A few months ago I was watching Whiteboard Friday (as I try to do every week), and Rand Fishkin released a really interesting episode called 'Minimum Viable SEO'.The idea behind it was simple, Rand compiled a list of the 3 most important things you should do for SEO if you only have a few minutes every week.According to Rand, if SEO isn’t your main thing and you don’t have the time to spend every day working on it, then those were the 3 most important things you should do.This left me wondering, is there such a thing as 'minimum viable conversion optimization'?
The hamdog, the ingenious hamburger / hot dog hybrid made the rounds last year when Australian entrepreneur Mark Murray announced he was looking for participants to invest in the franchise to sell his patented hamdogs around the globe.Now Mark plans to open up the first ever hamdog restaurant in the heart of midtown Manhattan.“Walking the streets of New York City in the last few days and being in Times Square and looking at the volume of foot traffic there, we’re like ‘we’ve got to have our first store here,” Murray tells The Verge.Opening a new store in Times Square is probably a hard thing to do, especially if you’re trying to open a hamdog restaurant.And it can be expensive for customers, too: if I want to eat at the Times Square Olive Garden on December 31st, I’d be paying upwards of $400.Murray believes crowdfunding the first restaurant is the way to go, because it gives hamdog fans a way to personally invest in the project.
LiNan’s MeiLan Plans To Launch New Website in another sign that the company is splitting from Meizu.The Meilan, or Blue Charm as it translates, the range of Meizu phones has been a solid source of sale for Meizu.Despite less than exciting specifications and small yearly upgrades, the phones do offer users the Meizu experience and Flyme OS as an easy to afford prices.make your job easy andEarlier this year though it was reveled that Meilan would be run independently from Meizu with Meizu’s Li Nan heading up the budget phone brand.The news instantly sparked speculation of internal rifts at the company, something that isn’t all that uncommon at Meizu.
Apple iPhone X is scheduled to launch on October 27 at 3:00 pm and the official pre-sale of this smartphone will commence on November 3.There have been several reports that the production of this smartphone is experiencing some delays due to the complex 3D sensors on its TrueDepth Camera system.Reports also have it that only 10% of the units produced by Apple meets the company standards.Now, this seems to be verified.According to Xinhua News Agency, supervision yesterday by Zhengzhou Customs shows that only 46,500 units of the new iPhone X shipped out of the Zhengzhou Xinzheng comprehensive bonded area, Xinzheng International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport to the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.Although this is only the first installment which should be followed by a second and a third, there is a growing concern about the availability of this smartphone in China considering the fact that a huge chunk of iPhone’s is produced in China.
Unicef UK has urged people to sign a petition to help refugee family reunion as part of its campaign 'a child is a child'.The campaign is made up of a two films titled 'I am a Brother' and 'I am a Sister' respectively are conceptualised by FCB Inferno and narrates the importance of a brother's and sister's role in the life of their siblings.The campaign aims to protect children who have been displaced from their homes and to change perceptions of refugee and migrant children.The signed petitions will be sent to the Home Secretary who can ensure the displaced kids are reunited with their families safely and legally from where they are, instead of having to risk their lives with traffickers and smugglers in order to reach Europe.According to a recent report by Unicef, 77% of the adolescents and youth who took the Central Mediterranean route to Europe reported exploitation.Globally, nearly 50 million children are living outside of their country of birth or are displaced within their own country, and at least 28 million of these children were driven from their homes by war and conflict.
Archos is a French company with its main focus being the European market.The company is well known due to their re-branded smartphones.Archos already have re-branded some Nubia phones, like the Nubia M2, which became the Archos Diamond Alpha.Now the company is going further and turned the recently announced Nubia Z17S, hence becoming Archos Diamond Omega.As a result of this, the Archos Diamond Omega retains all the specs found in the high-end variant of the Nubia Z17s.There no differences apart from the Archos logo on the phone’s rear.
Of all the places you’d expect to see fake news, the Dow Jones newswire probably isn’t one of them.But this morning, thanks to a “technical error,” it spit out a literally unbelievable story about Google buying Apple.$GOOG $AAPL by Dow Jones… I guess you guys have some explaining to do pic.twitter.com/402KaCcQJz— Trader 53 (@trader_53) October 10, 2017It wasn’t just one errant alert, either.The Dow Jones newswire told a veritable fable about the purchase.
