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Smartphone Stats Which Companies Are Winning The Race

I always find Smartphone Stats interesting, and Earl Ray of Coupon Audit created this infographic for me to show which companies are winning the race with some interesting statistics taken from many sources, listed at the bottom of the infographic.

Surprising Smartphone Stats

Its starts of by telling us that there are 4 billion active smartphones in the world, that is amazing as I remember reading last October that the world had just passed a total of 1 billion smartphones in the world.

The infographic states that it should take another 3 years to reach 8 billion.  There are only 7 billion people in the world now so this is saying in 3 years there will be another billion people on the planet.  If that is right I can’t see that they will all have smartphones, however .. if they could, this would be easily be achievable sooner infact.

Another surprising smartphone stat is that a huge 6.3% of smartphone owners are 13-17 years old and only 17.2% are 18-24 years old.

I won’t carry on telling you what you can see for yourself in the infographic about smartphone stats but where do you think this is going ?  The users for android operating systems are huge still, this really surprises me as everywhere you go it seems everyone has an iPhone, which is great when you need to get your phone charged quickly, but according to those figures its not true.

 

Smartphone Stats Which Companies Are Winning The Race

 

This Infographic is produced by Coupon Audit (provides Zappos coupon code) and Techie Minx

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Some pretty amazing Smartphone stats there don’t you think! All the more reason to think about actually making sure your website is a responsive website, so that it can be viewed on a smartphone, a large monitor, a laptop or more importantly a tablet. Mobile is growing and its not going to stop. Its even getting into things like wearable technology now with, Googleglass and Smartwatches and Rings, how will our websites cope with that.

If you want to use this infographic on your website please use the code below, thanks.

 

iGoogle

iGoogle is retired

IGOOGLE is RETIRED

iGoogle was launched in 2005, and it seems Google feel there is no longer a need for a personalised homepage, so iGoogle is retired.   Many people are now in mourning for sudden loss of iGoogle, we knew it was destined for the scrap heap as Matt Eichener did explain in a googleblog that Google had started a spring clean and it will mean the end for iGoogle. So, as promised on November the 1st iGoogle was officially retired.  Its completely gone, you can’t even see the page anymore, it just redirects to the Google home page.

A small note from Google to explain

[note note_color=”#fdfaf1″]We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today’s web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertips,” the obscurely posted death notice reads. “With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for something like iGoogle has eroded over time[/note]

What happened to my iGoogle information

All of your data stored in your google gadgets will continue to be able via other products such as

  • Gmail
  • Google Calender
  • Google Finance
  • Google Drive
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Google Tasks

Instead of accessing this information through iGoogle and your Google Gadget you will need to go directly to the product. If you have lost any data through any third party gadgets you need to go directly to the creator.

WHAT CAN I USE NOW THAT IGOOGLE IS RETIRED?

If you use Google Chrome, there are many apps that you run right from your desk top. There are so many to choose from, there are weather apps, productivity apps, business tools, social tools.

Just in the social tools section for instance.

  • SproutSocial
  • Twitter
  • Chaton
  • Yelp
  • Chatwork
  • Unfollowers.me
  • Facebook Email
  • Googlemail
  • Buffer
  • Pinterest

Which is just a selection.

Alternatives to iGoogle

I think Netvibes is about to find themselves very popular – its very similar to how iGoogle used to be. Its a dashboard for everything that you need, you can have all of your pictures, your apps, tweets, Facebook messages, news items, and it is synced across your desktop, mobile and tablet.

Flipboard is also very similar but more of a replacement for Google Reader you might think. I use Flipboard a lot although it is only for mobile and tablet at the moment. Flipboard is called a personal magazine, filled with the things you care about. You can get all of the news on a topic that you require and easily share to your networks, and also you can see important tweets and facebook posts.

There are other alternatives such as MyYahoo and igHome who are probably rubbing their hands together after iGoogle was pensioned off, but who knows how long these will be around, if the trend is moving away from personalised desktops, we will see.

So, don’t be too upset that iGoogle is retired now, there are many different ways you can get the same information.

 

 

Glide Video Texting App

Glide Video Texting App

glideappThis Free Glide Video Texting App looks really cool.

With Glide you are able to send video messages that are saved in the cloud to watch later or you can use the video to have real time chat.  With just one person or even in a group.

To me, right now glide does sound just awesome.

They just did one thing to let me down.

Log in with Facebook

The only down side for me is that you have to (at the moment) log in via Facebook.  However don’t freak out, they are working on some other sign up options.  In one way signing up with Facebook does give the app some security.  As obviously its only people you call  your friends that can send you Glides.  However with a stand alone app you could have it so that only people you allow can send you video messages, maybe even with a code like BBM.

