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Month: March 2018

  • Many people might have a startup idea that they’re passionate about and that they think is even worth their time but don’t proceed with it or give it any real thought because of the financial implications that come with it. Funding a new business in today’s economy can be a real tough task especially if you don’t have any prior business experience or a good business/personal credit which you might not have due to which the banks might be hesitant to loan to you. While getting a small business loan and selling shares of your company is a viable option for some, most of the time new businesses won’t be able to afford that luxury so here are five creative ways you can fund your new business. The Bank: Getting a loan from the bank is still one of the most practical ways of funding your small business although securing the loan won’t be an easy job. The bank requires certain prerequisites form you that you’ll have to meet, these prerequisites being a healthy credit score and offering bank collateral. However, if you can check off these requirements, getting a loan from the bank can be the exact thing your business is looking for since you won’t be risking losing control of your companies by selling shares and the bank won’t have a say in how your business is run. 2. Crowdfunding: Crowdfunding is one of the most famous ways of generating a capital these days, and it means putting your idea forward on the internet and asking like-minded people to donate you the money, and it is a way that won’t cost you anything. With now successful startups like Ouya and Bitvore getting funded because of crowdfunding, there’s a good chance that you’re business idea will also be funded...
  • In today’s world, where almost everyone has a smartphone and all are glued to the screens for one content or the other, digital marketing is increasing its business by leaps and bounds. Almost every person is interested in what is available online.  This has given rise to the concept of digital marketing, thus the courses offering expertise in the same. Everyone wants to expand their business through social media and thus hiring professionals to reach their goals. This field of digital marketing is expected to need approx. 150,000 professionals in coming 3-4 years. When demand is high, then expectations are also high from the individuals they choose for this work. The best way to be best in your field is to have a certificate of SEO Training & Certification. The first step in this process is to have a certificate of OMCP (Online Marketing Certified Professional). This credential to your resume will certify that you are aware of best practices of digital marketing.  Few years it was a big issue to acquire these certificates but now in growing technology world, every individual is trying his best to expertise in this field. If you want to make big in this world of digital marketing, then SEO Training & Certification should be on your To-Do list. Explaining SEO Training & Certification for you SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a set of rules which are followed by owners of the website so that search engines direct the traffic or search towards their websites, thus in the process of doing so improving their business and promoting sales.  It also makes the website user-friendly so that customers find it easy to shop through your website as compared to other ones. An SEO Training & Certification can certainly help you become master in your field...
  • March 27, 2018

