Tech News Roundup

No time to catch up on the latest tech and social media news? No worries! All Things E has you covered. Here’s your weekly dose of what’s happening across the web.

HowTo.gov: 65% of All Email Gets Opened First on a Mobile Device – While composing email on mobile phones is still a tricky feat, email reading is quickly shifting away from the desktop. According to data from the US Consumer Device Preference Report: Q4 2013 from Movable Ink, way more than half of all email — a full 65 percent — is now being accessed via mobile devices in …read more

Four Ways to Celebrate the Birth of…Flickr?

Ten years old is an excellent age. You’re old enough to enjoy independent thought, but not quite old enough to start taking responsibility for your actions. In the world of social media, where networks fade into obscurity after a few years of robust health, ten years feels like an eternity. (We’re looking at you, Tom.)

In the age of decade-long domination, Facebook is all anyone can talk about these days. We reminisce about our first time entering this strange new world of digital connections, using only our wits and our .edu email addresses. Facebook gave us some fun ways to …read more

How to Engage Your Facebook Audience with Contests

I learned this week about the challenging world of Facebook contest/promotion guidelines. As an administer on your Facebook page, I recommend you checking out their guidelines in full. Many people see being an administrator of a page as no different then managing their personal page, but there are many rules that you should be aware of to keep your organization’s page on the up and up. I’m sure we’ve all seen “like this post to win a prize” from your local radio station or pizza place. Little do they know that they are in direct violation of Facebook’s guidelines. You …read more

Say Goodbye to Google Reader

Let’s say a fond farewell to Google Reader. Yes, that’s right, Google Reader is going the way of Google Wave and will be no more as of July 1.

Google Reader is a popular and widely used RSS reader that allows you to subscribe to your favorite blogs –Like All Things E– without having them emailed to you and cluttering up your inbox. The web is all a buzz with news that Reader is going away and whether this signals the death of feeds all together.

USAToday.com summed it up this way, “Naturally, Reader’s impending shutdown has sparked discussion on …read more

Google Wants to Help You Keep You New Year’s Resolutions

It is week two of 2013. Have you already missed the mark on your New Year’s resolutions? Maybe you have already blown your diet or have yet to get to make those travel plans. Google wants to help. The company posted a list of tools designed to assist with some of the most common January 1 promises.

“The new year has arrived, and with it all the resolutions that we hope to tackle in 2013,” Google’s Liz Wessel wrote on the company’s blog. “But resolutions can be hard to keep. And since eating better, taking control of personal finances, traveling …read more

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Cynopsis: Digital reports – Verizon is bringing programming from the NFL Network and NFL RedZone to FiOS TV Online. Via the newly added Watch NFL Network, FiOS customers who subscribe to the NFL Network and NFL RedZone as part of their TV package now have the ability to watch programming from the two channels from anywhere in the US, with a broadband connection. This includes live streaming access to NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football games, as well as shows like NFL Total Access, NFL GameDay, and the new morning show NFL AM. Access to NFL RedZone, which allows viewers to …read more

Can YouTube Change How We View Elections?

The newly launched YouTube Elections Hub wants to be your go-to source for coverage of key political moments throughout the election cycle. The channel will offer election-related video clips, a live streams of the days events, and Google+ Hangouts with “power brokers” who are behind the scenes from now through November 6.

Along with videos from politicians and the political parties, original content will be provided by network heavy hitters such as ABC News, Larry King, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and an Al Jazeera English Live Stream. You can watch what is going on live, follow …read more

#Fail

Technology. We’ve come to depend on it so much, and yet it’s not always dependable. Thursday morning, Twitter went down for over an hour, wreaking havoc in the Twitteverse and the world.

Mazan Rawashdeh, vice president of engineering posted the following apology on his blog:

“We are sorry. Many of you came to Twitter earlier today expecting, well, Twitter. Instead, between around [11:20am and Noon EST], users around the world got zilch from us. By about [1:25pm EST], people who came to Twitter finally got what they expected: Twitter.”

The outage was apparently cause by a “cascading bug” – which …read more

Do You Have Something to Teach?

Skillshare thinks everyone has something to teach and things to learn. Skillshare’s platform is a community marketplace where you can find online or in-person classes to take or post your own course. For example in Washington, DC you can take a class on writing an RFP for $25 dollars or take a crash course in CSS for $100. Courses range from arts and crafts to technology. This is a great way for individuals or companies to show their expertise and gain new clients.

Would you be interested in learning from community members in your field? Do you have something you …read more

Facebook Speaks Out About Password Controversy

 

Due to multiple reports of interviewers and organizations requesting passwords for Facebook during interviews and reviews (learn More), Facebook published the following “As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job. And as the friend of a user, you shouldn’t have to worry that your private information or communications will be revealed to someone you don’t know and didn’t intend to share with just because that user is looking for a job. That’s why we’ve made it a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities to share …read more