Asus ZenFone 4 Series India Launch Set for September 14

Asus ZenFone 4 Series India Launch Set for September 14

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Asus has sent out media invites for its next ZenFone launch
  • The event is set to be held on September 14
  • Asus may launch its selfie-focused smartphones in India

Last month, Asus launched several new ZenFone 4 models, including two selfie-focused smartphones – the Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie and Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro smartphones. Now, the company has sent out media invites for an event on September 14 for the launch ‘of its latest smartphone series’. Furthermore, on its social pages, Asus has confirmed that the next ZenFone is coming next week, confirming the India launch for the ZenFone 4 series.

While there’s no clarity on which smartphones from the ZenFone 4 series will launch in India, Asus has so far, made many ZenFone 4 variants official – the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. The selfie-focused smartphones were launched first, followed by the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro soon after. Back in July, the Asus ZenFone 4 Max was also launched.

Asus has also simultaneously launched a #DitchTheSelfieStick campaign in India as well, hinting that probably the two selfie-focused variants may see the light of the day first. In any case, clarity on that will only be achieved at the event on September 14.

In Europe, the Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro has been priced by the company at EUR 399.99 (roughly Rs. 30,050), while the ZenFone 4 Selfie is priced at EUR 299.99 (roughly Rs. 22,550). These prices are not indicative of how much they will cost in the Indian market, as taxes and government regulation play an additional and definitive deciding role in the final pricing.

As the names suggest, both smartphones are focused on selfies and come with dual cameras at front. The Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro bears a front-facing dual camera setup with a 24-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor. The ZenFone 4 Selfie on the other hand comes with a 20-megapixel sensor and another 8-megapixel sensor at the front of the handset. At rear end, both new Asus smartphones feature 16-megapixel primary cameras.

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Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.4GHz octa-core

Front Camera

20-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

Also See
  • Asus ZenFone 4 A450CG (Red, 8GB) – OFFER
    Rs.6,007
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2GHz octa-core

Front Camera

24-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

Also See
  • Asus ZenFone 4 A450CG (Red, 8GB) – OFFER
    Rs.6,007

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WhatsApp Used to Send a Record 14 Billion Messages on New Year’s Eve in India

WhatsApp Used to Send a Record 14 Billion Messages on New Year's Eve in India

WhatsApp Used to Send a Record 14 Billion Messages on New Year’s Eve in India
HIGHLIGHTS
3.1 billion images, 700 million GIFs, and 610 million videos were sent
WhatsApp recently rolled out the ability to share GIF images
WhatsApp has more than 160 million monthly active users in India
On New Year’s Eve, 14 billion messages were exchanged through WhatsApp in India, 32 percent of which were in some form of media – photos, GIF images, videos, and voice messages, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app said on Friday.

The number of messages shared on the platform on New Year’s Eve is even higher than the last record set during Diwali when 8 billion messages were sent in one day, WhatsApp said.

A total of 3.1 billion images, 700 million GIF images, and 610 million videos were sent on WhatsApp on the occasion. WhatsApp has more than 160 million monthly active users in India.

Interestingly, WhatsApp only recently rolled out the ability to share animated GIF images on the platform. WhatsApp for iPhone got the feature back in November, while WhatsApp for Android got the feature in December. Android recently also got the ability to stream shared videos, letting users view videos before they were downloaded.
Last month, a major new feature was reportedly spotted in the WhatsApp for iPhone beta – the ability to revoke and edit sent messages. Several other messaging apps offer similar features, and their addition to WhatsApp will certainly be well-received. Also spotted was the ability to preview shared archive files.

Notably, WhatsApp stopped working on older versions of Android, iOS, and Windows Phone on December 31. Devices running on Android 2.2 or lower, iOS 6 or lower, and Windows Phone 7 are no longer supported by the app.

Written with inputs from IANS

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14 Android Texting Apps That Should Be On Your Smartphone

texting

For small businesses, texting can be used to verify accounts and purchases, run localized promotional campaigns, do seasonal marketing and more. And because SMS needs customers to opt in before you engage them, the likelihood of them responding is much higher.

If you are using an Android device, what texting apps will let you leverage the technology for your small business?

This list of Android texting apps includes a range of features you can use to engage your customers, employees and partners by taking over as your default texting app.

Go SMS Pro

What Go SMS Pro has going for it is features, and a lot of them. However, these come at a premium. Access to all the app’s themes and the ability to remove ads will cost you $19.99.

The app includes a feature to encrypt messages and protect your privacy. There is also support for disabling all sponsored messages. And when you get a message there is a pop up for quick viewing and replying.

This is one of the Android texting apps that offers unlimited cloud storage space for message backup. This is a key tool to protect your business if you have to comply with regulations or or face a potential disputes in the future.

chomp SMS

android texting apps

The approach chomp SMS has taken is to remove many of the features other apps deliver and create a clean platform with great functionality instead. The themes are limited, but features such as scheduled SMS sender, stopping a text while sending, and group messaging are useful tools small businesses can use. The app is free, but removing the ads will cost $2.49.

