Month: April 2009

Best Plugins Every WordPress Blogger Should Use

Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to compose a definitive list of essential plugins every WordPress blogger should use. I’ve spent countless hours searching the web for the best WordPress plugins for my blog because, I am in the midst of upgrading my blog by adding new plugins to it. Why? Because plugins make your life easier – you can add new features, without having to spend umpteen hours on coding. Also, if you compare WordPress with other blogging software out there, you will find that since WordPress is an open source initiative, there are tons of free plugins on the web. So, if you aren’t very good at coding, or good with PHP in particular, then the WordPress community has come to the rescue, with a lot of free plugins.

It’s Sad, So Sad…

DIT Group, part of the Saudi giant Dabbagh Group announced yesterday officially that it’s closing down operations of DIT Group. I have been associated with DIT Group for over 4 years now and have seen it grow year after year. I started off as a Sr. Writer and ended my stint at DIT as a Managing Editor, handing the entire technology portfolio, consisting of the world-renowned tech magazine – PC Magazine. Apart from PC Magazine, technology portfolio at DIT Group consists of Arabian Reseller, Tech@Home, Tech@Work, and various other supplements. The announcement of shutting down PC Magazine is highly unfortunate. Rest in peace, PC Magazine Middle and Near East…

Using Twitter for Profits

Twitter, a service that allows users to broadcast 140-character messages, known as “tweets,” was launched just three years ago. Users can read the messages on websites, through custom Twitter-reading software and on their mobile phones.Over the years, the messaging service has managed to attracted millions of users. However, its fast growth hasn’t translated into significant revenue. But then, a new phenomenon. Many companies, corporate houses, small and medium businesses and even home-based businesses are trying to profit from Twitter’s popularity by experimenting with business models that incorporate parts of the free messaging service.

New Law to Restrict Freedom of Speech in Media

The United Arab Emirates’ new proposed media law, recently approved by the Federal National Council (FNC), is causing a stir among press freedom groups and journalist circles. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has appealed to the UAE’s Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, urging him to reject the law, which the group warns would harm press freedom in the UAE.

Who’s Your Favourite Simpson?

The United States Postal Service has to be the most creative postal service in the world. It has revealed a range of new stamps honouring The Simpsons. The stamps will be released across the United States on May 7, 2009. Following the unveiling, US citizens have been called to vote for their favoruite Simpsons character when viewing the images of the stamps on USPS’ website.

Ridiculous: Taxi Fares in Dubai Revised

Wow! I really can’t stop at being amazed at daily changes in rules and laws (official and governmental) in this part of the world. Of course I am talking about UAE in general and Dubai in particular. It was just a few months ago that the starting fare for taking a taxi from Sharjah to Dubai was increased to AED20 with by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA).