Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Four Millennial Myths You Should Not Agree With

Now, before anything else, one thing you should understand here is that - millennials, the misunderstood teens and young adults of yesterday, are growing up and establishing themselves in the working world. Now, according to Pew Research Center, millennials currently make up the largest generational group in the workforce, so it's no surprise managers are working hard to understand this significant portion of their teams. Millennial workplace expert Lindsey Pollak said that millennials are questioning almost everything about work. They often want the same things as most working professionals, like flexible schedules, better managers and career mobility — but they're more willing than older generations to leave a job if they're not getting those things. So, because of this prevailing attitude, some employers may still believe a few persistent negative stereotypes about millennials, here are the things they believe:
1.They are entitled and narcissistic: Millennials have a reputation for expecting the world without working hard to get it, said Charu Sharma, founder of Go Against the Flow, a movement to inspire women to be entrepreneurs. "One think I think is that it stems from a few sources," Sharma said. "We grew up with the internet, in a time when people are more connected than the human race has ever been. We've traveled more than previous generations. From our perspective, our reach-for-the-stars ambition is more resourceful than entitled, but it's not always interpreted that way."
2.They rather choose to text you: In this situation, one thing to look upto is that millennials do love their smartphones and are extremely well-versed in many different forms of digital communication. However, in a survey of millennials by Bentley University in Massachusetts, more than half of respondents said they wanted to speak with colleagues in person when possible. Only 14 percent chose texting as their preferred communication method, and 19 percent chose email.
3.They're lazy and not willing to pay dues: Nowadays employers are raising their standards for entry-level jobs while struggling to attract top talent, and working to accommodate the needs of employees in the millennial generation. Okay, more on this, companies may favor tech-savvy and highly coachable new hires a couple of years out of college over professionals established in their industries. As a result, it's true that millennial employees don't always feel obligated to pay their dues in entry-level jobs. When industry "rules" are constantly changing, workers are less inclined to follow them.
They never believe in job loyalty: Gen Y have gained a reputation for job-hopping — that is, leaving their positions after only a year or two with the companies. So by this standard, millennials should have about a dozen employers on their résumés by the time they reach age 40, but now, most of them don't feel this will be the case. Eighty percent of the millennials surveyed by Bentley University said they believe they'll work for four or fewer companies during their entire careers.
Building millennial leadership
Starting here, according to research conducted by Pollak and The Hartford, millennials have said they are leading now and want to lead in the future. The survey found:
80 percent of millennials are leaders today.
69 percent of millennials aspire to be leaders in the next five years.
77 percent of millennials who consider themselves leaders today also aspire to be leaders in five years.
"Companies and organizations need to stop seeing millennials as a problem to overcome, but [rather] as a business opportunity," Pollak said. "This is a giant generation of leaders who are interested in making a difference." In addition the Hartford's Millennial Leadership Survey found that the No. 1 thing employers can do to demonstrate their investment in young people becoming leaders is to train and develop them, including providing coaching and mentoring. "I think this is all good news," Pollak said in addition.

Google Wallet Will Now Be Able to Automatically Send Money Transfers Straight to Your Bank Account

As the case is now, Google Wallet is getting a pretty nifty update that makes it a more appealing option for money transfers. So in that case, the latest version of the Android app is able to send money straight to your bank account, whereas previously you’d have to go in and manually move it over. This makes Google Wallet attractive for those times when you need to split the bill with a group of friends, as they can just text you money. Okay, while that is noted, according to the changelog, the update also includes the typical round of bug fixes and performance improvements.
How it all started: Before there was Android Pay, Google’s payment service was Google Wallet. It has since shifted to a Venmo competitor targeted at person-to-person money transfers, after the company retooled its tap-to-pay strategy with Android Pay. And more, mobile payments is a pretty crowded space, but Google’s advantage is the fact that pretty much everyone with a mobile device has a Google account. Thanks.......

How You Can Make The Most Of Android Nougat's New And Improved Notifications

Presently, the notification system is one of the strongest points of Android. So in that regard, you have a lot of control, and you’re getting even more with Android 7.0. And more, Google has also done some cleanup to make all of those alerts look more refined and add in some color in the right places to make it easier to quickly see the most important information.
The same, but different: Now in the general sense, notifications work much the same as they do in Marshmallow. They’ll pop up on the top of the screen when they arrive, and can be pushed away with a swipe. From the lock screen, you’ll notice the subtle aesthetic differences, but just as before you can swipe the away or tug down slightly to launch the Quick Reply. To type, you’ll need to unlock the device with the fingerprint reader, PIN, passcode, or pattern. New notifications are nested together when coming from the same app, and the name and icon have been sized down and bumped to the top left of each card. In addition, you’ll also notice smoother animations in keeping with the general aesthetic adjustments that Google has made with Nougat. You can still swipe away notifications, but if you give a gentle nudge from the right to left you’ll see a small wrench. Touch this to customize the notifications for this app. Alternatively, you can long press on the alert for the same result: Now, for further controls over notifications from that app, you should just choose the More Settings option. You’ll be taken to another screen which allows you to choose from additional settings. Now, you’ll be able to block the app entirely, show notifications while keeping them silent, allowing them on the lock screen, or giving them permission to override Do Not Disturb.
Quick reply makeover: Here in addition to, the quick reply option got a pretty good, though subtle, redesign. Now when you touch the reply button, the color will change in the bar where you type your response. Finally, it’s much easier to focus your eyes on the message you’re writing with the remade color contrast. It’s one of many understated changes that won’t dramatically alter your habits with notifications in Nougat, but definitely improves the overall experience. Thanks................

Monday, 29 August 2016

Confidence Is One Key to Overcoming Gender Bias at Work

Starting from the begining till now, women face a number of challenges in the workplace. So in the process, one of the most prevelant is overcoming confidence issues brought on by both internal and external perceptions and biases. Sexism in the workplace persists, and it has a direct impact on company culture. Furthermore, according to an article in Fast Company, behavioral evidence compiled over the past two decades suggests workplace gender bias still exists in ways many people don't realize, particularly for women in male-dominated professions. Now, gendered stereotypes — for instance, the idea that women are naturally caring, warm and emotional, while men are decisive, rational and objective — are so embedded in our culture that people often subscribe to them without realizing it. Okay, taking note of that, in the Fast Company article, author Eric Jaffe writes that women who do break through and claim a traditionally male position are seen to have violated their prescribed norms. So, in the regard of these, here's where the woman who "should be" compassionate acts forcefully, and instead of being called decisive, she is labeled as "brusque" or "uncaring." The article went on to describe research that supports this subtle bias: Women who succeed in male domains are disliked, women who promote themselves are less hirable, women who negotiate for higher pay are penalized and women who express angerare given lower status.
Building confidence: Talking on this, when women are outnumbered in the workplace, they often lack the confidence to speak up because they believe that their opinion will not be valued or heard, said Shelley Zalis, founder and CEO of The Female Quotient and the creator of The Girls' Lounge, a global organization working toward women's workplace equality. But it's that very confidence that will help women succeed in their careers, she said. "So in one note, the best ingredient for personal success is confidence," Zalis said. "I encourage women to be confident because women bring an invaluable mindset to the table." So while this is said, the question now is - "how can women be strong and stand up for themselves"? okay now, one this, they can take ownership of their ideas and consider how their co-workers perceive them, especially in business meetings, said Jill Flynn, partner at leadership consulting firm Flynn Heath Holt. "Meetings are so important because they're the corporate stage," Flynn said, adding that people either contribute and brand themselves in meetings, or fail to do so. Flynn noted that strong, "muscular" language can help boost women's confidence. Instead of saying, "How about we think about doing this?" say, "I suggest we do this," she said. And it's time to stop apologizing: "We don't know why we apologize when we're not sorry," Flynn said.
Fighting back against gender bias: So here, in this place, if someone is not aware of their biased actions, bring it to their attention, Zalis said. "First, call them out privately and discuss how their actions are impacting the organization's culture," she advised. "Then, [suggest] systemic changes because obviously the current [rules] are not working. Sometimes, these rules are not in a textbook and require a realistic situation to uncover the hidden challenges." finally, Zalis noted that the best way to show confidence is to discover what makes you unique and then balance your strengths with the others around you, including the men in your workplace. "Not only should women support other women, but we must include men in the conversation," she said in addition. "Transformation will only happen if we do it together." Thanks......

