Thursday, 27 October 2011

Essential iPhone Apps For Every Blogger

As mobile high speed internet connections become faster and more reliable, we can expect blogging to become more mobile as well. Typing out a full blog post including images and media on an iPhone used to be a chore. Nowadays, blogging from your iPhone is relatively painless and hassle-free with the use of a few handy applications from the iTunes Store. Here are 8 of the best blogging apps on the market today for the iPhone platform.


When most people think of blogging, they think Wordpress. The Wordpress iPhone App gives anybody the ability to update their Wordpress-based or hosted blog quickly and easily. Featuring an intuitive and responsive interface and support for nearly every capability baked into Wordpress, the official iPhone app is all you need to blog on the go. Just make sure you have Wordpress 2.9.2 or above installed, and this application will fit your work flow perfectly.


Believe it or not, many people still use Blogger to publish content on the web; quite a few people, in fact. While many have moved on to Wordpress, Tumblr, Typepad, and other platforms, Blogger remains popular. That's why the Blogger application is such a big draw at the iTunes Store. It does exactly what you'd expect, without a lot of fuss or confusing options to muddle through. If you're looking for a simple way to post to your Blogger blog, this is the application for you.


It seems like all the cool kids are using Tumblr nowadays. The Tumblr app for the iOS platform is basically the same thing as the Wordpress application, but with a greater focus on media and quick blogging. Many Tumblr users tend to publish shorter posts, and that's reflected in the user interface. If you just want to dash off a quick blurb to your Tumblr blog, this is the best way to do it.


Sometimes, keeping sources and information well-organized and at arm's reach is of paramount importance when you're running a well-read, high traffic blog. When inspiration for your next killer post strikes or you just want to share something with a friend or colleague, the EverNote iPhone app is your best friend. Whether it's a great photo, quote, or video clip that you want to access later, Evernote is the best way to archive things on your iPhone.


In a nutshell, Byline is basically just a feed aggregator for your favorite RSS streams, news websites, and blogs. What sets Byline apart is its refined UI, snappy responsiveness, and ease of configuration. You can set up your news streams any which way you like, and it also utilizes local storage to intelligently cache feeds in case you lose your high speed Internet connection while you're on the go.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Most people wouldn't think that you'd be able to accomplish a lot of photo manipulation on a smart phone. They clearly haven't met Adobe Photoshop Express, a nifty application that allows anyone with an iPhone to perform a number of different operations on images and photographs. Whether you need to crop a snapshot, apply a filter, or use special effects, Photoshop Express has you covered.

Air Sharing

You have to hand it to Apple, they make sharing and transferring files easy, as long as you're using Apple products, of course. Air Sharing makes it a simple task to compose drafts on your iPhone and then quickly transfer them to your computer at home or at the office for a final review before you publish your work. If you're a Mac user who blogs, Air Sharing belongs on whatever mobile device you use.

Analytics App

The name of this application pretty much says it all. Analytics App is focused on giving users the ability to interact with their Google Analytics account and get information about web traffic on the go. It allows you to customize your data and results any way you see fit. Now that Google Analytics delivers real-time results on web traffic, any blogger with a popular website can't afford to not have an analytics application on their smart phone.

The long and short of it

Ultimately, it's tough to make up for the lack of screen real estate that a laptop or even a tablet can provide. But you can still be a productive and effective mobile blogger with the help of a few handy applications such as the ones listed above. Thanks to a little innovative software, location and hardware constrictions don't have to curtail your ability to blog when you're away from home. 

How to Effectively Promote Your Blog with Social Media


What you already do: Post your blog on your personal wall and on your Facebook brand page.
What you should also do: If you have a friend that would be interested in the blog but is notorious for not looking anywhere but his own page, post it directly to his wall. If your blog mentions any other brands, tag them when you post to your personal wall or brand page.
Take it a step further: ‘Like’ Facebook pages that are either mentioned in your blog or would be interested in it. Take some time to research: Do they let users post links on their wall or do they delete them? If they allow it, post your blog on the brand’s wall. If they don’t, go into the discussion board and either add to a current discussion or start a new topic. Leave a well-constructed comment and a link to your blog.

What you already do: Tweet out the title and link to your blog to all your followers.
What you should also do: Add in one or two relevant hashtags. Whether you toss a # in front of a keyword in your title or just place one at the end, this will bring up your post when other Twitter users search for information.
Take it a step further: Once you tweet out your blog, do a quick search to see who else is talking about your topic. If they have asked a question or you can relate with something they’ve tweeted, reply to them! People will want to see who found their conversation interesting, and they will go check out your Twitter feed. They’ll be intrigued when they find that you’ve written a relevant blog.


What you already do: Post it to your Google+ stream.
What you should also do: Google+ supports hashtags now! Just like Twitter, add in one or two relevant hashtags when you post. Make sure that your post has public visibility!
Take it a step further: If you’ve linked to other blogs, many of those authors have Google+ accounts. Put them in your circle and tag them with something like “Thanks, +Author A, for some inspiration for my latest blog post!” Also add the post to the “Recommended links” section on your profile for added traffic and a slight bump in search engine rankings.


What you already do: Post your blog as an update on your LinkedIn account.
What you should also do: If you are especially proud of your blog, add it into the publication tab on your Linkedin profile. Not only will this generate another link, but prospective employers will be able to see your work.
Take it a step further: If you aren’t already in some of the many blogging groups on LinkedIn, join a few! You will be connecting with new readers – other bloggers who will be more likely to share and/or comment on your blogs – and many of the groups post weekly threads where you can share links to your blog. Also be sure to install the BlogLink application on your profile.

Above all: Never, ever act like a spammer when you reach out to new people on social networks. You’re reaching out to them because you believe that your blog is something they will find interesting. But if you simply @ or +mention them with your link saying “plz read,” I guarantee that nobody will click on it. Take the extra minute to formulate a complete tweet or sentence and engage your potential audience. The higher the quality of your networking, the more likely it is that someone will take the time to read your blog.
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Oracle Buys Cloud-based Customer Service Company RightNow For $1.5 Billion

Oracle this morning announced that it has acquired RightNow – both companies are listed on NASDAQ – for $43 per share or roughly $1.5 billion net of RightNow’s cash and debt. With the acquisition, Oracle is adding a robust cloud-based customer service offering (see graph below) to its own Public Cloud solution – more info on that here. RightNow’s share price closed at $35.96 last week, so the deal represents a premium of roughly 20 percent on its closing price on Friday the 21st of October.
RightNow’s solutions help companies handle customer interactions across a multitude of channels, including call and contact centers, the Web and social networks.
Its products are used by nearly 2,000 organizations across the globe, the company says.
Founded in 1997, RightNow went public in 2004. The company boasted a market cap of $1.2 billion at market close last week.
The acquisition by Oracle is expected to close later this year or in early 2012. As usual, the transaction is subject to a number of things, including RightNow stockholder approval, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Oracle has closed 6 acquisitions this year. While its takeovers of RightNow and Endeca are pending, the company has completed the purchases of Datanomic, FatWire, Inquira, Ndevr, Ksplice and Pillar Data Systems in 2011 alone.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Oracle VPD implementation

1. What is Oracle Virtual Private Database VPD Oracle has provided several solutions to ensure and secure the database. An efficient security policy not only prevents the database against the database corruption or hacking threats but also minimizes the risk of unprivileged user access. Several data security surveys have concluded that unauthorized data access to unprivileged users is a frequent Oracle VPD implementation

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