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The WordPress course that every small business owner needs

Image: pixabay Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Knowing your way around WordPress is like having a cheat code that unlocks the hidden secrets of the internet. You can build your own professional-looking website, manage an e-commerce store, start a blog, launch a newsletter, and tackle lots more personal and entrepreneurial projects that can raise your profile and bring in real revenue. And since a quarter of the world’s websites rely on the ubiquitous publishing platform, a working knowledge of it can help you stand out in the job hunt, while a mastery could very well land you a high-paying job in e-comm, web design, or a myriad of other fields. You needn’t pay a fortune to inherit these invaluable abilities. In fact, you can pay whatever you like. This special Pay What You Want 2017 WordPress Hero Bundle […]

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Amazon launches Inspire as it looks to become a major player in education tech

Image: Amazon Amazon on Monday launched a new online portal with thousands of free education resources such as worksheets and lesson plans, its biggest move yet into the lucrative and growing industry that is using technology to change how students learn and teachers teach. Called Amazon Inspire, the new service is meant to provide teachers with students anywhere from kindergarten to 12th grade a place to find and share free education materials. SEE ALSO: The next YouTube? Amazon now allows creators to post content on its platform Amazon joins educators from around the country in recognizing the power of digital learning to transform the classroom, by creating a personalized, engaging learning environment for all students, said Rohit Agarwal, general manager of Amazon K-12 Education, in a press release. The tech portion of the education industry (sometimes called EdTech) is sizable, having hit around $8.4 billion in 2014, with Google and […]

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Amazon launches Prime service in India to woo customers

Image: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint/Getty Images In an attempt to increase customer loyalty in its fastest-growing market, Amazon has launched its Amazon Prime membership programme in the country. SEE ALSO: Amazon will invest $3 billion in India, its fastest-growing market: Jeff Bezos Amazon Prime members will get unlimited free one-day and two-day delivery in over 100 cities and early access to lightning deals and exclusive offers. Amazon Prime is available for a free 60-day trial period, and thereafter, at an introductory annual subscription of Rs 499 ($7.4), a discount of Rs 500 from the list price of Rs 999 ($14.8). This is considerably lower than its price in the US ($99) and UK (79), but subscribers in the US can also get unlimited photo storage, access to free e-books on Kindle First and Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and Prime Video and Music. Amazon India has said that it will launch Prime Video, […]

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‘Cloud taxes’ are coming for us all

Netflix will soon be taxed in Pennsylvania. Image: ted soqui/Corbis via Getty Images Watch out: The “Netflix tax” is coming. At least in Pennsylvania. The state legislature there recently extended its 6 percent sales tax to digital downloads and subscription services like Netflix and Hulu. Though it’s called the Netflix tax, colloquially at least, the fee will also apply to streaming and downloads for music, e-books and apps. Digital versions of newspapers, magazines and the Bible, will be exempt. Pennsylvania joins a select group of locations that have begun to put local taxes on digital services. Chicago already has a similar 9-percent tax, often called its “cloud tax.” Digital goods are also taxable in Minnesota. Similar taxes have come up in Canada. Netflix even battled in Kentucky over telecommunications taxes there, a way some states have tried to tax digital services without imposing a sales tax. The sales taxes, like […]

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Learn to code on the cheap with these online courses

Image: pixabay Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If you’ve found yourself in a career rut, the best choice may just be to start from scratch and learn to code no matter how many years of job experience you may have. Theres so much new and evolving technology out there, and not enough people to run it. Plus, it’s never been more affordable to learn the skills needed to land a job. In fact, you can get a lifetime membership toSitePoint Premium Courses and learn to code on your own time for less than $50. This massive library of e-books, training, and tutorials will keep you up to speed on the newest topics in design, UX, web dev, and much more. A subscription to SitePoint will give you 24/7 access to more than 80 e-books, 70 courses, and 300 […]

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Here’s why Amazon keeps adding more perks to Prime

Amazon keeps adding perks beyond shipping to Prime. Image: justin sullivan/Getty Images In the past two weeks, Amazon has added benefit after benefit to Prime. First, the company announced that Prime subscribers, who pay $99 a year for free two-day shipping on a vast selection of Amazon products, would get access to 1,000 free e-books and magazines. Then the Wall Street Journal reported Amazon would develop real-life convenience stores meant to serve its Amazon Fresh customers, who all subscribe to the grocery delivery service for an extra $14.99 a month through Prime. Finally, on Wednesday Amazon launched Amazon Music Unlimited. The streaming service meant to rival Spotify and Apple Music comes with a $2 a month discount for Prime members, undercutting Spotify’s $9.99 price with a $7.99 option. SEE ALSO: Google Home arrives in November and costs less than Amazon’s Echo So why is Amazon ramping up its offerings for […]

The Makers Of "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" Will Release A Katy Perry Game

The Makers Of “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” Will Release A Katy Perry Game

