Samsung to launch 128GB storage variant of Galaxy M40 in India; check out specifications, price in India

Samsung to launch 128GB storage variant of Galaxy M40 in India; check out specifications, price in India

Samsung launched the new M-series smartphones to target the budget conscious markets like India. The South Korean electronics major has already launched Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 in India. The fourth smartphone in the M-series will be an affordable and mid-price range device. Samsung also has the budget friendly Galaxy A-series in its armour which has phones like Galaxy A10, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A30 and more.

The Galaxy M40 was first spotted on WiFi Alliance Website with a codename SM-M405F/DS and now, leakster Ishan Agarwal has confirmed on Twitter that Samsung will definitely launch Galaxy M40 in India. In a Tweet, Ishan said, “Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy M40 soon. It will definitely be launched in India. It seems like it will have at least three colour options: Blue, Blue and Coral (Orange). 128GB Storage in one of the variants. (img of A50). #GalaxyM40 #Samsung”.

The phone that reportedly bears the codename SM-M405F/DS will run on Android 9.0 Pie based on company’s latest One UI. There are also reports that the phone will come with 5,000 mAh battery and be available in Black, Blue and Coral (Orange) colour options.

As per the Wi-Fi certification, the Galaxy M40 will support dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5GHz) and LTE capabilities. It will also have all five key Wi-Fi certificates a/b/g/n/ac.

The predecessor of the Galaxy M40, the Galaxy M30 came with a 6.4-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display panel. The Galaxy M40 is expected to sport a Super AMOLED display too. M40 would most probably provide an incremental update for Galaxy M30.

As far as the camera is concerned, the Galaxy M40 is likely to carry a triple rear camera setup – similar to the Galaxy M30. Galaxy M30 has a 13-MP primary sensor along with an f/1.9 lens, a 5-MP secondary sensor comprising an f/2.2 lens, and a 5-MP tertiary sensor with the same f/2.2 lens. For selfies, the Galaxy M30 has a 16-MP camera along with f/2.0 lens.

Samsung Galaxy M30 is powered by the Exynos 7904 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz. The phone comes in two variants: one with 4GB RAM, coupled with 64GB of internal storage, and another with 6GB RAM with 128GB of onboard storage.

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101 Small Business Web Applications You Must Check Out

Check out these 101 small business web applications — software in the cloud. The selections reflect the breadth of innovative ideas and new business pursuits at play in the small business technology cloud landscape.

From sales to legal to productivity tools, we can attest that the small business technology is alive, kicking and doing extremely well in 2011.

It’s getting much easier and cheaper to operate a business than ever before. Absolutely great news for small business!

Here is the list of categories we will cover on this post:

Business Development
Email Marketing
Event Marketing
Video Marketing
Social Media Marketing
Online Sales
Online Payment
Presentation
Billing and Accounting
Funding
Hiring and Team Building
File Sharing
Legal
Building Websites
Website Testing
Market Research
CRM
Productivity
Customer Service
Team Management
Voice Communication
Online Education

P.S. You will meet some of these companies at BizTech [Small Business] on March 24.

P.P.S. Please feel free to comment if we have missed any awesome small business web applications.

Business Development


Card Munch allows users to take a photo and submit your business card. Each business card will be transcribed, edited and reviewed by virtual workers to guarantee accuracy.
Cost: FREE

NoteLeaf allows users to schedule meetings on your Google Calendar, then gives you information about who you’re about to meet on your phone.
Cost: FREE

Shoeboxed allows users digitize all your receipt, business card and organize everything neatly electronically.
Cost: FREE to $49.95 per month

Bump allows users to use your phone to bump another phone. If both people confirm that the match is indeed correct will the contact information be sent down to the other person.
Cost: FREE

Hashable allows users to track their business relationships record meetings, calls, intros and exchange business cards.
Cost: FREE

Tungle allows users to invite people to schedule with them, without having to sign up and automatically sync with your existing calendar.
Cost: FREE to $4.99 per month

 

