The iPad Gestures You Should Master

Standard
Image credit: Tinh te Photo/Flickr

If you’ve got an iPad with iOS 11, you’re probably getting used to the new gestures involved in navigating. From the always-on Dock to the new multitasking options, you’ll need to figure out how to move your fingers around that screen if you ever want to ditch that laptop for good and go tablet-only.

Your Dock is Everywhere

Your Dock will follow you wherever you go, in any iPad app. Just swipe up about an inch from the bottom of the screen to bring up your Dock and its list of applications, along with the three most recent apps used. You can add up to 13 apps to your Dock so you have the most important ones at your fingertips, apps you can drag and drop to use for multitasking.

Switch Apps Fast

Want to go back to that app you were just using? Just swipe left or right with four of your fingers to go back and forth between apps. If you’re hooked up to a keyboard, you could also use Cmd-Tab to switch between recently opened apps.

Your Recent Apps and Control Center

You don’t have to double-click the home button to see your recent apps in iOS 11 anymore. Your recent apps are now grouped alongside your Control Center, with both being accessible when you swipe all the way up from the very bottom of your screen. To get rid of those recent apps, swipe them up and away. If you’ve grouped two apps together, swiping the grouped app away will close both apps and reset them to their natural, fullscreen state.

Multitasking Swipes Let You Work Two Apps at Once

The iPad supports multitasking, and lets you use two apps side-by-side in various ways. You’ll need to open an app before you can start sliding them around, and not every app supports every form of multitasking. You can drag photos from your Google Drive and drop them in an email or image editing app, share links from Safari to Messages, and emails from Gmail into your calendar app.

GIF
Image: Apple

Slide Over: In the Dock, select an hold an app, and drag it onto the side of the screen you’d like it to appear. You’ll see a small black bar at the top of the Slide Over app. Pull that down to turn that Slide Over window into a Split View window, or swipe it off the screen to get rid of it. Even if you have two apps open in Split View, you can open one more Slide Over app by selecting it from the Dock and dragging it onto the black bar dividing the two Split View apps.

GIF
Image: Apple

Split View: In the Dock, select and hold an app, and drag it to the left or right edge of the display. That enables Split View mode, which lets you resize two windows on the same screen, and drag and drop content between the apps. Move the black bar to resize or dismiss apps by swiping them off the screen.

GIF
Image: Apple

Picture-in-Picture: Watching a Netflix stream while you send emails to your relatives? If you’re watching a video or having a FaceTime call with someone, you can shrink that video down and still get some work done by using the Picture-in-Picture icon.

Organizing Apps and Folders

You can organize and delete apps on your iPad the same way you do on your iPhone. Hold your finger on an app until it starts to wiggle and display an X icon. The last three apps on the right of the Dock are your most recently used apps, and can be removed from the Dock without deleting them (you’ll see a minus sign instead of an X on the icon).

Advertisement

Take advantage of folders by putting them in your Dock. You can group your apps that way and always have access to sets of apps instead of clogging your Dock with them.

Search Through Your iPad (and The Web)

Swiping from the middle of your iPad screen will bring up the search feature, letting you scour your contacts, music, apps, and the web to find what you’re looking for. You can edit which apps you’re including in your search by opening Settings > Siri & Search and toggling apps on and off.

from Lifehacker http://bit.ly/2D9Yd4u
via IFTTT

3 Internet-Based Businesses You Can Start in 2018

Standard


No doubt many people resolved to boost their income during the new year. (Of course, it’s never too late to start a business).

The internet provides endless ways to make money. The best part? Most internet-based businesses can be launched immediately, without a giant budget. Here are three awesome gigs you can start in the comfort of your own home.

1. Become a seller on Amazon.

Amazon is a monster. According to eMarketer, Amazon accounted for more than 43 percent of e-commerce sales in the United States during 2017 — and about half of those transactions came from third-party sellers. There are many advantages to joining Amazon’s ranks:

  • Given the site’s popularity, you can tap into a gigantic amount of traffic. Many consumers are ready to buy when they visit Amazon.
  • You operate under the umbrella of the biggest and most trusted name in online retail. If you opted to launch your own e-commerce website from scratch, you’d learn that establishing trust is perhaps the most difficult and time-consuming part of the job. Selling through Amazon omits this entirely.
  • You easily can manage your entire online business through Amazon’s Seller Central dashboard.

So, how do you get started? First, you need to choose your Amazon category, or niche. These include labels such as clothing, healthcare, jewelry, electronics, beauty and more. Then, identify which products are in high demand.

The easiest route is to become a Fulfillment By Amazon seller. This means Amazon will take care of shipping, delivery, returns, exchanges and other logistics. You’ll need to stay in tune with supply chains and demand estimates. Tools such as forecastly make this task simpler. And Sourcify can help you find a manufacturing facility, if your idea includes creating a new product.

