Wednesday, June 29, 2011

iPhone 5 Release Date


iPhone 5 Release Date - Apple iPhone 5 Capabilities And Selling price
Whilst it is nevertheless to be launched and there is no official facts about any precise release date however, but there is absolutely a whole lot of speculation all over it. As per the info, iPhone 5 is scheduled to be launched in the summer of 2011, coinciding with Apple's standard June-July and would release of new iPhone designs. As far as I'm worried, January 2011 also appears to be to be a nice release date. This can also aid Apple right the antenna difficulty evident in the present-day iPhone four. They can also introduce yet another edition 4 with the rectification instead than waiting for fifth installment.

There are reviews that iPhone five will undoubtedly have an improved operating program, (iOS 5), which will have the capability to entry 4G networks. It will also boast of highly fast processor (one.five GHz), enhanced battery existence which will have up to 14 hours of speak time on 3G and 7 hrs on 4G. The fifth-generation product will also have supplemental carriers apart from AT&T. Verizon is most probably to be another career. Video clip chat on 3G and 4G networks will also be a reality, which is presently usable only on WiFi. The groundbreaking encounter recognition technological innovation and high video resolution power will also be packed with more recent functions. And to best it all, a impressive 8 megapixel digital camera is supposed integrated with iPhone five. The new phone may well also have radiofrequency identification as well. Envision this, with the function, you can use the iPhone just like use your credit score card. If this happens, you can neglect aboutwaiting in the queue at the checkout forever. You can basically pay out for your goods wirelessly by waving your iPhone around the panel. This is the new patented technology that is going to be launched by Apple. The patent depicts how a strong RFID loop can be created into the circuitry of the iPhone or iPod touch screen.

And that's not all, the upcoming iPhone memory is heading to be a gigantic 64 GB. It would also contain a lot more storage as versus the present-day potential of a iPhone 4 which only has 16 GB and set it to GB of memory.

If you believed iPhone for is truly sleek and thinner than 3gs, iPhone 5 will surprise you much more. It is going to be even thinner than the recent 1 and will have a shiny glass back piece. The screen will be totally scratch and shatterproof. The mobile telephone end users will be able to assign unique tones to unique e-mail accounts. Correct GPS will be constructed-in as well.

Do not fret, here's the great news. The price tag for the iPhone five will be really related to the current price of iPhone four.

The news that the iPhone five release will be sooner than anticipated is a resource of joy for a lot of lovers of this Apple device. Regardless of the simple fact that Apple has not supplied the precise release date, numerous men and women are expecting it to be in the summer season, concerning July and August. A lot of persons are shopping ahead to see the new device in purchase locate out what form of options it comes with as properly as the price they will get it at. It is rumored that the cell phone will come with enhanced characteristics. Some of the improved functions the buyers must count on on the new unit incorporate the adhering to:

Multi core Processor that is more quickly
It has been stated that Apple will come up with an improved processor, a successor to the iPad and the iPhone four. This will be an A5 processor that is arrives with the Cortex 9 style and with many cores. This implies that the consumers will be offered to a improved battery daily life as well as greater functionality.

Upgraded Integrated graphics
Aside from the new and enhanced processor, the new cell phone will attribute an up-to-date and upgraded IGPU (integrated graphics and video processor).

Any Idea how FACEBOOK can become Bigger than GOOGLE is Today in just 5 years

Remember three years ago, when Microsoft paid a quarter-billion dollars for 1.6% of Facebook and the exclusive right to run banner ads across Facebook.com? Tell the truth, how many of you thought that was a killer business decision? I can’t say I did at the time. But as that deal is about to expire in 2011, Facebook’s status as a revenue juggernaut is rarely questioned any more.

In fact, I have been mulling over data from both companies, and I’m ready to declare in public my belief that
Facebook will be bigger in five years than Google is right now, barring some drastic action or accident. Futhermore, Facebook will grow without needing to cut into Google’s core business of text ads, which are still 99% of Google’s profits. Even if every single Facebook user performs just as many searches with Google as ever—including Google Instant, mobile search, and YouTube—Facebook will inexorably grow as big as Google is today and maybe bigger, because Madison Avenue’s brands are less interested in targeting than they are in broadcasting to vast mother-loving buckets of demographically correct eyeballs, and Facebook has become the perfect platform for that.

What do I mean by bigger? Facebook already has more page views than Google. People already spend more time spent on Facebook than Google. I’m referring to the life blood of any business: revenues.

Google’s 2010 revenues will be $28 billion, give or take a billion. The goal of this writeup is to illustrate the ways that Facebook’s annual revenues could grow from $2 billion to more than $30 billion in five years a diverse set of revenue streams that have one thing in common: people. Facebook’s future revenue streams, like their applications, are naturally social, and engage consumers with social intent, not just a widget or “social layer.” We repeat: social is not a layer you add; it is core to monetization.

Facebook has figured out its business model, and wants to keep it out of the public eye as long as possible. Facebook’s alleged revenue has grown from $275 million in 2008 to $635 million in 2009 to a rumored $2
billion this year, which is much higher than the also-impressive $1.2 billion number circulating earlier this year. Let’s pause and reflect for a moment. Facebook is allegedly already earning double the
revenues
Google reported when it filed to go public.

