7 Tips for Powerful Product Photos


Product photos are a vital part of e-commerce. Because they provide the central connection between customers and products, photos can make or break an e-commerce business. “You can have a great looking website and user interface, but if you don’t have great product photos it is like driving a Mercedes with a flat,” said Sam Werkmeister, CEO of ProductPhoto.com. “You won’t get very far,” he said. “Products with high quality product photography look better and will almost always have higher conversion rates.”

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Tech Q&A: Marketing on social media, buying a smart TV, shopping without Craigslist and more

Q. My home’s Wi-Fi connection seems to drop constantly, especially in certain rooms around the house. What could be causing this? And are there fixes I can do to stop this annoying problem?

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In Ukraine, more evidence of a hacking group's Kremlin ties

For those searching for stronger evidence of Russia’s connection to the hack of the Democratic National Committee, the tale of an infected Ukrainian Android cellphone app may help, according to a cybersecurity firm.

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Service in the IoT Era


Oracle recently announced a new connection between its Service and IoT clouds. That makes total sense to me. I bet a lot of folks think of the Internet of Things as those machines that do things directed by algorithms — and if so, they might wonder why they need to be connected to customer service, such an obviously human channel. It’s not off base, however. Customer service for the foreseeable future will be an amalgam of human and automated service modes, each matched to need on a scale that’s sure to slide over time. Right now, the younger you are the more likely you are to use a variety of channels.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84113.html?rss=1

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Two men accused of hacking CIA director, other top US officials

Two North Carolina men were arrested Thursday and charged in connection with a computer hacker network that allegedly targeted CIA Director John Brennan and other senior government officials.

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Nokia Stages Smartphone Comeback


Nokia on Wednesday announced its return to the mobile phone and tablet business in connection with a larger agreement by Microsoft to sell its entry-level phone business to HMD Global and FIH Mobile for $350 million. Under the deal, Microsoft will sell its Hanoi, Vietnam, manufacturing facility to FIH Mobile. Workers will be given the opportunity to work for FIH Mobile or HMD Global. Nokia will grant HMD the exclusive global license to create Nokia-branded phones and tablets for the next 10 years and will receive royalty payments from HMD.

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Fake Loyalty


There’s an interesting connection between customer relationships in subscription businesses and loyalty, according to a recent article by Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo. It had particular resonance for me, since I just wrote a book about customer loyalty myself. My research is full of old-style approaches to customer loyalty that aren’t really about loyalty so much as they are about, shall we say, customer coercion. You can coerce customers into being loyal — what I consider performing loyal behaviors — but they don’t exhibit true loyalty.

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Report: Amazon Primes Spotify Alternative


Amazon has held licensing talks with music industry executives in connection with its goal to launch rival to Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming music services, according to a news report Wednesday. It apparently is targeting a fall launch. Amazon already offers 1 million tracks through its Prime Music service, but that pales in comparison to Spotify’s 30 million-strong collection. While the company likely will offer promotions to lure consumers into its Prime ecosystem, the streaming service would stand on its own.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83051.html?rss=1

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Human cyborgs and the futurist movement

A whole movement is growing around the evolving connection between technology and the human body. A perfect example is self-described human cyborg Neil Harbisson, who has an antenna surgically implanted in his skull.


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Rumor: Delayed Kanye West album could debut on Apple's streaming music service

A tenuous rumor on Thursday claims there might be a connection between Apple’s unannounced streaming music service and the release of a long-delayed album from Kanye West, who recently signed a partnership deal with competitor Tidal.



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When Internet Speed Kills Reliability


What’s more important when it comes to an Internet connection — quality and reliability, or speed? This is a question I’m pondering as I sip a latte at Starbucks. I have come to the conclusion that while speed is sexy and sells, quality and reliability are more important. See if you agree. Like countless others, I spend an hour or two every day working in Starbucks — just me, my latte and my laptop. I have been doing this for enough years that I have become one of the mayors of the neighborhood coffee klatch.

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Superfast Internet makes a Kansas City neighborhood a hot spot for startups

Innovators attracted by a high-speed connection are flocking to a startup village in Kansas City, turning this Midwestern city into a tech hub.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/06/23/superfast-internet-makes-kansas-city-neighborhood-hot-spot-for-startups/

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