Search Engine Marketing

How is it possible to get on the top of the search engines, and generate more business for your company? By providing:

Search Engine Optimization(SEO) – Your website will be optimized for better indexing and placement on all search engines, the majority of websites that receive top placement on Google have the power of search engine optimization.

Backlinks – Many websites will link to yours, making your website more attractive in the ‘eyes’ of the search engines, which will place your company higher in the search engine results over your competitors.

Fresh weekly content – New pages with information about your industry will be created every week, attracting new clients looking for information about companies like yours on the internet.

Keyword research and development for search engine placement advantage – More keywords in different search engine results pointing to your website means more targeted clients looking at your products, services, and contact information, empowering your business with more sales opportunities.

Let’s improve your business by bringing more clients to your website.

Search Engine Optimization(SEO) strategies

Search engine optimization is a strategy of using keywords to attract people to your website by having your website show up high on the results screen of search engines such as Google and Yahoo. Since your website will show up higher on the list, more people will naturally visit your website, which will increase your business, or make your website more valuable to advertisers. Here is a quick video explaining the concept:

Want to remove name from google?

Have you been wondering if it were possible to remove your name from the search engine so you could remove name from google? Many people find themselves listed in a search engine directory with information that may be embarrassing or even information that could be considered slander. Although there is no guaranteed way to ensure that your name does not show up on a search engine directory, there are a couple different ways to remove name from search engines.

Before you attempt anything, get in contact with the site or sites that have your name and/or information online and ask them to remove it. Using the WHOIS database, you can generally find the contact information of any site easily. If you cannot convince the site to agree to take your name off there are still options for you. Creating other online account is another option you have. By creating new online accounts you can potentially force the negative information about yourself further and further back in the search results so that they are not seen. Most people do not go through more then 50 search results. If neither of these options works, you can always resort to paying a company to remove your name from search engines for you in order to protect company name.

Why you should hire a search engine optimization specialist

If you want more conversions for your website, you need to think about hiring a search engine optimization specialist. With a SEO professional, your website will reach Google’s highest listings with no work on your part. All you have to do is collect the money.

Now, if you are new to the SEO world, you might be wondering why a specialist is needed. Your site already looks nice, so it would make sense that Google would rank it on its own. Unfortunately, such a notion usually does not apply for beginning websites. If your content does not contain hot, SEO keywords, Google will not know that your site even exists.

The difficulties do not end there. Backlinking is another element of SEO. It is boring and time-consuming, but when it is properly implemented, your site can take Google positions formerly occupied by Fortunate 500 companies. Note that when this happens, you would gain organic traffic. In other words, your site would acquire visitors without you having to pay for the privilege.

In any case, a search engine optimization specialist will address both issues. And after their work is complete, you will see results in less than a day. If a keyword is non-competitive, you may even see results in less than an hour.

IBM’s Samuel J. Palmisano: we sold PC business due to lack of innovative opportunities

Departing IBM head honcho Samuel J. Palmisano has been known to say some outlandish things, but there’s nothing comical about the information divulged in a new piece surrounding his legacy in The New York Times. Outside of looking into the details of how IBM become one of the world’s most boring, highly profitable outfits, there’s plenty of fascinating nuggets to be had. For one, he focused intently on getting out of “low-margin businesses that were fading,” and not surprisingly, the outfit’s personal computer business was first on the chopping block.

Reportedly, he saw a lack of opportunity for innovation (at least “in the corporate market”), and felt that the “hub of innovation would shift to services and software.” As if a prophet, just about everything he expected has come to pass. The article explains that the jarring sale of its PC business was no easy thing to decide upon, and he even affirms that he “deflected overtures from Dell and private equity firms, preferring the sale to a company in China for strategic reasons.” As the story goes, China wants its corporations to have global reach, and by helping with that, IBM “enhanced its stature in the lucrative Chinese market, where the government still steers business.” Trust us — there’s far more where this came from in the source link below.

