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Simple techniques that make you looking good on photo

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Not that I want to do fake before-and-after diet photo. But I do think a good posture with good lighting situation can dramatically improve one's look on photo. This is important for your resume, public bio, social media profile and so forth. After watching the following video, I like to summarize two tips that can instantly make you looking much better on photo: 1) Twist your body so your muscles are stretched to show more details. 2) Find a lighting situation of big light contrast (one side much lighter, one side much darker) so that light and dark will leverage your "stretched muscle details". It's simple. Go do a better faceobook profile or something! Have a good day!

How to Create a Secure Password

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Password challenge is not going to go away. There are easy and good ways to manage your password(s). This is a good video with lots of tips from  Molly Wood of The New York Times.

Keep trying! You'll get there!

Building a professionally designed web site with complex web content structure is not an easy task. I have been trying to use open source software Drupal to build the site. I have to say that it is a powerful and advance CMS system. Yet it is meant for certain type of content. For stuff that it is not intended to be done, we have to do a lot of trial and error. Every now and then we are stuck no matter how many things we have tried. This week is one of those week. I certainly need a healthy dose of encouragement. And suddenly I saw the following video on YouTube! Yeah! It refreshes me and I will keep trying! Thanks ducklings!

Exciting Next Generation Wind Power

The following YouTube shows a new product that capture Wind Power from high altitude. It can also provide internet if the right equipment is installed. I think it's exciting. It's the kind of product and innovation that extend communication to hard to reach areas. And it will help uplift the remote areas economy and also allows the world harnesses the human services from these remote areas.

Great Display Ad and Social Media

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Almost all social media these days have converged their "content sharing" update into "Photo + Text" format. That's why having a great Display Ad image is one of the most important factor for your social media marketing campaign. It's common sense and not a huge secret. However, it is easily said than done especially when it comes to the subject having a great image that attract eyeballs and click through.

Saving a humpback whale.

I have stumble upon this video on YouTube about saving a humpback whale. The amazing happened in the next hour the whale was saved. It's a really touching story. Love it.

Digital resurrection - No. of Newspaper Journalists is dropping!

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American newspaper journalists. From Economist With the commoditization of technologies and explosive advancement of internet, social media and smart device, it is no surprise to anyone that the large part of the media's job functions will be replaced by machines and software. As a person who has moved from the IT industry into the print media and directory business, I saw this coming years ago. But the real tipping point was reached when smart phone like iPhone and Android and Social Media has gained traction. If you look at the chart, the number of full time newspaper journalists start dropping around 2007 which was the year iPhone was launched. 2007 also was the year that everybody started talking about Facebook. What's coming ahead is that most headcounts for the "Ordinary Jobs" of just pushing news around with not much value added will be gone and replaced by average internet users on Social Media. The number of news media company will explode. The real jo

Challenges' purpose

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Just have a good night sleep last night. I disciplined myself to sleep early and woke up earlier this morning to get things done! With a good night sleep I feel super efficient this morning. The challenge I was facing last night is still there, but I am refreshed and more ready to take it on! Challenges exist for a purpose. They help you to separate the winners from the losers. The real question is which side are you on?

7 ways to relax.

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Plenty of ways to relax but I like this one most: Sleep early and wake up early to do your task instead of staying up late. The following picture is great too:!

Rest, relax and get ready for another day!

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Don't over stress yourself. Learn to relax. It's only for the superior performance for the next day!

Startup Courage

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Doing start up is not easy. We are chasing dreams that often no one has done before. We have no point of reference and often no guidance from anywhere. People surrounding you often try to help you by high light the risk instead of the bright side of our journey.  It's been heavily raining for a few days. The darkened sky in the morning journey to the office helps adding extra wight to our mood. Finding courage to move to the direction you want to go is necessary. But it is not far away, just look within yourself. It's there! All you need to do is to extract it! I have stumbled upon this quote from Ambrose Redmoon. It lifts me today: Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. Great! Let's focus and get our job done, today!

