7 Free Alternatives to Popular WordPress Premium Plugins

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Most bloggers are building an email list, which is a great thing if you want to make money online with your blog, as email marketing is probably the most efficient way to do so.

Mailchimp and Aweber are the most widely used services to manage email lists and send newsletters. While I’m using Mailchimp myself and definitely recommend the service, if you’re looking for a 100% free solution, you should definitely have a look at Mailpoet Newsletter, a powerful plugin which allows you to manage email lists and send newsletter directly from your WordPress dashboard.

Sell your clothing and electronics with these apps

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juniors-thredup Are you looking to clean out your closet and make money while doing it? You no longer have to haul your used items to a consignment shop. A number of apps have made selling used things easier than ever, and we’re not talking about eBay. TechCrunch tested out and chose our favorite apps for spring cleaning. Poshmark Poshmark is basically an Instagram for selling your clothing. Take a photo… Read More

Drake’s new album Views sold over 600,000 copies on iTunes yesterday

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Drake is set to have the biggest sales week of his career. The rapper’s latest album, Views, sold over 600,000 copies on iTunes in its first 24 hours of availability, sources close to Republic Records confirmed to The Verge. The gigantic sales total has Drake on pace to easily best the first-week sales of his last album, Nothing Was The Same, which sold a career-best 658,000 copies in seven days.

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Amazon Beats Microsoft In ‘The Battle of Seattle’

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An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos earned $5 billion in one afternoon when the company’s stock price jumped 9.6%. Amazon reported an actual profit of $513 million (nearly double the amount expected), and next year Amazon’s sales are projected by analysts to be 63% higher than Microsoft’s, which USA Today calls “a good illustration of how growth in the sector has moved from hardware, software and chip companies to Internet firms selling goods or advertising online… [W]hile Bill Gates helped put Seattle area on the map as a U.S. tech hub, Bezos now runs the largest tech company in the State of Washington, by far, in terms of sales.”

Amazon’s Echo and Alexa devices are believed to be outselling their Kindles (and Alexa will soon make her first appearance on a non-Amazon device). But Amazon attributed their surprise jump in revenue to a 51% annual increase in the “tens of millions” of subscribers paying for their Amazon Prime shipping service (which in San Francisco now even includes delivery from restaurants), as well as a 64% increase from their AWS cloud service, which recently announced a new automated security assessment tool.

Amazon ultimately reported more than twice as much new business as Google and three times as much as Facebook, according to USA Today, which notes that now of all the tech companies, only Apple has more revenue than Amazon, and because of the jump in their stock price, Jeff Bezos is now the fourth-richest person in the world. But with all that money floating around, Seattle tech blogger Jeff Reifman is now wondering why Amazon’s local home delivery vehicles in Seattle seem to be operating with out of state plates.

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Digital magazine company Issuu is now a collaboration platform, too

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spotlight Digital media company Issuu has been trying to offer a better way to present content online. Now it’s a promising a better way for teams to work together on creating that content too, with the launch of a new product called Collaborate. Issuu, for those of you who don’t know, allows publishers to create digital publications. They may resemble glossy magazines, except freed from… Read More

Intel’s Changing Future: Smartphone SoCs Broxton & SoFIA Officially Cancelled

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The past two weeks have been a busy – if not tumultuous – period for Intel. After announcing a new company strategy focusing on high growth markets, and company-wide layoffs to reach those goals, we have our first announcements on product changes that will come from Intel’s new strategy. In a report on Intel’s new strategy published by analyst Patrick Moorhead, Moorehead revealed that Intel would be radically changing their smartphone SoC plans, canceling their forthcoming Broxton and SoFIA products and in practice leaving the smartphone market for at least the time being.

Given the significance of this news we immediately reached out to Intel to get direct confirmation of the cancelation, and we can now confirm that Intel is indeed canceling both Broxton and SoFIA as part of their new strategy. This is arguably the biggest change in Intel’s mobile strategy since they first formed it last decade, representing a significant scaling back in their mobile SoC efforts. Intel’s struggles are well-published here, so this isn’t entirely unsurprising, but at the same time this comes relatively shortly before Broxton was set to launch.

