24 Hours Away from Windows 8
The highly anticipated Windows 8 is less than 24 hours from release and experts and analyst are starting to weight in on what this means for Microsoft. This has already been named the most important release in technology this year. It’s the difference between Microsoft’s continued decline of market share and profits or a huge comeback story for the once leading tech giant. In a conversation I was having with an attorney yesterday, he asked me just what the new Windows is going to mean to him. This is a very difficult question to answer because I believe Windows 8 means something different to everyone. The user experience from desktop, to tablet, to mobile is one Apple has defined. Microsoft has taken a stab at a completely different interface than previous years. Along with a new interface, Windows 8 comes with better security, better gaming performance thanks to the new Intel i5 and SoC microchips built into the devices, along...
Zynga Decreases Staff
Things in Farmville have been difficult, in fact it’s looking a lot like Mafia Wars. Zynga, the developer of major social games like Farmville, Mafia Wars, Words with Friends and more have made the decision to decrease their staff starting with the close of their Boston studio. They are also considering the closure of their UK and Japan studios. A letter from the CEO was sent to the entire staff letting them know of the major decreases in staff as the company repositions itself for the future. Zynga, a huge partner of Facebook has seen financial troubles for the past few months including a 20% decrease in sales says Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerburg.
South by Southwest (SXSW) the major Austin-based tech/music/movie festival is expanding to the Sin City. The announcement came yesterday from SXSW saying there will be a new focus for SXSW Vegas on entrepreneurship. The Vegas conference has already...
This Week in the Tech Industry
This week will mark one of the largest weeks in technology history as almost every major technology company has a product, announcement, event or earnings report between today and October 29th. Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Google and others are planning major product announcements while companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Netflix have earning reports this week. Some of the big products being announced are Apple’s iPad Mini, Google’s Galaxy Note 2, Microsoft’s Windows 8, Surface and Windows 8 Phone, new Nexus phone from Google and LG, Nexus 7 Tablet, new tablet from Google and Samsung and more. If you are a technology junky than this is your kind of week.
Worst Customer Service, All Tech Companies
Normally I stick to the topics of innovation and technology but a recent study really caught my attention. Early this week, Lifehacker.com polled hundreds to find out the worst companies in...
Pinterest for Retail
A new study from over 7000+ online shoppers shows Pinterest at the top of their list for purchasing. In the new study, shoppers use Pinterest for ideas on what to purchase and in many cases purchase directly from the social site. What’s more surprising is that Pinterest outpaced Facebook and Twitter by almost double among shoppers making their purchasing decisions. If you are a consumer based company-selling goods and you are not considering Pinterest than you should start developing a plan.
Every time you see a ancestery.com commercial you consider joining to find out about Uncle Bob and his connections to the Russian mafia. Well those commercials could be changing a little as the major historical documentation site has sold to a European equity firm. The company said they plan to make technical changes to the site to boost performance and wanted to increase their user base....
Welcome Back MySpace
You are probably asking yourself if you read that right? Myspace? Our featured video today is the teaser for the new slick, beautiful Myspace. Myspace was once considered the mega social site that skyrocketed the social media phenomenon and gave a platform for sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN. The new Myspace is clean and very music centric which has always been its calling card. In 2010, Myspace had an increase traffic of over 30% and with the new profile creation could be on its way back to becoming a heavyweight in the social world. Insiders say Myspace has been working with exclusive content deals with major record labels and music servicing site Spotify.
Moms Lead Mobile Space
A new study shows that moms are leading the way in the mobile environment. The study shows that moms with children under 18 lead the way in texting (+15%), mobile web (+15%), social media (+19%), mobile banking (+10...
$56 Million Secures New COO for Yahoo
The Silicon Valley buzz just got a little hire when new CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer announced the hiring of Ex-Google Executive Henrique De Castro who was most recently the President of Partners Business Solutions at Google. His 600K base salary is pennies compared to the bonuses and stock options he received in his new position at Yahoo. This is just one more major move Mayer has made in her pursuit to make Yahoo the biggest comeback story since Apple.
Amazon Gears Up for Holidays
Amazon is preparing for the holidays with the hiring of over 50,000 new jobs. The Seattle-based company Amazon currently has over 20,000 employees throughout the United States at over 40 distribution centers. Amazon has already been recognized as one of the top retail companies to work for paying their employees 30% more than the average retail pay with an increase of nearly 9% each year. Amazon also has a...
Figuring Out Facebook Time
As monitor of your brand’s Facebook page have you ever wondered why a post you made two hours ago has only received 30 views on the timeline? Figuring out Facebook’s algorithm is better said than done. Here is a key strategy for you to try and get the most out of our Facebook brand page. Similar to Twitter, the lifespan of a status update is growing lesser by the day. Research shows the average lifespan on Facebook is just over two hours. For your brand page, post 5-7 times a day, every three hours. Engaging content will get more views. By reviewing what times your statuses are getting the most interaction will allow you determine what content you want to share during your “peek times.”
Xbox Music Scheduled for Launch
Microsoft announced today their plans to launch Xbox Music before the launch of the highly anticipated Windows 8. Representatives from Microsoft says they have plans to launch Xbox...
Firefox Security Makes Browser Disappear
Mozilla Firefox browser is facing a huge setback as its latest version Firefox 16 had serious security issues. Mozilla said in a press release “At this time we have no indication that this vulnerability is currently being exploited in the wild. Firefox 16 has been temporarily removed from the current installer page and users will automatically be upgraded to the new version as soon as it becomes available.” Mozilla has been facing serious growing problems with the rising success of Google Chrome and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
Tweeters Are Woman
A new survey that came out this week by the media company Beevolve suggests that woman is controlling the Twitter world. Many experts are not surprised by these findings since most of social media is dominated by woman but the new research that monitored over 38 Million tweets finds that woman have more followers and tweet more by about 15...
Google Search Update
Google has been spending the better part of the last few weeks making updates to its Search algorithm. Google has made at least four updates in two weeks with the latest coming yesterday that helps users find relevant content once they click through the website. The new algorithm allows Google to look at content above the fold on websites and use that to help in search results. Users are upset that the first few search results have a little content on the homepage above the fold and they have to continue to look for the information needed. This will really effect businesses with sites that have a very clean front page website with little information on it.
GM is Hiring Nerds
General Motors announced today that they are hiring over 10,000 jobs over the next three to five years all in Computer Science. General Motors is setting up “Technology Innovation” Centers to work on new leading technology to help...
Google Introduces Credit Card
Google is introducing a new way of paying for your Google AdWords campaign. Google is introducing a traditional credit card for Businesses with extra AdWord benefits. The new credit card will be available for businesses in the United States and Britain. The new card has a 11.9% APR, no annual fee, minimum monthly payments and 24/7 online support. The new card is in pilot but is expected to be available officially early next year.
Windows 8 Phone Pre-Order
Microsoft has announced the pre-order of the new Windows 8 phone on October 21st. The highly anticipated smartphone has been hyped for the past 6 months and many believe this could be the best Windows smartphone in the company’s tenure. As of 2nd Quarter 2012, Microsoft only owned 3.5% of the marketshare thanks to the extremely successful devices from Android/Google and Apple. Microsoft believes strongly in their mobile future and believes...