The Real Online Shopping Experience – BuyCommonThings.com

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Well where do i start and where do i stop? i guess its just a case of belief that services like BuyCommonthings.com will one day come to stay and well now as you read this, yeah i am now able to stay at the good comfort of my office while at work (but hey! i also do encourage that you take your work seriously, as not to be caught doing the wrong thing at the right time) well i suggest you do your shopping at your spare time, or you can equally do that even at home after close of work, of which i know that they also do willingly accept your order and will deliver at the right time.
well i simply had made up my mind that i will be going for a real time online shopping on BuyCommonThings.com and also have a great taste of how it feels having to do my shopping online and have them delivered to me F.O.C (Free of Charge), and straight i head over to http://www.buycommonthings.com and hey, one note of reminder just like you do make a shopping list of what you want to buy if you are to do the shopping i the traditional method, so also will i suggest you do same. well after having to take my time to go through the F.A.Q’s and also with regards to making / placing orders with regards to my area of residence, and having to find out that since i stay in a place where they deliver once a week (though this is due to the test delivery which they are conducting, and i believe they will be carrying out full weekly delivery once done) i found out that i had just hours before the deadline and having made my list i clicked on the sections and having added items to the carts and also having to make adjustments i simply clicked CHECKOUT and viola !!! …………….i got to the payment page where i selected CoD ( Cash on Delivery as my preferred option of payment, hey! my atm was short on cash as i would have simply done an online transfer). well i got all the mails needing me to confirm every details prior to delivery and WOW i simply was told that by 12-3pm the next day that my goods will be delivered.

i guess the anticipation and wait all set in and at the point where i had forgotten that i even placed an order (maybe they do have the spirit of santa claus working with them …*winks*…….lol) and there they where and with my bag of goodies. i simply cant believe it and even with the special visitor that accompanied it (hey! guess you are thinking, who can this be ? right !, well lets leave that for the angels to decide)

i just want to say right from day one when BuyCommonThings.com started operation i have been a DIE HARD FAN and will forever be. Thank you BuyCommonThings.com for really making my shopping experience to be really COMMONISTA & AWESOME

BlackBerry Launchs Z10, at the US Today!!!

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As we await the formal launch of the blackberry Z10 in the united states of America today, what are your opinions and how do you think it would compete with other notable market forces of smartphones like Apple & Samsung.

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8 Mistakes You Should Never Make On LinkedIn

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What do you do with your LinkedIn profile?

Do you check it only every once in a while when a connection request comes through? Have you linked it to your Twitter account? Did you never quite remember to sign up in the first place?

As much as it’s convenient to merge our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram accounts into one large social networking experience, LinkedIn has a special designation: professional networking.

And there is a difference between professional and personal networking, according to LinkedIn Career Expert Nicole Williams: “I see the same mistakes over and over!”

And, on LinkedIn, those faux pas can damage your career.

In fact, data shows that LinkedIn is especially helpful when it comes to landing higher-paying jobs—”informal recruitment” is a favorite of hiring managers aiming to fill positions up there on the payscale.

So whether you’re hunting for a new job, making the most of the one you have or just looking to learn about professional possibilities, avoid these eight big LinkedIn mistakes.

Not Using a Picture
“One of the biggest mistakes I see is no photo,” Williams says. “You’re seven times more likely to have your profile viewed if you have one. Like a house that’s on sale, the assumption is that if there’s no photo, something’s wrong.”

She also makes a great point: If you leave a networking event with a handful of business cards, intending to follow up on LinkedIn, it’s much harder for you to remember who’s who without pictures. A missing photo can easily lead to missed connections.

If you’re worried about unwittingly sabotaging your career through social media, check out the ten worst blunders you can commit.

Putting Up the Wrong Picture
“No dog, no husband, no baby!” Williams says, adding that your photo is meant to show you at your professional—not personal—best. “Especially for mothers getting back into the workforce, a picture of their child doesn’t convey that they’re ready for a full-time job.”

Another photo blunder: Misrepresenting your appearance. “I see older people who are worried about age discrimination use a photo of themselves in their 30s, but an interviewer wasn’t expecting them to look so different. And instead of listening to your answers, the interviewer will think you’re deceptive,” Williams confides. “Unless you’re getting hired for a modeling gig, people are just looking for energy, which you can communicate through great posture, open eyes and a smile.”

In fact, HSN Beauty found that, when paging through LinkedIn profiles, 19% of recruiters look only at your profile picture.

Skipping the Status

Between Twitter and Facebook, people have a pretty good idea of what you’re up to socially. But your LinkedIn status is the right place to update your network about your professional accomplishments and progress. “You could be updating about a colleague getting a promotion or sharing a great article you wrote,” Williams suggests. “Every few days, put something in your status to keep it fresh, and show you’re active and engaged—no one will know what you’ve done if you’re not showing it off.”

RELATED: Dislike: How Facebook Can Hurt Your Credit

Plus, those people you’re updating in your LinkedIn network are valuable. “If you’ve got a great following, it’s part of the assets you bring to the table,” she adds.

Using the Default Connection Request

“Don’t use the standard connection request! People think that LinkedIn is like Twitter, where it’s about quantity over quality, but you’re supposed to be building valuable professional relationships to leverage into career opportunities,” Williams explains.

Even if you’re reaching out to someone you’ve never met, the right move is to do a little research on that person, and tailor your connection request. “Customize your message to make the recipient take notice, like writing, ‘I read this article you wrote [and had these thoughts]. I’m also building a career in [this field], and I would love to be connected to you,’ ” Williams says.

“ People who are using LinkedIn correctly want to be connected to people who make them look good,” Williams adds. “Employers appreciate your connections. They might even hire you because you know people in the industry, and can make things happen.”

Neglecting the Privacy Settings

Many people don’t realize that LinkedIn does have privacy settings—for a reason. “When you’re out looking for a new job, and are actively engaged in your current job, you want to be discreet,” Williams explains. “A telltale sign to an employer that you’re leaving is that you overhaul your profile, connect with recruiters and have an influx of new people. You can tailor your settings so that your boss doesn’t see that you’re looking for opportunities.”

The privacy settings are easy to find: Just sign in, and then select “settings” from the drop-down menu, where your name appears in the upper right-hand corner.

Skipping the Summary

Once upon a time, people were encouraged to write about their careers in an “objective” summary on a resume. That has gone out of fashion … but not on LinkedIn. “Since you’re writing online, you actually have more space than you would on a traditional paper resume. Think of the summary as a way of selling yourself—it’s an opportunity to express your voice and personality,” Williams explains.

