Which Social Media Site Do You Use Most for Business? [POLL]

This week, we want to know what social media site you're spending the most time on for your business. Check back for your most popular social media sites.

Social media has become a bigger part of a lot of small business’s marketing and customer engagement strategy since its infancy.

Quick question: Does anyone remember creating a MySpace page to promote their company? Sure, some — musicians, mostly — still use that platform but there are so many more popular options these days. And each one presents unique opportunities to reach an audience in a unique way.

Want to reach the general population? You’re probably using Facebook. Talking to your small business owner contemporaries? That sounds like a job for LinkedIn. Looking to be part of a national movement? A tweet with the right #hashtag gets you involved.

So, this week, we want to know …

Which social media site do you use most for business?

What Are Your Most Popular Social Media Sites?

We’re giving you a choice of the big ones: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+.

Let us know which platform is open most on your phone or occupying a tab most often in your web browser. In the comments section below, tell us why.

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Facebook Messenger Lite Takes Up Less Phone Space for Tech Challenged Areas

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Small businesses and others seeking a better way to communicate with customers or partners in tech challenged areas should rejoice.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has launched lighter version of its Android Messenger app. The new bare-bones Messenger app is designed for people in areas with slow internet connections as well as for older phones with less powerful processors and less memory.

Introducing the Facebook Messenger Lite App

The new Facebook Messenger Lite allows you to send stickers, photos, links and text to anyone using Messenger or Messenger Lite.

“More than 1 billion people around the world use Messenger every month from a range of mobile devices on networks of various speeds and reliability,” said the Engineering Manager for Messenger Lite Tom Mulcahy in a blog post. “With Messenger Lite, more people can stay in contact, regardless of network conditions or storage limitations on their Android devices. Messenger Lite was built to give people a great Messenger experience, no matter what technology they use or have access to.”

Tom also adds that the app is fast and easy to download as it’s under 10MB.

Like Facebook Messenger, Messenger Lite uses the same bolt logo, but with reversed colors. The bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background while for Facebook Messenger, the bolt is white with a blue chat bubble background.

The new Messenger Lite is already rolling out to people in Malaysia, Kenya, Tunisia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela. Tom says that they will soon be rolling the app in other countries in the coming months.

This should come as good news for businesses that use Messenger as a means to communicate with their clients. You can now be able to upload real-time photos and links regardless of the Internet speeds or the speed of your phone.

While Facebook is quite clear on what you can do with the “Lite” version, they are not so clear on what you will not get but don’t get surprised if you can’t find features certain features.

Facebook also doesn’t disclose whether there will be a similar app for iOS. They are, however, clear that they chose markets with a “prevalence of basic Android smartphones.”

Young Mobile Users in Kenya Photo Via Shutterstock

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LinkedIn ProFinder Offers New Freelance Marketplace for the Gig Economy

LinkedIn ProFinder Offers New Tool for the Gig Economy

ProFinder is a new professional services marketplace that LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) is piloting across the U.S. It is a “freelancer for hire” site similar to Fiverr, Flexjobs or Upwork, designed to help businesses find local freelance talent.

How LinkedIn ProFinder Works

To request a service, the business owner or manager goes to the ProFinder website and answers the “What service do you need?” question located on the home page. Service types cover categories from accounting to design, legal to real estate and business consulting to photography, plus much more.

From there, ProFinder takes the person through a series of queries that help to define the specifics of the request. The person clicks the “Get free proposals” button to complete the submission.

Once a person makes a request, ProFinder then attempts to get up to five responses from local freelance professionals within 24 hours of the submission. Currently, LinkedIn members from any valid U.S. zip code can file a request for service.

LinkedIn sources a freelancer’s ProFinder profile information from their LinkedIn profile. It recommends that freelancers include their skills and experience in the profile summary and get a few recommendations from clients and colleagues if they don’t already have them.

“Whether or not you get hired can often depend on the quality of recommendations you have on your profile,” LinkedIn says. “Make sure you have relevant recommendations featured on your profile to attract more leads.”

