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January 2016

Oracle, the developer of Java, announced this week that it is progressing towards a plugin-free web hence the removal of the pesky Java plug-in from browsers. In a press release, they stated: By late 2015, many browser vendors have either removed or announced timelines for the removal of standards based plugin support, eliminating the ability to embed Flash, Silverlight, Java and other plugin based technologies. With modern browser vendors working to restrict and reduce plugin support in their products, developers...

We've explored the difference between organic and manufactured SEO, delved into the periodic table of SEO, and explored ways to increase your website traffic in search engines - but what's in store for 2016? AdHut Media explores the evolving face of search engine optimization in a wonderful infographic that cites many bold (but inevitable) predictions such as the transcendence of video over written content and the continuing proliferation of social media. Check it out below. Source: AdHut Media Based in Rochester,...

It has been said that a picture says a thousand words, but on Facebook a picture can also be worth a thousand clicks.  Wishpond conducted an intriguing look at the effect of picture posts versus text posts on Facebook and the results are undeniable with photo posts gaining a whopping 84% more clicks in comparison. Visual content has always had an advantage, garnering an immediate optical stimulus that not only delivers more information faster but also allows a photo post to...

With its tenth anniversary, Skype is marking the occasion by introducing a new feature - Group Video Calling for mobile platforms. According to the Skype blog, "To celebrate 10 years of video calling, get ready to welcome group video calling on Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 Mobile – everywhere, completely free. We’ll be rolling out this new feature to our hundreds of millions of mobile users in the coming weeks...

Twitter announced yesterday that the popular Periscope social media app will now be able to play directly on their platform. Named the iPhone App of the Year last month by Apple, Periscope has exploded in popularity with its live streaming interface and has been credited as being a revolutionary step in the evolution of social media. Up until now, Periscope videos have been able to be linked to Twitter feeds but the company is looking to eradicate the extra step...

The importance of good SEO cannot be stressed enough. As we have covered before, SEO represents some of the key building blocks to website success yet the question does arise as to which type of SEO is the most conducive to bringing in the right type of online hits. Specifically, you may have heard the term "organic SEO" and how it is the ideal road to take but what is it exactly? SEO Sherpa has put together a...

Blogs have been evolving over the last few years into a more news-like bulletin system making it more of a challenge for casual bloggers who were already struggling to get their views or options heard. This challenge has led to the rise of live-blogging or a rolling textual coverage/post commentary of breaking news or event analysis via an online platform. The method the information is conveyed is typically in short, frequent time-stamped mini blog posts. Using current events to blog on...

Barely reported in the mainstream media in the last couple of weeks was the controversial passing of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, or CISA. Paving a "smoother" reporting highway between the government and corporations, CISA, as Wired reports, "alarmed the privacy community by giving companies the ability to share cybersecurity information with federal agencies, including the NSA, 'notwithstanding any other provision of law.' That means CISA’s information-sharing channel, ostensibly created for responding quickly to...