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Awesome – Apple Watch Series 4 Information

In addition to the iPhone XS leak, information about the Apple Watch Series 4 was posted on 9to5Mac. A marketing render was posted along with it, and it looks… awesome:

The new Apple Watch S4 will feature the same basic design as the three previous generations, and it’ll also use the same bands. The new OLED displays will occupy much more of the watch’s face though, and the case looks much thinner than it is on the current models. There are also some hardware changes like the addition of a mic on the right side, the possible addition of a UV sensor (though that complication might just be location-based), and the Apple Watch Series 3’s hideous red dot is gone from the crown and replaced by a more subtle red ring.

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Incredible Design, Larger Version, and Gold Colors confirmed – ‘iPhone XS’

IPHONE XS

Photo Courtesy: 9to5Mac

Apple officially announced its next big event. When & Where? Check out below:

Apple’s “fall event” takes place in late summer each year, so it remains a mystery why it’s referred to as a “fall event.”

Apple’s September 12th event is expected to include the introduction of a new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones: the iPhone XS.

This year’s iPhones might be the most durable. All thanks to Corning’s new Gorilla Glass.

We believe that the new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhones will both be called iPhone XS. We also believe iPhone XS will come in a new gold color option not previously offered on the new design. Apple leaked its own gold version of the iPhone X through the FCC, but it has not been available to purchase.

Apple is also expected to unveil the new Apple Watch Series 4 at the same media event. Stay tuned for more details in that space.

iPhone XS release date, price, news and rumors

iPhone XS release date

  • Wednesday, September 12 – iPhone XS launch event date
  • Friday, September 14 – iPhone XS pre-order (estimated)
  • Friday, September 21 or 28 – (likely) iPhone XS release date

iPhone XS price

  • iPhone XS price estimate: $1,000 (£1,000, AU$1,579)
  • iPhone XS Plus price estimate $1,199 (£1,199, AU$1,714)
  • Cheapest iPhone 2018 may cost $699 (£699, AU$1,079)

New iPhone XS color: gold

  • iPhone XS and XS Plus in gold (new), black and white
  • 6.1-inch iPhone LCD in white, black, red, blue and orange

iPhone XS size and design

  • iPhone XS may be the same width and height as the iPhone X
  • iPhone XS Plus may match (or be smaller than) the iPhone 8 Plus
  • Both phones may be thicker due to camera upgrades

iPhone XS specs

  • Apple A12 chipset likely to provide a speed boost
  • 512GB of storage may be the new max size (and a maxed out price)
  • Some models may see 4GB of RAM, others may stay at 3GB of RAM

iPhone XS and iOS 12

  • iPhone XS to launch with iOS 12 out of the box
  • iOS 12 may launch on older iPhones on Tuesday, September 18
  • Expect features exclusive to the larger iPhone XS

iPhone XS battery

  • Analysts predict a 10% and 25% larger battery
  • iPhone XS Plus could go to 3,300mAh or 3,400mAh
  • Fast charger may finally be included in the box

Related Post: APPLE WATCH SERIES 4

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Best SEO tricks in 2019 from TOP SEO Experts – Quick 14 Steps

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Last Updated: 22nd February, 2019

Best SEO tricks in 2019 from TOP SEO Experts

Do you want to know the best SEO tricks from online marketing gurus?

I’m talking about Neil Patel, Brian Dean, Robbie Richards, Ramsay Taplin and Bryan Harris!

And I’m going to reveal these experts’ secrets and tricks in this article!

I analyzed the most shared and highest-traffic articles to discover the secrets of their success.

First, did you find this SEO blog post via a Google search?

Yes, my SEO strategies and techniques really work.

Keep reading to find out how to do SEO like a PRO.

SEO is probably the most important competitive digital marketing advantage that you can have over your competition. 

Ranking high for your target keywords not only puts you in the spotlight but also can help you steal business from your competition.

In this day and age, if you rank anything past the first page on Google you will barely get any traffic so you need to work on your Search Engine Optimization game if you’re serious about your online presence. 

I’ve been doing SEO for the last 10 years, and throughout those years, I’ve tried to consume all the information about SEO that I could get my hands on. This blog post is all that information plus new ranking techniques that work in 2018 and will work in 2019, in a neat tutorial.