Another thing I’m concerned with using Facebook or Twitter to sign in are the extra messages you will get, and I have seen reports of spam which can only be the reason for this – please no private messages or dm’s for people to sign up? Please let me know if you have received spam? I’d like to know why.

It seems the spam problem is thank fully sorted out.

glide

Glide Video Texting

We all know by now that video is the way to go – look at how popular Vine is and Instagram videos (not including YouTube here as its not really instant sharing)  and with live chat people love skype, Google hangouts and Face-time.  Glide seems to be all of those things put together.

Glide Instant video messages

With Smart Phones now you can have any virtually any social media or network or messaging app at your finger tips – this is why texting is so last year and people love to see you, to see what you are doing, its more personal more attainable and the Glide Video Texting App is instant.   Messages with Glide are immediately broadcast as it is recording, so that if the person is available they will see it right away, they don’t have to be there they can look at it later if they want.  What I like about it is that its not two way as such, and if you are in a hurry and just want to send a quick message you don’t get delayed by questions, HA – people can they answer you with another video but you can watch it later.  You can even invite several people to watch, those that are around will see right away, others will be notified they have a Video message.

I want to wait until they have another way of logging in before I get my Glide Video Texting app set up, but I may give in to peer pressure before that time – its all ready and waiting on my iPhone so I hope they hurry!

I think this video from Glide will explain it more clearly.

So what is Glide, exactly?

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 6.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Have you tried Glide?  What do you think?

 

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Schedule Google+ posts with Do Share

do share logoIf you want to Schedule Google+ posts – I guess that’s why you are here – then you are going to LOVE this !

I love social media, and social networking and I am a big fan of Google Chrome or anything Google in fact – so as you’d expect I love Google-plus and the option to be able to schedule google+ posts is very appealing – not that I need to do this all the time, but I like to have the option.

In comes – Do Share !

Do Share is an offical Google Chrome extension that was created by Tzarfrir Rehan – and designed by Joel Califa. Do Share not only gives you the option to post and schedule posts on Google+  but there are loads of other things you can do with it too.

  • Sharing to Profiles and Pages
  • Sharing from a table on Google Chrome
  • Shares to specific circles, communities or @mentions
  • Autocompletes Hashtags
  • Has Free Rich text Editor – no more ** __
  • Supports Drafts
  • Share from your pages stream
  • Multple Google Login
  • Creating Polls
  • and Automatic numbering as inspired by Gay Kawasaki

Where do I get Do Share

Either go to the Chrome Store and search for Do  Share – or just click here – Do Share

You then add it to chrome – done.  You leave this running or on all of the time if you want to keep using Do Share, you can turn it off again in the settings or in extensions.

How to edit settings on Do Share

Click on the Do Share Icon…

It opens up like  you want to create a post, at the top towards the left is a big cog, click this.
Here you will see the options

  • Add “Shared via #DoShare to your posts  – yes you can turn this off if you want.
  • Use Alternate Google Account
  • Auto number posts
  • Here you will see your profile and a list of your pages that you might want to number posts for – you can change each one individuality.
  • Share current tab when clicking Do Share
  • Log out and reconnect to Google.

How to create a post and schedule Google+ posts 

Its so easy to schedule Google+ posts and share them with Do Share.

You can either just click on the icon and type what you want to post and copy in your link – but thats a long way round, when Do Share have made it so easy.

schedule google+

When you have the tab open with the link that you are reading and want to share you click the Do Share icon.

This puts the link into a box on Do Share

do share

Click the Link and it opens up so you can add a title (which appears in bold) and some text which you can Bold Italic or Cross though.

Add who you want to share with by clicking Add more people.

Then you can Send to Drafts, Schedule or Share now

Brilliant!

I love this extension, try it out, see what you think.

How to – Google+ Communities

This week Google+ introduced Communities – which are much like Facebook Groups, a place where you can gather together with like-minded people and chat about chosen topics. The Google Official Blog tells us that the options are as follows.

  • Public or private membership to support all kinds of groups—from topics and interests to local neighborhoods to regular poker nights
  • Discussion categories to find the conversations you care about most
  • The option to start hangouts and plan events with community members
  • The ability to share with your community from any +1 button across the web

Anyone can create a community on anything they like, and invite people to join.

How to start a Google+ community

This is quite simple to create as we saw yesterday with so many invites for communities coming through it was overwhelming, but if you need help follow these instructions.

