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Google Could be Paying Apple up to $3 Billion to Remain Safari’s Default Search Engine by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 02:33

There may be no two companies as competitive as Google and Apple – though reports show they share a unique relationship.

The post Google Could be Paying Apple up to $3 Billion to Remain Safari’s Default Search Engine by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Google might take on Amazon with its own version of the Echo Dot

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:33

Google might be gearing up to launch a new "mini" version of its Google Home.

The company is working on a new, smaller version of its Google Home speaker that will launch later this year, alongside two new Pixel phones and a new Pixel-branded Chromebook, Android Police reports

SEE ALSO: Google Home will now work with free Spotify accounts

The smaller device will reportedly be cheaper than the $129 full-sized Google Home. Though the report didn't specify details about the new speaker, it seems that it would likely to be comparable to Amazon's popular Echo Dot, which allows you to convert your existing speakers into Alexa-enabled devices.  Read more...

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Bing’s Dynamic Search Ads Now Available to All US Advertisers by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:00

Bing’s Dynamic Search Ads, which have been in testing since last year, are now available to all US advertisers.

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Bing’s Dynamic Search Ads Now Available to All US Advertisers by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:00

Bing’s Dynamic Search Ads, which have been in testing since last year, are now available to all US advertisers.

The post Bing’s Dynamic Search Ads Now Available to All US Advertisers by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Facebook could lose younger teens for the first time ever

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 00:41

Bad news for Facebook: American teens aren't interested anymore. 

A new report from eMarketer released Monday predicted Facebook usage by 12-to-17-year-olds will decline this year — the first time it’s estimated a drop in Facebook usage for any age group, ever.

The report also says audiences under 25 are using Facebook less. Meanwhile, they are flocking to Instagram and Snapchat more. 

SEE ALSO: Facebook's AR glasses take center stage in newly published patent

“Outside of the Facebook-cutters, teens and tweens remaining on Facebook seem to be less engaged – logging in less frequently and spending less time on the platform. At the same time, we now have Facebook-nevers, many children aging into the tween demographic that appear to be overlooking Facebook altogether, yet still engaging with Facebook-owned Instagram," eMarketer forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco said in a statement.  Read more...

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The girl losing her mind over the eclipse is the new double rainbow

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 00:21

Everyone reacted differently to Monday's total solar eclipse— some people cheered, some clapped, and some (including one Chicago meteorologist) wept. 

However, this Salem, Oregon girl's utter shock at the celestial phenomenon takes the cake:

SEE ALSO: New Google doodle explains the science of a total solar eclipse, adorably

"What's happening!!!" Listen to this little girl my camera caught losing her mind during #SolarEclipse2017 — plus some backstory..pic.twitter.com/7uNe9MOWQP

— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) August 21, 2017

As the sky starts to get dark, you can hear the girl start to scream, and question how the once in a lifetime event is even possible. Which, same, honestly.  Read more...

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Google Has Plans to Boost Subscriptions for News Publishers by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:42

Google has a three-tier plan to boost paid subscriptions for news publishers.

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Google Has Plans to Boost Subscriptions for News Publishers by @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:42

Google has a three-tier plan to boost paid subscriptions for news publishers.

The post Google Has Plans to Boost Subscriptions for News Publishers by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

WhatsApp adds colorful text-only updates to Status

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:06

WhatsApp's Snapchat Stories clone is getting a new text-only feature.

Now, instead of just photos and videos, you can update your WhatsApp Status with colorful, meme-like text posts.

SEE ALSO: Facebook's dumbest feature is coming to desktop now, too

The feature, which is rolling out now, is a lot like Facebook's colorful status updates: write a snippet of text, pick a background color, and customize the font. You can also link out to other websites from within a text post.

Image: whatsapp

This feature is specifically for the Snapchat Stories-like version of Status, and is different from the old-school text-only statuses the app re-introduced earlier this year. Those text-only updates still only allow you to share simple messages like "busy" or "available." Read more...

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The iPhone 8 could recognize your face in 'millionths of a second'

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:49

The iPhone 8 is expected to launch in September and will likely be packed with a bunch of new hardware including facial recognition technology.

Now, a new report from the Korean Herald claims that the facial recognition technology used in the device will only take "millionths of a second" to scan a person's face.

SEE ALSO: The one iPhone 8 leak to rule them all

"The new facial recognition scanner with 3D sensors can deeply sense a user’s face in the millionths of a second," says the Korean Herald report, citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter. 

"Also, 3D sensors [will] be adopted for the front and rear of the device to realize AR applications, which integrate 3D virtual images with user’s environment in real time," it adds. Read more...

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This is what the solar eclipse looked like from space

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:19

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To pee or not to pee: The great bathroom debate in esports right now

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:09

Within the past week, two League of Legends matches have been interrupted by bathroom breaks, and fans are torn about whether this should be allowed.

Redditor Sticky_Chicken pointed out the recent pauses in League of Legends matches, alleging that players are abusing the ability to pause the game for "bathroom breaks," giving them time to collect themselves and potentially disrupt opponents' momentum. 

SEE ALSO: 'League of Legends' pro blames bad performance on ... something sexual

In one day, the post incited over 1,500 comments. Some fans say players should be able to take bathroom breaks when they need to. Others say it messes with the flow of a match, and that pauses should only be reserved for serious problems like game bugs or technical issues. Read more...

