Monday, 29 February 2016

How to Get the Best Factory to Manufacture Your Product

Now, the truth here is that Getting a product from an idea to production is a complex process. It involves significant research, time, planning and patience. But there is nothing to worry much about, because with the right information, the right resources and the right product, it's possible and easy. Getting your product to production: Every great products start with a great idea, but an idea alone doesn't guarantee success. The No.1 step for any budding entrepreneur should be market research, said Dave Savage, an Atlanta-based mentor to investors. Whether you do that research yourself or hire someone else to do it, you should be sure to find out two things: if the product already exists, and if people will pay for it. Okay from here, you need the testing, the market research to show that there are enough people to buy the product," said Savage, former president of the nonprofit Inventor Associates of Georgia. "How many people are going to buy a $10,000 surfboard? Maybe some, but not enough to make a viable business for you or a licensing company." Savage suggested talking to people who use that type of product. Would your design or idea solve challenges they have? If so, would they pay $80 for the product? If not, would they pay $60? From there the next step is to decide whether you want to produce and sell the product yourself or license the idea to a company with the means and experience to handle it. Licensing is sort of like renting your idea. The company handles everything — the manufacturing, marketing, distribution — and then pays you royalties based on sales. No upfront investment is required. Many large corporations license ideas, as do designated licensing companies. But be warned: Savage said the process in real life is not as easy as it's depicted on popular TV shows like "Shark Tank." Companies have people lined up to license all kinds of products. The competition is fierce, and for this fact, your product has to stand out. If you go the solo route, you'll need a sample or prototype to make sure the product can be made to your specifications in a factory. Experts' opinions on how to go about this vary. So you can make your own, if that's possible. Or, you can hire out, locally or overseas. Creating a prototype: In the apparel industry, for example, there's no agreement on the right choice. Tanya Menendez, chief marketing officer and co-founder of Maker's Row — a company that helps apparel, accessories, furniture and home decor designers find U.S. factories — made it clear that the process usually involves sketching a design; buying similar inspiration pieces; creating a technical design; bringing your work to a sample maker, who can advise on fit, trimmings and the like; and then finding a factory to produce a small batch to start. All of that work can be done within the United States, she said. Arlene Battishill, CEO of Los Angeles-based Scooter Girls, which sells protective wear for motorcycle and scooter riders called GoGo Gear, strongly advocates having samples and prototypes made overseas. While she agrees that buying inspiration pieces and putting together technical specifications are important, she said entrepreneurs often spend away too much money up front by having samples or prototypes made with no guarantee that they will sell. "They'll spend all kinds of money learning as they go, and the thing is still never right," said Battishill, who is working on a book to help entrepreneurs navigate the process. "The factory can't figure out what to do with it." U.S. factories and overseas factories: After you're satisfied with a sample or prototype — which can take many iterations and many, many months to complete, the next thing to do is to find a factory. So there's no right answer for everyone on whether it's better to manufacture in the U.S. or overseas. The decision comes down to personal preference, budget, the type of product and your patience. "If your marketing is built around 'Made in the USA,' that's an easy decision," said Edward Hertzman, a New York City-based sourcing and supply-chain consultant for apparel and retail brands. "But nine times out of 10, manufacturing is going to be cheaper overseas." Both options come with logistical challenges, said Hertzman, founder of Hertzman Media Group, which publishes online resources to help people in the apparel and textile industry make business decisions. As a result of globalization and a diminishing American factory base, it's not always possible to find a U.S. factory that is capable of making the type of product you want, he said. Logistics: Going overseas somehow can get more complicated. There's no direct oversight of the process, and once the product leaves the factory, you'll have to figure out how to get it to the port and then to a warehouse, Hertzman said. You'll have to pay a duty and then have the shipment cleared through customs. If you do go overseas, he recommends hiring a reliable agent in the region — who understands your product and your market — to handle the process. Menendez and her business partner launched Maker's Row after realizing how difficult it was for clothing makers to find American factories. The process was taking designers as long as six months, she said. One of the advantages of American factories, according to Menendez, is that they let you order small batches of a product, whereas overseas factories require large orders. But in anycase, Battishill said overseas logistics aren't as complicated as some people think. She recommends using Alibaba, the Chinese online commerce giant that offers data and information for nearly every factory in the world. Search the directory for overseas factories that make products very similar to yours, and then contact them to request a sample, she said. Battishill doesn't pretend that negotiating with foreign factories is always easy. Indeed, there are language and cultural barriers to overcome. But in anycase you just have to know how to play the game, and that means sounding like you know exactly what you're doing, even if you don't, she said.Fuethermore Battishill said most foreign factories will handle all of the shipping arrangements for you, and will send tracking information. Because they manufacture in such large volume, they have the routine down. For the shipment's arrival in the United States, she recommends hiring a customs broker who is licensed and bonded to clear the shipment. They can handle all of the paperwork and logistics. What you should look for in a factory: Kerekes knew well she wanted a local factory, so she took to Google to do some research. She found a list of California factories — or co-packers, as they're called in the food world — on the Specialty Food Association website. The site described the type of products each factory produced. "I called every co-packer in California that does sauces and marinades," Kerekes said. Marco Perry, founder of the New York-based strategy, design and engineering firm Pensa, advised looking for a factory that not only has the tools you need, but also operates as a partner to help you make a great product. "More often than not, the factory is going to assist in many other aspects of production than just making and assembling parts," said Perry, who has more than 20 years of experience as an inventor. "For that reason, as much as possible, you should look for a factory that makes products in the same category. General-purpose factories are not as knowledgeable in the nuances of what makes a product great." Furthrmore, the factory Kerekes chose had several attributes that made it stand out. During the first call, the factory owner talked to her for more than an hour to explain the process, Kerekes said. The factory had significant experience with startups and was willing to produce small quantities to start, she said further. Kerekes was so lucky — her experience with the factory has been great, and her product is now sold at Whole Foods and on Amazon, among other retailers. However, Kerekes knows of other entrepreneurs who have had nightmare experiences: upside-down labels, factories making mistakes and refusing to reimburse for expensive ingredients, and factories charging for their own mistakes.

The Five Best Android Multiplayer Games For You

So many mobile games today put convenience above active, in-the-moment competition, whether you’re taking turns at your own leisure during the day or battling against computer foes marked with real players’ usernames and avatars. That's for sure reasonable, but it’s sometimes hard to shake that itch if you want to dominate some real-life opponents or play something with local pals. But luckily, engaging Android multiplayer games are still around: dig around the Play Store a bit and you’ll find great online shooters, racers, and more, as well as an array of fun local experiences. Without going much far here are the five of our favorite Android games for multiplayer action, so whether you’re battling or collaborating—and even the turn-based games in the bunch require your alert attention. 1.Modern Combat 5: Blackout: (Free) Just the same with the earlier Modern Combat games, Blackout does a great job of bringing a Call of Duty-like competitive multiplayer experience to your smartphone. Whether working in teams to secure certain spots on the map or eliminate the opposing squad, or simply taking out every other soldier in sight, the gunplay is extremely solid and the competition is strong. Get a hang of the touch controls and Blackout is sharp fun. Modern Combat 5 has an extensive progression system—again, like Call of Duty—featuring weapon and player class unlocks the more you play and succeed. However, this entry also uses a freemium system that limits your play time with an energy meter and lets you pay for perks, which is a little bit of a drag. 2.Asphalt 8: Airborne: (Free) Gameloft’s awesome Asphalt 8: Airborne has a very large amount of single-player races to tackle in its extensive campaign, but the free-to-play game also delivers delightfully aggressive online action with up to 12 active players. It’s streamlined for mobile, naturally: enter the multiplayer menu and you’re quickly placed into a room, where you can vote for a racing type and location. Within moments, the event and track are picked and you’re on the road against international opponents. Although foes tend to drop out with some regularity, the races themselves run well, and the arcade-style showdowns benefit from having real competition rather than A.I. drivers. 3.Vainglory: (Free) So much like Modern Combat 5 brings the feel of a PC shooter to mobile, Vainglory does a strong job of replicating the fun and team play of a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game like League of Legends for Android. Although expectedly simplified in some respects, the core back-and-forth struggle that fuels the genre remains strongly intact here. Okay, Vainglory drops you into a live, three-on-three battle in which your fantasy heroes try to topple the turrets and base of the opposing team’s, and vice versa. You’ll work together to push into their territory, utilize strategic resources on the map, and protect your own home in tense battles that can stretch on for 20-30 minutes. It’s a freemium game, but extremely good: there are no limits on play, plus you always have selected free heroes to choose from. 4.N.O.V.A. 3: ($7) Now if the Modern Combat 5 is the Call of Duty of the Play Store—acknowledging, of course, the non-traditional Call of Duty games available—then N.O.V.A. 3 is the Halo. Indeed, Gameloft's first-person shooter seems heavily inspired by the Xbox sci-fi favorite, with armored soldiers, a campaign full of aliens to blast, and the ability to command various vehicles on the battlefield. And more, that's the biggest difference from Modern Combat 5 once you get into the thick of things: the 12-player shootouts take place on much larger, cavernous stages populated by drivable jeeps and giant mech walkers. When you have a nearly full crowd, the matches are a lot of fun, although the massive levels don't play quite as well to smaller groups. The full game is $7, or you can grab the ad-supported Freedom Edition instead. 5.NBA Jam: ($5) One of the best sports games of all time is reborn on Android with the modern NBA Jam, which keeps the raucous spirit of the early entries with refreshed rosters and a visual update. The cartoonish players and two-on-two dunk-fests are still alive, as are silly additions like the big head mode, and it’s all just as fast and fun as you remember. Futher more with Google Play Games support, you can hop online and take your favorite two-man squad against someone else’s, but local Wi-Fi multiplayer offers an even better option: four-player support, so you and a pal can take down another duo on the hardwood. Granted, you’ll need four devices to make that happen, but it could be well worth it to revisit a classic. Thanks for reading......

