Eagle Design Inc http://eagledesigninc.com/wp My WordPress Blog Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:47:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 100042576 iPhone 6S Plus vs Galaxy S6 Edge Plus http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/iphone-6s-plus-vs-galaxy-s6-edge-plus/ http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/iphone-6s-plus-vs-galaxy-s6-edge-plus/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 03:05:30 +0000 http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/?p=1622 Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Witch one is better? We reviewed both devices, so you’ll be the judge! Both of these handsets are subservient to the main flagship, yet each in their own way illustrate the future for Apple and Samsung. What are the plans going forwards, where is the […]

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
Posted: 13 Aug 2015
Market Status: Released
US carrier availability: Available – Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, MetroPCS

Apple iPhone 6S Plus

Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Posted: 25 Sept 2015
Market Status: Released
US carrier availability: Available – Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile

Using The New Screens

How well do the new designs cope with the different screens? The simple answer is that the answer is unclear. I have the feeling that the software for both the 6 Plus and the S6 Edge were put together with a brief to not be that different that the predecessors. That makes the transition to these devices comfortable for users – the only thing that has changed is the size (in the case of the iPhone 6 Plus) and the shape of the screen (for the Galaxy S6 Edge) – but doesn’t fully exploit the potential both the Plus and the Edge offer.

I’m hopeful that both devices will continue to gain new features through software updates to make best use of the unique capabilities. Given the six month lead time that the iPhone 6 Plus has had, Apple has had a number of opportunities to do so and hasn’t. Beyond the additions in the software to provide an extra column to scroll through elements such as incoming emails or your address book, there’s been very little change in software to build on the uniqueness of the iPhone 6 Plus.

Specifications:

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Weight

Display

Resolution

Pixel density

Colors

Camera

Flash

Camcorder
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Android (5.1) TouchWiz

6.08 x 2.98 x 0.27 inches (154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm)

5.40 oz (153 g)

5.7 inches

1440 x 2560

518 ppi

16 777 216

16 megapixels

LED

3840×2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280×720 (720p HD) (120 fps)

iOS (9.x)

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm)

6.77 oz (192 g)

5.5 inches

1080 x 1920

401 ppi

16 777 216

12 megapixels

Dual LED

3840×2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (120 fps), 1280×720 (720p HD) (240 fps)

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Chip

Processor
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Graphics

System Memory

Build-in Storage

5 megapixels

Exynos 7 Octa 7420

Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 , 64-bit

Mali-T760 MP8

4096 MB RAM

64 GB

5 megapixels

Apple A9 APL1022

Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bit
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PowerVR GT7600

2048 MB RAM

128 GB

Samsung Galaxy 6S Edge (Colors)
iPhone S6 Plus (Colors)

Talk Time

Music Playback

Video Playback

Bluetooth

28.00 Hours

61.00 Hours

13.00 Hours

4.2

24.00 Hours

80.00 Hours

14.00 Hours

4.2

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Here are the top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites as derived from our eBizMBA Rank which is a continually updated average of each website’s Alexa Global Traffic Rank, and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast.“*#*” Denotes an estimate for sites with limited data.

1 | Facebook 3 – eBizMBA Rank | 900,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 3 – Compete Rank | 3 – Quantcast Rank | 2 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

2 | Twitter 12 – eBizMBA Rank | 310,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 21 – Compete Rank | 8 – Quantcast Rank | 8 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

3 | LinkedIn 18 – eBizMBA Rank | 255,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 25 – Compete Rank | 19 – Quantcast Rank | 9 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

4 | Pinterest 22 – eBizMBA Rank | 250,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 27 – Compete Rank | 13 – Quantcast Rank | 26 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

5 | Google Plus+ 30 – eBizMBA Rank | 120,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | *32* – Compete Rank | *28* – Quantcast Rank | NA – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

6 | Tumblr 34 – eBizMBA Rank | 110,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 55 – Compete Rank | *13* – Quantcast Rank | 34 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

7 | Instagram 77 – eBizMBA Rank | 100,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 49 – Compete Rank | 145 – Quantcast Rank | 36 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

8 | VK 97 – eBizMBA Rank | 80,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | *150* – Compete Rank | *120* – Quantcast Rank | 21 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

9 | Flickr 123 – eBizMBA Rank | 65,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 138 – Compete Rank | 139 – Quantcast Rank | 91 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

10 | Vine 581 – eBizMBA Rank | 42,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 237 – Compete Rank | 335 – Quantcast Rank | 1,172 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

