Monday, 31 October 2016

The Four Steps to Landing Your Dream Job

Starting from a young age, many people build up the idea of their "dream job" in their heads — and some strive for one their whole careers. So now, a dream job is the "culmination of dreams, sweat, sleepless nights, personal battles, reality checks and self-doubt," said Raf Howery, founder and CEO of Kukun, a home remodeling marketplace. "In my own case, landing a dream job means that I am on my way and I have one more step before I reach my end goal, where I will feel like I have 'arrived,'" Regardless of the fact that each person's path to his or her dream job is different, it almost always has at least three requirements: hard work, perseverance and luck, Howery said. "One thing is that, you will have to take nightmare jobs to make ends meet, which is OK since that experience will reinforce your will to pursue your dream and change your situation," Howery said. And more in this case, although it may seem out of reach before you get it, landing your dream job doesn't have to be impossible. Finally on this note. Here are the four things to do to put yourself on the right track.
1.Know exactly what you want: To start with here, Robert Mann, marketing manager at online gaming site Nutaku, realized he wasn't happy in a former job situation. "Seeing the long hours and atrophied social lives of the men and women in leadership positions made me dread the next promotion as much as I anticipated it," Mann said in a statement. "I'd always valued my free time and quickly realized that unless I could combine my career with my passions, I'd end up comfortable but unfulfilled." As to regard of all these said and done Kimberly Ramsawak, a travel career strategist and founder of Tourism Exposed said that, you should make your career goals specific, in order to narrow down the type of career niche, respective job function and title you want within a particular industry. "Why this is important is because hiring managers that are related to the job of your dreams will not hire someone who will 'take anything,'" Ramsawak said. "As for them, they want someone who is qualified, who truly wants the particular vacancy they're trying to fill. In addition you should remember that, if you don't know what you want, you'll probably never get it."
2.Build your network: Here now in this aspect, realizing what you want is one major step, but you should keep the momentum going by reaching out to the right people who can help you, said Courtney Kirschbaum, a career and life coach and founder of online training company Original Experience. "Now, once you are able to find something you are enthusiastic about ... [start] talking to people in that world," Kirschbaum said. "Being in these communities and around [these] people, you'll learn the language, behaviors and idiosyncrasies that are particular to the profession or industry that interests you, which communicates to people you talk to that you've made an effort to learn their world."
3.Reach out to companies directly: Now here, the best way to reach a destination is by mapping out the directions to the end point, and the same principle applies to careers. Derek Szeto, CEO of jobs site Wirkn, said that in order to find a fast-growing company whose mission you believe in and reach out to someone at the company directly. "Just tell them how you can help," Szeto said. "There is a whole layer of hidden job opportunities that never make it to a job posting. When a company is growing fast and staying busy, they might not even know they need you until you tell them." When you get in touch, you should tell the hiring manager that this is the job of your dreams, advised Sarah Connors, principal staffing manager at WinterWyman Contract Staffing. "If you act like this is just an interview or role like any other, the recruiter won't know how strongly you feel about the opportunity," she said. "And finally. let them know why you're excited about this role, using specifics. Your energy will likely be infectious, and your reasons could make you stand out from the crowd."
4.Keep on working hard: More than anything else, you need to work hard while you're moving toward your dream job, Howery said. "Hard work is everything — you have to work for your dream," he said in a statement. "It is not going to happen by just dreaming. Being tenacious and continuing to work hard for your dream is the only security you have." Thanks...........

Twitter alpha preps app shortcuts and round icons will soon take advantage of Android 7.1

Now, Twitter is flocking to the newest features enabled by Android 7.1. So in that regard, the alpha version of Twitter now uses app shortcuts, which fire up a list of quick actions when you touch and hold on the icon. Additionally here, there are three app shortcuts: search, new tweet, and new message. As with other Android apps that have turned on the shortcut feature, you can drag any of these actions onto the home screen for quick access. and now, if you want to check this out, you’ll need to sign up for the Twitter Android alpha. Once you are able to do this you’ll shortly see an update for your existing Twitter app. Of course, a word of caution: this isn’t even beta, so it’s bound to be wonky and crash from time to time. So finally, you’ll have to decide if that round icon and shortcuts are worth it.
Major note: So far, in this line. With the Pixel selling particularly well, we should see more developers jump aboard with rolling out features available for Android 7.1. And when it comes to looking for your next phone, it makes the Pixel, or other phones that make a swift move to 7.1, more attractive with all those new software tricks. Thanks for reading

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Risk and Reward: One Leap of Faith Helped My Company Grow

Before we say anything here you need to accept this fact. "being an entrepreneur is at the core of who I am". Before I even knew what the word "entrepreneur" meant, I was selling sweets at school and "fishing rights" to my parents' pond. So along the line, it was these pursuits that primed me to see the potential of the Internet back in 1998, when my best friend excitedly showed me his computer after school one day. Amazon was still in its infancy and online chatting was emerging, a technology that stunned me. How was it that my friend could speak to someone in Chicago all the way from the English countryside? Imagining the future of the Internet, I said to myself, “I’ve got to do something with this.” Within one year, while still in high school, I launched SupaNames – a website hosting company that made creating a website more affordable for consumers and small businesses. At that point I strongly felt that people should have access to low-cost websites, which can open the door to huge growth for individuals and businesses. This idea seemingly resonated with many. In six years, SupaNames grew to 24,000 websites in the UK, won awards and fought off the competition with much deeper pockets – all without any investments or me obtaining a university education. I was given the opportunity to grow a business of my own and learn what it takes to be a small business owner, lessons that I still apply today as I help entrepreneurs manage their time with my current business, virtual assistant platform Time etc.
Moving forward: We had a great run and more, I sold SupaNames for £2.1 million ($4.31 million) in cash, leaving me with some free time to explore my next venture. I reflected on my last entrepreneurial project and thought about how many times I needed assistance but didn't have the budget (or desire) for an extra pair of hands. It occurred to me in this regard, that there is a huge need for skilled part-time assistants that can be paid only when you need them. From this need, Time etc. was born. Time etc. didn't have the same kind of quick success that SupaNames experienced. After a six-year uphill battle and £275,000 ($336,000) poured into Time etc., it seemed that we had emerged a few years too early. British business owners weren't easily persuaded by the concept of virtual assistants. I was oftentimes left feeling discouraged by the slow growth, but learned from every "no" and piece of feedback received from peers, stakeholders and mentors alike. Those first years and initial sales were essential to building a strong foundation for Time etc., but I knew there were still plenty of room to grow after hitting the $1M revenue ceiling. I had to flip everything I thought I knew upside down in order to hit our biggest growth spurt yet
Taking a risk — and reaping the reward: In 2013, I returned to my technical roots and traditional business practices by slashing prices in half and ripping up client contracts. It was a bold move that was met with doubt from many, but that huge shakeup was exactly what my business needed. Time etc.'s newfound success was almost immediate, as we went global in a matter of months. Now, we're hitting 275 percent year-over-year growth and have handled more than 1.3 million virtual assistant assignments. In my own case, I became an entrepreneur by paving my own way – searching for opportunities to make an extra buck, choosing to skip university because I had faith in my business, investing my life into these ventures and trusting my gut, even when few people agreed. That same disregard for the "safest" route is what finally pushed Time etc. to where we now stand. It can be challenging to go against the grain and abandon what someone else believes to be right, but risk is the name of the game. A lot of my personal success can be credited to the time I spent letting my creative brain run free, time when I wasn't bogged down by everyday responsibility. Not everyone gets this privilege, however. beyond doubt, Time etc. research found that 93 percent of Americans spend 25 percent or less of their work day brainstorming creative ideas or new business leads. And now, my goal is to give other entrepreneurs the ability to pass responsibilities on to a trusted virtual assistant, so that they can have that crucial brainstorming time and experience their own business breakthrough, like I did with Time etc.
About the author: Barnaby Lashbrooke is the founder and CEO of Time etc., a platform that matches businesses with on-demand virtual assistants.

