26/11/2013 - By Stephen Scott
+Brian Solis & +Charlene Li share their excellent research findings that pack a punch of clarity through the jumble of noise and nonsense that can often clutter the social space.
Looking forward to that day where we don't need social strategies, just a customer experience strategy! Well done Brian and Charlene and thank you from the community for sharing...
19/11/2013 - By Stephen Scott
Great for the gym or if you're a jogger, this tough, light neoprene material armband from Belkin is pretty useful. Fits both Samsung Galaxy S4 and S3, (they stock for plenty of models). The armband is comfortable and lets you listen to your tunes and control the device without having to remove it. Take a look at the review to see if useful for you and thanks again to MobileZap for the chance to review this.
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13/11/2013 - By Stephen Scott
Amazon.com Launches In Australia. The Beginning Of The Ozzie Kick In The Digital Backside It So Badly Needs.
Good Australian e-commerce sites are very few and far between. I came to Australia nearly seven years ago and expected the revolution I had seen in the US and UK arrive here a year or so after I left...but I waited...and waited and still am for the appearance of good online stores.
Yes there are a few pioneers out there and they are improving, but it's super slow. Large global brands within no online stores? Dead common here. On the whole they are just a sad and poor comparison to their US counterparts. Target and Toys'R'Us launched 'stores' within the last year and well, a bit sad. Add in the vast overcharging on products we get, high shipping costs, and a dreadful, nay pitiful stock range and it really is quite depressing.
It wasn't helped by total all out farcical events like 'Click Frenzy' which only made us all more embarrassed. Maybe we were just all out having a barbecue and not shoppers with better things to do? No, we are in fact THE most frequent online shoppers worldwide, but at global sites and not our own. We basically gave Ozzie retailers a report card that said 'F- Don't even bother trying harder'. And as a nation we just seemed to hide continually behind these terrible sites and printed paper catalogues, and do nothing... and then...
+Amazon.com finally launches in Australia after a three year ongoing development, and here is where the line has been drawn and it will all start to finally change. Their amazon.com.au site kicked off a few hours ago, and currently like other recent satellite sites such as Amazon Brazil, the site only currently stocks books and it's Kindle devices.
Wisely it knows it's audience and unlike others, has try to avoid shafting customers as if they are utterly blind to shopping overseas, (as many do) and has so far avoided the price hikes we are normally stung for here. Prices are reasonable with only a small margin between USD and AUD products.
The real truth will come if we ever get even 10% of the range of products the US site gets, and why should it bother when it's highest profit margin items such as digital books will do very well here indeed (and already are). Amazon are not daft in any shape or form, Jeff Bezos almost redefines shrewd, and has defied analysts predictions for years. He knows this market is riper than ripe, and he has cleverly started to show his hand.
Where he has gone others will soon follow, and with our high dollar, and the job ramp up in Amazon's Sydney base, we'll soon see a full store and more products because boy, speaking as a consumer, we really need it here.
If I'm right (which I've harped on about for many years) it will finally give Australia the much deserved royal kick up the digital backside it needs, and begin to fire off other companies to at last, start building some decent ecommerce stores and putting an end to those paper catalogues.
12/11/2013 - By Stephen Scott
08/11/2013 - By Stephen Scott
image source +Jay Wolberg
If you weren't aware of the +Google+ new features from the recent +Vic Gundotra video overview, Google+ is ALL about your photography. If you've been fortunate enough to have a Nexus device for the last few years you've been getting the latest cool photo features such as PhotoSphere and more first.
Now that feature and more, such as HDR and more are here for all. Add in a huge amount of brand new features and options for all your photos, all auto backed up in one place, at their original resolution, for free...
So time to really get your G+ photo hat on, but where to start?
Thankfully +Nick Summers has done all the hard work for us. An excellent comprehensive guide written in plain English for those new to the platform. It's the best guide I've seen written and even for me, still tons I haven't used yet in here and a useful resource.
Dive in, your photos deserve it.
Read Nick Summers in depth guide to Google+ Photography
Can't reply to YouTube comments today?
You are not alone.
As much as I'm very much in favor of these changes, something very badly miscommunicated is the fact that you can't reply to comments left in the old commenting system using the new system. You need to use your YouTube inbox for that. ( https://www.youtube.com/inbox ) to view them, but you won't be able to reply to old comments. You could make a new comment using "+username" of the username of the one you're replying to. Personally just make sure you uncheck the slightly annoying 'share to Google+' otherwise you'll be spamming big style before you know it.
However all NEW comments you will be able to reply to using the new system, so before you get all internet rage guy, check it out. It works a charm. So moving forward this wont be an issue at all.
Sadly because this has not been clearly stated well at all in my view, internet rage and trolls have taken over other sites and venting their frustration at Google products in droves.
This storm in a teacup will die down shortly but this rage and hate is a problem. Anyway hopefully others find this and clarification is put out and people can begin to keep the cool...