Saturday, 27 February 2016

You Think You Are an Effective Leader? These Are The 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

Being a leader is mostly all about motivating and guiding people toward accomplishments. But now, one major question is this... How do you know if you're actually getting "leadership" right? You can (and also should) get objective feedback from your team and your superiors about what you're doing and whether it's working. But there's one more person to consider when gaining insight and opinions about your work: "yourself". If you want to gauge your own effectiveness as a leader — and figure out which direction to go next you need to answer these three questions as honestly as you can. 1.What am I doing to empower people? You as a leader, your most important asset is your influence, said Richard Lorenzen, CEO of Fifth Avenue Brands. Ok, without influence, you can't motivate your team to reach their goals. And how do you gain influence? By adding value to your team's lives and empowering them to do their jobs well each day. According to Lorenzen self-reflection about your influence and the effect you have on your team is crucial to evaluating your own effectiveness. "So in this sense, all leaders need to spend at least some time in reflection each day, because that is ultimately how we assimilate all of the ... feedback that we are constantly receiving," he said. "[This] conscious habit not only allows you to measure your progress at the end of each day, but also to become more aware of opportunities to empower and add value to people as you go through your day." 2.How am I affecting my employees' experience? The empowerment of your team is very important, but it's likely not the only effect your leadership style is having on them. S. Chris Edmonds, founder and CEO of The Purposeful Culture Group and author of "The Culture Engine" (Wiley, 2014), According to him; he said, you need to think about how well you're serving your employees' needs, because employees who feel trusted and respected will feel more motivated to serve the company. "So with that, we can say that a leader can evolve only by learning how his or her plans, decisions and actions impact the employee experience,". "With that information, the leader can assess what to do more of — and less of — to create that safe, inspiring and productive team culture." Edmonds further said the best way to focus on this is by looking at your "outcome" in terms of the energy of your work environment, rather than the processes and results. "So more, leaders must observe, monitor and measure employee confidence, optimism, proactive skill application, proactive problem solving, etc. daily," Edmonds said. "With that data, leaders can revise their messaging, clarify the direction and strategy, communicate frequently and learn daily to increase the health and quality of their work environment." 3.What is my end goal, and how do I get there? Okay first, when you become a leader, you're suddenly responsible for a lot more of the day-to-day workings of the business, and with that comes a lot of extra work. For that reason it's so vital for leaders to constantly assess their ultimate reason for doing that work: the end goals their company expects them to achieve. "So whether it is a long-term or short-term goal or project, (you need) to have that in mind to help prioritize what is important on any given day," said Jennifer Lemcke, chief operating officer of Weed Man USA lawn care franchise. Jay Deakins, founder and CEO of enterprise resource planning software company Deacom, noted how easy it is to get caught up in smaller tasks that do nothing to "move the needle" or get you closer to reaching your goals. You may think things like project-update meetings and team conference calls are pushing you toward progress, but they may not really be worth all the time they take up, he said. "So more leaders need to reduce the amount of time being wasted on the minutiae," Deakins said. "Whether it is delegating responsibilities to other team members or adjusting the internal processes, they need to make time to step back and identify what they can do today to drive business growth tomorrow."

Friday, 26 February 2016

Facebook Live Offers Video Broadcasting to Android Users

First, Facebook made live event streaming available to celebrities and other public figures. Then as at last month, all iPhone users got to join the fun. Now, “Facebook Live” is coming to Android. Once the feature arrives, all Android users can start a Facebook Live broadcast by just tapping the Status button in the main Facebook app for Android, then looking for “Live Video” under the “What’s on your mind?” heading. As with any status update, you can decide whether the live feed is available to friends, friends of friends, the public, or limited groups. Now, according to Facebook, the rollout for live streaming on Android will begin next week in the United States, with other countries to follow. Currently the same feature is already available on iPhone, and Android users can tune into those streams. But until now, Android users haven’t been able to create their own live video. So while broadcasting, users can post comments in real-time. Facebook also offers a subscribe button to users so that they can get notified when new broadcasts begin. Keep in mind that recordings of the broadcast are automatically saved to your Timeline unless you go back and delete them. For now, Facebook hasn’t said whether it will bring live streaming capabilities to its desktop website or Windows apps. Important note: Regardless that Facebook is a little late to the live streaming party—Meerkat and Twitter-owned Periscope first launched last spring—Facebook Live does have the advantage of being built into one of the most widely-used mobile apps. (By comparison, Periscope streams now appear inside Twitter , but a separate app is required to broadcast or comment.) Compared to a dedicated app, the ease with which Facebook users can kick off a live broadcast might encourage more people to give it a try. This story, was originally published by PCWorld.

