Category Archives: Tools and Information

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is a strong 2-in-1 with too many hidden fees | Mashable

Microsoft’s newest addition to the Surface lineup — the Surface Pro 8 — proves the old adage “you get what you pay for” sometimes needs additional context. In this case, be ready to drop a hefty chunk of change for this Windows 11 tablet itself and then another sizable chunk on top of that for the accessories that make it useful.

The $1,100 Surface Pro 8 is the latest and greatest Surface Pro yet, thanks to a larger 13-inch display with a higher refresh rate than ever at 120Hz, more powerful processors, better battery life, and the inclusion of Windows 11. There’s no getting around that this is an excellent Surface tablet, but Microsoft, once again, decided not to include the all-important keyboard cover attachment to make it usable as a work device. Artistically minded users will also need to cover another hidden fee for the new Slim Pen 2 stylus.

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Hungry grizzly bear photo-bombs camera trap in award-winning photo | Live Science

A grizzly bear attacked a photographer’s camera and ended up starring in a grisly photo that has won the photographer an award.

Zack Clothier, a professional photographer based in Montana, set up a camera trap pointing at an elk carcass hoping to get some shots of scavenging wildlife. He returned to find his camera setup trashed and one clear picture of the culprit: a large grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis).

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Top Startup Financing Options for Small Businesses |

Looking for funding? Find out how to finance your startup without a traditional bank.

  • 3Venture capitalists can provide funding, networking and professional guidance to launch your business rapidly.
  • Generally, angel investors don’t ask for any company shares or claim to be stakeholders of your business.
  • Businesses focused on science or research may receive grants from the government.
  • Factoring is an alternative funding option that can alleviate cash-flow problems and generally doesn’t require a good credit score.

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Are You Addicted to Productivity? | Life Hack

“It’s great to be productive. It really is. But sometimes, we chase productivity so much that it makes us, well, unproductive. It’s easy to read a lot about how to be more productive, but don’t forget that you have to make that time up.”

Matt Cutts wrote that back in 2013

Like so many other people, I’ve also fallen into this trap. For years I’ve been on the lookout for trends and hacks that will help me work faster and more efficiently — and also trends that help me help others to be faster. I’ve experimented with various strategies and tools. And, while some of these strategies and solutions have been extremely useful — without parsing out what you need quickly — it’s counterproductive.

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Create More Compelling Business Presentations |

Stories have been used to grip human interest for thousands of years. Passed down from generations, written into books—and now audiobooks—good storytelling keeps us coming back for more. How does that stack up to the last business presentation you saw? Were you gripped by the presentation style, or (more likely) were you hit by a barrage of text-heavy slides, logo slides, and rushed reading of bullet points?

Humans are natural storytellers, but it’s rare that we translate that skill into the business world, and common business tasks like giving presentations. But if you want to really engage your audience, get them to see your point of view, and hopefully sign a contract, storytelling is the way to go. So ditch the cliched slides and take your audience on a journey. You need to create business presentations that win over your audience, and here’s the right way to do it.

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Here’s What to Do If You Are Denied PPP Loan Forgiveness | Small Business Trends

If you were denied for all or part of the money on your PPP loan forgiveness application, your appeal must be timely.

You have 30 days to appeal. The clock starts when you receive written notification from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

What to Do If You’re Denied PPP Loan Forgiveness

This is an important element of the 30-day time frame. It’s NOT 30 days from the time your lender received the notification. It’s 30 days from when YOU received the notification.

In other words, if your lender calls you with that news, have the SBA notification letter time stamped with that day’s date when you receive the letter.

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Apple Extends AirPods Pro Service Program by Another Year | Digital Trends

Apple’s AirPods Pro are a top pick when it comes to true wireless earbuds, but some of the earliest units that Apple sold started to experience audio problems. To address these issues, Apple created a service program to fix the busted buds. Initially, that program was meant to cover all AirPods Pro sold prior to October 2020, for a period of two years. Under those terms, some of the earliest AirPods Pro (sold in October 2019) would be about to lose their coverage, but Apple has quietly updated the program and extended its coverage to three years from the date of purchase.

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Customer Pain Points: What They Are And Why They’re Important | The Startup Magazine

Solving people’s problems is the best way to make money. Every business that does so is sure to see success. In fact, they say that necessity is the mother of invention. This is just another way to say that the best way to go is to make something that helps people and it will be a hit. The trick is to figure out what problems people are having and then find a way to get them to understand that you have the solution: what are your customer pain points?

For example, optimizing your sales page with a video that helps the potential customers understand that your product or service is the solution to their problem is a good start. And you should have it professionally done by a company like Zipinmedia, a local video production company in Miami.

At the heart of solving your customer pain points is understanding your target audience and knowing what it is that they actually need. In this article, we will go over what some common pain points are so you can identify where your visitors are getting stuck.

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10 Things to Check Before Buying a Refurbished iPhone | The Startup Magazine

Before you decide on buying a refurbished iPhone X, you should take into consideration that it may not be an ideal choice for you. It is important to consider the following things when buying a used phone:

  • Quality of the phone
  • Condition of the phone
  • Repairs needed
  • Original features
  • Does the phone have a warranty?
  • Is the battery good?
  • Does the phone have any scratches or dents on it?
  • Does it have water damage?
  • Is it unlocked or can be unlocked for use with a new carrier?
  • Can you restore your personal data from an old backup file to the new phone if needed?
  • Are there any existing problems with the phone that could cause trouble in the future, or is there a history of hardware problems or poor quality control with this brand of phone, in general?

With the release of Apple’s newest iPhone, there are more refurbished iPhone x for sale than ever before. This is great news for those who want to save some money but are unsure about buying a new phone. Apple has released a new phone that many people are dying to get their hands on. But with the iPhone X being released only recently, there is no way around it – you’ll have to find an older model or refurbished iPhone x for sale if you want to buy the latest smartphone.

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Here’s What Customers Love, and Hate, the Most About Online Shopping |

A new report reveals the elements of your business’s e-commerce presence that customers care about the most–as well as the problems you must avoid.

Customers expressed greater satisfaction with shopping on desktop than on mobile websites or apps. “Mobile still has catching up to do,” said Lauren Freedman, senior consumer insights analyst at Digital Commerce 360, a Chicago-based research and media firm that released the report Monday along with Los Angeles-based customer analytics company Bizrate Insights. The report, which is based on a September survey of 1,000 online shoppers, recommends companies brush up on their mobile UX design.

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