Groupon Gives Itself A Newly Designed Website & Mobile App For Its 5th Birthday

Groupon Logo Groupon is celebrating its five year anniversary today with the launch of a new website and mobile app. According to the announcement, both the site and app have been redesigned to include more search, browsing, merchandising and location features. "The website is now much faster and has a sophisticated new look and feel," claims Groupon. Of course, for users to see the new site, they still have to enter an email address first. Among the new updates to the site, Groupon lists "robust" search filters, cross-channel search results, a search bar displayed at the top of every page with an a [...]

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart Has The Scoop On Google’s Mystery Barge: It’s A Trap!

What's in that giant mystery barge that's owned by Google in San Francisco Bay. There's speculation it might be a floating data center or a shop for Google Glass. But the Daily Show's Jon Stewart finds it's an opportunity to poke fun at Google+, as well as Google's ambitious plans to bring wifi to the world and cure death. More ominously, floating barges mean Google has us surrounded by land, sea and air. Here's the full video, if you want to watch it first without the spoilers below: Stewart starts off with a recap that no one knows what this Google project is about, sort of like G [...]

Google’s Glass Accessory Store Is Coming Online (Wow. Stuff’s Expensive!)

google-glass-icon-300px Google is bringing an official accessory store for Google Glass online this evening, based on reports first shared in a private Google forum for Glass Explorers. The store appears to be part of the "My Glass" control panel area that all Explorers use to manage their device and its apps. It's also reachable via the Google Glass Help website, which has a new section called "Accessories" that links to sections labeled Charger, Earbuds, Shades and shields, Swapping frames and Pouch. The Shades and Shields support material says that Google has "partnered with Maui Jim and Zeal Optics to inclu [...]

But Do You Love Me? Study Measures Consumer Emotional Attachment To Rank Top 100 Brands

heart-icon Research firm APCO Insight's study ranking the Top 100 Most Loved Companies discovered people are emotionally attached to tech companies, but Mickey Mouse steals everyone's heart, with The Walt Disney Company winning the No. 1 spot. Using its proprietary Emotional Linking model, APCO evaluated more than 600 of the world's largest corporate brands, surveying 70,000 consumers in 15 markets worldwide. The study measured consumer attachment to brands based on the following eight emotions: understanding, approachability, relevance, admiration, curiosity, identification, empowerment and pride. [...]

Google Glass Software Update XE10 Adds Transit Directions, Not Much Else

google-my-glass-icon Google's monthly software updates for Google Glass have become something of an event for the 10,000 or so Explorers that own Glass. The latest update, known as XE10, is out today and pales in comparison to past updates, at least in terms of how many features are added or updated. The main feature is the addition of Transit directions to Glass' navigation options, joining the existing options for driving, walking and bicycling. Like the other navigation options, Transit is only available to Glass owners that connect to Android phones. The only other two updates are the addition of cl [...]

Photo Recap: Google Glass Road Show Event In Durham, NC

glass-durham-event-featured [caption id="attachment_60872" align="alignright" width="227"] Basics of using Glass.[/caption] On Saturday, October 5, 2013, Google held its first ever Glass "road show" event in Bay 7 of the historic American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC. Google chose Durham as the first stop on this nationwide Glass tour because "it's a tech hub, and Google has a reputation of investing here in North Carolina... Google has a data center in Lenoir, and there are also about 30 people working in a design office in Chapel Hill," as Lead Glass Guide Devin Buell told me on Saturday. I've known Devin for a [...]

Survey: Millennials More Likely To Rank Tech Brands, But Google Still At Top Of Everyone’s List

Branding On the heels of Interbrand's 2013 Best Global Brands survey, research firm Vision Critical's BERA Group has released a list of the top 25 brands ranked by Millennials, along with a separate list of the top 25 brands voted by the general market. According to the survey results, only eight brands made both the Millennials and general market lists. The survey polled 7,000 Millennials and 28,000 people from the general market to analyze each group's favorite brands based on product features, pricing, communications, distribution and service. While Google secured the No. 1 spot on each list, the [...]

Would The Real Siri Please Stand Up: Susan Bennett Identified As Woman Behind Iconic iPhone Voice

siri-icon-logo While Apple won't comment, a report has identified the voice behind iPhone's Siri as professional voiceover actor Susan Bennett. CNN reporter Jessica Ravitz said Bennett decided to come out of anonymity after The Verge released a video last month mistakenly claiming Siri's voice belonged to voiceover artist Allison Duffy. (Duffy responded to The Verge story on her website by saying she was "absolutely, and positively" not the voice of the iPhone voice application.) "I really had to weigh the importance of it for me personally," Bennett told Ravitz when explaining why she is final [...]

Google Is Hitting The Road To Drum Up Interest In Google Glass

google-glass-icon-300px Google is taking Google Glass on the road. The company has announced plans to visit cities around the U.S. and give locals a chance to not only learn about Google Glass, but also to give the device a hands-on try. ... we’re going to start bringing Glass to cities across the US so you can give it a spin. You’ll be able to try on Glass, ask questions and chat with the Glass team in person. The first event is happening next week -- October 5th -- in Durham, North Carolina. The RSVP page reveals that it's an all-day event, running from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Google promises that it' [...]

Who Are The 15 Percent Of Adults Who Don’t Use The Internet?

pipes According to new survey data from the Pew Research Center, 15 percent of US adults don't use the Internet or email. If there are roughly 250 million adults in the US, that would mean just under 38 million people are "non-Internet users." Pew's survey data reflect that most of the non-Internet users are over 50 with the largest group in the over 65 age category. They're also less educated and less affluent than the online population: Internet use remains strongly correlated with age, educational attainment, and household income. One of the strongest patterns in the data on internet use is b [...]