Someone got Windows 95 running on an Apple Watch

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If you’re willing to wait an hour for it to boot up, you can enjoy the ludicrous pleasures of running Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. Developer Nick Lee posted a video to YouTube this evening showing what it looks like once the operating system is up and running. It’s slow, to say the least. But it definitely appears to be more functional than you’d expect.

As Lee points out in a blog post, the Apple Watch’s specs are well above those of a typical Windows 95 computer, so it makes sense that it should be capable of running the Microsoft’s old OS. Of course, there are quite a few hurdles to get past first, including the fact that Apple doesn’t exactly provide a way to install new operating systems on the Watch, let alone apps that it hasn’t…

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Kentucky Derby attendees can now order food, place bets from their seats

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The first turn of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Getting around, drinking and dining at the Kentucky Derby this year should prove a lot easier for fans and employees. According to Churchill Downs’ General Manager Ryan Jordan, the famed horse racing venue on Friday launched a Churchill Downs Racetrack app, powered by VenueNext, to give attendees a better experience on-site. The new app, available for iOS and Android devices, will let… Read More

Rovi Acquires DVR Company TiVo For $1.1 Billion

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Major Blud writes: TiVo, maker of one of the first consumer DVR’s, has been purchased by IP powerhouse Rovi (formerly known as Macrovision) for $1.1 Billion. The combined company will go by the TiVo name. According to USA Today, “Shares of Rovi (ROVI) were up 3.7% to $17.99 in premarket trading. TiVo (TIVO) shares closed Thursday up 2% to $9.42.” The combined company will reportedly hold more than 6,000 patents related to TV and video technology. Both Robi and TiVo represent a $3 billion entertainment technology company, with saving synergies of $100 million expected over the first year, the companies said.

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This portable battery charger magnetically attaches to your iPhone

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There are a ton of battery packs available today, but most are cumbersome and require an elaborate wrapping of charging cables to hold in one hand if you want to charge your phone while you walk. The new Scosche MagicMount eliminates some of those issues, magnetically attaching to the back of your iPhone for easy one-handed use.


The 4000mAh slim battery pack with 2.1A output can fully charge an iPhone 6S two times or a 6S Plus once, which isn’t bad for such a thin charger. The MagicMount comes with lighting and micro-USB cables, along with a small pad called a MagicPlate that attaches to the back of your phone (which the battery will attach to). You can purchase the MagicMount in black, grey, silver, gold,…

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This is your next jam: Calvin Harris, Local Natives, and more

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Welcome back to The Verge’s weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and after a week spent wrestling with new music from two of the biggest pop stars in the world, I’m ready for a weekend-long nap. Are you going to spend your Friday night rocking with Beyoncé’s incendiary new “visual album” Lemonade or Drake’s oh-so-smooth new LP VIEWS? The answer may depend on your streaming service of choice: Beyoncé’s release is remaining a Tidal exclusive for the indefinite future, and Drake’s tight friendship with Apple means VIEWS is going to live within iTunes for a while. (And if you’re a Spotify user, you might have to *gasp* buy the albums to hear them.)

While Bey and the 6 God gobbled up most of the week’s headlines, plenty…

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The original Ghostbusters is coming back to theaters for two nights in June

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The original Ghostbusters is returning to select American theaters for two nights this June, just in time to rescue those fans who need to brush up on the series before Paul Feig’s all-female reboot hits the big screen in July. Fathom Events is going to rerelease the 1984 classic in over 750 theaters around the US on June 8th, which happens to be the 32nd anniversary of the movie’s theatrical debut. (They’re also holding encore screenings on June 12th.)

If you make your way to one of these anniversary screenings, you’ll be rewarded with more than just the chance to watch Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd roam New York in search of the paranormal. Each showing of the original Ghostbusters includes an exclusive look at Feig’s reboot more than a…

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Slashdot Asks: What’s Your View On Benchmark Apps?

