Creating Effective Social Media – 5 Easy Steps to Creating Social Media That Reaches Your Target

Effectively creating a social media presence is not as hard as it seems. Use five easy steps to improve your online presence now.

1) Know your target audience: You know your customer (or you should) – that’s your audience. All audiences have diversity: age, economic background, style, and interest areas. Now, when you create content, do it as if you are directly speaking to them. Start a conversation. Spark your target’s imagination. Use humor and remember that being too formal can seem inauthentic. Don’t forget to be online with your audience. Explore what they talk about, what they like, what they share, what they hashtag. Interact to get to know them. Tip: use hashtags to research the climate around a topic and see what’s trending.

2) Intentionally set boundaries: After you have visualized your target audience you will need to set up “Go” and “No-Go” areas for your content. These parameters are simplistic yet, paramount. Setting social media boundaries will help you keep your target group happy. Your goal is to create content that is professional and pleasing to your audience. Remember, what is appropriate for one audience, may not be relevant for another. Areas to carefully consider: politics, profanity, slang verbiage, etc.

3) Find a graphics tools that work for you: Creating graphics will serve you well, as visuals are an integral part of all social media platforms. Even Twitter is now more visually based; they have made it easier than ever to share graphics and animated gifts, right at the point of creation. You can put your best visual foot forward by utilizing any purchased, or free, graphic software like Adobe Suite (purchased) or Pixler (free). You will want to research which programs work best with your skill level; there are many online to explore.

4) Consider your platform: Create visual content with limited text, to show/say something significant and inspirational. Know what rules apply to the platform you are using. For example, Twitter limits you to 140 characters or less. These rules will shape your content. Research platform parameters online to familiarize yourself with each structure.

5) Use color: Don’t forget to utilize color; it draws the eye! You can also create a theme of colors that you will use to represent your brand. Using colors enhances what someone feels, for example, Greens and Blues are said to create trust and a fresh feeling, while yellows, reds, and oranges are said to excite, or even make the viewer hungry (think fast food chains). Create content that welcomes your audience to take a closer look. Tip: add your logo to most of the content you create.

By using the five steps above: knowing your audience, setting boundaries, optimizing graphics, mastering platforms, and through utilizing color, you are well on your way to creating social media that effectively reaches your target.


Stephanie Newby is the owner of Newgreenie Inc, an Entrepreneur, Writer, Current Graduate Student and Social Media Enthusiast. Webmasters and other article publishers are hereby granted article reproduction permission if this article is shared in its entirety, author’s information, and any links remain intact. Copyright 2017 by Stephanie Newby, Newgreenie Inc. newgreenie.com

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74 Percent of Small Business Websites Have No eCommerce

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If you’ve been dawdling capitalizing on the ecommerce movement, you’re not alone as a small business owner.

New data from SurePayroll’s monthly Small Business Scorecard shows that only 26 percent of small businesses have an ecommerce site or even use their website in any way to conduct sales. Considering the push for small businesses to create an ecommerce and/or mobile site as a way to connect with customers, this paltry number is a bit surprising.

Again, 74 percent of small businesses surveyed by SurePayroll don’t have an ecommerce-enabled website.

How could this be? With the ability reach more customers, expand their brand and, of course, generate more sales and make more money, small businesses, you’d figure, would be champing at the bit to get their products or services online.

Well, 42 percent of the small businesses surveyed by SurePayroll say “the Web really isn’t that important to their business.” Twenty-eight percent of the small businesses in the survey said they don’t even have a company website.

So, even though most experts agree on the importance of a website, perhaps it’s the skills required to build an ecommerce site — or a website, in general — that’s keeping small businesses away from the budding sales platform.

Despite the growing number of DIY website builders — many aimed at small businesses — only 17 percent of that target market have tried them.

More than half (actually, 52 percent) of the business owners surveyed by SurePayroll who did have websites said they hired an agency outside the company to do all their website creation. Another 20 percent said they hired a freelancer. So, cost could be a factor in setting up an ecommerce site with many companies.

Just 11 percent of small business owners say they created their own site using their own skills to do so.

Overall, these numbers are a bit surprising and should be a wake-up call for small business owners everywhere, especially the 42 percent of owners who say the Web isn’t an important part of their business.

