Presented by Intel Stalking the fiendish beasts in Dauntless isn’t an easy task. And while you can do it alone, developer Phoenix Labs hopes you’ll bring a friend or three along the way. According to CEO and cofounder Jesse Houston, the game is an “unapologetically cooperative” experience. “Every time I read a forum post where it’s like, ‘Oh man, I totally met this random person on the Internet last night and now we’re gaming friends forever,” I swoon!” said Houston, laughing. “I’m just like, ‘Yes, our job is done.’ I am completing my mission in life of making people happy and making friends.” Despite only being in closed beta on PC for a few months, Dauntless already has a vibrant community filled with people who are willing to help their fellow players. It’s the kind of scenario Houston and his colleagues dreamed of when they left their jobs (from places like Riot Games and BioWare) to … [Read more...] about Dauntless: Making a different kind of monster hunting game
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While I jump around a lot testing various mobile phones for ZDNet, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus (see my full review) continues to be a prominent part of my collection and offers everything I want and need in a smartphone today. The camera is a joy to use, but it also has more limited functionality than what we see in Android devices like the LG V20 or Huawei Mate 9. Given the yearly iPhone release and massive market of iPhone owners, we thankfully have an incredible accessory market to enhance the iPhone. For the last couple of weeks I've been testing out an ExoLens Pro wide-angle kit for the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. ExoLens has been making these high quality external lens options for various iPhone models, but we had to wait a bit longer for the iPhone 7 Plus due to the new rear dual camera design. There is now an iPhone 7 Plus gel liner option so you can purchase the full wide-angle kit, that includes the gel liner and mount, for $199.95. The ExoLens kits have optics provided by Zeiss so are … [Read more...] about ExoLens Pro wide-angle kit hands-on: Making a good iPhone 7 Plus camera even better
For ecommerce businesses, returns can often be a little more complicated than they are at a brick-and-mortar store. How do you handle return shipping? Where do you store the unwanted merchandise if you don't have a warehouse? What if the customer wants an exchange and you don't have the product available? What if the refund takes several days to process and the customer gets impatient?Given the hassle and costs associated with returns, it may be tempting to just say that you won't do it. A "no returns, period" policy isn't going to fly with customers who expect top-notch service and convenience, but ecommerce businesses may not be able to accept all returns, for any reason."When a company starts allowing people to return a product because they 'changed their mind' or 'don't like the product,' it can become a problem," said Nicole Bandklayder Pomije, co-founder and CMO of online jewelry retailer Bijouxx Jewels.To address these and other issues that may arise, the top priority for … [Read more...] about Run an E-commerce Business? Make Sure You Have a Good Return Policy
Navigating your career and figuring out how to get ahead can be daunting, especially if you're trying to go it alone. No matter how independent you are, you'll get where you want to go faster with a little help — and that help can come in the form of a mentor. In research from Accountemps staffing firm, 86 percent of executives said having a mentor is important for career development — and yet, only about a quarter of them said they had someone they regularly turn to for advice and guidance. This could be because many professionals simply don't take the initiative to ask for mentorship, the study authors said. "Very few people tend to seek out mentors in the workplace," said Rick Whitted, author of "Outgrow Your Space at Work: How to Thrive at Work and Build a Successful Career" (Revell, 2016). "This is a big miss, because mentors are managers, leaders or successful co-workers in the organization who know how to succeed." But corporate employees aren't the only ones who … [Read more...] about Need a Good Mentor? Here’s How to Find One
While politics and the military have produced some of history's greatest leaders, so has the business community. Throughout time, leadership legends like Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Ray Kroc and Sam Walton have shown that with a combination of hard work, determination and – yes – a little bit of luck, great success is attainable. The achievements of Ford and Disney have paved the way for today's entrepreneurs, like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Warren Buffett, whose success has been determined not only by the accomplishments of their work, but by the billions of dollars they earned doing it. Though their leadership styles and characteristics might have been different, the business community's most famous and successful leaders all had at least one thing in common: a knack for getting the best out of others. Bill Gates Bill Gates discovered his interest in software and began programming computers at age 13. While a student at Harvard University, he developed a … [Read more...] about What Makes a Great Business Leader?
