Monoprice is among the more interesting companies you probably haven’t heard of. Started out of an apartment around a decade ago, the company initially sold everything at a single price, hence the name. That business model may have worked when the product line was mostly cables and connectors, but the company now offers a diverse array that includes monitors (more in a moment), home theatre screens, graphics tablets, headphones, apocket-size pico projector, an action cam, even electric guitars – and, yes, cables, connectors and accessories as well. It’s a lineup with no seeming rhyme or reason, other than quality products at bargain prices.
A tablet operating system Tizen has just appeared on the internet. The emergence of the prototype tablet Tizen Tizen obtained from Indonesia who has a chance to look deeper into the tablet.
The tablet has a screen size of 10 inches and using the Tizen OS is a Linux-based OS developed by Intel with Samsung. According to the plan, the operating system will also be used in a variety of devices, from smartphones, tablets, laptops and even systems for vehicle bermotoro.
Tizen tablet prototype that appears is from a Japanese company called Shisutena. The tablet is also scheduled to be introduced this year in Japan. According to the Indonesian Tizen, this tablet will come with Tizen OS 2.1.
The tablet has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The tablet also comes with 802.11n WiFi, 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP camera on the front.
Hands down, a WordPress website is one of the best investments that can be made in a local company’s online lead generation efforts. Admittedly, it can also be one of the biggest investments. My Local Leads, a Maine based marketing firm, works on design and development as well as continued maintenance of affordable WordPress websites for local businesses across the US. There are undoubtedly some decisions that go into the initial planning and development stages that can greatly impact marketing effectiveness of the site. Then, there are things that require continued and near constant observation and work. These few techniques are important to helping make a WordPress website part of a successful local search marketing campaign.
Choosing the right domain name can be pivotal in helping increase a websites reach, especially in the early stages. It was popular to stuff a domain with keywords, but recent search engine algorithm updates have lessened the value of such a practice. Branding is important for the domain name. It needs to be simple enough for people to remember. If a keyword fits naturally, sure it can and should be added. If it ends up making it too weird, too long, or too hard to remember, it is most likely not worth it.
It is also important to remember to turn on WordPress’s built in SEO tools when putting up a site for a local business. There is a setting under privacy of a WordPress site that will automatically hide the site from search engines, and this certainly is not what anyone attempting to build a site for search engine optimization wants to have set. At the same time, the WordPress website should have the permalinks set to be friendly URLs, which will help with the site ranking.
There are important add-ons that any WordPress website should have including sitemap and SEO tools. The meta titles and descriptions can be easily added with warnings and suggestions through using a tool like Yoast. The sitemap is a factor in overall page ranking and can be done automatically through a plugin whenever new pages or posts are added.
Another factor that business owners will want to keep an eye on with their WordPress site is the actual functionality. The site should load quickly, have no dead links, and have clean code. Ugly and broken code can harm the rankings as well as user experience. Slow sites or sites that go down frequently can also be detrimental to both customer experience and search engine rankings.
Website analytics company StatCounter have revealed its latest report covering global trends of internet access and software popularity. Dubbed ‘Internet Wars’ the report contains two major power shifts: in terms of mobile internet access Samsung has overtaken Apple whilst Chrome have has stolen Internet Explorer’s browser crown. See below for a full break-down of the report:
Mobile: Samsung & Chrome lead the way
In terms of mobile vendors the changes have been somewhat expected. 12 months ago Nokia was the number one vendor for connecting to mobile internet but they’ve now dropped to third place as Samsung overtakes Apple by a small margin.
In terms of mobile browser usage the global market shows Android’s default browser out in front with 29% compared to Safari’s 25%; but in the US and the UK the Apple products are clear leaders – taking 55% and 48% of the market share respectively.
This is a direct reflection of mobile OS trends where Android are ahead globally (38%, up from 26% last year) but with the US and the UK showing a pretty clear preference for the iOS. In the US Apple takes 55% and Android 39%; in the UK Apple gets 48% and Android has 30%. The UK also proves to be a bit of a hold-out for Blackberry – holding on to a respectable 15% of the market.
Browsers & Operating Systems: Internet Explorer beaten, but Windows remains dominant
The browser wars have seen Google overtake Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time in June this year, with Firefox and Safari taking third and fourth place respectively. Chrome took 34% of the market, compared to IE’s 32%.
StatCounter’s report also took in the balance of power with operating systems, showing Windows 7 actually increasing its internet usage share to 51% despite the fanfare-launch of Windows 8. And 12 years after its launch, Windows XP is still hanging in there with 21% of the global market, comfortably above Apple’s consistent third-place OSX (over 7% share).
In the UK specifically Windows 7 still keeps its top-spot with a 49% market share, but – unlike in the global market – Mac’s OSX takes second place with 11%, beating out Windows XP’s 10% share.
It was also revealed that despite reports of Facebook’s declining appeal amongst teenagers the site has still managed to increase its market share – at least in terms of referall traffic, the metric that StatCounter uses.