Since so many people are competing for the same jobs with similar educations and qualifications, filling out the summary can give you an edge with a prospective employer. Williams recommends that you write it in the first person to give it energy and personality.

RELATED: Get Networking: Half of Job Openings Aren’t Advertised

Eliminating Past Jobs or Volunteer Work
Even if you’ve changed fields, your latest job isn’t the only important one. “Unlike a resume, where you’re trying to target one page toward a specific position, you should list your entire work history on LinkedIn,” Williams says. “You don’t know what criteria people are looking for, so you want your profile to be as robust as possible. Maybe they’re looking for a teacher with nursing experience or they’re Princetonians looking for fellow alums.”

She even recommends listing odd jobs from your teen years, specifically addressing your responsibilities and accomplishments. “You never know—maybe you were trained as a salesperson at The Gap in high school, and the hiring manager looking at your profile went through the same program and wants you for the skills she knows you learned,” Williams explains.

The same goes for volunteer work: While LinkedIn isn’t a place to describe your every hope and dream, employers know that, in this economy, volunteers can be given real responsibilities. Williams recommends listing any volunteer work the way you would a summer job, elaborating on tasks conquered and skills acquired.

Lurking

Many people think that just having a profile is enough, but employers probably won’t simply stumble across your profile, be struck by your brilliance and offer you a job on the spot. You have to work for it.

“I always recommend joining groups related to your field or even personal interests. It comes in handy! For instance, I’m a new mom and joined a group for them. When I needed an accountant, it turned out there was one in my group who I ended up hiring because of the connection we made over being new moms,” Williams says.

LinkedIn users can also follow companies and keep an eye on who’s coming and going—when you see someone leave a company you want to join, it’s the perfect opportunity to reach out to their HR department.

[Forbes.com]

Samsung Galaxy 3 Beats Apple IPhone To Best Smartphone Award

SKOREA-US-SAMSUNG-APPLE-IT-INTERNET-PATENT-STOCKSSamsung continued a great year last night by picking up the smartphone of year award at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona beating off the challenge of Apple and its iPhone, HTC Droid DNA, Nokia Lumia 920, and Samsung Galaxy Note II. It was one of four major awards for Samsung, compared with none for Apple.

The S2 beat the iPhone 4s at last year’s show.Samsung was device manufacturer of the year and Apple won the tablet category.

In the 2013 entry level/feature hone category Nokia’s Asha won out over three other Nokia phones and the Samsung C3312. Google’s Nexus 7 won the tablet race. You can see all the awards here.

For people interested in car sharing BMW Mini with partners Sixt and Vodafone, won the award for Best Mobile Product or Service for Automotive.

But it is the best smartphone award that carries most kudos. Samsung not only won that. They won best device manufacturer and best Best Mobile Enabled Consumer Electronics Device for the Galaxy camera, and Best Mobile Infrastructure for Smart LTE Networks (they also won the CTO Choice award for their LTE technology).

It rounds off a year in which Samsung has had to defend its reputation against copycat charges in the American courts. And it shows that outside of north America Samsung enjoys widespread admiration among its peers. It remains to be seen, however, whether the run will continue for Samsung with the S4, which seems to be hitting snags.

[Forbes.com]

THE BEST ‘WED AWARDS 2013’ NOMINEE – NWANDOS SIGNATURE .

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Nwandos Signature is a one stop shop for Event Management services and products. We specialize in provision of creative venue decoration services as well as all other support services that will make your events positively memorable and stress-free.

Our exceptional reputation is derived from our dedication to your affair, our attention to fine detail and our desire to always provide more than promised. Our goal is to provide professional and creative event services for you, your guests and clients. With a vast experience in the events and management industry, we have built a solid brand to be reckoned with over the years coupled with our unique service and professionalism having us leave a mark in the Events and Management sector.

We are exceptionally positioned to handle your dream events and put that glittering effects into your occasion making it to be the best ever and leaving you with a long lasting memory never to forget.

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SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK LAGOS 2013: OPEN & CONNECTED !

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February 2013 will mark the first time Social Media Week takes place on the continent of Africa! Social Media Week Lagos brings together thought leaders, creatives, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens from Nigeria -and throughout the continent and the diaspora- to explore how people and organizations are connecting to share new ideas and information.

http://socialmediaweek.org/lagos/

Citychops.com – The online Food ordering service.

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CityChops.com is a free online food ordering
service that allows customers to choose from a
variety of restaurants in Lagos Nigeria and order meals for
pick up or delivery. With times changing and the
need for quick and simple solutions for the average
Nigerian, CityChops.com allows you to order food
from wherever you are.
From the comfort of your home, office or backseat
of your car, 1) select a restaurant, 2) choose your
meal, 3) decide whether you want it to be delivered
or picked up and let us do the rest! Users can search
by location, cuisine, restaurant name or food item
and we’ll filter your options for you. We allow you
the flexibility to pay online or when your food
arrives. It couldn’t be simpler!

http://www.citychops.com

Kleverbeast: The WordPress of Mobile Apps?

For nearly a decade we’ve seen companies like
WordPress, Squarespace, Shopify and Tumblr do
battle for the hearts and minds of non-technical
website builders. The attraction is clear: An online
world that demands a digital presence offers
companies like these a near infinite runway for
growth. Though none have translated their success
into a billion-dollar business—or even $100 million
in sales—there’s an obvious future in providing
website-building tools to civilians.
With the desktop world rapidly transitioning to
mobile, it was only a matter of time before the
trend repeated itself on phones and tablets. A quick
Google search of “make a mobile app” brings up a
slew of unfamiliar company names: Widgetbox,
Appmaker, iBuildApp
. In other words, the race is on.
Another competitor enters the already crowded fray
today. Cofounded by CEO Dinesh Moorjani, the
former head of IAC’s mobile incubator Hatch
Labs, Kleverbeast aims to help non-techies design
apps for iPads and Android tablets.
A tour through the company’s app-making software
reveals a platform that remains intuitive and
enjoyable even while offering broad functionality
and customization. A grandmother would probably
still have some trouble navigating, but anyone
comfortable on the Web should pick it up in a
matter of minutes. Users begin by choosing from
among five templates designed for showcasing art
and photography, building e-commerce stores and
documenting travel. From there, the software takes
you to a ready-made model, filled with content
from actual, working apps. Users can plug in their
own words, photos and videos into the existing
format or tweak layouts to create their own
presentation. While making changes, users can
click “Test App” to run through a working demo on
a tablet via the Kleverbeast viewer.

