Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Apple iPad 2: Rumors Don't Involve Much in the Way of Facts

Newsflash! It's pretty easy to predict when new Apple products, like the next iPad (codename: iPad 2) will be announced and available for sale. A quick perusal of the Sci/Tech page of Google News shows that stories based on rumors surrounding the next iPad are amongst the most popular current stories.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Out of control city tow truck destroys parked SUV on Brooklyn street

A dramatic YouTube video showing a city tow truck crunching a parked SUV in snowbound Brooklyn Heights went viral Tuesday with more than 200,000 people watching the clip in a few hours.

The caught-on-tape slam-a-thon shows a stuck front-end loader bashing into the parked vehicle as a tow truck tries to yank the loader out of a snowy parking spot.

The yellow snow-mover careens into the city-owned Ford Expedition, then strikes it several more times as it lurches out of the spot.

On the way out, the plow crashes into the window of the SUV, and also sideswipes another parked car.

Monday, December 27, 2010

3 Cell Phone Accessories That Will Make You Uncool

With virtually everybody on the face of the planet now owning a cell phone, its no surprise that there are so many accessories on the market. While some of them do have a function and a use, most of them are just plain rubbish and being caught with most of them will just leave you looking like a dork.

If you are a guy between the ages of 18 and 35 and you own any of these cellular phone accessories, then I would recommend you get rid of it immediately. It will immediately get you categorized into the dork category.

1. Cell Phone Pouch
How ridiculous. We’ve all seen the SOB’s who walk around with a cell phone pouch that clips unto their belts and that’s dangling around their waist like some novel device from the early 1980’s. What makes this even wore is if you have a pouch for your Zippo lighter on the other side and if your pouch is made of leather with your name engraved on it – say no more.

2. Solar Cell Phone Charger
This thing screams “geek” and only those who have it can appreciate it. In my opinion its even too geek for normal geeks. this clever little device allows you to use sun power to charge your cell phone. It comes with a clever fan like solar panel that you can deploy almost anywhere to make sure your phone is always charged.

3. Perspex Phone Cover
This applies specifically to iPhone users. You’ve probably seen these phone covers around. Its a casing for your phone that is designed to keep your shiny new iPhone from getting scratched. It adds about 2 inches to the dimensions of the phone and is so ugly I doubt that even the ugliest Nokia phones can compete with it. Don’t be afraid. Its okay if your iPhone gets a scratch. After all, the reason why we use the iPhone is because its so sexy. Why hide it inside some plastic case?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Bud Light Clothing Drive

So imagine this: your company is organizing a clothing drive and you get a free Bud Light for every article of clothing you donate. Would you strip naked and get all the beer you can? Or would you be embarrassed to be in the same room with people who did just that? See what happens in one of Bud Lights commercials.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Nexus One - Google's first take on the iPhone

The Nexus One (HTC Passion) was Google's first flagship smartphone manufactured by Taiwan's HTC Corporation. It became available on January 5, 2010 and uses the Android open source mobile operating system. Features of the phone include the ability to transcribe voice to text, noise canceling dual microphones, and voice guided turn-by-turn navigation to drivers. Unfortunately it did not become very popular amongst smartphone users.

The device is sold unlocked (not restricted to use on a single network provider). Google offered T-Mobile and AT&T versions of the phone online in the United States before closing the online store in July 2010.

T-Mobile G1: The Phone That Started It All

The HTC Dream was released in the US on 22 October 2008; in the UK on 30 October 2008; and became available in other European countries including Austria, Netherlands, and the Czech Republic in early 2009. It was released in Germany in February 2009 with a QWERTZ keyboard and in France in March 2009 with an AZERTY keyboard. On 10 March 2009, it became available in Poland as Era G1 under a local mobile brand affiliated with T-Mobile.

Initially when in launched it didn't create too much of a competition to Apple's iPhone, but it showed them that Google is serious is about mobile.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Nexus S hidden videos (behind the scenes)

Google recently revealed a new Google phone, Nexus S. It will replace the current model, Nexus One which did not sell well. Apparently the new phone will perform better, even though there are many other Android phones that are better, for example T-Mobile G2: 4G speeds and a slot for internal memory card. The only 'new' thing that the Nexus S has is Near Field Communication (NFC) which I'm sure will attract many companies to do business with Google.

