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Peloton Is Stopping Users From Using Their Treadmills Unless They Pay Up Monthly

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Following Peloton’s nationwide recall on all treadmills in May due to fatal safety risks, the company is back in the spotlight – for more bad news.

Users of its Tread+ treadmill, which retails at a whopping US$4,295, have taken to social media over an email from the company, allegedly informing customers that they would have to subscribe to a US$39.99 monthly plan if they wish to keep using the equipment they already own.

Peloton sent a mass email to its customers, with Twitter user Brianna Wu uploading a copy of hers to the social media platform.

As a response to its earlier recall, the company announced a new safety feature, ‘Tread Lock’, to secure treadmills against unauthorized access. However, ‘Just Run’ – or the setting on the treadmills which allowed customers to use the product without a subscription – will be disabled going forward without a membership.

This would mean Tread+ owners will now have no choice but to sign up for the monthly subscription should they want to continue using a treadmill they already paid for.

In response to Mashable’s inquiry, a Peloton spokesperson said that the company is “working on updates to ‘Tread Lock’ that will allow us to make ‘Tread Lock’ and ‘Just Run’ available without a Peloton Membership.”

However, as Mashable notes, it is unclear when these features will become usable to customers without a membership, or if the subscription-free update will even be rolled out.

For now, it seems the only thing Tread+ owners can do is exercise their patience as they await more news from Peloton.

Wow. The Peloton Tread will no longer allow you to use your $3000 treadmill without a $39.99 a month subscription.

The pretext is their design issues that led to a child’s death.

Hope reporters will cover this. pic.twitter.com/XHKS6DaOeD

— Brianna Wu (@BriannaWu) June 21, 2021

[via Mashable, cover image via Peloton] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414427/Peloton-Is-Stopping-Users-From-Using-Their-Treadmills-Unless-They-Pay-Up-Monthly/

Xiaomi Explores New Charging Tech That Powers Up Smartphones With Sound

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Xiaomi is considering a new technology that allows smartphones and other devices to be charged using sound.

According to Live Mint, the firm filed a patent with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) detailing a system that uses mechanisms to store energy, as well as a sound charger that can power smartphones.

How it works: the charger will convert the vibrations from sound waves into an alternative current, which is then converted to direct currents to charge devices.

This isn’t the first charging technology the Chinese smartphone maker has unveiled recently. Last month, it debuted its HyperCharge technology, which saw a smartphone go from 0% to 100% battery in just eight minutes.

Back in January, it also launched AirCharge technology, which allowed devices to be charged remotely. As per Live Mint, the company said the charger’s built-in antennas could “accurately detect the location of a smartphone, before transmitting millimeter-wide waves directly through beam-forming.”

While smartphone technology advances year on year, charging technology hasn’t changed as much from the release of the first smartphone. With Xiaomi’s new advances in this area of technology, it could be sooner rather than later that a wholly unique way to charge handheld devices hits the market.

[via Live Mint, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414408/Xiaomi-Explores-New-Charging-Tech-That-Powers-Up-Smartphones-With-Sound/

Canon’s AI Cameras Only Let Employees Into Offices If They Look Happy

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Say cheese, says Canon. Even if you work there. Especially if you work there.

There have been a surprising handful of reports lately about China’s surveillance systems that can even detect if you’re fake-happy at work, and Chinese Canon subsidiary Canon information Technology appears to have installed one of its own. According to Nikkei Asia, in 2020, the company rolled out an “intelligent IT solution” across offices at its Beijing headquarters with “smiley face access control” as one of its functions.

The technology perceives if a person standing in front of its camera is happy, and only allows them into work or lets them book conference rooms when they smile.

Canon detailed in a press release that, given the company’s focus on “laughing” and “big health,” it hopes to promote these aspects in the workplace during the daunting pandemic. “It is hoped that smiles can let everyone relax and get healthy, so as to create a more pleasant working atmosphere and improve efficiency,” the company noted.

This system hasn’t received so many smiles online, where employees have expressed their displeasure about having their feelings intruded on. “So now the companies are not only manipulating our time, but also our emotions,” one staffer wrote on social networking site Weibo.

Defending the concept, Canon China told Nikkei Asia that it just wants to break the shyness and nurture a positive atmosphere in the workplace. “Mostly, people are just too shy to smile,” a spokesperson told the news outlet, “but once they get used to smiles in the office, they just keep their smiles without the system, which has created a positive and lively atmosphere.”

