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In addition to its chic design and stunning performance, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 also comes with the revamped Samsung Experience interface, formerly known as TouchWiz.Unlike TouchWiz that often attracted the relentless ridicule of regular consumers and tech aficionados, the new interface appears to have finally caught up with Samsung’s excellent hardware engineering.But while updating to the S8 will set you back $750, there might be a cheaper way to brush up your old phone’s interface with the new look.Developer Ankit Rawat has built a slick Galaxy S8 replica icon pack for your Android device that you can download entirely free of charge right now.The offer is only available for a brief window of time – so you might want to hurry up in case you want to get it for free.As of now, there are about 12 hours left to take advantage of the free option.
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We’ve already featured some great guests and have a line up of awesome content and special guests coming up.Our very first guest was Funnelholic author and Topo co-founder Craig Rosenberg.Recent Guests: Jim Keenan; Joanne Black; Aaron Ross; Josiane Feigon, Meagen Eisenberg, and Trish Bertuzzi.We cover a wide range of topics, with a focus on sales development and inside sales priorities heading into and throughout the year.How you identify, engage, and convert new customers is fundamental to business operations and there are so many ways to do it poorly that end up frustrating prospects, employees, and sales leaders.Paul: All right, well let’s start with today’s topic; Seven Essential Building Blocks for High-Performance Sales Development, see if we can get through three or four of them before the first commercial here.
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Spotify may soon follow Snapchat’s lead into the land of hardware if a handful of recent job listings are any indication.Spotify is seeking a senior product manager that’ll work on hardware out of its Stockholm, Sweden, location.The description notes that applicants will lead an initiative to deliver hardware directly from Spotify to new and existing customers via a “category defining” product akin to Amazon Echo, Pebble Watch and Snap Spectacles.In another job listing, Spotify notes how voice is quickly becoming a key interaction mechanism for the control of digital devices and services.The product manager for voice will be responsible for the strategy and execution of Spotify’s voice efforts beyond its core apps.This person will work closely with Spotify’s user interaction team and product managers from other divisions to ensure everything is voice-enabled in a consistent way across the ecosystem.
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If you're considering paying your bills online, you're not alone -- people are becoming increasingly reliant on paperless records.Paper mail, do you love it, like it, or hate it?A new survey conducted for digital document storage platform Inlet Digital asked more than 1,500 U.S. online consumers about their online habits.When asked what they would be willing to give up for one month to stop receiving all paper mail forever, chocolate and drinking alcohol were the two most popular choices among those who would deprive themselves.In this case, the discrepancy indicates that conversion to solely digital documents has a place of mind not yet reflected in real-world behavior.More than half of the respondents, 51.6 percent, said they were “somewhat” to “very comfortable” storing copies of important documents in the cloud.
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If you love the Windows 10 detachable table concept but can't stomach the Surface Pro 4's high pricing, then you might want to check out the newest Chuwi device.If you’re looking for a new Windows 10 PC to carry around with you, then you have a pretty solid list of options to sort through.You might be considering the detachable tablet 2-in-1 category if you want something that’s light, works as a traditional notebook, and is comfortable for casual consumption as well.If so, then you have a new option from affordable PC maker Chuwi, as Betanews reports.Chuwi is a Chinese company that is known for making low-priced PCs with reasonable quality, and it has jumped on the Windows 10 2-in-1 bandwagon created by Microsoft with its Surface line.The Chuwi Hi13 is a 13.5-inch detachable 2-in-1 that’s aimed at the Surface Book, and now the company is introducing its SurBook, a 12.3-inch tablet that’s laser focused on displacing Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4.
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In terms of good publicity, it’s not been the best couple of months for ride-sharing service Uber.From being hit with a nationwide ban in Italy to repeated claims of sexism in the workplace and law-dodging rule breaking, the app-based taxi company has hit the headlines again for its questionable practices.According to new reports, Apple threatened to pull Uber from the App Store back in 2015 after it was discovered the service was wrongfully tracking users without their permission.It’s claimed that Uber had been “fingerprinting” iPhones with permanent identities, letting the company monitor users’ phones even after the Uber app had been deleted.As well as breaking Apple’s iOS app privacy guidelines, it’s suggested that Uber actively looked to hide the matter from the Cupertino company, with Uber boss Travis Kalanick reportedly telling his team to “obfuscate” the app’s wrongdoings from anyone at Apple’s headquarters.Inevitably, Apple found out, with Kalanick called in front of Apple CEO Tim Cook personally.
