"A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts."  Virgin Group Founder and Chairman - Richard Brandson
"The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had."  Google CEO - Eric Schmidt

Finally a use for the Apple Ipad

No one would argue with the fact that the new Apple Ipad looks great but there seems to be very little use for it so far. Well, not anymore! Apparently rural health workers in Australia are finding it much easier to do their job because of the new Apple Ipad which they now use while on the road and making house visits.

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Google raises the barrier with its acquisition of ITA

Google’s Acquisition of ITA signals its intention to expand its “Travel” search vertical but it is also an attempt to assert its dominance and raise the barrier to entry for up and coming and even well established search engines such as Bing which currently relies on the ITA software for its travel search results.

I would expect to see more of such acquisitions by Google and the likes of Microsoft as Search engines continue to push to become the one central resource for all online searches. Other verticals search engines are likely to turn their attention includes hotel bookings, insurance and music downloads.

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WordPress 3.0 Thelanious released!

Wordpress 3.0 code named Thenolious has been released and from what I have seen playing around with it, it looks promising and even comes with a brand new default theme finally! I have written a few comments about some of the new features below. By the way this blog is now running on Wordpress Thenolious.

A new default theme called Twenty Ten:

Twenty Ten is plain and simple yet elegant and easily customisable. It allows you to change the top banner image or remove it all together and set a background image or colour all within Wordpress without having to edit any source code. A lot of people would find this feature useful. It also means you can set up a decent looking site with very little effort.

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Google TV revolution and the implications

Google announced a few days ago it had teamed up with Intel, Sony and Logitech to release the Google TV platform which should be available towards the end of the year as a set-top box to connect to existing TVs or as a built-in feature for new TV sets and Blu-Ray players.

I for one I am very excited about this latest development and I believe Google TV is set to revolutionise the way we watch TV and use the internet. Frankly speaking, I have been waiting for this for a long time and I never understood why this wasn’t possible. Sure there were a few companies that offered some form of web on TV but none of those ever felt like the full web on TV experience. With Google TV I have a good feeling about it.

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Google analytics virtual page views and non standard event goals

With dynamic generated content, div overlays and Ajax generated pages, traditional page view count in Google analytics might not represent the true picture. For example when a user clicks a link to join a site and is presented with a div overlay membership submission form; should this count as a page view?

Whether or not an event should count as a page view is up to the site administrator but Google Analytics allows you to register any event as a page view via the API method:



_gaq.push(['_trackPageview', '/membership/join']);
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