Friday, February 29, 2008

Google Analytics Reporting Suite

For web site owners, measuring traffic and visitor stats are crucial tasks to managing the site and improving performance. With the Google Analytics AIR application, those who use Google's free analytics software can now view those stats without needing to log in using a web browser. This robust application allows for multiple profiles from different Analytics accounts. Within the app, all the visitors, traffic, and content reports are available, just as they are online. A tabbed interface allows you to easily switch between the various reports. Within each area, you can drilldown into the data to view things like goal values and data segmentation. The app provides animated, interactive graphs, making viewing the data just as useful, if not more so, than when you view it online. You can also quickly swich between the interactive reports to viewing them in a PDF format instead. These reports can then be saved or printed, just like any online PDF. Alternately, reports can be exported to PDF, Excel, or XML formats. Download it here.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Twhirl - A Twitter Client

Twhirl is a desktop client for the Twitter microblogging service. Most of the features available on the Twitter website are accessible through twhirl, too. Plus, a lot of usability enhancements have been added.
It goes without saying that one of the most popular AIR applications is the Twitter client, Twhirl. Although it never got a write-up by any top blogs, it seems that everyone discovered this app on their own anyway. One of the best things about Twhirl is that it can be used to connect to multiple Twitter accounts. This is very useful for those that keep a Twitter account for personal use and a separate one for a business or service that they run. The Twhirl app demonstrates how AIR apps bring the web to the desktop, as it can dock in the system tray, just like a real desktop application does. You can search Twitter users, view their timelines, and choose to follow or unfollow them as you like. You can also search the public timeline in a feature that is powered by another web service, terraminds. Twhirl automatically fetches your friends' status updates, direct messages, and replies, while color-coding different types of messages. You'll receive both visual and audible notifications of tweets, with new messages displaying in a preview pop-up. Within Twhirl, you can easily post links via the URL-shortening feature provided by The app is skinnable and comes with multiple color schemes built-in that you can choose from. Overall, Twhirl is one of the best Twitter clients, and one of the best AIR apps, too. Download it here.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

RichFLV - Apollo FLV Editing Tool

RichFLV is an AIR app that lets you edit Flash Video (FLV) files. The app reads FLV metadata - while importing the video, the app outputs the number and types of tags found for video, sound, keyframe (Keyframe Tags), and data (DataTags). With RichFLV, you can read, edit, modify, or delete cuepoints and cut FLV files. You can also use the app as a conversion tool, and convert the FLV files to SWF (Shockwave Flash) format. The sound in the FLV can be converted to an MP3, as well. Although serving a niche audience, this popular app has already been downloaded 654 times from the AIR Marketplace. Download it here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Google to Sell Display Ads in Web Videos

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Web search leader Google Inc. plans to start selling ads to appear in Web videos after it agreed a partnership with YuMe, an online video advertising network.

YuMe, a Redwood City, Calif.-based start-up, said on Thursday, it will serve InVideo overlay adverts as part of Google's AdSense for video beta advertising program.
Google has traditionally used AdSense for text-only advertising but said the video program extends its offer to targeted, contextually relevant video graphical ads and text overlays.

Google has been working on ways of developing advertising revenue for online video since it bought YouTube, the video-sharing site, in November 2006.

As Internet access speeds become faster around the world more television and Hollywood-produced video content is moving to the Web on sites like, owned by News Corp and NBC Universal, and, owned by Comcast Corp.

YuMe said Google is one of the third-party feeds accepted by YuMe's Adaptive Campaign Engine, which helps Web publishers in its network match each video ad impression with the best money-making ad placement in realtime.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Watch DVD in your ipod or iphone

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 converter, availabel for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

So you just bought an iPod touch or iPhone and want to stock it with movies from your DVD library. There are countless commercial utilities that promise to rip DVDs, but I recommend trying HandBrake. This open-source (read: free) utility for Windows (download), Mac (download), and Linux converts your DVDs for viewing on iPods, iPhones, Sony PSPs, and other portable media players. It's by no means new, but I just had to share my newfound appreciation for it.

