Monday, 30 November 2015

Be in place to get the best Black Friday deals on your Android phone (How to get)

No matter your philosophical objection to the chase-after-the-bargains madness, there are always deals that might line up with your holiday wish list. So now, just get your phone ready, because with the right apps and services, you just might make it out alive. The Google Maps and search can help you survive Google this time again is going all-out on the shopping front this year, with some tweaks to its existing services that should make it a great ally in your battle through the crowds and clutter of online deals.. So the Google Maps now displays updated holiday hours for many retailers, so you’ll know exactly when they open and close on Black Friday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve.But in any-case if your hands are full then Google’s voice commands are tremendously helpful. There are a lot of shopping-friendly answers to questions like, “what time does Target close today?” Google Now is another important companion when it comes to Black Friday shopping: when you enter Target, Wal-Mart, or other outlets you’ll see a card that gives you the hours and a link to current promotions, the store website, and other details. With malls and shopping centers, you are able to quickly search for a list of stores and services from the Google Now card. Another potential lifesaver: Google Now will remember where you parked. It’s not accurate down to the stall in all cases, but it can give you a general idea of where your car is. Cause the deals to come to you So many services are designed to send offers your way. That’s of course good and bad, depending on how much you want your phone to bug you with alleged deals. One app with a pretty good approach is the SnipSnap. The app is essentially a coupon social network, where other users of the app can share deals. You’re then able to “snip” them to your own account and redeem them at a brick-and-mortar location or an online store. So as you can imagine, the activity has been pretty rampant in the days leading up to Black Friday. Further more , SnipSnap will ping you with the savings you’ve picked out when you head to that specific store. Google is also getting in on the board: We recently found some search terms that will lead to an option to get text alerts about the particular product you are searching for.
It’s a new feature, so we can’t say for sure how useful it will be or if the offers will be a genuine discounts. So it’s worth trying though, as Google has some pretty big shopping ambitions. The black Friday apps pull together all the deals In as much as Google tries, it can never do it all. There’s another batch of apps you should check out that specify in Black Friday. One is named, well, Black Friday. It links down all the content from the website, with numerous leaks of all the forthcoming ads.
The two other solid selections are TGI Black Friday and Black Friday 2015. Both of these apps contain more deals than you can possibly need, as you’ll find them constantly updated with the latest information. They’re a good place to go if you want to try and skim what’s up with the latest sales offers. Some of these deals are for offers that will require you to actually leave the house. So check them out ahead of time to find out if there’s something out there you will really want to go for. Never you forget about retailers’ official apps In case you’re planning to surprise the crowds on Black Friday or into the weekend, it’s usually a good idea to grab the official app for the stores you’re planning to head towards. Never the less the big outlets usually throw in deals that can be redeemed only with their respective application. For instance, Target’s Cartwheel lists all the current specials, and shows out a bar code for the clerk to scan when you check out. The app also has a 3-D model of each store, which makes it much easier to track down those hard-to-find parts.

OnePlus gives out a refund for its potentially damaging USB-C cable and adapter

OnePlus is working hard to recover from an alarming situation which includes one of its USB-C products, which could potentially damage third-party charging hardware. In one blog post from Thursday, the company made an announcement that it would issue a full refund to anyone who purchased a USB-C cable and adapter from the company's website. This refund is made available through an online application. On behalf of this, you should note that only standalone USB-C cable/adapter kits purchased from the company's website are eligible for this refund. The USB-C cable and adapter that came with a OnePlus product are not eligible. And also, the blog post made it clear that these products are "cheaply made". "Name-brand products like chargers, cables, power banks and USB hubs that are made by reputable companies are usually pretty trustworthy and safe to use," the blog post explained. So... the OnePlus product is designed to work with power sources that can provide up to 2 amps. So in any-case, because it will allow higher power draws from fast-charging devices (such as Google's Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones), it could expose third-party charging equipment to potential damage—if that equipment isn't rated to handle higher amps.The blog further went ahead to warn, "there are a lot of products on the market that are cheaply made and that is more likely to potentially damage your devices. It’s a good rule of thumb that you choose products from the brands you trust and research their products to ensure compatibility before you purchase them." So in addition to this, the company recommended checking any product for UL, CE, or CCC certification to avoid issues of potential damage. The blog post includes a chart that helpfully summarizes the compatibility of its USB-C cable and adapter with USB-C devices and charging hardware. Important note: OnePlus and its USB-C cable/adapter kit attracted unwelcome attention when a Google engineer said that the product could potentially damage charging devices. So now, you need to have the unlucky combination of a USB-C fast-charging device, a OnePlus USB-C cable/adapter kit, and an inadequate charging source to run into any problems. But the fundamental takeaway is to match all the pieces very carefully. This story,was originally published by PCWorld.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Go Beyond Credit Scores: Five Major Factors Business Lenders Consider

At any time consumers apply for credit cards or loans, their credit scores are often the single most important factors in deciding whether their applications are approved. But what can we say about when you're applying for a business loan? Having it in mind that in this case the business lenders will certainly take your personal credit into consideration, it's far from the only factor they will consider. Ted Peters, chairman and CEO of the Bluestone Financial Institutions Fund, outlined what is known as the five "C's of credit" that commercial lenders look at before making a credit decision. 1.The Cash flow. Lenders will certainly look at your historical and projected cash flow, as well as your sales numbers, to determine your ability to pay them back in a timely manner. 2. Collateral. Base on the strength of your cash flow, banks may decide to look at your current assets — mortgage, working capital, inventory, etc. — to see if anything can be used as collateral to secure your loan, in case you have trouble paying it back.(Business) Credit. In addition to your personal credit and payment history, lenders will certainly check if your business entity has established any past credit, including on-time bill payment for any B2B services. Many lenders use reports from business data company Dun & Bradstreetto access this information, according to Peters 3.Character. Much more your overall character and reputation in the community means a lot to the people taking responsibility for funding your business. So this is part of the reason lenders will set up an in-person meeting to discuss your application and credit needs.Mostly, "lenders meet with people in order to look them in the eye and so determine, if the person is someone they can trust and want to do business with?'" Peters said. 4.Capacity. Peters pointed out that this is typically the least important factor in a credit decision, but lenders still want to know the capacity your business has to grow. Okay, now a local ice cream franchise, for instance, has a limited capacity to boost sales, but a global e-commerce or tech business could grow exponentially in just a few short years. 5.Looking Forward: the social media for credit decisions Apart from the fact that it's not yet a publicly available product, a team at Experian's research and development branch, DataLabs, has been hard at work over the last three years looking at the correlation between social media and commercial credit risk. So in nearest future, DataLabs' solution may allow lenders to factor data from a business' social media channels into a credit decision.Now the "breakthrough experimentation in Experian DataLabs has revealed that social media has predictive value in assessing the credit risk of a business," said Eric Haller, executive vice president of DataLabs. So "while not being productized for lenders to use today, the future may hold that business reviews, likes and check-ins can all help to paint the picture of a successful and growing business." An advice for borrowers If in your own case you're looking to take out a traditional bank or SBA loan, Peters advised meeting with two or three different lenders before making a decision, so that you can fully understand your options. Okay, "not all the banks that will look at everything the same," Peters said. "Some won't do a restaurant loan, for example. It's a good idea to talk to multiple banks, as (because they may have) different preferences." He also said that interested borrowers should also put together a "package" for potential lenders. This package should minimally include an executive summary of your business, your business plan, financial information, how much you want to borrow and what you intend to do with the money. "There's no set rule (about it), but you need to be sure it's well-organized, clear, up-to-date and done neatly," Peters said. So "it's going to be one of your first impressions at the bank."

