Will Microsoft’s New Bing Search Engine Quick Launch Save Them?

Microsoft Bing Search Engine

The new Microsoft Bing search engine announced only five days ago, is online and now marked as “Preview”. Where you can test drive it now yourself. Microsoft initially stated in a press release that the roll out of Bing is set to fully be released on June 3rd Continue reading

Ning Network Gets A Star Studded Boost From The Collective

Over the last few months celebrities have become something of a currency on the social web as services vie to attract big-name stars (and gather the resulting media coverage and new users in the process). Twitter has garnered the most attention for its roster, which includes celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and Oprah. FaceIbook too has been making strides in this area, especially since releasing its redesigned ‘Pages’ that allow celebrities and brands to broadcast their updates to fans.

Another contender in the celebrity hunt is social network platform Ning, which is already home to a number of social networks dedicated to celebrities, politicians, and musicians. Today, the company has announced that it has forged a partnership with The Collective, a management company whose clients include Enrique Iglesias, to create custom networks for a number of The Collective’s biggest clients.

Along with Enrique, Collective clients including comedian Eddie Izzard, and actors John Leguizamo and Taylor Momsen will be deploying their own social networks on the platform. And some clients, including The All American Rejects, Staind, and the Plain White T’s have already launched their own Ning networks as their homepages.

Jason Kincaid of TechCrunch spoke with The Collective partner Aaron Ray, who says that while the company’s artists will continue to maintain presences on other networks where appropriate, Ning has offered a greater degree of access to support personnel than other social networks have – clearly the site is going out of its way to foster its relationship with celebrities. But Ning SVP of business operations Jason Rosenthal says that the company is only interested in working with celebrities that will use their Ning networks to truly connect with fans, not just as vanilla corporate celeb properties.

Rosenthal also says that while many celebrities maintain presences across multiple sites, they tend to use Ning as their central hub, with their other profiles serving as satellite ’spokes’ linking back to their social networks. This isn’t surprising given the increased level of control a celebrity has over their Ning network, than say, a Facebook page. But celebrities won’t be dropping the other services any time soon – a Ning network may offer a richer experience, but casual fans are more likely to subscribe to a celebrity’s Twitter feed or Facebook page than they are to join an entirely new social network.


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May Weekly Favourites – Web Sites

Coming up in this week’s roundup of interesting and useful links is a group interview with a bunch of designers; a showcase of big backgrounds in web design; a huge collection of designers to follow on Twitter; a tutorial on creating a cool glowing effect and a fun post checking out what random things designers carry in their bags.

DesignM.ag

Design Mag

Steven Snell from DesignM.ag recently put together this interesting post combining the thoughts of a bunch of designers (including myself!) on the pursuit of personal projects.

Vandelay Design Blog

Vandelay Design Blog

Big backgrounds in web design make for an impactful and interesting website design. Check out this collection of some great examples, many of which I personally hadn’t seen before.

Mashable

Mashable

The huge social media blog that is Mashable recently hosted this excellent roundup of active designers on Twitter. The post features 85+ creatives with a short bio and link through to their profiles. Definitely one to browse if you’re looking to receive a wealth of links and handy design resources on a daily basis.

Six Revision

Six Revisons

Photoshop lighting effects seem to go down pretty well with the readers here on Blog.SpoonGraphics, so I figured you would be interesting in seeing this fantastic article from Six Revisions, titled How to Make a Stylish Glowing Box in Photoshop.

The Design O’Blog

Design O Blog

Niki Brown from the Design O’Blog recently posted part two of this fun post, It’s All in The (Designer’s) Bag. The post shows what random artefacts the creative types carry around with them on a daily basis.

Written by Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner is a designer who has a love for creativity and enjoys experimenting with various techniques in both print and web. Follow Chris’ daily design links on Twitter, and be sure to check out his second blog over at Line25.com.


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Linux! make me a sandwich!!

We have always wondered, can we get our computer to make us a sandwich? Until now that was impossible with only a Persocom. But thanks to the brilliantness of DIY Maker guru Bre Pettis. From the Bre Pettis Blog article Sudo Make Me A Sandwich we learn how to build our own sandwich machine that can connect to our Linux box and make a smashing grill cheese sandwich.

This robot was inspired by XKCD, a wonderful webcomic that appears to have some sort of window into my head. I swear I think of things and the next day, there is an XKCD comic about it.


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Build a wireless Finger Phone


Here is what you need:
1. A bluetooth headset
2. Some standard wires
3. At least one Glove
4. A knife for cutting
5. Time

That’s it. How simple and how awesome?!

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How to make a USB battery

Change a normal 9v battery into a life saver. If you have ever run out of juice on your phone and could really use a quick charge then you need a USB battery.
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Shopping list:
1 5.1v zener diode
1 330-ohm resistor
1 9v battery connector
1 9v battery
solder and soldering iron
(you can get all of this at radio shack)
Instructions:
1. Solder the Zener diode to the left and right USB connector prongs.
2. Solder the black wire of the 9v connector to the left prong and the right wire to the resistor.
3. solder the other end of the resistor to the right prong.
4. Hook up battery and go to town.

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