Tuesday, 31 January 2017

How you can add custom ringtones to your Android phone

At any time you decide to go with Android, one thing I think is true is that customization is at the top of the list. Many longtime Android devotees swear by the ability to change up every element of how their phone works. So in that regard, perhaps you want to extend that capability to ringtones. Sure, there are those sounds that come on your phone (we’ll show you how to tweak those, too) but you can also opt for music from your own sources. Here’s what you are to do.
Give the right permissions: First on this note, you’re going to need to dig into the permissions. Get there by going to Settings > App Permissions > Storage. Then toggle on the setting for contacts. This will allow you to pick a ringtone from outside the default list because you’ll be able to access your internal storage. One option is to save audio files to your phone, which you can do with a third-party app or by inserting a file to Drive and then saving it to your hardware storage.
Editing the ringtone: In this case you are to head to Contacts. Touch the person who you want to edit, and then select the overflow menu (three vertical buttons) and you’ll see an option for where to get the sound from. Then, you can grab the image from storage. Alternatively, you can use a third-party app like Zedge and Ringtone Maker. They allow you to tap into their database of ringtones and then to save you to your internal storage.
Alternatively, you can use your own sound: If it’s in Google Drive, Dropbox, or another cloud service you’ll need to download it to your device so that you can access it from the contact editing menu. By assigning specific ringtones to individuals in your contacts, you’ll know right away who is calling. So that way you can rush to pick it up, or if it’s someone you’d rather not talk to, ignore.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Why Your Best Employees Are Quitting (and the Three Ways to Keep Them)

The are so many reasons why employees quit their jobs, and these includes better career opportunities, dissatisfaction on the job or personal growth. So far, no matter what drives your team to exit, as a manager, you have an obligation to better understand their reasons if you want to retain staff members in the future. "Losing a key employee is often more detrimental to the business than losing a key client," said Jeff Nussbaum, CEO and co-founder of Recruit, Inc., a site for recruiters and job seekers. "If you are constantly communicating with your employees and tending to their needs, hopefully they will not want to leave, and if they are considering it, they will be transparent upfront."
Why employees quit (and what you should do about it:) According to a 2016 CEB report, the five biggest factors survey respondents considered when leaving their last job include:
1.Future career opportunities (42 percent)
2.Compensation (36 percent)
3.People management (35 percent)
4.Development opportunity (31 percent)
5.Recognition (29 percent)
Furthermore it's not always possible to give every unhappy employee a raise — and, in fact, that may not even motivate them to stay. However, there are things you can do to make your staff feel more appreciated and less likely to quit. So while that is taken, here are the three key actions you can take to address employee attrition, and keep your best workers at your company.
1.Provide opportunities: A lack of future career opportunities is, perhaps the most sure top reason why employees leave their jobs. According to a large majority of employees surveyed (70 percent) reported being unhappy with future career opportunities at their current organization. According to the CEB report, the perception of upward career progression opportunities can improve career satisfaction by 17 percent. Employees calibrate their career progression through the lens of title progression. Career satisfaction increases the more they see opportunity for title progression. Nussbaum agreed, and said if there is no business trajectory, there can be no employee opportunities. So now, to empower his employees, he keeps his team in the loop. "The more they understand budgets, strategies, success criteria, risks, etc., the more they will feel empowered, accountable, important and motivated," he said. "As obvious as this may seem, it is often missed by employers, and almost always missed by employees who tend to think more emotionally about their growth or lack thereof in their jobs." "I believe in having key employees’ compensation plans contain some component that is attached to the growth and performance of the business, not just their personal role/performance," Nussbaum continued. "You will be amazed at how this adjustment in compensation will influence positive behavior and a team culture."
2.Communicate openly: One thing here first, is that open communication with employees is a helpful way for them to stay focused and more secure in their position. The need for continual feedback is an especially important detail to remember with a millennial-heavy office. This generation comprises more than half of the American workforce, so employers are trying to fish out the best ways to appeal to them — and prevent them from quitting their jobs. According to a Clutch HR survey, the best way to appeal to millennial employees is with consistent, accurate and immediate employee feedback. This kind of communication, as opposed to more traditional workplace interactions, such as formal year-end reviews, could mean that 34 percent are more likely to find their job fulfilling, and less likely to quit their current position. "The more traditional models of providing feedback are less liked by millennials. They want more emphasis on instant feedback and the immediate connection to the work that they're doing," Joe Carella, assistant dean for the Eller College of Management, University of Arizona, told Clutch. "In general, millennials are more collaborative than previous generations. That collaboration means they are more open to continuous exchanges about the work that gets done, which, in turn, translates to the openness and the desire for more immediate feedback."
Understand their personal lives: The CEB survey discovered that people begin reflecting on their careers when certain personal milestones come around, such as work anniversaries, class reunions, or a pinnacle birthday. Now, as they reflect on their accomplishments up to the point of these milestones, job search activity can increase if they're unhappy. "We've learned that what really affects people is their sense of how they're doing compared with other people in their peer group, or with where they thought they would be at a certain point in life," Brian Kropp, head of CEB's HR practice, said in a statement. "We've also learned to focus on moments that allow people to make these comparisons." Thanks....

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Facebook moves into NFC in Android phones for strong account security

These days, we are have hearing a lot about 2-factor authentication, an invaluable way to protect your account from someone who has stolen your password, but there’s an inherent wrinkle built into the system: SMS. Most 2FA setups use text messages to deliver a one-time code sent to your phone, but there can be issues with that system. For one, it requires a cell connection, and for another texts can be intercepted. Granted, this is a small window of opportunity for hackers, but Facebook wants to close it all the way. So while that is noted, in order to secure accounts even further, it has begun rolling out support for security keys into its account login protection, eliminating SMS from the equation and letting users lock down their accounts with a fast, foolproof 2FA method. And for Android users with one of the newer NFC-capable phones, it’s even easier. Now from today on, you can register a physical security key to your account so that the next time you log in after enabling login approvals, you’ll simply tap a small hardware device that goes in the USB drive of your computer,” Facebook security engineer Brad Hill wrote in a post. “Your login is practically immune to phishing because you don’t have to enter a code yourself, and the hardware provides cryptographic proof that it’s in your machine.” Furthermore, since it’s a new feature, it only works with the latest version of Chrome or Opera on a PC, and isn’t yet supported by the mobile Facebook app. But regardless of any thing else, as xHill writes, if you have an NFC chip in your Android phone, you can download the latest version of Chrome and Google Authenticator in the Play Store to use your key to wirelessly unlock your account. Yubico’s security keys start at $18, but the NFC-equipped Yubikey Neo costs $50. However, they aren’t just useful for Facebook. Security keys work with a variety of accounts, including Google, Dropbox, and GitHub, though the implementation may vary, especially over NFC. Thanks.......