China’s early adopters who tried out Apple Watch Series 3 cellular connectivity with China Unicom are furious after connection failures and China Unicom’s passive reaction.The connection issue, however, seems to be China Unicom’s fault: they still have not gotten formal approval from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for “one phone number multi-device (一号多终端)” business, essential to support Apple Watch Series 3 cellular connectivity.I’ve also visited two China Unicom stores, got a new SIM card with same number, but still no use,” he told TechNode.Apple announced in its official news room that customers will be able to order Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) beginning September 22 in China.At the beginning of the new Apple Watch Series 3 release, Apple said they would provide LTE cellular network via China Unicom in five areas in China, namely, Shanghai, Guangdong, Henan, Hunan and Tianjin on its official website.Apple Watch’s network activation problem in China was first reported by Chinese media The Paper on September 23rd, saying a user that can not complete the real name authentication on Apple Watch 3.
Google has unveiled its latest Pixel 2 phone as it looks to go head to head with Apple’s new range of iPhones in the run up to Christmas.While the iPhone 8 is similar to Apple’s recent models, the 10th anniversary iPhone X marks a radical departure for the company.Gone is the home button as it also moves away from aluminium casing, replacing it with a glass front and back panels last seen on the iPhone 4.The X is equipped with a 5.8ins OLED display that fills the entire front of the device and packs a resolution of 2,436 x 1,125 pixels as well as HDR (high dynamic range) effects that bolster contrast ratios.It is cleaner and slimmer than last year’s device with an edge-to-edge screen, which explains Google’s move to follow Apple and ditch the once ubiquitous headphone jack, “a divisive move that’s going to upset plenty of people”, says CNET.It also boasts a squeezable body that can be used to summon Google Assistant, an always-on screen artificial intelligencer that can detect any song being played within earshot.
This year's Nobel Prize in Physics was shared between three men, but you'd be hard pressed to quickly pick their names out of the list of authors in the paper describing their groundbreaking work on gravitational wave detectors — there's a thousand contributors, taking three of the paper's 16-pages, and that's before their respective university affiliations are listed.So why award a prize to just three?Though handing this year's physics prize to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish for their work on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (Ligo) has reignited the controversy, the complaint has been leveled at the Nobel Foundation for years, with critics suggesting the prominent award sidelines key contributors, encourages the myth of the "lone genius", and downplays the teamwork inherent in the scientific method."The fact that the Nobel committee refuses to make group awards is causing them increasingly frequent problems — and giving a misleading and unfair impression of how a lot of science is actually done."That's not news to the Nobel Committee for Physics, says committee member Olga Botner.Botner also notes that the LIGO collaboration was made up of 1,000 members from across 90 institutions.
Android new version, Oreo, is set to run on some smartphones which may include Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL and Huawei Mate 10.However, for the first time this October, Oreo entered Google’s Android distribution chart.Before now, smartphones with Oreo accounted for less than 0.1% of Android smartphone market share with only a few Pixel and Nexus devices updating to the OS version and Google doesn’t consider any Android version with less than 0.1% distribution in its charts.However, the October 2017 chart shows that Android 8.0 Oreo market share has now increased to 0.2% while Marshmallow continues to be at the top of the pile with 32% market share closely followed by Lollipop with 27.7% and Android Nougat has 17.8%.Other versions that made the chart include Android KitKat (14.5%), Android Jelly Bean (7.6%), Android Ice Cream Sandwich (0.6%) and Android Gingerbread (0.6%).Android Oreo comes with a smart notification system with some improvements for battery and RAM management.
Amazon is updating its Alexa app to add support for messaging and calling in the UK, Germany, and Austria today.The retail giant revealed last week that the company would be expanding its Alexa communications service to the UK and Germany, and it’s now rolling out this morning.Alexa’s voice calling feature will work on standard Echo or Echo Dot devices, and it allows Alexa-powered devices to call each other.You can also call Alexa devices using the Alexa app for iOS and Android, and video calling will be supported on the £199.99 / €219.99 Echo Show that will be available next month in the UK and Germany.
We all want to be excited about what we do and how we feel every day, but sometimes we get overwhelmed by our work and forget the reasons we started a business in the first place.When you keep selling to the same old accounts, it not only can jeopardize your business with lack of new activity, but it can also become dull and mundane.Stepping out of your comfort zone and meeting new people can infuse you with fresh ideas and other ways to view your business.Goals help us focus and give us something to look forward to.Our bodies need to be in shape for our minds to work best.Most burnout is mental, but it's usually brought on by fatigue and lack of energy.
