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Archives – December, 2012

Top 10 Coolest Movie and TV Spy Gadgets in History of Technology

December 30th, 2012 - Filed under Inspiration

Spy movies and TV shows have been crowd favorites for a long time now. People love watching handsome men in suits fighting off the bad guys, flying helicopters, firing guns and most of all, using their cool gadgets. Since the 60s, there are many gadgets which have become popular after being used in a spy movie or show. Not only are they incredibly cool to look at, but they make you think why no one has ever bothered to design them for real.

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You can get cable to watch the movies and TV shows. You can also head to the cinema to watch your favorite spies in action. While there are hundreds of such gadgets to choose from, here are the top ten coolest movie and TV spy gadgets in the history of technology. Read more…

9 Online Tools to Create Custom Maps and Get Directions

December 28th, 2012 - Filed under Web Tools

Thanks Google Maps for being one of the pioneers in the development of web-based mapping. It makes us realize the importance of online maps in our daily lives such as getting right direction to the destination, jogging, bike riding and travelling. With the advancement of the smartphone and tablet computers, finding location of destination becomes easier through GPS navigation and mapping apps.

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In today’s post, instead of teaching you tricks to effectively use Google Maps, we chose to introduce you 9 free tools that’ll help you to become an expert map-maker! With these web apps, you can easily plan a map for travelling, generate company location map or explain a route to someone. I hope you’ll find them helpful. Read more…

25 Ranking Signals Google Use to Rank Websites in Search Results

December 27th, 2012 - Filed under Web Development

Every year, Google makes hundreds of changes to its search algorithm with the aim of providing quality web pages to its users. The giant search engine also applies over 200 different signals to reward websites with quality contents by ranking them high in the search results. On the other side of the coin, Google penalizes low-quality websites by either lowering their search rankings or removing them off from the search results.

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Last year Google has rolled out its major algorithm change called “Panda”. While the update has improved rankings for a large number of high-quality sites, it has also identified low-quality sites and upgraded their rankings. Early this year, another algorithm update named “Penguin” was released to penalize websites that employ webspam techniques such as keyword stuffing, cloaking and link schemes.

Google has been emphasizing many times on its blog and help forum that we should make sure our sites comply with its quality guidelines and develop more unique, original and quality contents rather than focusing on any algorithm tweaks. Having said that, if we can step into Google’s mindset to find out how it has been looking for high-quality websites. That will certainly save us a lot of time and efforts. Below we’ve compiled a list of ranking signals and guidance that might be used by Google to determine how websites rank in the search results. Read more…

13 Tips to Extend Your Smartphone Battery Life

December 26th, 2012 - Filed under Mobile

These days, smartphones like iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S and Blackberry can be seen everywhere. The reason to own a smartphone is obvious, it has a wide range of capabilities and functionalities to perform almost any tasks you can imagine. Thanks to the hundreds of thousands of mobile apps available on the Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play.

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While we enjoy the ease and convenience the smartphones bring to us, they seem to have one common drawback: short battery life. Most of the smartphones’ battery can only last for 1 or 2 days, and it’s obviously insufficient. While engineers are still exploring new ways to improve both the battery life and battery lifespan, we should acquaint ourselves with some basic battery-saving knowledge. Here are 13 proven and effective tips you can use to save and prolong your smartphone’s battery. Read more…

How to Create a Customized QR Code with Your Logo Design

December 22nd, 2012 - Filed under Tutorials

Nowadays QR codes are being widely used every where. You can easily find them printed on newspapers, websites, billboard ads, packages and many more. The matrix barcode can be scanned through your smart phone app to gain access to website or display virtually any type of information such as URLs, address, contact details, and product description.

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When it comes to design, QR codes normally presented in such a way that black square dots arranged in a square pattern with white color as a background. I know, it sounds pretty boring. Fortunately, there are many talented designers out there, with their creativity turning the black and white box into a colourful and amazing artwork. Just like the ones you may have seen on our previous post: 35 Really Cool QR Code Artworks.

If you feel like having one customized and impressive QR code for your website, blog, company or product, simply follow our easy tutorials below to get it done within minutes! Read more…

18 Websites to Showcase Your Design and Art Works

December 21st, 2012 - Filed under Web Design

Which is the best website to display your design works? Well if you are design enthusiast, websites like deviantART, Flickr and Behance may cross your mind instantly. However your works shouldn’t be limited within these sites as there are many more design communities and networks out there where you can showcase your talents. These online communities are the places where you can keep yourself up to date with the latest design trends, get inspirations from others’ works and receive professional designers’ comments on your works.

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If you are ready to showcase your skills or display art pieces which you are very proud of, below we’ve gathered 18 top online communities specifically built for web developers, designers, artists and creative people. Read more…

15 YouTube Third Party Tools You Can’t Afford to Miss

December 18th, 2012 - Filed under Videos

YouTube, being the most popular video-sharing site for years, has not only made singer like Psy with his “Gangnam Style” become famous overnight, but also enabled us to watch the first ever free and live London 2012 Olympic games through its Olympic channel.

