Tech unplugged!

[Update in March 2015] After using the Lenovo Vibe Z for over a year now, I want to update the readers on what happened after this full year of usage. Battery wise, now it takes longer to charge the battery to 100%, 4+ hours and increasing. The phone used to last more than 2 days on full charge, now it can’t complete a day and a half of normal use. The screen is not as responsive as it used to be. The overall speed is less now, because of the updates that came out after its release. Still, this phone has served me well.

The Lenovo Vibe Z K910 is a smartphone (or cell phone for our American readers) from Chinese electronics giant Lenovo. The phone was released in late 2013 and at the time of writing those lines it lists for around $549.99 (or 1600 AED in Dubai, United Arab Emirates). It weighs 145.2 grams, or about 5 ounces, and is 149.1 mm (5.87 inches) in length, 77 mm (3.03 inches) in width, and 7.9 mm (0.31 inches) in height. Although it’s considered a BIG size phone, it uses 2 micro SIM cards.
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Every now and them, I try to do an email Q&A session with online stores’ owners and webmasters, to ask them key questions about issues such as which platform to use, marketing plans, boosting sales, etc. The insightful answers I receive are shared with you here. Today, my guest is Allen Wesson from ScreenPrintingSupply.com (Link) who will take us through his everyday tasks, and how he runs the online store of Texsource, from his office in North Carolina.

Q: Tell us more about ScreenPrintingSupply.com?

A: ScreenPrintingSupply.com was founded in 1997 in Kings Mountain, NC where it remains today. We are a supplier to the screen printing, embroidery, and sign making industries. We also have distribution locations in Georgia and Indiana, US. There are approximately 20 employees.
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So, all the features that other mobile phones offer don’t interest you. Why is that? Because you want a cell phone that’s as tough as the life that you live, specially when you travel the world. You want the toughest mobile phone that can be dropped on concrete or in water, a smartphone that would survive the apocalypse.

Below I list five of the toughest mobile phones deals money can buy today, guaranteed to be able to take the strain of life and bounce back.
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Lenovo S960 Vibe X, the latest mobile phone from Lenovo was sent to me for review. In the beginning, rest assured that I won’t write down a complicated technical review, rather I’ll just list all the things I liked, didn’t like, and those which I should mention in my review here.

If you want a quick review; Lenovo Vibe X S960 is a stylish mobile phone, looker, sleek, shiny, eye-catchy, light, not slow nor fast, with a battery that needs four hours to be fully charged, while 20 minutes of playing a single game brought down the power meter by 11%.
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Update: unfortunately the “Use PayPal on Amazon” solution below came to an abrupt end. I wasn’t able to contact the owner (Brandon) for proper clarification but I suspect Paypal did not like anyone using their registered brand in their domain name. Also, Paypal is very notorious against unexplained money, fearing any money laundry. Money for pizza just didn’t cut it. Still, I’m leaving this post for people / entrepreneurs thinking of doing a similar venture / project / solution / website. Beware, the vulture are on the look!

It happened one day that I was answering questions on Shopify forums, I came to know about the services of a new online store. This store started out as an answer to the famous question: how to use PayPal on Amazon (without applying for a Paypal debit card). Then it branched out to allow PayPal members to use their balances to buy stuff from outlets that don’t accept payments from PayPal. The following interview tells us more.

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Crowdtilt is a crowd-sourcing website that offers a group-funding platform to allows users to establish fundraising campaigns for only non-profit organizations. Crowdtilt was founded by James Beshara and Khaled Hussein, and launched out of Y Combinator in February 2012. The company was initially based in Texas and is now headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Crowdtilt has secured many rounds of investment with a total of $37 Million, and is set to expand outside of the US, with eyes set on English speaking countries like Canada, U.k. and Australia. I managed to get in touch with Khaled Hussein over the email, and knowing how busy he is, I managed to get him to answer those 3 questions below.
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So, it’s that time of the year again. Buying Christmas gifts for friends, family, and acquaintances can be stressful. Especially if one of them is recently married! You know your best friend and what she”ll love and appreciate, but finding something that her man will get a kick out of, too? And what about all the great wedding gifts that they just received?

These are questions you have to figure out how to answer before you head to the mall or start shopping online for your list of Christmas gifts. It’s probably best to have an idea of what they”ve already gotten to start out so that you can find them something different and special.
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Make no doubt about, there are no marketing tips that fits all. Marketing works on a case by case basis. No two companies are the same and some forms of marketing tips work better with some companies more than others.

However, I have decided to write down my own personal list of online and offline marketing tips. I want to make it crystal clear from the beginning that not all of these marketing tips are necessarily relevant to your company.

As it is always the case with any type of marketing tips, you should think about – and consider – each tip, and ask yourself: “is it a good idea for my company?” Having said this, you should not let your fear stop you from trying out new ideas and tips. Let’s get going:
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As I’ve written before, technology companies are skilled in the art of making decisions without much real logic behind them. Even now, Google Ads most recent policy change isn’t as drastic as the examples I listed before, yet it is equally mind boggling. Your name and face photo can and will be used in Google Ads from 11th November 2013, unless you opt out.

Google’s stock (GOOG) recently entered the “$1000+ dollar club“, closing at $1,011 and thus pushing their current market value to around $334bn. Now, the question that forces itself is: with all these record profits, why is Google making such a rash decision to start using your face in their online ads, using your Google+ profile as the source of your photos.
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