Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Google Maps Receives Some Better Discovery Features In Android App Update

As it is now, Google have packed a lot of little things into the latest Maps update that may make your next trip a little more pleasant. First off, Maps will now ping you with “new and popular places” when you’re away from home. To Google’s credit, this is turned off by default (way too many apps are opt-out with features that ping you with notifications). You can find it under the Notifications tab. Furthermore, you are finally able to launch the always-handy “OK Google” voice commands from inside Maps, where before you would have to exit the program to do so. This is enabled by default, so hop into the Navigation section to turn it off if you don’t want it. One other helpful feature is the ability to find gas stations, restaurants, coffee shops, and grocery stores along your route. This was previously only available during Drive Mode if you were, well, driving. But presently it works for navigation if you choose Google’s walking or bicycle directions. In fact, probably you’re more likely to use it in those circumstances, as you shouldn’t stare at the screen to find a coffee shop while in the middle of traffic. There are a few more code strings buried in the APK that hint at some upcoming features. A new feature called Discover indicates it would function much the way Google Now offers you suggestions for places to check out when you go away from home. Furthermore on this, if you’re traveling through places with limited connection quality, Maps may automatically download details along those routes so you don’t end up lost. This could be very helpful for long trips that go through remote areas, as you won’t need to spend time beforehand downloading an entire map of a state to your phone. In conclusion, there's some type of message that celebrates how far you’ve traveled in Street View. And one other thing is that, it’s unclear if these will come to a final build, as Google often adds in and removes code while trying things out. Okay, the new features can be found in version 9.26.1 of Google Maps, which is rolling out in the Play Store and is available now on APK Mirror. Major notes: This as for me, is a very nice update for discovering new things out there, which is increasingly what Google Maps is about instead of just solely serving as a directional aide. Google also isn’t terribly informative when it comes to offering a changelog, so you may have to dig around for other discoveries. Thanks..

The Five Businesses Disrupting the Online Fashion World

These days, the world of online shopping is evolving, and a good number of new startups are bringing new ideas and innovations to the online fashion business. So in that regard, here are the five companies taking a new approach to online shopping. 1.Fovo: Fovo is a new, highly personalized website focused on changing the way women shop for clothes by focusing on body shape rather than size. Shoppers that are visiting the website will see a five-question survey. They are asked to click on a body shape closest to their own to provide their dress, pant and blouse sizes. Furthermore, the site calculates a result from the survey responses, which is used to provide shoppers with a personal feed of apparel that will look good on them. And this feed will advertise only clothes that are in-stock and appropriate for the customer's body shape. 2.Lab No25: This one in particular, says its behind-the-scenes fashion content, which includes videos of fashion shoots and the process for selecting featured items, sets it apart from other e-commerce websites. The site reveals a mix of well-known and up-and-coming brands while also incorporating European designers, making them more accessible to U.S.-based shoppers. 3.Garmentory Garmentory provides shoppers with a boutique shopping experience in the comfort of their own homes. This website takes the work out of bargain hunting by offering a curated selection of sale items from a variety of boutiques. The way it works is that, once customers find a piece they like, they can make an offer on the website. The website then sends those offers to the boutique selling the specific item. Once offers are accepted, boutiques then send the items to the buyer for free. 4.Fynd: Fynd on It's own is a fashion search engine that makes online shopping easier and more enjoyable for customers. Now the website serves as the user's personal shopper, making it easier for people to locate the specific items they want, rather than getting overwhelming with pages of content. Once a shopper has liked an article of clothing, a feed will show up with similar items. 5.Le Tote: As it is, Le Tote is one of the few fashion websites that charges customers a set, monthly price for unlimited clothing deliveries. In this regard, shoppers can add clothing to their "totes" to rent; the items then get shipped to them, and shoppers simply need to ship the clothes back once they are done. In addition, customers can also choose to keep some of the clothing and be charged by the website. Each user also gets a personal shopper, who sends surprise additions to each customer's tote based on the previous orders. Thanks for reading.....

Your 10 Tips and Tricks to Get The Most From Your HTC 10

One big secret revealed here, is that HTC knew it had something to prove with the HTC 10, and it's a very good phone. As it is, it has a solid performance, excellent design, and the latest sense interface is only a mild change from stock Android. Even with all its good points, you can make your new HTC 10 even better. And finally here, we've provided you with the 10 tips and tricks to make the HTC 10 the best device it can possibly be 1.Use screen-off gestures: HTC has chosen to deemphasize the screen-off "Motion launch gestures" in its marketing this year, but however, they're still included in the software and can be quite useful. These can be enabled and disabled in the Display, gestures, & buttons menu. And more, there are a few that you should definitely use, including double-tap to wake and double swipe down to wake the camera. You can also jump right into Blinkfeed from the off state with a swipe right and wake to the home screen with a swipe left. You can turn all the gestures on and off individually as you wish to. 2.Disable junk apps: Even if you have the unlocked HTC 10, one sure thing is, there are going to be some apps you just don't want on your phone. The problem will be even more noticeable on carrier versions of the phone. You can't uninstall most of them, but you can disable them by going into the settings and finding the Apps menu. From there, simply find the junkware, open the info screen, and tap Disable. The app will still be there, but it won't run in the background or show up in the app drawer. 3.Customize app drawer: As it is, HTC's default organization for the app drawer is custom, which is fine if you want to meticulously manage it every time you install an app. And if not, it can be changed easily. At the top left corner of the app drawer is a drop down that enables you to select between custom, alphabetical, and recently used for the organization scheme. The overflow menu on the other side also deserves a peek. From here, you can change the grid size, wallpaper (only for the app drawer), and hide/show apps in the drawer. 4.Configure calling options: Unlike some of the Android phone makers, HTC went to the trouble of getting certification for Wi-Fi and Voice-over-LTE on all major carriers that support it, even for the unlocked phone. You can turn these features on and check your settings in the main system settings under Calls. VoLTE is only on or off, but Wi-Fi Calling does have some setting you'll want to investigate. You can turn it off if you don't want to route calls over Wi-Fi, but you can also set the HTC 10 to prefer either the cellular or Wi-Fi connection for calls. 5.Tweak display color: As the case is now, HTC has stepped up to a quad-HD LCD this year, but the default color tuning looks a bit warm. HTC has included some fairly robust display calibration options, though. You'll find them in the Display, gestures, & buttons menu under Color profile. The default is "Vivid," which has the reds pumped up. The sRGB setting produces more realistic colors, but both settings allow you to modify the color temperature. In general, you'll probably want to nudge them a little more toward the cold end. 6.Turn on USB 3.1: Now, to start with, if you've got a ton of media to load onto the HTC 10, this device has you covered with support for USB 3.1 data transfers. You will need a computer with USB 3.1 ports and a USB 3.1-compliant cable. USB 3.1 also needs to be manually activated, which you can do from Settings > More > USB connection. So to do that, simply toggle USB 3.1 file transfers on and note the warning about interfering with calls and data. Make sure you turn it off after you're done blasting all your data over to the phone at warp speed. 7.Customize Blinkfeed: HTC's Blinkfeed is one of the better home screen news readers included by Android manufactuers, but as the case is, you should make some tweaks to get the most out of it. Blinkfeed is accessible on the far left of your home screen. Use the navigation slide-out to add services by hitting the "plus" button at the top. It supports Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter logins, which integrates your social content in the feed. Calendar events can be added too. And more, the default news provider is News Republic, and it will throw a lot of stuff at you that isn't of interest. Just tap on it in the settings so you can tell it which topics you'd like to see. In your main Blinkfeed settings, also make sure you turn off interest-based ads under Manage ads. 8.Switch it up with themes: HTC's theme engine for the HTC 10 so far, is still one of the best you'll find on a flagship Android phone. The theme store (in your settings and app drawer) includes plenty of solid options with their own icons, wallpapers, and color palettes. Now, in addition, you can edit your current theme or build a new one. That includes choosing wallpapers for the home and lock screens, interface colors, app drawer background, icons, and sounds. The Personalize menu in settings includes handy links to both changing and editing your current theme. 9.HTC Connect gesture: A good number of Android devices have quick access to screen mirroring, but none of them is as fast as the HTC 10. At any time, you can use the HTC Connect gesture to search for streaming devices. Swipe up with three fingers, and Connect will pop up and start searching. Full screen mirroring includes devices like Chromecasts, Android TV, and Roku boxes (Miracast). Now, when you want to shut off mirroring, you just use the ongoing notification. Connect includes screen mirroring as well as simple audio streaming to Bluetooth devices. I think that's handy if you need to switch between speakers or earbuds frequently. 10.Set up a personal audio profile: One more good news about the HTC 10, is that it has a high-res 24-bit audio DAC, and you can take full advantage of it by setting up a personal audio profile. The audio profiler will pop up the first time you plug in headphones, offering you the option of either quick or detailed audio tuning. The quick option simply matches presets to your listening preferences, but the detailed mode plays a series of tones in each ear to determine your hearing threshold. You can edit your profile or add new ones at any time from the Boomsound menu in settings.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Your 3 Steps to Eliminate Workplace Stress

