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Top 10 Best plugins for WordPress 2010

WordPress has gained popularity as not just as a blog but also as a content management system and a website development platform. Another reason for its increased popularity is the innumerable number of plugins available. With these plugins you can accomplish almost any thing on your site or blog on WordPress.

Let us take a look few of the top 10 plugins for WordPress that you cannot do with this year:

1. WordPress Super Cache: This plugin helps load pages much faster and also stores static versions of your website. This is the reason why it takes very little space in your Central Processing Unit.

2. Headspace2: This makes Search Engine Optimisation much simpler. Its advanced features helps you take your website to the peak. You may have worked a lot on the SEO of your site, but with WordPress plugin, you need to spend very little time on SEO and takes care of that part itself.

3. Akismet: This is a built-in filter that stops spams. You may not require to put in the option of Captcha if you activate Akismet. It works 99% effectively. So, if you want your posts or page to remain spam-free. Activate Akismet.

4. WPtouch iPhone Theme: This is a very popular plugin for 2010. If you want to transform your website into a lighter version for the mobile, you can use this plugin. Once you activate this, anyone trying to visit your site on his/her mobile can see a pleasant looking and lighter adaptation of your original website.

5. No follow Case by Case: This plugin helps Google Page Rank determine and analyse your page as it traces back to your website. Use this plugin to increase followers to your website.

6. WP-DBManager: With this amazing plugin you can use WordPress to email the entire WordPress database to you everyday. It is usually used for site backup but this emailing facility is quite attractive for a lot of users.

7. Thank Me Later: All first time visitors to your site will receive an e-mail telling them about your site’s RSS and inviting them to join it. This function is available with the plugin Thank Me Later. You could custom your message and write one, which you want your readers to get when they visit and exit from your site.

8. WP-PageNavi: With this plugin your users can easily navigate on your page. They can directly go to whichever page they want to visit. This plugin provides page buttons for the easier comprehension of users.

9. SEO Slugs: This plugin is used to strip out any unnecessary word from your permalink without you having to do anything about it. Web addresses can become very long if you have ton use an entire post title as slug. If there is scope for highlighting a keyword, then this title may distract attention. Hence, this plugin is very useful for you.

10. SEO Smart Links: Using this plugin you can interlink your articles within the website. This is a great way to improve the ranking of your pages on Google. You should encourage linking within your site as it helps bring your page to the top through improved ranking.

These tips are provided by a lot of support from wordpress.

Top best mini 10 inch notbooks

With so many new notebooks entering the market this year, its time for a list with the best notebooks in the 10″ class, based on reviews from buyers all around the world.

However, having so many good choices on the market, it was pretty difficult to make a top, that’s why the article been in 3 parts: cheap notebooks, fair mainstream and expensive devices.

Best notebooks for budget oriented customers

If budget is your main concern but you’re still looking for a good device, than these laptops in here are the ones for you. They come with the new hardware and improved autonomy, but in most cases will come with 3 or 4 Cell batteries, poorer keyboards and no Bluetooth.

  • Asus 1001P

While usually Asus notebooks are not known for their

Asus 1001p
Asus 1001p

competitive prices, with the new 1001P series built on Intel PineTrail, they tried to show us that good notebooks can also be very affordable.

Thus, this 10 inch device is one of the best mini laptops if budget is your first concern. It has almost no noticeable flaws, the small storage space (only 160 GB) might be an issue. Besides that, it just offers all the features you’ll need from a small portable computer, with even a battery life of up to 11 hours (on paper, more like 8 in practice). The nice Seashell design we already now, good build quality and software package.

  • Acer AO532h

Acer offers a cheap version of their AO532h line. its the same

Acer AO532h
Acer AO532h

PineTrail hardware and 160 GB hard-drive as, but a smaller up to 8 hours autonomy. Besides these, the 1001P and the cheap AO532 are almost identical in terms of features, with a small bonus to the Acer machine that offers fast Wi-Fi N wireless connectivity (while the Asus only offers Wi-Fi b/g).

Overall, this affordable 10 inch notebook is fairly appreciated.

Picking one of the two will only depend on taste; as both devices are nearly identical in terms of features, there’s only the aspect to differentiate them (matte – Asus vs glossy – Acer). And perhaps build quality, which i consider a little better for the Asus.

Mainstream netbooks – best in terms of performances/price

Want a netbook overall good that won’t leave a hole in your wallet? Than one of the mainstream netbooks in here is what you need. They provide the standard hardware based on PineTrail Atom platform, decent performances and excellent autonomy, while looking good and having price tags around $400, but enhanced with some extra goodies: chiclet keyboards, ergonomic touchpads with multi-touch, Bluetooth, etc.

