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Best way to create a product configurator for an e-commerce store

As an e-commerce business owner, it is essential that you embrace technology in all ways possible. Unlike having a physical store, online shops are technology intensive.

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If you are wondering what a product configurator is, it is merely a customizer that allows consumers to configure specific products the way they want. A product configurator allows you as the business to reach customers in ways that no other tool can. Is it not amazing to be able to have a product just how you imagined it? That is when it comes to the choice of colors, flavor, and material and so on? Product configurators have proven to be handy tools when it comes to making the experience of customers better. That is, on top of being able to offer them tailor-made services and products that meet their individual needs.

Now, the catch is you need to get it right from the word go, in order for you to end up choosing the best e-commerce product configurator for your online store.

The following tips will go a long way in helping you achieve that.

1. Consider the workflow

Already, you have an idea of how you would want the product to work. This is the first step towards having a practical configurator. You cannot get started if you do not have a picture of how you would want your displays to appear and how the product should appear at the end of the process.

2. Make it simple

The difference between an innovation that diffuses fast and one that does not is its complexity. To have the best configurator, it has to be simple and one that will not give the consumers a hard time. The workflow should be seamless and be able to outline the process for the consumers until its completion clearly.

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Building a product customizer is one of the best ways in which you can enhance the experience of your customers and have the competitive edge.
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3. Include a help section

You can always expect your customers to get stuck once in a while. It is why you need to have the help section. Besides, your product configurator may not be as simple as you think. A helping hand will do.

4. Include a summary for the process

If you have a clear overview, you will make it easier for the customers to evaluate the end product. The summary could include the customized product, its cost among other useful information. From there, they will be in a better position to pick what best suits them and rethink their choices before they get too deep into it.

As an e-commerce business owner, it is essential that you embrace technology in all ways possible. Unlike having a physical store, online shops are technology intensive. More so, due to a few complexities, owners are required to do everything in their power to make the experience of the consumers worth the while. Building a product customizer is one of the best ways in which you can enhance the experience of your customers and have the competitive edge.

Being able to stand out in the crowd is what will make customers keep coming back for more: a product configurator is the key that you need.

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Innovation that could be the next ‘big thing’ after internet

Here are a few innovations expected to be the next ‘Big Thing’ after internet.

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The emergence of the internet was a game changer, and it has changed and transformed the way we do things in the modern world. But that was not the end of innovation; in fact so much is in store and about to hit the inhabitants of the earth by surprise.

Outlined below are a few innovations expected to be the next ‘Big Thing’ after internet.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence can learn and function on their own without human supervision – sounds like science fiction but it’s a reality that is progressively happening. Let’s examine an example of the above ground pool cleaners, these are amazing innovative robots that clean pools without the need of supervision.

The upcoming AI innovation indicates that the next AI will understand and replicate ideas and procedures hence develop breakthroughs faster.

Autonomous Driving

These are self-driving cars and are already in the market. So in the near future all you have to do is get into your car and tell it where you want to go and maybe take a nap – amazing.

General Motors Company and taxi services like Lyft and Uber are already investing massively for these self-driving cars.

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Reusable Rockets

We are accustomed to rockets flying only once then combusting through the earth atmosphere.

United Launch Alliance, Blue Origin and Space X companies are in the process of developing rockets that that can safely land. Very soon rockets will be reusable and space travel will become affordable.

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Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

 AR is said to enhance reality whereas VR helps us forget. As this two technologies improve users will have access to more content so our experience of technology will change.

Increased Adaptation of renewable energy

Mass production of solar panels will revolutionize this sector and make it more affordable. Governments and companies across the globe will strive to purchase and implement these technology.

Large Scale Desalination

Desalination is a concept used to produce water. The world largest desalination plant in Israeli produces 627,000 cubic meters of water daily.

If adapted it can be used to resolve the global water crisis.

Increased fast Internet

Innovation into increased fast internet is ongoing and Google’s Loon Balloon is one of them. Google Fiber has an internet speed of 1 gigabit per second and becoming very popular in the U.S, Li-Fi has an amazing speed of 224 gigabits per second.

Apparently even Wi-Fi is becoming passive using less power. Very soon internet connection will be history the ‘internet of things’ will connect worldwide.

Online DNA analysis     

Will be used to analyze your genetic online

This will help give people information about their health, explain why you can develop certain diseases and not others.

Knowing and understanding your body will become easy and affordable.

Immune system engineering

There is hope for cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV patients who could be treated by engineering the immune system.

It is good news to know treatments like chemotherapy will be a thing of the past. There are companies already saving lives through immunotherapy and genetic editing.

