6 great Android features missing from iOS 11

6 great Android features missing from iOS 11

Call me a flip-flopper, but the new features in iOS 11 have me thinking of jumping back to iOS after switching to Android barely a year ago.

Indeed, the new version of iOS brings such enticing features as a revamped App Store, a customizable Control Center, and drag-and-drop for iPad users, plus such catch-up features as one-handed typing and easy person-to-person payments.

But returning to iOS would mean leaving behind many Android features I’ve grown to love, from the ability to set up multiple user profiles to one-touch Google searches on whatever’s onscreen at a given moment.

Read on for six awesome Android features that iOS 11 has yet to match, starting with…

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6 Skills You Can Learn Online for a Lucrative and Productive 2017

6 Skills You Can Learn Online for a Lucrative and Productive 2017

I am so much in love with this era we are in — an era where there is so much information online for self-development. A focused and determined person can learn many skills online and use them to diversify his or her income. With all the advanced, digital technology in this world, no one should give excuses of not having one or two skills to remain relevant and competitive.

In the days of yore, skill acquisition and dissemination were limited to certain geographical locations because of the low level of technological know-how. However, the advent of sophisticated technology — which propelled the development of many apps, software and social media — has made skills and knowledge easily disseminated and accessible.

 

There are countless websites readily available for you to acquire valuable skills and knowledge for free or with little fee for a productive 2017. These skills are:

1. Web design and development.

Web design and development is a highly sought-after skill. This is because we are in a digital transformation age where every business — small, medium and large scale — is extremely interested in showcasing their products and services to the world through their websites.

There are lots of sites that can teach you how to design and develop a website. By acquiring these skills, one is adequately positioned to scramble for millions of small, medium and large scale businesses who are contemplating launching or updating their websites.

2. Statistical data analysis.

Statistical data analysis is another vital skill that is in high demand by companies, entrepreneurs and students. The knowledge of Mini-tab,  Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and E-view, just to name a few, makes a person highly desirable.

As a researcher, I have smiled all the way to the bank numerous times because I have some knowledge of statistical data analytical software. Most students in tertiary institutions need an expert data analyst — companies too, especially when sophisticated software is needed for forecasting market shares, profit and other vital results that will aid managerial decision making.

You can learn these data analytical tools online, and consult an expert for clarification should you encounter some difficulties trying to grasp the calculations and interpretation of results.

3. Fashion designing.

Humans are always in need of food, clothes and shelter. These are three basic necessities of life. Both rich and poor are in need of clothes. In our contemporary world where fashion is always a trending issue, everybody wants to look classic and beautiful. This has made fashion designers kings and queens in their profession.

There are sites that can teach you how to draw fashion or make fashion sketches, and there are lots of online videos that can teach you make dresses. The beauty of having this skill lies in the way customers flock around fashion designers within few hours of setting up an office.

Fashion designing is synonymous to a football match; there is never a dull moment from the blast of the whistle. What do I mean? Even at the apprentice stage, customers are already flocking around you.

 

4. Make-up.

Believe it or not, the makeup business is growing at an incredible rate. There are lots of online videos that can teach you the rudiment of make up. An interview with Ifeoma Agu, the CEO of Ivonmelda Makeova, shocked me. She is an expert in hairstyle but felt she needed a makeup skill to enhance her business growth.

However, since she couldn’t afford the training fees, she decided to download lots of YouTube videos on makeup. The rest is history. She is one of the most sought-after makeup artists in her state as a result of her quality service delivery. Remember, she learned this skill for free. You can do same.

5. Business research.

Many people want to venture into business while those who are already in business are seeking other businesses to invest in. Many companies and investors are actually seeking well-researched business ideas to invest in.

As a business researcher, you can work on your own terms. You decide whether to sell your business ideas or become a partner in the businesses. At the end of the day, you will be surprised to see that you are a co-owner of chains of businesses.

