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The 8 Best 3D Printing Apps for Great Ideas

For the past couple of years, 3D printing has started to slowly turn into a trend among geeks and hobbyists. It probably gained even more popularity since the Consumer Electronics Show at the beginning of 2014, when it attracted the biggest crowd and definitely converted some of the ones who weren’t into 3D printing before.While there already were several apps out there for the iOS users, those running their smartphones/tablets on Android and Windows are just starting to benefit from this trend now. There are various applications that one can use on a laptop or PC as well, and many of them can be ran directly through the web browser.Anything from creating and printing 3D models to editing existing ones and getting inspired by large catalogues full of suggestions, it can all be done using some of these tools. No matter if you’re a designer yourself or simply do it for entertainment, you can express your ideas with the one that you like the most.Autodesk 123DProbably the most well-known…

About time! Start This Not So New Form of Blogging Before it’s too late!

Do you remember the time when you wrote your first post? How great you must have felt as your blog was up & running. Now, if it’s been more than a month or two for you, compare your current post with the old one.The old one sucks! right?Well, you are not the only one to feel this way, as most of us have gone through a similar experience. Over time, you will realize that blogging gives you an unmatched freedom that you do not get in a normal corporate job. It is pretty great!Don’t you want to continue blogging in the future & be your own boss forever? If your answer is yes, I need your undivided attention.What I’m going to share today is already known to you but you might not have considered it yet.How many times have you read stuff like:‘Video’ is the future.Money is in video advertising.Facebook gives extra visibility to videos.Youtube is still the world’s 2nd most popular search engine.This is an important thing that you need to know if you are serious about your career as a…

Facebook plans to close LiveRail ad exchange to focus on Audience Network

Facebook is winding down LiveRail, the video ad tech business it acquired in 2014.In 2015, LiveRail began to power ad serving for all in-app ads on the Facebook Audience Network — launched in 2014 to target ads to Facebook users in apps (and now mobile websites) beyond Facebook itself — including native video and display ads, in addition to supporting desktop advertising. However, earlier this year, Facebook announced it was closing down LiveRail’s ad-serving capabilities to focus on private marketplaces and ad mediation for native and video.Now, it seems, Facebook Audience Network is supplanting LiveRail, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the coming closure.“We are discontinuing the LiveRail Private Exchange to focus on finding better ways for publishers to sell their ad space directly to advertisers, as well as expanding our video ad offering via Audience Network,” said a Facebook spokeswoman. “This is what many of our publishing partners told us they wanted…

Amazon’s EchoSim lets anyone talk to its voice assistant, Alexa

Consumers that are thinking about buying an Amazon Echo, or its sibling devices Tap and Dot, can give it a try at’s a browser-based simulator that only requires an Amazon account; once logged in, anyone (with a microphone, of course) can talk to the on-screen Alexa in much the same way you would if an actual device was in the room. The help documentation explains that EchoSim doesn’t support streaming music and far-field voice recognition.In announcing EchoSim today, Amazon’s Glenn Cameron says it’s for developers who want to test their “skills” — Amazon’s word for the third-party apps that work with Alexa. But he also says it “gives users the ability to experience a realistic interaction with Alexa capabilities and skills.”Whether general consumers are ever aware of EchoSim will largely depend on whether they read the coverage it’s getting today or, more likely, if Amazon decides to advertise it on the Echo product page on They’re not doing so right now, but…

Marketing Day: Cross-channel experiences, Pew social media study & more

Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Survata offers first online surveys targeted at second- and third-party user segments
May 27, 2016 by Barry Levine
The questionnaires, which can include a pretesting of ads, are delivered to the same segments the ads will later target.How to deliver a true cross-channel experience
May 27, 2016 by Digital Marketing Depot
Regardless of channel, consumers and prospects have more refined appetites for marketing and higher expectations. They expect and desire more than a generic product experience — they want to feel an affinity for their investment and attraction to a brand.The future of voice-related SEO for local business
May 27, 2016 by Chris Marentis
Google’s recent developer event revealed details about how the search giant is thinking about the future. Columnist Chris Marentis shares tips on how local businesses can learn how to be found in t…