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Currys’ Price Match Promise – An Inventive UX Feature

Let’s say you are looking at a product on the Currys website. You wish to read reviews about this product or want to compare prices and availability from other retailers around the web. What would you do? Copy the product’s name and paste it into a Google search tab? Now, imagine seeing the following message […]

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Google AdWords Campaign / Spelling Fail – Millets Outdoor Store

I Googled “North Face Shoes“. Millets Outdoor Store flashed an advertisement, offering an additional 15% off by using a coupon code! I clicked (costing Millet a click) the link and visited their North Face landing page. I added a North Face shoe to the basket and applied the voucher code “REDHOT“. I was greeted with […]

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Google Analytics > Acquisition Adwords > Search Queries > (not set)

Looking through a client’s Google Analytics ‘matched search queries’, I noticed that there was a lot of (not set) keywords. I spoke to Google’s Adwords Support – (United Kingdom – 0800 169 0409 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m GMT Monday to Friday). They said that there was some problem at their end and their engineers are looking into […]

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Phishing, Fake and Scam Ads on Facebook’s Advertising Platform?

I started giving a little attention to the Facebook Ads that appear on the right hand side of their website. Something odd caught my attention. Designers Sunglasses UK by The Shabby Sheep? UK Designers Sunglasses by Monogram International, Inc? I clicked on the Facebook page links and they opened up fan pages that had nothing […]

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Google’s Cookies Usage Notification Message to Searchers from the EU

Early this week, Google implemented a notice message to let it’s searchers from the EU know that they are using cookies on their website. This notice comes after the pressure from EU to get Google compliant under the EU’s Cookie Law. The notice says that by using Google’s search searchers are agreeing to allow Google […]

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Twitter Spam : Really horrible blog about you, might want to read this…

Sitting in my inbox today was an email from a friend on Twitter. The direct message read, “Really horrible blog about you, might want to read this…“. I am aware of emails that go out to people with a very tempting statement and then request that they click a link to read about it. Even […]

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Codeigniter Country Drop Down List Form Helper

Firstly, I create a helper and name it as MY_form_helper.php. This file will go into the application/helpers directory. I have extended the Form Helper as I will be using the country drop down select box in my forms.

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Spam Email Alert – Your account has been suspended – Twitter

You might receive an email similar to the one below. This is a spam email to make you click on a link that looks like it will take you to Twitter’s website, but actually redirects you to http://mexico.cnn.com/redirectComplete.php?url=//twitterfreeoffers%2Eus%2Etc/965gs Your twitter account [email protected] has been suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service. Your account was […]

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Facebook Warning Signal : Keep Your Account Safe

Every now and then, Facebook gets a bit naughty and tries to push its limits. The recent image recognition feature that was rolled out without warning is one example. The following is a case that I’ve seen on both Facebook and Google. From time to time, visitors will see a page like this… Facebook thinks […]

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Google Search Shows Captcha Request – Thinks You are a Robot

Suddenly from this morning onwards, I’ve been getting this strange screen for most Google searches. I’ve never seen this is in the past and I’ve already seen it about 5 times today! To continue, please type the characters below Our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network. This page checks to see if […]