Web Interfaces – Unix Pimps http://unixpimps.org/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 20:52:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://unixpimps.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Web Interfaces – Unix Pimps http://unixpimps.org/ 32 32 Content Toolbox for EMEA Marketers: How to Drive Growth Through Content (Part 1) https://unixpimps.org/content-toolbox-for-emea-marketers-how-to-drive-growth-through-content-part-1/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 20:52:29 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/content-toolbox-for-emea-marketers-how-to-drive-growth-through-content-part-1/ June 20, 2022 content, global Content is the number one building block in the overarching Customer Experience (CX) category. How to successfully build your content efforts in the ever-changing movement toward more and more digital engagement is a difficult but important strategy to understand as you lay the foundation of your customer experience model. This […]]]>

Content is the number one building block in the overarching Customer Experience (CX) category. How to successfully build your content efforts in the ever-changing movement toward more and more digital engagement is a difficult but important strategy to understand as you lay the foundation of your customer experience model. This blog from TechTarget Customer Success and MOI Global outlines the steps you can take to create your content framework for the best customer experience.

Content and Customer Experience

Customer experience can be summed up as “the sum of all the feelings and interactions a customer has with your brand, at every point in their buying journey – from marketing to sales to customer service and everywhere in between.”

EMEA Content Marketing

If CX is the totality of interactions, a large portion of those interactions will be with content.

Customer experience forces us to balance the needs of our customers and prospects with our commercial goals. At CX there is no finish line – it is a journey without a finish. This is important if we really want to meet the needs of prospects and customers while generating leads for the business.

Customer experience is: The sum of all the feelings and interactions a customer has with your brand, at every point in their buying journey – from marketing to sales to customer service and everywhere in between.

– TechTarget | MOI Global

The two building blocks that go into creating the customer experience are “content” and “experiences”. Let’s break these down:

Understand the content block

“Content” is a standalone asset that can exist in a variety of channels. Inherent mobility means that the asset can be shared, roam the web, or travel with the customer. Content can be a blog post, a research study, a white paper, a video, etc. – powerful tools to engage prospects and customers.

Interacting with content is fairly passive – reading, watching, or listening. And that’s measured by initiations like downloading a work after filling out a form (open, download, or play), whether someone spent time on the content (duration of viewing/listening), and completions – whether someone got to the end of it piece of content.

Understand the experience building block

In contrast, an experience is a series of interactions within a defined environment. It has an entry point and an exit point – it needs to be navigated. An experience can include different forms of content, but it’s something you immerse yourself in and work your way through.

Examples of an experience would be a landing page that you explore by clicking on different modules, an HTML email that you scroll through and then tap the call-to-action button at the end, a mobile app, a eBook or an online survey.

A customer or prospect would interact within a user interface (UI) using digital gestures such as click, tap, tap, scroll, etc. And success would look like time spent on website, web sessions, bounce rates, pages visited, forms filled, leads generated, and repeat visits over time.

Content x experience crossover

to clarify an asset can function as both content and experience.

In the image below, you can see that the same content can either be used as a static PDF or turned into an interactive experience where users navigate through the content and perform actions to choose their journey through the asset. This can include clicking to the next chapter, drilling down to sub-pages, and more.

The PDF content is reworked to provide the user with different travel options. It’s the same thought leadership expressed in different ways and used in different ways in the customer journey.

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Before creating any additional content, you should consider whether the information or entertainment is best expressed as static content or as an experience, or perhaps reused for both. You have a huge range of options, so choose how best to engage people and provide a great customer experience.

The Power of Content

Content is all about customer centricity, whether it’s reaching potential customers or existing customers.

to potential customers, the content shows that you understand your prospect’s business context and can help them solve their problems. It shows empathy. It also gives potential customers confidence in what you do.

To the current customersContent helps them expand their understanding of your value, delivered across diverse products, services, skills, support, and expertise.

The power of content marketing

In contrast, content marketing is all about the brand and the business. It’s an engine for growth.

Content marketing is the practice of providing content that is valuable, consistent, and relevant to a well-defined audience over time. And ultimately, it’s about driving profitable customer action.

Content marketing serves the brand and increases sales by:

  • credibility: Establish a thought leadership role
  • discoverability: Build SEO through expertise, authority and trustworthiness
  • profitability: Generate qualified leads or increase sales with existing customers

Types of B2B content and experiences

Here’s a simple illustration of many types of B2B content you create or could create today.

EMEA Content Marketing

Podcasts are different from the traditional text-based content we see in B2B, and assets like courses and reviews are more innovative in the B2B technology space. Visual and video-led content is still underutilized in B2B, so more could set you apart.

In terms of B2B experiences, below are some that you may have seen and some that are more innovative in the sector. This is just an inspirational list of digital interactions and experiences you might want to explore in your own organization.

EMEA Content Marketing

But how do you pull all this information together into a content marketing plan? You need to create a shared customer experience through your content marketing.

A concept for content marketing

Glenn Landauer, MOI Global’s VP Customer Experience Strategy, shared his simple strategic blueprint for content marketing, broken down into three steps.

  1. Establish your content strategy
  2. Think about how you will produce your content – the level of accuracy, iterative or intense, and will it be a habit or pool of assets
  3. distribution – Make sure it reaches the right audience

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How to optimize your content marketing

As a content marketer, think about these questions to create an exceptional customer experience that brings together everything we’ve covered so far:

  • How can content and experiences help guide your prospects through the buyer journey? Are there gaps that your content and experience can fill or point out new paths of discovery?
  • Where does the content support awareness (brand) versus willingness to buy (platforms and solutions) versus conversion goals (specific products and offers)?
  • You don’t have to do everything – focus on a few things that you’re good at. What are you?

Don’t be afraid to experiment, stick with an idea for a while to see how it really works.

In the next blog post, we’ll look at how the research behavior of B2B tech buyers has changed over the past two years and what that means for the way you go to market with your content and experiences.

Offering unique perspectives and expertise based on our direct experience in the EMEA market, this blog is designed as a resource for marketers targeting or working directly in this market.

