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Earn money by selling a domain name

Ever heard people saying “Hey I am in a domain business” and thought what he actually do ?

Selling domain names is what a person in domain business do. Selling of domain requires a bit of research and marketing techniques. It is very profitable for webmasters. Usually a blogger or webmaster will first work on his domain to get good number of organic traffic, and once its done he would let his domain go in some other hand in exchange of handsome money. A domain may be tagged for few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars for selling, it ultimately depends on the time you invested in decorating it.

This article aims teaching you earn big money through domain selling. The very first thing you should do is find a good keyword. Now question arises what is a ‘good keyword’ ? In domain selling a good keyword would be a keyword which is searched a lot by the people but ain’t used by any webmaster. Finding a good keyword, as told earlier, needs a bit of research. You can use tools such Google keyword tool to achieve the same, there are many other tools too, in case you didn’t know.

These keyword tools work in simple way, first you have to enter a keyword which you think should be quite popular. Next the tool will show you number of global searches, local searches and the competition for the keyword. You will reach closer to your aim once you find a keyword with high number of global searches but a very low competition.

Once you have got a perfect keyword, you can go for registering a domain name which has this magical keyword in it. Once you have purchased domain having the keyword, your next step is to purchase a good hosting. Setup the domain and hosting and next you have to do is investment, not of money but of time and traffic driving content. You have to setup a website on this domain and have to post content which will drive good amount of search engine traffic, the higher the traffic, the higher the price tag for domain. Simply buying a domain name and not setting up website won’t make you rich.

You can increase your profit margin by purchasing a good domain+hosting pack. Generally these types of packages will be cheaper than purchasing domain and hosting pack separately. Make sure your domain contains the keyword and is not used by any one else. If you find it difficult to purchase a domain with exact keyword then you can manipulate the domain name. How ? Simple make use of “-”, “i”, “e”, “the” etc. For example you found keyword “Blogging tips” with good amount monthly searches but a very low competition then your first priority should be to buy a domain which contains only this keyword, but sometimes conditions are not in our favour so in that case, you can modify the keyword like ebloggingtips, ibloggingtips, blogging-tips etc, by doing so you will get the domain name. But if you don’t find yourself comfortable with modifying keyword, then do another research and find a keyword with good amount of monthly searches and a domain with that keyword which is available.

Once you have registered the domain name and setup webhosting on it, start working on creating website on domain name. You should publish articles which have your keyword in it and should optimize them. You would reach close to success once you apply SEO techniques, optimization, reputation building etc to your article and keyword. These practices will improve your listing on search page, you will jump to first or second page once you have done all the optimization correctly. Once you start getting organic traffic, your next step would be to monetize your website. Apply for AdSense or affiliation and sell the products on your website, this will generate good revenue for you. You will earn money every time someone clicks on your AdSense ads and if it ain’t invalid, don’t click yourself or ask anyone to do so else you will face BAN. Also everytime you make an affilate sell, you will be rewarded with good amount of money. You will enjoy being affiliate even more if you look for an affilate program related to your keyword, in this way you will make even larger amount of sells.

Along with optimizing website to get good number of traffic, you have to also make your online presence and have to increase your reputaion in online world. This can be achieved through GOOD link building practices, they will make you closer to success as long as the link building practices are fair. You can get good amount of backlinks by registering on forum and adding your website in signature, blog commenting, web directories and through social bookarmaring site. There are rticle directories too where you can submit your article and can get even more backlinks. These links should be natural else you will be panalized by search engines. You also get targetted traffic when you submit your website’s articles in relevant directories. More traffic means more money while selling your domain. Soon your Alexa rank will also be approved and if you are getting dofollow backlinks from reputated website then your website will be entitled to a PageRank. You can sell your domain for good amount even if you don’y have high organic traffic but good Alexa and PageRank. Once you are ranked and reputated with backlinks, try to find how much worth your website is, if it turns out be low, no need of worry since when traffic will increase the price tag for your domain will also improve.

Once you start feeling that all the factors affecting price of a domain name are in your favour, you can then put your domain name in domain auction and all you have to have is patience. After some time you will start getting offers for your domain name, if you find a reasonable offer then you can sell the domain off to that person. After selling and all the transaction is done, you have to transfer your domain name to buyer through your webhosting control panel.

