3 Reasons Your Website Will Never Be Finished

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Say, I’ve got some news for you: Your company’s website will never be finished. You will never sit back, breathe a sigh of relief, and say, “Finally! We’ve got this thing wrapped up; now we can move onto other things.”

That is, this will never happen if you’re doing all you should with your website. And this adds up to some good news because if you’re constantly updating your site, you’ll develop an advantage over your competitors who aren’t.

 

Here are three reasons you should never stop working on your website:

1. Web design trends are evolving. Compare websites designed within the past few months with those designed a few years ago, and you’ll notice some differences. Web design trends can sometimes be mere fads, but often they are driven by changes in technology. Two modern trends in web design are flat design and responsive design.

Gradients, drop shadows, bevels and elements designed to resemble real objects have no place in flat web design. Proponents of flat design eschew the fancy in favor of simplicity, clean lines, bold colors and a focus on content and usability. Flat design also means cleaner code, faster-loading pages (good for SEO) and greater adaptability, which factors into the next trend.

Responsive web design means that a site responds to the various sizes of screens that people use to view websites. Today someone might look at a site on a desktop monitor, a tablet or a smartphone, which come in different sizes.

Years ago, most companies had either a separate mobile site that would be displayed for users on a tablet or smartphone and a full website that would appear for desktop users. But this strategy was less than ideal because those websites were geared toward only two screen sizes. Responsive websites take into account all screen sizes and adjust to provide an optimal experience for every user. This leads to greater website-visitor retention. As a result, companies today are ditching the dedicated desktop and mobile sites in favor of a single, responsive website. (FlatInspire.com displays websites that are both flat and responsive.)

 

2. Consumer preferences are changing. Customers expect something different from your website now than did two, five or 10 years ago. When high-speed internet became widely available, users started to anticipate rich content, such as high-resolution photography and HD videos. As desktop screens grew larger and wider, consumers looked for sites that would take advantage of the additional real estate.

This year the number of smartphone users worldwide is expected to surpass 1.75 billion, prompting a toward a move toward long, vertical websites that scroll.

Today’s consumers don’t want to waste time. Everyone is busy and wants to get to the point as efficiently as possible. Many companies have understood this to mean that content should be clear and concise.

While brevity may the the soul of wit, consumers don’t always want webpages short on content. What they want is high-quality content that delivers real value. Sometimes the best way to do this is through long-form content. Basecamp performed an experiment with long-form content on its home page and found signups for its project management software rose 37.5 percent.

Design agency Teehan+Lax embraces long-form content in its portfolio section, in a post about working with client Krush. The segment delivers value, by helping potential clients understand what the process of working with the company would be like. Long-form content is also good for  SEO.

 

3. Search engine optimization rules. The premise of SEO is that if a company sells widgets and its site shows up No. 1 in a Google search for the term “widgets,” then viewers will be drawn to that corporate site. But it may not be the only company desiring to market widgets. Therefore, the company’s task is to convince Google that when someone searches for widgets, any user arriving at the company’s website will find it especially appropriate for the search term. If users aren’t happy with Google’s search results, that’s bad for Google.

It used to be that a lot of SEO firms would trick Google into sending traffic to their clients’ websites. But Google employs thousands of people with doctorates to systematically filter out search engine spam. Google’s search algorithm updates like Panda, Penguin, and Hummingbird have forced websites to provide real value to visitors or see their rankings in the search engines fall and traffic dry up. Although some aspects of SEO can be done just once (such as ensuring that you have a credible web-hosting firm and solid code on your website so that it loads quickly), here are some ongoing activities that companies can engage in to get good search-engine rankings and drive traffic to their site:

  • Attract inbound links from high quality, relevant websites.
  • Create content that people enjoy reading and want to share.
  • Update the corporate website frequently with high-quality content.
  • Keep up with design trends to make the website fresh and attractive.

Creating new content and attracting links can mean updating a blog and press section, or developing valuable informational resource sections like tips, FAQs; or articles. It also helps for the company to become an expert in your field and engage in online PR. And yes, even guest blog posting is still a viable tactic for link building, as long as it’s of high quality.

