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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Mobile Application Development - Current Technologies

 Smartphones are a huge success story of the past two decades - and the devices get more powerful each year. Many businesses achieve significant benefits by using mobile technology - including those in both industrial and commercial markets. Deploying applications to mobile users involves a unique set of challenges and choices.


This article provides a background on the current mobile technologies available.


Types of Application for Mobile


The fundamental consideration with delivering business applications over mobile phones is the huge number of devices, and the wide variety of features on these.


Successful mobile application development often involves a combination of technologies and techniques. This is where a diverse skill set, together with an understanding of the mobile landscape, is essential to provide businesses not only with development services but also effective guidance in this time of accelerating change. The challenges at this stage in mobile technology are mirrored by an ever-increasing range of opportunities for businesses to implement new and improved processes.


In general, there are two main approaches to delivering business solutions over mobiles:


(1) Web


The mobile Web has undergone enormous advances over the past few years. According to recent research, around a third of adults in the UK are now using a smartphone - it seems fairly safe to assume that this will only continue to increase. Many more mobile users have some kind of internet access. Although the functionality of mobile Web browsers is now at a good level, there are still considerable restrictions in terms of network connectivity and speed - this is expected to improve over the next couple of years as 4G kicks in, but for the moment remains a serious constraint.


Many organisations create mobile versions of their sites and Web services, with minimised content designed to cope with mobile hardware and data connectivity limitations. One potentially valuable prospect in the mobile Web will be the advance of HTML5. This technology is still very much under development, but with major sites such as the Financial Times opting to use it rather than targeting specific mobile platforms it does look very promising. HTML5 offers a range of benefits including facilities for offline support, multi-media, interactivity and location awareness.


(2) Mobile Apps


Native mobile applications are software solutions deployed directly onto devices such as phones. Many mobile applications link to internet services, with the application, or "app", handling user interaction natively. Mobile apps have the advantage that they provide a deep level of interactivity that is suited to device hardware - for example, using gestures or sensors like GPS. The difficulty with using mobile applications to deliver business services is the range of platforms in operation. As of early 2011, Google, Apple and RIM together occupy around 90% of the smartphone market. However, the mobile landscape is still in a state of change and there are other players including Windows and Palm - it would be unwise to make any predictions about how market share will look even in a matter of months as things stand.


Microsoft have replaced the Windows Mobile system with Windows Phone 7, with an increased focus on consumer use. Although Microsoft currently has a reduced position in terms of smartphone market share, the upcoming Mango release is looking very promising, and is being received quite well in early testing.


In terms of technologies for mobile apps, the list is long, and depends on which platform (or platforms) you choose to target. Among the most commonly used programming languages for mobile applications are Java, Objective C and C++. Each of the major platforms has a specific Software Development kit, with its own tools to help with the design, testing, debugging and deployment.


The complexity of mobile application development is such that targeting even a single platform involves extensive testing. Some businesses maximise on development resources by balancing native user interaction with cross-platform resources at the back-end, in which case a mobile app can effectively function as an interface for a Web application.


SMS


Aside from targeting specific mobile platforms through software and Web development, there are additional ways to exploit mobile contexts for some business processes - SMS is one such case. In this model, services are delivered as SMS text messages. This has the benefit of generally working across all phones, and payment can be handled via users bills - but it's a very limited form of interaction. SMS also has a problem that message delivery is not guaranteed. Integrating SMS message handling into Web applications is quite simple - and support for processing SMS messages from users is widely available.


About Android


Google's Android operating system is going from strength to strength at the moment. Having initially been seen as a platform of interest mainly to geeks, Android now occupies around a third of smartphone market share. Android's growth is partly down to the openness of the platform, which is available on phones across the market range and from various hardware manufacturers, making it accessible to a more diverse range of users than iPhone.


Apps available through the Android Market are also subject to very little control, which produces a great deal of variety and flexibility but naturally results in a higher proportion of poor quality applications in circulation.


Google's approach is the opposite of Apple - which retains significant control over its mobile phone operating system. Google's initial idea was to make a new phone operating system which would be open and free. Their hope was that this would encourage innovative development of both phones and applications. Google has invested in Android because it expected that Web searches would increasingly happen on mobiles, and it wanted to be able to advertise to mobile users.