One thing you don't know is that, stress is a part of work. It provides you with the correct amount of pressure to complete a task with excellence and efficiency. When the anxiety becomes too overwhelming, however, stress follows you out of the office and affects your personal and professional lives. As it may not be feasible or necessary to change jobs, here are a few steps that can help you better manage your stress at work. 1.Fish out the cause: As it is, it may seem simple, but identifying the root cause of your issues will help begin the healing process. The American Psychological Association said some workplace stressors can be come from low salaries, excessive workloads, few opportunities for growth or advancement, work that's uninteresting or that isn't challenging, a lack of social support, and a lack of power over your career. All these issues can have negative physical side effects, long and short term. And more, you may experience headaches, stomachaches or sleep disturbances; have a shorter temper; or have difficulty concentrating. Also in addition, chronic stress can result in anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system, the APA said. Such stress can also contribute to health conditions, such as depression, obesity and heart disease. Compounding the problem, people who experience excessive stress often deal with it in unhealthy ways such as by overeating, consuming unhealthy foods, smoking cigarettes, or abusing drugs and alcohol. 2.Work smarter: So furthermore, once you've been able to identifie some of the stress weighing on you, assess your relationships with your co-workers. Do you have friendly relationships, or do you duck behind your computer screen and avoid contact? Slight changes to your communication and work style could establish a better connection with those around you and remove some anxiety. Socialize with your co-workers. In this case, you don't have to be a social butterfly and hit up happy hour every week, but by making small talk with your colleagues it might actually help you relax. And to do that, you should bring up light, interesting subjects and get a conversation going. This can be beneficial for productivity and stress release, said Austin Paley, corporate marketing communications manager at web-design agency Blue Fountain Media. "So in this process, you will begin to understand one another on a more individual level and work in a more collaborative environment as a result," he added. Even just getting to know the people on your immediate team can improve your mood and help you work together better. Some projects "can be very stressful if you're working with people you don't know well," Paley said. "Lead the team you're working with through team-building exercises when you have downtime — whether it's playing a cooperative game, going out for food or just doing something you all love — together in your free time, is one key for to make it reall." Unplug. In this area, being connected via your mobile device 24/7 comes with its own set of stressors. And one thing that is sure is that, a constant phone calls, texts and email updates have become overwhelming, especially when you're answering messages after clocking out for the evening. So to deal with this issue, you should say yes more often when co-workers offer help on a big project or are willing to collaborate. This will alleviate some workload, and staying organized and on task will make room for a more productive workflow. "While there are undoubtedly instances when staying connected is legitimately necessary, it's rare for a business to require that every team member stay logged on continuously. In fact, it's in a company's interest to allow employees to recover," social psychologist Ron Friedman wrote for Fast Company. "Now, if an associate is frequently working late into the night and through the weekend, she is likely doing so at a cost to long-term engagement." Keep a handwritten to-do list. Staying on task with a to-do list is essential for success. In the digital age, the notion of writing out your tasks for the day might seem tedious, wasteful and unnecessary. But Paley said that a prioritized, handwritten list of your most important to-do's could help you get a clearer outline of what your day should look like. "By having a handwritten to-do list, my tasks for the day never get lost amongst all the other things happening on my computer over the course of a day, and I don't stress out over whether or not I'm forgetting any important tasks," Paley said. "[Writing] the list in the morning helps to outline what the day will look like and make it clearer at the beginning of the day what needs to get done. In addition, crossing off items of your list physically can be incredibly gratifying and instill a feeling of relief and accomplishment." 3.Do more for yourself: One other thing you accept is that, your day-to-day practices and routines often play a huge role in your stress levels. Breaking bad habits and forging good ones can help you feel more at ease during the workday. Here are some good habits to adopt: Schedule breaks into your day. If it ours that you're glued to your chair for the entire workday and never give yourself any time away from work-related tasks, you're much more likely to be stressed out. So in this reagard, Paley advised building designated breaks into your daily schedule, and really sticking to them. "Go for a walk, grab coffee, or take the time to sit down and have lunch," Paley said. "All of these things give you the time to clear your mind, give your brain a break from whatever you're working on and reduce stress. Breaks lasting no more than an hour won't cut into your productivity and are especially beneficial if you work in a position where creativity is important." In addition, Paley noted that scheduling these breaks at similar times every day helps you train yourself to be prepared for a "brain reset," making you far more productive over the course of a day. Devote time to physical, mental and emotional self-maintenance. John Koeberer, author of "Green-Lighting Your Future: How to Manifest the Perfect Life" (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013), said in a satement that a healthy diet and regular exercise, along with a good self-image and spiritual practices, can prepare you to deal with stress successfully. "Just the knowledge that your mind, body and soul are in sturdy shape is a huge deterrent to stress getting a foothold," Koeberer said. So in this regard, be kind to yourself. When you're bogged down with stress-inducing projects and deadlines, it can be difficult to see beyond them. Even long-term assignments end eventually, so you just need to keep going and remember that the challenges you're facing now will seem small and insignificant when you've finally overcome them. "We can all recollect instances that we thought at the time were real deal-killers, only to have them turn out to be a small anthill," Koeberer said further. "Adopt the thought that this, too, shall pass." Finally, it may be impossible to eradicate every stressor from the workplace. And you may not even want to do that, as some stress can be healthy and encourage you to meet deadlines and keep your head on straight. But one thing you should know is that working to eliminate bad stress and making your workplace healthier will change the way you view your job. Thanks for reading......

Saturday, 28 May 2016

How 'Personal' Do You Need to Be in a Job Interview?

There is one thing very sure here - the modern workplace has relaxed a bit from the "strictly business" environment of decades past. Instead of suits and dresses, today's workers are often allowed to wear jeans to the office, at least in some industries. And so, the lines between work and play have blurred as the standard 9-to-5 workday becomes less common. As such, it makes sense that the interview process has become a little less formal, too. And still in that move, while it's still ill-advised to show up to a job interview disheveled and unprepared, many hiring managers enjoy when candidates take a more conversational, personal approach to their answers. For example, discussing nonprofessional hobbies and activities that tie into your career skills can give the interviewer a better idea of who you are as a person and whether you will fit into the company culture. So in that regard, here are some things we need to put into consideration. Why getting personal can get you the job: Presently, companies are hiring well-rounded people who will represent their brand to the outside world, as said by Leela Srinivasan, chief marketing officer of applicant tracking system Lever. Small, tasteful personal anecdotes can help a hiring manager remember and connect with you, which gives you a better chance of getting hired if the interview goes well, she said. "Employers are looking to find someone who will fit in well with the team dynamic and company culture," added Brigette McInnis-Day, executive vice president of human resources at SAP, a software solutions company. "Finally, in this regard, finding a balance between professionalism and personality during an interview will help show yourself in the best light." McInnis-Day reminded job seekers that, if an employer calls them in for an interview, the hiring manager is already interested. So you should know that when you're asked to share something about yourself, it helps to make it unique. "One more thing you need to do is... you need to be sure to share something that is memorable," McInnis-Day said. "You may not have the most unique hobbies or interests, but if you can convey enthusiasm and passion while relating it as a story that exemplifies your potential, the interviewer will be sure to take note." Furthermore, researching the company on its website and social media accounts can also give you some fodder for conversation if you research the people you'll be working with, said Stacey Engle, EVP of marketing at leadership and development company Fierce Inc. In addition, you should try to find some common ground and make a connection based on the person's professional career. "Use social media as a sneak peek into the [company]," Engle said. "Asking questions targeted to what you have seen and heard will help uncover their vision and persona." "As for me, the more enterprising interviewees I've met take the time to research me, the interviewer, to find a common point of connection," Srinivasan added. "For examlpe, one person I interviewed actually listened to a podcast I was on, and mentioned that he also loved the restaurant I called out at the end as my favorite. We had a conversation about food that left us both in a positive mood." Avoiding the line of "TMI": Now in this situation, as with anything else, overstepping your boundaries during a job interview will backfire on you. So in this regard,you need to be careful not to cross over into "TMI" territory, and to keep yourself from giving away too much information about your personal life and habits. First of all, Srinivasan cautioned job candidates against discussing protected EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) classes, such as age, ethnicity, religion or family status. It is very illegal for employers to discriminate against a candidate on the basis of these categories, and therefore, they are not allowed to ask about them during an interview. So you should take note that bringing it up, even casually, could land the hiring manager in hot water, even if you volunteered the information on your own. "Discussions around age, relationship status, how many children, medical history and other personal information that is sensitive should not be shared," McInnis-Day noted. Aside from the illegality of certain questions about your personal life, offering such information could give the hiring manager the wrong impression of you, if he or she makes assumptions based on your answers, McInnis-Day said. "In addition to this, everyone has biases," she said. "Some interviewers [assume if] the candidate has young children, they can't travel. Sometimes, interviewees do the same — candidates say to themselves, 'I won't dare ask about how much I'll be traveling; they'll think I'm not up to the role.'" Personal beliefs and political views can also fall into a tricky gray area if you bring it up in an interview. Mike Le, COO of CBI Digital, a digital marketing agency, noted that he doesn't mind discussing such topics with candidates if they're relevant to the question at hand, but he discouraged job seekers from bringing them up unprovoked. "Now, if you share personal details, make sure they are relevant to the question," Le said. "Say just enough to make the answer concise and solid. The risk of 'personal' conversation is that you may lose focus and start sharing too [many] irrelevant details. Most of the time, that will do more harm than good." Balancing personal conversation with professional expectations: One thing you should be in notice of is that interviews can be more comfortable and less nerve-wracking when they feel like regular conversations, McInnis-Day said. It's fine to approach your interview this way, as long as everything relates back to the job. "If personal information is a motivating factor behind why you applied for the job, feel free to share a story, but keep it focused," McInnis-Day said. "If personal experiences have given you the chance to practice skills that are necessary for the job at hand, it can give [the interviewer] insight into your passion for the work you will be doing. But get those stories ready as you prep for the interview." Ultimately, you should use your best judgment when it comes to the personal details you share during an interview. In this regard, you can make the interview conversation intimate and friendly, but keep it professional and respectful, Le said. "Personal talk can be a good catalyst, but keep in mind this is still a job interview," he noted. But in anycase, Engle warned not to fake your personality to make yourself seem like a good fit. "Faking a persona or a skill to fit in with the culture that has been emulated via social media or the news will not result in a [positive] employee/company relationship," Engle further said . "So when you are meeting potential employers, if their values and purpose do not align with yours, don't be afraid to say no." Thanks......

