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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Alibaba launches online bank: ‘It’s for the little guys, not the rich’


via Tech in Asia http://ift.tt/1SMj1jR : Alibaba and its affiliate firm Ant Financial this afternoon launched MyBank, a new online bank for China.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

5 Thing You Can do Today to Optimize Your Twitter Profile


via SocialTimes Feed http://ift.tt/1Qvb2db :

Your Twitter profile is your chance to completely own the messaging about who you are. You control all of the content, and you can make it as detailed or as vague as you like.

However, too many users spend time crafting the perfect profile when they create a Twitter account, but forget to keep it fresh and updated as they go. This can be especially true for businesses, who neglect to use their profile dynamically.

1. Update your headshot/logo

How old is your headshot? Did you take it the day you set up your Twitter profile, several years ago?

Is your logo as high quality as possible? Does it match the logo on your website, Facebook page and print material?

Your profile picture is attached to every tweet you send, so if it is old or outdated it will dilute your brand. Whether you are tweeting on behalf of yourself and using a headshot, or a business and using a logo, it’s a good idea to review it every six month to ensure that it is the best reflection of who you are.

2. Rewrite your bio

If you haven’t been interested in (and tweeting about) kayaking for two years now, why is it still part of your Twitter bio?

It only takes a few minutes to read and update your Twitter bio. But if you really want to optimize your profile, you should consider completely re-writing it periodically to reflect your latest topics of interests, or (if tweeting as a business) promotions and campaigns.

3. Choose a better URL

Including a link to your website in your Twitter profile is all well and good, but why not create a Twitter-specific landing page that welcomes your followers when they click? Or, if this isn’t feasible, how about shortening your Twitter URL using a service like Bit.ly and tracking how many clicks you get directly from your profile?

The URL you use is a powerful way to connect to your Twitter followers off Twitter, so make it the best it can be!

4. Rotate your cover photo

Your Twitter cover photo is your opportunity to use visuals for maximum impact. The best profiles are the ones that have an eye-catching cover photo, while keeping it fresh and new.

Consider rotating your cover photo every few weeks or months, so that there is a reason for your followers to keep coming back to your profile. This works especially well for brands, which can highlight their latest promotion, a new product, behind-the-scenes company parties and more.

5. Prune your lists

The number and type of lists you have says a lot about you as a Twitter user. It represents how you organize your followers, and what topics you are interested in.

While not directly part of your profile, the number of Twitter lists you’ve created appears just beneath your cover photo. It’s a good idea to spend some time getting rid of the lists that are no longer relevant, or adding lists that you and your followers would find useful, regularly.

(Profile keyboard image via Shutterstock)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Duolingo Secures US$45M Series D Led By Google Capital At US$470M Valuation


via TechNode http://ift.tt/1KrlSfn : Language service Duolingo has just closed a US$45 million of Series D funding led by Google Capital with participation of existing investors at a valuation of US$470 million, raising the company’s total funding to US$83.3 million. The company’s previous investors include Union Square Ventures, NEA, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as well as individual investors of actor Ashton Kutcher and author Tim Ferriss. Founded in June 2012 by reCAPTCHA inventor Luis von Ahn, Duolingo now claimed has gained more than 100 million users around the world by integrating gamification elements introduced for the learning process. “Duolingo’s mobile-first, adaptive, and gamified platform is changing the way people are learning languages across the globe,” said Laela Sturdy, partner at Google Capital. “We were blown away by Duolingo’s growth than engagement numbers, and we’re thrilled to partner with them as they shape the future of education.” Before Duolingo, Luis von Ahn has sold two projects to Google. ESP Game, which von Ahn launched in 2005, was acquired by Google. The search giant latter licensed it and turned it into Google Image Labeler which would be used for improving the accuracy of the image search. Von Ahn also sold identity verification device reCAPTCHA to Google in 2009. Positioned itself as a global language learning service, Duolingo also set eye on China’s huge market. The company first launched a Chinese version for users to learn English in May 2014 and had attracted 1.5 million users in the first week. China is also included as an important part of its recent launch for Duolingo for School, a platform allowing students do extra work in game-like interface and teachers to optimize in-class time by addressing general questions. Duolingo has registered more than 4 million users in China as of Jan. this year, according to Ling Ma, head of Duolingo China. Like many other foreign services, Duolingo has experienced some tough time in tapping Chinese market due to the unstable access to servers in the country. The company’s service has been partially blocked for a few days last May. Similarly, MOOC site Coursera also faced slow access to its video courses before finding local partner Guokr, a science networking service.

Monday, June 8, 2015

MI TV2 49" L49M2-AA not 4K resolution only 1920:1080


via Xiaomi MIUI Official Forum - Mi Gadgets http://ift.tt/1BTIAFT : I just bought MI Tv2 49\" 4k from grey market, i interest because the specification resolution: 3840 X 2160, after i change to english, i try to connect with my notebook with certified hdmi 1.4, i just good max resolution 1920 x 1080. than i side in .

Friday, June 5, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

China’s dominant taxi hailing app launches carpooling feature, signs up 1M drivers


via Tech in Asia http://ift.tt/1RElV9G : The new feature, Shun Feng Che, will focus on urban commuters starting in Beijing and roll out to 26 cities by the end of this month.