that I personally don’t find useful. So I created a handy list for you to tell you what Winners Circle is NOT.

  • Its not an E-book. Its a subscription to a library which contains the winning formula for your Internet Business
  • There is no Marketing ‘hype’ or ‘mumbo jumbo’. You won’t make a penny, if you just read the materials. But if you implement some of the ideas that other successful businesses used then you might get lucky.
  • This is not the experience /case of any individual person.
  • It is straight to the point, there is NO “promise” or “guarantees” involved. Most of the Internet marketing materials that I came across is usually full of ‘hype’ and the first 50 pages or he first 50 mins of the video is always about what you will be “able” to do after you complete the training and so on. But Winners Circle thankfully doesn’t have those included with the actual material. You get exactly what you subscribe for
  • Its NOT overpriced like most of the marketing products out there. In fact I found it too cheap! Anyone who can afford to go to star bucks once a week for a coffee can try Winners Circle without any serious $$ trouble.

So What are you waiting for? Click the banner below to check out Winners Circle –


Firefox 3.5 RC – 2x Faster than FF 3.0

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If you are a Firefox fan like me that you will be happy to know that the Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate (RC) is already out! I’m particularly excited about this version of Firefox is because its very fast compared to the previous version of Firefox (They mentioned that its 2 times faster than Firefox 3.0). The official final release has been scheduled for the end of June but you can just go ahead and download the RC version which works just fine. Read ahead for the download link..

What’s New in Firefox 3.5

There are quite a number of improvements and addition in this new Firefox. Firstly, the thing that really irritated me over the years about Firefox is its poor memory management & leaking problem. I tested this new version vigorously and I feel that it is much more stable than any other Firefox versions ever released. I could easily open 20 over tabs and load videos, java script & ajax on them simultaneously without any lag or memory issue.

I have also noticed a significant increase in Speed on this new release, however having said that – Google’s Chrome is still the fastest in my opinion.

New feature wise, Firefox 3.5 has a private browsing mode – the so-called ‘porn mode’, or as Mozilla’s engineering vice president Mike Shaver called it, in an interview with IT PRO a ”job-hunting mode.” For people who are concerned about their privacy, Firefox 3.5 has a very neat tool that lets users to clear all private data or activity over the past few hours.

It also has ‘tear off tabs’ feature, which basically lets users to drag a tab out of its existing spot and open it in a new window (This has been in chrome and opera for a long time). Firefox 3.5 users can also watch videos inside Firefox browser without the need of installing any plug-ins using open format Ogg Theora files.

Download Firefox 3.5 RC

– Just visit the official Firefox 3.5 RC website – http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/3.5/releasenotes/

– Click on the “Download Now” link on your right!

What others are saying about Firefox 3.5 RC

An early look at Firefox 3.5
http://blogs.computerworld.com/an_early_look_at_firefox_3_5

Firefox 3.5 RC released to the world
http://www.itpro.co.uk/611809/firefox-3-5-rc-released-to-the-world

Firefox 3.5 RC1 Is Here
http://mashable.com/2009/06/17/firefox-3-5-rc1/

Firefox 3.5 RC Available: Stable & Fast
http://webworkerdaily.com/2009/06/18/firefox-3-5-rc-available-stable-fast/


Falcon – Browser Based Image Editor

browser-based-image-editorOften times when I’m at work or at any other location away from my personal computer (which has piles of softwares and tools installed) – I often feel in need of many softwares which I don’t get access to on spot. Google & Zoho has made my life a lot easier with their complete web based office suite. However when it comes to photo editing, I miss Photoshop & Gimp a great deal. But do you know that you can also edit images online just like any other cloud hosted application?

Edit Images Right from your Browser

I’m totally blown away by the new Browser based online image editor – Falcon, which is brought to us by the great – aviary.com. Aviary which itself is a full online photo editing & creation tool has always been awesome, but their new creation is more simplistic and easy to use for day to day photo editing.

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You can quickly grab and edit images within your browser and also run it on any OS platform as its completely web based. Falcon currently offers a simple subset of tools which was previously only available in Adobe Photoshop. These tools are very useful to bloggers and others who spend a lot of time manipulating and editing images on the fly.

The best part of this cool service is in its Firefox plugin called Talon, which let’s you grab a screen shot on the fly at any time and automatically upload them into Aviary’s browser-based editing platform.

