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Creating an iPad Mini: Bad Idea - What do you think?

Creating an iPad Mini: Bad Idea - What do you think? | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
Google has released the Nexus 7, a 7 inch Android tablet which contains the very latest release of Jelly Bean. But now there are rumors about Apple trying to release a device that can compete with the best 7 inch tablet made so far — the Nexus 7. The Wallstreet Journal and Bloomberg speculated that Apple has plans of releasing an “iPad Mini” later this year in time for the Christmas season.


Though there is a possibility for Apple to release a mini version of its iPad, this has largely been considered a bad idea. While it might seem that the customers and users would be the less fortunate group if no iPad Mini comes into fruition, the less fortunate ones here are actually the developers of iPad applications.

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Top 10 Pinterest Hoaxes - Don’t believe everything you see on Pinterest.

Top 10 Pinterest Hoaxes - Don’t believe everything you see on Pinterest. | MarketingHits | Scoop.it

Don’t believe everything you see on Pinterest.


While it’s tempting to see the site as one big window-shopping experience, not everything pinned can be bought. Some pins are simply too good to be true.


Horticulturalist Steve Asbell has devoted a collaborative pinboard to pointing out the fakes, flora-related and more on his board, Fake Plants and Other Hoaxes.

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Next iPhone To Feature Quad-Core Processor [REPORT]

Next iPhone To Feature Quad-Core Processor [REPORT] | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
If it’s not the new iPad, it’s rife rumor regarding the upcoming next-gen iPhone that’s keeping Apple in the news just now. The device, which is thought to be receiving a longer screen, will also be getting a mighty quad-core processor, if a report originating from DigiTimes is to be taken as Gospel.

The blogosphere has become used to taking DigiTimes coverage with a pinch of salt – primarily because many of the big leaks stem from unspecified sources,  and this latest report doesn’t break the habit of a lifetime.

The iPhone is credited with changing the face of the modern-day smartphone, but after sticking with the same ethos throughout in terms of screen size and general power (i.e. good quality, but not eye-watering), it appears the fruit company is now playing catch-up with rivals.
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The already great Scanner Pro gets iCloud syncing and shiny new iPhone interface

The already great Scanner Pro gets iCloud syncing and shiny new iPhone interface | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
There are certain categories of utility apps on the App Store that fill up with junk. Developers see an opportunity to jump in with a half-baked offering and flood the market with crappy apps that are difficult to tell apart from the real goods at a glance.

The ‘iPhone as a scanner’ category is one of those. There are dozens of apps out there that say they will use your iPhone’s camera as a scanner, but very few of them back that up with a great UI, well tuned interface and solid image processing options.
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LinkedIn Generates $1.30 Per User Per Hour; 21 Times More Than Facebook

LinkedIn Generates $1.30 Per User Per Hour; 21 Times More Than Facebook | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
We’ve seen how valuable LinkedIn is to professionals for developing connections and furthering their business, but you probably didn’t realise just how valuable you are to the professional social networking site, and just how well it’s doing because of this.
Forbes’ cover story on how LinkedIn became the business it is now is well worth a read, but what really stands out is just how successful it has become because of this. After taking ComScore’s Web-usage data and public financial filings, Forbes’ George Anders calculated that for every hour that each user spends on the site: LinkedIn generates $1.30 while Facebook, with over 900 million members and counting, only generates $0.06, roughly 21 times less than LinkedIn.
The reason for this huge difference is that Facebook, which has 85% of its revenue generated from advertising, only makes money when you’re on Facebook. LinkedIn, however, monetises your information once you sign up. This is due to their strategy to sell a more powerful service or ‘seats’ to corporate talent scouts, priced per users for as much as $8,200 a year. Since recruiters want data and are looking for the best, they’re naturally willing to take LinkedIn up on its offer. One company, Adobe, has 70 recruiter seats which would generate more than half a million dollars, assuming each seat costs the maximum amount.
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Social Commerce Found Within Facebook Code

Social Commerce Found Within Facebook Code | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
The developer who discovered the XFBML tag for a Facebook want button, Tom Waddington, is at it again, finding references to social commerce within the social network’s code.

Waddington told Mashable the “socialcommerce” coding would allow users to share product purchases, charitable donations, or items purchased within Facebook games to their profile pages and timelines.

The Cut Out + Keep developer told Mashable:

The fact the code contains references to “socialcommerce” is a sign that they’re taking it seriously. In the same way music, news, and videos are shared on the site, Facebook is planning to allow users to share both wants and purchases, from items bought within games to donations.

