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5 Social Media Trends to Watch in 2016

wqThe world of social media is constantly evolving. Investors in companies such as Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), and LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) need to know what’s up and coming and what’s already trending to judge how each company is taking advantage of its opportunities. Here are five social-media trends to watch in 2016.

Live streaming

It became quite clear that live streaming from mobile devices would quickly become a thing just a few weeks after the launch of Meerkat. Meerkat used Twitter’s social graph to allow users to find friends and connections who were also live streaming content — that is, until Twitter cut off the app’s access to its social graph and announced that it had acquired competing app Periscope. Twitter launched Periscope just a few weeks later.

Earlier this year, Twitter integrated Periscope live streams into its flagship app, allowing users to view streams in their timelines. Meanwhile, Facebook officially rolled out its live streaming feature to all iPhone users in the Unites States. Previously, the feature was limited to celebrities and journalists and select iPhone users.

Watch for live streaming to pick up in 2016 as Facebook brings the

Facebook Messenger Reaches 800 Million Users, Plans For Boost In Chats With Businesses

fFacebook’s popular Messenger app has hit 800 million monthly active users, up from 700 million six months ago, the social media giant said on Thursday.

The messaging app was the fastest growing app in the U.S. last year, according to Nielsen. And Messenger is now the second most popular iOS app of all time, behind Facebook, App Annie says. Facebook-owned Instagram has also seen rapid growth. The photo-and-video sharing app’s monthly active users grew by 100 million in less than a year, from 300 million at the end of 2014 to 400 million in September last year. By contrast, it took Twitter TWTR +4.03% a year to boost its monthly active users by about 30 million. Twitter now has approximately 320 million monthly active users, as of the third quarter of 2015, up from about 290 million in the third quarter in 2014.

The social media giant’s vice president of messaging products, David Marcus, wrote a Facebook note about big-picture communication trends he expects to see this year, as well as some of Facebook’s broader plans for 2016. Marcus said the versatility of messaging tools that allow users to express themselves in a range of ways in one place, whether through

Twitter shares nosedive after company reports no user growth in fourth quarter

yoIn less than a year, Twitter Inc. has lost its chief executive, replaced him with one who’s still running another company, introduced new features that have generated about as much excitement as a golf clap, lost five more key executives and inspired the antemortem #RIPTwitter.

On Wednesday, the microblogging company released arguably its most crucial quarterly earnings report to date and reported the one thing Wall Street investors and analysts didn’t want to hear: user growth flatlined.

FOR THE RECORD

An earlier version of this story said Twitter added 320 million monthly users in the fourth quarter. It did not add any more users. Instead it maintained its user base of 320 million.

Twitter had 320 million monthly active users the final three months of 2015, the same number as in the third quarter. What’s worse, if you exclude SMS Fast Followers, an audience that uses Twitter through text messaging in emerging foreign markets, user numbers declined on a quarterly basis to 305 million from 307 million.

The numbers will only exacerbate fears that Twitter, still a massive company with a dedicated following, will max out its reach unless it makes dramatic changes.

“If users don’t grow, it’s

Vanadium dioxide research opens door to new multifunctional spintronic smart sensors

Research from a team led by North Carolina State University is opening the door to smarter sensors by integrating the smart material vanadium dioxide (VO2) onto a silicon chip and using lasers to make the material magnetic. The advance paves the way for multifunctional spintronic smart sensors for use in military applications and next-generation spintronic devices.

VO2 is currently used to make infrared sensors. By integrating VO2 as a single crystal onto a silicon substrate, the researchers have made it possible to create infrared smart sensors, in which the sensor and computational function are embedded on a single chip. This makes the sensor faster and more energy efficient, since it doesn’t have to send data to another chip to be processed. Smart sensors are also lighter than conventional ones, since separate chips aren’t necessary.

“For military applications, sensor technology needs to be able to sense, manipulate, and respond to data quickly — and this work achieves that,” says Dr. Jay Narayan, John C. Fan Distinguished Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at NC State and senior author of a paper describing the work.

