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It’s almost September. In the consumer technology world, that almost always means Apple is close to unveiling a new iPhone. The leaks and rumors have gone from a steady trickle to almost a rushing torrent as we inch closer to the new iPhone unveilings. In June, an internal memo about combating leaks was ironically leaked itself. Still, if the latest rumors and leaks are to be believed, this looks to be the most radical redesign of the iPhone in some time. One of the earliest rumors were that Apple would release no less than three new iPhones this year: an iPhone 7S, 7S Plus, and a premium version. The 7S and 7S Plus will largely resemble the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with the big exception being the rear being made of glass. This leads many to believe that all three iPhones will finally support wireless charging. This rumor seemed to be confirmed by the leaks of the wireless charging components used. Most of the iPhone rumors have been centered around the premium version (dubbed by most as iPhone 8).

Being that this is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple seems to be going all out this year. Early case leaks, dummy models, and renders seem to confirm that adopt the 2017 trend of edge to edge screens with minimal bezels on the front panel. Like the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, LG G6, and even the newly released Essential Phone, the new iPhone will eschew the physical home button in favor of a software home button. This virtual home button will apparently be resizable. The removal of the physical home button fueled speculation as to whether Apple would keep the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Some people said it Apple would place the sensor on the back while other hoped Apple would find a way to embed the sensor into the screen itself.

Developers have been finding tidbits of information concerning the next iPhone based on accidentally released firmware found on the HomePod. Just recently, developer Steve Troughton-Smith seemed to confirm the existence of facial unlock when he found mentions of “BKFaceDetect” and references to an infrared camera. The firmware also seemed to confirm the final design of the device itself.

Now, even more details have leaked as a result of examining the HomePod firmware. Troughton-Smith along with developer Guilherme Rambo have been tweeting their findings. Apparently, the new iPhone will include a tap to wake function, facial expression and attention detection, and a virtual home button; the latter of which confirms that Apple is removing the physical home button as expected. The references to facial expression detection might hint at the ability to recognize faces in the dark using infrared or even halt notifications if the phone knows you’re looking at it. The mention of facial details such as “mouthsmile”, “mouthpucker”, or “mouthfrown” could also mean that you could unlock the phone using a certain facial action such as smiling or frowning.

So we have a premium iPhone that’s physically smaller than the Plus model but has a bigger screen. The screen itself will fill the entire front of the iPhone with a small cutout at the top for the various sensors. The physical home button is gone with Touch ID being replaced with facial recognition. Apple’s focus on augmented reality (AR) during WWDC this year likely means the new iPhone will have enhanced AR capabilities. It also goes without saying that all three new iPhones will have the latest and greatest A-series processors which are rumored to blow away all current Android phones in terms of performance.

Unfortunately, if these rumors and leaks are true, that also means the premium version of the iPhone will likely be very expensive. Current rumors peg the premium iPhone to around $1000. On the other hand, that price tag may be worth it if these features are polished and well implemented. One thing is clear, this will undoubtedly be one of the most popular phones of 2017 and the most radical change to the iPhone since it was first released 10 years ago.

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How Sleep Affects Your Work

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Work Affected By Sleep

We don’t need any fancy research to know that lack of sleep can affect our work the next day. Insufficient sleep can cause drowsiness, lack of focus and tiredness which can negatively impact productivity. However, sleep is usually the first to go when you’re busy with work or school, parenting or have irregular work schedule. The busyness usually takes up lots of space in our lives, leaving little room for restful sleep. Here are some ways your lack of sleep can affect your business.

More Sick Days

Lack of sleep can lead to more sick days. Lack of sleep impacts the immune system so you are more likely to contract disease like the common cold and can affect how fast you recover from a virus. People who are sleep deprived are also at risk for hypertension. Lack of sleep affects stress hormones, which in turn can raise blood pressure levels.

Lost Productivity

According to a Harvard study, lack of sleep is costing the United States up to $63 billion due to lost productivity. People who do not get enough sleep or suffer from forms of insomnia cost US employers up to 8 days of lost productivity per year. This is because the less you sleep, the less productive you become. You are drowsy, tired, and unfocused at work, resulting in inefficiency.

Helps Prevent Burnout

Burnout can be a big problem in the workplace. Not only does it sap inspiration, but it can also cause job dissatisfaction. Studies show that getting more than 6 hours of sleep every night can help prevent job burnout. It also causes “difficulties detaching from thoughts of work during leisure time”.

Slows Thinking Process

Scientists discovered that sleep deprivation slows down the thinking process. In their study, people who lacked sleep had difficulties concentrating, had reduced capacity for attention and some activities led them to become confused. All of these can affect your abilities to do tasks that call for complexity or logic. People who are sleep deprived find it hard to make decisions because they find it more difficult to assess the situation.

Makes Learning Difficult

Sleep deprivation affects learning 2 ways. First, it makes it difficult to assimilate information because you are having a hard time focusing. Second, lack of sleep does not give neurons enough time to recover, which affects memory negatively. Lack of sleep also slows down reaction time, which is needed when you are driving or doing activities that require speed.