LinkedIn also suggests that freelancer’s use Pulse, the publishing platform, as a venue to demonstrate their industry knowledge, expertise, experience and career accomplishments. LinkedIn displays posts on the person’s ProFinder profile.

Price for LinkedIn ProFinder

The cost to use ProFinder is free for anyone looking to post a project and hire freelancers.

Freelancers can submit up to ten proposals at no cost but after that must upgrade to the LinkedIn Premium Business Plus subscription ($48 per month) to continue submitting proposals.

ProFinder Takes Advantage of Shift in Human Capital Economy

The launch of ProFinder represents a fundamental shift in the human capital arena.

While LinkedIn’s platform has traditionally been the domain of “white collar” business professionals to grow their careers, this new tool reveals its understanding that a shift to a gig economy is taking place — one where each job seeker is a free agent and the employer-employee relationship becomes more of a collaborative business transaction than a hierarchy, as in the past.

Fred Goff, workforce advocate and CEO of Jobcase, a work-life social network frequented by 50 million members each month, has seen this transformation first-hand. In a telephone interview with Small Business Trends, he said that three challenges and opportunities characterize the shift in the human capital market:

  • Employers no longer manage employees’ careers — workers now take control of their own trajectories;
  • This new economy is even more prevalent for those without 4-year degrees;
  • Traditional job boards are dead — meaningful employer-employee relationships are made via networking.

“Right now, in the human capital space, we are all free agents,” he said. “The employee-employer relationship has broken down, and each person is in charge of his own career.”

Goff noted that the average 25-year-old has already held up to seven jobs, quite a shift from the Baby Boomer who had no more than a dozen across the span of his entire career. As such, the stigma associated with job hopping no longers exists.

“ln addition to employee-employer loyalty bonds breaking, there is also serious economic inequality happening among the working class,” Goff said. “Forty-seven percent of all households can’t cover a $400 expense. You couple that with free agency and what you see are people taking on work in addition to their day job. People are either switching to 1099 altogether or are augmenting their income.”

To reinforce Goff’s point, a post on the ProFinder blog states that the number of professionals who freelance while working full-time has “more than doubled in the past five years,” mainly for economic reasons.

Goff regards ProFinder not as disruptive but representative of a natural evolution for LinkedIn, where it acknowledges that a shift is taking place.

“With ProFinder, LinkedIn isn’t creating a trend but responding to one that currently exists,” he said. “It’s merely an extension of LinkedIn’s functionality.”

He mentioned that platforms like ProFinder are breaking down jobs into skills proficiencies, to accommodate the quickly changing work landscape.

“The types of work change so fast that it’s necessary for workers to distil down what they do into core elements so prospective employers can get insight into what else they could do,” he said. “ProFinder lends itself to that type of approach. It makes a person’s skillset discoverable.”

How Small Businesses Can Transition to New Human Capital Economy

Goff had this advice for small businesses transitioning into the new human capital model.

“Don’t waste money posting jobs or paying for access to resumes in a database,” he said. “Instead, small businesses should free up their talent acquisition spend to promote their local talent brand — what it’s like to work at your shop. Focus on retention hiring and avoid attrition. Get your local talent brand out there, and you will have a stickier hire.”

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50 Small Business Ideas for People Who GET Social Media

50 Social Media Business Ideas for People Who GET Social Media

Social media is an essential tool for many different businesses. But for some, knowledge of social media is an absolutely integral part of running a business. If you really GET social media, here are some potential small business ideas you can use to build a business around your social media expertise.

Social Media Business Ideas

Social Media Consultant

50 Social Media Business Ideas - Social Media Consultant

Use your knowledge of social media to help other businesses. As a consultant, you would help other businesses evaluate their social media plans and determine a strategy to use going forward.

Social Media Manager

Or you could go even farther than that and actually manage the social media accounts for different business clients so they don’t have to manage those functions in house.

Social Media Marketer

You might also have other accounts on social media that you can use to market products and services for other brands, either on an ongoing or per-post basis.