    Amazon Prime Has No Competition

    Amazon recently became the number two most valuable company in the world deseating long-time number two Google (Alphabet Inc.). When you look at Apple a company that makes more than ¾ of their revenue from the iPhone they have competition in Android hard manufactures like Samsung, Google, HTC and others making smartphones. The Android store competes on the same level as Apple selling apps, movies, music, books, and videos via the Google Play Store the same way Apple uses the App Store. When you look at Amazon the number two company in the world they are not battling in the mobile space like Apple and Google. Amazon has a unique list of services they offer and have no real competition. Amazon right now has no equal in the online space they are in online. Amazon shipped over 5 billion packages in 2017. Big box retailers like Walmart and Target are competing but not on the scale that prime is offering. To start Amazon had over 54 million prime members in 2016 that number I am sure has gone up by now. Free shipping on physical goods is where Walmart and Target are working on competing with Amazon. Free shipping is one place where big box store can compete, but Amazon Prime is not just two-day free shipping it encompasses other services Prime Video Unlimited (a direct Netflix competitor) Prime Music –  access to prime lists Twitch Prime members get exclusive discounts on physical games pre-orders and new releases. Prime Reading – you can borrow books, magazines, and more from the Prime Reading catalog Audible Channels for Prime Prime Photos – unlimited photo storage Amazon First Reads Amazon Dash for Prime (Amazon Dash Button) Cheaper Prices on Amazon Echo Devices Amazon is in a great situation with no real competition in...
  • The Microsoft Store in Windows 10 was just updated with a new Devices tab by which you can buy Surface and third-party PCs, Xbox consoles, Mixed Reality headsets, and various other hardware peripherals. I don’t see an announcement about this change, and I’m not even seeing it on all of my PCs for some reason. But this change impacts the current, shipping version of Windows 10 (version 1709). It’s not coming in a future release only. From what I can tell, the actual product pages are pulled directly from Microsoft’s web-based store. For example, here is the Surface Laptop page. Thurrott We knew that the Windows Store was becoming the Microsoft Store I guess that includes hardware.
  • DasCoin has unveiled ongoing plans to launch the first-ever cryptocurrency-based mobile pay solution to help crypto users spend their digital currency in more places. Expected to launch in June 2918, DasPay will help users to spend cryptocurrency directly from their WebWallet account. Other platforms use prepaid versions of debit cards, where one can use digital currency to load their card. But with DasPay you’ll actually be spending your tokens to pay for goods and services across the globe with your mobile phone. That is just the tip of it, here’s how DasPay works. NetLeaders Teamed Up with the Best in MobilePay Technology NetLeaders, which is the company behind DasCoin sought the services of Carta Worldwide. This is the same company behind the leading mobile payment solutions across the world including: ApplePay GooglePay Vodafone Pay Visa Electron Mastercard PayPal Uber The CEO of Carta Worldwide, Brian Semkiw, applauded the DasPay concept.  Mr. Semkiw said he was excited about releasing a fully operational DasPay app that would be “ready to go” by end of Q2, which would be June 30th. How DasPay Works The mobile pay solution seeks to empower DasNet users to use their digital currency to pay for goods and services across the world, where Visa and MasterCard are accepted. That means DasPay will be accepted at over 60 million merchants across the globe. Importantly, merchants will not even have to know that they are processing a DasCoin transaction. They will only need to be working with either MasterCard or Visa. And then NetLeaders blockchain technology will step in behind the interface to confirm the buyer has enough funds in their WebWallet account to allow the process to complete. This process will take just six seconds. The Visa and MasterCard partnership also means merchants do not have to replace or...
  • Pal is a new social app designed at helping users make friends by joining people’s events that are happening around them or meet like-minded people. Finally, not another boring dating app. Whether you are going to the movies, hosting a barbecue or exercising there is always a way to find people to interact with on a daily basis. The way the app works is you post an event that will be happening or apply for an event that you like to take part in. Alternatively you have the option to search for other people based on your interest and many other search filters. The app does have safety’s in place as you can choose who sees your events and who can contact. To all the women out there, if you don’t want to be bombarded by other men, simply unselect them and they won’t be able to see nor contact you. The app offers standard social media integration as you can simply invite friends via SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook or email. The events that you can create and activities you’d like to take part in are almost endless, with app categories ranging from food, drinks, sports, outdoors, sightseeing, party, beauty, family, outdoors, watch sports, shopping and much more. The Pal App does offer a chat feature inside of the app which is very useful if you want to find out more about the event in are taking part in or simply chat with the people you just befriended. Note, you can only chat to people if you are part of the event or if the other person has accepted you. Another really cool feature is the fact that if you are a group of friends having fun, you can create a group on Pal and use it as a groupd and join...
  • Slideshows are an amazing way to flaunt your awesome captures. How about layering them with a cool background score? Wonderful isn’t it? You bet. And the good news is today you don’t need to be a geek or a professional photographer to transcend your photo album into a dramatic slideshow- courtesy Movavi Slideshow Maker. Developed by globally acclaimed software developer Movavi, the slideshow maker is a cutting edge program that enables anyone to make super slideshows with music with simple computing skills. The post below shows how to make a slideshow with music easily with Movavi Slideshow Maker. Install the Movavi program First, download & install Movavi Slideshow Maker in your system. Set working mode The Movavi program enables you to create slideshow in 2 formats- Easy mode and Full Feature Mode. If you want to create the slideshow in the first mode, click on Create Slideshow in easy mode- Creating slideshow in Easy Mode: Upload your photos: Go to Slideshow Wizard. As you reach the first tab, click on +Files / +Folders and select the desired pictures. Set slide duration for your photos by clicking on Slide Duration. Add Transitions: Open 2nd tab. Choose transition style if you want to add transitions to your slides. If you don’t, click on No transitions. You can modify speed of transition through Max transition duration. Add Music: Move to 3rd tab and click on +Audio to add in your preferred music to the slides. To sync up duration of slides with rhythm of music, go to Yes tab & set the Minimum slide Duration. Now, click on Finish. Create slideshow in Full Feature Mode Add photos: Click on Add Media Files and select your photos for the slideshow. Add Transitions: Click on Transitions and choose a transition style that best suits your...
  • Due in June, the new Mintbox moves from an AMD CPU to a rival Celeron processor, which should provide a performance boost while maintaining a similar price point. The original Mintbox Mini is one of the best PCs available if you’re looking for a Linux-based tiny desktop. That’s in part because it runs the Mint flavor of Linux desktop, which ZDNet’s own Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has called “the best of the best” of desktop UI regardless of operating system. ZDNet  
  • March 25, 2018

    Who sells more smartphones?

    I get Tweeted and messaged a lot by readers asking me about who sells the most smartphones, and which one is the best. Smartphones at times come down to preference and what you prefer to use day to day. I wanted to shed a little light on smartphone sales numbers as of late. Google sold 3.9 million Pixel phones in 2017 making it the bestselling phone for Google with sales up almost 40% from the prior year with the original Pixel release. Google has been marketing the Pixel 2 hard with constant ads on YouTube TV, Twitter, and other places. The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were riddled with issues from the start with phones being shipped with no operating system, display issues and fingerprint reader problems that all would get worked out over time. The saving grace for the Pixel 2 is the amazing camera. Google, I think is hoping to make their next Pixel phone much better by buying HTC’s Pixel team for $1.1 billion. It’s worth noting that Microsoft started selling Lumia Windows phones again recently in an effort to grab a lower price point sale. The Lumia 950 is available for $399, alongside the Lumia 950 XL ($499), Lumia 650 ($199), and Lumia 550 ($139). I would point out that the Lumia is known for its great camera and Microsoft Phones sell better overseas then they do in America. When you look at Apple’s first quarterly earnings reports for 2018 Apple reported that it sold 77.3 million iPhones in Q1 2018. It just shows the huge gap between Google’s phone sales and Apple’s phone sales, but I would like to point out that Samsung is clearly the number one Android smartphone manufacturer. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 smartphones sold over 33 million...