Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Improvements in Google Adsense

Google has recently updated the Adsense feature list and introduced a lot of new stuff on Publisher's feedback. These updated include category based ads, blocking a specific category and many more. Adsense developers also been developing a new version of the AdSense interface. Although the interface is currently in beta, it addresses many of the requests of Publishers that were given on the Product Ideas page.

  • The AdSense for content and AdSense for search revenue shares are now publicly shared.
  • Category blocking (previously known as category filtering) is now available in 13 languages. You can filter up to 11 ad categories, including religion, dating, politics and weight loss.
  • You can make requests to change the country of your payment address directly in the new AdSense interface. (Due to legal and system constraints, some country updates will still require you to create a new account.)
  • The new AdSense interface offers Ad units, Ad sizes, and Ad types reports in the Performance Reports tab. These detailed reports cam help you understand which individual ad units, ad sizes, and ad types perform best on your site.
  • The new AdSense interface includes a date range selector just like Google Analytics. Plus, to see how your earnings have changed over time, we also have a feature that allows you to compare two date ranges. Simply select the date range you want to compare, check “Compare to other dates”, fill in the start date, and we’ll fill in the end date for you!
  • Reports by week and month, in addition to by day, are available in the Performance Reports page. Along with reports for “Entire account by day” you can choose from weeks and months.  
More details can be seen here.

Common Craft explaining "Blogs" in plain English

Common Craft is a small company owned by Lee and Sachi LeFever in Seattle, Washington, USA. The company was founded by Lee in 2003. They have started making videos in 2007 with first video: RSS in Plain English. Since then, they've created over 30 videos that have been viewed over 15 million times online. Their  current focus is building a library of educational videos that can be licensed for use in classrooms, on Learning Management Systems, Intranets and on websites. Here is the Video that is a short introduction to blogs - how they work and why they matter.

What it Teaches

"Blogs in Plain English" introduces the concept of a blog as a way for every person to have the power to share news. The video includes:
  • How blogs are changing the idea of news in the 21st century
  • How blogs are created and organized
  • The role of blogs in bringing like-minded people together
  • How blogs facilitate conversation

5 Steps to Increase your Google Page Rank.

Google Page rank is based on back links. Back links are Links pointing to your website from another website. The more back links you have the higher your PR will be.

1. Join forums, forums are a great way to achieve links to your website. In most forums you are allowed to have a signature and in your signature you can put a link to your website. But another important note to look on is making sure the forum is somewhat related to your website. You will still get credit if it’s not, but if it’s related to your website than you will be accomplishing two tasks at once. You will be advertising for your website (bringing in targeted traffic) You will also be building your websites presence.

Your websites presence is very important to your survival. The more people see, or hear about your website the more credibility you will have and this increases your chances of having these visitors come back and possibly become leads.

2. Submit to search engine directories. Search engine directories are a good way to get a free link to your website. They also increase your chances at being listed higher on popular search engines like Google, and overture. Most search engine directories allow you to submit to their website for free. This will allow you to increase your web presence by being listed on another search engine, and it will also be a free link. Remember the more links you have the higher your PR will be.

3. Using ezine ads (or newsletters). Creating an ezine will probably be the most beneficial step you can take to increasing your web presence. When you create an ezine you will be able to keep visitors coming back to your website for more by using signatures and giving special deals.

Ezine’s will also allow you to increase your back links. By creating an ezine you can submit your information about your ezine to an ezine directory. This directory will than link to your website(thus giving you a free link).

4. Creating and publishing articles. Articles are an easy source of generating new traffic. You can include your signature in your article. This will bring in more traffic from article submission directories. Your signature usually consists of 4 to 8 lines. Usually the first line would be the title of the website that you are trying to advertise. The last line would be the link to the website and the lines in between these would be a sales pitch to draw your viewers into your website.

5. Links from related websites. Gaining links from related websites can be one of the most frustrating tasks you can attempt. They are very easy to find, but can be somewhat difficult to obtain links from. To find related websites, all you have to do is go to a search engine… say Google… and type in your subject. Maybe your website is based on ford mustangs. You go to Google and type in ford mustangs, than you look around for pages that are somewhat related to your website. After you have done this (which should be very easy) you have to contact them in some way to get your link posted on their website. This can be the most difficult task because a lot of webmasters ignore e-mail’s from people requesting links because they don’t see the importance of it at the time. Some other reasons could be that they are rarely online, or they delete spam mail and sometimes delete their important emails in the process.

Important note: When looking for link partners don’t just link with websites that have a page rank of 4 or higher. Link with anyone and everyone you get a chance to. If you link to someone that has a page rank of zero, this will not hurt your page rank. It will only increase it because you are getting a link back to your website. Google doesn’t look at your back links page ranks to determine what yours is going to be. It simply looks at how many back links you have.

So if Google one day decided to link to a website that was just created and this website has a page rank of 0 and has a domain that goes something like this: it’s page rank wouldn’t increase even though Google’s page rank is 10, it’s rank would still be zero because it would only have that one back link.

Author :CharlesNixon

VHS To DVD - 4 Tips For Making Great Vacation Videos

Here's a post on making better home videos from 8mm to DVD to everything in between. Read my four great pointers to make your exciting vacation into an exciting vacation home video.

1. Wherever you go for your vacation, try to get videos and photos that help you identify the location. Something that looks interesting and gives information is the goal. These can be road signs, billboards, picturesque landscapes, brochures, area maps, etc. You can edit these photos and video into the rest of the home video as "bookends" (on either side of the your video footage of your family and vacation activities.)

