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New iPhone, New Android Phones, New Windows Phones

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A new model of phone has been introduced roughly every day in 2011 but none of them have been very interesting.

Until now. Let’s take a look at three big developments in the phone world.

(Fair warning: I do not have any personal experience with any of these phones. They undoubtedly have quirks and limitations and exciting bits that might flavor your experience. […] continued

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Google Groups, Mad Mimi, And Mailing Lists

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If all goes well, Mad Mimi is going to take over the mailing list for subscribers to Bruceb News. Here’s the story that led me to the odd logo on the left.

If you send an email message to more than 25 people, most of them won’t receive it. The message will be filtered as spam and tossed into a junk mail folder. […] continued

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You Are Not The Customer

Facebook - you are not the customer, you are the product being sold

Facebook has a vision that every single thing you do will be channeled back into a record of your life held by Facebook and shared in real-time with your friends – every web site you visit, every photo you take, every movie you see and song you play and place you go, every interaction with your friends, streamed and viewed and recorded. […] continued

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Facebook, Google+, And The Tipping Point

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Are you a Facebook user? You probably noticed the significant makeover to your Facebook page on Wednesday. Your news feed is now formatted a bit like a newspaper or online magazine, with “top stories,” a “ticker” feature on the right, “smart lists” on the left, and what appears to be some new methods of filtering the feed to show you a small portion of the flood being posted by your six hundred friends. […] continued

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Outages Happen

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On August 10, the main data center for Exchange Defender suffered a catastrophic power failure. Clients using the spam filtering service had their incoming and outgoing mail interrupted or massively slowed for most of a day, and hosted mailboxes went offline for as long as two days.

On August 17, Microsoft Office 365 had an outage after an unspecified failure in a major North American server center. […] continued

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Online Marketing With Google AdWords And Facebook For Business

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The rules for online marketing change every day. Something simple, like having a web site that ranks high in Google’s search results, is turning into something barely comprehensible as search results become more individual, influenced by each person’s search history and social networks and Likes and +1s. Search engine optimization has become a dark art, complex beyond belief, far more than just sprinkling a handful of metatags into your web site header. […] continued

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Google+ And The Dimming Of Facebook

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Google+ represents Google’s boldest step yet into the social networking space, with a direct shot across Facebook’s bow. After several failed social network projects (Buzz, Orkut, Wave), Google might have a winner with Google+, at a time when Facebook is due for a backlash.

There has been no shortage of coverage of Google+. […] continued

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Google News Badges And The Decline Of Western Civilization

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When I opened Google News today, I was greeted by this screen, asking me to “collect private badges for [my] favorite topics”:

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Here’s the way it was described in the Google Blog:

“On Google News, the average reader of political news has read 20 articles about politics in the last six months.

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The Fragmented Tech Landscape

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Not everything works with everything else.

Your expectations have changed so quickly that you might not have noticed. It wasn’t long ago that most people used a single PC at a single location and were content to leave the data on that computer behind when they left that desk. When you closed Outlook on the office computer, you didn’t expect to open up the same mailbox at home. […] continued

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Not All Google Search Results Are Equal

Eli Pariser – Online searches and filter bubbles – TED

Eli Pariser gave a fascinating talk at TED this year with some new information about online searches. It’s well worth nine minutes of your time. Here’s the link to the video if it doesn’t appear above.

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook – all of them are working very hard to show you things that are precisely designed for you. […] continued

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Using Google Tasks For A To Do List

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Google Tasks is a simple, free way to keep a to do list. If you have a Gmail.com address, you can click here to see a more useful view of the Google Tasks list. You can see your to do list on an iPhone or Android phone by going to gmail.com/tasks with the browser on the phone. […] continued

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Google, Speech Recognition, And Android Phones

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A fascinating article in Slate this morning about Google’s research in speech recognition.

If you’ve got an Android phone, try this: Hit the microphone icon on the home screen, then ask, "How many angstroms in a mile?" Use your normal speaking voice—don’t speak slowly or strain to over-pronounce "angstrom." So long as you have a good Internet connection, the phone shouldn’t take more than a second to recognize your question and shoot back a reply: 1.609344 × 1013.

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Syncing Bookmarks And Favorites With Xmarks

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Previously:
Battle Of The Browser Updates
Comparing The New Internet Browsers, aka Microsoft And The LastPass Problem
Syncing Bookmarks And Favorites With Firefox 4 And Chrome 10
Syncing Bookmarks And Favorites With Internet Explorer 9

I’m going to mention one third-party program, but with the caveat that I haven’t used it myself. […] continued

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Syncing Bookmarks And Favorites With Firefox 4 And Chrome 10

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Previously:
Battle Of The Browser Updates
Comparing The New Internet Browsers, aka Microsoft And The LastPass Problem

Many people are building imposing lists of bookmarked web sites. Having access to that list from each of our computers is quickly moving from a convenience to a necessity.

The new browsers each take a crack at supplying a tool to sync your favorites from one computer to another. […] continued

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Comparing The New Internet Browsers, aka Microsoft And The LastPass Problem

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Previously:
Battle Of The Browser Updates

The latest and greatest versions of the three major Internet browsers have been released.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9

Mozilla Firefox 4

Google Chrome 10

They are all streamlined and secure. Each has slightly different features, each has enthusiasts, each has its own world of add-ons that might make one preferable to another for you. […] continued

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