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    Posted by  see more Posted by Knowlton Thomas on 2012-08-17 3:20:00 PM

    Time ran a poll asking 5,000 people of all age groups and income levels across the world about their connections to technology. The results show that we are more connected to our smartphones than any other gadget or gizmo in history.

    The smartphone is a tool that, less than two decades ago, did not exist. That, three or four decades ago, would have been unfathomable. That, today, users can't go a day—or even an hour—without.

    Is it connectivity or addiction? According to Time, one in four people check their mobile device every 30 minites. One in five check it every 10 minutes. One third of people become anxious if they don't have their smartphone for even short periods of time. 75% of those aged 25 to 29 sleep with their phones. You decide.

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    Quoth Time:

    Just as remarkable as the power of mobility, over everything from love to learning to global development, is how fast it all happened. It is hard to think of any tool, any instrument, any object in history with which so many developed so close a relationship so quickly as we have with our phones. Not the knife or match, the pen or page. Only money comes close—always at hand, don’t leave home without it. But most of us don’t take a wallet to bed with us, don’t reach for it and check it every few minutes, and however useful money is in pursuit of fame, romance, revolution, it is inert compared with a smart phone—which can replace your wallet now anyway.

    In China, it is extremely common for people to ask each other on dates via text. One third of Indians have coordinated adultery via text. And 64% of Brazilians have sent a sext to a partner or loved one. Half of the world's mobile phone users believe text messages have affected "the way I live my life."

    See more in the infographic below.

     September 05, 2012
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    Posted by  see more Posted by Knowlton Thomas on 2012-06-28 5:00:00 AM

    Vancouver's HootSuite has added another batch of social apps to its growing third-party-powered App Directory.

    Among the slew of new apps is SlideShare and Zuum. But no doubt the most notable of the bunch is the wildly popular Instagram, which was acquired not too long ago by Facebook for a whopping $1.2 billion.

    With this addition, users will be able to view and search Instagram photos in a HootSuite stream, filter the stream to view key feeds (Home, Popular, etc.), view and add comments, like photos, and share photos to Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    “After launching the App Directory in late 2011, we gave many popular social media networks a new home in our dashboard. We’re excited to welcome these popular social networks because they’re centrally focused around the easy-sharing of multimedia content,” says HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes. “Regardless of which social media network is popular today, and which is hot tomorrow, it’s HootSuite’s job to make the lives of our power-users, brands, and businesses easier - and we’ll continue watching the industry to achieve this goal.”

    The SlideShare integration will enable users to view, search, and upload content, as well as share presentations and documents across multiple social networks all within the HootSuite dashboard.

    The Edocr integration will allow users to search for documents by keyword or user, upload documents to Edocr accounts, view and comment on documents, share documents to social networks and more.

    With Zuum, users will be able to view a feed of content proven to be highly engaging in social media, specifically on Facebook.

    The App Directory features tools created by third-party developers to extend the capabilities of the dashboard. To simplify the process, HootSuite allows developers to create new apps using a toolkit. Created apps integrate directly into HootSuite streams.