Small Business SEO Orlando | “Google Wants Your Content To Be Faster”

Source     : Brafton
By              : Brafton Editorial
Category : Small Business SEO Orlando, Best Orlando SEO Company

Marketers have been warned that site speed is going to become more important for user experience, and thus, search rankings. Now, Google is delivering on that promise with the introduction of Speed Suggestions content analytics reports. Marketers can see where their sites are lagging and identify solutions to speed it up a little. “Users prefer fast sites. And businesses benefit from it,” wrote Google Analytics Team member Chen Xiao the official blog post announcing the update.

Before marketers resign to the idea that Google is constantly making it harder for them to reach SEO goals, they must take a step back and see that the search engine is leading by example. Google recently introduction of the <a ping> attribute that sped up mobile content delivery by around 200 to 400 milliseconds. But the search engine isn’t alone in its efforts to pick up the pace. Mobile web access speed has increased 30 percent over the past year. More, this tool follows the 2011 release of Page Speed Online, which similarly offered marketers insights on how speed impacted search rankings.  Using the new reports, marketers determine how quickly their web content displays in the Overview tab, and then dig into more granular data about Page Timings (which details the time it takes to load each page) and User Timings (the performance of images, videos, buttons, etc.). But the real gold mine (at least until SEOs get a handle on site speed best practices) is the Speed Suggestions portal, which offers prescriptive suggestions for decreasing load times.

Some examples from the post:

– Minifying JavaScript code because it can save bytes of data and speed up downloading, parsing and executing time. Optimizing images through compression and proper optimization to save bytes of data. Google’s Matt Cutts has come out and stated that site speed is an more important ranking signal, and brands that want to assume higher SERP positions should find ways to give shrink load times. It’s crucial that marketers remember we’re living in a fast-paced world that calls for real-time responsiveness even when it comes to content distribution.

Site : brafton.com/news/seo-update-google-wants-your-content-to-be-faster

Small Business SEO Orlando | “Google ‘Hummingbird’ Algorithm To Elevate Niche Websites”

Source      : Telegraph – Technology
By               : Gerry Brown
Category  : Small Business SEO- Orlando, Best Orlando SEO Company

Google’s new Hummingbird algorithm could create a more even playing field for ‘the long tail’ of website publishers, and help Google to rival Apple Siri in voice search, says Ovum analyst Gerry Brown.  Last week, Google announced a brand new algorithm for its search engine, called Hummingbird. Although Google often produces updates and enhancements (such as the “Caffeine Update” in 2010, and “Penguin” and “Panda” since), the last time Google introduced a brand new algorithm was 2001, so it is a big change. Although Google has not given away many details, it said that Hummingbird is focused on ranking information based on a more intelligent understanding of search requests. As Internet data volumes explode we increasingly have to type more and more words into Google Search to gain greater accuracy of results. Often we need to conduct multiple searches to find the information we are looking for, which is frustrating and time consuming. This is because the Search results we currently receive reflect the matching combination of key words that a search phrase contains, rather than the true meaning of the sentence itself. Search results produced by Hummingbird will reflect the full semantic meaning of longer search phrases, and should in theory produce more accurate results.

For example Hummingbird will more greatly consider question words like “how” “why”, “where” and “when” in search phrases, in addition to content keywords. Hence Hummingbird moves the emphasis of search from “results” to “answers”. Google also has acknowledged that the number of mobile and voice-based searches is increasing. Such voice searches are in natural language, and may not therefore contain the keywords we might finesse on a computer keyboard. These ‘on the fly’ searches are likely to return poor results using a keyword search system.   The semantic search capabilities of Hummingbird aim to address this need. It should be noted however that the most-used medium for mobile voice-based search is Apple iPhone’s Siri, which uses Yelp and WolframAlpha rather than Google for semantic search. WolframAlpha has had a semantic search capability since 2012, so there is undoubtedly a competitive response angle to the Hummingbird move.

The future is therefore “conversational search” or “hot wording” as Google refers to it. By this Google means that a user can simply voice prompt the Google search engine by saying “OK, Google”. The latter is also the voice catch-phrase used to operate the wearable Google Glass spectacles. In a separate move announced by Google in September 2013, the company will seek to accelerate the movement from Google keyword search to Google semantic search. Google will encrypt all future Search results, which means that keywords used by publishers will increasingly produce ‘not provided’ results in Google Analytics. This means that publishers will have less idea where the web traffic to their website comes from. An underlying commercial motivation maybe that Google’s premium products will continue to provide some keyword detail, hence encouraging upgrades from free to paid-for Google products.