If you are happy with the amount of money you received, you can continue your work in domain business. You can research for another keyword and do what you had done with the previous domain, once all is finished you will again earn handsome money by selling a domain name.

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Developing and Publishing Nokia Applications becomes easier with new Nokia Qt SDK v1.0

The Nokia Qt SDK version 1.0 was today released which had earlier remained under beta version since April. The new stable version of the Nokia Qt SDK comes with a final Windows environment which is compatible for both the Symbian as well as Maemo and can be used to create some useful applications for those platforms. The final version that was released today can be used on any Windows or Linux based computer but for making use of it in a Apple Mac computer there is a separate version which still lies under the beta testing. There have been many changes that are incorporated in the final version and it aims at simplifying the process of developing and publishing applications for millions of Nokia devices.

The Nokia Qt SDK version 1.0 has many new features built into it so as to make cross-platform development of Nokia applications much more efficient. Some of these features that are now available can be mentioned as under:-

It can now be installed by simply connecting a device to any install package available which would automatically configure the environment for development.

There are now many intuitive tools available within it including a debugger to develop applications rapidly.

A very light weight yet quite effective simulator is available to try out the projected app virtually.

There are Qt APIs which allows to deal with the programs more qualitatively without going after complicated programs.

You can now create applications for Symbian, Maemo and even the MeeGo devices by simply following only a few line of codes which can be even one line at minimum to create robust applications for Nokia devices.

There is a smart installer for installing applications which is signed by the OVI store thereby making it easier for the developers to publish their applications.

So with all these good features which are only a few among the list of all that are available, it is expected to help the developers to create new and feature-rich applications for Symbian, Maemo or MeeGo powered Nokia devices. It will also contribute in extending the scope of developing applications thereby increasing the number of active developers. Therefore, the release of Nokia Qt SDK version 1.0 can certainly be seen as a positive event and we can expect to see some really cool applications to release in the days ahead.

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Birth of the World Wide Web – A Breif History

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is credited with inventing the World Wide Web; he wrote the first web browser, aptly named WorldWideWeb, and the first web server (software used to transmit webpages from a server to a user’s computer). However, the idea of an inter-connected system of information, or Hypertext, existed long before Tim Berners-Lee created the Web.

Hypertext is simply the idea of a system in which information is inter-connected; a user can instantly find material on a subject while learning about a related topic. In the web, this is accomplished with Hyperlinks: a word or phrase in a document is “linked” to another document containing more information about that subject. The concept of Hypertext dates back to the dawn of the computing era in the early twentieth century. Vannevar Bush, as early as 1945, described a electromechanical device called a “Memex,” which allowed the user to instantly view and cross-reference the entire contents of libraries. His concept used microfilm and levers, and never came to fruition, but by the 1980s computing and the internet were sufficiantly developed such that Tim Berners-Lee was able to create a complete Hypertext system.

The Web in its Infancy While at CERN, TimBL experemented with the idea of Hypertext and linked documents in the form of a program called Enquire, which he used to keep track of the many people and projects there. Though the software proved useful for him, it was never adopted by more than a few users, and eventually the program was lost altogether. Yet Enquire proved Tim with a testing ground for Hypertext: he learned which methods worked and which didn’t, both technically and in regard to user interaction. Eventually, when CERN asked him to develop a documentation system so scientists could share their research with one another, Tim siezed the chance to develop a multi-purpose hyperlinked system. He called the program WorldWideWeb.

WorldWideWeb was unique in that anyone could publish, view, and edit documents, from any system, anywhere on the Internet. Previously, it was difficult for two computers to talk to each other over the Internet, because documents were kept in different formats, and computers all spoke differnet languages. The Web provided a single language and a simple, easy to use interface; all that was necessary would be to generate enough interest so people would post their documents to the Web, and for programmers to write applications for different types of computers to use the Web. In order to achieve this goal, Tim gave his software out for free, setting a standard which many Web software companies follow to this day.

The Web goes World-Wide With the help of Robert Cailliau, the WorldWideWeb program, and other software developed at CERN for the web, became mature enough to convince other developers to start working on their own web software. While the Internet hadn’t completely taken hold in Europe, companies and universities in the United States were leveraging the new technology to communicate cross-country. It was here that Tim found the most acceptance for his invention; this is partially the reason why the W3C was founded at MIT.

