A Brief History of Apple Not Buying Things:A Brief History of Apple Not Buying Things


And so it begins again. BGR has an exclusive scoop from an “unproven” (ooh!) source: Apple is in talks to buy Barnes & Noble, the country’s last remaining national bookseller. As BGR points out, the acquisition would get Apple B&N’s digital books and other publications (which it might conceivably want) and Nook hardware (which it surely doesn’t), along with hundreds of retail outlets which it could either shutter or convert into Apple Stores. (Enormous Apple Stores! Usually located conveniently close to existing Apple Stores!)

Here’s a bit of deep insight from another BGR source (the story doesn’t say if it’s a proven or unproven one):

It also almost makes too much sense for Apple to do this, said another source of ours, mentioning that Apple doesn’t make moves that appear logical to most outside observers at the time.

Well said. For years, Apple has confounded the rest of us by not buying things that it should clearly be buying. Not purchasing other well-known companies is so core to Apple’s strategy that it must have a whole department devoted to non-mergers and un-acquisitions.

We’ve been over this before, but it’s worth a recap:

2003: Apple shows it’s not that serious about this music thing after all when it doesn’t buy Universal Music!

2004: The world wonders if Steve Jobs has lost all common sense when Apple doesn’t buy Pixar, a company Jobs already runs!

MORE ON : http://technologizer.com/2011/07/29/a-brief-history-of-apple-not-buying-things/

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Backup Your Online Data With Google Takeout


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What’s one of the most frustrating things about using any online service? Getting your data out of a service.

With some, that can be fairly easy. With many others, it can be difficult, if not impossible. But you should be able to get your information – no matter what the information is – out of any online service easily and in a format that other services or software can read. After all, it’s your data!

Thanks to the work of the Data Liberation Front project, Google has been making the process of getting your data out of its various products easier. The result is Google Takeout. While not complete and not perfect, Google Takeout looks like it’s a step in the right direction.

Let’s take a look at how to use Google Takeout and see where it falls flat.

Using Takeout

Obviously, you won’t be using Google Takeout unless you have a Google account. Just go to theGoogle Takeout site and log in.

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Takeout only supports the following services at the moment:

  • +1 (web content that you’ve rated)
  • Buzz (short updates and conversations)
  • Picasa Web Albums
  • Google Profiles
  • Google+

With Google+, you can back up your circles (your groups of friends), your contacts, and your stream (any posts you’ve made to Google+).

On the main screen, click Create Archive. Takeout collects your data into a zip file and downloads it.

By default, Takeout creates an archive of everything. You might not want to do that too often. If you have a lot of data, especially a lot of photos in Picasa Web Albums, the zip file that Takeout creates can be large – several hundred megabytes.

Instead, click Choose services. You can select the data that you want to download, and Takeout will give you an estimate of the size of the archive.

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Once you’ve selected the services, click Create Archive. Takeout collects your data into a zip file and downloads it.

The Backups Themselves

What you get in the archives the Takeout creates depends on the product. Takeout uses different file formats to backup your data.

Like what? Picasa Web Albums backups are, obviously, image files. Buzz, +1, and Google+ streams are HTML files. Your contacts are vCard files. And your Google Profile data is a JSON file.

While you might not be able to easily read some of those formats, other software and web services should be able to. It’s just a matter of importing the files.

What About My Other Data?

Takeout only lets you back up a small set of your data in Google’s services. But what about your other data? Well, there are some options for that. They’re not centralized, and force you to do a bit more work, but those options can be effective.

You can back up Google Docs using the information in this MakeTechEasier post. The Data Liberation Front website offers suggestions for other Google products.

If you’re willing to part with some money, then you might want to give Backupify a look. It can backup your Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts. Mac users can take advantage of CloudPull to backup their data from Google Docs,
Google Reader, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts.

Google’s products and services aren’t a black hole for your data. With Google Takeout, it’s gotten a lot easier to get your data out.

