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20
Apr

ccGenie Review


If you are anything like me, you will both like and loathe email. You like it because it’s a must have communication tool and as big a part of your day as coffee, but you loathe it for how messy, unstructured and downright confusing it can be to use at times.

As a project manager (albeit for a small company), my work inbox is probably a much messier place to work than most peoples’ are. However, I believe that I have found a tool that will work for anyone that receives emails from a group of people related to the same project: ccGenie.

A friend that already uses the service recommended me ccGenie and, while it did seem like he was being rather biased in selling the concept to me, I decided to give it a go anyway – and I’m glad I did.

What Is It?

ccGenie is billed as a service that “makes your email work”. Basically, it takes all of the emails that are cluttering your inbox and organizes them so that they are easier to access, read, and share.

The concept is one that takes file sharing and combines it will email and a hint of social media to provide a single cloud-based platform for keeping email conversations, attachments, content, links, and contacts neat and tidy.

Why Is It Good?

I’m writing purely from a project management perspective here, but ccGenie is great for helping me collaborate with several different teams at once on an order. The tool is compatible with various file-sharing services and is fully accessible to anyone, regardless of location or device. This is obviously great for when I’m out of the office, as I can still access messages and contribute to a conversation on my smartphone.

All of the information is kept in context by ccGenie, which automatically places it into “rooms” based on what it is – documents, conversations, people, etc. This aspect of the service is what I love most and I’m guessing it would work great for personal use too, maybe if you were planning a party or something.

Do You Have To Pay?

Now here is the really great thing about ccGenie – it’s free! Signing up for an account couldn’t be any simpler; I got started by using my Google+ account, but there options to use LinkedIn credentials and email – both of which are probably just as easy.

If you’re like me and use Dropbox, Gmail, Outlook, or any similar services on a daily basis, and are fed up with an unmanageable inbox, I suggest that you give ccGenie a try. I love it and I’m sure you will too.

7
Apr
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Six Benefits of Hiring a Consultant for Your Business


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Nowadays, more companies are relying on outside talent resources to get help with running their business. In most cases, they turn to consultants. A consultant can be a valuable resource and play a huge role in helping organizations meet their goals. Following are a few compelling reasons why hiring a consultant might be a wise move for your business.

1. Targeted Expertise

For most businesses, the main benefit of hiring an outside consultant is the knowledge they bring with them. In today’s internet age, it takes quite a few skills to excel with business apart from all the basics. For instance, businesses of all sizes, in every industry must learn how to optimize their web presence in order to increase visibility in search engines and boost traffic. Search engine optimization or SEO, is one of the many skills a consultant may offer to businesses in need. Whatever skill you’re lacking, assure that there is an outside professional who can provide it and prevent you from having to hire for it full-time.

2. Complements Staff

While the state of the economy often paints the picture of a massive job shortage, the fact of the matter is that many companies have staffing needs. Whether it’s due to a decision to downsize or a recent expansion, these needs can leave an organization strained and struggling to meet their productivity goals. Hiring a consultant gives you an opportunity to fill whatever staffing gaps you may have at the moment. Although it may be costly initiative, the right person can hold down the role of a part-time or even full-time employee until you’re ready to address your talent pool.

3. A Fresh Perspective

Running a business on a day to day basis is a grueling task not fit for the weak at heart. After a point, it’s fairly easy to find yourself burning out to degrees where your judgment isn’t as sharp as it needs to be. A consultant can offer that fresh set of eyes that helps your company view important matters with a clear, unbiased perspective. Maybe they notice errors that got by the editing team. Or perhaps they offer insights that never even crossed the mind of your marketing manager. In either case, their eye can help make critical observations that may be otherwise overlooked.

4. Improve Revenue

Every business needs money to survive, preferably a consistent stream of income that covers everything from payroll to marketing. It might seem counter-intuitive, but hiring a consultant can be exactly what you need to improve your cashflow. Depending on your needs, they might deliver the expertise to help generate a higher rate of conversions from your site traffic. Or perhaps they help you cut back on spending by deploying an email marketing program – spend less on marketing, earn more in your returns. A consultant can help you see a very favorable return on your investments.

5. Unlock Business Potential

Many businesses have a great idea, but just can’t get over the hump for one reason or another. Maybe they’re lacking the comprehensive strategy or execution needed to start seeing good results on a consistent basis. Business consultants are often at their most valuable when they come in and help clients realize their full potential. For example, they can assist you in identifying and improving specific areas of your company in need of the most help. They can also evaluate existing strategies and tactics to help determine whether they’re making an impact. From diagnosis of weaknesses to formulating extensive business plans, a good consultant can help you reach maximum heights.

Finding the Right Consultant

Hiring an outside consultant can end up being one of the best investments you make for your business. However, not all consultants are created equal. Some are highly reliable, efficient, and valuable. Others are sketchy at best, the type that could turn out to be a colossal waste of time and money if you make the wrong gamble. The bad apples in the bunch are responsible for the negative reputation the consulting industry has established over the years. In short, you have to be very cautious about who you hire to provide expert direction for your business.

Consultants come in a variety of forms. They are available as individual professionals or firms, the latter of which usually affords you the luxury to choose the expert that is best suited to accommodate your specific situation. They also come bearing expertise from email marketing to big data. A consultant can provide the type of jump that has your business gunning on all cylinders. Give the process it’s due diligence by evaluating the experience, credentials and reputation of prospective consultants before deciding on a suitor. You won’t regret it.

About the author

Francis Santos is the Marketing Manager for Benchmark Email. He graduated from Cal State Long Beach and holds a degree in Journalism. In addition, he is also the executive editor for separate popular news blogs. Follow him on Twitter: @emailfrancis

7
Apr

Our hearts, our minds, our doors are always open for that


The most effective poems for funerals specific feelings in regards to the loss of a liked one. There is an array of feelings during the grieving and mourning period. There are emotions of loss, unhappiness, grief, guilt, and abandonment. Usually in bereavement, these emotions might be felt simultaneously.

Poems are a preferred method to specific profound feelings in the human soul. Many individuals relate to its rigorously chosen phrases that may present their feelings with higher expression.

It’s possible you’ll wish to select poems that comprise themes of loss of life, hope, and encouragement inside its verses. Mourners will be able to relate to most of the words but on the same time they are going to be looking for comfort. There are numerous dying themed poems obtainable from the public area and are searchable on the web.

These poems are best to use as a result of the public area allows you to be able to use them freely without permission. Bible verses are additionally a very good resource for a few of the greatest poems for funerals. A well-liked verse is Psalm 23 which is read in many memorial and funeral services.

Psalm 23 is used most steadily at funerals because of the encouraging message it offers to the surviving household and friends. It’s a psalm that reveals the one who lived their life in religion is now in the home of the Lord forever. This brings consolation to mourners as a result of they’ve a glimpse of the happiness and peace their liked one is currently experiencing.

The most used poem for a funeral is “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep” by Mary Frye. Listening to words expressed via a poem may also begin the therapeutic process. During a time of loss we are sometimes confused, poetry may help floor our most inner feelings of grief and sadness.

You might also wish to take into account choosing a poem that hints on the character of the deceased. Moreover, there are themes in remembering the dearly departed and not to be sad they are no longer on the earth. You need to use the poem(s) you’ve got selected and incorporate it into the funeral program or have a pal or member of the family read it in the course of the service.

4
Apr
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From the Ground to the Gas Pump


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In just one year, the U.S. harvested 4.9 million barrels of oil – per day – and imported 9.8 million barrels per day. [Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration] This rough stuff, known as crude oil, is turned into consumer-grade products: petroleum, kerosene, cooking or heating oil and other consumables. As consumer demand grows, companies strive to keep up by finding new sources and improving the output of existing ones.

 Many celluloid images have immortalized the image of the “gusher” – a substantial fossil fuel that has just been discovered. In real life, oil production is a bit more scientific, and in this blog, we’ll look at the mechanics behind the stuff we generically known as oil.

 Geologists work to locate the proper conditions for an oil tap: source rock, reservoir rock and entrapment. Previously this was done by interpreting surface features, surface rock, and soil types, and/or taking small core samples. Today, oil geologists examine surface rocks and terrain, using satellite images. Sensitive gravity meters, magnetometers (that can detect the smell of hydrocarbons, and seismology, are among the tools in an oil geologist’s toolkit.

 Oil Drilling Basics

 A boundaries survey and environmental impact study, if necessary, is the first step. This is followed by clearing the land, identifying a source of water, and digging a reserve pit. Holes are drilled to make space for the rig and main hole.

 Oil rig systems are comprised of: power systems, mechanical systems, rotating equipment, casing, circulation systems, a derrick, and a blowout preventer. Oil drilling consists of: setting up the rig, drilling down to a pre-set depth, running and cementing the casing. From here, after an extensive testing process, and final depth has been reached, the well is completed, thus allowing oil to flow into the well in the well is now ready for extraction.

 Currently, the U.S. Department of Energy (along with the oil industry) is developing new ways to drill oil, such as horizontal drilling techniques, which could enable oil to be reached in ecologically-sensitive areas.

The equipment used: coiled tubing units, wireline units, work-over rigs, and pumping units can become fouled over time proper maintenance requires routine cleaning to ensure proper operation and prevent maintenance issues. There are drawbacks to using caustic cleaners and solvents. Plant-based solutions that are environmentally sustainable and safe are currently available.

About the author

Blain Johnson has been studying the oil & gas industry for many years and seek to find an environmentally-friendly solution to extracting crude oil. To learn more about the author, feel free to connect with him on Google+. Source used for this article can be found athttp://www.ebgreensolutions.com/applications/oil-fuel-spill-remediation.

 

 

29
Mar
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Gaining Insight on Website Design


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Many people have a need for website design but do not know where to begin.  Whether for business or personal reasons, websites have become a necessity.  Small business owners and entrepreneurs alike have found a particular need for a website to list all of their product offerings.  If you fall into any of these categories, here are a few things to consider.

Professional Background of the Design Company or Design Professional
To hire a website designer blindly is not such a good idea.  You as the consumer need to take the time out to review the professional background of the design professional.  Review their credentials and any testimonials listed on their websites.  Take a good look at their website.  Note the design aesthetics.  It is important to keep mental notes on these things because it really makes a difference.  Look for design templates and a portfolio that displays all of their past projects.  This will help you to get a better idea as to whether or not the designer or design company will be the right fit for you, your project and your company’s endeavors.

Fee
When it comes to website design, the only way that you will get it done for free is if you do it yourself.  Take a look at your budget to better see what you can afford to spend.  If your estimated budget for the design of your website is well under $100, then you might need to consider working with a hosting company that offers affordable templates for consumer customization and use.  If you are more intrigued by hiring a design professional, you must realize that the fee for service can easily be upward anywhere from $200 to $1000 plus.  Sometimes designers charge flat rates or hourly rates depending on how extensive the project is.  It is also not completely uncommon for people to spend several thousand dollars for the design of their websites.

The Importance of Color
Studies have continually shown that a dash of color can make a significant difference in just about everything in life.  The color of an office, for instance, can have an inherent effect on the overall productivity of the staff. Another example is how the color of a suit can imply many things about the personality of an individual.  Finally, the colors used throughout your website can attract sales or detract from sales attainment. Remember, your website is the cyber face of your business or enterprise.  With this in mind, it is important to choose your colors wisely.

Take the time out to learn more about the connotations behind certain colors in both American culture and abroad. Sometimes a color that could signify detriment within the United States, could mean prosperity in other cultures.  Understand how certain colors can have a positive and influential impact on your target consumer.  Believe it or not, colors can inspire people to buy certain products.  It happens all of the time in department stores and can occur on your website as well.

When it comes to designing your website it is important to choose the right design professional or company.  You will want to make sure that the website personifies your personal or corporate motto.  If you are in the market for a website designer, visit Web312.com.

28
Mar
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Stiforp’s Mobile Messaging Platform


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Inside this one of a kind Mobile Media Platform…users can manage their very own Mobile App, Mobile Website, SMS Text Message Campaigns and they can also manage and schedule their posts on their favorite Social Networks feeds.

Cross-Channel marketing has evolved over the last few years and successful marketers are realizing that getting the THE RIGHT MESSAGE, to THE RIGHT CHANNEL at THE RIGHT TIME is a necessity in 2014!

There have been a lot of businesses making the mistake of blasting the same marketing messages across social media channels, email, and SMS at exactly the same moment. Users that receive the same message at the same time grow annoyed and opt-out rates of all methods of communication begin to increase significantly.

True cross-channel marketing is more than syndication, it’s SCHEDULING the proper messages out into the future to the different channels with their own messages to drive awareness and ROI.

Stiforp’s Mobile Media Management Platform allows for the user to login thru their mobile app and/or desktop and schedule out their Cross Channel Messaging Campaigns (sms texts, push notifications, Scheduled Social Media Posts, etc) with images, videos, text or links, and schedule it for the exact moment you want it be sent.

Messages sent thru Stiforp Mobile’s Media Platform have an avg read rate of 95%…Highest in the industry!

True cross-channel marketing can now be done in a flash and will not only save you time and improve your results, but most importantly will GROW YOUR BUSINESS!

Here’s what you get:

  • UNLIMITED* contacts (cell phone numbers) can be loaded into your account for FREE
  • Send up to 5,000 SMS Text Messages* per month with one of our higher packages
  • We even have an UMLIMITED* SMS Package for the serious networker!
  • Multiple templates to use to make your SMS Texts and Push Notifications look professional and powerful
  • Lead source (Cell Phone Numbers) available to maximize your results!
  • The BEST SMS Marketing System in the Industry with Social Media integration.
  • PLUS a power packed Stiforp Mobile App with over 50 Features + Unlimited World Wide Push Notifications
  • Free Publication in the App Store which gives over 3 Billion People Access to your BIZ!
  • Unlimited Social Media Synching
  • Best training and coaching in the industry from some of the Top Mobile Marketers in the Industry
  • A one of a kind three tiered Mobile Messaging System with a 95% Read Rate!

BE where they ARE with FEATURES you need to grow your business.

25
Mar

An online garage sale for CDs DVDs and Games


Ever heard the saying that one man’s garbage is other man’s gold. Well at some point of time everything that we own usually becomes nothing but hassle for us to keep or store. Every person enjoys some movies only to a point after which he probably either throws is away or passes it to someone else. Well till now people used to make space in their house either by throwing away their stuff in the garbage, or passing it to someone else who might be able to use it or enjoy it, or once in a while hold a garage sale for things that they no longer find any use for. But what if now you can do all this for your old DVD’s and Cd’s and old games. Wouldn’t you be interested in making some extra space in your house by making money on things which is doing nothing but collecting dirt in your house? Well now there is a way to get all of this with very little hassle.

What is Decluttr?

Well now there is a website called Decluttr.com. Decluttr have gotten such great response from people that now people who are using their service don’t say “I have sold my DVDs, CDs and games” anymore and instead are starting to say “I have decluttered my things” instead. It has now become a great now to get rid of all those old music CDs and DVDs and those really old dozens of times played games for some reasonable exchange of money, and who doesn’t like to get some like extra cash in their pocket especially for the things you were just about to throw out anyways.

How to use

Decluttr is very easy to use and it has no hassle of you spending too much time energy or money. It is actually a very simple process. Firstly what you have to do is go on their website. Once you reach the website there is a bar where you can enter the bar code which is present on the item that you want to ‘Decluttr’. As soon as you will enter this code automatically it will send you an instant value on that product you want to sell. Once you decide on selling all you have to do is ship it to them for free using the free shipping label that they will provide for you. Once they finally do receive your items they will then send you a check with your name on it.

Conclusion

See it is a fast world people move on from things to things from places to places. Hence with time sometimes they end up with lot of junk which is of no use to them anymore. So that person then is left with the choice of either still carrying it with them and let it have space in their house for no reason and collect dirt or to get rid of it. And if you are planning on getting rid of some really old and used CDs DVDs or game, then why not make money out of it by using the service of decluttr.

20
Mar
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Must have gadget for iPhone


It goes without saying that smartphones and other electronic devices have become an integral part of everyday life of people all around the world. Today, we cannot even leave the house without taking along our iPhone. Such addiction to numerous gadgets and devices is quite understandable as they facilitate our life greatly, providing us with more opportunities. You have everything you need in your smartphones to study, work, communicate with your friends, colleagues, to travel, do shopping and just browse the Internet. Yes, it is impossible to imagine our life without all smart devices and the latest technology.

Nowadays, there are a lot of companies that offer additional gadgets and accessories for iPhones appeared on the market. This is, of course, due to the great popularity of smartphones and tablets. Such devices designed especially for a certain model of mobile phone or tablet in order to make the process of its exploitation more convenient. In addition to numerous cases and soft cases, which are created to protect your gadgets from damages and make them unique, there are also devices known as iPhone holders that has become very popular among smartphone owners.

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Today, the manufacturers and vendors offer a wide range of special holders that are used for different purposes. For example, a car holder will fix your phone, when you need to use it as a navigator, in a comfortable position. There are a lot of versatile car holders, which are suitable for any brand of smartphone. Such devices allow you to use the full potential of your mobile phone.

The holder helps you to fix your iPhone in a comfortable for your position, under right angle, to free your hands. With the help of this gadget you can fix your phone, for example, on your work table. In such a case, you will always have your iPhone close to hand and you will never lose it under piles of paper, which are often accumulated on tables. I’m sure you hate the situation when your phone is ringing somewhere on the table or in your bag, but you can not find it. With the special holder, you will always have your device on the right place on your work table. Popular gadget and iPhone holder, which are provided by Keizus.com allow you to set your device on a table, shelf, bedside tables, on any flat surface. Also, they give you the possibility to hang your smartphone in any convenient place. This allows you to view video or make the picture of yourself in more comfortable way.

The holders are easy to use, you don’t need to have some special skills in order to handle them. Despite the simplicity of the idea of these devices, they enhance the conveniences of gadgets using greatly. With their help, you can turn your smartphone to navigator, TV or a camera easily. In my opinion, such unique devices is a must-have for every owner of the up-to-date smartphone or tablet. With the help of reliable holders, you can enhance the functionality of your gadgets not spending a fortune.

11
Mar
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A Rare Twelve Month MBA Program is Available at Laurier Waterloo Campus


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Wilfrid Laurier University, with its main campus in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, offers MBA degrees with eleven potential areas of specialization. Laurier University has multiple campuses in Canada and even one campus located in Chongqing, China. Brantford, Kitchener and Toronto are also locations of Laurier University campuses. Laurier University’s MBA program is one of the Top Ten in Canada on the Compass Research Reputation Index. Selected by Human Resource leaders across Canada, this means personnel directors have a high degree of confidence in the abilities and training of Laurier University MBA graduates.

The main Laurier campus has six different MBA programs in which students can choose to enroll. Four are for full time students. One is for part time students. One of the full time programs is a twelve-month MBA program, one of only a few offered in Canada. A second program is a twelve-month International MBA degree. The third is an MBA degree program with a Co-op component. The fourth is an innovative MBA in Entrepreneurship program. Laurier’s part time MBA program is for evening students. All of these MBA programs utilize an Integrated Core Study (ICS) program that includes Strategic, Operation and Financial Management, Marketing, Economics, Organizational Behavior, Business Analytics and Accounting.

The School of Business and Economics at Laurier Waterloo is successful in preparing their students for productive and successful careers as leaders in the world of business. One of the reasons is their ICS’s components of the Company Project, the Country Project and the case competition. The Company Project requires students to determine whether to recommend holding, buying or selling stock in a particular company after doing a complete financial and strategic analysis of it. The Country Project considers the opportunities that might be available for a particular Canadian company to operate in the market internationally. Teams conclude by competing in with case recommendations they develop for a particular authentic company’s executives about a real business issue they face.

Canada has been the third most popular global destination for MBA studies for more than a decade now. Because of the international nature of MBA studies in general and the student population at Laurier Waterloo in particular, the Integrated Core Study program divides its graduate students into teams for each term. These teams are selected to be diverse, with different skill sets and a variety of backgrounds in order to enhance students’ analytical skills and international outlooks. In evaluations, students report that they chose to attend Laurier Waterloo for their MBA degree because of the reputation of the school’s innovative teaching approach.

Students who enroll in any of the MBA programs at Laurier Waterloo may choose specialization in the following options: accounting; innovation and entrepreneurship; marketing; financial, strategic, operational, organizational, international business, or supply chain management; innovation and human resources; and management in golf and resort industry. Combined with the ICS program, MBA students at Laurier gain a solid business education. Much report they are thrilled to be able to achieve their MBA in one year instead of two and proceed to their career right away with all the tools they need for success in their field of business.

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Mar
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Moto G Stays Ahead of the Pack with Introduction of KitKat


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For those mobile users out there savvy enough to have purchased the budget priced Motorola Moto G, because they were willing to overlook its name and less than glossy look for its high-end specs are about to benefit again.  The Moto G has been slated to be the first non-Nexus handset to be upgraded to Android 4.4.3, KitKat. As the cheaper version of the Moto X (which is currently unavailable in the UK), the Moto G was launched in November for around £120.  For those not familiar with the Moto G, Motorola was acquired by Google in 2012, and the Moto G was developed to provide a quality smartphone at a price everyone could afford. They promised smooth integration with Google as well, and this upgrade backs that promise.

Here is short breakdown of the Moto G:
Design – Though certainly not fancy, the Moto G is solidly built, and has a comfortable feel that betrays its ‘bargain’ status. It measures 129.9 mm x 65.9mm x 11.6mm, which doesn’t make it the smallest phone on the market, but it is a nice size. The default colour scheme is Black, but removable backplates and flip colors are available in six different colours. The front of the phone is dominated by its 4.5-inch, 720p HD screen. Above the screen is the speaker, the front camera lens and a notification LED. The buttons and jacks are well placed, and the phone should be easy for one handed operation by most users. The display comes in at an impressive 329 pixels per inch (ppi), and the brightness, contrast and color vibrancy are all excellent for a phone at this price.

Features – The Moto G is able to provide blazing performance, thanks to its 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, including a 450 MHz Adreno 305 graphics processor and backed up by 1GB of RAM. Internal storage options are 8GB and 16GB, but unfortunately, there is no MicroSD slot for external expansion. However, you are given an extra 50GB of Google Drive space free for two years.  For connectivity, it is also off the charts for a low priced handset, offering GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+ (and CDMA in the US). Also available are Bluetooth, GPS and an FM radio and single-band Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, dual-band Wi-Fi, LTE and NFC are not supported. The camera is also somewhere the Moto G decided to cut corners a bit. The 5MP front camera and 1.3 MP back camera certainly take decent snaps, but they hardly compare to high-end smartphones.

Overall, you can see that the Moto G isn’t going to live up to the likes of the Nexus 4, HTC One or the iPhone, but it wasn’t intended to. When the Moto G was launched, CEO Dennis Woodside said, “Most people can’t afford a $500 or $600 smartphone. In fact, the average price of a smartphone is close to $200 – the problem is, the experience that smartphones in this class provides is really, really bad.” This, quite simply, is the problem that the Moto G was designed to conquer, and it fills the task well. By no means a top-of the line smartphone, it has modern-day technology at an affordable price; rather than passing off a three or four year-old flagship phone as a nice value phone.  The latest upgrade to Android KitKat 4.4.3, before the HTC One, and long before the Galaxy S4 (Samsung may not upgrade to KitKat until the release of the S5), proves that this is no joke of a phone, and can compete with the big boys without giving your wallet a beating.Motorola-Moto-G-Review-001-box

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