Social Media Merchant

You can also use social media to actually sell products. You can have an ecommerce store and connect it to sites like Facebook and Pinterest, or you can actually start a dedicated account and list products for sale directly on platforms like Instagram.

Social Media Influencer

If you’ve spent time building up a personal following on social media, you can potentially use your own personal accounts to work with brands to promote their products or initiatives for a fee.

Blogger

50 Social Media Business Ideas - Blogger

There are many different potential topics you can blog about. And regardless of your topic area, social media is likely going to be a major part of the strategy you use to grow your audience.

YouTube Personality

If video is more of your format of choice, you can also build a business by posting videos to YouTube and making money off of the ad revenue.

Videographer

You can also potentially build a business by helping others film and create videos to post on YouTube and other social platforms.

Vine Personality

Vine is more of a niche platform. But if you’re skilled with video creation and want to specialize in shorter form videos, you can become a popular personality on Vine, Instagram or other short video platforms and then build a business around that notoriety.

Community Manager

You can offer your services on a freelance basis to companies that have strong online communities and need someone to help manage the community features on their websites and social media.

Content Marketer

Content marketing is a larger marketing concept that can include social media along with some other activities. You can provide content marketing services to businesses, including social media strategy or management, along with other functions.

Content Strategist

You can also serve a more limited role in the content marketing efforts of your clients by simply providing input on strategy decisions regarding social media and other content.

Marketing Consultant

Or you can opt to share your expertise in an even more general role. As a marketing consultant, you’d likely help businesses with a number of different functions, but social media would almost certainly be an important consideration.

Social Media Graphics Designer

Graphics are important on many social media platforms, including Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. So you can build a business by providing specialized graphics for businesses to use as part of their social media campaigns.

Flat Lay Photographer

On Instagram especially, but also on other platforms, flat lay photographs are very popular for showing off products and styled images. You can style and photograph some flat lay images and sell them to brands to use in their posts, or even work with brands directly to create custom flat lay images.

Stop Motion Videographer

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Stop motion videos are also popular on platforms like Instagram since they can tell a story in a fairly condensed time frame. So you can specialize in this area of videography to help businesses with their video content on social media.

eBook Author

If you’re especially knowledgeable about social media, you can write an ebook about it. And then you can use social media to promote the book as well.

Online Course Creator

You can also potentially build online courses to teach other business owners or professionals about various aspects of using social media.

Infoproducts Seller

There are a number of other information products that you can sell related to social media, from workbooks to helpful documents.

Niche Website Operator

If you run a website for a niche interest group, you’ll almost certainly need to include social media as part of your strategy for promoting the site. You might even integrate some social features directly into the site.

Podcaster

50 Social Media Business Ideas - Podcaster

Podcasting is another area where you are likely to need social media to connect with your potential audience.

Online Newsletter Writer

If you prefer communicating with your audience via email, you can start an email newsletter and use social media as a way to promote it and further connect with members of your audience.

Online Magazine Operator

Likewise, online magazines often use social media as a way to really drive engagement with readers and members of the community.

Live Streamer

Platforms like Periscope and Facebook Live offer you a way to stream live video content to your audience. So if you’re building a business as a speaker or expert in your field, you can use those platforms as a way to share your expertise online.

Social Media Advertising Specialist

Many social media platforms also offer advertising options. So you can build a business by helping other businesses create ads and advertising strategies for their social media ad campaigns.

Analytics Specialist

Analytics can also play a major part in the success of social media campaigns. So you can help business clients make sense of their analytics data on social media.

Event Promoter

If you promote events, you’ll almost certainly need to use social media on a regular basis to reach out to potential attendees.

Meme Marketer

It might sound a little strange, but memes can actually hold a lot of potential for marketers. So it could make for a unique specialty for a social media marketing professional.

Animal Celebrity Manager

Likewise, it might sound strange to build a business around posting photos of a pet on social media. But animal celebrities like Grumpy Cat have proven that you can build a business in this area, if you’re social media savvy.

