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  • August 14, 2019

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  • Working with a professional SMTP service provider improves email deliverability and allows you to send a large number of emails without limitations. There are a good number of SMTP service providers on the market but not every one of them is a good fit for your business. This article highlights some key steps you can take when evaluating SMTP providers to choose the one that is right for your business. Ease of Configuration, Connection, and Use The first step you should take is to check how easy the solution is to configure, connect with other systems and tools, and use. Stats and Other Features Among the key reasons you should choose a professional SMTP service provider is that you will get more features to improve your email campaigns. This information from Sendinblue highlights a better understanding of the deliverability and performance as one of the key reasons to consider a professional solution. Sendinblue is a company that offers digital marketing tools for small and medium-sized businesses. Examples of features to evaluate when choosing a provider include email analytics, personalisation, deliverability tests, marketing automation, SMS marketing, easy integration, fast delivery, templates and an email editor among others. Whenever you send out emails, it is important to check their performance. When you evaluate the performance, you can go back and work on your campaigns so that you get better results next time. Evaluate features from different plans and choose the plan with features that will help you in achieving your business goals. Plans Available Next, check out the plans available. Does the company have a suitable plan for your business? If your company sends out approximately 5,000 emails per day, there is no point in getting a plan designed for 30,000 emails, especially considering most providers will charge you based on the...
  • Technology has changed the way businesses are doing things. Businesses are increasingly using vCIO tools and other IT services to handle information. One of the essential IT services to use would be cloud backup to keep business data safe. Data is valuable, and considering the fact that it faces the constant threat of loss, one can only be careful in order to guarantee business continuity. While there are other backup options like using hard drives, cloud backup is the best of them. Here is why. Scalability Cloud backup services are scalable. Note that business data will grow every passing day. What this means is that if you are using physical storage, you will be forced to adjust your infrastructure to accommodate your data continually. The moment Vancouver IT support services providers give you A cloud backup solution that will be it. You won’t be forced to purchase more computers, hard drives, or tapes to store the increasing data. Cloud solutions use the available infrastructure to backup critical files. Saves on cost By virtue of it being scalable, cloud backup will help you save a lot. Cloud technology can be tailor-made for a specific business backup needs. This means that it can conform to the space you need without having to spend on more infrastructure. More so, cloud backup solutions are automated. Your IT team does not have to be significant. You will also save on costs linked to salaries and training of the IT team in handling data. Remote access Cloud backup solutions are reliable. On top of giving your data the best protection, it allows you to access it from anywhere and at any time. The ability to restore data any time it is needed increases uptime and consequently the productivity of your business. For a business with branches,...
  • Gone are the days when hotels were meant for scrumptious food and serene shelter. Since technology has enhanced human life, people are now accustomed to a luxurious but faster way of life. Therefore, it becomes mandatory for hotels to march with technological advancements. So, let’s discuss the ways how smart technology can help you to reshape the hospitality in your hotel- It Empowers Your Guests With The Choice Of Online Bookings You can use technology to your advantage in many aspects of services, one being online reservations. Nowadays, more hotels are incorporating room apps so that the guests can order services directly from their phones. Apart from hotel reservations, smartphone apps also offer customers an option to check-in and check out on their phones. Further, these hotel apps allow customers to reserve parking spots in advance to their visits. It gives the guests a smoother experience and saves the cost of managing the parking inventory. It Helps You Aggregate Data And Make It Actionable One of the biggest benefits of smart technology is that it helps you to aggregate big data. Moreover, there are solution providers who guarantee data protection to dominate their market segments. With the use of data, you can target and personalize customers’ experiences. Technology makes it simple for the customers to mention their specific needs and requests they might have. Thus, it enables you to create a personal insight into how well a service is delivered on the guests’ expectations. For example, if your customer has a special interest in fitness, you can provide them with gym access or special fitness class offers. Smart Technology Helps To Streamline Your Menu From setting the prices to inputting the nutritional information and accounting seasonal changes, menu engineering is an extremely important process. A data-powered solution provides the managers...
