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AWS Week in Review - May 12, 2014

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Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, May 12 We announced that the Amazon Simple WorkFlow Service now Supports Amazon CloudTrail. We announced that AWS CloudFormation now Supports Parameter-Only Stack Updates and Updates to the Stack Notification Logic. We announced that AWS Elastic Load Balancing now Supports Resource-Level Permissions. The Amazon SES Blog told you All About SES Daily Quota. We published Episode 86 of the AWS Podcast. Tuesday, May 13 We announced that Amazon AppStream now Supports YUV444 Color and Logging. We announced that Amazon CloudTrail has Expanded to new Locations and new Services. We launched the ElastiCache Auto Discovery Client for PHP 5.5. We announced that Elastic Load Balancing now Supports Resource-Level Permissions. The AWS Security Blog showed you How to Enable Cross-Account Access to the AWS Management Console. Wednesday, May 14 We launched the new AWS TCO Calculator. We announced that AWS OpsWorks now Works With Amazon RDS. The AWS Windows and .NET Development Blog talked about Referencing Credentials Using Profiles. The AWS Startup Blog Talked about the Importance of Logs and also published a CTO to CTO Startup Spotlight With Werner Vogels and Don Neufeld. Thursday, May 15 We announced that Amazon WorkSpaces is now Available in Sydney, Australia. We Updated Amazon Elastic MapReduce with new Packages, new Versions of Existing Packages, and Bug Fixes. The AWS Java Development Blog talked about Using Improved Conditional Writes in DynamoDB. Friday, May 16 We added AWS Customer Success Stories from Conexlink, Duolingo, Lonely Planet, Rangespan, and Titans Group. This week AWS Marketplace added new products including GoldDisk Plus, ScaleBase, Looker Analytics Platform, and Oracle NoSQL Database Enterprise Edition. We published Episode 87 of the AWS Podcast. Stay tuned for next week! In the meantime, follow me on Twitter and subscribe to the RSS feed. -- Jeff; `

Picture your business name with a .photography domain

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For as long as she can remember, Jennie has been fascinated with cameras. And with an adorable 1-year-old daughter, she simply can’t keep enough film in the house to commemorate all of those baby smiles. From gray scale to sepia, she set a goal to capture all of life’s moments through her unique lens. She recently expanded her horizons by venturing into the world of senior portraits and wedding photography. But now what? Jennie needs a way for her clients to see her ever-growing portfolio. She knows she needs a website with an online address— a domain—that represents her business and is easy to remember, yet every .com name she can think of is taken. She wants to secure a domain name that’s personalized and unique without investing in a premium .com in the domain aftermarket (after all, diapers are expensive). Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom with a knack for capturing heartwarming photos, or a mover-and-shaker who is all about the “flash” in flash photography, an eye-catching, unique domain name is a must. A new generic top-level domain (gTLD), .photography, might perfectly capture your one-of-kind digital identity.  Here are three reasons why: 1. Industry-at-a-glance With a .photography domain name, you’ll showcase your specialty in your website’s marquee — your domain. You now can define your business instantaneously by tagging your brand name with the appropriate domain extension. Potential customers will know immediately what your site is about and the services you offer. No more guessing, no more wondering — just instant recognition. 2.  Endless options for ideal domain names Don’t you love typing in a hyper-hyphenated domain name (probably misspelling it) and getting redirected to a completely different site? It happens more often than not. Generally, consumers don’t want to have to break from typing letters to search for the hyphen key — and if your customers aren’t going to take the time to properly type out your domain name, who will? Most people don’t want to buy a domain with a special character in it, but they are so set on an idea that they are willing to compromise the fluidity of their brand for the specific name. Fortunately, new gTLDs like .photography reduce the likelihood that you will have to change anything about your image. That’s because the options seem endless. Because they are so new to the market, fresh domain extensions such as .photography, .guru, .london and .club are wide open for your ideal domain name. Say goodbye to and hello to! 3. Get found, faster The whole purpose of constructing a website is to increase online business productivity and traffic, right? Most people don’t build sites with the hopes that they will never be found. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of increasing search engine rank by adding words (keywords) that you want your website to rank for. By adding keywords in the right location and developing unique, compelling content, your website will increase in rank and hopefully move to page one of the search engines. There’s no guarantee (is there ever, really?) your business will top the search rankings, but a  .photography domain definitely will indicate what your website is about to search engine users. All in all, .photography is a solid domain naming choice for small business owners like Jennie and anyone who lives or loves the photography industry. Snap one up! The post Picture your business name with a .photography domain appeared first on GoDaddy Blog.

