August 30, 2014

Does Web Conferencing Hurt Business?

I just saw a short online article summarizing results of a survey sponsored by The article had the provocative headline “Survey: Cutting business travel cuts business.” It opened with two bullet points in bold face on a highlighted background: Less business travel adversely impacts their business, say more than a third ‘Some companies are revisiting their policies’ Wow! Sounds pretty bad. Especially when … [Read more...]

Google Music in 2 Months?

"Google Music" is one of those legends that seems like it's been around as long as Google itself (ok, maybe not quite that long). Rumors pop up from time to time, then they die back down a bit. Then they always come back. Right now, they're in full force due to some comments made by Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha at Mobile World Congress. Guardian quotes him: "If you look at Google Mobile services [via Android] today, there's a video … [Read more...]

Bahrain Protest Photos Flood Flickr

Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube often get a lot of the attention when it comes to social media spreading news of revolutions and uprisings in foreign nations, but Yahoo-owned Flickr is reminding everyone that it plays a significant role as well. Photos can say a lot, and Flickr has plenty of those. The company is highlighting user-submitted photos from the protests in Bahrain. Flickr has posted a few select images from the protests on … [Read more...]

Bing Bar – Bing Has a New Toolbar.

"OK, don't laugh," an email we received from a Bing representative began. "I'm really e-mailing you about a toolbar, but it's actually pretty cool." Yes, Bing has a new toolbar, or "Bing Bar" if you will. It includes things like Bing Search, Facebook, email, Bing Rewards, Maps, Games, etc. "I know what you're thinking – another toolbar?" the rep tells WebProNews. "Bing took a fresh approach and redesigned it so the Bing Bar not only … [Read more...]

Google Adsense Warns On Comment Spam

I was surprised this week to receive a notification from Google Adsense, claiming my account was in policy violation. There was no personalised address, just “Hello,” which made me immediately think it was spam. However, it was sent to an email address I only use for managing Adsense, and the email specifically referenced the URL of one of my websites (which uses a completely different email address). It turned out the email from … [Read more...]

Engadget Editor: AOL Has Its Heart in the Wrong Place with Content

Outsiders have been wondering how all of the content properties AOL has been buying up will hold up as part of the media giant. Engadget has been part of AOL for quite a while, having been purchased in 2005 - some time before AOL's real push for mass content, most recently punctuated by its purchase of The Huffington Post. AOL's strategy appears to be taking its toll on some of its content producers. Engadget Editor Paul Miller announced his … [Read more...]

Please Take Accountability For Your Social Media Experience

Maybe it’s a coincidence, maybe it’s a trend, but I’ve noticed a few posts lately with a theme of how social media is becoming a mind-mucked echo chamber of mind-numbing sameness. If you’re in this camp, I’d like to give you a figurative kick in your sweet patootie. This attitude seems incredibly WHINY to me.  You are accountable for your own experience on the social web. If you’re bored with your … [Read more...]

Google Docs Viewer Opens Up To 12 More File Types

Starting today, Gmail and Google Docs users should run into many fewer problems when it comes to opening different types of existing files.  Google launched support for 12 new file formats this afternoon, and several of them are pretty common. Here's the full list of formats in the order Google itself presented them: Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX), Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX), Apple Pages (.PAGES), Adobe Illustrator (.AI), … [Read more...]

Groupon Brand Perception Doing Well, Despite "Flubs"

YouGov BrandIndex shared some findings with us regarding brand perception around Groupon in light of the company's (what some might refer to as) blunders.  A spokesperson for the firm tells WebProNews, "With two strikes under its belt within 10 days of each other (Super Bowl ad, flower debacle), how's Groupon consumer perception faring? People love the bargains of Groupon, but they are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with what's … [Read more...]

Billboard Brings Chart App To iPhone

Billboard has launched a chart app on the iPhone, aimed at music fans, artists and people in the industry. The Billboard Chart App features 15 charts from the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, along with genre rankings and ringtones.     Users can view 60 years of chart history, search by artist, album, song, view ranking details, listen to 30 seconds of music and make purchases via iTunes. “Our charts are already a huge draw on … [Read more...]