Textra

Textra is popular because of the customization and options it offers. This includes floating notifications, compatibility with PushBullet and Android Wear, and message blocking. All of the features together use only 3 MB. And the app is free.

Google Messenger

android texting apps

It’s a no frills app with just the basics. But the basics on Google Messenger come in handy. They include blocking SMS senders with no interruption, plus location sharing, message archiving and more. The file sharing feature has options for sending text as well as rich media. The app is free.

Sliding Messaging

The features of Sliding Messaging let you customize the user interface and experience, including gestures and navigation style. You can switch between conversation using the drag feature on your device, start a new conversation and manage old messages with a single click. This is one of the Android texting apps that has security settings to protect your messages with contact blacklisting and individual notification settings. The app costs $1.99.

Evolve SMS

The highlight of Evolve SMS is the usability of the interface with smartphones. This includes switching between conversations, making batch deletions, customizable notifications, password protection and more. However, if you want to go beyond the free version, the features that are available for free elsewhere, such as scheduling SMS, will require an in app-purchase.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp has 900 million active monthly users. So it represents a huge marketing potential for small businesses. WhatsApp has all the features of the major apps, including group chats and the ability to send and receiving messages from the browser of your computer. It has an address book that can be accessed quickly, and offline messages are saved until you open the app.

The app is available for free for the first year, and only $0.99 per year after that.

Viber

android texting apps

Viber has an easy to set up and use platform, that uses your phone number as your login. This means no PIN numbers. You can create group messages with up to 200 people with admin privileges, follow public chats, share locations and contact information with support for desktop integration. The app also offers video calling and is free without any advertising.

Telegram

If you want to secure your chat, Telegram provides encrypted chat messaging with client-server encryption for standard chats. A Secure Chat mode provides end-to-end encryption so only you and the recipient can view the conversation. Group chats can go as high as 200 users and you can send broadcasts to up to 100 contacts at a time. The app also syncs across all your devices and it stores your history in the cloud. The app is free with no ads.

TextSecure

This is another app designed for security conscious users. You can send encrypted instant messages, group messages, photos and other attachments to other TextSecure users. The app uses open source peer-reviewed cryptographic protocols. It performs all these security functions without any additional effort from the user. Like many of the other apps, it is free with no advertising.

Blackberry Messenger

android texting apps

Blackberry Messenger has the functionality and security the app has been known for. If you want a comprehensive texting app, this is it. You can send free text, voice calls, images and files and get a delivery and receipt tags for your messages. It has a 2-way opt-in for communications to control who can send you messages. A PIN system lets you share contacts without sharing additional details.
You can time your messages so they can disappear from the screen, retract message and choose how you share your information. Channels can be created for specific groups with subscription options.  And these users can share similar interests in multi-person chats. And this app too is free.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is important because of the integration of the social media site and its more than 1.4 billion users. The app delivers on all texting features, as well as some that are very useful for small businesses. “Chat Heads” allow you to open other apps while you are chatting. And you can forward messages or photos to people who are not in a conversation. The free app also lets you see who is available on Messenger as well as users that are active on Facebook.

GroupMe

As the name implies, GroupMe brings everyone in your group together with great features. The free app has a notification control that allows you to choose what type of message you receive, to mute specific chats and to review your conversation at anytime, during or after the event. Chats can be carried out from other computing devices. And you can then share contents from URLs that are shared in a conversation.

WeChat

WeChat allows group chats with up to 500 people, with options for sending text and rich media. The privacy control has been certified by TRUSTe. And  the free app has real time location with its Friend Radar, People Nearby and Shake features.

Businesses can no longer ignore the marketing and networking opportunities text messaging delivers. These platforms provide better responsiveness and immediacy few channels can replicate. They are also cost effective, with an ROI that is hard to beat.

Texting Photo via Shutterstock

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14 Apps, Sites and Other Places to Advertise Your Garage or Yard Sale

Where to Advertise Garage Sales, Yard Sales, and Estate SalesPleasant Saturday mornings have brought about another yard sale and garage sale season.

Weekly, almost religiously, Americans pile into their vehicles and comb their local environs looking for a whole range of merchandise.

You’ve got eBayers looking for something they can flip for a nice profit. Then there are the treasure seekers or the bargain hunters.

There are lots of reasons why people attend yard sales, garage sales, and estate sales on a weekly basis but no matter their reason, their combined interest means there are plenty of opportunities for making some extra cash.

Can a Business Have a Yard Sale?

If you’re a solopreneur looking to clear some space in your home office or even clear some space in the home for an office, a yard sale ca be a great way to do that — and make some extra cash as well. The same is true if you’re the owner of a more conventional business  looking to unload some overstock merchandise or supplies.

