Prisma Comes to Android

PrismaPrisma, the app that turns ordinary photographs into art, is now available on Google’s Play Store.

The free app, which is now available after a short beta period, offers a large number of filters for that just-right arty look.

“Prisma transforms your photos into works of art using the styles of famous artists: Van Gogh, Picasso, Levitan, as well as world famous ornaments and patterns,” the website explains. “A unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence helps you turn memorable moments into timeless art pieces.”

To use Prisma, snap a picture, or choose an existing image on your phone and then apply a filter, it’s as easy as that. You can customize the filter by sliding your finger to the left or right on the image to magnify or soften the effect.

The app also enables you to adjust your photo with cropping tools, making it easier to post your creations on social networks like Facebook and Instagram.

It appears the app’s popularity caused some downloading issues, however.

“Sorry for [the] inconvenience, hard time now,” the company said in a tweet this morning. “Soon will be live. Thank you for your patience.”



Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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5 annoying AdWords bugs only the pros know

AdWords is a great tool, but it’s not perfect! Columnist Todd Saunders documents some common issues, bugs and complaints with the AdWords interface that he’d love to see addressed.

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Top Reasons to Choose Windows Hosting

You could be searching for a website hosting platform so Windows and Linux are the two most preferred options. The basis of having a server and the significance of the functionality of your website will depend on your choice. Here are the top reasons why it is far better to have Windows hosting even if Linux is more popular.

Make Windows as your top choice because of its ease to use and it is also very powerful. It works on Microsoft Windows Server and operating systems while providing very scalable features with high security. The .NET framework together with allied technologies can create dynamic applications and web pages to provide a complete, cohesive environment for web development to its customers. With its architecture, the condensed Windows hosting platform also becomes more efficient enough so that several business functions can be assimilated together with the internet.

When your website needs to use Microsoft products, such as Frontpage, it would be best to choose Windows hosting. This web hosting option is now considered user-friendly considering its many features. You should also invest in Windows web hosting because it has a support network that ranges with numerous Microsoft products and easily integrates all of them too. These makes Windows popular these days so many applications and technologies are being developed that are Windows compatible.

In the past, Windows hosting was more expensive compared to Linux because the relevant proprietary software licenses are owned by Microsoft. However, because of several plans to choose from based on their needs, it now becomes more and more pocket-friendly. Of course, unless you wish to have your personal server, you have the option of a plan with a monthly rate that is less than $10.

Because Windows want to reach out to more people, it has developed a cheap hosting option. Because several companies have seen how it works better, they now start to offer the facility. Choose a Windows web hosting plan based on your needs with is numerous web hosting options if you are planning to use Windows to build your own website. The facility is not only reliable for individuals and businesses, but it is a cost-effective one as well.

Since it is suited for your needs, the Windows web hosting platform can work best for you. You can even avail of the package that is more secure than others while it is also faster and more reliable. It is usually designed so you can obtain all the best possible application tools to make your site becomes more modern and interactive. Your site will be successful because of all the essential feature that you can have.

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Google Maps for Android to add WiFi-only mode

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FCC Pushing Telecoms to Provide Robocall Blocking Technology

The Federal Communications Commission is turning up the heat on telephone companies that have yet to get onboard with the implementation of robocall blocking technology.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has fired off admonishing letters to the CEOs of major wireless and wireline phone companies demanding they offer free call-blocking services.

Letters have also been sent to intermediary carriers that connect robocallers to the consumer’s phone company to urge them to get onboard by helping provide blocking technologies. Carriers and standards groups are also being asked to speed up the development and deployment of technical standards to hinder spoofing of caller ID to make blocking technologies more effective.

All of the parties contacted by the FCC must respond within 30 days with “concrete, actionable solutions to address these issues.”

“Congress directed the Commission to implement consumer protections empowering consumers to decide which robocalls and text messages they receive, and the Commission enforces those rules. We can and will investigate complaints; the Commission has brought 13 formal enforcement actions to combat unlawful robocalls since 2013,” Wheeler said in a statement. “Consumers would rather not receive unwanted calls in the first place, making pro-active intervention preferable to after-the-fact enforcement. The Commission has done its part, making clear that phone companies face no legal barriers to helping consumers block unwanted calls with the use of robocall blocking technology. Today, we urge carriers to step up to take that responsibility.”

The FCC also said it would continue to “pursue regulatory solutions to crack down on unwanted robocalls.”

The agency last year closed loopholes in its robocall restrictions, including placing limits on calls to reassigned numbers. Wheeler, at the time, said he planned to use the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act as the skeleton for new regulations which would close any loopholes on consumer protection from such unwanted contact.

Since Congress changed the law authorizing the FCC to limit the number and duration of robocalls to collect federal debts, the agency circulated rules to place limits on all robocalls. The proposal’s purpose is to limit the number of debt-collection calls allowed per month, ensure the right person is called, and allow consumers to stop the calls.

“Such limitations are particularly important following a January Supreme Court ruling that federal government entities conducting official business are not subject to robocall limits unless Congress says otherwise,” Wheeler added. Here’s the bottom line: Robocalls are currently the number one complaint the FCC receives from consumers. Whenever and wherever Congress and the courts give us the authority, the Commission will push hard for strong, pro-consumer limits to robocalls and other unwanted calls.”


