Gone are the days when putting audio on your website consisted of subjecting your visitors to gaudy musical fanfares and various clichéd sound effects. Fortunately, audio has now become a lot more sophisticated and new techniques that allow audio to be streamed have made it possible to use your own voice as a highly effective marketing tool.
Most visitors to your website will have computers with audio capabilities. Using your own voice, you can deepen the impact of your sales message and develop a stronger connection with your visitors. Many websites using streaming audio to promote and sell services claim that audio increases their conversion by as much as 300%! Learn how to put audio to use after the jump.
Now this I like. Not that it will change any of my, um, habits or anything. It is basically an interface that trys to keep you conscious of exactly how much illegal content you are downloading, with a robust statistics system. If you want to know how much money you owe based on your practices, just check CrimeWire. It will even give you an allowance of sorts if you punch in your wage, basically telling you that since you only make $5.50 an hour, you shouldn’t feel guilty about downloading a maximum of 18 songs per day, or something to that effect. CrimeWire is a skin for the LimeWire P2P client.
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Toshiba is set to release a simple business laptop aimed at the no-nonsense businessman. It’s portable, at five pounds, with a 14-inch WXGA display. The Centrino chipset is inside, so you also get built-in 802.11 b/g, along with good performance. The best part? This one will sell for under $1,000 USD. Not bad at all.
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As a businessman, CEO, or entrepreneur, one thing that people will tell you that you need to know is the art of being shrewd. Others will say it’s all about hustle. While these factors are important, I actually think that the art of getting people to buy into your ideas is huge. You may need to convince a vendor or business partner to buy into an idea that you know is a stretch, but will work. You may need to simply negotiate rates for a service you would like to use. No matter what it is, it is good to know how to get your point across in the greatest way possible. This article gives great insight into not only how to time your pitch right, but how you need to personally prepare for these moments and do the research.
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So you are an in-the-know Internet entrepreneur, and have all the lingo down, right? Remember that major companies are starting to take notice as well. Large companies are being tuned in to the blogoshpere, and are dipping their toes into RSS. The thing is, their use and yours, for the most part, are very different. There is certainly room for everyone on the vast world of the interweb, but it’s always good to know the approach that the larger firms will likely be taking.
But corporations that want to use the web strategically to build corporate value will not just need to make radical cultural changes, they may also need to master a new vocabulary with terms such as Wikis (software that allows anyone to update and edit web pages instantly and democratically); Weblogs (online journals more commonly known as blogs); and RSS (really simple syndication) feeds, which distribute content from the Internet.
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Opera software unveiled Opera 8 web browser for Macintosh today, to moderate fanfare and a few raised eyebrows from those who wonder whether it can take on Firefox, or Apple’s native browser for OS X, Safari.
The features of the new version of Opera were detailed in a somewhat dubious press release:
“With Opera, Mac users can surf fast, comfortably and efficiently using a full-featured browser that is not tied to the operating system (OS),” says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “Rather than incurring costly upgrades to your OS to get the newest features, Opera allows Mac users to browse, e-mail, download and chat using one program, requiring minimal system resources due to Opera’s small size.”
Costly upgrades to the OS to get new features? Since when? Firefox is free, for crying out loud, and as far as I know, Safari doesn’t charge per update or anything ridiculous like that. Obviously von Tetzchner hasn’t done his homework in this case — I can’t think of any browsers, regardless of platform, that require “costly upgrades to [the] OS” for new features.
This is not new; however, many people were skeptical this actually works. It’s apparent now that this video actually works. While this video will not fix dead pixels, it will fix any stuck pixels you may have. This video is ripped from a DVD stores such as Best Buy give their customers who purchase LCD T.V.s - it rapidly flashes red, green, and blue frames on the PSP screen. The trick is to leave it running in a loop for several hours. Give it a try, after all what do you have to lose?
In anticipation for next month’s release of the Halo 2 Multiplayer map, Team Xbox has a short movie showing off the Warlock map and its fast action game play. If you don’t have Xbox Live, chances are you have not had the pleasure of playing in this extremely fun map. Here’s a quick description of Warlock:
Warlock, a small to mid-sized indoor arena set in ancient Forerunner ruins, offers ample opportunities for a variety of game types such as Territories, Slayer, Team Slayer and more.
Check out the short movie and see a taste of what’s in store next month.
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Erotic Podcast Market? Apparently so. The analysts have spoken — podcasting is hot, and the market is jumping for more podcasts. Especially, they seem to imply, “erotic” podcasts. Frank Barnako of Marketwatch writes:
While 40% of the Internet-delivered audio shows focus on music, science, technology and comedy, the most popular category for users is erotica, according to Alex Nesbitt, president of Bella Ventures Inc. ‘The supply is not yet meeting market demands,’ he wrote in a just-released analysis titled, ‘The Podcast Value Chain Report.’”
In other words, we’re not sure what category is the most under-served. He also predicts that in the “near future” the market for podcasting tools and accessories will top $400 million. What with the hot trend towards podcasting and the already-booming Internet pr0n business sector, of course “adult” podcasts are popular. However, I wouldn’t put my chips on Erotic Podcasting as a sure bet, despite this apparent “popularity.”
Think of all the hand-wringing there’ll be when there’s “too much Porn on the Pods!”
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Michael Dell, of Dell Computers, has noted that should Apple “decide to open the MacOS to others,” they’d be glad to offer it up over at Dell.
Over Steve Jobs’ dead body, I’m guessing the answer will be. Some of the panicked mac-enthusiasts, however, are blinded by paranoia after the announcement that Intel will be Apple’s new chip supplier starting in 2006, and see a bleak future for the OS. I’m going to put a stop to this here and now, everyone. When are people going to get it through their heads that just because Intel is going to be Apple’s new chip supplier, the world isn’t ending? It’s hardware, the OS is to remain the same. Apple isn’t going to offer MacOS on non-Apple computers, they’ve already said it. I believe MacDailyNews said it best:
It’s a processor. A lump of silicon. Would we have preferred to have PowerPC if it could deliver what Apple needs? Sure. But, if Apple thinks they can get better performance in the future from Intel than from International “Where’s That 3GHz G5 You Promised Us Last year?” Business Machines, so be it. What’s next, are some Mac users going to burst a blood vessel if Apple changes hard drive suppliers?
Seriously. If people really think that just because Apple switched to a different supplier for one of their components, we’re likely to see MacOS X running on Dell’s computers, I’ve got a mile of oceanfront property in Nevada to sell them. Ain’t gonna happen.
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