This Week in Tech: Instagram, Twitter, Super Mario, iOS 10 and the New iPhone

The last 7 days have been big in the world of tech and social media! Instagram is finally letting users moderate comments, Twitter is finally nixing the 140 character limit, and of course – last week’s Apple Event brought big changes to the iPhone. So let’s get to it!

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Instagram Introduces Stories!

As if there wasn’t enough of the same feature on each social network, Instagram is the latest to get into the crossover world with Stories, literally an exact copy of the popular Snapchat feature.

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Awesome Instagram Optimization Apps

When it comes to getting exposure for you brand online, there’s no doubt that Instagram is the top way to get your brand or product out in front of potential customers with little-to-no advertising spend. With the exponential growth Instagram has seen in just the last 3 years, it’s not that much of a surprise that built-in analytics into the Instagram app itself has taken some time to develop. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have an employer or client that already understand the value of social media (you’ve already acheived a great hurdle), then you just want to know how to spend your time the most effectively.

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Pokémon Go is Finally Available in Canada!

After the release of the immensely popular game last week, I, like many other Canadian Pokémon fans were a little disappointed when it wasn’t officially released in the Canadian App & Play Stores. There were workarounds for both Android and iOS users, but there was speculation that downloading the unreleased version affected long-term battery performance, and resulted in some users being banned from the Play Store for up to a year.

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What Year is it Again?

Unless you’ve been living under a Geodude (that would be a rock-type Pokémon), us 90s kids have been blessed by the retro gods with some of our favourite things making a comeback in the last week. As a 24-year-old blerd, my level of excitement can barely be contained over the news of these 2 incredible things making comebacks.

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The 2016 Emmy Nominations Are Out!

And I’m not mad about it. I’m more of a TV junkie than a movie junkie any day of the week, so to see so many of my favourite shows nominated is super exciting! And yes, I’ll be the one to bring this up: big ups to the Emmys for actually featuring a diverse selection of not only white & black actors, but Indian and Egyptian actors as well. Could there be more? Sure, but TV is where everything’s at right now so any recognition for all the hard work and amazing talent that goes into a show is phenomenal.

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Review: Meago Car Charger Adapter

People who know me well know that they’ll probably find me doing 1 of 2 things at any given time: driving or checking my phone. With the amount of things I do with my life (work and volunteering with 3 different community organizations), it means that I more often than not find myself in my car with a nearly dead phone. If I’m driving long distance, I usually have to choose between my GPS and having a full battery when I get to my destination (mind you, this is when I know I’ll be driving for more than an hour. Ain’t nobody trying to be using that much data). I’ve had car chargers before and even purchased an adapter a couple years ago that had the option to plug in two car adapters at the same time, but it wasn’t great and because of where my cup holder was, every time I went to take a sip of my drink, something would end up coming loose and that’s just not something you need to worry about while driving.

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Officially Adding “Web Developer” To My Resume

I recently joined/co-founded this awesome local organization with some fantastic women. We needed a website and we needed it quickly if we were going to target both local and national brands to sponsor our upcoming event. I’ve dabbled in web development before, including creating a business website for a friend, my former business website as well as my online resume.
I’ve used WordPress.com for years, (Glasses & Gadgets is powered by WordPress!) and did use WordPress.org as a CMS for a couple jobs I’d worked in the past, but I had no idea how to set one up myself.
One of our other co-founders is a web developer full time, but is also in middle of starting her own company on top of the other one she already works for, so time was scarce for her. So this past weekend, I sat down and decided that I was going to do it.
There were definitely some hiccups along the way (like accidentally installing WordPress into the wrong folder and completely being lost in the cPanel, but hey I figured it out).
Shoutout to Namecheap.com! They actually charged the least amount for our 2 domains (yes, even cheaper than GoDaddy) and their support team is absolutely incredible. Their offices are based in the UK so it was normal hours for them, but while I was up at 3 o’clock in the morning frustrated as hell that despite my best efforts to fix it on my own, something still wasn’t working, their online chat support is quick, walks you through everything and actually waits for you to finish before trying to move on to the next customer. Saturday night I spent an hour + trying to get MX values to load on our new mail server, and the Support Associate was great through all of it, so truly, big ups to them on their great work!
No, I’m not being paid by Namecheap to toot their horn, but good service sure as hell deserves recognition.
At the end of the weekend, I guess I did something right because now I have 4 new website projects in the works *laughs nervously*. Here’s hoping that these new clients are as happy with my work that as my team is!
Side Question: Fellow Web Devs and just anyone who reads this blog: check out our website {link to RBWS} and let me know your thoughts!