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Cohort analysis, responsive design, and 3 other must-know e-commerce concepts

Got something cool to sell, and sites like Etsy don’t quite cut it? Guess it’s time for an upgrade. Time for you to stop dipping your toes into the world of eCommerce and dive right in.

Here’s the thing about that, though – running a full-fledged online retail outlet’s a little different from selling a few things on a user-driven site. There are certain things you’ll need to know, and certain things you’ll need to do.

First thing’s first, get yourself set up with an e-commerce platform. WooCommerce is a great choice. So are Magento and Shopify. Choose whichever one you like best and familiarise yourself with some of the plugins available to you.

Your next step is research. There are a number of terms and concepts you’ll need to understand in order to succeed.

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SureFlap has an app-controlled pet door in the pipeline

Finally coming to the pet tech space this summer: an app-controlled cat door that will tell you when your pet has left the building. RIP privacy for pets!

UK firm SureFlap, which already makes a range of microchipped-enabled pet products such as feeders and pet doors which only open for the correctly chipped (or RFID-collared) pet, reckons pet owners are hankering for even more remote-control options with their high tech pet kit — ergo, they’ve announced an app-controlled version of their microchipped pet door will go on sale this summer.

The forthcoming Microchip Pet Door Connect will have a companion app that enables pet owners to remotely lock or unlock the door from anywhere, and also schedule curfew times to keep their pets in at a specified time of day.

Owners will also be able to receive notifications via the app when their pet leaves or enters the house, and the app will log and track these comings and goings over time — offering a potential route to flag up changes in behavior.

Read full article by Tech Crunch

US congressman to constituents: ‘nobody’s got to use the internet’

Congress and the President, historically, don’t have the best grasp of how the internet works or ought to be managed. This tendency cuts across both parties, from Ted Stevens’ (R-Alaska) infamous comments about a “series of tubes,” to bipartisan (though somewhat Democratic-leaning) SOPA support, to Trump’s declaration in December 2015 that we should ‘close the internet‘ as a means of stopping terrorism. If you’re waiting for Congress or the president to display a true, deep grasp of technology, you’re going to be waiting awhile. That said, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has set a new (albeit temporary) record for “Congressional Representative With No Idea How the Real World Works These Days.”

During a town hall meeting last week, Sensenbrenner argued that ISPs shouldn’t face regulations separate from what a company like Facebook faces when it wants to monetize your personal information. (Whether FB should have access to what it wants to sell is an argument for a different time). When challenged on this claim by someone who correctly understood that Facebook and your ISP have very different levels of access to your personal data, Sensenbrenner said the following:

“You know, again, nobody’s got to use the internet. And the thing is, if you start regulating the internet like a utility, if you did that right at the beginning, we’d have no internet. Internet companies have invested an awful lot of money in having almost universal services, now. And the fact is, you know, I don’t think it’s my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising through your information being sold. My job, I think, is to tell you that you have the opportunity to do it and then you take it upon yourself to make the choice that the government should give you. And that’s what the law has been and I think we ought to have more choices, rather than fewer choices.”

Read full article by Extreme Tech

People find changes in user interfaces annoying

“The problem even with new, high-performance user interfaces is that the user must learn something new, and this is time-consuming. Especially in the beginning, searching for important functionalities may take so much time that the user will not change to a more powerful user interface, but gets frustrated. In our study, we examined how much time users at different stages of learning need in order to find the functionalities, and how learning progresses,” explains Postdoctoral Researcher Jussi Jokinen from the Aalto University Department of Communications and Networking.

Researchers combined mathematical models and the basic psychological phenomena of learning and measured participants’ gaze and the time they spent searching for user interface functionalities. This way they monitored changes in the paths of users’ gaze, as learning progressed, and how searching for the functionalities speeded up as users gained more experience.

“Based on the observations, we modelled the way people learn to use different types of user interfaces. We considered long-term memory, visual short-term memory, and eye movements and showed that it is possible to optimise user interfaces for learnability. Therefore, making the user interface as efficient as possible is not the sole objective of design, but the designer has to strike a balance between efficiency and learnability,” says Jokinen.

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Das Keyboard Prime 13 Review: A Minimalistic Mechanical Plank

Does the name Daniel Guermeur mean anything to you? It should. He’s the founder and CEO of Das Keyboard, previously known as Metadot, and he’s part of the reason why the peripheral market is now flush with mechanical keyboards. It started in 2005 when, on a mission to become a faster and more accurate typist, he created a completely blank keyboard. His idea worked, and it gave rise to the Das Keyboard, the first mass produced keyboard for the “uber geek.”

