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‘Hassle-Free Internet’ From Microsoft

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Microsoft WiFi Will Offer ‘Hassle-Free Internet’ To Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, & Windows Phone users

Microsoft is working on a new service called Microsoft WiFi, details of which leaked today at microsoftwifi.com. While the website has since been pulled, it described the service as offering “hassle-free Internet access around the world” so users can be “productive on the go.”

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“We can confirm that we are working on a new service, called Microsoft WiFi, that will bring hassle-free Wi-Fi to millions,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat.

In case you’ve never heard of it, Skype WiFi is a service that lets users get online at over 2 million Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide, paying with Skype Credit for the minutes used.

Microsoft WiFi appears to be the same idea (a pay-as-you-go service that automatically connects you to free public Wi-Fi hotspots), but this appears to be more than just a rebranding, as it targets a much bigger audience: 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots in 130 countries.

Stay tuned for more updates on this article.

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Wunderlist Joins Microsoft

Today marks a momentous day for me and the entire Wunderlist family. I am incredibly excited to share with you that we are joining Microsoft.

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When we launched Wunderlist almost five years ago now, we set out on a mission to reinvent productivity software. Our goal was to build the most delightful, simple and elegant product to help people manage their daily personal and professional to-dos. Seeing Wunderlist grow to what it is today – 13+ million users, who have collectively created more than 1 billion to-dos – blows my mind.

Yet, it's only the beginning. Our aspirations are much bigger. Joining Microsoft gives us access to a massive wealth of expertise, technology and people that a small company like us could only dream of amassing on its own.

So what will change for you? Nothing right now. Our team in Berlin will continue to build and deliver you Wunderlist, Wunderlist Pro and Wunderlist for Business across all platforms–iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, Android, Windows Phone, Windows and theWeb. I will continue to lead the team and product strategy, because that’s what I love the most–building great products that help individuals and businesses get stuff done in the simplest and most intuitive way possible.

Over the next few months as Wunderlist becomes a part of the Microsoft family, we’ll introduce a host of new features, continue growing the ecosystem of partner integrations and progress in delivering Wunderlist to billions of people. We are excited and can’t wait to share with you what we have been working on–watch this space!

On a personal note, I couldn’t be more proud of my team. I started this company with a dream. My team turned it into a reality. Together we have created an award winning beautiful and simple to-do list that is powered by a real-time sync architecture, unlike any other. We have scaled to new markets, won loyal fans (& awards) along the way and had a lot of fun. It’s been an incredible journey and has provided such a valuable learning experience for all of us. Thank you, team!

Also, I want to say a huge thanks to you–our users, supporters and investors. And thank you to Microsoft! We are beyond thrilled to be continuing our journey with you. To sign off this chapter in our history I've handpicked some photos that document our story from the very beginning to now, I hope you will enjoy. Here’s to the future of Wunderlist!

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Buyable Pins Coming Soon

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Here’s how it all works.

Blue means you can buy

When you spot a Pin with a blue price, you’ll know you can buy it right from the app. Searching for something specific? Use the price filter to hone in on just the right Pin.
You can also find the right color for you, within the Pin itself. See how you feel about the orange sleeping bag, or maybe the black one. Swipe through all your options and pick your favorite.
It’s simple and secure
When you’re ready to check out, tap Buy it and pay with Apple Pay or a credit card. Soon, you’ll be on your way and back to Pinning. Once you enter your personal info, we’ll store it so you don’t have to thumb it in again next time.
The fewer people who have access your credit card information, the better—and that includes us. That’s why we won’t store your credit card info ourselves. Instead, we’re working with payment processors who’ve been protecting people’s information for years. And when you pay with Apple Pay, it uses a device specific account number instead of your actual credit card number, so neither your device nor Apple Pay will send your actual card number to the seller.

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Windows 10 will debut in 190 markets on July 29th, 2015

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Microsoft Microsoft announced today that Windows 10 will debut in 190 markets on July 29th, 2015.

As previously announced by Microsoft, Windows 10 is a free, automatic upgrade for anyone running Windows 7 or 8.

Windows 10 will actually give the Xbox One a significant feature that Sony. Sony can’t hope to replicate quickly, the ability to stream Xbox One gameplay from the console to a PC.

Essentially it’s an upgraded form of the Wii U’s offscreen play made possible by its gamepad, but instead, the Xbox One will be able to stream console gameplay to any device that runs Windows 10.