As this writer spoke to Moorjani during a recent
meeting, VP of marketing Chris Jacob whipped up
and published an app in ten minutes using pictures
he pulled off the Web. Once you get the hang of the
thing, it’s that easy. Chinese artist Zeng Fazhi and
photographer Lawrence Schiller, known for his work
with Norman Mailer and photos of Marilyn Monroe,
are early adopters.
The company runs on a SaaS model, charging $29
per month
for hosting and use of the software. In
comparison, Moorjani points out that the cost of
hiring an iOS or Android developer to make a
mobile app from scratch is generally five-figures.
Kleverbeast also offers monetization tools, like in-
app purchasing for e-commerce stores and ad-
serving for blogs. The 21-person company, based in
the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, has raised $2
million in seed funding and $1.5 million in bridge
financing from an undisclosed set of angel
investors.

[Forbed.com]

Moneyball For Music: The Rise of Next Big Sound

It’s a cloudy midwinter morning at Next Big Sound’s
New York headquarters, and the scene is pure
startup. The walls are exposed brick. The bagels are
free. The music is guilty-pleasure indulgent: ‘N
Sync, in honor of Justin Timberlake’s newly
announced album.
But here they’re not just listening for fun. As the
singer’s falsetto soars over the clatter of ergonomic
keyboards, Next Big Sound’s employees are
quantifying the impact of Timberlake’s news,
counting 308,200 Twitter followers, 335,800
Wikipedia page views and 4.6 million Vevo views
more than the two weeks prior–data that weren’t on
the radar when his last album came out in 2006.
“The consumer in that world heard ‘SexyBack’ on
the radio and went to Virgin Megastore,” says Alex
White
, the 26-year-old who cofounded Next Big
Sound four years ago. “The consumer now goes to
Spotify and streams Justin Timberlake’s entire back
catalog and then follows him on Twitter to see real-
time updates and watch his behind-the-scenes
YouTube videos. It’s a totally different consumer
experience, but the industry still needs to track that
behavior.”
White’s company is the one doing the tracking.
Think Moneyball , but for music. Next Big Sound
takes all the data spewing into the ether–Pandora
spins, Facebook likes, digital downloads–and
packages them into one central dashboard. For $20
per artist per month, the Billy Beanes of the music
world (managers, concert promoters and label
executives) can access the service in hopes of
finding the next Nick Swisher (or Justin
Timberlake).
The music business is ripe for disruption. According
to one study, artist discovery and development is a
$4.5 billion industry, and Next Big Sound removes
some of the guesswork. For example, the company
has found that musicians who gain 20,000 to 50,000
Facebook fans in one month are four times more
likely to eventually reach 1 million. With data like
that, Next Big Sound promises to predict album
sales within 20% accuracy for 85% of artists, giving
labels a clearer idea of return on investment.
“The market is under pressure to become more
efficient,” says Foundry Group’s Jason Mendelson,
an investor who, along with IA Ventures and others,
has helped Next Big Sound amass $7.5 million in
venture funding.
Just as advanced analytics took time to infiltrate
baseball’s wizened ranks, Next Big Sound’s
numbers weren’t universally accepted by
executives who’ve long touted their “golden ears.”
But White’s data finally have them listening. He’s
got multimillion-dollar deals with two of the three
major record companies, and with many sublabels
of the third.
“In the past year most labels have started using
tools like this,” says Jason Feinberg, vice president
of digital strategy at Epitaph Records. “Next Big
Sound is kind of leaving them all in the dust.”
White, who grew up playing three musical
instruments, seems ideally suited to run the show.
In college at Northwestern he majored in
organizational change with a minor in business and
a concentration at the music school. During his
senior year he came up with a site that would let
anyone create his or her own fantasy label–and
discover “the next big sound.” The first user to sign,
say, Justin Timberlake would get points for every
virtual mogul who signed him subsequently.
After raising $25,000 in angel investments, White
ditched a job with Pricewaterhouse Coopers to build
out his brainchild. He and cofounders David
Hoffman
and Samir Rayani landed a slot at startup
incubator Tech Stars in Boulder, Colo., but their idea
died on arrival. “We didn’t know how to build it into
a big business,” says White. “We were almost out
of money, and we wanted to switch to something …
but we didn’t know what we wanted to switch to.”
On a whim they decided to see what would happen
if they started tracking streaming music. From 2
a.m. to 8 a.m. on June 5, 2009 they recorded the
number of plays for Akon on MySpace–and awoke
to find the singer had logged half a million plays
overnight, an order of magnitude more than they’d
expected. That turned into a free weekly e-mail
report to industry insiders; by the following summer
they had an audience in the tens of thousands and
officially launched Next Big Sound.
After Foundry led a seed round of just under $1
million in September 2009, White went to work on
winning industry players like music consultant Mike
“Goon” McGinley, who said Next Big Sound would
never work. Then White sent him numbers that
showed the inefficacy of a Live Nation ad campaign
run on behalf of Tom Petty, one of McGinley’s
clients. Goon changed his tune. White discovered
this when he received a call from an irate Live
Nation executive: “How the hell did Goon get these
numbers? We need to have this to be protected.”
Later that year Live Nation bought Next Big Sound’s
chief competitor, BigChampagne, for an
undisclosed sum. That makes sense: Both
companies offer intelligence on where an artist’s
music is being played, which helps when planning
tours (Jay-Z, for instance, used Spotify data to
guide where to play shows in the U.K.). Next Big
Sound could be an attractive buyout target, too. It’s
already pulling in seven figures annually and
expects to be profitable by the end of 2013.
Meanwhile, there are numbers to crunch, and the
company’s ranks are swelling with new hires,
poached from the likes of Apple, Microsoft, William
Morris, the NSA and even the New York Yankees.
White remains mindful of his company’s Moneyball
heritage–he took his board of directors to see the
film the day it came out.
“Data has transformed industries before,” says
Alex White. “Music’s the next one.”

