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Is Google Search Coming to Your TV?

Google is testing a new television programming search service in conjunction with Dish Network, according to The Wall Street Journal.The service, which appears to be very much in a limited testing phase, runs on a special set-top box and apparently searches content from both the Dish programming guide, as well as web video services like YouTube.Without any details about the specific implementation, it’s unclear how similar this venture is to the new upcoming TiVo Premiere service that was announced last week.Perhaps the most interesting aspect of The Wall Street Journal’s report dealt less with the service itself and more with the technology that powers the set-top box. Apparently, portions of Google’s Android OS power the Google-enabled device. While Android has been spotted on other devices like tablets and netbooks (or, so-called smartbooks), a move to the embedded device space could be huge.As consumer electronics rapidly shift toward connectivity (hey, it might have taken us 15 years, but now everything is moving at a rapid pace), there are huge opportunities for embedded systems developers. As it stands, most embedded devices use either a custom-built kernel or a modified version of BusyBox, but Google could theoretically offer a framework that would be both free and value-rich for device makers, while also offering opportunities that impact Google’s core business.Of course, this isn’t Google’s first foray into television. Back in 2008, Google AdWords launched Google TV Ads as a platform for companies to buy airtime in various markets. That project hasn’t been as successful as other Google ventures, but perhaps a more direct way of tying search to television would have better results.What do you think about the possibility of having Google on your TV? Let us know!Reviews: Android, Google, YouTubeTags: dish network, embedded devices, google search, google tv, iptv Read more

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Spice Up Your Christmas Decors With Sync Lights and Music

You have undoubtedly seen fireworks lighting up the sky in sync with lively background music. But have you seen Christmas decorative lights also dance in sync with different Christmas tunes? It is in fact a growing favorite among hobbyists who find joy in spicing up their Christmas decors a little bit with synchronized lighting systems. Read more

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Teeth Whitening Gels – Very Easy Way to Get Your Teeth Shining Like New

Are you searching for teeth whitening gels? In our society today, having white teeth is a very important thing. We place a lot of value on external appearances. Its hard not too with all of these celebrities showing off their beautiful white teeth all the time. This just makes us want to have nice teeth even more. Read more

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Telephone Music on Hold – How to Make the Best Use of It

There are many times when you are kept on hold when you call up someone. You may have called at an office or perhaps a government office, where you have reached the receptionist or perhaps someone else’s desk. That is when you are kept on hold and while you are on hold, the intervening period may be quite boring. Read more

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Nokia X6 Pay As You Go Will Be Music to Your Ears

Nokia’s latest music phone has now been released on Pay As You Go, the Nokia X6 is now available in black as a prepay handset with the smaller 16GB internal memory capacity. The 16GB Nokia X6 might have half the memory of the original 32GB X6 models but it is now expandable for those that need the extra room, the only other difference between this newer model and the original is the lack of the ‘Comes with Music’ service which has been omitted to keep costs down. Read more

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Cell Phoning, Texting, Emailing, Social Networking – "Communicate, Communicate, Dance to the Music!"

I carry the cell with me at all times after many years of resisting "the leash." I am in constant contact with everybody all the time now. I call, I text, I post on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, my blogs, my article-marketing company (the platform that created this one), my website, and on a specialized online marketing community I’ve recently joined. I’m getting dizzy. I’ve become a Seinfeldian-style "over-communicator!" Read more

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How Job Seekers Are Using Social Media for Real Results