Note that because most commercial DVDs are copy-protected, HandBrake can't work its magic without a decryption utility running in the background. Rumor has it that DVD43, also free (but Windows-only), works really, really well.

Your Personal Internet Assistant - PageOnce

PageOnce takes the information appropriate to each account and displays it in a Netvibes/PageFlakes-like layout. Use it to view how many cell minutes you have left, the balance of your credit card/bank account (use with caution..), updates to your social network, and much more. Link to try out the closed beta is in the story.

Despite the fact that PageOnce needs to build relationships with many of the account providers in order to retrieve information from them (not everyone has an API like Facebook after all), the company has done a good job digesting information for at-a-glance presentations from a fairly wide range of providers. The “fetch once” technology behind the site, however, only pulls information from elsewhere; it doesn’t push information back, so you can’t actually make changes to your bank account while on PageOnce; you’ll need to follow links to the bank’s website itself.
Test out by yourself..

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Making it picture perfect

The photo book industry is still pretty new in the Malaysian market, and my research only turned up three companies which offer the service – Photobook (, Pixart ( and Ecaztudios (
These companies offer varying levels of service and size of books so you should take a look at our guide and decide which one is right for you.
Once you've decided on the one you want, you need to go to the company's website and download their free proprietary software to help you create the book.
The one exception is Ecazstudios, which does not have any software for you to download – instead the site requires that you use a program like iPhoto (if you're using a Mac) or Adobe InDesign to do the layout.
Once the layout is done, you just send in the file (either online or via snail mail) and make a payment for the book, and voila about a week later you get your book!
However, which photo book company is best? Well, it all depends on what you want.
Here's a quick look at the three companies we looked at.
As far as variety goes, has the most choices when it comes to book sizes – the company offers the small 5R (20 x 15cm) size, a 21 x 21cm book, A4 landscape, A4 portrait, 30 x 30cm large photo book and the impressive A3 (40 x 30cm) book for serious photo enthusiasts.
The company's Templatexpert Photostudio software is also the most advanced of the pre-packaged proprietary applications we've tried, allowing you to move pictures around, resize them and even spread a single picture out across two pages (if the resolution is high enough).
There are also a number of pre-made and downloadable templates to choose from and the software even allows you to add different types of borders to your photos.
he only hiccup we found was that by default, your images will be cropped to fit into the frames in the template.
However, this is easily remedied by going into the Options then the Settings screen and unchecking the "Cut pictures to size of image box automatic."
Once the layout is done, you can then click on the "Order" button to pay for the book and upload it to the manufacturer. has the distinction of being one of the first companies (if not the first) to offer photo books in Malaysia at pretty reasonable prices too.
Pixart offers only two sizes of photo books – either a Pocket Photo Book (6 x 8in) or an A4-size Coffee Table Photo Book.
The one advantage of the larger Coffee Table Photo Book is that it has a little cut-out on the front which shows the photo you have on your first page.
The books come in 10 or 12 sheets, which work out to 20 or 24 pages when printed on both sides.
Pixart offers two types of prints – either the more regular offset printing similar to magazine-type printing, or the slightly more expensive "photo imaging" prints which are supposed to be the same print quality as photos produced from photo labs.
You've probably seen examples of photo books from at some Apple stores in the Klang Valley and with good reason – this photo book company is probably the most hands-off when it comes to making your photo book.
For one thing, Ecazstudios requires you to be familiar with applications like Apple's iPhoto application or Adobe's InDesign.
Furthermore, the company currently does not accept uploading of your photo book, and you will instead have to rely on plain old snail mail.
Ecazstudios also offers two sizes of photo books – 6 x 8in version as well as the A4-size but the company is more flexible when it comes to creating your photo book you can opt to create a more unique photo book in whatever size and options that you want.

