Can Apple Make Watches Cool Again?

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In the movie The Internship, Billy and Nick (played by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) lose their jobs as wristwatch salesmen because the company they worked for folded. It seems that with all the modern gadgets at our disposal, nobody uses wristwatches anymore. The movie rings true in a lot of ways, as asking anyone these days what the time is, results in them checking everywhere except their wrist, but yet here we are with Apple announcing their foray in the world of “wearables.”

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Gear for Geeks

Of course, there are situations where the traditional watch was still handy, especially amongst the sporty types who generally can’t reach into their pockets and whip out a smart phone, but these are probably not the people that Apple are targeting. Let’s face it, the folks who obsess over high quality, precision mechanical watches are probably not going to be swapping their Seiko Diver’s watch or Rolex Yacthmaster for an Apple watch.

So, while the big Swiss watchmakers are probably not quaking in their boots, Apple does have a very large army of loyal fans that will ensure that their product makes a splash. They have their work cut out for them as smart watches are not a new concept and despite being available for a while now the concept hasn’t really caught on. Apple does seem to have the magical touch when it comes to adding innovative features to existing products, so even people who may scoff at a traditional watch might be lured in by what is promised with this watch.

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 Time For Something New

Aiming to be available in two sizes and featuring six interchangeable watch bands, the Apple Watch is obviously more than just a piece of equipment that tells the time, which apparently it does very, very accurately. Instead, Apple aims for the watch to be an indispensable accessory for your iPhone. The watch can do some stuff on its own, but to unlock its full potential it must be paired and connected to your phone.

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According to Apple, the watch will allow you to stay close to the people you care about through a friends list accessible with one touch. From there you can make calls, send messages or contact your friends in all the other ways offered by the watch. Apple also aims to personalize the experience, so instead of simply using audio cues to get your attention when you receive notifications, the watch will actually tap you, just like another person would! For added novelty, you can “tap” other people through their Apple Watches or even send them your heart rate to show them that you are thinking about them. The latter is probably best reserved for your partner, and not your boss though.

Fitness fanatics will appreciate the way that the watch can measure body movement through its accelerometer or track their heart rate with a custom sensor. It can even use the GPS and Wi-Fi of the iPhone to track how far you have moved while the Activity app will keep track of important data such as calories burned. Then there is the dedicated workout app included as standard to get you up, moving and motivated. Paired with your iPhone you will be able to keep track of all your progress and even share the info with others for bragging rights.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the Apple Watch is how it aims to replace your wallet when it comes to making payments. Using the Apply Pay system you will be able to purchase everything from coffee to groceries simply by swiping your wrist at supporting stores. This is a very convenient feature, but only time will tell whether it will catch on.

Only Time Will Tell

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As the Apple Watch is not available yet there are still some mysteries about it as well as important questions such as what the battery life will be like. The watch features enough goodies and gadgets to make it appealing to the tech minded people, but whether the general public will take to the idea is another matter.

The watch can certainly do a lot of things, but there are already devices dedicated to most of what it has to offer. Smartwatches have been very slow to catch on with the general public, but Apple has proven time and again that they have their finger on the pulse of what consumers want.

It will be interesting to see what the response from other smartwatch makers and indeed traditional watchmakers will be. One thing is for sure, if Apply fails to make a big impact with their smartwatch there isn’t much of a chance that their competition will either. Now all that is left is to wait for the release and to remember that it is called the Apple Watch and not the iWatch.

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Web Hosting Sales and Promos Roundup – October 31, 2014

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In the week ending October 31, 2014, Hivelocity is offering nearly 70 percent off a Haswell Xeon server and SeekDotNet is offering 25 percent off hosting for Halloween.

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Dreamhost vs Namecheap

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3 important research was done and we rated Namecheap as below. Here is our hosting comparison.

Hosting costs

The most obvious thing to do first is to compare the prices and features at Dreamhost vs Namecheap. The cheaper option for hosting a simple WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, OSCommerce, X-Cart or Zencart is clearly Namecheap. If you just need to host one website on one domain, require a reasonable amount of diskspace and visits-per-day, and want a few email accounts, then Namecheap which costs $ 2.91 per month is easily the winner. If you absolutely require an unlimited domains hosting plan and require high CPU usage, then it is a different story.

However we only compared the prices for one year advanced payment. Do not get sucked by the unrealistically low prices advertised by the hosting services or by other untrustworthy web hosting review sites. Some low prices shown on these websites are for payment periods that are too long which makes the customer uneasy. If you ask us, we have heard too many horror stories about hosting company who went downhill after the first year. Why risk your hard-earned money because money paid to these hosting providers will not be easy to get back – trust us. According to many successful online business owners, one year advanced hosting payment is the optimal length.

Comparing Their Support

We believe that the most important consideration is what people are saying and have said about Dreamhost or Namecheap. We would like to report that there are more dissatisfied customers at Namecheap than at Dreamhost. Our research team came to this conclusion by searching for customer feedbacks on the Internet. Our dedicated team studied terms such as “Dreamhost sucks”, “Namecheap bad”, “Dreamhost terrible”, “hate Namecheap”, and other negative reviews. To get the accurate analysis, our team also had sleepless nights studying keywords such as “Dreamhost awesome”, “Namecheap good”, “Dreamhost fantastic”, “love Namecheap” and related positive keywords.