Ecommerce sales are skyrocketing and consumers are demanding an easier way to search and pay for products and services, be it just online or more specifically, on their smartphones. If you’re not offering this to your customers, there’s a chance they’ll find a competitor that is.

Spending an afternoon or evening checking out those numerous DIY website services that are available to small businesses may be hours very well spent. And if your company hired a freelancer or outside firm to create your site initially — and perhaps their invoice scared you out of calling back for updates — it may be wise to pick up the phone or send an email to find out what’s required to update your site to be mobile — and ecommerce-friendly.

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New Wireless Epson Printers are Designed for the Home Office

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The new line of WorkForce 2700 series printers from Epson are designed to give the home office a piece of equipment that can effortlessly connect with a smartphone, tablet or computer wirelessly and print from anywhere.

This type of connectivity is key to the way many work today, because the office is no longer a static location. As long as you have the right mobile device, your office is with you, and it can be in the same city, another state or even country, and access to the tools you need can still be seamless.

Wireless Printing

The WF-2760 and WF-2750 are all-in-one printers that leverage the company’s Epson Connect platform to deliver this connectivity. By supporting the most popular systems, including Android, Apple, Chromebook, Fire and Windows devices, Epson Connect can let you scan documents and save them to the cloud, from which they can be output by a connected printer at any time.

The connectivity is a great selling point, but the WF series also delivers when it comes to printing the documents you need fast.Wireless printing - Print from any device

Steve Michell, product manager, Printers, Epson America, said, “In addition to the convenience enabled by a range of wireless printing options, the WF-2700 Series delivers the high quality prints for which Epson is known, due to the incorporation of PrecisionCore technology.”

The Epson PrecisionCore is a next generation technology that delivers laser-like output using the company’s propriety advanced thin-film piezoelectric (TFP) elements. Without going into intricate details, PrecisionCore creates the laser-like quality by allowing each nozzle of the printhead to deliver up to 50,000 droplets per second.

The printers have 150-sheet paper capacity, 30-page automatic document feeder (ADF) and auto two-sided printing. And when you run out of ink, Epson says buying new cartridges won’t put a huge dent in your budget because you can replace only the color that runs out.

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The print output is pretty fast for this class of printer, which can deliver speeds of 13.7 ISO ppm (black) and 7.3 ISO ppm (color). And since the device prints with DURABrite Ultra instant-dry inks, the prints will be smudge, fade and water resistant.

You can control the printers from your mobile device or computer, as well as the graphical display on the printer. The WF-2760 has a 2.7” color touchscreen, and the WF-2750 comes with a 2.2” mono graphic display to control any print, copy, scan and fax functions.

Pricing and Availability

The Epson WorkForce WF-2760 will cost you $129.99 and the WF-2750 comes in $30 cheaper at $99.99. They will be available in the summer of 2016 through different retail and online vendors, including the Epson Store.

Until businesses go completely paperless, printers will be an essential tool for any company. For small and home office businesses, the Epson WorkForce 2700 series printers offer the connectivity and productivity needed at a price most can afford.

Do you still use a printer, or have you gone paperless? Let us know how much you rely on your printer as part of your business operations.

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ZTE Axon 7 Offers Low Cost with High End Features

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The capabilities of smartphones are growing as collaboration in the workforce now greatly rely on mobile devices. In addition to the workplace, the increased capabilities are also used to deliver services to consumers by businesses large and small.

The new ZTE Axon 7 comes loaded with the hardware that is needed to deliver these services, and it does so at a price that is more affordable than the perennial top two in the smartphone segment, Apple and Samsung.

This dual SIM, unlocked Android phone looks great, and more importantly, the powerful specs it has inside can go toe to toe with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and forthcoming iPhone 7, and hold its own.

In her review of the Axon 7, Lynn La of CNET, said:

“Its 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor is the same that’s used in other flagships, and it clocked in some of the highest benchmark results we’ve seen. In fact, it was on par with the Samsung Galaxy S7 on our 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited test, as well as both Geekbench 3 tests. It also edged out the HTC 10, the G5 and the Google Nexus 6P.”

She is not the only one that is impressed with what ZTE has accomplished with the Axon 7. Across the board, there is unanimous agreement this phone has impressive credentials, even if it was priced higher.

