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Points, badges and leaderboards – the staple of gamification is found in so many places nowadays that the act of avoiding a numerical designation of your worth or status is nigh impossible. Regardless of your personal feelings toward the concept though, there’s no doubt that rewarding users for specific actions on your website, such as sharing […]
Botnets around the world have turned their attention from sending out spam emails to systematically hacking into Wordpress installs; it’s a lucrative business given that Wordpress powers 40% of all blogs. Especially considering that even we fell victim to this, it’s about time we did a comprehensive post on exactly how to protect your self-hosted Wordpress install.
The Oculus Rift has finally arrived, and is making heads turn (literally) all over the gaming community. No longer are we confined to to peering through a flat window into the gaming worlds we love so much; with the Rift, we can teleport right into it. While it may not be the holy grail of virtual reality yet, it’s off to a bloody incredible start. Read on to find out what the Oculus Rift is exactly, and to win yourself a free Development Kit.
There have been more new words invented in the last decade than ever all thanks to this new fangled “internet” thing. It’s easy to see how us old folks – and by old I mean anyone over the age of 25 – might get easily lost. Whether it’s on your child’s chat messages or some inexplicably popular item on Reddit, this new language increasingly pervades the meat space of real life. Let me put you a little at ease ease though, as I explain some key terms.
eBay is one of the top 10 most trafficked sites on the entire Internet, so it’s no wonder that when that pang of consumerist desire hits us, we head straight to eBay. Auctions can be addictive, waiting for that final 10 seconds as you place you last bid (or, like a real pro – snipe); finding that ever elusive bargain! But how about for the sellers? We’ve got some critical advice to help you sell more.
I love my iPad so much, I take it to bed with me – and I don’t think I’m alone (69% of British iPad owners also do, it seems). But resting it on my chest is far from ideal – I get neck cramps trying to look at the peculiarly angled screen, I certainly can’t type, and any attempt to move knocks the thing right over. Since my significant other usually doesn’t care for being face-palmed by an iPad while half asleep, it’s about time I did something about it.
Most home movies are boring, tedious lengths of footage with little to no editing. But impose some strict rules, cut it down to the good bits, and you might just end up with something pretty cool. Take just a second of interesting video a day, and in a single year you’ll have 6 minutes of highlights. That’s the premise behind todays article, and I look at 3 different ways of documenting your life with short video clips using an iPhone.
Last week, in the early hours of Friday morning, some malicious code was injected into the MakeUseOf theme, and began redirecting visitors to a Spanish malware site, reporting to be a Flash update. We took the site offline as soon as we had identified the issue and began rectifying the changes. We heard from a few concerned users about the obvious malware, but we have had no reports of anyone actually downloading it.
Producing your own video content is great. Search engines and users alike love video content. It increases user engagement – keeping visitors on your page – but moreover it’s just makes your content more interesting, adding value. You’re already doing this? Awesome – but do you upload them all to YouTube and just embed them on your site? Yes? Then you’re doing it wrong.
Previously, I recommended the use of SSH to migrate a locally developed WordPress site. While this works in most cases and has never failed me yet, it’s a little riskier if you’re moving directories. Today, I’m going to try out 3 plugins which can semi-automate the entire process of easily migrating a WordPress site for you. I’ll be migrating data from an old domain of mine, to a new site, both running on a virtual private server.
Whether your goal is to maintain a healthy weight or lose those extra pounds, keeping track of your weight changes is an essential part of the process. Any obstacle to doing so will eventually halt your efforts. With the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, you needn’t waste those extra moments – it’ll sync your stats and store them for you. Now all you need to do is concentrate on actually exercising. We’re giving away a Fitbit Aria, so read on to find out more about it, then join the contest!
Setting up a store on the Internet is ridiculously easy. Seriously, if somebody tries to charge you thousands for installing an eCommerce solution, just smack them. The hard part is getting search engines to care (ranking), getting customers to actually buy things (conversion), and keeping them coming back again (retention). Here are 10 things you should do or consider when starting your own online store.
Malware is usually very specific in what it does to your PC, whether that’s displaying ads, taking over your browser homepage and search bar, or nagging you to pay for some fake anti-virus. Hijacking however is potentially far more devastating, giving the hacker backdoor remote access to your entire PC. This is the holy grail for most hackers, so it’s important to understand how it can occur and what you can do to protect yourself.
Alfred is a task launcher for Mac OSX – hit a shortcut, start typing the name of a file, folder, contact, application or search term, and bam – there it is. Since version 2, the concept of workflows was introduced – essentially, user-created plugins that can extend the functionality. My mind was blown – this in an incredibly powerful app, possibly the most useful I’ve come across yet. To use workflows, you must have the PowerPack purchased for $25.
I love projectors; I have fond memories of nights spent in front of the projector with all my housemates, as we snuggled under the kotatsu (a Japanese heated table thing) and settled in to watch the latest episode of Heroes. Anything done on a big screen is better – movies and gaming become a surreal experience – even compared to a 50-inch TV screen. Today, I’m taking an in-depth look at a mid-range projector, the Optoma GT750, designed especially for gaming; and we’ll be giving this one away to one lucky reader.