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Why you should consider Mobile Marketing (Infographic)

The mobile market is growing really fast compare when desktop computers were built, where it is projected to surpass desktop internet usage by 2014. It’s quite a few years from now but now is the good time to consider and create an idea and implement your mobile strategy soon.

Here are some of the important numbers and details you should know about mobile marketing… The reasons why should make your strategy now.

mobile marketing and tagging
Learn More about Mobile Tagging at Microsoft Tag.

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YouTube mobile serves 2 Million viewers a day

YouTube on Wednesday said that it is serving up more than 200 million videos daily to smartphones and other Internet-linked mobile devices.

News of the milestone came as the Google-owned video-sharing service began routing Vevo music videos from artists such as Lady Gaga and U2 onto smartphones powered by newer versions of Google-backed Android software.

“As the world goes mobile and more people watch videos on their smart phones, we expect more partners will take advantage of these new mobile advertising capabilities and make more of their content available across more devices,” YouTube mobile product manager Andrey Doronichev said in a blog post.

Android smartphones running on “Froyo” or newer versions of the mobile operating software will be able to access Vevo’s music video library using a free YouTube application, according to Doronichev.

Vevo music website is a joint venture between Google, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Abu Dhabi Media and has deals to feature content from EMI and independent recording labels.

Revenue will be generated from advertisements played prior to music videos starting, according to YouTube.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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How does YouTube deals with copyright?

In this video you’ll see how YouTube handles copyright from the moment a video is uploaded to their servers. Very cool!

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5 steps on how to make your video searchable on Google

A short video by Nelson Lee, Product Manager at Google on How you can set you video to get searched at Google. Since many are uploading videos everyday it’s really hard to compete but with the right steps and info, you can be sure that you’re video will come up soon on Google’s Search Engine.

This is a recap on what’s on the video:

If you want your video to be searchable on Google, you need to create a Video Sitemap

Here are the 5 easy steps on creating a Video Sitemap…
  1. Title
  2. Brief Description of your Video (must be a relevant description of your video)
  3. Play page URL (where direct users can play and watch the video)
  4. Thumbnail URL (a small image or a preview of the video)
  5. Raw video file location (the link where the video is stored)

So once you have this info ready sign-in or sign-up to Google Web Master Tools.

Submitting a Video Sitemap means Google can better discover your videos and make them easy to find in search results.

To learn more about Video Sitemaps, visit www.google.com/videositemaps

Happy Learning!

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Free Alternative Project Management System to Basecamp using Joomla and ProjectFork

Basecamp ushered in an era of simplistic, no-frills project management brought on by saturation of complicated project management software like Microsoft Project. Since then, many SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) project managers popped up in competition with Basecamp and it’s model.

Another era began roughly around the same time. The era of Open-Source CMS software such as Joomla! and mass adoption by large and small businesses alike. More and more business are moving to Joomla! for its low associated cost and access to many powerful extensions. One such Joomla! extension is Projectfork, a free Open-Source project management solution.

Who can use Projectfork?

Since Projectfork is Open-Source and users are free to modify the code and language, any type of company can use Projectfork and customize the experience for their customers and employees. Projectfork is perfect for web design firms, software development companies, real estate companies, retail stores, and just about any company needing simple project management and time tracking.
Projectfork is even being used on an internal site from Linux.com!

Projectfork Highlights

Project Manager Features:
Projectfork has all the features that have become standards in project management software such as Projects, Milestones, Tasks, Time Tracking, Calendar, Message Board, File Manager, User Profiles, and User Groups.

No Limitations:
One of the biggest advantages of hosting your own project manager is the fact that your server space is the only limitation on files and also that you have full access to data and aren’t limited in any way by the number of users, projects, etc.

Custom Access Levels:
Projectfork gives you the option of using permissions based on Joomla’s core users groups (Public, Registered, Author, Editor, Publisher, Manager, Administrator and Super Administrator), but you’ll probably want to dig into User Groups for creating custom access and permissions for groups of users you create.

Joomla! Integration:
Already have your users in Joomla? Want VirtueMart shoppers to easily be added to projects? How about JomSocial users being able to see their project activity in their social profile? This is all possible since Projectfork is a Joomla! component.

It’s Completely Free!:
The main Projectfork component is completely free to use and modify under the GPL Open-Source license.

Projectfork Requirements

Let’s answer a few questions to figure out how we’ll need to setup Projectfork

How will I be using a project manager?:
I own a web design firm and will be creating different projects for each different job I get.

What types of people will be accessing it?:
I want to retain global control over everything. I will add a project manager from my company that can do anything for a particular project. I will then add contractors that will have a good bit of access, but won’t be managers. Lastly, I will add stakeholders from the client company that have limited access.

What will these people be doing?:
The project manager will be adding contractors and clients, and have the ability to add,edit and delete anything. The contractors will be able to upload and delete files, complete tasks and communicate with the clients. The clients will only be able to view and comment on everything, as well as upload files, but not delete them.

Will this project manager appear to be an intranet or integrated into a site?:
I’d like for the project managers to appear stand-alone, as an intranet. All users except myself will login directly into the intranet and not see the normal site. I’ll also want to check in on progress from my iPhone.

Extending Projectfork

Projectfork comes with a complete extendable framework much like Joomla’s, with themes and extensions.

Projectfork Themes & Extensions »
There are a bunch of official Projectfork themes and extensions available on www.projectfork.net

AThomp Technologies »
Projectfork 3rd party developers are starting to pop up. AThomp Tech offers some very cool extensions.

For my Design Firm Project Manager I’ve selected the following:

Projectfork Component »
The main project management component that comes with most of the features I need out of the box. The Projectfork core component is completely free and GPL licensed.

Carbon »
Premium theme: A slick theme that transforms Projectfork into a tactile User Interface in the web browser or on the iPhone.

Activity Stream »
Premium extension: An updated list of activity from project members across all areas of Projectfork. This activity stream can also feed into Community Builder or JomSocial via plugins.

Status »
Premium extension: A way to update your status and view your team’s status. The status is also fed into the Activity Stream.

TIP: You can grab all the premium Projectfork themes and extensions in the Projectfork Bundle, which is currently 99 bucks for 1 year of access and new releases.

Setting Up and installing My Intranet

Joomla! CMS
Joomla! is required. Projectfork currently supports version Joomla! 1.5, and 1.6 support is in the works.

Projectfork
Projectfork installs via Joomla’s normal installer, then goes through an automated setup process upon first visit. I can choose whether to install sample data or not, I’m going to do a clean install this time.

Projectfork Installation Screenshot

Projectfork Themes & Extensions
Projectfork has its own installer for themes and extensions after that point. Each extension type has its own Config page, from which extensions are installed and enabled.

Creating a Project with Projectfork

Now to the fun part. We’ll go through all the different steps in setting up my project workspace.

Create a Project
Creating a project is simple. All that’s required is a project title, but I can also add a description, deadline, choose whether the project is public and if people can request to join (I’ll leave both turned off), upload a company logo, and even add members to the project (I’ll do this in the next step though).

Select Project Workspace
IMPORTANT: To add users to a project, create groups, tasks, or any project related info you must have a project selected in the Project Workspace dropdown

Add or Import Users
I can either add completely new users to my Joomla! installation or import users that are already in the system. My clients are new, so I’ll need to add them. My project managers and contractors have worked for me before, so I’ll import them.

Adding Custom User Groups & Permissions
Now for the real power of Projectfork. Custom ACL:
I don’t want my clients, contractors, or project managers accessing any other part of my Joomla! site, so I want to keep them all as regular Registered users in Joomla! To give them specific permissions in Projectfork I’ll create 3 User Groups for them. When creating a new group, I just check the different sections and then the privileges the group gets. I can also add members to groups at this point.

1. Project Managers: I want this group to be able to do everything, so for each section I use the hand ‘Select All’ checkbox. I then add my 1 project manager user.

2. Contractors: Contractors get lots of privileges, but not all, so I check off all the things I want them to be able to do like ‘Upload Files’ and ‘Edit Files’. I have 2 contractors so I add them now.

Projectfork Installation Screenshot 2

3. Clients: I only want my clients to be able to view information, download things and comment, so I check off permission like ‘Download files’ and ‘Write comments’

Add Project Information
Now that I’m all setup, I can go through each section and add Milestones, Tasks, Files, Events, etc.

Menu Link
For Projectfork to be visible from the public frontend of Joomla!, a menu item must be added, linking to Projectfork. You can name the menu item anything, I’ve named mine “Project Manager”.

