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iPhone 8 3D Sensing Technology Ahead Of Qualcomm Android Rivals By 2 Years

By | August 22nd, 2017

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has been at it again, with the prolific analyst today releasing a new report in which it is claimed that Apple’s 3D sensing technology is significantly ahead of technology available to Android devices using Qualcomm’s offering.

According to the report, Qualcomm will not be able to make significant shipments of its own 3D sensing technology until 2019, a long time after Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 8, which is expected to bring the tech to the mass market next month.

If Kuo’s belief is accurate, Qualcomm lacks the required advancements in both the hardware and software required to make 3D sensing technology work as well as is required. This, in turn, will have an impact on makers of Android phones, which would normally look to Qualcomm to provide such a solution. Xiaomi is the company believed to be considering using such technology but it is also said to be waiting to see how Apple’s implementation is received within the marketplace before committing to bringing similar functionality to its own devices.

KGI has previously reported that Apple’s use of a new camera and infrared sensing system will make for an incredible new 3D sensing technology that will give the iPhone 8 one of its marquee features. TSMC will be the company tasked with manufacturing Apple’s IR transmitter’s diffractive optical element and wafer-level optics while Qualcomm uses a 2-in-1 system of the DOE and WLO from Himax.

iPhone 8 concept render based on info provided by case maker Nodus

It is this that is believed to be the key difference causing Apple to be so far ahead of the game, and is something holding Qualcomm back as far as the 3D sensing technology is concerned.

Apple is expected t0 announce the iPhone 8, along with its new 3D capabilities next month. It remains to be seen whether it will be all it is claimed to be, but it is now only a matter of time before such questions can finally be answered.

(Via: 9to5Mac)

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30 Free Education Icons Sets

From official websites of universities, schools, and colleges to study consultancy sites and portals, the internet is brimming with websites related to education. Usually, there’s a lot of information on an education website, however, in order to make the navigation of a complex education website easy and interesting, icons prove to be the perfect elements.

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Though there are many multi-pupose icon sets that can go with just about any website, but a specifically education-related website would be best suited with special education icon sets. And what more can you ask for if you get such high quality icons all for free!

On that account I am sharing a list of 30 free school and education icon sets that can be a useful addition to your icons repository or be used in your next education-related web project. Do make sure to check the licence for each icon set and mention the author, if it’s required.

School & Childhood Icons Set

Format: SVG, PNG [Download]

childhood
School Icons Vector

Format: AI [Download]

paper-plane
School Icon Collection

Format: EPS [Download]

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Education Icons

Format: PNG, SVG, PNG, PSD [Download]

telescope
Line Education Icons Free

Format: AI [Download]

chemistry-icons
6 Modern Education Icons

Format: PSD, EPS [Download]

school-lamp
Becris Freebie Outline Icons

Format: PNG, SVG, AI, EPS [Download]

becris
School and Education Hand Drawn Icons

Format: PSD [Download]

chalkboard
Science and Education Icons

Format: SVG, AI [Download]

science-icons
Education Elements Vector Icons

Format: SVG, AI [Download]

school-bus
Minimal Line Icons

Format: AI, EPS, PDF, SVG [Download]

minimalistic-school
Jolly Icons

Format: AI, EPS, PDF, PSD [Download]

school-lunch
Graduation Icon

Format: SVG, EPS [Download]

graduation-icons
60 Education Vector Icons Freebie

Format: AI, EPS, PNG [Download]

sports-icons
Education Icon Set

Format: PNG, PSD, EPS, SVG [Download]

chancery
Education Vector Icons

Format: EPS [Download]

education-vector-icons
Education Icon Set

Format: SVG, EPS [Download]

ruler
School Icons Vector

Format: AI [Download]

school-bagpack
Knowledge Icon Set

Format: AI, EPS, PDF, PSD [Download]

knowledge-icons
Education Icon Set

Format: SVG [Download]

school-education
Education Icon Set

Format: AI [Download]

school-bell
20 Free Vector Education Icons

Format: AI, SVG [Download]

line-color-icons-school
Education Icons Collection

Format: EPS, AI [Download]

college-icons
A free Education Icon Set

Format: PNG, AI, TTF, SVG [Download]

retina-ready-icons
Academic Icon Collection

Format: EPS [Download]

school-line-icons
Back to School Icon Set

Format: AI, EPS [Download]

backtoschool
Education Icons

Format: AI [Download]

abc-icons
Vector School Stuff Icons

Format: AI [Download]

blue-school-icons
Icons About Education

Format: EPS [Download]

