WhatsApp Gets a Shopping Button, to See What Businesses are Selling on the App

first_imgWhatsApp has started rolling out a new shopping button that will let users quickly look at the catalogues offered by businesses on the platform. The new button, which will replace the voice call button, will be featured directly on the chat screen to ease shopping on WhatsApp. In September, the Facebook-owned company was spotted adding the shopping button to help businesses better showcase their products and services to customers through the instant messaging app. The feature was initially seen on a WhatsApp beta version for Android. However, it is now heading to both Android and iPhone users globally.With the addition of the shopping button, which seems like a storefront icon, WhatsApp users can look at a business’ catalogue directly from the chat screen. This is unlike previously when people had to tap into a particular business’ profile to see if the business had a catalogue and what goods or services they offer.- Advertisement – For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Jagmeet Singh Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips.More As the shopping button replaces the voice call button in case of business chats, you can find the latter by tapping on the call button. This brings up the option to select whether you want to make a voice or video call.WhatsApp claimed that already more than 17.5 crore users message a WhatsApp Business account on a daily basis and more than four crore people view a business’ catalogue on the app each month — those include over 30 lakh in India. The arrival of the shopping button is one of the key steps to further expand business adoption of the app and make it as a full-fledged platform for e-commerce — alongside being a leading instant messaging platform.In 2020, will WhatsApp get the killer feature that every Indian is waiting for? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement –center_img The new shopping button sits next to the newly designed call button and replaces the existing voice call button. Users will see the shopping button on the chat screen of businesses that have a catalogue of their offerings. This means that you won’t be able to see the new button while communicating with your friends or family members on WhatsApp.Once tapped, the shopping button will take you to the business’ catalogue through which you can see what goods and services you can purchase from that business. This will essentially help businesses on WhatsApp enhance discovery of their products and boost their sales.In November last year, the WhatsApp Business app enabled the catalogue feature to let small businesses showcase their products to WhatsApp users. The businesses that have set up a catalogue will now be able to make the shopping button visible on their chat screen. You can also, however, still access the catalogue of businesses from their profiles on the messaging app.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Grand Slam of Darts 2020: Simon Whitlock and Dave Chisnall among eight names to secure spot at tournament | Darts News

first_imgWorld Youth Championship finalNovember 29 PDPA World Championship qualifierNovember 30 Live Grand Slam of Darts November 16, 2020, 1:00pm- Advertisement – Dave Chisnall, Simon Whitlock and Krzysztof Ratajski were among the players to win a place at next week’s Grand Slam of Darts where Ryan Joyce and Adam Hunt will make their debuts.It’s the business end of the darting year and ahead of five days of Winter Series action that will conclude the Pro Tour season, all Tour Card holders who had not secured qualification for the Grand Slam descended on Coventry for the qualifying event.Whitlock edged out Matthew Edgar 5-3 to continue an excellent run of form. The Aussie has accounted for Michael van Gerwen at both the World Matchplay and the World Grand Prix and teamed up with Damon Heta to reach the quarter-finals at the World Cup of Darts over the weekend.- Advertisement – Grand Slam of DartsNovember 16-24 Players Championship FinalsNovember 27-29 – Advertisement – Live on Listen to the Darts Show podcast on: Spotify | Apple | CastboxYou can follow the Grand Slam action on Sky Sports with all nine days from Coventry getting underway on Monday, November 16.Following the Grand Slam, the tungsten stays at the Ricoh Arena with three days of Players Championship Finals action and then the final qualifier for the World Championship.Sky Sports Darts will keep you across all the action as the season reaches its climax. As well as all the action, The Darts Show podcast will catch up with all the players, discuss the talking points and get expert opinion from former world No 1 Colin Lloyd.Follow the action from the Grand Slam with all nine days covered on Sky Sports Arena – and if you are out and about updates via our live blogs and @SkySportsDarts for regular updates Don’t miss a moment from the Grand Slam of Darts as Sky Sports brings you every arrow thrown – nine days and 12 sessions get underway on Monday November 16 and continue through to the final on Tuesday November 24 Last Updated: 10/11/20 8:24am Simon Whitlock continued his return to form by battling through the Grand Slam of Darts qualifier to secure a return to the tournament for the second time in three years Winter SeriesNovember 10-14 Both Aussies will be in the field next week when the Grand Slam gets underway on Monday with a double session of group action from Ricoh Arena PDC Calendar – remaining events – Advertisement – World Darts ChampionshipTBC Coventry will be a home from home for the PDC over the next three weeks, and world no 10 Chisnall, a quarter-finalist last year as well as runner-up in 2014, secured a return to the Grand Slam by beating Brendan Dolan in a last-leg decider.Poland’s Ratajski made it through for the second time in three years with a win over Mickey Mansell while Gabriel Clemens averaged more than 100 to whitewash Austria’s Rowby-John Rodriguez.Ricky Evans and Justin Pipe booked returns to the event for the first time since 2013. Evans seeing off the legendary Steve Beaton, while there will be two debutants after North East pair Joyce and Hunt came through against Peter Jacques and Ryan Lowe.Daryl Gurney, Adrian Lewis, Chris Dobey, Ian White and Max Hopp were among the big names not to come through, and will hope to secure the final place available via the Winter Series.Five consecutive days of Pro Tour action begin on Tuesday and by Saturday the winner of the mini Order of Merit, or the highest placed player not already qualified will join the 32-player field for the Grand Slam.White and Ryan Searle lead the reserve list with the draw expected to take place on Saturday night after the final qualifiers have been confirmed.Non-stop darts as truncated season comes to a closeOver the next four weeks, a relentless schedule will close the PDC and finalise the field for this year’s World Championships, which remain scheduled for Alexandra Palace in mid-December.After Monday’s Grand Slam of Darts qualifier, it’s the final five days of Pro Tour action with the five-day Winter Series representing the last chance for many to secure their Tour card for next season. Simon Whitlock continued his return to form by battling through the Grand Slam of Darts qualifier to secure a return to the tournament for the second time in three years
Simon Whitlock continued his return to form by battling through the Grand Slam of Darts qualifier to secure a return to the tournament for the second time in three years

