Newsmap, a web application tool that let you visualize Google News in a big landscape type on your screen. With Newsmap, you can manipulate the view of news by country as well as category. You can have your choice of flavors effect to view your news by selecting combination across several countries and categories.

News which given the most coverage can be an easy eye catching to users as compare to viewing conventional news aggregator. A simple mouse over to the news, a small pop-up will give you a summary and image of the news. Clicking on the target news square box will redirect you to the news source. However, you can further customize your daily viewing of news at Newsmap by registering a free account like hide clicked articles, toggle display previews, changing of font type, changing of map colors and toggle of preferred countries.

Reading news is not bored with Newsmap anymore. Thanks to Jolicloud for featuring Newsmap. Perhaps, how about putting up Newsmap on a big LCD panel.

Yet another URL shortener, a product from Google. Google promises that the shortener is the “stablest, most secure, and fastest URL shortener on the web.”

If you had signed into your Google account, you can see a list of URL shortener you created. You will be able to see detail to any URL shortener created with public, real-time analytics data including traffic over time, top referrers, and visitor profiles.

Simply to add, by adding a “.qr” to the end of any URL shortener generated will create a QR code for mobile use. You can scan the QR code and it will take you to the destination URL. Very useful in Android devices.

As the result, I find is a great competitor to as both are focusing to protect malware, phishing and spam. That being said, choose your favorite service within your like and do tell me your favorite URL shortener.

Being a diehard fan of McAfee products, I am happy to know that McAfee is now offering its own URL shortening service, The shorten URL destination will be examined whenever a user clicks on a link or browse to a link.

With the service, you will have a peaceful day everytime you click on the link created by service knowing it is secured by McAfee. Feel free to use the service as it is now Beta and McAfee value every single ideas and bug reporting going to them. Needless to say, I created a shortner URL for my blog,

Lastly, one of their guy, Wes Widner created the McAfee Secure URL Shortner for Google Chrome Extension which allows you to quickly use shortening URL service.

Uptime Robot

A continuous ping to your website won’t inform you when it goes down if you are away from your computer. To know my blog is up all time, I use Uptime Robot to keep me informed when my blog is down so I can re-mediate it ASAP.

Uptime Robot is a FREE service created by Umut Muhaddisoglu, WebResourcesDepot and Daniel Rimille, SSLmatic to monitor your websites every 5 minutes and alerts you if they goes down via email, SMS and Twitter. The interface is fully Ajaxed, easy to setup and fast. You can have up to 50 websites to monitor for a single account. Also, Uptime Robot is made possible to monitor either HTTP or HTTPS web address.

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