Small Business Marketing: The Ultimate Guide

This 8500 word monster article was contributed by Sneha Mittal.  Entrepreneurship comes with its own set of challenges and with so many options out there, it might be difficult for you to master all aspects of the business. Marketing is evolving each day and even more with the technological evolution changing the way consumers live. When done right, marketing can help your business grow rapidly. Are you a business owner who wants to grow your business but doesn’t know much about marketing? Do yo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Business, Design, Microsoft, Yahoo, Marketing, Social Media, Linkedin, CMO, Content Marketing, Cta, Customers, Google Analytics, Quora

Japan is Giving Away Free Houses

There are some 8 million abandoned homes -- or akiya -- in Japanese suburbia, according to The Japan Times . And if you've got a visa allowing you to live in Japan, some of them can be yours for free or very low prices, and the government may give you a subsidy to renovate one. From a report: There are even databases devoted to helping people find these homes, known as "akiya banks." What's driving the government to give away homes? In part, it has to do with Japan's aging population: According ...
Tags: Japan, China, Tech, Japan Times

AI is changing Google Ads : Time for Marketers to re-evaluate their digital strategy.

Google Ads are used by millions of individuals and companies daily for their marketing campaign. For one of the leaders in AI and ML, it was about time to incorporate the technology in ads sphere also. It’s most lucrative revenue generator. Google has launched “Responsive Search Ads”. Responsive search ads let you create an ad […]
Tags: Google, Business, Artificial Intelligence

Tencent-backed fleet manager G7 racks up $320M in funding

A sizable funding round is poised to heat up a race to automate China’s logistics infrastructure. Beijing-based fleet management company G7 announced on Monday that it has banked $320 million to drive technological development, bringing its total capital raised to around $500 million. G7, which runs a proprietary connected platform for trucks, shippers, fleet manager and drivers, received the proceeds from lead investor HOPU Investments, one of the most high-profile private equity firms in Ch...
Tags: China, Tech, Beijing, Alibaba, Tencent, G7, Total Energy Ventures, ZTO, GLP Bank of China Investment, Tencent G7, Julian Ma

Alibaba Group takes majority control of loss-making movie unit Alibaba Pictures with $160M share purchase

Alibaba Group announced today that it will increase its stake in Alibaba Pictures from 49% to 50.92%, making it the loss-making movie production company’s controlling shareholder. Under the agreement, Alibaba Pictures will issue one billion new shares, priced at HKD $1.25 each share for a total of HKD $1.25 billion (about $160 million), to Alibaba Group. The announcement of Alibaba Group’s new share purchases comes the week after Alibaba Pictures chairman and chief executive officer Fan Lu...
Tags: TC, Movies, Entertainment, China, Tech, Alibaba, Alibaba Group, Group, Hkd, Yang, Alibaba Pictures, Daniel Zhang, Fan Luyuan, Yang Weidong, Youku Alibaba Group, Youku Damai

Pixel 3 Lite XL renders show a headphone jack and no notch

Last month, we saw leaked pictures of the Pixel 3 Lite – Google’s rumored mid-range phone. Now, OnLeaks and 91mobiles have released renders of the larger Pixel 3 Lite XL suggesting that the device will rock a headphone jack (thank god) and no notch. The report noted that the phone will feature a 6-inch full HD+ display with the top bezel. Compared to this the Pixel 3 XL features a 6.3-inch display because. This might please some people, as there aren’t too many fans of the latter’s monstrous not...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pixel, Insider, Plugged, Lite XL

7 Proven Methods to Increase Blog Engagement

This article was contributed by Daniela McVicker. Bloggers are always looking for effective ways to engage leads viewing their content. But, even quality content often gets overlooked if bloggers don’t encourage readers to participate in the form of mentions on social media, blog comments, likes, etc. Achieving this level of engagement requires some serious effort. According to Brafton’s 2017 Content Marketing Benchmark Report, the average blog bounce rate was 76.47 percent. This high rate means...
Tags: Google, Design, Content Marketing, Blogging, Cta, Guest Article, Aberdeen Group, Brafton, Hick, Ray Hyman, Daniela McVicker, Blogging & Content Marketing, Nielsen Norman, William Edmund Hick, Google Sucuri, Nielsen Norman Group Tips

7 Editing Tips to Improve Your Travel Photographs

Updated: 12/09/2018 | December 9th, 2018 Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, finishes his five-part series on taking better travel photos. In part five, Laurence is giving some simple post-processing techniques that you can use to make your travel photos wow your friends and family! Editing your photos is just as important as how you compose them, so I hope you’re ready to take some notes! One of the most misunderstood parts of digital photography is what ha...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Post, Photography, Florida, Travel Gear, Edinburgh, Travel Photography, Lightroom, Picasa, Travel Photos, Don, Laurence, Sahara, Snapseed