The World in 2033: Big Thinkers And Futurists Share Their Thoughts

Put yourself back in 1993. Could you have
predicted the success of the web, tablets and
smartphones, privatized space travel, the rise of
terrorism, or the myriad of small changes that
impact how you live today? To do that going
forward and to predict our world in 2033, you need
the voices of the smartest minds on the planet to
spot trends in their areas of discipline and give us
insight into where we are heading. Interviewed,
and quoted directly for this piece are just such a
group of visionaries, leaders, and big thinkers like:
Ray Kurzweil on Technology
Robert Kaplan on Global Conflict
Khan Academy on Education
Virgin Galactic on Space Travel
Oliver Bussmann on The Global Workforce
John Allen on Religion
Dr. Gene Robinson on Global Climate, and
Bonus insights from an aspiring leader
Whether you just read your favorite author, research your area of interest, download the supplemental deck, or view them all together, you will see that these visionaries agree on two things: there will be change – sometime dramatic change –
in our future, and there is . . . hope.
On Technology: Ray Kurzweil
“20 years from now, biotechnology –
reprogramming biology as an information
process – will be in a mature phase. We will
routinely turn off genes that promote disease and
aging such as the fat insulin receptor gene that tells
the fat cells to hold onto excess fat. We will be
able to add genes that protect us from diseases
such as cancer and heart disease. Major killers
such as these will be under control. We will be
growing new organs from stem cells that are
created from our own skin cells. We will be able to
rejuvenate our organs in place by gradually
replacing aging cells that contain genetic errors and
short telomeres with cells containing our own DNA
but without errors and with extended telomeres.
Overall we will be adding more than a year every
year to your own remaining life expectancy, which
will represent a turning point in life extension.
We will be online all the time in virtual / augmented
reality. We won’t be looking at devices such as
tablets and phones. Rather, computer displays will
be fully integrated with real reality. Three-
dimensional pop ups in your visual field of view will
give background information about the people you
see, even a tip that someone just smiled at you
while you weren’t looking. The virtual display can
fully replace your real field of view putting you into
a totally convincing fully immersive virtual
environment. In these virtual environments, you
can be a different person with a different body for
each occasion. Your interactions with the realistic
virtual projections of other people will also be
completely convincing.
Search engines won’t wait for you to ask for
information. They will know you like a friend and
will be aware of your concerns and interests at a
detailed level. So it will pop up periodically and
offer something like “You’ve expressed concern
about Vitamin B12 getting into your cells, here’s
new research from four seconds ago that provides a
new approach to doing that.” You’ll be able to talk
things over with your computer, clarifying your
needs and requests just like you’re talking with a
human assistant.
Artificially intelligent entities will be operating at
human levels meaning they will have the same
ability to get the joke, to be funny, to be sexy, to be
romantic. However, the primary application of this
technology will be to improve our own ability to do
these things.”
Raymond “Ray” Kurzweil is an American author,
inventor, futurist, and director of engineering at
Google. For additional insights, go to
http://www.kurzweilai.net
On Global Conflict: Robert D. Kaplan
“In 2033, global conflict will be widespread and
chaotic, but not necessarily more violent. Rather
than the post-Ottoman state system in the Middle
East with hard borders and suffocating central
control, there will be a series of weak states and
sectarian and ethnic regions in tense relationships
with each other. For example, Mosul in Iraq will
have more in common with Damascus in Syria than
with Baghdad, even as Aleppo in Syria has more in
common with Baghdad in Iraq than with Damascus
itself. There will be an independent and
decentralized Kurdistan, a more feisty ethnic Azeri
region in northwestern Iran, even as Jordan and the
West Bank meld together.
In China there will be an ethnic-Han island in the
center and Pacific coast living in reasonable
harmony with virtually independent Inner Mongolia,
Muslim-Turkic Uighurstan, and Tibet. Chinese
Yunnan will be the capital of Southeast Asia. Africa
will have a green revolution, while at the same
time Nigeria pulverizes into several pieces.
In short, the next few decades will see the erosion
of central authority in the former colonial world,
which will be somewhat violent at first, before
settling down into a reasonable harmony.
Geography will be more crucial than ever, even as
technology makes the earth smaller and more
claustrophobic.”
Robert David Kaplan is an American journalist,
(currently a National Correspondent for The Atlantic
magazine), chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor,
and author “The Revenge of Geography.” For
additional insights, go to http://www.RobertDKaplan.com.
On Education: Khan Academy
“Global Access: In twenty years, almost everyone
on the planet will have access to the world’s best
educational materials. Almost every subject will be
available for free online. A child in Mongolia would
be able to learn anything from Algebra to String
Theory to Greek History.
Personalized learning: Students won’t be forced to
learn in a “one-size-fits-all” model with everyone
the same age learning the same thing at once.
Rather, technology will allow the system to adjust
to every student’s needs. A 35-year old would
easily be able to brush up on Trigonometry. A 4th
grader would be able to learn Algebra. Everyone
will be able to focus on their own needs.
Interactive classrooms: Teachers will spend less
time lecturing, and much more time mentoring.
Classrooms will be highly engaging environments
with almost all time spent on valuable human
interactions (e.g., mentorship, peer tutoring) and
more hands-on, cross-disciplinary, project-based
learning.
Competency-based credentials: Students will be
able to prove what they know, not by seat-time, but
with competency-based credentials. An out-of-work
40 year old would not need to go back to school and
pile up thousands of dollars of debt before
employers took him seriously. Instead, he would be
able to take an accounting course online for free,
prove what he knows, and get a job.”
Shantanu Sinha is President and COO of Khan
Academy, a not-for-profit with the goal of changing
education for the better by providing a free world-
class education for anyone anywhere. For additional
insights, go to http://www.khanacademy.org.
On Space Travel: Virgin Galactic
“Over the next 20 years, I believe thousands, and
perhaps even millions, of private individuals will
travel to space. Since the dawn of the space age,
just over 500 men and women have been to outer
space. With only a few recent exceptions, these
men and women have all been government
employees, handpicked by space agencies such as
NASA and trained to an enormous degree. Their
missions are worthwhile and worthy of our