In America, the NCSA developed the Mosaic web browser, which later became Netscape, and a student at the University of California developed the ViolaWWW browser; by building Web browsers for various platforms, the number of users on the Web began to grow expenentially. At the same time, more and more universities and researchers were putting their documents on the web; while other hypertext technologies were built, the Web was so accessable to anyone, for free, that it eventually grew to dominate the world of cyberspace. As the number of users and webpages grew, the amount of development from companies like Microsoft increased, ensuring the success of this new technology.

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Best Practices Group for Automated Onboarding Now on LinkedIn

The investment banking industry has been pressed to improve business practices while reducing overall operating costs. In response to these constraints, an automated practice of onboarding and certifying electronic trading connections is growing in popularity. This automated process is able to:

• Reduce customer abandonment • Curb revenue losses • Lower fixed operational costs • Permit more concurrent onboarding, as customers are less dependent on interaction with an onboarding specialist.

Why isn’t everyone adopting this time- and money-saving technique? In order to gain insight into approaches for automating onboarding in the electronic trading industry, Lasalletech has launched an exclusive LinkedIn group, Automated Certification & Testing. This interactive community is for those interested in process automation. Here, participants can exchange ideas about best practices and industry trends. Part of the group is also dedicated to the launching of a virtual roundtable series. The roundtables will be held regularly, with industry experts weighing in on various onboarding-related topics. The first roundtable will be focused on automated testing for trading platforms and will be held in March.

Prior to creating the group there was not a forum dedicated to discussing topics around improving value and reducing operating costs through automating processes such as testing and certification. Most conversations took place at conferences and meetings with clients. This group provides the industry a way to quickly share ideas on automation from around the globe.

The new group will feature informative discussions and materials about automated onboarding and certification, as well as detailed information about upcoming events. Members are encouraged to participate in interactive conversations. The group also serves as a great networking and professional development tool for members to find users who share the same interest in the industry. Group members can share best practices and ideas with electronic trading industry professionals, creating a community of members who are highly interested in the development and implementation of automated onboarding and certification; providing an excellent forum in which participants can continue their productive and engaging discussions at any place, at any time.

To keep the conversation focused and free of spam the group will remain exclusive. If you would like to join the group, please contact automation@lasalletech.com or visit the group here.

More information on the roundtable will be available in the near future, so check back for updates.

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Apple iPod Nano Multi-Touch

Apple, who is well known to have amazed all the gadget crazy folks with its unique design and features that comes with each and every products that they offer has once again proved its might and dominance by launching yet another masterpiece of beauty i.e. the Apple iPod Nano Multi-Touch. This very sleek and lighter version of the iPod Nano carries some of the most awesome features which can can let you swing with the tunes of music simply with the touch of a fingertip. It has gone much smaller and lighter than its predecessors, yet retaining all the beauty and rich functionality that it is widely known for. At this time, when the iPod’s seemed to be overpowered by the existence of the mighty iPhone and iPad, the redefined version of the iPod Nano will definitely bring back its fame and popularity to reach new heights as it is likely to be globally acclaimed by many music enthusiastic and iPod admirers.

The new iPod Nano is blessed with the Multi-Touch feature which is the same that led to the great popularity of the iPhone, iPad and the iTouch which it has released so far. It has been redesigned to appear much squarer as opposed to the taller designs that it once used to bear in the previous releases and the buttons are also no more available. Instead, it now proudly wears a very cute 1.54″ touchscreen having a 240-by-240 pixel resolution which has the flavor much common to that of the iPhones or the iTouch. It now looks much more cute with lots of colors and the sleek anodized aluminum design which can be easily clipped into our sleeves, bag, or jacket using the built-in clip available with it.

The Apple iPod Nano (Multi Touch) also has an FM Radio, Voiceover, Genius mixes and Nike+ built into it. The OS is revamped to support the touch feature which lets you navigate by swiping and tapping with the finger tip. It also supports a 24 hour battery life which is quite considerable if not excellent. It is currently available in eight different colors and two size capacities of 8GB and 16GB. The former comes for a price of $149 while the later may cost you $179 respectively. The colors that are available for this product are grey, pink, blue, green, orange, charcoal, and Red.

