Jio’s New Plans, Prime Day Continues, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 India Launch Date, More: Your 360 Daily

Jio's New Plans, Prime Day Continues, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 India Launch Date, More: Your 360 Daily

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reliance Jio tweaks data and validity for new plans
  • Amazon Prime Day deals continue in India and US
  • Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 available mid-August in India

Reliance Jio unveiled new prepaid and postpaid plans for its network on Tuesday, which tweak the amount of data offered and validity periods. The new Jio plans start from Rs. 19 for 200MB data for one day, and go all the way up to Rs. 9,999 for 780GB data for 390 days. Most  plans from the Summer Surprise offer have been carried over, with new additions at Rs. 349 and Rs. 399. Among the total of 12 prepaid plans now listed on Reliance Jio’s website, the telco offers two disparate choices: those with a daily FUP, and others that allow you to consume data at your own rate. The former either has 1GB or 2GB data caps, with the latter restricting you to 128kbps once you cross the allotted amount. Postpaid Jio users have five plans to choose from, with three in the FUP category and the rest two offering all at once. You can check out all Reliance Jio plans on offer right now.

Meanwhile, the company accidentally leaked its JioFiber preview offer through its website early Tuesday morning, before taking down the page. Apparently, Reliance aims to offer 100Mbps speeds for 100GB data per month, and will be available for no charge for the first three months, albeit with a refundable security deposit of Rs. 4,500. First spotted by Reddit users, Jio’s home broadband service will be initially available in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Surat, Vadodara, and Visakhapatnam.

Meanwhile, a person alleged to behind the Jio user data leak has been arrested by the police.

Amazon Prime Day sales in India and the US
Amazon’s Prime Day festivities began on Monday thanks to the protracted 30-hour schedule, but Tuesday saw even more deals and offers across the board. The iPhone 7 32GB dropped further down to Rs. 42,999 as part of the discounts, alongside Google Pixel 32GB for Rs. 38,999. There were discounts offered on iPhone 6/6s, iPhone SE, LG G6, Lenovo Z2 Plus, Honor 6X in smartphones; LG, Samsung, Sanyo, and TCL in TVs; Bose and Ultimate Ears in audio gear; and Amazon’s own products: Fire TV Stick, and Kindle models.

Prime Day also kicked off in the US at 6PM ET on Monday (early Tuesday morning here in India), with 50 percent off on Amazon Echo. Beyond that, there are offers on Samsung Galaxy S8, Moto G5 Plus, Surface Pro 4, PS4 Slim, and Netgear among others. More deals will be revealed by Amazon as Tuesday dawns in the US, so stay tuned for the selection. Prime Day goes on till 11:59pm local time on Tuesday in eligible regions.

Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 will be available next month in India
Nokia’s mid-range Android phones – the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 – won’t be available for purchase until mid-August, HMD Global has said. The company is currently focused on ramping up production of Nokia 3 to meet demand, and will shift focus to the two other models later this week. Sales of Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 will begin around August 15, Independence Day. Meanwhile, registrations for Nokia 6’s flash sale begin July 14 on Amazon India.

While those phones have been launched, we’re still awaiting an unveil of the company’s high-end Android competitor, the Nokia 9. A new leaked case render gives us an idea of the phone’s externals, including a vertical dual rear camera setup, and a headphone jack at the top.

WhatsApp will have UPI support soon – Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Uber as well?
WhatsApp is in the process of integrating UPI digital payments infrastructure for its massive 200-million Indian user base, a source familiar with the matter told Gadgets 360. The company is in talks with umbrella organisation NPCI, and wants to implement the feature before the current year is up. India-made Hike Messenger already support UPI payments, but its user base is much smaller.

Meanwhile, Google has completed its own UPI testing with Android Pay, according to NPCI. The organisation’s MD and CEO A.P. Hota confirmed that WhatsApp and Facebook were in talks as well, and all three will be “operational” soon. Hota added that Amazon and Uber too would soon integrate UPI.

Xiaomi’s new sub-brand and Bluetooth receiver; Mi Max 2 India launch date
Xiaomi is reportedly set to launch a third sub-brand as part of its offerings, according to a Chinese website, alongside Mi and Redmi. It will focus more on the offline market unlike the aforementioned two, since Xiaomi has taken a beating in its home market from Oppo and Vivo. Though we don’t have a name yet, a new phone render has been leaked, which is expected to launch later this month.

Xiaomi has launched a Bluetooth audio receiver in China on Tuesday at CNY 99 (roughly Rs. 900), which helps users connect their favourite wired headphones to phones that don’t have a headphone jack. It hasn’t licensed Apple’s MFi program, so any integrated buttons won’t function if you connect it with an iPhone.