The Real Results series is supported by Gist, an online service that helps you build stronger relationships. By connecting your inbox to the web, you get business-critical information about key people and companies. See how it works here.Whether you’re looking for your first job, exploring a career change, or just setting yourself up for future success, social media sites have proven themselves as important platforms for facilitating connections, demonstrating passions and interests, and ultimately landing you the job you actually want.We know it’s possible to land a job with social media know-how but the bigger question is how? In putting together this post we turned to those with the most knowledge on the subject matter: individuals who have secured jobs thanks to social media.Because of these personal stories we were able to identify common trends and themes contributing to their real results. Keep reading to hear how job candidates are taking risks, discovering that their online presence has real value, and engineering their own success through social media.Taking RisksIn our research on the subject one thing rang loud and clear — social media sites allow job seekers to take risks, and more often than not those risks are received well by potential employers.Risks worth taking:1. Put yourself out there:The nature of social media is such that you could be conversing with important people in public channels at any given time. It may be intimidating to use Twitter or Facebook to communicate with an individual you don’t know, but taking the initial risk and putting yourself out there is the best way to show you’re serious about the position or opportunity you seek. If you can get past the initial fear of communicating with a complete stranger, you’ll have a much better chance of landing the job you want.David Cohen took a risk and used Facebook IM to ping a contact — merely a friend of a friend — when he learned that the man in question had recently started his own Internet marketing agency. Prior to that small act of bravery, Cohen, a recent college graduate, had spent months looking for a job with no success. The social media maneuver, however, ended up making all the difference.“I randomly hit up a guy on chat that I knew through some acquaintances who recently had broke off from his parent company to launch his own internet marketing business in early 2009,” said Cohen. “He basically told me to come on in and meet his partner and have a small interview … I am now the resident social media coordinator, blogger and general office helper for the small start-up company. This all happened because I took a risk and sent a Facebook IM to this man.”2. Match application style to the position:It’s definitely risky to take an unconventional approach to the typically staunch application process, but doing so might make you stand out from all the rest.Scott James did just this when applying for a social media internship. He decided to try a somewhat unconventional approach to creating a cover letter and used Twitter-style status updates in his application email. James said that he “wanted to make myself stand out. Instead of a traditional cover letter, I figured, ‘Why not highlight my skills with a set of Twitter messages?’”James’ unique style landed him the internship and he is now an in-house social media strategist at the company.Social Savvy With a Touch of SerendipityIn reading through the many stories of those who managed to secure their current gig through social media, the biggest trend seemed to be that a chance tweet, Facebook post, or online connection made all the difference.You could call these job seekers’ social media success stories serendipitous but the reality is that each of these individuals set themselves up for the chance happening with months, if not years, of intentional or unintentional online breadcrumbs that demonstrate their own unique savvy.Here’s a sampling of people who were able to parlay their social media savvy into solid leads and careers after chance encounters.Todd Armstrong stumbled on a new opportunity by paying close attention to Twitter and following up on a potential lead.“Basically, I was “stuck” at my previous job in that there was no place to move up, and my job was morphing into something completely different than what I was hired for. So I was on the lookout. Submitted my resume to a few places, but never heard back from anyone. I had seen tweets from @nateritter for a couple of weeks that he was looking for a CakePHP developer. I knew PHP but not specifically the Cake framework. One day, while on the elliptical at work, I saw a tweet from him saying he needed a “PHP” dev. I DM’d him back saying something like “don’t you need a Cake person?”