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Is Snapchat The Right Social Media Marketing Platform For Your Brand?

Snap Inc., Snapchat’s parent company, had the largest IPO since 2014, with a market evaluation of $24 billion. That being said, investors aren’t the only ones keeping a close eye on the platform—marketers are, too.<p>With over 158 million daily users, an average of 2.5 billion snaps sent per day, and …

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How Tinder Is Changing The Urban Bar Scene

<i>Oklahoma City, OK–</i>The way men and women meet nowadays is totally different than before. It used to be that if a guy saw an attractive woman, he’d approach her–unaware of whether she was even single, much less interested–and then brace himself for a humiliating rejection. Now both parties just use …

We all love to and the French are : what we learned about emojis at SXSW

We might not have realised it, but emojis have given us a powerful shorthand emotional vocabulary – even if most of us are cry-laughing 20% of the time<p>Linguists, and perhaps everyone else, started taking emojis a bit more seriously after Oxford Dictionaries made the “tears of joy” emoji its word of …

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Airbnb's logo found in decades-old trademark book

Airbnb switched to its ‘Bélo’ logo roughly a year ago, and the curvy triangle certainly looked familiar to some. While many charged that it evoked a certain part of the female anatomy, at the time we noted that it had a very similar appearance to the logo for Automation Anywhere.<p>But actually, the …

Pager Turns Your Facebook Pages Into Full-Fledged Websites

Meet Pager, a neat little hack developed during our 24-hour Disrupt NY Hackathon by a team of three engineers. It’s the perfect idea for small business owners who want to turn their Facebook page into a more traditional website.<p>The team has already worked for restaurant owners, doing freelance work …

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The Secret About Rich Founders And Ferraris

By now, the outrage machine is in full bore over the shutdown of Valley darling Secret. The once high-flying app, which allowed you to anonymously share details with your friends and the wider world, eventually sputtered in its growth, leading its founders to shut it down yesterday.<p>Startups fail …

7 great uses for an old phone or tablet

Upgrading to a new smartphone or tablet always feels like Christmas morning, but it also leaves you with an old gadget that’s taking up space. Usually, nothing is wrong with it. You just don't need it anymore.<p>Or do you? Before you decide to sell it or give it away, there are some very cool things …

Michael Fertik: online reputation is becoming more valuable than money or power

The author of The Reputation Economy believes online reputation is now so important that we risk becoming persona non grata if we ignore it. Here he explains how to transform yourself into search-engine gold<p>My Google search for “Michael Fertik” returns a page of uncommon order and serenity, like …

10 Easy Ways To Free Up A Lot Of Space On Your iPhone

Your iPhone is full of junk you don't need. And a recent class action lawsuit against Apple has brought to light that even if you buy a 16 GB iPhone, you can't actually use all 16 GB of storage.<p>So let's try to make the most of what you have. We have identified 10 simple ways you can manage and …

Here’s how a real teenager uses, and doesn’t use, social media

There’s a whole category of social-science fallacy that revolves around extrapolating from one or two cases, so we should be careful not to read too …

How to root Galaxy Alpha LTE (SM-G850F) on stock Android firmware with CF-Auto-Root

You can now root the international European variant of Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850F), powered with Exynos octa-core processor, using Chainfire's …

This Is the Simplest Company Logo Generator You'll Ever Use

If you’re somewhat lacking in design skills but really need a logo and a name to get your business up and running, there are a few tools out there that can help you. Last week, we brought you a surprisingly useful business name generator and this time around we’re looking at Withoomph’s logo …

How to Get Your First 1,000 Followers on Every Social Network

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>You’re taking the dive into a new social network, or you’re itching to grow your existing profile. You’ve got a social media strategy in place and a plan in mind. You’re raring to go.<p>Do you like good gadgets?Those sweet cool gadgets?Oh, yeah<p>What …

Review: Kenu Stance is a must-have miniature iPhone tripod

The Stance compact tripod, Kenu’s latest accessory for iPhone, is one of my favorite gadgets I’ve tried out lately. It’s a tiny, pocketable stand for holding up your iPhone during video recording, FaceTime calling, and more. The Kenu Stance attaches to your iPhone or iPod touch by connecting to the …

Here’s How To De-Register iMessage If You’ve Switched Platforms With Apple’s New Tool

Apple has added a new tool to its website for removing phone numbers from iMessage registration, even if you no longer have the iPhone in question and can’t toggle iMessage off in settings. The website lets you simply enter a phone number, where Apple will send you a code via text message, which …

Why Google’s Inbox is my new favorite email app

Email is a real pain in the neck, but Google’s upcoming email application, Inbox, could dramatically cut the time wasted on the task. VentureBeat got an early hands-on with the application, and Inbox instantly became my favorite new email application, despite a few glitches and missing features …

A Day in the Life of a Social Media Manager

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>You spend part—maybe all—of your day on social media, hopping from network to network, checking analytics, planning ahead, and performing the sundry tasks of a social media manager.<p>Would it help to know that you’re not alone with keeping such a …

How to Craft a Compelling Storyline for Your Company

As mentioned in the beginning, the key to a consistent story about your business is that your entire team buys-in on what you’ve defined as your brand.<p>From the beginning, it’s important for the entire team to be involved in the process of creating your brand as well as providing their input on …

This Wi-Fi Router Provides the Fastest Connection

After spending a total of 200 hours researching and testing over 20 Wi-Fi routers, plus analyzing reader comments and feedback, the $100 TP-Link …

Millions of historic images posted to Flickr

<b>An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historical copyright-free images.</b><p>Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.<p>The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 …

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Food sanctions hit Russian shoppers' pockets

<b>Russia's embargo on imported Western food is hitting its own people, as food prices in Moscow shops have jumped by up to 6% in just a week.</b><p>Moscow officials say frozen fish prices in the capital's major supermarkets have risen by 6%, milk by 5.3% and an average cheese costs 4.4% more than it did …

Beginner's guide to Plex

Plex is one of those services that has been around for some time but many of us might have passed over for some reason, be it a lack of understanding …

3 Steps to Forming Partnerships with Influencers on Tumblr

As an important part of your Tumblr marketing, an influencer partnership should benefit both the influencer and your company in order to be a successful campaign and ideally, a long-term relationship.<p>Once you’ve identified an influential Tumblr blog you’d like to partner with, create a quick …

Change This iPhone Setting To Stop Closed Apps From Tracking Your Location

Foursquare users who play hooky from work to go see a movie may not “check in” for fear of colleagues seeing their whereabouts, but the app still knows they’re there. Last week, the Wall Street Journal confirmed an earlier report that Foursquare “tracks your every movement, even when the app is …

Four Reasons To Switch From Android To iPhone

<b>Update: Oct. 17, 2014:</b> See this post on “Why I left Samsung’s Galaxy Note/Android for iPhone 6+”. The next generation of products is out, but the comparison is much the same.<p>After four years with an Android phone, I switched back to iPhone this month. I liked my Android phone, but the smartphone …

Tocomail Makes Email Child's Play

Available for iPhone, iPad and the Web, Tocomail officially unveils its child-focused email client today. And we think you’ll like it – well, your kids might.<p>While email may not traditionally be associated with something that younger kids do, Tocomail reimagines the medium very much with children …

10 days with Facebook Paper. I'm Still Using it, Are You?

When Facebook launched Paper for the iPhone last week, I was skeptical. The company’s social network is a huge, lumbering machine with a vast array of moving parts; to create such a simple redesign, surely Facebook had to compromise and leave out some of its core features?<p>To test this theory, I’ve …