I guarantee that even if you’re experienced with SEO, you will find a trick or two in this post that will help your blog or wordpress site climb higher on Google.

Apply these simple SEO tips for the fast growth of your own blog or website!

Top SEO Tricks:

  1. Optimize and compress images in exchange for a faster loading time. Use Photoshop, or tools such as ImageOptim, Kraken.
  2. Test different hosting providers and choose the fastest one. Find out where your competitors place their sites and compare the loading speed. (WebhostingHero and Pingdom will help you.) My personal choice – SiteGround!
  3. Write a unique CTA in headlines and in the title tag of your page. Pay attention to your competitors’ headlines when you get the results of typing keywords in the search engine. You will also understand what types of posts are the most popular.
  4. Describe your meta description with a call to action. It is best to limit it to 117 characters so that mobile phone users can see your full description.
  5. Optimize your content for long tail and other relevant queries. Analyze the content of your competitors’ pages on your queries, including what words they use. You must use all the words that are relevant to the user’s question, and what he or she (and a search engine) should expect to find on your page. A comprehensive answer will always be rewarded.
  6. Create high-quality, well-researched content with data and explanatory images. It won’t be easy to make your way through content marketing if you write short features. In this niche, the length of posts is very important, and each one ought to add up to a minimum of 4,000 words. Update your content so that it always remains fresh and topical.
  7. Lead the user wisely. Keep your goals in mind when you write each post. If your goal is to sell something, create a sales tunnel, and try even the most absurd options. Sometimes success comes from where you expect it the least.
  8. Check your posts for any broken links from time to time. (Screaming Frog SEO Spider is the best helper!) Neither the user nor the search engine likes malfunctioning links. We access them and find ourselves face-to-face with a 404 error page, which means we will likely leave the page forever. It is essential that you customize your 404 page.
  9. An internal link is still a link! Do not write your posts just like that, without taking a second look. You should always have the internal structure of your blog right before your eyes. Each new post is a part, an item in your promotional strategy. Reinforce and nourish these posts with other articles, by offering internal links to the posts that are useful for you and your readers.
  10. Use outbound links! Do not be afraid to refer to other bloggers or influencers in your niche. Help people find the answers to their questions right on your page. This will be the first step toward building a mutually beneficial relationship.
  11. Don’t get too relaxed with the promotion of your posts. As far as I am aware, backlinks are still quite relevant! Even if you’ve become an expert, and your blog has a huge traffic ranking, you need to keep building partnerships with other bloggers, giving interviews, commenting on other posts in the thematic groups and communities on Google +, LinkedIn, GrowthHackers. This is business, and the rules are the same throughout. You need the team, and you definitely need assistants.
  12. Focus only on functioning traffic sources. Do not deplete your energy by doing everything at once. Find out where your target audience is and play off of that.
  13. Invest money in your future. Paid and custom images, the set of SEO tools — you have to pay for everything, and that is absolutely normal. Everything will pay off when people start paying you!
  14. Be yourself. We love individuality and idealize experts, but these are the same people who were just beginning their careers some time ago. Make mistakes and move forward, and know that hard work will always be rewarded, no matter what obstacles you face. Come up with your own SEO tricks, like Brian Dean and his legendary Skyscraper Technique.

Don’t Forget These 3 Equally Important Off-Page SEO Factors

Here are some key factors that most people miss when it comes to off-page SEO:

  1. You need tons of Social Signals. Yes, Google DOES care about how much social traffic and shares your article gets. Here are some ideas to boost that.
    • Join a lot (and I mean a lot) of Facebook Groups in your niche. Post to all those groups every time you create a new post, and repost every 2-3 months. This will increase your traffic like crazy, not to mention that each share, like, and comment adds to your social score.
    • As you can imagine, you would need to spend a lot of time posting to 100s of Facebook groups every time you wanted to promote an article. If you have been reading my articles, you know how much I hate doing repetitive tasks, so I suggest to hire a Virtual Assistant on Fiverr to help you increase your productivity. 
  2. It’s never too early (or too late) to build Press and Powerful backlinks from high authority sites. Here quality trumps quantity, although quantity shouldn’t be overlooked. A shout out from Forbes is worth a lot more than 100 lower-tier sites, but the lower-tier sites can help you achieve good backlink volume. Here’s how to get all those backlinks.
    1. Reach out to other bloggers and writers to see if they want to cover your story. My most effective way to reach out is via Facebook Messenger or Twitter (in that order), email requests usually hit the spam folder but a carefully crafted A/B testing campaign will yield you good results.
    2. Build relationships with writers in your space so that they cover you not just once but multiple times. Provide value first before asking for anything. A good way to build a relationship is to feature them first on your blog by accepting a guest post from them.