Considering the huge impact Facebook music has had on Spotify and news integration for sites such as Yahoo, social shopping seems to be the next focus. The important distinction is that these aren’t custom integrations — they will be sanctioned and controlled by Facebook, which means they will get the premium placements, similar to the trending articles unit.
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More Than a Quarter of Teens Sext [STUDY]

More Than a Quarter of Teens Sext [STUDY] | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
More than a quarter of teens have shared naked pictures of themselves through text or email, according to a new study. About 31% of teens have asked someone for a “sext.”


Teen sexting is prevalent among today’s adolescents, according to research published in the July 2012 issue of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.


Nearly 1,000 high school students from seven public schools in southeast Texas were surveyed. Behaviors were self reported. Around 28% of 948 high school students admitted to “having sent a naked picture of themselves.” For the study, sexting was defined as sharing naked pictures, as opposed to semi-nude photos or explicit messages. Around 57% of survey participants said they have been asked to sext and most said they were “bothered” by the request.
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Which Photo Sharing Site is Right for You?

Which Photo Sharing Site is Right for You? | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
You’ve taken the time to learn how to take better photographs, and you’ve organized them neatly on your computer, so what’s your next step? Sharing your masterpieces with your friends, family, and the rest of the world! Of course, there are dozens of photo sharing websites out there, so how do you know which one is right for you? We’ll run down some of the most popular options and help you decide for yourself.
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Is This A Thing? A Business Man Carries iPad In His Pants Through Grand Central Station - I love the comments

Is This A Thing? A Business Man Carries iPad In His Pants Through Grand Central Station - I love the comments | MarketingHits | Scoop.it

LOL - check on the comments on this articles.


Here's a few:

  • Jodi Sonoda · I'm assuming these are his Applebottom jeans and he just forgot his boots with the fur.
  • Dean Betz · iPants.
  • Chris Gwynne · This is the natural evolution from "sitting on the copy machine" maybe he's trying to Facetime with someone.




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Apple Patent Hints at Google Glass Competitor

Apple Patent Hints at Google Glass Competitor | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
If a recently granted patent is any guide, Apple is at least exploring the possibility of creating an “enhanced viewing experience” for the user. Apple filed for the patent in 2006, but on Tuesday the U.S. Patent Office granted the company a patent for “peripheral treatment of head-mounted displays.”

In the filing, Apple defines a head-mounted display as “a display device that a person wears on the head in order to have video information displayed in front of the eyes.” The filing continues, “A HMD has two small CRT, LCD or OLED displays with magnifying lenses or other associated optical elements. The display(s) and optics are typically embedded in a helmet, glasses or a visor, which a user can wear.” Apple provides a few instances where the stereoscopic 3-D images might be employed, like surgery using CAT scans and MRIs in the surgeon’s field of vision or for firefighters or soldiers who might benefit from a Terminator-like injection of data into their sightline.
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How To Play Music Directly From Home Screen Folders On iPhone

How To Play Music Directly From Home Screen Folders On iPhone | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
Music makes the world go round. At least that’s what they tell us in the hope that we throw our hard earned cash at the latest album to hit the shelves. Regardless of whether you are the type of person who subscribes to the latest music trends or just tend to go with the musical flow, chances are high that your iOS device will be regularly used for pumping out those tracks.
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Women Win Facebook, Twitter, Zynga; Men Get LinkedIn, Reddit [INFOGRAPHIC]

Women Win Facebook, Twitter, Zynga; Men Get LinkedIn, Reddit [INFOGRAPHIC] | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
When it comes to the sexes on social media, there are a few places where the battle lines seem settled.
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Apple & the Ultimate Customer Experience ® - WOW Josh gets it! Do you & your staff? Thanks @scottmckain

It only takes ONE person to deliver an "Ultimate Customer Experience ®" to those buying the products and services of your organization!


The story of Josh at the Apple Store at the Forum Shops in Las Vegas shows how empathy -- and caring enough to learn about your customer -- can make a significant difference!


For information on bringing Scott to YOUR next meeting -- or our online training & development resources: http://ScottMcKain.com

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10 incredible iPad apps for education

10 incredible iPad apps for education | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
Learning is rarely fun; it’s even less fun when being taught within the confines of a lecture hall or classroom. While this may be true, there’s no reason why you can’t make the process more entertaining and challenging.


The tablet market has paved the way for educational resources in the form of slick, new apps, with text-books now being replaced by online downloadable versions of themselves. An array of stunning apps are at your disposal waiting to be exercised, so with this in mind, we decided to whittle down our top 10 iPad educational apps for students.
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Just How Interested Is the World in SEO? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Just How Interested Is the World in SEO? [INFOGRAPHIC] | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
About 3.5 people look up the term "SEO" each second.
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Infographic: Mobile business applications

This infographic, by ClickSoftware, chronicles the rise of mobile application use in the enterprise.
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Top Trends of 2012: The Continuing Rapid Growth of Mobile

Top Trends of 2012: The Continuing Rapid Growth of Mobile | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
In our half-yearly review of the top Internet trends of 2012, there's been a common theme: mobile is the main driver for all of them. The Visual Web (Instagram, Pinterest and similar image-focused apps), the Consumer Cloud (Evernote, Dropbox, iCloud and others), social video apps (Socialcam and Viddy) and video on tablets (BuzzFeed, Flipboard and others). Each of those trends are popular in 2012 because of smartphones and/or tablets.