Friday, 27 May 2016

The 5 Struggles iPhone Users Will Never Understand

Now, as things are working out to be, there are so many things your iPhone-using friends will never understand. For example: How awesome widgets are, or how nice it is to be able to see how many hours from now your alarm is set for. But the Android life isn’t all fun and games—we have our share of problems! So without goint too far, here are 5 Android-specific struggles that iPhone users will never truly understand. 1.Spending hours customizing your OS: On an iPhone, you are able to rearrange your apps (in a pre-determined snap-to grid) and that’s about it. On an Android phone, you can also make your own widgets, customize your lock screen, and even change the way your texts look. But those hours you spend making your phone awesome are hours you’re never going to get back. 2.Owning a phone that’s 2+ years old: “Okay now, assuming your phone is from 2013, But Apple’s had like…four phones come out since then!” What will you do? 3.Trying to fill all that extra storage space Now, would you rather pay $850 for 128GB of storage in an iPhone 6s, or $650 for a Samsung Galaxy S7 with 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot that supports up to 200GB of extra storage? I think no-brainer. Can you even believe that Apple is still selling brand-new $750 phones with only 16GB of storage? 4.How will you spend all this free Google Play credit? As it is, Google’s always asking for your opinion and rewarding you with Google Play credit. But some big thanks to all the free, ad-supported apps in the Google Play store, you have no idea what to do with the $25 of credit sitting in your account. And it’s going to expire soon! 5.You can’t even ‘accidentally’ drop it in the toilet So far, we’ve all tried the ol’ whoops-I-dropped-my-phone-in-the-toilet-guess-I-need-a-new-one trick when we’re looking for an excuse to upgrade. But now quite a few Android phones are waterproof, including Samsung's flagships. Thanks a lot.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

How to Embrace 'Startup Culture' at Any Business Size

In the world of today, startup culture has gotten a bad reputation for being all fun and no work. Pop culture has even grasped onto the idea that all startups are youth-led and fast-moving, working out of an overpriced game room with a desk or two. "Parks and Recreation's" Tom Haverford and Jean-Ralphio Saperstein started "high-end, all-media entertainment conglomerate" Entertainment 720. "Arrested Development's" Maeby Fünke set up an office for her cousin's app, Fakeblock. In both cases, these fictional startups crashed and burned because time and funds were dedicated to creating a "cool" workspace, rather than actually working. While some companies have modeled their aesthetic after the idealized spaces of Silicon Valley giants like Google and Facebook, real startup culture encompasses more than a sleek office and fun perks. Rather than 24/7 fun, "work hard, play hard" is the accepted norm. Now, in order to detail you on this topic, here are what people who live and breathe startup culture every day have to share on their take on what it is, and how businesses of any size can embrace and maintain it. What is startup culture? Just as I have mentioned above, the typical startup often has a certain aesthetic, but where did the "startup look" come from? Office furniture company turnstone has done a lot of research on emerging companies, to discover what startup culture really looks like and why. General manager Brian Shapland described it as "the innovative and energetic vibe" exhibited by many startups and their founders, and boiled it down to four themes that connect the "ethos" of a company with its environment: Passion.All started with the founder: the idea, the business model and the culture. Whether focused on people, the planet or profit (or all three), entrepreneurs have a unique sense of passion, Shapland said. They live their business, and that passion often comes to life in the office environment. Personality. Shapland pinpoited that many entrepreneurial leaders want their personality expressed in their space. In this regard, instead of having a work environment with a traditional corporate feel (rows of cubes, for example), these founders want it to feel lively, and they'll seek applications and furniture that express their personality. "Furthermore, we see evidence of it when a creative company displays a timeline of its milestones in the office, or photos of employees and their nicknames or hobbies displayed throughout the common areas," Shapland said. "These companies include these elements as a means of connecting teammates, building trust and creating community." Agility. Entrepreneurs act with a certain sense of agility. They don't sit still because their businesses don't, and Shapland said they need their spaces to facilitate those rapid transitions between activities. This environment includes a setting in which people can stand while working, as well as widespread adoption of lounge spaces. Authenticity. In this situation, entrepreneurs want to create a culture of authenticity. They want their employees to look forward to coming to work and stay engaged while there. Shapland said startups often try to create homelike spaces that enable employees to feel like they can be themselves, such as rooms with lounge chairs and kitchen tables. "Workers at startups often seek a human approach to space, rather than a cold setting," Shapland said. "They don't want to check their personality at the door, and entrepreneurs focus on creating conditions to celebrate that authenticity." Now, beyond the office's physical appearance and organization, business leaders also described startup culture as having the following attributes: An "anything is possible" mentality. "Startup culture in this case, means hard work [and] long hours but, at the same time, creating your own rules," said Annie Scranton, founder and president of Pace Public Relations. "As a startup, you are of no doubt in tune with collaborating with new people; finding ways to work smarter, not longer; and throwing dated corporate rules out the window." The ability to react and shift quickly. "Now, in its best form, a startup culture is very nimble," said Jon Schulz, chief marketing officer of Viant. "There is collaboration across the company and a very team-oriented approach. In this regard, big companies tend to form silos, and time is often wasted trying to outdo the other division rather than uniting together." Employees and leaders who own their contributions. "Culture means creating an environment in which your team members are owners of the process, so they're dedicated to the team in a different fashion," Dane Atkinson, CEO of SumAll, said in a piece by American Express. "In this regard, you're wearing lots of different hats [and have] less time and resources, but you're also intimately connected to what you're building," added Matt Barba, CEO and co-founder of real estate technology company Placester. "I think the key to maintaining a startup culture is ... instilling that sense of ownership in people, making sure they know that their contributions really make a difference." How to keep the startup mentality In our own case, all of our sources agreed that no matter what stage your business is in, holding onto a startup culture will help you keep that fresh, innovative edge that puts you a step ahead of your competition. So in that move here's what you can do to maintain this type of work environment as your company grows. Celebrate intrapreneurship. "Intrapreneurship" is always described as bringing an entrepreneurial attitude to your team at a larger organization. Shapland said these innovation-minded individuals can help your company maintain its startup culture because they feel that pressure to compete for results and talent. Choose your leaders carefully. Now, when your company gets big enough to warrant hiring outside leadership, Schulz cautioned entrepreneurs against choosing people who will try to impose "big company processes" on their business. "So, in this kind of situation, you should make sure that, as you grow your company, you filter new leadership for cultural fit along with talent and ability," he said. "Continue to do the things you did as a smaller company, such as happy hours, ball games and March Madness. It is OK to grow upwards, but you can still have fun while maintaining your core values." Listen to new ideas all the time. One of the biggest enemy to startup culture is getting too stuck in your ways. Refusing to make a change or be flexible because the status quo is working could ultimately hurt your company in the long run, Scranton said. "So in this regard, you need to be open to advice from anyone and everyone, especially new hires that you make — they will have a fresh set of eyes into your work and may have great suggestions on how to improve processes," she said. Startup culture as it is, may always be under a microscope from critics who aren’t willing to break the traditional business structure; despite those negative feelings, startup founders need to do what is best for their business. "When you're a team of five doing the work of 10 people, you need to be able to collaborate, and collaborate well," Barba said. "So now, as you start growing — building out departments, specializing — creating that sense of community gets harder, not easier. Finally, whether it's a Ping-Pong table, video games or beer on tap, these things enable us to bring teams together around the things they love." Thanks for reading........

Report: Google Is Likely to Publicly Disgrace Phone Makers Who Deliver Tardy Android Updates

Finally, Google may have had enough. According to a Bloomberg report, the company is currently thinking about turning to public shaming as a way to entice handset manufacturers to step up their Android updates. As it is now, Google has apparently collected considerable data (something it’s very good at) regarding manufacturers and carriers’ update performance and shared this information with OEMs and carriers. A Sprint executive said he’d seen the details and had been feeling the pressure from Google to push things along. Even without access to this information, we can beyond doubt assure you it isn’t a pretty picture: only 7.5 percent of the current Android devices are running Marshmallow, which is the latest major version. This after about half a year on the market. Some are slower than others, while the wireless providers have also been known to hold things up for “carrier testing. So in this case, Google tried to improve this with its monthly security updates, though even that has been a very mixed story.But now, some pledge to follow and are late, never follow through, or only put it into motion with their flagship. It’s problem number one with Android right now, and while an Android Update Wall of Shame may sound like a radical idea, it could be the extreme solution that’s necessary right now. Important note: As muh as we can each week, we collect information on the Android updates , and there’s always some phone or tablet that’s only now getting Marshmallow even though it was released by Google in October of last year. And as it is now, Google has tried many tactics to remove the discomfort of tardy updates, such as unbundling core apps and putting them in the Play Store. Google Play Services also updates independently, which provides developers with APIs they can use right away. But one thing is, this problem hasn’t gone away, and with so many neat features coming to Android N it’ll be a real drag for those who have to wait months after its available to get it. Thanks...

A Fantastic $35 Raspberry Pi 3 Mini-PC Is Likely to Get Official Android Support Soon

You are going to find Android running on phones, tablets, a Surface-like hybrid, and even laptops. But somehow, it appears Google will soon be adding another interesting device to that list: a $35 Raspberry Pi 3 mini-PC. For more than a month ago, a code repository for the Pi 3 appeared on the Git-based code site for Google’s Android Open Source Project (AOSP), as first spotted by Android Police. AOSP is the open source version of Android that lacks any of the Google-centric touches—like key apps like Gmail and Google Play—that rolls out on Android phones. And many alternative Android projects base their work on AOSP including Amazon’s Fire devices and Cyanogen OS. Google is about to add any actual code for the Pi 3 to the new repository, and it's been five weeks since it was first created. But whatever the case is , we can assume that the code will show up one day—perhaps the initial base is being developed privately. Whatever the reason is, an official build of Android for Raspberry Pi 3 will likely be met with enthusiasm as Pi fans are already installing Android-based images on the devices. Now, this is one thing you should know, the plans of Google for Android and the Pi, however, are unclear. Google could intend for the Pi 3 to run an IoT-focused version of Android—much like Microsoft did with the Windows 10 IoT Core for Raspberry Pi. If that’s the case, Google may be prepping the Raspberry Pi 3 for eventual compatibility withProject Brillo—a new smart home-focused operating system based on Android designed to interface with your oven, light switches, and doorbell. The major note to take: An IoT OS would be in line with the Raspberry Pi’s focus ontinkering with hardware projects, as opposed to using the Pi as an Android-powered entertainment PC. While ZDNet points out, there are already a good number of other developer and hobbyist boards in the AOSP tree including some publicly earmarked to work with Brillo. Finally, the Pi 3 entry could be more of the same. This story, was originally published by PC world.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The Perk Office Workers Can Desire Most

Now, put free lunches and cool office spaces aside: Access to new technology is the perk employees crave most, according to a new study from Adobe. Over 80 percent of the employees surveyed said technology is the most important factor to keeping them happy, compared with just 72 percent who said the same about having access to food and beverages. In addition, only 61 percent said a beautiful office design drives their satisfaction, with just 56 percent saying it is on-site amenities that makes them happy. So in the process, the study revealed that employees who think their company's technology is "ahead of the curve" feel twice as creative, motivated and valued than those whose company's technology is "behind the times." "So, employers may be paying attention to too much on ping pong tables and free dry cleaning, instead of technology that helps their employees feel motivated, valued and productive," Jeff Vijungco, vice president of global talent for Adobe, said in a statement. "So in this sense, employers are expeted to pay attention to productivity more than perks, and realize that their employees are happy to work when a company invests in their success." Furthermore in overall, 85 percent of those surveyed believe access to quality tech tools enables them to be more productive, while 70 percent said it improves their work-life balance. In general, nearly three-quarters of employees believe being able to use high-quality technology makes their workday better and easier. Now, when it comes to the type of technology they want, 81 percent of those surveyed said No. 1 on their priority list are tools that help them connect to colleagues more efficiently. Regardless of whether they have access to the technology they desire, most workers are happy in their jobs. Finally, the research found that 70 percent of the U.S. employees surveyed love their jobs. It's a pretty thing they do, because they spend most of their time dealing with work. On average, those surveyed spend 78 percent of their waking hours on days they work either actually working or thinking about work, and 41 percent doing the same on their days off. In roundom, nearly 60 percent of the U.S. employees surveyed said work defines who they are. Thanks.......

The five best apps for the Samsung Gear VR

Now, as we are waiting for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive to actually become reasonably available, Samsung has provided an alternative that is surprisingly impressive. While partnering with Oculus, the Gear VR uses its own Oculus store and offers a ton of content for VR-hungry Samsung phone owners. In this move, there are a lot of interesting and creative apps to experience, amid plenty of less-than-stellar choices, but what follows is a list of apps that really sold us on the Gear VR as a viable platform. And more, most of these choices are games, but the Gear VR lets users do a lot more. Whether you want to joyride around a futuristic city with a personal jetpack or enjoy some personal time in your own private theater, the Gear VR gives you the chance to dip into VR cheaply (so long as you already have or were planning to get a new Samsung phone) and without any pesky wires or high-end PCs to configure. 1.Anshar Wars 2 - ($9.99): Anshar Wars 2 was developed by OZWE and published by Oculus, this space-based shooter is gorgeous and surprisingly fun. Using only head tracking to control your ship, you’ll be able to blast your way through deep space, asteroid fields, and above alien worlds. So in this regard shooting, makes clever use of the side touch panel and the game is incredibly responsive. Space-based games are especially impressive in VR and while there are several good choices on the Gear VR, this is the most polished and playable. 2.BombSquad VR - ($2.99): Anyone who is able to remembers the classic Bomberman will find something to love in BombSquad. While it ditches the mazes for a more open playing field, this is a remarkably good use of VR. It feels like you’re hovering over the field, watching and controlling little minions of doom. The overarching perspective and adorable graphics make BombSquad feel like the high-tech evolution of a board game. It’s a great use of the third person perspective as well and offers a horde of multiplayer-centric mini-games, regardless of the fact that only over a local network (it’s cross-compatible with other versions though). 3.Land's End - ($7.99): Provided that it hails from the makers of the beautiful Monument Valley, it’s no surprise that Land’s End is a stunner. This exploration and puzzle game plays out as a lonely trek through a gorgeous, but eerily empty landscape of beaches, rocky cliffs, and sea. Now, using just the touch pad and, of course, your head, you move from one scene to another manipulating objects, hitting switches, and finding gates to new locations. The game feels intentionally experimental—partially a VR walking tour through a lovely space and partially a relatively simple puzzle game—but it’s a vital addition to every Gear VR library. 4.Netflix VR - (Free): Some how, it might sound odd to you that one of the best uses of the Gear VR is a decidedly non-VR app, but Netflix on the Gear VR shows the power of having your own personal theater. Find a comfy chair, put on a good pair of headphones, and this is the closest we’ve seen to the feeling of sitting in an actual theater, without having to bother leaving the house. That said, Netflix also does a great job of showing the limits of screen resolution and pixel density, since you can see every dot on the screen. And more, the picture quality is quite good overall, but once you start to notice all those dots, it’s hard to unsee them. 5.Samsung Internet - (Free): Samsung’s experimental web browser is one of those odd things that we’re very happy to have, but do you wonder about the overall usefulness of. Are you in VR to browse? Probably not, but sometimes, you want to take a quick side trip to the web for whatever reason, without leaving the confines of VR. In addition, the browser works well and has an impressively intuitive interface (for the most part). And we really like to see it sync automatically with our previously stored bookmarks, but it does just what you will expect a browser to do.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Twitter Character Count Will Soon Mean a Better Customer Service

As the case is now, Twitter has changed the landscape of communication since the social networking site's inception 10 years ago. Users' "tweets" have always had a 140-character limit, which has forced people to get imaginative, by shortening words or closing the space between a period and the next thought. Though that creativity might not ever completely disappear, the strict character limit is going to change, according to a statement released on Twitter's blog yesterday. Addressing another user (@replies) and media attachments (gifs, photos, videos, polls or quoted tweets) will no longer count against the 140 characters. In addition, users is going to have the opportunity to quote and retweet themselves. "We are going to enable the retweet button on your own tweets, so you can easily retweet or quote tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed," Twitter summarized in its statement. The site will also be eliminating the need to ".@" to tweet at a user and have all of your followers see it. "So as the case is, if you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly," the post said. The changes won't be immediately available to users, as Twitter plans to update the "hundreds of thousands of products built using Twitter's API," making the updates available in the coming months. What better does this means for business In this regard, the new changes will help business owners better post information and interact with customers. The ability to transmit information through media in addition to summarizing the information via 140 characters will help cut down on unnecessary two-and-three part tweets. So furthermore, the elimination of the @reply character count means better customer service and general interaction with the people keeping your business moving. At this point, business owners should take this into consideration when communicating with their followers going forward.