11 | Meetup 596 – eBizMBA Rank | 40,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 791 – Compete Rank | 701 – Quantcast Rank | 296 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

12 | Tagged 702 – eBizMBA Rank | 38,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,082 – Compete Rank | 615 – Quantcast Rank | 408 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

13 | Ask.fm 779 – eBizMBA Rank | 37,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,046 – Compete Rank | 113 – Quantcast Rank | 179 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

14 | MeetMe 1,457 – eBizMBA Rank | 15,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,407 – Compete Rank | 635 – Quantcast Rank | 2,328 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

15 | ClassMates 1,487 – eBizMBA Rank | 15,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 153 – Compete Rank | *285* – Quantcast Rank | 4,022 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated Sept 28, 2015. The Most Popular Social Networking Sites | eBizMBA

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If anyone tries to tell you building organic traffic is easy, don’t listen to them. If you’re looking for a quick fix, I’m afraid you’re not going to find it here. Building organic traffic is the hardest work you’ll ever put in to your website. With that being said, it’s also the greatest investment of time and effort you can make.

In the days of Facebook promoted posts and Google AdWords, the instant gratification of shelling out a few bucks for immediate traffic is highly appealing. But it’s not sustainable. You’ll get traffic now, but what happens when you stop paying? Will your content ever be found again?

Organic traffic means the content you put on your website today will drive traffic tomorrow, next month, next year, and probably even several years from now. That’s why it’s worth the effort. You don’t see that kind of ROI from paid traffic.

When it comes to getting more organic traffic there are good ways and there are better ways. There are also some downright awful ways that should be avoided at all costs. I will touch on all of these in more detail. If you’re ready to put the work in and increase your organic traffic the right way, these are the things you need to start doing.

Create The Best Content You Possibly Can

Creating content for the sake of creating content, because you heard publishing regular articles is good for SEO, won’t get you very far. It fact it may even cause a lot of damage to your reputation.

Your website is a representation of your business. In a lot of cases it’s the first impression a potential customer may have of your business.

Just as you wouldn’t deliver a sub-par product or service you shouldn’t be publishing low quality blog posts. It’s not unreasonable to suggest you should write the best content you possibly can every time you publish something.

I’m a big fan of Scott Stratten (author of UnMarketing) because he never seems to say anything that I disagree with. Here’s a great quote from his podcast about blogging that relates to this point:

Me demanding the best content you can write should not be intimidating, it should not be paralyzing. It should be the minimum that when you write something you look at it and go: “Yes! That’s what I wanted to say!”

Well it just so happens that search engines are almost as good as people at being able to tell when you’re phoning in your content. Great quality content ranks better, which in turn drives more organic traffic. It’s also the kind of content people will want to like to in their blogs and share with other people.

So give it everything you’ve got before hitting the ‘Publish’ button.

Grab The Low-Hanging Fruit

Everyone wants to rank for those broad two or three word key phrases because they tend to have high search volumes. The problem with these broad key phrases is they are highly competitive. So competitive that you may not stand a chance of ranking for them unless you devote months of your time to it. Instead of spending your time going after something that may not even be attainable, go after the low-hanging fruit of long-tail key phrases.

For example, if you’re an SEO agency don’t bother trying to rank for the term “SEO agency.” Chances are you’ll never knock out the heavyweights that already rank for that term. Instead, narrow it down a bit more. Be more specific by including the area you serve. For example: “SEO agency in Fort Lauderdale FL“.

You could get even more specific by narrowing it down to customer base. Is there a specific group of clients you tend to serve? Try including that in your long-tail key phrase. For example: “SEO agency for non-profits in Fort Lauderdale FL.” That’s a key phrase you’re a lot more likely to rank for. Not to mention it will also attract way more targeted, organic traffic than a broad key phrase like “SEO agency.”

Long-tail key phrases more closely resemble what an actual user would type into a search engine. As users perform searches more like they would verbalize a question, studies have shown long-tail key phrases are driving results due to greater relevancy and less competition.

Write Consistently

Try not to get too caught up in what certain studies will tell you are the best days and times to publish a blog post. Just try to be consistent.

Aim for once a week at minimum. Ideally the more the better, but if you’re running a business at the same time it’s difficult to publish more often than that without hiring writers.

Search engines love frequently updated sites. But more important than that, users do. A site that’s updated consistently tells users you’re serious about providing good content, which makes it worth it for them to invest their time into reading it.

Consistent updates keep people coming back, which keeps them sharing your content, linking to it, and telling others about it. These are all signals that help boost organic traffic.

Guest Blog For Traffic, Not SEO

As Matt Cutts has said, guest blogging for SEO is dead. It’s done. Don’t do it. Don’t even think about it.

Guest blogging purely for inbound links is a flawed strategy because the value of those links are going down. However, guest blogging for traffic is still an incredibly viable strategy. While that inbound link you get at the end of a guest post doesn’t have as much SEO value as it used to, it still has the value of exposing your content to a new audience.

It also has the value of the traffic that comes from being published on a high authority site. Having said that, there are some best practices to keep in mind when guest posting:

Don’t spread yourself too thin. Aim for authoritative websites with high quality content and decent traffic numbers. Guest blog on websites within your own niche. Guest posting on a popular websites means little if you’re not reaching your ideal audience. Promote your guest posts as you would your own posts. This shows the other website you really value the opportunity to post on their blog. Check back regularly and respond to comments. Ideally you want their visitors to become your visitors. Responding to comments is a great way to get that relationship started.

Speaking of Matt Cutts and Google, this leads me to my next point…

Don’t Anger Google !

Making Google angry is like biting the hand that feeds you. Unfortunately some SEOs still like to test the limits of what they can and can’t get away with. Increasing organic traffic should always be done ethically, or you will get hit with a Google penalty sooner or later.

Here are some tips for avoiding those penalties:

Don’t build cheap links. Don’t ever, ever pay for inbound links. Don’t use exact-match anchor text. Don’t publish low quality, scraped, or copied contents. Do publish awesome content that’s helpful and informative to users.

Like I said at the beginning, building organic traffic is hard. Anything that promises a shortcut to an avalanche of traffic will more than likely lead to a penalty down the road. Embrace the daily grind of creating great content that helps users and provides a solution to what they’re looking for. In the end that will drive more organic traffic than any shortcut ever will.

Conclusion:

I’ve always been a believer that hard work gets the best results, and in practice it always ends up being true. On the web it’s no different. If you want more organic traffic, you have to work for it. That means giving your best effort every time, going after opportunities your competitors have missed, being consistent, guest blogging strategically, and staying on Google’s good side.

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Marketing a small business was hard before the Internet was invented, but at least back then it was simpler. Now, we have Google, a giant platform made of thousands of smaller platforms in which to market. As a result, there are so many decisions to be made when determining how to best market yourself online.

As a small or local business owner, it is nearly mandatory to utilize SEO. Without it, how can you build up your validity and credentials? We now know that search is the number one driver of traffic to content sites, beating social media by more than 300%, so the importance of search engine optimization goes without saying.

If you have quality links from other web pages, Google will rank you higher on search engine results. Improving your search engine results should be the name of the game when marketing your small business in 2015.

SEO has come a long way since its inception. Great content is now the stepping stone to getting the links you need to build your credibility. If you can create quality content that includes your relevant keywords you will attract links and be well on your way to building your SEO.

With that being said, there are plenty of mistakes out there just waiting to be made that will hurt your site’s rank and visibility. How can you avoid the big SEO mistakes? Avoid this list of common mistakes, and you’ll be optimizing in no time.

Over-Optimization

A lot of what was acceptable in 2013 can now be considered over-optimization and may result in a penalty for your business on search engine listings.

In cases of over-optimization, it may be easier to start over than trying to fix the unfixable. Do not let your site go into over-optimization by trying to take an easy route and hire a “quick fix.” It is better to start with a blank slate with SEO.

Google works as a fact-checker and will spot these SEO mistakes.

Don’t try to manipulate the search engines in any fashion. Write your content for your human visitors, not for “SEO,” and you’ll be rewarded with organic links.

Paid Link Building

Link building is something that should occur naturally. There are several companies that offer to post your links on irrelevant or low-quality websites for a small fee. These tend to be poorly written and surrounding other paid links.

This can harm your website because Google will recognize this as low-quality.

Once Google recently upgraded its algorithm to Penguin, paying for links became a dangerous territory. Google now expects you to create links naturally through having great content to earn your links organically. Promote yourself and allow others to create natural backlinks. Just do normal, classical marketing and the rest will work itself out.

Keyword Stuffing

Purposely inserting keywords into website content to manipulate search engines to appear higher in searches is keyword stuffing. August Ash also named it as a top SEO mistake of 2015, so I figured the outdated tactic deserved a mention here as well.

