Facebook in an attempt to keep users on their network have started offered the ability for friends to setup and have video conversation through their software that they released. The software is a customized version of Skype. Its not surprising that the used Skype since Microsoft is one of their larger investors in the company.
Like with the Skype software, the Facebook Video Calling software is easy to download and install. The software will allow you to connect with your Facebook connected friends, allowing you to chat with each other through the Facebook Site.
One reason that Facebook is able to offer such functionality is because of the Current Version Plugin Facebook Video Calling. The software installs a Facebook Plugin which allows the Facebook Video Software and the Firefox Browser to communication and pass information together. As a result it creates a seamless operation and allows you to have conversations on the facebook site through your Firefox browser.
Additionally with Facebook moving to a more mobile environment it would surprise anyone if they incorporated the video call feature and option into their mobile software. Mobile video calling would be ideal since most mobile phones have high quality video cameras and their mobile software is widely used. One object may come from the mobile networks since it would be a very bandwidth consuming app. Apple face the same objects for their video chat service (facetime).
Whatever occurs the future will definitely have mobile and video combined together in some capacity. Its what the users are asking for and its what the social networks will need to order to maintain their user base and time on the site.
At a time when JC Penny has stopped offering coupons and discounts to consumers, other retailers such as Office Depot have continued the practice to great success. What surprised many Wall Street Analyst is that when JC Penny went to their everyday best price model and stopped providing coupons, foot traffic to their stores along with sales dropped dramatically. JC Penny commented that its taking a while for the consumers to adapt to the pricing model. As a result of their earnings shortfall the stop dropped significantly.
Office Depot which is in the ultra competitive business supply market has continued to provide coupons. Office Depot Printable Coupons help attract foot traffic into their stores, most of their coupons are targeted for either certain products or services which as a result don’t hamper their margins as much as general across the board coupons would.
In the end, only time will tell if JC Penny’s move to a no coupon environment will be successful or a disastrous failure.
Yesterday Facebook announced that is was buy Instagram, the maker of the popular Instagram App. Instagram is a phone app which allows people to take pictures on their phone then edit them and share them online.
The acquisition is facebook’s largest. Mark Zuckerberg stated that they don’t expect to do any more of these type of deals. Instagram which recently had a venture capital round that valued the company at $500 Billion.
Instagram iphone app has 30 million users but generates no revenue, they also released an app for the android phone operating system., which was quickly downloaded by over 5 million people.
Facebook, which lacks a mobile phone picture sharing platform hopes that Instagram will help fill its gap in that area. One reason people spend so much time on facebook is looking at pictures, and with people spending more time on cellphone Facebook had to do something.
Since opening the applications (app) market to developers the numbers of programs skyrocketed to over 250,000. The number of Apps has helped Apple build a lead in terms of sales for their iphones and ipads which are connected to the app marketplace. It also has allowed developers to make a living either by developing applications for companies or developing applications for consumers.
While most apps are free, there are some pay application. The cost of pay applications is usually less than $5.00. While the applications that are free are usually supported by advertising. As a result it has sprung up a new industry of app advertising.
Another surprising number is the number of apps purchased and downloaded. The latest figure from Apple is that over 24 Billion apps have been downloaded. Their app market covers everything from Business, finance and productivity to games and entertainment. One of the nice things is that you can have both productivity and business apps on your phone or iPad.
Some of the more popular entertainment apps are Angry Birds by Ravio and Words with Friends by Znyga. Angry Birds is Ravio’s 17th application that they released.
Another Popular App that is on a lot of phones and tables is Facebook. People like to spend time on facebook and apps help people access their facebook accounts.
Apps can be downloaded through itunes accessed either by computer, ipad or iphone.
Well its not really free, but Amazon.com in order to promote its local deal service is offering a $10 Amazon.com gift card for $5. AmazonLocal is a deal site which is similar to Groupon. Daily deal sites have sprung up recently with everyone from Google to Amazon joining in on the action. The Amazon $5 for $10 gift card is a pretty good deal, however we would of loved to see a $10 for $20 gift card deal. In either case to purchase the Amazon gift card for $5.00 please check out out your local listing
Everyone knows that content is king, and while the Android app market is getting better, it still can’t compete with Apples app store. What I noticed that Amazon has been doing recently is giving away free content, the content that they are giving away are books. The books are usually investment, self help, information related. We know that Amazon.com loses money on the Kindle, they maybe paying for the content that they are giving away for free to entice traffic and buyers of the kindle.
If you would like to find out what amazon is giving away for free, I usually visit http://www.fatwallet.com which lists amazon’s daily deals. The nice thing is that you don’t need a kindle to get the free books, however a lot of the deals are only available to amazon prime members.