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The best way to choose the right Amazon e-reader

Reading so far, is one of the life’s finer pleasures, most especially while tippling your favorite beverage. E-readers make this pastime supremely convenient. So if in your own case you’ve decided to choose from Amazon’s lineup, we are ready to help you pick the right one for your needs or for that special someone on your holiday shopping list. There are some times when you will miss the tactile feedback that only a product crafted from ink and dead trees can provide, but in any case the benefits of e-readers are almost too numerous to count: You can read one in the dark. You can change the font and its size. There’s no need to go to the store to buy something new to read (or to wait for it to be delivered). You can get definitions of words you’re not familiar with. The list goes on and on. Amazon in its own case builds two classes of tablets that can be used as e-readers. There’s the Kindle series, which are tablets with black-and-white displays based on e-ink technology, and there’s the Fire series, which are tablets with full-color LCD displays. The Fire series includes Amazon’s more versatile tablets, since they can be used for watching videos, playing music, surfing the web, playing games, and more. But the tradeoff for this versatility is that their lower-resolution screens don’t render text nearly as crisply as the Kindle models. Here you have a couple of other things to consider: You decide to purchase any Kindle with a 3G option that enables you to purchase books and sync to your account in the cloud, among other things, whether or not you have a Wi-Fi connection. That can be super handy when you’re traveling away from home, but it tacks $70 onto the cost of the tablet.Okay, this 3G option is not available with the Fire series at any price. And you can also pay an additional $20 for a Kindle that doesn’t display Amazon’s “special offers” the advertisements that appear on the device’s lock screen when it goes to sleep. These ads are the first thing you’ll see on a Kindle Fire when you wake it up, and they appear on a Kindle even when it’s asleep (fortunately, they will never interrupt your reading experience). If you didn’t do it at the time of purchase, you can pay after to “unsubscribe” from these special offers down the road by logging into your Amazon account and navigating to your My Devices page. I will cover the Kindles first, since they are more or less dedicated to book reading. Every Kindle has a non-glare screen, which is one of their highest advantages over LCD tablets. But we are recommending only the two models that also have backlights: the Kindle Voyage and the Kindle Paperwhite.Now the baseline Kindle is less expensive than these models, but you’ll need a supplemental light source if you want to read in darker spaces. In case you buy the non-backlit model, you should have it in mind that you will end up buying a kludgy clip-on light down the road. So it’s better you spend the money once . The Kindle Voyage
This $200 Kindle Voyage is found at the tippy top of Amazon’s Kindle lineup, and we really dig it. Its cover glass is silky smooth to the touch, and it’s flush with its bezel. These are features you’ll really notice if you swipe to turn pages. If you’d prefer to keep your fingers off the glass, the Voyage is equipped with buttons on its left and right bezels that you can touch to move forward and backward through the book. These touch-sensitive PagePress buttons, as Amazon calls them, are easily accessed whether you’re holding the Kindle in your left or right hand. As we ’ve said already , a backlight enables you to keep reading no matter the lighting conditions in the room. Just know that a backlight will also reduce the time you can read while running on battery power. So you need to enable the Voyage’s built-in ambient light sensor, and it will automatically adjust the backlight so that it consumes less power. Here’s another benefit: Put one of Amazon’s Kindle Voyage covers on the Voyage (the Origami model is particularly nice), and the ambient light sensor will immediately put the Voyage to sleep when you cover its display. Open it back up and the Voyage will be ready to read before you’ve completed the task. The Kindle Paperwhite
The Amazon’s second-generation Paperwhite has wiped away one of the Voyage’s key advantages: Now, both models are now delivering the same 300-pixels-per-inch resolution that makes reading on them such a joy. Two caveats: It’s slightly thicker and heavier than the Voyage, and you actually need to adjust the Paperwhite’s backlight manually to compensate for ambient lighting conditions. The Paperwhite’s cover glass also has a somewhat pebbly surface that you might see to be some how irritating, and there’s a bit of ledge between the glass and the bezel. Those are differences you’ll feel every time you turn a page—even if you don’t have a hypersensitive sense of touch—because the Paperwhite doesn’t have those elegant PagePress buttons. Okay..The Paperwhite’s regular price is $120 to the Voyage’s $200—but Amazon is taking $20 off the Paperwhite’s price tag as part of its Eight Days of Holiday Deals until Friday, November 27. So if you can catch the Paperwhite deal, you could opt for both of its available options—3G connectivity and no special offers—and still pay $10 less than the price of a Voyage. The Voyage is Amazon’s best e-reader—heck, it’s probably the best e-reader on the market—but the Paperwhite delivers more bang for the buck. 7-inch Fire When speaking of bang for the buck, just take a look at Amazon’s 7-inch Fire tablet: The Fire’s specs read like a state-of-the-art tablet circa 2012, but you can pick one up for just $50—and if buy you five, Amazon throws in a sixth one for free. Even better, Amazon is running a promotion through Friday, November 27 that discounts the Fire to just $35 if you catch it as one of Amazon’s “lightning deals.” The buy-5-get-1-free deal does not apply during the sale. Now before you trip over yourself to buy one, you need to have it in mind that the Fire has a very slow quad-core processor, just 8GB of memory, a monophonic speaker, a VGA-quality front-facing camera, a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera that records 720p video, and a single-band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter that can connect only to crowded 2.4GHz networks. Most importantly—at least when you think of it as an e-reader—its 7-inch display delivers resolution of only 1024x600 pixels. That’s just 171 pixels per inch. The Fire is outfitted with an IPS touchscreen, which is vastly superior to the less-expensive TN panel that Amazon could have opted for at this price, but it’s highly reflective and it doesn’t refresh as quickly an e-ink display can. As with the Kindles, you’ll need to pay a little more to avoid those special offers, but there is no 3G option. So now, the Fire isn’t the best e-reader value, but it is capable of a lot of things that even the top-shelf Kindle Voyage is not. You can watch cat videos, for instance. You can surf the web and read things other than books, including email. You can play games (as long as they’re not too processor intensive). You can take pictures and shoot video. You can even stay in touch with friends and family on social networks, like Facebook and Twitter. You can do more by listening to music. Will those media experiences be as fluid and fast as they would on a more-expensive Android tablet or on one of Apple’s iPads? Certainly not. But show me another name-brand tablet that you can buy for just $50. Decisions to make on this Now, if reading books is your primary reason for buying a tablet, we highly recommend that you choose one of the Kindle models. They’re thin, lightweight, and very easy on the eyes. So of the two covered here, the Voyage is the luxury choice, but the Paperwhite is the model we recommend considering its excellent price-to-performance ratio.Thanks for reading

Monday, 23 November 2015

Do You Desire to Open a Food Truck? Here Are the 10 Things to Do Before Opening a Food Truck