2. Be sure to get a little bit of footage of every family member. It is always easy to focus on the kids and totally ignore Mom and Dad. With modern digital editing, though, you can add photos of yourself and your spouse from the trip in case you did not get enough video footage. It is sometimes easier to get a few still photos than a whole video clip.

3. You really must try to shoot a few "candid" video clips. This is the kind of footage that can go a long way and really be the shots everyone in the family remembers most. There are a couple of ways that you can do this. First, try to hold the camera in your hands for a while to let the family get used to it being around and, hopefully, they will start acting more naturally. If that doesn’t work, try turning the camera on, set the lens to a wide angle (not too wide), and then place the camera in a stationary position or hold it at your side so no one knows you are taping.

4. Something I love to do is get the kids at their best. I always look for a really classic moment and try to tape it. Kids really do say some of the darnedest things. Sometimes the banter between my two boys is so hilarious I can’t hold the camera steady. Best of all, when they are totally absorbed in their playing together, they aren’t really trying to impress me. They are completely unaware of me and totally natural. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

Well, that’s just a few of my secrets that you can use on your next vacation home video. For more information on working with home videos, just click on the following link to go to my website about VHS to DVD transfer and other related topics.

Good luck!
Author: Marty 

Benefits of a Website – III

More and more people and businesses use the Internet to find information, it is convenient and saves time. Having a website is becoming so mainstream that customers and the general public almost expect a company to have a website. If people want information on a product or service, they are now saying, “I think they have a website, I’ll check that out first.”

Below are just some of the benefits you can expect from a website:

1. Increases awareness of products/services
A website provides the opportunity to publish the who, what, where, when and why of your business in a powerful and effective manner.
How many potential customers might be swayed if they could learn a little more about you, your company, your products, etc., without having to phone or taking the time to meet with you in person? A website makes it easy for customers to learn more about your business at their own pace.

2. Expands market place
A website can expand your reach to a market that may have been difficult or expensive to reach through traditional advertising. Increasingly, people search the Web rather than the Yellow Pages when looking for a service or product. You’d be amazed how much shopping occurs on the World Wide Web overnight! With an e-commerce site you can even make sales when your offices are closed. Currently over 75% of the people in the US access the Internet, up from over 40% at the end of 1999.

3. Increases hours of operation
Not only will your website be there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with the possibility of reaching millions of people every day, but now your customers are able to contact you outside of your normal business hours. Your website is still working for you while you are at leisure or asleep, and is not dependent on your having a PC or leaving your PC switched on.

4. Marketing tool – replace or complement existing sales and marketing channels
It’s a very low-cost method of promoting your business. By advertising your website, in addition to your product or services, you give potential customers the opportunity to learn far more about your product or services than you could ever place in an ad.
Advertising experts agree the Internet will become an increasingly popular advertising medium, with anticipated spending eclipsing $15 billion and have an 8% increased share of all advertising spending by 2005.

5. Reduce costs / Improve efficiency
Reduce publishing costs
One of the largest expenses a business can incur is designing, printing, and delivering marketing materials. Websites are quicker, easier and more cost-effective to update than print based media. You can keep your website more current, more affordably than any other media can.
With a website, you can instantly publish that same information: new product announcements, employment opportunities, contact information, coupons, almost anything, without material or delivery costs. People can learn about it instantly just by visiting your website.
Imagine how much it would cost to produce a catalog for 200 different products, and keep it in consumers’ hands for an entire year. You can accomplish this with a website very easily, with low development cost and almost no distribution cost.
Reduce marketing costs
Buying advertising space, whether it’s a newspaper ad, billboard or radio spots, can be expensive. In addition is the burden of the hours spent trying to figure out the perfect words to say in a limited space. A website is an unlimited number of full-page ads that you can change at will!
Reduce communication costs
A website can do far more than sell products. You can have pictures, details and prices of your products/services, the very latest company information, hours of operation and maps indicating the location of your company’s outlets on your website. It can supply your staff, suppliers and business partners with important and timely information. Just about any printed matter can be converted to a web page and distributed by email at far less cost and time than by fax, mail or courier.

6. Build branding
Build brand awareness by having your website URL on all other marketing material you use. Having your brochures, website, business cards, ads, posters, etc… have the same look and feel increases your brand awareness.

7. Enhance your image / Reflect your spirit
A website can help you to establish a credible, professional image, instilling a level of trust with your customer and their purchasing confidence will follow suit. Your website can (and should) reflect the spirit and vision of you and your company.
The Internet also offers the opportunity for a small-business to portray itself as a big business. (Or, for a big business, to fall flat by having a website that poorly represents its true stature.) How will your business be perceived on the web?

8. Improve customer service / Reduce costs
Does your staff spend a lot of time on the phone answering customer requests for information on a product or service? Do they keep answering the same questions and sending out the same material? Do they spend a lot of time on the phone with customer support?
A website can help reduce long distance phone bills, postage costs, printing costs and labour costs (and frees them up to perform other tasks) by having that information on your website.
Your website can also take orders while you sleep as people can place orders on a website at any time, day or night. You would be surprised how many extra sales you could have by developing an on-line brochure or virtual store.
A website lets you publish support information with up to the minute accuracy. Some companies only offer support through their website. If the website doesn’t offer the answer an online feedback form is provided. This is perhaps the most underrated usage for business websites.