During your capture, you are given the choice of capturing a portion of the screen, the entire viewed screen, or the entire page (below the fold). The option of capturing the entire page is extremely useful; and a feature that many advanced photo editors doesn’t have.

How much Does it Cost?

Well its Free for most usage. Once you are done editing your image, you can save the image as a PNG or JPG either on your desktop or host it on Aviary. If you become their Pro member, you will be privillaged to get some additional storage options like privacy and watermark control for $24.99 per year.

How to use this Online Image Editor

So if you still haven’t tried Falcon – Just head over to the website – http://aviary.com/launch/falcon and try this amazing service. You don’t need to register or signup in order to test it. Just click on the link and it will load the photo editor right in your browser. If you wish to grab photos and take screen shot then don’t forget to install the firefox plugin – Talon!


Opera Unite – Web Server on a Browser

Opera Unite, the recent product from the browser maker opera may not have re-invented the web (which they originally claimed) but it really got me hooked up with it! If you are looking for a web server within your computer that will allow you to host websites, files, music, photos and share it with the world then Opera Unite is something that you should really check out.

What is Opera Unite?

Opera Unite is a web browser that has built in capability of a web server, file server and also sort of a social network where you can easily share photos, music, exchange messages etc. You can even run chat rooms and host entire Web sites with Opera Unite. It puts the power of a Web server in your browser, giving you greater privacy and flexibility than any other online services.

Watch this Introductory video to get to know this cool product:

Opera Unite is Flexible

If you use Opera at home and a different browser at work – you don’t have to worry! Opera Unite services can be accessed from any browser, even including the tiny mobile browsers! At home, just select what you want to share, and you can view it later using your work Web browser without any issues.

Opera Unite is Easy to Use

Just fire up the Opera Unite browser and you have a nice menu in the sidebar to enable all these cool services like a Web server – to host HTML websites, file server – to share files with others, photo sharing, music sharing etc. You need absolutely no technical knowledge of any sort to run any of these services.

Opera Unite is Secure

When it comes to sharing information online, security is the first thing that jumps on everyone’s mind. Well, opera is very secured and they take several security measure to protect user’s data. Opera has a dedicated team who deals will all the security issues at their highest priority. When you are sharing your data online, opera automatically provides you a couple of options to choose the level of security that you wish to implement. For instance, you can open everything up to public or you can make them private and protect your shared files with a password. If neither suits your requirement, you can also share it to specific group of individuals which is pretty cool.

Opera Unite Services

Below are some of the services that comes by default in Opera under Opera Unite. But I believe that they will (or already have) opened up this platform to everyone else, and soon their services page will be pilled with other cool services (Just like how facebook became popular with their apps).

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1. Web Server If you want to host your own website, for whatever purpose – you can do it pretty easily using this built in web server. You don’t need to be a tech guy to set up this server, in fact within a matter of few clicks you will be able to host and share your website with the world. Of course the only drawback would be, your website will only be live and accessible as long as your computer is ON and connected to the internet. I really like the idea of having web servers on your own computer – if you are a web developer, and you want to show your client how their website will look like, you can easily use the opera unite webserver and put up the dummy page live on the internet. Your client can simply go and visit the link that you will provide him to view the page.

2. File Server: This is one of the super cool feature that I really liked! Who doesn’t like to share files? Well I do! Sometimes its just a huge pain to share big folders with friends over IM. Now with this feature, you can just share a folder and give your friend the link and he will be able to download them to his computer easily. This feature is also neat for those who have files in both office and home and sometimes need to access them remotely.

3. Photo Sharing: Is there any photo sharing service in the world that doesn’t need you to upload the photos onto their server? Try Opera Unite Photo Sharing! You will be amazed how easy it is just to select your photo folder and you have be given a “live link” which your friends can use to browse through your photos. Simply Mind blowing!

4. Music Player: Access your complete home music library from wherever you are. Run the Opera Unite Media Player at home and access your entire music library from anywhere you might be. No need to duplicate your music on different machines!

5. Fridge: This is totally a social service that works almost like Facebook’s Wall. Your opera fridge is a fun place for people to leave notes on your computer. Friends and family will love leaving notes on your fridge. It’s open to all and you get a notification when someone writes a note.

– Mom posts a note, “Dentist appointment at 2:30 – Don’t forget!”
– Your roommate writes, “We need milk!” and you use the fridge as your shopping list with Opera Mini while in the store
– Your niece says, “I miss you! Come visit us soon!”