 

Some of the specs for the Axon 7 include:

  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 5″ 2K AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels (538 ppi pixel density) and Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Internal memory of 64 GB with 4 GB RAM or 128 GB with 6 GB RAM, card slot can add 128 GB of external storage with microSD
  • Primary camera with 20 MP, f/1.8, phase detection autofocus, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and secondary 8MP camera.
  • Video with 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps
  • Dual Speakers with playback codecs of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus (7+1 Surround Sound)
  • Connectivity includes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NFC and USB with v3.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Battery is a non-removable Li-Ion 3140 mAh with up to 16 hours of talk time in (3G) and 360 hours of standby (3G)
  • Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), but it will get Android N

The First Google Daydream VR Phone

The Axon 7 is the first official Google Daydream VR compatible handset.

So what is Daydream?

It is Google’s Android driven virtual reality platform that requires phones to meet minimum system standards in order to be considered ready for Daydream. This includes a high-end processor, low persistence capable display, HiFi sound, and high-end sensors to track head movements accurately.

As VR continues to grow in adoption, this compatibility will give the Axon 7 the ability to hit the ground running when VR content and services become more available. You will be able to use Google’s VR head set or the ZTE VR, which was just launched along with the Axon 7.

Low cost phone - ZTE Axon 7 - VR Set

Using the Axon 7 for Your Business

The Axon 7 will let you do the same things as other flagship phones, without having to pay more. So for small real estate, design, architecture, multimedia and other firms, you will now be able to capture and show the product and services you offer in regular or VR formats to your customers.

This is where the 6GB of RAM comes to play. While not everyone might need this much memory, for small businesses that need to deliver rich multimedia services or presentation on their mobile device, it can definitely impress.

The Axon 7 will cost you $450 unlocked, without having to deal with the ever annoying two-year contract; you will own the phone outright for this price. It is now available in China, and it should be in the U.S within a couple of weeks.

The price and availability of the higher-end model with 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage hasn’t been announced for U.S release.

Low Cost Phone

While Apple and Samsung still get most of the attention when it comes to smartphones, there are several manufacturers who are making headway and want to be part of the same conversation. The ZTE Axon 7 can unequivocally say it belongs, giving consumers all the features of any flagship device at an attention grabbing price point.

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Need a Gigantic 2-in-1 Device? Meet Dell’s 17-inch 2-in-1

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How big is too big for a laptop? With the miniaturization of computing devices, anything over 13 inches is now considered big. So the new Dell Inspiron 17-inch 7000 2-in-1 is a behemoth that probably has many scratching their heads, and asking why?

It isn’t the first time Dell has taken things to extremes.

For the company, which is slowly but surely moving to the number one spot in the global PC market — Dell overtook HP for the first-place ranking for the first time in the U.S. since the third quarter of 2009, according to IDC — it was a way to really differentiate itself from the current batch of laptops everyone else is offering.

This 17-inch laptop is the only 2-in-1 in the market at this size. So it begs the question, is there a market for it?

The answer is an emphatic yes. It might not be widely adopted, but there will be enough customers to justify Dell’s decision to bring this product to market.

What Do You Get in the Dell Inspiron 17-inch 7000 2-in-1?

The screen size of course is the first thing that catches your attention, and the four configurations for this model all come with a 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Truelife LED-backlit touch display with wide viewing angles.

In order to power this giant, Dell has several processors. The low-end version, which is available for $899, comes with the 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor clocking in at 2.80 GHz and 12 GB of RAM. It has the same 1TB of storage and NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 2GB GDDR5 video card as all the models to keep your multimedia content running without any lag.

The next model ups the processing power to the 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor clocking in at 3.10 GHz, which by the way is the same for the rest of the models. The RAM stays the same at 12GB, but the price increases by $100 to $999.

Dell Inspiron 17-inch 7000 2-in-1 - Tablet View

The top tier versions of this laptop have 16 GB of RAM and added solid state storage (SSD). The one for $1,149 has a 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD, while the $1,349 version only has a 512GB SSD.

The next question is probably, how long is the battery life? And taking into account the monitor size and processing power, Dell has done a great job to deliver 9 hours and 57 minutes of operability with the integrated 4-cell battery. This of course depends how you use it, but it is quite impressive for a 17 inch laptop.

The wireless connectivity and ports are the same for all the models. This includes, 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0, Dual Band 2.4 and 5 GHz and 1×1.

The ports will let you add virtually any peripheral in the market place with the HDMITM 1.4a, 1 USB Type C, 1 USB 3.0 with PowerShare, 1 USB 2.0 and a media card reader for SD, SDHC and SDXC.

