15 Jul 2017

The current economic climate has made it difficult for many families to move to a bigger home, and has left some families struggling to pay their mortgages. Many choose to sell their house quickly in order to finance a move. In some cases, those struggling families have been forced to come up with creative solutions to their space, or money problems. One such option is transforming their garage into a second home or small studio - either for use themselves, or to let out to a lodger.

Turning a garage into a small studio home is not as difficult as it sounds, and can be a great way to re-claim unused space. If your garage currently holds boxes of junk, rather than a car, why not clean it out and make it suitable for use as a home?

Converting your garage into a fully functional home complete with a small kitchen and a bathroom may be an expensive proposition, and will require you to comply with a lot of building regulations.  Lower scale conversions, however, can be simple and inexpensive.

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If all you need is some extra space for your own family, then a converted garage can make a good home gym, children's play area, home "cinema" for entertaining, or a large lounge.  Depending on the configuration of your home, you could get a small door installed to link your garage to your home, or remove the garage doors and replace them with large oak doors. For an extra luxurious, country style appearance, you could choose oak doors in a barn or stable style, making your garage look like a country barn from the outside.

Once you've sorted out the doors, you will need to consider insulation, flooring, skirting boards, and wallpaper.  You may need to do some extensive work on the floor and the walls before the garage is ready to be decorated. Insulation can be a particularly troublesome issue - in some cases you can add the insulation without too much work, but in other cases you may need to dig up the floor and insulate the building as if it were a new build.

Things to Consider Before Renovating Your Garage

If you don't own your home, you will need to read your lease carefully before you do any work at all.  Even if you own your home, there may be something in your paperwork that restricts what you can do. If you have any doubts at all, get your agreement checked by a professional.

If you will be knocking down any walls, or changing the size of your garage, then you will need planning permission before you can start work. If all you're doing is painting the interior, then you shouldn't need planning permission, but once again it pays to be cautious. This is especially true if you live in a listed building.

In some areas, the local authority does not want people to convert designated parking spaces into buildings that are designed for another purpose. This is something that varies from local authority to local authority, so it's best to seek advice from an expert in your area.

If you're lucky enough to have a double garage, then you may want to convert one side of it, and leave the other side as a designated parking space.

Author Faizan Ahmad

22 Mar 2017

BankBazaar.com, India’s leading financial marketplace, today announced the expansion of its paperless investment portfolio with the launch of its paperless and presence-less Fixed Deposits (FD) products on its platform.

BankBazaar’s platform leverages the OTP-based eKYC process for facilitating instant, paperless, and presence-less purchase of FDs, which will enable investors to evaluate, select and purchase FDs from Financial Institutions within minutes. The launch of the paperless FD follows the launch of paperless mutual funds earlier this year as well as a slew of paperless credit products including personal loans and credit cards.

FDs are now available completely online and paperless. Details such as the credit rating of the fixed deposit and the interest rates for various tenors are displayed for every product. Investors can select the preferred product and then choose the amount and tenor of investment. The platform then completes the authentication process.

This can be either Aadhaar-based through the OTP eKYC process or by uploading relevant documents such as the PAN card, cancelled cheque, etc. Once the authentication is complete, the payment is processed and the FD is created. The entire process takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish and is very convenient.

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The launch of FDs follows the launch of Mutual Funds on the BankBazaar platform. Elaborating on expanding into fixed deposits, Navin Chandani, Chief Business Development Officer, BankBazaar said, “Fixed deposits are probably the most loved savings product in India. For BankBazaar, as a leading financial marketplace that aims to cater to all the financial needs of the customer,

FDs were the next logical offering in the savings and investment category. In line with our mission of helping people access the right financial products, we have simplified what used to be a manual process involving a fair amount of paperwork, and now it is online for a faster, paperless, friction-less experience.”

Thanks to the minimal documentation and instant processes for one of the most highly-favoured savings instrument, BankBazaar and the partner financial institutions are expecting a fair amount of traction. Speaking about the tie-up, Umesh Revankar, MD Shriram Transport Finance Co. Ltd, Indias largest asset financing NBFC said: “The future of banking is paperless, and BankBazaar has been a first mover in building technology seamlessly to provide customers with a frictionless online purchase experience.

With a customer base of 23M, BankBazaar is the right online platform to tie up with for taking our Fixed Deposits paperless. We are really happy and keen to see the transformation from physical to paperless Fixed Deposit on BankBazaar, which is extremely seamless, convenient, fast and cost effective.”

With the new fixed deposit product BankBazaar moves another step ahead in being the single destination for all the financial needs of its customers, be it credit or investments. BankBazaar has the widest range of financial products under its umbrella from over 85+ of the biggest public and private sector banks, NBFCs and other financial institutions in India.

It gets an average of 10 million visitors per month. The company raised USD 80M through its funding from investors like Amazon, Fidelity Growth Partners, Mousse Partners, Sequoia India and Walden International.
Author Faizan Ahmad
Maybe you run an international corporation. Maybe you just sell jewelry out of your dining room. Whatever your business, it can always be improved, so here are just a few tips for boosting your revenue and building a better brand.

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1. Monitor Your Progress

It may sound like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised by how many business owners fail to keep track of their sales, profits, and expenses. You can't get an accurate gauge of your success until you have quarterly reports to compare and contrast, so start taking the time to crunch those numbers.


2. Set Goals

Once you have a clear idea of how your business is faring, it's time to use these figures to create sustainable, short-term goals. It doesn't matter if it's a general sales quota for the week or a customer satisfaction percentage that you want to raise by the end of the month; the most important thing is that you're setting up a cycle of work and reward.


3. Get Better Software

Gone are the days when a company could be managed with a calculator and a notepad. It's all about software in the 21st century! From automatic timekeeping programs to digital resource databases, you can find endless software solutions for the modern business, so give serious thought to going digital with your everyday operations.


4. Find Your Demographic

Are you a popular brand with 18-24 year old women? Do you corner the market when it comes to middle-aged manual laborers? Your products, services, ads, sales, and coupons should always target a specific demographic, especially if you're selling specialty goods without a lot of cross-demographic appeal. Run some analytics software to figure out where your audience truly lies.


5. Embrace Social Media

Social media can be a powerful tool for reaching and retaining your customer base. In addition to giving you an easy platform for things like sales announcements and new product lines, it's also a way for you to establish the "personality" of your brand. For example, if you're a hip clothes retailer, you can use your social media accounts to hashtag your products and contribute to viral trends.


6. Motivate Your Staff

Studies have shown that employee engagement has a direct impact on the health of a business. If your employees don't believe in what they do, it'll be hard for them to make the customers believe it too. Look into rewards, sweepstakes and incentive programs to keep your employees happy, and install a suggestion box or two so that they have a way to make their voices heard.


7. Go Paperless

Is your paperwork holding you back? If you're constantly losing documents or wasting time with finicky printers, it might be a sign from above that your office should go digital. Not only will it improve productivity, but it will also reduce overhead in the form of papers, folders, staplers and ink cartridges.


8. Outsource Your Problems

Let professional web designers overhaul your website. Let third-party accountants comb through your finances and audit what needs to be audited. There's no shame in reaching out to the experts when something is outside of your skill set; one of the hallmarks of an efficient boss is the ability to delegate tasks when necessary.


9. Think Outside of the Box

This is easier said than done, of course, but if your business has fallen into a rut, creative thinking can be just what you need to get out again. Don't be afraid to try new things as a struggling company. You never know when you'll stumble on an unlikely solution to a pressing problem.


10. Improve Your Customer Service

Last but certainly not least, your customer service can always go one step further. Put a survey or feedback section on your website and allow customers to send you anonymous reviews; while some responses may be hard to read, they'll give you a starting point for better customer service and a more successful brand overall.


These are just a few ways to breathe fresh life into your business. Whether you're thinking about large-scale changes or just looking for something like ERP services in Montreal, let these tips help you build a newer, better brand.

Author Faizan Ahmad

6 Jan 2017

Google has finally revamped its Google Plus (Google+) interface and after releasing the beta version, it has now made it mandatory for every profile. With the change of interface, there are many problems users are facing and of them is how to see/view post activity.

I was also a little bit confused about that, but now I've finally figured out how to see that. So here we go.

How to see list of people liked, commented and shared a post in new Google+ interface

1. First, go to the post on which you want to see the activity.
2. Now click anywhere next to the +1 button at the bottom of the post, See the red box blow.

View Post Activity

Once you've clicked you'll see both options; Share Publicly and Post Activity in the new Google+ interface.

 Faizan Ahmad

About the Author:

This article is posted by Faizan who is the Author and Founder of TechSenser. He is a Professional Blogger from India and a passionate writer about Technology, Gadgets, How-to-Guides, etc. You can connect him on Google+.
Author Faizan Ahmad
Bitcoin began 2017 with a bang by crossing $1,000. And on 5th January touched its all-time high. As we write this article, bitcoins price continues to soar and has crossed $1,150. So if you would have ever purchased bitcoins, you would be in the plus today.

Bitcoin has been declared the best performing investment of 2016. The price in January 2016 was around $400. It has more than doubled in value last year.

Zebpay


In India, Zebpay is leading bitcoin adoption. It has crossed a turnover of Rs 500 crores since April 2016 with a turnover of more than Rs 100 crores in December 2016. Zebpay is currently adding more than 50,000 users per month.

Sandeep Goenka, co-founder of Zebpay predicts that bitcoin will have a bullish year in 2017. “Bitcoin demand continues to increase in each and every country in the world. Since the supply is limited, bitcoin prices continue to increase. Bitcoin has inherent use cases as a global currency, payment network and store of value. Recently Airbnb got maximum requests on Twitter to add bitcoin as a payment option. I personally expect bitcoin prices to touch an all-time high in 2017 and end the year in a range of $2-3,000. Everybody who is concerned about money should give bitcoins a try. At Zebpay, you can buy bitcoins for as low as Rs 1,000.”

 Faizan Ahmad

About the Author:

This article is posted by Faizan who is the Author and Founder of TechSenser. He is a Professional Blogger from India and a passionate writer about Technology, Gadgets, How-to-Guides, etc. You can connect him on Google+.
Author Faizan Ahmad

15 Dec 2016

Microsoft has unveiled its Microsoft Dynamics 365 suite and Microsoft AppSource in India. These services will be delivered to customers as Software-as-a-Service (Saas) from its datacenters in India. Dynamics 365 is a cloud-based suite of applications that integrates CRM and ERP capabilities to provide the full power of advanced data analytics, machine learning and intelligence to high growth, new age companies in India.

Microsoft AppSource is the new destination for business users to find and try out line-of-business SaaS apps from Microsoft and its partners. Presently, AppSource contains more than 200 business SaaS apps, add-ins and content packs, including exclusive new industry-specific business apps.

Organizations from across multiple industry sectors in India are using Dynamics CRM. These include Max Healthcare, Yes Bank, Reliance Life Insurance Company, SOTC, VLCC, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Annik, Mastek and much more. In the retail sector, Microsoft Dynamics is used by 55 Retail and DMS customers serving 74 retail brands, empowering 14,000 outlets, enabling 25,000 users in India.

Microsoft Dynamics 365


Peter Gartenberg, General Manager, Enterprise Business, Microsoft India said, “With Dynamics 365 we now bring the combined power of CRM and ERP on a secure and flexible local cloud platform. Our retail, BFSI and manufacturing customers now don’t need to invest in expensive and time-consuming deployments to start their digital transformation. Backed by decades of research and investment, we have built Dynamics 365 to deliver the most advanced analytics and machine learning intelligence capabilities to our customers in India.”

Anup Purohit, Chief Information Officer, Yes Bank said, “Yes Bank has been using Microsoft Dynamics CRM for the past one year to deliver optimum services to its retail banking customers. Since inception, we have believed in using the power of technology to offer a superior banking experience to our customers, and through Microsoft Dynamics, we have been able to improve processes, get real-time business intelligence and make it easier for people to work together through collaboration across multiple devices.

We see huge potential in Microsoft’s latest innovative solution, Dynamics 365, in terms of enabling banks to enhance their end-customer experience by leveraging real-time insights and intelligence.”

With the app-based subscription model, customers will only pay for the app they need, licensed to a particular user. By using these new plans, customers get one holistic subscription to have all the information at their fingertips, and they could save four to five times the cost of traditional CRM providers. Customers will have the option to choose which of the apps they adopt so they can scale on demand.

Businesses that embrace digital transformation generate an average of $100 million (or 8% points) more operating income each year than those who do not. There is a new speed of business that companies must adapt to, along with the rapidly evolving customer engagement mechanisms.

There is a critical need to innovate in real-time, and all of this, with finite resources at their disposal. In such a scenario, Dynamics 365 offers a cost-effective, agile and easy-to-implement solution that enables personalization and greater productivity, allows real-time innovation, delivers deeper insights, and adapts to business needs.

 Faizan Ahmad

About the Author:

This article is posted by Faizan who is the Author and Founder of TechSenser. He is a Professional Blogger from India and a passionate writer about Technology, Gadgets, How-to-Guides, etc. You can connect him on Google+.
Author Faizan Ahmad

7 Dec 2016

David Lin, is the CEO and founder of Pearlmountain Technology Co., Ltd, this is a dedicated graphics and software development company which founded in 2006.

During the first few years, they have developed many graphic tools, such as Picture Collage Maker, Collagelt, PicGIF, Publisher Plus and so on. You can find them here: http://www.pearlmountainsoft.com/product.html

These tools are download based ones, once you buy you can use and update for a free lifetime long.

Last year, they started a new online app FotoJet, this is a different one from their other products. FotoJet is an all-in-one online graphic tool for photo collage making, graphics designing, and photo editing. It is recognized and loved by numerous users now and Google Chrome Store has recommended it a few months ago for it’s highly loved and praised by many users.

Now, FotoJet has 200000+ registered users and provides plenty of templates and resources for users to use.

FotoJet


What David talks about FotoJet

David: We are graphic software developer since 2006. We have developed much graphic software for Mac and Windows in the past. These years many of our Mac software were get recommended by Mac App Store, so we thought we should do more for users and it is the right time for us to go ahead. Because of this, we developed the online app FotoJet. We believe the online tools is the trend of the modern time and we can do it as well as what we did with Mac software. So we get started and now we are here.

The basic service of FotoJet is free, so users only need to pay when they decide to use the advanced options or resources. The price is lower than similar products, you only need to pay 4.99$ per month, if you updated your account by year, what you need to pay just 34.99$.

Nowadays, more and more people need to create their own social media poster, Facebook Cover and so on, but not all of them can design a suitable one. With the help of FotoJet users can make their poster, flyer, etc quick and easy without the need to pay for graphic artist to make a brand or banner of their business and so on.

Pearlmountain is always on the way to develop better tools for users and provide them more careful service, and they believe they will definitely be one of the best online graphic tools. David said that they will always try to be the best of theirs on the forward way.

Author Faizan Ahmad

30 Nov 2016

mVisa, a Quick Response (QR) code-based mobile solution by Visa, will now support payments to over 1,000 TABCab taxis powered by Ongo. The announcement marks the expansion of mVisa to a new category (taxi) after success with merchants like TataSky, Idea, Pizza Hut and others.

Using mVisa, customers will be able to pay their fare through their respective bank’s mobile banking app by scanning the driver’s QR code displayed as a badge or a sticker in the taxi. The driver will receive a payment notification either through an SMS or on the Ongo app (for smartphone users).

The service is currently available on the following apps – Axis Bank Mobile Banking App, Bank of Baroda M CLIP App, Bank of India mVisa App, HDFC Bank PayZapp, Pockets by ICICI Bank, State Bank Anywhere App and Udio Payments App.

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Consumers can also be eligible for an attractive promotional offer. For every mVisa transaction, the consumer gets 50% cashback (up to Rs 200). This offer is valid till 31st Dec 2016.

Powered by India Transact Services Limited. (ITSL), a fully owned subsidiary of AGS Transact Technologies Limited, the Ongo app was launched in September 2015 to enable mobile based P2M (Person to Merchant) transactions for autorickshaws and taxis in Mumbai. With the introduction of mVisa, Ongo enabled taxi drivers will now be able to receive cashless payments.

T.R. Ramachandran, Group Country Manager, India and South Asia, Visa, said, “With the exponential growth in internet and mobile penetration in India, mobile-based payment solutions are rapidly picking up. We are excited by the increasing acceptance for mVisa and believe QR codes as a payment method will play a crucial role in the development of digital payments as they are supported by the full range of smartphones, including low-cost models. mVisa presents an opportunity to electronify everyday spends, and public transport is an important category that we are solving for.”

Ravi B Goyal, Chairman & Managing Director, AGS Transact Technologies Limited, added, “In line with Ongo’s vision to create and deliver an alternate transactions ecosystem, we are consistently working towards developing mobility-based payment solutions that encourage alternative transactions ecosystem. Our partnership with Visa will help us further fuel the company’s vision where paying or getting paid digitally becomes the first choice for consumers and merchants.”

Visa, the global leader in payments technology and payment solution provider AGSTTL-ITSL, aim to maximize the integration of mobile-based payments to Mumbai’s local transportation as well as small merchants, working closely with government authorities, trade and merchant bodies and partners.

mVisa is a payment service that allows consumers to use their mobile phones to make cashless purchases. Users securely link their Visa debit, credit or prepaid account to the mVisa application and make purchases by scanning an mVisa Quick Response (QR) code at a retailer and initiating a transfer of funds from their card to the retailer’s account. mVisa eliminates the need to carry cash by providing customers a more convenient and secure way to pay.

 Faizan Ahmad

About the Author:

This article is posted by Faizan who is the Author and Founder of TechSenser. He is a Professional Blogger from India and a passionate writer about Technology, Gadgets, How-to-Guides, etc. You can connect him on Google+.
Author Faizan Ahmad

29 Nov 2016

Making your site relevant in the eyes of the big wide world of SEO is of utmost importance in the crowded digital blog space. There is a plethora of information out there about how to best optimize your site to drive new and unique visitors to your site.

But one of the overlooked things to do to increase your site’s relevance and authority is forward linking, inserting links to newer posts in older posts. You can think of it as bringing viewers forward along your site’s timeline from old posts.

A method that’s a little less known than back linking, this is something that should definitely be added to your site optimization strategy. Check out linkprocessor.com for even more ways for improving your site’s performance!

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1. You’ll Get Continued Traffic to Older Posts
By consistently updating and adding new links to your old posts, you are able to continuously generate unique traffic to your old posts. You worked really hard on all of the articles in your archive and you should want to continue driving content to all of your old content. By adding forward links into your old posts, you are creating an overall strategy of continuous traffic to all your posts.

2. It Helps Bring Traffic to Your Newer Posts
This point is pretty common sense and is the entire point behind forward linking. By adding links to your new posts in your old posts, viewers will be more likely to visit your new posts through the links when visiting posts deep in your archive. This extra traffic generation from SEO will really give you a boost when it comes to optimizing your blog.

Strong Relationship Between SEO With Content Marketing


3. It’s an Easy Call to Action
Have you ever been stumped for a call to action on your blog posts? Well, the easiest one is to forward link one of your newer articles! At the end of old articles, direct your readers to an article that is similar to the content they’re reading and that they would probably be interested in. It’s a simple way to drive tons of new traffic from your past content!

