It’s possible the iPhone launch on Friday 29 June is more hype than substance – indeedthecurrent poll we’re running on R/WW has only 20% of respondants interested in buyingan iPhone as soon as it’s released! 41% have no plans to buy one and a further 18% saidthey’ll never buy one. The poll is below, if you’d like to have your say. Nevertheless,there is a flurry ofweb development activity around the iPhone. One of the more surprising aspects ofthis is that enterprise apps are being built for, or ported to, the iPhone.iZoho announced We mentioned in our previous post that CRM provider Etelos had created aniPhone version of its product. Today Zoho has announced an iPhoneversion of their Web Office suite, called (naturally enough) iZoho. It currently allows users to view documents,spreadsheets and presentations. As of now, only documents can be edited. And Zoho hasn’tactually tested this on iPhone yet, so they say they will add more features “after we getto play with iPhone.”The big question around all of this is: how much adoption will the iPhone get in theenterprise? We know that the iPhone will be mostly a consumer play, as with the majorityof Apple products. But on the other hand, the Blackberry has been an enormous success inthe enterprise. In many ways, the iPhone will compete with the Blackberry – and italready looks to have much better Web support. Zoho noted this about iPhone in their blog post:“…a device with a big screen, built in Wi-Fi, good usability and a full fledgedbrowser will only improve the chances of practically using web apps on a mobiledevice.”Raju Vegesna from Zoho told me they don’t have a version for Blackberry and that developing Zoho for theBlackberry would be much more difficult. “iPhone was easy because we didn’t do lots ofchanges”, Raju said, “we just supported Safari. But that’s not thecase with Blackberry. We’d have to do a specific version for it, as it is not a fullfledged browser.”Conclusion: Watch out Blackberry!In response to a question from Simon Leyland about business use of the iPhone in ourprevious post, a commenter named Dan responded:“Simon, I am not sure that iPhones will be less desirable than Blackberry’s to theEnterprise. The Exec. and outside sales teams seem to be ideal for browser-based appsthat get them their data. Why not? I have been using a Blackberry for years and ready totry something new. I would love to get at my data from a smaller device than a laptop.But I may be the exception to the rule.”I think Dan is right and there will be demand from businesses for the iPhone, despitethe higher price. The iPhone has better Web support than the Blackberry and by allaccounts is easier to use (although we won’t know for sure till Friday). What do youthink – will there be demand in the enterprise for the iPhone? How will this affectBlackberry? Tags:#Analysis#Apple#web#Web Office richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Tags:#Guest Posts#spending#startups#yec How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture scott gerber Related Posts Top 25 Black Friday Deals for Techies in 2019 Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.Cutting out unnecessary spending is always a good idea, whether you’re running a profitable business or trying to lengthen your runway at a startup. But how do you decide what is necessary and what is waste as you examine your business expenditures?To help you figure it out, I polled 12 entrepreneurs from YEC on how they’ve applied leaner thinking to less-obvious areas of their businesses. Their best answers are below. Look Into Other Options for EverythingAsk yourself a few questions. Would one higher-paid employee be more effective than two adequate employees? Would an electronic project management list eliminate daunting progress-report meetings? Are full-time employees as effective as outside specialized consultants? Look into other options for everything. —Brooke Bergman, Allied Business NetworkRemember That Fees Can Kill YouWe’ve been working with a credit-card processor since we started. When I ended up looking at what they were charging, I felt I could get something better. I searched around and found two different processors who are currently getting me almost half a percent lower than I was getting. Talk about saving money! This is something we changed without cutting staff, making cutbacks or changing anything in our business. It’s saving us thousands each month. If you haven’t looked into what fees you’re paying and shopped around, stop what you’re doing now and start saving money. —Peter Daisyme, HostingTell Your Team What You’re DoingTell your team, “Hey, we’re doing just fine—we’re not in trouble or anything—but I think we’re spending a lot more money than we should.” Then ask them for their help in making the company more frugal, even in the small purchasing decisions. We did this recently and the results have been fascinating to watch. Our team is starting to take pride in finding bargains and making smarter choices, and it’s helping us become financially leaner without having to cut anything significant. —Jesse Lear, V.I.P. Waste ServicesLook Into Tax SavingsIf you’re making a profit, you might want to get a second opinion on what else you can save in taxes. There are so many potential programs that can help reduce your tax burden, but not every accountant is familiar with them. For example, we make charity contributions, but