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The future of the Home of the Future

Today you can have a fully connected home complete with sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, air quality, energy usage, and more, and check in on almost any appliance from anywhere in the world with just a smartphone. But even with all of the various connected appliances, virtual assistants, and copious sensors that can be installed in a modern smart home, the “smart” side of things is still rather lacking.

Pinterest is still being used by 250 million people every month

While more prominent social networks are facing slightly slower growth or even seeing user numbers dip a little, Pinterest has quietly become bigger than ever. The company has revealed that more than 250 million people are using the service every month. Pinterest also has more than 175 billion pins, an increase of 75 percent since early 2017, which underlines the platform’s growth.

Call of Duty’s battle royale mode, Blackout, is exceptional

When Activision announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 would have a battle royale mode, I was supremely skeptical. At best, it sounded like an attempt to jump on the bandwagon of an already popular genre; at worst, a last-minute attempt to flesh out a game without a traditional single-player campaign. But, after just a few rounds of play, it’s clear that the team is on to something special. This new take on the battle royale genre, called Blackout, is exceptional.

Insomniac’s Spider-Man has ‘the best saddest Easter egg ever’

What should have been a sweet surprise for a fan in Spider-Man has turned into “the best saddest Easter egg ever.” Insomniac Games is offering to patch it out anyway.

The rarest skin in Fortnite has returned to the item shop

The rarest skin in Fortnite Battle Royale has returned to the item shop. The Power Chord skin – a female rocker outfit – has only been in the item store once before and is therefore the rarest outfit in Fortnite.

$10 million Fortnite Fall Skirmish announced

With the $8 million Fortnite Summer Skirmish wrapped after eight weeks of competition, Epic has already announced the next batch of competitions, and they’re coming soon. The Fortnite Fall Skirmish ups the stakes and shrinks the window with $10 million at stake over six weeks of competition.

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Facebook rolling out Collections to rival Pinterest

Pinterest has been getting a lot of members lately. Since its inception, Pinterest has become one of the most used content sharing sites in the world.

With this, social networking behemoth Facebook is rolling out a new feature that would rival Pinterest.

Called Collections, Facebook members are now enabled to engage with their FB friends and share things that they like.

To partner with Collections, Facebook has also unveiled their new “Want” button that promises to be a great addition to the website.

According to a Facebook spokesperson as told to TechRadar, “People will be able to engage with these collections and share things they are interested in with their friends. People can click through and buy these items off of Facebook.”

Currently, Facebook Collections has partnered with Pottery Barn, Victoria’s Secret, Neiman Marcus, Fab.com, Michael Kors, Wayfair and Smith Opitcs.

Facebook will not get a cut from purchases through their Collections features as of the moment. But this can be changed in the future.

The company is branding their Collections as a way for establishments and businesses to directly communicate with their customers.

This new feature is influenced by Pinterest success. With the latter’s 80% women userbase, the site has seen an influx of businesses using Pinterest as a base for their advertising.

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Google purchases Snapseed

Facebook may have Instagram, but Google, in their desire to combat the social networking giant’s photo-sharing app, has just bought their own.

Announced last Monday, Google has bought Snapseed.

According to Google vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra, “We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love, and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone.”

Google launched their own social networking site Google+ a year ago to combat Facebook. They have just hit the 400 million member mark. 100 million individuals actively use the social networking site each month.

Nik said, “For nearly 17 years, we’ve been guided by our motto, ‘photography first,’ as we worked to builed world class digital image editing tools.”

“We’ve always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone, and with Google’s support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures,” the Germany based company added.

Sharing images is one of the most popular activities that people do in their social networking accounts. Thus, Google bought Snapseed to have their very own photo-sharing service.

Other sites such as Pinterest have been popular and have made a mark in the photo sharing service market.

Let;s wait and see the collaboration etween Google and Snapseed then!

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Louisiana law helps you protect your children from sex offenders

A state in the US has passed a law requiring child predators and sex offenders to disclose their criminal status on their Facebook profiles and other social networking sites making it the first ever state in the US to pass such legislation.

A Louisiana law says that those who have been found guilty of sex offending shall place their crime in the social networking account’s status, the jurisdiction of conviction and a description of their physical characteristics with current address. The law will take effect on the 1st day of August.

For their part, Facebook has already refused to allow sex offenders to create their Facebook accounts.

According the State rep. Jeff Thompson as told to CNN, “It provides the same notice to persons in whose home you are injecting yourself via the Internet. I challenge you today to walk down the street to see how many people and children are checking Pinterest, Instagram and other social networking sites. If you look at how common it is, that’s 24 hour a day, seven days a week for somebody to interact with your children and your grandchildren.”

Is this law fair to those who are found guilty of these types’ offenses? How about those guilty individuals who don’t have any social networking sites?

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Google+ set to remove games from their site

When Google launched their own social networking site Google+ last year, everybody was upbeat and some even said that Facebook’s time has finally run out.

Well, we all know what happened to Google+.

Though Google’s social networking site is still up and around, the fact that it has never reached its full potential has caused trouble within the site. Pinterest became the next most popular social networking site and Google+ lingers at the middle of the pack.

When Google+ was introduced to Internet, millions trooped in and developers introduced games to the blossoming social networking site.

Today, these games have been slowly pulled out as Google+ cut titles due to lack of players.

PopCap’s own Bejeweled Blitz was removed from Google+ today. The latter is a very famous game and it is quite shocking to learn that it has been removed.