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An Evangelist’s Concerns for Today’s Apple Keynote

Today, in roughly 3 hours (1:00pm EST) Apple will be hosting its big iPad unveiling in Cupertino. Due to numerous supply chain leaks as well as Apple’s own “accidental leak,” much is known about what will be announced. A new iPad Air and iPad mini will most likely be the highlight of the event with a slightly thinner design, a more advanced processor (being deemed the A8X chip), and long-awaited Touch ID amongst other run-of-the-mill marginal camera and display improvements. Alongside the new iPads we should expect to see a Retina iMac (personally most exciting), the launch of iOS 8.1 (with ApplePay), and OS X Yosemite. For the previously listed, I am confident they will make an appearance at today’s event.

There are a few other possibilities discussed on various rumor sites that may also get some airtime. These range from the more likely, such as more information on the previously teased “Photos” app that will be replacing both iPhoto and Aperture, to other longshots, such as a 12-inch “pro” version of the iPad or new 12-inch MacBooks.

Whatever does get announced, as an Apple evangelist (most people refer to me as a “fanboy,” but I much rather prefer the other term for reasons which won’t be listed here) I do have concerns for Apple. Apple has had a rough September/October with the iOS 8.0.1 botched update bricking 40,000 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, the overblown #bendgate scandal, the live-stream of the iPhone 6 announcement that was unwatchable, the late discovery of a critical flaw in HealthKit removing a big feature of the iOS 8 update right before its launch, and users being upset over the U2 album being automatically pushed to their Apple ID accounts. Despite this, Apple has had a wildly successful launch of the next generation iPhones and received a positive welcome by the general public to the teased Apple Watch. Today’s announcement can further Apple’s strength and push the month’s tribulations to the back burner.

My concerns for today’s keynote are as follows:

Will an evolutionary, already-expected update to iPad be enough to reignite otherwise slowing sales? When the iPad was first introduced in 2010, iPhone displays were 3.5” and MacBooks were heavy, less-portable devices. Today the environment is not only different externally with a plethora of cheaper, arguably more functional tablets available from competitors, but Apple’s own product lineup consists of a smartphone display as large as 5.5” and Retina MacBook Pros with intense processing power packed in an extremely lightweight design. Apple was never afraid to cannibalize themselves, but they have almost squeezed out the need of the original “in-between your Mac and iPhone” intention.

Is this truly the best product pipeline at Apple in 25 years? Eddy Cue, Vice President of Internet Software and Services for Apple,

of this year just that, “later this year, we’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25 years at Apple.” Granted the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a huge advancement for iPhone and the Apple Watch is definitively the best smartwatch out there (remember I said I’m an evangelist?), but a marginally updated iPad, and no revolutionary new Apple TV or iPod or Mac? I doubt we can verify Cue’s claim if this keynote is only what we expect it to be.

Speaking of Apple TV/iPod/Mac, when will Apple update some of these products that have some serious dust on them? iPods have become almost forgotten (probably rightfully so with the mass adoption of smartphones). The Mac Mini hasn’t been updated in almost 2 years, the MacBook Pro in over 2 years, the Apple TV in almost 3 years, and the Thunderbolt Display in over 3 years! Is this what the

is referring to from the media invitations? I am excited and desperately awaiting a new Apple TV personally and I know many other consumers feel the same way towards the Mac Mini and the Thunderbolt Display.

The last Apple keynote was thrilling and the definitive point in Tim Cook’s career where he officially took over Apple in the post-Jobs world. I hope Apple will live up to Cue’s claim, address some of my concerns, and truly continue to show us amazing products today. I know I will be gripping to the live blog(s) and hoping for a “One more thing” slide!

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8 Ways to Get Help with Ubuntu Linux

No matter what operating system you use, be it Windows, Mac OS, or Linux, you’re inevitably going to run into some problems. But, especially with Ubuntu Linux, there’s a wealth of information to help get you through your crisis. Below are eight ways to get help when you have a problem with Ubuntu.

