Google’s AMP now load twice as quickly
Google’s AMP now load twice as quickly

Among the many platform additions and advanced announced last week at Google’s annual I/O Conference, one stands out for digital marketeers: AMP now load twice as quickly. AMP is Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages Project and it’s important for digital marketeers because consumers are notoriously impatient with slow-loading mobile pages and will move on to some […]

Google Search as an events concierge
Google Search as an events concierge

Taking a page from Facebook’s enormously successful Events feature, the ubiquitous pocket oracle is beefing up Google Search as an events concierge. Now that our smartphones are in common use as personal assistants we’ve become accustomed to reaching for them to find upcoming entertainment and events, especially as weekends approach. Most entertainment venues have long […]

Drivers prefer smartphones in cars
Drivers prefer smartphones in cars

Drivers prefer smartphones in cars over car makers’ built-in systems designed to provide entertainment, car functionality and navigation. This sounds dangerous on the face of it – and it is – until and unless the car systems can mirror successfully on, perhaps, bigger and less-distracting screens the same functions as our smartphones. As we know, […]

Doubling down on fake news
Doubling down on fake news

Some of the internet’s biggest players are doubling down on fake news, making adjustments & finding ways to promote facts over fiction in current events. Three major efforts began rolling out this week – by Google, Facebook & Wikipedia – to help internet readers lacking common sense or basic skills of critical thinking discern truth […]

It’s the new Google Earth
It’s the new Google Earth

It’s the new Google Earth – and we’re just livin’ on it. Seriously, the new Google Earth is nothing short of spectacular and destined to become an even bigger time suck than it’s been over the __ years since it was launched. Warning: let your family know you’re headed on a Google Earth voyage. They […]

Facebook rules the app world
Facebook rules the app world

Facebook rules the app world. The top four most frequently downloaded apps in the first quarter of 2017 belong to the behemoth social network. Ah, hell, why are we still calling it just a social network? We all know by now Facebook wants to be your only portal to the digital world. And unless you’ve […]

Time to rethink passwords
Time to rethink passwords

It’s time to rethink passwords – past time, really. The way we’ve been thinking about internet passwords is all wrong and it’s time to seriously evolve the way we keep our online data world secure. At least that’s what a U.S. government committee of nerds suggested March 31 when it issued a draft of new […]

Disabled Americans aren’t reaching the online world
Disabled Americans aren’t reaching the online world

Disabled Americans aren’t reaching the online world nearly as much as Americans who live without a disability. It’s another chasm in the digital divide, according to survey results published by the Pew Research Center. “Disabled Americans are about three times as likely as those without a disability to say they never go online (23% vs. […]

Contact Congress through Facebook
Contact Congress through Facebook

Thanks to a new tool rolled out March 27 you can now contact Congress through Facebook. The tool, called Town Hall, makes it especially easy for the roughly 213.7 million Americans who regularly use Facebook to reach out directly to members of congress and, even, if you want, the president. And, yes, nearly all elected […]

You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T
You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T

You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T and all the other big corporations from whom you receive the internet in America. And by, “you,” what we mean is all the data you generate when you go online with your home computers and mobile devices: all your browsing history, your record of purchases, your […]