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Monthly Archive: February 2024

The Furniture Makers’ Company welcomes Nottinghamshire upholstery manufacturer as corporate member

Long-established upholstery manufacturer Whitemeadow Furniture is the latest business to join the ranks of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, as a corporate member.

With its origins dating back to the 1980s, Whitemeadow is one of the UK’s largest independent upholstery manufacturers, using the latest technology and skilled craftspeople to stay at the forefront of the sector.

Headquartered in Sutton in Ashfield, it has four sites in Nottinghamshire, providing 350,000 sq ft of manufacturing space. With a 560-strong team, the company supplies the majority of high street names and independent retailers with its 100% British designed and made upholstery.

Over the last few years, Whitemeadow has continued to support The Furniture Makers’ Company’s charitable activities and industry events despite having let its corporate membership lapse in the midst of the Covid disruption. It is now keen to once again play an active role in the future of the industry.

Chief finance officer of Whitemeadow Furniture, Michael Clarridge, said: “The Furniture Makers’ Company is at the heart of the industry, and we believe that it is vital to be part of it. As well as feeling that it is right to be represented, we are committed to contributing to the sector’s continued success.

“There are also sound business reasons for corporate membership, such as raising awareness of Whitemeadow and shoring up our own CSR activities. From an HR perspective, it gives us the opportunity to be at the forefront of industry initiatives to support young talent and, as a major employer, we have also seen first-hand the positive impact the organisation has had on the lives of some of our team.”

Whitemeadow Furniture will be formally welcomed as a corporate member at an admission ceremony in June at Furniture

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EU Calls for Developer Input

Recent updates to Apple’s iOS have led to significant changes in the way iPhone web apps operate in the EU. Apple has confirmed that the disabling of progressive web apps (PWAs) on its devices is a deliberate action in response to the complexities posed by the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA). This development has triggered a wide-ranging discussion about the implications for developers, users, and the broader tech landscape.

Key Highlights:

  • Apple has intentionally disabled progressive web apps (PWAs) on iPhones in the EU, citing the new Digital Markets Act (DMA) as the reason.
  • The change impacts how web apps perform and interact with the iOS system, affecting developers and user experience.
  • Apple’s move has sparked debates about security, privacy, and market competition within the EU.

Apple Under Fire for Disabling iPhone Web Apps

The Impact of the Digital Markets Act

The DMA aims to foster competition and increase consumer choice in the digital market. However, Apple argues that the requirements to allow alternative browser engines make it impractical to continue supporting PWAs as they were. The company has stated that ensuring the security and privacy standards of web apps, in line with iOS’s native apps, would require a completely new architecture that is not feasible given the DMA’s demands and the low usage of home screen web apps​​.

Technical and User Experience Implications

The changes introduced with iOS 17.4 have several implications for developers and the user experience. Developers now face the challenge of adapting to a platform where web apps behave more like traditional websites than native apps, affecting functionalities such as notifications and local storage. For users, the direct access and offline capabilities previously offered by PWAs are no longer available, leading to a reliance on web browsers for access​​.

Security and Privacy Concerns

Apple’s stance on the disabling of PWAs also

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Tanya Grubich, Theatre Marketing Pioneer, Passes Away at 60

Tanya Marie Grubich, 60, of Bucks County, PA passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 16, 2024 after a courageous battle with Early Onset Dementia. 

Beloved wife of Stephenie Harris; daughter of Annette Marie Bartlett and the late George Richard Grubich; and sister of Justin Grubich (wife Jessica Ogiony) and to Michael Grubich.  Tanya was born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and grew up in the family business, the Original Christmas Store, traveling the world with her parents for inventory and opening and managing multiple locations.  She was a highly competent entrepreneur at an early age.  

A 1983 graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in Art History,  Tanya, continued her education in 2012, completing a three-year program Owner/President/Manager at the Harvard Business School in Cambridge, MA.  Tanya was featured in The New York Times Arts & Leisure Section as a Broadway Innovator in 2006 and was honored by the Broadway League in 2015 with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Her leadership and compassion extended into philanthropy including board membership of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).  She was also a long-time member of the Association of Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM).

In 1988, Tanya began her career at PACE Theatrical Group in Houston, TX and shortly after moved to New York City to work on the Broadway and touring productions of Grand Hotel. Tanya founded her own entertainment marketing agency in 1994, overseeing marketing and promotions for Broadway shows and touring properties including the national tours of Smokey Joe’s Café and STOMP.  In 1998 she partnered with Laura Matalon to form TMG – The Marketing Group where they handled numerous productions including the national tours of, Mamma Mia!, The Producers, Wicked and Hairspray, among others. TMG became Allied Live in 2008 with offices in New York

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‘Tesla killer’: Chinese billionaire makes $4 billion overnight

A Chinese billionaire has seen his personal wealth skyrocket by a staggering $US2.6 billion ($A3.97b) overnight.

On Monday local time (Tuesday AEDT), Chinese electric vehicle maker Li Auto announced its fourth quarter earnings and investors were stoked.

As a result, the company, which is listed on two stock exchanges, surged in value.

Li Auto’s market capitalisation jumped by 26 per cent in the Hong Kong stock market, while it hit nearly 19 per cent on the US’s NASDAQ.

This was great news for the company’s chief executive and founder Li Xiang, who has been dubbed a Chinese Elon Musk, and holds a large stake in his company.

According to the Forbes Billionaire Index, at the time of writing, Mr Li’s net worth now stands at $US10.7 billion ($A16.3b).

Before the market rally, it stood at $US8.1 billion ($A12.4b).

Forbes listed Mr Li as one of the five biggest wealth makers worldwide on Monday.

Mr Li, 42, is currently ranked as number 34 on China’s rich list and is number 748 on the Global Billionaire’s Index.

Li Auto isn’t his first successful entrepreneurial venture.

Mr Li launched a computer and gadget review website called pcpop.com in 2005 as soon as he finished high school.

Then in 2005, he spotted a gap in the market and launched a vehicle news website called Autohome, which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange in 2013.

In 2015, he launched Li Auto.

Li Auto surged on stock markets in the wake of the news that sales of its three models had more than doubled compared to the previous year to $US5.9 billion ($A9b).

The company’s total net profit came in at $US810 million ($A1.2b), which was a 2068 per cent increase from the previous 12 months.

The profit margin it gains from every sale of

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Chicago Web Development: Elevating Digital Experiences in the Windy City

In the bustling urban landscape of Chicago, where innovation is the heartbeat of business, web development emerges as a crucial player in the city’s dynamic digital transformation. Chicago, known for its rich tapestry of industries, is witnessing a surge in the demand for web development services that not only create visually appealing websites but also foster seamless user experiences. As businesses navigate the digital realm, the role of Chicago’s web development experts becomes increasingly significant in shaping the online identity of local enterprises.

Strategic Design for Diverse Industries

Chicago’s web development scene thrives on its ability to provide strategic design solutions across a myriad of industries. From finance to healthcare, entertainment to technology, the city’s web developers leverage their expertise to craft bespoke digital solutions tailored to the unique needs of each sector. This adaptability underscores the importance of web development as a versatile tool that goes beyond aesthetics, aligning with the strategic goals and user expectations of diverse businesses.

Collaborative Approach to Development

What sets Chicago web development apart is its collaborative approach to the development process. The synergy between developers, designers, and clients is not just encouraged but considered essential. The collaborative model ensures that the end product not only meets technical specifications but also aligns with the client’s vision and brand identity. This interactive development philosophy creates a symbiotic relationship that fosters innovation and results in digital solutions that resonate with the client’s goals.

Innovation in User-Centric Experiences

User experience takes center stage in Chicago’s web development landscape. The focus goes beyond creating aesthetically pleasing websites; it extends to delivering intuitive, user-friendly interfaces that enhance the overall online journey. Developers in Chicago understand that a seamless and engaging user experience is pivotal for the

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Beyond The Buzzword To Business Impact

Founder at M16 Marketing and a Forbes Agency Council member, Don is a leading marketing technologist on a mission to help businesses scale.

The transformative power of personalization in marketing cannot be overstated. The ability to cut through the noise and engage customers on a personal level is invaluable. Let’s dive into the mechanics of personalization and its challenges and technologies, revealing why it’s essential for businesses to adapt and how they can do so effectively.

The Core Of Personalization

At its core, personalization is about recognizing and responding to the unique needs and interests of each customer. It’s a strategy that transforms generic interactions into meaningful conversations, fostering a sense of individual attention and care. By analyzing past interactions, purchase history and even social media activity, businesses can tailor their communications, offering products, services and content that truly resonate with the individual.

The core of personalization is exemplified in various industries, but let’s consider an example from the retail sector to illustrate how it can transform the customer experience. Imagine a customer named Sarah, who frequently shops at an online clothing retailer. The retailer uses a personalization strategy to enhance Sarah’s shopping experience based on her past interactions, purchase history and preferences inferred from her online behavior.

• Tailored Email Marketing: When Sarah logs in to her account, the system analyzes her past purchases and browsing history. She recently viewed several pages of summer dresses but didn’t make a purchase. The next day, Sarah receives an email from the retailer highlighting a new collection of summer dresses that align with the styles and colors she viewed. The email also includes a personalized discount on her first dress purchase.

• Customized Website Experience: Upon visiting the website again, Sarah notices that the homepage dynamically changes to feature summer dresses

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Nintendo is suing the makers of the Switch emulator Yuzu, claims ‘There is no lawful way to use Yuzu’

Nintendo of America is suing the maker of the Nintendo Switch emulator Yuzu, saying it “unlawfully circumvents the technological measures” that prevent Switch games from being played on other hardware. 

Yuzu has been around for ages—we talked about using it to run Pokémon: Let’s Go back in 2018—but it was The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom that really brought it front-and-center for mainstream gamers. One day after the Switch-exclusive game went live, the Yuzu developers said they had it running at “full speed on most hardware,” with “no hacks needed.”

That was great for Nintendo fans, but Nintendo was clearly less enthused. The lawsuit (available in full on Scribd, via Stephen Totilo) describes emulators as “a piece of software that allows users to unlawfully play pirated videogames that were published only for a specific console on a general-purpose computing device,” and cites Tears of the Kingdom, which leaked ahead of release, as a specific example of such. Yuzu publicly took steps to discourage piracy on its Discord, but Nintendo nonetheless pointed the finger at the emulator as the problem.

“Infringing copies of the game that circulated online were able to be played in Yuzu, and those copies were successfully downloaded from pirate websites over one million times before the game was published and made available for lawful purchase by Nintendo,” the lawsuit states. “Many of the pirate websites specifically noted the ability to play the game file in Yuzu.”

This of course isn’t the first time emulators have been accused of encouraging piracy: In 1999, Sony sued a company called Connectix, the maker of a PlayStation emulator called the Virtual Game Station, over allegations of copyright infringement and various violations of its intellectual property rights. Connectix actually won the case: Among other things,

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Pros and Cons in 2024

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Though perhaps best known for domain hosting, GoDaddy also offers a website builder that is easy to use and easy to customize, pairing designer-created templates with WordPress’ premade content blocks. GoDaddy’s websites can be designed and managed both online and from its mobile app. 

We researched GoDaddy’s templates and design, pros and cons, pricing and value, e-commerce, blogging and how it stacks up against popular competitors. Find out if GoDaddy is the website builder for you.

GoDaddy overview

GoDaddy’s website builder is built to pair with the company’s other services, including web hosting, in-person sales with POS and boutique marketing services. It offers a number of website templates, all of which are available to you regardless of subscription level. These templates are customizable and can be further edited with HTML or WordPress drag-and-drop content blocks.

GoDaddy’s website builder supports blogs, e-commerce and contact forms. Its commerce options work for a variety of goods and services, including physical inventory, digital content, classes, one-time and recurring appointments and sales across marketplaces like eBay and Etsy. 

GoDaddy pros and cons

GoDaddy has a lot to offer, but the

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These Are the Best Website Builders in 2024

Whether you’re starting a business or just showcasing your work, a website is a must to establish your brand identity. It helps your customers learn more about your business, establishes your credibility, and serves as an authoritative resource. Gone are the days when you’d need a team of web developers to build your website. If you’re looking for a service that’ll do the heavy lifting for you and allow you to create a top-notch site without much (or any) coding know-how, you can lean on one of these services.

The best website builder for most people

There are plenty of good website builders out there, but Wix is the one that ticks most boxes. One of its biggest strengths is a vast library of templates, which allows you to quickly set up the right kind of website for you or your business. Having a readymade template can save you hours of work in adding the right design or features to your site, and Wix has something for almost everyone. It also has a drag-and-drop interface for designing sites, which is useful when you want to customize the look or place elements in certain spots on the page. You also get access to elements such as an online shop, a calendar-like feature to schedule appointments, and a blog. This is a great service for most people, but there are a couple of annoyances—changing templates is not easy at all and it lacks the best tools to analyze website traffic. 

Wix: free tier available, paid plans start at $US17/month

A surprisingly decent free website builder

Weebly is a good choice for people who want to get a site off the ground for free. It features attractive templates and lets you change templates, too. It has the usual limitations of a

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Finding The Perfect Balance For Your Marketing Agency

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In the business world, there seems to be an unending conversation about how to squeeze the most profit out of each company. While this is a crucial element of building a successful company, marketing agencies that are too profit-focused can create unintended consequences such as creative stagnation and employee burnout. This can have serious impacts on the agency, especially in an environment where consumers crave authenticity and the opportunity to connect with brands that serve a greater purpose and make an emotional connection.

Marketing agencies, especially those that are experiencing significant growth, may find themselves at a crossroads where profit-making takes precedence over the passion to produce high-quality content and campaigns. The good news is that agencies don’t have to choose one over the other. For marketing agencies to thrive in today’s marketplace, they must develop a culture that strikes a careful balance between profitability and fostering a culture of creativity and passion.

Why Profit Maximization Hinders Passion

Most marketing agencies are built on a foundation of wanting to deliver the most creative and exciting deliverables to their clients. Newer marketing agencies tend to be hyper-focused on the creative side of the business. This is what attracts new clients and keeps them coming back.

Of course, the business can’t survive without a healthy bottom line. Over time, decisions could be made that drive cost savings and improve profitability. While these are great things, the trade-offs must be considered. Overpromising a deadline to clients could create an environment where the team is forced to work long hours and experience burnout.

Cutting costs, such as staff reductions or skimping on the right technology, at the expense of quality could drive away your top creative talent who are passionate about the end product. Marketing agencies that

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