Although Google's position within the mobile world seems very strong right now, it is still difficult to say how things are going to progress. In terms of users and applications, Android has, in the past, been seen by many as more focused on consumer services than enterprise use when compared with Apple and RIM, but there is some evidence that this is changing. The Android system is offering a good level of integration with business services such as Microsoft Exchange, and the open nature of the platform makes integrating with existing enterprise applications potentially less troublesome than for certain competitors.


About iPhone


The iPhone was of course in a dominant position as the advance of the smartphone took shape, and the platform is still in a very powerful place. Although business users naturally tended toward Blackberry in the past, both iPhone and Android have continued to make considerable headway for enterprise as well as consumer use, while Blackberry has started catering more to the consumer user as well. The result is that all three of the major smartphone platforms are now occupying some of the same space.


The iPhone offers support for external business utilities such as Microsoft Exchange and, unlike Android, iPhone apps are subject to serious vetting before users can deploy them. The natural downside to this increased level of control over the platform as a whole is a lack of flexibility, but for business applications the plus side is a very high guarantee of quality and reliability for the end user - and ultimately for any business processes being implemented through the technology.


With the hugely popular visual designs and interaction models the brand is famous for, the iPhone is certainly an attractive platform for commercial applications. Apple have been responsible for developing innovative features whose success has prompted other platforms to emulate them, such as multi-touch interaction.


There are some serious considerations with iPhone development:


Apple does not permit users to directly install applications onto the iPhone - all applications must be bought from the Apple Store, and Apple takes a 30% cut. There may be some way around this in the future, but at present we are not aware of it.


For certain applications the fragility, financial value and battery life of the iPhone may pose problems.

Of course, these obstacles apply mostly to commercial / industrial applications. They are not particularly a problem in terms of creating end-user applications. Blueberry has the Objective C skills necessary to develop iPhone programs, and we would be very interested in discussing this with customers.


Although iPhone has lost considerable smartphone ground to both Blackberry and Android, it is generally still seen as the platform to beat, and continues to be a market leader in many ways.


About RIM Blackberry


RIM's Blackberry platform was long regarded as the mobile system of choice for business and professional users, a perception that still persists to a certain degree. Over the past few years Blackberry has also made significant advances in the consumer market, introducing handsets that have proven especially popular among young smartphone users.


Like Android, Blackberry hardware is very varied, so users can access mobile sites and applications via differing screen sizes and controls - increasing the complexity in any development project. The Blackberry platform delivers a wealth of enterprise services as standard, with Blackberry Enterprise Server seen as a major asset for corporate users. Email on Blackberry is particularly strong, so users who are dependent on a high level of security and reliability in messaging (and communications in general) naturally tend towards this platform.


While iPhones are focused on touchscreen interaction, as are Android devices to a slightly lesser degree, Blackberry handsets are most likely to provide hardware keyboards for text input. This can be a key aspect in the potential of the platform for certain application categories.


A possible issue for mobile Web applications targeted at Blackberry is that the Web browsers on the system have, in the past, been significantly less advanced than those on both iPhone and Android. However, more recent models have addressed this issue by including the latest WebKit browser


Native apps can be deployed through the Blackberry App World marketplace, which has, to date, not occupied as central a role for users as the app stores on iPhone and Android, although the brand is clearly focusing extensive efforts on developing this aspect of usage.


About Windows Mobile


Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 represent Microsoft's foray into the mobile world, which has enjoyed varying degrees of success in the consumer and industrial markets.


From the consumer point of view, at the moment some of the high end smartphone brands such as HTC and LG are producing handsets with the Windows Phone operating system deployed on them, with networks including O2 and Orange providing mobile services. Nokia and Windows have reached a major deal in which the manufacturer is dropping its Symbian platform entirely to focus on Windows as its operating system of choice.


In 2011, Microsoft is due to release a major new version of the mobile Windows platform named Mango. This much anticipated release could alter the position of Microsoft drastically within the mobile world, partly on account of the Nokia partnership and partly since the system is set to include a number of new features such as increased support for HTML5.


At the same time, Windows Mobile has also been adopted strongly by manufacturers of industrial PDAs and mobiles - portable computing device products designed for commercial rather than consumer use. This has seen Microsoft exploring various industrial contexts for mobile processing, with Windows Mobile 6.5 particularly successful in such environments, and hardware produced by various manufacturers including Motorola. Windows Mobile is, therefore, a natural choice for many mobile workplace needs, including warehouse and delivery services.


