How to set your ##dining ##table for ##guests

How to set your dining table for guests

Have a fancy dinner table don’t know how to set it for formal occasions? Here are a few tips on how to make it look aesthetically nice…

Go for crisp linens: If you want to spread a table cloth, make sure it’s in linen, as this material hangs well on any surface. You can also place napkins and table mats in the same material.
Invest in Chinaware: Though expensive, the look that dainty Chinaware provides on a table during a special or festive occasion is unmatched. Invest in a set that can be used sparingly whenever you have guests over.
A sleek centerpiece: If you have a big dining table, you can decorate it with a creative centerpiece, complementing it with the decor or even with the cuisine that you’re serving. From candles and potpourri to bulbs.
Name cards on the table: For a large, formal dinner party, if you’ve invited many people, you can even keep names cards on the table, so that people know where they are expected to sit, without causing any chaos and confusion.

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Top 75 #companies #spent Rs 4,000 crore on #CSR in 2015

Big CSR spenders include Reliance Industries with Rs 760 crore, ONGC with Rs 495 crore, Infosys with Rs 239 crore, NTPC with Rs 205 crore and TCS with Rs 220 crore, according to company filings.

The country’s top 75 companies spent more than Rs 4,000 crore towards corporate social responsibility in the last fiscal, the first year after the government mandated bigger companies to give away a part of their profits for social work, early estimates of the government show.

Big CSR spenders include Reliance IndustriesBSE -0.31 % with Rs 760 crore, ONGC with Rs 495 crore, InfosysBSE 3.13 % with Rs 239 crore, NTPCBSE -0.08 % with Rs 205 crore and TCS with Rs 220 crore, according to  ..

7 Ways Social Media Will Be More Expensive This Year

7 Ways Social Media Will Be More Expensive This Year

For a long time, there was a perception that social media marketing was free, or at least very inexpensive. Starting a Facebook or Twitter account was free, and hiring a part-time intern to manage them didn’t cost much.

In reality, social media marketing has never been free. Sure, there aren’t usually any hard costs required to set up social media accounts, but someone is still had to create the content, engage in the conversation, monitor and manage those conversations, etc. As we’ve seen time and time again, turning over your brand’s reputation to an intern isn’t always the wisest choice. Most brands now know the real costs of social media marketing are not as great as the opportunity costs of bad social media strategy.

 

Fast-forward a few years, and we’re seeing more and more organizations hire entire teams to create content for Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and whatever hot new social media startup launched last week. Content marketing, the creation and distribution of content to attract leads and generate sales, has become a $118.4 billion industry. According to data from DOMO and Column Five Media, every minute of every day sees over 2 million Google searches, 571 new websites, and 48 hours of new YouTube video. It’s become overwhelming.

Unfortunately, it’s only going to get more difficult as brands compete in a social media arms race. Rather than creating a slow and steady stream of high-quality content, most brands believe they’re better off creating a ton of low-quality content in the hope that one or two pieces will have real results. Yet a recent study by InboundWriter shows only 10 to 20 percent of a company’s website content drives 90 percent of its online traffic.

Meanwhile, social networks realize that brands will pay big money for access to the millions of users in their online communities, and they’re going to charge more and more for that privilege. According to a recent Advertising Age article, Facebook reports: “Content that is eligible to be shown in news feed is increasing at a faster rate than people’s ability to consume it.”

This means the organic reach of any one particular piece of content is going to decline even more from the 16 percent rate it’s at now. Some may see it drop all the way to 2 percent.

Increasingly, to compete effectively in social media, brands realize that to play, they must pay.

To keep up with social networks’ efforts to monetize their massive online audiences, companies are allocating more resources to keep up. Simply creating valuable content and then authentically engaging with your audiences often is no longer enough, especially when you have to spend more to reach those audiences. Brands know they now must create distribution strategies for that content, sometimes at a substantial cost.

Here are seven ways brands will spend more money on social media and content marketing in 2014:

1. Creating content. If brands wish to rise above the glut of content that’s being created, they’re going to have to improve the quality of content they create. That viral video that looks like it was shot on a family member’s smartphone was actually just a bit created by the “traditional” media.

2. Promoting content. Expect social platforms to reward brands that spend a lot of money in ads on those platforms. It’s a vicious cycle. Paid ads and sponsored content will help drive the “organic” reach of your other content. In addition, brands with more Facebook likes are going to see a lower cost for paid distribution because paid social ads will show greater social context. If more “likes” and followers = cheaper ads, guess who’s going to start to investing in more contests, giveaways, and other tactics to reach more eyeballs and then subsequently buy more ads and sponsored content.

3. Increasing reach. As brands acquire more and more fans, followers, and “likes,” and as these social networks get larger and larger, the cost to reach them will continue to increase. When a brand makes an investment in creating high-quality content, you can bet they’ll ensure it reaches the largest number of people.

4. Syndicating content. Likewise, expect more dollars to go companies such as Taboola and Outbrain that specialize in placing content where it’s most likely to be discovered. In a sea of content, these companies help more people find yours.

5. Monitoring, filtering, and analyzing conversations. Social media monitoring platforms have been around for years, but their hefty price tags often relegated them to a wish list for many organizations. However, as more people and brands create even more content, it’s going to become more difficult to identify and act on what’s relevant to you. As a result, pricey monitoring and analytics tools will be migrating from the wish list to the approved budget.

6. Paid sponsorships. Those “influencers” you’re always trying to reach? They’re realizing their influence is in demand and that it’s not cheap. According to a recent IZEA survey, 61 percent of marketers have paid someone to mention their product, and that number is only going to rise in 2014. It’s not just celebrities and athletes, either. Everyday people are also asking for more money and more product, because they can and because brands will meet those demands.

7. More full-time employees. As more content is created and more money is spent promoting and distributing that content, more people will be needed to create, moderate, measure, and analyze it. Demand for data scientists, SEO specialists, media buyers, and creatives will increase as brands try to optimize the money they’re investing.

If you thought the days of trying to persuade your bosses to invest in social media were over, get ready to go back, hat in hand, and ask for even more money. With bigger budgets come bigger expectations and more pressure. Are your social media, content generation, and content distribution strategies ready?

#10 Best #Blog Sites To Create your Blog For Freee

 

Blogging is growing day by day and there are many platforms which allow people to blog without spending a penny. If you are passionate about blogging and want to start a blog for no charges, this post will help choose from the top free blog service providers.
Best Blogging Sites

Best Blogging Sites
I myself started on blogspot (now called blogger) and after years of learning and experimenting I started this blog on WordPress. Although my personal choice will always remain WordPress but for blogging enthusiasts the options are many. You can play around with each and in time you will be sure what to use and what you should not.
I regularly update this post, and i have seen some new blogging platforms and even tried those, with all the services put together, i have made this list as simple and straight.
I hope this post will make few more people interested in blogging.

10 BEST BLOG SITES

1.# Blogger – Blogger is a blog publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at subdomains of blogspot.com. Blogger allows users to publish blogs on other hosts, via ftp. This is my first choice for best blog sites.
blogger.com - best blog site
2. WordPress – WordPress.com is a weblog hosting provider owned by Automattic which opened to beta testers on August 8, 2005 and opened to the public on November 21, 2005. It is powered by the open source WordPress software. It is financially supported via paid upgrades, “VIP” services and limited Google Adsense advertising. This is my second choice as the best blog sites
wordpress.com - second best blogging platform
3. Tumblr – Tumblr is a microblogging platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog. Users can follow other users, or choose to make their tumblelog private. The service emphasizes ease of use.
tumblr - blogging platform
4. Medium – Medium Founded by Twitter startup guy Ev Williams & Biz Stone, this blogging platform has an extra feature to annotate work of other people, this makes this new blogging platform quite unique. Just log in from Twitter authentication system and you are ready to comment and blog. If you are new to blogging and looking out for readers, then you might want to try medium, as it has a large audience attached to it.
medium.com - blogging platform from twitter founders
5. Livejournal – LiveJournal (LJ) is a virtual community where Internet users can keep a blog, journal or diary. LiveJournal is also the name of the free and open source server software that was designed to run the LiveJournal virtual community. LiveJournal’s blogging features include those found in similar blogging sites (multiple authors, commenting, calendars, and polls). However, LiveJournal differentiates itself from other blogging sites by its WELL-like features of a self-contained community and some social networking features similar to other social networking sites.
livejournal.com - blogging platform
6. Quora – Quora is a question answer guide, where people like you and me ask question about any topic, and you will answered by the community. Its much like Yahoo and StackOverflow, but they have added blog functionality which is really great.
7. Blogsome It’s easy, choose any kind of WordPress theme, upload photos, personalize your design and start blogging right now. You can also browse samples of the latest posts and blogs. The blogsome.com also offers forums where you can search for any type of answers, read important documentation in relation of the service and terms of use, and you must ask really smart questions so to become part of this community. What the blogsome website intends is to offer a clean service, so when users are found to be using stolen content from other websites as a means of generating traffic, they immediately remove this blogs and cease service.
8. Edublogs – The World’s most popular education blogging service… Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts – it’s safe, easy and secure.
9. Blog – Blog.com provides a fully-featured publishing platform for free. Blog by yourself or establish a writing community, all under an address that looks like: you.blog.com. It also offers free blog hosting with unlimited bandwidth for their free package, more benefits for paid members.
10. Weebly –  Weebly started in 2006 has been providing very extensive well managed solutions for newbie’s. To create a blog website in Weebly you can simply log on with your FaceBook account as well. With 100′s of professional designed templates and superb website building experience, we have kept this great site in our list.

Yahoo Pulse – now closed

Yahoo! 360° was a social networking and personal communication portal operated by Yahoo! made available in 2005. It enabled users to create personal web sites, share photos from Yahoo! Photos, maintain blogs and lists, create and share a public profile and see which friends are currently online. 360° also featured a ‘friends updates’ section, under which each friend’s latest update was summarized (e.g. blog posts, updated lists or newly shared photos).
I am sure their are many more platforms which can be in his list but for now I have chosen these over some others. Let us know if you have a replacement or better blog creating service that you have used.

Sensex posts biggest weekly fall in a month on rate hike concerns

Sensex posts biggest weekly fall in a month on rate hike concerns

Bharat Heavy Electricals falls 3.84% to Rs.155.20, while ICICI Bank slips 4.06% toRs.1,086.05. Photo: Hindustan Times
Mumbai: The S&P BSE Sensex retreated over 200 points on Friday to mark its biggest weekly fall in nearly a month, as rate-sensitive stocks such as ICICI Bank Ltd fell on caution ahead of the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) policy review and the US Federal Reserve meet next week to decide the course of its monetary stimulus.
Weak economic data released on Thursday also dented investor sentiment.
The Sensex climbed to a record on 9 December after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the state elections, giving it momentum to end the ruling Congress party’s decade-long rule in polls due by May and install Narendra Modi as Prime Minister. Modi is credited with achieving higher growth than the national average and increasing power capacity more than fivefold in his home state of Gujarat since becoming chief minister in 2001.
On Friday, The Sensex closed 1%, or 210.03 points, lower at 20,715.58 points, while the National Stock Exchange’s broader 50-share Nifty fell 1.10%, or 68.65 points, to 6,168.40 points.
The S&P BSE Bankex index fell 2.25% to be the biggest loser among sectoral indices.
The gainers included Coal India Ltd (CIL) that added 0.82% to Rs.283.85 andTata Motors Ltd that rose 2.73% to Rs.370.45.
Among the losers, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) fell 3.84% toRs.155.20, while ICICI Bank Ltd slipped 4.06% to Rs.1,086.05.
Data released after market hours on Thursday showed that the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) dropped 1.8% in October versus a 2% growth in September while consumer price inflation (CPI) accelerated to 11.24% in November from 10.09% in October.
Weak data has increased chances of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) hiking its benchmark interest rate when it reviews its monitory policy on 18 December.
“The data is creating flutter in the market and its influence will be seen as to what the RBI governor will say next week,” Gaurang Shah, assistant vice-president at Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services Ltd, said on Bloomberg TV India on Friday. “A 25 basis point rate increase is on the cards but anything more will see more downside.”
RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has raised the key interest rate twice after he moved to the central bank in September to fight rising prices. He may raise the repo rate to 8.5% next year from 7.75%, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said on 21 November.
All eyes now are on the wholesale price index (WPI) to be released on Monday. A Bloomberg poll showed that the WPI will be 7% for November, same as October. However, a higher WPI numbers would almost make a rate hike certain.
Global investors bought a net $160 million of local shares on 11 December, taking this year’s inflows to $18.7 billion, the most in Asia after Japan, data from the market regulator show.
The Sensex has climbed 6.63% this year, the best performer among the four largest emerging markets, and trades at 13.5 times projected 12-month earnings, compared with the MSCI Emerging Markets Index’s 10.4 times.

iPhone 5s availability improves as Foxconn ramps up production: Report

iphone-5s-635.jpgApple iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s, Apple’s latest flagship smartphone, has been in great demand since the time it went on sale, with a two to three week waiting period for orders placed on the company’s US and Chinese online stores. A major reason responsible for this delay was the phone’s limited supplies.