Unauthorized Tech: How You Can Handle Careless Cloud Usage

The present employees of today use a variety of devices in the workplace, such as desktops, tablets, smartphones, phablets and wearables. All of these devices may make work more convenient, but at the same time also bring challenges, especially for IT teams. Often, employees download cloud applications that are not IT-approved, and many workers fail to recognize the risks. Now, according to a survey by Softchoice, an IT solutions and managed services provider, one out of three cloud-app users has downloaded an application without consulting IT. These unsecured, unauthorized applications, referred to as "shadow IT," place networks and corporate data at risk. But in anycase, SoftChoice found that 39 percent of employees have not been told about the risks of downloading these apps. In less reagard to the risks, many employees refrain from using IT-approved cloud apps because of poor experiences, distrust, slow function, incompatibility with all devices and a lack of necessary features for work, Softchoice found. Workers who use cloud-based apps are 10 times more likely to choose them over IT-approved programs and four times more likely to access work files in an unsecure way when out of the office. But now, storage applications like Dropbox and Google Docs are popular — yet unsupported — selections that many employees believe to be suitable. So in this case, the big question on ground is this....... What can you do to stop careless usage? SoftChoice made the following recommendations for businesses and their IT departments. 1.Initiate a training and communication In this case it's very clear that if employees were more aware of their risky behavior and data vulnerabilities, their carelessness would be less prevalent, said Francis Li, vice president of information technology at Softchoice. "All employees should be trained on the proper ways their organization needs them to access, store and transfer private work files," Li said. "Now when talking about downloading and using any applications, especially cloud apps, employees should also be trained on the proper procurement processes and the need to involve IT before they download or purchase anything." In this regard, teaching workers the benefits of IT apps will also encourage them to make more valuable decisions in the workplace. Li noted that technology training should be included in the onboarding of new hires and whenever a new technology tool is introduced that you want employees to adopt. "But one more thing is sure, a regular communication to reinforce the rules and to tout the benefits of IT-approved processes — particularly when you identify a pattern of certain risky behaviors — will help to reinforce the right technology habits," Li said. 2.Address careless behavior at the source In this kind of situation one thing is very important. And that is saying that it's important for IT to understand employees' reasoning for their behaviors and preferences. For example, why don't employees like a specific, sanctioned application? What makes the unauthorized program seem more appropriate to them? Addressing the issue will not only sort out possible miscommunications, but it will also strengthen the relationships between workers and the IT team, Li said in addition. 3.Manage the sprawl of apps and connected devices In order to avoid the risk of employees using unapproved applications, IT team members can regulate a "safe list" of assessed apps on an identity-management or single sign-on platform. "So in regard of this, managing the sprawl of devices and apps is about encouraging all employees to work within that environment and use the apps that IT considers secure for work," Li said further. At this point, all programs will then be accessible to employees in a single location with a set password. This way, IT can screen application use accordingly. "One major benefit for employees is they only need to remember one password to access all their apps, and they can access them from virtually any computer or connected device," Li continued. "The benefit to IT and to the organization is the private data employees work on remains in a controlled environment, and IT can de-provision an employee's access when they leave the company or if they accidentally lose their mobile device." Thanks for reading........

How You Can Add a Second Number to Your Android Phone

To some people in their own case, carrying two phones is a major pain. In this case, it can be said that you’re essentially managing two separate computers and their incessant neediness: they have to be charged, updated, kept in sync, and most importantly, not misplaced. Some people don’t have a choice, as they’re issued a work device but still want a separate phone for personal use. Now if it occurs you’re living this nightmare, there are some clever apps and even hardware options that might eliminate the madness. Some apps will assign you a second number with which you can receive calls or text messages and use separately from your main line. And slowly, more smartphones are starting to come with a dual-SIM card tray, which would give you more freedom. Whether you own your own business or just want to more closely guard your number, here’s a sampling of the two-number options worth considering. Line2 connects you with a new number: One good app to arrive on the scene recently and gain quite a bit of traction is called Line2. It’s cool pretty straightforward: you sign up for an account and select a phone number, which you get to pick from several choices based on the area code you want. Once that’s done, it’s $10 per month for unlimited texts and inbound calls, 5,000 outbound minutes, call screening, and a few other features. You can try it out for free, but free accounts are limited to calls and texts with other Line2 numbers. During a brief field trial between another Line2 account I discovered the calls to be reliable and offer good quality, just as I’d experience with my regular number. There’s a persistent notification bar that lives on the top of your screen, which is convenient to use as a launch pad for access to Line2 services. If you like to keep the notification center clean, you’ll want to disable it. Line2 may serve you as an ideal option if you want another number to give out as your business line, complete with the ability to send calls straight to voicemail after hours on weekends thanks to several built-in controls. The design could use a few splashes of paint as there’s some persistent Holo design hanging around, but the app definitely gets the job done. Head to the Sideline: One other good choice, and probably my favorite in this group, is Sideline. Much like Line2, you get to choose a new phone number and use the app for phone calls, text messages, and voicemail. Also, it works over your carrier network, although Wi-Fi calling is part of the $3 per month Pro upgrade, which also kills the ads from the interface and ensures that your number doesn’t disappear. Furthermore, Unused numbers are sent back to the Sideline pool after 30 days of inactivity. As for me, I like the interface of Sideline better than Line2, though the banner ads on the bottom are quite prominent and probably not something you want to live with permanently. Sideline in addition offers a few smart features that can automate some processes, like setting up auto-replies, selecting a new text tone, and setting up a do-not-disturb time so you can have your second number be off limits during leisure hours. Finally the design is elegant and in keeping with Google’s aesthetic, and I viewed the app to be reliable and rapid. Always, there’s Google Voice: Now, if you like the cost level of free, then probaly there’s always Google Voice to consider. The service goes back seven years; it came about in the days when business users who had to juggle an office line, home landline, personal mobile, and a work-issued BlackBerry. Just like the other apps you get to pick a phone number, which you can use for free text messages and phone calls. International calls are relatively cheap, and it includes several nifty features: Google Voice calls can ring multiple numbers at once, screen your calls, and transcribe your voicemail messages (although sometimes they’re hilariously wrong). But now, in order to get the full list of the features, however, you’ll need to use Google’s Hangouts app. That’s where SMS/MMS messages and the dialer live, which also integrates with your Google contacts. The app isn’t exactly a shining star in the Google lineup, but some recent updates have ramped up its stability and squashed the most annoying bugs. But one big question here is.... if Google Voice will stay a separate service or get swallowed by Project Fi. If you move to Google’s MVNO, you have to use your Google Voice number or surrender it forever. Voice hasn’t gained any major features in quite a while, so the future of Google’s support for the service is still a little murky. If you can, go dual SIM: One more thing is this... there’s also another option that’s slowly gaining traction: dual-SIM phones. The primary benefit would be with international travel. You can still get messages from your primary SIM, but use a temporary local SIM for data since most carrier international plans are ridiculously overpriced. You may in addition be able to use your primary number for calls, however, if your carrier supports Wi-Fi calling. But in anycase, it’s not a terribly popular method in the U.S. right now. Probably the best dual-SIM Android phone you can get in the U.S. is the OnePlus 2. Most other dual-SIM phones are budget models that may not be all that appealing to use as your daily driver. And at this time U.S. carriers are loathe to offer support for such phones, which would require granting you two separate numbers. And however, if you want a temporary solution for an upcoming trip overseas then a two-SIM phone would be great to have.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Bad Behavior - Can It Benefit Your Team?