  • Toshiba NB305
Toshiba NB305 - overall, my pesonal choice

Toshiba NB305 – overall, my personal choice

This is in fact at the moment my favorite 10 inch netbook. It’s not the best in every aspect, but overall is the perfect choice and the most comfortable on a daily base use. These without being too expensive.

And speaking of the price, you’ll reckon that this one just makes it in the under $400 category, with a tag of $399 (in the meantime it got cheaper). But, it has its strong points over the competition: the best keyboard+touchpad in the class, matte body with excellent construction quality and noise-free opearting are only some of them.

This Toshiba is also offered in many versions and different color options, with prices varying right now between $340 and $345. You can see more info about them via this link, where you’ll also find more technical details, pics and reviews+marks from previous buyers. You’ll also notice there’s a cheaper NB305 that only sells for around $330, but if i were you, I’d ignore it (see the review for the reasons).

  • Asus 1005PE-P

The 1005PEs are Asus’s top netbooks series in the 10 inch class. They provide everything Asus has to offer best and do come with very good price tags. In fact, their only flaws are the glossy exterior and display and the single-click button touchpad, and even these are pretty minor. Especially if you consider that they are compensated by the best battery life in the class, ergonomic chiclet keyboard, excellent construction and connectivity options, plus a fairly rich and useful software package.

Asus 1005PE with its two versions

Asus 1005PE with its two versions

The 1005PE is offered in two distinctive versions, the top one being the 1005PE-P, that sells for $379 in the US and comes with 14 hours autonomy and lots of features. You should see my complete review on it for more info.

If it caught your interest, you should know this is one of the most popular netbooks on Amazon right now, with very good reviews and marks from those who already own one. And you can get it for a discounted price (around $365), with Free Shipping included inside the States.

  • Asus 1005PE-M

Similar in aspect as the above, the cheaper version of the 1005PE comes with a smaller battery (only up to 11 hours, but that’s still more than enough) and no Bluetooth. But since all the others are the same, and considering the price difference you get, the 1005PE-M is in fact even more attractive than its more expensive brother.

It usually sells for $339, but you can get it from here for only $319.99, with Free Shipping and available in White, Black, Blue or Pink. By clicking that link, you can also check out the reviews and marks from other buyers there, and you’ll be really impressed to see how much appreciated this mini laptop really is.

  • MSI Wind U160
MSI Wind U160 - the newcomer

MSI Wind U160 – the newcomer

One of the latest entries in the 10 inch class, and quite an entrance it was, is the MSI Wind U160, the fanciest of their new line of netbooks built on PineTrail.

This one comes with improved looks and similar features as the above (including the chiclet keyboard, connectivity and nice hardware), but promises an even better battery life than the Asus 1005PE-P, up to 15 hours on paper. However, expect it to be around 10 hours tops in practice.

It is available in two different colors, Black or Gold and offers standard specs and features: N450 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 250 GB storage, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi N, Windows 7 Starter. In fact, it is pretty much comparable to the similarly priced mini laptops above. However, i have to admit i really like the design, which seems to be inspired from the Vaios.

Both versions are available for $375 right now from Amazon, with Free Shipping included. Also, by clicking this link you’ll be able to see more pics and technical details, plus reviews from previous buyers.

  • Dell Mini 10

Although not a particular fan of the Dell Mini 10 series, i could not let this netbook out of this list, as it’s fairly popular and appreciated in the US. It’s main advantage is the possibility to configure it just the way you want it. So, while prices start from $279, a decent device will run for at least $349, with the new N450 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 250 GB hard-drive, 6 Cell battery and Windows 7 Starter as an OS (similar features as the other premium netbooks in this class offer). However, even with these equipment levels, the Mini 10 is not a rival for the Toshiba or Asus device, that can outperform it in nearly every aspect: looks, autonomy, ergonomics, etc.

However, the Mini 10 can be upgraded with some extra parts the opponents won’t offer, with the mobile broadband module being only one of them. Still, these upgrades will make for some very high price tags, and they are just not worth it.

Update: There are however a couple of pre-configured Dell Mini 10s I consider worth the money, you can check them out below (in the mean time they might have become unavailable, but I’ll add other if i spot anything interesting):

  • Dell Inspiron iM1012 – $369 + Free Shipping – available in a multitude of colors (black, pink, white, green, red, blue, etc – Update: actually, only the Black/Blue models are in stock for now), this Dell offers a new look and superior build quality over the previous generation, while still providing good performance for an even better price. As you can see, it can be tours for only $369 from Amazon (the black version is even cheaper), and that with Free delivery included. In fact, it’s the best price I could spot online on every US based store.

