‘It was a miracle’: No injuries reported after passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey

Turkish airliner skids of runwayReuters

  • No injuries were reported after a passenger plane skidded off the runway and down a slope into the Black Sea in Turkey on Saturday night.
  • Pegasus Airlines said the plane “had a runway excursion incident.”


A Pegasus Airlines flight skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and ended up halfway down a steep slope into the Black Sea, but no passengers or crew were hurt, Turkish media reported on Sunday.

The incident happened on Saturday night at Trabzon airport in northeast Turkey. Pictures from the site showed the plane’s nose close to the water’s edge.

Pegasus Airlines said in a statement that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, flying from Ankara to Trabzon, “had a runway excursion incident” as it landed but the 162 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew were unhurt.

Panic ensued aboard as the plane lost control, according to the BBC, citing Turkish media.

“We tilted to the side. The front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic, people shouting, screaming,” one passenger said.

“It was a miracle,” another passenger said. “We could have burned, we could have exploded or we could have gone into the sea.”

The Washington Post video below gives a closer look:


5 CES 2018 announcements that put Alexa inside cars

Amazon’s Alexa strategy is to be everywhere: ubiquitous, omnipresent, and all-knowing, like some AI god. In pursuit of that goal, the Seattle-based company certainly covered some ground at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The extension of the Home Skills API to control microwaves and ovens adds to the more than 800 skills and more than 1,000 devices that Alexa can control in the home today.

When it comes to cars, however, Alexa has made fewer inroads.

That’s why VentureBeat drew up this list of five ways Alexa will enter vehicles in 2018, as revealed at CES.

Above: 2018 Toyota Camry

Image Credit: Saud Al-Olayan

Toyota and Lexus integration

Select Toyota vehicles, like 2018 models of the Camry and Sienna, as well as some Lexus vehicles, will be able to speak with Alexa this year.

This isn’t the first time Alexa has been integrated into a car’s entertainment and navigation hub. Alexa in select Ford vehicles made news at CES last year and has been made available in other cars, like Nissan and BMW, but Toyota is the world’s biggest automaker. It’s becoming less common that carmakers offer services from a single assistant – Ford has both Android Auto and Alexa –  but Toyota does not yet offer Android Auto or Apple’s CarPlay. If Toyota continues to work exclusively with Alexa in the U.S., this  deal could give Alexa a big leg up on competition.

Above: Garmin Speak Plus

Garmin Speak Plus

This thing is pretty cool. The Speak Plus is a 1.5-inch dashboard camera made to record incidents in your car and provide collision and lane departure warnings if you get drowsy and start swerving. It also alerts you when to move if you’re stuck in traffic.

The mini device doubles as a way to speak with Alexa, and indeed it looks like a very small Amazon Echo that sticks to your car’s windshield.

All these features come at a suggested retail price of $229. The Speak Plus will be available for purchase later this year.

Roav Viva

While the Speak Plus costs more than $200, the Roav Viva brings Alexa into your car for $50. The Viva from Anker Innovations can be plugged into a car cigarette lighter, has two USB cord plug-ins, and connects to car speakers via a Bluetooth connection. The Roav Viva, like other Alexa car integrations, can deliver step-by-step navigation instructions using Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Waze.

It can also be used to access more than 25,000 Alexa skills to do things like play trivia games in the car or launch the SpongeBob Challenge for kids.

Above: Byton has a 49-inch touchscreen as its dashboard.

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi


“Car cockpit” was a big phrase at CES this year. Harman has one, as does Hyundai. Byton is making its own, and in a concept car presented Monday ahead of the official start of the conference, the company revealed it would work with Alexa.

Cars with these hubs do the kinds of things you’d expect them to do: help with navigation, make phone calls, play music from streaming service like Spotify, and play games.

Unlike Garmin and Roav, who’ve opted to go small, Byton will put a 49-inch touchscreen that spans much of the dashboard in its car, due out next year.

Integrating with Alexa gives the vehicle the ability to control more than 1,000 smart home devices. This scope continues to give Alexa an advantage over competitors like Microsoft’s Cortana, which still lags behind, despite having added popular names like Ecobee and Honeywell this week. In the week prior to CES, ChargePoint released an Alexa skill for control of its home electric vehicle charging devices.


At this year’s conference, Panasonic announced plans to integrate Alexa into its Panasonic Skip Generation IVI car entertainment hub. The Skip Generation IVI was first announced at CES last year. Drivers using the infotainment system will be able to do things like ask for directions to local businesses, order food from local restaurants, and listen to news flash briefings.

Elektrobit, which works with manufacturers, also announced during CES that it will adopt the Alexa Voice Service to help more auto hardware makers integrate Alexa into their products.