When we do the archaeological dig of Google’s actual revenues during its private years, we discover similar pattern to Facebook’s: $86 million in 2001, $440 million in 2002, and $1.4 billion in 2003 . . . and so on. Note, however, this divergence:  Google Web Sites earned more than twice the revenue in 2009 as the gross evenue brought in through Google Network Web Sites, even though in 2004 they were roughly the same. The value of properties Google owns has been much greater and faster growing than all of the external Web sites with whom Google shares revenue. This will almost certainly be even more true of Facebook, given the private nature of much of its content. For many consumers, Facebook is the Web.

Facebook’s second-mover advantage affords the company the luxury of offering both types of Internet money-making product: Advertising and Commerce.  As a result, instead of an open Web-like ecosystem, Facebook could choose to partner with a few friends—MicrosoftAmazonZynga, perhaps even Apple—and also lock out Google and anyone else, big or small, who Facebook deems not a friend, to best serve its revenue goals.

So, how does Facebook ride Advertising and Commerce into a future of more revenues than Google? By creating a virtuous cycle of cross-promotion: targeted lead-generations and subsequent transactions feed into the next series of even-better-targeted lead-generations and subsequent transactions, naturally.

Facebook Advertising does not directly compete with the text advertisements of Google’s AdWords and AdSense. Instead Facebook is siphoning from Madison Avenue TV ad spend dollars. Television advertising represented $60 billion in 2009, or roughly one out of every two dollars spent on advertising in the U.S.; the main challenge marketers have with the Internet till recently has been that there aren’t too many places where they can reach almost everybody with one single ad spend. Facebook fixes that problem. Specifically, Sheryl Sandberg went on record in August saying that some brands have increased their spending twentyfold in the past year:
Two years ago the big brands were experimenting with us.  They started buying with us a year ago. Now, they’re going big.
She took this observation even further in a recent BusinessWeek article, “Facebook Sells Your Friends“:
Davide Grasso, Nike’s chief marketing officer, says Facebook “is the equivalent for us to what TV was for marketers back in the 1960s. It’s an integral part of what we do now.”

In 2008 [Sheryl Sandberg] left Google for the experience of running a startup—and because she believed Facebook was the better bet to win in brand advertising, which accounts for 90 percent of the $600 billion ad market. “We are in a much bigger market than Google, and we have much, much more runway,” says Sandberg.
She’s not the only one who believes how huge this market opportunity is. Just in the last week, TechCrunc quoted Paul Buchheit in his belief that people are significantly undervaluing Facebook compared with Google, and interviewed Peter Thiel about his conviction that Facebook is undervalued at $30 billion. Of course, these are all self-interested insiders.  I scratched my head at this week’s declarations of undervaluation, until I took the perspective of Mad Men.

Facebook Ads employ demographic characteristics (Age/ Sex / Location and Interests), which corporate brand managers and television ad buyers have been accustomed to purchasing for half a century. By contrast, Google AdWords target on the intent revealed by search queries, a practice that has seemed odd and new to Madison Avenue for the past decade and frankly has many of them worried for their jobs.

But it’s not just Madison Avenue. I keep thinking about putting BusinessWeek’s $600 billion ad market in context; Google seems to be having as hard a time getting into brand advertising as Microsoft had getting into search. By contrast, Facebook is making this look easy. Yahoo just paid $1 per like, and buying fans is only going to get more expensive as the lifetime value of a “fan” is better understood.

Five years from now, could enough brand managers and television ad buyers be so impressed with their returns from Facebook campaigns that they collectively increase their spending on Facebook fivefold to $10 billion annually? Heck yes, even if that entire budget comes out of the current $60+ billion annual TV ad budget (and remember, that is just in the U.S.).  Especially if the entire budget comes out of that, because Facebook is more targeted, has better analytics, and engages its audience directly and interactively through conversations—aka chat and photos.

Plus, Facebook is getting stronger at developing products for advertisers, and once they set their mind on adding algorithmic search and/or an AdWords or AdSense competitor, I’m sure some of the over 100 ex-Google engineers who are now at Facebook will volunteer for the job. Could that also represent a multi-billion dollar advertising stream by siphoning some market share from Google for searches placed within Facebook? Perhaps, though I note again that they don’t even have to go there to reach $30 billion in annual revenues.

Five years from now, billions of dollars of advertising will be spent to direct consumers from one part of Facebook . . . to another part of Facebook, where we’ll be offered real items to buy for ourselves or others (birthday alarm, anyone?), premium services to subscribe to, virtual goods to procure and play with, and deals-of-the-moment available for immediate purchase (or we’ll miss out forever!).

This is where the manyfold revenue streams of Facebook Credits become apparent, and they all have in common this observation: if you give Facebook users a few free Credits with the block of Credits they buy (at Targetonline, and soon anywhere), they will spend all of those Credits and then want to purchase more. Rather than a straightforward discount, the new math of Facebook Credits means that consumers will never quite be sure if they’re getting a discount or cash back or more for less. Kind of like frequent flier miles where we’re never quite sure what the conversion rate is. Or eBay auctions where we “win” the ability to spend money.

Facebook Credits are poised to be this generation’s American Express: an “affordable luxury” lifestyle brand and credit card with reward programs, frequent flier miles, and other incentives built right in so that the more you use it, the more you earn.  ”Facebook Platinum”, anyone? I would have thought they’d need a better brand name than “Facebook Credits” but then again, I would have thought they’d need a better brand name than “Facebook”.