 

 

[Source:- Entrepreneur]

3 Ways to Maximize Your Content Reach on LinkedIn

3 Ways to Maximize Your Content Reach on LinkedIn | Social Media Today

Do you publish long-form content on LinkedIn? Are you looking for ways to get more views and engagement with your posts?

LinkedIn recently released its list of “top voices” from 2016, and in the process, they also shared what made those bloggers so successful on the platform.

As per LinkedIn:

“When we compare these authors to all members writing in 2016, the Top Voices have received, on average, 64x more comments, 52x more likes, and 24x more shares on their articles. That viral activity on their writing led to an average of 73x more views from LinkedIn members than typical pieces, and a huge growth in followers.” 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – in today’s marketplace, your content is your currency. Creating great content and then sharing it online is how you “purchase” the time, attention and interest of potential customers. It’s also how you build the critical “Know, Like and Trust” elements that are key to every successful sale and business relationship.

Remember, anyone can claim authority – creating great content that demonstrates your expertise, and helps others solve a pressing problem or reach a specific goal, is the real key to success in online sales and marketing.

Here are three specific tips that LinkedIn says can help set apart your content from the rest on the network.

1. Global Reach, Specific Topics

The beauty of publishing on LinkedIn is that it’s the place where your ideal customers and clients in the global marketplace are already hanging out, looking for news, online training, resources, vendors, employees and more.

But among that global group, there are some specific, regional trends of note, in terms of audience interests.

As explained by LinkedIn:

“In the USA, writers tend to focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. In France, the economy and macroeconomics drive readership. India cares about branding and advertising; Brazil favors anything that’s current.”

Such trends can help you better target your content to maximize performance within your target market.

But aside from those more specific, regional trends, LinkedIn did note one consistent theme:

“…across the world, the same formula worked to develop an audience: Consistency, depth and an authentic desire to create conversations (not just content).”

2. Facilitate Engagement

If you’ve nailed your topic with a well written post targeted at your ideal audience, the true secret to generating big reach on the platform lies in everything else you do to set up your posts, including timing, engagement and follow through.

“The Top Voices made 10x more replies to comments on their articles than did the average LinkedIn writer” 

Along with responding as quickly as possible to the likes, shares and comments your articles receive, you can also use other social media channels and your email list to drive traffic to your posts.

One of my favorite tactics is to also use LinkedIn itself – I leverage third party automation tools like LinMailPro to send a personalized, 1-on-1 note to targeted LinkedIn connections with a link to the post.

As long as your message is sincere, and your content useful to the connections you’re sending it to, you’ll get almost zero complaints from your connections when promoting your content via 1-on-1 LinkedIn messages.

3. Let LinkedIn Know

Another tip, which comes direct from LinkedIn, is to promote your LinkedIn post on Twitter and tag LinkedIn’s editorial team.

This can be a simple, “one liner” about your post, highlighting it to [email protected] to make them aware of your content.

A lot of people tag LinkedIn’s editors, so it’s not a guaranteed path to increased exposure, but it can help alert the relevant people, which, in turn, could see your post featured on LinkedIn’s Pulse platform.

Speed + Engagement = Going Viral on LinkedIn

When you do this – send traffic to your own LinkedIn posts, be it via LinkedIn messages, your email list or other social media channels – LinkedIn takes notice.

The faster your post picks up views and the more engagement that happens in a short time frame, the more likely it is LinkedIn will be alerted to that activity and decide to promote your post in more places on the platform.

Once that happens, watch out – your views and reach can increase massively through that additional exposure.

 

 

[Source:- Socialmediatoday]

 

Giveaway: Win 1 of 3 Template Monster themes

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Themes are a great way to speed up a website launch. They make for a fantastic minimum viable product when you need to get going, and fast. Put a little work into them, and you might never need a custom design. Great themes can get expensive, though.

Well put your wallets away, dear readers, because it’s time for free stuff! For a limited time only, TemplateMonster.com is teaming up with us to give away three of their flagship templates and themes of 2016.

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

You can win your choice of themes for WordPress, Joomla, Magento PrestaShop, Moto CMS 3, or even static HTML5. There’s a little something for everyone, just take a look at your options:

MONSTROID WORDPRESS THEME

Monstroid is a multipurpose responsive WordPress theme aimed both at the experienced developers and DIY guys. It is an all-inclusive toolkit for all your web design and development needs. Monstroid comes with 50 Child themes created specifically for the most popular business niches. All pages of every Monstroid theme can be edited (the pack includes 100+ layered PSD files) in Photoshop.