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The king of video-sharing site has over 800 million unique user visits with over 4 billion hours of video being watched every month. These astronomical figures drive a variety of third-party tools and browser extensions available on the web helping you enhance your video experience. So if you watch online videos regularly, here are 10 really cool YouTube third party tools you must try. From video downloader to top video chart, we hope you’ll find them incredibly useful! Read more…

Importance of IT Support for a Small Business

December 15th, 2012 - Filed under Business

It doesn’t matter how large or small your company is, there’s no escaping the fact that a good IT infrastructure is essential to ensure that your business will be a success. However, it doesn’t matter if you have the best software and hardware because that will quickly prove to be worthless when things go wrong if you don’t have the best support structure in place to ensure that your IT systems are running smoothly when you need them.

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Mobile Device Security: A Growing Need in Today’s Expanding BYOD Culture

December 13th, 2012 - Filed under Cyber Security

BYOD: Bring Your Own Device – this phenomena in today’s IT business culture is on the rise and not likely to abate anytime soon. By most measures many IT managers have embraced (at least to some extent, anyway) employee use of their own devices at work for a number of reasons, including saving the company money on expensive hardware expenditures, increasing employee morale, and as one CIO put it, BYOD being “a great way to recruit and retain young talent.”

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This paradigm shift seems especially prevalent in IT start-up enterprises. CIOs, managers and other decision makers within these new organizations may be more adept at addressing the phenomena and all it entails provided they are forthright in their assessment and understanding of it. Read more…

2 Facebook Apps to View and Manage Your News Feed

December 12th, 2012 - Filed under Social Media

Everyday, most of the Facebook users receive a variety of news feeds from their friends, family, colleagues and pages they’ve subscribed. If the posts received are too many, it’s not easy to go through all of them. And it’s even harder if most of the posts are unimportant junk. Although Facebook does provide us some features where we can filter our posts by photos and links, unfortunately that’s not enough to customize the news feed based on what we want to see.

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So for those of you who want more controls over your news feed, here we would like to introduce 2 web apps that will help you get updates from people you care about as well as the information and news you’re interested in, in a more organized way. Read more…

7 Best Content Management Systems (CMS)

December 11th, 2012 - Filed under Blogging

Content management systems have replaced the ancient ways of hand-coding CSS and HTML pages. Whether it is a corporate website, or a social blog, content management systems are crucial for easy management of a website or a blog. You might have different approaches in displaying your website like adding plenty of pictures, advertising services, rendering technical support or owning an e-magazine. To meet the requirements of the different approaches there are different content management systems available, each having its own strength. Though there are a collection of content management systems available in the online marketplace, I’ve hand-picked the seven best content management systems of 2012 taking into consideration aspects like usability, features, plugins, and more.

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What Happened to the Mobile OS Market?

December 10th, 2012 - Filed under Mobile

Every teenager knows that almost all mobile phones are divided into “iPhones” and “Androids”. Older people still remember the ordinary mobile phones, “dialers”, and perhaps Symbian and Windows Phone. And where did all the other mobile platforms go? Are there any devices available based on them? Thanks to the efforts of manufacturers, Android smartphones got a great screen resolution and looks like a “spade”. Since the race for the pixels is on, we will point out, what is the maximum resolution and the diagonal of the screen used in phones (tablets do not count) on one platform or another.

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30 Impressive Shadow Art Photography

December 7th, 2012 - Filed under Inspiration

Shadows are the phenomena of nature which have in a way become so common that they often remain unnoticed. Since ancient times, shadows have been manipulated to resemble animals and other objects. It’s hard to say when the shadow was first used by humans for entertainment and art, but it probably originated in the Far East countries like China. The art of Chinese shadow puppetry called Ombres Chinoises, which means “Chinese shadows”. In today’s modern world, we called it shadowgraphy or ombromanie, which is the art of performing a story using shadows made by hands.

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However, the shadow art is not limited to hand shadow. Almost anything around you can be used to resemble different shapes from its model. All you need are creativity and good manipulation of light and space. In today’s showcase, we’ve crawled deep into the net to surface some of the most mind blowing shadow artworks that’ll make you say Wow! Read more…

35 Coupon Websites that Offer Best Shopping Coupons, Discounts & Promo Codes

December 6th, 2012 - Filed under Freebies

Which is the best coupon site to get free shopping coupons, discounts, promo codes and freebies? These days, almost everything can be done on the Internet and that includes online shopping. Yes, instead of going to shopping mall to get yourself a clothing, electronic gadget or even food grocery, you can do it in the comfort of your home. Some of you might think that such convenience comes with higher price and lower quality. Well that’s not necessarily the case, there are many reputable and reliable online shopping sites out there where you can get great deals and bargains with certain days of money back or return guarantee.

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It’s coming to the year end, have you prepared Christmas gifts for your loved ones, parents and friends? For those of you who have no time to shop at the mall, here’s your opportunity you can’t miss. Below we’ve listed some of the most popular coupon sites where you can shop online, get free coupons and buy anything you want at discounted price! Read more…

9 Websites to Check Latest Changes of Google Search Algorithm

December 4th, 2012 - Filed under Search Engines

Which is the best website to check Google search algorithm updates? Every year, Google rolls out changes to its search algorithm with the aim of providing better search results to Internet users. While most of the changes are minor, every once in a while the Internet giant will make significant algorithmic changes such as Panda and Penguin updates which greatly affect the ranking of search results.

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As a website owner and search marketer, we should keep ourselves updated with the latest Google algorithmic changes. It helps us to understand how Google ranks the search results so that we can make necessary changes to our website driving more organic web traffic. Below we’ve compiled a list of website, blog and forum where you can keep track of Google updates making your SEO (search engine optimization) effort easier. Read more…

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