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Google will factor page load speed into search result rankings (Download Squad)

Nov 16th 2009 1:16PM SEOs have known for years that Google factors in page performance two ways:

1) The slower your site responds, the less aggressively they crawl it. Googlebot is often a large plurality of traffic on many sites, and Google knows they need to be careful about strangling the very sites they're trying to index. That said, if they put you on a less aggressive crawl, you're going to have fewer URL in their index, period.

2) Secondly, they rank slow sites lower. This is just a simple user experience point. If all the sites returned by Google took 8 seconds to respond to your click, you'd eventually get frustrated with Google for steering you to sites that don't work well. It only makes sense for Google to reward fast sites, and they do.

"not some unsubstantiated rumor" indeed. This has been a well known fact for a long time.

Robotvision: A decent early stab at augmented reality (TUAW.com)

Oct 10th 2009 2:10PM How is this any better or even different than Yelp's monocle?

Oh, it has Bing reviews instead of Yelp reviews.

Apple announces 2 billion downloads, 85,000 apps from the App Store (TUAW.com)

Sep 28th 2009 5:58PM I want my car to fricking fly. How come the only options I can get with it are leather seats and air conditioning? TOYOTA!!!! End your closed, totalitarian system of having to approve everything that interacts with your product. It's my car! If I want to buy it with fricking pinwheels attached to the side so I can drive it off a cliff and fly, you should let me! Monopoly! The death of innovation! Boo! Boo! Mooooooo!!!

Save a little on your existing AT&T iPhone plan (TUAW.com)

Sep 24th 2009 8:03PM What the hell? I entered my school email, then went to "register" in the "sponsorship program." Now it's telling me I need to pay a $36 fee for this.

FUCK YOU AT&T!!!!!!!!!

Camera Zoom 1.1 app released for OS 3.0 (TUAW.com)

Jul 22nd 2009 3:15PM I agree that the time savings of being able to do the resize/crop right there in the camera are worth something, at least.

But please don't post nonsense like this:

"The other apps I tried did nothing more than enlarge the picture and crop out what is too big for the screen. This results in a blurry picture.

This thingy does a real zoom. It's not perfect but it's the only thing I've seen that does it."

especially when...

"I really don't know how it does it."

Ordinary consumers who don't know the difference between optical and digital zoom get screwed, IMHO. Like I said, the time saver is worth something. But if you don't even know that what you're getting is a resize/crop then you're going to be disappointed with the quality. I would go so far as to say that the term "digital zoom" itself is misleading.

Road Tested: AT&T Navigator for iPhone (TUAW.com)

Jul 7th 2009 5:03PM I also would like to know if maps are cached locally. I would like to be able to use a GPS sometimes when I'm out of cell range (like backpacking). But currently, this isn't possible on the iPhone because, while the GPS knows your coordinates, Google Maps can't pull down a map from the internet. Any way to pre-load maps with AT&T's product?

Thanks for the review!

Apple market share drops slightly in the past year (TUAW.com)

Apr 16th 2009 10:02PM Apple is missing the netbook phenomenon. I don't blame them. I kind of ignored it myself for a while until I realized all the contenders are under $500. Then I woke up and realized something important was going on.

Apple is a long way away from being able to ship a sub-$500 laptop. They're straining to ship a 2-year old model at $1000 right now, and the Air just shows that they bet on portability being a premium feature and missed the boat.

Scramble, adjust, and surprise us, Apple. You've done it before.

Another way to get to the movies: Moviefone for iPhone (TUAW.com)

Mar 20th 2009 3:47PM Flixster also works in UK and CA