 

 

 

[Source:- webdesignerdepot]

Oxygen OS 3.2.6 rolling out for the OnePlus 3

OnePlus has started rolling out Oxygen OS 3.2.6 update for the OnePlus 3 which brings with it several improvements and bug fixes such as Improved camera quality, optimized white balance and improved 1080p video recording.

This is an extremely incremental update and does not bring any new feature or major changes. However, the list of bug fixes, optimisations and improvements is huge.

Full Changelog:
Optimized voice call quality of some IM applications.
Improved adaptive brightness performance
Improved camera quality
Fixed occasional green/yellow issue
Optimized white balance
Improved 1080p video recording
Addressed some bluetooth connection problems for vehicles
Allows third party application to modify ringtone
Optimized battery consumption when scrolling
Optimized touch accuracy when playing games
Added DozeMode switch in Developer options
Added PocketMode switch in Display settings

When can you get it?
The update will be rolling out to OnePlus 3 users over the course of the next few weeks so don’t be frustrated if your OnePlus 3 doesn’t show an update right now.

OnePlus started rolling out the update to a small group of OnePlus 3 owners yesterday and will be expanding the reach of the update today.

In a bid to avoid bugs
OnePlus might be following this approach in order to gauge if there are any problems with the update with a small set of users before the broad rollout after themassive issues past Oxygen OS updates have faced.

 

 

 

[Source:- Techrader]

3 Ways to Use Twitter to Diversify Your Media Inputs

Social Advocacy and Politics: Twitter is Much Better than Facebook for Curating the News | Social Media Today

If you want to stay on top of the news – especially if you want to get your news from a wide cross-section of sources – then Twitter is an indispensable tool. Sure, Facebook has a larger user base and the news feed is filled with links to articles, but it’s designed to limit your exposure to other viewpoints. Twitter is not, and Twitter also makes it very easy to organize your feed by topic and by trusted sources.

Facebook, while very popular, presents a serious problem for democracies when it comes to curating the news. Democracies, as Cass Sunstein explained in Republic.com, depend on exposing citizens to viewpoints other than their own. This “marketplace of ideas” has its roots in John Milton, John Locke, John Stuart Mill and Thomas Jefferson. While coming at the concept from a variety of angles, they all felt strongly that rational, free discourse would ultimately produce the truth (and, therefore, good public policy). That makes Facebook’s news feed algorithm – which filters what you see based on your own viewpoints – very bad for finding truth and formulating good public policy, and the tendency for people to both be friends with others and Like pages that agree with their own perspectives makes Facebook doubly bad for keeping the electorate well-informed, and therefore doubly bad for democracy.

Twitter, by contrast, doesn’t limit what you see based on an algorithm that taps into your past engagement behavior – it feeds you everything from everyone you follow. And while there may still be bias in your timeline based on who you follow, Twitter offers a few very powerful tools to help you break out of your “filter bubble.”

Twitter Tools for Bursting Your Filter Bubble

1.Twitter Lists 

Twitter Lists are incredibly useful for monitoring groups of experts, journalists, policymakers, news curators and activists.

Whether you create your own lists or monitor lists created by other Twitter users you trust, you can use them to easily monitor what any group of people are recommending that you read.

If you want to follow the news media directly, try creating a Twitter list of your favorite (and not so favorite) media outlets. If you prefer to separate them based on whether you tend to agree with them, or not, that’s fine too – but be sure to create both lists to ensure exposure to the news from all perspectives. Similarly, you can create Twitter lists of the best reporters on any particular beat or from any set of media outlets.

One of the easiest ways to find reporters on Twitter is to look at the staff lists maintained by most media outlets on their main Twitter account – you can find the lists they maintain on their profile pages or by simply using this link convention: “www.twitter.com/[MediaOutletTwittername]/lists”.

If you want to create a list of reporters from multiple outlets who all cover the same issues, you can scroll through the lists from many media outlets and find reporters who list your issue in their bios (for example, Think Progress, Washington Post, New York Times, Fox News, and Bloomberg). Or you could just use one of the many reporter lists maintained by PR firms and professionals – for example, here’s a list I built of healthcare reporters.

