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How to create an eBook for the iPad - free!

Posted in Book Publishing, Technology News on June 10th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Original post http://cbiclubhouse.com/2010/06/how-to-create-an-ebook-for-the-ipad-free/

Jun 10th, 2010 | By Jon Bard | Category: Brand New on the CBI Clubhouse!The 21st Century Writer

My continued interest in illustrating children’s books led me to come across an amazing resource that will help you take the leap into the digital publishing world — and it won’t cost you a cent!  Check out this quick video and get started today.

A not-for-profit website that helps you create books for the iPad at http://www.epubbud.com
Create an eBook
Write, edit, and publish a book online now… for your family and friends or share it with the world: FREE!

Digitize a Real Book
Mail us any physical children’s book and we’ll “digitize” it for use on your iPad: FREE!

Upload an eBook
Upload any ebook file you want to read on your iPad or share with the world, and we’ll convert it to ePub: FREE!

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WordCamp Victoria - Wordpress Conference, Victoria, BC

Posted in Social Networking Media, Technology News on April 7th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

WordCamp Poster (.pdf)

{original post at WordCamp Victoria}

WordCamps are informal, community-organized events.  Everyone from casual users to core developers participate,share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to WordPress.com and WordPress.org users alike. WordCamp Victoria offers you the chance to hear exciting speakers discuss topics that are of interest to anyone using WordPress. WordCamp is being held at the Victoria Campus of University Canada West on Saturday May 15th, 2010.

There are workshops, presentations, and discussion groups on every WordPress-related topic imaginable for beginner, intermediate, and expert.

Saturday May 15, 2010
Register: 8:30 am
Event: 9 am – 5 pm
University Canada West
950 Kings Road
Victoria, BC

VISIT WEBSITE FOR REGISTRATION AND MORE INFO: http://www.wordcampvictoria.ca/

Featured Speaker – Rebecca Bollwitt – “Miss604″

WordCamp Victoria is very pleased to welcome Rebecca Bolwitt as a featured speaker at the upcoming WordCamp on May 15th, 2010.

In case you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, here’s Rebecca’s profile:

Rebecca Bollwitt - Photo by Nordica Photography

Rebecca Bollwitt - Photo by Nordica Photography

Rebecca Bollwitt has been blogging about life in BC since 2004 onMiss604.com, and she has been podcasting since 2005.

Listed among Vancouver’s most visible on the web, Miss604.com was voted “Best Vancouver …

CON TINUE READING

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The Good Planet Company - website launch

Posted in Social Networking Media, Star Global News, Technology News on January 14th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

The Good Planet Company | http://www.goodplanet.com

The Good Planet Company | http://www.goodplanet.com

The Good Planet Company is a bricks and mortar retail store, located in downtown Victoria, BC, featuring an exciting range of earth-friendly organic products.

When The Good Planet Co. approached Star Global they had an outdated shopping cart system, and required an entire revamp.

In conjunction with the Good Planet’s ideas, Star Global designed the website and created a new look & feel, and established front line messaging to inform visitors what they can do. The website is built using CS-Cart shopping cart software that enabled the following features:

·        gift registry
·        one-page checkout
·        inventory tracking
·        statistics
·        return management
·        promotions and gift certificates
·        taxes, payment gateways and flat rate shipping
·        files can be imported or exported in CSV format
·        has an affordable license fee
·        design elements can be customized

A Wordpress blog was installed on the server, then customized for a consistent look and feel, and linked via the main navigation of the website. The Good Planet can use their blog to build a resource centre, catalogue & manage stories, and post sales notifications & videos.

Star Global helped The Good Planet Company activate their social media accounts, and maintain consistency with their branding (e.g. Facebook Vanity URL). Every page of the blog is also connected to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Star Global also implemented an email newsletter system by Constant Contact to collect contacts, send inexpensive and short communications, enjoy separate mailing lists, manage contacts emails, and have more frequent contact with customers. The email archive feature also allows The Good Planet Company to push the newsletter to social media sites, and encourage fans to return to their online web store.

Training was also provided along with a mini-manual to assist The Good Planet to perform required tasks and take control of the website at launch.

 

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Victoria Women’s Transition House - website launch

Posted in Star Global News, Technology News on January 12th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Victoria Women's Transition House | www.transitionhouse.net

Victoria Women's Transition House | www.transitionhouse.net

Victoria Women’s Transition House is a not-for-profit agency that provides emergency shelter services and counseling to hundreds of women and children each year, along with community counseling, individual and group, for abused women and their children, and a Crisis Line. VWTH is the leader in education and public awareness on these issues.

