Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing.com were Down

Bing’s down page

Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing.com have recently admitted to suffering a short outage of service for approximately 20 minutes. This was reportedly from Twitter and other website-monitoring services that were available at that time. Briefly after the outage, Bing.com has quickly been live, up and running again but Yahoo’s search engine that is using and powered by Bing (you can find this at search.yahoo.com) was still down for a couple of minutes more than Microsoft.

During the brief outages of these two powerful search engines, going on Yahoo.com and entering a web search on the website will just redirect one to search.yahoo.com. Searching ”photos of dog” will leave you with a white blank page, or an error message instead of the search term you were looking for, or “photos of dog”.

Blank Yahoo search result

Yahoo’s Bing and its outage of service was not resolved immediately. One website-monitoring service called IsItDownRightNow has made confirmations that the site was down and offline for a memorable period of time on one day. However, some individuals claim that the default IIS homepage shows up instead.

Given that Microsoft also has other Microsoft domains such as portal.office.com, hotmail, and outlook.com, various others claim that these domains were difficult to reach as well. However, there were no official reports that could confirm this claim directly. Both Yahoo and Microsoft have survived the outage and manage to appear functional soon after. Other website-monitorng services even report that there were no disruptions of service at all or even having zero data on the domains that were previously referenced. In addition to this, there were confirmed reports that Live.com also experienced its server being down at the same time that Bing.com was affected.

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The Untimely Death of the Google Glass

Glass by Google

 

In breaking news in the technology world, Google has recently announced that it was ending the entire Google Glass Explorer Program. Google Glass has come to its final destination and is being transferred to the care of Tony Fadell from Nest. This sudden but expected end was a cry for quits.

Models of Glass

 

Early on the development of the technology Google Glass, there were already many violent and harsh reactions towards the new technology. A term was even coined out for those who would wear the Google Glass in the future – Glassholes. Many people just loathed the image of nerds with a portable computer plastered on their face and could take pictures and videos at any point in time. Glassholes were folks who would soon face the harsh and violent comments of Glass haters. Although we already live in a world where we take videos and pictures with our smartphones right smack in public, the Google Glass didn’t seem to click with the people. The image of wearable optical devices was an idea that was just despicable to people.

More to add fuel to the hatred to Google Glass, Google created an Explorer program where only the elite could pay the price of US $1500 to become an exclusive member and user of your own Glass. The Glass Explorer program was merely a marketing ploy that lured people to pay for a beta version of the latest wearable technology so that they could report feedback to the Google company.

Even if Google failed to make the Glass a warm and inviting wearable device to many, their valiant efforts are much respected by the tech community.

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Facebook at Work

Facebook testing Facebook at Work

A few months back in the mid-year of 2014, Facebook was reportedly working on a new product whose target market was the enterprise market. This new product is still under the works and is called, “FB@Work”. This year in 2015, the official FB@Work product is coming to the spotlight. Mark Zuckerberg’s company is now launching the “Facebook At Work” app and is making it available to iOS and Android as well. Alongside with this app is a web version of the Facebook at Work app that is also easily accessible. Every single businee across the globe can create their own social network among their colleagues.

Interface of Facebook at Work

The Facebook at Work works and is designed almost the same as the regular Facebook itself. Some differences would be that employers can choose to create log-ins for employees so that they can use their Work accounts. Users can even link their other accounts so that they have just one profile to access every thing they want to in just one place.

The product, Facebook at Work, directly competes with big Microsoft’s Yammer, Convo, Slack, Social Cast, and other social networks that are targeting enterprises as their main audience. One popular business social site, LinkedIn, even admitted that they were in the works of thinking of a product for coworkers or colleagues to easily communicate and be able to transfer or share content. Not surprisingly, some of those who have tried to do exactly this have not yet succeeded. The engineering director of Facebook who is the head of the Facebook at Work project has previously headed Google Wave, an enterprise social network that has failed before.

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Selling to sharing

Content Marketing

How do you provide good services to consumers with your brand? How do you increase your customer’s interest and build a relationship with your brand and your customers? Buyers are naturally suspicious and ultimately think that brands are just trying to sell them their products through their content. So if it’s your first time to try to engage your customers, try your best to understand your target market’s point of view in order to successfully grab their attention. If they decide that they deem it valuable and relevant to their interests, they will naturally start trusting you, pay attention to your content, and share it in their social circles. The focus and goal of your content should be to provide valuable insights to customers so they can make better purchasing decisions which can lead to indirect driving sales. This is why content marketing is similar to the work of a journalists. Writing a blog to answer questions from your customers is not enough. It requires your marketing team to start telling engaging and helpful and relevant stories. Use facts, figures, give clear industry insights.