Aggressive stuffing creates a poor user experience and can actually contribute negatively to your site’s ranking. Consumers will know that you are trying to be manipulative, and all trust and validity will be lost.

You’re not going to help your brand by sounding robotic, so create natural copy!

Trying to do SEO on Your Own

As a business owner, you are swamped with work. You simply aren’t going to have the time, energy or knowledge to perform all of the SEO on your own.

If you try and perform all SEO aspects on your own, you’re going to either be under-optimized or over-optimized. It isn’t worth the stress on top of your other stressors.

All you need to do is learn what the right amount of on-page SEO is. That way you can spot when your pages are under-optimized or over-optimized. If you just go with the flow, your content won’t look robotic and contrived.

Luckily, there are companies, such as Local Marketing Solutions out there that can help you build your visibility with comprehensive citations. Using a reliable “white-hat citation service” can go a long way in ensuring that your business will have visibility.

Hiring Wrong

This mistake ties perfectly into the last one. If you don’t know the field you’re playing in, then you aren’t qualified to hire players.

Know the basics of on-page and off-page SEO. If you see your keyword being used all over the place, you should know that is a red flag.

As I mentioned earlier, there are still a lot of SEO companies that service old outdated tactics like keyword stuffing or paid links to swindle unknowing business owners. It’s all they know how to do to make money, and they’ll be desperate to perform these “services” and send you an invoice. Don’t make this mistake! Do your research on the SEO provider you are considering, so you know you’re making the right call.

Have the conversation with your SEO company about what tactics you do not want them to employ, and get them to explain all of their processes. This way, you’ll be doing your homework and can rest assured your business will acquire links and SEO naturally.

Not Getting the Local SEO Part Right

Google and other search engines are smarter than they were in the past. Search engines now focus on serving customized results based on the location of the searcher, and can keep track of searchers’ past behavior to inform their new algorithms.

If you want a chance to appear in these locally-customized results, you have to handle your local SEO properly. Feel free to use this following checklist:

1 – Be consistent with your NAP In order to be recognized by search engines, you need to make sure your business’ “NAP,” or name, address, and phone number are correct across the plethora of platforms, blogs, articles, directories, etc. on the internet.

Google and other search engines cross-reference your NAP information across a variety of websites to verify your business is valid. If your addresses don’t match up exactly on two websites, you may not even be recognized on a local search.

In addition to the above, the next most authoritative way of guaranteeing your information is correct is to provide it on your own website. Your business’ information should match up perfectly to all other search results for your business.

3 – Utilize Social Networking

Next up is providing it on your social networking profiles, especially Google+.

Google+ Pages is a vital tool because it makes it easy and accessible for a business to update and manage its physical location to appear correctly on Google’s organic search results and Google maps.

Always make sure that your Google+ address matches the exact one listed on your website and other directories (remember the importance of your NAP). Any slight error can harm your business in a not-so-slight way.

3 – If you decide to move your business or change your name… Keep all of your citations across the web up to date! Go back to every single NAP citation and fix it and submit the change officially to Google as well.

4 – Thoroughly optimize on-page Always make sure “geo-localizable” content to your site’s vital HTML elements. Be sure to always include your business’s city/region in your title tags, URLS, H1-H2 tags and Alt text image tags. Be sure to always include your NAP on the footer of every page on your website.

The Advanced Local SEO’s Worst Mistake

Here, at the end, I’m going to tell you the worst mistake made by those who do know how to perform perfect local SEO and generalized SEO. They get so caught up on making sure they appear on the maps that they get tunnel-vision.

All they can think about is optimizing for their own brand and local information.

The mistake is to forget to focus on optimizing content for product, information, and entertainment terms. With SEO, you should always focus on the big picture and not just on one goal. Always do your research because SEO is constantly evolving.

SEO is a vital and powerful tool and it is valuable in growing your business. SEO should come naturally: if you write well and promote your content, you will be rewarded by search engines. Don’t let the historical “black hat techniques” trick you into “manipulating” search engines.

Taking care of SEO later rather than now is only going to be deleterious to you and your business. Remember, people may come to a site because it’s ranked highly on a search engine, but they only stay because they have access to the information they want when they want it. Avoid these mistakes, keep your presence consistent and of high quality, and you’ll build your visibility in no time.

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Blogging is one of the most valuable tools that businesses have to engage with customers and ultimately make their lives easier. If you’re not blogging, it’s time to get started or get left behind. If you need a bit of inspiration, here are 20 reasons (in no particular order) why your business should be blogging.

 

Why Should I Start a Blog for My Business? A blog is a simple, easy-to-use platform for connecting with and sharing timely and relevant information with customers. It’s your direct communication channel. Your blog fuels SEO. Search engines love valuable content and will reward you for it. You don’t have to be a professional designer. Many blogging platforms like WordPress and Hubspot are people-friendly and don’t require advanced graphic skills. 60% of businesses who blog acquire more customers, according to a HubSpot survey. Your blog is the heart of all of your content marketing efforts. It’s fodder for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email newsletters, e-books, etc. It gives your company a voice. A blog creates a place to talk about new products or services, comment on timely news topics or market trends, and share company initiatives beyond your website. It’s also the place to let your brand’s personality shine and show people what you’re all about. Writing a blog shares your expertise. How else will you position yourself as a subject area expert and thought leader? A blog creates a two-way conversation with customers, prospects and industry peers. It encourages interaction, comments and feedback. Make sure you reply to all comments! It can be fun. Blogging can be energizing, stimulating, and something you look forward to. Blog writing makes you think… about newsworthy topics, your industry, your customers and the world around you. A blog keeps you focused on your content marketing strategy. You must create a schedule and stick to it to continuously deliver purposeful content. It creates free PR. Business bloggers are often interviewed by journalists as industry experts. Get some press! A blog builds confidence, relationships and sales. Customers will look to you as a reliable resource for information on your industry; then come to you to buy. Blogging sharpens your business focus. To create a blogging strategy you must define who you are blogging for and why. A blog with no focus attracts no readers. Helps you stay ahead of the curve. You have to stay on top of news, trends and competitors to be a successful blogger. It helps you be a leader, not a follower. You can tell your brand’s story. A blog is a great place to offer more insight into your company, philosophy, employees, and ideas. Tell your customers why you’re in business and how you can help them. Blogs are cost-effective marketing investments. Every post you publish is a long-term asset that helps build brand awareness and promote your expertise, products and services. Gives you insight into your audience. Blog analytics allow you to track readers, click-throughs, popular topics, shares and comments. You can even tell what day of the week your visitors prefer to stop by. Blogging is inspiring. You’ll start to see ideas all around you..talking with friends and colleagues, watching movies, reading, and just walking down the street. Blogging is marketing! 😉

 

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20 Top Places To List Your Business Online http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/20-top-places-to-list-your-business-online/ http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/20-top-places-to-list-your-business-online/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 01:15:39 +0000 http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/?p=1472     With 96% of online consumers searching for local businesses, it’s important to claim and optimize your business listing to get found on major search engines and popular directories. We recommend starting with the big three – Google, Bing and Yahoo – then tackling the rest. To help get you started, we included links […]

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With 96% of online consumers searching for local businesses, it’s important to claim and optimize your business listing to get found on major search engines and popular directories. We recommend starting with the big three – Google, Bing and Yahoo – then tackling the rest. To help get you started, we included links to all 20

Have a consistent name, address, & phone number Be consistent when entering your information into directories in order not to confuse search engines or customers. If your name is ‘Pizza Villa’ in one directory, you don’t want ‘The Pizza Villa’ in another. Include your physical address and business phone number (land line is best).

Enhance your listings In addition to having consistent name, address and phone number, be sure to add information such as your categories, website, photos, email address, hours and events. An optimized listing helps customers get the information they need to make a decision about your business.

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MS Windows 10 release date, price and features http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/windows-10-release-date-price-and-features/ http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/windows-10-release-date-price-and-features/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 03:44:44 +0000 http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/?p=1459 When is the Windows 10 release date? Microsoft slated Windows 10 for a summer launch, and the company has stuck to its word. Following several leaks (and one giant snafu from US retailer NewEgg which published an incorrect launch date), it has been confirmed that Windows 10 will launch on July 29. That said, it’s […]

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Microsoft slated Windows 10 for a summer launch, and the company has stuck to its word. Following several leaks (and one giant snafu from US retailer NewEgg which published an incorrect launch date), it has been confirmed that Windows 10 will launch on July 29.

That said, it’s unlikely that Windows 10 will release for all device types on this date. Judging from comments made by Microsoft Corporate VP of Operating Systems Joe Belfiore, the company has planned a phased approach to the launch. Windows 10 will release for desktop and laptop devices first, then trickle down to phones, the Xbox One, Arduino machines and its own HoloLens.