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Pencil Icon Set

Format: EPS [Download]

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20+ Free E-Commerce Icon Sets to Download

20+ Free E-Commerce Icon Sets to Download

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Fresh Resources for Web Developers – July 2017

Having been maintaining this series for a few years now has allowed me to witness the progress in web development. There are a number of tools that were so popular only a few years ago but not so much in the recent times mainly because they failed to gain meaningful adoption. While there are web development resources that retain their popularity even today.

So here we have put together a number of useful resources that are worth a try. We have a JavaScript library to create Bot chat, an open source e-commerce platform, and a couple of CSS libraries. Let’s move on to see them in details.

MuzzleApp

Created by the same developers behind CodeKit, Muzzle is a macOS app to avoid you from embarrassment. It will turn off all notification when screen sharing. Muzzle works by automatically setting macOS “Do Not Disturb” mode when screen sharing or apps such as Skype, Google Hangouts, and Slack is started.

MuzzleApp

Fractures

A collection of CSS classes that allow you to quickly create a webpage prototype. Fracture is based on Atomic design where styles are split into tiny pieces – leaving small footprint. Instead of bringing full-fledge styled components, it introduces classes like radius-1 to to style an element with small corner radius.

Fractures

CSS DB

This shows you the list of the progress CSS features and their current stage to be implemented as a new standard. Now you know nesting CSS selector is currently on its way to be the standard.

CSS DB

Preact

Apache has recently announced to disallow ReactJS and similar projects that are distributed under Facebook BSD+Patents license to be included in Apache’s product. If your product has been affected by this license, consider Preact that’s a drop-in replacement for ReactJS and is licensed under a more permissive MIT license.

Preact

Pell

Pell is a JavaScript library to build WYISWYG editor. By default, it comes with the common buttons like the Italic, Bold, Underline, and the Headings with more will be added in the future. Built with ES6, Pell requires no dependencies library like jQuery, is small in size, yet it is maintained to be compatible with IE9.

Pell

Markvis

Markdown is limited to particular syntaxes. It adds the ability to include chart in your Markdown content. If you are not sure what Markdown is, check out our post on Writing Web Content with Markdown.

Markvis

Moment PHP

Moment is a PHP library to manipulate dates similar to Moment.js for JavaScript. Using the library, it is easy to get, for example, the current time in in the other timezone and formatting date based on your locale.

Moment PHP

Tonik

A WordPress starter theme built for modern PHP. It utilizes Namespacing, custom templating, autoloader, Webpack, and a bunch of other goodness of modern web development.

Tonik

Awesome Guidelines

This is a list of coding standards of various programming languages including C, Javascript (of course), PHP, Ruby and even Visual Basic. It can be a great resource to keep your code clean and tidy.

Awesome Guidelines

BotUI

This is the era of Bot. This JavaScript library allows you to create a conversational UI. I do think having Bot could be a better replacement of traditional ‘Form’ and serves a more natural experience to your users.

BotUI

Reaction Commerce

Open source CMS for commerce hasn’t changed much for years with most of them built on top of PHP. ReactionCommerce aims to change that with the latest web technology stacks. It is built using JavaScript and is an event-driven CMS providing real-time experience. It comes with the features like order processing, payments, shipping, analytics, etc to allow get up and run an e-commerce site quickly.

Reaction Commerce

TinyReset

A modern CSS resetter with minimal footprint. TinyReset is a good alternative to the legendary reset.css by Eric Meyer.

.TinyReset

Martinet

Martinet is Command Line Tool to build static website with modern tools like Webpack, TypeScript, Pug for templating, LESS, and NPM. It is designed so that we don’t have to worry on the site configuration. Simply follow the convention and run martinet, your website will be up and running.

Martinet

Billboard

BillboardJS is JavaScript to build interactive data visualization based on D3.js. There is an array of visualization types you can build with this library including line, bar, pie, doughnut, and see the demo page for more details.