Email Marketing


Vertical Response allows users to self-service email marketing, online surveys and direct mail service which allows you to create, manage and analyze your own direct marketing campaigns.
Cost: FREE to $240 per month

Infusionsoft captures leads, create beautiful emails and automatically follow up using auto-responders.
Cost: FREE to $999 per month

Constant Contact supports email marketing, online survey and event marketing.
Cost: FREE to $240 per month

MailChimp allows users to manage your email campaigns, share them on social networks, integrate with web services you already use, manage subscribers and track your results.
Cost: FREE to $240 per month

Tiny Letter is a free email newsletter platform which allows you to create beautiful landing page and simple email newsletter.
Cost: FREE

GetResponse allows user to create media-rich email marketing campaign.
Cost: $9.95 to $65 per month

 

Event Management and Marketing


Eventbrite allows users to manage, promote, and sell event tickets.
Cost: 2.5% + $0.99 per ticket

MogoTix allows users to create and manage event mobile ticket.
Cost: 2.5% + $0.99 per ticket

Eventbee allows users to manage and sell event ticket.
Cost: 2.5% + $0.99 per ticket

 

Video Marketing


Justin.tv allows users to broadcast live video and chat with viewers.
Cost: FREE

Ustream.tv allows users to broadcast video LIVE to the world from a computer, mobile or iPhone.
Cost: FREE

LiveStream allows users to broadcast and live stream your own channel for events, chats or presentations.
Cost: FREE

 

Social Media Marketing


Crowdbooster allows Twitter analytics and insights. Social Media Marketing Optimization. Schedule and time your tweets. Twitter reports in Excel and PDF.
Cost: FREE

Wildfire allows users to create marketing campaigns like sweepstakes, contests and give-aways on Facebook and Twitter.
Cost: $5 to $250 per campaign

Flowtown allows users to analyze their customer social media profile using their email contacts.
Cost: Unknown

Postling allows users to manage their social media from a single place and let them post, respond and schedule.
Cost: FREE to $34 per month

 

Online Sales


Big Commerce allows users to sell on Facebook and Ebay, Phones and email.
Cost:  Free – $299.99 per month

zferral allows users to create, track and manage online referrals.
Cost: $49 – $999 per month

Shopify allows users to create, track and manage online referrals.
Cost: $49 – $999 per month

 

Online Payment


Square allows users to collect credit card payment by plugging a reader into a phone or iPad.
Cost: 2.75% per transaction

Cimbal allows user to pay using your smart phone in the store, online and person-to-person anywhere Cimbal is accepted.
Cost: Free between individual

WePay allows users to collect money from a group and make splitting cost easier. It also makes sharing activity more transparent.
Cost: 3.5% per transaction

Google Checkout allows users to collect payment online using their Google login or any major credit cards.
Cost: 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction

Paypal allows users to collect payment online using their Paypal account or any major credit cards.
Cost: 2.9% + $0.30 USD per transaction

Bill Me later allows users to pay without using a credit card and pay later.
Cost: Unknown

Venmo allows users to pay with your iPhone, Android or Blackberry.
Cost: FREE

 

Presentation


Slideshare allows users to upload and share your presentation for free.
Cost: FREE

Keynote Remote allows users to control your Keynote (Apple) slide presentation on your Mac from your iPod touch or iPhone.
Cost: $0.99

Prezi allows users to create web based presentation and allows you to zoom in and out to see the big picture and small details.
Cost: FREE to $59

Imageloop allows users to create, save, share slideshow online.
Cost: FREE

280 Slides allows users to create and share presentation online.
Cost: FREE

iCharts allows users to present raw survey data in a attractive visual and interactive format.
Cost: Unknown

 

 

Billing and Accounting


Bill.com allows users to save and cost of business bill pyament and invoicing.
Cost: FREE to $24.99 per month

Freshbook helps users to track time, organizer expenses and invoice customers.
Cost: FREE to $39.95 per month

Indinero provides users insight into their business health.
Cost: FREE to $99 per month

