Ten Great Reasons To Choose A Live Chat Application For Your Business

by ~ October 21st, 2014

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Submitted by: Alan Jones

If you have been looking at live chat software while attempting to figure out if the customer service tool is right for your web business, you may well end up thinking about downloading it. For those that are on the cusp of deciding if a live chat application is the right choice or not here are ten great reasons why you should think about taking full advantage of all the unique features that the right live chat application can offer your website.

Great First Impression- One of the great aspects of a live chat application is the fact that it offers browsers a quick reassurance that your company is real and able to answer any requests, which increases the likelihood that they will make a purchase.

Risk Free in most cases- Most live chat software companies offer a free trial or a money back guarantee which means you have no reason not to take the software out for a test run to see just what everyone is talking about.

The ability to multi-task- Utilising live chat software allows you to talk with multiple customers at one time so that you can easily address the concerns of all your customers without forcing them to wait for answers, making it a much better choice over a customer service phone service.

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Language conversion- One of the top perks for international businesses is the fact that many live chat programs come with conversion tools so that you can speak to browsers in any language that they require. Therefore, you increase the scope of potential clients and satisfy browsers that you previously would not have been able to communicate with, increasing your sales across the world.

New leads- The live chat application is a great way to drum up new leads for your business since you can casually chat with browsers and turn customers into mega-customers as you introduce new information to browsers about your products or services that they otherwise may not have been aware of.

Reinforcement of your Brand Name- Since most live chat downloads allow you to customise your chat box, software, with different designs, you can make sure that customers see your brand name throughout the process, helping to reinforce your brand so that even if they do not make a purchase your brand will stick with them.

Scaled software- Most of the packages will adapt to your company as it grows, which means that you can start small and if your business expands you can scale up your live chat software application to match, so that it is always a great choice for your business regardless of which size.

Web Console Based- Many systems allow you to use your live chat application over the web along with proprietary software so that you can manage it from any location or hire agents to run your software for you so you can attend to customer needs. This is an excellent plus, given the fact that all they need is access to a web browser to complete any customer conversations.

Instant customer feedback and marketing information

When you use your live chat to talk to customers you will be able to instantly gather their customer feedback making it easy to gather marketing information without actually having to launch a campaign, saving you a great deal of time and hassle.

Quick Stats — At the same time that you can gather information about customers, you can also collect stats about your customers such as where they are located, the type of internet they use and more so that you can optimise your interactions with them.

About the Author: Alan Jones currently manages the Marketing Operations of Web Site Chat (

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Wikinews:Video Wikinews/2.0/Enlist

by ~ October 21st, 2014

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Wikinews:Video Wikinews/2.0/Enlist

by ~ October 17th, 2014

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Wikinews:Video Wikinews/2.0/Enlist

by ~ October 9th, 2014

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User: Trisreed
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User: Symode09
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User: Markie
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Expertise: Public and Media Relations!
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Relevant Programs Known: iMovie HD, After Effects 7, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Garageband, Audacity
Other Information: I designed [[1]] and the titles for this project [[2]] (I only did the end section – fast forward to the globe)

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Bring Out The Designer In You!

by ~ September 21st, 2014

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Submitted by: Vikram Kumar

Along with selling world class designs and really cool t shirts online, Lazyninja is easily one of the best online shopping sites in India. With an entire range of online t shirts inspired from the TV series and witty one liner that have wooed us for generations, Lazyninja specializes in offering variety that sets you apart from the crowd. From TV series t shirts to exclusive designer options in t shirts for men as well as t shirts for girls Lazyninja offers something for everyone. The best part about shopping online India at lazyninja is that you get to indulge in choosing from an extensive variety colorfully displayed on the website. What s more is that you get to choose TV series T shirts and simply pay for them, packaging and delivery becomes their headache. Simply book and your favorite t shirt will be at your doorstep in a few days!

Innovation is the key that motivates the Lazyninja team to come up with awesome variety to please their fans. In spite of being driven by the passion to innovate, lazyninja has never compromised on the quality. Bringing in the best for their fans, Lazyninja takes care to craft every design with extra care to ensure that your TV series t shirts turn out just the way you like it. In fact, this passion for excellence applies equally across the entire product range offered by Lazyninja. Even the laptop skins, key chains, etc. are developed in accordance with the on-going taste of the youth so that they enjoy the buying experience. It is this love and fan following that has led to Lazyninja become one of the best online shopping sites in India.

