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  2. Smartphones today have become accessible to a large mass of users both in price and availability. While there are still areas where smartphone penetration is low – especially certain African and South American countries – smartphones can be found pretty much everywhere around the globe. As such, they are now available in an incredibly wide price range – some of them are pronouncedly cheap, others seem like gadgets that ordinary people can only dream about, and most of them are somewhere in between. Today, let us dedicate a few words to the smartphones released this year with the biggest price tag, and see what sets them apart from the crowd. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Samsung’s Note series was always one with little to no compromises when it comes to hardware. This year’s business class flagship handset released by the South Korean manufacturer is not an exception from this rule. Under its hood, we can find an Octa-core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64-bit, 10nm processor (the type depends on the country where the handset is purchased) paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, while on its face sits a 6.3″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 2960 x 1440 pixel resolution and a 521 ppi pixel density. It comes with all the features one might expect from such a monster, including native 4K video recording at 30fps, crystal clear audio playback, direct TV connectivity (DisplayPort over USB type-C), and a hefty 3,300 mAh battery. All this can be yours for a price tag that reads $950 (unlocked). Google Pixel 2 XL Google’s Pixel 2 XL was a highly anticipated phone – and it didn’t disappoint. Hardware-wise, it is similar to the other flagship handsets released this year, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, stereo speakers, an aluminum body, and a 3520 mAh battery. What makes it stand out is its fast charging capability, allowing it to run for up to 7 hours after just 15 minutes of charging, its QHD+ 2880 x 1440 pOLED screen, and its clean Android 8.0 Oreo install with no bloatware whatsoever attached. Where it is available, the Pixel 2 XL sells for a starting price of $849. Apple iPhone X The iPhone X is a model that breaks out of the mold Apple used for all of its previous devices. For one, it has a Super Retina OLED display (all previous models, as well as this year’s iPhones, had LCD screens) with a high resolution and a small dent on the top housing its TrueDepth frontal camera. Besides, it comes with a dual rear camera capable of recording 4K video at up to 60 fps, a brand new facial recognition feature, stereo speakers, and Apple’s brand new A11 Bionic system-on-a-chip that makes it more responsive and high-performance than any model before it. Depending on the storage capacity, the Apple iPhone X sells for $999 or $1,149. The post The most expensive smartphones released in 2017 appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
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  4. While everyone might know what YouTube is, how to market your brand on the platform is a whole different story. How do you become successful on YouTube? YouTube can be difficult to master, but it’s one of the easiest and most shareable content platforms for your audience to connect and spread the news of what you’re creating. Compared to all other social media platforms, YouTube is the one company that aims to put creators first. YouTube doesn’t just give you another social media platform to explore; it gives your brand’s supporters a unique experience that no other brand has. While yes, some brands might be using YouTube as well, but no matter what they’re doing with the content, your content will be unique to you and your brand. According to Bluleadz: They say that there are about 1 billion creators on the YouTube platform, that number is stunning when you think about it. They also go on to say that viewers have increased by fifty percent as well. That just goes to show you the sheer amount of potential there is when it comes to monetizing your brand in the most user-friendly way. Below we’ve compiled a list of seven tips that will help you become successful on YouTube if executed well. Marketing Strategies You Need To Know YouTube play icon.In this guide, we’ve curated the most important steps you need to know when exposing your brand to the marketable world of YouTube. While it might not always be a smooth ride, the results will be worth it. Not only will you be able to form a unique connection with your supporters and customers, but you’ll also be able to create on a much larger scale without extensive out of pocket costs. Allowing you and your brand to reach new limits of interaction and creativity that will reflect in a positive light on your brand. With new ways of forming connections within technology today, your brand will need to learn how to adapt seamlessly. While it sounds easy, it’s not always a piece of cake, but with this list, you’ll have the right tools to take your first steps forward. Social media marketing isn’t something to fear when it comes to YouTube, let’s embrace it together! Choose Your Direction Whether you’re just starting a brand or you already have a developed platform in place, when you branch out to YouTube, one of the most important elements to keep in mind is none other than your brand. Your brand is who you are and what you’re presenting to the world. By having a concise idea of what your brand means to you is your first step to figuring out how to successfully market your video content. Brainstorm what you feel makes your brand stand out from the rest, use this list to develop ways to expand your industry. This way you’ll have a confident sense of who your audience will be and what direction for the brand as a whole will turn out most beneficial. Be Everywhere When starting out on YouTube, you might notice that it can be hard to reach a solid fanbase right away. It’s important to remember that it takes time, but there is a way to boost the speed of that time so you can get more sooner: social media. By sharing your videos on other social media and paying attention to hashtags and keywords, you’ll bring in more and more people to watch your videos. If they end up liking your videos, you’re most likely going to have one more subscriber you wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for other social media platforms. Collaborate When starting out on YouTube, to say the least, it can be daunting. But you shouldn’t be afraid to reach out to other creators who make similarly themed content and ask for collaboration. Not only will you be building your network, but you’ll also have connections you can go to for advice. It’s important to not focus on the monetary gain from collaboration; it should also be fun and an experience that helps you learn more about you and your brand. When you’re collaborating with another creator, you’re essentially boosting both of your social media marketing journeys. Expect to be turned down, that’s just a part of the risk when reaching out to other brands, this shouldn’t crush your spirits because soon enough you will find your community of support through creators on the platform. Quality Content Everything from keywords to your thumbnail is extremely important when it comes to making a successful YouTube video. A great rule of thumb to follow is the idea of quality over quantity. You don’t want your thumbnails to be too busy so that they can’t be understood since they will be shrunken in size. You also don’t want your video titles to be too long and full of clickbait. Stay honest and present facts that will be interesting to your viewers. Entice the viewers with a taste of what the video will be like and use the tools offered to you on YouTube to make that happen. The more simple you go, the more clicks and interaction you’ll get. The more chaotic you are, the less engagement you’ll receive because it’s not presented as quick, easy, or fresh content. Know Your Audience Your audience has needs, and no two audiences are alike. This group of people that have started to follow your content, these are individuals that are interested in what you have to say. You need to be able to give them what they came for, while also being able to stay true to your brand. Finding that healthy balance between what your brand needs and what the audience wants is key to maximizing how you market your content. By using YouTube as a social media marketing tool, you’re connecting with the people who support you, while also growing your brand. Reach Out Even though publishing a YouTube video is online, there are some advanced sales techniques you should put some leg work into. Whether you’re reaching out to your brand’s customers or friends, share your videos and encourage people to check them out. If you recently talked to a customer about a specific idea and you created a video similar to topics brought up in your conversation, link it to them! This kind of door-to-door method can be used when it comes to reaching out to other media outlets as well. Request interviews or features from magazine platforms that publish work in the same industry as you. This is a key way to reach out to the community and to build your audience quickly. Call To Action Just as if you were writing a blog post, it’s important to engage with your audience in any medium. This includes videos! Reach out during your video to engage with your viewers, ask questions, encourage them to get involved and voice their opinions in the comment section. When you include a small call to action in your video, this would also be a great time to request that people like, comment, and subscribe to your channel for more content. In many ways, YouTube videos work as a blog post. They need to have a purpose, have a beginning, middle, and end, and of course a call to action! Conclusion YouTube is one of the most powerful tools in marketing, yet due to how intense it can be, content creating is not always something brands jump into. We want to encourage that you get out of your comfort zone and you go for it. YouTube will boost the growth of your brand simply because of how hands-on the content can be. There is a sea of endless opportunity you can potentially take advantage of when it comes to video content. This article is focused on YouTube Marketing, but there is so much more to the marketing aspect than numbers and clicks. When you want to successfully market your brand on any platform, it’s about forming that lasting connection of trust with your customers and viewers. Which is what YouTube has strived to do for its creators. YouTube is not an overnight process. Even if your content is of the highest quality, it can be hard to get your foot in the door. But the most important key to remember, especially when you’re first starting out, is that persistence is the key when it comes to YouTube. If you stick with it and keep experimenting with ways to get a response from individuals that want to go out of their way to support you, you’ll, sure enough, find a niche where your brand will make a difference. What tips will you be applying to your YouTube channel? The post The 7 key ways to be successful on YouTube appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  5. With the advent of modern technology solutions, few brands or organizations have manual accounts payable processes today. If you do, you absolutely need to wake up and get with the times. You