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About Rob Sutter

Rob Sutter is a graduate of Farmingdale State University, with a bachelor's degree in Professional Communications. He works for fishbat, an Internet marketing company located in Bohemia, NY.

4 Ways to Use Siri for Better iPhone Experiences

Siri; it’s a name you’ve probably heard before, even if you’re not an iPhone user.

The digitized voice that almost seems to live in modern-day iPhones, Siri is designed for the purpose of helping smartphone users with various tasks. Do you want to know where the nearest Chinese food place is? Siri will be able to locate it. Are you hazy on the exact day Halloween falls on? Siri has you covered. To say the least, she’s a capable feature that Apple has been able to integrate into its devices. Unfortunately, those who aren’t tech-savvy may find themselves struggling to utilize her services.

Is a Facebook Phone in the Works?

Business Insider recently posted an article that went into detail about how a Facebook phone may be created with the help of Samsung. The story said that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg met with the vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, Lee Jay-yong. While reports like these do not necessarily confirm that Samsung will help Facebook create a phone of its own, the reports in question certainly do not make this story any less legitimate. If anything, this particular story might indicate positive news for not only Facebook but a strong portion of its user base as well.

Can Google's Latest Purchase Save Google Plus?

For those who are social media savvy, it goes without saying that Google Plus has struggled. In comparison to some of the biggest social networks, with Facebook being something of a model example, it seemed as though Google’s own channel has not secured the scope of audience it desired. However, the company still sees value in the brand. The best way that this can be illustrated, in recent memory, is through its purchase of Polar.

5 Guidelines to Keep in Mind for Apple App Store Inclusion

If you are an app developer, you’re going to want to make sure that everyone knows about your program. The best way to do this is to hit the marketplace and see about getting your app hosted on various locations. Perhaps the most popular – and I am sure that any Internet marketing company can agree – is the App Store, operated by Apple. The many different apps on this particular marketplace are evidence of that.

However, as someone who has not only made an app but possesses the desire to get it onto a broad marketplace, you’re going to want to make sure that it goes through the approval system beforehand. In order for this to be done, here is a list of 5 guidelines you should be aware of.

How App Development Has Taken a Parental Turn

Many of us are guilty of relying on our smartphones for just about everything. Sometimes they are needed, such as for those instances when you are lost and require directions in order to get back on the road; a favorite feature of mine, to put it mildly, as a driver with a poor sense of direction. However, there are many times when smartphones have become borderline addictive, as if we could not live without them. Since parents may be understandably concerned about how much their children are using their mobile devices, a mother from Houston, Texas took action.

Evaluating Yo's Long-Term Potential

There are certain apps which push you to ask the question, “What’s the point?”

For many, this has been the case for a particular app called Yo. It’s not hard to see why, since it was originally declined from the App Store on Apple devices because of how it seemed to lack substance. In addition, it became a program that many people either criticized or made fun of; Stephen Colbert is an example of Yo being made light of.

No one can deny that Yo, in and of itself, is a very simple program. It’s functionality is as basic as messaging programs can get: all you can do is send the word, “Yo,” to friends on your mobile device. Life Before Us, the company behind Yo, stated that it could be used in order to address individuals in many situations. With App Store descriptions like, “It’s that simple. Yo,” it’s clear that the program doesn’t take itself too seriously. With only word that can be used, though, it’s apparent that many individuals have simply written off the app as nothing but a waste of space.

Is it possible that there is more potential to be had with Yo than what it’s been given credit for?

4 Benefits of Podcasts as Media Platforms

As of late, I’ve started to get more and more into podcasts. Even though they have been around for quite a few years, it wasn’t until recently that I started to truly understand why so many people have invested time in them. For those who don’t know what podcasts entail, think talk shows that are focused on particular interests. What this means is that if you go online and perform a search, you can find shows focused on anything from sports to social media.

With such a tremendous amount of popularity attached to podcasts, it’s obvious as to why many an Internet marketing company supports podcasts as their own separate media platforms. While social media is a great way to raise awareness, methods focused on audio shouldn’t be ignored, either. However, for those who aren’t entirely sold on the matter, here are 4 of the greatest benefits to be attained from starting a podcast of your own.

