Fans of livestreaming have received some welcome news. Not only has Periscope started testing a new doodle feature, but a new platform is beginning to gain traction as well, giving live streamers even more options.
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Periscope Tests New Doodle Feature on Your Live Stream
Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming video app, is now testing a new Periscope Sketching feature that allows users to draw and doodle on top of live-streamed video.
Launch Your Own Movie Channel With Unreel.me Video Streaming
YouTube’s got some new competition. Social video streaming company Unreel Entertainment has launched a new platform called Unreel.me, which provides all the tools businesses may need to instantly launch their unique, rich online video hubs. Not only that, they can monetize the content they create.
Ace Those Summer Hires with Best Practices from ADP
Summer is just around the corner. And for many businesses, that means there’s an opportunity to hire seasonal help. Division Vice President and General Manager of HR Solutions for ADP, Aldor Delp, has some insights to share with small businesses about making the most of your summer hires. Below are some top tips for summer hire best practices.
My Experience With Transgender Bathroom Issues In the Workplace
What I am about to tell you is a true story of my experience as a business leader dealing with a transgender bathroom issue in the workplace. It’s a challenging issue but one that, in many small business situations, can have a practical solution. Nothing in what I’m about to tell you involves breaking any confidences. This was all public knowledge in our company.
Your Employees are Stressed Out About Their Financial Futures, Study Says
A vast majority of American workers are worried about their financial future, according to a new study by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The latest Workplace Benefits Report has revealed that American workers’ stress about their finances has increased, while confidence in their financial futures has decreased.
New Santander Select Adds Bells and Whistles to Personal Banking
If you maintain a high balance for your personal banking, there’s a new program from Santander that might be of interest. The Santander Select program aims to provide a more personalized experience for clients with high balances.
Bank of America Reports Earnings Drop in Q1, Stock Dips
Bank of America has announced its first-quarter results and the outcome is not very positive. The multinational banking corporation has reported a 13 percent decline in first-quarter profit. On a positive note though loan growth and expense cuts have prompted investors to be hopeful about the future.
Virginia Governor Vetoed House Bill 18, Franchise Industry Fumes
As the battle continues between National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the International Franchise Association (IFA) — a battle that started in August last year — Virginia is still struggling to push back a major NLRB ruling that redefined how the relationship between a corporation and its franchisees is viewed.
Adaptive Medias Merges With AdSupply, Touts Anti-Adblocking Product
When one company acquires or merges with another, one of the goals is to improve its current product line while seamlessly integrating the solutions from the new organization. In the case of AdSupply, which is acquiring Adaptive Medias, the fit seems to be perfect.
Anchor Audio App Lets You Broadcast to Your Followers Via iPhone
Launched back in February 2016, the Anchor audio app introduced an exciting new medium to the world of social media – your own voice. That’s right. Using the Anchor audio app, you can record a short segment and then share it with the world. The world can then talk back, using recordings called replies.
Google Busting Publishers Using Clickjacking
Google has always been known to safeguard its applications to thwart anyone from using them for fraudulent activities. Recent developments in this regard have had Google defending its ad systems to prevent something known as clickjacking. What is Clickjacking? Clickjacking has emerged as a recent threat to cost-per-click display ads.
Google Home Service Ads Expand, Add Electricians and HVAC
After Google’s phenomenal success in connecting home services owners to local residents in the San Francisco Bay Area last year, it has now taken a new step in this direction to include Electricians and HVAC Services in its Google Home Service Ads Program.
Millennials Want To Visit Your Store, Not Just Your Website
For retailers, PWC’s Total Retail 2016 study (PDF) has a wealth of useful information about shopper behavior. But one statistic stood out for me because it’s so surprising: Millennial customers actually shop at physical stores more — not less — than other generations. Of course, that’s not to say that Millennials don’t shop online.
Shopify Acquisition of Kit CRM Introduces Conversational Commerce
Shopify has just recently announced that it is all set to acquire Kit CRM, a virtual marketing assistant that leverages messaging to help businesses market their online stores. The acquisition of Kit CRM will will add yet another feather in the crown of conversational commerce.
Small Biz Spotlight
Spotlight: PeeqSee Offers an Interactive Social App
There’s no shortage of social media platforms for people to choose from these days. So it can be difficult to get one to stand out from the rest. That’s why PeeqSee focuses on creating an experience that’s truly interactive. Read more about the app in this week’s Small Business Spotlight. What PeeqSee Does Provides a social media app and site with interactive content.
5 Startups Participate in Prestigious Constant Contact Innovation Program
Constant Contact recently announced the newest class of startups participating in its prestigious Small Business Innovation Program, an accelerator that supports entrepreneurs as they refine and grow their early-stage companies, and develop and solve issues for small business owners and nonprofits.
Outbrain Launches Content Bots for Chat Platforms
The online content discovery platform Outbrain has launched Outbrain for Chat, a new service that will help online publishers to launch content bots or applications across leading Messaging platforms. You may not have heard of Outbrain yet, but you most likely have come across some of their work online.
43 Percent of Cyber Attacks Target Small Business
Cyber crime is on the rise and small businesses are increasingly becoming the target of hackers. New data from Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report shows that small businesses have become a big target for phishers. Last year, phishing campaigns targeted small businesses (PDF) 43 percent of the time.
Feds Urge You Uninstall QuickTime from Windows Computers Immediately
As much as we all love the digital world we currently live in, the issue of security is an annoyance we could all do without. One of the latest security risks was announced by the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) with an alert urging customers to uninstall QuickTime from Windows.
New Priv by BlackBerry Apps Aimed at Small Businesses
Ever since BlackBerry joined forces with Google on the company’s latest phone — Priv by BlackBerry — life has become considerably easier. That’s especially true for small business owners who use BlackBerry’s apps available on the Play Store to manage their businesses.
Is the Flyboard Air Real or Just A High Flying Stunt?
A new product has been sweeping the web since early April – and most aren’t even sure if it’s 100% legit. Zapata Racing, a French company, announced on April 8 that it has “achieved the dream of all men” in creating an alien-like hover board, which they have dubbed the ZR Flyboard Air. The hover board claims to be the result of four years of hard work and planning.