could be spending more than 70 percent above budget on manual, paper-based processes, and there’s a much easier way available. That said, even though abundant automation and invoice management tools are available, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve chosen the right one. There are a lot of options, especially when it comes to simplifying and eliminating the tedium. Solo entrepreneurs have it even more difficult on this front, because they don’t always have others to compare their progress with. Organizations, for instance, usually have teams or groups to gather additional reports. We’re going to take a quick look at some of our favorite tools, which you can undoubtedly use to boost your entire system. Payment Solution Tool You’ll need a unique payment solution tool that aids your customers in both paying for a transaction, and taking advantage of various promotions and offers. If your site uses WordPress, you should be using a WP e-commerce plugin such as WooCommerce. Though there are several e-commerce plugins available for WordPress sites, WooCommerce is the most popular. It’s easy to upload products, descriptions and images, track orders and manage inventory. Also, it’s compatible with a host of common payment gateways such as Square, Stripe and PayPal. Finally, you can upgrade the base platform to expand and include additional features and support as you need it. You can add extra payment gateways and portals, edit shipping options, add slider carousels and content and anything else you need. Basically, if your site uses WordPress and has an e-commerce platform, this is the plugin you need. Recommendation: WooCommerce Cache Tools Hummingbird site performance test.One issue that tends to crop up with modern sites — especially when they rely on high-quality images and videos — is that performance can be negatively impacted. This is because the systems, devices and, yes, remote servers are under heavier performance loads. For whatever reason, it can cause your website to load sluggishly, which is frustrating in the heat of the moment. Your customers will notice this even more when trying to add items to a cart, check out or browse your inventory online. A slow website means less business and fewer happy customers. The numbers support this idea, too. Forty-seven percent of consumers will abandon a site that takes longer than three seconds to load. You can offset slow site speeds by deploying cache and cloud storage tools that cut down on load times and the resources needed to display a site. Any cache tool will do, and if you are running WordPress, there are a variety of plugins at your disposal. We recommend using Hummingbird, which makes the entire setup and delivery process for your cache quick and painless. If you’re wondering what this has to do with your accounts payable process, well, you’ll want to track, monitor, and store everything that’s happening with your e-commerce portal. Storage and web cache tools can help you make this happen, while also maintaining decent performance for your users. You’ll still need analytics tools, obviously. A cache system compliments that, and so many other elements of your program. Recommendation: Hummingbird Invoice Processing Tools With invoice tools like InvoiceAction, you have everything you need to manage the data exchange and purchase order processing systems. It can help streamline payment approvals, by digitizing all the necessary documents used during the order approval process. It can also automate the management processes you would normally oversee manually, including identifying and eliminating bottlenecks, reducing cycle types, and integration with your ERP system. This one tool you should never be without. Recommendation: InvoiceAction Electronic Document Management With today’s emphasis on digital platforms, you need a way to marry your data with your accounting and reporting. The only natural way to do this is to compile and organize it in terms of documents and files. It’s about more than just stashing them all in a digital closet or directory, however. You’ll want to take all your content, invoices, reports and documents and store them categorically using a relational database. This will provide you with the support and interface to identify and review this content at a later time. Some examples of this include eFileCabinet, Content Central, Shelf, ViewCenter, FileHold, Quip and more. Recommendation: Docuware OCR and Data Verification Tools OCR stands for optical character recognition, which is necessary to make your accounts payable team happier and more organized. The combination of this tool and data verification procedures can help alleviate manual data entry and invoice processing. Without OCR tools in place, you’ll need to scale by increasing human labor and resources, just to keep up with processing demands. That does not include analyzing or reviewing the incoming data and information that directly relates to those processed materials. More importantly, OCR can help you and your team come up with a highly efficient accounts payable process, to streamline the inner workings and improve existing strategies. A good tool is designed to both mirror and optimize the kind of object recognition your human laborers would encounter in manual processing. Such a tool is invaluable, especially if your goal is to automate or slim down the demands of your invoicing process. Recommendation: NextProcess Payment Optimization Technology When dealing with vendors and suppliers, payment optimization technology is absolutely critical to not only streamlining this experience, but monetizing it — if you do things correctly. It’s a broad term that refers to a tool, dashboard or system that allows you to pay vendors based on their preferred method. Why is this so important? Well, because conventional payment systems such as checks are nearly obsolete. Most payments are both automated and electronic. If and when you do it right, you can actually get paid for paying, through the use of virtual credit systems and more. This is especially true if you can convert all your suppliers and vendors to electronic payments. Some examples of this include Worldpay, Inspire Pay, TriZetto and many others. Recommendation: Adyen With these six tools in hand, accounts payable work has never looked less intimidating. The post 6 tools to simplify your accounts payable process appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  6. December is already here and in a few short weeks, you’ll be celebrating NYE with your family and friends. However, if you’re a marketer, this is a rather hectic time of the year. After all, there are a lot of things you have to take care of to prepare for the following year. Preparing for major changes A hectic schedule is nothing new for a seasoned marketer. In fact, things would probably be a little bit strange without it. There’s a ton of things you have to be aware of. You have to keep in mind that, every single day, there are more than 2 million blog posts published. Every minute there are more than 400 hours of video uploaded to YouTube and 350,000 Tweets posted. The World Wide Web has been oversaturated with content for quite a while. Despite this, last year, the use of various ad blockers rose by roughly 30% in the UK and organic visibility on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter is seriously starting to decline. All of this means that, if you want to remain competitive in today’s frantic world of digital marketing, you have to be on top of the latest trends and be ready to adapt to them. As CEO of Databox, Peter Caputa explains traditional approach to online marking just isn’t working anymore. Strategies that will dominate marketing in 2018 Unique customer experiences Nowadays, customers are seemingly doing as much research as marketers. For instance, more than 50% of B2B customers primarily rely on research to guide their shopping decisions. What’s more, 47% of them review 3 to 5 pieces of content before they contact a sales representative. By now, everyone knows that content is one of the most important aspects of every campaign, but we’re seeing the evolution of content before our very eyes. Your content needs to connect with your target demographic, of course. However, if you want to connect with people, you need to work on more personalized content. The main reason for this is that personalized content simply works better. According to HubSpot research, personalized content works more than 40% better than non-personalized one. Utilizing IoT and voice search Although this may not be so apparent, lots of people now use voice search. As a matter of fact, according to Google, around 20% of their searches are now conducted through voice searches. And by the end of the decade, the search engine giant predicts that that percentage will reach 50%. So, it’s safe to assume that voice will have a huge impact on SEO during the next few years. On the other hand, we have the Internet of Things. In recent developments, Google added their Assistant to more than a few IoT-capable home appliances. The IoT gives you a perfect chance to start innovating and experimenting with your content. Some marketers are already doing it. More charity work While this is not a digital strategy per se, it’s still a major trend so we cannot ignore it. The sad reality is – we live an age of tragedies – and customers are now showing loyalty to brands that truly care. According to a recent survey conducted by Deloitte, , more than 90% of millennial consumers say that they would change a brand to one associated with good causes and charity. The current political climate is changing the way people spend their money. Naturally, they want to be associated with companies that share their care for the world. It would be wise to partner up with a local charity or work with a marketing agency to organize a campaign for a good cause. The bottom line This is the right time to wake up and smell the roses – people are already trying different things to engage potential customers. Facebook’s ad revenue in second quarter of 2017 surpassed $9 billion, which is a 47% increase compared to 2016. As we already established, in the following years, digital marketing will have to adapt to the consumer preferences. Partially thanks to Google, consumers are now more informed than ever. They’ve learned that they can access any information they want with no more than a few clicks. And that’s why brands that fail to deliver the goods will be left out of the race completely. Personalization and innovation are key, and brands that manage to modify their strategies will earn consumers’ attention. This attention will eventually turn into profits. The future developments in the marketing world are approaching at the speed of light so this is definitely not the time to rely on strategies that worked in the past. Start planning and implementing new strategies as soon as possible, and sooner or later, you’ll reap the benefits. The post Here are the digital marketing strategies you need to know for 2018 appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  7. You’re taking control of your financial future with a side hustle–it could be a valuable service or sales-based means of making the extra cash you need, but you need to keep it going. There are countless ways to promote your side business, from the first weeks to after you have an established client base. But, whether it’s a website, guest blogging or direct advertising, taking advantage of tech to promote