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Apple’s Siri curses out 12-year-old

Someone reportedly tampers with a demo iPhone 4S so that when a 12-year-old boy picks it up and asks Siri a question, she is not amused or amusing. She tells him to “Shut the f*** up.”

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Internet Explorer holds onto top browser crown while Chrome and Firefox tussle over second place

Both Net Applications and StatCounter have released their figures for browser market share for 2011 and it makes for largely unsurprising reading. Internet Explorer’s full share has dropped but it still maintains the top spot — a 52 percent share according to Net Applications and 39 percent according to StatCounter. Meanwhile, second place remains tantalizingly within reach for Chrome, which has made headway catching up with Firefox, whose growth had apparently stalled during 2011. According to Net Applications, Firefox held a 21.8 percent share of browser users this month, while Chrome reached 19.1 percent, up just under 8 percent and capping off a second year of impressive growth. Meanwhile, StatCounter pegs Google’s browser at second place for the end of the year, claiming 27.3 percent versus the 25.3 percent share grabbed by its vulpine rival. Unsurprisingly, the Windows Team Blog takes a different slant on recent browsing trends, trumpeting that its latest version, Internet Explorer 9, continues to grow on Windows 7. This is, however, balanced out by a corresponding drop in the users of its predecessor, IE 8. Better luck next year, eh, Microsoft?

Internet Explorer holds onto top browser crown while Chrome and Firefox tussle over second place originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 02 Jan 2012 21:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPad 3 Rumor Roundup: New Display Tech, Lots of Contradictions

Next year, Apple will unveil its iPad 3. History tells us we can expect iPad 3 sometime in the first quarter — but exactly when? And will it include a retina display? And will there be two different models? Let the rumor round-up begin!

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Deal of the Day ? Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Verizon

Today’s LogicBUY Deal is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for the Verizon system for $199.99.  This is the first phone running the new Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.  Features:  4.65″ 720×1280 HD Super AMOLED display, a dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage, 5MP rear camera (1080p video capable), 1.3MP front [...]

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Carrier IQ Faces FTC Probe

FBI Director Robert Mueller says bureau doesn’t knowingly use data collected by Carrier IQ.

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Uber?s New Year?s Eve Surcharges Demonstrate The Harsh Reality Of Dynamic Pricing

Photo Credit: Creative Commons Flick / Dave FayramI woke up this morning to tweets from Uber customers nationwide who felt taken for a ride, literally and figuratively, after requesting an Uber on one of the busiest nights of the year. Despite the fact the company said as such on their blog and communication channels, riders were apparently not expecting the surcharges to be so exponentially high. In exchange for providing cars on demand, Uber used their system to find equilibrium within a market where demand outstripped supply, especially a few hours before and midnight. (I?m not a frequent Uber customer, but I used them three times over my recent holiday trip, and each time was flawless; I?ll continue to use the service when I need to.) Uber?s hangover this morning is more of a harbinger for consumers in general, especially when it comes to goods and services delivered online. Uber?s ?surcharges? last night were a classic example of dynamic pricing, or adjusting the price of something relative to the demand and supply, down to the minute or second. The more data a provider has on these inputs, the more likely they are to leverage that data to extract more value from providing equilibrium between supply and demand. Most every consumer is aware of this through searching for and buying airline tickets online, where fares seem to change magically, even mid-search.

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The Basics of Getting your First Home Through Home Loans

Buying a house is a very exciting time, especially for the first time buyer. He will be excited at choosing a house that has the perfect style and practicality for him and his family. However, to buy a house, one might have to take out a loan. This allows first time buyers to own homes and repay their debts on set agreements.

Home loans vary, depending on the location and the terms agreed upon. However, they all have the same basic idea which is to lend financial assistance to qualified people so that these people could own a home. This is done by allowing a very low downpayment, and, in some cases, none at all. Also, interest rates are sometimes subsidized to assist the borrower with making payment, while sometimes there are limits to the fees that the lenders are allowed to charge.

