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Adobe returns fire at Apple over Flash

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday May 14, 2010 )

A couple of weeks back, it seemed like the Apple/Adobe (Flash) spat was all over. Steve Jobs expressed his views in no uncertain terms about Apple’s aversion to Flash, Adobe offered little comment to follow up except to basically say, “oh well, moving on..” All was quiet on the western front – until yesterday. (more…)

International checkout: overseas shipping

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday May 13, 2010 )

Are you a US merchant who would like to ship your goods internationally, but are concerned about the amount of effort involved? International Checkout might be worth considering – and it’s free. (more…)

Bank loan “Tweeticide”?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday May 11, 2010 )

I sometimes check out people who I don’t know who contact me via social networks to get a better sense of the person. Employers do it, and perhaps banks might start doing it too. (more…)

Ecommerce posts double digit gains

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday May 9, 2010 )

Retail sectors overall showed mixed results according to the latest MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse report, but ecommerce is riding high. (more…)

Proactive live chat survey results

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday May 8, 2010 )

A recent survey on consumer reactions to live chat software revealed some interesting statistics about proactive chat invitations. (more…)

Video – less bling = more kaching

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday May 6, 2010 )

We’re used to sitting through the opening credits of a show. We do so as we’re going to be rewarded with a half hour or whatever of entertainment (minus ads of course). With many videos used to promote a product, they are far shorter and waste too much time before getting to the real information. (more…)

Browser market share statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday May 5, 2010 )

Internet Explorer is continuing to lose market share. How long before it will be lumped into the the “other browser” category? That probably won’t happen, but Microsoft has a lot of work to do in order to win back hearts and minds. (more…)

Death by PowerPoint

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday May 4, 2010 )

When I left the suit and tie behind, I swore I would never look at another PowerPoint presentation again. I have. And I still hate them.

Powerpoint makes us stupid. They aren’t my own words, but those of a US Army General. (more…)

Apple’s Flash Bash ‘n Trash

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday May 3, 2010 )

Apple and Adobe are certainly not on the best of terms at the moment; particularly after Steve Jobs’ open letter published a few days ago entitled “Thoughts on Flash”. (more…)

Buying wholesale from China

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday May 2, 2010 )

I continually get emails from Chinese companies offering products at dirt cheap prices – if I buy huge quantities. If you’re an online retailer looking to buy small quantities of items from China, and to be assured of delivery, this service may be of interest to you. (more…)