In addition, the researchers used high-power nanosecond-pulsed laser

New magnetic semiconductor material holds promise for spintronics

Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a new compound that can be integrated into silicon chips and is a dilute magnetic semiconductor — meaning that it could be used to make “spintronic” devices, which rely on magnetic force to operate, rather than electrical currents.

The researchers synthesized the new compound, strontium tin oxide (Sr3SnO), as an epitaxial thin film on a silicon chip. Epitaxial means the material is a single crystal. Because Sr3SnO is a dilute magnetic semiconductor, it could be used to create transistors that operate at room temperature based on magnetic fields, rather than electrical current.

“We’re talking about cool transistors for use in spintronics,” says Dr. Jay Narayan, John C. Fan Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at NC State and senior author of a paper describing the work. “Spintronics” refers to technologies used in solid-state devices that take advantage of the inherent “spin” in electrons and their related magnetic momentum.

“There are other materials that are dilute magnetic semiconductors, but researchers have struggled to integrate those materials on a silicon substrate, which is essential for their use in multifunctional, smart devices,” Narayan says. “We were able to synthesize this material as a single

High-quality mono silicon crystal grown at low cost for solar cells

A joint research team in Japan has developed a “single-seed cast method,” a new casting method making it possible to grow high-quality mono silicon at low cost. New casting method may facilitate the return of a market-competitive solar cell industry.

A research team led by Takashi Sekiguchi, a leader of the Nano Device Characterization Group, Nano-Electronic Materials Unit, International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan, and Koichi Kakimoto, a professor at the Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, Japan, has developed a new method to grow high-quality mono silicon at low cost.

The research resulted in the invention of a new casting method called a single-seed cast method. It dramatically improved the quality of crystals created compared to conventional casting methods, which potentially leads to the development of more efficient silicon solar cells.

As the current conversion efficiency of mainstream silicon-type solar cells has already reached 20%, it is required in future development to increase conversion efficiency even more to add higher value to the cell products. However, this goal is not achievable using conventionally cast polycrystalline silicon. In addition, there is demand for the

Low cost wafers for solar cells

Silicon wafers are the heart of solar cells. However, manufacturing them is not cheap. Over 50 percent of the pure silicon used is machined into dust. A new manufacturing technique developed by Fraunhofer researchers puts an end to these material losses, with raw material savings of 50 percent along with an 80 percent reduction in energy costs.

They sparkle in dark blue on the rooftops. In our homes they give us illumination, while providing lamps, refrigerators and other household appliances with electricity. We are talking about solar cells. A key component of these are thin silicon wafers. The manufacture of these wafers is very time and energy consuming, and correspondingly expensive. What’s more, around half of the silicon is lost during production of the wafers. The current price for polysilicon is around 15 euros per kilogram, which means that for every kilogram of polysilicon used, about 8 euros’ worth of the material ends up as contaminated and therefore unusable silicon.

Fewer material losses and 80 percent less energy

This is not the case with the new process developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg. “With

Uninstall Office 2013, Office 2016, or Office 365 from a PC

These Office uninstall steps are for Office 365 Home, Personal, or University; Office 365 for business; Office 2013, or Office 2016.

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Select how you want to uninstall Office

You can uninstall Office using the Control Panel, the easy fix tool, or by uninstalling Office manually.

Uninstall using Control Panel

  1. Go to Control Panel.

    In Windows 10

    • Right-click the Start button Windows Start button in Windows 8 and Windows 10 (lower-left corner), and choose Control Panel.
      • Select Programs and Features, then right-click your Microsoft Office product, and choose Uninstall.
      • Follow the instructions on the screen.

      In Windows 8.1 or 8

          • Select Programs and Features, then right-click your Microsoft Office product, and choose Uninstall.
          • Follow the instructions on the screen.