1. Google By far the easiest, most common method of fixing any problem. Google will search most of the items listed below, including user guides, wikis, forums, and newsgroups. But it’s not always the easiest way to find the solution to an obscure problem, so here are some alternatives:

2. Ubuntuguide.org – The Ubuntu User Manual This User Guide covers all the major aspects of Ubuntu, from installation to video driver support. It’s a must-read for those new to Ubuntu, and especially for those just beginning in Linux. Roughly equivalent to the printed manual you’d get in a shrink-wrapped product, the guide comes in the form of a Wiki that can answer most of your basic questions.

3. Ubuntuforums.org – Help in 60 Seconds The Ubuntu Forums are a great place to go when you have a question not listed in the User Guide. But follow rule #1 and always Google first – chances are, someone has already answered your question and google has indexed it. People here are friendly, and help is quick; you’ll usually get a response within a few minutes. You will have to register, though, as with all forums.

4. IRC Channels – Help in 60 Seconds, Redux If you don’t feel like registering on Ubuntuforums, or if you just have a quick question and want some live-feedback, consider the Ubuntu IRC channel. Like the forums, people are friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous, and will do their best to answer your question. The easiest way to do this under Ubuntu is to install X-chat, and connect to the Ubuntu Servers (irc://irc.ubuntu.com); it will automatically take you into the #ubuntu channel, where you can get help quick. Most questions are answered here in just a few minutes time. Don’t forget to thank the people that help you!

5. Linux User Groups Linux User Groups, or LUGs, have been an important part of Linux support for a long time. A LUG is where users meet to discuss various topics, help each other out with problems, and eat pizza, coffee, and/or donuts. You can find a LUG near you on Google; lots of universities have them, also.

6. Application Documentation, Wikis, and Forums Most individual applications have their own documentation, including FAQ lists, troubleshooting sections, user manuals, and sometimes Wikis. This is always a good place to look if you’re having a specific problem with a specific application.

7. Ask the developer If you’re using a smaller, lesser-known application, there might not be very extensive documentation available; or worse, there might not be any documentation available at all. But most of the time, developers will put their email addresses, or some other way to contact them, on their project page – use it but don’t abuse it! Small open source developers want to know that their programs are being used and enjoyed by others, and they want to help out when they can; but don’t deluge them with an onslaught of questions that could have been solved by step number one – Google.

8. If all else fails – submit a bug report Not exactly an instant solution, but if you’re having a problem that doesn’t seem to have an answer, it won’t be fixed unless you let the developers know about it!

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5 things to look forward to in Ubuntu 10.10

Maverick Meerkat, the version of Ubuntu slated to be released later this year, brings with it several features and improvements that the Linux community has been eagerly looking forward to. I’ve taken a look at the blueprints for this next release, and picked out a few of the major items that Linux end-users will be interested in. Here are 5 things to look forward to in Ubuntu 10.10:

Software Center enhancements

A major focus of Ubuntu 10.10 is improving the software center, addressing many of the usability problems that have been sources of complaints in the past. Among these changes are:

Better Search

I’ve heard this complaint quite a bit, including in the comments of my article covering things new Linux users need to know. I had posted a screenshot of an application there, and someone tried to find it in the software center by searching for “Disk Analyzer”, which is what’s displayed in the title bar of the program. Unfortunately, no results were returned. In the next version of Ubuntu, the Software Center will show suggested results when you search for something that gets no hits.

Improved dependency display

Most users, even the more advanced members of the crowd, don’t particularly care about the package dependencies of a particular program. Managing that kind of information is trusted to the package management program, and there’s really no reason for a user to be presented with that data unless she asks. In the next version of the software manager, everything but the application itself will be hidden, with the option to show “Technical items” only when the user specifically requests it.

Add-on packages and media

Many packages offer “add-ons” which extend the feature-set or usability of the program. A good example of this is the Firefox browser, which today has several add-ons available in the Software Center, such as the Ubuntu extension. In the next version of the Software Center, add-ons will be much better organized.

OneConf: Sync your configuration between machines

OneConf will allow users to share their Ubuntu configurations between multiple machines. Realizing that people work on more than one computer, and taking a cue from browser sync features, OneConf will allow you to store your installed application list and those applications’ settings to the UbuntuOne service. You’ll then be able to migrate this list to another machine, or to use it as a configuration restore. It will support multiple configuration specifications, allowing you to keep separate lists for different types of machines (home vs. work; desktop vs. netbook, etc..).

