Sunday, 31 July 2016

The Five Things You Should Not Skip on Your Next Job Application

For job seekers, not personalizing their application and not following up after an interview are among the most common mistakes they make when searching for work, according to new research from CareerBuilder. The job market is the strongest it's been in nearly a decade, and technology is making it easier than ever to pursue job opportunities. But that doesn't mean job seekers should be skipping basic steps like submitting a cover letter or customizing their resume, said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder. "These items get the attention of recruiters and hiring managers, and leaving them out of the process can bring a big damage to a job seeker's chances of securing a new job," Haefner said in a statement. So now to that regard, in order to help job seekers, CareerBuilder has uncovered the most common mistakes to avoid when looking for work:

1.No customization: According to CareerBuilder the research found that 54 percent of job seekers do not customize their resume for each job they apply for. Tailoring your resume to match the job description by using key words in the job posting that match your experience is a good way to get a leg up on the competition.

2.No personalization:- According to the study it was revealed that 84 percent of job seekers don't personalize their application by including the hiring manager's name. Finding out their name and including it in your application is not only a good way to get noticed, but also shows potential employers that you took some time to learn about the organization.

3.No cover letter:- So far as a job posting doesn't specifically say not to send a cover letter with your resume, you should include one. Despite that, nearly half of the workers surveyed don't do so. A cover letter provides you with a chance to introduce yourself and highlight your experience beyond what you can do in a resume. 4.No follow up:- One other misstep job seekers make is not following up with an employer after applying for a job. Nearly 40 percent of those surveyed said they never check in with an employer after sending in an application and resume. While you never want to come across as pushy or overbearing, checking in with a hiring manager after submitting an application can be a good way to stand out.

5.No thank you:- Regardless of the fact that it is one of the most critical steps during the job search process, nearly 60 percent of job seekers don't send a thank-you note after an interview. Thank-you notes gives you a chance to restate why you are a good fit for the job. In addition, most hiring managers expect an email or handwritten note after an interview. Not sending one can make you stand out for all of the wrong reasons. Haefner in addition advised joining an employer's talent network as a way to stay up to date on new job opportunities; using social media to find who you know at a potential employer to get a referral; and practicing your conversation skills before an interview. This study was based on surveys of 3,244 full-time workers in the private sector across industries and company sizes.

Friday, 29 July 2016

The Four Startups That Are Changing the Conversation About Women's Health

Even in this modern world, discussing certain women's health and wellness topics makes some people uncomfortable. Now, according to the Smithsonian, strong stigmas surrounding women's health issues can affect everything from gender inequality and economic disparity to the prevalence of serious diseases like cervical cancer. However, slowly but surely, it's becoming more accepted to publicly address women's health, especially with more women-centric startups forming. "Issues affecting women — menstruation, contraception, fertility — remain taboo," said Kate Ryder founder and CEO of women-centric health app, Maven. "So while this is in place, creating a more equal system means bringing women's health out of the shadows." These Four startups were founded to help improve women's lives and make it easier for them to freely discuss the health issues that affect them.

1.Maven:- The Maven app helps women to find the healthcare that fits their needs. Users input the type of care they need, and the app then suggests providers. The platform gives users the opportunity to book a video appointment, where they'll meet with the provider via the Maven app, in real time. Women have a variety of needs, which is why Maven users can see nurse practitioners, nutritionists, mental health specialists and a myriad of other health care providers, Ryder said. "Doctors spend 8 minutes or less in-person with the average patient," she said. "We at Maven believe the first and most obvious way technology can improve outcomes and make the patient experience better is by restoring the depth and continuity in patient-provider relationships." Maven aims to expand its services to help women at various times in their lives. The company recently launched a maternity benefits program, Maven Enterprise, that helps businesses both attract and retain top female talent. "The program goes far beyond standard leave and insurance offerings by providing unlimited access to on-demand health care for women during pregnancy [and] postpartum, and as they go back to work," said Ryder. The company's work doesn't stop at the end user, either. Through the Maven Foundation's Access for All program, the company donates $1 for every appointment purchased toward care for women in need. The foundation supports practitioners providing their services, free of cost, to women and children who lack access to quality health care. Maven's prices start at $18 for 10 minutes with a nurse practitioner, which also allows you to get a prescription.

2.LOLA:- LOLA, a subscription service created for feminine hygiene products, was created by co-founders Jordana Kier and Alex Friedman as a solution to the problem of unpreparedness. "We were able to get groceries, beauty products and dry cleaning delivered to our door. But for some reason we were still making last-minute tampon runs to the drugstore every month, even though it was never any surprise that we would need them," Kier said. "And so far, our goal was to help women feel empowered to ask questions about their feminine care and informed enough to make educated choices about the products they use," Kier continued. "Long term, the vision for LOLA is to provide all women with the products they need throughout their entire reproductive cycles, and beyond. To us, the entry of other startups into the space further validates the importance of all-natural products." A LOLA delivery comes in discreet boxes that contain 18 tampons, available in three different sizes (light, regular, super) consistent with industry standards. "It was important to us to build our subscription model to be a service we would want to use ourselves, so we make it really easy to adjust, skip or cancel at any time," Friedman said. LOLA sells products made from 100 percent cotton, hypoallergenic material that doesn't contain any synthetics, chemicals or dyes. Additionally, LOLA tampons are wrapped in BPA-free compact plastic applicators. Earlier this year, LOLA launched its blog, The Broadcast. The blog provides women's health, tips and features conversations with "trailblazing women the company admires."

3.Thinx:- Here, the undergarments made by Thinx offer a new freedom that women may have never experienced: the ability to wear underwear during their menstrual cycles without traditional "protection." According to the Thinx site, the top layer of the underwear fights bacteria and absorbs any liquid into the thin layer right beneath it, so you always stay dry. The product comes in a variety of styles and absorbency levels. "There was really a huge opportunity and need for disruption in the feminine hygiene and underwear category," Miki Agrawal, co-founder and CEO of Thinx, said. For every product sold, Thinx sends funds to its partner organization, AFRIpads. Based in Uganda, that group trains women to sew and sell washable, reusable cloth pads, empowering the women to become entrepreneurs. Additionally, local Ugandan girls can purchase the affordable pads, keeping these young students in school all month. Agrawal said the company will be expanding affordable pad options to Nepal and India, as well. Thinx isn't just addressing periods, either. Icon, Thinx's sister company, is an underwear brand made for women who have incontinence issues. Like Thinx, the product absorbs, remains bacteria-free and keeps wearers dry. It gives to the Fistula Foundation, which helps mothers who are giving birth without health care. Agrawal said her company has received customer testimonials from not only women with menstrual irregularities, but also handicapped women and transgender individuals who have greatly benefitted from Thinx's products. "People have expressed how this underwear has changed their lives with all different types of experiences," Agrawal said. "[There have been] endless amounts of people getting in touch with us. It's been magical."

4.Natural Cycles:- This one is an app that monitors women's menstrual cycles. Its capabilities include telling you when you are fertile, ovulating, when your next period is due, when you are pregnant and about the progress of your pregnancy "Regulation is a good thing in the app and healthcare technology space," Dr. Raoul Scherwitzl, co-founder and chief executive of Natural Cycles said in a release. "Natural Cycles is backed up by well-researched, large-scale clinical studies. We know we are dealing with women's lives here and we take that very seriously." According to the site, women using the app are encouraged to enter their body temperature daily, or as often as possible, to determine ovulation and help identify the days you are fertile. Natural Cycles has over 100,000 active users in 161 countries, the release said. The company has raised $6 million in funding to aid international expansion and conduct new clinical studies; additionally, the company has donated $25 million worth of free subscriptions to women in Brazil to help fight the Zika virus. "Health apps are an important part of daily life for a large number of women which means the information provided by them impacts their health and well-being," Scherwitzl said. Thanks...