          In Windows 7 or Vista

          • Click Start > Control Panel.
        1. Click Programs > Programs and Features.
        2. Right-click the Office application you want to remove, and then click Uninstall.

          Note   If you bought a suite

Net Nanny for Android

The kids are alright, and if you’re a parent who wants to keep them that way, it’s a good idea to monitor the content they consume online. It also pays to know which devices they are using to view that content, and anyone with eyes can tell most kids today do the majority of their Web browsing on a mobile phone. Fortunately, ContentWatch offers a version of its Net Nanny parental control tool specifically for Android devices. It feels a bit more like a tentacle of the impressive main service than a full Android app in its own right, but Net Nanny for Android delivers powerful parental protection to your child’s Android phone or tablet. There’s currently no iOS version.

Baby Steps
For $59.99 per year you can purchase a Net Nanny subscription that will cover up to five devices, from desktops to mobile phones. If that’s not enough, $79.99 gets you ten licenses plus a year of Net Nanny Social, the company’s social-media monitoring service. However, the Android version is also available as a standalone product for $12.99 per year, an offer most rivals can’t claim. There’s also a generous, two-week free trial.

We loaded up the

Top 10 Technology Trends for 2016

Think of your last 24 hours. Chances are you’ve had several moments of continuous connection with information, apps, services, devices and other people. This “digital mesh” surrounds the individual and new, continuous and ambient experiences will emerge to exploit it.

Our lives are becoming increasingly connected to our devices, other people and a variety of things. Smart machines get smarter, and a new IT reality must evolve with technology architectures and platforms to support the advancement of a digitally connected world.

This year’s top 10 strategic technology trends are grouped into these three complementary trends that are mutually reinforcing with amplified disruptive characteristics.

Trend No. 1: The Device Mesh

The device mesh moves beyond the traditional desktop computer and mobile devices (tablets and smartphones) to encompass the full range of endpoints with which humans might interact. As the device mesh evolves, Gartner expects connection models to expand and greater cooperative interaction between devices to emerge. We will see significant development in wearables and augmented reality, especially in virtual reality.

Trend No. 2: Ambient User Experience

All of our digital interactions can become synchronized into a continuous and ambient digital experience that preserves our experience across traditional boundaries of devices, time and space. The experience blends physical,

The Top 5 Social Media Trends That Will Totally DOMINATE 2016

Scattered audiences; more diverse, yet fragmented platforms; an ever more competitive environment with marketing efforts that put the days of the TV networks to shame: social media sure is getting complicated! Brands have to be on their toes if they’re going to stay up-to-date with the newest and coolest apps and invest some serious resources to keep up with the trends – and know which ones to jump on and which ones are just a flash in the pan.

But, how are you going to cut through all that clutter? Here’s somewhere to start. We bring you our global perspective on the top five social media trends that we see dominating 2016.

Channeling Your Messages: The question used to be “should we be on social?” Companies and brands weren’t quite sure they had a place on this new “chat platform” or that “friend space thing.” They dug their heels in crying “Danger!!!” …and ya know what? They were right. Not about avoiding having a social presence, but that it would be a Pandora’s box worth of trouble.

There is no place more dangerous to miss your message than on social. Your customers will notice, and what’s

The Top 7 Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2016

Social media marketing has always been a peculiar animal. Since its early days, where platforms were finicky and critics insisted that social marketing was not a viable marketing strategy, we’re now witnesses to an era with rock-solid platforms, useful advertising options, and plenty of free opportunities to make our content public.