Getting the benefits listed above will depend on the lender and the terms set when the loan was granted. It is generally a good idea to have a meeting with different lenders and see who has the most favorable terms and benefits while one is repaying the loan. These little things can make repayment more comfortable.

The favorable home loans Tennessee residents want to get cannot be for everyone because there are some conditions needed to get the loan. One’s credit rating plays a big role in getting loans approved. Those with good credit ratings are more likely to get more favorable terms and benefits, while those with lower ratings might get higher interest rates as a compromise or not even get the loan at all.

There are also some restrictions when getting home loans Tennessee lenders offer. For example, one cannot immediately buy the more upscale properties in an area. Lenders will only lend enough money for the lower-end homes in the market. However, many first time buyers won’t have a problem with this, as the need for a home is what matters, regardless if it is simple.

In short, applying for home loans Tennessee families have benefited from will also be of a lot of help for those looking to buy a house. While there are some restrictions, the fact that a house has never been within easy reach until now is appealing to many people. Make sure to boost credit rating to acceptable levels so that paying for the loan won’t be a burden.

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Moshi Monsters Make the Leap From the Desktop to iOS

Moshi Monsters are currently trying to take over the world, it seems. The site, aimed at kids around seven and upwards, now boasts over 50 million members, many of them paying a subscription fee to keep their own Moshi Monster happy and entertained. If you don’t pony up the fee, you’re only allowed to have [...]

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Philadelphia Car Accident Attorney Looks at Who is Liable in a Multi-Car Crash?

In February 2014 there was a massive multi-car crash, involving over 100 cars, involving ice on the roadway caused a traffic nightmare on the Pennsylvania turnpike (see: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking/Pa-Turnpike-Crash-245517981.html). The PA turnpike accidents are a extreme example, but as you can certainly see, figuring out who is liable in this type accident can be troublesome at best. Often times in multi-car crashes you multiple cars, multiple drivers and multiple stories as to how things happened. Who is responsible? It comes down to one key component, negligence. Which drivers negligence set off the chain of events that led to the multi-car crash. To help figure out this key component a Philadelphia car accident attorney must first determine, under Pennsylvania law, who to place negligence upon. To help with this analysis an attorney will examine the multi-car accident using tools such as, the police report, investigation of the scene, etc.

There are 5 main elements that go into negligence, they are as follows:

  • 1. Duty: the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff,
  • 2. Breach of Duty: the defendant breach their owed duty to the plaintiff either by taking some an action or by an inaction,
  • 3. Cause in fact: the defendant can be linked to the harm to the plaintiff,
  • 4. Proximate Cause: it is foreseeable that the defendant put in motion the set of events that caused harm to the plaintiff and,
  • 5. Damages: the plaintiff suffered actual harm resulting in damages relatable to the defendants action.
  • The key component in these elements when dissecting a multi-car accident is #3 Cause in fact – because like a set of dominoes falling, the person who you can assign blame to is the one that started the chain of events. But wait, its more complicated in multi-vehicle crashes because there may be more than one at fault party, which only a lawyer who is skilled in understanding the nuance of these matters can assess properly.

    After dissecting negligence, a lawyer must take into account the rules under which The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania operates; which is the law of modified comparative negligence when determining who is at fault in an accident. This means that when looking at a multi-car crash, every driver involved in the accident is assigned a percentage of fault for their contribution to the accident. The percentage of fault assigned correlates to the liability that the person would be responsible for. Pennsylvania amended its ‘Fair Share Act’ to require the responsible party to only pay their proportionate share of any judgment, however, there are exceptions to the rule – for example when a person is liable for 60% of an accident is still responsible for the full amount of the damages. Another important point to understand is that Pennsylvania follows the 51% bar rule, which means that a damaged party cannot recover if they are found to be 51% or more at fault for the accident.