Off the top of my head I can think of five potential billion-dollar revenue streams that dovetail into Facebook Credits—Games, Groupon/Pages & Places, Amazon/Commerce, Inbox, and Photos—and if you really pushed me I could probably think of more, like Banking.  (Remember when Peter Thiel thought part of PayPal’s business model was to capture the float? Well, guess who’s bringing sexyback…)

Games. Facebook is running the real mafia wars, taking 30% while letting the game developers do the heavy lifting. (Hello, Disney, EA, and Zynga!).  Can worldwide virtual goods and other in-game payments represent $10 billion annually floating through Facebook in 5 years? You betcha; more so if “social gambling” Zynga-style becomes more en vogue (that is: legal authorities say it’s okay). Facebook’s 30% cut of that? A cool $3 billion.

Groupon / Pages and Places. This one’s simple: Facebook should just copy 2010′s Flavor of the Year, Groupon, and make it self-service for every Facebook Page and Facebook Place.  Early bird got the worm; Facebook will get the gold. (All that glitters is not Gilt.) Imagine if any Facebook Page or Facebook Place could make Groupon-like deals with its fans any time it wants. Now there would be an actual reason to pay Facebook money for ads that can augment the fan base of a Page or Place!

Holy carp, Batman, they’ve been teaching us to fish all along:  Suddenly consumers have a reason to LIKE Facebook Pages and Facebook Places!! LIKE something, get a deal: it’s that simple.  Groupon’s Gap promotion grossed $11 million in a single summer day in 2010; imagine, five years from now, millions of Facebook Pages and Facebook Places offering regular but expiring deals to their fans every single day.  Wild guess: in aggregate an average of $100 million in deals sold every day worldwide, or $36.5 billion of deals sold every year. At a 30% cut that’s a solid $10 billion straight into Facebook’s pocket per year. In the words of Keanu Reeves, Whoa.

Amazon / Commerce. Amazon was so smart to partner with Facebook: my informal survey of 5000 Facebook friends found many of them willing to make their purchases (and share them!) from within Facebook in exchange for extra Credits.  The details remain to be determined for consumer rewards: will it be like Discover (1% cashback on purchases) or like Visa (earn points! get entered in drawings!) or something else entirely? We’ll see.

If Amazon helps Facebook figure out how to make malls-with-walls and consequently make real shopping money, I have no doubt other e-tailers will follow. If PayPal’s 2009 revenue was $2.8 billion with 87 million active accounts, it’s not a stretch to predict that five years from now Facebook too will have 100 million to 150 million active Credits accounts (at least!) bringing in $5 billion in revenue from this business unit alone. Commerce is the grease that accelerates everything, so it seems like it’s just a matter of time before Facebook can acquire PayPal (for its volume, its risk management, and its fraud detection expertise) and fold it in together representing let’s say $12 billion in annual revenue five years from now, creating a true new currency for the world economy.

Inbox. Hotmail Plus, Yahoo! Mail Plus, and Gmail Storage all charge $20/year for premium features. So could Facebook Inbox if it became more mail-like, which is within grasp since Facebooker Paul Buchheit is the creator of Gmail, and he’s highly influential even if he’s not building the new system himself. Bonus points for throwing in an Address Book and Skype-slaying social phone features like Social Voice for free to anyone who purchases Facebook Inbox Pro.  50 million pro accounts at $20/year is a cool $1 billion Inbox product. Nice.

Photos. Fred Wilson may have mocked photos, but they represent big money now that Facebook is by far the world’s largest photo site. And the Facebook Photos product suite is about to be vastly be improved—now with high resolution!—thanks to the addition of the smart, energetic Divvyshot team during Lockdown.  Partners could be literally everyone in this space—Snapfish and Shutterfly and Kodak and Walmart, and a plethora of smaller companies like Zazzle and Picaboo! Five years from now could Facebook help sell 100 million picture books and photo schwag a year, extracting $10 per item from partners?  Easily. $1 billion annually without even thinking hard.

And Photos are just a harbinger of more social applications to come.  Bret Taylor has already hinted at ten other revenue streams. Because he thinks like a startup.

One of the biggest differences between a startup like Facebook and a big company like Google is that at a startup, everyone gets asked all the time how the product plans to make money. This imposes a discipline on the product and the people who develop it. At a big company, every boat does not necessarily have to sit on its own bottom—and this can lead to a “monoculture mindset” that stunts new lines of business and ultimately leaves the corporate ecosystem vulnerable to external forces.

The most famous example of this in our industry is Microsoft’s inability to come to terms with the Web.  When Windows and Office were making money hand over fist, text ads were as small as mouse balls. In some ways, Google is even more extreme, because for the most part no one at Google has appeared to lose sleep over where revenue growth will come from, for a decade. Those entrepreneurial muscles have atrophied, and future revenue potential does not appear to be the driver of any new Google product except Android and Google Instant, and even they follow the simple rule that mo’ searches mean mo’ money, because every search makes Google a dime.

So yes, Google will continue to grow its base of text ads, and other revenue streams like mobile, display, and YouTube should help with starting the growth engine that the recession slowed.
Getting back to Facebook, if I add my rough numbers for Facebook’s TV ad siphoning ($10 billion) + Games ($3 billion) + Places & Pages deals ($10 billion) + Credits & PayPal ($12 billion) + Photos ($1 billion) + Inbox ($1 billion) + Some of Bret Taylor’s other ten applications (???) = over $30 billion (actually, closer to $40 billion)  in annual revenues five years from now. Which is more than Google has in annual revenues today.