10 Top Tips for Smarter Social Media Marketing with the Buffer Mobile App

How often do you read and share an article on your phone? Or how often do you snap, edit, and share a photo with your phone?

If you like creating and scheduling social media posts with your phone, we would love for you to try our mobile apps. They will make social media marketing on the go super easy and smooth for you.

In this post, you’ll learn more about the Buffer mobile apps (Android and iOS) and the top 10 features for smarter social media marketing.

Let’s get started!

Buffer for Android and iOS: 10 Top Features to Grow Your Social Media

Getting started with Buffer on mobile

If you don’t have our app installed on your phone already, you can download the Android version from Google Play or the iOS version from iTunes.

Adding your accounts

When you open up the app, select “I’m new to Buffer, let’s signup” if you are new to Buffer. You’ll be able to sign up with one of your social network accounts (Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn) or your email. Tap on your preferred signup option, and log in to give Buffer access to your account.

Buffer mobile app signup step 1Buffer mobile app signup step 2

Once you have signed up, you’ll be brought to your Buffer mobile dashboard. You can connect more social accounts by tapping on your profile image in the upper-left corner.

Connect social accounts

From here you’ll be taken to the relevant network to log in and give Buffer access to your account. Then you can choose which profile or page you want to add.

6 social network integrations

With our recent addition of Instagram, you can now connect social accounts from the six major social media platforms.

With the free Buffer account, you can connect up to three social profiles. For instance, you could connect three Twitter accounts or one Twitter account, one Facebook profile, and one Instagram profile.

Here are the 10 different social accounts you can add to your Buffer account:

  • Twitter profile
  • Facebook profile
  • Facebook Page
  • Facebook group
  • LinkedIn profile
  • LinkedIn Page
  • Google+ profile
  • Google+ Page
  • Instagram profile
  • Pinterest profile (only for Awesome or Buffer for Business account)

To upgrade to the Awesome or Buffer for Business plan, tap on your profile image and scroll to the bottom. Tap on “Upgrade to Awesome” to find out more about the Awesome and Small Business plans and purchase a subscription.

Upgrade to Awesome or Small Business plan

Using Buffer to manage your updates on the go

Setting up your schedule

First, it’ll be great to set up your schedule according to your preference. We would have set a default schedule for you, which you can keep or change.

To change your schedule, click on the settings gear icon in the lower-right corner and tap on “Posting Schedule”.

Schedule post 1 Schedule post 2 Schedule post 3

Here, you can select the days and times you want to have in your social media sharing schedule.

Sending your first update

Let’s add your first update from the mobile app!

Tap on the plus icon at the bottom and you’ll see the composer where you can type your update, attach photos or video, and select the accounts you’d like to share the update with.

Compose a new post

When you’re done, tap on the “Buffer” button to add the update to your queue, or tap “Share Now” to send it right away.

If you are on the Awesome or Buffer for Business plan, you’ll also have the option to schedule your post (Schedule Post) or add it to the top of your queue (Share Next).

Share options

Managing your queue

Tap on the Content tab to see your queued social media posts. You can tap on a post to edit it, or tap and hold with your finger to rearrange its position in the queue.

Edit or rearrange Buffer queue

10 top features to make the most of the Buffer mobile apps

Now that you’ve learned the basics of the Buffer mobile apps, let’s check out some of the more advanced, more powerful features.

1. Share from any app

Our app takes advantage of the built-in share menu that shows up in most apps, to let you add updates to Buffer from anywhere on your device. Once you have Buffer installed, just tap the share menu inside another app, such as your browser or Pocket, and tap on Buffer to send an update to your Buffer queue.

Here’s an example of how this looks when sharing from Safari on iOS:

Share from any app on mobile

For iOS, you’ll first have to turn on the extension. You can do so under “Settings” > “Set up Extension”, where you’ll see a set of short instructions.

2. Schedule native retweets

Here’s another cool thing you can share quickly via the mobile app – native retweets.

When you see a tweet you want to retweet or quote, tap on the menu arrow in the upper-right corner of the tweet, select “Share Tweet via…”, and tap on Buffer.

Buffer retweet

If you don’t add any message with the retweet, we’ll post it as a native retweet. If you do, it’ll become a quote tweet with your additional comment.

3. Get reminders for Instagram posts

Unlike most social media platforms, Instagram does not allow apps to post directly to Instagram. While Buffer cannot post to Instagram on your behalf, we would love to help you at every step.

Whether you add an Instagram post to your Buffer queue via the desktop or your mobile, the Buffer mobile app will send you a notification when it’s time for you to post. After you tap on the notification, Buffer will load your photo into Instagram and have your prewritten caption saved to your clipboard.

Buffer for Instagram notifications Buffer for Instagram Posting on Instagram

4. Drag and drop to copy posts across social accounts

Besides dragging and rearranging posts in your queue, you can also copy a post from one social account’s queue into another social account’s queue by dragging and dropping it into that other queue.

Drag and drop

With the multitasking feature in iOS, you can even drag and drop images to Buffer to start a draft in Buffer immediately.

5. Pause queue in times of emergency

There might be times when you want to pause your social media posting urgently because of any breaking news and events that have happened.

You likely have your smartphone with you more often than your laptop. And that’s why there’s a pause button in the mobile apps. Anytime you want to pause your Buffer queue, just whip out your phone and toggle the pause option in “Settings”.

Unpaused Buffer queuePaused Buffer queue

Pausing is done on a per social account basis. So if you have multiple social accounts that you’d like to pause posting for, you will need to pause each queue individually. You can read more about how pausing and unpausing work here.

The following few features are available in the Awesome or Buffer for Business plan. You can upgrade to either of these plans within the mobile apps or from the web dashboard.

6. Quick re-Buffer to boost your reach

One of our favorite social media tips is to re-use your top social media posts. While these posts have performed well previously, not all your followers might have seen them. Resharing them allows more followers (and even non-followers) to see them.

Here’s how to do that swiftly with the Buffer mobile app:

  • Tap on “Analytics”
  • Tap on “Recent” beside the date and select “Most Popular”
  • Find the post you want to share again
  • Tap on the tiny arrow in the upper-right corner and select “Rebuffer”
  • Edit the post as you like

You can then share the post immediately or schedule it for later.

Rebuffer top posts

7. Shuffle queue to mix things up

If you often share a few quotes from the same article or a few links from the same site in a row and want to mix them up, you will be happy to know that you can shuffle your Buffer queue.

The shuffle button is located just above your queue in the app. When you tap on “Shuffle”, you’ll see a confirmation message. Once you tap “Yes”, the posts in that queue will be shuffled randomly.

Shuffle Buffer queue

8. See how your posts are performing

We hope to make it easy for you to check your social media performance as and when you want. Just open up the mobile app and tap on “Analytics” at the bottom of the screen. Buffer for Business customers will get these three reports.

Posts Report: You’ll see a history of your published posts and each of their key engagement metrics. There is also a comparison with your average post performance from the past 30 days to help you instantly understand if the post is performing better than previous posts. (Read more about the Post Report here.)

Overview Report: This report gives you an overall view of your engagement levels, as opposed to the per-post basis that you would find in the Posts Report, for your Twitter account and Facebook Page. (Read more about the Overview Report here.)

Insights Report: You’ll find charts of engagement metrics, such as clicks and reach, over time in this report. If you tap on any of the points on the chart, you’ll see the absolute figure of that point.

Posts Report Overview Report Insights Report

9. Get a preview of your Instagram gallery

This is one of our most requested Instagram features – the Instagram Grid Preview.

With this preview, you can see how your upcoming posts will look like on your Instagram gallery, alongside the published posts. You can even drag and drop your scheduled posts in the preview to create your perfect Instagram gallery.

Buffer Instagram Grid Preview feature

10. Share articles from your Content Inbox

Curating content is a great way to provide your followers with valuable insights, establish your authority, and get more followers.

You can easily discover great content and immediately schedule them using the Content Inbox feature within the Buffer mobile app. The Content Inbox can be found in the Content tab, last from the left in the top navigation bar. (You might have to swipe the navigation bar to the left to find your Content Inbox.)

Once you have set up your RSS feeds, you’ll see all the new blog posts from the websites in your Content Inbox. You can then tap on the link to check out that blog post and tap on “Add” to Buffer that link.

Content Inbox

How can we improve our apps?

It’ll be great to hear from you. If you have tried our mobile apps, what do you like most about it? How can we make it better for you and your business?

If you have not tried our mobile apps, we would love for you to try them (Android or iOS) and experience better social media marketing on the go.

Image credit: Unsplash

This blog post was originally written by Belle Beth Cooper in 2013 and has been updated to reflect the improvements in our mobile apps. 

Ask HN: Where do you see mobile development going in 2018?

I’m starting to feel that the day has finaly come for cross-platform development, but there are so many promising techs i’m wondering what the next big thing will be.

A new breed of Web assembly frameworks running everywhere from mobile to web ?

What about Flutter , or Kotlin native, or Xamarin ? Will any of them have their chance now ?

Is a new upcoming mobile plateform going to emerge ?

I’ve got my hopes and beliefs but i’m curious to know what the HN community thinks.