Backlinks are the holy grail of SEO

Let me say that again.  Backlinks are the holy grail of SEO.

How do you get backlinks?

  • You can check the backlink profile of your competitors page by copying and pasting the link into Ahrefs or SEMrush, from there you can go to each of the sites that are linking to them and try to get a backlink to your site.
  • You can also buy expiring domains and 301 redirect them to your site. You will get all the SEO juice that those domains had built. <— This is a very undervalued resource, provided that you find good domains. As an added plus, if you buy domains in your niche, you can redirect all their traffic to your site.
  • You can write guest posts and go on podcasts.

If you follow these two white hat SEO strategies (great content and solid backlinks) you can be sure your site will be safe of any Hummingbird, Penguin, Panda or Fred updates.

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Ever Wanted to Read Deleted Messages on WhatsApp?

Last Updated: 15th February, 2019

A few months ago, WhatsApp introduced this Crazy feature of letting people at deleting their messages, not just for them but for the recipient as well.

When someone deletes a message, you only get to know that the message has been deleted. If you were ever curious to know what was the bloody message that got deleted, read on for the to know about it.

Check deleted messages on WhatsApp

Whenever you receive a message on WhatsApp, you get a notification for it, if you haven’t muted the notifications for the particular contact or group.

Even though, WhatsApp has the ability to withdraw the notifications when the messages deleted by the sender, but if you use a third party app that saves a lot of notification, WhatsApp does not have control over the third party app to delete the notification.

Which means, if the deleted WhatsApp message is a text message, you will be able to read the messages using the notification history app.

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One such app is Notif Log Notification History, you can install it from the Play Store.

  • Once we install the application, open the app, and it app ‘Enable’ at the bottom of the screen.
  • Then you will have to allow the app to access your notifications.
  • You can then select insert the apps for which you want to record the notification data.

Once you have set up this app, you will be able to go to the app and read the message even if it has been deleted by the sender.

Sadly, since the Notif Log Notification app does not catch Image files, you won’t be able to get the video or images that have been deleted by the sender.

Limitations:

There are a few limitations, however, as only the messages that have generated a notification on the device, and have been seen or interacted with, can be retrieved. In this case, interaction also refers to swiping away the original notification, whether in the notification bar or a floating message – in which case you’ve also probably seen at least a part of the original message when swiping away. The notification log only saves the messages on the device until it’s restarted. Once restarted, we noticed that the log was cleared.

Moreover, the method has a restriction that only the first 100 characters of the deleted message will be visible. The feature is available only for users running Android 7.0 and above. Users can only retrieve text which means any kind of media file cannot be recovered.

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How to get a job in Canada for Immigrants and Newcomers

Last Updated: 12th February, 2019
Are you new to Canada, or thinking of immigrating here for a job? You need to know how to get a job in Canada. Also you should know that employers here might ask if you have “Canadian Work Experience.”
This may sound like an odd question. There you are, coming from outside our country. You may have years of work experience and proper credentials from your homeland. Yet that may not be enough to convince Canadian employers of your worth.
So what is “Canadian Experience” and how can you get it (or get around it)? Read on for more.

What Do Employers Mean By “Canadian Experience?”

According to Jeffrey Lee, Employment Specialist /Practicum Coordinator at CDI College in Burnaby, British Columbia, “Employers look for Canadian workplace experience so that employees are familiar with workplace culture, social cues, and expectations.”
Since different cultures may have different ways of handling situations, “newcomers with ‘Canadian workplace experience’ are seen as being more capable of getting along with the workgroup,” adds Lee. He also notes that having your professional credentials and education authenticated here is important too.
There are other aspects to Canadian experience as well. Peter Dudka, Acting Program Manager, Transition to Employment Programs at Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services in Toronto, Ontario, points out that employers favour the following:
– Fluent English or French, depending on what province you are in. This is crucial. Accent is not an issue, but clear expression of ideas and understanding local terminology are what matter
– Local certification. Not necessarily a two year diploma or a Bachelor’s degree, but even the shortest course here that is relevant to the job will help you stand out from other job seekers
– Narrow specialization. Many newcomers instead offer (in resumes or during job interviews) wide experience and education, from which it is difficult to extract whether they can do that particular job or not.
Dudka adds to this list “the art of selling yourself, which is foreign to many newcomers in Canada. It is related to the previous point: you need to be able to clearly highlight your strengths in one particular field.”

How To Get “Canadian Experience”

No Canadian experience, no job. No job, no Canadian experience. It’s a conundrum that many thousands of newcomers face each year. Fortunately there are ways to overcome this obstacle.
Jeffrey Lee, who has helped internationally-trained professionals find employment, offers advice. “Many recent immigrants can start by volunteering with various charitable organizations, offering their expertise for a variety of projects.”
As well, Lee recommends attending a professional mentoring group where skilled immigrants are paired with local professional peers, to talk about how to prepare for entry into their desired occupation.  One such program in B.C. is from MOSAIC. He also suggests volunteering at businesses related to your profession, if they are open to this.
Peter Dudka suggests connecting with local agencies in Canada that offer free employment assistance to immigrants. “Through our agency, for example,” says Dudka, “we offer advanced English classes, work placements in Canadian companies, interview preparation courses and networking events with local employers.
If you happen to live in Quebec, you can get Canadian experience working in something called a Practice Firm. These are specially made businesses that only interact with one another. No actual money or salaries are involved. Practice Firms are training facilities that let you do specific jobs as if for real. There are 30 of these Firms in Quebec, and one in Ontario. A  list of these is available at the Canadian Practice Firms Network (CPFN).

Taking A Lower Level Job To Get “Canadian Experience”

To get your start in Canada, you may want to consider taking a lower level job here than you are used to. It could be quicker for you to get initial employment that pays less. While it may be a step down, it translates into Canadian experience. The truth is that this is a common approach for a good percentage of newcomers.

However be careful not to get stuck in a menial job that is hard to move upward from. It would be smart to consult directly with one of those local newcomer agencies mentioned above. They can advise you personally based on your circumstances and needs. Meanwhile, read Monster.ca articles on Working for Less: When It’s OK to Take a Pay Cut, and Should I Apply To A Job If I’m Overqualified?.

More About “Canadian Experience”

According to Jeffrey Lee, some industries such as IT (Information Technology, e.g. computing, software, telecommunications) may be less strict about where your experience is gained. Therefore this field might be easier to penetrate in Canada. At present, European-trained engineers may also have an easier time to get their credentials acknowledged than ones trained in Asia or the Middle East.
Other skilled immigrants can benefit from a program offered by the not-for-profit Allies, says Peter Dudka. Allies has created a National Mentoring Initiative in various cities across Canada. Mentoring offers a connection between a skilled immigrant and an established Canadian professional in the same or related occupation. It’s a way of helping skilled newcomers integrate into the workforce faster.

Working in this great country can be marvelous. There are all sorts of challenges and rewards for immigrants.

Getting your start here can be difficult, no doubt. It will make things easier if you’re prepared when the interviewer asks: “Tell us about your Canadian experience.”

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Exclusive Guide – TFSA versus RRSP in 2019

Last Updated: 30th January, 2019

TFSA versus RRSP

Even without the long acronyms, these two money saving products have a lot on common. Both investment vehicles offer tax incentives for savers and encourage you to plan for the future.

Here’s how these 2 options measure up against each other.

TFSA RRSP
Tax deductible? TFSA contributions are not tax-deductible.  So your contribution will not affect your taxable income in the year that you make a deposit. The contribution and investment earnings are exempt from taxation upon withdrawal. Money that you put towards your RRSP is tax deductible. It therefore reduces your taxable income in the year that you contribute.When you withdraw from your RRSP this money is added to your income and taxed at current rates.
Contribution limit You can invest up to $10,000 per calendar year in a TFSA. However, this may change as the new Federal Liberal government implements its new budget strategy. It’s a bit more complicated trying to figure out the maximum contribution limit for an RRSP without tax implications – It is dependent upon your previous year’s income and pension adjustments.  For more information, visit the Canada Revenue Agency.
Access You can access your money at any time. There are different types of RRSPs.  Locked-in RRSPs will not allow you to access your money until you hit a certain retirement age.  If your RRSP is not locked-in you can withdraw the funds at any time.Money that you withdraw from an RRSP will then be taxed in that year.
Taxes on withdrawal All of the money that you earn from your investment (i.e. interest, capital gains, etc) is tax free.
This means that your money can grow in the fund tax free and when you want to withdraw it, that income will also be tax free.
RRSPs are tax deductible and your portfolio grows tax sheltered.This means that you get the tax benefit when you put your money in.  When it comes time to withdrawing the funds, you will be taxed then.
Investment vehicles accepted A number of different investment vehicles qualify, including high interest savings accounts, GICs, bonds, mutual funds and stocks It can contain a variety of investments such as: RRSP savings deposits, treasury bills, GICs, mutual funds, bonds, and equities.
Beneficial for People who expect to be in a high tax bracket during retirement years. People who expect to be in a lower tax bracket during retirement years.
Minimum age limit You need to be 18 years of age and a Canadian resident to qualify No age restriction necessarily, but you do need to have generated RRSP contribution room by claiming earned income – which can be done by filing a tax return.
Maximum age limit There is no age limit. You are not eligible to contribute after the age of 71.
Benefits The money in your TFSA can be put towards whatever you’d like – there are no restrictions as to how or when you can use the money.
Also, unused contribution can be carried forward and accumulates in future years.
The tax benefits are immediate.  Also, come retirement age, you’ll be glad you put some extra money away

KEY TAKEAWAY

The main difference between an RRSP and TFSA is the timing of taxes:

  • An RRSP lets you defer taxes – an advantage if your marginal tax rate is lower in retirement.
  • With a TFSA, you’ve already paid tax on the money you contribute – an advantage if your marginal tax rate is higher when you withdraw the money.
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Investment Guide – How to invest money for Beginners in 2019

Last Updated: 13th January, 2019

  1. Personal Investment: Introduction
  2. Personal Investment: Investing For Beginners – Know Your Savings Goals
  3. Personal Investment: RRSPs vs. TFSAs
  4. Personal Investment: Retirement Planning – CPP And Beyond
  5. Personal Investment: Bonds – The Safe Bet
  6. Personal Investment: Playing The Stock Market
  7. Personal Investment: Conclusion

1. Introduction

The article “Canada Beginners Guide to Personal Investment” covers simple “tips” for dummies or beginners on how to start your personal investments without hiring a financial consultant. This is the best article to learn how to Invest in Canada in 2019.

I assume you have a steady job and ready for investments. Big or small amount doesn’t matter. The important thing is that you need to start investing. Now, keep at it for the next four decades or so and you’ll be able to retire. Successful money management goes beyond just saving a portion of what you make. To really get the most out of your earnings, you’ll need to put it to work in a few choice investments.

2. Investing For Beginners – Know Your Savings Goals

Not sure where to start? Whether you’re already planning for retirement, or saving up for another life milestone such as your first home, here are the basics for beginning investors.

3. RRSPs vs. TFSAs

Most Canadians are more familiar with Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) than they are with Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs). This is in part because RRSPs have been around as a retirement savings’ vehicle for Canadians since 1957, and TFSAs only came into effect at the beginning of 2009.

Participating in both programs is similar in that you invest in a suite of options through your financial institution. But RRSPs get a boost from the fact that you get immediate tax savings (in the form of a deduction from your taxable income for the year in which they’re purchased). The tax-savings with TFSAs is that any money you earn on investments is non-taxable. (Down the road, when you do withdraw money from RRSPs, you’ll have to claim that as income at the time.)

While the upfront income tax savings from RRSPs may seem enticing, the fact is that if you’re just early in your career, and therefore making a relatively low income, you’re better off investing in TFSAs. Here’s why:

Let’s say you’re making a fairly low salary – the current national median income is $27,800 – and, you still manage to set aside $1,000 to invest. At the current minimum tax rate of 15 per cent, your tax-savings may only amount to a few dollars. But if you invest that $1,000 in a TFSA, it could grow significantly larger over time. A $1,000 investment that grew at five per cent a year would be worth $4,322 after 30 years.

If your career blossoms and you find yourself earning six-figures one day, you’ll be taxed at a rate of 26–29 per cent, making RRSP deductions a more-valuable consideration.

TFSAs also have another advantage over RRSPs in that you’re able to withdraw the funds whenever you want, without penalty. This makes them a useful savings vehicle for other big expenditures, such as the down payment on a house.

Keep in mind that both RRSPs and TFSAs offer the option of keeping your savings in cash, or investing them further in a GIC or stocks for further interest earning.

Check out this handy graph to learn more about RRSPs vs. TFSAs

4. Retirement Planning – CPP And Beyond

Current Canadian retirees benefit from two government-run pension programs: the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS). The maximum monthly CPP payment in 2013 is $1,012.50. The current maximum monthly payment for the OAS is $550.99. Add that up, and you’re looking at $1,563.49. That works out to $18,761.88 a year.

It’s save to say that most of us wouldn’t be able to survive on that alone.
And even that may not be available when you’re ready to retire; in the 2012 budget, the age of eligibility for receiving the OAS was moved from 65 to 67 years of age. This is the first of many anticipated changes to the federal pension programs to deal with the fact that Canadians are living longer, and there may not be enough younger ones in the workforce to support all the baby boomers through a lengthy retirement period. In short, the onus is on young people to plan on financing their own retirement funds.

5. Bonds – The Safe Bet

The downside with investments held within both RRSPs and TFSAs is that they’re tied to stock markets and the overall health of the economy. The general trend has been for these types of investments to grow over time, but major market crashes – such as occurred in 2008 – can have devastating effects on people’s investments. In fact, many Canadians had to modify their retirement plans when the economy tanked and took a good chunk of their nest egg with it.

The principal invested in a savings bond is guaranteed by the government, making them as close to you can get to a sure thing. But that safety comes at a price: the current series of federal savings bonds pay a mere one per cent interest on the first year of the investment. And you don’t get any interest if you cash them in before the year is up.

6. Playing The Stock Market

Investing directly in individual stocks is the area where you can make the biggest gains, or take the biggest losses. But for every seemingly never-ending stock rise (Google’s $85 initial IPO price in 2004 has soared to approximately $1,010 in November 2013) there’s a reminder such as one-time stock market darling Research in Motion of how quickly things can change for the worse. RIM reached a high of more than $140 a share in 2008, but had dipped to less than $14 a share in 2013. You’ll also have to factor in brokerage fees for every transaction you make.

7. Conclusion

Different strategies work for different investors and different situations. An investor might employ more than one strategy, or choose a variety of investment vehicles depending upon their goals.

So, have a plan and a strategy.

Just like going on trip in your car, it is important that investors have a plan and a destination in mind before investing their money. Your goals—whether planning for retirement or buying a home—dictate your time horizon, which dictates your tolerance for risk. Additionally, you want to make sure that you diversify your investments so that some do well when the rest of your portfolio might not. This approach allows an investor to construct a portfolio that is in line with their risk tolerance and that balances potential return with some downside risk protection.

Hopefully this article has provided some insights and good ideas as you invest for your future.

Your journey is just beginning, however, your challenge is to keep learning and stay informed.

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The world’s first fully painted feature film! Loving Vincent

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Last Updated: 13th February, 2019

Vincent Van Gogh Movie

Moment from the film ‘Loving Vincent’ in which each frame consists of an individual oil painting. Total of 65,000 frames were made and approximately 125 artists painted the movie frame by frame.

Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully painted feature film produced by Oscar-winning studios Breakthru Films and Trademark Films.

Biopics are a dime a dozen come award season, but Loving Vincent, about iconic Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, stands apart from the field as the world’s first-ever fully painted full-length movie.

In a category known for featuring children’s films, Loving Vincent is comparatively gritty fare, telling the dark story of the artist’s final days. Though Van Gogh is thought to have committed suicide, the movie explores the possibility that he might actually have been murdered.

This movie totally got robbed of the best animated feature Oscar. Unfortunately, nobody saw Loving Vincent and everybody saw Coco.

Synopsis

A year after the death of the artist, Vincent van Gogh, Postman Roulin gets his slacker son, Armand, to hand deliver the artist’s final letter to his now late brother, Theo, to some worthy recipient after multiple failed postal delivery attempts. Although disdainful of this seemingly pointless chore, Armand travels to Auvers-sure-Oise where a purported close companion to Vincent, Dr. Gachet, lives. Having to wait until the doctor returns from business, Armand meets many of the people of that village who not only knew Vincent, but were apparently also models and inspirations for his art. In doing so, Armond becomes increasingly fascinated in the psyche and fate of Van Gogh as numerous suspicious details fail to add up. However, as Armond digs further, he comes to realize that Vincent’s troubled life is as much a matter of interpretation as his paintings and there are no easy answers for a man whose work and tragedy would only be truly appreciated in the future.

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Top Biggest Mistakes Startups Make

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How to Avoid the Mistakes that Startups Make

As a fellow entrepreneur, I’ve had my share of business success and failure. At the end of the day, I believe that failure is just as important as success, as it teaches you what to do, or not to do, next time.

That said, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out advice, especially when you’re new to the game.

If you’re a startup or toying with the idea of bringing a new product to market, here’s a look at seven big mistakes that startups tend to make. Avoid these whoppers and save yourself from having to learn everything the hard way!

1. Skipping The Business Plan

I realize it’s 2018. But a good old-fashioned business plan is just as important now, as ever. This doesn’t mean that it needs to be contained in a three-ringed binder of yore, but it does mean taking time to run the numbers, create your identity, and develop your sales and marketing plans –and target milestones. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll have a hard time getting there. A business plan will help to keep you on track. Plus, if you’re hoping to secure funding, you’ll need this.

2. Not Accurately Gauging Interest

Yeah, I know. You’re in love with your product/idea/brilliant innovation. But is anyone else? Besides your mom? While bringing a new product to market is hard, bringing a product that will have little demand is even harder. In fact it’s soul-destroying. Don’t do it unless you’re certain it’s going to be well-received.

3. Not Defining Your Target Market

Before you launch a product into the ether simply hoping for the best, you’re going to need to run some numbers and create an accurate projection of how well that product will perform. Your first step in this journey is pinpointing your exact target market. Without a clear idea on WHO you’re marketing to, and what, exactly they’re interested in, you’re going to have a hard time pitching and promoting your product. Trust me, it’s hard to sell something when your audience isn’t even sure they want it.

4. Forgoing All Advertising Efforts

It’s 2018. These days, we need online advertising to succeed. The truth is there’s only so much that you can do with organic reach and word of mouth. At the end of the day, if you want to grow significantly, you’re going to need to pay to play, and invest in a Facebook/Instagram/Google ad campaign. Fortunately, ads have come a long way in recent years, and today, it’s easy enough to create a campaign that’s extremely targeted; drastically increasing your response rate. This is another reason why it’s important to know your audience. If you don’t, you won’t be able to reach them very well.

5. Pretending That You Don’t Have Competition

“I don’t have competition, I’m in a league all of my own.” I hear it often. Don’t fool yourself though, you have competition, just like everyone else. The secret to rising above isn’t pretending it doesn’t exist, instead it’s about finding that chink in their armor. Where is your competition lacking? How can you offer more value? Most importantly, is that value something that your customers actually care about? If you have a definitive answer, then by all means continue to pursue your business. But if you’re basically the same, but slightly different, then I’d tread carefully.

