Safari will also limit ad tech, auto-play videos, and tracking

With ad-tech being so intrusive these days in tracking our movements, you had to wonder when people would say “enough is enough.”  Maybe we’re getting closer. Two moves this month certainly should send a message to providers that are pushing the envelope on online advertising tactics that visitors don’t like.  First, Google confirmed that its … Continue reading Safari will also limit ad tech, auto-play videos, and tracking

Game Changer:  Google confirms built-in ad blocker coming to its Chrome browser

It’s been rumored for a while, but now Google confirms it will update its Chrome browser to include an ad blocker.  If your site has what Google terms “unacceptable ads,” it’s going to block all the advertisements on your site.  The list of what is unacceptable will include pop-ups, videos that are set to auto … Continue reading Game Changer:  Google confirms built-in ad blocker coming to its Chrome browser

Every generation is the Facebook generation… for now

Every generation is the Facebook generation, proclaims a new survey by Sprout Social.  It’s hard to argue. The study looked at the social media habits of 1,000 Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers.  Facebook was the overwhelming choice of all demographic groups, although Xers and Boomers picked Facebook about twice as much as Millennials. For … Continue reading Every generation is the Facebook generation… for now

Despite new tech chips in credit cards, fraud jumps 33%

I got that call on the weekend.   Somebody had used our credit card to try to book an Uber ride.  Since we hadn’t left the house that morning, I knew it wasn’t a legitimate charge.  I’m happy the folks at Chase knew it wasn’t right and called. One of the things that tipped them off was … Continue reading Despite new tech chips in credit cards, fraud jumps 33%

Robert Martin complained about his internet-connected garage door opener. Company responded by remotely turning off his service.

Robert Martin bought an internet-connected garage door opener from Garadget. When he had problems with his product, he posted an angry rant on the company’s community board: “Just installed and attempting to register a door when the app started doing this. Have uninstalled and reinstalled iphone app, powered phone off/on — wondering what kind of piece of … Continue reading Robert Martin complained about his internet-connected garage door opener. Company responded by remotely turning off his service.

Facebook launches “TV app” and makes big changes to video in newsfeeds

Here’s Facebook’s next big foray into the world of video:  a new Facebook video app for TV.  Facebook announced the app will roll out soon to app stores for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV, with more platforms to come. With the app, Facebook says you’ll be able to watch videos shared … Continue reading Facebook launches “TV app” and makes big changes to video in newsfeeds

Virtual advertising on windshields aimed at the driver?

I’ve started to wonder if we’re putting too much tech in front of drivers. As they navigate down the road, there are an awful lot of things that can add to your distracted driving. My new car has a screen that shows current radar and weather forecasts. I’ve found the find-the-nearest-gas-stations and display their current … Continue reading Virtual advertising on windshields aimed at the driver?

Talking cars could help make roads safer, help the environment

If you’ve bought a new car lately, you know there’s an incredible amount of tech going on that has nothing to do with driving.  My new car has weather radar maps, sports scores, movie times, and even Open Table available on the touchscreen.  But a proposed rule from NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) would … Continue reading Talking cars could help make roads safer, help the environment

Questions to ask before picking an agency to handle your PPC search campaigns

Winning the game at search takes work.  And money.  And experience.  Finding someone you can trust to help guide you to make the right decisions along the way is critical.  Many businesses realize great results from a PPC (pay-per-click) search campaign... or suffer if they're either not playing the game or choose the wrong partners (or try … Continue reading Questions to ask before picking an agency to handle your PPC search campaigns