Outright allows users to get an instant snapshot of where you stand financially. It keeps track of your profit and loss, income, expenses, etc
Cost: $9.95 per month

Expensify allows users to import expenses and receipts from credit card or bank account ad submits PDF expense reports by email, and reimburses online.
Cost: $9.95 per month

Recurly helps users with recurring billing operations in a secure and cost-effective manner.
Cost: $69 per month and up

 

Raising Funds


Kickstarter allows users to fund raise for creative projects.
Cost: 5% on the money you raise

Profounder allows users to raise the capital that they need, and the tools to manage all of the associated book-keeping, legals and compliance fillings.
Cost: Varies

Prosper connects users who want to invest money to users to want to borrow money.
Cost: 0.50% to 4.5% on the money you raise

IndieGoGo allows users to create and fund ideas.
Cost: 4% on the money you raise

 

Hiring and Team Building


Elance allows users to hire, manage and pay your virtual team.
Cost: You name your own price

oDesk allows users to hire, manage, and pay remote freelancers or teams.
Cost: You name your own price

Rent A Coder allows users to get freelance programmers and find freelance jobs.
Cost: You name your own price

99Designs allows users to find freelance designers.
Cost: You name your own price

TaskRabbit allows users to get hire local people to get specific physically tasks done.
Cost: You name your own price

CrowdFlower allows user to takes large, data-heavy projects and breaks them into small tasks, then distribute to an on-demand workforce around the world.
Cost: Varies

Guru allows users to find high quality freelancers online.
Cost: You name your own referral fee

Amazon Mechanical Turk allows users to access to on-demand workforce and performance human intelligence task.
Cost: You name your own referral fee

Redbeacon allows users to get price quotes, compare professionals, and book appointments online for any office need.
Cost: FREE

 

File Sharing


Dropbox allows users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization.
Cost: FREE to $19.99 per month

YouSendIt allows users to send, receive and track large files via email.
Cost: FREE to $14.99 per month

Box.net allows user to store documents, media and all of your content online, so you can access, manage and share them from anywhere.
Cost: FREE to $15 per month

Egnyte supports file storage, backup, sharing and collaboration everything on the cloud.
Cost: FREE to $89.99 per month

 

Legal

Law Pivot allows users to crowd source confidential legal advice.
Cost: Free

Right Signature allows users to sign contracts, NDAs, forms online.
Cost: Free to $249 per month

Docu Sign allows users to sign and send documents and signatures and support full audit trail.
Cost: Free to $22.99 per month

Echo Sign allows users to performance online, fax, biometric and mobile signature.
Cost: Free to $499 per month

 

Building Websites

Yola allows users to create a professional, ad-free website.
Cost: Free to $8.33 per month

Wix allows users to create flash based website.
Cost: Free to $15.9 per month

Weebly allows users to create free website with no technical skills required.
Cost: Free to $4.58 per month

Webvanta allows users to CMS based website with no technical skills required.
Cost: Free to $99 per month

Intuit allows users to create website based on predesigned websites.
Cost: Free to $4.95 per month

 

Website Testing


Usertesting.com takes video of a visitor speaking their thoughts describing the problems they encountered while using your site.
Cost: $39 per use

Gazehawk keeps track of where your users look on your website which allows you to test landing pages, registration/checkout flows, homepages, etc.
Cost: $495 and up

ReQtest helps users to do web-based testing and bug reporting on the cloud.
Cost: FREE to $30 per user

Unbounce allows users to create, publish and optimize landing pages for testing purposes.
Cost: $25 to $500 per user

Feedback Army allows users to start simple usability testing for their website.
Cost: $15

Optimizely allows users to improve their website through A/B testing.
Cost: $19 – $399

 

Market Research


Survey Monkey allows users to create web-based survey.
Cost: Free – $64.99 per month

Wufoo allows user to create contact forms, web surveys, and invitations so they can collect the data, registrations and online payments they need without being technical
Cost: Free – $199.99 per month

Google Forms allows users to create an online form from any spreadsheet.
Cost: Free

