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  • Stephen Logan
    Can Internet Users Trust Review Sites?

    TripadvisorWith the news that the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has politely requested that TripAdvisor cease any claims suggesting it is a trusted site, where does this leave customer review sites?

    Independent reviews are an important tool for any business seeking to build trust with searchers and search engines alike. A five star rating on TripAdvisor can see hotels and B&B’s overburdened with bookings, whilst a sea of negative comments may make some think again. But with the site effectively being discredited as a trustworthy source by the ASA, how much value can we give these reviews?

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  • Tom Howlett
    Review of Leading Search Engines in 2012

    Review of the different search enginesFor most people nowadays, their search engine of choice is likely to be Google with an estimated market share of 66%. Like most others, I have been using Google for many years now, it is the first thing I see when I load up my browser and when I want to search for something, I generally load Google straight up.

    Recently however, I was curious about the other search engines out there, old and new, that I have never really dedicated any time to. I couldn’t honestly say that I have enough experience of any other search engines to fully justify being dedicated to Google. So it was high time I checked them all out, and this post outlines my findings.

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  • Lucy Griffiths
    Where do the Bing Photographs come from?

    Since launching the new search engine Bing has certainly made an impact and provided searchers with more choice when it comes to searching online. There are a number of factors which makes Bing individual and unique but one of the most notable differences are the amazing images which are shown on the search engines’ Home page everyday. Read more

  • Laura Phillips
    What Is Google Now And Why Should I Use It?

    Google NowEver at the forefront of innovative technology, it originally seemed that Google had decided to take on Apple’s Siri with Google Now, thought briefly to be their own mobile voice assistant. However the plot thickens, and it seems there is much more to Google Now than that as we’ll investigate today.

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  • Andy Williams
    .XXX Domains - Do You Need To Register One?

    Domain NamesSurrounded by hype and publicity I am sure you are all now more than aware that .XXX domains are available for registration.

    As of early December 2011 .XXX domains have been on “general sale” and with this release many businesses have been left pondering whether or not they should be buying this version of their domain.

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  • Stephen Logan
    Super Savvy Me: When is Online Advertising Not Advertising?

    Theoretically, Super Savvy Me is a fantastic site for consumers to rate a wide range of products and enjoy decent discounts. However, you don’t need to scratch too far beneath the surface to expose the potentially misleading nature of the site.

    I have to admit, I had never heard of it before a recent national radio advertising campaign. There again, I’m not exactly in their target market. Super Savvy Me is predominantly aimed at female Internet users. Offering, in their own (Meta) words, ‘Ideas, inspiration & wisdom to help you make the most out of life.’
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  • Dean Marsden
    Online TV Catch Up Service SeeSaw.com to close after 16 months

    SeeSaw TV LogoI remember being drawn into the buzz SeeSaw generated before its launch in February 2010. It had a long planning stage and was incredibly well deployed, so where has it gone wrong and how does the competition fair?

    SeeSaw.com promised to bring together TV shows from a variety of producers. That’s great! Who doesn’t like the simplicity having everything in one place? A great idea on paper and focus groups loved it. It started out with just a selection of BBC, Channel 4 and Five shows with a plan to include selection of high profile US dramas in future following additional funding.

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  • Stephen Logan
    More Consumers 'Going Online to Research Products'

    Paying OnlineA larger percentage of consumers are going on the internet to research a product before committing to a purchase.

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  • Ali Moghadam
    Visions of Google's Future - Google Glass, AI and Next Gen Search Engines

    HANNOVER, GERMANY - MARCH 10: stand of Google+ on March 10, 2012 at CEBIT computer expo, Hannover, Germany. CeBIT is the world's largest computer expo.Google’s I/O conference gets technology and SEO folks all worked up. It might be for developers, but we’ve all got a stake in Googley goings on. Reading up about it over the weekend, it seems that Google has teased us all with visions of the future – well, the Google-centric version of the future. In Harry’s latest post (Seeing Double – How to Win the Second Screen Revolution), he talks about a future laden with self-driving hover cars and multi-function gesture controlled windows. Sounds cool huh?

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  • James Perrin
    Does Twitter have Security Issues? Recent Hacks Raise Concerns

    TwitterThis morning hackers accessed Fox News’ Twitter Account and announced to the world that the U.S. President, Barack Obama, had been shot dead. Worryingly, this came from a verified account. It’s another example in a long list of high profile hacks on Twitter.

    Last week, British actor Simon Pegg admitted that his Twitter account had also been hacked. A link was posted to download a screensaver from his recent movie, ‘Paul’, which was actually in fact a login-stealing malware virus. So, two hacks in two weeks, is this the start of something major?

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