The future of internet

20 Apr
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All is TAN

8 Apr

The politics sector is well knowned for using the internet for their political campaigns to reach out to the younger masses.

It is a good thing if the campaign turns out to be a success, but it is otherwise if certain rallies are said incorrectly or the person is insensitive. All these will result in public backlash.

They can because they think they can…

1 Apr

Given today’s advanced technology(mordern media) and rise in economy(more higher income families), it is no wonder that internet is starting to shape traditional journalism into mordern journalism. There is a correlation between the economy and technology as the better the economy, the more people will seek mordernization than traditional media. Therefore, paper journalism will soon extinguish and taken over by internet journalism. 

Internet seems to be doing more harm than good to journalism. With the wide spread of news websites on the internet, people may read the news without thinking about its credibility-author, date,time and information. For instance, as a reader myself, when i search for BBC news on the internet, I would blindly believe everything written by the author just because it is from BBC and not considering whether the author is credible. Therefore, readers have to be more careful when reading the news as I am pretty sure, they would not want to gain wrong information over the internet.

On the other hand, internet can do good to the future of journalism. Reason being,the internet can broaden the horizon of journalism. As there is an increase in people using the internet, I believe that internet can encourage more people to read the news and be more aware with what goes around in the world.

So what say you? would you still support traditional journalism or move along with the technology toards the mordern journalism?

Google Earth

25 Mar

Learnt about Google in class today. Really fascinated by what Google brings about. There are just so many internet tools provided by them and not forgetting the search engine. It has definitely surpassed Yahoo! in some sense. Was thinking what to blog about for this post and wandered to explore Google Earth. The new Google Earth has a much improved interface. Though Google Earth is nothing new to everyone, it has improved its technology and added new ideas into it.

While Google Earth remains one of the most incredible programs you can download for free, it’s odd that it’s taken this long for the best features of one of its sister services – Street View – to be included. With this version it’s finally there, and the difference is incredible. It’s always been a useful app, but now it’s a fully-fledged world in its own right. With Street View, it’s the full package. Zoom down to ground level in previous versions of Google Earth, and while a few landmarks and big cities were blessed with 3D models courtesy of Sketch-Up artists and other collections, most of the world felt like a blocky wasteland. You could bring up users’ photos, which compensated for this a bit, but now you can actually get the full picture.

The one thing you can’t do is play a Tour while in Street View mode, which is disappointing, but being able to pause it and leap in and out, checking the scenery and watching out for sites of interest, is a much better way of checking the route than driving through the 3D view or trying to extrapolate from a top-down shot. It’s also amusing to note how the view changes between the actual photos and the supposed ‘photo-realistic’ 3D models and images you have access to. Graphics technology has a fair way to go yet.The other big new feature in this version is the addition of 3D trees, although this isn’t desperately impressive. It’s only activated in certain places, like San Francisco, and trying to track down foliage closer to home just gave us the same green blots on the landscape as before. At least you don’t need to worry about it spoiling the view.

Like all Google Earth features, it’s provided as a layer that can be switched on and off. It joins Oceans, Historical Imagery (now more prominent when you search) and Flight Simulator mode as interesting, but ultimately fairly gimmicky additions.

What exactly is Social Media?

18 Mar

Social Media is the future of communication, a countless array of internet based tools and platforms that increase and enhance the sharing of information. This new form of media makes the transfer of text, photos, audio, video, and information in general increasingly fluid among internet users. Social Media has relevance not only for regular internet users, but business as well.

Platforms like Myspace, Facebook, and Linkedin have created online communities where people can share as much or as little personal information as they desire with other members. The result is an enormous amount of information that can be easily shared, searched, promoted, disputed, and created.

Social Bookmarking tools and news sites such as Digg, Delicious, Mixx, and countless others make  finding specific websites increasingly simple by assigning or “tagging” individual sites with searchable key words.

Applications that have developed within and around these platforms, websites, and tools are endless in number and functionality, but all make online sharing and searching easier in some fashion, regardless of their niche.

So how big a deal is Social Media? The answer is… It is a very BIG DEAL.

To give an idea of how big Social Media is, I’ll provide some numbers to substantiate my point. More than 110 million blogs being tracked by Technorati; a specialist blog search engine, up from 63 million at the beginning of the year. An estimated 100 million videos a day being watched on video sharing website; YouTube. More than 123 million users on social network; Facebook.

At this time, there are basically six kinds of social media. Note, though, that innovation and change are rife.

Social networks

These sites allow people to build personal web pages and then connect with friends to share content and communication. The biggest social networks are
MySpace, Facebook and Bebo.

Blogs

Perhaps the best known form of social media, blogs are online journals, with entries appearing with the most recent first.

Wikis


These websites allow people to add content to or edit the information on them, acting as a communal document or database. The best-known wiki is Wikipedia4, the
online encyclopaedia which has over 2 million English language articles.

