Saturday, August 15, 2009

Yahoo! Shopping


Yahoo!’s premiere online shopping service is, not surprisingly, Yahoo! Shopping (shopping.yahoo.com), which is both a Web search engine for specific products and a huge directory of online merchants—thousands of them listed in dozens of different categories. As you can see in Figure, you use the Search section at the top of the page to search for specific merchandise; the Browse section lets you browse the merchants by category.


It’s the shopping search that’s particularly cool; you can search by keyword or click the Advanced Product Search link to narrow your search to a particular price range. The shopping results page also lets you narrow your results by price as well as compare different products from different merchants and manufacturers. Each item on the results page has a Compare Prices link; click this ink to find the lowest price at three different stores. Also useful is the User
Reviews link next to each item, which lets you see what other consumers think about this particular product.

The Yahoo! Shopping directory lists all variety of merchants, including traditional retail stores, name-brand catalog companies, small boutiques, and specialty shops. All of these merchants are linked not only to the common Yahoo! Shopping directory, but also to the Yahoo! Shopping Cart, a single place to finalize your purchases from multiple merchants.

After you enter a specific store and find the merchandise you want, follow the individual store instructions to place an order for a specific product. When you Shopping store, your order is sent to the Yahoo! Shopping Cart. Actually, your Shopping Cart page will have multiple shopping
carts listed, because each store has its own shopping cart. But your orders for all stores are listed on the same page and access the same check-out/purchasing information.

When it’s time to check out, go to the Yahoo! Shopping Carts page by clicking the View Cart/Check Out link at the top of any Yahoo! Shopping page. From the Yahoo! Shopping Carts page, follow the onscreen instructions for checking out and paying for your merchandise.

Yahoo! PayDirect


Yahoo! PayDirect (paydirect.yahoo.com) is an online electronic payment service. You can use PayDirect to send money over the Web, either to individuals or to businesses. PayDirect is especially popular among Yahoo! Auctions users and the merchants in Yahoo! Shopping. It’s also good when you need to get cash to someone in a hurry or to send monetary gifts to friends and family. You fund your PayDirect transfers either by credit card or by enabling electronic
access to your checking account.

Yahoo! Loan Center


The Yahoo! Loan Center (loan.yahoo.com) features a variety of information related to financing. You’ll find current rates for mortgage and auto loans as well as calculators to help you figure out how big a loan you can afford. You can even link from here to third-party lenders to get the entire loan process underway.

Yahoo! Insurance Center


Yahoo! provides links to all manner of insurance coverage—automobile,
health, life, homeowners, and renters. The Yahoo! Insurance Center page (insurance.yahoo.com) includes a wealth of insurance-related information, and even lets you obtain quotes online from major providers.

Yahoo! Banking Center


The Yahoo! Banking Center (banking.yahoo.com) offers a variety of banking tools, as well as links to related sites and services. You can also use this site to learn more about online banking and credit cards.

Yahoo! Finance


The home base for all of Yahoo!’s financial resources is Yahoo! Finance (finance.yahoo.com). The Yahoo! Finance home page, shown in Figure 1-23, provides links to proprietary information and other Web sites, In addition, links at the top of the page lead you directly to your personal portfolio and a search box lets you retrieve current quotes for any security.

Yahoo! Finance lets you create multiple portfolios; each portfolio can contain multiple stocks, securities, and market indices. You can choose to track actual portfolio performance (after you enter shares owned and price paid) or simple stock performance.

Even better, you can redesign the Yahoo! Finance site to include the specific financial information you’re looking for on a daily basis. For example, you can choose which sources Yahoo! uses for its financial news headlines and how it displays those headlines. You can also configure the way quotes and charts are displayed on individual quotes pages. To redesign your quotes pages, click the Customize Finance link at the top of the quotes page and then follow the onscreen instructions.

Yahoo! Photos Share Your Photos

Yahoo! Photos (photos.yahoo.com) is a separate service designed specifically for the management of digital photographs. Not only can you use Yahoo! Photos to print your photos , you can use Yahoo! Photos to store your photos online and then share them with friends and family.


