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AdWords Editor Version 10.4 Arrives With Bid Strategies Support

The PPC Twittersphere lit up today with word that Google dropped the latest version of AdWords Editor today. Here’s the lowdown on what’s new in Version 10.4. Bids and Bid Strategies: Much awaited, AdWords Editor now supports flexible bidding strategies. Users can update bid strategies…



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Apple Retires Snow Leopard Support, Leaves 1 In 5 Macs In The Dust

Apple has all but announced it will no longer Mac computers running Snow Leopard, or OS X 10.6. 

On Tuesday, the company released an update for Mavericks, or OS X 10.9, plus security updates for its two predecessors, Mountain Lion (10.8) and Lion (10.7), but nothing for any other previously-released versions of OS X. All of the updates included a critical patch that resolved a major security exploit.

With Snow Leopard no longer supported, Apple is distancing itself from Microsoft’s tradition of supporting older operating systems for decades and beyond, a practice some call excessive. Microsoft’s Windows XP came out on October 25, 2001, more than 12 years ago. But Microsoft says it will continue supporting the system until April 8, 2014

Meanwhile, Snow Leopard has been around for just 4 years, since August 28, 2009, on the occasion of its obsolescence. Which explains why 1 in 5 Macs are still operating on it. 

See also: Apple Celebrates 30 Years Of The Mac Computer

Perhaps Apple’s thinking is that there’s no reason for Snow Leopard users not to upgrade to OS X Mavericks, given that it’s now possible to upgrade directly from Snow Leopard to its latest OS—for free. Unlike previous $20 upgrades like Lion and Mountain Lion, Mavericks doesn’t cost a thing. 

Apple might have also retired Snow Leopard since it’s the last remaining operating system that supports 32-bit Macs, which contain first generation “Core” processors. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and all versions that followed, are 64-bit. (Apple’s newest iOS devices are also 64-bit.) 

It’s not the first time Apple has abandoned older machines after a major tech transition—ask anyone who has tried to upgrade the software on the older Mac Mini with a PowerPC processor. If you don’t own a 64-bit Mac, it’s now impossible to get upgrades. 

But the worst part? When Apple drops a platform, so does everyone else. Now it won’t be long until later versions of Chrome and Firefox no longer mesh with Snow Leopard. It’s just a shame how Apple customers are penalized if they haven’t purchased new Mac hardware since 2009.

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Israel Wants To Tax Google To Support Local Content Publishers

A new bill making its way to Israel’s parliament (the Knesset) would assess a tax of 7 percent on search engine ad revenues to subsidize local content publishers. The story was reported in the Financial Times. While it’s not explicit or exclusive to any individual company, the bill has been…



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Pinterest Tests Personalized Home Page, Adds GIF Support & New Recipe Search

Pinterest news this week includes an announcement for a new recipe search for special dietary needs like gluten-free and “paleo,” and a couple features spotted by users that are in testing: personalized home pages and functional GIF images.

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Google Glass XE12: MyGlass For The IPhone And Official Support For That Wink Hack

For Google Glass owners, the holidays just came early. Google just released the update notes for December’s monthly build, XE12, and it’s a doozy. Not only will XE12 introduce that cool wink hack we saw months ago as an actual feature, but it brings the release of MyGlass for the iPhone at long last.

MyGlass: The Missing iOS App Is Found

Just days ago we were bemoaning the sorry state of Google Glass for iPhone users, a lo, the iOS MyGlass app is (almost) here at long last. Not one to hoard software in its own ecosystem, Google historically provides a nearly equal experience for its apps between its own Android operating system and Apple’s iOS. Given that precedent, we knew a Google Glass app was on the way for iOS—we just didn’t know when.

The barriers to parity between MyGlass on Android and iOS are many, but the new iPhone app will add support for one major feature conspicuously absent for iPhone users: turn by turn directions. From the release notes:

MyGlass for iOS is ready. MyGlass has almost all of the features of the Android app, but designed especially for Apple mobile devices. Set up Glass, get turn-by-turn directions, add new contacts, and turn on Glassware. 

While that’s excellent news for Glass Explorers who aren’t keen to cross over to an Android smartphone, it still won’t quite bring the two apps in line. Unfortunately, the XE12 notes make no mention of support for iMessages. That means without a workaround (we’d suggest rigging something up in IFTTT), iPhone users won’t be able to receive texts on Glass—a handy feature that’s supported by Android’s version of MyGlass. MyGlass for iOS will finally let Glass wearers toggle apps on and off from the iPhone, but unlike MyGlass for Android, it doesn’t appear to support screencasting. Bummer.

Lots Of New Updates

Screen lock in XE12

Screen lock in XE12

Beyond the big news of MyGlass for the iPhone, XE12 has plenty else going on. Building out Google Play on Glass a bit more, XE12 will add support for playlists and more options for tuning into artist radio stations. For Glass users concerned with security, XE12 adds a screen locking feature that looks to employ a programmable pattern, like Android. XE12 also introduces Glass apps for Hangouts and YouTube.

The Hangouts app lets Glass wearers send and receive chat messages, photos and calls with any of their Google Hangouts contacts. The much-requested YouTube glassware means that videos can be uploaded from Glass right to YouTube—a perfect pairing, considering the experiential nature of most Glass videos. 

Perhaps even more surprising than the MyGlass iPhone app, XE12 builds the “hidden” wink detection feature right into the official software, letting Glass photogs snap a photo with a literal wink. Google claims that winking to take a picture is faster than both the camera button and the voice command method. As a note, wink will only work for the newer version of Glass, so early explorers will need to swap in to put it to use.

For the icing on the cake, Google has added a few voice commands and finally, finally done away with the “Sent Through Glass” signature that gets stamped on the end of every outgoing text message. That one made us look like a Glasshole every time. 

As always, you can find the full release notes for XE12 on Google’s Glass developer portal. And keep an eye out for the MyGlass app in the iOS App Store “later this week.”

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Google Webmaster Tools Adds Debugging Support in Structured Data Dashboard

Google now will show you any errors or problems with your structured data that Google encounters while crawling the website. Users can click on each content type to see any relevant errors they may have made in their implementation.

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