Project Glass is the future. And it’s happening today!
This kind of thing is already possible in a variety of smart phone applications but Google have taken it one step further and bundled everything into a pair of augmented reality glasses.
If you’re unfamiliar with Project Glass, this video should give you a better idea of what to expect:
Project Glass: a preview
Ok, I jest. Here’s the real Google Glass preview…..
Project Glass: One Day
Google’s founders have been spotted wearing prototypes and it seems as though the finished product may be available to buy before too long. If you want to keep up to date with official announcements on Project Glass, be sure to check out their Google Plus page.
In the latest update you can see a photo taken by Sebastian Thrun during an interview with Charlie Rose. To view the entire interview, click here, however for now I’ll leave you with this photograph taken with Project Glass’ integrated camera:
On 1st May, Activision are due to announce details of the next Call of Duty title, due for release towards the latter end of this year. Due to the way in which the series rotates, it’s likely to be a follow up to Treyarch’s COD: Black Ops and in all honesty, it doesn’t excite me that much. After filming my COD: MW3 – Road to Commander series, I’m pretty burned out on the game for the time being.
This isn’t the first time that the Parrot AR.Drone has featured in a video game – it has previously made appearances in Homefront and Battlefield 3 – but it is the first time it has been treated to a dose of steroids!
Update: Treyarch have now announced the ‘AR.Drone’ is actually known as the MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone. If you want to get your hands on one, you will need the Care Package edition of Black Ops 2.
In the video that follows, Hannah Power interviews Theo Paphitis on behalf of the Digital Youth Acadamy.
Hannah, a current student at the University of Warwick, asks Theo to recall the first time he used Twitter, why he started Small Business Sunday (#sbs) and what value he places on the use of social media.
I was amused to learn that Theo can’t remember his first Tweet as he was a little tipsy at a charity event but can recall waking up to more than 20,000 followers. For the rest of the answers, check out the interview:
At first, it looked as though I wouldn’t be able to make the event but with some careful route planning I figured I could drop in for 30 – 45 minutes. With several hundred people at the event, I knew I wouldn’t have time for any decent networking, so I set about locating the man behind Small Business Sunday – Theo Paphitis.
I dumped my car outside Edgbaston CCC and made haste towards the entrance, stopping briefly to check my hair….
The Chrome wrap, which was applied for Children In Need a few years ago, is ridiculously shiny and gives the Maybach some serious road presence. Anyway, with my hair looking as good as I could possibly hope for given the fact it’s receding at an ever increasing rate, I stepped inside the conference area.
Upon entering the room I thought any hopes of meeting Theo had vanished. The place was absolutely packed with winners of Small Business Sunday and their plus ones. However, I could see some TV cameras at the far end of the room and figured I may be in luck.
Unsurprisingly, Theo was surrounded by people and, after a prompt from one of his assistants, was making his best efforts to get into another room to prepare for his first #sbs presentation.
I took a bit of a gamble and placed myself in Theo’s exit route. Thankfully that paid off and Theo came within earshot, at which point I loudly apologised for dinging his Maybach. The Dragon was not amused, making reference to the size of his chauffeur!
Amused or not, my comment certainly captured Theo’s attention and my guest, James Kimbley of Kimbley Computer Services, was on hand to capture a cheesy photograph worthy of a Facebook status update:
I’m very much looking forward to next year’s event and hope I can stick around for a little longer, so that I can put faces to names (especially to those people who have taken up my #sbs SEO freebies) and make the most of the networking opportunities that the Small Business Sunday network provides.
Priya Tew is an experienced dietitian and nutrition professional, with a degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Masters in Dietetics. Her company, Dietitian UK, was chosen as a Small Business Sunday winner by Theo Paphitis on 8th January, 2012. This is her #sbs SEO freebie!
Looking for more information on Small Business Sunday (#sbs)? Click here for details of how to enter and the benefits of being chosen by Theo Paphitis. Read this post for an explanation of why I provide free SEO for #sbs winners.
Firstly, a very belated congratulations for your Small Business Sunday win in January!
I’ve had a good look at your website and I am very pleased to report it is built using WordPress, an open source platform which is very powerful from an seo (search engine optimisation) perspective. Before I get into the proposed changes for your website, please allow me to provide an introduction to SEO:
Search Engine Optimisation: a simple overview
Industry professionals would like you to believe that SEO is magical skill-set possessed only by a select few. Far from it: everything you need to know about search engine optimisation can be found, free of charge, on the internet. If you’re struggling for bed-time reading, you can’t go wrong with Google’s own SEO starter kit.
