75+ Truly Useful Tutorials & Colorful Resources For Designers To Discover The Best Of The Web In March

We are always in search of great free resources, tips, tricks, etc. for our readers. Every day we work hard to find new resources and inspiration for designers like you. Today, we have another great post, “Discover the Best of the Web” on SmashingApps. In this, we made a list of 75+ Truly Useful Tutorials & Colorful Resources For Designers. We obviously cannot cover all the best from the web, but we have tried to cover as much as possible.

You are welcome to share if you know more best of the web in the month of March which our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter and do not forget to become our fan on facebook as well.

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View Hundreds Of Channels From Around The World In Chrome With TV Chrome @ SmashingApps

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Recently I was thinking how to initiate recording a TV channel via Windows 7 Media Center. The problem was that I needed to do this remotely, in case I was not at home, remembered that a series I liked was being aired on TV, and wanted it recorded. After much extensive searching, I finally found an application called Remote Potato.

Setting up Remote Potato was no child’s play and it took me quite some time. I am still not satisfied with it. When I told a fellow blogger about my predicament, he asked “But if you can access the internet while you’re away from home, why not simply use it to view television online?” I asked him what he meant and he answered “TV Chrome.”


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When he showed me what TV Chrome was, I did not believe my eyes. Without paying anything, setting up anything, I was able to view hundreds of channels from around the world. I bet you do not believe me.

TV Chrome is an extension for Google Chrome. It places an icon in Chrome’s address bar which we click to dropdown a window.


This window has channels from all over the world sorted country and genre wise. Of course not each and every channel from all countries are available, but the list that is available is very impressive.

Take the “Movies TV” genre, for example.


It has HBO USA on top that can be streamed online. Click on HBO and a new Chrome window opens up.


We can double-click on the video to view it full screen. While the video quality is not great, the advantage is that the loading time is impressive and we can view the video stream easily.

Impressed with TV Chrome yet?

There is just one thing you should know before you start using it. When I first tried to view the channels, I got a message in the newly opened window that my Chrome was missing the Windows Media Player plug-in. I did a bit of searching and found that to fix that issue, I need to download the Windows Media Player plug-in for Firefox. It made little sense, but I did it anyway and I could use TV Chrome then.

Here is the link to Chrome guiding users how to install the Windows Media Player plug-in and here the link to the plug-in itself.

In the end of this post, I want to wholeheartedly thank the team behind TV Chrome which has made online TV completely free to view.


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Now Make Your Blogging Life Easier Than Ever With WordPress For iPad @ SmashingApps

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We have got a great news for bloggers who use wordpress as their blogging platform and who do their best to keep their blog updated with latest news/happenings but they could not do the best due to functional limitation of wordpress for smartphones. Now WordPress made it easier for you if you are planning to have your Apple’s recently released iPad.

When everyone is curiously watching the release of Apple’s iPad, WordPress just announced the release of their optimized version of iPhone OS to take advantage of the iPad’s new user interface. It will really make your blogging life easier than ever before. Let me tell you how…


You may want to post update from anywhere (while you are on the move) but who knew that it would be like that easy as today after this release. Now write, add photos, check your spelling, and even create links without having to write a single line of code or HTML. While writing if you are not comfortable, just rotate the screen. WordPress will automatically adjust to a more comfortable widescreen layout to enjoy the iPad experience.


Yeah, it’s never been easier to stay in touch with your readers while you are not on the computer. But from now on you can moderate, edit, or reply to comments. It will also help you to quickly moderate bulk comments through the easy to use interface.


I agree it’s not necessary but it would be fun though to share your location when you post to your wordpress blog if you are out somewhere. Just tap the Geotag icon on the Write screen, and watch as WordPress locates you on the map. It’s a great way to share where you were when you posted to your blog. But we have to wait for Geotagging features because it will be available on the iPad when the 3G model comes out in late April.


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Very cool iPhone “Voice Control” alarm clock app

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I’m going to try this out later.

Interesting to go for completely voice / no-touch in an app, but I like the look of it.


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21 Time Management Tips For Bloggers

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Underlying the constant search for tactics by bloggers out there, there is a huge perceived lack of time.

You’ve got a day job. A family. A life. How are you supposed to have enough time to create a successful blog?

Personally, I think our perceptions of time are completely arbitrary (more on that viewpoint on time here). A lot of our approach to time comes from within, so time management tips are usually ways to outsmart ourselves into getting more done despite our self-imposed limitations of how much we can get done.

So, prefaced with my strongly-held belief that it ultimately comes down to mindset, I’ve compiled a list of 21 tips to help you with your efficiency as bloggers.