Friday, 26 August 2016

Android Device Updates: Nougat Factory Images Are Available, LG V10 Gets AT&T Wi-Fi Calling

This week, Android Nougat dominated the news, As the software came first to Google’s line of Nexus phones. Yet there were some other updates worth paying attention to, such as AT&T expanding the Wi-Fi calling lineup and a minor bump to the OnePlus 3. In each week, we compile all the major software updates to hit the ecosystem, wich includes phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, Android Wear smartwatches, and Android TV devices. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs and gaping security holes.
Nexus -
Android Nougat: Now I think you’ve probably scored the update to Nougat if you have a Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, 9, or Pixel C. It could take several weeks to fully spread, so don't freak out if you haven't seen the update on your device just yet. But if you’d prefer to flash the software yourself you can grab the factory images directly from Google.
LG: -
LG V10: AT&T has been rolling out its Wi-Fi calling feature to Android phones slowly after it was an iPhone exclusive. At first, it came to the LG G4, then to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Now you can get it if you have an LG V10. Look for an AT&T update to bring the feature to you.
OnePlus: -
OnePlus 3: Here, there’s a “community build” of OxygenOS 3.5 for the OnePlus 3. It’s essentially a beta update, meant for those who want to test the latest features before a more polished version gets ready. And now, according to OnePlus, you’ll get user interface improvements, updates to the camera, and more “robust settings.”
AT&T: -
MyAT&T app: Finally after a while, you can use your fingerprint to login to the official AT&T app in order to check on your data usage, payment status, and other details. Once you grab the update, you’ll see a pop-up notice the next time you launch the app asking if you will like to enable the feature. Thanks.........

If You Hate Your Job, It May Affect Your Mental Health Down the Road

Before any thing else, if you hate your job in your 20s and 30s, it's likely you may be at risk for mental-health problems in your 40s, new research suggests. Presently, the Ohio State University study revealed that people who had low job satisfaction early in their career were more likely to have mental health issues later on. Specifically, those who said they weren't happy in their jobs in their 20s and 30s ended up being less happy and more worried, and had more trouble sleeping at age 40, compared with people who reported higher job satisfaction in their 20s and 30s. "So far, we found that there is a cumulative effect of job satisfaction on health that appears as early as your 40s," Jonathan Dirlam, the lead author of the study and a doctoral student in sociology at The Ohio State University, said in one statement. For the study, researchers used data from 6,432 Americans who participated in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979, which followed adults who were between the ages of 14 and 22 when the survey began in 1979. The study's authors analyzed job satisfaction trajectories for people ages 25 to 39, as well as aspects of their health and mental health after they turned 40 The participants were placed into one of four categories: those who had consistently low job satisfaction, those with consistently high job satisfaction, those whose happiness was trending downward or those whose happiness was trending upward over the years. Of those studied, about 45 percent had consistently low job satisfaction, and 23 percent had levels that were trending downward through their early career. About 15 percent were consistently happy in their jobs, and about 17 percent were trending upward. The results revealed that the people who reported consistently low job satisfaction had higher levels of depression, sleep problems and excessive worrying. In addition to that, they were more likely to have been diagnosed with emotional problems and score lower on a test of overall mental health. Hui Zheng, one of the study's authors and an associate professor at Ohio State, said the results highlight the importance that early jobs have on people's lives. "You don't have to be near the end of your career to see the health impact of job satisfaction, particularly on your mental health,” Zheng said. Participants whose job happiness trended downward were also more likely to experience mental health issues, but the link was not as strong as it was in people who were consistently unhappy with their jobs. People whose job satisfaction started out high but declined over time were more likely than those whose contentment remained high the entire time to worry excessively and have trouble sleeping. However, people whose job satisfaction trended downward were not more likely to have higherdepression scores or a higher probability of being diagnosed with emotional problems. This link was not seen in people whose job satisfaction trended upward early in their careers. The researchers also found a link between job satisfaction early in people's careers and physical health, although it was not as pronounced as that between job satisfaction and mental health. People who were not happy at all in their careers and those whose happiness declined over the years were found to have more minor physical problems, such as back pain or frequent colds, compared with people in the other groups. However, job satisfaction early in one's career was not linked with differences in physical functioning or doctor-diagnosed health problems such as diabetes and cancer. But in anycase, it's possible that these health issues could appear later on in people who were unhappy with their jobs, the researchers said. "Finally one thing is sure - the higher levels of mental health problems for those with low job satisfaction may be a precursor to future physical problems," Zheng said. "Increased anxiety and depression could lead to cardiovascular or other health problems that won't show up until they are older." This research was presented recently at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. thanks......

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Report: Android Nougat Hides Code That Directs To A Customizable Navigation Bar

As things are working out to be now, Google may ratchet up the customization capability of Android to a whole other level. The navigation bar, which houses the predictable home, back, and recents (multitasking) buttons, may be the newest piece of Android you’ll be able to reshape as you see fit. So far, according to an Android Police report, some code hidden in the new Android Nougat release details of how this may look. In the hidden configuration interface, the standard buttons are all removable, with the new ones able to be thrown in where you will like. The options include a clipboard, spacer, menu/keyboard switcher spacer, and a button that can be assigned a keycode. And also, with the findings, you’ll be able to place the buttons where you’d like on the navigation bar and add and eliminate them as you please. It’s possible this could appear in one of the maintenance releases that Google is planning for future versions of Nougat, or Android O, or maybe just specific Android products (like new Nexus devices, or a new tablet). Major notes: Adding this capability would offer you another layer of personalization to make Android work the way you want. It wouldn’t be surprising if this and a software bump to 7.1 was rolled out along with the new Nexus phones. The phones could also debut with several other software enhancements, with the most notable being a new launcher. Thanks......

Everything You Should Know About Job Searching in the Digital Age

As the case is, the modern job seekers have their work cut out for them. Although it's easier than ever to find opportunities online, candidates must wade through numerous job postings on multiple sites and customize their application to suit each job. How your resume is built, the way you conduct yourself online and the way you approach applying for jobs all affect the outcome. And now, from applying to jobs to following up after an interview, here you have everything you need to know about successfully applying for a job in the digital age. In this article we are going to talk about the following:
Building your resume
Applying to jobs
Tracking your progress
Mistakes to avoid
Building your resume: One key point you should hold on here, is that the way you craft your resume for submission for an online application directly affects whether it will make it past any applicant tracking system (ATS). These systems determine whether your application is seen by a hiring manager or not. Now according to Michael Krikheli, co-founder of ZipJob, the use of ATS software has risen dramatically over the last few years. More than 95 percent of large companies use an ATS, and the number of midsize companies using ATS has increased to more than 50 percent. So with that in place, Krikheli suggests crafting your resume to be adjusted not just for the company, but also for the applicant tracking systems. Here are a few tips for the best chances for a follow-up:
Ensure you have the correct keywords related to the position or industry.
Make sure that there are no grammatical or spelling errors. Microsoft Word is not enough to correct all your mistakes; send it to a friend or a professional to review.
Send your resume in a .doc or .docx file.
"Your resume should be optimized for the ATS, but keep in mind that someone will read the resume once it gets through," Krikheli said. "Ensure your resume is optimized for the ATS and is also easy to read and effective when a recruiter looks at it." Furthermore, ensuring you have a solid resume should be the first step, as this is the first impression you will make to the employer, Krikheli added. When it comes to tailoring your resume, the first step is to thoroughly understand the job description, said Leah Paul, director of marketing at Mediabistro. "Figure out what the most important skills are for the job and reorganize your resume to highlight those accomplishments in your experience first," Paul said. "You want to use the keywords used in the job description, but not verbatim." According to Paul, there's no need to list all your accomplishments in each position if they’re not relevant. Finally, any "soft skills" or secondary accomplishments that are useful but not priorities for the role can be listed toward the bottom in a separately labeled section, she said.
Applying to jobs: Over the last few years, the use of online recruiting tools and technology has increased dramatically. The near-endless options of websites and apps to use emphasize the importance of correctly doing so. So while there are multiple places to which you can apply, like LinkedIn, Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Mediabistro, etc., candidates should first go directly to companies they're interested in. Check those companies' career sites and follow them on social media channels, Paul suggests. In addition to a presence on LinkedIn, most big companies have dedicated recruiting accounts on Twitter or Facebook that post job openings. "A large number of smaller companies and startups might not have a careers page or even a dedicated recruiting team, so an alternative is to go to your favorite job board and set up a job alert," Paul said. "and more. if you don’t have any target companies, but know what you want to be doing, conduct your searches on keywords and phrases that speak to the responsibilities you hope to have in your next role. Or search for the qualifications you have."
Tracking your progress: Here now, it's easy to get lost in the mix when you're applying. Firing off multiple emails a day without actually keeping track of your activity can mean a lost opportunity to follow up. So for you to combat this, if you see a position that's listed on a job board, create an account with that [job board] to keep track of the jobs that you've applied to. "And more, if you’re applying via multiple sites, a good filing system is needed. As for me, I used to use a spreadsheet that kept track of the job title, company, link to the job posting and date I applied," Paul said. "Too often, the job posting would be taken down by the time the interview rolled around, and I didn't have the description to reference anymore." So one thing is that you need to be cognizant of the description for a better follow-up, in case the opportunity present itself.
Following up: Now, once you’ve submitted your application, you can use sites like LinkedIn or face-to-face networking events to build your professional network. To this regard, Paul suggests that you network with someone at the company to get yourself noticed and to give yourself a better chance for a follow-up. "Don't try to get your application in via back channels before you’ve formally applied. Apply first, then try to get a leg up via your network," she said. "A simple note from an employee to the hiring manager or recruiter stating that they’d like to refer an acquaintance who has submitted an application is the best way to get your resume looked at. So in those cases, even if you’re not selected, they will follow up with you or the referring employee, so you’ll get your chance to find out your status either way." Mistakes to avoid: Like any other skill, applying to jobs takes time and comes with a learning curve. Mistakes will be made. However, it's prudent to learn the best practices when you're submitting an application. So in this regard I think you want to always come off as professional and avoid making common mistakes, which can often make you look unprofessional. According to Paul, job seekers most often make these mistakes while applying online:
Edit your work. In order to avoid typos, be sure to spellcheck you work and have a second pair of eyes on anything you plan to submit. And more, be careful not to use language that's inappropriate or too casual. Those mistakes, specifically, will ruin any chances you have of making a good first impression.
Not reading the entire job posting.One major thing is true here, it is very common to just focus on the bulleted lists of responsibilities and qualifications, but the other details that are provided in the job description are important. Often, this is where specific instructions for applying will be mentioned.
Having a less-than-perfect online presence. Furthermore to your resume and cover letter, your online presence needs to be pruned before you apply anywhere. Okay? This is especially true on LinkedIn, but also on any other platforms where you have profiles (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). If your resume does get noticed, the first thing a recruiter or hiring manager will do is Google you and look you up on social media.
Focusing too much on the job title.One manager at one company is a specialist at another. So in this case, job seekers should focus on the responsibilities of the role to determine if it’s the right level for their expertise and career goals, because you could be missing out on other opportunities that are perfect, but are just not labeled as you’d think. Regardless of what you want to do, you should sit down and make a list of goals you would like to achieve, with an emphasis on what makes you happy, writes Catherine Fisher for LinkedIn. Include all of your goals, both big and small. If you need ideas for work goals, search on LinkedIn for people in the companies or industries you're interested in so you can to identify the skills you need to grow in your career, as well as the various career paths others have taken — that you can take, too. Thanks for reading.....

Google Is Going to Bring Its Wi-Fi Assistant Feature to All Nexus Phones

One of the most clever features of Google’s Project Fi is the ability of your phone to automatically connect to open Wi-Fi networks. This is able to help you save some data usage and possibly give you better download speeds if you’re in an area with shaky cellular service. Now, in that move, Google maintains a list of over a million public, "high-quality" Wi-Fi hotspots and, when the Wi-Fi Assistant is enabled, will automatically connect to one. Furthermore, the Nexus Google+ page details that the Wi-Fi Assistant feature will soon expand to all Nexus owners in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, UK and Nordic countries. So Google offers you a helping hand in security by transmitting the data through a VPN the company manages. Wi-Fi Assistant is off by default, but that is never anything to worry about you can turn it on by going to Settings > Google > Networking. And along the line, you may not see that settings menu until this feature rolls out over the coming weeks (unless you’re on Project Fi). And so in that regard we are assuring you that we will keep our ears open to any more announcements from Google once the capability rolls out more widely.
Other things you should know: Now, onnecting to Wi-Fi networks is sometimes the best way to get a stable Internet connection or a method to ensure you don’t burn through your monthly data allotment. This feature is another nice, little perk that helps set apart Nexus devices from the many, many other phones out there. Thanks for reading.....

How You Can Use Split-Screen Mode In Android Nougat

Finally, Android has native support for split-screen mode. This is a feature that’s long long been enjoyed by those who use high-end Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. And now, Google’s implementation of it in Nougat stands on Samsung’s shoulders, offering an easy-to-use and flexible mode for doing two things at once. Our examples come from a Nexus device, so in that regard all you need to do is to just pay attention if your navigation buttons are on your device’s bezel.
Go split-screen: Now starting here, for you to launch split-screen mode, you need to have one app open. Then, touch and hold the Intents button. You may know it as the “recent apps” button. Notice that it changes to a different icon to indicate you’re in split screen mode. Okay when that is done, to go back to just one app, touch and hold the Intents button. You’ll see the top app (or the one on the left if you’re in landscape mode) fill the screen. However, let’s assume that the one of the apps you want to go split-screen with isn’t in your multitasking list. Touch the home button and you’ll be taken to your home screen. Now, once you are able to find the app that you want to use, tap on it and then you’ll be back in split-screen mode. Touch and hold the slider in the middle of the screen, and you can use it to increase or decrease the the amount of screen real estate dedicated to that particular app. Finally, to end your split-screen session, all you need to do is to touch and hold the Intents button and the screen will go back to your original app. Thanks.....

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

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Protecting Your Business: Employees, Customers and Assets