In both cases Google has been quietly introduced these changes without the hullaballoo that accompanies an Apple product launch, for example. Google has been encrypting search results since 2011, and we have all been using Hummingbird for 6-8 weeks now. These understated actions also suggest that commercial or competitive motives are to the fore, rather than the altruistic ‘better user experience’ public positioning that Google is promoting. Few if any of us have noticed the improvements suggested by Hummingbird. There has been significantly more debate online by concerned webmasters concerned about the potential loss of their precious keywords statistics.

One beneficial result of Hummingbird should be that it creates a more even and fairer playing field for ‘the long tail’ of website publishers. Search keywords are dominated by large companies and brands who can afford to win the search word bidding war created by Google. Semantic search results are less predictable, and should enable small and niche website providers to gain a higher page ranking when a precise and complex search phrase is used. Hummingbird is set to affect around 90 per cent of all Google search results, and search results will undoubtedly be affected, but to what degree is currently unclear. One conclusion we can draw is that Google is seeking to retain more data for its own purposes, thus providing it with a unique ‘data competitive advantage’. This will potentially enable Google to target consumers with advertising and promotions more accurately than any other advertiser or publisher. Already some online advertisers and publishers have expressed concern at Google’s domination of the online advertising industry, so much so that they now refuse to share their valuable data with Google. The Hummingbird and search encryption moves may well heighten similar privacy concerns in other parts of the web ecosystem.

Source :  telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10350564/Google-Hummingbird-algorithm-to-elevate-niche-websites.html

Small Business SEO- Orlando | “Twitter’s Valuation Seen Exceeding $20 Billion After IPO”

Source      : bloomberg.com
By               : Leslie Picker
Category  : Small Business SEO, Best Orlando SEO Company

Twitter Inc.’s user growth is slowing and it shows no sign of turning a profit. Some fund managers say that’s not going to stop the microblogging service’s $12.8 billion valuation from treading higher. Much higher. The $12.8 billion figure is derived from the fair value that Twitter put on its shares in an initial public offering filing last week. Ironfire Capital LLC and Gamco Investors Inc. (GBL) project the San Francisco-based company could be worth $15 billion to $20 billion once it begins trading.

Those targets are fueled by the firms’ expectations that Twitter can increase revenue at a rapid clip, as it expands globally and draws advertising dollars from companies seeking access to its more than 200 million monthly active users. Twitter has more than doubled revenue annually as companies advertise on the service, the filing showed. “The valuation is fair despite the lack of quantifiable profit,” said Jeffrey Sica, who helps oversee more than $1 billion of assets as the president of Sica Wealth Management in Morristown, New Jersey. “I anticipate the revenue to grow exponentially as retailers and media begin to explore ways to attract new customers through the use of Twitter.” Sica, who said Twitter may fetch a valuation of as high as $40 billion when it starts trading, will consider buying the stock. He won’t buy if the offering is “over-hyped” and the valuation rises above $30 billion.

Twitter, which hasn’t set a price range or said exactly when it expects to debut, declined to comment, according to Jim Prosser, a spokesman.

Buying Expectations
In the offering prospectus, Twitter pegged the fair value of its common stock at $20.62 a share as of August. There are 620 million shares outstanding, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be named because the number was not included in the filing. At $12.8 billion, Twitter would be valued at 28.6 times revenue of about $448 million over the past 12 months. Facebook Inc. (FB) trades at close to 20 times sales while LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) fetches about 21 times sales. “The valuation is pretty full,” said David Joy, Boston-based chief market strategist at Ameriprise Financial Inc. (AMP), which manages and administers $703 billion in assets. “So what you’re buying is the expectation that they’re going to grow into that valuation.”

Mobile Users
Users who access the service from mobile devices are also critical to that growth. About 75 percent of Twitter’s most active users accessed the service from handheld devices in the three months through June, up from 66 percent a year earlier, the company said. More than 65 percent of advertising revenue comes from those devices. The ability to make money from mobile users was a big factor in Facebook’s post-IPO slump last year. The shares fell more than 50 percent from their $38 debut price in May 2012 and didn’t cross back above that level until July of this year — after the company reported an increase in mobile advertising. Twitter “being a far more mobile-centric business and further along than Facebook was at their IPO is confidence-inducing,” said Michael Scanlon, managing director at Manulife Asset Management, who helps manage $3 billion. The $12.8 billion valuation isn’t outrageous, he said. Facebook said in July that it generated 41 percent of its ad revenue from mobile promotions in the latest quarter, up from 14 percent a year earlier.

Surging Value
Far from a Facebook-like experience, Twitter’s value will surge when the shares begin to trade, said Eric Jackson, founder of Ironfire Capital, a Naples, Florida-based hedge fund. The valuation may immediately reach $15 billion, and “in a few years, I expect Twitter to be a $40 billion to $60 billion company,” he said. Lawrence Haverty, a portfolio manager at Rye, New York-based Gamco Investors, which oversees $40 billion, said the company could be valued at more than $20 billion on its first trade. Jackson says he will invest in the IPO if the valuation stays below $15 billion. Haverty said he may buy shares, depending on the market at the time of the offering and his impressions after a meeting with management. As Twitter embarks on a roadshow to promote the deal, it will be testing investors who have been burned in recent years by the offerings of Internet companies such as Facebook, Groupon Inc. (GRPN) and Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) Groupon and Zynga also lost half their value in the months following their offerings. “The attractiveness about some of these offerings has been mixed,” Ameriprise Financial’s Joy said. “Investors will be a little more circumspect.”

Blank Check
Technology companies, including Facebook and Google Inc., often rely on dual-class stock structures to keep their founders and management in control. While Twitter has one class of stock, a “blank check” provision in the filing enables the board to issue preferred shares without stockholder approval. “It sounds like there is a real possibility of a dillutive future offering,” Joy said. “All else being equal, that makes an investment less attractive.” Two other factors weighing on Twitter’s appeal are slowing growth in new users, and the fact that it remains unprofitable despite surging sales. Average monthly active user growth slowed to 44 percent in the three months to June 30 from 78 percent in the year prior. Expenses jumped 87 percent in the first six months of 2013, led mostly by research and development costs, compared with the same period last year. Joy predicts that Twitter may trade lower, though that depends on where the company and its investment bankers choose to price the sale — something that won’t be determined until after investor meetings. While his instinct is that investors should not buy Twitter shares immediately, Joy says its long-run potential may still be strong. “Although user growth has slowed, it’s a big world with lots of potential,” he said. “The stock is not coming cheap but could be interesting if it has the playing field.”

Source : bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-07/twitter-s-valuation-seen-exceeding-20-billion-after-ipo.html

Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization | “10 Tips For Using YouTube To Kill At Local SEO”

Source        :   searchengineland.com
By                :  Chris Silver Smith
Category    : Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization, Small Business SEO ORLANDO ,Best Orlando SEO Company

Local Search Engine Optimization

Local Search Engine Optimization

Here’s a local search optimization tactic that is a staple in the repertoire of many professional SEOs: YouTube Optimization. It’s particularly effective in local search since relatively few businesses have created and published video promotions for themselves.  Before launching into the technical tips for optimizing your YouTube videos for local search, it’s worthwhile to mention the content itself. While my tips below will provide benefit somewhat independently of whatever the video is actually about, all benefit derived from the work will be magnified if the video is compelling. So, subject matter and the way it is conveyed are of primary importance. I don’t mention “quality” (although that can contribute) because there are many videos of poor production quality or low resolution that are extremely popular. The subject matter of a video and the way it’s conveyed — its “interestingness” — are more likely to determine whether people will watch it, whether they’ll watch all the way through, and whether they’ll share it with friends.

Some businesses simply make an ad about themselves when they do a video. While these can be informative for prospective customers, they are typically not all that imaginative (and usually not as effective as less overtly promotional videos).  A better approach would be to publish a series of brief videos over time about aspects of your industry, its products, and its services. Provide how-to videos that demonstrate how to do what you do. Obviously, if you sell a service, you won’t make money off of do-it-yourselfers, but these videos are typically more popular and will therefore convey more ranking potential to your business. They can also serve to establish you as an expert — and sometimes, when you show what’s involved in what you do, it will persuade people to pay to have it done.

Other types of videos can teach consumers about how to select the sorts of products you sell, or tell them how to discern qualities about services offered. These “public service” sorts of videos may train consumers in how to be more discerning and, in the process, train them to choose you instead of your competition.  Videos can be simpler to produce than you might imagine these days. Cellphones and digital cameras can shoot your videos, or higher fidelity video cams. You can also create and edit videos using numerous inexpensive software packages. A video I shot just a few years ago of the old Texas Stadium demolition was fairly low resolution compared to the dozens of videos shot with far better equipment by local news organizations, but my optimization work with the video enabled it to rank highest for a while, gaining tens of thousands more views than the videos created by the pros at the news stations! So, quality helps, but don’t get too obsessive with making a perfect video – create and publish your video, rather than get mired in the time and expense of doing something super-slick. And so, without further ado, here are 10 tips for YouTube Optimization for Local SEO.