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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eBay and Google Team Up: How it Impacts You

“Initially, AMP was primarily tuned for publishing-based content, but it has much promise in the ecommerce world.”

— Senthil Padmanabhan, principal Web engineer at eBay

Several years before came into existence, eBay was the premier eCommerce platform for sellers of just about anything. Since Amazon’s rise to complete ubiquity and digital retail dominance, however, eBay has been playing second fiddle. Things have not been looking too optimistic over at the eCommerce website — earlier this year the company’s stock fell a full 13 percent after publishing its disappointing fourth quarter 2015 results. Despite recent struggles, eBay is far from throwing in the towel. At the end of June, the company announced that it would team up with one of the most powerful forces on the Web: Google.

Through the news section of its website, eBay announced that it is “. . .working on delivering faster mobile browsing experiences leveraging the open source AMP Project.” For those who are unfamiliar, Google’s Accelerate Mobile Pages Project is a method of delivering mobile content at lightning speed and optimizing experiences for small screen devices.

eBay revealed that pages discovered and visited from Google search will enhance the speed for those item listings, and that moving forward, the company is aiming to achieve “. . .full-fledged e-commerce experience in AMP.” 

That is exactly what they are doing. There are currently about eight million eBay pages leveraging AMP, and many more on the way.

One of the main reasons for eBay’s AMP adoption is mobile’s rise as the site’s fastest growing sector. This should come as no surprise considering that mobile use is growing in prominence around the world. As it stands, more than half of all Google searches across the world take place on a mobile device. Moreover, Business Insider predicts that 45 percent of eCommerce transactions will occur via mobile by 2020.

This integration with AMP technology is a wise move on eBay’s end; especially when you consider that mobile is still something of a Wild West environment, as eBay’s principal Web egineer, Senthil Padmanabhan, noted:

“Currently, when users click from a link on a mobile device, they are not sure what sort of experience they’re going to get. They may get a mobile optimized website, they might get a desktop-centric page, or they can get an ad that splashes right in the middle of the screen when not expected.”

He continued by saying, “When you build out pages with AMP you are consistently guiding users to a solid, fast user experience. Working with AMP includes leveraging best practices that ensure the best mobile Web experiences.”

Incorporating this technology into its platform sets the stage for eBay to eliminate many barriers from the current, somewhat clunky, mobile shopping experience: clicking wrong links due to undersized tabs, slow loading pages, and several other problematic format issues. Eradicating these impediments will help lead to a higher level of traffic and conversions.

As much as this assimilation will aid eBay’s efforts, it benefits Google just as much, if not more, by helping to keep more activity on the Google search engine and out of applications; an issue that the search phenom has been struggling with as of late.

While this is great news for both eBay and Google, what exactly does this alliance mean for small businesses across the Web?

AMP Tragedy?

With eBay integrating AMP into its platform, there is a good chance that more traffic will be driven to its site from places like Google. If your brand is currently selling products through eBay, then this is clearly good news. A boost in visibility can quite possibly lead to a boost in revenue. But if you are not selling merchandise on eBay, the news isn’t really that bad there either.

Google’s AMP Project is open source, which means that it is available for anyone to use. You can find the company’s HTML source code on its GitHub page for your business to leverage as well. While it may be challenging to compete with sites like eBay, your business is already competing with them, Amazon, and a myriad of others. Incorporating AMP into your platform, however, will potentially allow individuals to find your products easier, and compare prices with other outlets quickly and comfortably. If your advertised price is lower, they are more likely to shop on your site.

The same advantages that Senthil Padmanabhan mentioned for eBay can be equally gained by your company:

“The biggest benefit we get from leveraging AMP is that we improve experiences for users who come to eBay from external platforms such as Google, Twitter etc. We can give them a speed-optimized experience that gives them more context than they would otherwise have. They see relevant item listings very quickly and can make instant comparisons. Lots of users search for items in search engines, and many of them do so for price comparisons when they are in a physical store. Sometimes, when users are exploring products from a mobile device, they have a hard time getting the information they need because mobile networks can be slow. This is where AMP comes into play. It helps us to deliver a speed-optimized mobile browsing experience.”

Website performance on both desktop and mobile are critical to user experience. Integrating AMP technology with your site can only help your efforts of increasing visibility, speed, traffic, and sales. Additionally, AMP is only poised to grow as mobile use continues to skyrocket and surpass virtually every other type of device.

Adopting AMP now gives you a competitive edge over your direct rivals, and can allow you to go toe-to-toe in the price category with many larger retailers as mobile users compare their options. As Google’s Webmaster Trends Analyst, Gary Illyes, said, “. . . pay attention to AMP. It’s going to be really big.”

Do you plan on integrating Google’s Mobile Accelerated Pages into your platform? What drawbacks do you foresee with this alliance between eBay and Google?


Conscious online marketer, Web executive, and multi-faceted writer, Tina Courtney has been creating and fostering online innovations since 1996. Tina has assisted many clients in maximizing online production and marketing efforts, and is a staff writer for SiteProNews, one of the Web’s foremost webmaster and tech news blogs. She’s produced and marketed innovative content for major players like Disney and JDate, as well as boutique startups galore, with fortes including social media, SEO, influencer marketing, community management, lead generation, and project management. Tina is also a certified Reiki practitioner, herbalist, and accomplished life coach. Learn more on LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+.

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