Post-Release application delivery

Developers and users alike will look forward to the ability for new packages to be introduced to the distribution after it has been released. Although the process is not finalized, there will be a process by which developers can submit their packages for review and inclusion into the software repositories, even after a major release. This means that Ubuntu users will be able to receive new packages without upgrading or manually seeking them out, which is the case today.

Chromium as the default netbook browser

Ubuntu 10.10 aims to improve netbook support (using its Ubuntu Netbook Edition release), and part of this is a migration to the light-weight Chromium browser. Many Linux users are already familiar with Chromium, or its close Google-branded relative, Chrome, as a speedy alternative to Firefox.

Better touchscreen support

Touchscreen support is another area where 10.10 should show significant improvements. On the drawing-board for this release is to improve existing applications’ touch-friendlyness by tweaking GTK, icon settings, and other theme options. Additionally, support for gestures in Compiz may also be included. This is an area where you can expect to see improvements beyond the immediate future, as touchscreens become more common and Ubuntu moves to support this market. In the future, we’ll likely see further enhancements, such as the inclusion of a built-in on-screen keyboard.

What do you look forward to?

Do any of these features make you excited for Ubuntu 10.10? If so, which ones? And if not, what would you want to see in Ubuntu 10.10? Leave your opinions in the comment section below.

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31 Days to 3G iPhone – Day 31: A Case, Of Course!

After a year of waiting, tech jealousy, back and forth decisions, surreptitious fondling of floor models, and near theft of friend’s phones, my husband and I are finally taking the plunge and moving over to AT&T when our T-Mobile contract is up on August 31. Despite recent reports of cracks in the plastic, we each plan on getting a white 16GB iPhone 3G. To celebrate our upcoming iPhone Liberation Day, I will be making an iPhone-related post each day.

After I decided which iPhone I wanted to get (white or black really isn’t a hard choice!) the first thing I started thinking about was the kind of case I wanted for my phone. I know that the iPhone is very elegant on its own, but I’m being realistic here–not only am I a girl who likes to accessorize, but I’m a clumsy girl at that. If I’m plunking down $299 for a phone, I want it to be as well-protected as it can be without losing any style or usability. I know lots of people like carrying their iPhones naked, which is all well and good for them, but it just makes me too nervous.

My case requirements are as follows:

Must be a hard case or really, really good silicone case

Must include a screen protector or be screen protector friendly

Must completely cover all parts of the iPhone except for the screen

Must NOT include a belt clip

Must include a color choice I like

The first case on my radar is the Griffin Wave. I love the wave styling on the side that gives the case its name, and I like that it includes a screen protector too. It’s a hard case, which I really like, because I’ve grown very used to the Agent 18 Nano Shield I have my red iPod nano G3 in. Investigation into the Wave has produced some great reviews on the original iPhone model, all which lead me to believe I would really feel good about choosing this case for my 3G iPhone. I also think that the Wave is a great price–ony 24.95 for both a good case and a screen protector. That’s a value! And, of course, it comes in pink…I definitely like that!

Another case I want to check out is the Agent 18 Eco Shield. As I said, I’ve been really happy with the Agent 18 case that I have on my iPod nano–I put it on almost as soon as I got my nano, and while the case looks a little dinged up in places, my iPod is in pristine shape. A friend of mine is a huge fan of Agent 18 and he turned me on to their cases–I’m glad he did! The Eco Shield is also a hard case that covers most of the iPhone while still providing access to all the buttons and the screen. It features silicone pads for extra cushioning and a dock adapter so you can dock your phone without taking it out of the case. It doesn’t come with a screen protector, so that’d be extra. The Eco Shield runs at a very reasonable $29.95. It also comes in pink!

My friend Kathleen is really happy with the iSkin revo that she has for her 1st Gen iPhone. iSkin has come out with a version of the revo for the iPhone 3G–the revo2. It has a lot of great things going for it, like full silicone coverage, antimicrobial material, good screen protectors, and much more. Despite its list of impressive features, it is the one that I’m least sold on. It looks really rugged and not very sleek in all the pictures, and none of the color choices are jumping out at me. I’m also concerned that a silicone case may not be protective enough, or durable enough. The last silicone case I had for my PDA phone tore in quite a few places. I also hate how silicone cases pick up any lint or hair that is in the area–and I’m usually either covered in cat hair or shedding my own mane! I’ll give it a look, but I’m not sold on the revo2.