    The takeaway is this, multi-car crashes have many nuances that must be looked at to determine who is at fault, and where recovery can be made. Every accident is different and present their own set of obstacles to overcome – the best piece of advice I can provide is that if you are injured in a multi-vehicle crash, focus on making a full, healthy recovery and find a Philadelphia car accident attorney who can best dissect the accident and determine who is at fault. A car accident attorney will be able to help guide you through the treacherous process of dealing with multiple insurance carriers and gives you the best chance of getting fair value for your injuries.

    In Time Trailer

    In Time is the latest from Sci-Fi director Andrew Niccol. Justin Timberlake stars as the boy from the hood, Amanda Seyfried plays the rich girl from the other side of the tracks who he kidnaps to save himself.

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    What it’s like to cut the cord and stop paying for TV

    This Sunday will be a major television-viewing day for millions of Americans. Most of them will pay to have Fox’s broadcast of the Super Bowl beamed into their homes. But I won’t.



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    Sony develops battery powered by paper

    At Eco-Products 2011 show in Tokyo, Sony shows off a prototype battery that gets its power from shredded paper.

    Originally posted at Crave

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    Amazon Celebrates A Wild Holiday 2011; Kindle Sales Way Up

    Every now and then, Amazon claims to have the best season ever. Oh, it’s the holidays! Just like clockwork, Amazon is celebrating a post-Christmas success, with 2011 being the ‘best holiday ever for Kindle.’ The company oday announced that 2011 was the best holiday ever for the Kindle family as customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires…

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    Verizon offers vague statement, no apology for LTE downtime

    Earlier this week, you may have noticed that your Verizon Wireless LTE smartphone couldn’t do inconsequential things like update your inbox, or pull up a webpage. This happened once. Then twice. And finally a third time this month. And what’s the root cause? “Growing pains,” according to the carrier’s latest statement. And since growing pains are a natural consequence of adolescence, there’s no reason for Verizon to issue any kind of apology to its paying customers, who naturally expect such inconsistencies from “the most advanced 4GLTE wireless network in the world.” Now, some of you also reported issues connecting to the 3G network, which Verizon reps claim didn’t experience any downtime. Instead, your hiccups were a result of being “unable to connect to the 3G Network as quickly as [Verizon] would have liked.” Have any questions? Of course you don’t. Such can be expected from any carrier, just like the requirement to fork over two bucks for the convenience of paying your monthly bill.

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    Apple applies for facial recognition patent, wants to let iDevices get to know you better

    Your momma always said your handsome mug would take you places. Now it might allow you to access your iPad. An Apple patent application released today describes a facial recognition system that requires minimal computing power, and works whether you’re indoors or out — we don’t use our tablets and phones in a photo booth, after all. The technology works by comparing a current image of your mug to a reference model user profile made using “high information” portions of the human face, like eyes and mouths. Translation: it’ll take a picture, compare it against the pictures associated with various user accounts on the device and decide if the two images are similar enough to grant you access. Because this is just an application, it’s safe to say we won’t be seeing this kind of facial recognition in iOS anytime soon, but let’s hope it works better than the ICS version if it does.

    Update: An important thing to note is that Apple applied for this patent long before Android’s Face Unlock debuted a few months back. The paperwork was first submitted on June 29th, 2010 — it’s just now being disclosed to the public.

    Apple applies for facial recognition patent, wants to let iDevices get to know you better originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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    ESPN’s bowl coverage swaps out the telestrator for augmented reality GameView

    We dug into ESPN’s use of the Xbox 360 and EA Sports games to power its Virtual Playbook segments last year, but in preparation for this round of BCS bowl games it’s upgraded the system with a bit of augmented reality. The new GameView system uses a tabletop 70-inch touchscreen LCD, a copy of NCAA Football ’12 and four dedicated workstations to blend everything together and create a simulation for viewers to see the analysts move virtual players around the field. It should at least be more interesting than CNN’s previous election coverage implementation, although we’re mostly wondering when a combo of Kinect, Surface and old school electronic football will bring the experience directly to our living rooms to play around with. Check out the gallery for a few more screens and expect to see this implemented more during the upcoming big time bowl games — no, there’s no secret code Desmond Howard can input to get a national championship game between two college football teams that haven’t already played each other, we asked.

