Thursday, 31 December 2015

Six Android Apps You Must Have In Your New Android Phone

Now if you just purchase a new phone and you're to install some apps. I know very well that nobody needs to tell you to grab Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Yes.. everybody knows about the most popular apps in the world. But the big question is, what else should you install? There are well over 1 million apps on Android, but few of them will really change the way you interact with your phone. That's not the case with these six apps, though. These apps fill in some fundamental feature gaps in Android and make for a much more enjoyable experience. Some are free while some are very cheap, so you really don't have any excuse not to give them a shot. 1.Authy:(Free) Almost everybody knows that this age is an age of security woes and data breaches,so you need to take action to protect your online accounts. This is especially true of the Google account that’s connected to your phone. Two-factor authentication (2FA) is the best tool at your disposal, but it’s such a pain to use, right? Well, not if you use Authy. This app can act as an authenticator for any service that supports open 2FA systems. Set up Authy with your mobile number, and the app generates codes that you need to log into services like Google, Dropbox, and many others (once 2FA is activated). What makes Authy special is that it syncs your encrypted authentication tokens across all your devices including phones, tablets, and computers. Set it up once, and you’ll always have your 2FA codes close at hand. 2.Cabinet Beta(Free) Finally, we are currently moving beyond the era of 16GB of storage in phones, but you need a good file manager to dig into all the stuff you’re saving on your more spacious device. There are plenty of options, but Cabinet Beta is amazing and completely free. It has a beautiful material UI and a ton of features including root access, home screen shortcuts, support for ZIP files, plugins, and more. It says “beta” in the name, but Cabinet is rock-solid already. 3.Pushbullet:(Free) The major functionality of Pushbullet has become so essential to how most people use their phones, and we are so surprised Google hasn’t tried to acquire or copy this app. Pushbullet allows you to send (i.e. push) links, text, and files between your devices, your computer, and your friends’ devices. It also has desktop notification mirroring, SMS replies from the desktop, universal copy-and-paste across all your devices, and you can even subscribe to Pushbullet Channels around the web to get instant notifications of important updates. The basic functionality is free, but a $5 monthly or $40 yearly Pro upgrade is required for a few features like unlimited SMS replies and universal copy-and-paste. 4.Snapseed:(Free) Some phones come with rudimentary image editing capabilities, but Google’s free Snapseed app is probably your best option for doing more with your photos. This app has a clean, touchscreen-friendly interface that makes it easy to tweak the saturation, brightness, and other basic photo qualities. There’s also cropping, rotation, and a ton of filters. If your phone can capture RAW photos, Snapseed recently added support for those for even more powerful editing. Best of all, this is non-destructive editing, so the original is always kept safe in case you change your mind. 5.Focus:(free, $2.99 in-app upgrade) When we are talking about viewing and managing your photos, nothing can match the speed and killer design of Focus. This particular app displays your images in their folder locations like most gallery apps, but it also has a great tagging system to make it even easier to find important pics. Focus is completely free with a $2.99 in-app upgrade that adds a dark theme, custom tags, and a cool secure photo vault. Images you want to keep private can be locked away from prying eyes in the vault. It supports the latest Android 6.0 fingerprint APIs, so you can unlock that content with your finger also. 6.Unclouded:(Free, $2.49 in-app upgrade) There are so many of cloud storage services online these days, and you might be storing files with more than one of them between work and personal accounts. Rather than hopping between mediocre official apps, you can just use Unclouded. To many people, it’s one of their most-used apps because it provides quick access to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Mega, and more. So you can upload/download files, see what’s using up your storage space, and find duplicate files save space. Unclouded is free to use, but a $2.49 pro upgrade adds unlimited accounts, more security options, and a dark theme.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

The Three High-Paying Tech Jobs for 2016

Here are the list of the three tech jobs that you should expect to have the largest increases in starting pay in the coming year(2016): So without wasting much time here we go... 1.Wireless Network Engineers: People involved here should expect a 9.7 percent increase in starting pay, ranging from $108,750-$150,750,. The general push toward wireless offices and the growth of mobile application development, which requires testing mobile apps in a wireless environment, are just a few reasons for the increased starting pay. 2.Data Scientists and Big Data Engineers: People involved here, should expect to see an increase of 8.9 percent in starting pay over 2015, ranging from $109,000-$153,750 and $129,500-$183,500, respectively. The reason for this, is that more companies are using big data analytics to help inform business decisions and are relying on specialized personnel for managing and interpreting raw data. 3.Mobile Application Developers: People involved here should expect to see an increase of 8.2% in starting pay, from $115,250-$175,750. The reason for this, is that mobile app developers are in high demand due to growth in the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Samsung Pay's Is Going To Expand To Cheaper Phones And Online Payments In 2016

The mobile payment systems are the new fingerprint sensors, and currently everybody have got to have one, it seems. But while Android Pay and Apple Pay enjoy fairly widespread phone support—at least where mobile payments are accepted—Samsung’s own creatively named Samsung Pay has been limited to the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 variants alone. (But it will not be long) Not only will Samsung Pay likely start landing on more modest Samsung phones next year, global co-general manager of Samsung Pay Thomas Ko told Reuters, but the service is going to also expand to making online payments. Samsung’s clearly banking on ubiquity to help propel Samsung Pay forward: Ko said that the mobile wallet is accepted at far more locations than its rivals, now, due to its ability to work with older payment terminals and not just new NFC-equipped models. Online payments, meanwhile, is going to transform the service into a PayPal rival. The better ways you can use a mobile wallet, the better—and teaching Samsung phone owners to store their payment info in Samsung Pay for swift online payments could coax them into pulling out their phones at the cash register more often, also. Now at this point, time will tell whether Samsung’s in-house solution can gain traction in the face of the Android Pay/Apple Pay combo, but wider phone support and expanded payment options are nothing but a good thing for Samsung Pay users. This story, was originally published by PCWorld.

Monday, 28 December 2015

The Seven Marketing Mistakes You Need to Stop Making on Tumblr

Tumblr is a large social media platform having more than 400 million users, it's a unique place to market your business. But some how Tumblr is trickier to work with than other social networks like Twitter and Facebook. The platform is primarily populated by millennials and has a strong sense of community that focuses on social justice, humor and art. So having this factor in place, businesses looking to create a Tumblr account for their brand need to make sure that they are a good fit for the platform in the first place, so you will have to avoid crucial mistakes that can turn off followers and lead to wasted time and effort. So in regard to that, here are the seven major things you can learn from some social media experts and business owners for their Tumblr tips. For social success,and to make sure you avoid these seven major mistakes. 1. Never forget about the community: "One of the biggest mistakes companies make on Tumblr is that they don't understand the voice of the community. Tumblr is a highly visual and inspirational platform with a hefty dose of humor and snark. I do see a lot of businesses posting content that's too brand specific and overly promotional, resulting in minimal engagement. So i will like to recommend that business owners and brand managers take a month to observe what's working and what's not, identify trends, and learn the type of content that performs well." – Dana Kaye, owner, Kaye Publicity said. 2. Never you auto-post content from other platforms: "One biggest mistakes I see businesses make on Tumblr is just being on the platform simply because they want to be on it. This quantity over quality mentality is a mistake that brands can make across social media platforms, and I see it notably on Tumblr. When you auto-post a new blog posts to a company Tumblr page or you simply repost something that was originally shared on another platform that is just fluff content, offering users with no real benefit. Tumblr is a fairly open playground for brands, but if you're not providing users with value, I suggest holding off on the platform." –Kate Endres, associate director of engagement marketing, Blue Fountain Media said. 3. Never avoid reblogging: "The number one crime committed on Tumblr, as I tell all my clients, is using the platform in a selfish way by just posting stuff. Never forget, Tumblr's key point of difference is reblogging. It's clear, you can get away with a strict output strategy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but not Tumblr. Any brand that just posts things will be, at best, ignored by the community." – Hubert Southall, executive creative director, TBWA Group Vietnam said. 4. Never post the news: "Tumblr isn't always a go-to news source for readers, a lot of them are engaged by interesting, funny and colorful content as opposed to bland news stories. Businesses can succeed by getting their information out using insightful and well-designed infographics and then linking to their desired news story to bring organic traffic to their website. Also, this is a great way to see the direct ROI of Tumblr for their business to see if Tumblr is even right for them." – Cristina Trecate, account coordinator, 5W Public Relations said 5. Never use trending topics the wrong way. "One of the notable biggest mistakes a brand can make on Tumblr is joining a conversation they don’t understand. Most time this usually happens when a social media manager uses a hashtag in a funny way without fully researching the conversation taking place around that tag. In addition to this, Tumblr is a platform known for a high level of social activism in its users. Tumblr users are young, passionate people who care about complex social issues and use hashtags like a conference call to pull in various perspectives. The last thing you want is for your brand to be seen as mocking that." – Tyler Mahan Coe, founder, Thee Medea Complex said. 6. Never share anything offensive: "Try to recall that Tumblr is forever. Yes, you can delete your posts after the fact, but you absolutely cannot delete any reblogs from your followers or other users. So you must steer clear of offensive humor. Carefully analyze the different ways a message could be interpreted, because even the most well-intentioned updates can backfire." – Joseph Sanchez, social media manager, Wilde Agency said. 7. Never you overuse hashtags: "Never you overlook hashtags, but don't spam them, either. So you need to try using four to five hashtags per post max — rather than 15-20 — because spamming your audience with too many tags will turn them off forever when they realize that all you're doing is seeking attention. Remember, people are following your brand to get access to valuable, relevant, interesting, funny, informative content. So make sure you don't give them any reason to doubt that relationship." – Tim Lavelle, director of SEO and social media, U.S. Interactive Media said