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“Computer Addicted”: 1 PROMISE ‘READ IT, YOU WILL MASTER THE SECURITY’


 COURSE HERE : http://www.udemy.com/computer-addicted/

COURSE BY : BIJAY ACHARYA

About the Course:

1 COURSE :

5 LECTURES :

1 PROMISE ‘ READ IT, YOU WILL MASTER THE SECURITY

By : Bijay Acharya

Category:Technology and Internet » Internet

Find And Create Online Courses Easily With Udemy


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Have you ever wanted to take up a course, but can’t find the time to do so? What about the opposite – you wanted to create your own course, but you don’t have the marketing and financial resources to attract people to join? With Udemy, you will have no more excuses not to sign up for your favorite course or to create your own course.

Udemy is an online marketplace where you can sign up for online courses at a low price and/or create your own courses and sell them to the public. All the courses are web-based and you can attend the course at your own pace, when you are free or when you feel like it.

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1. Go over to Udemy.com and sign up for an account.

2. After you have created an account, you can start to browse the various courses and sign up for those that you have interests in. The courses are sorted into different categories, including Business,Technology and Internet, Academics, Hobbies & Crafts, Games, Music, LIfestyles and many more.

3. When you found a course that you are interested in, click on it to go to its description page. Here is where you can find the detail info about the price, course content and the course requirement. If you are happy with what you seen, click on the “Buy Now” to purchase the course.

4. For Free courses, it will direct you to the course page where you can take the course immediately. The course material varies from courses to coursers. Most come with videos, but there arePowerPoint, PDFs, audio, zip files and live classes as well.

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5. At your profile page, you can edit your info and include your interests so that Udemy can match the courses that you are most interested in. Your profile page also shows the courses that you have taken and the instructors that you are following. (by default, when you sign up for a course, you will automatically follow the instructor. This is one part of Udemy that I don’t like. I would prefer to decide who I want to follow.)

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Creating your own course

Other than taking courses, you can also create your own courses and distribute them in Udemy.

1. Click the “Create a Course” button.

2. Enter the course details and click “Save”.

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3. In the next page, you can change the course image and select the material you are going to use for your course. You can upload a video, presentation, article, audio files or even hold a live session.

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4. Under the “More” tab, you can change the pricing of the course. One thing to note is that the paid course is only available to a limited number of instructors. You can, however, send the Udemy team a message to include you in the instructor pool.

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5. Once you are done with your course setup, click “Publish Now”.

Course Recommendation

For those who are interested in starting a business, here is one course – “Raising Capital for Startups.” that is getting very popular in Udemy.

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The course is taught by Dave McClure, Adeo Ressi, and Naval Ravikant. These guys are investors in Twitter, Foursquare, Mint, SlideShare (list goes on… way on), and they’ve run dozens of companies themselves (i.e. they know both sides of the table), so they are probably the best mentors that you want to learn from.

The usual course fee is $99, but if you sign up with the above link, you get a 60% off, making it only $39. You also get the first lecture free so you can check them out before you purchase.

For those interested in iPhone, iPad, iOS development, here is another course for you – “Learn to Develop iPhone & iPad Apps in 4 Weeks.”

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The course is taught by Bess Ho, who is quickly becoming something of a silicon valley legend given her ability to take business folks (with zero programming skills) and have them build real functional apps in less than 6 hours. She teaches at places like Hacker Dojo, but if you can’t make it to a class she’s put together an awesome version of her course online at Udemy.com.

The usual course fee is $250. Similarly, if you sign up with the above link, you get a 60% off, making it $99 for this week only.

Grab them while they’re hot.

 

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Share And Receive Large Confidential Files With TitanFiles + Free Giveaway


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Have you ever wanted to share a large and confidential file with your colleagues or clients but can’t find the appropriate tools to do it? While there are plenty of online services that allow you to send/receive large files, the main concern is still the security issue.

TitanFile is one file sharing service built with security in mind. It is an online hub where you can upload files and share them with your clients and also allows your clients to share files with you. All the files are encrypted and stored in the TitanFile server so you can access it anywhere with an Internet connection.

