Author Archive for: ‘Chris Crum’

Facebook Messenger No Longer Requires A Facebook Account

Facebook Messenger No Longer Requires A Facebook Account

Facebook is really getting into this standalone apps thing. Facebook Creative Labs currently has eight apps available, and then there’s those Facebook has acquired like WhatsApp and Instagram. Now, Facebook is unbundling Messenger. You might be thinking that they’ve already done that, and you’d be right. Last year, Facebook began requiring users to download a separate app to use the …

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Microsoft Just Launched Office For Android Phones

Microsoft Just Launched Office For Android Phones

Microsoft announced that Office for Android is now generally available and in the Google Play Store. In other words, Android users can take advantage of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint on their Android phones. Each has its own app, and join those that were already released for Android tablets. “Five weeks ago, we announced the Office for Android phone preview,” says …

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Twitter Just Made Periscope Better For Marketing

Twitter Just Made Periscope Better For Marketing

Twitter just added functionality to its Periscope livestreaming service that could make it more effective for business and marketing scenarios. Now, users don’t have to be on their mobile devices to watch streams that have concluded. Web Replays are here! 🎉 Just open a Periscope broadcast link in the browser & you’ll be able to rewatch within 24 hrs pic.twitter.com/lYz6KfHWuj …

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Java 8 Has Seen Rapid Adoption Ahead Of 9 Release

Java 8 Has Seen Rapid Adoption Ahead Of 9 Release

There are a reported nine million developers using Java with the programming language powering a reported 7 billion devices. It’s the most popular programming language, according to TIOBE Software’s monthly index, having switched places with C from a year ago. Java 8 was introduced early last year, and with Java 9 on the horizon (it comes out in September), developers …

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Facebook Challenges Pages To Get Better At Response Times

Facebook Challenges Pages To Get Better At Response Times

For weeks (at least), some Facebook admins have been getting a feature on their Pages that show how well they’re doing when it comes to responding to messages from fans. Facebook appears to be taking things even further now. Now some admins are seeing messages from Facebook accompanying the feature, telling them they an earn badges for doing well. AdWeek …

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YouTube Star: ‘I Am Being Bullied By YouTube And Lush Cosmetics!’

YouTube Star: ‘I Am Being Bullied By YouTube And Lush Cosmetics!’

Matthew Lush is a popular video blogger who has maintained a presence on YouTube for close to a decade. Keep in mind that YouTube itself only recently celebrated its tenth birthday. Lush has been part of the enormously popular video site since before Google owned it. His user name is Lush. You can find him at YouTube.com/user/Lush. Until recently, you …

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Google Display Network Ads Expand To Google Play Music

Google Display Network Ads Expand To Google Play Music

Google introduced a new free, ad-supported streaming music service today as one tier of its Google Play Music offering. In doing so, it has opened up new opportunities for advertisers using the Google Display Network. The service itself basically just lets you listen to curated playlists. It’s radio. We’re not talking on-demand songs like Spotify. More on the consumer service …

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Instagram Just Made Some Big Content Discovery Improvements

Instagram Just Made Some Big Content Discovery Improvements

Instagram just announced two major improvements in an area where it’s been severely lacking for its entire existence – discovery. There’s a new Explore page with trending tags and places and a more powerful search experience making it easier for users to find people, places, and tags. Instagram says it sees over 70 million photos and videos posted every day. …

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These 2 Infographics Should Greatly Help You With Your Social Media Strategy

These 2 Infographics Should Greatly Help You With Your Social Media Strategy

Businesses have long struggled with how to get social media “right,” and it’s only getting more complicated as more and more services and tools become available. For example, we recently looked at some strategies for taking advantage of Twitter’s new Periscope app. It never ends, does it? Either way, there are a couple of interesting infographics making the rounds, which …

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Amazon Makes Echo Smart Device Available To The Masses

Amazon Makes Echo Smart Device Available To The Masses

Last year, Amazon unveiled Echo, its smart device that serves as a speaker and a virtual assistant. Until now, it’s been available on an invitation basis, but on Tuesday, Amazon announced that it’s now available to all customers. You can now pre-order the device for $179.99, and it will begin shipping on July 14. It also has some new features. …

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Verizon Now Officially Owns AOL

Verizon Now Officially Owns AOL

Verizon announced on Tuesday that it has already completed its acquisition of AOL. That didn’t take long, did it? The $4.4 billion deal was only announced last month. Now, Verizon says it has successfully completed its tender offer to purchase all of AOL’s outstanding shares for %50 per share in cash. Verizon says in its announcement: Verizon subsequently completed the …

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New eBay Seller Requirement Goes Into Effect Soon

New eBay Seller Requirement Goes Into Effect Soon

When eBay announced its Spring Seller Update, it said sellers who list branded items in new or refurbished condition would soon be required to include the item’s brand, manufacturer part number (MPN), and a global trade item number (GTIN) in a number of categories. The deadline to have this information included in listings is June 29, which is approaching. Categories …

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