How much will Windows 10 cost? For Windows 7 and 8.1 users, Windows 10 will be free for one year. After that period – not to mention for standalone copies of the OS – the asking price starts at $119.

Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson announced in January that Windows 10 will be free for existing Windows 7 and 8.1 users for its first year. Microsoft also confirmed a while ago that the two most recent Windows versions will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 directly.

However, if you’re not eligible for Microsoft’s upgrade program – those who upgrade after the first-year free offer, or those running a non-genuine Windows version or one older than Windows 7 – Windows 10 Home will cost $119 (£99, €135, about AU$156) and Windows 10 Pro will cost $199 (about £131, €178 AU$262) per license, Microsoft confirmed to TechRadar.

Windows 10 Home users who want to upgrade to Pro will have to pay an additional $99 (about £65, €88, AU$130) for the Windows 10 Pro pack. Unfortunately, Microsoft has been mum on exact Pro pricing for the UK and EU, while nothing has been said of Australian pricing.

The company promises that it will support those who scored a free upgrade to Windows 10 with security and system updates for the lifetime of those Windows devices.

Neowin reported back in February that Microsoft has trademarked the term “Windows 365,” supposedly with the intent of it being a service. The news and speculation has sent folks buzzing about the possibility of a subscription-based Windows to come, though that’s not likely to be Windows 10. Oh, we hope not.

How will I get to download Windows 10?

Confirming the rumours and leaks leading up, Microsoft has already started the upgrade process for current Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. If your machine is up-to-date today, you will soon see a small icon of the Windows logo on your task bar next to the internet status icon.

Clicking it will open a window that details the upgrade process and will allow you to ‘reserve’ your free Windows 10 download by providing your email address. Presumably on or in advance of launch day, Microsoft will download the OS to your device and notify you when it’s ready to install.

What follows that prompt are a few bits of info to tease the new release and get users excited. It’s that easy.

Seven shades of Windows 10

Windows 10 will be available in seven versions, far more than one would have expected in the first place. While IoT, Mobile, Home, Enterprise and Professional were already confirmed, Mobile Enterprise and Education were unexpected. In comparison, there were only four versions of Windows 8.1 (five if you include Windows Phone 8) and one of them was Windows RT.

Microsoft clarified the free upgrade offer for Windows 10, adding that Windows 10 Home and Pro will be available for free to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users that have appropriate licenses (presumably, Windows 8.1 Home users will only be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Home).

What’s new in Windows Technical Preview?

The latest WTP build available for all testers is build #10240, released one day ago as of this writing. This update has been marked by Microsoft as RTM, or Release To Manufacturer, meaning that this is likely the build of Windows 10 that will come loaded on every new laptop and PC running the OS for some time.

The most notable feature you can expect to find in the latest build is the nearly-final version of Edge, Microsoft’s new web browser. The new browser was teased ad nauseum at the company’s Build 2015 event, and we’ve even gone hands on with Microsoft Edge.

So, your chance to test the version of Edge we did a few months back, or possibly one more recent than that, has finally come. However, one Edge feature that is not yet available is extension support – this will come in a sizable autumn update.

Other updates coming through in build #10240 are upgrades for Cortana, now able to compose and send emails following your dictation and train to your voice specifically. The Photos app has been further upgraded to now support GIFs, too. There’s a vast list of smaller updates and improvements that can be found here.

Finally, Microsoft detailed what will happen for those that installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview directly on top of Windows 7 or 8.1: not too much. Basically, if this is how you installed the preview, just keep receiving the updates as normal and, come July 29, you’ll have the same version of Windows 10 as everyone else.

Regardless of whether the “final” version of Windows 10 is available, Insiders must continue to receive preview updates – which will not stop after July 29 – for their copy of Windows to remain genuine. If you want to opt out of the preview, you’ll likely have to restore back to your previous version of Windows 7 or 8.1 and perform a clean Windows 10 install from there.

Further updates are in the works (already)

Before Windows 10 has even launched, Microsoft’s upgrade plans for the OS have leaked. Operating under the codename Redstone, the Windows maker will issue updates in two waves.

According to Neowin’s report, the first will come June 2016 and the other October of next year. But don’t expect huge, sprawling changes from these updates – they’re likely to be tweaks to the new OS for specific types of hardware and other improvements.