Meanwhile, the company has sent out invites for the India launch of its budget battery-powerhouse (5,300mAh) Mi Max 2, scheduled for July 18. We already know all about the phone thanks to its China launch, so it’s down to what the pricing mark-up will be – it’s CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 16,100) in China.

LG announces three Q-series phones with taller displays
LG unveiled three phones in its new Q-series – the LG Q6, LG Q6+, and LG Q6a – on Tuesday, which aim to offer some of LG’s premium features at a less expensive price. The new phones include the taller FullVision display introduced on the LG G6 earlier this year, along with quad-HD displays and Android 7.1.1. Weirdly enough, LG didn’t reveal price of a single model. In terms of specifications, you get a 5.5-inch screen and Snapdragon 635 chip on all three, albeit with varying amounts of RAM and internal storage.

Microsoft 365 bundles Windows 10 and Office 365 for businesses
At its partner conference in Washington, Microsoft introduced a new offering for businesses, bundling Windows 10 and Office 365 (along with other services) as part of a new service called Microsoft 365. It’s meant to make it easier for businesses to get their organisation members and employees aboard the latest and greatest Microsoft has to offer, and possibly streamline things in the process. Two variants – Enterprise and Business – will be available. The first arrives August 1 with pricing dependent on specific plan. The second enters public preview on August 2, and will cost $20 (about Rs. 1,290) per user per month.

Lava A93 launched at Rs. 7,999 without 4G support
Lava has launched a new budget Android phone – the Lava A93 – on Tuesday at Rs. 7,999. It’s meant to compete with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Moto C Plus, but it’s missing 4G support let alone VoLTE. The A93 runs Android 6.0 on a 5.5-inch HD display, powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, with 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB), and 3,000mAh battery. In terms of cameras, you get an 8-megapixel rear sensor, and a 2-megapixel front sensor. Both cameras have their own flash.

Twitter allows to mute notifications from accounts you don’t follow
Twitter has introduced new features to curb abuse on its platform, including the option to disable notifications from accounts you don’t follow and those that don’t follow you. This comes on the back of giving users more control over the content they see, and make Twitter less of a toxic experience for some users.

Oculus Rift and Touch price drops to $399
Oculus has discounted its Rift VR headset and Touch controller bundle by $200 in certain regions, pushing it to $399 (about Rs. 25,700) combined for six weeks. That puts it on par with PS VR, which works with Sony’s PS4. Oculus Rift is the only VR headset not available in India; PS VR retails around the Rs. 40,000-mark and the HTC Vive is currently down to Rs. 79,990 as part of Amazon’s Prime Day sale.

China moves against VPNs
The Chinese government has instructed state-run telecommunication firms to block access to VPNs in the country, which is heavily used by a select bunch of users and foreign companies to bypass the ‘Great Firewall’. China has always heavily regulated and censored web traffic, and the latest move will push both VPN operators, and companies that rely on corporate VPNs to consider shutting shop in the 1.5-billion strong nation.

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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]

Nokia 6 Android Phone Launched: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and Moreb

Nokia 6 Android Phone Launched: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and More

Some may say it’s five years too late, but the first Nokia-branded Android phone – if you discount the ill-fated Nokia X series – has finally been launched. The rather unimaginatively named Nokia 6 has been introduced by HMD Global, the new custodians of the Nokia brand

Without any fanfare, HMD Global announced the launch of Nokia 6 via a release on its website, well ahead of the rumoured MWC debut. The Nokia 6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat and it sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM smartphone that is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

The unibody Nokia 6 is built using 6000 series aluminium and its home button has an embedded fingerprint scanner. It packs a f/2.0 16-megapixel rear camera with phase detection auto focus and dual-tone flash, as well as an 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera for selfies. The smartphone also includes Dolby Atmos tech and ‘dual amplifiers’ for louder sound.

There’s no word yet on what software features, if any, the Nokia 6 will offer in an attempt to stand out from the rest of the Android crowd, though HMD Global had previously hinted its Nokia-branded Android phones will offer a near stock experience.

Nokia 6 price in India and release date
Unfortunately for Nokia fans in India, the Nokia 6 is a China-exclusive smartphone that will be available only via JD.com at 1699 CNY (roughly Rs. 16,750) in “in early 2017”.

The company says it has no plans to launch the Nokia 6 in other markets though it confirmed that the “Nokia 6 marks the first step for the Nokia brand into Android smartphones with more to come in H1 2017.”

[Source:- Gadgets360]

 

 

6 Simple Tools to Create Images for Social Media

We all love visual content. Without it, we wouldn’t have platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat, which encourage users to share images and short, informative videos.

For marketers, regardless of which social media platforms your business is present on, it’s important to be aware of this trend and create good quality visual content to share with your audience. This could be images, videos, infographics, memes, presentations and even screenshots.

Why Should Businesses Share Visual Content?