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Almost Foldable Phones

Graphene, a hyper-flexible 2D strongest ever tested material has great potential like filtering drinking water, creating medical supplies. With this material foldable phones will soon be a reality.

LG’s Tube Display

Picture rolling up you TV and carrying it in your pocket. LG has come up with this innovation of tube display which is flexible and lightweight.

Google Pixel Ear buds

Google Pixel Ear buds can translate 40 languages. They are only compatible to Google Pixel smartphone.

In conclusion, one innovation leads to another, and the cycle never stops. With funding, support, and innovation, any idea is worth implementation.

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Gay, lesbian, bi people more likely to perpetrate or become victims of ‘revenge porn’

The rainbow community is tarnished, with gay, lesbian and bisexual respondents more than twice as likely to admit to taking and threatening to distribute sexual images of another person without their consent. They were also 2.5 times more likely to actually distribute them.

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Gay, lesbian and bisexual people are more likely to perpetrate or become victims of “revenge porn” and other forms of abuse involving sexual photos or videos.

This is according to a study done by researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and first reported by Perth Now.

The researchers polled more than 4,200 people aged 16 to 49, asking them if they’d secretly taken photos or videos of someone, distributed the images, or threatened to do so. Eleven percent (11%) admitted to engaging in some form of image-based sexual abuse over their lifetime.

Behaviors included here are: receiving a consensually-shared nude or sexual selfie and sending it onto others without the subject’s consent; covertly filming or photographing someone without their knowledge; and threatening to share or sharing explicit images of another person — including past sexual partners — in an attempt to embarrass or humiliate others.

Another 9% of the respondents said that they had taken nude or sexual photos or videos of someone without their consent, and 6% admitted to distributing such images. This includes instances where people covertly filmed up women’s skirts or down their blouses.

Interestingly, self-identified victims of these abuses were also more likely to be abusers. And these abusers were also more likely to share images of people they knew, including partners, ex-partners, friends and even relatives, rather than images of strangers.

Men were twice as likely as women to admit to perpetrating revenge porn.

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The rainbow community is tarnished, with gay, lesbian and bisexual respondents more than twice as likely to admit to taking and threatening to distribute sexual images of another person without their consent. They were also 2.5 times more likely to actually distribute them.

Additionally, gay and bisexual men were more likely to engage in such behavior than lesbian or bisexual women.

Governments all over the world are actually already developing/implementing laws pertaining “revenge porn:, even if the success of cases still largely depend on the willingness of victims to go after the perpetrators.

In the Philippines, for instance, there is an existing Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 (Republic Act 9995) that eyes to prevent the publication, copying and distribution of similar materials that would damage the honor of a person on media platforms.

However, violations to this law continue to increase. Data from the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) Cybercrime division show that in the first three months of 2019 alone, there were already 142 reported cases of violations of RA 9995, a figure surpassing the total 94 cases filed in all of 2018.

For its part, the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) recorded 106 cases in the first two months of the year: 49 in January and 57 in February.

Members of the local LGBTQIA community also make the news for this, including – and more recently – the Vic Fabe scandal.

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Traveling with an e-reader or tablet?

Which is better for traveling, a tablet or an e-reader? We go through the pros and cons of each device and which you should consider taking on vacation.

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Should you travel with a tablet or e-reader?

In the days before e-readers, travel reading was limited to whatever book you could carry or whatever you could find at the airport bookstore. Today, you can download dozens of books to your e-reader or tablet and take them with you without sacrificing space or weight. But, if you are planning an extended holiday, or even a camping trip, which option is better?

How Much Reading Are You Going To Do?

The thing with e-readers is that they are designed for reading and not much else. Yes, some of the higher range models offer basic web browsing and audio book functions, but that’s where it stops. If you plan on using your device for more than just reading, tablets are the way to go. However, if you just want something to read on, then e-readers are more practical.

SIZE AND WEIGHT

On the whole, e-readers are lighter and smaller than tablets. They are also easier to hold and have a much longer battery life. One charge on an e-book can last you anywhere from two weeks to a month. A tablet will last for two to four days on a charge.

If you just want something to read on, then e-readers are more practical.

EYE COMFORT

Eye comfort is a new buzz phrase that is being thrown around in the mobile tech industry. Researches have realised that the electronic glare of a tablet or smartphone screen can alter your circadian rhythms and make it more difficult for you to fall asleep at night. This is why most monitors and tablets now days come with an eye comfort feature. This is not an issue with e-readers as they use e-ink which and alternate light sources. If you are planning on getting in an hour or two of reading before you sleep, you may want to consider using an e-reader.

