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drop photos, trials simplified Timeline and delivers new privacy controls

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/20/facebook-lets-us-drag-and-drop-to-upload-photos/

Facebook lets us draganddrop to upload photos, toys with a simplified Timeline

Anyone who’s returned from an event with a virtual armful of photos may have been frustrated with Facebook’s upload interface, which until now has involved a less-than-intuitive file browser. The company is quietly solving that problem: an update pushing out to individual users lets them drag-and-drop photos into a new post, like we’ve seen on other social networks, and to a newly streamlined Messages format that’s rolling out at the same time. A much smaller circle is seeing a second update. Facebook has confirmed to ABC News that it’s conducting limited trials of an updated Timeline that moves the news feed to a single column, replaces the thumbnail navigation with simpler-looking tabs and makes all profile page information available through scrolling. A spokesperson wouldn’t say if or when the new Timeline would reach the wider public, but history points to “when” being more likely. They did however mention that the new privacy shortcuts, activity log and untagging tool would be going live for all users starting tonight, and we’ve already seen them pop up on some of our accounts.

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Friday, December 21st, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

How Annual Tablet Sales Will Explode To 450 Million By 2016

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/bii-report-how-annual-tablet-sales-will-explode-to-450-million-by-2016-2012-11

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In the two years since Apple launched the iPad,  the tablet market has exploded. When one includes Android and other tablets as well as e-readers, nearly 100 million tablets were sold in 2011.

Tablets and smartphones will not completely displace PCs. But they will quickly overwhelm them in terms of unit sales. When, where, how and to what degree this occurs will have tremendous implications across many businesses and industries. 

In a recent report from BI Intelligence, we estimate that tablet sales will reach 450 million units by 2016, and lay out the key analysis behind these forecasts. 

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Here are some of the growth drivers:

The report is full of charts and data that can be downloaded and put to use. 

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012 news No Comments

Just 35 Percent Of Americans Cash In On Jobless Benefits

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/jobless-unemployment-st-louis-fed-claims-rarer-than-overpayments-2012-10

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Among consumers eligible for unemployment benefits, just over one-third actually bother to cash in on average, according to new data from the  Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

The data applies to the last 22 years (1989 to 2011), save for during the recession, when elligible claims rose to 50 percent.

The findings are key for a couple of reasons.

Back in July, CNN Money cited data that showed that the Dept. of Labor had overpaid jobless claims by no less than $14 billion in 2011. In 2009, it was estimated that 11 percent of all claims were overpaid, for a total of about $11 billion. 

But since so many elligible workers are actually leaving their cash on the table, the agency should be more than capable of making up for lost funds.

For example, the 50 percent of workers who didn’t apply for benefits in 2009 saved the government an estimated $108 billion.

That’s more than 10 times as much cash the Dept. of Labor said was wasted on overpaying benefits the same year

There’s no denying overpaying jobless benefits is a problem –– most of them wind up in the hands of prisoners, identity thieves, retirees, and current workers –– but the report at least helps put that shortcoming into perspective.

Fraud is responsible for just 3 percent of all benefits paid, the Fed found, while eligible consumers leave seven times that much cash on the table by not applying for benefits.

And overpayments are beginning to slowly improve. The Department of Labor reported a 0.35 percent drop in overpayme! nts betw een July 2010 and 2011, and a 0.4 percent drop in errors caused by people who didn’t register their employment status with their state’s labor department.

The BLS put together a map of each state’s improper payment history in 2011, when overpayments topped $14 billion:

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Monday, October 29th, 2012 news No Comments

2 million more streaming subscribers worldwide, $8 million net income

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/23/netflix-announces-q3-2012-earnings-two-million-more-subscribers/

Netflix saw a return to profitability and more than half a million new US subscribers in the second quarter of this year, and it’s now announced that it’s added a full two million more streaming members worldwide for the third quarter. That brings the company’s global base of streaming subscribers to 29 million, 25.1 million of which are in the US. It’s also announced another bump in profits to $8 million in net income, with global revenue of $905 million. It’s unsurprisingly a different story when it comes to DVD subscriptions in the US, however, with the company reporting a drop from 9.24 million total subscribers in Q2 to 8.61 million in Q3.

In terms of usage, Netflix says that its streaming members have now consumed over three billion hours of content, and that TV shows now account for about two thirds of that viewing activity. The company has also reiterated its commitment to original programming in its letter to shareholders, although it notes that commitment comes with some front-loaded expenses that will result in negative free cash flow for the next “several quarters” beginning with Q4. The company further adds that it believes “investment in originals is wise, and we will evaluate the performance of the slate next year to determine at what level we should fund additional original.” You can find the full letter and all the numbers at the source link below.

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You Have To Check Out These Gorgeous Pictures Of Apple’s Ridiculously Thin New iMac (AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/new-imac-photos-2012-10

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Today Apple revealed it’s next-generation iMac.