A credit score is a statistical analysis of a person's credit history that represents the credit-worthiness of that individual. A credit score is designed to predict the risk that you will become delinquent in your credit obligations in the two years after scoring. This three-digit number is generated by a mathematical algorithm using information from credit reports. Your credit report A credit report, or credit file disclosure, details your credit history: what types of credit you use, how long your accounts have been open, whether you pay your bills on time, how much available credit you use and whether you've recently sought new sources of credit. Federal law mandates a consumer's right to a free annual credit report. The official website for requesting a free annual credit report is annualcreditreport.com. Other websites that claim to be free often charge you a small fee or actually sign you up for a credit monitoring service with a "free" trial period. You can also request a free … [Read more...] about What is a Good Credit Score?
A virtual merchant is a website that sells goods and services to the public via online transactions with debit and credit card processing. The end result is a fully online experience where consumers can virtually visit a store to browse goods, purchase them fully online and receive them in the mail several days later, all from the comfort of your personal computer. Virtual merchants are made up of multiple features that basically make a website into an online store. Online stores provide e-commerce capabilities in the form of processing payments for orders and then shipping the goods or services either digitally or physically. Some brick and mortar companies may create a Web presence that only describes the store or displays the goods it sells, but they may not sell anything online. Virtual merchants are a different breed from simple informational websites, utilizing a merchant account to create a secure online storefront. Merchant accounts create a contract between the store and … [Read more...] about What is a Virtual Merchant?
Your website is, collectively, a calling card, a company brochure and even a store. One of the most important aspects of your website, even before design, is selecting a proper domain name.With more than 327 million registered domain names, choosing the best one for your business can mean the difference between being seen and being passed over for your competitors. Finding a name that is unique, memorable and available can seem daunting, but it's doable and worth the effort."For businesses of all sizes, choosing the right domain name can feel as challenging as coming up with a company name, but it doesn't have to be [so difficult]," said Kellie Peterson, registrar operations wrangler at Automattic.Peterson offers four tips for picking the perfect domain name:This might come as a surprise considering the immense success companies like Flickr and Tumblr have enjoyed, but those are exceptions. After seeing Flickr's success, many startups followed suit by rushing to register domain names … [Read more...] about 4 Smart Tips For Choosing a Good Domain Name
It's no longer feasible to run a business, even a brick-and-mortar one, without a web presence. Consumers turn to the internet for everything from product research to location and operating hours. Having even a simple website that's well-designed can give you an edge in your field, and if you have products to sell, your site can open up new markets and expand your business cheaply and easily. Website design software has evolved so it's easier to use now more than ever. You don't need to know coding to develop an attractive and functional site. No matter what program you use, there are basic rules and tips that will give your website a professional look, make it easy to find, and show your company in the best light.Here's our step-by step guide to creating a successful business website. A business website generally serves as a space to provide general information about your company or a direct platform for e-commerce. Regardless of whether you create a simple … [Read more...] about Building a Business Website: A Small Business Guide
Consumers want to know more than what products a business is selling; they want to know the story behind them. As buyers crave and demand more information, marketing teams are finding unique and captivating ways to give consumers what they want by humanizing businesses and products. Selling with a story is a new marketing approach that uses a compelling narrative to create a personal connection with customers. Design With Benefits — a website that sells clever, design-driven products — has used the new marketing method to its benefit. "Unlike promoting your business or wares by listing off facts, stats and advantages, it’s about leading with the unique and often untold backstory behind a product or company," Tania Garbe, founder of Design With Benefits, told BusinessNewsDaily. "Telling an absorbing story creates a connection with your customers." [Five Ways to Get (Almost) Free PR] Rather than highlight the materials used to make its Homeboy Totebags, for instance, … [Read more...] about Your Customers Love a Good Story. Tell One