Nokia App Social is now live in Windows 8 Store

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Here it is, the much-anticipated App from Nokia is finally in the Windows Store. Those of you that use Windows Phone of course will know this app. It is Nokia way to make Apps Discovery much less of a pain. Who’s best to recommend you Apps? Right, your friends. Suppose there is a way to know which apps your friends friends are running right? Yes, now you have it. The more people that use it, the more usable the app gets. So go download it right now.

Here is the description from the Store:

Description

App Social: Discover, browse and share amazing apps both for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Features

  • Browse & Download apps recommended by App Social most popular users
  • Sign up create your own profile and your own list of apps to share with your friends and the whole community
  • Get followers and climb up the leaderboard
  • Search for apps, applists and even users to save time
  • All both for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 apps to enjoy an amazing companionship experience
  • Get App Social on Windows Phone 8 from www.appsocial.nokia.com

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You can download the app now in the Store from the following Source Link.

Source: Windows Store

Viber for Windows 8 is here!

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Viber for Windows 8 is here ladies and gentlemen. They took their time coming, but they are finally here. Viber is the de-facto Skype competition at this moment, and it is a good thing Microsoft allows them into the Store.  Sometimes I wonder how much of Skype tech is in this App. But they differ from Skype in one big aspect, they connect Users via Phone numbers, so they present a coherent telephony profile if you ask me. When you think about Viber you don’t think Social App, but a phone calling app. How about that. Continue reading

Twitter Official App is now in the Store!

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Trust Twitter Inc to release their app for Windows 8 while I was sleeping Sad smile. Most of you probably heard the news already. The Twitter official App is now in the Store. A lot many people, including yours truly, are disappointed with the app because it is just so basic. Given the amount time we’ve had to wait for the app (since November 24th 2012), does Twitter really need Six months to release such an App? Looks like what someone could do in a weekend. There are definitely apps in the Store that beat Twitter’s app. It may be me, but the current version of the App doesn’t support Lists. I would have expected a generous use of Windows 8 panoramic features to show columns, but you’re constantly going in and out of screens. Messages for example is buried deep you have to know where to find it. This is really lame Twitter. Definitely not what we expected. Absolutely an anti-climax. Like a good friend of mine said:

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Obviously other goodies are coming later on. But “why release an incomplete app?” like Richard said in another tweet. I guess they realized they’ve waited too long.

Here is the description from Twitter of the app in the Store:

Description
With Twitter, you can watch the world unfold like never before.
** Get real-time stories, pictures, videos, conversations, ideas, and inspiration all in your timeline.
** Follow people and your interests to get unfiltered access and unique behind-the-scenes perspectives.
** Express yourself with photos, videos and comments.
Twitter for Windows 8 brings you all the design, features and functionality of Twitter combined with the fast and fluid technology of Windows 8:
- The Discover (#) icon shows you new topics from people in your network and other information like Trends and Who to Follow suggestions. But nowhere else can you scroll through Discover stories horizontally. Smoothly move through a collage of Tweets, pictures, links and article previews that make the most of your device.
- The Share charm makes it easier to tweet links, pictures and opinions to your followers from anywhere in Windows 8. Reading an article in Internet Explorer about Hawaii? Swipe in from the right edge of the device, tap the Share charm, add your comments in the Tweet and hit send.
- Create the ultimate screen with Snap view on Windows 8. Drag Twitter into the narrow side of the screen and slide in another favorite app. You can stream a live video while you watch the conversation about it unfold on Twitter. Then use the Share charm to join the discussion.
With many thanks to our over 200 million users!

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My apologies for my disappointment people. I was just not not happy with a debut from Twitter that doesn’t support Lists. One positive news about all this though; those of you having headaches from crashing twitter clients in Snapped mode. News is that this client is stable in snapped mode. At least some usefulness for you there.

Don’t let me spoil the party for you. Please go right ahead and download from Store via the source link below.