our state refunds a large portion of the donations to schools in tax savings. So it’s a great way to give back to the community and save taxes. —Wei-Shin Lai., AcousticSheepMaintain FocusDecide on the problem you want to solve and what you need to get there. Then re-evaluate anything that doesn’t align. Having a clear end goal and maintaining focus is the key to staying lean. —Joseph Walla, HelloSignThink About Your Meeting LocationsEncourage employees to have client meetings in your offices. You lose time and resources in their travel to an outside location—the cost to park (in an urban area especially) or to Uber to and fro. In addition, your company will likely pick up the tab at whatever restaurant the client picked if they decide to meet during a meal time. This easily turns what could have been a 30-minute office beverage chit-chat into a $150 or more excursion. Multiply that by however many of these out-of-office adventures happen per week, month, and year. Provide a room with a good vibe or an office booth space with a nice coffee machine and fresh juices. You can still provide a generative environment for discussion without the wasteful out-of-office variables. —Faithe Parker, Marbaloo MarketingCompare Metrics Among StaffWithin similar departments, I love to track productivity metrics. For those team members that produce more or finish faster, we sit down with them and gather best practices and then often have them train others to learn about some of these faster methods. They love the recognition, and other team members appreciate the advice on how to improve their work. —Tamara Nall, The Leading NicheConsider Office CostsOffice cost is one area where businesses tend not to be fully informed about the best ways to spend their money. Consider the total monthly cost of your office, and then factor in office conditions that may be contributing to ineffective work. For example, having slow Internet may be cheap, but it’ll cost you in the long run. —Aron Susman, TheSquareFootLook at Your Shipping BillIf you are an e-commerce business or one that makes physical products, shipping costs can often take a toll. Don’t just look at what you’re paying FedEx or UPS—consider the materials required to properly package your goods, too. It’s always good to keep an eye out on different services, platforms, and packages to help cut down costs in any way early on so you can use this small boost in profit back towards your business. —Kumar Arora, AroridexImagine a Killer CompetitorWe often get stuck in our thinking because we’re too focused on our own business. Shift this focus by imaging what it would take to build a formidable competitor. Which resources would they need and which would be considered wasteful if they peeked inside your operation? Start with your team because salaries, wages, and benefits are likely your single biggest expense. Is your team optimally organized or would a competitor structure it differently? Move on to your advertising. Would your hypothetical competitor also be spending $25,000 attending trade shows or $2,500 sending out gift baskets? Now, let’s explore all those filing cabinets, printers and the ink you buy. Can you become a paperless office? Imagine how competitors would exploit your weaknesses and turn those into opportunities. —David Ciccarelli, Voices.comStop Subscribing to Every Software Service On The PlanetEvery person I speak with has a software subscription of some sort that they do not use. It’s crazy! They feel that they will use it at one time or another but never end up doing so. Once charges are automatic, it’s difficult to take the time to cancel them. —Raymond Kishk, Interstate Air Conditioning & Heating Look at Your Business Through a Customer’s LensPut yourself on the customer’s side of the situation, rather than the side of the business owner. Doing so can not only open your eyes to areas that can be improved but help you maximize value and reduce waste. By doing this, I realized I need to step out of the day-to-day and give my employees more power so I can focus on growth—which will ultimately mean better results for my customers. —Alfredo Atanacio, Uassist.MEPhoto by aisletwentytwo Aramco, Holder of the Largest IPO in History is… Will Development Eventually Make Itself Obsolete?
The unique smartphone with two displays, YotaPhone 2 has now been launched in China. The device has been priced at CNY 4,888 (roughly Rs 50,000). It is now listed on its official website of the manufacturer and is up for pre-order. Notably, the smartphone has already been launched in Europe and was also made available in the US recently. It is also expected to hit Indian shores soon.In order to ensure after sales services in China, Yota Devices and Chinese company JieLan have collaborated.The device was announced during the MWC event which took place earlier in the year. The device sports a 5-inch full HD AMOLED display as well as a 4.7-inch secondary qHD e-paper display .The smartphone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box and is powered b a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor along with 2GB RAM. Other features include 32GB of non-expandable internal storage, 8MP rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 2MP front camera, and a 2,550 mAh battery, Connectivity options include 4G LTE, 3Gm Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n ac, Bluetooth v 4.0, and GPS.
Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly on Friday assured that Eden Gardens will be up and ready for the second ODI against Australia scheduled on September 21.”The rain has stopped. The ground is in good shape and will be ready for the ODI,” Ganguly told reporters after a pitch inspection this evening.Excited with the bright and sunny weather in last few days, pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee also expressed his happiness over pitch preparation.”Everything is fine now. It’s been about a week that it has not rained. I’m very, very happy with the pitch preparation which is going on full swing for the September 21 ODI. It will be a good sporting wicket as usual,” Mukherjee said contrary to what appeared in some sections of the media.”However I don’t have control on the weather,” Mukherjee said that something that is known to one and all.After demolishing the Lankans with a 9-0 result across the three formats, Virat Kohli and his team will now be gearing up against the Australia series consisting five ODIs and 3 T20Is.
Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Tennis “It was a different match completely,” she said. “But I knew this before, actually.” She added: “Madison is a hard-hitter, and she served well. So, from the first point, I was trying to play aggressive. I moved well and got a lot of balls back. This is always my game, and the last few weeks I have tried to improve on it.”There is every likelihood she will need all her resilience to break down Halep. Although she has 5-4 edge from their previous encounters, Kerber said: “Every match starts from zero. It’s a new tournament. We played so many matches, I know what to expect.”In the first quarter-final, Halep also appreciated a quick workout in moderate heat after having put her body through extreme conditions in the first week.Not always the cheeriest of souls, Halep broke into a smile when she described her 6-3, 6-2 win over Karolina Pliskova as, “a great match, the best this tournament. I started slow, then I got used to the rhythm. I got used to everything. I played very well”.There could hardly have been a greater contrast in physicality with her marathon against the unseeded American Lauren Davis in the third round, a match where the third set lasted twice as long as the whole of this one against the sixth seed.Even so, the combustible Romanian who struggles with self-belief had doubts early on, worrying that a leg injury might not hold up under quality pressure. “I was not sure how it was going to be, how I would run,” she said. “I knew I would have to run and to move quickly against her. She’s hitting hard, so I had to stay close to the baseline, and also strong.” Since you’re here… Simona Halep Share on LinkedIn When it was suggested she might have to do even more running against the wall that is Kerber, Halep smiled and said, “You think?”She knows it won’t be easy. In fact she is expecting, “a second marathon”, adding, “But I’m used to that. I know her pretty well. I know she’s a very strong player and she likes it here. But I’ve started to like this tournament, too. After two years in a row losing in the first round, now it’s a better result. I want to go there and give everything I have – like I did the few last matches.”Halep will not be out sightseeing on her day off, though. “Chilling, doing nothing. I will be in my room watching tennis, a little bit of treatment that I had already. I will have again. So boring.” Read more Support The Guardian Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Twitter Australian Open Share on Facebook Australian Open 2018 Angelique Kerber, the only grand slam champion left in the draw, asserted her credentials before her Australian Open semi-final against the world No 1 Simona Halep with an emphatic, 51-minute blowout of the last American, Madison Keys.It was an embarrassingly one-sided quarter-final in such an important setting at the start of the season, as the German allowed Keys, a quality opponent, only three games. Kerber could hardly be in better shape for Halep – and glad on Wednesday to avoid the protracted examination she endured against the ridiculously clever Hsieh Su-wei in the fourth round. Share on WhatsApp The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia sport news Caroline Wozniacki sets up Australian Open semi-final with Elise Mertens Topics
Liverpool boss Klopp tells his players: Don’t look behind youby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told his players not to look behind them.Liverpool have made their best start to a campaign and their tally of 45 points from 17 games is 14 more than at the same stage 12 months ago. It sees them top the league as they prepare to face Wolves on Friday and they could be four points ahead of defending champions Manchester City at full-time.”Only City can stop City, to be honest,” said Klopp on Thursday. “We have to play our own game and get as many points as possible.”I can’t say City are lucky here and lucky there. They aren’t. Every matchday, they are spot on.”They were spot on last year, when they got 100 points, and they stay in that mode. So ‘chapeau’. I have to say it.”There’s no sign of weakness. Against Everton, in the first 15 minutes maybe, but it was 12.30pm after a Champions League game. There were balls flying around and missed passes. But after that, they took charge of the game and won it comfortably. Thank you very much, next one. That’s why I say it. They are the champions. And they still play like champions.”We are all the challengers. That’s why we should concentrate on every game and not take any result for granted. We are all judged on that because they are the champions. They can do it, so it should be possible for us as well. I know what work we have to do — and I know how difficult it is.