iOS 6 Released, How to Upgrade your iPhone/iPad/iPod

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

iOS 6Apple has just officially released iOS 6.  The download just started for me!

iOS 6 is compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPod Touch (4th gen)
  • iPod Touch (5th gen)
  • iPad 2
  • The new iPad (I still hate that name)

To install the new iOS 6 you just follow these steps (you need iTunes 10.7 for this, to upgrade read after the iOS instructions):

  1. Connect your device via USB to your computer (at this point it may prompt you for an upgrade, go for it)
  2. Open iTunes (if it doesn’t open already)
  3. Click on your device below “devices
  4. Click on the “Summary” tab up top
  5. Click on “Check for Update
  6. Enjoy!
Alternatively you can do so without a computer:
  1. On your iOS device
  2. Settings
  3. General
  4. Software Update

If you don’t get the update, you probably still have an earlier version of iTunes.  Only iTunes 10.7 supports the new iOS 6.

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Google Talk is Down

Thursday, July 26th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

Google TalkYup, a Google service is down, and the world stutters.

You’re not crazy, it’s experiencing problems.  Google stated:

We’re aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 5:20 PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. 

As of minutes ago, they are still investigating the issue.

Does that mean it’s time for a coffee break?

For what it’s worth, this is the first GTalk outage I’ve seen yet.  This makes us realize how much we rely on a technology, when it’s gone.

Stay tuned to this page, I’ll be posting updates as they come in.  You can also follow @seangw on twitter (me).

UPDATE 7/26 9:52 AM – GTalk Outage Continues

If you want to follow, Google is posting the Outage details and updates.

UPDATE 7/26 10:50 AM – Google GTalk coming back up

Rumors around the web say it’s coming back up.

From the official Apps Status Dashboard:

Google Talk service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

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Google Indexing Javascript / AJAX?

Friday, May 18th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

GoogleSaw a post this morning, Google Bot now crawls arbitrary Javascript sites.

Seems like not only is Google indexing javascript files, but executing them as if they were an actual user clicking (thus firing off related javascript calls properly).


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Google’s HTML/CSS Style Guide

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

GoogleSorry for the deluge of posts today.  This next one is a must read for web developers.

I’m not sure when it was first posted, but I just came across it today, the Google HTML/CSS Style Guide.

There are some useful reminders in there, and also some curveballs (beyond “Use Valid HTML where possible”):

  • Omit protocol from embedded resources – this means your JS and CSS includes should use “//” as opposed to “http://”.  This means whenever your code runs over HTTPS it won’t generate all those annoying popup windows.
  • Don’t use Entity references – an interesting point.  If your entire environment revolves around UTF-8, there is no need to encode special characters (except for < > and & because they are HTML code).  Bye bye —
  • Omit optional tags – skipping a few lines of code must save Google millions annually, but it’s interesting.  I don’t know if I can stop writing “<head><title>Title Here</title></head>” … but according to HTML5 specifications it’s an optional tag, and you can just write “<title>Title Here</title>”.
  • Hexadecimal Notation – Use 3 character notation where possible.  I’ve been doing this, but didn’t realize it was a best practice (this may save Google hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, me?  nothing).
  • Alphabetize CSS declarations – I guess this makes sense, so there is at least SOME organization to CSS declarations
  • Property name stops – For some reason Google WANTS room between a CSS property and the value (“value: 0px” vs “value:0px”).  Seems odd to me, but at least it’s what I’ve always done


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Google’s Matt Cutts on White Hat SEO Tactics

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

GoogleSEO professionals argue day in and day out about whether or not to use Black Hat SEO tactics.  For those of you not aware of the difference between White Hat and Black Hat tactics, here’s a few bullets…

White Hat Techniques

  • Improve usability of site
  • Generate Content
  • Improve site speed
  • Marketing the site legitimately
  • Technically implement the site correctly
  • Anything a search engine would want you to do

Black Hat Techniques

  • Buying links
  • Keyword spamming
  • Link circles
  • Spam commenting / linking
  • Farming out link generation
  • Anything to fool a search engine into thinking you are bigger than you are

I will admit that for certain clients, it is useful to consider some black hat techniques.  Black hat techniques come at a higher price tag, and much shorter term lifespan.

Matt Cutts (of Google), considered one of the closest things many of us have to seeing inside Google’s head, wrote an article talking about Google’s stance on White Hat versus Black Hat.

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Google Drive is Live

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

Google LogoToday Google announced their newest offering, Google Drive.

Everyone gets 5GB of storage free.  Other price points are:

  • $2.49/month – 25 GB
  • $4.99/month – 100GB
  • $49.99/month – 1 TB (yes, 1000 GB)

Sure to be a major competitor to DropBox, as their prices beat out any competitor that I know of (if you know otherwise, let me know).

The new Google Drive service is available for PC / Mac, and Android devices currently.  iPhone and iPad apps are sure to follow soon.  Full integration with Google Docs is sure to push adoption of the technology (the instant sharing of edits is a great feature for remote collaboration).

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Chrome beats IE Usage on Sundays

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

Google’s Chrome browser has been beating out IE usage on weekends since March 18.  People are choosing Chrome for their home browser, while being forced to use IE at work during the week.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

Due to Chrome’s automatic updates, more people are using Chrome 18 now, than any other browser version.  It’s a delight for developers to know people are automatically going to be using the most recent version of a browser.  Probably why I’d expect it to be the most recommended browser by web developers.  The graph is amazing to see how quickly use of the “old” (Chrome 17) browser drops off and the new browser jumps up.  Compare that to the IE8 and IE9 graphs.  They are slowly switching (over years, not days).

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Version Market Share

Chrome has been experiencing slow but unstoppable growth in browser usage.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

Thanks to StatCounter for the cool graphs.

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Project Glass: Google’s Augmented Reality

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

It’s been a rumor for a few months, but Google is actually putting their “Project Glass” technology out in the wild.  They’ve been seen in the hands of Google employees.

This stuff is the future. We just need to find out who does it right. Google has some impressive technology here, and it actually works.

All powered by Android.  I’m still an iOS guy, but I can see this as changing my tune.

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Google Search includes Google+ by Default

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

Sorry for all the posts today, I keep seeing things I think people would want to hear.

Google announced today that search will now include “Your World”.  It’s a good idea to watch that Google Blog, always good stuff.

Google needs to push Google+ somehow, and this will sure help.  Including “Personal results” in search results is both good and bad in my opinion.

You’ll start to see (as this rolls out over the next few days to everyone) Google+ posts and shared photos showing up in search results.  These are posts of people who you are following.

Also in the Google search box, Google+ profiles will start showing up there.

If you don’t like it, you can opt-out (although it is opt-in by default).

This change means for SEO experts, having those Google+ profiles, and relevant Google Pages is important.

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Why you should add Facebook like buttons

Friday, December 16th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

FacebookI still think at some point, Facebook will fade into our memories.  It’s a safe bet.. given enough time.

For now it’s time to embrace it.  Until this past summer, I hadn’t added Facebook like buttons to my site.  This was done because I was opposed to having those irritating social media icons all over my site.  I thought maybe I was missing out on a few percentage points of hits.

Today, and for the past few days, I’ve gotten more page views on my site from Facebook than from Google search.  This is according to the WordPress Jetpack by the way, Google Analytics still says I get more from Google (but I’m inclined to have suspicions).

There are about 50 pages / articles on my site that people have “liked” on Facebook (go ahead and try it… ).  A few of my posts have hundreds of likes.

This is currently generating about 500-1000 page views a day for me.  I would have never though adding a stupid Facebook Like button could do that for my site.

Add them to your site, you won’t regret it.

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