Amazing Dad and Son on YouTube "Action Movie Kid"

I have always been saying that the media industry will be "framentized" and be broken into thousands and millions of small companies due to advancement and commoditization of IT technology. It's a mouthful! Basically one man with a machine will do the job of a bigger company. So gone are the large enterprises who use to dominate the market due to their size. Now it's nano structure. In the media industry, this is especially so. Anyone with talent and computer can do amazing things! One fine example is a father Daniel Hashimoto who knows about video animation, marketing in digital platform like YouTube and a lot of love with his kid can create amazing result. Watch YouTube Channel "Action Movie Kid" channel. It's just amazing and fill with love!

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) an environmental remedy for burning coal?

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I am no environmental industry expert but I do know that our society is built on consuming much more than we need and there is no sign of stopping. If we maintain our way of living we are going to consume more. We can argue that we should spend less and so forth but this is only from a naive and narrow perspective of the people in the developed country. Those people in the much less privileged part of the world will definitely see it differently. And if everybody do learn to consume less, the heart beat of our economic growth engine that build up our modern economy today, consumption, will slow down so much that unemployment rate will sky rockets.  Coming back to the Earth and to today, the whole world is in such conflicting situation to drive economic growth and keep our world clean. China is right at the very center of such quagmire. There are 350 millions of people in China living under US$2 a day. They all want economic development and better living so it means that China will

3-D Printers Are Saving Babies' Lives One Breath At A Time

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On a Saturday morning which I have to unfortunately work instead of resting or be with my family, I am really glad to have stumble upon this news from Huffington Post. Technologies can do us and the society a lot of good. And Technologies are results of a lot of hard works from many people. With Internet to connect the whole world, web to provide free access of global information and other technologies such as this 3D printed device saving babies' lives one breath at a time gives me a mental boost on the extra hours I will be putting in today to develop something useful (I am working on building an online media focusing on quality constructive content for the society). Thanks a piece of positive news and I feel energized and ready to run!

A Brand Site should be like traditional magazine design.

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Dec 26, 1996 Mar 11, 2014 The early web were pioneered by technical people who are rather terrible in creative and design. (Hm...I guess that's why I preferred minimalism for my blog design) I have always been pitching that web designer should learn from magazines' cover page, page layout and navigation. Most home pages look like a complex table of content but instead they should look like a magazine cover page. People can easily find the table of content when they want to but a web (unless it is a portal of all things like Yahoo) should focus on a Cover Page like design that focuses on one thing, if not only a few things, that deliver a strong impression of the brand is about. We are now starting to see more and more web designs looking very much like a magazine cover. They look simply much more attractive than in the early days. Business Insider has taken the effort dig out how the 10 Brand Websites looks then and now in this article . Take a look at the Burger Kin

Make an impact through beauty!

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An amazing scene of Hong Kong captured from the video "Another Heaven. Another Hong Kong by Franso. Not long ago producing such beautiful videos can be very costly. With all the advance and low cost digital devices, making a video like this one (a stunningly beautiful video of where I live: Hong Kong by Francis So) is possible with just one man's effort( and a lot of talent and taste of course). And this one man is able to produce such powerful message to help protect the rare and remaining wilderness in Hong Kong. If you are doing business, producing such beautiful video to brand your brand is only limited by your imagination! Use it smartly and for the benefits of not just your company but for your customers. For now, please enjoy this video to see how beautiful my home town can be: " Anther heaven. Another Hong Kong. A time laspe video by Franso "

11 percent of Americans believes HTML is a sexually transmitted disease!

Amazing statistics from consumer survey done by Coupon Site in US: 11 percent of Americans who reportedly believe HTML is a sexually transmitted disease 42 percent thought a motherboard was the deck of a cruise ship. 27 percent of respondents incorrectly identified a "gigabyte" as "an insect commonly found in South America." 18 percent mistakenly believed Blu-ray was some sort of marine animal. 13 percent thought an MP3 was one of the robots in "Star Wars." 12 percent thought USB was the acronym for a country in Europe. This is why technology can be an edge to your business if you know what to do with it for your career and business! Original Source: here .

Repeatable Innovation, a key to sustainable success to a company.

