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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

What Happens on the Internet in Just 1 Minute?

If you haven't read the Independent's article on what happens online each minute, then you have missed an extremely interesting article and infographic. You can find the infographic from QMEE below, which outlines key statistics for popular online activities based on data collected during 2013.

Monday, 29 July 2013

New smartphone contract options in the U.S.

New policies have been instated in the U.S. which make it easier for smartphone customers to upgrade their devices more frequently. The standard contract option for Apple, T Mobile, and Verizon smartphones is 2 years, but now customers have the option to commit to a device for just 6 months. This is good news to the product makers themselves, as smartphone prices have steadily declined over the past few years. Average prices are expected to drop to $285 this year from 2012’s average price of $300.

With equipment constantly changing and evolving today, people who depend deeply on their smartphones could really benefit from always having the latest technology. With this new plan you can choose for your phone contract to last either 24, 12, or 6 months, so it’s up to you to choose how long you want to commit to one device. 

Friday, 26 July 2013

Ads on Instagram not ruled out

Facebook, who bought Instagram back in April 2012, released a statement Wednesday saying that there are no immediate plans to include ads in the popular photo-sharing app. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said their focus for now is to increase Instagram's user footprint, then went on to say “We expect that over time we will generate a lot of profit from it, and that will probably be through advertising". 

Facebook makes most of its money from advertising, but monetizing their presence on smartphones and tablets has given them particular success. Zuckerberg said on Wednesday they will soon create more revenue through mobile services than desktop services.
Although Facebook is not running ads on Instagram just yet, businesses are still utilizing this tool to promote their products. Take General Electric for example. GE has posted many filtered pictures of their machinery to their Instagram account, which has nearly 140,000 followers. 

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The Guardian's two version: Royal or Republican?

If the first rule for any editorial product is to think about what your readers want, we can easily say that the popular British newspaper The Guardian has completely reached this goal.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The First Royal Baby of the Social Media Age is Born

After it was officially announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had welcomed a son into the world, it was impossible to escape the news on social media sites. News often travels quickly on the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but this happened even more rapidly as the royal family announced the arrival of the prince via their own social profiles.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Celebrities take to social media to share royal baby excitement

Stars' twitter accounts have been abuzz with news of the impending arrival of the royal baby (Buckingham Palace confirmed that The Duchess is in her early stages of labour around 6 am this morning). "#RoyalBaby" began trending on twitter almost immediately following the Palace's announcement. Multiple national public figures have gone to Twitter to share the good news.

Broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted "Keep Calm...and Carry On. #Kate #Labour", then a few minutes later added "Death of Australian cricket, birth of royal baby. #HistoricTimes". Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott joked, "Great to hear the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour. Is she an affiliated member?". Football Focus host Dan Walker joked around as well, tweeting "Some names just don't sound right for a #RoyalBaby do they? 'I give you...Queen Tracey' or 'King Dave'." Much more Twitter and social media activity to follow as we all await the birth of the royal baby.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Apple acquires local mapping startup Locationary

Apple has just recently bought the company Locationary, a startup that organizes data on local businesses based in Toronto, for an unknown amount of money. Reports say that acquiring Locationary included all of its team and technology. This move seems to be part of Apple's attempt to work towards better improved mapping apps for iPhone and iPad. Recently Apple has bought several other mapping-related businesses including Poly9 and Placebase.

This might be due to the criticism of Apple's own default mapping app, which launched with iOS 6 in September. Many users have been vocal about preferring the popular Google Maps app to Apple's pre-downloaded mapping app. Apple's CEO has publicly apologized for the iOS 6 mapping device, and the disappointment in the app is reportedly why Apple let go of previous head of iOS, Scott Forstall. Apple has had nine business acquisitions between October and May, compared to about six acquisitions in the years prior. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

How the Catholic Church has been changed by social media influence.

The power and influence of social media is no longer a surprise. Only some months ago we were reflecting about how political communication could be changed through social networks. Today we can even discuss the influence of social media on one of the largest religious institutions, the Catholic Church.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Facebook adds authenticity verification feature

Facebook has just recently launched a new feature to their site to prevent phony profiles and pages. This verification feature will provide authentic pages and profiles with a small blue check mark next to their name, almost identical to Twitter’s verified account symbol. The verification symbol will appear on the profiles and pages themselves as well as in search results. Facebook says that these new verified pages are being given to “just a small group of prominent public figures (celebrities, journalists, government officials, popular brands and businesses) with large audiences.” Facebook also stated that there is no way to request this badge of verification- the social media site will come to you with the addition to your page if they deem it necessary in proving your authenticity. This new addition will help Facebook identify whether or not reports and information they’re gathering from a given page is authentic and valid. 

Friday, 12 July 2013

Duke of York becomes first senior member of the Royal family to tweet

Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, is now the first Royal to join Twitter. With the Twitter handle '@TheDukeOfYork', Prince Andrew will be signing the tweets he writes himself 'AY'. Prince Andrew's first tweet was simply, “Welcome to my Twitter account”. Followed were pictures of the Prince with students at a Black Country college. The only other Royal to tweet so far has been Her Majesty herself. The Queen has been known to favour modern technology. In 1997 she launched the roayl.gov.uk website, then in 2006 she issued the Christmas Queen's speech as a podcast. She even started a popular YouTube channel in 2007 that has over 125,000 subscribers.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Doug Engelbart has died aged 88 on 4th of July.

Born on 30th January 1925 in Portland, Oregon, Engelbart was best known for inventing the computer mouse in the 1960s.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Facebook 'Graph Search'

Today Facebook launches its search engine's newest upgrade. This upgrade called 'Graph Search' was annouched in January 2013. With this search tool Facebook users can ask specific questions to their search bars, such as which of their Facebook friends live in a specific area or went to a certain university. The search engine is also paired with Microsoft's Bing, so the search can offer web results if nothing comes up in your Facebook graph. All users with the English language setting should start seeing this upgrade in effect today.


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Why We Unfriend People on Facebook

It's probable that we've all been irritated by the actions of our Facebook friends or perhaps the fact that they are even our virtual friends in the first place. Unfriending is commonplace on Facebook and a recent survey by PromotionalCodes.org.uk revealed the top 10 reasons why users remove someone from their friend list, with some expected and unexpected results. 

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Nude art on Pinterest.

At the end of May Pinterest announced that their service was now open to nude art images. One month later we can already see that several nude boards and images have been liked, pinned and re-pinned.

Monday, 1 July 2013

New feature on Instagram app

Instagram, the 3rd most popular free mobile app avaliable for download, has just updated its software to include a new video feature. Instagram was aquired by Facebook in 2012. With its new video sharing feature, Instagram competes even more with its competitor the Twitter-owned app Vine (Vine was immediately snubbed the "Instagram for video" when it was first released in June 2012). The biggest difference between the 2 programs with be that Instagram video will allow for up to 15 seconds of video, while Vine only allows a maximum of 6 seconds. Instagram video will offer the same filters for videos as it does for pictures, so users will be able to edit their footage with different effects. 

Will Instagram take over as the most popular video sharing app? Time will tell!