Recruiter

As a recruiter, you have many potential functions. But social media can be a major tool for job hunters. So you can even build a business by specializing in recruiting candidates on social media.

Social Media Tutor

You can also teach others about social media using all of your knowledge and experience. As a social media tutor, you can work one-on-one with others who want to learn how to use various platforms.ss

Workshop Teacher

Or you could opt for a setting where you can teach more people about social media at one time. Offer workshops to teach different aspects of social media to members of your local community.

Social Media Platform Founder

Of course, you can also build your own business by starting your very own social media platform.

Social Media Sales

Social media holds a lot of potential for sales professionals. So you can offer your services to companies that want to leverage those platforms to reach out to potential prospects and even close deals.

Youth Outreach Specialist

Social media is especially popular among young consumers. So if you want to build a business that specializes in reaching out to young consumers on behalf of brands, you could use social media as a big part of your strategy.

Social Media Customer Support Rep

Brands can also use social media as part of their customer service or support strategy. So you can offer your services as a customer support rep who provides assistance to those who reach out on social media.

Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants can handle a variety of different tasks for businesses. But social media is often at least part of the job description.

Public Relations Rep

Public relations is another area that can encompass a lot of different functions. But social media has become a growing part of this industry.

Digital Marketing Specialist

You can also serve as a marketing specialist that works with brands specifically to develop and carry out online marketing strategies, including social media.

Social Media Copywriter

There are also plenty of different opportunities for writers to contribute to the success of social media campaigns. You can offer your services to people who want help crafting their social media posts or ads.

Video Ad Creator

You can also specialize in creating video advertisements for brands that want to advertise their products or services before YouTube videos or on other social platforms.

Affiliate Marketer

If you have a sizeable following on social media and other online platforms, you can earn money from becoming an affiliate for various brands and then getting a portion of the sales you drive to those businesses.

App Developer

It takes a lot more than a knowledge of social media to be a great app developer. But many apps do have social features or integrations, so social media expertise can certainly help.

Social Game Developer

In addition, social media can be a great way to promote games. And some platforms, including Facebook, even offer a platform for actually hosting those games.

Traveling Photographer

If you want to build a business as a photographer, you can use social media as your main way of promoting your services and interacting with potential clients as you travel around the country for different jobs.

Business Coach

If you want to build a business as a coach for other entrepreneurs, you’ll need to have a solid handle on social media so you can help your clients succeed in that area.

YouTube Coach

You can even get really specific with your coaching business and offer services designed to help people who want to build businesses on YouTube.

Freelance Writer

As a freelance writer, you’ll also likely need to use social media as a way to promote your services to business clients and to share your work with relevant audiences.

Online News Reporter

Likewise, social media can be a great way to share local news updates if you start a website or even newspaper in your local community.

Crowdfunding Consultant

Social media can be an essential tool for businesses that want to use crowdfunding to raise money. So you can build a business as a crowdfunding consultant to help those businesses promote their offerings on social media and beyond.

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PlayStation VR India Launch to Be ‘Confirmed in Due Time’; Public Demos Set for IGX 201

PlayStation VR India Launch to Be 'Confirmed in Due Time'; Public Demos Set for IGX 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sony has confirmed PS VR for public demos in India
  • A release date announcement is in the offing
  • You can check out PS VR at IGX 2016

Earlier we reported that Sony’s PlayStation VR (PS VR) headset would be available for demo in India at the 2016 edition of the Indian Games Expo or IGX 2016 as it is known. On Wednesday, both the event’s organisers and Sony have confirmed that PS VR will be available for all and sundry to try out.

“We at PlayStation are pleased to be part of IGX where gamers can enjoy playing and competing on the best PS4 titles. The showcasing of PlayStation VR at the event reinforces our dedication and commitment to delivering the best experiences to gamers in India,” said Robert Fisser, VP and General Manager (Middle East, Africa, Turkey, India), Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe in a prepared statement, which incidentally stopped short of an actual release date.