Content Marketing, Customer Experience, CX, EMEA Content Marketing, EMEA Marketing Strategies

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The AI ​​software called DALL-E turns your words into pictures https://unixpimps.org/the-ai-software-called-dall-e-turns-your-words-into-pictures/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 13:00:01 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/the-ai-software-called-dall-e-turns-your-words-into-pictures/ The DALL-E Mini software from a group of open-source developers isn’t perfect, but sometimes it actually provides images that match people’s text descriptions. screenshot If you’ve been scrolling through your social media feeds lately, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed illustrations with captions. You are popular now. The images you see are probably made possible […]]]>

The DALL-E Mini software from a group of open-source developers isn’t perfect, but sometimes it actually provides images that match people’s text descriptions.

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If you’ve been scrolling through your social media feeds lately, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed illustrations with captions. You are popular now.

The images you see are probably made possible by a text-to-image program called DALL-E. Before the illustrations are posted, people insert words, which are then turned into images by artificial intelligence models.

For example, a Twitter user posted a tweet that read, “To be or not to be, Rabbi holding avocado, marble sculpture.” The attached image, which is very elegant, shows a marble statue of a bearded man in a robe and bowler hat grasping an avocado.

The AI ​​models come from Google’s Imagen software and from OpenAI, a Microsoft-backed start-up that developed DALL-E 2. On its website, OpenAI calls DALL-E 2 “a new AI system capable of creating realistic images and artwork with a natural language description.”

But most of what happens in this space comes from a relatively small group of people who share their images and in some cases generate high engagement. That’s because Google and OpenAI haven’t made the technology widely available.

Many of the early adopters of OpenAI are friends and relatives of collaborators. If you seek access, you must join a waiting list and indicate whether you are a professional artist, developer, academic researcher, journalist, or online creator.

“We’re working hard to speed up access, but it will likely take time for us to reach everyone. As of June 15, we invited 10,217 people to try DALL-E,” OpenAI’s Joanne Jang wrote on a help page on the company’s website.

A publicly available system is DALL-E Mini. It relies on open source code from a loosely organized development team and is often overloaded with demand. Attempts to use it may be greeted with a dialog box saying “Too much traffic, please try again”.

It’s a bit reminiscent of Google’s Gmail service, which offered unlimited email storage in 2004. Early adopters could initially only join by invitation, millions had to wait. Now Gmail is one of the most popular email service in the world.

Creating images from text may never be as ubiquitous as email. But the technology is certainly having a moment, and part of its appeal lies in the exclusivity.

Private research lab Midjourney requires people to fill out a form if they want to experiment with its image generation bot from a channel on the Discord chat app. Only a select group of people uses and posts images of Imagen.

Text-to-picture services are sophisticated, identifying the most important parts of a user’s prompts and then guessing how best to illustrate those terms. Google trained its Imagen model with hundreds of its in-house AI chips on 460 million internal image-text pairs, in addition to external data.

The interfaces are simple. There is generally a text box, a button to start the generation process, and an area below to view images. To give credit, Google and OpenAI add watermarks in the lower right corner of images from DALL-E 2 and Imagen.

The companies and corporations that build the software are rightly concerned that everyone will storm the gates at once. Serving web requests to run queries with these AI models can get expensive. More importantly, the models aren’t perfect and don’t always produce results that accurately represent the world.

Engineers trained the models using extensive collections of words and images from around the web, including photos posted to Flickr.

San Francisco-based OpenAI recognizes the potential for harm that could come from a model that learned how to create images by essentially crawling the web. To counter the risk, employees have removed violent content from training data, and filters are in place to prevent DALL-E 2 from generating images when users send prompts that may violate company policy on nudity, violence, conspiracy, or political content.

“There is an ongoing process to improve the security of these systems,” said Prafulla Dhariwal, an OpenAI researcher.

Bias in the results is also important to understand and poses a broader problem for the AI. Boris Dayma, a developer from Texas, and others who worked on DALL-E Mini described the problem in a statement from their software.

“Occupations with a higher level of education (such as engineers, doctors or scientists) or with high manual labor (such as in the construction industry) are represented mainly by white males,” they wrote. “Nursing staff, secretaries or assistants, on the other hand, are typically women, often white.”

Google described similar shortcomings in its Imagen model in a scientific paper.

Despite the risks, OpenAI is excited about the things the technology can make possible. Dhariwal said it can bring creative opportunities to individuals and help with commercial applications for interior design or website design.

Results should continue to improve over time. DALL-E 2, unveiled in April, spits out more realistic images than the original version OpenAI announced last year, and the company’s text generation model, GPT, has become more sophisticated with each generation.

“That’s to be expected with a lot of these systems,” Dhariwal said.

CLOCK: Former Pres. Obama backs disinformation, says things could get worse with AI

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HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow N6600 fnw1 review https://unixpimps.org/hp-scanjet-enterprise-flow-n6600-fnw1-review/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 22:47:04 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/hp-scanjet-enterprise-flow-n6600-fnw1-review/ Sheet-fed document scanners have become paperclips, but high-volume, business-class scanners that combine sheet-fed and flatbed designs have been scarce in recent years. In fact, the sheetfed/flatbed combo shown here, the $1,499 HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow N6600 fnw1 replaces a model we reviewed back in January 2014 (the ScanJet Enterprise Flow 7500). As the name suggests, […]]]>

Sheet-fed document scanners have become paperclips, but high-volume, business-class scanners that combine sheet-fed and flatbed designs have been scarce in recent years. In fact, the sheetfed/flatbed combo shown here, the $1,499 HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow N6600 fnw1 replaces a model we reviewed back in January 2014 (the ScanJet Enterprise Flow 7500). As the name suggests, the N6600 is an enterprise-class device for busy offices with countless scanning tasks. Fast, accurate and robust, it comes with highly competent scanning and document management software. Only its price keeps it from becoming our newest favorite business scanner.


Scanners are slowly changing: Eight years have passed

Over the years, not only have scanner product names and nomenclatures changed, but the products themselves have changed – drastically, as you can see in the image below. Modern scanners that are half the size of their long-lived predecessors mostly do the same or more work. At 5.2 x 21.1 x 12.8 inches (HWD) with the input tray closed and weighing just 13.4 pounds, the ScanJet Enterprise Flow N6600 is a few inches smaller and about 10 pounds lighter than the ScanJet 7500 mentioned above.

HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow 7500 and N6600

The Enterprise Flow N6600 fnw1 (right) is roughly half the size and weight of its 2014 predecessor (left).

And unlike traditional sheet-fed scanners, whose paper trays often expand to two or three times their unused length, the HP’s combined sheet-fed/flatbed design has the input tray extend upward, but the scanner’s real footprint – the space that the device occupies on your desk or counter – does not change. (I should add that this ScanJet is one of four flatbed models HP unveiled in May; the others, branded ScanJet Pro rather than ScanJet Enterprise Flow, are due to be reviewed soon.)

The 2015 Fujitsu fi-7260 (replaced by the soon-to-be-reviewed fi-8270) is similar in speed and specifications to today’s ScanJet, although slightly larger and a few pounds heavier (as is another recently reviewed scanner, the Raven Pro Max ). Two newer but less robust and less expensive competitors, the Epson DS-1630 color flatbed scanner and the Xerox Duplex Combo Scanner are closer in size and scope to the N6600.

The point, of course, is that the compact design of this ScanJet flatbed takes up little desk space, and unlike most sheetfed presses, its footprint doesn’t change whether it’s in use or at rest.

Being an enterprise-class scanner, most applications for the N6600 require access over a network through document management software, which we’ll get to in a moment. Alternatively, you and your team can work from the device’s control panel, which combines back, home, help, and power buttons with a 2.8-inch touchscreen.

Control panel of the HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow N6600

You can configure and run scan jobs from the control panel’s 2.8-inch touchscreen.

From here you have a variety of options including setting up a scan job and configuring its file type and other destination options, as well as running the scan itself. You can also select workflow profiles, which contain all of the characteristics of a scan job: the resolution; whether to scan to image or searchable text; and whether to send to local drive, email, cloud site, and/or multiple destinations. Scanning resolutions (both optical and hardware) are up to 600 dpi for scans made through the automatic document feeder (ADF) and up to 1,200 dpi through the flatbed.

HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow N6600 ADF

The ADF holds up to 100 pages and the output tray is located above the scanner bed.

Of course, the secret of a sheetfed/flatbed combo scanner is combining an ADF with a classic flatbed design. In this case we are talking about a 100-page ADF, as good as it gets in this category. The flatbed holds pages up to legal size, and the automatic document feeder can handle sheets that are 8.5 inches wide and 5.1 meters long.

As much as you can scan day in, day out, HP rates the N6600’s daily duty cycle at 8,000 pages. That’s 2,000 more than the Raven Pro Max, whose ADF also holds 100 sheets. The Fujitsu fi-7260 only holds 80 pages (but the forthcoming fi-8270 will hold 100 with a daily duty cycle of 10,000 scans). The ADF of the Epson DS-1630, on the other hand, only holds 50 sheets and, like the Xerox, its daily maximum is 1,500 scans. (The Xerox’s ADF is even smaller at 35 sheets.) Loading and reloading the ScanJet’s ADF is almost a full-time job if you want to challenge the daily work cycle.


connectivity and software

Most computing devices can connect to this ScanJet using at least one of its four standard interfaces: 10/100/1000BaseT wired Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, connection to a single computer via USB 3.0, or Wi-Fi Direct. The latter is a peer-to-peer wireless network protocol that allows you to connect your mobile devices and those of your team directly to the scanner without being part of the same local network.

HP ScanJet Enterprise Flow N6600 ports

Standard interfaces include Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11n networks, USB 3.0 and Wi-Fi Direct.

In addition to the standard HP scanner device driver, HP provides TWAIN and WIA drivers that connect the scanner to a variety of applications (such as Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word) that support scanning directly to them. You also get the HP Scanner Tools utility and HP Scan Premium software.

HP Scan web app

HP Scan allows you to create and modify workflow profiles or shortcuts.

The Scanner Tools Utility is what it sounds like, a program designed to help you monitor and maintain your scanner. HP Scan Premium is a scanning utility that allows you to set up and manage what HP calls “tasks”, also known as workflow profiles or shortcuts. These profiles define your scan jobs from start to finish. They contain information about resolution, file type and format, and destinations for your scans.


Testing the ScanJet Enterprise Flow N6600: Fast, Accurate Captures

HP rates the ScanJet Enterprise Flow N6600 fnw1 at 50 single-sided (simplex) pages per minute (ppm) and 100 two-sided (duplex) images per minute (ipm), which is actually a bit cramped for an enterprise-level scanner. The Raven Max Pro, for example, is rated at 60 ppm and 120 ipm, as is the Fujitsu fi-7260; the fi-8270 is rated at 70ppm and 140ipm. The low-end Xerox Combo, Epson DS-1630, and HP ScanJet Pro 3500 are all well below 50 ppm/100 ipm.

I ran my tests using a USB 3.0 connection from our standard test environment PC, an Intel Core i5 desktop running Windows 10 Pro and HP Scan Premium. For the first test, I clocked the N6600 while it scanned our 25-page single-page and 25-page double-page (50-page) text documents, then converted and saved them as image PDFs. It captured and stored the single-sided pages at a rate of 51.2 ppm and the two-sided pages at 106.2 ipm.

Unfortunately, the other scanners mentioned above, with the exception of the Raven Pro Max, Epson DS-1630 and Xerox Combo, have been tested with a previous set of benchmark tests using different documents and protocols, leaving this 2022 HP model with a compared by them would be misleading. For the record, the Raven scored 62.5ppm and 124.2ipm, and the bottom two models were significantly slower.

Next, I clocked the N6600 while it scanned our 25-page two-page text document and converted it to the more versatile searchable PDF format. It captured and stored all 50 pages in 28 seconds, just 4 seconds behind the Pro Max. Again, the other high-volume scanners were tested using different methods and are therefore not comparable; Reviews of their replacements are in preparation.

Scan Accuracy: Sharp Stuff

Just as crucial as the speed of a document scanner is the accuracy of the optical character recognition (OCR), which is usually performed by the software. While commendable, the N6600’s flawless conversion of our serif (Times New Roman) and sans-serif (Arial) test documents to 6-point is only average for today’s crowd.