Still, the world of social media changes quickly, with dozens of new platforms arriving each year and most existing companies scrambling to stay ahead of the game with new features and innovations. If history and some recently emerging trends are any indication, 2016 will be a host for a variety of new trends and changes in the social scene

Here are seven landmark social media marketing trends I predict we’ll see in 2016:

1. In-the-moment updates will dominate. Social media is already “in-the-moment” by nature, but there are some posts that are more “in-the-moment” than others. For example, take Periscope, which was recently acquired by Twitter—it allows users to give a live video broadcast of some stretch of their lives. Compare that to simply taking a video and posting it later—Periscope users collectively watch 40 years of live video each and every day. Instagram

Where Will Social Media Users Go In 2016

Social Network Demographics: Key Takeaways
Embedded in these six pie charts is some very valuable information. If you’re not a data-person, we’ve got a few observations of our own for you to chew over. Below, you’ll find my two key takeaways from this chart.

  1. Facebook grows and shrinks at opposite ends of the demographic spectrum. In 2016, Facebook will experience the largest percentage share increase in the Ages 65+ demographic. During that same period, eMarketer data suggests that the Ages 18-24 demographic share will decrease slightly.

What it means?

This trend has already been going on for a few years, as younger social media users migrate to mobile platforms and networks that don’t have an older crowd (i.e. parents). (For more on this, see “Your Teen Has 78 Friends They’ve Never Met. Here’s Why.”) Will a demographic shift on Facebook lead to the network’s decline? Far from it.

Facebook is the “gateway drug” that has brought an older generation into regular social media use: sharing, free giving of personal information, connectivity, connection with mass-brands and retail, etc. With the breakdown in privacy barriers nearly complete, Facebook (read: “its advertisers”) is ready to step in for the kill. In 2015/2016, expect advertisers to wage highly

Don’t Touch That Dial!

A history of media technology scares, from the printing press to Facebook.

By Vaughan Bell

A respected Swiss scientist, Conrad Gessner, might have been the first to raise the alarm about the effects of information overload. In a landmark book, he described how the modern world overwhelmed people with data and that this overabundance was both “confusing and harmful” to the mind. The media now echo his concerns with reports on the unprecedented risks of living in an “always on” digital environment. It’s worth noting that Gessner, for his part, never once used e-mail and was completely ignorant about computers. That’s not because he was a technophobe but because he died in 1565. His warnings referred to the seemingly unmanageable flood of information unleashed by the printing press.

Worries about information overload are as old as information itself, with each generation reimagining the dangerous impacts of technology on mind and brain. From a historical perspective, what strikes home is not the evolution of these social concerns, but their similarity from one century to the next, to the point where they arrive anew with little having changed except the label.

These concerns stretch back to

New Fortune 500 CEOs bring slight social media push

Most CEOs don’t use social media; LinkedIn most popular platform

The number of Fortune 500 CEOs with a presence on social media has climbed slightly to 39 percent in 2015 from 32 percent a year earlier as new CEOs join the list and bring with them new online habits.

Seven of the 11 CEOs who joined the list in the past year use social media, indicating the increased likelihood of the younger generation of business leaders to use such sites, according to a study by business management software provider Domo.

‘While CEOs are connecting with consumers like never before, it generally hasn’t translated to them being all that more social compared with years past,’ the study notes. ‘Improvement in the stats for CEOs and social media is being impacted by CEOs who are new to the Fortune 500 list, and not by increases in social media usage by Fortune 500 veterans.’

The study shows that LinkedIn has the biggest contingent of Fortune 500 CEOs, with the number of CEOs on the network rising to 32 percent in 2015 from 25.4 percent the previous year, the study says. Seventy percent of CEOs with just one social media account joined LinkedIn first.

Only

Social Media Tips 51 Irresistible Social Media Tool and Technology Tips

Do you want some actionable tool and technology tips that you can implement to-day?

You need to have a clear strategy in place to be effective with social media, but the tools and technology will provide a lot of help implementing this strategy.

In the following article, we have outlined 51 Social Media tips related to tools and technology to make your job easier.

1. Check popular content on social media using Buzzsumo

If you want to find out what content is shared out on social media the most, perform a search using Buzzsumo.

Go to Buzzsumo and type in a search based on content you are interested in. Buzzsumo will then show you a list of relevant content with the most shared content appearing at the top.

