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Amazon’s living room devices, the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, can now run web applications. The company announced this morning that it’s allowing web developers to publish their HTML5-powered applications without having to do native app development. Instead, developers only have to enter in the name of their app and its URL in Amazon’s Web App Tester software, or they can supply a .zip file to package their app then preview how it looks as a Fire TV application.

The support for web apps is an extension to Amazon’s earlier efforts at expanding its app lineup by going after developers who don’t yet offer – or don’t plan to offer – an Android application.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:51

Facebook‘s Trending news section, which appears on the righthand side of each user’s news feed, is getting a refresh that will make it easier to find information and see different perspectives of the day’s most popular stories, including a Twitter-like live feed with user mentions.

The section is also coming to mobile devices for the first time, starting on Wednesday.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 10:22

It’s a good day for Elevate, which was just named Apple‘s favorite app of 2014.

The app, which helps you improve memory and focus, was Apple’s top pick of the year. The runner-up was Instagram’s Hyperlapse, which speeds up shaky videos and turns them into time lapses in just two taps.

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Last Updated on Monday, 8 December 2014 11:55

Once the clock strikes midnight on Nov. 28, we can officially wrap the turkey in tin foil and break out the Christmas music without judgment.

In this holiday playlist, there’s a little mix of Bing Crosby, ‘N Sync and Sufjan Stevens to remind us that Christmas music isn’t only songs from the 1950s.

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Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 10:36

The Internet is about to get a little more crowded.

According to new data from market research firm eMarketer, the web will reach 2.89 billion users in 2015, or what equates to 42.4% of the world’s population. This would mark a 6.2% jump from this year and reach about two in five people on a global scale.

The company projects even more growth in the upcoming four years; about 3.6 billion people (or half the world’s population) will be online at least once a month by 2018.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:51

Generation X became Generation Y. Millennials are growing up. And now marketers are shifting focus to “Gen Z” — the next major consumer group, comprised of teenagers who are younger than 19 today. This generation has grown up with full access to the Internet and technology. They’re digital natives, and it’s even tougher for brands to woo this group and win their loyalty, love and income.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 10:20

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time to reminisce about the brands that wooed us with clever advertising this year. Countless businesses desperately tried to make their videos go viral.

We saw the most-shared ad of all time this year, which was Shakira’s “La La La” World Cup promotion. The spot, sponsored by Activia, has racked up 5,819,822 social media shares, according to Unruly, and more than 405 million views since its launch in May.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 10:18

Music video streaming service Vevo today announced that Rio Caraeff is stepping down from his role as the CEO — formally confirming news that was reported twice this past weekend, first based on a leak, then based on a leaked memo from Caraeff to staff.

This is a massive change to the company’s leadership: Caraeff has been running Vevo since 2009 — the year it was founded — seeing the music video JV between Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Abu Dhabi Media Company and Google through massive growth.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 03:15

If your head’s been spinning trying to work out exactly which of Google’s unlimited music streaming services you’re going to fork out for, then take heart — the company has moved to clarify some of the fine print in the light of the arrival of YouTube Music Key.

Sign up for early access to YouTube Music Key ($7.99 a month to begin with, $9.99 a month eventually) and you get Google Play Music into the bargain too — that’s Google’s main cloud-based Spotify rival that lets you stream your own MP3s and millions of other songs over the Web.

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 11:21

If people weren’t too happy with the first batch of sponsored posts by Instagram, those temper tantrums might reach a new level soon. According to Adweek, the Facebook-ownedimaging service is now rolling out video ads to users’ feeds, having been quietly testing themfor the past six months. So, starting today, don’t be surprised to unexpectedly run into a random 15-second video while you’re trying to find a picture of the next great brunch.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 12:56