Before anything is said, one thing is sure. Any type of revenue loss or reputational damage is worth preventing. So protecting your business against such losses means securing your employees, customers, building, equipment, and revenue-related assets. At this point, when people think of security breaches and theft, they often imagine complex technology theft or armed robbery. But although businesses should employ the proper measures to prevent major security incidents, the reality is that those types of instances are rare. most time, revenue slips out the door simply because of poor record keeping, employee theft or lax security protocols, rather than from outside nefarious forces. Security cameras and other technologies can also help to protect your company from harassment or performance issues. While some security measures require an investment or ongoing fees, some are free and can be implemented as best practices. If you haven't yet put much thought or investment into your business's security, now may be the best time for you to do so. It may even cost less than you think. So in that regard, here are a few ideas and best practices to help you secure your business:
Security cameras and monitoring
Other security technologies
Credit card and fraud protection
Smart business security practices
1.Security cameras and monitoring: The first and the most obvious security investment to make for your business is to install surveillance cameras. These cameras are becoming more affordable and often can be packaged with alarm monitoring services. Now, I think you'll want to place cameras in strategic areas, such as at entrances, over cash registers, in serving/sales areas and near expensive inventory. Your employees should know that you periodically view the recorded video. This will help prevent inventory shrinkage and discourage patrons from stealing. Also, it can be used to identify (and, in turn reward) high-performing employees. Some security technologies can integrate your point-of-sale (POS) system with your security cameras, such as Remote Eyes, Axis Communications, Genetec, Axxon, Cisco and 3VR. So more on this, experts recommend finding a local vendor that can provide security consulting as well as maintenance support. These companies should also be able to provide integrated technologies, such as those that detect smoke, gas, motion and broken windows; as well as fob or card entry options. Security monitoring services communicate with your local law enforcement, usually for a small fee per year, and provide cellular systems with battery backups in case of power outages.
2.Other security technologies Sales Tracking: In this regard, take note that accurate sales-tracking technologies can reduce losses caused by incorrect pricing, tax calculations, voids, duplicate orders, false sale records and more. And now, if you have employees, these systems can help you track potential problems, such as routine voided or incorrect sales tickets. If you own a restaurant or retail store, a capable POS system can track this information for you. If you sell services, your payment processor often will provide features to help you track sales
3.Inventory Tracking: Regardless of the fact that inventory tracking is the most relevant to businesses that sell physical products, companies that sell services can also benefit from these tracking systems. Lets take for example, inventory systems can help restaurants track food inventory, vendors, waste loss and spoilage, and retail versions of these systems can track items, stock keeping units and bar codes, item descriptions, vendor information and more. Usually, businesses can enable these types of capabilities by using a POS system with upgraded inventory-tracking tools. Service businesses can use a credit card processor to track the types of services sold as well as billable hours. You can also employ technologies to track equipment and depreciated properties. Having accurate inventory information can help you quickly pinpoint areas of loss, Thanks.
4.Employee Scheduling and Time Clocks: Now here, if you have employees, keeping accurate records can greatly improve your payroll accuracy and reduce the risk of overpayment. Most of the time, clocks even utilize biometric technologies, such as fingerprint readers or eye scanners, that prevent employees from clocking in for one another. Many of these systems let you view employees' schedules online and send shift-change information directly to employees' mobile phones to help ensure that they show up for the right shifts. Also, you can add scheduling and time clocks to many POS systems or purchase the services separately. Popular vendors include Revel Systems, NCR, Lavu, Lightspeed, ShiftPlanning, NimbleSchedule and Humanity.
Credit card and fraud protection.
To startwith, if you are processing card payments, you'll need to carefully protect your customers' payment information. With the recent liability shift, you — rather than the card company — can be held responsible for fraudulent charges if you are not compliant with the latest card processing technology. So now, the best strategy is to use a payment processor that provides the right level of security for your business. But there are also a few things you can do to add an extra layer of security:
Do not store credit card information yourself.
Upgrade to EMV chip-and-PIN card readers.
Provide table-side or customer-present processing.
Limit who is allowed to process payments using your service.
Maintain excellent sales records.
Use complex passwords, and change them often.
Secure the devices supporting your payment processing and CRM (customer relationship management) software using firewalls, passwords and anti-malware software.
Lock down Wi-Fi access, and use a powerful firewall.
Consult with a specialist about how you can become and stay PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliant.
Consider accepting other types of payments, such as mobile or PayPal payments
Smart business security practices
Now, based on our research and expert interviews, here are some simple low-cost or free ways to help you protect your business:
Quickly change alarm and login passwords when an employee leaves the company.
Require employees to update passwords regularly or employ a password keeper.
Thoroughly check employment references and conduct background checks.
Keep parking lots and building exits well lit.
Keep door entrances clear of foliage, signs or other objects that block visibility.
Invest in security cameras that can record in the dark.
If you deal with cash and physical checks, vary bank drop-off times or use an armored transport service.
Create an emergency preparedness plan, including an evacuation plan.
Track all company-owned equipment, including serial numbers, and store information off-site.
Conduct building walk-throughs before closing for the day.
Professionally wipe all hard drives before selling or destroying devices, including printers and mobile devices.
Keep your staff satisfied in order to boost morale and reduce the likelihood that disgruntled employees will commit theft.
Okay now, by following these security practices, you'll offer better protection to your employees, customers and assets. Some businesses, especially those that sell inventory or food items, will notice a return on their investment in these security practices within about six months, most security consultants say. In addition, by improving overall security, businesses that sell services will notice improved customer confidence, thus leading to increased revenue, better business insights, increased customer referrals and less equipment loss due to theft or negligence, experts say.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Google Allo leaks Showcase Incognito Chats, Messaging Search, And Weird Stickers

It will never be long before Google’s forthcoming messaging app, Allo, hits the Play Store. Not only has there been a deluge of leaks from Android Police, which has been dishing out details of an internal preview build, but video chat app Duo launched last Tuesday. So with that occurence we feel like Tuesday, August 23rd may be a good day to release Allo into the wild. Here’s a roundup of everything we know so far about Google’s next bold leap into messaging.
Search away: One peculiarity of Hangouts is that you can’t search through your conversations in the app (instead you have to do it through Gmail on the desktop).Now, as the case is, Allo fixes this annoyance with search that not only will find your conversations, but also locate the Google Assistant’s answers. This should be a significantly more powerful way to locate that address you need or restaurant you chatted about last week.
To sync or not to sync: Another one peculiarity that the Android Police team found was that Allo may not backup your chat history. Previous chats will disappear when you reinstalling the app on the same or a new phone. The current build seems to forget one-on-one chats, group chat, Google Assistant conversations, and media files. Perhaps this is something specific to the test build, but it’ll be worth noting if Allo is designed to be intentionally forgetful in this manner in order to ramp up security.
Disappearing messages now, Allo is bringing in a couple of drops of Snapchat into the app. It appears you’ll be able to set specific expirations for messages so they can disappear five seconds, a minute, an hour, or even a week while using an Incognito mode. Also you can’t screenshot these chats and they’re end-to-end encrypted. Messaging is a major focus of privacy concerns, so this could make Allo more appealing to those who don’t want their conversations to end up anywhere else.
Some weird stickers: Stickers are all the rage in messaging apps, and Allo tries to join in with the fun. Now, there’s a sticker pack, though some of the choices are interesting. Finally, if you’re not the type that wants to get too zany with your chats you can safely ignore this section, but you have to give some credit to whomever came up with Julio the Bull.
Say it with a GIF: You can simply share GIFs and annotate on images that you share through Allo. It should be smoother than MMS, which sometimes can get slow depending on your cell signal.
Speak and say: There’s voice messaging, and according to the leaks the interface is rather similar to how this works in WhatsApp and even iMessage. And more, you’ll be able to tap and hold the microphone, with the blue bubble indicating that you’re recording. Lifting your finger finishes and sends the message. The exhaustive leaks lets us know that the app is just about ready to go, so don’t be surprised if it drops very soon.

If You Want to Inspire Creativity, Give Employees Their Own Space

Most Company executives and their employees disagree on the type of office space that's best for sparking creativity, new research finds. One study from the staffing firm The Creative Group showcased that employees prefer secluded spaces when trying to come up with new ideas, whereas company leaders believe open spaces are best for innovation. But specifically, 36 percent of employees said a private office is most conducive to encouraging creativity, compared with just 18 percent of executives. Conversely, 36 percent of executives think open-concept work environments are best for on-the job innovation, compared with only 26 percent of employees. But company leaders and their employees do see eye to eye when it comes to the worst place for inspiring creativity: Just 4 percent of both groups believe working from outside the office is the best environment for encouraging innovation. Now, Diane Domeyer, executive director of The Creative Group, said that when designing office spaces, it is important to understand that different tasks call for different work environments. "Office design should be closely tailored to an organization's needs and a team's primary duties," Domeyer said in one statement. "So in the process, the main goal for employers should be to create a space where staff members feel comfortable and engaged, and can perform at their best." So here, the Creative Group offered four tips to help employers create a more stimulating work environment:
1.Designate creativity areas: In this regard, employers should consider creating areas around the office designed specifically for brainstorming or spontaneous meetings. These spaces should include a dry-erase board that can be used to quickly jot down ideas and various industry-related publications.
2.Offer private spaces: When using more and more organizations turning to open-concept floor plans in an attempt to boost collaboration, it is also important to offer areas where employees have some alone time so that they can focus on their task at hand. Build a few stations where employees can work on their own without having to deal with distractions.
3.Create a mood board: Mood boards, which are hung for everyone to see, are where employees can post content they find interesting and think will help others draw inspiration. In addition to this, employees should be encouraged to post photos of things they might want to reference for future projects.
4.Get out of the office: So many times, getting outside the office can spark creativity. But you should consider taking your team to a park or a café; you might be surprised by how a change of scenery can spark new ideas. This study was based on surveys of more than 400 U.S. advertising and marketing executives, as well as 1,000 U.S. workers employed in office environments. thanks for reading......

