January 1, 2015

Ever wonder why there never is enough space on your iPhone or iPad? A lawsuit filed this week against Apple Inc. alleges that upgrades to the iOS 8 operating system are to blame, and that the company has misled customers about it.

In the legal complaint filed in California, Miami residents Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara accuse Apple of "storage capacity misrepresentations and omissions" relating to Apple's 8 GB and 16GB iPhones, iPads and iPods. Orshan has two iPhone 5 and two iPads while Endara had purchased an iPhone 6.

They contend the upgrades to the operating system end up taking up as much as 23 percent of the storage space on their devices. Included in the lawsuit was the graph below which details how different devices are allegedly impacted by iOS 8:

"In addition to making material misrepresentations and omissions to prospective purchasers of Devices with iOS 8 pre-installed, Apple also makes misrepresentations and omissions to owners of Devices with predecessor operating systems," according to the complaint, which seeks class-action status for others who purchased 16GB devices.

"These misrepresentations and omissions cause these consumers to 'upgrade' their Devices from iOS 7 (or other operating systems) to iOS 8," it said. "Apple fails to disclose that upgrading from iOS 7 to iOS 8 will cost a Device user between 600 MB and 1.3 GB of storage space - a result that no consumer could reasonably anticipate."

Apple declined to comment on the allegations to CBS News.

The lawsuit also accused Apple of taking advantage of this shrinking storage by "aggressively" marketing its monthly-fee-based iCloud storage system.

"Using these sharp business tactics, Defendant gives less storage capacity than advertised, only to offer to sell that capacity in a desperate moment, e.g., when a consumer is trying to record or take photos at a child or grandchild's recital, basketball game or wedding," the lawsuit contends. "To put this in context, each gigabyte of storage Apple shortchanges its customers amounts to approximately 400-500 high resolution photographs."

Storage space has been an issue for Apple in the past.

It won a legal fight over the amount of advertised storage in iPods in 2007, according to The Verge. The complaint was lodged over a 8GB iPod Nano only having 7.45GB of usable storage, which is just a 7.5 percent difference.

It also is coming off another legal challenge, where a jury in California last month found in favor of Apple in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players.

June 27, 2014

Gee Funding, Inc., national and international crowd-funding website where anyone can raise money for small business start-up, creative projects, film production, music project, art works, charity and just cause charitable donation, education and much more, is now accepting both project and charity campaign.

GeeFunding.Com is open to all,” said Godwin E. Enogieru, head of GeeFunding, Inc.

“If you need to raise money or help someone in need, there is no better time to this than now,” added the spokesperson, who believes everyone should have the opportunity to raise money hassle-free.

With GeeFunding.Com, everyone now has the ability to raise money to start whatever project; he or she has on the drawing board that needs to become reality. However, Godwin E. Enogieru, sounds a note of caution for persons wishing to fund their projects through crowd-funding means to be aware.

“Beware of crowd-funding sites claiming to be ‘100 per cent Free’. They will simply charge your donors instead and you will collect fewer donations as a result. Fees always exist when accepting payments online,” said Mr. Enogieru.

Despite that note of caution, crowd-funding websites can help persons find a community of small investors to fund their business, without the risks of traditional financing. While some sites focus on funding creative projects, others sites focus on meeting specific needs in the marketplace or community.

“So don’t let lack of capital hold you back - let the crowd fund you, as people all over the world are now using Crowd-funding platform like GeeFunding.Com to raise millions of dollars for all types of campaigns,” said the source.

No matter what someone is raising money for, Godwin E. Enogieru said they can start right now with GeeFunding.Com, which charges no fee upfront or application processing fee.

“We here at GeeFunding accept both project and charity campaign,” note the spokesperson.

Creating Fund raising Campaign is free, and applicants pay nothing to start a campaign until their campaign is fully funded. GeeFunding.Com, however, charges a fee of seven per cent of the total amount funded.

As it relates to how GeeFunding.Com approaches the crowd-funding process, Mr. Enogieru said it begins when a project owner submits a campaign to Included in the fund raising project submission is a detailed description of the campaign, campaign owner’s PayPal email account is required, the target goal amount, and a specific fundraising duration.

If GeeFunding approves the project, after reviewing, he launched the project by posting in the campaign details, time period, and the target amount of the crowd-funding campaign for immediate backer’s access.
At the end of a campaign, GeeFunding checks to see if the target amount has been met (or exceeded). However, if the goal is not met, all pre-approved transactions are cancelled and no backer's or pledge’s account is debited for the campaign. No money collected.

If the target is met, GeeFunding platform triggers the pre-approved payments from the PayPal accounts of the campaign backer's. In a chained payment model, the funds are moved to the project owner's PayPal account first, after which a pre-determined portion of fees (PayPal 2.9 per cent) and commissions (GeeFunding seven per cent) are deducted from the fully funded project owner's account. In the parallel payment model, funds are instantly transferred to both primary and secondary PayPal accounts upon the success of the campaign.

For further information or how to start your fund raising campaign, please visit the following website: www.GeeFunding.Com

Mathis Tate
April 18, 2013

How do I get more people to visit my website? That is the number one question I get from my clients. So, I decided to put together a top 10 list that will work for both businesses and non-profit organizations.

1. Make sure your website has your keywords in the META TAGS. This is probably the most important strategy to increase traffic to your site. Search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo use "spiders" to crawl your website looking for clues as to what your site is all about. These meta tags make their search easier. In return, they give your website a higher ranking. Here is a suggested list of "Tag Locations" you should consider:
- Add your keyword or phrase in your web title
- Add your keywords in the first paragraph of your body text.
- Add your keywords in the ALT attribute of image tags.
- Make your website search engine friendly.
- Use your keywordsin hyperlinks

2. Add your listing on the internet. There are free listings for you to add your business information to such as Google Places for Business, Yahoo! Local, and Bing Local Listing Center. Make sure they can find you.

3. Submit your site to Free Directories. There are business and non-profit directories on the internet that are focused on particular industries such as fashion or education. Even if you have to pay a small fee to be a part of these directories, it will give you and your business more exposure.

4. Write Articles About Your Business. You can increase your traffic to your website when you write articles in your area of expertise and submit them to editors as free content for their websites. This is an effective “viral” approach that can lead hundreds of potential customers to your site over time.

5. Create a Blog. If you have excellent content, people will more than likely link to it, increasing your site's search page ranking. Consistency and quality of the content are key.

6. Join a Social Media Community. Some of the best online social media sites for businesses include Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Also, search for social networking communities that your market is concentrated in. For example, my major client base is African-American businesses. I joined Black Business Women Online, Blacks Network, and iZania.

7. Join Online Forums and Groups. The Internet offers thousands of discussion lists, online forums, and groups consisting of people with specialized interests. You can join these sites and promote your business through interaction. Just search on Google, Bing, or Yahoo to find appropriate groups, blogs or other forums.

8. Include Your Website's Address on Stationery, Cards, and Literature. Make sure that all business cards, stationery, brochures, and literature contain your company’s website. To go even a step further, place your business name and website on a t-shirt and wear it while you are out running errands.

9. Use the “Signature” function in your Email Program. Most email programs allow you to create a “signature” at the bottom of your composed email. This signature should consist of: Company name, address, phone number, website, email address, and a one-phrase description of your unique business offering. Look for examples on email messages sent to you.

10. Email A Monthly Newsletter. While it requires a commitment of creativity and time, creating a monthly email publication is one of the most important promotion techniques. It could be a newsletter, list of tips, industry updates, or new product information — whatever you believe your customers will appreciate. This is a great way to keep in touch with your current clients and prospects. I am starting my monthly newsletter (Small Business & Online Marketing Tips) this May! If you are interested in receiving a copy, you can sign-up at my website at

These are certainly not all of the ways to promote your site, but these tips will get you started. To effectively market your site, you need to spend time adapting these strategies to your own market and capacity. Right now, why not take the time to go over this checklist with someone who shares your business interest? Use this checklist to take your business or organization to the next level!

November 21, 2012
Google has warned that a forthcoming UN-organised conference threatens the "free and open internet".

Google claims that the ITU conference is the "wrong place" to make decisions about the internet's future

Government representatives are set to agree a new information and communications treaty in December.

It has been claimed some countries will try to wrest oversight of the net's technical specifications and domain name system from US bodies to an international organisation.

