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Windows 10 is coming to 190 countries this summer

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Windows 10 is coming this summer, Microsoft has announced

The company's next major version of Windows, which skips a version number (the last major version was Windows 8), will be available in 190 countries and in 111 languages, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson wrote in a blog post

This announcement means Microsoft actually sped up its release schedule for Windows 10. When the new OS was first unveiled in Sept. 2014, the release was pegged for "late 2015."

Windows 10 is likely Microsoft's most important release in years, with a long list of ...

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By |March 18th, 2015|Apps and Software|0 Comments

Google Now will open more broadly to more third-party apps

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Google's predictive service Google Now will likely work with more Android apps in the near future

A Google executive said during a SXSW session this week that the company plans to open Google Now to more third-party apps and developers, allowing them to add the tool into existing apps.

While a timeline for an API wasn't outlined, Director of Product Management for Google Now, Aparna Chennapragada, revealed that Google will expand on its current pilot program. As of January,...

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Bursting the Meerkat bubble

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AUSTIN, Texas — Almost every year, one app dominates SXSW Interactive. In 2007, it was Twitter. Two years later, it was Foursquare. At this year's conference, it was all about Meerkat.

Barely three weeks old, the live video app proved more ubiquitous than idle Game of Thrones-themed pedicabs, Tex-Mex food trucks, and ...

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By |March 17th, 2015|Apps and Software|0 Comments

In-App Social & Contact Data – New in Open Site Explorer

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Today I'm excited to announce the launch of a new feature inside Open Site Explorer—In-App Social & Contact Data. With this launch, you'll be able to see the social or email accounts we've discovered associated with a given website, and have one-click access to those pages.

Initially, the feature offers:

  1. Availability today on the inbound links tab and in Link Intersect on the "pages -> subdomains" view. In the future, if y'all find it useful, we hope to expand its presence to other areas of the tool as well.
  2. Email accounts will only be shown if they match the domain name (e.g. rand@moz.com would be shown next to moz.com, randfishkin@yahoo.com would not) and if they appear in standard format on the page (we don't try to grab emails in JavaScript or that use alternate formats to obsfucate).
  3. We show Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and email addresses we've found on multiple pages of the site (we take a small random set and analyze whether these social/contact data pieces are uniform). If we find multiple accounts, you'll see this:

Use cases

There are three major use cases for this feature (at least for me; you might have more!):

1) Link/Outreach prospecting

It can be a pain to visit sites, find social accounts/emails, and copy them into a spreadsheet or send messages (and recall which ones you have/haven't done yet). By including social/contact data in the same interface where you're doing link analysis, we hope to save you time and clicks.

2) Link/site trust and audience reach analysis

We're actually using this data on the back end at Moz for our upcoming Spam Score feature (coming very soon), but you can use it manually to help with a quick mental filter for trustworthy/authoritative/non-spammy sites, and to get a sense for the size and reach of a site's social audience.

3) At-a-glance analysis of social networks among a group

If you're in a given space (e.g. travel blogs), it's a process to determine which social networks are/aren't being used by industry participants and influencers. Social/contact data in OSE can help with that by showing which social networks various sites are using and linking to from their pages:

We need your feedback

This first implementation is relatively light in the app—we haven't yet placed this data anywhere/everywhere it might be useful. Before we do, we want to hear what you think: Is this useful and valuable to your work? Does it help save you time? Would you want to see the feature expanded and if so, in what sections would it provide the greatest value to you? Please let us know in the comments, and by getting back in touch with us after you've had a chance to try it out for yourself.

Thanks for giving social/contact data a spin, and look for more upgrades to Open Site Explorer in the very near future!


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By |March 17th, 2015|MOZ|2 Comments

Headset offers virtual reality you can control with your hands

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In the last few months we've seen virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift cleverly paired with the Leap Motion gesture controller to deliver a more interactive experience, but one company has managed to merge the two concepts into one device

The Impression Pi is a wearable VR headset that embeds the ability to track your gestures into the hardware itself — no Leap Motion hack needed.

Launched as a Kickstarter project by the San Jose, California, branch of China's Usens, the device quickly blew past ...

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