Assessing the Appeal of Vine

A number of months back, I went through a kick of watching nothing but Vine videos. It was easy enough to do, given the fact that each video does not even reach the ten-second mark, and I found myself impressed by the sheer creativity in many of them. It seemed like if there was any social platform that forced its users to make the most of what they had – keep in mind that it wasn’t much – it was Vine. Today, it’s hard to meet someone who hasn’t, at the very least, heard of Vine.

3 Talking Points on the "Kim Kardashian Hollywood" App

Never would I have thought I’d say, “Kim Kardashian’s app is closing in on $200 million.”

It’s hard to say what helps to make a mobile app popular. Whether it’s through platforms associated with Apple, Google or what have you, it’s apparent that certain programs are able to attain success easier than others. It’s what separates the “Angry Birds” of the world from the latest uninspired match-three puzzle games. What is it that helped to propel “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” to the top of the charts of iTunes? Why has it reached similar success on the Google Play store?

In order to better understand why “Kim Kardashian Hollywood” has made its way into several social existences, and gain the attention of many an Internet marketing company, a few talking points should be considered.

Facebook's Teenage Usage and the Solidity of Social Media

As someone who’s been involved in social media, for both personal and business use, I’ve come to learn a number of things. One of the most important is to never expect that anything is concrete. For instance, even though Google search results may be positive one day, they can fall quickly the next day if proper care isn’t taken on the SEO side of things. The same can be said for social media networks, Facebook included, and how statistics can shift.

While I was someone who commonly thought of Facebook as a platform that fewer teens have made use out of, it seems as though more teens are using the website again. It was recently reported that Facebook is starting to see more in the way of teenage usage. Specifically, a Forrester Research survey published results which indicated that, out of a total of 4,500 teens, nearly half of them said that they were using Facebook more now than they were a year ago.

Silencer: The Spoiler-Free Tool for Google Chrome

As someone who is in the middle of the second season of “Orange is the New Black,” I have been avoiding any and all spoilers. It’s easy for key points to be unveiled, before you even arrive at them, on the Internet and that’s when your enjoyment of any program dwindles. The Internet is practically a hotbed for spoilers but, to most viewers, it should not matter.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply get rid of spoilers altogether? In fact, is it possible that you can filter these sorts of details so that you can enjoy a TV show, movie, or what have you without the risk of them being spoiled?

If you are a Chrome user, the answer to these pleas may have very well been answered.

5 Ways to Optimize Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn

When promoting yourself in your given industry, it’s possible that you will turn your sights to LinkedIn. Viewed as the social media website with the most to offer in regards to employment, it’s easy to not only create your own digital resume but network with those who are in companies or businesses similar to your own. Keep in mind, though, that only the best LinkedIn pages stand the chance of being recognized.

If you want your page to stand out, allowing it to be more marketable, here are 5 elements not to overlook.

3 Ways the iPhone 6 Can Be Better

When discussing tech, in general, it’s easy to assume that the iPhone will be brought to the forefront. It is arguably the most notable smartphone in the world and its various features help to make it more akin to a handheld computer than a simple communications device. With this in mind, it’s likely that many people are going to clamor for the iPhone 6. Fortunately, for Apple enthusiasts, its release date may be sooner than most would think.

3 Talking Points on SnapChat's New Chat Feature

Well, it seems like Snapchat is no longer about sending temporary photos and videos to friends anymore.

Recently, Snapchat incorporated a new tool simply called “Chat” and it does exactly what the namesake lives up to. With Chat, Snapchat users can have text-based conversations with friends and even share live video feeds with the flip of a proverbial switch. Chat is an interesting addition that – more than anything else – adds another layer to an app that many smartphone users get lost in.

Facebook's Nearby Friends Feature and Why You Should Remain Cautious

It’s understood that, due to the advent of the Internet and social media thereafter, face-to-face communication is a less common endeavor. While it’s easy to become comfortable with something like text messaging, though, sometimes the desire to actually see a friend or family member is stronger than any kind of digital means. Enter Nearby Friends, which is the latest feature integrated by Facebook in order for users to see where their friends are.