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 [...]

Yahoo Gives Out Inactive Usernames Via “Wishlists” & Launches “WatchList” With A $1.99 Fee

yahoo-featured Yahoo users who completed a Wishlist for their "dream" Yahoo username/email last month should find out today if they received one of their top five choices. According to the announcement, even if a user didn't win one of the five usernames they submitted on their Wishlist, Yahoo's newly launched Watchlist will offer more opportunities to claim a Yahoo ID. Yahoo's Watchlist allows users to monitor up to five usernames for three years. The company says that if any of the usernames on a Watchlist become available, the user will have 14 days to claim it. Any users who completed a Wishlist will [...]

Report: 80 Percent On Broadband, 3 Percent Still Dialing Up

internet-speed-featured According to new data out this morning from the Pew Research Center, 70 percent of American adults have "broadband" at home. (Broadband speeds aren't defined in the report.) Three percent of US adults are still on dial-up. There are a great many so-called broadband connections that are pretty slow. But that's another discussion. As with all things tech, more educated and affluent users are better connected than those with less education and income. Interestingly, 10 percent of survey respondents have a smartphone but no broadband at home. According to the data: 46 percent of A [...]

Google Glass Won’t Cost $299 & Won’t Be Sold At Best Buy Next Year

glass-orange-featured With the final stretch of 2013 staring us straight in the eyes, there's been a lot of speculation lately about when Google will start selling Google Glass to the public, where it'll be sold and how much it'll cost. Google's Chris Dale, part of the Google Glass communications team, put at least some of the speculation to rest today on Twitter. He didn't reveal how much Glass will cost or how Google will sell it; but he did say where it won't be sold and what it won't cost. Google Glass not coming to Best Buy in 2014... oh, and it won't be $299 either. #factcheck — Chris Dale (@cadale) [...]

Market Cap Doesn’t Equal Box Office Earnings: “Jobs” Behind “Social Network” & “The Internship”

jobs movie Apple may be worth far more than Google or Facebook, but when it comes to movies about the companies, Jobs, based on the epic rise of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, is still way behind in box office earnings versus The Social Network about Facebook and The Internship comedy set at Google. Released last Friday, Jobs enters its second weekend in theaters with a long way to go if it hopes to catch up to recent movies featuring Google and Facebook. Starring Ashton Kutcher as the world renown entrepreneur, the movie earned a meager $6.7 million during its opening weekend, and ranked seventh, behi [...]

Google’s Field Trip App Now Available For Google Glass

field-trip-logo Google's Field Trip, a local discovery app that offers information about your surroundings, is now available for Google Glass. The app was introduced last year for Android devices and later came to the iPhone, too. Google's Timothy Jordan described the app today as "a guide to help you discover hidden gems and interesting information around you as you explore the world with Glass." Field Trip has data from more than 100 local publishers in categories like "Historic Places and Events," "Lifestyle," and "Food, Drinks and Fun." It haven't had a chance to try it yet (I'm guessing nothing [...]

Google’s New YouTube App For Android Makes It Possible To Watch Videos Back-To-Back

youtube-logo-200 Google is rolling out a new version of the YouTube App for Android today that includes a number of updated features. According to, it is, "The biggest redesign the app has seen yet." TechCrunch reports that the "highlight" of the new version is the ability to minimize the screen for a "picture-in-picture" effect. The app now moves videos to the bottom-right corner of the screen so that users can continue watching a video while they browse channels or perform searches, making it possible to watch videos back-to-back. No longer having to stop a video before finding a new vi [...]

Yahoo Releases A New ToolBar Designed For Quick Access To Weather, Email & Social Networks

Yahoo released a new toolbar today for Firefox, IE and Chrome users in the US. According to the announcement this is the first Yahoo toolbar designed for Chrome. With an updated look and feel, the new toolbar allows users to access search, bookmarks, email, local weather, news and social networks with one click. Users already taking advantage of Yahoo's toolbar only need to do an update. Anyone not currently using a Yahoo toolbar will need to download the new one and customize it by adding preferred feeds, sites and networks. [...]

Google Adds Location Sharing Features To Google Maps & Releases Google+ For Android Updates

Google+-iOS After retiring Latitude earlier this month, Google announced today that they have added location sharing features to the Google Maps app. Users can now share "pin-point" or "city-level" locations, and filter which of their connections can see a location by selecting Google+ circles. Along with the new Google Map location sharing updates, Google+ for Android has new features as well: With a few taps, users can now switch between Google+ accounts without having to sign out of one account before signing into another. Also, any Google+ pages managed by a user are available from the [...]

Google Glass Gets New Google Now Cards, Hashtag Support & Volume Control

google-my-glass-icon Google's latest software update for Google Glass is on the way, and it includes hashtag support, a few new voice commands, new video controls and a few new Google Now cards, too. This is what Glass owners will recognize as the XE8 update, and it's rolling out over the next couple days. Google Now Cards Google Now has been updated to show upcoming dinner reservations, hotel reservations and concerts (when you've received an email confirmation for these types of events). It also includes emergency alerts such as bad weather, and movie listings near you. That movie card has been rolli [...]

New Google Glass User Survey Suggests YouTube App Is Coming Soon

google-my-glass-icon The latest survey being sent to select Google Glass owners suggests that an official YouTube app may be coming soon. If so, it would join other official Google apps for Glass including Google+, Gmail and Google Now. I'm one of the Glass Explorers that's received this latest survey invite. It's somewhat similar to the survey that I completed a couple months ago, but this one asked for feedback about the group of Glass apps that Google has officially sanctioned and lists on each Glass owner's "MyGlass" website. Strangely, the survey asked me to grade a YouTube app even though that app does [...]

Twitter Releases New Login Verification, Photo Gallery & More For iOS & Android Apps

twitter-mobile-phones-featured Twitter announced today a number of updates for their iOS and Android apps, including a new login verification, search suggestions with a social context, and an updated photo gallery in search. The new login verification enrollment lets users approve login requests directly from their iOS or Android app. It is in addition to the SMS-based login verification that was released in May, and allows users to verify logins without relying on text messages. According to the announcement on Twitter's blog, the new login verification includes the following features: No phone number required: [...]

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