Weekly web industry updates – 04th July to 10th July, 2015

Hello Everyone! Welcome to another post of weekly web industry updates. Today we are going to discuss some of the very interesting updates from web and social media world in last seven days. Bing has redesigned the maps and added many interesting features to it. Google AdWords has recently launched the new format of search ads. Facebook now lets users to customize the news feed and many other updates. Lets have a look over some of the most discussed stories of the week (04th July to 10th July).

Bing announced the preview of new Bing Map 

Bing has announced the preview of the revamped and redesigned Bing Maps on Tuesday. They have kept the users expectations at the highest priority and have given the new shape to the Maps. The company has improved the maps design, enabled finding the things on the way (including route), street view and provides the better traffic estimations. They have also improved the mobile view of map aiming to bring all information that people want on screen. Here you can take a look over the new Map Experience by Bing.

Facebook lets you customize news feed now 

Facebook now actually lets you prioritize news feed. You can customize the posts you want to see in newsfeed with the latest update by the company. Facebook has rolled out an update in their news feed preferences yesterday for the iPhone users in USA. They can now prioritize what they want to see on the top of the feed. Also they can unfollow the users to hide their posts from feed and follow back the unfollowed users from the feed preferences settings. This update also helps users to find the users new pages to follow based on their behavior and interest.

New guideline for local business authorized representatives 

Google has recently updated the guidelines for the authorized representatives for Google My Business Listing for all businesses. This update doesn’t really affect all businesses but it will surely make the life difficult for the spammy SEO companies that claim their client’s business as their own. Google has clearly defined whom they consider as an authorized representative of the business. They have secured the business verification process. They have also shared a list of information that original business owners must know from the company or a person that manages their Google business listing.

Instagram has updated image resolution by 1080px 

Understanding the importance of image quality, popular image sharing application Instagram has finally upgraded the image resolution. Users can now share the images having 1080px resolution on Instagram. Instagram spokesperson said that Instagram has gradually started progressing this new resolution to IOS and Android mobile devices during the last week. Most of the smart phones nowadays support the high-resolution images. This update definitely seems coping up with high-end mobile users by the Facebook owned photo-sharing platform.

Microsoft office 2016 is now available for Mac users 

The wait for the Microsoft office 2016 is finally over for the Mac users. The company has launched the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote for the Office 365 subscriber on Thursday. They have revealed the Mac Preview version of Word, Excel and PowerPoint in March this year. The company has redesigned and revamped the software based on more than 100,000 feedbacks by the users. Microsoft has also said that Mac users won’t have to wait for the years for the office upgrades. The company is planning to release an update at least once per quarter for users.

Google AdWords Read Now Ads 

Pete Meyers from Moz has recently spotted the new format of the Google Ads. There is NO official conformation from the Google yet, but he has named this potentially new format of Ad as “Read Now Ads”. He has posted the screenshot on Twitter as he spotted this ad. I am yet to see such ads till now. Have you seen such adds? It would be interesting to hear words from the Google officials about the same.

Prior reviews of Asus Chromebook Flip

Since its announcement in Google I/O 2011 till today, users have used many versions of the devices. ASUS Chromebook Flip is world’s first 10” convertible high-end Chromebook with ultra-thin and extremely lightweight hardware. Attractive design, efficient working and Google Chrome OS; all these you can get at just $249. It is a fairly nice deal to own a device that can assist you as per your requirements and preferences. Robust hardware and latest technical specifications along with the almost 10 hours of battery back up are enough reasons to convince to purchase Asus Chromebook Flip.

So, these are some of the hottest news of the week. I will catch you again next week with weekly web and tech industry news roundup. Till then happy surfing and have a wonderful weekend.

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