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Google-Adwords

Calling all marketing professionals! Google is currently on the lookout for participants to take part in its Google Certification Program (GCP) Challenge for AdWords, its search engine marketing platform.

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The GCP is a program aimed at helping digital marketing professionals to improve their efficiency in Google AdWords. Upon passing, participants will become ‘Individually Qualified’ professionals and receive a certificate that endorses their proficiency in Google AdWords.

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The GCP Challenge in Malaysia will be held from January 21 till March 15, 2013. Top three GCP candidates who pass both Google Advertising Fundamentals and Search Advertising Advanced exams will be award with a smart device worth US$600. Winning the challenge also allows the participants a chance to be globally recognized.

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In order to participate:

Step 1: Visit the GCP challenge website here
Step 2: Check your eligibility for the challenge
Step 3: Register to be in the running
Step 4: Sit for your exams online between January 21 and March 15, 2013
Step 5: Submit your results here between January 21 and March 15, 2013 for a shot at winning a smart device worth US$600

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Company URLs along with individual scores must be submitted.

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All GCP Qualified Individuals whose GCP qualification expires before March 31, 2013 are welcome to join in as well. The GCP Challenge is only open to individuals employed in Malaysia.


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PhoneClean

Not enough free space on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch? Do you know that there are many useless junk files in your iOS devices that can be safely delete and free up more space?

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What is PhoneClean?

PhoneClean is a free software for Windows and Mac made to Free Up Space on iPhone, iPad & iPod touch. PhoneClean is uniquely designed to reclaim more free space on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and make all iOS devices running fast. This free-yet-magic tool will safely find and remove all kinds of iOS system junk files to cleanup and speedup your idevices, even no jailbreak is required.

PhoneClean able to clean up:

  • temp and junk files
  • cache and off-line files
  • cookie and script files
  • sync-failed media files

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How to use PhoneClean?

PhoneClean is very easy to use. Simply connect your iPhone to your computer and run PhoneClean to scan. It took just a few minutes to scan my almost full 32GB iPhone 4S.

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PhoneClean scanning page

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PhoneClean scan complete

After scanning completed, PhoneClean list out the number of files and total size. Clicking the arrow button in Detail column, you can check further information and select items to be included/excluded in clean up.

PhoneClean scan complete summary page

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PhoneClean scan details

PhoneClean had successfully free up 2.56 GB space on my iPhone! Mostly are app cache files. I don’t notice any app error after the clean up.

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Click here to download PhoneClean

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Throughout the past year or so, PayPal has been working to make its in-store payment platform more robust by bringing in a number of new retail partners, including Home Depot, Guitar Center, Barnes & Noble, and JC Penney. However, today the company has revealed that PayPal users can now pay for items in over 18,000 physical stores throughout the US.

 

PayPal announced today that 23 large national retailers have begun participating in PayPal Now, and the service is now available at 18,000 retail locations around the United States. PayPal Now officially launched back in May of 2012 to extend PayPal’s payment platform into physical stores. Shoppers simply enter their phone number and a pin code during checkout instead of swiping their credit or debit card.

 

The service is definitely useful for people who forget their wallets, or for those who just prefer to keep all of their transaction under one roof. There are also opportunities to earn digital coupons and loyalty points by choosing this method of payment, so there’s definitely an incentive to use the new platform other than convenience.

 

Square is obviously PayPal’s biggest competitor, with its own plans in the retail realm that includes a major partnership with Starbucks. It’ll be interesting to see where the mobile payment industry goes from here. Google Wallet is making the rounds, and while it’s not yet a well-known avenue for payments, it just could be a matter of time before we see it take off.

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The platform promises a more immersive experience, less cluttered screen, and lets you flow naturally from app to app with edge magic. When docked, the phone becomes a full PC and thin client. Because it only integrates all-native core apps without any Java overhead, Ubuntu runs well on entry-level smartphone, yet uses the same drivers as Android.

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It’s designed to make all your phone content more convenient to access – every edge has a specific purpose, so all your apps, content, and controls are instantly accessible without going through the hassle of navigating back to the home screen all the time. A short swipe from the left edge of the screen reveals your favorite apps. Also, it allows for switching of running and favorite apps speedier than any other phone.