Acquiring this skill is not as difficult as you think. I am saying this because most people are indifferent when it comes to research. All you need is to be patient, focus and determined. Read online articles and journals or watch videos on business research. It’s also a good idea to consult an expert.

6. Own a blog.

You can actually learn how to create and run a blog online. By systematically following the step-by-step instructions on creating a blog, you’ll be acquiring the skill to create more blogs for prospective clients. You can create a blog for your web design and development business, statistical data analysis, fashion designing, makeup and business research businesses.

 

Successful bloggers today started by simply creating a blog. The rest is history. You too can join the leagues of successful bloggers by meticulously following their footsteps.

There is so much to be gained by acquiring one or more skills online. Big organizations looked for people with the talents and skills discussed above in 2016. And 2017 will not be different. Learn a skill online today for a productive year.

 

 

[Source:- Entrepreneur]

 

6 Landing Page Mistakes You Want to Avoid at Any Cost

6 Landing Page Mistakes You Want to Avoid at Any Cost | Social Media Today

If you’re doing your marketing right, visitors will be coming to your landing page in droves. Your landing page is crucial. It’s often the first real encounter people might have with your brand. That first experience is what they’re going to talk about on social media, and you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

But a good landing page isn’t just about impressing visitors and preparing them for conversion. It’s also a crucial part of PPC and SEO success. A great landing page that converts often leads to higher rankings and lower ad spend. A bad one can threaten your entire AdWords account and get your site yanked from the listings due to a dreaded Google suspension.

We want to help you ensure your pages are up to snuff. Here are some things you should be checking:

PAGE SPEED

Page speed is more important on landing pages than anything else. When someone clicks an ad they are primed to convert, but you have a very small window. Your pages should load within 1-3 seconds of a click. 4 is borderline. Any longer than that and they’ll bounce off to another page that can serve them faster. Use Google’s page speed checking tools to see if you’re fast enough.

SHOW THE FIRST STEP TO THE VISITOR

Once they land, they need to be presented with a single clear call-to-action and how to follow it. Present your offer and what they need to do to get it. If they can’t understand what you want and what they’ll get immediately, they’ll leave your page behind.

AVOID DISTRACTION

Cluttered and unclear landing pages do your visitor no favors. Don’t put up links to other offers or stuff your page too full of branding and other marketing material. The landing page has one job – generating leads. Keep it sharp and simple.

SOCIAL PROOF

Great landing pages deliver their message this way:

  • This is my product and business
  • Here is what you can receive and the benefits you’ll get
  • To receive it, follow these instructions
  • Here is some proof that the results will be as advertised.

Social proof, in the form of reviews and testimonials, is essential. Few people are willing to trust an ad on the first impression. They want to see that others have gone through the process and got what they were promised. Don’t neglect this.

MAKE SURE THE CTA WORKS

Whatever your CTA is, you have to make sure that the action leads to the expected result. Forms should be clear and functional. Download links must work every time. Purchases must go through. Violating trust after someone completes a CTA is a road to ruin.

DON’T LET THEM EASILY GO AWAY

What if they don’t convert on your first offer? Don’t let them get away without offering something else, like a newsletter sign-up. However, don’t be too pushy with your tactics and make sure that they don’t violate Google policy – trapping people on your website with fancy Javascript is a good way to get banned. One way you could lead them further is offering a “thanks, but no thanks” button on your first offer that goes to a new landing page.

Your landing page is the linchpin between a curious visitor and a converted customer. Make sure the quality of your landing pages are as good as you’re able to make them. Take these tips to heart.

 

 

[Source:- Socialmediatoday]

6 Things We’d Like to See in Pokemon Sun and Moon

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As we wait for the release of the recently announced Pokemon Sun and Moon, Game Rant takes a look at what features we’d like to see in the upcoming titles.

Despite the excitement of Pokemon Sun and Moon‘s announcement during Nintendo’s Pokemon-themed direct, very little has been revealed about the upcoming game besides the fact that it will be a new main series title.