  1. Go to the communities icon on the left
  2. Click the red button on the top right (create a community)
  3. Make it public or private – and name the community.
  4. Click create a community
  5. Now its created you have a number of options
  6. You can…
  7. Write a tagline
  8. Add a photo
  9. Fill in About you
  10. Add discussion categories – this is helpful to set up as it make finding posts much easier.

When you’ve done all that – Click done and then you can invite people to your community – don’t invite everyone in all of your circles – that’s just annoying for people getting invites – be thoughtful and go through to choose people who you think will fit this particular subject.

Then go back to your community and I would set notifications to off. This is under your photo as a bell icon. I say this because – when the communities became available everyone decided to create one or two some much more than that – and there were so many notifications it was crazy. Or you could just leave it to members to turn off.

How to turn off notifications in  a Google+ community

As I said these notifications were driving me crazy yesterday – it was a complete overload and the lovely Lisa Mason said, why don’t you turn them off ….. oh yeah! 🙂 And peace was restored to my Google+ ! 

Go to the community and click the bell icon as you would for your own community. Peace!

How to turn off email notifications for Google+ communities

You can even turn off getting those pesky emails every 5 mins! 

  • Click on the Cog on the right hand side of Google+ profile page.
  • Click settings
  • Scroll down until you see – Communities.
  • Invite me to a Community – Email – Phone, untick these.

 

Now I’ve turned all those off, Google+ is a much better place.

How to find your communities

So you’ve joined some communities and now you want to get stuck in and join in with the discussions but you’ve turned off notifications….(this was my worry at first).

Click the communities tab on the left and it will show all of your communities, if there is a red number on the corner of the picture, this means that you have unread messages in that community.

On this page you can also discover other communities you might want to join.

That’s all of the how to’s I can think of at the moment, if there is anything that you need help with or can help us with on this subject please write it in comments here, and I’m sure I can find out for you or I can add it here.

It seems so far we are loving these new groups and its really getting people communicating and reconnecting again on Google+ I think it might have been a wise move!

Hope this helps

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do I remove the Ask toolbar from Google Chrome

How do I remove the Ask toolbar from Google Chrome

I’m not sure how I got this darn thing, but I have been downloading a few different drawing packages so I’m assuming I allowed it entry from something there.

What was happening is that every time I put a word in the address bar (omnibox) – whereas normally it would bring up Google search – this annoying Ask search thing would come up.

Look what happens when I type in Walk Off The Earth in the address bar……   <– see my review there – Great Band

Useless!!

These are Asksupports instructions that didn’t work for me but they might for you.

To remove the Ask Tool Bar from Chrome

– In an open Chrome browser, click on the Wrench In the top right-hand corner of the browser window.
– Hover over Tools In the menu that appears and click on Extensions.
– Locate the Ask extension and click the Remove button next to it.
– Click Uninstall In the box that appears.
– Close and re-open your browser.To reset your Chrome homepage, please follow the steps listed below:- Click the Wrench icon on the toolbar.
– Select “Options” (Preferences on Mac and Linux; Settings on a Chromebook).
– Click the “Basics” tab and find the “Home page” section.
– Enter your desired homepage in the section labeled “Open this page”To reset your default search provider for Chrome, follow these steps:- Continuing under the “Basics” tab, select the search engine you want to use from the dropdown box next to the “Search” label.
– If the search engine you want to use doesn’t appear in the menu, click “Manage search engines”.
– In the “Search Engines” window that appears, make your selection from the list provided.
– Click the “Make Default” button that appears next to your selection and your choice will be saved.

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I couldn’t see an Ask Extension in Google, then I was told it was a Foxit extension, well I didn’t have that either, so I disabled all extensions, and restarted, it was still there.

Then I looked in settings……

Click on the top right, of Google Chrome they say wrench but mine is just three lines.

Customise and control Google Chrome

Click settings

Look down the page to Search

Mine looked like this – DUH!

All I had to do is change Ask – to Google, and it was done, no restarting or anything.

So easy and yet, so annoying as it was thought to be an extension – I will now have to check that this doesn’t change when I restart my computer, which would mean I have a hijack somewhere, but for now, Google is back !

Now thats a search! 🙂

 

Hope this helps you too.

 

 

How to change your Twitter Header Photo 2016

 

How to change your Twitter Header Photo 2016

I’ve noticed people heading over to this page, so its time for a 2016 UPDATE

Its so much simpler now.

Click your own name to open up your page fully and at the top you will see your cover picture – underneath it says EDIT PROFILE

When you click this it lets you change your cover or header photo, your profile picture, your name and your bio.

 

header photo

Just click change your header photo – upload your image and save changes.  The best size for the Twitter header photo is 1263 x 421

Although twitter recommends 1500 x 500 it come out too large and twitter allows you to adjust it but for me, it just never works.