New gTLDs Report Card – May 2014

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The Total Registrations of the new gTLDs have reached the huge figure of over 773,056 (as of 16th May 2014). .Guru is still leading the charts with 56,886 registrations. The first city based TLD, .Berlin is second with 47,806 registration closely followed by the recently released .club with 44,355 registrations. It is very obvious that the specific strings that are doing well are because a lot of people are waiting for them to open up for General Availability. It will be interesting to see how Strings like Guide, Audio, HipHop, Loans, Church, Life, Beer, Luxe, and Juegos (games in spanish)  that were released yesterday, on the 15th of May, perform in the coming weeks. The percentage split of the registrations faciliated by ResellerClub can be seen in this infographic below: Which new gTLDs are you waiting for? Please leave your thoughts or comments below!

Typepad On Pinterest: Fall For DIY

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Did you know Typepad is on Pinterest? It's true! We love pinning and repinning great content from Typepad blogs in every genre, and we're always looking for great, inspirational content. Are you on Pinterest? Drop your link in the comments, and don't forget to follow Typepad right here! If you're not on Pinterest yet, check it out - it's a great way to promote your blog and connect with others!Want some inspiration? Check out our featured pinner, Fall For DIY Francesca loves to share craft ideas and projects on her blog Fall For DIY.  She shares tutorials on making your own chic accessories with visually appealing photos to match. FOLLOW: Pinterest | Blog Want to promote your pinterest account on your Typepad blog? Just go to Blogs > Content and add the Pinterest Widget to your Sidebar via the center menu. While you're there, make your blog posts "pinable" by adding the Pin It button to your post footers.Want even more? Learn how to promote your blog on Pinterest and follow Typepad at

Three Key Observations From OpenStack Summit Atlanta

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At the OpenStack “Juno” Summit in Atlanta this week, more than 4,500 people packed the convention center to learn, share and experience the awesome that is the OpenStack community. The Summit kicked off with standing room only keynotes from OpenStack Executive Director Jonathan Bryce and Rackspace Cloud Architect Troy Toman. In the crowd, there was huge excitement about how far we’ve come since 2010, as well as the opportunities and challenges we face moving forward. Here are my three key observations from OpenStack Summit Atlanta: Observation 1: There are more users than ever. They’re big and they love private cloud. Wells Fargo and Disney (and other household names) got on stage to profess their love for OpenStack and talk about how it’s helping them move faster as a business: “Inside of Disney I’m trying to lead a revolution to empower people with technology” @clauney #OpenStack — Scott Sanchez (@scottsanchez) May 12, 2014   “If you give someone enough ‘fast’, they can make their own ‘cheap’ and ‘good’ by shrinking dev cycle” @clauney #OpenStack — Scott Sanchez (@scottsanchez) May 12, 2014   “Using #OpenStack to enforce best practices and security is great for us” @glenndferguson @WellsFargo — Scott Sanchez (@scottsanchez) May 12, 2014 Being able to get the public cloud experience of “it’s fast, it’s powerful and it just works” inside your own data centers is very powerful. Until recently, only a very small number of large organizations had the mindset and agility to take advantage of what cloud could do for them, public or private. That’s changing, and it’s changing quickly. While walking the halls, I made it a point to sneak a peek at as many badges as possible, and it was incredible to see some of the company names in attendance: big banks, big manufacturing, big retail, big government agencies, big entertainment and everything in between. Many of these companies will be on stage at future summits like Wells Fargo and Disney were this week. They’ll talk about how OpenStack solves problems and helps their companies move faster! Observation 2: Vendors aren’t the only ones contributing. Big users are becoming major contributors to the project because it means they can move faster as a company. I’ve spoken at length about getting your business off of someone else’s roadmap, and OpenStack is the engine that helps you do that. Comcast has figured this out. The media and communications giant took the stage a few summits ago to show off what it’s doing with OpenStack, and has since become one of the project’s largest code contributors. “Comcast has become one of the top 20 contributors to Icehouse release” @jbryce #OpenStack — Scott Sanchez (@scottsanchez) May 12, 2014 And Comcast doesn’t just have one person working on writing code for OpenStack; it had eight in the Icehouse release, for a total of 129 commits, 4,789 lines of code, seven blueprints and 128 emails to the mailing lists. Instead of spending time trying to convince vendors to add features, and then putting its own business on hold waiting for those features, Comcast and many other organizations have realized that they can work with the community to add those features, and move faster as a business as a result. Observation 3: The skeptics are switching sides. Every summit so far has been met with healthy skepticism from industry pundits who were making bets and predictions about the demise of OpenStack. They’d say things like “there aren’t any users” or “their choice of APIs will kill the project” or “XYZ project has more traction.” To their credit, proving them wrong has taken four years of hard work from a community of thousands of people. And in Atlanta this week, I didn’t hear any of those comments or feel that vibe. I spent some great time with quite a few top tier analysts, and while they never stop asking the hard questions, it was my impression that those questions were salted with general optimism for the future of OpenStack. That was a first. It seems like the OpenStack questions clients are asking analysts have shifted from “why?” to “how?” and that’s a powerful switch. Final thoughts Atlanta was my eighth summit. To say the community has changed is an understatement. For the first couple of years, the focus was mainly on recruiting companies into the young ecosystem. Those companies are now among OpenStack’s top 10 contributors. That’s exciting to see. Even more exciting is that the time we’ve spent bringing users into OpenStack is working. We see it at Rackspace in our private cloud business. We see it at local OpenStack meetups around the world. And we get to see it in a major way every six months at the summits. Who will be on stage in Paris in November talking about how OpenStack is changing their business? Stay tuned! J Follow me on Twitter: @scottsanchez