Monday, February 18, 2008

RSS Micro - The most comprehensive RSS feed search on the web

In May 2006, RSSMicro (Irvine, California) launched its beta search engine, an experimental search tool designed to reach and explore new frontiers in search. It instantly became the buzz on many search engine blogs and discussion forums. Since then, RSSMicro has received hundreds of reviews and comments. Many of these ideas were successfully implemented to form a new and highly competitive search service which has never been offered by rival search engines. RSSMicro search engine is a project from AlisoTech.

RSSMicro expects a significant growth potential for RSS feeds, a new data syndication format currently used for blogs and news. RSS feeds' rapid growth technology is being widely adopted by small to enterprise level companies. RSS feed and its subsequent technologies have the potential to change the way we search the web.
Along RSS feeds, RSSMicro is committed to evaluating, exploring and implementing new technologies such as AJAX, multi-core development, innovative database and system design in order to improve search performance, and create more interactive search applications. Similarily, it has created innovative ranking system (PDF - 16 pages) to provide best search results possible and avoiding web spam and blog spam in the search results

Key Features
Indexing more news than Google
As of Dec 2007 more than 9,200 news sources are being indexed and fully searchable. Refreshing the entire news index every few hours
A true hybrid search engine
For the first time offers innovative hybrid search, the ability to search for RSS feeds and search in RSS feeds
Diversified RSS feed index
1.3 million RSS feeds in tier one and more than 15 million feeds in tier 2 fully searchable
RSSMicro offers an extensive RSS feed directory based on DMOZ open directory project
Search in news, blogs, press releases, forums, discussion boards, articles, and potentially anything that can be published in RSS/Atom format
More than 65 million blog posts, news articles have been indexed and fully searchable
RSSMicro adds and indexes tens of thousands of new items every hour
Best Ranking System
RSSMicro makes it possible to search articles within various time frames, builds an efficient method in which it balances the rank and freshness of the search results
As of Dec 2007, RSSMicro has finished crawling more than 124 million high rank pages in order to find and index quality RSS feeds
Deep Search
RSSMicro suggests millions of relevant search keywords, using a technique known as clustering

Friday, February 15, 2008

eToro - Foreign Exchange Trading

eToro - Foreign Exchange Trading
eToro is an innovative and creative approach to online foreign exchange trading. With eToro’s winning combination of financial know how and user friendly interface you can monitor, share, and discuss your trading activity while enjoying the latest financial updates. This easy to use platform allows you to use real or virtual money to execute real-time trades with a click of a button, making the complex world of international finance simple and interactive.

Watch your trades go: Trades are visually displayed, enabling you to literally watch your trades as they make their way in the international markets.

Practice: Sharpen your trading abilities by trading virtual money with real market rates.

Get the competitive edge: Compete with other traders in free-to-enter championships for valuable prizes and the chance to impress.

Chat: Discuss your progress with fellow traders in private or public chats.

Trade: Carry out real money trades instantly, all in real-time.

These and more innovative features make eToro the perfect solution to experience the exciting world of foreign exchange trading, enabling you to take part in the world’s largest financial market.

Download Link :

Socializing Your Blog - WordPress Plugin: Socialize Me!

Making the most of Social Media & Social Networking is the goal of just about every ‘blogger. Imagine if you could reach out to all those visitors from StumbleUpon, Digg, Delicious et cetera, right from your articles…

Converting the traffic to your blog is only part of the challenge. Other than your blog feed, how else do you connect with those visitors?

Simply hoping that they’ll click on one or maybe two of your social profiles is more haphazard than hopeful.

Imagine one of your articles has been submitted to StumbleUpon. You’re getting a steady stream of visitors to your blog. You could really connect with some of these guys — if you knew who they were.

Well here’s the thing, with Socialize Me! those visitors to your ‘blog will see a simple message when they arrive: “Hi, thanks for the visit! Wayne's on StumbleUpon, too!” with a link to your profile.

With the Socialize Me! Plugin for WordPress you can connect with people on services like: StumbleUpon, Facebook, Digg, Delicious, Pownce, Twitter, Bebo, MySpace and many, many more.

All you do is add in your profiles and usernames and let my Socialize Me! Plugin do the rest. It’s that simple.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Live Global Clouds for Google Earth

Global Cloud Layer add-on for Google Earth.

