Facebook making changes, improving mobile profiles and design

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With the claim that Facebook profiles are accessed over four billion times daily, they have decided “the best place for people to curate their Online identities and connect with others” is directly through their profiles. That said, today, Sept. 30, Facebook announced that within the near future they will be unveiling some “new, mobile-friendly features for Facebook profiles.” This will give users options in showing the world just who they are and what they are made of. This will also allow them to control what is highlighted on their profiles.

Soon, users will be able to display 7-second videos as their profile “photo.” They can even choose to not do so, and instead, include a temporary photo that will revert back to the original photo once a time delay has run out. This will allow users to celebrate moments in their life, show support for a particular event and even show their emotions from the time being.

In addition to changes to the profile photo and similar to the implementation of the cover photo, there will be a new space at the top of each Facebook profile, which is able to be fully customized and located front-row-and-center of each and every profile page, next to the new location for your profile video (which is also being made larger in lew of this change).

Similar to LinkedIn and the original MySpace, there will be a “one-line bio field” that tell who you are in just one sentence. And, like the original Facebook, you will be able to once again showcase five photos at the top of the page, while including “About,” “Education” and “Career” fields.

Introducing people the right way, they are implementing the “show friendship option” directly on each profile by presenting highlights of mutual friendships and including photos and stories that will help new friends make the connection. This could get a little crazy if ever a girlfriend or boyfriend discover previous lovers through the mutual friend tool. So, you can choose to hide this option from your page.

While these updates are coming soon to a Facebook page near you, Facebook is starting to test these features with a select few iPhone users in the United Kingdom and California. This, along with live stream celebrity chats, the new dislike button, monetized publishing tools and more are on their way soon. It is advised that marketing firms, brands and public figures get ready to embrace these new features and be amongst the first to adopt the new technologies.

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See-through and dual sided swipe technology | Is this Apple’s big announcement?

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There are many speculations as to what Apple will release next. As a matter of fact, the Internet has been going into overdrive, as “Tech Gurus” try to prophesize Apple’s big announcement set for tomorrow, September 9th at 10:00 AM PST. That’s 1:00 PM for all East Coast enthusiasts. There have been many blog posts and articles released that almost resemble pre-game commentary during the NFL playoffs. The suspense builds, as Apple drops teasers along the web, and most importantly, a site specifically designed for the live Apple event, with the message:

“‘Hey Siri, give us a hint. Join us here on September 9 at
10 a.m. PDT to watch the keynote live.’”

…and the prompt to add this event to your iCal calendar. You can’t get any more genius than that! Or, can you?

Early this morning HandyScape launched a campaign for HandyCase™ technology on Kickstarter. Their goal is to further product design and enhancement of hardware, software, development, marketing and sales support. This technology is a guaranteed hit, as there are rumors flying around that Apple will make its way, as a late bloomer into the gaming realm of entertainment, surely adopting new technologies along the way. Multi-patented and designed specifically with Apple products in mind, Apple would be a fool not to adopt this technology.

If you remember the viral video of practical joke a man once played on an unsuspected victim, where he held his phone on the palm of his hand, showing a spider climbing across it, then you have got the idea. The only difference is, a real spider won’t manifest during usage.

A vision manifesting like a scene out of minority report, users will see their own hand while tapping and swiping screens from behind. Through generation input technology, the HandyCase™will merely be an extension of your current handset device. The case is Bluetooth (BLE) Smart and has a long battery life. This will be perfect for navigating the unknown. Utilizing your smartphone as a GPS system and with the actual road in front row and center, navigation will be even more effective than before! Can you even imagine the new “apping” capabilities?

With Forbes already cosigning HandScape, by recognizing them as one of many “Chinese Startups that That Splashed at CES,” and winning 2nd prize at the Startup 21 Competition in 2014, as well as 2014’s “Top 10 Most Favorite things by CES,” we can only imagine that this might just be part of Apple’s big announcement tomorrow. And if it isn’t, we can probably expect to see another huddle in the future!

