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Chrome 13 Dominates Windows 7 Browser Comparison, Bows To Safari On OS X
August 29, 2011 By Ross Leave a Comment

As the browser wars continue to heat up with the two long running leaders, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox continuing to lose market share to Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari, more and more blogs abound with comparison tests. Many of these tests are less than comprehensive, and pretty much all of the tests we’ve seen have been specific to a single operating system, at least until now.
Adam Overa, a contributing writer at Tom’s Hardware, today published a comprehensive cross platform test which compares all the major browsers across both operating systems where possible. The test, in response to numerous requests for a browser comparison on the Mac similar to previous tests done on Windows, covers numerous capabilities across major areas of performance, efficiency, reliability and standards conformance on both Windows 7 and Mac OS X. Overa notes:
In case you didn’t notice, this is Web Browser Grand Prix VI, not Web Browser Grand Prix 6. That’s because the twist this time is Mac OS X. We’re running Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari on Mac OS X, along with the usual suspects on Windows 7.
Obviously you can read full test (it runs almost 20 pages) if you have the time, but to save you the trouble we’ve summarized the results below:
Windows Rankings

Chrome
Firefox
Internet Explorer
Opera
Safari
Mac OS X Rankings

Safari
Chrome
Opera
Firefox
Note that IE did not feature at all in the Mac rankings as IE 9 does not support any OS other than Windows 7. While Safari performed very well on the Mac OS, it did miserably on Windows 7. In contrast, not only did Chrome dominate the Windows browser tests, it placed a strong second on OS X as well. So if you’re someone who runs browsers on both Mac and Windows machines (or Windows only) and want a consistently good experience from a single browser, Chrome is the obvious choice. But for OS X only users, Safari provides a fantastic experience and is a serious alternative to Chrome. Which browser do you use and why?
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Introducing the Google+ Hangouts API

Introducing the Google+ Hangouts API
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In the three months since we launched face-to-face-to-face communication in Google+ Hangouts, I’ve been impressed by the many ways people use them. We’ve seen Hangouts for game shows, fantasy football drafts, guitar lessons and even hangouts for writers to break their solitary confinement. That’s just the beginning. Real-time applications are more engaging, fun, and interactive, but were hard for developers to deliver. Until now.

Today we’re launching the Developer Preview of the Hangouts API, another small piece of the Google+ platform. It enables you to add your own experiences to Hangouts and instantly build real-time applications, just like our first application, the built-in YouTube player.

The integration model is simple — you build a web app, register it with us, and specify who on your team can load it into their Hangout. Your app behaves like a normal web app, plus it can take part in the real-time conversation with new APIs like synchronization. Now you can create a “shared state” among all instances of your app so that all of your users can be instantly notified of changes made by anyone else. (This is how the YouTube player keeps videos in sync.) And we’ve added our first few multimedia APIs so you can, for example, mute the audio and video feeds of Hangout participants.

When you’re ready to start hacking, we’re ready for you — read the documentation, sign up, and start coding. We’re anxious to get your feedback, since this is a very early version of the API. We’ll be making improvements and moving towards full production based on what we learn together. And we’ll be releasing new updates on a regular basis, so stay tuned!

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Posted by Richard Dunn, Technical lead, Google+ platform for Hangouts

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Create Colorful QR Codes and Brand with your Logo by Amit

Create Colorful QR Codes and Brand with your Logo
by Amit

QR Codes are fast becoming popular and there are dozens of tools out there (example) that help you create one in seconds.

Now most of the available tools generate black QR codes on a white background but if you would like to have a more colorful QR code for your website, check out the QR code generator available at unitag.fr/qrcode.

Here you may create QR codes with a colored gradient, the color of the background can be changed and, best of all, you can also embed your own logo image inside the QR code for branding purpose.

There are however two important points to note here.

One, while choosing colors for the gradient, make sure that the contrast between the light and dark areas is strong else the QR Code reader won’t be able to decode your message. Second, once you have added a logo image to the QR code, always test it before publicizing because some logo images can make your QR code unreadable.

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This story, Create Colorful QR Codes and Brand with your Logo, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on October 20, 2011 under Qr Code, Internet.

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Dell holder øje med dig på de sociale medier

Dell holder øje med dig på de sociale medier
Skriver du negativt om Dell på nettet, kan du forvente at modtage en henvendelse fra en Dell-medarbejder kort tid efter.