The Five Missing Features We Wanted In Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat is starting its slow rollout to Android devices around the world. But most phones will take time to update, but Nexus owners can already play with Google’s latest and greatest OS. Okay along the line, Nougat brings some cool new features like split-screen multitasking, bundled notifications, and Daydream VR. Even with all the improvements, there are still some nagging deficiencies in the Android feature set. So without going too far, here are the five most glaring omissions from Android 7.0.
1.Restart option: Here there is an easy one to start, Google. Please, just put a restart option in the power menu. Stock Android devices only have “power off” as an option when you long-press the power button. Nine times out of then when you pull up that menu, you’re not shutting your phone off for an extended period. What you’re really doing is restarting. Maybe Google wants to pretend that Android never needs to be restarted like a PC, but whatever the case is, in the real world things go wrong and a restart is the fastest way to fix it. Nearly every phone maker has added a restart option to the power menu because it just makes sense. This would be an easy fix that made Android more user-friendly.
2.Night mode: The absence of night mode options in Android 7.0 is perhaps the most galling omission because Google keeps teasing us with them. The developer previews for Android M and N both had night mode options, but they were removed prior to the final builds. Android’s system interface is almost completely white, so open that in a dark room and it’s RIP your retinas. Certainly, the technology exists to make a dark themed version of that interface. The previews even had a scheduling option that would toggle night mode on at sundown. As an added bonus, a proper system interface night theme might encourage developers to make use of the existing (and underutilized) night theme support to match the system interface. The Android N developer preview also offered us a glimpse of screen filtering support for use in the evenings. Similar to apps like Twilight, this feature tints the screen red to filter out blue wavelength light. And now, research suggests that blue light can negatively affect your sleep patterns if you are exposed to it before bed. However, screen overlays from third-party apps aren’t as effective as handling the filter at the system level. This would be a nice feature if Google can work out the kinks in a future version of Android. Thanks...
3.Better app backup management: So far, Android gained support for app data backups in Marshmallow, but presently, they haven’t improved in Nougat. When you install an app, Google is supposed to restore saved data from it. However, that doesn’t always happen. Apps only back up every day or two when your phone is plugged into power, as well. The process is so opaque that you have no hope of fixing any issues that pop up. Some more options for power users would be much appreciated here, Google. And more, the only user-facing hint of the app backup feature is in your Drive app settings, which lists the apps on your device. It doesn’t show the other apps you have backed up, and you can’t do anything with the ones that are shown—it’s just a list. Ideally, it would be nice to be able to manually trigger a backup or restore from this menu. At least in that way you will not have to wonder if you backed up recently before switching phones or uninstalling an app.
4.Floating windows: Finally, Android 7.0 adds multi-window functionality, but it’s limited to a split-screen view with two apps. That’s really all that makes sense on smaller phones. On tablets and large phones, it would be nice to have the option for a true floating window. Samsung does on its Galaxy devices, though app support is lacking there. The so-called “freeform window” feature is included in Android 7.0, but it’s limited to Android TV where it’s intended for keeping video playing in a small window while the user does other things on the device. Even limiting this to video apps like Netflix on phones and tablets would be great. Lastly, this won’t be as easy to implement as split-screen, but we can dream it.
5.Easier app uninstalls: Now, Google has made installing and updating apps in bulk easy with improvements to the Play Store on both Android and the web. So getting rid of all those apps you so cheerfully installed is a tedious pain in the butt, though. You can find the apps in your system settings, app drawer, or in the Play Store to uninstall them. But no matter how you do it, uninstalling apps must be one one at a time. If you like to try a lot of apps, it can take quite a while to clear out the junk. "A way to bulk uninstall apps would be a vast improvement". Even bringing back the remote uninstalls that vanished from the web Play Store in the redesign about two years back could make the process less annoying. Now as to this regard, we’re really nitpicking at this point. These are all things that Android should have, but Nougat is still a nice improvement with plenty of new features. We can only hope Google addresses some of this next time around.

Virtual Reality is Making Marketing and Training to Be More Effective for Businesses

The word "virtual reality" (VR) might give a recall to memories of the 1982 cult classic "Tron," but VR has evolved to the point where yesterday's fiction is quickly becoming today's reality. Now, this technology is poised to fundamentally change the way business people interact with, test-drive and market their products. But the potential uses for VR never stop there; experts agree that in the future, VR will offer even more powerful capabilities to businesses and individuals alike. It's worth mentioning VR's relation to augmented reality (AR), which uses 3D models to "augment" the real, physical world. VR, on the other hand, creates an environment that's entirely separate from the one you're standing in. So at this point, some experts said that they expect these technologies to converge over time. Okay, indeed, that trend is already visible with the creation of products like Microsoft's HoloLens, a headset with immense processing power that enables users to access both VR and AR programs.
Virtual reality's business applications:
Starting from taking stock of inventory to hosting virtual conferences, VR can be applied to a slew of business needs. Okay, in a general sense, VR allows users to immerse themselves in an environment that synthesizes a vast amount of data and presents it in a way that's simple to understand and navigate. That data can then be stored and archived so that users can monitor trends over time. Virtual reality is especially effective for marketing, because it creates an opportunity for businesses to establish a strong emotional connection among target consumers and their product. "At this present time, the most successful business use is marketing experience," Maria Korolov, editor and publisher of business tech publication Hypergrid Business, said. "Futhermore, you can take a little bit of your product, put it into a virtual environment and have people use it. It's particularly popular with movies. You get the eye contact, you feel like you're in a different location." "Brands will use virtual reality to improve customer experience that will ultimately result in the increase of customer loyalty," added Sylvester Kaczmarek, a VR advisor and consultant for startups. "The main aim for such VR initiatives should be to give the customers immersive and interactive experience that would increase their association with the product." VR can also be used in highly sensitive fields to ensure that employees are well-trained and qualified before they undertake important or potentially dangerous tasks. In the health care industry, for example, VR can be used to train and test surgeons before they actually operate on somebody. Some experts said that in the near future, VR might even be capable of simulating resistance as the surgeon operates on the virtual person. "In health care specifically, employees can be tested on their proficiency in performing procedures in a virtual operating room," Kayla Gallico, co-founder of VR arcade Arcane Reality, said. "Employers can determine if their potential employees have what it takes to work in the industry."
What does the future of VR look like?
Morethan clear, as the price point drops and the technology becomes even more powerful, more businesses will begin to employ VR techniques. Moreover, companies like Microsoft and Sony are starting to develop more sophisticated headsets that support both AR and VR offerings, making both easily accessible on the same platform. "VR and AR will begin to blur [into] 'mixed reality,'" said Todd Richmond, IEEE member and director of prototype development at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. "Both are really about trying to combine the digital and the analog/human into some sort of experience." Now, according to Richmond, VR technology is already starting to make its way into the business world after finding its enteryway through the world of gaming. "Currently, you've got VR starting to make inroads in entertainment," Richmond said. "Architecture and real estate are embracing VR, and manufacturing and design are working with VR and AR. We've been using VR in health care for some time — for example, using it to treat PTSD — and that will be a huge growth industry for both VR and AR. Education is another adoption area." Contemporary iterations of VR still only scratch the surface of what many people expect for the future.
"One prediction for the next year: Now, in this regard, individuals visiting VR worlds will finally become active participants instead of bystanders, as motion-capture devices transfer their actual movements and gestures in real time to virtual reality," Shaun Walker, creative director and co-founder of marketing firm Herofarm, said. Kirwan McHarry, marketing director for drone manufacturer Mota Group, believes that VR sensors will become smaller and lighter, while computing power will increase. "This could mean greater image fidelity, more precise motion detection, along with lighter weight and lower cost," McHarry said. "Another development may be the increased adoption of very lightweight goggle frames, such as the carbon-fiber headsets used in aviation." If McHarry's prediction is accurate — and it seems to be the consensus among experts — VR and AR will quickly develop into a powerful tool, which can be coupled with the genesis of "smart objects" in the internet of things to create a radically different business landscape than the one we're used to today. Thanks.....

Monday, 22 August 2016

How You Can Get Android Nougat On Your Nexus Device Now

Android Nougat is coming to existence from its beta cocoon today. So while this is in place the big question here is - how do you get it? First the good news: if you have a Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, or General Mobile 4G sure, you are going to be the first in line for the over-the-air update when it rolls out over the next few weeks. However, waiting isn’t any fun. Here are a couple of strategies to jump ahead of the line and get going with Nougat right now.
Start to enroll in the beta program:
For the time being, you can still enroll in the Nougat Developer Preview if you have a Nexus device. At some point Google will likely shut this down once the stable build rolls out to everyone, but for the time being you’ll get a relatively stable version of Android 7.0. To do this, copy and paste g.co/androidbeta on your browser and you’ll see a list of your eligible devices linked to your Google account, (You will need your Google account to get that done). Click Enroll Device and you’ll shortly receive an over-the-air update to the Nougat beta (I’ve seen it show up within minutes). Then next, you can take time to enjoy many of the new features in Android 7.0. Given that the latest beta build will be nearly identical to the final version, feel free to dig in and get to know everything that’s there. You'll receive an over-the-air update to the final Android Nougat release, too.
Install the factory images:
Now here, if you want a more hands-on approach, or if the beta site disappears, you can download the factory images and install them yourself. Keep in mind that this will wipe your phone, so be sure you have everything backed up and are OK with re-downloading the apps that you rely on the most. At the time of this writing, factory images aren't yet available for Android 7.0 Nougat, but we expect they'll be up in short order. You can search for the guide for flashing Android Marshmallow if you have no idea how to do this. Nougat is essentially the same. With this approach you’ll have the latest build and be first in line for when the stable version heads out the door.
For Non-Nexus devices:
In this regard things get trickier for those without a Nexus phone. If you’re looking upto how to upgrade, one option is the forthcoming LG V20, as it will be the first phone sold with Nougat out of the box. From there the picture gets murkier. If you want a new phone and Nougat, you should wait a few weeks until Google announces its next Nexus phones. For existing devices, you’re going to have to wait. And as to asure you for that, we will continually update our list of when your phone will get Android Nougat, so be sure to check back there. The short of it is that if your phone has carrier branding, it’s likely to be late to the party since AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and others have to go through their own testing process. Unlocked phones proves to score Android updates sooner, regardless that of course that means paying full price for the device. With Nougat now ready to go, you have some options to consider for your next phone or waiting for getting an update. Thanks for reading...

Sexual Harassment Policies: Why Do Small Businesses Need Them Most

Looking at the situation of this present world, sexual harassment is a big problem in the modern workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state agencies handled a total of 11,364 sexual harassment charges in 2011 (the most recent combined reporting data). Of those cases, 26 percent were decided in favor of complainants, with employers of all sizes paying out $52.3 million in victim settlements in that year alone. Sexual harassment can happen to, and be committed by, workers of any professional level or gender. It is a form of discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that it is unlawful to harass a person in the workplace. However, this federal regulation applies only to employers with 15 or more employees, and even businesses that pass that threshold are not legally required to have an official sexual harassment policy. Now, regardless of the amount of harassment reported, 67 percent of small employers have no anti-harassment rules or training in place, according to a new Manta poll on small business sexual-harassment protocols. Forty-one percent of respondents said sexual harassment policies were "unnecessary given [their] small number of employees," and 11 percent said such rules were "too PC [politically correct] for [their] company's culture. "I've had clients complain that the work environment is casual or not very regimented, so implementing training and written policies results in pushback from employees who aren't used to such rules," Gordon Berger, a labor and employment attorney at FordHarrison in Atlanta told Manta.
Why your business needs a harassment policy:
It's a very important thing that employees feel protected in the workplace. So having that known, implementing an official policy gives employees step-by-step directions for identifying and reporting harassment, and following through with their harassment claims, said John Swanciger, CEO of Manta. "A harassment policy outlines inacceptable acts and behaviors," Swanciger said in a statement. "Regardless of the size of your business, having a policy in place not only protects your employees, but also yourself as a business owner. Creating and publicizing … a zero-tolerance policy and reporting guidelines will ensure everyone is operating on the same page." Coming up with an official harassment policy may seem daunting or overwhelming, but it is a necessity for the health of your employees and business as a whole. "Now, in the absence of an official HR department, small business owners should seek resources like the Small Business Administration (SBA) and free online courses to effectively implement sexual harassment protocols," Swanciger said. "Business owners should also look into how companies [that are] similar in size or industry have structured their policies." Swanciger noted that small business owners should outline what their policies are and their meaning, as well as ongoing training programs. This will help prevent employees from misinterpreting the policy and claiming they were unaware of its existence. "Now, if a sexual harassment claim were to occur, the policies provide a solid legal defense that can protect small business owners from costly lawsuits," Swanciger said. Finally, an effective harassment policy helps employees understand appropriate work behavior and ensures fair treatment at the workplace. So in that case, Swanciger advised small businesses to consider working with outside HR consultants or employment lawyers to help them craft policies. Thanks.....

Saturday, 20 August 2016

How You Can Backup Images In Device Folders to Google Photos

Google Photos is one great way to back up and organize all your images, regardless that you still need to do a little bit of legwork if you want to capture everything. The reason for this is because Android organizes images that are saved from different apps into folders. So in this case, if you want to save screenshots, Instagram pictures, or photos from other social networks, you need to go through a few steps. First, launch Google Photos and open the navigation drawer on the left. Then, touch Device folders. You’ll see photos from all the different sources available on your phone. Those with the blue icon and “up” arrow are backed up. Those with the line through the cloud aren’t. Now, for you to direct Google Photos to automatically backup images from your Snapchat, Instagram, or another folder just touch on the cloud icon and you’ll see it turn blue. The backup should start right away, unless you’ve set Google Photos to only do this on Wi-Fi. Along with backing up your existing images from that folder, new ones will automatically be saved into Google Photos. To turn off backup, just repeat the process and touch the cloud icon. The already backed-up images will remain, but new ones won’t be saved to Google Photos. Thanks....

Friday, 19 August 2016

How You Can Turn On Twitter's Quality Filters And Silence Trolls

Finally, Twitter has come up with a solution to muzzle trolls. The company published a blog post on Thursday announcing two new controls for filtering your notifications. Twitter notifications are the primary method through which trolls can contact and harass users. Now, the first new setting reduces the noise in your notifications stream. By default, anyone who mentions your Twitter username with the “@” symbol shows up in your Twitter notifications. It doesn’t matter if they’re asking a simple question, offering constructive criticism, or threatening to cut your head off. Everyone shows up. The new setting filters your notification down to solely people you follow. The new filter works on Twitter’s apps and the website. But for now, it’s not clear if third-party Twitter apps can also apply it
It’s all about quality:
The second new setting is called a quality filter. This setting, which was turned on by default for my account, removes what Twitter calls “lower-quality content.” This low-brow stuff can be things like duplicate tweets or bot-generated content. The quality filter affects your notifications and “other parts of your Twitter experience.” Presumably, that means your primary timeline. The low-quality filter never restricts people you follow or those whom you’ve recently interacted with—don’t feed the trolls, folks.
How to turn on the new settings:
Getting to the new settings is easy on Twitter’s website. First you need to login to the service and then click on the Notifications tab. To the right of your mentions, click the new Settings link. Alternatively, you can navigate directly to twitter.com/settings/notifications_timeline. This settings area has two check boxes for filtering your tweets by people you follow as well as applying the quality filter. Check or uncheck whichever box you’d like, select Save changes, and you’re done. Accessing these settings via Twitter’s mobile apps is similar. Mobile users should also tap on Notifications and then tap the settings cog in that area, which takes you directly to the two new filters. If it happens that you don’t see the new settings they may not yet be available for your account. Try updating your mobile apps or logging in to the website. If that doesn’t work sit tight; the new features should show up for you in the coming days. If you apply the filter to only allow mentions from people you follow it’s also advisable to make sure your account restricts who can send you direct messages. You can double check this setting on Twitter.com by going to Settings Security and privacy. Thanks.......

Decision Matrix: What It Is and How You Can Use It

In the world of today, one of the biggest struggles faced by business owners, leaders and managers is decision making. Now, in this regard when faced with more than one possibility to choose from, a decision matrix can help clear up any confusion about the options and highlight points that may factor in the final call. This quantitative method helps determine the ideal solution for the organization to meet its goals, needs and wants. In addition, BusinessDictionary.com defines a decision matrix as "a table used in evaluating possible alternatives to a course of action." Its purpose is to help business leaders assess and arrange all of their options, especially when there isn't a clear, preferred option. Also known as the Pugh method (named for creator Stuart Pugh), a decision matrix helps take the subjectivity out of the decision that needs to be made by carefully weighing all of the factors and criteria that are used to make a final conclusion. Additionally, For businesses interested in incorporating the decision matrix into the decision-making process, templates can be found on a variety of online sites, including:
"The use of a weighted decision matrixand rudimentary analysis provide a simple tool set for rapid group decision making on complex subjects," Don Kraphohl, an analytics analyst at Rakuken Marketing, wrote in a blog post.
Creating a decision matrix:
Here, in order to make and use a decision matrix, you'll need to create a chart. The different decision alternatives are listed as the rows, and the relevant factors affecting the decisions, such as cost, ease and effectiveness, are listed as the columns. Then, establish a ratings scale to assess the value of each alternative/factor combination. Each combination should also be given a weighted ranking to determine how important that factor is in the final decision. Next, you multiply your original ratings by the weighted rankings to get a score. All of the factors under each option should then be added up. The option that scores the highest is the decision that should be made or the first item addressed.
Decision matrix example
In this regard, decision matrices can be used in a wide variety of situations. In a book excerpt on ASQ.org, author Nancy Tague provides an example scenario of a restaurant that is deciding which aspect of the overall problem of long customer wait times to tackle first. They first identified four "problem" options: customers waiting for the host, the waiter, the food and the check. These would be placed in the rows of their decision matrix. The relevant criteria about the problems, which would be placed in the columns, are: customer pain, ease to solve, effect on other systems and speed to solve. Customer pain, the most important factor for the restaurant, is given a weighted ranking of 5, while the others are given either a 1 or 2. Next, each factor combination is given a 3 (high), 2 (medium) or 1 (low). In Tague's example matrix, the effect on customer pain is medium, because the restaurant ambiance is nice, so it is given a 2. Since the problem would not be easy to solve because it involves both waiters and kitchen staff, it is given a 1. Additionally, the problem will take a while to solve, since the kitchen is cramped and inflexible, so it is also given a 1. Furthermore, these ratings are then multiplied by the weighted rankings for those criteria. Each row of scores is then added up to come up with a final tally. "Customers' wait for host" has the highest score at 28, which indicates that this problem should be addressed first.
Below, we have recreated a simplified version of the matrix described by Tague:

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Google Now Features Are Processing Their Way Into Chrome For Android

Google is inputting some of the intelligence from its Google Now service into Chrome. Now when you fire up the new tab page in Chrome dev 54, you’ll see a list of recommended news articles and a section for recent bookmarks. Okay, just as with Google Now, you can scroll down the page and glance at other recommended articles that are based on your browsing or search history and any customizations you’ve made with Google News. The feature popped up for me once I updated and launched Chrome Dev. There’s clearly a spot intended to showcase your most recent bookmarks, though that was empty for me even though I had just added a few sites on the desktop. If for any reason you don’t see this, then you will need to type chrome://flags into the omnibar. Then look for the item labeled “Show content snippets on the New Tab Page.” Switch this from default to enabled, relaunch Chrome, and you should see the new Google Now feature. While you’re at it, there are plenty of other flags and ways to soup up Chrome. Lastly, make sure you have Chrome dev version 54 from the Google Play Store to enable this feature.
The major note: The dev channel is Google’s more experimental version of Chrome, so these features is going to likely change before they make it to the stable build. Of course they may also disappear entirely, but that’s the idea behind three different Chrome channels (standard, beta, and dev). You can play around with the latest and greatest in dev or beta, but stick with the stable build when you need reliable browsing. Thanks........

Are You a True Leader, or Just a Boss? - Discover What to Do

First, how do you know if you're a good boss and, more importantly, a good leader? The two roles aren't mutually exclusive, but the best bosses are actually leaders first. "And more one thing is true, when the boss is a true leader, the fact that he or she is the boss might be a side note," said Charles A. Mohler, president and founder of Eagle CFO Consulting. "People often see a boss as getting things accomplished through rewards or punishment or consequences, while they see a leader as using mentorship and encouragement, trying to teach and train and motivate." "Furthermore, leaders runs with their team and empowers them with a shared vision and strong values in which everyone enrolls and excels," added Jennifer Borba Von Stauffenberg, founder of Olive PR Solutions. "A boss can mean the same thing if the boss in question holds these values. Now according to the Great Boss Assessment survey by S. Chris Edmonds, founder and CEO of The Purposeful Culture Group, only 45 percent of survey respondents say their boss inspires their best efforts each day. Fifty-eight percent say their boss treats them with trust and respect daily, which means 42 percent of bosses treat team members with distrust and disrespect. Experts agree with that, when bosses embrace leadership qualities, they're more likely to inspire their team. According to Mohler, good leaders have following characteristics:
They have an open-door policy.
They're willing to work with their staff and their team.
They're able to share the purpose or the "why" of what's being accomplished.
They're open to input and consider different perspectives when they're making a decision.
A good boss elevates everyone around them, provides the resources they need to do their job well and acknowledges them often," Borba Von Stauffenberg added. "Additionally, a good boss allows each team member to be brilliant by staying out of their way but is willing to get in the trenches with them when needed." Now while all this is said and done, to become a better leader, reach out to mentors to get feedback on your strengths and weaknesses, Mohler suggested. This way, you'll know what you need to improve on and what kind of information you need to seek out. "From there, read books on leadership and actively participate in the company," he added. "Don't wait for someone to give you a title; just jump in and take the lead." If you're still uncertain of your abilities, look to the team you've been leading, Borba Von Stauffenberg suggested. "You'll know you're a good boss because you see it in your team's work and on their faces," she said. "The success is there." Thanks for reading...

The Most And The Least Affordable Cities for Startups

For the second year in a row, cities that are in the South gave entrepreneurs the best chances to keep their startup costs low, while big cities remain among the most expensive places to start a new business, new research finds. Okay, the study from SmartAsset revealed that nine of the 10 cheapest cities to start a new business in are in southern states, including three in Tennessee. Furthermore, in order to find the cities with the lowest startup costs, SmartAsset collected data on the typical costs of starting and running a business in 80 of the largest cities in the United States. They calculated the total expected startup costs over the first year of operation for a company based on five factors:
(1)1,000 square feet of office space.
(2)The cost of gas and electricity for a 1,000-square-foot office.
(3)The average cost of filing fees for either incorporation or filing as an LLC.
(4)Legal and accounting fees.
(5)Payroll costs for five full-time employees, earning the city's median annual salary. With that, the this year's topping rankings of the most affordable cities for startups is Chattanooga, Tennessee. The city is attractive for entrepreneurs looking to save money because of its relatively low costs for office space and employee payroll. The research shows that it would cost $225,442 for a business owner with five employees and a 1,000-square-foot office to run a first-year startup there. That's up about 2 percent from a year ago when the costs were $221,000. "Now, if you decide to start a business in the Gig City, you'll be in good company," the study's authors wrote. "Many startups and accelerators operate there, including the Lamp Post Group and Gigtank 365." As a whole, the 10 most affordable cities to launch a startup in are:
1.Chattanooga, Tennessee: $225,442
2.Wichita, Kansas: $232,057
3.Greensboro, North Carolina: $232,326
4.Columbia, South Carolina: $232,541
5.Knoxville, Tennessee: $232,620
6.Little Rock, Arkansas: $233,877
7.Memphis, Tennessee: $234,524
8.Lexington, Kentucky: $234,945
9.Orlando, Florida: $236,513
10.Winston-Salem, North Carolina: $237,983
In a like way to a year ago, many of the 10 most expensive locations for startups are larger cities, including three in northern California: San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland. For the second year in a row, San Jose and San Francisco are ranked as the two costliest cities to launch a business in. San Jose, where costs rose 3.9 percent from 2015, has the most expensive payroll and legal and accounting costs of the 10 cities with the highest startup costs, while San Francisco had the third highest office space and legal and accounting costs and second highest payroll expenses. This year's 10 cities with the highest startup costs are as follows:
1.San Jose, California: $439,831
2.San Francisco, California: $422,455
3.Washington D.C.: $395,017
4.New York, New York: $384,389
5.Boston, Massachusetts: $378,436 6.Bridgeport, Connecticut: $356,853
7,Oakland, California: $346,241
8.Seattle, Washington: $345,615
9.Trenton, New Jersey: $336,611
10.Newark, New Jersey: $328,396
While they are considerably more expensive, entrepreneurs shouldn't necessarily rule out starting a new business in any of these cities. "After all, many of the startups that have become household names are headquartered there," the researchers wrote. "Finally, there's also something to be said for the talent pools in these areas." Thanks....

A Report Reveals That Some New Nokia Smartphones And Tablets Are Coming In Late 2016

The upcoming of the Nokia brand may happen in the fourth quarter of this year, which could make for some really nostalgic holiday gifts. According to Chinese site ThePaper, Nokia executive Mike Wang confirmed that three or four Nokia-branded Android devices are on the way for the fourth quarter of 2016. The comeback effort is going to include both phones and tablets. So in that sense, there is a chance, however, that the timeline could get pushed back depending upon how things progress. It wouldn’t be a terrible shocker considering we’re talking about a new company, HMD. It’s composed of former employees from Microsoft, the old Nokia, and others who are banding together to resurrect the once-iconic brand. And so far, the best rumor we have is that the phones will have 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch Quad HD, OLED displays, a Snapdragon 820 SOC, 22.6MP back camera, and a metal build with water and dust resistance. No word on what a tablet would look like. What matters most: For those of us who are old enough to remember the early era of mobile phones we may have had one of those Nokia bricks that made phone calls and played Snake. HMD can’t rely on nostalgia alone. So in that case, the company will need to bring some innovation to the table in a market that’s packed in with plenty of new phone options. Thanks...

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Get the Best Candidates, Using the Best Hiring Process

Regardless that you should be thorough when searching for and hiring new employees, if the process is too long, you could cost yourself a shot at hiring the best candidates. According to a study from Robert Half, it was revealed that when forced to endure a lengthy hiring process, nearly 40 percent of job seekers lose interest in the position and pursue other opportunities, and 18 percent decide to stay put in their current job. In addition, more than 30 percent said a drawn-out hiring process makes them question whether the employer is good at making decisions in other areas. "The hiring process provides a window into the overall corporate culture," Paul McDonald, senior executive director of Robert Half, said in a statement. "So then if people feel their career potential will be stifled by a slow-moving organization, they will take themselves out of the running." Overall, job seekers find a lengthy hiring process infuriating.And almost 60 percent of those surveyed said the most frustrating part of the job search is the long wait after an interview to hear if they got the job. The research shows that 23 percent lose interest in the employer if they don't hear back within one week after the initial interview, and another 46 percent lose interest after two weeks. "Candidates with several options often choose the organization that shows the most interest and has an organized recruiting process," McDonald said. Because the hiring decisions are some of the most critical choices an employer can make, many organizations tend to draw out the process by days, or even weeks, in order to ensure they are making the right choice, McDonald said. However, by doing so, they risk losing out on a candidate they really like. And in that kind of situation, the key takeaway is for firms to tighten their timelines without skipping steps," he said. Finally, in order to help employers, McDonald offered 5 tips for speeding up the hiring process: 1.Know your needs. You should go into the hiring process knowing exactly what you need. Are you looking for a full-time employee or a temporary one? Is there any reason you can't hire someone right away? 2.Get everyone on the same page. You need to be sure everyone involved in the hiring process knows your timeline for making the hire. In addition, make sure everyone understands who is making the final decision and that they can set aside time in their schedules to conduct interviews. 3.Improve interview efficiency. Take note that you need to save time by conducting screening interviews online via Skype or FaceTime. For in-person interviews, try to conduct them all in one day. Once interviews are completed, get immediate feedback from both the hiring managers and candidates to see how interested each is in the other. 4.Communicate regularly. You should make sure you keep candidates informed of where things stand. Let them know when a final decision is expected. If the timeline changes, be sure to provide them with an update. Candidates who don't hear anything will likely take that as a sign you aren't interested and move on to other opportunities. 5.Don't delay in making an offer. By the time you know who you want to hire, make a verbal offer immediately. However, make it contingent on satisfactory references and background checks. This study was based on surveys of more than 1,000 U.S. workers who are currently employed in office environments.

The Eight Things You Should Know About Duo, Google's New Video Chat App

Finally, Google shipped in Duo, a video chat app which was announced earlier on in the year at its annual developer’s conference. In addition, there is also a companion messaging app, called Allo, coming soon. Until then, this is your first glimpse into Google’s attempt at revamping its messaging suite. Will it work? It’s way too soon to tell, especially since Duo feels like it’s still under construction. But if you’re curious about what Google is gunning for, here’s what you should know. 1.You will never need a Google account, just your phone number: No Google account? No problem! Duo allows you sign up with just your phone number. Once you install it, you’ll receive a verification code via SMS to ensure that it’s actually you that’s signing in. You can theoretically sign in from any phone using that phone number as long as you have also the phone it’s connected to near you to receive the verification code. However, you can’t use two phones at the same time to make or receive Duo video calls. Each time you log back in on another phone, you'll have to re-verify. It really feels like it was designed for a single mobile phone at a time. 2.It's for iOS and Android: Sorry, Windows Phone users. Duo is cross-platform, but it’s only available for iOS and Android since they’re the two most used mobile operating systems. In addition it's not available for Windows, OS X, or Chrome OS. 3.Knock Knock allows you see who is calling before you pick up: If you’re receiving a call and your friend is a contact, you’ll see a video preview of the other line before they can see you. And if you’re calling someone, Duo will let you know that everything you’re doing can be seen by the recipient, so don’t try to pick your nose before they pick up! Lastly, if you're on Android, you can see the caller even on the lock screen. iOS doesn't give devleopers access to the lock screen in this fashion, but if you have your phone unlocked and the app ready, you'll see the caller before you decide to answer. This feature only works with people in your contacts, so random strangers can't flash you. And of course, you can disable it in the settings if you wishes. 4.It's only for video calls: One thing here is that this is a bummer, and one reason you might want to stick with Hangouts for the time being: If you want to send a text message through Duo, you can’t. You’ll have to use another method to leave a little note. Google will release a messaging app called Allo for text and images and the like—why they're separate apps instead of integrated, we can't figure out. You can't even make audio-only calls. The app will drop video and go to audio if network conditions are really bad, but there's simply no "make an audio call" button for now. 5.Video calling can be finicky: As for me, I’ve tried video calling on both Verizon and T-Mobile’s LTE network and through Wi-Fi, and in all three instances I’ve had issues connecting to a smooth video stream. So in that regard, I’m not sure if it’s because of where I live or if the issue is on Google’s end, but Duo performed poorly for me in this sense. Other users have praised the overall video quality and stability, however. Your mileage may vary. 6.Calls are end-to-end encrypted: As for Duo, it is built on WebRTC—or Web Real-Time Communication—a standard that allows voice, video, and P2P file transfers without any additional plugins or software. Your video chats are end-to-end encrypted, so you don't have to worry about anyone (including Google!) spying on you. And if the government (or anyone else) asks Google for data, it can't decrypt the content of your calls. 7.It's not really meant for tablets: As the case is now, you can’t download Duo directly from the Google Play Store to your tablet: the app officially only supports phones. But if you install the APK (on Android) on your tablet device and sign in with your phone number, it will work fine. You just won’t have access to it on your main smartphone unless you re-verify your phone number (ok), nor will you have the option to use cellular connectivity. On iPad, you can find it on the store if you toggle the switch to show iPhone apps, and it'll install and function. But it's not optimized for iPad; it runs in "blown-up iPhone app" mode. 8.You can block offenders: Got an ex-boyfriend who keeps calling you up to see if you’ve changed your mind about him yet? You can easily block him from inside the Duo settings panel. Thanks......