Point of Sale Systems of the Future

Technology has been moving at an amazing avalanche pace. It continues to grow and develop faster than many companies can keep up with. We’ve come back to one of those lulls where companies are tightening their technology belt. It isn’t that these companies don’t appreciate the technology being launched; instead they’re waiting for the next round. Technology really does move in waves and businesses respond to these cycles. Advancements are made quickly, but it can take time to smooth out the problems that always arise with anything new. Businesses tend to watch new operating systems and software solutions closely before investing heavily in it. With the near release of Vista businesses are gearing back their IT budgets and preparing for the next wave.

The next year is going to be an exciting time especially since it’s been so long since Microsoft’s last Operating System Release. Each time I get nervous and remember back in the early days the trouble I got when I upgraded to DOS 4.0. Of course DOS 5.0 was close at hand and everything smoothed out. Still I wonder what new and exciting things that will happen. This power Microsoft yields over the entire Industry is well earned and no one with any respect for their accomplishments can deny Windows XP is all they said it would be (after numerous lawsuits, revisions, patches, updates and a whole lot of headaches). Today’s Windows XP is a lot different from the one they released so many years ago. A wonderful job has been done to make the application solid and secure with a wide range of features I really use. If we’re lucky Vista will only need one major service update to make it really good, but only time will tell.

The unfortunate side affect of Microsoft’s success is that their releases have a direct impact on the bottom line of a lot of IT companies. At certain times we experience this scary lull light the eye of a hurricane. On the bright side Vista is sure to super charge the IT Industry and generate revenue for a lot of companies outside of Microsoft.

So where does this whirlwind of waves hold for the future of retail software? Many companies are going to hold their budgets until Vista can prove itself. A small minority might venture to Linux and a brave few will dive into Vista with blind resolve. There are some software companies and software applications that have found a unique way to avoid the Operating Fears. Instead of developing software to run and be installed on multiple systems they’re finding Internet Technologies are allowing cross platform development people didn’t dream of five years ago. By developing software that runs through a web browser programmers can focus on writing their software to match standards created by the W3C. Instead of tying themselves down to one operating system they open themselves up to almost all of them.

As Internet Technologies continue to advance we’re going to find the spiral of technology spending will no longer rely so heavily on the releases of specific operating systems, but instead on a set of existing standards created by the W3C. Point of Sale Systems are one of the most common types of computer systems used in business. By leveraging the power of Internet Technology companies are finding software applications that are multi-platform, require no installation and provide dedicated back up services in addition to a wide range of other benefits Hosted Applications can provide.

How Google Posts Could Affect the Future of SEO

Over the past few months, Google has undergone a few exciting changes. Penguin 4.0 had its final phase rolled out, meaning it’s now in real time. The search engine is also displaying official Twitter profile feeds for entities to all English searchers worldwide.

There is a clear emphasis on providing current content to users, so searchers receive the most up-to-date and relevant results first. Google is now taking a further step towards providing real-time updates by introducing Google Posts, also referred to in the past as Your Podium on Google.

This “experimental new podium” will allow individuals and businesses to produce content directly on the search engine. When people search for a particular business or name, the content will appear highly ranked in the search results. In a way, it seems to be the new Google+ for brands and celebrities.

How Does It Work?

Google has been relatively quiet about the new feature, but it has been experimenting with it for some time. Back in January of 2016, it was released as a way to allow political candidates the chance to post lengthy debate rebuttals.

The aim is to give people the opportunity to hear from the companies and people they care about directly. At this stage, it’s on an invite-only basis and only verified individuals and organizations will be able to use the feature.

Those with an invite will be able to communicate directly on Google via images, videos, and text. The process of creating content is meant to be quick and straightforward, much like on social media. Once you’ve published your piece of content, it will become instantly visible in search results related to your name or that of the organization you represent.

Entities also get their own profile, which looks much like it would on your average social media page. It displays a profile photo above your name, over what appears to be a cover image, along with your post feed.

Clicking on one of the posts opens up a dedicated full-screen web page displaying the full text and accompanying images. You are also able to share the posts on popular social networks quickly. All you have to do is click on the social sharing icon to share the post directly on Facebook, Twitter, Email, or Google+.

It looks much like the carousel Twitter profile feeds we can currently see on Google, with a card-like format. However, while you can share the content, you are presently unable to like or comment on it. These options may be something that will be introduced in the future, as it is currently in its very early stages.

We know Google has struggled in the past with the development of its own social network; only time will tell if this new platform will pan out any differently than Google Buzz and Google+.

Manage a One-Way Content Feed

For Google users, the new feature will allow them to receive up-to-date information straight from their favorite brands and people. But what will it mean for public figures and organizations? Well, it puts a one-way content feed that is built directly into the top of the search results pages entirely in their control.

The fact that the feature is not available to just anyone helps to instill a sense of trust. Google verifies all individuals first, so you know the information and messages are coming up are all from a trustworthy source.

