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Digital RoundUP 17/06/2013

Digital RoundUP

Apple Unveil iOS 7

iOS 7

Apple unveiled the new operating system this week with drastic changes from previous versions. iOS 7 is expected to be released in the autumn, and responses to the new design have been both positive and negative, with many android users saying the iPhone is adapting in a similar way to the android operating system.

So what’s new?

All new design:

iOS 7 started with a desire to take an experience people love and make it better. To make it even simpler, more useful, and more enjoyable — but still feel instantly familiar. The design of iOS 7 is beautiful because it’s all of those things. And it’s the start of a new chapter for iOS.

All new features:

Control Center, AirDrop for iOS, and smarter multitasking are just a few of the great new features in iOS 7. And all your favourite apps have been enhanced to make everything even easier to get to and use. So with iOS 7, not only is your device more capable, you are, too.

iOS Homescreen

iOS 7

PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One

PS4 vs Xbox One

The console wars have begun! As Microsoft and PlayStation renew their rivalry at this year’s E3 convention in Los Angeles, both showed off their much anticipated new consoles. 

The PlayStation was the console to steal the show, with Sony chief executive Andrew House describing the PlayStation 4 as “unparalleled power” at the unveiling event. For US citizens, it will cost $399 when it hits the market, $100 cheaper than Microsoft’s Xbox One, which will cost $499 when it is launched this November. The PS4 will cost £349 in the UK in comparison to the £429 price tag for the for the Xbox One.

To buy an additional controller for the PS4, the DualShock 4 will cost £54 in the UK, so it might be worth waiting for a Christmas bundle before you go out and pre-order the new console.

Will you be putting a deposit down on the PS4 or Xbox One?

Facebook Hashtags

Facebook Hashtags

IT’S OFFICIAL!! They introduced hashtags onto Facebook! A few week after we post: FocusON: Social Trends – Are we seeing the demise of Facebook? 

Facebook have this week decided to join all the other social network platforms and help out the people who have the Twitter/Facebook post sync to ensure they don’t get left behind with their useless hashtags.

After slowly being rolled out in America, we finally have the ability to use hashtags. Are you happy that they have introduced hashtags? We will now see the Facebook hashtag meme slowly dieing out, so here is one of our favourites:

Facebook Hashtag

Google+ Business page update

G+ Local Dashboard

This week saw an update roll out for Google+ business pages. According to Google Engineer Pavni Diwanji, the following features can be achieved through the new dashboard system:

Ability to update your business info (such as website URLs, store hours and phone numbers) across Maps, Search and Google+ – all from the Overview tab.

Monitor your notifications, assign page managers, share photos and videos – even start a Hangout with followers.

View your “at-a-glance” data for the AdWords Express account, with the creation and management of offers through Google Offers. 

Insights into you business using top searches, top locations requesting driving directions, and performance data for their Google+ posts.

Google buy Waze for $1.3 Billion

Waze App

It had been speculated for many weeks, but finally we saw Google buying Waze, an Israel-based start-up, reportedly paying $1.3bn (£835m), according to Reuters.

Waze is a mobile app that combines online maps with updates from other users about traffic jams, road works and accidents. Waze was founded four years ago, and now has over 47 million users worldwide.

But what does this mean for the future of Google Maps after buying a crowd-sourced navigation app? Will we be getting traffic and roadwork updates through the Google Maps app soon?

Thats the end of the RoundUP for this week, we will round off with the SEO Periodic Table from Searchengineland.com (Click to view full image): 

Periodic Table of SEO

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