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The Facebook Dislike Button Is Here – Kinda

ReactionsEarly last year Mark Zuckerberg announced that a “dislike” button would appear on Facebook. The intent of the button would be to express support when someone shares something sad… but just imagine scrolling along lazily to be confronted with a sweet photo of your ex with his or her new significant other – an impulsive DISLIKE!

Enter Reactions. Facebook’s new feature will give users the option to express seven different sentiments: angry, sad, wow, yay, haha, love, and like. Facebook chief product officer, Chris Cox, clarified in a post: “It’s not a ‘dislike’ button, though we hope it addresses the spirit of this request most broadly, we studied which comments and reactions are most commonly and universally expressed across Facebook, then worked to design an experience around them that was elegant and fun.”

I Dip, You Dip, we TIP

dipjarNo one carries cash anymore. Everything is either swiped or tapped. Carrying cash is a burden, it takes up too much room in our lives, but not carrying cash leaves the tip jar on the counter of your local coffee shop empty. DipJar is the tip jar where all you have to do is “dip” your card.

Ryder Kessler said the idea occurred to him simply because he began to “feel like a jerk” at one of his favorite coffee shops which only offered tipping via a cash-only tip jar. In 2012 he founded the New York based company and sent out two dozen prototypes to small businesses in New York.

Snapchat Update

new SC updateSnapchat has steadily become one of the most popular messaging apps in the United States, used by 100 million people daily and is among the most valued venture-backed companies in the world. Last week, users got a taste of Snapchat’s newest update that brought three new features: lenses, trophies, and paid replay.

Lenses lets users apply live “lenses” to their snaps. When enabled, the app is able to detect and map your face in selfie-mode and applies fun (and uncomfortable) filters and animations over your profile. The lenses distort your face, make hearts shoot from your eyes, steam come from your nose, and rainbows flow from your mouth. Snapchat has been adding new lenses everyday. This feature is similar to the different setting in Photobooths on Macs.

An Empathetic Dislike

facebook dislike buttonRumors of a Facebook “dislike” button have been swirling around since December 2014. On September 15, 2015 at a Facebook Q&A session, Mark Zuckerberg announced that a “dislike” button will indeed take its place alongside the familiar “like” button.

Zuckerberg describes the dislike button as a tool to show empathy. When posting about something sad, to “like” something isn’t always the appropriate action, in this case a “dislike” button makes, emotionally, more sense.

Why Windows 10 is That Much Better

Windows_logo_-_2012.svgOfficially launched on July 29th, 2015, the Windows 10 operating system has already been downloaded over 15 million times. Aside from the fact that users can download Windows 10 for free, some wonder why Windows 10 is so much better than Windows 7 or 8. So, is Windows 10 the OS PC users have been waiting for? We think it’s pretty good, here’s why:

First: the cost. Although some users will not get the free download of Windows 10, the majority will be able to upgrade at no cost. Forbes shared that, “on paper this is a great deal because Windows 10 is not cheap and ‘Windows 10 Home’ and ‘Windows 10 Pro’ editions retail for $119 and $199 respectively.”

Target to Serve Alcohol in Chicago

targetWhen Target opened in 1962, the Dayton Family wanted to make it easy for shoppers to find what they needed at a discounted price. Since then, Target has spread all over the country, making it convenient (and overly tempting) for shoppers to get everything they need in one place. Through the years, the mega-store has partnered with designers to sell clothing and home decor exclusively for Target, they’ve incorporated groceries and electronics; Target even offers medications. Target has really become a one-stop shop for anything and everything you need. Now, in at least one city, Target will begin offering something you might not expect.

Digit to Win it

Digit ServiceSaving is never easy, especially if you’re living paycheck to paycheck. A new banking service called Digit does the saving for you. Digit is a free service that analyzes your spending from your checking account, and takes a little bit every day. Digit takes the small amount from your checking account and saves it in a separate account on your behalf. Sure, it sounds a little sketchy but Digit is actually perfectly safe and insured by the FDIC. Your information is also encrypted and stored securely.

Expanding Your Applicant Pool

hire-right-job-candidateOne of the most important aspects of a business is the choosing the right team to run it. It’s hard enough going through multiple interviews and picking the best candidate, but what if the one you chose is the best out of the group of applicants, not the one that’s best for the position?

When posting a job opportunity, it is important that you describe the position with just enough information to target a group, but not so specific where that group consists of 20 people. Forbes noted that, “prospective employees don’t always look for specific job titles; rather, they search for keywords related to the job level, industry, or personality.” Too much detail prevents the posted position from popping up on a job sites when only a few terms are searched.

3 Steps to Gaining Freedom in your Business

how-to-gain-personal-freedom-controlStarting a business is often a stressful task that comes with much responsibility. At first you are doing everything yourself alongside your partner, if you have one. As a business owner, although it is important to ensure tasks are being executed properly, it is equally – if not more important – to achieve your vision of success and expand upon it. As a creative in this way, you need the time to think and not worry about the menial, yet important tasks.

The key to freedom and consistent performance is systems. Your business should be systems, not owner, dependent. Below are three to creating a system- dependent business:

How to Choose a Winning Name for your Business

Name Your BusinessNaming your business is one of the most important but tricky task you’ll experience on the road to establishing your organization. The wrong decision can  send your business spiraling into the ground, while the right decision can send you soaring through the clouds. So, what sets some business names apart from the others?

These days, there is more to take into consideration when naming your business: is the domain name available? Can you use your name on social media? Can you trademark your name?