Our research found that, more than 83.2% of their current and past customers think that Dreamhost is a fantastic hosting. In comparison, the same cannot be said about Namecheap. In addition, another Dreamhost review was also impressed with the customer satisfaction record of Dreamhost.

Popularity

Although not the most important factor, let us look the popularity of Dreamhost and Namecheap. We have gathered and analyzed some vital statistics about both web hosting companies. Based on our analysis, we found that the current more popular web hosting is Dreamhost. The graph below shows the overall Internet users who visit www.dreamhost.com vs www.namecheap.com for not only web hosting reasons, but also domain registration purposes.

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Final Ratings

Last but not least, we combined the above factors and formulated the final scores for Dreamhost and Namecheap. The marks from the above areas were weighted appropriately where the customer satisfactions were given more priority. We would like to announce that Dreamhost is our recommended business web host. Here is the summary of our hosting comparison.

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83% Support

Star rated hosting

Reliability

Star rated hosting

Features

Star rated hosting
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Star rated hosting

Reliability

Star rated hosting

Features

Star rated hosting

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Professional Web Development Services- Makes Websites Unique and User-Friendly

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This article is intended to provide information on the necessity of taking the services from a reputed web development and designing company for the online businesses. It elaborates how the web development companies help the online businesses to achieve their business goals.
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Cheap Web Hosting Providers Usually Have An Upper Hand

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There is a cut to cut competition between all the web hosting companies in order to create more clients by offering their services at cheap rate.
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EasyCGI vs Webfaction

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Who says that Webfaction suck? Which is one of the best hosting services out there? Our Webfaction review may shock you. Discover which is the better web hosting.

The Prices and Features

First, let us compare the hosting costs at EasyCGI vs Webfaction. The cheaper option for hosting a simple WordPress blog or e-commerce shopping cart is definitely Webfaction. If you just need to have one website using one domain, require a reasonable amount of storage space and visits-per-day, and want a few email accounts, then Webfaction, priced from $ 5.50 per month is easily the winner. If you are thinking of doing multi-domain hosting and need high diskspace usage, then it is a different story.

Take notice that the above conclusion is only true if we compared the prices for one year advanced payment. Do not get sucked by the too-good-to-be-true super low prices advertised by the hosting providers or by other dishonest web hosting review sites. Some low prices displayed are for payment periods that are too long – some for even 5 years in advanced!. If you ask us, we have heard too many horror stories about hosting company who went downhill after the first year. Why risk your hard-earned money because money paid to these hosting providers will not be easy to get back – trust us. According to many successful online business owners, one year advanced hosting payment is the optimal length.

Comparing Their Support

Secondly, we want to look at customer satisfactions at EasyCGI or Webfaction. From our research, there are more disgruntled customers at EasyCGI than at Webfaction. Our research team came to this conclusion by searching for customer comments on the Internet. We searched for terms such as “Webfaction down”, “EasyCGI sux”, “Webfaction terrible”, “unreliable EasyCGI”, and other negative comments. To be give the complete picture, we also did look for keywords such as “Webfaction great”, “EasyCGI good”, “Webfaction fantastic”, “thanks EasyCGI” and related “good” terms.

Our research found that, more than 97.6% of their current and past customers think that Webfaction is a fantastic hosting. In comparison, we were not impressed with EasyCGI. In addition, a different Webfaction review was also amazed by the good comments and feedbacks about Webfaction.

How Popular Are They?

While we believe that popularity is not the best way to judge web hosts, we still wanted to look at the customer base at EasyCGI and Webfaction. After studying their backgrounds, we found that the current more popular web hosting is EasyCGI. The graph below represents the overall Internet users who visit www.easycgi.com and www.webfaction.com for web hosting, domain registration and other hosting related activities.

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Final Conclusion

Lastly, we summed up the above scores and came out with the conclusion about EasyCGI vs Webfaction. The marks from the above factors were weighted appropriately where the customer satisfactions were given more priority. We would like to announce that Webfaction is our recommended website provider. Here is the summary of our hosting comparison.

EasyCGI vs Webfaction
24% Support

Star rated hosting

Reliability

Star rated hosting

Features

Star rated hosting
98% Support

Star rated hosting

Reliability

Star rated hosting

Features

Star rated hosting

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Obtaining anonymity with free VPN services

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Who does not dream about being totally anonymous and acting in such a manner that no one will be able to trace him or her at all? In the field of Internet Technologies and related software, there used to be no such thing as total and unlimited anonymity. In the past, everything that you did and every action you performed online, under the watchful eye of a local or regional internet service provider, was carefully monitored and recorded.
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Obtaining anonymity with free VPN services

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 Will Bitcoin Survive in the Mobile Payments Field?

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Though the first currency transaction using Bitcoin technology took place in 2009, it has only been the subject of mainstream media headlines during the last two years. As the currency became accepted by more retailers and associated with more news events, Bitcoin came to be a word recognized by the general public and a more familiar way of conducting business transactions.