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There is no doubt that Innovation is one of the key success factors for organization in the globally and  abruptly competitive market. We may get one or two bright ideas and win couple of battles. It might have been just luck. Can we consistently engineer innovation within our organization? Can a huge organization with thousands of staff members be able to organized systemically and drive innovation through crowdsourcing? I have stumbled upon a great online magazine that discuss these issues. Disclaimer : You will have to register to get the magazine. I don't know them but it's a great read.

Great Advertising!

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People talk about about digital media a lot. We usually focus on technical aspects such as how to do build link for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), how to do find keyword and bid for the lowest price in Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and how to score high in the Facebook's ranking system EdgeRank and so forth. Often we have forgotten about the content of the advert. At the end, you can do every technique right and drive a lot of eye balls to your ad but if you don't have great creative advert design it will only give your potential customer an impression of mediocrity or even bad taste. We have to be creative, bold but yet align with your brand. Your message has to be consistent with what you can offer to ensure that the right customer will click and convert to achieve your objective instead of bounce back wasting your advertising dollar. Everybody like a fun to watch ad. This one from National Geographic but it certain create a hell of an emotion that nail into your memo

Buying a gun on Facebook takes 15 minutes

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This is a good article from VentureBeat that discuss about how easy Facebook and the web be used for shady purposes. I don't think anything can avoid the dark sides of being human but it's a good article to read. Here are a few excerpts: A VentureBeat investigation has uncovered dozens of pages on Facebook where guns are for sale, including semi-automatic weapons, handguns, and silencers. While the transactions don’t actually happen on Facebook, the social network is a remarkably easy way to find shady people willing to sell you a weapon — no questions asked. The illegal transactions then take place in diners, dark parking lots, and isolated country roads — away from the prying eyes of the feds and local police. As it turns out, the 15 year old’s purchase wasn’t an anomaly. Facebook pages have been a thriving market for facilitating gun purchases. On Tuesday, a VentureBeat reporter and his colleague spent less than 15 minutes arranging to buy a semiautomatic 7mm rifle

Apps, Social Media & Your Relationship

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A good article from Wired that discuss how Apps and Social Media technologies "enhance" your relationship management. It an interesting read and I though I might share it with you. this latest batch of apps and tools that remind us to contact significant others, boost our willpower, provide us with moral guidance, and encourage us to be civil. Taken together, we’re observing the emergence of tech that doesn’t just augment our intellect and lives — but is now beginning to automate and outsource our humanity. Real Original Article Here .

No. 1 secret Gmail feature to track and counter email spammers

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You have stumbled upon a web site which looks interesting. You are asked to use your email address to sign up as a member before you can continue to read more content. However, the web site may "sell" or "give away" your email address to other web sites which they will spam you. You will have no way to tell which web site has given away your email address. Even worse is that you have no way of stopping the future spammers in spamming you. There is no way to even predict which spammers will come up in future so you cannot set a filter to filter away their emails. Worrying about this consequence the only way you can avoid this potential issue you may simply avoid the signing up and let go of the potentially good content or service. Do we have a way to resolve this issue?  Yes. Gmail comes to rescue. One of the least talked about features of gmail actually offers you to not only be able to track the source of your email address leakage but also to setup very p

LinkedIn launches the Simplified Chinese Site

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LinkedIn has announced in the  blog  from Derek Shen (沈博阳), president of LinkedIn China, launched a Simplified Chinese Site. It is branded as "领英 "  (or LingYing) which literally can be translated as "Leading Elite", "Leader & Elite" or simply "Leader".  Many giants such as Yahoo, Goolge, Facebook and eBay have not been successful to extending their services or beating local competitors. It would be interest to see how LinkedIn Chinese site will work out. Having said so the English version of LinkedIn has been available in Chinese for a long time, the addition of the simplified Chinese site will at least NOT a step backward. They are simply offering more choices to the Chinese market. Couple of points I find worth mentioning: First, LinkedIn taps into huge WeChat members database. This is a big plus in helping LinkedIn to expand their presence in China. The following is a quote from Derek's post: Our members who have WeChat accou

New App allows user to add emotion to photo for sharing by adding 4-10 second music clip.

