Want to build something? These 4 deals will get your creative juices flowing today [Deals]

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Stop putting off ideas and start that weekend project.
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Walt Disney said it best: “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” If you’ve ever thought, “I wish I knew how to do that,” then this is your wakeup call.

Whether you want to build your own app or a microcomputer, a website or an e-commerce hub, these four deeply discounted educational offerings will inspire you to stop thinking about building something great, and just jump in and get it done. Expand your horizons today! (These courses are all over 93% off right now.)

Learn to make Shopify a profitable part of your business [Deals]

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The Ultimate Shopify & Ecommerce Expert Bundle
Learn the many ins and outs of setting up and running a successful dropshipping business.
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Welcome to the age of eCommerce. Thanks to platforms that connect customers and sellers, it’s never been easier to get a product-moving business off the ground. But that means it’s also a competitive space, so to get an edge, you’ll want some education.

You won’t believe how many e-commerce login attempts are made by hackers

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We bet you'll change your Amazon password after reading this article.
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Go to your Amazon, Zappos, etc. account now and change the password to something stronger. That’s the takeaway from a cyber security firm’s report that says a whopping 91 percent of all attempts to log into e-commerce websites are from hackers.

Attempts by hackers to log into the sites of airlines, banks, and hotels also account for about half of their traffic.

iOS 9 ad blockers could ruin your online shopping experience

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Before and after adblockers. Notice any difference?
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One of the big innovations of iOS 9 was the ability for Safari users to download and take advantage of content blockers.

According to a new report, however, ads may not be the only content that is blocked by apps like Crystal. Online retailers such as Walmart, Sears and Lululemon are also seeing their e-commerce sites negatively affected by adblockers — with some crucial features failing to work as before.

Alibaba one-ups Amazon with drone-delivered tea

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The Alibaba Group began testing drone delivery through its e-commerce site Taobao, bring tea to 450 doorsteps within an hour. Photo: Taobao.com
The Alibaba Group began testing drone delivery through its e-commerce site Taobao, bring tea to 450 doorsteps within an hour. Photo: Taobao.com

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is redefining high tea.

Drones are taking to the skies in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to deliver tea to a test group of 450 shoppers using Alibaba’s website Taobao. The three-day trial of drone delivery service in the Chinese cities ends Friday as Alibaba continues to push its might across the globe.

How a grandma with a bum hip sparked a shopping revolution

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Jane and Ned Snowball shopping online in 1984. Photo: Courtesy of the Aldrich Archive
Jane and Ned Snowball shopping online in 1984. Photo courtesy Aldrich Archive

A 72-year-old grandmother with a broken hip started the revolution with a television remote in her hand. She pointed it at the screen in her living room in 1984 and bought eggs, cornflakes and margarine.

Jane Snowball of Gateshead, England, spent a few pounds and became the first online shopper. In 2013, online shopping generated more than $1.2 trillion worldwide (with the promise of higher figures when 2014 numbers are reported).

Snowball did not use the computer as we know it. She used a device called Videotex, which merged media and business information systems and made them available to “outside correspondents.” She pressed a button on the remote with a phone icon and was able to connect to her local Tesco supermarket with a telephone number. The store received her list and delivered the items to her door.

Learn How To Build Your Own E-Commerce Site [Deals]

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Business to consumer e-commerce is now a trillion-dollar industry, and growing every year. If you own a brick and mortar store, have an idea for a business, or make your own products, and you’re not selling online – you’re leaving money on the table. You could hire a developer or a third-party to create a site for you, but – thanks to Cult of Mac Deals – for a fraction of the cost you can learn to do it yourself.

Learn to create a fully functional e-commerce website ready to sell products and accept payments with PayPal with this 211 lecture video course. And pay only $49.99 – a savings 80% of off the regular price – in the process.