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NEW MEDIA: Twitter Bug Randomly Swaps Out Avatars For Some Accounts, Profile Settings Now Disabled

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Well here’s a Twitter bug that is kind of alarming. Apparently, for some verified accounts, avatars were swapped out with other random users’.

Currently, the profile settings are disabled for all users, so you’re stuck with what you have now. Can you imagine trying to tweet and seeing some random Joe in your place? Yeah, weird.

Here’s what the company had to say on the matter a few hours ago:

Support

@Support
We’re investigating an issue with background images and profile photos on @verified accounts. We’ll get this resolved ASAP.
15 Sep 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

Support

@Support
We have temporarily disabled profile settings changes for all users. Our apologies for the inconvenience. Thank you for bearing with us.
15 Sep 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite
Digg was affected:

I’m pretty positive that this isn’t 500′s Dave McClure:

Here’s what you see if you try to enter the profile settings area:

All kidding aside, this is a very serious issue. It’s flat-out odd to think of a time where you could be potentially locked out of your Facebook settings, so this is pretty sad to see from Twitter.

A Twitter representative tells us that the company is indeed “looking into it.”

This is developing.

NEW MEDIA: iPhone 5 Unlocked U.S. Pricing: $649 (16GB), $749 (32GB), And $849 (64GB)

source: techcrunch.com

Apple’s website now shows the unlocked pricing for the iPhone 5 in the U.S. Using the site’s compare tool, you can see that the 16GB model starts at $649, with the 32GB version costing $749, and the 64GB top-tier configuration running $849.

That’s the same that the iPhone 4S used to cost unlocked, and it’s a considerable additional expense above and beyond the on-contract price, but you get a couple of advantages.

First, you’re not locked into a lengthy carrier contract, which is useful if you suddenly have to move. You can also then use the iPhone on T-Mobile, which is in the process of deploying a network on the 1,900 MHz spectrum that will finally let the iPhone achieve top mobile broadband speeds on the U.S.’s fourth-largest carrier.

Choosing which unlocked device to buy will be important, however, as there are three variations that provide overseas LTE support, support for U.S. and Canada LTE networks on the 700 MHz frequency, and support for Sprint and Verizon LTE networks respectively.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 start at 12:01 AM PT Friday, so get your motors running.

Update: Apple has since scrubbed any mention of unlocked iPhone pricing from its site. Here’s screenshot we got before it was taken down, which seems to have only happened after the ordering system went live.

Actuality social média – iPhone 5 Pre-Order Sells Out 20X Faster Than 4 And 4S, Further Highlighting Apple’s Dominance

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Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 went live at midnight and, true to form, they went like hotcakes. You may remember that it took 22 hours for the iPhone 4S and about 20 hours for the iPhone 4 to sell out of its pre-order, launch-day stock.

The iPhone 5 took just about 60 minutes. Yep. One hour after pre-orders went live, Apple.com adjusted shipping expectations from one to two weeks due to the overwhelming demand.

Demand for the phone caused problems on Apple’s website and several of the wireless carriers’ sites, as many users were met with error messages when they attempted to pre-order the new iPhone. There’s always plenty of hubbub around Apple product launches, though the pre-order launch of the iPhone 4S came and went without problems on Apple.com or carrier sites. It wouldn’t be surprising if this turns out to be an indication of what’s to come.

All summer we were subjected to seemingly endless speculation and rumors regarding every last detail of the new, new iPhone. But, when it was finally unveiled this week, the reviews — which, while still characterized by the usual fanboi excitement — seemed more lukewarm than in years past. Even compared to the recent iPad/Mac event.

As is so often the case with Apple, the new phone looks great, with the bigger screen and improved speed ranking as my personal favorites. Yet, that being said, I haven’t yet seen the kind of mind-melting innovation and improvement that would justify pre-orders 20 times faster than the 4 and 4S.

Nonetheless, people are still ready to buy it in what will no doubt be massive numbers.

 

Yes, Apple Is In Discussions With Cable Operators, And Everyone Has Known This For Months belgium france

 

August Journalism, anyone? Just because some outlets have a short memory, let’s get this out of the way right up front: Yes, Apple is in discussions with cable operators, and has been for months. Of course, just because Apple’s strategy hasn’t actually changed recently won’t stop some other sites from acting like the heavens have opened up and Steve Jobs himself is negotiating these deals.*

Anyway, just to bring everyone up to speed about why I’m even writing this today: The latest non-news in the Apple TV saga comes from the Wall Street Journal, which reports that Apple is “is in talks with some of the biggest U.S. cable operators” about getting them to deliver live TV through one of its products — maybe a next-generation set-top box or even (gasp!) a TV.

Well, that’s great except Bloomberg reported that Apple was talking to carriers like AT&T and Verizon about some sort of TV back in February. Oh yeah, and the Globe and Mail reported Apple was pursuing partnerships with Canadian operators Rogers and BCE around the same time.

Apparently the news here is that the companies Apple is talking to are really fucking big. After all, AT&T and Verizon are relative newcomers on the TV market, compared to industry stalwarts like Comcast or Time Warner Cable.