Ask Your Target Market allows users to write surveys and send them to their target market segment.
Cost: Free – $119 per month

Survey Gizmo allows users to online surveys.
Cost: Free – $159 per month

 

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)


Highrise allows users to to manage contacts, keep track of who said what when, schedule follow-ups, set reminders, and convert leads.
Cost: FREE to $99 per month

Sugar CRM allows users to automate sales force and customer support on the cloud.
Cost: FREE to $600 per user per year

Salesforce allows users to keeps all the contacts, messages, e-mails, files, events and tasks.
Cost: FREE

Heap allows users to broadcast and live stream your own channel for events, chats or presentations.
Cost: FREE to $9 per user

 

Productivity

Evernote allows users to save ideas, photos and voice note on any computer and mobile device.
Cost: FREE to $5 per month

Meeting Agenda allows users to create online agenda and minutes template that you can share with attendees.
Cost: FREE to $9.95 per month

Workflowy allows users to organize their thoughts.
Cost: FREE

Rescue Time shows users how spend time & provides tools to help them be more productive.
Cost: FREE to $9 per month

Customer Service


Zendesk allows users to do customer support online.
Cost:$9 to $49 per month

Zopim allows users to do livechat with your customers online.
Cost: FREE to $99 per month

Assistly allows users to consolidate all customer service conversations into one screen where service requests are collected, prioritized, and handled by team members.
Cost: FREE to $99 per month

Olark allows users to chat with visitors on your website from desktop, laptop or mobile device.
Cost: $15 to $149 per month

Team Management and Collaboration


Teamly allows users to manage their team by helping them focus on the top 5 priorities for the day, week and month.
Cost: FREE to $8 per month

Huddle allows users to manage projects, files and people in the cloud.
Cost: FREE to $15 per month

Yammer allows users to create their own Twitter and Facebook-like communication environment, but for internal employee only.
Cost: FREE to $5 per month

Voice Communication


Grasshopper allows users to get a toll free or local number, set up voicemail extensions and get other voice features online.
Cost: $9.95 to $199 per month

Ring Central allows users to setup 800 numbers, toll free numbers, virtual pbx, internet fax and virtual phone system.
Cost: FREE to $39.99 per month

Google Voice allows users to create one phone number so it will ring anywhere. It also transcribe the voice messages into email.
Cost: FREE

Online Education

Mindflash allows users to convert existing training materials into online courses.
Cost: FREE to $999 per month

Udemy allows users to create an online course.
Cost: FREE

Learnable allows users to create their own online courses.
Cost: FREE

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Facebook Unveils New Community Help, Safety Check, Donation and Non-Profit Partnership Tools

The new Facebook features for November 2016 include community help, safety check, an expanded fundraiser features, and nonprofit partnerships.

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) recently unveiled some new tools as part of its Live featureat the social network’s first Social Good Forum held on 17 November in New York.

The new tools include community help, safety check, an expanded fundraiser features, and nonprofit partnerships.

New Facebook Features for November 2016

Naomi Gleit, VP Social Good at Facebook, said the new tools are designed to “empower our community to do more good in the world and help keep them safe.”

Gleit detailed the updates and new features in a post on the official Facebook News blog:

  • Community Help, a new feature that lets you ask for or offer help, including shelter, food and supplies after a natural disaster
  • Safety Check, a simple way to let friends and family know you’re okay during a crisis, will now be triggered entirely by our community, not Facebook
  • Expanding Fundraisers so people can raise money for more than 750,000 nonprofits and add a donate button to Live videos and posts
  • Nonprofit partnerships with Movember this month and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Giving Tuesday

Mark Zuckerberg added in a related video post that ultimately the motivation for creating these tools is threefold. It is to try to prevent bad things from happening. It is to try to help out when something bad is happening. And finally, it is to provide ongoing help after something bad has happened.

Small businesses can leverage Facebook’s new tools to do more social good themselves, including fundraise on behalf of U.S.-based 501(c)3 nonprofits to help out those in need, donate or collect donations for worthy causes like women’s health, and more.

