The End of an Xbox-Exclusive Era for Call of Duty | HOOKD.in

The End of an Xbox-Exclusive Era for Call of Duty

This year’s E3 conference was packed full of exciting announcements, reveals, trailers, hardware and more. Unless you dedicated those few days to keeping up with all the action, it’s likely you missed some big announcements. Somehow, one announcement that I find particularly interesting and game-changing slid under my radar, and after reading about it days later, I couldn’t believe I haven’t heard more hype about it.

In an original post on Gamespot.com, author Rob Crossley writes “Sony brought an end to several years of Microsoft timed-exclusivity of Call of Duty DLC on Monday (last week), announcing on its stage at E3 2015 that Black Ops 3 add-on content will be coming to PlayStation 4 first.”

Let that settle in for second and then read further…

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Camera Candy: Sony Reveals New A7R II – Internal 4K Recording & Still Full Frame

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard the buzz surrounding the release of Sony’s new mirrorless beast, the A7R II. When it comes to full-frame mirrorless cameras, your options are kind of limited. Sony’s A7 line, including the A7, A7 II, A7S, A7R has become the most popular choice in this category. Now, with the release of the A7R II, Sony is looking to solidify it’s dominance in the category with a few big improvements.

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How to Market Your Small Business on a Budget | HOOKD.in

How to Market Your Small Business on a Budget

So, you own, or work for, a small business, and your marketing budget is small – almost non-existent – what can you do? Contrary to popular belief, marketing doesn’t have to be expensive! There are plenty of cost-effective means of getting your brand and message out there, you just have to get creative and put in the work. One thing’s for sure. If you abandon your marketing strategy, your brand could suffer, and you might be missing out on bringing in new and return customers. Take a look at some of the low-cost marketing ideas below.

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Quick Tip: Change Your ‘Home’ or ‘Work’ Location in Google

If you use Google Now, you know that by enabling location services, you can automatically receive updates on weather, traffic and more based off of your home, work and frequently visited locations. But, what happens if you move or get a new job? Google Now won’t be as accurate in its information, continuing to give info based on the old address. Don’t worry – you can easily change your ‘Home’ or ‘Work’ location in Google by following these steps. See below for screenshots.

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Meet Lily: The Autonomous Camera Drone | HOOKD.in

Meet Lily: The Autonomous Camera Drone

For some people, drones are out of the question. They’re expensive, there’s a steep learning curve, and for most, they’re not practical. Unless you fall into the category of either hobbyist, or professional, it almost doesn’t make sense to own a drone. But, that doesn’t mean that tons of people don’t like the idea of drones, especially the photos and video footage they can produce. If you own a drone, but the footage you want to capture is of yourself (doing something amazing of course,) you’re pretty much out of luck unless you know someone else who can man the controls… until now.

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5 Tips for Building a Better Brand | HOOKD.in

5 Tips on How To Build a Better Brand

“Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” – Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon

What does it take to be the best in your industry? It takes time, a team, a vision, a good product, but maybe most importantly, it takes a brand. A solid brand gives your current and potential customers something to hold on to. Instead of just buying a product and being done with you, having a brand helps build relationships and foster loyalty among your audience. You can have a great product and team, but if you don’t have a great brand then you’re creating more work for yourself and potentially missing out on a deeper connection with your customer.

So, whether your about start on something new, or have been in existence for a while, here are 5 tips for building a better brand.

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New Google TV Spot - "Questions" | HOOKD.in

New Google TV Spot – “Questions”

Last night while indulging in the latest episode of my favorite NBC television series, The Blacklist, a new TV spot from Google aired and caught my eye. The one-minute spot circled around the idea of “A question is the most powerful force in the world.” Overtaking the TV screen, the commercial demonstrates in full animation the search possibilities of the Google App, highlighting such features as song identification, maps integration, audio feedback, speech translation and reminders.

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The New ASUS Zenbook ux305: Bang for Your Buck.

With Apple’s new Macbook having been in the hands of some of the industry’s leading reviewers for a couple of weeks, and now that you’ve gotten to hear what they have to say, you may have come to the harsh realization that although thin, light and beautiful, it may not be right for you. Well, chin up, Sunny – You’ve got options. When it comes to laptops, there are plenty of fish in the sea so to speak, and the ASUS Zenbook ux305 is looking quite tasty.

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5 Tech Gift Ideas for Mom on Mother's Day | HOOKD.in

5 Tech Gift Ideas for Mom on Mother’s Day (2015)

Mom’s are great. I mean, just think about it. All the things they went through, and put up with when raising you. Snotty noses, dirty diapers, the crying, the screaming. The list goes on and on. With only (less than) a week left until Mother’s Day, it’s time to get serious about your shopping list. For all the years they spent devoted to raising a child ( a.k.a., you), there’s only one day a year dedicated to them – so you better make your gift a good one! If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, check out the list below of tech gifts for Mom that she is sure to appreciate.

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Google Hangouts vs. Google Messenger

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I’m going to be honest. Since using Android devices, I haven’t come across a single OEM SMS app that I’ve actually enjoyed. A pure generalization from my personal experience is that they are bloated, slow and just plain unattractive. As a matter of fact, I am currently trying to use the LG G3 messaging app and I can’t manage to get the keyboard to display for me to compose a message.

The good news is, as Android users, we have plenty of messaging app options out there. My favorite by far has been Google Hangouts. Hangouts works especially well for me because my full-time job uses Gmail as our primary email client, and Google Chat as a primary means of inter-office communication, so messages from co-workers filter through the same app as my SMS.

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