 

US Comfort Women

This shift from “selling” to “sharing” relevant content to customers is parallel to the struggle that South Korean US Comfort Women felt during the time that they had to sell their bodies as per encouragement by their government. Today, the women are sharing their stories in hopes that the government will provide reparations for the personal damages that it cost them. In hindsight, both shift of events allow for a truthful recollection of what everyone should finally know.

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Time Inc. makes a Deal with Outbrain

Time Inc. strikes a deal with Outbrain

Time Inc., which is USA’s biggest magazine publisher, makes a deal with Outbrain, the most exclusive external provider of stories that are recommended for Time Inc.’s websites. This includes Time.com and People.com. Before the deal, Time Inc. has used many other companies support the content-recommendation widgets that push visitor traffic in the web. The deal is US$100 million more worth to Time Inc.

 

The content recommendation or content discovery company, Outbrain, works by placing links underneath the articles that are originally published by different kinds of websites. Let’s say CNN.com, Slate or ESPN create or post articles. Media companies and other marketers pay for Outbrain’s service to place links underneath the published articles in order to drive more traffic to the content. Whenever the links appear in the publisher, Outbrain shares the revenue.

Outbrain’s work underneath Time.Inc’s articles

Outbrain was selected not merely because their revenues are increasingly higher than others but also because their engine drives more traffic and better recommendations than the other engines do. The deal by Time Inc. with Outbrain will take more than $100 million in U.S dollars over the duration of the deal in exchange for being exclusive with Outbrain. The deal according to an insider to the arrangement will last for three years. The deal was made on November 15.

More to driving more traffic and readers from other sites to media companies such as Time Inc., Time Inc. also depends on Outbrain to drive traffic within their own sites but just to different web pages. Advertisers of Time Inc. can be helped in this case.

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Good.co helps companies and job seekers

Good.co helps job seekers and companies

Good.co is a web service that helps specific companies and employees to match up in terms of personality and whether or not you’ll end up at a place or company that fits you as well as vice versa. This service helps job head hunters and job hunters to find which potential employees are a better fit for them in order to save time and money more than what is necessary.

Job listings can help you determine whether or not you’re qualified for a specific job because of its job description. It lists the qualifications so you can tell whether or not you have the requirements for the task. However, it does not determine whether or not you are fit for the culture of the company. This web service is change the need to spend more for that. Good.co was launched in beta and classifies companies and job seekers into personality types.

Good.co saves time and energy

These personality types are based on an algorithm and then rates your score on how will the company and job seeker matches up. The goal of the website is to help job seekers recognize their strengths and weaknesses and improve the chance that businesses or companies get when they hire an employee. The result is a well matched company and employee for one another.

Initially, signing up to use the site will lead you to fill up a questionnaire that was first created by an experimental psychologist. The entire website, Good.co, breaks down different personalities for many hundreds of companies that are based on brand perception, revenue, staff size and more. Based on many types of data and information, one can also determine whether or not you are a good fit for the company or whether you will stick to the career ahead of you in that company.

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Productivity Apps for Startup Businesses

Bitrix 24 interface

There are many apps to make one productive during business. The top three productivity apps for business are Bitrix24.com, GotFreeFax.com, and RemembertheMilk.com.

 

With Bitrix24.com, it’s easy to adopt with the app with minimum training. Bitrix24.com is one of the fastest growing social intranet that is absolutely free for business but with only 12 employees or fewer than that. With the application comes several tools that will prove useful like project management, CRM, real-time streaming, file sharing, activity planner and many more. It is cloud-based so it can be accessed anywhere you go. Unlimited users begins at US$99 a month to upgrade.

How GotFreeFax.com works

The second app is called GotFreeFax.com. Even if fax is believed to be irrelevant these days, Mashable has reported that fax machines are still relevant until the year of 2017. GotFreeFax.com is an online service that allows one to send a maximum of three fax pages for free or two faxes per day to absolutely any number but restricted to Canada or the United States of America. This cool site offers premium pay-per-fax services that allows users to send more faxes than the free amount.

