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Feng-GUI Heatmap: what are people look at?

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Ever wondered what the “focal point” of your site was? The Feng-GUI Heatmap generator is an awesome web-based tool that gives you an idea of where the eyes of a typical visitor tend to focus on. Essentially, it tells you where the “hotspots” are on your website. The Feng-GUI doesn’t use click-based heatmaps or eye-tracking methods (obviously), instead it uses a unique algorithm to determine your site’s hotspots. Simply visit Feng-GUI and enter your site’s URL into the text box and click the “HeatMap” button. Alternatively, if you don’t own a website, you can upload a photo to generate a heatmap for it. You can then download a screenshot of the output. Black indicates an area that is ignored, followed by blue, green, and then red. Red spots mean that it is a heavily looked at (focused) area.

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Sony Ericsson W890i: Review

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Sony Ericsson has a successor to the mixed-received W880i, the W890i. Sony Ericsson, for the most part, has kept many of the design cues from the W880i: thin and attractive. However, this time, the W890i has a 3.2 megapixel camera and larger numeric buttons, which was a common complaint with the predecessor’s too tiny numeric pad. Overall, the W890i’s slim package, 3G support, and excellent Walkman player makes it worth considering.

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Review after the break.

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iriver E100: Review

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The first iriver player to make waves in the U.S. was the Clix2, iriver’s flagship player. Now comes the E100. While the player hasn’t even hit US shores, reviews of the European model have spawn online. Unfortunately, it seems the E100, although a very decent player, doesn’t have the same pizazz as the Clix. For a little background information see here.

Review after the jump.

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SanDisk’s Sansa Fuze: Review

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Not long after posting the details of SanDisk’s newest MP3 player, the Sansa Fuze, did reviews start hitting the net. SanDisk has positioned the ‘Fuze’ as an Apple iPod Nano (third gen) competitor. Unfortunately, for the most part, the ‘Fuze’ falls flat in the video support category and doesn’t have the audio prowess of other MP3 players. However, to its credit, SanDisk has attached attractive price tags to the ‘Fuze’: $79.99, $99.99, $129.99 for the 2, 4, and 8GB model.

Continue reading the review after the jump.

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Hulu: Now open to public

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Hulu is a brand new online video website, created by NBC and News Corp. Hulu makes TV shows available all in one place. No need to visit each individual network website just to watch your favorite show. There is also no need to download any additional software or player, it’s all flash-based. It’s also got some major TV network backing: NBC, FOX, Bravo, FX, Sci Fi, G4, and USA, to name a few. I’m pretty sure we’ll see more networks jumping on the bandwagon soon.

As far as the site goes, after registering, you’re greeted with Hulu’s rather simple and clean interface. You can browse the available TV shows, which are conveniently sorted alphabetically and by network. To my delight, I was shocked to see movies up on the site for viewing. Granted, the movies are “kinda old” (movies that show on TV for free), but it is still nice to be able to watch some old favorites of mine, like Requiem of a Dream. In all, you can watch shows, short clips, trailers, and movies. There is an HD section, but at the moment it’s just a bunch of movie trailers. Quality wise, the video compression is pretty good. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, I’d rate the quality at a solid 7. It is certainly watchable, way better than the “illegal” YouTube video clips we see everyday. Hulu also provides basic video controls, you can pause, skip, rewind, and fast forward. You can also full-screen and even embed the video on your own website or blog — which was surprising.

Update (3/12/08) : It has come to my attention that you can also ‘clip’ shows and send the snippets to your friends and family via email or post it on your website, blog, myspace, facebook, etc.

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Hulu is ad-supported, however, while watching a movie, I was asked if I wanted to watch the commercial before or during the video. Watching the ads before hand allows uninterrupted viewing. Pretty cool. I liked having the option of choosing how the ads are displayed to me.

I’d love to see more networks join Hulu. Honestly, this could put a major dent in the BitTorrenting of TV shows, assuming they get the shows up online in a reasonable manner. Catching up on your missed TV shows has never been easier.

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Searchme: “Cover Flow” like search engine

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I like Apple’s Cover Flow feature. It rocks. But, would you like Cover Flow for your search results? That’s what Searchme is attempting to do. Instead of listing your search results in a list, like traditional search engines, Searchme organizes the results in the aforementioned Apple style.

It does look cool, but I wouldn’t want to use it. I want to be able to scan the results as fast as possible. If I have to “flip” through each search result, no thanks Searchme.

Searchme is still in beta. You can sign up for the private beta at Searchme.com

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