Food trucks are coming up everywhere these days, so it's never any surprise that many aspiring foodie entrepreneurs are taking their restaurant ideas on the road. But in your own case if you think a food truck is an easier alternative to opening a traditional, brick-and-mortar restaurant, then you have to think again — it's not easy to serve meals on wheels. Running a food truck comes with its own separate requirements, complications and rewards. According to business News Daily, here are some advice from small business owners experts and food truck owners on starting a food truck. From choosing the right location to investing in the right technology, so here are the 10 things you must do before you get cooking. 1.You need to invest in a good truck Now "If in your own case you have the startup capital, you just need to start building your truck in a newer, well-maintained vehicle. Your business will constantly be at the mercy of the mechanical soundness of your truck. You treat it with care, and give it lots of preventative maintenance. When your truck goes down, you have to deal with the expense of fixing it, in addition to not being able to be open for business during those days the truck is in the shop." – Adam Sobel, founder, The Cinnamon Snailand author, "Street Vegan" (Clarkson Potter, 2015), said. 2.You need to consider your potential customers "One of the most important thing you need to do before starting a food truck is to think about what your target audience will be. Maybe in your own case you already have a certain food in mind that you want to serve — so the key questions are.. 1. who will your food appeal to? 2. What demographic are you targeting? These questions will help you with other important food-truck decisions, like what the style and design of your truck should be, what locations you should park at to reach your target audience, etc." – Megan Marrs, founder and blogger, Boston Food Truck Blog, said. 3. You need to Prepare catering options "So in this case, when you are starting a food truck business, be prepared to focus your business beyond street service and into private-event catering. Food trucks are the perfect solution for catering public and private events, so you just have to plan ahead and make sure your menu and operating plan are set up for off-premise catering opportunities." – Ross Resnick, CEO, Roaming Hunger, said. 4.You need to get some experience in the industry "Just be sure you work in the industry before you start a food truck. Both me and my husband worked in the restaurants before starting our truck, and [we learned] the food truck industry is its own beast. Now for example, a customer might wait 15-20 minutes for a dish at a restaurant, but on a food truck, you just have to design a menu and train your team to execute dishes in less than 5 minutes — customers expect very fast service." – Diana Lamon, co-owner, Peaches' Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen said. 5. You need to think about technology "First consider the technology you'll need to make your business successful. having in mind that running a mobile business is logistically very different from brick and mortar. So in this case, you need a POS solution, for example, that's flexible enough to go where you go, ringing customers up from inside and outside of your food truck. In addition, it needs to be reliable. If Wi-Fi goes down during a busy time, the technology you're using needs to enable you to have off-line capabilities so you don't lose time and money." – Chris Poelma, president and general manager, NCR Small Business, said. 6.You need to make sure you have all your permits "Escaping all the regulations and requirements to run a food truck can be a challenging process. So be very sure to research your city's permitting and licensing process well in advance, because they can sometimes take months to secure. Also remember that permits can vary dramatically by city, county and state. So be very sure you know how different locations may affect your business plan." - Danielle Custer, co-creator, Mobile Mavens, said 7.You need to test your concept "Once entrepreneurs are able to figure out which route they want to take with their food, they also need to know their customer segment very well: what they will pay, and how often, branding, how much to spend on a truck — all these falls in line with what they choose to do. If in case you have a cheap branding but good food, you can get away with being a cheap lunch truck, but really nice branding and a good-looking truck will be essential to one-time customers. So in this case one can never know how people will respond to a concept, but ample market research and testing your food with friends, foodies, industry experts, etc. can really help evaluate a concept." – Ian So, owner of, The Chicken & Rice Guys, said. 8.You need to get social "I think the number one thing that a person must consider before opening a food truck is how to use social media to promote it. Okay, one must get to know the best social media ways to spread the word about a food truck and get a basic understanding of social media. There so are many ways to do it, such as Instagram (where you're)uploading photos of foods and locations; Twitter, (where you're) tweeting locations with a specific hashtag so it will be easy to find; and of course Facebook, so people know where to find up-to-date information. Now a mailing list would be a creative way to start and keep a relationship with customers, as long as the email would only be sent once a week with a list of locations." – Keren Brown, social marketing strategist and author, "Food Lover's Guide to Seattle" (Globe Pequot, 2011) 9.You need to choose the right locations "Now in this case, there are three rules of real estate apply to mobile food service: location, location, location! If there isn't a critical mass of people circulating in the vicinity of your truck, you will not find it easy to succeed. Even with that critical mass, it's very important to have a set schedule so that people can count on you for their meal. Okay.. while you may get some casual passersby, many folks have planned their meal in advance and want to be able to count on their vendor to be open, just the same way they rely on a brick-and-mortar restaurant." – Jason Savedoff, principal, RVA Advisors, said 10.Finally You need to make sure you're ready "According to the old saying, 'To thine own self be true,' it couldn't be more important when starting a food truck. First, you need to ask yourself if you are ready for this kind of commitment. Okay,in a situation where by you are up and out at 6 a.m. every morning, working until 10 or 11 every night, nonstop. This is the food life and a constant hustle. So be ready." –Kent Graham, owner, Field Dog Kitchen, said.

If we are to talk about cyber-security, Millennials have a lot to learn

Baby boomers are currently proving to be more aware about cyber-security than tech-savvy millennials, revealed by a new Symantec survey. The Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report showcased that respondents are generally more aware and eager for their virtual security than ever before, but as the case is, the older generations is most likely to take proactive steps to stay safe. Now, the global report claims that millennials are “overly confident” and “often throw caution to the wind,” with 36 percent of respondents saying that they share their passwords. Okay.. less than a third of millennials feel that they are to be blamed when an online crime happens to them while one in five said they don’t feel like they should worry because online security is not their own responsibility. But still, 38 percent said they don’t feel like all that interested enough to be a target, but 56 percent admitted to having some personal experience in an online crime. Symantec’s survey explains very well to the respondents by generation, and found password sharing to be most prevalent with the younger generations. Email, social media, and banking account for most of the password sharing that goes on, so about 31 percent of millennials are likely to share a password, which is more than double that of baby boomers, at 15 percent, and higher than Gen-Xers, at 20 percent. The baby boomer generation is much not likely to experience cybercrime, reports Symantec. But why is this so? Now here are some reasons: baby boomers are more likely to take certain protective measures, such as always using a secure password (42 percent) and fewer share passwords (only 15 percent),” reveals the survey, which goes on to say that fewer younger people use a “secure” password. According to Pew Research, much higher percentages of younger Internet users have social media accounts, and a GlobalWebIndex report from last year showed that millennials are much more active on social media with multiple accounts. So in this case, this may suggest why cybercrime is more common among millennials, as there are more avenues for a breach to occur. The Symantec report adds that 150 billion was lost globally to cybercrime over the last year, and now at least not less than 80 percent of people are worried about cybercrime. But that hasn’t lead to users following through with protective measures. “Now the recent findings demonstrate that the headlines rattled people’s trust in online activity, but the threat of cybercrime hasn’t led to widespread adoption of simple protection measures people should take to safeguard their information online,” said Fran Rosch, executive vice president of Norton feel good...

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Influence Building: How you can Get Referrals from the ' Crowd'

