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Desiree Williams Savory:

beautiful-15742_1920Have you noticed how much more control you have over what you can watch on TV and how much TV ‘free TV” has changed lately? I found Crackle – the free movie app that provides an alternative to Netflix and thought to myself, Wow, consumers are getting tired of the violence and hatred. It’s about time we get back to the basics and provide some simple things to watch before bed. Let’s not take it too far. Let’s talk to each other, have dinner together and discuss the day, and not text each other in the home :)

Streaming devices are wonderful, but also, they can be dangerous. Driving with your smartphone on the steering wheel? Not a good choice. Look around you on the freeway. You are taking other people’s lives in your own hands and the future of their family.

Stream less, talk and look at each other more.

#technologycoach

Originally posted on Gigaom:

No wonder Netflix and others are streaming billions of hours every month: Consumers around the world now own half a billion streaming devices, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. The most popular brand is still Sony, with a total instal base of 123.8 million devices, a number that’s largely driven by the company’s PS3 and PS4 game consoles.

The biggest growth, however, is coming from non-gaming devices: LG saw 101.9 percent growth year-over-year with its smart TVs and connected Blu-ray players, according to Strategy Analytics estimates, followed by Toshiba with 98.8 percent year-over-year growth.

And on a quarterly basis, [company]Google[/company] saw bigger increases from Q1 to Q2 of this year than any other vendor, thanks to Chromecast, with Strategy Analytics estimating a total of 6 million Chromecast devices sold by Q2 2014. We’ll ask Chromecast VP Mario Queiroz whether that number looks right to him when…

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Pretty young woman using mobile phoneWe can celebrate the ones we love using social media and video. Have you thought about how you can do the same for you and your loved ones?

Woman hand touching screen on digital tablet.Microsoft Office has finally developed apps that support users to create, edit and share documents with their iPad. Using Office 365, this provides users the opportunity to utilize the cloud to its fullest on any platform with their preferred laptop, whether it be a Mac or Windows OS with Office 365 or accessing their online account at Outlook.com.

If a user is using a Google Chromebook, simply log in to Outlook.com to utilize your account.

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HashtagTabletHashtags are a creation of Twitter (a limit of 140 characters per comment creates a tweet). A hashtag, which is a key word with the pound sign, becomes a link – a link that connects to relative subjects. As a rule, 2 hashtags per tweet are effective. Think carefully when using hashtags in your tweets, on your Facebook Fanpage, Instagram and on other social networking sites. Your viewers will not take your seriously with random hashtags. If they are ‘cute’ with no relativity, they are ineffective.

Create a hashtag that your clients can identify with for your business. For example, mine is #technologycoach. I use this as my way of linking all my tweets and giving myself a way to be found and recognized on the internet. I use this hashtag in my marketing materials and encourage students to tweet during class.

Your name could be a hashtag. Do you have a Twitter account? If not, that’s where you should start. Create one, follow people and subjects that you like. Watch who you following on Twitter first, then start tweeting!

Desiree Williams Savory:

Using your iPad app brings a new experience with Facebook #technologycoach

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Facebook(s FB) is separating its tablet experience from its smartphone experience. The company announced on Monday that the latest update to its iPad app includes a new look: when the app is used in landscape mode, a new column now pops up to provide information that mirrors the Facebook web browser experience.

updated iPad screenshot

According to the company, the new column is inspired by what it says are the primary functions of tablet use: read news, watch videos and play games. The column appears on the righthand side of the screen, provides birthday and event information as well as a “Trending” column — a feature that debuted on the web experience in January. Additionally, the column displays trending videos and offers “My Games,” a section that allows users to easily access Facebook games. According to the company, more than 70 percent of people who use Facebook for iPad have played a game in the past 90 days.

The decision…

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