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Google Profiles Looking Weak To Me!


I recently entertained the idea of creating a Google Profile for myself and went through the process and decided to not use it. Why? Well, it did not have many feature that were up to my expectations, at least from Google. As far as reputation management goes, it will make a 1st page listing at the very bottom of the results page when someone searches your name. I think that is they really want to lure users in and entice them to use Google Profiles they should make the Profiles appear on the top of search results or within the search results like they do videos from time to time.

The #1 use of online profiles (As I See It) is for reputation management and reputation repair. The Google Profile offers very little in my opinion when dealing with reputation repair.

Sure, it is free and you might as well make a profile with them if you are actively repairing your reputation. The service has a few basic feature and none that really excite me. Here are the features as listed on Google’s site:

1. Receive messages. Enable the ‘Send a message’ feature to allow anyone with a Google Account to email you without revealing your email address.

2. Add photos. Enhance your profile by embedding photos from Flickr or Picasa.

3. Create a page about you. Write a short bio in the About me tab, reveal your superpower, and tell people what you still can’t find using Google.

4. Add your contact information. Share your information with your friends and family, so they always have the most up-to-date information. You control who sees it.

4. Add links to your other profiles and sites. Make it easier for friends to see your other content on the Web. You can link to Google content, including your Blogger blog, public Picasa Web Albums and Google Reader shared items as well as other pages on the Web such as Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

5. Show your location. ‘My places’ includes all the cities you’ve entered on your profile. Your current location and where you’ve lived are displayed on a map.

The best feature above in my opinion is the ability to link up to your other profiles like Twitter, faceBook, MySpace, and LinkedIn. I guess Google Profiles are not for me. I am certain many people will find a good use for them. If Google adds more visibility features to the profiles I will jump on board also.

What do you think about Google Profiles Service? Let us all know by posting a comment. Google if you read this will you please let us know if new feature may be on the way?

Google Adds Creative Filter to Image Search

Yesterday, Google announced the launch of a new feature on Image Search. This feature will help you find free images while giving due respect to the wishes of artists and creators. A few days, Google had made it easier for users to toggle the SafeSearch and prevent adult content from showing up in the image results. The new creative filter is just another addition to image search. It will allow you to discover images from across the web, which you can share, use and even modify. It also restricts your Image Search results to images which have been tagged with licenses such as Creative Commons as well as other licenses, like GNU Free Documentation license

Google Maps Gadget Makes It Easier To Find Destinations

There is always something happening in Google Maps. The latest is that it unveiled a new directions gadget, which proves helpful for businesses, such as hotels for they can offer customers with customized Google Maps directions to their business locations. The new gadget also gives an end to the need of typing and updating sets of text directions!

Another IE Warning?

Microsoft Corp. has taken the rare step of warning about a serious computer security vulnerability it hasn’t fixed yet.

The vulnerability disclosed Monday affects Internet Explorer users whose computers run the Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 operating software.

It can allow hackers to remotely take control of victims’ machines. The victims don’t need to do anything to get infected except visit a Web site that’s been hacked.

Security experts say criminals have been attacking the vulnerability for nearly a week. Thousands of sites have been hacked to serve up malicious software that exploits the vulnerability. People are drawn to these sites by clicking a link in spam e-mail.

The so-called “zero day” vulnerability disclosed by Microsoft affects a part of its software used to play video. The problem arises from the way the software interacts with Internet Explorer, which opens a hole for hackers to tunnel into.

Microsoft urged vulnerable users to disable the problematic part of its software, which can be done from Microsoft’s Web site, while the company works on a “patch” - or software fix - for the problem.

Microsoft rarely departs from its practice of issuing security updates the second Tuesday of each month. When the Redmond, Wash.-based company does issue security reminders at other times, it’s because the vulnerabilities are very serious.

New Sharp Aquos LE700 series LED backlit TVs

Sharp has introduced its LE700 series LED TVs, using edge-lit LED backlight technology instead of CCFL. Unlike Sony, Samsung, Toshiba and Vizio, Sharp’s LE700 series have no local dimming function.

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The lack of local dimming means that, in tests, the blacks in bright scenes won’t be on par with the best of those TVs above. The Sharp LE700 series lack both video streaming and use of Yahoo’s widget platform for services such as Amazon or Flickr.

More information after the break…

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Sharp explained that their X-Gen panel with 10-bit processing lets them align the pixels in an impressive ways for good black levels. However, Sharp promises local dimming feature and looking into Yahoo in future LED TVs series in 2010.

Here are the pricing and the press release:

  • $2799 for 52 inch
  • $2199 for 46 inch
  • $1699 for 40 inch
  • $1099 for 32 inch

Gallery: LG Arena KM900 vs LG Viewty Smart GC900

As promised, here are a few shots comparing the two latest LG S-Class UI running mobile flagships, LG Arena and LG Viewty Smart. As we’re away checking out some cool new tech at the moment, we are abit laggy on the Viewty Smart review but we won’t be very long!