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Snippit is a just-launched app offering a twist on photo-sharing. The idea is pretty straightforward — instead of sharing a photo on its own, Snippit allows users to add a 4-to-10-second clip of their favorite song. The song can be something that’s downloaded on their phone, or they can select from the 30-second song previews that are available on iTunes (yep — a clip of a clip). They can also add text captions and location check-ins and tag friends.

A very interesting Facebook Campaign Simulated Alzheimer's

A recent campaign by Alzheimer Nederland, a Dutch Alzheimer's group, cleverly used Facebook to help the average person better understand the plight of Alzheimer's sufferers, if only for a second. The effort, which ran in December, tagged random users in photos taken at events they did not attend. Read article from Mashable . This is Alzheimer Nederland's facebook page .

Facebook seems about to launch "Paper", a Flipboard like news reading app.

After years of experimentation, cancellations and redesigns, Facebook looks like it is finally going to launch in the coming weeks a news reading service built for mobile devices. The product is known as “Paper,” according to a source familiar with the matter, and it is similar to Flipboard, a buzzy mobile-focused news reading app. Paper looks to be either a standalone mobile application or a Web experience suited to mobile devices, according to this person. Facebook could launch the app before the end of January, this person said, though the timetable could change. Read Article

HK Government launches Innovation and Technology Bureau finally!

IT experts in Hong Kong generally welcomed the government's "re-initiation" of the Innovation and Technology Bureau (formerly "Technology and Communication Bureau"), in response to the second policy address delivered by Chief Executive CY Leung Wednesday. Read Article

The app developer community can't ignore Android now.

The app developer community may have finally hit an inflection point for Android. A year ago mobile developers preferred Apple's iOS, given superior tooling and revenue opportunities.  Yet, today's developers simply can't ignore Android's and outsized and rapidly growing installed base. Practical wisdom would say that the tide of developer interest in Android has to shift eventually, just because it is so massive and global. New survey data from Vision Mobile and Evans Data shows that the shift developer interest may indeed be starting to gravitate to Android while still remaining strong iOS. Read Article

Speech Recognition Breakthrough for the Spoken, Translated Word

No doubt voice communication is the most important mean of human communications. It is however fragmented by languages. Real time translation will allow all people communicating with each other. That would be so cool! On real life application, users are increasingly speak into the voice recognition service on their mobile phone. If the real time translation is working well, impact on our travelling life or business negotiation will change complete. Micrsoft is announcing new features to its translation engine. The update is available for both Windows Phone and the desktop. ( read article ). Here is a TED video on youtube which I believe is properly the base of Microsoft's real time translation service.

Hearst launched Pinterest-like ad for Lancôme on MarieClaire.com

Publishers across the board are scrambling to cement their native ad strategies, and Hearst is no different. Yesterday, it launched content ad campaigns for Lancôme on MarieClaire.com. The Pinterest-like ad is an interactive selection of images, skin care tips and blog content from 12 bloggers. Users will roll over a portrait of each blogger to reveal #bareselfie images of the bloggers taken after using the Lancôme product, quotes from their individual “skin stories,” or further info about the product. Read Article

Bitcoin now an accepted currency in media?

The Chicago Sun-Times, the 9th largest newspaper in the USA, is testing a social paywall that will accept both Tweets and Bitcoin in partnership with the content monetization startup BitWall. Read Article

The New York Times, Meredith and The Washington Post hired top programmatic advertising executives.

Publishers initially approached programmatic advertising warily, concerned it would do little more than drive down their ad prices and further commoditize their inventory. That meant the role of figuring out programmatic was something farther down the food chain. That’s changed. Advertisers and agencies increasingly want to buy their media that way, and programmatic budgets are too large for publishers to ignore. That means bringing on a programmatic chief to figure out how to use programmatic not as something separate (and secondary) to direct sales but as an integral part of it. In the past nine months, The New York Times, Meredith and The Washington Post have all hired top executives to run their programmatic efforts. Read Original Article