As the service owner of your fridge, you can delete notes, turn off posting, limit the total number of notes so that it doesn’t get too full, or disable and enable this service whenever you want. Other people can also delete their own posts.

So have you tried Opera Unite Yet? Give me one reason to NOT try this cool product?! Just try it and I am sure you will love it. You don’t need to actively use it, just keep it installed on your PC and you never known when you will need it.

Where to Download Opera Unite

Opera Unite (Beta) is available for FREE from their website. Visit the following link to download:

http://labs.opera.com/downloads/

Visit the Opera Unite Homepage for more information on this product.

What others are saying about Opera Unite?

Hands on: Opera Unite review – Techrader

Opera Unite Hopes Old Idea Entices New Developers – GigOm

Five Questions about Opera Unite – Yahoo Tech

First look: Opera Unite alpha lets you share files — but is it safe? – ComputerWorld

Opera Unite: The real plan is to put software in control again – Infoworld

Exclusive Video: Hands-On With Opera Unite (It Rocks) – Techcrunch

Opera Unite reinvents the web – Techmeme

Opera Unite: Web Browser Becomes the Web Server – Mashable

Opera Unite frequently asked questions (FAQs) – Opera Support

Opera Unite: a cloud-based promise to ‘reinvent the web,’ again – Engadget

Inside Opera Unite–screenshots – CNet Downloads


Robert Scoble launches Building43.com

building43logoRobert Scoble, a very renowned technology blogger recently started a brand new project called – building43, which is an online community for all Internet enthusiasts.

What is Building43?

The main objective of Building43 is to help businesses use modern technology and social sites to increase their online exposure and revenue. Now I am hearing a lot of people ask on Friendfeed, how building43 is any different from a traditional tech blog?

Well, based on my initial analysis I found that Building43’s whole focus is more on practical business & tech advice rather than covering tech news like what Techcrunch and Slashdot does. So I believe Building43 has touched a completely different niche and it would be an understatement if we just call it a blog! Its more like an community of similar minded people wanting to become successful on the web and Building43 is sort of trying to be the platform for that.

Now I’m not saying that this concept is new or ground breaking, probably there are handful of other sites that does the same thing – I just don’t know. But why does it matter anyway?! There has always been a handful of ‘everything’ on the web and thats why today we have more options & diversity of the content.

So Kudos to Scoble for starting this wonderful project! The site currently has quite a number of video interviews of some impressive interviewees including Google’s VP of Search – Marissa Mayer, Facebook’s CEO – Mark Zuckerberg, Principal with Union Square Venture – Fred Wilson and many more! Other than the videos, the site also has some blog posts from famous web entrepreneur like Guy Kawasaki and Scoble himself.

They are clearly going to add more and more content as the community grows. Currently they have a dedicated community page where they are showing the building43 twitter & friendfeed feeds.

They are asking the community to share their valuable content via video, blog posts, podcasts, friendfeed comments and tweets. If you are interested to be a part of Building43 in any way, just drop them an email.

To learn more about Building43 just check out their website – www.building43.com and also read what others think about building43:

We’re shipping today: the road to Building43
http://scobleizer.com/2009/06/11/were-shipping-today-the-road-to-building43/

Building43 – A new era for Rackspace and the internet
http://www.rackspace.com/blog/?p=184

Scoble’s Building 43 Launching Tonight With Practical Tips For Businesses Stuck In The 90’s
http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/06/11/scobles-building-43-launching-tonight-with-practical-tips-for-businesses-stuck-in-the-90s/

Understand Building 43 and Understand Web 3.0 – Staying Ahead of the Curve
http://www.watblog.com/2009/06/13/understand-building-43-and-understand-web-30-staying-ahead-of-the-curve/

Scoble’s latest adventure: Building 43
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10196572-93.html

Socialize with me

Are you on friendfeed or Twitter? Then don’t forget to add me up! –

http://www.friendfeed.com/saadkamal
http://www.twitter.com/saadkamal

See you there!


Twitter Launches Verified Accounts

twitter-verified-accountNot long after twitter’s recent announcement about account verification system to stop impersonation, they released what they are calling “Verified Account“.

For instance, if you check out Ashton Kutcher’s twitter page, you will notice he has a verified account logo appearing on the right hand side of the page.

ashton-kutcher-twitter

Twitter writes:

With this feature, you can easily see which accounts we know are ‘real’ and authentic. That means we’ve been in contact with the person or entity the account is representing and verified that it is approved. (This does not mean we have verified who, exactly, is writing the tweets.)
This also does not mean that accounts without the ‘Verified Account’ badge are fake. The vast majority of accounts on the system are not impersonators, and we don’t have the ability to check 100% of them. For now, we’ve only verified a handful of accounts to help with cases of mistaken identity or impersonation.