The Five Tech Trends That Will Influence Your Marketing Strategies

Regardless of what kind of business you run, you need customers to keep growing. Word-of-mouth referrals and repeat clients can certainly help, but most businesses could benefit from a little marketing boost. Now, while the purpose of marketing hasn't changed, the methods and trends companies follow to achieve results has evolved drastically in recent years. In that sense, new marketing technologies continue to emerge, and businesses that want to keep up need to look ahead and prepare for the future. So while that is noted, here are the five key tech trends that experts said will shape the marketing aboutlandscape in 2017 and beyond.
1. Content-driven commerce is on the rise: First thing here, is that the rise of social media quickly gave way to a new breed of content marketing — one driven by links, shares and referrals. Regardless that affiliate shopping links have been around for years, today's companies have started to connect the dots between content and commerce, and assets like sponsored articles and social media posts are continuing to gain popularity. "Content-driven-commerce is the use of affiliate links within published content," said Oliver Roup, CEO of VigLink, a platform that helps companies create and place affiliate links. "[This] form of content marketing is helping small business bring in incremental revenue without the cost of a typical marketing campaign. A brand can … incentivize publishers to incorporate their products into their content. Once a consumer purchases the product after leaving the publisher's site, brands and publishers cash in." Roup said this form of marketing is becoming a preferred outlet for many, as traditional advertising (which he notes has been on the decline) can be costly—and isn't always worth the spend.
2. Programmatic advertising will continue to grow: Automation solutions — which, as the name implies, automate a process based on data input — have been growing in popularity, and for good reason: They help businesses make many areas of their operations much more efficient. In the marketing world, programmatic ad platforms fill this need: In regard to that, according to Jeffrey Finch, CPO and co-founder of digital marketing and advertising platform Choozle, these tools "turn everyday workers into advertising experts." "Programmatic advertising has been taking off for a while now, but it's poised to greatly expand in the coming years," said Finch. "[These platforms] do the hard work of finding ad space for you, while you simply provide them the information about who you would like to target."
3. Mobile development still matters (but niche apps are on the decline): Before we go further here, I want you to remember the days of, "There's an app for that?" John Marcinuk, group director of marketing production at Blue Fountain Media, believes those days are winding down: While brands should absolutely still be focusing on mobile development, he said, it's better to spend time and resources on a great mobile web experience, rather than creating separate apps for everything. "Asking your customers to download one more app to their phones for an experience that should be available on the mobile web is not only a big ask on their time, but can cost many thousands of dollars for a brand to develop," he added. Although customers are more and more comfortable making purchases via mobile devices, many still research on mobile and switch back to their desktops later to complete the purchase. Marcinuk said an optimized mobile experience can encourage customers to whip out their credit cards with their mobile phones in hand. "For marketers hoping to win back users who don't convert, we'll be utilizing technologies that target across devices and properly attribute our advertising success to all touch points along the purchase process," Marcinuk said in a statement.
4. Data analytics will become even more crucial for success: Any company with an online presence knows the importance of using customer data to inform business decision. Presently most brands are beginning to make data analytics a priority, but marketers still have a long way to go, said Curtis Tingle, CMO of intelligent media delivery company Valassis. Today's data goes well beyond basic demographics, Tingle said. Now brands can access consumers' online and offline media behaviors and preferences, location throughout the day, purchase history, promotion sensitivity, etc. This, he said, enables you to customize messages, images and offers across channels, even to the household level. "Marketers must learn how to better use the data that they collect," Tingle said. "Customers are constantly feeding personal information to the companies they engage with – from purchase behaviors to favorite products to the best ways to reach them through advertising and marketing efforts. With this data share, customers are looking for some sort of return, whether it be in the form of more personalized advertisements or targeted coupons/deals." Tingle noted that utilizing a targeted approach to a select audience is much more impactful than a blanketed "spray-and-pray" method of delivering marketing messages. "Collecting as much data as possible should no longer be the primary goal; leveraging it to reach and activate consumers in unique and meaningful ways must come first," he added.
5. Artificial intelligence (AI) will be a marketer's best friend: First, are you wondering how to analyze all that data you've got? Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning might just be the answer. John Callan, VP of marketing at Boxever, a customer intelligence cloud platform, said brands are now using AI to better understand how a customer prefers to interact with a brand (email, personalized homepages, mobile, call-center, in-person, etc.), and tailor offers and messages delivered via those preferred channels based on a customer's desires. "Another example includes being able to 'interrupt' a regular campaign offer or message based on some new contextual information — perhaps due to a real-time service issue or a change in a behavior pattern — to deliver a more relevant and timely offer or message," he said in addition. So now, to take advantage of AI for your marketing needs, Callan advised finding a tool that will help you connect the dots between channels and provide relevant insights to drive successful marketing campaigns. "The right type of [AI] platform not only aggregates all of the customer data from multiple sources within a single database to simplify activation across channels, and more..... this has the power to run … tools and techniques in real-time, leading to an improved customer experience and, more importantly, brand loyalty," he said. Thanks.......

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Google starts live testing of Instant Apps that load without installation

During the last year’s I/O conference, Google demonstrated a sneak peak of an exciting new initiative that lets users interact with pieces of an app without needing to go through the whole download process. It was called Android Instant Apps, it was designed to streamline the process of installing apps, and now Google is finally ready to let us try it out. Okay..while it's only available in a “limited test” with just four developers—BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki—Instant Apps could dramatically change the way we interact with apps on our phones. Now lets say for example, under the current system, if someone sends you a link to an item for sale in the Wish app and you don't have it installed on your phone, you would be first redirected to the Play Store, where you would need to download and install the app, find it on your phone, open it, type in the item, and hit search. With Instant Apps, tapping the link would automatically bring up that page in the app, whether it’s installed on your phone or not. From there you could buy it or save the link to your home screen, all without needing to go through the whole tedious download process.
With the Wish Instant App, you can view and pay for an item without downloading the full version.
In addition, Google demonstrated a situation where a user could feed a parking meter without needing to waste time or data downloading the app first. Too sure, if you wanted to download the full app, you could, but the process is designed to remove friction from what should be quick interactions. So along the line, it's a kind of like opening web apps or Chrome Custom Tabs, but with much more power behind it. As Google explains, the experience isn’t watered down or minimalized in any way. Rather, the user will be using the full app, just targeted to the specific bit they requested:
“In order to develop an instant app, you’ll need to update your existing Android app to take advantage of Instant Apps functionality and then modularize your app so that part of it can be downloaded and run on-the-fly. Also, you’ll use the same Android APIs and Android Studio project.”
More on this, Google promises that full Instant Apps SDK will be available “in the coming months."
Finally on this note, Instant Apps will work on Android versions going all the way back to Jelly Bean, but It’s unclear on how the widespread the rollout for testing is or how Google will be soliciting feedback from users. For now, when we tried to open a Wish link, it still sent us to the Play Store to download the full app.

Instant Tethering enables you to easily share your connection with nearby Android devices

As we all know, the Wi-Fi tethering feature built into your Android phone is a great feature that shares your connection with devices that might not have cellular capabilities. As the case may be now, Google is looking for a way to make it a little easier getting it up and running. So to that regard, a new feature called Instant Tethering is currently rolling out as part of the 10.2.91 update to Google Play Services. While that is noted, according to Android Police, the feature is currently limited to Nexus and Pixel phones running Nougat 7.1.1, and the only clients supported are the Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets (though two phones can share their connections as well). In any case, as the service begins to make its way to other devices, it could be an excellent feature for people who regularly use their phone’s tethering feature. Okay......whereas previous connection is needed, pairing codes and several other steps to set it up, the new method works similarly to the way Wi-Fi connections work now. And more, the two devices need to be within Bluetooth range and linked to the same Google account to start the connection, but other than that, there aren’t any toggles to flip or passwords to enter. Basically, your tablet will automatically connect to your phone’s hotspot whenever it needs a connection. Both the Play services update and the feature are still being rolled out to users, so even if you use one of the supported phones, you might not see the feature yet. Finally, to check, head over to the Google menu in the Settings app, and look for the Instant Tethering option under the Services heading. Thanks.......