While that may be true, the ability to stream Xbox One gameplay to a Windows 10 device has the potential to solve a host of “living room battles” that tend to come into play when living with roommates, spouses or children.

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A big new feature addition for Windows 10 is Cortana, so here’s a message the company prepared from its virtual assistant ant announcing the news.

  • Microsoft Edge: The successor to Internet Explorer, designed around minimalism and collaboration tools, plus with Cortana integration.
  • Word, Excel and PowerPoint built in.
  • Xbox Live and Xbox app for doing things like recording gameplay, interacting with your Xbox friends and also streaming Xbox games to the desktop.
  • Windows Continuum, which lets you smoothly jump between multiple Windows 10 devices, and which lets you use your phones like a PC with external input accessories.
  • Windows Hello, a new login method that uses face, iris or fingerprint recognition to log you in without a password, depending on hardware support.

 

Microsoft is doing everything it can to make the transition smooth, like ensuring it’ll work with your existing applications. Windows 8 was sort of an awkward generation, so here’s hoping the skipped numeral results in something that suits everyone’s needs.

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As of August 2015 Google Will Discontinue PageSpeed Services

Google to Discontinue PageSpeed Services as of August 2015 Ann Arbor Graphic Design Fivenson Studios

Google has announced that, after 4.5 years, the PageSpeed Service team will be “refocusing their efforts” and PageSpeed services will be turned down as a result.

It’s important to note that if you’re currently using Google’s PageSpeed service, you will have to change your DNS by August 2015 otherwise your site will be completely unaccessible.

You can see detailed instructions on how to remove your site from PageSpeed Service here.

“We see much broader adoption of PageSpeed technology through our open-source products and have therefore decided to focus our efforts on improving those.”

These following alternatives are not affected by this announcement and will continue to be supported:

  • Provider Hosted PageSpeed: Many web hosting providers already integrate PageSpeed. If you are using such a web hosting provider, check your provider’s documentation.
  • Server side modules: If you run your own web server, you may have the option to install a PageSpeed module on it.
  • Apache: Google has developed the open-source Apache module mod_pagespeed.
  • Nginx: Google has also developed a plugin for Nginx. Due to the nature of Nginx.
  • IIS: The folks over at WeAmp have a commercial port of PageSpeed to Microsoft IIS.
  • Apache Traffic Server: WeAmp has ported PageSpeed to Apache Traffic server.
  • OpenLiteSpeed: OpenLiteSpeed supports a PageSpeed module that you can compile and load into your web server.
  • Cloud based alternatives: EdgeCast Edge Optimizer integrates Google PageSpeed with their CDN offering

 

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Celebrating Mom: Mother’s Day Gift Trends

We want only the best for Mom on her special day.

Searches for the “best mothers day gift” in May 2014 were up nearly 40% from the previous year. And Mom would be so pleased: People actually started looking for gift ideas earlier (April searches were up 53% YoY).1 On mobile, searches for “best mothers day gift” were up 51% YoY.2

Flowers are no longer the go-to gift for Mother’s Day.

Over the past four years, search interest for flowers around Mother’s Day has decreased (down 19% since 2011).

On the other hand, arrangements of the edible variety are growing in popularity: Search interest in “fruit baskets” grew nearly 20% in May 2014 YoY.4

Moms are favoring an experience over flowers

Millennial moms just want some peace and quiet…

Millennial moms said they looked forward to Mother’s Day as a chance to rest.5

And what better way to help Mom relax than a day at the spa? That seems to be the general thinking, as the #1 day for “spa” searches is Mother’s Day.6

…while older moms favor food and family

Moms ages 35 and up say a “meal with family” would be their ideal gift.7

That special meal starts with a reservation: After Valentine’s Day, the most searches related to reservations happen most often on Mother’s Day.8

No gift? With less than a week to go, you’re not alone.

Weeks turn into days, and before you know it, Mom’s special day is just around the corner. Mother’s Day ranked third (behind Christmas and Valentine’s Day) for “last minute” searches related to gifts.

