READING BLOGS

There’s an easy way for you to keep up with web sites you visit regularly. If you’re not using some kind of a news reader or feed reader to keep up with blogs, news sites, and other frequently updated web pages, it’s time for you to take a look.

If a page is updated regularly, it almost certainly has an RSS feed. […] continued

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SMARTPHONE FOLLOWUP

Little did I know that Google would add a new syncing feature right after my article about smartphones on Monday.

Google is now using its implementation of ActiveSync to sync Gmail, Gmail Contacts, and Google Calendar over the air to some smartphones. Here’s the official Google blog entry about the new feature. […] continued

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ALL YOUR O ARE BELONG TO US

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Did you notice that the Google logo on the main search page had a spaceship beaming up one of the “O”s in “Google” for a couple of days? Bless their hearts, Google can be marvelously odd sometimes.

The logo is frequently changed for special events and holidays, but there was no obvious reason for the spaceship last week. […] continued

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BING SEARCH TIPS

Microsoft’s new search engine Bing is an interesting alternative to Google. In my experience, search results with Bing are at least equivalent to Google and frequently better in some way, particularly when the left-hand column includes a useful way to narrow down the search results. If you use bruceb favorites as your home page, you’ve probably noticed the Bing search box at the top of the page – try it instead of the Google box sometime. […] continued

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iPHONES AND CARRIERS

iphone_att I ran across an interesting article about the effect Apple is having on the wireless business. The conventional wisdom has been that AT&T and Verizon are abusing their market power when they enter into exclusive arrangements with handset manufacturers. A letter from four senators got the FCC looking into the exclusive handset deals, and the Department of Justice has started an “initial review” that potentially could lead to antitrust action.  Realistically, it’s only AT&T’s exclusive right to sell the iPhone that causes concern, although there are similarly restrictive deals for the Palm Pre (Sprint) and devices built on Google Android (currently T-Mobile). […] continued

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FIREFOX, CHROME UPDATES

firefox Lots of people have installed Firefox to do their Internet browsing. Sometimes, out of curiosity, I ask people why they use it instead of Internet Explorer. There are people who can give an articulate, well-reasoned answer to that question, although as it happens I haven’t met any of them yet. (“My brother knows somebody who said it was cool.”) But that’s fine – it’s a lovely Internet browser. […] continued

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BING AND SEARCH RESULTS

Bing is Microsoft’s new service for Internet searches. As I wrote last month, its search results are more or less comparable to Google and it has some nice design touches that can make it easier to use than Google. You may want to give it a look, especially if you’re doing searches in the categories of travel, shopping, health, or local business information – Bing has particular strengths for those searches to help you narrow in on useful information. […] continued

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GOOGLE DROPS THE BOMB

googlechrome Google announced tonight that it plans to turn its web browser, Google Chrome, into a full-fledged operating system. Its first target is netbooks, which will primarily be used for web browsing and email and which can benefit from a lean OS that starts quickly and has little superfluous content.

The press will be all over this. […] continued

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BEHIND THE SCENES: DATA CENTERS

I love occasional glimpses behind the scenes. In The Wizard of Oz, I would have been Toto, pulling back the curtain to figure out what was running the big head. The New York Times gives us a fascinating look at the data centers powering the online services that drive our world – Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and more. […] continued

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GOOGLE WAVE & OLD AGE

Just a quick note about Google’s announcement of a new service named “Google Wave,” intended to mash up email, instant messaging, social networks, and real-time collaboration into a single space.

“Here’s how it works: In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web.

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FOCUSED SEARCHES

It turns out that there is room to compete with Google. Two services have turned up that look like interesting alternatives for online searches.

You know what it means to search for something in Google: put in a search term, get a list of results. Frequently the top result is the site you were looking for or has the information you need. […] continued

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GOOGLE ACCOUNT & WINDOWS LIVE ID

Google and Microsoft have each created a way for you to create an online “account” to tie their various services together. They’re confusing and a little frustrating sometimes. Let’s do a quick review.

Think about logging into your computer in the morning. […] continued

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GOOGLE SEARCHES ON BRUCEB FAVORITES

The Google search box on the bruceb favorites page now returns exactly the same results as a search on the main Google page. You’ll get images where appropriate, plus the new options to refine your search results.

If you’re really, really sensitive to change, you’ll notice slightly more white space above and below the Google search box. […] continued

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GOOGLE SEARCH OPTIONS

Google does not change its search results pages very often. Today it added a deceptively simple new “Show options” link that gives you some very deep ways to refine your searches.

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When you click on “Show options,” you’ll get a variety of ways to generate different views of the search results. […] continued

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GOOGLE LOCAL BUSINESS SEARCH

Small businesses should pay close attention to this article about a recent change in the way Google reports search results. Apparently Google recently began analyzing the IP address where a search originates and giving higher placement to local businesses, even if the search doesn’t include a particular location.

For your business, the process begins by putting information into the “Google Local Business Center.” Someone from your business has to log in with a free Google Account and put in a few details about the business. […] continued

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