From a development perspective, Windows Mobile has very strong advantages. Microsoft has provided a rich platform of development tools - including the C# language, which is much easier to use than C used on other mobiles. Microsoft also includes tools for communication between the software on the phone and central servers, and they even include a small database engine.


The strong development tools and wide availability of different devices make Windows Mobile a particularly valuable platform for delivering business applications. At Blueberry we have a uniquely high level of expertise on Windows Mobile systems, so are well-positioned to deliver solutions on this platform.



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Choosing the Right Web Designer

 So, you've finally decided that you need a web site for your business? Well, there are a few key-points to remember BEFORE you make one of the most crucial decisions for your business.


Choosing the right designer for your new business web site:


When it comes to choosing the right web designer for your web site, you should always shop around first to check out all of the available options. There are many web design companies out there to choose from. And most of them are pretty good at what they do.


Always ask to see samples of a web designer's previous work and examine their portfolio. This will help you get a better feel for the style of sites any particular web designer is capable of doing. Most of the time, web designers have their own unique style and you can easily spot which designs they've done in the past. I mean, it's similar to any other artist's style; you can definitely spot their previous works based on the general layout, color scheme, and over-all visual appearance of the sites.


Experience is also a key factor here. Just like any other craft, web designers get better with experience. So naturally, you'll be better off by choosing a web designer who has more experience under his or her belt.


Another key point you should define is whether or not the web designer can make you a 100% custom web site. Or will it be just a basic template web design that 100's or even 1,000's of people already have across the Internet. Pretty much anybody these days can create a basic HTML web page in Microsoft Word or Publisher and change the title of it to reflect their Branson business. But you must ask yourself: "is this really what I'm looking for"?


Web sites that are truly custom built will stand out more the rest of the basic template web designs that so many people are using these days. A custom web design will catch the eye of your potential customers and show them that you have a really professional web presence and you mean business.


A lot of web designers these days choose to do the template web sites for one of 2 reasons:


It's cheaper to use a basic template web design. They might be lacking the necessary skills needed to develop a fully custom web site. Whatever the case may be, make sure you go with a designer who is capable of creating a custom web design for you. It will inevitably cost you more for a custom site. But it is totally worth the extra money spent. Trust me, in the end you will be much happier with your web site if it is a site that's unique and created for just your business and not everybody else's.


Communication with a potential web designer is also critical in the development of your web site. You need to be perfectly clear and define your goals up-front, before you actually sign a web design service contract with a designer. Make sure you know what you are getting for your money and make sure you get it in writing! I have a 9-page web site design contract that I use every single time I design a new web site. Included in this contract is an itemized list of all work that is to be performed during the development of the web site. Things like the exact number of pages, the exact number of graphics to be designed, whether or not I need to create a logo, the estimated time before completion, whether or not routine site maintenance will be performed after the site is 6 months or 1 year old, etc.


Defining these things will help you in the long run and will also make sure you and the web designer are on the same page.


I also use what I call my "web design planning worksheet". This worksheet gives "milestones" or deadlines for each phase of the web design project. Things like "In 2 weeks the general layout will be done" and "2 weeks after that, the site will be coded and launched" and then "In one moth after the web site is launched, we will evaluate it to see what needs to be adjusted", etc. (these are just examples, by the way. the details included in one of my actual worksheets gives exact dates and more specific milestones).


And what about the web hosting for your new web site? Usually, a web designer will provide some kind of insight as to which hosting company they recommend. Web designers in general have a preference for a hosting company that they know will be a good choice for your web site and they should assist you in making this selection.


Fortunately, we have our own web server here at Digital Spiral Web Design so we can do all of the hosting ourselves. This is very beneficial because we can make sure the web server stays up and running and if there is any maintenance that needs to be performed on the server, we can do it ourselves in a timely manner. Plus, we will always cut a deal for our web site hosting services to any new business who chooses us to do their web design.


Will your new web site require any specialized web programming? Well, the answer to that question is based solely on the needs of your Branson web site. What kind of site will it be? Does it need a shopping cart for e-commerce? Will you be implementing any special web applications or online forms for your viewers to fill out? Will it be a web site that requires your viewers to fill out registrations and sign up so they can login? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then chances are you'll need a web designer who can also program.