Image credit: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP PhotoWhile the world was holding its breath for the birth of the royal baby earlier this week, some businesses were counting on Prince William and wife Kate Middleton's bundle of joy to bring them bundles of cash.From royal onesies to commemorative plates, an astonishing assortment of royal baby-themed merchandise appeared in the weeks before Prince George's arrival on Monday.Meanwhile, enterprising individuals such as artist Lydia Leith have also joined the baby craze, selling royal baby sick bags.But we may soon be approaching "peak baby."News events like this one often generate short-lived demand among consumers.
Photo by Alex Wong/Getty ImagesSenate lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election have asked Facebook, Google and Twitter to testify at a Nov. 1 hearing, a source familiar with the matter told Recode on Wednesday.The inquiry — to be held by the Senate Intelligence Committee — could subject the three tech giants and their executives to uncomfortable questions about the extent to which Kremlin-backed forces may have used their platforms to spread misinformation, and what those companies might have done differently to stop it.A spokesman for Facebook confirmed the company had received the invite.Spokespeople for Google and Twitter did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.Lawmakers have called for a hearing particularly in light of reports that Russian forces purchased 3,000 ads, at a cost of $100,000, in the months before the 2016 election.
The research was previewed at an event held exclusively for senior client-side marketers in New York last week.For those not at this session, ClickZ will also be running an Age of Amazon webinar on the research findings on October 5, shortly before publication of the full 40-page report.The research, which is based on surveys of more than 250 marketers and 1,600 consumers, is focused on the North American market, drawing on interviews with a range of well-known consumer brands and agency practitioners with deep knowledge of Amazon’s nascent marketing solutions.Content produced in partnership with Catalyst.The need for an Amazon strategyThe huge reach of Amazon makes it an attractive platform for advertisers, with the paid search products that comprise Amazon Marketing Services gaining traction with brands and agencies who are benefiting from impressive return on ad spend (ROAS).
A study conducted by security research firm Wandera shows that iOS 11 is causing iPhone and iPad batteries to drain faster than ever -- much faster.The difference between iOS 10 and iOS 11 is anything but minor; batteries can drain in half the amount of time following the upgrade.Wandera's report shows how, on average, an iPhone or iPad running iOS 10 takes 240 minutes of usage to drain the battery from 100 percent to zero.With iOS 11 installed, this number plummets to just 96 minutes -- over twice as fast.Users have also complained about the issue.
According to Julia Reda's blog, the only Pirate in the EU Parliament, the European Commission in 2014 paid the Dutch consulting firm Ecorys 360,000 euros (about $428,000) to research the effect piracy had on sales of copyrighted content.The final report was finished in May 2015, but was never published because the report concluded that piracy isn't harmful.The Next Web reports: The 300-page report seems to suggest that there's no evidence that supports the idea that piracy has a negative effect on sales of copyrighted content (with some exceptions for recently released blockbusters).The report states: "In general, the results do not show robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements.That does not necessarily mean that piracy has no effect but only that the statistical analysis does not prove with sufficient reliability that there is an effect.An exception is the displacement of recent top films.
HBO already has four possible Game of Thrones prequels in development, why not add a fifth?Game of Thrones co-executive producer and writer Bryan Cogman looks to be working with George R.R.Martin himself on another possible prequel to the hit series.Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Cogman is developing some sort of prequel concept for Game of Thrones, in addition to the four other ideas already being worked on.This follows something Martin said a few months ago, adding that he’s directly involved with three of the five possible ideas.There’s no word how many of them, if any, HBO would end up picking up after Game of Thrones ends its eight-season run.
Developer Marco Arment writes about the infamous notch on the iPhone X, which Apple has told developers to embrace rather than ignore: This is the new shape of the iPhone.As long as the notch is clearly present and of approximately these proportions, it's unique, simple, and recognizable.It's probably not going to significantly change for a long time, and Apple needs to make sure that the entire world recognizes it as well as we could recognize previous iPhones.That's why Apple has made no effort to hide the notch in software, and why app developers are being told to embrace it in our designs.That's why the HomePod software leak depicted the iPhone X like this: it's the new basic, recognizable form of the iPhone.Apple just completely changed the fundamental shape of the most important, most successful, and most recognizable tech product that the world has ever seen.