Is Google Shopping Good For Your Business?

29 Sep

Google Product Search officially becomes Google Shopping starting in October (which begins Monday), as Google completes the transition it announced in May. This means Google will move to a full paid inclusion model for product results. Merchants will no longer be able to have their products listed for free. This has been the subject of a great deal of controversy in the ecommerce world. Some opponents claim it will hurt consumers. Some claim it will hurt businesses and competiti.....

10 things you should know before buying a Galaxy S III smartphone

29 Sep

Takeaway: If you’re thinking about buying a Galaxy S III, be forewarned. This phone offers some incredibly cool features — but you’ll want to factor in a few gotchas. When it was time to upgrade from my Galaxy Nexus (in part because my husband was anxious to get my hand-me-down), the choice seemed obvious. I liked the Nexus a lot, but there were a couple of things I didn’t like about it. One biggie was the lack of a microSD card slot for expanding storage. I al.....

Did Blowing into Nintendo Cartridges Really Help

28 Sep

When I was a kid with a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), sometimes my games wouldn’t load. But I, like all kids, knew the secret: take out the game cartridge, blow on the contacts, and put it back in. And it seemed to work. (When it failed, I’d just keep trying until it worked.) But looking back, did blowing into the cartridge really help? I’ve talked to the experts, reviewed a study on this very topic, and have the answer. But first, let’s talk tech. The N.....

Developers ignore creating “Windows Store” Apps at great peril

28 Sep

Although the launch of Windows 8/RT is still a month away the number of apps in the Windows Store (aka “Metro apps” aka “Windows RunTime Apps”) is a worry.  There are somewhere around 2200 apps in the store now, probably an order of magnitude below where they need to be soon after launch.  And two orders of magnitude below where they need to be by the end of Windows 8/RT’s first year on the market.  Of course it didn’t have to be this way.&nb.....