The First Thing You Can Do With Your Android Phone You Never Know

For someone who is not all that professional in the mobile(Android Phone) world, a new Android phone can turn him/her into a kid again. Whether he/she got one as a gift or bought it from one of the many holiday sales, we can get you started off on the right foot here. The reason for this is because, getting back on the Android saddle isn’t always a smooth ride. While there are many aspects of the operating system you can bend to your liking, it can feel a little overwhelming if you’re new to Google’s OS or are returning from a long time absence. The quick setup, with options: One of the most seriously-improved aspects to Android is the setup process. The startup screen walks you through the steps to sign in into your Google account and offers to replicate the applications you had on your previous device.All you need is to just follow the prompts and you’ll be using your phone in no time. There are essentially two major options for recovering your old apps. If your previous device is sitting right next to you and you want to copy over the same setup,this is how you can do it, use Google’s Tap and Go. Make sure NFC is enabled, and touch the devices back to back when prompted.Now, you need to be patient with this next step, in a case whereby your old apps and settings are downloading, as it can take a while. But the advantage is that it is going to bring all your apps all over again, including some data, and your home screen setup. Alternatively, your Google account saves some of the app installation details from your previous phone. So you can select “Restore from a previous device” and choose one of your older phones. Pro tip: when asked to select which apps you want, don’t just blindly install them all. That’s because everything, including bloatware, will be selected by default. There are a lot of apps from AT&T, Verizon, and others installed against your will, that you’ll be glad to do away with. Now, if you’re setting up a new Motorola device (like the Moto X Pure Edition or Droid Turbo 2) you have to be sure you take advantage of Motorola Migrate, particularly if you want to move over SMS/MMS messages. It’s the best and most consistent tool ever for doing this. Unfortunately, Motorola is killing it off with Android Marshmallow, so use it while it lasts. In conclusion, there’s always the fresh install. Just bypass the option to setup from a previous device and go with a fresh start. Personally I believe you will like this option best as it prevents any bugs or other weirdness. It does take more work, however, as you’ll need to download your favorite apps again. But that’s the reason we’re here. You need more Google apps: Yes... for sure an Android phone comes with plenty of Google apps. But a couple of the best ones aren’t bundled with your phone by default, and others need a little more attention. First thing on board is "Inbox by Gmail". It’s an excellent method for triaging the deluge of email you receive and allows you to snooze messages for later. It keeps getting smarter, with reminders that integrate with your calendar and automatic replies. It’s clearly the future of Gmail, so it’s a ship you could use to jump aboard. Another essential thing is "Google Keep". It has the look of a very minimalist Post-it note app, but it benefits from cross-platform sync with the web and an iOS app. Keep isn’t quite ready to knock off OneNote or Evernote when it comes to heavy productivity, but it’s something that could happen one day, as you’ll find Google is typically better than everyone else at tying the data from its services together. Last but not the least, be sure you launch the Google app and enable Google Now. If you’re returning from Android after a long absence, you’ll find Google Now is a helpful aide that gives you contextual information about your day, sports teams,news and more. And more, if you’re just switching devices, your Now stream should be up and running with the same details as when you last saw it. For new Nexus devices with Android Marshmallow, touch and hold the home button and you’ll be introduced to the world of Google Now on Tap. Be ready to message: The default messaging app varies depending on your phone. If it’s a Nexus device, it will be Google’s Messenger. That’s a great app, and probably better than the ugly texting app that came with your Samsung or LG phone. But as the case is, you should spend a couple of minutes in the Play Store looking at other SMS options. Another alternative is, if you use Hangouts a lot, you can set up the app to handle both SMS/MMS and Hangouts chats. So just go to Settings > SMS and press SMS disabled. When that is done, all your conversations will be tucked away neatly in the same app. Try it out and see if it’s a setup you will like to be in place Take hold of a custom launcher: One of the many advantages of Android is the degree to which you can customize your phone. An excellent way to place your mark on your device is through a custom launcher. If you have a Nexus device, there’s nothing wrong with the stock Google Now Launcher. But if you want to change things up more, then check out Nova Launcher Prime and Action Launcher 3. With Nova Launcher, you are able to change up just about everything: the screen scroll effects, how icons look, and how many apps you can cram on each page. It’s well worth the $4, and it will feel downright liberating if you’re coming from the iPhone. Action Launcher 3 is another top dog here, putting it's ability to add in custom gestures and get as crazy as you want by turning the Google search bar teal into consideration. The app also embraces Material Design, so it could be a good alternative if you like Google’s aesthetic but want more customization choices. Activate Do Not Disturb mode: Just the same with any operating system, some of the new features are hiding in plain site. One of them is the Do Not Disturb mode. It works a bit differently in Marshmallow than Lollipop, but either way you can get to it by opening Settings and going to the Sound and Notificaiton menu. This allows you to put your phone into a “leave me alone” state where push alerts won’t pester you. Some more to-do items: One more key item is online photo backup. You’ll likely use your new phone to take thousands of pictures, and you don’t want to lose them just because you drop your phone down the stairs. Okay, the best is Google Photos. If you have a non-Nexus phone the app may not be set as default, as many handset makers include their own image gallery You can use Photos and turn on auto backup, which is unlimited if you’re willing to live with a little compression. Otherwise photos count against your Google storage, which starts at 15GB for all your Gmail and Google Drive content. The last tip you can worry about is that if you’re to move from an iPhone, you need to disable iMessage. Otherwise when someone text messages you from an iPhone, it will still try to go to your old iOS device. Apple has provided a site to turn this off, so messages sent to you will default to SMS or MMS and come to your Android phone. Important note: Android is a powerful device, but it can also be more complicated. Now, for your own good you’ll have to pay attention to software updates. That’s because unless you have a Nexus device (where the updates come directly from Google), your manufacturer controls when you get the latest version of Android. And if it’s a carrier-branded device, the update has to go through another layer of testing with your carrier. Thanks for reading.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