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FUNCTIONALITY

When it comes to functionality, tablets cannot be beaten. You can think of a tablet as an oversized smartphone with the same basic functions. Many of the top brands also feature high-end cameras and external add-on features. A tablet can be used for anything from surfing the Internet, to watching movies, playing the online Blackjack Canada has to offer, listening to music, booking your next hotel or playing games while you are stuck in the airport on a long layover. They can even be used as a GPS, for augmented reality walking tours or as a translator device. The e-reader function on your tablet is just one of the many apps available on your device.

OUTDOOR USE

While the technology is certainly improving, most tablets are difficult to use in bright sunlight. Changing the screen mode can help, but you will suffer some eyestrain. This is where e-readers have a huge advantage. They work well in both high and low light conditions and are perfect for the beach as well as the couch.

If you plan on using your device for more than just reading, tablets are the way to go.

CONCLUSION

If you read a lot and if you plan on reading at the pool, on the plane and in bed before you go to sleep, you should consider traveling with an e-reader. It is lighter, easier and more comfortable to read with and it will last weeks on a single charge.

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If you plan on doing some light reading in the airport or at the hotel, then a tablet will do. They are especially handy if you want a large-screen device to watch movies on, play music or look up information on your destination. The only downside is that you will have charge it every few days. We suggest that if you have the space, take both your e-reader and a tablet.

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Are smartphones actually making us dumb?

Smartphones may be the technological future but are they making us dumber? We look at how phones and computers are affecting our cognitive abilities.

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Are smartphones making us dumber?

If you grew up in the 80’s or the early 90’s, chances are you remember a time before smartphones, before Facebook and before Google. This was a time when restaurant bills required mathematical scribbles for split bills and percentage calculations. It was also a time when phoning a friend required prior organization and access to the wall phone. Whatever your feelings on days gone by, one thing is clear; a lot has changed in 30 years.

Since the dawn of the new millennium, we have seen a technological explosion with cheaper electronics, smarter computers and the introduction of AI technology. Today, just about everyone has a smartphone or mobile device within arms reach. It has hard to grasp just how technologically brilliant these devices are. Primarily they are communication devices, but we all know they are more than that and you can use them for everything from playing at River Belle casino to navigating your way around town.

WHAT PHONES MEAN TO US

When you absentmindedly leave your phone at home or lose your phone for a day, your body goes into a sort of panicked state. The thought of not being contactable, or not being able to contact anyone else creates a physical reaction that leads to higher blood pressure and sometime full-blown panic. When looked at from an outside point of view, we can see that we all use our phones for just about everything we do. Need to split the restaurant bill, just whip out your phone’s calculator or bill app. We put in reminders, schedules, even games to keep us entertained when we have 10 minutes to spare.

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Researchers have discovered that technology and smartphones have created what is termed the “Google Effect”. What this means is that the presence of smartphones physically inhibits mental coding and the ability to recall information.

HOW ARE WE AFFECTED?

Most of us think that we suffer from mental fatigue since our modern jobs require mental input instead of physical input like the generations that came before us. What we are doing in fact is using one small area of our brain while letting technology do the rest. When last did you memorise your entire address book. Can you even recall the phone numbers of your closest friends? Can you navigate to the other side of town without a GPS, or find your way back from a party using image recollection?

Researchers have discovered that technology and smartphones have created what is termed the “Google Effect”. What this means is that the presence of smartphones physically inhibits mental coding and the ability to recall information. We are so used to having something do it for us, we have forgotten how to do it for ourselves. Smartphones have also been linked to decreased brainpower and agitation.

THE WAY FORWARD

Smartphone and software developers are continually looking for new ways to make our lives easier, to improve our user experience and to make our phones do more. It is up to us to decide what we should allow our phones to do and what we should really be doing for ourselves. We blame our busy jobs, our hectic lifestyle and our family stresses for not remembering a friend’s birthday, a special occasion, or forgetting to go past the store. When we choose to use our brain for simple tasks, it forms connections and becomes better at processing information. Try use your phone less and see what happens.

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Lesbian porn 151% more popularly watched by women when compared to men

Lesbian porn is by far the most popular category of videos viewed by women, according to Pornhub, adding that lesbian porn is in fact it’s 151% more popular with women when compared to men. Filipino women appear to be… more romantic, with more women watching Romantic (233%) and Verified Couples (160%).

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Lesbian porn is by far the most popular category of videos viewed by women, according to popular porn site Pornhub, which looked into the viewing habits of women to also reveal that lesbian porn is in fact it’s 151% more popular with women when compared to men.

Pornhub looked at the top 20 countries of their site, accounting for 71% of all their women viewers. The site found that women from different parts of the world have different preferences, with categories for their number one choice including: Hentai, Ebony, Anal, Indian, Japanese, Mature and MILF.