Allo 2.0 update provides app shortcuts, GIF keyboard support, and several other new features

Good news, the first major update to Google Allo is here. The version 2.0 brings a whole batch of improvements, many of which might give you reason to take another look at Allo if you’ve yet to give it a try. But regardless of that, before you get too excited: SMS/MMS messaging is not one of them. So in that sense, for those using Android 7.1, there’s now an app shortcut to launch into a new conversation. There aren’t shortcuts yet for specific conversations like you get on Google’s Messenger SMS app, however. Okay while you digest that, several other features that exist in other messaging apps are making their debut in Allo 2.0. Now when you use the Android sharing menu your frequent contacts will appear. And so, you can now go crazy with GIFs. You’ll access them just as with any other app, though you don’t need to worry about sending any to the Google Assistant just yet. This’ll just confuse it. There's also support for the GIF keyboard. Allo also plays better with Android Wear, allowing you to draw an emoji or respond with your voice. Allo project lead Justin Uberti offered a changelog as well. He’s pretty active on Twitter, even responding to feature requests:
Allo 2.0 relnotes (Android):
App shortcuts
N quick reply
N multi-window
GIF keyboard
a11y mode
Incognito key alerts
— Justin Uberti (@juberti) October 26, 2016 So finally now, if you want to check out Allo for yourself, look for the update in the Play Store or grab it right now from APK Mirror.
What it means to you: As to regard to this, these are nice additions if you’ve been using Allo, bringing in features that are necessary for it to be a viable contender. However, the future of messaging ubiquity in the U.S. is probably through Rich Communication Services, as the most identifiable and more reliable way to reach people is still through their phone number. Thanks....

Thursday, 27 October 2016

The Five Trends Fueling Big Growth for Small Business

Moving forward by access to new technology, a changing workforce and easier opportunities to reach a larger audience, small business growth is expected to skyrocket in the coming years, new research finds. Along the line, according to a study from Intuit and Emergent Research, the number of small businesses are projected to increase to 42 million by 2026, up from this year's 30 million. The 3.3 percent annual growth rate over the next decade is significantly higher than the 2 percent average growth between 2004 and 2014, the most recent data available. So now, while the number of small businesses will grow over the next decade, their size is actually getting smaller. So here, the research found that the average size of small businesses dropped by 20 percent between 2001 and 2014. Specifically, in 2001, the average small business started with 6.5 employees. In 2014, the number shrank to just four employees. "The next few years is going to see an acceleration in the number of small and micro businesses, thanks in large part to new technologies that reduce the costs and risks of operating a small business and open up access to customers around the world," Steve King, a partner at Emergent Research, said in a statement. "While running a business is always going to be tough work, economic and technological changes are making it easier and cheaper to start and operate a successful small business." So in regard to all these, the study's authors highlight five key reasons that will not only fuel the growth of small businesses, but will allow them to compete with big businesses like never before.
1.Top-notch technology: So far, small businesses now have the ability to build sophisticated business and technology infrastructures that previously were only available to large companies. And more, cloud computing and manufacturing and distributing capabilities are now available with a cost structure that allows small businesses to scale up and down and only pay for what they use.
2.Deeper insight: Here now, one thing is true-access to insightful data is giving small businesses the capability of gaining deeper customer and business insights. Access to machine learning has taken away much of the complexity of data analysis, which allows small businesses to make faster and better decisions.
3.The on-demand workforce: By the year 2020, it's very possible that freelance workers are going to be projected to represent 43 percent of the workforce. So in this regard, this gives small businesses access to the right people at the right time in a flexible way, without the responsibility of hiring traditional employees.
4.Online marketplaces: As the case is now, online outlets are giving small businesses the ability to not only sell more niche products and services, but also to extend their reach to millions of customers that they previously never had access to.
5.Affordable advertising: Presently, online advertising has made it cost-effective to connect with customers worldwide. For a fairly low cost, small businesses can deliver their targeted messages, whether it be a sponsored photo or in-stream video ad, to a whole new audience. "Now, this next decade is going to be the decade of the small business," said Karen Peacock, senior vice president of small business at Intuit. "Industry-shifting trends like lower-cost, scalable infrastructure to start and grow your business, and finally, the ability to build a team with amazing on-demand talent, and data that helps you fuel your business and delight your customers are game changers."

Beleaguered Samsung is now defending the reports of Galaxy S7 Edge phones catching fire

So far, the smoke still hasn’t cleared from Samsung’s Note7 debacle, and along come new reports that Galaxy S7 Edge phones are also catching fire. And to that regard, there are two recent incidents to go on. PhoneArena says someone from a “big U.S. wireless carrier” contacted the site about a Galaxy S7 Edge that exploded while charging overnight using Samsung’s official charger. Another S7 Edge user in Canada posted pictures of his phone, which he said “burst into flames” while driving. He said he tossed the phone out the window of his car and then covered it with snow to extinguish it. These follow two other reports from earlier in the year: In September a Painesville, Ohio man blamed an S7 Edge as the cause of his house fire. And another individual also said that the phone caught fire in his pocket and caused third-degree burns. In one statement to PhoneArena, Samsung wouldn’t comment specifically on whether there was a wider problem with the S7 line. “We are not able to comment on this specific incident until we obtain and thoroughly examine the phone. So in this case, customer safety remains our highest priority and we want to work with any customer who has experienced an issue with a Samsung product in order to investigate the matter and support them.” While the timing isn’t great for Samsung, it's worth exercising caution before proclaiming that the Galaxy S7 Edge has some sort of systemic problem. All devices now, with lithium-ion batteries are susceptible to overheating. Let say for example, last week Australian surfer Mat Jones said his iPhone 7 began “spewing smoke” when it was left inside his car. The reason for which the Note7 was recalled was because a large number of incidents were reported shortly after the phone’s release. As the case may be, We’ve seen very few reports concerning the S7 Edge, iPhone 7, and other phones. And now, we can’t say for sure there’s no problem, but the evidence doesn’t support any wide-scale defect at this time.
What it means to you: So now... if it happens that you have an S7 or S7 Edge, there’s no need to panic. Samsung is under a microscope right now given the issues with the Note7, which means any incident is going to get a lot of attention. But in anycase, it’s worth keeping an eye out for other reports, or to see if Samsung conducts an investigation and weighs in on the matter. Thanks for reading.......

Monday, 24 October 2016

Don't Allow 'Corporate Hypocrisy' Ruin Your Business

As a business owner or manager, it's very important that you practice what you preach. Now.... in the process, if you require employees to be available 24/7 while you're MIA, or you're constantly texting on the job while you prohibit employees from using their phones, for example, your hypocritical behavior is sending the wrong message to employees, and they may resent you for it. Okay... while that is well noted, researchers from the University of Missouri (MU) looked at some of the retail industry's 15.7 million employees and found that these types of inconsistencies in corporate policies and managerial behavior — "corporate hypocrisy," as they call it — often decimates employee morale and, in turn, leaves a negative impression on customers. "When [frontline retail employees] experience corporate hypocrisy, they have some visceral feelings," said Saheli Goswami, one of the researchers and a doctoral student in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences. "And so, these impressions have a high chance of being translated from employees to the customers as the retail employees experience corporate hypocrisy," Goswami said in a statement. Over time, unchecked corporate hypocrisy could lead to fewer sales, she added. Goswami and Jung Ha-Brookshire, an associate professor of textile and apparel management and associate dean for research in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, focused their research on the retail industry because they expected to find a higher prevalence of corporate hypocrisy there as they developed and refined their definition. "[R]etail stores have part-time employees, so the company and manager are more likely to think of them as replaceable," Ha-Brookshire said. "The problem is that these employees interact with consumers all the time, and when consumers have a negative interaction, they tend to say they don't like that store or won't visit that brand anymore." Regardless that the retail industry was the focus of this particular study, the researchers said their findings extend across industries. In that regard, entrepreneurs and managers should be wary of the impacts of inconsistent behavior and policies on both their employees and customer base in order to avoid lost business, the researchers said. "Retail employees can easily transfer their impressions to customers," Goswami said. "But in any other industry — say, finance — if I see my company, or even immediate supervisor, behaving hypocritically … I have access to share my perceptions beyond consumers. Because of … [websites like] Glassdoor, these perceptions definitely impact other industries." Goswami and Ha-Brookshire said that a future research will include other industries and will more thoroughly investigate the effect of corporate hypocrisy on employee turnover and overall productivity. Their initial hypothesis: Corporate hypocrisy is a drag on business across the board. So, when you're crafting company policies or just supervising day-to-day workflow, you should take note that it's important to hold yourself to the same standards as your employees. Moreover, make sure any changes, along with the rationale for the shift, are clearly communicated to your employees; the key is to make sure they feel appreciated and kept in the loop. "Employees, including those who perceive hypocrisy, and the managers need to have a good idea about the corporate culture," Goswami said. "Now here are some questions to make that true, what is the organization about? What are their goals? What are their strategies? I might not agree with a practice or a goal, but that's something I [as an employee] need to be aware of, so my expectations are adjusted accordingly." Finally on this note, enhancing managerial training beyond a simple task-based focus is also key, the researchers said. Including moral and ethical considerations in both the training and hiring of executives and managers would protect against contradictions that could dampen employee morale and future sales, they said. Thanks...........

