Articles by Kris Holt

Kris Holt

Kris Holt is a Montrealer by way of a small city in Scotland. He has a master’s degree in English and is a former newspaper sub-editor, video games reviewer and sports writer. Aside from being a tech and social media advocate, Kris is a movie nerd, television fiend and likes to think of himself as creative. He would also like you to know he is far less mean then he looks in his photo.

Spotify Tests Facebook Sign-in And Sharing On Android App

Flickr Spotify has announced details of the latest beta version of its Android app that is now being tested. The app preview adds a Facebook sign-in option along with the ability to share what you are listening to on the social network through the new ticker. As with the desktop version of Spotify, you will be able to activate a private listening mode so you can hide... Read more »

REPORT: Facebook To Build Huge Data Center Near Arctic Circle

server room featured Here's hoping that Facebook has plenty of employees who can handle cold weather as the social network is set to announce that it is building a huge new data center close to the Arctic Circle. The company will build a multi-million-dollar server farm that will contain a large number of servers and will use as much electricity as a town of 50,000 people, reports The... Read more »

Twitter Lets ‘The X Factor’ Fans Vote For Contestants Using Direct Messages

FOX If you're a fan of “The X Factor,” you'll soon able to vote for your favorite singer by sending a Direct Message on Twitter. The social network revealed that, starting next week, you'll be able to send a DM to @TheXFactorUSA to vote for your preferred singer. DMs are being used in order to maintain privacy when submitting your vote. No public tweets will be... Read more »

INFOGRAPHIC: The Lifespan Of A Web Page On StumbleUpon

stumbleupon-life-featured When a Web page is added to StumbleUpon, it may start to receive a ton of traffic. In fact, StumbleUpon is responsible for as much as half of all social media traffic referrals to websites in the U.S., far more than the likes of Facebook, Reddit and Twitter. However, how does the amount of engagement that StumbleUpon provides Web pages with change over time? An... Read more »

Twitter Tests New-look Timeline On Website

Flickr Twitter is testing out a new-look timeline on its website that brings contextual information for tweets directly into your stream. The new version of the timeline lets you click on tweets to view other tweets in a conversation, view embedded media and see in-line retweets in order to make the service easier to navigate and avoid you having to navigate to another... Read more »

Reddit Hits 1.8B Monthly Pageviews, /r/Funny Subreddit Snags 1M Subscribers

reddit-featured Reddit has hit several fascinating milestones as the social news website continues to grow in popularity. In addition to hitting 1.8 billion monthly pageviews, one of the site's sections (or subreddits) now has more than 1 million subscribers. Over the last month, Reddit has seen 28 million unique visitors, who have generated 1.8 billion pageviews. That is almost... Read more »

National Economic Council Deputy Director To Hold Twitter Office Hours, Will Answer Questions From Users

white house featured Brian Deese, the deputy director of the National Economic Council, will answer questions from Twitter users during an Office Hours session on the social network Tuesday. On Monday, President Barack Obama began a new campaign to urge Congress to pass the American Jobs Act in an effort to help unemployed Americans get back to work. From 4 p.m. EDT, Deese will be... Read more »

SoundHound Hits 50 Million iOS And Android Users, Facilitates 4M+ Daily Searches

headphones ipad featured Music recognition platform SoundHound has revealed some interesting usage statistics. The company now facilitates more than 4 million music searches per day with more than 1,000 hits per second at peak times. The service also has 50 million users on the iOS and Android platforms -- it is also available on Nokia devices. In the 30 days to Oct. 20, SoundHound saw... Read more »

Zaarly Raises $14.1M In Funding, Adds HP CEO Meg Whitman To Board Of Directors

Flickr Social commerce platform Zaarly has announced it has closed a Series A $14.1 million funding round. The company has also added HP CEO and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman to its board of directors. The funding round was led by Kleiner Perkins and Sands Capital Ventures. Investors and VC firms including CMEA, Venture51, Crunchfund, Artists & Instigators and Marc... Read more »

STUDY: More People Use Facebook Than Watch TV During Work Hours

watching tv featured When it comes to accessing media, Facebook is becoming as popular as TV among most age groups. In fact, most people are more likely to log in to Facebook during office hours than they are to watch TV between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. A study carried out by Frank N. Magid Associates and reported by eMarketer asked a range of consumers how they consume media throughout the... Read more »
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