Due to the lack of information in the company’s brief presentation, all we can do is speculate about the upcoming games, though some eagle-eyed fans have noticed that the presented concept art hints at the next adventure possibly having a tropical setting. While we don’t know much about what the new titles are going to be like, here are just some of the things we hope will be in Pokemon Sun and Moon.


A Better Rival

Pokemon Rivals

The original Pokemon games had great rivals that would occasionally pop up to test the player’s skills in battle. The Kanto region had Blue, Johto had Silver, and Hoenn had May/Brendan – as well as Wally. The thing is, as the games go on, The Pokemon Company seem to be diluting down the rival experience in place of allowing more characters to join the player’s journey. In the latest region, Kalos, the player has 4 friends that will turn up from time to time.

The thing is, while Blue and Silver’s teams would fill up and develop alongside the player’s, even the last time you encounter your friends in Pokemon X and Y, they still haven’t caught 6 Pokemon. Not only does this make them easier to beat but it actually serves to remove almost all of the threat in them challenging you to a battle. Here’s hoping that Sun and Moon brings back that same intensity that we saw when facing Blue in the Pokemon league for the first time.


Original Pokemon

Pokemon Rainbow

One thing that made Pokemon X and so great was the inclusion of classic creatures, as well as the new additions to the Kalos Pokedex. While Generation 6 delivered a range of fresh and unique Pokemon, the power of nostalgia is strong, especially for Pokemon fans. With the inclusion of the brand new Mega Evolution, old favorites suddenly became important and usable creatures again.

Of course we’re all wanting to see what The Pokemon Company delivers in terms of new creatures, but adopting X and Y‘s method of blending the old with the new might be the best tactic to ensure popularity of the new games. Maybe Sun and Moon will once again give players a second starter Pokemon, this time in the form of the second generation’s Cyndaquil, Totodile, or Chikorita.


Higher Difficulty

Pokemon Red Versus Giovanni

Despite Pokemon being a game generally aimed towards children, Nintendo has always been good at making its titles fun for all ages and the older fanbase isn’t about to abandon the franchise, especially during the Year of Pokemon. That said, it would be nice to see the Big N raise the difficulty just a little from it’s level in X and Y. The original games had just the right amount of difficulty to add a challenge while still keeping the game fun.

In the last original title, however, players had access to an exp. share that simultaneously levelled up all of their Pokemon at once, regardless of whether or not they were ever sent out in battle. This resulted in the player having a high level team with very little effort and led to many complaining that the game’s ultimate challenge, the Elite 4, required almost no preparation to beat. While an easy Pokemon game does remove the need to grind levels, it takes away from the great sense of achievement that we felt after finally beating a difficult gym leader or challenging rival fight.


More Evolution/Mega Evolutions

Pokemon X Y Mega Charizard Blastoise Venasaur

It’s almost guaranteed that we’ll be getting a new range of Mega Evolutions in order to capitalize on the new feature that was introduced in the past couple games, but a few new regular Pokemon evolutions would be welcomed also. Pokemon such as Dunsparce, Farfetch’d, and Shuckle are long overdue a new form in order to make the creatures relevant and worthwhile in battle again.

In terms of new Megas, it’ll be interesting to see if the developers give any more starter Pokemon a Mega Evolution in much the same way as they did with Gen 1 and Gen 3. A Mega Typhlosion or Empoleon would be sure to be met with a great reception, due to the popularity of the two. It’d also be interesting to see creatures like Dragonite, Flygon, or Rapidash get a Mega form because, frankly, it’s upsetting that they haven’t already received the upgrade.


Return of the Roller Skates

Pokemon skates

Pokemon X/Y’s addition of the roller skates was one of the things that made the game stand out in comparison to the other main series titles. Ever since the series began, trainers have been confined to a blocky movement pattern that only allowed them to move in 4 different directions. Then out came the roller skates and suddenly every Pokemon master could move fluidly and quickly at a push of the CirclePad. Yes, bikes are available too, but there was just something fresh and new about the skates that made them so much fun to use.