National Small Business Week Success Stories: Averill's Sharper Uniforms

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We are on the last day of a series of profiles of successful small businesses that are also our customers at Yahoo Small Business in honor of National Small Business Week. We will be sharing some of our favorite success stories throughout the week and we that you suggest and contribute your own stories of small business success on our Facebook account. More than half of all working Americans either work for or own a small business and small businesses create almost 2/3 of all new jobs. Here at Yahoo Small Business, we are proud to say that some of these businesses are our customers. We have already profiled Ranger Up, Strings and Beyond, and  Today it is the turn of Averill’s Sharper Uniforms, a business that successfully changed course online with the help of a redone website and some sharp SEO tactics.

Small business lessons from a lemonade stand

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Like many young people, Vivienne Harr’s (@vivienneharr) business experience involves a lemonade stand. Unlike most neighborhood stands, Vivienne’s “lemon-aid” is now sold in 200+ retail locations and became a global movement to end child slavery. We asked this young entrepreneur to share her inspiring story, tell us about her next project with Make a Stand and offer advice to everyone who has thought about running a small business. @TwitterSmallBiz: Tell us how Make a Stand came to be. @vivienneharr: I saw a photo that changed my life. It was a picture of two boys in slavery. And I wanted to free 500 of them by raising $100,000. After working for 173 days in a row, I reached my goal while I was in Times Square. My parents said, “Honey, you did it! You can stop.” And I said, “Is slavery done?” They said no. So I said, “Then I’m not done.” And I kept on going. I wanted to bottle Make A Stand “lemon-aid”. And that’s how my company came to be! @TwitterSmallBiz: How did you know your idea could work? @vivienneharr: I didn’t — but I knew my heart would lead me in the right direction. Without Twitter, my “lemon-aid” stand would have stayed on our street. - Vivienne Harr, Make a Stand @TwitterSmallBiz: What role does Twitter play in Make a Stand? @vivienneharr: It lets you change the world with 140 characters or less. With Twitter you don’t have to be big or powerful to change the world. You can be just like me. Without Twitter, my “lemon-aid” stand would have stayed on our street. But with Twitter, it can go to every street! @TwitterSmallBiz: What’s next for you and Make a Stand? @vivienneharr: Ooh, I am so glad you asked this excellent question! With some great people, I am building a new mobile app that allows anyone to make a stand from wherever they stand. It’s called — you guessed it: MAKE A STAND. I want anyone to be able to make a difference for whatever they care about, wherever they live and however old they are! No age limits. Anyone can make a stand just like I did, but in a really easy, simple way, right from their phone. When I talk about our app, I like to say “make a stand from your hand!” With the app, you can take a picture, or select one that really moves you (like the photo of the two boys moved me). Then, the app helps you choose the best charity for your cause. Then it uses Twitter to announce it to your friends. You can make a stand in 30 seconds or less. Small actions can make a big difference. The app comes out this summer — yay! You can keep up with Vivienne and her powerful journey by following her on Twitter @vivienneharr. To stand with her against child slavery, make a donation on the Make a Stand website. 