gratitude and admiration, but it is critical to realize
that for the overwhelming majority of us,
government space programs are not our ticket to
space. The challenge of sending individuals to
space is being taken up by private companies,
which have both tools and motives those
government agencies may not have. Recently,
several entrepreneurs have started new businesses
expressly designed to tackle this problem.
Such future space travel won’t be enjoyed only by
adventurers. As we progress through the
21st century, spaceflight may become nearly as
common for travelers as taking a plane trip became
for millions across the world during the 20th. The
technology that permits flights into space will also
allow passengers to fly to far-flung places on Earth
in record time. By traveling out of the Earth’s
atmosphere for a small amount of time, a non-stop
trip from New York to Sydney might take two to
three hours instead of the 20-hour, multi-leg trip
required today. Furthermore, I believe air travel will
be more environmentally friendly. Airlines ferrying
passengers on regional routes will run small, short-
hop planes on battery cells.
Now is a fascinating time for the commercial space
industry. It is inspiring to see business leaders from
different sectors applying their best ideas and
practices to the unique challenges of spaceflight.
The next 20 years hold exciting, unexplored
territory for the people of the world.”
George Whitesides is President and CEO of Virgin
Galactic with plans to provide sub-orbital
spaceflights to space tourists, suborbital launches
for space science missions and orbital launches of
small satellites. For additional insights, go to
http://www.VirginGalactic.com.
On The Global Workforce: Oliver Bussmann
“Over the past 20 years we have gone from the
early stages of Internet to a fully connected world.
By 2033, a “born-mobile” workforce will be
constantly connected to both work and home life,
using devices that are wearable – or even
implantable. Collaboration with others around the
world will be as natural as speaking, and physical
workspaces will be strictly optional.
Leadership structures will become increasingly flat,
as roles shift based on each individual’s strengths
and capabilities. Many decisions will become
automated, using increasingly sophisticated
analytical tools, allowing people to focus on
creative endeavors that are uniquely human.”
Oliver Bussmann is the CIO for SAP AG, the
German multinational software corporation that
makes enterprise software to manage business
operations and customer relations. For additional
insights, follow Oliver on Twitter @SAPCIO or on
LinkedIn
On Religion And The Papacy: John Allen
“First, it will be increasingly led from the global
south, where two-thirds of the 1.1 billion Catholics
on the planet live today, and where three-quarters
will be found by mid-century. Places such as
Mumbai, Manila and Abuja will be to the 21st
century what Paris, Leuven and Milan were to the
16th century – the primary centers of new
intellectual imagination, pastoral leadership, and
political momentum. As that transition unfolds,
Catholicism on the global stage will become
increasingly a church of the poor and a church
committed to the agenda of the developing world,
meaning economic justice, multilateralism, and
opposition to war.
Second, Catholicism in the West will be increasingly
‘evangelical,’ meaning committed to defense of its
traditional identity in an ever more secular milieu.
Once upon a time, Catholicism was the culture-
shaping majority in the West. Today it’s an
embattled subculture, and like other subcultures,
it’s learning to practice a “politics of identity” as an
antidote to assimilation. In Europe and North
America, in other words, Catholicism will not soften
its role in the culture wars, but rather dial it up.”
John L. Allen, Jr. is an American journalist, author of
several books, a senior correspondent for
the National Catholic
Reporter, and vaticanologist of CNN and NPR. For
additional insights, go to his Wikipedia page.
On Global Warming: Gene Robinson
“Twenty years ago, alarmists were already
predicting calamitous effects in the near future
from a warming planet due mainly to petroleum
and coal combustion. The 1990 best-seller Dead
Heat painted a nightmarish picture of our world in
2020-2030 when the temperature would average
six or seven degrees greater. The first IPCC reports
of 1990 and 1995 supported such scary scenarios,
giving them an aura of scientific respectability.
What actually happened is that the mean global
temperature since 1993 increased about 0.2 degree
C through 2012 with most of that occurring in the
record year of 1998, at the peak of a thirty-year
warming trend. Since then, the global temperature
has plateaued with no clear trend up or down.
Because the flattening is at the high point of a
warming trend, each year has to be among the
warmest recorded years, as the media tirelessly
trumpets. What a convenient way to mask the fact
that although CO2 has continued to increase,
temperature has not, in spite of the computer
models.
What, then, can we project for global warming in
2033? Instead of the abrupt warming that alarmists
always say is about to start, my rather cloudy
crystal ball says global temperature is more likely
to continue showing no clear trend or to be at the
beginning of a cooling trend. Alarmists will continue
to blame every severe weather event on climate
change and to oppose all energy projects except
solar and wind. All studies supporting the alarmist
view will continue to be publicized in the liberal
media while all studies reaching conclusions in
opposition will be ignored. Liberal politicians will
still support schemes to tax carbon by trying to
scare people of what will happen without them,
even as the skepticism of ordinary people
continues to increase. Grants will still be doled out
to scientists whose previous results supported the
politically correct view while proposals from
skeptics go unfunded. In short, just as little has
changed with regard to the politicizing of the global
warming theory in the last twenty years, little is
likely to change in the next twenty.”
Dr. Gene D. Robinson is Professor Emeritus at
James Madison University in Virginia and author of
Global Warming: Alarmists, Skeptics & Deniers – A
Geoscientist Looks at the Science of Climate
Change, available at Amazon and most book stores.
He is also the publisher at Moonshine Cove
Publishing, LLC.
Bonus Thoughts From A Future Leader
“In the next two decades I believe my childhood
desire to be Inspector Gadget will finally be
realized. As it is now, our smartphones are
practically glued to our hands. They are almost an
extension of our bodies. People are calling for the
next step in technology to be ‘wearables,’ including
devices such as web-enabled watches and
eyeglasses. But is it really that far of a stretch to
imagine that we’d skip the annoyance of having to
“put on” our technology and instead just “plug in?”
By 2033 I believe that technological devices will be
directly implanted into our bodies. We are already
on the cusp of this with cochlear implants and
pacemakers, and it isn’t a stretch to see where this
could go next. In our future society, the boundaries
between machine and human, ability and disability,
will be blurred. Go Go Gadget…”

