Australians Can Use New Technology to Shop

Australians Can Use New Technology to Shop

August 28, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Australian shoppers should be excited, because some new technology aims to make the shopping experience easier and better than ever. According to Mashable, some retailers and restaurants alike will soon be taking advantage of new programs that let consumers order what they want without even having to tell an employee. "One example includes a cafe window that turns into a touchscreen, so you can order your meal when the store is closed, or order your coffee before you walk inside. Using a digital PayPal wallet system, consumers can use the system to place their order without cash, and can also select a

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How Uber Has Been Sabotaging Lyft

How Uber Has Been Sabotaging Lyft

August 27, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

You might have heard the rumor that Uber workers have been sabotaging the competition - Lyft. The Verge went into more detail about how Uber tries to recruit both drivers and riders away from Lyft. When it comes to recruiting Lyft drivers, the Uber brand ambassadors use iPhones and credit cards given to them by Uber. They then hail rides from Lyft drivers and try to talk them into signing up as an Uber driver.  In addition, Uber contractors have been hailing rides from Lyft and then canceling in order to keep the drivers too busy to give actual rides. To read more

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Personal Shopper App Makes Shopping Easier Than Ever

Personal Shopper App Makes Shopping Easier Than Ever

August 26, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Looking for a useful app? Check out one that helps you shop! According to Quartz, PS Dept is basically a personal shopper on your phone. "The interface—which relies on personal messaging with built-in transactions—is wholly modern, but don’t be fooled. The PS stands for “personal shopper,” and it refers to a human being who shops and advocates for clients the old-fashioned way." It can send you pictures and text messages to make sure you get what you need.  Find out more about this app at Quartz. Image credit: Wikimedia   

Why Amazon Bought Twitch

Why Amazon Bought Twitch

August 26, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you're wondering why Amazon bought Twitch, Re/Code recently explained it. Basically, it comes down to a "video audience that’s deeply engaged, and a media company that’s making money in an unconventional way." More people watch video games than you might think. In fact, Twitch has about 55 million monthly users, and in 2013 alone, more than half of those people watched Twitch for about 20 hours per week. Have you used Twitch to watch video games? You can learn more about it at Re/Code.  Image credit: Wikipedia 

Expect New Algorithms to Change Your Twitter Feed

Expect New Algorithms to Change Your Twitter Feed

August 25, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you have noticed that your Twitter mobile app has been filled with tweets from people you don't know, you have Facebook to blame for that. According to The Daily Dot, Twitter is now trying out the same algorithm as Facebook and Tumblr to change your timeline. The problem is that most Twitter users want to create their own feeds with content that they deem relevant, not what someone else assumes they will like. And "This is why users choose whom to follow, selectively turn off retweets from some of the people they follow (because who likes being inundated with hundreds of

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Going Viral Takes Hard Work and Some Luck

Going Viral Takes Hard Work and Some Luck

August 25, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Trying to go viral with your content? As you have probably noticed by now, it's hard work and it's not all within your control. Wired recently published an article by a writer whose story finally went viral after several rejections. Her advice is: "The point being, don’t ever let rejections faze you. Rejections are wrong. You have to keep going. I just keep reminding myself of the formula for Internet success is: belief in yourself, someone in power giving you a chance, and audience participation." You can read more about her story at Wired. Image credit: Ron Mader

Your Posts to Secret Are Not Anonymous to Hackers

Your Posts to Secret Are Not Anonymous to Hackers

August 22, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you use the Secret app, you might want to know that your posts are not so secret after all. As Wired recently reported, hackers can look up your secrets simply using your email address. In fact, Secret has a program in place to find those hacks so they can fix them. And since "Secret instituted a bug bounty in February, the company has closed 42 security holes identified by 38 white hat hackers." That at least means Secret is trying its best to fix any issues with the program. You can learn more about the Secret bugs at Wired. Image credit: HMFarmForever

Mobile Sites Outperform Apps for Ecommerce

Mobile Sites Outperform Apps for Ecommerce

August 21, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

There's an app for everything these days. But according to Re/Code, maybe there shouldn't be. After all, people are more likely to buy from mobile websites than apps. More shoppers than ever before use mobile sites to buy things online, despite the prevalence of mobile apps. And the people who do buy using apps are likely mostly shopping on the Amazon application, leaving little hope for the many smaller apps that sell items. Are you surprised at these findings? Find out more at Re/Code.  Image credit: Oyvind Solstad 

Should You Self Publish on LinkedIn or Medium?

Should You Self Publish on LinkedIn or Medium?

August 20, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you're wondering whether you should self publish blogs on Medium or LinkedIn, a recent Medium post can fill you in. The author compares the two sites when it comes to celebrity affiliations (which LinkedIn wins), ease of use (which Medium wins), pretty posts (another vote for Medium), and reach (LinkedIn wins this one). To find out the overall winner and see more details about self-publishing on Medium and LinkedIn, check out the post on Medium. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons 

Is the Ice Bucket Challenge the Best Way to Help a Charity?

Is the Ice Bucket Challenge the Best Way to Help a Charity?

August 20, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Surely you've seen multiple videos of the ice bucket challenge for ALS, and maybe you've even done it yourself. But according to Vox, viral memes should not be pushing people to donate to a cause. The article reasons that "Sometimes our decisions about donating don't even seem to be driven by values or potential impact — but by celebrities and the entertainment value of the fundraising campaigns they endorse. Look no further than the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge." And though the challenge has worked well to raise money for the cause, there are other ways to decide which charity to give

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