In short, SEO concerns the way in which you manage three aspects of your on-line presence:
1) On-site SEO
– this covers all of your content, such as meta data (page titles & page descriptions), the use of text, internal/external links, photos, videos and maps.
2) Website Code
– typically, website code will either help or hinder your on-site SEO. As you will see in a moment, WordPress is pretty much set-up as standard and allows you to make alterations to your core code without any programming knowledge.
3) Off-site SEO
– essentially, this covers links back to your website from elsewhere on the internet, including social media profiles, directories, forums and blogs. Interaction on blogs is often overlooked and can be a very powerful form of off-site SEO.
#sbs SEO review for Dietitian UK
Below, I have listed three areas of your website which need attention with an explanation of what needs to be done. All three would be considered “on-site SEO” but thanks to WordPress, you don’t need to do any coding.
I have chosen these three areas as I feel they will have the biggest impact on your search engine performance.
1. Generate a sitemap.xml file
A sitemap is critical file for search engines. At a glance, they can see the structure of your website along with details of when your content was updated, which helps to determine whether or not anything needs to be indexed. Without one, you are less likely to be indexed on a regular basis although it is still possible.
Generating a sitemap file in WordPress is simple. Log-in to your admin area and you will see a tab called “Plugins” about half way down the left hand side of the screen. Click on “Plugins” and then “Add new”. You will then be presented with a search box.
Enter the term “Google XML sitemap” and then click to install. Please note that in the image below, the text reads “update now” as I already have the plug-in running on my blog.
Once you have installed the Google XML Sitemap generator, you will be prompted to activate the plug-in. You can either click on “activate” or navigate to Settings > XML – Sitemap on the left hand menu bar. Either way, you will then be asked to run the sitemap generator for the first time.
In terms of settings, the generator is pretty much good to go, however I suggest you scroll down to the option relating to update frequencies and ensure these are set correctly. Don’t be tempted into setting values that over-estimate how often you update your content!
You only need to do this once. From now on, your sitemap file will be updated whenever you add/remove/edit content on your website.
Whilst it isn’t essential, I always advise people sign up for a free Google Webmaster Tools account and follow the on-screen prompts to register their sitemap. It’s worth checking your account every now and again to ensure there are no problems with your sitemap files.
2. Populate your meta data
Meta Data gives search engines a better understanding of the content on any of your website’s posts or pages. However, meta data is not purely for the benefit of search engines:
In the image above, I have circled a section of text which can be customised by filling out your meta data (namely the meta description). A well written summary can encourage a search engine user (i.e. a human!) to click on your link as opposed to any of those that surround it.
Customising meta data in WordPress is nice and easy. First of all, you need to install the All in One SEO pack by naviagating to plugins>add new. As with the sitemap generator, search for “All In One SEO pack”, click install and then activate.
Once done, you should see the following boxes appear on your posts/pages, when logged into wp-admin:
In the event you can’t see these options, click on “screen options” which can be found in the top right hand corner.
Once the menu has expanded, tick “All In One SEO pack” and your title, description and keyword boxes will appear.
99.9% of the time, you can leave the “Title” box blank.
Your page title should be between 50 and 70 characters and WordPress will generate this automatically by combining the name of the post/page you are working on with the name of your website. If you want to change this, navigate to settings>All In One SEO and look at the options for “post title format” and “page title format”. Feel free to play around as if you break anything (very unlikely), you can click a button to restore all the defaults.
This is the most important box and you need to fill this in for all of your existing pages as well as any you create in future. The key is to write a concise summary of the content on any given page, using no more than 160 characters of text. You need to consider the fact you are writing for two audiences: a computer, that will want to see a good distribution of keywords; and a human, who may choose to click on your link as opposed to others if you write something appealing.
It is important to take time when writing your meta description as it can have a huge impact when done correctly.
Keywords aren’t as important as they were a couple of years ago but there’s no need to stop using them just yet. Aim for 10 to 30 keywords, separated by commas, with your most used terms towards the beginning. For example you could start everything with “Dietitian, Priya Tew” and then the broad keywords for your website. Follow these with specific keywords which relate to the page or post you are editing.
I notice you already have Yoast SEO installed on your website but couldn’t find anything to suggest it has been used. With this in mind, I would suggest clicking “plugins” on the left hand side menu, scrolling down to “Yoast” and clicking on “deactivate”.
3. Add more images/improve existing images
Images are a great way to improve your search engine performance: they can improve the ranking of any page/post for a particular keyword, as well as provide an alternate form of search engine traffic (Image Search). To extract full value from your images, be sure to name them correctly.