20 Great Jobs for Travelers

Are you dreaming of quitting your job and hopping on a plane to see the world? If yes, there is no need for you to leave the workforce — or even drain your bank account — to spend your days traveling. With the right skill sets, you could put yourself on a career path that allows you to frequently visit different locations as part of your job requirements. If you want to get paid to travel, make your decision on one of these 20 career options. 1.Archaeologist: These people (Archaeologists) travel the world to recover and preserve artifacts from past human cultures. Careers in archaeology allow you to take extended trips for digs and research projects, often in remote regions of the Earth. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), you'll need a master's degree or a Ph.D. in archaeology or anthropology, along with fieldwork experience. 2.Athletic recruiter: Athletic recruiters are majorly employed by colleges and professional sports organizations, and travel to schools and sporting events across the country to scout up-and-coming talent. You'll need to know the game inside and out, as well as the specific skills an athlete would need for certain positions on the team, but if you're an avid sports fan, this part of the job will be easy for you. 3.Auditor: Auditors make their living examining the financial records and tax information of businesses around the country. very sure, you may not always get to see the most exotic locations, but auditors often spend a few weeks or more at each stop, making it one of the few careers where you have time to explore the new places you visit. The BLS says that auditor jobs will grow by 11 percent by 2024, making it a good opportunity for anyone with an accounting degree. 3.Au pair: Now for this path, the big question here is...Do you work well with children and know a second language? If so, becoming an au pair might be a good option for you. Au pairs live with a host family in a foreign country and provide child care services, such as babysitting and assistance with schoolwork. You'll receive a small salary on top of your room and board, but you also get to fully immerse yourself in another culture as an extended member of a family. 4.Consultant: So many companies hire consultants from a wide variety of fields to fix specific problems. Because their knowledge is so specialized, a consultant's client base is often spread all over the country, or even around the world. Maintaining a positive relationship with clients requires regular on-site visits, making it a perfect job for people who love frequent travel. 5.Construction manager: As a construction manager you don't only make good money, but also do lots of traveling. Often, you will relocate to different locations and stay for several months to oversee a project. Even if you don't have the qualifications to be a project manager, construction companies are worth checking out — many need to hire support staff to relocate as well. A quick search on CareerBuilder pulls up nearly 7,000 open construction manager jobs nationwide. 6.Destination wedding photographer: All the wedding needs someone to capture the newlyweds' big day. For couples who choose to host a destination wedding, the photographer they hire must be willing to travel to their location of choice. With a high-quality camera and a great eye for photography, you can get paid to spend a few days on a beautiful, sunny island (or wherever the wedding is), in other words, documenting the most special day of a couple's life together. 7.Cruise line worker: Working on a cruise ship is a travelers dream gig. You make a living traveling the world, all while receiving free food and accommodations. Whether you're a restaurant server, a shop clerk or a performer in the cruise's entertainment lineup, there are opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds to work on one of these floating resorts. Websites like Cruise Line Jobs list employment openings with some of the top-rated cruise lines. 8.Event coordinator: The event coordinators may work on local events like parties and weddings, but orchestrating large-scale events like festivals and trade shows could be a golden opportunity for travelers. Meet with potential vendors from across the country; then travel to the event location to help oversee everything from setup to breakdown. A search for "trade show coordinator" on CareerBuilder returns more than 200 jobs in a variety of cities. 9.ESL teacher: ESL (English as a second language) teachers are in a very high demand both at home and abroad. When you take a job as an ESL teacher in a foreign country, you'll have to help students understand your native language while immersing yourself in that country's culture. You'll need at least a bachelor's degree, ESL training and a special license to get hired. offers a step-by-step guide to becoming an ESL teacher. 10.Field service engineer: Field service engineers are more essentially traveling customer service representatives. When a customer needs help with the installation or repair of a product, field service engineers are dispatched to help. Now, if the company has clients worldwide, this career can require extensive travel to interesting places. 11.Executive assistant: Somehow it may not be the most glamorous job, but playing a behind-the-scenes role in the life of a corporate executive or other high-powered professional means you'll be right alongside your boss on his or her business trips. Because people in these positions travel quite frequently for important client meetings, you'll have plenty of opportunities to see new places while you work. You may need to build up your résumé with lower-level assistant or secretary positions before you can get hired by an executive. 12.Flight attendant: In this case, it may be the most obvious travel-related job, but it's also one of the most accessible: You don't need a specialized degree to become a flight attendant, and most major airlines only require prior customer service experience and a certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. The hours are frequently erratic, and the work isn't always easy, but you'll get a glimpse of hundreds of cities across the globe during your career. A bonus perk? Free or discounted flights for you and your family. 13.Foreign Service worker: In case you want to combine your love of travel with your love of your country, a career as a Foreign Service officer or specialist could be right for you. The best known Foreign Service job is a U.S. diplomat, but still there are plenty of other career tracks that allow you to meet and interact with foreign governments. The U.S. Department of State has more details about these jobs listed on its website, and with more than 250 embassies around the world, there are plenty of opportunities for travel. 14.International aid worker:So now, if you want to travel for a living while making a real difference in people's lives, you should consider working for an international aid organization like USAID. With this job, you can visit struggling countries and help its residents recover from dire situations such as natural disasters and famine. For this job, you'll need a background in a field like health, agriculture or education and a strong interest in social work, according to How Stuff Works. 15.International tour guide: Think about spending your days guiding fellow travelers through a bustling European metropolis — or perhaps a small village is more your style. Wherever you want to go, popular travel destinations are always in need of friendly, knowledgeable guides to lead tourists through city sights and cultural excursions. 16.Railroad worker: "If you are to work on the railroad" it might seem like an outdated career left over from the Industrial Age, but the American freight railroad industry is alive and well. Jobs are based all over the country, and many involve travel. The railroads are also committed to providing work for veterans, and have made tens of thousands of new veteran hires since 2012. For a list of all of the country's freight railroad carriers and links to their websites with job openings, visit the American Association of Railroads website. 17.Peace Corps volunteer: According to the title "volunteer" might indicate, you won't exactly be making six figures working with the Peace Corps. But if you don't mind living on a budget, you can become part of a worthwhile organization that lets you travel the world and make a difference at the same time. Assignments typically last two years and involve working to advance education, health care, and economic and agricultural development in a community abroad. The Peace Corps also provides housing, health benefits and student loan deferment — not to mention an excellent résumé talking point. 18.Sales representative: Territory-based sales representatives travel within a certain geographic region to sell their company's products to local businesses, government agencies and other organizations. Now, because most sales jobs are commission-based, the amount you can earn is based largely on how much product you're able to sell, so if you're highly persuasive and charismatic, this might be the job for you. Depending on the type of product, you may just need only a high school diploma to become a sales rep. 19.Travel agent: In this age of Google searches and travel price comparison websites, some people may think that the professional travel agent is a dead career. So while it's true that the BLS predicts a decline in this occupation over the next decade, it's still a rewarding job for anyone who loves to travel. In order to make honest, helpful advice to clients, travel agents often visit popular destinations to get firsthand experience of the resorts and restaurants they recommend. So whether your clients are business or leisure travelers, they'll thank you for your insider insight into local sights and activities. 20.Traveling nurse: A traveling nurses move around the country from hospital to hospital, bouncing from one temporary position to the next. More than sure you'll be sent to areas where nurses are needed most, and your housing, travel expenses and benefits often will be covered. As with any nursing position, you'll need credentials from a nursing program to become a registered nurse. Visit for more information on this.

Hacker Can Control Nissan Leaf Using a Smartphone App Vulnerability

A cybersecurity expert has discovered a way to control any Nissan Leaf, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. The vulnerability, discovered by expert Troy Hunt, allows anyone to take control of the air conditioning and heating systems of any Leaf – and even gives access to the car’s journey history. According to Hunt, the hack was done remotely via the NissanConnect EV app and allowed him to take control of other people’s Leafs on the other side of the world. How it works: Just the same with many other electric vehicles, the Nissan Leaf uses a counterpart app to display your driving habits, charge levels and general eco-friendliness – but it also allows for preconditioning. Simply put, preconditioning allows you to control elements of your car remotely, while it’s charging. In that way you can do things such as warm the cabin while the car’s still charging, saving your precious battery life for driving. According to Hunt, he said; he only needed a VIN (vehicle identification number) to gain access to this area via the app. “It's not that they have done authorisation [on the app] badly, they just haven't done it at all, which is bizarre,” he told the BBC. The first few characters of a car's VIN refer to the brand, model and country of origin, so only the last few numbers would set each Leaf apart. "But normally it's only the last five digits that differ," Hunt told the BBC. "There's nothing to stop someone from scripting a process that goes through every 100,000 possible cars and tries and turn the air conditioning on in every one In a video, Troy Hunt is shown remotely controlling these features via the API of the NissanConnect EV app, and is also shown testing the theory remotely with a friend’s Leaf in the UK. Interestingly, it appears that a hacker could even use a web browser to access the vulnerability. “As I was talking to Troy on Skype, he pasted the web address into his browser and then maybe ten seconds later I heard an internal beep in the car,” Scott Helme, a cybersecurity adviser, told the BBC. “The heated seat then turned on, the heated steering wheel turned on. And I could hear the fans spin up and the air-conditioning unit turn on.” How is this dangerous? Troy Hunt says he gave Nissan one month to fix the issue, and today it appears that the company has deactivated the NissanConnect EV service – but it didn’t represent an immediate risk. In a worst case scenario, hackers would be able to access the AC unit of a Leaf, and make the interior either really warm or really cold – potentially running down the battery in the process. What’s more, the hack doesn’t work when the car is in motion. As Hunt says: “It's much like being able to start the engine in a petrol car to run the AC, it's going to start consuming the fuel you have in the tank. Now, if your car is parked on the drive overnight or at work for ten hours and left running, you could have very little fuel left when you get back to it... So you will be stranded” At the same time, they will also have access to your journey history and eco-stats, which, while unnerving, pales in comparison to recent car hacks. Loking at what Hunt writes in his blog: “It’s a different class of vulnerability to the Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek Jeep hacking shenanigans of last year, but in both good and bad ways. Good in the sense that it doesn’t impact the driving controls of the vehicle, yet bad in the sense that the gaining access to vehicle controls in this fashion doesn’t get much easier – it’s profoundly trivial.” Hunt also found that, as soon as his friend disconnected the app from the Nissan Leaf, it was no longer hackable. Nissan's response to this: “The NissanConnect EV app (formerly called CarWings and is used for the Nissan LEAF and eNV200) is currently unavailable. This follows information from an independent IT consultant and subsequent internal Nissan investigation that found the dedicated server for the app had an issue that enabled the temperature control and other telematics functions to be accessible via a non-secure route. No other critical driving elements of the Nissan LEAF or eNV200 are affected, and our 200,000-plus LEAF and eNV200 drivers across the world can continue to use their cars safely and with total confidence. Now, the only functions that are affected are those controlled via the mobile phone – all of which are still available to be used manually, as with any standard vehicle. At this point we apologize for the disappointment caused to our Nissan LEAF and eNV200 customers who have enjoyed the benefits of our mobile apps. But whatever the case is, the quality and seamless operation of our products is paramount. So we're looking forward to launching updated versions of our apps very soon." The app security: The hack should come as yet another warning sign to car manufacturers. While app-integration such like the NissanConnectEV service represents an important step forward for cars, manufacturers need to make sure they adhere to the same security standards we expect from the other apps we use. With companies like Volvo, they are already hoping to replace car keys, and Nissan is looking at stepping up car-app integration, these security issues need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Thanks for reading.....