It Pays More To Know Your Employees Well

It's a very real fact that you don't know your employees as well as you think you do, especially when it comes to the perks they crave, new research discovers. Employers and employees have different views on which benefits are most valuable, according to a study from Robert Half. Specifically, 39 percent of executives said health and wellness benefits are the perks their workers want most. But in any case, just 16 percent of employees said they value those benefits above all others. Instead, employees crave perks that contribute to a better work-life balance. The workers surveyed, all of them placed a greater priority on getting additional vacation days, so in this case, being able to telecommute and having the option to work nontraditional hours. Executives underestimated the value employees place on each of those perks.The only perk employees and executives saw eye-to-eye on were on-site perks, such as free parking or lunch. Both of these groups rated those as the benefits employees are least likely to want most. "It's very important for businesses to ask employees what perks they value most and clearly promote the firm's offerings," Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half, said in one statement. "Many companies undersell these benefits." But the good news for employees is that many organizations are more willing to negotiate on the benefits that employees desire. The study found that 40 percent of executives are more agreeable to negotiating nonmonetary perks than they were a year ago. And just 6 percent are less open to it this year, the survey showed. This openness to offer more benefits could help businesses to attract top employees, McDonald said. "Nonmonetary perks can serve as a differentiator when trying to attract top talent in today's competitive hiring environment, especially for smaller companies," he said also. The study was directly based on surveys of more than 2,200 chief financial officers from companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas, as well as more than 1,000 U.S. workers employed in office environments.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Great Android Apps For Charity

For every worthwhile cause, there exist a flooded market of shady actors who want to take advantage of your compassion by lining their pockets. So at this point,you need to Put this sad commentary on human nature aside and take heart: in our own personal giving and research for this story we have discovered several good, reputable Android apps that connect you to a ton of excellent causes. These apps make it easy and convenient to find new efforts to support and share with others. Make a global impact with Share the Meal: Currently the United Nations is at the forefront of working to help the most impoverished communities around the world. So this app, (Share the Meal app) helps you contribute modest donations toward the United Nations World Food Programme. For you to do this using the app, just tap how much you want to donate, and then make the contribution instantly via PayPal or a credit card. This would be a great place to integrate Android Pay, as you could send the funds just as quickly as making an impulse buy in the app store. There’s also a social element, as you can share your good deeds on Facebook. The goal isn’t to brag, but to get others to help out in something that’s relatively simple but can impact a ton of kids who need the assistance. Use Donate a Photo for Charity to advertise a cause: If it occurs that you’re the social type, then this unique app called Donate a Photo for Charity from Johnson & Johnson may be the one for you. The idea is that you take a picture and share it to Johnson & Johnson’s collection and across social networks to drum up support for a cause (the temperamental kitty always works). Every time you do that, the company is going to give $1 to the effort you chose. Some of the charities include Save the Children, Born Free Africa, and United Service Organizations. Charity Miles: Maybe you are the type that runs or works out regularly, then all that energy can go towards a good cause (not that your health isn’t worthwhile). When you sign up with Charity Miles, you earn 10 cents per mile for biking or 25 cents per mile for walking or running for a favorite cause. The money comes from the app’s corporate sponsors, which means you’ll see some advertisements when using it. But whatever the case, there’s a good collection of charities involved, so it should be easy to find some type of cause that you can back. You can also connect your profile to Facebook and encourage others to join in with the giving. Google One a Day: Google’s very good at creating simple, powerful solutions for its tech products. That power went to even better use with its Google One a Day app. By using it, you’ll get pinged daily with a new cause to support. With just a couple of taps you can send that particular charity $1 and carry on with what you were doing. The money comes right from whichever credit card you have tied to your Google account, so there’s no setup process. Is just give and go. If you wish you can browse through the various causes and give more beyond the standard dollar.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

The Top Six Career Resolutions For 2016 And How You Can Keep Them

New Year's resolutions are easily made — and most of the times, is easily broken just as it's made. But in any case, when you stick to those goals, you have the potential to make positive, important changes in your life. This is especially true when you set career-related goals. Based on a recent poll by staffing firm Accountemps, upto 68 percent of professionals make New Year's resolutions about their careers. And in regard to this here are the top six things they hope to accomplish in 2016, and the best way to achieve them. 1.Get a raise: About 30 percent of survey respondents said they want to earn more money in the year ahead. If it occurs that in your case your company doesn't issue annual raises in conjunction with performance reviews — or if you've been stuck at the same salary level for a while — the onus may be on you to ask your boss for a pay increase. But most times it's not as simple as marching into his and her office and demanding a raise: So in respect to this, you need to be able to demonstrate your value to the company and explain why you're worth the extra investment. Before you request more money, however, you need to be sure you've taken stock of your accomplishments and have solid data such as market value and budgetary considerations to back you up. 2.Grow your skills: Developing skills resolution comes first in the list for 27 percent of respondents, tying for first place with getting a raise. Taking the time to sharpen existing job skills and learn new ones can make you feel fulfilled professionally, as well as boost your value to your company — and therefore, put you in line for raises and promotions. Enrolling in a course or certification program or attending industry workshops and conferences can help you develop practical skills, but never forget that soft skills like communication and leadership are in demand, also. 3.Get promoted: Around 15 percent of professionals have resolved to move up the ladder at their company this coming year. Much like asking for a raise, securing a promotion is not always simple, and so many times the timing isn't just right for your company to create a new position or promote you to a new one. However, there are some things you can do to help your case, such as acting like a leader and being more sociable when at work. 4.Cause a career change: To completely switch your career track can be difficult, but still 11 percent of survey respondents are determined to do it. One of the most difficult factors is starting over at the bottom with no formal experience in your new field. However, regardless of what point you're at in your current career, any prior work experience should have armed you with numerous transferrable skills that are useful in any industry. So you need to think about what general skills you have and really highlight them when applying to new jobs. 5.Get a new job in your field: Now... if you're ready to leave your current job and move to a new company, be in the best place to know that you're not alone. Ten percent of professionals cite this as their goal for next year. Whether you're feeling like you've hit a dead end or simply need a change of scenery, research available opportunities in your field and ask your professional contacts if they know anything about the companies you're thinking of approaching. And most importantly, don't badmouth your current employer during interviews or burn any bridges in the process. Why? because you never know when you might need to reach back for help, so be smart. 6.Build your professional network: Networking can open a lot of career-related doors for you, but you have to actively work at it. That's the reason 10 percent of respondents made a resolution to build their professional network. Okay,when you reach out and make connections with people in your field, you can find mentorship, career advice and even introductions for new job opportunities. But mind you, don't let your professional relationships be one-sided — listen to your contacts and try to provide value for them also.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Google Is Working On Messaging App Infused With Artificial Intelligence

Currently, Google is working on a new messaging app that will employ artificial intelligence to bring some of the company's data smarts to a chat bot service in the software, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The new chat service is going to enable users to talk with friends or ask questions of the chat bot, which would attempt to find answers from Google's vast map of the Internet, the newspaper said. The launch date is not known. But already users can do that to a certain extent with the voice search function built into Google's search box on mobile and the web. By saying "OK Google," users can ask questions in a number of areas and the service will report back an answer. Let's take for example, "OK Google, what's on my TV" will listen for and match TV audio with a show currently on air. "OK Google, what's this song" will identify a song playing. "OK Google, what's the weather for tomorrow" will bring up a forecast and "OK Google, what's Apple trading at" will deliver a share price. But that's never the case the service is limited to certain queries and subjects. It appears that Google is looking to expand that with additional chatbots. As at November, it offered to buy 200 Labs, a startup that develops chat bots for various subjects, but the offer was rejected, the newspaper reported. Instant messaging is an intensely competitive market. Facebook-owned WhatsApp is generally considered the leader followed by Facebook Messenger. Several regionally popular chat apps are also strong players which includes China's QQ and WeChat, Japan's Line, South Korea's KakaoTalk and also Skype, Viber, and Blackberry Messenger.

