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A Review of Online Casino Website

Whatever business sector you are in, if you have a website this needs to feature a strong design. One of the more successful is online casino, which is growing thanks to the popularity of social and mobile gaming and good web design is vital for any casino site that wants to take advantage – which is why many offer help on playing the games. Doing so lets customers learn in their own time at home, emphasising a major benefit of online gaming at sites like www.iPhoneCasino.ca. Good web design also needs to be aesthetically appealing though, as pointed out here, and this has led the more prominent online casino sites to ditch the garish graphics and colour schemes that the sector was once associated with, in favour of more sparse, classy design. This means tasteful graphics of things like roulette wheels and blackjack tables, alongside clear menus linking to the games, contact and payment pages and other parts of the site – with colour used to add life, rather than induce headaches. Reducing the number of graphics and videos deployed on the casino sites also ensures that they load more quickly – and are less prone to crashing than they were...
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Chinese E-Commerce Platform Poised to Go International, Could Be Threat to eBay

Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is now building an international platform of its monolithic e-commerce portal, Taobao. This global version will appear in multiple languages, including English, but English-speaking shoppers will have to continue to use a field guide to navigate the site in the meantime. To understand the implications of this move, it's important to first take a look at eBay. The U.S. online retail platform was a major contributing factor to the $1 trillion of retail sales directly connected to e-commerce made in 2012. After all, by the end of 2012, eBay had a whopping 123.5 million active user accounts. With all the online clout eBay has, Alibaba was still able to squeeze it out of China when it made its debut back in 2003. Just last year, its some seven million merchants and 800 million shoppers transacted about $160 billion worth of goods. In fact, Taobao is arguably the largest e-commerce operator in the world by sales. On November 11 -- the Chinese shopping holiday "Single's Day" -- it raked in $9.3 billion in sales. This is an impressive figure made only more jaw-dropping by the fact that it's double the West's 2013 Black Friday and...
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Taking to the Cloud: A Look at the Future of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has gone far beyond an inevitability or trend; the cloud is a reality now, a business tool that many companies have been using for years. The recent explosion is just the latest in a series of developments that have seen many businesses adopting the cloud and making it a regular part of their operations. According to a recent study, 58% of businesses spend more than 10% of their yearly budgets on cloud services. There’s little debate that cloud computing is sweeping through the business world, but what does the future hold? A close look at current trends and movements reveals details that could shed some light on what awaits the cloud in the years to come. New Applications & Services Cloud providers are always looking for ways to stand out from the rest of the pack, and the best way to do that is through developing the latest innovative applications. In most cases, the innovations will come from already existing providers or those businesses that are already using cloud computing. It is this added experience that can be a driving force for new solutions and applications in the cloud community. Existing services can also be expected to get better,...
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Endpoint Devices with the Highest Security Risk and Why It's So Hard to Manage Them

One of the prevailing fears of businesses all over the world is the potential for cyber attacks to hit their networks and steal valuable company data or damage infrastructure. There’s good reason for these fears. The number of attacks against companies have increased this year, and security risks are bigger than ever before. A recent survey from the Ponemon Institute shows that the explosion of personal mobile devices in the workplace, along with expansions in cloud computing, have increased the number of security risks. If that weren’t disconcerting enough, the same survey showed IT departments were having a much more difficult time managing these new technologies and risks. As companies prepare to head into the future, they’ll need to come up with the right strategies for dealing with these new threats and shoring up endpoint security. (Tweet This: A recent survey shows more mobile devices in the workplace has led to increased security risks. #security #byod) Security risks have always been a problem for companies, but only recently has it grown dramatically. The same survey from the Ponemon Institute compares the recent numbers with the previous year, and nearly every category has seen an increase. Endpoint devices are the primary concern,...
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Epson to Produce Bulk Packages of Printer Ink for Corporate Customers

Japanese printer maker Epson has announced a new way for small businesses and companies to save hundreds on printer ink.The Replaceable Ink Pack System, or RIPS, is a liter-sized bag of printer ink that can print as much as 75,000 pages. Epson will soon introduce RIPS-compatible printers to the Japanese market that can print roughly 24 pages per minute using a moving inkjet print head, according to a June 16 Financial Review article.The RIPS printing system is another move by Epson to replace high-end laser printers as the go-to printing choice for corporate offices.Epson's WorkForce line of printers is another way the company hopes to replace laser printers with its own high-volume color printers for companies and businesses everywhere.According to PC Magazine, Epson's WorkForce printers can print at up to half the cost of printing with a comparable color laser printer, while still preserving quality. For individuals who are looking to save money on printer ink for their personal printers, there are a number of ways to cut costs. One of the best is to buy refurbished ink cartridges. Refurbished, or remanufactured, ink cartridges recycle the parts of an ink cartridge that will last a long time, and simply refill the cartridge's...
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Can an App Help Freelance Copywriters Be More Productive?

One of the biggest challenges of working as a freelancer is figuring out the conditions that you need in order to be more productive. When you can get more work done in less time, you will be able to earn more while having more free time – and who wouldn’t want that? However, most of us are prone to distraction, forgetfulness, procrastination and other weaknesses that get in the way of our ability to focus and get things done. When you are a freelance copywriter, such as Laurence Blume at freelancecopywriter.co.uk, or a freelance writer of any other style (fiction, technical writing, blogging, etc.), you are probably looking for new and helpful ways to increase your productivity. What if it could be as simple as downloading an app? Sometimes an app or a program can be the perfect solution to keeping you on track and focused. There are many different apps out there that are designed to help freelancers make the most of their time and get things done. Helpful Productivity Apps for Freelancers Here are some of the apps out there that might help improve your productivity, so why not give them a try? NowDoThis Do you ever find yourself...
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Coping with Data Loss: 5 Lessons from Recent Security Disasters

It’s sadly become a fact of life that security breaches happen with alarming frequency. Hackers have been trying to get at valuable data for decades, but only in recent years have data breaches reached monumental proportions. During the 2013 holiday season, Target experienced a massive breach where 40 million debit and credit card numbers were stolen with other effects reaching up to 110 million customers. eBay more recently was the victim of a security breach where a database holding user passwords was infiltrated, giving attackers access to around 145 million records. Other breaches have hit Coca-Cola, Neiman Marcus, SnapChat, Michaels and even institutions of higher learning. (Tweet This) From these incidents, customers and businesses are quickly realizing cyberattacks are almost an expected occurrence, but there are also a number of important lessons that can be learned to prevent future problems or at least minimize the damage done. 1. Communication is Key If there’s a problem, companies need to communicate that to their customers as soon as possible. Bad communication can sometimes make a problem worse or ruin a company’s reputation. Target unfortunately didn’t alert customers until days after news outlets had already been running the story. In SnapChat’s case, months passed...
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Grow your Network Through Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding market continue to grow rapidly in the last few years. According to WordSpy.com, the earliest recorded use of the word "crowdfunding" was by Michael Sullivan in August 2006, but actually the first crowdfunding project is in 1984 and it is related to Statue of Liberty. In 2013 Massolution released a report with some shocking data – crowdfunding market growth – 81% in 2012, total amount of money raised $2.7 billion wordwide. On the next year prediction the amount was nearly doubled - $5.1 billion. https://www.crowdsourcing.org/editorial/the-world-reacts-to-massolutions-crowdfunding-industry-report/25192 Nowadays, almost every niche is covered by crowdfunding platform and during March 2014 one of the leaders – Kickstarter reported $1 billion in pledge over by 5.7 million people to creative projects. https://www.kickstarter.com/1billion Most likely these numbers made somebody angry and there are changes in law, even Paypal made changes in their TOS related to crowdfunding campaigns, however most of these changes are related to equity based crowdfunding, so startup dream is still alive for many. From another angle changes definitely need to be done to stop fraud and protect contributors. Crowdfunding is not just about money! True, crowdfunding main goal is to raise money and fulfill a dream. However there are many side benefits...
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Understand your social media and manage it with these convenient tools

Who says, social media is a time sink? If properly managed, it can act like an ultimate source of productivity as well as successful user base. People often ask me if there is a shortcut of managing social profiles for awesome follow-ship and great performance of their brand. I am sad to say NO! There is never a shortcut to success pertaining for a long time. But, there are ways, your effort become more productive than traditional ones. I suggest to those anxious, to use, the convenient tools for management of their social profiles and branding pages after understanding them properly.  Image Credit: www.toprankblog.com Every person has varying needs. Keeping it in my mind, I have tried to compile a list of social media management tools you can use to gain suitable results. Each one is simple to use and always inspire you or your employees to increasing your value in no time. Mind you, they are not shortcuts, but, oriented dose to your humble efforts. Who will not want to grab a motivating and productive tool? Buffer If you love scheduling, then Buffer is the tool you need. It is robust in performance to those who require scheduling of their...
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What Makes Good Online Forums?

There are a lot of online forums on the internet, but not all of them are popular, and among webmasters who want to develop their own popular online, a common question that's often asked is "What makes good online forums?" Well, the truth is that forum popularity is influenced by a lot of factors, and most of them have to do with the users and topics of the forums themselves. In fact, technology is the least important factor in creating a popular online forum. What really matters is keeping users engaged and making sure that new content is generated regularly. So if you want to create your own forum, here are some rules that you should follow.  Find A Reliable Forum Software The first thing that you will need for your forum is a reliable online software. A good software should have very little downtime, good security protocols, IP recognition filters as well as a visually impressive graphics. A couple of good examples are vBulletin and XenForo, but feel free to choose whichever software you like as long as they're reliable.  Encourage Controversy and Factionalism A good forum is a divided forum, and this is because factions and controversy stimulate discussion....
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