By Joe Osborne

 

 

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The History of America’s Independence Day http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/americas-independence-day/ http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/americas-independence-day/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:09:52 +0000 http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/?p=1449 The History of America’s Independence Day “Taxation without representation!” was the battle cry in America’s 13 Colonies, which were forced to pay taxes to England’s King George III despite having no representation in the British Parliament. As dissatisfaction grew, British troops were sent in to quell the early movement toward rebellion. Repeated attempts by the […]

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“Taxation without representation!” was the battle cry in America’s 13 Colonies, which were forced to pay taxes to England’s King George III despite having no representation in the British Parliament. As dissatisfaction grew, British troops were sent in to quell the early movement toward rebellion. Repeated attempts by the Colonists to resolve the crisis without military conflict proved fruitless.

On June 11, 1776, the Colonies’ Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and formed a committee whose express purpose was drafting a document that would formally sever their ties with Great Britain. The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. Jefferson, who was considered the strongest and most eloquent writer, crafted the original draft document (as seen above). A total of 86 changes were made to his draft and the Continental Congress officially adopted the final version on July 4, 1776.

The following day, copies of the Declaration of Independence were distributed, and on July 6, The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first newspaper to print the extraordinary document. The Declaration of Independence has since become our nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty. Bonfires and Illuminations

On July 8, 1776, the first public readings of the Declaration were held in Philadelphia’s Independence Square to the ringing of bells and band music. One year later, on July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked Independence Day by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells and fireworks.

The custom eventually spread to other towns, both large and small, where the day was marked with processions, oratory, picnics, contests, games, military displays and fireworks. Observations throughout the nation became even more common at the end of the War of 1812 with Great Britain.

In June of 1826, Thomas Jefferson sent a letter to Roger C. Weightman, declining an invitation to come to Washington, D.C. to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. It was the last letter that Jefferson, who was gravely ill, ever wrote. In it, Jefferson says of the document:

“May it be to the world, what I believe it will be … the signal of arousing men to burst the chains … and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form, which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. …For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.” – Thomas Jefferson June 24, 1826 Monticello

Congress established Independence Day as a holiday in 1870, and in 1938 Congress reaffirmed it as a paid holiday for federal employees. Today, communities across the nation mark this major midsummer holiday with parades, firework displays, picnics and performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and marches by John Philip Sousa.

Photo of the “original Rough draught” of the Declaration of Independence courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Original Story by PBS.org

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The Brazilian Way: Jeitinho Brasileiro http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/jeitinho-brasileiro/ http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/jeitinho-brasileiro/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:45:32 +0000 http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/?p=1425 Brazil is known for being a laid-back country and a laid-back people. Ask an average American their stereotype of Brazilians and they will likely answer with an idea of someone who loves spending time on the beach, watching soccer, and sipping caipirinhas. From my few months here, I have found these perceptions to be as […]

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Brazil is known for being a laid-back country and a laid-back people. Ask an average American their stereotype of Brazilians and they will likely answer with an idea of someone who loves spending time on the beach, watching soccer, and sipping caipirinhas. From my few months here, I have found these perceptions to be as accurate as most stereotypes: not hard-and-fast dogmas, but based on large seeds of truth. Brazilians are much more willing than Americans to spend a day doing, what Americans would consider, nothing. Sundays, especially, in Brazil are seen as entire days meant for relaxation. Many extended families will gather for a large, multiple-hour feijoada meal, supplemented by more hours of sitting by the table talking. This promotes a strong emphasis on family, which I believe is valued here more than in the United States (another way is that many young Brazilians will continue living with their family post-college). On other weekend days or holidays, instead of catching up on work around the house as Americans are wont to do, cariocas (what people who live in Rio are called) are more likely to head to the beach for a day of sun. When it comes to money, cashiers and taxi drivers are more willing to round up or down a couple reais depending on the total bill. All of this is part of the jeitinho brasileiro (loosely translated to the “Brazilian way” of living). Another way to translate it, described to me by a Brazilian friend, is as finding creative or kind solutions to solve everyday problems that arise. This lifestyle has led to Brazilians being thought of as some of the happiest people, always carefree, welcoming, and having a good time.