  • We are very firmly in a digital age now and it seems like many of the jobs which once existed will now be vanishing, replaced by technology. However, there are always going to be jobs left behind for humans to fill and those industries are booming. Let’s take a look at some of the tech jobs which are unlikely to disappear any time soon. Circuit Board Designer Nearly every piece of tech out there, from our smartphones to our washing machines, is powered by a printed circuit board, otherwise known as a PCB. As tech only gets more complicated, the need for more complex PCBs arises and the designers are more than ready to meet that challenge. If you want to dabble in PCB designing as a hobby, you should try downloading the design program from Altium.com. This is one of the designers which many big-name tech companies use all around the world. If you are thinking about making a career move into this industry, learning how to use Altium might be a good thing to do before you begin to apply for jobs. Software Developer So, the PCB designer makes the brain of the machine but the software developer is the one who makes sure that everything runs correctly. We are relying more and more on technology in this modern world of ours and with this comes some problems. Not only do we need a working machine to view things on but we also need to make sure that any sub-programs like apps or web browsers all work correctly. This is where the role of the software developer comes in. They are the ones who ensure that a program runs smoothly and without bugs. It can be quite a complicated job as we demand an awful lot from our...
  • AT&T has announced they are rebranding DirecTV Now to AT&T TV Now later this summer. In 2015 AT&T’s purchase of DirecTV, the nation’s largest satellite TV network, then in 2016 launched DirecTV Now an internet-only online-only version of DirecTV to compete with YouTube TV, Sling and Hulu Live. Since the launch of the service in 2016, the service has been plagued by multiple outages, unexpected blackouts of live local sports games, and missing channels. In an effort to sign up more subscribers they were offering free Apple TV boxes for a while three months of subscription. DirecTV Now suffered from large amounts of cancelations from lack of DVR capability for shows during primetime. DirecTV has taken a hit not only online but as reported in arstechnica AT&T lost nearly 1 million TV subscribers after raising DirecTV prices. AT&T press release read as follows “In select markets this summer, we will pilot an all-new connected TV experience with no satellite needed – AT&T TV. As we roll out this new experience later this summer, current DIRECTV NOW customers will also see a new name—AT&T TV NOW—appear on their screen. Our DIRECTV NOW subscribers will simply need to re-accept the terms of service and their streaming will continue as usual without interruption. Both the AT&T TV and AT&T TV NOW experiences will be accessed through the same AT&T TV app either on mobile or the big screen. Customer login credentials will determine what content appears. In the coming weeks, the AT&T TV app will be available for download across various app stores, and current DIRECTV NOW customers will see this update automatically on their devices. We’ll share more details on this rollout when it begins.”
  • Starting early this month owners of an Android TV-compatible television and set-top box, like Sony’s Android TVs, NVIDIA SHIELD, Xiaomi Mi Box, and Hisense Android TVs can access Hulu’s streaming and live programming. Additionally, Hulu is bringing its new user interface to Android TV with the update. Back in March, Hulu with Live TV was reported as having nearly 2 million subscribers, putting it well ahead of YouTube and PlayStation Vue. The Hulu press release stated “Today, we’re excited to share that Android TV users will now be able to access Hulu + Live TV and Hulu’s updated UI through your Android TV device. Starting in early August, Hulu + Live TV and our updated UI will be available across a variety of Android TV devices, including Sony’s Android TVs, NVIDIA SHIELD, Xiaomi Mi Box, and Hisense Android TVs.  If you watch Hulu on any of these devices, you’ll now be able to subscribe to Hulu + Live TV and gain access to live and on-demand programming from 60+ top channels, getting all your news, sports, and entertainment in one place. To access Hulu + Live TV and the updated UI, visit the Google Play store and download the latest Hulu App now. Hulu + Live TV and the updated UI are also currently supported on Apple TV (4th gen.), Amazon Fire TV devices, Amazon’s Echo Show, Roku devices, Xbox One, iOS and Android mobile devices, Nintendo Switch, select LG and Samsung TVs, VIZIO SmartCast TVs, Windows 10, Mac and PC browsers, and Chromecast.”