. To which he replied that he couldn’t find a Cake person so he expanded to just PHP. I said I was interested and met him later that week. Now I work with him and couldn’t be happier.”Sue Spaight Moorhead inadvertently networked her way to her current position:“I started on Twitter almost a year and a half ago, thinking it would just be a good way to get feeds of research, articles, etc. Then a friend who was on Twitter introduced me to the managing director of his agency, on Twitter. We had drinks. I interviewed. He offered me a job. It wasn’t quite right so I passed. But then that managing director introduced me to one of his friends, on Twitter. We had coffee, and became friends on both Twitter and IRL. That new friend-in-the-third-degree became a consultant for an agency. And when that agency’s President was looking for a new Director of Account Management and Digital, he asked the consultant for leads, and was referred to me. He contacted me via LinkedIn, not Twitter. ; ) We had lunch. I interviewed. And for the past six months I’ve been VP of Account Management/Digital Strategy at his agency. It’s been quite the chain reaction, and it continues today.”Kasey Fleisher Hickey’s online penchant for discussing her food and music passions landed her a new gig:“I got my job thanks to my food and music blog. A recruiter that was working with my company, Context Optional, happened to be a foodie that was familiar with my blog and was impressed with my social media know-how. Funny enough, a number of people at my company got their jobs through social media–our Community Manager, Lauren Friedman was also discovered through her blog, TheOffBeatReport, and Twitter.”Social EngineeringWhen you don’t have time to wait for luck, engineering your own is the second best option. The job seekers we talked to found that social media enabled them to glean the information they needed about the position they were seeking or the individuals staffed at an organization in order to manufacture a bit of their own serendipity.Kevin Thompson may no longer work at SuggestionBox, but the story of how he was able to use social media to engineer his way into a new opportunity is quite remarkable.“I was living in El Centro with my soon-to-be wife, who had moved there to pursue a promotion, and her contract in El Centro was about to expire. As part of our preparation for the move back to San Diego, I began looking for a new position in web development. … I had begun to follow [on Twitter] a number of web professionals from the San Diego area.Before long, I saw a tweet from Gema Torrones (@gemalynn) advertising a development position at SuggestionBox. I followed up with Gema on Twitter and asked a few questions about the position and the company, then proceeded to apply and send in my resume. Within 24 hours, I was contacted by Adam Levenson (@adamlevenson) by email to schedule a phone interview.After the interview was scheduled, I, as I’m sure a number of web-savvy individuals would do, Googled my interviewee and I found that Adam was active on both Twitter and 12Seconds.tv. I caught up on some of Adam’s interests and activities, including a few tweets about loving waffles (random, I know, but it’s relevant). I also found a few videos from the SuggestionBox office that gave me a bit of insight into the personalities of other team members and the general atmosphere at the company. I followed Adam on Twitter and 12seconds.tv, and I remained active on both of those networks, expecting Adam to view my profiles to, in turn, learn a bit more about me.I began to weave some of Adam’s interests into my activity streams including, among other mundane 12seconds.tv videos, a goofy video of me with a plate of waffles.When the interview rolled around, I touted my experience and abilities (which alone qualified me for the position) and as the call progressed and became more casual, Adam mentioned that he liked my 12seconds.tv videos, and moreso, specifically named the waffle video.”Have you used social media to land a job? Tell us more about your experience and tips you have for other job seekers in the comments.Series supported by GistGist helps you build stronger professional relationships by bringing together information from across the web for all your contacts and their companies giving you the right information at the right moment to get a first meeting, deliver an amazing pitch, or just find a better way to make a connection. Gist does all the work for you, assembling a dynamic collection of all your contacts and their companies from your email inbox, your social networks, or even your CRM system automatically building and updating their profiles as new content is published – by them or about them.[Img credit: Zach Klein, Pawel Niewladomski, Darwin Bell]Reviews: Facebook, LinkedIn, PHP, TwitterTags: business, career, careers, job search, jobs, social media, social networking Read more

