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US digital advertising exceeded $100B in 2018 (IAB report)

Posted on: June 14, 2019, in Blog

Digital ad spending in the United States exceeded $100 billion for the first time last year, according to the latest internet advertising report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Specifically, total domestic spending reached $107.5 billion, a 22% increase from 2017. Mobile advertising has become increasingly dominant, growing 40% year-over-year, to $69.9 billion. And […]

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Googles latest Android Studio release focuses on speed and stability

Posted on: June 13, 2019, in Blog

At last year’s I/O developer conference, Google announced Project Marble, an effort to bring more speed and stability to the company’s Android Studio IDE. That was in marked contrast to previous updates, where the focus was very much on adding new features. Over time, though, as Google extended Android Studio, it started to slow down. […]

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Google expands digital well-being tools to include a new Focus mode, adds improved parental controls to Android

Posted on: June 13, 2019, in Blog

Last year at Google I/O, Google introduced a host of new digital well-being tools aimed at helping people better manage their screen time, track app usage and configure their device’s “do not disturb” settings. Today, Google is updating its suite of tools to include a new feature called “Focus Mode” that lets you temporarily disable […]

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Facebook unveils an automated ad builder and an appointment manager for small businesses

Posted on: June 12, 2019, in Blog

Facebook today said it’s launching a number of new products aimed at small businesses — which is appropriate, as we’re currently in the middle of National Small Business Week. These new features include Automated Ads, which Director of Product Management Nikila Srinivasan said are “really built for small businesses that are one- to two-person businesses […]

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Microsoft launches Visual Studio Online, an online code editor

Posted on: June 12, 2019, in Blog

Microsoft today announced the private preview launch of Visual Studio Online, an online code editor the company is positioning as a companion to Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. The service is based on the Visual Studio Code, Microsoft’s popular free and open-source desktop code editor. This means Visual Studio Online will also support all […]

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Google refreshes Android Auto with new features and a darker look

Posted on: June 11, 2019, in Blog

Android Auto — the in-car platform that brings the look and functions of a smartphone to the vehicle’s central screen — is getting a new look and improved navigation and communication features that will roll out this summer. The improvements and new look were revealed Monday during Google I/O 2019, the annual developer conference. The […]

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Microsoft launches React Native for Windows

Posted on: June 11, 2019, in Blog

Microsoft today announced a new open-source project for React Native developers who want to target Windows. “React Native for Windows,” as the project is unsurprisingly called, is meant to be a new ‘performance-oriented’ implementation of React for Windows under the MIT License. Being able to target Windows using React Native, a framework for cross-platform development […]

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Docker updates focus on simplifying containerization for developers

Posted on: June 10, 2019, in Blog

Over the last five years, Docker has become synonymous with software containers, but that doesn’t mean every developer understands the technical details of building, managing and deploying them. At DockerCon this week, the company’s customer conference taking place in San Francisco, it announced new tools that have been designed to make it easier for developers, […]

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Microsoft launches a drag-and-drop machine learning tool

Posted on: June 10, 2019, in Blog

Microsoft today announced three new services that all aim to simplify the process of machine learning. These range from a new interface for a tool that completely automates the process of creating models, to a new no-code visual interface for building, training and deploying models, all the way to hosted Jupyter-style notebooks for advanced users. […]

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Facebook Messenger will get desktop apps, co-watching, emoji status

Posted on: June 9, 2019, in Blog

To win chat, Facebook Messenger must be as accessible as SMS, yet more entertaining than Snapchat. Today, Messenger pushes on both fronts with a series of announcements at Facebook’s F8 conference. Those include that it will launch Mac and PC desktop apps, a faster and smaller mobile app, simultaneous video co-watching and a revamped Friends […]

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