Image via Canon China

Image via Canon China

[via PetaPixel, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414394/Canon-s-AI-Cameras-Only-Let-Employees-Into-Offices-If-They-Look-Happy/

Amazon Is Opening A Full-Size Grocery Store With ‘Just Walk Out’ Technology

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Amazon’s contactless physical stores are an unintentional solution for the COVID-19 era, and, naturally, the tech behemoth has decided to replicate this recipe multifold with its first full-size grocery store.

The new Amazon Fresh location, opening this week at Factoria Square Mall in Bellevue, Washington, will be powered with the same Just Walk Out technology deployed in smaller, existing stores. Essentially, customers can skip the checkout process by picking up items from shelves, automatically adding products to their virtual carts, and scanning their palms or payment cards before exiting.

Visitors can grab fresh picks of fruits and vegetables, meat, seafood, prepared foods, and baked goods from the grocery store, which will also be open for package pickups and returns.

According to Amazon, Just Walk Out is a culmination of deep-learning, computer vision and sensor fusion. Customers can simply grab and go from stores as their virtual carts are synced with their Amazon accounts or credit cards at entry to track purchases. If they change their mind about an item, they can return it to the shelf without being charged.

Sticklers for tradition can opt for a typical checkout process, as cashiers are also available to ring purchases up.

Starting June 17, Amazon Fresh Bellevue will be open daily from 7am to 10pm PT.

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Image via Amazon

[via CNET, images via Amazon] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414347/Amazon-Is-Opening-A-Full-Size-Grocery-Store-With-Just-Walk-Out-Technology/

Razer’s Final Design For ‘World’s Smartest Mask’ Is Ready, Retailing This Year

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Back in January this year, Razer revealed the concept for ‘Project Hazel’ at the CES 2021, claiming to have designed the “smartest face mask ever.” The face covering was slated to revolutionize the respirator industry by embedding features such as special lighting systems, a mic, and amplifier.

Now, Razer has debuted the final version of the Project Hazel N95 Mask, and it is scheduled to start shipping in the fall.

It comes with new features, including an anti-fog coating on the transparent section of the mask, so others can see your mouth when you’re speaking. It also appears to be more streamlined than in the concept pictures, as per CNET.

Even though it may appear to be a little late, since most people would be vaccinated by the fall, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan feels otherwise.

“We’ve realized that even with vaccinations, we are hearing you still have to be masked up because there is still the risk factor – that even if you’re vaccinated you still need to be incredibly careful,” he explained.

The mask boasts other impressive features, including active ventilation for easier breathing, and autosterilization to keep it clean. It also comes with a separate case that’s able to charge the mask wirelessly, with a UV sterilizer to boot.

The Project Hazel N95 Mask also uses replaceable filters and rechargeable ventilators, making it an eco-conscious alternative to single-use masks.

Razer has also included LED lights on the pods to help indicate their charge status, and separate internal LEDs to help your mouth be more visible to others in low-light settings. The pods also come with audio processing algorithms to help you articulate clearer and more naturally even when a mask on.

Unfortunately, there still hasn’t been any news on how much the Project Hazel N95 Mask will go for. But you can try it on in augmented reality (AR) on Instagram in the meantime. To register for the drop list, visit Razer’s site here.

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Image via Razer

Image via Razer

[via CNET, cover image via Razer] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414336/Razer-s-Final-Design-For-World-s-Smartest-Mask-Is-Ready-Retailing-This-Year/

Elon Musk Says Tesla Would Reconsider Bitcoin If Environmental Impact Is Reduced

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On Sunday, June 13, Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent the cryptocurrency world abuzz once again, with new comments about Bitcoin.

Previously, Tesla halted transactions using Bitcoin over climate change concerns. The brand had said it was growing increasingly concerned over the use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions.

In a new update, Musk said that when it can be confirmed that Bitcoin uses enough clean energy (approximately 50%), Tesla will resume transactions using the cryptocurrency.

Some users on social media disagreed with the Tesla Techno King, saying they felt Bitcoin was already using a sufficient percentage of clean energy, or asking for further details on Tesla’s benchmark.

Musk’s latest comment came after the CEO of a financial services firm in South Africa urged the US to look into Musk’s Bitcoin tweets, to determine if he was engaging in “market manipulation.”

“The [Bitcoin] volatility we have seen is an unexpected function of what I would call market manipulation by Elon Musk,” said Sygnia CEO Magda Wierzycka, as per Newsweek.

“If that happens to a listed company, he would be investigated and severely sanctioned by [the] SEC.”

