UK chancellor announces 2% ‘digital services tax’ on tech giants’ revenues starting in April 2020

The UK government has announced a new “digital services” tax of two percent that it plans to start levying on the UK revenues of tech giants like Amazon, Google and Apple based on the money they make on digital services like advertising and streaming entertainment (but not online sales). Announced …

How to achieve double-digit eCommerce conversion rates

It sounds too good to be true. How can it be possible to achieve double-digit conversion rates with your eCommerce store? Wouldn’t that require you to be all things to all people? We all know how impossible that is.   Yet, with the right ingredients, double-digit conversions are possible. With …

How to secure your online writing portfolio as a freelance writer

It’s a bit of a Catch-22, isn’t it? You took the time to create an eye-catching, user-friendly personal website to house your writing portfolio. You posted your writing samples so potential clients can bask in your writing prowess and hire you to write something special for them. But then a scary …

1&1 web hosting review: You’ll save a bundle, but first-timers beware

1&1 $7.99 a month (starting) View Product The Good Very affordable! • 1&1 App Center makes it easy to install a content management system The Bad Uptime is spotty • No website builder included • Shared-hosting plan isn’t ‘unlimited’ • Confusing control panel The Bottom Line With a big name …

Top website security threats and malware families

This article was originally published on May 29, 2014. It was updated on August 14, 2018. You can’t take website security threats seriously enough — especially if your customers entrust you with their credit card information and other sensitive data. From using strong passwords to defending your site against images …

Lifestyle Tip for Entrepreneurs: Guide on Picking the Appropriate Vacuum

Life has been said to be a summation of choices and preferences. Most of the time, these personal preferences have positive outcomes when made on an informed basis. Blind preference is self-destructive. There are many vacuum brands out there and you cannot simply go shopping without having knowledge of the …

Here’s Why the Stock Market Is Dropping — and What You Should Do About It Now

On Wednesday the Dow fell more than 800 points, followed by another drop of 200 points on Thursday morning. Even though the Dow had mostly recovered those morning losses by midday, the stock market, which seemed to be humming along with the rest of the U.S. economy, may look wobbly. …

Why you need a secure website right now — avoid the Chrome ‘Not Secure’ warning

UPDATE — JULY 24, 2018: Today Google began rolling out Chrome 68. Now, Google’s browser will display a “Not Secure” warning next to the website in the address bar if the site is not secured with HTTPS. When the next version of Google Chrome launches in July it’ll have a whole …

Understanding the WordPress Theme Structure

Editor’s Note: This article on the WordPress theme structure was first published on October 5, 2015. It was updated on October 24, 2018. Understanding the WordPress theme structure is an important part of the front-end development process.  The files of a WordPress theme work together to create the design and …

How Entrepreneurs Can Stay Positive in the Face of Adversity

When Tobi Skovron landed in LA, he had a great idea, a start-up mentality, and the Global Financial Crisis awaiting his arrival. Luckily he doesn’t believe in negative thinking. Tobi Skovron explains: I’ve got this unbreakable spirit, I can’t explain where I got it from but it’s just deep inside. …

What are other ratios used in financial reporting

The dividend yield ratio tells investors how much cash income they’re receiving on their stock investment in a business. This is calculated by dividing the annual cash dividend per share by the current market price of the stock. This can be compared with the interest rate on high-grade debt securities …

Instagram copies Snapchat's QR codes with new 'nametag' feature

Instagram wants to make it easier to find and follow people you know and it’s — surprise, surprise — turning to a feature originally made popular by Snapchat. The app is adding a new “nametag” feature, which is essentially the Instagram version of Snapchat’s Snap Codes. The feature is rolling …

Amazon says it’s making freely available the same machine learning courses that it uses to teach its own engineers

It’s Cyber Monday and Amazon has a one deal for its customers that’s a little unexpected. The company just announced that it has made available, for free, the same machine learning courses that it uses to train its own engineers. It’s a lot of information to digest — from a …

These Stores Have the Best Black Friday Deals This Year, According to a New Survey

A personal finance site surveyed almost 7,000 deals to rank the stores with the biggest discounts on Black Friday. Black Friday 2018 is November 23—and fan-favorite retailers such as Williams Sonoma, Amazon, Target, Walmart, IKEA, and Sephora (plus many, many more) are already showcasing their Black Friday deals. With so …

Sound In Motion’s Malaa Show Shines the Spotlight On Minneapolis’s Booming EDM Scene

Twin Cities EDM lovers flock to Sound In Motion’s Malaa show at Skyway Theatre. Every spring and summer, Minneapolis amplifies its nightlife offerings for residents who are excited to take advantage of the nice weather. In the city’s thriving EDM scene, there are already many must-attend spring and summer shows, …

Pokémon Go earnings pass $2 billion as it introduces its first new Pokémon

Pokémon Go has just reached two big milestones. The mobile AR game has now earned $2 billion, according to Apptopia, a third-party provider of app data. The location-based game has also introduced a new Pokémon for the first time, the mythical Meltan. Pokémon Go became a phenomenon during its launch in the …