It used to be that any time a product bore the all-too-familiar ‘Made In China’ stamp, it was a sign of poor-quality. How things change. These days, China doesn’t just create cheap toys and the flotsam of the past. Nor does it just assemble devices for Apple, or make clothes for Nike. China manufactures over 70 percent of all smartphones. Chinese brands accounting for half of the world’s market share. China also produces 80 percent of the world’s solar panels, air conditioners, PCs, and much more. It’s the world’s industrial powerhouse. Block miners in China are even estimated to control around 80 percent of the Bitcoin network hash rate. There are two regions dominating the digital world and they’re both on the Pacific ocean. The West Coast of the U.S. houses Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Tesla, Illumina, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles. The East Coast of China is home to Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, and … [Read more...] about What China is doing to create a tech edge over the US
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In our search for the best accounting software for small businesses, we looked for solutions that are affordable and easy to use. We also looked for timesaving features that take the headache out of small business accounting, such as automated entries, invoicing, bill payment, expense reports, financial reports and reconciliation.Additionally, we looked for cloud-based software that syncs with bank accounts and point of sale (POS) systems, making it simple to perform advanced tasks, such as running financial reports and accepting payments. Our staff researched and reviewed an extensive collection of programs and selected what we believe to be the best accounting software for different types of small businesses in 2018.Here's a roundup of our best picks and details about how we chose them. To help you find the right accounting software for your business, check out our Accounting Software Buyer's Guide. Read Review Pricing Starts at $10 per … [Read more...] about Best Small Business Accounting Software 2018
It's easy to think of things evolving in a simple step-by-step approach, where A leads to B to C to D, and so on and on. It's a pity that it's a fallacy. Everything is so much more complex, and any student of evolution will read off any number of approaches to the stops, starts, dead-ends, and the sudden jumps forward that characterize the history of life on Earth. What goes around in the world, comes around in software. We think of the evolution of software and tools in similar ways, each strep leading inexorably to the next. Only, of course it doesn't. Take the app store, for example. App stores are nothing new. Roll back down the line a decade or so, and the vast libraries of shareware and the early web sites set up to share programs (and collect fees) are the direct predecessors of Apple's attempt to change the economics of the software world. Web sites that sell software are nothing new – and neither are the tools and technologies needed to build them. Ecommerce tools are … [Read more...] about Just what is an app store, anyway?
A few weeks ago, I engaged in a Great Debate with my colleague Ed Burnette about whether or not Google's "Jelly Bean", the latest and greatest version of the Android OS, and Google's Nexus 7 tablet (which it produced under partnership with Asus) would have any meaningful impact on improving Android's market share of tablet computers. I picked the antagonistic side, whereas Ed chose to be the defender. Although he had gained the popular vote, Ed lost. I won by virtue of having made a more convincing argument. This coming week, I will again engage in debate, but this time with ZDNet Mobile News columnist James Kendrick, over the issue of Android's survival itself. Kendrick will defend, and yet again I will be the antagonist. What can I say, I'm a very combative sort of guy, and being the valiant type is a far less entertaining proposition for someone like me. I'm a professional gladiator. One of the questions Burnette and I were asked by ZDNet Editor-in-Chief Larry Dignan in our previous … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Kindle Fire success does not equate to Android’s continued survival
purchase organic upscale grocery chain Whole Foods Market for around $13.7 billion. The all-cash deal -- Amazon's largest to date -- turns the ecommerce giant into a top five US grocer over night. It also marks a turning point in Amazon's strategic efforts when it comes to cracking the $600 billion grocery market. Grocery is one of the highest frequency purchase categories in all of retail, yet it remains one of the last areas of commerce to develop a firm digital identity. To its credit, Amazon has been trying out grocery store concepts and pickup services in its hometown of Seattle, but the scalability of those projects has remained in question. By adding Whole Foods to the mix, Amazon is building a brick-and-mortar tentpole that supports its overall ecommerce empire. Whole Foods gives Amazon an immediate physical grocery footprint and the ability to alleviate some of the supply chain problems it faced with Amazon Fresh, including perishable inventory and delivery services. It also … [Read more...] about How Amazon’s Whole Foods purchase could solve its grocery supply chain puzzle
Amazon Prime Day (APD) was a huge success, they say. At an estimate 60 percent increase in sales over 2016 and nearly $2 billion in revenue, it's hard to argue otherwise. If you want to talk numbers though, let's consider this. What would you say if you were told that Amazon could lose nearly 5 percent of that revenue, or $100 million, due to fraud? That's a lot of money. And it's not just Amazon on its Prime Day, it's every online retailer that is exposed to online fraud every single day. Retail hallmarks like APD or Christmas make things worse. What can be done to prevent this? Machine learning (ML) to the rescue. ZDNet talked to fraud prevention startups Fraugster and Riskified to get their insights. The anatomy of fraud According to industry blog Retail Minded, there are two main types of fraud -- chargeback fraud and card-testing fraud. Chargeback fraud involves purchases that are reported as never delivered and then charged back to the merchant by the credit card company. … [Read more...] about How machine learning is taking on online retail fraud
Prime retail space is going vacant. The latest example of yet another retailer closing its doors is Payless Shoe Source. Payless has filed Chapter 11 and will be closing 400 stores. It’s ironic really, because their whole premise is Americans want to pay less for shoes, but the retailer can’t match the price or experience of online options. It’s one more example of the epidemic hitting brick-and-mortar retailers.Last year (and again this year), it was Radio Shack that prompted the headlines. Sears has been in decline for decades. The Limited is even more limited now that it has filed for bankruptcy and has begun closing 250 of its stores.Macy’s and Sears alone will be abandoning 28 million square feet of retail space. The loss of these anchor stores is what starts the dreaded domino effect at the mall. If the mall can’t back fill that space, reduced numbers of shoppers impact the demand for sunglasses, cinnamon rolls and all the other small businesses that … [Read more...] about Can Amazon be stopped?
Open source business intelligence company Jaspersoft is one of the first to offer its analytics software from the cloud on a pay-by-the-hour rate, according to the company and one independent analyst. 6 Reasons to Pay for Open Source Software Starting at $0.53 per hour, customers can spin up Jaspersoft's services in Amazon Web Services' cloud and be analyzing data within 10 minutes, the company says. "A lot of vendors are offering cloud-based BI services," says Claudia Imhoff, president of Intelligent Solutions, who tracks the BI market. Most of them are pay by the user or by the bit of data though; Jaspersoft is the first she's seen with a pay-by-the-hour model. "It's seems pretty simple," she says. "That's how the cloud works."[NEWS: What's going on with VMware?A STOP WASTING TIME: Top 10 biggest time killers are work]Jaspersoft's services are also available as software that can be run on customer premises, but the cloud-based version is meant for data that's in AWS's cloud, … [Read more...] about This Company is One of the First to Offer Business Intelligence Software by the Hour, in the Cloud
The best POS systems are affordable and easy to use, and do more than just process sales and accept payments, as they include time-saving features that help you analyze your sales data and manage your inventory, staff and customers. The best systems also include or have integrations for email marketing, loyalty programs, and other capabilities that make it easier to run and grow your business. The best vendors also provide reliable customer support. All our top picks are cloud-based systems that you can access from any browser, so you can check your sales data and run back-office tasks from wherever you are, and they have apps for tablets, which are often less expensive than touchscreen systems. Here's a roundup of our 2017 best picks for POS systems and details about how we chose them. To help you find the right POS system for your business, check out our guide: How to Accept Credit Cards Online, In-Store or Anywhere. Read … [Read more...] about Best POS Systems 2017
In our search for the best accounting software for small businesses, we looked for solutions that are affordable and easy to use. We also looked for timesaving features that take the headache out of small business accounting, such as automated entries, invoicing, bill payment, expense reports, financial reports and reconciliation.Additionally, we looked for cloud-based software that syncs with bank accounts and point of sale (POS) systems, making it simple to perform advanced tasks, such as running financial reports and accepting payments. Our staff researched and reviewed an extensive collection of programs and selected what we believe to be the best accounting software for different types of small businesses in 2017.Here's a roundup of our best picks and details about how we chose them. To help you find the right accounting software for your business, check out our Accounting Software Buyer's Guide. Read Review Pricing Starts at $10 per … [Read more...] about Best Small Business Accounting Software 2017