GOkey – an essential accessory for the modern age.

The GOkey is a crowd-funded charger/usb cable/storage device and locator for Android and iOS smartphones.

“Boost your phone battery, use it as a charging/ syncing cable, store your data, locate your keys and find your phone.”

It has blown through its target for $40k funding and is now over $530k with 32 days still left to run in the campaign.

I’ll be getting one for the key locating functionality alone.

Check out the video pitch

and place your pre-order here:

How Google Decides Whether Your Website is Worthy of the First Page

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

Hopefully you all know the benefits of being on the first page of Google for a set of keywords? In a nutshell you receive more web traffic and generate more leads and sales. Which is great for any business.

Google uses a complex range of factors to decide whether you are page one worthy. For a full list click here. For a quick and easy list, take a look at the infographic below from QuickSprout.

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How to get American/US Netflix on your iPad PS3 PS4 Wii WiiU Apple TV (updated)

This is a FREE solution , you should not have to pay for anything but your Netflix subscription.

With the previous DNS now not working due to playmo TV turning off the server.

Here are the new settings to use.

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DNS is 213.5.182.117

This is what it looks like when put into an apple TV:

This has been updated as of 25/03/2014.

Make sure to kill the Netflix app on the iPad and restart or reboot your device to make sure the settings take.

This has worked for users in the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Australia, Colombia, Spain, France, Belgium, Chile, Turkey, Italy and Argentina.

Questions and feedback welcome in the comments below .

Also, help the blog out by starting your Amazon.co.uk journey here: http://goo.gl/eT3RjR (Treat yourself to some new technology.)

 

This may violate the Netflix terms of use so use with caution.

Setting up Google Apps email on Blacknight.ie

Originally posted on Deadlyfingers:

GoogleMXServers

Login to cp.Blacknight.com

Go to the All Domains section and select YOUR-DOMAIN

Click ‘Edit’ button to enable ‘Zone Management ability’ so you can edit the domain’s DNS settings.

All Domains > YOUR-DOMAIN

Click ‘DNS’ tab, and then click the ‘DNS Records’ section.

Click ‘Add New DNS Record’

Select DNS record type:
DNS Record Type: MX

Specify new MX Record properties:

Mail Domain Preference IP address TTL:
(Leave Blank) 10 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM (Custom) 3600
(Leave Blank) 20 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM (Custom) 3600
(Leave Blank) 20 ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM (Custom) 3600
(Leave Blank) 30 ASPMX2.GOOGLEMAIL.COM (Custom) 3600
(Leave Blank) 30 ASPMX3.GOOGLEMAIL.COM (Custom) 3600

Once new records are in sync you can remove existing Blacknight MX Record and any QMail hosting for that domain.

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What printer do you buy for your Grandmother?

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My 87 year old Granny recently asked me to get her a new printer for her house.

Her HP colour inkjet that she picked  up on sale in Tesco had never worked correctly and she wanted something that (a) worked and (b)  was simple to use and (c) did not cost an arm and a leg to run.

The requirements I drew up were:

  • Must be a mono laser printer  (cheapest to run, no messy ink)
  • Has to be able print but also scan and copy
  • Wireless (So we could put anywhere in the house without having to worry about cables)
  • Must have a good app for her  iPad to print emails and FaceBook messages
  • Must costs less than €150.00

So the search was on.

After considering options from HP and Brother, I found an amazingly cost-effective unit from Samsung that ticked all the boxes:

Samsung SCX 3405W

Samsung SCX-3405W Wireless Multifunction Mono Laser Printer (Print/Scan/Copy)

For less than €125 (£102) including delivery to Dublin, Ireland  from Amazon.co.uk [Link]

When it arrived it took about 10 minutes from opening the box to printing from the iPad with no need for a PC to set it up. The iPad sees the printer in in list of printer without having to configure this. The unit is compact and the fact that you only have a single cable (power) allows for a tidy install. It comes with a 700 page toner starter cartridge which should last a year. Replacement toner will cost €60 for a 1,500 page yield, which works out at only 4c per A4 page. We spent the next hour getting everyone in the house to print something from their phones (iOS and Android). Copying only needs a single button press and the Samsung app from the Appstore allow you to scan documents directly from the unit to your phone or tablet.

It’s an amazing amount of technology for the money. I’ll be recommending this to my friends and I’ll probably end up buying one for my house, it is that good.

What does Google entering the Video Conferencing Hardware Market mean for you?

Last week Google announced a new product that they were offering in conjunction with Hardware Manufacturer Asus – The ChromeBox for Meetings Video Conferencing system.
The system is comprised of a Chromebox (small form PC running Chrome OS) with a USB Camera, USB Microphone & Remote Control to make a fully functional High Definition Video Conferencing System when combined with a display unit.
The most surprising aspect to the announcement? the price  – less than $1,000 to include a $250 annual fee for management and support.

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This is great news for the Small to Medium Enterpise Video user especially if you are already running Google Apps for your email system.  We at Digicom have been running Google Apps for coming on 5 years now and sometimes the easiest way for us on making a video call is from the chat box on the side of out email screens. This now means we can call Room Systems without involving third party service. If you are not running Google Apps all you need is to sign up for a free Gmail account to get on board.

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I’m looking forward to getting one of these to test out and to pit against the Cisco Telepresence and Polycom Realpresence units we have in  the office.

Currently these are only available in the US but plans are to launch in Europe soon.