Web developers and designers must be skilled in the art of web PROGRAMMING (something that is very different from regular web DESIGN). Web programming involves the implementation of different web programming languages like JAVA, PHP, Flash, SQL, or.NET. All of these web programming languages need highly skilled individuals to code them and develop web programs with them.


I personally love PHP! I use it for pretty much everything. I won't go into the details of PHP in this article (I would have to write an entire book about it to cover all of it). But with PHP, I can create pretty much any web application that is logically possible.


So, make sure you choose a web designer who is also capable of coding any special functions that your new web site needs. This decision needs to be discussed and gone over by any potential web designer you might use to create your Branson web site.


And finally, you should always check with the potential web designer's previous clients to make sure they give him or her a good reference. Remember: it just like any other service. You need to verify a web designer's references and make sure they can do what they say they can do.


So, just to summarize all of the tips I've mentioned:


Ask questions, questions, and more questions before you choose a web designer. Clearly define your goals from the beginning. Ask to see the web designer's portfolio and samples of their previous work. Make sure they can help you with choosing a web hosting provider. Get documentation to show exactly how many pages will be included in the project and the estimated time before completion. If your Branson web site requires special web programming, make sure the designer can handle it. I hope this article helps anybody who is getting ready to have a new web site designed. A good web site can really do wonders for your business!


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Top 10 Tips for Choosing a Web Designer for Your Business Web Site

 How to Choose a Web Design Firm


Simple. You do your homework on them. Then, you start asking questions and taking notes. There are plenty of web designers available. You want to go with the best because, in fact, your web designer is in essence your partner. You want to choose a designer that takes YOUR business seriously.


What questions do you ask?


There are several important questions to ask when choosing a web designer for your business web site.


Creating your web site can be a tricky process. Choosing the best web design firm for your business web site is a very important decision. And if your company is like most small businesses, you probably do not have web design experience. Building your web site will take time and work. And working with a web designer is no easy task. So choose the right web design company from the start and avoid do-over's, which can be costly and time consuming.


1. What kind of web experience do you have?


For starters, find out what kind of design experience your potential design firm has. Do they have experience with content management systems such as Joomla or Drupal, do they have experience working with "raw" HTML? Has the web design company created websites similar to yours? Do they have relevant industry experience? If you want to sell products through your website and accept credit card payments, does the web design company you are considering have experience with ecommerce hosting?


2. Do you have a portfolio that I can review?


An experienced web design company will have a solid portfolio of web sites that they have created for other clients. Ask for links to other site the design company has created and review each one. Do you like what you see? Do the sites have a style that appeals to you?


3. Do you have any references?


In addition to reviewing web sites, ask for customer references. Contact their clients and ask them about their experience with the web design company. Were they happy with the results? Did they get what they paid for? How much did they pay? Would they recommend them? How long did it take? What didn't they like about the company? How responsive was the company when they had questions?


4. What are your prices?


The most important step in pricing is to make sure the potential design company outline all of the prices associated with the work and puts it all in writing. Never enter into a deal unless all of the costs are well understood up front.


Ask them a bit about how they manage payments. If they respond in a very business-like and professional manner, this is a good sign. If they throw out answers like - "Don't worry, we'll manage" or "Whatever you are comfortable with", don't be fooled. This is trouble waiting to happen. Get the price in writing before you begin the project.


5. Do you have experience with search engine optimization?


Most small business owners do not have it in their budget to hire a separate marketing firm to work on search engine optimization (SEO), so it imperative that your web designer have experience in SEO. A good designer will know that design and SEO go hand-in-hand. Designing a web site for search engines with "clean" code that utilizes cascading style sheets is essential to getting your content indexed in the leading search engines, such as Google and Bing.


6. Do you have experience with social media marketing?


Many marketing firms do know the first thing about social media marketing. These firms are stuck in the past and are not as effective as they pretend to be. Be sure that you work with a designer that knows how to setup a Facebook fan page for your business and design a customized Twitter profile. This is important because you will want your social media properties to mesh with the design of your web site. The web site and social media pages should complement one-another.


7. What is your process for designing or building a web site?


Make sure you ask your potential web design company about the process that they use? Do they design a web site or do they build a web site? An experienced Internet professional should understand the difference between these two concepts. If they don't, they're probably not as experienced as they claim to be. Building a web site is a highly technical process, while designing a web site is a highly creative process. Many advertising firms specialize in web site design which does not necessarily require any web development skills whatsoever. At the same time, many firms design web sites, yet out-source the creative portion of the project. Find out from the beginning what the process if for the firm that you are considering.