9. Improve Efficiency
Email can improve efficiency of your operation – for your customers and your employees. Customers who use email don’t have to deal with many problems of everyday business: pushy salesmen, remembering to call during business hours, having to battle crowds to get to your stores, spending time waiting on voice mail or getting the wrong information. It’s convenient, easy, and safe for the customer. Email is also convenient for you. You can respond to all your customer inquiries at the same time, and do it when you have a free moment – not in the middle of rush hour when someone calls up to ask for product information or directions to your location.

10. Provide information
Even without an online store, people can look to your site for driving directions or a map to find your store. Tourists can look up your small shop and s there on their next trip to your area.
Many people use the Internet to find information. You can use your website to educate and inform the populace. This can be done in various ways: publish an online newsletter, have an advise column, offer message boards, or simply have a place where people can submit their names and email addresses to join your mailing list for more information. This is another way to gain public awareness of your business or organization. It also allows you to grow your customer base for direct marketing.

11. Create a competitive edge
If your customers can’t find you online, they will find your competitors. With more and more companies making a web presence, the companies that lose business to their competitors will most likely be those who fail to represent themselves on the Internet. If a potential customer can leisurely browse your company information online but cannot find your competitors’ information, your company now has an additional edge.

12. Open new channels of communication with staff, partners and suppliers
Intranet websites (websites that are generally closed to the Internet users and are accessible to organization members only) are an easy way to provide your employees with a way to reach the information they need to perform their duties in one centralized location. You can post benefits information, changes in staff, kudos for hard work, a place for their schedules, and much more. You can put as much or as little information as you want on your site and make them supply a password to access the information that needs to be kept private.

Benefits of a Website – II

1. Reaching Millions of Potential Customers Quickly and Inexpensively

Tens of millions of people worldwide have access to the Internet. A recent study found that 75 million people used the Internet, and 45 million used the WWW in the three months preceding the survey in USA & Canada.
Generally, the population on the Internet is well-educated and affluent. Most own a computer; others have access to one. Internet users, like most people, are interested in convenience. Many prefer the ease of finding services or shopping and ordering directly from their computer screens. “Net Access” advanced equipment and technology make everything faster and easier for their customers.

1. i) Selling Products and Services
Web sites are powerful because they join your advertisement to your order or inquiry form. This is also the greatest distinction between electronic and other advertising channels. Users can have direct communication with your company as they see your ad. With the click of a mouse, they will transmit their inquiry or order directly to you. This, the entire process will be faster and more cost effective.
1.ii) On-Line Publishing
On-Line publishing requires a fraction of the investment that conventional publishing requires… and it works. Dawn, one of Pakistan’s best known newspaper, gets thousands of hits per week.

2) Leveraging Advertising Dollars

There is a limited amount of information that can be stuffed into a radio, TV or print ad. These mediums are expensive. However, include your company’s URL in a small print ad or 30 second spot and you have now directed your customers to your Web site which contains enough sales information to make the sale.

2.i) Increasing Sales
Many times when you run an ad, your customers hear, see or read it and have to wait until business hours to contact your company. They might remember to contact you, or they might get busy. If your company’s Web site is mentioned in your ad, customers will be able to look at your Web site and buy your products or learn about your services as soon as the urge hits them.

2.ii) Reduce the Cost of Printing and Mailing your Catalogs
Companies can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in printing and mailing costs by putting their catalogs on the Internet. In fact, with Net Access, the cost, is amazingly affordable. It is an especially good value when you consider the number of people you can reach.

2.iii) Updating Information Quickly
Web sites can be updated as often as you like. The Nando Times, an online newspaper, updates its site every five minutes and gets over 5.5 million hits per week. No other advertising medium is so quickly and economically changeable and the dynamic sites are those that get the hits.

2.iv) Bringing More People Into Your Stores or Offices
Your Web site is particularly helpful in this area for those running TV or radio ads. Your customers can look at your Web site in order to get all of the information that they need.

2.v) Bringing More People Into Your Distributors’ Stores
Wholesalers also benefit greatly by having a Web site. They can include on their site a search engine for all of their retailers. Therefore, when customers see a product advertised, they can look at the wholesalers Web site to find out where they can purchase it. Making Pictures, Sound and Film Files Available
The Web enables you to display photos, sound and short movie clips with less expense. Guitarist Jeff Smith for example, gets over 200 hits a day and markets his band’s CDs on-line.

3) Getting Your Foothold In Cyberspace

Today, there are thousands of companies with Web sites. You can be certain that a few of your competitors already have a presence on-line. However, it is still possible to become the dominant on-line influence in your industry. It is the way to gain a decent market share of Cyber shoppers. In a few years, when almost every company in the world will be on-line, customers will not be able to search through all of the thousands of names that a specific query in a directory found. They will, however, keep returning to the sites that gained their popularity now.

4) Reduce the Costs of Serving Your Customers

You will find many ways to serve your customers using WWW technology. For example, you can make forms available to pre-qualify for loans, or have your staff do a search for that classic jazz record your customer is requesting. (without tying up your staff on the phone to take down the information.) Give your clients valuable back-packing tips or “The 10 Best Ways to Pay Less Taxes.” All this can be done, simply and quickly, on the Web.