Pin Picks: your dream tree house

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A lot of us have visions of escaping to a magical hideaway somewhere in the wilderness. This week, tree houses are trending on Pinterest and it seems like a lot of you are dreaming of what it’d be like to live or play high above in the canopies. From recreational playhouses to isolated living in the forest, Pinners are letting their imagination run free with creative tree house inspiration. So for this week’s Pin Picks—and with a little help from our Pinners—we discover your dream tree house. Childhood memories - You don’t need to be secluded to have a private sanctuary. In fact, if you have kids, Lee Howard shows us how to build outdoor tree and playhouses in the backyard, even with salvaged materials. Follow Lee Howard’s board Kids - Tree-houses on Pinterest. Grown-up dreams - From design to architecture, Martin Salzmann shows us functional tree house ideas from around the world. Follow Martin Salzmann’s board A Tree House for Adults on Pinterest. Feline freedom - Claudette Darnell shows us how to build indoor and outdoor tree houses that allow our furry friends to climb and explore. Follow Claudette Darnell’s board For the Home - Cat-friendly Decor on Pinterest. A discreet hideaway - For those looking to escape into wonder, Amalya Haver shares tree house concepts that’ll let you slip into the sky without being bothered. Follow Amalya Haver’s board Treehouse Getaways on Pinterest. To live in the canopy - If you’re done with city life and looking for alternative living, Jesse Gaskins has boards with fully operating tree homes with bathrooms and libraries! Follow Jesse Gaskins’s board Tree House Living on Pinterest. If you have other ideas on how to have fun with tree houses, share them with us below! But even if you don’t plan on living in the trees, keep browsing Pinterest for more ways to celebrate. And of course, tune in next week for more Pin Picks. —Pari Mathur, Content Guru, Currently pinning to Story Time

Rackspace Weekly Digest: May 16

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This week, we took OpenStack Summit by storm; shared our stance on the cloud price war; and heard about the power of human support from an ecommerce customer. Check out all that and more this week in the Rackspace digest. OpenStack Summit Atlanta Rackspace OpenStack specialists were on hand this week at OpenStack Summit Atlanta hosting informative sessions, a powerful keynote address and talking all things OpenStack. Check out all of our coverage from the event. The Cloud Price War Versus The True Value Of Cloud There’s been a lot of talk lately about cloud pricing. The perception seems to be that to tap the power of the cloud you need only acquire some low-cost infrastructure and you’re good to go. This is a false premise. Here, we discuss what we feel is the true value of the cloud. Proactive Expertise, Hybrid Technologies Drive Ecommerce Growth Dafiti is the fastest growing fashion operator in Brazil. Its ecommerce sites need to perform at their best, which is why Dafiti trusts Rackspace. Where The Enterprise And DevOps Meet Racker Chris Jackson recently attended the CIO Europe Summit, hosted by CDM Media. There was a first for him at the event: a CTO for a major global bank gave a 30-minute talk on DevOps to his peers.

Hiring a Contractor: Finding the right fit

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  The fairly straightforward process of finding an employee usually goes something like this: Post job listing in any number of places. Review applicants’ résumés. Conduct interviews. Check references. Make an offer. You generally can take your time to choose that perfect employee. That’s often not the case if you’re a small business owner looking at hiring a contractor. Because you’re likely looking for someone for a shorter-term assignment, it rarely makes sense to invest a lot of time and money in your search — but you almost certainly are looking for someone with a specialized skill set. After you write an amazing job description, here are few ways to find the perfect fit for your contract project: Start with your own network Choosing the right contractor isn’t just a question of finding a freelancer whose portfolio you like. Because you need to be able to trust a contractor to work independently, as well as generally take more responsibility than the average employee, you need someone who you know is able to to handle the work you’re handing to them. The more information you can get about a potential contractor in advance, the better. A contractor who has already worked with someone you know and trust is far more likely to work out than a contractor you find in any other way. Contact your fellow business owners to see if they have any recommendations. If you know of other companies that have recently needed similar work done, ask who completed the project and find out: How reliable was the contractor in question? What sort of budgets does the contractor work with? How does the contractor communicate? How quickly does the contractor work? Does the contractor have any specialties? The more you know about a particular contractor’s process, the better equipped you’ll be to work with them. Once you find a contractor or two who you enjoy working with, ask them for referrals. Look for work you like Especially with creative projects, you’ve probably been paying attention to what’s going on in your niche or geographic area. You have an idea of the website design or marketing copy that you already like — so use that information to guide your hiring process. There’s nothing wrong with turning to the people who completed the work you admire. You can also browse a variety of portfolio sites to get a feel for contractors’ work before diving into a business relationship with them. You can check out different types of design work on Dribbble, for instance, to fine-tune the feel you’re going for and help you find the pro to make it happen. Consider contractor marketplaces The Internet offers access to a wealth of talent worldwide, organized into marketplaces where you can quickly find contractors of all stripes. Many marketplaces even specialize in connecting you with specific types of contractors, and offer benefits like handling payments and providing escrow services that ensure that all necessary work is done before payment is released to a contractor. Marketplaces are split between two approaches: either contractors will charge a flat rate for any work done through the marketplace or they’ll place bids on individual projects. Many of the largest online marketplaces are bid-based, in part because lower prices do make contractors more affordable for the average business. However, you should approach marketplaces with some caution. Make sure you understand who you are working with and what you can expect before you agree to a project’s terms. Do your research: check contractors’ portfolios, talk to their previous clients, and write out clear project descriptions. Happy hiring! The post Hiring a Contractor: Finding the right fit appeared first on GoDaddy Blog.

