• Google Introduced 6-Second "Bumper" Ads to YouTube, Like Cute Little Haikus of Video Ads

    Google Introduced 6-Second "Bumper" Ads to YouTube, Like Cute Little Haikus of Video Ads

    Because you watch a ton of “snackable” video on your smartphones, Google is introducing a new ad format for advertisers to use on YouTube that only lasts 6 seconds.These new ad styles are called “Bumper” ads and Google is hoping that advertisers will use them to get creative in showing you commercials in between video binges.
  • Microsoft Unveils Plan To Combat 'Terrorist Content'

    Microsoft Unveils Plan To Combat 'Terrorist Content'

    In addressing terrorists' online content, the software giant is tweaking its Microsoft services' terms of use agreement and its notice-and-takedown process.For its terms of use agreement, Microsoft will specifically prohibit the posting of terrorist content on the consumer services that it hosts.
  • Google Apps Vs. Office 365: Which Suite Reigns Supreme?

    Google Apps Vs. Office 365: Which Suite Reigns Supreme?

    According to Okta's [email protected] 2016 report, over 40% of its customers user both Google Apps and Office 365.As businesses shift toward cloud-based applications, there appears to be room for both Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365, at least while the cloud transition remains underway.
  • Google Beats Oracle In Long-Running Java Copyright Case

    Google Beats Oracle In Long-Running Java Copyright Case

    That year, Oracle charged Google with copyright and patent infringement for its use of Java API code in Android.However, the jury at the time couldn't agree on whether Google's use of Java represented fair use.
  • Java Ruling A Potential Win For Open Source

    Java Ruling A Potential Win For Open Source

    But the open source community can breathe a sigh of relief -- for now.With Oracle's defeat in its long-running Java copyright case against Google now over, developers may feel more at ease when using open source software.
  • 9 Skype Alternatives Worth Considering

    9 Skype Alternatives Worth Considering

    So popular, in fact, it has become the vernacular for "video chat" among many.Consumers often use "Skyping" as a verb, regardless of the service they actually use to connect.
  • The Rise Of The Bots: 11 Ways Your Business Can Prepare

    The Rise Of The Bots: 11 Ways Your Business Can Prepare

    In today's threat landscape, the only way for you to disrupt attackers and protect your organizati Business is ripe for a bot explosion.Enterprises commonly use bots to reduce customer service costs and improve responsiveness to customer requests.
  • 8 Smart Ways To Use Prescriptive Analytics

    8 Smart Ways To Use Prescriptive Analytics

    Whether your organization is considering the use of big data and analytics, or has taken its first Somewhere between blind faith and skepticism is the world of prescriptive analytics.Marketing and retail have been two of the most publicized use cases for prescriptive analytics, a type of predictive analytics software which recommends one or more courses of action and shows the likely outcome of each decision.
  • iOS 10: Siri Integrates With Third-Party Apps

    iOS 10: Siri Integrates With Third-Party Apps

    Whether your organization is considering the use of big data and analytics, or has taken its first As Apple gears up for its iOS 10 public beta in July, a select group of developers will now be able to sync up their apps with users' Siri demands.The software development kit (SDK) can also be used by automakers who want to let Siri control Apple's CarPlay apps.
  • Google's Push For More Diverse Female Emojis Approved

    Google's Push For More Diverse Female Emojis Approved

    In fact, nearly eight in ten women use emojis frequently, according to AdWeek, with 18- to 29-year-olds the heaviest users.Three out of five people over age 35 say they use emojis frequently.
  • 10 Ways Bots Can Improve Your Business Processes

    10 Ways Bots Can Improve Your Business Processes

    Businesses use bots to engage with customers, online and via social media, because they're a cost-effective way to respond instantly to simple queries.For example, enterprise software company Unit4 is building bots to improve the efficiency of travel requests, expenses, absences, time recording, and purchasing, for its employees and managers.
  • 10 Ways Bots Can Improve Your Business Processes

    10 Ways Bots Can Improve Your Business Processes

    Businesses use bots to engage with customers, online and via social media, because they're a cost-effective way to respond instantly to simple queries.For example, enterprise software company Unit4 is building bots to improve the efficiency of travel requests, expenses, absences, time recording, and purchasing, for its employees and managers.
  • Get Smart With Stacey: How to Control Outdoor Halloween Lights

    Get Smart With Stacey: How to Control Outdoor Halloween Lights

    This weekend, we decorated for Halloween, which means a few sets of lights, an LED spider, and some cheap spider webs.My connected Halloween lighting looks like this in the front: And this is the back: Not like this, which requires a professional lighting designer: When it comes to holiday lighting, smart switches are your best friends.
  • SPUD Gives Any Smartphone a 24-Inch Display

    SPUD Gives Any Smartphone a 24-Inch Display

    The latest of those ideas is the Spontaneous Pop-up Display (SPUD), which takes your smartphone and converts it into a 24-inch display without sacrificing portability.A portable 24-inch display may sound like a contradiction, and it would be if it weren't for the fact SPUD collapses down to the size of a paperback book when not in use.
  • Anyone Can Use Skype Without An Account

    Anyone Can Use Skype Without An Account

    Microsoft is making it easier to use Skype anywhere in the world without downloading the app or entering a password.Simply join Skype as a Guest to quickly chat with friends or make a voice or video call to family "without any hassle," the company promised.
  • Nearly Half The World is Online

    Nearly Half The World is Online

    Forty-seven percent of the world's population is online, according to a new report from the United Nation's International Telecommunication Union (ITU).At this point, there are almost as many mobile-cellular subscriptions around the world as there are people on Earth.
  • 7 Ways to Stay Organized This Holiday Season

    7 Ways to Stay Organized This Holiday Season

    As organized as I am, I could not get through that stretch between late November and January 1 without help.Here are some of the apps and online services I'm using to meet all my holiday obligations without sacrificing a ton of time and energy.