If you want to build a list of policy experts, check out the Twitter accounts of think tanks like the Center for American Progress, Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, Economic Policy Institute, Peterson Institute, and the Institute for Policy Studies. Unfortunately, not all think tanks and universities provide such lists – if you find one that doesn’t, Tweet at them and suggest they set one up.

If you want to follow what Members of Congress are sharing, the House and Senate caucuses each maintain a Twitter list of its members: House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, and Senate Republicans. Monitoring these lists makes it very easy to see much of what is coming out of Congress in real-time; what Members are thinking, what they’re reading and what they’re doing.

And many advocacy organizations maintain lists of their top activists for you to follow.

Whether you bookmark any of these existing lists from a trusted source and let them keep it up to date, or build your own lists, you can easily keep on top of what people you trust (or disagree with) are reading and recommending that you read.

3. TweetDeck

Tweetdeck is the glue that turns all your Twitter lists and keyword/hashtag searches into a valuable, real-time asset that won’t suck up all your time.

Instead of bookmarking all of the lists and searches you’ve set up or identified to keep you well-informed, you can feed them all to columns on Tweetdeck.com, a free tool provided by Twitter. You can keep TweetDeck open off to the side of your monitor (or on a side monitor, if you have one) just like you keep your email inbox open. This way, you can glance at it throughout the day and quickly see what’s rolling across the screen. If you see something worth reading, read it. If it’s worth sharing, share it, then move on to your next task.

If you need to take a deep dive into the news – generally or on a specific topic – you can focus on TweetDeck for a while and see what’s happening in the news, and from different perspectives.

This is why when people ask me what newspapers and magazines I read, I tell them without hesitation, “None.” But I do read a lot of the news, I just don’t focus on any particular publication. I read Twitter, and not just my general Twitter timeline. I read Twitter via my columns on TweetDeck. That means I read news articles from dozens, even hundreds of sources (depending on the timeframe). I rely on the curation of friends, experts and trusted organizations.

And while I do read news I find on Facebook, that news isn’t curated with any rhyme or reason. Sure, I have a friend who’s always messaging me on Facebook with fascinating political news and analysis, but my news feed is just one monster collection of posts from the friends that Facebook thinks I like the best (and not always correctly, I might add).

The bottom line is that if I want to get a great cross-section of the news, I always look to Twitter, and will continue to do so until Facebook 1) lets me organize my news feed and 2) lets me turn off its algorithm.

2.Hashtags and Keyword Searches

Keyword searches on Twitter will net a large number of tweets from a wide range of people, and among them are sure to be great recommendations for articles to read. There’ll also be a lot of bad recommendations. Monitoring hashtags, which are keywords that have been turned into keyword/phrase search query links and often aggregate highly interested audiences into conversation communities, typically yield a more informed set of recommendations, though still of varying quality.

Nevertheless, monitoring keywords and hashtags on Twitter is a great way to cast a wider search net for things to read. It’s a great way to discover new experts, reporters, policymakers and activists that merit being added to one of your Twitter lists. And actively casting this ideologically wide net and moving more people into your lists will help make Twitter an ever-more valuable curation tool to keep you a well-informed citizen.

 

 

[Source:- Socialmediatoday]

3 Things You Must Know to Become a Social Marketing Leader

3 Things You Must Know to Become a Social Marketing Leader [Podcast]

Are you a digital or social marketer wanting to progress in your business and marketing career? Do you find yourself getting stuck, getting passed over for promotions? Do you often find it hard to win budgets, grow your team or simply justify your own job?

If this is you, then you’ve definitely landed on the right blog post and podcast today.

Social media is not a band-aid for a broken business. If business leaders really want to ignite business results using digital and social marketing, they must do more than hire a social media intern who knows how to get new followers on Instagram, post to Snapchat and do a live video stream on Facebook.

Before you even think about how you are going to tweet, snap, live video stream or tell stories on Instagram, you better nail the business goals and have more than a 101 level understanding of business and marketing.

If you’re a budding social and digital marketer working at a new company in a new position, the first questions you should be asking should be related to understanding business goals and objectives, not asking for the logons to the social networks.

Business owners and leaders need to start being more careful about who they hand over the social media keys to. In addition, social media and digital marketers need to learn business.