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Chrome for Android keeps the music moving with background media playback

Now..... as the case may be, the music and videos don’t have to stop in the latest build of Chrome for Android. Version 54, which was launched on Wednesday, and it supports background media playback, which means you can leave Chrome and keep listening to whatever is playing in the background. Using the update, you can hit the home button and move onto another task while the audio keeps going. Swipe down and hit pause or sweep away the tab to end the playback. Along the line, in addition, switching between tabs should be easier on the eyes. Chrome has long let sites change their tab color, but now they keep it when you hit the tab switcher. Finally, Google has tweaked the Chrome start page. You’ll still see the Google search bar and your most frequently visited sites, but if it happens that you scroll down you’ll see more. Much like Google Now, you’ll find a collection of suggested articles to read based on your browsing history. You can flick away any that aren’t of your interest. Chrome for Android is making the slow rollout through the Play Store, or you can grab it now from APK Mirror. The impact on you: Apps are nice and all, but as it may be, the browser is still the most important part of any operating system. The more powerful Chrome gets, the less you may need to rely on all of those apps cluttering up your home screen. Thanks so much.......

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Loyalty Marketing Gets Personal: Your Four Tips for Retaining Customers

To start with in this aspect, smart businesses know that it costs less to retain existing customers than it does to acquire new ones. So for that reason, many brands are focused on loyalty marketing — campaigns designed specifically to bring in repeat business and referrals. But it's not enough to just send out a generic, "Hey, come back!" email to previous customers. In today's market, you need to personalize your loyalty campaigns to fit your customers' needs. "One sure thing is that loyalty marketing needs to be personalized because, at its core, you are asking for a deeper relationship with your customer," said Jason Greenspan, CEO at tech hygiene company WHOOSH!. "Would you ever think of giving a loved one a birthday cake saying, 'Happy Birthday, Customer?' Of course you wouldn't." Still in the move, there are a lot of proofs that personalized marketing works, too: Recent research by Virtual Incentives found that 56 percent of consumers surveyed feel personalized incentives improve their consideration of a brand, and three-quarters said these incentives make them feel respected as a consumer. Along the line, another survey by Accenture revealed that 65 percent of customers are more likely to shop at a retailer that remembers their previous purchases. However, there's a fine line between personalization and privacy invasion, and brands need to be aware of how they're coming off to consumers. Sixteen percent of those surveyed by Virtual Incentives described personalized offers as "creepy," and a quarter said they felt these efforts are a violation of their privacy. So now, if you want to make your loyalty marketing efforts smart, customized and effective — without scaring your customers away — follow these four tips from our expert sources.
1.Clearly define your objectives: Danielle Brown, vice president of marketing at loyalty commerce platform Points, said that it's important to think about the objectives for your loyalty program before you launch or make changes to it. "It's easy to say, 'I want a customer to be more loyal,' but what do you want to do? Drive a larger [purchase] size? Get customers to recommend your product to others?" she said. "One big mistake is that programs don't really define that [goal]." So in that sense, knowing your goals for the program is also essential to knowing what data you need to collect and analyze in order to better understand your customers. Okay, while that is noted, customers expect you to know, based on data and surveys, what they want, Brown said. "If you get that wrong, it knocks your credibility," she said.
2.Understand what your customers actually want: Here, when companies ask for loyalty, they need to return the favor by making the customer incentives reachable and desirable, Greenspan said. Else, they'll lose interest in the opportunity. And one other thing, is that it's important to find out what customers expect and what's important to them, Brown said in addition. A good place to start is a customer's past purchases. So in this regard, the Virtual Incentives survey found that 63 percent of respondents prefer rewards based on their specific purchase history, as opposed to their purchase location. "Incentives don't have to be physical goods — status is as valuable as 'stuff,'" Greenspan said. For example, certain hotel brands offer upgraded rooms at check-in to preferred customers, he noted.
3.Know your limits: A successful loyalty campaign is all about collecting the right customer data and using it well. But as the case may be, not every company has the resources to run a loyalty program like the "big guys" — you need to understand your capabilities to collect and handle data, and make it work for your business, Brown said. At the most basic level, loyalty-related data can include survey results, account details and customer preferences, Brown said also. Now, as you get into more advanced analytics, you can do a little more digging to glean insights and concrete recommendations based on past behavior. "You'll see more returns at a higher rate, but it's expensive," she said. "You should be honest about what you can provide and support."
4.Fully commit to it As to this regard, Loyalty marketing efforts aren't a "one and done" deal; they're a lot of work, and you need to stay committed to engaging your customers over the long term if you want to see a return, Greenspan said. "Customers notice when people they ask for loyalty in the early part of the relationship fails and then they slowly stop showing any special attention over time," he said. Finally on this note, Greenspan made a recall to businesses to treat their loyalty programs as a means to build ongoing one-to-one relationships. "One-to-many is how you find the customer," he said. "One-to-one is how you keep them." Thanks........

Google Keep Adds App Shortcuts, Pinned Messages In The New Update

Right now, you can really stick a pin in it. So in this line, Google Keep now lets you save important messages to the top of the app with a handy, little pin icon. And if you have a Pixel or Android 7.1, you should beyond doubt be able to jump to a specific action through app shortcuts. To start with.... just touch and hold on the new circular icon and you’ll have several options to choose from. Furthermore, you can also touch and hold on any of these and pin that task straight to your homescreen. It’s one of several new features that first debuted in the Pixel. Now, in Keep you’ll find a pin icon inside of notes as well as at the top of the main group of notes when you touch and hold on one. If it is of your interest, you can grab the latest update from the Google Play Store or APK Mirror.
Major note: As the case may be, keep may not have as expansive of a feature set as OneNote or Evernote, but it might be just right for your needs. And more, there are several good tips and tricks that just might make Keep the only note-taking app that you’ll need. Thanks........