Samsung's 256GB Flash Chips Focuses on Super-sized Storage for Future Phones

A good news for you, now... your next phone might pack a whopping 256GB of onboard storage thanks to Samsung. The Korea-based electronics maker announced on Thursday that it’s now mass producing 256GB embedded flash memory chips for smartphones and other devices. The new memory chips are smaller than a microSD card and can pack up to 256GB thanks to Samsung’s cutting-edge V-Nand technology. So based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 specification, the new memory is almost twice as fast as SATA-based solid state storage drives on PCS, Samsung says. The new memory uses two lanes of data transfer to reach speeds of up to 850 megabytes per second (MB/s). Samsung made it clear that you’ll be able to transfer a full HD movie in about 12 seconds over a USB 3.0 cable at those speeds—assuming a 90-minute movie with an average file size around 5 gigabytes. The new memory also supports what Samsung calls “seamless ultra HD playback and multitasking functionality” on tablets and other large screen devices. What we are tying to say is this, you can watch a 4K movie and carry out less intensive tasks at the same time without the movie skipping a beat. Whether that dream meets reality, however,it depends on a lot of other factors when it comes down to a specific device, such as the processor’s capabilities. Important note: packing more onboard storage on a smartphone is all the time a good thing, especially as we expect higher performance from our devices to do everything from send email to gaming to virtual reality. More that, operating systems are becoming more complex and requiring more room—so much so that a 16GB device usually reserves a massive chunk of that paltry storage for the OS. Furthermore many smartphone makers solve the storage issue by including expandable microSD storage. Now, however, it appears at least some of that storage issue can be solved with these embedded chips. This story, was originally published by PCWorld.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

No Need of Dongle : Chromecast-Like Features May Get Built Directly Into Televisions

Presently Google is reportedly looking to build Chromecast-like features into other companies’ TVs, letting users control video from their phones, tablets, or laptops Vizio would be first in line to include these “Google Cast” features in its televisions, and Google has approached at least one other TV maker with similar plans, according to Variety’s unnamed sources. Vizio may even ditch the traditional remote control entirely in some of its sets, instead bundling an Android tablet with pre-loaded media apps, a programming guide, and other basic remote control functions. Using Google Cast, streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu can display a “Cast” button in their mobile apps and desktop websites. So when users press that button, the TV will understand that it's time to stream any video they choose next. Casting also works with music services such as Pandora and Spotify, photo-sharing services, and certain mobile games. Okay, variety’s report doesn’t clearify when Google or Vizio might announce a Cast-enabled TV set, and neither company commented on the rumors. But However it’s worth noting, that Vizio did not attend this year’s CES trade show as usual, so the company could very well be waiting on a coordinated announcement with Google. Important note: Although Google’s phone-as-remote concept drew plenty of skepticism when Chromecast first launched in 2013, the $35 dongle has since become a streaming video powerhouse, with more than 20 million units sold as of last September. Now, TV watchers are clearly growing accustomed to the idea, and the appeal to TV makers is understandable:For the fact that the apps and interface live entirely on a phone or tablet, the TV doesn’t need expensive hardware or routine software maintenance. So if there is anything else, you should be in note of, that's the experience of using Cast-enabled apps will get better automatically as apps improve and users upgrade to faster phones and tablets.

Do You Want to Hire? Take a Lesson from the NFL

With the National Football League draft just a couple of months away, businesses can learn a lot from how each team picks its players, new research suggests. While professional teams will look for the players who can make the best catches, run the fastest and make hard-hitting tackles, they will also be looking for traits that extend beyond the football field, such as working harder than necessary, making personal sacrifices that benefit the team and helping teammates who are struggling, according to a study set to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology. "In these 'character guys' are better investments for NFL teams," Tim Maynes, one of the study's authors and an assistant professor of organization and human resources at the University of Buffalo School of Management, said in a statement. "Players who hit the weight room after practice, spend extra time analyzing game film or help a rookie learn the ropes while in college will be drafted earlier, awarded higher starting salaries and be more successful in the NFL." After analyzing 440 college football players who were drafted into the NFL between 2006 and 2012, the researchers discovered that having high character — which was determined by researching more than 36,000 media sources for articles spanning each player's entire four-year college career to find instances where they acted as team players — not only contributed to how early in the draft some players were selected, but also determined how well they would perform in the professional ranks. Now, Maynes believes the research has strong implications for businesses as more and more companies move from individual contributing types of structures to team-based organization. "The ability to function well as a team and to engage in behaviors that will help the team function more effectively are becoming increasingly more important," Maynes said. Maynes also said that the study's findings are applicable to any workplace involving teams like committees, task forces, product development or client engagement teams. "Hiring managers need to look beyond just the previous job performance of candidates," Maynes said further. "Finding a candidate who will take the time to go the extra mile will benefit the team they're working on and the organization as a whole." The study's authors said further research should analyze industries other than the NFL, to investigate best practices for hiring in nonteam settings, and to take other factors into consideration, such as national culture and differences in hiring managers and team climate. The study was co-authored by Steve Whiting, an assistant professor of management at the University of Central Florida College of Business Administration. Bye.

Discover - A Phone With a Screen You Can Replace in One Minute

So much was rightly made out of LG’s upcoming smartphone - the LG G5 which looks set to beat Google’s Project Ara to the punch with modular elements. Now, last laugh LG, you might think, only they’ve been beaten to that same punch by Fairphone, a company that made moderate waves a few years ago by attempting to disrupt the ethically mucky world of smartphone manufacturing by sourcing conflict free metals for use in construction. The Fairphone 2 is not modular in the same way as LG’s is, in that there’s no upgrades here for now. So in the spirit of breaking down the environmentally damaging two year upgrade cycle, Fairphone 2 lets you just replace single elements when they stop working, and has been designed in such a way that anyone with a screwdriver and one minute will be able to do it. Right now, the company’s shop contains a limited number of modules for replacement including the screen for €85.70 (~£67) and the camera for €34.28 (~£27). The base phone itself - with a Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB RAM - goes for €529.38 (~£419). As a person who has managed to break "a number" of smartphone screens over the years, this appeals to be a great deal (no cracks since October 2012!), but in terms of keeping a quiet life, it’s hard to see too many wanting to follow Fairphone’s example. Old habbits die hard: Those old ‘warranty void if removed’ stickers may be pretty unfair, but for manufacturers, they offer a clear and cut way to see who has been tinkering, and blurring those lines that could just be too messy to contemplate for now.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Microsoft's Hub Keyboard Provides You With One-touch Access to All Your Office Content

These days, Microsoft is really into keyboards. Shortly after scooping up SwiftKey, the company has just launched a new offering—the Hub Keyboard for Android. It’s majorly designed to connect more deeply to your Office 365 content and showcase some of Microsoft’s language learning capabilities. For example, when you sign into your Microsoft account (it only works with work, school, or university accounts for now) you’ll be able to search for and attach files stored in OneDrive. Even if you don’t have an eligible account, you are still able to use the keyboard to translate what you type into another language and search through your phone’s contacts. The keyboard is still in preview mode, so it’s bound to have bugs and missing features (the most annoying is that there’s no autocorrect). The interface is also rather plain, without any extra themes or customization options. If you have a compatible account and want to try it out, you can grab Hub Keyboard from the Play Store. Important note: Microsoft’s newfound religion of cross-platform productivity is really paying off.Now, Microsoft Garage in particular keeps cranking out a string of Android apps, like the recently updated Next Lock Screen. So you should expect this keyboard and SwiftKey to eventually join forces in some ways, so that Microsoft can offer more language smarts to Android and other platforms.