There are various ways you can benefit from the new feature, now that you have a podium on which to reach your customers instantly. Users will be able to access the content you put out directly from the search pages, without having to navigate any other links. They will see all of this, even if they only type in your name.

You get a chance to introduce relevant content into Google, increase user interactions through the use of text, images, and videos, and encourage social sharing. Increased engagement will also help you to increase conversion rates. Since you know the reader has specifically searched for you; there’s a higher chance that they will be interested in what you have to say.

You can instantly publish lightweight content with fast loading results, much like in social media. However, the fact that you get a dedicated web page means you have a bit more control over the amount of information you post and the correlating images.

What Does This All Mean for SEO?

With brands and individuals being offered the chance to directly control the content that comes up on Google when you search for their names, you can see some pretty significant implications for both organic and paid brand searches.

The carousel comes up below the paid ads, but above the organic listings, so it features prominently in the results. If you do it right, there is a lot to gain. While it may take clicks away from your other results, it could end up saving you money you would otherwise have spent on pay per click ads.

You just need to make sure that you take full advantage of the opportunity and include links within the posts that lead your users back to your website. Since we’re talking real time, it’s the perfect way to draw attention to any current sales or promotions you are running and thus increase conversions.

As we said, it essentially puts you in the driver’s seat. You get to steer the content in the direction you want, so you could even use it to distract users from any negative bits that appear in your branded search results.

While the feature is currently invite-only, you can join the waitlist if you are a public figure or represent a brand or business. While we are yet to see how this new feature will play out, it’s worth joining the waitlist to find out.

It’s a great opportunity to control the first thing people see when they Google your name, so take full advantage of it. One day it could become a very powerful and useful tool for you to deliver your desired content straight to the consumer.

How to Amaze Your People

The world is full of tribes. Some use words. Some use clicks. Some use clay. Some use ancient corn, harvest fruits, and wild locusts.

Whether you’re a metropolitan American or a rural Peruvian, you’ve got your tribes too. Social tribes. Media tribes. Startup tribes. In fact, the best entrepreneurs in the world all do one thing fantastically well: thrill their tribe. These tried-and-true tips will help you do exactly the same.

1. Listen fabulously.

People thrive off people who listen. Walls are torn down. Bridges are built. Partnerships are forged in the thick of it. Agatha Christie, who had a huge cultic following in her day, clearly got this.”An appreciative listener,” she explained, “is always stimulating.”

Yet even the best us are capable of missing the mark, of forfeiting the best opportunity in the world: the chance to listen. So practice like an Olympian. Learn to hear to what people say… how they say it… when they say it… what they fail to say.

Take deliberate steps. Enable comments on your blog. Create a cyber suggestion box. Host a weekly call-in talk program. Organize a bite-sized focus-group. Talk over coffee. Whatever you do, remember to actively listen to (yes, stimulate!) your tribe regularly.

2. Dish the beef.

Good information is better than a Picasso. And no one gets this more than Eli Pariser. In a world of ever-increasing “secret” collection of personalized data, he wrote a startling 300-page book–The Filter Bubble–to reveal “what the Internet is hiding from you.”

Bright Simons, a native of Ghana, created a business to stop medicine fraud in developing nations. Currently operating in eight countries worldwide, the Pedigree Network lets people determine with a text message whether their medicine is legitimate.

Sojourners magazine recently published an article to hip its tribe to the corporate world’s next move: eyeing the earth’s public water sources–salivating at the chance to turn it into a billion dollar “pay-to-drink” commodity.

Follow Pariser, Simons, and Sojourner magazine’s example. Folks need to know what’s happening, preferably from an engaged tribal leader like you. Be forward-thinking. Be brave. Never skimp on a slab of good information.

3. Bring the fireworks

What do Kaggle, YouNoodle, and Dwolla all have in common? They “wow” the socks off their tribes. And it’s not about rocket science.

For Kaggle, it’s about data science. A startup that marries “minds” to “matters”, Kaggle hosts online contests that allow the best and the brightest minds to solve hard-to-crack data problems. Able to enter from anywhere in the world, contestants are wowed not only by the sheer crank of the challenge, but also by the juicy rewards. (Think $6K or more, on average, per solution!).

YouNoodle builds competitions at the intersection of technologists and entrepreneurs. CEO Rebeca Hwang, much like Anthony Goldbloom of Kaggle, knows how to use her ‘noodle.’ Calling herself a “mega-connector” who helps make innovation happen, she’s got the right idea and the right platform: digital wonderment.

Ben Milne is educating business owners everywhere about unfair transaction fees–costing U.S. merchants alone a total of $66.5 billion in 2012! His solution? Dwolla: a no-fuss, bank-connected payment system that charges only.25 cents for any transaction of $10 or more. Anything less is hilariously free–signaling many corner-stores and coffee-shops to make a mad dash for Dwolla. (Thanks, Ben!)

Truly: The list doesn’t end here. Add your name today. Become a tribe-thriller and set your followers ablaze today. After all, this is not a job for the ‘Fantastic Four’. It’s a job for anyone who can lead with good listening, good information, and good innovation.

