Elections Held in Separatist-Controlled Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 83)

Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News On Sunday, rebels in eastern Ukraine held their first ever elections, voting for the incumbent leader Alexander Zakharchenko to continue to run the territory under separatist control. With few observers present to verify the fairness of the voting, which itself was hastily organized, the election wasn’t widely recognized. Russia was the only major power to recognize the vote as legitimate, while Ukraine and its allies in the West declared the poll to be a violation of a negotiated agreement reached in Minsk. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky spoke with the rebel leader Zakharchenko as he cast his vote in Donetsk, and visited polling stations across the country’s war-torn east to find out what elections look like in a breakaway republic. Follow @simonostrovsky on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/SimonOstrovsky Click to watch “Tensions Surround Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 82)” – http://bit.ly/1x3ALwG Check out “Ukrainian President Threatens to Scrap Special Status for Eastern Regions After Rebel ‘Elections'” – http://bit.ly/13EoBAE Click to watch “The Donetsk People’s Republic” – http://bit.ly/1wLO6vN Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews

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No More Plastic Phones: Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 Made of Metal

Samsung Galaxy A3

Forget plastic bodies and Kevlar skins. Samsung has just introduced its latest offerings on the smartphone market with the Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5.

And while Samsung may not be including many of the features that made its S-series smartphones so popular, the new phones represent the unveiling of the company’s first-ever all-metal design.

The Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 are the slimmest smartphones that Samsung currently offers. The phones are just 6.7 millimeters and 6.9 millimeters thin, respectively.

The Galaxy A3 and A5 will also also a unibody aluminum design, cNet reports.

The phones are being targeted to a younger audience but they are certainly suitable for any small business owner, especially those with a tighter budget for new mobile devices.

In a release announcing the new devices, JK Shin, Samsung Electronics CEO and Head of IT and Mobile Communication, explains:

“The Galaxy A5 and A3 offer a beautifully crafted full metal unibody, slim design, superior hardware and the best possible social media experience. These devices make our advanced Galaxy experience even more accessible to young and trend conscious consumers.”

Samsung says the new phones are designed to create and share content for social media and social networking. So obviously, this could make both phones ideal for the kind of social media marketing, networking and branding done by many small business owners and entrepreneurs.

The phones are expected to be available worldwide this month but specifics on price have yet to be be announced.

However the phones are expected to be considerably less expensive than Samsung’s top-of-the-line S or Note smartphone series, making them a potential budget option for small businesses.

The company did not skimp on the cameras, including a 5MP front-facing camera for taking high-quality selfie shots. That’s included on both the Galaxy A3 and A5.

The Galaxy A5 is slightly larger than the A3. It has a 5-inch HD display while the A3 has a 4.5-inch qHD display.

The larger phone also has a better rear-mounted camera. The A5 takes shots with a 13MP camera with an LED flash. The smaller A3 has an 8MP rear-facing camera.

Each also runs Android 4.4 (KitKat) on a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor. The Galaxy A5 is stocked with 2GB of memory and 16 GB of stocked internal storage. The Samsung Galaxy A3 has 1GB of memory and also 16GB of storage for apps and media.

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This Week Catch Not One But Two Webinars


This week not one but two webinars are scheduled that will offer information of interest to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

First, on Nov. 11, sign up for 5 Tips for Working On The Go With Dropbox and DocuSign. This webinar will discus the challenges of paper-based business operations and give tips for integrating Dropbox and DocuSign. It will also discuss how to effectively use these services on the go. If you have a paper-based business you might want to give this one a look.

Next, on Nov. 12 is Hyperlocal Research Made Easy. Special guests for this event will be Jeffrey Henning of ResearchScape and Chandika Bhandari of Seattle AppLab. Erik Koto, the CEO of QuestionPro, will lead the discussion as they unveil a new custom integration between QuestionPro and iBeacon. This new integration will allow business owners to conduct location-specific research gathering immediate feedback from customers.

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Webinar: 5 Tips for Working On The Go With Dropbox and DocuSign Webinar: 5 Tips for Working On The Go With Dropbox and DocuSign

November 11, 2014, Online

Paper-based businesses face real security and scalability challenges. This webinar will cover: the challenges of paper-based business operations, how integration between Dropbox and DocuSign can help your business be more productive and efficient and 5 tips for working on the go with Dropbox and DocuSign. There will also be a Q&A session.

Webinar: Hyperlocal Research Made Easy Webinar: Hyperlocal Research Made Easy

November 12, 2014, Online

Special guests Jeffrey Henning of ResearchScape and Chandika Bhandari of Seattle AppLab join QuestionPro CEO Erik Koto as we unveil a new custom integration between QuestionPro & iBeacon, taking location-specific feedback to a new level! Conduct “hyperlocal” research from customers at your location. Offer incentives and rewards at or just prior to the time of purchase. Gather immediate feedback from customer interactions. Join us!

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