Many businesses are still sharing text only posts on social media, but is this the best format when consumers are already overloaded with data and want information instantly? Research reveals that people can process visual content 60,000 times faster than text – why not take advantage of this?

Instead of writing a block of text, present your information visually, which can then be quickly and easily absorbed by customers – and is more likely to be shared.

Visual content is also easier for people to remember, with research revealing that we only retain 20% of what we read, but 80% of what we see. Brands should therefore be getting visual content in front of consumers, so they’ll remember their messages for longer.

How Can Businesses Create Images For Social Media?

Creating images on a regular basis for social media can sound like a lot of hard work. A simple solution would be to hire a graphic designer to do it all for you, but that’s not a realistic option for most.

Luckily, there’s a heap of easy-to-use tools online that can help you create good quality images for social media, quickly and for free.

So that you don’t have to trawl through 100’s of tools on the web yourself, we’ve picked 6 of our favorites for you to try.

1. Canva

If you’re looking to produce a range of beautiful images quickly, take a look at Canva. Whether you want a Facebook post or Instagram profile picture, you can create them quickly using this tool.

Select from a number of pre-set designs, or create something from scratch. You can choose from a wide range of free images, purchase from Canva’s stock image library, or simply upload your own. You then drag and drop your elements into place and once you’ve finished, download it in your required format.

Canva’s free to use, however if you want more advanced features, you do also have the option to upgrade for a small fee.

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2. Pixlr

If you’re looking for something a little more advanced, take a look at Pixlr.

You’re given two different options, either ‘Pixlr Express’ or ‘Pixlr Editor’.

With Pixlr Express, you can make basic adjustments to beautify your image, add special effects, overlays, borders, stickers and even text. Pixlr Editor allows you to make much more advanced changes to the image, whilst also giving you the option to add filters and text.

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3. PicMonkey

If you’re looking for an all-in-one editor, take a look at PicMonkey. Simply edit an existing image, design an image from scratch or create a fun collage.

When you get started, you can make basic edits such as cropping and resizing, add special effects, choose from a wide variety of font types, overlays, frames and textures, and even make touch-ups such whitening your teeth or removing red-eye.

You can get lots out of the free version of PicMonkey but to unlock some of the special effects, you can sign up to PicMonkey Royale for a fee.

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4. Pablo

If you want to create an image in super speed, give Pablo a try. Pablo is a relatively new tool from Buffer, which is very easy to use.

You can choose from over 50,000 royalty-free photos, select an amazing font, and you can even upload your own assets to include in your image, such as a photo or logo.

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5. PicCollage

If you want to create some fun visuals for your business, give PicCollage a try. It’s a mobile app, so you’ll need to download it first to your Apple or Android device. Then, you simply use images from your device or Facebook account to create fun and colorful collages.

It’s a tool that definitely requires some imagination, but it can help you to show a more creative and personal side to your business.

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6. Paint.NET

If you’re looking for something more advanced, try Paint.NET. It’s not strictly an online tool as you need to download it to your desktop, but it should definitely be included in this list.

It’s completely free to use and is a great alternative to Photoshop. You can edit your image, add especial effects, draw shapes, add text and can even create layers.

6 Simple Tools to Create Images for Social Media | Social Media Today

And there you go, 6 great tools to create spectacular social media images. Give them a try to see which one you prefer. You may even find that you switch between a couple of tools in order to create your ideal social media images.

Don’t forget, to help make your images stand out even more, you may need some great quality photos. Some of these tools have their own royalty free images that you can use, but what better way to get across your brands personality and style than by taking your own photographs? Alternatively, you can take a look at sites like Shutterstock andiStock – both of which require a fee – or Foter and Unsplash which are completely free.

 

[Source: Socialmediatoday]

6 Fundamental Tools For Social Media Success

Do you manage several company social media channels?

Are you finding it difficult to manage it all?

If you’re the one responsible for sharing, tweeting, gramming, pinning, vlogging for a business, then there’s a good chance you’re overwhelmed by it all.

Audiences must be attended to, content must be created, and best practices must be maintained.

And now that a huge proportion of the world’s population is on one social media channel or other, there’s a level of social media competence that must be shown by a professional business.

I’m still surprised when I come across social media business pages that lack information, use unformatted images, have poor headlines, or are just plain terrible. Even if social media isn’t a huge segment of your marketing strategy, proper management is simply good branding.

Most of the social media tools out there are optional and only provide marginal benefits depending on the type of company you run and your marketing KPIs, but there are tools that all social media marketers should be using no matter what.

In this article I want to share with you 6 types of tools that every social media marketer should be using to do their job – and more importantly, to cover their asses.

I’ll suggest the type of tools you need, most of which are free, and leave the choice up to you.

Social Media Management/Scheduling Tool

If you’re managing several social media profiles manually, if you’re monitoring mentions, posting, sharing, and engaging all by hand, then you’re wasting valuable time.