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In spite of being the best, Lazyninja does not let the compliments travel to its head! Being serious about its job to give the fans only what is best, Lazyninja continues to work tirelessly towards creating new and impressive designs in the category of tshirts for men and tshirts for girls. Taking its inspiration from real life, Lazyninja has always welcomed the criticism and feedbacks of the fan looking at it as a way to improve their services for better performance and more customer satisfaction. After all, even brickbats are a way of customers sharing their requirements.

Recently, Lazyninja hosted a grand contest titled Any Body Can Design. ABCD as this contest is popularly known empowers the fans to come forth and share their ideas. For people who are not familiar with the contest, it is a unique platform wherein Lazyninja asks its fans to rekindle their creative spirit. In simple terms, your favorite t shirt brand is asking you to design a t shirt. Your design could be anything from a simple photo to a one liner but it has to be attractive, creative and above all impressive.

The best part about this competition is that it is for the people and is being judged by the people. Yes! When you share a design, the Lazyninja team uploads it on the social media networks and the appreciation that you get decides your fate.

So, if you are in mood to experience the new definition of witty in designer t shirts, simply log into www.lazyninja.in

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Red Shirts cause state of emergency in Thai capital

by ~ September 20th, 2014

Friday, April 9, 2010 

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency in Bangkok, Thailand and its surrounding areas today with the intention of combating anti-government protesters. The proclamation was made shortly after a group of Red Shirts, the common name for a political group in Thailand, stormed parliament. Senior officials were airlifted in a Black Hawk helicopter while other ministers were forced to jump over a wall at the back of the compound. The protesters left without violence after meeting opposition from members of parliament in the building.

The declaration of a state of emergency terminated military regulations and suspended certain civil liberties; one of these being the right to public gatherings of more than five people. This is the fourth state of emergency declared in Thailand because of political turmoil. Although the army has used violence in the past, they have been largely reluctant to attack or disperse large mobs. With a disabled military, one soldier carrying an M16 rifle was forced to flee from protesters; his weapon was stolen from him after being wrestled to the ground. Prime Minister Abhisit and army officials understand that a violent clash between authorities and anti-government protesters would worsen the political climate.

The military has been cautious about taking violent action against the people, but these feelings have not been reciprocated by Red Shirts. Two policemen were harmed by a grenade explosion at the central headquarters of the Abhisit’s Democrat party in an altercation on Tuesday. These protesters view their prime minister as an “Oxford-trained economist” being controlled by an unelected cabal. The protesters have resolved that if another election went underway they would respect the results and call off further disturbances.

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Red Shirts cause state of emergency in Thai capital

by ~ September 19th, 2014

Friday, April 9, 2010 

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency in Bangkok, Thailand and its surrounding areas today with the intention of combating anti-government protesters. The proclamation was made shortly after a group of Red Shirts, the common name for a political group in Thailand, stormed parliament. Senior officials were airlifted in a Black Hawk helicopter while other ministers were forced to jump over a wall at the back of the compound. The protesters left without violence after meeting opposition from members of parliament in the building.

The declaration of a state of emergency terminated military regulations and suspended certain civil liberties; one of these being the right to public gatherings of more than five people. This is the fourth state of emergency declared in Thailand because of political turmoil. Although the army has used violence in the past, they have been largely reluctant to attack or disperse large mobs. With a disabled military, one soldier carrying an M16 rifle was forced to flee from protesters; his weapon was stolen from him after being wrestled to the ground. Prime Minister Abhisit and army officials understand that a violent clash between authorities and anti-government protesters would worsen the political climate.

The military has been cautious about taking violent action against the people, but these feelings have not been reciprocated by Red Shirts. Two policemen were harmed by a grenade explosion at the central headquarters of the Abhisit’s Democrat party in an altercation on Tuesday. These protesters view their prime minister as an “Oxford-trained economist” being controlled by an unelected cabal. The protesters have resolved that if another election went underway they would respect the results and call off further disturbances.

A Rage Like No Other: The John Carmack Interview

by ~ September 2nd, 2014

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Unwinnable recently had the pleasure of sitting down with legendary developer John Carmack to discuss his recent work on id Software s forthcoming first-person shooter, Rage, lauded by many as the best-looking shooter ever made. Carmack, who has a seemingly endless number of influential games on his resume, including Wolfenstein and Doom, proved to be a wellspring of effortless development wisdom.

Unwinnable: So how is Rage coming along?