Who is This Laptop For?

This is a power laptop that easily replaces a desktop. So power users such as professionals and small business owners that just want one computing device will appreciate the versatility and power of the 7000 2-in-1.

Dell also has marketed the device to creative types. Whether they are DJs, graphic artists, video professionals or others, these users will find a laptop that offers the engagement of a tablet with its touchscreen, while delivering the power of a desktop with the processor, RAM and storage.

The possibilities for this laptop are many, and by being the first company to provide a 17 inch 2-in-1  gives Dell a head start, because there will be competing brands with their version of the Inspiron coming soon.

Can you see yourself and your business replacing your desktop with a single powerful laptop? If so, please let us know.

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Find Photos with Mobile Reverse Image Search from Shutterstock

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Shutterstock, a leading global provider of imagery and music is boosting its artificial intelligence credentials with mobile reverse image search feature within its iOS app.

The New York-based company houses more than 80 million images and it can become quite a chore to find the right image for your blog or campaigns.

To help make the process easy for users, the company introduced Shutterstock Reverse Image Search technology back in March. The new tech allows you to search for an image by simply uploading a similar image, so you no longer have to keep on trying different keywords to get your desired image.

Mobile Reverse Image Search

However helpful this was, the technology had a limitation. It could only be used on the desktop. Nonetheless, this has all changed as the stock photo giant recently announced that Shutterstock reverse image search was being added to the iOS app.

“When we unveiled Reverse Image Search this past spring, we knew that it was a perfect fit for our mobile application — it’s arguably one of the best use cases for computer vision technology in general,” Shutterstock CEO and founder Jon Oringer said in a press release. “It’s so easy to take a picture and everyone stores hundreds or thousands of them on their phones. Now you can use those photos to help you search for and find better-quality, more suitable images for your professional needs.”

With the new tech, you now just have to snap a photo of something, add it to Shutterstock reverse image search and watch the results roll in. This feature has the ability to save you tons of time that you would have otherwise used guessing different keywords.

Make sure you use high resolution, well-lit images with a clear subject. At times, changing your image angle might as well give you better results.

Shutterstock reverse image search is not entirely new as Google has also offered a similar feature for some time now and they recently expanded the service to include mobile service. However, Shutterstock’s service is more likely to be loved by journalists, bloggers, photographers, online business owners and photographers who are always looking for the best images for their blogs or product descriptions.

Easily download the Shutterstock app from Apple Store.

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3D Virtual Reality Camera VUZE Offers Affordable Option

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With the introduction of the 3D virtual reality camera VUZE, virtual reality is finally becoming a practical option for a wider audience. The potential of this technology has been hyped for many years.

And entrepreneurs have begun to speculate about how virtual reality might be used to grow a business too.

But it wasn’t until Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion in March of 2014 that everyone started jumping on board.

Since that purchase, the VR market has seen a dramatic increase of software, hardware and content for this ecosystem, because it needs these three components in order to be viable in the long run.

The VUZE VR camera addresses the hardware side of the equation with a 360 degree true VR device that can be had for $800.

Unlike the current slew of 360 degree cameras that claim to be VR but take flat 2D videos with no depth, the VUZE virtual reality camera has 3D stereoscopic depth. And it is important to make the distinction between these cameras, because you will not experience the depth 3D delivers with cameras that capture images in 2D only. The Ricoh Theta S, The Bublcam, Freedom360 GoPro Mount, 360FLY, and Nikon Keymission 360 are some examples of cameras in this category.

As reported by Raymond Won on Mashable, the CEO of HumanEyes, Shahar Bin-Nun, which makes the VUZE camera, told Mashable, “We’re actually delivering the same experiences as a 3D camera that’s $30,000 or $60,000.” Examples of these higher end cameras include Facebook’s Surround 360 VR camera selling for $30,000 and Nokia’s Ozo VR camera coming in at $60,000. As another point of reference, the Google Jump sells for $15,000.

The VUZE virtual reality camera is a comprehensive package designed so anyone can pick it up and start creating and viewing 3D VR content.

Bin-Nun told Mashable, “We wanted to make it really dumb-proof, so that anyone can generate 3D 360-degree virtual reality video. With just one click of the button, you connect the cable [to a computer], a screen pops up with an ‘import’ button that copies the eight videos (one from each camera) and behind the scenes, it stitches the VR video.”