1. Geotag Your Video
First, you obviously should “geotag” your video in order to associate it with the geo coordinates of your business location. To do this, go into the Advanced settings for the video within the Video Manager. YouTube makes it simple by providing a search field — enter the address location here and click the Search button. The location is then displayed on a little popup map where you may further refine the location by dragging the pinpoint marker. Once saved, YouTube converts your location information into longitude and latitude coordinates for storage.

It’s grown a little unclear as to how Google uses this information at this point. In the not-too-distant past, these videos could be accessed via a layer in Google Maps, and YouTube offered an advanced option for searching for videos within an area. Both of these options are gone, but the data is still there in the background and may continue to impact whether a particular video is deemed to be more relevant for searchers according to geographic proximity. (The YouTube Trends Map displays the most popular videos on a map, but that seems to be based on the locations of the people viewing the videos.)  Contextually, other things associated with the video might also be considered more relevant for its location area as well. Google may bring this data back to the surface once more, so long as the Video Manager interface continues to collect this data from end users.

2. Link To Your Business In The Description
Include a link to your business website at the beginning of the video description. Now, these links are automatically “nofollowed” by YouTube, but there seems to be ranking value of some sort conveyed from the videos to the business’s local search ranking ability. Perhaps Google transfers keyword associations with the link, while no PageRank is transmitted — or perhaps local citation value is being conveyed, since there is no way of “nofollowing” citations.

3. Include Your NAP (Name, Address, Phone), Part I
Include your business name, address and phone number in the frames near the end of the video (and perhaps your website URL as well). Text within videos can be “read” out of the data by Google’s interpretation algorithms, based on the application of optical character recognition.

4. Include Your NAP, Part II
Actually stating your business name, address and phone in the video’s audio will be worthwhile, since this may be automatically converted into the text transcripts produced by Google’s systems.

5. Utilize The Description Field
Mention your address, city location and phone number in the description text. The description field in YouTube is actually very generous, so while your initial paragraph or sentences should clearly describe what the video is about, you could also include a section after that which provides a short biography about your company (and differentiators that might persuade consumers to choose you above your competition).

6. Tag Your Video
Include your business category name and your location names as tags on the video. The keyword tags have long been one of the “secret weapons” for YouTube optimization, so add in a handful of relevant tags for each video. Tags can be multi-word phrases as well as single word terms.

7. Associate The Video With Your Google Places Listing
You will need to add the video to your business listing in Google Places.

8. Associate The Video With Your Google+ Local Page
Add the video to your Google+ Local page. Once you’ve added the video there, you and your employees can share the video on your personal Google+ streams. The numbers of shares are and indicator of popularity.

9. Embed Your Video
Embed the video in your website page and/or on your blog. The number of embeds is another factor that indicates the popularity of videos.  A frequently recurring question in video optimization is whether you should host videos natively (on your website) or store them on YouTube. I have come to believe that housing the videos on YouTube is the more beneficial option. The embed code can allow your video to be displayed elsewhere, and I think having the ranking factors and integration of YouTube as a top Google property provides too many benefits to ignore.

10. Promote Your Video
Further promote the video via your social media accounts, particularly on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Google+. If you provide the video through all the various channels where you’re promoting your business, potential customers can run across it and view it.  All the various views add up to help your video in rankings. All the popularity measures may not only help the video itself to rank, but the citational value conveyed to your business may help with rankings in local search results as well.  Bonus Tip: if you’ve got more than one video, it’s worthwhile to optimize your YouTube channel with a description, link to your website, and links to a few of your main social media profiles.

Google likes videos because people like videos. This has given videos fairly good influence in search. Using these tips to optimize your video content may provide you with a very strong tool for augmenting your local search rankings!

Source : searchengineland.com/10-tips-for-using-youtube-to-kill-at-local-seo-171396

Small Business SEO | “Facebook or Google: Which Website Rules The World?”

Source    : theguardian.com
By        : George Arnett – theguardian.com
Category  : Orlando Small Business SEO, Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization

We have reached the age of internet empires with just a handful of websites dominating internet traffic across the globe.  Stefano De Sabbata and Dr Mark Graham from the Oxford Internet Institute have tried to show this with a map visualising each country’s most popular website using a design that pays homage to the Age of Empires video game series. You can click on the map below to zoom in and see the countries in detail. There is a key showing the websites featured at the bottom left of the map.

The researchers explain their methodology on their Information Geographies blog:

The map uses freely available data retrieved from Alexa on August 12th, 2013. The company has provided website analytics since 1996. Alexa collects data from millions of internet users using one of over 25,000 different browser extensions, and the data used for this visualization were calculated “using a combination of the estimated average daily unique visitors to a site and the estimated number of pageviews on that site from users in that country over the past month”. The data are visualised as a choropleth map, where the colour indicates each country’s most visited website. Starting from the evident dominance of two companies (Google and Facebook), whose colours (red and blue, respectively) cover most of the map, we styled the illustration as an old colonial map, and named it after the computer game series Age of Empires.