Have a Seasonal Business? Use These Four Tips for Year-Round Profitability

First, seasonal-business owners have a short window to earn money, and those funds have to last them all year. So in this regard, you might be wondering how these businesses make that work, but successful seasonal-business owners have tricks that ensure their seasonal businesses earn money all year long. Now..whether you're gearing up for your holiday season peak or slowing down after your summertime rush, here's how you can keep your business profitable throughout the year.
1.Minimize and manage off-season expenses: Here now, the first and most important step in managing your finances is getting a good understanding of your expenses in the off-season and then thinking of ways to minimize them, said David Goldin, president and CEO of business financing provider Capify. Along the line, Goldin advised reducing your business hours and days, lowering your staffing requirements, and cutting back your marketing and ad budgets to save money. So in this sense, you can also renegotiate some of your vendor contracts and recurring services, to see where you can scale back, he said.
2.Find natural ways to repurpose your equipment: Gary Fouts, the owner of multiple seasonal small businesses, said the best way to keep a seasonal business profitable is to operate two or more businesses whose off-seasons complement each other, and that can share equipment. Lets take for example, Fouts runs a landscape management company, an outdoor lighting company and a Christmas lighting add-on service, all of which drive referrals for one another. "Another way you can use to extend billing and revenue is to set up multimonth payment cycles to clients, and encourage early bookings through incentives," Fouts said further. Along the line, Fouts also noted that his Christmas décor business has many other purposes outside of the holiday season, which helps him to carry his success throughout the year. "Several weddings use twinkle lights in their décor," he said in addition.
3.Seek out opportunities with businesses that have longer seasons: Here...Toffer Grant, founder and CEO of prepaid business Visa provider PEX Card, recommended looking through your inventory at the end of your peak season to see if anything can be sold off. "A business has to determine [if] it is worth keeping money tied up in gear and supplies that sit around until the following season," Grant said. "Recoup some of the money by selling materials for what was paid, or even at a small loss [to] cash out those items." Fouts said that one of his major objective is to get the inventory as close to zero as possible before the end of the season. "We'll run a special on whatever color or type of lights we have in excess, sell off inventory to franchisees in the network or other companies," Fouts said. "If, at the end of the season, there is still an excess of a certain color or type of lights, we'll store them during the off-season."
4.Experiment with new product offerings: Here now, in order to extend the season of your seasonal business, you may want to consider switching up your offerings in an effort to bring in new business. Kona Ice, a gourmet shaved-ice company, began selling Kona Cocoa and coffee at some of its franchises during the winter months as a way to continue relationships with customers throughout the year. "Introduce the product as a seasonal special, [such as] coffee shops that sell limited-time pumpkin-spice lattes, said Tony Lamb, found and CEO of Kona Ice. "It enables a brand to experiment, but people don't start accepting that as [standard]. See what catches on." "You never want to go all in; you want to test," Goldin said in addition. "Tread lightly and experiment to see if you can increase business. If it works, then you expand it next year. You may be pleasantly surprised. Thanks a lot.....

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Google declears the winners of the 2016 Material Design Awards

Right now, Google is giving out the Oscars of Material Design to several apps that pulled off a standout performance with the company’s design guidelines. And this is the second annual list, and it highlights several ways in which Android developers have put Material Design to work. Furthermore, Google gave out the 2015 awards at I/O.
How it all started: Here, material Design is Google’s design language that first debuted with Android Lollipop. The aim is to bring consistency and an attractive appearance to Android. Google has also used its own products to serve as a benchmark, infusing Material Design not only throughout Android, but also the company’s web and iOS apps.
So here, And the winners are... In this line, Google picked five different apps that use Material Design in different ways. And they are as follows:
Brand Infusion: Asana: Team Tasks & Projects
Charming Engagement: Fabulous - Motivate Me!
Creative Navigation: C Channel (available in Japanese and Thai)
Expressive Layouts: Kitchen Stories
Focused Efficiency: Airbnb
Some of the apps uses a lot of sharp colors, animations, and breaks apart the content into easily-digestible chunks. Other apps used familiar elements like the floating action button, laid out a distinct path of navigation, and created a fluid experience. Finally on this note, the more that Google can nudge developers to embrace Material Design, the better visual appeal and consistency there’ll be on Android. Thanks...

Succession Planning: Use These Three Steps to Secure Your Company's Future

If it happens that you're thinking of selling your business or passing it on to a family member or employee, succession planning can determine whether the business continues to succeed or falls apart under the new leadership. Now say for example, when Sterling Jaquith and her husband Michael took over Heartland Post and Pole Fencing, the company was in good shape, but the succession was not well planned. In this regard, there were no set processes, no documentation and no mentoring period. As a result, the Jaquiths had a rough and costly time while learning the ropes. "It was a steep learning curve," Jaquith said in a statement. "We made a lot of mistakes in the first two or three months, which was unfortunate because that was when the fencing season started. And more, we didn't make a lot of money." Various family business studies estimate that only 30 percent survive the transition from first- to second-generation ownership, and now, according to If you would like your business to outlive you, succession training is vital. So finally in this line, here's how you can properly plan for your business's future.
1.Choose your successor wisely: To start with here, when choosing a buyer or successor, it's important that you find someone who is not only competent, but whom you trust to handle the responsibility and carry on the culture of the company. "I believe you want to feel that, for the most part, you have a shared value system," said David Scarola, chief experience officer of business coaching and advisory company The Alternative Board. Some times, Scarola said, owners make hasty decisions and discover after they've left that the company's culture has changed and their employees are no longer happy. So if you are passing on the business to a family member or employee, you need to be sure they want it. In this regard, Scarola recommended having that conversation early on: A business owner may think a son, niece or other family member wants to carry on the business, but the reality might be that he or she is not interested in doing so. So finally, an early conversation can save you the trouble and heartbreak of preparing someone for a responsibility he or she doesn't want, Scarola said.
2.Train early, and document your processes One other important step in any exit strategy is to make sure that your processes are in order and well documented. This is important for any business, because in an emergency, you'll want your employees to be able to carry on. But as Jaquith noted, it's more important for someone taking over the business to have a clear path forward. "Now, when you build something from the ground up, you think your processes are intuitive because you were doing it for 20 years," Jaquith said. But sometimes, even the basics, such as maintenance schedules, are not obvious, she said also. Okay... while you take note of that, if you are training your successor from within, it's never too early to start, Scarola said. In this regard, he recommended beginning with simple, delegated tasks, even before you start discussing the possibility of the person taking over. This can give you an idea of how well this person may do in this role. However, Scarola warned against telling employees about the succession too early. "Give them more decision authority over time," Scarola said in addition. "The key inflection point, where you're really starting to let go, is when you allow them to make decisions you would not have made, but you empower them to make those decisions." Finally here, there are several steps you can take to train your successor, including showing him or her where everything is filed, having your trainee shadow you in meetings, and letting him or her make decisions while you are there, according to a checklist from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Thanks.......
4.Get the paperwork in order: Here now, along the line of having all of the processes documented, it's also important to have the legal aspects of your business in order, Scarola said. "A lot of times, the only equity a business owner has is the business itself," he said. "Consult a lawyer who specializes in the transfer of ownership." If you're transferring a family business to another family member, Scarola recommended gradually releasing ownership — for example, by increasing the person's share of the company. In "Family Business Succession: The Final Test of Greatness" (Business Owner Resources, 2003), authors Craig E. Aronoff, Stephen L. McClure and John L. Ward suggested preparing several distinct succession documents:
A business strategic plan. Here... this means outlining the future path of the business, with allowances for each generation to make changes as needed.
A family mission statement. This is especially useful when several members own the company because it helps determine the roles, culture and direction of the business.
An owner's estate plan, This should include estate tax planning.
A succession plan. this defines the steps for the gradual release of authority. Regardless that they recently acquired their new business, the Jaquiths are already developing an exit strategy. They have begun documenting procedures, they are taking photos to provide visual guidelines for quality control and are also developing training programs for their new employees, including scripts for customer service calls before and after each job. It's not just about making sure the business is on sound footing before and after they leave, Jaquith said, but about making sure the customers continue to feel comfortable with Heartland Post and Pole Fencing now and in the future. And one other thing is that, business owners may not want to think about the day they eventually leave the company they created, but without succession planning, even a family-owned business risks failure. Okay, one more thing is that it’s never too early to start, and some of the preparations, such as writing down processes and identifying your eventual successor (if you want the business to stay in the family) can help the company both now and when you're ready to retire or move on to a new adventure. Thanks a lot....

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

A new widget offers you a quick view of traffic conditions in Google Maps beta

As the case is, the beta build of Google Maps has a handy new widget that offers you a fast overview of the local traffic conditions. So far, it’s available in version 9.39, and can be added to your home screen in the same manner as any other widget. Along the line. it will give you to a bird’s eye view of your location and how the traffic stands.
How to add it: Touch and hold on the home screen, select Widgets, and then choose Traffic 1x1 from the Maps section: Furthermore, Maps may ping you from time to time with upcoming alerts. From that screen you’ll also get a prompt to put the widget on your home screen. A few other hints appeared in an APK teardown by Android Police. The most notable one is the live information to the “popular times” chart that is listed alongside most venues. And right now, Maps aggregates data and displays it into a chart that estimates when a restaurant or other spot on the map is likely to be busy. The new feature, whenever it arrives, may give you a more real-time look. This could avoid that kind of situation where you spent 25 minutes finding a place to park, walking 15 minutes to the restaurant, only to find out there’s a 90 minute wait. So now, to try this out the new version of Maps yourself, grab the latest beta from the Play Store or APK Mirror.
Major note: One thing is this....... you can never get too comfortable with the feature set of Google Maps because it’s often changing. Mostly it’s for the better, as Google continues to use the large amount of data it collects to improve what it can do. The beta version is quite stable, so you may decide to jump on that if you really want to get these new goodies first. Thanks...

