Archive | March 11, 2011

Breaking News – You can now remove websites from Google search

In the latest effort to improve the search results from everybody, you can now remove entire domains from appearing in Google search results. Whether the result is offensive, porn (you won’t block that, right?) or just plain unhelpful (see those content farms a la eHow teaching you how to tie your laces) you can just get rid of it completely and help Google in the process to figure out what websites THEY should filter with their wonder algorithms.

The blocked website goes in a list tied up to your Google Account (so obviously that’s another way for Google to figure out what are you searching for) and it works pretty much like the blocked contacts from various instant messenger apps.

The new feature is will be available starting today on in English for everybody using Chrome 9+, IE8+ and Firefox 3.5+. The rest of the browsers / languages will follow soon.

While the new feature is undoubtedly useful for shaping the search results, I wonder if a farm of computers around the world can be used to completely bury one’s website (competition?)…The web is full now of fake click offers to “improve your traffic” 20,000 visitors for $19.99. Could that change into: “click your competitor to death – 10,000 clicks only $15 with coupon”?

via Google Blog

Nook Color gets Bluetooth, limited 13 inches range for now

Thanks to the XDA devs fattire and verygreen, the owners of Nook Color can enjoy working Bluetooth on their device, although at an extremely limited range, reported to be 13″ (maybe because of a lack of antenna?). At this point, only the keyboard and external audio are confirmed working, but we can always hope in some kind of GPS love (GPS already works, just only via WiFi from another Android smartphone using TetherGPS).

If you want to try the new feature, download the 2GB SD image from the following link, write it on the SD card and try it yourself. After you boot, navigate to settings->wireless networks, ensure that Bluetooth is enabled then head on to Bluetooth Settings where you can pair your devices.

Check after the break for a video demoing it in action…  Read More…

Playstation media server reviews – best software packages for 2011

Whether you have a Sony Playstation 3 or a XBOX 360 gaming console, you might want to know what is the best playstation media server around. In today’s article we’ll take a look at what is available, whether they are free or paid and the degree of compatibility each playstation media server has with the multitude of video codecs available and of course with the specific codecs supported natively by each console.
Let’s begin with the facts: None of game consoles available on the market (and I am talking about XBOX 360 and PS3, Wii doesn’t really qualify for any media streaming activities) can support direct access to the network shares. Both XBOX 360 and PS3 support some kind of DLNA implementation, although the XBOX 360 one is fairly crippled. Because of this crippled implementation various playstation media servers had to be tweaked and only few of them are compatible with both consoles.

Software playstation media servers

1.1 TVersity

Compatibility: Windows only both workstation and server edition, 32 and 64 bit versions Read More…