 

(Also see: IGX 2016 Registrations Open, Public Debut of PlayStation VR in India Teased)

“For those who are looking forward to its launch, we would like to thank everyone for their patience and continued support. We are beyond excited to deliver to them the amazing experience that PS VR offers. The launch date will be confirmed in due course of time,” the statement continued.

“Our aim with IGX is to bring as many of these varied experiences as possible under one roof, and with PlayStation VR, we can offer our visitors a jaw-dropping virtual reality experience,” said IGX’s organiser Sameer Desai.

While neither Sony nor IGX has mentioned what you can play on the PS VR at the expo, it is safe to say the contents of the device’s demo disc would be one of the many experiences on display.

(Also see: IGX Is a Picture Perfect Representation of Gaming in India)

And if VR isn’t up your alley, other games will be present at the event as well. These include WWE 2K17, Mafia 3, NBA 2K17, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, Rise of the Tomb Raider for PS4, FIFA 17, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and No Man’s Sky.

Further shoring up the list are a host of locally developed games such as Asura. a Diablo-styled game from Hyderabad-based Ogre Head Studios, Zenith, a role-playing co-developed by Bengaluru’s Holy Cow Productions, and Dodgefall, a racing game from Roosh Interactive, a studio based in Mumbai.

(Also see: Dr. House Meets Final Fantasy in Zenith, a Game Co-Developed in India)

This year’s edition of IGX will take place at the World Trade Centre in Mumbai from October 15 to 16.

The first year of IGX was an honest representation of the consumer gaming scene in the country, unlike India’s many Comic Con events, which have over the years devolved into a crowded bunch of known stores selling merchandise and little else. How it evolves in its second year will be interesting to see.

Tags: PS VR, PSVR, PS VR pre orders, PSVR India availability, PlayStation VR, Sony, Virtual Reality, IGX, IGX 2016,Indian Games Expo
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Steam Dev Days 2016: Steam Link for Samsung TVs, Wireless Vive, and More

Steam Dev Days 2016: Steam Link for Samsung TVs, Wireless Vive, and More

Steam Dev Days 2016: Steam Link for Samsung TVs, Wireless Vive, and More
HIGHLIGHTS
Steam Link will be integrated in Samsung TVs
Valve is working on VR content to be announced next year
A wireless Vive VR headset is also in development
Steam Dev Days is Valve’s developer convention that takes place in Seattle every two years. While no press was present at Steam Dev Days 2016, that hasn’t stopped information from trickling out.

The headline announcement was Steam Link – which lets you stream Steam games on your PC to your TV, will be integrated into Samsung’s upcoming TVs. A massive coup and a monumental indicator of PC gaming’s importance in the living room.

(Also see: Steam to Get Native PS4 Controller Support Soon)

In addition to this, Valve is investing in VR companies, particularly one responsible for 60GHz wireless transfer technology. This could possibly be Quark VR, a company developing a Wireless Vive headset with Valve advising.

(Also see: PC Gaming Is Getting Better, but Publishers Are Getting Worse)

Furthermore, a new SteamVR controller is in development as are next-gen Lighthouse basestations. The former has no release window while the latter is expected in 2017. The company also reaffirmed Lighthouse tech being planned as open and standardised as Wi-Fi.

On the topic of VR, Valve claims 1,000 new VR users are on Steam every day. Which is odd considering both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift haven’t exactly sold as well as anticipated. Nonetheless, while Valve has no content announcements for Steam Dev Days, it claims to be working on something that should keep everyone happy.
(Also see: HTC Vive and Oculus Rift Sales Have Reached a Crashing Halt for Steam Users)

“Although we’re not going to treat dev days this year as the place or the time to make big product announcements related to the content we have in development at Valve for virtual reality I do think that once it comes time to do that next year that nobody in this room is going to be disappointed about what we have in the works,” stated Valve’s Greg Coomer on a Periscope video. Could he possibly be alluding to the Half-Life VR game HTC’s leadership revealed and quickly apologised for?

