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Chrome For Android Will Load Pages Without Images During Slow Connection

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The new update from Google Chrome offers you to load requested pages without images.

Currently, the update only applies to users in India and Indonesia, but Google says it will be rolling out the new feature in more countries soon.

Google has updated its Chrome Android app for users in India and Indonesia experiencing slow load times, making it possible for pages to load without images when a low bandwidth is detected.

“There’s a new way to load pages more quickly with Chrome’s Data Saver,” said the official statement on the Chrome Google+ page. “The Chrome Android app loads websites without the images first, saving you 70% data.”

While the feature launch is currently rolling out only in India and Indonesia, Google says it will be released in more countries soon. Here’s a picture of the feature in action:

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The New, Facebook-Looking, LinkedIn App is Now Available for Android and iOS

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It looks like LinkedIn just gave its primary app a major revamp.

LinkedIn released a redesigned version of its main app in Tuesday. This new app makes the app look more like Facebook and other social media apps. Just like Facebook, LinkedIn’s new app is centered around a central feed, which shows you updates from people in your network and content they are sharing on LinkedIn. Again, similar to Facebook’s News Feed, the app filters which updates you’ll see based on what you’re most likely to be interested in. T3he company says the feature will get better over time as you use the app more.

The home feed is structured a lot like LinkedIn’s recently-revamped Pulse app so you may also see posts from people in your extended network and articles that are popular among people with similar jobs.

“The core for the mobile product, the spine of the app, has always been this feed,” said Jonathan Redfern, LinkedIn’s VP of Product. “We’ve moved from a feed that was a lot about your connections to a feed that’s more about the professional topics and interests you choose to follow.”

Outside of the feed, there’s a “My Network” section, which serves up suggested people you may know, as well as cards with bite-sized updates about your connected friends, such as work anniversaries and new jobs. If that sounds familiar, that’s because it’s similar to LinkedIn’s Connected app, which revolves around updates like these.

“The app is absolutely flavored with learnings and code from our different apps,” Redfern says, noting the parallels between both Pulse and Connected.

The updated app also includes the newly-refreshed messaging features and an overhauled search feature that LinkedIn says is 300% faster than the previous app. All of the new features are available now on iOS and Android.

Top 16 Marketing Tools For Aspiring Marketers

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Business marketers are often wearing many hats and managing multiple responsibilities and tasks, ranging from social media to content creation. This can be overwhelming at times.

There are tons of apps or services to help almost every marketing activity. Yet, as helpful as such tools are, the number of apps available can make it confusing to figure out which ones you need.

Worry no more. In today’s post we will try to guide you through the maze to find the best apps that suits you and your business need.

1. Idea Generation and Organisation: Feedly, Mention, Trello, Zapier

The best marketers don’t live in a bubble. They constantly absorb information and analyse the latest trends. With so much content being shared each day, it’s important to stay organised so that you don’t miss out on key opportunities. Tools such as Feedly and Mention let you track topics based on the news source or the keywords that you choose. They help you to not only monitor the conversations happening around your brand but also generate new ideas for your own content. Once you get down your information sources, it’s time to modify your daily activities so that you work smarter, not harder. Trello lets you organise all your information on a visual dashboard and share it with your coworkers, making collaboration more centralised and efficient. You can then increase your productivity even more by cutting down on manual, repetitive tasks by connecting all the apps you use with Zapier.

2. Content Creation: Creads, Fotolia Instant Collection, GoAnimate, Pixlr, Qzzr, TextMaster, Unique Sound, Wistia

Content marketing’s role is becoming increasingly important for marketers. On average, B2C marketers are working on 13 different content initiatives, making it vital to manage resources as effectively as possible.

For years, content has evolved from simple blog posts to a variety of formats, including infographics and videos. Brands have become publishers, and they are using different tools to create the content themselves, without relying on specialised agencies and big budgets.

Graphic design, video production, and written content have become more accessible through online platforms that either let you do it yourself or use a crowdsourcing model to minimise the role of the middleman.

Marketers who want to get hands-on with content can use tools such as Fotolia Instant Collection to find modern stock photos that have an “iphonography” look, and then use Pixlr to edit or add text to the images for their blogs or newsletters. They can also create Buzzfeed-style quizzes through Qzzr to engage with their audience in a fun, casual way. The more ambitious marketers can use GoAnimate to make their own custom video and share it using Wistia for lead generation.

Although those tools make it easier to create content, you may not always have the time to do it yourself. Crowdsourcing has become a popular alternative to hiring an agency. With an increasing number of freelancers working on these online platforms, the choice of talent has grown to the point where it’s easy to find the right person or team that fits with your project.

3. Social Interaction: Buffer, eKomi, GetResponse, Tweepi

Creating content is only half the work, as you also don’t want all of your hard work to be lost in a content graveyard. Social sharing has become an art, and successful marketers are using a slew of tools to make sure that their efforts have the biggest impact. One of the most popular social sharing tools is Buffer, and for good reason. It not only automates your posts across social networks but also shows you the best times to publish. Twitter is undoubtedly one of the most popular marketing resources, and Tweepi helps you to manage your Twitter network to increase your reach and connect with influencers.

