Google has been playing around with its search results and the lives of several webmasters as well with their updates dubbed “Google Panda”. However, it looks like the reign of Google Panda is now over and it has been taken over by a new bird – “Google Penguin“.
Google Penguin will attempt to clean up some more spam in Google search results, but it has been bad at best with them messing up several high paying keywords like “make money online” among others.
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The Panda update has definitely caused a lot of webmasters to lose sleep because of dropping traffic and removal from lucrative search engine positioning. Google Penguin is set to compound things further. However, unlike the earlier update, users affected by the Google Penguin update will be able to voice their concerns directly to Google through a Google Docs form.
If you think that you have been affected by the Google Penguin updates, you can visit this form (which was tweeted by Head of webspam at Google; Matt Cutts) and voice your concern about being demoted or removed from Google search results. The form says;
If your site was affected by the “Penguin” webspam algorithm update on April 24th, 2012, and you don’t think it should have been affected, please give us more details below:
This seems to be the first time that Google is actually accepting direct requests from webmasters about issues regarding search engine penalties. In the past, webmasters could only use forums and webmaster tools to voice their displeasure. However, don’t expect them to go through each and every request, because they might get millions of them from users and it would definitely not be possible to go through them all.
Image credit Matt Cutts via Instagram
It looks like one of the largest banks in United States; Bank of America is facing a massive outage on its online website. The outage is causing its customer to freak out as it is not allowing them to log in.
Loads of users on Twitter are complaining about the outage. Users are shown a splash screen when they visit the website http://www.bankofamerica.com and clicking on the Login button displays the following message;
Online Banking is experiencing temporary slowed system response. While we are resolving the situation, we want to help you get to where you are going:
Clicking on the "Continue to Online Banking" link takes you to a website which is down. It is not clear as to whether the outage is a system problem or whether they are under a mysterious attack. Bank of America has seen outages in the past which were not an attempted DDoS by the Anonymous group.
We will update the story once we have more information.
Instagram is one of the hottest apps for iOS and Android with more than 35 million users combined. The app which did not have any revenue was so popular that Facebook went ahead and purchased it for more than $1 billion. However, the purchase by Facebook has left many users wondering as to whether they should continue using the app or not?
If you are one of those disgruntled users and are looking to stop using the app, here is a easy way to export and download all the Instagram photos you have uploaded till now and back them up to your computer. You can also download and move them to a free online storage service of your choice as well.
Export and Download Instagram Photos to Desktop PC
Instaport is a web service which allows you to export all your Instagram photos and download them to your local PC (they are working on social export soon). To download all your Instagram photos, visit the website at http://instaport.me/ and connect it to your Instagram account.
Once you have done that, you will be able to export and download all your Instagram photos to your computer. You can also select from to only download a smaller number of photos or select photos you have uploaded between certain dates. Additionally, you could also download photos which you have liked and photos with certain tags.
Export, Download or Backup Instagram Photos to Dropbox, Facebook or Flickr
If you are looking to download your Instagram photos to Dropbox, Facebook (ironic ) or Flickr, you can use a very useful service called If This Then That or ifttt for short, which provides you with recipes to automatically perform tasks based on certain triggers or action.
ifttt is a very simple service and users can find recipes which will allow them to backup their Instagram photos to Flickr or save them to Dropbox or upload them to Flickr or Tumblr among other places.
To setup a backup for your Instagram photos, sign up for the ifttt service and visit the recipe page for Instagram at http://ifttt.com/instagram. Once there, you can select the recipe you want to use and setup the required parameters. Once you have done that, just click the “Create task” button to create it. ifttt will then periodically run the task and backup your Instagram photos to your selected service.
Please note: While using ifttt, your older photos may not be backed up. You might have to use the first method to download all your photos and then upload it to your choice of service.
Words with Friends is one of the best game available on Facebook app store which is very similar to the traditional Scrabble game. Words with Friends allows users to play the game with multiple friends online. I have been playing this game for a while and love it. The game also has apps for both iOS and Android allowing you to play the game on the go as well.