8. How long will it take?


Perfectionism can be a huge stumbling block in the fast paced world of the Internet. Some designers are unable to compromise between quality and time to market needs. Test: See how long it takes until you receive a proposal.


9. What type of support is offered after web site launch?


If your design firm does not offer web site maintenance, you might want to continue looking. Most reputable design firms will offer "post-launch" maintenance for companies that do not have an in-house webmaster.


10. Which web hosting providers do you work with?


If your design firm does not know the first-names of the contact at their favorite web design firm, then this should raise a red flag. Most reputable web designers know not to choose a web host simply because they are the most popular or because they offer the cheapest web hosting. A reputable web design firm should know who to call and how to get results! Does your web designer work with a green hosting company? Environmentally-friendly web hosting is becoming more and more popular for business web sites looking to implement an eco-policy.


Getting a little recognition on the W3 is hard, even in a niche market (especially in a niche market). You have less than 10 seconds to convince a site visitor to stick around long enough to learn about the quality of your services, your products or your message. Web surfers are jagged out on information overload. If they don't see what they want to see on your home page or a landing page, they bounce. So, making a statement about your corporate culture and your business' core values has to happen in the blink of an eye. Visitors will never even see the "About Us" page if you don't create a good impression - in 10 seconds. So, go green! An emblem or banner proclaiming that you employ green hosting makes an immediate statement about your on-line business. It says you care about the environment.


Do your homework when choosing a web design firm.


Good designers are creative people that need to think out of the box. Finding a good web designer is getting harder and harder. The good designers are being snatched by agencies and large projects. They are overloaded with work and often, you won't know about them because they don't have time (or need) to market themselves. Doing your homework and asking the right questions is important to decide if they are right for the job.


Nor Development offers the most ideal and eye-catching websites, mobile applications, applications, marketing and SEO services, logo and graphic design - for both large and small businesses at competitive prices. We are not satisfied until the customer is satisfied. That is why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Send us a price request for your next project today.


The Art of Food Marketing

 The food industry worldwide is inter-related with all the aspect of food production, marketing and the consumption of consumers. Marketing takes part in this series of food activities which is often referred to as from the farm to your plate. As a succession of interconnected activities, food marketing jobs continues to dominate the classified job opportunities worldwide.


The art of food marketing incorporates farming, processing, manufacturing, culinary arts, nutrition and dietetics, food and beverage restaurants, and the household meal preparation. In the United States alone, food marketing jobs are considered to be the largest direct and indirect employer.


Similarly, in the United Kingdom, food marketing jobs form a reasonable percentage of the country's work force. Additionally, in other countries worldwide, it also contributes to the economic growth of their cities and towns. As such, you can always find food marketing jobs in your local employment agencies or in the internet.


Food marketing jobs generally involves the inter-related concepts of the goods, cost and prices, advertising and location.


• Goods

The goods come from the farmers and the food manufacturers. Food products are developed and enhanced by nutritionists, dieticians and chemists before it can be sold in the market. Those in the food and beverage industry, as well as the household consumers also play an important role from food presentation to consumption.


• Costs and Prices

Food marketing executives with the relevant business degree handles and assesses the food products' marketability and its end prices for consumers. This involves the analysis of cost and price in terms of production, packaging, storing, and shipping among others. This apply both to food products in the groceries and in the food and beverage restaurants.


• Advertising

This involves the creative people who made it their profession to promote food to the consumers. This is usually done by media advertisements on TV, radio, magazines and the internet. You can also find these advertisements in the store itself, in coupons and discount promotions, and even in the packaging itself.


• Location

Location refers to the warehousing, shipping and distribution aspect of food marketing. It is also associated with the place where the sale is transacted like that of groceries, markets and restaurants.


Today, the art of marketing in the food sector requires a number of social factors in the production and consumption of food. Food marketing jobs take a look in food and product safety and research taking into consideration the health and wellness of the consumers. It also advocates for environmental and sustainability projects and program, as well the inter-industry teamwork and exchange of ideas to promote and facilitate a healthier food products.