According to StatCounter global statistics, mobile traffic jumped from about 4% of all Web traffic at the end of 2010 to over 10.5% now.
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With Eyes on Asia, Facebook Invests in Underwater Net Cable

With Eyes on Asia, Facebook Invests in Underwater Net Cable | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
Facebook is looking to boost the internet speed in Asia-Pacific countries by investing in the Asia Pacific Gateway. That’s a 6,214-mile underwater internet cable from Malaysia to Japan, with cables branching off to other countries in the region. It is scheduled to begin operating by June 2014 with a 54.8 terabit-per-second capability. A Facebook spokesperson commented:

Our investment in this cable will help support our growth in south Asia, making it possible for us to provide a better user experience for a greater number of Facebook users in countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Asia is definitely a growing market for Facebook. It has made much progress in big Asian markets such as Japan, Korea, and Thailand.
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Picture of a Facebook Friend (infograph)

Picture of a Facebook Friend (infograph) | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
The Pew Research Center has given us a detailed look at how we behave online and what we look like as Facebook 'friends.' Did you know the average number of Facebook friends is 229? With 229 Facebook friends per user, it would only take 2 degrees of separation for the average Facebook user to reach 156,569 other Facebook users. There are also some interesting differences between both genders and age groups. For instance, women average 21 status updates per month, while men only average 6. As the use of social networks continues to grow, it's interesting to look at how we behave when we use them, and how that behavior differs by group.
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How Do People Really Use Their Phones? (infographic)

How Do People Really Use Their Phones? (infographic) | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
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4 Ways to Discover More About Your Audience With Social Media

4 Ways to Discover More About Your Audience With Social Media | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
Your audience is the lifeblood of your business, and knowing who they are and what they want is a key to success.


What you might not know is that there’s a treasure trove of knowledge about your ideal audience hidden in the sea of followers and fans you’ve already attracted.


This article fetures four ways you can learn more about your audience by looking at their social media life.

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Next-Gen iPhone Display Leaked Again, 4-Inch Diagonally In Size, Utilizes In-Cell Technology [IMAGE]

Next-Gen iPhone Display Leaked Again, 4-Inch Diagonally In Size, Utilizes In-Cell Technology [IMAGE] | MarketingHits | Scoop.it

Apple has, since the introduction of the very first iPhone in 2007, been happy to stick religiously with its 3.5-inch display, but with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X making the iPhone look comparatively minute, the consensus with regards to the next iPhone seems to be that the Cupertino company will finally break from the mold and increase the screen’s real-estate.


A short while back, a leaked part appeared to confirm rife rumors of an increased display, with the aspect ratio also set for a change with the device, being dubbed as the "iPhone 5" despite actually being the sixth generation iPhone. As far as the leak, which purported to show the new LCD, was concerned, the width of the screen would remain the same, while becoming a great deal longer and bringing the diameter up to around four inches.

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How Local Destinations Use Social Media in Quebec [STUDY]

How Local Destinations Use Social Media in Quebec [STUDY] | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
The province of Quebec is a particular travel spot in North America. The main language spoken here is French and there is a clear European heritage in its culture, gastronomy and overall joie de vivre. Yet, as a part of Canada, the lifestyle and customer behaviors here are truly North American. Quebec’s tourism landscape is split up into 22 regions, managed by Destination Management Organizations (DMO) that represent members from their local travel industry: accommodation, transportation, restaurants, events & attractions. Among the 22 associations each marketing their own destination, which ones are doing a better job at using social media to promote their destination online?
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3 Tips to Manage Your Social Media Reputation

3 Tips to Manage Your Social Media Reputation | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
Social media reputation: What you need to know to develop and manage your brands' reputation online.


Are you managing your online reputation?


Reputation can affect purchase decisions and influence the growth or decline of a business.


Many businesses are using social media to develop online reputations, manage and respond during a crisis and monitor the conversation to prevent future crises.


Try searching your company and product names to make an assessment of your online reputation. What do you see in the top 10 search results?


This article features three tips to help you manage your reputation with social media.

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Jelly Bean Successfully Fields 40+ Voice Searches [VIDEO]

Jelly Bean Successfully Fields 40+ Voice Searches [VIDEO] | MarketingHits | Scoop.it
Eager to get your hands on a Jelly Bean-powered phone or tablet? If not, this may persuade you.
This video shows Jelly Bean performing more than 40 successful searches based on voice commands.
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