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YOUTUBE: NON-STOP MUSIC
Ever wished you could play non-stop music on YouTube? Well now you can, thanks to a simple app called Tubalr, developed by 23 year old software developer Cody Stewart in Atlanta.
To use Tubalr, either select “only” which plays songs by a single artist or select “similar” to search for related artists. All songs are then linked to your YouTube playlist.
The other reason it’s so useful? You don’t have to see 1000s of comments you’re not interested in while searching for music.

APPLE iTV FEATURES
They say size doesn’t matter, so why is it when a former Apple employee revealed the details of the soon-to-launch Apple TV he described it as a big, slick, 50 inch TV?
The LCD is said to have built in Wi-Fi and have SIRI’s voice recognition system.
News.com.au also reports that experts believe the TV will run on Apple’s operating system and bring the App Store to the living room. The device could also utilise Apple’s AirPlay, which would allow iPads, iPhones and iPods wireless connectivity.

2011: YEAR OF THE CRAZIES
Sometimes it’s nice to reflect on how much can happen in a year, that’s why I enjoyed this re-cap of the craziest tech-stories of 2011 – from the IE IQ hoax, to MC Hammer’s search engine. No one can deny it was an action packed year.

THE FUTURE OF SEO
Looking deep into the crystal ball, CEO and Co-founder of SEOmoz.com Rand Fishkin gives his 8 predictions for SEO trends in 2012.
Fishkin provides his thoughts on what will cause a backlash against Google and what’s next for social media.
A very good read.

IF YOU USE QR CODES, DO IT RIGHT
QR codes are popping up left, right and centre – but it seems that not all marketers are using them well.
AdAge.com reported that QRblaster.com, published the worst campaigns of the year – including codes placed where there was little or no internet access, such as Red Bull who put QR codes on the subway and United Airlines had them on in-flight magazines.
While it’s important to stay ahead of the innovation pack, it’s equally important to remember how consumers use technology.

F-SHOPS NOT TRUSTED…YET
It’s alleged that social media is responsible for keeping marketers awake at night, so I’m sure the research which says 50% of consumers distrust Facebook stores might be enough to make said marketers full-blown insomniacs.
Digital expert and best selling author David Amerland reports that the study, which ThreatMetrix undertook with the assistance of the Ponemon Institute also reveals that of those questioned, 51% said that Google is more effective than Facebook at keeping them safe from online criminals, and only 20% have purchased something directly within Facebook.
It will be some time before marketers start getting more sleep.

HOW-TO MAKE BIG BUCKS ON YOUTUBE
Ever dreamed of being a YouTube celebrity and earning the big bucks by simply uploading a weekly video? With more than 15,000 partners across the globe, there is no reason why you can’t be one of them.
This article written by Greg Jarboe and published on searchenginewatch.com, gives you tips and tricks for optimising your YouTube videos, creating compelling content, engaging the community and how to measure success.
And no, you don’t need a horse or old-spice soap.

MOBILE STAT FEST!
Research company comScore has released the latest mobile subscriber data which shows Android handsets continue to dominate the Smartphone market with 47% marketshare, and iPhone at just under 30%.
The research also suggests that more people are now using mobile apps to view content than their mobile browser.

BRAND LOVE: MORE THAN JUST FAN NUMBERS
Many brands use the number of fans they have as a gage of how successful they are on social media sites – but we all know that this isn’t really the case. However, up until now, we’ve had very little way of proving it.
Fathom Analytics’ relationship quality index is changing that by measuring four factors – the brand pages number of fans, their momentum, fan engagement and sentiment in posts/comments.
It’s not perfect – but it’s a step in the right direction.

AUSTRALIANS ARE “UNSOCIAL”
Research has exposed Australia’s Facebook habits – and it suggests that Australian’s are not the social bunch that they think they are, according to research done by PureProfile.
A third have seen less than five of their online friends in the past year and the Adelaide Advertiser reports that the research also found just more than a third of Aussies do not consider their Facebook friends’ list a “true friends” list. Even more alarming is that more than a quarter admits they do not know all their friends on Facebook.

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