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Back up your files with terrific shareware Carbon Copy

26 Oct

Yes, the tech industry rocks. You have terrific engineers, working on some terrific sharewares. all you have to do, is make a donation. And yes, ok, if you’re broke, you have the option not to. Well anyways, I highly recommend this terrific shareware for backing up your hard drive. The only sad thing is that it’s on Mac only.

But they also do a great job of highlighting benefits and going over how it works on their Home page. Go Carbon Copy Cloner (or CCC)

Back up your freakin' files

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Why type when you can talk?

12 Oct

Why type when you can talk?

AOL is unleashing a new instant messenger version with a video chat option and support for Google Talk and Facebook Chat.

Not bad!

The slogan is “Staying in touch couldn’t be simpler”

Hotmail is still hot (and promoting Sweep)

11 Oct

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Last year, according to Litmus, Hotmail had a 17% market share and was ahead of Gmail and Yahoo (but behind Outlook). This is according to their Email client usage worldwide study conducted on 250 million users. We (in the tech industry) tend to sometimes forget that Hotmail is still big.

Sweep, New email product built into Hotmail

The new Hotmail is supposed to be “faster than ever”, includes the creation of sub-folders, just like Gmail, and they’ve stepped up their security through additional encryption.

Lastly, some Hotmail features and built-in capabilities are actually interesting. They not only offer free online storage for documents and photos through Skydrive (boy do they know how to name a product! this name is strong!), but they are also heavily pushing ‘Sweep’ these days. Sweep is a tool to organize the inbox and minimize the clutter. Love this ad on their login page. It’s actually 3-dimensional even though it’s simple.

Go Hotmail! (and go Microsoft!)

Why Netvibes is becoming a B2B company

7 Oct

For a long time, Netvibes was my favorite web product. They really took aggregation to another level, and I especially enjoyed their dashboard as the news junky that I am.

But today, the reality is that tablet home pages are replacing this B2c product. But Netvibes has entered another space; a B2B space, leveraging its dashboard technology and applying it to b2b intelligence.

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In july 2011, the company released Social Pack, a social media analytics solution.

This week, Netvibes is hitting the market with a $499-per-year Premium otpion including mobile optimization but also more intelligence features for reputation managment. As a brand, you can monitor negative and positive comments going around the web about you, and get a quick snapshots of trends with charts.

The truth is that it matters immensely. One customer in two or more relies on the opinion of Internet users.