5 Companies You Might Not Realize Google Now Owns

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The post 5 Companies You Might Not Realize Google Now Owns appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Everyone knows that Google is a big deal.  Each year, news of Google’s new acquisitions makes headlines across the world and across the web, stunning analysts and everyday consumers alike. From little start-ups to longtime titans of industry, so many companies have been picked up that users often forget (or don’t realize) that their favorite app or software is now part of the Google machine. For some, this just means better service, better quality, and better integration on mobile platforms; for others, watching a beloved site or service get stripped for parts and silently assimilated into the inner workings of Google’s infrastructure can be disappointing to say the least. For better or worse, Google is making waves not just online, but in nearly every facet of our lives.  Here are five companies you didn’t know Google owns and what that means for you:   Waze Social networking, mapping, and up-to-date traffic, all rolled into one app?  Sounds too good to be true, but that’s precisely what Waze is all about. Waze helps drivers help themselves by providing an outlet for folks to warn other drivers of potential delays and hazards by means of tweet-like posts.  This information then coalesces into a living map that shows drivers in the area just how long it will take to get from Point A to Point B, which roads to avoid, and even the location of speed traps. It isn’t hard to see why Google would want to snatch these guys up.  With close to a billion downloads of Google Maps from Google Play alone, adding the social networking power of Waze to the application gives users the unparalleled quality of Google’s navigation interface, In addition, the benefit of sourcing information about travel times and level of traffic from drivers on location is hard to beat.  And with the recent launch of Google Now, Waze data is seamlessly integrated into Google Maps’ auto-updates for an even more intuitive traffic alert system.   Nest Home automation is still a relatively new concept for many consumers.  The idea of sending a text message to your alarm system because you forgot to arm it on the way out the door—much less having your fridge text you when Timmy sneaks some cake in the middle of the night—still sounds like something from The Jetsons. But Nest, founded by Tony Faddell and Matt Rogers, the same guys who brought us the iPod, is all about making your home smart, from thermostats to alarm systems.  Nest was picked up in January 2014 by Google in its quest to branch outside the worldwide web and into your living room. Acquiring Nest helps Google build their stockpile of resources for total home integration with Android devices that are already making everything from turning on the outdoor lights for a party to setting the timer on the sprinklers easier than updating your Facebook status.  Expect big things from this merger: with Nest’s innovation and Google’s infrastructure, we are stepping into a brave new world.   Zagat Google almost acquired rival company Yelp back in 2011, but picked up Zagat instead after the deal fell through. Prior to merging with Google, was a subscription-based service, offering its vast cache of knowledge only to those who paid a premium.  Zagat membership is now free—as long as you sign up with Google+, that is. But whether you subscribe to Zagat or not, Google has tightly and seamlessly integrated Zagat reviews and information into its standard Google search, so even casual users benefit.  The novelty and prestige may have taken a backseat, but picking a restaurant for that special occasion has just become much easier.   Flutter A short-lived but popular gesture recognition program, Flutter was acquired by Google in October 2013.  Due to its native integration with applications like YouTube, Chrome, Netflix and Pandora, Flutter was a prime candidate to springboard Google’s gesture recognition ventures moving forward. Users of the original Flutter app need not worry that it’s merely been stripped for parts—the download can still be found here. As with a few other apps, merging with Google bodes well for both Flutter veterans and newcomers alike. As Google engineers hone and develop gesture recognition for more and more programs, it will become a smoother, more universal experience across the board.   Boston Dynamics This is actually just one of about a half dozen or more robotics companies bought up by Google in early December 2013, along with Redwood Robotics, Meka Robotics, Holomni and others.  Boston Dynamics is best known for the DARPA-funded BigDog, essentially an automated four-legged pack mule designed to carry gear for soldiers over terrain too rough for vehicles. What does Google intend for these companies?  It isn’t too clear yet, but whether they are planning on putting these firms to use in vamping up their manufacturing capital in preparation for the Google Car, or if they have bigger plans in mind (humanoid robots?), picking up so many robotics companies suggests that Google is gearing up for some big, exciting things.   Whether it results in overall better quality or if an app or service is simply assimilated into the infrastructure, Google’s acquisitions are taking tech in bold new directions.  As its influence pervades every aspect of our lives, more and more companies are sure to follow.  And whether we embrace it or not, this snowball-effect is pushing the boundaries of what we thought possible, and that’s a very exciting thing. web hosting