How you can navigate the memory manager in Android Nougat

So far, Android offers a convenient place for you to find out just exactly which apps have gone rogue and may be draining too many system resources. So now in that regard, if you’re running Android Nougat (the following examples come from a Pixel) then here’s what you need to do. First, you should go to Settings > Memory. Use the handy, slide-out menu in Nougat’s settings to get there. Then you’ll see the Memory section. Toggle the time to choose between 3, 6, 12 hours or one day for a better perspective on the data. If that is done, the next thing to do is to, select memory used by apps. You’ll see a list of apps, the OS, and system services along with their reported RAM usage. You can use the toggle at the top right to sort these by average or max use. So after that, you are to touch an app or resource to get more details. The overflow button at the top right can be used to disable the app if it’s become too much of a drain on system resources. But if it happens that you are having problems with your phone, it could be that a single app is messing everything up. This can help you identify the culprit. Otherwise, it may be worth uninstalling the app entirely or investigating other methods to speed up your phone. Thanks for reading.....

This is How to Build a Great Employee Benefits Package

Now, if employers are talking about "compensation packages," they don't just mean salary only. Typically, this package includes an employee's pay, plus a number of other good perks like health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. But as the case may be, a truly impactful employee benefits program goes well beyond medical coverage, said Alex Shubat, CEO at work-life balance platform Espresa. It's a tool that can be used to engage and retain your workforce. "As for me, I believe that benefits are all about employee recruitment and retention, which comes from people feeling valued," Shubat said in a statement. "They want to know that their employers care about their well-being and respect their time." Most employers looks to agree with this perspective: In a research by Thomsons Online Benefits, nearly 90 percent of employers said their top benefits objectives are attracting talent and improving engagement. However, many of the employers (70 percent) said they struggled to deliver and communicate their benefits packages effectively. "Global employers spend a significant amount on benefits, on average of 31 percent of employee salary, but there's a real risk that they won't see the full return on this investment," Chris Bruce, co-founder and managing director of Thomsons Online Benefits, said in a statement. "HR professionals understand the link between benefits engagement and broader workplace engagement, but they're stumbling at the first hurdle: engaging employees in their reward schemes." And finally here, if you're looking for a way to build a comprehensive, cost-effective and engaging benefits program for your small business, here's what you need to know.
Benefits basics
So here, if you are not sure of what to include in your benefits package. Here are some key perks that many businesses offer, according to Money-Zine:
Health insurance, including medical, dental and vision
A retirement savings plan such as a 401(k)
Additional insurance, like life and disability
Paid time off for vacation, sick days and personal days
A pre-tax commuter benefits program if your company is in a major city. For example, New York City requires all employers with 20 or more full-time, nonunion employees to offer this type of program.
Flexible and/or remote work options to help employees save on commuting costs and achieve better work-life balance
More than clear, these are just the basics. Okay while that is noted, now in order for you to stand out and make your company more attractive to employees, you'll need to go above and beyond, within your small business budget. "All companies wish they could spend more on benefits, but it is a balancing act," said Jeff Yaniga, chief revenue officer of Maestro Health benefits enterprise company. "It's been hard for smaller employers to offer choice. Voluntary benefits continue to improve and evolve. And now, employers must budget benefits with the same rigor by which they budget payroll, innovation, and building great products and services." Benefits don't have to eat up your whole budget, though. Small perks like free food or discounted services can go a long way in keeping employees happy. "Something as simple as free drinks in the kitchen may only cost a few hundred dollars a year, but it's amazing how much the 'little things' affect morale and performance," Shubat said. "A soda machine ... free massages or onsite dry cleaning ... aren't going to break the bank, and the value they generate in terms of retention is unbelievable." Other low-cost perks include employee-recognition programs (with small rewards or prizes), points-based programs that let employees earn discounts or cash, gift cards, and drawings/raffles.
Making your program work
Offer choices: Here in this regard, Yaniga said voluntary benefits are a great, low-cost way to add value to your total compensation package. And this is most especially true for health insurance, a notoriously high-cost item. "Voluntary benefits ... [can help] employees get the most value out of their high-deductible health plans," he said in addition. "For example, employers can offer low-cost loans for employees to leverage in times of crisis. Empowering employers with the best benefits options will put them on a path toward higher retention rates, greater employee engagement and a more thriving workplace." Other popular voluntary benefits include wellness plans, telemedicine, pet insurance and financial advisory tools, said Yaniga.
Use technology to your advantage: First here, Thomsons report states that online portals that give employees access to their benefits anywhere, anytime are becoming a critical tool in engaging employees and realizing global benefits strategies. "Most traditional benefits, like medical and retirement plans, can be viewed and managed through online portals," said Shubat, whose company helps small employers digitize their benefits management. "The next wave is making all benefits and services available through digital platforms. Most companies don't have those tools in place right now, but it's becoming more and more common every day." Furthermore, Thomsons found that employers that use data analytics have 14 percent higher employee-engagement scores than those that do not. But as the case may be, nearly half of all HR and reward professionals surveyed said they don't yet use analytics at all, and are therefore unlikely to be fully realizing their objectives and ROI.
Ask employees what they want: In this regard, Thomsons reported that only about half of U.S. employees feel their benefits are "very relevant" to their personal situations, and approximately the same percentage of employers take the opportunity to engage with their workforces about benefits during key life stages. That's why Yaniga emphasized the importance of knowing your employees and finding out what benefits they really want. "Now, the more we understand about the benefit priorities of our employees, the more we can meet them at their priorities," Yaniga said. "Best-in-class companies build a great culture by applying all they know about their employees' priorities to their benefit structures." Thanks a lot......

How you can remove a phone, tablet, or PC from accessing your Google account

One thing is true here. Upgrading your smartphone is a regular habit for most people, which makes securing your Google account all the more critical. The consolidated account tools that Google offers can help you keep track of which devices still have access to your account and kick out those you no longer have in your possession. So while you take of this, to get this done, you just go to My Account. You can also get here from the app grid found in the new tab page of Chrome Touch on a specific device name if you want to see when it was last synced with your Google account. Then from there, you’ll see a large Remove button. Press that to take away access. But you should note that this doesn’t wipe the device remotely. So if you wish to do that, you’d need to use Android device manager or do it manually. Performing this action from time to time is also a good security practice so that you will have total control and visibility over which phones, tablets, and computers are connected to your Google account.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

You Want a Better Employee-Boss Relationships? Communication and Recognition Helps