When you get enough sleep, your working memory capacity improves. According to studies by Michigan State, this memory is associated with problem solving, decision making, vocabulary and reading comprehension. This means getting enough shut eye makes you a better decision maker, communicator and troubleshooter.

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We’ve all been there before. We hit publish on our latest blog and wait for the avalanche of comments to come in, except they don’t. When this happens we can’t help but ask why. Before you lose your blogging confidence, here are some ways to drive traffic to your blog.

Share More Than Once

Most of us share our blogs across social media a few seconds after we hit publish. While this is sound strategy, there might be some people you missed during the first blast. To avoid too many people from seeping through the cracks, share your blog more than once. In fact, Garret Moon co-Founder and CEO of CoSchedule suggests that companies do not share content nearly as much as they need to. According to him we have a mentality of “share once and forget”.

A better solution is to share the same blog multiple times depending on the platform. For example, you might want to share a blog across all your social media accounts the moment it is published. Two hours later, you can share again on Twitter, the next day on Google+ and Facebook, next week on Tumblr. Some marketers think that this is spammy, but nobody really pays attention what you do online and this is just a way to make sure that nobody misses anything.

Leverage Twitter

Twitter is a great platform to make blogs go viral. Here are some things to do right away:

  • Complete your Twitter profile, avatar and header image.
  • Tweet on a regular basis, at least once a day.
  • Retweet interesting and related tweets from other members.
  • When sharing a post, make sure to include an image. You can use Twitshot to make things easier.
  • Always use a hashtag (#) when tweeting.

Optimize your Tweet text too. The best practice is to put the post title first followed by the URL and your Twitter handle. This optimized Twitter text will encourage users to click on the link and to follow you at the same time.

Get Influencers to Blog For You

Gain credibility and possibly followers by getting social influencers to blog for you. This means reaching out to people in your niche with the biggest followers and then asking them to contribute to your blog. By getting these guys involved, you get exceptional content while accessing a powerful distribution channel in the form of the contributor’s network. Unless your blog is super-prestigious, you might need to pay these influencers, but it is a good way to improve blog readership.

Include Visual Content or Videos

There are many studies suggesting that blogs with videos or images, especially infographic, find better engagement and more shares. Taking time and effort to add them to your blog can greatly impact traffic and readership.

Send Link To Relevant People

Send your blog to people or organizations that might be interested in what you have to say. Messages like “I recently published a blog on the impact of social media on entrepreneurs and thought you might be interested.” Offer to reciprocate so that your offer becomes tempting. Sending out your blog gives you the potential to expand your network while driving traffic to your blog.

These tips are not a substitute for good content but these strategies are simply about squeezing some more so that you end up with even more traffic. So make sure you have great content that has always has SEO in mind to drive more traffic to your blog.

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5 Ways to Attract More Business

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In this competitive era where every business is facing deep competition, it is essential to project a differentiating factor and adopt latest techniques for attracting more business to your business. It is often the failure of planning that leads to collapse and shut down of businesses. You need to have a proper strategy that can build a reputation of your business in the market. To run smooth and successful, have a prior construction of successive plans to target the potential customer base.

Here are 5 techniques to improve your business prospects.

Genuine Value

Be specific about the services or products that you offer so customers are not misguided. By going through the information that you provide, the targeted clientele must be able to understand the quality of your product or service offerings. Having a differentiating factor and projecting it effectively is essential to grab those choosy eyeballs of potential customers. Setting clear expectations and delivering the best within the deadline is the best way to retain customers and grow your business.

Business Website

The most important step to take when you start your business is to build your website. The website is your online identity and your biggest marketing weapon as far as the digital space is concerned. Make sure that the website is interactive, informative, and guides the visitors in the best possible way. It should be user-friendly and have the power to convert casual visitors into customers. Remember, a great website projects a great brand image.

Effective Communication

Be precise and dynamic when you communicate with potential patrons. Regularly updating your blog and listing the information related to your work will build a strong relationship between the reader and your business. Replying to queries and comments within a short time frame is very important and depicts that you value the interest which someone has in your business. Healthy communication will help frame a positive image of your business.

Socially Active

Socialization is very important in today’s world. With billions of people on social media, these platforms have become effective marketing channels and one of the best source of generating prospective clients for your business. Having well-defined social media marketing strategies and getting your business highlighted on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and others has become essential. People these days have a tendency to refer to social media when they need any product or service and have a strong affinity for brands. The return on investment in case of social media marketing is also very high if the business adopts the right strategies.

Search Engine Optimization

This is the digital marketing technique that can help your business be listed on the top search pages of Google, Yahoo, and Bing. With a comprehensive list of well-researched keywords defining the nature of your business, SEO experts will target your business with informative content on the top search engine pages and improve your page ranking. Off-page SEO techniques have also become very important due to the cut throat competition in the SEO space.

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