Tesla Will Soon Be Able to Self-Drive from Home to Work and Obey Traffic Lights

Tesla’s self-driving autopilot is already testing driving with traffic lights, stop signs and roundabouts. Your Tesla will soon be able to go from your garage at home to parking at work with no... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Tesla, World, Car, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Robotics, Self Driving Cars

Google Just Can't Get the Message (slashdot)

It's been a rough week or so to be invested in a Google messaging service, hell it's been a rough decade to be invested in a Google messaging service. Phandroid: The latest victims are Allo, which will be going away in March of 2019, and "Hangouts Classic" which has a more nebulous end of life forecast. These products join the host of other Google messaging casualties over the years, Google Wave, Google+ Huddles, Google+ Hangouts, Google Spaces, to name a few. Now if this left us with an entirel...
Tags: Google, News, Scott Johnston, Msmash, Allo, Google Wave Google Huddles Google Hangouts Google, Google Voice Voice, Matt Klainer

Apple Store Employees Aren't Allowed To Say 'Crash', 'Bug', or 'Problem' (slashdot)

Long-time Slashdot reader mspohr shares a Guardian article which argues that Apple Store employees "are underpaid, overhyped and characters in a well-managed fiction story" who "use emotional guile to sell products": When customers run into trouble with their products, geniuses are encouraged to sympathize, but only by apologizing that customers feel bad, lest they implicate Apple's products as the source of the trouble. In this gas-lit performance of a "problem free" brand philosophy, many word...
Tags: Apple, News, Burberry, Apple Store, Slashdot, Apple Stores, EditorDavid, Apple Store Employees Aren

UK Intelligence Agencies Are Planning a Major Increase in 'Large-Scale Data Hacking'

Intelligence agencies in the UK are preparing to “significantly increase their use of large-scale data hacking,” the Guardian reported on Saturday, in a move that is already alarming privacy advocates.Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Technology, Gchq, Surveillance, Hacking, Terrorism, Hackers, Espionage, Mass Surveillance, Sigint

China Forms New Body To Review Ethics Risks of Video Games

China has established a new body that reviews ethical issues in video gaming, marking the country's latest attempt to tighten control over the world's biggest games market. From a report: The recently formed Online Games Ethics Committee has so far evaluated an initial batch of 20 video game titles, according to a report on Friday from state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). This was the first time the committee's existence was made public. Without elaborating, the CCTV report said th...
Tags: China, US, Tech, Beijing, Cctv, Committee, China Central Television CCTV, Online Games Ethics Committee

AI talent scouts may spur unorthodox hires, and maybe lower pay

Thanks to sophisticated algorithms that match workers and jobs, many employers may soon have access to a universe of prospective workers whom they might not otherwise have come across. That might also help some job candidates, but the downside is that such algorithms may also lower wages in some fields
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Economy

This website sets your Spotify playlists to private with a single click

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Spotify is more than just a massive on-demand music library. Thanks to its built-in social features, it lets you share your taste in music with your friends and family. But what if you’re ashamed of your taste in music? What if you’ve got a playlist of Peter Andre’s greatest hits that you’re morbidly embarrassed of? Thankfully, Google engineer Eric Andrew Lew...
Tags: Google, Startups, Spotify, Peter Andre, Basics, Eric Andrew Lewis

The future is bright for the video games of yesterday

Video game makers and retailers are trying to capitalize on the nostalgia for older video games.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Video Games, Retail

Google Chrome for macOS might soon get native dark mode [Update: Coming in early 2019]

Update - December, 10, 2018: A Google developer recently submitted a code change that implements system-level Dark Mode in Chromium. This hints that it might arrive to Chome sometime in Q1 2019 with Chrome 73. Earlier: Google's YouTube, Android Messages have recently picked up 'Dark Mode' in a recent update and it now looks like Google Chrome might also get a dark mode, but it might launch first on macOS. There's also a chance that the dark mode might be exclusive to macOS. Apple with its ...
Tags: Apple, Chrome, Google Chrome, Google, Apps, Blogging, Rumors, Chome

Five things to know this week: Will Google manage to calm Trump?

The search engine's CEO will be answering questions over alleged bias against conservatives.
Tags: Google, News, Trump

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Promotes Tourism to Myanmar, Where Social Media Enabled Genocide

Jack Dorsey, CEO of social media platform Twitter—the company now emblazoned in the public eye as one of the primary mouthpieces of our very loud and angry president—wants you to know how about his powerful experiences with Vipassana meditation techniques. Specifically, his recent experience at a 10-day retreat in…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, Social Media, United Nations, Myanmar, Jack Dorsey, Vipassana, Myanmar Genocide

Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M

South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. firms Kleiner Perkins and Ribbit Capital, both of which cut their first checks for Korea with this deal. Others participating include existing investors Altos Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Goodwater Capital, KTB Network, Novel, PayPal and Qualcomm Ventures. The de...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Apps, Asia, South Korea, Europe, Money, Finance, Southeast Asia, Softbank, Funding, Samsung, America, Tech, E-commerce, Economy

Pick up a pair of Apple AirPods alternatives for less than $50

Apple AirPods are some of the most sought-after wireless earbuds, but they certainly aren't cheap. Luckily, Walmart and Amazon both have some great Apple AirPod alternatives for sale, and you can still get them before Christmas. The post Pick up a pair of Apple AirPods alternatives for less than $50 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Trends, Walmart

Just Creative’s 2018 Year in Review

Hey guys, here’a a quick review of 2018, with an inside look at Just Creative and my personal life, showing stats, revenue and other interesting tid-bits. Did I mention we had a baby? Just Creative Site Stats Over the year, Just Creative received close to 2.5 million page views which is quite staggering, but it is still a fraction of what it used to be back in the blogging hay-days of 2012. It’s getting quite difficult to out rank the big publishers nowadays. 50k unique users a week 85% of t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Usa, Design, Instagram, Australia, Safari, Personal, Italy, Sydney, New Zealand, Melbourne, Tasmania, Drake, Skype

Alibaba Already Has a Voice Assistant Way Better Than Google's

Like Google's Duplex, Chinese internet giant Alibaba has its own humanlike voice assistant capable of making restaurant reservations and salon appointments. But unlike Google, which has rolled out the feature to select audience, Alibaba's offering already has a wider reach. And it's smart, too. From a report: On December 2 at the 2018 Neural Information Processing Systems conference, one of the largest annual gatherings for AI research, Alibaba demoed the AI customer service agent for its logist...
Tags: Google, Tech, Alibaba, Cainiao, Neural Information Processing Systems, Voice Assistant Way Better Than Google, Cainiao Jin Rong, Alibaba s Machine Intelligence and Technology Lab

Top 10 luxury travel gifts for him this Christmas (US & Canada edition)

Can’t think want to buy him this Christmas? Don’t despair… help is at hand! With our gift guide for the festive season, you’ll find all manner of ideas of the man in your life who loves to travel – from a stylish watch inspired by one of the America’s most iconic landmarks to the ultimate […] The post Top 10 luxury travel gifts for him this Christmas (US & Canada edition) appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Gadgets, Accessories, Photography, Usa, Featured, Clothing, US, America, Canada, Luggage, North America, Regions, Travel Equipment, Don, Christmas US Canada

Google software engineer, 22, found dead inside NYC headquarters

Police say a 22-year-old software engineer was found dead at the company's New York City headquarters.A janitor found Scott Krulcik unconscious on the sixth floor of the company's offices in Chelsea at about 9pm Friday (local time).... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Business, New York City, Chelsea, Scott Krulcik

'What Straight-A Students Get Wrong'

From a story: Year after year, I watch in dismay as students obsess over getting straight A's. Some sacrifice their health; a few have even tried to sue their school after falling short. All have joined the cult of perfectionism out of a conviction that top marks are a ticket to elite graduate schools and lucrative job offers. I was one of them. I started college with the goal of graduating with a 4.0. It would be a reflection of my brainpower and willpower, revealing that I had the right stuff ...
Tags: Google, Tech

Google Just Can't Get the Message

It's been a rough week or so to be invested in a Google messaging service, hell it's been a rough decade to be invested in a Google messaging service. Phandroid: The latest victims are Allo, which will be going away in March of 2019, and "Hangouts Classic" which has a more nebulous end of life forecast. These products join the host of other Google messaging casualties over the years, Google Wave, Google+ Huddles, Google+ Hangouts, Google Spaces, to name a few. Now if this left us with an entirel...
Tags: Google, Tech, Scott Johnston, Allo, Google Wave Google Huddles Google Hangouts Google, Google Voice Voice, Matt Klainer

Nextbigfuture Info for Commenters

Thanks to all those who comment on Nextbigfuture. Here is some general information. uses a lot of automated moderation. The system is used to manage conversations at Fox News. The system does... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Canada Moose Cree First Nation to get drone deliveries

They will fly over parcels and necessities to a remote First Nation community in northern Ontario.
Tags: Tech, Canada Moose Cree First Nation

Can the US Stop China From Controlling the Next Internet Age?

Tech executives worry China will turn to tit-for-tat arrests of Americans in response to the detention of Meng Wanzhou. And the worries don't stop there. Kara Swisher, writing at The New York Times: Imagine, if you will (and you should), a big American tech executive being detained over unspecified charges while on a trip to Beijing. That is exactly what a number of Silicon Valley executives told me they are concerned about after the arrest this week of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer ...
Tags: China, US, Tech, Beijing, Canada, United States, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Huawei, Trump, Kara Swisher, Meng Wanzhou, Wanzhou

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