What's Hot in Tech - August 25

LinkedIn allows resume submissions via mobile app

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LinkedIn, the go-to social network for professionals, now allows jobseekers to apply for open positions directly from its mobile apps including the option to use LinkedIn profiles in place of an old school resume. This move further cements LinkedIn's role in the professional marketplace as not only a resource for networking or a catalyst for job openings, but an end-to-end solution for growing one's career.

If your profile isn't 100% complete or you don't even have a profile, get to it now. LinkedIn is the hub for any and all professional activity, your profile should be ready to shine should a recruiter view it and ready to pounce if you come across your dream job.

Google announces the Moto X, a highly customizable Android phone

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Just over a year ago Google purchased the mobile phone and tablet branch of Motorola in order to produce devices featuring tighter integration with its mobile operating system, Android. Such harmony remains one of the key competitive advantages of Apple's iPhone. The Moto X is the first result of the Motorola acquisition and is set for release at the end of August.

The big takeaways of the device are the ability to fully customize its physical color scheme, voice commands without even needing to touch the phone, a motion activated camera, and assembly right here in the USA. You can start building your Moto X and customizing its appearance by using the Moto Maker.

Initial reviews say the camera is good but not great, so I still vote for the iPhone. But if you're an Android fan, the Moto X should definitely be considered. 

Instagram updates apps with video import, photo straightening

Instagram has always allowed you to import photos taken outside of the app, but videos needed to be recorded using the Instagram app until now. With Instagram 4.1, videos recorded elsewhere can be imported and shared. Is that sunset photo you took a little crooked in hindsight? Use Instagram's new straighten feature to bring that horizon correct. 

Facebook keeps evolving with a host of improvements 

Facebook has been awfully busy lately making adjustments and adding new features. Here's a rundown:

  • Make reservations in-app via OpenTable right from a restaurant's Facebook profile
  • See the next airing of your favorite TV show while viewing its Facebook profile
  • Mobile apps gain support for #hashtags, catching up with the website feature released in June
  • Never miss a beat in your newsfeed: if you don't scroll far enough to see all new updates, older "new" updates will be surfaced the next time you open Facebook
  • Embeddable posts are now available for everyone, allowing journalists, bloggers, and others to embed public Facebook posts in articles or on websites
  • Facebook is experimenting with trending topics, a long-time staple of its rival Twitter, to surface what friends are talking about most at any given time

Feedly news reader announces Feedly Pro membership

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Feedly, my news reader of choice for consuming articles in one place from across multiple websites, announced an additional tier to their service called Feedly Pro. In addition to reading articles using Feedly's web or mobile apps, Pro members gain access to article search, integration with Evernote and Pocket, and premium customer support along with more features in the future. Feedly Pro is $5 a month after selling out their $99 "lifetime subscription" offer in less than 24 hours.

LinkedIn for Universities launches to help high schoolers find the right college

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LinkedIn is looking to grow its user base and in this case the next target is a younger demographic. With college students already engaging the platform to find their first job, the next logical link in the food chain is to reel in high school students seeking their next step in education. Starting with an initial batch of colleges and universities, schools will each have their own page on LinkedIn's network showing prospective students key statistics, where alumni work (companies), and in which field of study they operate. Schools can also post status updates to their page and eventually curate "notable alumni".

I see this tool becoming key to the college search as it marries the statistical aspect of US News and World Report with perhaps the most important question for prospective students: in which industries do alumni work and what are the companies they work for? If I see hot companies and industries matching my major, I'm a lot more likely to attend a school.  

Quick hits

  • Private neighborhood social network, Nextdoor, comes to Android 
  • iPhone rumors point to a new iPhone on September 10th, potentially with a new champagne / gold color
  • YouTube app gains multi-tasking feature to continue watching your cat video in picture-in-picture fashion while you browse for the next
  • Dropbox offers an extra gigabyte (GB) of storage just for linking your account with their recently acquired Mailbox app 
  • Yahoo's beautiful weather app comes to Android

 

As a tech enthusiast, early adopter, and avid reader, I come across a lot of gadgets, apps, websites, and more. Few things excite me more than sharing and discussing these finds with others.

 

Chris Fohlin

Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA