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Freebie Frenzy at the Android Authority Deals Store!

It’s time for another round of incredible free stuff from us to you at the Android Authority Deals Store! Whether you’re a mobile gamer, an aspiring developer or graphic designer, or just want to get better at doing what you love, we’ve got something for you! Here’s what’s on offer, for …

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5 Nightmare Clients And How To Deal With Them

It doesn’t really matter whether you’re a freelancer or a design agency – nightmare clients unfortunately come with the territory. Sure, they are the …

59 Free Twitter Tools and Apps for Marketers

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Twitter is a fascinating adventure of relationships, entertainment, education, and fun. Now imagine layering on a few dozen powerups.<p>That’s how it feels sometimes when you find just the right Twitter tool. And there’s a tool for practically every …

40 Free Branding & Identity Mockup Templates to Download

Mockups

'Richard Branson personifies entrepreneurship'

<b>Q: Steve, do you have a favorite entrepreneur? Mine is Steve Jobs. That guy was amazing. -- Sven</b><p><b>A:</b> There are a lot to choose from, that's for sure. For me, the one who personifies the chutzpah, smarts, vision and pure enjoyment that is entrepreneurship has to be Richard Branson.<p>What a lot of people …

Is responsive design killing mobile?

Picture yourself at a work event. What are you wearing? What are you talking about? How loud are you talking? If you indulge at all, how much have you had to drink? Now picture yourself on a weekend trip with a group of friends.<p>We won’t go into details, but things look a little different, don’t …

Shoutcast relaunches with new hosted streaming service

Pioneering online radio service Shoutcast relaunched Wednesday with a new hosted plan that offers webcasters a way to stream online radio at no cost, …

Quick tip: Add events to Google Calendar via the search box

When you want to create a new event on Google Calendar from your phone, you can use the Google Search app to listen to your voice commands. While the desktop version of Search has fallen a bit behind, Google is starting to incorporate some of the commands you'd use on your phone into their …

Google Search

20 of the Best WordPress Plugins For a More Powerful Blog

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>There’s a saying you’ll often hear around Buffer’s content team: “There’s probably a plugin for that!”<p>We’re often chasing new ways to work smarter, faster and more productively—and the same is true of our Buffer blog.<p>We’re quick to grab any and all …

100 Great Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

Paul Graham, Jim Collins, Tony Hsieh, and other business leaders share the questions you should be asking if you want to improve your company.<p>There’s no Superman versus Iron Man face-off between questions and answers over which is the better tool for innovation. But if there were, questions would …

5 Free Apps That Make You Seem Smart

When you communicate more clearly, people are more likely to think you're smart.<p>In business, how you write (and speak) is who people think you are. If you have lousy grammar, use tired cliches, spout biz-blab, or dress up five-cent ideas in five-dollar words, people secretly (or openly, if you're …

Make your Android Device Smarter with these Handy Apps

The leap from feature phones to smartphones didn’t happen overnight. Slowly but steadily, our phones grew smarter and smarter until they’d become capable enough that we could fulfil most of our computing needs on these pocket-sized devices. The onset of powerful third-party apps spurred that …

The best camera you can buy for under $250

Beating your smartphone doesn't always require breaking the bank<p>For the vast majority of people, the compact camera is dead. Today’s smartphones take good enough pictures, easily fit in our pockets, and are always with us. But there are situations where the fixed lens on a smartphone just doesn’t …

How Much Social Media Self-Promotion is Too Much?

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>If you’ve been to any of Buffer’s social media accounts recently (take Twitter, for instance), you may have noticed that the lion’s share of stories we share come from us. We tweet our own stuff. We toot our own horn.<p>Do you want to be a …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

101 essential free fonts for web designers

Every designer knows that free fonts are a godsend when working on a project, but truly valuable free fonts can be tough to find.<p>With this list we’ve …

11 unwritten rules of design

From grid theory to the Golden Ratio, there are a set of fundamental principles that are passed down from generation to generation of designers. …

CloudGOO’s New App Turns All Your Cloud Storage Accounts Into One Big, Combined Drive

CloudGOO, a newly launched Android application with something of a silly name, offers a way for you to smush together all your cloud-based file storage accounts to form one big cloud drive in the sky. That is, the app aggregates your cloud drive accounts into one mobile interface, then uses that …

Real Estate Crowdfunding Startup Realty Mogul Raises $9M

Realty Mogul, a site that allows accredited investors to collectively back real estate projects, is announcing that it has raised a $9 million Series A led by Canaan Partners.<p>The startup launched a year ago, and in its first year it says 6,000 members invested $14.6 million in real estate projects …

Put your best face forward with PortraitPro's airbrushing app for Mac and Windows

Portrait touchups have always been controversial—especially now with ongoing debates about extreme Photoshopping that transforms humans into wiry, plastic facsimiles of themselves. The relevant question with software like Anthropics Technology’s PortraitPro is not only how to use it properly, but …

Lessons In Branding From MSNBC's Joy Reid

<i>The following guest post is by Mamie Joeveer, an attorney specializing in First Amendment and Media Law and a former captain in the U.S. Marines.</i><p>Building a brand that will ring good thoughts in hearts and minds and stand strong through turbulent times is not an easy feat. The magic numbers to …

Why We Click: A Guide To What Works Online

<i>The following guest post is by</i> <i>Roger Wu</i><i>, cofounder of the native advertising and storytelling platform</i> <i>Cooperatize.com</i><i>.</i><p>Sales funnels are longer. Information is noisier. Attentions spans are shorter. The glut of data and “Paradox of Choice” cause people to leave a video or webpage after less than 10 …

100 Best Websites For Entrepreneurs

Whether you're seeking advice on raising capital, scaling your business or looking for general industry insight, these sites are worth reading.

10 Tips for Designing with Type on a Photo

One of the best techniques to have in your toolkit is designing with type on and around images. But it can also be one of the toughest concepts to …

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Improve the Quality of Your Email List with Social Media

One of the most profitable marketing channels online is email. The value of email marketing lies entirely in your list of customer emails, especially since 93 percent of consumers check their email and see at least one permission-based email daily.<p>Email presents an opportunity to get your content …

Acer Chromebook C720P review: King of the budget Chromebooks - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Acer Chromebook C720P</b> has a good keyboard, an SD expansion slot, USB 2 and 3 ports, and HDMI, plus a touch screen. It also has more onboard storage (32GB) than most entry-level Chromebooks, and better battery life than most previous Chromebooks.<p><b>The Bad</b> Low-end price is matched by its …

Android ends 2013 on a high note

The Android mobile OS finished 2013 with a rise in market share in 12 major regions around the world, research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said Monday.<p>For the three months ending December 2013, Google's mobile OS showed market share gains in the US, Europe, Latin America, China, and Japan. In …

How the 'Netflix of books' won over the publishing industry (Q&A)

The world in which people have to rent movies one at a time from a video store, or buy individual songs from iTunes has come and gone. These days, Netflix, Spotify, Rdio, and other services are making it easier and easier for people to subscribe to all-you-can-eat plans.<p>As slow and painful as it …