Lastly, RemembertheMilk.com enables one to be more productive in doing tasks and time management. It’s an all-in one manager with an electronic calendar and a to-do list. It also shares your tasks with other people and is GMail integrated. To become a pro member, it’s priced at $25 for a year and integrates Microsoft Outlook and other limited mobile app features as well.

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Rethinking TipBit for Mobile

Tipbit app

The Tipbit app’s main unique selling proposition is that it aims to be the smarter and more productive email client for mobile devices. The app has slowly been growing popular since it is a centralized command center where in one can view one’s email, calendar, contacts and documents.

However, there were former Microsoft employees that decided to improve the experience for an Apple product for Tipbit, a surprising move coming from rival Microsoft. Gordon Mangione decided to do just this for the Apple app.

The email app Tipbit was recently released to help the users of the app to become more productive by having one centralized center to check email, place events in the calendar, share documents, view contacts and edit information from other social networks. Gordon Mangione found one problem that would prove to be the downfall of the Tipbit app. Magione previously worked as the VP for Microsoft for more than ten years. The problem was that nobody could find anything anymore and there was no one who could respond as efficiently anymore.

Tipbit interface

When Gordon was still in Microsoft, he helped make solutions and oversee different kinds of products like Microsoft Exchange. He left to work on XenSource, a software company that was bought by Citrix. Later on, he wanted to return to developing mail products as a startup on his own. Thus, Magnione established a team of engineers belonging to Microsoft and Citrix to make the first email application that was more comprehensive. It was originally for desktop but was then switched to mobile.

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The Memoir App

The Memoir App

A new iPhone app and soon to be made available on Android has been released by Lee Hoffman and his co-founder Angela Kim. This new app is called Memoir and it helps users relive their memories without having to go through tracing their steps with so much effort than they did before. Normally, people don’t have records that are so detailed recording every single thought, emotion, or happening. However, the app called Memoir can completely change that.

 

Memoir is an app that sync and stores photos from the phone and your desktop in the cloud. It then organizes these pictures by date and gathers data from your social network such as Facebook, Instagram and Foursquare in order to provide the pictures with more social context. The Memoir app also uses a geolocation data and time stamp in order to conclude where a Fouresquare check-in should be grouped with your Instagram photo or instead a photo from the phone’s camera roll. Again, the app checks and analyzes the data about the photo, who you were with and how you’re connected to them on your social networks and whether or not you’ve shared a moment with them if in any case you’ve tagged them in your photos, then it makes it much easier to determine through the app if you’ve shared that moment or not.

Interface of the Memoir App

The end goal is one single memory.

In a nutshell, the Memoir app uses the Timehop tool and organizes photos like Viewfinder, while taking note of what happened that day through social diary apps like Momento. The difference is that the Memoir app shares less and analyzes data more.

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The Anti-cyber sex law

cyber sex

Many Asian countries are now passing laws and bills to strengthen the fight on an already rampant cyber sex industry across the continent. The law that most of these countries passed is defined by a law that makes cybersex between husband and wife, two concenting adults, or two voluntary and involuntary minors illegal to be published and streamed on the internet for profitable gain. Any people associate with the willful engagement, maintenance, control, or operation, directly or indirectly of any of these lascivious exhibitions of sexual deeds and activities with the aid of a computer system, is also liable to be doing illegal business.

This cybersex law has been made in many different Asian countries to prevent an industry that targets minors who are looking for quick money as their main source of income. Cybersex has been a rising through the years as the number of internet users has gone up as well. Compared to handling a gentle’s man club or a strip club joint, a virtual cybersex business is relatively easier to handle and maintain since there is no actual place of meeting and money transactions. All operations are done through the internet, meaning clients have the power to keep their names secure while seeking these services. Many cybersex business owners feel that they are gaining an upperhand in the recruitment of their employees or show people by stating that they are not actually prostitutes since they don’t directly give sexual favors for cash in return. It is even commonly stated that they are simply entertainers and dancers who perform exotic deeds for other people’s enjoyment.

a funny ad for cyber sex

Many technologically developed countries such as Japan, Singapore and Hong kong are the three primary countries to run these operations finding their employees in far flung cities of third world countries as well having their own local arrangements. This has been the new trend and most of these technologically inclined countries and has eradicated old forms of prostitution such as Japanese comfort women and Hong Kong trading sex slaves. The modern times have no called for a change in the prostitution business and laws are now inclined to make a change as well to stop these illegal business to occur.

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