Or maybe it’s that Apple is offering up one of its own devices as a set-top box replacement? If true, it’s not that revolutionary of an idea, and it’s not that surprising. After all, Apple has pay TV providers like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, AT&T, Verizon, DirecTV, Dish Network, etc. are all already building iPad apps… So why not get them on board with apps that would take their live and on-demand video streams over the top and put them on their subscribers’ TV, without needing a second or third set-top box? (Microsoft’s Xbox already allows cable operators to do this, and they seem just fine with that.)

So there are plenty of reasons why this isn’t news, and isn’t particularly earth-shattering, but here’s why it would make sense:

  • Cable companies know that users are already buying Apple products like iPads and the Apple TV anyway, so why not build apps for devices that they already own, or may want to.
  • The current generation of set-top boxes sucks, and they could most likely build a better user interface on an Apple device with an open SDK, and update and iterate on it more quickly than some legacy piece of shit from Cisco or Motorola.
  • Cable companies would rather have the consumers bring their own devices, rather than having to pay for crappy set-top boxes themselves and leasing them out to subscribers.

Maybe the reason we’re all talking about this is that it finally sort of shuts the door on Apple’s long-rumored plans to build its own over-the-top TV service. Or maybe it’s because the mythical iTV, whichGene Munster has been saying will come any day now, looks like it’s not coming by the end of the year after all?

Or maybe, well, maybe it’s just because it’s August and there’s nothing else going on.

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* Seriously, Business Insider? What the fuck?

 

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5 Critical Mistakes Businesses Make with Social Media belgique france

 

1: We know you are a business, but please don’t remind us

The biggest mistake businesses make with social media is constantly posting about their company, products or services. Anybody that receives the messages you post have actively ‘liked’ or ‘followed’ your brand; not because they want to read a company newsletter every time they logon to Facebook or Twitter but because they want to get personal with your brand.

A real-world example of over-the-top promotion is when you are in a supermarket and there is that slightly annoying noise in the background… the tannoy. Broadcasting self-promotion messages that none of us really listen to. Should stores not just play music, or nothing and occasionaly burst into life with a store announcement that really grabs the attention of the shoppers?

The brands that succeed through social media are those that post about a variety of topics, as well as their company. A good example is Barmade Ltd who strike the right balance between business and non-business related posts.

As you can see Barmade Ltd made the most of Google’s Olympic themed doodles and posted about them regularly, with occasional business related posts. This causes people that have liked the page to interact with the brand more than if they only posted about their business, thus when the page does post – about anything – it is more likely to be read as people know it is a brand they interact with.

2: Not engaging with your ‘fans’ and ‘followers’

You post. People post. When you post content to your social media presence your customers and online ‘fans’ and ‘followers’ will respond. Most of the time you need not respond but occassionaly you will be asked a question that if left unanswered could lose a potential or current customer. You should check your social media presence every day; at least twice.

We conducted a short experiment and posted a comment on WWE’s Facebook presence. We asked them whether they respond to messages from customers. We even tagged them in the comment so that they were more likely to see it.

As you can see. No response.

25 minutes passed…

11 hours passed…

Customers will not expect a small or medium local business to reply within half hour, but a multi-million dollar company? Of course they do. You should really check your social media presence every two hours at the least to ensure that anybody that has asked a question has received an answer. Checking your social media presence should not take more than a couple of minutes each time, plus any time spent answering questions etc. especially if you use a free service such as Hootsuitewhich brings all of your social media profiles together in one place.

Dealing with Complaints

Every business receives complaints, and customers know that – so do not hide away from them online. Many businesses delete complaints and (we assume) follow them up directly with the customer. Not a good idea as many people will see the complaint before it is deleted, they know it was made but never see any resolution.

If the complaint is of a general nature you could answer it directly or if it is of a personal or confidential nature you could inform the customer directly that they should send an email via your website, or phone your company etc. This shows to other users of your social media presence that you have taken the complaint seriously and provides a resolution for the person complaining.

Moderating Comments

The F word. Not Facebook, the other one! Sometimes you will need to moderate comments made on your social media presence and need to ensure you do this in a professional manner. If you do not want to allow swearing simply delete the comment and post a message saying something along the lines of “Swearing will not be tolerated on our page as we want to maintain a friendly environment for all of our customers”. With most social media platforms you can ban users who continually post unwanted material to your page, however the amount of ‘strikes’ you give them is at your discretion but remember you work hard to get ‘fans’ and ‘followers’ so you do not want to end up banning them all; making the rules clearer and reiterating them from time to time should be sufficient.

3: Market Research

Yep, those two words that drive all business owners mad when they are writing a business plan for the bank manager!

If your target market is not using social media, why would you. There is no point in building a social media presence on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Tout, YouTube and more if your customers are not using it.

Saga Car Insurance is targeted at the 50+ market while their life insurance product is targeted at a wider audience. As the image above shows, they only promote their life insurance product through social media.