To get started, sign up for an account with TitanFile. The basic account is free and allows you upload and share up to 3 files of 500MB.

Once you are logged in, the dashboard will show your recent activity. It will be blank if you are logged in for the first time.

Sharing Files

To share a file, first go to the Files tab to upload your files. During the uploading process, you can define the expiry date of the file. After the expiry date, the link that you sent to your friends/clients will not work anymore.

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Once you have uploaded the file, you can check the box beside the file, select the “Share” option for the Action dropdown and click “Share selected”. You can then enter the name and email address of the person that you wish to share the file with. One extra protection you can add to the sharing is the telephone verification and/or password verification. When enabled, the other party will need to enter the password to access the file.

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Receiving Files

Other than sharing files with others, you will also be given a sub-domain URL where you can share with others. People can then visit the site and drop file to your account.

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Adding Members

Another feature of TitanFile is that you can add members to your account (for premium account only). This is best suited if you have several people working on a project.

Free Giveaway

The free account of TitanFile only allows transfer of 3 files and up to 500MB. The premim acount varies from $10/month to $1000 monthly. We are glad to have 10 one year subscription of business account to give away. The business account is priced at $100/month and allows you to transfer up to 1000 files and 4GB in size. You can also add up to 10 members in your account.

Here’s what you need to do to participate:

Step 1: Enter your details

 

 

TitanFile Giveaway Contest

  • Name*
  • Email*
  • Activation Code*
    You can find the activation code at our Facebook page

 

Step 2

Share this giveaway post in Facebook or Twitter.
This giveaway begins now and ends Saturday, 30th July 2011 at 2359hrs Pacific Time. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

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Spreaker: Create Your Own Internet Radio Station + Free Giveaway


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In traffic jams and numerous other situations, the radio helps us pass our time. Offering us a variety of shows with creative radio jockeys, radio channels hold our attention and do not let us get bored. While listening to these radio shows, the interesting content they offer, the sound effects that keep things spicy, and the wonderful music that is being played, many of us have wanted to create our own radio shows.

Unfortunately it is not easy to get an actual independent radio show up and running. The equipment is not exactly inexpensive or easily obtained. Plus there is licensing and numerous other issues. A far more convenient alternative are internet podcasts. These are essentially the same thing as a radio show, but taking place through the internet instead of radio waves. But for the person who wants his own internet radio show, most podcast services do not meet the expectations, leaving a big gap. This gap is effectively filled by a web service called Spreaker.

Introduction

Spreaker is a wonderful web service that lets you create your own radio shows. You can easily create radio programs and record episodes for it. The episodes can be pre-recorded or broadcast live. What set Spreaker apart from its competition is that it lets you add a variety of sounds to your broadcast simultaneously – just like radio jockeys can add music and sound effects within their shows. The site offers both free and premium accounts for its users.

Usage

The first step in using Spreaker is creating an account on the site. You can register for a new account through your email address or use your Facebook account to connect with the site. The latter option will help in case you want to share your shows with friends on Facebook, although this connection can be made with existing accounts as well.

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After you have created an account, you can start recording your radio show’s episodes. You need to name every episode and select the category its topic belongs to.

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You can also specify which show this episode belongs to, in case you are running multiple radio shows.

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With these options set, your radio broadcasting interface is loaded and displayed. This interface lets you choose whether to record your broadcast or let it go live. It also includes three audio panels that you can customize to broadcast voice from your microphone and songs and effects from the Spreaker’s rich media library.

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Volume for each audio source can be adjusted to suit your preferences. Selection of songs and effects for the tracks is done in the same interface, in a very simply way.

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Listeners can tune into your radio station by browsing the Spreaker website and finding your station. They can categorically browse the shows they are interested in or simply search for your show by its name.