Most employees keep their relationships with their bosses strictly professional, new research finds. A study from the staffing firm Accountemps have showcased that 61 percent of workers said that while they work well with their bosses and have mutual respect for one another, they wouldn't consider themselves friends outside of the office. Along the line, just 23 percent of the workers surveyed said they are friends with their managers. A small group of workers said that not only that they are not friends, but also they barely have any connection with their bosses. The research found that 13 percent described their relationships as distant, with 3 percent saying they have no relationship at all. "The employee-manager relationship is a two-way street, and both parties play a role in the dynamic," Bill Driscoll, district president for Accountemps, said in a statement. "The best relationships are built on strong communication combined with mutual trust and respect." Now in verall, 64 percent of workers in the survey said they are generally happy with their current bosses. But, just 8 percent of those surveyed said they are totally dissatisfied with the person they work for. Regardless of the good vibes most workers said they have with their bosses, managers could improve these relationships even more, survey respondents said. Specifically, 37 percent of employees said they want better communication from their managers, with 31 percent saying they want their supervisors to recognize them more for their efforts. Okay furthermore, other areas employees would like to see their bosses work on include helping the workers progress in their careers, listening, standing up for them in difficult situations and promoting work-life balance, the research showed. So along the line, the study discovered that most workers recognize how hard it is to be in charge and would rather not deal with that stress and the added responsibilities. Almost 70 percent of the employees surveyed said they don't aspire their bosses' jobs. "Managers can at times get a bad rap, but in reality, most professionals understand that the job is tough and complex and may not be for everyone," Driscoll said. "The challenge for many bosses today is not just identifying a successor, but convincing that professional to step up to the challenge." So in more details now, Accountemps offered several tips to both bosses and employees for strengthening their relationships:
Manager: You are to set some clear expectations for employees and create an environment where they feel comfortable coming to you with questions and concerns. It is
important to remember that in order to be a good communicator, you need to be a good listener.
Employee: You are to ask your boss for clarification if you don't know what they expect from you, and be open to constructive feedback. Also, take advantage of any professional development opportunities that can boost your communication skills.
Career planning
Manager: You are to spend time creating a career-path plan for each of your employees. Go over the plan with them and highlight specific milestones they need to reach in order to stay on their desired track. Let your employees know how you and the company will help them reach those milestones.
Employees: You should not be afraid to initiate career-path discussions with your boss. Find out where you need to improve in order to reach your goals.
Manager: In order to keep your employees happy and eager to stay with your organization, you need to show your gratitude for a job well done. Don't just let them know how happy you are with their performance; be sure to announce their accomplishments to the rest of your team, too.
Employees: You should keep your manager apprised of all of the work you're doing and what you have achieved. Also, don't just wait for praise to come your way. Compliment others when you see them doing a good job.
Work-life balance
Manager: You need to see what types of flexible scheduling you can offer your employees. In addition, see if there are any on-site perks, such as gyms and free meals, that will help employees achieve the work-life balance they strive for.
Employees: Be sure you don't hesitate to tell your boss when you feel overworked. Many managers will find ways to take a little bit off your plate. Thanks.....

Google Play Store is getting a modest makeover with some interface tweaks

There is suppose to always be a permanent “under construction” sign hanging in the Google Play Store. It’s never necessarily a bad thing, as Google’s constant tweaks and overhauls of the app storefront usually turn out for the best. While that is noted, the latest round of changes aren’t dramatic, but they may make it easier to find what you’re looking for or more deeply investigate certain apps. Most notably, the main landing page has changed the section labeled “Entertainment” to “Movies, Music, Books.” Most likely, this is to add some clarity as to what exactly you can get in this section. It’s a kind of a tight fit on smaller screens (this was taken from a Nexus 5X) but may look fine on phones like the Galaxy Note7 Pixel XL or others with a big screen. The other most prominent change is that you can finally pinch and zoom on screenshots. But as the case may be, it’s helpful for picking out more details before deciding whether you want to download that app. Also, you may have noticed that when you click a link to the Play Store from Chrome or another browser, you’ll go straight to a preview page that now has much larger Google Play Store branding. Just the same as in that preview, you’ll find the white search bar disappears when you’re navigating different sections of the Play Store. So now, to get to a voice search you will need to tap the bar and the microphone icon. For Google to make such a change, the company likely determined that few people were performing voice searches in the Play Store.
What it means to you: My number one favorite change in all of this is the ability to zoom in on screenshots. It may look like a minor thing, but with some game screenshots this makes it easier to figure out exactly what’s going on. And finally, it may help those on smaller screens to get a better view of the action. Thanks......

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

You Think You Are In The Right Career? Here Is How To Choose The Best Job For You

First.... one thing that is true here is that, choosing a career can be difficult; even with the help of a career counselor, you may be unsure of what is truly right for you. Maybe you question whether you're passionate about your career choice, or whether your passion is career-worthy. "It's hard for people to choose a career because they can tend to focus on money instead of the job itself," said Amanda Andino, a recruiting trainer at a Fortune 500 company. "[They] may take a job they won't be passionate about or enjoy because it pays well." So here now, whether you're an entry-level candidate or an experienced professional, follow these steps to help you decide your ideal path.
1. Determine if you're really in the wrong career. Now, if it happens that you're considering a career change, chances are, you've been debating this issue privately for some time. First, you need to determine if you're in the wrong field or just you in the wrong environment. "If you picked the wrong [job], make sure you take the time to figure out why it is the wrong one. What is making you unhappy?" Andino said. "Make sure you find what you are looking for before moving on to the next job." So in this move, you may need to dig deeper to determine what is truly bothering you at work. If you often feel anxious, bored or stressed at your current job and struggle with or dislike your daily tasks, a career transition may be necessary. "You will know you have chosen the right job when you get up every morning, excited to go to work," Andino said. "So now, you are to look forward to the challenges of your day and if you are truly are passionate about your work day, day in and day out. You will also know you have chosen the right one when you align with the beliefs and values of the company you are working for."
2. Figure out what you want — and don't want. One thing here is that, people end up on the wrong career path for so many reasons. They may choose a job to please a friend or family member, to achieve a certain status or salary, or simply because it seemed like a good idea at the time. "We are taught that if we are good at something, we should do it as a career," said Joanne Sperans, owner of Volo Coaching. "The problem is, we're often good at several things, and we're passionate about several things. It's where those two meet that we should look." Jane Sunley, CEO of employee engagement company Purple Cubed and author of "It's Never OK to Kiss the Interviewer" (LID Publishing, 2014), said it's best to be specific about your end goals when deciding on a new career direction. So now, you can discover those goals by asking yourself the following questions:
What do you enjoy doing?
What skills do you use when doing the things you enjoy?
What means a lot to you?
What are you good at?
What do others admire about you and why?
What things do you do that you're better at than others?
Once you are able to answer these questions, it will be easier for you to determine where you want to be and what you need to do to get there, Sunley said.
3. Assess your background and personality. By the time you know what you want out of your career, you should evaluate your qualifications for jobs in that field. Two of the most important factors in choosing your ideal path are your background (education, previous experience, practical skills) and your personality (character traits, interests, values). Both should be taken into consideration but depending on your desired career, your personality may be more important than your résumé. "Obviously, for highly technical careers like engineering, medicine and law, training is very important," Sperans said. "However, for the 'softer' roles, including executive management, personality traits — like a commitment to one's workplace and employees, a strong work ethic and empathy — are as important, if not more so. You can teach skills, but you can't teach attitude and ethics." So in that sense, holding a degree in your chosen field can certainly help, but not having one won't necessarily bar you from getting a job. And more, a person with the right aptitudes and a willingness to learn can be a good fit for a position, even if you don't have formal education in that field. Ideally, your career should be a place where your personality and background intersect. "People who are thriving in their careers are easy to spot because there is such consistency — they are living what they do, and it shows," said Lisa Severy, career services director at the University of Colorado Boulder and past president of the National Career Development Association. "People who are dissatisfied and stuck in their careers are usually experiencing some disconnect between what they are doing and who they are." And finally now, if you're really unsure of where you want to go, explore a few different career paths within a single company. "You do have to try a few things out before you can make up your mind on your career path," said Keren Kang, CEO of Native Commerce, a digital marketing and e-commerce company. "However, jumping from job to job will always be frowned upon. Join a startup. Startups need jacks-of-all-trades and typically require all employees to wear different hats."
4. Ask for advice, but don't always take it. Okay take note that everyone has advice, has seen it all and always knows what to do when it comes to careers — or so they think. But regardless of whether your friends and family offer you great advice, you don't always have to follow their well-intentioned recommendations. Career coach Phyllis Mufson of Catalyst for Growth noted that outside advice can be very helpful, but only if you take control and ask specific questions that will assist in your self-discovery and career research. "Suggestions can always be welcomed as a courtesy, but it is unlikely for friends and family to know all the dimensions of the person who is making a career choice," added Jane Roqueplot, owner of JaneCo's Sensible Solutions. "Most people don't even realize their own total person until [they are] assessed to reveal the information about their style, aptitude and values. So here in this regard, family and friends can be far more important in helping one get a job after the appropriate career path has been determined."
5. Be open to all possibilities. No matter the stage of your life or career, one of the most important thing to remember when choosing a job is to keep your options open, career experts say. Now, if you're just entering the job market, take the time to explore your interests and learn about different career paths. "Trust your own instincts, and refrain from being swayed by naysayers," said Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin, owner of The Career Success Coach. "Know that trial and error in choosing a career path is part of the process." In addition to that, the same can be said for individuals making a career change; it's never too late to achieve your professional goals, Kang said. Even if it happens that you've been on the wrong path, you can still switch to a job that you may not have considered but that will make you far happier than the one you have now. Thanks for reading.......

