Twitter has announced new mobile features which includes: photo tagging, which lets you tag the people in your photo; the other is the ability to include up to four photos in a Tweet. And also share a series of photos that automatically create a collage.

Additionally, both photo-tagging and Tweets with multiple photos will display in Embedded Tweets.

The ability to upload multiple photos started to roll out yesterday on iPhone, and is coming soon to Android and twitter.com. Meanwhile, Twitter users have been availed control on who can tag them in a new section in the security and privacy settings.

Albeit, Twitter's social networking model was not built around photos, it has gone ahead to adapt to what users wanted. Whether you’re on iPhone, Android or twitter.com, you can now view Tweets with multiple photos.

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Facebook has continually provided updates to users, which invariably influence the way retailers manage their pages on the social network. And its recently announced enhancements to its platform that give users more freedom and flexibility with the way they share contents, holds more promise and challenges ahead for brands.

This special report unveils the secret sauce of the most successful retailers on Facebook, big and small, and across verticals.

The Q4 2013 Facebook Commerce Index (FBCI) report tracks US retailers’ Facebook pages, analyzing their growth over the past three months and the methods they used to achieve these results. Also, highlighting recent Facebook changes as they apply to retail brands.

Download the "Facebook Commerce Index Q4 2013 for Retailers" now to learn how you can craft powerful social marketing campaigns that drive awesome results.

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HTTPS-only and 99.978 percent availability for Gmail

Posted by Unknown | March 21, 2014 |

Google has tightened its web-mail encryption by eliminating HTTPS opt-out option, citing the need to protect users from government cyber-spying. Gmail has supported HTTPS since its debut, and while in 2010, Google made HTTPS the default option for all users.

Starting Thursday, Gmail will always use an HTTPS connection when you check or send email, according to the official Google blog.

That means that no one can intercept your messages as they go back and forth between your device and Gmail’s servers, irrespective of whether you're using public WiFi or logging in from public computer, phone or tablet.

Additionally, every email message you send or receive, is encrypted while moving internally. This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between your device and Gmail's servers, but also as they move between Google's data centers.

The move is seen as Google's effort to ensure that Gmail users does not fall victim to governments' surveillance that's reported to be on the rise. The security boost from using HTTPS, however may sacrifice performance by increasing latency to a certain degree as noted earlier by Google.

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The delivery of electronic commerce capabilities directly into the consumer’s hand, anywhere, via wireless technology is a growing trend. And the newest, and arguably fastest-growing channel for directly reaching mobile users, Push notifications, has the potential to benefit both consumers and marketers.

BI Intelligence reported that in January 2013, 29% of mobile users have made purchases with their mobile devices.

Push messaging enables marketers to offer more-relevant and personalized benefits to consumers while helping marketers reach their own goals through increased traffic, optimized app usage, and increased conversions.

Forrester Research says push notifications are the ideal tool, combining the unique benefits of mobile marketing: intimacy, immediacy and context. Get the detailed "Forrester Report on Mobile Engagement" by downloading the free whitepaper now.

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Google brings Add-on Support to Docs and Sheets

Posted by Unknown | March 12, 2014 |

Google has launched add-on support for Docs and Sheets to better compete with Microsoft Office, according to Google Drive blog post on Tuesday. The plug-in support enables Google Docs and Sheets apps to tap into third-party plug-ins.

Google intends to tap into third-party development tools to give its Docs and Sheets additional features compared to Microsoft Office.

The add-ons support bring new tools created by Google's developer partners to give users even more features in their documents and spreadsheets. And there are several template tools as well as a Sheets plug-in to tap into Google Analytics data.

To browse through add-ons for Docs and Sheets, select Get add-ons in the Add-ons menu of any open document or spreadsheet. Once an add-on is installed, it will become available across all of your documents or spreadsheets.

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Microsoft OneDrive: What You need to Know

Posted by Unknown | March 06, 2014 |

Microsoft's revamped cloud storage for business offering, OneDrive for Business, is a re-branding of SkyDrive Pro, to provide file sync, share, collaboration and storage for businesses. The company announced the new pricing and licensing details for OneDrive for Business during the company's SharePoint 2014 conference in Las Vegas on Monday.

OneDrive for Business (formerly SkyDrive Pro) has come to serve as a personal online cloud-storage for enterprise customers. 

With OneDrive for Business you can collaborate with others in real time right from within Office and edit documents from virtually anywhere through a web browser in real time. it’s the place where people can store, sync, and share their work files across multiple devices with ease and security.

OneDrive for Business, comes bundled with new features and capabilities, including increased file sizes, higher storage limits, mobile apps (Office Mobile for iPhone and Android, and native OneDrive for Business app for iOS), and improved user experiences.

It's also available in (and included with) most Office 365 and SharePoint Online plans at no additional cost.

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Skype for Outlook.com Gets HD Video Support

Posted by Unknown | March 04, 2014 |

Microsoft announced the rolling out of Skype for Outlook.com to users in April 2013, and now have gone ahead to bring full HD video calling capabilities to the messaging tool which is officially rolling out to users throughout the world.

The Outlook.com integration also includes the voice calls and instant messaging capabilities for which Skype is famous.

Skype for Outlook.com is integrated with the online version of Microsoft’s People app and it automatically imports your Skype contacts so they’ll be available to you on Outlook.com. And once you've downloaded the plugin, then proceed to link your Skype account to Microsoft account to take advantage of the inbox calling functionality.

Simply by hovering your mouse over a contact's profile picture or the blank contact icon at the top of the message pane, and then selecting the phone or video calling icon and your Skype call will start. Alternatively, click on the messaging icon on the far right side of the Outlook.com interface.

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