Billboard

SVGI

SVGI is a Command Line Tool that allows you to lookup SVG elements or SVG files. Once installed, you will get access to the svgi command line where you retrieve list of Nodes on the SVG, the size, and the elements hierarchy.

SVGI

TimeStrap

Another interesting open-source platform on our list after ReactionCommerce, TimeStrap a time tracking an invoicing system that you can host anywhere just like WordPress. A good alternative for those who prefer to manage invoicing on their own system rather than using external services.

TimeStrap

Slate

A tool to create static single page for APIs documentation. Slate is used in many popular projects such as WooCommerce, Travis-, CoinBase, and even NASA.

Slate

FontJoy

A tool to generate great font pairing. Press the “Generate” button to retrieve new font combinations infinitely. What’s interesting is that this tool generates the result with Machine or Deep Learning. I’m not sure how that exactly works but if you’re curious check out this page.

FontJoy

CoolHue

Gradient makes a comeback to the web. But this time, with CoolHue. The tool has a great collection of beautiful gradients since web colors have improved so much as compared to the last 10 years. It is now common to see websites featuring gradients on every corner of their page.

CoolHue

FrontPress

FrontPress is a front-end framework that utilize WP-API and AngularJS. It is a great starting point if you want to create a headless CMS with WordPress, something I’m very much looking forward to.

FrontPress
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Fresh Resources for Web Developers – July 2017

Having been maintaining this series for a few years now has allowed me to witness the progress in web development. There are a number of tools that were so popular only a few years ago but not so much in the recent times mainly because they failed to gain meaningful adoption. While there are web development resources that retain their popularity even today.

So here we have put together a number of useful resources that are worth a try. We have a JavaScript library to create Bot chat, an open source e-commerce platform, and a couple of CSS libraries. Let’s move on to see them in details.

MuzzleApp

Created by the same developers behind CodeKit, Muzzle is a macOS app to avoid you from embarrassment. It will turn off all notification when screen sharing. Muzzle works by automatically setting macOS “Do Not Disturb” mode when screen sharing or apps such as Skype, Google Hangouts, and Slack is started.

MuzzleApp

Fractures

A collection of CSS classes that allow you to quickly create a webpage prototype. Fracture is based on Atomic design where styles are split into tiny pieces – leaving small footprint. Instead of bringing full-fledge styled components, it introduces classes like radius-1 to to style an element with small corner radius.

Fractures

CSS DB

This shows you the list of the progress CSS features and their current stage to be implemented as a new standard. Now you know nesting CSS selector is currently on its way to be the standard.

CSS DB

Preact

Apache has recently announced to disallow ReactJS and similar projects that are distributed under Facebook BSD+Patents license to be included in Apache’s product. If your product has been affected by this license, consider Preact that’s a drop-in replacement for ReactJS and is licensed under a more permissive MIT license.

Preact

Pell

Pell is a JavaScript library to build WYISWYG editor. By default, it comes with the common buttons like the Italic, Bold, Underline, and the Headings with more will be added in the future. Built with ES6, Pell requires no dependencies library like jQuery, is small in size, yet it is maintained to be compatible with IE9.

Pell

Markvis

Markdown is limited to particular syntaxes. It adds the ability to include chart in your Markdown content. If you are not sure what Markdown is, check out our post on Writing Web Content with Markdown.

Markvis

Moment PHP

Moment is a PHP library to manipulate dates similar to Moment.js for JavaScript. Using the library, it is easy to get, for example, the current time in in the other timezone and formatting date based on your locale.

Moment PHP

Tonik

A WordPress starter theme built for modern PHP. It utilizes Namespacing, custom templating, autoloader, Webpack, and a bunch of other goodness of modern web development.

Tonik

Awesome Guidelines

This is a list of coding standards of various programming languages including C, Javascript (of course), PHP, Ruby and even Visual Basic. It can be a great resource to keep your code clean and tidy.

Awesome Guidelines

BotUI

This is the era of Bot. This JavaScript library allows you to create a conversational UI. I do think having Bot could be a better replacement of traditional ‘Form’ and serves a more natural experience to your users.

