Design and Optimization Enhancements for WordPress to Improve Ranking

Great news for those who have been trying all sorts of strategies to improve the ranking of their WordPress blogs/websites without results, online marketing expert, James Schramko recently released tried and tested methods to improve page ranking and conversion rates for those using the popular Genesis theme.

To help his audience maximize the results of the Genesis platform, Schramko shared three important tips, including descriptions of how-tos and their benefits.

The first one is about putting a custom description for every post, the second tip involves going into the SEO settings and allowing Genesis to follow tags and categories and  for the third tip, Schramko urged his viewers to install external links plugin for them to be able to tick a box that says “no follow external links”.

Source: Yahoo News

Great Free Open Source Projects for IT Pros

1. LEAF is a customizable embedded Linux network appliance for use in a variety of ways. It was originally intended as an Internet gateway but can also be used as a router, firewall, and wireless access point.

2. Freepane. Application for Mind Mapping, Knowledge Management, Project Management. Develop, organize and communicate your ideas and knowledge in the most effective way using this redesigned version of well known FreeMind created by one of its key developers.

3. FOG is a free open-source cloning/imaging solution/rescue suite. A alt. solution used to image Windows XP, Vista PCs using PXE, PartImage, and a Web GUI to tie it together. Includes featues like memory and disk test, disk wipe, av scan & task scheduling.

4.Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers.

5. Eraser is a secure data removal tool for Windows. It completely removes sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.

6. UltraDefrag is a disk defragmenter for Windows, which supports defragmentation of locked system files by running during the boot process.

7. Blat is a Windows (32 & 64 bit) command line SMTP mailer. Use it to automatically eMail logs, the contents of a html FORM, or whatever else you need to send.

8. TurboCASH Accounting, entry level Accounting package for single users, small networks and distributed networks. Delphi development in Windows, Linux in Wine. Accomodates developer scripts, local plugins and multi language translation. Ideal for SME mark.

9. Pingus is an Open Source, Lemmings clone and a port of the PC game Pingus, which can be found at: Pingus X-Fi2 is created by Jbob & Redwolfhome and is under the GPL 3.0.

10. Audacity  is a  fast multi-track audio editor and recorder for Linux, BSD, Mac OS, and Windows. Supports WAV, AIFF, Ogg, and MP3 formats. Features include envelope editing, mixing, built-in effects and plug-ins, all with unlimited undo.

Source: SoftwareCasa

Mozilla unveils Firefox 14

Open source browser maker Mozilla is starting to roll out the next version of its Firefox web browser.
Firefox 14 comes with enhanced security, verified identity features and better mouse performance.

In one of the biggest changes to its web browser, Mozilla has made Google Searches secure by default by automatically switching on HTTPS. This protects your data from prying eyes when using shared or public WiFi networks.

Additional improvements include better mouse control when using web apps and first-person games, support for auto complete in the browser’s “awesome bar,” new verified identity icons to the left of the URL that help users determine how secure a site is, and full support for native fullscreen mode for Mac OS X Lion 10.7 users.

Source: Yahoo News

“Cameraman”, New Google+ App

Users of Google’s social network Google+ can now produce more professional-looking broadcasts with a new app which it aptly called “Cameraman.”

Google’s Matthew Leske said the app may come in handy when giving a presentation through Google+’s “Hangout” videoconferencing feature.

“This app lets you control when specific guests appear to your viewers, so you can introduce someone before they appear in your live broadcast, or hide someone after you’ve interviewed them,” Leske said in a post.

Source: GMA News

Chrome Says Goodbye to Leopard

Google’s Chrome browser is saying goodbye to Leopard, Apple Inc.’s five-year-old version of its OS X operating system.

In a July 9 blog post, Chrome team member Jason Kersey said future versions of Chrome for Mac will no longer support OS X version 10.5 and older.

“Please note, on Mac we now require 10.6 or higher, and this release will not be available if you are on 10.5 or lower,” Kersey said on Chrome’s Dev Channel Update.

Source: GMA News

Scanning Program Monitors Chats on Facebook

Facebook and other social platforms are watching users’ chats for criminal activity and notifying police if any suspicious behavior is detected, according to a report.

The screening process begins with scanning software that monitors chats for words or phrases that signal something might be amiss, such as an exchange of personal information or vulgar language.

The software pays more attention to chats between users who don’t already have a well-established connection on the site and whose profile data indicate something may be wrong, such as a wide age gap.

The scanning program is also “smart” — it’s taught to keep an eye out for certain phrases found in the previously obtained chat records from criminals including sexual predators.

If the scanning software flags a suspicious chat exchange, it notifies Facebook security employees, who can then determine if police should be notified.

Source: Mashable

Corel Acquires Pinnacle Products from Avid

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Jul 02, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Corel today announced that it has acquired Avid’s consumer video editing product lines, including Pinnacle Studio(TM) HD and Avid(R) Studio.

These industry-leading titles join Corel’s award-winning digital media product portfolio, securing the company’s position as the leader in consumer video editing software. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

“With the power of the Pinnacle Studio and Corel VideoStudio brands, Corel now offers the industry’s broadest consumer video editing software portfolio,” said Matt DiMaria, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media at Corel.

“These products will meet virtually any need or creative impulse – whether customers are looking to quickly capture, edit and share videos on their iPad or require the exceptional control of a full-featured desktop application.”

Source: Market Watch

Windows 8 Introduces 2 New Password Types

Windows 8 introduces two new password types that you can use when logging in to your Windows account: a four-digit PIN and a “picture password.”

For the picture password, you choose a photo or image and draw three gestures (a combination of circles, straight lines, or taps/clicks) in different places to create your “password.”

Even if you decide to use these new password types, you still must set up a regular password.

Sometimes you’ll have to enter the regular password, such as when you need administrative approval for changing system settings as a standard user, but you can log in to your account using the PIN, the picture, or your regular password.

Source: PCW

Apple granted patent for Google Glass-like tech

One of the most anticipated pieces of tech of next year would almost certainly have to be Google Glass, the tech giant’s risky gamble in the yet-to-be-proven augmented reality project that provides heads-up information via a pair of glasses including messaging, mapping and weather apps.

But Google is far from the only tech giant eyeing the tech: Computer company Apple is also getting into augmented reality, if their recently approved patent for “peripheral treatment for head-mounted displays” is any indication.

It’s a good signal that if Google Glasses are indeed the future, then Apple will be right there alongside Google, slugging it out on the retail shelves.

Source: Yahoo News

Call of Duty Coming to China as Free Online Game

A new version of the “Call of Duty” series is coming to China, and will be free to play, eschewing a US$60 price tag to instead generate revenue by getting users to buy in-game items.

Unlike other games in the series, “Call of Duty Online” uses a so-called “freemium” business model, meaning users can play for free, but have to pay for access to advanced features or items.

In China, the model has become one of the most viable ways to generate revenue from the market, which has been plagued by piracy.

It will try to navigate past rampant piracy in the country by offering it freemium localized for the Chinese market.

Source: PCW