Android 7.1 Developer Preview Announced to Be Coming Soon

Based on how things are going now, Android Nougat is full of great new features, but it’s not even available on most phones yet. But that doesn’t stand to mean that Google is slowing down. So in that sense, there will be a few point-releases over the coming months, beginning with Android 7.1. Google just announced the Developer Preview of 7.1 on the Android Developers Blog. It’s not quite available just yet—the blog says it’s coming “later this month.” Along the line Google says it has been working with hardware vendors on 7.1 for some time, but it needs to make sure app developers can test and update their offerings before release.
What’s new in 7.1
Here, some of the nifty stuff you see in the Google Pixel phones is part of Android 7.1, and some of it is exclusive to the Pixel phone (for now). We break down the differences here. Google’s new blog post details a few of the new features and tools developers and users will get in 7.1: For developers, Android 7.1 adds new capabilities to help you drive engagement in your app and deliver an improved user experience, such as:
App shortcuts API — Allows you to surface key actions directly in the launcher and take your users deep into your app instantly. You can create up to 5 shortcuts, either statically or dynamically.
Circular app icons support — Enables you to provide great-looking rounded icon resources that match the look of Pixel and other launchers.
Enhanced wallpaper metadata — Enables you to provide metadata about your wallpapers to any picker displaying the wallpapers as a preview. You can show existing metadata such as label, description, and author, as well as a new context URL and title to link to more information. And more, Android 7.1 also adds these much-requested developer features to the platform:
Image keyboard support — This expands the types of content that users can enter from their keyboards, enabling them to express themselves through custom stickers, animated gifs, and more. Apps can tell the keyboard what types of content they accept, and keyboards can deliver all of the images and other content that they offer to the user. For broad compatibility, this API will also be available in the support library.
Storage manager Intent — Enables an app to take the user directly to a new Settings screen to clear unused files and free up storage space on the device. For carriers and calling apps, the platform includes new APIs to support multi-endpoint calling and new telephony configuration options. Finally, Google’s just-announced that Pixel phones will be shiped with 7.1 on October 20, but it will probably be at least a month or two before it’s available in general release for most Android developers, and surely most phones won’t get updated for months after that. Nexus owners also excepted. Thanks.....

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

How You can Give a Product Demo That Will Land the Sale

Now, are you about to launch a tech startup? Okay... if that is true of you and you really want to impress your prospects, you should consider offering them a product demonstration. Demos gives consumers the chance to test-drive your product or service. According to Robert Fassold, co-founder of Ultra-Practical Solutions, a small-business software provider, they are "absolutely necessary" in the following situations:
The product has some unique value and as the case may be many potential customers may not understand what it is from the description.
There is a "wow" factor that can be demonstrated only in person.
The product may be bundled with additional products and services, and the demo provides the opportunity to cross-sell.
Along the line, Alex Haimann, head of business development at Less Annoying CRM, said that a demo is much like a consultation. Most essentially, you are offering your prospect insights on your product and showing them its exclusive benefits. So finally in this area, if you're setting up demos with potential customers, here's a step-by-step guide that can help you close the deal.
1. Start with a conversation. Here now, asking sales prospects about their business, interests and needs enables you to reflect on your product and connect with the potential buyer, Haimann said. Lets say, for example, you may ask the prospects why they want to use your product, what experience they have with similar products, and whether or not your product is in their budget. So in this regard, Fassold agreed, noting that budget should be a priority topic, so you don't end up wasting time on a demo if the customer has no intention of buying. "Get to the budget discussion as early as possible, or use your product's affordability as a way of defeating the budget argument," he said. During your initial conversation, focus on ways that your product can cater to the needs of that specific customer. "Make a note of terminology they use and anything that could help shape the demo," Haimann said. "And more, don't be afraid of asking follow-up questions — you wouldn't want to miss a key factor or condition in what your prospect wants!"
2. Customize your demo to the client. The first thing to do here now, is that you need to be sure that you customize the product demonstration for each prospect to ensure the customer has an exceptional experience, Haimann said. "You have to do something that will explicitly help the customer use your product and help them have an 'aha' moment," he said in addition. "For us, that means customizing their account so that they don’t have to worry about doing it themselves and they can really see what their business looks like in the CRM. For your business, simply do something your customer might need help with. Now, if your company offers website creation services, start customizing your prospect's new site. If you host an online marketplace, set up a vendor slot." "Don't settle into a demo pattern, or you'll stop listening to what your prospect really wants," Haimann added. Furthermore, you are to make sure you clear up any questions or concerns regarding to your product. "If the customer is not getting it, then turn the session into a discovery and find out what the customer is truly looking for, and give them some good tips to where to find it," said Fassold. "Selling a customer something they don't understand creates a help-desk nightmare scenario and ultimately bad press."
3. Prepare for technical difficulties Don't doubt it, demos are not always successful, Fassold said, so it is crucial to test your systems and always have a backup plan. "When it comes to demos, Murphy's Law is always lurking: whatever can go wrong, will go wrong," he said. "For example, I used my brother as a test subject for my demo, which required him to download an internet plug-in. This process worked flawlessly on all the other tests we had run. But as the case may be, we could not get his PC to run the plug-in. The lesson I learned was that we need to always have a backup, even if it is a presentation of the screens without the live demo."
4. End with an open invitation Just the same like the start of the demo, you'll want to end with questions to ensure you get beneficial feedback. Okay, while that is noted, you are to clear up any concerns and offer follow-ups a few weeks later to keep the lines of communication open. “Take notes on everything that transpired and close with a summary of the next steps or action items," Fassold said. "Talk among the other members of your demo team to get consensus on viability of the sales and the customer's primary objections. Then, follow-up [with the prospect] immediately with a thank-you note, including how to buy the product if they're interested." Thanks for reading.....

Samsung 'Adjusts' Note7 Production In Regard To The Fresh Spate Of Fire Reports

Samsung says it is “temporarily adjusting” the production schedule of its beleaguered smartphone, in regard to the amid reports of five replacement Galaxy Note7 models catching fire in the U.S. alone. It’s careful wording, and it follows a report from the Yonhap News Agency that Samsung has suspended production of the phone in cooperation with safety regulators from South Korea, China, and the U.S. The Yonhap News Agency reports production has been “temporarily suspended,” quoting a source at one of Samsung’s suppliers. But for its part, Samsung uses different language in its statement to the press: “For now, we are temporarily adjusting the Galaxy Note7 production schedule in order to take further steps to ensure quality and safety matters.”
Major notes to take: There’s a big difference, between “adjusting” a production schedule and “halting” or “suspending” a production schedule. In this regard, an adjustment suggests Samsung is just freezing the production line to investigate problems, and will return to previously scheduled programming in due time. Meanwhile, a suspension suggests a greater degree of finality. While this is in note, It would appear that Samsung is backing its Note7 for the long haul—that it’s not giving up on the phone despite the phablet’s overwhelmingly bad image problems.
Some true safe replacement phones?
As to this regard, on Sunday, mobile carriers stopped handing out ostensibly safe replacement Note7s to owners who purchased one of the original recalled phones. The carriers’ decision follows a spate of reports concerning replacement phones that have caught fire in the last week. Last week an alleged replacement phone caught fire on a Southwest flight, prompting an evacuation on the runway in Louisville, KY. On October 8, we heard that a Farmington, MN teenager suffered a burn when an alleged replacement Note7 went up in flames in her hand. On the same day, a man in Nicholasville, KY reported that his alleged replacement Note7 caught fire on Tuesday. On Sunday, a man in Virginia contacted the Verge with photos of a Note7 that “burst into flames” on his nightstand. The same day, The Verge shared the story of a Texas man whose replacement Note7 caught fire while sitting on a table. All of the reports appear reliable, and they’re damning evidence that Samsung continues to have a serious phone problem on its hands. On September 15, Samsung recalled the original batch of Note7s in accordance with a Consumer Product Safety Commission decision. Now its replacement Note7s appear to be catching fire, begging the question, How can Samsung possibly salvage the Note7 if it needs to issue a second recall? Finally.... as to this regard, we have asked Samsung for comment on the technical problems facing the Note7, and will publish its response once it arrives. This story, was originally published by PCWorld. Thanks..........