Glu Mobile, the company behind “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” says it’s repeating its formula with Katy Perry. (You know, the singer who was the backup act for Left Shark at the Super Bowl.) View this image › Glu Mobile / Via phx.corporate-ir.net The company behind “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” the addictive mobile game that’s been downloaded more than 28 million times, is partnering with Katy Perry on a similar game. Glu Mobile said in a statement today that it will introduce the game, which will include Perry’s voice and likeness, in late 2015 as part of a five-year partnership with the singer. Glu noted in an earnings presentation today that Perry has more than 170 million fans on various social platforms compared with Kardashian’s 78 million, which could make it an especially lucrative deal. Perry “is a cultural icon and we expect to translate key elements of her success into an innovative, […]

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Amazon introduces a credit card just for Prime members

Amazon’s new credit card for Prime members. Image: AMAZON Amazon is coming out with a Prime-only credit card. The e-commerce giant will release the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card in partnership with Chase, Amazon announced on Wednesday. Cardholders who must be Prime members will get 5 percent back on all Amazon purchases plus other cash back rewards. Amazon already offers one regular credit card that’s not exclusive to Prime members. Anyone who has the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card and also has Prime will be upgraded to the new Prime card. That card offered 3 percent cash back on Amazon purchases. SEE ALSO: Binge-watching is going to make your carbon footprint soar We are adding even more value to Prime by offering rewards on Amazon and everywhere else you shop, Amazon vice president for consumer payments Max Bardon said in a statement. In addition to rewards for Amazon purchases, […]

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This ‘covfefe’ merchandise will help you beat the joke way past death

What is “covfefe”? Where some see nonsensical ramblings from a president with an itchy Twitter finger, others see dollar signs. Jokes about Donald Trump’s late-night typo may be long past beaten to death, but you can drag the shtick out to excruciating new lengths with all manner of “covfefe” merchandise. SEE ALSO: People are going ‘covfefe’ over Donald Trump’s ‘covfefe’ tweet An endless array of coffee covfefe mugs, T-shirts, baby outfits, hats, and other ephemera have materialized online in the hours since Trump fired off the enigmatic tweet. No doubt these items are sure to remain topical for weeks to come and not elicit pitying groans from friends and family members. Some sellers were remorseful about their brazen opportunism. Here buy a shirt that says covfefe. I don’t give a shit https://t.co/Yo1NIqgsS5 Parker Higgins (@xor) May 31, 2017 There have now been two orders, a men’s shirt and a women’s […]

Caché Follows Wet Seal And Delia's In Filing For Bankruptcy

Caché Follows Wet Seal And Delia’s In Filing For Bankruptcy

The almost 40-year-old purveyor of prom dresses filed for bankruptcy this morning. View this image › Cache / Via Facebook: CacheStyle Caché is the latest mall retailer to file for bankruptcy in a brutal quarter that’s already claimed Wet Seal, dELia*s, DEB Shops and C. Wonder. The company, which has been working towards a turnaround for the past two years, said in a statement today that “the depressed brick and mortar retail market, the continued growth of online shopping, and rapidly changing consumer tastes and habits thwarted our efforts.” Caché said in December it was searching for a buyer but apparently couldn’t find one in time. It plans to liquidate its inventory through going-out-of-business sales, according to bankruptcy filings, and also work to negotiate some leases. The chain said it’s “critical” to start liquidation sales by March 4 based on the cash drain from stores and because its inventory is […]

Headscarf Case Cements The Abercrombie "Look" In Legal History

Headscarf Case Cements The Abercrombie “Look” In Legal History

Under former CEO Mike Jeffries, Abercrombie & Fitch developed a hyper-specific look for its customers and its employees. That look has now stumbled its way into the Supreme Court. View this image › Samantha Elauf (center) her mother Majda Elauf (left), and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission General Counsel David Lopes leave Supreme Court Wednesday. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images Abercrombie’s famously stringent “Look Policy” for sales associates–which specified everything from the maximum acceptable number of earrings (2) to the maximum length of fingernails (1/4 inch)–was discussed by the nation’s highest court today. This, of course, has a significance all of its own: It means Abercrombie’s hyper-specific, borderline absurd dress code, enforced by former CEO Mike Jeffries, has been cemented in U.S. legal history for as long as this nation stands. It also contributed to a more narrow debate in the Supreme Court, related to the company’s decision not to hire […]

End Of An Era: RadioShack Files For Bankruptcy

End Of An Era: RadioShack Files For Bankruptcy

The company has been teetering on the edge for years. View this image › AFP / Getty Images SAUL LOEB RadioShack, after years of struggling, officially filed for bankruptcy today. The company, which operates more than 4,000 stores, said in a statement that it will sell between 1,500 and 2,400 of its U.S. stores to an affiliate of hedge fund Standard General called General Wireless. Up to 1,750 of those locations will host a Sprint “store within a store,” as per the statement. RadioShack said the rest of its stores will be closed following liquidation sales. The company said it will update a restructuring portion of its website with a list of stores that will be closing once it knows more. It has a long list of stores that may close on the website. The retailer said in filings today that it employs more than 21,000 people. RadioShack has been […]