Monday, 23 January 2017

Cover the Gap: Communicating With a Multigenerational Workforce

Managing a workforce that is becoming increasingly diverse in age is never a small task for many employers. In regard to that, a new study from Robert Half Management Resources reveals that communication is the most difficult aspect of managing a workplace comprising as many as four different generations of employees. Specifically, 30 percent of the executives surveyed said communications skills are the greatest differences among their company's employees who are from different generations. Along the line, the research found that baby boomers tend to be more reserved, while Gen Xers prefer a control-and-command style. Conversely, Gen Y employees prefer a more collaborative approach to communication, and the youngest workers, those in Gen Z, like in-person interactions best. How they adapt to change, their technical skills and how they work with other departments are the other biggest differences, the research found. When it comes to change, Gen X and Y employees tend to see it as a vehicle for new opportunities, while Gen Z is used to change and expects it in the workplace. "Each generation brings unique characteristics to the workforce, which should be embraced," said Tim Hird, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources, in a statement. "Most of the time, managers see these differences as negatives, but building a team with diverse perspectives, insights and strengths can only be a positive, leading to improved products and service levels." Despite what some may think, managing a multigenerational workforce doesn't have to be hard, according to Hird. "For example, for years employers complained about how the work styles of millennials were disrupting the workplace," he said. "We know now, however, they simply have different outlooks, and the resulting changes from employers, such as new communication methods and enhanced work-life balance offerings, have benefited companies and employees alike." Finally on this note, in order to help employers, Robert Half Management Resources offers several tips for managing employees from different generations:
Don't overthink it: Here, you should start from the perspective that all employees want to do well and help the company. That type of viewpoint will lay a strong foundation when building relationships.
Modify your style: Now, while your employees have many of the same attributes, they also have individual needs. You should work at customizing your management style, tailoring it to each person's strengths, personality and aspirations.
Get out of the office: In order for you to get your employees of different generations to know each other better, consider hosting off-site team-building events. Being in a setting outside the office is one good way for employees to learn more about their colleagues.
Let younger employees be heard: One important you are to do is to make sure that employees from younger generations feel comfortable sharing their opinions with their older co-workers. Regardless of their age, employees who have expertise in a specific area should be able to share their perspectives with everyone in the office.
Mix generations: Finally here. Whenever you are assembling teams to work on certain projects, mix and match employees of different ages who have different skill sets. This can spur innovation and new ways of solving problems.
The study was based on surveys of more than 2,200 chief financial officers from companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Thanks.....

Saturday, 21 January 2017

How you can find, view, and delete everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you

First, has Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Google Home taken up residence in your home? If your answer is no, you're probably at least considering adding one of these digital helpers. They are supremely useful after all, providing assistance with everything from weather forecasts to smart-home control. All you need to do is ask. Now, in order to fulfill your requests, however, both of these voice-activated digital assistants must upload your verbal commands to the cloud. Just what does that entail? The short answer is that your commands are saved to your Amazon or Google account respectively. And the more you use these devices, and the more services you link to them, the more their respective manufacturers will know about you. Okay. Those insights can range from what kinds of movies and music you like to what time you go to bed. Fortunately, there are privacy options you can manage also, as well as ways to purge that collected information. Now here on this blog, we are going to show you how you can get the most out of these devices while maintaining the maximum amount of personal privacy.
How these voice assistants work: Google Home, Amazon Echo (and it’s cost-reduced sibling, Echo Dot) are all the time listening, so they can spring into action upon hearing the wake word. With Google Home, it’s “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google.” “Alexa” is the Echos’ default wake word, but you can change it to “Amazon” or “Echo” if you find those easier to remember. This “always listening” feature freaks some people out, but Amazon and Google both assure us that while their devices might be listening, it doesn’t mean every conversation is recorded in the cloud. That happens only when the wake words are detected. You can read Google’s privacy policy on this Google help page, and you’ll find Amazon’s on this Alexa support site.
Alexa is able to handle a wide variety of questions, saving them to your Amazon account for later viewing.
Both devices start listening when they detect the wake word, but only record and keep your conversation if they produce a valid response. Along the line, when they do keep something, Both Google and Amazon allow you to listen to what you said, so you can compare that recording to what the device transcribed.
Digging into the Alexa app: To start with here, the main hub for your Echo content is through the Alexa app, which is available for Android, iOS, and Fire devices and on the Alexa website. You’re able to view, listen to, and even delete your past searches. The interface on the mobile apps is nearly identical to what you see on the web. The more you use Alexa, you’ll also begin to see suggested snippets of information, somewhat akin to the cards in Google Now. The first entry will show you a Voice feedback section that displays what Alexa thought it heard and will replay the voice recording. Okay finally, you can play back the recording and see Alexa’s response. You’re also able to remove the card, but this is not the same as deleting it.
In addition, if you want to delete your recording, head to Settings > History. You’ll see a list of all your past Alexa requests, Next, touch or click on the specific recording you want to remove, and then choose Delete from the next screen.
Also, you can wipe all of your Alexa requests at once. Head to the Manage Your Content and Devices page. Go to Your Devices and select your Echo. Click the box next to it and select Manage Voice Recordings. You can choose any of your Echo devices and it will take you to all the recordings, no matter which Echo you used. The next screen will give you a disclaimer, but this is where you can delete them all at once. This will reset your cards and information Alexa knows about you, but that’s probably what you wanted anyway.
OK, Google: Here...... the process is similar for the Google Assistant, although I do find it to be more straightforward and easier on the eyes than the Amazon setup. One thing to keep in mind is that all of your interactions with the Google Assistant are in the same place, whether you talked to it through a Google Home, Pixel, or Allo messaging app. Now, go to My Activity to manage this. There’s a link inside the Google Home app, but no matter the platform, all of this account information is accessed through the web. You’ll see a rundown of all your Google actions, such as from Chrome, Android, or—of course—Google Assistant. To get what you need, click or touch Assistant from among the services. Choose one of the recordings and you can listen to it. Select details for more information on the interaction, such as which device was used, how you triggered it, and the time you triggered it. Since this Google history includes all of your interactions, finding the Google Assistant requires some refinement. Select filter by date and product and choose Assistant. Click on any of the entries to hear it, further analyze which device you used, or delete.
Furthermore, in order to sweep them all away at once, touch or click the search bar after you’ve chosen Assistant and choose Delete all
Such services are designed and aimed at learning about you and to get more personalized over time. However, it’s worth understanding that you can wipe the slate clean, if you wish. Maybe you don’t want Google or Amazon to know you or ask you about which gift is right for your 12th anniversary. The controls are there, you just need to take the time to learn what all the dials can do. This story, was originally published by TechHive. Thanks.......

Get the Job: Avoid These Three Thank You Note Mistakes

First of all, one big reality about this headline is that gratitude can leave long-lasting impressions on the people you interact with, especially when you're trying to get a new job. Now...... while you digest that, sending a thank-you note to a potential employer after your interview can only improve your chances of getting hired. "It is a common courtesy to thank busy people for taking the time to give you an opportunity to display your talents. Anything you can do to differentiate yourself from the competition is good," Laura Kerekes, chief knowledge officer at ThinkHR said in a Business news interview. "Sending [thank-you] notes may seem outdated, but everyone appreciates hearing that the time they spent was considered valuable." While you may have nothing but good intentions in mind when writing your thank-you, there's always room for mistakes. While that is noted, here are the three important things to keep in mind when you are crafting your note.
1.Don't ask for anything: When you are composing your note, one thing you should keep in mind is the reason for which you're writing it, and I think it's to express gratitude.It's important that you keep in mind you don't ask for something else, said Lynn Gaertner-Johnston, founder of Syntax Training. "Asking [for something] detracts from your thank-you and suggests that gratitude is not the real reason for your message," she said. Additionally, a thank-you note should not include a sales pitch disguised as part of the note. "It is not OK to include, 'By the way, I will be in your neighborhood next week,' 'If you know anyone who can use my services ... ' or any of those tactics," said Sherry Ransom, owner and president of Sherry Ransom Productions. "Including a sales pitch dilutes the authenticity of 'thank you' and voids the feeling of reciprocity that would normally take place."
2.Don't call attention to your mistakes: Now....if you messed up during the interview, it's best not to call these things to attention when trying to land the job. "Do not apologize or mention any negative aspects of what happened in the interview or meeting that you are sending thanks for," Anne St. Hilaire, content marketing manager at iDevices, said. "If you couldn't answer a question or called someone by the wrong name, don't recall it in your thank-you message." Lavie Margolin, consultant and career coach, LCJS Consulting reinforces this idea, noting to "never apologize for something that you feel is lacking within your skill set or experience." "People always do this by writing, 'Although I do not yet have,'" Margolin said. "The interviewer had the chance to meet you and make the determination if you are lacking something." Speaking of mistakes, you should be sure to double-check your note before you send it out to make sure it's error-free. "Never have typos ... in your thank-you note," said Noelle Williams, director of recruiting at Kavaliro. "It makes you seem like you were scatter-brained when composing the note."
3.Don't sound desperate: In this case, one thing you should note is that you've already gotten through one of the hardest parts of getting the job, now is the time to confidently be thankful and wait for the next steps. Desperation isn't a good look for anyone. "[Steer clear of] any hint of desperation. Hiring managers and HR know that it's a tough job market, but you won't close the deal by presenting yourself as a charity case," said Joey Price, CEO of Jumpstart:HR. "Make the moment all about the praise. Lastly, you should aim for a sincere, professional message with no ambiguity," added Cord Himelstein the vice president of marketing and communications at Michael C. Fina, an employee recognition company. Thanks........

