If you’re looking for a new podcasting tool, SoundCloud has opened its podcasting features to everyone.
Google has launched a new Chrome extension to protect you both from phishing and reusing critical passwords. “Google is launching a new Chrome extension today designed to prevent you from recycling your Google password on other sites. Password Alert, which is now available in the Chrome Web Store, will warn you whenever you are about to reuse your Google password on a site that isn’t a Google sign-in page.”
Need a drone and a professional operator for some footage? You can hire one via DroneBase, at least if you’re in LA. “DroneBase lets you commission a drone and its pilot for commercial jobs. You just submit your request online, DroneBase finds someone who can do the gig, they come fly and send you the media and data needed. The DroneBase marketplace is now open for business in Los Angeles with plans to expand.” DroneBase is a private company, so all your DroneBase, unfortunately, are not belong to us.
Tate Archive has released several new online collections, including the sketchbooks of sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.
More archives: a new archive is devoted to architect Erno Goldfinger, specifically Balfron Tower.
From Canva: 15 steps to design an infographic from scratch.
Fun article from Digital Trends: How to get the most out of your time in Google Earth.
It’s 2015 and Web sites still autoplay ads with audio, which is just stupid. But if you’re using Google Chrome you can get those ads to shut up.
Now that Buffer supports Pinterest scheduling, it wants to give you some hints for frequency and timing.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Yes, emoji are everywhere. Even in WordPress.
Nice! Windows 10 will be able to run ported iOS and Android apps. “iOS and Android developers will be able to port their apps and games directly to Windows universal apps, and Microsoft is enabling this with two new software development kits. On the Android side, Microsoft is enabling developers to use Java and C++ code on Windows 10, and for iOS developers they’ll be able to take advantage of their existing Objective C code.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Social app Secret is apparently shutting down.
Interesting reading: How the Navy keeps sailors on task and off social media. “A basic finding of the study was that ‘global control,’ telling people to avoid all distractions during the working day — the default approach of the pre-Internet era — is by necessity giving way to ‘situational control’: abandoning bans in favor of keeping distractions to a tolerable minimum, and ratcheting controls up and down, depending on circumstances.”
You thought Google dominated search in the United States? It’s nothing compared to Europe. “In most EU member countries, Google controls more than 90 percent of the search market. Sometimes, it controls much more: In Belgium, Germany, and Finland, it can claim more than 97 percent of all search engine use, according to a 2010 report by marketing research firm PTG Media.”
And now here come all the big brands hogpiling on Periscope. First up? Taco Bell. “Taco Bell revealed Wednesday the offer of free Biscuit Tacos on May 5, or Cinco de Mayo. But the news of the giveaway wasn’t nearly as interesting as the way the brand announced it. The social-media-savvy brand used Periscope, a new Twitter live-streaming mobile app, to make the announcement directly to fans.”
Evernote has new pricing plans. “The new plans, Basic, Evernote Plus and Evernote Premium, are differentiated by features like support for offline access, larger note sizes, monthly upload allowances and collaboration features among other things.”
RESEARCH AND OPINION
Hey, Enron was actually good for something! Creating a huge set of spreadsheets for researchers to play with. Good morning, Internet…
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