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Your radio channel has a unique URL so you can use that to help friends easily reach your shows. The number of show followers, total number of plays, and sharing buttons are all displayed on your show’s webpage. Also provided is an embeddable code that lets you incorporate your radio station into your own blog or website.

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Visitors to your station’s webpage can find all your options and play the music they want.

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The site also provides an iOS application to help broadcasters and listeners use Spreaker on the go.

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Conclusion

Spreaker offers a unique service. It helps the user record podcasts very similar to actual radio shows. And this feature is provided in a user-friendly and intuitive interface. For people who wish to have their own radio show, Spreaker would be an excellent web tool to try out.

Free Giveaway

While the free package on Spreaker will suit many users, the premium packages do have their advantages. These include increased storage space in your radio library, longer live recording sessions, and elimination of commercials. The premium plans start from $19.90 monthly. Thanks to Spreaker.com, we are glad to have 20 free Platinum accounts to give away. Here’s what you need to do to win:

Step 1: Enter your details

 

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Step 2

Share this giveaway post in Facebook or Twitter.


This giveaway begins now and ends Saturday, 23th July 2011 at 2359hrs Pacific Time. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

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PicPlz: The Ultimate Photo Sharing Website for Computer and Smartphone Users


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It seems that when developers of photo sharing websites plan their designs, they either have the computer user or the smartphone user in mind. Take Flickr for instance; it is the ideal photo sharing website for computer users where Instagram is the ideal photo sharing application for iPhone users. What is required is a tool that merges all photo sharing features and excellently serves computer users and smartphone users alike. And this is exactly what “PicPlz” does.

Introduction

PicPlz is the ultimate photo sharing website. In addition to letting you upload as many photographs as you want, the site lets you apply numerous image filters to your images. Moreover, the site connects with nearly all popular social networks and services such as Facebook, Dropbox, and Foursquare. By merging these features with the ability to like and comment on others’ pictures, PicPlz becomes the perfect social photo sharing website anybody could wish for.

Usage

You start using PicPlz by connecting one of your social networking accounts with the site. For this purpose, you can use either your Facebook or Twitter account. Your email address is grabbed from the connected account and you are asked to set a password.

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The next step is to connect accounts from other services. Supported services include Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Posterous, Foursquare, and Dropbox. If you like, you can skip this step and return to it whenever you want through your PicPlz account options.

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When you visit your dashboard, you will find the option to upload photographs from your computer.

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The “Upload Photo + Apply Filter” button lets you easily add photos to your PicPlz account and apply the image filters you want. Smartphone users will prefer using the service’s Android and iOS applications that are available for free.

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With your photograph uploaded, you can choose to apply filters to it.

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A wide range of image filters is provided to the user. These filters include Russian Toy camera, plastic view, monochrome, C-41, and numerous other filters.

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In the same step of selecting your image filter, you can choose to share the uploaded image on your connected accounts.

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After your image is processed, it appears on your dashboard. You can click on the image to the published page. This is where your visitors can like the image and leave a comment. They can also view other images uploaded by you using the “Previous” and “Next” buttons.

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A feature analogous to playlists on audio and video websites is “Collections”. You can create your own image collection and add images to it. On a photo’s webpage, the collections it is included in appears on the right pane.

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In the top right area of an image’s webpage, you will find the direct URL of the image, its caption, number of views, number of comments and like, buttons to Tweet the image and Facebook Like, and thumbnails of more images by the same PicPlz user.

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If you find that the images of a particular PicPlz user are interesting, you can choose to follow them. This will display their photo updates under the “Network” tab on your Dashboard. Other tabs on your Dashboard include “Interesting” and “Everyone”; these tabs list the most popular and recent images, making the good images easier to browse and find.

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Conclusion

PicPlz is a photo sharing website that offers a plethora of valuable features. The fact that it offers extensive account connections with other social networks and sites, unlimited photo uploading, image filters, and image sharing without any price tag is simply amazing. Whether you upload and view your images through your computer or smartphone, the high accessibility and feature-richness of PicPlz make it the ideal photo sharing choice.

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