Compete with the Big Dogs: Office 365, the cloud, and mobile

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The evidence is indisputable. If you run a small business today, you know you have to use technology. The big question is: how nerdy do you have to get? And it’s a legit question. As a small business owner, you do what you do really well. Make cupcakes, sell homes, take photos. The last thing you want to figure out is how to set up and run an Exchange Server. Unless, of course, you set up Exchange Servers for a living. You get my point. And here’s the great news: you don’t have to know how to hack a server. The same technology, the same infrastructure, that big companies use to manage their business is available online and it’s easy to set up and get rolling. The Internet, aka the cloud, makes it possible. Thing is, a lot of small businesses and nonprofits aren’t using it. Microsoft® recently commissioned a survey for National Small Business Week that illustrates this point. From their recent article: “It’s surprising that only 30 percent of small businesses are using cloud technology and 10 percent were not familiar with cloud technology at all. The power of cloud solutions like Office 365 is to provide small businesses with the same computing power as much larger companies, while addressing key concerns about upgrades, security and mobility, as noted above — Office 365 can alleviate these with automatic upgrades, built in enterprise grade security and access to mission-critical content from any location and any device — greatly easing the burden of doing it all on small business owners.” Take Charles Town Now, for example. They’re a nonprofit trying to put Charles Town, W.Va., on the map and encourage economic development. Like a lot of other small organizations, they’re interested in using the same technology that big organizations use to make the business of doing business easy. They found that with Office 365. “Office365 from GoDaddy has been a really powerful tool for us and has provided us with an incredible and affordable way to communicate with our people.” ~Van Applegate, Charles Town Now For more information on how small businesses can leverage technology and compete with larger companies, check out the full article. The post Compete with the Big Dogs: Office 365, the cloud, and mobile appeared first on GoDaddy Blog.

Get More Profits and Insights with Yahoo Apps - Free Webinar Series

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Join the Yahoo team for a series of free webinars focused on showing you how to increase profits and gain insights about your business using Commerce Central apps.  These apps are specially designed to help online retailers find new customers and increase revenue.  During these sessions, you’ll be able to: Receive a guided tour of the free Live Web Insights app by a product expert. Get tutorials on marketing apps like Retargeting and hear how other merchants are getting great results. Have your questions answered by the Yahoo team. Here is the upcoming webinar schedule.  Register today! Thursday, May 22 at 10 am PST“Guided Tour of Live Web Insights”Register Now. Mark your calendar: Thursday, May 29 at 10 am PST“Don’t You Forget About Me: Retargeting 101”  Thursday, June 5 at 10 am PST“Guided Tour of Live Web Insights”

Responsive features out of Beta plus a new theme!

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You may remember that we recently released a theme called Snap to beta users - this theme is fully responsive so it looks great on any size screen. We're happy to announce that after lots of testing, we're ready to release the theme to the entire userbase. To celebrate Typepad's foray into the world of responsive design, we're releasing a second new responsive theme today called Sol. With a variety of color options, and a simple design aesthetic, Sol is ready to showcase your content. If you prefer to select your own colors, or add a banner, you can do so easily with the Custom CSS feature; a lot of what you need to know to make those changes was previously shared and still apply to Sol. Along with these themes come some new features - centering and adding social media icons to the navigation bar and fancy tooltips for links in posts. You can read about that here. These features are only available with the responsive designs, so we encourage you to give them a try! To apply one of the new themes to your blog, just go to Blogs > Design > Choose a theme and look for the Responsive category on the left side. Each theme has multiple color options to choose from. We look forward to releasing more responsive themes soon!