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    Holiday Gifts for the the Bores, Drones, and Brats on Your Gift List

    From cockroach swatter slippers to bad breath detectors, these gift suggestions will give the naughty on your list something to crab about.

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    Amazon pushes Kindle Fire touch update

    Amazon on Wednesday issued a software update for its Kindle Fire tablet that it said addresses some of the most vocal complaints about the device, including sluggish response to touch and a lack of parental controls.

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    Personal Tech Live with Rob Pegoraro

    Rob Pegoraro answers your questions on recent gadget reviews, technology news and provides personal tech buying and fixing advice.


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    Peptic Ulcers-What Treatments Are Available For Peptic Ulcers?

    The goal of ulcer treatment is to relieve pain and prevent ulcer complications such as bleeding, obstruction, and perforation. The first step in treatment involves the reduction of risk factors (NSAIDs and cigarettes). The next step is medication.

    Antacids neutralize existing acid in the stomach. Antacids such as Maalox, Mylanta, and are safe and effective treatments. However, neutralizing the action of these drugs is of short duration, and frequent doses are needed.

    Antacids containing magnesium, such as Maalox and Mylanta, can cause diarrhea, while agents such as aluminum can cause constipation. These ulcers frequently return when antacids were discontinued.

    Some studies have shown that protein histamine in the stomach stimulates secretion of gastric acid. Histamine antagonists (H2 blockers) are drugs designed to block the action of histamine on stomach cells, thus reducing acid production.

    Examples of H2 blockers are ranitidine. (Zantac), (While H2 blockers are effective in ulcer healing, they have a limited role in eradicating H. pylori infection without antibiotics. Therefore, ulcers frequently return when H2 blockers are stopped. Generally, these drugs are well tolerated and have few side effects, even with long-term use.


    In rare cases, patients report headaches, confusion, lethargy, or hallucinations. Chronic use of May rarely causes impotence or breast swelling. Both and ranitidine may interfere with the body’s ability to handle alcohol.

    Patients treated with these drugs who drink alcohol may have elevated levels of blood alcohol. These drugs may interfere with the management of the liver to other drugs such as Coumadin, and. frequent monitoring and adjustment of the dosages of these medications may be needed.

    More potent than H2 blockers in the suppression of acid secretion. Different proton pump inhibitors are very similar in action and there is no evidence that one is more effective than another in the healing of ulcers.
    Although proton pump inhibitors to H2 blockers are comparable in efficacy in the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers, is greater than H2 blockers in the treatment of esophageal ulcers. Esophageal ulcers are more susceptible to gastric and duodenal ulcers with small amounts of acid.

    Therefore, more complete acid suppression achieved by proton pump inhibitors are important for the healing of esophageal ulcers. Proton pump inhibitors are well tolerated. Side effects are rare, they include headaches, diarrhea, constipation, nausea and skin rashes.

    Interestingly, proton pump inhibitors have no effect on a person’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients. Proton pump inhibitors have also been found to be safe in the long term without serious adverse health effects reported.

    Agents that strengthen the lining of the digestive juices from the attacks of acids. Carfare coats the surface of the ulcer and promoting healing. The drug has very few side effects. The most common side effect is constipation and interference with the absorption of other drugs.

    Cystic is a prostaglandin-like substance commonly used to counteract the effects of NSAIDs ulcer. Studies suggest that Cystic can protect the stomach from ulcers in people taking NSAIDs chronically. Diarrhea is a common side effect.

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    Microsoft Contributes Biology Project to Open Source

    Microsoft has contributed its .Net Bio project to the Outercurve Foundation. – Microsoft has
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    Apple Reportedly Buying Flash Memory Maker

    Deal would be among Apple’s most costly acquisitions ever and could ensure a steady supply of an expensive component for its iPhones.

