Almost all internet publishers continuously look for ways to maximize revenue for their website. Site owners and administrators are trying out new sizes, colors and positions for their ads to earn more.
Other publishers sometimes experiment by combining different ad services of top Pay-Per-Click advertisers that include Adsense, Chitika, and Infolinks among others.
Just recently, a new ad service, called Media.net, was born with the aim of taking a slice off the billion dollar advertising income of internet search giant Google.
Media.net forged a partnership with Yahoo! and Bing to provide contextual advertising that is very similar to the Google Adsense business.
I have noticed that Media.net exposed some of Google Adsense loopholes.
Media.net founder Divyank Turakhia explained their strategy. According to him, it’s a limited invite-only for publishers. Turakhia said that “We want to make sure the quality of the websites is high.”
Unlike in Google Adsense, Media.net’s ads are limited to sites that attract majority of their traffic from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
As of posting, they only provide text ads from search advertisers on the Yahoo! Bing Network.
According to Media.net, they will roll out image ads by the first quarter of 2013.
Have you tried Media.net ads on your site? How do they perform? Are you satisfied with their RPM? You may provide your experiences below this article.
Apple iPhone 5
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Apple iPhone 5 will be available in retail stores on Friday, September 21, 2012. iPhone die-hards will have the chance now get a hand on the latest Apple device powered by iOS 6.
iPhone 5 is considered by Apple as the world’s thinnest and lightest smartphone. With the latest tweak in the design, Apple fanatics may wonder where to find the buttons and other features found in the older generation of the device.
If you are one of the early birds in acquiring iPhone 5, below are some of the information that you may find helpful in using your new smartphone.
iPhone at a Glance
iPhone 5 overview
Note: iPhone apps and features may vary based on your location, language, carrier, and model of iPhone. Apps that send or receive data over a cellular network may incur additional fees. Contact your carrier for information about your iPhone service plan and fees.
The following accessories are included with iPhone 5:
Apple headset: Use the Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic (iPhone 5, shown above) or the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic (iPhone 4S or earlier) to listen to music and videos, and make phone calls.
Connecting cable: Use the Lightning to USB Cable (iPhone 5, shown above) or the Dock Connector to USB Cable (iPhone 4S or earlier) to connect iPhone to your computer to sync and charge. The cable can also be used with the iPhone Dock (sold separately).
Apple USB power adapter: Use with the Lightning to USB Cable or Dock Connector to USB Cable to charge the iPhone battery.
SIM eject tool: Use to eject the SIM card tray. (Not included in all areas.)
When you’re not using iPhone, you can lock it to turn off the display and save the battery. Lock iPhone: Press the Sleep/Wake button.
When iPhone is locked, nothing happens if you touch the screen. iPhone can still receive calls, text messages, and other updates. You can also:
• Listen to music
• Adjust the volume
• Use the center button on your headset to take calls or listen to music
Unlock iPhone: Press the Sleep/Wake button or the Home button , then drag the slider. Turn iPhone off: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the red slider appears, then drag the slider.
Turn iPhone on: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.
Open Camera when iPhone is locked: Press the Sleep/Wake button or the Home button , then drag up.
Access the audio controls when iPhone is locked: Double-click the Home button .
iPhone locks if you don’t touch the screen for a minute or so. You can adjust the auto-lock time (or turn it off), and require a passcode to unlock iPhone.
The Home button takes you to the Home screen, no matter what you’re doing. It also provides other convenient shortcuts.
Go to the Home screen: Press the Home button .
On the Home screen, tap an app to open it.
Display recently used apps: With iPhone unlocked, double-click the Home button . The multitasking bar appears at the bottom of the screen, showing the most recently used apps. Swipe the bar to the left to see more apps.
Display audio playback controls:
- When iPhone is locked: Double-click the Home button . See Playing music on page 58.
- When you’re using another app: Double-click the Home button , then swipe the multitaskingbar from left to right.
Use Siri (iPhone 4S or later) or Voice Control: Press and hold the Home button .
- Volume controlsWhile you’re on the phone or listening to songs, movies, or other media, the buttons on the side of iPhone adjust the audio volume. Otherwise, the buttons control the volume for the ringer, alerts, and other sound effects.
Lock the ringer and alerts volume: Go to Settings > Sounds and turn off “Change with Buttons.” Limit the volume for music and videos: Go to Settings > Music > Volume Limit.
Note: In some countries, iPhone may indicate when you’re setting the volume above the European Union hearing safety guidelines. To increase the volume beyond this level, you may need to briefly release the volume control.
You can also use either volume button to take a picture or record a video.
Flip the Ring/Silent switch to put iPhone in ring mode or silent mode .
In ring mode, iPhone plays all sounds. In silent mode, iPhone doesn’t ring or play alerts and other sound effects.
Important: Clock alarms, audio apps such as Music, and many games still play sounds through the built-in speaker when iPhone is in silent mode. In some areas, the sound effects for Camera and Voice Memos are played even if the Ring/Silent switch is set to silent.
You can also use the Do Not Disturb setting to silence calls, alerts, and notifications.
Set iPhone to Do Not Disturb ( ): Go to Settings and turn on Do Not Disturb. Do Not Disturb keeps calls, alerts, and notifications from making any sounds or lighting up the screen when the screen is locked. Alarms still sound, however, and if the screen is unlocked, Do Not Disturb has no effect.
To schedule quiet hours, allow certain people to call, or enable repeated calls to ring through, go to Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb.
* Accessories and wireless performance: The use of certain accessories with iPhone may affect wireless performance. Not all iPod accessories are fully compatible with iPhone. Turning on airplane mode on iPhone may eliminate audio interference between iPhone and an accessory. While airplane mode is on, you cannot make or receive calls or use features that require wireless communication. Reorienting or relocating iPhone and the connected accessory may improve wireless performance.
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XBox SmartGlass application was unveiled by Microsoft on Monday, June 4, 2012. The presentation of the SmartGlass was made ahead of the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
A C/NET report said that Microsoft’s SmartGlass is a new multiscreen entertainment platform that lets users beam content from any mobile devices to an Xbox 360.
According to Microsoft, SmartGlass will is a cross-platform application that will work on Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Android and iOS.
Below is a C/NET video, showing the unveiling of the Microsoft XBox SmartGlass.
The Audi bike, called Audi Wörthersee, made its debut at the 2012 Wörthersee Tour car show in Reifnitz, Austria.
Audi e-bike prototype debuts at the 2012 Wörthersee Tour car show in Reifnitz, Austria.
Image Credit: Gizmag.com
Audi Wörthersee, a high-end pedelec for sport, is reportedly powered by electric motors or pedaling or a combination of both. The Audi bike, which features carbon fiber frame, can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.
The high-tech Audi bike has an on-board computer that can analyze ride statistics, provide connection to smartphone and share riding data into Facebook page. It has a a Li-ion battery pack and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) wheels, designed to minimize weight.
There are five travel modes available in the Audi bike prototype, that include pedal-power to electric-only, and inclusive of two “Wheelie” modes where the power is automatically controlled to assist the rider while the front wheel grabs some air.
Audi Wörthersee e-bike
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Facebook IPO opened by Mark Zuckerberg
Image Credit: Zef Nikolla/Facebook via Bloomberg
Facebook IPO opened on Friday, May 18, 2012 with Mark Zuckerberg remotely ringing the NASDAQ bell to start Friday’s trading in New York.
During its initial trading late in the morning, Facebook stock price was pegged at $42 per share. The price of FB stocks rose to as much as $45 per share before settling down at about $41 at 12:45 p.m. New York time.
Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive officer, reportedly sold 30.2 million shares of the Menlo Park, California-based social networking company for $1.15 billion at the IPO. Reports say that most of the proceeds will be used to pay taxes associated with exercising 60 million stock options. Zuckerberg now owns 503.6 million shares of Facebook.