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Facebook Photos Auto-Improved For iOS Users – New Correcting Option Can Change Photographs Once Uploaded

iPhone users may notice their pictures are looking a little better on Facebook.

facebook imagesThe improved image quality has nothing to do with increased photographic skills, though — the social network is now auto-correcting images posted by iOS users. This means if a user uploads a photo that might be a bit blurry or the lighting is a bit off it will, with no onus on the uploader, be improved.

“We want to make it easy, and as few taps as possible to make your photo memories beautiful,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. “Before, the auto-enhance option was available, but it was under the menu where you could also choose filters for your photos on Facebook.”

Facebook’s not the only social network, though, that does this.

As Tech Crunch reported, the war over great image quality is being battled by a handful of sites prompting some — like Facebook — to take matters into their own hands. Twitter, by comparison, just rejigged all of its filtering options for photos and Snapchat has recently started allowing users to dual-filter with color filters.

However, iOS users don’t have to accept Facebook’s self-imposed edits on uploaded photographs.

A slider tool has been introduced allowing the user to decide the degree of the effect of the ‘improved’ image. A slide to the right will lighten the image and increase sharpness while heading to the left will reduce both.

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Why Local SEO Will Change Your Life

The lifeblood of any business is traffic, and the best source of traffic is that gained through search engines. A website can have a beautiful design and offer wonderful products, but without proper search engine optimization, no one will be around to see them. In today’s business world, executives tend to involve themselves more and more with the marketing department, however, the process of SEO is a difficult and time-consuming challenge. What is even more critical is local SEO, as this article explains. You should hire a company with the experience and expertise it takes to get your online business soaring to unheard of heights.

When considering local SEO for your business, market research must be conducted to come up with the relevant keywords for your niche. In addition, the content and elements on Web pages must be correctly optimized for search engines, and quality backlinks must be present throughout your content. A provider that can offer all these services and more, can become a valuable part of your marketing team and helping to generate organic traffic to your website. Listed below are some of the services you should demand.

Citation Building

Citations are mentions of your businesses name and address on other Web pages, including those which may have no link to your website such as the yellow pages directory or the local chamber of commerce pages. Major search engines such as Google and Bing use citations as a key component of their algorithms when determining ranking order; if other factors are equal, businesses with a higher number of citations will rank higher than businesses with a lower number of citations. Here is how they are normally used:

  • Steps are taken to ensure your company information is up-to-date and complete;
  • Using this information existing citations are analyzed — ensure they are accurate, removing duplicates in the process;
  • Using a large huge database of business listing websites, we create new citations for your business, beginning with the highest quality sources and working through the list;
  • The end result is a comprehensive list of citations, which will provide maximum benefit to your business;

Local Search Marketing

Local search marketing ensures your business will appear above organic results for relevant search terms to provide you with a cutting-edge based on your location. With more than three billion search queries containing local terms each month, optimizing your website for local search is essential. Many companies use their local search marketing expertise to utilize a number of techniques which will help your business hit the top of the rankings such as:

  • Local keyword research and analysis;
  • Optimize your website for local search queries;
  • Comprehensive citation building;
  • Create geographically relevant content which is designed to attract links;
  • Identify review sites with a strategy for encouraging positive feedback;
  • Assist you in optimizing your social media profiles.

Google Maps

Just think about the recent Google Maps updates. You now get even more information about your desired location such as the current weather forecast and local time. That’s exactly how you want your information presented—in a format that users find informative and beneficial.

Search Engine Marketing

A search engine marketing service is designed to develop a strategy which works for your business. The two main features of search engine marketing are SEO and pay-per-click advertising, both of which are designed to drive traffic towards your website and increase your search engine ranking.

Online Reputation Management

Online reputation management is the process of creating, building, maintaining, and if necessary recovering the public perception of your business. With people feeling the need to share their opinions in more and more ways, it is more important than ever to protect the reputation of your business. Online reputation management providers can do this in several ways:

  • Monitor and manage reviews written in local business directories to increase click-through numbers;
  • Create analysis of mentions from online blogs, news sites, and social networks to highlight positive and negative comments;
  • Create alerts and RSS feeds which provide a continuous stream of relevant content.