Retail's Winter Of Death Has Claimed Thousands Of Stores

Retail’s Winter Of Death Has Claimed Thousands Of Stores

In the clothing and accessories business alone, eight big-name bankruptcies and closures have hit the retail industry the last two months, shutting more than 1,000 stores. The closed doors are symptoms of a bigger problem: America simply has too many stores. View this image › BuzzFeed News American retailers selling clothing and accessories have been through a grim winter death march of bankruptcies in the past two months: Wet Seal, Delia’s, DEB Shops, C. Wonder, Gap’s Piperlime, Kate Spade Saturday, Jones New York, and Caché. If that feels like a lot of big-name bankruptcies, it’s because it is. In clothing and accessories alone, more than 1,000 stores have either ceased to exist or are in their final throes, and thousands of retail employees have lost their jobs. While each of these brands fell for different reasons — and some of their competitors have thrived — the closures are symptomatic of […]

Retail Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs Like It's 2007

Retail Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs Like It’s 2007

Wal-Mart’s announcement that it will raise its minimum wage came as the retail industry faces a rising number of workers quitting their jobs. Better pay is one way retailers can keep the people they already have, rather than constantly hiring new ones. View this image › BuzzFeed/Bureau of Labor Statistics / Via cloud.highcharts.com Here’s one reason why big retailers have been making noise about raising their minimum wages: Their workers have been quitting at a rate last seen in the boom times before the financial crisis. Wal-Mart, America’s biggest private employer, made headlines last week for raising its minimum wage, becoming the latest in a string of companies upping the pay of their lowest-paid workers. The decision, which followed similar announcements out of Gap and Ikea in recent months, underscores the fact that retail workers are getting harder to hold on to these days. The retail industry’s “quits rate” — […]

Wal-Mart Raises Its Minimum Wage To $9 An Hour

Wal-Mart Raises Its Minimum Wage To $9 An Hour

The retailer is America’s biggest private employer. Its minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour this year, and $10 an hour in 2016. Wal-Mart, America’s biggest private employer, is boosting wages for its workers. The retailer said its minimum wage in U.S. stores will increase to $9 an hour in April, and rise to $10 an hour in 2016. Some department managers will see a pay raise to $13 an hour this summer and $15 next year. About 500,000 associates will get a raise from the change in the first half of this year, Wal-Mart said in a statement today. CEO Doug McMillon alluded to worker dissatisfaction in a blog post announcing the changes today. “We frequently get it right but sometimes we don’t,” he wrote. “When we don’t, we adjust.” “In recent years we’ve had tough economic environments, a rapidly growing company, and fundamental shifts in how customers […]

Macy's Is Making Its Own Version Of T.J. Maxx And Nordstrom Rack

Macy’s Is Making Its Own Version Of T.J. Maxx And Nordstrom Rack

The “off-price” channel, home of discounted designer goods, is the place to be in retail. Macy’s plans to pilot a new off-price chain as well as expand its Bloomingdale’s outlet locations. Macy’s Facebook Facebook: Macys TJ Maxx Facebook Facebook: tjmaxx   The success of T.J. Maxx and Nordstrom Rack is pulling Macy’s into the off-price chain game — and highlighting the pervasiveness of outlet culture in America. The department store company, which announced plans last month to explore a set of off-price stores, said yesterday that executives are working on a pilot of a T.J. Maxx-like chain, as noted by Fortune. Notably, TJX, which owns T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods, today reported annual sales that surpassed Macy’s for the first time ever, underscoring the strength of its treasure-hunting business model. View this image › Sapna Maheshwari/BuzzFeed / Via chartbuilder The Macy’s off-price chain will differ from Bloomingdale’s outlets, which […]

Jet.com Could Start The Mother Of All Price Wars

Jet.com Could Start The Mother Of All Price Wars

Marc Lore, who sold his company to Amazon for $500 million, is willing to make one big promise about his new site: You won’t find a lower price anywhere. View this image › Jet / Via jet.com Since July of last year, entrepreneur Marc Lore has been posting coy updates to his Tumblr about Jet.com, a mysterious “new shopping experience” that would “empower customers like never before.” Speculation around the secretive project surged as Lore, who sold Diapers.com to Amazon for $550 million five years ago, raised a whopping $80 million in venture capital. He managed to hire more than 100 employees, sign a lease on a 40,000-square-foot headquarters in Hoboken — and still, hardly a hint. Lore finally unveiled Jet.com this month, and it is, as promised, a unique proposition in online retailing. It’s a $50-a-year, members-only online marketplace that promises to save customers 10% to 15% on everything […]