There’s a clear gap in the social ecosystem of qualified people who know business, know social and digital marketing, and who also know how to align social media to business goals.

It seems that everyone is an expert at social media and digital marketing, however, unfortunately a good majority of these same people have never spent more than a few months working in a real business or driving real business results – for themselves or for anyone else.

Check out episode 218 of the Social Zoom Factor podcast to learn 3 things you MUST know to be successful in your career as a social and digital marketer.

Those three things are…

  1. Understanding business
  2. Understanding marketing
  3. Knowing how to align social and digital marketing to business and marketing goals and objectives

It’s time you take control of your career, control of your business once and for all.

Are you ready? Listen to the podcast now. You will be happy that you did.

Be sure to subscribe to our entire digital and social media marketing series on iTunes, Stitcher or SoundCloud.

 

In this 15 minute podcast you will learn

  • Three Foundations for success as a social media or digital marketer
  • Why you must understand more than business 101
  • Why you must understand more than marketing 101
  • Why you must know how to align social media to business goals
  • Why business leaders should not simply hire an intern because they know how to tweet
  • Why business leaders must be careful who they hand over their social media and business keys to

Supporting Resources

  • 10 Tips to Be a Social Media and Digital Marketing Rebel
  • How to Prioritize Your Social Networks for Business
  • How to Get Your Social Marketing Budget Approved (white paper)
  • 10 Proven Strategies to Get Your Social Media Budget Approved (podcast)
  • 10 Habits Highly Effective Social Media Marketing Leaders
  • Audience Analysis Worksheet (worksheet to help you prioritize your niche)
  • Content Editorial Calendar (12 month editorial content marketing calendar template)

 

 

[Source:- Socialmediatoday]

Dreamweaver Beta 3 is out now

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At long last, Adobe has discovered the text editor. Yes, I’m kidding, but let’s not lie to ourselves; the main feature of the DW series has always been the drag ‘n’ drop editor. Sure, you could use it as a code-only editor, but there were always much cheaper alternatives that did it better.

They also did it faster.

Well the new Dreamweaver Beta 3 is out, and Adobe is trying to shake off the specter of versions past. I gave it a whirl, and found plenty to like, and a few things to be sarcastic about— it’s a win-win for me.

First, let’s tackle the latest features, most of which have to do with the “code workspace” (that is, the text editor). Firstly, Dreamweaver now supports PHP 5.6 all the way. That’s great for everybody who hasn’t moved to the latest stable version of PHP, which is 7.0.1—Ah, they’ll get there.

The full screen mode for the text editor now works on Mac. “That’s good, probably,” said the Windows/Linux guy.

You can now compile LESS and SASS on demand, or automatically. Take your pick. Files inside of your “Site” or project folder get compiled automatically. Files outside of the project folder can be compiled by hitting F9.

Lastly, they made some small tweaks and improvements to the find/replace function.

Now I’d like to mention some things that I liked about it when I tried it out:

  • They’re making it even easier to work with media queries in Live Mode. You can add them straight from the rulers on the top and sides now.
  • Emmet seems to be a default feature. Always a win for us front-end guys.
  • They have pre-installed snippets for Bootstrap components, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, and other popular frameworks. We can probably expect to see this list grow over time.
  • It really does run a lot faster than I remember it running in the old days. It seems Adobe is pushing for better performance in all of their products, and Dreamweaver got the treatment too.

Dreamweaver is still a huge application, and doesn’t have that beautiful sense of focus that you get from text editors like Atom, Sublime Text, or even Visual Studio Code. It is making a lot of progress in the right direction, though. I can easily see it being used in multidisciplinary teams and agencies, where some might design primarily in live mode, and others focus on the back end.

With the current pricing scheme, it probably won’t be competing with design teams that want a purely visual tool. They’ll still be flocking to the cloud applications.

To justify that monthly price per person, it’s for people who need both.

 

 

[Source:- webdesignerdepot]

Asus ZenFone 3 series is official in India: Four models priced from Rs 18,999 to Rs 62,999

Asus ZenFone 3 series is official in India: Four models priced from Rs 18,999 to Rs 62,999

Taiwanese computer and smartphone hardware and electronics company Asus has finally brought its new ZenFone 3 series to India. It announced a bunch of new smartphones today in the country which were first unveiled at Computex 2016 earlier this year. The company announced four new models including the the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Ultra, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ZenFone 3 Laser.