Af Dan Jensen
Publiceret d. 14. oktober 2011 kl. 10.59 | (7)
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Detaljerede data om alt, hvad der bliver skrevet om Dell på udvalgte sociale medier: Hvor skrives der mest netop nu? Af hvem? På hvilke medier? Og så videre.

De 50 mest fulgte bloggere/twittere/sociale medier-skribenter får ansigt på og en rød ring, hvis de har skrevet negativt og en grøn ring, hvis de har skrevet udpræget positivt.

Overblik over hvor på kloden, der skrives mest netop nu.

Overblik over, hvem der skriver hvad. De pågældende indlæg inddeles i kategorier alt efter, hvor begejstrede eller negative de er overfor Dell lige nu.

Dell World, Austin, Texas: Skriver du negativt om Dell på et socialt medie, kan det meget vel være, at du snart efter vil modtage en henvendelse fra en Dell-medarbejder.

Selskabet har nemlig udviklet et massivt overvågningssystem, der løbende monitorerer al debat og dialog om Dell på alverdens sociale medier som eksempelvis Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs og lignende.

Systemet blev taget i anvendelse i december sidste år. I alt bruger 80 Dell-ansatte verden over al deres arbejdstid på at overvåge og håndtere debatten på de sociale medier.

Hertil kommer flere hundrede Dell-ansatte, der har som en del af deres arbejdsopgave at overvåge og håndtere de sociale debatter om Dell på mindre områder. Det gælder eksempelvis en lille håndfuld Dell-ansatte i Danmark.

Håndtere utilfredse kunder
Dell lægger ikke skjul på, at udviklingen af det såkaldte Social Media Command Center bygger på et ønske om hurtigt at kunne håndtere sager med utilfredse kunder, der ellers kunne udvikle sig til hadekampagner for selskabet.

“Det her er noget, som forventes af de kunder, der har et problem,” siger Maribel Sierra, der er chef for afdelingen.

Selve systemet består af fire skærme, der løbende illustrerer, hvor debatten er hot. Monitoreringen udføres via en lang række nøgleord, som selskabet har defineret.

Selskabet kan således se, hvilke Dell-relaterede emner, der debatteres mest, hvor de debatteres, af hvilke køn og i hvilke lande.

Ligeledes viser systemet løbende, hvem der er de 50 mest læste bidragsydere på de sociale medier til hver en tid.

På en skærm vises de med deres profilbilleder, for “så er vi ligesom tæt på hinanden,” som Maribel Sierra siger.

Rød ring
Har en af disse 50 bidragsydere ytret sig negativt om selskabet, lægger systemet straks en rød ring om vedkommendes profilbillede, mens det lægger en grøn ring om en person, der har skrevet udpræget positivt.

“Og det er klart, at vi straks er på banen med en kommentar til vedkommende, hvis ytringen er negativ,” siger Maribel Sierra.

Hun understreger, at det for Dell ikke handler om at intimidere, men om at hjælpe og få løst alle de problemer og negative oplevelser, som kunderne har med selskabet.

Overordnet skal det hjælpe til at mane ‘Dell Hell’-omdømmet i jorden, som er det rygte om dårlig kundehåndtering og dårlig support, der i en årrække har fulgt selskabet.

Bred uddannelse
Ud over de omkring 20 ansatte, der passer selve kommandocentret i USA og de omkring 80 community-folk, der alene arbejder med at besvare og håndtere Dell-problemer i de sociale foraer, har selskabet uddannet flere hundrede ansatte, der overvåger hver deres delområde.

Det har krævet en massiv uddannelses-indsats, som har involveret mange lande og som ikke mindst har handlet om at definere, hvordan selskabet håndterer kritik og klager, der er lagt ud i de sociale foraer.

Ifølge Maribel Sierra er det endnu for tidligt at konkludere, om systemet har haft nogen effekt på Dells omdømme. Men selskabet har ifølge hende allerede modtaget adskillige henvendelser fra andre selskaber, der ønsker at købe systemet.
Dell er derfor nu ved at udarbejde nogle forskellige muligheder for at sælge overvågningssystemet – inklusive en række uddannelsesmuligheder af medarbejdere.

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Dell gør op med fortiden: Vil ned i kundernes forretning.

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