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The pain and the passion behind building Asian language keyboard apps

This past weekend, I briefly mentioned the Perfect Tibetan Keyboard app, which allows Tibetan text input across a variety of platforms. Also, in …

Language Learning

Tiffany vs. Wal-Mart: Does Quality or Quantity Win on Facebook?

Retail brands that publish a small number of highly effective Facebook posts can generate nearly as much engagement volume as brands that rely on a …

Inbound Marketing with Owned, Earned and Paid Media [Infographic]

3-Act Business Model Storyboard for LEAN STARTUP PIVOTS: A Visual Template for Systematically Pivoting or Persevering in a Lean Startup

If there were to be a single word that describes the Lean Startup methodology, I’d vote for “Pivot.” However, “Pivot” is one of the most abused terms in the lexicon of a Lean Startup.<p>In his book, “The Lean Startup,” Eric Ries notes: “A pivot is a special kind of change designed to test a new …

Smartphones Driving Nearly Twice The Commerce Of Tablets -- comScore

Every report I've seen comparing conversions on PCs, smartphones and tablets shows tablets as having much higher conversion rates than smartphones. …

How Twitter Learned to Love Advertising

<i>In anticipation of The Mashies,</i> Mashable <i>is running a weekly series celebrating some advertising "firsts." Watch for new installments in the series</i> …

Majority Of Mobile Ad Spend To Go To Search -- Forecast

In an updated digital and mobile advertising forecast, eMarketer has projected that mobile search will be worth more than $15 billion in the US by …

5 must-have marketing tools for the lean cloud startup

<i>Cameron Peron is VP Marketing and Chief Customer Advocate at Newvem.</i><p>How much of the expected $131 billion spend will your cloud startup take this year?<p>The opportunity is there but the odds of failure are stacked against the growth hacker, marketing professional, or as I like to call it, the “Chief …

Aereo reportedly coming to Android in September

Aereo is heading to Android. The company that has ruffled feathers in the TV industry by letting consumers stream live, local programming without a cable subscription will launch an app for Google's mobile operating system in September. That's according to CEO Chet Kanojia, who spoke to <i>The</i> …

Groundbreaking New Particle Could Make Hard Drives 20 Times Smaller

There are many reasons why we still have size limitations on technology, but when it comes to data storage, one thing really stands out. You can only …

Why Micro-Location iBeacons May Be Apple's Biggest New Feature For iOS 7

With all of the “color commentary” about the next iPhones, and the equally off-color criticisms of the design of iOS 7, we may have missed a really important new feature. Thanks to a really detailed discussion by Daniel Eran Dilger at AppleInsider, we can now see the full implications of the …

Twitter's Lead Generation Card Opens To All, Adds Analytics And More

Twitter has opened up its Lead Generation Card to all advertisers and small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) after a limited release period. The company has also refined the product with a simpler setup and easier way to collect information about potential customers. The Card now also includes …

Nokia went with Windows Phone because it feared Samsung's domination

Stephen Elop, CEO, Nokia<p>When it comes to hardware most people agree that Nokia makes good handsets, just look at the new Nokia Lumia 1020. But the problem is Nokia’s smartphones run Windows Phone which is still playing catch-up in terms of consumer acceptance. The question that is often asked is …

Mobile

Your App Is Slow Because Our World Is Ending

The meatiest article I ran across on the Internet this week was also–maybe–a harbinger of doom for life as we know it. I mean Drew Crawford’s superb piece <i>Why mobile web apps are slow</i>. It’s long, and somewhat dense, but definitely worth reading if you’re technical enough to follow along.<p>Its upshot: …

From beginner to selling my app in the app store in 2 months

I’ve read many posts in the past asking how to get started learning to code, or asking what people should do next after they’ve finished Code Academy. I wanted to give my story thus far to help others get started, because I’m currently on a “progress high” from how exciting it is to make an app.<p><b>“No</b> …

Dual-SIM HTC Butterfly s certified for China, comes with removable back cover

It's a given that HTC will eventually launch its new Butterfly s in China, but will it be a dual-SIM version like the One Dual variants offered over there? The answer is yes, according to a filing in TENAA's database. This particular "9060" device comes with WCDMA radio, meaning it'll be picked up …

A Close Look At China's Growing Appetite For Luxury Brands

They increasingly see luxury purchases as "lifestyle" rather than "celebratory," and have become more interested in smaller niche brands, as opposed to big established brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton, Jing Daily recently wrote.<p>This year, Chanel overtook Louis Vuitton as the most sought-after …

Hospitality

When a common currency is uncommon

Capital restrictions mean a euro in Cyprus no longer has the same value as one in France, Germany or Greece<p>Suppose you’re sitting at home in Rhode Island and you go online to order that Land’s End sweater you’ve been wanting. You’re clicking away when a box pops up and says, “Sorry, due to capital …

Want a job? Agriculture industry teeming with them

Holding career fairs and recruiting on college campuses are just two of the ways the agriculture industry is working to update its stodgy image and address an alarming shortage of workers.<p>WASHINGTON — U.S. agriculture and food companies are struggling to attract enough workers, a problem the …

Why underemployment may be worse than it looks

The level of underemployed workers looks bad on its face but even worse when it's not the government doing the counting.<p>When the Labor Department released its monthly non-farm jobs report Friday, it was all sunshine and roses except for one glaring weakness: A big jump in the unemployment rate that …

And Now... Another Week To Spend Obsessing Over The Fed

Well then you're in luck, because this week is another big week for that.<p>On Wednesday, Bernanke gives his semi-annual testimony to Congress on monetary policy.<p>From Nomura:<p>The Chairman will no doubt continue to stress that any decision to raise short term interest rates is still a long way off, and …

Interest Rates

Six weekend breaks in Europe

If you’ve ticked off Europe's big city hitters such as Paris, Rome and Madrid, then <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine has some suggestions for your next trip.<p>Jerez de la Frontera, Spain<p>Jerez distils Andalucian culture down to its most dramatic elements. It is a beguiling town of sherry bodegas, sleek …

European Travel

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

Western Australia