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22 charts that show the incredible growth of Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is the online retailer's paid membership program that gives people free two-day shipping, free access to a bunch of books, movies and music, as well as unlimited cloud photo storage space.<p>Prime is an important part of Amazon's business because it helps to create more loyal customers …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2015

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Inventions

Apple could be the victim of its own success

After the success of the iPhone, Apple may struggle to come up with new innovations that will dominate markets in quite the same way<p>Just over 14 years ago, Steve Jobs unveiled a cigarette pack-sized product that didn’t impress many onlookers. The iPod looked like just another music player – not a …

What Are The Web’s Most Played Out Fonts?

Fontreach is a new tool that can tell you what fonts are hot, and what fonts are not.<p>There was a time not too long ago when all the fonts on the web were pretty much the same: Arial, Courier New, Times New Roman, Comic Sans, Impact, Georgia, Trebuchet, Webdings, maybe some Verdana. But with …

Typography

Yogurts That Help You Lose Weight and Feel Better

A new study has found that probiotic-laced foods like yogurt can balance out your gut bacteria in a way that significantly improves the way you feel …

Guide to Removing Referrer Spam in Google Analytics

This article deals with the problem of Google Analytics referrer spam (prominent referral spammers are semalt, darodar, buttons-for-website). I …

7 Elements of The Ideal Ecommerce Marketing Mix

What are the major elements that contribute to a high performance ecommerce business?<p>Well truth be told there are probably a million of tiny …

Marketing

9 of the Best Free Social Media Analytics Tools

Want to know what’s working on social media?<p>Word-of-mouth advertising is very powerful. You need to earn the trust of your audience so they will …

Big Data Analytics, Mobile Technologies And Robotics Defining The Future Of Digital Factories

47% of manufacturers expect big data analytics to have a major impact on company performance making it core to the future of digital factories.<p>36% expect mobile technologies and applications to improve their company’s financial performance today and in the future.<p>49% expect advanced analytics to …

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

But it usually makes for an experience that exposes you to something new and leaves an impression for years after.<p>I was lucky enough to live in Zurich, Switzerland, for five years when I was younger. Because of its central location in Europe, Zurich made it easy to explore the rest of the continent.<p>…

Web Analytics Secrets : Are You Tracking The Right Metrics ?

A business may have the best product or service, but <b>if no one knows about it, how long it stays operational is anyone’s guess</b>. Marketing plays a huge …

The Shake Shack Economy

In 2004, when Danny Meyer opened a burger stand named Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, it didn’t look like the foundation of a global empire. There was just one location, and Meyer was known for high-end venues like Gramercy Tavern. But the lines became legendary, and in 2008 other outlets …

Fast Food

The mysterious sausage that even presidents can’t resist

The half-smoke might be Washington DC’s only indigenous food.<p>A friend in Washington DC recently told me that the one dish most associated with the US capital was something called a half-smoke. I was stunned. I’d lived on the East Coast for more than a decade and had eaten far and wide, but I’d …

The world's most famous long-distance hiking routes

1. Appalachian Trail, US – 2,180 miles<p>Two to three million people visit the trail annually but only about 2,000 of them complete its entire length, which takes between five and seven months. It goes through 14 states, along the Appalachian mountain range from Springer Mountain, Georgia, in the …

Top 7 Online Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2015

Changes and advancements in the digital marketing field are accelerating, and it can be hard for the casual observer to keep up. So, as we near the end of 2014, let’s review the marketing trends we’ve seen this year, as well as what we can expect in 2015.<p>If you’re interested in last year’s trends …

Nokia's first device after Microsoft is an iPad mini clone that runs Android

Nokia’s N1 is almost identical to the rear of the iPad mini thanks to careful placement of the camera, buttons, and headphone jack. Even the bottom of the device has the same speaker grills and what looks like a Lightning port, but is actually one of the first implementations of the reversible …

15 Data-Backed Tips for Successful Digital Marketing in 2015

The secret to successful digital marketing in 2015 is pretty simple. You’ve got to know your customer.<p>The end of an old year and the beginning of a new one is the perfect time to sit down and analyze the characteristics of qualities of your customer. Every niche differs, but these characteristics …

The Best Beaches in The World

40 reasons to start planning your winter getaway ASAP.<p>Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf or are planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to …

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

Four reasons I switched to Safari after years of using Chrome and why I’ll probably switch back

After upgrading to OS X Yosemite last week, I got an interesting notification when booting up Chrome for the first time. Apple wanted me to give …

The Guide to Creating Conversion Funnels for Analyzing Data

<i>David Arnoux is Head of Growth and co-founder of Twoodo, helping teams organize using simple #hashtags. This post originally appeared on the Twoodo blog.</i><p>You’ve probably been reading tons of articles telling you to start setting up metrics for your website, measure your website KPIs and take …

Quip Is A Beautiful New Mobile-First Word Processor From Ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor

30 years later and our word processing software hasn’t evolved, not even to adapt to mobile. That changes tonight with the launch of Quip, a freemium new word processing app from former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor’s new startup. Quip works on desktop but is designed for mobile. It automatically …

European Commission proposes framework for unified patent court

Getting a patent in Europe is hard. Making sure it's protected in every European Union member state is even harder. That's why the European Commission announced today that it plans on simplifying this notoriously convoluted process by proposing the legal framework for a unified patent court. …

Apple and Samsung Lose Smartphone Market Share: Report

Apple and Samsung have both reported their financials for Q2 2013 so, as is customary, analyst firms are now putting out their estimates for the quarter. IDC is out of the blocks, noting that Samsung and Apple remain the market leaders but greater growth is coming from lesser companies.<p>The research …

ModCloth Hits $100 Million In Revenue, Gives Social All The Credit

“The ‘love’ button is the most used button on our site,” ModCloth CEO Eric Koger told me this June on a visit to the East Coast from the company’s San Francisco HQ. Tuesday’s announcement that the company he founded back in 2002 with wife Susan Gregg Korger has reached $100 million in 2012 revenue …

A Year Later, What Google Drive Means for Startups

Startup image copyright white_board<p>A year ago, we were a launch partner when Google unveiled Drive. Much has been made of what this means for Google …

Apple’s debt strategy saves $9.2B in taxes (plus $100m a year in interest deductions)

Sums done by Moody’s Investment Services (via <i>Bloomberg</i>) confirm reports that Apple’s approach of borrowing the $100b needed to fund its stock buy-back and dividend plans will result in massive tax savings, estimated at $9.2B …<p>Based on current rates, Apple will pay interest of about $308 million a …