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Why Drupal Is Ideal For E-Commerce?
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Drupal VM 4 Is Here! With PHP 7.1 And Easy PHP Switching
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Lessons In Effective Email Marketing – Presidential Elections 2016
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Ground Zero with Rajdeep Sardesai at Capital Numbers
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#AroundTheGlobe: 5 Key Takeaways from F8
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That’s how we roll: Digital Production Outsourcing Overview at SXSW
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#AroundTheGlobe: Snapchat, Instagram and Windows
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Business Beyond Boundaries and more at the CII Annual Meeting
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ad:tech Australia: Ad-ding more tech to our advertisements
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#AroundTheGlobe: Week of Google and Couch Potatoes!

Why Drupal Is Ideal For E-Commerce?

One of the most flexible CMS platforms out there is Drupal. As Drupal Commerce is integrated with Drupal, it has become difficult for other dedicated e-commerce platforms such as Prestashop or Magento to beat it. You can find thousands of websites that have been built using Drupal Commerce.  There are, of course, various Content Management Systems for e-commerce, but people are more interested in using Drupal.

The main purpose of Drupal Commerce is to develop a specification that will help in guiding the e-commerce development on Drupal. They offer a rich variety of modules that can build world class e-commerce websites. This open source can help you in creating blogs, forums, intranets, photo galleries, review websites, new aggregators, wikis, social networks and CRM. Drupal can convert your dreams into reality.

Here are some awesome reasons why you should use Drupal Commerce for your new e-commerce development:

Free For All

In the Drupal world, more than 14,000 free modules are available. There is nothing you have to pay for, which is unlike WordPress and Magento. Moreover, the community is excellent at supporting these modules with improvements and patches. The Drupal community is considered to be one of the most devoted and cohesive communities.

Easy and Uncomplicated Way of Coordinating

Since you only have to handle and work with one system, the CRO (Conversion Rate Optimisation), SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), as well as web analytics, become much easier. You don’t even need to coordinate between two different platforms.

Easy To Customise

You can create pages and blocks within the pages with the Views module, which is a type of query builder. You can also customize modules easily.

Maintenance

Since there is only one set of tools that you need to learn, it becomes very easy for you to manage and maintain a Drupal Commerce site.

Order Management Tools

The order management tools of Drupal Commerce are a part of the same administration toolset that is found in the CMS. This enables you to not only view, manage and update on the websites but also lets you send update notifications through the website.

Integration

Via a RESTful API, Drupal can integrate with external systems. This means, with third-party systems, you can extend or complement the functionality that is found in Drupal and Drupal Commerce. Also, with Drupal’s Feeds module, you can import content from external systems.

Synchronization

Compared to a two-platform system, it takes far less time to develop. You aren’t required to formally integrate between two different systems.

Adaptation

Do you want a CMS that can adapt with your business? Drupal Commerce is just what you want. it will always be adaptable, as your business grows and explores new models. This is important, as most of your site is built by configuring interfaces and modules and the layout of your site and your business logic can change anytime.

Awesome Features

Drupal Commerce offers amazing features. Features such as a complete product administration, shopping cart and checkout form. Along with various other additional e-commerce features, it supports multilingual and multi-currency.

If you ask me, Drupal is a perfect platform to build an e-commerce website. I feel it can aid in the growth of your business. Your customers can find your e-commerce site with ease and it will enhance their shopping experience. With thousands of free plugins available, you get the power to leverage more features and functions into your website.

Drupal VM 4 Is Here! With PHP 7.1 And Easy PHP Switching

Drupal is the open-source software popular for use in sites which contain blogs, portals, forums, e-commerce sites, information about individual and corporate entities, intranets, resource directories, social networking sites, etc. Written in  PHP, it is available in a ready-to-use format upon being downloaded. This software supports content management, podcasts, collaborative authoring, image galleries, newsletters and much more. Now, the newest and latest version of it is available on the net, seven whole months after PHP 7.0 and Ubuntu 16.04 were introduced by the VM 3 version of this Drupal software.  

Some of you might not be familiar with the concept of the Drupal VM. It is an instrument, or tool, built with the help of Vagrant and Ansible, that helps in the development of  Drupal environments.With the 4th installment in the series the Drupal tool is enhanced in terms of flexibility. You get a plethora of choices to pick from.  A few of the binaries are MySQL or PostgreSQL, Nginx or Apache, Redis or Memcached, and CentOS or Ubuntu.  Also, Drupal VM 4 is empowered with a seamless mode-switching power which allows the web developer to change the PHP mode in a fluid, no-hassle manner. The modes available are 5.6, 7.0 7.1. The best thing is that you can do this without having to recreate the whole development environment.

Here is a comprehensive list of the benefits that Drupal VM 4 would empower you with:

  • A really great aspect is that Drush is completely optional. You can choose to either use the version attached to the project or not use it at all. This is undoubtedly good news for web developers around the world.
  • As already mentioned before, Drupal VM 4 supports all three versions of the programming language PHP: 5.6, 7.0 and 7.1. All you need to do in order to activate the ‘smooth switch’ system is to do an update of the PHP version and run the Vagrant Provision. This easy PHP mode switching is apparently the real reason people are extremely excited about the recent update.
  • Another benefit is that you would now require the use of Vagrant 1.8.6 or later, VirtualBox 5.1.10 or later, and Ansible 2.2.0 or later. Of these, the latter is important only if it is installed on the host.
  • Although PHP 7.0 remains as the default, you’d be able to install the PHP 7.1 or 5.6 in a smooth movement (details mentioned in another point and also in the introduction).
  • You can work these changes on any Operating System, whether on a laptop or mobile.
  • Among other improvements, you can avail of the PHP upload_progress support, the optional DRUPALVM_ANSIBLE_ARGS support for the Ansible CLI options, and use the shallow Drush cones for the sake of building up environments faster. Drupal VM 4 has also added the GitHub ISSUE_TEMPLATE, fixed the Solr versioning error and set the composer.json to “VM” over “Project”.  A few bugs have been fixed; such as the #981, #1014, #1020, #1004 and #1037.

Awesome, isn’t it? And we have the exemplary efforts of Oskar Scholstrom and Thom Toogood to thank for it all!

Lessons In Effective Email Marketing – Presidential Elections 2016

‘Emails’ – was included in a recent article, “5 words that explain 2016.” This probably isn’t surprising. If you have been following the presidential elections, you might agree with how Bernie Sanders aptly surmised, “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”

Let’s talk about the effect of emails on this year’s election. Before we lose all your interest, rest assured that we are not going into another relentless analysis of how the Clinton Email scandal, and it’s dizzying coverage, shaped the results of the election. We are instead going to talk about emails that silently changed the course of the election.

Email has become the gatekeeper of our online identity. Think of it this way, how many forms and services do we sign up for by inputting our email? This has made email, if used correctly, one of the most efficient marketing tools of any industry, as is clearly reflected in our survey data.

– Marcel Becker, Core Product Director at AOL

Despite unprecedented access to sophisticated digital machinery, emails were still a very important tool in the arsenal of almost all candidates. It still stands poised as arguably the fastest, most effective way to reach a large demographic. More importantly, it’s noninvasive. People make a conscious effort to open an email and read through it at a time when it’s convenient to them.

If political campaigns can work with emails through their rigorous and real time TATs (Turn Around Time), we should be learning a thing or two from them. Let’s have a look at the kind of patterns that emerged from the presidential candidates trying to leverage emails to their advantage.

#1 Keeping It Personal

Keeping emails personal happen on many levels. Though many experts think that the presidential candidates missed a lot of opportunities when it came to personalization, they still hit a lot of the right points at a lot of right places.

Both the Clinton and Trump campaigns made sure that their emails appeared to be coming from a  specific person, be it the candidates themselves or their surrogates, making them appear to be a personal email. The Trump campaign also used the first name of the recipient to address all emails, following the best practices of email marketing.

Another level of personalization came from using data to micro-target demographics. Data gave both the campaigns a detailed understanding of small groups in demographics. They used it real time to frame their content, for their design and their CTA’s (Call To Action).

#2 Keep Them Guessing

We all know the importance of subject lines and their role in click rates. The campaigns understood this as well. They made sure that most of their emails had subject lines that were intriguing.

For example:

The best Trump performers, during the period of Sept. 20 to Oct. 20, was an email marketing campaign with the subject line, “American Won Last Night,” deployed on Oct. 10. Following the second debate, the emails reached an audience of 2.4 million, with an inbox rate of 61 percent and a 28 percent read rate.

Source: DMN

The best-deployed email marketing campaign for the Hillary Campaign, between Sept. 20 and Oct. 20., read in the subject line: “Sorry to send this.” Launched hours after the leaked tapes of Trump’s groping remarks, it reached 2.5 million people and produced an inbox rate of 90 percent and a read rate of 24 percent.

Source: DMN

#3 Keep It Urgent

A noticeable strategy being used, particularly by the Trump Campaign, involves evoking a sense of urgency.

An article on not imperative notes, “Per week, 40% of Trump emails referenced the number of days left until the election. This is further augmented by use of emphatic subject lines such as, ‘We’re Being Overrun’ and ‘I’m fighting for YOU.’”

Here is some valuable insight from the overall email marketing campaigns of elections 2016.

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Make the best use of email marketing for your brand by personalizing your content, and micro-targeting your audience. To know more, contact us at http://www.capitalnumbers.com/contact_us.php

Ground Zero with Rajdeep Sardesai at Capital Numbers

Capital Numbers featured on Ground Zero with Rajdeep Sardesai

You couldn’t possibly guess who stopped by our office last Saturday!

It was none one other than Mr Rajdeep Sardesai.

The visit was for his feature “Ground Zero” which will air tonight at 8:40 PM on India Today.

As many of you are well aware, Ground Zero is a report where Mr Sardesai documents and covers events right from “ground zero”, as the name suggests; a huge part of which is talking to all stakeholders associated with an event and taking their opinions to the masses.

The edition of Ground Zero which we participated in features the West Bengal State Elections. Mr Sardesai along with the crew of Ground Zero made concerted efforts to reach most sections of the society and to gather their opinion on the things that they are keeping in mind while going out to vote.

Capital Numbers was exclusively approached by the India Today group to be one of the representatives of the young IT sector in Bengal. They wanted to talk to us about whether we have experienced the proverbial “poriborton” (change) in the last five years and about the pros and cons of being an organization based out of Bengal.

As an organization that takes Bengal across borders with our extensive activities in India and overseas, we were delighted to be given a chance to weigh in our opinions. Being very tuned to the conditions in Bengal, our entire management team answered all questions with phenomenal poise. They spoke about how they see various parameters for growth, changing, and how the IT sector works in Kolkata, they also spoke about some major occupational hurdles that we face being a company that operates with overseas clients – like lack of direct international flights to our airport etc.

Apart from the feature, we were pleased to have Mr Sardesai at our office for a good 30-40 minutes. We were excited to have the chance to give him a tour of our office and talk to him about what we do. It was quite an eventful Saturday for the bunch of us!

Don’t forget to tune in to India Today at 08:40 PM tonight to watch the full report. We are pretty sure you have your pointers to add as well. Write to us after the telecast about what you did and did not agree with us on this front. Look forward to hearing from you.

#AroundTheGlobe: 5 Key Takeaways from F8

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Each week, in our segment “Around the Globe”, we curate a list of recent & significant tech updates that have potentially far reaching consequences. This week we are concentrating just on Facebook’s Developer Conference – F8.

We do so because Facebook’s offerings (and we not just talking about the social media platform here) form a large part of our lives. A lot of our interactions, expressions, discoveries and even commerce is being shaped by this tech giant. So it’s only prudent to take good note of the new possibilities that the company promises to usher in.

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This year’s sessions featured leaders from across the Facebook umbrella of apps and services. We got to learn about the latest tools and best practices for designing and building an app. They even spoke about new surfaces for discovery and expression and innovative ways to make the world more open and connected. Following are the key takeaways from the conference:

Chat with bots

This may easily be considered as one of the biggest announcements in the conference. Facebook just announced that it will allow businesses to deliver automated, e-commerce guidance, content and interactive experiences through chat bots in Messenger.

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As most tech experts believe bots have the capability to replace the toll free numbers and many call centres.  We will talk more about how we can put these bots to effective use in a later blog.

Virtual Reality goes Social

We had known for a while that Facebook is betting high on Virtual Reality with Oculus. But now it promises to change who you spend your time with completely with its “social VR”. Mark Zuckerberg even said that Virtual Reality has the potential to be the most social platform.

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Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer stood on stage in front of a live audience in San Francisco, put on one of Facebook’s Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets and “teleported” to London. There, he met up with another Facebook employee, who was actually wearing his own headset at the company’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters.

Watch demo here.

https://www.facebook.com/mike.booth/videos/10209079684853818/

New Developer Tools

Facebook is releasing a slew of new developer tools to help people design, develop and monetize their apps. Some of them are

Account Kit: A new plug-in for apps that lets users sign up with their phone number or email address, not just their Facebook login.

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Quote Sharing:  Developers can now add a button that automatically pulls a quote, or surface the button when people highlight text so they don’t have to copy and paste.

Customizable Push-In App:  Developers can now run push campaigns to pull people back into their apps, and help them navigate to new content or options while they’re already inside.

Developers get Live

Facebook is giving developers and publishers to see how they can add to the immersive and interactive live video experiences on Facebook. The Live API can seamlessly incorporate Live in a broadcast setup of their choice and also create new ways of interaction. Read official blog here: https://media.fb.com/2016/04/12/introducing-the-facebook-live-api/

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Publish Instantly

Facebook will now allow all publishers the provision of Instant Articles. Until the F8 conference, Instant articles were only available to a handful of publishers. These were introduced in May 2015 as lighter versions of articles that open almost instantly. One of the great advantages of these Instant Articles is that, you don’t have to juggle between apps to keep up with your reading.

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All in All, F8 was eventful to say the least. Apart from the 5 takeaways that we have highlighted, there were several other announcements that some way or the other will affect our lives. Follow our Twitter handle to be constantly updated with all of that.

Cheers!

That’s how we roll: Digital Production Outsourcing Overview at SXSW

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Being able to mark our presence at SXSW 2016 was indeed special for us. As we had mentioned in one of our earlier blogs, our trip to Austin this March was the experience of a lifetime. Standing at the precipice of a diverse ‘little’ connected world, we exchanged ideas with the best, and glimpsed into the future through thousands of keyholes.

To live, LIVE

What got us most excited was the ability to discuss how our work and our organization can help augment shape this digital revolution that we are part of. That’s exactly what our US Country Head, Jason Dodd delivered at his live pitch on Monday, March 14 from 2PM-3PM.

What got people talking

At our booth, we had the opportunity to meet with several brands, business owners and start-ups and talk about potential working areas for the future. We realized that there are some common questions from all that could be easily addressed with a structured one to one session from a live platform. So that’s what Jason did, he delivered this pitch that should essentially clear up all cobwebs in understanding and should get us rolling with potential  future partners.

Here’s a video of his entire pitch <the video has transcripts so you will be able to follow it easily without having to put on your headphones>

The video gives you an overview of our Digital Production Outsourcing Service and will answer the following of your questions:

  1. Who are Capital Numbers?
  2. What Digital Production services do we offer?
  3. How does our “In-Demand Skills, On-Demand” model work?
  4. Why choose Capital Numbers as your Digital Production Outsourcing provider?
  5. What are the different engagement models that we offer for Digital outsourcing?

Sneak Peek

If viewing the video is inconvenient, here’s a peak into what all he discussed:

Capital Numbers offers In-Demand Skills, On-Demand. We have got a team of over 300 Designers, Developers and Digital Marketers who are available exclusively for you on full-time or part-time basis. Unlike Upwork, these guys are our full time in-house employees. So, we are responsible to guide them with technical and creative direction so they provide you with that consistent, high quality output.

Most organisations break Digital into 4 step process i.e. Strategy, Creative, Production and Distribution. Did you know that production costs represent nearly 30% – 50% of any organisations Digital Budget? But that’s not the worst part; a bigger challenge is that agencies cannot become truly strategic in their digital thinking when they are constrained by that “in-house designer who is sitting idle”. Resource constraints or availability often translates to thinking constraints.

Capital Numbers helps organisations to remove these constraints and helps them save about 20% to 40% on Digital Production costs which they can then spend in a bigger distribution of content. Thus we are a Digital Production Outsourcing Company!

We are working with some of the biggest agencies, publishers and start-ups in the world as their partner for Digital Production. We believe that this is huge market, with the US alone spending nearly $600 Bn dollars in Digital this year. Our target markets are highly creative but technically handicapped.

Our business model is innovative because we can now tell these guys that they can decouple the production process from everything else and thus become truly strategic and solution agnostic. These guys would rather not deal with technical stuff and we give them just that – “Digital Production as a Service”.

The main idea of this pitch was to make our methodologies and the driving forces of our organization more clear to our clients and well wishers, and the overwhelming response at SXSW 2016 has encouraged us to stay on course.

If you feel that we can in some or the other way help you achieve your business goals too, then do talk to us at http://www.capitalnumbers.com/

#AroundTheGlobe: Snapchat, Instagram and Windows

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So the connected generation has 2 high points (or is it one high and one low) to discuss this weekend!
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Snapchat has added video notes, audio notes, auto-play of stories, and awesome range of stickers … it is no more Snapchat now as rightly mentioned by Techcrunch..it is Snapphone now!
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Instagram (uh oh, here comes the high-low debate) managed to get an update which erm.. didnt go down well with the audience. The uber-popular platform is migrating to a algorithmic feed, which has not gone down well with brands and users both. They managed to post a statement (sounds more like we-know-stay-calm though) on twitter but it is still a long way for the platform regarding its switch.
However, as of now, we are confident that things will be better from here, since the good photos right now manage to get lost among the less-good photos..so why not!
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And last, Microsoft has embraced change finally, and are bringing the BASH Shell to Windows 10.. time to say All Hail Nadella then?

Business Beyond Boundaries and more at the CII Annual Meeting

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Eastern India has been historically hailed to be very strongly ingrained with the country’s economic adventures.  In fact as mentioned by economic historian Angus Maddison in his book, The World Economy: A Millennial  Perspective, India  had  the  world’s  largest  economy  till  the  early  17th  century  and  Eastern  India contributed 15% of the world GDP.

But today Eastern India’s contribution if still good is not good enough. It’s 17% despite the demographic dividend, rich mineral reserves, the vast coastline and its close proximity to the East and South East Asian Countries.

Eastern India has a lot of potential to be a headlining writer of India’s growth story. To deliberate on this further the  CII  Eastern  Region organized a conference on  “Building  East:  Driving  Development” coinciding  with  the  Annual  Regional  Meeting  on  17  March  2016  at  Hotel  ITC  Sonar,  Kolkata.

We as an organization connecting Eastern India to the world saw it prudent that we attend the conference to discuss ways of promoting overall development in the region such that the benefits percolate to all sections of the society thereby playing an important role in India’s development story.

Apart from the conference, various other sessions like Good Governance, Taking Business of Entertainment beyond Boundaries etc. were a part of the Annual General Meeting as well. The speakers, some of the most eminent names in this part of the country shared intriguing and unique perspectives.

Some of the notable names at the event were

Mr T V Narendran
Deputy Chairman, CII Eastern Region & Managing Director, Tata Steel Ltd;
Mr Chandrajit Banerjee
Director General, CII;
Mr Ajay Shankar, Chairman
Expert Committee on Ease of Doing Business in India, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP)Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry;
Mr Sumit Mazumder
President, CII & Chairman & Managing Director, TIL Ltd;
Mr Sumit Dutt Majumder
Former Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs;
RAdm A K Verma (Retd)
Chairman, CII Eastern Region & CMD, GRSE Ltd
Dr Saugat Mukherjee
Regional Director, CII Eastern Region

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We were honoured to be a part of such an ambitious confluence, we especially enjoyed soaking in the convergence of like minds from various industries; and we liked explaining our leading-edge service model to transform digital production services and how it can help mobilize industries as a whole.