Is this analysis sloppy, hasty, laden with assumptions, and likely incorrect? Sure. But does it illustrate the possibilities of a very powerful Facebook five years from now? Yes. Yes it does. The main message that I want to send with this note is: This is not a game, because this is a very big market. The stakes are very real.
This is not about the revenue streams Facebook has; it’s about the revenue streams they’re about to have. Take to heart the hockey lesson from Wayne Gretszky’s father: “skate
where the puck’s going, not where it’s been.

Remember a better time back in 2004 when Jason Kottke boldly predicted that Google would become “the biggest and most important company in the world in 5-8 years” by selling access to the world’s biggest, best, and most cleverly utilized map of the web?  Kottke was right except for one detail: the most improtant company in the world is Apple, not Google. In any case, I am going to make a similar prediction:
Facebook is going to become the biggest and most important company in the world in 5-8 years by selling access to the world’s biggest, best, and most cleverly utilized map of the closed Web that’s been shared among friends.
If Google agrees and wants to avoid that future, what should Google do with its $35 billion in cash and its Google Me team? Unfortunately, Google can’t friend Facebook. Maybe they should friend the Quora community? I’ve found that illuminating.
Talking on Quora with a woman who interned for Google and then Facebook (and now works for Quora), I was struck by her words:
I’m afraid another failed social effort might mean the beginning of a serious decline [for Google]. This is both a function of external perception and internal sentiment. Users will only have so much patience for Google’s experimentation, and things like pulling the plug on Wave can’t be good for the company brand.  Plus, Google needs to be able to sustain employee morale, especially given the highly publicized talent wars of late… I also think Facebook needs some competition.
I concur.
Mark Zuckerberg told Michael Arrington that to make insanely great social products, “you have to design [social into products] from the ground up.” I wholeheartedly agree! My question is, why does everyone think that Facebook has won the social networking game and that no one else should even try to make a better social network? They only have a 600 million person head start; that’s less than a tenth of the planet, people.
Doesn’t anyone with resources even want to build a better social network anymore? It sure doesn’t seem like it. Google is developing an abstract social layer; Twitter calls itself an information and content network; LinkedIn is a professional network with sprinkles of social pixie dust; MySpace is a discovery channel; Yahoo is a mumble mumble; and the last great hope, Apple Ping, is a faux-ial network, unwittingly proving Zuckerberg’s main point to Arrington with how much it blows:

As 2010 draws to a close, only a movie and an open source project (Diaspora) have the chutzpah to call themselves a social network. The future of social networking may very well depend on those of us without resources to invent an alternative to Facebook, to create more choice for consumers. Does anyone have the brains, the heart, and the courage to travel down this yellow brick road? Maybe this article ill offer a smart but scrappy entrepreneurial engineer in a garage somewhere the inspiration she or he needs to build a better social network. I just gave you thirty billion reasons why I believe this market is the market to go after if you want to make a fortune, have fun, and change the world. And I will do anything in my power to help you. I know a venture capitalist ready and eager to put $25 million to work to get this party started. And heck, I might even consider coming out of retirement for this opportunity. Call me. Or better yet, Google Me.

Harmon.ie - Social Collaboration To Outlook new look

Israeli enterprise software company Harmon.ie has released a new version of its email plugin that adds social and collaborative features to Outlook, Google Docs and Lotus Notes. Harmon.ie for SharePoint 3.0 allows users to collaborate with colleagues and external contacts on Outlook without leaving the email interface. 

Within Outlook, business users can share documents and track document updates; post and check colleagues’ real-time status; initiate phone/chat/video/email communications; and more. 

Through a new people view open in a sidebar pane within Outlook, users will see an activity stream providing both document and people status updates from their network, and they can open documents that are posted without leaving the email interface.

Harmonie will also suggest colleagues to you and recommend additional connections based on their contact history including email, chat, and document co-editing. And you can call, chat and initiate a videoconference within the activity stream.

Currently Harmon.ie for SharePoint has attracted 400,000 paid users. Harmonie also offers a free plug-in that bring Google Docs documents and Microsoft SharePoint document libraries directly to Microsoft Outlook. And Harmon.ie generates around $4 million in revenue per year (not including the plug-ins). Mainsoft (which was rebranded as Harmon.ie) originally did raise funding, but the harmon.ie restart has been self-sufficient based on sales of the legacy Mainsoft products.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Facebook Building a Phone Secretly - Less than $50 mostly

Facebook is building a mobile phone, says a source who has knowledge of the project. Or rather, they’re building the software for the phone and working with a third party to actually build the hardware. Which is exactly what Apple and everyone else does, too.

It was a little less than a year ago that we broke the news that Google was working on a phone of its own – which was eventually revealed as the Nexus One. It was about that time, says out source, that Facebook first became concerned about the increasing power of the iPhone and Android platforms. And that awesome Facebook apps for those phones may not be enough to counter a long term competitive threat.

Specifically, Facebook wants to integrate deeply into the contacts list and other core functions of the phone. It can only do that if it controls the operating system.

Two high level Facebook employees – Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos – are said to be secretly working on the project, which is unknown even to most Facebook staff.

Both have deep operating system experience.