Pay-Per-Performance

The idea of pay-per-performance is to ensure clients know exactly what they are paying for and what they can expect to receive in return. Working with traditional SEO companies who request fees up-front can be frustrating, and the results can be unexpected. That is why you should choose a service that features varying plans to meet every budget and requirement.

A pay-per-performance includes:

  • Regular updates detailing keywords which have ranked on the first page;
  • Details of how many days each keyword has been ranked for;
  • Amount paid is pro-rated according to results delivered.

You want to work with a company that believes that the relationship we form with their clients should be long-term and based on a combination of trust and quality. You want a results-based local SEO company, who relies on providing a world-class service to their clients with a unique approach to each individual company, working to their needs. In addition, they should see ourselves as an extension of the business rather than an outside contractor. The objective is to partner with a company that wants to ensure you a bright and prosperous future.

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RankExperts. Her writing and editing services have been in demand for the last six years, and she has contributed to a variety of websites and publications. She enjoys covering SEO strategies, tech, business and lifestyle.

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Sensors Change Lives in Developing Countries – IoE technology is being used to improve everything from farming to water quality

If you were to visit many rural areas in developing countries, most likely you‘d come across hand-operated water pumps used to get clean water.  While non-government organizations introduce thousands of them every  year,  a large number fail in the first 12 months of installation—and no one in the organizations realize what’s happened.

That’s where SWEETSense comes in.  Using Internet of Everything technology developed by a team at Portland State University, the system uses sensors to report on the status of water pumps, so technicians can make repairs if necessary. SWEETSense is just one of a myriad ways IoE technology is being used to improve the lives of people in developing nations.  For example:

 Pump Failure Alert

A recent spinoff from Portland State, SWEETSense uses technology developed by  the university’s SWEETLab (Sustainable Water, Energy, and Environmental Technologies Laboratory).   How does the technology work? A sensor is placed inside hand pumps to measure movement and water  flow, relaying data only  when changes in specific parameters are detected. That data is transmitted through cell  phone networks to engineers and technicians, who view the information– pump location, number of uses, and maintenance requirements and records, among other things–on a dashboard.

SWEETSense recently launched a project to install 200 remote sensors on water pumps in Rwandan villages; sensors notify technicians directly through text messages and emails that maintenance is needed, so they can take action.

“Our main interest is in cost-effectiveness,” says Evan Thomas, an engineering assistant professor who heads SWEETLab. “With roughly half of water pumps broken at any given moment, it’s a huge waste of money and resources to not focus on maintenance.”

Pneumonia Diagnosis without Beads

The leading cause of death in children worldwide, pneumonia is especially pernicious in South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa, according to the World Health Organization. But to diagnose whether or not a sick child has the illness, people in developing countries often use a stopwatch or counting beads, highly inaccurate methods, particularly because an infant with pneumonia has a respiratory rate of 70-90 breaths a minute.

That’s where Inspire Living comes in. The Fairfax, Va, enterprise is testing a two-tiered system in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda that uses seven sensors to get a quick and accurate reading of a child’s status; they measure everything from heart rate to  body activity and galvanic skin response (sweating).

One level of care is aimed at healthcare workers in the field who may not have a lot of training. It displays on a device in pictorial form the child‘s health metrics. The other allows the data to be sent to a  mobile app and then transmitted via Bluetooth to an NGO, where doctors can analyze the information  to look for patterns. “If you see trends, you can take action,” says co-founder Michael Script.

Boosting Farmers’ Efficiency                                                                           

A few years ago, while working with thousands of farmers in Kenya, Jason Aramburu tested a prototype for a low-cost Arduino-based platform that could make farming more efficient.  Then, last year, back in Berkeley, Cal., he read a United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs report predicting the earth’s population would hit 9.6 billion by 2050, with much of that growth in developing countries, especially those in Africa. Aramburu, an evolutionary biologist and entrepreneur, got to thinking about  ramping up his technology.

