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Pointers: Customize shortened links

11/13, 7:23am

Make them memorable by making them readable

Click on this link for us, would you please? This one: It's an Amazon link and while you're there, poke around and buy something really expensive like a MacBook or a car: we'll get a few cents for your efforts and will raise a glass to you. Think about what happens when you want to tell all your family and friends about it. There is not one single possible chance that you will remember or casually mention in conversation that they can get it on that mishmash of letters and numbers. There is a far greater chance that you'll remember and be able to tell them that you got it via This Pointers is about how you create those customized links.


Apple reorganizes store workshop appointments on website

08/26, 1:30pm

Part of ongoing consolidation between retail and online stores

As part of an ongoing revamp focused on greater integration between online and retail experiences, Apple has made some changes to its now-integrated retail areas of the its website, specifically to clean up and consolidate workshop scheduling and appointments. The new system is similar to the Genius Bar reservation system, and allows users to quickly locate workshops, One to One classes, and Joint Venture events.


Pointers: Better Links in Mail (OS X)

03/30, 8:37am

Hide ugly URL addresses when emailing

URLs are ugly – and they are also very daunting if you're new to the web. So long as they're up there in the browser and you just got to the site by clicking a heading in Google, nobody cares. Yet when you send them to someone, that's when you can put them off or you can make their life easier. It's also where you can demonstrate that you know your stuff. There is one important caveat to this but otherwise this Pointers will show you how to make emails with links that simply look better than sending someone a five-foot-long string of dots and slashes. The specific steps in this tutorial are all for Mail in OS X Yosemite.


Apple updates French website over magazine killings

01/08, 5:55pm

Cowardly assault on satire sparks international outrage, condemnation

Apple on Thursday updated its French website with a black "armband" and the phrase "Je suis Charlie" in sympathy over the terrorist attack and murder of cartoonists from the satiric magazine Charlie Hebdo, which also killed at least one police officer. The attackers were allegedly offended by the publication's routine attacks on extremist elements of the Islamic faith, although the publications also regularly exposed hypocrisy and provoked offense among other religious followers as well.


Report: Eight high-profile sites hit by browser exploits last week

08/27, 11:45pm

Security firms says malvertising hit sites such as Java, DeviantArt and Photobucket

A "malvertising" campaign made the rounds last week hitting at least eight high-profile websites according to security firm Fox-IT. The firma noticed that the sites were redirecting their visits to other places, allowing it to discover that sites were using vulnerabilities in software like Java and Flash to inject malicious programs. The purpose of the "malvertising" was to infect machines with botnet malware involved in boosting advertisement clicks.


Google moves into domain registration business with Google Domains

06/23, 7:32pm

Search giant plays with the idea of a domain registration services for small business

As is Google tradition, another feature it is testing was recently released to the public while still in a beta phase. Google, recognizing the need for businesses to start an online presence with a website, is jumping into the domain registration business with Google Domains. Starting with a small test group, Google is exploring the customer needs that can be fulfilled through the service.


Briefly: Adobe Muse update, PrintLife 1.1 debut with discount

08/14, 8:20pm

Update improves scroll effects

August has brought the latest release of Adobe Muse, launched today. Adobe Muse lets users create and publish websites for desktop and mobile devices without writing code. Scroll motion effects tools have been improved with the ability to apply active states to hyperlinks on long-scrolling sites as well as the code quality for iOS devices for smoother rendering. Available as a single application or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud, pricing starts at $15 per month.


Go Daddy DNS compromised, some site visitors infected

11/23, 1:48pm

Hackers change domain details to infect ransomware

Hackers have altered DNS records of websites hosted by Go Daddy, with the aim of infecting visitors with ransomware. The attackers are adding subdomains to the DNS records, pointing to a malicious IP address under their control, allowing victims to believe they are going to the right website, and for the pages to avoid various security protection mechanisms. This attack comes two months after an alleged attack on the Go Daddy network.


Adobe discontinues GoLive, offers cross-grade

04/28, 1:15am

Adobe discontinues GoLive

Adobe on Monday announced that GoLive website creation tool has been discontinued in favor of Dreamweaver, the popular design tool acquired from Macromedia a little more than three years ago; confirming reports from a almost two years ago (which the company later denied and subsequently promised continued support), Adobe said it has ceased development and sales of the effective Monday, April 28, 2008. However, despite the Macworld report, the software was still available for sale (and as an upgrade) on Adobe's website early Monday morning.



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