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Luke Klinker’s Messenger is the SMS Android App You’ve Been Looking For

Android has always lacked a sophisticated SMS application. The default one offered by Google isn’t as feature-rich as one would desire and the options available in the Play store can be a little over too much fabricating an intimidating interface for the user. Even if you get comfortable with any of these, chances are you’ll have to use another app just to view the conversations on your computer. Hence, we present you “Messenger” by Luke Klinker, the developer behind the infamous Talon Twitter client.The most peculiar thing about Messenger is that if you want, it will work as a barebones SMS client but there are a ton of assisting features spread all across the application. To start off, Messenger comes coated with Material Design with a primary green accent. After logging in using your email address, you’ll be directed to the homepage which is quite straightforward – a list of conversions categorized based on time frames and a floating button on the bottom right for starting a new on…

How Apple and Google are Trying to be One Another

Recently, Google launched a range of hardware products ranging from the Pixel smartphones to the upgraded Chromecast to a new Google WiFi router. Google hired back Motorola’s Rick Osterloh to lead its hardware division. At the October 4th event, Google talked at length about how they thought it was necessary to build their own hardware in order to provide a great experience. Google isn’t really a hardware company, to be honest. They are great at making software and services but rely on the hardware of third party OEMs.Apple, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of Google. Apple is great at making hardware but usually relies on third parties to make software and services that would make Apple’s hardware attractive. Although iOS and MacOS are great on their own, Apple’s software offerings like iTunes, iCloud or Apple Maps have always had their share of controversies. Both Apple and Google are great at fields from which they make the maximum money. For Apple, it’s hardware and for Go…

How To Use SocialPilot Social Media Tool For Promotion?

Update: SocialPilot now supports Google plus (Profile, pages & collection). This review has been updated to reflect that!Do you want to promote your content to all social network with a single click? Let’s check out one of the popular tools for content promotion.Posting your blog’s latest content on social networks is a great way to gain more readers. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn are excellent tools for blog promotion, especially when you have many friends or followers. It allows your content to get shared among your network and beyond, giving your blog the exposure and traffic you are aiming for.Keeping a regular posting schedule on these networks can be a tedious and time-consuming task, and you may not always have the time to do so on a daily basis. You may find that logging in and post it to social networks every other hour is simply not the best use of your time.This is where automated posting apps like SocialPilot can help you. SocialPilot lets you set up your social network …

Social Warfare WordPress Plugin: The Only Social Media Sharing Plugin You’ll Ever Need

Everybody knows that having social media sharing buttons is quintessential for every blog in the Blogosphere.Why?Well, social media sharing buttons help us drive more (free) traffic while also working as social proof. In the past, I have tried numerous social media sharing plugins & it was always a challenge to find one that worked well both on desktop & mobile.A few months back, I purchased a popular social media sharing plugin called Social Warfare.Before that, I always used the free (and sometimes freemium) plugins. This was the second time after Monarch that I paid for a premium plugin. Since this plugin was endorsed by many known bloggers from the WordPress community, it gave me enough confidence to put my money behind it.Well, after using this plugin for almost four months, here is my detailed review of the Social Warfare WordPress plugin.In this review post, I will share & highlight those features that have made me keep using this plugin here on ShoutMeLoud. Keep in…

The Galaxy Note 7 Fiasco: 7 Things Tech Companies Need to Learn

So perhaps we are coming to the close of the regrettable chapter that is the Galaxy Note 7. It has been more than a month since we first heard of Galaxy Note 7 devices exploding and after dozens of incidents, several recalls and repairs and replacements and hundreds of cynical memes, it seems that the Korean giant is finally giving up the ghost on the device that was supposed to be its flagship. And while there will be multiple post mortems, recriminations, and prolonged analysis, we really think that the whole crisis escalated because of what seems in rosy retrospect a lack of simple common sense at times. Of course, it is easy to be wise after the event and we have no way of knowing what actually transpired in Samsung and well, it might be a while before we really know what went wrong with the device, but based on what we DO know, there are seven things that tech companies can learn from the whole sorry episode:1. React swiftlyFor a company that churns out devices so quickly and is …