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There’s no doubt that benchmark apps help you evaluate different aspects of a product, but do they paint a complete picture? Should we utterly rely on benchmark apps to assess the performance and quality of a product or service? Vlad Savov of The Verge makes an interesting point. He notes that DxOMark (a hugely popular benchmark app for testing a camera) rating of HTC 10’s camera sensor is equal to that of Samsung’s Galaxy S7, however, in real life shooting, the Galaxy S7’s shooter offers a far superior result. “I’ve used both extensively and I can tell you that’s simply not the case — the S7 is outstanding whereas the 10 is merely good.” He offers another example: If a laptop or a phone does well in a web-browsing battery benchmark, that only gives an indication that it would probably fare decently when handling bigger workloads too. But not always. My good friend Anand Shimpi, formerly of AnandTech, once articulated this very well by pointing out how the MacBook Pro had better battery life than the MacBook Air — which was hailed as the endurance champ — when the use changed to consistently heavy workloads. The Pro was more efficient in that scenario, but most battery tests aren’t sophisticated or dynamic enough to account for that nuance. It takes a person running multiple tests, analyzing the data, and adding context and understanding to achieve the highest degree of certainty. The problem is — more often than not — gadget reviewers treat these values as the most important signal when judging a product, which in turn, also influences several readers’ opinion. What’s your take on this?

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Home Chef raises $10M for meal kits and “taste algorithms”

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home chef Home Chef, one of several startups delivering recipes and ingredients to take some of the hassle out of home cooking, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series A funding. Founder and CEO Pat Vihtelic told me that Home Chef stands out from similar-sounding companies in a couple of ways. The big one is flexibility — customers get to choose their meals from 10 overall choices… Read More

Slashdot Asks: What’s Your View On Benchmark Tools?

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There’s no doubt that benchmark tools help you evaluate different aspects of a product, but do they paint a complete picture? Should we utterly rely on benchmark tools to assess the performance and quality of a product or service? Vlad Savov of The Verge makes an interesting point. He notes that DxOMark (a hugely popular benchmark tool for testing a camera) rating of HTC 10’s camera sensor is equal to that of Samsung’s Galaxy S7, however, in real life shooting, the Galaxy S7’s shooter offers a far superior result. “I’ve used both extensively and I can tell you that’s simply not the case — the S7 is outstanding whereas the 10 is merely good.” He offers another example: If a laptop or a phone does well in a web-browsing battery benchmark, that only gives an indication that it would probably fare decently when handling bigger workloads too. But not always. My good friend Anand Shimpi, formerly of AnandTech, once articulated this very well by pointing out how the MacBook Pro had better battery life than the MacBook Air — which was hailed as the endurance champ — when the use changed to consistently heavy workloads. The Pro was more efficient in that scenario, but most battery tests aren’t sophisticated or dynamic enough to account for that nuance. It takes a person running multiple tests, analyzing the data, and adding context and understanding to achieve the highest degree of certainty. The problem is — more often than not — gadget reviewers treat these values as the most important signal when judging a product, which in turn, also influences several readers’ opinion. What’s your take on this?

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The Tesla of garbage trucks wants to make city buses more sustainable

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Wellington, New Zealand, had a serious issues with its beloved trolley system. Decades old, the vehicles rely on a system of overhead wires the city can’t afford to maintain, so it looked like municipal authorities would need to swap out the clean transport system for dirty diesel buses. But before the city revamped its mass transit system, a third way presented itself, a high-tech, more sustainable solution that may foreshadow a shift in how cities run their fleets of heavy vehicles, such as buses and garbage trucks.

Enter Wrightspeed, a San Jose, California-based company that sells heavy-duty electric motors that can move oversized buses, delivery vans, and even garbage truck more efficiently, with less fuel and much less noise.

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Amazon’s Echo can now buy your mom flowers so you don’t have to

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It’s Friday, so that means Amazon’s Echo is learning new tricks. On the lesson plan this week is the ability to order flowers from 1-800-Flowers. This integration is clearly timed for the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday in the US on May 8th, and will let you order four different flower arrangements with your voice.

Amazon offers its own flower delivery service, but it’s not clear why Alexa is working with 1-800-Flowers instead of that. Apparently, making robots order bouquets is a big thing for technology companies, as the 1-800-Flowers bot was one of the integrations Facebook recently showed off for its bot platform.

Also new, and related to an upcoming event, is the ability for the Echo to tell Star Wars jokes and trivia, since May the…

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