Again, I can’t compare the results of this ScanJet to some of the earlier machines reviewed here; OCR accuracy wasn’t quite as accurate seven or eight years ago. In each case, the Raven Pro Max was only marginally better, matching the HP’s accuracy to within 6 points with Times New Roman and 5 points with Arial. As I’ve noted in other scanner reviews, OCR technology has matured enough that most of today’s scanners—even sub-$100 handheld devices—can easily handle common fonts this small in size.

I also scanned several photos and other colorful documents on the flatbed, not to test its speed but its accuracy in terms of color reproduction and detail. The flatbed’s resolution supports up to 1200 dpi and is high enough to capture most types of photos and other graphics. Between the hardware and the software, the N6600 produces brilliant, highly usable scans for applications right through to high-resolution print output.


The Verdict: A sleek, clean, slightly mean machine

HP’s sleek, compact ScanJet Enterprise Flow N6600 fnw1 doesn’t see like a corporate scanner. Likewise, its rated speeds of 50 ppm and 100 ipm are on the low end of what we consider high-volume scanning. But unless your Scanstation (or, if your ScanJet is part of a fleet, scan stations) are very active, it should be fine for all but the busiest environments. This is a reliable device with a great software package for archiving your documents, business cards, receipts, bills and other financial documents, making it a great alternative to our current favorite sheet/flatbed combo, the Raven Pro Max.

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Best Cryptocurrency Exchanges in India for 2022 – Forbes Advisor INDIA https://unixpimps.org/best-cryptocurrency-exchanges-in-india-for-2022-forbes-advisor-india/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:10:49 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/best-cryptocurrency-exchanges-in-india-for-2022-forbes-advisor-india/ In India, different cryptocurrency exchanges charge different fees and charges. Let’s take a closer look at what these fees are: admission fee Majority of cryptocurrency exchanges in India such as WazirX, Zebpay, Bitbns and Unocoin have waived the joining fee entirely. However, inactive accounts may incur a very small membership fee. deposit fee This fee […]]]>

In India, different cryptocurrency exchanges charge different fees and charges. Let’s take a closer look at what these fees are:

admission fee

Majority of cryptocurrency exchanges in India such as WazirX, Zebpay, Bitbns and Unocoin have waived the joining fee entirely. However, inactive accounts may incur a very small membership fee.

deposit fee

This fee is charged when the user deposits funds or coins with the crypto exchange to initiate the purchase or sale. The amount of the deposit fee depends entirely on how the user transferred the funds, be it through payment processors, Mobikwik, a crypto wallet, UPI, Net Banking or bank transfers.

trading fees

Trading fees are the most important part of the cryptocurrency exchange fee mechanism. Trading fees can be charged as a flat percentage of the amount of crypto a trader buys or sells, or an exchange can charge based on orders placed, such as orders placed. B. manufacturers and buyers, charge different fees. So before proceeding, it is important to understand maker and taker fees.

A maker is a party that creates liquidity on the exchange by selling cryptocurrency

The taker is the party that deprives it of liquidity by buying the cryptocurrencies.

Both maker and taker pay a certain fee for the transaction. However, manufacturers usually pay less.

Trading fees vary by exchange, ranging from almost 0% to 0.25% on most exchanges. However, it should be noted that certain exchanges claim not to charge the user any fees, it is necessary to pay close attention to the fact that when they charge in the form of spreads – the difference between the price of buying or selling cryptocurrency. And in general, this rate is higher than the trading fee.

withdrawal fee

Some exchanges charge the user to withdraw funds in fiat. Withdrawing funds occurs when a user places a sell order on the exchange and then the funds appear in their wallet. The user can withdraw money here in full or in part to their registered bank account for which he or she may be charged. The user also has the option to withdraw in coins, which also comes with a cost.

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Head-to-head poll: LiveVox (LVOX) vs. the competition https://unixpimps.org/head-to-head-poll-livevox-lvox-vs-the-competition/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 20:18:55 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/head-to-head-poll-livevox-lvox-vs-the-competition/ LiveVox (NASDAQ:LVOX – Get Rating) is one of 143 public companies in the Data Processing and Prep industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare LiveVox to related companies based on earnings power, analyst ratings, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends. Analyst Ratings This is a breakdown of recent recommendations […]]]>

LiveVox (NASDAQ:LVOX – Get Rating) is one of 143 public companies in the Data Processing and Prep industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare LiveVox to related companies based on earnings power, analyst ratings, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for LiveVox and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

sell reviews keep ratings Buy reviews Strong buy recommendations rating score
LiveVox 0 2 4 0 2.67
LiveVox competitors 786 3372 5074 107 2.48

LiveVox currently has a consensus price target of $8.17, indicating a potential upside of 267.87%. As a group, “data processing and preparation” companies have a potential upside of 68.25%. Given LiveVox’s stronger consensus rating and higher potential upside, equity analysts clearly believe that LiveVox is cheaper than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Property

83.6% of LiveVox shares are owned by institutional investors. In comparison, 51.4% of the shares of all “Data Processing & Preparation” companies are owned by institutional investors. 20.0% of LiveVox stock is owned by company insiders. In comparison, 19.3% of the shares of all “Data Processing & Preparation” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments, and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

profitability

This table compares the net margins, return on equity, and return on total assets of LiveVox and its peers.

net margins return on equity return on investment
LiveVox -90.78% -86.50% -50.63%
LiveVox competitors -37.86% -1,407.65% -6.41%

Rating & Result

This table compares the revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of LiveVox and its peers.

gross receipts net income price-earnings ratio
LiveVox $119.23 million -$103.19 million -1.51
LiveVox competitors $868.32 million -$973,916.67 -30.06

LiveVox’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than LiveVox. LiveVox trades at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, suggesting it’s currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

LiveVox has a beta of -0.43, meaning its stock price is 143% less volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, LiveVox’s peers have a beta of 1.38, meaning their average stock price is 38% is more volatile than the S&P 500.

summary

LiveVox beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About LiveVox (received rating)