If you haven’t updated your twitter, then you may still be able to use the instructions below for 2015.

 

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More changes on Twitter, what next ?

As you probably know Twitter has made some changes, see here if not -> Twitter announces new profile pages and iPad app –  You can now add your own Header image as would on Facebook or Google

I’m going to show you with some pictures to help –  how to change your banner, header or cover picture as we know it. I’m going to use my other twitter account as after the first time it looks slightly different.

NB  – Click this link if you are looking for instructions on ->>> how to add the 2014 header photo on Twitter

1)  Click on the Cog

2)  Click on settings

3) Click Design

4) Click Change Header

5)  Upload an image

Image minimum dimensions are 1252 x 626 <- it says minimum here but I’ve not used 1252 at all.

Maximum file size is 5MB

6) Click Save – this might take a little while

 7) Save changes at the bottom

8) Click Me  – which is now at the top, next to Discover,  to see your picture

And is done – you will notice that now your direct messages are also available by clicking the envelope on the ME tab.

For the new addition in the iPad application you need to download the update.

How to add your Banner image using the iPad application.

You need to start this time on the ME the tab

1) Click the Cog

2) Edit Profile

3) Header

4) Choose photo – move and scale

5) Save

And thats it.

I think I like the changes – but I am going to have to change my twitter backgrounds now as they just don’t look right.

Have fun changing your images.

Hope this hopes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missing updates in Dashboard? – Its due to Google Friend Connect ! #RIP #GFC

Bloggers see the effects of losing Google friend connect.

In November the Senior Vice President of Operations for Google Urs Holze announced Google were spring cleaning, part of this cleaning involved terminating Google Friend Connect for non-blogger sites, such as WordPress. This retirement went into effect on the 1st of March and bloggers that did nothing about it are now losing many page views or unique visits from people that were only viewing from Google friend connect.

Google tried to encourage people to transfer subscribers to Google+ and to create Google+ page but we heard that many didn’t want to have to create more work for themselves and some don’t even like Google+

However, it might be something to think about as the future is clear, with the G+ button having a big impact on SEO and it all being connected with Google profiles, pages and especially business pages, I don’t think its something you want to miss out on as a blogger.

What they didn’t suggest is Google Reader,  many use Google Reader to keep up to date with their favorite blogs or websites.

An easy way to get people to subscribe to your blog/website on their reader is to add a Google+ button to your website – or even better to add the AddToAny: Subscribe Button plug in and with one click you get added to a persons Google reader.

If you have been thinking that you haven’t received some updates in your Blogger or blog spot dashboard then you have probably lost some non-blogger blogs, if you have Google reader you should add them to it, as soon as you can, if you don’t use it, now might be the time.

What is Google Reader.

(Google reader is a Web-based aggregator that reads from Atom and RSS feeds)

Google reader allows you to subscribe to the feeds of all the blogs that you love to read, and updates everyday so that you have the latest blogs sent straight to your feed.

With Google reader you can

  • Sort your Blogs into groups for easy reading by using folders.
  • Read in two views, expanded and list – and if you want to go to the source of the story you click the headline.
  • Easily share with others.
  • Use Keyboard Shortcuts 

You can add people to your Google Reader a number of ways

  • Searching in Google reader
  • Entering the RSS or Atom Feed, which you have find click on the RSS logo on the website
  • Clicking the buttons on a website.
Have a look the buttons on the techieminx main page – I’ve added all three – right at the bottom on the right.
You can even add a plug in on WordPress that shows the latest blogs on your reader.

What is iGoogle

iGoogle is your personalised Google home page for adding your favorite blogs, news sites, weather sites, photos, usually by using iGoogle Gadgets, here you would put anything that is most important to you. You can even add your Google reader to iGoogle.  This is nice to play around with, this is just for you, no one else sees it.

So you would need to put all of you the blogs/websites that you need to keep up to date with on Google reader first.

I love Google but its really not fair that they have crushed people’s hard work by dumping Google friend connect.  I know about progress and that they gave warnings its still heartbreaking to read some of the stories out there in blogland.  Google haven’t actually confirmed if they are going to keep it forever on Blogger or blogspot by the way – so if I were you I would be prepared and get Google+ and Google reader and encourage others to do the same. Once set up, neither take any time at all, in fact they save time.

I’ve only brushed over the top of these options, if there is anything you want me to elaborate on please let me know.

Hope this helps.

 

Google updates privacy policies – worried much?

Google announced a few days ago that they are updating their privacy policies.

They are now also sending out emails to everyone with a Google account, how much more upfront can they be and still people think they are hiding something.