A year later, Metadot came out with its second model, the Das Keyboard II (DK2), with mechanical key switches. It’s hard to believe now, but mechanical keyboards weren’t really a thing as recently as a decade ago, after the original classics of the ’80s faded away. But the DK2 helped changed that—geeks immediately took to the keyboard’s clicky key action with audible feedback, reminiscent of the old IBM Model M.

From there the market for mechanical keyboards grew, slowly at first, until more recently going full steam ahead. Now mechanical planks are all over the place with more models coming out all the time. And what of Das Keyboard? It’s still in the game, having just launched its newest mechanical model, the Das Keyboard Prime 13 (just Prime 13 from here on out).

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How to tell if your phone or tablet has a virus

Long before ransomware and large-scale hacks became everyday problems, viruses were crawling into our desktops and infecting our screens.

These days, smartphones and tablets are just as vulnerable as regular computers; malware is often used to subvert your private accounts; and somewhere in the world there’s a cynical coder with an ax to grind or bills to pay who can’t wait to ruin your day.

Your phone is a gateway to a lot of personal data, and malware is often designed to break into your email, online banking and apps.

Getting lazy now could wreak havoc on your smartphone or tablet, and all the networks it’s connected to. The more time the malware has, the more it will try to manipulate your apps and data, as well as steal from you.

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On the road again? Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the ultimate traveler’s laptop

The PC’s shift from cutting-edge luxury to everyday device has brought with it a mundanity that becomes more entrenched with each year. Many of the best laptops no longer see significant revisions each year, as is still common with smartphones. In fact, some laptops go many years before they’re completely replaced.

Apple’s MacBook Pro started that trend, but Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon was among the first Windows alternatives to follow it. First released in 2012, the Carbon has received yearly updates, but today’s model doesn’t look all that different from the first. The Carbon remains a thin and light laptop that stands out from competitors because of its 14-inch screen, and continues to try and out-maneuver alternatives by combing durability with one of the thinnest, lightest designs around.

Read full article by Digital Trends

Samsung’s 49 inch mega-wide display may displace multi-monitor setups

Samsung display panels might go from impressive to jaw-droppingly over the top later this year. The company is reportedly planning to produce a 49-inch, curved, double full HD display panel. Oh my.

This isn’t a complete monitor, to be clear, but only the display component that can be used to make Samsung-branded monitors or sold to third parties. The component is essentially two 1080p displays smashed together with 3840-by-1080 resolution. Such a massive panel sounds like something you might find in a video editing bay or another professional setting, but this unit is (rather unbelievably) meant for consumers, based on a report from TFT Central.

The new panel would be part of Samsung’s upcoming “Grand Circle” format. It’s not clear exactly what that means, but presumably we’re talking about large panels with some serious curves that provide an immersive experience for gaming and video.

Read full article by PC World

Social networking sites could be used to monitor and respond to global disease outbreaks

That social networking sites are a pervasive force won’t come as a surprise to the billions of users worldwide. But how effective are they when it comes to informing the public health response to disease outbreaks? To answer this question and provide clear, quantitative data on how social media supports disease monitoring and response, a joint study between the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Institute of High Performance Computing and Singapore’s Ministry of Health examined the 2013 avian flu outbreak in China.

Avian influenza A (H7N9) is a severe viral infection characterized by pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. China announced its first three human cases in March 2013. International concern about the impact of this infection on global health and security grew quickly. Obtaining documented information on cases is key to limiting disease spread. To assess the efficacy and accuracy of social media in reporting incidents, researchers compared the timing of reporting new cases by means of conventional news agencies, public health agency reports (like the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China and the World Health Organization), and posts from Sina Weibo, a popular social networking site with more than 500 million registered users at the time of the outbreak.

Read full article by Phys.org

The best laptop deals in April 2017: cheap laptops for every budget

Searching for the best laptop deals? You’ve come to the right place. That’s because each week we comb through all the biggest US laptop retailers like Newegg and Amazon to find only the best deals on laptop brands you can trust.

Whether you’re after a 2-in-1 laptop with a transformative personality, an Ultrabook designed for extensive productivity, web browsing and video streaming on the go or a beastly gaming laptop, this guide to the best laptop deals covers all bases.

At the top of the page, you’ll find our selection of the very latest and best cheap laptop deals of the week followed by a selection of popular quality laptops that retailers like to discount on a regular basis. Beneath those, you’ll find our pick of the latest best laptops along with their best available prices.

Read full article by Tech Radar