ZenFone 3 Deluxe (Rs 49,999-62,999)

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the new flagship by the company which features an aluminum alloy unibody, 5.7 inch full HD Super AMOLED display and 100% NTSC colour space. The device has ultra-thin bezels and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Adreno 530 GPS with 6GB RAM. There is also a second variant powered by a Snapdragon 821 clocked at 2.4GHz and 256GB UFS 2.0 storage with all other features remaining the same at Rs 62,999.

The device has a 23MP rear shooter with a Sony IMX318 image sensor with a large f/2.0 aperture and 4-axis optical image stabilization for image, and 3-axis electronic stabilization for 4K UHD videos. The camera is pegged to take smartphone photography to the next level with a combined laser AF and phase-detection AF system. The phase-detection will work in well-lit situations while the laser AF system will work in low-light situations.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe supports QuickCharge 3.0, has a built-in fingerprint sensor on the rear and sports a reversible USB 3.0 Type-C port.

ZenFone 3 (Rs 21,999-27,999)

Next up is the ZenFone 3 which is a feature-packed, budget-friendly offering. It comes with a 5.2 inch Full HD Super IPS display and is powered by a Snapdragon 625 octa-processor (with 14nm FinFET process technology), with 32GB storage running on 3GB RAM. It has a 16MP rear camera based on Sony MX 298 sensor with the same autofocus technology as used in ZenFone 3 Deluxe. It also packs in a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device. The Zenfone 3 features a glass and metal finish with 2.5D Gorilla Glass both on the front and rear. There is another variant for the same equipped with a 5.5-inch screen, 4GB RAM  and 64GB storage with all other features remaining the same at Rs 27,999.

ZenFone 3 Ultra (Rs 49,999)

ZenFone 3 Ultra targets multimedia lovers a with 6.8-inch Full HD with 95 percent NTSC color gamut and ASUS-exclusive Tru2Life+ Video technology for a “high-end 4K UHD TV-grade” experience. The device sports Hi-Res Audio (HRA) along with new powerful speakers. The speakers are claimed to use a 5-magnet, Dolby-certified design. You only get stereo speakers, however. The device runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor along with an Adreno 510 GPU, 64GB storage and 4GB of RAM. It has the same 23MP rear camera as the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and sports a high-capacity, 4,600mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 Technology. The phone also works as a power bank with 1.5A output for charging other devices.

ZenFone 3 Laser (Rs 18,999)

This is the most affordable option available but yet again comes with a premium metal finish. It comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display and is powered by a Snapdragon 430 octa-processor with an Adreno 505 GPU, 32GB storage and 2GB RAM. It has a 13MP rear camera with Sony’s IMX214 sensor, second generation AF, a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device and a 3,000mAh battery.

 

 

[Source: T2]

Apple watchOS 3 release date, news and features

Apple watchOS 3 release date, news and features

Watch OS 3 release date, news and features

Update: Watch OS 3 beta 2 for Apple Watch is available to app developers right now, while there’s no public beta planned. Good news: we’ll fill you in on what you’re missing.

Apple Watch 2 still has been announced, but the next closest thing to that is refreshing your existing iPhone-compatible smartwatch with the brand new Apple Watch software update, watchOS 3.

The new firmware means the watch is faster than ever before as well as handing a handful of new features to your Apple Watch. We’re going to have to wait a little bit longer before we can try it out though.

  • Everything we think we know about the Apple Watch 2 so far

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next version of Apple’s smartwatch operating system
  • When’s it out? In the fall, likely September
  • What will it cost? Nothing, it’s an upgrade!

Apple watchOS 3 release date

Release

Apple revealed watchOS 3 at WWDC 2016, and Apple has said it will be ready for release in the Fall this year. We’d expect that to mean in September or October as that’s what happened with the watchOS 2 upgrade last year. The developer preview of watchOS 3 is out now.

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Apple watchOS 3 features

The big update in watchOS 3 is in the optimization of your Watch, which makes it faster than ever before. Apple wants to have your apps respond instantly and have all the information you need before you even look at it.

