Microsoft and Nokia Join Forces: Can They Challenge Leading Smartphones?

Nokia Microsoft PartnershipOn February 10 2011 and a couple of days after Nokia’s CEO revealed in an internal memo that the company is a crossroads and that a new smartphone strategy is necessary, Microsoft and Nokia announced plans for a broad strategic partnership. The partnership that makes Windows Phone 7 Nokia’s primary smartphone platform, and also extends into many other Microsoft services such as Bing, Xbox Live and Office should result in significant benefits for consumers, developers, mobile operators and businesses around the world.

Nokia and Microsoft intend to jointly create market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity. As each company would focus on its core competencies, the partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution. Additionally, Nokia and Microsoft plan to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets.

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Is Your Business Ready to Move to IPv6?

ipv6Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) is a version of the Internet Protocol that is designed to succeed Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) that has been in operation since 1981. The main reason for the redesign of the Internet Protocol was the IPv4 address exhaustion. As of January 2011, a report projected that the IPv4 address pool would be exhausted before the end of 2011.

IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). It uses a 128-bit address, whereas IPv4 uses only 32 bits. This expansion provides considerable flexibility in allocating addresses and routing traffic. It also eliminates the primary need for network address translation (NAT), which was deployed in order to alleviate IPv4 address exhaustion. Continue reading Is Your Business Ready to Move to IPv6?

Is Your Business on Facebook? A Guide to Create a Successful Facebook Presence

facebook logoWith Facebook now having more than 500 million users worldwide every business should have a presence there. In this article I am going to tell you how to create your Facebook presence with tips on how to get followers and keep them coming back.

If you want to start the “social networking” adventure you need first to create a page. Pages were previously known as Fan pages and users had to be fans of a certain product or service or business. Facebook renamed Fan Pages to just “Pages” and users can now “like” the page instead of becoming a fan.

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Monetize Your Tweets!

Monetize Your TweetsIt is time for Twitter to let its users monetize their tweets! Users should have the option to allow daily/weekly “Ad” tweets to be sent to their followers. The tweets could be based on certain keywords specified by the publishing user or even better based on the keywords in the tweets of the user. This will help advertisers in their online marketing efforts, will help Twitter make more profit and will let publishing users make some money.

Another way to monetize tweets is by subscribing to affiliate programs and selling items to your followers. Sites like adbrite.com and many others will let you sell their items from your website with a special link that identifies you as a publisher. You can use the same link (using a URL shortener is still possible) with a sexy message to incite your followers buy the products. Some affiliate programs offer up to 50% commissions. Continue reading Monetize Your Tweets!

QR Codes: Where and How to Use Them?

chart-qr-youssef-kassabBar codes have become widely popular because of their reading speed, accuracy, and superior functionality characteristics. 2D Code emerged in response to the need of storing more information, more character types, and that could be printed in a smaller space.

The QR code is a matrix two dimensional barcode. It carries meaningful information in the both vertical and horizontal directions. It can carry up to several hundred times the amount of data carried by an ordinary bar code.

QR is the abbreviation for Quick Response, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. Continue reading QR Codes: Where and How to Use Them?

FREE Useful Software for Small Businesses

Software IconIn their daily operations small businesses use a variety of software applications. Text editors, spreadsheets, presentations, email, anti-virus, accounting software, Customer Relationship Management, collaboration tools and development tools are mainly used and buying all those tools can be quite expensive for small businesses. In this article I will list some good and free useful software applications that you can use as alternatives for other expensive software utilities.

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Are You Using Twitter for Your Business?

Twitter Micro-blogging PlatformTwitter is a social networking and micro-blogging website. It enables its users to send and read tweets (that are text based messages up to 140 characters displayed on the user’s profile). Tweets are publicly visible. Users may follow you to get your tweets and you can follow other users to receive their tweets. Twitter can be used either through the Website or through external applications  installed on PCs or on Smartphones.

Twitter has gained popularity worldwide and currently has more than 100 million users. People use it to create, discover and share ideas with others. Twitter is being used by business to communicate with their customers, listen to their needs and answer their questions. Customers can tell the businesses about their experience with their products and whether they were satisfied or not. Continue reading Are You Using Twitter for Your Business?

Windows Live Spaces Moving to WordPress.com

Windows Live Spaces + WordPressWindows Live Spaces is Microsoft’s blogging and Social Networking platform. Windows Live Spaces received an estimated 27 million unique visitors per month as of August 2007. On March 16th, 2011 Microsoft will close this service.

Windows Live Spaces sent an email to all its users telling them that service will be closed and gave them 4 choices: Continue reading Windows Live Spaces Moving to WordPress.com

Portable Applications

Portable ApplicationsPortable applications are software applications that can run from a USB flash disk without the need to install them on a computer. Generally the data is stored with those applications on the USB flash disk and your data is accessible on any PC without the need of any software installation. This kind of applications will help you keep your Notebook at home. You will carry with you the web browser with your favorite bookmarks, your calendar with all your appointments and your mail client with all your received emails. There are portable applications for lots of software categories.

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