Live Global Clouds for Google Earth shows you the current global cloud layer, which is updated every 3 hours. The cloud images are based on maps from GMS, METEOSAT and GOES.

The add-on also includes the option to view clouds at several altitudes with an realistic shadow effect in Google Earth.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

One of the fastest notebooks on the planet

The new MacBook Pro features Intel’s latest mobile processor — the Intel Core 2 Duo running at speeds up to 2.6GHz with a 4MB L2 cache — making the MacBook Pro one of the fastest notebooks on the planet.

Strong at the core.

Combined with 4MB L2 cache and a myriad of other engineering leaps, the Intel Core 2 Duo boosts performance up to 73% over the original Core Duo-based MacBook Pro. With this awesome power, it’s a breeze to render complex 3D models, enjoy smooth playback of 1080p HD video, or host a four-way video conference.

The Intel Core 2 Duo’s 128-bit SSE3 vector engine handles 128-bit computations in a single clock cycle, accelerating data manipulation by simultaneously applying a single instruction to multiple data. That means you can get more done in less time. So the next time you use iMovie or Final Cut Pro to render effects, you can thank the SSE3 vector engine for the brisk performance.

Latest in Intel mobile architecture.

Supporting the fast Intel Core 2 Duo processor is an advanced system architecture that includes up to 4GB of 667MHz DDR2 memory (the fastest portable computer memory on the market), an 800MHz frontside bus, 16-lane PCI Express graphics, and a Serial ATA hard drive.

More power, using less power.

The Intel Core 2 Duo uses Intel’s groundbreaking 65-nanometer process — resulting in transistors so small, you could fit a hundred inside a single human cell. With smaller distances for electrons to travel, and two execution cores designed to share resources and conserve power, the Intel Core 2 Duo achieves higher levels of performance as it uses fewer watts. Which is what makes it possible to design a super-powerful MacBook Pro that’s only one inch thin.

Software just works.

In the world of MacBook Pro, nothing is complicated. So when it comes to running software on your Intel-based MacBook Pro, prepare for the expected: it just works. Applications with the Universal symbol run on either PowerPC- or Intel-based Mac computers. Most existing applications will run on your Intel-based MacBook Pro, too. Simply launch them as always. Thanks to the Rosetta technology in Mac OS X, they look and feel just like they did before.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Still the one of the best - coreldraw x4

Wolfgang Gruener: Corel is about to release a new version of its Å“Draw graphics suite, which is one of the very few remaining complete graphics suites on the market. Now in its 14th generation, it hasnt lost its original look and feel and remains the most convincing PC graphics product for ambitious consumers and graphic artists.

Sometimes at the beginning of this decade, just when Corel went through a tough time, the companys core product somehow lost its appeal. It was Draw that had made Corel famous in the early 90s and it was pretty much Draw that carried the Ottawa-based firm through that decade. But, beginning with version 6, Draw became visibly bloated and Corel looked like it had lost its focus.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Tech in Next 25 Years

"PCs may disappear from your desk by 2033. But with digital technology showing up everywhere else--including inside your body--computing will only get more personal.Part 1 of a special five-part series" - By Dan Tynan

The future ain't what it used to be. In the pre-PC era, futurists predicted huge changes in transportation. By 2008 we would be flitting about in personal jetpacks and taking vacations on the moon. But the communications revolution spurred by personal computers and the Internet wasn't on anyone's radar.

Now the technology landscape is on the verge of changes that will transport us to places few people have imagined. We know that computers will be vastly more powerful, mobile, and connected. The question for the next 25 years is whether we'll be able to tell where technology ends and the rest of our life begins.

Technology will become firmly embedded in advanced devices that deliver information and entertainment to our homes and our hip pockets, in sensors that monitor our environment from within the walls and floors of our homes, and in chips that deliver medicine and augment reality inside our bodies.

This shiny happy future world will come at a cost, though: Think security and privacy concerns. So let's hope that our jetpacks come with seat belts, because it's going to be a wild ride.