In Preparation For The iOS 9, Facebook Created A New SDK For Developers

September 16th, 2015 by Chris Crum

Last month, Facebook announced a new iOS SDK in beta to help developers prepare for Apple’s iOS 9, which launches on September 16. On Thursday, Facebook announced the release of the final version of v4.6 and v3.24 of this SDK.

Any developers who use Facebook Login, App Events, Analytics for Apps, Sharing across Facebook and Messenger, App Invites, App Links or Native Like will have to take the necessary steps. Read the rest of this entry »

Android 6.0 IS Is Now Called Marshmallow

August 19th, 2015 by Chris Crum

Google announced the final developer preview for the M release of Android, which was first launched in May. Today, it introduced the official Android 6.0 SDK and opened Google Play to publishing apps that target the new API level 23. Oh, and it’s called Marshmallow. Read the rest of this entry »

Go Client Library is Now Available for Cloud Bigtable

July 22nd, 2015 by Chris Crum

Google said on Friday that the Go client library for Google Cloud Bigtable is now available.

Cloud Bigtable is Google’s scalable NoSQL database product, which drives many of its own products like Gmail, Google Earth and YouTube. The Go programming language is gaining popularity, particularly among those building Cloud apps. Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook Page Includes New Plugin, With New Features

June 17th, 2015 by Chris Crum

Earlier this year at its F8 developers conference, Facebook announced the Page plugin, which is replacing the LIke Box for websites. It’s a way for sites to embed and promote a Facebook Page, and enables site visitors to like or share the page directly from the website itself. Read the rest of this entry »

Reading Tip – 5 Free Resources for Coders or Would-Be Coders

May 20th, 2015 by Glenn Letham

Some week-end or late night reading tips here along with several resources that a coder or would-be coder might find handy to have in the library… Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook Is Deprecating Its Like Box Feature, Will Now Use Its Page Plugin

April 22nd, 2015 by Chris Crum

A few years back, Facebook launched the Like Box plugin as one way for websites to generate more engagement from Facebook users by showing content from their Facebook pages, and showing them other people who have liked the page. The company is now shutting the plugin down. Read the rest of this entry »

A couple Google Webmaster Tools tips and tricks

March 25th, 2015 by Chris Abraham

Too few webmasters move beyond Google Analytics, which is a pity. Google Webmaster Tools is all you really need to become a Google-whisperer. Why spend all this time and money on MOZ and Woorank when you could just hear it directly from the Horse’s mouth.

I have been using it a lot lately since I have been doing a lot of SEO strategy work and I have really had some serious fun working through some of the tools that Google basically begs you to adopt in order to make things super-easier for them — and therefore better for you, the site owner or manager.

This week, we’ll discuss International Targeting and HTML Improvements.

Location, location, location (International Targeting)

Be realistic. I know that the Internet is global and that there might well be a distant client on foreign shores but it’s really worth it to get as geographically specific as possible. Do it for Google.  There’s two ways to signify your language and location to Google and they are through the use of Hreflang Tags and through Country Targeting.  That said, if you happen to purchase a clever domain like, which is an Icelandic top-level-domain, Google doesn’t give you much of a choice.


Whoops. I plan to shift my primary domain from to in order to be able to target the US in my Google Webmaster Tools. While I admire the fine, fair, high-cheekboned people of Reykjavik, I don’t know if they’re my ideal geographic target.

Google Just Wants to Help You Help It (HTML Improvements)

I feel like folks are spending time and money using both free and paid tools like MOZ and Woorank when Google is pretty explicit about what it wants and needs from you.

Google does care about Title and Description duplication and is happy to help you work through it.

Google is looking for Goldilocks titles and descriptions, searching for content that is not too short, too long, but just right.

Since Google explores your site using robots, spiders, and bots, their science is inexact.

Sometimes duplication isn’t duplication at all but has to do with Canonical URLs, aliases, and things such as trailing slashes and URL variations.

Strangely enough, Google’s a little odd. It’s 2015 and Google still requires us to submit both our plain domain as well as our URL with a WWW subdomain.  So, sometimes duplication isn’t simply duplicate content but issues with how you have your site domain setup.

I have three more subjects that I will discuss next week, Google Only Speaks Structured Data (Sitemap.xml)You Can Lead a Google to Structure (Data Highlighter), and Are You Fast Enough? (PageSpeed Insights).  I look forward to continuing on our exploration of Google Webmaster Tools next week.

Good luck! Go git ‘em, Tiger!


Twitter Rolls Out First Official WordPress Plugin!

February 26th, 2015 by Ritu Sharma

Twitter announced the release of its first official WordPress Plugin, enabling the WordPress publishers to have an easier access to a host of Twitter’s features and functionality. Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook Is Preparing for Biggest F8 Conference In Its History

January 28th, 2015 by Chris Crum

Facebook announced on Tuesday that developers can now register for this year’s F8 developer conference, which will take place on March 25 and 26 at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center.

The company says this will be its biggest F8 to date, and will feature every Facebook developer product and company, including Instagram, Parse, Messenger, WhatsApp, and an opening talk on day two from Oculus’ Chief Scientist Michael Abrash. Read the rest of this entry »

More Windows Support Comes to Google Cloud Platform

December 10th, 2014 by Chris Crum

Google announced expanded Windows Support for its Cloud Platform. This comes in the form of Microsoft License Mobility, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition availability, and an optimized version of the Chrome RDP app for Windows. Read the rest of this entry »