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Month: October 2018

  • October 23, 2018

    3 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills

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  • A lot of sellers don’t expect the exit from their business to be simple, but many of them are surprised at how complicated it is to sell their business at a reasonable price in a given time frame. However, you should not let frustration get in your way of maximizing the effectiveness of the  sale. The many challenges and frustrations encountered by sellers can be avoided if they know some of the mistakes they should avoid when selling a business in our current economy. Here are some of the mistakes to avoid when selling your business 1.Lack of enough preparation The most prevalent mistake that business owners make is lack of preparation. It’s vital for you to have the business documents before listing it on the market. Having the right financial document, sustainable profits, lease issues and other records will affect saleability and the price which your business will command in the market. Another factor you should consider is the time for selling the business. Brokers recommend preparing for the sale of the business at least 2 years before you list the business. 2. Overconfidence It’s not wrong being confident that you will sell your business at a considerable price. That is, unless your confidence makes you neglect activities which are required for sale. Many sellers go into the selling process believing that they will sell the business at a reasonable price just because they think it’s worth the value. In the real sense, valuation is based on specific criteria and not the owner’s estimation of the value of the business. One example of these criteria could be the location of your business. For example, if you have a business for sale in Houston, it might be a bit more difficult to attract potential buyers to this area as opposed...
  • Before online invoicing become a staple of the modern business landscape, professionals and businesses, alike, spent about three decades using some form of paperless invoicing to send and make payments. Electronic invoicing, a precursor to online invoicing, simplified the payment process, and even the cost to use this method was expensive. While there were many drawbacks to using electronic invoicing, many businesses found it a workable solution. At some point, as larger corporations began to take advantage of this newer method of billing, many businesses looked for ways to streamline payment processes. Then, internet technologies made it possible for businesses to establish a standard framework where all businesses could work. Online invoicing and invoice apps that soon followed were the direct result of the convergence of rapidly growing technologies and a real need from business to have a more efficient method to bill other businesses. Continue reading to learn more about the current state of online invoicing and how it can benefit your business going forward. Present-Day Online Invoicing Nowadays, online invoicing is more affordable and is accessible to businesses of any size or function. Today’s online invoicing in its many adaptations has made work more efficient, and more importantly, it has saved business tons in terms of the amount of money spent on paper. Furthermore, current online invoicing provides businesses with a plethora of tools including secure billing options. However, there are other benefits to online invoicing. Integration Of Payments In terms of bookkeeping and paying bills, online invoicing in this present day has made it possible for businesses to integrate credit and bank card payments with invoice payments. Digital payments in many ways have made it easier and faster to make payments to vendors, in addition to the fact it is also much safer. Business owners only need...
  • A couple of years ago, Microsoft acquired Mobile Data Labs, the company behind the mileage-tracking app MileIQ. This week, the team has quietly released a new mobile app called Spend, which purpose is to help users tracking expenses (via Techcrunch). According to the App Store description, the new iOS app has been put under the Microsoft Garage banner, but it already looks pretty solid and currently enjoys a 5 stars rating on the App Store. The app is targeting professionals needing to track business expenses for reimbursements or taxes, and Spend can do that intelligently. ONMSFT This is one app I have never even tried by Microsoft I just personally have no use for it.
  • Microsoft is working on a new system to check and release Windows Driver and Firmware updates. The company shed light on the new Component Firmware Update (CFU) in a blog post earlier this week. For those who don’t know, Component Firmware Update (CFU) protocol is an open source project housed at the GitHub repository, providing driver and firmware code samples for testing. The protocol follows a model where it will accept the drivers which are appropriate for it. Microsoft designed this system to ensure that these firmware and driver updates will cause little or no user disruption. Microsoft also laid down some points which are defined as the goals of CFU in the long run MSPowerUser Next, they need a better way to test updates.
  • Today, Microsoft released new cumulative updates for older yet supported versions of Windows 10 for PCs. Today’s builds are for versions 1709, 1703, and 1607, meaning that there’s nothing new for the current version, 1803, and no news on version 1809, which was pulled from Windows Update due to files getting deleted after installing the upgrade. Microsoft seems to be doing something new with cumulative updates, and this is the second month in a row that the firm has done it this way. the second Tuesday of the month is still Patch Tuesday when every supported version gets an update, but the changelogs are pretty minor. Then, the longer lists of fixes show up in new updates later in the month. If you’re still on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, or version 1709, you’ll get KB4462932, which brings the build number to 16299.755. Neowin I am afraid to push out any updates until I get some feedback first Microsoft really made a mess of this.  
  • If you listened to music on a computer in the early-Noughties, chances are Winamp had pride of place on your desktop. Now, the much-loved MP3 player has been given a major update for PC, as well as looking forward to entering the streaming age with a new app for Android and iOS mobile devices in 2019. Here’s the best way to download Winamp 5.8 today. As was widely reported, a beta version of Winamp 5.8 recently leaked online. In response, Winamp-owner Radionomy has now made an official version of the update available to download. The company recommends you only download Winamp from its website, so you can be sure it’s “safe for you to use” and we absolutely agree – this is the only way you should now be looking to download the new Winamp. Trusted Reviews I am so thrilled to see this software back we reviewed it a few years ago I loved it. Winamp Review
  • It will soon be possible to discard more of the in-box apps that ship with Windows 10. Currently, a handful of pre-installed apps can be removed, including OneNote, Skype, and Weather, but most of the other built-in apps are permanent fixtures. Windows 10 has also promoted a number of third-party applications such as Candy Crush Saga to the chagrin of many. These don’t appear to be going away, but such apps have always been uninstallable if you don’t want them. However, the latest preview build of Windows 10, build 18262, enables the removal of apps such as Mail, Calendar, Movies & TV, and the Groove Music app. The ability to remove these apps doesn’t really mean much in terms of disk space or convenience, as none of them are very big. The move may be of more interest to corporate deployments; an organization that has standardized on Outlook, for example, might want to remove the Mail and Calendar apps to reduce user confusion. ArsTechnica This is an interesting move remember it was a big deal when Apple did this with native iPhone apps.
  • October 19, 2018

