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Friday, December 14, 2018

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A Classic Loyalty Program: Stamps?

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loyalty360.org - Customer loyalty has become a tech-centric field, marked by competitive innovation. In a world of data analytics and constantly changing platforms for digital outreach, you need to either get with ne…

Sycnex/Windows10Debloater

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github.com - I have found many different solutions online to debloat Windows 10 and many either worked but caused issues in the long run, or they did so little that it wasn't enough of a "debloat" experience. I d…

Influential Apple analyst cuts iPhone shipment estimates

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techcrunch.com - TF International Securities Apple analyst extraordinaire Ming-Chi Kuo delivered a less than stellar iPhone forecast this week with the straight forwardly titled note, “2019 iPhone shipments likely to…

The new Palm is almost the MP3 player I want

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techcrunch.com - The iPod Classic still looms larger as my favorite gadget of all time. Sure, plenty have lapped the device in terms of technology, while any lingering concerns about not owning the music I listen to …

Facebook Portal adds games and web browser amidst mediocre Amazon reviews

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techcrunch.com - After receiving a flogging from privacy critics, Facebook is scrambling to make its its smart display video chat screen Portal more attractive to buyers. Today Facebook is announcing the addition a o…

Google agrees not to sell facial recognition tech, citing abuse potential

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techcrunch.com - In recent months, pressure has been mounting for major tech firms to develop strong policies regarding facial recognition. Microsoft has helped lead the way on that front, promising to put in place s…

‘Donald’ debuts at No. 23 on worst passwords of 2018 list

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techcrunch.com - Almost 10 percent of people on the interwebs used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on SplashData’s annual list, which was released this week. And nearly three percent of you are still using “12…

9 smart gifts for a smarter home

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techcrunch.com - Smart home items make great gifts and what follows are some of the best. From faster Wifi to smart meat thermometers, there’s something here for everyone on your list. I use everything listed here an…

Don’t buy a 5G smartphone—at least, not for a while

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arstechnica.com - 2019 is going to be the year of 5G—at least, that's what the cellular industry keeps saying. We're going to see the launch of several 5G smartphones from OEMs like Samsung, Motorola, and OnePlus, and…

Hands-on: Switch’s NES controllers offer unmatched old-school authenticity

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arstechnica.com - Playing old-school games on the Switch thus far has been a choice between various control compromises. You can use two Joy-Cons held in two hands, but the tiny buttons and lack of a true d-pad make t…

Discord Store to offer developers 90 percent of game revenues

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arstechnica.com - Discord has announced that it will start taking a reduced, 10-percent cut from game revenues generated on its online store starting next year, one-upping the Epic Games Store and its recently announc…

Elon Musk says he is having the most “painful year of my career” [Updated]

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arstechnica.com - Update: A new report from Bloomberg calls into question Musk's account of the grueling schedule surrounding his brother's wedding. Flight records obtained by Bloomberg show Musk spending five days aw…

Republicans are mad at Google for search bias—will they do anything about it?

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arstechnica.com - At a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, members of Congress grilled Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a variety of topics, from user privacy to the possibility of a censored Chinese search engin…

ULA chief Tory Bruno on competing with Blue Origin, SpaceX rocket landings

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arstechnica.com - In part one of our interview with United Launch Alliance Chief Executive Tory Bruno, we talked about the company's efforts to develop the Vulcan rocket, its Centaur upper stage, and other projects at…

Hyundai finally gives us a price for the 2019 Kona EV—$29,995

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arstechnica.com - Wonder no more. On Friday, Hyundai finally revealed US pricing: the 2019 Kona EV will start at $36,450, which means it should cost $28,950 after the $7,500 IRS tax credit is taken into account. (On t…

The 2018 XPS 13 Developer’s Edition—Have it your way on a “just works” Linux laptop

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arstechnica.com - Page Up/Down and arrow keys can get in the way of each other. The webcam and IR camera still lie beneath the display panel. The textured area around the keyboard is made from woven fiberglass. Slim p…

Block 7,080,000: Ethereum Devs Propose Activation Point for Next Hard Fork - CoinDesk

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www.coindesk.com - Members of ethereum’s open-source development team have reached agreement on an activation time for Constantinople, a proposed code change designed to give users the option to update the blockchain w…

Conoce cuáles son las 25 peores contraseñas del internet 2018

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www.telemundo.com - *El sitio Splashdata publicó su conteo anual de las contraseñas más inseguras del internet *“123456”, “qwerty” y hasta “donald” entran en este listado Por octavo año consecutivo, el sitio Splashdata …

How to Create a Visually Appealing Instagram | Webdesigner Depot

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www.webdesignerdepot.com - Instagram truly is the social media platform of this decade. It has exploded in popularity and seen massive growth. Instagram has become a social media platform for the masses, and for all types of p…

The most innovative gadgets of 2018

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www.fastcompany.com - In case you hadn’t noticed, innovation is a tricky business. The fact that a product is innovative doesn’t necessarily make it good—see, for instance, Google’s Clips camera. Furthermore, what many pe…

Apple announced more new, permanent jobs than any other company this year

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www.marketwatch.com - Apple on Thursday announced it was building an Austin, Texas, campus, one of many hiring announcements made by companies across the nation. Apple AAPL, -2.14% had in January announced plans to hire 2…

The boss who tried to kill his business

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www.bbc.com - The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles a different business leader from around the world. This week we speak to Peter Reinhardt, co-founder and chief executive of customer data infrastructure firm…

Google Family Link app updated to help manage Chromebooks

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androidcommunity.com - Just because parents allow their children to use gadgets, it doesn’t mean they’re allowing them to spend all the time in the world in front of the screen. In this day and age, it is important that ad…