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Grand Slam of Darts 2020: Gerwyn Price, Jonny Clayton in same group after draw | Darts News

first_img Live Grand Slam of Darts November 16, 2020, 1:00pmLive on Gerwyn Price landed his first major title with victory at the Grand Slam of Darts two years ago – he will start his bid to win the title for a third year in a row on Monday World Darts ChampionshipTBC Gerwyn Price will face his World Cup-winning team-mate Jonny Clayton in Group G as he kicks off his bid for a third successive Grand Slam of Darts title.Joining the Welsh pairing in the group are Ryan Joyce and women’s BDO world champion Mikuru Suzuki, who Price lost to on his way to claiming his second Grand Slam crown last year.The Iceman is aiming to become just the third person to lift the prestigious Eric Bristow Trophy for a third successive year – a win in Coventry, where he claimed the World Grand Prix just a few weeks ago, would see him join Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor. – Advertisement – World no 1 Michael van Gerwen to face Joe Cullen, Gabriel Clemens and Adam Hunt as he chases first TV title since March – coverage of the Grand Slam of Darts begins on Monday with a bumper double session of action from 1pm on Sky Sports Arena Last Updated: 14/11/20 11:57pm Gerwyn Price landed his first major title with victory at the Grand Slam of Darts two years ago - he will start his bid to win the title for a third year in a row on Monday
Gerwyn Price landed his first major title with victory at the Grand Slam of Darts two years ago - he will start his bid to win the title for a third year in a row on Monday

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Chuck Grassley quarantines for COVID-19 exposure

first_imgCommittee Chairman Us Senator Lindsey Graham stands with Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex), (L) in front of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 15, 2020. (Photo by KEVIN DIETSCH / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KEVIN DIETSCH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)Maybe Chuck Grassley forgot that the mask he wears incorrectly while pretending he’s a respectable senator doesn’t actually protect him from COVID-19?The Associated Press is reporting that 87-year-old Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is in quarantine after being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. “I’m feeling well and not currently experiencing any symptoms, but it’s important we all follow public health guidelines to keep each other healthy,” he said. How Grassley was exposed remains a mystery, but considering that he and his fellow Republican political leaders have been promoting confusion and boosting bad public health policies, it isn’t surprising. Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida went into quarantine a couple of days ago after he says he came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Are these two things connected? It’s hard to say, as the Republican Party seems to be the single largest superspreader of death and disease that the world has ever seen.This announcement comes just hours after Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio got into a confrontation with Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska over Sullivan’s refusal to wear a mask while presiding over the Senate. The earth’s least popular human being, Sen. Ted Cruz, called Sen. Brown “a complete ass,” while other Republicans said Brown was just being performative. Weird: The entire White House and now Sen. Chuck Grassley all have or have been exposed to COVID-19. It’s almost like arrogant and idiotic anti-public health stances don’t work to protect one from public health issues like the coronavirus pandemic.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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New efforts help businesses prepare for next H1N1 wave