However, the UN has said there would be consensus before any change was agreed.

Google has asked web users to add their name to an online petition to support its view.

"The [UN agency] International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is bringing together regulators from around the world to renegotiate a decades-old communications treaty," it wrote on its Take Action site.

"Some proposals could permit governments to censor legitimate speech - or even allow them to cut off internet access.

"Other proposals would require services like YouTube, Facebook, and Skype to pay new tolls in order to reach people across borders. This could limit access to information - particularly in emerging markets."

Google added that it was concerned that "only governments have a voice at the ITU" and not companies or others who had a stake in the net, concluding that the World Conference on International Telecommunications (Wcit) was "the wrong place" to make decisions about the internet's future.

However, the ITU has said that each country could invite whoever it likes to be part of its delegation at the meeting.

Leaked documents

The ITU's secretary general has said he will try to ensure all decisions have unanimous support

The ITU has said a new treaty was needed to ensure "the free flow of information around the world, promoting affordable and equitable access for all and laying the foundation for ongoing innovation and market growth".

The ITU's secretary general has said he will try to ensure all decisions have unanimous support
It added that the growth of the internet and adoption of mobile phones meant the existing agreement - signed in 1998 - needed to be updated.

The agency is not openly publishing each government's proposals ahead of the conference, however a site called Wcitleaks, run by researchers at George Mason University, has revealed some of the details.

Most recently these included a proposal from Russia suggesting that the US should have less control over the internet's operation.

"Member states shall have equal rights to manage the internet, including in regard to the allotment, assignment and reclamation of internet numbering, naming, addressing and identification resources and to support for the operation and development of basic internet infrastructure," it said in a document submitted on 17 November.

This would mark a shift from the current set-up in which such matters are looked after by non-profit bodies which are officially under the remit of the US Department of Commerce, but in effect operate at arm's length from the US government.

The Russia Today news service had previously reported that China and India backed the Kremlin's view that the ITU could take over these functions.

However, the US's ambassador to the conference, Terry Kramer, has already signalled he would not support this saying the existing institutions had "functioned effectively and will continue to ensure the health and growth of the internet".

Tolled traffic

CEA's Gary Shapiro says firms fear having to pay a toll to send traffic through countries' data networks

Parts of the US tech industry have also been concerned by remarks by the ITU's secretary general, Dr Hamadoun Toure, that the meeting should "address the current disconnect between sources of revenue and sources of costs, and to decide upon the most appropriate way to do so".

CEA's Gary Shapiro says firms fear having to pay a toll to send traffic through countries' data networks
Dr Toure said that the new treaty should be designed to help encourage broadband rollout and investment, later adding that telecom companies had the "right to a return on [the] investment" needed to avoid congestion.

But Google is not alone in fearing some countries will suggest the best way to do this will be to introduce "tolls" in which popular sites have to pay developing nations money if they send a lot of traffic through their data networks.

"Many countries are used to getting revenue from telephone calls, and those telephone calls have gone away in favour of various internet-based video services which don't produce revenue for them," Gary Shapiro, president of the US's Consumer Electronics Association, told the BBC.

"So they are looking to recover it and they are trying to put a charge on incoming internet access. So if you have a website which is very popular worldwide you would have to pay to get access to them - we think that is wrong.

"We think the value of the internet is that it is available to everyone for free without international barriers."

Unanimous decisions

The ITU is hosting the conference to draw up the treaty between 3 to 14 December in Dubai.

Dr Toure has signalled that if there were any serious disagreements he would try to avoid putting an issue to a majority vote.

The ITU conference will be held in Dubai next month

"We never vote because voting means winners and losers and you can't afford that," he told the BBC in July.

"Whatever one single country does not accept will not pass."

But experts warn this poses a risk that participants leave some issues unresolved.

"In the worst case there's a danger you could see a splintering of the internet," said Prof Alan Woodward, from the department of computing, University of Surrey.

"Some countries including Russia already restrict which sites can be accessed, but if people start going off and doing their own things in term of naming conventions and net addresses you could end up with different parts of the internet being unable to send traffic to each other.

"It would be the online equivalent of not being able to make a telephone call from one nation to another."