As reported on October 10th by CNN, Blackberry users all over Europe, Asia, and Africa have lost the ability to text and browse the Internet using their mobile devices. The Washington Post just reported that Blackberry users in India and Latin America have also had disruptions using their smartphones and tablets as well.
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Here’s a nice Infographic about the Life and times of Steve Jobs, we all have at least interacted or used one of his creations, may it be the original iPod, the shuffle, nano, an iPod touch, an iPhone or the iPad. As we bid farewell to a great man, let’s try to get a glimpse of his life in this very nice Infographic about the genius behind Apple
Yes you read that right, you can now send email using your Facebook account, meaning you can now send emails to other services such as Yahoo and Gmail using your Facebook account. You can have your personalized email account name with that nice “@facebook.com” extension at the end to send messages to other email services.
If you are a first time user, here’s how to get your own Facebook email address:
Just go to Messages and clik on the link above that say’s: “Claim your email address”, it is where you type the email name you would like that would appear with the “@facebook.com”, the default name that you get is your “[email protected]” but you can change this to suite a more personalized Facebook email address.
The only thing is, you cannot add a subject line on the email but instead the subject line the receiver would get would read something like “Conversation with [name]”, from this Tech4idiots thinks that this service is not exactly designed to replace your existing emails from services like Yahoo and Gmail but rather as an extension for Facebook’s messaging service to other email services. It’s still in its early phase and not everyone already knows about this feature so maybe Facebook will allow adding images, text editing, adding a subject line on future updates.
So go ahead, try it for yourself, get that personalized email name before someone else gets the “[name you’ve always wanted]@facebook.com” address before you.
Go to Facebook.com
Here’s a cool looking trick for Google I found very interesting and fun. It’s called Google Sphere, what it does is that it makes all the content, text and images on the Google search page into a rotating sphere (hence Google Sphere, duh). You can use your mouse to rotate the sphere in any direction you drag your mouse pointer to, although this can also make searching more difficult due to everything moves whenever you move your mouse, its still a pretty fun way to add a new dimension to your Google experience.
You can even type in a search term and images that will come up will also be placed into the rotating sphere, the whole thing is a little more of an eye candy for you guys.
Here’s how to do it:
* Go to Google.com
* Enter Google Sphere on the text box and click the “I’m feeling lucky” button.
* You will see everything on the Google search page turned into a rotating sphere.
* Try entering for any search term (in the screenshot’s case “psp”) and click the “Search Images”
Tech4idiots has tested this on Firefox and Chrome and found out that this works best on… you guessed it, Chrome!
As of Aug 16, 2011 , Sony has cut down the price of the Playstation 3 by $50. The PlayStation 3 160GB System is now available for $249 and the 320GB models are now sold at $299. Additionaly, a bundle for the limited edition inFamous 2 is now also available across North America. The inFamous 2 bundle is priced at $299 that includes a 320 GB PS3, a 30-day membership to PlayStation Plus and ofcourse, a copy of the inFamous 2.
PlayStation chief Jack Tretton said:
“The new price will make the PS3 more accessible than ever before, so there’s never been a better time to join PlayStation Nation,” he said in an interview, “We know that while future-proof technology is important to you, content is still king — that’s why we continue to focus on bringing you exclusive “must have” titles that are unmatched by anything else on the market. With games like Resistance 3, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One and one of my personal favorites, Uncharted 3, all on the horizon, there’s a lot of great entertainment in store for you.”
“We take our commitment to the millions of PlayStation fans out there very seriously. We don’t just want you to be part of the PlayStation Nation, we want you to be proud to be a PS3 owner. We have many exciting things planned for you in the months ahead, but suffice it to say we are hard at work to bring you more of what you want and more of what you expect. Stay tuned, there’s more to come.”
Although this is good news for people who are still looking to buy the console, the thing is, Tech4idiots recently bought a new 320gb PS3 just before the price cut and that sucks. No info yet on whether Microsoft will also cut down the price of the Xbox 360.
Source [PlayStation Blog]
All webmasters would want to have information about how many hits, visitors and pages being viewed on his website, Tech4idiots for one used to check the stats almost religiously, but as time went by I would only check the stats from time to time just to see the trends and number of visitors each week, So here in this article I listed my TOP 5 Stat Trackers for your website.
Compete provides its users with analytical information and also allows anyone the ability to view statistical information on websites that Compete has crawled and been added to their database, its services are quite similar to that of Alexa. User can compare information of up to three websites and up to five websites for registered users.
Here are the main features of Compete:
- Provides information on analytics and general statistics.
- Anyone can view information about a website.
- Branches out into different self service tools.
- Information they provide is based on a sample number of people’s internet activity
- Provides good information on statistics
- No need to install anything
- Information can be viewed just by visiting their website and entering your websites address
- It not as accurate as those from Google Analytics and WordPress Stats
- If you want to get more in depth information you need to pay a fee to be able to view them.
