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Small businesses cringe at the concept of outsourcing. Generally speaking, entrepreneurs like having control and autonomy, and the thought of outsourcing anything can make them uncomfortable. Unfortunately, this type-A preference can really stall growth when it comes to expanding to new markets. Taking a small business global is a complex and dynamic process. Gaining a deep understanding of the targeted markets, the competition, current local market trends, and the requirements to successfully launch and drive growth is an important piece of the foundation. For these reasons, outsourcing should be held in high regard as something that not only creates jobs,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Once in awhile, when browsing the internet, you might get on a homepage or landing page that takes your breath away. Having a great home page does take a lot of effort and time, but when it’s finally done, you can really take pride in your work. And there’s nothing better than that! The reason of this article is showing you that landing pages don’t have to be cluttered with information and lots of visuals to be good! They only need a few great well-executed elements and some eye-candy characteristics! Let’s start with the beginning. What is a homepage and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Having lived in the city of Amsterdam for over three years now I can truly say it’s a super exciting place to live in. There’s always something going on, and although it can be very crowded, you can find quiet parks and nice restaurants where you can bask in the sun – just a bike ride away. The city is known for its many great museums, parties and exhibitions to visit all year round, but several activities don’t require effort or tickets at all, like enjoying a picnic in the park, walking along the canals or looking for hidden art… This story continues at The Next Web

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Oculus Research, the R&D arm of the VR company that produces the Rift, announced a new type of “groundbreaking” display that could ease the way current VR works against the nature of our eyes. The “Focal Surface Display”, as the company is calling it, could put an end to the ‘hangover time’ reported by early VR enthousiasts after extensive use. The biggest problem stems from the fact that your eyes are not actually seeing a three dimensional object, but a flat surface that uses a simple technique that tricks the brain into thinking it’s seeing 3D. This trickery puts strain… This story continues at The Next Web

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It is hardly surprising that Artificial Intelligence was a major focus of Microsoft’s Build 2017 conference. In fact, given the rapid advancements in all areas of AI technology and the raging debates about if – or rather, when – robots will take over our jobs, it would be surprising if one of the world’s biggest technology companies weren’t thinking about these problems in a big way. When Harry Shum – Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s AI and Research group – took to the main stage on Monday, he talked about how soon it will be almost impossible to imagine a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Got a question for one or more of the upcoming speakers at TNW’s 2017 conference? Look no further than our dedicated TNW Answers page. The “ask me anything” sessions – conference edition – are now live. All of this year’s talent scheduled to speak on the Digital Innovation stage are listed and available for questions. We have over 20 renowned influencers participating, like Stephanie Alys, cofounder of MysteryVibe, and Mark Randall, VP Creativity at Adobe. If you’re interested, just follow these simple steps: Head over to the TNW Answers page. At the top of the page, login with either your Twitter… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tired of reading about startup success stories? Well, you’re in luck then – this is not about the time someone created a multimillion dollar business out of their garage (even though they may be well on the way). No, this time we’re talking to three Lithuanian startups that have chosen to sell their products in the US and what it took for them to get there. Ever thought it would be difficult to enter a foreign market, wondered if you would be trusted there and what challenges you might face? Well, then these startups have some words of wisdom for… This story continues at The Next Web

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Growth Story is a new 4-question format we’re doing about startups finding and influencing a defining metric that helped to really grow their company. We had an inspiring chat with Alex Klein, CEO and founder of Kano, a company that builds computer and coding kits for kids of all ages. Kano’s winning metric? Hiring interdisciplinary coders who could help keep kids really engaged on their self-made computers. This is his story, use it to your advantage. The company “Kano is a new kind of computer company. We create computers that you build and code yourself like Lego. They’re connected by… This story continues at The Next Web

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Congratulations. After the long, arduous, ideating-to-prototyping slog, from building and testing to scrapping your way to meet funding goals to creating some sort of momentum and hype through PR, your product has finally been released to the masses. But hold on, young jedi. While the perfect world scenario would have you breathing a sigh of relief, relaxing and enjoying the spoils of victory, a product launch is hardly ever the end – especially in terms of sustaining brand awareness and relevance. There are several different factors to consider post-launch that can greatly impact your future success, but it’s prudent to narrow… This story continues at The Next Web