4: Not being personal

You would be surprised how much using “we” instead of your company name can improve the relationship between you and your customers online. If you constantly answer questions with “Company name thinks this” or “Company name thinks that” rather than saying “We think this” your ‘fans’ and ‘followers’ do not have the chance to feel your brand is being personal.

5: Thinking you will have a billion ‘fans’ and ‘followers’ in a week

North is North tells all attendees to our workshops that they need to invest into their social media presence for at least 6 months before they begin to see the benefits. You will need to inform current customers that you are now using social media, as they interact with your brand their online friends will see this and are more likely to be converted into your customers. This cause and effect continues and you will soon have a successful social media presence, but not in a day, week or month.

Why Does Jack Dorsey Want To Be Just Like Steve Jobs?

 

There isn’t a CEO in the world who wouldn’t do well to try and emulate the late Steve Jobs in some way, shape or form. He was a visionary, and took Apple from a relatively low point to being one of the most successful companies in the history of the world. But trying to be him, or just like him, would be a vain endeavor.

An hilarious tipster brought to our attention that Jack Dorsey, a Twitter co-founder and Square founder and CEO, may be attempting the latter. In fact, the tipster was gracious enough to bundle up all the evidence in a cute little Tumblr.

EXHIBIT A: ON GETTING FIRED

In 1987, Jobs was fired from Apple, from which he went on to work with NeXT and Pixar, later returning to be the CEO of Apple. But when he was asked to leave the company he had helped build, he told Playboy the following:

I feel like somebody just punched me in the stomach.

Dorsey suffered through a similar situation, wherein he was made chairman of Twitter but no longer an employee. He told Vanity Fair:

It was like being punched in the stomach.

EXHIBIT B: “THIS HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE”

Steve Jobs was a part of many unprecedented changes. The iPod changed the music industry. The iPad changed the computing industry. The iPhone? The iPhone changed everything.

But Jack Dorsey is a pioneer in his own right. He built a massive social network that has changed the way news travels. He is totally disrupting the credit card industry. So it only makes sense that the two would have the same feelings on their accomplishments. But apparently, they also have the same exact wording to describe it.

Jobs in 2010 at the D8 Conference:

Dorsey speaking with Kara Swisher in May 2011:

EXHIBIT C: “PROUD OF WHAT WE HAVEN’T DONE”

In 2008, Jobs explained that part of what makes Apple so successful, moreso than other tech companies, is that they’ve managed to turn such a huge profit on so few devices. He said to CNN Money:

I’m actually as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. The clearest example was when we were pressured for years to do a PDA, and I realized one day that 90% of the people who use a PDA only take information out of it on the road. They don’t put information into it. Pretty soon cellphones are going to do that, so the PDA market’s going to get reduced to a fraction of its current size, and it won’t really be sustainable. So we decided not to get into it. If we had gotten into it, we wouldn’t have had the resources to do the iPod. We probably wouldn’t have seen it coming.

In February of this year, Dorsey had this to say in celebration of Square’s 3rd anniversary:

EXHIBIT D: SURPRISE AND DELIGHT

“Surprise and delight” is an incredibly common phrase in the tech world. Companies are always looking to please customers. In fact, “delight” is a word I hear a lot out of Microsoft executives. But lo and behold, it’s yet another thing that Mr. Jobs and Mr. Dorsey have in common.

Jobs at a 2010 Apple press conference:

Dorsey in 2011:

EXHIBIT E: THE BEATLES

Both Steve Jobs and Jack Dorsey have a fondness for The Beatles. Jobs even went so far as to use the iconic four-man band as an example of how to manage and be a part of a team:

Dorsey also makes The Beatles a regular part of his work life:

EXHIBIT F: “PUT IT ON THE SHELF” PHILOSOPHY

As has been made perfectly clear, Apple is all about focus. Rather than releasing hundreds of products a year, the company spends months and years developing a single product, perfecting it as much as possible. In any production environment with these standards, timing becomes very important. Sometimes, you must simply “put it on the shelf” and return another day.

Not surprisingly, Dorsey feels the same way:

Our tipster has a whole page full of examples, so I encourage you to head over to the Tumblr Steve Jobs Spirit and check it out. We’ll close with a word from the blog itself.

Stop trying to be me. Stop trying to be the next me. Be the first Jack Dorsey.

Training PowerPoint 2010 Series: Introduction to PowerPoint – 2 days

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Class Overview :

This course provides an overview of the use of PowerPoint 2003 and shows how to get started using the program.

Class Goals :

  • Start and navigate the PowerPoint interface
  • Create and open a presentation
  • Review and edit a presentation
  • Display and print a presentation
  • Save and close a presentation
  • Outline a presentation

Content Of PowerPoint 2010 Series: Introduction To PowerPoint

  • Introducing presentations
  • Navigating the interface
  • Creating a new presentation
  • Using the AutoContent Wizard
  • Editing text
  • Manipulating slides
  • Displaying, printing and saving a presentation
  • Working with objects
  • Working with text
  • Working with slides
  • Using the Outline toolbar
  • Working with the outline
  • Checking spelling and the thesaurus
  • Using the Style Checker and the AutoCorrect options
  • Using Smart Tags

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