Author: Kristen Myers

Google Pixel and Pixel XL: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Google’s Nexus programme gave birth to a pure Android smartphone or two every year. The idea behind Nexus was always to showcase Android in its purest form, away from the poking and prodding of manufacturer skins. Importantly, Nexus was a chance for Google to say “this is what Android is”. But this year brings some big changes. The biggest change is a shift from the Nexus program entirely and into Pixel. The message is clear from the Pixel launch: in 2016, it’s all about being “Made By Google.” Here is everything you need to know about the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Google...

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Divi 3.0 Has Arrived!

Divi 3.0 Has Arrived! Introducing The Visual Page Builder So Ridiculously Fast & Easy-To-Use You’ll Think It’s Magic Divi 3.0 introduces a completely new visual interface that will forever change the way you build websites. This front end editor allows you to make changes to your website…on your actual website! Click into a paragraph and start typing. Highlight some text and adjust the fonts and styles. Drag an element and watch it move. Add new items from any of Divi’s 40+ content modules, adjust module settings, save and load items from the library and see everything happen instantly. No...

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Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE: LNKD) on Monday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Reid Hoffman, chairman of the board, co-founder and controlling shareholder of LinkedIn, and Weiner both fully support this transaction. The transaction is expected to close this calendar year. LinkedIn is the world’s largest and...

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Stripe Atlas makes it easy to launch an online business anywhere

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today Stripe co-founder and CEO, Patrick Collision, announced Stripe Atlas. The new service aims to make it easier to incorporate a business anywhere in the world. Atlas helps incorporate a U.S. Delaware company, open a US bank account with Silicon Valley bank, accept payments from Stripe and get tax/legal guidance. The company believes that people who want to start a business in the US should be able to, without the “long, hectic process” usually involved in doing so. The service is invite-only for now, but it’ll eventually open to a wider audience. Atlas costs $500 once during...

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7 reasons why bloggers prefer the WordPress platform

WordPress (i,e. WordPress.org), the world’s most popular blogging platform, has been downloaded over 60 million times. When it was first released a decade ago as an open-source blogging tool, few web developers expected it to dominate the CMS (Content Management System) market. So what is it about WordPress that has so many bloggers flocking to it? Ease of use The single most important factor that explains the success of WordPress is its simplicity. For those who don’t have the time or the technical wherewithal to manage a complex platform, WordPress is a true lifesaver. It’s extremely easy to manage...

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Communication tools for Magazine Publishers

At Nifty Magazine, we are Google Apps addicts! Our RunMags Magazine Publishing platform is deeply integrated with the Google Apps Ecosystem, making it possible for us to sign in to RunMags seamlessly using our Google accounts and when working in RunMags use Google Email, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Hangouts and more. User frustration from multiple windows popping up, software that has to be installed, documents and forms loading slowly, and different passwords for different system must be avoided as much as possible. That’s why we love Google Apps! By avoiding these issues, we get happier employees, we improve productivity and...

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5 pitfalls to avoid when starting a magazine

Publishing a magazine of your own can be personally fulfilling and financially lucrative, but it’s also easier said than done. Unfortunately, the process can seem daunting, and many first-time publishers are forced to give up their dreams before their magazines makes it to print. That’s why we’ve collected a list of five common mistakes to avoid that will help you keep your magazine on track: 1. Writing for Too Large an Audience Publishing a magazine is only viable if you have identified the readership that you’d like to engage. If you’re trying to connect with everyone, you’ll end up...

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Software options for publishing a digital magazine

Popular user experience As a magazine publisher, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make when going digital is which publishing software to choose. There is a wide range of Software options for publishing a digital magazine available, ranging from free software to alternatives which cost tens of thousands of dollars and, as always, the leading options on the market each have their pros and cons. It is widely debated in which situation and by whom digital flip magazines are mostly used, but what is undisputed is that digital flip magazines reach a much broader audience and costs...

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