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Web application sit alongside native apps, which means that apps like Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Gmail, and Spotify, are all available as they get their own icons and the same access to system notifications. On top of that, you get quicker access to all your emails, texts, calls, and social media posts. See every message as it comes in and respond in an instant; just swipe down from the top when a new one arrives and respond directly to Facebook, Twitter, email, SMS and good old-fashioned telephone calls.

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The Gallery makes it easier than ever to organize, find and share your photos. Every shot is instantly uploaded to your Ubuntu One personal cloud account, making it available on all your devices – including those running iOS, Android and Windows. Ubuntu includes native applications covering all the essentials you expect in a phone: telephony and voicemail, SMS and MMS, email, web browsing, photography, music and video.

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Apple-Waze

It’s no secret that Apple messed up big time with their own Maps app. Recently and most seriously, their app was found to have led Australian drivers into the wilderness. As a result, Australian police have warned drivers against using Apple Maps for navigation purpose. Left with no choice, Apple publicly apologized for the quality of the app and vowed to do better.

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For some time now, Apple has been rumored to be interested in acquiring Foursquare. However, the problem with Foursquare is that it sees limited use outside of the U.S. Furthermore, there’s not much to be gained with Foursquare. What good are “check-in” locations?

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With that in mind, perhaps it is not surprising that Apple is turning to Israeli developers Waze and their social GPS app. Waze has been steadily gaining popularity throughout the world thanks to its unique functionality and blend of traditional GPS mapping and social media elements. And because Waze’s maps are built based on drivers’ locations, it is far more useful than just “check-ins”. It is also the exact kind of data that Apple needs to refine its app.

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According to rumors, Apple is presently offering Waze US$400 million and a further US$100 million in incentives. Waze, however, is holding out for US$750 million.

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The billionaire shop

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It must be hard to be a billionaire. Apparently there’s no easy way to impulse buy things such as yachts, jets and real estate.

The good news, however, is there’s a new website called The Billionaires Shop, which allows you to throw millions of dollars away in a matter of seconds. Want an $8 million penthouse in Miami? Add it to your shopping cart and checkout. How about a new Ferrari Bugatti Veyron SS sports car? That will be $1,950,000.

Bugatti Veyron SS

Bugatti Veyron SS cost about 1,950,000 euro

The billionaire shop check out

The total checkout amount is 74,100,000 euro

The concept came after the Swedish-based team, which also runs an international gambling company called Multilotto.com, realized that — like the classic comedy film Brewster’s Millions — big winners didn’t always know what to do with their cash.

“Gambling companies don’t always take care of the winners by offering advice on how to spend money,” the spokesperson said. “We wanted to change that.”

The most popular category on the site so far is its luxury yacht collection, with private jets not far behind.

Zeitgeist 2012

Late Whitney Houston was Year 2012’s hottest search, announces 12th annual Year-End Google Zeitgeist.  She was followed by Gangnam Style and Hurricane Sandy.

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Zeitgeist announced the top trending queries for the year based on the study of 1.2 trillion searches on Google search engine. Zeitgeist divides searches into several categories such as Images, Athletes, Events, People, Feature Films, TV Shows, Performing Artists, Arilines and Google+ Hashtags.

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Here is the list of Top 10 Global searches:

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Gangnam Style
  3. Hurricane Sandy
  4. iPad 3
  5. Diablo 3
  6. Kate Middleton
  7. Olympics 2012
  8. Amanda Todd
  9. Michael Clarke Duncan
  10. BBB12

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Top 10 Consumer Electronics Search

  1. iPad 3
  2. Samsung Galaxy S3
  3. iPad Mini
  4. Nexus 7
  5. Galaxy Note 2
  6. Play Station
  7. iPad 4
  8. Microsoft Surface
  9. Kindle Fire
  10. Nokia Lumia 920

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These are Top 10 trending images:

  1. One Direction
  2. Selena Gomez
  3. iPhone 5
  4. Megan Fox
  5. Rihanna
  6. Justin Bieber
  7. Harry Styles
  8. Minecraft
  9. Nicki Minaj
  10. Katy Perry

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And Top 10 people searches:

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Kate Middleton
  3. Amanda Todd
  4. Michael Clarke Duncan
  5. One Direction
  6. Felix Baumgartner
  7. Jeremy Lin
  8. Morgan Freeman
  9. Joseph Kony
  10. Donna Summer

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Bulk Rename Utility

By on December 16, 2012

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Bulk Rename Utility is an easy to use file rename program (a.k.a. file renamer). Renaming multiple files has never been easier! It has a small memory footprint so it can be left running all the time without consuming all your memory. It started as a freeware Visual Basic tool, but as its popularity has grown it has been completely rewritten in C++ to be robust and lightweight – and very, very fast! It can easily handle folders/discs containing well over 100,000 entries… and it can batch rename 1,000s of files in seconds.

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The software is freeware and gets downloaded very frequently. It has a large base of regular users. Most of the features have originated from other users’ suggestions. As such, it is continually being enhanced and improved.

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As well as being “recommended” by a number of web sites, Bulk Rename Utility has also appeared on many magazine cover-discs, from Brazil to Sweden.

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Some of the features provided by Bulk Rename Utility include:

  •  Rename files, folders or both
  • Remove, add or change text in the file names
  • Perform text substitution
  • Change the case of file names
  • Remove characters or words
  •  Remove digits or symbols
  •  Append or prepend text to file names
  • Append dates in many formats
  • Append the parent folder’s name
  • Auto-number files with flexible rules
  • Automatically preview the new names
  • Sort the file details by any column
  • Group configurations into “favorites”
  • “Bulk Rename Here” Windows Explorer extension
  • Directory recursion – process sub-directories too!
  • Regular Expressions support
  • Rename files from an input text-file list
  • Create an “Undo” batch file
  • Log activity to a log file
  • Change file and folder date/timestamps (created, modified, accessed)
  • Change file/folder attributes (hidden, read-only, archived)
  • All settings retained between sessions
  • Available in 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Rename photos using EXIF metadata (i.e. “Date Picture Taken”, “Resolution” and other information embedded in all JPG photo files)
  • Rename MP3 files using ID3 tags (a.k.a. MP3 ID3 tag renaming).
  •  Command line support ***

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In addition to Bulk Rename Utility, it also provide the Bulk Rename Command. Bulk Rename Command is a lightweight, fully-compiled executable file contains many of the features of Bulk Rename Utility, but it is designed to be run from a command line. It is perfect for inclusion in batch files, login scripts, or scheduled jobs. The application is controlled entirely via program arguments, with no use made of .INI files or the Windows Registry.

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Maxis is set to launch their 4G LTE

By on December 14, 2012

Maxis LTE

After two long years of trials, Maxis has finally announced that it is set to launch its 4G LTE service so Malaysians can enjoy even faster network speeds. This announcement follows the allocation of the 2600 MHz spectrum band for 4G LTE by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on December 5, 2012.

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The LTE service will offer download speeds that are 10 times faster than 3G and will still work seamlessly with this standard. And since there are 5,200 sites providing 3G and HSPA+ coverage, users will still be able to enjoy their 4G LTE devices even when they are outside the 4G LTE area.

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Sandip Das, Chief Executive Officer, Maxis commented, “Maxis was the first telco in Malaysia to complete extensive LTE field trials. We have been trialling 4G LTE for 2 years and conducting extensive LTE interworking tests in a live network environment using commercial devices.” He also adds that “Now we are all set to launch 4G LTE services in Malaysia and look forward to rolling out these networks across various parts of the country in the next few years.”

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Sandip added, “We also believe that network sharing is key to the deployment of networks faster across the country while optimizing industry investments and avoiding duplication. Therefore in July 2012, we signed an important agreement with Redtone to build common infrastructure following our sign up with U-Mobile.”

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Consumers will see the 4G LTE service grow in the next few years as Maxis has already allocated RM500 million for network investment.

Google’s Card-Style OneBoxesd

By on December 9, 2012

Google updated the desktop OneBoxes for definitions and local time to match the card layout from Google Now. The same layout is also used in the mobile search user interface for most Google OneBoxes.

 

 

 

The good thing about the cards is where they are more distinctive and is highlighted just below your just box, so very the user very hard to ignore it.