The age of internet empires

So Google and Facebook rule most of the world except Asia where local providers have managed to maintain their domination of the market. The researchers point out that Google is the most visited website in the majority of European, North American and Oceanian countries while Facebook dominates in the Middle East, North Africa and most Spanish-speaking countries in South America. The once dominant Yahoo! maintains a stronghold in Japan, where it is branded Yahoo Japan! (as a joint venture with Japanese company SoftBank) and also in Taiwan.

Unfortunately there are some countries missing from the map, as the researchers explain:

Alexa does not provide much information about countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, most countries that have a significant Internet population are covered. Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, and South Africa fall within the sphere of Google’s empire, whereas Ghana, Senegal, and Sudan have been subsumed within Facebook’s dominion.

Size is not everything

The countries where Google is dominant contain half of the internet’s whole population, with over one billion users. Although the locations it dominates contain more landmass, Facebook loses out to Chinese search engine Baidu when it comes to total internet population. To illustrate this discrepancy De Sabbata and Graham have also displayed the data on a map where countries are sized by internet  Population.

Source : theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/oct/03/facebook-google-most-viewed-website-map

Orlando Small Business SEO | “Yahoo In Recycled Email Privacy Row”

Source       : bbc.co.uk
By                : Jane Wakefield – Technology reporter
Category   : Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization, Orlando Small Business SEO

Yahoo email addresses reassigned to a new owner are receiving personal emails intended for the previous owner. One man told news site Information Week that he had received emails with some highly sensitive information in them. In June the web firm announced Yahoo addresses and IDs would be reassigned if they had been inactive for a year. Privacy experts called on Yahoo to address the issue “immediately”. Yahoo says it has taken a series of measures to overcome privacy and security fears. “Before recycling inactive accounts we attempted to reach the account owners [in] multiple ways to notify them that they needed to log in to their account or it would be subject to recycling,” a Yahoo representative told the BBC.

“We took many precautions to ensure this was done safely – including deleting any private data from the previous account owner, sending bounce-backs to the senders for at least 30-60 days letting them know the account no longer existed and unsubscribing the accounts from commercial mail.” It is also in the process of rolling out a feature called “Not My Email” where users can report an email that is not intended for them.

The process will come as little comfort to the previous owner of an email account now owned by Tom Jenkins, an IT security professional. Mr Jenkins told Information Week: “I can gain access to their Pandora account [online radio] but I won’t. I can gain access to their Facebook account, but I won’t. I know their name, address and phone number. I know where their child goes to school. I know the last four digits of their social security number. I know they had an eye doctor’s appointment last week and I was just invited to their friend’s wedding.” Other users have revealed that they have also received messages that contain personally identifiable information.

Intimate data
“I recommend logging into your Yahoo account every six months or so in order to ensure that you retain control over it,” said security expert Lee Munson.  Privacy experts said that the issues were inevitable. “These problems were flagged by security and privacy experts a few months ago when Yahoo announced their intention to recycle old emails, and cautioned that Yahoo’s plan created significant security and privacy risks. Yahoo downplayed these risks, and ignored critics, but now we see these concerns were legitimate,” said Mike Rispoli, spokesman for Privacy International. “This email recycling scheme, an effort to re-engage old users and attract new ones, is resulting in some of our most intimate data being accessed by someone we don’t know and without our knowledge.

“We’re talking about account passwords, contacts for friends and families, medical records – this issue needs to be addressed immediately by Yahoo if they care about the privacy of their users and want them to trust the company with sensitive information.”

Source : bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24283179

Best Orlando SEO Company | “First Computer Made Of Carbon Nanotubes Is Unveiled”

Source      : bbc.co.uk
By               : James Morgan Science reporter
Category  : Best Orlando SEO Company, Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization

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First-Computer-MadeOf-Carbon

The first computer built entirely with carbon nanotubes has been unveiled, opening the door to a new generation of digital devices. “Cedric” is only a basic prototype but could be developed into a machine which is smaller, faster and more efficient than today’s silicon models. Nanotubes have long been touted as the heir to silicon’s throne, but building a working computer has proven awkward. The breakthrough by Stanford University engineers is published in Nature. Cedric is the most complex carbon-based electronic system yet realised. So is it fast? Not at all. It might have been in 1955. The computer operates on just one bit of information, and can only count to 32.
“In human terms, Cedric can count on his hands and sort the alphabet. But he is, in the full sense of the word, a computer,” says co-author Max Shulaker.  “There is no limit to the tasks it can perform, given enough memory”. In computing parlance, Cedric is “Turing complete”. In principle, it could be used to solve any computational problem. It runs a basic operating system which allows it to swap back and forth between two tasks – for instance, counting and sorting numbers. And unlike previous carbon-based computers, Cedric gets the answer right every time.