Hewitt helped create the Firefox browser and was working on Parakey before it was acquired by Facebook in 2007. Parakey, which never launched, was described as a “Web-based operating system.” Hewitt also created all of Facebook’s iPhone web apps and then native apps, but finally quit building for the iPhone in disgust late last year. But he knows operating systems and he knows mobile.

Papakipos also has a perfect background for this project. He was leading the Google Chrome OS project until June. He then quit and went to Facebook. Papakipos is considered a rockstar developer, and there are any number of jobs he’d be able to do at Facebook.

But that doesn’t answer the question of why he’d leave the Chrome OS project before it was finished. It would have taken something really interesting to lure him away. Something like a Facebook Phone, for example.

So what might this phone look and feel like? We don’t know yet. When will it be announced? Don’t know. But I’d speculate that it would be a lower end phone, something very affordable, that lets people fully integrate into their Facebook world. You call your friend’s name, not some ancient seven digit code, for example. I’d imagine Facebook wanting these things to get into as many hands as possible, so I’d expect a model at a less than $50 price. Pay your bill with Facebook Credits. Etc.

As for timing, the holiday season is always a good time to launch new products. But that may be too soon.
Or who knows, the whole project might get killed before it sees light. All we know for sure is that Hewitt and Papakipos are working on something very stealthy together. And we have a source that tells us that stealthy thing is a Facebook phone.

We’re also not discounting possible partnerships around this. Spotify was said to be working on a phone with INQ last year based on a shared investor, Li Ka-Shing. It turns out Li Ka-Shing is also a sizeable investor in Facebook. So an INQ/Facebook partnership on a phone certainly wouldn’t be a surprise.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

2011 Best Antivirus for Windows 7

 Best Antivirus for Windows 7 – AV-Test 2011/Q1
 AV-Test, one of the most influential independent labs for testing, certification and comparative analysis of IT security products, as usual, has issued its first report of the year, certifying 17 out of 22 of the Best Antivirus products for Windows 7 in 2011. AV-Test certifies Antivirus or Security Suites that achieve a cumulative score at least 11 of the 18 total possible points based on protection, repair and usability.
To evaluate protection, AV-Test used static and dynamic malware found in the wild, including 0-day attacks. To test repair functionality, previously infected test systems were subjected to an exhaustive analysis and for determining usability, the number of false positives and system latency during virus scans were tested. These tests were performed on 32-bit Windows 7 systems.

The 17 certified AVs from AV-Test are:
BitDefender: Internet Security Suite 2011 > 15,5 ptos.
F-Secure: Internet Security 2011 > 15,5 ptos.
Symantec: Norton Internet Security 2011 > 15 ptos.
Panda: Internet Security 2011 > 14 ptos.
G Data: Internet Security 2011 > 14 ptos.
Kaspersky: Internet Security 2011 > 14 ptos.
AVG: Internet Security 10.0 > 13,5 ptos.
Sophos: Endpoint Security and Control 9.5 > 13 ptos.
Eset: Smart Security 4.2 > 12,5 ptos.
Webroot: Internet Security Complete 7.0 > 12,5 ptos.
Trend Micro: Titanium Internet Security 2011 > 12,5 ptos.
Sunbelt: Vipre Antivirus Premium 4.0 > 12 ptos.
Avast: Free AntiVirus 5.0 and 6.0 > 11,5 ptos.
Microsoft: Security Essentials 2.0 > 11,5 ptos.
Avira: Premium Security Suite 10.0 > 11,5 ptos.
MicroWorld: eScan Internet Security Suite 11.0 > 11,5 ptos.
BullGuard: Internet Security 10.0 > 11 ptos.

“We always used the most current publicly-available version of all products for the testing.” said Andreas Marx, CEO of AV-Test.org. “They were allowed to update themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on realistic test scenarios and challenged the products against real-world threats.”

The 5 AVs NOT certified by AV-Test were:

Comparative results from such prominent and venerable independent test labs such as AV-Test, who along with AV-Comparatives and Virus Bulletin, is members of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO), are very interesting and credible for computer end users in helping us decide which security products to consider for our own PCs.

Another interesting finding is that two free antivirus products: Avast! And Microsoft Security Essentials had excellent results, on par with or better than commercial security suites. According to the survey Kaspersky, Panda, Avira, and ESET, placed first, but they still ranked very well, obtaining certification with very good results. Products that are less popular or well-known in the Spanish-speaking world also performed well.

One thing to remember is that the malware threat landscape changes daily, and no product has the ability to detect 100%, nor is that ever likely, given the vast scope and volume of malware threats today. These days, we can’t leave the entire responsibility of protecting our personal data to whatever antivirus is installed on our PC. As end users we have to take an active role in protecting out data and systems, but comparative tests like AV-Test’s are a beautiful thing. ;-)
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Lab Test Summary:
The chart below summarizes the latest results reported by labs West Coast Labs, ICSA Labs, Virus Bulletin, AV-Comparatives, and AV-Test.

 As a final recommendation from Dilips Techno Blog, when it comes to deciding which Antivirus is best for your PC, it makes sense to take these comparatives into account, but also try them on your own PC and see which one suits your particular needs the best. But i would Recommend "Kaspersky: Internet Security 2011"   Compared with other Antivirus its Cheap as well as most secure one. I use it for my PC.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

750 million members on Facebook - Cant Believe?

Last summer, Facebook announced that it had achieved 500 million users and counting. Now that figure is completely outdated.

Though Facebook hasn't released an official statement yet, TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook retains approximately 750 million regular users who log in to the social-networking site at least once per month.

