Digital Zone 291: USE CAPITAL LETTERS!!!!!!

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In this edition of the Digital Zone, we talked about:

  • iPad Pro
  • Amazon’s secret weapon
  • Sprint making waves
  • Most downloaded apps of 2013
  • USING CAPITAL LETTERS!!!!!!
  • Text about the cabin
  • James Bond’s drinking problem
  • Google+ ghost town

Press the ‘PLAY’ button to listen to Digital Zone 291: USE CAPITAL LETTERS!!!!!!

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YOUR CALL TO ACTION
If you’re looking to buy or sell a house in Utah, please call or text me (Patrick Wiscombe) at (801) 874-7717.
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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is working on the iPad Pro, a new larger version of its iPad tablet that sports a 12.9-inch display. One recent report even suggested Apple has two iPad Pro models in the works, one that will debut early next year and a second that will launch sometime in the second half of 2014. In addition to the Wall Street Journal, International Business Times says they have details on Apple’s upcoming larger iPads. They report the first version will have a quad HD (2K resolution) display will reportedly debut in April next year, and Apple will follow it up with an ultra HD (4K resolution) version in October.

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YOUR CALL TO ACTION
If you’re looking to buy or sell a house in Utah, please call or text me (Patrick Wiscombe) at (801) 874-7717.
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A new report from market research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reveals Amazon’s Amazon Prime is big business for the company. According to the study which surveyed 300 Amazon Prime subscribers who made purchases over a three-month period ending in November, Prime account holders shop on Amazon twice as often as non-Prime Amazon customers. More importantly, they spend more than twice as much. Their research found that Prime customers spend an average of $1,340 per year with Amazon while non-Prime shoppers spend $650 annually. This means that Amazon Prime customers are almost as valuable to Amazon as Amazon Visa cardholders, who spend an estimated $1,530 annually on Amazon.com. The study says Amazon currently has about 16.7 million Prime members.

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that 2014 was his company’s time to make waves. With that said, The Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint is preparing to make a bid to buy off T-Mobile from parent company Deutsche Telekom in the first half of 2014. The Journal’s sources say that Sprint’s proposed deal “could be worth more than $20 billion, depending on the size of any stake in T-Mobile that Sprint tries to buy.” If Sprint were to successfully acquire T-Mobile it would leave the United States with just three nationwide wireless carriers. A combined Sprint and T-Mobile would have an estimated 53 million postpaid subscribers, which would still be substantially fewer the subscribers held by AT&T and Verizon.

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YOUR CALL TO ACTION
If you’re looking to buy or sell a house in Utah, please call or text me (Patrick Wiscombe) at (801) 874-7717.
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So, what was the number one game on Apple’s app store…Candy Crush…of course. It was the most downloaded free app for the iPhone and iPad in 2013, according to Apple’s Best of iTunes list. It was also the No. 1 paid app for the iPad, while Minecraft was the No. 1 paid app for the iPhone. Apple’s list, released Monday evening, also includes year-end top 10 charts for most downloaded or purchased songs, albums, books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts, as well as Apple’s picks of best of the year for each category. Beyonce’s new “Beyonce” album, which was released on iTunes over the weekend, was second behind Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience.” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had the top-selling song with “Thrift Shop.” “Skyfall” was the year’s top-selling movie, and “Breaking Bad” was the best-selling TV show. Dan Brown’s “Inferno” was the best-selling book in fiction, while Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” encouraging women to achieve leadership positions, was the No. 1 nonfiction title in 2013.

Have you ever wondered how to get more retweets? Research performed by TrackMaven, a company that says it’s involved in “competitive intelligence” looked at 1.7 million tweets from more than 1,400 accounts to gather insights into what sparks retweets and what doesn’t. If you want to get more retweets, YOU SHOULD USE MORE UPPERCASE LETTERS. Apparently, people pay attention when being shouted at. Direct marketers have known this for some time, as have pitchmen on every single ad with a phone number at the end. Another conclusion, Sunday is the best day of the week to retweet. Another conclusion, placing six or more exclamation marks at the end of your tweets will incite more retweets.

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YOUR CALL TO ACTION
If you’re looking to buy or sell a house in Utah, please call or text me (Patrick Wiscombe) at (801) 874-7717.
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Southwest Airlines announced earlier this week it will begin offering passengers with iOS devices the ability to use iMessage, from gate to gate. The new service, which will be available to anyone with a device running iOS 5 or later, will cost $2, and work throughout the flight. The airline said it plans to expand the service to Android devices next year. Southwest offers passengers in-flight Wi-Fi for $8, but it clearly feels that some people want to stay connected with friends, co-workers, or family, but don’t want to spend that much. The airline is able to offer the service gate to gate because of a recent decision by the Federal Aviation Administration to allow passengers to use portable electronic devices below 10,000 feet. Last month, Southwest said it would begin offering Wi-Fi from gate to gate, making it the first carrier to do so.

According to British researchers, James Bond has a drinking problem. British medical experts read 12 James Bond novels and determined that agent 007’s copious alcohol consumption would have impeded his ability to drive Aston Martins to chase villains. It also likely would have killed him by his mid-fifties. The researchers concluded that his martini that’s “shaken, not stirred” may have been his socially acceptable way of coping with tremors caused by alcohol-induced brain damage. The researchers said James Bond consumed more than 1,150 units of alcohol in 123.5 days of face time in the novels. Factoring in days he was unable to drink — such as when incarcerated by an evil genius or hospitalized — that worked out to roughly 92 units of booze each week, about four times more than the 21-unit limit British health officials recommend. All that booze likely meant he was over the 0.08 blood alcohol legal limit each time he got behind the wheel to chase criminals.

A new study performed by GlobalWebIndex looked into how much Google+ is being used. They found it is used most by people who work in IT. Other top user types include senior “decision makers,” company owners, people who are self-employed and people living with friends or who are single. Since nearly a third of Google+ usage is tied to IT workers, Google’s social network is to engineers what Facebook is to moms and Twitter is to journalists. Who isn’t using Google+ as much? Full time parents, support level employees, financial services employees and people with ages between 55 years and 64 years are the least likely to use the Google service, according to the study. The two-year-old Google+ social network has more than 540 million registered users, according to data released this October, however Google+ engagement and sharing may still be unimpressive. A Marketing Land study from July said that Google’s social network only accounted for 2% of social shares, just under LinkedIn and well below competitors including Facebook, Twitter and Pintrest. Similarly, AdWeek on Monday reported that Google+ social engagement is still low for the July to September period. A Gigya study found that only 3% of all social sharing went to Google+ during the period, with the same Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest and Linked surpassing it in social activity.

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YOUR CALL TO ACTION
If you’re looking to buy or sell a house in Utah, please call or text me (Patrick Wiscombe) at (801) 874-7717.
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