Five Tips To Slow Down Aging And Look Young All The Time

The process of aging is something that occurs naturally and it isn’t something you can stop from happening. So as a regard to this, as you age, your skin starts to lose its moistness and become more prone to damage. But that's never a case to worry much about, there are many natural ways available to slow down the aging process and look young. And so here, you have five of them: 1.Drink Plenty of Water The human body is made up of 60% water and day-to-day routines deplete this valuable resource which needs to be replenished. You need to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water every day – more is obviously better. Having adequate water content in the body will keep your internal organs hydrated as well as in good working condition. Additionally, it can help your digestive system run smoothly and stop bowel irregularity. Finally it’ll help your actual skin look flexible, vibrant and supple by keeping it hydrated and flushing out wastes from the body. 2.Reduce Stress Every body (human) has stress in their life, and so by you learning to manage it, then you’ll find your life is a way better. Researches reveal that mental stress speeds up the aging process. When you’re stressed out, you lose the body’s natural balance which in turn causes damage to bodily hormone secretion, cell-repair, and collagen generation. There are many ways for you to reduce the mental stress. You can divert your attention to various things like doing exercises, in order to relieve stress. Yoga, deep breathing and meditation can cut down stress, boost oxygen and blood flow and improve energy level. Get a Fruit Facial Now what we are trying to say here is, you get your own facial mask with the fruit of your liking. You can smear some papaya mix on your face. The fruit enzyme, called papain, exfoliates dried-out skin and reduces melanin deposition. Or rub a sliced strawberry that’s infused with plenty of beta carotene and vitamin-A to aid in regeneration of collagen. Natural aloe-vera is yet another best homemade anti-aging skin care solution which you can use to get rid of facial lines, wrinkles and slow down aging naturally. This all-natural anti-aging skin care ingredient is of course soothing and healing, and is effective when combined with other remedies as well. Do regularly exercise. Exercise is apparently a collective step in any skincare regimen. Physical exercise will help to maintain muscle-tone and flexibility as you get older and also improve overall health and fitness, also... it serves as a protection against heart problems, and help you stay look and feel younger. Exercise will enhance the blood flow throughout the body which can even help keep your brain fit. A convenient way of getting the required workout is to take up walking. Going for walks is an excellent cardio-vascular activity and is proved to be life-extending. Practice Healthy Diet Make sure you stick to a well-balanced diet plan with the majority of your foods being vegetables and fruit. Stay away from red meat or beef and stick to seafood if possible. Also, you should say goodbye to the white bread and choose whole grain products. The fruits and vegetables provide your body with vital anti-oxidants that fight free-radicals which are a contributing factor to age-related illness and diseases. Eating healthily will help you look and feel better and provide you with tons of energy in order to do all those stuffs you loved doing.

Replacing the Guard: How You can Develop a Solid Succession Plan

In order to remain successful for multiple generations, it's critical that family businesses have a solid succession plan in place. For a perfect leadership transition that allows for continued growth and innovation to take place, family businesses will have to begin laying the groundwork for the succession process long before it is needed, according to a new study from EY (an assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services provider) and Kennesaw State University. So... in order to determine the best succession strategies, researchers studied some of the world's longest-lasting family businesses. And so they surveyed 525 family businesses, including 25 of the largest family businesses in each of the 21 top global markets, about their approaches to succession planning. "Considering this, we strongly believe organizations can learn a tremendous amount by understanding the way family businesses approach succession," Carrie Hall, EY Americas family business leader, said in one statement. Depending on their research, the study's authors outlined the several key practices that family businesses with successful succession efforts have in common, and these are: 1.Put someone in charge. The research made it known that 88 percent of long-running family businesses have designated someone specific as the person responsible for the company's succession plans. The study's authors said having someone in charge implies these companies have a well-thought-out plan for handling leadership transition well before it actually takes place. 2.Apply focus on the next generation. Some how it's imperative that those currently in charge of family businesses spend time preparing the next generation of leaders. The study finds that family businesses with the most succession experience tend to place a greater emphasis on educating and preparing the next generation. In addition, the research revealed that the more family members who understood how the business was run, the smoother their leadership transition moves. 3. Build an entrepreneurial culture. Upcoming leaders need to be engrained in a company culture that promotes the ability to change, grow and adapt to its environment. These traits are critical to successful successions, according to the research. The study discovered that most of the companies surveyed understood how important it is to have a culture that promotes informed risk taking, agile decision making and rapid market response. The study's authors said that excelling in these areas can give family businesses an edge over their publicly held competitors. 4.Bring in outside talent. Any successful family businesses don't always rely on family members to be future leaders. The researchers said the importance of great outside employees is always overlooked. Bringing in high-quality performers and developing them into leaders gives family business more options moving forward, according to the study. So with this, the researchers believe family businesses have a number of traits that give them an advantage when recruiting top talent, including flexibility, adaptability, speed of change, a human approach, an emphasis on long-term relationships, and a desire to take a very-long-term view of people and investments. "There is a way by which long-lived family businesses approach succession planning can serve as a model for other family businesses as well as companies that wishes to maintain an entrepreneurial spirit, innovate and grow consistently through leadership changes," Joe Astrachan said, a professor of management and entrepreneurship at Kennesaw State University. In addition to their succession strategies, the longest-running family businesses also have a number of other strategies in common, including the following: (1)70 percent are considering a woman for their next CEO. (2)90 percent have a board of directors. (3)90 percent have regular family or shareholder meetings to discuss business issues. (4)76 percent refer to themselves as a family business in their branding. (5) 81 percent engage in philanthropic activities. Apart from long-running family businesses in the United States, researchers also surveyed businesses in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Gulf Cooperation Council countries (like Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates), India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom as part of the study thanks.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Four Best New Phones Coming In 2016

So many smartphones are worth waiting for, and some of them are still coming in 2016. These are the best new phones coming in 2016, including the best new Android phones, best new iPhones, best new Windows phones, best new Samsung phones, best new Sony phones, best new HTC phones, best new LG phones and more So in regard to that, we will give you just four of them now...... so you check back for the updates here we go! 1.Apple iPhone 7: The iPhone 7 is going to be Apple's brand-new flagship phone for 2016, and following tradition should be announced in September. Already we have gotten some rumours that the new iPhone will feature big design changes, with an all-new D-jack headphone jack, waterproofing protection and an eSIM. Loads of rumours are circulating about the screen too - will it get bigger? Will it feature a curved edge? Will it have a Touch ID display, or edge-to-edge glass? But the things we know for sure, are that the new iPhone will be faster than ever, with an A10 processor and embedded M10 motion co-processor, plus 2GB of RAM. 1.Google Nexus 6 2016 It's too early for new Nexus 6 rumours, but we've already heard a tip-off that the smartphone will once again be made by Huawei, and that it will feature a Snapdragon 820 chip, which is more powerful and energy efficient, and builds in support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. Some other stuff we are aware of includes the fact it will be the launch vehicle for the new Android OS, Android N, and it will most likely arrive in October. This will be a large-screen phablet (the clue is in the '6') and with support for USB-C now built into Android it will use that format for data transfer and charging. 3.Apple iPhone 7 Plus The Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 Plus is going to be the best iPhone to date, with an array of spec improvements that include a bump up to the A10 chip and M10 motion co-processor with 2GB of RAM. It's been suggested that the iPhone 7 Plus' screen size will increase to 5.7in, but without increasing the overall size of the iPhone 7 Plus - this could be achieved with an edge-to-edge screen or sidewall display. So we just hope it'll improve the resolution as well. In common with the smaller iPhone we could see a new D-jack headphone connector, and waterproofing protection as a quality. 4.HTC One M10 As we have become aware that the phone unveiled by HTC in October was an HTC One A9, we're still expecting to see the HTC One M10 in March 2016. HTC One launches are traditionally held just prior to March's Mobile World Congress show, and HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has said that there is going to be a significant improvements in innovations and design for the next flagship model next year. Now, the key area in which HTC lags behind is its rivals screen, with the M9 featuring a full- rather than Quad HD display. So We are expecting to see some key improvements here, as well as some general performance enhancements.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Google builds a Translate app with Word Lens integration, better conversation mode

Google announced a major update to Google Translate for Android and iOS on Wednesday. The new features include Word Lens integration for automatic translation of written text on street signs or menus and other printed items. Important note: Whenever it occurs that one company horns in on an area that a rival company is famous for, competition quickly escalates. The Google’s Translate improvements appear to be a response to Skype Translator beta, the automatic real-time translation tool being built into Skype. But that's never the case, the Google’s translation tool currently functions as a stand-alone app, and while some translation features are built into the Chrome browser, Translate is currently separate from Google’s suite of apps. It will be an interesting thing to see that Translate’s new stand-alone features are a preview to a Skype Translator-like feature for Hangouts. Word Lens integration: Google gets in place Quest Visual, makers of Word Lens, in May, and is only now integrating those features into Translate. Just as with Word Lens, to use the new feature in Translate just tap the camera button in Google Translate, point your phone at the text in a foreign language, and a translation appears on your screen in a matter of seconds. There’s no need to snap a photo and drag your finger across text to highlight it, as you had to do with previous versions of Translate. Comes up with a conversation mode: Since as at 2010 Google has been playing around with a conversation mode for Translate. The company said it officially added real-time conversation mode to Android in 2013. Conversation Mode is handy if you need to speak to a non-English speaker, but using the feature is painfully slow—not to mention it’s somewhat hidden. And so now, we haven’t yet had a chance to try the new Translate app, but Google said the new version radically speeds up conversations. This is how the old version worked on Android: Let’s assume you want to have a conversation with a French speaker. First, you will need to set Translate up to convert English to French. Then you had to either speak or write a word in English to be translated. Then when you saw the translated word, you had to press the vertical menu button that appeared in the blue translation section. What Translate cannot do is to automatically detect the language being spoken as it can with written text. Instead, you first have to set up the app in conversation mode between the two languages. Only then will Translate be able to detect the language being spoken. As we have said earlier we haven’t had a chance to test Translate yet so we can’t say actually whether this new feature speeds up conversations. Nevertheless, the new features should be a step forward for Google’s translation tool in functionality if not natural flow. This story was originally published by PCWorld.