So he launched Edyn to sell an IoE-based agriculture system that could help growers easily determine such factors as the right amount of water and fertilizer to use.  A sensor, which is placed in the first six -to -eight -inches of soil, detects information about the state of soil moisture and fertilizer, plus ambient temperature, humidity and light. It sends that data through the cloud to a computer or smartphone.  Then the back-end processes the information and makes suggestions about, say, when to water or add fertilizer, as well as the best plants to grow in that area. You also can see a graph for the day, week and month showing, for example, the amount of moisture in soil over time.  There’s also a smart irrigation controller.

For now, Aramburu is focused on gardeners in the West. (In the spring, Home Depot will begin selling the product). But he figures that, as costs decrease, he’ll be able to reduce prices and  introduce the technology to more cash-strapped developing countries.  “We’re looking at the long-term,” he says.

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58% Of Local Marketers Will Change Tactics After Pigeon Update

Columnist Myles Anderson shares the results of an InsideLocal survey detailing the impact of Google’s recent local algorithm update, Pigeon.

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Google AdWords Quality Score Algorithm Change

WebmasterWorld members are reporting and discussing the latest Google AdWords Quality Score change.

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Twitter Makes Minor Change To Make Tweeting Easier – Composing Box Moves To Top Of Users’ Feed

Not that it was that difficult before, but Twitter has made it easier for users to get their 140-character messages out.

TweetThe social network quietly introduced a slight change to its make-up this week as it moved the new tweet box off the left-hand side to the top of users’ feed. This means when someone wants to compose a tweet they no longer have to click on the small box on the left.

Rather, once someone opens their feed they’ll have the option to begin composing immediately.
The move, as reported by Mashable, means Twitter looks a bit more like Facebook now. Facebook users are also able to update their statuses through a box on the top of their newsfeed.

Twitter, also, didn’t feel the change was worthy of any big type of introduction, either. While the company has been known to inform users of changes through its blog site, there was little to no introduction to this alteration.

A tweet was sent out Wednesday informing users “It just got easier to Tweet on http://Twitter.com . You can now compose new Tweets at the top of your home timeline.” but that’s been the extent of acknowledgment from Twitter.

The change, as noted by CNet, comes after Twitter made a similar change on its mobile app. That change was done about one week ago.

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How Panda 4.1 Should Change Your Content Strategy

Contributor Jim Yu shares proprietary data that will help you determine how the latest Panda update might affect your site — and how you should adjust.

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Google Announces Launch of Android Lollipop – Update is Biggest Change to System Since 2011

Just how sweet it will be has yet to be determined, but Google’s new Android Lollipop certainly has many developers licking their lips.

alternative_android_web_browserOfficially announced Wednesday, the latest major update to Android comes loaded with more than 5,000 new APIs for developers. It’s been designed, a blog entry by Google states, to be flexible, work on an array of devices and be customized for the way users want it to operate.

“Lollipop is made for a world where moving throughout the day means interacting with a bunch of different screens—from phones and tablets to TVs,” the entry states.

“With more devices connecting together, your expectation is that things just work. With Lollipop, it’s easier than ever to pick up where you left off, so the songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all the other ones.”

Google initially unveiled the update back in June and it’s been properly promoted, CNet reports, as the biggest update to the system since 2011.

Currently, the first two devices to run on Android 5.0 Lollipop are the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 which will be available in early November.

Following that, the Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 will be updated in “the coming weeks.” It’s estimated that updates will be available shortly after the Nexus 6 and 9 launch.

Google is boasting the new update will allow users to adjust their settings so only certain people and notifications can get through and when an important notification does come through, it will be seen directly from the lockscreen.

More impressive, though, is the battery saver feature that extends the life of a device by up to 90 minutes.

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SearchCap: AdWords Local Call Extensions, Google Change Of Address Tool & Local Ranking Factors

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Google AdWords Debuts Local Forwarding Numbers For Call Extensions Advertisers using call forwarding numbers for their AdWords call extensions in the U.S. began…



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Google Revamps Change Of Address Tool Within Webmaster Tools

Google’s John Mueller announced they have made significant changes to the Change Of Address Tool they initially added to Google Webmaster Tools in 2009. The new changes help walk-through a webmaster through the process of using the tool, while validating most of the important steps are…



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