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New LinkedIn features – Blackberry boss predicts tablet demise – Doodle 4 Google 2013

LinkedIn introduces new features

LinkedIn users can now add content such as images, videos and presentations to their profile, after the business-centric social media site announced big changes to its service.

Until now, users have only been able to provide their employment history, list their skills and experience and provide personal information about themselves, leading some to criticise LinkedIn as little more than an 'online CV'.

However, it has already garnered plenty of praise for these new additions, which will allow users to be much more creative about how they showcase their professional prowess.

Images, videos and PowerPoint presentations can be added to a profile by clicking the 'edit' button and following the clearly indicated steps. LinkedIn also automatically arranges your content into a neat grid should you wish to upload multiple items simultaneously, ensuring you do not inadvertently end up with an untidy profile.

These items can then be 'liked' and commented upon in a similar fashion to Facebook posts. LinkedIn product manager Udi Milo told users: "We look forward to finding new ways to bring this type of rich media across your LinkedIn experience. Stay tuned, there's more to come."

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Blackberry boss causes a stir with tablet prediction

Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins caused a stir on Tuesday, when he suggested that the tablet market would be dead within five years.

"Tablets themselves are not a good business model. In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore," claimed Heins, who oversaw Blackberry's poorly received PlayBook tablet in 2011. The failure of that venture, sales figures of which lagged way behind its competitors, has prompted many to dismiss these comments.

Sales of tablets, led by the popular iPad, were up over 142% on the same period last year, another fact which has led to widespread derision being aimed at Heins' remarks.

Heins has indicated that Blackberry, which officially changed its name from RIM earlier this year, will not be attempting to release another tablet unless it was absolutely certain that such a product would yield a profit. He explained that he did not wish to tap into that market simply by copying ideas from other companies, and that Blackberry plans to focus on revitalising its smartphone range instead.

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College scholarship for Doodle 4 Google winner

Google's annual Doodle competition is underway again in the US, offering the chance for school pupils to win a potentially life-changing prize.

The contest, which this year has attracted some 130,000 entries, has been whittled down to one winner in each state, and now the pictures will be put to a public vote in order to determine the winner.

This year's prize is a $30,000 college scholarship, along with a Google Chromebook, Wacom digital design tablet and a trip to New York for the awards ceremony. The victor's school will receive $50,000 towards computer equipment, while their Doodle will also become the official Google Doodle for May 23, the day after the ceremony.

They will be chosen from a shortlist of five, all of whom will attend the ceremony. Each runner up will win $5,000 for their school, and also receive a Wacom tablet. The five finalists will be picked from different age groups, and the winning state entries can be viewed on at the Doodle 4 Google site.

All 50 winning state Doodles will be displayed in a special exhibition at the American Museum of National History.

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Written by James Riches

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