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AMPing it up

AMPing it up

The open source AMP project to speed up mobile pages for everyone has been gearing up. This week, Google announced that AMPlified pages would be highlighted in mobile search results. Google stressed that this change doesn't alter the search results, but there's no denying AMP could be a ranking factor in the (near) future.

Hence, AMP continues to lead to heated debates among SEO. That's all well and good, but the technology is here, so we have to act on it. We will take a critical stance, and try to guide you, our dear reader, through this storm. You can start reading up on AMP in these two posts Joost wrote: Setting up WordPress for AMP and WordPress & AMP, part II. This is only the beginning; there will be a lot more about AMP soon.

So, stay tuned!

Getting U.S. Dollars for Less

Getting U.S. Dollars for Less: What the Banks Aren’t Telling Canadians Stephanie R. CaudleManaging Editor, The first thing many Canadians do before crossing the border is visit the local bank and exchange their hard-earned loonies for a handful of US greenbacks. While this method of converting currency comes with the advantage of convenience, it certainly doesn’t come free. Canadians actually pay a hefty premium for the privilege of doing business with a financial institution every time they need to exchange Canadian dollars for U.S. funds. When it comes to local currency exchange, it’s important to recognize there are two sets of exchange rates. There is the Bank of Canada published rates that you can find online and in the newspaper, then there are the exchange rates your bank actually uses when you buy U.S. cash with Canadian currency. One of these things is definitely not like the other. The lower published rates reflect what banks use when they exchange enormous sums of money amo…

Jim Beam unveils ‘richer, woodier’ twice-aged bourbon whiskey

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Jim Beam unveils ‘richer, woodier’ twice-aged bourbon whiskeyPosted By: News Desk Jim Beam has released a new Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, finished in oak that is twice-barreled to create “a richer and woodier flavour”. Jim Beam Double Oak is aged for four years while sitting in freshly charred American oak barrels, before being transferred to newly charred American oak barrels and aged to taste. The second barreling allows the liquid to develop an even deeper level of intense spiced oakiness and rich caramel, creating a unique bourbon experience, Jim Beam said. “I’m excited to experiment with the double barrel ageing process used to create Jim Beam Double Oak,” said Jim Beam seventh-generation master distiller Fred Noe. “Secondary ageing delivers an added complexity to the taste profile and that makes for a unique, premium bourbon experience.” Jim Beam Double Oak will begin hitting shelves this month. The latest innovation from the bourbon maker has a golden amber colour and a…

Free SSL Certificates Opening New Doors for eCommerce

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Free SSL Certificates Opening New Doors for eCommerce By 

In a testament to the growing popularity of online shopping, the U.S Dept. of Commerce recently reported an impressive 2016 first quarter for eCommerce with nearly $93 billion in sales. eCommerce sales only accounted for 2.5 percent of total retail sales in 2006, a number that has shot up to nearly 10 percent today. Unfortunately, not everything is as perfect as it seems, with eCommerce sites requiring some degree of security (much like a traditional store). This scenario is where encryption steps in, allowing online store owners to encrypt all transactions and communication made between their website and visitors. Everyone can achieve this through the use of SSL (Secure Socket Layers), a digital certificate that authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts all communication. One of the easiest ways to identify sites with SSL encryption is through the “HTTPS” instead of “HTTP” at the beginning of a URL. (ex. …

Watch that Rat Hole – author Kenneth D. Campbell

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Watch that Rat Hole – author Kenneth D. Campbell
Leaving his Pennsylvania steel town home as a young man, author Kenneth D. Campbell scrambled to land a magazine writer’s job in Manhattan. He followed his new boss’s instruction to “Watch that rat hole,” newspaper slang for a “beat” or coverage topic. Campbell’s “rat hole” was the real estate investment trusts or REITs, untested entities just approved by Congress. In Watch that Rat Hole, Campbell intertwines his personal journey with his unique observations as an investment newsletter editor witnessing the REIT Revolution-his rat hole. He tells how that casual assignment became a distinguished lifework in three areas: Writing-Campbell wrote an influential REIT stock market newsletter and co-authored the first hardcover REIT book; Investment banking-He and his partner advised on more than two dozen mergers and acquisitions. Managing money-Campbell co-founded a major real estate investment trusts. In addition, he provides an insider’s t…

Apple Co-Founder Steven Wozniak Predicts Removal of Headphone Jack Will Hurt Sales

Apple Co-Founder Steven Wozniak Predicts Removal of Headphone Jack Will Hurt Sales (AAPL) By Deborah DSouza

Apple Inc. (AAPL) co-founder Steve Wozniak, who left the company in 1985, has said leaving out the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 will hurt sales. (See also, Apple to Launch 3 New iPhones in 2017) Speaking to the Australian Financial Review he said, “If it's missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that's going to tick off a lot of people.I would not use Bluetooth … I don't like wireless. I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music.” Wozniak was in Australia to judge the annual Talent Unleashed technology innovation awards. He clarified that there are ways Apple could make this work. He said, “If there's a Bluetooth 2 that has higher bandwidth and better quality, that sounds like real music, I would use it. But we'll see. Apple is good at moving towards the future, and I like to follow th…