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Sources 1 Google Trends, January 2012–March 2015, United States. 2 Google Data, May 2013–May 2014, United States. 3 Google Trends, January 2011–March 2015, United States. 4 Google Trends, January 2013–March 2015, United States. 5 Google Consumer Survey, March 2015 (n=2,058). 6 Google Trends, January 2013–March 2015, United States. 7 Google Consumer Survey, March 2015 (n=2,058). 8 Google Trends, January 2013–March 2015, United States. 9 Google Trends, January 2013–March 2015, United States


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Top Technology Challenges for Small Business Owners

An owner of a small business has to deal with many difficulties, from the competition with larger companies to insufficient funds that affect not only production and marketing campaigns, but also their ability to supply their company with the latest technology. But in order to beat the competition and get your name out there, you will need to invest what you have in new electronic devices that are currently out on the market. Since you are probably financially limited, you need to learn about a couple of challenges that you might encounter on your way to the top, and how to spend your money wisely on new pieces of equipment.

Do Not Rush It

Sometimes, when there is a new electronic device on the market, people rush right that moment to the store to get it, but you can not act so irresponsibly. Once you decide to equip your office, make a list of all the things that you absolutely need in order to advance your company. Another important fact that you have to be aware of is that ‘new’ does not necessarily mean ‘better’. That is why you should always wait after the device is released and hear some feedback from people who have tested it. Sometimes the comments and experiences will be positive, but they often end up being disregarded as just another piece of technology in its series, without many useful upgrades.

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Communication

It is extremely important for a business person to be in constant contact with his partners and customers, and that is why they should always invest in a laptop or a desktop computer with an ssd hard drive that will allow them fast data transfer, a good camera for online Skype conferences, and of course, excellent internet connection. Also, smartphones and tablets are little pieces of equipment that every successful business person should carry around with him all the time. They also need to make sure that they have a good mobile service provider, and a 24 hour internet connection so that they could check their e-mails and social network profiles, at any time and at any place. For this reason investment in a high quality electronics is of great importance, however, traditional face-to-face meetings should not be underestimated.

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Practical Work

As the lack of finances also reflects on their marketing campaign, small businesses most commonly decide to develop digital marketing strategies that do not require large investments. They also need to create a high quality website, where their potential clients can learn more about them, their work, and find contact information. As this is all of crucial importance, your website has to be in order 24/7, but if you can not afford a proper IT expert, and you are not qualified to maintain it yourself, constant crashing of your internet page might pose a huge problem.

Keep Up

Finally, at some point, even if you are fully equipped, that does not mean that you should sit back and relax, at least not for a longer period of time. Technology is developing quite fast, and you need to keep constant track of what is new, and what is out there. Even if you have the latest devices, they will be labeled as ‘outdated’ and you will fall behind your competitors.

Especially at the beginning of their career, small business owners might struggle to make ends meet, what lowers their chance of investing in high quality technology. However, if they know what to expect, and what kind of problems might occur, they can plan their expenses in advance, and if they spend wisely, they can equip themselves with whatever they need in no time.

Author Dan Radak is a web hosting security professional with ten years of experience. He currently works with a number of companies in the field of online security, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a co-author on several technology websites.

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The Vast Potential of Online Business

Internet today is a digital medium that supports vast network of online businesses. Not unlike the telephones 50 years ago, staying on top of the competition and following the current trends in impossible without Internet. Not only does it improve the actual management strategies, but it also opens an infinite potential for advancement and taking marketing possibilities on a brand new level. Here are some of ideas and options which could be observed as general directions of Internet based organization.

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A Huge Mobile Bulletin Board

The fist and the foremost advantage is that you can use Internet to tell people about your business. They can now google for your company name or some keywords your business is related to. You can either make your own website or use social media for promotion among the enormous number of users. The decision which suit to follow is based on the nature and size of your business. If you run a large scale retail company with an established brand and well-developed business strategy, a website is probably what you need.

Channels like Social Media

On the other hand, smaller businesses like a car wash service, or a florist are more likely to attract a large number of followers on social media then on a dedicated website, and justification of spending time and resources on managing a website would be brought into question. Either way or another, once your name is established online, it will result in increase in demand for your services and products, but also your revenue. By going online you can also connect let other businesses that you are there. Eventually you can connect with them and arrange joint promotions other and cost-saving strategies.

Reach to Every Corner

Maybe the greatest benefit of Internet as a medium is that it’s free. It connects more people than any other media in history, allowing your business to reach the hearts and minds of people outside what you would normally call your business environment. For example, if your business needs to employ network design consultants, and you find that they are unavailable or not cost-effective in your town or state, you can look for them online, together with reading their recommendations and previous work history.