However, it looks like Foxconn (the trade name for Hon Hai Precision Industry), the company that assembles the iPhone in China, has ramped up production by running its factories around the clock, and employing more workers on its production lines in a bid to reduce the iPhone 5s waiting time, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

The report mentions that Apple is now shipping all variants of the iPhone 5s within three to five business days. Citing people familiar with the development, the report elaborates that Apple requested Foxconn to focus on iPhone 5s production at the cost of iPhone 5c, a new less expensive iPhone which has reportedly failed to get as good a response as the iPhone 5s.

It states that Foxconn has operated 100 production lines 24 by 7 in Zhengzhou, north central China, at full capacity, citing executives at the Taiwanese contract manufacturer. It employs about 300,000 workers at the site , focusing on just making the iPhone 5s and its components including metal casings.

It mentions Foxconn executives as saying that there are the about 600 workers on each of the iPhone 5s production line for assembling the phone. The facility produces 500,000 iPhone 5s units every day, and it takes more time to produce the latest flagship compared to the previous iterations of the iPhone, notes the report.

The iPhone 5s is referred to as the ‘most forward-thinking iPhone yet’ by Apple and features a new A7 chipset which boasts of a 64-bit architecture and also includes a M7 motion co-processor for measuring motion data through various sensor like accelerometer, compass and gyroscope. The iPhone 5s runs iOS 7, the new iteration of Apple OS. It comes in three inbuilt storage variants 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and is available in three colour variants such as Gold, Silver and Space Grey.

The Apple iPhone 5s comes with a 4-inch display with a resolution of 640×1136 pixels and boasts of a 326ppi pixel density. The iPhone 5s sports an all-new 8-megapixel iSight camera with dual-LED flash, which the company called True Tone flash. The rear camera features an f/2.2 aperture and a 15 percent larger image sensor compared to the iPhone 5. It also houses a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Apple iPhone 5s is the first device in Apple’s portfolio that features a fingerprint scanner, which the company calls Touch ID. The Touch ID scanner can be used to unlock the iPhone 5s or even authorise payments on iTunes.

Apple iPhone 5s detailed specifications

General
Release date September 2013
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 123.80 x 58.60 x 7.60
Weight (g) 112.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 1570
Removable battery No
Colours Space Gray, Gold, Silver
SAR value NA
Display
Screen size (inches) 4.00
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Resolution 640×1136 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Hardware
Processor make Apple A7 (64-bit ARMv8)
Internal storage 16GB
Camera
Rear camera 8-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 1.2-megapixel
Software
Operating System iOS 7
Java support No
Browser supports Flash No
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
NFC No
Infrared No
DLNA No
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out No
HDMI No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
USB No
Charging via Micro-USB No
Proprietary charging connector Yes
Proprietary data connector Yes
Number of SIMs 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
2G frequencies supported GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900
3G Yes
3G frequencies supported 1900, 2100
Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Error or missing information? Please let us know

Micromax launches Canvas Turbo at Rs 19,900

Indian handset maker Micromax, today, announced the launch of its Canvas Turbo smartphone in the market.

Canvas Turbo A250 is the first fullHD smartphone from Micromax. The phone has full aluminum casing and a 5-inch screen that offers 360-degree viewing angle. Canvas Turbo runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB RAM.

Canvas Turbo features a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The camera offer features like 360-degree panorama, Cinemagraph and Object Eraser.

The phone comes packed with a 2000 mAh battery. The device comes preloaded with apps like BBM, Hike and Spuul among others. Canvas Turbo also has ‘Blow to Unlock’ feature that Micromax first introduced in its Canvas 4 handset. The connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.0 and Wi-Fi.

Micromax Turbo will be available in white and blue colours in the market at a price of Rs 19,990 from October 26.

Commenting on the launch, Rahul Sharma, co-founder, “Canvas Turbo further builds on our promise to constantly empower our users with superior technology. This is complemented by a refreshed ecosystem of applications enabling users to multitask offering great value to them.”

Specs

*1.5GHz Quad Core processor & 2GB RAM, Android 4.2(Jelly Bean)
*5-inch FullHD screen
*Full aluminum casing
*13MP rear camera; 5MP Front camera, 360 degrees panorama, cinemagraph, object eraser
*2,000 mAh battery
*2 GB RAM; 16GB internal storage
*Preloaded apps: BBM, Spuul, Kingsoft Office, Blow to Unlock, Opera, Hike