To complete the marketing process, the industry also works with the government to help those who are marginalized like the low income families to meet their daily food requirements. Additionally, it also works towards product safety by adhering to government standards in terms of nutritional value of the food products and making food accessible to a greater number of people.


The art of food marketing is truly a dynamic field where one can directly take part in the nutritional needs of the country.



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Silk Pillowcases Buying Tips

 The silk pillowcases are considered to be an investment because of their quality and luxury. They could provide you a blissful night's sleep, but only if they are properly chosen. Here's a list of consumer tips that could help you to choose the most qualified and suitable silk pillowcases for you:


One of the most important things that should be considered about the silk material is the "momme" weight. When you buy heavier silk, it means that the number of momme is higher which makes the silk more quality. So, instead of a silk pillowcase with a momme weight between 6 and 9, you'd better buy one with a momme weight that is between 12 and 19.


A thread count is the number of threads per square of an inch. It's recommended to purchase silk with a thread count that is at least 400.


The silk material is hypoallergenic. The reason is in the silkworm - when the cocoon is been weaved, the silkworms naturally produce additional substances that protect from natural threats. Also, the silk is able to prevent mold, dust mites, and fungus. So, it's not necessary to look for the word 'hypoallergenic' in the features list.


Check out if the silk is machine washed. Most of these pillowcases could be machine washed, usually on the hand or gentle wash cycle with a gentle soap. However, they should be air dried out of direct sunlight.


If you find a silk pillowcase offer with requirements that the silk could be used only in the winter or in the summer, you should stay away from such pillowcases. The quality silk is able to provide you a great draping ability and comfort during the entire year.



Looking For The Best Adult Dating Sites?

 Helpful Tips That Will Get You There


It is true to say that everything has gone online including dating. It is no longer necessary to go through the tedious process of online dating where you can't be sure what the other person wants or even what their preferences are. The best thing about adult dating sites is that they are designed for various dating needs and hence profiting yourself in the most suitable for you depending on what you are looking for has been made easy. But considering there are so many dating websites, how then do you choose the best?


Consider the dating site demographics


Adults are categorized differently according to their generation. A dating site designed for young adults probably looking for hookups only and nothing serious might not work for seniors who are looking for true companionship. It is therefore helpful that you consider what groups the dating site you are about to target, so you do not end up with the wrong singles. A site could be popular, but it may not be the best for your kind of dating needs and preferences.


Check out access fees


There are of course adult dating sites that are free to sign up with but others will require that you pay access fees to enjoy the services. The fees can be a good indication that the site is inclined in attracting only serious singles, but it does not necessarily go to show that you will get better service quality compared to the free websites. The decision to pay or not to pay should be solely yours, but even when paying for access you want to make sure that the rates are reasonable so you do not get overcharged for no particular reason. Find out the reasons behind the paid access and decide whether it is worth it or not.


Scrutinize communication channels available


You have signed up with the dating site to find a partner and so communication is very crucial to making this happen. The best adult dating site should offer you a reliable means of communication. A site that offers more than one channel of keeping touch can be good for your convenience. You should remember that there are sites where anybody interested can send you a message, whereas for other sites you can only get in touch with singles you have been matched with. Find out as much as possible about the communication so you are not limited and inconvenienced when you have already signed up.


Read reviews for sites you are interested in


Reviews can be quite helpful in finding you the best sites with high rates of getting your desired results. Find out what other users have to say about the site so you know exactly what to expect. It is a good idea to start off with sites which are highly rated so that you avoid getting frustrated with efforts that do not seem to pay off at all.


Look at the active member numbers


It is really one thing to join a dating site and quite another for it to have active members. Without a good number of active members, it will be very hard for you to find what you are looking for. The more the number of active members, the higher your chances will be to find the kind of singles you are searching for. When dating online, you must also not limit yourself to just one potential partner because they may not turn out to be what you want them to be. Test the waters and eventually narrow down your search.


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How to find Podcasts

 Apple has created a directory of podcasts which makes it available within the iTunes Music Store. The podcast pages are like any of the others available on the store, with graphics, links to show information, lists of the most popular shows and the potential to browse through show category. You'll find that button beside the show graphic on its page. There's also the option to download specific episodes, which you'll find on the far-right side of the text listing of shows.


Navigating the store


One way to find the latest shows is to learn to navigate what's available on iTunes. A few basic search tips can help you do this. iTunes has large coloured icons that link to collections of shows for specific interests available at the centre of the podcast page. These lead to attractive pages listing the top shows in the category.