[Forbes.com]

5 Hot African Tech Start-ups To Watch In 2013

There has never been a more exciting time in
Africa’s tech start-up community. The sector has
reached an unprecedented level of maturity and
growth. Africa’s techies and developers are no
longer building mobile apps, software and websites
just for the love of it; they are adopting a rather
aggressive approach towards business planning,
commercialization and profitability.
Take IrokoTV, for example. The digital distributor of
Nigerian movies has famously been dubbed the
‘Netflix of Africa’. When it launched in December
2010, IrokoTV depended solely on Google’s partner
program for all its revenue. Not anymore. While
IrokoTV is home to thousands of free movies, in
May this year, Jason Njoku, the company’s
maverick founder, announced that the company
would start charging users a $5 monthly
subscription fee to access brand new movies.
Similarly, Nairaland.com, Africa’s largest discussion
forum, historically depended solely on Google Ads
for its revenue. It ditched Google Adwords a couple
of months ago to start selling ads directly on its
platform.
Commercialization aside, innovation still reigns
supreme in Africa’s tech community. While some
African techies are still developing leisure games
and mobile applications (like the remarkable
MALIYO Games,which creates casual browser
games to share the experiences of everyday
Africans with a global audience), others are creating
disruptive new inventions that are providing
solutions to some of the continent’s most pressing
socioeconomic problems.
In my opinion, here are 5 spectacular African
tech start-ups that are most likely to shake up the
continent’s tech industry in 2013:
mVerified
mVerified is a Kenyan mobile and web-based app
that verifies the authenticity of documents such as
title deeds, car log books and graduation
certificates in the course of transactions. The app
simply works by checking the credentials of
documents against data stored by Kenyan
governmental agencies such as the Kenya Revenue
Authority and the Kenya National Examinations
Council. Documents that fail to correspond to
official records are instantly flagged as potential
counterfeits. mVerified can be accessed online via
WAP or GPRS-enabled phones. While the system is
free to download as an Android application, it costs
roughly $7 to make a verification inquiry.
Mara Online
Mara was founded by Ugandan multi-millionaire
tycoon Ashish J. Thakkar in 2012. Mara Online,
which is Africa’s first online mentorship social
network, connects young, budding African
entrepreneurs to established, prominent enterprises
and businessmen who serve as mentors. The
mentors on the network transfer knowledge and
experience to the upstart entrepreneurs in order to
help them transform their ideas into sustainable
enterprises.
Kuluya.com
Kuluya is a developer and publisher of online
games based in Lagos, Nigeria. The startup
develops Nigerian-centric games with substantial
focus on African characters and themes. Kuluya
already has over 100 games in its portfolio with
such quirky titles as Monkey Run, Bush Meat and
Zulu and Mosquito. Earlier this year Kuluya raised
$250,000 from institutional investors. According to
Loy Okezie, publisher of Techloy, arguably Africa’s
most authoritative tech blog, Kuluya is poised to
‘provide an ultimate African gaming experience and
change the continent’s gaming landscape.’ All
Kuluya games are web browser games, for now.
BudgIT
BudgIT is a civic start-up developed by the team at
Co-Creation Hub (CcHub), Nigeria’s premier tech
incubator. The idea behind BudgIT is simple, yet
profound: to make Nigerian government budgets &
public data more understandable, accessible and
transparent. BudgIT leverages an interactive
platform and creative tools such as infographics
and charts to break down government budget
allocations in its simplest and most basic form to
enable Nigerians at all levels to understand the
budget better, thereby stimulating conversations
about open governance, data transparency and
citizen participation in governance.
CorruptionNET
Founded by Nimi Hoffmann, a South African social
science graduate student at Oxford University,
CorruptionNET is an open-source mobile platform
that allows citizen reporters to file anonymous
journalistic reports to newsrooms about corruption
and abuse of public resources. Citizen reporters can
report via SMS or MXit, an African social network.

[Forbes.com].

Facebook May Soon Be Tracking You At All Times

Facebook already knows who all of your friends are,
when you broke up with your last girlfriend/
boyfriend and what you did or wish you didn’t do on
spring break last year. But if that wasn’t
enough, Facebook may soon be tracking you at all
times.
Bloomberg reported on Monday that Facebook is
“developing a smartphone application that will
track the location of users … even when the
program isn’t open on a handset.” The purpose of
such an app is to help Facebookers find friends
when they’re out and about. Such an app,
Bloomberg said, could be used to sell ads based off
of where users go. It’s something that will be of
huge value to advertisers, but may not go down
easy with users for obvious privacy reasons.
Yes, the thought of Facebook knowing where you’re
spending the rest of your time that you’re not
wasting on the social networking site is a disturbing
thought, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Facebook users have already been voluntarily
“Checking-In” to the social networking site to
update statuses with a current location. This new
app will take this idea into a more extreme
direction and remove the voluntary part of the
equation. It will be interesting to see what users are
OK with Facebook knowing where they are some of
the time, but not all of the time. Then there’s
similar apps by Apple and Google that track and
record user’s locations in order to share with
friends.
In an effort to increase its mobile product, while
also increasing revenue across all platforms, a
Facebook tracking app makes a lot of sense —
though it may be better for the social networking
site’s advertisers rather than its users.
The most disturbing part of Bloomberg’s report is
that Facebook may have already gained permission
from its users to run such an application. This would
mean that there would be no notification asking if
Facebook could use your location, which all apps
must do in accordance with Apple’s.
This app is scheduled for release around mid-
march

[Forbes.com]

How Advertisers Made The Super Bowl Power Outage Work For Them

Call it the Super Bowl of real-time marketing.
Savvy advertisers quickly took to Twitter tonight to
capitalize on the unexpected power outage during
this year’s Super Bowl. “We do carry candles,”
Walgreens tweeted when the power went out at the
Super Bowl. “We also sell lights.” Oreo tweeted,
“Power out? No problem,” posting an ad that
finished, “You can still dunk in the dark.”
Meanwhile, Tide tweeted, “We can’t get your #
blackout, but we can get your stains out,” posting
its own ad. Audi took a direct hit at competitor and
Superdome naming rights-holder Mercedes-Benz
with this tweet: “Sending some LEDs to the @
mbusa Superdome right now…”
They and other marketers responded to–indeed,
capitalized on–an unprecedented event with instant
on-brand communication.
“This is an example of the new world of marketing
where things happen so fast, where brands respond
real time to the environment,” said Tim Calkins, a
marketing professor at the Kellogg School of
Management. “In the Super Bowl tonight we saw
advertisers respond to other advertisers–for
example, right after Mio runs their spot,
SodaStream puts out a tweet that says, ‘ @
makeitmio is delicious in SodaStream! Try it
sometime.’ Everybody is responding incredibly fast.
This is a huge change. It used to be you created a
Super Bowl ad and you were done. Now what’s
happening is marketers are generating content and
interacting with people all throughout the game,”
he said.
“What was nice about the power outage is
everybody jumped on their mobile devices when
the power went out and everybody started talking
about the game but moreso about the ads, which
was a positive development because it gave the
early advertisers an even bigger impact,” Calkins
said. It’s a consequence of marketing’s speed that
during the Super Bowl advertisers are creating new
messages every few minutes.
What are the implications on the Super Bowl as an
ad stage? “The Super Bowl provides a platform and
prompts a discussion,” Calkins said. “A Super Bowl
ad is a ticket to participate in all of these
discussions, because very few people are talking
about brands that aren’t on the Super Bowl tonight.
the brands on the super bowl–either good or bad–
are being talked about. what it says is marketing is
really changing because you have to respond so
fast. getting a supper bowl ad is important but its
just the first step.
So how can brands measure the ROI of instant
advertising? “It’s very tough, but it’s very smart,”
Calkins said. “When SodaStream is out there
commenting on other people’s ads, it’s just a way
to multiply the effect of your spending.”