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Look, Ma! No hands! | Robocast: Automating Social

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Slated for release to the public tomorrow, Sunday, April 19, 2015, Robocast.com Player has created a system that “auto-browses social media links, including Twitter and Instagram Feeds, Searches, Hashtags and more,” according to a press release by Robocast, Inc., late Friday evening. The new and improved player will be demonstrated to onlookers during an exhibition at Union Square Park at Earth Day NY 2015 and will lead audiences into a visual journey, stuffed with content from Global Earth Day, particularly focusing on the 25th anniversary of Earth Day NY.

As a patented multimedia playlist engine, users are able to sign into Robocast.com with social media logins and literally “play” their timelines, based on search and hashtag results. Each search query will automatically generate an interactive show experience built from status updates, tweets and shared content on that particular subject. Instead of scrolling, the presentation will carry users through each post, utilizing the ability to be paused, resumed and viewed at multiple speeds.

Surviving the “early days of the web,” Robocast, Inc. prides itself on “pioneering automated web browsing and continuing to create new, more efficient tools for consuming web content.” The company has coordinated presentations that uplift audiences through Earth Day initiatives, encouraging community awareness and participation during this special event, while potentially changing the way that we consume and enjoy social media for the rest of our lives.

“The goal has always been to make digital media use easier and more powerful, through familiar controls,” said Robocast CEO Damon C. Torres, inventor of the playlist engine system. “I’m truly excited to enable people to have a deeper engagement with their social feeds through automated browsing with Robocast.”

Robocast works hard to “Automate the Web,” a mission the have worked hard at preserving, since the early nineties. Functioning in any browser, content can be saved from any website, social network and media platform simply by logging in from a favorite social media portal. This eliminates the need to enter additional logins, passwords and/or characters, since users are probably already logged into Facebook and/or Twitter.

Not only are they streamlining the login process, they are eliminating our need to click during our social sessions. The only question left to ask is, will this make us even more lazy, spoiled or allow us to work more efficiently? Only time will tell, but Robocast is certainly taking ease-of-use to a whole new level!

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GoPro releasing new app with exclusive tools for Xbox One community at Comic-Con

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GoPro announced on July 22, 2014 that it was offering four exclusive videos to Xbox One in marking the launch of its brand new GoPro video channel on Xbox One. This channel comes as a great tool for athletes and filmmakers who enjoy playing video games just as much as editing their latest captures to share with the World. The rest of the Xbox Community may simply enjoy watching these videos side-by-side with their gaming experience.

As you may be aware, the Xbox One allows for voice command and split screen action, which also allows for simultaneous viewing and action packed gaming experiences without the need for much “control.” With the addition of the new GoPro application, we can assume this same treatment will enhance the user experience.

With the GoPro cameras (i.e. HD Hero) and capture devices, anyone can create high-quality works of art. With the “television-like” works, anyone can use this to market their product, service, hobbies, and endeavors, as well as simply entertain the next person …on the other side of the Planet! Because this is a new app within the Xbox Dashboard, users will more likely have their videos seen! This is great news for the early adopter!

This app allows users to do a variety of things directly through the Xbox One console. Users may take advantage of the e-commerce capabilities and purchase GoPro equipment. Or, they may share and purchase on-demand videos. In April, GoPro tested waters by offering its videos on Xbox 360 and found that users took advantage of these features.

The enthusiasm led to over half-a-million downloads via GoPro on Xbox Live alone! To top this fact, the average viewing time of a 30-minute video was at about 18 minutes! This is claimed to be longer than the viewing that the average television sitcom receives.

Later this week, the City of San Diego will be hosting Comic-Con International where attendees may demo the app prior to release. A recent press release states that: “Xbox Lounge attendees can view teaser clips of exclusive content, watch a robust playlist of other GoPro-produced and user-generated videos and learn about new favorite and share features.”

“Bringing the GoPro Channel to Xbox One has been a top demand from fans this year,” said Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson. “GoPro athletes and fans alike can curate their favorite videos on their big screens right next to their favorite Xbox One games, and it’s super easy to switch between the two. I love that you can also buy GoPro cameras and gear right from the app!”

Now, we shall see how many people will begin taking advantage of this new marketplace in taking their brands to the next level!

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