3D virtual reality camera Vuze color options

First, there is the camera. It records at 4K and 30fps with a rate up to 120 Mbps VBR with 8 FHD lenses, 180 x 120 FOV (field of view) and spherical FOV of 360 x 180 degrees. The unit also captures the 360 degree sounds of your environment with four high quality microphones. This ensures the sound and video are always synchronized.

It has 64GB of internal storage, as well as a removable SD card, which will come in handy because filming in 3D takes up a lot space. You can transfer the content with WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHZ and USB 2.0.

If you are all alone, the company has engineered a “selfie stick” which ingeniously transforms into a tripod. The battery life of the VUZE virtual reality camera is up to one hour, however, an external battery pack can be connected through the Micro USB port.

3D virtual reality camera Vuze size

The second and just as important part of the package is VUZE Studio, which lets you automatically generate, edit and quick share your VR movies. And once you are ready to watch your creation, you can do so on the free VR Headset that comes with the camera using any Android or iOS smartphone.

3D virtual reality camera Vuze studio software

As Facebook and YouTube make 360 view available on their sites, content created with VR cameras will garner premium revenues from advertisers. The VUZE camera is democratizing VR creation with its affordable camera, so anyone can capture real-life or staged content in a way that is more realistic than ever.

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Wix Unveils New Innovation: Websites That Design Themselves Using AI

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You’ve heard of artificial intelligence — AI — the machine-learning process that can drive cars, answer questions and beat humans at chess? According to an announcement released today from website builder Wix, you can now add web design to that list.

Wix has developed the world’s first website-building platform that uses artificial intelligence — what Wix refers to as “Artificial Design Intelligence” (ADI) — to create a site automatically for you, right in front of your eyes.

“Wix ADI is specifically designed to eliminate the most significant challenges of building a website — time, design and content creation,” the announcement says.

Given that small business owners typically have little time to develop a site themselves or adequate budget to afford a web designer to do it for them, the new Wix feature may come as welcome news.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Nir Zohar, Wix president and COO, told Small Business Trends in a telephone interview that, “Two of the key things business owners struggle with are the site’s design and content. They ask questions, such as, ‘How do I build the right content for my site?’, ‘What’s the right layout?’, or ‘What pages do I need?'”

Zohar said that, for ten years, Wix has used technology to solve web design problems, and Artificial Design Intelligence is no different.

“Our team worked hard for two years to create the first-ever artificial design intelligence,” he said. “We drew on our vast knowledge base of how people build websites, which informed the development of ADI.”

How Wix Artificial Design Intelligence Works

Wix combined data from the experiences of more than 86 million users to create algorithms that ensure each site’s design will be, in its words, “stunning” and “complete.”

Wix Artificial Design Intelligence starts by asking the user five questions:

  • What will the website be used for?
  • Do you need any special features or capabilities? (an online store, appointment booking capability or a blog.)
  • What is the name of your business?
  • Where is the business located?
  • What design style do you want?

“You answer those five questions, press a button and Wix automatically creates the site for you within minutes,” Zohar said. “Each is custom-made, designed as if by a pro and absolutely unique. There are billions of different options, so your site will not look anything like the next guy’s.”

Once the user answers the questions, Artificial Design Intelligence produces what Wix calls “structures” consisting of text, images, site and page titles — all the building blocks needed to make a finished site. Then, it then goes through a filtering process to remove things that wouldn’t make sense to a human and, after that, chooses color schemes and design styles from which the user can select.

It then puts together sections and compiles pages, to complete the site. Users can make changes, edits and additions, to further customize the design. This site, JessKellyTrainer.com, was created using ADI.

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Also, instead of Wix ADI developing the site for the user, it can show the person how to do it, step-by-step, the announcement says.

Wix Artificial Design Intelligence Features

Each Wix ADI-designed website is unique. The Wix algorithm selects from billions of combinations to create a one-of-a-kind site, exclusive to the user. Also, because ADI uses artificial intelligence, it learns as it goes, customizing the site based on what it knows about the user’s needs and business category.

ADI gathers content from across the web. Rather than relying on the user to gather content — which is often where the website design process bogs down — ADI takes care of it, drawing from sources all across the web, including social channels. Users can choose to add the content, or not.