BotUI

Reaction Commerce

Open source CMS for commerce hasn’t changed much for years with most of them built on top of PHP. ReactionCommerce aims to change that with the latest web technology stacks. It is built using JavaScript and is an event-driven CMS providing real-time experience. It comes with the features like order processing, payments, shipping, analytics, etc to allow get up and run an e-commerce site quickly.

Reaction Commerce

TinyReset

A modern CSS resetter with minimal footprint. TinyReset is a good alternative to the legendary reset.css by Eric Meyer.

.TinyReset

Martinet

Martinet is Command Line Tool to build static website with modern tools like Webpack, TypeScript, Pug for templating, LESS, and NPM. It is designed so that we don’t have to worry on the site configuration. Simply follow the convention and run martinet, your website will be up and running.

Martinet

Billboard

BillboardJS is JavaScript to build interactive data visualization based on D3.js. There is an array of visualization types you can build with this library including line, bar, pie, doughnut, and see the demo page for more details.

Billboard

SVGI

SVGI is a Command Line Tool that allows you to lookup SVG elements or SVG files. Once installed, you will get access to the svgi command line where you retrieve list of Nodes on the SVG, the size, and the elements hierarchy.

SVGI

TimeStrap

Another interesting open-source platform on our list after ReactionCommerce, TimeStrap a time tracking an invoicing system that you can host anywhere just like WordPress. A good alternative for those who prefer to manage invoicing on their own system rather than using external services.

TimeStrap

Slate

A tool to create static single page for APIs documentation. Slate is used in many popular projects such as WooCommerce, Travis-, CoinBase, and even NASA.

Slate

FontJoy

A tool to generate great font pairing. Press the “Generate” button to retrieve new font combinations infinitely. What’s interesting is that this tool generates the result with Machine or Deep Learning. I’m not sure how that exactly works but if you’re curious check out this page.

FontJoy

CoolHue

Gradient makes a comeback to the web. But this time, with CoolHue. The tool has a great collection of beautiful gradients since web colors have improved so much as compared to the last 10 years. It is now common to see websites featuring gradients on every corner of their page.

CoolHue

FrontPress

FrontPress is a front-end framework that utilize WP-API and AngularJS. It is a great starting point if you want to create a headless CMS with WordPress, something I’m very much looking forward to.

FrontPress
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How To Use Apple AirPods With CarPlay

By | August 18th, 2017

Here’s how you can use your Apple AirPods in your car equipped with an Apple CarPlay in-dash navigation system.

As more and more vehicle manufacturers push out new cars with CarPlay functionality embedded, more and more device owners will start to make use of the platform. That’s just common sense. Third-party companies producing affordable aftermarket CarPlay head units will also increase that usage.

For those that may have been wondering if Apple AirPods work inside cars with CarPlay, we’re here to tell you that they do, and we’re going to show you how. If you are wondering why would you want to use AirPods with CarPlay? Well, there could be a number of reasons for that, one which is more likely is when you want to listen to music privately without having to disturb other passengers in the car, or maybe you want to have a private phone call through CarPlay without wanting others in the same car to hear it? With that out of the way, here’s how to go about using AirPods with CarPlay:

Step 1: If you are used to working with your iPhone and CarPlay then the first part of this process is very simple. You will need to connect that iPhone to your CarPlay integration through the usual methods.

Step 2: As mentioned earlier, the primary use case for AirPods and CarPlay is presumably to be able to listen to any type of audio-based media or make a phone call, so, with that in mind, start playing the music or media of your choice via CarPlay connected to your iPhone with AirPods paired.

Step 3: Take the Apple AirPods and start using them as you normally would. Obviously, they need to already be connected to your iPhone. Place them into your ear and they should automatically connect.

And that is really all that you need to do. The previously playing music should now be routed through the AirPods and into your ear. This will then enable you to control the content from your CarPlay-enabled vehicle’s display, but with the added benefit of having the audio routed to the AirPods.

One important thing to note here is that using AirPods (or any headphones for that matter) in this fashion while driving may not be legal in all countries. You may want to check with your local laws to see if this is something which is legally allowed. Also, we’ll recommend wearing one of the AirPods units in ear instead of both and keeping other one empty in order to clearly hear other vehicles and surroundings while driving. Remember, safety while driving should always come first!

