Here comes the ultimate summer must have item. Forget about the fact that you may plow head first into the back of a speedboat, this thing rocks. It is a gigantic inflatable suit that you put on to keep you afloat while you are towed along at high speeds. It is even ribbed for your floating pleasure, allowing you to maneuver a bit while you look like a fool in the water. Does it suit your fancy? Pick one up for $120 USD.
This is why I love Seattle. It turns out that the area is the most “unwired” city in the country. This actually relates to the fact that there are more wireless hotspots per 100,000 people than anywhere else. Thanks the many Starbucks - which have T-Mobile Hotspot access - for contributing to this honor. What makes it even more fantastic, this doesn’t take into account the pre-WiMax installed at the top of the Space Needle.
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If you have yet to play God of War, Jesse took the game to task and came back extremely impressed. Take a listen to his quick audio impression of the game, recorded in a car of all places! Click below for the goods.
Voice: Jesse Easley
Duration and Size: 2:47, 1.4 MB
Listen | God of War Audio Review
Online storage has increased, decreased, then increased again in popularity over the years. When Google dropped Gmail on us, hacks appeared that allowed one to use the free gig of storage for more than just email. Aaron Levie noticed a need for a good online storage medium, and the result is Box.net. Gear Live tested the service out a while ago, and came away impressed. Box.net is much more than just storage space for your files. We got a chance to chat with Aaron about how Box.net came about, its current features, and where it is headed in the future. Click here to download the MP3, or you can just subscribe to the Gear Live Podcast feed.
Voices: Aaron Levie, Edwin Soto
Length: 20:04, 18.8 MB
Listen | Box.net Interview
Gamespot is reporting that Ninja Gaiden Black will hit stores in September for the low price of $29.99. Gamespot found this by doing a simple search of upcoming price lists on EBGames.com pointing to the price of the title. Gamespot not beliving the price to be correct, decide to make a call to Temco for confirmation if this price was right. Temco confirmed it was correct and also promised that it would not just be a cheap remake of the XBox classic Ninja Gaiden, but rather a full re-envisioning by Team Ninja with improved graphics and even more action then before. For those you who can not wait for Ninja Gaiden Black, you can buy Ninja Gaiden at a video game store near you - however, it will cost you $39.99.
This list notifies the reader of ten mistakes often made in web design. After giving it the once over, I can easily say that I agree with pretty much everything said here. The big one here, as far as I am concerned, is leaving the price off of a product page. I can’t tell you how many times I have been thoroughly frustrated with a product site not listing the price of something I was interested in, instead pointing me towards a sales representative phone number. At that moment, they lose my business. Check out the article, which also lists the top 10 web design mistakes for years past as well.
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If Forrester’s is correct - and they usually are - it appears that 64% of U.S. advertisers are willing to would advertise on blogs. While that is an excellent piece of news, get this: 57% of these advertisers are also interested in buying RSS ad space. With the recent release of Google AdSense For Feeds coupled with this news, it appears that RSS is ready to take the jump into the realm of profitability.
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During my normal interweb travels for the day, I came across a service that many are calling a “must-have”. Backpack is an ingenious organizational tool that is very customizable. There is no download or installation required, as all data is housed on their servers. You can use it to keep track of inventory, plan a meeting or business trip, or even use it for brainstorming. Uploaded files can be integrated into your outline, keeping everything together. Even better, you can share these outlines with others. If there is an important date you need to be reminded of, Backpack will send you an email or text message (or both if you prefer) the day before. I will be taking a closer look at the service over the next few days, but until then check out their hefty example page.
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We all know that being listed in the major search engines is essential but getting listed in the DMOZ should also be high on your site promotion to-do list. The DMOZ, also known as the Open Source Directory Project (ODP), is a human edited directory of web sites which is freely available for anyone to download.
If you haven’t heard of DMOZ, it’s because few people use it directly. The vast majority of people who use the DMOZ directory do so via sites like Google and Yahoo. In fact, Googles entire directory of sites is the DMOZ directory. Not only is being listed in the DMOZ a way to increase the traffic to your site(s), it also provides a good link back with a high PR which will in turn increase the PR of your site(s).
If you are looking to have Google spider your site in a more efficient fashion, Google Sitemaps is your answer. Just release by Google, the Sitemaps service allows you to submit an XML index of your website which Google will use to index your content. This take a lot of the guesswork out of Google’s end of things. Do note that Google Sitemaps is a supplement to, not a replacement for, its normal indexing service. The result of using the service will be greater indexing and exposure of your site on Google, provided of course that your content warrants it.
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