Users can customize their sites. As mentioned above, once ADI completes the site design, users can change themes, edit text, add photos and more. Wix offers an extensive image library from which users can select.

ADI emphasizes aesthetic appeal. Wix wants each site to have a “stunning” (there’s that word again) design that changes based on the business’s needs, and it depends on ADI to make that happen.

Conclusion

Although professional web designers may take exception, Wix Artificial Design Intelligence may be the answer to many a small business owner’s needs due to its ability to self-design a site that, according to the company, is aesthetically pleasing and content rich.

When you think about it, that’s all the qualities a website needs to be useful in helping a business meet its sales and marketing goals.

Wix is rolling ADI out gradually and it will be available to all its customers within a few months, says the announcement.

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Skype for Android Tablets Gets a Makeover

Skype for Android Tablets

About a year ago, Skype launched a major update for Skype for Android smartphones that was “inspired by” Google’s Material Design mantra. At the time, Skype said that the app had been redesigned on Android phones, but didn’t mention anything about Android tablets. Now, Skype for Android tablets finally gets material design in the version dubbed Skype 7.0 for Android.

“We are constantly working to improve and simplify your Skype experience. Last year we launched material design for Android phones. We received great feedback on the cleaner, more polished feel of the app and how the UI added a bit of fun to your Skype conversations,” the company said in a post on the official Skype blog. “Today we’re pleased to announce Skype 7.0 for Android, which brings material design to larger Android screens.”

Skype for Android Tablets

The new Skype for Android comes with a redesigned interface for devices with larger screens. It also features a new floating action button (FAB) that makes it really easy for users to start voice and video calls as well as send messages with friends and groups from the main screen of the app.

Besides the FAB, the new Skype for Android interface provides users with quick access to Skype bots, which are essentially chatbots that allow for easy and quick interaction with other users. This feature can provide message suggestions based on the data it gathered from previous user interactions and also easily allows users to loop other bots into the conversation.

Version 7.0 also adds an improved universal search to Android tablets, so users can now sift through contacts, chats, groups, and recently added bots. The search function can be accessed via an icon on the top right corner.

Apart from faster accessibility, FAB and an improved universal search function, the niftiest change the new Skype for Android app brings to Android tablets is multitasking. Users will now be able to check the current conversations as well as share files when on a call or flip” their tablet in the landscape mode while on a voice or video call so as to send messages, files or check latest conversations.

The new Skype for Android tablets version 7.0 clearly revolutionizes how people communicate while on the go and is a must have for entrepreneurs and business travelers who are always on the go. This new version is already available for download at the Play Store today.

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Look At This Crazy Bendable Smartphone Screen from Oppo

Bendable Smartphone Screen

Remember when having a flip phone was considered cool and trendy? Well, times have changed and seeing someone with one now might get you wondering why they still own such an outdated piece of technology. But don’t be too quick to judge. Having a flip phone could soon be trendy again — well, sort of — if leaked images of a bendable smartphone screen from Oppo are any indication.

Are Bendable Smartphone Screens the Wave of the Future?

The leaked photos show a device featuring a large (about 7 inches), foldable smartphone screen. There also appears to be a front-facing camera to one side of the screen — a weird place for it compared to most smartphones today. It’s possible there is a second camera at the back that can’t be seen in the photos.

From the photo above, the prototype seems to be running some version of Android, and it shows the battery’s status as fully charged, presumably to demonstrate to the world that the phone will continue charging even when it’s folded.

The bendable smartphone screen is still in the prototype stage, but Oppo is said to have been working on the concept since August 2015 and a working prototype was produced in February 2016.

Oppo’s concept device shares some similarities with the one Samsung showed off at The Society for Information Display (SID) 2016.

Oppo is not a stranger to innovation. About 2 years ago, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer introduced the N3 smartphone with a camera that can swivel 260 degrees. The company also recently showcased a Super VOOC fast charging tech that can charge a 2,500mAh battery from 0 to 100 percent in only 15 minutes.

If officially launched, the folding smartphone screen might be another huge boon for productivity. With its large screen, you could use it to type or watch videos while still being able to easily fold it to a manageable smartphone size. And, of course, being a phone, the device could still be used to make calls. The combination of features make this gadget seem like something most business travelers would want to have.

There is still no word on when or if Oppo will actually put these bendable smartphone screens into mass production however. So the business community will  just have to be patient.

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