Before anything could be discussed on this headline you need to answer the question "what's the most powerful way to convince people to buy a product?" Is it to have someone they trust who can tell them good things about it. Whether it's low-tech or high-tech, word-of-mouth marketing —also known as referral marketing — can be a marketer's best friend. "Referral marketing is one the oldest form of advertisement, and without doubt, is also the most cost-effective and profitable, since it provides objective recommendations from trusted sources such as friends, family and colleagues," said Shawn Fergus, vice president of marketing at marketing software company Ambassador. Marketers who wishes to take referrals to the next level will often reach out to influencers — celebrities and other individuals with large public followings in order to boost awareness and sales, whether it's through social media, review sites or video testimonials. Now here's what businesses need to know about making influence marketing a part of their word-of-mouth strategy. Why does influence marketing works I remember back in school when one of the popular kids came in with a new backpack or pair of sneakers, and before you know it, everyone in the class had the same type. So influence marketing works the same way. Okay, when consumers see someone they admire talking about and using a product, they're more likely to check it out. "Influence marketing has come up as an extremely cost-effective form that generates additional benefits, such as customer goodwill, increased memorability and willingness to spend," said Guy Poreh, chief marketing officer of HyPR, a programmatic marketplace for social media influencer marketing. "Now if in the past, having a celebrity spokesman was an option reserved for huge and wealthy companies, it is becoming both affordable and a necessity to make sure niche influencers in your space support your brand." Forgetting the fact that social media has certainly made influence marketing more prevalent, it is by no means a new concept. Marketers have been enlisting influential people to help sell their products and services for more than a century. As early as 1875, marketers gave out trading cards of celebrities and athletes that contained pictures and descriptions of the products they were marketing, according to Paul Johnson, founder and CEO of social deals website Snagshout. "Currently with the growth of modern social networks and online publishing platforms, the number of potential influencers has increased dramatically," Johnson stated. Poreh agreed, and said that social media has increased the scale of referral marketing. Word-of-mouth can now reach a much larger and more engaged audience than ever before, so a big thank to the various social platforms out there, he said in his statement. How you can leverage influencers in the right way One of the major reasons that influencer marketing is so effective is that consumers trust the individuals they follow, Johnson said. So therefore, it's very important to allow influencers to share their honest opinions about the products they are marketing, in order to maintain their audience's trust. "It's very understandable that marketers would want to try to guide the conversation about their products, but in any case the more natural and real the conversation is, the more consumers will resonate with the message," Johnson told Business News Daily. "Now in your own case what you don't want to do is to turn your network of influencers into walking billboards who share whatever corporate message they are given." "Authenticity is meaningful," Poreh added. "So customers need to feel like they can have a real conversation with a brand." Poreh noted in addition that basic marketing rules should still apply, even when you're working with someone well-known. "Targeting is a key," Poreh said. "You would never invest in any media spend without ensuring you hit your target demographics. Now try to understand the audience each influencer has and how well that audience fits your brand." Finally, Johnson made a recall to businesses that it's important to follow Federal Communication Commission guidelines. In case if influencers are reviewing a product that was given to them for free or if they were paid, they must disclose that. Otherwise, the company and the influencer could be scrutinized for deceptive practices, he said in his speech. Building brand ambassadors Before you could turn an influencer — or any customer, for that matter — into a brand ambassador, you first need a strong referral marketing strategy that's built into your overall marketing plan. "And in that case, you must make it as easy possible for your brand ambassadors to share their positive experiences as possible," Fergus said. "And also,it's very important that you ask them to do so; otherwise, your program will not be as successful as it should be. Even if your customers love your product, some may not know how to become a brand ambassador, or simply (may) never think about it." Providing an incentive will encourage people to share with their networks, Fergus said. So in any case you may want to provide monetary compensation for very well-known, highly influential individuals, but for the average customer, discounts, reward points or coupons can motivate them to become brand ambassadors. "[Rewarding] customer referrals,this does not only increase brand loyalty, but also gives customers extra incentive to share their positive experiences and help you increase revenue," Fergus said. "Using a referral marketing platform makes it more easier to reward your brand ambassadors, and to also track, analyze and optimize results to maximize your return on investment." But in that case one-time incentive won't keep customers coming back and spreading the word about your business. Ken Sims, CEO of Reach150, a provider of referral management solutions, said that the best referrals come from long-term relationships. "This simply means that after a transaction, you continue to provide value to your client," Sims said. "This might include providing valuable information or referring another complementary service provider. Continued engagement ensures that you don't only stay on top of mind for that individual, but it also allows you to ask past clients for referrals." Above all, marketers should have it in mind that any word-of-mouth campaign begins with a great product — and great customer service. "It may some how sound cliché, but the truth is, selling a great product or service is the best way to turn customers into brand ambassadors," Johnson said. "Most people love trying new things. They love to be respected and feeling important. So if you want to turn customers into brand ambassadors, then it's important you let them know how important they are. It's imperative to give them a platform where they feel their opinion matters. Just asking is not always enough." "If you have provided continued value to people and they see you are doing well, you will be surprised at how willing they will be to help you," Sims puts in addition.

Tip to manage your Google Now card history

Google Now has giving out a lot of helpful cards, which can give you a quick way to find a map for the way home, read news updates, get reminders, and browse sports scores. Most of the time you might want to clean out your history if you’re getting a bunch of content you never want to see in your feed. Doing so could reset the settings that govern the type of content Google Now looks to offer you. In addition to this, if you’re privacy-conscious it might be reassuring to know you’ve wiped your history from Google’s servers. So in a short statement, to do this, go to Google Now > Settings > Now cards > Manage card history. This will take you to the web, where you’ll have access to what cards you saw and interacted with on recent days.So from there you can view a brief description of what was on each card (so unlucky, you can’t see the full contents). So you click the box next to any day that you want to delete. For a larger purge, select the overflow (the three vertical dots) button at the top and choose Delete options. So you can then wipe away the cards for today, yesterday, the last four weeks, or from all time. Since you’re in Chrome, you’ll need to go back into Google Now if you want to change more settings specific to Google’s search assistant and after that you are free to go.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Use These 14 Simple Tips And Tricks To Get More From Your LG G3