4.i) Making Business Information Available
You can save phone calls and your staff members’ time by just posting basic business information on your Web site. Posting the upgrade information on your site will save you money and keep your customers informed of every reason why they should do business with you.
ii) Answering Frequently Asked Questions
A lot of your staff’s time is probably spent answering the same questions over and over again. These are the questions customers and potential customers will ask before they deal with you. Display the answers on your Web site and you will have freed up a lot of time for your office staff.
iii) Receiving Feedback From Customers
With a Web site, you can ask for feedback from your customers and get it instantaneously. E-mail can be built into Web pages and will give you the answers while they are fresh in your customers’ mind, for a fraction of the cost. Another benefit is that you can respond to your customers when you choose to and not necessarily at the exact moment that they call.
iv) Creating a 24 Hour Service
If you have ever remembered too late or too early to call the opposite coast, you know the hassle. We are not all on the same schedule. Business is worldwide but your office hours are not. Trying to reach America or Europe is even more frustrating. Web pages serve your customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week without adding to your costs.
5) Public Relations
This is becoming an exceedingly important reason to have your company on-line. Even without creating a complex site like the Federal Express site, your presence on the Internet is like passing out your business card to thousands, may be millions of potential clients and partners. It is virtually a worldwide announcement saying, “This is what I do. If you are ever in need of my services, you can, 24 hours a day, inexpensively and simply, reach me on the Web.”
5.i) Releasing Time-Sensitive Materials
Information can be made available on your Web site at the time you specify, with all related materials such as photographs, biographies, etc.
5.ii) Reaching The Media
Every kind of business needs the exposure that the media can bring. With the Internet hype at the eclipse of its power, an innovative Web site will almost certainly get written up in one publication or another.

6) Streamline Information Distribution to Workers

Web site is the fastest, most economical way to disseminate information within your organization. Instead of relying on the haphazard distribution of memos, employees can visit their company’s Web site at their convenience. Net Access can also password protect an employee-only Web site so that sensitive information remains within the company.
6.i) Staying in Contact In Any Time Zone
If you send employees abroad or have offices around the world, having a Website is an expedient way to communicate. It costs no more than a local phone call to access the site and the Web is available in over 150 countries.
6.ii) Employees on the Road
Your employees on the road may need up-to-the-minute information. A quick local phone call can keep your staff supplied with the most detailed information, without long distance phone bills and tying up the staff at the home office. Additionally, salesmen on the road can enter orders on-line so that the company can immediately begin working on them.

7) Opening International Markets

There is a whole new high-tech world out there, populated by millions of people on all parts of the globe, and marketing on the Web is the easiest way to begin doing business internationally. With a Web site, you can open up dialogues in international markets as easily as with the company across the street.

Test Marketing New Services and Products

If you demonstrate your new product on the Web, you will know what your customers think in a fast, economical manner. For the cost of a page or two of Web programming, you can gain insight into where to position your product or service in the marketplace.

9) Reaching Specialized Markets
There are over 13,000 newsgroups representing every sport, hobby or interest imaginable. No matter what your niche, your customers are probably on-line. Furthermore, it has been found that some of the most successful businesses on the Web are those that target niche markets. Since Net Access will submit your company to several different Internet directories, your interest group will be able to find you. Certainly, they will find some of your competitors.
9.i) Reaching The Education and Youth Market
If your market is education, consider books, tutoring or counseling services, study courses, youth fashion and any other items or services. These markets need to be on the Web.
9.ii) Serving Your Local Market
The power to serve the world with a Web site is clear. What about your local markets? In most cities today there are probably enough local customers with Web access to make it beneficial to market through the Web.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Telenor: 10 International Mins for Rs. 10

Telenor Talkshawk is now offering its subscribers to call Canada, America and UK for ten minutes in ten rupees which can be used around the clock.
You will have to buy a bundle of Rs. 10 plus taxes to get 10 minutes of calling to any number (landline/mobile) in USA, Canada and landline numbers in UK.

How to Subscribe:
*345*275# USSD to subscribe
Subscription Charges:
Rs. 11.95 Including Tax

  • 10 Minutes valid on UK (L), USA(L+M) and Canada (L+M)
  • Validity of subscription is 1 day i.e. same day as subscribed till midnight
  • Charging will be on per minute basis, irrespective of Price Plan
  • Offer is for all Talkshawk Subscribers (TS Har Min, TS 30 Sec, TS Har Sec, TS A1, TS 63)
  • This is a Limited time offer
  • Multiple subscriptions can be availed in a day to get more international minutes; e.g. if subscribed twice, the customer gets 20 minutes for Rs.20

World's Top Mayor accused of Corruption

The ex-mayor of Karachi city Sayed Mustafa Kamal who has been alleged one of top mayors in the world by MQM  accused of corruption and has been sent to jail. Checkout the Urdu News Below. Investigation is in process about a hotel in Malaysia and other property in Africa. MQM has also stopped Mustafa Kamal from any social activities. Also Karachi Updates blog has reported this story here.

Web 2.0 For Building Social Interactivity Between Customers And Companies

Before some years doing business was based on materialistic things with no room for having any social interaction and communication with your customers. Business tactics have now evolved and requires much more requirements to be fulfilled for success. Apart from maintaining sheer professionalism, if you want higher sales and profits, one needs to establish strong inter-personal relations with your customers. Concept of web 2.0 has played important role in reviving the old business strategies into newer ones, which suggests putting extra effort into developing social interaction for higher profits.

Web 2.0 is based on social communication, to sell a product or service you need to be convincing and soft rather than harsh. Today’s customers want interaction with the company whose product or service they are purchasing, collect detailed information about them and calculate what benefits they get from that company. For this purpose get a professional business profile designed for your company that exhibits your business in a friendly manner to the target customers and establishes strong social image and trust. When you build such personal connection with your clients, they are going to have more trust and loyalty towards your company and its products/services.

As web 2.0 is based on inter-personal interaction format, its marketing comprises of many tools like microblogging websites, social network sites, loads of communication between the users and the company. In order to attract customers and keep them informed about the latest events, business news, etc many websites have installed accounts like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

Social networking websites, microblogging websites, extensive communication between the customers and company, etc are marketing tools of web 2.0 for establishing good inter-personal interaction. Several websites have created their accounts with Twitter, Facebook and MySpace which is used to inform the customers about your company’s business news, latest events, etc. These social networking sites show latest information about your blog, news and bulletin. They do not show actual site’s information.

As this approach is more friendly and interactive in nature, buyers don’t feel being burdened and forced into their buying decisions. Here you tend to generate trust and faith in the minds of the customers for your business. In earlier times marketing techniques were more pushing and hard-hitting which is now changed to softer sales techniques which is more of social networking kind encouraging open communication between the client and the company, thus increasing chances of higher sales and profits.

by: Alan Smith

A Review of HTC Desire Smartphone

HTC is a leading Smartphone manufacturer in the world. Not like so many others these smartphones are not coming from china. But they are a product of Taiwan. Here I would like to discuss some features of HTC Desire Smartphone.

HTC Desire delivers intense brilliance, sharp contrast, and true colors on the expansive 3.7-inch display. The 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor makes the phone incredibly responsive as you multitask from app to app without skipping a beat, while the instinctive HTC Sense experience lets you wield the power of the HTC Desire with the greatest
of ease.

Make It Mine
With the HTC Desire, it’s all about your information, your entertainment, your multimedia … your way. A multitude of HTC Sense widgets makes it easy to transform your Home screen with rich content that personalizes your phone experience.

If you’re a sports junkie or simply love to keep up to date with the latest news, the HTC Desire keeps you in the know with the News application. News makes it easier than ever to collect all your favorite articles from across the web. Choose from a selection of channels that cover top blogs, news sites or sports pages, or get news updates based on the keywords you select.
Make it Mine
Stay CloseStay Close
The HTC Desire excels at helping you stay in touch with the different circles of friends or colleagues in your life. The new People widget lets you bring any group you create on your phone right to the surface for easy access to calling, messaging, emailing or simply checking up on social networking updates.

The HTC Desire simplifies the way that you tend to all of your social networks. With Friend Stream, your interaction with friends across multiple social networks like Facebook®, Twitter™, and Flickr™ are brought into a single easy to follow stream of updates, photo posts, and shared links. Friend Stream also lets you shout out your thoughts or feelings to all your online friends with a single comment that gets broadcast to both Facebook and Twitter.
Discover the Unexpected
HTC Desire offers an expansive display, a blazing-fast processor, and a great interface. On top of that, it has a lot of little design touches that make a big impact on your overall phone experience: like the new 'Leap' thumbnail view that lets you easily jump to any of the seven panels on your Home screen, or the polite ringer that lowers the ringer volume when you pick up
the phone.

Your work email, calendar appointments, and contacts, are right there on your phone - you can even look up any company contact in the global address book. The HTC Desire also has enhanced support for Exchange security features such as password protection and remote data wipe. And, if you forget to tell your colleagues that you are taking the much needed day off, you can set the ‘Out of Office’ status right from your phone.
Discover the Unexpected
HTC Desire was designed to thrive on the web. The screen size is perfect for mobile browsing, with the high resolution display making everything you view ultra crisp. The pinch to zoom feature makes zipping around websites intuitive - the text even automatically reflows when you take a closer look so you don’t have to pan left or right, and the Adobe® Flash® support opens up the vast video and gaming resources of the Internet.

HTC Desire’s browser is designed to do more than simply browse. With just a press and hold you can select text on a page and look it up in Wikipedia or have it converted into your native tongue via Google translation tools.

For Detailed Specification, Please visit HTC website.

Google Docs viewer on Mobile Browsers

(Cross-posted with the Google Docs Blog)

Last week, we announced that the Google Docs viewer supports .doc and .docx attachments. Today we’re also releasing a mobile version of the Google Docs viewer for Android, iPhone and iPad to help you view PDFs, .ppt, .doc and .docx files you’ve uploaded to your documents list, without needing to download the file.

With our mobile viewer you can switch quickly between pages and pan/zoom within a page. On your iPhone and iPad, you can pinch to zoom in or out.

You can try it out by going to on your Android-powered device, iPad or iPhone and select any document in these formats that you've previously uploaded. Let us know what you think in the Mobile Help Forum.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Benefits of a Website

The Benefits of doing business online
The benefits will very much depend on the nature of your business, and the extent to which you choose to embrace the technology! Although it makes sense to make the most of the features available, it is perfectly valid to take it one step at a time. It is not a case of all or nothing!
The choice is yours
You may choose to use only e-mail (at least initially). Alternatively you may decide on a website now, but not to use e-mail. Both a website and e-mail can be used to market your business on-line. When you're ready, and it is relevant, you may embark on a full e-commerce solution.
Your virtual shop window
The Internet is an excellent channel for promoting your business to potential clients anywhere, anytime. All they need is your website address, whether from a business card, an advert, letterhead, email or search engines.
It offers a cost effective and convenient means of keeping in touch with your existing client base and keeping them informed of developments within your business. And you can achieve this without visiting the printers, or mailing hundreds of letters.

