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How do you write effective web site copy that engages the reader and also helps your search engine rankings? We’ll walk you through best practices for writing for your customers (conversions) and for search engines (traffic). [Read]
I’ll be doing something rather different tomorrow as there are just too many topics on effective web copy on the web. This is the web copywriting on drugs.
It’s official. The Palm Centro will be retailing for $99.00. Couple this with the ASUS eee ultra mobile PC for a rumored price of $250.00 and you have yourself a fine pair of gadgets to last you a while.
I wrote about the Palm Centro earlier as a in your face approach of Palm to show Apple’s iPhone that affordability is still tantamount in consumers minds. The Centro is targeted towards fresh grads entering their first jobs. The ASUS eee is a “one laptop per child” competitor device that boasts a more impressive line of technical specs. It isn’t meant to be a full laptop but with specs such as WiFi and a webcam, it allows you to be comfortably mobile and still get the job done!
UPDATE: The ASUS eee has been launched!
Take a look at these detailed specs of both devices:
The Nintendo Wii revolutionizes console gaming (hence the original name “Nintendo Revolution”) by opening up value added options. Here is a short guide to maximizing the Wii gaming experience. The stuff that follows is really public knowledge but with the stigma that Nintendo was not the popular console of choice in the Philippines for the past 10 years, I felt that it may be necessary to talk more about it. There is no official office for Nintendo in the Philippines so the stuff we have here is sourced by a whole plethora of distributors.
The Wii provides value to any household by introducing gaming to a wider demographic. Which is why the Wii is a good choice for house parties. There are two types of games to enjoy on this console and I shall divide them into two such categories:
This is the beginning of mainstream mobile high definition. Imagine your point and shoot digital camera being able to display images in high definition. It’s here:
Kodak today announced three new EASYSHARE digital cameras along with an HDTV-capable EASYSHARE Dock. The V1253 and V1233 share 12 megapixel sensors and 3x SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH lenses with the V1253 getting a larger 3.1″ screen versus the V1233′s 2.5″. Both shoot 720p video and 16:9 stills and feature face-detection and digital image-stabilization. The Z812 IS meanwhile has optical image-stabilization to go with its 8 megapixels and 12x zoom range. Kodaks new HDTV Dock explains itself really. The cameras will be available from September 2007 with the dock following a month later in October.[Press Release]
UPDATED: I have one for evaluation purposes. Proceed here for a first look at the V1253 HD camera.
After careful consultation with fellow Macheads, I decided to forego my purchase of the iPod touch in favor of the 3rd generation 8GB iPod nano. The reason for the change of heart was mainly because first generation Apple products have let people down. Even if the iPod touch is a remarkable device, you still can’t beat the fact that the new nano is already in its third iteration. I honestly think that the iPod touch and the iPhone are proof of concept experiments that will lead to the resurrection of the Newton II. Hence, these two products have not yet reached maturity.
True Faith belting it out. A glimpse of what’s in store on October 20
Some bloggers are giving away tickets for the Toblerone Thank You Day concert at the Mall of Asia. I recently wrote about how October 20 has been declared National Thank You Day, with Manila being the Thank You capital in the Philippines.
I have 300 tickets to the concert this coming October 20 at the Mall of Asia. Bands include (but are not limited to) Cynthia Alexander, Reggae Mistress, Stone Free, Salindiwa, Mozzie and The Dawn!
To claim your free ticket, all you need to do is leave a comment expressing your desire to come. As an added bonus, Toblerone will be giving a special prize to the commenter who posts the most creative way of saying THANK YOU
After you have left a comment, you will be contacted by Alma. If you wish to reach her to claim your tickets ahead of time, you may do so by texting her at 09175344624 or emailing thankyoudayphilippines at gmail dot com. See you there!
Rumor has it that Apple will be unveiling the new line of MacBooks this coming 4Q complete with biometric scanner built into the trackpad. But its not really the thumb signature that intrigues me, but the fine print of the “unusual features” that the new trackpad will contain. Here are some of my guesses:
- pinching of the trackpad to zoom in and out of the cursor area (the old default command was to scroll with two fingers while holding CTRL)
- iPod-like circle scrolling for certain applications
- Flicking the trackpad to scroll quickly through lists
- reconfiguration of the tapping motion on the track pad to do other things (like zoom a photo to fit to browser)
The new track pad should, by induction, sport some of the innovations of the Apple iPhone touch screen.
Met up with a few of the SEMCON speakers last week for a brief photo session. It was there that I got to see Andrian Lee (he’s going to talk about the Ultimate Checkout Solution on Oct 10) and his uncanny gear protection solution.
Just in time for the launch of the new Leopard OS this October, Apple is rumored to also be launching the new generation of MacBook and MacBook Pro portables. Perhaps one of the biggest leaps in MacBook design is the decision to forego the “Apple white” design in favor of black and aluminum. According to The AfterMac, the following changes are rumored to be implemented:
* Black & Silver aluminum
* Slimmer and lighter than current model
* Keyboard that resembles Apple’s new desktop keyboards
* New, larger trackpad with “unusual” features
* Prices will be reduced to compete with the PC laptop market
* Biometric fingerprint reader (May be part of the “unusual trackpad” or will be concealed in the aluminum chassis)
* New design, Black & Silver aluminum
* Lighter than current model
* New style backlit Apple keyboard
* Larger trackpad with “unusual” features
* Improved battery life
* Biometric fingerprint reader (May be part of the “unusual trackpad” or will be concealed in speakers)
* LED in 17 inch screens
* Core 2 Extreme Mobile (X7900) model with 2.8GHz
* NVIDIA GeForce 8600m GT (256mb on lower model 512mb option on higher)
* SuperDrive & Option for Blu-ray (Single layer)
I’m not too sure what Apple meant by the new keyboard design resembling the new Apple keyboard. Looking closer, it looks more like the new wafer thing keyboards took after the design of the portables. One thing’s for sure though – make your Mac buying decisions after the Leopard launch.
As a general rule, buy a bag that’s 10% the cost of what’s inside
Have you ever wondered how much a bag should cost? Well, take the total cost of the gear you plan to put inside and get 10% of that. The formula works for most (read: not all!) cases: my Crumpler Whickey and Cox costs close to P10,000.00 and holds about P100,000 worth of gadgets including my MacBook and camera. A hefty bag price should only mean that your gear fits comfortably inside, likewise both your hands are still free.
In the case of laptop sleeves, a good sleeve should not cost you more than P2,000.00 or $40.00. In fact, one of the best laptop sleeves ever invented retails for only P1,500.00: this is the Zero Shock Laptop Sleeve. You can literally drop a bowling ball on top of the memory foam and your notebook will still function afterwards. *
Miss Jane introduced me to wanting to do yoga. So one day I decided to become one with the cosmos. Yoga every Wednesday. Leave a comment if you’re interested and we can do the Sun Salutation together.