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Another New WooThemes Theme

The guys over at WooThemes are bringing them thick and fast as yet another quality premium wordpress theme has been released. WooThemes club members must be pleased!

The new theme is called ‘Fresh Folio’ and is a mix between two older themes bringing together both a portfolio style theme and a blog theme. Together this new theme offers a nice balance for the professional wanting to show off their work yet still have a blog on the homepage. Check it out now!

WooThemes - Finally a themes club that is here to stay

iPhone coming to Pay & Go

iPhone Pay & Go

O2, the UK mobile network that holds the rights to sell Apple’s iPhone finally revealed a few days back the price for the upcoming Pay & Go (no contract) version of the popular device. Personally I think the price point is pretty steep, especially considering those on Pay & Go are usually on the simplier service for one of a few reasons, be it no ties, lack of ;
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Google Chrome

Yesterday Google announced they will finally be entering the browser market, and I can only hope Internet Explorer and Firefox are ready.

Google Chrome Comic

The Google browser will be known as ‘Google Chrome’ and hopes to be a better browser that adapts more suitably to the web of today. A lot more detail on the browser can be seen in this comic (38 pages) that Google have released, it goes in to good detail as to what to expect and how the browser handles certain tasks, for example resource management, javascript, and security.

The browser promises stability, security and speed, and I have no doubt that the team at Google will deliver. The browser will apparantly be availble for beta sometime today, so keep an eye out on the official Google blog.

August Entrecard Top Droppers

I haven’t done one of these in a good while, so welcome back my monthly appreciation post for Entrecard users. Despite Entrecard only bringing me in a little amount of good traffic it is still beneficial due to my blogs size. Although many of the bigger bloggers may have dropped Entrecard, for me it still has it’s place.

Again I hope to post this month on month, and also if your not familiar with Entrecard check out this post. Anyway here is the list of the top ten bloggers who dropped by here on my blog, congratulations to all those on the list, you just got link from a PR4 blog:

Leeds Festival Fun

As I mentioned more than a week back (I really need to get posting more often), I was off on my way to Leeds Festival for lots of music based fun. Well, as this posts confirms, I survived.
The Festival was great and I had a ton of fun. I saw loads of bands I really wanted to see and generally had an awesome time. Justice were awesome, I really enjoyed seeing Biffy live and Digitilism blew me away. All in all fun, feel free to comment if you went or just have anything to say about the bands in general!

I will leave this post with a picture of me and some friends enjoying Biffy:

Off to Leeds Festival

Last year I went to Wireless Festival to see my all time favourite band, Daft Punk. This year Wireless’ line up wasn’t so great, and I luckily managed to grab a ticket to go to this years Leeds Festival, in (you guessed it) Leeds.

I’m looking forward to seeing loads of acts including Justice, Bloc Party, CSS, Biffy Clyro, Feeder, Foals, Crystal Castles and more…it’s going to be awesome, and yet again I will be sure to share some pictures (if my phone survives) along with my thoughts. Be back on monday!

The Leeds festival can be read about here, so check that out.

Goodbye Twitter Mobile.

Twitter today announced that users in the UK will no longer be able to receive text based updates from those that they follow; although twitter did ensure that it was clear that users will still be able to update to twitter from their mobile devices using the same old Twitter UK number. So you can update, you just can’t receive while on the move.

The disappointing yet understandable move comes due to the problems in forming a deal with UK mobile networks and due to the rising costs involved in sending the messages, all coming from twitter’s own pocket (up to $1000 per year, per user).

It’s the rising popularity of the service which keeps effecting the micro-blogging site, for example the ;
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WooThemes and the papercut…

As some of you may have noticed I have started advertising WooThemes in my sidebar. WooThemes is a relatively new wordpress themes site which has really nice customized designs for you to use for your blog. These range from portfolio style themes to those suitable for a more magazine based blog. Be sure to check them out if your looking for something a bit special (oh and they all work in 2.6).

WooThemes - Join today and get all our WordPress themes

Yesterday saw the release of their newest theme, Papercut. The theme has a grunge style mixed with natural colours which although may sound a little different, really works. Liam McKay designed the theme on behalf of WooThemes, and his site can found here. The theme is available to WooTheme club members and via license purchases. Be sure to take a look.

Wirenode mobile blogging

I recently came across wirenode.com a service which can take your site and make a mobile friendly version (with a .mobi extension) in minutes. Having a mobile version of your site is becoming more of a necessity, what with the rapid increase in the use of the web on mobile devices.

My experience in using wirenode was incredibly simple, from signing up to having my blog up and running on the service took less than five minutes, and I even had chance to customize the appearance of the page. So it’s very simple and user friendly.

My Wirenode Site

My wirenode mobile site can be found here (http://chrisbrandrick.wirenode.mobi/) , and while it acts as suitable mobile version of my blog I would like to develop something more fuller for the mobile environment down the line, especially for the increasingly popular iPhone platform.

Check out Wirenode here.

My New Page Rank

Over the last week or so the current round of Google page rank (PR) updates have been rolled out. And ChrisBrandrick.com went from a 0 to a page rank of 4.

For those of you unfamiliar with page rank, it is Google’s method of rating the importance of a website within the web as a whole. So for example a site with more presence and links will supposedly be ranked higher than those without. Google explains Page Rank like so:

PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page’s value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves “important” weigh more heavily and help to make other pages “important”.

Now many debate that the Google Page Rank may not be as important as it once was, especially to advertisers, but it still holds value and is a small indication as to whether your site is making an impact on the web. With this in mind, I’m celebrating the fact, so for the month of August advertising on ChrisBrandrick.com is only $10. $10 gets you one months exposure on the right sidebar in the available 125×125 spot. Interested? Just drop me an email at chrisbrandrick@gmail.com or leave a comment.