November 30, 2015

Search Google for the Best Cyber Monday Deals, 2015

By Lauren C.

We understand. You just couldn’t deal with Black Friday. The crowds, the stampedes, the lines. The last thing you wanted to do was head to the mall after spending a wonderful day watching football, drinking beer, and stuffing your face with scrumptious Thanksgiving food.

Thanks to our evolving, tech-friendly society, Black Friday is no longer the only option for early Christmas shopping and affordable deals. You can now search for these same deals, and even better bargains online without ever leaving your couch or fighting the nasty crowds at the mall. Cyber Monday allows you to find fantastic discounted goods online from participating retailers across the country. Luckily, as Cyber Monday has become more popular over the years, more and more retailers are participating in it. This means more great deals for you!

November 25, 2015

Track the Black Friday Trends With the Help of Google

Photo courtesy of  Forthea

By Nick K.

We are only a few moments away from the official start of the holiday shopping season. A couple of weeks ago, the Tek Team shared some tips and tricks you can use to have an easier time trying to accomplish the daunting feat of Christmas shopping, which were possible all thanks to Google My Business. Google My Business allowed business owners to upload their holiday store hours for web users on Google Search – a small change that can mean a world of difference to users and potential customers.

November 24, 2015

eGumball, Inc. Volunteers at Share Our Selves Food Pantry for Thanksgiving

By Lauren C.

Seven employees at eGumball, Inc. were excited to participate in the Share Our Selves Thanksgiving charity event on Tuesday, November 24th, in Costa Mesa, CA. eGumball employees participated in this charity event last holiday season and are excited to be a part of this important cause, once again. They spent the morning packing bags full of delicious food and distributing them families of need in the Costa Mesa community, giving these families all the foodstuffs they need to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 23, 2015

Product Review: Slack, the Tech World’s Favorite Communication App

By: Justin H.

It’s roughly 2:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. The Tek Team readies a mass email to everyone at eGumball’s lovely corporate office. In its contents are all the articles and happenings that Tek Shouts! covered for the week, typically accompanied by a lighthearted, funny meme to give everyone a solid chuckle. This is a fairly standard practice among cubicle warriors, as workers begin to loosen their ties and wind down at the end of the day.

But then, it happens. Yes, it. IT!

Flippin’ Bob from accounting just had to reply all, because he couldn’t let everyone go home on Friday without being subjected to his lame, out of touch sense of humor. If you’re particularly unlucky, Janet from billing replies all again, taking it too far and sending a risky joke which casts an awkward spell over the whole office, and honestly, should probably get her fired.

Your meme wasn’t funny, Bob. Get it together, Janet.

November 20, 2015

3 Reasons Why Diane Greene Is Captain of the Google Cloud Enterprise

Diane Greene. Image from Silicon Beat.

By Megan G.

Yesterday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai cross-posted in both the Google for Work Blog and Google Cloud Platform Blog that his company has decided to invest seriously in their cloud enterprise efforts.  The person to lead our favorite internet company to cloud business success?  VMware co-founder Diane Greene, who also happens to be a member of Alphabet’s board of directors.   

November 19, 2015

Quote of the Month: Jack Dorsey

By Justin H.

“I’m giving ~1/3rd of my Twitter stock (exactly 1% of the company) to our employee equity pool to reinvest directly in our people.” – Jack Dorsey

It’s been quite the and month for Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey. For one, today is his birthday! Happy 39th, Jack!

In honor of his birthday, and his overall wise words and success stories, Tek Shouts! has awarded him with the quote of the month. It may or may not be slightly better than the $1 billion he has already made today (but really, it is).

November 18, 2015

Is Google+ Finally Worth a +1?

Photo courtesy of Tech.Co
By Nick K. 

"If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” – William Edward Hickson

These words could not be more fitting for Google’s social media platform, Google+. At last, the wait is finally over in what feels like years upon years of waiting for Google+ to perish. Spoiler alert, Google+ is NOT DEAD!

Shame to all of those haters who believed Google+ was a lost cause and that Google wasted their time, effort, and resources on the social media platform. The Tek Team, as well as other fellow Internet communities, still had faith in Google+ this entire time.

November 17, 2015

Tek This Out! What Makes a Great Leader?

Original image from Biography.

By Megan G.

Businesses, both big and small, achieve success through cooperation, but rarely can even a single team act cohesively without the influence of a strong leader.  What exactly does it take to be a great leader in today’s business world?

November 16, 2015

Google Partners with the AHA to Help Cure Heart Disease

By Lauren C.

Many of us personally know someone who has suffered from heart disease. In the United States alone, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Coronary heart disease is the most common, and deadly type of heart disease, which currently kills over 370,000 people a year. Heart attacks are on the rise as well, as 735, 000 Americans suffer from them annually. Increased obesity rates, a lack of exercise, and other factors have contributed to these catastrophic numbers.

So what can be done to solve this health crisis? Other than encouraging health lifestyles and investing in new medications, there have been numerous initiatives and charities which have worked to resolve this epidemic. Google has decided to now come to the rescue with its own bold initiative, including a $50 million grant for a team that is seeking to cure heart disease.

November 13, 2015

13 Ways to Kill Blog Traffic, in Honor of Friday the 13th

By Justin H.

I heard you wrote this unbelievable blog post the other day that was going to take the Internet by storm. Once inspiration struck, you systematically researched and planned all of your attack points to construct what would eventually be the Holy Grail of blog posts. You read articles, you made outlines, you poured your heart and soul onto the keyboard and once you were done you wrung every meaningless, nonsensical word out of that 2,000-word post like the suds out of a wet bath towel.

And then, no one read it. *plays tiny violin*

November 12, 2015

Innovator of the Month: Jeff Bezos

Photo courtesy of Business Insider.
Who is Jeff Bezos?

Jeff Bezos is an American entrepreneur who is the founder, and current CEO of the world-famous e-commerce website, He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico back in 1964 and was legally adopted by his stepfather when he was 15 years old. Bezos went to Princeton University, studying computer science, as well as, electrical engineering.

In 1994, Bezos’ career would take a major turn, for this was the year that he founded He and his wife had left their jobs at D.E. Shaw & Co to move to the West Coast. They ended up moving to Seattle, Washington, mainly because Bezos did not want to miss out on the opportunity, of the soon to be internet boom.

November 11, 2015

Google Maps Makeovers: Offline Maps, Voice Alerts, & APIs

Image from The Dissolve.
By Megan G.

As much as certain providers would love to claim, Wi-Fi is not available everywhere.  Free, unending wireless service is a dream of the future, and until that day, we are restricted to letting apps eat up our smartphone data or to make do without the convenience of mobile technology. 

Luckily, one app is making our mobile lives a little easier.  Google Maps is now available offline!

That’s the big story of this week, but Google Maps has been receiving quite the makeover in other areas, as well!  Let’s catch up with last few crucial updates for our favorite navigation application.

November 10, 2015

Tek This Out!: Let's Face It - The History of Playing Cards

We’re all familiar with the traditional deck of playing cards. There’s 52 of those bad boys in a deck, but have you ever really looked at them? What’s the deal with the face cards?

Funny you should ask! Believe it or not, there’s an interesting story behind them.

Each of the four kings represents an actual ruler from ancient history. The king of diamonds stands for the wealthy Julius Caesar; the king of spades represents David of Israel, whose sword was modeled after the weapon he took from Goliath; the ruthless Alexander the Great (or Charlemagne, depending on who you ask) is the king of clubs; the king of hearts represents Charles VII of France, who was the only one of the four to actually see his face printed on a playing card. It is believed that he had plenty of time to play cards once he fell ill with a fever and was bedridden for much of his life.

November 9, 2015

Check Out the Top 3 Google Updates of the Day

By Lauren C.

Google is always up to something. Over the weekend and this morning, there were several articles which gave us some insight as to what they’re up to next. Though usually we write and expand upon just one in our daily blog posts, there were just too many interesting articles this time to go that route again.

Instead of covering just one Google update, we thought we’d write about our top 3 favorite Google updates this time around. Whether your interests include AdWords, artificial intelligence, or utilizing technology in the classroom, we know you’ll find something here to expand your knowledge base. Enjoy!

November 6, 2015

Google My Business Helps You Prepare for the Holiday Season!

By Nick K.
Halloween is finished and that can only mean one thing… it is officially the start of the holiday season! Yippee!

It’s time to start preparing those festive holiday plans and long gift lists. Luckily for you, this could finally be the year that doesn’t involve last minute shopping.

The flip side to the joy of the holiday season is the much dreaded, yet common, holiday shopping issues. This includes encountering sleep deprived, stressed out shoppers, a mad scrambling for scarce products, and the often wonky hours for businesses.

So, what if there was a way to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping plans and minimize those yearly stresses?

November 5, 2015

The Perfect Meal Plan for Productivity

By Megan G.

We’ve touched on the benefits of teas and coffee before on Tek Shouts but never have we put together a comprehensive blog on the best foods for stimulating and maintaining concentration during the long work day.  Toss out those chip bags and spit out that coffee creamer, because the Tek Team is about to educate you on exactly what to eat to achieve better focus and higher productivity at work.

November 4, 2015

How to Grow Your Business’ Instagram Account

Photo courtesy of Hootsuite
By Justin H.

There the Tek Team was, a few months back, pondering each and every way to grow the eGumball brand. As we slaved away like true keyboard warriors, bringing you the latest and greatest in the tech and marketing industries, we felt something was missing.

Social media had been going well, and Tek Shouts! was continuing to improve, but we were neglecting one aspect – we had no face for our brand!

One of the best ways to capture the personality of a company is through photos, and what better way to share those photos with your customers than building an Instagram account? We had created an Instagram profile at eGumball a while back, but decided that five photos and 17 followers who had forgotten we existed was simply not enough.

November 3, 2015

Customer Question of the Month: What’s the Problem With Having Duplicate Business Listings?

By Lauren C.

Are you a brand new, enthusiastic, eGumball customer? If so, great! You’ve signed the contract, picked your keywords, and are ready to get started. But before you start jumping for joy and expecting a higher ranking tomorrow, stop and answer the following important questions.

Did you happen to sign up with another SEO company that failed to deliver on their promises, but began creating citations of your business listing online? Or perhaps you’ve moved several different times and have different addresses and phone numbers for your business in different directories? If so, you may suffer from having duplicate listings, which can negatively affect your online ranking.

November 2, 2015

#RallyForCODEGIRL, A Call to Action for Girls in Computer Science

An image of four young women next to the "CODEGIRL" film title.
Poster for the film, CODEGIRL.  Image from SmartWorld.

By Megan G.

A full-length movie is available on YouTube for free!  No, this is not some shady ad for pirated content, but a chance for young girls to be inspired to work in the field of computer science.  Have you known young girls and women who have a knack for science, but sheepishly aspire towards other, more ‘feminine’ callings?  Computer science is a boys-only club no more, despite what popular (yet grossly misinformed) opinions might tell you.  

Yesterday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that YouTube will host the film CODEGIRL for free until this Thursday, November 5th.  The documentary follows high school teams competing in Technovation, a “global technology entrepreneurship program for girls.”  Not unlike the Google Lunar XPRIZE, the Technovation program offers incentives for innovation.  The big prize for Technovation is $10,000.

So, what are the team’s missions?  To create a mobile app that helps their local community.