Source: Windows Store

Introducing Metro Social–A fresh fully Metro Facebook Client

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Jason Short (@Infinitecodex) just announced Metro Social App in the Windows Store. A look in the Store is enough to prompt this mention on McAkins Online. Metro Social is one awesome Facebook client, and I am sure it will give other clients in the Store a good run for their money.  The app makes good use of the Metro Interface to bring you your Facebook stream. The is not a wrapper around a web component, but all functions of Facebook is implemented in the glorious Metro interface. Here the app description from the Store:

Description
Metro Social is an intuitive, easy, and stylish way to browse Facebook on your Windows 8 PC or tablet.
Browse the home page to get a glance at your notifications, news feed, events, photos, and friends quickly. View your Facebook photos in depth with our photo view, which lets you see likes, comments, and more! Check out features like close friends photo albums and recently updated friends lists.
We’ve optimized the Facebook experience, so that both touch and mouse users should be at home here.
We hope you enjoy Metro Social as much as we enjoyed developing it for you. If you have any comments, suggestions, or bugs (we hope not, but we’re only human), please let us know at our support site: http://metrosocial.uservoice.com. We’d love to hear your feedback!
Metro Social is an unofficial Facebook client.

Features
Intuitive, speedy Facebook browsing
Modern UI styled throughout
Stylish photo viewing, including full screen
View notifications
View close friends’ and friends newest photo albums
Like and comment on news feed stories
Check out upcoming events, get directions on built in Maps or Google
Functional snap views
Optimized for mouse and touch

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Curious about the app? Download now from the Store via the link below:

Source: Windows Store

Citrix GoToMeeting App now in the Store

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Citrix has just brought another Client to Windows 8. This time it is a GoToMeeting client. If you are in the Tech industry, you need no intro to GoToMeeting, and since they’ve provided an extensive description of the app, I’ll just be brief here and let Citrix describe their App themselves:

Description
When an idea strikes and demands collaboration, simply join a meeting and collaborate with all the right people instantly using GoToMeeting.
Download the free app and join a meeting in seconds. View slide presentations, design mockups, spreadsheets, reports – whatever meeting presenters choose to share onscreen and collaborate over the built in internet audio or phone conference.
FEATURES 

✓ Join meetings in seconds by entering the Meeting ID or tapping a link in an email, or your calendar.
✓ View presentations, mockups and reports – whatever the presenter shares on-screen.

✓ Connect to audio through your Internet connection.
✓ Pinch to zoom meeting content.
✓ Switch to landscape or portrait mode to customize your meeting view.
✓ Free app makes it seamless to join meetings.
HOW TO JOIN A MEETING

You don’t need to purchase an account to attend GoToMeeting sessions. After you download the free GoToMeeting app, there are a couple of easy ways to join a meeting: 

• Tap a link in an invitation email and then follow the prompts.

• Tap the GoToMeeting app icon on your Windows tablet and enter the Meeting ID provided by the meeting organizer.


AUDIO

Upon joining, you will be automatically connected to audio through your Internet connection.

• For the best audio experience, use a headset.

Features
Join meetings in seconds by entering the Meeting ID or tapping a link in an email, or your calendar.
View presentations, mockups and reports – whatever the presenter shares on-screen.
Connect to audio through your Internet connection.
Pinch to zoom meeting content.
Switch to landscape or portrait mode to customize your meeting view.
Free app makes it seamless to join meetings.

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You can download the app now for your next presentations and virtual meetings. Download via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

A Great Un-Official Facebook App is now in the Store

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Here is something nice from the Store, an App that simply calls itself Facebook. You would expect Microsoft would block such an App name since its not the official Facebook app that Microsoft announced with Facebook during the launch of Windows 8. But seeing all the feature present in this App, I will not be surprised if Facebook officially buys off the app. It is the most comprehensive Facebook app we’ve seen so far, having almost 90% of all Facebook features. Pearl Apps really outdid themselves and should be commended. I am curious what is happening with this app when the official app drops. See for yourselves how complete this app is:

Description
Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected.
Keeping up with friends is faster than ever.
- See what friends are up to
- Share updates, photos and videos
- Get notified when friends like and comment on your posts
- Chat and have group conversations
Note: This is not the official Facebook App. We are not affiliated with Facebook in any way.