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If you haven’t noticed, Samsung has released the Galaxy S8 and S8 , and they’re pretty remarkable.As a former iPhone 7 Plus user, the S8 might very well be the best phone I’ve ever used, with a stunning screen, speedy processor, and, yes, a gorgeous design.According to rumors, the lineup this year will consist of the usual S models along with a fantabulous iPhone 8, which looks to adopt a similar aesthetic to the Galaxy S8, with an edge-to-edge OLED display and the removal of the physical home button.Here’s how Apple can still steal the crown from Samsung:The Galaxy S phones has always had a camera on par with the iPhone, so it was a little surprising that Samsung didn’t upgrade the S8’s all that much.For some god-awful reason, Samsung put it right next to the camera, all but ensuring your finger will not only miss it, but also repeatedly smudge the lens.
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When we tested the first the Soundlink Mini we loved it.But it had some shortcomings.Battery life was not very long.The missing microphone for phone calls.And you must use the supplied charger.All these flaws are fixed.
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With all this going on, perhaps you’ve lost focus over the past seven days and need to be reminded what’s truly important in life.Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, and Kid Rock Walk Into the White House…What Happened: Sarah Palin went to the White House for dinner—and she did not go alone.“So, yes, I invited my buddies Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, some bold, courageous, all-American dudes who I knew would have good conversation with the president and get to express a lot of good, middle-class, work ethic-type issues and policy proposals that they could all relate to, and that’s exactly what happened at the dinner.”It was the type of publicity stunt intended to draw attention, and the media didn’t let anyone down in that regard.— Mike Gaukin (@MikeGaukin) April 21, 2017
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Hello all you pervert people of the intertubes, and welcome to Ask Dr. NerdLove, the only dating column that’s set to stop Third Impact.When your ex gets back in touch after years of silence, is this a good time to confront them about everything they did to you?It felt liberating and I felt for the first time in a long time that I was desirable again and things didn’t hurt as bad.Then a month later he purposed the idea that we should get a place together—I flat out told him no and that I wasn’t ready for that.Brad would lean into my face and say, “Excuse me?” I never pushed it further than that, I didn’t want to fight and I felt there was more important things to fight over than whatever he wants to believe.How ‘sorry he was’ and ‘he still cares about me’ etc.
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In my last post, I wrote about why local businesses need to focus on digital data sharing to perform better for voice, or “instant” searches.But I don’t think instant answers will cover every query or even most queries, at least not for a really, really long time (singularity, anyone?).Some questions just have too many variables involved, and there will always be local researchers who want to poke around, looking for local flavor.This post focuses on the big players — the chains, the multi-locations, the brands — and why an “instant answer” world also necessitates in-depth local content for those extra long-tail searches.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]Some opinions expressed in this article may be those of a guest author and not necessarily Marketing Land.
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“Brexit vote site may have been hacked” warned the headlines last week after a Commons select committee published its report into lessons learned from the EU referendum.It said it “does not rule out the possibility that the crash may have been caused … using botnets”.In the same paragraph it mentioned Russia and China.It said it “is deeply concerned about these allegations about foreign interference”.Labour MP Paul Flynn, who sits on the Pacac, certainly thinks we should be worried – although closer inspection of the report finds that, beyond the headlines, there’s a startling lack of evidence for those particular fears.Not only is it not actually hacking at all, but it also looks rather similar to when a lot of people at once try to use a server that doesn’t have the capacity.
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PPC tools are only helpful when they're built by people who understand PPC.Johnathan, the PPC wizard behind KlientBoost, covers why you should be cautious of PPC tools and how to detect predatory marketing.
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Twitter is rolling out an in-stream video buy for advertisers, meaning brands will be able to buy pre and mid-roll slots against premium content.The platform announced the new ad unit in a blog post, saying that ads can now be aligned with highlights clips and live-streams from Amplify partners, including TV networks, major sports leagues, publishing houses and magazines, and news outlets."Twitter is home to brand-safe video from hundreds of the world’s top publishers," said the company's senior product manager Mo Al Adham, hinting that the platform is looking to pitch itself as an alternative to advertisers in wake of YouTube's recent brand safety woes.Twitter has said it will reveal more details about the new format and video partners during its session at the Digital Content NewFronts in New York on 1 May.For now, however, it's clear Twitter wants to take a larger slice of the digital video ad market – which according to eMarketer estimates will attract $77.17bn in ad spend by 2020 in the US alone.The company claims that an analysis of 406 Nielsen Brand Effect studies found that viewers who were subject to video ads on Twtiter were 50% more likely to be aware of the advertiser's brand and had an 18% higher purchase intent than those not exposed to ads.
