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LinkedIn Seeks More Usage by Members as It Rolls Out New Technology

Company refines news feed and launches improved messaging features<p>SAN FRANCISCO—LinkedIn Corp. rolled out new technology and products Thursday aimed at keeping members on its network longer, a move that could help generate more data and make it more valuable to Microsoft Corp.<p>LinkedIn, which agreed …

Emerging Technology

Instagram's drafts feature is finally open to everyone

Instagram is finally making drafts an official part of the app. The service, which first began testing drafts last month, is now making the feature …

The Future of Design According to 7 Web Visionaries

Over the last decade the very nature of the Internet has changed dramatically. It is hard to imagine a sphere of life that does not depend on it and …

How Mobile Technologies Are Innovating The On-Site Retail Experience

MIT research shows that over 80 percent of in-store shoppers first visit online<p>The increasingly mobile retail environment is changing consumer expectations about shopping experiences. At the same time, it is putting new tools in the hands of retailers to help them reach, engage, and ultimately …

Tech slams Homeland Security on social media screening

Internet giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter slammed the Obama administration on Monday for a proposal that would seek to weed out security threats by asking foreign visitors about their social media accounts.<p>The Department of Homeland Security for months has weighed whether to prompt …

Social Media

Instagram Now Lets Users Discover New Events-Themed Videos

Instagram’s envy of Snapchat didn’t end with Stories—now it’s adding an events-themed video section akin to the ephemeral messaging app’s event-based …

Design in the age of everything all the time

When you design for an always-on world, it’s no wonder you end up with always-on users.The post Design in the age of everything all the time appeared …

UX Design

Google's new video-chatting app is finally here, but the best feature doesn't work for iPhone users

Google released a video calling app Tuesday to compete with the likes of Apple's FaceTime.<p>The tech giant first announced the app, Google Duo, at Google IO in May. It's a simple, one-to-one messaging app that doesn't come with a lot of fanfare — you simply scroll through your contacts to see who has …

Google is building a new operating system

A page has surfaced on the code-sharing website GitHub about the new OS, called — for now, at least — Fuchsia.<p>It's not based on Android, the California-based technology company's mobile operating system used in billions of smartphones around the world, nor does it build upon the Linux kernel.<p>The …

Instagram could soon be rolling out a 'Save Draft' feature

If you're an avid Instagram user, you know it can sometimes take a few tries before you come up with the perfect post. But as it stands right now, if you back out of a screen in the app, you'll lose any image edits. Instagram is changing this by introducing a feature you may soon be using …

A Beginner's Guide to Content Marketing

Imagine as a brand, you have a story to tell, but you’re unsure how to get it out. Do you record a video? Do you write a blog post? Do you share on …

Marketing

Understanding the New Instagram Update and Why They Imitated Snapchat

Instagram just launched “Instagram Stories” to encourage people to share more moments throughout their day. For many people that use Instagram, it …

Social Media

Google is bringing AMP to mobile search

Google’s AMP webpages are making their way to mobile Search. The company is bringing AMP results directly to search on your smartphone or tablet to make stripped-down articles and webpages easier to find.<p>AMP is Google’s initiative to break the Web down into digestible chunks of easy-to-read …

Search

Instagram's anti-abuse comment filter is rolling out now

As detailed last week, Instagram is now letting some of its users ban certain words from appearing in comments on their posts. The photo-sharing social network has now introduced a new filter that users can manually customize by adding words of their choosing that they want excluded, potentially …

Celebrity Gossip

7 Glaring Signs You're Due For A Website Redesign

Your website can say a lot about your business. For your users, it's not merely a place of information and engagement but also a reflection of your …

UX Design

This impressive new app is like Prisma, but for video

You’ve probably heard of Prisma, the mindblowing photo-editing app that uses AI for its filters.<p>While they was the first to reach worldwide popularity, it has since become a crowded space for apps. With today’s launch of Artisto, it’s now possible to put an arty layer over your moving images as …

Apps

Facebook's new Page sections help small businesses actually make money

Having a Facebook page is virtually essential for modern businesses, and now they might be able to reap some new benefits from it too. Facebook is rolling out two new sections to promote both goods and services that merchants sell on the platform.<p>The Shop section lets businesses list products …

5 Social Media Marketing Trends for Summer 2016

The Summer of 2016 has been anything but slow in the world of social media. Instead, we've seen announcement after announcement from the big social …

Public Relations

LinkedIn moves into video, starting with Quora-style Q&A from Influencers

LinkedIn, the social platform for people to network and look for work that’s getting acquired by Microsoft for $26 billion, is taking the wraps off a new feature that it hopes will get more of its 433 million users moving — literally and figuratively — when it comes to engaging with the site: …

Obama Created a Color-Coded Cyber Threat 'Schema’ After the DNC Hack

The White House has announced yet another cyber initiative—this one will try to put hacks into a color-coded classification system.<p>George W. Bush's Homeland Security Advisory System—the color-coded terrorism "threat level" indicator that became a symbol of post-9/11 fear mongering—is getting its …

Google is making it far easier for emergency services to find you in a crisis

The Californian technology company has created a new feature for Android called Emergency Location Service.<p>When you call an emergency number — whether for police, or an ambulance, or the fire brigade — it uses data from your phone like GPS and WiFi to work out where you are, then sends that …

Instagram cloning Snapchat reveals a huge problem with the social network

For me, the last photo on the Facebook social network is from June 11. To be honest, I've posted photos since then, but I deleted them because they weren't getting enough likes.<p>Nothing's sadder than an Instagram post with fewer than 10 likes.<p>Instagram clearly thinks this is a problem, and that's …

You can now embed Periscope broadcasts anywhere on the web

Periscope wants to out-feature Facebook<p>Periscope broadcasts can now be embedded elsewhere on the web, including both ongoing live ones and already-recorded streams. The Twitter-owned service says starting today, all you need to do to use the feature is embed a tweet containing the Periscope stream …

Facebook's live videos can now be twice as long

Facebook is making more improvements to its live broadcasts.<p>The company's livestreaming platform, Facebook Live, will now support fullscreen …

How to Make True 360˚ Photos with Your Smartphone for Facebook

About a year ago, Google released the free Photo Sphere app (since renamed the Street View app), which allows you to easily take 360˚ Google Street …

Mobile Photography

CHART: People are spending way more time on 'Pokémon Go' than Facebook and Snapchat

"Pokémon Go" is the gaming phenomenon that has seen thousands of people gathering in parks at night in search of rare pokémon.<p>The game hasn't just been downloaded millions of times — it's also proving to retain users and keep them playing (although Business Insider's Rob Price recently explained …

What the mobile world does online every 10 seconds

In the time it has taken you to read this first sentence, a shit load has happened around the world via mobile devices. Let’s take a quick look…<p>Now, granted, this is a marketing infographic based loosely on various sources of recent stats. However… in the past 10 seconds:<p>– <b>48,000</b> tweets have been …

How to select the perfect image format

JPEGs, PNGs, and GIFs — oh my! Most web developers only learn which format to use through trial, error, and long experience. And almost nobody …

Web Development

Pokémon Go Overhyped As Augmented Reality

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve already heard all about Pokémon Go. The app has been in the headlines for days now, showing signs of …

Augmented Reality

Batteries - Maximizing Performance