And there are some other interesting devices you should check out in this class and in this price range. You will find them listed below, with links towards more detailed posts, as i come in contact with them. The Lenovo S10-3t tablet ($439) and matte Samsung N150 in Blue ($322) and rugged and tough Samsung NB30 built for the road are just some of the netbooks i’m currently considering adding to the list.

Fancy and exclusive netbooks – best money can buy

If all the above are just not enough for you and you’re prepared to pay $400-$700 bucks for a 10 inch mini laptop, than the devices in this category are the ones for you. They are just the best money can buy and offer some fancy features and aesthetics, like touch-sensitive HD displays, metallic cases and stellar battery life.

However, i will not insist too much on this category, mainly because in the 10 inch class, you can hardly find anything above $400 really worth that kind of money. You do get the HP 5102 with a metallic casing and lots of customization options (touch display, carrying handle, fast 7200 rpm HDD, extra memory, big battery), which can easily jump even to 1000 bucks, but you will still end with the same level of performance offered by other cheaper netbooks. So are you really sure you want to pay that much extra for “details”?

Of course, if you’re looking for exclusivity and fancy looks, you can try some of the options for designer netbooks, like the Asus 1008P-KR signed by Karim Rashid (costs around $500 and is available in Coffee Brown or Hot Pink . Comes with 2 batteries and a very sleek matching leather case). Or even better, the extra-feminine HP Mini 210 Vivienne Tam, which is something every girl would love to have (I’ve seen it too and I must say it’s impressive, with high quality finishing and solid construction. Still, the color and the design make it a clearly a mini laptop for a girl.) This one has a list price of around 700 bucks, but you can find it on Amazon for $550 (also check here pics and reviews from owners).

Fancy netbooks - HP 210 Vivienne Tam (left) and Asus 1008P Karim Rashid (right)

Fancy netbooks – HP 210 Vivienne Tam (left) and Asus 1008P Karim Rashid (right)

That’s about it for now. If the post was useful, please tell your friends about it or leave a comment. And like i already said, as time passes and new devices will enter the market, you’ll see changes. So make sure you check this one periodically. Also prices and availability might change in time, so be sure to check the links for each product for up-to-date details.

If you liked the products in this list but don’t quite have the budget for them, keep an eye on our section of deals were we periodically add the interesting offers we might spot online (they are only available for limited periods of time in most cases, so the best way to keep in touch is to subscribe to this site via RSS or email).

In the end, i can only hope i could give you a hand in deciding which of the current 10 inch netbooks is the best for your needs and budget. Once again, I have to say that is a list of recommended mini laptops you will be able to find on the US market. They might not be available in some other countries or have different names, that’s why I’ll also put together a similar post useful for you guys in Canada, Europe (will be available soon) and hopefully for the Asian market too.

Top 10 list of smartphones

A smartphone is cell phones that give you more advanced computing and connectivity than regular mobile phone in another way get rid of your laptop and get a smartphone.

Smartphones offers all what you need in your daily activities of your life whether that includes scheduling business meetings, tracking your family’s schedule, reading email, or surfing the web, plus you can use GPS system for navigation and map system.

The year 2010 is the year of the smartphones, take a break from your laptop! these productivity phones offer a lot more than the ability to make calls. Here are the top 10 best smartphones available today.

1. Apple 32GB iPhone 4

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

The Apple iPhone 4 (16GB model and 32GB version) is everything that a new piece of technology should be: It’s innovative, attractive, and ahead of its competition.

In comparison,  the new iPhone with the previous iPhone 3Gs it has over 100 features in addition, with a completely new design, the iPhone 4 is considered by Jobs  “world’s thinnest smartphone”.

Some of the top iPhone features include:

  • A large 3.5″ touch LCD screen – 960×640
  • 5.0 megapixel digital camera with flash
  • 16 or 32GB of Storage
  • Landscape Keyboard
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • GPS Technology
  • Spotlight Search
  • Voice Memos
  • Internet Tethering
  • WiFi that automatically connects to the network
  • iPhone 3G delivers UMTS, HSDPA, GSM, WiFi, EDGE, GPS, and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR in one compact device — using only two antennas
  • SMS / MMS Messaging
  • Cut, Copy and Paste
  • Get push email, calendar, and contacts with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
  • Talk and Browse. At the same time iTunes Player Software
  • OS X with support for Widgets, Google Maps, and Safari, and iTunes
  • Talk Time – Up to 7 hours
  • Standby time: Up to 300 hours
  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
  • 16 hours in music model


HTC Evo 4G
HTC Evo 4G

HTC has struck gold again with the HTC EVO 4G, its packs powerful specs and a lot of features in a slick, stylish design.