Google Glass Not Expected To Reach Europe For Years

google-my-glass-icon Google's slow rollout of Google Glass, not to mention one big technical challenge, means it'll be years before the device is available publicly in Europe. That's what two reports are saying after Google hosted a show-and-tell about Glass in Brussels on Monday. The company began a series of meetings with lawmakers and journalists, letting them see and use Glass for themselves. The Wall Street Journal describes Monday's event as being off-the-record, meaning journalists weren't allowed to directly quote Google officials. But that report begins by saying that Google Glass is years away fro [...]

Morning After iDay: iPhone 5C, Touch ID And iWork

iOS 7 There was no "iWatch." There was no Apple TV upgrade. There was no iPad or iPod refresh. However almost everything else about yesterday's iPhone event was predicted and endlessly discussed prior to the appearance of Tim Cook & Co. on stage yesterday morning in Cupertino -- even Touch ID, the new fingerprint biometric password substitute. Perhaps the one thing that wasn't correctly predicted was the pricing of the iPhone 5C. Wall Street Analysts and others had expected a much less expensive device for China and other emerging markets. They didn't really get it. The unlocked the 5C wil [...]

With XE9 Update, Google Glass Gets Remote Control, Google Apps Support & More

google-glass-240px Google Glass owners can now control the device remotely via their Android phone or tablet. That remote control capability is just one of several updates announced Monday as part of the latest software update for Glass. This monthly update is the XE9 update and here are a few of the new features: Remote Control With XE9, Glass can now be controlled via the Android phone or tablet that it's paired with. That's made possible by a recent update to the MyGlass Android app -- an app that includes a "screencast" tool that shows on the Android screen exactly what is showing on the Glass displ [...]

Report: Almost 90 Percent Concerned About Online Privacy & Trying To Avoid Advertisers

online privacy A new survey based report from the Pew Research Center has some interesting and eye-opening findings about online privacy. Among them, the survey finds that 86 percent of US internet users "have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints" using a variety of methods. Part of the survey dealt with online security and identity theft, which I won't go into here. Despite their efforts the majority of respondents (59 percent) now believe it's not possible to be completely anonymous online. And 68 percent said that the current legal framework is not sufficient to protect onli [...]

Facebook Fixes Its Google Glass App; Twitter’s App Still Not Working

facebook-glass-photo Facebook has fixed its Google Glass app, which once again lets Glass wearers share photos to their Facebook timeline with voice captions. Reports began to surface late last week that the Facebook app for Glass wasn't working. In Glass, it looked like everything was fine -- users could share photos to Facebook, add a voice caption, etc., but the shared photo never actually showed up on the user's profile. A Facebook spokesperson told us yesterday that a fix was in progress and, as my dog and I just confirmed today, it's working again. The Twitter app for Glass, though, is another s [...]

Latest Google Survey Asks About Public Reactions to Glass

google-glass-240px Google is sending out another survey to Glass Explorers this week. It's shorter than previous surveys I've been asked to complete, and asks questions in a few new topics. In fact, this one is brief enough that I can post screenshots of the whole survey. (Scroll below.) I was invited to take the survey yesterday afternoon. The previous surveys I received were much longer and offered some hints about Google's possible plans for Glass. I wrote about those earlier surveys here on MarketingLand: Google Surveys Glass Explorers With Questions Hinting At Public Sale New Google Glass User S [...]

New Version Of Yahoo iPhone Flickr App Includes Picture-Perfect Editing Tools For Free

flickr-dots-icon-200px Yahoo has released a new version of the iPhone Flickr App, adding new updates and removing fees for a selection of the professional editing tools. Now users will have access to features like photo enhancement, cropping, sharpening, and color adjustments for free. Noting the iPhone 5 as the most popular camera on Flickr, Yahoo claims the new Flickr App, "Takes full advantage of the depth of capabilities that Apple's iPhone camera has to offer and more." According to Yahoo, many of the new Flickr App features were made possible since the company's acquisition of camera apps KitCam and GhostBi [...]

Foursquare’s Crowley: No Plans For Google Glass App Until “Real People” Wearing Them

Foursquare logo Foursquare is out with a change to its app designed to automatically alert you to interesting things you're near. Sounds ideal for Google Glass, as well as phones. But until "real people" are wearing them, don't expect Foursquare to be coming to Google's smart eyewear, says founder Dennis Crowley. I'd asked Crowley about this on Twitter today, after seeing the news of the change to the Foursquare app: @dens @pkafka speaking of the future, you have a glass app out yet? this seems ideal for that, right there with Field Trip — Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) August 29, 2013 His response [...]

Twitter Updates The Way Conversations Are Displayed & Adds New Features To Mobile Apps

Twitter Bird Twitter announced today they have updated the way conversations are organized in a user's home timeline, as well as added new features to their Android and iPhone apps. From now on, up to three Tweets that are part of a conversation will be displayed chronologically. A user can tap a Tweet in the conversation thread to display all replies to that Tweet, including those from people the user doesn't follow. With the new updates, users can now share conversations over email as well. Android and iPhone users will be able to share individual Tweets over email, while Android users can share a [...]

Feedly Pro Goes Live To All RSS Users For $5 Per Month

feedly-pro-splash Feedly, the popular RSS reader, announced that their Pro version, which had a limited launch earlier this month is now available to all for $5 per month or $45 per year. With this announcement, one of the large Pro features, HTTPS support, is now part of the standard free version. Pro features have added search, one-click Evernote integration, one-click Pocket integration, and premium customer support. Feedly promised to continue to add more Pro features regularly. To sign up, go to Related Articles Feedly, Google Reader Alternative, Gets Pro/Paid Version The Big [...]

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