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10 Things to Expect from Microsoft’s Windows 10 Event

It’s a big day for Microsoft and its flagship Windows 10 software. After years of ridicule for a botched Windows 8 launch, this is Microsoft’s opportunity to show the consumer that it, er, means business. Much has been written about what we want and what we can expect from Microsoft’s big event. Some new rumors have come to light which have compelled me to build a more up-to-date list of anticipation. With no further ado, here are things I expect/want to see at Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, in order of likelihood.

A sleek new Windows 10 build –

This is an easy bet. With all of the leaks since Build 9879 was launched, it is fairly obvious that Microsoft is going to be taking a big step with its next Windows 10 build. Cortana integration, the new Spartan web browser, a revamped UX, and Continuum for switching between touch-first and traditional modes on hybrid devices should be the focal point of the event.

Windows 10 for Xbox details

– We’ve heard about Microsoft’s plans to unify the OS on all devices and form factors, including Xbox and Internet of Things. The announcement of developer sessions for Xbox means that we’ll be seeing how Windows 10 affects app development on that platform.

Windows 10 mobile Preview

– I wasn’t so convinced about this until a few weeks ago, but even Microsoft is giving us the old nod and wink nowadays with regards to its mobile platform. The appearance of a Preview app, similar to that for PC users, means that a mobile Windows 10 test is not far away.

Office for Windows 10 mobile

– It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like we’ll be seeing touch-first versions of Office for Windows, focused on the smartphone and tablet form factors. Everything we’ve heard indicates that these’ll be the “flagship” touch versions of Office, with more features than their iOS and Android counterparts. With Microsoft’s newfound propensity to give fans an early look at its software, I would also expect news about a Preview initiative.

Substantial Xbox Announcements for PC Gamers

– So this is a little unlikely, given Microsoft’s past transgressions with Games for Windows Live and underbaked Xbox apps on Windows 8. However, with Satya Nadella now pushing the multiplatform angle, would we see more of that with Microsoft’s games? Are we going to be able to watch our friends play on their Xbox from our Surface? What about getting complimentary versions of the same games on your PC if they’re registered to your Xbox Live account? Halo: Master Chief Collection for the long-suffering Halo: Combat Evolved fans? Microsoft knows that a huge factor for Windows’ popularity is its ubiquity with PC gamers, so watch this space as they try to tighten that grip.

Complimentary Windows 10 final gold version for testers

– Just a rumor that I’ve seen repeated several times recently. It would be a nice gesture for those who risked messing around with a potentially unstable early product, but it would raise questions about final pricing. Is Windows 10 going to have a price tag and what would that mean for its adoption curve?

Lumia 1330

– Although this is billed as a “Windows” event, there are chances of hardware showing up, too. Third party OEMs would surely have some presence. The most likely announcement that Microsoft would make is a Lumia 1330 phablet. Its predecessor, the 1320, was fairly popular in some Asian territories due to its large screen and low price. If Microsoft is going to be demonstrating Windows 10 mobile, having a new device to demonstrate it on would make sense.

Lumia 1030/940/1530

– Windows Phone fans have been begging for a new flagship to rally around for nearly a year now and Microsoft would be wise to heed their wishes. I’m not too optimistic that we’ll be seeing a new hero device at this event, but any rumblings would go far in assuaging the hardcore’s concerns.

Surface Pro 4

– CES played host to some impressive design advancements in the PC hardware space. When Microsoft first launched Surface Pro 3 just under a year ago, it was cutting edge. Now, it’s losing a little of its luster with new edge to edge displays and sleeker form factors coming from other OEMs. Launching a thinner Surface with an even larger screen (due to narrower bezels) before Apple does the same with its MacBook Air could be a powerful psychological victory for the premium side of the PC market. It would also be the ideal platform to showcase the Continuum feature onstage.

Some sort of smartphone/laptop hybrid

– A very late rumor that has little going for it. Something targeted at business users, this smartphone/laptop hybrid is apparently early in development at Microsoft’s hardware labs. Is this a continuation of the Surface line or even the successor to Microsoft’s Lumia flagship devices? Would probably be the biggest talking point if this rumor does come to fruition.