4. Forward Linking Helps You Keep Old Content Fresh
As a professional blogger, you always want to be on the lookout of how you can keep your old content fresh and up to date. However, it can be difficult to remember to always update your old posts, especially when you may have hundreds or even thousands in your archive.

By making it a priority to add forward links to past posts, you will be forcing yourself to re-read your content while figuring out where to add the links. Maybe there’s some new data that just came out that would make the post more relevant to readers. Or you made a mistake that’s just now popping out at you. Use forward links as a general strategy of not just linking old posts with new posts but as a strategy of keeping all of your content fresh.

Make Internet Marketing - Search Engine Optimization Your Career


5. You Are Your Own Authority
This is something that’s very important to a lot of professional online bloggers. When you link yourself as the authority, rather than some external source, you are saying to your readers that you are the expert in this situation.

Linking your own blog posts through forward linking is one of the major steps in increasing your credentials in the eyes of your audience. And this is extremely important if you hope to keep your readers coming back for more and more.

The importance of forward linking cannot be overlooked. If you actively use forward linking as a part of your overall Search Engine Optimization strategy to drive your site’s growth, you are bound to see results.

 Faizan Ahmad

About the Author:

This article is posted by Faizan who is the Author and Founder of TechSenser. He is a Professional Blogger from India and a passionate writer about Technology, Gadgets, How-to-Guides, etc. You can connect him on Google+.
Author Faizan Ahmad

29 Sep 2016

Power Bank has witnessed lot of popularity from its introduction. These portable charging device has made the mobile devices mobile in its true sense. The smartphones have become double efficient due to these power banks that keep these small sized computers charged all the time. Changing or increasing use of smartphones and tablets for various applications have further increased the charging needs for the same.



The year 2016 has seen sudden rise in the demand of power banks and the reason is not just the increase in sales of gadgets or smartphones, but this sudden surge of demand is due to the new gaming enthusiasm named Pokémon Go!

This new introduction to the world of gaming has engaged everybody starting from children to adults alike. The main attraction of the game is to catch more Pokémon by reaching out to different places. The game is all about leaving your home and going to places, but the only catch here is your phone’s battery. Yes, when you are away from home or office, the main trouble is to keep your phone working all the time. Even the best of the batteries may get drained if you keep gaming all the way. To combat this issue, gamers are resorting to the new and efficient power banks.

What do Pokémon Go lovers want in power banks?
power banks have been the big savior for the Pokémon Go lovers. The gamers look for various features in the power bank to enjoy their game to the fullest. Some of the important features in power bank that make any power bank fit for the game lovers are mentioned here.

High Capacity Battery
The gamers look for the power bank with higher battery capacity so as to charge the mobile multiple times while playing the game on the go. The battery capacity more than 10000mAh is preferable to charge the mobile at least three times after charging the power bank once. There are many companies offering these high capacity power banks at affordable rates.

Faster Charging
Latest models of power banks come with fast charging technology that charges even the multiple mobiles very fast. This will save your charging time and keep your phone ready for gaming all the time. You can also charge the power bank faster with this fast charging technology.

Multiple Phone Charging
power bank with multiple charging ports are always more popular as you can charge your phone and also those of your friends with the single power bank. Most of the high capacity power banks are provided with multiple charging ports to allow the user to make the most of it.
Portable, sleek, and lightweight

When you are planning to carry the power bank to different locations, you will always require the one that is easy to carry and light in weight. Even the metal body power banks are lightweight and durable, but if you are getting higher capacity power bank at lower price then you may also select good quality plastic casing.

Uninterrupted Pokémon Go can now be enjoyed with great quality power banks available at highly affordable pricing.

 Surya Kumar

About the Author:

Surya Kumar working at LatestOne.com as Digital Marketing Analyst. He is Freelance Blogger & Content Writer and Like's to write about Smart Watches, Power Banks and all about Latest Tech & Gadgets. Find more posts FB, Twitter, G+.
Author Faizan Ahmad