While this jeitinho has its benefits, it also has its downsides. For one, I have noticed that much of this relaxed persona means that Brazilians are willing to wait or take longer on everyday tasks. Eating meals out is nearly always a large process where it can seem like the waiter is trying to avoid your table as long as possible, and in a direct contrast to America’s individualistic culture, when Brazilians eat out together they will often split the check evenly, regardless of the cost of each person’s dish. Brazilians always amble when walking on the sidewalk, never moving with a purpose as I do when going between destinations. Tasks like becoming registered with the federal police or getting Brazilian identification require an inefficiently complex series of steps that would not be tolerated in the United States. I have struggled in some ways to adapt to this culture, and think, while the Brazilian way offers a relaxed and enjoyable approach to life, I prefer the more fast-going American lifestyle. Speaking to Brazilians about the difference, they prefer their way of living. They appreciate the more casual approach their culture finds normal, and do not get frustrated spending time on everyday tasks. There is even undoubtedly a certain pride that exists among Brazilians over their unique jeitinho, knowing that at any time they can walk to one of the many street-side bars, start a conversation, and feel comfortable talking for as long as they please.

Author: Nicolas Lake (Georgetown University)

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Como Criar Uma Logomarca http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/como-criar-uma-logomarca/ http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/como-criar-uma-logomarca/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:48:59 +0000 http://eagledesigninc.com/wp/?p=1422 Como criar uma logomarca com a cara da sua empresa Toda empresa precisa de uma identidade visual para fixar-se na mente de seu público e tonar-se única no mercado. Sua logo deve ter a cara da sua empresa, deve ser a tradução visual dos valores e personalidade do seu negócio, comunicando suas qualidades mais importantes. […]

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Toda empresa precisa de uma identidade visual para fixar-se na mente de seu público e tonar-se única no mercado. Sua logo deve ter a cara da sua empresa, deve ser a tradução visual dos valores e personalidade do seu negócio, comunicando suas qualidades mais importantes.

Lembre-se que em um mercado tão concorrido, uma logomarca bem feita destaca seu produto e sua empresa dos demais, transmitindo confiabilidade ao cliente. Mas o que fazer para que um simples símbolo tenha a cara da sua empresa? Confira abaixo algumas dicas para não errar na hora de escolher a marca ideal.

Procure representar seu diferencial

Você precisa saber o que o seu cliente busca, se é ter estilo, se diferenciar dos outros, ficar mais bonito ou se encaixar em um grupo, entre muitos outros pontos. Procure listar os conceitos que sua marca deve transmitir, tomando o cuidado para que não sejam muitos, pois isso pode confundir o seu público.

Lembre-se de que o conceito é o que atrairá e convencerá as pessoas a consumirem seus produtos, por isso, jamais deixe de transmiti-los em toda a sua comunicação visual, desde a logomarca, até o pessoal de vendas.

Um exemplo interessante para ilustrar este tópico é o do Twitter, que conseguiu passar o conceito de um microblog feito de mensagens curtas de uma maneira criativa e eficaz.

 

Evite informações desnecessárias

O jeito mais eficaz de transmitir para as pessoas quem é a sua empresa e construir uma marca memorável é não complicar. Quando você busca a simplicidade em sua identidade visual, a assimilação por parte do público é mais fácil e eficaz.

Uma logo com muita informação, cores e detalhes pode parecer bonita aos seus olhos, mas você deve buscar representar sua empresa e seus serviços de uma forma que facilite a memorização do seu cliente. Além disso, se o design é muito complicado, sua logo não funcionará quando aplicada em tamanhos menores.

Outro ponto muito importante são as cores, pois elas carregam consigo uma série de significados, que podem passar a melhor imagem possível do seu negócio, quando utilizadas da maneira correta. O ideal é que não se use muitas cores e que sua logomarca funcione tanto em preto e branco como colorida, lembre-se de que sua logo precisa ser versátil e funcionar tanto no ambiente virtual como em outdoors e cartões de visita.

A logomarca da Nike, por exemplo, tem um design muito simples e limpo, mas é quase impossível alguém olhar para o símbolo e não reconhecer imediatamente a marca.

 

Crie algo atemporal

Uma logo eficaz precisa ser atemporal, pois dessa forma, você evita que o seu target precise assimilar várias vezes a sua identidade. Antes de aprovar um design, pense se ele terá potencial para durar por muitos anos sem que alterações precisem ser feitas.

Para passar o conceito da sua marca da maneira mais eficiente, tenha em mente que a longevidade da sua logo é uma das características mais importantes.

Um exemplo interessante é o da Coca-Cola, que em relação à sua concorrente, Pepsi, mudou pouquíssimo a sua logo ao longo dos anos.

 

 

 

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