Tuesday, 29 November 2016

How you can send GIFs with the Google Keyboard in Android Nougat

Sending a GIF is one great way to add some humor or otherwise break up the monotony of a conversation. When we are talking about Android 7.1 Nougat in this regard, the Google Keyboard gives you this capability with just a couple of taps. But one thing is that.... the implementation is a little awkward, but once you learn the right steps it’ll be second nature. So to start with, when writing a message, tap the smiley icon, which launches the emojis screen. You'll then see a GIF button on the lower right. So while that is noted, once you tap the GIF button, you’ll see the suggestions screen. Scroll through the categories and touch a GIF to insert it into the conversation. Furthermore on this move, you can use the Search GIFs box to find something based on a topic of your choosing. As before, you should touch the GIF to send it along. Finally, this capability is only in Android 7.1, and only supported in specific apps, though it should be soon rolling out beyond the Pixel to current Nexus devices. Thanks.........

Business Growth Begins With a Strong Recruitment Strategy

If you want a happy, engaged workforce that's poised for long-term growth and success then you need to put a recruitment strategy in place to hire the best people, new research suggests. According to a recent report by Citation, a provider of HR and employment law solutions, 65 percent of the 139 small business owners surveyed said that employing a specific recruitment HR strategy has a direct impact on business success and financial growth. While that is noted, according to Zuraida Curtis, field HR consultant at Citation, good recruitment strategies not only help with employee morale and overall happiness, they also assist retention. Curtis explained that by keeping employees engaged, business can actually avoid having to undergo frequent recruitment processes. Giving chance for growth potential and training creates a happier employee. "One thing is true here, smaller businesses can have higher engagement levels than larger ones because their people are not just a payroll number, they are a person — and this really matters." Linda Jodrell, HR director for Citation, said. "Give someone support in a time of personal need and you will get it paid back tenfold."
Building a strong recruitment strategy
In this regard, Curtis advised businesses looking to create a good recruitment strategy for growth to follow these tips.
Analyze. Here you need to take a close look at business needs as well as goals and objectives that you want to achieve. Identify. Know your long-term plans for expansion or reduction in staff members, critical roles in the business, and any gaps that need to be filled. Also, be on the lookout for seasonal fluctuations in staffing requirements.
Determine. On this line, you should figure out what the best recruitment method is for your business. Job searches via social media are increasing and this method can be used to effectively target candidates with specific skills sets.
Secure. At this point, you need to provide a competitive salary and opportunities for personal growth within your business. Now, according to the survey, 13 percent of employers said salary is the most important factor in retaining employees.
Establish. The first thing to do here is to decide on, and put into practice, a method to measure results and test whether your strategy is working. Also, establish a training budget to develop and enhance skills and knowledge. Knowing what not to do when creating a recruitment HR strategy is almost as important as knowing what to do. As a business owner looking for new hires, do not be vague about what the job requires: Have a clear job description and person specification for the job, Curtis said. Be clear about the required skills and experience and what the job entails, including hours of work and role responsibilities. "Try to avoid hiring on gut instinct," Curtis said. "Have a structured hiring process with an effective interview process. Verify qualifications through the interview process and complete background checks such as references." Thanks...........

Monday, 28 November 2016

Report: Android 7.1 rollout to Nexus devices will start from Dec. 6

So far to this regard, we have some solid evidence about the arrival of Android 7.1 for Nexus devices. Apparently Vodafone Australia has spilled the beans with details of a December 6 release date for the Nexus 6P. So along the line, the timeline makes sense, as Google unveiled the final developer preview of Android 7.1 on Nov. 22. Security patches are usually in the early part of the month, and the timeline of a few weeks to finalize the Nougat release is consistent with Google’s previous statements about the schedule. Okay.... while that is noted. The update will be called Android 7.1.1 when it’s released as it also incorporates some bug fixes and optimizations since the Pixel launched with 7.1. Google’s Pixel will also get the update to 7.1.1 in December alongside the Nexus updates, to avoid confusion about version numbers. Such updates always come in waves that take about two weeks to reach everyone. So to that regard if you have a Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, 9, or Pixel C you may need to exhibit patience or flash the software manually when it arrives.
Why this is important: Android 7.1 has a lot of cool, new features that will make your Nexus more delightful to use. And so far, Google has made good on the promise to bring some of the latest Pixel features (sans the Google Assistant and custom launcher) to the last generation of devices, which may keep some of the hardcore Nexus fans happy for now. But the future is clearly the Pixel, so finally, if you crave the absolute latest from Google then at some point you may wish to upgrade. Thanks......