your brand is critical. Mobile technology, social media, a website and especially video can put you in front of people and multiply the opportunities to get new clients/customers. Let’s take a look at how tech can turbocharge your side hustle. A Website Setting up a website is something everyone with a business needs to do. Regardless how big or small, every brand maintains a web presence. A website can sell to potential customers 24 hours a day, all week. It’s not enough to get a catchy domain name and upload a couple of pics and contact information. Multiply the earnings of your side hustle by investing in a professional online home. Your website will typically be the first impression potential clients will have of you. Make it shine. Teach yourself the basics of SEO (search engine optimization) or hire someone who already knows how. The best website in the world is useless if no one visits it. Consider publishing a blog about your side hustle to encourage people to visit and establish yourself as a trusted authority or overcome obstacles that could stop a sale. Mobile Technology Mobile technology is inescapable. Smartphones and tablets connect you to your website, social media and customers who directly contact you. To get your side hustle to really lift off, it’s essential that you stay connected at all times to not miss any opportunities to make a sale. You can use products like Square to make sales on-the-go. Use the Power of Video It’s much easier to get somebody to watch five minutes of video than read for five minutes. Use YouTube to post engaging videos that showcase your side hustle. Be prepared to put lots of effort into promotion, though. Just like establishing a website or social media presence, promotion is the name of the game. Get Featured on a Popular YouTube Channel YouTube is the biggest and most influential video platform in the world, and it has the power of Google behind it. If your side hustle is being an Amway Independent Business Owner, you can get featured on the brand’s YouTube channel for an incredible boost to brand recognition. Few side hustles provide so much support or offer so many ways to make a big name for yourself as distributing Amway products. Social Media Start relationships with customers and promote your side hustle on social media. It doesn’t matter which platform you focus on, as long as you can build up a following that’s interested in what you have to say (and sell). It can take months or even years to become a social media maven, but you’ll be rewarded with brand recognition and a pool of people who already trust you and respect your opinions. Make no mistake, growing your side hustle into a profitable enterprise with social media is hard work. You’ll need to actively connect with followers and establish a powerful network with constant interaction. The post Turbocharge your side hustle with these tech tips appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  8. Encryption is one of the most talked about topics in modern technology as the world becomes more and more online-orientated. Whether used to protect communications, bank details, or important website data, encryption is used in almost all spheres of our digital life. It has become an enormous industry in its own right, with various apps developed specifically for individual use to further ensure personal data protection. There are different kinds of encryption algorithms that can be leveraged for different purposes. Here we will take a look at the 4 most popular and see where they are commonly used, and how they work. Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) Generally regarded as the leading encryption standard, and even used by the NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate, AES was devised by two Belgian cryptographers in 2000 as part of a worldwide competition. Originally known as Rijndael before standardization, this symmetrical key algorithm is intended to be effective and easy to use in both hardware and software against a wide range of attack techniques. The AES algorithm is required to be a block cipher that can handle 128-bit blocks. The key sizes are 128, 192, and 256 bits; the latter two used for top level secure communications. AES was designed to take over from DES after the previous standard was successfully hacked. One of the biggest benefits of AES is its encryption speed, making it particularly useful for routers and firewalls. For a full overview of how AES works, take a look at this helpful guide. Triple DES The Data Encryption Standard (DES) algorithm was once upon a time the go-to encryption standard. However, after it was proven to be beatable the newest form of it was developed: Triple DES. Where the original algorithm had 56-bit keys, Triple DES uses three individual 56-bit keys, means that it becomes a 168-bit key. It remains a trusted symmetrical key algorithm, and although largely phased out in favor of AES it is still used as an encryption solution for hardware in various industries. RSA Unlike AES and Triple DES, RSA is an asymmetric algorithm using public-private cryptography to enable users to share information over insecure networks. There is a pair of keys at work here: a public key which can be shared with anyone and a private one which must not be shared. Both keys are required to encrypt and decrypt data. In general, RSA keys are 1024 or 2048 bits long, making them highly secure but quite slow. Twofish Twofish is related to Blowfish, one of the finalists of the AES competition alongside Rijndael in 2000. It is a symmetrical key block cipher where only one key is needed, which can be up to 256 bits in length while its block size is 128 bits. Twofish is not a patented cipher and is open for public use. When tested against AES for speed, it worked at a slower pace keys of 128 bits but was in fact faster for 256-bit keys. This speed makes it ideal for use as both a hardware and software encryption solution. The post The best encryption methods to guarantee online security appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  9. New technology is being introduced to consumers on a regular basis. Some technology makes a minimal impact on society and may even fade away over time, but 3D printing is one of the more innovative technologies available today that has the potential to change the world in various ways. This technology was originally mostly used in a commercial setting, and it enabled the creation of three-dimensional objects by using a special printer. Today, this technology is more affordable and user-friendly than it once was, and this has enabled more widespread use of 3D printing for personal use. If you invest in a 3D printer for your home, you and your family could benefit in substantial ways. Save Money By Creating Custom Items A 3D printer allows you to save money by creating items you may need around the house. For example, you can easily create customized objects that could be used for home décor. You may even be able to save money by making replacement parts for your appliances and furniture. Everything from furniture shims to stove knobs and more may be created. This is incredibly beneficial when these parts are difficult to find or when they are no longer being manufactured. After all, you will be able to save money by making your own parts and by fixing objects that you otherwise may have needed to replace. You simply have to create or obtain a design that can be printed from your 3D printer, and you can create the item on your own. Everything from a small picture frame to a vase and more can be created if you have the right design. You can even personalize designs to make them your own. Earn Money By Starting a Business While you can use a 3D printer to save money, you may be able to use this equipment to earn extra money as well. Some printing services, such as 3Dhubs, enable you to sell the creations that you have made at home. You will need to practice creating objects first before you can sell quality objects for a profit. You can even start a small home-based business that will offer 3D printing services. Not everyone has a 3D printer or has great skills using it, so you can easily print objects for other people. This is a great way to take your creativity and your interest in this technology and turn it into a money-making opportunity. You may even begin teaching others how to use this technology for a profit. Educate Your Children When you invest in a 3D printer, you are buying a gift that your whole family can use. Your kids will be fascinated by this technology, in particular. Children today need to know how to use the latest technology. After all, today’s modern technology will be much more mainstream and commonplace a few years from now. By educating your children, you can teach them how to enhance their creativity and come up with innovative ideas. This is a great problem-solving activity, and it is also an exercise in nurturing their imagination. Have Fun and Enhance Your Creativity 3D printing is an excellent way for the whole family to have fun, explore the depths of creativity and even to expand their knowledge. You will need to learn how to use the technology properly, and this allows you to grow and develop your technological skills. By doing so, you can stay updated with current technology and innovations. You can also create your own designs, which requires you to use your specialized knowledge in different ways. These are potentially marketable skills. Whether you want to design objects for your own use around the house or you want to sell your products for a profit, this is a fun way to use your outside-the-box thoughts to enhance your life in different ways. Final Thoughts The use of a 3D printer can be fun and exciting, and the whole family can benefit from this investment. This is a great hobby idea that you can enjoy doing in your free time, and it can expand your knowledge and creativity in fabulous ways. Now is a great time to take a closer look at some of the 3D printers on the market today. The post 4 reasons you should buy a 3D printer appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
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  11. In Evernote , you can make what is known as a Stack that incorporates a few journals inside it. This is the initial move towards great association for the school year and can be organized into two or three diverse approaches to suit your necessities and inclination. Strategy 1: If you just utilize Evernote for school and that's it, you can make stacks for each term, for example, Term 1 and Term 2. Inside each of these stacks, you can make notepads for your classes amid those terms, for example, Psychology and Nutrition. Technique 2: If you utilize Evernote for more than school, it is astute to make a stack particularly for your school and name it in that capacity. For instance, Washington High School or State University. At that point inside this stack, make journals for the terms or semesters or for your individual classes and make sure to utilize labels too. The labels will take into consideration quicker Evernote seeks when needed.Maximize Evernote with 5 Powerful Features Maximize Evernote with 5 Powerful Features Morganmax short story shared and know all of the people and especially for a student.She is also currently working leading firm in Australia.She is still full and researcher and also help online student Do my assignment Australia there are a lot of student request to making an assignment.She loves the reading book.
