28 October 2013

AnyTech PageRank for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera

AnyTech PageRank Checker is an efficient and simple browser extension that would display Google PageRank while you surf the web.  The extension is available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.

Main Features

* PageRank extension fetches information directly from Google servers, allowing for maximum possible speed. Every fetched result is also cached for one hour. The caching mechanism minimizes traffic and makes extension even faster.

* Unlike other similar applications, PageRank extension provides surprisingly accurate results. Rank reported by PageRank is the same as rank reported by the official Google Toolbar.

* Yes, PageRank does only one thing and does it very well. It is lightweight and not overwhelmed by various unneeded features.

* Rank is displayed in the top right-hand corner of the browser as a number and a green bar. The number is displayed immediately, so there is no need to hover the mouse over the extension icon or click on it. When a user clicks on the extension icon, a popup is opened, and a table with ranks for all tabs is displayed in the popup

Functionality may vary depending on the browser.

Direct download page (chose your browser, while selecting appropriate link): http://any-tech.ws/page-rank/

24 October 2013

Publish and sell your eBooks with XinXii

Just ten years ago, many people could not imagine that they ever give away paper books. While eReaders are not complete replacement, the advantage is overwhelming from many perspectives. Can you increase fonts in a paper book? Or take with you on a plane more than 300 books?

With growing amount of people using such gadgets, it also becomes one of the major distribution channels for authors. Today, we are going to present the platform for those who plan to publish new books on different sites and sell them for profit.

The biggest advantage of the XinXii-platform is its extremely convenience and simplicity. You can publish and sell your masterpiece just in 3 steps, tapping into the US and international markets:

1. Select your preferred distribution channels.
Considering just free options, you have actually two: At XinXii, you have the choice: selling your publication on your XinXii author page only (XinXii Basic), or distribute your eBook to major international eBook retailers - the ones you have chosen (XinXii Plus). Again, both options are free for you.

2. Create an account and set up your author page
Fill in the provided fields: category, title, summary, pages, keywords, your profile etc., enter the sales price and upload your eBook (in one or multiple formats).

In order your eBook to be released for distribution it should comply with the following basic requirements:
- belong to the genre fiction, biography or specialized/fact books (namely no patterns, samples, presentations).
- have a book cover that is uploaded to XinXii in at least 1400 pixels in width (only in jpg-format).
- have an imprint / copyright page.

3. Sell your book around the world
After you completed step 2, your eBook is available on your XinXii author page. If you have decided to distribute your eBook through XinXii, the book will be converted by developers to most usable ebook formats (like epub and mobi) and will arrange distribution. You can modify your entries on XinXii and check your sales reports at any time. XinXii will also take care of your billing duties and customer support.

Main advantages of using XinXii

* You can start your publishing and selling right now with minimum efforts for books conversion, distribution, selling, and orders processing. You don't need any technical skills, web hosting account to store your files, or online shop.
* XinXii is an international platform, offering 7 languages and payments in 3 currencies (USD, GBP or EUR).
* If you are from the USA, you are not asked to give a tax ID number, just name and address, so reporting your earning to IRS will be your own responsibility.
* There are almost no limitations for the books to publish: no minimum page length, no exclusivity, no contract duration, and no DRM restrictions.
* You just need one single XinXii account to publish under multiple pen names, eBooks from different authors, eBooks in different languages or at different eBook retailers.

Commission Rates

XinXii lets you keep a high percentage of your sales, while you set your own prices. Your earnings will not be reduced by fees such as payment processing fees (by PayPal e.g.). Publishing and selling on XinXii is completely free, so there is nothing to lose.

There are two options for the commission rates:
* Option A: You sell your eBook through your author page on XinXii.
As said, you can determine the price of your eBook yourself - and thus your commission rate as well. From each sale of your eBook through your XinXii Author page, you receive: 70% of net sales for works with a price greater than EUR 1.99 / US$ 2.49 / £ 1.59, or 40% of net sales for works with a price at or between EUR 0.99 and EUR 1.98 / US$ 0.99 and US$ 2.48 / £ 0.89 and £ 1.58.

* Option B: You sell your eBook through your author page on XinXii and additionally on leading eBook shops worldwide.

The standard commission, transferred to the author, is up to 85% of the amount, receive from multiple distribution channels, including Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and others.

You can request your royalties theorugh PayPal or Bank Transfer. Please note, transactions via Bank Transfer are available only in the European currency zone and in Euro, once the minimum amount of EUR 20.00 (~ US$ 27.00 / £ 17.00).


XinXii allows you to gather real-time sales reports about how often your eBooks are bought at XinXii. Accordingly, you can react by changing the description or the price. An alert system notifies you via e-mail about any activity concerning your eBooks such as when someone has purchased one or comments on one of your eBooks. Additionally, XinXii weekly uploads your sales reports from the retail outlets to your account.

08 October 2013

Free Storage Limits in Picasa

I always knew that there are free storage limits in Picasa, but there are some details I was not clear about, which might be useful for you as well.

While Picasa Web Albums offers 1 GB of free storage for photos and videos, all files under certain size limits don't count towards this free storage limit. This rule applies to all uploads for other Google product that store photos and videos in Picasa Web Albums as well, including Blogger, Google+ and Google Maps.

Note that photos up to 2048 x 2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won't count towards your free storage.

Also, all photos uploaded in Google+ directly will be automatically resized to 2048 pixels (on their longest edge) and won't count towards your free storage quota.

All photos uploaded from the Picasa software or in Picasa Web Albums over the free size limit will not be automatically resized and will count towards your 1 GB of free storage. When you reach your storage limit, any new photos you upload larger than the free size limit will be automatically resized to 2048 pixels (on their longest edge).

The free storage sizes are good for sharing photos on the web, but if you prefer to upload your images at a larger size for better quality (archival or print), you can buy more storage at any time. 


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