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    How I Met Your Robot Mother: a Qbo ‘First’ (video)

    Is consciousness programmable? Do robots feel? Would Kubrick have approved of Spielberg’s handling of AI? While you wrap your mind around those conundrums, set aside a bit of free grey matter to soak in another Qbo milestone. When last we left the little bot, it was just coming to terms with its place in the grand scheme of things and recognizing its reflection. Since, robotic hangers-on and the geeks that love’em have been pelting The Corpora (the brains behind the operation) with questions pertaining to the self-awareness of this artificially intelligent machine. The outfit’s reply? A Qbo meet-cute with a “female” member of the automated species that highlights the droid’s understanding of individuality. It’s a far cry from a Lady and the Tramp-style nose nuzzle, but these bots don’t have to touch — a random series of nasal flashes serve to indicate their distinctiveness and, once that’s done, polite flirtation ensues. Don’t believe us? You can see the sparks of android love for yourself in the video after the break.

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    How I Met Your Robot Mother: a Qbo ‘First’ (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Dec 2011 20:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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    FTC fishes for info on facial recognition

    A federal agency charged with protecting consumer rights is gathering information on the new uses of facial recognition in contexts such as social networks, digital signs, and mobile apps, and it’s asking the public for help.

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    Verzo Kinzo unboxing and impressions (video)

    Yes, the Verzo Kinzo is real! That Americano-Czech Android smartphone with mid-range specs that went on sale in November with a ludicrous $459 price tag only to be hastily relaunched earlier this month for a slightly more digestible $359 is not a giant farce. (Well, maybe it is.) It left the ethereal world of rendered computer graphics and landed in our mitts just in time for the holidays. To be specific, we received the pricier $384 Verzo Kinzo Plus GPS package, which includes a voucher for Sygic‘s off-line navigation app and a gaudy, Star Trek-inspired car holder. After spending a few days with the handset we are able to report that it isn’t particularly impressive in this day and age but isn’t completely horrible either — not to mention the faux-Vertu packaging and branding which are rather, well… unique. So why not grab some leftover eggnog, and join us after the break for our unboxing and impressions?

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    AT&T agrees to buy T-Mobile USA

    AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA in a $39 billion deal that would create the country’s largest cellphone carrier.


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    Personal Tech Live with Rob Pegoraro

    Rob Pegoraro answers your questions on recent gadget reviews, technology news and provides personal tech buying and fixing advice.


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    Why I Still Love Old Media

    I have a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Boston University. I worked as a weekly and daily newspaper for seven years after graduation. I have print subscriptions to Wired, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated and to my local newspaper, The Hartford Courant. So I have an obvious bias for the old print media of [...]

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    Slime molds could hold key to new kinds of intelligence, help Statue of Liberty walk

    See that yellow amoeboid slime mold? It’s up to something. A team of Japanese scientists at Future University Hakodate led by professor Toshiyuki Nakagaki has found evidence that physarum polycephalum — or grape-cluster slime — are capable of navigating mazes and can organize their cells to find the most direct route. Nakagaki and others believe this could be the key to designing bio-computers capable of solving complex problems. According to Nakagaki, the slime’s cells appear to have a kind of information-processing ability that allows them to “optimize” the route along which the mold grows to reach food while avoiding stresses — like light — that may damage them.

    Over at Kyushu University, researcher Atsushi Tero told the AFP news agency: “Computers are not so good at analysing the best routes that connect many base points because the volume of calculations becomes too large for them. But slime molds, without calculating all the possible options, can flow over areas in an impromptu manner and gradually find the best routes.” Tero and other researchers have expressed hope that slime mold networks could be used in future designs of new transportation systems, electric transmission lines and understanding the human nervous system. Just remember, if you’re going to coat the interior of the Statue of Liberty with some pink slime you found in the sewer, make sure you play some upbeat music to go along with it. It’s just a good idea in the long run.

    Slime molds could hold key to new kinds of intelligence, help Statue of Liberty walk originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Dec 2011 03:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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    Prometheus Trailer

    A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe.

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    Microsoft Preps Xbox Dashboard Revamp

    At some point soon, Microsoft is going to deliver a radical revamp to the Xbox’s Live Dashboard, one that positions the gaming console as more of a home-entertainment center.

    It’s just a question of when, apparently.

    “We are still working to get the release out,” Larry Hyrb, a member of Microsoft’s Xbox team, wrote in a Dec. 6 Tweet, followed a few others later by another: “No new information to report yet. My earlier update is still the most current.”

    Those with the Kinect hands-free controller linked to their Xbox will have the ability to navigate through an array of programming via voice and gesture command. New options such as HBO will join old stalwarts like Netflix. Presumably, Microsoft is negotiating to bring additional shows to the platform, although I’m sure the associated rights issues are a veritable hornet’s nest of conflicting interests.

    Meanwhile, the revamped Xbox interface embraces the same tile-centric “Metro” theme already present in Windows Phone, and soon in Windows 8. Branding-wise, it’s a smart move to integrate the same design cues into all your company’s major products.

    Thanks to millions of Xbox Live subscribers, a robust and content-heavy Xbox dashboard is a challenge to both Google TV and Apple TV, neither of which let you gun down a couple dozen zombies after concluding another episode of “Boardwalk Empire.” Apple is heavily rumored to be entering the television-set business sometime in 2012, but actual details remain scarce; it is Cupertino, after all, which rivals the CIA for keeping its secrets locked down.

    Microsoft has made no secret about its designs for control of the living room. Now it’s about to take one giant step closer to accomplishing that goal. It’ll be interesting to see how rivals like Google and Apple respond in the short term.

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    Kindle Fire Gets Performance Boost

    Amazon Kindle Fire 6.2.1 patch adds speed, lockable Wi-Fi, and better privacy.


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    Lego locks in ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ deals

    We don’t know much about what the global toy brand will be doing.

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    It’s not a flying fish, it’s a submarine-launched UAV

    VTOL may be old news already, but here’s another great USP for any UAV: the ability to launch from a submerged submarine. The technology is still in development, but the Navy wants to try it from periscope depth during exercises in the Pacific Ocean next year. If all goes to plan, a Switchblade folding-wing drone will be ejected from the submarine’s trash disposal unit and then carried to the surface by an SLV (‘submerged launch vehicle’), which will keep it dry, point it into the wind and then hurl it heavenwards so it can go a-snooping. Whether the experiment succeeds or fails, we’ve glimpsed a worrying possibility: submarines are capable of dumping their trash right into the ocean. Until now, we sort of assumed they took it home with them.

    It’s not a flying fish, it’s a submarine-launched UAV originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Dec 2011 09:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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    Earn +1 Geek Points with this Dip Switch Wrist Watch

    The Dip Switch Click Watch from Watchismo has a bank of working dip switches that control various watch functions. The switches will toggle a bar graph metered time display, 12 hour and 24 hour digital time display, month, date, day of week and backlight. The watch has a stainless steel casing measuring 42mm x 35mm [...]

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    LG To Showcase 84-Inch 3D TV With 4K Resolution At CES 2012

    LG_84INCH_UDTV01_500It seems that 55-Inch OLED TV wasn’t enough for LG: the Korean company today announced it’s ready to showcase another monster TV at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas (which kicks off on January 10). This model comes with a 84-inch 3D LCD display with 4K resolution (3,840×2,160 pixels). To put things into perspective: 4K resolution, which LG calls “Ultra Definition”, is four times the resolution of full HD. Other details are scarce at this point, but LG promises “slim and narrow bezel design”, controllable 3D picture effects, and 3D sound zooming capability.