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CNN bets Snapchat kids won't be bored by hard news

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:00

Snapchat's news section Discover frequently features Kim Kardashian photos, dog photos, Kourtney Kardashian photos, iPhone photos, and sometimes even photos of only kind-of-Kardashians — like Kylie Jenner.

CNN is hoping that hard news can break through all that click-y content. On Monday, the news outlet released its new Snapchat show The Update. The show will feature a daily news show every night at 6 p.m. ET as well as breaking news segments throughout the day exclusively on the app. 

SEE ALSO: Snapchat's newest feature is a game changer for concerts

CNN's move is an overhaul of the company's previous work on Snapchat and aligns with Snap Inc.'s big bet in TV-like content. Just last month, NBC News launched Stay Tuned, its twice-daily news show for Snapchat.  Read more...

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The most epic images from the 2017 total solar eclipse

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:53

Epic photos from the Great American Eclipse are pouring in as people from all over the U.S. witnessed the rare event. Here are some of our favorites. Read more...

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A 55 and over Facebook group where friends are made

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:42

It’s not easy getting older: Joint pain, bad knees, trouble hearing — the kinds of problems that get more challenging when there’s no one in your life to help you out. Whether your family lives far away or you’ve made the choice to not have children, not everybody out there has access to a typical support system. One woman is hoping to change that.    

Carol Marak, writer and editor for a website called SeniorCare.com, has built a community for childless or “unbefriended” adults to chat, share stories, and eventually become friends. And it’s all happening on Facebook.    

The group is called Elder Orphans and is comprised of more than 6,000 men and women who are without a close family. While the rules to join are strict (“If you are a member and married, please bow out”) the group is meant to bring those together who have no one else to rely on. The need for the group came from Marak’s own experience caring for her parents and the notion that she might not have anyone to care for her if she were to get sick.  Read more...

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Why does 'The Defenders' feel so perfunctory?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:33

As of this weekend, TV's answer to The Avengers is officially live: The Defenders hit Netflix with eight episodes, finally fulfilling the promise made by the Marvel deal back in 2013. 

And the show's jam-packed with developments we've been waiting for. Iron Fist and Luke Cage, together at last! Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, meeting for the very first time! The Hand storyline developed in Daredevil and Iron Fist comes to fruition, and even the literal plot hole of Daredevil Season 2 gets filled up. 

So why does it all feel so perfunctory? 

The Defenders is fine. Just fine.

It is really cool seeing the whole gang together, though.

Image: Netflix Read more...

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This weatherman's reaction to the solar eclipse is adorable

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:32

Monday's total solar eclipse was akin to a meteorologist's Super Bowl — a fact that was certainly not lost on one Chicago weatherman.

SEE ALSO: The 2017 solar eclipse is finally here

Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for WGN-TV, travelled to Carbondale, Ill. to view the solar eclipse in its path of totality, (his first solar eclipse, btw) and his reaction was truly precious.

Behold:

TEARS OF JOY: Tom Skilling got a little emotional during his cover of the eclipse. We feel you, Tom@Skilling #SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/T18DvLw1SG

— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) August 21, 2017

"I'll get my act together guys," a choked up Skilling told viewers through tears. Read more...

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America's traffic sucked today because of that total solar eclipse thing

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:25

Well, everyone, it happened. The 2017 solar eclipse has come and gone, and it was truly a sight to behold. 

Those lucky enough to be in the path of totality witnessed a few short minutes of complete darkness in the middle of the day — something that hasn't happened since 1979 and won't happen again for another seven years.

SEE ALSO: The 2017 solar eclipse is finally here

Leading up to the big event, some set up camp in streets and lots along the eclipse's path to see the phenomenon in its full glory. And, according to Google Maps, these setups, along with everyone who stopped their cars to sneak a peek, caused A TON of traffic from people trying to get out. Read more...

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Lucky travelers got to view the total eclipse from an airplane

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:15

While millions of Americans were busy staking out prime eclipse-watching spots on the ground, a few lucky travelers were getting ready to view it from the air. 

Whether the routes were planned out in advance or simply happened to cross the path of totality, those who were able to witness the rare phenomenon through the windows of an aircraft are sharing captivating photos and video on social media.

SEE ALSO: 20 questions you're too embarrassed to ask about the solar eclipse

A NASA live feed was able to capture footage from a plane as totality hit over the Pacific Ocean, and Alaska Airlines even planned a special charter flight so dedicated eclipse chasers could witness totality from over 35,000 feet.  Read more...

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The 10 lessons 'Game of Thrones' just taught us about how White Walkers work

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:09

White Walkers, wights, and the blue-eyed beasts who bear them — we probably learned more about these mysterious undead creatures in Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones than the rest of the series combined.

We've been piecing together the details of Westeros' greatest threat since the very first shot of the very first episode — and "Beyond the Wall" confirmed a lot of it while giving us plenty of new information, too. There are some zombie rules, some vampire rules and some rules that are completely unique to Game of Thrones.

There are a lot of rules, period.

SEE ALSO: A guide to coping with the latest death on 'Game of Thrones' Read more...

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