The new all-in-one desktop PC has been completely redesigned.

Now the computer features an extremely thin, tear drop design and takes advantage of a new fusion hard drive, which combines traditional spinning hard drives with solid state drives.

The next-gen iMac comes in two sizes, 21.5-inches and 27-inches.

The 21.5-inch ships in November and starts at $1299 and the 27-inch ships in December and starts at $17.99.

Keep reading for more info about the iMac.

The new iMac takes up to 40% less volume.

The desktop all-in-one comes in two different sizes, 21.5-inch, and 27-inch.

It is fully optimized for Apple’s new operating system, Mountain Lion.

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NPD study finds average display sizes continuing to rise in all areas but laptops and tablets

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/16/npd-study-finds-average-display-sizes-continuing-to-rise-in-all/

NPD study finds average display sizes continuing to rise in all areas but laptops and tablets

Not exactly a huge surprise here, but a new study out from NPD DisplaySearch today has confirmed that the trend towards larger screens in continuing at a steady pace in all but a few key areas. The big exception is “mobile PCs,” which NPD defines as laptops and tablets for its purposes. That area dropped from a 13.6-inch average in 2010 to 12.1-inch in 2012 (with an ever so slight increase to 12.2-inches projected for 2013), a drop that represents a ten percent decrease overall and is largely attributed to the growth of tablets . All other areas have seen small to significant growth in recent years, with LCD TVs growing 9 percent, mobile phones increasing 38 percent, and portable media players jumping 29 percent. The biggest growth, by far, comes in OLED TVs, which have gone from a mere 15-inch average in 2010 to an average of 55-inches today — a growth of 267 percent.

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 news No Comments

Suddenly, Facebook Is Playing Up Your Local 7-Eleven (FB)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-featuring-local-check-ins-2012-6

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Facebook wants you to check out your local 7-Eleven. Or Dunkin Donuts. Or Starbucks.

Pages for specific locations have seen a major pickup in activity on the social network in recent months.

That’s apparently the result of a deliberate shift in the algorithms Facebook uses to determine what to show users, according to Rob Reed, CEO of Momentfeed, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based provider of location-based marketing services.

In the past, those algorithms have generally favored the main brand page.

In other words, Facebook really wants you to see when your friends like the Starbucks down the street, as opposed to the Starbucks brand overall.

Facebook would not comment on whether it had changed is algorithm to favor local pages. But the evidence is dramatic. Data provided to Business Insider by Momentfeed show an unusual pattern in “likes” received by locations of Dunkin Donuts and 7-Eleven.

At the beginning of the year, both companies saw almost no likes to their locations. Likes started rising sharply in March, followed by a dramatic drop, then another steady rise.

Joergen Aaboe, Momentfeed’s director of marketing, said the drop was likely a sign of Facebook’s “algorithm tweaks.”

Facebook Places, the social network’s location-based feature, has struggled to gain wide traction since it was introduced nearly two years ago. With the growth of smartphone usage, though, local advertising has soared in importance. And Facebook is desperate to show off its potential in mobile advertising.

For brands with multiple retail locations, this could mean a major shift in Facebook strategy. Instead of trying to accumulate likes for one master brand page, they’ll need to worry about hundreds or thousands of local pages.

Here’s the data:

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7-Eleven likes data via Momentfeed

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Video’, Just Lost About Half Of Its Daily Users

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/socialcam-daily-users-2012-5

It looks like SocialCam, the hottest app on the App Store, is in serious trouble.

AppData has finally updated the daily users for Facebook-connected apps after a few days of lag, and it shows that SocialCam’s Facebook-connected daily users fell off a cliff.

That drop probably includes the past five days, which basically showed no change in daily users.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Video’, Just Lost About Half Of Its Daily Users

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It looks like SocialCam, the hottest app on the App Store, is in serious trouble.

AppData has finally updated the daily users for Facebook-connected apps after a few days of lag, and it shows that SocialCam’s Facebook-connected daily users fell off a cliff.

That drop probably includes the past five days, which basically showed no change in daily users.

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Google Cloud Print adds FedEx, Canon to remote printing roster, throws Android users a PDF bone

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/18/google-cloud-print-adds-fedex-canon-to-remote-printing-roster/

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Chrome users are in store for a bundle of printing perks today courtesy of a recent update to Google Cloud Print. In addition to wirelessly sending documents to nearby printers, Mountain View’s now adding FedEx to the drop down destination list, granting users the ability to obtain retrieval codes for use at any of that shipping service’s locations across the U.S. The remote printing feature has also gained an additional device partner, enlisting Canon into the ranks of participating companies, occupied by the likes of Epson, Kodak and HP. And as an extra bonus for the Android faithful, handsets and tablets sporting the search giant’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS will now be able to receive and display transmitted docs as PDFs, although you’ll need to install the beta version of the company’s mobile browser to take advantage of this seamless integration. Open OS, meet the closed-off cloud.

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