Some of the top HTC Evo 4G features include:

  • A large 4.3″ touch LCD screen – 480×800
  • 8 megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video capture
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 4G integrated wireless radio that can be used to share the Internet via WiFi for up to 8 devices
  • HDMI video output
  • video calling capability
  • Google Android 2.1 with HTC Sense.

3. Motorola Droid X

Motorola Droid X
Motorola Droid X

The follow-up to Motorola’s wildly popular Droid. Its specs outshine those on the other Droid phones available on the network, but it falters a bit when it comes to performance. Nonetheless, the Droid X is one of the top phones to debut this summer, on a par with both the HTC EVO 4G and the iPhone 4.

Some of the top Droid X features include:

  • A large 4.3″ touch LCD screen – 854 x 480
  • 8 megapixel camera high-definition video recorder
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 8GB of built-in memory plus a high-capacity microSD card slot for a potential 40 GB of storage
  • HDMI jack
  • Wi-Fi
  • Google Android 2.1.

4. HTC Droid Incredible

HTC Droid Incredible
HTC Droid Incredible

The Droid Incredible impresses with its speedy user interface, gorgeous AMOLED display and fun Sense user interface. Other than some minor design qualms, this smartphone truly lives up to its name.

Design-wise, the Droid Incredible appears fairly similar to the Nexus One, but it is essentially a CDMA version of the HTC Desire, which launched last February in Barcelona, Spain.

Some of the top HTC Droid Incredible features include:

  • 3.7″ WVGA display AMOLED screen
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and a 3.5mm headset jack
  • 8GB of internal memory space
  • 4G features
  • Wi-Fi
  • Google Android 2.1

5. Google Nexus One

Google Nexus One
Google Nexus One

The well-known Internet giant, Google has officially announced the launch of its first own-brand smartphone “Google Phone”, named as Google Nexus One (built by HTC).

It lacks some valuable features–like multitouch and Outlook calendar syncing–that we’ve seen on competing models, and the Android keyboard can be difficult to use. That said, the Nexus One’s speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor definitely sets it apart from the Android pack in performance.

Some of the top Google Nexus One features include:

  • 3.7-inch wide WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) AMOLED touchscreen
  • Qualcomm QSD 8250 1GHz processor
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and geo-tagging
  • Built-in 512MB of RAM and Flash ROM
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connectivity
  • Voice-enabled keyboard for any text field
  • Pre-installed with suite of Google Mobile apps including Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and Google Voice
  • Micro SD memory card slot expandable to 32 GB
  • Wi-Fi
  • Google Android 2.1 os

6. Motorola Droid

The first time you pick up the Motorola Droid ($200 with a two-year contract from Verizon; price as of 10/28/09), you’ll notice its solid feel and heft–there’s a lot going on behind the crisp, 3.7-inch touchscreen. Making good use of Android 2.0′s new features, the Droid is a powerful Web surfing and communications tool that has a chance of living up to its hype. The Droid’s biggest flaw, however, is in its hardware design: The keyboard is shallow and flat, which can make typing uncomfortable.

7. Apple 32GB iPhone 3GS

It would be easy to dismiss the Apple iPhone 3GS as an inconsequential hardware upgrade. But to do so would underestimate how much, collectively, the phone’s new features augment the iPhone experience. With the iPhone 3GS, Apple solidifies its leadership position in a crowded smartphone landscape.

8. BlackBerry Bold 9700

Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Bold 9700 ($200 with a two-year T-Mobile contract; price as of 11/4/09) is the finest BlackBerry to date, combining the best of the BlackBerry Tour 9630 and the BlackBerry Bold 9000 in a slim and refined package. People looking for a major update to the original Bold might be disappointed, but BlackBerry fans will appreciate the handset’s subtle design tweaks and upgrades.

9. Palm Pre Plus

The Palm Pre Plus ($150 with a two-year contract from Verizon; price as of 1/20/10) is really more of an update of the original Pre on Sprint than a completely new product. Even so, the subtle hardware tweaks combined with Verizon’s speedy network makes it an overall improvement from its predecessor. Some quirks remain, however, with the keyboard design and the sluggishness of the software.

10. Motorola Cliq

The Motorola Cliq ($200 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile) caught my attention because of its sleek design and its innovative MotoBlur overlay for Android. Overall, the new features lived up to my expectations, and I applaud Motorola for doing something different to separate itself from the Android pack. The Cliq isn’t perfect, however: Its camera disappoints, and it doesn’t ship with the latest version of Android.