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I remember when I started in digital marketing back in 2009. It was amazing that I could change some things on my site and it would rank for specific keywords which would then bring targeted traffic to my site and people would pay me money for things. It was like magic. Eight years later, the non-tech world is waking up to the power of the internet and digital marketing. As you look across industries, you see that more and more traditional businesses such as brick-and-mortar stores (think dentists), real estate, and restaurants are taking digital seriously. Some of this new… This story continues at The Next Web

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Are you struggling to rank individual blog posts in SERPs? The blog posts that you publish don’t get enough organic traffic? If search engine ranking is your biggest dilemma, consider creating long-form content as it is one of the proven techniques to increase organic traffic, social shares, and user engagement. Long-form content is any content with 1200+ words. This is the minimum. However, the average word count for long-form content has increased to three thousand to 10 thousand words. Yes, this is too much of content. Writing a couple of three+ thousand word blog posts every week means serious business.… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s one big thing that keeps me up at night: The best candidates in the world aren’t looking for jobs. Amazing engineers, marketers, and salespeople don’t submit their resumes on your website and wait patiently to hear back. They want to grow their careers at companies that stop them in their tracks, not the ones banging down their doors with job offers. Not surprisingly, I’m not the only one losing sleep over it: Hiring was the number one concern of founders in 2016 (First Round, 2016). If your organization isn’t a household name, how can you stand out today? I… This story continues at The Next Web

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With smartphone growth in the US dropping to single digits as we enter 2017, and with North America and Western Europe combined now comprising only 20 percent of the global market, businesses are increasingly looking to regions like India, Africa and South America to drive future growth. This shift in strategy makes a lot of sense, but the approaches that have delivered success in established markets can’t simply be replicated in new markets – local dynamics differ significantly. There are a very different set of constraints in operation, most of which stem from cost and infrastructure. If businesses want to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Until recently I worked as a VC investor, and I would often receive emails from recent college grads and others asking me what they need to do to get into venture capital. I came up with a list of tips that I would respond with, and now that I am out of the industry I thought I would share that list to help others land a job in VC. Know why you want a job in VC and what the job entails VC not all about going to networking events, attending conferences and cocktail parties and hanging out with cool… This story continues at The Next Web

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YouTube TV is expanding its service for the first time since it became available over a month ago. Seven new networks have been added to the basic $35 package. The new channels are: AMC BBC America Sundance TV Telemundo Universo We TV IFC This raises the number of channels available to basic users to 46. Telemundo and Universo are owned by NBCUniversal, who also signed a deal with Hulu recently. YouTube TV also has “unlimited cloud DVR,” and allows access for up to six people, according to Napier. Unfortunately, if you want the service, you’d better live in Los Angeles, New… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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At the conclusion of January, Facebook had officially shuttered Parse, disabling the API on an app by app basis. As a Backend as a Service (BaaS) product, the development platform provided SDKs and APIs that allowed developers to quickly build their apps without having to build a backend from scratch. Facebook did’t present much insight into the motivation to shut down the platform. But Parse’s customers, following the 2013 acquisition, comprised heavily of small to medium sized developers that had a lower propensity to spend. While Facebook was burdened with having to answer to post-IPO investor concerns about desktop growth plateauing… This story continues at The Next Web

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The smartphone world has all but moved on from BlackBerry. Even BlackBerry itself seems to have moved on, reinventing itself as a software and services company. Its latest effort isn’t produced by the Canadian icon, but rather by TCL Corporation, a little-known Chinese manufacturer which also licenses the Alcatel brand. But then it introduced the KEYone. Could this keyboard-toting Android phone start a fire in the long-extinguished kiln? I’d like to think so, because the BlackBerry KEYone is a bloody good phone. Under The Hood Before we talk about what it’s like to live with a BlackBerry-branded phone in 2017, let’s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Blackberry

