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A Silicon Beach Training guide to lunch

Written by Sarah Longbottom – Wed 11 Oct 2017

For those of you that know Brighton, you can be a testament to the fact that it is filled with a myriad of great places to eat and drink for every kind of consumer. When you’re here for just a short time knowing where to go on your lunch break is of great importance to most!

Don’t stick to the boring sandwich but taste a bit of Brighton without breaking the bank, here are a few of our favorites...... our 7 lunch wonders of Brighton!

Our key to pricing:

£ - under a fiver

££ - between £5 and £10

Pastrami Sandwich from Flour Pot, Image courtesy of Restaurants Brighton

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Google Analytics: Glossary for Beginner’s 2016

Written by Andy Trainer – Thu 12 Oct 2017

You’ve pretty much all heard of Google Analytics, right? But do you understand it? If you are a GA newbie, possibly not. We do run some great one day Google Analytics courses here at Silicon Beach (beginners and advanced), but if you just want to dip your toe in and learn  some of the lingo read on.

Before you get down to the nitty gritty data, graphs and conversion rates, you must first know your Bounce Rate from your Benchmarking.  So we've gathered up all the gobbledygook and it’s meanings to help you get to grips with it. We don’t want you to end up like this cat. So let’s get started…

 

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Wearable Technology: How Far Will It Go?

Written by Aaron Charlie – Thu 12 Oct 2017

When did remote-controlled helicopters and pedometers become drones and wearable tech?

Since now. Today. The future, and you're living it.

But how far will it take us? Where will we end up?

The best way to predict the future is to look at what has already been achieved, and quite a lot has been going on! I'll go through just a few before looking at the predictions being made by experts.

A piece of well-known wearable tech that made a splash was Google Glass. Simply put, it is worn on the head like ordinary eyeglasses but displays information like a smartphone. It's mostly handsfree and controlled by voice commands, though there is a tiny touchpad built into the side allowing you to swipe through a timeline-like interface right before your eyes. If the wearer simply says ‘ok glass’ they have access to Google Search, Gmail, video chats, voice only chats, virtual reminders, voice translations and a whole load of other features. My personal favourite is its ability to take photos and record 720p HD video of whatever you are seeing.

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Shiny and Chrome: 10 Essential Apps and Extensions

Written by Aaron Charlie – Thu 12 Oct 2017

In wake of recent controversy surrounding Hola, an incredibly popular Google Chrome VPN extension, facing allegations of functioning as a botnet client – many are looking to better safer, alternatives for their browser addons.

Security is a topic we deliberate heavily on our Social Media and SEO training courses, how can you be sure that what you're signing up for delivers what it promises?

Be sure, these 10 essential apps and extensions have your best intentions in mind. Oh and they also deliver a range of incredible features.

PushBullet

PushBullet connects each of your devices together seamlessly.

Download the phone app, add the chrome extension and never miss a notification again. Transfer files from your phone to your desktop without Dropbox. Even send text messages via your phone from your computer. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Hangouts are all supported. You pretty much don’t ever have to leave your chair again.

PushBullet

Features aside, I absolutely love the design aesthetic of PushBullet. Hats off to Laurel Deel.

PushBullet supports Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera,  iOS, Android, Windows and MAC.

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Livestreaming: Meerkat, Periscope and the Competition

Written by Charles Byard – Thu 12 Oct 2017

From elections to reflections, let’s have a look at two of the newest major players In the live streaming world and how they’re faring against the competition. Meerkat and Periscope.

Following the NHL’s decision to ban all forms of live streaming from inside National Hockey League venues, many were lead to wonder what prompted such a decision. How is it possible that two apps released little over two months ago have risen to such notoriety in the eyes of an organisation as large as NHL?

Live streaming isn’t anything new, in fact "Severe Tire Damage" were the first perform live on the internet way back in June 1993. Since then the market has become loaded with hundreds of separate live streaming platforms; broadcasting everything from live football to birdcams.

Amazon’s acquisition of video game streaming platform Twitch in August 2014 for a reported $970 (£585m) drew the attention of investors and spectators alike. Twitter’s purchase of Periscope for $100million in late march only reinforced the serious potential of live streaming apps. Meerkat themselves brought in $12m from the likes of Greylock Partners in March 2015. We’re talking about serious money for and industry thats in its infancy.

Meerkat and Periscope

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Tweets Are Already Appearing In Google Search

Written by Charles Byard – Thu 12 Oct 2017

BREAKING NEWS - Your tweets are already appearing in Google search!

Earlier today we sent out a tweet about using analogies in Project Management written by, Project Management Solutions, a US based Project Management college.

Within an hour, we were looking up the author so that we could let him know we had tweeted him - always a good idea as it can help build relationships on your social media accounts. Our tweet appeared in the Google serps.

Dan Vinson Tweet

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Working With Lists in Excel Step By Step (With Pictures)

Written by Andy Trainer – Thu 12 Oct 2017

Use these step by step instructions to sort your lists with maximum efficiency in Excel.

Sorting Lists

Excel can sort columns into order alphabetically and numerically. You can perform a single column sort of multi column sort.

The Sort command can be found on the Home tab under the Editing group.

Important: When setting up the list, include a set of column headings (as example below). These are used to control the sort columns. The list must be sequential, i.e. no row gaps from the top of the list to bottom.

Single Column Sort

Click into a cell in the column that you wish to sort by, as in the example below the First Name column.

Select the Data tab, then to sort by A to Z or Z to A.

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The Best Responsive WordPress Themes for SEO

Written by Aaron Charlie – Thu 12 Oct 2017

Best Responsive Themes For SEO

What's that?

You've been advised to "keep it simple" on visuals and now you're even thinking about outsourcing your SEO efforts?

There's no need to skimp on form to enhance the function of your website.

I've picked out five of the best responsive SEO friendly themes for your WordPress site that look great, but look even better in search.

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Convert PDF to Excel, PowerPoint & Word

Written by Aaron Charlie – Thu 12 Oct 2017

If you've ever tried to copy and paste from a PDF into Office software, you'll know how frustrating it can be. 

Luckily, with Acrobat XI you can easily export information to any Office program - you can even just export snippets of information.

In my example, I've been sent a report and I want to do three things:

  • Import the data into Excel to perform my own analysis
  • Use the key points in a PowerPoint presentation
  • Use insights in my own Word report

Here's how to do each task using Acrobat XI:

Convert PDF to Excel, PowerPoint & Word

This process works great for exporting data, text and graphics from PDF files and even allows you to keep your formatting.

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What is Sass? Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets Explained

Written by Giselle – Thu 12 Oct 2017

Sass stands for Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets. After a quick look, I thought that it was better suited to larger sites and involved programming. After a second look, the scales fell from my eyes. Sass organizes your stylesheets efficiently and drastically cuts down on your development time. It uses some programming tools, e.g. variables, while being accessible to non-programmers.

We offer Sass Training as a private course for individuals who already know CSS and want to start working faster and better with their stylesheets.

Sass Training

What is Sass?

Sass is a CSS preprocessor. You start off by creating a Sass stylesheet, e.g. style.scss. You then use an app or the command line to output that file into a normal CSS file, e.g. style.css.

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