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The UK dominates the European financial technology industry, with figures showing it boasts more billion-dollar fintech companies than the rest of the continent put together.Britain houses four fintech “unicorns” - companies valued at $1bn (£780m) or more - with a combined valuation of $18.5bn, according to a report by the technology investment bank GP Bullhound.This compares to two in the rest of Europe, which are worth $4.6bn between them.London has emerged as Europe’s fintech capital in recent years, with a swell of high-profile start-ups attempting to shake up the financial sector.However, the report showed that both Europe and the US are lagging behind China as a hub for fintech.Funding to Asian fintech companies surged to $7.1bn last year, more than in the US and Europe between them.
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Facebook kicked off its annual F8 Developer Conference today in dramatic fashion when CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced an ambitious new augmented reality (AR) platform that will let people overlay digital images onto photos and videos in Facebook.“We’re going to make the camera the first mainstream AR platform,” said Zuckerberg.He explained that the platform itself will open in closed beta today, and it will help thousands of developers from around the world build unique filters for the camera.These filters will eventually become available in all of the different Facebook-owned properties including Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp and will be available to download for free.It looked similar to an App Store, but instead of apps, there were thousands of different camera filters.The update could be a seismic shift for Facebook, which has until now largely relied on text and photos for original content.
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If some new, unconfirmed reports are accurate, the popular WhatsApp messaging and chat service may be adding two new features to its Android version soon: Change Number and Live Location.According to the reliable tracking source @WABetainfo on Twitter, the new Change Number feature is already included in the WhatsApp beta version 2.17.130 for Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile users.Assuming this feature comes to Android, it will let you change your number without losing your previous chats or group data.It will also let you notify any, all or none of your WhatsApp contacts about the number change.The report also claims the feature will be disabled by default, so you will have to go into the settings of the app to turn it on.The same @WABetainfo account also claims that the Live Location sharing features are mentioned in the current version 2.17.150 WhatsApp beta for Android but it is also disabled by default.
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Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, fans have been wondering when Star Wars would be added to the Disney theme parks, and now we have our first look at what's planned.A galaxy far, far away is going to get a lot closer in 2019, when Walt Disney Parks opens its new Star Wars attractions in Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.During last weekend’s Star Wars Celebration event in Orlando, Florida, Lucasfilm and Disney released a new video and some concept art offering an early peek at what’s being planned for the massive expansion of Disney’s parks to accommodate the Star Wars universe.The media was accompanied by a brief description of the setting for the Star Wars attraction and how it will inform the story unfolding around the attraction’s guests.According to the official Disney Parks Blog, the Star Wars attraction will be set on a planet “somewhere on the Outer Rim — lying on the edge of the Unknown Regions.”“The remote village was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but the prominence of the outpost has been bypassed with the rise of hyperspace travel,” reports the Disney blog.
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Sales and the workforce is growing, and capital is flowing into the cashier – the latest from the insidermisstänkta financier, Ola Rollén and his Greenbridge Capital (NTL).If no one knows about what we do, we will still be a small player,"' says Lars Nordwall, operations manager at Malmöbolaget.The more customers that publish their collaborations with databasbolaget, the better.In a short time, companies like Walmart, search through the 50 or 100 data sources, and then present a product that are in stock, can deliver within a day and the surfing on the site might have written positively about on the web, for example on Twitter or a public Facebook page.another customer is rymdmyndigheten Nasa, who say that the Neos tools spared those two years of work on Mars, the spacecraft Orion.at the same time set the financier detained in Oslo, suspected of insider trading, something that cast a shadow over the Neo Technology in the Swedish business press.
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To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the enormously popular Candy Crush Saga mobile game, King has partnered with Italian fashion house Moschino to create Candy Crush-themed swimwear, a phone case, and a backpack.And because it bears the Moschino name, and it was designed by renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott, this stuff ain’t cheap.The backpack with Candy Crush imagery costs $650.The phone case is a more reasonable $70, and the swimwear costs $250 for men and $300 for women.It might seem a little like some at King has been eating too much candy.But King, which was acquired by Activision for $5.9 billion in 2015, has a vested interest in making the Candy Crush brand ubiquitous.King has kept Candy Crush Saga in the top 10 grossing apps for nearly five years with a strategy of ubiquity.Yet a small percentage of people spend money in the game, which is a free-to-play title.So King has to constantly advertise and find new players who might spend some money.
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