The five coolest things you can do with Google Home

Before anything is said, I think you should know that the Google Assistant can do everything starting from telling you about the day's weather forecast to streaming video and turning off the lights. So while that is taking, here are the five coolest things you can do with Google Home:
1.Stream music: First here, if nothing else, Google Home makes for an decent speaker. But beside that, it’s a much smarter one than the Bluetooth set of speakers that may reside at the end of your desk. You can use the Google Cast function to stream Play Music, Spotify, or other Cast-enabled apps right to your Home device. Even more better, you don’t have to touch your phone again. Just tap the top of Home to pause, and once again to restart the music.
2.Find your phone: One thing is true here, the power of IFTTT is essential for making your Google Home even more powerful. One of the most practical uses is tracking down your phone if you’ve misplaced it in the house. With this recipe, just tell your Google Home to find your phone and then it will place a phone call. In addition, you’ll need to verify your number and jump through a couple of other steps when you first make the connection. But it’s worth doing, and one of the many clever IFTTT integrations for Google Home.
3.Replace your desktop speakers: So far, Google Cast is currently built directly into the Chrome browser. That integration means you ought to put it to use for your next music section or podcast, particularly if you don’t have that good of a set of speakers. Along the line, when you hit the cast button, look for your Home device (it’s worth giving it a distinct name if you have more than one or numerous Cast-enables hardware).
4.Touch for what you want: As to this regard, you don’t need to only use your voice to control Google Home. The top of your talking helper has some hidden commands. Tap once to awaken your Google Home or to pause and un-pause a broadcast. Also, if you slide your finger to the side a circle will light up indicating the volume. It’s sometimes a faster way to perform these functions instead of yelling them out with your voice. Since Home is directly built and controlled by Google, I woulnd’t be surprised if future software updates add more touch commands.
5.Lights on, lights off: One thing to regard here is that-one of the many promises of Google Home is that it will be the voice-controlled hub for all of your smart devices. That includes changing the color of your lights, turning them on, and of course shutting things down for the night. There are multiple IFTTT recipes for lights, including a very simple ”OK Google, good night” for when you’re headed off to bed. That command works specifically with LIFX, although my expecation is that more integration will come over time. for sure, if you have Phillips Hue bulbs, they can interface directly with Home. No IFTTT recipe required. Thanks......

Friday, 25 November 2016

Work-Life Balance, Not Income, Now Defines Success for Millennial Entrepreneurs

The young business owners don't define success by how much money they make. But instead, 79 percent of millennial small business owners measure the success of their business on whether they have a flexible work environment and a healthy balance between their personal and professional worlds, found a study from Xero. Furthermore in this move, 67 percent of those surveyed said being able to maintain a schedule that gives them the chance to travel and pursue personal interests is the second most important benchmark of a successful business. Being in charge of their careers is why most young entrepreneurs wanted to become business owners. More than half of millennials surveyed said being their own boss was one of the biggest motivators for starting their own business. "As at the time of the financial crisis, it quickly became clear that even the most dedicated of employees could be disposed of, and this has carried over into the way millennials view the corporate world today," the study's authors wrote. "Rather than working at a job for 20 or more years doing something they have no real passion for, more millennials are choosing to take the road less traveled." Overall, many young business owners are upbeat about their prospects for the future. So along the line, the study found that nearly half of those surveyed are cautiously optimistic about their company's growth. There are so many factors fueling their optimism. Nearly 60 percent of the millennial small business owners surveyed have a loyal customer base and 57 percent report increased revenue. In addition to that, 31 percent said their profits are on the rise. Increased costs are the biggest fear of those surveyed. More than 40 percent of young small business owners said they worry that rising costs will eventually force them to close their doors for good. So now, the research shows that millennial small business owners are taking the lead on using the cloud and social media to run their operation. More than one-third of millennial entrepreneurs run the majority of their business functions in the cloud, compared with only one-fifth of baby boomers. "As a generation that grew up using the internet, it's not that surprising that millennials are the ones with the highest percentage of their businesses running entirely in the cloud," the study's authors wrote. When communicating with customers, the majority of young small business owners turn to Facebook and Twitter. More than 60 percent of those surveyed said social media is the channel of choice for one-to-one communications with customers. "Social media is another channel that didn't exist 20 years ago, so millennials have the upper hand in understanding how to use social networks to engage with their potential and current customers," the researchers wrote. "Millennials understand that in today's world, you need to meet your customers where they are and given that 78 percent of the U.S. population (Statista) has at least one social media profile, finally, it's a channel that can't be ignored."
The study was based on surveys of more than 1,200 current and former owners of U.S. businesses, starting from ages 18 to over 30.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Android TV home screen bloat and how to fix it

