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Groupon suffered $ 38 million deficit in Q3 and acquired LivnigSocial

Groupon, US group purchase founder, announced its Q3 2016 earnings by September 30 on Wednesday. The earnings showed that Groupon’s revenue in Q3 reached $720.5 million, increased by 1% from $713.6 million yoy. It posted the net deficiency to common shareholders of $ 38 million, compared by $27.6 million on the same period in last year. Groupon addressed that it signed agreements with LivingSocial that Groupon would acquire all its tradable shares.


The Gross billings of Groupon in Q3 declined by 2% yoy, up to $ 1.43 billion while it was $ 1.47 billion last year. Excluding the affect of exchange rate fluctuation, its worldwide gross billings declined by 1%, while North American increased by 6% yoy.The gross billings from European, Middle East and EMEA regions declined by 1% yoy, from which other regions around the world declined by 24%.

Its revenue in Q3 was $ 720.5 million, increased by 1% yoy.Factoring out fluctuating exchange rates, Groupon obtained 2% increase in revenue in Q3. Its revenue in North Aermcia increased by 4% yoy in Q3.While revenue of Europe, Middle East and EMEA declined by 1%, and 19% decline to other regions of its global markets.

Groupon suffered a 5% decline of worldwide selling items in Q3, down to 49 million. While the selling items in North America increased by 45 yoy.

The billings of North Amercia increased by 10% in Q3. Its active users also increased by 1.2 million. Groupon already obtained 29.1 million active users in North Amercia by September 30, 2016.

Groupon quit some oversea markets, reducing to 15 markets. It still had 27 markets last in Q2. It planed to quit some more markets in the near future.

Groupon signed agreements with LivingSocial on October 24 that it would acquire all latter’s tradable shares. This deal will be complished by the beginning of November,2016.

LivingSocial was the major rival of Groupon in North America e-commerce platforms. LivingSocial’s value of assessment once reached $ 6 billion when it financed in 2011. In March, LivingSocial announced to cut half of its workforce.

LivingSocial transfterred its business focus to discout service in hotel and credit business. Acquiring LivingSocial would help Groupon to obtain more users as LivingSocial offers service for local merchants.

October 28, 2016 IT News

Total Uninstaller Review: Lightweight, Reliable & Efficient Removal Tool

Total Uninstaller

Many Windows users, when they are stuck into uninstall problems, are wondering if there is an all-in-one uninstall tool to help solve those issues. I used to be one of them, but now I find a way out and I benefit a lot form it. So here I want to share my experience of uninstalling programs using a reputed tool known as Total Uninstaller.

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macOS Sierra: Add Widgets to Notification Center with Siri


Apple’s Notification Center displays an overview of alerts from apps and helps users keep track of various information about the day. You recent app notification are listed in the Notifications tab, while the widgets (such as your Calendar, Weather and Reminders) in the Today tab will provide a focused view of particular topics.

To open up Notification Center, click on its icon in the menu bar, or swipe left with two fingers form the right edge of your trackpad. You can click to switch between the tabs of Today and Notifications. To customize the notification, click the Notifications preferences icon in the bottom-right corner of Notification Center. To add, remove or rearrange available widgets, click the Edit button at the bottom of Today view.

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October 24, 2016 Mac Tricks , , ,

How to Reveal and Copy A File Path on Mac OS


On some occasions we might need to copy the full path of a file, folder, application or anything else, but since Finder does not have an address bar, how can we reveal a file’s location path? Well, there are several ways to copy the full path of an item.

To reveal the path of a file, you can search the file in Spotlight, and hold Option + Command keys when hover your mouse over the matched search result. The path will appear in the file’s Get Info dialog. But to copy the path, you need to try other options.

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October 14, 2016 Mac Tricks , ,

Top 5 Web Development Courses, Become Professional Web Developer Easily

Are you interested in learning web development skills and becoming a high-paid web developer through online courses in your spare time? Have you been trying to learn to build websites and real mobile apps but failed? You are here because you are wishing to explore an effective way to help you become a professional web developer. As known, there are a lot of online courses available for anyone to learn about coding. But, how can you enroll a course that is perfect for you? Don’t worry, if you are interested in web development, then the following best-selling and highest-rated courses are highly recommended. Refer to more details about these top-rated web developer courses as following: Continue reading →

October 9, 2016 Shopping Tips

How to Easily Split PDF Files on Your Mac

The Preview app that comes with mac OS is a handy yet powerful image and PDF viewer. You can open multiple files in one Preview window, or manage PDF files with it. If you have a PDF file that contains a lot of pages but what you need to only a couple of them, what can you do to get the desire pages? Today I would like to share the trick about how to split PDF files into separate documents in this built-in app.


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September 22, 2016 Mac Tricks ,

Are bigger screen phones more popular?

Qutoed from reporting data of Slice Intelligence, TNW claimed that the iPhone 7 5.5-inch edition is more popular than its 4.7-inch edition. There were about 55% customers ordered iPhone 7 Plus, while iPhone 7 orders accounted for 45%.


When iPhone 6 series were released, the smaller screen one was more popular. The ratio of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was 65 to 35. When it came to iPhone 6s series, the ratio was 59: 41 which was close to even.

The source of Slice Intelligence was from 4 million pre-orders of iPhone 7 made by American customers, including feedback of store staff and questionnaire. While the Chinese customers details are excluded.

Apple confirmed this questionnaire on its official website as well. Maybe you think the design of iPhone 7 Plus camera is not as excellent as iPhone 7. The fact is that iPhone 7 Plus is sold faster than iPhone 7.

Trudy Muller, spokesman of Apple, stated the first round iPhone 7 Plus devices were out of stock worldwide, including all colors of modules. In the meanwhile, shiny black iPhone 7 was out of stock as well.

Trudy Muller expressed the gratitude to its fans. They will do their best to help customers get their new iPhones.

Regarding the storage, Slice Intelligence figured out 67% of customers chose 128 GB edition,14% of customers chose 32GB edition and 19% of them chose brand-new 256GB edition.

It becomes a tendency to make bigger screen phones. Some media pointed out big screen phones are popular in China, Japan and South Korea, while European customers are keen on smaller screen phones.

DeviceAtlas did a search concerning mobile users in United States and some European contries, it found that 4.7 inch phone are the most popular size in United States, Italy and Spain. While customers in Indonesia and some merging countries prefer to use 5-inch or bigger phones.

September 18, 2016 IT News

Uninstall/Update Avast to Fix Windows 10 Anniversary Update BSOD


If you are an Avast user, you might encounter the issue of Blue Screen of Death when upgrade your computer to Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Many Avast users report that their PCs will crash with a “system thread exception not handled” error when Windows 10 AU is installed. They also mentioned that after uninstalling Avast, they will be able to install Windows 10 Anniversary Update successfully without getting BSOD again. If Avast users do want to upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update, they need to uninstall Avast products on the PCs – that’s the only option at that time.


“When the Windows 10 Anniversary Update was combined with our aswvmm.sys driver on an Intel CPU from the Skylake family with Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) enabled in the BIOS, the update resulted in a BSOD.” Latter on Avast explained this issue in its forum. It could also happen “during the clean installations of Avast Antivirus on systems already running the Anniversary Update”.

Now Avast has patched its software and released an emergency update to fix the issue. The affected products include Avast 12.1.2272, 2016.11.2.2262, 2016.11.1.2253, Avast for Business 12.1.2512, 11.2.2511. All these versions should be patched to prevent and fix BSOD. Users should perform the installations using online installer with an internet connection. The offline installer will be update latter, Avast adds.

As anyone using Avast Antivirus on a PC with Intel Skylake CPUs with Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) enabled in the BIOS may be affected, they are strongly recommended to repair/update Avast Antivirus software before applying the Windows update. To repair and reset Avast 2016, you need to access the Avast Setup Wizard from Control Panel, and then select the option Repair to start the process. To resolve the BSOD issue, you can go with these three steps: first is to fully uninstall Avast in Windows Safe Mode; second, run the Windows 10 Anniversary update in the normal mode; and the last is to reinstall packed Avast using the online installer.

August 8, 2016 IT News , ,

Boycott failed: Russian VimpelCom resells Samsung products again

With the great demand on Samsung Galaxy S7, Russian VimpelCom who boycotted Samsung products for more than one year announced to resell its products. MegaFon PJSC, the second biggest Russian operator expressed willingness to cooperate with Samsung as well.


VimpelCom announced on Tuesday that it would resell Samsung products again as this brand enjoys a great popularity among consumers. MegaFon PJSC, who also boycotted Samsung products last year, claimed it was negotiating with Samsung Electronics ando its cooperative manufacturers.

The boycott event started in May, 2015. Before that, Mobile TeleSystems PJSC, Russian biggest mobile operator, started selling Samsung products with lower prices as it could enjoy some discouts with great orders. Then VimpelCom stopped selling Samsung electronic products among 3,000 stores in Russia. MegaFon and Euroset joined the boycott then. Euroset is owned by VimpelCom and MegaFon.

However, Samsung develops faster. IDC reported that Samsung Electronics sold most devices in smartphone field and its revenue was larger than Apple’s. It revealed a statistics in March that the demand of Galaxy S7 was 80% higher than Galaxy S6. Under this situation, Mobile TeleSystems made an increase of 63% of smartphone sales in the first part of 2016.

VimpelCom, MegaFon and Euroset have over 10,000 stores in Russia. Euroset is not confirmed whether it will resell Samsung products.

IDC predicted that 26.6 million Samsung smartphones were sold in Russia last year, with a total value of $ 4.4 billion. It revealed Samsung smartphones accounted for 25% of all sold smartphones in Q1. Mobile TeleSystems is for VimpelCom’s decision.

August 4, 2016 IT News

A Simple Trick to Create A Website Shortcut on Mac


Have you ever thought of adding a website shortcut to the Dock on your Mac? It is a nice way to quickly visit your favorite website with one click. Usually you will access a website by launching Safari and clicking the bookmark in the Bookmark Bar. Once the URL shortcut is created, clicking on it will both launch the browser and load the site immediately. Sound faster & more convenient, right? Here’s how to make it work.

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