Not only were the skates practical but trainers could also learn tricks including a stylish “Cosmic Flip”. Sadly, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby removed the option to skate in order to stay true to the original games, but with Sun and Moon on the way, Nintendo should certainly consider bringing back the transport method.


Pokemon Followers

Pokemon Walking

Something that nearly every Pokemon fan wants to see is the return of the Pokemon follower. First seen in Pokemon Yellow where Pikachu could tail behind its trainer and be interacted with to check its mood, the Pokemon follower feature has been vastly underused ever since. Only appearing once more in Heart Gold/Soul Silver, Pokemon followers are well overdue a comeback.

Of course, it’d require a lot of effort to implement such a feature now, both because of the sheer number of Pokemon sprites that would need to be produced and because of the 3-dimensional movement but it’s sure to be very much appreciated by almost all of the Pokemon fanbase.


Conclusion

Still Play Pokemon Mid Twenties

Despite the first Pokemon titles coming out 20 years ago, fans of the series are still playing the games today, and this is reflected in the success of Nintendo’s second most popular franchise as the sales increase with each generation. While the old classics still have a great deal of replay value, it’s important that the Big N learns from its successes and puts a great deal of time into making sure Pokemon Sun and Moon are remembered as fondly.

Regardless of whether any or all of the features on our list are added to the next Pokemon games, it seems hard for Nintendo to do anything profoundly wrong with this legendary series. With that said, it’s no stretch to say that we’re all very excited to see how Sun and Moon turn out.

 

[Source:- Gamerant]

6 Things We’d Like to See in Pokemon Sun and Moon

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As we wait for the release of the recently announced Pokemon Sun and Moon, Game Rant takes a look at what features we’d like to see in the upcoming titles.

Despite the excitement of Pokemon Sun and Moon‘s announcement during Nintendo’s Pokemon-themed direct, very little has been revealed about the upcoming game besides the fact that it will be a new main series title.

Due to the lack of information in the company’s brief presentation, all we can do is speculate about the upcoming games, though some eagle-eyed fans have noticed that the presented concept art hints at the next adventure possibly having a tropical setting. While we don’t know much about what the new titles are going to be like, here are just some of the things we hope will be in Pokemon Sun and Moon.


A Better Rival

Pokemon Rivals

The original Pokemon games had great rivals that would occasionally pop up to test the player’s skills in battle. The Kanto region had Blue, Johto had Silver, and Hoenn had May/Brendan – as well as Wally. The thing is, as the games go on, The Pokemon Company seem to be diluting down the rival experience in place of allowing more characters to join the player’s journey. In the latest region, Kalos, the player has 4 friends that will turn up from time to time.

The thing is, while Blue and Silver’s teams would fill up and develop alongside the player’s, even the last time you encounter your friends in Pokemon X and Y, they still haven’t caught 6 Pokemon. Not only does this make them easier to beat but it actually serves to remove almost all of the threat in them challenging you to a battle. Here’s hoping that Sun and Moon brings back that same intensity that we saw when facing Blue in the Pokemon league for the first time.


Original Pokemon

Pokemon Rainbow

One thing that made Pokemon X and so great was the inclusion of classic creatures, as well as the new additions to the Kalos Pokedex. While Generation 6 delivered a range of fresh and uniquePokemon, the power of nostalgia is strong, especially for Pokemon fans. With the inclusion of the brand new Mega Evolution, old favorites suddenly became important and usable creatures again.

Of course we’re all wanting to see what The Pokemon Company delivers in terms of new creatures, but adopting X and Y‘s method of blending the old with the new might be the best tactic to ensure popularity of the new games. Maybe Sun and Moon will once again give players a second starterPokemon, this time in the form of the second generation’s Cyndaquil, Totodile, or Chikorita.