(Hint: That means you, Sherlock).

Business Website Hosting and PhpBB Hosting

OsCommerce is one of the best e-commerce solutions for people who want to run e-commerce websites on the web. The software allows you to create and run small and large business websites. The platform has no limitations for the sophistication or size of the large and advanced business websites. osCommerce web host needs a web hosting provider who has reliable and specialized platforms that will manage and control your website efficiently. It is therefore of imperative importance that as a website owner, you get osCommerce hosting services that are reliable and that are being provided by experts who have knowledge and experience in the field.

The osCommerce platform is easy to install and launches operation immediately after installation. They come with unlimited web space plus free domain names and unlimited web traffic. This means that you can accommodate thousands of web users on your e-commerce website without worrying that the servers will collapse. The osCommerce servers have customized setups and are scripted with easy PHP languages and backed up with MySQL database.

The phpBB hosting plan allows you to have web forums on your website. The phpbb hosting allows you to have and to manage discussion forums on your site. The software allows you to have numerous and thousands of forums running on your site server without any hitches. It comes with and easy to install feature and is made on easy to manage script. From the web host panel, you are able to launch the phpBB hosting plan and start running your forums immediately after installing.

The phpBB hosting plan comes with templates that will be used to make the design and backgrounds of the forum. The software is easy to manage as it is compatible on with MySQL database and MSSQL. Other features that will definitely be provided with the phpBB hosting plan are unlimited disk storage, numerous email accounts, unlimited domains that will also come with sub domains, unlimited band width and unlimited file transfer.

With the advancement in technology, we now have the latest version of ClipShare hosting software that is the 4.0. The software is now available to run on Linux servers and Apache Web servers. The ClipShare hosting plan allows you to share music and video files on your site. This service is also available to all your site users or visitors. ClipShare is a dynamic solution for video sharing and uploading of video file on your website or any other social site. Installation of ClipShare is easy and it launches immediately after installing. The software comes with unlimited disk space and file transfer capability. The uploaded videos can also be compressed to enable sharing. The ClipShare hosting is the best solution for sharing and rapid transfer of videos on your site.

Intercepting the Digital Divide

"Today, high-speed broadband is not a luxury, it's a necessity." – President Obama, January 14, 2015.

Let's pause and reflect on what we have.

In some parts of the world we have GPS controlled drones and in the rest, we have around 3.6 billion people, who do not have regular access to the internet. These are the people who are terminally failing to get the benefit of the internet as an economic engine.

Digital divide is the gap in availability and access to information and communication technology (ICT) among individuals and communities. Numerically, this gap, ie people with no / limited access to computer or the internet, is three times the Indian population. The idea of ​​digital revolution cannot be achieved when 50% of the world population is excluded. In other words, this population can't compete on an equal footing in the labor market. The 'optimistic path' surmised by UN's Sustainable Development Goal 9 and Agenda 2030 also envision avant-garde industrial revolution dubbed Industry 4.0. As this industrial breakthrough is heavily dependent on the adoption of technological innovation, the population disconnected from this technological grid will be less informed and under-represented in the capital and labor market.

The ability to access computers and the internet depends on many interwoven factors ie, social, and economic dimensions. Nonetheless, the digital split can easily be bridged if these factors are broken down into specific action plans. Aside from these obvious barriers, the following would help narrow the gap:

Develop physical infrastructure: The Mason Analysis shows that the lack of proper infrastructure conducive to internet connection is more prevalent in the developing countries, especially in Africa. In this regard, key inputs such as development of terrestrial connectivity between the submarine cables, development of training centers and data module are perquisite to overcome the induction barriers of digital divide.

Promote investment and cooperation: The cardinal element to independent development of physical infrastructure is the liberalization of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) investment. Such a measure would boost investor confidence and could maximize the effectiveness of new investments conducive to financial and infrastructural resources. At this stage, policy remedy is required to lower licensing cost and high taxes on equipment and services. At the same time, integration of internet into the service delivery of government agencies and usage of communications infrastructure should also be highly prioritized.

Develop customized content: Developing physical infrastructure and providing training modules are not enough if local demand is not met. To welcome the next billion users, technologists need to deeply engage with local communities to understand their demands and ways to use this access. That way, internet and communications networks can be built to serve the demand. Responding to internet's actual demand is equally important as devising new schemes.

Less dependency on social media: Excessive indulgence into social media cannot help uplift the internet penetration because of its limited use. People can disregard the real power of internet penetration and benefit of usage if they are confined into the 140 characters on Twitter or the square boxes of Facebook profile. The challenge to adopt and apply the divergent tools of internet can be overcome if internet platforms and its hosting devices are used in smarter ways.

With its ubiquitous and inclusive presence, internet is the key to next-gen technological access. Realizing it, companies such as Google and Facebook are assessing the form factors of attracting more people online. Individuals, government, and corporations are equally responsible in bringing the mass people into the internet bracket. At the same time, the government should also have smart policy interventions to combat the handicaps brought by the usability divides and any other forthcoming obstacles for digital divide.