LiveVox Holding, Inc. develops and markets a cloud-based contact center-as-a-service customer engagement platform primarily in the United States. Products include Contact Manager and Extract, Transform, and Load tools, a database layer that acts as a repository and orchestration layer for customers and their customer records; U-CRM, a visual layer that provides agents with relevant customer data; U-Ticket, which creates support tickets and tracks all relevant details to resolve issues; U-Script, a visual agent flow tool to provide agents with guidance and visual navigation; and Attempt Supervisor, which allows contact centers to set rules and restrictions on the number of attempted voice calls to a specific phone number and/or account. The company also offers inbound voice services and features; outbound voice applications including predictive and unattended dialing, outbound interactive voice response, manual dialing and human call triggers; IVR and contact flow, such as B. Drag-and-drop capabilities, pre-built modules, text-to-speech, professionally recorded voice prompts, and omnichannel capabilities; and various dashboard and reporting interfaces; SMS messaging; campaign and email response features; WebChat providing services through web-based or mobile channels; virtual agents and bots; and campaign management tools. In addition, it offers workforce optimization solutions consisting of call and screen recording, business intelligence, quality management, external collection agency and speech and text analytics, agent scheduling, customer satisfaction, and management and application programming interfaces; and professional services such as application configuration, systems integration, business process optimization, technical support and training. It serves the financial services, healthcare, consumer/retail and telecommunications industries. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.



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NFTICALLY unveils new logo and strengthens UI with eye-catching new features https://unixpimps.org/nftically-unveils-new-logo-and-strengthens-ui-with-eye-catching-new-features/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 11:08:00 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/nftically-unveils-new-logo-and-strengthens-ui-with-eye-catching-new-features/ Firstly, a new feature has been introduced for NFT marketplace owners that allows for a “custom redirect to navigate the logo link”. This feature allows NFT Marketplace owners to add a custom link to their company’s logo to navigate to a specific page or website. Aside from that, NF TABLE has also introduced the flexibility […]]]>

Firstly, a new feature has been introduced for NFT marketplace owners that allows for a “custom redirect to navigate the logo link”. This feature allows NFT Marketplace owners to add a custom link to their company’s logo to navigate to a specific page or website.

Aside from that, NF TABLE has also introduced the flexibility to select wallet options for all NFT marketplaces on both desktop and mobile devices for an enhanced experience.

“NFTICALLY believes in becoming the pillar for its marketplace owners, users and visitors. With the redesign of the logo and the addition of new features, NF TABLE trying to help all of its stakeholders,” said Toshendra Sharma, Founder and CEO of NFTICALLY.

“Our goal is to further establish the company’s identity as an industry leader in our ecosystem. The new logo will help perfectly define the company’s vision and current scope of services, as well as signal future growth plans for all stakeholders,‘ Sharma adds.

NFTICALLY has introduced new features “Show Top Collections” and “Show Top Sellers” to attract visitors’ attention to showcase the best selling NFTs on the homepage. To make it user-centric, NFTICALLY has also introduced a show/hide and browse by category feature option for NFT marketplaces homepage. This feature is being introduced to improve visitors’ browsing experience.

Over a period of 8 months, NF TABLE has facilitated over 21,000 NFTs and over 8.5,000 listed deals from more than 50 countries around the world; is seeing about 138% monthly growth in its users. That number offsets one of the fastest growth rates of any platform worldwide.

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What if AI could build a custom small business app… in just 30 minutes? – USC Viterbi https://unixpimps.org/what-if-ai-could-build-a-custom-small-business-app-in-just-30-minutes-usc-viterbi/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 17:50:42 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/what-if-ai-could-build-a-custom-small-business-app-in-just-30-minutes-usc-viterbi/ Apsy Founder and CEO Tooraj Helmi (Photo/Courtesy of Tooraj Helmi) Alexis Messina came up with an idea for a social media platform where beauty enthusiasts could share ideas, rate cosmetics, and shop for skincare, makeup, and haircare products. The aspiring entrepreneur envisioned an online community that would “foster organic relationships built on trust, an intersection […]]]>

Apsy Founder and CEO Tooraj Helmi (Photo/Courtesy of Tooraj Helmi)

Alexis Messina came up with an idea for a social media platform where beauty enthusiasts could share ideas, rate cosmetics, and shop for skincare, makeup, and haircare products. The aspiring entrepreneur envisioned an online community that would “foster organic relationships built on trust, an intersection of Yelp and Instagram.”

Messina, a 23-year-old senior at USC Marshall School of Business, wanted to find someone who could build her a complex web application quickly, inexpensively, and most importantly, professionally. Last year, the founder and CEO of Chime Beauty placed an ad on a Marshall entrepreneurial website looking for an app developer who could turn her vision into a reality. With work like this costing up to $60,000, she said, Messina was hoping for the best.

Luckily for her, Tooraj Helmi, MS EE ’03, replied.

Helmi’s start-up, Apsy, uses artificial intelligence to create custom apps at a fraction of the cost developed by similar companies. Apsy also promises to do so faster and with more features, not least due to Helmi’s technological know-how, which he continues to refine and deepen as a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Nenad Medvidović.

As an expression of Apsy’s potential, the startup was named a finalist in the 2020 Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition, or MEPC, the premier business model competition for USC Viterbi.

Helmi met with Messina several times to discuss the design and features she wanted for Chime Beauty. Then he and his team, including Vice President of Sales Alex Kwamin and Vice President of Experience Paulina Vargas, did the work. After six months, they had created a web-based social media platform that allows users to post product reviews, follow and message each other, and receive recommendations based on personalized preferences.

“You did a great job. I’m so excited and proud of the product they helped me create,” said Messina, who reported that Apsy will soon be developing a mobile app for her company. “It had the exact design and features I wanted, and it was only $5,000. I highly recommend Apsy.”

Apsy uses artificial intelligence to create custom apps at a fraction of the cost of similar companies (Illustration/Chris Kim)

Apsy uses artificial intelligence to create custom apps at a fraction of the cost of similar companies (Illustration/Chris Kim)

Focused on startups and small businesses

Apsy targets startups and small businesses with limited app budgets, typically between $3,000 and $15,000, Helmi said. Such companies often have a hard time finding reputable developers who could create a quality app at these prices.