Higher Difficulty

Pokemon Red Versus Giovanni

Despite Pokemon being a game generally aimed towards children, Nintendo has always been good at making its titles fun for all ages and the older fanbase isn’t about to abandon the franchise, especially during the Year of Pokemon. That said, it would be nice to see the Big N raise the difficulty just a little from it’s level in X and Y. The original games had just the right amount of difficulty to add a challenge while still keeping the game fun.

In the last original title, however, players had access to an exp. share that simultaneously levelled up all of their Pokemon at once, regardless of whether or not they were ever sent out in battle. This resulted in the player having a high level team with very little effort and led to many complaining that the game’s ultimate challenge, the Elite 4, required almost no preparation to beat. While an easyPokemon game does remove the need to grind levels, it takes away from the great sense of achievement that we felt after finally beating a difficult gym leader or challenging rival fight.


More Evolution/Mega Evolutions

Pokemon X Y Mega Charizard Blastoise Venasaur

It’s almost guaranteed that we’ll be getting a new range of Mega Evolutions in order to capitalize on the new feature that was introduced in the past couple games, but a few new regular Pokemon evolutions would be welcomed also. Pokemon such as Dunsparce, Farfetch’d, and Shuckle are long overdue a new form in order to make the creatures relevant and worthwhile in battle again.

In terms of new Megas, it’ll be interesting to see if the developers give any more starter Pokemon a Mega Evolution in much the same way as they did with Gen 1 and Gen 3. A Mega Typhlosion or Empoleon would be sure to be met with a great reception, due to the popularity of the two. It’d also be interesting to see creatures like Dragonite, Flygon, or Rapidash get a Mega form because, frankly, it’s upsetting that they haven’t already received the upgrade.


Return of the Roller Skates

Pokemon skates

Pokemon X/Y’s addition of the roller skates was one of the things that made the game stand out in comparison to the other main series titles. Ever since the series began, trainers have been confined to a blocky movement pattern that only allowed them to move in 4 different directions. Then out came the roller skates and suddenly every Pokemon master could move fluidly and quickly at a push of the CirclePad. Yes, bikes are available too, but there was just something fresh and new about the skates that made them so much fun to use.

Not only were the skates practical but trainers could also learn tricks including a stylish “Cosmic Flip”. Sadly, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby removed the option to skate in order to stay true to the original games, but with Sun and Moon on the way, Nintendo should certainly consider bringing back the transport method.


Pokemon Followers

Pokemon Walking

Something that nearly every Pokemon fan wants to see is the return of the Pokemon follower. First seen in Pokemon Yellow where Pikachu could tail behind its trainer and be interacted with to check its mood, the Pokemon follower feature has been vastly underused ever since. Only appearing once more in Heart Gold/Soul Silver, Pokemon followers are well overdue a comeback.

Of course, it’d require a lot of effort to implement such a feature now, both because of the sheer number of Pokemon sprites that would need to be produced and because of the 3-dimensional movement but it’s sure to be very much appreciated by almost all of the Pokemon fanbase.


Conclusion

Still Play Pokemon Mid Twenties

Despite the first Pokemon titles coming out 20 years ago, fans of the series are still playing the games today, and this is reflected in the success of Nintendo’s second most popular franchise as the sales increase with each generation. While the old classics still have a great deal of replay value, it’s important that the Big N learns from its successes and puts a great deal of time into making sure Pokemon Sun and Moon are remembered as fondly.

Regardless of whether any or all of the features on our list are added to the next Pokemon games, it seems hard for Nintendo to do anything profoundly wrong with this legendary series. With that said, it’s no stretch to say that we’re all very excited to see how Sun and Moon turn out.

Pokemon Sun and Moon are slated for a Holiday 2016 release for Nintendo 3DS.

 

[Source:- Gamerant]