More possibilities with extended-time live video from Google+

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Wow – now you can do a Google Hangout On Air (a live video broadcast) for up to 8 hours! That’s a huge amount of additional time from the previous 1-hour-maximum you had. And remember: up to 8 hours means just that – you don’t have to do 8 whole hours. Oh what possibilities! Here […]

Is a (search) picture worth a thousand words?

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I’ve been having some fun this morning with Jelly. Jelly is a new mobile search service announced yesterday that works via apps for Android and iOS. The company was co-founded by Biz Stone, one of the original founders of Twitter. So what is Jelly? In a nutshell, it’s an app you use to ask a […]

Get used to “Ok Google”

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Earlier this year, Google announced a new feature for search – conduct a search with your voice in the Chrome browser. To conduct a conversational search, you’d fire up Google Search; if you saw a little microphone symbol in the search box, you could click on it to activate the function, and then speak your […]

Google Quickoffice just upset the Microsoft Office mobile cart

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The news from Google that they have released Quickoffice, their Microsoft Office competitor, for free immediately gave me my headline for this post. […] With Quickoffice, you can edit Microsoft® Office documents across your devices, giving you the freedom to work with anyone no matter what hardware or software they’re using. Quickoffice also integrates seamlessly […]

Tweets that self-destruct

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I guess it’s inevitable that everyone reporting on Spirit for Twitter likens its self-destructing tweet service to SnapChat, the mobile app for real-time picture and video messaging that self-destruct after a sender-defined time, up to ten seconds. Spirit is similar in outcome – tweets you send that you mark with a certain hashtag will automatically […]

Connecting content and the social conversations

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A topic Shel and I discuss in this week’s FIR podcast episode 715 is commenting on blogs. More specifically, about the conversation that can happen in response to a post someone writes and publishes on a blog, and where the conversation actually takes place. Increasingly, it’s not on the blog itself – it’s on Twitter, […]

Vine comes to Android

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With some fanfare in the tech press, hot video app Vine made its debut today on Android devices. Until now, the popular Twitter-owned app has been available only for Apple devices. There’s no doubt that Vine has captured imaginations worldwide since it launched in January, just four months ago. In that short time, it’s acquired […]

Google conversational search is a bold leap forward

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The first thought that crossed my mind when I tried out Google’s new “conversational search” functionality in the latest version of its desktop Chrome browser was Star Trek. You don’t have to be a huge fan of the sci-fi TV series (and films) to remember the ways in which Captain Kirk (Picard, Janeway, etc) did […]

An experiment in brand story-telling

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Since starting this blog in 2006, I’ve been the sole writer and publisher of content,  making only a couple of exceptions over the past few years with content written by named guest writers. I strongly believe in transparency where disclosure of interest is the default. If I’m in any doubt about whether to disclose something […]