As at last week, when I reviewed the Xiaomi Mi Box, one of my complaints was about the layout of the home screen. In my statement-instead of having just one section for all your apps, the Mi Box splits your app library in two, with a separate section of “Mi Box Recommends” apps that can’t be customized. And now, this isn’t the first time I’ve run into this problem. Last year’s Nvidia Shield Android TV, which runs the same operating system from Google, also has a separate row just for Nvidia’s pre-installed gaming apps and Netflix. As for the case of Mi Box, there’s no way you can move those apps around. But luckily still, there are ways to take control of your home screen on the Xiaomi Mi Box, Nvidia Shield Android TV, and Google Nexus Player. One thing is that they’re just hidden out of sight from the average user. So if you would mind, here’s what you can do:
Xiaomi Mi Box: removing the “Mi Box Recommends” row: Getting rid of Xiaomi’s bloatware first requires a settings tweak:
So in that regard, you should first go to Settings
Under the Device heading, select Apps
Under the System apps heading, scroll to and select XiaomiLeanbackCustomizer
Select Disable, then select OK. And more, removing this row doesn’t get rid of the apps themselves, it simply moves them to the main app section so that everything is in one place. Now if you want to remove these apps completely, you will need to launch them first, as this takes you to the Google Play Store to complete the installation. After this step, uninstall the apps through Settings > Apps or through the Google Play Store, and the icons should disappear. (Thanks to Android Box Reviews for the tip.)
Nvidia Shield Android TV: removing the “Shield Hub” row: The weirdest thing about the Nvidia Shield Android TV is how it relegates the Netflix app to the same row as Nvidia’s own gaming services. Now if it happens that this bothers you as much as it bothers others, follow these steps for relief:
Go to Settings
Under the Device heading, select Apps
Under the System apps heading, scroll to and select Nvidia Customizations
Select Notifications, then select Off
When you return to the home screen, both Netflix and the Shield Hub app will appear inside the main apps section. You can press and hold the “A” button on those apps to rearrange the icons. Finally on this note, there’s just one downside: Launching the Shield Hub takes you straight to Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service, with no apparent way to access GameStream (for in-home streaming from a PC) or Nvidia’s native game store.
Extreme measure: Set a new default launcher: In this aspect, if you’re still unhappy with the Android TV home screen—for instance, you don’t like the Recommendations row, or don’t want your games and apps separated, you can install an alternative home screen launcher In this move, with Android 6.0, Google made this a lot harder on Android TV devices. Even if you install an alternative launcher like HALauncher or TVLauncher, there’s no built-in way to set them as the default. Fortunately, there is a workaround, discovered by the XDA developer forums. All you need is a laptop and USB cable, and it doesn’t even require rooting your device so in that move here are the things you should do:
Install your alternative launcher of your choice on your PC, download and install Minimal ADB and Fastboot Nvidia Shield owners may need to install Shield Open Source drivers on the PC, though this shouldn’t be necessary in Windows 10
On your Android TV device, go to Settings
Under the Device heading, select About
Scroll down to Build, and press the “A” button eight times. (A message will tell you that you are now a developer.)
Return to the main Settings menu
Under the Preferences heading, select Developer options
Select Debugging, then select USB Debugging, then select On
Connect the Android TV device to the PC with a USB cable
On the Android TV device, and approve the connection
On the PC, launch Minimal ADB and Fastboot
In the command prompt, type adb devices
Verify that a device is detected (it should appear as a string of numbers)
In the command prompt, type adb shell pm hide com.google.android.leanbacklauncher
Now when you press your device’s home button, it should return to your alternative launcher.
To get the standard launcher back, return to the command prompt and type adb shell pm unhide com.google.android.leanbacklauncher. Lastly, I’ve confirmed that this works on the Nvidia Shield Android TV. And unlike the more basic workaround that eliminates Nvidia’s home screen section, launching the Shield Hub app from an alternative launcher preserves access to GameStream and Nvidia’s game store. And in this move, one of Android’s strengths has always been the ability to customize, so it’s a big shame that Google makes power users go through so many steps to change the home screen. But at least it’s still possible. Thanks.......

The Three Ways to Use Instagram Live for Business

This week Instagram launched "Instagram Live", it’s new service that allows users to broadcast live videos using the photo sharing app. This is the company’s first foray into live-streaming, and it works much like Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live, where videos are shared candidly and in the moment In the same move, Instagram Live works by streaming real-time videos via Instagram Stories. But unlike Stories, Periscope and Facebook Live, Instagram Live videos aren’t hosted on the platform — they are deleted immediately after each live session and are not posted to users’ feeds. Businesses in addition now have the option of sending disappearing photos and videos to individual customers and groups via Direct Message. Now, while you take that into note, in order to start an Instagram Live session, swipe right from Instagram’s home screen and tap the "Start Live Video" button. Followers are notified when you go live, and a "live" indicator also appears under your photo on the Instagram Stories bar. Instagram Live videos are available publicly and privately, and in both cases customers must tune in right there and then to see what’s happening and not miss out. Now going to more details, for small businesses, Instagram Live presents an opportunity for more engagement and creating deeper connections with followers and customers. And in that regard, here are three creative ways to use Instagram Live for your small business.
1. Host an interactive Q&A Engage with customers and answer their questions in real time:- In this sense, Instagram Live is both a real-time video broadcasting tool and engagement platform. In addition to viewing videos, users can also interact with hosts and other viewers via live chat. Each video feed comes with a comments section at the bottom of the screen, where anyone in the audience can share their thoughts, ask questions and leave reactions via "likes." To host a Q&A, you should let customers know when you will be holding an Instagram Live video session. Have them either send in their questions ahead of time via Direct Message or ask them during the broadcast in the comments section for a more interactive experience.
2. Broadcast a class, tutorial or demo Show customers how your products and services work via live tutorials, demos and free classes:- Unlike the regular Instagram posts and stories, Instagram Live does not have a 1-minute or 10-second time limit on videos. This in the other hand means that business owners can host longer live video sessions — up to an hour — to boost sales by highlighting their products and services and engaging with customers. Lets take for example, gym owners and fitness instructors can broadcast workouts and live classes; cosmetics companies and makeup artists can show live tutorials on what their products look like in real life; and restaurant owners and chefs can do a live cooking session to show foodies how a dish is prepared. All you should do is to just set up your device on a tripod or stand for hands-free broadcasts.
3. Show a behind-the-scenes look at your business Humanize your business by giving customers a behind-the-scenes look at your operations:- Lastly, some examples include demonstrating how a product is made, giving customers a sneak peek at upcoming events or even going around the office to show customers real faces behind your business. And now, because Instagram Live videos disappear right after each session and aren’t posted to your account, you don’t have to worry about breaking your feed of curated posts or showing anything that you don’t want available in the long-term. Thanks....