Paul Orlando, director of the USC Marshall Greif Incubator and associate professor at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, said Apsy’s business strategy makes sense.

“There are a growing number of small businesses that need an app but don’t have the resources for an in-house app development team or the resources to hire externally. Apsy solves that,” said Orlando, who mentored Apsy at the USC Incubator. “As a result, businesses can focus on what they do best while reaping the benefits of a low-cost native app sooner and more cheaply than otherwise.”

Apsy recently developed a web-based app for Volynt, a company that uses AI to turn smartphones into at-home biometric screening tools to encourage health awareness, testing and doctor visits. Volynt co-founder Hazel Mann, a USC Marshall graduate, said she paid less than $10,000 for the complex enterprise app. In contrast, another company said the work would cost at least $100,000 and take at least 10 months — seven more than Apsy.

Given that developing an app is the biggest expense for most startups, new businesses could benefit greatly from working with Apsy, Mann said.

“This could emancipate so many ventures and allow them to become a reality when otherwise they were just an idea,” she said.

How Apsy works

At the beginning of the process, customers meet with Apsy designers to develop the look and functionality of the desired app. Customers choose a generic theme from a template library and customize the UI to their specifications. Using Vision AI, an algorithm quickly creates code to create the app’s look and feel.

To develop the functionality of the app, e.g. For example, the ability to stream video or make a purchase, a designer sends a description of the desired features to an algorithm that relies on natural language processing and AI to work its magic. A deep learning model extracts keywords and turns them into code, “based on a library of thousands of application programming interfaces, which is basically part of the backend we built,” Helmi explained. “Some examples of API capabilities include the ability to allow app users to create a comment, send a message to another user, or place an order.”

Apsy has filed a provisional patent for the overall process and methodology. Helmi said he hopes to automate the company’s entire app creation process by 2023, up from about 60% today.

Apsy is already profitable, reports Helmi. The company currently has 10 customers worldwide and reported sales of nearly $200,000 in 2021. Helmi is ambitious about the future and predicts that within the next five years, Apsy could capture more than two-thirds of the global app market for startups and small businesses. He hopes to open Apsy stores in college towns and other areas with a high concentration of startups. As planned, customers could have developed a prototype in 30 minutes.

To get there, Apsy plans to raise $1 million and spend much of that on advertising and brand building.

“Our competitive advantage is a set of patented tools that use complex AI and automated algorithms to generate code,” he said. “Building such a platform requires advanced knowledge of NLP, visual AI and advanced algorithms, which we have, along with the ability to offer one [better] App at a lower price.”

Released June 1, 2022

Last updated on June 1, 2022

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Give your modern Mac the refresh it needs with these retro makeover tips https://unixpimps.org/give-your-modern-mac-the-refresh-it-needs-with-these-retro-makeover-tips/ Tue, 31 May 2022 06:04:49 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/give-your-modern-mac-the-refresh-it-needs-with-these-retro-makeover-tips/ Two years ago I bought my Macintosh Plus from a junk dealer. I found the device in the narrow streets of Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, complete with keyboard and mouse. The case had a grayish-yellow tint due to age, but the computer was in pristine condition. I booked a car, packed the computer in an oversized canvas […]]]>

Two years ago I bought my Macintosh Plus from a junk dealer. I found the device in the narrow streets of Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, complete with keyboard and mouse. The case had a grayish-yellow tint due to age, but the computer was in pristine condition. I booked a car, packed the computer in an oversized canvas bag, and rushed home. I didn’t even care if the Macintosh Plus was working or dead; All I knew was that I had gotten my hands on a gem—a classic computer that made its debut shortly after the original Macintosh was introduced in 1984—1986, to be exact. It was a miracle that the device was still in working condition, making it valuable even for collectors like me.

To me, the Macintosh Plus represents an interesting time at Apple from a design, marketing, and historical perspective. The Macintosh Plus was the third Mac model and the first to be released after Steve Jobs was forced to leave the company the previous year. It was identical in design to the original Macintosh and Macintosh 512K, but featured 1 MB of expandable memory and an 800K double-sided floppy disk drive. It was also the first Macintosh to feature a SCSI (Small Computer Systems Interface) connector, allowing for easy, high-speed connection to a hard drive and other similar data-intensive devices. In a word, it was the fastest Mac of its time. It cost $2,600 (about $7,000 in today’s value) and by March 1987 had sold one million units. Whenever I see these “icons” and “interface” I feel nostalgic.

In case you didn’t know, Apple asked a young artist named Susan Kare to design the Mac icons for the original Macintosh. With no prior experience with computers or the technology industry, her background in various art forms (Kare earned her PhD from NYU) helped her design user-friendly icons for the first Macintosh. Unlike “command line” interfaces that required knowledge of the code of previous machines, Kare designed icons that allowed non-technical users to operate a computer. Who can forget that Happy Mac greets users with a smile as they boot up their computer screens and that Chicago font?

Enough about the history of Macintosh Plus, I’ll leave you with some pictures of the device I clicked on the other day. Check it out, it’s one of the most beautiful computers ever built.

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The Macintosh Plus is a crown jewel in my vintage Mac collection. (Credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)
I found a Macintosh Plus in wonderful condition for an insanely low price. (Credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)
I occasionally use my Macintosh Plus for fun. (Credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

I’m a big Mac fan. But more than that, I love collecting vintage Macs and I’ll continue to collect them no matter how hard it is to find a model I’m looking for. Given my love for classic Mac skins and icons, I wanted to give the MacBook Air M1 a vintage makeover. So if you’ve always dreamed of giving your Mac a funky, old-school vibe, then a retro makeover might be just the ticket.

Here are four ways to up the nostalgia factor to create a retro aesthetic for your Mac that you’ll love — even if it means taking a trip down memory lane.

Custom Icons

If you’re anything like me, you probably want to personalize your Mac by adding custom icons that have that old-school feel of the original Macintosh. Ben Vessey’s Mac OS (Old School) icon pack is a good option to start with. Vessey, a British designer, has taken Susan Kare’s style and blended it with his own flavor without sacrificing authenticity. The OS project (Old School) consists of 166 retro icons and five dynamic background images. Both dark and light themes are available. Each icon in the set has been designed to retain the retro look of a classic Macintosh. Vassey’s custom 84-style Macintosh icons are impressive, but you’ll have to shell out £6.99 or Rs 685 for them. Not exactly cheap for retro Mac icons, but I encourage you to try the free sample pack of 10 icons before buying the whole pack. You can also search sites like theonproject to find classic Mac icons with a retro look.

The OS project (Old School) consists of 166 retro icons and five dynamic background images. (Image credit: Ben Vessey’s website)

wallpapers

A retro-inspired wallpaper is another way to give your Mac’s screen a vintage flair. If you are new to vintage wallpapers, I suggest you search on Unsplash. Personally, I liked classic wallpapers with a rainbow-colored Apple logo. Retro-inspired wallpapers make a world of difference in the way your Mac looks. Another recommendation is to look at 512px and look for wallpapers from one of the earlier versions of macOS.

Apple’s famous rainbow logo was designed by Rob Janoff. (Image credit: Etsy)

Retro Apple sticker

There’s no better way to dress up your Mac than with a retro style Apple logo sticker. Created by graphic designer Rob Janoff, the classic Apple logo was introduced with the Cupertino-based company’s first personal computer, the Apple II. It was designed to look user friendly and appeal to school children. In a way, the rainbow design was also chosen to emphasize the Apple II’s color display. This version of the Apple logo was the company’s symbol from 1997 to 1998. The famous Apple rainbow logo sticker for Mac is easy to find online. I recently started looking around Etsy and found retro Apple logo decals and cases for my MacBook Air.

Dark Castle is a 1986 game for the Macintosh published by Silicon Beach Software. (Image credit: The Internet Archive)

Play old school Mac games in your browser

Every weekend I sit and find classic games to enjoy and play on my old Macs. It’s become a ritual and despite the limited time I spend some time playing retro games that I couldn’t play growing up. I realize that not everyone has a vintage Mac in their home. So, the best option for playing classic Mac games on a modern Mac — without a local emulator or the necessary technical skills — is to try The Internet Archive’s in-browser emulator, which allows anyone to play games and access programs originally released for the original Macintosh, all in black and white, low resolution. The collection consists of early Mac classics, including Dark Castle, Frogger, Airborne, and Prince of Persia, alongside non-gaming programs like MacPaint and MS Office. This is a great initiative to keep the retro gaming culture alive and keep the older games available for new users. Right now, the industry is struggling to preserve its past as older games and software routinely become unavailable.

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This color e-ink reading tablet is weird and wonderful https://unixpimps.org/this-color-e-ink-reading-tablet-is-weird-and-wonderful/ Sat, 28 May 2022 14:00:01 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/this-color-e-ink-reading-tablet-is-weird-and-wonderful/ A monochrome, paper-like electronic screen is so great for reading digital books that it doesn’t seem like it needs much improvement. Now, however, colored e-ink screens are coming to market. So the obvious first question with the Boox Nova Air C is: do you actually need color on your e-reader? The simple answer is no, […]]]>

A monochrome, paper-like electronic screen is so great for reading digital books that it doesn’t seem like it needs much improvement. Now, however, colored e-ink screens are coming to market. So the obvious first question with the Boox Nova Air C is: do you actually need color on your e-reader? The simple answer is no, you don’t need color on a device like this. However, avoiding color would be short-sighted as this feature unleashes the potential of the device and makes everything more wonderful.

It’s a bit of a The Wizard of Oz Moment to switch from a once black and white world to a world that glows with colour. For one thing, I was surprised at how much impact a color book cover has when skimming through titles.

But the Boox Nova Air C isn’t just an e-reader, it’s a small tablet. It runs Android and has access to reading apps like Libby, Amazon Kindle, Audible, Kobo, and even non-book related apps like Notion. A tablet with a colored, paper-like display is a much more pleasant device to use than just a black and white display. This is truly a case where small details make a big difference. As always, the prices listed may fluctuate over time.

TL;DR

advantages:

  • Long battery life
  • Easy to hold and read digital books
  • Pen input for notes works well

Disadvantages:

  • Colors are often muted
  • Still prone to ghosting of text and images

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The specifications of color paper

Even though color has a lower resolution on the Nova Air C than the black and white option, it’s still a worthwhile feature.
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The Nova Air C uses Kaleido Plus On-Cell ePaper (with 4,096 colors), one of E Ink’s latest forms of this display technology. Its color resolution is 100 dots per inch, while its black and white resolution is 300 dots per inch.

On-screen colors appear a bit muted to my eyes, but the bigger visual flaw is the lower color resolution. I found it easy to notice that close-up color images weren’t very sharp. However, this visual element is mostly passed over by me since it is an emerging technology.

It’s not like there’s a wide range of digital paper screens out there and this product uses a smaller one to save money. The Nova Air C pushes the limits of using a digital paper display with color. It’s finally reaching the level that’s good enough for consumer use, but be aware that it’s by no means flawless.

Color e-reader

Boox Nova Air C
Browsing digital e-book stores is much easier thanks to color.
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So if adding color to a screen like this isn’t a huge accomplishment, why include it at all? You don’t need color to read black text on a white background. For starters, colored book covers and pops of color around the UI are helpful for clear navigation and more familiarity all around.

Colored book covers are especially helpful when you’re looking for new books to read. I’ve been in the position of desperately searching the Kindle Store for a new book before. Just seeing smudged little black and white thumbnails with little differentiation isn’t helpful for finding something to read.

If you’re using this device solely for reading books, the color aspect is a secondary issue that probably doesn’t justify the cost involved. But when you benefit from a book reader that can do more tasks, then color becomes more important.

It’s worth noting that reading doesn’t just happen in one place, as the Nova Air C is an Android device under the hood. There are several reading apps that can be downloaded to the device instantly. Libby is an app that allows you to borrow e-books from your local library. Amazon’s Kindle app is available to access your past purchases. if you have one New York Times subscription, you can also use their app. You can even add your own documents to the device with the BooxDrop app.

The different types of reading apps all have different interfaces and integrate colors in unique ways. Reading on the Nova Air C isn’t always 100 per cent spent looking at text.