Related: Guide to Starting a Fulfillment By Amazon Business

It’s easy to become an Amazon seller, but being a successful one requires a good deal of work on your end. In addition to choosing the right niche, you must demonstrate some savvy marketing skills. While Amazon functions as your sales outlet, you still need to market yourself as you would a typical business. This involves blogging, social media, email marketing, forums and other activites desigend to direct traffic to your Amazon Seller page. Netrush is just one company that can help you establish your brand on the Amazon marketplace after you start making sales.

If you pay close attention to trends and market your products correctly, you can make serious money. Entreprenuer, investor and yogi Nate Ginsburg sold his his Fulfillment By Amazon business for $1 million after three years.

2. Become a Facebook advertising consultant.

Facebook has taken over the online advertising market. In 2016, Facebook accounted for 77 percent of the digital ad industry’s overall growth. It’s safe to say Facebook is giving Google a serious run for its money in the world of online marketing. Facebook has enabled all types of small businesses to advertise online with a smaller budget — something that wasn’t possible in the past.

To illustrate the effect, Google’s cost-per-click for digital ads is $10. Spend that same ten-spot on Facebook, and you get 10 clicks. It’s just one reason I predicted last year that Facebook will beat all other digital marketing channels.

Related: 5 Fundamental Principles to Create Stunning Facebook Ads

Helping online businesses use paid campaigns to establish a Facebook presence is a fantastic way to make money online. However, even though the technical side of advertising on Facebook is made easy, it’s not exactly a cakewalk. You need skills to write copy that converts sales, conduct in-depth research on audience profiles, find the best times to promote, keep a close eye on result metrics and glean the proper insights. Of course, you also must have exceptional client communication.

In reality, Facebook advertising puts money into a system over which you have a limited amount of control. Be sure you do your research on the profession beforehand. Others’ experience shows you can make a lot of money this way if you understand the market. In 2014, former pastor Nicholas Kusmich and his wife capitalized on the emerging market for Facebook advertising. The couple opened a boutique Facebook marketing agency that brought in around $2 million in 2017.

Related: 6 Proven Facebook Advertising Offers You Can Use to Attract More Business

3. Become a part of cryptocurrency ecosystem.

If you’ve tuned into the news over the past few months, you’ve certainly heard something about the drastic surge of bitcoin and rise of blockchain. Based on the huge spike in demand, bitcoin is shaping up to potentially become the universal digital currency. The result? Everyone worldwide could make international transactions without worrying about exchange rates or fees to third-party banks.

In terms of business opportunities, there are several possibilities to consider.

One of the most popular is becoming a cryptocurrency miner. If you want to get in on this gig, now is the time. Bitcoin mining is a nonstop online accounting process by which transactions are verified and compiled into the public ledger. While you can make good money doing this, it’s important you understand what you’re getting into. The idea may seem simple, but the actual practice of bitcoin mining takes a good deal of effort. 

Startup costs generally run pretty high, and you need to choose the right hardware, software and bitcoin wallet. You also must make regular upgrades to your equipment — all while keeping a close eye on the bitcoin market. As long as you stay on top of your research and updates, this can be an incredible way to boost your income.

Related: Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies: The Next Shiny Object of the Next Goldmine?

Another stellar opportunity within the cryptocurrency ecosystem involves solving niche or industry-specific problems using blockchain. Blockchain companies are on the rise, and industries around the globe are changing. The concept is very new, so becoming a consultant can be a great way to make money while you play a role in disrupting the status quo altgoether. 

For example, many freelancers use popular sites such as Freelance.com and Upwork to connect with companies. These platforms take a cut of the earnings from each project. A blockchain system essentially cuts out the middle person, connecting freelancers with companies directly and avoiding work-based fees.

Be advised there are still many challenges involved with the concepts of bitcoin and blockchain, so this gig requires a significant amount of research and vigilence.  

Related: Watch Out for These Cryptocurrency Scams

from Entrepreneur.com – Startup Business News and Articles – Starting a Business http://bit.ly/2CIwBmk
via IFTTT

NVIDIA and Volkswagen team up to build an AI co-pilot

Standard

Volkswagen’s been talking about its intelligent co-pilot system for upcoming vehicles since last year’s CES when it introduced Yui. So it’s no surprise that this year it announced it’s teaming up with NVIDIA to bring that plan to fruition. Both companies appeared on stage at NVIDIAs press event alongside the I.D. Buzz electric microbus for the announcement.

The two companies said they would initially work on an "Intelligent Co-Pilot" system that will gather data from both in and outside the car. Throw in some gesture and natural language voice controls and then fuse all that with what the AI has learned about the driver and you got yourself a helpful AI assistant.

So when the I.D. Buzz hits the market in 2022 expect it to ship with some sort of virtual co-pilot.

Click here to catch up on the latest news from CES 2018.

Source: NVIDIA

from Engadget http://engt.co/2CRuyiV
via IFTTT

‘She would absolutely do it’: Stedman Graham fuels hopes for Oprah’s unlikely presidential run

Standard

‘She would absolutely do it’: Stedman Graham fuels hopes for Oprah’s unlikely presidential run

Oprah Winfrey accepts the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award speaks onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards Jan. 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
Oprah Winfrey accepts the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award speaks onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards Jan. 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image: paul drinkwater/NBC Universal via Getty Images

Could Oprah Winfrey have just made the first speech of her political career? Not at all, but we can dream.

That’s what many people have decided on Twitter anyway, and Winfrey’s longtime partner Stedman Graham played along with their hopes.

This has all stemmed from Winfrey’s extremely moving speech upon accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award at this year’s Golden Globes. And while she didn’t explicitly say that she would run for president in 2020, many people are still pretty keen for her to do so.

“It’s up to the people,” Winfrey’s longtime partner, Stedman Graham, apparently told the LA Times inside the ceremony. “She would absolutely do it.”

“I thought that speech was incredible. I got goosebumps,” Gayle King, Winfrey’s best pal, added.

However, Winfrey has already previously said she wouldn’t run a number of times, telling her King on CBS This Morning in October, “There will be no running for office of any kind for me.” When asked if she would run against Trump in the 2020 election, Winfrey told a Hollywood Reporter podcast, “I will never run for public office.”

Look, it’s highly unlikely, even if Stedman said so. But watching that speech again makes us day dream of a world where President Winfrey rules.

from Mashable! http://on.mash.to/2CFNgXm
via IFTTT

Telegram plans multi-billion dollar ICO for chat cryptocurrency

Standard

Encrypted messaging startup Telegram plans to launch its own blockchain platform and native cryptocurrency, powering payments on its chat app and beyond. According to multiple sources which have spoken to TechCrunch, the “Telegram Open Network” (TON) will be a new, ‘third generation’ blockchain with superior capabilities, after Bitcoin and, later, Ethereum paved the way.

The launch will be funded with an enormous Initial Coin Offering, with forthcoming private pre-sales ranging into the hundreds of millions, potentially making it one of the largest ICOs to date. Demand is driven by the fact that rather than the ICO coming from a fresh startup, Telegram is a well-established messaging platform used around the world.

Adopting a homegrown cryptocurrency could give Telegram’s payment system enormous independence from any government or bank — something Co-founder and CEO Pavel Durov is known to covet after investors took over his last company, Russian social network VK. Durov has not responded to TechCrunch’s several attempts to contact him regarding this story.

The potential for a cryptocurrency inside a widely adopted messaging app is enormous.

With cryptocurrency powered payments inside Telegram, users could bypass remittance fees when sending funds across international borders, move sums of money privately thanks to the app’s encryption, deliver micropayments that would incur too high of credit card fees, and more.

Selling a TON of cryptocurrency

Telegram is understood to be considering raising as much as $500 million in the pre-ICO sale at a potential total token value in the range of $3 billion to $5 billion. However, those figures could change before the ICO, which could come as soon as March. Those figures would make it possibly the biggest private crypto raise to date after Tezos, which raised over $230 million in July.

A pre-sale in an ICO is a minimum cap on investments (sometimes with discounts) to attract big investors (‘whales’) before a wider token sale to retail investors. The public, retail phase of an ICO tends to raise less because there is a long tail of people investing small sums. But front-loading the ICO with institutional investment inspires confidence for retail investors.

Those pre-sale investors may be required to place a minimum buy-in of $20 million if they’re outside of Durov’s inner circle. Sources say that the ICO will require real fiat currency like US dollars for buy-in, not Bitcoin or Ether as others ICOs have to date.

Top-tier institutional investment firms have expressed interest, but Durov is said to be wary of accepting their cash. One firm rumored to have pushed for a pre-sale allocation is Mail.Ru Group (formerly DST), founded by Russian emigre Yuri Milner. A spokesperson for DST did not reply to our inquiry about this story.

Understanding Telegram Open Network

Durov’s idea is to launch an entirely new blockchain, using the Telegram’s 180 million users as rocket fuel to power forward into mainstream adoption off cryptocurrency and making Telegram, effectively, a kingmaker of other cryptocurrencies, because of its existing scale.

According to Telegram’s white paper that TechCrunch has review portions of, its cryptocurrency will be called “Gram” and could potentially gain immediate mainstream adoption by being tied to Telegram’s chat app.

Sources say Durov has decided to combine both a centralized and decentralized infrastructure, since a totally decentralized network doesn’t scale as fast as one which has some elements of centralization, hence why Telegram needs to own its own blockchain.