“We’re inspired by how much good comes from connecting on Facebook but we know we can do more,” Gleit stressed in the Newsroom post.

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Want to Write an Inspired Creative Brief? Check Out This Handy Guide

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“How To Write An Inspired Creative Brief” will open your eyes to what it takes to create truly memorable advertising and to raise brand awareness.

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Read “How To Write An Inspired Creative Brief” by Howard Ibach, and you will learn exactly that!

This is the second edition of this wonderful book first published back in 2009

“How to Write an Inspired Creative Brief” provides all the guidance needed to write a creative brief and contains examples from some of the most successful advertisements and advertising campaigns. The book will guide you through exactly what to consider when preparing a creative brief. This is one that will inspire any creative team to produce advertisements or campaigns that will make a brand or product standout and be memorable.

What is the Book About

So exactly what is it that makes one advertisement or campaign more successful than another? Is it the product itself? Definitely not! Is it the person or team that creates the advertisement? Well yes, a good creative team will help to raise the standard and impact of an advertisement. Is it the amount of money spent on producing the advertisement or campaign? Not really. You could spend a fortune on advertising, but if you do not reach your target audience, or the advertisement itself is not memorable — regardless how much money you have put into it — it is unlikely to give you the desired ROI. A great advertisement placed on YouTube for instance, can be cheap to produce, yet it can still achieve better results than a bad advertisement placed on network television.

In “How To Write An Inspired Creative Brief,” Howard Ibach explains the importance of working from a well written and inspiring creative brief. A well written creative brief is the foundation to create truly successful advertisments.

He brilliantly demonstrates this throughout the book by including examples of well written creative briefs which were used to produce memorable and successful advertisements that I myself can still remember.

The structure, process, and everything you should consider when writing a creative brief has been succinctly outlined throughout the book. The author has also included a scattering of exercises to help the reader kick start their creative juices.

The way the process has been explained may lead one to think that a creative brief is a simple document to create. However, they are not, and the failure to have a good one in place is why so many advertisements fail to achieve their intended goal.

About the Author

Howard Ibach (www.howardibach.com) (@HowardIbach) worked as a copywriter and a creative director for nigh on thirty years. He now continues to use his skills and love for creative writing by teaching at both Glendale College and Pierce College in the Los Angeles area. Due to his passion for the language and to attain perfection, he does though have the reputation of being tough when it comes to grading his students’ papers!

What Was Best About This Book

The best part in the book is undoubtedly where Howard states:

“Many believe that our British cousins are the finest creative brief writers on the planet. I agree.”

But all joking aside (and there are plenty of jokes to be found in the book) “How To Write An Inspired Creative Brief” is both captivating and well structured.

It identifies the key areas to focus on when writing a creative brief. By working through the points to consider you will be able to create an outline of exactly what your advertising intends to achieve. It also provides suggestions of the types of words to use to capture the attention of your intended audience. Furthermore, the short but effective exercises contained within the book can be done anywhere and at anytime. These will help the reader to hone their skills when endeavoring to create memorable and professional content.

What Could Have Been Done Differently

The examples of creative briefs contained within the book are great examples which clearly illustrate the skills that the author is passing on. Maybe it was just the author’s modesty coming out, but I would have really enjoyed reading and hearing about some of the creative briefs and advertising campaigns that Howard himself had worked on.

Why Read “How to Write an Inspired Creative Brief”

Quite honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and would highly recommend reading it whether you have a service or product to sell or not. By the nature of the book, those who actually work as creative writers or in advertising or marketing will benefit the most from “How To Write An Inspired Creative Brief”. However, anyone working in business, advertising or PR, or even those currently studying these subjects, will learn a huge amount as to the best processes to follow in order to create quality content when marketing a brand, product or service.

Very little has been written as to the best practices to use to create quality content for advertising purposes. Due to this fact, and that most businesses have a need to advertise in one form or other, the book is ideal for businesses and will provide valuable information that can assist in the creation of great content.

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