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Beware: Do Not Fall For This iMessage / SMS iPhone Scam

By | August 17th, 2017

iPhone user? Beware! There’s a new iMessage / SMS phishing scam targeting iPhone owners with the claim that their Apple ID has expired, and invites them on how to proceed to fix it.

Email spam and phishing attacks are something that we are all very familiar with, and while anti-spam solutions have improved beyond measure over the years, scammers have now turned their attentions to other mediums. One of those is the SMS and iMessage system that iPhone owners are familiar with, and scammers are now targeting those users in an attempt to phish them.

The scam itself is actually simply in its execution. Targeted users receive an SMS which appears to be sent by someone with the name “iMessage” which would normally set the alarm bells ringing for readers of sites like this, but it is an unfortunate fact that the mass populous is not as savvy as us, so when they then see a message suggesting that their services and apps are at risk if they do not click or tap a URL, they are very likely to do that. It is at this point where things obviously go somewhat south.

Your iPhoneID is due to expire today. Tap to update and prevent loss of services and apps.

If you receive a message like that then the best thing you can do is report it to Apple by sending a screenshot to imessage.spam@apple.com. While the message itself is sent via SMS, and in some cases even iMessage, we are sure Apple will be interested in seeing it regardless. Beyond that, customers of AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint or Bell can report spam texts to their carrier directly by forwarding the original message to 7726 (SPAM), free of charge.

As always we would remind everyone to be on the lookout for scams like this and remember to be skeptical of messages of this ilk. Scammers are everywhere. Oh and don’t forget to share this with your loved family and friends who have iPhones so that they are aware of this as well.

(Source: Reddit)

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Designers: Endless Client Revisions Got You Down? 260+ Pre-built Websites Are The Solution

(This branded content is brought to you by Be Theme)

When you think your client is finally satisfied, here comes another revision request. This time, it’s because he’s just come across a font he believes better fits in with the company brand.

That would be acceptable, except it’s the third time it’s happened! You find yourself stuck with the same project for a few more days, instead of moving on to the next one.

There are a couple of things you can do about it:

  1. You can use a tool that gives your client exactly what he wants early on;
  2. Use the tool that allows you to make changes easily.

Here’s one that does both.

Be Theme delivers what your clients need – the first time.

Be Theme offers a selection of more than 260 pre-built websites. Thus, it’s not hard to find one that’s a perfect match for your client’s needs or niche.

These pre-built websites are completely customizable. Moreover, you have a wealth of design options to work with. So, it’s easy to a make a change in the unlikely event of needed revision.

Even better, you can respond to your client’s request for a website in as little as 4 hours.

See how easy you can install Be Theme by watching this cool 40-second video.

10 Be Theme template examples that can get the job done.

  1. Be eLearning

    For clients who sell online courses.

    This attractive pre-built website provides a great starting point to build a website for a client with online courses to sell, or is creating an eLearning platform. Although plenty of white space is used its design, Be eLearning supports a large amount of content.

  2. Be Craftbeer

    For small business owners

    A client who is selling handcrafted products will want a website that features attention-getting images, like this one in Be Craftbeer. Its structured, well-balanced design, cool JavaScript effects, and clever display of buttons should please even the pickiest client.

  3. Be Tiles

    For interior designers and architects

    Be Tiles lays the groundwork for a client wishing to showcase visual effects; the type of website often associated with architectural firms and interior design agencies.

    Give the client a few examples of stunning portfolio styles, and you’re not likely to be bothered by revision requests.

  4. Be Artist

    For clients working in creative industries

    Be Artist

    A client who has high standards and exquisite tastes, can be difficult to satisfy, as he or she will expect the same in the website you deliver. Be Artist will put your fears to rest.

    Parallax scrolling and neat JavaScript portfolio filtering effects allow you to display the client’s creative talent in exceptional ways.

  5. Be Burger

    For clients working in the catering industry

    Be Burger

    Here’s your chance to design a website for a client in a catering or food service business that stands out from the crowd in this highly competitive niche.

    Mouth-watering images, easy-to-order forms, and a simple menu structure should satisfy any food service client.

