Tuesday, 29 September 2015

New Chromecasts Showcased: Chromecast Audio Streams Music to Dumb speakers

The big part of the Chromecast’s allure—you know, apart from its dirt-cheap $35 price together with its simplicity. In the sense that all you have to do is just to press the big Cast button on your phone, tablet, or PC, and video starts playing on your TV. If you have a TV that supports HDMI-CEC, your Chromecast will even automatically turn the television on and switch to the correct input. So on Tuesday, Google revealed not only one, but two new Chromecast devices—both puck-shaped—designed to build on that sublime core experience and expand the media streamer’s usefulness into the audio world.
Both new Chromecast models pack some handy speed-and-feed tweaks. The devices support blazing-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi now. That probably won’t mean much when you’re using streaming video services—your ISP’s speed tends to be much more of a bottleneck than your local network when it comes to Internet-based video—but it should come in handy when you’re casting browser tabs and local videos to your TV.
So what will come in handy for all streaming services is Chromecast’s support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands and a new tri-antenna system, paired with Google algorithms that always ensure you’re using the fastest available band at any given time. (Google’s OnHub router performs a similar trick.) Google claims that this will drastically improve the Chromecast’s connection, as the above chart reveals.A revamped Chromecast app joins the new Chromecast, featuring a “What’s On” a tab that enables you to easily find hot content right away, a device tab that allows any device on your home network to control the TV, and a new unified search option that lets you search for shows by name, then see exactly which Chromecast-supported apps offer them. A new Fast Play feature will also allow streaming services to fetch small segments of shows you’re expected to watch, largely eliminating the buffering you encounter whenever you start streaming a video. Speaking of software, Showtime is rolling out Chromecast support today, while Sling TV and apps from the NHL and NBA will embrace Google’s media streamer later. So you can also integrate Facebook and Flickr into Chromecast’s Backdrop screensaver mode now. Finally, you can now use Chromecast to play Android games on your television, using your phone as the controller. Chromecast Audio Now forget about the new Chromecast. Chromecast Audio is much more interesting. This new, music-dedicated device connects to a speaker or home audio system via a cable, and then you can Cast music from streaming music apps directly to that speaker—essentially transforming any speaker with a 3.5mm audio, RCA, or optical audio cable port into an Internet-capable device, in the same way as the original Chromecast adds smarts to dumb TVs. Spotify is already on board with Chromecast Audio, and you can mirror existing music apps on your phone on Chromecast Audio.Casting music to a Chromecast Audio-connected speaker is just as simple as casting video to a Chromecast-connected TV—so the basic process is identical. It’ll have a guest mode in case you have pals over who you want to control the beats, but who you don’t want to have access to your Wi-Fi passwords. And an update later after this time will push out a pretty killer feature: multi-room audio sync. Be scared, Sonos. So take note that Chromecast Audio is not the same as Google’s Cast for Audio program. Cast for Audio is baked into Internet-connected, higher-end sound systems and speakers, which allows you to beam music directly to those speakers using Google’s Cast technology protocols. The new Chromecast Audio serves as a bridge to devices that don’t come with Cast for Audio built-in. Both Chromecast devices are available today in 17 countries for $35. The new Chromecast (not Chromecast Audio) will also be available in lemonade (yellow) and coral (red) in the Play Store.

With Google Photos Updates You Can Now Easily Share and Sift Through Your Pictures

The Google’s big event on Tuesday wasn’t all about hardware. But the software company also announced a number of new features for Google Photos, all designed, aiming to make it easier to share your pictures with your friends and family. One of the most notable new feature is shared albums, which rides on the back of Photos’ existing sharing functionality. After you share an album with someone else, they can press a Join button to follow updates to the album, or add pictures of their own by simply clicking on the + button in the upper-right corner of the album. So whenever somebody adds new pictures to an album you’re following, you’ll receive a notification.Google Photos supports shared albums between both iOS and Android devices, so your entire network of friends and family could share content with you regardless of what device ecosystem they’re locked in to. So you should try to look for shared albums to arrive in Google Photos after reading this post.Maybe it may look more interesting, the Photos’ powerful new name label capabilities, which are rolling out to Android users this week and other platforms later. So you can now label people with specific names, and then use those names to conduct powerful semantic searches thanks to Google’s cloud-based machine learning. For example, if you tell Photos that your pal Phil’s name is Phil, you could then conduct searches like “Phil skiing” to surface Photos of—you guessed it—Phil skiing. At the same time you can also conduct searches using multiple tagged people, such as a search for “Phil and Mary hiking.” Cool! In conclusion, Google Photos is also gaining Chromecast support, so you can beam your pictures to the big screen if you want.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Do You Want to Relocate?This is How to Get an Out-of-State Job

Assuming that your spouse or partner is being transferred to another office out of state. So you moved away after college and now you want to be closer to your family again. Or perhaps you simply have the urge to escape your current city and establish yourself in a new one. So whatever the reason may be, you've made the decision to relocate, and now you have to figure out your next steps. Most entrepreneurs and professionals who are able to work remotely may not have to worry about their employment situation, but if a new city means finding a new job to you, you may some how face a few more hurdles than the average in-state job seeker. "Most times employers may get nervous when someone from out of town applies for their open position, because they don't know if you'll expect relocation dollars," career strategist Jenny Foss wrote in an article on The Muse . "They also worry that you may just be wallpapering the Earth with a variation of this same cover letter." So now, as the case is, if you want to set employers at ease and make them feel confident about considering an out-of-state candidate, here are a few tips that can help you stand out and get a job. You have to research the area. Maybe your heart have set on a certain area of the country,so you might want to check out which cities have the best opportunities for your field. Lets take for example, research by financial resource provider SmartAsset found that three of the top four U.S. cities for career opportunities were located in Utah, while no California metro areas even cracked the top 25. "In this case, if you like your industry and want to stay in it, you should identify the areas where your industry is most prominent," said Drew Fortin, vice president of marketing at business consulting firm PI Worldwide. "Then, look into the market and see if it offers positions that work for you there. Else, you could be setting on an unreasonable expectations and start getting discouraged." In an article on Quintessential Careers, authors Katharine and Randall Hansen advised learning as much as you can about the city to which you wish to relocate, if for no other reason than to make sure that's where you really want to be. "Make sure you'll be able to afford the cost of living in that city," the Hansens wrote. "Decide whether you'll be content with the city's climate and cultural offerings." William Vanderbloemen, CEO of staffing firm Vanderbloemen Search Group, noted that moving to a vastly different region of the country requires special consideration as well, as job seekers may not be prepared for the culture shock. "Every region of the United States has a unique culture and way of relating to one another, and certain regional cultures don't play well with others," Vanderbloemen said. "A candidate from the deep south would probably find themselves miserable at a position in Boston ... and this applies vice-versa. The old saying is true: A southerner can go anywhere, but not anyone can go to the south. People communicate differently in different parts of the country too."Get into your network. Your network is even more powerful than you might think, and you should use it to your advantage. Even if you don't directly know anyone in your potential new location, is very likely you know someone who does. Nicholas Porter, an account supervisor at Blanc and Otus public relations firm who recently relocated from the East Coast to the West Coast, said he made a list of professional contacts he knew with connections in the cities he was considering moving to. From there, he reached out and asked each of them if they would assist him in his job search. "Typically, all that I asked of these folks was for an email introduction to a contact they had at a company I was targeting," Porter told Business News Daily. "I always offered to write the email for them, as I recognized they were likely too busy to pen it themselves. This approach opened my options exponentially." Once you officially decide on a location, it's a good idea to start making connections in your new area as soon as possible, to discover the environment and job market, said AJ Smith, Smart Asset's managing editor and vice president of content. "Researching and learning as much as you can about some of the local businesses can give you an upward lift when it comes to finding your next position," Smith said. you need to honest about your relocation plans. Even if you leave your current address off, of your application, any out-of-state employer that's interested in your résumé will look you up on LinkedIn and realize that you're not from the area. If your move isn't finalized yet, there's no sense in calling attention to it, especially in case something falls through. Instead, Fortin advised playing up your background and experience to get a hiring manager's attention. "So you need to get them interested in you," Fortin said. "Remember, you're trying to catch their eye with your skills, not with your proximity to the office. Your cover letter should focus on the job and how you're going to excel at it." If you were able to hook the employer based on your qualifications, you will inevitably be asked whether you're willing to move for the job. A great standard response is, "I'm willing to relocate for the right opportunity," Fortin said. So However, if your move is already pending, it might be wise to make your intentions clear up front, Foss wrote. For instance, you could start your cover letter with a line such as, "As my family prepares for our cross-country move to Boston..." she said. Make a decision, and stick to it. Just as you will be devoting time and energy in finding a place to live in your new city, you'll also need to take a proactive approach to finding your dream job there. Foss advised building a strategic plan to target three to five companies you really want to work for. So put yourself out there, reach out to people within the company and let them know you want to be a part of the organization. "Big moves are the perfect times for big courage," Foss wrote. "Don't just sit back and wait for the job to pop up to you."