A website will maximize your marketing investment, by leveraging this versatile and dynamic marketing channel which is the Internet.
There is much more you can do with your website from gathering contact details and information about visitors to your site, to ultimately trading on-line. It becomes your virtual shop window enabling you to compete on much more equal terms with much larger organizations.
Communicate using E-mail
E-mail is not just an alternative form of communication, it also offers the potential for much more imaginative material, and the advantage of linking directly to the Internet
  • Efficient, interactive channel for communicating with customers and suppliers
  • Efficient form of internal communication
  • Customers can be kept informed of changes to your business through electronic newsletters
  • Promote your website through e-mail by including a link
  • E-letterheads / e-stationery can enhance your image
  • COST EFFECTIVE - no postage, printing, envelopes
Establish your presence in the global marketplace:
  • In the virtual world of the Internet, your website is the virtual shop front to your business.
  • You can provide your (prospective) clients with up to date information about you business
  • Updates are instantly available to everybody, at a relatively small cost (no printing or postage)
  • No write off costs relating to redundant promotional material
  • Visitors can help themselves to information; anytime, anywhere, and as often as they wish - making them more likely to do so
Market your business online:
  • Reinforce corporate and brand identity. Make your existing investment in marketing go further
  • Advertise services and products
  • Collect e-mail addresses and other information through your website
  • Conduct market research through your website
  • Promotion through targeted direct e-mail campaigns
  • Build customer relations through personalised service
  • Deliver targeted prospects to your mailbox!
E-Commerce: Open all hours
More and more people now buy on the Internet because of the convenience and the variety of goods that are available.
  • Your business can be 'open all hours'
  • Reduced transaction costs through online orders and, ultimately, payment
  • Optional supply chain integration, streamlining your business

IT Ministry Confirms LHC Ban Orders for 9 websites including Google, Yahoo

Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom has confirmed that it has received ban orders from Lahore High Court on Thursday to ban Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, Bing, YouTube, Amazon etc , reportedBBC Urdu, citing unnamed sources in the Ministry.
It merits mentioning here that inter-ministerial committee of IT Ministry decides on how to and why to ban or not to ban a website. Committee is reportedly meeting today to discuss the implication, execution and procedures of the ban.
IT Ministry has an option of getting stay-order from Supreme Court against LHC’s decision; however, all these options will be discussed in today’s meeting.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

How to Create a Toolbar for your website

It is very easy to create a toolbar for your website / blog / portal like google and Yahoo toolbars through Conduit. Just follow this link, create an account for free, customize your toolbar and give your users a new reason to visit your Website or Blog. In case you find trouble a video tutorial can help you get through the proecess. Here you can find thousands of companies have developed toolbars from Conduit.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Google Maps for Android Helps You Find the Right Place, Catch a Train, and Add Latitude Friends

Hot off the presses, Google Maps for Android version 4.3 has added a couple new features to help you quickly choose the right place to grab dinner, catch the next train, and find friends to add in Latitude.

Have you ever had to make a split decision for dinner plans while on the go? Now, you can see a snapshot of what people are saying about places right on search result pages. Instead of poring through full reviews, you can start by looking at what the most frequently mentioned aspects about a place are, such as food, service, atmosphere, or anything else people keep mentioning. Just like on Place Pages for your computer, the color-coded bar gives an overview of how positively people are talking about any individual aspect. Tap one to see more details like the actual review snippets. Whether you’re looking for top-notch service or a vibrant ambiance, you can now pick just the right place to go.

You’ll also find a new addition to public transit station pages: upcoming schedules. Select any transit station icon directly from the map and open its page by tapping the window. You’ll find a handy list of the next departure times for any subways, trains, or buses that are leaving from that station where transit info is available.

In Google Latitude, we wanted to make it even easier for you to find friends and family with whom you’d like to share your location. Right at the bottom of your Latitude friend list, you’ll be able to quickly start sharing your location with long lost friends, loved ones, and others from your Google Contacts. Add any suggested friends by tapping the + icon and sending them a sharing request. Tap the x and they’ll be dropped from your suggested friends list. Don’t worry -- you can always add them later by choosing “Add friends” from the Latitude menu.

Get the latest version of Maps by searching for Google Maps in Android Market from Android 1.6+ phones. If you’re reading this on your phone, just tap here. Version 4.3 is available in all the countries and languages where Maps is currently available.

Visit our Help Center to learn more, ask questions in our Help Forum, or give us suggestions and vote on other people’s on the Mobile Product Ideas page.

Google Voice for everyone

(Cross-posted with the Google Voice Blog)

A little over a year ago, we released an early preview of Google Voice, our web-based platform for managing your communications. We introduced one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and more—the only catch was you had to request and receive an invite to try it out. Today, after lots of testing and tweaking, we’re excited to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required.

Over the past year, we’ve introduced a mobile web app, an integrated voicemail player in Gmail, the ability to use Google Voice with your existing number and more. Over a million of you are now actively using Google Voice, and many of the features released over the past year (like SMS to email and our Chrome extension) came as a result of your suggestions, so thanks!

If you haven’t yet tried Google Voice, we can’t wait for you to try it out and let us know what you think. Check out our revamped features page to learn about everything Google Voice can do, and if you haven’t seen it yet, this video provides a good overview in less than two minutes:

We’re proud of the progress we’ve made with Google Voice over the last few years, and we’re still just scratching the surface of what’s possible when you combine your regular phone service with the latest web technology. It’s even more amazing to think about how far communication has come over the last couple hundred years. To put things in context, we created this infographic to visualize some recent history of human communication and how Google Voice uses the web to help people communicate in more ways than ever before (click the image for a larger version):

Update 10:55 am: Just to clarify, though we've opened up sign-ups, Google Voice is still limited to everyone in the U.S. for now.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

“Annyeong Haseyo! “안녕하세요” to Google Search by Voice in Korean

The creation of the Korean alphabet by Sejong the Great was a wonderful advance, enabling literacy for the masses. However, even with the latest smartphone keyboards, entering the characters of the Korean alphabet is still challenging.