[Forbes.com]

The Best And Worst Super Bowl XLVII Commercials Of 2013

The Baltimore Ravens overcame both a blackout
within the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and a
second-half comeback attempt by their opponents
to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super
Bowl XLVII.
Among the game’s biggest winners will be Joe
Flacco. The MVP-winning quarterback, an
unrestricted free agent this off-season, will likely
see his annual salary jump to $15-18 million from
his current $6 million annual take.
But which corporations scored big with their
advertisements? At an average cost of $3.8 million
per 30-second spot, which companies scored
season-winning touchdowns…and which companies
fumbled the ball in front of a world audience?
Dr. Pat’s Unofficial Assessments of Super
Bowl XLVII Commercials
BEST COMMERCIAL…Mercedes-Benz “Soul“,
featuring Willem Dafoe, Kate Upton, Usher, and a
man tempted by the dark side but who ultimately
feels confident than he can comfortably afford his
new Mercedes without signing his soul away to
Devil Dafoe.
MOST LIKELY TO EVOKE A TEAR…Budweiser’s
“Brotherhood”, about a man who raised a
Clydesdale, saw him leave the farm, watched him
trot during a parade in Chicago thinking that his 4-
legged friend hadn’t seen him, only for the horse to
dramatically track the man down before he drove
back to his farm. If you weren’t welling up just a
bit when the man and horse unite in the street, you
have problems.
4 FUNNY COMMERCIALS (in no particular order):
(1) Audi’s “Prom”, where a dateless young man
shows that getting to drive his dad’s Audi to the
prom is worth getting a black-eye administered by
the prom king after stealing a kiss from the prom
queen.
(2) Best Buy’s “Asking Amy”, where comedian Amy
Poehler plays part goofy, part cougar while being
escorted about a Best Buy by a helpful young man.
(3) Tide’s “Miracle Stain”, as a fan discovers a stain
of Joe Montana’s face on his shirt, framed the shirt,
gains tremendous notoriety, only to have his
Ravens-loving wife has washed the stain out of the
shirt.
(4) Kia’s “Space Babies“, as a man’s elaborate
explanation to his inquisitive son that babies come
from outer space is not readily received by the
young boy.
Honorable mentions include Toyota’s spot with
Kaley Cuoco, the promotion of Milk by The Rock,
the Volkswagen ad with unsuspecting accents and
attitudes, Taco Bell’s spot with members of a
retirement community partying across town and
ending up making a late night run for the border,
Speed Stick’s spot where the guy caught with a
girl’s panties at the laundromat talks himself out of
but then back into trouble, and Samsung’s spot with
Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.
LEAST IMPRESSIVE COMMERCIAL RELEASE
Budweiser’s Black Crown. There was no flash, but
no play on emotion either. Just a routine pitch to
what appears to be an upscale market. Very basic
and unimaginative.
WORST SOUND EFFECT
Bar Refaeli kissing a nerd for Go Daddy. The lip-
smacking from their smooching sounded like an
elderly man with dry-mouth syndrome while
walking vigorously through the desert.
BLATANT COPYCAT MOMENT
Oreo. Regarding their theme of a library fight in
which everyone must keep it down amidst all the
violence, this is akin to the scene in The Other Guys
where a similar fight breaks out at the wake of 2
recently departed cops.
MOST OVERPLAYED COMMERCIAL THEME
E-trade babies. Guys, this concept cycle has
expired. Time to move onto a new concept.

[Forbes.com]

How BlackBerry Can Beat Apple And Return 400% To Investors

Yesterday, with great fanfare, BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Z10 were introduced. Z10 is a touch screen phone and Q10 has the traditional BlackBerry keypad.

It is undisputed that BlackBerry does not come close to matching Apple’s ecosystem. However, Z10 and iPhone, when compared based on their specifications, are about even. Undoubtedly, both Apple as well as BlackBerry fans will take issue with the foregoing statement.

I am not in the business of recommending phones but rather in the business of uncovering investments that yield handsome returns. The main question for me is ‘How can BlackBerry beat Apple and generate a 400% return for investors?’

In my analysis, if BlackBerry stays on its present course, beating Apple and generating handsome returns is an uphill battle. However, there is an easy way for BlackBerry to outdo Apple where it counts.

It is no secret that Apple has a big problem in emerging markets. Apple products are simply too expensive for the masses in these markets. Apple cannot ignore emerging markets for two reasons. First, the growth is in emerging markets. Second, Apple has nearly saturated the developed world.

Unlike the United States, where some snobs would rather not be seen with a BlackBerry, BlackBerry remains popular in emerging markets.

There are plenty of Asian phone manufacturers capable of producing decent phones at low cost for emerging markets. To date such manufacturers have mostly relied on Google Android.

What if BlackBerry were to start licensing its BB10 operating system to the likes of Samsung, HTC, ZTE, and Huawei? These companies appear to be eager to reduce their dependence on Android and are likely to be eager licensees of BB10, and have proven capable of quickly flooding markets emerging markets with attractive phones. In the blink of an eye, Apple will be beat in the markets where it counts.

What will BlackBerry get out of such a licensing arrangement? Licensing will generate significant royalties and much faster proliferation of BB10.

From an investment perspective, BlackBerry will be treated mostly as a software company. Growing software companies are accorded very high P/Es. There are no direct comparisons in the mobile operating system. However, analyzing some other companies is instructive. Let’s take a look at Red Hat. Red Hat provides open source software solutions to enterprises worldwide. Red Hat trades at a trailing P/E of 73.

Salesforce.com, the granddaddy of cloud based application software trades at a forward P/E of 88.

Hardware companies such as Nokia are traditionally accorded low P/Es.

In the foregoing scenario, BlackBerry can easily earn $1.70 per share and at a P/E of 30, much lower than that of growing software companies, the stock will return about 400%.

Of course, painting a scenario is a lot easier than executing that scenario. In my 30 years in the markets, the only way I have found to catch opportunities before Wall Street is to do many, many painstakingly detailed scenario analyses ahead of the time. Such advance analyses is the key to reading the tea leaves correctly from new developments as they come to pass and act with conviction quickly and early.