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Android Google app now stores offline searches and runs them whenever a signal returns

If you’ve heard this one stop me: Assuming you’re trying to read a news story about Facebook or look up for the latest rumors about the Galaxy S8, and you hit a dead spot. You tap reload a couple of times, wait a few seconds, and give up. To that regard one thing to note is that Google feels your pain, and it doesn’t want you to miss out on valuable information just because your connection flaked out. With a new update rolling out to the Android Google app, your searches will be saved and delivered as soon as your connection returns. As Google search project manager Shekhar Sharad writes in a blog post, “The Google app will work behind-the-scenes to detect when a connection is available again and deliver your search results once completed.”
The Google app will remember any searches you make when your connection dies and in addition notify you when they’ve been completed.
The only rub is that you’ll need to remember to use the Google app rather than Chrome for your on-the-go Googling. Although Google promises that the new feature will have minimal effect on battery life and data usage, if you’d like to turn it off, however, there’s a new Always retry searches switch in the Offline search Settings that will disable it. And more, you can also see any and delete any pending queries using the new Manage searches option in the sidebar. Finally, you can opt to have a notification alert that will alert you that the search has been completed.
In one word, the update is currently rolling out to users, but if you aren’t seeing it, you can download the Google-signed APK from APKMirror.
The impact it has on you at home: More than clear, there’s more of an impact away from your home. Occasionally spotty LTE connections are a problem all phones have, and while this update doesn’t do anything to alleviate the issue, it does help make them that much more bearable. Finally it might make us use the Google app more to boot. Thanks.................

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Twitter's Vine dies today, so you should download your videos pronto

As the case may be now it’s the end of the Vine. On Tuesday, which is the 17 of January 2017, Twitter’s video-sharing platform is morphing from the popular social network spin-off to an integrated part of Twitter. As part of the changeover, the Vine app is going to become Vine Camera. Now, with the new app you’ll be able to record and edit six-second videos, and then save them to your phone’s camera roll or upload them to Twitter.
The impact it has on your home: What to note here is that January 17 is the last day you’ll be able to download your Vines via the mobile app or the vine.co website. After Tuesday, Vine.co will become an archival site where you’ll be able to view Vines, but the downloading feature will be turned off. If you’re seeing this notice after the download function is shut off you might try a third-party solution to grab your Vines—though we can’t guarantee they’ll work.
The death of Vine Talking on this, the end of Vine has been several months in the making. Twitter first announced it was shutting down Vine in late October during an earnings call. The announcement inspired shock for the dedicated community that had fallen in love with the video sharing platform since its launch in 2013. In December, Twitter said Vine would live on as an app that integrated with Twitter in other hand referring to the aforementioned Vine Camera. The hope with the slow demise of Vine and the rise of Camera is that Vine users will just bring their six-second video making habits over to Twitter. Twitter said Vine users is going to start to see a “Follow on Twitter” notification for the people they follow as part of the switch. The end of Vine has some critics wondering if Twitter’s live video platform, Periscope, is next. Not quiet too long, Twitter added a live streaming Periscope button to its apps meaning you can take advantage of Periscope within Twitter—no secondary app needed. Now, despite that move, however, Twitter is sticking with Periscope as an independent platform for now. In December, a Periscope spokesperson told TechCrunch there were “no plans” to shut down the service.
This story, was originally published by PCWorld.

The Ten Body Language Mistakes to Avoid in Job Interviews

When we are talking about job interviews, one fact is that hiring managers judge you on more than just how you answer their questions. In addition, they also take a close look at your body language, new research finds. Your eye contact, handshake and posture can all help, or hinder, your chances of landing a job, a study from CareerBuilder found. In the survey, nearly 70 percent of hiring managers named failing to make eye contact as one of the biggest body-language mistakes candidates make during interviews, with 39 percent saying not smiling at all is one of the biggest blunders. Part of the reason for which body language is important is that most interviewers make decisions on whether they will consider hiring a candidate before the candidate even has a chance to answer multiple questions. Now, the study found that more than half of employers know within the first 5 minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good fit for a position. Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, said anxiety can cause many body-language issues. But in that regard, doing your homework before a meeting can help ward off those nerves, she said. "The best solution to minimize pre-interview anxiety is solid preparation," Haefner, said in a statement. "If you don't read about the company and research your role thoroughly, you could magnify your fear of interviewing poorly and lose the opportunity." Overall, and now, these are the 10 biggest body-language faux pas that job seekers make during interviews, followed by the percentage of respondents naming that issue:
1.Failing to make eye contact: 67 percent
2.Failing to smile: 39 percent
3.Playing with something on the table: 34 percent
4.Fidgeting too much in their seats: 32 percent
5.Crossing their arms over their chests: 32 percent H
6.aving bad posture: 31 percent
7.Playing with their hair or touching their faces: 28 percent
8.Having a weak handshake: 22 percent
9.Using too many hand gestures: 13 percent
10.Having a handshake that was too strong: 9 percent
Furthermore, Haefner said body language can tell employers so many things about who you are. "Employers are looking for those nonverbal cues to indicate a candidate's level of professionalism and if they will be the right fit for the position," Haefner said. In addition to poor body language, several other behaviors can quickly squash your chances of getting hired. Two-thirds of the hiring managers surveyed said a candidate getting caught lying is the biggest deal breaker during an interview. Another 64 percent said answering a cellphone or texting during an interview is one of the quickest ways to eliminate yourself from consideration. Coming across as arrogant or entitled, dressing inappropriately, and appearing to lack of accountability are the other biggest interview deal breakers, employers said in the survey. Now while that is noted, in order to make the most out of your job interview, Haefner suggested several tips, including:
Practice: The truth here, is that being prepared is the best way to avoid an interview disaster, Haefner said. She recommended practicing your interview skills ahead of time with friends or family members. When you're finished, ask them for feedback on things like posture, your handshake and eye contact.
Use video: In this regard, job seekers can gain a lot of insight into their interview performances by making videos of their practice sessions. Haefner said watching yourself can help you identify any mistakes you're making unconsciously.
Know your elevator pitch: To start with, an elevator pitch is a 30-second speech summarizing what you do and why you'd be a perfect fit for the role. Haefner said this is a good answer to the common interview question "Tell me about yourself." In addition to having your answer ready, you should also be prepared to back up your claims later with specific examples that showcase your skills and experience.
Do your homework:You should take time before an interview to research the company you are interviewing with and come prepared with several questions for the interviewer. Haefner said this helps you show employers that you're just as interested in them as they are in you.
Relax: Finally on this page Haefner said taking a few deep breaths prior to the interview can help relieve some of the anxiety that leads to fidgeting and other nervous tics. The study was based on surveys of more than 2,600 hiring and human resources managers.
The study was based on surveys of more than 2,600 hiring and human resources managers. Thanks..........