Eliminate travel frustrations with these three free Android apps

Good, as it is to make a grand voyage to cap off the year, holiday trips rarely go exactly according to plan. Some times you might forget an essential item, be forced to sprint through terminals following mile-long security lines, or encounter traffic woes in an unfamiliar city. It happens to everyone, no matter how prepared you think you are. But since we can’t avoid every little frustration, preparation still goes a long way when it comes to travel—and your Android device is a great ally for ensuring your trip goes as smoothly as possible. From storing your detailed itinerary to helping you suddenly book a new hotel or get around without cell service, these apps will enable you to be ready for (almost) any travel challenge ahead. And here we go!!!!! 1.TripIt It's never a matter how you’re traveling this season or how complex your agenda gets, TripIt is the ideal way to manage the madness. This organizer app neatly keeps track of all sorts of travel obligations, including flights, hotel info, car rentals, and social events. It’s downright effortless, too: so you can simply forward travel confirmation emails to a specified address and TripIt will automatically add them to your plan. The app also pulls in weather info and directions, as needed, and lets you access everything offline—perfect for traveling abroad without an international data plan. And for the frequent travelers, the $49/year Pro subscription offers perks like alternate flight finding and flight refund alerts—potentially paying for itself rather quickly. 2.Waze Some how you might know all of the back roads, traffic chokepoints, and speed camera locations in your own neighborhood, but when in an unfamiliar city, a social assist can help you avoid pitfalls while driving. That’s where Waze comes in. Very sure, Google Maps is a sharp resource, but Waze uses data provided by its many millions of users to provide real-time route adjustments based on hazards like traffic and construction. If there’s an accident on the road or a cop car that you won’t see until it’s too late, virtuous Waze users will add it to the ever-updated map. Waze is an Android essential for both everyday use and more elaborate jaunts, so grab it to drive smarter and spend less time behind the wheel this time. 3.Transit Public transportation most time can be an amazing resource, but if you’re not a local native and you need to get to a destination in a hurry, plotting a route and discovering transfer stops can be a real hassle. But luckily, Transit can help out. All you have to do is to simply input your destination and Transit will serve up the myriad routes there, whether it’s via train or bus, or some combination of the two with walking. Transit also integrates Uber, estimating pickup time, cost, and duration compared to public transport, plus bike-sharing services are shown with current availability details. Currently it works in 87 cities across America and Europe, so if you’re not bringing or renting a car on your next trip, be sure you have Transit with you.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Evernote's Skitch is going to bid Android, iOS and Windows farewell soon

If in your own case it occurs that Skitch is one of your favorite sketching and annotation apps, we hope you're using a Mac, because it's saying goodbye to Android, iOS and Windows on January 22nd. Evernote is not switching the app off exactly, so you can still use it after that date. But as the case is, since it will no longer be updated, and it won't be available for download on those platforms anymore, they're bound to stop working in the future. According to what the company said, they've decided to kill those versions, because you can find "nearly identical annotation functionality" on the main Evernote app. The reason why Skitch for Mac will live on is not clear, but we're sure avid users aren't complaining. And besides Skitch, Evernote's also killing off its Clearly browser extension that delivers distraction-free articles for reading, as well as its core app for Pebble smartwatches, on the same day. Similar to its reasoning for Skitch's demise, the company said that the Web Clipper already has Clearly's article simplification capabilities and Pebble's Powernoter app (which it is not affiliated with) has Evernote-like features. From the sound of it, Evernote wants to simplify, drop products which it thinks have become unnecessary and ultimately focus on its core app moving ahead.

Are You Interested In Predictive or Prescriptive Analytics? Your Business Needs Both

Big Data has much to do in the business world. It's true that data analytics can give you deep, useful insights into your business and its customers, but only if you use those insights to their full potential. In this aspect there are three main components to business analytics: descriptive, predictive and prescriptive. Descriptive analytics — the "simplest class of analytics," said Lithium Technologies' chief scientist Michael Wu — is your raw data in summarized form. It's your social engagement counts, sales numbers, customer statistics and other metrics that show you what's happening in your business in an easy-to-understand way. Predictive and prescriptive analytics: these are the next steps that help you turn descriptive metrics into insights and decisions. But you should never rely on just one or the other; when used in conjunction, both types of analytics can help you create the strongest,and make the most effective business strategy possible. Predictive by itself is not enough to keep up with the increasingly competitive landscape," said Mick Hollison, CMO of sales-acceleration software company "Prescriptive analytics gives intelligent recommendations for the optimal next steps for almost any application or business process to drive desired outcomes or accelerate results." "Predictive analytics forecasts what will happen in the future. It also help companies alter the future," added Immanuel Lee, Web analytics engineer at MetroStar Systems, a provider of IT services and solutions."They're both necessary to improve decision-making and business outcomes." Analytics in action Both types of analytics inform your business strategies depending on collected data. But one major difference between predictive and prescriptive is that the former forecasts potential future outcomes, while the latter helps you draw up specific recommendations. "Prescriptive analytics builds on( predictive)how? By informing decision makers about different decision choices with their anticipated impact on a specific key performance indicators," said Thomas Mathew, chief product officer at influencer engagement platform Zoomph. "Think of [traffic navigation app] Waze. Pick an origin and a destination — a multitude of factors get mashed together, and (it advises) you on different route choices, each with a predicted ETA. This is everyday prescriptive analytics at work." Guy Yehiav, CEO of business intelligence company Profitect, said that as the retail landscape changes, businesses can use prescriptive analytics to clarify predictive data and improve sales. "Predictive analytics is strong, but it's for the people who can understand the report at the end," . "What it's missing is ... execution. Prescriptive give answers to the questions you don't know how you can ask." So in order to clarify how both types of analytics can be used together, Yehiav gave the example of a retailer that offers free expedited shipping to loyal customers. Based on past customer behavior, a predictive model would assume that customers will keep the majority of what they purchase with this promotion. However, one customer purchases eight items of clothing but decides to keep only one. "Okay, the retailer paid for expedited shipping with the assumption that there's this great consumer out there who bought eight items, so they're willing to invest and lose a little margin (on shipping)," Yehiav said. "The algorithm didn't take (return) behavior into account." For this retailer, reducing its losses on "outlier" customers who don't follow what predictive analytics forecasted means having policies in place to cover itself. Using prescriptive analytics, the retailer might come up with the options of giving an in-store-only coupon to customers who make returns (to encourage another purchase in which shipping isn't a factor) or notifying customers that they must pay for return shipping, Yehiav said further. Making analytics to work Some expert sources gave out a few tips to help you make the most of your analytics programs. 1.You start small. There's are so many things your business needs to think about in data analytics, and you don't want your best insights to get lost. So for this reason Lee advised thinking big with your overarching analytics strategy, but starting small tactically. "With the complexity of big data and the systems that manage and process data, we can easily overlook the fact that sometimes there's a solution in the simplest thing," he said. "Small wins will help earn support for long-term analytics projects." 2.Build rich data sets. Now running and marketing a business comes with a lot of "what-if" scenarios, and as demonstrated in the example above, predictive analytics doesn't always account for those alternate scenarios. So for this fact mathew said looking at your predictive analytics more closely to create richer information sets — accounting for demographics like gender and age, for instance —will yield better results from your prescriptive recommendations. Now for example, social media marketers care about maximizing engagement and reach on their social posts. Prescriptive analytics can make data-driven recommendations such as use of a specific hashtag or emoji to maximize social traction with a specific audience segment," he added. 3.You keep your systems up to date. As your business grows and changes, so also should your algorithms. According Hollison he noted that both predictive and prescriptive analytics should continuously update with the latest data to improve predicted and prescribed actions based on real-time successes and failures. "Predictive and prescriptive analytics is based on a solid data foundation," Mathew added. "So the analytics are only as good as the data that feed them." Thanks......

Best Hidden Android Secret Codes For You In 2015

Android as a phone is very smart and intelligent. Without doubt i strongly believe you find lots of secrets in android device. right now With these android secret codes you are able to access android’s secret portal and services etc. These are the numeric/symbolic sequences which enables you to access system settings for several uses. So now, we have collected some Secret Hidden Codes for Android. Some how, some may not work on some specific device but you can try it if you wish to. Important note: An Android operating system is most widely used in the world. Android developers also creates many backdoor through which you can enter into the system and you can change settings. But this backdoor is not meant to be used for any malicious intent because developers blocked some modes and these backdoor are the way or allow the users to enter into the system and let you become familiar to the system.So here we go....... 1 Common Android Secret Codes: (1) *#*#7780#*#* Uses: 1. Factory restore setting 2. Clear all application and data. 3. Remove Google account setting. 4. Remove System, application data and settings. (2)*2767*3855# Uses: 1. Reinstall the phones firmware. 2. Used for factory format. 3. Remove all files and settings including the internal storage. 4. Reinstall the firmware. (3)*#*#197328640#*#* Uses: 1. Enabling test mode for service activity. 2. Used to enter into Service mode. 3. You can run and change various tests and settings in the service mode. (4)*#*#4636#*#* Uses: 1.Phone basic information. 2.Phone usage detail. 3.Battery information. (5)*#*#34971539#*#* Uses: 1.Information about mobile camera. 2.Get camera information. 3.Note:- Please avoid update camera firmware option (6) *#*#7594#*# Uses: 1.Changing the power button behavior. 2.Enables the direct power off without asking for selecting any option (silent mode, Aeroplane and power off). (7)*#*#273283*255*663282*#*#* Uses: 1.Create backup to all your media files. 2.Opens file copy screen where you can backup your media files like (images, videos and audios). (8)*#*#8255#*#* Uses: 1.For Google Talk service monitoring. 2.Used to launch G Talk Service Monitor. (9)*2767*4387264636* Use: 1.Used to display product code. (10)*#0228# Use: 1.Used to know Battery Status. (11)*#12580*369* Use: 1. Software and Hardware Info. (12) *#273283*255*3282*# Use: 1. Data create menu. (13)*#3282*727336*# Use: 1. Data usage status. 2 WLAN, GPS and Bluetooth Test Android Secret Codes (1)*#*#526#*#* *#*#528#*#* *#*#232339#*#* Use: 1.WLAN Test. (2)*#*#232338#*#* Use: Displays/Shows WiFi MAC address. (3)*#*#1472365#*#* Use: For quick GPS test. (4)*#*#1575#*#* Use: Different type GPS test. (5)*#*#232331#*#* Use: Bluetooth test. (6)*#*#232337#*# Use: Displays Bluetooth device address. 3 Firmware version information: (1)*#*#1111#*#* Use: 1.Let you know about FTA SW Version. (2)*#*#2222#*#* Use: 1.FTA Hardware Version. (3)*#*#4986*2650468#*#* Use: 1.Firmware Info PDA, Phone, H/W, RFCallDate. (4)*#*#1234#*#* Use: 1. PDA and Phone firmware info. (5)*#2263# Use: 1. RF band selection (6)*#9090# Use: Diagnostic configuration. (7)*#7284# Use 1. USB 12C mode control. (8)*#872564# Use: 1. USB logging control. (9)*#745# Use: 1. RIL dump menu. (10)*#746# Use: 1. Debug dump menu. (11)*#9900# Use: 1. System dump mode. (12)*#*#44336#*#* Use: 1. Shows Build time changelist number. PDA, Phone, CSC, Build Time, ChangeList number. (13)*#03# Use: 1. NAND flash serial number. (14)*#3214789# Use: 1. GCF mode status. 4 Factory Tests: (1)*#*#0283#*#* Use: Packet Loop-back test. (2)*#*#0*#*#* Use: LCD test. (3) *#*#0673#*#* *#*#0289#*#* Use: Audio/Melody test. (4)*#*#0842#*#* Use: Vibration test and Back Light test Device test. (5)*#*#2663#*#* Use: Displays Touch screen version. (6)*#*#2664#*#* Use: Touch-Screen test. (7)*#*#0588#*#* Use: Proximity sensor test. (8)*#*#3264#*#* Use: RAM version. (9)*#0782# Use: Real time clock test. (10)*#0589# Use: Light sensor test. (11)*#7353# Use: Quick test menu.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Six Things You Need to Do Daily to Become a Better Leader

If you are on a managerial or executive position, one of the first things you'll likely want to do is work on improving your leadership skills. But becoming a great leader worth more than attending a manager training session, or sending team emails to make sure everyone is doing their job. In regard to this, you can build leadership skills with small but effective actions every day. So here are the six simple habits and practices to help you guide your team better. 1.You need to tay up-to-date on industry trends. If you're passionate about your job, i believe you will want to do everything you can to get better at it, and also bring your company up with you. Keeping on top of ever-evolving industry trends is one way to show your dedication — and lead your employees toward that same passion. So it's very important to make it a daily task to stay educated in your industry," said Corey Baggett, co-founder of ad technology firm AdBoom Group. "Ultimately, you can strategize different ways to transform it, and the additional research you do may encourage other employees to show initiative in the workplace." 2.Spend some good time with your staff. You may know the names and job functions of your team members, but some how you may never know who they are as people. Getting to know your staff on a personal level will not only help them feel more valued, but help you manage them better, too. "So at this point you can discover what makes each individual tick," said Eric Nordyke, AdBoom CEO and co-founder. "The better you know the person, the more you can do to inspire creativity and innovation, utilizing his or her talents for the good of the team." 3.Try something new. The best leaders are those who can think of what is not already in place . William Vanderbloemen, CEO and president of Vanderbloemen Search Group, advised taking on a task you don't normally do, preferably one you've never tried before, to help out your company and your team. "People who show an ability to anticipate a company's needs and find an answer even before being asked a question are people who get promoted," Vanderbloemen said."Leaders should ask themselves, 'What can I do to further our company that isn't in my job description?' The skills learned in figuring out a project and carrying it through to completion will go a long way toward leadership development and career advancement." 4.Try to learn from your team. As every good leader knows, being in charge never mean you have all the answers. One way to find those answers is taking direction from the people you manage. "Drawing (leadership) insights ... means getting in the trenches and learning from the experts on my team," said Joe Freitag, global brand director of eyewear retailer Arnette. "(I discover) how they achieve top-level results and ask them to teach me what they know. And so their approach to a topic that is foreign to me helps me open my view and see my own challenges in a different view." 5.Analyze all your mistakes. At some point, every leader will surely make one mistake or two. Rather than ignoring it or cover it up, it's better to sit down with your team members and talk through the situation so you — and everyone else — can learn and grow from it. First, you will need to ask yourself,What was my thought process in making that decision? Why didn't it result with the outcome I thought it would? What can I do in the future to adjust and end with a different result?" said Brian Ruben, co-founder of SolĂ© Bicycles. "So now, discussing this openly with your team reveals that you are not above or better than anyone and breeds a positive attitude and environment that encourages personal and professional growth." Mentor someone. Without giving regard to whether you hold a leadership position, you likely have been — or will be — asked for professional advice from a younger, less-experienced friend or colleague. You may not develop a formal mentorship, but pay close attention to the conversations you have with these individuals: They might help you become a better leader. "Prior to leading teams and eventually starting a company, I had the opportunity to mentor younger family friends," said Doug Baldasare, founder and CEO of phone-charging kiosk provider ChargeItSpot. "Those individuals may have been considering a career switch, applying to grad school or looking for their first job. So by coaching them through it helped me to understand the interpersonal nuances of leadership and gave me the confidence to help guide others as I grew in my career."

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Now you are able to share your Project Fi data with your tablets

At last project Fi is coming to more devices. Google has updated the support page with information on how to get the data-only service for your tablet. In regard to that, all you have to do is open your account preferences and order a data-only nano SIM. When you get the SIM and pop it into your tablet, it will share the same data pool as your main Project Fi device (current at a rate of $10/GB), with no extra fees.Right now, the supported tablets include the Nexus 7, Nexus 9, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Collectively, this marks the first support for Google's MVNO carrier experiment on an Apple device. Google added that the data-only SIMs may also work with devices that aren’t on the list. So, if in your own case your tablet is cellular-enabled, and you're already a Project Fi customer, you can order a data-only SIM card for free and try it out for yourself. The same works for any other smartphone that isn’t a Nexus device, though you won’t be able to make calls and texts on the cellular network. This nano SIM is free so far you have an active account, so it’s worth your try. You can add up to nine data-only devices. And at this point you need to bear it in mind that any extra charges you incur other than your data allowance will show up on your monthly Project Fi bill. Important note: In conclusion, you can use Project Fi with a device other than your Nexus smartphone. Granted, it’s only data, but the opposite is that you’ll no longer have to worry about tethering to connect a companion tablet to the Internet. So you still need a modern Nexus phone to sign up for Project Fi in the first place, though, this doesn't do anything to expand the pool of users that are able to use Google's competitively-priced services.

The Top Office Distractions That Still Happen Offline

when talking about workplace distractions, there are so many things that never change. Despite the proliferation of mobile devices, email and social media, it's still traditional distractions, like the water cooler, that are keeping employees from their work the most, according to a new study from BambooHR. According to the research, it revealed that taking breaks to go to the water cooler, kitchen or break room is the top workday distraction for employees. Taking trips to the bathroom and chatting with co-workers are the second- and third-most time-consuming workday interruptions. "So many people believes that checking in on social media and surfing the Web are the major distractions in today’s modern workplace, but it turns out traditional activities, like taking breaks to the office water cooler or break room and participating in small talk, still reign supreme as the most time-consuming workplace distractions," the study's authors wrote. So now, the other five non-work-related activities done by employees while "on the clock" that takes up their time the most are: (1)Corresponding (phone, email, text, social media) with family members. (2)Surfing the Web/online personal errands. (3)Corresponding (phone, email, text, social media) with non- work-related friends. (4)Using social media for non-work-related reasons. (5)Watching TV (including mobile and computer). Some employees don't care if their distractions are hurting their productivity. The research found that 20 percent of employees think workplace distractions consistently hinder their workplace performance and efficiency, while 18 percent feel they enhance it. The study revealed that it's those higher up the corporate ladder whose time is more occupied by distractions. Specifically, more upper-management employees than lower-level workers spend at least 30 minutes each workday taking trips to the water cooler, break room and bathroom. In addition, more upper management employees spend at least 30 minutes each workday watching TV. "Contrary to conventional wisdom, frontline employees aren't the ones spending the most time wrapped up in these common distractions – across the board, so the senior leadership indulges more," the study's authors wrote. Regardless of their level, according to the study it showcased that 56 percent of employees try to make up for time spent on personal, non-work-related activities while at work by working at home or in the office after standard work hours. The study also discovered that 39 percent of them spend more than 30 minutes per day making up for the time they lost to workplace distractions. In addition, just only 53 percent of employees take lunch each day, and just 1 in 4 take lunch no more than two days a week. Of those who don't regularly take lunch, 1 in 5 said it's because they've traded them for other breaks they've taken during the day. "Now across the board, work schedules have become more fluid and the lines between work and life continue to blur – and at the same time employees acknowledge time dedicated to distractions, and they build them into their work life by making up for them at work or at home," the study's authors wrote. "Longer hours are becoming more acceptable as some employees are now spending more time at work on personal issues and activities."

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Environmental Policies Highly Essential to Future Leaders

Any company that is trying to attract future business leaders should focus on being environmentally friendly, as this is becoming a huge priority for the leaders of tomorrow, new research reveals. A large amount of today's business school students are placing a greater priority on working for companies with good environmental practices over those willing to pay them the most money, according to a study by researchers at Yale University in collaboration with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Global Network for Advanced Management. The study discovered that 44 percent of the business school students surveyed are willing to accept a lower salary to work for a company with good environmental practices, while about 20 percent would refuse to work for an organization with poor environmental practices, regardless of how high their salary was. In total, 84 percent of the students surveyed want to work for businesses with good environmental practices, while almost 67 percent want to incorporate environmental sustainability into their careers, regardless of their role or industry. Now according to Peter Bakker, president and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, he said the role of business in society is changing. "In the world of today, business leaders need to understand the complex nature of sustainability issues and integrate solutions for social and environmental challenges, with the need for good financial results," Bakker said in one of his statement. "If it occurs that business schools and business can deliver against this call for change, the necessary transformation toward a sustainable future will clearly be much more impactful." The research also shows that most students think businesses should be doing more for the environment. About 65 percent of those surveyed said they do not think businesses are making enough efforts to address environmental challenges. The environmental issues of most concern to the students surveyed include climate change and four specific areas of resource supply which are: energy, air, water and natural resources/materials. A good amount of the students said they believe that if these issues are not addressed, they will have negative effects on business operations in the future. The students also pointed to five key steps they believe organizations should take to improve their environmental impact and viz are: (1).Measure both positive and negative impacts of their activities on environmental sustainability outcomes. (2).Address environmental sustainability goals and targets through industry collaborationsand multistakeholder partnerships. (3).Instigate board-level discussion and action on environmental sustainability issues. (4).Practice integrated reporting of financial and environmental sustainability metrics. (5).Incorporate environmental sustainability issues into discussions with financial analysts. The study finally revealed that students believes that, in addition to being able to attract top future talent, placing a greater emphasis on improving their environmental practices will actually aid businesses in many other ways. They think that a better environmental performance will increase brand value and strengthen public trust, enhance innovation and new solutions through research and development, reduce fines and fees in an increasingly stringent regulatory environment, and improve market competitiveness. And also students wants to see more action from the business schools they currently attend. The research discovered that 61 percent of students think business schools need to hire more faculty and staff with expertise in sustainability, while 64 percent want more career services and counseling on sustainability-related jobs. "Worldwide, today's business schools are being called to act from the very people we're training as leaders," said Edward Snyder, dean of the Yale School of Management. So the study was based on surveys of 3,700 students at 29 business schools all over the world.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Interpreting Success: Your tips for Multilingual Marketing

As the digital age keeps on connecting the global community, companies of all measures are finding it easier than ever to expand their borders and do business internationally. "Putting to consideration the most significant population growth and increases in purchasing power occurring in parts of the world where English is either not spoken or is not the preferred language, companies are increasingly doing business in regions outside of their home market," said Judd Marcello, vice president of marketing at Smartling, a translation management system. But if you are to bring your business into a foreign market, it will never be as simple as opening up a store there or advertising that you ship your products overseas. So in that case if you really want to develop a strong presence outside your home country, you have to make sure you are, quite literally, speaking your audience's language. "At this point companies must be able to communicate with customers in their native language, not the default language of the company," Marcello said. "The results of a 2014 Common Sense Advisory Group survey make it clear that upto 75 percent of consumers are more likely to buy a product if the information is presented in their own language." "It's a sure thing that marketers want their campaigns to evoke emotion," added Caitlin Nicholson, business development specialist at LinguaLinx, a translation and global marketing service provider. "This can be achieved through an understanding of the different types of consumers, their habits and their culture, & language is tied very closely to culture and identity." So by using the right strategies, the right messages and the right technology, you can make the translation process faster and easier while saving money and getting ahead of your competition, Marcello said. Without wasting much time here you have a few key do's and don'ts U.S. brands should follow when they're translating or adapting their marketing materials for global audiences. The do: Choose a reputable translator Even if in your own case, you or some of your employee are fluent in the languages you want to translate materials into, this is a task that's best left to the professionals. "Never you simply rely on bilingual employees for translation of your foreign language marketing materials," Nicholson said. "They may have good knowledge of the target language, but some how not the skill set of a professional linguist. In addition to this, they may not have a solid or minor marketing background or familiarity with translating marketing materials and corporate communications." So whether be it a freelancer or a full-scale translation service, the person or firm you hire should have a great reputation. Nicholson advised you should use a country native speakers, if possible. They not only have knowledge of the language, but also live within your target market, so they'll know about cultural sensitivities, current events and other nuances that will make translations relevant and engaging, she said. The do: Understand transcreation In most cases word-for-word translations don't always resonate the right way, so transcreation —translation plus creation — may be necessary so your materials don't lose their impact. "(Transcreation) takes translation to the next level where you adapt marketing content so that the words and the meaning carry the same weight in different cultures," Nicholson said. Marcello said that not all translation agencies and language service providers are adept at transcreation, so considering this fact, you may need to hire a specialist to handle this process. The do: Create a style guide Your brand's English marketing materials is likely to have a distinct "voice," so you may want to be sure that your translated content has that same tone in any other language. Marcello advised that you need to create a style and editorial guidelines for translators, marketers and content creators to follow in order to keep your branding consistent. "In addition to setting the bar on content quality, developing guidelines will give you a help to your brand maintenance a fluid and consistent tone, which is crucial to global marketing success," he said. "Keywords related to your brand and any commonly used industry jargon, including acronyms and abbreviations, should be included to ensure accuracy and avoid mistakes." Nicholson agreed, and put to note that you should provide reference materials like glossaries and previously translated content to help translators or content creators gauge the tone you're looking for. Once your materials are translated, send them through one more round of reviews to make sure everything is error-free, and that they meet your established guidelines, Marcello said also. The don't: Never use machine translation Okay..It's very tempting to want to use free services like Google Translate for quick tasks or short pieces of content, but according to Nicholson and Marcello both agreed that a human translator should be used for every professional project, big or small. "Machine translation tools ... are always unnatural, inaccurate, error-prone, and lack needed context," Marcello said. "More importantly, they will not enable companies to localize their marketing content to reflect cultural nuances, which is critical to ensuring native brand experiences." so now, "if it is meant to be consumed by humans, then it should be translated by humans," Nicholson puts in addition. The don't: Never ignore regional dialects Translation doesn't just stop on going from English to a foreign language. Because of the different regional dialects and colloquialisms, English-to-English materials sometimes need a bit of tweaking to make sense to a local audience. "So many U.S. firms wisely target new markets still within the English language world as a first step to selling internationally, but this still requires research and localization of search terms and marketing assets," said Richard Stevenson, head of communications for global e-commerce software provider "Some consumers in countries such as Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and Australia expect to see and hear local market terms, and your products (must be) explored in the right context for them to confidently buy from you. Now, lets take for example, if you sell umbrellas, both British and Australian shoppers would be attracted to the local term 'brolly.'" Stevenson added that dialects should be considered in non-English translations as well. "In Spain, for example, there are four major distinct dialects in use by region, and this could have an impact on your choice of campaign terms depending on your target audience, third-party resources, sources of your Web traffic, etc.," he said. "You may need to modify language in line with regional sales patterns." The don't: Never forget about cultural context A multilingual campaign have to do with more than another language, Nicholson said. It involves another culture, another way of looking at, and experiencing the world. Now, this means that, even with a perfect translation, your campaign materials still may not make sense to your audience. "You should always be in position to know that marketers often uses puns, slang, humor, metaphors and pop culture references (to) appeal to their audience," Nicholson said. "So you are trying to say the right things in compelling ways, but the right thing to one culture might not be the right thing to another, and what's compelling to one culture might be confusing or offensive to other cultures." For this reason, Nicholson said it's very important to look at the premise of your campaign and make sure it's appropriate for the other culture. In the real sense you might need to come up with a different angle and have the copy written in the target language by a translator, she added.

Your first guide to the Google Play app: How you can get more from Google’s store

Happy a thing Google Play has packed a whole lot of power into its Android app—you’ll find everything from parental controls to a wishlist to automatic update options. Maybe in your own case you may have been using it to download apps for months or years without even realizing all the cool stuff it can do. Now count yourself a lucky person because this guide will put you through the more advanced features of the Google Play app. You can use parental controls to manage what your kids can download Do you desire to be in control of what your kids can download onto their phones? Google Play’s parental controls are for you. With these parental controls, you can set download restrictions for just about everything on the Play store. Open the Hamburger menu or swipe in from the left edge of your screen, scroll down, then tap Settings. Tap Parental controls under the User controls subhead, then slide the toggle switch to the “On” position. Set a PIN when prompted, and you’ll be able to set limitations for apps and games, movies, TV shows, books, and music.For the apps, games, movies, and TV shows, you can also set limitations based on industry-standard ratings systems: Lets take for example, you can prevent your kids from purchasing movies that carry a rating above PG-13. For books and music, you can restrict sexually explicit content. Change can change your password preferences While you find yourself in Google Play Settings, just take a look at your password authentication preferences. By default, Google Play requires you to enter your password every time you purchase an item from the store, but if it occurs you aren’t concerned about others making unauthorized purchases on your device, you can change this if you want. To do this, just Tap Require authentication for purchases and choose between these three options:always require a password for purchases, require a password after 30 minutes, or never require a password. Try and learn more about app permissions Each app page on the Play store offers details on the sort of permissions that app may request—whether it’ll ask to access the camera, your contacts, your photos, your location, and so on. So go to any app’s page on the Play store, scroll down, and tap Permissions details to get a full information of what the app may want to access, before you download it. Be sure you change auto-update settings Sure by default, Android will download and install app updates automatically in the background. But while this is useful for keeping you up to date, it could also eat up your data plan. So in this case you need to change your preference by opening the Hamburger menu, tapping Settings, then tapping Auto-update apps. And you can choose to turn off auto-updates, auto-update apps at any time, or auto-update apps only when on Wi-Fi (a good in-between option). Make sure you redeem a gift card or promo code At any time you pop open the Google Play app, it isn’t immediately obvious how to redeem a gift card or enter a promo code. It never hard to do, though. So all you to do is from the Google Play homescreen, tap the hamburger menu (or swipe in from the left edge) then tap Redeem. Enter your gift card or promo code in the box that pops up, then tap the Redeem button. Be sure you manage your wishlist Google Play provides a wishlist that makes it easier to track the apps, movies, books, and music that you want to purchase or download, but aren’t ready to do so just yet. So in order to add something to your wishlist, go to any item on the store, then tap the small bookmark icon with a “+” in it. The icon will change color and a checkmark will appear in the middle of it. You can view all items on your wishlist from swiping in from the left-hand edge of the screen while in the Play app and selecting My wishlist. Now, discover something new It will only take a little poking around on Google Play to find a fun new game or a great new album. So with this reason you need to take a look at the Recommendation for You section on each landing page in the Play store for suggestions based on your purchase history. The Similar Items feature can also be a good way to discover new apps or media.So to do this, just tap on any app, video, album, book, or Newsstand item, then tap the Similar button, and you’ll get a listing of other items that are similar to whatever you happen to be looking at. You need to find some deals So many apps on Google Play are free to download, but for those items you do have to pay for, you can find some good deals if you know where to look up to. The first place to look is on the Play Store itself. Then the store’s landing pages do a pretty good job at highlighting suggested apps and media, as well as things on sale, so start from there. Now beyond the store, you also have some options. So you just start by browsing the Google Play Deals subreddit: This crowdsourced listing is updated continuously with new deals, and is a good place to look for bargains. Okay, the Google Play section on Dealnews is another good place to look—it features discounts, deals, and promo codes for items across the Play Store. And that’s just a start. You can also do a quick Google search for “Google Play deals” to find even more bargains.