The Five Promotable Personality Traits That Can Help You Move Ahead

When talking about making decisions about whom to hire and promote, skills and prior work history are only part of the equation. Now, as many employers know, a candidate's attitude and personality traits play a huge role in how well that person can perform in the workplace. "A large amount of data supports the claim that personality predicts job performance better than any other known evaluation method, including interviews and IQ tests," said Robert Hogan, a psychologist and president of personality test provider Hogan Assessments. "Personality should be [a] major factor used to make personnel decisions." Carl Persing, research and solutions adviser at strategy consultancy and survey provider Metrus Group, agreed, noting that people's personalities tend to motivate and guide them in their careers. "According Persing, personality traits make you seek out certain jobs and affect how you fit in,". When hiring managers are filling entry-level positions, they frequently screen for basic traits like reliability and organization skills, in order to make sure the candidate will be motivated to do the job. But when it comes time to promote those employees, personality becomes an even more important factor, said Eric Heggestad, an industrial and organizational psychologist and a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. So for promotions, "you look a lot deeper, at things like charisma and the ability to motivate people," Heggestad said. "It matters more at the higher level, as the span of control increases." Based on these experts' research, data and experience, here you have the five personality types that are most likely to earn a promotion: (1)The "people" person. Clients, colleagues and bosses all of them like this person. He or she has a pleasant personality, gets along with others and is enjoyable to be around. A people person is likely to be a good manager or team leader because of these qualities. (2)The delegator. When lower-level employees are offered with the opportunity to work on a group project, there will always be at least one who assumes the position of leader. This person knows how to give constructive feedback and delegate tasks based on the team members' strengths. (3)The adapter. This particular person learns very quickly and is capable of adjusting to any task or work environment. His or her intelligence and intuition will help in figuring out how to tackle a new role. (4)The decider. Some one who is decisive and confident in his or her decisions is a great fit for a leadership position. The ability to choose a direction quickly and effectively is essential for a strategy-based role. (5)The ethical person. Regardless of whatsoever the employee's role is, his or her actions are guided by a sense of ethics and integrity. This person won't compromise his or her morals or try to get ahead at the expense of other colleagues. Hiring managers who choose to conduct formal personality assessments of a candidate or current employee are cautioned to do their research on commercially available tests and only use well-validated measures, Hogan said in a statement.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

With Major Update Microsoft's Next Lock Screen Gets More Secure and Useful

The Microsoft’s Next customized lock screen app for Android devices, might be just the solution if you looking for a more flexible shows with what ups on your phone. This stock lock screen alternative got a pretty big update on Tuesday that can enable it to work with your phone’s fingerprint unlock feature and perform other magic with your existing applications. You can also notify Next about where your home and work locations are, so the app can manage different unlock rules depending upon where you are. According to Microsoft you can also change up the wallpapers based on your location, so you can pick one that suits your work or home mood a little better. The app will walk you through how to enable all of these features, as you’ll need to turn off the default lock screen so you don’t have to unlock your phone twice. The latest version of the Next lock screen is rolling out now in the Google Play Store. The impact it creates on you: One of the perks of Android is the ability to make adjustments to its stock features, such like changing up your phone’s lock screen. Microsoft Next is a good option, though there are plenty of other alternatives if Google’s stock offering isn’t doing it for you. Next also gives/provides a beta option inside the app, so sign up if you want to try out the latest features.

Spend Wisely:How You Can Make the Most Out of Your New Business Loan

Whether you're getting a traditional bank loan or you went through an alternative lender, your newly acquired funds will for sure help your business achieve some goals, make important changes and continue growing. Okay, some how your mind is probably racing with all the possibilities this money represents, but before the loan hits your bank account, you need to have a well-thought-out plan for what to do with the funds "At this point, it may be the end of the loan-application process, but it's the beginning of what hopefully will be a growth-oriented and prosperous future," said Michael Finkelstein, CEO of online lending platform The Credit Junction. "Judicious deployment of the new funds is critical to ensuring the business optimizes the new capital." Some business financing experts shared their best tips to help new business-loan recipients properly manage the money they've received.
What are you to do with your loan funds? First, put the money in a separate account. If you're using your loan funds to cover ongoing operational expenses and purchases, you might want to place the money somewhere other than your primary business checking account. Essentially you some how pretends like as if the money isn't there, and only transferring money as you need it, will prevent you from overspending, said Levi King, CEO and co-founder of business credit and financing company Nav (formerly Creditera). "So if you have to transfer money from one account to another — especially if it's with different banks — you'll think long and hard before you make that decision," King said. 
Set up automatic loan payments:. - A late or missed payments on your loan can really hurt your credit score, and as such make it more difficult for you to borrow money in the future. One way you can ensure you stay on top of your loan repayment is by setting up automatic debits. Most lenders have an online banking system that allows you to do this, and as long as you know you'll have the funds each month to make the payments, it will save you the hassle of manually moving your money around. "(Auto-debit) aids to ensure timely repayment and is one less thing for a small business owner to worry about," said Mollie Gawronski, head of small business segment strategy for BMO Harris Bank. "In some other cases, (banks can) offer better terms for customers who do that."
Keep on cutting costs and planning your budget:. - Never let that large bank-account balance go to your head: In the long run, keep on saving money, trim your budget and plan for your business's future, even though you now have the funds to cover your expenses, make sure you're prepared for a financial emergency. "Never you assume that once you've got funding, you are all set," King said. "Another big opportunity or problem can present itself tomorrow. So always be anticipating future funding needs, and look for opportunities to lower the cost of existing loans by refinancing for example. Stephen Sheinbaum, founder of financial technology company Bizfi, noted that putting certain expenses like utilities on an equal payment plan, or looking into vendor discounts or early payoff plans can help you better manage your cash flow. "So whatever any savings you generate it should go into your reserves," Sheinbaum said. 
Money mistakes you should avoid: 
Spending just because you can: - Probably there are a lot of small expenses your new loan funds could help cover. Now, you have a plan for the bulk of that money, and you may think spending $50 here or $100 there won't throw off your financial strategy too much. However, those little costs add up, and before you know it, you could find yourself back in the position of being short on cash. "You should create a good operational controls and checks and balances for cash monitoring and authority for release of funds," Finkelstein said. "It is tempting, with an influx of cash, to add fixed costs, but many times this is not optimal." King agreed, and pointed out that any plans to spend the money should be run by someone else first, like your accountant or financial manager. "It's so easy to use (your loan) on things that aren't going to move the needle," King said, you should only spend when it's necessary ... as slowly as possible, validating (the expense) along the way. A lot of times, projects and needs change." Not paying attention to your finances. Sheinbaum said that the biggest money-management mistake he's seen small businesses make is simply failing to keep an eye on their spending and income. "In this way, it's somewhat understandable," he said. "Most entrepreneurs go into business because they have a passion for their product or service, not because they want to spend all day looking at a spreadsheet or an accounting system dashboard. But unless you pay attention to the money, you won't be able to get your product or service out in front of the public." So in this case business owners should have a designated day each week, month or quarter to check their invoices and review cash-flow projections against actual business volume, Sheinbaum said. 
Hiding from your debt:. - Now if you're struggling to make payments, never you force the lender to send a collections agent after you. King advised being honest and up front about your situation. In this case, there may be something your lender can do about it. "Go to the bank or lender and let them know what's going on, and then ask for help," King said. "Often, they have flexibility. They may be able to restructure or refinance (your loan). They don't want bad debt — they just want to get paid." Thanks........

Facebook Will Soon Introduce a Video Post Function With 'happy birthday' in Mind.

Very sure, 15-second, random, probably very silly videos is what's been missing off our Facebook timelines. Starting from next Monday you'll be able to post not just comments and photographs on your friend's feed, but a short second video, too. Facebook is going to give out the feature on iOS devices to begin with. So for those of you with iPhones, you'll soon be able to record yourself saying 'oh hey' and share it immediately on somebody's timeline. Android users will enjoy the same privileges in the coming months. As Mashable explains, Facebook is about to introduce the new frivolity with celebration in mind. It's about wishing people 'happy birthday'. There'll be the option of including fun themes/banners in the video messages. But you're not exactly restricted to birthdays. And yes, this perhaps highlights the idea that Facebook is gentle, but quite dramatically purging towards all-round content hosting. Soon, you will not you even need to visit YouTube, and Will you even need to go to news sites if Facebook's got everything on its own page, ready to view? But whatsoever the case is, let's not get too carried away, too readily. To begin with, the video message addition from Facebook is very simply intended as a birthday alert - and birthday functions are some of the more favoured among users. To create a 15-second clip, you'll need to visit the recipient's profile page via the iOS app, select a banner, and a video prompt will be ready to go. You just need to record yourself saying 'happy birthday', and hit publish. This makes the whole social media tributes much more interesting.

Monday, 22 February 2016

The Difference Between The Samsung Galaxy S7 and The Samsung Galaxy S6

Some how you might be asking yourself the question that What’s so different between the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the newly announced Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, seriously that's not that much, but what Samsung did change might put a smile on your face. 1.Better camera with a wider aperture: Who else needs more megapixels when you can get the bigger ones? The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge both feature 12MP rear-facing cameras with Dual Pixel technology, which is similar to the dual-photodiode sensors that some DSLR’s use. The Galaxy S7 also boasts a wider aperture of f/1.7, which helps immensely in low-light environments. That’s the widest aperture we’ve seen on a smartphone so far.
2.The display is always on: The always-on display feature that comes standard with both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will eventually make it to the Galaxy S6 in a software update, but for now it’s a neat trick. The Galaxy S7’s AMOLED display can show ambient information on the screen when it’s off, such as the current time and any upcoming calendar notifications. So the feature is an extension of the night clock on the Galaxy S6 Edge. Further more you can also choose from a variety of background images to add a little more customization to your new phone. 
3.You can dunk it in water if you wish: Samsung did not make the Galaxy S6 water-resistant like its predecessor, which bummed us out a bit. Now most sure, if you’re spending so much on a device, you should be able to use it out in the world without worrying about its impending doom. Thankfully, the Galaxy S7 is IP68 rated, which mean it’s both dust- and water-resistant for up to half an hour. Okay, this will bode especially well if you live in a wet or snowy climate, or if you’re just keen on having your slick, svelte smartphone accompany you on adventures out in the wild. 
4.The expansion slot is back: Samsung heard the peoples cries, so for that reason the expansion slot is back! We missed this feature dearly on the Galaxy S6. Samsung even future-proofed the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, allowing them to take MicroSD cards up to 2TB in size. Currently, you’ll have to settle for up to 200GB, in addition to the 32GB or 64GB of storage space that comes with the device. 
5.More battery life: The S6 was supposed to give out stellar battery life, but it barely delivered. The Galaxy S7 sports a larger 3,000mAh battery pack, up from 2,550mAh, while the Galaxy S7 Edge takes the biggest leap to 3,600mAh, up from 2,600mAh. Samsung claims you can watch an entire season of Game of Thrones (about 10 hours) before the device screams for a charge. 

Your Twelve Ways to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work from Home

If you've got a long or challenging commute to the office, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about the ultimate dream: "working from home". There's just one problem - How do you convince your boss to make that dream a reality? Okay, telecommuting is not just great for you; it can be great for business, too. So if you want to spend some, or all, of your work time in the comfort of your own home, you just have to remind your boss of the benefits a work-from-home program can offer both you and the company. Giving regards to that here are the 12 tips for convincing your boss to adopt a telecommuting policy, straight from employees who have done it and the employers who love it.
The perks your boss will love:
1. It increases productivity:. - "(Using telecommuting), driven team members can operate during hours they are most productive.As for me I can write at 5 a.m. or 6 a.m., for example, or work more in the mornings with technical and demanding tasks, and take meetings, follow up with leads and work on creative projects in the afternoon. This can also help night owls that can't be as productive during daylight hours or early mornings." – Kahshanna Evans, founding partner, Kissing Lions Public Relations
2.It reduces overhead costs. - "It's extremely cost-effective! I have had telecommuters in the past and have saved, on average, about $12,000 a year per employee. That can pile up, especially over a few years and (with) more than one telecommuter." –Jarred Saba, CEO, Lease Advisors 
3.It helps businesses retain employees:. - "Giving chance for the flexibility and understanding of wanting to work from home improves employee satisfaction, ultimately helping a company retain talent. This idea of talent retention has become important as the economy switches to a job seeker's market. Also, being open to the idea of having employees work from home, even if just part-time, attracts younger talent seeking work flexibility to balance work and personal life." – Tonya Lain, regional vice president, Adecco Staffing 
4.It means hiring the best talent, anywhere:. - "By hiring people who work from home you can extend your talent pool to [find] the best candidates regardless of geography. Furthere more, if the business relies heavily on customer service and sales, being able to hire people in different time zones helps you to provide more customer-service coverage, or extend your sales territory without having to rent or build office space." – Brian Reynolds, director of online content, FlexJobs 
5.It means fewer sick days:. - "Some times the employee is likely to be absent from work due to illness, because working from home reduces stress, allows more time for exercise (again, due to elimination of commuting time) it decreases exposure to germs." – Cynthia Calvert, founder and principal, Workforce 21C 
6. Your employees can work longer:. - "Most people are never late to work, since they don't have to commute. And, perhaps also a surprise, they actually work longer. My wife and I have the same business hours, but she still has to commute. So, the 40 minutes she spends on the road each day, I spend on work." – Jason Biddle, product data specialist, USImprints And as an added bonus, with fewer employees commuting and using electricity and other office resources, it makes your business more environmentally friendly.
How to approach your boss: 
7.Make sure it can work:. - "Make sure it is a viable option before you continue. If your position requires a great deal of personalized communication, either with co-workers or [with] clients, it might not make sense." – Carly Fauth, head of marketing, Money Crashers 
8.Work it into your goals:. - "Find out what's most important to your boss. Is it that you make more sales phone calls? Is it being more creative in your designs? Find out what your boss's goal is for you, and then explain how remote working will help improve your chance of hitting those goals. Ultimately, if you can make their job easier and less stressful, that's what they will be looking for." – Nathan Gilmore, co-founder, TeamGantt 
9. Present a thought-out plan:. - "When I approached the manager of my team about working from home, I presented a written plan of action and expectations. My plan pointed out the resources and technology I had available to support telecommuting, the current research on the benefits of telecommuting, and how I intended to resolve issues incase I incur a problem while working off-site. I also provided (an explanation of) how I would safeguard proprietary information." – Dawn C. Reid, senior personal growth and relationship coach, Reid Ready Coaching
10.Tie it to your scope of work:. - "Give room to work with customers, colleagues and vendors that are based overseas. Doing so will necessitate your working at odd hours of the day. Most employers are fine with accommodating your working from home to take calls with overseas resources, and this will get your boss used to your working remotely out of necessity. After this, it will become much easier for your employer to let you telecommute, in part because you've already proven that you can." – Joseph Terach, CEO, Resume Deli 
11.Do a trial run:. - "If you want to pitch telecommuting to your boss, the key is to start with a small ask. Propose trying it out on a small scale first. This will give you and your boss the time you need to see whether or not it's a good fit." – Hannah Wright, vice president of marketing, 12.Establish a system: . - "(For one employee) to work from home effectively, a company must have clearly defined daily or weekly objectives for the employee working from home. Furthere more, to ensure the employee feels part of the team, a company must have a regular means to communicate — Skype, IM, email, phone calls, texts, videoconferences, etc. In addition, employees must understand how what they do impacts the company. Companies that focus on the deliverables have significantly more success with people working from home than those that instead try to monitor the hours the employee actually works." – Tiffany C. Wright, president, The Resourceful CEO said.

CAT S60 - A Smartphone That Sees in The Dark and Swims With The Fishes

It's able to see through smoke, it can dive underwater, and it can run Android Marshmallow. The CAT S60 is a 4G LTE smartphone with a 3,800 mAh battery that owners of thinner and lighter phones might kill for. With its ruggedized case, which is designed to survive a drop onto concrete from head height, it sounds like the special forces of smartphones. The phone’s two stand-out features, though, are its water resistance and its thermal camera. There are so many other smartphones with IP68 ratings that can take a dip in a pool and live to tell the tale, but the CAT S60 is fully submersible to 5 meters—as long as you remember to batten down the hatches first. It has two mechanical shutters to cover the earpiece and microphone, and if you forget to flip those closed first, water’s going to find its way in once you go below 2 meters. Otherwise, you’re good for up to an hour under water. There’s one other thing worth keeping closed: the trapdoor on the back covering slots for dual SIM cards and a microSD card. “We put it on the back, not the side, because otherwise it’s a structural weakness,” said Tim Shepherd of Bullitt Group, the company that designs and manufactures CAT phones under license. Bullitt is unveiling the phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. It also makes ruggedized phones for JCB, although those are feature phones, not smart phones. The thermal camera module is made by FLIR, and uses the same Lepton image sensor as FLIR’s add-on modules for iPhones and Android phones. It has a raw resolution of 80 by 60 infrared pixels, but with some clever processing of the image from the adjacent 13 megapixel visible light camera, this can be interpolated up to a 640-by-480-pixel thermal image. An app allows a readout of the approximate temperature with a tap on the screen. “It’s accurate to 2-3 degrees Fahrenheit,” said FLIR’s Bruce Cumming. “For home inspectors and insurance loss adjusters, it’s a good enough technology,” he said, but he recommended that they get trained in basic thermography first. The S60’s other features include a 4.7-inch touch-screen display that can be used with wet fingers or gloves, a Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor, and 3GB of RAM. Bullit expects it to go on sale around June, the price is about $599 (excluding sales tax) or €649 (including value-added tax) for an unlocked version.

Your Eight Career Boosting Habits, Adopt Them Now

Starting from the entry-level to senior management, most workers have something more they will like to achieve in their professional lives. But, However advancing your career doesn't just mean getting a promotion or switching to another company. Every day, there are simple, little things you are able to do to improve your productivity, your job satisfaction and your overall standing with your colleagues. So with that here are the eight habits you can start forming today to help your career. 1.You should learn how to listen: According to Dana Brownlee, founder of Professionalism Matters. there's a big difference between truly listening to someone and simply waiting to talk. Most people tend to do the latter when they're pretending to do the former, but if you make the effort to hear, process and respond thoughtfully, your colleagues will take notice. Brownlee's advice - : "Listen to others as if you'd be quizzed on what they were saying. Listening keenly not only allows you to extract better information, it also makes the other person feel heard, which is very huge when it comes to building relationships. That type of skill, if nurtured and developed early, can be extremely valuable." 2. Double-check and confirm: Unclear expectations is one of the biggest causes of workplace conflict, both on the part of managers and employees. Now if one person gives some directions in a vague or confusing way, and/or the other person assumes his or her own interpretation is correct, neither party gets the results and validation it wants. So for things like this, Adam Robinson, co-founder and CEO of hiring tech company Hireology, said the best way to combat this is to consistently check in about projects to clarify what the other person expects from you (or what you need that person to actually do). Robinson's advice - : "Accountability and communication are the keys when it comes to improving your career. So in any role, you should confirm the goal and requirements, manage expectations and keep people informed. This actally, will help you manage to the result you're looking foward to achieve. By proactively keeping people up to speed, they'll be aware of what you're working on and see that you are invested in achieving the goal." 3.Always say "thank you": One thing, gratitude is a very simple but often overlooked tool for building strong relationships, especially in the workplace. Everyone wants to feel appreciated, and making a regular habit of thanking others for their efforts can go a long way, said Deidre Paknad, CEO of collaboration software Workboard. Paknad advice - : "Work is a team sport and there are no solo victories. While most of us expect recognition and gratitude from our boss, give as much recognition to others as you will like to receive. Be the person who recognizes the wins and actions of others." 4.Seek out quiet: The today's present workers are always "on." Even when they're not physically in the office, people are answering emails, taking work calls and completing tasks at all hours of the day and night. The constant influx of notifications and communication can make your mental space awfully noisy, which can really hurt your focus at work. That's why Melanie Wells, founder and clinical director of national psychotherapy franchise The Lifeologie Institute, recommends taking a few minutes every day to remove these distractions and reset your mind. Wells' advice - : "Okay.. try to implement a daily period of quiet, of meditation or reflection [to manage] anxiety and stress. Carve out a brief period of time when you can get rid of the static and clear out the mental clutter so that you can focus and get back in the game. [Spend] 10 minutes in a quiet place with no distractions. So you can feel refreshed and ready to put forth your best work and effort." 5.Stick to a schedule: Most people go through their work day as if they're treading water. They deal with issues as they arise because they haven't planned ahead, and they may feel like they're struggling just to keep up. Okay now, setting a specific schedule and blocking out time to deal with specific tasks such as answering emails — and really adhering to that schedule — can help you manage your day better, Dana Brownlee said. Brownlee's advice - : "Never be reactive; be very intentional and proactive. Instead of grazing through emails all day long, identify specific times to check and process email. Turn off the chime that announces each incoming email. Focus on one thing at a time and avoid the minute-to-minute distraction of random emails." 6.Embrace positivity: Now in this case, who would you rather have on your team when a project is going poorly? Someone who tries to stay positive and get back on track, or a "Debbie Downer" who constantly laments the situation and blames others? Hireology's Robinson said that negativity is one of the worst habits that hold people back, in life and in their careers. Actively working against your inclination to complain when things get tough can really improve your team morale — and your standing within the organization. Robinson's advice - : "In this case, nobody cares how busy you are, because everyone is busy. This shows a lack of awareness of other people, and ultimately doesn't look good (specifically on you.) Having a positive attitude and not complaining shows that you're level-headed and can do well under pressure." 7.Set goals and monitor your progress: Goals are a prerequisite to success, According to Workboard's Paknad, goals are how you define what you're striving for, what success looks like and how your impact is measured. So before you begin your workday, take a moment to write down and review your short- and long-term goals, and any progress you've made on them. Paknad's advice - : "Make it to be your habit, set and check your goals every day. When you can describe what you achieved, why it mattered and how much it's worth in real-time, your career and résumé will grow by leaps and bounds." 8.Be honest with yourself: Taking measure of your strengths and weaknesses — and being realistic and honest with yourself about them — can help you to do your very best in your current and future roles. This is especially true of your weaknesses. Wells, of The Lifeologie Institute, observed that taking full inventory of what she's not good at has been much more important than listing what she is good at, because understanding your own skill gaps means you can seek out the right people to complement them. Wells' advice: "As for this, the best thing you can do for your career is to understand your strengths and weaknesses and admit they're real. For example, if you're creative, but disorganized, you will need to find a way to compensate for the fact that organization does not come naturally to you. That may involve a number of different solutions, but the key is that you should never try to be something you're not. No one can fake it for eternity."

The Four Things You NEED to Know About Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung has launched its new flagship smartphone at MWC in Barcelona. Beyond doubt, it's a relatively “mild update” from the S7. So if you have the time, We strongly recommend that you read Jon Bray’s hands-on review of the Galaxy S7. But, if you want a very quick snapshot of what the phone’s all about, never worry . Here are the four things that are new and noteworthy in the Galaxy S7. 1. It’s water cooled: For sure. Mental isn’t it? We’re water-cooling mobile phone now. Right now, Samsung has installed a sealed “thermal spreader” inside the new handset. This was using water evaporation and condensation to cool the phone more effectively. What this actually means is the S7 shouldn’t overheat as the performance improves. 2. Expandable storage is back: What a long discussion has this been. Samsung has long been an advocate of using SD cards in smartphones. That was until they dropped them in the S7. However, they’re back. Whether this was an evil marketing ploy, or they’ve simply listened to disgruntled Android fanboys, we don't know. Alas, it’s back and now boasts support upto 200GB. 3. IP68 dust- and water-resistant: Before it was IP67, and now it’s IP68. 4. Fewer megapixels; bigger image sensor: For anyone who don't believe much in camera technology this may sound like a downgrade. But it’s not. Reducing the megapixel count from 16 to 12 is never an issue, so as long as the sensor is big and bad (good) enough. That’s good enough.

Friday, 19 February 2016

How You Can Free Some Space On Your iPhone

IPhones are very good in capturing and consuming content, whether it’s downloading shows from iPlayer, taking pictures or recording 4K video. But in anycase all of those megabytes add up, and if you've got a 16GB phone or even a 128GB model, soon you will discover you are runing out of space. But rather than going out and getting a new iPhone, you can still free up lots of space. If in your case, you’ve reached the limits of your iPhone’s storage space, this quick tutorial will show you how you can free up some extra gigabytes on your smartphone. .How to get extra space on your iPhone: (1)Now if you need to extract more space on your iPhone, the first step is to get rid of any apps you might not be using. We often try different apps before settling on our favourite, so your first step is to remove any apps you don’t use anymore. (2)After you have done that, it’s time to take a closer look at exactly how you’re using your space. To do this, you just head to Settings | General and then Storage and iCloud usage. There you’ll see a rundown of your local and iCloud storage use, so click Manage Storage under Storage to see just where your memory has gone. (3)Then you’ll see a list of applications along with the space they’re taking up – and iOS usefully displays them from highest to lowest. The top culprit on the iPhone we’re using is Photos & Camera, followed by Podcasts, Music, Messages and iPlayer – so these are the first ones we’ll investigate. (4)According to iOS, the Photo Library on our current iphone is currently holding a huge 13.1GB of files, so in this case, first you’ll go through them and delete the ones you don’t want anymore. To make sure they're gone for good, go to the Recently Deleted folder in your Photo ans Videos app, and remove them from there too. If you've deleted any photos by accident, you can also recover them from here. After you’ve picked through your Photo Library, head to the next memory-hogging application on your iPhone. (5)Now as for us, that’s podcasts so, after heading to the app, we deleted several of the podcasts we’ve already listened to, to help free up some extra space. So you continue the process going down the list, and you should see some good space gains. (6)Music is third on the list of our most used apps, and while it’s worth deleting the songs you don’t regularly listen to, Okay... Apple Music means you can simply stream your library using Wi-Fi or 4G. That way, you still have access to your entire music collection, but it doesn’t take up valuable space on your iPhone thanks.

Microsoft Translator Adds AI-powered Offline Translation On Android and iOS Text Translation

Microsoft wants to bring its translation apps on Android and iOS up to par with the Windows mobile experience. The company recently announced that offline translation and the ability to translate text in images would land on the rival mobile platforms. Microsoft is not adding the two new features to both Android and iOS, however. Instead, Android is going to get the offline functionality while iOS gets image translation via optical character recognition (OCR). At least for now. Over time, Microsoft plans to add offline capability to iOS and bring OCR to Android. Both features have been on Translator for Windows Phone since 2010. We never mean to say we’re better than Google Translate, but...: Currently offline translations are rolling out to Android users of Microsoft Translator. The company claims Translator’s offline capabilities are just as good as online translations and more, thanks to the app’s “Deep Neural Network-powered offline engine.” This is the same technology that powers Skype Translator, as well as the Translator mobile apps when online. Now Microsoft says its translations are “significantly better than any offline translation experiences available previously.” In other words, Microsoft Translator is better at offline translation than Google Translate, according to Microsoft. So the downside, however, is that offline translation is limited at launch to ten languages, including Chinese (simplified), English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Snap that sign: Now, IPhone users, meanwhile, can use Microsoft Translator optical character recognition to translate signs and other materials in foreign languages. You can either snap a photo in the moment or select an image saved to your phone. The image translation works in 21 languages at launch. You can find the complete list on Microsoft’s Translator blog. The impact on you at home: Microsoft made a massive advance when it added real-time translation to Skype that's far more superior to what other platforms can do. On mobile, in anycase, the company has a long way to go before it can match Google Translate. Google has far more offline languages available (OCR is about the same), and Google’s app has a less cumbersome interface. I use translation apps every day, and in my experience Google’s service is much faster than Microsoft Translator regardless of platform—so much so that on the Lumia 950 I actually prefer to use Google Translate as a web app over Microsoft’s native solution. Thanks

Do You Want to Launch Another Business? Here's What You Need to Know

Most people are born with the entrepreneurial bug. Now as for these people, the thrill of starting and running a business is so motivating that they want to do it over and over again. While a good number of serial entrepreneurs will launch, build and exit the companies they start, others want to continue running their first venture while working on the second (or third or fourth, and so on.). It can certainly be done, but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to each of your businesses. Now .. we spoke with entrepreneurs who run multiple businesses about their experiences and what other business owners should know. Harmonizing your brands: Whether your businesses are related to each other or in different industries, they have at least one thing in common: you. Even if the connection is not obvious, consumers and business partners can easily discover that you're at the helm of each company, so you'll want to keep your values consistent. Mathieu Massa, CEO of Mr. Hospitality, which owns and operates multiple restaurants and nightlife destinations, said to make sure that strategies in one business do not conflict with those of the other business(es). "If you're running a business in which your sales speech focuses on protecting the environment and, on the other hand, you start a business that does completely the opposite, you immediately lose credibility," Massa said. "So make sure you find out what your core values are, and develop them in all your ventures." Serial entrepreneur Nick Matzorkis, who co-founded Union Square Media, agreed that your businesses should complement one another, especially in practical ways. "This is what Nick Matzorkis said. "When I have multiple businesses, I ... mold and manage them in such a way they benefit one another in supporting and helping each other grow,". "[This can be done] by reducing costs, e.g. sharing common accounting or IT departments; sharing office space; or even shaping simultaneous companies to parlay off of each other's cash flow by benefitting from complementary seasonality trends, for example." In the same way, Nicole Bandklayder, founder of NB Talent Services and The Cookie Cups and co-founder of Bijouxx Jewels, handles some of her cash flow problems by letting her diverse businesses help one another. "Nicole Bandklayder said, I am always looking for opportunities for my businesses, and most of them require fees," . "On occasion, NB Talent will fund The Cookie Cups event or festival weekend, which gives me the freedom to take on more and help all of the brands grow." Finding the right staff: In this case, it takes a significant amount of work to run one business, let alone multiple companies. However, it doesn't have to mean more work for you if you hire the right people to help you out. "We've worked very hard to find the right people who are exceptional leaders, and because of that focus, there is an awesome interaction between our brands," said Brian Scudamore, founder and CEO of O2E Brands, the parent company of home service brands Wow 1 Day Painting, 1-800-GOT-JUNK, You Move Me, and Shack Shine. "All of our managing directors work closely together, share best practices, wins and culture tips. Having four businesses led by the right people is actually a lot easier than just having one." "I am a very hands-on person and like to be a part of all the decision making for all of my brands, (but I have) the team and support behind me to help me execute my daily tasks," Ridinger said further. But before you can think about staffing your new venture, your original employees should be on board with your decision, especially if it means they'll be working on both companies, said Dan Gordon, co-founder and head brewer of Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. and Aurum Cider Co. "Now, in conclusion make sure you have the support of your team when making the move, and have all of the resources you can muster so that the probability of success is great," Gordon added. Learning new things: A lot of our sources said that one of the perks of owning multiple businesses is the opportunity to gain new knowledge and perspectives on how to approach certain business strategies. "Now, the best part of running multiple businesses ... is learning different methods of marketing, running and building teams, pricing — everything, really," Miethner said. "There are a lot of elements from each you can experiment with on the others. It creates great perspective. Let take for instance, working in the food trucks always reminds me of how important customer service and sales are, even though doing both on a food truck is extremely different than what we do through (a professional service organization such like) FindSpark." furthere more there are even lessons to be learned when you're working in a similar industry. Gordon noted that, even though both of his companies are in the brewing business, he faced some production challenges because of the scientific fermentation differences between beer and hard cider. Getting your own timing right: some how you may be excited at the prospect of launching your next business, but you don't want to bite off more than you can chew. Okay.. as with any venture, you'll need time to devote to this new startup to make sure it succeeds — meaning that your first business should be self-sufficient enough for you to step away from it. "Now hear what Scudamore said. I decided to take on my second venture, Wow one Day Painting, after 1-800-GOT-JUNK? was well-established," . "1-800-GOT-JUNK? had been built into an international, $100 million business, and we had proven systems that we could leverage in our next brands — a centralized call center, booking and dispatch software we'd created in-house, marketing systems, and PR know-how." Bandklayder believes that, starting a new business is like having a new child: It needs to be nurtured to grow, and you can't just leave it home alone. "The more time you can put toward your business, the better off you will be," she said. "So never rush it. I had wanted to start a baking business for years, (and) once the concept fell into place, I worked on the marketing and legal requirements slowly when I had the time. It really is all about timing. I wasn't able to launch as quickly as I had hoped." But nevertheless, if you feel the overwhelming entrepreneurial urge to start something new, some of our sources advised simply going for it. For instance, Matzorkis said he never consciously set out to start a new company — he recognizes and acknowledges ideas and opportunities as they come to him, and if he has the resources and the passion for it, he moves forward. "I've never started a business simply because I saw it as a good business opportunity alone," Matzorkis tol said. "So for me, any new business must be more than just a sound business model in order for me to maintain the focus and drive needed to guide it to success. This personal guideline is of particular importance to me when choosing to launch and operate multiple companies simultaneously. "so finally i don't think entrepreneurs wait for a green light," Gordon said. "You get an idea and just run with it regardless of whether it fits into your readiness mode or not."