Musk responded to the allegation in a tweet, saying it was “inaccurate.”

“Tesla only sold ~10% of holdings to confirm BTC could be liquidated easily without moving the market,” he explained.

While it remains to be seen how soon Bitcoin mining can pivot to cleaner energy sources, it’s undoubtable that Musk is currently one of the most influential figures in cryptocurrency.

This is inaccurate. Tesla only sold ~10% of holdings to confirm BTC could be liquidated easily without moving market.

When there’s confirmation of reasonable (~50%) clean energy usage by miners with positive future trend, Tesla will resume allowing Bitcoin transactions.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 13, 2021

#bitcoin is already +70% clean energy. Keep up lad.

— Peter McCormack 🇸🇻 (@PeterMcCormack) June 13, 2021

any details on what Tesla would consider reasonable confirmation?

— Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) June 13, 2021

[via Newsweek, cover image via Arcansel / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414322/Elon-Musk-Says-Tesla-Would-Reconsider-Bitcoin-If-Environmental-Impact-Is-Reduced/

El Salvador To Mine Crypto From Volcanoes As First With Bitcoin As Legal Tender

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Earlier this week, El Salvador became the first country to recognize Bitcoin as legal tender. This means Bitcoin will be convertible into USD, and will be afforded the same legal standing in the country.

According to ZDNet, throughout the country, prices of goods can now be displayed in Bitcoin, with all merchants needing to accept the cryptocurrency as a form of payment. Even citizens’ tax contributions can be paid in Bitcoin, with the cryptocurrency’s exchanges no longer subject to tax.

“Approximately 70% of the population does not have access to traditional financial services … it is the obligation of the state to facilitate the financial inclusion of its citizens in order to better guarantee their rights,” the Bill read.

Now, President Nayib Bukele hopes to tap into cryptocurrency mining by creating renewable facilities using power from the country’s… volcanos.

As per a tweet, Bukele is working with a state-owned geothermal electric firm to draw up the plans for these facilities, which would make mining Bitcoin cheap, renewable, and 100% emissions free.

“Our engineers just informed me that they dug a new well, that will provide approximately 95MW of 100% clean, 0 emissions geothermal energy from our volcanos. Starting to design a full #Bitcoin mining hub around it,” he said in another tweet.

Our engineers just informed me that they dug a new well, that will provide approximately 95MW of 100% clean, 0 emissions geothermal energy from our volcanos 🌋

Starting to design a full #Bitcoin mining hub around it.

What you see coming out of the well is pure water vapor 🇸🇻 pic.twitter.com/SVph4BEW1L

— Nayib Bukele 🇸🇻 (@nayibbukele) June 9, 2021

[via ZDNet, cover image via Lemberg Vector Studio / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414300/El-Salvador-To-Mine-Crypto-From-Volcanoes-As-First-With-Bitcoin-As-Legal-Tender/

Amazon To Automatically Share Your Wi-Fi With Neighbors—Here’s How To Disable It

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If you haven’t been on chummy terms with your neighbors, you might not be too excited about Amazon Sidewalk, the new service that the e-commerce giant is introducing on June 8. The feature automatically shares networks connected to your Echo and Ring devices with others in the vicinity, allowing people without internet access to hop onto your network.

As baffling as this seems, Amazon says Sidewalk could help a neighbor out when their Wi-Fi is down, or simplify the setup process of new devices. It could also alert people who are looking for their pets or valuables with their trackers in the area.

Devices connected to your Amazon Sidewalk network will receive a maximum bandwidth of 60Kbps, with a total monthly cap of 500MB. However, if you wish to opt out of this program, here’s how to do it.

If you’re using an Amazon Echo device, head over to your Amazon Alexa app and tap on ‘More’ at the bottom right corner. You’ll be able to locate and disable the Amazon Sidewalk setting under Settings > Account Settings.

For Ring devices, tap the three-lined menu icon in the Ring app and head over to Control Center > Amazon Sidewalk, where you’ll be able to opt out of the feature.

Bleeping Computer details that once Amazon Sidewalk is switched off, it will not be activated again without your permission.

[via Bleeping Computer, cover image via Natee Meepian / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414248/Amazon-To-Automatically-Share-Your-Wi-Fi-With-Neighbors-Here-s-How-To-Disable-It/

Here’s How Much Your Stolen Accounts Are Worth On The Dark Web

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The trope about the most obvious place being the safest doesn’t apply for the internet. If you’re still using a predictable password or not allowing two-factor authentications when it’s an option, this eerie investigation might change your mind.