Star Global first provided consultation to determine the agencies needs by reviewing and cataloguing their existing web architecture, technology, and functionality.

Star Global also helped the VWTH design web survey questions to poll their membership base, to determine the current needs or the VWTH primary and secondary target markets, as well as perceived benefits or frustrations in terms of site content, navigation and overall effectiveness. This helped to provide a roadmap to move forward and ensure issues were met with respect to web-based needs and viral marketing.

Star Global produced a fresh new look and feel to achieve consistency with their brand. Star Global revamped the front line messaging, provided new architectural organization, created a visual calendar of events, along with a sign up area for their e-newsletter.

Star Global created the new website in Wordpress CMS (a content management system/blog software), which enabled a blog section for VWTH to catalogue news stories and educational material for volunteers, including a live feed on the home page, a website search, and share modules to social media networks.

Star Global also implemented an e-newsletter system by Constant Contact to allow for frequent and inexpensive communications with sponsors related to partner & fundraising events.

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Google search goes ‘real time,’ adds Twitter, Facebook, MySpace feeds

Posted in Social Networking Media, Technology News on December 7th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

{original post @ Times Colonist - AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE - DECEMBER 7, 2009 1:02 PM}

Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. The internet search engine company on Monday began adding real-time results to its search engine, channeling feeds from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other fresh content into responses to queries. Photograph by: Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty Images files

Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. The internet search engine company on Monday began adding real-time results to its search engine, channeling feeds from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other fresh content into responses to queries. Photograph by: Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty Images files

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google on Monday began adding real time results to its search engine, channeling feeds from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other fresh content into responses to queries.

“We are here today to announce Google real-time search,” Google fellow Amit Singhal said at a press event held near the firm’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

“Users will get results on results page as they are being produced out there. This is the first time ever that a search engine has integrated the real-time web into the results page.”

Twitter messages and other fresh content streamed into a box on Google’s main search page in a demonstration of the new feature, which will be rolled out at all English-language search sites in the coming days.

Google is planning to incorporate real time search in other languages beginning early next year, according to Singhal.

Online social-networking rivals MySpace and Google will be providing feeds of all public updates made by users.

“MySpace and Facebook users can decide what they want to see offered at Google,” said Google vice-president of search products and user experience Marissa Mayer.

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The official Twitter newswire for the Government of British Columbia

Posted in Technology News on November 19th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

The official Twitter newswire for the Government of British Columbia.
Follow them:
http://twitter.com/BCGovNews

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Social Networking in Plain English

Posted in Social Networking Media, Technology News on November 18th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

A short introduction to the concepts behind social networking websites.

What it Teaches

“Social Networking in Plain English” introduces the basic ideas behind Social Networking. The video focuses on the role of social networking in solving real-world problems. The video includes:

The role of people networks in business and personal life
The hidden nature of real-world people networks
How social networking sites reveal hidden connections
The basic features of social networking websites

Watch the Video: http://www.commoncraft.com/video-social-networking

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Twitter Search In Plain English

Posted in Technology News on November 18th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

How Twitter Search creates new opportunities for business feedback, tracking real time news and discovering trends.

What it Teaches

This video uses a metaphor of “Twitterville” to illustrate the opportunities to use the Twitter Search feature to find people and information, read news and discover emerging information. It teaches how Twitter Search:

Helps businesses listen to customer feedback
Creates a real-time news source
Makes trending topics visible
Connects related information with hashtags

Watch Video: http://commoncraft.com/twitter-search

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Blogs in Plain English

Posted in Social Networking Media, Technology News on November 18th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

What it Teaches

“Blogs in Plain English” introduces the concept of a blog as a way for every person to have the power to share news. The video includes:

How blogs are changing the idea of news in the 21st century
How blogs are created and organized
The role of blogs in bringing like-minded people together
How blogs facilitate conversation

Watch Video: http://commoncraft.com/blogs

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Cloud Computing in Plain English

Posted in Technology News on November 18th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Here is a 3 minute introduction to the basics of cloud computing.

What it Teaches

Using a simple story of a growing florist business, this video explains the basics of cloud computing: how it works and why it makes sense for businesses
and individuals.

The difference between on-site computing and cloud computing
The financial benefits of cloud computing
What makes cloud computing secure and efficient
How cloud computing impacts consumers

Watch Video: http://commoncraft.com/cloud-computing-video

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