Archive | June 29, 2011

Amazon Associates – Notice of Contract Termination Due to Potential New California Law‏

Update: And here it goes:

Hello,

Unfortunately, Governor Brown has signed into law the bill that we emailed you about earlier today. As a result of this, contracts with all California residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program are terminated effective today, June 29, 2011. Those California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.comEndless.comMYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned before today will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule. Read More…

Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools get +1 reporting

Google improved their Webmaster Central reporting tool by adding +1 reporting. By now, if you are a webmaster, you are surely familiar with the +1 button used to get a sense of quality of a post / site. What we didn’t have until today was a way to quantify the impact that +1 actions by visitors will have on your ranking. Wait no more, just log-in into your Google Webmaster Central and you’ll find out how many posts were +1, data about the search impact and audience (unique users, etc). Read More…

ViewSonic VFD1027w-11 10.2″ 1024 x 600 Digital Photo Frame Review

Introduction

I wanted to buy a photo frame for my parents in law with the following characteristics: reasonably cheap, large good quality screen, easy to use and, very important, capable to accept 220V power input because they are living in Europe. I wasn’t interested in any fancy features, no video / music, just basic photo slideshow and eventually remote control. I shopped around for a while and I found a product that met all my requirements – the ViewSonic VFD1027w-11 10.2″ 1024 x 600 Digital Photo Frame. I bought it, tested it and here is the review. Read More…

Deal of the Day – $0.01 – Motorola Atrix 4G AT&T Android Smartphone at Amazon

If you are on the market for a nice smartphone, Amazon has this Motorola Atrix 4G AT&T Android Smartphone for only $0.01 with free shipping. You’ll need activation (a new line for example) or a new 2-year AT&T agreement.

This phone was already successfully rooted so even with AT&T you won’t have any issues in installing the Android Market / Amazon Android App Store / side load apk and use it any way you want it. This phone is a beast in terms of performance with a very high resolution screen (960 x 540), 1 GB RAM and dual core 1GHz CPU.

Here are the Motorola Atrix 4G technical specs:

  • 4″ qHD at 960 x 540 16M color capacitive touchscreen
  • Tegra 2 chipset
  • Dual-core 1GHz ARM A9, Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP, A-GPS
  • 5MP camera capable of recording 720p
  • HSDPA 850/1900/2100, Android 2.2
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory, microSD expansion (up to 32 GB)
  • Google maps
  • HDMI audio/video output
  • up to 9 hours of talk time
  • AT&T 3G MicroCell Review – 2011

    Introduction

    I am a long time AT&T subscriber, not because I particularly love the company, but because in my area, the competition sucks even more in terms of signal strength and coverage. While AT&T’s signal is relatively decent outside the house, inside the strenght is atrocious, my iPhone 4 gets only 1 line and 50% of the time the call is dropped. I called AT&T many times to complain to no avail. You can imagine my surprise when I got a letter from AT&T a couple of weeks ago stating that they are having a promotion for a free 3G Microcell and I immediately jumped in the car and drove to my local AT&T store to get one. One our later, my new gadget was unpacked, installed and activated. I did use it for almost three weeks now and the conclusions are described in this AT&T 3G MicroCell Review. Read More…