Of course, you won’t get more than a few visitors on a Saturday morning if you’re not advertising your yard sale or garage sale in the right places. Luckily, there are numerous options when it comes to getting the word out.

Publicizing your sale on as many of these channels as possible will put your location out there to more people and potential customers. And some of them even allow you to sell your products online — locally — while you’re hosting your sale.

Check out the list here:

Where to Advertise Garage Sales, Yard Sales, or Estate Sales

VarageSale

Where to Advertise Garage Sales, Yard Sales, and Estate Sales - VarageSale

This app allows you to connect with more local buyers than eBay or other mainstream ecommerce platform but it has a real eBay feel to it. List items, gather followers and ‘watch’ clicks, and even sell from within VarageSale.

Garage Sale Rover

List your sale on this directory app and users who have Garage Sale Rover installed on their smartphones will be able to track your sale and get directions to it.

Garage Sales by Map

Where to Advertise Garage Sales, Yard Sales, and Estate Sales - Garage Sales by Map

This iOS app plots local yard sales, garage sales and estate sales against a map so it’s easy to find your way around in your travels from sale to sale. Garage Sales by Map is free to download from Apple.

EstateSales.org

You may need to consider a decent ad if your family is looking to unload an entire estate. At EstateSales.org, a family can purchase an ad for a one-time price of a little under $30. That investment will put your sale in front of a steady stream of viewers at the site and hopefully alert serious buyers.

Gsalr.com

Want to reach a dedicated readership whose main goal is to search for, find and shop at yard sales and garage sales? Gsalr.com says it’s the largest garage sale and yard sale directory on the Web. Create your listing and readers can get directions to your sale along with your description.

EstateSales.net

Where to Advertise Garage Sales, Yard Sales, and Estate Sales - EstateSales.Net

Post your listing — with plenty of photos and your address — and those locally with the Estate Sales appdownloaded to their device will be able to find you and your sale.

OfferUp

Have a few pieces that you may want to sell separate from your yard sale? List them on an app like OfferUpand try to connect with a local buyer.

LetGo

LetGo is another app that lets you list items individually from your yard sale or garage sale and find potential buyers who have this app downloaded. The app allows you to chat privately with potential buyers to come to an agreed upon price.

Yard Sale Treasure Map

Where to Advertise Garage Sales, Yard Sales, and Estate Sales - Yard Sale Treasure Map

The Yard Sale Treasure Map mobile app combs Craigslist’s garage sale listings nearest you and plots them on a map to make it easy to find the closest sales to users.

Garage Sales, Everywhere!

This is another mobile app that pulls its data from Craigslist listings. Garage Sales, Everywhere includes photos and turn-by-turn directions using Google.

Craigslist.org

Where to Advertise Garage Sales, Yard Sales, and Estate Sales - Craigslist.org

This list would be incomplete without including the source of data for a lot of the garage sale and yard sale mobile apps mentioned here: Craigslist. List photos of the merchandise at your sale and even connect with buyers directly if you list your contact information. The site is also ideal for unloading a lot of stuff that hasn’t sold during your sale. Want to get rid of the rest for free? Take a photo of what’s left and mark it “Curb Alert” and sale vultures will descend upon it.

Facebook

Of course, this list would also be incomplete without mentioning Facebook. It’s easily the most used of any of these sites and apps. Search Facebook for Groups and Pages that are dedicated to listing local garage sales and yard sales in your area. Also, these groups are great places to find buyers. Be sure to include as many photos of your sale items as you can to give readers a good idea of what’s at your sale. And be ready to answer plenty of questions from readers based on your photos.

Newspaper Classifieds

Where to Advertise Garage Sales, Yard Sales, and Estate Sales - Newspaper Classfieds

What’s black and white and read all over? To those reading this who are under the age of 30, the answer is a newspaper. And rabid yard sale-rs — if they pick up one copy of a newspaper all week — will grab a Saturday morning copy of their local paper to scan the classifieds for these events.

Papers often offer reduced rates for yard sale ads that run in their classifieds. You’ll want to check with your local paper to see what deadlines they have for getting your ad in ahead of your sale. Some even offer little packages for your ads, like free roadside signs or price tag stickers and the like.

Road Signs

The last app or site is really a non-app and another low-tech option for advertising your yard sale or garage sale.

Some shoppers go rogue and don’t do any planning when it comes to the yard sales they plan to visit on a beautiful Saturday. They just get behind the wheel and drive. Seeing  your sign on the side of the road advertising your sale will instinctively draw them in. Also, consider more signs if your home is particularly difficult to find or if road signs are poorly marked or missing.

Do you have a favorite app or place to advertise your yard sale or garage sale? What sort of marketing tactics can you recommend? Let us know in the comments below.

Yard Sale Sign, Newspaper Photos via Shutterstock; Other Images: Kolodgie Enterprises, EstateSales.NET, VarageSale.com, Arock Labs, Craigslist.org

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