Blekko – the future of the search engine or just another Google competitor?

November 3, 2010

Blekko is a search engine (in beta at the moment) that claims that it is a better way to search the web by using slashtags. Slashtags search only the sites you want and cut out the spam sites. e.g. if you only want to search for tech related stuff you put /tech after your query

The slashtags are user generated and can be either private or public. There are already hundreds of them, but you can also create your own.

But the CEO explains it a bit better in this video:

blekko: how to slash the web from blekko on Vimeo.

 

Another cool feature is the SEO link that you get with every single result

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It gives you quite a substantial amount of information about your site, like inbound links, hostrank, crawl stats, site pages, you can compare your site to other sites and it tells you about duplicate content

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There is also a SPAM link next to all your search result and you can get rid of searches you don’t want permanently – that search result will be dead to you.

Another interesting feature is the visualizing feature – here you can compare up to 4 different URLs with each other

 

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Definitely a great idea and even though there are still some shortcomings blekko will be someone to watch out for. It is going to be big.

check it out: http://blekko.com

and let me know what you think in the comments

 

@maniac13


Online retailers handing out StarCraft 2 beta keys

April 29, 2010

Hey StarCraft fans… 12 years. Yep. Been waiting TWELVE YEARS for StarCraft 2 and it’s nearly here. Blizzard kicked off the closed beta for this in February and since then, access keys have been highly sought after.

This week a bunch of online retailers made things a whole lot easier and started offering beta keys for preorders. Sure, you need to put deposit down on a game that still has no official release date, but you get instant access to the multiplayer beta.

Aussies can get it locally at EB Games or GAME , but you’re looking at paying crazy Australian prices. You can always order it from Amazon, but you’re looking at about 40 bucks postage.

I’m tempted, but do I really want a beta key enough to pay that much when I can get it from CDWow for $50 delivered? I’ll be honest, I’m still considering it.


AdNews opens up greater access to website content

July 31, 2009

We noticed a few months ago a small but significant change to the AdNews website. Given this has not been publicised we thought it would be worth posting: All registered users for AdNews emails appear to be able to access full stories inside their site simply by clicking links from within the AdNews daily email bulletin. This is a neat bypass to the paid subscription required for the same stories on the website. 

Most people visiting the AdNews website in the past will know that content has been inaccessible for non-subscribers including registered users (you had to have a physical subscription, or repeatedly register for limited access to view the content). The email subscription seems to be a valid workaround.

Another interesting point is that the email link url contains the word BETA would usually indicate other changes in development. We did hear a rumour that posts on their site would be open for comments soon. Perhaps if AdNews read this they could post a comment here and let us know 😉

AdNews email registration can be found here.

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You can finally get into Adnews content by signing up for email.

Update: I called AdNews about the post and they confirmed it is a legitimate way to access their content.

Posted by @eunmac


Microsoft Tag reinvents the QR Code/Data Matrix

January 12, 2009

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Microsoft has released its answer to QR Codes and Data Matrixes with the appropriately named Microsoft Tag.

Using colours and shape-orientation, the tags are designed to display more information in a smaller place, as well as work when out of focus, which works a lot better with mobile devices where the focal distance is fixed.

Readers for many mobile phones (including the iPhone!) have been released and can be downloaded by browsing to http://gettag.mobi on your mobile device.

You can read more, and make your own tags at http://www.microsoft.com/tag/

I was very impressed with how well it worked on my iPhone. I’ve tried lots of QR/Data Matrix readers out but the poor quality of the camera in the iPhone has always let me down. The Tag worked without a hitch.

They’re still in beta, so no word on if there will eventually be a cost to use these.