2010 World Cup App Survival Kit

June 16th, 2010 |

The event that captures the attention of every country in the world (except the United States, for the most part) is upon us and will continue to be with us until July 11th 2010. If you’re anything like me, an American who really has no idea about the World Cup but would like to stay tuned to the global event, here are some helpful apps that may aid you.
ESPN 2010 FIFA world cup (Free): There are quite a lot of World Cup apps out there that promise to keep you updated with the latest news from Johannesburg. This app, however, is my favorite thus far for the following reasons. For one, it has a gorgeous, easy to use interface that tells you the schedule, the scores, and the news. You can find out if your favorite players are injured, and watch video (if you get too lazy to read you can just hear what the experts have to say). You can even sign up and create a bracket for the Cup.  That means, if your prediction turns out to be right, you will have some bragging rights. Perhaps two of my favorite options are “Venues” and “Tournament History.” Venues gives you a brief background of all of the fields that the teams are playing on and a map showing where they are. And tournament history mixes the ease of Wikipedia with the trusted name of ESPN. You can now, with the flick of a finger, check in on the history of the tournament so you can know where past World Cup’s has been held, the controversies, and the winners. No longer will you come off as an uneducated observer. Now, you will be able to impress those around you with your supernatural knowledge of the game. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunil Ramsamooj

Yahoo! Mail Welcomes Facebook

June 2nd, 2010 |

I’ve never been a fan of things I don’t need. I don’t need a snuggie come this cold winter, I don’t need a bread maker from one of those shopping networks, and I don’t need Yahoo Mail teaming up with Facebook. In late May, Yahoo announced that its mail service would be stepping up by making the web more accessible through Yahoo Mail. Sites like Pandora, Flickr, YouTube, and popular blogging sites were magically incorporated last year to seamlessly transfer their updates to your user account for your viewing pleasure. The big news, however, came when Yahoo announced that your Facebook news feed would be accessible through Yahoo Mail. Not only will you see the latest viral videos that your friends ‘like’, but your mail even gets pre-sorted thanks to an upgrade. You can now read the important things first, but those e-mails about inheriting a large sum of money from an African Prince will have to wait. Sorry Nigerian scammers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunil Ramsamooj

“Google” Google for Help

May 31st, 2010 |

PhotobucketDespite both reading and writing innumerable words about Google, the company, it dawned on me that I didn’t have a ton of insight on the search capabilities offered on the site. This revelation came as I searched for a specific print ad created at a former agency. Perhaps more frustrating than not being able to find it was the fact that I it was to help someone else. Which is why I had to keep going long after I should have stopped. I can quit on my own stuff, but feel compelled to deliver for someone else.

Ridiculous considering that the ad had not, to my knowledge, been displayed online. Google can’t find something that doesn’t exist. In the end, I didn’t find it, leading me to search Google about conducting better Google searches. I felt a little better due to the number of returns (206,000,000) but I wasn’t going to look through all that crap. At this point, I decided to see what Google said about searching on Google. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jeff Louis