Google Cast' is being phased out in regard to favor Chromecast for connected TVs and speakers

Starting here now, if you were just getting used to the “Google Cast” name, it’s time to refamiliarize yourself with Chromecast. Google has begun to move away from the ‘Google Cast’ brand for speakers, TVs, and other hardware that supports Google’s casting technology. Instead it’s now promoting the “Chromecast” name, which most consumers are probably more familiar with and more, thanks to the rather successful streaming device. Furthermore, the official Google Cast page also hints at the change, with a notification that Google cast is, “also known as Chromecast built in.” On one level the move makes sense because so many people are familiar with what a Chromecast is. So now, in this move, any television set, pair of speakers, or an Android TV set-top box that supports casting from a mobile device will be easily decipherable. But in any case, the Google Cast name isn’t going to die away entirely. It may still live on as the name of the developer technologies that allow developers to make their apps work with Chromecast.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

The Four Gift-Exchange Ideas for Your Office Holiday Party

This is another season for cheer, happiness, eggnog and company holiday parties — which may turn to become giving gifts in the office. You may be thinking of exchanging gifts only with a couple of co-workers or employees, but why not give the whole team the chance to get into the holiday spirit? Okay, staring from the traditional Secret Santa exchange to gift themes, here you get the four fun gift exchange ideas to try at work this holiday season.
1.Coffee mugs: Almost everyone in the office drinks coffee or tea or, at the very least, has a use for a coffee mug. So in this regard, why not make gift giving much simpler by limiting your employees to exchanging fun and decorative coffee mugs? Assign everyone a random recipient (you can draw names from a hat, as in a Secret Santa exchange), and set a price limit. Now, in order to make it even more fun, you should have your employees fill their mugs with little edible treats, like candies or hot cocoa packets.
2.Charity exchange: Starting here now, instead of giving out presents, why not do some good while spreading holiday cheer? Have everyone write down their names and favorite charity on a piece of paper, put it in a hat and then let each employee take turns selecting names. Then, employees will make a small donation (again, set a limit for the amount) to that charity in the selected person's name.
3.Recipe baskets: In this regard here, even if it happen that you're not all that good at cooking, everyone has a favorite recipe. A fun alternative to giving actual presents is to exchange your favorite recipes, but not just a card with instructions. Employees should make a gift basket complete with the instructions and the ingredients needed to make the dish. To choose who gets which baskets, draw names out of a hat.
4.Gift grab: Here now, to do a gift grab (which is also known as a grab bag), all of your employees have to bring in a small, wrapped gift under a certain price limit. Then after that, they will put a number on each wrapped gift, place corresponding numbers in a hat and have participants draw one to determine which gift they get. Alternatively, don't label the gifts, and have all employees select theirs in the order of the numbers they drew. Thanks........

Thursday, 10 November 2016

The Google Assistant Developer Platform is going to be ready in December

The Google’s major push into home automation and artificial intelligence has been sort-of realized with the Google Assistant. On this note, it lives inside of the Pixel and Google Home, but that’s just the start. So... along the line, the company wants to enable your favorite apps and services to connect with it so you can issue voice commands that simplify numerous day-to-day tasks. The destination at the end of this journey is a little clearer with Google recently announcing that Actions on Google will be available for developers next month. This is going to allow them to create voice commands from the Google Assistant for their apps and services. So now, there are three main tools that developers can tap into: direct actions, conversation actions, and the embedded Google Assistant SDK. Now... let say for example, if your connected garage door platform builds in support, you could say "OK Google, close my garage door." This is the first step toward Google Home closing the big gap between it's supported services and Amazon's Echo. The embedded SDK is for those that want to put Google Assistant inside of their own hardware. This shows that while Google wanted to push the Assistant it out there with its own products first, the plan is for it to be more widely available across a range of different devices. Finally on this note, if you’re a developer or just an enthusiast who wants to know more, you can sign up for updates at the Actions on Google site.
The effect it offers to your home: So far, Google Assistant is at the center of Google’s efforts to automate numerous aspects of your life. So in this sense, once the SDK is released, we're likely to see a handful of new services supported around the end of the year, with more early next year. By the middle of 2017, Google hopes to have dozens of supported apps and services and the Assistant built into several different phones and other smart home devices. Thanks ....

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Winter Is Coming: Your Four Business Ideas to Get You Through the Season