  6. Be Sports club

    For clients in the fitness & wellness industry

    Be Sports club

    This dynamic and interactive pre-built website is a perfect match for the niche it represents. Clients owning or representing a sports club, fitness center, or health and wellness center, will like this modern design, with its clean lines, clever parallax effects and attention-getting animations.

  7. Be Hotel2

    For clients in the travel and lodging industry

    Be Hotel2

    Be Hotel2 illustrates how large cover images, and well-designed galleries showing spacious hotel rooms and other amenities for guests, can trigger a desire on the part of a visitor to pick up the phone and book a room.

    You can build a complex website like this in 4 hours.

  8. Be Restaurant

    For restaurant or bistro owners

    Be Restaurant

    You don’t see many websites for restaurants as charming as this one. Be Restaurant2 was designed from scratch to meet a variety of needs.

    It will serve equally well as a basis for an upscale restaurant’s website, or for a client who owns a small, neighborhood bistro.

  9. Be VPN

    For your IT clients

    Be VPN

    This website is modern, clean, and well-structured, which is what an IT team or company will expect from you. Be VPN’s corporate look isn’t hurt one bit by providing a friendly, human touch. The juice glass looks like it belongs where it’s been placed.

  10. Be Car

    For clients who sell luxury products

    Be Car

    This pre-built website has elegant and tasteful details coupled with intuitive design. It offers everything a client selling luxury items might expect in a website.

    A hero image surrounded by plenty of white space is an excellent way to shine a spotlight on a luxury product.

Summary

How does Be Theme eliminate those bothersome client revisions?

  • You have the largest number of pre-built websites on the market. This makes it a no-brainer to find one to match your client’s needs.
  • With Be Theme, it’s possible to deliver a complex website with text, images, and the works. It will take as little as 4 hours of your time.
  • The fact that Be Theme is a Top 5 ThemeForest best seller speaks for itself. This theme ensures the quality your clients will see in your deliverables. Thousands of designers and developers agree with this fact.
  • The pre-built websites are customizable and easy to work with. This makes them easily adaptable to any client’s needs.
  • The designs are beautiful, intuitive and come with well-structured content. The functionality is embedded in each pre-built website along with other features.

Conclusion

No more time wasted working on revisions that tend to pile up in your inbox. All that’s required of you is to meet your client’s needs the first time around.

This will not be hard to do when you have 260+ themes and the Be Theme 1-click installer to work with.

You may still get a request for a revision now and then, but you’ll never again see them in the double digits. Besides, with Be Theme, you can make the most demanding clients happy with your initial works.

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This Site Knows If Your Online Accounts Have Been Hacked

Over the years, many websites and services have been hacked by groups of black hat hackers. Stemming from these hacks are lists containing compromised emails and their accompanying passwords, all of which are frequently used by these groups as bargaining chips to extort their victims for money.

Due to the amount of data that is stolen from these hacks, it could be a tedious affair to sift through the information to find out if your email and password could be compromised.

To make this process easier, Microsoft Regional Director and MVP for Developer Security Troy Hunt has used his own spare time to develop a website called “Have I Been Pwned?” that can help users find out if their login credentials are at risk.

The way this website work is relatively straightforward: the user inputs either their email address and password into the provided dialog box and click on the “pwned?” button. After a few seconds, the website would spit out information regarding the safety of their login credentials.

If the login credentials in question are safe, the website would display a green label that informs the user that their login credentials do not appear in the database, making them safe as of the time of checking.

green label

However, if the login credentials were to appear in the database of known hacks and passwords, the website would throw up a red-colored warning that informs the user that their credentials may be compromised.

In the event that the user is looking up their email address or usernames, the website would also highlight the hacks that may have compromised their credentials.

you've been pwned

The information that is used to create Have I Been Pwned? has been sourced from lists from Anti Public data dump and Exploit.in. As such, the website has a certain degree of accuracy when it comes to identifying whether or not a password has been compromised.

While the list is reliable, Hunt has mentioned that the website is by no means perfect, and that users should still be vigilant about their account’s security.

Most importantly of all, Hunt explicitly reminds those who are looking to use the website to never input a password that they are currently using for their accounts. While the website does not log passwords, Hunt believes that inputting a password into any random third-party service isn’t exactly a wise move.

