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Author: Matt Leonard

Getting Siri-ous With Apple’s Newest Game Changer

 Siri [Si-ree]: Siri is the intelligent personal assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. It allows you to use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. But Siri isn’t like traditional voice recognition software that requires you to remember keywords and speak specific commands. Siri understands your natural speech, and it asks you questions if it needs more information to complete a task. In recent weeks there has been a lot of conversation about Apple’s new voice recognition assistant  on the iPhone 4S. Siri seems to have both enchanted and angered users. Some have gone so far as to suggest that the new technology’s inconsistencies and inaccuracies may actually erode Apple’s brand. Apple has certainly made itself vulnerable to such criticism with the public release of a buggy Beta software, however considering the nature of the technology was there any other way to do it? As a voice recognition app, Siri needs to ‘learn’ the nuance of speech patterns, inflection and accent. It needs to be able to be able to filter out background conversation and white noise on a grander scale than any voice recognition software has attempted in the past. Apple therefore needs Siri to listen to you while you ride on the subway in New York, exit a rock concert in Denver or stand in line at The...

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Top 5 Newbie Domaining Mistakes

This morning I was sitting on my couch thinking of all the many mistakes I’ve make over the years while earning my stripes in the domain industry. Some were funny, most were painful! I think a list of the top 5 pitfalls might help someone that is new to the domaining business to avoid the common mistakes and hit the ground running. So without further explanation or delay, here’s the list/countdown in reverse order: 5. Too quick on the draw: Get everything in writing! Before you post at  Twitter/Facebook about you first big sale or brokerage deal, make sure you have the deal wrapped. Furthermore, read the agreement’s fine print. For various reasons, many buyers (and sellers for that fact) do not wish to disclose the terms of a domain purchase. By doing so you could be in breach of contract and might lose the deal entirely! 4. Over-zealousness: Less is more. Thinking ahead about domain inventory obligations and planning for costs associated with them is necessary! If your domain inventory costs $x,xxx in renewals each year but you only generate $xxx between sales and ad revenue, you are operating at a loss! Invest more money in fewer, high quality names. Your bank account will thank you. 3. The Maverick Syndrome: Don’t go it alone. There have been many before you that have fallen on their faces, why repeat their mistakes? Seek out...

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ABC Always Be Closing

For anyone that has been or is curently in a sales role, you have heard this before. Always be closing It was a phrase made famous by the film Glengarry Glen Ross. The film starred Jack Lemmon as the typical sales grunt, slugging through daily cold calls in a position he despised and Alec Baldwin as the chain smoking, foul mouthed sales manager trying to squeeze blood from the ‘stones’ under his charge. Baldwin’s character makes the famous ABC speech using chalk, a blackboard and enough expletives to make Pacino’s ears bleed. The premise is that you should alway...

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iCloud.com Is Officially an Apple Domain

Those following the groundswell on this one since the end of April will be happy to know that the domain iCloud.com has officially traded hands. Swiss based Xcerion sold the name for an undisclosed ($4.5mil speculated) amount near the end of April. Rumors have abounded over the past month but it would seem that Apple is intending to use its newly constructed massive 500,000 SqFt data center in Maiden, NC for its MobileMe and iTunes Streaming services. How iCloud.com plays a part as more than a simple redirect to CloudMe.com remains to be seen. The iCloud would seem to fit Apple’s ‘i’ branding scheme and would likely work well for an overall cloud based hub for its mobile apps, streaming and MobileMe. But what if Apple has a larger scope? The current growth trend of cloud computing in the business arena is staggering. Is Apple making a play at an Amazon style cloud offering? For more on Apple’s iCloud What ‘Cloud’ related domains do you own? How are you monetizing...

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Domainers Donate to Help Japan

Unless you have been living under a rock you are aware of the unparalleled disaster that is unfolding in Japan right now. I caught myself staring at the news yesterday wishing I could do something to help when I realized suddenly that I had every tool at my disposal to at least get the donations flowing to the correct organizations. I have included 2 small 125×125 HTML ad-style banners to be placed on any website, they are for two organizations the world has grown to trust: Habitat for Humanity and The Red Cross – Japan (via Google Crisis Response). Would you please consider doing so? One of the reasons I have enjoyed being a part of the domaining community is that the people involved are good people. Thanks in advance for your help in getting the word out! Habitat For Humanity: Copy This Code: <a href="https://www.habitat.org/cd/giving/one/donate.aspx?link=353&amp;media= Google&amp;source_code=DHQMQ1007W1001&amp;keyword=relief%20japan&amp;gclid= CO3aguLBzacCFQgPbAodt3b6Dw&amp;tgs=My8xNC8yMDExIDM6MTc6NTIgQU0%3d"  target="_blank"> <img src="http://www.weeklynames.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/japanH4H.png" border="0" alt="" /></a> Japan Red Cross: Copy This Code: <a href="http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html" target="_blank"> <img src="http://www.weeklynames.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Jredcross.png" border="0" alt="" /></a>   Thanks for your Help! Spread the...

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