That number, which is larger than the population levels of at least a few countries on the planet, isn't all that surprising. The rate at which 250 million more people joined is the staggering aspect.

Facebook launched in 2004, and it took until 2010 to reach 500 million members. That's very roughly the addition of 100 million users per year the site has existed, but that's not an accurate representation of how many people joined Facebook when. Obviously there were far more people joining in 2010 than in 2004 or even 2005.

TechCrunch speculates that Facebook might wait to deal out updated official numbers until it reaches 1 billion members, which would be a bit arrogant on Facebook's part--but that wouldn't be surprising either. It's also possible that Facebook could hand out an update at the next f8 Conference, which will likely take place later this summer.

Friday, June 24, 2011

OpenSky - A Social Network For Shopping

When OpenSky launched a year ago, it was a commerce platform for influential bloggers. Bloggers with a following would curate their own merchandise, OpenSky would source the goods from manufacturers, and split the profits with the bloggers.

It sounded a hell of a lot better than the miniscule affiliate fees most bloggers were used to, but it didn’t work out. It never got past 5,000 bloggers with a reach of 100,000 unique visitors. “Mixing content and commerce was confusing to people,” says CEO John Caplan.

By November of last year, Caplan decided to start over with a slightly different concept, which OpenSky has been testing since January, and opened up more fully in April. Instead of being distributed across 5,000 blogs, OpenSky is now “a social network for commerce.” It is now its own destination with 50 celebrity curators from chefs like Bobby Flay and Tom Colicchio to supermodel Veronica Webb.

With no marketing, in the space of a few weeks, OpenSky is now up to 200,000 members and one million unique visitors. Those members have created 800,000 connections, meaning they follow on average 4 curators each.  And with only 50 curators instead of 5,000, it is selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods every week. Caplan describes it as “Twitter meets HSN.” 

Just like the bloggers before them, the celebrity curators pick items to recommend to their followers, and OpenSky sources the products from the manufacturers.  Followers can buy the products directly from the site. It’s like buying from Bobby Flay, often with a discount.

Some of Flay’s recommended items include a Viking immersion hand blender, a mortar and pestle (good for crushing dried hot peppers and making guacamole), and a chopping block. In the space of a few weeks, Flay now has 60,000 followers on OpenSky. Many of them come from his Twitter account, where Flay has 294,000 followers and promotes his OpenSky items. Curaters like Flay split the profits with OpenSky.

Celebrity-endorsed commerce is certainly in vogue right now. BeachMint recently raised money at a $150 million valuation.  If OpenSky can make its social shopping concept work this time, the sky’s the limit.

See : https://opensky.com/


Thursday, June 23, 2011

FACEBOOK WARNING: Activities that Could Get You Banned - MUST READ

FACEBOOK WARNING: Activities that Could Get You Banned - MUST READ

 
Facebook Review 
When it comes to look, feel, and utility, Facebook is superior to MySpace. Facebook's interface is cleaner and more professional. However, Facebook is more draconian than MySpace about enforcing its policies. More than that, Facebook has apparently banned users for offenses that were never spelled out.


If you use Facebook, you should familiarize yourself with all the activities that can get your account disabled. This warning doesn't just apply to spammers and other ne'er-do-wells:
Even the most well-meaning users need to be careful.

 

You Must Use Your Real Name and DOB

It's common for people to use a nickname or pseudonym when they join online communities. Many people will only provide a fake date-of-birth, if they provide one at all. That's understandable, since you might want to protect your privacy. Unfortunately, these practices can get you banned from Facebook. You must provide your real name and DOB. Don't even use a nickname you go by in real life.Also, your true name needs to sound "authentic" to Facebook. If your parents named you Beta, or if you're a British member of Parliament, Facebook could give you the boot.

 

Individual Humans Only!

Facebook only allows individuals to have accounts. No corporations, no businesses, no organizations, no cats, no dogs. If you're not a flesh-and-blood human, you're out. No, you may not open up an account for your pet hamster, no matter how popular he is.

On the plus side, you should be able to create a Facebook Social Ad or Page for your organization. Facebook might even be kind enough to let you create a page about your famous hamster.

  

 

Don't Create Multiple Facebook Accounts



It's against the rules to create more than one Facebook account. To quote Willy Wonka, "Everyone has had one, and one is enough for anyone." Facebook may terminate all your accounts if you're caught doing this, although in a lot of cases they just delete the "dupe" account.

By the same token, multiple people aren't allowed to use the same Facebook account. Don't invite your pal to log into your account... but this is sensible advice anyway.

 

Don't Add Too Many Friends

Yes, it's true, Facebook has banned members for adding too many friends, or at least for adding too many friends "too fast." What's ironic about this is that Facebook makes it possible for you to invite a bunch of people at once by importing your address book. If Facebook decides you have a ridiculous number of contacts, you could find your account disabled.


 

Apparently Facebook has also banned people for being too active. If you spend a lot of time writing on your friends' walls, it could trigger Facebook's spam alert.

To avoid problems, you should only add a few friends at a time. Don't be too post-happy. Try not to be too popular.

 

 Don't Post Copyrighted Material

There have been a couple of reports that Facebook removed some videos for containing copyrighted material. The videos themselves were homemade, but they were jazzed up with copyrighted soundtracks. One example included a short video of two cats wrestling to the music "Doing It Right" by the Go Team.

