In April, HTC and Facebook announced the HTC First. The phone was designed to offer constant updates right on your home screen. If you are entirely into the social world with Facebook and need the quick fix, you can pick up one of these devices for just $0.99 with a two-year agreement on AT&T. Overall, the HTC First is an average smartphone running Android 4.1, Jelly Bean from a good manufacturer.
Recently, I experimented with adding badges for Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ on this site and our small publishing/writing company's web site, Story Institute. The experiment was longer than it should have been considering it slowed down the sites considerably. I would not have considered that the badges may actually be impacting the site's performance. We have experienced slow downs with our hosting provider prior to moving our sites to a more reliable service. So, I thought it may have just been a result of different traffic patterns and server issues. After a few days, the slowness continued. I checked the server up times and load. All seemed OK on that end.Read more
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