Google Analytics Dashboard – A Powerful WordPress Traffic Monitoring Plugin

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Are you running a WordPress blog? One very important aspect of the blogger’s job is to keep track of his web traffic. It is good to know how many visitors you have and whether that number is climbing or tanking.
It’s also good to know as much as you can about your visitors. Where did they come from? What are they reading on your site or blog? What kind of changes do you need to make in order to get, keep, or grow that readership? If you want more reasons to analyze your traffic, check out 7 reasons why your website won’t last without analytics.
Many people reach for one of the most powerful tools out there to do the work for them. That tool is Google Analytics.
Google Analytics is probably the most popular traffic analyzing tool there is for webmasters and bloggers.
Sometimes it can become a pain signing into Google Analytics to see what’s going on. One way to save some time is by setting up email reports. Another option you have is to use a WordPress traffic monitoring plugin that gives you the traffic analysis right in your WordPress dashboard.
What if you could have the best of both worlds? What you want is the power of Google Analytics with the convenience of a dashboard widget.
Well, let me show you the Google Analytics Website Dashboard WordPress plugin. I think it can be the answer and can give you the power and convenience that you want.
Setting Up Google Analytics Website Dashboard
The plugin is hosted on the WordPress plugin site. That makes downloading and installing it a breeze from within your WordPress dashboard. Just head over to the Manage Plugins section and click “Add New.” Run a search for “Google Analytics Dashboard.” It should show up as the top result but make sure it is the one by Carson McDonald.
Once you activate the plugin, you will find a Google Analytics Dashboard option in the settings menu. Just head over there and sign in with your Google Analytics account and choose the profile to display.
That’s about all there is to installing it.
The WordPress Traffic Monitoring Plugin
Head to the dashboard and have a look at the Google Analytics widget you have just installed. You should see the graph displaying the visits you’ve had for the past month. This should give you a good overall look at how your traffic has been doing.
You’ll also notice some other information including number of visits, pageviews, and pages per visit. I also like the fact that it shows the tops posts, referrers and the top searches. This gives some good basic information about what’s been popular recently.
Analytics Information For Pages & Posts
Head on over to either the pages or posts section of your WordPress backend and you’ll see some stats for each page or post on the list. The plugin actually adds a column called “Analytics” and makes the pageview/exit/unique visitor stats very accessible.
The Google Analytics WordPress traffic monitoring plugin doesn’t show all of the data Google Analytics has to offer (visit Google Analytics for more in-depth information). I think the power of the plugin lies in its ability to save you a trip to Google’s site by displaying just the basics.

Developer Demonstrates Wireless Syncing of iPhone and iPod Touch to iTunes

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Engadget points to a YouTube video posted by a developer apparently showing an iPhone application called Wi-Fi Sync that will enable users to wirelessly sync their iPhones and iPod touches with their computers via a local Wi-Fi network.

As the name implies, the app promises a complete sync of your iPhone or iPod touch with iTunes without having to tether and looks pretty straightforward (and occasionally useful) based on the video demonstration found after the break.
According to comments from the developer, he believes that the application fully complies with Apple’s developer rules and will be submitting it for inclusion in the App Store later this week.
The application requires a separate syncing application to be installed on the user’s computer. The video shows a Mac OS X version of the application in action, and the developer promises that a Windows version is under development.

How to turn your electronics into cash

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If you’re like most Americans, you probably have a stockpile of old cell phones, laptops, or other electronics taking up valuable space in your home. It’s hard to know what to do with working gadgets you no longer need.
Luckily there are more options than ever for those who don’t want to fill landfills with stuff that others can use. In fact, it’s possible to earn a few extra bucks in the process.
How? A growing number of websites allow you to easily sell your old electronics for cash. They all work in the same basic way, although there are differences in details such as which products they buy, and, of course, in how much they’re willing to shell out.
Here’s how it generally works:

  • Search for the product you want to unload.
    Answer a few simple questions about its overall condition and which additional accessories you have.
    Company will calculate an offer for you.
    If you decide to sell, you can print out a pre-paid shipping label. Some will send a box for you to ship in.
    Payment options vary, but most allow you to choose between receiving a check in the mail or a credit to your PayPal account. In some cases, you can choose to donate the payment to charity.
  • Some tips before you get started:

  • Shop around to find the best prices. For an iPhone 3G, 8GB, in good condition bids ranged from $119 to $186, so it’s definitely worth the extra time it takes to visit a few websites.
    Be sure to check what the terms are if the item you send isn’t in the expected condition. Some websites will offer you the chance to change your mind and have the product sent back to you. Others will send products with no value to be responsibly recycled.
    Don’t wait too long to sell your old gadgets because the prices decrease as they get older.
    Remove your personal data before shipping out your product.
  • Below is a sampling of websites that will pay cash for your castaways.
    Gazelle buys a large assortment of products — everything from cell phones, PDAs, and MP3 players to laptops, digital cameras, gaming systems, and more. You can even sell old movies, games, and camera lenses.
    Choose between a check, credit to your PayPal account, an Amazon gift card (pays an extra 5%), or a donation to a charity (you choose from a list of organizations). If a gadget has no value, they’ll recycle it for you. Gazelle says it removes all personal data from every item it receives (you may still choose to erase data before you drop it in the mail). The company also has a program with Costco where you can receive a Costco cash card in exchange for old devices.
    You Renew buys or recycles cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, calculators, laptops, gaming devices, external drives, and tablet eReaders. If your device has no value, you can still ship it for free to YouRenew for safe recycling. As an added bonus, the company will either plant a tree or give a donation towards a domestic renewable energy product.
    NextWorth purchases iPods, iPhones, cell phones, cameras, e-Readers, laptops, video games, game console, GPS, DVD, and movies. Your choices for payment include: PayPal, check in the mail, Target gift card, or donation to the Red Cross for Haiti relief. The site tells you exactly how to remove all the data from your iPhone, which is a nice touch.
    Flipswap offers a set price for cell phones only. No questions are asked, but the company says phones need to be in “working condition.” If they don’t meet conditions, Flipswap will either pay you a portion of the money promised or they’ll recycle it.
    Payment choices include: Check or donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Sierra Club, or ASPCA. Several cell phones are listed as “no value,” in which case the company pays your postage to send it back for recycling. It plants a tree for every phone that’s recycled.
    Cell for Cash, as its name suggests, only buys old cell phones. They offer a set price without asking questions, but expect the phones to be in good condition. It wasn’t entirely clear in the terms and conditions how the company handles phones that don’t meet its expectations, so it’s worth checking out before you commit. Cell for Cash will send you a check in the mail.
    Just interested in recycling your old electronics?
    Search for local recycling events or visit Earth911.
    Major manufacturers will often take back their products, and some will even offer you a discount on buying a new product. Apple, for example, will give you a 10 percent discount on a new iPod when you bring in your old one to be recycled.
    Several retailers will allow you to bring in your gadgets for free recycling. And some, such as Radio Shack, allow you to trade in old devices for store credit.

    11 Most Common Errors in QuickBooks

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    1. Account for outstanding bank account transactions.
    If you’re having a problem reconciling your latest bank statement, the problem might be with outstanding bank account transactions.
    If there was any lag time between the date of your statement and your start date in QuickBooks, make sure that you also entered any checks or deposits that happened in between.
    For example, if your QuickBooks start date were 01/01/09, you’d use the ending balance on your December 2008 bank statement as your opening bank account balance. Let’s say the end date of that statement was December 20th, which means that all the deposits and payments you made from December 21st until December 31st are “outstanding,” or accounted for in your bank statement’s balance, but not in QuickBooks. To fix the problem in this example, you’d go back to your January 2009 bank statement, and enter into QuickBooks all the transactions that occurred between December 21st and 31st.
    2. Pay bills in two steps.
    For most users, paying bills in QuickBooks is a two-step process. (If you don’t track your accounts payable, it’ll be just one step.) First, when you receive a bill, enter it into the Enter Bills window (in the Vendor navigator and menu), so you can track how much money you owe. Second, when you’re ready to pay bills, indicate which one you want to pay using the Pay Bills window (also in the Vendor navigator and menu).
    From the Pay Bills window, you can tell QuickBooks that you want to pay by check, and to put it into your print queue.
    If you don’t track your accounts payable, you can reduce your steps to one, and simply use the Write Checks and Enter Credit Card Charges windows to pay your bills. Either way you choose to pay your bills, just be consistent!
    3. Don’t deposit your money twice.
    Many users group their payments to deposit them all at once through the “Undeposited Funds” account. A mistake that some users make is that they also enter each payment as a single deposit. The result is two deposits for one payment.
    When you use the Sales Receipt or Receive Payments forms to track money coming in to your business, you have the option to put payment into the “Undeposited Funds” account, which is like a cash drawer where you keep checks and currency in between trips to the bank. If you select this option on either form, QuickBooks won’t recognize the money into your bank account until you tell it that you’ve actually taken your money to the bank.
    When you do go to the bank, tell QuickBooks by using the Make Deposits window, and select the payments you’ve just deposited. Do not enter a separate deposit into your bank account register to show this money.
    4. Indicate when you owe sales tax.
    If the amount of sales tax you owe appears to be incorrect, check to make sure you’ve set up your preferences correctly, telling QuickBooks when you owe sales tax. You may owe sales tax on an accrual basis, or when you make a sale, even if you haven’t received payment yet. Or, you may owe sales tax on a cash basis, or when you actually receive money from your customer.
    To verify your sales tax is set up correctly, follow these steps:

  • From the Edit menu, choose Preferences.
    On the left side of the window, click the Sales Tax icon.
    Select the Company Preferences tab.
    Under Owe Sales Tax, select either “As of invoice date,” or “Upon receipt of payment.”
    I highly recommend you choose Upon receipt of payment even if you are reporting on an accurral basis. One recent client paid sales tax to the state for about $250,000 she invoiced but never received payment!
  • 5. Don’t enter a credit card charge and a bill for the same expense.
    If you charge a purchase and enter it into QuickBooks through the Enter Credit Card Charge window, don’t enter it again as a bill (in the Enter Bills window). If you do, it’ll look like you owe twice as much money as you actually do.
    6. Pay your payroll taxes with the Pay Liabilities window.
    When you create paychecks for your employees, use the Pay Liabilities window to pay your payroll taxes. Don’t use the Write Checks window.
    When you run payroll, QuickBooks keeps a tally of how much payroll tax you owe, and records it in your Payroll Liabilities account. When you use the Pay Liabilities window to pay your payroll taxes, QuickBooks will decrease the balance of the liability account accordingly.
    ( Hint ) In the Memo of your payroll liability checks list the through date and then the tax form. Be consistent and it will be much easier to find any problems should they occur.
    “03/01/2010 – 03/31/2010 941″ or “06/30/2010 940 FUTA 2nd Qtr”
    7. Use Sub-Items and Sub-Accounts.
    If an account or item has sub accounts or items, don’t assign your transactions to the parent item or account if you can help it. Always use the sub- items and accounts to increase your knowledge of your business. Sub-accounts and sub-items will show up on your QuickBooks reports as separate items, but will still be grouped together and sub-totaled.
    For example, when entering professional fees, assign the bill from your accountant to the Accounting sub-account of the Professional Fees main account, and the bill from your lawyer to the Legal Fees sub-account. When you pull reports – and when you send your company file to your accountant at tax time – you’ll have a total amount you spent on Professional Fees, with sub-totals listed for both Accounting and Legal Fees.
    8. Associate Inventory Items with the Right Accounts.
    If you keep inventory, make sure that you assign your inventory items to all the right accounts. Each inventory type item should have three: Inventory Asset account, Cost of Goods Sold, and a Sales account.
    When you tell QuickBooks that you have inventory, it automatically sets up an Inventory Asset account (to track the current value of you inventory) and a Cost of Goods Sold account (to track how much you paid for your inventory items). You must also set up sales income accounts to track the income you make from selling your inventory items.
    Here’s how to check yours:

  • 1. From the List menu, select Reports, and then Items. QuickBooks will display your Item list, detailing each one’s name, description, type, posting account, and price.
    2. Verify that each inventory item is associated with all three accounts – Cost of Goods Sold, Inventory Asset, and Income Account
  • 9. Be Careful with Reconciliation Adjustments.
    QuickBooks won’t usually make reconciliation adjustments automatically. However, if you’re out of balance in the Reconciliation screen and you select Reconcile Now, QuickBooks will make the adjustment, and post the positive or negative amount to the Opening Bal Equity account.
    Don’t let QuickBooks do this! The right thing to do with small differences you find when reconciling is to enter a check or a deposit for the amount, using the bank statement date for the transaction date and put it to an appropriate account based upon your best guess of where the difference arose. You can then mark that transaction as cleared and proceed with reconciling.
    In fact, your Opening Balance Equity account is a clearing account, and should always display a $0 balance. If it doesn’t, your QuickBooks was not set up properly. You can check for these adjustments by looking at the account’s transaction detail:
    From the List menu, select Chart of Accounts.
    Double-click your Opening Balance Equity account.
    If there are transactions in the account not related to your beginning balances, reclassify them
    10. Paying Loans
    Entering a Bill for the Monthly payment instead of adding and asset and a liability
    When creating loan payments we often enter the monthly loan amount as a Bill.
    Here is how you should process loan payments: Set up a Fixed Asset with sub accounts for the Cost and Accumulated Depreciation. Then, set up a liability account with the loan balance. Go to Banking> Loan Manager>Set Up New Loan. Follow the directions, then click the ‘Set up payment’ option to have QuickBooks document the monthly payment.
    11. Don’t Try to Do it All Yourself.
    QuickBooks is easy to use, but it will be even easier and give you more peace of mind if you work with a QuickBooks Pro Advisor or your CPA. Setting up your QuickBooks correctly is critical to getting the most out of your QuickBooks program. The HELP topics are also a great resource.

    7 Reasons Apple Shareholders Should Be Cautious

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    Apple (NYSE: AAPL – News) investors could be excused for feeling on top of the world. Another blowout quarter has sent the stock booming to another all-time high. The iPad seems to be a success. Everything the company touches seems to turn to gold.
    Savor the moment, by all means. But don’t get complacent. If you’re an Apple shareholder, here are seven things to be concerned about—and one thing you can do about it.
    1. Apple’s good — but not that good. It’s just that the competition is so bad. Nokia (NYSE: NOK – News), Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT – News), Samsung, Palm (NasdaqGS: PALM – News): From smartphones to Internet tablets to computers, it’s hard to believe so many big companies have blown it so badly. And they’ve committed mainly unforced errors, such as terrible user interfaces. I bought a non-iPod MP3 player the other day. It’s great … except making playlists is nearly impossible.
    As long as the competition acts like this, Apple will keep winning. But its success owes less to the genius of Apple than the incompetence of everyone else. And that’s something you can’t control.
    2. Apple fatigue. Was anything so ridiculous as the coverage of the new iPad? A computer company launched a new computer. Time and Newsweek put it on the cover, for heaven’s sake, complete with fawning copy from the likes of Stephen Fry. A lot of people are getting absolutely fed up with this circus. Fashions come, but fashions go. Is Apple becoming overexposed? Right now Steve Jobs could sell his old underwear for $200 a pair (the “iPants”), and the sheep would line up at your local Apple store. If this mania lasts, it will be a first in human history.
    3. The share price. At $260, Apple’s stock price has more than doubled in a year. Amateur investors say, “It’s going up.” Present tense. Serious investors say, more accurately: “It has gone up.” Past tense. No one knows the future. And the more it rises, the less attractive it gets. It’s now 20 times annual cash flow and 5 and a half times annual sales. At $235 billion, the company is being valued at more than Sony (NYSE: SNE – News), Research In Motion (NasdaqGS: RIMM – News), Dell (NasdaqGS: DELL – News), Motorola (NYSE: MOT – News), Nokia, HTC (Taiwan 2498.TW – News), SanDisk (NasdaqGS: SNDK – News) and Palm … put together. That assumes a lot.
    4. Steve Jobs’s ego. I don’t care how much of a genius he is: Nobody is perfect. Yet Mr. Jobs has been subject to extravagant cheerleading, and it’s not as if he was overendowed with a sense of humility to begin with. Bottom line: If and when he makes mistakes, who is going to stop him? A small but telling example: One thing keeping Apple from lots of extra iPhone sales to business users is that Mr. Jobs, for some reason, has a thing against keyboards. There’s no business reason for it. It’s a silly, unforced error.
    5. The cellular networks. At what point will they stop giving away the store? Right now they’re paying most of the cost of each new iPhone, and under-charging for the data plans too. That’s great for customers and great for Apple, and bad for the networks. The iPhone is an expensive data hog that soaks up airtime, and there’s always a risk the networks will start playing tougher. Verizon, which lost out to AT&T three years ago for the right to carry the iPhone in the US, doesn’t seem to be suffering as a result. Its investors have done no worse than those of AT&T. And its data traffic just jumped 20%, even without the Apple phone.
    6. Apple backlash. As the competition forfeits game after game, Apple is starting to dominate industries from cell phones and games to music and media. Now it looks like it wants to dominate ebooks too. But if Ken Auletta’s account in the latest New Yorker is correct, Apple’s game plan to defeat Amazon means teaming up with book publishers—and that may mean higher book prices for consumers. How will consumers react? And what will that do for Apple’s “friendly,” rebel image? Anyway, you can’t play the underdog when you’re the third-biggest company in the world by market value. Apple is already worth more than General Electric (NYSE: GE – News), Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT – News), Chevron (NYSE: CVX – News) or Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG – News). It is worth nearly as much as Microsoft. At some point it starts to look like the Big Brother it once vilified. It may even look like the new Microsoft.
    7. Steve Jobs’s health. This is the “ick” issue. But Apple cheerleaders can’t have it both ways. They can’t hail Steve Jobs as a visionary genius and the world’s greatest CEO, and then say it’s none of shareholders’ business whether he will still be running the company in three years’ time. It’s only a year since he had a liver transplant, and investors can hardly feel confident they got all the relevant information clearly and early. We all hope Mr. Jobs enjoys the best of health and lives to a ripe old age. But he still looks worryingly thin. This is something for investors to keep an eye on.
    Some of these are issues that could erupt into problems quickly. Others, if they do emerge, would take more time. But if you’re a nervous Apple investor, what are your alternatives? Sure you could sell some stock and take your profits. But if you don’t want to get off this train quite yet, here’s another idea: You could buy some insurance using “put” options. These pay out if the stock falls. So for $19 you can buy $200 puts, good until January 2012. These will limit your downside on the stock to $200. But if Apple keeps booming upwards, all you can lose is the $19.

    How-to: Reorder iPhone email accounts to your liking

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    One thing that bugs me about the iPhone’s email program is the inability to rearrange the order of email accounts to my liking.

    Unfortunately there’s no “Edit” button like Phone Favorites to drag names up or down to reorder them.
    But there is a way to reorder your email accounts to your satisfaction. Here’s how:

  • Plug in your iPhone and launch iTunes.
    Select your iPhone in the Devices column on the left, then click the Info tab at the top of the screen.
    Click “Sync selected mail accounts:” if it isn’t already selected.
    Uncheck any mail accounts that may be selected except the mail account you want to appear at the top of your email accounts list.

    Click Sync.
    When iTunes finishes syncing leave the prior mail account checked then check the mail account you want to appear as the next account on your email accounts list.
    Click Sync.
    Repeat step 6 for each addition
  • al mail account until you’ve synced them all.

    Learn More: Autoplay embedded videos

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    Yes, you can autoplay movies! In the “About This Video” section of the video watch page, we give you the source code to embed the video:

    To make it autoplay, just append “&autoplay=1″ after the video ID so it looks like this:

    McAfee antivirus program goes berserk, freezes PCs

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    NEW YORK – Computers in companies, hospitals and schools around the world got stuck repeatedly rebooting themselves Wednesday after an antivirus program identified a normal Windows file as a virus.
    McAfee Inc. confirmed that a software update it posted at 9 a.m. Eastern time caused its antivirus program for corporate customers to misidentify a harmless file. It has posted a replacement update for download.
    McAfee could not say how many computers were affected, but judging by online postings, the number was at least in the thousands and possibly in the hundreds of thousands.
    McAfee said it did not appear that consumer versions of its software caused similar problems. It is investigating how the error happened “and will take measures” to prevent it from recurring, the company said in a statement.
    The computer problem forced about a third of the hospitals in Rhode Island to postpone elective surgeries and stop treating patients without traumas in emergency rooms, said Nancy Jean, a spokeswoman for the Lifespan system of hospitals. The system includes Rhode Island Hospital, the state’s largest, and Newport Hospital. Jean said patients who required treatment for gunshot wounds, car accidents, blunt trauma and other potentially fatal injuries were still being admitted to the emergency rooms.
    In Kentucky, state police were told to shut down the computers in their patrol cars as technicians tried to fix the problem. The National Science Foundation headquarters in Arlington, Va., also lost computer access.
    Intel Corp. appeared to be among the victims, according to employee posts on Twitter. Intel did not immediately return calls for comment.
    Peter Juvinall, systems administrator at Illinois State University in Normal, said that when the first computer started rebooting it quickly became evident that it was a major problem, affecting dozens of computers at the College of Business alone.
    “I originally thought it was a virus,” he said. When the tech support people concluded McAfee’s update was to blame, they stopped further downloads of the faulty software update and started shuttling from computer to computer to get the machines working again.
    In many offices, personal attention to each PC from a technician appeared to be the only way to fix the problem because the computers weren’t receptive to remote software updates when stuck in the reboot cycle. That slowed the recovery.
    It’s not uncommon for antivirus programs to misidentify legitimate files as viruses. Last month, antivirus software from Bitdefender locked up PCs running several different versions of Windows.
    However, the scale of this outage was unusual, said Mike Rothman, president of computer security firm Securosis.
    “It looks to be a train wreck,” Rothman said.