Capital Numbers’ commitment to leading the profession in digital production and digital marketing was recognized last year by CII with its prestigious “Top 10 Promising Startups”. To know more about it, read here

If you are a business house looking to make your mark in Eastern India, bring us your ideas. We can help you achieve your digital production and marketing goals, talk to us at http://www.capitalnumbers.com/

ad:tech Australia: Ad-ding more tech to our advertisements

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We came across this a while back on the ad:tech Australia website

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You hardly can ignore such persuasive points, though there was this one lingering question on our mind; how many ad:tech (s) should we attend in a year? It’s pointless thinking about it though, because the answer is and will always be as many as possible. Why? Because you can never know enough, that’s why.

The digital marketing paradigm is taking new leaps every second, and though it seems impossible but the wisest thing to do is to keep up and if possible be a step ahead. Platforms like ad:tech provide you with the opportunity to do that. The exposure to diverse minds from all over the world and enhanced knowledge of global practices always hone your perception to broader prospects.

CNites at the ready

The ad:tech Australia was held at the Hilton Sydney on 15th and 16th of March. This was the 10th year and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have our representatives Neil McNulty, Country Head, Australia and Account Manager Shovan Moullick present at the event.

They entertained a good mix of responses from visitors who were quite intrigued by the variety of services we offer.

Conversations between the soul and the self

Events like these start speaking to you. The moment you set your foot in, you get the drift, now it’s one own choice of whether to anchor or flow along. We generally like to have the best of both worlds and thus engaged in a mixture of both. It was astonishing how some of our perceptions about known methods changed considerably after listening to the best in the field talk about them.

We even had lengthy chats with some about how our services can be better aligned with their organizational goals. Here’s what some people had to say

“Our current employment model needs to change and outsourcing solutions are going to be a big part of it”

“We have a skill shortage right now in the Mobile App space. Capital Numbers offering may be exactly what we need”

Never enough

The list of 10 reasons that the organizers enticed us with to join the event actually get lost in thousand others that we discovered while we attended the conference.

One of the significant features of it was that it was so meticulously designed for the digital marketing mind. Each session we were a part of had ready takeaways that we could start implementing in our next ventures. We are not kidding you when we say that it can easily pass of as the coolest crash course that we have even been a part of.

Two days in Sydney passed away in a blur. So many revisits, myriads of new ideas and such brilliant brains, we realize that not even the year would have been enough. But then again, what really is?

We at Capital Numbers believe in providing you tailor made solutions for your marketing goals, and for that we need to keep ourselves abreast with the best that there is. To know more about what we learnt at ad:tech Australia that could potentially help your business, talk to us at http://www.capitalnumbers.com/

#AroundTheGlobe: Week of Google and Couch Potatoes!

Friday - AroundTheGlobeWhen it comes to tech, too much keeps happening around us at a ‘breakneck’ speed. #AroundTheGlobe is a space where we do a quick recap of the tech developments that caught our eye during the last 7 days.

Here we go…

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RIP Google Chrome App Launcher

Chrome is getting streamlined and simplified and that calls for an end to the Chrome App Launcher that was launched 3 years ago. New Chrome downloads will not have the launcher bundled.

“We’ve come a long way from where we began. Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.”

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Say Hello to Google Cloud Speech API

Google’s machine learning technology and related initiatives have received a great fillip, thanks to its recent announcement at GCP Next event in San Francisco. Acc to this recent development, Google’s Speech recognition tech can be used by developers in powering an app.

Woot woot!

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Meet the Couch Potatoes

Deloitte’s latest survey points out to the fact that almost 70% of Americans binge watch.

God bless Netflix, Hulu and likes and God bless United States of America!

 

If anything in the tech world interested you last week as well, do share it with us in the comments below

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