For its 2021 Dark Web Price Index, cybersecurity research site PrivacyAffairs dived into the underbelly of the internet to find out how much hackers are paying for compromised digital accounts, credit cards, and more these days. Considering that “much more” transactions related to stolen data have apparently been made on the Dark Web since last year, you should truly pay attention.

As of May 9, 2021, Dark Web buyers have been spending—on average—US$25 for cloned Mastercards or Visa cards with PIN, US$35 for cloned American Express credit cards with PIN, US$40 for online banking logins with a minimum of US$100, and US$120 for online banking logins carrying a minimum of US$2,000.

Hacked Instagram accounts are going for US$45 on average, while Facebook and Twitter accounts are being sold for US$65 and US$35 respectively.

Notably, hackers are paying more on average for Gmail accounts, at US$80 a pop. BGR’s Andy Meek ascribes this to the diversity of information available in email accounts, including login data for other sites.

If Adobe Creative Cloud is part of your daily rituals, remember to keep your account secure too. Apparently, hackers would pay about US$160 to gain access to one for a full year.

Also, you might want to think twice before sharing your Netflix access so liberally. Netflix accounts with one-year subscriptions are going for US$44 on the Dark Web. Here’s how to kick freeloaders out of your account.

To see how much your other accounts and credit card details are worth, check out PrivacyAffairs’ Dark Web Price Index.

[via BGR, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414183/Here-s-How-Much-Your-Stolen-Accounts-Are-Worth-On-The-Dark-Web/

Amazon’s New ‘ZenBooths’ For Employees’ Mental Health Leave The Internet Aghast

Video screenshot via Amazon News

Some places have venting outlets that invite you to smash everything in the room. Amazon has human-sized escape booths for stressed employees.

With its near-dystopian practices—like the introduction of warehouse mini games and alleged limited bathroom breaks that have forced employees to pee in bottles—the e-commerce giant is taking another blow from the internet for its new ‘AmaZen’ or ‘ZenBooth’ boxes for workers to “focus on their mental wellbeing.”

In a now-deleted video, Amazon’s news Twitter account introduced the blue kiosks, where staffers can retreat to and watch guided meditation videos from a computer. Within, the booths are bedecked with plants and a fan to cool occupants down. An artificial sky hovers above, casting blue light on the user.

“With AmaZen, I wanted to create a space that’s quiet, that people could go and focus on their mental and emotional wellbeing,” explained Leila Brown, an employee and inventor of the ZenBooth. She also described it as “an interactive kiosk where you can navigate through a library of mental health and mindful practices to recharge the internal battery.”

Unsurprisingly, the addition has triggered social media users, who have even compared the blue booths with portable toilets—amenities that Amazon workers apparently require more of. Others have branded it a “mobile Despair Closet” and crying booth.

Amazon has not responded to comments about the AmaZen booths.

.@amazonnews deleted this tweethttps://t.co/zZv04bQwZw pic.twitter.com/KmDccUPDo3

— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) May 27, 2021

Seems like a good spot to pee in bottles, cry, etc

— A҉U҉D҉ (@audrenochrome) May 27, 2021

“No no no, it’s a mental health booth.” https://t.co/975A9LBMsY pic.twitter.com/HM8HSCNU28

— Tobias van Schneider (@vanschneider) May 27, 2021

the AmaZen “ZenBooth” is here! a Porta Potty would be more useful to its intensely exploited and surveilled workers but I appreciate Amazon’s commitment to the bit https://t.co/U0GLysPqkP

— Alex Press (@alexnpress) May 27, 2021

I’m going to do heroin in this thing

— Surplus Value Meal 📉 🇵🇸 (@surplusvalmeal) May 27, 2021

*pay will be docked for any time spent in booth
**booth charges $30/hr (rounded up), deducted automatically from pay
***repeated visits to booth may be grounds for dismissal

— Gritty is the Way (@Gritty20202) May 27, 2021

****crying in the booth is allowed, however there is a $4 per tissue fee.

— ginormous portmanteau (@default_user12) May 27, 2021

i feel like livable wages & working conditions are better than a mobile Despair Closet https://t.co/k4stnC0Ws0

— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) May 27, 2021

Get in the shame closet, they said

— von honkers and 69 others (@vonhonkington) May 27, 2021

You know what's also great for mental well being? Being able to piss on the clock without it being a break once in a while.

Not having to stress about biological functions really helps my depression I bet.

