How to secure your online writing portfolio as a freelance writer

It’s a bit of a Catch-22, isn’t it? You took the time to create an eye-catching, user-friendly personal website to house your writing portfolio. You posted your writing samples so potential clients can bask in your writing prowess and hire you to write something special for them. But then a scary …

Salesforce, AWS expand partnership with secure data sharing between platforms

Salesforce and Amazon’s cloud arm, AWS, have had a pretty close relationship for some time, signing a $400 million deal for infrastructure cloud services in 2016, but today at Dreamforce, Salesforce’s massive customer conference taking place this week in San Francisco, they took it to another level. The two companies …

What each cloud company could bring to the Pentagon’s $10 B JEDI cloud contract

The Pentagon is going to make one cloud vendor exceedingly happy when it chooses the winner of the $10 billion, ten-year enterprise cloud project dubbed the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (or JEDI for short). The contract is designed to establish the cloud technology strategy for the military over the next …

10 productivity strategies for eCommerce pros

The eCommerce industry is demanding, requiring even casual entrepreneurs to spend countless hours and significant effort polishing their websites to perfection. There are plenty of articles providing tips for how to get higher conversion rates, increase engagement, and make your products visible to your target audience. But sometimes we focus too …

UK’s extended 5km airport drone ‘no-fly’ zones in force next month

The UK’s Department for Transport has said today that an expansion of drone ‘no-fly’ zones to 5km around airport runways will come into force on March 13. Anyone caught and convicted of flying a drone inside the restricted zones could face a fine and years in prison. Last month the …

Selfie app maker Meitu eyes overseas gaming market with $340 million deal

China’s largest selfie app maker Meitu has been busy working to diversify itself beyond the beauty arena in China. On Wednesday, the Hong Kong-listed company announced in a filing that it has agreed to pay about HK$2.7 billion ($340 million) for a 31 percent stake in game publishing company Dreamscape Horizon. …

Chat app Line’s games business raises $110M for growth opportunities

Messaging app firm Line has given up majority control of its Line Games business after it raised outside financing to expand its collection of titles and go after global opportunities. The Line Games business was formed earlier this year when Line merged its existing gaming division from NextFloor, the Korea-based game …

Tile partners with BLE chip makers to bring its location-tracking technology to more products

Tile, a company best known for its keychain-style lost item trackers aimed at consumers, is expanding its location-tracking technology to new devices besides its own. The company today announced it has partnered with a number of BLE chip companies to integrate its tracking technology directly onto their chips. Tile’s new partners …

How to modify the hosts file on Windows and Mac

If you’ve been around the internet for more than 10 minutes, you already know that computers find each other using unique numerical addresses, or internet protocol (IP) addresses. The domain name system (DNS) serves as the telephone directory that a computer uses to look up the IP address associated with a …

Tiger Global just invested $18 million in Olo, a low-flying ordering platform for more than 50,000 fast-casual restaurants

Few outside of the food service industry know about Olo a 13.5-year-old, New York-based mobile and online ordering platform for 250 restaurant chains, from Applebee’s to Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle to Denny’s, and Jamba Juice to Chili’s. Tiger Global has been tracking the company’s growth, however. In fact, in a new …

Innovative ideas for brick-and-mortar stores this Christmas

To paraphrase Mark Twain, the death of retail has been grossly exaggerated. In fact, the 2017 holiday spending season surpassed industry expectations in brick-and-mortar stores. The Harvard Business Review points out that the issue isn’t that brick-and-mortar stores are going extinct — they’re simply being forced to evolve with the changes brought …

Wondering how to sell website security? Try pitching care plans.

As a web pro, you’re already familiar with the need and steps to set up a WordPress maintenance business, why all clients should be required to sign up for a care plan, and why maintenance is an ongoing process, not just an occasional task. You’re convinced it’s the way to …

How to choose inventory tracking software for your brick-and-mortar store

Investing in inventory tracking software is a wise business decision that will not only help you manage your inventory better but it will also save you time. After all, by using the right tools in your brick-and-mortar store, you can run your business more efficiently. When you consider the fact …

Badi gets $30M for AI-aided room rentals

Should you let AI help you pick your roommates? Barcelona-based urban room rental startup Badi thinks so, and it’s just closed a $30M Series B funding round less than a year after a $10M Series A — suggesting algorithm-aided matchmaking is resonating with its target Millennial(ish) ‘Generation Rent’ demographic, as they …