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Apple to offer its own iPhone trade-in program for the first time

Just off the wires, Apple appears to be ready to offer trade-ins on iPhones for the first time according to Bloomberg. Apple currently offers a free recycling program for older devices but this would seem to follow efforts by companies such as Gazelle, Amazon and others who offer big bucks for …

Who Are The Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers, 2013?

Who are the Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers for 2013?<p>You could answer that question by saying, of course, they are the people who most influence the biggest brands or have the best selling book or who have been around the business a long time.<p>But social media is a very democratizing form of …

LinkedIn Is Preferred By Executives

LinkedIn remains the top social media site for business executives (directors and above), according to a recent survey conducted by DHR International and Modern Survey. While LinkedIn holds on to this top billing, executives indicated that Twitter (27%) and Facebook (44%) were sites that they use …

This Simple App Could Put E-Books On Millions Of Phones In The Third World

It sounds counterintuitive, but in certain developing nations it’s easier to get hold of a cell phone than a good book.<p>More than one in three adults cannot read in sub-Saharan Africa, yet almost every home there has access to at least one mobile phone, according to USAID. Developing nations are …

The National Digital Public Library Is Launched!

The Digital Public Library of America, to be launched on April 18, is a project to make the holdings of America’s research libraries, archives, and …

Forget 3D Printers. The Early 3D Printing Action is All About the Services

For all the excitement about 3D printers, the number of US households that actually own one of these super-cool devices is less than the number iPads sold in the course of a day.<p>This doesn’t mean there won’t be a day when every household has a 3D printer; it’s just that that day is still a few …

Apps for Saps

Though the rumor mill is already buzzing about Apple’s iWatch and the upcoming release of Google Glass, these lustworthy gizmos are nothing without their apps. Let’s take a look at this year’s best releases:<p><b>LunchMeet</b><p>This new dating app organizes a list of potential mates based on who’s hungry and …

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Netflix's Win Over SEC Will Test Investors And Social Media

It’s easy to mock the Securities and Exchange Commission for its clueless attempt to create a disclosure-violation case out of a very mundane Facebook posting last year by Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings. This week, the SEC finally said, in effect, “Never mind” — evoking titters from beat …

What Your Instagram Filter Says About You

What’s your favorite Instagram filter? We all have one. Mine is X-Pro, and I almost never use anything else (except for no filter, which – according to Statigram – is my second most used “filter.”)<p>But what does this excessive use of one particular look say about me? Or – less importantly – about …

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Are you a social business? By this, I mean are you aligning your social strategy to business goals? In a new Altimeter Group Report, “The Evolution …

Eight Ways Brands Are Screwing Up Content Aggregation

What’s the biggest problem marketers say they face when it comes to content marketing? Producing original content is No. 1, followed closely by the …

Twitter iOS app updated with ability to install and launch apps from tweets, performance enhancements

Twitter has updated its iOS app today with new features that allow users to “discover, install and launch” apps from within tweets. The feature won’t support all apps at first, but Twitter explained in a blog post how developers could implement the feature using its newly unveiled “Twitter Cards” …