Now, as the winter fast approaches, there are plenty of seasonal businesses that are gearing up for the year's end. Some specialize in snow removal, while others create powder for the warmer slopes; other businesses will help you store your summer garments or decorate your home for the holidays. So in this sense, these five winter businesses will help you get into the holiday spirit, weather the coming snowstorms, and maybe even inspire you to start a business of your own.
1.Winter storage: In this regard, when winter's on its way, many people try to save space by storing their summer clothes, decorations and other items they don't need in the cold weather. But if you live in an apartment or home that doesn't have a lot of storage space, organizing for the season can get a little tricky. You can use a storage facility if you don't have the space in your home, but what if you don't have a car to travel back and forth, or the time to go to a storage unit every time you need something? Some businesses could take the hassle out of storing those warmer weather items. Services that pack, move, and store items -- and return specific goods on demand -- are highly sought after during the winter months, especially in densely populated cities.
2.Snow removal: In this area, whether you love winter or hate it, everyone can agree that dealing with a snow-covered driveway is a huge hassle. Shoveling and plowing is difficult, and if you're an elderly or disabled person, it's even harder to deal with these tasks. If you find yourself dealing with a snowed-in car, a snow removal service can help. Starting a snow removal service isn't hard; in fact, many children walk door to door as an informal snow removal service. But as adults, we're well positioned to take advantage of the demand for a top notch snow removal service. Consider creating a smartphone application to help dispatch workers to the work site, making the customers experience simple, efficient, and effortless!
3.Decorating service: This season, is the season to decorate your home for the holidays, but if you're too busy or otherwise unable to hang lights or even decorate a tree, it could leave you feeling less than festive. A decorating service can help you get into the holiday spirit by decorating your home for you. And who says decorating services have to be confined just to winter? While the holidays are in full swing at the year's end, why not offer decorating services year round? Birthdays, St. Patrick's Day, and Independence Day are all opportunities to stretch your decorating business beyond the throes of the winter holiday season!
4.Snow creation service: Now, if it happens that you live somewhere that's not exactly known for snowy winters, a snow creation service can help you create your own winter wonderland. These companies specialize in making realistic fake snow, as well as real snow that lasts for a longer period of time and can even be used for snowball fights in the middle of summer! Snow creation services can be used for everything from film sets and corporate events to winter-themed weddings and children's parties. Now you just need to take decorating to the next level, or just throw a fabulous winter wonderland party. In those warmer climates, everybody would be excited to see a little bit of snow for the holidays! Thanks...

The Five Business Fads That Are on Their Way Out

Could you remember when there was a frozen yogurt chain in almost every town? But today, many of these once-popular establishments are out of business; like fashion, business is subject to the ebb and flow of consumer hype, and such fads tend not to last very long. "Never you assume that your fad is going to have revenue beyond a pretty short time," Mary Gale, a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Babson College in Massachusetts, told the Asbury Park Press. "Now, plan for the demise of that business, and don't fool yourself about when it's going to be." Okay one other thing is that.... owning of a fad business could diminish your entrepreneurial spirit, but there are ways of bouncing back. So that regard, here are the business trends that entrepreneurs think will die off in the coming years, and how they can be adapted to fit the changing market.
1.Box subscriptions: Subscription services are all the rage right now, but regardless of that, Jeff Neal, creator of a mud-run series turned project manager and estimator, said box subscriptions — a business where a company sends subscribers a curated box of items every month — will taper off because they are more interesting than practical. Over time, he said, you will end up with way more of a certain product — like coffee, wine or cleaning products — than one person could possibly need or use. If you run a box-subscription company, you might want to consider finding a "common denominator" with another type of business and adapting, said Neal. For example, you could branch out into retail sales: Subscription services like Julep (cosmetics) and Blue Apron (meal ingredients) allow subscribers to skip their monthly deliveries and instead purchase related products individually from the service's websites.
2.Daily deals: As at 2014 the trend of e-commerce "daily deal" websites hit a complete market saturation , said Mike Catania, co-founder and CTO of savings community Promotion Code. But in any case, with so many ties to small business communities, daily deals sites could easily morph into location-based apps that curate retail deals nearby, he said. "Entrepreneurs in the field could also diversify by moving into the popular rebates arena, as they likely have significant amounts of purchase data from their existing daily deal customers," Catania added.
3.Tanning beds: So far, the emerging information about the dangers of UV tanning has decreased the demand for traditional tanning beds. However, it is possible to stick with the tanning business and remain profitable, said Eric Anderson, CEO of Unlimited Tan. Switching the focus to spray tanning can increase business and even bring in a whole new clientele that would normally not visit a tanning salon. "Adding a spray booth or custom spray tanning is a must to adapt to the changing needs of your customer base," Anderson said. He added that creative marketing and partnerships will keep customers engaged.
4.Laser and bleach teeth whitening: Regardless of the fact that the teeth-whitening market has been alive and well since the days of the ancient Egyptians and Romans, today's health-conscious consumers are wary of modern methods like bleaching and laser treatments. Max Robinson, owner of Teeth Whitening Belfast, said he does far less traditional laser teeth whitening than he used to do, because most of his customers are now looking for natural treatments. As a result, he has had to diversify his business, he said. "We use a lot of coconut oil, charcoal and baking soda, and provide different [whitening] treatments," Robinson said.
5.Nostalgic gaming apps: In this regard, Pokémon Go was without a question the most popular new app this summer. But now, how many people do you know that still play the game regularly? AJ Saleem, academy director of Suprex Learning Houston, said he expects gaming apps capitalizing on nostalgia to die off in the coming year, if not sooner, because the games eventually lose their popularity (again). "There are definitely ways to prolong its popularity, such as adding new additions and updating, but eventually the game will die out," said Saleem. "Those popular games aren't meant to last forever." Thanks......

