Author Archive for: ‘Shawn Hess’

Unselfish Reasons for Writing Online Reviews [Infographic]

We all like to share our experiences and writing an online review is one of the most effective and efficient ways to do it. I love online reviews, and judging by the amount available out there, so do a lot of other people. What else could be better than learning about a new product or service without having to be …

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Apple & Samsung Hold 55% of the Smartphone Market, but Earn 90% of its Profits

According to some new figures by ABI Research, Samsung and Apple captured 55% of global smartphone shipments in the first quarter of 2012, but took in over 90% of the market’s profits. Looking at vendor shipments for the quarter reveals some interesting figures. Apple shipped 35 million smartphones. That number was small compared to Samsung who sent out over 43 …

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Teen Online Video Habits [Infographic]

Things are a lot different than when I was a kid. We didn’t have all this wonderful technology available to us, so it comes as no surprise to me that kids are spending a ridiculous amount of time online. In fact, we are all spending a lot of time online. So what are kids doing with all this time? According …

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Google Brings AdChoices Features to Europe

Giving users clear notice about the ads they are viewing is a top priority for Google and it has become increasingly popular with the advertising industry overall as well. Google introduced the AdChoices icon in the United States last year. By clicking on this icon you can learn more about online advertising you are viewing. Now Google is introducing AdChoices …

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Facebook Blames Nasdaq and Wants to Consolidate IPO Investor Lawsuits

The one month anniversary of Facebook’s much anticipated initial public offering is close at hand, and the social networking giant has yet to address investor concern or the countless lawsuits which have been filed against the Nasdaq, Mark Zuckerberg, or even Facebook itself. According to what an inside source told the New York Times, Facebook intends to file a motion …

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Is Social Media Making Us Socially Awkward? [Infographic]

We all know about the great benefits social networking brings to our lives like reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances, staying in touch long-distance, and meeting new people with similar interests online. Also, did you know that for some people it can also bolster their self-confidence? But with all these benefits there are sure to be some drawbacks. This next …

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Smartphones & Tablets to Stay in Hot Demand Beyond 2017

No doubt smartphones and tablet computers are some of the hottest selling products out there today. Some people would part with their automobile before they parted ways with their mobile device. It’s more than a passing trend, it’s part of a new lifestyle and it’s all about access to information and resources. Few can deny that Apple is at the …

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Square Inc. Hits the Two Million User Mark

Square Inc., Twitter co-found Jack Dorsey’s latest venture, has really taken off lately. Just about six months ago, the company reached a milestone of 1 million users. Today, they reached another milestone and now have over 2 million users. Annually they are processing $6 billion in mobile payments and are being used by over 20,000 retailers. Square’s biggest threat comes …

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AOL Wins Proxy Battle With Starboard: All Board Members Have Been Re-Elected

AOL released a statement today explaining their proxy battle with activist shareholder, Starboard has come to an end. Today, all of their board members have been re-elected for another term signifying that indeed, none of Starboard’s nominations were welcome additions to the AOL team. Business Insider published a formal statement from the company: “On behalf of AOL’s Board and management …

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Study Reveals Brand Preferences by Political Party: Are you a BMW or a Jeep?

Buyology Inc.’s new study takes a look at subconscious brand attachments and reveals some interesting contrasts between Democrats and Republicans. What they found is that sometimes the values of your political party give rise to certain brand preferences. Not surprising, of the over 200 brands included in the study, the two parties mostly disagree about which are the best, but …

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Amazon Web Services Lowers Premium Tier Prices and Expands Free Support

Today, Amazon Web Services announced free support for all customers and a price drop on premium service packages. They are also introducing a number of new features that will help their clients increase performance, close security gaps, keep them better informed, and save them money. Their support engineers are available 24 hours a day, and offer assistance with an unlimited …

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Microsoft May Acquire Yammer Social Network

Microsoft is in talks with business social networking site, Yammer to discuss an acquisition. Yammer provides enterprise and business customers with all the tools they need to collaborate online. The acquisition would allow Microsoft to compete with other providers like Oracle and Salesforce.com. The deal would cost Microsoft about $1 billion. Yammer was founded in 2008 by ex-PayPal COO, David …

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