As we all know, the LG G3 is one of the best Android smartphones available, besting the competition with its gorgeous QHD display in an almost bezel-less package. Of course, it's not all about hardware with the G3, as LG has provided many great software features, too. If you're a new LG G3 owner, these quick and simple tips will help you get the most from your awesome phone. 1.Run two apps at once with Dual Window
Samsung and LG have given out their recent devices the ability to run two apps side by side, at the same time. This feature may be limited to only a handful of apps, but it can most certainly come in handy when trying to multitask. To access the Dual Window feature on the G3, hold down on the back button, and a menu (above) will pop up with a list of apps. From there, you can drag one app to the top and one to the bottom. The combination of apps will be saved for later use. A few apps can even interact with one another. For example, if the file manager and messaging app are opened in Dual Window, you can easily drag a photo from the file manager into the messaging app. 2.Remember to change your Quick Settings LG has giving out a quick settings options in the notification panel for some time now, and it's incredibly easy to customize. With your notification panel open, swipe through the quick settings options until you see the Edit icon at the very end. From there, you'll be given a list of the options that can be displayed in the notification panel. Each option has a checkbox to the left of it and three lines to the right of it. Checking a box will show the option in the notification panel and un-checking it will remove it. If you want to change the order of notifications on the panel, touch and drag it to the position of your choosing and it will be reflected in the Quick Settings panel immediately 3.Tweak the Navigation Bar
While LG defaults to the same navigation bar layout as stock Android, you can add a few extras to it and even change the theme. In short, you can have up to 5 buttons on the navigation bar. Additional buttons for the notification panel, QMemo+, QSlide, and Dual Window are the only options available, so don't get your hopes up for the ability to have a custom app on your navigation bar. Also you can drag around the icons to change the order. While limited to only four options, users can also change the theme of the navigation bar. You can choose white or black, each of which has a gradation theme. It's nothing terribly special, but it's a nice touch. To change the navigation bar, simply go to the Display tab in the settings menu and tap on Home touch buttons. 4.Take notes and doodle with QMemo+ QMemo debuted on the Optimus G, and it still remains a useful feature in the G3,. It has even included a "+" to its name. The feature is only a swipe away on the G3, no matter what you're doing. Using a similar gesture to accessing Google Now (swipe up from home), QMemo is also available by swiping diagonally up and to the right. Alternatively, the feature is also available by holding the volume up button when the G3 is in its locked state. QMemo allows you to take a screenshot of whatever the current screen is being displayed, and you'll immediately be able to jot notes down via text or by drawing directly on the screenshot. You can also choose to switch to the "Paper" view, which gives you a blank canvas for notes and doodles. Possibly the simnplest use of QMemo+ is its ability to take screenshots, offering an alternative to the volume down and power button combination that can sometimes be a bit tricky to pull off. 5.Set up a Knock Code: lg g3 knock code setup Knock Code is a very interesting and innovative feature that makes a great alternative to the recent additions of fingerprint sensors in a few smartphones today. Knock Code debuted on the LG G Pro 2 and enables you to create a "code" in the form of a combination of taps on specific areas of the screen. If you don't want a password, pin, or pattern to unlock your G3, Knock Code is where its at. Best of all, you can use Knock Code while your phone is asleep to immediately jump into the phone without having to turn the screen on, then enter your password. Under the General tab in the settings menu, go to Security > Lock Screen > Select screen lock. Select Knock Code and you'll then be asked to create and confirm a Knock Code pattern. The setup will also require you to create a backup pin in case you forget your knock code. 6.Change the System Font and Home Themes
In any case if you're looking to liven up your homescreen experience or want a more playful font spanning across most of your apps, LG provides an easy way to do both. So when you change the system font on the G3, the new font will be displayed, well, system wide. This means all the text in your status bar, your messaging app, basically everything will be changed. The pre-installed options for system fonts are kept at a minimum on the G3, but more are available to download with the LG SmartWorld app. So to do this under the Display tab in the settings menu, tap on Font type and select your font. After you change the system font, you can also change the Home theme the same way by going to the display settings and tapping on Home screen. 7.Guest Mode keeps your stuff safe from prying eyes The quest Mode lets someone else use your phone without getting full access to your files, photos, and other private content. So this feature allows the owner to set a specific unlock pattern, as well as select what applications are available in this mode. This limited functionality can be useful if you have sensitive information on your phone, or want to restrict the apps they have access too, like kid-safe games for your child. To enable Guest Mode, just do this : under the General tab in the settings menu, tap on Guest Mode. From there you can select which apps Guests will have access to, change the wallpaper, and select the lockscreen type. When the other person unlocks your G3 with the designated Guest Mode code, they'll be in the walled garden you have sculpted for them. 8.Get a grip with One-handed operation The LG G3 is a strong smartphone with great features across the board, but there's no denying that it's a big phone. Unless you have very large hands, is likely you use it with two hands. Luckily, LG has a feature to help alleviate this problem, called One-handed operation. With One-handed operation enabled, you can adjust the alignment of the dialer, keyboard, and lock screen, making them easier to use with one hand. So to activate this, under the General tab in the Settings menu, tap on One-handed operation. Check the boxes for the features you'd like to enable, and you're good to go. 9.Quickly launch apps with shortcut keys Are you looking for a quick way to shoot a photo or take a note? Never worry the G3 has covered you. While the phone is in its locked, sleeping state, you can launch the camera by pressing and holding on the volume down button. Holding down on the volume up button while the phone is locked will launch the QMemo+ app. So this is a pretty cool feature to have at your finger tips, but the downside to the shortcut keys is that there is no way to change which apps they summon, so you're stuck with Camera and QMemo+ whether you like it or not. The only option, found under the General tab in Settings, is to disable the shortcut keys completely. 10.Smart cleaning reminds you to clean up your junk One of the new features on LG G3's is called Smart Cleaning, and it will remind you to delete apps that's the apps you don't use and other data to free up space on the phone. Smart Cleaning will remind you to delete temporary files or items found in the download folder after a certain amount of time. It will also suggest you delete cache from apps, temporary Clip Tray files, and apps that haven't been used after a certain amount of time. By default, both the notification interval and idle time period is set at 1 month but both can be reduced or lengthened. Smart cleaning settings can be found under the General tab in the settings menu. 11.Grow or shrink app views
One pretty feature that is easily missed on LG smartphones is the ability to grow or shrink the view of certain applications. Previously, the feature was limited to the Gallery and Messaging apps but the latest software on the G3 brings the same function to the recent apps menu, too. In any of the three supported apps, you can shrink or grow the app's view with a simple pinch in or out gesture. The gesture shrinks or enlarges text in the messaging application, increases or decreases the number of viewable apps in the recents menu, and changes the thumbnail size of albums in the gallery app. It's hardly a game-changing feature, but it's definitely a nice option. 12.Make LG Health an icon on your home screen LG Health is a handy app that enables you to track your steps, exercise stats, and even map out your path during a run. Unfortunately, the the only way you can get to it is through a widget on your home the screen. This also means that you won't find LG Health in the app drawer at all. Luckily, with a third-party app, you can create an icon for LG Health easily and free up some home screen space. Now, you can download QuickShortcutMaker from the Google Play Store. Open QuickShortcutMaker and search for LG Health. When the result populates, tap on the downward-pointing arrow to reveal the app's activities. Tap on com.lge.lifetracker/com.lge.lifetracker.MainActivity. To test the shortcut, you can tap on the Try section on the next screen. Tap on Create and the LG Health will appear as an icon on your home screen. 13.Accessibility tweaks The accessibility settings menu on the LG G3 is full of little tweaks that you may not be aware of. Touch Zoom enables you to tap three times on any area of the phone, with the exception of the keyboard and navigation bar, to zoom in. So once in this zoomed-in mode, you can pan by dragging two fingers around and adjust the zoom with a pinch gesture. Another three taps will bring you back to the standard view. Flash alert is exactly what it sounds like: the camera flash will light up when incoming notifications and calls arrive. Helpful when you lost your phone or just to add some blinding flair. 14.Lock your photos and videos away for your eyes only In case you have sensitive photos or videos that you want to make sure nobody can access but only you, LG provides a way to lock them behind a password with its Content Lock feature. Okay, before you start locking away your selected content, you must first set up a password. To do this, go to Settings > Security > Content lock. It will ask whether you want to set a password or a pattern and to provide a valid email address in case you lose it. From there, you can go into the gallery app, tap on the action overflow (the three vertical dots) look for the button on the top right and tap on Lock. Select the content you want protected, and it will be hidden, accessible only by your password.

Android device updates: AT&T Galaxy S5 Active walks up to Android 5.1.1

The Galaxy S5 Active is never the flashiest of flagships, but in anycase there’s good news if you have the AT&T model. The device is jumping to Android 5.1.1, which puts it just one step shy of Marshmallow. It was another slow week of updates. Hopefully that’s because of all the update elves working furiously to implement Marshmallow. Each week, we try as much as possible to compile all the major software updates to hit the Android ecosystem, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, Android Wear smartwatches, and Android TV devices. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs and gaping security holes. AT&T The Galaxy S5 Active: No, Marshmallow is not ready yet. But there are important improvements in the move from Android 5.0 to 5.1.1, so it’s definitely worth grabbing the update. AT&T says you’ll also get security updates, a fix for Ultra Power Saver Mode, and Android for Work. Motorola Moto X Style: Motorola product manager David Schuster took to his Google+ page to announce that the 2015 Moto X Style and 2014 Moto X has started a test run of Marshmallow. The rollout is only in Brazil and India for now, but this bodes well for the Moto X Pure Edition, which is the U.S. variant of the Style, and last year’s Moto X. Such international rollouts are very common practice, so in any case if all settles in good, then your Moto X may be seeing Marshmallow in the near future.

The 10 Things You Must Do Before You Start Your Business

Now,if you are a good business person i think that it should occur to you that starting a new business isn't exactly a walk in the park. There is a large number of things to do and have it in mind that the way leading to entrepreneurship can be stressful and overwhelming. Apart from dealing with legal issues to creating a Web presence, there's a lot to handle, and it's easy to overlook important things, especially if you're new to the business world. Business News Daily asked entrepreneurs and experts for their best advice for starting a business. Okay now, are you ready for success? Make sure you do these 10 things before you put out that "open" sign. 1. Bring an accountant on board. "I was on a full-time job as I considered myself to start my own business in 2009, but I did a lot of research before I started, and bringing on an accountant was an important step. People didn't understand why I would consult an accountant before I left my job or made any money with my new venture, but it helped me understand what I needed to do to make this work from a profit standpoint and the ins and outs of state, federal and local taxes." – Sarah Burningham, president and founder, Little Bird 2. Survey your target market. "One big thing an aspiring entrepreneur can do is survey a focus group of the target demographic for the service or product. It is important to make sure you are delivering what your customer wants,and not what you want. This will give you insight into your customer's buying decision and save you lots of experimenting down the road." – Sonia F. Lakhany, attorney, Lackhany Law 3. Get legal advice. "If there is anything I would like to give out as an advise to all entrepreneurs before officially opening a new business, it's that they should try to seek legal counsel. We often make the assumption that legal counsel is for when we get ourselves into trouble, but preventative and proactive legal preparation can be the very best way to set your business on the path to long-term success. When you call on legal counsel after you've run into a problem, it's often too late or could critically impact your business in both the short and long term. Investing in their insight at the start of your business can pay a huge return later on by keeping you out of trouble before you even get into it." – Katy Blevins, co-founder and corporate publicist, The Modern Femme Movement 4. Look beyond your launch date. "When starting a business, you have to look beyond your launch date. That is, plan as though you aren't going to turn a profit for two or three years. Determine your worst and best case scenarios based on sales and revenue projections. Establish a sales and marketing budget for at least three years and don't just assume people are going to do business with you because you’re open." – Callum Beattie, partner, Honest Agency 5. Talk to other entrepreneurs. "Before you open a business or even after — I think it is incredibly important to network and tap into mentors and professionals who have been there before you. Entrepreneurs that have been there before you, had similar experiences, and are more than willing to pay it forward. The advice, mentorship and connections are integral to starting. Of course, you cannot learn everything right away, but a good lead from smart people definitely will help." – Cory S. Charlupski, president, The Babysitting Co. 6. Build a proper website. "As it has to do with new business, most entrepreneurs who has been running his or her company for three years now, may some how end up saying.. I wish I had known to plan my website hosting and platform better. Most time we threw together an OK idea hosted by a friend, and as things grew we had to make a massive and laborious switch to a different platform and different hosting. If we had started small on a healthy platform and used an affordable host, we could have grown with the business instead of having to start from the ground up twice." – Elyse McNabb, owner and proprietor, Nourish With Style 7. Save up enough money. "One of the most serious pitfall we see with most of our clients is that they have insufficient cash to operate long enough to become profitable. So on behalf of that we recommend that they have a year's worth of operating expenses in the bank on the day of their grand opening. This, of course, assumes that they already have a solid business plan AND strategic growth plan in place that is followed from day one." – Jason Savedoff, principal, RVA Advisors 8. Know your tax requirements. "Before you move further you need to get organized with your taxes and fees. You have to figure out how much your payroll is going to be in order to make your tax payments timely. The timing can vary depending on your payroll. You also have to figure out other business taxes such as city, county and state. There isn't one list of all the fees you may have to pay so you need to get organized and figure this out ahead of time. Forgetting and filing late can make those late charges add up quickly." – Travis Sickle, certified financial planner, Sickle Hunter Financial Advisors 9. Think about your exit strategy. "One more important thing I had other than faith and tenacity, was my exit strategy. I knew if all else failed, that no matter what, I would be able to sell the huge inventory that I ordered, and only lose a tiny bit of money, rather than my entire investment. Knowing that I had a way out that would not hurt too much, made it easy for me to go full throttle and go forward. Our first year of business was amazing and I didn't have to utilize my exit strategy, but was glad it was there to rely on." – Sandy Stein, president, Alexx Inc. 10. Ask yourself why. "All entrepreneurs at least should be able to answer the question, 'Why are you doing this?' It seems like a simple question, but there will inevitably be times when things go wrong, hope is dwindling and you need to remind yourself of why you're in it. As an entrepreneur, building and growth is a process that never fully ends. It is great practice to give yourself a mission statement to maintain focus on the project goals as well as personal ones." – Noah Krinick, founder and partner, Solo Rugs

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

How you can try Mozilla's mobile Firefox OS preview on your Android device, no deep-level tech tricks required

Just the same way that Google did to Microsoft, now Mozilla is doing to Google. Well, lets beef it off. The Firefox-maker recently announced that Firefox OS 2.5 is ready as a developer preview. launcher. So to make it easier for developers and interested users to try it out, Android device owners can download Firefox OS 2.5 developer preview as a system app. Instead of going through the pain and commitment of re-flashing your phone with Firefox OS, all you will now have to do is download and install Mozilla’s APK. Then the next time you try to hit the home button on your device you’ll see the option to use Firefox OS as your app launcher. From then on you’ll experience what Firefox OS has to offer without losing your Android apps. Important notice: The Mozilla’s offering of Firefox OS as an app launcher is reminiscent of what Google did with Chrome on Windows 8. Using Chrome in Windows 8 mode effectively gives you a Chrome OS interface. In this case, it gave interested users a taste of Google’s browser-centric OS within Windows, Trojan horse-style. Mozilla’s not really doing the same thing here as this is just a developer preview that only technically apt people will ever use. But now as the case is there’s no reason why Mozilla couldn’t put its launcher in Google Play once the bugs are worked out. That would be a very helpful strategy for Mozilla ahead of Firefox OS’ U.S. debut in 2016. Launching Firefox OS: Now to get started, first make sure you can install apps that come from outside of Google Play.Then navigate to Settings > Security and turn on the option called “Unknown sources.” Then download and install Mozilla’s APK to get your Firefox on. While taking a quick look at Firefox OS on Android, this is a fairly straightforward (some might say boring) way to use a mobile device. You have a selection of stock Firefox OS apps on the homescreen as well as access to Firefox OS Marketplace to get more. Unlike most app launchers, however, Firefox OS goes pretty far in how much it changes your device. The standard Android pull down shade—where you have quick access to features like airplane mode and Bluetooth activation—is gone, replaced by the Firefox OS version. You also have the option of using Firefox OS’ lock screen, though it’s deactivated by default. That’s not a great idea unless you’re developing something that uses the Firefox OS lock screen since you’ll end up with two active lock screens at once. As this is a developer preview you can also expect awkward behavior, but if you’re curious about Firefox OS this is an easy way to take a gander. Firefox OS 2.5 brings a few notable improvements to Mozilla’s mobile phone operating system, including system-wide add-ons, tracking protection, and the ability to pin any webpage to the Firefox OS home screen. So now However, if you get tired of Firefox OS as Android launcher you can get rid of it by scrolling downwards to the Android Settings app. Inside Settings, find the “Device” heading, tap Home, and select the standard Android launcher that comes with your device. This story, "How you can try Mozilla's mobile Firefox OS preview on your Android device, no deep-level tech tricks required" was originally published by PCWorld.

The Best Colleges You Can Study Entrepreneurship

Students who wishes to open their own business one day should consider attending colleges that are going to best help them turn those dreams into some realities. A new research has find that some schools are more focused on helping their students become entrepreneurs than others. The Babson College is one of those. It ranks as the best undergraduate school and the second-best graduate school for entrepreneurship studies in 2016 by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. currently, this is the fourth year in a row, and Babson has nabbed the top spot on the undergraduate list. The college currently offers 62 entrepreneurship-related undergraduate courses and 65 graduate courses. Overall, its undergrads have started 278 companies over the last five years, with its graduate students having launched 549 So in order to determine the rankings, The Princeton Review surveyed more than 300 undergraduate and graduate business schools about their entrepreneurship offerings. The 60-question survey asked schools to report on levels of their commitment to entrepreneurship studies inside and outside the classroom. Topics covered included the percentage of faculty, students and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors; the number and reach of mentorship programs; scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies; and the level of support for school-sponsored business plan competitions. companies since 2010. "Formal instruction and mentorship from great minds in business can help leaders prepare for the challenges that come with entrepreneurship," Amy Cosper, vice president and editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine, said in a statement. "The schools we have in our annual list have ranked high for creating some of the best environments to nurture the pursuit of building a business from the ground up." So right now you have the top 25 undergraduate schools for entrepreneurship studies in 2016 here: (1)Babson College (2)Brigham Young University (UT) (3)University of Houston (4)Baylor University (5)Northeastern University (6)City University of New York, Baruch College (7)University of Michigan — Ann Arbor (8)Temple University (9)University of Oklahoma (10)University of Maryland — College Park (11)Miami University (OH) (12)DePaul University (13)Syracuse University (14)Loyola Marymount University (15)University of Dayton (16)Belmont University (17)Clarkson University (18)Washington University in St. Louis (19)University of Washington (20)Texas Christian University (21)University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (22)Lehigh University (23)Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico) (24)University of Utah (25)University of Arizo

The Apple Music feels more at home on Android, but still, it's missing a few things

Apple currently is on a solid start with its fully premium streaming music service, as Apple Music has racked up some 15 million users since launching on iOS and Mac this summer. Very sure, more than half of those are still riding out their free three-month trial plans (as at last month), but now, at least a lot of people are giving it a shot. Now, why on earth are we pointing that out? Okay...because as of yesterday, Android users can also check out the service via an official Apple Music app released to the Play Store. That’s right: Apple created an Android app meant for everyday use on the platform, as opposed to its last one, which was designed simply to vault folks over to iOS devices (and was roundly slammed by Play Store reviewers). The most surprising thing about Apple Music on Android, once the initial shock of the whole situation subsides, is that it really does look and feel like it belongs on the platform. But strange as it may seem, this is an Apple app built around familiar Android design tenets, even as it keeps most—but currently not all—of the functionality from the iPhone version. And as a service, it has some real perks over Spotify and other rivals. . Apple’s advantages Just like Spotify and Google Play Music, Apple Music offers a huge library of music to explore—at least 30 million tracks and growing. But that's never the case, it has a few feature additions that help set the service apart from the streaming pack. Beats 1, its always-on streaming radio station staffed by real DJs, is a highlight. True, radio might seem like an unnecessary relic in an era of on-demand music and custom stations on the fly, but there’s something to be said for human curation when it comes to discoverability. It’s a little jarring at first, especially if you tap the listen button and stumble upon something you don’t like, or wouldn’t choose to listen to. So now.. stick it out! Or try again later. Truly speaking, there’s a lot of interesting stuff to discover on Beats 1, and the exclusives are a big part of it. You’ll find radio shows hosted by artists ranging from Elton John to St. Vincent and Dr. Dre, all of which are archived if you miss them. Ex-BBC DJ extraordinaire Zane Lowe is the face of Beats 1, and he always seems to have beloved artists in the booth for his blocks—like Taylor Swift, Eminem, and Weezer. Apple Music also has intriguing recommendations elsewhere in the app, notably in the For You tab. I like the themed playlists that relate to something I’ve listened to: a list of tracks from a rising hip-hop producer, for example, or all the collaborations a certain artist has done. The many human-created playlists provide additional means of finding great new stuff, and it’s always great to find a well-crafted, thoughtful collection of tracks. Now, just get it right now connect should be a major feature of Apple Music, but it’s underwhelming. It’s positioned as a social link between artists and their fans, letting bands and musicians share content and updates with fans, but many just use it to blandly promote music videos or singles with links. And when Coldplay posts a photo from the studio, for example, it still feels like part of a calculated PR cycle—not a genuine moment that they just couldn’t wait to share with fans. Given the lack of significant interaction on the user side of things, as well, Connect just isn’t a terribly exciting feature. Music videos are also included in Apple Music, although the selection is spotty—and more importantly, they’re not on Android yet. Apple Music is branded a “beta” for Android right now, and music videos are the biggest feature omission. Given that Google just bundled ad-free YouTube Red with Play Music’s subscription plan, Apple might not want to wait too long to bring its own video offerings to Android. And while this might be less important to Android users on the surface, one of Apple Music’s biggest strengths is that it exists within the Apple ecosystem. That means you have the ability to access the music in your iTunes computer library on your Android phone via iCloud Music Library. Anything not already found on Apple Music is uploaded to the cloud for you to use anywhere and anytime—so long as your subscription remains intact. For anyone with a big local iTunes library they want accessible on the go, that’s a big benefit thanks for reading. .

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The 10 Great Home-Based Business Ideas For You

For so many people, working 9 to 5 in an office is the right career choice. But for others, however, their dream is just waking up and working from the comfort of their own homes. If you're one of the latter and you're looking to take advantage of your entrepreneurial spirit, now you can try starting a home-based business. Using the 10 home-based business ideas you find here. 1.Interior designer: Now, if you understand design and have a passion for décor, a career in interior design could be a great path for you. While you may not technically need a formal education to be an interior designer, having a bachelor's degree in interior design will definitely give you a huge leg up in the field. But that is never the case. If working for a design firm doesn't feel right to you, try running your own interior design business from your home. 2.Massage therapist: Before you could become a massage therapist, you need a proper training and licensing, but if in your own case you're looking for a great career to pursue that you can also turn into a home-based business, massage therapy might be the right choice for you. And with a massage therapy business, you have options: which is... You can either invite clients into your home for appointments, or make house calls for massages. 3.Handmade seller:Have you ever owned a knack for knitting, jewelry making or creating other small crafts? Now in that case if you can produce a large quantity of items in a short amount of time, consider selling your goods to the public. In just minutes, you can set up an online store and start promoting your business online. 4.Web/graphic designer: In your life time have you ever been turned off by a business’s generic-looking website layout or logo? If in your own case you have a good eye for design, you can launch a service to create attractive, easy-to-use websites for small businesses. You can put your skills to good use for business owners who want to take their online presence to the next level. Build up a portfolio of work with smaller freelance jobs, then create your own website to show it off and bring in a steady stream of clients. 5.Music teacher: For those of you who are musically gifted, offering lessons to others who want to learn an instrument can be a great source of extra income. Unless if you're teaching piano, students can bring their own instruments to your home for hour-long lessons. So you just stock up on sheet music or songbooks in varying genres and aimed at various skill levels so you can offer a wide selection for your potential clients. Voice lessons can also bring in a lot of money if you market yourself to local high school and community theater groups. 6.Online course instructor: You don’t need any degree in education to teach people how to do something you know inside and out. According to Fox, online course enrollment is on the rise, so you can help others enrich their lives by offering classes in an area you’re passionate about, like yoga or baking. Create instructional packets and videos for download from a website, or schedule real-time Skype lessons with clients. 7.Pet care:Are you friendly with animals? So now spread the word to friends and neighbors that you're available to watch their pets while the owners go on a vacation or weekend trip. Pet owners often feel more comfortable leaving their furry friends in the care of an individual rather than placing pets in a boarding facility, so getting referrals shouldn't be too difficult. If you can't commit to lodging animals in your home, consider starting a dog walking or waste cleanup business. 8.Software trainer: Now, in this case if you're proficient in a highly specialized software, you can get paid to pass your knowledge on to amateurs and professionals looking to expand their skill sets. Technical manuals are available for programs like QuickBooks and Final Cut Pro, but these are often expensive and difficult for the average user to get through. Schedule small group workshops or private sessions, and charge by the hour for a full tutorial of the program. Patience and a great personality are a must. 9.Green consultant: some consumers want to buy from companies that are making efforts to turn their operations "green," or eco-friendly. In fact, research has revealed that consumers are willing to pay more for green products. Big companies often have whole staffs and outside consulting firms dedicated to that cause. Small business owners don't have those kinds of resources, but many would still like to find ways to be more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. A home-based green consulting business allows you to travel locally to meet with clients, review their environmental impact and make recommendations on how they can cut their energy use, waste and costs. There's no need for an office outside the house for this business. 10.E-commerce warehouse/shipping:Now, in order for you to do this business you'll need some extra space at home. But with a well-organized basement or garage space, you can do it. E-commerce is a huge business, and it's an especially appealing one for small business owners who can't afford to rent a retail space. The problem, of course, is that packing and shipping all those orders can be a real hassle. Now many e-commerce companies would like to outsource this function to a third party who can keep the inventory in stock and ship orders as they come in. There are not many of these companies who offer their services to small retailers. It's a business you can start at home and grow into a larger space once it's a success thanks.

Soon Facebook will scan your smartphone to find photos of your friends

Already people share a lot of photos online, but Facebook wants you to share even more photos stored on your smartphone. Before now in this week, BuzzFeed reported that Facebook is testing a new photo-sharing feature called “Photo Magic” that will scan your camera roll for photos of your friends. So... the photo Magic would then send you a notification of photos it finds of your Facebook friends and prompt you to send them via the Facebook Messenger app. According to BuzzFeed, 9.5 billion photos were sent within Messenger in the last month alone, so Photo Magic is Facebook’s way of making it easier for users to share photos with their friends via a private platform. Now, in order to do this, Facebook’s Messenger app will have permission to search the photos on your camera roll that haven’t been uploaded yet and use facial recognition technology to cross reference the photos with the profiles of your Facebook friends. And once Photo Magic finds a match, it will then send you a push notification prompting you to instantly send the photo to your tagged friends. Okay.. further more the photo Magic will let you send these photos directly from the notification screen and without having to open either the Facebook nor the Messenger app. According to him (BuzzFeed) Photo Magic will never send you a notification every time a photo of a friend is found, and Facebook is currently working on striking the right balance between being helpful and bombarding you with photo-sharing notifications. Although Facebook users also have the option to turn off Photo Magic notifications altogether.Now the photo Magic is currently being rolled out only to Android users in Australia, but it will come to iOS users soon. On Android, Photo Magic scans your camera roll every time a new photo is taken. On iOS, photo-scanning will happen less frequently. Important Notice Facebook has been making some test on facial recognition technology for some time.So it’s gotten so good, actually, that it can recognize users even when their faces are hidden from view.Currently, Facebook has already implemented some of this technology in its Moments app for private photo-sharing (according to The Verge, Photo Magic was developed by Facebook’s Messenger and Moments teams). Now it seems like Facebook is starting to experiment with using facial recognition more widely across its different apps. This story, was originally published by Macworld.

Monday, 9 November 2015

The 13 Best Jobs for Introverts

The business world is like is working to favor extraverts. Some how brainstorming in meetings, going on sales calls to clients' offices and attending networking events are all ways to get ahead in the workplace. But for introverts — those who draw energy from quiet, alone time rather than from groups of people — these activities can be incredibly draining. Undermining that the introverts can certainly succeed in careers that require too much of customer interaction and group efforts, they probably won't be very happy in those jobs. The good news is that there are plenty of work options that allows for the peace and solitude introverts crave. So if you will prefer independent work with minimal outside distractions, here you have 14 great jobs for yourself.1.Social media manager Just for the sake that the introverts prefer working solo doesn't mean they're anti-social. To even say the fact, many introverts thrive in virtual social situations, and are easily able to hold online conversations without the exhaustion they feel after being around other people for too long. In addition to interacting with customers and followers, social media managers help create, schedule and publish promotional materials for the audiences on a company's various social channels. 2. Political scientistIn this behind-the-scenes role, political scientists conduct a lot of independent research and analysis on government policies and political trends. So the work of these professionals is presented in the form of reports for politicians, who rely on political scientists to help make important decisions. The BLS states that median pay is $102,000 per year, but a master's degree or Ph.D. is needed. 3.Electrician As an electrician, you will have to spend your days installing, maintaining and repairing electrical systems in homes, offices and other buildings. Once you've discussed the client's needs for the project, your job becomes primarily independent. You'll typically need to attend a technical school or complete an apprenticeship to become an electrician, and most states require you to obtain a professional license. 4.Actuary You might excel as an actuary. Now the work of someone in this position is to analyze the costs of risk and uncertainty using statistics, other types of math and financial theory, typically for the insurance industry. Actuaries assess the risk that an event will occur, and based on that, develop policies for businesses and clients to minimize the cost of that risk. You will need to pass a series of exams to become a certified professional, but you'll be paid well for your efforts — the median salary for actuaries is upward of $90,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 5.Medical Records Technician Just like paralegals, medical records technicians do a lot of solitary organization work. They manage data in paper and electronic systems, code and categorize patient information, and maintain patients' medical histories for hospitals and physicians' offices. This career is in the growing health care industry, so the chances of securing a job are very high. 6.Paralegal The work of a paralegal or legal assistant typically is to work for a law firm or corporate legal department. Unlike lawyers, paralegals have little to no interaction with clients, but instead work to maintain and organize files, conduct legal research and draft documents. An associate's degree or certificate in paralegal studies is preferred, but you may be able to get hired without prior legal experience if you hold a bachelor's degree. 7.Graphic Designer Graphic design is a especial good career path for highly creative introverts. So you will, of course, need to communicate with your clients to deliver exactly what they're looking for, but the design work itself is done independently. This is especially true of you if you are a freelance designer: According to the BLS, about one-third of graphic designers are self-employed and work from home. 8.Accountant As an accountant that you are, most of your workday will be spent dealing with numbers rather than people, so it's a great job for introverts with strong math and organization skills. So accountants and auditors examine statements and records, assess financial operations, and prepare tax documents for clients. You'll be especially engrossed in your work during tax season, leaving little or no room for anyone to bother you. 9.Long-Haul Truck Driver Truck driving may be an introvert's dream job: driving for extended periods of time with nothing but the radio and a GPS for company. While this could be a difficult career for someone with a family, people who want to get out on the open road and see a lot of different places is likely to find satisfaction as a truck driver. All you need is a commercial driver's license and a high school diploma. 10.Computer Programmer Are you willing to spend your days behind a screen writing code? Computer programming could be your ideal job. You would be responsible for turning programs designed by software developers into readable instructions for computers. The BLS says that most programmers work in industries related to computer systems design, so you'll need a degree in computer science (or at least an expert knowledge of programming languages). 11.Market Research Analyst This data-focused job will require you to collect and analyze information on market conditions to determine sales potentials for products and services. So in this case you may have to prepare and present reports on your findings to company executives, but the majority of a market research analyst's job is done independently. A bachelor's degree and strong math and analytical skills are a must. 12.Translator If you're very good in a second language, you can work as a translator converting written documents from one language to another. Broadening international ties and an increase in the number of non-English speakers in the United States makes this a fast-growing field, with a projected growth rate of 42 percent by 2020, according to the BLS. Most translators are self-employed and work on projects for various clients 13.Lab Technician Working as a lab technician will give you a help to diagnose patients without actually having to interact with them. A health care facility or laboratory will employ you to run tests on samples of fluids, tissues and other substances collected from patients. It's no place for squeamish individuals, but if you can stand dealing with blood, you'll get the solitude you're looking for in a quiet lab setting.