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Text Posts Editor review

Text Posts Editor gives you the tools to customize your Facebook and Twitter posts by adding images, adjusting text color, and more. With this program, you can add emphasis to your words, or you can give extra context to a picture with text. Either way, you'll have a great image to share as your status update that will surely get the attention of your friends and family.

This app has a straightforward interface, with all features accessible from the main screen. When you open it, you'll see a large white box in the middle of the screen, which … Read more

LinkedIn to let all members write posts and win followers

Those of you on LinkedIn will soon be able to write posts that could get you noticed and followed by other members.

The networking site initially launched its publishing platform as a way for "influencers" to share their knowledge and advice. Such top influencers as Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, former GE head Jack Welch, and HP CEO Meg Whitman can use LinkedIn as a forum to promote themselves by writing posts and capturing followers.

But why should they have all the fun? Starting Wednesday, the company is expanding the platform to all members, … Read more

The 404 1,427: Where your secret's safe with us (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Social networks built for two offer couples tools for productivity and romance.

- New app lets you bet on your friends' relationships.

- Secret revealed: inside the most scandalous social network.

- Michael Keaton confirms "Beetlejuice 2" talks with director Tim Burton.

- The creepiest urban legends in the history of gaming.… Read more

Stop Netflix from automatically playing the next episode

Back in August 2012, Netflix announced a new feature called Post-Play. The thought behind the feature was to make it easier for those of us who binge on a steady stream of episodes from the same TV series.

With Post-Play, Netflix will automatically begin playing the next episode, without requiring any interaction from the user. Every two episodes you're asked to confirm you're still watching and haven't nodded off to sleep.

As with any feature, Post-Play isn't for everyone; but until recently, it was enabled by default with no way for Netflix users to turn it … Read more

Avoid these common Facebook mistakes

Facebook has so many features it can be tough to keep them straight. Even experienced social networkers can sometimes get a post, share, or other action not altogether right.

When one of your Facebook activities doesn't come out as you expected, use one of the service's many management and editing tools to effect repairs on errant status updates, messages, and other shares.

Timeline tune-ups It isn't unusual to see an item on your Facebook timeline and wonder, "How did that get there?" Your next thought may be, "How do I get it out of … Read more

Hilarious SFFworthy makes Upworthy headlines geektastic

Ever click on a headline on Twitter because you felt compelled to find out "the only thing you need to read about New Year's diets" or why did ancients drill holes in their heads"?

This Internet trend of teasing readers to get them to click on headlines has become standard practice on many blogs including Upworthy and Huffington Post. Some frustrated readers call this tactic click bait and have gone so far as to create Twitter accounts like HuffPoSpoilers and UpworthySpoiler that put a damper on the drama by tweeting the answers alongside the headlines. … Read more

Review: Twitterrific for Mac displays your Twitter timeline and syncs it with devices

With its unobtrusive interface and multiplatform support, Twitterrific for Mac enables you to use Twitter without a Web browser. It includes numerous handy features such as timeline sync, multiple account support, and auto refresh, all neatly packaged in a pleasant interface. Twitterrific is an ad-supported application, but you can pay to remove the ads.

Apart from giving you a clean and intuitive interface, Twitterrific for Mac comes with a fully customizable toolbar and a sidebar, which both can be hidden if you would like a distraction-free reading experience. The app uses OS X's fullscreen mode, where each tweet occupies … Read more

Google+ technology arrives in new interactive ad format

PARIS -- Google+ advertising has arrived -- but not on the Google+ social network.

The ads, called +Posts, use Google+ technology, with the ability to combine video and imagery with the Google+ commenting system. But they're delivered through Google's display ad network, not on the Google+ pages themselves.

"It's a new means of engaging users over the Google display network," Google+ leader Bradley Horowitz said at the LeWeb show here, promoting the new ad technology that debuted Tuesday. "It allows for much richer engagement as opposed to just a display ad or traffic-generation ad.&… Read more

Questions hover over Amazon's drone plans

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In this episode of CNET Update:

- Learn about Amazon's drone-delivery plans and why Prime Air won't likely take off for years to come (if at all).

- Dwell on the past when Facebook rolls out an easy way to to view your older posts. (Or get nostalgic with the Timehop app.)

- Witness a new themed day take flight as Google helps promote #GivingTuesday for charitable causes.

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Tweetbot 3 makes browsing your timeline more fun

Tweetbot 3 for iOS adds new improvements to the popular Twitter client along with a cool way to handle images posted to in your Timeline. Unfortunately, Tweetbot 3 doesn't tell you how many people have followed you, and it still doesn't have a way to schedule tweets.

Like every alternative Twitter client, Tweetbot's challenge is not only to match up with the official Twitter app on iOS, but a strong set of twitter alternatives that continue to fill up the App Store. But Tweetbot 3, even with the minor issues it has, is a solid standout among … Read more