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Month: October 2014

Facebook Unveils its 10 Year Plan

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and CFO Dave Wehner recently sat down to speak on the tech company’s plans for the next 10 years. One goal for the company is to both expand and integrate its many existing Facebook communication platforms, including WhatsApp, Messenger, Search, Video, NewsFeed, Oculus, and Instagram, each connecting over 1 billion users worldwide. In addition to further expanding its existing platforms, Zuckerberg points to an aggressive increase in advertising investments, particularly mobile ads, in order to monetize the planned expansion and make a return for future investments into communications technology and innovation. Zuckerberg believes that the potential of the  Oculus — a Facebook-owned virtual reality headset — will gain huge traction in the next 10 to 15 years, claiming, “We’re making a long-term bet on the future of computing…and we think that virtual and augmented reality are important parts of this upcoming next platform.” Already holding a firm position in the social media and technological communications sphere, Facebook continues to blueprint its strategic plans for even further growth. Article source:...

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BMW Unveils 2016 X5 M and X6 M

BMW introduces the second generation of the X5 M and X6 M with an all-new 2016 update. Each powered with a 4.4L V8 engine and boasting a 0-60 time of four seconds, the high-performance M duo launches to the tune of 567 HP while featuring a 10% increase in torque at 553 pound-feet. Improved exterior modifications to the cars include large front-end air intakes, side gills, M-detailed exterior mirrors and four-pipe exhaust, a rear spoiler for the X6, and 21-inch premium wheels. Some of the many interior improvements involve an xDrive all-wheel-drive system, Dynamic Stability Control, and a new eight-speed Steptronic transmission with paddle shifts, combining top performance driving capabilities with a refined supercharged M engine package. Slated to hit showrooms in 2015, the 2016 X5 M will be priced at $99,650 USD and the X6 M at $103,050 USD. Stay tuned for an official release at select BMW dealerships in the near future. Article source:...

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Quiet Life x Katsuo "JUMP ON IT" Launch Party & Press Release

The Quiet Life and Katsuo Design are celebrating the launch of their capsule collection ”JUMP ON IT” with a release party and a pop-up shop the Slow Culture Gallery in Highland Park, Los Angeles. The 19-piece capsule collection features artwork from Japanese illustrator Yusuke of KATSUO Design and centers around curvy ’60s pop-art characters, taking on woven shirts, tees, socks, bucket hats and five-panel hats. Photographed by Quiet Life Founder Andy Mueller, enjoy the lookbook to get a glimpse at Yusuke’s workshop and his signature designs and look for the full range now at The Quiet Life. Article source:...

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“Google My Business” App Now Lets Business Owners Respond To Customer Reviews From Their Smartphone

Google is rolling out an update to its “Google My Business” mobile application designed to make it easier for business owners to view and respond to customer reviews…and, of course, complaints. Where previously the app served as a way for businesses to quickly update their information, post to Google+ and track how visible their business is across Google sites, with these new changes, business owners will be able to see reviews posted on the web in real-time, and respond immediately from their smartphone. As consumers leave new reviews online, the app’s users will receive a push notification on their device, alerting them to the added review. They can then launch the app to respond to the review instantly. Though a minor change from a technical perspective, this could be a very big deal for businesses where owners are often too busy running their operations to be sitting behind a PC to see what customers are saying online. And is often the case, a single bad review that’s allowed to sit out there, ignored, can have a big impact on prospective new customers or clients – even when the unhappy customer himself or herself was the one in the wrong. Other times, customers are asking questions via their reviews, or providing feedback businesses would want to know or respond to. Yelp, a competitor to Google My Business, also allows owners to respond to reviews but...

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Twitter Partners With IBM To Bring Social Data To The Enterprise

Twitter and IBM announced a significant partnership today that will involve Twitter sharing its data with IBM for integration into IBM’s enterprise solutions, including the Watson cloud platform. The deal means IBM will gain access to the Twitter “firehose,” allowing businesses to incorporate insights gained from the social network into their decision-making process. Additionally, the two companies will also be teaming up to build “a unique collection of enterprise solutions,” they say, which puts IBM into a different category than some of Twitter’s other data partners, who generally just ingest the data for use in their own systems. IBM says the companies will collaborate to build enterprise applications to improve business decisions across industries and professions, beginning with applications and services for sales, marketing and customer service. They will also work together on industry-specific solutions, including those for banking, consumer products, transportation and retail. Developers will also be able to integrate Twitter data into their own cloud applications, thanks to this agreement, using either IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud or its BlueMix development platform. Going forward, the integrations will allow IBM customers to ask more complex questions about their businesses, like “why are we growing quickly in Brazil?” for example, a Twitter blog post suggests, and then use Twitter data to help them inform those responses. The announcement, which Twitter says has been “years in the making,” comes at a time when IBM has been ramping up its efforts...

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