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How to Drive Recurring E-Commerce Sales in 2017

I often see businesses more concerned about getting new customers instead of retaining the existing ones. But, do you know that it costs five times as much to attract a new customer than to keep an existing one!

Considering how important it is to retain your old e-commerce customers to drive repeated sales, I have written this article touching all the key points. I will discuss different tips to help you in creating a better e-commerce experience for your customers so they keep coming back to your site for more.

Identify the reasons why customers leave

Firstly, you need to identify all the possible reasons of customers leaving your site. These can be any of the following:

  • The customer has left the market.
  • Your competitor has persuaded the customer to join their service.
  • Dissatisfied with your service.
  • Customer believes you do not care for them.

Once you pinpoint the reason why your existing customer has decided to take a u-turn, it automatically becomes easy for you to work on that particular segment of your e-commerce business.

Calculate CLV (Customer Lifetime Value)

In order to assess the value of net profit an existing customer (if retained) may provide to your business, we calculate the Customer Lifetime Value (CLV). It is a predictive analytics technique that can help you forecast the entire future relationship of the customer with your enterprise.

The easiest way to calculate CLV is by using the below formula:

(Legend)

  • CLV = Customer Lifetime Value
  • CV = Customer Value
  • t = Store’s Average Lifespan

Where:

(Legend)

  • AOV = Average Order Value
  • f = Purchase Frequency

AOV can be calculated by the formula:

And f can be calculated by the formula:

And

t (stores lifespan) is usually 1 to 3 years.

This is a basic calculation that shows as how many months or years the customer stays with the company before going dormant.

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Strategies to retain customers

It is critical for an e-commerce business to drive more online revenue by generating repeated e-commerce sales. Here are some of the ways to enable customers to spend more without becoming dormant:

1. Simplify the checkout process

Customers are more likely to purchase repeatedly at your website if the checkout process is simple and convenient. Do not make the customer fill the details every time they purchase, rather provide auto-filling of the fields that remain same like the name, address, and card details. Your focus should be to save your customer’s time and add convenience to the process.

Here are some ways to simplify the checkout process:

  • Use AJAX to dynamically update the page without the need to refresh it.
  • Remove distractions (like the main menu) and keep only the essential fields (payment details and delivery details) in the checkout page. Tools like Usersnap can help you track bugs on your site easily.
  • If there is an error on the customer’s part then highlight the error by using a message popup and instruct the customer what to do next.
  • Once the order is placed, clearly state the date and time of the delivery.
  • Send emails and messages confirming the order placement.
  • Ensure, the checkout works smoothly on all devices.

Have a look at the below one-step checkout process for Magento:

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2. Reward your customers

Customers love to be rewarded. It can be in the form of inviting your loyal customers to company events or sending them customized messages or gifts on their birthdays or anniversaries. Tools like LoyaltyBox are a great help in automating the process of rewarding your customers.

Here are some more ways you can apply to reward your customers:

  • Give cashback or loyalty points to the customers once they complete their first purchase which can be redeemed at their next purchase.
  • Charge upfront fee and provide VIP benefits. A great example is of Amazon Prime which charges $ 99 annually and the users get free shipping with no minimum purchase.
  • Partner with other companies to provide the customers with all inclusive offers. For example, you can tie up with a spa company and offer free spa services to customers when they reach a particular level.
3. Ask for constructive feedback

Customers look for a platform where they can share their voice. Feedback is an important medium to optimize the customer purchase journey. You can ask for user feedback through the following ways:

  • Send emails to customers after they make a purchase asking them about their experience like “Did you find the checkout process easy?” OR “What would you like to change in the checkout process in order to make it easier?”
  • Similarly, you can ask them about their experience with the particular product that they purchased.
  • You can also provide pro-active live chat support to gather real time feedback and minimize the friction to the purchase.
  • Gather data using customer surveys. Move forward with a shorter, “slider” survey that appears onscreen as a customer browses your site.
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4. Offer regular discounts

Who doesn’t like discounts? Rewarding your loyal customers by sending them discount coupons is a great way to enhance customer retention.

