Thursday, 31 March 2016

Too Much Talent - How It Can Be Bad to Business

While businesses always look for the best of the best when hiring new employees, research has find that is not always a winning strategy. Some types of businesses see performance drop when their organization is filled entirely with superstar employees, according to study published in the journal Psychological Science. So while talent is important, too much of it can be a bad thing, said Adam Galinsky, the study's co-author and a professor at Columbia Business School. This most especially can be true when employees must work together to execute projects. "If a team does not have a clear pecking order, status conflict and chaos will of no doubt emerge, and as a result of that, the overall performance goes down because coordination goes down," Galinsky said in a statement. "Overall, now.. our findings suggest that team coordination suffers when there is too much talent, because team members all try to be the alpha." The study's authors came to their conclusions after studying a variety of team-based situations, including egg production in a chicken coop and 10 seasons of professional basketball and baseball. Now one example is this, when looking at egg production, the researchers discovered that when all high egg-producing chickens are put in the same coop, egg production actually goes down. Galinsky said the chickens start fighting for food and territory, and end up pecking each other to death. "Without a pecking order, what we get is conflict and chaos and therefore worse team performance," Galinsky added. Furthermore, the researchers also examined 10 seasons of the teams in the National Basketball Association. SO they discovered that having more talent was better, but only up to a point. After that point, more talent led to worse performance. Galinsky further said that team performance suffered because the teams weren't passing the ball effectively. "When you get too many talented basketball players together, status conflict emerges," he said. "They all want to be the alpha player and performance goes down because coordination goes down." However, baseball teams don't suffer the same drop in performance when filled with superstar players, according to the research. The study's authors discovered that baseball is really an individual sport masquerading as a team sport and doesn't require the same level of coordination that basketball does. "So in this case, more talent was always better," Galinksy said. The study's authors believe the research has important implications for businesses. "Finally if it occurs that you have a team where people don't need to coordinate and are independent actors, more talent is always better, so hire the best of the best," Galinsky said. "But, if you have a team where its members must coordinate, hire a range of talent in order to produce the greatest success." Thanks for reading

Samsung+ Software Update Allows a Customer Service Rep to Control Your Device Remotely

To startwith, I believe you know that everyone needs a little help with their devices sometimes, and that is why Samsung is continually investing in Samsung+, its app dedicated to helping those who use its mobile products. And luckly today, Samsung is rolling out version three of its helper app, though this particular update feels more like its official launch party. In much, Samsung+ has been completely revamped and comes with a bevy of new features, including better live customer support and a new community feature that’s there to inspire you to reach out to other Samsung faithful in your time of need. Currently, Samsung+ is more modern looking with its black and white aesthetic and menus that are more easier to navigate. And services like live customer support and device diagnostics can be accessed immediately from a floating action button, which rests on top of a feed of articles relating to any of the devices you own. Furthermore, there’s also an Explore section, which offers up helpful blogposts on how to use your Samsung device in the real world. The articles has to do with topics like how to shoot a photo at a sports game, how to get your kids eating healthy—the latter of which would appear if you’ve registered a Samsung refrigerator listed as one of your devices. In the move, Samsung is also attempting to foster a community within Samsung+ between device owners. So in this regard you can search for help topics or post your own if you find that the answer you seek is unavailable from the official source. One of the most interesting new feature of Samsung+ is the improved live customer support, called Samsung Assist. we’ve tried this before and it’s akin to Amazon’s MayDay. Customer service representatives can now take over your device via a code-based exchange that terminates after you’ve hung up the call, and it works whether you’re video chatting or calling over the phone. This is the way it works - when you ask questions, the agent on the other end will take control of your phone and use a virtual highlighter on your screen to show you what you need to know. In the example Samsung displayed, the representative showed how you can troubleshoot your Bluetooth connections by navigating to the Notifications panel, circling the Bluetooth icon, and then navigating to its options in the Settings menu. It was reminiscent of using remote desktop with your IT department, and over Wi-Fi there was little delay. Important note: In this process, Samsung is attempting to make the service into more than just a helper application. The idea is that its existence helps inspire brand loyalty among its customers, and frankly, it’s one of the better marketing pushes on Samsung’s end.I don’t think Samsung+ will offer a kind of support that can help you avoid dealing with your carrier. But that's never the case, I do think the idea of creating an easily accessible community for its loyal users will prove wholly beneficial for Samsung in the end, especially as it finds itself up against competitors like Google’s Nexus devices, which now offers services like Nexus Protect, and Apple, which is nearly the shining example of customer support with Apple Care and its numerous Genius Bars. Furthermore, Samsung devices are going forward, Samsung+ will come preloaded on your device. So if you don’t already have it and you’re interested in trying it out, you can easily download it directly from the Google Play Store. Thanks

LG Develops a Wonderful Fast 15W Wireless Charging

Just think about this, when you find yourself in a situation whereby you are able to set your smartphone down on a wireless charging pad and have it back up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. Now, I strongly believe that this type of capability may be some possible big thanks to an innovation announced by LG Innotek. The LG subsidiary said that it has developed a 15-watt wireless charging module, which is three times faster than the current five-watt wireless solutions. LG Innotek further said that the development product follows the standards set forth by the World Wireless Power Consortium and AirFuel Alliance, which ensure that it will be compatible with all supported smartphones. More, wireless charging always loses some efficiency compared to a wired charge so it’s unlikely that this will catch up fully to the plug-in model, but much faster charging would definitely be an excellent feature. Important note: Somehow this sounds like just the match we need for our smartphone addictions. Now, if once you’ve ever used wireless charging, it’s hard to imagine going back to anything else. This new research probably won’t make its way into any phones this year, but perhaps LG and other devices will get a whole lot faster when they perform wireless charging soon.

The 10 Strange Etsy Shops You Will Never Believe They Exist

Etsy is a wonderful place to sell vintage and handmade items, and many collectors and creatives have found a way to make a living selling their wares on the site. There, you can find everything from antique furniture to handcrafted jewelry, and it's the perfect place to shop for gifts for your crafty or vintage-obsessed loved ones, or unique home decor items. But however, while all most everything on Etsy is unique, not everything on Etsy is normal — in fact, some shops are downright weird. So having that in place, here are 10 strange Etsy shops you likely didn't know existed. (1)Luna on the Moon A London-based Etsy shop run by Kristy Fate isn't strange so much as it is quirky. In any case, some big thanks to Luna on the Moon, you can banish your boring black handbags to the back of your closet and take your style up a few (weird) notches. With glitter handbags shaped like pigs flying, champagne bottles, fried eggs, cake, storm clouds and crying eyes, there's something sparkly and truly unique for everyone. Fate makes everything by hand, and the resulting products will definitely make you stand out in a crowd. Bags start at around $100, and there are other accessories — like brooches, hair clips and keychains — available as well. (2)Wild Things, Inc. Now, if it occurs that you are obsessed with all things creepy and crawly, And you are among those with a passion for spiders, snakes, bugs and bones I think you will love Wild Things, Inc., an Etsy shop that specializes in exotic animal parts and art. So whether you're looking for holiday ornaments filled with snake skin or you want to make your own creations using things like tarantula and cockroach molts, turtle shells, and found animal bones, this shop has all the things you could ever dream of — even if those of you with arachnophobia would consider it a nightmare. Items range from around $3 to $15. (3)Ramshackle Rascals: If you at all time wanted to decorate with (or even wear) broken-down doll parts, this is the Etsy shop for you. Ramshackle Rascals sells handmade art and decor pieces using "old, forgotten dolls" according to its Etsy page. The shop sells planters made out of doll heads, brooches featuring Barbie doll faces, and a series of art pieces called "Pickled People in a Jar" — sculptures made from dolls and wax pickles inside mason jars, each featuring a short poem in the item description — among other unique items. Shop prices range from around $15 to $75 depending on the item. On the surface, this Etsy shop can be said to be a perfectly normal (and yet interesting) business idea. People use toothpicks all the time, so why not give them a little flavor? While it's true that cinnamon, grape, wintergreen and even bacon toothpicks are intriguing, there are some other, stranger flavors that will leave you wondering, "Huh?" Under Flavored Toothpicks' "Weird & Unique Flavors" tab you'll find toothpicks that taste like fireworks, baby formula and more. Overall, there are more than 70 different toothpick flavors to choose from. The toothpicks sell for $5.95 and come in a small, sliding metal tin. (4)Anna's Uncanny Creatures: This shop definitely does "weird" well. More, from faux-zombie parts to strange stuffed animals, Anna's Uncanny Creatures has it all. The shop, which has been open since 2011, features eerie-looking, yet somehow endearing, teddy bears and stuffed animals with piercing acrylic eyes, faux fur and oddly humanlike mouths, complete with teeth, all handmade to order. Anna's Uncanny Creatures also gives a custom message-in-a-bottle letter service and sells zombie finger keychains and bookmarks along with "bodily candles," incredibly realistic vegan wax candles shaped like parts of human heads and faces. Okay, the teddy bears are sold for around $55 each, while other prices vary. (5)Cappy Sue Creations: Do you know the old saying, "one man's trash is another man's treasure?" Okay, Cappy Sue Creations is a unique Etsy shop that takes that mantra to a whole new level. Along with random paintings, jewelry and art pieces that range from strange and unusual to traditional and beautiful, Cappy Sue Creations will also take your random, unwanted junk, turn it into something new and more interesting, and send it back to you for a fee, so now, I believe you know what to do with all those white elephant gifts! And in addition to these custom projects, you can also find some not-so-safe-for-work items in the form of pendants, ornaments and more. Note that prices vary by item. (6)Leaves of 3: This particular one, doesn't seem so strange, and in fact, many of the pieces for sale are quite beautiful. Leaves of 3 turns nature into jewelry, with things like moss, butterflies, flowers, seashells and four-leaf clovers preserved in clear resin and turned into pendants, earrings, rings and more. But what makes Leaves of 3 even more unique is the fact that the shop offers an entire selection of jewelry made with real poison ivy — yes, the plant that's best-known for giving people painful rashes. But never worry, these pieces are beautiful and definitely won't make you itch. Prices vary, but most items range from $20 to $50. (7)aKNITomy: Do you like dissecting things? Do you appreciate knitting? Then be in the best place to know that this shop combines the best of both worlds. According to its Etsy page, aKNITomy is an "icky and cuddly world of knitted anatomy." The shop sells framed, knit versions of human anatomy and dissected creatures (like frogs, rats, bats and aliens) that are both strange, and oddly, kind of cute. There's even a dissected Easter bunny full of colorful grass and knit dyed eggs. And if you're interested in knitting your own science projects, aKNITomy also sells patterns and DIY kits for a small fee, too. Finished projects sell for anywhere from $75 to close to $200. (8)Funereal Ephemera: If it occurs to you that you always been fascinated by death, I think you'll love this Etsy shop. Funereal Ephemerea is a shop that specializes in "vintage cemetery, funeral and postmortem photography" according to its Etsy page. There, you can find old photographs — some haunting, some beautiful — of everything from flower-covered cemeteries and bodies in coffins to religious and medical paraphernalia and even taxidermy. Prices vary, but most of the photographs fall between $10 and $40. (9)The Curiositeer Now, do skeletons and all things creepy and crawly fascinate you? But what if you could wear a bat's skull around your neck or wear a spider like a ring? The Curiositeer makes it possible, with jewelry and other items made with materials like human teeth, insects, animal skeletons and more. Items like frog hearts, scorpions and bird skulls are preserved in resin and mounted to pendants or rings. Furthermore, for the faint of heart, there's also a selection of jewelry made with flowers and rocks. Finally items vary in price, but most of the jewelry starts from $20 to $50 (10)DigitalSoaps: In your own case, what do you do when you can't put down your video games long enough to take a shower? You take them with you … at least, in the form of soap, now, thanks to this Etsy shop. DigitalSoaps makes handcrafted soaps in the form of gaming accessories, like Nintendo game cartridges and PlayStation and Xbox controllers. The shop also sells shampoos and body washes in soda bottles (popular brands like Dr Pepper and Mountain Dew) and soap inspired by cartoons and anime. Thanks.....

PR Crisis? - Your Five Perfect Steps to Help Navigate the Storm

In the world of today, public relations disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Most of the time it can be a series of bad customer reviews, a scathing write-up by a media outlet, a cybersecurity breach or even a legal run-in. But whether big or small, a negative incident can have a powerful impact on a company's reputation. Now, take note that the way your business chooses to respond to situations like these becomes paramount in repairing or worsening the potential damage to your public image. So to further you on this fact, here are the three public relations experts recommendations on what to do — and not to do — if your company finds itself in a PR crisis. (1)Appoint a response team: Now, if it occurs you find yourself in the middle of a controversy, you need to be very sure that the right people are speaking to the media and the public on behalf of your company. Brian Kearney, associate digital PR specialist at Blue Fountain Media, made it clear in a statement that your first move should be to decide which people will be on your PR crisis response team. In this case, this could be the CEO, the head of communications or another senior executive, but you must identify the most important and well-informed individuals to serve as the liaisons, Kearney said. (2)Input a strategy and brief your team: Protocol is very essential to the proper management of your crisis communications efforts. Sabina Gault, CEO of Konnect Public Relations, said that your response team members should at allcost understand their responsibilities and know whether to take a proactive or reactive approach in their media coverage of the incident. "So in this regard, whatever the strategy is, the company must relay protocol to any and all persons who could be approached to speak on their behalf," Gault said. "This is trying to say that informing all employees, stakeholders, board members, etc., of who is to be speaking with media and how they are to direct any inquiries. Now one good thing is this... this will save the company from having to explain comments from any unofficial company representatives later on down the line." Kearney further recommends also that implementing approval procedures and appointing a person or group to review any crisis-related statements that go out to the press or stakeholders. (3)Craft your message: Now in this regard, once you and your team have gathered all the facts about the incident, you should agree on the way you will frame your response. Without placing any external blame, think about the most honest and transparent way to address your role and what your company has done or will do about it. "Furthermore, if you made the mistake, own up to it and be clear about next steps and how you plan to move on," said Morgan Mathis, an account director at Highwire PR. "Also you need to take note of the scope of the emergency, what was done to prevent it, how it is being remedied and what is being done to ensure it does not happen again," Gault added. (4) Identify and address the affected parties Making your message to reach the right people is almost as important as the message itself. So in this case, you need to determine who needs to be informed of the situation — employees, shareholders, business partners, customers, the media, etc. — and which communication channels are the most appropriate to deliver the news, Kearney said. Gault noted that the audience will depend on the context of the situation, but regardless of who's receiving your message, you should be sure that it is sent out in a timely manner. Media outlets are quick to pick up stories once they break, so Kearney advised your company to draft press releases and statements, and have them ready to go before any reporters approach you in that time. (5)Monitor the situation: Now I strongly want you to know this, your job doesn't end when the press release goes out. For a short time after the incident, you will need to keep an eye on inbound and outbound communications about the situation to address any follow-up questions or concerns. Mathis and Gault emphasized the importance of keeping in tune with community reactions and reaching out where appropriate. "So more, it's very necessary to exercise extreme caution and care when dealing with customers and partners," Mathis said. What not to do: Now, when you're creating and executing your media-response strategy, our expert sources warned against any of the following tactics. Lashing out. Even if it occurs that the opposing party has said something completely false about your company, it is never a good idea to respond in a negative way or blame the complainant for the situation, Mathis said. "Be in the right motive to konw that it's very important to make sure you have the full scope of the situation before you make any big decisions about your communication strategy," she said. "You need to think strategically and put any emotions on the back burner." Kearney agreed, adding that aggression, defensiveness and bullying the public or the media will only make matters worse for you. Offering "no comment." Sometimes spokespeople often fall back on this phrase when confronted with a difficult or controversial media question. It is certainly a step above lying or making something up just to give an answer (which our sources agreed is never the right choice). But now it's easy to see how "no comment" can be misconstrued as trying to cover up or avoid an issue. Ultimately, Kearney said, this classic PR response does more harm than good. "You need to be ready for any PR crisis that comes your way, at any time," he said further. Now, if it occurs to you that you can't truly give a good answer with the information you presently have, say so, and assure the person or outlet asking that you will issue a statement when you have more details. And don't spend much time to respond. Taking note that handling a PR crisis is all about timing. So more, I believe that you will not want to give a premature response before you have all the facts, Gault said: So having to backtrack or contradict previous statements later on could further damage your reputation. Delaying your response time won't do you any favors, either. So in this case, Kearney recommended stating your side of the story as soon as you have enough information to offer a factual and transparent response. "Do not wait it out," Kearney said. "If you don't take part in the conversation, you have no opportunity to shape, influence and educate the public on what's being said." Staying on the situation. In this case, Mathis made a recall to business owners that the news cycle is short, and the situation will almost certainly blow over. A period of "bad" press is often just a small hiccup on your path to success — so giving regard to this fact, you shouldn't let it completely distract you from running your business. People can forgive and forget your mistake, but they won't forget how you conducted yourself in the process, she said. "Finally always remember to use good taste, no matter how bad [the outlook] seems," Mathis said. "Giving regard to fact that it's very important to handle the situation the right way." Thanks...

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Your Complete Knowledge to Follow Major League Baseball on Android

Finally it's time to play ball. For sure, Major League Baseball has returned, and you have more choices than ever for how quench your thirst for America’s pastime on Android. So far, the cable networks don’t always make it easy, but in anycase we are going to get you through all the particulars that come with how to stream your games on Android, including your options with Chromecast. In addition, you also need the right apps, Furthermore, the good news here is there have been some nice improvements to many of the ones that you need right away. Some new prices, rules for streaming: The major League Baseball was one of the first sports leagues to really embrace mobile and digital platforms with MLB.TV and its accompanying app. Currently, the full subscription package is really a deal at $110 if you to consider the fact that it gets you every single game on the 2016 calendar. But however, that price is even a 15 percent cut from last year. Okay, usually at this point we will like to recommend you mind the blackout restrictions, but MLB has finally blasted much of that nonsense out of the park with a new feature: Follow Your Team. According to MLB, “if and when available in your location” you’ll be able to watch team telecasts without the blackout rules that normally keep you from watching local teams.Truly, you’ll have to have a valid subscription to a regional sports network, but it’s still a big improvement over the previous rules. That’s why one of the packages is a single team offer, which will cost you $85 for the year. But in anycase, you should check out the blackout limitations for your current team as the wrinkles are still being ironed out for this brave new world. To put your subscription to use on an Android phone or tablet, you need to grab the MLB.com At Bat app, which you can also use to cast the content to any Google Cast-enabled device. You can see the full list, but also, you can bank on just about any major piece of hardware working with MLB’s service. Be ready for your fantasy league: Fantasy baseball is a big business. Really, there’s no clearer example than the explosion of daily fantasy sports titans DraftKings and FanDuel. Is never a surprise, those apps are updated and are ready to go for another season. Beyond doubt, daily fantasy sports hasn’t been without controversy, coming under fire from several states as little more than legalized gambling. Now, if you’re into more of the traditional slog-it-through-the-season variety of fantasy sports, there are so many options. Furthermore, I’ve always found ESPN Fantasy Baseball to be the tops, and the sports network has had a good track record of late in adhering fairly close to Google’s Material Design principles. But if you play with Yahoo, or CBS Fantasy Sports (another well-designed app) I believe you’ll be happy to see a lot of improvements in design and usage speed. Yahoo is still kind of a mess on tablets, which is still too common of a problem amongst many Android apps. Sports updates galore: Now to start with, if you’re not a diehard baseball fan, maybe all you want is to be able to check scores and get real-time updates. And if the streaming service is too much, $20 to MLB.tv gets you a full season of live radio broadcasts, in-game highlights, and a free game of the day broadcast. So if you want to just try out the service to see if you like it, you can do a monthly subscription for just $3 per month. For now, ESPN is still my favorite because it can serve as a hub for all your other sports needs. Now when you create a profile (still no automatic signing in via Google, sigh), you can select favorite teams and then customize how often to get a push alert. You can get pinged for every scoring play, the final, close games, or team news. Somehow it can get overwhelming, so proceed with caution. And never forget about Google. In this case, all you have to do is speak your team’s name into the voice command search and get a score and schedule update. Tell Google Now your favorite sports team and you’ll get a daily card about who they’re playing and updated scores. Furthermore, it’s solid enough if you don’t need the extras, but it probably won’t replace a dedicated sports app if you want insider news. So make sure you don’t forget a rather neat app called MLB.com Ballpark in case you head to a game this year. Now it tells you where all the tasty food is (including those all-important restrooms) and tracks your past visits, which is helpful in case you go on one of those rite-of-passage trips around the country to hit all the major ballparks. Finally this is the best set of digital tools yet in preparation for another season of baseball. It promises to be an exciting year, and make sure your phone is ready to do with the right apps for Opening Day. Thanks....

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

What to Do - Don't Wait to Make a Good Impression Before Starting a New Job

If we are to say the fact you don't have time to ease into the flow of things when starting a new job. Most times employers expect you to hit the ground running, with more than 60 percent of executives saying new employees have less than three months to prove their worth, according to a recent study from the staffing firm Robert Half Finance & Accounting. Now at this time, less than 10 percent of employers give new hires up to a year to show their value. Just 4 percent don't put a time limit on how long new workers have to prove themselves. According to Paul McDonald, the senior executive director at Robert Half, making a good first impression starts before a new position does. "During the interview process, candidates should ask what will be expected in the first 90 days, and new hires should come to the job knowledgeable about the company, the competition and how to make the greatest impact," McDonald said in one of his statement. "Now, you don't need to know everything, but managers are going to expect you to get up to speed in a short amount of time." After starting, it is very important for new employees to quickly meet as many people throughout the organization as they can. "Furthermore, understanding their roles and priorities will allow you to start adding value right away," McDonald added. So without going much far, here are some things that could help you as a new employee get off on the right foot, Robert Half offers several tips: Get yourself to start early each day:. Getting yourself early to work gives you as an employee the time to get settled, review what needs to be done for the day and organize yourself schedule. Don't act like you know everything:. Considering the fact that things were done one way at your old job, doesn't mean that's how your new employer wants it to be done. So while this is noted, before suggesting any changes, it is important to first try and do things the way your new employer likes. Ask for help:. Now, I believe you want to learn as much about how your new company operates as quickly as possible. If so, I also agree that you aren't sure about a task, or how it should be completed, so you need to ask someone who knows. It's better to ask for help than to get it wrong. Also, you need to get a specific feedback from your boss each week so you know what areas you need to work on and what additional training might be beneficial. Never rock the boat. When you are starting at first,I think you want to observe the company's corporate culture and act accordingly. In addition, you don't want to start things off by asking for a flexible schedule or more time off. Now if those are things you're looking for, you need to discuss those possibilities before accepting the job. Make sure you say "thank you:." Talking on this it is important to show your co-workers appreciation when they help you out. Showing gratitude lets your co-workers know that you valued their assistance and will likely lead to them helping you again in the future. Try to see that you are not a loner:. If you want to be known as a part of the team and not just the new guy or girl. Try inviting co-workers to lunch or out for coffee to both get to know them on a personal level and learn more about their job. Being that the better you know what everyone else is doing, the more you can assist them and show how valuable you can be. Thanks!