Presently, witnessing co-workers misbehavior causes some employees to boost their productivity in order to lessen their own discomfort with the situation, finds a new study recently published in the Group Processes & Intergroup Relations journal. This eager to work harder when seeing misconduct among peers is most especially strong with employees who identify closely with their employer. Brian Gunia, the study's lead researcher and an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, said that the reason for this, is because these employees may perceive "an internal identity threat" because of the deviant behavior. "in one statement Gunia said that the silver lining of organizational deviance may be the efforts of the uninvolved,". "So in this case, the effects of misconduct extend far beyond the deviants." To further bring some other prove to this topic, the study's authors conducted three separate studies of about 200 participants from around the United States. In each, participants were presented with fictionalized examples of employee misbehavior. While the behavior was bad, none of the conduct was serious enough to jeopardize the employer's existence. The researchers found that non-deviant employees work harder after witnessing misconduct. However, that extra effort was seen only in workers who identify highly with the organization. The study further found that employees whose identities are not so closely tied to the organization didn't increase their productivity because they didn't sense a threat to their identities. Gunia said the research showcased the value of group identification and the advantage it can be for both employees and employers. He said the increased effort not only benefits the employer, but also serves as a coping mechanism and potential boost in reputation for the hard-working employee. "Furthermore, the whole group benefits from increased effort, but individual members and their standing within the organization may improve as well," Gunia said in addition. While it would be silly for employers to encourage misconduct among their employees in order to boost productivity, the researchers suggest several strategies that leaders may use to make the most of these bad situations when they do occur. The study's authors said one option is to highlight the similarities between the misbehaving employees and everyone else by saying something like "any of us could have fallen into this trap." They believe this could trigger the properly behaving employees to feel associated to the crisis and work harder because of it. The study's authors also said blaming a few "bad apples" isn't the best strategy because doing so tends to isolate and dismiss the problem. They said this sidesteps any assignment of responsibility to the organization's overall structure and leadership. Finally,The research was co-authored by Sun Young Kim, an assistant professor at the IÉSEG School of Management in France.

Google's Trust API Forces Password-Free Login Capability For Android Apps

As the case is now, Google remains on its quest to replace passwords with something more secure. The latest effort is from the company’s Project Abacus, which favors a system of biometrics to authenticate identity. Furthermore, the head of Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) unit Daniel Kaufman gave out some additional details during a late Friday session at Google I/O. And now, the concept is that users would be able to unlock devices or sign into apps based on a “Trust Score” derived from their usage patterns. So in that regard, this could include speech and voice similarities, facial recognition, typing methods, and even Google’s smart clothing effort Project Jacquard. And for sure, this would create a “Trust Score” that would open the gates to the app for those who pass the authentication test. All whole of this would factor into a Trust API that developers could then implement into their apps to authenticate one’s identity. According to Kaufman, the goal, is to make the capabilities available to Android developers by the end of the year. So one major thing to take note of, is that the threshold required for a trust score could be set by the developer, with a higher point total needed for something like your banking application. Already, project Abacus is in trial with 33 universities, and banks will begin testing it out next month. Major notes: One thing is this........ Google doesn’t really like passwords. The company’s Smart Lock is one stab at getting rid of them; it creates an automatic login for apps through your Google credentials, though it hasn’t been implemented that widely. While much of this is probably the right direction for a more secure future. One thing is sure, your best bet in the near-term is probably to go with a password manager.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Public or Private: Which Path Do You Think Is Right For Your Company?

In the world of today, so many new startups, especially those in the tech and financial industries, dream of taking their companies public. The visibility and opportunities presented by an initial public offering (IPO) are tremendous, but is it really the right path for your business now? Okay, in order to answer that question business leaders who have had to make the decision of whether or not to go public shared the pros and cons of each side, and offered advice for making this choice for your own company. Why go public? Before anything else, you should know that going public can help your company grow immensely, both in terms of brand awareness and the financial bottom line, said Kevin Hrusovsky, executive chairman and CEO of Quanterix. "The influx of capital that typically comes along with an IPO can be the fuel to the fire of company growth," Hrusovsky said. "So going public can help legitimize your company in the market and in the minds of potential investors or customers." For Brian Stafford, CEO of Diligent, his company's public status gave it the credibility needed to grow quickly, in a transparent, accountable way. "Being public ... allowed us to not just to raise funds in a way a private company may not, but also give signal to our customers that we were committed to growth," Stafford said. Because of this awareness and accountability, your business is more likely to receive larger amounts of capital from investors, said David Hahn, SVP of product management at Integral Ad Science. In addition, it also gives your employees, founders and investors a well-deserved return on their investment in your company: Publicly traded stock allows stakeholders to attach a definitive value to that investment, which they can potentially sell if they choose, Hahn further said . Why stay private? Regardless of the fact that the growth opportunities that come with an IPO are tremendous, there are some downsides that may make a business owner think twice. In this regard, Hahn noted that public companies are exposed to market pressures, regulations and disclosure requirements. Private companies, on the other hand, have much greater autonomy and freedom to make decisions. Michael Parrella, founder of iLoveKickboxing, decided to keep his business private and become a franchise in order to grow, rather than accept an IPO. "It was all about quality control for me," Parrella said. "I had a vision for how I wanted the brand to be received and the type of experience I wanted consumers to have. Franchising seemed about the only way I could ensure that my vision was carried out." "As the CEO, I am not comfortable with all the requirements and regulations regarding running my business that would be required with a public company," Parrella said further. In a similarly way, Stafford's company went public nearly a decade ago, but has since returned to being privately owned, so that Diligent's operations are under less external scrutiny. "So still in this move, being public afforded us access to capital that was tremendously important to our growth," Stafford said. "With our position firmly in place, we sought the financial flexibility to continue executing on our long-term vision. Now as a private company, we have the ability to be much more acquisitive and to focus on product development, innovation and productivity, versus short-term market reaction." In addition to stricter limits on your business decisions, IPOs can be very expensive and time-consuming, Hahn said: "They can be a distraction to growing companies." And furthermore, Hrusovsky agreed, noting that the financial and managerial strain of an IPO can take its toll on a business. "So in this case, you'll have to learn to manage additional stakeholders and investors as well as new reporting structures, all of whom have unique expectations and goals which can be frustrating and time consuming," he said. "As such, it is important to be able to align investors and key stakeholders with the business and its goals [as a public company]." What's right for your business? In this aspect, the decision to become a public company is a big one, and there are a lot of factors you need to consider. It requires ongoing commitment, time and investment by the company, as well as fundamental changes in how the business operates day-to-day, Hahn said. "So in this case, I would suggest that executives and board members consult experts and experienced people who have knowledge of the process, benefits and risks of taking a specific type of company public," he said in addition. One other thing is timing, it's very important, as well. Hrusovsky reminded business leaders that if they're considering an IPO, they should think about doing it when it makes the most sense for both the company and the market. "And so, if you don't have interest for your product or service as a private company, more likely than not, the market demand is not strong enough for you to be a successful public company," Hrusovsky said. "So having the right team in place is also important. Without the right support, from entry-level employees to the executive bench, the road to an IPO is not a sustainable path." Finally, you have to remember that what works for your company now may not work in the future, so in that regard you must be adaptable and open to your ownership status changing, Stafford said. "There is no 'finish line,'" he said. "The goal is building a company that is built to last, and depending on the specifics of your company and industry at any given time, one [path] may be more helpful in your quest of profitable growth." Thanks for reading.......

The Google Play Family Library Is Official, Launching In July

Now, if it occurs that you have a group of Android devices in your family,and somehow you’ve been impatiently waiting for Google to implement some type of digital sharing option. The family library finally flips on July 2, as Google detailed in a recent change to the Google Play Developer Support documents. All new app purchases will have this feature enabled by default, but developers have the option to opt out, or to make their previous purchases compatible. Now, as it is, the program appears to have some features in common with Apple’s family sharing. Previous APK teardowns indicated that you’ll be able to share music, movies, books, TV shows, and other purchased content, just as with Apple's system. And more, it would make sense for Google to enable the same features, though the current changes to the Google Play Developer Support documents only detail Android apps, for now. So far, Apple’s efforts also integrate with other services like family photo albums or Find My Friends, but Google doesn’t have any similar service for the latter and image sharing is a separate entity under Google Photos. Much like Google Play Music’s family plan, there is going to be one individual who serves as the family manager, who can manage who gets into the group. And finally, you may also see some limitations with streaming TV shows and movies, as rights holders tend to guard these pretty closely. If it works just like Apple, all app purchases is going to go on the credit card of the account holder.
Important note : One thing you need to know is this, this is a needed catch-up feature for Google Play, as Apple has had a more family-friendly sharing mechanism for a while. And now that Chromebooks will be running Android apps, it’s even more important for buyers to feel like they can bring their family’s digital content under the one roof.Thanks.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Here's The Look Inside Google I/O's Playground For Developers

This week Google held its massive I/O conference at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. It turned the concert venue into a giant playground for developers, with whacky exhibits and a chance to check out Google's latest products. And in that regard here's a look inside, starting with this massive I/O sign which greeted people as they arrived. Android everywhere: This trio stood firmly on guard at the main entrance. Even, there was an Android N suggestion statue: In this regard, attendees were encouraged to write their suggestions for the name of the next version of Android on this statue, though some just used it for self-promotion. Google showed off its cutting-edge projects: For sure, attendees got to walk around this massive Project Loon balloon, which normally floats at high altitude and beams internet signals down to the ground. Look at me, I'm cute! So many people expected Google to use the outdoor venue as an opportunity to motor attendees around in a self-driving car, but the company just parked one near the stage for people to gawk at. Art cars were out in force, too: This is Walter, the world’s largest Volkswagen bus. But presently it’s not clear why it was at I/O, but it added to the zany atmosphere. Speaking of art, this robot did some Jackson Pollack-esque painting: One robotic arm stationed near the keynote stage danced along to a soundtrack and flung paint at a revolving cube. The resulting artwork was hung around Shoreline. It wasn’t all fun and games: At this point, developers had a chance to get personalized help from Google engineers with projects that they were working on. It’s one of the most useful parts of these conferences for app makers. Give me your big ideas: In this case. developers could also network with one another using Google’s new Spaces app. A Big Idea Board let them connect with each another and discuss ideas they had floating around.

The 25 Best US Cities for Job Seekers For This Year

As the case is now, San Jose and San Francisco, California, are this year's best cities for job seekers, according to new data from the online jobs and recruiting marketplace Glassdoor. The rankings, which examined the 50 most populated areas in the United States, were determined by weighting four factors equally: hiring opportunity, cost of living, work-life balance and job satisfaction. And more, both San Jose, which ranked as the seventh-best city for jobs a year ago, and San Francisco had a large number of job openings and high job-satisfaction scores. "This in addition demonstrates why so many people are looking to move to the San Francisco Bay Area: Job satisfaction, work-life balance and hiring opportunity are unparalleled compared to anywhere else in the country," Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, said in a statement. So, in this move, this year, several midsize cities ranked in the top 25 for the first time, including Cleveland; Cincinnati; and Hartford, Connecticut. "It's also important that you recognize that for anyone considering a new job in a new city, bigger doesn't necessarily mean better," Chamberlain said. "Many of the nation's midsize cities stand out for offering some of the greatest job prospects, combined with salaries that allow people to stretch their dollar further." So without going too far, here are this year's 25 best cities for jobs: 1. San Jose, California : Number of job openings: 61,038 Median base salary: $112,000 Median home value: $956,500 Job satisfaction rating: 3.5 Work-life-balance rating: 3.5 2. San Francisco, California : Number of job openings: 121,597 Median base salary: $88,000 Median home value: $806,600 Job satisfaction rating: 3.5 Work-life-balance rating: 3.5 3. Seattle, Washington : Number of job openings: 103,124 Median base salary: $85,000 Median home value: $382,700 Job satisfaction rating: 3.4 Work-life-balance rating: 3.3 4. Boston, Massachusetts : Number of job openings: 121,498 Median base salary: $67,500 Median home value: $387,400 Job satisfaction rating: 3.4 Work-life-balance rating: 3.4 5. Washington, D.C. : Number of job openings: 163,520 Median base salary: $70,000 Median home value: $364,100 Job satisfaction rating: 3.4 Work-life-balance rating: 3.3 6. Austin, Texas : Number of job openings: 45,186 Median base salary: $61,000 Median home value: $247,500 Job satisfaction rating: 3.4 Work-life-balance rating: 3.3 7. Salt Lake City, Utah : Number of job openings: 23,013 Median base salary: $58,700 Median home value: $234,400 Job satisfaction rating: 3.4 Work-life-balance rating: 3.4 8. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina : Number of job openings: 34,660 Median base salary: $62,000 Median home value: $209,400 Job satisfaction rating: 3.3 Work-life-balance rating: 3.3 9. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota : Number of job openings: 65,141 Median base salary: $65,000 Median home value: $219,400 Job satisfaction rating: 3.3 Work-life-balance rating: 3.3 10. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Number of job openings: 20,576 Median base salary: $50,000 Median home value: $132,500 Job satisfaction rating: 3.3 Work-life-balance rating: 3.2 11. St. Louis, Missouri : Number of job openings: 49,450 Median base salary: $56,896 Median home value: $141,900 Job satisfaction rating: 3.3 Work-life-balance rating: 3.2 12. Detroit, Michigan : Number of job openings: 59,494 Median base salary: $61,500 Median home value: $123,100 Job satisfaction rating: 3.2 Work-life-balance rating: 3.2 13. Kansas City, Missouri : Number of job openings: 43,182 Median base salary: $58,000 Median home value: $147,500 Job satisfaction rating: 3.2 Work-life-balance rating: 3.2 14. Columbus, Ohio : Number of job openings: 36,873 Median base salary: $57,000 Median home value: $154,600 Job satisfaction rating: 3.3 Work-life-balance rating: 3.2 15. Cleveland, Ohio : Number of job openings: 35,130 Median base salary: $55,000 Median home value: $125,500 Job satisfaction rating: 3.2 Work-life-balance rating: 3.2 16. Indianapolis, Indiana : Number of job openings: 38,934 Median base salary: $56,000 Median home value: $130,200 Job satisfaction rating: 3.2 Work-life-balance rating: 3.1 17. Baltimore, Maryland : Number of job openings: 67,209 Median base salary: $58,000 Median home value: $244,800 Job satisfaction rating: 3.3 Work-life-balance rating: 3.2 18. Louisville, Kentucky : Number of job openings: 26,311 Median base salary: $54,000 Median home value: $137,500 Job satisfaction rating: 3.2 Work-life-balance rating: 3.1 19. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania : Number of job openings: 50,127 Median base salary: $56,896 Median home value: $126,700 Job satisfaction rating: 3.2 Work-life-balance rating: 3.1 20. San Antonio, Texas : Number of job openings: 34,895 Median base salary: $55,000 Median home value: $150,200 Job satisfaction rating: 3.3 Work-life-balance rating: 3.1 21. San Diego, California : Number of job openings: 45,424 Median base salary: $71,323 Median home value: $506,100 Job satisfaction rating: 3.4 Work-life-balance rating: 3.3 22. Chicago, Illinois : Number of job openings: 170,192 Median base salary: $63,000 Median home value: $193,800 Job satisfaction rating: 3.2 Work-life-balance rating: 3.2 23. Cincinnati, Ohio : Number of job openings: 36,624 Median base salary: $57,179 Median home value: $143,400 Job satisfaction rating: 3.2 Work-life-balance rating: 3.1 24. Atlanta, Georgia : Number of job openings: 94,925 Median base salary: $60,000 Median home value: $163,000 Job satisfaction rating: 3.3 Work-life-balance rating: 3.1 25. Hartford, Connecticut : Number of job openings: 24,590 Median base salary: $68,000 Median home value: $215,800 Job satisfaction rating: 3.2 Work-life-balance rating: 3.1 The seven cities ranked in the top 10 for the second consecutive year, including San Jose; Seattle; Washington, D.C.; Austin; Salt Lake City; Raleigh-Durham; and Oklahoma City. "It's not a surprise to see cities like Seattle and Austin at the top, since they all have rising technology communities, great institutions for higher education and research, as well as affordable neighborhoods," Chamberlain said in a statement. For the study, hiring opportunity was determined by the ratio of active job openings to population, while employee reviews on Glassdoor were used to determine job satisfaction and work-life-balance ratings. Thanks for reading.....

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Android Auto Anywhere: Google's App Is Going to Work in Any Car, Plus It Adds Waze Support

Android Auto in any car. That’s exact what Android users asked for, and that case, that’s what Google will give them, along with a slew of other new features, when it updates its dashboard Android experience later this year. So in this regard, you won’t need to buy a new car with Android Auto support, nor even a new stereo system with Android Auto baked in. Android Auto will be updated to run directly on any Android phone running Lollipop and up—which pretty much gives Google’s infotainment experience to anyone using a modern phone. Furthermore, Google also revealed support for the Waze navigation app in Android Auto. Now as the case, for developers, the company plans to make Android Auto open-source, a move that will let car manufacturers customize the system for their own dashboard controls, from radios to instrument clusters to even HVAC systems.
Android Auto on your phone: Currently, in an update scheduled for “later this year,” the Android Auto app will be re-tailored to run directly on smartphones (presumably cradled in a mount fixed to your windshield or dashboard). The on-phone experience will give out the same features as the original dashboard setup, including easy-to-read menu screens and access to a small slate of voice-controlled Android functions, including hands-free calling, texting, music control, and navigation. Now Google says it will also bring hotwording to Android Auto, so you can use the interface with “OK Google” prompts, rather than tapping on an icon to get started. As for me I tested Android Auto’s new features on Tuesday, and, yes, they all worked. The big win for Android Auto, though, will be the potential for ubiquity. And once these features go live, you can bring them with you into any car—your car, your friend’s car, your rental car, heck, even your motorcycle or bicycle. Suddenly Apple CarPlay will look like a small fry. 
Android Auto is going open source: So far, drowning Apple CarPlay in a sea of Android Auto is most likely what Google has in mind, and it’s inviting automakers to help. Now, the company announced that Android Auto in Android N will include support for AM/FM radio, HVAC, Bluetooth calling and media streaming, multi-channel audio, and digital instrument clusters. These additions will help car makers and other third parties incorporate the source code for native integration into the vehicle, rather than running an entirely separate operating system with Android Auto as an accessory application. And more, if Android Auto is baked directly into cars, that might leave a little less room—and motivation—to support Apple CarPlay. And one more thing, a concept of the software will be on display at I/O inside a Maserati Ghibli. Deep inside this attention-grabbing car, Google’s tucked the modular Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Automotive platform to run Android Auto natively. The Android Auto features will run on a 15-inch, 4K display (not quite as big as the 17-incher in the Tesla Model S, in case you’re keeping score) and a 720p digital cluster. Finally, we’ll be checking out this car after the keynote, so keep on coming back to this blog. 
Android Auto Waze support (finally): At last, Google will officially integrate the Waze navigation app into Android Auto. Finally, indeed: We’ve been clamoring for this feature since we reviewedthe platform last year. Nothing against Google Maps for most purposes, but Waze still does a more better job of alerting drivers to upcoming traffic situations or other delays.And in this move one of the challenges for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is to build in the features and apps users want without sacricifing simplicity and safety. Adding the popular Waze app is just one small step, but it will add to Android Auto’s appeal.

Great! Google Reveals Android Instant Apps That Can Load Without Installation

Five minutes ago app installations are so. At Wednesday's Google I/O keynote, the company showed off Android Instant Apps—apps that run without even being installed. The demo was a “sneak peek” at a feature that will be rolled out over the next year, according to Ellie Powers, group product manager on the Android team. It not going to even require Android N—it will work all the way back to older JellyBean phones; the onstage demo was performed with a phone running KitKat. “Now, we want to make it easier for users and developers to connect,” Powers said. “For users to access a wider range of apps, and for developers to reach more people. With the Web, you can just click on a link and land on a webpage. That’s one click, and land in a few seconds. What if you could run any app on one tap? That’s what we’re working on.” Okay in this case if someone sends you a link to an app—Powers used Tasty as an example—clicking the link will take you right into the app itself—without installing it. Google Play will fetch only the piece of the app that Android needs, right now. The app was able to open so fast because it was split into modules, she said, and Google downloaded only what was necessary. Users are also presented with an opportunity to formally install the app itself, later. Powers also showed off how the technology could be used with shopping. She looked for a camera bag on a page of search results, and the resulting link actually loaded a simple app authored by B&H. The app is even already signed in, so that the user doesn’t even have to enter a credit card.
“It will only take me two taps, not two minutes,” Powers said. Powers even showed off a parking app where she could just simply tap the phone against a parking meter and the NFC tag could load the appropriate parking app. “All I have to do is choose how long to park,” she said. “I’m already done.” Developers simply need to modularize their apps to get them to work, Powers said in addition. It could take less than a day of work. What Powers didn’t talk about, however, was whether there will be security protections built in, or how consumers will be able to avoid loading apps that are pushed upon them by spammers or other bad actors. Feel great....

Temporary Interruption In Work - Five Steps to Move Forward

If whether you suspected it was coming or it was a total shock, being temporary interrupted in your job is beyond doubt a never easy case to handle. The loss of stability can present a serious financial, mental and emotional blow, and it's natural for your confidence to be shaken. However, a layoff is not the end of your career. With the right strategy and attitude, you will be able to move on and find a new position. So in this regard, here are what career experts have for you about the steps you should take after you've been laid off, and how to kick your new job search into high gear.
  1.Follow up with HR Now, the first thing you need to know is this, "cutting employees' positions isn't easy for a company to do". They know how difficult it will be on the affected employees, and many times, they will provide some kind of severance benefits to help ease the transition. So furthermore, your boss or HR manager should have explained what the company is offering you during your layoff meeting, but you will likely have some questions about your benefits and severance contract afterward — and what you might be giving up by accepting them. Rebecca White, area director for staffing firm Kavaliro, advised following up with your human resources department to get full clarification on the terms of your severance and how it will affect your existing company-sponsored benefits and legal rights. Lets take for example, you should ask, "How long will your health insurance be in effect for, and how does the COBRA plan work?" White said. "If you are being offered a severance payment, be aware you might be giving up some legal rights by accepting it, and you may want to discuss the details with an attorney prior to [signing]. Typically, when you decide to accept a severance package, you are waiving your rights to take any legal actions against the company." David Dourgarian, CEO of TempWorks Software, said that before you agree to accept the severance package, you should ask how much money you can expect, whether your pay is contingent upon your decision to apply for unemployment and how your layoff might impact any noncompete agreements you signed when you were hired. So while your employer may not be too quick to offer information about your layoff, Dourgarian said you should try to learn as much as you can about the circumstances that led to the decision. "And more, you need to find out all you can about your employer's reason to terminate you," he said in addition. "You don't want to walk away thinking it was 'just a layoff' when your company actually had some grievances that could affect future reference checks." 2.Ask about outplacement resources In this aspect, you should have it in mind that not all the companies that offer job search resources to help their laid-off employees move on, but some do, especially because professionals often express interest in assistance following a layoff. According to a survey by RiseSmart, a career transition company, it was found that 90 percent of job seekers who were laid off took advantage of outplacement services, such as career coaching and resume support, when provided. Seventy percent of those who didn't receive these services said they could have benefited from them. Dourgarian noted that these job-hunting resources may have geographic or time restraints associated with them, so in this case, you need to be sure that you make a clarification with your former employer on the exact what they can offer you. Another option is to ask your company if you could temporarily continue your position in a different capacity, perhaps on a freelance or contract basis, Dourgarian also said. This may not be feasible (and you may not even want to at all), but it doesn't hurt to ask if you're open to that possibility. 3.Process your emotions Now, before we say anything on this, it's good to start looking for work shortly after you've been laid off, but you might want to give yourself a few days to grieve before you fully dive into your job search. Tom Casano, founder of Life Coach Spotter in a statement said, that it's good to check in with yourself and be honest about how you're feeling. "Are you feeling angry, resentful, victimized or worried?" Casano said. "You might take a week or two for yourself to first process any strong emotions towards losing your job. When you're ready to bounce back and start searching for jobs, you can start the process with a fresh perspective." "So furthermore, make time to recharge your batteries," added Michaela Haas, author of "Bouncing Forward: Transforming Bad Breaks into Breakthroughs" (Atria/Enliven Books, 2015). "A job loss often triggers past traumas, issues of self-worth, shame or feeling unsafe. So in this reagard, don't add self-blame on top of the job loss. Treat yourself with kindness. Consciously invite positivity into your life. Try mindfulness meditation, such as mindfulness-based stress reduction, to help you navigate the roller coaster of emotions." 4.Think about your next move According to what "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk wrote, "It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything." This also applies to your career following a layoff. Finding another job doing what you were doing isn't your only option. Perhaps you want to change careers or start your own business instead. Casano said you should focus on the opportunity your layoff has given you in order to pursue your passions. "Perhaps in your old job, you didn't love the people, the work politics or the work itself," he said. "So, no matter how you look at it, you have a new opportunity to start again and do something great for your career." "One thing you need to know is this, a layoff might force you to realize that you're in a position or in an industry that no longer suits you," Haas added. "I have a client who turned his hobby of wood carving into a lucrative career after he was laid off from his job as a dental hygienist." Regardless of the path you're choosing, it's a good idea to update your resume, portfolio and any social media accounts to reflect your new ambitions, White said. "So more, you should prepare an updated resume, and then reach out to your professional network of contacts," she said. "They can be a great resource as you set out to connect with new opportunities." So in this case, Dourgarian agreed, and noted that if you're planning to get back into the workforce, it's smart to craft a truthful but emotionally neutral "narrative" about your layoff to share with potential employers and networking contacts. "It will in this move prove useful to have a practiced answer to, 'Why were you let go?'" Dourgarian said. "Was your layoff part of a string of layoffs? That shifts the focus off of you and your perceived dispensability and makes it clear that the company was struggling. Were you already thinking about quitting when your employer beat you to the punch? The ill fit was mutual, and your job wasn't living up to your expectations. A future employer will understand these reasons, and the layoff will become less personal and more circumstantial. 5.Take a step forward Now, there are no rules about exactly how you should proceed after a life-altering event like losing your job. For some, the answer is taking a break from the full-time workforce to focus on all the self-care items they felt they were "too busy" for such like: exercising, sleeping and eating better, meditating, spending time with loved ones, seeing a therapist, etc. For others, it's about hitting the pavement right away and getting back into a job or starting a new venture. But in any way, never remain static and stuck in a state of self-pity for too long. "Volunteer, attend industry networking events, take community courses to freshen up your skills, make a lunch date with that LinkedIn contact, and don't avoid social outings with friends and family," Dourgarian said. "Avoiding them will only make you feel more isolated." "See a setback as temporary — this is crucial in moving forward," Haas said in addition. "You might have to let go of the expectation to achieve a certain outcome. But at the same time, keep trying. Never give up. Instead of saying, 'Why me?' change it to, 'Why not me?' Instead of focusing on all the things you lost, focus on the things you can do ahead. Just as Nelson Mandela said, 'It always seems impossible until it's done.'" Thanks......