— Euge (@fewgene) May 27, 2021

wow imagine how much more useful a union would be

— huffy🪲 (@sulkingtime) May 27, 2021

[via VICE and The Guardian, cover image via Amazon News] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414178/Amazon-s-New-ZenBooths-For-Employees-Mental-Health-Leave-The-Internet-Aghast/

LOL: CAPTCHA Makes You Play ‘DOOM’ To Prove You Are Human

Image by Miquel Camps Orteza / GitHub via Product Hunt

Hands up if CAPTCHA tests have ever made you doubt your entitlement to humanity. The tendency to miss out on a bicycle wheel or the tip of a fire hydrant not only makes these verification procedures frustrating, but they can also be monotonous.

Hoping to incorporate an element of fun into CAPTCHA, Spanish web developer Miquel Camps Orteza has designed a test that makes you get through a simplified version of the classic DOOM video game to prove you are not a robot.

Rather than have you click on pictures or enter obscure alphanumerals in a textbox, the amusing Doom Captcha urges website visitors to point and shoot at four enemies before the timer ends. Also included are the original game’s sound effects and music for a (rather loud) hit of nostalgia.

Where Doom Captcha wins at being fun, it lacks in the security compartment. CAPTCHA tests normally require backend verification, and because this variation is a simple animation, it “only validates from [the] user-side (client),” Orteza told PCMag. “There is no backend to a server to validate the user request.” In fact, the developer said that people with coding knowledge can easily circumvent the test.

More than anything, Orteza is using Doom Captcha to express what he can bring to the table in future career opportunities. He’s also invented a CAPTCHA that connects to your webcam and “forces you to do some squats.”

Orteza has shared the HTML code for Doom Captcha so anyone can add it to their website. You can play the game or grab its code here.

[via Futurism and PC Mag, cover image by Miquel Camps Orteza / GitHub via Product Hunt] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414171/LOL-CAPTCHA-Makes-You-Play-DOOM-To-Prove-You-Are-Human/

‘Change’ Crypto Vows To Do Good By Making A Donation For Every Transaction

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These days, it’s not surprising to hear that a new cryptocurrency has launched. But $CHANGE is a little different – it’s a cryptocurrency that hopes to change the world.

Using the Binance Smart Chain, it hopes to bring together “crypto humanitarians,” those who are interested in exploring cryptocurrency but also want to do good.

Within the first 24 hours of its launch, $CHANGE raised over US$130,000, which was donated towards the planting of 10,000 trees for the relief for Australian bushfires, as per Input.

Similar to other cryptocurrencies, $CHANGE can be purchased and sold at PancakeSwap, a cryptocurrency exchange used by up-and-coming tokens. How it differs, though, is that $CHANGE includes a 10% fee for every transaction.

1% of the fee goes to holders of the cryptocurrency to incentivize them to continue investing in the token. Then, 55% of the remaining pool will be set aside for donations daily.

For now, $CHANGE is donating through the Binance Charity Foundation, run by cryptocurrency exchange Binance. Every week, $CHANGE’s creators live-stream on YouTube while they make the donation, so holders will be aware of where their transaction fees are going towards.

“Our most ambitious goal is to have our community donate so much and so quickly that the Binance Charity Foundation runs out of social causes to support. At this point, we will then move our focus to external charities outside of the Binance Smart Chain ecosystem,” $CHANGE said.

[via Input, cover image via $CHANGE] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414130/Change-Crypto-Vows-To-Do-Good-By-Making-A-Donation-For-Every-Transaction/

5 Reasons to Enter the 25th Annual Webby Awards

Social Media Week is a proud partner of the 25th Annual Webby Awards, the most prestigious international award honoring Internet excellence.

If you’re making creative work for social media platforms, The Webby Awards is the perfect opportunity to showcase your projects to the world. Whether you’ve made social media projects or experiences in response to COVID-19, new social video series, or experimental social ad campaigns, this anniversary season of The Webby Awards is the perfect place.

Here are 5 reasons you should enter the competition, and take advantage of the best pricing before their early deadline on Friday, October 30th.

Mark Your Spot in History

Since 1997, The Webbys has honored the breadth of the Internet. With Winners ranging from early Web icons, to viral sensations, to digital powerhouses, Webby Winners represent the best of the best. You can claim your space alongside past winners like Glossier (Founder Emily Weiss pictured above), Instagram, The New York Times, The Try Guys, Peloton, Nike, Netflix, MoMA, Wieden + Kennedy, and more.