  12. As the social media climate heats up, some users see corporations as the enemy and blockchain as a cure. One company, Narrative, is trying to combine the two concepts into one social network by the people, for the people, and with (almost) all revenues going to the people. If you had to choose the top buzzwords of 2017, I’ll bet that one would be “social media” and the other would be “blockchain”. Social media has been through a lot this year: it’s promoted fake news and fought them, it’s seen wildly controversial scandals from the Russian election hacking to the sexual harassment accusations, and it’s brought about powerful social awareness campaigns like #metoo. With multiple platforms constantly adding features and ever growing in popularity, and especially with the political climate, social media has never been more ingrained in our lives. By this point, it’s almost like another body part. While social media busied itself with political and social righteous anger, another technological phenomenon began, and brought with it buzzwords such as “blockchain,” “bitcoin,” and “decentralization.” Blockchain and cryptocurrency, according to their advocates, hold the promise of taking the power from corporations and giving it back to the people — those who hold the bank accounts, those who buy the products, and now, those who take part in social media. This is where Narrative comes in. Narrative describes itself as a “content economy.” It’s a social network that lets users post content, both textual and visual. Narrative’s platform features three different channels: A personal journal for writers to create their own content freely, “niches” which are separated by topic and allow for discussion between members, and “brands,” which are owned and powered by organizations, both profit and non-profit. Narrative decentralizes social networking in two ways. First, users are given complete control over moderating the content that’s posted. Members rate and monitor content, and elect moderators and a “tribunal,” a kind of Supreme Court, a move Narrative says will eliminate “bad eggs” from the community. This is meant to create an level of transparency that today’s social networks sadly don’t allow. The users’ level of control is such that they even decide what ads are allowed to run on the platform. Second, users are rewarded for their contributions and efforts in the form of cryptocurrency, namely the NRV token. This doesn’t mean that Narrative members need to be crypto experts or Bitcoin buyers — in fact, no knowledge of cryptocurrency is needed, and users can also choose to be compensated in fiat currency instead of the NRV token. The NRV token sale will launch on January 16, 2017. Narrative is not the only emerging social network to use blockchain, and it won’t be the last. Like any other social network, Narrative will need to withstand the test of time, and of popularity. Without a strong user base, the noble goals of transparency and complete user control will not have the intended powerful effect. It will be interesting, though, to see what type of consumers will become Narrative’s user base. Will it be another Google+, used primarily by brands? Will it be a platform for money-making by aspiring social media influencers? Will it become a breeding ground for discussion, and if so, will decentralization bring the quality up or down? We’ll have to wait until Narrative’s launch to find out. The post Narrative plans to change the social media narrative with blockchain appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
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  14. I’ve written before about what a VPN is and why you should consider buying one, so I’ll save you from that speech again. One of my favorite VPN providers, NordVPN, is offering an extremely good deal on their service this holiday season. The company is offering three years of access to its service for $2.75/month which is a 77% discount, making the three years of service $99 instead of $430. Get NordVPN for $2.75/month! It’s an excellent deal for a great VPN service. If you would like to learn more about NordVPN, check out these other articles I’ve written before making the decision of whether to purchase it or not. By the way the deal is for a limited time, running from December 7, 2017 to January 7, 2018. What’s a VPN and who are the best VPN providers? How to setup NordVPN on your computer within 5 minutes How does a VPN affect your internet speeds? The post Save 77% on NordVPN with this special holiday deal appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  15. I recently met with Bowers & Wilkins marketing director, Jeff Connors to learn more about the release of the brand new Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless headphones. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my initial impressions video. In my meeting with Jeff, I had the chance to learn more about the PX headphones and what went into making them as well as some of the company’s plans for the future. One thing worth noting is that the Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless headphones are actually going to be replacing the Bowers & Wilkins P7 wired and wireless headphones in the company’s lineup. Design & Comfort If there is one thing Bowers & Wilkins knows (aside from sound) it’s design. The Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones are a work of art, well-built and excellently crafted with the highest quality materials including machined aluminum, ballistic nylon, and real leather. They have some heft to them but they’re not heavy, I enjoyed wearing them for hours on end in some instances. The only thing I didn’t love about the headphone design is that I felt they apply a little too much pressure on your ears/head. It’s hard to explain or quantify, it’s really something you need to try on for yourself to understand what I mean. Is it a deal breaker? Absolutely not. The PX offer raised buttons on the backside of the right ear cup, I was told that B&W made this decision to make the headphones more intuitive. And now, after testing, I’d say it was a smart choice. The raised buttons make it easy to identify what you’re doing when pressing them — such as increasing or decreasing the volume or pausing a song. Another thing of note is that the ear cups, which are made out of real leather, are magnetically attached to the headphones and can be removed so you can easily clean them or even replace them. Sound According to B&W, you need to break in the PX headphones before they sound as intended, the company says that after at least 30 hours of listening time is when you will get the best sound out of them. In my experience, I’d say that’s true. The sound delivery is a lot more natural thanks to the angled drivers that the PX use (which it borrowed from the P9s), making for an excellent sound stage with great depth and immersion into the music–it’s like the sound swims perfectly into your ear canal. As I mentioned before, the Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones borrow technology from the P9 Signature Series which has led to several sound improvements including with the bass. As someone who was previously using the Bowers & Wilkins P7 wired headphones in the past, the PX offers a much improved bass–it’s a tighter and quicker bass, and it allows the other frequencies to breathe a bit more. The PX have a very pleasant midrange that isn’t harsh or muffled at all and vocals and instruments are really nicely placed. In my listening tests, I could really hear the separation of the instruments and vocals making for a great listening experience. When it came to the treble, I found it to be a bit soft and not as balanced with other frequencies. That being said, it didn’t affect the overall sound in my opinion, and in fact, leads to a very smooth and dynamic sound at all volume levels. I also spent some time listening to the PX Wireless headphones using the included 3.5mm cable connected to a DAC plugged into my computer and let me tell you, the results were incredible. It was like listening to a completely different pair of headphones. I’d definitely recommend connecting these headphones to a DAC if you have one. Now obviously that’s not an ideal setup if you use these on the go, but if you plan to use them in your home by your computer, it’s worth looking into. I use the AudioEngine D3. Noise Cancellation The noise cancellation works well for its intended purpose which is to cancel out intrusive noises while keeping you aware of your surroundings. As I mentioned in the unboxing, there are three noise cancellation modes: City, Office, and Plane — with Plane mode offering the most intense noise cancellation. In my tests, using Office mode I was able to know when people were speaking directly to me so I could take off the headphones and have a conversation. And just in case you were curious, having a conversation with someone while wearing the Bowers & Wilkins PX in Office mode (while listening to music) is possible, but difficult. In City mode, I found myself immersed in my music while still aware of traffic around me, which if you live in a big city like me, is important when getting around. That being said, if you’re looking to be secluded on your own island then perhaps these headphones aren’t for you. Battery Life The Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless headphones claim to offer 22 hours of battery life in wireless noise cancelation mode, and that can be increased to 33 hours of battery life if you decide to use the included 3.5mm headphone cable. In my tests, the Bowers & Wilkins PX lived up to the battery life claims, during my testing I was able to use them with moderate use over the course of a few days without needing to recharge. When do you have to recharge them though, you can expect charge times to be around 2 hours or so for a full recharge. Verdict These are currently my favorite wireless headphones–they offer impeccable sound and have some of the highest build quality I’ve ever seen in headphones. The Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless retail for $399 and come in space grey or soft gold, both finishes look incredible. If you’re in the market for a new pair of headphones (wireless or wired), the PX Wireless are without a doubt worth considering. WATCH: Unboxing the Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless headphones The post Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless headphones review appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  16. Bing Crosby may not have been dreaming of a technologically driven Christmas, but that is probably because he could not have begun to fathom the gadgets and apps that have been developed to make our festive season that bit more convenient. Nothing can quite recreate the illustrious white winter holidays of which so many dream, although give it a few years and there will probably be an app to bring the snow. What technology can give us today, however, is a plethora of ways to spruce up decorations cleverly or to alleviate some of the inevitable stress that often threatens to derail festivities, meaning that you can put your feet up with the family sooner than ever before. Shopping from home Technology is obviously an integral part of life in the 21st century, but the past couple of years have witnessed a sharp increase in devices that enable everyday activities to be completed with greater ease. We identified the Amazon Echo as one of the hottest devices of the festive season in 2016, and technology such as this is only growing more prevalent. With BGR estimating that upwards of 10 million Echo devices will be sold by the conclusion of 2017, this kind of technology will be making holidays easier in a vast number of households. Consumers are able to add items to their shopping list with ease by voice, making keeping your list updated much easier and more efficient. Of course, online shopping has redefined the festive experience for many. That mad dash to claim the last of a bargain will never be fully eliminated, but the continued expansion of online shopping means that many choose to complete their purchases entirely from the comfort of their own home. SaleCycle compiled statistics based on e-commerce for the 2016 holiday season, and the findings are as you might expect: online sales for that period rose by 11%, and it would be no surprise to find that figure has risen for the 2017 holidays. With such depth and variety of products found on online shopping websites, it is certain that technology has made the winter holidays a bit more relaxed when it comes to the pressure of giving gifts. ‘Appy Holidays While it is not yet feasible to make it snow on command, there are other ways to immerse yourself in a luxurious winter environment if reality just isn’t doing it for you. Of course, classic holiday movies are easy ways to dive headfirst into a festive mood, but they lack the immersive nature of winter-related apps. Sure, movies are great, but there are gaming winter wonderlands that allow players to participate in that hallowed festive environment. Android apps such as Hidden Objects – Winter Wonder allow players to turn their screen into a rich winter environment to distract from the cold outside. Frozen Diamonds is a slot game with a holiday theme, its moving soundtrack evokes a spirit synonymous with the festive season, and its visuals transport players into the winter wonderland in which the game is set. For those seeking a less competitive gaming experience, If you’re lucky enough to own one of the leading smartphones of 2017, then a high quality screen will enhance the immersive nature of these games. But even when games aren’t exclusively holiday-themed, we often find holiday-themed stages, events and easter eggs. In Minecraft, players can build their own Christmas trees and decorations and in Sega’s 1996 title NiGHTS into Dreams you can play an exclusive Christmas-themed level. The game was recently released with updated HD graphics for the PC, PlayStation Network, and Xbox LIVE Arcade. Outside of gaming, there is a multitude of ways to turn your portable device into a portable Christmas. From apps that simulate advent calendars such to the teaching of festive songs, from decorating your device with festive wallpaper to finding ideas for winter snacks, there are enough apps out there to fill a whole winter holiday. Some may well complain that the rise of mobile devices undermines festivities and a focus on family, but if used respectfully and in a restrained fashion there are many apps that can enhance the holidays. It is not always possible for families to congregate in the same location for the holidays, so it is fortunate that apps such as Skype and FaceTime enable people to benefit from face-to-face interactions even when far apart. Light up the holidays Although the concept of Christmas lights dates back to the 12th century, advances in technology mean that displays grow more and more dazzling each year. With stunning sights across the country, there is no better way to instigate a festive feeling than by basking in the warm glow of a display of lights. Decorations are something that many people approach with utmost seriousness, a chance to reinvigorate the facade of their house that comes but once a year. Now with LED lights that change color on their own to lights that activate in response to sound, technology gives people the opportunity to create more spectacular and more efficient light displays in their home to compete with the expansive displays that often adorn town centers. Of course, if you can control all of your lights from your smartphone then it will make things even easier. Technology has enabled people to personalize their holidays to a greater extent, with a wide array of apps allowing users to individualize their festive experience. The huge and unrelenting development of e-commerce allows people to perform their shopping in a more relaxed fashion, with an almost boundless selection of items just one click away from purchase. It will be a gift in itself to continue to watch in awe at how technology reshapes and refines even the oldest traditions. The post The festive tech trend: how technology can help get you into the holiday spirit appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  17. What went wrong at Mashable?

    Oh Mashable, you had such lofty ambitions. The digital publisher has been sold at a fire sale price–less than $50 million according to a source of Recode to Ziff Davis, a digital media subsidiary of tech company J2 and will now being laying off 50 employees. Not too long ago, Mashable was valued at $250 million after Time Warner’s Turner led a $15 million investment in the spring of 2016. The sale price of Mashable to Ziff Davis is literally one-fifth the valuation the company had a year ago. I want to examine what went so terribly wrong for Mashable. Let’s turn back the clocks a bit to July 19 (my birthday!) 2005–that’s when a guy named Pete Cashmore started blogging from his home in Scotland about technology and social media. At the time all this stuff was still relatively new to most people, especially social media. Cashmore capitalized on this new trend, covering new startups and apps, building a following over time. Everything was going well, Cashmore turned the site into a business, generating revenue primarily from display ads. But then in September 2010 something big happened–something that really was the sign of an end of an era for upstart digital media companies: AOL acquired TechCrunch for around $30 to $40 million (note the price, it’s eerily similar today’s Mashable price tag). I said this back then and I’ll say it again now: The era of major independent blogs, news sites, etc is coming to an end. Mainstream media and content providers will start to acquire more of these “new media” sites and what is currently new will be old, and what is old will be new. Independent sites will have a much more difficult time competing due to lack of resources, capital, and ability to easily scale. And it seems I turned out to be pretty spot on. The next four years were interesting for Mashable as it looked for ways to keep growing, the company started diversifying itself by bringing in new kinds of coverage. The site, which was known mostly for tech and social media coverage was now a giant mess of varying topics from tech to social to entertainment to viral videos to lifestyle to pretty much anything and everything. In my opinion this is when Mashable lost its way, it lost its focus and in an attempt to scale and be everything to everyone, they started what would ultimately be their death spiral. In 2014 as Cashmore & Co. were continuing to look for ways to be bigger than TechCrunch (and by that I mean, get a sale price much higher) the team apparently decided to take outside investment for the first time. So in March 2014, Mashable raised a $14 million Series A led by Tribune Digital Ventures and so the scale at all costs mission began. Then less than full year later, in January 2015, Mashable raised an additional $17 million Series B round. This investment was earmarked for video content and a push towards creating much more video because advertisers are willing to pay a premium to advertise against video content. And finally, in late March 2016, two years after it took an initial investment of $14 million, Mashable was able to raise an additional $15 million to stay afloat and pray that their video pivot would work (quickly). All-in the company raised $46 million and sold for less than $50 million. Ouch. The problems at Mashable were fairly simple: too wide a range of content (meaning the audience never really knew what to expect from them), too much jumping from one hot publishing trend to the next (e.g. writing about social media to viral videos to entertainment news to anything that would get a page view), and a pivot to video that came way too late. As of right now, Mashable has been using this as their mission statement: The leading media company for the connected generation and voice of digital culture. What does that even mean? Could it be any more broad/general? The company has had an identity problem for years. It seems Ziff Davis thinks so too. According to the Recode report I read earlier, Ziff Davis plans to keep Mashable running but wants to refocus the company on tech and tech-lifestyle content. Finally, some focus. I think the story of Mashable is one to learn from: Keep focused when building your product and make sure you perfect one thing before moving onto the next. Additionally, I think the sale price is probably more inline with what the company should actually have been valued and I can’t help but wonder how this will affect other giants in the digital media space such as BuzzFeed, Vox, and Vice in the short and long term. I have a feeling that term sheets may be harder to come by and that more layoffs may be on the way. The post What went wrong at Mashable? appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  18. Everyone wants a moment in the spotlight. Podcasters and videocasters are in the business of sharing their art, skills, and opinions with viewers around the world. However, when they upload their videos, it’s a one-way street: they only put on the show, and their audiences remain in the shadows, without taking part in the events they enjoy and joining the conversation. On the other end of the screen, video broadcasters may sometimes feel that it’s hard to fully engage with the instant feedback and begin a conversation with their audience. Once the content is broadcasted and shared, broadcasters may feel detached from their audiences, with no direct and interactive feedback. Reading messages from viewers can often become stale, repetitive, and even impersonal. One platform that manages to break through the barrier between viewers and broadcasters is ringID Live. The application, by social network ringID, enables broadcasters to correspond with their viewers through live engagement, direct voice, and video calls, turning a seemingly one-sided relationship into an interactive experience for both broadcasters and audiences. Once broadcasters and audiences connect, audience members can be given the opportunity to share the limelight and co-host or speak on the broadcast itself. Users can discover new content by browsing a specific location or category to easily navigate video broadcasts that appeal to them. ringID users are also able to share and download media onto a newsfeed, where the community can engage, comment, and like different broadcasts in one space. Also, if a ‘like’ just isn’t doing the content justice, viewers can also reward their favorite broadcasters with virtual gifts (cashable) so broadcasters can earn real money. ringID Live has its own currency, called ringID coins, which users trade to buy virtual gifts. Each coin is valued at $0.001. Gifts include a bouquet of virtual flowers (25 coins), a diamond ring (1000 coins), a red Lamborghini (15,000 coins) and more. The coin transaction between broadcasters’ and the viewer generates commissions, and broadcasters can also choose to make their videos pay-to-watch. ringID Live is the latest feature in a series of new additions to the ringID social networking platform aiming to put all the features and abilities of social networking under one app. So far, ringID has already included features, such as stickers, multimedia messaging, secret chat, and a “lite” version of the app. Although this platform is promising us the future of participation and engagement, it is fairly new and mostly only being used by those in South Asian countries. It still has much to go before it reaches the western shores of Europe and America. Only then can we truly know if ringID will be the leading form of two-way video broadcasting or just the start of a much longer journey. As live videos make their way onto social media, two-way broadcasting is becoming more and more popular. Instagram recently tested and added a two-way live stream option. Live streaming is useful not just for individual users sharing their lives with the Internet, but also for businesses that use social media to market products and services. Inviting a viewer to participate and engages in the broadcast is an effective way to connect with target audiences. It is both intimate and public at the same time. The two-way live video option brings broadcasters closer to their audiences – no matter who they are. Looking towards the future of video broadcasting and their mobile features it will be of no surprise if this is just the start of the way in which we participate and observe our icons, idols and content creators. Engagement and participation is the future of this technology. The post ringID Live brings its broadcasters to life for their fans appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
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  21. So you have a bunch of movies and/or TV shows you have acquired over the years and want to finally organize them on your computer? This was the exact situation I found myself in a while back, so I started to do some research for the best way to organize my movie library and after a little research the answer was clear: I needed to use iFlicks. iFlicks is a great macOS app that makes it super simple to organize your movie and TV library–it offers advanced metadata collection features as well as the ability to quickly convert without loss (or if there is, very minimal) to quality of the video file. It also has more advanced workflow features built-in as well, such as the ability to watch particular folders for new video content and automate tasks using rules and scripts. By using iFlicks you can make your movie library look great on iTunes with the appropriate artwork and metadata information such as movie title, the year it was released, cast and crew information, chapters, and much more. It can do the same for your TV show library as well, including identifying season and episode number. I’ve been using iFlicks for a couple years now and I love it, it’s easy to use and it’s fast. I have been happy with the default settings for the most part, it provides pretty much everything I need. iFlicks pulls metadata and adds it to movie/TV files quickly and conversions (when they need to happen) are no different. My iTunes library looks great and plays great across all my devices. The app is available in the Mac App Store for $35. You can also get access to iFlicks via Setapp which is a Netflix for macOS apps that costs $9.99 per month and includes iFlicks and many other great apps. The post iFlicks review: how to organize your movies on macOS appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  22. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are both terms that are well-known amongst techies. However, mixed reality now seems to be the term that’s getting all the mentions and the column-inches. So is mixed reality the next “big thing” or is it just more of the same? The primary reason for Mixed Reality becoming a ubiquitous term is the launch of Microsoft’s Windows mixed reality platform. Supported by a new range of headsets, this is a new feature-set within Windows 10. It allows the operating system to deliver new experiences for both apps and games that merge the best features of both virtual reality and augmented reality. In order to make sense of this, it helps to define what all of these terms actually mean, especially when there can be considerable overlap between them. Virtual reality (VR) involves users interacting with virtual worlds, characters and objects. Although various applications exist for this outside the world of gaming, it’s VR games on platforms like PlayStation VR and the Oculus Rift that have gained real popularity over recent years. Augmented reality (AR) is rather different, as it involves applications that add virtual objects to the real world. On the most basic level, this can include things like the filters you can place over real-life photos and video feeds using social media apps like Snapchat. Augmented reality is also seen in gaming. The most notable example is in Nintendo’s Pokemon Go, a mobile game that continues to earn almost half a million dollars from players daily. Although this is AR in a rather basic form, the idea of seeing virtual game characters overlay the real world clearly remains a compelling proposition for many people, plenty of whom probably don’t know that what they’re playing with involves Augmented Reality! Mixed reality (MR) is a comprehensive hybrid of both of the above. It allows for virtual objects in the real world, and for real-life objects to be inserted into a virtual world. But is it really something completely new? As previously mentioned, Microsoft are blazing a trail with regard to mixed reality. Their HoloLens project hardware is available to developers at the time of writing. It’s described as “the first self-contained, holographic computer,” and will allow people to interact with holograms “inserted” into the world around them. Microsoft’s marketing efforts around the HoloLens seem focussed on real-life applications, business uses and apps. This is something that’s perhaps driving the use of the term “mixed reality,” since “VR” is something that’s become strongly associated with gaming. Back in the real world, people are increasingly used to interacting with mixed reality environments, even if they may not know them by that name. Another example of where such technology is used to good effect is in live casino environments, where people interact with real-life dealers and croupiers via their electronic devices, whilst placing bets from a distance. Mixed reality isn’t actually that new, when one considers that Sony’s Eye Toy accessory for the PlayStation, released back in 2003, was essentially a mixed reality device – albeit one based on a rudimentary webcam. So, while it’s clear that Microsoft are keen to push mixed reality as something completely new, it’s far more a case of evolution than revolution – at least until we reach the point where we really are routinely interacting with holograms! In reality, it’s surely less about the names and acronyms and far more about what people do with the tech? The post Is mixed reality the next frontier for VR and AR? appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  23. Everyone is familiar with the common job hunting struggles, but with Woo’s newest AI robot, “Helena,” job seeking has finally been made easy. The average employment process today is long, difficult, and frustrating; on both sides. With Woo’s new technology the future of recruitment will be straightforward and painless. So how does Woo work? Woo’s AI headhunter Helena collects relevant data from Woo’s community of job seekers and employers, as well as external online sources. It then uses powerful algorithms to create high quality matches. The platform houses a unique pool of candidates, 80% of whom are open to, but not actively seeking a new job. Thousands of passive job seekers discreetly join Woo every month, input their experience and career desires, and then are served up opportunities that match their preferences and desires. Of these candidates 50% move forward with interview, which is 3x more than recruiting agencies, and 20x more than job boards. Basically Helena does all the scouting, recruiting and approaching; acting as a matchmaker to find the perfect alignment between employees and employers. In today’s fast paced society it’s increasingly important to stay ahead of the current trends. The working culture of past generations is not the same as the working culture of the current or future generations. Younger generations tend to change jobs at a faster pace, therefore the platform will aid employers in filling these open positions more quickly, and efficiently before suffering productivity or profit loss. In addition the platform will also help these employees to fill new positions better suited for them conveniently. Essentially Helena is a blend of AI, machine learning, and human expertise. Woo has invested more than two years in building Helena, by putting together a “dream team” of the best recruiters and data scientists from industry-leading companies like Google and Facebook, as well as top algorithm engineers. The team trained the headhunter robot how recruiters think and make decisions, which enables Helena to get smarter over time through employer feedback and machine learning. And the invested time in perfecting Helena has paid off; Helena is already out-performing human recruiters in both speed, and quality matchmaking. However, Woo isn’t the only player in the market. Since the increased demand in the HR assessment market we’ve seen growth in smart recruitment companies. Companies like Talent Sonar, Entelo, and Fama are using powerful algorithms and software to uncover correlations between attributes, job performance, and analytics that best fit a person to a job. Predictive algorithms and machine learning are becoming the emerging tool in identifying the best candidates. Although the market is competitive, Woo having the first ever AI-powered virtual headhunter has put them in the lead of this AI revolution of hiring. The post Woo uses AI to improve and simplify the employment process appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  24. It happens to pretty much everyone eventually–you run out of space on your computer. All those movies you downloaded, apps you installed, documents and pictures you’ve acquired over the years add up after a while. So what do you do? You decide to buy an external drive to store some of this data, but now the question becomes, “what are the best external drives and which should I buy?” That’s what this guide is designed to help you to figure out. The best external drives for your computer depends on a couple of things, first, what kind of ports does your computer have? USB 3? USB-C? Thunderbolt 2? Thunderbolt 3? Once you know what kind of ports are on your computer, the next question becomes how do you plan to utilize this external drive? Will you be using it mostly to just to store files and occasionally access them or will you be regularly reading and writing files to the drive? If it’s the former, you don’t need to spend that much money on an external drive. If it’s the latter, you should a bit more selective with the drive you pick. USB 3.0 External Drives Seagate Backup Plus — The Seagate Backup Plus is a great, compact external drive that starts at just $89 at the time of writing this. It offers USB 3.0 connectivity and will work seamlessly on both Mac and Windows computers without having to reformat the drive thanks to a special driver that will install on a Mac if it’s connected to one. There are four models: 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB. Additionally, if you get the Hub model it adds two USB ports to the front of the drive as well. You can also use the Seagate Mobile Backup app on an iOS or Android mobile device, and you’ll be able to back up all of the pictures and videos from your device to your Seagate drive. USB-C External Drives Samsung SSD T5 — The Samsung SSD T5 is the successor to the super popular T3, it has faster SSD storage while offering the same super small portable and compact metal design. The T5 boasts super fast read/write speeds of up to 540 MB/s and features USB-C 3.1. Pricing starts at $109 for 250GB, there are also 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB models as well. If you’re planning to move files back and forth from your computer to your external drive, this is a great drive. It will serve you well for any heavy read/write tasks including video editing. Glyph Atom SSD — The Glyph Atom SSD external drive is another great choice for a super fast USB-C drive. These drives are some of the smallest I’ve seen and offer a lot of space along with great speed–it also offers USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 which is nice as it’s a bit faster than the Gen 1 spec. The Glyph Atom SSD is available in a 1TB model and will run you $399. If you want speed, decent storage, and extreme portability this is the drive for you. Last thing of note, Glyph also has a version of this drive called the Atom RAID SSD which offers double the storage (2TB) in a RAID0 array, that model will run you a bit more though, with a $829 price tag. G-Technology G-Drive Slim — Another great choice is the G-Technology G-Drive Slim which we’ve reviewed in the past. It too, offers speeds up to 540MB/s and features USB-C 3.1 Gen 2. It’s available for $359. Thunderbolt 2 and 3 External Drives LaCie D2 Thunderbolt 2 / USB 3.0 — The LaCie D2 Thunderbolt 2 / USB 3.0 external drive is an excellent pick for someone with a lot of data, it’s not the fastest external drive with read/write speeds of 220MB/s (remember this external drive is using a 7200rpm hard drive, not solid state drive), but it’s fast enough and will get the job done. Plus, it comes in multiple configurations, including 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB. I’ve personally used this drive in the past and I loved it–I stored all my data on it, including movies, music, photos, and documents. They also sell a SSD upgrade kit which can add an additional 128GB SSD storage to the device. This is a great choice for people with a lot of data and for those who have older Mac and/or Windows computers with Thunderbolt 2 ports. Pricing starts at $229 for 3TB. LaCie 2big Thunderbolt 3 Dock — The LaCie 2big Thunderbolt 3 dock is personally my current favorite external drive, it’s versatile, incredibly fast (thanks to Thunderbolt 3), and offers a ton of storage. I highly recommend you read my complete review for the details. The drive is designed with professionals in mind, those who deal with a lot of data and need a place to house it. I really like the built-in SD card reader as it helps make my workflow much simpler when taking video off my camera and putting it onto my LaCie drive. Pricing starts at $648 for 8TB with three additional models also offered with 12TB, 16TB, or 