Firefox 4.0 to arrive Late 2010

Latest version of Mozilla’s Firefox Browser will bring a new user interface and multi-touch gesture support

Mozilla Recently Released a Product Roadmap with a number of new details on what the foundation is hoping to release between now and the end of 2010, including information on when to expect the next major iteration of Firefox.

The report details that Firefox 4.0 is due to arrive in either October or November of 2010 and will bring with it a range of new features, such as a new slick user interface and multi-touch gesture support. But take note that this report is currently classed as a ‘draft’ and could be open to any number of changes.

For those existing Firefox users, a plentiful number of changes can be expected prior to the late 2010 release date of 4.0, with both 3.6 and 3.7 lined up for debut before then. These new releases will offer such improvements and features as faster Javascript handling, improved form completion tools, bookmark synchronization, and pageload enhancements.

Mozilla also revealed that when Firefox 4.0 does hit, it will take a leaf out of Google Chrome’s book, as each tab will function with it’s own separate process, reducing the instances of losing your precious browser session.

Firefox 4.0 will be with us in late 2010, so be sure to stick it in your diary! In the mean time why not take a look at our tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your current version of Firefox?

Source:

http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/firefox-40-arrive-late-2010-714

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Monitor Your Electricity Usage in Real-Time With Google PowerMeter

Until now, if you wanted to use Google PowerMeter to track your energy usage, you had to hope your electric utility had or was willing to install a smart meter for you. Today, Google announced the availability of a device that puts your energy usage data into your own hands.

The TED 5000 from Energy Inc. is a real-time electricity usage monitor that you can purchase and install yourself, with packages starting around $200. It can run the free Google PowerMeter tool, allowing you to check on your personal home energy data from any device that can access the web.

The TED 5000 is Google’s first official device partner for PowerMeter, but the company indicates they plan to work with more providers who make energy monitors to get PowerMeter support built-in. And if you already own a TED 5000, you can perform a firmware upgrade that will allow you to run Google (Google) PowerMeter on your existing device as well.

Do you use Google PowerMeter or other tools to better monitor the energy usage in your home? Have you made any interesting discoveries about unexpected sources of electricity usage? Are there other software tools your fellow energy-conscious individuals might want to check out?

Source:

http://mashable.com/2009/10/05/google-powermeter-ted-5000/

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Google Strips Pirate Bay Homepage from Search Results Mountain View executes DMCA Takedown

The Pirate Bay’s homepage and seven other pages relating to the BitTorrent tracker website have been removed from Google’s search engine, following a DMCA complaint.

Anyone attempting to locate thepiratebay.org via Google will be greeted with some results to access the website, but none that point directly at its homepage.

We’ve asked Google if it could tell us more about removing some of the site’s pages from its search engine, but at the time of writing it hadn’t got back to us with comment.

The Pirate Bay mouthpiece, Peter Sunde – who actually quit his position as the website’s main spokesman a few months back – asked on his Twitter account this morning “why is ‘thepiratebay.org’ (the frontpage) removed from your [Google’s] index?”

A DMCA notice at the bottom of a “thepiratebay.org” search query via Google reveals that Mountain View has simply reacted to a takedown request.

“In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 8 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org,” reads a notice.

Interestingly, Microsoft’s Bing returns the correct result on its search engine, so it’s clearly not been slapped with a similar DMCA notice yet.

We’ll update this story if Google offers us any further insight. Its policy on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is here.

Source:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/02/google_removes_pirate_bay_homepage/

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Six Useful Tips to Get More Conversions during PPC Campaign

The economic downturn is undoubtedly affecting the sales but are you sure that that is the only reason for your lack of sales? Think twice, there are multiple reasons and one of the most rampant one is that of complex landing pages. The landing pages have lots of pop-ups and multiple focus data with half a dozen of flashing pictures that distract the potential buyers. If you are currently using the PPC campaign to boost your business, then here are some essential tips to turn your landing page visitors into customers.

* Make it Simple- the web designers are very much skilled today with the advanced technology and therefore, the landing page is made all flashy with blinking and walking images. This is useless because what you need to provide to the customers is not animation but the submit button.
* Keep Less field in the Form- accumulating data is very mush useful and important but over doing it just puts off the customer. The golden key is to keep the form of the minimum length with only the most crucial fields required to know about what the customer is looking for and the contact details of the customers.
* Content- one of the essential eye catching things on the landing page should be content but make sure that the content can be skimmed through quickly. Therefore, use simple and plain English that can be understood by everyone.
* Cut out the options- the option that you must provide to your customer should be that of conversion. The landing page must carry brief and crisp information on the product and if the person has landed on your page then it is but obvious because the person has direct or indirect intention to buy your product. Therefore, minimize the options and straight away allow the person to purchase.
* Stay Away From Marketing Words- using abstract words or using the buzz words and terms like that of the marketer will make your visitor lose interest quickly as it will be just another marketer talk to them. Avoid using such marketing speech.
* Call to Action- this is the most important of the points on the landing page. You can provide your client with an offer that will interest the visitor to get converted into customer.
* Evoke Trust- following the above given points will enable you to evoke trust amongst the visitors and hence you will have better chances of them converting into customers. For getting more of trust use logos and 100% guaranteed satisfaction stickers, and any other credibility earned by you. This will also create trust amongst your customers.

Following these steps will surely enable you to get good conversion from the landing page. Especially if you are managing PPC campaign following the above points will create greater impact.

Source:

http://www.plaveb.com/blog/six-useful-tips-to-get-more-conversions-during-ppc-campaign

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