A Display Of a Sneaked Preview Of The LG G5's UX 5.0

Among all the Android skins out there, LG’s has majorly been the least offensive. Just the same with the G4, and the G3 before it, LG maintains a relatively simple, easily distinguishable version of Android that pairs well with most third-party Android apps, regardless that the pre-production unit of the G5 shows that there’s still a little bit of work to be done before it’s really in keeping with Material Design principles and standards. Now, there are plenty more features to come in LG’s UX 5.0, and LG even detailed some of its new features in a press release over the weekend. But that's never the case, until the phone is officially released on April 1, you can just keep reading to get a quick trip through the G5’s interface and what it looks like to tide you over before the launch. Welcome Home screen: Now, looking at this aspect, the Home screen on the LG G5 is calm and serene. before now, I’ve planted just ten apps on the front page for quick access, though you certainly have room to add more. Okay, when you glance down at the dock, you’ll notice there’s no button to launch the application drawer, and that’s because there isn’t one. Knock, knock: As at last year, if it occurs that you’ve any familiarity with any of LG’s smartphones, then you should know about Knock Code, a security feature that allows you to set a “knock on” code to wake and unlock the phone with a fingertap pattern. Now with the G5, you’ll have to set a Knock Code with a minimum of six taps (the G4 set the minimum at three taps and the maximum at eight), which can be frustrating to do when you’re attempting to quickly check on something, or just want to make a phone call. But now no more worries, a big thanks to the G5. The G5 offers a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, so you can simply lay your index finger on that to get past the Lock screen. At the very least, the camera’s Quick Launch shortcut in the bottom right corner of the Lock screen works even when Knock Code's defense is engaged. lets keep going..... Where went you? My app drawer? Talking on this, we can say that LG attempted to simplify its interface by completely eliminating the app drawer, supposedly to help “minimize cognitive load” and remove any confusion you might have had about whether or not you actually deleted an app from the device. But if anything should be the case, I think the combination of application icons splayed everywhere and widgets on the Home screen will create even more of a mental overload. But that's never the case, the good news is the option for the application drawer will be back in the final version of UX 5.0. LG said in its press release, So now, "Users who prefer the traditional style can download the Home & App Drawer directly from the settings menu on the LG G5. Upon release, G5 owners should see a third choice that brings back the app drawer. Latest apps can now be pinned For those of you who relied on the G4 or G3’s multitasking features, you will be very surprise to learn that LG has removed dual-window support from the G5. It’s also done away with its Q Slide applications, which were a number of small utility apps that lived in the Notification shade. But in anycase, it added a new Pinning feature to the Recent Apps screen that allows you to pin an app so that it's never cleared. At this point, I suppose that’s helpful if you’re cycling back and forth between applications, but somehow I would have much rather choose that it had the dual-window feature. Would you desire to reinstall an app you just deleted? Without going much far, this feature has me scratching my head. The LG G5 lets you reinstall any application you’ve recently uninstalled for up to 24 hours after you’ve dragged the icon to the trash. It remains disabled during that period of time. I never know that I’ve ever accidentally uninstalled an application—except in a fit of rage over how much it slowed down my smartphone. However, you can bypass this feature entirely if you go straight to the Settings panel to uninstall the app. But it's also unclear if LG will offer this in the final version of UX 5.0. Cleaner settings: It’s very beautiful to see that LG also did some spring cleaning in the Settings panel. It’s been pared down to a stoic, black-and-white aesthetic. I like it in List view, but you can choose to have it divvied up by sections if that’s how your brain works for it. A compartmentalized camera app: The LG G5’s camera application might appear barebones, but it’s so feature-packed that everything had to be compartmentalized. So giving regard to this fact, you can choose between a Simple mode, which lets you automatically snap a photo by tapping on the screen. There's also an Auto mode, on the right, which displays all the basic features of the G5 camera, including the ability to shoot a Panorama, Time-Lapse, or Slow-Motion video. And also like the G4’s camera application, there’s only a Back button present, so that you don’t accidentally hit the Home button while snapping a photo. Finally there are a few other camera effects as part of LG's new camera app, including a Film Effect, which adds an analog feel to photos, and the ability to pinch the screen to switch between the standard 78-degree lens shot and a 135-degree wide angle shot. The manual Mode is still on board: LG also brought back its infamous Manual mode to the G5, and this time around it polished up the icons to make them appear more higher. More are still coming soon! We believe there's more to UX 5.0 on the LG G5, but we can't fully get into what’s changed until we receive our finalized review unit. So as for you, if you’re wondering how the phone performs, be sure to check out our performance preview of the LG G5, and if you're curious about what will be new with UX 5.0, be sure to check out for the LG'spromotional video. Thanks for reading....

Monday, 28 March 2016

The Basics on Benefits Coverage for Entrepreneurs When Quitting Their Day Job

Now, maybe you're planning to leave the corporate world to become an entrepreneur, maybe somehow you've probably thought a lot about how you'll make ends meet without a salary. And further you've made a meticulous budget for your personal and business finances. At this point you already know how you'll cut costs and keep your startup lean. You're very prepared to live off your savings or take on credit card debt until you start turning a profit. But now the big question is this.... have you accounted for all the other expenses that come with being self-employed? By the time you quit your full-time job to start a business, you're leaving behind more than just a steady paycheck. Entrepreneurs some times initially overlook the costs of employer-sponsored taxes and benefits like health insurance and 401(k) plans, which they're now fully responsible for covering. "Some of us do not fully understand the cost of benefits when we work for someone else," said Alice Bredin, an entrepreneur and small business adviser to American Express OPEN. "Double-digit annual increases in these costs are not uncommon, so business owners may both struggle to find an affordable solution that meets their needs, and to pay for benefits as the costs increase." Morethan clear the true cost of being an employer — even if you are your only employee — is staggering, and it's important to think about these financial obligations before you turn in your resignation. But before anything further, here's what you are to know about covering benefits- and tax-related expenses when you're self-employed. Payroll taxes: At least I believe you know those federal and state tax deductions that comes out of your paycheck? You might not realize that your employer splits those taxes with you, so when you strike out on your own, your tax obligations will increase significantly if you hire people. "So with this a lot of entrepreneurs are shocked when they at last realized the true cost of bringing on an employee," said Ed Suarez-Solar, an attorney with Gunster law firm. "[There are] payroll taxes, the employer's share of Social Security and Medicare taxes, workers' compensation insurance and the state unemployment tax." Okay, even if you're operating solo, you'll still have to deal with the self-employment tax. But if you've freelanced or done independent contracting work on the side before, probably, you're familiar with this: At tax time, you owe the IRS a portion of your net earnings for the year to cover Social Security and Medicare. Now you may be able to deduct some of this, but it's a good idea to set aside money from what your business brings in to avoid a big dent in your cash flow when you file taxes. Insurance: A good number of new entrepreneurs knows that they will have to consider their options forbusiness insurance policies like general liability. But personal coverages like medical, dental and life insurance, which corporate employers typically offer, can be a little trickier to navigate when you're self-employed. Unless you're covered under a parent's or spouse's plan, you'll have to do some comparison shopping and secure your own coverage. Forgoing health insurance to save money, even for a short time, is very ill-advised. The Affordable Care Act currently dictates that individuals may be penalized up to 2.5 percent of their household income if they do not carry coverage, Suarez-Solar said. So more, based on your situation, you may want to continue using your employer-sponsored health insurance after you quit. UnderCOBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act), so you're able to retain your coverage for up to 18 months if you pay the full premium, plus an administrative fee. And this can be a good stopgap if you're having trouble finding a suitable plan on your own, especially if your current coverage is good. But in anycase, Jackie Breslin, director of human capital services at HR solutions company TriNet, noted that new entrepreneurs may be surprised at the price tag on their COBRA insurance. "They may underestimate the cost of continuing their benefits through COBRA since they did not stop to calculate the amount of premium their employer was contributing," Breslin said. "At this point some of the benefits employers offer may (also) be difficult to convert to an individual plan or obtain on one's own. Disability insurance may be difficult or incredibly expensive for an entrepreneur to purchase and it is such an important type of insurance to have." Finally, plans obtained through healthcare.gov however can also be quite expensive, but as a self-employed business owner, you can be able to deduct premiums for yourself and your dependents on your tax return, said John Swanciger, CEO of the online small business community Manta. Retirement plans: Now, if maybe you've worked a few different corporate jobs, and probably you already know that the money in your retirement savings account can roll over from plan to plan. Now converting from an employer-sponsored plan to an individually maintained one isn't difficult or expensive (beyond administrative fees), but if your employer had a contribution match rate, you will have to think about whether you can afford to make up the difference. "So many well-established companies match their employees' 401(k) contributing rates — a luxury that isn't possible for a self-employed person," Swanciger said. "However, the good news is that an individual 401(k) or solo 401(k) works the same as traditional retirement plans offered by larger companies." Another one option solopreneurs may want to explore is the myRA.gov, a program launched by the U.S. Treasury in 2015. Retirement savings accounts through myRA are specifically designed for workers who don't have access to employer-sponsored retirement plans, including self-employed individuals. Opposite to most traditional retirement accounts, there are no fees or costs to open, contribute to or maintain a myRA account, and your money is safely invested in a special Treasury bond, rather than the inconsistent stock market. Furthermore, you can also withdraw money from your account, if necessary, without paying taxes or a penalty fee. If now you have employees, you can set up a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) retirement plan, which allows you to contribute to your own account and theirs, without the operating costs of conventional retirement plans. Other additional expenses: In this part, benefits and taxes are not the only expenses you'll inherit as you move away from corporate life. TriNet's Breslin for this, made a recall to entrepreneurs that they'll be responsible for all the equipment and office supplies their company once provided eg: laptops, specialized software, printers, phones and even technical support. "Furthermore, an entrepreneur will need to build a relationship with an IT help desk consultant, as they no longer have an IT department to reach out to when they have problems with the network, laptop or phone system," Breslin said. Bredin, made a suggestion that you will need to seek advise insights from people who understand the business they're starting. "For example, one of the best ways to find out about all of the costs associated with running a company is to talk to an accountant who is familiar with the type of business you want to run," she said. "At this point attending events where business owners congregate can also be helpful. At these gatherings you can speak to multiple business owners who may be willing to share the surprises — good and challenging — of running [this] type of company." Now I want you to know this, leaving your day job to pursue entrepreneurship is a big decision, and no matter when you choose to do it, it's important to be fully prepared for the realities of self-employed life.