Less than two weeks ago we announced Google Search by Voice in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and today we are happy to announce support for Korean.

Google Search by Voice in action on Android and iPhone

Google Search by Voice will be available soon, pre-installed, on the Samsung Galaxy S and the Nexus One. It is also accessible in the Android Market and via Google Mobile App for the BlackBerry and the iPhone. You can download Google Mobile App at

So if you speak Korean, grab your phone and bid Google Search by Voice a hearty Annyeong Haseyo! 안녕하세요!

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Iterative Web App: New Compose Interface for Gmail on iPad

In April 2009, we announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iOS and Android. Among the improvements was a complete redesign of the web application's underlying code which allows us to more rapidly develop and release new features that users have been asking for, as explained in our first post. We'd like to introduce The Iterative Web App, a series where we will continue to release features for Gmail for mobile. Today: New Compose Interface on the iPad.

Today we’re happy to announce an improved experience for writing emails on Gmail web interface for iPad. When you write an email you’ll now get a big full screen compose window instead of splitting the screen between your inbox and the compose view. More text is visible at once and there are no more distractions with messages on the side. We’ve also fixed problems that prevented scrolling on long messages. Thanks to everyone who reported the issue via the ‘Send feedback’ feature at the bottom of the screen.

We’re continuing to experiment with the large touchscreen and tablet form factor so send more feedback if you have suggestions. To try out Gmail on the iPad, just go to in Safari. Please note that the new interface is only available in US English for now.

Posted by Craig Wilkinson, Software Engineer, Google Mobile

Friday, June 11, 2010

Settle trivia debates anytime, anywhere

Last month we launched a way to provide short answers to search queries, and it's now available on your iPhone, Palm WebOS or Android-powered device in English. If you’re like us, you may sometimes engage in trivia matches with friends on topics as far ranging as, what continent is Turkey in?, Star Wars release date?, or Augustus’ successor? Now you can settle that debate there and then by searching Google from your mobile; you can speak your question into Google Search on Android or Google Mobile App for iPhone, or you can visit from your mobile browser to type your search.

If your friends challenge the answer provided in Google Search results, you can corroborate the information with a list of websites by clicking on the “Show sources” link. The source list includes the relevant text from each page so you can quickly verify whether Google interpreted the context of the answer correctly. You can also click through to the original website to get all the details.

We continue to work on providing short answers to more questions. Here are some additional examples to try:
  • Who’s taller? [height of kobe bryant] or [height of paul pierce]
  • Geography trivia? [capital of massachusetts], [language in netherlands]
  • Literature trivia? [author of les miserables], [george eliot’s gender]
  • Movie trivia? [release date of shrek], [director of harry potter 3]
  • Music trivia? [composer of four seasons], [birthday of lady gaga]

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fun on the Autobahn: Google Maps Navigation in 11 more Countries

There’s nothing quite like driving through Europe in the summer. In the past week, I’ve seen the beautiful Val d’Aosta, the Swiss Alps, the Cathedral in Chartres, and travelled through the Channel Tunnel as I road-tripped from Milan to Geneva, Zürich to Stuttgart, and on through Paris to London. Why the burst of mileage? Well, I’ve been testing Google Maps Navigation version 4.2. Yes, road-testing it around Europe was a grueling process, but somebody had to do it :)

Today we’re launching Google Maps Navigation version 4.2 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland for Android devices 1.6 and higher. Google Maps Navigation is an Internet-connected GPS navigation or ‘satnav’ system that provides turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps.

On my test trip, I found a number of Navigation features useful:
  • While driving through the Loire Valley, I put my French language skills to the test by finding my destination with Search by voice (now launched in French, German, Italian, and Spanish for Android 2.0 and higher);
  • I previewed a typical British roundabout with Street View to see exactly where I’d need to exit before getting there in person;
  • I satisfied my craving for moules frites by searching for it along my route;
  • I kept the gas stations layer on to ensure I’d always know where the nearest petrol station was, just in case;
  • And, of course, the turn-by-turn voice guidance kept me on-track to my destination -- despite my sometimes spotty connection in mountain tunnels -- thanks to the way Maps Navigation saves the route on your device when you start.
Google Maps Navigation (beta) with Search by voice is available in version 4.2 of Google Maps, on Android devices 1.6 and higher. To download Google Maps version 4.2, search for Google Maps in Android Market.

Try Google Maps Navigation in your local country and language today -- and have a great time touring around the Continent this summer if you get the chance!

Salut! Willkommen! Benvenuto! ¡Bienvenido! Google Search by Voice in French, German, Italian and Spanish

Here’s a test for the German speakers out there: which is faster...saying Geschwindigkeitsbeschränkung (German for speed limit), or typing the same query character-by-character?

Voice has always been the most natural way to interact with a phone -- speaking is typically faster and easier than typing. We first developed Search by voice for English, and then for Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. Today we’re excited to welcome speakers of French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Images of Google Search by Voice in Italian (Android), German (iPhone), Spanish (BlackBerry)

Our goal is to bring Google Search by voice to speakers of all languages. We follow a rigorous process to add each new language or dialect. Working directly with native speakers in each country, we spend weeks collecting spoken utterances to create the specific models which power the service. Our helpers are asked to read popular queries in their native tongue, in a variety of acoustic conditions such as in restaurants, out on busy streets, and inside cars. We also construct, for each language, a vocabulary of over one million recognizable words. It’s no small feat, but we love doing it.