    4 Facebook Apps That Add Professionalism to Your Profile

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    Facebook doesn’t have to be all fun and games. Check out these business-focused applications that give your friends–and potential future employers–a glimpse into your on-the-clock life.
    Sure, trivial and time-guzzling Facebook Apps abound (Farmville, anyone?), but—believe it or not— other applications can add a hint of professionalism to your profile. You can include your LinkedIn profile, add your blog feed, include a Twitter tab and more.
    Each of these applications requires that you allow it access to your profile. To edit each application’s individual settings, choose “Application Settings” from the “Account” drop-down menu. From here, you can control who is able to see the application from your profile, if you want to bookmark it and whether you give the application permission to publish recent activity to your wall.
    You may also choose to add the application to the tabs on your profile for easy access. Note that some applications may not support tabs, and some may automatically add the tab to your profile as part of the setup. To add an app to a tab, click the “+” tab on your profile page’s navigation and select the application.
    1. Extended Info.
    This application won the 2007 Red Bull Flight Experience award for the most users since the Facebook Platform Launch in May, 2007. Instead of just having you fill out the usual fields such as activities, interests and favorite music, Extended Info lets you think up additional fields for your profile. Add a professional spin to your profile and include fields such as: currently reading, career goals or proudest workplace accomplishment. You can check out a list of the most popular field titles here.
    2. My LinkedIn.
    To add the My LinkedIn app to your profile, the site asks you to enter your LinkedIn Public Profile URL. You can find this by logging into your LinkedIn account, choosing “view profile” and looking for the URL next to “public profile.” This application does not automatically add a tab to your profile, so follow the directions above to do so.
    3. NetworkedBlogs.
    NetworkedBlogs lets you do two things: You can search for and add favorite or new blogs to rollout RSS-style stories, or you can import your blog feed to your profile, which lets your blog appear in a Facebook search so others can follow it.
    After you allow the application access to your profile, you’ll be asked to select five or more blogs from a list to follow, if you’d like the application to act like an RSS feed. If you only want to feature your blog, just click “next” at the bottom to bypass this step. The next page will list blogs from your Facebook friends; choose to follow some, or click next to continue. The final screen will bring you to NetworkedBlogs’ homepage where you can choose to register your own blog, which will require an additional step to verify it. Follow the steps listed above to add the blog to a tab on your profile.
    4. TwitterTab.
    The TwitterTab adds your Twitter feed to a tab on your profile and gives you three viewing options: a running list of your tweets, filtering out retweets only or viewing who you follow in a block of icons.
    There are a number of other Twitter applications available on Facebook—some let you Tweet from Facebook and include additional features—but many are buggy. TwitterTab appears to have the simplest interface and is easy to set up. This app is free, but for $1.00/year you can upgrade your account to include a custom background.

    AT&T Activates 2.7 Million iPhones in Q1 2010 as Growth Slows

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    AT&T today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2010, revealing that the carrier activated 2.7 million iPhones during the quarter. The number is down from 3.1 million in the previous quarter, despite Apple announcing yesterday that it had sold 8.75 million iPhones overall during the quarter, an increase of approximately 15,000 units over the prior quarter.
    The results illustrate that international growth is a primary driver for the iPhone as AT&T begins to experience a slowing of its portion of the overall growth. The iPhone’s ability to attract new customers to AT&T has also begun to slip, as the company noted that “more than one-third” of its iPhone activations for the quarter came from customers new to the carrier, down from a 40% figure the company has consistently cited in past earnings releases.
    Signs of slowing iPhone growth for AT&T are likely to add to the clamor for Apple to extend distribution to additional carriers in the United States, with market leader Verizon having received the most attention in recent years despite the requirement that Apple offer specialized hardware to operate on the carrier’s current network. For its part, Apple executives noted during yesterday’s earnings conference call that the U.S., Germany, and Spain remain the company’s three major markets where the iPhone is offered in exclusive carrier relationships. Despite that fact that the company has seen increased unit sales and market share in countries where it had moved to a multi-carrier model, however, it is not convinced that that dynamic would play out everywhere. Consequently, Apple continues to evaluate its carrier relationships on a country-by-country basis.

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