Filipino women appear to be… more romantic, with women watching Romantic (233%) and Verified Couples (160%).

In the US, women are 102% more likely to view Ebony videos and 69% more into Interracial. Women in the UK are 474% more likely to view the British category, but they’re also 31% more into Rough Sex. Women in Canada are 36% more into Threesomes, French women are 103% more into Cuckold videos, and Germany women are 165% more into Feet.

Pornhub also analyzed the differences in porn categories between women of different ages. These were their findings:

18 to 24: Hentai (+81%)
25 to 34: Tattooed Women (+32%)
35 to 44: Double Penetration (+29%)
45 to 54: Mature (+39%)
55 to 64: Vintage (+78%)
65+: Handjob (+143%)

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Over 50% think falling in love online is possible; over 23% believe it’s achievable

56.5% of Grindr users believe they can find love on the dating app. And 25-34-year-olds are the most optimistic about falling in love online, with shared interests the most likely reason to finding love.

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Changing demographics?

What does falling in love mean in 2019? For many, it apparently means heading to an app and hoping to find true love with a swipe or a click; and this is even if there are concerns that online dating may not lead to true love and everyone is in danger of losing it.

Comparethemarket.com surveyed over 2,000 adults to see if love really is on the line or if online dating is simply the newest way to find true love.

The survey found 25-34-year-olds to be the most optimistic about falling in love online, with 34% responding “Yes, definitely” to the question “Do you think it’s possible to fall in love through an online dating site/app?”.

Comparatively, only 30% of 16-24-year-olds, 26% of 35-44-year-olds, 18% of 45-54-year-olds and 15% of the over 55 agreed with the statement.

People who use dating apps tied to shared interests, such as music, are the most likely to believe you can definitely fall in love online, with 69% answering the same question with “Yes, definitely”. The next most optimistic app users were: dating services based on religion (65%), Meetic (68%), SpeedDate.com (64%), OkCupid (59%) and Grindr (56.5%).

With dating apps having more and more game-like features, Comparethemarket.com wanted to find out people’s opinions on how this affects the way they approach dating through apps. The survey discovered that only 7% of people say they often treat dating apps like a game and use strategies to ‘win’.

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The question of who treats dating apps like more of a game out of men and women gets slightly different responses depending if you ask men or women! However, they both agree that men are more likely to treat dating apps like a game, with 25% of women and 14% of men agreeing with this statement. Only 8% of men and 6% of women believe women are the most likely to treat online dating as a game.

The most common bad experience with online dating is a boring first date, with 31% of people claiming to have experienced this. 21% of people have had to run away as the date was so bad,  17% felt that their date clearly fancied someone else.
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It isn’t all roses, however, as there are also bad experiences from online dating. Almost three in five (59%) people say they’ve had a bad experience of online dating, this could be either while talking to someone on the app/website itself or when meeting them in real life. This breaks down as 56% of men and 61% of women.

Per app, the bad experiences are also different.

People who said they used Meetic (95%) most claimed to have had bad experiences either talking with, or meeting, people from the app, followed by Ashley Madison (91%), dating services based on religion (89%), SpeedDate.com (87%) and dating services based on interest (86%).

Meanwhile, 59% of people who said they used Tinder most claimed to have had bad experiences either talking with, or meeting, people from the app, the fewest out of the sites studied, followed by Match.com (62%), PlentyOfFish (64%), and Bumble (68%)

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The most common bad experience with online dating is a boring first date, with 31% of people claiming to have experienced this. 21% of people have had to run away as the date was so bad,  17% felt that their date clearly fancied someone else. For 17% of respondents, the date ended when the person didn’t turn up or left early, and for 13% it was the classic ‘I spilled wine on my date’.

Men are more likely to be stood up than women for a date made through online platforms with 20% claiming their date didn’t turn up or left early, compared to women’s 14%. Men are also a lot more likely to cause a short date with 17% admitting to spilling wine on their date compared to 10% of women.

From bad pick up lines to fake profiles, this is what people consider to be the worst thing about online and app-based dating.

And with apps now generally accepted as sources of lifelong relationships, more are emerging to respond to niche markets. These include: Hater (which has over 1,000,000 users) that – instead of matching with someone because of shared interests – app that matches people based on shared pet hates; Trek Dating (over 500,000 users), a dedicated app for Trekkies who are looking for love; Tastebuds (over 500,000 users) that matches people based on shared music tastes; Muddy Matches (over 200,000 users), which is for the country boy or girl at heart and don’t want to waste time with city folk; and Farmers only (over 150,000 users) for farmers finding love.

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