Samsung Chromebook Pro Costs $499; Features a 360-Degree Hinge and Stylus

Samsung is all set to enter the premium Chromebook market with its Chromebook Pro and thanks to a bunch of online retailers who accidentally listed the product, we now a first look at the device. The Chromebook Pro features a rotating hinge and is priced at a steep price of $499.In terms of specifications, the Chromebook Pro comes with a 12.3-inch display ((3:2 aspect ratio)  with an impressive resolution of 2400 x 1600 pixels and 400 nits brightness. There’s a 360-degree rotating hinge meaning you can use it either as a tablet or laptop or anything else you find the most suitable. Under the hood, it is powered by a 2 GHz hexacore processor (two Cortex-A72 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores), 32GB internal storage, and 4GB of RAM. Samsung has also included a sufficient array of ports including two USB Type-C ports, a headphone jack (yes, we need to mention that now), and an SD card slot. While the exact battery details are missing from the website, it does say that the device can last up…

Microsoft Dynamics 365 adds predictive lead scoring from Versium to its B2B CRM

Versium’s visualization of a combined business and consumer predictive profile. Last month, Microsoft boosted its Dynamics 365 customer relationship management (CRM) system through a new alliance with Adobe’s Marketing Cloud.This week, Microsoft and predictive analytics firm Versium are announcing a new integration that boosts the CRM’s ability to highlight which individuals and businesses are most likely to become customers.The Versium Predict integration enables Dynamics 365 for Sales to automatically — via a “single button push,” according to founder and CEO Chris Matty — generate a list of leads that can be marketed via email, mail, or online advertising. He added that this is the first automated predictive analytics service for Dynamics with machine learning that utilizes both business and consumer data.Dynamics 365 for Sales is one of five enterprise edition versions of Dynamics. The others are for Operations, Customer Service, Field Service, and Project Service Automation.A key …

Marketing Day: Paid search campaigns, mobile wallet strategies & content creation

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:Say hello to the newest intelligent agent, Ozlo
Oct 14, 2016 by Barry Levine
Billed as the only independent intelligent agent left, he specializes in finding the best answer from ‘competing sources of information.’Are there PPC monsters lurking inside your paid search account?
Oct 14, 2016 by Jacob Baadsgaard
Are your paid search campaigns looking a bit scary? Columnist Jacob Baadsgaard describes how to vanquish the monsters that may be wreaking havoc on your accounts and impacting PPC performance.What Google’s recent RLSA updates mean for advertisers
Oct 14, 2016 by Andy Taylor
Columnist Andy Taylor discusses the impact of two recent changes to Remarketing List for Search Ads announced at SMX East 2016 — expanded RLSA membership duration and cross-device retargeting.With holiday 2016 approaching, retailers need a mobile wallet strategy ASAP
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Say hello to the newest intelligent agent, Ozlo

Comparative searches on Ozlo and Google Assistant. The society of intelligent agents now has a new member.His name is Ozlo, from the Palo Alto, California-based company of the same name. According to co-founder and CEO Charles Jolley, he’s the only independent intelligent agent left, now that Samsung has scooped up Viv.But the key differentiator, Jolley told me, is that Ozlo is “the only assistant that can link together competing sources of information.”As an example, Jolley recalled that he wanted “some steak and live music” while on a recent trip to Las Vegas. So, naturally, he asked Ozlo.The intelligent agent, he said, “pointed me to a restaurant in [the hotel],” pulling the info about the steak from an article in Time Out magazine and about live music from TripAdvisor.“The place was great,” he added. (See photo below.)By contrast, he said, Google Assistant “would bring back a web link to a random article, or would read you a snippet.” (See comparison screens above.)Google Assistant…