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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sales of virtual goods boom in US (Gadget, news, report, review)


Americans look set to spend $1bn (£600m) on virtual goods in 2009, claims a report.

The cash will be spent on add-ons for online games, digital gifts and other items that exist only as data.

Total spend on such items is expected to be up by 100% over 2008 and to double again by the end of 2010, said the analysts behind the report.

In related news, Facebook is updating its gift store so it offers a wider variety of virtual presents.

Social games

Written by games analysts Justin Smith and Charles Hudson, the report says that virtual goods are proving ever more popular with gamers and users of social network sites such as Facebook.

Many players of massively multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft, spend real money on virtual currency to ensure their in-game avatars have the best gear.

Some games in Asia also use the so-called micro-payments model to fund their games in lieu of a monthly subscription fee.

Now, people playing social games such as virtual agriculture simulation Farmville on Facebook are using real cash to purchase game dollars for additions to their farm. Firms such as Zynga, Playdom and Playfish are all growing fast on the back of the rise in social gaming.

The purchase of virtual goods on smartphones, such as Apple's iPhone, are also starting to take off, said the report.

The figures in the report deal only with sales in the US. Introducing the report, the authors said: "While virtual goods have been driving revenues in Asia and Europe for years, 2009 will be remembered as the year virtual goods-based businesses began to scale in the United States."

Facebook has announced an overhaul of its virtual gift shop to expand the range of digital presents members can buy and send to friends, family and colleagues.

As well as virtual birthday cakes and pints of beer, Facebook users can now also send music tracks to each other.

The music service will initially only be available in the US. One Facebook credit (10 US cents/6p) buys one streamed song. Ten credits buys a downloadable MP3.


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Ways to Optimize your Blog or Website (Power Tools and Tips for blogger, blogging, David, Lim)

Everyone in the Internet Business devotes their money, time and effort to get more traffic to their site. There are lot of methods and ways to do it.
One of them is to Optimize your website. So that your website is found online. Optimize means you have to transform your website to a much smaller form so that it consumes less bandwidth without compromising the look and feel of the website.

Here are some of the basic tips for website Optimization.

Know your target visitors who will search for your site online
You need to do some research and figure out what search phrases the surfers use so they can find your site. Then decide on the keywords that you are going to use. Get some idea of those keyword that will be use and searched for.

Define a Particular Niche
Your keyword should be direct enough so that the web surfers will find your site right away and not get lost.

Keyword Density
Always consider your keyword density. Keyword phrase should appear at least three to five times in the article while keywords should appear 8-10 times or more.
One way is to repeat the main keyword every 200 words.

MyYahoo.com
Set up a feed on MyYahoo.com so your site gets regularly spidered by the Yahoo search engine.

Ping-0-matic
Use Ping-0-matic to ping blog directories: http://www.pingomatic.com

Title Tags
Take a look at your title tags. Title tag is used to define a particular web page. Make sure it describes the exact content of your website.
Make sure title tags contain certain strategic keywords. Title tags is very important since search engine look for title text when they index pages.

These are some of the tips to help you optimize your blog or website. By Following them you will see your sites improvement in the search engine rankings. You really don’t have to be an SEO expert or spend a lot of money to optimize. Simply follow them and you will start getting more traffic!

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ARM announces the first mobile multicore processor - Cortex-A5 (tech, news, report, latest, 2009, mobile, phone, repair)

ARM have just launched the ARM Cortex-A5 MPCore processor - their first multicore processor intended for usage in mobile devices. According to the company this is the smallest and most power-efficient multicore processor that is capable of delivering the performance needed for smartphones and the cheap manufacturing desired for low-cost devices.

The ARM Cortex-A5 gamma features a wide range of CPUs - from the power-efficient uniprocessor (that we imagine will cost pennies to produce) to up to 4-core processor (that should be used on high-end multimedia powerhouses).

The new range of processors should deliver much better performance than its ARM11 predecessors, while still fitting within the size of the ARM9 units. At the same time the multi-core ARM Cortex-A5 should be nearly twice as power efficient, which should probably have quite an effect on mobile devices battery life. ARM11 is a pretty popular hardware platform for many Symbian smartphones. Even the the first two generations of Apple iPhone used ARM11 cores.