Projectfork Installation Screenshot 2

Hide Joomla! Template
Found in the Config, this option hides the surrounding Joomla! template for all Projectfork pages, thus giving it the fullscreen appearance of an intranet. This option only works on the public frontend.

Projectfork Hide joomla

TIP: Insert a Joomla login module into Projectfork
Since I’m hiding the Joomla! template, I need a way for my project members to login. Conveniently, I can use any Joomla! module inside Projectfork by editing the desired module (like mod_login) and changing the position to a panel position inside my Projectfork theme (typically pf_theme_sidebar or pf_controlpanel_left)

Here’s the final outcome:

Projectfork Final

Projectfork Alternate Setup

If I had chosen to display Projectfork within my site, I’d have used the Default theme it comes with, and not have chosen the ‘Hide Joomla template’ option. With Joomla’s default template it would have looked like this:

Projectfork Final

Conclusion

Many of those same users that were attracted to the simple features of Basecamp and the ease of launching an implementation are now frustrated with the rising monthly costs, limitation of features and lack of access to the data. In this respect Projectfork has become more useful for many previous Basecamp users.

Suddenly companies with limited budgets and the need for custom feature sets can obtain a rich, interactive website with Joomla! and an equally powerful project manager with Projectfork. Even if you aren’t currently using Joomla! for you website, you can validate giving it a try entirely for Projectfork to create a Do-it-yourself project manager.

Source: SpeckyBoy

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Firefox 4 Beta Launched! What’s New?

Firefox 4 Beta (version 1) considered to be stable and safe to use for daily web browsing, though the features and content may change before the final product release.

What’s good about it is that when you try the Beta Version, your previously installed version of Firefox won’t be replace by the beta version. You’ll still have the option to use the Beta and the Non-Beta Version you have, but you have to fully close the Beta before you can use your previous Non-Beta Version and vice versa. Below is a screenshot of the New UI of Firefox 4. For me it’s somehow look-a-like of the Opera Browser if you’re familiar with the browser, they almost got the same UI (User Interface) style. To try and check out Opera, click here. To try out Firefox 4, click here.

So What’s New?

  • Tabs are now on top by default on Windows only – OSX and Linux will be changing when the theme has been modified to support the change.
  • On Windows Vista and Windows 7 the menu bar has been replaced with the Firefox button.
  • You can search for and switch to already open tabs in the Smart Location Bar
  • New Addons Manager and extension management API (UI will be changed before final release)
  • Significant API improvements are available for JS-ctypes, a foreign function interface for extensions.
  • The stop and reload buttons have been merged into a single button on Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • The Bookmarks Toolbar has been replaced with a Bookmarks Button by default (you can switch it back if you’d like).
  • Crash protection for Windows, Linux, and Mac when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins.
  • CSS Transitions are partially supported.
  • Full WebGL support is included but disabled by default at this time.
  • Core Animation rendering model for plugins on Mac OS X. Plugins which also support this rendering model can now draw faster and more efficiently.
  • Native support for the HD HTML5 WebM video format.
  • An experimental Direct2D rendering backend is available on Windows, turned off by default.
  • Web developers can use Websockets for a low complexity, low latency, bidirectional communications API.
  • Web developers can update the URL field without reloading the page usingHTML History APIs.
  • More responsive page rendering using lazy frame construction.
  • Link history lookup is done asynchronously to provide better responsiveness during pageload.
  • CSS :visited selectors have been changed to block websites from being able to check a user’s browsing history.
  • New HTML5 parser.
  • Support for more HTML5 form controls.

So try it out! Just click on the link below to download. Filesize is 9MB Happy testing! 🙂

Download it here.

Tell us what you think!

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Gmail now has a Rich Text Editor for Signatures

Well, that only took six years.  After numerous unofficial Greasemonkey scripts and other workarounds,Google finally introduced its own rich text editor for Gmail this week.

Rich text editors have existed for years in other e-mail programs, allowing you to add links, images and other HTML elements to your e-mails, but for some reason it has been absent in Gmail since it launched on April 1, 2004.  And while this long desired feature has finally been added, it is currently limited to the most current version of Gmail in the browser and is not present in mobile versions or the older HTML version of the site.