first_imgSep 18, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – With the health of small businesses at stake in fragile economic times, federal officials and one of the nation’s top business groups pushed new efforts this week to help companies prepare for the next wave of the H1N1 pandemic influenza.Today federal officials hosted a Web telecast to touch on highlights of new pandemic planning guidance for small businesses, released earlier this week. And the US Chamber of Commerce released a 16-page pandemic planning guide for businesses titled “It’s Not Flu As Usual: An H1N1 Business Preparedness Guide.”Joseph Zepecki, deputy associate administrator in the office of communications at the US Small Business Administration, said about half of US adults in the private sector work for small businesses, which are the “driving the engine of how we get out of a tough recession.”Karen Harned, executive director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center, said most of the NFIB’s 350,000 members have 10 employees or fewer. With employee absences among the top concern of all size of businesses, small ones have unique concerns. “Most of our members don’t have a real deep bench,” she said.Web telecast participants said the key task for businesses is to protect their employees and have an action plan drawn up ahead of time for managing absences.Anthony Garza, MD, chief medical officer with the Department of Homeland Security, said employees who come to work sick at a small business operation could “take out the whole team if they get everyone else sick.”Lisa Koonin, MN, MPH, a senior adviser with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s influenza coordination unit, said the upcoming flu season will see the pandemic H1N1 virus, with likely circulation of seasonal strains as well. “They [businesses] need to be prepared for lots of flu,” she said.She said federal officials are urging businesses to plan for two pandemic scenarios: one similar to the mild-to-moderate outbreak the nation is experiencing now, and a potentially more severe pandemic.Harned said now is a good time to review and amend as needed company leave policies. “Make sure you’re treating everyone the same and clearly communicate the plan to employees,” she said. “Setting forth the rules of the game going in is the best legal protection.”Koonin urged businesses to factor flexibility into their leave policies. “You don’t want disincentives for employees to do the right thing,” she said.Firms can also use this time to determine what resources are available as backup during employee absences. Zepecki said temporary agencies and family members are two options that small firms can research and plan for now.During the question-and-answer period of the webcast, some viewers had questions about how to handle potential abuses of more lenient leave policies.Zepecki said abuses may not be a big problem in very small businesses, which have more of a family-like atmosphere. He urged businesses to shift their energy more toward planning.Harned said, “If [leave-policy abuse] happens, you can deal with it later, but the focus now is it’s best for sick employees to stay home.”Meanwhile, the newly released business preparedness guide from the US Chamber of Commerce offers firms tips on how to keep employees healthy and maintain business operations during flu season. It also urges businesses to have plans in place for responding to a more severe pandemic and includes a 10-point checklist.For example, the guidelines advise small businesses to appoint someone to be responsible for workplace infectious disease issues and to update employee telephone rosters, buy emergency supplies, and review emergency plans with employees.Ann Beauchesne, the chamber’s vice president of national security and emergency preparedness, said in a press release that the H1N1 outbreak shows how rapidly a new flu strain can emerge and spread across the globe.”While the initial wave of the H1N1 flu was moderate, the nation cannot let down its guard,” she said. “Federal officials warn that a second wave this coming fall and winter could be more widespread and severe.”See also:Sep 18 US Chamber of Commerce press releaseUS Chamber of Commerce business pandemic planning guidanceSep 14 federal pandemic flu guidance for small businesseslast_img read more