It would seem that Bitcoin is on the way to becoming a widely accepted new technology. However, it faces some major difficulties to becoming a common currency. It is a digital currency that is not well understood by the general population and is trying to survive in the midst of serious competition in the mobile payments field.

Bitcoin Recognition

Reports of the first well-known websites to accept “bitcoins” as a new currency for payments began in late 2012, with Dell joining as the largest major retailer to accept bitcoins in July 2014. Along the way, news stories related to Bitcoin acceptance appeared more frequently, bringing the name into broader public recognition. If a small coffee shop or bookstore began to accept bitcoin mobile payments, it had a chance of being covered in the national news as part of a larger story about Bitcoin.

The use of Bitcoin technology has been addressed differently across the globe. The United States government is most accepting of it as a currency. The U.S. Treasury and the European Central Bank classify it as a digital currency, but not legal tender. Other governments officially recognize it as a commodity or an investment. The People’s Bank of China prohibits financial institutions from using bitcoins, and it is illegal to buy real-world goods with virtual currency in China.

Each development in Bitcoin banking policy and mobile payment acceptance had an effect on the value of a bitcoin. For instance, in October 2013 the FBI shut down Silk Road, a website that allowed anonymous illegal drug trading. News stories covering the event closely associated the criminal activity with Bitcoin. Silk Road primarily conducted transactions in bitcoins, since transactions using the currency are anonymous. The value of a bitcoin dropped in the days following the FBI shutdown.

Fluctuation in Public Opinion

Acceptance as a currency has expanded, but the anonymous nature of the bitcoin transactions creates some problems for public opinion and ease of use. Association with anonymous illegal activities such as those conducted by Silk Road is prominent in Bitcoin news coverage. Volatility in the value of one bitcoin can be demonstrated through the fluctuations in price after each major news story. Trading numbers for the company continue to be mostly steady, even as several economists have warned against the currency as an investment. However, trading will have to expand to a larger public group for Bitcoin to survive.

Public Understanding of the Currency

Another hurdle Bitcoin faces in the court of public opinion is clarity. Understanding what bitcoin currency is and the technology that allows the currency to be used is not a simple endeavor. It requires research, investment, and the establishment and use of a virtual wallet to complete transactions. Bitcoin mining, using computing power to earn bitcoins rather than purchasing them, also demands a time investment and learning curve. If the concept of purchasing and spending virtual money is tricky for a consumer to grasp, using personal computing power to solve math equations in order to earn the virtual money is not going to be readily adopted.

This issue creates a kind of stand-off that must be overcome in order for Bitcoin to survive. On one side, web hosts, websites, and online retailers have to put forth effort to expand acceptance of bitcoins. On the other side, consumers need to put forth effort to understand their use. Neither side can fully embrace the transactions until the other does.

Security Risks

The volatility issues are not the only risks for digital currency. It is open to security risks as much as any other online or mobile transaction, but does not carry several of the safeguards. A hacker was able to redirect traffic headed for networks belonging to large hosting companies several times this year. The hacker directed $ 83,000 worth of earnings from bitcoin mining away from the miner’s connections. The small bursts of activity were not immediately traceable in the mining operations.

Since bitcoin use is unlinked to an account with any identifiers, hackers accessing the currency can spend it without connecting it to their personal information. Traditional wallet theft can be handled by canceling credit and bank cards. However, a bitcoin wallet has no official owner, so there is no way to stop use of any further transactions so customers as well as businesses accepting this form of payment assume a greater risk than with an easily tracked credit card transaction.

Competition in the Mobile Payments Field

Whether or not web hosts expand their services to accept digital currency and ensure services are less vulnerable to hacking, Bitcoin could survive if it became a serious competitor in mobile payment options. This will be an uphill battle as there are already many mobile payment vendors working with retailers to accept credit cards on tablets and smartphones.

  • Flint Mobile scans credit cards using the smartphone’s camera
  • Square is a popular choice among small businesses that don’t mind paying higher transaction fees in exchange for no monthly fees
  • Paypal has expanded into PayPal Here to allow customers to make purchases with their PayPal account balances
  • Google Wallet allows both in-store and online purchases

These options all use traditional currency, which is easier to understand for the average consumer and easier to track for business and tax purposes for retailers.

Google Wallet is currently Bitcoin technology’s toughest competitor in the mobile payment field. Google’s virtual wallet has several advantages besides the use of traditional currency. Google is already a household name and well established as a top technology organization. Google also has the advantage of coming into public awareness without criminal activity associations, a weakness for Bitcoin. Google Wallet integrates the “wallet” balance and credit cards, so consumers can use the technology to pay with account money or personal credit cards using one mobile app, though it does not provide the anonymity that bitcoin transactions allow.

Bitcoin technology has a long way to go before it catches up to the ease of traditional currency and more recognizable names such as Google. It will need to make digital currency easier to understand for the general public if the goal is to compete in online and in-store retail transactions. It certainly has the potential to survive as a form of payment, but it may never be a mobile payment leader or even widely used if it cannot solve its issues with volatility, lack of clarity, hosting vulnerabilities, and risk to the consumer and retailer.

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