Imperfection-immune
“People have been talking about a new era of carbon nanotube electronics, but there have been few demonstrations. Here is the proof,” said Prof Subhasish Mitra, lead author on the study.  The Stanford team hopes their achievement will galvanise efforts to find a commercial successor to silicon chips, which could soon encounter their physical limits.  Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are hollow cylinders composed of a single sheet of carbon atoms. They have exceptional properties which make them ideal as a semiconductor material for building transistors, the on-off switches at the heart of electronics.  For starters, CNTs are so thin – thousands could fit side-by-side in a human hair – that it takes very little energy to switch them off. “Think of it as stepping on a garden hose. The thinner the pipe, the easier it is to shut off the flow,” said HS Philip Wong, co-author on the study. But while single-nanotube transistors have been around for 15 years, no-one had ever put the jigsaw pieces together to make a useful computing device.

So how did the Stanford team succeed where others failed? By overcoming two common bugbears which have bedevilled carbon computing. First, CNTs do not grow in neat, parallel lines. “When you try and line them up on a wafer, you get a bowl of noodles,” says Mitra.  The Stanford team built chips with CNTs which are 99.5% aligned – and designed a clever algorithm to bypass the remaining 0.5% which are askew.  They also eliminated a second type of imperfection – “metallic” CNTs – a small fraction of which always conduct electricity, instead of acting like semiconductors that can be switched off. To expunge these rogue elements, the team switched off all the “good” CNTs, then pumped the remaining “bad” ones full of electricity – until they vaporised. The result is a functioning circuit.

The Stanford team call their two-pronged technique “imperfection-immune design”. Its greatest trick? You don’t even have to know where the imperfections lie – you just “zap” the whole thing. “These are initial necessary steps in taking carbon nanotubes from the chemistry lab to a real environment,” said Supratik Guha, director of physical sciences for IBM’s Thomas J Watson Research Center.  But hang on – what if, say, Intel, or another chip company, called up and said “I want a billion of these”. Could Cedric be scaled up and factory-produced? In principle, yes: “There is no roadblock”, says Franz Kreupl, of the Technical University of Munich in Germany.  “If research efforts are focused towards a scaled-up (64-bit) and scaled-down (20-nanometre transistor) version of this computer, we might soon be able to type on one.” Shrinking the transistors is the next challenge for the Stanford team. At a width of eight microns they are fatter than today’s most advanced silicon chips.

But while it may take a few years to achieve this gold standard, it is now only a matter of time – there is no technological barrier, said Max Shulaker. “In terms of size, IBM has already demonstrated a nine-nanometre CNT transistor.  “And as for manufacturing, our design is compatible with current industry processes. We used the same tools as Intel, Samsung or whoever. “So the billions of dollars invested into silicon has not been wasted, and can be applied for CNTs.”  For 40 years we have been predicting the end of silicon. Perhaps that end is now in sight.

Source : bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24232896

Search Engine Optimization-SEO | “Amazon’s Kindle HDX Tablets Get Remote Mayday Help”

Source      : bbc.co.uk
By               : Leo Kelion – Technology reporter
Category  : Small Business SEO , Search Engine Optimization SEO

Amazon’s latest tablets will include the ability to call up round-the-clock tech support via a video box at the press of a button. The Kindle Fire HDX’s Mayday feature will allow one of the firm’s employees to explain how to work the machine or take control if necessary. There is no additional cost involved. One analyst said the facility should help Amazon to stand out from other tablets, including Google’s Nexus and Apple’s iPad.”The new Mayday feature is a clever way to reach out to new tablet users,” said Thomas Husson, principal analyst at tech advisers Forrester. “Coupled with an affordable price for the lower-end Kindle Fire HD and new entertainment content and features, Amazon is clearly willing to appeal to the masses.” In addition to Mayday, Amazon is also introducing the ability to download selected movies and TV shows from its Prime Instant Video so that they can be viewed when the user does not have an internet connection. Rival on-demand services Netflix and Hulu do not offer this facility.

While the new features should help Amazon attract new customers, one expert warned that some might have security concerns about the firm building in software that allowed a third party to take over the tablet. “With any device that has any kind of remote access on it, there is always going to be that risk that it could be either hacked or abused,” said Chris Green, from the Davies Murphy Group consultancy. “But it’s such a small danger that the benefits outweigh the risks, and the average consumer or business user shouldn’t be put off from storing useful information because they fear it could be compromised.” Amazon has said that the Mayday feature can be disabled and stressed that it is a one-way video feed, so that the adviser cannot see the tablet owner.