Features
News Feed
Browse individual Posts
Comment on Posts
Like/Unlike Posts and Like Comments
Browse Photo Albums
View your and any User’s Profile
Status Update
Picture Upload to Wall
Notifications
Friend Requests
Messages
Chat
Messages
Events
Search

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Well, I wonder when the official app arrives if it will do anything better than this app. Note the warning in the Description above. The vendor has mentioned they are not affiliated with Facebook in any way. They may eventually loose the Facebook App name as MS has made it part of the Store policy that you can’t register a Trademarked name. If you are curious about this app, you can download it now for free in the Store via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

The Yahoo! Mail Client is now in the Store

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And here it is! The Official Yahoo Mail client is in the Store. The App was in the news yesterday being announced by Yahoo in conjunction with iOS and Android Clients. We are glad they are not waiting for the next three months to release a Windows 8 version like some are doing at the moment for Windows Phone. The App looks robust from what I can see from the Screenshots, but unfortunately, I don’t use Yahoo Mail, so I can’t test out the App. But it comes strongly recommended so, please be my guest. Here is the full low down on the App from the Store:

Description
Yahoo! Mail now available for your Windows 8 desktop and tablet!
With an easy to use interface, the Yahoo! Mail app lets you message with ease, stay connected, and get more done faster.
Follow us on Twitter @YahooMail
* This is a global app developed by Yahoo! Inc under US Law. Yahoo! does not provide a local Swiss mail service.

Features
Easy-to-use interface
Send and receive messages from the people you care about
Share photos, videos, and documents
Stay on top of your new messages with notifications
See new messages arrive right from the Windows 8 Start screen
Quickly scan messages in your inbox with continuous scroll
Multi-select messages to organize your inbox faster
Mark messages as favorites so you can keep track of important messages
Search across all email folders
Auto-complete email addresses from your Yahoo! Contacts as you type
Pinch to zoom in on a message to get a closer look

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Please download the app and give it a spin via the Source link here below.

Source: Windows Store

Tweetro+ App lands in the Store!

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“Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him!” The elusive Tweetro App is back in the Store as Tweetro+. You have to have been living under a rock to have missed the whole shebang over Tweetro and Twitter these past weeks. Yeah, Tweetro got too popular for Twitter so they had to cut it down to size by reducing its tokens to 100K. Our buddy at WindowsObservers.com carried the whole story. You can peruse the whole details there.

So now Tweetro is back as paid App, because Twitter wants in on the piece of the Pie of course. But at $10.00? I find that rather steep for an unofficial Twitter client. You have to bear in mind that Twitter itself is creating its own client as we speak, and it will eventually compete with Tweetro+ whenever they released it. And there is the possibility, even more probable that Twitter’s own client will be free in the Store as it will be a joint effort between Microsoft and Twitter. So Lazyworm may be pricing Tweetro out of the market, and that will be very sad as this is a good Twitter client. Curious here to see  how this all will play out.

For the new-old App itself, I am taking a very close look at the description and screenshots, I can’t see any thundering differentiating feature as far as I can see. Of course its polished and professional and all now, but it doesn’t diverge much from what we’ve already seen in its Free incarnation. Following is the description of the paid version in the Store:

Description
Tweetro+ is an elegant Twitter client for Windows 8 and regarded by many as the best Twitter experience on the platform.
Included in purchase:
- Exclusive access to Tweetro+ (limited number of installs)
- 2 Twitter account slots (you can add up to 5 via in-app purchase)
DISCLAIMER: We cannot guarantee that this app will continue to function in the same way that it does in its purchased state (subject to any changes in Twitter’s API, rules and regulations).