To add insult to injury to Google+ members, Diamond Dash and Bubble Island is set to be removed from Google+ on the 1st of July. Monster World was removed last May.

Diamond Dash developer Wooga said they decided to remove the titles from the site because they “have a much larger following on Facebook, and they are active users.”

Is this the beginning of the end for Google+?

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Pinterest + Instagram = Pinstagram

So what does the hybrid of up and coming social networking site Pinterest and photo sharing giant Instagram produce? Pinstagram.

Launched about a month ago, Pinstagram combines Instagram and Pinterest, two of the most popular names in the industry, as of the moment. Now, people will be able to enjoy the consortium of the two companies, as it has now released their app for the iPad.

According to Mashable, Pinstagram combines a user’s Instagram feed in Pinterest’s signature waterfall layout. You can also pin your favorite Instagram image to a Pinterest board.

Co-creator of Pinstagram Pek Pongpaet chose the web and the iPad as the platforms because that is where Instagram is lacking.

“If people are already using Instagram on their iPhones. We’ll never be a better Instagram than Instagram, it would be duplicating Instagram’s effort,” he said.

The new retina display of the latest iPad was one of the main reasons why Pongpaet chose to create the app for the iPad. The former offers a high-resolution option and full functionality for the iPad 1 and iPad 2.

Mashable said, “You can browse your Instagram feed and popular photos, search keywords, like and comment. You can pin to your Pinterest boards and share to Facebook and Twitter.”

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Facebook launches own App Center

Yesterday, social networking behemoth Facebook launched its mobile App Center, as it harps on app freaks and to revamp their mobile business.

There are currently about 600 apps in the latter with Nike+ GPS, Slitcher Radio, Pinterest, Draw Something and Ubisoft Ghost Recon Commander now available.

Facebook director of developer products Douglas Purdy said, “The app center represents a new way for users to discover social applications.”

With Facebook’s 900 million users, app developers will have a larger way to reach out to audiences.

The Facebook App Center was developed to give users a personalized experience. This is key, as users will now receive app recommendations based on the apps they and their friends use.

The launch of the Facebook App Center is currently available to only 8 percent of Facebook users. Facebook is going to roll out to all US-based Facebook users in the coming weeks.

Facebook is trying to revamp their company, as they are under huge pressure following the IPO. The launch of their App Center is one way that they are strengthening their mobile business.

Facebook has about 488 million monthly users on its mobile products last March. This is half of their total user base.

Is this a smart move for Facebook?

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Smartphone FB users outnumber those using desktop computers

So what really is behind this Facebook hoopla? Are the ones that lead the charge using the traditional means (computers) or are they being overrun by tech-savvy individuals using their smartphones as a means to connect to their Facebook accounts?

Well, comScore’s new report released last Monday says that Facebook users spend more time accessing their accounts through their smartphones rather than desktop computers.

The report entitled Mobile Metrix 2.0 cites that the social networking sites members spend an average of 441 minutes or 7 hours and 21 minutes, accessing their Facebook accounts via their smartphones. In contrast, users spend about 391 minutes or 6 hours and 31 minutes, checking their FB accounts on PCs.

The report also showed that amongst all social networking accounts, individuals spend more time in their Facebook accounts the most. This includes Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Foursquare. The social networking mogul has about 78 million unique monthly visitors who visit the site through their smartphones.

With this development, it is good to bring up the topic of a Facebook Smartphone. If we base it on the multiple studies being done by a number of agencies then this strategy of the company could only lead them to more success.

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Instagram bans self-harm posts

Facebook owned Instagram is set to ban photographs and accounts that show “self-harm” behavior.

“Self-harm” behavior is defined as eating disorders, cutting oneself, committing suicide or anything that falls under those same categories.

According to the company, “Going forward, we won’t allow accounts, images or hashtags dedicated to glorifying promoting, or encouraging self-harm. Should users come across content of that nature, we recommend flagging the photo or flagging the users as a “Terms of Service” violation for our Support team to review.”

“It is important to note that this guideline does not extend to accounts created to constructively discuss, or document personal experiences that show any form of self-harm where the intention is recovery or open discussion. While we strongly encourage people to seek help for themselves or loved ones who are suffering, we understand the importance of communication as a form of support, in order to create awareness and to assist in recovery.”

Other photo sharing sites such as Tumblr have already banned self-harm blogs. Pinterest has also prevented their users from posting such photographs.

Tumblr said, We are deeply committed to supporting and defending our user’s freedom of speech, but we do draw some limits.”

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Pinterest popularity rises

The invitation-only social networking site Pinterest is gradually becoming viral. Interests have sky-rocketed since its developers opened the latter and figures have shown that they are taking the world by storm.

In a report by the Experian Marketing Services, Pinterest is now the third most popular social networking site behind Twitter and Facebook. They note that traffic to the site has peaked at 50 percent between February of this year and January of the same.

The site received 21.5 million hits during the week ending Jan. 28, 2012. It was 30 times bigger than that of the last week of July of the previous year.

According to the report, 60% of users are female and 55% are between ages 25 and 44.  The social networking site is also more popular in California and Texas than other states in the US.

They also note that 91% of all online adults now use social media regularly as opposed from years ago when the same age group was oblivious to technology. 28% of smartphone owners watch video on their devices every month and revenue for email marketing campaigns that include a “friends and family” element is two times higher, on average, than for other campaigns.

Zdnet says that those who are into SME’s should download the free report.

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