[Forbes.com]

The 1-Click Shopping – BuyCommonthings.Com

1 click1-Click, also called one-click or one-click buying, is the technique of allowing customers to make online purchases with a single click, with the payment information needed to complete the purchase already entered by the user previously. More particularly, it allows an online shopper using an internet marketplace to purchase an item without having to use shopping cart software. Instead of manually inputting billing and shipping information for a purchase, a user can use one-click buying to use a predefined address and credit card number to purchase one or more items.
This new style of shopping online has been made popular by the best online grocery company in Nigeria BuyCommonThings.com and they are now putting words into action by commencing a schedule delivery of purchased goods to their esteemed clients who have signed up through their channel and also have indicated their willingness to participate and also shop regularly.
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9 Top Twitter Tips You Can Start Using Today

Tweetstats_Wordle-300x17213Is Twitter going mainstream? Whether you are a Twitter newbie or an old pro, Twitter is still a mystery to a great many business professionals.

I think Twitter is an amazing tool. I have been on Twitter for almost 4 years. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey (@jack) sent his 1st tweet over 6 years ago!

In the course of those nearly 4 years, I have interacted with some of the smartest business and marketing people on the planet. I have learned more than I ever thought possible and I have forged relationships all over the world.

So I thought it was a good time to share some of my top Twitter Tips (and not to brag with stats that mean nothing to anyone) … I hope you find these helpful and please add your own twitter tips in the comments below

Twitter Tip 1: Listen Before You Tweet
I am no crazy expert like Scott Stratten (@Unmarketing) who wrote one of the most shared blog posts ever about his 50,000 tweets, but in looking at my Tweetstats, I noticed something interesting: I waited 3 months before sending a single tweet. Then in October of 2009, I sent 55.

I watched. And I listened. I followed early adopters like Chip Rodgers (@ChipRodgers) and Mark Yolton (@MarkYolton) from my own company, but also Scott and Mark Schaefer (@markwschaefer) and many, many others. Then I jumped in with both tweet (sorry couldn’t resist).

Twitter Tip 2: Share Great Content
Twitter is an amazing mechanism for distributing news, tips, blogs and other types of information. I am somewhat voracious about my desire to scan, filter and share great content. And to me, this is the greatest way to gain followers and become known as a valuable content curation source for your audience.

Twitter Tip 3: Engage With People
Twitter is an amazing information channel, but it’s real power comes from the ability to interact with people in real-time, from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Looking for someone to follow who really understands engagement? Follow Aaron Lee (@AskAaronLee) from Malaysia. Aaron has over 342,000 followers but somehow finds a way to connect with lots of people all the time.

Twitter Tip 4: Find Your Voice
If you are interested in business, cats and knitting, then you should find a way to build that in to your tweeting habits. It’s important to define your goals for being on twitter and then to find your voice in support of that.

By sharing content about topics you are interested in, you will attract an audience with similar interests. Then you can slowly become more influential within that community.

Twitter Tip 5: Have Good Manners
I always say “thank you” in social media. I also try to follow back everyone of my followers who looks like a real person, has a real bio filled out, a profile picture and interacts with others.

So make sure you fill out your profile. Load up your picture. Explain where you work, what you are interested in and anything else important. Include a link to your blog or Linkedin profile.

If you read my top tweeted words over the course of my 4 years on twitter from the image above and string them together, they would read:

RT Thx Social Media Marketing Great RTs B2B Content Business Blog

Twitter Tip 6: Mix It Up
Sometimes I follow all the people who RT me. Other times, I thank them. Other times I RT one of their tweets. And other times, I will go and comment on one of their great blog posts. I try to find different ways to engage with people and test new approaches.

Also, make sure you follow some version of the 4-1-1 or 9-1-1 rule (depending on your goals), where you share 4 or 9 articles from other people, and engage in 1 conversation, for each (1) self-promotional tweet you send.

I try to be more like 9-9-1 (9 articles from others, 9 @ replies for each 1 link to one of my blog articles) but you should find what works for you.

Twitter Tip 7: Use Twitter Tools
I rely heavily on Twitter Lists to filter accounts into important groups like “people I work with,” “great bloggers and media accounts” and other important segments. I use Tweetdeck and the columns to scan my lists and schedule posts. I use Triberr to curate great blog posts to share from others. I use Buffer when there is just too much great stuff out there and I want to spread my sharing out over a few days.

The trick with using tools is not to over-rely on them. I am not a fan of total twitter automation and will always use Twitter to engage with people on a personal level.

Twitter Tip 8: Use Hashtags Sparingly
Hashtags are a great way to have your content exposed to people outside your circle, but try not to over-use them because it feels a little SPAM-ish to me. You should know what hashtags to use and when to use them for the greatest effect.

Twitter Tip 9: Attend As Many Tweetchats As Your Time Permits
When I first started, I participated in a lot of Tweetchats. I found them to be a great way to find people with similar interests and to engage on topics I was interested in. I don’t always have the time, but tweetchats are a great tool.

Samsung Moves Past Apple To Be World’s No. 1 Chip Customer

Gartner-chip-marketSamsung in 2012 surpassed Apple to become the world’s leading buyer of semiconductor products, according to new data from Gartner.

The two companies combined consumed $45.3 billion of semiconductors in 2012, Gartner says, up $7.9 billion from a year ago, and accounting for 15.2% of the total market. Samsung was 8% of the chip market last year, while Apple was 7.2% of the market. They were followed by Hewlett-Packard (4.7% of the market), Dell (2.9%) and Sony (2.7%). Rounding out the top 10 were Lenovo, Toshiba, LG, Cisco and Nokia.

The 10 largest customers combined accounted for 36% of the worldwide semiconductor market.

“Although Samsung and Apple continue to go from strength to strength, other leading electronic equipment makers fared less well, and six of the top 10 reduced their demand in 2012,” Masatsune Yamaji, principal research analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. “In addition to a weak macroeconomic situation, a dramatic change in consumer demand contributed to a reduction in semiconductor demand in 2012. The PC market still represented the largest sector for chip demand, but desktop and mobile PCs did not sell well, as consumers’ interest shifted to new mobile computing devices like smartphones and media tablets. This shift caused a substantial decrease in semiconductor demand in 2012, as the semiconductor content of a smartphone or a media tablet is far less than that of a PC.”