Opera for Android is now Web 3-ready, cryptocurrencies

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androidcommunity.com - More blockchain phones and crypto wallets are expected to be introduced in the coming months. We’re assuming related apps and services will also be revealed like this new version of Opera browser tha…

Upgrade to Blazing Browsing Speeds & OpenPGP Email Encryption for Half-Off

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stacksocial.com - StackSocial, Inc. dba StackCommerce (hereinafter “we” “our” or “us”) is pleased to make StackSocial.com, Citizengoods.com, SkillWise.com, StackSkills.com, and Joyus.com (“Site(s)”) available to you. …

More than a Good Deal: Drive Real Customer Loyalty this Holiday Shopping Season

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loyalty360.org - Some brands go into the holiday shopping season looking for a panacea for whatever issues they have encountered over the past 12 months. Stagnant annual sales figures can be revitalized and salvaged …

Loyalty360 Reads: December 14th, 2018

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loyalty360.org - Popular OTT Platform to Become Mostly Original New research by Parrot Analytics and Kagan, a media research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence, shows support for one of Netflix’s strategic g…

Janrain Executive Discusses Personalization

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loyalty360.org - Janrain is a Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) industry pioneer founded in 2002. The company, headquartered in Portland, leads the market with its innovations and global reach. Its core …

Microsoft Could Be Killing the My People Feature in Windows 10 - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - One of the interesting features Microsoft introduced in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was My People. It’s a nifty way of being able to keep your close family, friends and contacts on the taskba…

Paul Thurrott's Short Takes: December 14 - Petri

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www.petri.com - Because it’s beginning to look a lot like year-end retrospectives, this edition of Short Takes looks at a new Windows 10 urban legend, Microsoft 365 for consumers, HoloLens v2, and much more. No, Win…

Vaping 101: How to Properly Install A Squonk Pin - Soupwire

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soupwire.com - Squonkers have really exploded in popularity over the past few months. Many popular RDAs include the specialty 510 pins required for squonking. The steps required to install a a new 510 pin are as ea…

SearchCap: Google related searches, YouTube call to actions & Conductor Actions - Search Engine Land

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searchengineland.com - Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. Featured snippets are now used in the related searches section in Google’s mobile resul…

Liquid courage: Vitaminwater challenges fans to ditch smartphones for a year | WTOP

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wtop.com - WASHINGTON — Vitaminwater, made by Coca-Cola, is offering one lucky person the chance to win $100,000 by ditching their phones and tablets for a year. Anyone looking to participate can enter by tweet…

This New Feature In Google Maps Could Reduce Traffic & Carbon Emissions

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www.mindbodygreen.com - Prioritizing the environment is more important now than ever before. In October, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported we need to reduce carbon emissions by 45 …

PCL Construction - Success Story

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www.egnyte.com - With original roots reaching back to 1906, PCL is a group of independent construction companies in Canada, Australia, the Caribbean and the United States that carry out diverse operations in the civi…

How to Overcome Choice Paralysis to Improve Conversion – Shopify

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www.shopify.com - Too many choices quickly overwhelm users and cause your conversion rate to plummet. Fortunately, there are ways to fix the problem. If you ask most people whether they like having a choice, the answe…

Online Business Ideas to Get You Started Making Money on the Internet

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www.abetterlemonadestand.com - Did you know that 75% of Americans would rather focus on a job or career they’re passionate about if it were financially feasible, but only 37% have actually started a side business? This information…

Using Humor in Design: Why, When, and How – Shopify

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www.shopify.com - To succeed in the modern, highly competitive market, companies need to do more than produce a good product or provide reliable service: they need to create a bond with their users. It’s possible to c…

The Best Omnichannel Retail Campaigns of 2018

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risnews.com - Retailers know success in the marketplace means consistently meeting customer expectations. Omnichannel marketing centers on that aim by attempting to give people universally pleasant and fulfilling …

How to Target Generation Z in B2B Marketing | KoMarketing

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komarketing.com - The time for those in Generation Z to go into the workforce is fast approaching, and in some industries, already here. Generation Z are those born in the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, the first age g…

Preventing Burnout: 10 Ways to Stay Productive Without Getting Overwhelmed

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www.shopify.com - It’s not unusual for a business owner to sometimes feel there’s no end to the mayhem of retail. By the time Black Friday Cyber Monday and the weeks leading up to the holidays roll around, the workday…

Ozonetel enables instant Cloud Telephony for Shopify Stores

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www.voicendata.com - Ozonetel announced the launch of Cloud Telephony solutions for Shopify stores. Shopify, a proprietary e-commerce platform, enables a business to set up an online store in minutes. Today, there are ov…

Building a Direct-to-Consumer Strategy Without Alienating Your Distributors

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hbr.org - Companies increasingly use digital technologies to circumvent distributors and enter into direct relationships with their end-users. These relationships can create efficient new sales channels and po…

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

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www.aow-planetfall.com - We use cookies (sadly not the edible ones) and so-called pixel tags to collect information about visitors on our websites. Pixel tags are invisible tags placed on certain pages of our websites, but u…

ERP in the Automation of the Supply Chain - ERP News

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erpnews.com - ERP systems have come a long way since their introduction in the 1980s, yet their purpose remains the same: Combine information from all business functions into a common system to allow for improved …

Why the Most Successful Businesses Follow These 7 Natural Laws

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www.entrepreneur.com - Many entrepreneurs are continually struggling to build their businesses with little to show for it. That could change in a flash for those who know and apply seven natural laws that work behind the s…

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