How to Become Verified on Twitter

Currently twitter has started implementing this feature with well-known accounts that have had problems with impersonation or identity confusion. (For example, well-known artists, athletes, actors, public officials, and public agencies). However they said that they may verify more accounts in the future, but because of the cost and time required they are only testing this out with a small set of folks for the time being. So hopefully as time progresses they may role this out to more accounts over the next several months.

However if your account is constantly competing with parody or impersonation accounts you can fill out the twitter feedback form so that twitter can know your situation. One thing you can do right away is to provide a link to your official website containing the Twitter badge or logo linking back to your twitter profile.

Check out other related posts about Twitter Verified accounts:

Twitter Launches Verified Accounts – Mashable

Twitter Starts Verifying Accounts Without Actually Verifying Them – TechCrunch

Twitter finally verifies verified accounts rumor – DownloadSquad

Twitter Finally Launches Verified Accounts – WebProNews

Twitter begins roll out of verified accounts – The Next Web

Track more sources via Techmeme.


Notify Google about your Domain Change

google-domain-name-changeBarry Schwartz @ Search Engine Land recently reported that there is a brand new feature in Google Webmaster Tools named change of address.

How To: Tell Google about your domain change

If you’ve recently moved your site to a new domain, you can use the Change of address tool under the Google Webmaster Central dashboard to tell Google about your new URL. This will allow Google to update their index to reflect your new URL. Changes will stay in effect for 180 days, by during that time Google will crawl and index the pages at your new URL.

The change of address tool is safe to use as its backed up by Google’s site verification. So only the real site owners will be able to use it.

Note: If you’ve specified a preferred domain for your original site, you should also set it for your new site.

In order to use the change of address tool, make sure that you’ve added and verified both your old and new sites in your Google Webmaster Central Dashboard. In addition to that, make sure your original site is not a subdomain (for example, http://newwebsite.example.com).

change-address-webmaster-central

Access Change of address from:

1. On the Webmaster Tools Home page, click the site you want.
2. Under Site configuration, click Change of address.
3. In Step 4, in the Select a verified site list, select the new site.

Google posted a help document on moving your domain to assist webmasters with this process.


URL Shortener by StumbleUpon – Su.pr

stumbleupon-make-short-url-su-pr Stumbleupon which is a social bookmarking/voting site that I can’t get enough of, has recently launched a URL Shortening service called – Su.pr.

This new URL Shortener – Su.pr has a lot of cool features that every content publisher would really love. It basically combines all the features of StumbleUpon with the traditional features of a URL shortener.

Su.pr is currently invite only and unfortunately I don’t anymore invite codes to share with you all. However you can follow @stumbleupon on twitter, where they frequently give away invite codes for SU.pr.

How Does StumbleUpon URL Shortener Works?

Well firstly you need to register for a SU Account if you don’t already have one and after that you can start shortening URLs and at the same time post those URLs on twitter and facebook with a message attached to it. They have also included a feature for scheduling, so you can set your message to go out at a time in the future.

Once a user clicks on a Su.pr links they will see a web-based StumbleUpon toolbar, which lets them to like, dislike, stumble, favorite, or comment on your content (similar to the new DiggBar). They also have an additional option for sharing the Su.pr link on Facebook, Twitter, and via email.

Some Features of the Su.pr URL Shortener

  • Real time analytics – It gives you detailed view of how many people click through your links, how many came via StumbleUpon in particular and who the most prolific “reTweeters” have been and so on.
  • Easy Sharing on Twitter/Facebook- You can share your links easily on twitter and facebook, including the schedule facility.
  • Intelligent Predictions – They have a “Suggested posting time” metrics, which tells you when people are most likely to click your links based on past user activities.
  • Bookmarklet – Last but not least, they have a handy bookmarklet that makes submission of links quick and easy.

Mashable has a screenshot of the UI of Su.pr –

su-pr-url-shortener

So did you get a chance to test this new URL Shortener? Share your feedback in the comments!

Update: Danny Sullivan made a point about Su.pr not being Search engine friendly as they use a 302-redirect instead of a 301. Check out his post on – Search Engine friendly URL Shorteners.


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