Shopify is one of the most reliable platforms when it comes to generating extra online sales. You can take advantage of Shopify’s coupon and discount feature. Create coupons and assign discount codes to generate more business.

You can create discounts on the basis of:

  • Percentage – 10% off on your overall purchase.
  • Shipping costs – offer customers free shipping.
5. Provide efficient customer service

You should always be supportive towards your customers and help them with whatever issues they might be facing. A bad and inefficient customer service is often one of the common reasons why customers fail to repeat purchase. Here are some tips for providing better customer service:

  • The customer service executives should be courteous and respectful.
  • They must listen to what the customer is saying. A good support agent has to be a good listener.
  • Response should be given in real time and all the queries should be fixed at the earliest. Support agents often try to neglect the customer queries and do not provide an immediate solution.
  • Consistently check with your customers whether they are happy with the products and services. Proper feedback is crucial for the success of the business. You can check out the customer service feedback templates provided by SurveyMonkey.
6. “Open a Relationship” instead of “Closing a Sale”

The growth of an e-commerce business is dependant on sales, however, the sales are eventually generated by customers. Therefore, if you try to close sales instead of opening relationship with the customers, it will only benefit you in short-term.

Instead, it is important to open up a relationship with your customer and focus on long-term benefits for your e-commerce business.

In conclusion

It is important for you to maintain the right attitude with your customers at each point during the customer lifecycle. You must exceed the expectations of the customers and always remain available. Remember that a happy customer is a loyal customer.

How do you keep the customers happy? Do let me know in the comments below.

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New iOS 10.2 Jailbreak Tweaks: BlinkBadge, Atmos, Backspace+, Bio Locker, More

By | August 13th, 2017

When it comes to finding just the right new iOS 10.2 jailbreak tweaks, it is very fair to say that the Cydia jailbreak store can be a bit of a minefield.

The sheer number of tweaks available makes it almost impossible to browse, and if you are anything like us, then you are probably crippled by the fear that you may be missing out on something truly awesome.

That’s no way to live, and we don’t want you to miss out on a thing. That’s why each week we share a handful of newly released tweaks that we think you’ll love. This week is no different. Below you will find ten new or updated iOS 10 – 10.2 jailbreak tweaks that we think will interest just about everyone. Within those ten tweaks, we are confident there will be something for each and everyone of you. With the introduction out of the way, let’s just jump right into it.

Bio Locker (BigBoss, $ 1.99)

Add some much needed protection to your apps, folders, notifications, toggles and settings with the help of Touch ID or a passcode.

SlideToUnlockX (BigBoss, $ 0.99)

The decision to remove the Slide to Unlock feature in iOS 10 was a travesty. Right that wrong with this tweak.

Atmos (BigBoss, $ 1.50)

Apple seems incapable of properly handling notification organization. Give this tweak a try instead of relying on Apple.

BlinkBadge (BigBoss, Free)

Super-simple, BlinkBadge makes app notification badges blink!

Backspace+ (BigBoss, Free)

Backspace+ enables single character deletion when deleting text. This will rid you of the annoyance of deleting a group of text or a whole paragraph at once accidentally.

LSScreenshotLimit (BigBoss, Free)

Have a need to limit the number of screenshots that can be taken on the lock screen? This is for you.

Hera (BigBoss, $ 1.00)

Tapping icons in the status bar to launch the corresponding app or toggle settings is something we should all be able to do. With this tweak, you can. More on the tweak here: Hera For iOS 10 Lets You Use Status Bar Icons As Shortcuts To Settings Like On Android.

CallPlus (BigBoss, $ 1.50)

Ever wanted to be able to make calls right from the lock screen? This tweak makes that possible, and more. More on it here: CallPlus For iOS 10 Adds Lock Screen Dialer, Touch ID Call Protection, More To iPhone.

Musessions (BigBoss, $ 3.00)

A whole new way to enjoy media on iOS, including bringing all of your media under one roof no matter the provider. More on the app here: Musessions For iOS 10 Tracks Music From All Apps, Makes Them Available In One Place.

DockXI (BigBoss, Free)

We love simple jailbreaks like this. Want the iOS 11 Dock on your iOS 10 device? Look no further. More on the tweak here: DockXI Brings iOS 11 Style Dock To iOS 10.

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