ARM state that the new Cortex-A5 is fully application compatible with the older Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9 processors (currently used in popular devices such as the Sony Ericsson Satio, Nokia N900, Samsung Omnia HD, iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre), which means it should get along perfectly with0 all software platforms such as Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, etc. We are yet to see however if all those platforms will be able to utilize the multi-core architecture to its fullest.

The Cortex-A5 processor is now available for general licensing, and shipments will start in Q4 of 2009. That means that we might be seeing the first prototypes utilizing it at the next GSM Congress in February.

Trees and Houses, Mt Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand, Winter 2009, David Lim



(Winter 2009). These are untouched pictures of trees and houses in Mt Roskill area, Auckland, New Zealand. Note the azure blue sky of New Zealand.

LG GD510 Pop: Mobile pop culture (Vodafone, Mobile, Phone, Repair, Unlock)






Introduction

It looks like LG have been playing their own version of will it blend. There's no need to tell you they're not playing for fun - they're rather trying to squeeze some more cash off a couple of hot-selling handsets. So, here's the deal. Get your blender, throw in an LG Arena and a Cookie and set the speed to "budget". And there you have it - an LG GD510 Pop - ready to be served to the happy masses. The "pop" LG are going for is definitely "popular", as opposed to the "popstar stuff" some of you may have hoped for.

You can go ahead and call it the new Cookie, or the low-cost Arena, but the LG Pop is quite obviously keen to have its own purpose and personality. The optional battery cover fitting a solar panel and the all-round eco-friendliness are one way for it to stand on its own two feet as a phone.

Apart from that, the Pop is just another midrange touchscreen. And this is by no means a guilty verdict. The LG Cookie used to be just another touchscreen too. Certainly not now - over 5 million units sold later. The Pop is perhaps setting its hopes high as well. Let's see if the classic unisex design, the feature mix and the affordable price tag can do it for it too.

Key features:
3.0" 256K-color TFT LCD touchscreen display (240x400 pixels)
3.15 megapixel fixed focus camera, QVGA video @ 15fps
Quad-band GSM support
Bluetooth with A2DP and microUSB v2.0
microSD card memory expansion
Standard microUSB port
FM radio with RDS
Widget interface and LiveSquare homescreen
Accelerometer sensor for automatic screen rotation and turn-to-mute
Landscape on-screen QWERTY keyboard
Office document viewer
Smart dialing
Nice battery life
Optional solar panel battery cover
Allegedly affordable price
Main disadvantages:
No 3G support, no Wi-Fi
Display has poor sunlight legibility
No DivX/XviD video support
Camera lacks autofocus and flash
Video recording maxes out at QVGA@15fps
No standard 3.5mm audio jack
There's something about the styling of the Pop that might misguide users to expect Arena-like functionality. In fact, the only Arena stuff inside is the S-Class-styled main menu - the rest of the interface is like on the LG Cookie. The important features for the mass user are there but the expected price bracket doesn't really imply high-end specs.

Many people might miss the camera autofocus and 3G support. And yes, some would have been delighted to get Wi-Fi support on the spec sheet. To us, the most important omission - given the potential target audience - is DivX/XviD support. Anyway, the reason for all that is more than clear: specs are sticking to the basics to keep the price tag comfortably low.

We guess, there's no reason to construe the GD510 Pop as an upgrade to the LG KP500 Cookie. The Pop is simply the next LG handset to try and tap on the demand for basic affordable touchscreens. An inevitable response to what Samsung are doing with the Star, the Preston and the Corby. To set it apart from the Cookie, the Pop was given some of the LG Arena styling, an optional solar panel and has taken an altogether greener stance.

We praised the Cookie for its handling and style, and the Pop has quite a lot to live up to. The first impression is promising enough though. The Arena-like looks and absolutely minimalist exterior may receive a warm enough reception.

More on the LG GD510 Pop coming up after the jump. We can safely say the LG Pop looks above its class but let's see how it handles.


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Skippy Lim, Summer 2008, Auckland, New Zealand (My pet dog, a Jack Russell Cross Fox Terrier)



Our beautiful and gorgeos friend, Skippy Lim. Very hard to get a steady shot of a ever moving Jack Rusell (crossed with 1/8 Fox Terrier). Summer, Auckland, New Zealand.

New Lynn, AUckland, New Zealand, December 2008, David Lim


A sunny day at New Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand.