Password management service 1Password adds a neat new feature that lets users check whether a password they’re thinking of using has already been breached. At which point it will suggest they pick another. This is in addition to the more usual password strength indicator bar that tries to encourage web users to improve their security practices. The pwnage check builds on that by further reducing the risk of password reuse because it’s verifying if the specific password has appeared in a number of known data breaches.
Google Assistant is getting two new features: Routines and location-based reminders. With Routines, you can create personalized commands and responses – for example, saying “OK Google, I’m home,” could turn on the lights, adjust the thermostat, and play some music. It’s a feature that rival Alexa announced in September 2017. Location-based reminders is another new feature set to roll out in the near future. This option is already available in Google Assistant on smartphones, but it will now be integrated into Google Home devices, as well. Besides Google announced forthcoming Google Assistant’s multilingual support and the addition of more languages this year, Google also announced this morning its smart assistant
Weebly launched new service - Photo studio - for entrepreneurs who want beautiful, professional product photos for their online store. It works as follows: you ship your product (or products) to Weebly, then Weebly Photo Studio shoots professional product photos for you, you get a link to download product photos, they ship your products back to you. For now Weebly offers 3 professional product photos for $10 per product.
Google is uniting all of its different payment tools under the Google Pay brand. The company is rolling out Google Pay app for Android and introducing some new functionality that the company hopes will make its payment service ubiquitous — both in stores and on the internet. Google Pay home screen now shows you relevant stores around you where you can pay with Google Pay. In addition, Google is also launching a redesign of the Google Wallet app for sending and requesting money — and it’s now called Google Pay Send.
Gmail Go is the new app in the Android Go line. It takes up less storage space on users’ smartphones and makes better use of mobile data compared with the regular version of Gmail. The app also offers standard Gmail features like multiple account support, conversation view, attachments, and push notifications for new messages. It also prioritizes messages from friends and family first, while categorizing promotional and social emails in separate tabs, as Gmail does.
LogMeIn, the company that offers conferencing services like GoToMeeting and join.me as well as authentication and other online services to businesses and others, announced that it would acquire Jive Communications for $342 million. Jive Communications is not to be confused with Jive Software, the Slack competitor. Jive Communications is a Utah-based startup. Its primary focus is on VoIP for enterprises, and specifically hosted VoIP. Jive Communications has 20,000 customers globally The deal will add a suite of unified communications services that will complement and expand on LogMeIn’s existing collaboration products.
Website hosting and small business marketing firm GoDaddy has done an integration with Google that largely automates the process of setting up and verifying a Google My Business (GMB) profile. GMB registration and submission is integrated with the company’s GoCentral website builder. Business data from the website is uploaded to GMB and verification is compressed from weeks to days. The GMB integration is included with the Business Plus and Online Store hosting plans. Claiming and populating a GMB profile directly on Google is free. GoDaddy will also report on GMB-driven traffic and related actions: profile/listings views, calls, directions requests and website visits. Interesting that Google own service Google Sites isn't still integrated with GMB.
Messaging app Telegram rolled out a web login widget. The new feature will allow website owners (business owners) to connect with Telegram users right from their site using a Telegram bot. Matching the bot with a web plugin creates a system that could allow businesses to send reminders, confirmation of sales, updates and more information direct to customers via chats. Recall, that Facebook last year launched a plug-in that lets businesses connect with users via Messenger, while it is also developing business-focused apps to let companies tap into its 1.5 billion monthly userbase with payments set to arrive soon, too.
Google Drive makes it easier for teams and agencies to use a mix of G Suite and Microsoft Office while working with their colleagues and customers. From now Google Drive users can easily comment on Office files, PDFs and images in the Drive preview pane without having to use (and potentially pay for) tools like Microsoft Office or Acrobat Reader — or having to convert them to Google Docs, Sheets or Slides files. That’s not quite the real-time commenting feature you get from G Suite or Office 365, but it’s still better than having to constantly convert documents back and forth between Office and G Suite.
Zoho introduced the new version of its website-builder Zoho Sites. It feautures new UI and some new features. Pre-built website sections like layouts and templates can help you quickly find design solutions. New page elements, like content containers, icons, and dividers give you more creative tools for experimenting with page design. And the new Element editor expands the customizations available in the product. You can now add videos and parallax images to the background of your web pages. Besides, you can make your website private, restrict its visibility even within your organization, and publish websites solely for intranet usage.
Recruiting service Zoho Recruit recently integrated with five job boards: Hirist, Reed, Nexxt, Total Jobs, PNet. Job boards are not just a place for recruiters to post requisitions. Rather, they have transformed into dynamic pages where candidates maintain resumes so that recruiters can find them with ease. Consequently, choosing the right job board is more important than ever for attracting the right talent.
Asana, the productivity and collaboration service, is getting $75 million Series D investment. Asana said in a blog post that 45 percent of its 30,000 paying customer base is located outside of the U.S.. Some of its high-profile names include Tesco, Sky, Danone, Chanel and Spotify. In that light, it is planning to introduce Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese versions of its service having recently rolled out support for French and German. This new round included, Asana has now raised $168 million from investors. Business Insider reported that the startup is now valued at $900 million.
Instagram now allows businesses to schedule their posts. Before, there were unofficial means to aid with this – like tools that would send out a push notification to remind you to publish a post at a given time, for example. Unfortunately, the official support for post scheduling doesn’t extend to ads, nor is it directly available with the product itself. Instead, the support is being added to Instagram’s API – meaning that social media software applications like Hootsuite, Sprout Social or SocialFlow now have access to the functionality, which they can then add to their own products. Instagram says the API is available to all of Facebook’s Marketing Partners and Instagram Partners.
Zoho Flow is a new integration platform that ties all your cloud apps together. Zoho Flow lets you create workflows (or Flows as we call them) that connect cloud applications without having to write code. From moving info between apps to executing a complex business process, you can automate a whole range of tasks with Zoho Flow. Creating a Flow is simple. You just set a trigger, add a series of actions, switch it on, and you’re done! For example, you can create a Flow that triggers when a ticket is submitted to your help desk, then automatically adds or updates the lead in your CRM system, and sends an update to your team chat application.
Google has announced a key update to the new version of its Google Sites website-building platform, one that gives organizations more flexibility over who can access specific content. Now creators and admins can hand-pick who within an organization is able to view a particular site by entering individual names in the Invite People box and selecting “Specific people can view when published” from the drop-down menu. This is a key update, one that should encourage uptake of the new Google Sites by enabling organizations to maintain a degree of privacy over confidential information. For now, the feature is only available on the web, but Google said it will be landing in the Google Drive mobiles app on both Android and iOS in the coming weeks.
Microsoft Teams, rolled out its biggest update since the software’s launch last year. The focus of the new set of features is allowing users to better work with apps – something Microsoft Teams accomplishes via Slack-like integrations, search and discovery features, commands, and more. For example, Microsoft Teams now offers a way to search for apps from the new app store where you can browse by category or search by name, category or integration type – like Project Management or BI. Slack, of course, also has its own app directory, which has allowed it to highlight all the work tools that currently work with its team collaboration resource – a move that helped it gain traction in the workplace.
New Conversion Metrics for Squarespace allow you to gauge the performance of buttons and forms to gain insight into how and where visitors engage with your website. It allows to understand how visitors contact you, book your services, join your mailing list, RSVP to an event — and more. The metrics include Pinpoint engagement, Spot patterns and Filter by device. Surfacing conversion-optimization opportunities empowers you to make informed changes to the forms and buttons on your website and test alternative versions with confidence. So you can perfect your placement, choose words wisely and test different styling options.
Payroll provider ADP acquired WorkMarket, a startup that specializes in workforce management software that operates across a wide range of employees and contractors. The software aims to create a kind of unified interface for managing an extended workforce that can include a variety of workers with different employment status, from contractors and freelancers to full-time employees. WorkMarket includes payment systems, management for extended employee networks, as well as a marketplace for piecing together a workforce that can fill the gaps for a company that’s looking to operate outside of the traditional range that full-time employees might operate. For ADP, it would seem to give the company that traditionally specializes in payroll another tool to convince enterprises to use it as part of a larger system of workforce products.
The industry-leading website builder Duda has integrated with Yext, the leader in Digital Knowledge Management. This integration will simplify the experience of managing an effective digital presence by pulling key business information, such as locations, opening hours, and product offerings, from Yext into Duda and syncing this data across the web. The integration will pull business data directly into the Duda platform to make website builds faster, and keep key SMB business data in sync across their website and the 100+ intelligent services in the Yext Powerlistings Network, including Google, Apple, Facebook, Bing, and Yahoo. In addition, Duda will leverage Yext’s Knowledge Tags to insert Google-friendly schema markup to ensure search engines and other services can read and display in-depth information from websites in search, improving information quality and search experience across the internet.