Introducing 1&1’s Joomla! Specialist: Viktor Vogel

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1&1 is proud to introduce the newest addition to our team of in-house App Specialists: Viktor Vogel. As a Joomla! expert, Viktor has more than a decade of experience working with the content management system. He is a core contributor, developer of over 30 extensions, and active member in the Joomla! community. Viktor has been working with Joomla! since the premier version 1.0 in 2005. From the beginning, he has been modifying extensions to achieve his desired functionality. The flexibility of the platform and the simplicity of the administration make it easy for him to implement modifications and build websites that meet all of his needs. Eventually, Viktor began publishing his adjustments. With increasingly more positive feedback from the community with each publish, Viktor began making bigger and even more substantial contributions – including the development and implementation of his own ideas and extensions. To date, Viktor has developed over 30 helpful extensions (components, plugins, and modules). Some of his most notable contributions include EasyCalcCheck Plus (ECC +), Simple Image Gallery Extended (SIGE), and Easy Frontend SEO (EFSEO). All of Viktor’s creations are available for free and can be found on his Kubik-Rubik Joomla! Extensions project website or within the official Joomla Extensions Directory. Viktor proactively collaborates with other Joomla! experts and participates at some of the world’s most important events dedicated to the platform. His affiliations with CMS Garden and JandBeyond e.V. enable him to further promote the use and development of Joomla! and other free, open-source content management systems. Viktor is quite active with these associations and is involved at many conferences. Recently, he manned the Joomla! stand with CMS Garden at CeBIT and this week he is spreading the word about the platform at “IT Anwenderforum” in Chemnitz, Germany. As a 1&1 Joomla! Specialist, Viktor continues his developer work within the Kubik-Rubik Project, contributes to the improvement and expansion of the Joomla! core and community and furthers the optimization of 1&1’s hosting environment for Joomla! installations. All 1&1 Specialists are experts in their fields and have made significant contributions toward the development and advancement of the technologies that are their speciality. Follow Viktor on Twitter @ViktorVogel or the Kubik-Rubik Project on Google+ and Facebook.

Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight On Bon Affair: Wine Spritzer That Popped On Shark Tank

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ABC’s Shark Tank is an intense way for budding startups to achieve funding, and preparation for an appearance on the show goes far beyond just the pitch and presentation. On a recent episode, entrepreneur Jayla Siciliano, Founder and CEO of Bon Affair, struck gold with the Mark Cuban Companies. Bon Affair, a Rackspace Startup Program company, makes a premium wine spritzer and boasts two tasty offerings: Sauv Bon, a citrusy white wine spritzer and Syrah Bon, a refreshing red wine spritzer. Siciliano credits friends at Diesel and Burton, and their frequent happy hours, for sparking the idea for Bon Affair. On a working trip to Hong Kong, she was inspired to create a new brand of wine spritzers. After two weeks of toasting co-workers, she had a vision – a lighter, everyday wine option that fit her professional, healthy lifestyle. ”After years of working in the fashion/action sports industry and being a fitness enthusiast, I discovered the need for a lighter, healthier wine option that didn’t exist on the market,” explains Siciliano. Siciliano made it her mission to create the perfect wine spritzers. She quit her job to create a better, modern spritzer worthy of America’s burgeoning wine culture. Between MBA classes, she consulted beverage experts. The spritzers had to fit within her specific ideals: they had to be real wine and all natural, with zero added sugar. She added electrolytes to the mix, and after four years, Bon Affair launched with a white and red wine spritzer offering that met Siciliano’s very scientific criteria based on the question: “Is it kind of awesome?” “Bon Affair first launched here in Solana Beach, Calif. at one of my favorite places to shop, Whole Foods Market, our first account,” says Siciliano. And when the team was notified of the airing of the Shark Tank episode, Bon Affair was introduced to Rackspace. “Rackspace was recommended to us by our web experts,” Siciliano says. The ability to handle site traffic to scale when Shark Tank airs is crucial for a startup. So, in conjunction with the Bon Affair web team, Rackspace deployed teams of specialist from its Digital and Cloud Launch teams to consult on and properly configure the site so Bon Affair’s appearance went off without a hitch. Siciliano says her love for health, fitness and having fun drives the passion at Bon Affair. In 2014, following her stellar Shark Tank appearance, Siciliano says she plans to continue making her spritzer vision pop. “Selling throughout California, leading the trend for the spritzer revolution. We just recently started selling at Nordstrom, which is an exciting new account for us,” she says. The Rackspace Startup Program helped Bon Affair prepare for its Shark Tank appearance on ABC, which gave its new brand of wine spritzers great exposure. Drop the Startup Team a note and let us know if you need help building your startup.

National Small Business Week Success Stories: Ranger Up!

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We are on our fourth day of a series of profiles of successful small businesses that are also our customers at Yahoo Small Business in honor of National Small Business Week. We will be sharing some of our favorite success stories throughout the week and we that you suggest and contribute your own stories of small business success on our Facebook account. More than half of all working Americans either work for or own a small business and small businesses create almost 2/3 of all new jobs. Here at Yahoo Small Business, we are proud to say that some of these businesses are our customers. We have already profiled Strings and Beyond, BaconFreak.comand  Today it is the turn of Ranger Up, a business that uses an unusual attitude, strong social presence and solid core following to be successful and continue to grow. They also support veterans, other businesses and have a strong social conscience.  Please join us online at to let us know about your favorite small business – whether it’s your own or one that you want to let everyone know about.

From Essex To Icehouse: The OpenStack Evolution Will Be Televised

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OpenStack is the cornerstone for almost every television show we do – which is pretty astonishing considering the technology is just four years old (though, it’s been around longer than the lifespan of most TV shows). Still, it’s crazy to think that it was just a few years ago we at DigitalFilm Tree started tinkering with OpenStack, and now the majority of our business is powered by it. The first OpenStack Summit that I attended was Portland, the Havana Summit; and now in Atlanta I am up on the keynote stage doing my best Zach Galifianakis impression for a Between Two Ferns-style presentation (I’ve been told we look alike, but I don’t see the resemblance). You may recall that OpenStack is the lynchpin in my plot to save Hollywood. And working with OpenStack and Rackspace, my plan is starting to take hold. I meet with Hollywood bigwigs regularly to tout how OpenStack has changed our business and how it makes collaboration more efficient. I talk about it at the Entertainment Technology Center at USC. I evangelize it every chance I get – which I hope to get to do again when OpenStack Summit hits Paris in November (wink, wink). I’m forging a grassroots campaign to change the way the film and television industries collaborate and share film and data – similar to how OpenStack is sparking collaboration in the cloud. Through my evangelism, I feel like I’m contributing back to a community that has given me so much. I’m contributing code, but I’m preaching the word of OpenStack. DigitalFilm Tree is a pre- and post-production house. We work with the six major studios and nearly every major TV network. We use OpenStack in production – a major leap from me toying with it on a $600 box I built from Fry’s as my first devstack – and we currently have about a petabyte of Swift storage for the camera raw material, and we expect to double that next year. OpenStack is truly changing our whole company from the inside out. Our OpenStack evolution truly was a snowball effect. I think of it this way: Essex was “hey, maybe I should play around with this at home.” Folsom was “hey, let’s give this to our dev/software team and really play around with this in software.” Grizzly was “hey, let’s go to production with this on our software applications.” Havana was “hey, let’s start putting multimillion dollar television shows on OpenStack.” And Icehouse is the culmination of how do we really evolve our entire business around an OpenStack platform. For us, what it really comes down to agility. We build up and tear down our infrastructure every few months. Let’s face it, every show is different and Hollywood is a fickle mistress – each project is a beautiful, unique snowflake. We share files between our private cloud and the Rackspace Public Cloud. OpenStack, like our environment, is open and evolving all the time – it helps us stay nimble. We’ve found that OpenStack and Rackspace represent the perfect marriage for our private and public cloud environments. Overall, for me, I’m tremendously excited to go from someone who was just learning and playing with OpenStack to someone who is really helping tell the OpenStack story to the world. This is a guest post by Guillaume Aubuchon, CTO of DigitalFilm Tree (DFT) a post, production, creative, consulting and software development company. Since 1998, DFT has played a definitive role in designing post and IT workflows for the media and entertainment industry. Clients include television, motion picture, independent and the technology industry. DFT fosters an academic approach to post and IT design. Known for its numerous books, whitepapers and engineering reports, DFTs advice is sought after by clients of all scale and scope.


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