Thursday, 28 July 2016

How You Can Stay Connected While Traveling With Cheap and Easy Mobile Access

Staying connected while you travel, most especially internationally, is no longer something that’s just “nice to have.” So far the habits of looking up a restaurant, getting directions, messaging friends or family members, and backing up your photos are a part of everyday life, and you probably don’t want to surrender that convenience when you travel outside the country. But fortunately, your ability to stay in touch rather cheaply is better than ever. And so what you get for your money, especially from U.S. carriers, isn’t always straightforward. American wireless travel plans are sometimes labyrinthian in their approach. Picking up a SIM card overseas is also an option, but that comes with its own set of caveats and legwork. So without going too far, here’s how to get relatively cheap mobile data access for your next trip, which will ensure that you can quickly find a cafe, a late-night drink, or maybe a Pokemon or two. Get an international plan:- One of the most hassle-free method is to add on an international plan from your own wireless provider. All four major carriers offer a dedicated site that tells you more about their international coverage options, so check in directly with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint for their current offers and restrictions. Some carriers even treat Mexico and Canada the same as if you’re in the U.S., so you don’t have to change a thing Your plan may also have some international perks built in. Lets take for example, Verizon lets you buy a TravelPass, where you can get mobile data and phone coverage one day at a time. T-Mobile typically is among the most generous, with a steady stream of promotions that provide either basic slow-speed service for free, or a full slate of 4G connectivity for a little bit extra added to your bill. There’s an upside if you’re an AT&T customer, as you can use Wi-Fi calling if you have a Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, S6 Active, LG G4, and LG K10. Check back with AT&T before your trip to see if your phone has joined the party. T-Mobile supports Wi-Fi calling on most modern phones, too. Messaging options:- Now, staying in touch with friends and family back home is one of the best reasons to get some type of data connection for your smartphone. Some carriers limit the number of SMS/MMS messages you send, or charge for each one. This makes travel the best time to go with an over-the-top messaging service. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, and others are all well known choices. This way you’re for sure able to stay in touch if you’re going the Wi-Fi only route and not adding on any type of travel plan or just don’t want to burn through a lot of text messages. Plus, these apps give you a lot of benefits that traditional SMS doesn’t have, such as read receipts and the ability to handle images at higher resolution. Grab a SIM card:- One other method to get cheap and easy coverage is to put another SIM card in your phone when you reach your destination. First of all: your phone will need to be unlocked. If you’re not sure if it is, you can contact your carrier and ask them to unlock the device for you. Most even automate the process so you don’t have to get quizzed about why you’d want to do this. If you’re not sure the status of your phone, a good tool to use is imei.info. Type in your IMEI number to get the status of whether your device is locked or not. You can get the IMEI number from settings > system > about device > imei information. This may vary slightly depending on your device's interface. Or you can just put in another carrier’s SIM card before you ever leave. If your phone doesn’t recognize it and is unable to initiate service, it’s likely locked. SIM cards can be obtained in a couple of ways. You can pick one up at the airport, as major carriers are happy to set you up when you arrive. For example,Vodafone offers a take-anywhere card that works throughout multiple counties in Europe. Another alternative: make arrangements before you go. As an example, you can pre-order an O2 SIM card and have it shipped to you before your trip. Options are aplenty, and sometimes you’ll even get a deal if you’re buying a pair. Be on the lookout for Wi-Fi Here I believe you’ve probably been playing plenty of Pokemon Go, so your search-and-find skills must be pretty sharp by now. Put that to use to find Wi-Fi networks. This observation is purely anecdotal, but there’s a good chance that wherever you’re headed is likely to be stocked with plenty of cafes and open spaces with Wi-Fi sponsored by the city or a major company. And now, if you’re planning to rely on such hot spots, keep in mind that you may have to repeatedly sign in to networks as you access them. This is a pain, but a necessary evil of getting gratis wireless connectivity. And avoid a critical meeting over an unknown Wi-Fi network if you can, as hotels, cafes, and other venues don’t always provide the best bandwidth. Another tip: don’t rely on airline Wi-Fi if you must get online for a business meeting or other purpose. During a recent flight my United Wi-Fi was extremely sketchy. A flight attendent had mercy on me and let me work from the first class food service cabin, which turned out to have better connectivity. The Internet was stronger on a second flight I took, but after chatting with a few others on the flight and some staff I found that Wi-Fi strength is a common complaint. The technology clearly has some ways to go. Top tips for cheap voice calls:- now, if it happens that you’re willing to get a little creative, it’s pretty easy to communicate with people back home for free. Skype-to-Skype calls are always free, which can be done over a mobile connection or through Wi-Fi. Facebook Messenger offers voice and video calls, which should put you in touch with plenty of people given that the social network has over a billion people connected to its service. And if you glance at people’s screens when you leave the country, you’ll find the majority of them use WhatsApp (also owned by Facebook). Hangouts is still around, soon to be usurped in potential with Google’s Allo and Duo. The options are plenty, you just need to choose what works best for your contacts. Know your limits:- In this part, it’s best to keep tabs on whatever plan you opt for during your journey. Get the official app from your carrier, or find out how to check in with your data caps if you opt for a temporary SIM. Nothing’s worse than ending up without service when you need it most, or overcharged for blowing past some arbitrary data limit. Thanks...

The Seven Cool Commercial Drone Uses Coming to a Sky Near You

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly referred to as "drones," have made quite the splash with hobbyists and entrepreneurs alike since bursting into the civilian sphere. On June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released new rules on civilian drone usage, known as "Part 107." Those rules will go into effect Aug. 29, and many entrepreneurs are chomping at the bit to get their drone-based ventures off the ground, literally. Now in order for you to find out more about drones and the vast range of applications they offer for business owners, we spoke with several industry insiders and UAV experts about what the future holds for the technology. So now their answers demonstrate that these unmanned aircraft are versatile tools that can change existing businesses and help establish new startups. The FAA and the regulatory landscape:- Now, the new regulations streamline the process to legally operate a drone for commercial purposes. A large number of entrepreneurs are hailing the changes as a step forward that eases the process of expanding commercial drone operations. Among the changes included in the Part 107 update are relaxed standards for pilots and the removal of the "Section 333 exemption," which was previously required for commercial operations. "Drone adoption has been growing rapidly — 300,000 drones were registered within the first month after the FAA opened its registration site — and there are simply not enough pilots of manned aircraft to keep up with demand," Mike Winn, CEO and co-founder of software company DroneDeploy, said. "The most significant change under Part 107 is that operating drones commercially no longer requires a pilot's license and a Section 333 exemption. Up until this point, the need for a licensed pilot and the lack of regulatory clarity were the most significant bottlenecks for many businesses looking to expand drone operations." "Essentially, you can use a drone as long as it is less than 55 pounds, within eyesight by a certified 'remote pilot in command' operator at a maximum altitude of 400 feet," Braden Perry, an attorney at Kennyhertz Perry, said. "Prior to the new rules, you had to have a pilot's license to operate an unmanned aircraft. Most companies cannot afford to hire a pilot solely to pilot a drone. The certification for remote pilot in command is not strenuous, and generally any adult can get one at little cost, and very quickly. This opens the doors for almost any company to utilize unmanned aircraft technology in their business." Applcations for UAVs in business:- At this present age, businesses have used drones largely in video and photography, especially for marketing purposes, but there are many other applications of UAV technology that might surprise you. Starting from agriculture to internet access, drones are a multipurpose tool that offers the potential to reimagine some of the most critical ways humanity operates. "The only limit is a person's imagination," Brian Opp, manager of aerospace business development at the North Dakota Department of Commerce, said. "I've heard [drones] compared to the internet a number of times. I don't know if drones will be as world-changing, but there are certainly so many commercial applications that can have a positive impact, either on a business's bottom line or by making jobs safer." "I just think that the drone industry is — no pun intended — obviously going to take off," Joshua Larson, founder of drone consultancy Breakover Services, said. "This technology can be used to do anything, as we've seen. The safest, most efficient way to get it out there is training and education for the people who will be flying in the airspace where manned aircraft are." Here's how some pilots are already using drones, and how they might be used in the future for businesses both large and small.
1.Agriculture:- In this area, farmers can benefit from drones in several ways. In fact, many in the UAV industry cite agriculture as an enormous area of opportunity for drone technology. Not only can drones save farmers money by helping them identify failing plants early and take inventory of crops, but the machines can also be used to map and study the farmland and its irrigation systems. In each of these cases, utilizing drones helps expedite what are otherwise time-consuming projects. "The drone is just the school bus. What's important is the sensor capturing data and [the] software that's really forming that data-analytics piece and hoping to extrapolate the useful information out of that," Opp said. Furthermore, drones can be equipped to spray pesticides, fertilizers or water on crops. Each UAV is like a far cheaper mini-crop duster. And for farms with livestock, drones can also be used to monitor the animals and quickly gather and track useful data about animal health and population. 2.Architecture and construction:- As for the architectural firms and construction, contractors are also benefitting from the use of drones. Much like professionals in real estate, architects can use images and footage of a property to create 3D renderings of the structures they aim to build. By cheaply and quickly creating aerial shots on which to place an architectural rendering, architects can create real-world concepts of their projects. This ability is indispensable to creating accurate designs and understanding how they fit within properties. Access to these plans during the construction project is also useful to the people actually bringing the design to life. 
3.Delivery:- The drone-based delivery services probably constitute one of the most obvious applications. While still restricted to a pretty low maximum load-bearing weight (55 pounds including the drone itself), delivery-by-drone is yet another promising application. Some have questioned the feasibility of Jeff Bezos' planned Amazon Prime Air, but the promise of goods delivered direct to your door by drone will only become more real as the technology continues to evolve and its capabilities expand. This is most especially true for areas where traveling by road is difficult or treacherous. 
4.Engineering:- Now if we are talking on the engineering firms, they are also utilizing drones on in-depth projects like oil pipelines, transmission cables and maintenance inspections. "Engineering firms are a common profession that has applications all over the place," Opp said. "Engineering firms are involved in things like road construction and maintenance, airport planning, and infrastructure projects. When they look at performing surveying work, use of drones and sensors can expedite their work in significant ways, increasing efficiency." 
5.Environmental monitoring and conservation:- Almost the same with how farmers use drones to monitor crops and animals, the technology can be utilized to keep tabs on ecological environments. UAVs are discrete and can monitor animal populations without disturbing them. This type of monitoring offers important insights into conservation efforts, migration tracking, habitat management and flood assessment, which is particularly useful on the coasts. Drones also provide data on the health of vegetative and animal populations, and the technology offers a unique ability to identify species in hard to reach places.
6.Media:- One other obvious use for drones is in media coverage. Previously, aerial shots were available only to large news corporations that could afford a news helicopter. Now, local journalists and small-scale media outlets can easily capture aerial footage for news coverage. In addition, drones can get into tighter areas, lower to the ground than a news helicopter could ever hope to travel. Even simple tasks, like recording a face-to-face interview, can easily be made more dynamic and engaging with a camera-equipped drone hovering nearby.
7.Wireless internet access:- Finally, another application for drones, one that received much media attention when Facebook purchased solar-drone company Titan Aerospace, is the use of UAVs for internet connectivity. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's proposed plan is to bring internet access to the developing world with the Aquila drone, which just completed a successful test flight. Google and Amazon are examples of other large corporations that have also invested in the drone industry. Zuckerberg released a statement illustrating just how promising drone technology is when it comes to expanding internet access worldwide. "Eventually, our goal is to have a fleet of Aquilas flying together at 60,000 feet [18 kilometers], communicating with each other with lasers and staying aloft for months at a time — something that's never been done before," Zuckerberg said. Thanks...

Regardless of Technology, Face-to-Face Job Interviews Still Make the Best Impression

Despite the fact that there are more and more employers who are conducting job interviews online and over the phone, nothing beats a face-to-face meeting, new research suggests. Both job candidates and employers make better impressions during in-person interviews than during technology-mediated interviews, according to a study from George Washington University. and Communication, said in a statement. "Presently, we live in a world where we increasingly rely on technology, but this study reminds us that personal interactions should never be underestimated," Nikki Blacksmith, one of the study's authors and a doctoral candidate in George Washington University's Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, said in a statement. For the study, researchers examined 12 research articles published between 2000 and 2007 that examined candidate and employer impressions during various types of job interviews. The articles, which assessed both in-person and technology-facilitated interviews, included ratings of the interviewer and interviewee. The study's authors found that video interviews received the most negative ratings, followed by telephone and computer interviews. And face-to-face interviews received the most favorable rankings. "Many times, the candidate does not have a choice in the format of the interview," Blacksmith said. "But in any case, the organization does have a choice and if they are not consistent with the type of interview they use across candidates, it could result in fairness issues and even possibly a lawsuit." Furthermore, while the researchers thought that video interviews might improve over time as they became more common and people became more accustomed to them, they found the opposite to actually be true. The study's authors discovered that ratings for technology-mediated interviews became more negative in more recent studies. "Considering the rate at which technology has changed, it is very clear that we lack understanding of the modern interview," the study's authors wrote. While she believes the study's results are important, Blacksmith did say that more research is likely needed since she examined only a small number of studies, some of which were conducted some time ago. The study, which was recently published in the journal Personnel Assessment and Decisions, was co-authored by Jon Willford, a doctoral student at George Washington University, and Tara Behrend, an associate professor at George Washington. Thanks for reading.....

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Google Play Family Library Launches, Enabling Shared Apps, Games, Movies, And More

After a long time, you can finally be presented with up to six different individuals together into a single happy Google Play Family. Google officially debuted its new Family Library on Wednesday, bringing Android up to speed with Apple’s Family Sharing, which has been a longstanding perk of iOS. When you sign up, you’ll be able to select a credit card to share as the family payment method. However, other family members will be able to designate a different payment option or use a gift card instead for specific purchases. In addition you’ll be able to designate specific items to keep to yourself if you’d rather not share certain films or books with children. Now, Google says there’s a “personal library” option to ensure no one else can download your personal content through the family account. And items that work outside of Android are supported as well, such as Google apps on Chromebooks, and Play Movies and Books that can be accessed on the web or through iOS apps. Google Product Manager Raj Iyengar says Family Library is rolling out “over the next few days” in the U.S. and a few other select counties, such as Canada, Mexico, the U.K., France, Ireland, and Japan. How it impacts you:- So now, in this regard. This is a helpful perk if it happens that you manage multiple Android devices, as you won’t have to re-buy apps or other content for a spouse, partner, or child. It follows the Play Music Family Plan, which gives you six accounts for shared access to Google Play Music and YouTube Red. Given that it just launched we haven’t had a chance to play around with how well it works, but we’ll be sure to share any impressions or helpful tips once all the dust settles.

Here Is How to Take Control Of Your Android Notifications

If you don't know, nothing reveals the double-edged sword of life with a smartphone like notifications. Staying connected with push notifications is essential, but if you're like me, you probably get pinged way too often. All of those games, apps, and system notices add up. So in that regard, Android gives you a ton of controls to tweak notifications just to your desire. However, you have to put in a little bit of work in order to get the experience just the way you want. If you just want to give yourself a little breathing room, it’s worth it to put in the time to get things just right. So as to bring that to detail here we go........ Silence! Or mostly quiet, anyway:- Android gives you a dedicated do not disturb mode so in that regard, if you just want to be completely left alone, such as when you put your phone on the nightstand for the night. By default, it silences all notifications, with the exception of your alarm, calls and texts from the favorites in your contacts list, and anyone who tries to call you more than once within a 15-minute time period. The idea behind this is that you don’t want to miss an emergency from a family member or someone else that really needs to reach you in the middle of the night. You’re not stuck with these parameters, however. In that regard, you can change up the call settings to allow anyone in, or just those in your address book. You can also crack this door open slightly to allow event/task alerts or reminders. This way if you put your phone on do not disturb mode to avoid calls while getting some work done, you’ll still get that Google alert you gave to yourself earlier in the morning through a voice command. You may want to play with these settings to get it the way you want, or change it up from time to time based upon your needs. If you want to keep it simple, go with No exceptions or Alarms only since those are straightforward, predetermined options. Or you can go into the Custommode and tweak things to the way you like. Priority app notifications:- Now here, you can dig a step further, and you’ll find a setting for Priority app notifications. This lets you whitelist certain apps to be allowed through the do not disturb gate and still ping your phone. Specifically, it’s found at Do not disturb > allow exceptions > priority app notifications. Furthermore, this is helpful if you use a third-party app for messaging or one of the many apps that let you use a second number on your phone. Turning this on also bumps this app up to the top of the list when you have multiple notifications on your lock screen. Or maybe you really want to find out when it’s time to open another gold chest in that freemium game. Taming apps that go rogue:- Freemium games (I’m looking at you, Clash Royale) like to conveniently leave out notification options from their in-apps settings, so they can continue to pester you a rally to battle or the allure of more gold coins. Fortunately you can put this nonsense to rest. To get this done, all you need to do is go to settings > applications > applications manager and you’ll find a lost of all your installed applications. Usually you don’t think about this until that irritating notification pops up to pester you again. But this is the right time to take action. Press and hold on the notification, and then touch the wrench icon. This will take you to a specific settings page where you can disable notifications, hide it on the lock screen, or even set it as a priority. Another method is to tap and hold on an app from the app drawer, and then drag it to the top of the screen where it says App info. From here, you can disable notifications for this app, as well as perform other customizations. You can also uninstall the app, or disable it if it’s one of the lovely pieces of bloatware installed by your carrier or device maker. Lastly, you should not forget if an app becomes too troublesome or you just don’t need it anymore, what you need to do is to delete it. It can’t hurt to free up space and back off on the RAM usage that comes from running an application you don’t need. Such maintenance may feel like a pain sometimes, but the fact that Android offers it allows you to bend so many instances of how your phone works to your will.