  • Apple announced their fiscal 2019 third quarter and Apple posted quarterly revenue of $53.8 billion, an increase of 1 percent from the year-ago quarter despite iPhone revenue, the company’s largest single product falling below 50% of the company’s overall revenue. This is the first time since 2012 that the iPhone represented under half of Apple’s revenue. Apple stated that iPhone revenue came in at $25.99 billion for the quarter and that its services revenue was at $11.46 billion for the quarter. Apple credits growth in wearables and strong performance with the iPad for helping to make up the difference from the slowing sales of the iPhone. Apple’s wearables saw a big boost, likely thanks to Apple’s second-generation AirPods which released during the quarter. Apple has been updating their Macs and iPads more frequently than in the past. They have raised the prices on them as well recently. Revenues from Mac sales was $5.82 billion, and iPads were $5.023 billion, up from $4.634 billion last year at this time. This could again be from raising prices and updating devices more frequently to help persuade new buyers. Tim Cook said in the press release “This was our biggest June quarter ever — driven by all-time record revenue from Services, accelerating growth from Wearables, strong performance from iPad and Mac and significant improvement in iPhone trends,” going on to say “These results are promising across all our geographic segments, and we’re confident about what’s ahead. The balance of calendar 2019 will be an exciting period, with major launches on all of our platforms, new services, and several new products.” Apple will be fine going into the next few quarters. They are rumored has a new 16-inch MacBook Pro in the works. They have the Apple credit card releasing very soon plus both Apple...
  • Microsoft announced that Skype for Business will be retired on July 31, 2019. Microsoft has said they have over 13 million daily active users on Microsoft Teams and Teams will replace all communication services for the company in the future. Skype for Business was released in 2014 a few years after Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011. From now until the retirement date, Skype for Business customers will experience no change in service or operation. Starting September 1st, 2019, all new customers will be on-boarded directly to Teams for chat, meetings, and calling. Microsoft did say in the press release “In 2017 we launched Microsoft Teams as “the hub for teamwork” in Microsoft 365. Teams combines chat, video, calling, and document collaboration into a single, integrated app – and enables an entirely new way of working. Over the last two years, we’ve worked closely with customers to refine Teams, and we now feel we’re at the point that we can confidently recommend it as an upgrade to all Skype for Business Online customers.” Microsoft made this announcement now to give users time to migrate their users over as companies with thousands of users will need the two years to plan and migrate users.
  • Facebook reported another great quarter with mobile advertising paying off for them in a huge way yet again. Facebook while their earnings are impressive, I find the most interesting fact being they have more than 2.1 billion people now use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger every day on average. Facebooks says that more than 2.7 billion people use at least one of their services each month. That is a huge userbase and represents their 8% userbase growth year over year. Facebooks revenues were up $16.9 billion as advisors flock to the social networks reported 2.1 billion daily active users with 2.41 billion monthly active users. According to Facebook, the average user spends about $7.05 cents on ads. Facebook did make mention of an additional $2.0 billion in connection with our settlement with the FTC which included legal expenses. What I find interesting is Facebook and Google combined account for about 51% of the global digital ad market space on the internet. Facebooks bet on mobile has paid off through the years with mobile advertising revenue representing approximately 94% of advertising revenue for the second quarter of 2019. This is a 3% jump up from the second quarter of 2018. Facebook who as of late has been hit with many privacy and security concerns does not seem to be having any issues with revenues as they reported a great quarter. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, and CEO said on the earnings call “We are investing in building stronger privacy protections for everyone and on delivering new experiences for the people who use our services.” Facebook did mention in closing that they were informed in June by the FTC that it had opened an antitrust investigation of our company and on July 2019, the Department of Justice announced that it will begin an...