Monday, 7 November 2016

Samsung will be launching its own digital assistant for the Galaxy S8

Now, Samsung has announced that the upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone will include the company’s own digital assistant. Executive Vice President Rhee Injong told Reuters that the acquisition of Viv Labs will power the new platform, which will also expand into the wearables and other smart home devices. Injon hinted that third-party services will also be able to connect to the platform, which is a key part of making AI more useful. “Now, developers can attach and upload services to our agent,” she said. “Even if Samsung doesn’t do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more new services and provide them to end-users with ease.” Viv Labs is run by a co-creator of Siri, which was eventually purchased by Apple.Finally, Samsung hopes to differentiate its smartphones for the next cycle as a way to win back skeptical buyers and stand apart from Google’s Pixel, which is the only phone so far to include the Google Assistant.
Major notes: One thing here is that, Artificial intelligence is the next wave of computing. Google has created the best mobile integration so far with the Google Assistant in the Pixel and Google Home. But in any sense, Microsoft, Apple, and now Samsung want to ensure their devices can be smarter and better anticipate your needs. AI in the next Galaxy S8 may win buyer attention in a store, but hard-core Android fans aren’t likely to give up their reliance on Google so quickly. Thanks.........

The Four Good Ways Entry-Level Employees Can Show Leadership

Starting from here, when you start an entry-level job, it's very sure that you might feel like you have a long road ahead of you to move up the ladder toward a leadership role. But regardless of that, there's more to being a leader than having "manager," "director" or "vice president" in your title. And conversely, you don't have to have one of those titles to be a leader. In one article that was published by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, clinical professor of strategy Harry Kraemer said that junior employees should "lead from where they are" and take the initiative to become a leader within their current roles, regardless of how long (or short) their tenure has been thus far. In likewise way, Jonathan Wasserstrum, co-founder and CEO of TheSquareFoot, said that if you can demonstrate leadership in your current capacity, management may be more likely to trust you with a higher-level role when the time comes. "Furthermore, on this line, it's a good way to find out what you're really made of. When you're [entry level], you have some room to learn ... your strengths and weaknesses as a potential leader before the stakes get too high." Okay... if you're ready to start building and demonstrating your leadership skills as an entry-level employee, here you get the four steps you can take right now.
1.Pay attention to leadership styles in your organization: regardless of where you are in your career, you can learn so many things just by observing the leaders in your company. Catriona Harris, CEO of Uproar PR, advised junior employees to pay attention to current leaders to see what works, what doesn't and what they might want to emulate in the future. "An entry-level employee might not be leading anyone, but they should be noticing and taking notes on characteristics on effective ... leaders within the organization," she said. "This is the time to start visualizing how you will handle certain situations, so when the time comes, you are already ready for it."
2.Volunteer for projects outside your regular duties: Jay Deakins, founder and CEO of ERP software company Deacom, advised entry-level employees to investigate opportunities to help easy a manager's heavy workload. "Along with you being respectful of their own processes and responsibilities, you should also offer to take on some of the tasks that they may consider unappealing or annoying," he said. "Help your colleagues if they’re buried under work or struggling with a project," added Wasserstrum. "Now if it happens that you’re collaborating on a project, be the one who sets the progress update meeting [or] proposes next steps after the meeting. These are the kinds of things that can build trust and affinity between you and your colleagues." Richard Jalichandra, CEO of Bodybuilding.com, agreed, and in one sense, said that as a senior executive, he's always looking for junior employees who volunteer for additional responsibilities outside the scope of their jobs. "[These are] people who proactively reach out to me, their managers or other leaders in the organization and offer their efforts on ... special projects or initiatives, over and above their main job responsibilities," Jalichandra said. "now, by doing so, you not only show people that you're willing to work hard and take risks, but you also usually get to do cool work, too! [A]t some point, leadership comes looking for you because they know you're up to the task." finally it’s important to note, however, that these assignments should never hinder your existing job performance, Deakins said, so accomplish these new projects during free time after work, on weekends or when your day-to-day responsibilities are completed.
3.Share your ideas: Here now, one of the best ways to contribute to your company — and get noticed by the company's leaders — is to speak up and share thoughtful, intelligent ideas. "In one note, don't be afraid to speak your mind," Wasserstrum said. "Smart companies respect good ideas and thoughtful dissent, regardless of where in the organization they come from. But at the end of the day, your actions speak louder than words. If you do the work, do it well and and also be unafraid to own the results, people notice."
4.Set the standard for your current job: Now, according to what Harris said,-her agency constantly evaluates junior employees to look for signs that they are ready for a promotion. One of those signs, she said, is that the employee takes the initiative and is proactive in his or her current role. "If it happens that an employee is able to complete their day-to-day tasks successfully and still be coming up with new ideas, we see that as an early sign of leadership," Harris said. "Instead of being bored and only doing what is on the job description, they are going above and beyond to make the team successful." But one other thing is, even when your ultimate goal is working toward a leadership position, the most important thing is to excel in the job you were hired to do, said Deakins. "Most times people get [so] distracted by career ambitions that they let their day-job responsibilities take a backseat," he said. "Don't lose sight of what your current position entails and strive to be the best at it. And now, You will know that you have reached this level when managers consider you to be the example for all new employees."

Google launches RCS messaging on Sprint, with other carriers on the roadmap

Google announced it on Friday that it’s launching Rich Communication Services (RCS) messaging for Android phones on Sprint. If you have Google’s Messenger app, I think with this move you’ll be able to flip the feature on and get real-time typing notifications, high-resolution photo sharing, read receipts, and other features. So furthermore, Google is supporting the new Universal Profile, which lets RCS services inter-operate between carriers and regions. The switch may already have been flipped by the time Google made the announcement, as an Android Police report included screenshots from some Sprint users who were already being notified about the change. Now if you’re one of the lucky ones to get the upgrade, you’ll apparently have to disable battery notifications, and then you’ll be able to toggle on a setting to “enable enhanced features.” Okay... while you digest that, Google says it’s partnered with 58 carriers and manufacturers, which means that RCS could eventually hit a subscriber base of 4.7 billion people. So along the line, the company’s purchase of Jibe is a key part of this effort, which is to build a universal platform for advanced messaging that any carrier can support. We’ll be sure to keep tabs on the major U.S. carriers to see when they’re planning to jump aboard. Verizon support would also be key, considering that Google partnered exclusively with Big Red to sell the Pixel in carrier stores.
What it means to you: It’s RCS, not Allo, that will bring the ubiquity of iMessage-style features to all. One major reason that makes the iMessage to work so well and has such wide adoption is twofold—it's the default messaging app, and it seamlessly supports both SMS and more advanced iMessage features. Lastly, RCS has a similar approach, and can bake those type of helpful features like typing notifications and messaging over Wi-Fi without the need to sign up for another messaging service. Thanks.......

3 Tips to Side Wheel Success While You're Employed Full Time

Having a full-time job gives you security, stability and a steady paycheck. But regardless that all of those benefits are commendable, sometimes the paycheck itself doesn't cover your costs of living, student loan payments or credit card debt.
Enter the side job. In this move, more people are opting to moonlight or take on freelance gigs in addition to their full-time job to meet their financial needs or treat themselves to things they might not otherwise be able to afford. Upwork reported that nearly seven in 10 workers surveyed by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), a staffing advisory firm, said they moonlight (perform work outside their primary work) to supplement their income. Now for many, contingent work is a popular option: Close to one-third of America's workforce freelances (performs contract work), representing a total of nearly $1 trillion in earnings, the Upwork blog said. Regardless of your reasons for a side gig, you should know whether it's appropriate for you and your employer.
So in that sense here are the three things to consider:
1.Check with your full-time employer: Here now, side gigs and project-based work not only present the opportunity to make money but also to learn an array of skills in a short period of time, said Lisa Sterling, chief people officer of Ceridian, a global human capital management technology company. In any sense, the increase in the number of full-time employees taking side gigs can put their employers in a difficult position. "One big challenge for employers in the short term is going to be determining policies and flexibility in scheduling to allow for employees to handle their other jobs and, in the longer term, investing in training and development of people who also have loyalty to other companies," Sterling said. Employees shouldn't be taking on side jobs if they're having difficulties in their current position, especially if that other job conflicts with a non-compete or employment agreement, said Don Charlton, founder and chief product officer of recruiting software company JazzHR. "Now, if it happens that you know that you'll put your job in jeopardy, then seeking outside opportunities is not a smart decision," Charlton said. "In addition, it's also important to feel out your company culture. Do you work 9 to 5, or do you have more unpredictable hours? That's a big question people need to consider before accepting gig work."
2.Remain committed to your full-time job: It requires a great deal of work ethic, dedication and time to accomplish multiple tasks and successfully juggle multiple jobs. Regardless that, you need to be committed to your full-time employer, experts said. Charlton noted that you should assume that you're never going to be able to put a gig opportunity ahead of your job. "All employers want to make sure that their employees are committed to both their company and company goals," he said. Now... along the line, according to Charlton, employees who consistently exhibit both good judgment and autonomy are less likely to cause employers to worry about their freelance or side work. However, the opposite would be true for employers dealing with employees who don't have those attributes and are also choosing to carry the weight of a side gig, Charlton said. "Above any other thing else, the performance of employees and the attributes they possess are key indicators to employers of how those individuals might juggle an additional gig with their main job," he said.
3.Make your side gig benefit your full-time career:In this regard, having a side gig can benefit your career, as the skills you learn there can be transferable and valuable to your full-time job. Similarly, there are some good number of ways hiring managers can vet candidates with gig experience. That includes assessing candidates by looking for patterns on their resumes that match the job description and drawing out performance indicators from them during the job interview itself, Charlton noted. Charlton said. "Having outside interests can often positively impact work performance."

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hangouts provides app shortcuts, other tricks to Android 7.1

The latest update so far to Google’s Hangouts brings the app up to speed with some of the new tricks in Android 7.1. First off you are going to find that app shortcuts are finally here, now, it allows you to leap into a specific action with a long press on the app icon.Also, you can drag one of those onto the home screen for even more rapid access. Furthermore, Hangouts tries to bring better clarity to some of the options for managing your conversations. In the overflow menu People and Options have been broken into two separate sections. The people screen is presently focused on controls for group chat, like adding others to the conversation. The options page focuses on customizing the sounds and letting you archive or skip out on the conversation altogether. And the new tools are coming in version 14 of Hangouts, which you can get from the Play Store or APK Mirror.
Why it is important: Hangouts is pivoting towards the enterprise, with Allo the new consumer-focused messaging solution. But in any case, taking advantage of those Android 7.1 tools is still important, especially for all of those Pixel users out there that want the latest and greatest from Google. Thanks......