Monday, 16 January 2017

WhatsApp vulnerability may expose messages to prying eyes, report claims

As at last year, when Facebook’s WhatsApp turned on end-end-end encryption in its messaging service, it was a big deal. Along with that all eyes were glued on Apple’s fight with the FBI over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, WhatsApp took a huge step toward protecting its users’ privacy by moving to encrypt all messages and calls being sent between its apps. But a new report suggests that it might not be as secure as users think. According to The Guardian, a serious vulnerability in WhatApp’s encryption could allow Facebook to intercept and read messages unbeknownst to the recipient, and only aware of by the sender if they have previously opted in to receive encryption warnings. The security flaw, which was discovered by Tobias Boelter, a cryptography and security researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, can “effectively grant access (to users’ messages)” by changing the security keys and resending messages. “WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption relies on the generation of unique security keys, using the acclaimed Signal protocol … to guarantee communications are secure and cannot be intercepted by a middleman,” the paper wrote. “However, WhatsApp has the ability to force the generation of new encryption keys for offline users … and to make the sender re-encrypt messages with new keys and send them again for any messages that have not been marked as delivered.” And now, while there is no evidence to suggest WhatsApp has used the flaw to surreptitiously intercept messages, Boelter says he reported the vulnerability to Facebook back in April 2016 but was informed that it was “expected behavior.” According to The Guardian the security flaw, which still exists in the latest version of the service’s encryption, is exasperated by WhatsApp’s habit of automatically resending undelivered messages without authorization by the user. According the Whatsapp its website, end-to-end encryption is always activated when using the service, and there is no way to turn it off. Furthermore, each conversation has its own optional verification process that can be used to verify that calls and messages are end-to-end encrypted. In one statement provided to Greenbot, WhatsApp defended the “intentional design decision” and slammed The Guardian’s characterization of it as false: “WhatsApp does not give governments a ‘backdoor’ into its systems and would fight any government request to create a backdoor. The design decision referenced in the Guardian story prevents millions of messages from being lost, and WhatsApp provides people with security notifications to alert them to potential security risks.”

Friday, 13 January 2017

The Four Ways to Improve Your Office's Work Environment

The overall atmosphere of a workplace, from the office layout and break-room setup to co-worker dynamics and company culture, has a big impact on your team's performance and happiness. "Positive workplaces tend to exhibit a common set of traits that foster excellence, productivity and camaraderie," Linnda Durré, wrote for Monster.com. The reverse is also true: Now in one sense, if people are physically, mentally or emotionally uncomfortable in the office, they're unlikely to be successful or satisfied with their jobs. So in that regard, here are the four ways you can improve your work environment and, in turn, employee engagement
1.Identify good and bad staff: In this regard, one big truth is that smart businesses know that a good work environment starts with hiring the right people. "Make sure you're hiring people who are professional, can work in a team and can contribute to a positive work environment," said Jazmin Truesdale, a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Mino Enterprises. "One bad apple can spoil the bunch." The same idea translates to those who are already in the office. When employees are working alongside a high density of toxic workers, there is a 47 percent chance that they, too, will become toxic, Dylan Minor, an assistant professor of managerial economics and decision sciences at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, reported in 2015. Minor called the situation "ethical spillover," reinforcing that toxicity is, in fact, contagious. "It's amazing to watch one bad attitude affect everyone's daily performance," added Claire Marshall Crowell, chief operating officer of A. Marshall Family Foods/Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant. "I can't tell you how many times I have been thanked after letting poisonous employees go. Though it's a hard thing to do, it ultimately impacts the working environment, which can be felt by not only our employees, but also by our [customers]."
2.Improve communication: Here one major and first thing you should do is to be aware of how you're interacting with employees. Team members and upper management should consider the flow of communication and whether it's affecting the office environment. "Employees are motivated and feel valued when they're given positive reinforcement and shown how their work contributes to the success of the business," said Dominique Jones, chief people officer at Halogen Software. This one one sense means going beyond a 'Hey, good job' and making the time to regularly offer employees specific feedback on how their work is feeding into the broader business objectives, she noted. Giving feedback makes a difference for employees, especially millennials, according to a survey from ManpowerGroup. Managers should be open to feedback as well, said Samantha Lambert, director of human resources at Blue Fountain Media. "When you involve your staff in decision making in an effort to create a better work environment, they feel valued," Lambert said. "Don't be afraid to ask employees for their opinion on a new benefit offered or what they think of a new client project." While you're working on communication, don't forget to show gratitude for hard work. According to David Sturt, executive vice president at the O.C. Tanner Institute, an employee recognition and corporate gifting firm, effective employee recognition can transform and elevate an organization. "It ignites enthusiasm, increases innovation, builds trust and drives bottom-line results," he said. "Even a simple 'thank you' after an employee goes above and beyond on a project, or puts in a series of late nights, goes a long way."
3.Make the office comfortable: Above the cultural changes, there are other, simpler solutions that can improve how the office operates. Now in that sense, working in a clean, attractive office can have tremendous effects on co-worker and manager relationships, said Mike Canarelli, CEO and co-founder of Web Talent Marketing. "Even if the sun can't shine into your workplace, make an effort to provide a relaxing atmosphere with comfy furniture, working equipment and a few 'extra-mile' amenities," he noted. Now let take for example, give your employees the flexibility to choose to work where they're comfortable, including comfy chairs or a choice of whether to sit or stand at their desks. "Make it easy for them to purchase things like exercise balls and plants on the company dime," said AJ Shankar, CEO and founder of litigation software company Everlaw. "We also trust our employees to manage their own time. They're free to take breaks to play games or just recharge as necessary." When they choose a space that makes them comfortable, give them the freedom to customize their area, as everyone works differently, said Josh Turner, CEO of UsersThink, a tool for companies to receive feedback. In addition to this he suggested getting rid of "the same issued everything" and giving everyone a budget to customize their his or her own setup.
4.Be flexible: One big fact here, is that being an understanding leader can encourage better production and a more positive workplace. Ashley Judge, president of The Funtrepreneur gift-selling sites, encourages employees to schedule their personal lives the way a CEO does. "Unless it conflicted with a meeting, I wouldn't think twice about scheduling a midday doctor's appointment or more trivial personal appointment, such as a haircut, and I encourage [my team] to do the same," Judge said. "A trusted, hardworking employee should be able to schedule their day like a CEO." Thanks.........