Sunday, 27 September 2015

LG's new Nexus 5X models shows in the FCC's database

Google’s big September 29th media event is almost resting upon us. and thanks to the FCC, we’re learning a little more about a probable new Nexus phone, the Nexus 5X in particular. According to the Android Police, the FCC recently published documents which is relating to the LG-H790 and LG-H791, which onlookers believe are two variants of the new manufactured Nexus 5X. Based on the cellular radios in each model, Android Police concludes that the H790 is the “carrier-agnostic version for the United States,” while the H791 is the international version of the phone. Android Police goes on to note that the US version of the 5X is expected to work on AT&T, Sprint, Version, and T-Mobile. While the FCC database doesn’t provide us with much else in the way of specifics regarding to the new devices, it does give us an idea of how large the 5X will be. So according to DroidLife, the FCC docs peg the phone’s dimensions at 146.9mm by 72.5mm, or about 5.8 by 2.9 inches. The FCC doesn’t specify how thick the phone will be, but it does say that the screen measures 133mm diagonally—about 5.2 inches. According to Android Police, the dimensions provided by the FCC are pretty much in line with specs leaked by Amazon India earlier this week.Android Police recently published leaked press images of the Nexus 5X, which show white, black, and light blue variations of the device. In addition to this, the 5X,brings rumors which points to a new, Huawei-build Nexus phone called the Nexus 6P that will come in gold, white, black, and aluminum finishes. So far, we’ve had to rely on rumors, leaks, and innuendo for what to expect out of Google, but we won’t have to wait much longer—we will have to see you as soon as possible .

Saturday, 26 September 2015

The Eight Most Overrated Jobs of The Year (2015)

So many jobs aren't quite as glamorous or rewarding as they may seem to outsiders: Highly desirable professions like advertising executive, architect, attorney and broadcaster top this year's list of the most overrated jobs. The overrated professions were chosen by CareerCast for their inherent stress, competition, industry volatility and high job turnover. Kyle Kensing, online content editor for CareerCast, said that these jobs have a positive public perception but a less-attractive reality. "While the most overrated jobs may have high salary potential, excitement and glamour, there are some trade-offs to working in these professions that can include long hours, high pressure and stiff competition for positions or clients," Kensing said in a statement. Okay here are the eight jobs CareerCast said are most overrated, along with their annual median salary and growth outlook for 2015: 1. Advertising executive: $115,750/12 percent 2. Architect: $73,090/17 percent 3. Attorney: $113,350/10 percent 4. Broadcaster: $29,790/2 percent 5. Event coordinator: $45,810/33 percent 6. Management consultant: $78,600/19 percent 7. Public relations manager: $95,450/13 percent 8. Sales representative (wholesale): $51,670/9 percent On the other end of the spectrum are jobs like accountants, civil engineers and environmental engineers, which are this year's most underrated jobs. While these professions might not be the most glamorous, they do have a good outlook, low stress and a stable work environment. The underrated jobs were selected for their favorable income and environment, and low stress."The landscape for underrated jobs directs to favorable hiring outlook in the coming years," Kensing said. "While they may not attract much attention, these jobs are often lower-stress and can be high-paying." Here are CareerCast's eight most underrated jobs, and their annual median salary and growth outlook for this year: 1.Human resources manager: $99,720/13 percent 2.Multimedia artist: $61,370/6 percent 3.Physiologist: $46,270/19 percent 4.Veterinarian: $84,460/12 percent 5.Accountant: $63,550/13 percent 6.Civil engineer: $79,340/20 percent 7.Environmental engineer: $80,890/15 percent 8.Geologist: $90,890/16 percent All of these jobs that are on the overrated and underrated rankings were chosen from among the 200 professions on CareerCast's 2015 Jobs Rated report thanks.

Friday, 25 September 2015

A trick that improves Nvidia Shield Android TV recommendations

One of the outstanding features of Android TV is the Recommendations bar, which suggests content from across different apps so, in this case you can jump right into watching something. Still yet, the system only works if you’re getting useful recommendations, and some apps are certainly better at this than others.Okay, Maybe you’re not keen on buying any of those suggested shows from Google Play Movies & TV, or you don’t care about trending videos from YouTube. And while some Android TV devices such as Google’s Nexus Player make it easy to hide unwanted recommendations (just go to Settings > Preferences > Home Screen > Customize Recommendations), the process withNvidia’s Shield Android TV is much more complicated. In the interest of making more use out of your $200 media streamer, here’s how you can hide recommendations on Nvidia Shield Android TV:Just head to the Settings menu, then open the Apps menu under the Device heading.
Now find the app whose recommendations you want to hide. Pre-installed apps such as YouTube appear under the “System apps” menu, while anything you’ve grabbed from the Google Play Store appears in the “Downloaded apps” menu.
Then you scroll down and select Notifications.
And then you select “Off.”
So you repeat these steps for any app that you don’t want to see in the Recommendations bar. The only downside this trick has is that it will also disable playback shortcuts for any app you’ve removed. lets take for example, if you’re in the middle of watching something from Google Play Movies & TV, you’ll no longer get a handy “resume watching” card in the Shield’s main menu. Instead, you’ll have to go back into the app itself. Still, that’s a small price to pay to remove the clutter and only see apps you’re most interested in thanks.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The five subscription services needed to fill your Android phone with entertainment

Kindle Unlimited To say the truth, Amazon’s Kindle service might be the best storefront for snagging individual books on your Android device, but thanks to the company’s Kindle Unlimited service, it’s also a swell place to stock up on loads of all so you can read books with some of which have audiobook options included, as well. Amazon offers more than 1.1 million books to read with your $10/month subscription plan—not included in a Prime membership, by the way—which you can browse within the Kindle app’s storefront and download and read as desired. The selection is heavily loaded with indie, self-published stuff rather than best-sellers; big-name new releases aren’t really in the mix here. But for voracious readers, Kindle Unlimited has plenty on offer. Marvel Unlimited For comic book aficionados, Marvel Unlimited is an incredible service: it gives you access to more than 17,000 back issues for just $10/month (or $70/year). Newer stuff is regularly added six months after release—so it won’t necessarily replace Comixology’s Comics app or your weekly comic book store visits—while the older archives are steadily expanded over time. So that serves you a perfect way to catch up on an ongoing series without spending big on trade paperbacks, as well as go back and read a classic X-Men or Spider-Man storyline. The reading experience is totally solid (and much improved since when Unlimited launched), and you can save issues for offline reading. True, it’s only Marvel books—but it surely can’t be long before DC and Image get comparable services in gear. Sesame Street Go Sesame Street is an invaluable resource for kids and parents altogether , and if your tykes are fans of the long-running television series, then Sesame Street Go may be well worth your investment. very sure, you can find episodes on YouTube and the PBS Kids app, but Sesame Street Go delivers a much wider selection of video content, along with playable games. For $4/month, you’ll gain access to 11 full seasons of the show, along with music videos, parody clips, and some classic content. And the games are all educational in nature—like a basketball game with Big Bird that’s really about identifying numbers. It’s all ad-free and easy to navigate, plus the content itself is certainly excellent. The Tidal At this present time Tidal has become a lot better known. Sure, Tidal has the huge catalog and familiar $10/month base plan for typical-quality streaming, but its biggest differentiator is high-res, lossless audio: the ability to stream CD-quality music. For that optional privilege, you’ll pay $20/month instead—but there is a noticeable difference, even if you don’t have ritzy studio headphones or high-end speakers. True, lossless streaming soaks up a ton of bandwidth; so don’t do it over LTE. But if quality trumps value, then Tidal might hook you. The CrunchyRoll Okay, in your own case i don't know if you you love Japanese anime and manga, if yes CrunchyRoll is essential for you. The service actually spans two separate apps—one for anime and live-action drama series, and another for the manga (comics)—but the membership is the same. You can access some content for free, however video is shown in standard definition and everything is peppered with considerable advertising. But pay the $7/month for a premium subscription and you’ll gain access to the hundreds upon hundreds of series, all in HD quality and with new episodes available as soon as an hour after they air in Japan. Whether you’re a Naruto Shippuden or One Piece die-hard or want to poke around Japan’s latest animated sensations, CrunchyRoll can steer you right.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Tweak Your Video Recording Settings in iOS 9 Now to Save Space

