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Obama’s Celebration Moment Is Most-Liked Facebook Photo Ever

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After winning his second term as U.S. President, Barack Obama shared a photo on his Facebook page that quickly became the most Liked photo ever on the social network. The picture shows the president embracing his wife Michelle with the caption: Four more years.

Around 3 a.m. ET, another Facebook page called Facebook + Journalists noted the image had become the most Liked photo in Facebook history: “With more than 2.1 million likes, this Barack Obama photo is the most-liked Facebook photo of all time.”

Lenovo Displaces HP as World’s Top PC Maker

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Lenovo has unseated Hewlett-Packard as the world’s top PC maker, a position the company has held for six years, according to Gartner.

The researcher’s stats showed that 15.7% of global PC shipments in the third quarter came from Lenovo vs. 15.5% for HP. That’s the first time Lenovo has taken the No. 1 position. Gartner attributed the PC maker’s gains to aggressive pricing, especially in the professional market. Lenovo’s share has been steadily increasing over the past two years.

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Lenovo Computers, Soon To Be Made In America

by  Matt Burns

Lenovo is looking to set up shop in America but don’t expect your next ThinkPad computer to sport a Made In The USA sticker just yet. The Chinese computer company intends to start manufacturing a small quantity of ThinkPad and ThinkCentre laptops, desktops and tablets in North Carolina. The Whitsett, N.C. facility will employ just over 100 workers and cost the successful company a mere few million. The company tells the Wall Street Journal that it isn’t a one-time Made-in-America stunt, but rather the start of something larger.

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Amazon Developing Its Own Mapping Service

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Amazon is developing its own mapping API, the retail giant announced Monday, just days before Apple is set to release its own mapping serviceto the public as part of iOS 6.

The announcement confirms earlier reports that Amazon had acquired 3D mapping application UpNext earlier this summer for that exact purpose.

Both Apple and Amazon, as well as third-party developers, have until recently relied on Google’s Maps API to power location-based applications on iOS and Kindle Fire devices. Apple has also used a native Maps application powered by Google that will not make its way to iOS 6. Amazon’s original Kindle Fire did not come pre-installed with any mapping application.

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The ROI of “I’m Sorry”

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All too often, companies have hiccups (large or small) and are less than transparent with their customers. They don’t address the issues head on, and they don’t feel they owe anything to their customers.

When something happens that affects your customers, whether it’s big or small (in your eyes), your customers want to know:

  • What went wrong?
  • What effect did it have to my business?
  • How are you preventing it from happening again?
  • How are you going to make it up to me?

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Facebook Friends Get Out The Vote In Large Numbers

by The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s something most politicians can “like”: Facebook friends played a big role in getting hundreds of thousands of people to vote in 2010, a new scientific study claims.

Facebook researchers and scientists at the University of California, San Diego conducted a massive online experiment in the mid-term congressional election to test and measure the political power of online peer pressure…

The friend-prodding likely increased voter turnout by as much as 340,000 in the non-presidential election that voted in a new Republican congress, the scientists calculated. They said that it could potentially change the outcome of close elections.

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Not every innovation deserves a patent. Not every copycat deserves a punishment

WHEN Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in 2007, he changed an industry. Apple’s brilliant new device was a huge advance on the mobile phones that had gone before: it looked different and it worked better. The iPhone represented innovation at its finest, making it the top-selling smartphone soon after it came out and helping to turn Apple into the world’s most valuable company, with a market capitalisation that now exceeds $630 billion. Read full article…

Give More Than What Your Clients Ask for

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Our customers are relying on our expertise. It’s our job to ask the right questions, understand what their short- and long-term goals are, and direct them appropriately. We should definitely be prepared to give them what they ask for, but we need to go beyond that. They don’t know what they don’t know. And what we don’t tell them may make all the difference in the long run. Remember, anyone can do the job, but few people will win their trust.

Furthermore, we should also focus on the details of customer service that make a huge impact: arrive and end on time, return calls, set expectations, and make sure your client feels valued. You should be doing the hard work, not the other way around.

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Send and receive your domain email with Gmail

By Alan Watchorn

This is my guide on how to send and receive your domain email with Gmail. If you are like me you don’t want to have to log into several email accounts to check your email. Luckily you you don’t have to.

As you know, I have several websites. I use emails from each of them as I feel it is much more professional than using a free webmail address. Anywaay, when I see a hotmail, gmail or yahoomail address from a company I have to wonder if it’s genuine.

Despite having several email addresses I only log into one email account (gmail) regularly. From there I manage most of my email. How do I do it?

So you want to send and receive your domain email with gmail too?

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Repurposing vs. Optimized Design

by Jakob Nielsen

Summary:
It’s cheap but degrading to reuse content and design across diverging media forms like print vs. online or desktop vs. mobile. Superior UX requires tight platform integration.

When it comes to user experience strategy, there are two opposing schools:

  • Repurposing: make as few designs as possible — preferably only one — and reuse the same material across as many platforms as possible.
  • Platform optimization: design different user interfaces for each main platform, integrating the user experience layers as tightly as possible.

Repurposing has huge cost advantages. Most of the work must be done only once. But on most platforms, the outcome tends to be a substandard user experience. This is particularly true if the design was initially optimized for one platform and later ported onto other platforms with minimal changes.

When considering mobile phones vs. desktop computers, the platform differences are great enough that the benefits of creating two separate designs are substantial. Furthermore, both platforms have many wealthy users, so the profits from maximizing conversion rates can be considerable.

Still, the question remains whether the cost–benefit analysis truly supports two sites, or whether it would be more profitable to stick with a single site.

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