Apps will now pre-load information in the background and some apps are seven times faster than on watchOS 2.

Control center

There’s a new dock section on the Watch that allows you to access your favorite apps even quicker than before.

It will include options such as battery, alarm and airplane mode, but you can also switch these out for your own favorite apps. Just press the side button on the Watch for the dock to open.

There’s also another feature called SOS for when you’re in trouble and need the emergency services. It works by you holding down the side button when you’re in a dangerous situation.

It’ll ring the emergency services if your watch is connected to your phone or use the internet if you’re on Wi-Fi.

SOS

SOS will work around the world, no matter what country you are in.

It even connects with a new emergency ID feature now included in watchOS 3 that allows you to keep your medical details on your person, rather than just on your phone.

Apple watchOS 3 Activity

The exercise based Activity app on watchOS is going to get an upgrade as well. The focus is on competition with a feature called Activity sharing.

If you swipe to the right of your activity ring it’ll show your family and friends details too so you can start competitions.

Activity

It means you can send your heart rate to one of your friends or send a message with running details attached to show off your kickass workout.

Activity now also supports those in a wheelchair too. Apple has applied a number of major changes to the way Activity works on the Apple Watch for those who are in a wheelchair.

The notification “time to stand” will also switch to “time to roll” as well as the addition of two specific workout modes within the Activity app.

Apple watchOS 3 Breathe

Breathe is a new app to help you calm down after a stressful day at work – it’ll give you breathing exercises to try to help relax you. You can set up smart notifications to remind you to use the app and you have the choice of doing workouts from one to five minutes long.

You can even do it with your eyes closed – just switch on haptic feedback and the buzzes will tell you when to breathe in and out.

Apple watchOS 3 messages

Ways to respond to your messages have changed in watchOS 3 by including easy to see shortcuts for voice messages and emoji to make it even quicker to reply. That’s followed by your smart replies that sit just below the message you’re reading.

There’s also a new feature called Scribble that allows you to write a single letter on your watch at a time that will then build into a word. This will work in a number of different languages too – you could even scribble in Chinese.

Apple watchOS 3 faces

It’s quicker than ever to switch your watch face – now it just takes a single swipe. You can even add elements such as the weather on top of your photo watch faces.

Plus Minnie Mouse in now coming to Apple Watch too to join the popular Mickey watch face. You may have seen the WWDC demo in which the her outfits colors can be customized, but did you know they make sounds when tapped, too?

We’ll unlock more watch OS 3 beta secrets as updates roll out to our Apple Watch. Unlike iOS 10 and Mac OS Sierra, there isn’t a planned watchOS3 public beta, so Techradar will remain your best source for hearing all about what’s new for the best smartwatch for iPhone.

 

 

[Source: Techrader]

Sony SmartWatch 3 Now Receiving Android Marshmallow Update

Sony SmartWatch 3 Now Receiving Android Marshmallow Update

The Sony SmartWatch 3 is finally receiving an OTA update to Android Wear v1.4 for API 23 based on Marshmallow, an update that started rolling out earlier this year for other smartwatches, and is among the last devices to receive the update.

Sony’s SmartWatch 3 is now receiving Android Marshmallow update OTA (over-the-air). Google’s Wayne Piekarski, Developer Advocate announced the news in a Google+ post. Sony SmartWatch 3 users started receiving the update via OTA from Wednesday and Google expects that it will be available to all users within a week.

“The OTA for the Sony Smartwatch 3 (tetra) has started today, and within a week or so, it should be available for all users,” said Piekarski in his Google+ post.

To recall, Sony launched its SmartWatch 3 in 2014 and was later unveiled in India. The Sony SmartWatch 3 was priced at Rs. 19,990 in India.

Piekarski also announced that Google has almost completed the rollout of Android Wear 1.4 with API 23 to all devices. “When all Android Wear devices have the update, I will make another announcement so that developers know when they can remove API 22 support from their apps. We are almost there with the API 23 rollout,” added Piekarski.

Some of the features that the new Android Wear SDK for API 23 brings include new emulators, support for runtime permission checks, support for external speakers, Intel x86 chip, and the ’round’ and ‘notround’ resource qualifiers, which allow developers to upload exactly-sized images and layouts for all watch types.

 

[Source:- Gadgets360]