You can also use the search field at the top of the iTunes browser, or the search tool that's about halfway down the podcast page on the left-hand side. The latter lets you choose to search all podcasts, or by title and author. You can also search specific topics by category, using the drop-down menu above the Today's Top Podcasts list, which updates the list below it to reflect your chosen interest.


Once you have subscribed to a show, you can set iTunes to check for new episodes every hour, every day, every week or manually. If you choose to do it manually you'll need to click on the Update button at the top-right of the iTunes browser to get the latest shows. These settings are available in Podcast preferences, which you can reach from the menu via iTunes---Preference---Podcast, or by clicking on the Settings button at the lower-right of the browser.


You can also choose how many episodes to keep by using the Keep drop-down menu. Unfortunately, these options are universal; you cannot use different settings for separate podcasts.


Directory Services


iTunes isn't a perfect search tool for podcasts. Podcasters must submit their shows, which are then vetted by the iTunes team before being made available through the service. iTunes relies on podcasters letting it know when they stop making shows, which means some that are available through iTunes are slightly out of date.


There are a growing number of online directories that can tell you about shows that haven't made it to the iTunes list, which I will come to, but first you need to know how to subscribe to shows which aren't listed within iTunes.


Once you have found the relevant URL for the transmission, you just need to select Advance---Subscribe to Podcast, then enter the URL for the show you want. The link is likely to be on the podcast's website and probably ends with the letters .xml. You can also submit information about shows you like using the Submit Podcast link at the centre of the podcast home page.


To find new shows you should watch your favourite websites, and keep an eye on the growing range of podcasting news websites that exist online. Some recommendations include:


Yahoo


Yahoo operates an online resource for finding and subscribing to podcasts, which you can use to track down the addresses of new shows. Available at [http://Podcasts.Yahoo.com], this directory benefits from dedicated editors who vet content and user-submitted recommendations, tags (keywords to help track topics) and reviews.


If you see a podcast you like, visit its page and you'll see the link to the transmission's RSS feed, which you simply copy and paste into iTunes.



Podcast Alley (www.podcastalley.com) offers a huge amount of information in its extensive directory of 21,200 (and climbing) shows, searchable by topic and name. You will find links and information about featured shows, monthly top 10 and top 50 lists, and links to the top five newest and five randomly picked transmissions.


You'll also find a very active forum too, which should help you track down new treats for your ears. It also furnishes information about the top 100 podcasts in any genre for any month through its web-based interface.


Podcast Bunker


The Podcast Bunker (www.podcastbunker.com) aims to offer information about the very best shows. All those listed are checked to ensure their quality, and the site offers a range of features to help you keep a watchful eye for new shows that are creating a buzz.


Site features include links to the most recently updated, most visited and most recently added shows. It also offers show lists gathered by genre. All shows are rated using a five-star system for content and quality.



Podcast Directory


Available at https://chainlesslife.com/, Podcast Directory is s busy and feature-packed site, offering news and other information alongside aggregated lists of the newest shows, most popular transmissions and video podcasts. It also offers internet radio show information. You can browse podcasts by geography, genre, nationality, popularity, and language.


Podcasting News


As well as watching the evolving industry, Podcasting News (www.podcastingnews.com) offers a directory of shows. Information that is submitted by podcats enthusiasts takes the form of a two-way forum discussion.


You'll not only find new shows but may also meet other users who share the same interests as you (word of mouth is the best recommendation after all). Shows are divided into a huge range of categories, including a Top 25 Rated shows category.


Podcast Pickle


A community-focused podcasting site, Podcast Pickle (www.podcastpickle.com) offers a forum, as well as genre-based and random lists of shows. You'll find links to recently released shows, a show of the day suggestion, rated shows, and more through this simple site. It even offers one-click buttons to download a show to iTunes.


Vodstock


If you like video podcasts, the Vodstock (www.vodstock.com) offers a regularly updated collection of visual broadcasts. You can search by keyword, browse through categories, and find popular and top-rated shows through the online interface.


Click on the description of an interesting show to visit the page about it; you'll find the show's URL near the top of the page.


Mischa Janiec has always been a rebel. Both in his previous life in the symbolic chains of society and now in personal freedom as a visionary.