How You Can Choose the Best Legal Structure for Your Business

There is one thing very sure here, and that is meaning to say that the legal structure you choose for your business is one of the most important decisions you will make in the startup process. There are four basic types of business entities, each of which has its own pros and cons. Your choice of structure can greatly affect the way you run your business, impacting everything from liability and taxes, to control over the company. And so in regard to this, the key is to figure out which type of entity gives your business the most advantages when it comes to helping you to achieve your organizational and personal financial goals. Types of business entities: 1. Sole proprietorship:- Presently, this is the simplest form of business entity, and it is used by more than 70 percent of businesses in the United States, according to the Small Business Administration. With sole proprietorship, one person is responsible for all of a company's profits and debts. 2. Partnership:- This is a kind of entity that is owned by two or more individuals. There are two types: general partnerships, where all is shared equally; and limited partnerships, where only one partner has control of its operation, while the other person or persons simply contribute to and receive only part of the profit. Partnerships carry a dual status as a sole proprietorship or limited liability partnership (LLP), depending on the entity's funding and liability structure. 3. Limited liability company (LLC):- This is a hybrid structure that allows owners, partners or shareholders to limit their personal liabilities while enjoying the tax and flexibility benefits of a partnership. Under an LLC, members are protected from personal liability for the debts of the business, as long as it cannot be proven that they have acted in an illegal, unethical or irresponsible manner in carrying out the activities of the business. 4. Corporation:- The law regards a corporation as an entity that is separate from its owners. It has its own legal rights, independent of its owners — it can sue, be sued, own and sell property, and sell the rights of ownership in the form of stocks. There are so many different types of corporations, including C corporations, S corporations and B corporations. However, many people fail to consider the differences between them. For instance, while S and B corporations provide certain tax advantages over C corporations, there are certain eligibility requirements that your company must meet. "A common misconception is that all types of corporations are the same," said Jennifer Friedman, CMO of the small business segment of Wolters Kluwer's BizFilings and CT Corporation. "A C corporation is different from an S corporation, but most people don't even know that there are different types until they start doing research." Factors to consider:- Now, as for the case of new businesses that could fall into two or more of these categories, it's not always easy to decide which one to choose. You need to consider your startup's financial needs, risk and the ability to grow. It can be difficult to switch your legal structure after you've registered your business, so choosing correctly at the start is crucial. And more here are some factors we feel you need to put into consideration: 1.Complexity:- Here, in regard to startup and operational complexity, there is nothing simpler than a sole proprietorship. You simply register your name, start doing business, report the profits and pay taxes on it as personal income. However, it can be difficult to procure outside funding. Partnerships, on the other hand, require a signed agreement to define roles and percentages of profits. Corporations and LLCs have various reporting requirements with the state and federal governments. 2.Liability:- Now, what is in place here is that a corporation carries the least amount of personal liability, since the law holds that it is its own entity. This means that creditors and customers can sue the corporation, but they cannot gain access to any personal assets of the officers or shareholders. An LLC offers the same protection, but with the tax benefits of a sole proprietorship. Partnerships share the liability between the partners as defined by their partnership agreement. 3.Taxes:- An owner of an LLC will pay taxes, just as a sole proprietor does — all profit is considered to be personal income and is taxed accordingly at the end of the year. "As for the case of a small business owner, I think you will want to avoid double taxation in the early stages," Friedman said. "The LLC structure prevents that, and makes sure you're not taxed as a company and as an individual." Partners in a partnership also claim their share of the profits as personal income. Your accountant may suggest quarterly or biannual advance payments to minimize the end effect on your return. A corporation files its own tax return each year, paying tax on profits after expenses, including payroll. If you pay yourself from the corporation, you will pay personal taxes — such as Social Security and Medicare — on your personal return for what you were paid throughout the year. 4.Control:- Now, as to regard to this, if it is important for you to have sole or primary control of the business and its activities, a sole proprietorship or an LLC might be the best choice for you. You can negotiate such control in a partnership agreement as well. A corporation is constructed to have a board of directors that makes the major decisions that guide the company. A single person can control a corporation, especially at its inception; but as it grows, so does the need to operate it as a board-directed entity. Even as a small corporation, the rules intended for larger organizations — such as keeping board-of-directors notes of every major decision that affects the company — still apply. 5.Capital investment:- Okay here, if you need to obtain outside funding sources — like investor or venture capital, bank loans and other avenues for money — you may be better off establishing a corporation, which has an easier time of obtaining outside funding than does a sole proprietorship. Corporations can sell shares of stock, securing additional funding for growth, while sole proprietors can only obtain funds through their personal accounts, using their personal credit or taking on partners. An LLC can face similar struggles, although, as its own entity, it is not always necessary for the owner to use his or her personal credit or assets. 6.Licenses, permits and regulations:- So far, in order to operate legally, every business must be licensed. Depending on the type of business and its activities, it may need to be licensed at the local, state and federal levels. In addition to ensuring that your business entity is legally registered, you may need specific permits. "States have different requirements for different business structures," Friedman said. "Depending on where you set up, there could be different requirements at the municipal level as well. As you choose your structure, understand the state and industry you're in. It's not a 'one size fits all,' and businesses may not be aware of what's applicable to them." Furthermore, it's important to note that the structures discussed here only apply to for-profit businesses. If you've done your research and you're still not sure about which business structure is right for you, Friedman advised speaking with a specialist in business law. Thanks...

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

One Cleaner, Simpler Google Maps Focuses On "Actionable Info"

Now to start with, who says you can’t have form and functionality? Google Maps just received a major facelift on desktop, Android, and iOS that’s designed to make it much easier to find your way about town. The new changes are rolling out now. The first big change: Google gave Maps a cleaner, simpler look. The idea is to help you more easily observe “actionable information” like traffic conditions and transit locations. Bold outline borders for roads have been removed, for example. You’ll still see outlines for major thoroughfares, but all those side streets are just a simple white lines. It’s a small change, but one that does make Maps look less busy and cluttered with information. Google also made some changes to the map’s typography to make it easier to read labels. Neighborhood names, for example, no longer have that faded, italicized look. Instead, they’re bolder and have a larger font size. Points of interest and business names are also shown in a larger size. In addition, there’s also a new color scheme for maps that Google says is more balanced and will help you differentiate between constructed and natural features. Finally, Google added a new feature called “areas of interest.” On Maps you’ll now see “hot spots” shaded in orange. These are highly trafficked areas packed with restaurants, bars, and stores. Google says it uses an algorithm to decide where to put these “areas of interest,” and in dense urban areas it also uses the “human touch” to show only the most active areas. It’s not clear if the “human touch” means crowdsourced data from Google Maps users or human curators making decisions back at Google HQ. The impact on you at home: All round, the changes to Google Maps look nice, but may be a dramatic shift for some. The key for Google is to always make its maps as useful as possible. It’s less about creating a record of street locations, and more about directing you towards a place for lunch, a bus stop, or the closest local park. These new changes should make it easier to read the maps and get to the information you want faster. This story, was originally published by PCWorld

Monday, 25 July 2016

A New Google Assistant settings, ‘Ok Google' Driving Commands Found in Google App Beta Code

Google’s app factory is going into overdrive, making several new features that empower Google Now and the company’s upcoming digital assistant ready. The new features are hinted at in the code of the latest beta version of the Google app, which now powers all of the company’s search and artificial intelligence services on Android. Why it matters: According to one teardown by Android Police, we’re learning more about how deeply Google services will interact with Android. From the Google assistant to more voice commands, your phone is about to get far more proactive and predictive at serving as your aide. These features is going to be necessary for features like Android Auto on your phone and the assistant features of Google Allo. The Google Assistant: While a few hints of the Google Assistant showed up in a previous build, there’s are so many to be found in version 6.2 of the Google app beta (coming to the Play Store or now on APK Mirror). The teardown found the following drop-down options in the code for settings, which of course may expand as the final build approaches: Changes you make here show up across your Google Assistant experience 1.Account 2.Activity 3.About me Here are things your assistant can do on - [a dropdown list of device types] 1.Music 2.News 3.Daily Brief 4.Google Assistant 5.Connected Home 6.Google Cast 7.Shopping list 8.Services 9.Personal Voice Actions 10.Voice shortcut Furthermore, it looks like a combination of ways you can tweak the type of information that you get and can search for. The Personal Voice Actions seems like it could have more down the road, with shortcuts for different commands. ’Ok Google’ commands: As to regard of all these, there are plans to fire up driving notifications in Maps using a simple voice command. Such functionality would also extend to Android Auto, part of Google’s plan to rule the car dashboard and keep you focused on driving. Android Auto is coming to phones this year, so you can use it even if your car in-dash system doesn't support it.

Future Samsung Wireless Charging Pads May Be Able to Handle All Your Gear at Once, Patents Reveal

As the case is now, Samsung wants to make sure that more of its Galaxy products will fit on one charging pad. That’s one of the key ideas behind a recently uncovered wireless charger patent with three different designs. Instead of the current flat, round disc that Samsung sells, the new creations are taller and larger, with the goal of charging a phone and/or tablet alongside a smartwatch. The filing was recently published by the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office after an original submission in January. It’s not known if this is still something being kicked around the Samsung offices, or if the company will unveil a new wireless charger when it shows off the Galaxy Note 7. We’ll find out soon enough, as Samsung will unveil its latest phone (and possibly more) on August 2. Important note: Currently, Samsung is one of the major boosters of wireless charging technologies, selling its own branded charging pad that was given away as an early promotion when the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge first went on sale. Wireless charging is a key differentiator for Samsung’s smartphone line, as not all flagship phones include wireless charging. Thanks..

Ten Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs

While entrepreneurs can launch new businesses from anywhere, still... some cities offer a better chance at success. A new research from MoneyRates.com revealed that Texas and Florida offer the best economic climates for young entrepreneurs. Seven of this year's 10 best cities for young entrepreneurs are located in the Lone Star or Sunshine state. "As much as entrepreneurship centers on the special characteristics of individuals, the broader economic environment also makes a difference in whether startups succeed or fail, or whether people even attempt them in the first place," the study's authors wrote. Furhermore, the researchers based their rankings on four key factors: 1.Population growth: This shows more consumer demand and that people are attracted to the area. 2.The percentage of young adults earning competitive wages: This demonstrates that there are economic opportunities for younger people and that the community can sustain new products or services. 3.The percentage of the population with at least a bachelor's degree: This indicates that the community has a large population of skilled workers and that the consumer market is sophisticated and affluent. 4.Taxes: Lower state taxes offer businesses a better chance at profitability. So furthermore, here are the ten best cities for young entrepreneurs in 2016: 1. Austin/Round Rock, Texas: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Austin/Round Rock is the third-fastest-growing metropolitan area in the nation. Furthermore, it is one of the more well-educated areas of the country, with more than one-third of its population having a bachelor degree. 2. Raleigh, North Carolina: The city is one of the 10 fastest-growing in the U.S., and boasts the highest number for the proportion of the population with at least a bachelor's degree. 3. Midland, Texas: The city is the second fastest growing in the U.S. and ranks second in young adult affluence. 4. Houston/The Woodlands/Sugar Land, Texas: Houston has a high level of young adult affluence, and benefits from Texas' business-friendly tax policies. 5. Crestview/Fort Walton Beach/Destin, Florida (tie): Because this area, which has one of the highest levels of young adult affluence, is located near a junction with three major highways, it provides great opportunities for business activity. Additionally, Florida has one of the nation's lowest business tax rates. 5. Odessa, Texas (tie): Odessa ranked fourth nationally in both overall growth rate and young adult affluence. 7. Sioux Falls, South Dakota: South Dakota has the second-lightest business tax burden in the country, and Sioux Falls ranks in the top 10 nationally for young adult affluence. 8. The Villages, Florida: Even though this is a retirement community, The Villages has the fastest growth rate of any city in the nation. This presents a lot of opportunity for businesses that cater to senior citizens. 9. Denver/Aurora/Lakewood, Colorado: The Denver area ranks in the top 10 for educational attainment and young adult affluence. Additionally, it has a healthy growth rate. 10. Orlando/Kissimmee/Sanford, Florida: Orlando ranks in the top 10 because of its rapid population growth and favorable business tax climate. "Our goal is to point out some places that might be especially welcoming to young entrepreneurs," Richard Barrington, a senior financial analyst for MoneyRates.com, said in a statement. "Even if these particular cities don't fit with a person's plans, our hope is to point out some of the characteristics a person should look at when deciding where to start a business."

Cyanogen Reportedly Cuts Jobs, And May At Last Shift Its Focus Toward Apps

Presently, Cyanogen appears to be undergoing a major shakeup, according to reports from Android Police and Recode. Citing “multiple sources,” Android Police reported on Friday that the company was “in the midst of laying off a significant portion of its workforce around the world.” According to Android Police’s sources, the company has laid off about 20 percent of its staff, though the report notes that “it’s unclear” whether more employees will also lose their jobs. In addition, Recode confirmed the report on Friday evening with its own sources, and added that Cyanogen “is said to be working on a new strategy being overseen by newly hired Chief Operating Officer Lior Tal,” formerly of Facebook. Major notes: Cyanogen has for long been a staple of the Android enthusiast community. The company grew out of CyanogenMod, an open-source project that created a customized version of Android. In recent years, CyanogenMod went from a tool for tinkerers into a full-fledged alternative to Google’s standard versions of Android, and made its way onto a few phones,such as the OnePlus One. But as Recode notes, Cyanogen has had a hard time getting phone makers to build phones around its Android variant, which seems to have made this past week’s job cuts inevitable. What’s next for Cyanogen? Regardless of the fact that it’s not entirely clear of what will happens next, one source tells Android Police that Cyanogen may be shifting toward focusing on apps, though the report continues to state that, “it’s not clear what such a pivot would entail.” Shifting to an app-centric focus would not necessarily mean CyanogenMod would disappear, but it may allow the company to bring some of CyanogenMod’s feature-set to a broader audience of Android users. Whether or not that would be enough to stem the tide and stabilize the company is anyone’s guess, so in the meantime, we’ll have to sit back and see how everything plays out. thanks so much...

Friday, 22 July 2016

Career Success Depends Mostly On Your Willingness to Learn

Being motivated to learn new skills is the attribute executives say is most critical for employees looking to get ahead, new research finds. Specifically, 30 percent of executives said having a willingness to keep learning is the characteristic they consider most necessary for an employee to succeed, according to the study from the staffing firm Accountemps. "Now, as to regard to that, successful people never stop learning," Bill Driscoll, a district president for Accountemps, said in a statement. "The world is changing quickly and constantly, and it's vital to stay informed of the latest trends and sought-after skills in your industry." In addition, executives are placing greater importance on the ability to communicate and get along with others in the workplace. In the research, 27 percent of those surveyed said having strong interpersonal skills is critical to an employees' success, up from just 15 percent who said the same in 2002. "The ability to convey complex information clearly and succinctly can lead to advancement opportunities," Driscoll said. So being able to adapt easily to change and welcoming increased responsibility were the other top traits the surveyed executives said are necessary for professional advancement. Least important to executives was a willingness to burn the midnight oil. Just 7 percent of those surveyed said working long hours is a necessary success strategy. "Putting in extra time at work doesn't necessarily lead to positive outcomes," Driscoll said. To help employees looking to get ahead, Accountemps offers five career-advancement tips: 1.Get involved: Joining industry associations is one good way to learn new skills and keep up to date on the trends affecting your profession. 2.Volunteer: By volunteering for a nonprofit organization it can help you hone your skills. In addition, these types of experiences provide opportunities for you to grow and learn. 3.Keep learning: Earning an advanced degree or certification is a good way to demonstrate to employers your willingness to continue learning new skills. In addition it also helps cement your expertise within your field. 4.Hone your communication skills: As to regard to this, when communicating in the workplace, it is important to observe body language, make eye contact and listen fully to what the other person is saying. When speaking to important audiences, it can also be helpful to rehearse what you're going to say. Those who need work on their public speaking should consider joining a professional organization like Toastmasters. 5.Think long term: Mostly you always want to be thinking about the big picture. This type of mind-set can help you make more strategic decisions and put you in a better position to get ahead. Thanks...

What Is The Meaning of Thought Leadership, and Why Does It Matter?

Having it in place that the aim of every executive is to run a successful company, many modern C-suite members also have their sights set on another, more esoteric goal: becoming a "thought leader" in their field. Now, as to regard to this, thought leadership is commonly discussed in the business world, and to the average person, it may sound like another annoying corporate buzzword. But behind the jargon is the honest and admirable ambition of being viewed as a credible industry expert, one who cuts through the "noise" and offers something worth listening to. What is a thought leader? Thought leaders are seen as trustworthy, go-to authorities among industry colleagues and peers, said Jake Dunlap, CEO and founder of Skaled, a sales consulting firm. "They possess an innate ability to contribute to the conversations happening today, while also being able to speculate on what is going to happen tomorrow. Rather than chime in on every topic, they set the pace for the industry and offer intelligent insights and informed opinions," Dunlap said. "A thought leader recognizes trends before they happen and applies that insight to achieve actual business results," added Numaan Akram, founder and CEO of Rally, a company that coordinates crowdsourced event travel. As the phrase implies, though, having these insightful thoughts and ideas is only part of being a thought leader. The "leadership" portion counts for a lot, too. "I believe thought leaders are not only on the cutting edge in terms of their ideas, but also know how to inspire and influence others," said Walt Rakowich, a leadership speaker and the retired CEO of ProLogis. "Leaders can have great ideas, but true thought leaders have the courage to express their ideas and inspire others to implement them." Akram agreed: "It's one thing to come up with new ideas, but being a true thought leader is all about delivering results to back up those hypotheses," he said. Establishing yourself as a thought leader Now, while moving ahead, thought leadership status can't be achieved through a single article, social media post or networking event. You have to build your experience and create credibility over the long term, Rakowich said. "Experience takes time, patience, hard work and a willingness to listen and learn from others," he said in addition. "Those leaders who can observe and connect information from a number of sources are generally well positioned to create ideas that are informed by the needs of the marketplace. Credibility combines that expertise with a measure of humility, honesty and an appreciation for the human aspect of leading people." "Becoming a trusted source often involves not merely explaining or defining topics but showing an audience they can take a small step forward," added Richard Stevenson, head of corporate communications at cloud-based e-commerce software provider ePages.com. "Your aim is to shine a new light on topics, and motivate a response. Genuine honesty and passion for helping an audience will shine through, regardless of your writing or speaking style." Mark Rogers, founder and CEO of management consulting company Insights Without Borders, said thought leadership is an extension of one's personal brand, specifically his or her ability to build an authentic online reputation. "Social media platforms such as LinkedIn or Twitter ... become the foundations for your thought leadership strategy and key channels for your social networking," he said. Rogers advised aspiring thought leaders to take the following three steps to boost their industry presence: 1.Work with mentors and influencers. Discuss with them about your passions, big ideas and what's keeping you up at night. You can observe how they started and now operate their businesses. You can read and reflect on what they say on their blogs and social media platforms, and during their speaking engagements. 2.Attend in-person networking events and seek out speaking opportunities. In this regard, the more people who are in your network, the more potential you have of becoming an authority or influencer. 3.Get published as often as you can. So now, even if you just start out by self-publishing on Medium, LinkedIn Pulse or your own blog, it's important to develop a steady stream of regular readers and followers. You can publish guest posts on industry-related blogs, and grow from there to seek publication on broader, more authoritative sources. Once your reputation or followership begins to grow, you can start sharing or making bolder claims and predictions about your industry, Rogers said. Furthermore, here are a few more things to keep in mind as you work toward becoming a thought leader: Clarify your area of expertise (and stick to it) Dunlap, of Skaled, reminded professionals that thought leaders need to be clear and consistent on their stances within their area of expertise. "Don't attempt to be a thought leader in every area related to your industry," he said. "Instead, focus on what you know best and hone in on that message repeatedly. It's more effective to go deep on a few topics, than to spray across too many complementary topics." Step back from your business agenda As a thought leader, you must understand the issues that impact your audience and offer upbeat, educative advice driven by these issues, not just what your corporate agenda demands, said Stevenson. "Educative PR is a slow-burn in terms of return on investment, but displaying care and competence within your industry will open new doors across the board, not only in sales but also with collaborations," he said. Keep learning about your industry Every industry is evolving and some are faster than others so as a thought leader, you'll need to stay on top of what's happening so you can share and comment on trends. "You must constantly learn [about] your industry, as well as the macro forces at work in the broader economy," said Rally's Akram. "Being a thought leader requires forward thinking, but you must also have the discipline to study market dynamics to find patterns. From there, you can combine what you have learned analyzing those patterns with your vision to solve real-world problems." Listen to others As the case may be, thought leaders don't have all the answers, and they're never done learning. Rogers noted that it's important to admit what you don't know, and remain humble enough to listen to what others have to say. "True thought leaders genuinely understand and listen to each other's stories," he said. "They treasure [the fact] that we are all in the human journey and the authors of our own lives. Thanks for reading........

Swiftkey Initiates Emoji-predicting Swiftmoji Keyboard for Android and iOS

Could you remember a few months ago when Swiftkey, fresh off an acquisition by Microsoft, released a keyboard that would help you write like Shakespeare? Apparently, the company has realized that nobody wants to write like The Bard, they want to write with emoji. Today, they're fulfilling your dream of quickly finding just the right emoji. That is your dream, right? Available on iOS and Android, Swiftmoji uses Swiftkey's word-prediction power to help you pick the perfect emoji. On Android, the keyboard works much like main Swiftkey keyboard, using your past typing history to predict what you'll type next. As it is, it just looks a little more whimsical, and has an ever-present row of emoji above the word predictions. As you type, that emoji-prediction row updates to show emoji related to what you just typed. It otherwise works much as Swiftkey does, with the same powerful word-swiping, auto-correct, and word prediction capabilities, so you don't have to give up your favorite features. On iOS, Swiftmoji acts a little differently. It doesn't replace your regular keyboard, but augments it. You type some text, then switch to the Swiftmoji keyboard by tapping the globe icon in the lower left. You'll be presented with a page of emoji based on the text you just typed. It's probably a smarter solution for iPhone users, who have more restrictions on when and how custom keyboards can operate. You don't have to change everything; you can just add quick emoji finding to the stock iOS keyboard. Presently, Swiftmoji is free, and availble right now on Google Play and the App Store. Major note: Earlier this year, Swiftkey was acquired by Microsoft, who said the company would continue to develop keyboards for iOS and Android. Given Windows' minimal share of the mobile market, this makes sense—the company whent further to try out new technologies with millions of users before integrating the best features into Microsoft's own touch keyboards for Windows. Does this mean we'll see emoji prediction in the Windows keyboard in the future? If Swiftmoji takes off, perhaps such an option would make sense. Thanks.........

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The New Pokémon Go Maps Show You Where to Catch 'Em All

Now, to those of you who have been wondering how to find Pikachu, Scyther, Electabuzz, or any other rare Pokémon, you might not have to wait much longer: new crowdsourced Pokémon Go maps are teaching players how to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go. At least four Pokémon Go maps are available: the first, at Pokecrew.com, zeroes in on your location and begins showing what Pokémon might be nearby. And if you happen to live in the Boston area, you’re in real luck: a sweet Google Map known as Gotta Catch ‘Em All happens to list all the locations local players have found, complete with a list of rare and ultra-rare Pokémon. A separate Google Map pegs Pokémon locations in Seattle and Tennessee. Pokemapper also provides a worldwide look at Pokémon locations, but without the sophistication of other sites. Real-estate site Trulia has also published a map to the best Pokemon Go locations to find certain types of Pokemon, but without specifics. This might be handy if you're in an area without a convenient crowdsourced map. Pokémon Go tasks players to go out in the real world and discover new Pokémon, who tend to cluster around interesting real-world landmarks, shops, and other locales. Each player can “capture” a Pokémon using a Pokéball, then train it at a local “gym.” Special items, such as incense and lures, are used to attract new Pokémon to the player. So which map should you use? To this regard, we’d recommend maps that allow you to enter a specific Pokémon name, then show their locations, as well as displaying a quick guide to what’s around you. For that, we’d definitely recommend the Gotta Catch ‘Em All map if you live in the Boston area—it’s comprehensive, attractive, and detailed. Pokecrew.com comes in second at the moment, however—it quickly shows you the type of Pokémon that’s closest to you, and allows you to scan a map of nearby locations and discover what’s there. (The site is under heavy load, though, so it might not show any Pokemon until the servers are beefed up.) Developers are moving fast, though, so expect these sites to be updated with additional features and Pokémon as time goes on. But unfortunately, Web pages seem to be the way to go at the moment. There are at least two Android apps to crowdsource Pokemon locations: Map for Pokemon Go: PokemonMap and Pokemap: Find Your GO Pokemons. Neither seem to do the job, according to the app reviews. On the iOS side, Pokemon Go Maps ($1) lets players enter locations, and has a chat tab for sharing other tips and advice. After two days, it doesn’t have enough reviews for a rating—people must be too busy catching monsters to leave a review. Furthermore, Gabbermap is a free community-powered map that can help you find anything, but just added a bot named @pokebot to help users find rare Pokémon. So do the Pokémon Go maps destroy the mystery of Pokémon Go? Maybe, or maybe not. Lucy Guo, one of the Pokecrew developers as well as a product designer at Snapchat and a cofounder at Scale, said she didn’t believe that all of the mysteries of Pokémon have been uncovered. “Hopefully see how Pokémon actually move,” she said on Product Hunt, when asked what the project hopes to discover. “Everyone’s thinking different things, our hypothesis is that it’s time and location based. And to this regard, we just want to catch ’em all.” Major note: So far, one of the joys of Pokémon Go is discovery: sure, it might be slightly obvious that water Pokémon might cluster around lakes and beaches, but which ones? Is the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art a haven for rare Pokémon? Is Central Park? If you’re simply a believer in discovering what’s out there, well, then consider these “spoilers” and avoid them. On the other hand, if your son or daughter is dying to get their hands on a Pikachu, you might be able to “encourage” them to look in a certain spot—or casually mention that there just might be an Onyx at the mall where you’re taking them shopping. This story, was originally published by PCWorld. Thanks.....

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Six Live Chat Solutions for Small Businesses

Now... do you want a happier customer? Now, the key is that using live chat software can keep customers satisfied, while helping you grow your business online. Live chats provide fast, on-demand customer support right on your website, giving you an opportunity to immediately address customer concerns, answer questions and even close sales before customers click away. In addition to speeding up customer support, live chat systems let you monitor visitor behavior to provide personalized service, convert browsers into paying customers and improve your website to increase sales. Many live chat solutions, however, aren’t made for small business. They primarily target large enterprises, making them too complex and unaffordable for startups and entrepreneurs. But in regardless of anything else, here are the 6 live chat solutions that offer big business features on a small business budget.
1. LiveEngage by LivePerson: Live chat as a whole is all about making support more convenient for customers. If you're looking for a flexible solution, check out LivePerson.com . The company's LiveEngage live chat software lets customers contact you on both your website and their mobile phones using an app (iOS and Android) or via mobile Web. The product is also scalable, so you can choose different plans and services as your business's needs grow. Features include the ability to resume conversations — for instance, if their Internet connection drops and the chat ends — and view real-time progress to see if issues have been resolved. Customers can also leave feedback, rate the representative they chatted with and score their satisfaction at the end of each chat session. LiveEngage plans start at $49 per month. 
2. MyLiveChat: A good number of live chat providers require a monthly subscription, but if you'd like to give live chats a test drive, free is always a good place to start. My LiveChat offers a free live chat that doesn't compromise on key features. In addition to real-time visitor monitoring to help personalize chat sessions, My LiveChat also makes live chats more efficient by letting agents hold multiple chat sessions at a time, send pre-written responses to frequently asked questions, keep chat histories and send email transcripts. MyLiveChat is also customizable to fit your brand, allowing you to upload your logo to appear on instant messages and customize greetings and other automated messages. So you may check it out on mylivechat.com 
3. Olark: Having full control of live chats is one key to delivering quality customer support. Olark's Targeted Chat feature lets chat representatives both control how many chats are received and select which customers to chat with, for instance, to prioritize cart abandonment prevention or to boost sales. The software also provides key information reps need, such as which page a customer is viewing, their browsing history on the website and how long they have been on the website. With this information, chat representatives are fully equipped to provide excellent service and close sales. Olark starts at $15 a month.
4. ClickDesk: In this regard, live chat doesn't have to be limited to instant messages. ClickDesk offers an enterprise level live chat system at a small business-friendly price. Make customers happier by letting them choose how they want to receive support, whether it's through the traditional live chat pop-up on your website, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) voice chats or video calls (none of which require any additional installations on the customer's part). Agents can also choose to answer customers using ClickDesk's live chat portal or using Google Hangouts. ClickDesk starts at $12.99 per month. A free version is also available, but is limited to one agent and voice chats.
5. WhosOn: Additionally, in order to provide immediate customer support, live chat software can also help you grow your business using customer data. The WhosOn live chat system lets you easily monitor individual visitor behavior on your website, so you can track their "journey" as they browse. For instance, agents can pinpoint those who are simply looking at different products and may need help deciding, as well as those who are already in the checkout process, but may be hesitating or having trouble with the purchase. Doing so can help target customers to close sales — the company claims to reduce cart abandonment by 10 percent — reduce bounce rates and give you an idea of how to improve your website. Contact WhosOn for a custom pricing quote. A free trial is also available.
6. SnapEngage: Now, No.1 question here is that do you need a live chat system that works with your workflow? SnapEngage integrates with your workflow, streamlining customer service with other parts of your operations. From productivity to social, SnapEngage connects to more than 20 business apps. These include customer relationship management (CRM) software Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics and Highrise; helpdesk systems Zendesk, Desk.com and UserVoice; and collaboration and project management apps Basecamp, Join.me and Jira. Businesses can also chat with customers directly from their Facebook page. SnapEngage starts at $60 per month. Thanks

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Google Play Music Update Adds Small Interface tweak And That Gives Room For Bigger Things

Google Play Music is rapidly becoming one of the best music apps and subscription services around presently. It's got a big music library, podcasts, a good feature set, and an ever-improving interface. Plus, your unlimited music subscription ($10 per month, $15 for a 6-person family plan) also gets you access to YouTube Reda. As to regard to more details on this, Google's now rolling out a new version of the app, and it appears to make a single, simple interface tweak. If you're looking at any sort of list, like all the albums from a band or all the search results for "metal", you'll now see little Play buttons on the square album or playlist artwork. It just saves you a tap from having to open the album, playlist, or podcast before you start playing it. That one change alone isn't really a big deal. But sure, these little improvements are welcome, but it's what might be coming down the pike that has us interested. The sleuths at Android Police have dug into the code buried in the new APK and discovered references to a number of features that might be enabled in future updates. And one thing is this... do you like to listen to music while you fall asleep? Good news, it looks like a sleep timer is on its way. There's a reference to a "headphone notification," which could be a way for Play Music to offer up a suggested playlist or album when you plug in your headphones. That way, you can start listening without hunting for and launching the app. There's also a mysterious reference to a setting that might let you resume a track that was interrupted. The Play Music update is rolling out now through the Play Store. So, if you haven't given it a whirl, you should: it's a great music service. The major note: So far Google Play Music isn't nearly as popular as Spotify, Pandora, or Apple Music. Which is a shame, because it's definitely competitive, and worth a look. While everyone pays attention to those other big streaming music services, Google has been improving its offering, adding new features like podcasts and steadily improving the interface. Thanks....

Thursday, 14 July 2016

How You Can Make Your Phone to Look And Work More Like Stock Android

Typically, Nexus phones are thought of as the ultimate form of Android greatness. They deliver timely updates straight from Google, they are bloatware free, and also get special perks like access to beta releases of Android. But there are many good reasons why you may want to go for something other than a Nexus phone. The Nexus 6P is an unwieldy beast unless you have sizable paws. The 5X is too plasticky and underpowered—it's affordable, but you sort of get what you pay for. By contrast, there are plenty of non-Nexus phones that are worthy of your hard-earned dollars. The Galaxy S7 Edge is a beauty and the best camera I’ve ever used on a smartphone. There are a lot of other solid phones out there from LG, HTC, Motorola, and OnePlus that offer their own unique perks. Of course that means you’re giving up what’s arguably the best Android experience. Or are you? With a little bit of legwork, you can almost get that stock experience without the need to root your phone and slap on a custom ROM. And finally, if that’s what you’re after, here’s what you need to do. Google-ify your launcher: One major basic, and probably the easiest, step you can take is to install the Google Now Launcher. This is the same launcher that comes as default on Nexus phones. It puts Google Now one swipe away, places a search bar at the top of each screen, and organizes all your apps in alphabetical order inside of the app drawer. It’s smooth and minimalist compared to some of the inelegant solutions offered by phone makers But the Now Launcher isn’t always the best option since you’re not able to change up the number of apps that can appear on each row in the grid. This causes them to look blown up and out of place on some larger phones that have a 5.5-inch screen or above. So try it out to see if it looks wrong to you. In that case, consider Nova Launcher. With just a few tweaks, you can get a very Nexus-style look on your home screen. Plus it has a ton of other options that let you change up the look of folders, create custom gestures, and help you feel like you can change just about anything you want. Also, ADW Launcher recently returned from the dead to offer many choices to slim back your bloated launcher. There are plenty of other launchers out there if you want to try your hand at building your own stock Android experience from scratch. Sideload the Google dialer and contacts app: Google makes a contacts and phone app, and they’re supposed to only be for Nexus devices. But with a little trickery, you are able to get them on your non-Nexus phone. That means you’ll get the same cool features from the dialer, like the ability to look up nearby places right from the search bar and a consistent experience with your Google contacts entered or edited from your Gmail You need to know how to sideload an APK. Then head to APK Mirror and the specific sections for Google Phoneand Contacts. You may need to experiment, however. I tried this out on different phones, and the correct version to use varied depending on them. The latest edition worked on the HTC 10, while I had to go back Google Phone 2.5.12_rc9 on the Galaxy S7 Edge. The key is trial and error until you get it right. Another point to remember: next time you go to initiate a call or open a contact from another app, you’ll have to select the Google app as the default. It’s a minor annoyance, as this step is what allows this freedom to switch up default apps. Grab a theme: Some phones, like the Samsung Galaxy line and many HTC phones, offer a theme store where you can change up the icons, settings page, and overall design by piggybacking on the hard work of a developer. If you’re after a Nexus look, this can be a great way to go since several developers have built themes that look similar to stock Android. If you search for “material” you’ll find many good options in the Galaxy Themes store (I’m a particular fan of Material Dark). Same goes with the HTC marketplace, though there aren’t quite as many choices to be found. Keep in mind that developers may update those themes from time to time, so it means yet another place to check for updates. While most are free, a few of the themes will cost you a dollar or two. It’s a worthy price to pay for a much slicker look. A few lockscreen tweaks: Even if you’ve made the aforementioned tweaks, you should not ignore the lockscreen. On the Galaxy S7 and S6 line, for example, you can change up which apps are available as a quick launch option when you unlock. So if you’ve made the Google Phone app your dialer, then you can add that to the lock screen to replace Samsung’s option. LG lets you place shortcuts on your lockscreen so you can access a preferred app right away. So you can put the same type of access here, going to the Google Phone, Contacts, or Google app so you can get right to your preferred information. Any apps you sideload may vary in their effectiveness, so try it out before you get into a situation where you need to make a quick call but you instead end up throwing your phone at the wall because it’s not launching the dialer. Know your limits: Lastly, it’s worth knowing there’s only so much you can do. You can’t force your carrier or phone manufacturer to upgrade your phone. So when Android Nougat launches a little later this year, you may just have to be patient or decide now is finally the time to buy a Nexus device. The bottom line is there are several ways to get close to what you’d experience with a Nexus phone. Of course this won’t solve the gap in software updates or the other benefits that come from the Nexus line, but a near-stock experience may be enough when paired up with a phone you really like. Thanks.......

The 5 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid When Hiring

As the case is, the hiring process is not an easy one. Acquiring the right employee is contingent on the level of skills, cultural fit and ability to be a team player, and more, the high cost of a bad hire means you'll want to limit mistakes. As to the regard of all these, Josh Bersin, principal and founder of Bersin by Deloitte, noted that the "real cost" of losing an employee is threefold, and includes the cost of hiring a replacement (advertising, interviewing, screening, hiring), onboarding the new employee, and training that person. In a similar way, Zane Benefits reported that every time a business replaces a salaried employee, it costs six to nine months of that person's salary on average. These combined factors increase the importance of a strong hiring strategy for companies of all sizes. So whether you're hiring for a large or small company, you should take these factors into consideration and avoid the following common mistakes. 
1.Being too narrow in your search: One of the major mistakes in hiring is not having a diverse slate of candidates, according to Paul Wolfe, senior vice president of human resources at Indeed. "Think of diversity of age, experience, background, race and gender, all of which help bring diversity of thought," Wolfe said. "[This] can make organizations more successful and keep organizations growing and progressing." And now, according to American Express OPEN, having a diverse workforce makes your company more interesting, people can expect to learn more from your employees and you can attract better talent from around the world. With a diversified workforce, you stand a better chance of attracting different types of people who wouldn't normally apply for positions at your company. A company that has a strong diversity program will have a good reputation because it will be seen as having fair employment practices, AMEX reported. So regard to this, donꞌt look for someone exactly like you or the rest of your team — you shouldn't be afraid to bring in someone who will challenge you; an outside perspective is what can help move the needle in your company," Wolfe said. 
2.Trusting first impressions: Ted Karkus, the CEO and chairman at ProPhase Labs, noted that employers frequently judge candidates on whether or not they like them, as opposed to matching their strengths with the responsibilities of the position. While you can't know for sure how a new employee will perform once hired, you can mitigate the risk of a bad hire by not factoring first impressions into your decision. "And more, take note that it's so easy to assume that a firm handshake and good eye contact means someone is competent across the board," added Jason Berkowitz, business development executive at IBM Smarter Workforce. "Don't use the interview to try to validate a good or bad snap judgment [of a candidate]. Hiring managers should actually try to disprove their initial impression. If you like someone off the bat, look for reasons they aren't right for the job. Finally, if you dislike someone, look for reasons why they are right for the job." 
3.Not knowing what you want: In this case, you should not hold the expectation of interviewing candidates with a clear frame of what they want, when you might not. Being misleading or unclear about any part of the job can lead to a potentially bad hire. "It's important to detail the specific job requirements and desired personal characteristics, creating a 'hiring scorecard' that can be used in screenings and interviews to determine if a candidate can fulfill the requirements of the job," Burton Goldfield, president and CEO of TriNet, wrote in an Entrepreneur article. So... you need to make a list of the job responsibilities and a corresponding list of the skills, knowledge, experience and talent the person needs to do those tasks to your expectations. With a clear idea of what you need, it will be easier to see those skills in the candidate. 
4.Having an unclear hiring policy: One of the most hottest mistakes a company can make is failing to define its hiring policies before beginning an employee search. An unclear policy can confuse the hiring managers and candidates at best, or invite legal troubles at worst, especially when it comes to contract workers and exempt versus nonexempt employees. "Employers should all have an employee handbook and a hiring policy in place," Kaufman said. "This helps identify issues to avoid and serves as a legal shield to potential liability in the future." Make the selection wisely to continue to pursue business growth while providing a positive work experience for the entire team. 
5.Forgetting to highlight culture This one also, is one of the biggest errors you can make. And this comes to be when you are not showcasing a companyꞌs style and culture, which can include benefits, salary, perks and flexibility, Wolfe said. "Most of us are spending more time at work than we are with our families and friends, so people are seeking an environment where they feel comfortable or certain benefits that will work with their personal lives," Wolfe added. "This can be a big differentiator for candidates and is especially important when you are trying to find people in a competitive industry or function." Lastly, be concise with your hiring intentions, it could be the difference between a great hire and a financial gamble. Thanks....

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

How to Use "Pokémon Go" for Your Business

I believe that by now, you've probably heard of the augmented-reality mobile game "Pokémon Go," in which players move throughout the real world to hunt for and capture digital Pokémon. It might seem trivial or irrelevant to your business at first glance, but since the game is geographically based, there are a number of ways you can use it to attract local players to your location and, hopefully, convert them into paying customers. For now, there are two types of fixed locations in the game that are important to most of these strategies. The first one is known as PokéStops, which are buildings or places of note around a city where players swing by to grab some extra Poké Balls and potions. Many of these stops are businesses, but even if yours isn't one a PokéStop is still likely nearby. The other type of fixture is called a "gym," where players battle their Pokémon in a bid to gain control of the location for their team. Both of these locations regularly attract players multiple times a day and can be leveraged into generating more patronage for your business. After extensive, tireless weekend research into "Pokémon Go," we have have worked out a few ways to capitalize on the craze. And more here we go: 1. Host a lure party: One major item that can be placed on PokéStops is called a "lure module." Once activated, lure modules will attract wild Pokémon (and, more important, players) to that location. So now, consider buying a package of lure modules and advertising a night as "'Pokémon Go' Lure Party!" If your business is on or near a PokéStop, hosting a lure party could be a great way to bring players to your establishment. It's a cheap and easy form of marketing; create a "Pokémon Go" account by downloading it for free from the Google Play or App stores, buy a package of lure modules with a few dollars of real-world cash, and then just set them up at your nearest PokéStop. Each lure is active for 30 minutes, so you can use them in succession to create a lure party that lasts as long as you'd like. Coupling a lure party with some special deals could be a great way to bring in some extra money. 2. Gym battle tournaments: As the case may be, your business may is closer to a Pokémon Gym than a PokéStop. In that event, there's another way you can incentivize players to come patronize your business. Advertise that you'll be hosting a tournament in advance, perhaps even offering discounts to gym battle winners. Then, on game day, players who successfully become gym leaders (with proof of gamer ID) will be entitled to that discount. Not only is it a great way to harness those intense "Pokémon Go" rivalries for your business, but also to hold, gyms teams need multiple members to defend it. So, while you're giving discounts to the gym leaders, their teammates will be there alongside them as well, most likely as full-paying customers. 3. Host a Poké-hunt: Hosting a communitywide "Pokémon Go" hunt that starts and ends at your business's doorstep is a strategy that's not contingent on the proximity of gyms of PokéStops. In this regard, all you have to do is advertise the date and time of your family-friendly Poké-hunt, wait for players to gather, and then depart together for a stroll around your neighborhood. Your staff might even join the hunters in branded shirts to make sure your business is visible through the entire event. Of course, as it is with any good Poké-hunt, there's an after-party. Invite the hunters back to your establishment for some trainer talk and to compare their hauls. This is an especially effective tactic for restaurants. 4. "Pokémon Go" social media deals: As regard to this, you can even use "Pokémon Go" to increase your visibility on social media. Offer customers a few dollars off to take a screenshot of a Pokémon in your store or restaurant and then post it on social media with a tag to your business. While it might just be a few dollars off for them, it spreads your brand online. It also shows other nearby players how many rare and exotic Pokémon are crawling around your establishment, and it might encourage them to come visit and maybe spend a few dollars of their own. The future of "Pokémon Go" So far, the rumor mill is swirling with talk of future "Pokémon Go" updates that will allow trainers to trade Pokémon and items. If and when these updates come, these new features will open new doors for businesses to harness the immense appeal of this augmented-reality phenomenon. And if more AR games prove to be as popular as "Pokémon Go," businesses might have an entirely new marketing strategy at their disposal; luckily, these strategies cost virtually nothing to employ. Thanks.....