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp responds to Guardiola jibeby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has taken a gibe at Manchester City’s Carabao Cup fixture.The Reds boss was speaking about his reasons for rotating the team against Wolves.He believed that his attackers needed a rest. And he suggested that if they had faced easier opposition, he may have put some of them in the team.Liverpool face Brighton on Saturday as they look to extend their lead at the top of the table.”If you have the full squad together, it’s massive [to have a lighter schedule],” Klopp told a pre-match news conference. “It’s really good. That’s my preferred rhythm.”It’s our situation – it’s not that we decided to go out of the EFL Cup or the FA Cup ourselves or that it’s not important. That’s not how it is.”We had Chelsea at home, which was probably the most difficult game, it was pretty tight and we lost it. Then Wolves was the situation and we had to make changes after the most intense month of the year in December.”If we had played a League Two team [instead of Wolves], maybe the offensive line could have played because the intensity is different and you have the ball most of the time, you can play.”Wolves make the pitch unbelievably big. You have to run. You cannot have the ball all the time. That means you have to understand the expected intensity of the game and you have to make a line-up. That’s what we did and we had a few injuries on top.”I would love to still be in these competitions, but we are not in them. We have to make the best of the time now. I know Pep [Guardiola] said he would prefer to be in four competitions. I would prefer the same.”We have to make the best of the time and get as many points as possible.”
OTTAWA – The protectionist approach of U.S. President Donald Trump means European companies are looking to “exploit” new opportunities in Canada, the European Union’s agriculture minister says.That’s one reason why Phil Hogan, the EU’s commissioner for agriculture and rural development, is leading a trade mission of 60 mainly European food and drink companies to a major industry event Tuesday in Toronto.That European business delegation stayed home while Hogan was in Washington last week for talks with U.S. officials, he told The Canadian Press in an interview Monday.“We see Mr. Trump’s declaration of being more protectionist as an opportunity for the European Union to be able to pivot to other parts of the world and other regions in order to exploit the potential that is there,” Hogan said.Hogan’s visit comes after Canada’s Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne pushed the same trade diversification message on a trade mission to China last week where he had Canadian softwood lumber representatives in tow. As yet another softwood skirmish — the fifth in 35 years — was breaking out with the U.S., Champagne was stressing the need to find new markets for Canadian forestry products.Hogan met Monday with Champagne and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay before heading to Toronto, where he and his entourage of European companies from 23 EU countries will attend an international food and beverage trade show.Hogan said he’s confident Parliament will ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) before the summer break, which would mean more than 90 per cent of it would take effect under what is called provisional application.The European Parliament ratified the deal in February.Negotiations towards a similar EU-U.S. trade deal are not officially dead, but Hogan said that with Trump in the White House, they are currently on hold.Trump’s anti-trade policies represent an opportunity for Canada and the EU to build on trade links with each other and with other non-U.S. partners, said Hogan.“We want to take the opportunity that this CETA agreement gives us now to have a win-win scenario for Canadian and European Union exports at a time when there is uncertainty in relation to trade in the United States.”The ongoing work on the world’s post-Trump trade agenda continues Tuesday in Toronto when Canada hosts another round of talks of countries that used to be part of the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which would have encompassed 40 per cent of the global economy.Unlike the U.S.-EU trade talks, which remain in limbo, Trump effectively declared the TPP dead when he pulled the U.S. out of the deal after his inauguration in January. The U.S. withdrawal amounted to a deal killing veto of the TPP because it was the largest of the Pacific Rim countries in the pact.Canada joined the first round of post-TPP talks in Chile in March and agreed to host this week’s round of talks, Champagne told reporters Monday in Ottawa.Champagne said Canada wants to show that it “wants to be front and centre when it comes to open, principled trade in the Asia-Pacific region.”