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The Seven Day Forecaster

clip_image002Chance you often go to foreign countries, especially the United States. Although very often visited, but you certainly can not remember many season that were there. Other times, you need to bring this tool to be able to prepare the dress would be taken. The Seven Day Accuweather Forecaster can provide information on the weather conditions more than 150 countries the United States. This process occurs in real time every 15 minutes. The tool is similar to a picture frame. On the outside there are a lot of weather information that is displayed in digital. Besides the weather, this tool also displays the time from the network. Other details are shown, for example, temperature, wind speed, and others. These take the energy from the AC adapter or 4 AA-sized batteries. Color shown is also interesting. (Price: $199.95)

HoloCube 3D Projection Box

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You may ever see the futuristic themed movies in the past. In the film, all completely digitally described. No we know, that period is in progress to this day. One you can see evidence of this unique gadget. HoloCube 3D, the tool is capable of displaying animated images through a 3D box measuring 20 ". In the situation does not work, this box looks like a box with the usual wall of glass.


However, when you turn on, radiated interesting picture of sway. 3D projection HoloCube Box integrated with the HDD. You can save video data with a resolution of 1080i. Displayed image, the process has the same job with a hologram. Therefore, the tool is also referred to as holographic. In fact, the tool is used more for business. But if you want to put in the room, why not? (Price: N/A)

Google Profiles Looking Weak To Me!

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I recently entertained the idea of creating a Google Profile for myself and went through the process and decided to not use it. Why? Well, it did not have many feature that were up to my expectations, at least from Google. As far as reputation management goes, it will make a 1st page listing at the very bottom of the results page when someone searches your name. I think that is they really want to lure users in and entice them to use Google Profiles they should make the Profiles appear on the top of search results or within the search results like they do videos from time to time.

The #1 use of online profiles (As I See It) is for reputation management and reputation repair. The Google Profile offers very little in my opinion when dealing with reputation repair.

Sure, it is free and you might as well make a profile with them if you are actively repairing your reputation. The service has a few basic feature and none that really excite me. Here are the features as listed on Google’s site:

1. Receive messages. Enable the ‘Send a message’ feature to allow anyone with a Google Account to email you without revealing your email address.

2. Add photos. Enhance your profile by embedding photos from Flickr or Picasa.

3. Create a page about you. Write a short bio in the About me tab, reveal your superpower, and tell people what you still can’t find using Google.

4. Add your contact information. Share your information with your friends and family, so they always have the most up-to-date information. You control who sees it.

4. Add links to your other profiles and sites. Make it easier for friends to see your other content on the Web. You can link to Google content, including your Blogger blog, public Picasa Web Albums and Google Reader shared items as well as other pages on the Web such as Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

5. Show your location. ‘My places’ includes all the cities you’ve entered on your profile. Your current location and where you’ve lived are displayed on a map.

The best feature above in my opinion is the ability to link up to your other profiles like Twitter, faceBook, MySpace, and LinkedIn. I guess Google Profiles are not for me. I am certain many people will find a good use for them. If Google adds more visibility features to the profiles I will jump on board also.

What do you think about Google Profiles Service? Let us all know by posting a comment. Google if you read this will you please let us know if new feature may be on the way?

Social Network Username Search & Protection

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KnowEm checks the availability of your brand name, user name or vanity URL on 120 popular Social Media websites. This service is a neat Reputation Management Tool that all reputation conscious individuals should consider using.

A lot of people and business are at risk of becoming a victim of internet identity theft. This is where someone can pose as you on social networks and other username based websites like forums. Imagine if someone found “you” on MySpace or a similar social network and started chatting with “you” about private details, only to find out it really was not you. There are many risks when it comes to internet ID theft, most of the time the biggest risk is your online reputation. If someone was posing as you on a social network and started saying all types of damaging things on their account, people will think these are your words.

Protecting your online reputation is very important in today’s WWW.

The service that KnowEm offers lets you see who else is using your username on over 100 popular social networks. They also offer to protect your name by registering accounts on these networks for you.

Another great service is the social network search engine optimized profile creation service that iPorfileMaker.com offers. They create full profiles with your custom content. This service is geared toward reputation repair and includes the identity protection as well.

Another IE Warning?

Microsoft Corp. has taken the rare step of warning about a serious computer security vulnerability it hasn’t fixed yet.

The vulnerability disclosed Monday affects Internet Explorer users whose computers run the Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 operating software.

It can allow hackers to remotely take control of victims’ machines. The victims don’t need to do anything to get infected except visit a Web site that’s been hacked.