If you’ve associated multiple e-mail accounts with your account, you can set up a signature for each of the accounts.  As you can see in the example image above, you can do pretty much anything you want in the signature, but do remember that the more involved you make them, the more chance they won’t appear complete in some e-mail readers.

To set up your signatures, click on “Settings” in Gmail and scroll down to the signature window.  Knock yourselves out.

Source: TechnoBuffallo

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Ways on examing Short URLs before visiting them

Nowadays, ever since Twitter and other social networking sites become popular and with some of them has a limit on how you can Tweet or post a message, Shortening URLs have became the solutions for your link to fit on your post. But with this rampantly used you can never know what’s the real URL of the link you are clicking to since it has been shortened already unless you go to the link first and see it for yourself, where in sometimes it only leads you to anything not related or worse that it might lead you on downloading a Virus, Spyware or Adware. So beware before clicking to those shortened URLs.

Sample of Shortened URLs:

All of these links are links to my other articles on my blog. So all links are safe 🙂

SOLUTION:

So the solution is to expand the URL first before visiting them. Here are a couple of websites that offers those services and don’t worry since it FREE! All you have to do is copy and paste the link on the text box provided and press expand and you’ll see what’s the real link and a small screen shot of the website you want to visit.

Sample Shortened link I’ll be using on my examples below: http://is.gd/w (A link to Google.com)

You might want to test this shortened link or my other samples given to see how it works.

SCREENSHOTS:

LongURL.com Screen ShotExpandURL.com Screen Shot

So if you want to browse with confidence and security you should use these sites

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7 things you shouldn’t be doing on Facebook

Sometimes we get so overwhelmed by these Social Networking Sites wherein we all want to have as many friends as possible or to get connected to all our friends and networks out there and without even thinking that this might cause an intrusion of privacy or far even worst than that. So here are the 7 things you should stop doing now on you Facebook account or on your any accounts from other Social Networking Sites.

1. Using a weak password

Avoid simple names or words you can find in a dictionary, even with numbers tacked on the end. Instead, mix upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. A password should have at least eight characters. One good technique is to insert numbers or symbols in the middle of a word, such as this variant on the word “houses”: hO27usEs!

2. Leaving your full birth date in your profile

It’s an ideal target for identity thieves, who could use it to obtain more information about you and potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account. If you’ve already entered a birth date, go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. Under the Basic Information section, choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all.

3. Overlooking useful privacy controls

For almost everything in your Facebook profile, you can limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself. Restrict access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information, among other things. You can give only certain people or groups access to items such as photos, or block particular people from seeing them. Consider leaving out contact info, such as phone number and address, since you probably don’t want anyone to have access to that information anyway.

4. Posting your child’s name in a caption

Don’t use a child’s name in photo tags or captions. If someone else does, delete it by clicking on Remove Tag. If your child isn’t on Facebook and someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to remove the name.

5. Mentioning that you’ll be away from home

That’s like putting a “no one’s home” sign on your door. Wait until you get home to tell everyone how awesome your vacation was and be vague about the date of any trip.

6. Letting search engines find you

To help prevent strangers from accessing your page, go to the Search section of Facebook’s privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results. Be sure the box for public search results isn’t checked.

7. Permitting youngsters to use Facebook unsupervised

Facebook limits its members to ages 13 and over, but children younger than that do use it. If you have a young child or teenager on Facebook, the best way to provide oversight is to become one of their online friends. Use your e-mail address as the contact for their account so that you receive their notifications and monitor their activities. “What they think is nothing can actually be pretty serious,” says Charles Pavelites, a supervisory special agent at the Internet Crime Complaint Center. For example, a child who posts the comment “Mom will be home soon, I need to do the dishes” every day at the same time is revealing too much about the parents’ regular comings and goings.

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New Google Chrome is faster than ever!

Google Chrome LogoTo view how fast the New Google Chrome 5 Internet Browser, they have a very interesting video to show us how fast the new version of Chrome is. A comparison with real-life fast movements.

The New Chrome is said to be 305% Faster than the previous beta release benchmarks.

Some HTML5 new features integrated:

  • Geolocation APIs
  • App Cache
  • Web Sockets
  • File Drag-and-Drop  Capabilities

So for people who still uses Internet Explorer or other popular browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera… you might want to check out the New Google Chrome and it might change your browsing experience on the Internet.

Download it here: