Savenkeep Blog Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:38:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Political Crisis In Yemen Continues To Worsen Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:38:31 +0000 The ongoing crisis in Yemen continues to worsen by the day. The Shiite rebels in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, have been working on gaining even more control over the region. All this while the Houthi rebels have been protesting and demanding equal rights in the country’s new rule as well.


As of now, the US has been supporting the current President of Yemen, but the growing unrest in the region is making things highly unpredictable. As rebels gain even more control over the country, Yemen’s future hangs in the balance.

Yemen is the most impoverished Arab country at the moment, and things are not looking bright for them based on the current political standoff between the government and the rebel sides. Make sure that you know what is going on in Yemen and who exactly are the key players in this political crisis.

While the bulk of the population in Yemen is comprised of Sunni Muslims, there is a large number of Shiites present as well. Houthis are a small offshoot of the Shiite population also called Zaydism. Their original leader, Hussein al-Houthi, was killed in the year 2004 after leading an insurgency against the Yemeni president. The group currently has a tenuous understanding with the government and they share power based on some undisclosed agreement.

Now the actions of the Houthis have forced the current president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, to remain under a virtual house arrest. He cannot leave his house, and attempts to resign will result in him being prosecuted by the rebel group.

All this is happening in Yemen while talks of Al-Qaida activity in the country continue. In the wake of the attack carried out on Charlie Hebdo in France, there have been reports that at least one of the attackers had visited Yemen prior to the massacre. The political crisis may end up giving Al-Qaida more power in the region, and is something that needs to checked right now.

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Keep Readers On Social Media Engaged With Better Visuals Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:09:29 +0000 Visual cues can go a long way in keeping your readers interested and engaged. The simple joy of finding a related image right next to something that you have been trying to say cannot be put into words, but the impact that a well placed graphic can have is tremendous.


The right visuals are guaranteed to generate better engagement, and will most definitely result in a better relationship with your readers. When you publish a post, you are telling a story, and a picture will always tell a better and more vivid story than the words alone ever can.

Use visual elements smartly to get amazing results. Here are some of the top tricks to help you use graphics to boost reader interaction on social media:

  1. Throw in relevant hashtags: Hashtags are no longer obscure, and have moved beyond Twitter to find a place for themselves in virtually every major social network out there. Popular hashtags can bring in thousands of interested people to our image. Start tagging your images with relevant hashtags, just avoid a  hashtag overload. You can create an entire hashtag campaign around your story or product, or piggyback on a popular topic that is relevant to you.
  1. Thank your readers/followers/subscribers: People have absolutely no reason to listen to what you have to say. They choose to do so, and it is just common courtesy to thank them for giving you the time of the day. Make sure that you thank people for being there for you. A beautiful visual that celebrate special moments with them is just the way to do that
  2. Embed social posts on your blog: You do not always need to create custom images or look for stock photos just to add some visually appealing elements to the post. Embedding posts from Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram is also a great way to quickly add visual element while also ensuring due credits are given to the creators.
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The Top Four Apps That Are Must For Your Tablets And Smartphones Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:07:21 +0000 Apps are the things that add features to the tablets and smartphones. As there are millions of apps available, it becomes very hard to choose the best among them. Here are the top 4 apps which are must for every tablet owner.


  • Find your phone when it grows legs

Sometimes it may happen that your tablet or smartphone get lost somewhere or get stolen by a thief or you may forget it somewhere. Whatever is the reason Find My iPhone (free for iOS) and the Android Device Manager (free for Android) is the app which you can trust to find your lost tablet or smartphone, you can also lock it and in the worst case scenario you can also remotely wipe it.

  • Edit all your photos easily

Fotor app can be a perfect app for you to edit your photos in a convenient manner. The app is available for free for both iOS as well as Android platforms. The app comes with various features such as create collage, customize the borders, change filters and much more and it also allows to share your perfect edited picture online with just a click.

  • Know the weather status before leaving your home

The weather Channel app allows you to check the current temperature, weather forecast for next 10 days and also the hourly forecast. The app can also provide you with video clips, adverse weather alerts, conditions on the beaches and radar map etc. The app is available for free on all major operating systems, namely Android, iOS and Windows.

  • Magnify your vision

Whether you are a detective or not, a magnifying glass can be a very useful tool for you to find small objects. You can download magnifying glass app on your phones, which is free for both Android as well as iOS platforms and easily read and find tiny things. This app will can help you to read the tiny print of the paper, microscopic writing on a computer part, minute instruction in a cookbook and much more.

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Cleaning up the Times Square post the NYE celebrations Tue, 06 Jan 2015 04:58:43 +0000

The celebrations that occur at Times Square in NY every New Years Eve are perhaps one of the most recognizable events in the world! Tons of confetti are literally dropped over the crowd as they gather and wait for the ball to drop at the stroke of midnight. In fact, the celebrations have reached such a level that there is an official team dedicated to dropping the confetti, and there even exists a job position called the Confetti Master!



The start of 2015 saw almost a million people from all over the world come together at Times Square, as they partied, shouted, danced and waited for the confetti to start raining from the sky. Last year saw the collection of almost 52.3 tons of trash from Times Square after the NYE celebrations got over, and people left for their homes and hotels. It took a team of 178 professionals to clean up this mess.


The biggest New Year celebration also leaves behind one of the biggest messes. Tonnes of confetti, and even more trash that is left behind by the cheering crowds needs to be dealt with. Clean up starts as early as the evening of 1st January, with the sanitation workers waiting only for the time when they have the place to themselves.


The City of New York Department of Sanitation oversees this cleanup, and has an entire team of sanitation professionals who are assigned the task of cleaning up all the confetti and trash from Times Square once the crowds disappear. The team uses trucks, mechanical brooms, regular brooms, leaf blowers and more to round up all the trash and clean up the mess.


The clean up operation takes place like clockwork, and not before long, the entire area if confetti free once again. The sanitation workers can be seen working, often with a smile, as they round up all the trash and confetti, and load it up to be taken away.


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North Korea dismisses allegations of hacking, accuses US of internet attack Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:56:35 +0000 Responding to allegations from the American press and President Obama, the North Korean National Defense Commission (NDC) blamed the USA for the internet outage they have been suffering from.


The statement, released on Saturday, said Obama was the responsible person for the release of the Seth Rogen movie The Interview. The movie is a satire which depicts an assassination plot against Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea and chairman of the NDC. In the statement, the NDC referred to the president as a “monkey.”

“Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” said the statement.

Officials at the White House and for President Obama, on vacation in Hawaii, had no comment about the statement from North Korea.

The release of The Interview was cancelled after threats of violence and release of sensitive information that had been stolen from Sony’s computers were released. Sony later reversed its decision and offered the movie for limited release.

The FBI and President Obama have stated publically that North Korea was behind the hacking of the Sony computer network and the threats that initially cancelled the movie’s release. During a press conference before Christmas, President Obama said there would be retaliation against North Korea, but did not go into specifics about what for it would take.

North Korea has suffered massive disruption in their internet over the last week. This included a complete outage of all internet services for almost nine hours on Wednesday, December 24. According to Din Research, a U.S. telecommunications firm, North Korea’s internet access has been restored.

North Korea has publically blamed the United States for the problems with the internet outage. The statement by the NDC denied any involvement in the Sony hacking situation and dismissed denials of involvement by the U.S. government.

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Connect consumers with brands using Crowdtap for your social startups Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:04:42 +0000 Brands are an essential part of the process used to woo the young generation. Companies spend a lot of resources and time to establish the brand value among the consumers. Whether a brand is able to strike a chord with the younger generation depend on various factors which may or may not be controlled completely. Hence, old and conventional marketing strategies may fail to propel the brand reputation and new ways must be devised to enhance the connectivity of the brand with the consumers. The reputation of the brand largely depends on how one consumer is broadcasting his positive reviews about the brand on a large scale and this calls for facilitating the engaged consumer to voice their appreciation of the brand loud and visible.


Crowdtap is a platform that does exactly the same by placing the people at the center point of marketing and utilizing their social presence to drive the brand reputation building. It also makes things easy for brands to target the audience and also create contents that are genuine and authentic enough to attract people and media alike. Crowdtap believes to apprise the people of changed format of marketing through relevant data gathered through extensive research. Consumers are instrumental in making a brand successful.

Crowdtap: A people centric platform for marketing

The mission of Crowdtap is to build the connection between consumers and the brand with a view to exchange value. The connection that Crowdtap establishes between brand and consumers is two ways. The consumers can also interact with the brand and voice its concerns and the feelings. The members can join Crowd tap to interact with the brands and be sure that they are being heard by their favorite brands. This feeling of being important drives the consumer to talk about the brand on the platform. Thus Crowdtap works well with the brands for building their reputation and reach.

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New York is rising against the police violence and abuse Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:54:29 +0000 This Friday, protesters organized a whistle rallies outside the police stations in the New York, it was a start of the second weekend protest, which started against a white patrolman killing an unarmed black man.


Approximately three dozen people marched past public housing projects in Harlem, where it is reported that the police abuse was very extensive before the rally started at the local police station house. In the rally, people blew metal whistles, the voice of the whistles pierced the cold air with a high pitch shrill. The organizer of the rally Kevin Lee, who is 59 years old addressed the protesters that they were there to protest against the policemen who regularly and routinely abuse the people in the housing projects.

The whistle blowing rally was the part of the waves that annoyed the people of the city last week because of the unexpected decision of the grand jury which decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Eric Garner in July. The recent demonstrations have attracted fewer people and most of the arrests during the rally have been dropped. According to a poll that was conducted, most of the people living in New York agree that justice was not served in the Garner case.

A poll of 760 adults was conducted by the New York Times and Siena College from 4 to 10 December and it was found that nearly two third of the people participating in the poll believe that the jury should have brought criminal charges on the Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

Thousands of tourists and shoppers scuttled around the Times Square and the protesters were holding absolute black and white signs which included the names of 100 people who are the victims of the police abuse according to the organizers.

More than 100 people gathered in the Lower Manhattan in the cold winter on the steps of the City Hall to start a traditional rally, holding homemade banners which demanded the end of police abuse.

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Some of the mind blowing apps that can be highly beneficial Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:40:03 +0000 With the increasing demand of smartphones and tablets, everyday lots of new apps are being developed for the smartphones and tablets. There are tons of mobile application available for the smartphones and tablets, some of these are simple and may not be highly efficient, but some of these are developed by smart and innovative developers which provide diverse functions and are easy to use. Here are the top 4 mind blowing application that you can look out for:


  • FastCustomer

Many times when we require customer care services, we have to wait for a long time to talk to the customer care executive and your lot of time is wasted which you could have utilized in doing something better. Thus, it becomes very necessary to have a FastCustomer app for you to have because it helps you to save your time. When you call the customer care, and when the customer care executive picks up to talk, FastCustomer will ring and let you know that you can talk to them.

  • Sleep Talk Recorder

There are a lot of people who talk while sleeping, but if nobody is there to listen you will never know what were you saying. The Sleep Talk Recorder app is a perfect app that will record what you talk and snore while sleeping, you have to just turn it on before going to the bed.

  • Heirloom

It is an app that helps improve the older images and preserve them. You have to just take the picture of the image and the app will do it cropping and colour correction automatically. The photos can also be left in the album so that they are not damaged.

  • Easy Measure

It is a wonderful app that can be used to check the dimensions of any object on the screen, simply point the camera of the phone at the object and then the dimensions of the object will appear on the screen.

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Four tricks to a better Twitter bio for your Customer Care service Tue, 02 Dec 2014 04:06:31 +0000 Twitter has become one service where every business simply must have an official presence.


With millions of people using the service, and a customer engagement ration that borders on addiction, people use Twitter to complain about poor services all too frequently, and if the brand they are facing a problem with is yours, you need to be present to take charge and address the issue promptly.

A number of top brands have set up separate Twitter profiles for customer care. This is a great way to keep your promotion and support team separate, and also lets your main brand profile free of endless conversation tweets.

  • Be direct and spell it out: What is one way to ensure that people know which account offers customer support for your brand? The one with customer support in its name, of course! Make sure that you include something related to support or customer support, in the name of your Twitter account. This also makes the profile one of the top results when people search for you on Twitter.
  • Reaffirm your services in the bio: Twitter is full of parody accounts, that spoof celebrities and brands. So go the extra mile, and also include the fact that you offer customer services for the brand in your Twitter bio.
  • Mention your service timings: Is your customer support available round the clock? Odds are that it isn’t, so mention this in the bio. Twitter is real time and people get impatient. A customer knowing that you are not available, allows you to simply respond when you login next.
  • Offer an alternative: If you have a toll free number, or an email where a customer can find support, include this in the bio, so that when you are unavailable, the customer has other options.
  • Humanize your support: Unless you have an entire team offering support at all hours, mentioning the name of the person who is offering help, lets customers form a personal connection with your brand.


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Ukraine Revolution anniversary sees hordes of crowds Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:02:10 +0000 One year after the protests in Ukraine led to the toppling down of their president who followed Russian agendas, the citizens of the nation came out in large numbers to celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion.


When the then President of Ukraine, Mr Viktor Yanukovych made the announcement that he was going to turn down the EU offer for inclusion, and side with Moscow leadership instead, it was met with vehement opposition, and quickly led to full scale protests all over the country.

It started with the gathering in Kiev and quickly spread outwards. Initially peaceful, the protesters went on a violent rampage after the police attacked a group of protesters at a central square with clubs and extreme force on 30th of November. The violence brought in thousands upon thousands of Ukrainians from all over the country who flooded into Kiev and forced President Yanukovych to leave the country and flee to Russia.

The protest had first started in Kiev on 21 November, and this year the day was remembered by the masses as an occasion where they just prevailed over the corrupt and evil. Now dubbed the Day of Dignity and Freedom, November 21, 2014 saw thousand of people who spent the day celebrating one year of freedom from Russian influence, and mourned the loss of protesters who could not survive the police brutality.

The day was documented by Evgeny Feldman, a Russian photographer who was present in Kiev on this day and documented through his work the many ways in which people remembered what all went down in the city a year ago. A huge commemoration was held for the Euromaidan and it was full to bursting with all the people who took part in the event. Protesters who took part in the revolution last year were present in huge numbers, and spent the day in remembrance of the fallen Heavenly Hundred who lost their lives in the initial few days of the protest after the swift government backlash.

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