John Carmack: We are essentially done, content complete, but we still have several more weeks of polishing and tuning to go. But the game is there and we got what we set out to do on it.

Rage is arguably the best-looking thing out there, but my personal point of pride is that it runs at twice the frame rate of almost all our competitors . It is a 60-frame-per-second (FPS) game that looks like nothing anyone has seen before.

I had the opportunity with this generation to push the graphics in artistic directions that could have been somewhat more exotic than what we chose here, but it would have been at the expense of being a 30 FPS game. I made the early decision that, if we pick this technical direction, we could have this environment that looks incredibly awesome, but can be done at 60 frames per second.

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Unwinnable: Has it been hard to stick to that decision?

J.C.: It has been a huge challenge. Rage wound up being twice as aggressive as I originally thought. When I laid the stuff down the first level that we built, I thought we could build it like this and it will be fine. But the later levels turned out to be twice as complex, twice as resource-intensive and it led to us sweating a lot over the last several months as we were packing it all into the final console builds. It s been a stretch, but those stretches always wind up giving you the best results in the end.

Unwinnable: How are you addressing scaling for multiple platforms on Rage?

J.C.: We had to make the game dominated by the console hardware trade offs. And the PlayStation 3 is, in some ways, the long pole there. They are close, the PS3 and the Xbox 360. You don t have to do radically different things, but the memory is a little tighter on the PS3 because it is segmented and Sony takes a little bit more off the top for their guide overhead than Microsoft does.

There is no doubt that decisions had to be based around what would work well on the consoles. Unfortunately, the PC suffers so much from API overhead. We have some systems with 10 times the raw horsepower of the consoles, and they are still struggling to maintain the 60 FPS rate. Now, PCs can render 10 times as many fragments, they can be running in 4xAA 1080p, but if I want to do all these things in 15 milliseconds, the PC is at a bit of a handicap and it has to make up for it with raw brute force.

Unwinnable: Where do you see innovation in game development going in the future?

J.C.: I am historically known as a graphics guy. I ve enjoyed all the different aspects of the development, but I m mostly tied up with building the 3D worlds and advancing the technology. Rage gets all its hype about mega-texture, but as a graphics guy I think we are past the curve of where the benefit really is. That s why, on Rage, I was happy to do the 60 FPS. Every game is better going 60 FPS.

As I look forward to the work for our next technical generations, I think we are going to make more of a difference by changing our development process. PCs have an order of magnitude far greater than consoles. We ve got 64 bit address spaces, you can put 64 gigs of RAM in these systems and terabyte solid-state drive arrays and 24 threaded processors. We have so much more power there, the marching orders going forward are: Leverage all these incredible super-computer resources in the PC space to allow us to create game more rapidly.

I would be happy if we made another game that looked just as good as Rage but was done in half the time or at twice the iteration.

Unwinnable: Why has speed in development become your focus?

J.C.: I m always thrilled at the end. I have a vision in my head of how things are going to work when I make a technology, but in recent generations the artists and designers have always surpassed what I think. That s the difference between the artists and programmers they have a higher-fidelity imagination.

I have this fuzzy view of what a mega-textured world will look like. You won t see any repeated textures anywhere and all that, but I can t imagine the things that the artists build when they spend a year working on something.

I m very much looking forward to that happening in the future. When I can double the rate at which they innovate these things, how much more is that going to let the great artists and designers contribute to the game?

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Electric vehicles can be less green than classic fuel cars, Norwegian study finds

by ~ September 1st, 2014

Sunday, October 7, 2012 

A Norwegian University of Science and Technology study released Thursday found electric vehicles have a potential for higher eco-toxicity and greenhouse impact than conventional cars. The study includes an examination of the electric car’s life cycle as a whole rather than a study of the electric car’s environmental impact during the use phase.

The researchers conducted a comparison of the environmental impact of electric cars in view of different ratios of green-to-fuel electricity energy sources. In the case of mostly coal- or oil-based electricity supply, electric cars are disadvantageous compared to classic diesel cars with the greenhouse effect impact being up to two times larger.

The researchers found that in Europe, electric cars pose a “10% to 24% decrease in global warming potential (GWP) relative to conventional diesel or gasoline vehicles”.

The researchers suggest to improve eco-friendliness of electric vehicles by “reducing vehicle production supply chain impacts and promoting clean electricity sources in decision making regarding electricity infrastructure” and using the electric cars for a longer time, so that the use phase plays a more important role in the electric vehicle life cycle.