- Only basic information is available for free users.
Check out their website here: http://www.compete.com/
4. Alexa Web Information
Alexa is a great stat tool for your website, the difference is that it’s called a public stat system. The main advantage is that there is no need for you to install anything on your server, once your website has been crawled information is readily available on the Alexa website.Alexa also has their own traffic ranking system which they can categorized by country/ local area or worldwide.
Main Features of Alexa:
- Public Stat monitoring system
- Provides demographic information
- Has their own Traffic ranking system.
- Information on website are update automatically
- No need to install or sign-up to anything.
- Updated regularly
- It’s not the most accurate stat trackers
- Information it provides is not as in depth as others.
- Stats are only update every one or two days.
- Stats gathered for websites are only from users who has the Alexa toolbar installed in their browser (need citations)
- Alexa’s ranking can be easily Manipulated. (Rumor)
- Alexa’s own traffic system does really nothing to your actual SERPs
Check out Tech4idiots’s Alexa stats here: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/tech4idiots.org
Woopra is a little similar to Google Analytics, this is because they both provide an almost similar information about the websites statistics to the user. It differs from Goggle Analytics because it is split into two services: a webserver application and a desktop client program. Users are able to track users of your website and about where they go inside your website in almost an instant. This is a good tool to track your website’s bounce rate and page views per visit on your website.
- Live Stat Monitoring
- Provides two services: a web server application and a desktop client program
- gives you in depth statistical information
- It has an Innovative statistics system
- The new Woopra Analytics (which I’m still familiarizing with)
- You are able to see your stats on your desktop thanks to the Desktop Client program
- Stats are live and are updated in an instant.
- The Woopra API, with this there are a handful of plugins to integrate Woopra with your blogs and other websites.
- Requires a bit of time to fully setup.
- Not as well known as Google Analytics
Check out their website here: http://www.woopra.com/
2. WordPress Stats (WordPress Plugin)
This tool is specifically tailored to wordpress users.
Here are the main features of WordPress Stats:
- Integrates perfectly with your website that runs WordPress.
- Provides information on keywords used to get to your site, where a user came from and what links were clicked in your website.
- A small graph is presented on your dashboard.
- Very easy to setup.
- Perfect for WordPress websites.
- Clean presentation of information on the stats page..
- Presents a nice graph about website/page hit/views.
- Only for WordPress
- Does not track unique number of visitors
- Only tracks page views.
Download the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stats/
1. Google Analytics
For Tech4idiots, Google Analytics is so far the best Stat Tracker tool out there. Google Analytics provides a very comprehensive information about the visitors on your website. It provides in depth information, such as from where are your visitors, type of browsers use, keywords used to get to your website and these information are very helpful to the success of ones website.
Here’s a short list of what Google Analytics provides:
- Detailed graphs of the stats of your site.
- Geographical information of your visitors
- Provides statisitcs such as Site Usage and Bounce Rates.
- Content overview and Traffic overview of your website
- You can create Goals to keep track of such as improving you websites bounce rates etc..
- In depth statistical information
- Highly accurate and details graphs
- View, update, and compared any time period about your website performance.
- For new webmasters, the amount of information presented maybe overwhelming especially to new users.
- It takes time to get the hang of taking all the information presented to you.
Visit the website at: http://www.google.com/analytics/
MyBlogLog is a directory and community for blogger that provides statistics information to registered members who have installed the Mybloglog widget in their website. The statistics presented are not as robust as from those more popular stat tracker and are also powered by the MyBlogLog community. I would have place it as atleast at 3rd place except that MyBlogLog has been shutdown as of May 2011.
Earlier this month Sony has reported that the company has sold over sold 1.8 million Playstation 3‘s, 1.8 million Playstation Portables and another 1.4 million Playstation 2’s worldwide during the first quarter (Q1) between the month of April 1 and June 30 , though the numbers have slipped, dropping from around 600,000 units from Q1 of last year (2010), Sony still predicts an imporvement in sales for the year 2011: as Sony has sold 15 million PS3s as compared to 14.3 million the year before.
According to the numbers, so far the real success this year for Sony is from PSP sales, which has sold over 1.8 million units during the first quarter. Compared to the 700,000 units sold during the same time against Nintendo’s 3DS and the 1.2 million Playstation Portables sold during Q1 of 2010.
However, on the software side, Sony has done a little better with its 26.1 million sold PS3 games against 24.8 million sold PS3 games during last year’s first three months. While Software sales for the PSP are 6.6 million and 1.5 millions games sold for the PS2 respectively.
So judging from the numbers, Sony would have only sold 1,799,999 PS3 units and 26,099,985 PS3 games if it wasnt from Tech4idiots… lol