The firm has not revealed how many assistants it had employed, but said it was aiming for a response time of 15 seconds or less. Chief executive Jeff Bezos added that it would be “ready for Christmas morning” – likely to be one of the busiest days. Mr Bezos previously told the BBC that his company sold its Kindle devices at cost, but one industry-watcher said investing in pop-up advisers still made financial sense.  “Amazon’s strategy has always been not to make profits from hardware sales but from selling content on those devices,” said Nitin Bhas from Juniper Research, a consultancy. “Adding round-the-clock tech support is a winning strategy but a long-term one and provides Amazon with a platform to expand further.” Upgraded system – Amazon also announced it was introducing the third version of its Fire operating system, codenamed Mojito. Kindle Fire HDX tablets The Kindle Fire HDX will be powered by a new version of Amazon’s operating system. The OS is a variant of Google’s Android system, but is designed to highlight recently downloaded items on the home screen as well as other Amazon-specific services.

These include:

X-Ray ,which offers access to synchronised lyrics for songs, details of music played during films, and background information about characters in books -The US firm said that developers would be able to offer software already developed for Google’s system with “little to no [additional] work”.  But experts warn there may still be snags.

“We know there have been some instances of compatibility problems with apps that wouldn’t run on the existing Kindle Fire devices because they were taking advantage of functionality and shortcuts that are in the standard Google build that weren’t present or were broken in the Amazon version,” said Mr Green. “It sounds like Amazon has tried to do its best to mitigate the number of instances where this is likely to occur, but the simple fact is that the Android software has forked. “There will still be issues where applications written for ‘normal’ Android will be expecting features, functions and more importantly other apps to be on the system that are simply not there and that is going to cause some issues.” The Kindle HDX – which comes with either a 7in (17.8cm) or 8.9in (22.6cm) display – will be released in the US on 18 October. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, which Amazon said was three times as powerful as the Texas Instruments chip in its earlier model. It will cost between $229 (£143) and $579 (£362) depending on the amount of storage, screen size and whether or not a 4G data chip is included. Amazon has not announced when it will become available in other markets.

Source : bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24239011

Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization | “Oracle Makes Java More Relevant Than Ever- For Free”

Source      : wired.com
By               : Robert McMillan
Category  : Orlando Local Search Engine Optimization, Orlando Small Business SEO

When Oracle bought Sun Microsystems four years ago, it quickly and ruthlessly started tearing out the unprofitable stuff. Sun was a company run by engineers, a Xerox-PARC-like outfit where a cool idea about the next big thing was all it took to get a budget. But Oracle is run by the accountants. Inside Larry Ellison’s company, either the numbers add up, or your project dies. As it turns out, many of the key ideas behind today’s hottest trends were thought up by Sun engineers, but Sun was forced to watch as other companies — Amazon, Google, and so on, and so forth — reaped the rewards. Oracle wasn’t going to let that happen again.

Except that it has.

As WIRED reported today, the Java development platform is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, as hot web companies grow out of their mid-2000s programming tools and look for something that can help them more effectively juggle tens or even hundreds of millions of users. Invented by Sun, Java is now overseen by Oracle, and yet, as those big web companies embrace Java in such a big way, Oracle is on the outside looking in. When it was founded back in 2006, Twitter’s programmers used Ruby on Rails. But as the service grew, it became clear that Ruby wasn’t the best way to juggle tweets from millions of people across the globe. Now Twitter runs on Java, as do large parts of Google, FourSquare, and Linkedin.

Inside these companies, there are thousands of servers running the Java Virtual Machine, or JVM, a piece of software the executes programming code. And the JVM is built by Oracle. But it’s available under an open source license, which means the company is fostering one of the hottest trends on the internet, while missing out on licensing fees. Take LinkedIn. It uses the free JVM, but that doesn’t help Oracle’s bottom line. “We don’t actually use many Oracle Java tools other than Java itself,” says Jay Kreps, a principal staff engineer with LinkedIn. “They seem to target enterprise development, which has a pretty different set of needs.”

Oracle clearly likes licensing fees. It launched a high profile (and, amongst developers, unpopular) lawsuit against Google, saying that the search giant should pay Oracle copyright licensing fees after building a copy of the Java virtual machine. Oracle lost that case, but it’s appealing the verdict. LinkedIn’s Kreps, like others we’ve interviewed for this story, thinks that Oracle has done a pretty good job managing its Java open source project since it shelled out $7.4 billion for Sun back in 2010. “To their great credit, Java’s only gotten more valuable under Oracle’s stewardship,” says Jonathan Scwhartz, the former CEO of Sun Microsystems.