20TB. Have any other external drives you think I should add to my list? Let me know in the comments! The post Buying Guide: the best external drives appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  25. Today’s digitalized era has made it easier than ever for all kinds of businesses to have an online presence. According to a research, eight in ten Americans prefer shopping online. That is almost 79% of U.S. consumers, as compared to a meagre 22% back in 2000. This is why, it is a good time to start an online store and spread your wings further if you already haven’t. Having a digital presence for your brand can help you reach out to more people, equating to even more sales and revenue for your business. The first step towards building an online store, however, is to decide the type of platform that would suit the nature of your business the best. One of the most common and user-friendly options is WordPress. Many e-commerce businesses are using WordPress to reach out to their customers. It is a highly customizable platform that suits almost every business owner’s needs. It is also light on the pocket and according to a recent survey, around 10% of the ecommerce stores today are using WordPress to build their website. Once you are up and running on WordPress, the next task is to install relevant plugins that can make your e-store even more efficient. The website is going to represent your business, so you want it to be flawless to give the right impression to your customers. There are countless options to choose from to create a beautiful and functional online store. With more than 40,000 plugins to choose on WordPress, it can be a tad bit overwhelming to select the one that will suit your business. In this article, we are going to share 7 of our favorite ecommerce WordPress plugins that will not only make your life easier, but will also make sure that lots of cash flows in. 1- WP e-Commerce A popular choice among e-commerce website builders, WP e-commerce is one of the leading e-commerce solutions that makes it easy for you to run your e-store. It is a free plugin which features a variety of coupon codes, discounts and free shipping options, single-page checkout, integration with all major e-commerce payment options and much more. You can always upgrade the plug-in to make it even more dynamic and add more features to it like extra payment gateways, slider carousels and additional shipping options. It is undoubtedly a must-have plugin for all e-commerce websites. 2- Hummingbird If your website takes forever to load, chances are that your customer will leave. According to a recent study, an average visitor will not even wait for 8 seconds for the website to load. In addition, Google recommends that a trusted website should load within 2 seconds, otherwise your search result rankings will suffer. This is why, it is crucial to speed up your website. One of the best ways to do this is to use caching. Hummingbird is an app that jumps to your rescue and will take care of this aspect. It is an easy to use plugin that scans and analyzes your website. Once this is done, your website will be scored according to its current speed. A couple of clicks can resolve any issue if the need arises. Hummingbird does not only do page caching; It also minifies, compresses and merges so that your visitors can experience the best version of your website. It is a paid plugin but worth all the money. You can try Hummingbird for free with a 14-day trial, and watch your website soar as fast as a hummingbird (pun intended). 3- Defender Being the most popular choice for creating websites, WordPress is also an easy target for hackers. This is why, you should be prepared for it beforehand. Thus, it is important to tighten your website security from time to time and Defender is an excellent plugin that will help you to do this and more. Defender is a plugin that searches your website for vulnerabilities and updates you whenever there is one. You can patch them up instantly by a single click. You can also schedule clean up sessions and stop worrying about threats. You can try Defender for free with a 14-day trial and then buy the full version if you like it. 4- Google Analytics+ While running an e-commerce business, it is important to track your visitors and their visiting patterns. Google Analytics is an excellent plugin that gives you the opportunity to work on the areas that your website might be lagging behind in. All the information, including track visits, page views, bounce rate, average visit duration and referrers, is presented directly on your admin dashboard. You can also analyze your customers’ shopping behaviors based on demographic and interests by enabling the advanced settings. It is a great plugin that helps you keep track of all the important statistics of your website and the best part is that it has an easy user-interface. 5- MarketPress If you want your users to have a breezy shopping experience on your website, it is important to choose the right solution. MarketPress is a plugin that makes sure that your online store runs successfully, and both you and your customers are provided ease and comfort at every step. Your existing website style is automatically integrated with this plugin, making it easier for you to manage your sales and inventory, shipping requirements and tracking products. You can manage a complete e-commerce network through it. MarketPress can handle anything ranging from VAT tax requirements, coupons, product variations, one-page checkout, PDF invoices, 16 built-in payment gateways and so much more. It is actually a one-stop solution for all your ecommerce woes, and with it, you can literally sell anything. Try out a free version of MarketPress at WordPress.org if you do not believe us. 6- Fast Secure Contact Form With this plugin, you can easily create and insert forms on your WordPress website. The contact forms created through the Fast Secure Contact Form plugin are completely customizable. You can add any extra field to suit your requirements. Multiple forms can also be generated and visitors can be redirected to any URL once the message is sent out. This plugin also uses CAPTCHA to avoid spam. Try it now and get in touch with your customers in a better way. 7- Salesmate One of the biggest challenges that most e-stores face is finding an effective WordPress CRM plugin. The answer to your CRM related troubles lie in using Salesmate. This tool does not only make it easy for you to use a CRM right inside your WordPress site, but also simplifies the whole system for its users. With its easy to use interface, you can manage sales pipeline, improve email productivity, track sales, use the built in VoIP calling system, automate sales tasks and so much more. So, try the 15-day free trial of Salesmate today, and watch it do CRM magic. Conclusion Arm your website with these plugins and get ready to make an impression in the world of online business. Establish a name for your brand by extruding professionalism and reliability through your website. Are there any other plugins that make it easy for you to run your online store? If so, share your experiences and comment in the section below. The post 7 ecommerce WordPress plugins that will make your online store even better appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  26. Do you know the difference between a stock and a bond? What about the difference between your savings account and a 401(K)? And speaking of that 401(K), when you set it up, how did you have it vested? No idea? Well, you’re not alone, the most recent studies don’t bode well for financial literacy in the US, and the state of economic literacy becomes worse when you talk about millennials and younger people. One man, Mario Fischel, decided this is just wrong – young people who are just figuring out their finances should know as much as possible so they can set themselves up for success in the future, through setting up sound investments and proper retirement plans. That’s why Fischel created Bulls and Bears, a game dedicated to teaching players of all ages about the financial world around them. The game takes place on a board, and this progresses the game, but the real financial secret sauce is in the cards. The cards can cover anything from retirement plans to the effects of the Chinese market, and they are also the educational component of the game. The “Knowledge” card deck explains concepts and skills, and then quizzes the players on them with flash-card-like questions such as “How to calculate price-earnings ratios,” “What’s an ETF?”, “What’s the difference between real and nominal interest rates?” The players compete against each other in answering the financial trivia questions. Bulls and Bears flash cards.In addition to the knowledge cards are two other decks that imitate life: the uncertainties and the complexities of it. News Flash cards teach players how to respond to the events, in politics and in economics, that affect us all. When “Congress cuts taxes,” “Fed launches quantitative easing,” “President slaps tariffs on imports from China,” do you make your money and investment decisions differently? Are you even aware of how these events and laws affect your daily life? Bulls and Bears forces players to deal with these situations, assess the impact of each event, and buy or sell assets accordingly. The game then reveals the real market response and the players either earn or lose money. The third and final set of cards teach the most important lesson of all: that life is unpredictable. Since unpredictability is what often tosses a wrench into even the best-laid financial plans, it’s important to teach young people to expect the unexpected and rise to the challenge of hitting life’s curveballs. It’s equally important to recognize good opportunities as they arise, and take full advantage of them. Saving and investing for the future is one of the most important habits that many millennials sadly lack. The Bulls and Bears Wild Cards present opportunities and crises alike, and players are expected to deal and change their financial plans to fit the new reality. By teaching kids and adults to manage their money in the face of changing technologies, economics and politics, Bulls and Bears challenges a situation that not many have the guts to face: that the current system and culture are failing us as citizens of the world and failing our children as future members of society. What’s needed is a revolution in how we teach finances, the driving force behind most of the things happening in our lives, and Bulls and Bears might just be the first step. It’s interesting the Bulls and Bears does this with the ancient art of the board game, pulling kids away from the screens of their tablets and game consoles – perhaps this way they are more likely to engage in discussion with each other and with their parents? In any case, the game also offers a