Other points of note include Asia being the third largest market for Steam, growing almost 500 percent. Prior to the event, Valve noted in a prepared statement that Steam is home to over 10,000 games across Windows PC, Linux, Mac, and multiple VR systems.

(Also see: Half-Life Lead Writer Retires From Valve)

VR appears to be the focal point for Steam Dev Days this year. While an admirable notion, it will be of interest to see if it ever reaches mainstream adoption given that the we’re just witnessing lower price points in terms of tech required. Whether the content is tailored for the platform or not could very well make or break Valve’s ambitions.

Tags: Steam, Valve, Steam Dev Days, Steam Dev Days 2016, SteamVR, Vive, HTC Vive, VR, Oculus Rift, PC games, PC gaming

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God of War ‘Designed for Standard PS4’; No PS4 Pro Needed to Play

God of War 'Designed for Standard PS4'; No PS4 Pro Needed to PlayGod of War ‘Designed for Standard PS4’; No PS4 Pro Needed to Play
HIGHLIGHTS
God of War will run just fine on the original PS4
There won’t be too many pre-release demos due to focus on the game itself
God of War for the PS4 has no release date yet
With Sony announcing the PS4 Pro for a November 10 release date, there’s always the temptation for developers to optimise the game for the newer, more powerful platform that is the PS4 Pro at the cost of skimping out on the existing one, which in this case is the original PS4. However this will not be the case with God of War. Revealed at E3 2016 after a fairly accurate leak, it seems that the game will run just fine on a regular PS4.

“What we showed at E3 was running on a standard PS4. The game is designed for standard PS4, don’t need a [PS4] Pro to play,” tweeted Cory Balrog, Creative Director on God of War at Sony Computer Entertainment’s Santa Monica Studio in response to a fan’s question of what the game will be playable on.

Safe to say there will be some additional visual enhancements for the PS4 Pro, but the fact that Balrog has stated it will run as it should on the PS4 should have many a PS4 owner sighing in relief.
(Also see: The PS4 Pro Won’t Solve the PS4’s Biggest Problem)

And if you’re wondering about the lack of pre-release gameplay demos, Balrog and his team are hard at work on the final product. He believes that “demos pull a month or two away from final game.” Presumably because Sony Santa Monica is “focussed on making this game awesome”, another tweet from him claims.

(Also see: Sony Santa Monica Explains Combat in PS4-Exclusive God of War )

Nonetheless, we’re yet to see a release date for God of War though we won’t be surprised to see it available in time for the holiday season next year. Sony hasn’t had a big exclusive for the second half of the year in the longest time and God of War may just be able to fill that void. That is of course, if it isn’t subject to many a delay like some of Sony’s first-party releases this generation.

Tags: God of War, God of War 4, God of War release date, God of War PS4 release date, PS4, PS4 Pro, Sony Santa Monica Studios, Cory Balrog

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Candy Crush Creator Launches Live Multiplayer Card Game ‘Shuffle Cats’ for Android, iOS

Candy Crush Creator Launches Live Multiplayer Card Game 'Shuffle Cats' for Android, iOSCandy Crush Creator Launches Live Multiplayer Card Game ‘Shuffle Cats’ for Android, iOS
HIGHLIGHTS
Shuffle Cats allows you to play rummy on mobile
It enables you to play with other players across the world in real-time
The game is created by Candy Crush maker King
King.com, the company behind the famous Candy Crush game on mobile, has now released a new game for Android and iOS users. Shuffle Cats is a live multiplayer card game that allows you to play rummy real-time with other players across regions.

Shuffle Cats brings the traditional card game rummy on smartphones. It allows players from across borders to play with each other (this means that the app will use data), and compete in the game of cards.

As the name suggests, the characters in the game are all inspired by the feline species, with names like ‘Montie’ to boast. Just like rummy, you’ve got to meld pairs or runs to win the game, and earn points to level up. Each player is rewarded with 1000 gems at first, and to go up each level, a player has to give up a stack of his gem treasure. Whichever player wins, takes the gems along with them, while the other loses his stack. Just like all games, as you level up, the game keeps getting harder and more competitive.

