Top five well known businesses that will struggle in 2014

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A new year usually signals a new start. But 2014 may be the end of well known businesses.

Here are the list f five household names that won’t last this year:

1.) Mitsubishi Motor 

Japanese company just sold 50,000 cars in 2013 in the first ten months in 2013, which was the lowest ever since 2011 when the y sold 80,000. With these stats I think they would have a hard time to compete against other brands.

2.) Barnes & Nobles:

This year holidays sales put another nail in the coffin for the book seller tablets.

This year’s holiday sales tallies haven’t brought any cheer to this story. The company says that Nook sales plummeted by 60 percent for the 2013 holiday season compared to the previous year. In addition, Barnes & Noble claimed that its share of the e-book market has declined to 20 percent.

The list of reasons for the Nook’s continued struggles are legion. It faces unyielding competition from Apple’s iPads as well as Amazon’s Kindles (not to mention Amazon’s abilityto sell its e-books generally for less than B&N on those Kindles). Throw in all of the other Android tablets and the ever-increasing range of Windows slates, and the Nook has a hard time standing out.

3.) Living Social:

Percent off sales company living social may say fair well after a plunge on retail sales and according to Washington Post, CEO Tim Oschaughnessy is stepping down.

“He was feeling that he had exhausted his well of capabilities to take this from a large company to a very large company, and had the personal sense to know when to ask to pass it on to new leadership,” said Tige Savage, a LivingSocial board member and investor with Revolution, a venture capital firm led in part by former AOL chairman Steve Case. O’Shaughnessy will continue to own a sizeable stake in LivingSocial.

4.) Olympic Cameras:

Olympic camera are doing well, but for this year they have to be great as they compete against tech company Samsung.

5.) WNBA:

Sorry ladies but this year if the organization doesn’t generate a fan base then they will suffer this year.

But most WNBA teams — even the Lynx — still have trouble attracting fans like Sylte. Ticket giveaways are common, and average league attendance this year was below 8,000. Still, there are a few positive signs. The WNBA is reporting its best TV ratings in six years, and it just signed a reported eight-figure sponsorship deal with Boost Mobile. The cellphone carrier’s logo appears on most WNBA uniforms — something rare outside NASCAR.

Lynx Chief Operating Officer Conrad Smith says this shows the league may be turning a corner. And while the team doesn’t make its finances public, he says the Lynx could turn a profit this year for the first time in nearly a decade.

“The first couple of years we were profitable, but then we got away from it,” Smith says. “But this year — and obviously the playoffs and how that all shakes out — we’ll know at the very end how we did, which is great news for the league and our ownership group.”

This is the year for all five well known companies to prove to everyone that they can still keep a prosper business going.

Why Neiman Marcus Customers Credit Card may have been hacked

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There’s a very good chance that a criminal operation has hacked just about every major retailer in the U.S., or at least has the capability of doing so:

Luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus said on Friday that hackers may have stolen customers’ credit and debit card information, the second cyber attack on a retailer in recent weeks.

The data breach comes after Target Corp on Friday said an investigation found a cyber attack compromised the information of at least 70 million customers, in the second-biggest retail cyber attack on record.

Neiman Marcus does not know the number of customers affected by the intrusion, company spokesperson Ginger Reeder said.

Neiman Marcus said its credit card processor alerted the retailer in December about potential unauthorized payment card activities and the U.S. Secret Service is investigating.

A third-party forensics firm confirmed the cyber-security intrusion on January 1, the company said.

Reeder declined to comment if the breach was related to the Target cyber attack.

This isn’t an amateur operation and it’s certainly not small. There are likely international ties to this, and finding and prosecuting the culprits won’t be easy. There’s no reason to believe any retailer is safe. The best bet is to leave your debit card at home and stick to credit cards. At least the banks eat the losses that way and inconvenience to the consumer is minimal.

Top five addictive app games to look for

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Its safe to say that Apple’s giving the gaming industry a hard time concerning both Sony and Nintendo. Although great games are the driving force behind the success of Apple gaming, low prices have also helped.

Here are the top five games to look out for:

1.) Candy Crush Saga:

Explore the sweet and colourful world of Candy Crush in this fun candy switcher, where you can mix and match sweets in a combination of three or more, to gain points and other bonuses as you progress! Start your game on Facebook or mobile and seamlessly continue your saga between platforms. Your game play will be fully synched across all devices.

2.) QuizUp: The Biggest Trivia Game

Join over 7 million people who love and play QuizUp! Challenge your friends and connect with others around the globe in the largest real-time trivia game ever. Go head to head in over 150,000 questions and 280 topics ranging from your favorite TV shows and books to sports and music. With new topics being added all the time, QuizUp is sure to keep you entertained and test your knowledge for hours on end!

3.) Hot or Not! 

 a rating site that allowed users to rate the attractiveness of photos submitted voluntarily by others. The site offers a matchmaking engine called ‘Meet Me’ and an extended profile feature called “Hotlists”. It is owned by Or Not Limited , and was previously owned by Avid Life Media. ‘Hot or Not’ was a significant influence on the people who went on to create the social media sites Facebook and YouTube.

4.) Angry Birds Go! 

 starts off strong with a familiar character, a basic go kart, and a fun course with polished visuals. Despite the solid start to this racing game, this is one of those free-to-play games that quickly gets bogged down by in-game purchases.

The different racetracks are fun, particularly the ones that involve great leaps and flying, and various types of races are included to spice up the the game. One involves collecting a certain amount of fruit by driving into them, while another requires you to quickly maneuver around ice, rock and wood obstacles before the timer runs out and a bomb explodes. 

Unfortunately, purchases and sponsored ads are constantly dangled in front of you, interfering with your enjoyment of the game. This is a case where unless you make the in-game purchases, the the races quickly become tedious.

5.) Jet Car Stunt 2 

 same game you know and love, but with a bunch of new content added on top, and controller support. You might think this is just a standard racing game, but once you actually give it a try it’ll probably change your genre conventions a bit, to say the least. Your main objective is to get from point A to B through any means necessary, usually through massive jumps, nitro boosts, and healthy amounts of speed. Each level has a three medal rating scheme as well as a general score system, so you’ll always strive to get better.

three ideas that will make the new Jelly App a billion dollar company soon

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Jelly app is for taking a picture of anything and asking your friends on Facebook and twitter what it is exactly. For example, a picture of Mark Zuckerberg texting and driving on a $40,000 Black Volkswagen GTI went viral online a few days ago. I myself downloaded the new app on iTunes and I’m very impressed of how it is used. However, will it become the next billion dollar app like Twitter?

Here are three ideas that I came up with that will benefit the new app:

1.)  Add your friends through contacts:

As of right now you can only receive conversations for those that have the Jelly App already on twitter and Facebook. My suggestion is to allow users to invite their friends through contacts that may not even have  a Facebook or a twitter account, but has the Jelly app. Popular apps like Snapchat, allows its users to invite friends that already have the app through their contacts and you can invite those who don’t have the jelly app at all through via SMS.

2.) upload YouTube videos:

For users that have the Jelly app  do you realize that you can also upload images from Google? Well what if the Jelly was capable  of uploading YouTube clips to your account and ask questions based on the video you have chosen cool right? For example, you upload a YouTube short movie clip of The Great Gatsby and ask your friends how was the movie or who wants to see it with me.

3.) Promoting questions:

Promoting users messages would be similar to twitter, a billion dollar company that allows users to post their tweets on T.V. such as ESPN, CBS, NBC, and other popular media channels. This indeed, will to be the turning point to Jelly app if they decide to take that approach.

In a few year, their would be no surprise if the Jelly app becomes a billion dollar company soon.

Ten tips that will help you become a better entreprenuer

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A new year means a fresh start from previous financial disasters, new projects, and start ups. So it is your choice of knowledge to either improve on your mistake or continue to make your successful business global:

Here are the ten tips that will help you become a better entrepreneur:

1. Confront and work on your challenge areas. Knowing your strengths is easy. Facing and fixing your weaknesses can sometimes create inaction in all of us. But to grow, it is important to make this change.

There are a billion “I can’t” reasons and most are founded on nothing but fear — many times we are simply standing in our own way.

Related: New Year’s Resolutions from 10 Young Entrepreneurs

Use 2014 to pinpoint and build up the areas that are challenging you. Classes are great, but as entrepreneurs we need action now. Be proactive by turning to the internet. Look for information, articles, mentors and online tutorials for help.

2. Blend work-life and personal life. Professional life and personal life can be horrible counter weights to each other, creating an imbalance. Scrap the balancing act. Focus on what you’re passionate about and maintain your intention to have more of it in your life.

For 2014, look for quick and convenient ways to blend personal life and professional life into a healthier lifestyle that works better for you, the people you love and your job. Honestly, if you add value it doesn’t matter how the job gets done.

3. Let apps do the hard work. What’s taking up your time? There’s probably an app for it. Let it do the work. For instance, Cardmunch is awesome. It automatically converts business cards into contacts with a click of a button. Or 1Password stores all your logins and passwords in a safe, easy to access place. If you find a task taking up too much time, see if there is a tool that can make your life easier.

Related: 5 Habits of Productivity App Super Users

4. Give a little help. When someone hands me a business card I make a note of how I can help that person. I like to connect people and have always valued when it’s done for me, so I try to give back when relevant. It could be as easy as connecting them with a colleague or sending a book or digital article relevant to a conversation.

5. Play tag. Another business card tip? “Tag” business cards when you receive them. Immediately jot down tags, or notes, to help you remember what the business card doesn’t tell you, such as their interests, goals, alma mater or a mutual contact, among other details. Act fast, while the light bulbs are coming on in your head and be succinct.

6. Have the difficult conversations. A friend and advisor told me something a few years ago that has really stuck with me. He said, “The person who can’t have the difficult conversations won’t be around long.” What a profound, true statement that is — both personally and professionally.

Have the difficult conversations in 2014: at work and at home, with others and yourself. If you approach these conversations in the right way, you’re likely to learn and grow in the long run.

Related: Business Lessons That Can Help You Succeed at 2014 Resolutions

7. Make a game out of KPI (Key Performance Indicator). In everything you do this year, find the KPIs by looking for the things that signal success or failure.

Make a game out of KPI and have fun. For example, when we make a big announcement at my accounting app company Sage One, we try to beat the high score for opened emails, clicks and trials.

8. Have a two-minute rule for no-brainer tasks. Save your perfectionist and OCD tendencies for the important stuff. I like to blaze through the mindless tasks first thing in the morning when I am planning my day and setting daily goals. When things pop up and take two minutes or less, I like to figure them out immediately.

The time to kick the OCD into high gear and give proper attention is when focusing on higher priorities and early-stage ideas. Otherwise, they will die on the vine.

9. The visual bypass. What is the best way to receive buy-in on ideas to ensure they reach market? Who knows: I still haven’t figured it out yet.

But lately I’ve found I saved a lot of time by presenting my ideas visually. Aside from it saving time, telling your story, plan or strategy visually creates more groupthink within the team. How so? A visual of an idea with succinct requirements tends to be shared more across groups, thereby, increasing early-stage comprehension of a new idea or project. This is always a good signal that you’re on the right path, and it accelerates the validation from important stakeholders — a key requirement for any idea to gain early traction.

My go-to tool is Omnigraffle. It’s great for mapping the journey of our customer and finding areas where we can improve.

10. Take an improv class. I took a weekly improv class for six months. I can’t tell you how much this helped me professionally by allowing me to be myself more, took away my jitters and taught me the ever-important fearlessness to fail.

How our brains react to the virtual reality game DIVE

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How does the brain differentiate from reality to virtual reality?  Well take the 3D virtual reality system for example which was introduced in the international CES 2014. This new piece of kit is capable of filling players field of vision to make it believe that your in a new virtual world which is known as an illustration. So what does it do exactly to our brains? Well when we wear it our brain starts to make assumptions of what is happening based on priority experience and censor information. As a result it seems to trick our brains believing that we are really in a whole new dimension crazy right?

Psychologist  Richard Wisman makes numerous videos on how easy it is to hoax your brain with false information:

Dives Hardware:

The hardware is designed to make Dive is that they use two lenses place in front of a single display. The result, is the user seeing two slightly different images shifty horizontally which is also used to make 3D. However, this is only one part of the DIVE virtual game.

There is also a 1,000 heart orientation sensor, including gyroscope, and magnetic sensors all which provides slick head tracking with almost undetectable latency.

The future is upon us and we can feel it grasp to our finger tips.

The disapearing app Snapchat has triplets

 

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Clipchat, Poke app, and Confide are all works of Snapchat’s disappearing sensation act that is valuated to be three billion dollars.

Here are the three apps that you maybe familiar with or not:

Poke app: 

Unlike Snapchat, Poke does not appear to notify users if a message recipient takes a screenshot of the correspondence before it expires. In a way, this is good, because it doesn’t give a false sense of security. On the other hand, some users might forget that someone can easily turn their temporary messages into something that’ll haunt them permanently.

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ClipChat:

Clipchat’s interface is clean and more grown-up looking than its predecessor (not necessarily a good thing for this teenager-dominated market), and it mercifully has no purple. It also boasts a feature that lets users see blurred image previews. Once you press down on the image to get a clearer view, an animation takes effect to de-blur the image right before your eyes. While Snapchat prioritizes photo-sharing, Clipchat’s default is set to video.

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Confide:

Confide is a free message-deleting IM app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users. You can send text messages to any e-mail address, either by choosing someone from your contact list or manually entering the address.
To read your message, however, your recipient must also sign up for a Confide account and download the app. Viewing a message for the first time prompts them to do so.

Reading the message on an iOS device requires your recipient to drag a finger across the screen to reveal each word. A read receipt is also sent to you once your message has been read.

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