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 Smart and Fast Correspondence

Among the steady stream of new platforms for online communication across the devices, e-mail is still the number one and the most important channel of online business communication. And not without a reason. The letter-form allows the sender to think before compiling an intelligent and concise message that will convey good will and mutual understanding whatever its content might be. Then three are proofing tools and translation options, but maybe the most important advantage is that the receiver gets time to think about a reply. And still the correspondence can take seconds to complete.

Benefit of Outsourcing

Effective and strategically planned IT outsourcing is the way for cutting the costs and improving the quality of your product or services. In addition you are building your private internet of contacts and businesses across the borders, while investing in new skills and improving your brand’s online rating.

About the author: Dan Radak is a web hosting security professional with ten years of experience. He currently works with a number of companies in the field of online security, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites

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Responsive Design

With mobile devices it is even more important to keep attention of users, than it is with people who visit regular websites. Failing to understand the importance of responsive design will ultimately lead to the loss of mobile users. If you want to encourage your users to visit your website, there are a few trends in responsive design that will mark the year 2015.

The keystone of responsive web design (RWD) is that it changes in size to fit the device that is viewing it. In near future more and more people will be using mobile devices for browsing the web. This is the reason why websites today are switching to responsive design.

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Adaptive delivery

In the last few years, websites with responsive design were bugged with longer loading problems, as different codes were being used for tablets, computers and mobiles. New technologies, however, have made it possible to avoid this problem and secure faster loading of your content. Adaptive Delivery technology enables the device detection and loading of different types of HTML and CSS coding, accordingly. This solution ensures that content and images will be loaded promptly, making responsive design ideal for users who have limited attention span.

A new job profile emerging

One feature of responsive design is that it involves different variations on several platforms, which then require analysts to manage them. Responsive design analysts is sure to be an important job profile for serious organizations in near future. This job will also benefit web hosting companies, as will include finding a perfect balance between responsiveness and information, not unlike the one of mobile editors or emerging platforms editors.

Keeping the content simple

One for the reasons behind the popularity of responsive design is because it is mobile friendly. With the increase in number of people browsing the web and looking the websites on their mobile devices, rather than on computes, simplification of content is a trend of the future. We mustn’t forget that unlike regular web users, mobile users are often looking for very specific information. If you simplify the content, it will be more accessible for the users, who will in return appreciate the faster time they needed to reach the wanted information. In other words, their experience of your site will surge.

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Frameworks backing up RWD

RWD frameworks are tools that help designers craft sites that are visually rich and still use simple interfaces, by offering them sets of scripts and standards. There is a large set of templates that can be adapted to needs of different types if users. In addition these aspects can still be possible together with stunning content. Some examples of responsive framework are Gumby, Bootstrap, and Get UI Kit.

Simpler emailing experience

While responsive design is ideal concept for web publishing, it is less perfect for email marketing. A recent study has brought up that although at least 50 per cent of users use mobile devices for opening their emails, responsive design still hasn’t encouraged more conversations or even responses. Still, making the email content fit the users’ screens is important nonetheless. There are other options for the, aside from responsive design. First, you may simplify your template, ensuring that its width in not more than 600 pixels. Second, buttons and ling should be easy to click, no matter if the users are using their thumbs or styluses.

The latest technologies and developments will continue to be the mainstay of responsive web design in 2015. Understanding their increased complexity on the ground level, response design analysts will have to bring your website ahead of the curve. The benefits of their joint endeavors will be more effective brand connecting with users. In addition, there is an increased room for collecting data, which has always been one of the pillars of business growth and brand connecting.

About the author: Dan Radak is a web hosting security professional with ten years of experience. He currently works with a number of companies in the field of online security, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites.

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2014 Global Consumer Report

2014 consumer report

At the end of 2014 Global consumer confidence came in at a score of 96 which declined two index points from the last quarter. Overall the global index closed at a positive two points from 2013 which closed at 94 in the 4th quarter. Consumer confidence went down one point in North America and Asia-Pacific to (106 in the 4th quarter). Also in the Middle East/Africa it went down to (95). In Latin America (88) and in Europe (76). Overall Compared to 2007 the global consumer confidence has gone up form (94 to 96)

 

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