Features
Real-time streaming of tweets (timeline & search results)
In-app browser
Pin multiple tweet columns to main hub
Photo browser
Custom views (snapped, portrait, landscape)
Semantic zoom for bird’s eye view
Notifications
Multiple account support

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So, there it is, the much awaited Twitter Client is back. Question is will you take the bait? What do you think about the price. Let me know in the Comments. Note there is no Trial mode, you buy this or you don’t, so I assume most of you that knows the app wouldn’t mind to buy without trial. But for new users? I think they should have added a Trial mode. Anyway, download the app now via the Source Link below.

Source: Windows Store

Mine for Facebook – The First Dedicated Facebook App in the Store

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Ladies and Gentlemen, we have the first Dedicated App for Facebook in the Store. Don’t get me wrong, we already have Facebook apps in the Store, and the most popular being the FlipToast app that I have reported severally on this blog. But FlipToast, as awesome an app as it is, is meant to be a front for most of your popular Social sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram etc. Which means it is impossible for this one App to do it all, you have to miss some features. Thus we have this great competitor in the App MINE for Facebook.  The app stepped in to fill the void of a full Facebook app till Facebook and Microsoft decide to release an official Facebook app.  It’s a well written app and gets the job done as advertised. You can view your Feeds, Comment, Like and UnLike, view Profiles, Facebook Notification etc etc. The list is just too long, so I’ll let you review the Description as given by Marvin Apps in the Store:

Description
MINE for Facebook is a Facebook client created with one mission in mind: to show you your Facebook feed, the way you want to see it.  Of course you can see your Facebook timeline, post updates, comment & like, …, but if you want, you can go one step further and customize your feeds until they exactly fit your needs.
We’re adding features constantly, so feel free to check back often – this is just the beginning :-)
Current version: 0.9.0

Features
View your Facebook news feed.
Comment, like & update your status, share a link, add a picture, …
View your friends’ profile pages, including their wall posts.
Customize your feeds! Do you only want to see status updates?  No problem.  Do you want to see all the pictures, but only from a select group of friends?  No problem.
So, next to your regular feed, you can create custom feeds, allowing you to select exactly what you want to see from which friends.
Update your Facebook status or share a link or picture from any application which supports sharing!
Get notifications from Facebook right on your Windows start screen.
Designed with Windows 8 in mind, for both touch & non-touch devices.
Search Facebook from anywhere in Windows.

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The App is at the moment free for all, so might as well go ahead and give it a spin. Download via the Source below.

[Update: 2012-11-22] We’ve just been contacted by the Author of this App below in the comments as you can see. The author indicates this is just a preview of things to come; an appetizer if you will. They promise a high update and release cycle which will indeed make this app great and give Facebook a run for their money when the Official Facebook app drops in the Store. You can trust your friends on McAkins Online to be on top of latest developments as they appear in the Store. So check back regularly for updates.

Source: Windows Store

ReddHub – Unofficial Reddit App is in the Store

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So you love Reddit and you’ve pre-ordered Surface and wondering which app to use, look no further, ReddHub is here to the rescue. Get your Reddit fix with a Metro flavor:

Description
ReddHub is the next evolution of client apps for Reddit.com and the premier reddit app for Windows 8. While maintaining a rich modern experience, ReddHub is feature rich and designed from the ground-up to make it easy to browse your favorite reddit content whether you’re using touch or keyboard!
ReddHub is stable. It’s fast. It’s elegant. It makes browsing reddit fun, exciting, and simple.
What makes ReddHub the premier Reddit client for Windows 8?
Just take a look at the features list below to see just some of what ReddHub offers!

Features
Infinite scrolling
Support for browsing Reddit without logging in
Full integration with your Reddit.com account – including voting, saving, reporting, and much more
View your messages or a user’s profile
Integration with Windows Search and Share
Ability to Pin your favorite subreddit(s) to the start screen
Ability to view comments, authors, and subreddits of any link
Collapsible comments
Ability to reply to comments and links
Integrated quoting
Launch a link in the browser or copy it to the clipboard
Awesome keyboard support that makes it easy to browse more content
Integrated image viewer for a stunning viewing experience

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You can download the app via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Breaking: MetroTwit Updates in the Store!

