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‘Hey someone is making up shocking posts…’ Twitter spam

If you receive a Direct Message on Twitter saying “hey someone is making up shocking posts that are about you…” (or similar) it’s SPAM and you shouldn’t click on the link.

It looks like this, I’ve received 2 instances from seperate accounts in the last 12 hours:

On both occasions the message was sent as a Direct Message not a @mention and the link is a bit.ly style link that doesn’t reveal its source until clicked.

The best course of action, as is always the case if you’re not sure, is to DELETE the DM and politely inform the holder of the account that they should update their password.

UPDATE: It appears once the account has been compromised the bot sends out tweets from it like this:

Best course of action in this case is simply to ignore that Tweet.

The new iPhone5 and Apple’s other big announcements this week

Here’s a rundown of the main announcements that Apple made this week:

The New iPhone5

After much speculation and assumption Apple did indeed launch a new version of the iPhone and it is called iPhone5.

Features include:

  • runs on Telstra and Optus’s new 4G LTE networks (unlike the new iPad)
  • 4-inch (diagonal) display (4S was 3.4inch) – existing apps will be “letterboxed” until upgraded in size
  • faster A6 processor
  • new “lightning” connector (adaptors, of course, available in your nearest Apple store)
  • facetime on 3/4G networks

A few more images from the media kit are shown below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The iPhone5 will be available in Australia from September 21st.

Apple iOS6

Yesterday Apple also released details on iOS6 with over 200 new features, highlights include:

And finally…

Other notable annoucements from the conference this week include:

  • the brand new MacBook pro with retina display and and even thinner case
  • a new iPod Nano range with pause/rewind ‘live’ radio and Siri
  • the new OSX – Mountain Lion
  • the fifth generation iPod Touch with larger (iPhone5 sized) 4-inch screen

Passbook on iOS6 stores all your tickets & confirmations in one place

Apple’s new ‘Passbook’ app launched at the WWDC today stores tickets, confirmations, boarding passes and cards in one place within the new iOS6 operating system.

Apple are using Passbook as a way to change how users approach digital wallets and as with most of their other iOS6 apps the UI is incredibly simple to navigate and operate.

The app uses GeoLocation to bring up relevant Passbook ‘tickets’ when you are near outlets that you have confirmations for.

Passbook also appears to be able to handle stored value cards as demonstrated by Scott Forstall with a Starbucks card.

Plus cards are ‘live’ – ie: if your flight details change so will the boarding pass stored in your passbook app and an Apple notification will appear with the update.

Passbook is one of over 200 new features being launched with iOS6 this week.

Images via @verge.

 

ASOS Scan To Shop on iOS and Android

Fashion etailer ASOS were promoting their ‘Scan to Shop’ app at a recent Vogue event in Sydney.

‘Vogue’s Fashion Night Out’ in Sydney on September 6th showcased fashion retailers and brands in the CBD through a vast array of live events, outdoor stalls, activities and  parties.

ASOS provided a large 4-sided wall of product images which allowed owners of the app to scan via iOS/Android and purchase direct.

The app is similar in principle to Woolworths’ smartphone app which allows you to scan grocery items in train stations to virtually shop without visiting an actual store. ASOS have taken this principle and adapted it for the tech savvy online fashion market.

Pictured on the left is the fashion wall of products being scanned on an iPhone 4S.

Download via: iTunes or GooglePlay

More info on ASOS here.

David Wetherill’s ‘that’ shot video goes viral

Some videos go viral. Many don’t. Some you wish didn’t (there are only so many cat videos one can watch in a lunchbreak).

However some deservedly get attention, as is the case with this snippet of UK Paralympic Table Tennis player David Wetherill literally throwing everything he had on the line to return an impossible forehand and win the point.

After the game, David Wetherill tweeted this:

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/Wetherill89/status/242683978287570944"]

Incredibly inspiring stuff for a Tuesday morning.

A subtle logo update and losing the cursor pointer

For those of you who know Fly Digital you’ll know it’s run by a guy (me) who is a bit of an aviation nut. That’s why the logo features that flying cursor pointer with its aerobatic smoke trailing behind (well that’s how I see it anyway).

However I had started to feel using the cursor pointer it was a little dated and didn’t sum up the services we provide here at Fly, so this week I had the logo updated very slightly and replaced the cursor pointer with a more generic streamlined shape.

Here’s the comparison – this was the old logo:

…and here is the new version:

A bit more modern looking hey?

I’d also been having some issues with the cursor pointer when reversing the logo out on black which I do quite a lot (like on the new website header). It never rendered well in white but the new streamlined shape solves that problem as well:

Just a bit of housekeeping on the logo rather than a rebranding, but one that I hope will help the company image ongoing.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. As a small business owner do you like your logo or have you recently gone through a redesign or rebranding exercise as well? I’d love to hear from you.

Find available screen names and how to update your twitter username

Sometimes you just need to change your online identity. Maybe you’ve recently changed your real name, or you’re being hounded by spam, or perhaps you’re just after fresh start. Whatever the reason, here are 3 tips for how to find that perfect new handle:

1) Twitter > Edit your account

Twitter allows you to check availability of a username in your account settings on its own website.

Click to your profile page, click the “Edit your profile” button then the “Account” link from the left and you’ll see the “Username” box above. Here you can type in new usernames and Twitter will instantly tell you if it’s available.

2) Name generator sites

Stuck for what to call yourself though? No problem – name generator sites can help. SpinXO (pictured left) is one of the best that I’ve found as it allows you to type in your interests, keywords and “must have” words and then generates options based on that.

You can then click on the name(s) that interest you and check their availability.

3) Name checker websites

But what happens if you’re after the same username that you can use across multiple sites? It can be cumbersome to go to each social media site individually and check using their own tools.

A better way is to use a site like namechk.com or checkusernames.com which let you type in your username and search availability across every social media site you can think of in one go.

Good luck with updating your identity online, let us know in the comments if you have any tips of your own.

Fashion with Digital Passion – Vogue Australia’s ‘Online Shopping Night’ Is Back

Vogue Australia’s ‘Online Shopping Night’ (VOSN) is on again today. This is the third #VOSN event I can recall, once again bringing online retailers together under the umbrella of one of fashion’s best known names and executing it in a very clever, interactive and social way.

For some time now the primary vogue.com.au website has featured a countdown to the start of the event (midday today). This has been complimented with a strong social media campaign across Facebook and Twitter steadily providing updates on retailers who have come on board, special offers, staff picks and so on – all very shareable content and all presented in the perfect place for the target market.

Yesterday the recently appointed new Editor of Vogue Australia Edwina McCann held a live Q&A on Facebook started simply with the post “Hi here to discuss #VOSN ! Tell me what you plan to buy?”. A neat way to introduce her to the new audience and stimulate interest in the campaign at the same time.

The company uses Twitter extensively to promote the evening and encourage retailers and customers to adopt the #VOSN hashtag during the day.

For the last two events #VOSN has trended consistently in the Top 10 in Australia, something I expect will be happening again today.

Last time the company also were one of the first to trial a ‘Google Hangout’ via Google Plus.

Good to see what may be conceived by some as a fairly traditional offline brand adopting digital media so effectively to promote retail sales. Best of luck to Vogue Australia and all the eTailers tonight and let’s hope it serves as inspiration for other companies to try equally innovative digital strategies in the current economic climate.

How to remove Spotify from Facebook ticker and newsfeed

Spotify is now in Australia which is great. But you may have noticed an increase in the number of your Facebook friends who are now automatically posting their song choices as a result.

Automatic posting is a setting that can be turned off in Spotify, but instead of asking your friends to do that here’s a quick way to hide these posts from your own ticker and newsfeed.

Here’s what to do, the steps are shown in the screenshot above:

  1. hover over the most recent update and let the larger Spotify panel appear
  2. in that panel click on the X in the top right corner to reveal a menu
  3. select “Hide all by Spotify”

‘How To Lose Weight Fast’ makes Woman’s Day top apps list

Thanks to the team at Woman’s Day magazine for listing the ‘How To Lose Weight Fast’ app we created for Susie Burrell as one of their top apps in the latest edition of the magazine.

To be featured alongside the likes of the brilliant ‘Map My Run’ app is a compliment indeed.

Thanks also to everyone who has downloaded the app and provided feedback on what you’d like to see in future versions.