Oracle has actually opened up Java even more — getting rid of some of the closed-door machinations that used to be part of the Java standards-making process. Java has been raked over the coals for security problems over the past few years, but Oracle has kept regular updates coming. And it’s working on a major upgrade to Java, due early next year. But it’s hard to tell how much dough Oracle actually makes from the platform. To be sure, Oracle does have a financial interest in Java. The company makes a lot of money selling an expensive and widely used Java middleware server called the Oracle Weblogic Server. And it makes money licensing Java to companies such as IBM so they can ship it with their servers.

But the widely used open source JVM is not a big money maker. Oracle can make some money from companies that want bug-fixes for obsolete versions, but that’s about it. We asked Oracle for a comment on its Java plans on Friday, but by press time Tuesday night, the company still couldn’t find anyone willing to discuss this. For David Blevins, the CEO at Java developer Tomitribe, Oracle’s limited financial opportunity is nothing but a good thing. “If it was a bigger money-maker for them, they would lock it down like crazy,” he says. “It’s almost to our advantage that it isn’t a primary path to their revenue stream.” So, at least one small part of Oracle is run like Sun.

Surce : wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/09/oracle_java/

Small Business SEO | “SEO Tips for Business Bloggers”

Source       : Small Business Patch
By               : Tim Fasano
Category  : Small Business SEO , Search Engine Optimization SEO

Small Business SEO

Small Business SEO

Often when people think about SEO, they think they are optimizing their content for a robot. They try to strike a balance between being Google friendly and being user friendly.  The truth is that what search engines want is for  content to be fantastic for users. Web users are their customers, too, and they want to please them. So when thinking about SEO, think about your readers, how they might find you and what they want and need from you. If you do that, the search engines will love you.

Keywords: Think about what you’re writing about and make sure you use very clear, specific words in your headline and the first 1-2 sentences of your content plus throughout. Keep your potential readers in mind. What will they be searching for when they are on the web? If you’re a hot wings restaurant in Chicago, for example, you should use the keywords “wings,” “restaurant,” “Chicago,” “buffalo wings” and other search-friendly words prominently and frequently.

Link, link, link:  Links are an important part of what search-engines are looking for, and they’re good for users, too! Link to your past content on related topics to create a strong internal experience and keep people engaged with your site. Link to outside content that would be useful to your readers to show you support their experience above all else and that you engage with the web ecosystem.  Also, place your link over the words that best show what you are sending the reader to. For example, here’s an article about SEO for small businesses.  Do you see what I did there? My link is placed directly over the words that describe the article.

Get others to link to you:  Inbound links are extremely important for SEO. They show that other people and organizations value and trust your content enough to link to it. It’s especially helpful when sites with strong traffic link to you. Any sites with .gov or .org in the domain are viewed especially important by search engines and will aid in helping your content rise in search rankings. Whenever you have a connection with another site, talk to them. Ask them to link to you in exchange for linking to them. Explain the benefit to both parties and support each other in the web ecosystem.

Think about photos:  Most search engines (cough, Google, cough) index photos separately. So when you put photos on your content, think about search-friendliness. Name the photo file, which is captured. Write a good caption. This will help users put your photos in context and will enhance your SEO!

Be an expert: When you create lots of content around a specific content, search engines and your users say, “Hey! They’re a real expert on that topic.” That’s fantastic for SEO. So break up one piece of content into multiple pieces and link them all to each other. Voila! Expertise established. Be recent: Being fresh and relevant is very important on search! Keep your content up to date as often as you can. If you can embed something that will be continually updating, like a Twitter stream or a Storify, all the better! Have a history:  Your old content is just as important as your new content. Keep your content lived and archived. Link back to posts from the past, especially if they were well-trafficked. Even on the web, it’s true that time establishes credibility! Be credible:  Be what you say you are. Always. Send people to good web pages, internally and externally. Be correct. Use good grammar and spell things correctly. Seriously. It matters. Be shareable: How often content is shared socially is becoming more and more intertwined with how it is ranked in search. If you have content that inspires your users to share it on their social networks,  everyone benefits! Don’t forget to share it on your own social pages, too. Viral posts have to start somewhere. Let Google help you: Google Trends is a great site to look at what’s trending and to analyze keywords. Checking out this site helps you think like a user! But don’t create content SOLELY for matching up to search trends. Being credible is more important in the long run than a quick win. You want your users to come back again and again!

Source : smallbusiness.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/seo-tips-for-business-bloggers