As it stands, you don’t really have any images in the main areas of your website, so I suggest you try and get hold of some. For example, your Individual Consultations page could benefit from a photo of you giving a 1 to 1 session.
Ideally, images should be given names between 50 and 70 characters in length. I prefer to name all of my site images with the same prefix, to ensure consistency across the site, for example:
[Company Name] – [Short Description] – [Something about the image].jpeg
Should you choose to add an image to your Individual Consultations page the file could be named as follows:
Dietitian UK – Priya Tew – Individual Consultation.jpeg
You could go on to add additional artwork for eating disorders, weight loss and so on. Obviously, you don’t want to flood your pages with images but you will benefit from uploading at least one per page.
Once you have addressed your main pages, I’d suggest working through older blog posts.
When it comes to SEO you can never guarantee results (as your competitors could start doing the above), however I would expect to see the above changes result in more search engine traffic, more enquiries and more sales.
Should you get stuck with any of the above, please feel free to get in touch!
It’s no secret that I play the occasional game on my PS3 – mostly Call of Duty, Gran Turismo 5 and Fifa – and I have been working on a number of projects which will help me to monetise that hobby. For now, I need to capture as much content as possible and, in recent weeks, I have been recording a COD MW3: Road To Commander series, which is being uploaded to my (gaming only) YouTube channel, iKingOfHouse.
I’m about 30 games in and the AVerMedia Game Capture HD hasn’t skipped a beat. Sadly, the same can’t be said for my PS3 which gave up the ghost last Wednesday. I can’t complain too much as it is an original 40GB model (although I upgraded the PS3’s HD a while ago) and has served me well for the past 5 years!
A quick look on YouTube suggests YLOD is easy enough to fix if you have the required tools and plenty of patience. As I have neither, I decided to go out and buy a new one. Thankfully, Sainsbury’s have the 160GB PS3 slim on offer over Easter, so this only set me back £164.99. If you’re reading this post after Easter, your best bet is probably going to be Tesco, who are knocking them out at £189.99.
For those of you wanting to fix your PS3 or in need of help ejecting stuck discs, read on…
Whilst searching for videos on how to repair YLOD, I came across one tutorial which suggested blasting your PS3 with a hair dryer for some 45 minutes. The video stated that this isn’t going to fix your PS3, but will allow you to switch it on for long enough to eject any discs which are stuck inside. Thankfully, I found a much easier solution in the depths of the Google SERPs!
All you need to do is switch off the PS3 completely – in my case, using the switch at the back of the machine. Then, hold down the eject button and switch the PS3 back on. I’m not exactly sure why, but the PS3 will then kick into life with the fans on full tilt, before ejecting the disc and turning off again. I should point out that this only works on the original ‘fat’ PS3. If you’re trying to eject a disc from inside a PS3 slim, I suggest you follow these instructions.
Fixing PS3 YLOD – tutorial video(s)
Fixing a PS3 is no more complicated the taking it apart, applying some thermal paste to the broken parts, blasting the motherboard with a heat gun and putting it all back together. At a later date I will attempt to fix mine and I will update accordingly. In the meantime, these videos show every step of the process:
Step 1: Take the PS3 apart
Step 2: Apply thermal paste & attack with a heat gun
Step 3: Put your PS3 back together again!
PS3 light sequences – is it YLOD?
If you turn on your PS3 and the lights flash green, yellow and red, followed by a double beep, then you have an issue with an internal component. Whilst I can’t say for sure, it is most likely going to be the dreaded YLOD (it could be a dodgy power pack). For a full list of light sequences and what they mean, check out this handy guide – “What do the different light sequences on the PS3 mean?“
Road to Commander (RTC) is a type of video series, specific to Call of Duty, in which every game of the ranking up process is recorded. In Modern Warfare 3, this is level 1 through level 80.
For reasons I will cover in a later post, I have recorded an RTC and will be uploading one video per day to my channel youtube.com/iKingOfHouse, which hosts my gaming related content.
I have embedded the first game, below. Please be warned, this might not be work safe as I’m playing with a group of guys who are known to swear from time to time :). Visually, there is nothing that will cause offence.
It’s pretty standard for a Road to Commander series, but it’s worth me pointing out all of these games feature live team communication or live commentary. Personally, I prefer the former as it means I don’t need to give live narrative throughout the game and can concentrate on playing!
Usually, people will create a separate account before they start an RTC but I didn’t have time, so I’ve recorded every game between Level 1 and Level 80, 10th Prestige.