The Top 10, Top 10 Predictions for 2015

Originally posted on psilva's prophecies:

The time of year that crystal balls get a viewing and many pundits put out their annual predictions for the coming year. Rather than thinking up my own, I figured I’d regurgitate what many others are expecting to happen.

– So 2014, according to last year’s proclamations, was the break out year for the Internet of Things (Iot) and it didn’t disappoint. IoT is everywhere and IDC offers their take for 2015. Cloud, security & network capacity all come into play when wearables, embedded systems and smart cities overrun our society.

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015 – Gartner announced their technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in October with IoT, Everywhere Computing and 3D Printing topping the list. They also include the rise of Smart Machines, Software defined systems and the recognition that it is not possible to provide a 100 percent…

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Amazon: Deal With It; American Airlines Gets on Board (Finally); Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Ditch

Originally posted on Pujonomics.:

Let’s make a deal…

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/

Amazon has come up with yet another way to reinvent shopping – sort of. The e-commerce website added a new feature to its website dubbed the “Make an Offer” button. The ever-resourceful mega e-tailer surveyed a bunch of its sellers and wouldn’t you know it: Several sellers said that the ability to negotiate prices would help drive sales for them – and for Amazon, of course. 150,000 items will get that nifty little button added to their items’ options with hundreds of thousands more coming next year. Unlike eBay, there will be no bidding against others and negotiations are completely private.  A customer makes an offer and…voila! The seller gets to reject, counter or reply. If a seller counters, a customer has 72 hours to counter-counter (is that a thing?). Apparently it makes customers feel like they are getting the best…

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Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, innovation stagnation and US-China competition

Originally posted on The Cold War Daily:

Suppose geo-economic competition is the name of the game between a country like the US and a country like China. Suppose such a rivalry, using economics to advance geopolitical goals, is more important than the ability to produce war-making hardware because – in superpower terms – it underpins the nations’ ability to shape the future. From there, defense, economy, and even history, to a degree, fall into place by changing the way a superpower is treated by the world.

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

So suppose such eventual competition between a country like the US and one like China is built on technological possibilities. Basic scientific breakthroughs, the kinds that invent new industries, will be the foundation of that success. PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is among those in the US who see a crisis in the Western ability to generate the new kind of breakthrough technologies needed to for future robust US growth and…

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Glenn Greenwald: Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance. Here’s What Matters Instead.

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:

The boredom of this spectacle was simply due to the fact that this has been seen so many times before—in fact, every time in the post-9/11 era that the U.S. Congress pretends publicly to debate some kind of foreign policy or civil liberties bill. Just enough members stand up to scream “9/11″ and “terrorism” over and over until the bill vesting new powers is passed or the bill protecting civil liberties is defeated.

The “USA Freedom Act”—which its proponents were heralding as “NSA reform” despite its suffocatingly narrow scope—died in the august U.S. Senate last night when it attracted only 58 of the 60 votes needed to close debate and move on to an up-or-down vote. All Democratic and independent senators except one (Bill Nelson of Florida) voted in favor of the bill, as did three tea-party GOP Senators (

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Originally posted on More Than Enough:


Each morning she wakes at the crack of dawn to listen for the crackle of dad’s old radio, even though she knows that he’s not there and he will never be there.

And each morning she lies motionless and dispirited until, out of nowhere, a still small voice arises.

She pulls on her gear and heads out of the door careful not to wake mum, who lies sleepless in the adjacent room.

She strolls along the road between the flat-roofed houses and across the park to the edge of the beach where she sits on a bench under the palm trees to watch the sun come up and wait for Sally. The orange sea glows bright as if a star had fallen into the waves and when she scans the blazing sky her eyes touch the edge of space where a blue line announces a new day. A flock of…

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What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Web Marketing Agency

Originally posted on Digital Marketing Agency:

Hiring a web marketing agency should be an exciting time for any business. Even if you’ve handled marketing so far, it will make a huge difference to have a professional company take over on your behalf. It allows you to focus on the business end of things and still see improved results. However, that’s the best case scenario. The worst case scenario involves a web marketing agency that proves more trouble than they’re worth and may even set your progress back. So before you hire an agency, here’s what you need to consider.

Your Budget

Whether you’re hiring a web marketing agency or a new receptionist, your budget always needs to be considered first and foremost. When it comes to marketing, see if there’s money you can add to it by giving the agency more jobs to do. For example, if someone has been handling social media for you, updating…

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The Worst Mistakes Made in Marketing

Originally posted on Kalapana Enterprises, Inc.:

Brand marketing in itself isn’t exactly rocket science, but even the most experienced marketers on board still commit the worst mistakes possible. Once they do, then another business opportunity vanishes into thin air. Here are some of the worst.

Detached messaging – Marketers still have the tendency to focus on what they believe are the most important and note-worthy values their product or service has. However, doing this essentially drives customers away, sometimes even for good. Customer values must always be put forth and communicated effectively.

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SEO Experts For The Right Information

Originally posted on SEO Experts :

Graphic_SEO_Word_WebNew updates and rules

If you are acquainted with seo google, then you might be well aware of the number of times the rules tend to alter. This is done in order to keep fault and fraudulent links from getting into the search results. This is exactly why you need to be very careful with the content that you put up on the page and every minor technical detail about the site. With the google webmaster update, there has been a restriction on the sites that tend to not allow javascipt or CSS files. Such pages will be ignored by the search engine, as the algorithm will not be able to confer with the page. This necessarily means that you will need to check if you fall within the loop that may cost your website its raking. The best way to ensure that you are not is to consult the…

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Why Hiaim

Originally posted on hiaiminstitute:

Are You a Student 

Why Hiaim

Why Hiaim

Know why internet marketing is the next big career in India

India’s online population is 158 million and growing fast. According to estimates by TRAI & Google it will reach to 300 million by 2017. The other big change when it comes to India and the internet is how people are using the web. With better connections, mobile phones and computers, Indians are increasingly using the internet for more than just checking their email.

This net-savvy generation is also helping to build e-commerce in India. The number of transactions made online has been growing: in the past year, the value of online business in India was estimated to be worth about $10bn.Some 13 billion adverts are already sent to mobile devices in India every month, and two thirds of all Indian e-commerce comes from mobile devices. The Internet accounted for 21 percent of the…

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British Retailers’ Embrace of ‘Black Friday’ Brings Discounts and Disorder by STEPHEN CASTLE

Originally posted on Finbar O'Neill's WordPress Blog:


The kickoff to Christmas shopping, imported from the United States, has stoked merchant’s sales but also drawn criticism from police officials.

Published: November 28, 2014 at 07:00PM

from NYT Business Day

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