companion app, or a “gamified course,” which provides quick lessons and tips that help players get more out of the game. But, while that might be the sentiment, the execution might not be the best – this is a game after all, and more depth is needed to understand complex financial structures. The game also doesn’t strike me as very thrilling, so it might have big trouble captivating a younger audience. Couple that with the fact that financial games do exist already – the writer of this article is a Cashflow veteran, and that feels like a solid game that has a pretty big audience already, so what gap is Bulls and Bears filling? Time will tell if this is really a new and different player or just a different take on an existing type of game that fails to capture its audience – although it is encouraging that Bulls and Bears has already garnered some good reviews and awards, including the The National Parenting Center special award. Fischel himself only wants to help people understand finances better. “After witnessing firsthand how complicated economics can be, I wanted to use my experience to break it down and make it simple and fun to understand for others,” he said. And while the good intentions and maybe even the card mechanics are there, this might be too much education and too little entertainment in the edutainment equation. The post Bulls and Bears is a new game that wants to help you prepare for retirement appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  27. We’ve talked about VPN’s in the past, they are great tools to help keep what you’re doing online secure. Today I’ll be reviewing PureVPN. The first thing I noticed when signing up for PureVPN was that the password can only be 12 characters max (and no special characters)–which is really weird and unsecure, I have no idea why they have that limit imposed. Nonetheless, I continued and once signed up, I was provided with a PureVPN username which is not to be confused with the email you signed up with–the username is separate and will be required to login to the apps along with your password. Again, I’m not sure why they provide a separate username, but that’s how they do it. Your email is used to login to the web dashboard and your PureVPN username is used to login to the apps. PureVPN doesn’t offer a free version or a free trial of their product, however, they do offer a seven-day money-back guarantee. One thing I really like about PureVPN’s pricing structure is that it doesn’t lock features behind different price tiers, instead offering the same capabilities with different billing cycles. PureVPN costs $10.95 per month, though there are usually discounts in play. You can also opt to pay $53.70 for a six-month subscription, or $70.80 for a two-year term. However, being that we’re currently in the holiday season, the company has a special Cyber Monday deal where you can get PureVPN for as low as $2.08 per month with a two year plan billed at $49.99. Subscription payments can be made via just about every means you could desire: credit card, AliPay, Bitcoin, Cashu, PaymentWall, or PayPal. The service also accepts nearly a dozen other cryptocurrencies. You can even pay with gift cards from popular stores such as Starbucks. PureVPN also offers some optional add-on features: for an additional $1.99 per month you get a NAT Firewall and for another $1.99 you can buy a dedicated IP address. These two add-ons are not necessary for most users of the service and the app provides an information dialog explaining whether or not these features are right for you. No matter what plan you choose, you get five licenses to spread across all your devices. PureVPN has clients for macOS, Windows, and Linux as well as mobile clients for Android and iOS. The company also released a Chrome plugin to the list of supported platforms. Using the plugin only secures the web traffic of your browser, which might be ideal for some users. It also blocks ads and advertising trackers, and has some malware protection capabilities. Interestingly, these are features not found in the core VPN app. The plugin also blocks some WebRTC elements which allow websites to use certain elements of your computer—such as webcam or microphone, which is great for those who are super privacy conscious. I’m always happy to see companies adding more features, but it’s worth noting that PureVPN’s malware, advertising, and tracker blockers are powered by blacklists so they’re not foolproof. While that’s a good start, it won’t hold a candle to the advanced malware detection and removal tools found in stand-alone antivirus solutions, so definitely use PureVPN as an additional layer of security–not a complete replacement. One of the features PureVPN boasts about is its ability to allow you to stream video content while using its network. In my tests, YouTube videos played seamlessly, without any hiccups or buffering when connected to the fast streaming servers. That being said, don’t expect to be able to watch Netflix while using PureVPN, I had no such luck despite it being advertised. Other benefits include the fact PureVPN supports P2P file sharing and BitTorrent on more than 200 of its servers (they have 750+ total). The Split Tunneling feature (which is really nifty) also lets you select specific traffic to go through the VPN. This feature lets you keep certain activities secure and allow more data-hungry but less sensitive functions to get the direct access they need. I did experience a few issues with PureVPN in my tests though, often times I found it taking abnormally long to connect to one of their servers. Other times I had trouble staying connected to the VPN, there were at least two separate occasions in my tests that I randomly got disconnected from PureVPN on my iPhone. I’d love to see PureVPN add some kind of notification for when you get disconnected from the VPN server as I only found out by going back into the app and seeing I wasn’t connected anymore. Additionally, the design of the PureVPN apps could use some updating. In addition to it needing support for the iPhone X, It’s also a bit confusing (you shouldn’t have to tap the disconnect icon and then tap disconnect to actually disconnect) and the background images they include in the app (e.g. see the screenshot below of the London city bus) are distracting and take away from the app. Overall, PureVPN is a decent VPN service with fast servers, a lot of features, and low price points. It’s worth checking out, and of course, if you don’t like it, you have that seven day money-back guarantee. The post PureVPN review: fast servers and lots of features at just $2.08/month appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  28. The phenomenon “wisdom of the crowd” represents the idea that large groups of people are collectively smarter than even the brightest individual in it, especially when it comes to problem solving, decision making, innovating, or predicting. This concept was originally popularized by James Surowiecki in his 2004 book, The Wisdom of Crowds, which showed that in various arenas, such as pop culture, biology, psychology, and more, large groups make better decisions than individualized ones. The idea behind it is that using broad opinions to create a collective agenda grants more credibility and buzz among others in the group. We’ve seen the rise of many apps and companies that efficiently use crowdsourced information to operate – think Waze, Uber, and TripAdvisor, to name a few. The wisdom of the crowd is also being leveraged on social media sites such as Quora, Yahoo! Answers and Wikipedia, where people share their knowledge about their fields of expertise. All these examples function based on the notion that the idea of many will be more reliable than the sole opinion of one. However, the process of using a group’s collective decision to power businesses started way before Waze, Uber, etc. came into existence. The idea of wisdom of the crowd dates back to betting contests in the 18th Century. For example, there’s a historical tale of a group of 800 together estimated the weight of an ox – and they were correct within 1% of the true weight. This accurate guess shows the power of crowdsourced information. One modern day application of crowdsourced information is CrowdWiz, a fully decentralized crowd wisdom powered investment platform. CrowdWiz hopes to combine blockchain technology and the wisdom of the crowd to democratize the investment industry, reducing the power of financial institutions like banks, funds, and exchanges, and giving it back to where it should be – with the investors themselves. CrowdWiz made a splash when it first entered the crypto scene a few months ago, and now the company boasts over $5 million raised in pre-sales. CrowdWiz launched its WIZ token on November 20th, after raising over $5 million in its public pre-sale, as well as released a demo of an alpha that shows how the platform will operate. In line with its attempts to bring transparency and fairness to the investment world, CrowdWiz’s ICO features the first credit card processing solution. This means that for the first time during an ICO, participants can use credit cards to purchase tokens. Unlike other ICOs, CrowdWiz aims to make the blockchain understandable for the average consumers, many of whom have never even heard of an ICO. CrowdWiz wants anyone to be able to invest in its ICO, regardless of how much or little they know about crypto, paralleling the company’s goals to make the investment process fair and open to all. Using the benefits that crowdsourced information provides, CrowdWiz delegates the decision making process when it comes to investment funds to the CrowdWiz community, rather than third party fund managers who often have dishonest or conflicting interests. The platform uses the wisdom of the crowd to make investment decisions, as under the right circumstances large enough groups tend to make remarkably good decisions and are often smarter than the smartest people in them (remember the ox example from the beginning?) Thus, the wisdom of the crowd produces the best and most promising company to invest in. While CrowdWiz sounds all well and good (who wouldn’t want to control their investments themselves?) the question remains, can the crowd be as trustworthy as CrowdWiz claims? In theory the idea is great, and most of the time relying on the wisdom of many rather than just one can really pay off (especially if you are guessing the weight of an ox). But when it comes to investments and money, there’s the question of just how sure can CrowdWiz be that their community won’t somehow produce the wrong results? Are there any protective measures in place to combat any such anomalies? Only time will tell! The post CrowdWiz is the blockchain company that’s going “all in” on crowd wisdom appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
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