In the following example, I searched for Dublin Web Summit (a tech conference in Ireland).

2. Get email subscribers when people are leaving your site using OptinMonster

Imagine if you were able to pop up a message to your site’s visitors just about the time when they were about to leave your site. They can browse all day long without any interruption but

Five Tips for Helping Teens Manage Technology

When kids make their first trip out to a store on their own, parents are clear about the benefits of the burgeoning independence and also the important guidelines: stop at the corner, wait for the light, don’t talk to strangers on the sidewalk, ask a store clerk for help.

Young teens need the same kind of parental guidance as they take their first independent steps out onto the Internet.

Just as they are naïve about how the world works, research by danah boyd says that most teens—contrary to popular belief—are also naïve about the Internet. Many youth don’t realize that Google searches can be biased or that advertisers blur the lines between ads, content, entertainment, and social media. To make matters more difficult, the brain undergoes a tremendous remodeling project in early adolescence, ages 12-15. Teens experience huge neurological and psychological changes to prepare for the coming independence of adulthood.

This combination of technological change and normal adolescent development creates a huge challenge for today’s parents—there was no Instagram when the people raising today’s teens were in high school. Though there is no one-size-fits-all approach to guiding teens’ technology use, understanding these tectonic changes can

Tips for Using Electronic Media

The electronic media, now so integrated into our teens’ lives, has a profound influence on them. Parents cannot always control what their teens view. Since we cannot shelter them from all this exposure and information, we must teach them how to deal with the electronic revolution that is a part of their lives. We need to help them analyze and evaluate the messages they receive so that they can utilize mass media and the new technologies in positive ways.

What makes this so difficult for parents is how quickly new technology develops. It seems that every day a new means of communicating or accessing the internet become available. It can feel daunting to even try to keep up. And controlling your child’s media intake is often a thankless job. You are met with resistance at every turn, especially from your teen. Why even try? Because you will not be able to guide your child unless you expose yourself to the new technology, if not before them, then alongside them. We must tune in to their culture and to do so, we need to take time, gather information, and maintain strong resolve and determination. It is often not

21 Social Media Tool and Technology Tips that will Make your Day

It’s hard to argue that social media tools and technology is not an important part of your social media strategy.

It’s one of many ingredients you need to be successful but not the only ingredient.

Clint Eastwood was, and still is a very successful actor and one of the areas he is well known for is his action movies such as Dirty Harry.

We would like you to take some action to-day!!!

So here are 21 actionable tool and technology tips that we hope will make your day…

1. Get Mobile with Glyder

Glyder is a social media tool for your smartphone specifically designed for small businesses.  When you’re out and about and want to share your social media updates to your social networks use Glyder.

We know that on social media visual works best.  Sending a nice image helps get noticed.  Glyder provides a series of graphical templates that you can customize, add in your status update and then send to your social networks.

If you’re on the move more than you are at your desk, then check out Glyder.

2. Set up Goals to Monitor Conversion of

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 7 rumor roundup

This week speculation about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone is winning the rumor wars. So, based on the rumors, how might it stack up against an iPhone 7?

For the uninitiated, the Galaxy S7 is expected to be Samsung’s next-generation flagship phone slated to roll out on Feb. 21. The iPhone 7 isn’t due until later this year, probably in the fall.

Galaxy S7:

Battery: long battery life is at or near the top of the list as a must for a best-selling smartphone. With that in mind, Samsung may opt for a large battery on the S7 Edge, according to 9to5Google, which cites an FCC filing for the information in a recent report. The bigger battery would give the S7 Edge (the Edge variant of the phone sports the trademark curved-edge display), one of the highest battery capacities on the market. The current-generation Galaxy S6 has been criticized for lackluster battery life. This was underscored when Android Central asked readers what they wanted to “see most” on the Galaxy S7. The most-requested improvement was battery life.

Related: iPhone 7 rumored to wow with killer camera, reports say

Design: based on what could be leaked

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