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Mike Bires

Google's New Keyboard for iPhone

Google's New Keyboard for iPhone
If you didn't know, the Gboard keyboard became available on the App Store on May 12, 2016. It allows for searching of Google from anywhere you might be on your phone. Whether you're typing an email or a note, you can search Google without having to exit the program you are using to open up the Google app and complete your searching. Here's how to get it and use it: Download Gboard from the iTunes...
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Mike Bires

Cell Phone App Threatens Law Enforcement Officers' Safety

Cell Phone App Threatens Law Enforcement Officers' Safety
Background: In August of 2015, a new app was published for iPhone and Android users which allows users to alert friends if they are being arrested, involved in a traffic stop, “CopBlocking,” and other similar incidents. The app will allow the user to also provide turn-by-turn directions using Google Maps for friends to get to their location, as well as to provide a live video stream of whatever in...
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The Importance and Strategy of Instagram

The Importance and Strategy of Instagram
One of the interesting things I’ve discovered about social media in the nearly seven years I’ve worked in the law enforcement world is how each platform is completely different from one another in terms of audience, language style as well as how and when it’s used. Take Instagram for example. It launched in 2010, a full six years after Facebook first appeared on the scene in 2004, and yet it now r...
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Mike Bires

I Built Your Live Stream Video Kit For You!

I Built Your Live Stream Video Kit For You!
Although I put the kit together, you still need to purchase it from your favorite camera vendor! At least you can use the info in this post to help you make your purchase. If you are like many social media marketers and enthusiasts, you’re probably getting into live video streaming apps like Periscope, Meerkat and NomadCast.  The benefits of these applications for law enforcement social media...
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Mike Bires

Live Video Streaming

Live Video Streaming
As law enforcement social media managers become better acquainted with how the media operates and a mutual respect grows on both sides of the fence, we want to offer a tip which will benefit both the cops and the media. If you are in a smaller organization, in which one single high-profile incident can literally tie up the whole shift, then the last thing you need is the media calling to do an int...
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