    Chromecast Vs Android TV

    The Chromecast and the Android TV are the two TV platforms that Google is offering in their fight to be a player in the TV market. While both are great platforms they are different in certain little ways. Android TV, for example, uses a remote has an app store to pick from and can work with third-party apps giving you that open platform feeling that we have all gotten a costume to with the Android operating system and marketplace. The Chromecast is a little more closed architecture as you can only Chromecast from apps that offer Chromecasting. While this allows for significantly more usable apps it can limit you if the app does not support Chromecasting in that case just go ahead and cast your entire screen. The issue with the Chromecast is you are limited to whatever apps are offered and cannot use third-party plugins for playing services. But the plus with Android TV is it supports chromecasting. So, if you have an Android TV you get both the Android TV interface and the functionality of Chromecast in the event there is not an app on the Android TV app store for viewing putting Android TV ahead of products like Roku or Apple TV that limit you to whatever apps are in the app store. The Chromecast and the Android remote app are both supported by Android and iOS so there will be no compatibility issues between operating systems. Cost is about the same the Chromecast is about $20 dollars cheaper than the Android TV box but the cost difference is not significate. To me, the Chromecast feels like a more polished product and gets announced and pushed much more at the Google developer conferences and hardware events. Android TV seems to be the product that gets a lot of...
  • Microsoft updated many of its Android apps overnight. Among them is a major update to the Cortana Beta with a new user interface and additional functionality. On my Pixel, I received updates to Microsoft Launcher, Microsoft Edge, Your Phone Companion, and Microsoft News in the past 12 hours. But the biggest update, by far, was to the Beta version of Cortana, which has been upgrading to version 3.0. And it’s obviously a major new version of the app. Gone is the old purple backdrop, replaced by a more modern and cleaner-looking white UI. The default view, Upcoming, now displays the weather and any other events and items that are coming up soon. Thurrott I think Cortana with Amazon Alexa has a lot to offer and could be a real competitor for Google Assistant.