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3 Things to Do Before MashBash SXSWi This Sunday Night

MashBash SXSWi 2010, Mashable’s annual event at the SXSW festival in Austin, is less than 1 week away! Here’s a checklist for those wishing to attend:1. RSVP on Eventbrite and the Facebook event page so your friends know you’re coming.2. Add yourself to Austin Realtime, our growing directory of attendees and their social networking updates.3. Check out our new SXSWi channel for SXSW updates!Some extra notes for attendees:– Important: MashBash SXSWi is an official SXSWi event open to all SXSWi attendees 21+. You must bring your badge and an ID.– Our Hashtag for the event will be “#MashBash”. Short and Simple– The Sony bloggie camera contest is now over. Congrats to the final winners: Heather Herr and Josh Holden! Congrats!About MashBash 2010More than 7,000 people have RSVPed for MashBash 2010 in Austin, taking place on Sunday, March 14, at Buffalo Billiards in Austin, Texas.Join Mashable’s Pete Cashmore, Adam Ostrow, Josh Catone, Barb Dybwad, Jennifer Van Grove, Brett Petersel and myself, along with our sponsors Cliqset and Sony Electronics and SXSWi attendees for a night of networking and music from DJ Chicken George. In addition, there will be a two-hour open bar, strong Wi-Fi, a game room and plenty of surprises!MashBash RSVP DetailsDate: Sunday, March 14, 2010Time: 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.mLocation: Buffalo Billiards, 201 6th Street, Austin, TXAdmission: Open to SXSWi attendeesRSVP for Chance to Win VIP Access to MashBash 2010: sxswi.eventbrite.comSocialize: FacebookMany thanks to our sponsors:“Sony Electronics has created high-quality, innovative and stylish products for over 40 years. Thanks to Mashable, Sony’s new MP4 bloggie™ camera will make its SXSWi debut. Capturing everyday moments in 1080p HD MP4 video and 5-megapixel photos, the compact device has advanced features like Face Detection and SteadyShot™, a large LCD screen, a built-in USB for uploading and charging, integrated software for easy Web sharing, and allows for expandable storage with Memory Stick PRO Duo™ or SD media cards. The bloggie camera is one of many products just launched under Sony’s new global brand message – make.believe. Believe that anything you can imagine, you can make real. For more information go to http://www.sony.com/bloggie.”“Cliqset makes it easy for people to share, discover, and discuss content from everywhere on the Web. Cliqset helps you filter through the activity, like status updates, reviews, blog posts, videos, articles, music and pretty much everything that’s online, and consume the social stream the way you want to. To connect with Cliqset, visit us at http://www.cliqset.com.”Reviews: Facebook, MashableTags: MashBash, mashbash sxswi, sxsw, sxswi Read more

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Bing Takes On “Goliath” Google with Huge UK Ad Campaign

It’s a bit funny to hear Microsoft referring to any other company as the “Goliath,” but when it comes to the business of search, there’s no doubt that Google has managed to overshadow Microsoft’s efforts, which prompted Microsoft to ditch Live Search and start anew with Bing.It’s therefore no surprise to hear Managing Director and Vice President of Consumer and Online at Microsoft UK Ashley Highfield readily admit Microsoft is the underdog in this battle. “This is a big moment — we are taking out our slingshots and taking on Goliath,” she said.The moment is big, indeed, as Microsoft plans to spend millions of pounds on promoting its search engine, starting with a series of TV ads in the UK next week. According to the Guardian, the ads will emphasize Bing as a decision engine that simplifies information overload and gives users simple, straight answers.Will it be enough to capture some of Google’s enormous market share? In the UK, it’s a frightening 90%, while Bing is at 3%, which explains the Goliath comparison. In the U.S., however, Bing fares much better, which was probably (at least partly) the result of a strong advertising campaign. We’ll see if Microsoft can repeat the same success in the UK.Reviews: Bing, GoogleTags: Goliath, Google, microsoft, Search Read more

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Social Media Dorks Get an Anthem [VIDEO]

Remember the Pantless Knights of “I’m on a Mac” fame? Well, they’re back today with a new vid titled “The New Dork,” a parody of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s “Empire State of Mind” that pays tribute to social media adherents and hipsters alike.With shoutouts to Zuckerberg, Mashable, Valleywag, Gizmodo, LinkedIn, Twitter and tech nerds camped out in their mothers’ basements, this video is all about using your social media cache to attain new levels of irony-spun hipness.According to these tech-savvy dudes, Internet denizens of today are raking in the cash and models whilst rocking skinny jeans and “steady Jerkin’” (it’s a dance craze, guys — get your mind outta the gutter). As the refrain goes: “Social networks what dream are made of.” Apparently, the “New Dork” is the next hot thing.That’s cool and everything, but I’m more stoked that the video features a guy wearing jorts.Check it out below. What do you think of the concept of the “New Dork”? Let us know in the comments.Disclosure: Grasshopper is a past sponsor of Mashable.Reviews: LinkedIn, Mashable, TwitterTags: humor, pop culture, social media, trending, viral video Read more

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