What is going on with Ultrabooks?

The appeal of desktop computer is in the history and computer makers are working hard to fight the popularity of the iPad. PC makers are increasingly improving ultrabooks, a thinner laptop to gain back the market share as well as to combat Apple’s sleek MacBook Pro. They are light weight, weighting only 2.87 pounds on average; has a longer battery life averaging around seven plus hours (five minimum); storage capacity has been increased tremendously; 18 to 21 mm thick; wake up from sleep mode within seven seconds; and has much faster processors like Intel 1.7 GHz.

Ultrabooks came into the market in late 2011 and accounted for about five percent of all laptops sold. Ultrabooks generally market between $650 and $1,600. A much lower price compared to Apple’s MacBook Air. Ultrabooks sales are improving much slower than anticipated due to the relentless competition from tablets and smartphones and the dull global economy. The price point of ultrabooks is not helping either. Twenty five percent of the manufacturing cost goes to chips, especially Intel’s Ultraprocessor chips. One other contributing factor is much anticipated launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8. People are holding back purchases of computers of any kind until the release of Widows 8.

The Many Hats of Ted Dhanik, Co-founder of engage: BDR

As co-founder of an online display, video, and mobile advertising network, it’s safe to assume that Ted Dhanik has a lot on his plate. Along with fellow founder and COO Kurtis Rintala, Dhanik launched engage: BDR in 2007, and has since then been serving as the firm’s President and Executive Vice President of Business Development. And just what does this role entail? Let’s just say he wears more than one hat on any given day at the office.

Under his leadership, Dhanik is responsible for managing several departments; He oversees the strategic marketing department, an area he’s particularly gifted in; he manages the sales and business development side of the firm, another specialty of this multi-talented entrepreneur; and he’s got the last word on client relationship management and content acquisition – that’s four hats! So, how did he acquire his many talents? Every story has a beginning.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University at Hayward, Dhanik began his career in sales. After only one year, he became director of business development at Xoriant Corporation, and was quickly recruited by LowerMyBills.com, where he became manager of business development. While there, he successfully built and launched the firm’s home equity product.

At this point in his career, Dhanik’s portfolio was so impressive that he landed a job as VP of Fun and Strategic Marketing at MySpace.com — before it was big. While at MySpace.com, Dhanik worked his marketing magic and developed strategic strategies responsible for launching the company during its infancy. He enjoyed working at MySpace for five years before starting his own company, engage: BDR, in 2007.

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Franchises For Sale Highlighted At FranchiseClique.com

The list of various franchises for sale is growing year after year, which means that the opportunity to build your own franchise is knocking at your doorstep. If you are an entrepreneur who has been struggling looking through indexes of franchises for sale, then you should make sure that you spend some time over at the wonderful FranchiseClique.com. This beautiful, easy to use website not only highlights the various franchises for sale around the country, they also help to choose which ones would best suit your needs and goals. So if you are looking for help while browsing franchises for sale, look no further than http://www.FranchiseClique.com today!

Revamped Digg Is Live

Article submitted by iClimber

Digg, which is one of the biggest social bookmarking sites has a new site, courtesy of Betaworks. The new site is still a news aggregator but its layout now provides space for image-rich features. It currently does not allow commenting, which was a foundational feature of the original Digg, but the new bosses say that’s coming soon. Other things that are lacking? A community, which is kind of a big deal. It seems that three workers are currently moderating/approving submissions to Digg, and that users don’t have the ability, at the moment, to decide for themselves what is popular and what is not.

With the ink still drying on the acquisition papers, Betaworks got busy with RethinkDigg. This site asked Digg users to submit ideas about what the new Digg should include. The response obtained was significant, close to 4,000 responses were registered. The new Digg now looks more like Facebook (it has pictures!) and Twitter (real-time capabilities). One downside is that the 14 million Digg pages that were indexed by Google before the acquisition are no longer available and are displaying “404 Error.”

The new Digg went online August 1st. If you’re wondering about the comment capabilities, Betaworks’ brass says that with it being such an integral component of the Digg experience, they didn’t want to rush its development for the sake of meeting the strict August 1st deadline. Many long-time Digg fans will be hoping Betaworks has something very good up its sleeve for this matter.