Samsung Beats the Galaxy S7 Active With One of Its Own Apps

The Samsung’s more capable version of its flagship phone might be coming close to hit the trail. The Galaxy S7 Active makes a minor desciption in the support section for the Samsung Level app, which is used for several bluetooth speaker and headphone accessories. It has never appear that Samsung is too concerned about this leak, considering the fact that after an initial report ran about the finding the S7 Active still appears on the Samsung Level listing in the Play Store. Oftenly Samsung has released an Active variant to its flagship Galaxy phone, as it also did with last year’s Galaxy S6 Active. Now, the Active line usually has a more robust body that’s water and dust resistant and built to withstand drops and hikes through the forest. Furthermore, Samsung will need to differentiate the phone even further this year, while the company increased the battery on the S7 and S7 Edge and made them water resistant. So you should expect a stronger build or even beefier battery performance. Lets take for example, the S6 Active had a 3,500mAh battery in comparison to the S6’s 2,800mAh. Before now, the Active variants have been annoyingly carrier-exclusive. So there's no telling if you'll be able to buy a Galaxy S7 Active from more than one carrier. Important note: So far the biggest takeaway is how Samsung is closing the gap in terms of features between its flagship model and the Active edition. Okay, the S7 and S7 Edge will probably suit most everyday concerns, especially when it occurs that you slap them inside a case (a really good idea with that glass build). However now, the Active model should still appeal to those who want something that won’t shatter or run out of juice so quickly. Thaks

Friday, 25 March 2016

Google Sheets, Slides for Android Updated So as to Support More File Formats

A good number of updates that seem small can turn out to be a big deal. So in regardd to this, there’s a lot of that that can be found with a couple of new features in Google Sheets and Slides on Android. Currently both apps support a much larger list of file extensions, which can significantly ease your life if it occurs that a client or colleague wants that spreadsheet to be in form of .csv file or would prefer you send over the slideshow as a .jpg. Slides has another new trick: To starwith, when you start a new slideshow, you can touch the Overflow button and the title that you already entered on the first slide will autosuggest the name. I think that’s a nice time saver that will also prevent you from having a long list of files that lack a title so you can wait for the updates to roll out from the Google Play Store (Slides, Sheets) or get them now from APK Mirror (Slides, Sheets). What you should know: These new features is going to be very helpful to you if you import or export a lot of files from Google’s Sheets or Slides. But however if that’s not the case, they’re nice to have anyway in case you need to collaborate with others who have different file preferences than yourself. Thanks.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Want to Beat Your Competitors? See What Lesson You Can Learn From The NHL

Just in the same way that athletes step up their game when playing against their former team, employees are likely to exert the same extra effort when competing against a former employer. That's according to a study set to be published in an upcoming issue of the Academy of Management Journal, which studied the competitiveness of National Hockey League (NHL) players and considered how that is applied to business in general. "Individuals go through conflicts as a part of experience in their collective identity when they compete with their new employer against their former one," the study's authors wrote. "So to reduce the conflict, individuals strengthen their identification with the new organization and de-identify with the former by competing harder against the former organization [than against other firms]." More, in regardless of struggling somewhat when working in opposition to former colleagues, the research found that those employees might be the most appropriate to do the job, provided the increased competitive behavior. "Our findings should be particularly helpful in sectors where employees compete directly against individuals in rival firms, such as in professional services or sales, or where there is frequent shuttling of staff between competitors, as in Silicon Valley," Thorsten Grohsjean, one of the study's authors and an assistant professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich in Germany, said in one statement. Furthermore, the study's authors came to their conclusions after analyzing how NHL hockey players compete against their previous teams. Most specifically, the researchers conducted an analysis of checking, which is when a player rams into the opponent in possession of the puck in order to jar it loose. They say this is a strong measure of a players' individual competitive intensity. "In contrast to other measures, like goals, checks can be traced back to an individual's effort, rather than being the result of an overall team effort," the study's authors wrote also. Collectively, the players in the sample are accountable for 749 moves between teams and played for an average of 2.33 previous teams before joining their current club. The research revealed that hockey players checked most often when playing against their former team. More often than not, whatever case, they targeted players who had joined the team after they had left and whom they were never teammates with. To bring more details on this, the study also revealed that the amount of checking against former teams and teammates were highest in the year following their departure. Additionally, checking levels tended to be higher the more years a player spent with a former club. The researchers believe the results show the need of relocated players to prove their value to their new teams and that the longer a player was with a former team, the more they struggle with de-identifying with them. "De-identification becomes more difficult the longer an individual has stayed with a former organization [so that] individuals show more competitive behavior when they face an organization in which they had a longer tenure," the researchers wrote further. The study's authors also saw that the research had some valuable implications for organizations in the business world. "When firms hire employees from competitors they not only gain human and social capital, but can also expect the new employees to work particularly hard when competing against their former employers," the study's authors wrote. So finally, the study was co-authored by Pascal Kober and Leon Zucchini, both research and teaching assistants at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Your First 13 Tips And Tricks to Get The Most From Your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge

Right now, Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the hottest Android phones on the market, and the supply is tight. To simply get your hands on the phone is just the first step, though. And more, you have to make the most of your shiny new mobile companion, and there are so many interesting and useful features packed into these devices. So without taking much of your time here are the 13 tips and tricks you need to know to make the most of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. (1)Disable bloatware apps: Samsung and your carrier have come to meet at a point to stuff a few distracting (and sometimes downright terrible) apps and services on your new phone. But still worry not, taking the fact that You can get rid of the most of them in a few taps into consideration you just need to relax. For those apps that can be uninstalled, you can find them in your app drawer, then drag up to the uninstall icon. Think that's easy? For the apps that can’t be uninstalled, you can do the same thing, but instead of using uninstall, look for the icon at the top of your screen and then you will be called to “Turn off.” This disables the app so it won’t run in the background or show up in the app drawer. Also you can save a little time by going into your main application settings and scrolling down the full list of apps to find the ones you want to disable. Tap on any of them, then hit the Disable button at the top of the screen. There, I think things look much tidier. (2)Rearrange the app drawer: Looking into this part, Samsung’s TouchWiz home screen is faster and a bit more feature-rich this year, so you might actually want to use it. First, it’s smart to customize the app drawer. The default drawer layout has folders of certain apps on the first page, then the rest in a custom order. But this doesn’t make it particularly easy to find things. Furthermore, you can get rid of the folders by hitting the Edit button, then tapping a folder. This actually puts the apps in the main list. Feel free to make your own custom folders or change existing ones in the edit interface as well. You can arrange apps however if you like in edit mode, or simply use the A-Z button to snap everything into alphabetical order. New apps will always be added onto the end of the app drawer, which is rather counter-intuitive if you prefer alphabetical. So you can just fix that by tapping the A-Z button. (3)Disable the Briefing screen: The Samsung’s Flipboard-powered Briefing screen is easily the worst part of the TouchWiz home interface. It’s slow and not particularly useful. In short, some carriers have it disabled by default. So if your carrier is not among them, you should shut it off yourself. It’s easy, all you need to do is to long press or use a pinch gesture on the home screen to zoom out to editing mode. Scroll over to Briefing on the far left and uncheck the box above it. (4)Set up fingerprints: Now, to start with; the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button, and you should take advantage of it. With the support in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, there are apps and system features that understand how to use the fingerprint sensor for added security. Now to add and manage your fingerprints, go to the “Lock screen and security” menu and open “Fingerprints.” When adding a new print, make sure to hold the phone naturally as you would when unlocking it and move your finger around to capture all parts of it. You can allow fingerprints to confirm your identity for Samsung Pay, Google Play purchases, and so on. (5)Move apps using top bar: By the time it's occuring that your home screens is getting congested and you want to move apps around, you would usually have to remove things to make space so you can resize widgets or swap icons. But it's never so when it comes to Galaxy S7. There’s a handy “Move apps” icon at the very top of the screen when you drag an app around. Simply drop it on that, and you’ll get a bar across the top of the screen where you can temporarily place icons while you reorganize the home screen. It even scrolls you so you load it up with as many icons as you desire. (6)Customize Edge Feeds (for Edge only): Edge feeds for now, are available only on the Edge variant of the phone (obviously), and only while it’s asleep. It’s activated with a swipe back and forth along the edge, and a feed of news and information pops up. More, swiping up and down moves between feed items. It can be useful, but only if you take a few minutes to make sure it’s showing you relevant information. Also, you’ll find the Edge Feeds options under your “Edge screen” settings. A good number of items like notifications and Yahoo news will probably be on by default, but you can also activate a stock ticker, a step counter, and even download some more feeds like CNN news and an RSS reader from the Samsung app store. The order of the feed items can also be changed. (7)Customize the Edge panels (Edge only): Now if you picked up the Edge variant of the Galaxy S7, you’ve got a few features not available on the regular phone. In a clear understanding the most useful of them is the Edge panel. That’s the little tab on the right edge of the screen. Swipe in from that and you’ll be able to page through several screens of shortcuts and info, including a tools panel with a ruler for some reason. Sat this point you can customize them by tapping the settings icon in the lower left corner as well. The panel order can be rearranged, and you can shut off the ones you don’t want. A few panels (eg. the app shortcuts) have additional settings you can access. Finally the Samsung app store lists a few more panels that can be downloaded in addition to the included set. So if the Edge panel is distracting to you, it can be disabled, but consider just moving it to a different part of the screen, making it smaller, or increasing transparency. Those are all options to be used. (8)Stop stretching with one-handed operation: A standard GS7 is rather nice for one-handed operation, but the Edge is a small big for that at 5.5-inches. But both phones have a useful feature called one-handed mode to keep things in reach, but it might be shut off by default. Okay now, to activate one-handed mode, you just need to head to “Advanced features” in the main settings. One-handed mode should be right at the top. Once that’s on, you can triple-press the home button to launch one-handed mode. The screen will shrink down and move to the right, but you can shift it over to the left with the arrow button. You can optionally set the stock keyboard to slide over to one side in this menu as well. That should keep everything in reach of your thumb (9)Do more with Smart Capture: Presently Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have adopted a feature previously seen on the Note 5 called Smart Capture. Now, this is a set of features available after taking a screenshot. Three buttons pop up at the bottom of the screen after taking a screenshot to provide quick access to sharing, cropping, and capture more. The last two are probably self-explanatory, but what about “capture more?” Tap that, and the screen scrolls down and captures more of the page you are on. This image is stitched together with the first screen into a taller image. You can do this as many times as you want. (10)Light up with selfie flash: Normally some phones like the Moto X Pure Edition have a front-facing selfie flash, but that's never the case with Galaxy S7. It has a neat alternative, though. When you switch to the front-facing camera, observe the flash option in the settings bar. If you turn that on, the screen will flash white just as it snaps the photo. Since the Galaxy S7 has the brightest screen around, it will be more than enough to compensate it for a dim room. (11)Run multiple apps with Multi-window Mode: Before now, the case was still the same until Android N comes along, But in anycase, Samsung still has the best multi-window implementation on Android. Not all apps are supported, but a fair number of them are. You can jump to split-screen mode on the Galaxy S7 by long-pressing the overview button. A scrollable list of apps will appear on half of the screen so you can choose an app. The same thing happens on the other half, but here, if you were already in an app when starting multi-window, it will automatically be placed in the top half. So you can go back and forth, using both apps at the same time in this mode. The dot in the middle can be dragged to change the proportion of each window too. Tapping on the divider also pulls up options to swap the position of your split-screen apps, close one, minimize one to a floating window, or drag and drop elements between them. (12)Game faster with Game launcher: Another feature your carrier might shut off by default is the game Launcher . Now, to enable this you just need to head into Advanced Features again, and “Games” should be right at the top. Turn on Game Launcher and Game Tools for the most options. Game Launcher provides quick access to a screen with all your installed games, which are auto-detected. Games that are not detected properly can be added manually to the Game Launcher. Now by using Game Tools in this same screen, you can set non-vital notifications to be muted while you play and cap the framerate to save power. There’s also a built-in screen recorder so with that you are able to share your moment of victory. (13) Increase speeds with Download Booster: If you absolutely, you positively need to download as fast as possible, the GS7 supports Download Booster. This is shut off by default on all variants of the phone as it will gobble up mobile data. Somehow maybe you’re okay with that, though. Download Booster is found in “More connection settings.” When enabled, it ties your WiFi and LTE radios together to tagteam large downloads. You can effectively double your download speeds. Furthermore, if you have unlimited LTE, there’s really no downside at this point.

Your Four Healthy Habits That Will Make You More Productive at Work

There is no secret behind the fact that healthy workers are among the happiest and most productive people at their jobs. A large number of studies have shown that employees in better overall health exhibit have a high performance and efficiency levels, leading to a greater focus from companies on corporate wellness programs. In the opposite, of course, is also true: Poor health often results in lower job performance, productivity and attendance. "Furthermore, without personal health and wellness, people are less likely to be engaged in their work," said Brian Shapland, general manager of turnstone, a provider of office furniture. "Discomfort, pain, stress and emotional distress all take the focus off tasks and workplace relationships, resulting in a disconnect that can negatively impact both the worker and the company's bottom line." Without going too far, here are what health experts and business leaders have for you about some healthy personal habits that can help increase workplace productivity. (1)Get the required amount of sleep What amount of sleep do you offer yourself? If it occurs that you're among the 40 percent of Americans or from other countries who sleep less than the recommended 7 to 9 hours per night, you're likely suffering from mild sleep deprivation. Even if you're clocking close to 7 hours, getting just 20 to 30 minutes less sleep than you need each night can impair cognition and performance — and you might not even realize it, said Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a pediatrician and sleep researcher. (2)Practice the use a better office chair If you spend most of your day seated, the chair you're using can greatly affect how you feel during your working hours. Somehow you might not have any control over the furniture your company purchases, but if you work from home or even just use a desk at home regularly, it may worth it to invest in a chair that's ergonomically designed for maximum support and comfort. A survey by Office Depot found that more than half of workers who use an office chair daily (that's 87 percent of all small business employees) suffer from back pain or physical discomfort because of their desk chairs. This can negatively affect not just your workday, but your personal life as well, said Ron Lalla, executive vice president of merchandising for Office Depot. "By the time employees are sitting in the wrong office chair, they may experience discomfort, fatigue, sluggishness and trouble focusing," Lalla said. "But what we've also come to understand over the years is that, on a more human level, this can have major ripple effects beyond work performance and productivity into employees' personal and family lives as well." The Office Depot survey suggests that you should check your current chair for the proper seat height, seat pan and lumbar support. (3)You should take exercise breaks Regular connectivity via smartphones and tablets means that employees are working more hours than ever. This, combined with the increase of sedentary office work, means that people have to fight a little harder to work physical activity into their daily routines. So now, hitting the gym before or after work is a popular choice for many employees committed to fitness, but midday exercise breaks can benefit more than just your health, said Guy Yehiav, CEO of predictive analytics software company Profitect. "I have found that taking a break from the workday for [exercise] makes employees not just healthier, but also more creative," Yehiav said further. "When we moved locations, I made it a top priority to select a space that included a gym within the building to encourage employees to stay active. I'm proud to say that more than 60 percent of employees are members and work out on a daily basis." Finally even if your office doesn't have an attached gym, you can still make time for workout breaks during the day, said Heidi Bowman, senior vice president and general manager at Weight Watchers Health Solutions. (4)Bring your own meals and snacks To star with, vending machines, birthday celebrations, happy hours and nearby fast food joints all offers temptations to make less-than-ideal food choices throughout the workday. Now treating yourself once in a while is OK, but too many indulgences can leave you feeling sluggish and unproductive. On the flip side, eating nutrient-rich foods can improve your focus and fuel you throughout the day. That's why Bowman advises keeping a "healthy snack" stash in your desk (fruits, nuts, etc.) and making an effort to pack your own, nutritious lunches. "When you choose lean proteins and veggies and steer away from saturated fats and sugar, you'll not only boost your weight loss efforts, but you'll also feel satisfied longer, making it easier to stay focused throughout the day," Bowman said in his statement. Things employers can do to help: Employees are ultimately responsible for their own choices regarding personal health, but a little support from the company never hurts. Bowman made it clear that a holistic employee-health program can help diminish some of the main causes of low productivity, including absenteeism and "presenteeism," or showing up to work while sick. "Holistic health strategies in the workplace can help employees recharge mentally and reduce occupational stress, enabling them to be more focused and productive at work," Bowman said in a statement. Similarly, Vip Sandhir, CEO and founder of HighGround, a provider of employee-engagement solutions, also said that recognizing and rewarding employees for health and wellness efforts can boost involvement in such programs. "Now, as employees achieve goals and are recognized by their peers, they can accumulate points and redeem them for health and wellness offerings," Sandhir suggested. "So go a step further and introduce healthy lifestyle, experience-based rewards in the system, such as a day out hiking or biking with your colleagues." Finally, Shapland made a recall to employers that the physical layout and work environment of the office can play an important role in employees' ability to maintain their health. "For optimal health, workers should try and get up throughout the day, changing postures and positions as needed for comfort, focus and productivity," Shapland said. "Companies can encourage movement by providing a palette of places, including standing-height options and lounge settings, so that people can choose their surroundings based on the task on current move."

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Android Has Zerothing to Worry About From The iPhone SE

It may look like every new Android phone these days has a display that’s 5-inches or bigger.So in regard to this, I wouldn’t dare suggest they switch ecosystems for the newly announced 4-inch iPhone SE. And that’s never to mean that I’m worried about Android’s market share. Presently as am talking to you, Android phones sales are growing in emerging markets, and that can be attributed to two things: (1) they’re cheap and they’re huge. (2)The new iPhone SE seems to solely exist as fan service for those who won’t release their iron grip on their aging iPhone 5 or 5s, or as a more affordable alternative for your teen who just can’t even be seen outside of the house without an iPhone. For those with lesser hands: Now, at any time, put it in mind that when iPhone users wanted a big huge phone? yes... Apple delivered with the iPhone 6+. It’s doing the same with the iPhone SE, which caters to a small subset of users who just won’t go for anything bigger. “It was a bit of a surprise when Apple said that there’s still demand from a small, four-inch size,” said Brian Blau, a research director at Gartner who attended today’s Apple event. Okay, indeed, there is quite a demand. More, according to MixPanel, about 18 percent of iPhone users are still wielding a three-year-old, 4-inch iPhone 5S. In fact, until the SE was announced, Apple still sold the iPhone 5S. But now, that phone is starting to show its age, and Apple is doing what it can to bring its users up to snuff. It also gives Apple the option of cutting off support for the iPhone 5S in the next major iOS revision without cutting out its 4-inch phone users. One advantage of the iPhone SE are its premium components, which should be a huge incentive for iOS users with aging devices. As they get the latest processor and camera, and can finally get on board with Apple Pay. Now talking about the Android side of things, there aren’t too many users clamoring for a phone that small—it's a vocal minority. There are a lot of data that shows that bigger phones sell. Analysts at Statista report that this year, there is going to be 146 million smartphones sold that are larger than 5-inches, and this is following last year’s boom. And that doesn't count the hundreds of millions of phones in the 4.7 to 5-inch range. Finally, those that are aching for smaller phones can choose between Motorola and OnePlus’s offerings, two solid phones that cost half of the price of one iPhone SE. However it’s still too expensive: There’s no doubt that the iPhone SE’s existence is great for Apple fans. “So if you have notions of getting into iOS, know it now you have a wider variety of devices to choose from,” said Blau. “By adding this one more model with better components at a smaller screen size, that’s significantly expanding [Apple’s] product line to places they haven’t been before.” But never forget, there’s one problem: the iPhone SE is still too pricey for some, and it’s likely to get even more expensive when it’s brought overseas—as is typically the case with international iPhone launches. The phone starts at $400 for the 16GB model, and $500 for the 64GB model. That’s quite a money for such a small phone, and even when Apple’s gone cheaper—like it did with the iPhone 5C—it hardly made a dent in Android’s sales numbers. Okay as for last year’s resounding theme in the Android sphere, there was “premium phones at $400.” The Nextbit Robin, Moto X Pure Edition, Nexus 6P, and the HTC One A9 are solid performing smartphones at a fraction of Apple's top-end phones. Furthermore, Motorola even lets you customize your own device to match your personality. You don't have to spend more than $400 to get a great, modern Android phone, and the really price-conscious can spend a lot less. The war is just the same for everyone: For Android fans, they have nothing to worry about when it comes to Google's marketshare. The iPhone SE exists solely to help satiate those die-hard Apple users who just can’t grasp the idea of a bigger phone. And also it’s important to remember that we’re entering into an era of smartphone stagnation, which means that companies will find any excuse to try and market a new phone. “Smartphone sales will eventually decline,” said Blau. “So in anycase we’ll start to see a softening. Apple and Google will have to work harder…the competition is going to be a tougher one.”

10 Ways to Be a Better Boss

Although some people may be born to be leaders, that's never the case when it comes to being the boss, because it is not always easy. Running a business means you have to get all of your work done while leading a team at the same time, and it can be difficult to keep up with all of those responsibilities. Now are you ready to lead your team to success? so take some time to reflect and try these 10 expert tips to become a better boss. (1)Manage your energy levels. "others, however can feel our energy. When too strong, it can feel forceful and dominant. When not enough energy is projected, then a leader may not show enthusiasm or confidence. Balancing our energy and doing it consistently is another way that we, as leaders, build trust so that others are inspired and will want to be on board with us." – Janis Cooper, owner, EQnimity (2)Stop viewing yourself as "the boss." "Regardless that you are in a position of relative authority and may at times need to assert it, those times should be rare. You need to deeply understand that your employees are more talented than you in their field, and for your organization to thrive you need to tap into their creativity and commitment." – Justin Cook, partner and director of Internet marketing, 9thco (3)Hold smarter meetings. "All of us spend a lot of our time in meetings, and meetings get a bad rap, mostly because they aren't run effectively, start late and drag on past the ending time. But a good meeting can be the most efficient way to clarify, align and make critical decisions with the team. Focus on having objectives for the meeting, being very clear, guide the conversation to stay on topic and keep to a reasonable meeting length. Not only will this help give the team clarity and confidence, but it respects your staff's valuable time." – Shaun Ritchie, co-founder, Eventboard (4)Be a team player. "One out of all best questions a boss could ask is, 'What do you need from me? How can I help?' It's important for leaders to understand the role they play in their employees' process and success. The willingness to roll up [their] sleeves and do what's necessary to obtain the desired result will always be noted by a leader's team, and will usually result in creating a high morale and sense of camaraderie amongst the team." – Latasha Kennedy, project manager and founder, LMK Entertainment Group (5)Hire the right people. "A great boss hires the right people for the team. In order to move the company strategy forward, every person in the organization must be a fit for the organization and department teams. This does not mean people should never question the way in which work is done based on the culture, but one who does not fit often struggles to understand how work should be managed and will be unable to move ideas and concepts forward." – Theresa Ashby, president and CEO, Dynam Consulting (6)Get to the office first. "There are two major reasons for arriving early at work, apart from the fact that it will make you a more productive person. First, it motivates your employees to do the same. When you're the first at the office, you are setting a work ethic example that trickles down to every one of your employees. Secondly, arriving before your employees do allows you to greet them as they walk in the door. Your office is your home away from home. And if you're the first person there, you assume your role as the host.I find that a warm, welcoming work environment increases satisfaction and longevity among my employees, and contributes to a productive work environment." –Shannon Hematian, co-founder and CFO, Pip Tompkin Studio (7)Give the benefit of the doubt. "Given today’s emergency-ridden culture, it's somehow easy to react and not respond to your employees, especially if they aren't doing what you think they should be doing in the way you think it should be done. So taking the time to be curious about why an employee acted the way they did, or how they came to the strategy they arrived to, will give you the key to unlock the secret of how to develop your employee and course-correct when necessary." – Esther Weinberg, owner, MindLight Group (8)Be a mentor, not a parent. "Never forget that, you are not your employees' parent — you're their boss, not their mommy and daddy. But that doesn't mean you can't hear them out when they need your advice and mentorship." – Arlene Howard, owner and CEO, Arlene Howard Public Relations (9)Invest in your employees. "In order to be an effective leader, you need to start at the heart of the company: your employees. I firmly believe happy and engaged employees do great things. Invest in them, and provide a clear picture of where the company stands and where it is headed. The critical first step is creating a vibrant company culture where people are motivated, and where collaboration is fostered and healthy lifestyles are encouraged." – Bruce Cazenave, CEO, Nautilus (10)Communicate better. "Listen and observe more. Talk and multitask less. everyone of us, give clues as to what is going on internally on a regular basis. Those clues give great insight into how to communicate with your employees more effectively. Focus as much on "how they say it" as what they say, and observe nonverbal communication, tonal and pitch changes, and changes in regular communication patterns, to see potential issues before they arise." – Matt Eventoff, owner, Princeton Public Speaking

Great Loyalty Programs - Your Key to Keep Customers Coming Back

As for many small businesses, gaining new customers is a very big part of their growth strategy. New leads are important, but if you really want to expand your business, you might want to turn more of your attention to your current customer base. If we are to move in the same direction with the marketing solutions provider Collect, loyal, repeat customers account for about 20 percent of your total customer base, but can generate up to 70 percent of sales because they spend more over time. Numerous reports have also shown that the cost of acquiring a new customer is much greater than the cost of retaining an existing one, anywhere from three to 10 times higher, depending on the industry and other factors, said Ben Hamilton, CEO of private air-travel service ImagineAir. "Loyalty programs help retain core users and, when combined with delivering an exceptional customer experience, help turn them into evangelists for your brand," Hamilton said. Of course, there's no set formula for a loyalty program, and there are a lot of different routes you can go. Some businesses choose to go low-tech and simple with a punch card, while others have an app connected to a digital-rewards database. Your biggest challenges will likely be in determining what benefits or discounts to offer, and sourcing or building a technology platform to support the program, Hamilton said. So for you to decide what to offer, Hamilton advised speaking to current customers to understand what matters most to them. This helps you avoid adding benefits that absorb resources but don't add much customer value, he said. "In the process of developing our Platinum loyalty program, for example, we learned that realizing significant tax benefits is as important to our Platinum Members as providing the least expensive way to fly private," Hamilton said. "This insight played a major role in shaping our program." So in regard to this fact, if you're looking into tech solutions to help administer the program, Hamilton said you need to identify and prioritize your technical needs up front. Thoroughly research and vet the development talent to deliver those needs, or find existing technology platforms that can be customized to meet them. "In some cases, initial implementation stages involve more manual, human effort, with automation to track and support the program coming later," he said. "Small businesses, though resource-constrained, also have the benefit of being more nimble, and therefore more able to implement new processes more easily."

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Android Device Updates: Google Releases First Android N Patch

Google is moving fast and furious with Android N updates—kind of. Already there's a fresh build of the developer preview that fixes some performance issues, of which there are plenty. Apart from that, it was a pretty slow week of updates, though there should be plenty of new phones out there running Marshmallow now that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are on sale. In any of each week, we compile all the major software updates to hit the Android ecosystem, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, Android Wear smartwatches, and Android TV devices. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, and ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs and gaping security holes. Nexus: Android N: Now, if you’re running the Android N preview, you should see an over-the-air update for the Nexus 6P and 5X (NPC56W) and the Nexus 9 (NPC56X). More, the newest builds are also on the Android Developers site. If you’ve yet to try and beta and want to give it a go, you can flash the new image to your eligible phone. There is not any specific changelog, so this is likely bug fixes and tweaks. Google is issuing five major updates before the final release, but it now looks like there is going to be some iterative improvements in-between. OnePlus: OnePlus Two: A soak test is running underground for Android 6.0, which comes baked in as part of the company’s Oxygen OS. oftenly a soak test is the final step before a general release, so if you have one of these phones, you should be in knowledge that the Marshmallow treat should come your way in the near future.

Friday, 18 March 2016

The 10 Major Insightful Company Culture Questions You Should Ask Your Interviewer

You've landed an interview for a job that aligns with your skill sets and interests. The work sounds like a perfect match for you, and the compensation package matches your needs. But there's one important factor that could change your mind about wanting to work there: the company culture. Many employers today try to wear their culture on their sleeves by posting fun "behind-the-scenes" photos of employees, or devoting a section of their website to describing the company mission and atmosphere. But unless you know someone who works there (and will give you honest insights), you likely won't know what the company culture is really like until you step into the office for your interview. As you may be able to infer some things through simple visual observations, you can and should use your job interview as an opportunity to actively learn more about the work environment. Not only will you have a solid response when your interviewer asks if you have any questions, but it will give both you and the hiring manager the chance to fully evaluate whether the culture is a good fit for you. Why your cultural fit matters: The question of a new employee's "fit" is based on the interviewer's thought process, said Ron Fry, author of "101 Smart Questions to Ask on Your Interview" (Career Press, 2016). So at this point, this person is assessing you based on both your own skills and what he or she knows about the existing team. How well you fit into a company's culture depends mostly on your entire personality traits and outlook. These are intrinsic to you — you can't fake it, and unlike your skills or salary, you can't "build up" to a good cultural fit. "Furthermore, you can't learn a culture," said Aye Moah, chief of product at productivity software company Boomerang. "A bad cultural fit is a lose-lose for the company and for you. Being miserable at work isn't good for your career, since you will be less invested in the company success." Taylor Smith, co-founder and CEO of employee recognition platform Blueboard, agreed, and said that candidates should be conscious about picking a workplace where they can thrive, personally and professionally. "Regarding the fact that company culture shapes every minute of the workday and every decision that is made, so it's important to gauge a company's culture beforehand to understand if that is the right environment for your work style and your personal values," Smith said. "Put it in mind that employment is a two-way street," added Gene Camm, director of HR at auto accessory retailer CARiD. "So with this reason, candidates must ask probing questions of hiring managers to make sure they are as comfortable with the organization as the organization is with the candidate." Questions to ask your interviewer: For the reason that different people value different things in a company's culture, Smith advised spending some time reflecting on what cultural aspects really matter to you, so you can properly frame your questions and understand what a favorable or unfavorable response might look like. Once you understand your own honest thoughts about elements like leadership style, work flexibility, employee recognition, office social life, etc., you're ready to formulate questions to bring into your interview. Based on the insights from our expert sources, to learn more about the company culture, here you have the 10 specific sample questions you can ask your interviewer. 1.How would you characterize the company's overall management style? 2.What is your company's approach to team building and career development? 3.How does your company respond to and overcome failures? 4.How are employees recognized for their efforts? 5.What is the work-life balance like here? 6.Does the company host social outings or events for employees? 7.What personality traits do you look for in your ideal team members? 8.Is the company's strategic approach driven by processes or results? 9.Do the company's different departments ever collaborate with one another? 10. What kinds of people seem to succeed in this company/department? After your interview(s), you should take what you've learned from the hiring manager and see how it stacks up against what real employees and clients have to say. "Whatever anyone has told you about the culture, believe your own eyes and ears. "Look at the people, the equipment, the decorations. And see, if you can picture yourself working there and with them? Or does the very thought of spending a single day there make you want to run away?"