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Here we go Ladies and Gentlemen, the GA is approaching fast and Microsoft delights us all by updating all the Built-In Apps. But right on the heels of Microsoft, serious App Developers are releasing  updates to their apps too. We’ve been seeing a lot of app Updates in the Store and just a minute ago MetroTwit also updates in the Store. I’ll be updating with new features, but just to let you know, see for yourselves. Investigating here.

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Ok here are the updates:

  1. Ad Supported, sometimes the Ad refresh steals the focus from the Tweet box when you’re composing. Also block app features too.
  2. New App Bar featuring more options.
  3. Windows 8 Spelling Check Support
  4. Now you can insert you Map Location in Tweets
  5. You can now add multiple Profiles via the App Bar
  6. MetroTwit now supports Lists!
  7. Trend Search is back
  8. New Read Indicator overlay on Tweets
  9. Now with improved Settings from which you can  remove Ads with Activation after purchase
  10. Now with a built-in Web Browser
  11. MetroTwit now supports Notification Toast!
  12. In-tweet Photo display now available

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So here we are. MetroTwit has finally grown up, and the best thing is if you’ve already purchased the Desktop Version, now you can use this Software Ad Free!
Letop, you may not see this Update yet, so please be patient till it propagates down to you.

P.S. You may want to check back as I’ll add new features I discover to this post later today.

Source: Windows Store

“The Darkest Night”- Aurora, Colorado Shooting

Aurora’s Century 16 Theatre where the midnight shooting took place.

We see many things happen on a daily basis that tries to wreak havoc on our nation or even a local theatre whether it be a domestic attack on national security, a terrorist attack or even a local theatre shooting. We’ve decided to cover this story to show the social media aspect and how quickly the word spread through news. Twitter has been the main stream of news from the site of this tragedy with hundreds of tweets from people in the Aurora area. Continue reading

Windows 8 New App Alert: GivIt Video App debuts in Store – #Win8

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Givit Video share app debuts in the store. With this app you can record and share any size of video to the internet. You can manage your video also with it. Haven’t installed the app myself, but I guess you video buffs out there will like to give this a go.

Attention: This App is not visible in the store. You need to search for it via the Search charm in the store.

–McAkins

Is Social Media Good or Bad for Society? We Look at the Details

No benefit comes without drawback; no decision comes without its own opportunity costs, and no good came arrive without its evil counterpart. Nothing in this world can be claimed to be perfectly good or perfectly evil, unless, of course, such thing is of divine matter. So it follows that it is better to ask a question that compares the net benefit and drawback rather than asking if something is good or evil. With this in mind, we can now discuss the net benefit and negative impact of the advent of social media to help us conclude whether or not it beneficial overall.

Social Media and Its Impact

Social media is a relatively new phenomenon that has, in many ways, changed the world. Social media is a service that allows groups of people to interact remotely through text, photo, audio, and video communications. Most social media, like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+ are large publishing services that are on the internet (though private, intranet based, social media can also exist). This technology, a technology only a few years old, has proven to cause one of the greatest changes in the world in a short period of time. It made remote, long distance, communication as easy as face-to-face communication. It allowed people to easily share things of interests, like photos, with selected friends or the entire world instantly, regardless of place and time. Furthermore, it helped shape awareness, spread ideas, instantly broadcasted news, and cause revolutions. Essentially, social media drastically changed the way we communicate. And now, we begin to question the positive and negative impacts on our personal and professional life, self-development, and on the world as a whole that revolve around such change.

Eliminating Distance and Time in Communication

Any revolution can be traced back to an individual. The individual feel the need or want for a change. Social media brings upon this need or want to the individual. It all starts with the advantages that social media brings by helping us overcome the limitations we have with how we communicate. It solves both the issue of time and distance. With social media, we no longer need to wait for another person to be free before communicating. We can leave a quick message or note and the other person can get back to it in his/her own time. This is not the case with telephones and definitely not for face-to-face talk. Of course, letters solve the problem of matching free time to converse, but it brings upon the problem of distance. Long distance means letters are infrequent, costly, and are slow. Social media solves the issue of both time and distance. It brings the ability for one to instantly share an idea, media, or an object of interest to another person or a mass group of people.