To share your photos online, you first have to create a photo album. You do this by clicking the Create a New Album link. You can then upload your digital photo files to this (or another) album; once you’re done uploading, others can access your album and view your photos in their own Web browsers.

To share your photos, use this address: photos.yahoo.com/yahooID/. Replace yahooID with your own Yahoo! ID to complete the URL.

Yahoo! Briefcase

Yahoo! Briefcase (briefcase.yahoo.com) is a way to store files online—on Yahoo!’s Web servers—and then access them from any PC with an Internet connection and a Web browser. You can even set selective access to your Briefcase files so that your friends, family, and co-workers can view, access, and download designated files.


To add a file to your Briefcase, click the Add Files link and follow the onscreen instructions. You share the files or photos in your Briefcase by setting access levels for folders within your Yahoo! Briefcase. To change the access level for a folder within your Briefcase, click the Edit icon next to the folder on your Yahoo! Briefcase page, and then select the desired access level—Private,
Friends, or Everyone.

If you want others to access your Yahoo! Briefcase page, they access a Web address that looks like this: briefcase.yahoo.com/yahooID/. Replace yahooID with your own Yahoo! ID to complete the URL. Anyone accessing a folder in your Yahoo! Briefcase can download any of the files in the folder.

Yahoo! Address Book


If you want universal access to your contacts, no matter where you are (or what PC you’re using), use Yahoo! Address Book (address.yahoo.com). Yahoo! Address Book stores your contact information on Yahoo!’s Web servers so that you can access the information from any PC with an Internet connection and a Web browser.




All your contacts are listed—sorted by last name—on the Yahoo! Address Book page. If you have a number of contacts, you can search for a specific name, display names by the first letter of the last name, re-sort the contacts by first name, company, or e-mail address, or pull down the View Category list to display only those contacts assigned to a specific category. Yahoo! displays icons next to each name indicating whether that person is online or offline at the moment.

To add a contact to your address book, click the Add Contact button. When the Add Contact page appears, enter as much information as possible for your new contact. You can add even more details by clicking the Add More Details button; click the Save button to add this new contact to your Yahoo! Address Book.

Yahoo! Calendar


Yahoo! Calendar (calendar.yahoo.com) is a scheduling and calendar utility that houses your information on Yahoo!’s Web servers. Because the information is stored on Yahoo!’s computers, not yours, you can access your schedule from any PC with an Internet connection and a Web browser. All you have to do is enter your Yahoo! ID and password and you have universal access to your appointments and events.


The default Yahoo! Calendar page, shown in Figure 1-19, displays your schedule for today. To display more details, click any event or appointment. You can also display your Yahoo! Calendar in weekly, monthly, or yearly views; just click the Week, Month, or Year links. To add a new appointment or event to your Yahoo! Calendar, click the Add Event button and follow the onscreen instructions.

Use Yahoo! to Manage Your Schedule and Contacts

Most computer users have an electronic calendar of some sort, as well as an electronic address book. You use your calendar to keep your private schedule, and your address book to hold the names addresses of friends, family, and business contacts.

The only problem is, you have your calendar on your work PC, so you can’t access it from home. Or you have your address book on your home PC, and you can’t access it from work, or when you’re on the road.

Yahoo! solves this problem with a Web-based calendar and address book—that you can access from any PC, anytime, anywhere in the world!

Yahoo! Groups


A Yahoo! Group is similar to a message board, but with added features. A group is more akin to an online “club” where you can gather with others who share your particular interests. The literally millions of different Yahoo! Groups are each devoted to a specific topic or interest; each group includes message boards, photo and file archives, related links, and so on.

You can search for groups of interest from the Yahoo! Groups home page (groups.yahoo.com). Once you find a group you like, you have to apply for membership; some groups have open membership, others need to manually approve new members, still others have invitation-only policies. You can find out more on the home page for each individual group.

Once you join a group, you can read messages in the group’s message archive or elect to receive new messages via e-mail. Posting a new message is as simple as clicking a button; messages are threaded by topic line, so related messages are relatively easy to follow.

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