Security experts say criminals have been attacking the vulnerability for nearly a week. Thousands of sites have been hacked to serve up malicious software that exploits the vulnerability. People are drawn to these sites by clicking a link in spam e-mail.

The so-called “zero day” vulnerability disclosed by Microsoft affects a part of its software used to play video. The problem arises from the way the software interacts with Internet Explorer, which opens a hole for hackers to tunnel into.

Microsoft urged vulnerable users to disable the problematic part of its software, which can be done from Microsoft’s Web site, while the company works on a “patch” - or software fix - for the problem.

Microsoft rarely departs from its practice of issuing security updates the second Tuesday of each month. When the Redmond, Wash.-based company does issue security reminders at other times, it’s because the vulnerabilities are very serious.

Puzzle Kingdoms

 

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Puzzle Kingdoms is similar to Puzzle Quest, at least in some ways. It is as fun as Puzzle Quest, if not prettier (the truth is most of you will find that Puzzle Kingdoms is hideous).

How do you play the game?

Well first of all, choose a new warload in Puzzle Kingdoms. Then you will be meeting heroes that you will lead in a battle throughout the game. The heroes will be learning new spells and gain new abilities, as they advance.

The most important in the game is to pay attention to the gold. You will use the gold for recruitment of different troops in your battle. Be reminded that you will lose if all your troops die and you have no more gold.

If you are not in a battle, have fun playing some minigames. There are 3 places you can play minigames, the shrine, dungeons and taverns. Usually you will get status upgrade if you win the minigames.

This game could be addictive if you love it, or it could be a turn off if you find the graphics are ugly. I would say it is worth a shot because it is a fun game. Although the graphics might not live up to the expectation but the game play is interesting.

Give it a try. Who knows this is the game suitable for you.

Have played this game? Tell us what you think.

KOTOR I & II revisted

 

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With SWTOR in development what better time is there to revisit the experience that was ‘Knights of the Old Republic I & II”?  

David Seaman – who runs his own PC gaming blog – is linking to ‘PC Gaming Forum’; and in turn we are linking with his own quality reviews of these Bioware/Star Wars classics.

David’s review of KOTOR I can be found here: 

http://www.epinions.com/review/pr-Star_Wars_Knights_of_the_Old_Republic_for_Windows/content_186253938308

Further – his review of KOTOR II can be found at the URL below;

http://www.epinions.com/review/pr-Star_Wars_Knights_of_the_Old_Republic_II_The_Sith_Lords_for_Windows/content_405799079556

If you’ve already played KOTOR I&II – perhaps these reviews will encourage you to ‘dust off’ their old boxes an revisit your adventures.

And if you’re interested in SWTOR – but haven’t played the KOTOR series yet – then perhaps this will whet your appetite – to partake of the Star Wars universe – without having to wait until 2010 – or whenever SWTOR is published.

What follows is a 'run down' on the KOTOR series from David:

With all the excitement caused by LucasArts announcing the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic, it’s sometimes easy to forget that this MMORPG was created due to the success of two other games; Knights of the Old Republic (known affectionately as KOTOR) and its sequel, KOTOR 2: The Sith Lords.   In the first game you played the role of a soldier who became a Jedi initiate, and who turned out to have an incredible secret.  I can still remember my amazement as I first saw the scene in which your player character’s part was revealed.  The first KOTOR game had one of the best storylines ever to grace a video game, and it remains a game that I and many others are very fond of.

As is the way with most sequels, KOTOR 2: The Sith Lords had a rather mixed reception.  Many criticised it for not adding much new to the game, though the first game was so good that more of the same didn’t seem a bad thing to me.  The storyline clearly wasn’t as good though and the fact that LucasArts rushed it to the shelves with a disappointing ending and a whole sub-story just completely missing didn’t impress fans.  Still, in general it was still a good game and very enjoyable, whether you played the Light Side or the Dark Side.  As sequels go it wasn’t at all bad.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the ending of KOTOR 2 is that is seemed to be leading to a plot-resolving third game.  From what I’ve read of SWTOR, the time period in which the game takes place is significantly different.  So are Bioware / LucasArts holding out for a third KOTOR game?  I certainly hope so...

Following on from that brief review - while you're at it - you may like to take a closer look at David's blog.  It contains an awful lot of 'retro' gaming material - that true enthusiasts will really appreciate.

see: http://captaind-pc-gaming.blogspot.com/

nb:   If you're not interested in reliving the KOTOR experience then there's a lot of material on SWTOR below.   You're welcome to read, comment, speculate... 

And in the coming weeks we expect to 'broaden our horizons' beyond SWTOR.  It might not be everyone's idea of fun - but I'm curious about how 'The Sims 3' will turn out.

See you all around.  :-)

All the best,

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