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    The Greatest Electric Razor for Your Beautiful Face [Shaving]

    At a time when robots vacuum our floors and make love to our wives, isn’t it a bit backwards to drag razor blades across your face, aided by foamy lubricant and water? Electric razors are great—here’s the best. More »


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    LG unveils 84-inch ‘ultra definition’ 4K TV it’s bringing to CES 2012

    LG let us know at CES 2011 that it had 4K LCD televisions in the pipeline, but unfortunately they didn’t make it out this year. Expect for that to change in 2012, as the company just announced it’s bringing an 84-inch “ultra definition” (3840×2160) TV to Las Vegas to go along with its 55-inch OLED. It has all of LG’s Cinema 3D and Smart TV features built-in, including support for that upgraded Magic Motion remote and voice control. There’s no official word yet on when we’ll see these on shelves or at what price, but it certainly looks production ready compared to other prototypes that have been displayed over the years. While we don’t have easy sources of 4K-res video content yet, one of the reasons LG is making the jump first is for 3D. Its Cinema 3D tech uses a Film Pattern Retarder (FPR) screen and passive glasses that result in lowered resolution, but with those extra pixels there’s no question about whether viewers are still getting at least an HD picture. So far 4K at home is the domain of Sony and JVC’s high-priced projectors, but we’ll see if any other companies (we’ll check off Toshiba right now) show off upgrades in size and resolution of their HDTVs this year. Check the press release after the break for a few more details.

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    Christ Church: A Truly Renowned College, Cathedral and Film Location

    Christ Church is an especially distinguished college; one inevitably and markedly stands out from other colleges in the UK and indeed in Oxford University. It is so much more than a college, an incredible institute of learning; it is also a captivating cathedral, and has even served as a location for a range of different films, perhaps most notably the Harry Potter franchise. Ensure you visit Christ Church as part of an England tour, for a remarkable experience.

    As has already been mentioned, Christ Church is also a cathedral, which makes it wholly unique, as the only college in the world to also be a cathedral. The Cathedral was constructed in captivating intermingling of Romanesque and Gothic styles over the twelfthand thirteenthcenturies, before the college was established. Christ Church has also always had an enthralling yet, at times, tumultuous past. During the era of the Civil War (between 1642-1646) King Charles I?s headquarters were at none other than Christ Church.

    Renowned figures from a wide range of fields have studied ? and continue to study ? at Christ Church: from politicians to great writers, philosophers to scientists. Incredibly, it has fashioned 13 British Prime Ministers, much more than any other college in either Oxford or Cambridge. Lewis Carroll, celebrated as the author of the Alice in Wonderland books, was also a student and then a lecturer at the college. He was regarded as an exceptional mathematician. The first German-Jewish intellectual to take up a post at Christ Church before 1933, was the inimitable Albert Einstein himself. W.H. Auden, the extraordinary poet, also studied there, as did the eminent philosopher John Locke ? and many more intellectual giants besides.

    Christ Church is distinguished as a location in the Harry Potter films. Many of the scenes in the franchise were shot in diverse sites in the College, and as you traverse the cloisters and quadrangles it is far from difficult to understand why. Perhaps the most well-known aspect of Christ Church that recurred in the films was the Great Hall. This functioned as Hogwart’s Hall.Explore Christ Church, such a renowned edifice for such a vast number of reasons. As well as holding a formidable intellectual reputation, producing some of the finest minds the world has ever seen, Christ Church also functions as a stunning cathedral and a highly sought-after filming location.

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    HP TouchPad Go gets reviewed, but remains already long gone (video)

    While we already rode the white unicorns of HP’s now disintegrated webOS series, there was one little filly we didn’t get to saddle up. A developmental model of the seven-inch TouchPad Go has now made it into the hands of webOSnation and has been given a thorough going over. The major differences from its bigger brother? A rear-facing 5 megapixel camera and a smudge buffering matte finish on the back are the main signifiers. Aside from those (and an experimental build of the next firmware update), it’s a tiny TouchPad. The Go matches the resolution of the original, also packing the same processor innards of the defunct white TouchPad. Those unwilling to accept the future of webOS can still absorb the full critique of what could have been in a video review after the break.

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