Being able to interact, communicate, and share in mass is another great advantages brought forth by social media. Until recently, the number of people we could communicate with was very limited. The innovation in telecommunication was a huge step forward, but it, too was limited. Telephones were used for person-to-person communication and televisions, while designed with mass communication in mind, allowed only for one way communication with little interaction. Social media finally bridges this gap, covering great limitations humanity suffered in communication. However, this mass communication isn’t only fulfilling personal interactions, but professional ones as well.

Social Media fro Business and Marketting

Business love social media like twitter, and with good reason. Social media has become a way to business to announce press releases, share things, and easily interact directly with their customers. The ability for customers to easily comment their feedback, criticisms, loyalty has become a great asset for business. Many business are now using Twitter for customer support, which allows for quick assistance for customers with small wait times. In the professional world, social media has become a lifesaving tool in project collaboration and teamwork. Social media has greatly increased our communication capability and the number of ways to communicate. This, however, leads to the problem that is one of the greatest criticisms of social media.

How Many Fruits to Compare?

When we have only mangos and apples to choose from, in a perfect world, half of the people will choose mangoes. However, if we now have apples, oranges, mangos, and cake, in a perfect world only one quarter of the people will choose mangoes. The number gets smaller the more options we include. As such, when humanity had only bodily gestures and voice for communication, almost 100 percent of the people used face-to-face communication. With the invention of writing, the options increased, and no longer did 100 percent of the popular used one method of communication all the time. Today, the options for communication are many, from television, to video chat, to text messages, to photo sharing, to podcasts, and the list goes on. With more ways to communicate, people are spending less and less time to communicate with one particular method.

This causes for some problems to arise. I believe one of the biggest criticisms to social media is the significantly reduced amount of dedicated face-to-face communication. This can be a problem, as this form of communication is important for our life and career. It also plays an important part of developing relationships and bonding with people that matter. A common complaint of social media I hear is “I can’t believe he had to check his twitter app every two minutes while we were at our date last night!” The fact that people seem to put less priority in face-to-face communication brings about some concerns of how this might affect humanity in the long run.

Other concerns include privacy and identity theft. However, this is, I believe, a less of a concern.  I say this because many very useful and essential tools can be dangerous. Cars are death machines! Accidents can and have killed people. Knife, while handy, is not a child’s toy. Social media is also a tool, and as with other tools, it comes with a risk. But like any risk, it can be minimized by being careful. One should take the responsibility to find out what privacy they have, if any. Also, a general rule of thumb when sharing online is “nothing is private”. If we keep this, simple, thought in mind, we don’t have to worry much about our posts being public.

I like to say that the one and only cause of death is birth; that is, those of who aren’t born will never die. That is not to say that life is not sweet, quite the contrary actually. The presence of a negative impact or effect doesn’t make a tool negative or evil if the good it brings far outweighs the bad. Social media is a great example of this. On the contrary, alcohol, although has some health benefits, is bad for heath. Social media is not alcohol; it is as sweet as cake, and that, my friend, is definitely not a lie!

Social Media Update! [YouTube]

One of the great things about being a part of a growing website like Techtronica are the small steps we’ve taken to “crawl before we walk”. One of the things we have seen in our future and we feel we have the team to now come out with weekly videos is our very own YouTube page. YouTube will enable us to have a third-party output of our posts and other stories coming from Techtronica. Remember, this is a growing side of Techtronica and we plan to post our videos from the past on our channel also to give our viewers like yourself a look back at some things we have done. We’re planning on having a weekly “rundown” of all the major topics we talk about each week here and plan to evolve from that starting point into something very innovative. Be looking out for new videos from Austin Allen, Joe Landor, myself and the entire Techtronica crew as we start our YouTube page. Also keep in mind that we have a number of social media outputs available to everyone!

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