The businesses that get the most engagement from their content don’t just stop at social sharing. They create an entire ecosystem around their content using tools such as GetResponse to make their own landing pages, forms, and newsletters with a drag-and-drop interface.

When you put yourself and your content out there for the world to see, you’ll inevitably get a response. eKomi helps manage customer feedback to help you increase your creditability and even improve your Google search rankings.

4. Visitor Conversion: AB Tasty, Buzzstream, Keywordtool.io, Moz

Using search engine optimisation, marketers are optimising their websites to attract new visitors and convert them into customers. They’re using a combination of Moz tools to analyse and improve their websites, Buzzstream to manage link-building, and Keywordtool.io to identify relevant keywords. After all that work, you’re not done yet: It’s important to test and tweak the layouts and messages of your emails and website to find what works the best. AB Tasty is useful for getting hands-on with your A/B testing without needing a degree in statistics.

Conclusion

The top takeaways from the popularity of these tools are that marketers are finding innovative ways to improve their workflow, including for creating content themselves or finding freelancers online.

Marketers have a lot on their plate, and the workload just keeps growing. The ones who will succeed are those who are continuously testing new ways to make themselves more efficient and their marketing activities more effective.

5 Useful Social Media Apps That You Will Use

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There are millions of social media applications that you can use to optimise your business. However, you won’t need all of them. The question is, which one you should use?

In today’s post, we will share five road-tested social media apps that might be helpful with your social media marketing.

1. Circloscope

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In short, what does Circloscope do for you? Here is the ad copy, which was taken from the website:

  • Quickly and easily create circles of engagers from any Google+ post – those that commented, shared, and +1’d the post.
  • Create circles from those that engaged with the most recent posts of any Google+ profile, and those that have been circled by others.
  • Easily create circles of those that have commented on your event, and those that replied Yes, No, or Maybe.
  • Know exactly who is following you back and who isn’t, plus how active and popular they are. Unfollow by any metric you choose.

There is a free version that does everything the premium version does, except the mass adding & removing of people — so you don’t have to go in blind, though the it’s the mass adding & removing of people that’s the most compelling feature of this app.

2. FullContact

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If you have terrible problems with duplicate contacts, bad merges and out-of-sync issues, then you should give FullContact a try. It allows you to merge duplicate contacts easily. It also enables to use the power of all your social media platforms to update all of your current contacts with their social media profiles, up-to-date contact info, and profile photos. You might consider the premium version, which costs either $9.99/month or $99.99/year.

3. Scrubly

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If you are still hesitate to use FullContacts, you can try Scrubly as an alternative way of doing a power-wash of your contacts. It does the same thing as FullContact does, but it takes a lot longer. Plus, it is a lot funnier as they keep it charming and silly while the app goes through your contacts and social media accounts. However, when it’s done, everything is tidy, neat, and updated. The service is available for $19.95-per-scrub or $39.95 for a year.

4. Buffer

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Buffer App is undeniably so cool. It makes content marketing automation easier than before. It can embed itself into your browser and all your images to easily share content inline with Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and and many more. You can also queue up lots of content that you can then share over all of your social platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+ as well as Facebook Pages, LinkedIn Company Pages, Google+ Pages, LinkedIn Groups and more. You can plug in all your RSS feeds and they can then get buffed into your Buffer queue. You can also use Buffer as a way to retweet from Twitter instead of that ugly and awkward “quote tweet”. Buffer does everything better, period.

5. GaggleAMP

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What does GaggleAMP do? It’s like a social media list service. Gaggle is comprised of people who have subscribed to your social media feed. So, when people subscribe to your Gaggle, they can easily retweet the tweets you place into your Gaggle queue and share any of the LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+ content you place into the queue. You can also automatically queue up all of your blog posts and articles via RSS. Plus, Gaggle allows subscribers to set up their Twitter and LinkedIn accounts to AutoAMP their content. It’s set up more for business than personal, but branding and sharing is the selling pont of GaggleAMP. Even if you don’t have a company, you can become a valuable content curator. Prices start at $50/month, but it’s really woth the price. GaggleAMP is a true social media secret weapon.

Google Released A Series Of Android Apps For Their Chromebook

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Finally, the first Android apps for Chromebooks have arrived.

Google’s Chrome OS can now run the Vine, Evernote, Duolingo and Sight Words apps on their laptops. This app expansion is the part of “Google’s App Runtime for Chrome”, a project that revealed earlier this year during Google I/O. The project is a part of Google’s broader effort to make Android and Chrome OS a more unified experience.

Due to the Chromebook’s prevalence in schools, it’s not surprising that two of the first apps Google would choose to push to the platform first are educational apps: Duolingo and Sight Words. For those who don’t know, Duolingo is a language-learning app and Sight Words is an app to teach children how to read.

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Comparing Evernote on Chromebook and Android smartphone

The other two apps— Vine and Evernote— were apps that was demoed onstage during Google I/O, though other apps that made an appearance during the conference, like Flipboard, were missing from the first expansion.

