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The Portalization of Social Media: Notify, Moments, & Discover

Published on Author Eli Fennell

    Social media is now one of the largest, if not the largest, uses for a few billion internet users globally. Over one and a half billion internet users are on Facebook alone, and more and more internet users are on multiple social networks including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, and LinkedIn. The… Continue reading The Portalization of Social Media: Notify, Moments, & Discover

Twitter Moments

Twitter Won’t Be Saved in (or by) a Moment

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Update: 10/13/2016: Twitter is currently testing an Explore Tab to replace the Moments Tab, suggesting it may not be achieving their desired usage levels. This would appear to vindicate what I wrote below about the feature slightly more than a year ago.   Earlier this week, Twitter unveiled their latest new product feature: Moments. Billed… Continue reading Twitter Won’t Be Saved in (or by) a Moment

Chromecast

Did Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Just Pull a ‘Bet the Company’ Move?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Amazon will be banning sales of Chromecast, the Nexus Player, and Apple TV through their retail channel and partners.  Their official statement, which is best described as self-justifying drivel (putting it kindly), says in part, “Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime. It’s important that the streaming media players… Continue reading Did Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Just Pull a ‘Bet the Company’ Move?

Pixel C by Google

Pixel C: Is Google ‘Seizing Control’ of Android on PC’s?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

At the Google Nexus Event 2015, Google unveiled the newest and most surprising member of their Pixel series of Personal Computer: the Pixel C. Whereas previous Pixels were Chromebooks, the Pixel C is a convertible Android tablet with a magnetically-attached bluetooth companion keyboard, positioning it as Google’s answer to the Microsoft Surface and Apple iPad… Continue reading Pixel C: Is Google ‘Seizing Control’ of Android on PC’s?

Nexus Event 2015: A New Kind of Google

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Google revealed a lot of things at their 2015 Nexus Event yesterday, including a playful sense of humor when it comes to poking their competition, but the most important thing on display was the thing they never mentioned by name: Sundar Pichai’s Google. As incoming CEO of a company now joining a larger conglomerate known… Continue reading Nexus Event 2015: A New Kind of Google

Why Twitter is Right to Remove Share Counts

Published on Author Eli Fennell

The Death of a Twitter Share (Count) In an unceremonious way, Twitter dropped a huge bombshell by announcing, as part of a redesign of their social buttons, that they will be removing support for Share Counts.  The technical details are complicated, but putting it as simply as possible, it will now be nearly impossible for any share… Continue reading Why Twitter is Right to Remove Share Counts

Google’s New ‘Secret Weapon’ is a Simple Hyperlink

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Quietly, and without much fanfare, Google services are becoming more ‘open’ through the power of hyperlinks.  By ‘open’, I mean substantially useful without signing up for them, in some cases without even installing them or even without being logged in to Google at all. To understand what I mean by this, let’s first take a step back,… Continue reading Google’s New ‘Secret Weapon’ is a Simple Hyperlink

ETER9 User Guide

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Table of Contents Preface From Here to (Virtual) Eternity   Introduction What is ETER9? Why This User Guide Was Born   Part 1) Setting Up Your Account Creating Your Account – Updated 04/07/2016 Who is ELiZA NiNE? – Updated 09/29/2015 Editing Your Profile Adding a Profile Picture Editing the About Tab – Updated 09/22/2015 Configuring… Continue reading ETER9 User Guide

The New Google Wallet: Walkthrough & Impressions

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Yesterday, Android Police spotted a new version of the Google Wallet app in the Google Play Store, called Google Wallet (New).  This wasn’t an update to the current app that will eventually roll out to users, but rather an entirely separate app.  This was to be expected, in a way, as the original Google Wallet… Continue reading The New Google Wallet: Walkthrough & Impressions

Google Rejects the Time Machine

3 Things Google Wants to Kill

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Google’s CEO Larry Page has long been noted for his insistence on something called “10X Thinking”. A joke about him tells of a Googler inventing a time machine, only to be stopped before he can plug it in by Page asking why it can’t be wireless. What this joke illustrates is that ‘10X Thinking’ is… Continue reading 3 Things Google Wants to Kill

3 Things Google Wants to Kill

Google Rejects the Time Machine