Social media: Facebook still king, though UK has a soft spot for Twitter
Worlwide Facebook has increased its referral influence from 61% in June 2012 to 71% in June 2013. Other social networks still barely register on this scale – with StumbleUpon falling from 9% to 5%, Pinterest taking the number two slot with 8% and Twitter taking up third place with 7%.
In the US Pinterest had a far more dominant position, climbing to a healthy second place in terms of referral traffic with 22% of the market share compared to Facebook’s 52%; whilst in the UK it was Twitter that took the number two spot, with 16% of referral traffic compared to Facebook’s 62%.
However, it should be noted that referral traffic – whilst a useful metric – is by no means the be all and end all of social media influence.
A recent essay by Ethan Zuckerman for the Atlantic pointed out that whilst Facebook may dominate in terms of
Calif. (AP) — Adobe Systems Inc. said Tuesday that it has closed on a $600 million purchase of Neolane, a French company that provides technology for marketing campaigns.
Adobe, which makes Photoshop and other creative software and is shifting its business to a subscription model, said that Neolane would bolster its digital-marketing services.
The San Jose, Calif., company already has digital marketing services, including analytics and targeting. Neolane’s technology, meanwhile, helps companies manage marketing campaigns on the Internet, email, social media and mobile devices, as well as through call centers and direct mail. It has more than 400 customers around the world, many of whom also used Adobe services.
When it announced its plans for the deal last month, Adobe said buying Neolane would not significantly affect its results this year. The company couldn’t estimate the effect of the acquisition on future earnings.
Adobe’s stock closed Monday at $48.28, up 28 percent this year.
Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing exhibits its lineup of systems optimized for computer graphics and interactive techniques at Siggraph 2013 in Anaheim, California this week. Server, blade, workstation and high-density storage solutions optimized for 3D, CG, VFX, render farm clusters, video wall control, VDI, CAD/CAM and advanced visualization applications will be highlighted at the show.
“Increased adoption of computer generated content and 3D visualization in media, entertainment and research fields is driving demand for higher performance computing and mass storage solutions,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “Our enterprise-class server, workstation and storage solutions support the widest range of graphics and simulation intensive applications with up to five GPUs in our SuperWorkstations, six GPUs in our 2U SuperServers, twelve GPUs in our FatTwin and twenty GPUs in our SuperBlade. With Supermicro’s 4U high-density, high-bandwidth 72 external hot-swap 3.5″ HDD storage server, instant access and high availability of even the largest files or data sets streamlines workflow and enhances productivity.”
Computing and Storage Solutions include:
- SYS-F627G3-FT+ / G2-FT+ 4U FatTwin™ with 4x hot-plug nodes supporting 12x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors (3x per node). Available with front I/O and 2x 3.5″ or 6x 2.5″ hot-swap HDD bays. Features 1620W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies.
- SYS-2027GR-TRF 2U SuperServer® supporting 6x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 130W TDP), up to 256GB memory and 10x hot-swap 2.5″ SATA3 HDD bays. Features 1800W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and smart server management tools.
- SYS-1027GR-TRT2+ 1U SuperServer® supporting 3x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 130W TDP), up to 512GB memory and 4x hot-swap 2.5″ SATA3 HDD bays. Features 1600W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and smart server management tools.
- 7U SuperBlade® Solution – The all-in-one SuperBlade features redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and high bandwidth connectivity through network switch modules, including 56Gb/s FDR IB (SBM-IBS-F3616M), FC/FCoE (SBM-XEM-F8X4SM), 10GbE (SBM-XEM-X10SM) and 1/10GbE (SBM-GEM-X3S+). SBI-7127RG-E Blade supports 2x GPUs or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 256GB memory, 1x SSD or 1x SATA-DOM and onboard BMC for IPMI 2.0 support. 10x blades in 7U SuperBlade® chassis scale to best density (120x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors and 120x CPUs) and performance (188 TFLOPS theoretical) per 42U SuperRack®.
- SYS-7047AX-TRF 4U/Tower Hyper-Speed workstation features hardware and airflow optimizations to enhance the performance of dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 150W TDP). BIOS customization provides auto-recovery failsafe operation, adjustable frequencies, voltages and memory latencies. Supports up to 512GB memory, 8x hot-swap 3.5″ HDD bays, remote server management tools and features 1280W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (95%) digital switching power supplies.
- SYS-7047GR-TRF Ultimate performance and expandability with support for up to 5x GPU or 4x Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 512GB memory and 8x hot-swap 3.5″ HDD bays. Features 1620W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%) power supplies.
- SYS-7037A-i High-end, whisper-quiet (24db) workstation supports dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 512GB memory, 3x PCI-E 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 4x 3.5″ hot-swap HDD bays and optional 4x 2.5″ internal HDD/SDD bays.
- SYS-5037A-i Entry-level, single processor workstation supporting Intel® Xeon® E5-1600/2600 series processors, up to 256GB memory, 2x PCI-E 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 4x 3.5″ hot-swap HDD bays and