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Soon, Google is going to make the web a safer place. Well, not exactly, but they are going to let you know which sites are not secure. On July 24th, 2018, the web giants are going to be marking sites without an SSL Certificate as "Not secure" with the release of Google Chrome 68. Here's an example of what that will look like: Why the change? SSL Certificates help protect you from cybercriminals....


Here at BlueTone Media, we love being a part of a small coastal town. We are surrounded by so many wonderful restaurants, coffee shops, and small businesses, that truly offer something unique to the community. At least once a week we leave the office for lunch and go on an adventure to see if we can find something new, and more often than not we do. This got me to think about the differences between how local businesses...


A very common term in the field of web development is responsive web design. But what exactly does this mean? Responsive web design, which is a concept created by Ethan Marcotte, means that a website responds automatically to the environment in which it displays. This usually refers to a website originally designed for viewing on a desktop computer adapting itself to work on a mobile device, where there is far less...


As technology continues to evolve, the way consumers use technology evolves as well. Google is well known for staying ahead of the curb and changing along with it's user base. In order to keep up with the evolving digital landscape, Google updates it's search algorithms hundreds of times each year. Over the past few years, these changes have been heavily focused on user experience. Google wants to make your experience...


Drone swarms may seem like more of a DARPA project gone wrong than anything you might experience in your day-to-day, but that could change. Giant companies like Walt Disney and Intel are already using mass quantities of drones in swarms as high-tech entertainment and display tools. They obviously don’t have quite the same effect as the traditional firecracker (a steady whir of propellers vs the chaos of fireworks...


In Part 1 of Tricks and Tips we talked about the importance of keeping up-to-date listings on the various Maps platforms (driven for the most part by either Google My Business or Bing Places for Business). In this edition we’re going to cover some of the basics of mastering your NAP (Name, Address and Phone number) Local Citations A Citation is just about any type of directory listing with your business’...


We all know how frustrating it can be to KNOW that a business exists (even down to the street that business is on) and just come up entirely short on being able to navigate to or call that business simply because the information available is wrong. As a business owner, these local search issues can cause actual damage to your business. Particularly when you consider that your competitors might not be having the...


Apple’s annual event rarely disappoints. 2018 is no exception! Mac OS Mojavi Apple’s operating system gets a few tweaks for productivity and looks. Desktop Stacks - Decluttering! For the stuff on your desktop. You’ll be able to group folders and files into expandable stacks Dark Mode - Mac OS’s UI will transition to dark colors / light text so that it’s easier on the eyes when...


The origins of Father’s Day in the United States are somewhat grim. Writing on the topic often refers to a remembrance of 362 dead in a West Virginia coal mining disaster held July 5th, 1908 (the same year Mother’s Day was established) as setting a precedent for the holiday. Father’s Day is celebrated all over the world. Since the Middle Ages on March 19th, Spain and Italy have held fiesting days...


Our society thrives on social media, and Millennials are purchasing more homes than ever before. If you don't have a marketing strategy that leans on the digital side, you're missing out. With the rise of the internet, marketing has changed. Consumer's attention is no longer on TV ads, billboards or magazines. Now customers spend their time on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. So, how do you reach...


 

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