Considering that the game is played online there is a lot of chances for people to look up the dictionary to find words and score high points. So how do you score high points in Words with Friends? Well there are several ways to do it and I’ll list a few of them here.
The first option to find words out of the alphabets on your board in Words With Friends is Word Solver. This website provides you options to solve Scrabble words using various dictionaries including; Scrabble Tournament Word List, English Scrabble Dictionary, Words with Friends Dictionary and French Scrabble Dictionary among others.
All you have to do is enter the words on your board in the textbox provided and click on the "Find words!" button and it will automatically display the words you can create using your board. Another similar alternative for finding words is Lexical Word Finder.
The above websites can be used to create words from alphabets on your board. However, what if you want to add to already existing words created on the table? Well, there is a cheat for that too.
More Words is a excellent website which would help you in many ways with solving words in "Words for Friends" and Scrabble in general. It is basically a word search engine which provides you with definitions, anagrams and more. More Words also provides users with an option to create words by adding letters to it and also search for larger words containing a particular word and words starting with or ending with your search.
So if you are looking to cheat in Scrabble or Words with Friends online, look no farther than More Words since it can provide you with the best help you can do with.
While there are many more websites that can help you with finding words for your Scrabble or Words with Friends game. I think the above mentioned websites should be more than sufficient.
P.S. I didn’t want to be a spoilsport and take the fun out of the game. However, considering that players can play at their own pace and have the internet to look up words this isn’t technically cheating or is it?
Google introduced the much awaited Google Drive yesterday giving users 5GB of free cloud storage. However, with that introduction it looks like Gmail has removed the option to save Gmail attachments in Google Docs and only provides options to view the document and download it. This is definitely a pain since I could easily save documents to Google Docs without problems in the past.
If you are like me and want that feature back, you can do that with a Google Chrome extension. The "Gmail Attachments to Drive" extension allows you to quickly save Gmail attachments straight to Google Drive by clicking a link. This saves you a lot of trouble because you no longer have to open the file before saving it to Google Docs. Secondly, this extension allows you to store any type of files in Google Drive.
Once you install the extension you will see an additional link to save the file to Google Drive. Clicking on the link should open a new window and save the file to your Google Drive account. Currently the files are stored in the main folder of Google Drive. You can easily move it to custom folders by visiting your Google Drive account.
If you are a Dropbox user, you can also save Gmail Attachments directly to your Dropbox account as well.
The online cloud storage war has just exploded with the introduction of Google Drive earlier today. With Google Drive, now all major mobile operating system providers have some form of proprietary cloud storage solution including SkyDrive for Windows Phone 7 and iCloud for iOS along with several others like Dropbox, Box and SugarSync.
Both iCloud and Google Drive provide users with 5GB storage space for free whereas SkyDrive provides users with 7GB free space out of the box. SkyDrive initially started out with 25GB free space, but it has now cut down the storage to 7GB. However, if you have been an old user of SkyDrive, you will still be able to claim 25GB of free space.
To reclaim your 25GB of free space in SkyDrive, you will have to login to your account in your browser. Once you do that, you will see a link on the top saying; SkyDrive’s free storage is changing – claim your free 25GB.
Clicking on the link will take you to the manage storage page where you will be given an option to upgrade your storage. Just click on the “Free upgrade” button to increase your storage to 25GB. This option will only be available for a limited time to users who have already used Windows Live SkyDrive in the past. New users will only receive 7GB of free online storage space.
If you are unable to get 25GB in SkyDrive, there are still several other options available including free 50GB space from Box if you are an Android user and up-to 18GB storage in Dropbox from referrals and free space.
It was no secret that Google was working on a competitor to Dropbox and SkyDrive and the official announcement came today. Google Drive will provide users with 5GB of free online storage space to all users. This is in line with Microsoft’s recent announcement to provide 7GB of free space for SkyDrive.
Google Drive will tightly integrate with Google Docs and allow users to create and store documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files and more and collaborate with friends and family online. Additionally, Google Drive will also provide users with apps for PC, Mac and Android.
Google Drive will directly compete with the likes of Dropbox and SkyDrive on PCs and mobile devices. It will also be an answer to Microsoft’s SkyDrive on Windows Phone 7 and iOS devices which is not available for Android devices. Dropbox on the other end is available for all mobile devices and also supports Linux. However, their initial free space is only 2GB which might potentially go up now. Additionally, Dropbox also allows for 16GB additional space from referrals.
Google Drive will also provide users with a search functionality which will also make use of OCR to search images and scanned documents thanks to their acquisition of reCaptcha. This is definitely a big plus for them.
You can download Google Drive for your computer or device by using the link below; an iOS app will be released soon:
*Please note that the Android app is a rebranding of the Google Docs app for Android.
It is only a few more days before the start of the draft of America’s favorite sport. The NFL Draft 2012 is all set to begin on Thursday April, 26th at the Radio City Hall in New York. The first round of NFL Draft 2012 will begin at 7:30PM Eastern time, the second and third round will be held on April 27 and rounds four to seven will be held on April 28.
This year’s draft will be pretty interesting considering that there is a lot of talent available and the teams might try to trade up to get their requirements fulfilled. Draft trades are pretty tricky and can happen as late as the last minute of drafting. Expect a lot of teams to switch positions before the draft begins.
It is a foregone conclusion that this years first round pick will be Andrew Luck who will be picked by Indianapolis Colts followed by Robert Griffin III who will go to Washington Redskins. Other than the first two picks, expect a lot of suspense for the other spots.
The NFL Draft will be aired on the NFL Network and ESPN on TV. However, if you are not near a television you can easily catch up on all the live NFL Draft 2012 action on the internet on your computer or mobile phone.
If you want to watch the NFL Draft 2012 Live online, you can visit the official NFL website at http://www.nfl.com/draft/2012/live. Additionally, you can also catch up the action on ESPN’s official website at http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/live.
Hopefully, this years draft will be pretty exciting. We’ll try and add more sources to watch the NFL Draft 2012 online live once we come across them.
Just like the new Facebook timeline, Gmail also recently forced their new theme on users and apparently many people are not happy with this decision. While Gmail earlier provided a simple way to revert back the Gmail interface, that option is no longer available. This has definitely not gone down too well with Gmail users.
So is there any way in which you could revert back to the old Gmail interface? Well, not officially, but you can still do it thanks to a Stylish script.
The Return of Old Gmail Stylish script is one which resembles the “Old Gmail” interface the most. Although the overall interface is not as neat (see screenshot above), it definitely is one of the best options if you despise the new Gmail interface. The script in question reverts back some of the Gmail styles to the older one and also reverts back the top navigation in Gmail.
You will also find several other Stylish scripts for Gmail, however, the one listed here seems to be the best alternative to get back the old Gmail interface. You can also try out several other themes for Gmail by using this Stylish search.
Please note that Firefox users will have to install the Stylish add-on before using the scripts. Google Chrome users can also install the Stylish extension or install the Stylish script as a Greasemonkey script and run it as an extension.
Mobile smartphones and tablets are the future of computing and lot of companies understand that very well. One of the most important things that make a smartphone successful is the number of apps that are available for that particular platform. Most of the major platforms like iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7 all have dedicated app stores where users can download apps for their platforms.
However, it looks like several people are also searching for those mobile apps using Google. An indication of this is a dedicated section in Google search where users can search for "Applications" as seen in the screenshot above.
The new section available in the LHS menu allows users to search for applications in various app stores. However, the list of app stores/websites seem to be limited to Apple and Google for now. For example, my search for "rowi" the popular Twitter app for Windows Phone did not yield any results from Windows Phone marketplace, however, a search for everything listed it as the second result.
The Applications search is not just limited to mobile phones though and can also be used to search for Google Chrome extension and apps, Firefox add-ons, Windows applications, Mac OS X software and more. A dedicated option for Applications is definitely good because and will allow users to quickly find download links to their applications.
I am not sure if the Applications search is new or old, but it was probably the first time I have personally seen it. Have you seen the Applications search before? Do you find it useful while looking to download apps?