If you do upload any videos to Facebook, make sure they don't infringe on any copyright laws. Use public domain music instead.

 

 

 Homeschoolers (Weren't) Welcome

Homeschoolers on Facebook? Nope.

Until recently, homeschooled kids weren't allowed to have an account on Facebook. They even suspended some homeschoolers' accounts. But it looks like they changed the rules. This is from their official rule book:

If you are homeschooled, you can still register with Facebook. You do not need to specify a high school when registering with Facebook or using the site.
In order to have an account on Facebook, you either need to be at least 18, or you need to be at least 13 and enrolled in high school. And yes, you have to be able to prove that you attend this school. Since it's difficult for Facebook to confirm that sort of thing for homeschoolers, they take the easy route and ban any homeschooled kids they discover on the network.

Unfortunately, it's not enough to provide the name of your local public school. Facebook will eventually try to confirm this, and if it turns out that you don't attend that school, Facebook will disable your account.



Conclusion

As long as you don't use Facebook heavily, and as long as you follow all the rules, you'll probably be OK. However, I wouldn't depend on Facebook for all my business or professional contacts.

If Facebook becomes your primary means of staying in touch with people you know, you would be in a fix if Facebook ever decided to disable your account. Have a plan B. Make backups of your data and explore other social networking options.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Google Has Released a Major Ranking Algorithm Update

Google Has Released a Major Ranking Algorithm Update:
Google has released one of the biggest ranking algorithms updates. The change noticeably impacts 11.8% of all queries on Google. How does this affect the rankings of your website on Google?
Google has announced that they made a major change in their ranking algorithm.  

"We launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low quality websites, sites which are low value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful.
At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high quality sites, sites with original content and information such as research, in depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on."

This is an addition to the scraper spam update that Google released earlier this month. This is a noticeable update that affects about 12% of all queries and the search result pages can change a lot.

"We can’t make a major improvement without affecting rankings for many sites. It has to be that some sites will go up and some will go down. It is important for high quality sites to be rewarded and that’s exactly what this change will do."

Which websites will be affected by this update?
Although Google does not officially confirm it, this algorithm update tries to remove so called content farms from the search results. Content farms are websites that invest as little time and money as possible to generate a large amount of content created by authors who are usually not familiar with the topic they write about.

Content farms try to get visitors through high rankings for as many different keywords as possible. These visitors should click on the ads that are displayed on the content farm sites.

It seems like websites such as hubpages.com, ezinearticles.com, findarticles.com, answerbag.com and articlesbase.com have lost thousands of high rankings.

How will this change affect your own website?
Google's anti spam team is serious about eliminating spam from the search results. They announced that the are working on many more updates that we believe will substantially improve the quality of the pages in our results.

If you have used any shady tactics to improve the position of your website on Google, you should stop this right now. It's very risky to use dubious methods on Google.

If you don't want to risk your online business, use search engine optimization methods that are safe to use with Google.

Google announced that the new algorithm will be available in the U.S. only at this time. Other countries will get the new algorithm within the next few months.

Follow 10 basic SEO

Lets talk about Google basic SEO or Search Engine basic SEO for website once again.As we all know basic are valuable and according to SEO experts this new algorithm could demand some basic thing to maintain.I have an earlier post about SEO,which was ” Blog Basic SEO Tips for Beginners“,though it was about website beginner you can read this too.

Why again basic thing to follow?
Google new algorithm though is a secret like previous but there has some explanation on SEO world which are saying to follow some basic things.I just want to reminder some main and important things to follow.So without doing any explanation I am going to list here some basic things for SEO.

1) Your every post should be well linked so that reader can easily visit here and there.This ob course need page navigation or at least one static text linking.I am not recommending image link as search engine are not able to crawl image with link,so they couldn’t aware that you have linked your page.
What will you do for this:
a)You can use page navigation by any way
b) You can use related post widget(or plug-in)
c) can use recent post,featured post plug-in.
d) can use SEO auto links plug-in.
e) ob course link a static text with proper anchor.

2) Make a sitemap for your reader and search engine too.

3) Try to limit number of link in one page 100.No broken link,dead link,malware link ob course.Comments section should be moderated properly so that any external bad link should be removed.

4) Use always anchor text here and there but properly.Your text should be related to the links.Don’t try to fool your readers for an extra page views.

5) Use Alt tag for your image.This should be descriptive.Give the image an identity with some related words.Remember too not to give image name as “img002″,it has nothing to say about your image.make your title,description,keyword tag properly and descriptive.

6) Use Robot.txt file to block any page which you don’t want to indexed or crawled.Check this file if it is working or not.

7) Test your website at different browser.It seem that you are making your design randomly but it is not opening properly at all browser.It would be better to test your site in any text browser,so that you are confirmed your site is visible properly to search engine too.
Optimize your website load speed.There are lot of speed checker.Follow to maintain theirs recommendation.here are some tools for you, Page Speed, YSlow, WebPagetest .

9) Avoid excessive link exchange .Write any word “want to exchange link” in any platform are not good sign.According to Search engine guideline you can exchange link with your related niche but it will not be excessive.Don’t buy links or allow any tricks to get page rank or back-link.

10) last,create your website for always your reader not for search engine.I know there need some some optimization for better ranking and traffic but main aim should always on writing good content.

