Top 5 Stories on the Latest Technology News

Ramona Tech Tuesday 26 Comments

The tech industry is booming this week. There were a variety of items that appeared on the latest technology news front. Social networks are upgrading their services and offering new features. A tech company is making moves to compete with hiring firms nationwide. There were interesting articles published about the effects of social media and smartphones.

Check out the latest technology news below.

 

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Latest Technology News

 

This week features news stories from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Linkedin and more.

 

1…Facebook takes Messenger ads Wordwide {Engadget}
Facebook expands its beta test of ads on the Messenger home screen. This is a slow roll-out. Read more from Engadget >> HERE.

 

I finally downloaded the Facebook Messenger app. I was holding out on doing it. As a marketer, I understand the decision by Facebook. They need to make money to appease shareholders. I guess I’m not surprised that ads will be part of the app. It’s the nature of the beast. 😐 I expect ads to pop up other [new] places on Facebook. It is what it is.

 

2…Google launches a service for business to recruit on the platform {TechCrunch}
The new service, called Hire, will help businesses manage their recruiting process. Read more about Hire on TechCrunch >> HERE.

 

This is an interesting advancement for Google. It hits one of the pain-points for employers…internal recruiting. I will need more details on how the service will work. This could be a good thing, or it could go very wrong. My question is how will companies feel about sharing employee/prospect data with Google? What do you think?

 

3…Facebook is letting brands and media companies create groups {Adweek}
Facebook announced that brand pages will soon be able to create groups within their pages. This is a major game-changer as brands can create smaller communities for a variety of crowd-sourced information and research. Learn more about this new feature from Adweek >> HERE.

 

This is a needed new feature for brands and media companies. It will allow them to engage with their fans and followers in a smaller setting. I can see this beneficial for customer services issues, feedback on product and services as well as VIP groups to help with future merchandising decisions, events, etc.

 

4…Microsoft says good-bye to MS Paint {Huffington Post Tech}
Microsoft revealed that updates to MS Paint will cease this year. After over 30 years, the program is finally being depreciated and will no longer be developed or included in future Microsoft updates. Read more from Huffington Post Tech >> HERE.

 

So, people still use Microsoft Paint?! I had no idea. Honestly, I thought this product was already dead. I used it at a former job, but only to convert images from TIFF to JPG or PNG. But, I understand the usage as I know people who are still trying to be “great” with MS Publisher. I’m sure that program will be around for a while longer.

 

5…Linkedin users can now add multiple images to a single post {Adweek}
Hot off the presses! 🔥 Linkedin launched a new feature today. Users can now add multiple images to a single post. This option is only available on iOS, Android and Desktop are labeled as “coming soon.” Read more about this new mobile feature from Adweek >> HERE.

 

Multiple images on Linkedin. I see this being useful for Behind-the-Scenes updates and more. I, personally, don’t add a lot of images on Linkedin. Maybe I’m using the platform wrong. Nonetheless, it’s nice to have the now-standard option available on Linkedin…should you need to add several images. How will you use this new feature?

 
Elsewhere in technology:

▶︎ How to tell which apps are killing your battery life. {Huffington Post}
▶︎ Your sales strategy needs to become a social media strategy. Here’s why. {Inc.com}
▶︎ Say good-bye to Adobe Flash. {Mashable}
What do you think? Which technology stories did you follow last week? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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I'm a female who enjoys french fries and everything associated with them. I am a foodie, a carb lover and someone on a mission to lose the extra pounds. At the core of things, I am a storyteller. Professionally, I’m a marketer. I write about food, exercise, traveling and events. I am a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Welcome to my life…one post at a time.

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  1. Kim

    These are great updates. To be honest, I didn’t know Microsoft Paint was still a thing. I’m surprised they kept it around for so long.

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  2. Eva

    My son told me that Paint was going away! I still use it in emergencies to crop something or resize something, but it really is outdated. I hope they plan to replace it with something else. I am looking forward to seeing what happens with the groups. VIP groups could be a gamechanger.

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      Ramona

      Eva, I agree about the VIP groups. Hopefully the interface will be useful for those brands / pages that use the group option.

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      Ramona

      EG, yep. MS Paint is going to the “great up-yonder.” It’s bound for Glory. It’ll be around until the end of the year.

  3. Kasi

    Great recap of what’s going on in the technology world! That’s interesting about FB messenger ads. I refuse to download it, lol!

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      Ramona

      Kasi, it took me forever to download it. Once they removed it from their mobile website I had to get it. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  4. Ayak

    Thanks for the link to the ‘app battery drainers’ article. I’ve been resisting downloading fb messenger & this new inclusion of ads makes me feel vindicated. Dope post!

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  5. Ty

    I think that it’s cool that brands can make groups on Facebook. I had no idea about the other stuff but it’s good to know.

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  6. Carissa

    Great Read! I didnt know some of this was going on like MS Paint going away! I remember going to my mother’s job when I was younger and painting on her screen all day while she attended meetings!

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      Ramona

      Thanks for the comment, Carissa. Yea, MS Paint has been around for a while. It can’t compete with the new-age programs.

  7. Tanay Michele

    I used to keep up with technology news all the time when I worked in that field but since I stopped I don’t follow as much anymore. Thanks for sharing these!

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