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Microsoft services, including Xbox Live and Outlook, are down for many users | Mashable

Numerous Microsoft services are experiencing problems early on Wednesday, with thousands of people complaining about the issues on social media.

According to Downdetector(Opens in a new window), Xbox Live, Microsoft Store, in a new window), Microsoft 365, Azure, Teams, and several popular games, including Minecraft and Destiny, have been experiencing outages in the past 24 hours. (Editor’s note: Downdetector is owned by Mashable’s parent company, Ziff Davis).

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Selling Your Business? Tackle These 6 Tasks for a Smooth, Profitable Sale |All Business

Entrepreneurs spend untold amounts of blood, sweat, and tears to build profitable businesses. Many, though, will eventually reach a point when they’re ready to cash out and move on. When that day comes, the last thing a business owner needs is to run into an issue that kills the deal and causes the potential buyer to walk away.

Over the course of my 40-year legal career, I’ve helped more than 1,000 buyers and sellers buy and sell small businesses mostly ranging in size from less than $1 million to $10 million. I know what can kill a deal and what buyers want to see.

Here are the top six tasks every business owner should tackle now to prevent a future sale from going off the rails.

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How to Solve a Sales Problem and Keep Your Customers | All Business

There is a right way and a wrong way to solve a sales problem. Do it the right way, and you keep your customer; do it the wrong way, and you may not only lose a customer, but you might lose other business as well.

Here is the best way to solve a sales problem and keep your customers.

First, the wrong way to solve a sales problem

If you’re hoping that prospects or customers won’t notice when there’s a problem, or that you can ignore a problem, think again. The truth is that problems usually don’t just go away. There’s a big difference between waiting for something good to come out of a situation and ignoring something bad that needs to be corrected.

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A Small Business Year-End Checklist: 8 Items You Should Do in Q4

One of the most challenging quarters for business leaders is often Q4. There is often a rush to close out the year’s expenses, plan year-end initiatives and marketing campaigns, and coordinate holiday PTO.

Even though Q4 is sure to be a busy season, it’s also a great time to do some business “housekeeping” and check in on annual goals that haven’t been completed. Here, eight Young Entrepreneur Council members each share one item that’s always included on their year-end checklist.

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Effective Networking Isn’t As Hard As You Think: How to Make Valuable Connections | All Business

Networking can get a bad rap, with the word bringing back the horror of having to make small talk at awkward events. However, at its core, effective networking is simply a case of identifying and forming mutually beneficial relationships.

Some aspects of networking are specific to investors, whereas others are particularly relevant to entrepreneurs and business founders. However, the two groups share one thing in common: they need each other to thrive. They are (or should be) looking for that new relationship that kick-starts the business or opens the door to a fantastic new investment opportunity.

Yes, it’s a cliché, but only because it’s true: investors don’t invest in products, they invest in people.

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How to Market Your Handmade Goods Business |

Getting your name out there as a handmade craft business can be tough. These marketing tips can help your shop stand out.

  • Building your own website is an important facet of growing and marketing your handmade business.
  • Stay ahead of the competition by exploring new and unique ways of selling your product.
  • Track the process of your sales, from initial interest to final transaction.
  • Choose branding strategies that are unique to your handmade product.
  • This article is for entrepreneurs who sell handmade products, such as arts and crafts, and want to develop effective marketing strategies.

Established businesses with large funding and significant revenue have the budgets for marketing and advertising firms. Tiny companies, like a jewelry-making business that started in a garage or a clothing line based in someone’s bedroom, don’t always have the ability to market the same way. However, there are many creative marketing options for businesses that sell handmade goods.

This guide offers tips for handmade businesses to help get the word out about artisanal products that many customers value over mass-produced goods.

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Apple iPhone 14 Review: Iterative Upgrades | WIRED

AS I WAS getting a haircut last week, my hairdresser asked if I’d seen the new iPhone. She didn’t know my occupation but saw my Apple Watch and, as is obligatory in that line of work, was making small talk. “Does it look any different?” was the main query. I reached into my back pocket and with a flourish handed her the iPhone 14. A surprised smile quickly gave way to disappointment. “It’s exactly the same as my iPhone 11,” she said.

This is the problem for Apple. The few elements the public might recognize as new have gone to the iPhone 14 Pro models, such as the Always-On display and Dynamic Island. The Pros also have new 48-megapixel sensors for the primary rear camera, something Apple hasn’t fiddled with since 2015. This means the phones capture more detail so you can print your pics large, for example, and it allows for more editing options. But be honest—how many people do you know who print poster-sized photos or delve into RAW settings on their handset?

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This was history – solemn, spectacular and intense | BBC News

Even when you know something important has happened, it can still have the power to shock. Particularly when you see it with your own eyes. I had a close-up view inside Westminster Abbey, and that electric moment came when the Queen’s coffin was brought up the aisle.

This was history before us, solemn, spectacular and intense.

Heads of state, dignitaries and local community heroes, side by side on this once-in-a-lifetime guest list, suddenly stood up to attention together. The significance of the moment was almost audible. The chatter, the WhatsApps, texts and Tweets from the crowded pews stopped in its tracks. There was a sharp intake of breath.

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Blood Biomarker Identify Diabetes Before Symptoms Develop | Cool Business Ideas

Type 2 diabetes can take years to develop, and if caught early it is an entirely preventable disease. A new study suggests a particular blood biomarker could be used to identify those patients on the way to a diabetes diagnosis but yet to display symptoms of disease.

Currently, doctors performing routine health checks often measure a patient’s blood sugar levels. When those blood sugar levels are elevated but below the official threshold for type 2 diabetes, one can be diagnosed with a condition called prediabetes.

However, not all patients with prediabetes will go on to develop type 2 diabetes. In fact, only around 50 percent of those with prediabetes will progress to diabetes over a 10-year follow-up. So beyond blood-glucose tracking, how can doctors identify those patients closest to developing clinical type 2 diabetes?

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What to Know About IP Ratings Before Getting Your Phone Wet | Wired

OUR SMARTPHONES END up in unexpected places, whether it’s a quick dip in the toilet or a journey behind the couch to where only the dust bunnies roam. Just how rugged is your device? Ingress Protection ratings, developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission and first released in 1976, are intended to highlight a device’s level of dust and water resistance.

IP ratings are a helpful standard for comparing new smartphones’ general resistance to dust and water. Keep in mind, however, that tests for IP ratings are performed in laboratory settings on brand-new devices. So, the protections could be significantly diminished if you throw your phone around and scuff it up or purchase a refurbished device. If you’re reading this article because your smartphone is currently drenched, check out WIRED’s guide to saving wet phones before throwing it in any bag of dry rice.

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