One of the iOS 9’s best new hidden features is a new option to change the default video recording settings, which should help you save a little space when you need it. So if want to do this all you need to do is just head into Settings > Photos & Camera > Record Video, you’ll see two options, Record Video and Record Slo-Mo. Tap either and you’ll be able to adjust the default quality and frame rate, which can seriously help you save space on your device when you need it. Beyond that, another little mini-feature in iOS is the ability to zoom in on videos. You can now do so with the pinch and zoom just like in photos

Want ROI on Social Media?Then Focus on Building a Community

Two years before now, a study by Duke University discovered that only 14 percent of chief marketing officers saw a quantitative return on their social media expenditures. But now, the good news is, the tides are beginning to turn: A new survey by small business community Manta revealed that 41 percent of businesses in fact see a return on investment (ROI) for their social marketing efforts. The bad news, however, is that almost 60 percent still don't. And of the businesses that do see a return, the dollar amount is relatively small: Most bring in less than $1,000 a month as a result of social efforts, and nearly half said they generate less than $100 per month. Many businesses know that social media is practically a requirement for modern marketing success; in fact, 34 percent of respondents said they have increased the time they dedicated to social media since last year. But with so little money coming in from these time-consuming activities, how can businesses make it more worth their while? Manta CEO John Swanciger said businesses first need to stop focusing solely on revenue as their measure of ROI. "A return can come in many forms," Swanciger told Business News Daily. "That's why it's important to determine your overall goal for using social media." The Manta survey asked small business owners to define their primary goal for using social media. Thirty-seven percent identified acquiring and engaging new customers as their top aim,then followed by driving awareness and marketing (17 percent), and generating leads and referrals (15 percent). Just 8 percent said their goal was building community, which Swanciger said should be a major priority for small businesses on social media. "For a long period of time, the mantra was that social media could bring in new customers," he said. "In reality, social media is a community builder, and your biggest fans are your already-loyal customers. When small businesses treat social media as the new word-of-mouth community, the real return will follow." One mistake businesses can't afford to make on social media is treating all platforms as if they are the same. Swanciger emphasized the importance of viewing each channel as its own ecosystem, and recognizing that the audience following your business on Twitter looks and acts differently from your audiences on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. "Because the audiences behave differently, the metrics to be measured will be different," Swanciger said. "For example, you want to track click-through rates on Facebook, re-pins on Pinterest and retweets on Twitter, and then use analytics to look at the unique visitors who come to your website from social links." Swanciger also advised taking advantage of the channels, like Twitter and Facebook, that promote social commerce, which 53 percent of businesses cited as their biggest ROI driver. "Social platforms have heard the woes of small business owners and are starting to pay attention to this segment's buying power," he said. "Twitter recently partnered with Stripe to add a buy button, which directly monetizes a social following. Facebook has been pay-to-play for a while and is now tweaking its ads and promoted posts to be much more cost-effective for small businesses."Manta surveyed 540 of its small business members about their social media marketing efforts.And that's all for now bye.

Ways Of Creating a Successful and Legal Internship Program

The college juniors and seniors are told that internships during school will help bring about their rapid chances of landing a job post-graduation. These students usually expect to work in exchange for "experience" or academic credit, and companies are often more than willing to oblige. But that never the case, if you think "intern" equals "free labor," think again: The major corporations have gotten into deep legal trouble by taking this approach, including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's Dualstar Entertainment Group. Last month, Fox News reported that a group of former interns, who worked for 50-plus hours a week with no pay, filed a class-action lawsuit against the company for wage theft. While the internship horror stories that spur this type of legal action don't happen in every company, they do provide a valuable lesson in what to do — or rather, what not to do — when you're creating an internship program for your organization. Business News Daily spoke with legal and HR experts about providing a beneficial, legally compliant experience for your interns in a for-profit setting. Are you to pay or not to pay? The matter of pay is always a crux of internship-related lawsuits. Companies that don't pay their interns, yet expect them to perform the duties of a regular paid employee, are the ones who land themselves in hot water. In some states, like California, it's actually illegal to offer unpaid internships, but in many states, it's still OK not to provide monetary compensation. So how do you know if you need to pay your interns? Adam Kemper, a labor and employment attorney for Greenspoon Marder law firm, said you need to look at both what the intern's duties are and whether he or she is receiving an educational benefit from the experience. First, there needs to be a distinction between interns' duties and a typical employee's duties if you don't intend to pay them. "On a day-to-day basis, what is the intern doing?" Kemper said. "Shadowing? Running errands? Is he or she [working] independently or supervised?" "Ensure that [an unpaid] intern is not performing work or taking on responsibilities that would typically be performed by a full-time employee," added Samantha Lambert, director of human resources at Web design company Blue Fountain Media.Second, determine whether the intern is able to receive academic credit for the internship.Ok if this is not a possibility or the intern is already out of school, then Lambert noted that your company must comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This stands to mean that your internship program must be designed so that your company does not benefit at all from the interns' work, and the experience should be for educational purposes only. If there's any doubt whatsoever about whether the worker should be classified as an intern or employee, Kemper advised sticking with "employee" and adding him or her to the payroll. "What's been problematic for companies is that they're having interns run errands, get coffee, buy things for [employees] and nothing educational," Kemper told Business News Daily. "If you want to have someone do that, treat them as an employee and pay minimum wage." Even in states that don't require interns to be paid, Sarah Nahm, CEO of applicant tracking system Lever, said it's good practice for employers to pay their interns anyway. "Paying means employees and managers will take the intern program more seriously and invest their time and energy in the intern's projects and the intern themselves," Nahm said. What tasks can an intern actually perform? The way you shape or build your internship program is largely dependent on whether or not you plan to pay them. Paid interns who receive at least minimum wage and overtime pay for working beyond 40 hours per week can technically perform the work of your regular workforce. However, the Department of Labor has a very specific set of guidelines regarding what unpaid interns can and can't do: The internship experience is a must to primarily be for the benefit of the intern, and offer a structure that is "similar to an educational experience." The employer should aim to provide the intern with skills that can be used in his or her future career, instead of skills particular to its own operations. Unpaid interns should not perform the routine work of the business on a regular and recurring basis, and the business shouldn't be dependent on the work of the intern. Employers can't use interns as substitutes for regular workers or to augment its existing workforce during specific time periods unless they are paid at least minimum wage. Unpaid interns should work under the close and constant supervision of regular employees. Offering the same level of supervision to interns that is offered to regular employees suggests an employment relationship, rather than training, and those interns should be considered employees.Kemper gave out an advise which reads that thinking about the tasks you'd want an intern to do long before you begin searching for potential candidates, so you can clearly articulate the duties and learning experience an intern can expect from your company. How long should an internship be? Now, reason it from this sense. When employers are using college students as interns, internships are typically conducted on a semester-by-semester basis, but this isn't always the case. There are no real rules about the minimum or maximum time frame of an internship, but the Department of Labor states that internships "should be of a fixed duration, established prior to the outset of the internship." This means that you can't have someone working for you indefinitely as an intern, and you'll need to work out a firm start and end date before each intern begins working with your company. If an intern performs very well and you want to offer him or her a full-time position at the end of the internship period, you may do so, but it is illegal to promise employment from the outset. Any opportunity for the intern to become a regular staff member should only be discussed at the conclusion of the internship, Lambert said. Best practices for your internship program In any case if you want your interns to get the most out of their short time with your company, here are a few key steps to follow. Make sure you spell out the policies and procedures for the internship and have the intern sign off on them. Never allow your interns to begin working for you until they review and sign a document clearly stating everything they need to know about the internship, Kemper said. This is as much for your benefit as it is for theirs, as it will help protect you from liability if there's any question about an unpaid intern's work. At minimum, this document should explicitly state whether the internship is paid or not; how long the internship is; that there is no guarantee of employment after the internship; and, if unpaid, that the intern in not entitled to wages. Structure the timeline of the internship. Because internships should have an educational component, Lambert recommended treating your program similar to academic coursework, and providing a timeline disclosing what the intern will learn, and things like when, with whom, how and why. "This preparedness can help ensure that everything runs smoothly and on track as the program progresses," Lambert said. "Set up frequent check-in points and testlike evaluations to identify what's being learned and retained, and what areas need to be revisited and focused on. This can help shape where the intern may need more guidance, and where they may need less guidance." Nahm agreed, and noted that the semester or internship period should be structured around projects, rather than random day-to-day tasks. Ideally, you should have the intern give a final presentation to the team at the end, she said. Help interns understand their role and make them feel like part of the company. Just because interns are not technically employees doesn't mean they shouldn't understand the bigger picture of the business. Nahm said employers should dedicate some time to sharing the company's mission, introducing interns to various departments and educating them on the company's goals. At the end of the internship, you should allow the interns the opportunity to evaluate you and share what they learned. "Hold your team and company accountable to providing a good experience and close the feedback loop," Nahm said. "[Have] an open-ended conversation to hear from the interns about what they enjoyed and suggestions for improvements." Make sure you've dotted the I's and crossed the T's. Before you implement any kind of internship program at your company, it's a good idea to have an employment attorney review your policies to make sure they're FLSA-compliant, Kemper advised.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Start watching TV for free with these 4 Android apps

Cutting the cable cord? You need these apps! Are you thinking of tossing your cable box or ditching your satellite dish? If so, good news: many of your favorite shows are (probably) available for free on your Android phone or tablet. All you need are the right apps. Most of the big broadcast and cable TV networks are offering free streaming apps for Android, complete with full episodes of their most popular shows—everything from About a Boy and America’s Next Top Model to Duck Dynasty and Scandal. We’ve rounded up 10 free TV apps that offer at least some of their full episodes without verifying a cable or satellite subscription, or requiring any other sort of payment beyond sitting through a few advertisements. Indeed, some of the best apps on our list serve up all their episodes for free, no pay-TV login required. So are you ready to sit back and start streaming? Let’s get started.aeSee larger image A&E Some the of A&E’s signature reality shows—everything from Flip this House to Duck Dynasty—are present and accounted for in the network’s solid Android app, but the selection of available episodes can be frustratingly spotty, particularly when it comes to recent episodes. Pros: The home of Hoarders and Duck Dynasty boasts a sleek Android app that gets all the basics right, including crystal-clear menus and a slick slideshow of featured series. A “Just Added” queue lets you see the latest episodes and clips made available for streaming, while a handy “Watch List” keeps track of the episodes you’ve viewed and lets you pick up right where you left off. And if you’re a fan of Intervention or Hoarders, you’ll be happy to learn that just about every episode of those compulsively watchable shows is available for free streaming, no pay-TV sign-on required. Cons: So many of A&E’s most popular shows, such as Dog the Bounty Hunter and Cement Heads, are completely locked unless you’re a cable or satellite subscriber, while other series—notably Duck Dynasty, Chris Angel: Mindfreak, and Fix This Yard—only offer a smattering of older episodes for streaming. Full episodes of scripted A&E dramas like Bates Motel and The Glades are completely MIA. Also, get ready for unskippable ads, with 4-5 commercial breaks per episode.Watch ABC ABC was among the first of the big TV networks with its own mobile streaming app, and with its full-screen promo images and translucent menu overlays, the Watch ABC app is among the prettiest in our roundup. Is too bad about its surprising—and potentially deal-breaking—flaw. Pros: Indeed, Watch ABC’s interface is a feast for the eyes, with big, bold cover images on individual show pages and slick, intuitive menus. So You will never have any trouble finding full episodes for shows like Castle, Dancing with the Stars, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, or any other show in ABC’s lineup, daytime (The View, Good Morning America) and late-night (Jimmy Kimmel Live!) included. The ABC TV app is also the only one I’ve seen with full episodes of its nightly news broadcast (World News Tonight). Cons: In match with the exception of new shows like How to Get Away With Murder and Selfie, full episodes on the Watch ABC app are riddled with Verify to Watch tags. You’ll typically need to log in with pay-TV subscription credentials to view the current week’s episode—and that includes daily shows like The View and World News Tonight, which have multiple episodes of the current week padlocked. CBS When starting with a polished “splash” screen with thumbnails of its nightly lineup, CBS’s impressive and relatively generous Android app serves up recent episodes for shows such as The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Elementary, The Good Wife, NCIS, and Two and a Half Men. Pros: We found a pair of CBS shows—The Good Wife and Person of Interest—that offer streaming episodes with commentary tracks, a nice bonus for loyal fans. The app doesn’t skimp when it comes to late-night and daytime shows, with Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Talk, Price is Right, and The Bold and the Beautiful all offering a healthy portion of recent episodes for streaming. A “My CBS” feature lets you add favorite shows and track your recently watched episodes. Best of all, you can stream all you want without verifying a pay-TV subscription. In other words, not a padlock in sight. Cons: At the same time while most CBS shows are available for streaming through its Android app, there are a few puzzling and notable omissions, including 2 Broke Girls, The Amazing Race, CSI, Blue Bloods, The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Hawaii 5-0. Full episodes of Survivor are available, but the most recent is from all the way back in 2007. And yes, you’ll have to suffer through mandatory commercial breaks—at least six in a one-hour episode of Person of Interest, for example. The CW Network Rejoice, ANTM fans: Tyra, Miss J and dozens of wannabe supermodels are strutting their stuff on The CW’s Android app, and they are at same time joined by the likes of such popular CW shows as Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, Hart of Dixie, Masters of Illusion, The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural. Pros: Just about every current series and even a few recently cancelled shows (like Star-Crossed and The Carrie Diaries) on The CW are available for streaming, with each show serving up between five and ten recent episodes. Most shows include photo galleries, as well as optional mobile alerts whenever a new episode gets posted. Best of all, the CW app doesn’t required a pay-TV authentication at all, meaning every episode is yours for the streaming. Cons: The eye-popping CW app felt a bit sluggish on both my Moto G phone and Nexus 7 tablet. And as with most of the free TV apps in our roundup, unskippable ads are part of the work.

Five tips and tricks you need for finding, sharing, and organizing your Google Drive on Android

Google Drive sure can clutter up quickly. It’s a go-to for everything when it comes to productivity, but even with Google’s search prowess baked in, there are moments when finding the right file or image will take you too much work to do. Luckly, Google has added in several tools that can improve how much you can organize, share, sort, and get to work faster. So in this way you can zip through your tasks and get back to important things, like trying on new watch faces. Find what you want Searches are going to be a key part of any Google product. In Drive, the search box can be used to find any item by its title, any of the content inside the files, the names of items featured in pictures, and handwritten notes.Once you have the your search results, touching a file will launch it in the requisite Google app (Docs, Sheets, or Slides) or Office Compatibility Mode depending upon the file type. So you will have to keep in mind that Google has parceled out its productivity tools into separate apps, so you may have to hit the multitasking button or back button a few times if you need to get back into Drive. Get your files saved offline No matter how good your mobile network is, there may be a time when you’re going to be offline. If you want to work with a file that lives in the cloud, that could be a problem. So I make it a habit to save files that I use for offline use, which guarantees they’ll be ready for me no matter where I am. An important trick is to bump up how much space the Google Drive app allocates for such files so you don’t hit a wall if you want to save something. Go to Settings > Cache size and pick from the four configurations (pictured).
Then, when you go to save a file offline (Settings > Keep Offline) you can rest assured there’s plenty of room. Should you fill things up, you can always use the “clear cache” command from the settings. Kill the clutter Most times saving everything to Drive may make it seem a little messy, at least if you have the same neat-freak tendencies as I have. So instead of just throwing out a search term and rooting through ten different file types, you can instead filter your Drive. Go to the top-right menu and select Filter by to specify which file types you want to see.
This helps me whenever am working with a bunch of presentations and want to find one of those—no need to have Docs or Sheets jumble the search results. Share and print like a pro Google Drive is all about sharing, but there are some couples of things to consider before you print or send someone your hard work. Printing from a mobile device still feels like a bit of wicked magic even though it’s not that new. But, first you must prepare the cauldron known as Google Cloud Print. This can be tricky, so you may need to do some legwork to connect your printer to Google’s service. But once you do, your printer is an option for anywhere you’re signed in with your Google account.So at this point no need to mess with setting up the printer on each new device.Sharing, meanwhile, is available in some different places. And so you can touch the “i” icon from the main file list or if you’re inside a document touch the three-button menu at the top-right. Then choose Share & export. From here you have a lot of different options, like adding another editor, getting a shareable link, or saving it in a different format. That’s key if you work with others who prefer traditional Office or Adobe files and need something as a .docx or .pdf. Be smart with widgets Google Drive contains some great widgets that can really speed up your productivity. A useful trick is to pin a specific file or folder to your home screen with the 1x1 widget. This way if there’s a document you’re working on you don’t have to jump through Drive to find it. I do this most time when am working on an article so I can quickly launch that file and add in whatever thoughts or new ideas I came up with. There’s also a useful 3x1 widget that includes a scan, upload, and “new file” button. If you do a ton of work from your phone or tablet it’s really worth it to have it on the home screen, especially if you like taking pictures of notes and saving them in your Drive. With Microsoft Office also on Android, there’s rather fierce competition for the title of productivity king. So pay attention to each new Drive update to find out what new tricks come out that can speed up your workflow even more faster.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

The three Promiscuous Things Women Do That Are Actually Empowering

If we are to talk about one thing that our society likes to do, it's judging women who dare to be promiscuous and have an enjoyable sex life. But who said we can't be ladylike, promiscuous and confident all at the same time? Now here are the five things that can be empowering for all women 1. Send out that scandalous selfie We've all been there. In those days when you look damn good and you want the men in your snapchat list to know that. I know it's hard to feel comfortable taking a promiscuous photo let alone a naked photo. Do not let society tell you that sending this is slutty or that you're being sexualized. Instead, remind yourself that you are a sexy, confident woman and you are proud of your body and of course, those snapchats! You get to set the timer and you have the ultimate power. There is nothing more satisfying than feeling confident and sending that photo knowing that he will be thinking about you. 2. Wear a sexy clothing Ok, if you are headed out for the night, do not be ashamed to wear that dress that hugs your ass the way that it should, or the low cut top that has heads turning. Wearinglittle to nothing may grab the attention of men, but that isn't always what we're asking for. Women enjoy getting dressed up and expressing themselves by showing off their best assets. Women's clothes may be revealing, but really they are revealing much more than just their bodies 3. Have sex talk with your friends Whether it's about the good kissers or the bad, what you like in bed or your sexual escapades in the college, talking openly about sex is empowering. It may be uncomfortable at times with that awkward giggling, but this is a good opportunity to talk about what turns you on, what new positions you should try or how to be confident in the bedroom. If you all talk about the best ways to give a blow job, then you should take mental notes and show your man what you learned next time you're alone..

A new hack lets an attacker to bypass password-locked Android home screens

If till this time no one has been able to convince you to take your device’s security seriously, okay, no problem maybe this hack will do. A video revealed by Ars Technica shows someone how to be able to use the emergency call access to gain entry to a locked phone, even though it’s protected with a password. to watch the video visit this site http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/09/new-android-lockscreen-hack-gives-attackers-full-access-to-locked-devices/The individual in the video types a large string of characters into the call window and copies them to the device’s clipboard. The hacker is then able to open the camera from the locked device, and access the options menu, and paste several characters into the password prompt. Then the phone then unlocks. The vulnerability was introduced in Android 5.0 and was fixed in the LMY48M Android 5.1.1 build released to Nexus devices (you can always grab it yourself from the Nexus Factory Images page.) But as the case is, the vast majority of Android handsets aren’t of the Nexus variety, which means you’re vulnerable to this hack until your device is updates. Fortunately, the attack only works if you use a password to unlock your device; but however you can use a PIN or pattern unlock to protect yourself. If you use a fingerprint unlock, you would need to have a PIN or pattern as the backup to fully stay secure. Why worry: It has never been a great year for Android security, as this minor hack comes after the big scare of Stagefright. It showcases that Google and device manufacturers all need to step up their game so that everyone can enjoy better security and not worry about a new hack every week of month.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Sony at this time reveals the Xperia Z5 Premium’s secret, And it only shows 4K when you actually need it

The Sony’s new Xperia Z5 Premium is gorgeous, and the 4K ( a well, UHD) resolution screen and a technically amazing achievement. As the case is now, many questions on how Sony will get the device to reach the quoted two-day battery life with such a high pixel count. And so now, we know why. The Xperia Z5 Premium only fires up all 3840 x 2160 pixels when you’re watching 4K video, or viewing images. The rest of the time, the screen is showing at 1080p.In one statement provided to PhoneArena, Sony says: “That the Xperia Z5 Premium features a 4K display with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels based on SID Standard and enables all video and image content to be enjoyed in 4K resolution. All other content is displayed at 1080p or lower resolution in order to optimize the performance and battery stamina for this device,which is ensuring you that you can enjoy the 4K resolution when you need it most.”The Z5 Premium has a big 3430mAh battery inside, and in our hands-on test of the phone, we noted a two-day battery life seemed plausible after checking the battery usage meter on the device. While some may feel cheated that not all 3840 x 2160 pixels will be lit up at all times, it’s a very clever method of delivering high-res performance when we actually need it, now without sacrificing a sensible standby time. The automotive industry has been doing something similar for years, creating big engines that run on fewer cylinders to conserve fuel, and only unleashing all of them when you step on the gas. Sony made an announcement that the Z5 Premium alongside the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, both of which have a fixed resolution screen — 1080p and 720p respectively.So, the phones are expected to go on sale near the beginning of November in the UK, but let still wait to hear if any of the three phones will come to a U.S. network within this time.

Slow and Steady? Four Smart Methods You Can Apply to Maintain Business Growth

When entrepreneurs creates their businesses, they often think rapid growth and record-breaking sales numbers equate to success. And as the case goes on, with so many media outlets covering startups boasting incredible spikes in their revenue and customer bases, it's easy to understand why. Now companies that don't see fast expansion may feel discouraged, but is this type of immediate success really sustainable? Business owners who focus on growing quickly may want to take a lesson from the classic "tortoise and hare" fable, in which the slow but steady tortoise won against the hare. Though speed might put you ahead of the competition at first, you'll likely end up burning out before the race is over. "There is always a desire to move it to market as soon as possible, lest the business will become obsolete or a competitor yanks the title of 'pioneer,'" said Jay Jumper, the president and CEO of electronic signature service company SIGNiX. "This is a natural mentality for business owners, but it's not always the best strategy for building a successful company anchored in long-term development and growth. Rather, deliberate, steady maturation, characterized by careful research and long-term forecasting, which gives a company the ability to position itself for enduring success and sustainability." "A steady growth that builds on a strong foundation is better for all the vested parties in the long term," added Numaan Akram, the founder and CEO of Rally Bus, a crowdsourced event transportation company. "Companies that grow fast are often foregoing fundamentals — profit, processes, protocols, etc. — which leaves them open to competition. Now, a company that built its foundation with strategic thought will be less vulnerable as its growth accelerates ." And here you have some things you can learn to maintain and grow your business. Maintaining slow but steady business growth In this age of instant gratification and decreasing patience and attention spans, "slow and steady" is a difficult path to follow. It takes smart restraint, intense focus and a true vision of the future needs of the marketplace, Jumper said. Now if your goal is to build a slower but longer-term strategy for your business, here you have a few tips to help you accomplish it.Count your time, but be ready to move quickly when necessary. This advice sounds somehow contradictory at first, but Stephen Sheinbaum, the founder of alternative financing company Bizfi, said that following it is what helped his business stay ahead of the competition. "The temptation some companies have is to grow rapidly just to stay in the headlines," Sheinbaum said. "It took [Bizfi] 10 years to reach $1 billion in funding originated, and that was absolutely the right pace of growth. We took the time to refine our underwriting, and as a result, we are extremely happy with our portfolio's performance. Not every company in alternative finance can say that." While it's a good idea to slow down and really refine your product or service, you also need to be mindful of the opportunities that can help you grow — and when you find one, be ready to move in and seize it, Sheinbaum said. Invest in the right people when you need them. Hiring more staff to ensure growth is of no doubt a double-edged sword: You'll have more human capital to get your "growth" work done, but you'll also have a much larger payroll, which could ultimately hurt you if you don't expand as quickly as you thought you would. Therefore, strategic hiring — finding the right people at the right time — is very important. "One of the best ways to ensure steady growth is to invest in people," Akram said. The "Co-founders and early employees must have proficiencies that complement each other. So you need angular individuals to come together to create well-rounded teams." Sheinbaum noted that your business should be constantly adding employees who have cutting-edge skills in the areas in which your business wants to expand, but only if it makes sense to do so. "There is no point in making a hire if it is not going to add to the growth of the business," Sheinbaum advised. Fix an eye on your cash flow. Quick, exponential growth doesn't necessarily guarantee future burnout, but slow growth doesn't ensure longevity, either. It's all about running your business smartly and efficiently,now regardless of your growth rate, said Martin Okner, the co-founder and managing director of business advisory firm SHM Corporate Navigators and chairman of ACG New York. He said that managing your company in a way that maximizes cash flow will put you on the path to success. "So we often see companies that are growing rapidly and make the mistake of investing too much money and time into marketing and staffing, and not enough time and money on the innovation pipeline, channel diversification and development, order fulfillment, and supply chain," Okner said. "But whatever the case is, slow-growth companies spend too much time and money on innovation ... while not investing enough time and money into sales. Either trajectory, if managed well, will work out in the long run." Also plan for the future, rather than just acting on current trends. If you found yourself in an evolving industry like technology, you know how important it is to stay on top of what your competitors are doing. Okay a strategy based on trend chasing might get you immediate results, but you'll be better equipped for real, lasting growth if you look toward the future as well. "Envision long-term operations from the start," Jumper said. "that not only do you need to think about what your product or service will look like a decade or more into the future, you should also consider the greater trajectory of its application. "now lets take for instance, highly regulated industries like health care and financial services weren't jumping on the e-signature bandwagon when we started, but that's where we envisioned real success, because why? there we meet a lot of paper-heavy transactions," he added. "With a clear destination in mind, we could build a strategy to win the race to get there with a deliberate strategy." that all for now...

Monday, 14 September 2015

6 tips needed to master the Google Play Store

The Google Play Store is of no doubt a moving target. Unlike Apple’s App Store, which only gets some refinements with the yearly iOS upgrade, Google is constantly tinkering with its content storefront. It very much has the same type of character as Android itself. If you’re willing to put up with some bumps along the way, you have a ton of control over downloading and updating apps and other digital content. We’ve gathered together for you six tips, some of them are difficult to find and others hiding in plain sight, to make the Android app experience even better. So, keep reading Take control of app your updates The options to update all your apps automatically or manually is very pretty and easy to find. In the Play Store go to Settings and then select whether or not you want apps to auto-update. However, you can customize this even further. On the app’s page you can select whether or not an individual app gets will get automatic updates. It may be helpful to leave some out of automatic downloads if there are particular apps where you want to read the changelog so you know what to expect. Comments Sometimes actually matters If we are to talk about some developers and about what they like about Android, one of the top features mentioned was how they can respond to user comments. This way, if someone trashes their app on the Play Store they have a chance to set the record straight or offer to research the user’s concern. If there is nothing else, this should inspire you (and others) to leave constructive feedback. The developer may be listening. And if you should raise a problem, they may be able to fix it and make the app better for everyone. Specify whether or not apps will go to the home screen By default, whenever you download an app it goes to a free spot on your home screen. But if you’re protective of that space, you can turn this off. From the Google Play app Settings, de-select the box that says Add icon to Home screen. Your apps will install as normal, but you'll have to find them in the app drawer yourself, and place them on the home screen if you so desire. Pre-register for upcoming titles The practice of pre-registering for PC or console games is always unnecessary trap that game makers use to get you to pony up your money before a game is even released.Fortunately, Google took a different approach with the new option to pre-register for apps. What this does is to send you a push alert when the app is available. You can then choose to download it or not—no pre-payment required. A parental controls can avert disaster Actually you’ve probably seen the stories wherein someone’s child racks up a giant bill with in-app purchases. Fortunately you can prevent this. So to carry this out, under Settings you’ll see a section called User controls. The Parental Controls section lets you restrict games by rating level and puts other tweaks behind a PIN that you set. Also, you can require a password for every purchase, which will keep your child from spending thousands of dollars on Candy Crush upgrades. Get a refund for yourself One of the favorite features of Google Play in comparison to the App Store is that you can get a refund on an app if you don’t like it. It’s an option most people rarely use, largely because too many people are still unwilling to pay for good software. However, it’s a good piece of consumer protection that you can take advantage of. Within 2 hours of download head back to the Play Store, find the app, and then hit the green Refund button and that's all.

Five tips you can use to make your Android phone work faster and longer

There are so many power contained within that little glass rectangle you carry around all day,known to be Android phone. We’ve got eight-core CPUs, multiple gigabytes of RAM, and batteries with thousands of milliampere-hours of capacity, but sometimes the experience doesn’t live up to the hardware’s potential. Things sometimes go wrong, settings get screwed up, and apps get greedy for resources. This can render a phone sluggish and kill the battery. That’s certainly a problem, but don’t worry, we can fix it in a few simple steps. So all you need is just keep on reading. 1.You check for updates
Which updates are we talking about? All the updates that have to do with your phone. If you don’t have automatic updates activated in the Play Store, or you’re not connected to Wi-Fi very often, you should run through all the app updates available to you before taking more drastic measures. It’s possible some app or other had a bad update and is causing mischief in the background. Getting the newest version might solve your problems in mere minutes. You should also check for system updates in the About phone menu in Settings. You’ll likely get a notification when over-the-air updates are ready, but not all the carriers keep pushing them after you dismiss the alert. If there’s an update available for your device, make sure you install it. You can probably find horror stories about OS updates if you look around, but these tales are in the extreme minority. Usually you’ll get security fixes and (importantly) performance improvements. 2 Remove and disable some apps If you fall in the wayside that you’ve been using a phone for a few months,and you’ve probably accumulated quite a collection of apps you rarely open. Maybe you think you’ll use them at some point, but let’s be real, you’re not—ever. You should go through your device and remove anything you don’t absolutely need. Android allows apps to start up and run in the background. That’s usually not a problem, but some apps (as mentioned above) can misbehave. Micromanaging background tasks is a recipe for disaster as any services you kill will only restart themselves and drag the system down and waste more battery in the process. Fewer apps installed means few background tasks for Android to juggle. Simply removing apps you don’t use could solve your problem. You might also be seeing sluggishness if your phone is nearly out of space, so clearing it out can help in that respect. For unwanted system apps that you can’t uninstall, you should just disable them from the main app settings (here’s how). This hides them from the app drawer and prevents them from starting up in the background. If these apps are bogging down your phone, problem is solved. 3 Clean up your home screenMost of the device makers have their own home screen, but there are also various third-party alternatives and Google’s own Now Launcher in the Play Store. One thing they all have in common is widget support. Widgets are great, except when you get a little carried away and they make the phone sluggish. If you’re feeling a little too much lag, consider the fact of scaling back what’s running on the home screen. It might just be one or two widgets causing issues, so look for things that scroll or refresh often. Live wallpapers can sometimes also cause a device to suffer poor performance, so switch to a static one to see if that fixes anything. Always be smarter with power saving modes
While it’s 4PM, is your battery dead yet? Depending on the phone you’re carrying around, you might have to answer in the affirmative. The power saving modes included in virtually all phones can save a bit of juice and extend usable time, but they some how come with drawbacks. For instance, they’ll slow the clock speed of your processor, and reduce the rate at which the display is drawn. Unsurprisingly, that makes the phone feel slower. It can be noticeable if you’re already dealing with performance issues. There’s a place for power saving modes, of course. When you’re actually low on battery and longevity is more important than performance, sure, so turn it on. Most phones even have a setting to automatically enable power saving modes at a certain threshold. Just don’t leave these modes on all the time just like some people do. Run a full factory resetApart from how amazing smartphones are, they aren’t perfect. Sometimes you just don’t know what’s wrong, and no amount of tinkering settings and apps will return a device to like-new performance. If all idea fails, you should consider doing a full device reset. This can solve any problem you’re having with apps, but it can also cure bizarre and impossible to diagnose system issues. It’s a bummer that this sort of thing still happens, but if there’s some sort of deep-down error or misconfiguration, this is probably the only course of action you have. So now before you reset your phone, make sure you’ve got all the important data saved elsewhere. You can save files in cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive. App data is harder to take care of, but Helium Backup is compatible with most devices and doesn’t need root. You can run a device reset from the main system settings in the aptly named Backup and reset menu. You can also boot into recovery mode and reset from there, but that’s only necessary if your phone isn’t booting to Android properly. If you do need to reset, hopefully you at least end up with a snappy Android device at the end of it the run thanks.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

A wearable that won’t track your steps, but will track your energy and power consumption

It’s never exactly the sleekest wearable on the market, nor will it track your steps or give you customized workout advice. But if you are to know how much (or little) electrical power you’ve consumed over the course of the day and while you sleep at night, then the MagnifiSense may be perfect for you. Developed by researchers at the University of Washington, this outstanding wearable may not be able to count calories, but it can count how many watts you’ve used by way of the devices you interact with on a day-to-day basis. By using the individual electromagnetic radiation signatures that various electrical devices generate when they’re switched on, scientists discovered that after a single calibration, they could identify (with 94 percent accuracy no less) our interactions with 12 everyday devices, including microwaves, blenders, remote controls, electric toothbrushes, laptops, light dimmers, and even cars and buses. “It’s another way to log what you’re interacting with so at the end of the day or month you can see how much energy you used,” said Shwetak Patel, Washington Research Foundation endowed professor of computer science & engineering and electrical engineering noted in a statement. “Right now, we can come to the knowledge that lights are 20 percent of your energy use. With this, we divvy it up and say who consumed that energy.” The coolest thing about MagnifiSense is this, if you can boil it down to just one thing, that is — lies in its ability to differentiate between many different types of electrical tools and appliances by “listening” to how each of these electricity-consuming devices ‘sings.for instance, When a blender turns on, , modulators change the current profile of the device and create something for instanceimilar to a vocal cord pattern,” explains study lead author and UW electrical engineering student Edward Wang. “A blender ‘sings’ quite differently than a hair dryer even though to our ears they may sound similar.” And so, while detection of this sort may seem to require NASA-level equipment, as Gizmag notes, MagnifiSense only uses “three basic, off-the-shelf sensors that use coils of wire around magnets (inductors), to accurately capture a broad frequency range of electromagnetic radiation without being too power hungry.” Of course, the signal processing and machine learning algorithms that complete the project are nothing if not complex, so never you assume that you can create one of these gadgets overnight for yourself. further more, the team at the University of Washington believes that this new wearable could have a variety of different applications, from detecting when an appliance has been left on too long, to keeping track of geriatric patients and their interactions with technology. And as for its design, MagnifiSense is working on that as well, with hopes that the technology could ultimately be embedded into existing wearables. “We believe that it could be integrated into any wrist-sized product,” said Patel. “The next steps are really to look at what other devices we can detect and work on a prototype that’s wearable.” So keep on keepin’ on, MagnifiSense. After all, nobody else out there is helping us keep track of our electricity usage everyday.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Six Look-Younger Tips That Actually Don't Work For Anybody

So many of us get to a certain age and—bam!—we look in the mirror and tug at our face, wondering what we can do in order to look younger. We'll try just about anything such as lotions and potions and creams. But the question is, do they all work? according to the answers the New Jersey dermatologist Jeanine Downie, M.D., and dermatologist Patricia Farris, M.D., reveals that the coauthor of The Sugar Detox, to weigh in on some common anti-aging advice, separate the facts from the fiction. The Myth: Moisturizer prevents wrinkles How is it not true: We smooth it on and expect moisturizer to just wipe our wrinkles away. But that is never what moisturizer does."Only using sunblock prevents wrinkles," says Dr. Downie."Some moisturizers can make wrinkles harder to see, other moisturizers really don't do anything to affect wrinkles one way or the other." What moisturizers do is lessen the appearance of wrinkles by hydrating your skin. In terms of wearing sunblock, "for sunblock to be effective in preventing wrinkles it must be a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or above," says Dr. Downie. And you should reapply it every two hours and use it year-round even when it's not super sunny. The Myth2: Makeup protects you from the sun How is it not true: First of all, if you think that putting on foundation and blush and other makeup somehow creates a layer of protection for your skin against the sun's rays, you are very wrong. There's nothing in traditional makeup that protects you from the sun. "Even if the makeup has an SPF 30 or above in it, make up is put on thicker in some areas and thinner in others," says Dr. Downie. To really protect your skin, she suggests using separate sunblock SPF 30 or above every day prior to putting on your make up. The Myth3: The more expensive the product is, is it how better it is ? What is not true: It's not about the cost, says Dr. Downie, it's about products having a lot of science behind them. "Products tested in double-blind clinical trials typically work better than the ones that have a lot of fluff behind them," she says. Are those products more expensive? Sometimes, but not always. "Many inexpensive products found in the drugstore are good," says Dr. Farris. "Stick to major consumer brands like Neutrogena, Roc, and Eucerin for good products that are backed by good science." And, say both physicians, pay attention to ingredients and how the products are formulated. If you never know what to buy, talk to your dermatologist and ask for product recommendations or ask what ingredients and formulations you should be looking for, so you can compare that products. The Myth4: Facial exercises can help your skin look younger how is it not true: The Google "facial exercises" and you'll find pages and pages of different moves that supposedly help you tone your skin. But in this case according to Dr. Downie, "facial exercises don't work at all." Though they're touted as a way to strengthen muscles and tighten skin, there is no research supporting their effectiveness. "Gravity, genetics, sun, smoking, stress, lack of exercise, and lack of sleep all contribute to poor facial aging patterns," she says. If facial exercises worked, she reasons, our faces would look younger simply by just chewing our food. The Myth5: The more products you use, the better result you get how it's not true: It's never about how much you use, it's about tailoring your skin care regiment to the type of skin you have. "Now if your skin is oily, more lotion and cream can make you look shiny and greasy," says Dr. Downie. Simple skincare regimens are also easier to follow, says Dr. Farris. "In general, antioxidants followed by a broad spectrum sunscreen in the morning will protect the skin, and a cream with retinol or peptides in the evening to repair the skin." "The more sunblock is always better than less sunblock," Dr. Downie says. The Myth6: Wearing more makeup will help you look younger How it's not true: "Nothing can accentuates wrinkles more than filling them with make-up," says Dr. Farris. "You can’t spackle the cracks!!" Instead, she suggests using light powders and softer colors as you age to make you look younger. If you need help,take a look at the video on the best ways to apply makeup if you're over 50yrs of age.

Seven Secrets Leading To Success With A Renovation Project In Another Country

You see, it can be an appealing idea. The houses in need of some tender loving care can be bought below market value and, when renovated, can resell for a nice profit. This is especially true in countries where labor costs are low You see, one idea is,by using local labor and local materials (hardwoods, stone, etc.), you can add a lot of perceived value for not a lot of money. A mam reported that he has undertaken more than a dozen restoration projects in six countries. Each has presented its own challenges, and, at some point in each case, so he've wondered what in the world he've gotten himself into. However, every one of the projects has been completed successfully. That is to say, in the end, he had the finished product he'd long imagined and worked toward... and an asset that was worth more -- in some cases, much more -- than he'd invested. Meantime, finding laborers and craftsmen, sourcing local materials, and overseeing the work proved, in each instance, an invaluable cultural and language learning experience. Plus, when all was done and dusted, he'd made new friends, with architects, carpenters, and cabinet-makers, for example, many of whom he's in touch with still today. So he recommend approaching a renovation project with two objectives. One is to create a nice place for your personal use at a good price. The second is to keep an eye on the eventual resale (that is, the profit potential). This is important as it can be easy to invest a lot of money in things that won't bring any return, designs, fixtures, finishings, etc., that you like but that aren't worth the investment in the context of perceived value if and when you eventually put the restored property back on the market. Here are seven things you need to keep in mind when taking on a restoration project abroad. #1:The Location Still Remains The King As with any real estate purchase, location is the number one priority. It's the only attribute of the property that you can't change, and it's especially important with a restoration project. At resale time, buyers will overlook a multitude of sins for a good location. With a city property (for example), walkability should be a priority. You want a location that's nearby to restaurants, cafes, grocery shopping, and home supplies. Both resale buyers and renters will appreciate the convenience and the ability to stay in the property without having to invest in a car. #2: You Need 2 Identify Your Potential Resale Buyer Or Renter Unless your plan is to live in the home forever yourself, you need to do your best to imagine who your resale buyer might be from the start, before beginning the restoration work. If you plan to rent the property, identify your target renter. If your resale buyer will likely be a retiree, you'll make different choices than if you think you might be reselling to a family with children, for example. The differences have implications for both the work you do and the location you pick. #3: You Need 2 Check The Structural Basics Now, make sure you verify that the house is structurally sound where it counts. Problems with the foundation, structural members, or termite damaged framing can be too expensive to make right. The perfect fixer-upper has a solid structure but horrible curb appeal -- an overgrown yard, peeling paint, and broken windows, for example. These are nickel-and-dime items that, when addressed, change the eventual value dramatically. #4:Make Sure You Set Your Target Budget In Keeping With The Surrounding Market Before you make any purchase, am very sure you will want to be sure values in the neighborhood where you're considering buying are in line with what you imagine for your restoration project in its finished condition. Say you want to buy a house for $50,000, invest another $50,000, then ultimately resell the property for $150,000 (a reasonable expectation for profit margin). Before committing to the purchase, you want to make sure other homes in the neighborhood are selling in that price range. When making an offer on a fixer-upper, start by estimating the price you'll eventually ask for the finished product at resale time. Then estimate the restoration costs (with help from local contractors if necessary). Add the total restoration costs to the purchase price to confirm that you're below the eventual asking price you imagine. A good rule of thumb is for your total investment (purchase price and renovation costs) to be at least 20 percent less than your imagined resale price. This means you could resell immediately upon completion of the renovation for a profit... without waiting for the market to appreciate if you decide you don't want to. #5: Spend On Items That Can Produce A Return It's very easy to overspend on non-value-adding items. A modern kitchen, granite or ceramic counters, painting, and updated bathrooms are worth the money. That is, they're usually worth more at resale time than you spend on them. On the other hand, custom bookcases, high-end cabinetry, specialty hardware, and even swimming pools -- while nice upgrades -- are expenditures you're unlikely to recover at resale time. Inevitably, you'll invest in some little luxuries along these lines, things that matter to you and that will make the place comfortable for your use. But keep track of these indulgences to be sure they don't erode your eventual profit margin too dramatically. Note that the value you're adding varies depending on the market and the neighborhood. A beautiful gourmet kitchen is worthwhile in a rental property in an upscale neighborhoods of Medellín, Colombia, but not in a town like Loja, Ecuador, where everyone has a maid who does the cooking. #6: As Much As Possible, Go Local For Materials And Methods In the United States and Canada now, wood is a cheap product and plentiful. This is true in some other countries, as well (Belize, for example), but not all. In most of Latin America, lumber is expensive and rarely used as a bulk building material. To keep costs down (and also to ensure a solid home) plan on using masonry. Save the wood for trim. Local craftsmen in Ecuador, for example, build kitchen cabinets out of brick and ceramic tile then finish with wooden doors. Try not to be too directive until you're familiar with how things are done locally. Each renovation project is a chance to learn new methods for construction. Field stone driveways, adobe and rammed-earth construction, and homemade clay tile roofs aren't typical in the United States, but they're the norm in many other countries... meaning these can be the most affordable options as well as the techniques local craftsmen are most familiar with.#7: Be There While The Work Is Going On Some times even going out for lunch can be risky. The difference laying between your standards and expectations and those of your contractor and workmen can be so vast as to defy explanation. So you need to be prepared for this gap. It doesn't mean the workmen you've hired are bad at what they do; it means they do things differently. As much as possible, you want to be onsite when work is going on. If you can't be physically present yourself, you need to engage a trusted associate who knows your standards for quality... ideally another expat. If you hand a project over to a local craftsman or contractor, you're sure to find unwelcome surprises when you return back.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: Top Business Features

The iPhone 6s is here today, and it's packed with new features that business users will really love. Running on the upcoming iOS 9, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are faster and more powerful than ever. Here's what the new iPhones have to offer the business users. The design Just the same with their predecessors, the iPhone 6s comes with a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and the Plus comes with a larger, 5.5-inch screen. What's changed, however, is the build of the two phones: The bodies are now made from stronger, aerospace-grade-alloy aluminum, and Apple has upgraded the cover glass to what the company says is the strongest glass on any smartphone. The new iPhone also comes in a new rose-gold color, along with the previous space-gray, silver and gold versions. 3D Touch The iPhone 6s debuts Apple's new 3D Touch technology, which reveals the amount of pressure that is applied on the screen. It activates the new Peek and Pop feature that lets users preview content and quickly perform tasks using shortcuts based on how deeply they press the display. This is particularly useful for business users who need to quickly get through emails. For instance, pressing lightly on the screen lets you take a "peek" at the message; pressing a little harder then "pops" the message into full view. You can also quickly organize messages during peek mode by dragging them to the right to mark as read, or you can swipe left to delete. Peek and Pop can also be used to set up shortcuts for contacting colleagues and clients. Just press on the Phone or Message icon to quickly make calls or write messages to your favorite contacts. You can also "peek" and "pop" out links on Safari or locations on Maps from other apps. The 3D Touch technology is also available to third-party apps, so you may start seeing the same functionality on the business apps you use the most. The A9 chip The iPhone 6s is a device that can keep up with even the most demanding business users. It is equipped with Apple's new A9 chip, which is faster and more powerful than the iPhone 6's A8 processor. Apple boasts that the A9 chip brings the power of desktop computers to the iPhone, delivering 70 percent faster computing performance and 90 percent faster graphics performance. Whether you're multitasking across multiple apps, editing videos and photos, or running power-heavy business tools, the iPhone 6s won't disappoint you. A more faster connections Putting in addition to a faster processor, the iPhone 6s also comes with faster wireless connections. Apple reports that it supports the most LTE bands compared to other smartphones, for double the data speeds. Wi-Fi is also twice as fast as on the iPhone 6. From browsing the Web to downloading apps, accessing files from the cloud, sending large documents and more, the iPhone 6s delivers better productivity on the move. Camera Business users will also like the iPhone 6s' 12-megapixel iSight camera, which is a very big improvement over the iPhone 6 camera's 8 megapixels. This is especially useful if you're very active on social media or own an online store. The upgrade now lets you take more-brilliant photos, as well as 4K videos that offer quadruple the resolution of the 1080p HD video on the iPhone 6. The front-facing camera also got an upgrade from 1.2 megapixels to 5 megapixels, for sharper videoconferencing over FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts and lot more. The availability The iPhone 6s is going to be released by Sept. 25 and available for pre-order on Sept. 12. It has a base price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB version and $399 for the 128GB model. The larger iPhone 6s Plus costs $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB version and $499 for the 128GB Brand.