Stand Out Amongst Your Peers

In today’s digital landscape, it has become hard to stand out. Winning a Webby Award sets you apart from your peers, both as a member of a team and as an individual creator. A Webby signals to your industry that you are the creative to work with, and you deliver high-quality digital work.

Have Your Work Seen by the Best

All entries in The Webby Awards are reviewed by a community of the most prolific digital artists, creatives, innovators, and leaders. Your work will be reviewed by their judging body The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Judges include: Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder, Instagram; Tiffany Rolfe, EVP, Chief Creative Officer US, R/GA; Rick Gomez, EVP, Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, Target; David Droga, Creative Chairman & Founder, Droga5; Linda Boff, CMO, GE; and dream hampton, Filmmaker.

Attract New Partners and Clients

A Webby Award proves that you’re the best of the Internet, and shows people around the world that your team is the one to work with. Over 80% of past Webby Winners report that their win helped drive new business.

Be Awarded in New Categories

This anniversary season of The Webbys has new categories to adapt to the changing nature of the Internet. New categories include expanded Social honors for Interview/Talk Show, Best Editing, Best Influencer, and Performance & Dance. Additional categories include a new suites of Virtual & Remote categories for innovation across virtual events.

The Webby Awards Early Entry Deadline is Friday, October 30th. Work is accepted across Websites and Mobile Sites; Video; Advertising, Media & PR; Social; Podcasts; Games and new this year Apps and Software and Virtual & Remote. Don’t miss your chance to showcase your best work!

Enter today at www.webbyawards.com

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15 Top Business Startup Tips #Startups #MikeArmstrong


When starting a business the strategy is to do some analysis on the Market Place and some market research (Google is a great place to do this).

1. Check what your competitors are doing and what markets they are aiming at and see if there’s a gap in the market.

2. Then once you see there is, think about what you story and message is and to what audience you are aiming it at.

3. Work on the branding so that it’s telling the right message to the right audience including the name very important.

4. Check the name is Free on Companies House / Registration, Google and all major social platforms.

5. Work on a content portfolio so that you can share the message and synergy messages as well as product and service info and other content, in many ways and to attract many different people in your target segment or segments, regularly with different messages without switching them off.

6. Set up all the things / assets a new business needs – well Optimised Website with Blog, Off-site Blog and a marketing / lead generation add on), Google and Bing Listings, Facebook Pages (for Company and target niches), Facebook Groups for Company and target niches).

LinkedIn Company Pages and Groups a format for profiles for all staff, Twitter Account or Accounts, Instagram, Directory Listings, Geographical and Niche Directories, Podcast, YouTube Channel, Tick Tock, Pinterest etc.!

7. Regularly post good content and squeeze good advertising messages in between with good offers and good call to actions, build up audiences and get them to visit part of your website, your online store, YouTube channel etc.

8. Add an email capture Form to your website for building a database to email too.

9.Go Networking

10. Add some landing pages and look at FB advertising and adwords etc.

11. Consider Selling on Amazon or Ebay,

12. Attend Events, Expos, maybe host some!

13. Consider trying Telesales and/or Field Sales / Solution sales etc.

14. Do some Organic SEO and link building strategies for your website and blog (podcast and YouTube channels etc.)

15. Do some Content Marketing in other sites and blogs and some PR etc.




#WorkOnYou #Infinityx




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Apple and Google join forces to build coronavirus tracking into iOS and Android

Apple and Google are adapting iOS and Android to help track the spread of Covid-19 (Apple/Google)Apple and Google have made a joint announcement that…

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Apple and Google join forces to build coronavirus tracking into iOS and Android

Apple and Google are adapting iOS and Android to help track the spread of Covid-19 (Apple/Google)Apple and Google have made a joint announcement that…

Apple and Google join forces to build coronavirus tracking into iOS and Android

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Apple and Google are to create contact tracing technology aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Apple and Google have announced they are working together to create contact tracing technology aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus. In a rare …

Apple and Google are to create contact tracing technology aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.

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Lights, Camera, Meeting! Are You Ready For Video?

Online meetings are soaring in popularity. There are some easy ways to improve how you come across to your leadership, colleagues and clients …

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Netflix introduces new rules and features for parents

Parents will be able to monitor what their children have watched on Netflix. The streaming giant is introducing a number of new parental control …

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Tricks to make your broadband faster at home – and the ones that definitely won’t work

With more families staying at home at work and children not going to school because of the continuing pandemic, the speed of the Internet and mobile …

Tricks to make your broadband faster at home – and the ones that definitely won’t work

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