Google has released a promotional video for the new phone. But unknown to many people, Google hid some more promotional videos (behind the scenes of the actual promo) using YouTube's invisible annotations and unlisted videos option. So Google stays on top afterall, right? All the links are below.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Browsing internet in a BlackBerry browser

Malformed 'share buttons'
I have BlackBerry Curve 8320 from T-Mobile which I'm using for work as well as for personal stuff. I can say that I use my BlackBerry's features to their full extent. Its weakest point however, is the browser. The fact that the pages are malformed, do not have all the widgets, and AdSense ads don't show up does not bother me - I don't care that much. But I can't stand that when I'm browsing a Blogger blog, these little scredrivers show up, supposedly letting me edit the content on the blog that I'm viewing but I'm not author of.

Why can't Google fix it and make our viewing experience better? I don't know. Maybe it's some kind of magic trick that can really let you edit someone else's blog and put our content in it? Nah, I've tried it and it did not work. Or maybe it's BlackBerry's browser that makes the mistake? Maybe. I had Opera Mini before but I did not even think of checking it.

If you have experienced it yourself, please tell us about it in comments.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Make internet browsing on your BlackBerry faster and smoother

Sometimes browsing internet on your BlackBerry (especially if it's an older model like mine) can be a huge pain in the a**. But having experienced it myself, I've decided to write about it and let you guys know what to do to make your browser faster. It only applies to the stock browser, the one that comes with your device.

First of all, disable all of the extras that don't make any difference. For example having Java turned on only slows down your device. It does almost nothing for mobile browsing. Of course some websites require it to work, but most don't so don't worry about it. Also disable all the other extras like embedded media, and HTML tables.

The other thing that you can do is to clean your browser's memory regularly: Content Cache, Pushed Content and Cookie Cache along with browsing history. While keeping it will speed up download time and save some precious megabytes of data if you're not on unlimited data plan, it will slow down your browser much more than it speeds up download time.

Have any other ideas on making your BlackBerry browser faster or feedback on this article? Make sure you post it in the comments.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Popular freebie blog believed to be sexist is a popular freebie blog that offers its readers free samples from major grocery manufacturers, free stuff products that are sent out to promote new brands, and coupons to save money on everyday shopping.

See the proof above
Recently, when I was browsing through some of their older offers, I've noticed something strange: while most of the posts are labeled as "for men" (in case of shaving cream samples for men) and "for women" (free tampons and pads), one post struck my eyes (view it here). They were offering a free tote bag if you solved a "kitchen quiz" (involving questions about pots, bowls, etc.) and it was labeled as "for women". I know what you're asking yourself - "does the staff behind this blog thinks that only women know anything about kithcen and cooking, and that they should spend their lives in there?" I think so. They are sexists, who discriminate women while taking advantage of them. I thought that this kind of problem doesn't exist anymore.

One thing is sure - this is one of the few freebie sites out there run by men as most of them are run by moms for moms. But don't these men have at least a little respect for women? I mean, they have a freebie site which is mostly targeted at a female audience.

I've asked the blog administrator to comment on this issue but the only action they've taken is they removed labels from their blog. I'm eagerly waiting to see what they have to say about it.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Chitika for Publishers

Earn Revenue from your Website Traffic. Chitika is a free service which displays revenue-earning ads to your website visitors featuring different types of ads for different types of traffic.

  • How is Chitika different? Chitika is the only ad-network which knows when NOT to show an ad, helping to preserve your user experience. 
  • Can I use Chitika Ads with Google AdSense? Yes. You can use Chitika Ads with AdSense because Chitika Ads are non-contextual and do not look like AdSense units.
  • How do I get paid? Chitika charges advertisers to be featured alongside your site's content. At the end of every month you are paid based on the previous month's earnings (Net 30). Payments are sent after your account earns at least $10.00 (USD) for PayPal payouts or $50.00 (USD) for checks.

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Sunday, October 31, 2010 overview

At, you get paid to view YouTube Videos. The process is easy. You simply click a video and view to earn money. You can earn even more by referring others to the network. You'll get paid $0.005 for each video you personally view, $0.10 for each comment you leave, and $0.15 for each subscription you make. You'll also get paid $0.001 for each video your referrals view, $0.01 for each comment your referrals leave, and $0.05 for each subscription your referrals make.