Paper-like tablet

Boox Nova Air C
The Nova Air C’s color display makes it easy to navigate with familiar, clear symbols.
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see the blue G, red Oh, yellow O and the rest of the letters on Google’s sparse page were instantly more appealing and familiar than a gray monochrome version of it. It’s much easier to surf the web in color than in black and white. Even though the screen has a ghosting effect that can leave traces of the past, color helps make this technical hurdle more palatable.

Believe it or not, videos can also be watched. While I wouldn’t say it’s the best way to consume your video content, it’s absolutely a viable option for the occasional YouTube video. The color on this device makes the Nova Air C a serviceable tablet, while previous Boox monochrome tablets felt a bit too heavy to use for productivity apps or web browsing.

The Nova Air C has a 7.8-inch display and is about the size and shape of an iPad mini. It is a perfect travel companion. I really like that it can do some extra tasks beyond reading. The pen is great for writing notes. Color, again, is a welcome addition to notes, where highlighting or other visual indicators are now possible.

Should you buy the Boox Nova Air C?

Boox Nova Air C
The Nova Air C runs Android and can use all kinds of reading and productivity apps.
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Paper-like screens are a nice idea, but doing anything other than reading text on them has always felt exhausting to me. As silly as it may sound, using a monochrome device requires more effort when you’re used to seeing things more vividly. The Boox Nova Air C’s color display goes a long way in making this type of device usable beyond books, although that aspect can be mediocre.

Should you buy a Nova Air C instead of an iPad mini? Should You Buy One Instead of a Kindle? I think the people who will find the greatest benefit here will be avid readers who pick up an e-reader every day. These folks will love adding color, plus all the other quests that color unlocks.

For people trying to convince themselves to read more by having a multipurpose device, I’m not sure adding color will get them over that hurdle. You could only take advantage of the 2,000mAh battery with a standby time of four weeks.

Shop at Boox for $449.98. (The price includes the accessory pack.)

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7 Best Apps to Get a Free Second Phone Number https://unixpimps.org/7-best-apps-to-get-a-free-second-phone-number/ Thu, 26 May 2022 21:08:42 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/7-best-apps-to-get-a-free-second-phone-number/ Several apps can get you a free second number for your phone, whether it’s for business or personal communications. Google Voice is free, ad-free and also has its own web interface. Other apps offer free secondary numbers with ads, but a subscription fee may be required for the best experience. You don’t have to own […]]]>
  • Several apps can get you a free second number for your phone, whether it’s for business or personal communications.
  • Google Voice is free, ad-free and also has its own web interface.
  • Other apps offer free secondary numbers with ads, but a subscription fee may be required for the best experience.

You don’t have to own a second phone to have a second phone number. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android device, you can get a second phone number to use for a second business or side job, to make purchases on Craigslist, or arrange first dates on Tinder, all without revealing your primary number . The secret? There are a variety of apps that can give you a free second phone number, essentially giving you two lines on your cell phone.

Google Voice

Google has been offering its Google Voice service since 2009, but hasn’t kept it as up-to-date as some of Google’s other apps and websites. That’s a reasonable compromise, though, for an app that can add a permanent second line to your iPhone or Android phone for free, with no strings attached – unlike every other option here, there are no time limits, in-app ads, or subscription fees. And to use in addition


Google Voice

You can also access calls and voicemail from a web browser on your phone.

Google Voice on iPhone.

Google Voice is the best all-around app to get a free second number.

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Text Free

Textfree adds a second line to your Android or iPhone for free. After installing the app, you can get a second number that allows you to send unlimited SMS for free and get 60 minutes of voice calls per month. And while the ads can be pretty intrusive, you can inexpensively upgrade Textfree to be ad-free. You can also buy additional time, e.g. B. 100 minutes for $1.99. Keep in mind that if you opt into the ad-based service, you’ll need to use your number regularly or you’ll lose access to it and have to sign up again with a new number.

ringtone

You can get a free phone number from Dingtone that includes unlimited voice calls and texts as long as you’re willing to tolerate in-app ads that interrupt your experience. Also, if you don’t use the app regularly, you could lose your number. If you want to make international calls, you can buy Dingtone credits or earn free credits by doing things in the app such as: B. View ads or recommend other users.

text me

TextMe, formerly known as FreeTone, is another second-line app with a free tier of service. Like Textfree and Google Voice, Text Me gives you access to a free number to text and make voice calls within the US and Canada, although like Textfree (and unlike Google Voice), the free service is ad-supported. It’s a good option if you’re looking for a permanent number that never requires you to earn credits or pay subscription fees, although the in-app ads can get annoying.

SMS app on iPhone.

Text Me gives you free access to a second line, but the in-app ads can be intrusive.

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To fly

Flyp doesn’t offer a completely free tier of service, but you can try it for free for seven days. If you have a very limited need for a second number, that might be good enough. And unlike most second number apps, Flyp lets you set up any number of additional numbers — up to five — for $7.99 each per month. Each line gives you unlimited text and calls, plus customizable voicemail and other features. And each number can have a different area code.

fell silent

Available for both iPhone and Android devices, Hushed offers some features you won’t find in other apps, like the ability to set up a toll-free number. Unfortunately, Hushed doesn’t offer an ongoing free ad-supported second line, but if it’s your first time using the app, you can get a three-day free trial. Hushed doesn’t collect any payment information, so nothing can be canceled after three days – your number just expires. For regular service, you can get Hushed for just $1.99 for a week of voice and text service. If you need to keep the number active longer, you can subscribe to a plan for $3.99 a month or even get a full year for $29.99.

Hushed app news page on iPhone.

Hushed is available for free for three days.

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sideline

While most second number apps rely on WiFi to provide you with voice and text service over the internet, Sideline uses your existing cellular service to give you a second number. That means you can’t use this on a phone that doesn’t have a working cellular plan, but it does ensure reliable service with your existing cellular provider. Additionally, Sideline does not offer you an option for a free tier of service. You can choose between the Standard ($9.99 per month) or Pro ($14.99 per month) plans, but first-time subscribers can get a seven-day free trial of either tier. Standard gives you little more than just the second number, while a Pro subscription includes a range of features like a contact list that is separate from the standard list in your phone and text marketing tools.

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