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Effective Marketing Should Be Authentic and Story-Driven

A large number of small businesses rely heavily on marketing strategies to retain current customers and attract new ones. However, the digital realm, including social media, is changing rapidly, and marketers must adapt their strategies quickly if they want to continue to reach their customers. The Content Marketing Institute (CMI) named story-driven content, video, native advertising and influencer advertising as some of the top upcoming marketing trends to watch in 2017. So along the line, here are some things marketing experts have to tell on the trends for digital marketing in the coming year.
Story-driven content: On this line, heartwarming and captivating stories help connect consumers to a specific product or service. The major goal of story-driven content is to tap into consumers' emotions and make them feel something remarkable toward your brand. This strategy is particularly relevant to the millennial generation, which happens to be the largest target consumer demographic right now, according to Pew Research Center, Strategic communication expert Supriya Venkatesan said stories are a major part of the future of marketing. "The most effective content will be story-driven and match millennial values of doing social good — which is a relatively modern marketing trend," she said. " Okay... while that is noted, platforms like Upworthy and campaigns like Dove Beauty are a huge success because they recognize that millennials crave authentic transparency and goodness." But in any case, a company's reputation can be jeopardized quickly if it relays the wrong value or message to its customers. For example, Kirsten Clodfelter, co-founder of Rise Marketing, cited a 2014 incident when DiGiorno accidentally used a domestic violence hashtag to sell pizza. "One thing beyond doubt is that, businesses need to challenge themselves with really thinking about how to meaningfully engage using different social media channels in a way that's more significant than just using the latest hashtag or putting emojis in their post," she added.
Video content: An Author and a copywriter Brit McGinnis believes the future of marketing is to be all about customization and understanding the complexities of a company's audience. "Everything will be customized to find smaller numbers of more devoted customers," she said in a statement. This means methodologies will require less empirical analysis and more qualitative understanding of targeted consumers. One major way to capture an audience, for example, is to create video content. According to HubSpot, videos often drive higher audience engagement online than other types of content, such as text and photos. "And right now, video marketing is a critical tool for businesses, whether you're looking at creating short, shareable content for social media or thinking about something more targeted, like recruitment strategy," Clodfelter said. She in addition said that videos should also serve a culturally relevant purpose.
Native advertising: In this present world, native advertising is a unique type of marketing that matches the tone of the platform on which it appears. So far many enterprises are investing in the native promotion of their content, CMI said. "The concept of native advertising in the internet sphere is only a few years old, so it's going through many iterations — from simple blog-type posts, to video content, to promoted tweets and posts on all the major social media platforms," Venkatesan explained. "Furthermore, the future of native advertising is similar to the future of content marketing — it needs to be visually driven and compelling enough to grab the attention span of the modern consumer, which is getting shorter and shorter." Let now say for example, websites and online publications like BuzzFeed and The Atlantic utilize native advertising amid nonsponsored content on their websites.
Influencer marketing: To start with here, influencer marketing uses specific people, typically those with audiences numbering in the thousands or even millions, to sell products on social media. "Influencer marketing is absolutely the future, because it monetizes the trust of consumers," McGinnis said. This method of marketing has a high return on investment, with advertisers seeing an average of $6.85 in earned media for every $1.00 spent on influencer marketing programs, according to a 2014 AdWeek report. In the same sense to native advertising, ads using influencers can be disguised easily. Nonetheless, they can also be marked as sponsored content on social networking platforms. As with more traditional advertising, some companies have even recruited celebrities to promote their brands, products and services. However, businesses should be careful to choose an influencer who aligns well with their brand and values, Venkatesan said. "Social media stars will continue to rise, and their celebrity status will be used to promote products," Venkatesan said. " But now, many of these stars can't simply be bought and want to have a relationship with the brand. So again, story and matching of values need to occur." Regardless of which areas of focus marketers pursue, experts agree that businesses need to be prepared to adapt to new trends and be on the lookout for new ones. "As for me, I think marketing has already begun to change and will continue to, because with new technologies and ideas, lines continue to be blurred," said Geneva Gamblin, a record-label publicity assistant. "We're always looking to the next thing, and I believe that marketers need to feel the same." Geneva Gamblin said in addition. Thanks......

Google Play is breaking down on fake reviews and fraudulent installed numbers

Presently, Google is announcing several new steps to ensure that app discovery and ratings can’t be manipulated. So in that process an update to the Android Developers Blog says Google has found some developers trying to game their app placement through fraudulent installs, fake reviews, and other “incentivized ratings.” And now, the company is putting new detection and filtering systems in place to try and put a stop to this. Search quality analyst Kazushi Nagayama and product manager Andrew Ahn penned a joint blog post that warned those caught could be kicked out of the store. If an install is conducted with the intention to manipulate an app’s placement on Google Play, our systems will detect and filter it. In addition to this, developers who continue to exhibit such behaviors could have their apps taken down from Google Play. And in this regard, there shouldn’t be anything noticeably different on your end. App discovery remains a challenge, and we’ll have to see if this smoothes some things out. Developers are also urged to ensure that any third-party company promoting their app also abides by Google’s guidelines.
Important note: So far, finding a good new app remains a challenge, even for a search-focused company like Google. Along the line, it only gets worse if there are numerous developers who aren’t playing by the rules. So such security break downs are necessary from time to time in order to keep everyone honest. Thanks.....