Moving to a decentralized blockchain platform could kill two birds with one stone for Telegram. As well as creating a full-blown cryptocurrency economy inside the app, it would also insulate it against the attacks and accusations of nation-states such as Iran, where it now accounts for 40% of Iran’s internet traffic but was temporarily blocked amongst nationwide protests against the government.

Telegram has played a delicate political balancing act to try and retain its users in the country, shutting down some channels for calling for the downfall of the government, while keeping others open.

WeChat But With Crypto

With TON, Telegram aims to develop cryptocurrency-based utility akin to WeChat, which has blossomed into much more than a chat app and acts as default payment mechanism for many in China.

While payments can be made very quickly in WeChat for a variety of services, the system remains very centralized. A decentralized platform such as TON could offer more security and resilience.

Sources say that Telegram plans to allow users to hold both Telegram’s currency and fiat currency in a forthcoming wallet.

There’s also the existing developer ecosystem Telegram has built up around it, where bots and services are offered by third-party developers. Again, here TON could, in theory, underly everything a developer brings to Telegram.

Inside TON

In a 132 page white paper, Telegram has outlined a four-stage plan:

“TON Services” will be a platform for third-party services of any kind that enables smartphone like friendly interfaces for decentralized apps and smart contracts.

“TON DNS” is a service for assigning human-readable names to accounts, smart contracts services and network nodes. With TON DNS, accessing decentralized services could be like “viewing a website on the World Wide Web.”

“TON Payments” is a platform for micropayments and a micropayment channel network. It aims to be used for “instant off-chain value transfers between users bots and other services”. Safeguards built into the system are designed to ensure that these transfers “are as secure as on-chain transactions”.

The “TON Blockchain” will consist of a master chain and 2-to-the-power-of-92 accompanying blockchains. Its most notable aspect is that it will have an “Infinite Sharing Paradigm” to achieve scalability. Thus, TON blockchains aim to be able to “automatically split and merge to accommodate changes in load”. This would mean new blocks are generated quickly and “the absence of long queues helps keep transaction costs low, even if some of the services using the platform become massively popular”.

It will also consist of “Instant Hypercube Routing” designed so the blockchain can maintain top speed even as it grows. Its proof of stake approach will reach consensus through a variant of the ‘Byzantine Fault Tolerant’ protocol, again increasing speed and efficiency. And it will also use 2-D Distributed Ledgers. This means the TON can grow new valid blocks on top of any blocks that were proven to be incorrect to avoid any unnecessary forks. In other words, TON aims to be ‘self-healing’.

TON’s third generation blockchain will be based on a dynamic ‘proof of stake’ secured by multiple parties with a high degree of fault tolerance. It will also handle storage of ID, payments and smart contracts. So, instead of relying on proof of work to create its currency, Telegram will rely on a new, less energy-hogging way of mining cryptocurrency than the original Bitcoin method.

The claim is that it will be capable of a vastly superior number of transactions, around 1 million per second. In other words, similar to the ambitions of the Polkadot project out of Berlin — but with an installed base of 180 million people. This makes it an ‘interchain’ with so-called ‘dynamic sharding’.

Keeping Control

The white paper also makes clear that four percent of the supply of Grams (200 million Grams) will be reserved for Telegram’s development team with a four-year vesting period. Telegram also plans to retain “at least 52 percent” of the entire supply of the Grams cryptocurrency to protect it from speculative trading and maintain flexibility. The remaining 44 percent will be sold in both the public and private sale.

The currency will be listed on external exchanges and used inside the Telegram app.

Timing-wise, the first quarter of this year will see the launch of the Telegram External Secure ID, followed by an MVP of TON. The launch of the Telegram Wallet is slated for Q4 2018, and the creation of the TON-based economy could launch in Q1 2019. The rest of the TON Services would follow in Q2 2019.

Some in the crypto community remain skeptical of TON. “I just think this is the CEO’s way of monetizing Telegram, basically,” says Jackson Palmer, the founder of early cryptocurrency Dogecoin.

The Brothers Durov

Durov and his brother Nikolai Durov, a mathematical genius, were behind the creation of VK, “Russia’s Facebook”, worth an estimated $3 billion, but were effectively forced to sell their stake in the company by oligarch shareholders deeply connected to the Putin-led government. Although Pavel managed to negotiate an exit with a large payoff, he’s known to have harbored a resentment against outside investors ever since.

Pavel reportedly left Russia with $300 million and 2,000 Bitcoins and, after buying a citizenship in St. Kitts and Nevis, splits his time between London, Dubai and, where possible, Russia. Telegram’s move into crypto could give him another shot at a massive fortune, while potentially turning the chat app into a vast payment network protected from government interference.

from TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/2CFzoMW
via IFTTT