Now some basic thing which you should avoid always:
Avoid hidden links,avoid inappropriate keyword,avoid cloaking,avoid duplicate content,avoid bad neighborhood,website for only rankings to get some money.If you can avoid these things you will be safe always.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How To Set Up Vanity Url For Your Facebook Fan Page

Step 1: Plan your page

Since today Facebook Fan pages can have vanity urls too. Meaning instead of the ugly
http://www.facebook.com/pages/the-long-name-you-chose/the-id-facebook-gave-you
you could have:
http://www.facebook.com/yourchoiceofname
In order to set the Facebook vanity url for your fan page, there are several things which need to be in place first.
  • You need to be admin of the page in question
  • It seems you also may need a verified account.
  • Your page must have at least 25 fans to establish a vanity URL. This is to prevent name squatting.
  • You need to know which name you want for that page. Because once you have set it, you can never change it.
Facebook lists the following restrictions:
    • Create a username that is as close as possible to your public figure or business name (e.g. AshtonKutcher, PizzaHut). 
    • Some generic words (such as "flowers" or "pizza") are not available.
    • If you own the rights to a given name, make it your username so that others cannot obtain it.
    •  You can only have one username per page.
    • Usernames can only contain alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9) or a period (“.”).
    • Choose a username you will be happy with for the long term. Usernames are not transferable.
    • Your username must adhere to Facebook√Ę€™s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
    • If your trademarked name has already been taken, you can notify Facebook of this intellectual property infringement.

Step 2: Choose your vanity url

For choosing your pages url, visit http://www.facebook.com/username/. You will see something similar to this:
This means, that I have set my personal username and in the bottom you do find the “Set username for your pages”. Click on this and you will see a new selection:   


Now you can choose a name you want but once you have set it, you can never change it. use the Small box below "page name". once you check availability, If the name is available then it popups a small window. It shows "Confirm" press Confirm if you okay with the name. Once you confirm you cant never change it.

looks like this:


Now you can see very short name :) You can check my fan-page with the short URL and LIKE my page if interested :) http://www.facebook.com/praveendilip



Monday, June 20, 2011

World’s Fastest RAM - Corsair’s New Dominator XMP

Memory maker Corsair is now offering yet another impressive–and less expensive–memory kit. The company announced this Thursday that its Dominator GTX 2333MHz has been certified as the world’s fastest XMP RAM by the guys over at Intel.
XMP-certified RAM is an overclocked expansion of standard-specification DDR3 memory, which is designed specifically to benefit gaming PC’s that make use of Intel technology.
So, for those of you who want the ultimate computing rig, Corsair’s rapid DDR3 memory module may be the perfect choice. However be aware that at $200 each, the 2GB stick does not come cheap.
According to Corsair,GTX module they produce is “hand-screened and tested to ensure unmatched performance”. What is that unmatched performance I hear you ask? Try a speed of 2333MHz with a voltage of just 1.65V.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Paypal, Facebook, Twitter, Xbox Live, Dating Sites and Email Account Hacked - JUNE 17

The hacker group Lulz Security is claiming it released log-in information for 62,000 private internet accounts Thursday, including Facebook, PayPal, dating sites, Xbox Live and Twitter.

This internet group hacked along with the email address associated with the accounts and posted all this information online. The good news is that an anti hacking website (go HERE) listed all the email addresses effected. Simply search for a keyword in your email address and see if yours is listed (For your privacy, do not enter your complete email in the search box.). If it is, go change your password! (but the damage has probably already been done).

Thankfully, none of my info was on the list!  Don't EVER post your email addy in a forum nor or on a blog.  If you notice that the majority of blogs have a "Contact Me" button so as to protect the reader, as well as, the blogger from unscrupulous people. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Flying Motorcycle - Samson Motorworks- Switchblade



What if you owned a vehicle that could take you “down the road” as well as up, up and away, into the friendly skies?
Parked in your home garage, it would await your plans for a road and/or air trip. Just pack, load and go.
Forget about long waiting lines at the airport terminal. No more boarding passes and passing through security. No sitting at the departure gate hoping your plane leaves on time.
You can get above all of that without leaving the comfort of your own vehicle.
The Switchblade™ Multi-mode Vehicle (MMV) is just the ticket to independence and faster travel. No more hassles of commercial flights with the traveling masses.
As pilot of your Switchblade™, you drive to the airport, extend the wings and fly to an airport close to your destination at 160mph. There’s room for one passenger and 50lbs of luggage in the comfort and safety of your Switchblade™.
When you land, retract the wings and drive to your final destination. The scissor-wing design has a retraction system that swings the wings closed like the blade of a pocketknife.
The Switchblade™ will be as exciting on the ground as it is in the air,” said inventor Sam Bousfield. “Past attempts to build a flying car have concentrated on four-wheeled vehicles.”
Airplanes have three.
“The three-wheeled Switchblade™ offers a lighter, more functional and aerodynamic vehicle to achieve stylish, safe and affordable performance,” according to Bousfield. “On the ground and in the air.”
On the ground the Switchblade™ is targeted for 50+mph and in the air is anticipated to achieve 22mpg at up to 150mph.
“It uses unleaded automotive gas, not expensive aviation fuel,” said Bousfield.
The ground test-vehicle was showcased at the recent Golden West Regional Fly-In and Air Show in Yuba City. The full-sized tube frame was used to validate the drivetrain and suspension and to fine-tune ground handling.
Expected in the fourth quarter of 2011.







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