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To make your customer’s mobile experience truly seamless, everything from onboarding to checkout must work flawlessly. Overlooking something as simple as navigation on a mobile device can mean the difference between a paying customer and a dead end.

I asked eight entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share what, in their experience, are the most overlooked — and often easily fixed — usability issues. Their best answers are below.

1. Not customizing for Android

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Android and iOS are two extremely different platforms. It’s not enough to simply clone your iOS app for Android. Android comes with an entirely unique set of programming, design and user interface (UI) considerations. For example, iOS doesn’t have a “back” button like Android.

With that in mind, tailor your app to work within the native Android experience so your users can interact intuitively. Also, understand that Android presents challenges inherent to its fragmented market. Unless you optimize the app to work on each phone model, your Android app may work on a Samsung S6 but not on an HTC One. While frustrating at times, you’ll want to spend the extra funds to ensure your app is optimized for the most popular Android… Continue reading

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Rich Ricci poses at Fairyhouse racecourse on November 29, 2015 in Ratoath, Ireland. (Photo by )Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Rich Ricci, the former CEO of Barclays Capital, says the rise of financial technology startups over the past few years is not just a flash in the pan but represents "a fundamental shift" in financial services to meet the needs of millennials.

In an op-ed in free London newspaper CityAM on Thursday Ricci writes:

From where I’m sitting, it is clear that the nature of financial services is undergoing a fundamental shift to meet the needs of younger, technology-savvy generations in a much broader pantheon of activities.

Millennials, who have grown up using technology, simply won’t adopt old models if it isn’t in their interests to do so.

The big banks think the same, setting up their own innovation arms to explore opportunities presented not only by P2P but also by mobile and micro-payments, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, and distributed ledgers such as blockchain.

Ricci draws comparisons between fintech startups and the likes of Airbnb and Uber, saying "it is now possible for financial transactions to take place on a platform without having a bank or indeed any entity as an intermediary."

"Technology used to be centralised, with businesses being run on large databases and… Continue reading

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Hackers have been around since the dawn of computers, and they’ve wreaked more havoc than many people realize. Law enforcement has yet to catch up with many of their antics.

Here is a roundup of the most well-known hackers and what they’ve become infamous for within the hacker community.


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Guccifer, who also goes by Marcel Lehel Lazar, is best known for exposing the existence of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

He’s hacked several American political figures, and was the first to distribute photos of former president George Bush’s paintings. He also reportedly was able to hack into former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s email and Facebook accounts.

The United States had him extradited from Romania in March of this year. 

He stood trial and eventually pleaded guilty to identity theft and hacking charges on Thursday. 

Ryan Collins

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Ryan Collins of Pennslyvania pled guilty on Wednesday to orchestrating the celebrity iCloud hack known in the seedier parts of the internet as "the Fappening" or "Celebgate."

He’ll probably serve 18 months for what he did, although he faces 5 years, which included leaking nude… Continue reading