6. Ignoring The Elephant In The Room

You know what I’m talking about –that looming threat on the horizon that you’re uncomfortable about. This could be a strong competitor, waning interest in your product, shifting market conditions. Whatever it is, don’t ignore it in hopes that it’ll get better or go away. Because it won’t. You need to rerun the numbers and projections keeping this guy in mind. Years ago I started up an import business, but didn’t take into account rising oil prices. When oil went up, my profits went down and eventually the entire business model was no longer viable. Don’t ignore the elephant. Always keep it in mind when formulating your attack plan.

7. Being Stuck

As a startup, being flexible is key to survival. This doesn’t mean that you should flake out every 5 minutes, but it does mean being able to change direction when the winds change. Take Nokia, for example. They were a paper mill when they first started out. Or Sony. They sold rice cookers. Don’t be so in love with an idea that you’re blind to other opportunities. As a startup, your ability to pivot and flexibility is your strength. Think on your toes, make changes when you need to, and keep your eyes and ears open. Always have a backup plan.

If all of this sounds like a lot of hard work, that’s because it is. Success as a startup isn’t easy and it’s not getting any easier. But the truth is that big things rarely happen to those who are content to sit and wait. Instead, success is the result of a hard and difficult pursuit. It’s not always easy, but I believe that it’s worth it. With the above suggestions, you’ll already be 500 miles ahead of all the other guys out there.

Agree? Disagree? Any questions, hit me up.

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Simple Artwork to Relieve Stress

Amaterasu Best Drawing and Painting

Amaterasu Omikami (‘the great divinity illuminating heaven’) is the sun goddess, the most important deity of the Shinto religion and ruler of Takama no Hara (the High Celestial Plain), the domain of the kami or spirits.

Also known as Oho-hir-me-no-muchi or Amaterasu-oho-hiru-me, Amaterasu is the daughter of Izanami and Izanagi who made their daughter ruler of the sky. When her father Izanagi escaped from his visit to the underworld he had to perform a cleansing ritual in the river Woto and it was then, from the god’s left eye, that Amaterasu was born. She is also the elder sister of Susanoo (or Susa-no-wo) the storm god. Amaterasu constantly quarrelled with her mischievous younger brother and finally having enough, she exiled him from heaven.

How to relieve stress using Art

Ever heard that you can use the benefits of art to express your creative side and also to reduce stress? Yes, it’s true that creating Artwork can really minimize anxiety and lift your mood.

So next time when you are stressed, maybe your answer could lie in the pages of a sketchbook. Don’t worry, everyone is not good at art and to be honest, it doesn’t really matter.

Wondering Why??? Okay, let me explain. Even if you are NOT good at sketching, or artwork, you can simply color Pictures that Can help Relieve Anxiety. In this technique, no Drawing Skills are Necessary.

We all understand and current medical studies also show how chronic stress negatively impacts health, potentially compromising numerous systems in the body leaving us more vulnerable to a lot of health issues. So, here are TOP proven techniques of creating artwork that can reduce stress:

1. Drawing to have a relaxation response.

Grab a pencil or sketch-pen. The repetitive and rhythmic motion of drawing helps synchronize hand and eye, body and mind, and can be used as a relaxation response.

Drawing is a right side brain activity, while stress occurs in the left side of the brain, since it is what handles logic and emotional aspects of your life. When you draw it shifts activity to the right side of the brain, which is the creative side, relieving stress and thoughts that the right brain is placing on you.  It is very rewarding to create a sketch or painting.

Drawing is similar to meditation, but in a more “productive” form.

2Release Emotion onto your page.

Without intending to draw anything in particular, simply apply your drawing utensil to a blank sheet of paper. Close your eyes. Focus on whatever emotions you’re feeling and would like to get rid off. Allow your emotion, not your mind, to dictate the movement of the pen, pencil or sketch-pen. Whatever comes out on the page is simply an expression of what you’re feeling.

Try this and you will definitely feel a lot more relaxed.

3Realize that the WORLD isn’t perfect, but it’s colorful.

The most beautiful things in this world have character and experience built into them. Imagine drawing the various shades of a morning sunshine, the dark side of night, or a budding flower. With artwork, you will realize how beautiful this world is.

4. Share your Artwork

An exquisite piece of artwork can easily be shared and bring a “smile” to the person who’s admiring it.

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