  1. checklist Don’t check email first thing in the morning. Get some work done first since mornings are often when we function best.
  2. Switch to Google Voice. An invite is required, yes, but it allows you to screen your calls and have messages delivered to your email. Phone interruptions are the worst.
  3. Disown Your Phone. Set up a voice mail message which explains your schedule for checking messages, then disconnect the phone to avoid interruptions. Train others to work with you on this for enhanced efficiency.
  4. Limit Reading Time. As I covered before, you cannot consume and produce at the same time. So, limit the amount you ingest in order to be able to output more. Information overload is an extremely controllable problem.
  5. Use Evernote. It is a free and awesome way to take notes, tag them, categorize them, etc. Don’t keep ideas in your head. Free your mind and store the details in Evernote so you can get them when you need to. Get an idea while reading a blog post? Record it in Evernote – don’t keep it in your head.
  6. Use Remember The Milk for online task management. Get the premium option (only $25/year) and you can sync with your mobile phone. Very handy.
  7. Practice Inbox Zero. Your email inbox should be just that – an INbox. Not a big collective storage place for forgotten BS. Learn to handle, delegate or move emails and get them out of your inbox.
  8. Practice TRAF. This is trash, refer, act, file. These are the 4 choices you have when dealing with any incoming communication or action item.
  9. Assign Times To Tasks. When adding a task to your todo list, assign a time estimate to it on how long it will take. Then schedule it in accordingly. Leer más “21 Time Management Tips For Bloggers”

Consumer Perception of Southwest Flies High

As spring travel picks up, so does consumer perception of the brands that cater to this sector. According to market research firm YouGov‘s BrandIndex report, Southwest Airlines, Shell Oil and AutoZone are the winners in their respective industries when it comes to buzz, quality, satisfaction, value and consumer willingness to recommend the brands.

The Brandweek Buzz Report by YouGov is a weekly consumer perception report that analyzes the most talked about brands. The scores are based on weighing positive and negative perceptions of a brand. A +100 score is positive, a -100 score is negative, and a rating of zero means that the score is neutral.

YouGov interviews 5,000 people each weekday from a representative U.S. population sample. Respondents are drawn from an online panel of 1.5 million individuals. YouGov’s bubble charts (below) are snapshots of the consumer perception of entire sectors at once, with up to three score criteria at the same time.

The report spotlights:

•    Domestic airlines
•    Gasoline brands
•    Auto parts makers

Three Domestic Airlines Get Thumbs Up
Southwest Airlines continues to clean up its scores, standing on its own in every consumer perception category. Along with JetBlue and Virgin America, the three brands clearly stand out in consumers’ minds. Although Virgin America is a newcomer, it’s already making inroads on the value front.

The remaining airlines score better on satisfaction than they do on value. And given how closely they are bunched, none seems to stick out from the pack. Heading into the summer travel season, these brands could use more creative marketing to differentiate themselves with consumers.

Shell Oil Stands Out from the Pack
During the height of the recession, gasoline brands were pounded when it comes to consumer perception scores. While another vilified sector—financial services—has yet to rebound the same way, reasonable prices, travel-ready consumers, and the savvy marketing of products and services have hoisted most gasoline brands back on solid footing. The “triple crown” winner is Shell Oil, with a quality score of 23.16, satisfaction score of 17.93 and recommend score of 16.29. Close behind are BP, Chevron and Exxon-Mobil—both of which have bounced back significantly since the beginning of 2009.

Sunoco and ConocoPhillips are barely in positive territory, with scores in the 4-6 range. Meanwhile, Arco and Gulf have equal positive and negative sentiment. Citgo, however, stands by itself, with negative scores across the board. Perhaps Citgo is still feeling the repercussions of being owned by PDV America, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Recession Benefits Auto Parts Makers
Auto parts chains grew in popularity over the past two years, as new vehicle sales took a hit and prompted owners to go the “do it yourself” route. AutoZone, which recently beat analysts’ estimates, drives ahead with value and satisfaction scores of 28. The company prides itself on servicing late model vehicles, while heavily marketing the value proposition of its Duralast, Duralast Gold, and Valucraft product lines. Also riding on the coattails of the economy is Advance Auto Parts, which has benefited from a strong e-commerce presence.

Pep Boys, Jiffy Lube and GM Goodwrench are bunched together with value and satisfaction scores in the 8 range, indicating no perception breakouts among the group. On the fence is AAMCO, which may have the catchy “Double horn honk” tagline, but has been the subject of a large number of franchise and consumer complaints.

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Fun-to-Share Links for Web Nerds | Carsonified

By Chrissie Brodigan

Hey there,

It’s Friday, so this roundup is devoted to all things “interesting!”(apologies in advance, today the web was aflutter with most things iPad.)

Some links are newsworthy and others just meet our “awesomeness” requirement, and regardless we think you’ll enjoy them:

Wildcard: Kid Robot launches Kid Robot Europe!

Let us give you link love! Send your links to news@thinkvitamin.com

Handpicked by,
Chrissie (@tenaciouscb)


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