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It looks like Disney’s latest film about pirates might itself have been stolen by modern-day pirates. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced to ABC staff today that hackers claim to have an unreleased Disney film, and will release it to the public unless the House of Mouse pays a ransom. The hackers have threatened to release the film in 20-minute chunks over time unless their demands are met. Disney is working with federal investigators to sort it out. The report doesn’t say how much the hackers were asking for, beyond “a huge sum” to be paid in Bitcoin.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Retail and e-commerce is one of the most competitive industries. Besides some of the more major players such as eBay, Amazon, Walmart, and Target, thousands of smaller eCommerce products have flooded the market. In order to stand out among your competitors, win more customers, and, as a result, increase your revenue, you should keep an eye on the latest technological advancements. By adopting new technologies within your retail business, you will be able to grow your sales, increase brand awareness and customer loyalty, and improve your customer service. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Technological innovations are at… This story continues at The Next Web

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is attempting to win over the YouTube audience with a Mean Tweets video. The FCC has been enjoying a lot of attention in the past week, after John Oliver called attention to the net neutrality debate. Amidst the ensuing kerfuffle, Pai shot a video for the Independent Journal Review in which he read tweets aimed at him and gave (or attempted to give) humorous commentary. The FCC tweeted it out today: Chairman @AjitPaiFCC read some mean tweets on Friday during an @TheIJR interview. Watch here: https://t.co/tjtO9FNnjS — The FCC (@FCC) May 15, 2017 Credit where it’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Windows 10 is getting a huge makeover that’s starting with the upcoming Fall Creators Update. But for all the hoopla over the Fluent Design System (previously known as Project Neon) and its new aesthetic philosophy, we only got the brief look at it during Microsoft’s Day 2 Build keynote. The demo real flashed by bit too quickly, and Microsoft didn’t really explain when to expect certain visual changes. Some of the images were future concepts likely years from now, others were changes that are already rolling out. Fret not; we’ve dug deeper into Fluent for you so don’t have to. For a quick refresher… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows,Microsoft

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We’re in the midst of a tech talent crisis. Worldwide. Should American companies be worried about losing their edge as a desirable place to live and work for tech talent? I think so. Having just moved across the pond to one of the most tech-savvy countries in the world, Estonia, I am amazed by how outmoded US government technology and immigration is – especially as the home of Silicon Valley. Well-known as the most influential tech hub for over 50 years and the home of giants such as Facebook, Yahoo, and Google – Silicon Valley alone has an incessant need… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve seen perfectly good iPhones crushed under presses and cut open with searing hot knives. Apparently the latest in wasteful schadenfreude on harmless phones is to turn them into fidget spinners. A YouTuber called EverythingApplePro took a drill to the iPhone 7 to insert the bearing which gives the fidget spinner its characteristic spin. The rectangular phone has none of the aerodynamics of the classic propeller-like toy, so it’s a wonder it manages to spin at all. I thought at first that the defiler in question was using broken iPhones, but nope — according the him, they’re all working. Another YouTuber did… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Over the weekend, someone inadvertently leaked United Airline’s cockpit door codes online online. Anyone who wants to access a cockpit needs a code to get in. Even then, the pilots can override and block their entrance, but merely having the codes would be a coup for anyone looking to cause mischief on a flight. According to the Wall Street Journal, the breach wasn’t the result of hacking, but someone posting the codes to “a public website.” It appears to be human error, and the company said in a memo that it was working on “corrective action.” The breach was apparently fixed on… This story continues at The Next Web

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“Code is law,” as described in Lawrence Lessig’s book ‘Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace’, refers to the idea that computer code has progressively established itself as a predominant way to regulate behavior to the same degree as legal code. With the advent of blockchain technology, code is assuming an even stronger role in regulating people’s interactions. However, while computer code can enforce rules more efficiently than legal code, it also comes with a series of limitations. With vast regulatory implications, blockchain applications have already raised many legal questions as they offer new capabilities to engage activities in ways that… This story continues at The Next Web

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