Thursday, 12 January 2017

How you can set up your Android phone for ultimate privacy

It’s not something that is not sure to say that your smartphone is the most personal device you have. One fact is that it’s always with you, however, it's also that device that generate a lot of information about your habits, such like Your location history, Google searches, web browsing habits, app usage, and even recordings of your voice talking to the Google Assistant. So in one sense, your phone and the Google services powering it are incredibly useful in many tangible ways. And if you use a strong password and two-factor authentication, your information is likely safer on Google’s servers than just about anywhere else. But it’s not paranoia to take stock from time to time of just how much you’re handing over to Google or if you’d rather not place all your digital privacy eggs in the same basket. While that is noted, here are some simple tips about how you can stay in control of all that critical information and ensure that privacy isn’t something you have to surrender.
Get right with Google: In as much you’re on Android, using a Google account is essential in order to buy apps and use the company’s suite of services. Even the privacy-focused Blackphone puts Google services front and center. And in addition, if your goal is to maybe do a little de-Googling because you don’t want the company to know every thing about you, the first place to start is the My Activity account center. This is essentially the dashboard for every instance where your activity touches Google servers. The site is quite mobile friendly, so you can attack all these details from your phone or tablet as well as on the desktop. The amount of information is a little staggering, especially if this is your first time there. For example, touch “Android” and you’ll see a timeline of the interactions from your phone, such as which apps you’ve used on your phone, tablet, or Android TV. Same goes for Chrome, Search, or Play. There’s also a search function, which is surprisingly a little hit and miss at finding your stuff. The key to this section is that you can also clean things out. Touch the overflow (three vertical dots) button at the top right and you’ll have an option to delete details by a certain timeframe. You can also opt for the nuclear option and delete everything if you want a fresh start. One of the most interesting addition to this section is found if you use the Google Assistant, which is what powers the artificial intelligence smarts inside the Pixel, Google Home, and Allo. In this regard every voice interaction with Google is recorded, and you can play it back. It’s a little creepy to know your voice recordings are saved for all time. So you can delete this if you’d like. However, you’re better off acknowledging that this is one of the tradeoffs we make for having an artificial genie always at your disposal. It remembers. This is where the “delete activity by” button can come in handy. It allows you to delete content from a specific application. Touch Filter by date & product and then select Assistant or any other app you want to seek out. This way all your voice searches, Google searches, or other interactions are sent away at once. Returning here often, just to see what's going on, is also a good idea as a way of ensuring your account is secure and nothing suspicious has taken place.
Location, location, location: One thing to note in this area is that, much of how your phone interacts with different apps and services is through your location. Think Google Maps, Google search suggestions, Uber, and other services. One area you should check is your Google location history. This is a detailed timeline of everywhere your Android device has gone. It’s actually useful, as it’s helped me remember where I went on a certain day. However, it’s easy to understand that some may not want this saved for all time. Now, head to Maps > Your timeline and you’ll see what Google has on you. Your location is saved in an attractive timeline by each day, and it even integrates with Google Photos to show which pictures you took by location. Forthermore on this note, you can tame this behavior, however. Head to Settings > Personal > Location. From here, you can see which apps have recently accessed your location. There’s also a switch to turn this off if there are particular apps you don’t want included or are turning into a battery drain. Also keep in mind that shutting off all location-based tracking means no more regional tips from Google Now, gift card offers from Android Pay, or other location-based alerts. You’re also likely to get far fewer Opinion Rewards surveys since many of these come from your location. You can also get more specific and turn on or off location services for specific apps or devices if you want more control. Phones, tablets, and PCs that have used your Google account tend to hang this feature around a while, and for security your best bet is to ensure you’ve wiped them properly before resale.
Go outside the circle: Working together with tightening the reins on your Google account, you can also opt to go dark with some other apps and services you use. Just like on the desktop, you can browse the web with Chrome in Incognito mode. It’s even easier if you have a Pixel as it’s one of the app shortcuts (press hand hold the Chrome icon). This doesn’t save any of your Google searches or web history to your account, however it doesn’t mean that you’re completely invisible. Your internet service provider and other information is still visible to the server you visit. For even stronger private browsing, there’s a toolset for using Tor on Android. Orbot uses Tor to create a proxy and scramble your Internet traffic. You then use the Orbox browser to surf the web securely. It’s so secure, it won’t even let you take a screenshot of the browsing section. More technical users can also dive into node configuration, bridges, and relays. Now, if happens that you want a more conventional solution, you can always opt out of the Chrome ecosystem by going with Firefox and a different search engine. The best mostly-private option is DuckDuckGo. Not only is it a solid search engine, but none of your search history or other details are saved by the company. On the email front, you can get by with some more private alternatives to Gmail. One of the best is ProtonMail. It’s a popular, encrypted email service with the servers based in Switzerland. You’re not going to get all the cool tricks like travel itineraries in your Google Now feed, but you can rest assured that your email account is securely hosted. One other area that gets a lot of attention is messaging. There are many good, private messaging options for you. Personally I’m a fan of Signal, as I find it to have the best feature set and a robust development pace. It uses end-to-end encryption, which means that only the sender and recipient are able to see the message. Privacy and security are just as much a mindset as they are about using specific apps, however. Furthermore, the real key is to think about apps that you interact with and what privacy tradeoffs you may be making for their services. Finally.......in many cases it’s worth it. Yet as technology creeps ever more into our lives, it’s best from time to time to decide just how much is okay. Thanks....

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Android Nougat's glacial upgrade pace reveals why Google's Pixel needs to succeed

As the case may be now, Google has released the latest Android distribution numbers and surprisinly Nougat adoption is crawling along. So along the line, the latest version of Android is installed on less than one percent of all phones, while the 2-year-old Lollipop remains in the lead with more than 33 percent. It’s a trend Android users have come to accept. During the same period last January, Marshmallow had exactly the same 0.7 percent adoption rate as Nougat does now. On the other hand, more than 75 percent of iOS users have upgraded to iOS 10 since its launch in September, a figure higher than the past three versions of Android combined. Presently, there’s no reason to think an Android release can ever reach such a lofty goal—there are just too many budget phones out there that will never see an upgrade—but it’s unfortunate to see so many flagships still dragging their feet on Nougat upgrades.
What it has to do with to do with your home: Unless you’ve bought a Google Pixel or are eyeing a new flagship in 2017, there’s a good chance you are going to be waiting a while longer for an upgrade to Nougat, if you ever see it at all. And you can likely forget about Android O. Cameras, screens, and features shouldn’t matter as much as running an outdated OS, but sadly, many phone makers never make upgrading enough of a priority.
Pixel Power: Last week, there weren’t too many Android phones to speak of at CES, but many of the ones that were released had one thing in common: Marshmallow. From the Honor 6X to the ZTE ZBlade V8 Pro, several new phones are still shipping with last year’s version of Android, and handset makers have yet to make Nougat a priority, regardless that it being available for development for the better part of six months. Even Samsung Galaxy S7 users are still waiting for an upgrade.
But if it happens that a sea change is coming: In November last year, Google released its Pixel phones, and for the first time, a “pure” Android phone was being pushed to the masses rather than Nexus niches. It’s too early to know if it will have an effect on the greater Android world—as evidenced by the distribution report—but within a year or two, Google’s strategy could begin to reverberate through the ranks of Samsung, LG, Moto, and others. And along the line, if customers begin to flock to the Pixel, it won’t just be the device’s Assistant and build quality that lure them in. The promise of regular and timely upgrades is easily one of the handset’s best qualities, and as more users are able to enjoy the latest version of Android as soon as it’s released, it could put pressure on other high-end manufacturers to do the same. In addition, installing the latest version of Android is like getting a new phone, and users shouldn’t have to wait until their phone is over a year old before they can enjoy it. In one sense. suffering with a stale experience has become one of the unfortunate realities of living with Android, but the Pixel might be the first step toward changing it. Who knows—maybe the January 2018 report will have Android O at a full 1 percent. Thanks fro reading............

Why Some Businesses Still Value In-Person Meetings

Videoconferencing technology has made it so possible to conduct business meetings from anywhere and any device, and that is a huge convenience for many busy entrepreneurs and executives. But in any regard, sometimes it's still worth it to make the time for an old-fashioned face-to-face meeting with your business stakeholders. So in this sense, according to a survey by Meetings Mean Business and APCO Worldwide, a whopping 96 percent of small business owners say in-person meetings yield a return on investment. Richard Harper, co-chairman of Meetings Mean Business and executive vice president of HelmsBriscoe, said face-to-face meetings are an important way to create personal connections, drive business opportunities and support local communities. And finally on this note, here's how small business owners feel about in-person meetings, along with some tips to make the most of face time with clients and partners.
Some topics are best covered at in-person meetings: Talking on this, there are certain discussions and decisions that are best made when all parties involved are meeting face-to-face. Negotiating agreements, training new employees, engaging with the community, networking, finding potential hires, building partnerships and exploring new business opportunities all ranked as the top subjects small business owners agree are best done in person.
It's worth it to travel for meetings: Here...the survey found that all of the top reasons to travel for in-person meetings help to grow a business's bottom line. In the sense that making connections with vendors and business partners, and obtaining new customers or business leads are the top two reasons for traveling for a meeting. Okay while that is noted, ninety percent of small business owners plan to spend as much or more on travel for meetings in 2017 as they did in 2016, the survey found. "When asking to attend, host or travel to an in-person meeting, stressing the value and return-on-investment to the decision makers will help them understand why meetings are so critical," Harper said. "Not only do they develop relationships in a more personal and meaningful way; they help businesses win new customers, close new deals and develop high-performing talent."
Tech-focused small businesses value off-site face-to-face meetings: All of the tech-focused small businesses surveyed said meetings yield a return on investment, and this is why they value face-to-face meetings more than other small business owners as a whole. These types of small businesses place high priority on networking (75 percent), and prioritize industry conferences and trade shows (81 percent). Overall, 91 percent agree that connecting face-to-face with customers and attending or presenting at conferences improves their ability to run their business. One other thing is this, in order to make the most of the time, money and effort spent on your meetings, it's critical to give full attention and dedicate time to building relationships with other meeting attendees, Harper said. Networking and taking the time to sit down one-on-one help to forge the type of relationships that can't be developed over email. "It's much easier to say 'no' to someone if you've never met them in person," Harper said. "Finally, after the meeting, take any new skills or learning and share them with colleagues to facilitate knowledge sharing so that everyone can benefit," Harper added. Thanks.........

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The four smart ways Google can fix Android notifications

When Android 8.0 lands this fall, two things is going to be certain: It’ll have a sweets-inspired name beginning with the letter O, and the notification system will get another series of changes. Meanwhile the steady stream of beeps and buzzes that we get on our phones is a never-ending work in progress, and Google is constantly trying to walk the line between indispensable and irritating as it works to refine its system of alerts. So now, Nougat brought some much-needed features to Android’s notifications, adding extremely useful changes to the way we view and interact with them. But while many apps have taken full advantage of the latest features, navigating the notification shade on a Nougat phone can still be a hit-or-miss affair. With some tweaks, however, Google can truly revolutionize notifications in Android 8, bringing the same level of control we enjoy with the interface to the alerts we receive throughout the day.
1.Clean up the status bar One of the things that makes Android unique is the tiny notification icons in the status bar. And they can be tremendously useful as visual reminders of things that need immediate action. But they can also be a terrible nuisance, cluttering the tiny space above our home screens and apps, and commanding equal attention for urgent and unimportant matters alike. The System UI Tuner already enables you to turn off the icons on the right side of the status bar (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc.), but the left side can be far more distracting. While Google is unlikely to ever eliminate them completely (and there’s no reason it should), status bar notifications needn’t to be such an all-or-nothing affair. Just like it does with the lock screen, Google could provide an option for notifications to appear in the status bar, so you could designate only the most important ones to occupy such prime real estate. And one more thing in addition, even if Google never lets us turn them off, there should never be duplicate icons in the status bar. Whether it’s a bug or a feature, they’re pointless and distracting, and if nothing else, Google should make it a point in Android O to make sure only one icon per app appears, no matter how many notifications that piles up.
How to get it done: First.......when you tap on an app in the Notifications settings, add a new tab: In the status bar. Then you can choose from the same three options: Show all notification content, hide sensitive notification content, and don’t show notifications at all.
2.Allow alerts to self-destruct One major thing about notifications is that their value begins fading almost immediately. If they sit for more than a few hours, they can most likely be dismissed and ignored, yet there’s no way to get rid of them unless you recognize their existence in some way. It goes in these instances when automatic expirations would be useful. For example, you could set calendar entries to disappear a few hours after the event has ended, or sports scores to clear after a day. It would keep the status bar and shade neat and tidy, while allowing timely and pertinent notifications to rise to prominence.
How to get it done: When you look into inside an app’s notification settings, there should be a new Notifications history option. Inside you could set when you want notifications to disappear from a time picker.
3.Focus on organization Nougat’s introduction of bundling was an effort to bring a measure of order to the notification shade, but in any regard there’s still a lot more Android could do to rein in wayward alerts. Too often the status bar and shade become bogged down with out-of-order alerts, and there’s no way to fix them, save to clear them all and start over. A “group by app” option for sure would go a long way toward bringing some order to chaotic notification shades, letting you quickly see which apps require the most attention and catch up on outdated alerts. And by making it a toggle in Settings, we wouldn’t even have to wait for developers to get around to adding it. Also, notifications should disappear once the app is launched, whether or not you’ve acted upon it. And here’s one Google really needs to take from iOS: unread badges on app icons. For now the only way to get them is to install a third-party launcher or select custom apps, and it’s crazy that Google hasn’t yet built the option into Android. The glanceability factor far exceeds that of notifications, and badges actually encourage you to interact with the app. And finally, since using them is an app-by-app decision independent of notification banners, they could also cut down on the number of alerts we receive.
How to get it done: In the main notifications settings window, an option to either group chronologically or by app could be added. For badges, it would be a per-app settings, with an option to add a badge or turn off peek notifications, thanks........
4.Keep everything in sync A large number of Android users probably have at least two devices, whether it’s a tablet or another phone. Each has its own set of notifications to clear, whether or not they were already addressed on another device. So in this regard, if you just plowed through a mountain of email in your inbox on your Pixel phone, those mail notifications will persist on your Pixel C tablet, even though your Gmail account has dutifully synced the messages. Now, our Google accounts already handle everything from backups to bookmarks, and it would be great if they could sync notification status across our devices, too. And finally on this note. while we’re talking about keeping things in sync, lock screen notifications should be reserved for only those alerts that arrived since the last time you locked your phone. Keeping old ones visible defeats the purpose of having them appear on the lock screen in the first place.
How get it done: One toggle in Google Drive or Settings could include an option: Sync notifications with a simple on or off switch. Thanks for reading.......

The 6 Big Regulatory Changes That Could Affect Your Business in 2017 (U.S.A)

It's a new year and as to that regard there's a new incoming administration. That in the other hand means that there are likely some big-time regulation changes in the pipeline, not to mention changes that were already on the agenda. Some proposals will fail, while others will pass, but all of them could significantly affect your business in 2017 and beyond. So now, the top of the list this year are the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the currently suspended change in Department of Labor overtime regulations, and minimum wage or paid sick leave efforts at local and state levels. But in anycase, there are a bevy of other potential changes on the horizon that the savvy entrepreneur should be aware of as well. So without going too far, here are some of the proposals we're keeping an eye on this year, and how they might affect small businesses
1. The Affordable Care Act: A freshly sworn-in Senate took the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Jan. 4. The senators voted 58 to 41 in favor of a budget resolution instructing congressional committees to draft a reconciliation bill, which is going to include a provision to repeal the ACA either in part or in whole. Jessica Jennings, regulatory compliance manager at PrimePay, said that while the bill will be limited to items that affect budget and revenue, the portions of the ACA that could be repealed under this process include:
Insurance subsidies available on the health care marketplace
Medicaid expansion
The individual mandate and large employer shared responsibility payments
ACA fees on health insurers
The medical device tax
2. U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) overtime regulations As at last year, a U.S. District Court issued a preliminary injunction against a pending change to overtime regulations that would narrow exemptions and extend mandatory overtime pay to an estimated 4.2 million workers. Whether the overtime regulation change becomes final or not will determine if business owners need to reclassify employees, adjust wages and benefits accordingly, or budget for additional overtime. Prior to the injunction, many companies had already done their due diligence in assessing payroll costs, reclassifying workers, communicating the changes and seeking professional advice, said Bob Drainville, president of Timesheet Mobile. "Most likely, if companies have already put the processes and technologies in place, then they will stick to this, as it's too difficult to reverse employee classifications and potentially have negative fallout due to worker frustration and possible disengagement," he said. "At the very least, the overtime rule has given companies the chance to review wage and hour obligations, which is one of the biggest sources of DOL fines and penalties."
3. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) arbitration rules Proposed rules from the federal CFPB is going to prohibit what are known as mandatory arbitration clauses in financial products. Those clauses essentially prevent consumers from filing class-action lawsuits against the company in the event that something goes wrong. The rules in addition, would instead leave people to litigate on their own, a time-consuming, costly endeavor that often has very little payoff in the end. "It is expected that the Obama administration will issue the final rule before President-elect Trump's inauguration," David Reiss, research director of the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship at the Brooklyn Law School, said. "Entrepreneurs with consumer credit cards should expect that they could join class actions involving financial products. They should also expect that credit card companies will be more careful in setting the terms of their agreements, given this regulatory change." Reiss added that the final adoption or rejection of these rules is also subject to the Congressional Review Act, which empowers Congress to invalidate new federal regulations. Even if the rules were adopted, Congress could ultimately reject them.
4. Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) revised standards In this area, the new federal regulations governing the way enterprise companies report assets, financial statements and leasing activity are also on the horizon in 2017 and 2018. Harper Schmidt, an account executive at PAN Communications, said many bigger companies have already prepared for the change, but along the line small businesses should be aware that they could be subject to the rules in the near future. "Smaller companies, startups and entrepreneurs can begin to prepare for FASB's implementation of these standards by following in the footsteps of enterprise companies and carefully reporting their financial assets and tracking their leasing activity so that it is FASB-compliant," Schmidt said. "Since many of these companies do not have robust finance departments, it's important to be ready in advance."
5. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) amended Risk Management Program As at the end of December 2016, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed off on amendments to the agency's Risk Management Plan. Those changes include additional accident-prevention measures, revised emergency-response requirements and additional reporting mandates. "Over the past decade, facilities to be affected have reported more than 1,500 accidents," Steven Minsky, CEO of LogicManager, said. "These accidents resulted in nearly 60 deaths; 17,000 injuries; 500,000 people evacuated or told to shelter in place; and more than $2 billion in property damages. These risks are preventable, and accountability for negligence is greatly increased [under the new regulations]." Minsky added that the new EPA regulations are more likely to affect large businesses than small businesses.
6. Paid sick leave and minimum wage policies at local and state levels Some measures raising the minimum wage or mandating paid sick leave have been gaining popularity throughout the country in municipalities and statehouses. More of the same should be expected in 2017, said Richard Alaniz, a labor and employment attorney for the Alaniz, Schraeder, Linker, Farris, Mayes law firm. "At the state and local level, business owners should prepare for minimum wage increases and expanding paid-sick-leave requirements that will take place within 2017 and beyond," Alaniz said. "Moreover, cities and states are accelerating the pace at which they enact employment laws, and many employers are caught off guard by these laws each year. For example, California now prohibits most new employment contracts from requiring employees to litigate their case in another state or under the laws of another state." Thanks.....