Google stated that they are working with a select group of developers to bring more apps to the platform in the coming months. In the meantime, the company is also taking suggestions from Chromebook users on which apps they want to see come to Chromebook next.

The New, Updated Look of Yahoo Mail

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Yahoo has revamped its email interface to resemble its Homepage

Since the assignation of Marissa Mayer as a CEO in 2012, the company has focused its attention to a “comprehensive mobile support”. It can be seen on the series of mobile-focused startups and redesigning its own mobile offerings.

Recently, Yahoo Mail is getting this “mobile-friendly” makeover. The service now features content from Yahoo’s news, finance and sports and weather sections.  Unlike Gmail, Yahoo hasn’t altered any of the mail app’s core features with the update. In fact, the email itself looks pretty much the same, with the new additions of news, weather, sports and finance.

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When launching the updated email app, a new menu bar appears at the bottom with “News” and “Today” tabs. News takes you to a stream of news stories that suited to your interests, while Today provides weather, sports and stock market updates. The app’s content personalisation is quite similar to Yahoo’s homepage. However, in order to keep its “freedom of choice” promised earlier, this new experience is optional. Users can simply opt out if they don’t want to see the News and Today tabs.

As of now, the updated app will only available for iPhone users, but Yahoo hinted that tablet and Android versions may be in the works.

Escalate Your Marketing Performance With These 40 Amazing Tools (SlideShare)

Today, marketing job requires the mixed abilities from some elementary HTML knowledge to simple image editing. However, there are numerous free tools to make marketing tasks easier. Do you need to focus more on more streamlined marketing strategy? In today’s post, we will share you a slide from Eric Leist, the Senior Marketing Manager at TrueLens, that listed 40 amazing marketing tools that you will use. The tools ranged from these categories:

  • Web Applications
  • Desktop Applications
  • Email Tools
  • Mobile Apps
  • Browser Plugins
  • Learning Platforms

Microsoft Has Released Its Office for iPad as a Free Download

Microsoft has released their Microsoft Office set for the Apple iPad. Microsoft Office For iPad is free to download. With this app, users can view documents and give presentations just like what they can do on a PC. If you want to create a new document or edit existing files, you will need to sign-in with your Microsoft account and have a current Office 365 subscription.

Here is the promotional video of Office for iPad:

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Employed Beacon Technology in Its “Explorer” Campaign

Today, The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has launched its “Australia’s first Bluetooth Smart Beacon” campaign which sends personalised micro-location based notifications to people who are close by to festival venues and have the Festival’s ‘Explorer’ app. If you are unaware about what a Beacon technology is, please take a look at this post, where the Beacon technology was used beautifully in Rubens House Art Gallery. The campaign’s goal is to ensure that the public ‘explore’ the various participating venues during the festival with the technology installed in more than 50 cafes, restaurants and wine bars.

The festival says that it is the first time in Australia the technology has been used for a commercial purpose.

Moreover, these “explorers” have the chance to win exclusive festival experiences. However, they are required to do more than just walk past the venue to win. They need to complete challenges which are picked up by the Bluetooth Smart Beacons when they are completed, rewarding the ‘explorer’ with free food and drinks, unique event experiences and festival tickets. The app and the beacons are part of a broader strategic approach developed by Ogilvy Melbourne. Brendon Guthrie from Ogilvy Melbourne stated that this festival is now one of the world’s leading food and wine events, so the expectations of those who attend are very high.So they want to combine good ideas with cutting-edge technology to make sure exploring Melbourne’s festival is a deep, rich and above all, unique experience.

Facebook Paper is Prepared to Carry Away Native Ads and Sponsored Content Revenue

Facebook has made a play for native ads and sponsored content market that may just crush all its rivals.

In short, Facebook Paper is minimal, intuitive and exhibited on the web news platform Flipboard. It could also be seriously addictive. Tap on a interesting piece of content and it goes full-screen. In other word, Facebook looks better on Paper. It doesn’t even have its own branding or logo on the app.

The cluttered Facebook columns are absent, while users can actively select the topics they want to see. In a brand new form, with only 40 publishers on board, Facebook will be able to push the Paper app to its one billion users and present that audience to advertisers and brand agencies.

Paper is Facebook’s latest step towards controlling the flow of content, and all the native ad dollars that go with it. Want to place a native ad in someone’s social media feed? Facebook’s got you covered. Want to place a sponsored post in their go-to newspaper? If Paper takes off as expected, Facebook will have that covered, too.

Many social media experts have stated that Paper is the best Facebook app ever, noting that this app focuses on content, and not building friend lists. The ability to effectively demote your friends below Facebook’s editorially curated content heralds a sea change for the company. Paper allows you to experience a world built by Facebook engineers that doesn’t have Facebook’s core product in it.

The app still has social sharing and friend notification and messaging features, but the focus is on allowing users to create their own specialised news feed. Content cards scroll along the bottom of the screen, and curation and control is handed to the user. Senior executives at Facebook are said to have switched over exclusively to the app and see it as its future dominant platform.