A social media management tool will save you time and allow you to manage all of your social profiles from a single web app.

You’ll save yourself from having to constantly log into different accounts to share, post, monitor, and engage with your audience.

When looking for a social media management tool find one that includes the following features:

  • Support for all the social networks you’re posting on.
  • Post scheduling to schedule posts in advance.
  • Insights and reporting tools.
  • Social brand monitoring.

There are several social media management tools on the market fit for the job. These tools differ slightly in features and price but all will make the process of managing your social media profiles much easier.

Recommended tools:

  • Hootsuite
  • Buffer
  • Sprout Social
  • Agora Pulse

Image Editing Tool

Visual content has quickly become the most important type of content on social media. A 140-character tweet will no longer cut it in the world of social media, unless it’s attached to some form of marketing visual.

Recent updates to the way your favorite social media platforms share the content you post has likely restricted the engagement that content receives. Luckily, we know that content which is combined with compelling visuals receives higher engagement than content without. It’s as simple as that.

Every social media marketer should make it a point to attach optimized visuals to their content on each social media platform.

There are several web-based image editing tools out there to spice up your visual content. The tool you choose to use should include the following features:

  • Optimized sizing for each social media platform.
  • The ability to overlay text.
  • A large selection of graphics and royalty free images.
  • Fast and easy image building workflow.
  • The ability to upload your own images and graphics.

Recommended tools:

  • Canva
  • PicMonkey
  • Google Drawings
  • Pablo by Buffer
  • Adobe Post

Automation Tool

If you’re not constantly monitoring your social media channels 24/7 then you should consider adding some automation to your mix.

Automation allows for actions like automatic replies, instant tweets, and automatic data collection. In other words, automation can handle some of your menial tasks for you.

It might sound a tad advanced but simple automation tasks can be applied to a platform like Twitter. For example, I use IFTTT to instantly post tweets to my Twitter account when new articles are published to the Wishpond blog. Click here to see the exact recipe I’m using.

There are hundreds of recipes to experiment with on IFTTT that’ll free up time for you to do other things (like make awesome content).

Note: Use social media automation sparingly and only as a tool to assist you with menial tasks. The last thing you want is for your business to come across as fake or being run by a mindless robot.

Content Curation Tool

If you’re anything like me then you know how hard it is to consistently produce creative content. Sometimes it’s just about finding an inspirational spark to draw from.

A social media manager can get a lot out of a content aggregation tool. These tools collect content from the web and organize it for easy reading. For example, I’ve added all of my favorite marketing blogs to my RSS reader (Feedly) so that I can keep up with industry news and new strategies.

As a social media marketer your environment is constantly shifting and new features and functions are being added to your favorite platforms on a daily basis. Use a content curation tool for some insight into what is popular and happening in your industry to create and share content that has maximum impact on your audience.

Recommended tools:

  • Feedly
  • Flipboard
  • BuzzSumo

Link Tracking Tool

A marketer is only as good as the ROI they deliver. Reporting on vanity metrics like number of likes, shares, views, is good and all but it doesn’t contribute to the larger ROI picture.

As a social media marketer, it’s important that you’re tracking the traffic you’re sending back to your business’ website. What good is social media for business if you can’t track the benefits you’re receiving, right?

An ecommerce website, for example, can’t sell their product on Facebook but it can convert the traffic that’s sent back to its website. An effective social media manager should be able to report on how many people are sent to the website from the link in their business’ Instagram bio.

All of our favorite social media platforms are becoming much better at reporting on these metrics but there’s still much to be desired. By using a tool that tracks your link clicks you’ll be able to get much more complete data on how many people are clicking on the links you’re sharing.

Recommended tools:

  • Bitly
  • Google URL Shortener
  • Owly
  • Google’s UTM Code (for Google Analytics)

Social Media Calendar

If you’re managing multiple social media accounts the last thing you want to do is “wing it”. Having some type of organizational system in place for your social media efforts is absolutely a long term benefit.

A social media calendar will allow you to organize your content schedule a month in advance to be sure there aren’t any surprises from events like holidays, promotions, breaking news, and seasonal changes.

You can download a basic social media calendar spreadsheet here for free. Click on the ‘file’ button in left hand corner, scroll down to ‘download as’ and download your own copy in the format of your choice.

Recommended tools:

  • Trello
  • Asana
  • CoSchedule
  • Google Calendar

Putting it all Together

There you have it, 6 types of social media tools every social media manager should be using.

At the very least, proper social media management is good branding. If you’re ignoring your social channels then there really isn’t a reason for your business to have them is there?

Poor social management only creates friction between your audience and the possibility of a sale.

There’s no substitution for hard work, testing, and best practices but these tools will surely make life easier for you.

 

[Source: Socialmediatoday]