Paid2YouTube pays you via PayPal, once you accumulate $10.00 in your account. It takes up to 7 days for the team to review all of your account. When the Paid2YouTube team reviews your information, they are only making sure that you did not cheat the system. If you are in the clear, you get paid.

This system will work very well for you if you're already on YouTube. You will get paid for what you already do - watch videos. Even though there is not so many paid ads on, the site is constantly growing and you can easily expect $100 per month income.

Sign up right here!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How to verify Technorati claim token

Verifying your Technorati claim token is very easy. Here are the steps:
  1. Write a new post.
  2. Paste your claim token in the post content.
  3. Publish post.
  4. Go to your Technorati account and click on “Check Claim”.
As a proof, this post was the post I made to verify my blog on Technorati.
My Technorati Claim Token : ZJ6G484PDPYE
Have fun!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

5 Ways To Get Paid Working Online

One of the things you must do to get paid working online is to keep doing it. Getting paychecks from any internet company will not start overnight, you have to work hard to achieve it.

  1. Start a blog. Starting one is easy, but you need to find a topic for it, what will it be about. Based on that, name your blog. Start posting. Write about interesting things, something that you think people will read, something they will enjoy. Whether it's reviews or how-to articles, make sure that it's readable. How to get paid for this? Ads. Google AdSense is a way to go. If it doesn't work, there is plenty other ad networks that you can join. Just make sure that you don't click your own ads, and that you don't generate fake page impressions - it will ban you from most (if not all) networks, thus preventing you to get any income. 
  2. If you already have a blog, or you have just done what I stated before, you can get some revenue from affiliate marketing. Let's say your blog is mostly reviews. You buy products, write reviews about them and post them to the internet so others can see if certain product is worth buying. Join one of many affiliate marketing networks. In every review you post, include a link to a store with your name in it. Every time someone buys a product after reading your review, you get paid. Usually it's a small amount but as you get more readers, you get more revenue. You can use it as an only way to monetize your blog (which would be very pleasant for your readers) or you can run it as an addition to ad networks. Just make sure that it's legal (that both networks allow this).
  3. Make how-to videos for other sites. Sites like will pay to do just that. But to get paid really well you'll have to do plenty of videos. And make sure they're good. Not only in quality, but also in content. If you make a video on 'How to re-string your guitar', make sure you stay on that subject. Be brief, but informational. 
  4. If you like making videos, make some for YouTube. It can be everything, from comedy to how-to videos we talked about earlier. Remember that this is not a guaranteed money-making machine - you have to become a partner to get paid, which is very hard. You can get hundreds of view, but not a penny for it. Consider this as a back-up plan to number 3. 
  5. Sell stuff on eBay. These days it's not like it used to be 5 years ago but you still can get some money for it. You basically buy stuff online ( is good place to buy larger quantities of certain products directly from the manufacturer), and sell it on eBay. It's really hard work about which I don't really know much, so you'll have to figure it out yourself or ask someone else for it. 
Remember that these are just examples and I do not guarantee that you will get paid. But if you try hard enough anything is possible.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

How Shazam works

There is a cool service called Shazam, which take a short sample of music, and identifies the song.  There are couple ways to use it, but one of the more convenient is to install their free app onto an iPhone.  Just hit the “tag now” button, hold the phone’s mic up to a speaker, and it will usually identify the song and provide artist information, as well as a link to purchase the album. What is so remarkable about the service, is that it works on very obscure songs and will do so even with extraneous background noise.  I’ve gotten it to work sitting down in a crowded coffee shop and pizzeria.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Poor service, poor support, poor revenue - overview

Infolinks is In-Text ads provider and allow you to earn revenue from ads link displayed in text of your website. However the revenues are poor. The support is too. It looks like the company is operated by one person. Other services at least make impression that there are actual people behind the company. Here: it's just the customer.

The payment threshold is $50. You need to submit tax information before you get paid, and even though your earning may be well under $50, they will already ask you for your taxpayer number. Looks like identity theft to me.

Kontera is a much better service for in-text advertisements. Infolinks is not even worth your time.
in reference to: Pay Per Click Advertising - In Text Ads for Websites by Infolinks (view on Google Sidewiki)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

They really pay?

Their service promises to pay revenue from ads. It's a great link-shortening service aside from being a great additional revenue services for your website, or even YouTube videos.
in reference to: (view on Google Sidewiki)