The changes come into effect as from the 1st of March but already people are voicing their concerns on Facebook and Twitter.

One person said they will feel like they are being watched all the time, they said this publically on a twitter account with many followers 🙂

Google amalgamated all policies into just one privacy policy, to make it easier for everyone.

They say that they are creating one experience  – You log into Google Account and all of your accounts become one –  your Gmail – Search – You Tube and Calender.  In short, all of the information from these Google products will be shared with each other, to enable Google to understand us better and to help our searches be more accurate and target us with better ads.

I love Google – Google+, Youtube, Gmail, and everything that goes with it.

Its seems that some of us are worried that this just means that Google are keeping and storing more information about us, creating a big brother! This does not make sense to me, they already have all of this information anyway.

Google already knows all about you

You can still edit your own personal information to share whatever you wish on Google’s Dashboard – btw have you looked there recently?  You will see all of the information that Google already has about you.

If you are paranoid that Google are the bad guys, there are still ways that you can stop Google combining information from your Google account.  Such as you do not need to log in to you tube when watching videos – or you can use an incognito page when using chrome. You can even hide by deleting cookies and history.

Google say another reason for this update is because they want to make it easier to read and understand – Read Google’s terms of service and google’s privacy policy for yourself, I’m sure it will put your mind at rest.

No change could be for the worse! 

Google do stress that they do not sell our personal information or even share it without our permission, unless you are a criminal or such like.

They say that these changes will bring us better ads – which means more money for them in the long run – you can change or remove your ad preferences – and by deleting your cookies this also resets any information that they have regarding ads.

Will the information even be accurate?

I laughed actually when I went to look at the ads preferences –  they say that they infer our age and gender based on the websites that you’ve visited – mine say Age 18-24 Male – haha!  You can also remove or edit this information at any time, I’m leaving mine.

I don’t think that I have anything to hide (not much anyway) so I think it will be exciting to see if the changes have any effect on our searches.

However, if you are scared that Google is going to do nasty things with all of this information, you can hide it from them if you want, with these many settings or hide outs.

As we have to do with Facebook, adjust your settings accordingly.

Are you concerned, why?  Have I missed the point?  Let us know..

Hope this helps

 

 

 

 

SOPA and why popular websites are joining the blackout

 

SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act – A proposed Bill to stop or restrict access to sites that host pirated content.

Sopa is basically looking for a way to finally completely shutdown all torrent sites such at Pirate Bay.

Good you say……

So then why are so many social media or websites and search engines supporting or joining the black out protest against SOPA and PIPA  which is the Protect IP Act the companion bill.

Sopa Blackout

Sites such at Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, Minecraft, Twitpic, Flickr, Tumblr, Umgur, Boing boing, and many other sites are opposing the acts saying that American companies being asked to censor the internet. Its Big Brother.They say, the internet will be fully censored, people won’t share anything and if they do, search engines, websites, ad networks and providers are to withhold their services.  Pirates would include anyone that is infringing copyrights. Thus will be the end of the internet as we know it.  So the sites are protesting this now to raise awareness while SOPA is on hold.

List of websites supporting the SOPA blackout 

The RedTape Contronicles say this 

SOPA’s supporters say the bill would give intellectual property rights holders — such as TV studios — a powerful new tool to protect their creative works. But opponents say it would allow federal authorities to shut down entire portions of the Internet without due process, and fundamentally alter the Internet’s ability to provide a platform for free speech.

I’m not sure what would happen to sites such as YouTube, read on…

Money.Cnn.com explains it here

If SOPA passes, copyright holders would be able to complain to law enforcement officials and get websites shut down. Search engines and other providers would have to block rogue sites when ordered to do so by a judge. Sites could be punished for hosting pirated content in the first place — and Internet companies are worried that they could be held liable for users’ actions.

And The Telegraph said

The most controversial provisions of SOPA would force websites that carry user-generated material, such as Wikipedia, to impose new restrictions on posting or constantly monitor activity, it’s claimed. Under current laws if websites remove pirated content when they are notified by the copyright holder they are not liable for damages.

Strangely Twitter is not going to participate in the blackout over the bills, even though they were great supporters of the opposition.

I’ve tried to explain this in the simplest of ways as many people have asked why is the bill being opposed? or What is the problem the pirates are criminals, it’s illegal, they should be stopped.  Maybe this will show you.

I’m not sure how widespread this blackout will actually be on the 18th January 2012 but I do hope there is some sort of an impact this seems to have gone a little to far.

You can show your support on wordpress self hosted websites by going to new plugins and search for stop SOPA ribbon, like I have.

Hope this helps