Monday, 10 October 2016

Your Body Language:What Is It Telling Colleagues About You?

Have you in any time of your life ever thought about what you're saying to your colleagues when you're not speaking or typing an email to them? Regarding to this, your body language can nonverbally communicate your feelings, whether that is positive or negative, and can affect how your co-workers perceive you. Psychology Today reports that people's needs, feelings, thoughts and intentions are processed by the limbic brain and expressed in our body language. Now, lets take for example, whether a baby lives in Boston or Borneo, she'll purse or pucker her lips if she doesn't like a certain food, and her eyes will dilate when she sees her mother. These expressions are very simple and binary, displaying either comfort or discomfort. So from the time we are born, we show through our facial and body gestures whether we are warm or cold, contented or displeased, happy or sad — even if we don't say it in words. "Through our body language, we alter the perception of a word," said body language expert and author Greg Williams. "For instance, we can say the same thing multiple ways and project a different meaning with each of those pronouncements based on the body language gestures that accompany our sentiments."
Examples of body language in practical expression:
A large number of people are not aware of the subtle signals they send and receive via nonverbal cues, Williams said. "It's so unfortunate because if they were more aware of such signals, they'd uncover undisclosed meanings that they might use to benefit their plight in life," he said further. So in the same line, Williams gave examples of simple everyday signals that affect how people perceive what we say:
Forehead. When someone wrinkles their forehead, it's a sign of stress. So in the other hand, the absence of wrinkles is a sign of calm and easygoingness.
Eyes (wide open versus closed and narrow). Wide-eyes shows someone’s attentiveness, interest and open-mindedness. A narrowing of the eyes signals a higher degree of focus on the subject, which is usually accompanied with a furled brow/forehead.
Smile. Here now, a genuine smile is denoted by turned up corners of the lips.
Hand placement. One thing here is that, when hands are held close to the body, they tend to convey a need to protect the body. When hands are held away from the body, they convey more of a sense of openness, trust and approachability.
Foot placement. Here now, when the feet of two people engaged in a conversation are facing one another, the individuals are mentally engaged in their conversation. And also when one person turns a foot away, that usually means that individual has mentally begun to disengage in the conversation and soon he or she will exit in that direction.
Body language in the workplace
All of the above examples can also be found in an office setting, though there are certain cues to keep in mind when in the workplace. "Any time you're in a business environment … there tends to be a more serious mindset that you have about yourself, along with a heightened sense of body language gestures," Williams said. He along the line added that co-workers are often "looking for certain things" to denote that hidden meaning might be associated with the way something is stated. A person's inflection might disclose a different meaning than the word conveyed, or there may be a sense of trepidation that is perceived based on a body language gesture.
Still in the same sense, according to Psych Central, these body language gestures can be detrimental at work:
Seeming uninterested. When we're feeling friendly and comfortable with the people we're interacting with, we ten to angle our bodies toward them and subtly match their movements. Be cognizant of where your body is positioned and that you're not angled toward the door when engaged in conversation with people. This along the line shows a lack of interest and distraction. Instead, subtly mirror or mimic their gestures. For example, without being too obvious, place your hands on the table if theirs are, or lean slightly back in your chair if they are doing the same. This expresses harmoniousness and alignment.
Nervous gestures. Leg jiggling, hair twirling, face touching — any motion you do when nervous or bored — indicates insecurity. These gestures in one sense can cost you the trust you've built with your supervisors. If you're prone to hand movements, find a place for them to rest instead.
Eye contact. Here in this regard, your boss can tell a lot about your emotional intelligence just by the way you look at people, including how much you respect, appreciate and are interested in them and your work. A good formula for maintaining eye contact that's confident and certain (read: not creepy) is to hold a person's gaze for approximately 50 to 60 percent of the time you're interacting with him or her. Thanks...........

AT&T And T-Mobile Stop Replacing Samsung Galaxy Note 7s After Several Fire Reports

So far, AT&T and T-Mobile have stopped exchanges of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that were aimed to solve an issue of overheating batteries in the previous version, regarding several reports that the new phones have also been involved in incidents of overheating and even explosions. So along the line, Samsung has said it is investigating the issue and will share findings as soon as possible. The South Korean company has temporarily halted production of the Note 7 smartphones in the wake of the new crisis, according to reports. “Based on recent reports, we’re no longer exchanging new Note 7s at this time, pending further investigation of these reported incidents,” AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook wrote in an emailed statement Sunday. “We still encourage customers with a recalled Note 7 to visit an AT&T location to exchange that device for another Samsung smartphone or other smartphone of their choice,” he said in addition. Furthermore, T-Mobile also said on Sunday that it is temporarily suspending all sales of the new Note 7 and exchanges for replacement Note 7 devices. “Customers are still able to bring their recalled Note 7 or the new replacement Note 7, along with accessories they purchased from T-Mobile, to a T-Mobile store for a full refund and choose from any device in T-Mobile’s inventory,” the mobile operator said in a statement on Sunday. Under an official program announced last month by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, almost 1 million Note 7 smartphones sold in the U.S. by Samsung before Sept. 15 were recalled following concerns about faulty lithium-ion batteries in the devices, which could overheat and even explode. As part of the agreement with CPSC, customers are able to return the phones to Samsung for a refund, or exchange it for a new Note 7 device, in which the battery issues had been resolved. Now, the company also announced an exchange of the Note 7 with Samsung’s Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge devices, and replacement of any Note 7 specific accessories, with a refund of the price difference between devices. And the number of reports of replacement Note 7 devices that have overheated or exploded has gone up to seven, and it included a Note 7 that caught fire on a Southwest Airlines flight, Ars Technica reported Sunday. Finally, on Friday, Samsung said it “understands the concern” its carriers and consumers must be feeling after recent reports raised questions about its newly released replacement Note 7 devices. It said... it would work with the CPSC to address the situation if any safety issue is found. Thanks.......

Saturday, 8 October 2016

The New College Grads to Find Friendly Job Market

Right now, the job market is looking up for new and soon-to-be college graduates. The hiring of recent college grads is aimed at increasing by 23 percent over the next year, according to the annual Michigan State University recruiting trends survey. The market should be especially fruitful for new two-year-degree and MBA graduates. The hiring of associate-degree graduates is expected to increase by 37 percent, and the hiring of graduates with a master's degree in business administration is projected to increase by 40 percent. The hiring of new grads with a bachelor's degree is expected to increase by 19 percent, and a 12-percent increase is projected for those with a doctorate degree. Phil Gardner, the study's author and director of Michigan State University's Collegiate Employment Research Institute, said the hiring of college graduates has been increasing steadily since the depths of the Great Recession in 2009 and 2010. So here Gardner said "Our report shows that the hiring of college graduates has been moving at warp speed for the past two years," . "And signs in the early fall of 2016 point again to another explosive year of hiring." In all, the employers surveyed are planning to hire more than 107,000 new graduates over the next year, and 70 percent of those hires are expected to be candidates with a bachelor's degree. So along the line,the two factors driving the hiring surge are company growth and employee turnover. And as for the study it revealed that 70 percent of employers point to growth as the most important reason for hiring. The industries experiencing the most growth include hospitality and food services; arts and entertainment; finance; real estate and leasing; transportation; and retail and wholesale trade. Furthermore, 57 percent of those surveyed said employee turnover is a major factor in their hiring plans. The industries experiencing large turnover include education; government; health services; nonprofits; hospitality and food services; real estate and leasing; and utilities. So still in the same sense, this year's college grads are likely to be compensated more than recent graduates were in previous years. The study found that starting salaries are expected to increase by more than 4 percent from last year. "This year's increase in starting salaries is the first sign that salaries are rising at a fast pace," the study's authors wrote. The average starting salary, which varies by industry, is projected to range from $39,346 for businesses with fewer than 100 employees to $50,667 for organizations with more than 10,000 employees. The study was based on data from 4,350 employers of all sizes and from all major industries, including education, finance, manufacturing, nonprofits, health care, social services, and professional, business and scientific services. Thanks for reading.......