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In Lika-Senj County, Blue & Green Homestay quality labels were awarded in family accommodation

first_imgLast month, Apartments “Larma” in Senj, owned by Draženka Biondić, became the proud owners of the first quality label for accommodation in Lika-Senj County called “Blue & Green Homestay”, and today she was joined by 11 other host hosts in family accommodation.The Tourist Board of Lika-Senj County has awarded new quality labels in family accommodation, in cooperation with the system of local tourist boards. It is a supplement to the existing categorization system with the aim of increasing competitiveness and the level of quality of apartments, rooms and houses for rent.Project manager Ankica Grabašnjak and director of the Lika-Senj Tourist Board County Ivan Radošević, together with colleagues from local tourist boards, awarded the labels to the following hosts in family accommodation: Apartments Larma Draženka Biondić, Senj, Vacation house Nevenka Rudelić, Gospić, Vacation house Goran Šuper, Rizvanuša, Apartments Manda Milković, Gospić, Apartments Goran Šarić, Gospić, Vacation house Joso Binički, Mušaluk, Apartment Denis Lončar, Prozor, Apartments Mario Orešković, Ličko Lešće, Rooms Sonja Sokač, Vrelo Koreničko, Holiday House Igor Grisogono, Ćuić Krčevina and Rooms Marija Matejčić, Vranovača.Photo: Lika-Senj County Tourist BoardFamily accommodation in Lika is developing more and more, but not spontaneously, but step by step, and there is a special focus on quality accommodation, and the best way to develop family accommodation is through the quality of accommodation or labeling. Thus, the Tourist Board of Lika-Senj County made a special quality label “Blue & Green Homestay”, with three sub-brands: Hike friendly, Bike friendly and Motorbike friendly.“Blue & Green Homestay” quality labelThe logo on a blue and green background represents Velebit degenia, an endemic plant from the Brassicaceae family. It is a strictly protected species, the rarest plant in Croatia and is a symbol of Velebit and Croatia, and is located on a 50 linden coin. Get involved, find more information at the Lika-Senj County Tourist Board.last_img read more

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Spain was visited by 82,8 million foreign tourists in 2018

first_imgSpain recorded 2018 million foreign tourists in 82,8, which is 1,1 percent more than in 2017, FRONTUR reports. As many as 58,5 million tourists arrived in Spain on their own arrangement (1,1 percent more than in 2017), and 24,3 million with a tourist package (1 percent more). Most tourists were from the United Kingdom, 861.693, down 1,6 percent from a year earlier. German and French tourists are next on the list behind the United Kingdom. The number of German tourists fell by 1,6 percent, while the number of French tourists rose by 0,7 percent. The Spanish region most represented in tourist visits is Catalonia, followed by the Balearic Islands (16,7%) and the Canary Islands (16,6%). Number of tourists by nationality / FRONTUR Catalonia recorded about 19,1 million tourists, which is the same number as in 2017. Most tourists came from France, as many as 21,4 percent. The number of tourists visiting the Balearic Islands increased by 0,5 percent and is close to the figure of 13,9 million. There were the most German tourists (33,7%), followed by tourists from the United Kingdom (26,7%). The third most visited destination was the Canary Islands, with almost 13,8 million tourists, but also an annual decline of 3,3 percent. Most tourists came from the United Kingdom (36,8%), followed by Germans (20,3%). As we can see, tourism trends in Spain are constantly rising. We will find out in the FRONTUR report at the beginning of next year whether 2019 will be equally lucrative. IN THE EVENT OF BREXIT, OVER 700.000 JOBS IN THE TOURIST SECTOR WILL BE AT RISK The main motivation for visiting Spain is “leisure, recreation and leisure”, which represents an annual increase of 1,4 percent, and “business and professional reasons” recorded an increase of 6,6 percent. In terms of length of stay, the average is between four to seven nights, with an annual increase of 1,9 percent. The number of paid overnight stays across Spain increased by 2,3 percent over the previous year, of which hotel accommodation rose by 2,6 percent and private accommodation by 0,2 percent. RELATED NEWS: Most visited regions / FRONTURlast_img read more

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Second edition of SPLITB2B conference presented

first_imgNamely, it is a business-tourist exchange, ie B2B event for tourism of special interests in work, in which over forty business entities from Croatia will participate as bidders (destination management companies, tour operators, travel agencies, tourist board systems) and foreign business entities as customers (tour operators and travel agencies from the US, UK, France, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Spain and Russia). The second international conference and business workshop of special interest tourism called “SPLITB2B”, organized by the Association of Destination Management Companies of Dalmatia (UDMKD), will be held in Solin at the Salona Palace Hotel from 11 to 14 March. SPLITB2B is aimed at encouraging the development and sale of multi-day complex tourist products (package-arrangements, events and gatherings) in Croatia, and consists of an educational, promotional and business part. In the educational part, there will be lectures by experts in tourism of special interests, and the business part includes a three-hour B2B workshop with the support of a program for arranging meetings. In the promotional part, customers will be introduced to the Split-Dalmatia, Šibenik-Knin and Zadar counties as tourist destinations, and a tour of Split, Omis, Šibenik and Zadar is planned. You can confirm your participation by e-mail at jurica@splitb2b.com, no later than March 11, and check out more about the event HERE. As part of the event, a round table will be held on the topic “Croatia as a destination of tourism of special interest” with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, Croatian Tourist Board, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board and ECTAA (European Association of Tourist Associations). agency and tour operator). The goal of the conference and business workshop is to establish a partnership that will result in new tourist arrivals of guests of high purchasing power in the period before and after the season. You can see what it looked like last year in the promotional video:last_img read more

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A great example of how to communicate in the age of the coronavirus: Tenerife and the #Wellbeback campaign

first_imgIn a one-minute video, Tenerife gives us another great example of how tourist destinations need to communicate in the age of the coronavirus. Be sure that all destinations will strongly attack the market and that there will be noise in communication. So think outside the box, to jump out of the crowd and get attention. After the excellent narrative of the Portuguese Tourist Board campaign ( Dream now – travel later ), and the Tenerife Tourist Board jumped out of the crowd with its coronavirus video and campaign #Wellbeback. HOW DO WORLD TOURIST BOARDS COMMUNICATE AT THE MOMENT? THE MAIN NARRATIVE IS THE DREAMING AND PLANNING PHASE Related news: center_img Short, clear, effective and certainly inspiring to put Tenerife on the bucket list, all summed up in just one minute of video. Now is the time to daydream and plan, and most importantly – communicate. Also, now it is necessary to plan a promotion, ie a promotional campaign for #dayafter or the day after the crown. Then it is necessary to immediately start with an aggressive promotion, and only then start planning the promotion and lose precious time. Perhaps the best sentence of this narrative, which will surely be etched in everyone’s mind, is: Welcome to Tenerife, this temperature is 25 degress“Excellent positioning. last_img read more

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Statistics show how difficult the situation in Dubrovnik is

first_imgThe absence of tourists from the USA, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and other intercontinental tourists, as well as tourists from a number of European countries such as Finland, Norway, Ireland, strongly affects the tourist results in Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik-Neretva County. During July, 19 arrivals and 104 overnight stays were realized in hotel accommodation, while 75 arrivals and 375 overnight stays were realized in private accommodation.  On August XNUMX, over nine thousand tourists stayed in Dubrovnik  The most numerous are domestic tourists, followed by tourists from Poland, Slovenia and Germany.22.000 tourists are currently vacationing in household facilities (53% of traffic since the beginning of August 2019), while about 8.000 tourists are registered in hotels, which is 39% compared to the beginning of August last year. Photo: Dubrovnik Tourist Board Photo: Pixabay.com / Korcula In the period from 1 to 31 July, there were 45 tourists in Dubrovnik, or 458% of the tourist traffic last July, and there were 20 overnight stays, 182% of the tourist traffic last July.center_img During July, the most numerous tourists in Dubrovnik were from Germany, Croatia, Poland, the United Kingdom, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.  Top list of countries from which there were the most tourists from January 1 to July 31: Croatia, Germany, BiH, United Kingdom, Poland, France, USA, Austria, Belgium, Slovenia. In the period from 1 January to 31 July, 113 arrivals were recorded, 14% of last year’s tourist traffic and 347 overnight stays, also 14% of last year’s tourist traffic in the same period. And the concrete data speaks for itself. Thus, during July 2020, there were 132.173 arrivals and 862.649 overnight stays in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is compared to July 2019. at the level of 41% of realized overnight stays. Currently, 36.624 tourists are vacationing in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, of which 29.190 are foreign guests and 7.434 are domestic, which is 50% compared to the same day last year. According to the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, 1 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik on August 9, which is 214% of the tourist traffic compared to the same date last year. On the same date, Dubrovnik recorded 35 arrivals, which is 3% of tourist traffic compared to August 283, 43. On that date, the most numerous tourists were from Croatia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Poland, USA, Slovenia, BiH, Switzerland and Ukraine. last_img read more

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