Note that our new language models are designed for accents from Spain, France, Italy, and Germany. If you speak one of the new languages with another accent (for example, German in Austria, French in Switzerland, or Spanish in Mexico), Search by voice may not work so well for you.

How you get started with Google Search by voice depends on what kind of phone you have. If your phone runs Android 2.1 or later, and you have the Quick Search Box installed, all you have to do is tap the microphone icon to start a voice-powered search. iPhone and BlackBerry users who already have Google Mobile App installed can enable voice search by selecting the new languages from the settings panel within the app.

If you have Android 1.6 or 2.1 (Donut or Eclair), and you have already installed the Search by voice application, starting later today voice search will return recognition results for French, German, Italian or Spanish if your phone has one of those languages chosen in ‘Language and keyboard’ settings. If you do not have the Search by voice application, you can install it from Android Market on your phone - search for ‘voice search‘. This application is only available in the Android Markets for France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

To get Google Mobile App for iPhone, search for ‘Google Mobile App’ in the App Store or follow this link. BlackBerry and Nokia S60 users should visit using their phone’s browser.

Learn more at and select your country in the footer.

So if you speak French, Italian, German, Spanish, grab your phone and bid Google Search by voice a hearty Salut! Willkommen! Benvenuto! ¡Bienvenido!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Making AdSense for Mobile Applications Work With More Ad Networks

We’re always working to help people grow their mobile business with ads. Today we’re making our tools even more flexible by allowing publishers participating in our AdSense for Mobile Applications beta program to use third-party mediators. Mediation lets app developers use multiple ad networks simultaneously - reaching a greater pool of advertisers, and focusing more time on building their apps, and less time managing ad inventory.

AdSense for Mobile Application beta publishers will now be able to manage their ad inventory using third party ad serving mediators, as long as their apps meet these conditions, including:
  • Using the latest version of the AdSense for Mobile Applications SDK
  • Abiding by the AdSense for mobile applications terms and program policies
  • Agreeing to Google’s privacy policy
We think this is great news for our AdSense for Mobile Application publishers because it will allow them to easily optimize and fill their ad inventory. We believe this also shows our commitment to develop the mobile advertising ecosystem by ensuring that the most optimal ad is shown to users, and enabling our AdSense partners to earn more regardless of which networks they use.

To learn more about monetizing for mobile, or to learn more about how to apply for the AdSense for Mobile Applications beta program, please visit

Update 6/3/10 10:30 PST: We had previously written that this helps developers avoid implementing individual SDKs from each ad network, but this is not the case.

Posted by Jim Kelm, Product Manager, Google Mobile Ads

Google Search for mobile now includes mobile app results

As mobile apps continue to proliferate in stores like Android Market and the iPhone App Store, finding relevant information on the web about these apps is becoming more important to help you decide which apps to download. In addition to helping you find the mobile app information you’re looking for, Google Search for mobile now also makes it easier for you to get the actual apps themselves while you’re searching.

As of today, if you go to on your iPhone or Android-powered device and search for an app, we’ll show special links and content at the top of the search results. You can tap these links to go directly to the app’s Android Market or iPhone App Store page. You can also get a quick look at some of the app’s basic details including the price, rating, and publisher. These results will appear when your search pertains to a mobile application and relevant, well-rated apps are found. For example, try searching for download shazam on your Android-powered device or bank of america app on your iPhone.

Mobile app search results are available today in the US, with other countries and devices planned for the future.

Google Maps for BlackBerry Gets Biking Directions, Sharing, and New Search Results

Grab your BlackBerry, hop on your bike, and have your friends join you with Google Maps for mobile! After adding biking directions and sharing for Android folks a few weeks ago, we're happy to announce that Google Maps 4.2 for BlackBerry can also let you get biking directions, quickly see helpful info when searching, and share places with friends.

Biking directions
If you’ve been using Google Maps on your computer to get biking directions, trails, and lanes, you can now head out for a ride using just your BlackBerry. When getting directions in Google Maps, just choose to travel by bicycle to get an optimal bicycling route in the U.S. If you’re in the mood for a more scenic ride, you’ll also see the Bicycling layer on the map which shows dedicated bike-only trails (dark green), roads with bike lanes (light green), or roads that are good for biking but lack a dedicated lane (dashed green). You can always turn on this layer from the Layers menu to devise your own route.

Search and Share
The next time you're searching for a late night bite of pizza, you'll see a redesigned list view of results with pictures and ratings. Select one to see a simplified search results page with easy-access buttons for directions, calling, etc. and all the info you'll need right below. Select a section, such as “Reviews,” to see more. A new “share this place” option lets you send anyone place info, such as its address or phone number, by email or text message. In addition to specific places like a restaurant, you can also share any location you select on the map -- including a snapshot of where you are at the moment -- to help folks meet you outside or right where you’re standing!

To get started, go to in your BlackBerry's browser and install version 4.2. In case you’ve had previous installation hiccups, we've also fixed some issues with permissions and BlackBerry Enterprise Server installation on some 5.0 devices.

Learn more in the Help Center, ask questions in our Help Forum, or give us suggestions and vote on other people’s on the Mobile Product Ideas page.