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Why you need to install Google Analytics right now

If you’re just starting up your blog or Web site and you’re not sure if you want to monetize it or if you don’t know if how well it’s trafficked even matters to you, you may not see the immediate need for installing and using Google Analytics. And that would be short-sighted. Let’s start with the fact that Analytics is fiendishly easy to install – a withbeans.com correspondent added the tracking code to his Web site within a few minutes and was also pleased to discover that when he moved his site pages over to WordPress, Analytics continued analyzing without interruption (by the way, WordPress users running analytics would also do well to install this plugin that tracks lots of links from within posts). But the main reason to install Analytics right away isn’t just because it’s there, or its ease of installation or use. The first day you install this program is akin to […]

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“Greentooth” speakerphone harnesses sun’s rays

Bluetooth speakerphones that do double duty as a hands-free car kit and conference speaker are not so common that they’ve become passé but enough have come to market that it’s already a struggle to figure out which of these gadgets is ahead of the pack. Well, if having your Bluetooth go green packs appeal, Scosche Industries unveiled a solar Bluetooth speakerphone at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show that also ended up in a CES travel gadget round-up by Travel & Leisure. Like most Bluetooth speakers designed with motorists in mind, the solChat, as it’s called, will take a charge from an old-school USB hookup or car adapter, but thereafter can be clipped to the windshield visor or can be suctioned directly to the windshield to soak up the sun’s rays; according to the manufacturer the “integrated solar panel continuously re-charges the lithium ion battery.” In all other respects the unit functions like most other similar […]

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It’s a notebook – no wait, it’s a tablet

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) still generates enough buzz that CNET’s into its fifth year of nominating products for its Best of CES Awards, and among the gadgets that made the cut for its Best of CES 2010 round-up is the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid. Hearing the word “hybrid” associated with a car may not immediately generate skepticism about whether and how well it works, but when it comes to smaller gadgets it’s a natural reaction, and CNET raises good questions about this notebook whose screen undocks from the keyboard “to become its own handheld Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered tablet.” CNET makes the point that a Lenovo rep demonstrated the undocking at the show, which makes the reviewers “curious as to how delicate the procedure is and whether the laptop might accidentally disconnect under casual use” and also wonder “will both devices sync well with each other? Will the battery life be suitable? None of these could […]

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Kindle for Blackberry: Good Idea?

In so many words, Gizmodo blogger Kat Hannaford suggests that the free Kindle app for Blackberry is a stupid idea. Actually, those are Hannaford’s exact words. A Blackberry user herself, Hannaford argues that unless you’re using a Storm, a Blackberry’s screen is way too small for more than occasional eBook reading, particularly since you’ll need press the “next page” button so often. She also questions what the frequent scrolling will do to the device’s battery life. She concludes with the suggestion that “really, it’s about time the industry takes a leaf out of the Blu-ray Disc Association’s book, and explores the idea of providing digital copies with every paperback sold.” Matthew Miller over at ZDNet is more bullish about the app becoming available, noting that it’s basically about time, since Kindle for the iPhone has been around for a while and he says “it is great to see Amazon expanding to other popular smartphones. I […]

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48 Million Skypers Can’t Be Wrong, Can They?

You’ve no doubt heard the irrepressible statistic that there are more than eight million people living in New York City, but you may not hear as often that more than six times as many people are using Skype. It doesn’t take more than a New York minute to see why. The app can turn almost any Mac or PC into a phone, permitting you to call someone else’s computer for free and chat via a microphone or Bluetooth headset. And if all your loved ones haven’t already dumped their landlines, Skype lets you call those for a nominal fee. Maybe you know all this, so what more is there to say? Well, like any other app ever created, Skype can do a lot of tricks you may not know about. In a post on Skype 4.1, DownLoadAtoZ notes you can easily import contacts from your e-mail address book. And since businesses large and small use […]

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