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Google Continues Testing Mobile Friendly Notices In Search Results, This Time With Text Version

Two weeks ago, Google began testing mobile-friendly icons in the mobile search results, next to sites that were mobile-friendly. Maybe giving a carrot to sites that adopted good mobile-friendly web site practices? Yesterday, Google tried the opposite approach by testing non mobile-friendly icons in…



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Microsoft Will Show Us The Next Version Of Windows In Two Weeks

The word is official: Microsoft will host an event in San Francisco on September 30 with news on “what’s next for Windows”—a presentation all but certain to involve a good look at the long-awaited replacement for Windows 8, currently codenamed “Threshold.”

Microsoft likewise appears likely to release a beta version of the operating system either at the event or shortly thereafter. That “technical preview” of Threshold will let developers and big organizations start planning for the major changes in the operating system. It’s not yet clear whether the technical preview will be available to the general public or only to registered developers.

See also: A Replacement For Windows 8 May Be Nearing The “Threshold”

The event appears to be aimed primarily at large “enterprise” organizations; Microsoft’s invitation card reads, “Join us to hear about what’s next for Windows and the enterprise.” That focus, however, may have more to do with the fact that the Windows PC is, once again, primarily a business tool now that tablets and phones have largely obviated the need to boot up a PC to play games or keep up with email and social networks at home.

Desktop, Desktop, Desktop

What that means is that Microsoft will most likely focus on changes to the traditional Windows “desktop” mode in Threshold. Windows 8, for instance, relegated the desktop to an afterthought in favor of the touch-enabled “Metro” mode, characterized by tiles in bright primary colors. The move alienated many Windows users, who have only been somewhat mollified by Microsoft’s incremental efforts to restore features to the Windows 8 desktop.

The Threshold desktop will likely return in a front-and-center role for PC users. Like the latest version of Windows 8, Threshold will default to different modes depending on the device—for instance, booting to Metro mode on a tablet and to the desktop on a laptop or desktop.

Leaked screenshots and videos suggest that the Threshold desktop will revive the Start menu, which Windows 8 dispensed with entirely, albeit in a colorful design that incorporates Metro-like tiles. The new Windows will also apparently let users create multiple desktops—say, to group programs and files needed for specific tasks—and will feature a notification center similar to those in smartphones, tablets and Mac OS X.

It’ll also apparently be possible to run tablet-style Metro apps in windows on the desktop; in Windows 8, those apps insist on taking over the entire screen. There’s also a possibility that Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana will make an appearance.

See also: How Microsoft’s Cortana Stacks Up Against Siri And Google Now

We’ll have full coverage on September 30; join us then to see which features make the cut in Threshold and how soon you’ll be able to get your hands on it.

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Apple’s Swift Language Goes Pro, Reaches Version 1.0

Swift, Apple’s new in-house programming language, just reached version 1.0. That’s a big deal, because it means apps written in Swift are now eligible for the Apple App Store.

See also: Apple Wants Devs To Love Swift, Its Shiny New Language—But There’s A Catch

“Swift version 1.0 is now GM,” the Apple Developer blog reported Tuesday. GM refers to “golden master,” a term Apple has historically used to refer to the final version of a piece of software that’s ready to be shipped.

For developers, this means anyone who has been messing around with the developer trial of Swift is now welcome to submit apps that use Swift to the App Store. In other words, Swift is now in a final enough state that apps running on it are ready to be released to the public.

You wouldn’t think people would care about whether a programming language is in version 0.5 or 2.5 when our apps and software are updated on a near constant basis. But in the programming world, version numbers still matter a lot.

For example, there’s Node.js, a development framework that has been around since 2009. Even though large companies like Walmart and LinkedIn have adopted it, Node is still considered a risk because it’s still in version 0.10. There are a lot of reasons Node’s overseers are reluctant to take the 1.0 plunge, among them that they’re still undecided which of its features they want to commit to in a “formal” release.

See also: Why The JavaScript World Is Still Waiting For Node.js 1.0

Just because Swift has achieved 1.0 doesn’t mean the team is finished, though. The announcement concludes that Swift will continue to be a work in progress:

You’ll notice we’re using the word “GM”, not “final”. That’s because Swift will continue to advance with new features, improved performance, and refined syntax.

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Baidu Reveals Baidu Eye: Its Version of Google Glass #Wearables by @5le

Chinese search engine Baidu is launching a wearable headset very similar to Google Glass that they are calling Baidu Eye. The company showed off the new device, which was first rumored to be in development in April 2013, at its annual showcase event, Baidu World (Chinese language page) in Beijing. The device does not feature a screen, and instead just beams information to a user’s smartphone.  Baidu’s director of International Communication Kaiser Kuo shared the following at a media event: Basically, Baidu Eye allows the user to analyze images and provide information or services related to your current field of vision or […]

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Google’s Quality Rating Guide Leaked Again; Here Is Version Five

Google’s Quality Rating Guidelines document has been leaked once again! Version 5.0 was leaked a few days ago, where Google has reportedly completely revamped the guidelines. Jennifer Slegg has documented most of the new guidelines on her blog. You can also read the full new 160 page…



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Google Releases AdWords Editor Version 10.5 by @mattsouthern

Yesterday, an announcement was made on Google+ that AdWords Editor version 10.5 is now available. The latest version allows users to download product groups, upload and check changes, make bulk edits, and perform other time-saving tasks across Shopping campaigns, online and offline. Here is a breakdown of the changes and new features: Shopping campaigns AdWords Editor now supports shopping campaign management. While you can view and update Shopping campaign settings, campaigns and ad groups can still only be created in the AdWords front end. If you copy or import a Shopping campaign to AdWords Editor, it will be duplicated as a […]

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Google’s New AdWords Editor Version Offers Shopping Campaigns Support, More Display Targeting Options

Roughly a month ahead of the rollover to Shopping Campaigns, Google has released a new version of AdWords Editor that supports the new campaign type. Google announced the old style of PLA campaigns will be shut down at some point in late August. Note that support is limited to editing Shopping…



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Facebook Releases New Version Of Pages Manager For iOS and Android by @mattsouthern

Facebook announced on their Facebook For Businesss blog that they have released an updated version the Pages Manager application for iOS and Android. Facebook Page owners will appreciate the new features as they include easier access to thing Page Owners need every day, such as tools for managing the page, and better navigation to the page activity and insights section. The updated version of the app also has more immediate access to the action bar, where page owners can compose posts, add photos, edit their pages, and perform other tasks. One of the key new features that Page owners have […]

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Vine Launches New Version Of Website, New Features Include Vine TV, Playlists And More

Twitter’s Vine video sharing service, primarily used via a mobile app, has updated the desktop version of its […]

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Matt Southern is a marketing, communications and public relations professional. He provides strategic digital marketing services at an agency called Bureau in Ontario, Canada. He has a bachelors degree in communication and an unparalleled passion for helping businesses get their message out.

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Twitter Adds Real-Time, Interactive Notifications To Desktop Version

Those who prefer to use Twitter via the web, rather than using a dedicated desktop app, can expect […]

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Matt Southern is a marketing, communications and public relations professional. He provides strategic digital marketing services at an agency called Bureau in Ontario, Canada. He has a bachelors degree in communication and an unparalleled passion for helping businesses get their message out.

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