Podcasts


Audio and video files that are available by subscription, through services like Apple iTunes.

Forums

Areas for online discussion, often around specific topics and interests. Forums came about before the term “social media” and are a powerful and popular element of
online communities.

Content communities


ommunities which organise and share particular kinds of content. The most popular content communities tend to form around photos (Flickr), bookmarked links
(del.icio.us) and videos (YouTube).
Microblogging


Social networking combined with bite-sized blogging, where small amounts of content (‘updates’) are distributed online and through the mobile phone network. Twitter is
the clear leader in this field.

Whether we are still using FaceBook or Second Life in two, five or ten year’s time is anyone’s guess. The unique way that the internet continually improves in response to user experience is driving innovation on an unprecedented scale. There will no doubt be exciting new variants on current formats, and perhaps innovations that come to be thought of as new forms of social media. They will develop in response to our appetite for new ways to communicate and to the increasingly flexible ways that we can go online. That’s the detail – impossible to predict. What is beyond doubt is that social media – however it may be referred to in the future – is a genie that will not be disappearing back into its bottle.

Counterattacking Internet Security Threats!

11 Mar

A Network attack or security or security incident is defined as a threat, intrusion, denial of service or other attack on a network infrastructure that will analyze your network and gain information to eventually cause your network to crash or to become corrupted. In many cases, the attacker might not only be interested in exploiting software applications, but also try to obtain unauthorized access to network devices. Unmonitored network devices are the main source of information leakage in organizations. In most organizations, every email message, every web page request, every user logon, and every transmittable file is handled by a network device. Under some setups, telephone service and voice messaging are also handled by network devices. If the attacker is able to “own” your network devices, then they “own” your entire network. Network attacks cut across all categories of software and platform type.

Trojans

These are programs that look like ordinary software, but actually perform unintended or malicious actions behind the scenes when launched. Most remote control spyware programs are of this type. The number of trojan techniques are only limited by the attacker’s imagination. A torjanizes file will look, operate, and appear to be the same size as the compromised system file.

The only protection is early use of a cryptographic checksum or binary digital signature procedure.

Adware

Adware, or advertising-supported software, displays advertising banners or pop-ups on your computer when you use the application. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Such advertising can fund the development of useful software, which is then distributed free (for example, the Opera web browser).

Adware can slow down your PC. It can also slow down your internet connection by downloading advertisements. Sometimes programming flaws in the adware can make your computer unstable. Advertising pop-ups can also distract you and waste your time if they have to be closed before you can continue using your PC.

Some anti-virus programs detect adware and report it as “potentially unwanted applications”. You can then either authorize the adware program or remove it from the computer. There are also dedicated programs for detecting adware.

Cookies

When you visit a website, it can place a fi le called a cookie on your computer. This enables the website to remember your details and track your visits. Cookies can be a threat to confidentiality, but not to your data. Cookies were designed to be helpful. For example, if you submit your ID when you visit a website, a cookie can store this data, so that you don’t have to re-enter it next time. Cookies also have benefits for webmasters, as they show which web pages are well used, providing useful input when planning a redesign of the site. Cookies are small text files and cannot harm your data. However, they can compromise
your confidentiality. Cookies can be stored on your computer without your knowledge or consent, and they contain information about you in a form you can’t access easily. And when you revisit the same website, this data is passed back to the web server, again without your consent.

Websites gradually build up a profile of your browsing behavior and interests. This information can be sold or shared with other sites, allowing advertisers to match ads to your interests, ensure that consecutive ads are displayed as you visit different sites,
and track the number of times you have seen an ad
.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, use the security settings on your internet browser to disable cookies.

These are just a few threats, many other threats are constantly morphing into something bigger and scarier. The internet world is a treacherous world. Be careful with what you are watching over the net.

Wonder Girls – Nobody Dance Cover

4 Mar

Was wondering what to do for this blog post and stumbled upon an old video I had taken of “someone” during a dance cover. For those who know this song please enjoy the dance. It is not perfect but effort was placed duly!

All About Windows Movie Maker

26 Feb

Hi folks!

For those who are worrying on how to create a video on Windows, below is a simple all in one tutorial for all to share. I shall let the video do the talking!

Step by step guide to E-commerce strategy.

19 Feb

“Build a business, not a website”. An Ecommerce website is a business first and foremost; the website is merely the commerce delivery channel. An effective ecommerce site begins by understanding and defining the business strategy, goals and metrics for the site, and then crafting a website that is tailored to meet those site objectives.

Start with the 5Ps: Proper Prevention Prevents Poor Performance

You wouldn’t build a house without an architect and a blueprint, and you shouldn’t build a website without a digital equivalent. If you want your digital ‘house’ to crumble, the surest way to ensure failure online and waste untold time and money is to skip proper planning and jump blindly into implementation.

Avoid:

  • Weak or inconsistent branding
  • Cart abandonment
  • Bad User Experience and usability
  • Poor navigation
  • Slow performance
  • Slow or limited site search
  • Inability to make changes quickly
  • Poor Performance with search engines

Above all are the most important strategies. Be sure to try them out to see if they work, note from the experts!

Top 10 tips for E-survival.

12 Feb

E-commerce is a growing strategy that more and more businesses are realizing is necessary to have as part of their business model. Unfortunately it can be a complicated solution that requires knowledge of many back-end functional components that most entrepreneurs aren’t familiar with.

The Ecommerce world is one of the most lucrative industries to be involved in and lot of people endeavor into starting up their own online store or business. Ecommerce website owners often ask “what does it take for a web site to succeed?” There are many factors but here is a list of 10 most important areas to concentrate on;

1. Clear Storefront Layout and Navigation

Design cannot be overlooked. A user should instantly feel like he or she knows what to do and what is being asked of him or her to get to a preferred destination. An ecommerce web site should have a home page almost always, include a search bar, a navigation bar with browse by category, special offers via a colorful rotation banner such as deal of the day, merchandising boxes that work together to offer popular items, security and confidence building purchase icons such as contact phone numbers with customer service links, SSL and secure experience icons, shipping and credit card/payment option logos, and a clearance or discount section.

2. Significant, Usable, Filterable, and Actionable Product Information

First, provide an easy to filter navigation and the option to compare items. This puts a user in charge of his or her own shopping destiny and encourages buying by increasing participation in the selection process. A good amount of content in each section and about each product allows users to learn more about your categories, products, your company, and the experience one can expect, building the consumer confidence needed to make a purchase and be happy about his or her decision.
 
3. Product Photos
 
Product photos are a big deal! Many users need to see, in good detail, the quality of the product he or she will receive. Include zoom tools so users can see the detail, even if you think this is not important. If your product warrants multiple angles or light shots, show them. Your users will reward you with a confident purchase, one less likeley to be returned. Best practice would be to find the best competitor out there and make sure your site has better or “as good” pictures as that site.
 
4. Calls To Action
 
Invest in features that will help customers interact with your site and understand your products better. Investment ideas are to go with some leading trends such as expandable interactive images, flash, interactive tours, videos, live chat with customer service, professional looking slideshows that show high level technical prowess, and the list goes on. The idea here is to provide a user an experience he or she cannot find elsewhere.
 
5.  In Your Face Product Promotion
 
When you go to a store are all products set up the same? Most likeley, no. A store’s objective is to push viewers to see many items in a way that is fashionable and exciting to the customer. Many stores forget that cross selling suggestions, product reviews, featured products sections, clearance areas, coupons, and any interactive presentation is seen. Push viewers to more interaction, and to buy today!
 
6. Pricing
 
Low prices will attract customers. Your price point matters, especially on the web where the next store is only a couple clicks or search queries away. Research your competitors to make sure you have a chance.

7. Customer Service and Shipping

Be Sure to help customers through the checkout process and offer a progress indicator. Show a receipt before an order is placed and let the customer change anything in the order. Action buttons should be clearly labeled. Often “place my order” is more clear than “submit” and “search” is more clear than “go.”

Keep your shipping and return policies at the forefront. One can handle shipping in a very impressive way by offering free shipping but also up-selling “rush processing” which does not offset UPS rates, but at least you can recoup something. Customers will take this up-sell, pleased that the order would be given priority. Do not forget to provide all order confirmation emails, shipping emails, and timely delivery. Try to lower your shipping prices as best as you can and offer free shipping as much as possible. Free Shipping does work!

8. Search Engine Optimization

Ecommerce search engine optimization, the art of moving your web site to the top of search engines, is more advanced than ever and now a “must have” for an ecommerce web site to compete online. One’s web site must come up on Google and other engines for search keywords and key terms related to your web site.

9. Marketing and Public Relations

The art of managing your business reputation through media engagement is often overlooked and extremely important in ecommerce marketing communications. Map out a plan and make the time to execute. The aim here is to build relationships with conventional outlets with wide audiences such as conventional TV and Print, but also turning online to bloggers and other unique, targeted online distribution, equally as effective with more measurably than ever before. Whether your products are tied to a charity or are organic, let them know! Further, in the event that something negative should be reported, a strong public relations team with good relationships can mitigate any damage to your company’s reputation.

10. Elevate A Brand Via User Experience Tracking and Strategy Evolution

Get an Edge with Advanced Customer Service!  Review all of your competitors site’s to make sure your features are better, your content is better, your photos are better, your customer service is better, your shipping strategy is faster and cheaper, your PR campaign is stronger, etc. A web site cannot be left alone for 6 months. A good web site is one that is always changing with the market and with the times. Read online blogs and trade magazines to stay on top, incorporating all of the features user’s expect so a store keeps its edge.

Focus on opening an online store now!