Monday, December 26, 2016

Stop smoking and charge your in-car devices faster

Put the butts down and start using the cigarette lighter in your old beater for a better purpose.

That’s right, RAVPower’s Quick Charge 3.0 car charger is on sale at Amazon. It has two USB outputs, only one of which will offer the quicker charging speeds, so you can get multiple devices charging at the same time.



Odds are this deal won’t be around for long, so be sure to grab one right now.

See at Amazon

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Facebook Instant Articles Can Help with Site Monetization too

Using Facebook for other than sharing content can help in other ways. Currently there is an unseen code embedded among this site. A code that is invisible to the site reader can be shared and trigger whether an ad to be spawned to a mobile or desktop user of the site.

You can of course see the native ads in the form of taboolas sponsored picture links. Clicking those will also take the reader to a weird but off the wall post. For the mobile user, the invisible Facebook code will show a unique ad. The below email explains some background to its current iteration. Read more below to find out if this something you may be interested in including on your own website properties.

Over the course of this year, we’ve seen strong growth in Instant Articles and we’re excited about the progress we’ve made to make the program a valuable part of publishers’ businesses. We’ve listened to partner feedback to evolve our product and policies to improve value for publishers, resulting in a number of updates over the past year.

Our goal is to support a full range of publisher business models – whether that focusing on advertising, branded content, or subscriptions. Here’s a recap of changes we’ve made to help publishers generate…

  • Automatic Ads Placement: We’ve made numerous changes this year to our Automatic Ads Placement feature to support more ad slots per page and higher yield. A great reading experience includes a great ads experience, and we look carefully at all ads-related product changes to make sure they do not negatively impact engagement metrics.
    • In November, we shipped a change that moves the first ad slot higher on the page and changes the way ads are placed at the bottom of the article. These changes had a net impact more ad slots per article on average — this effect was more pronounced for short articles (<300 words). This change applies to all publishers who use the automatic ads placement feature.
  • Direct sold campaigns: Publishers can seamlessly extend direct sold campaigns into Instant Articles using their existing ad server implementation, and keep 100% of the revenue.
    • Over the past year, we’ve introduced support for video, animated ads and a broader range of ad sizes, including custom units up to 2:3 aspect ratio.
    • As of October, Instant Articles supports multi-size units. The ad slot will resize around the ad based on the response from the publisher’s ad server. Read more here.
  • Audience Network: Publishers can tap into demand from 4 million advertisers on Facebook, accessing high-value native ad formats and people-based targeting for relevant, engaging ads.
    • Over the past year, we’ve added new formats and objectives like video and carousel ads to drive more value for advertisers and publishers. We’ve also redesigned the Audience Network units so they fit more seamlessly in the Instant Articles experience
    • Going forward, we’ll continue to work towards building out more formats and objectives that perform well in the Facebook News Feed.
  • Branded Content: Publishers can extend their branded content business to Instant Articles.
    • We’ve built support for branded content in Instant Articles to enable publishers to meet brand guidelines and sponsorship obligations, while giving readers the same great, engaging experience for both branded and editorial content.
    • We recently updated the article style editor so that publishers can visually distinguish their branded content from their editorial content. Read more here.
  • Native call-to-action in-line units: We’ve been testing CTAs to help publishers who monetize via subscriptions build relationships with new readers and drive acquisition down the subscriber funnel.
    • We’re currently testing CTA’s for email sign ups and Page likes. We’ve seen encouraging results so far, and we’re working hard to roll this feature out to all publishers in the near future.

Additionally, we’ve made recent updates that help the discovery of Instant Articles:

  • Link Covers: We’ve been experimenting with the look and feel of link cover attachments in News Feed, and plan to continue that work into 2017.
  • Recirculation: We’re excited to roll out horizontal scrolling in Instant Articles and we’re working on a number of other improvements in this area. Read more here.

Going into next year, we’ll continue listening to publisher feedback and iterating on our policies and products to help publishers generate more value from Instant Articles. Over the next few months, we’re particularly excited about experimenting with new native ad formats, continued expansion of the CTA program, and more work on recirculation.

If you are interested in joining the Instant Articles program, you can learn more here.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Some of Netflix is now available offline

Commuters rejoice! Netflix has added the option to download content to your phone or tablet. The option is available for Netflix’s own shows — Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, The Crown, Narcos, and others — as well as select movies and TV shows, with the company adding that it will offer more titles for offline viewing in due course of time.

Once downloaded, you’ll be able to avoid using your data to play shows while using public transit, and also able to watch your favorite Netflix shows or movies when you’re outside your carrier’s coverage area and away from Wi-Fi.

The Netflix app now offers an “Available for Download” section that lists all the titles available for offline viewing. You’ll be able to download videos in either Standard or Higher quality, and all downloaded content will be accessible from the “My Downloads” section.

h/T: Android Central

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