After a brilliant development, which he has already made as a professional athlete and fitness influencer within 10 years, he concentrated on his real passion and life's work: The support of all those who finally want to find their WHY and on the way to the ultimate Freedom are ready to finally break their chains.


Mischa definitely does not see himself as a self-help guru, but has been living exactly what he wants to teach other people for six years: he takes 100% responsibility for his life, inspires his fellow human beings and strives for the highest form of self-realization.


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Revolution of Digital Marketing

 What is digital marketing?


Today nearly 80% of all the media that we consume come through digital channels. Massive internet usage and digital media has given rise to a new marketing concept called Digital Marketing. It is a broad area and considered to be the future of business development.


Digital Marketing is the most commonly used term for online marketing and it has several advantages over traditional offline marketing. With the help internet and mobile devices customer these days have access to information from anywhere in the world. Marketers these days use digital tactics to attract and convert audiences online.


This new age marketing methods helps to gain good reputation which is essential for a business to survive. It is the best way to reach out to your targeted audience. With the help of digital marketing one can reach many customers at a very little marketing budget. Unlike traditional methods you can measure the success of digital marketing campaigns with the help of analytical tools. Ever year more and more marketers put aside traditional marketing and focus on this approach. Successful marketing campaigns can be accomplished by integrating traditional methods with the digital marketing techniques.


Common methods of digital marketing


Email Marketing


This is one of the commonly used methods of online marketing. Email marketing enhances business communication, cost effective and Eco-friendly. By this method a message could be sent to a group of people by the use of electronic mail.


It is an efficient way to stay connected with your audience while promoting your business and also one of the easiest ways to reach your target audience.


Search Engine Optimization


It is an organic way of optimizing your online content to improve the ranking of your website on the search engine.


There are a lot of factors involved in ranking of a website such as title, keywords, relevance etc. SEO helps to ensure that your site is accessible and improve the chances of being found by the search engine. It is classified into two types on page and off page optimization. On page optimization is achieved through careful distribution of keywords and the quality of content on your site. Off page optimization involves factors that are beyond the control of your website. The primary goal of link building is to get other websites links to yours to improve SEO.


Search Engine Marketing


When someone searches for information or a keyword, SEM makes sure that your site appears at the top of search engine results. It uses a variety of techniques that helps the search engine to deliver your site to the web searchers.


One must clearly understand SEO before using SEM. It is one of the most efficient ways to spread your business across in this competitive world. Some of the components of SEM are ad auction, bid and quality score. Your maximum bid for a keyword with a great quality score determines your ad position.


Pay Per Click


The fastest way to reach your target audience can be achieved through P P C campaigns. You pay each time when someone clicks on your ad. For example, if you pay 1 rupee per click and when 1000 people click your ad it will cost you 1000 rupees. Based on the CTR (click through rate) the performance of you ad campaign is determined. It generates faster results by targeting the right people at the right time and at the right place. Since it costs money it is suitable for businesses that sell product/services.


Social Media Marketing


The process of marketing through various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is known as Social Media Marketing. The primary objective of SMM is to produce content on social media that help an organization to increase brand awareness and customer reach. In social media companies can share content to achieve marketing goals.


Display Advertising


It is a form of conveying a message with elements like images, logos, graphics, audio or video to communicate to the target audience. Also known as banner ads, it gives a unique opportunity to re-target the ideal audience. You can also display ads to people based on their search behavior. Generally, display ads are seen alongside on search engines such as yahoo, Bing and Google.


Content Marketing


This type of marketing is done by creating and sharing free content to attract new prospects and retain existing customers. Informative content is shared in the form of articles, videos, info graphics etc. It helps in building strong relationships with your audience by providing them with relevant high quality contents. Your business goal should be aligned with content strategy to gain critical success.


How a fresher would benefit from digital marketing?


In digital world, online marketing is essential for running a successful business. Marketers these days are adapting from traditional to digital approach.


Digital marketing provide small businesses with resources to perform sales and marketing that were previously available only for large companies. It ensures the survival of online businesses. Today, brands are putting more focus on digital marketing than ever before. Digital marketing skills are in serious demand and provide a unique competitive edge for one's career. It offers great opportunities around the world. There is a wide range of digital marketing roles which include jobs related to social media as well. It also provides a variety of opportunities to start your own career as an Entrepreneur. There are lots of benefits that digital marketing professionals can look forward in upcoming years.



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