Each player also has a set of Lucky Charms that he can use to boost his chances against an opponent while playing a crucial game. Users can even interact with players using the live chat option inside the game.
Apart from this new Shuffle Cats game, the Candy Crush creator is also reportedly working on a mobile shooter game, and was even looking for employing people for the same.

Shuffle Cats is available for download for free on the App Store and Google Play. The game is 109MB in size on the App Store, and 61MB on Google Play. Shuffle Cats includes in-app purchases.

Tags: Shuffle Cats, Gaming, Apps, Shuffle Cats for Android, Shuffle Cats for iOS, Andorid, Apple

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Microsoft Releases Fix for Users Affected by Windows 10 Cumulative Update Issue

Microsoft Releases Fix for Users Affected by Windows 10 Cumulative Update Issue

Last week, Microsoft released Cumulative Update KB3194496 for users running Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1067), and, this caused problems for some users – trapping them in a loop after the installation failed. The issue only affected those who were previously on the Windows Insider Program before migrating the the public branch earlier this year, as well as some users still on the Windows Insider Program , Microsoft has now come out with a fix.

ZDNet reports that an email statement from Microsoft confirms that the update released for Windows 10 version 1607 on September 29 failed to install and would roll back for many users. The company claimed that a small number of customers in the Windows Insider Program that were running a previous build of the OS were affected.

(Also see: Windows 10 Now Running on 400 Million Active Devices, Says Microsoft)

“We became aware of an issue with the recent Windows 10 cumulative update that impacted a small number of customers in the Windows Insider Program that were running a previous build of the OS. We have created a solution to resolve this issue, which is now live and can be accessed here.”

Users affected by the update reported that after the system reached the 100 percent mark, they would get a prompt saying the process could not be completed and thereby reverting the changes, resulting in a loop of failed attempts.

Microsoft has released a patch that fixes the issue. That link takes you to the Windows 10 1607 (RS1) Script fix to unblock update for Insider.

There is no clear indication as to how many users have been affected although Microsoft says it’s a “small number”. However, ZDNet’s Ed Bott claims “the number is probably in the hundreds of thousands, representing systems that were in the Windows Insider Program, receiving preview releases, during the first half of 2016 before switching to the public branch.”

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 10, Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Bug, Windows Insider Program, Computing, PC, Laptops

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Honor 8 India Launch Set for October 12

Honor 8 India Launch Set for October 12

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It is powered by an octa-core processor.
  • The Honor 8 packs a 3000mAh battery
  • The smartphone was first unveiled in China in July

Honor, the Huawei Terminal brand, has sent out invites for a New Delhi launch event on October 12. The company has confirmed that it is launching the Honor 8 in India, and pricing and availability details will be unveiled at the event. The big highlight of the smartphone is the dual camera setup at the back, the full premium metal design, the fingerprint scanner at the back, and the USB Type-C port for charging.

The Honor 8 was unveiled first in China in July. The smartphone was then launched in three variants – CNY 1,999 (approximately Rs. 20,000) for the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage model, CNY 2,299 (approximately Rs. 23,000) for the 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage model, and CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000) for the 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage model.

(Also see: Honor 8 First Impressions)

As for the specifications, the Honor 8 features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) LTPS LCD display with a pixel density of 423ppi. The smartphone is powered by a 1.8GHz Kirin 950 octa-core processor with 3GB or 4GB RAM configurations. There are also options for 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage, and it isn’t sure whether both or just one variant will make its way to the Indian market.

The Honor 8 smartphone sports two 12-megapixel rear cameras, with dual-tone LED flash and laser autofocus. Additionally, there is also an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EMUI 4.1, and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot. It measures 145.5x71x7.4mm and weighs 153 grams.

The smartphone is protected by 2.5D glass at the front and back, has smooth round metal edges, and dons the fingerprint sensor at the back. Interestingly, the fingerprint scanning ring doubles up into a physical button as well, and performs multiple functions on screen. The Honor 8 packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, and Infrared sensor.

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