MONTREAL – Quebec’s labour movement is gearing up ahead of the October election as it faces the prospect of another four years with limited influence in the provincial government.Almost 40 per cent of workers in Quebec are unionized, yet the two parties leading in opinion polls are considered far from union-friendly.The governing Liberals triggered deep cuts in the health and education sectors early in their mandate.And while the Coalition Avenir Quebec, which is first in the polls, has tempered its previously strident position against unions, that has not assuaged workers’ concerns about the party’s intentions if it obtains power.“We have the Liberals on one side, they plunged us into austerity and attacked our members,” said Marc Ranger, head of the Quebec branch of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. “And the Coalition has a disastrous agenda that wants to privatize everything.“It’s our job to mobilize our troops.”While Quebec is known across Canada for its workers’ penchant to take to the streets, big labour’s influence has been declining for years, says Mona-Josee Gagnon, a professor of sociology at Universite de Montreal and an expert on organized labour.“We barely even talk about unions in the media anymore,” she said in an interview. “It reflects the weakening, in general, of trade unionism.”In Quebec’s universities, professors with expertise on the labour movement who retire are not being replaced, Gagnon said. “The union movement at the university is also in decline.”Ranger rejects her assessment.“At 40 per cent unionized, the movement is in good shape,” he said. “But it has to continue to show its pertinence.”Even though Ranger wants to battle the Liberals and the Coalition, electoral rules limit his manoeuvres.Third parties such as unions are forbidden from spending money to influence an election or from openly stumping on behalf of candidates during the official campaign period.Premier Philippe Couillard announced Saturday the campaign will officially begin Aug. 23, leaving Ranger and other labour leaders little time ahead of the Oct. 1 election to remind people of the “danger” in voting for either the Liberals or the Coalition.“I think the law is too restrictive,” Ranger said. “Candidates can say whatever they want, journalists and columnists can take positions. But unions are told to ‘stay away from politics. Shut up, you’re not invited.’“But I think we are invited and we should participate in this debate.”Ranger’s union and other labour groups have targeted 14 ridings where they think they can prevent the Liberals or Coalition from winning and will instead help members of the Parti Quebecois or the left-wing Quebec solidaire be elected.Unions can hold news conferences and individual members can volunteer their time to make calls or ring doorbells, but that’s pretty much all they can do, Ranger said.Despite the alleged decline in union influence, however, Quebecers are not shy about mobilizing in order to pressure politicians.In 2012, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to support university students who rejected increases in tuition. The Liberal government lost that year’s election to the PQ, which had promised to cancel the planned increase and bring back social peace.Most recently, federal Conservative MP Maxime Bernier learned about the union movement the hard way when he went up against the province’s farmers in demanding an end to the supply management system, which controls price and volume of products such as dairy and poultry.Jacques Roy, a dairy farmer south of Quebec City, launched an anti-Bernier Facebook group that quickly grew to 10,000 members. He persuaded people across the province to buy memberships in the Tory party and vote for Bernier’s rival, Andrew Scheer, who won.“It worked very well,” Roy said in an interview.As for the Coalition, its 2018 platform does not include past promises considered anti-union such as forcing workers to have a secret ballot when deciding whether to form or to maintain a union. The party also wanted to legally force unions to release their financial information.Party spokesman Ewan Sauves confirmed those policies are no longer in the 2018 platform, yet “they remain objectives we hope to achieve.”The two parties traditionally closer to unions are the PQ and Quebec solidaire, even though past PQ governments have also slashed public spending to reduce the province’s debt.PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee has positioned his party as the big-government choice for voters, pledging to increase public financing in hospitals, schools and other services.His party’s platform includes the long-held demand by unions: a $15 minimum wage. The PQ also wants to create a “social contract between work and capital” that encourages worker participation in the “benefits and governance of companies.”
Muzaffarnagar: The Election Commission has disqualified 493 losing candidates in 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls from contesting elections for the next three years for failing to submit their poll-related expenditure accounts. The list includes six candidates from Muzaffarnagar district of the state. Chief Electoral Officer Ramesh Chand Rai said the disqualification comes after the failure of these candidates to submit their final returns on election expenditure in the previous Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. The candidates have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act, he said.