Friday, 6 January 2017

Asus, ZTE, and Huawei phones are the deemed Daydream-ready

When Google launched its Daydream VR headset last year, it included some hefty requirements for handsets to be deemed worthy, including OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan graphics, and displays with 3ms or less latency. That left a lot of flagship phones in the cold, but things are already looking up in 2017. With a flurry of announcements at this year’s CES, Google has already begun to welcome new members to its exclusive VR club. Along with its own Pixel phones and the Moto Z, Google has declared four new handsets to be Daydream-ready, which in the other hand means they meet the strict demands with “high-resolution displays, ultra-smooth graphics, and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking.” The first phone on the list is ZTE’s Axon 7. With a Snapdragon 820 chip and a 5.5-inch, 2560x1440 AMOLED screen, it has technically been able to support Daydream since its launch back in May. However, since one of Google’s requirements is support for Nougat, the handset fell just a bit short. Now that ZTE has announced that a Nougat update will be landing within some weeks, Daydream is coming along with it. Next up is the ZenFone AR from Asus, a Tango-based handset that puts AR and VR side by side for the first time. While it won’t be available for purchase until the second quarter of 2017, the phone promises to bring an unsurpassed virtual experience, enabling you to explore virtual worlds and open up new areas of exploration in the real one. Lastly on this note, Google is touting Huawei’s efforts to support Daydream as well. While the U.S.-bound Mate 9 isn’t included on the list (likely due to its LCD screen), the Mate 9 Pro and $1,600 Porsche Design Mate 9 are. And Google also touted Huawei’s own Daydeam headset, which is due sometime this year: “It has an adjustable focus so it can be used without eyeglasses, and provides a 95-degree field of view. And more, by bringing new headsets onto the Daydream platform, we hope to give consumers even more choice in how they enjoy VR.”
Important note: Google’s Daydream platform is so far one of the best around, striking a perfect balance between comfort and power, with a price low enough to encourage adoption. So in one sense, the more phones that are deemed Daydream ready, the faster the technology will take off, which will bring more apps and content into the fold.

This Is What Each Generation Needs to Know About the Gig Economy

Being an independent contractor or a freelancer gives workers the chance to gain more freedom and work-life balance than going into an office every day and punching a clock. Forbes reports that 50 percent of American workers will be doing some kind of freelancing or independent contracting by 2020, and that the so-called gig economy will continue to grow. But along the line still, not every generational group views freelance work the same way, or reaps the same benefits from this career choice. Kel Gratke, a generational expert at BridgeWorks, provided some key insights on the pros and cons of entering the gig economy for each generation.
Baby Boomers (born mid-1940s to early 1960s): According to Cision research, older workers are focused on making sure their finances are in order to ensure sufficient income to cover expenses once they retire. But in anycase, even after retirement many take on independent work to help offset unforeseen medical expenses or to supplement a lean retirement budget.
Pros: Partially or soon-to-be-retired baby boomers often like gig work because it gives them the ability to stay active in the workforce on their own terms. For this generation, "part-time consultant" seems to be a prevailing theme. Joining the gig economy allows baby boomers to continue to be creative and supports the competitive nature of this generation, Gratke said. Cons: Here, while they are often working less than full time, baby-boomer freelancers are still working, at a time when past generations were winding down. Jumping into the gig economy might spur burnout if boomers are not fully committed to facing a demanding workload, Gratke said.
Gen Xers (born early 1960s to early 1980s): In this area, the members of this generation, who are often in the middle of raising a family, are twice as likely to see the benefits of having a flexible work schedule, but may miss the day-to-day interactions they'd have with colleagues in a more traditional work environment.
Pros:The fact here, is that the independent Gen Xers love the idea of working as much as they want or as little, depending on their personal obligations or financial needs. Gratke said members of this generation appreciate that the gig economy gives them ability to work in their own hours and be their own boss, so they can put their family's needs first.
Cons: Gen Xers are a skeptical generation by nature, Gratke said. They saw the demise of the mom-and-pop stores and family farms, and lived through the dot-com boom and bust. Because of this, they might struggle to be "all in" with the gig economy: They tend to be overly cautious, especially when it comes to the bottom line.
Millennials (born early 1980s to late 1990s): The recent graduates in place now often use gig labor to supplement income from a primary job, or until they get a "real job" that will offer them benefits and a livable wage.
Pros: This tech-savvy generation will be able to take advantage of an ever-expanding market that needs their intellect, Gratke said. Technology has enabled gig workers to find and apply for and complete more remote jobs than ever, and millennials, who are naturally comfortable with tech, will likely have first dibs.
Cons: One thing here is that millennials could get stuck in the life of a "perma-temp," without ever having the benefits, hours and wages that the typical full-time employee gets. Gratke advised this generation to proceed with caution and evaluate all aspects of the gig economy before jumping in. Thanks for reading.............

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Soon you are going to be able to ask your Android TV what to watch with Google Assistant

One fact that is very true is that Google Assistant isn’t even a year old, but it’s growing up fast. In that regard, it already powers the brains in our phones, homes, and cars, and now it will be making the jump to our TVs and watches. While Nvidia’s Android-based Shield TV console will be the first shipping model to bring Google Assistant to our televisions, Google has announced that its digital helper will in fact be coming to all Android TV devices via a software update in the coming months. Along with the previously announced Nvidia box, Assistant will work with all Android TVs in the US running Marshmallow or Nougat, including the Dish’s new AirTV, Sharp Aquos, Sony Bravia, and Xiaomi Mi Box. By saying “OK Google,” users will be able to summon Google Assistant to play movies, discover new content, control smart devices, and ask the usual questions. Furthermore, in addition to the Android TV integration, Google also promises that Google Assistant will be coming to “other new surfaces” in 2017, including smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 and Android-powered in-car infotainment systems, like the one Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveiled this week.

The Seven Resume Tips to Help You Land a Job in 2017

Proofread, proofread, proofread: From the starting, triple-check your own work, and then have someone else look over your resume to ensure it's 100 percent clean. There's no room for sloppiness on your resume, said Obeid — a hiring manager might automatically dismiss your application if they spot a typo or grammatical error. "Make sure it's error-free and easy to read. HR reps equate typos and errors with laziness," Obeid said. "Use good English — the written word has a huge impact on the employer."
Never you lie on your resume: To you it may look like there's no harm in stretching the truth (or outright making something up) to catch a hiring manager's attention, but any lie, even a small one, can come back to haunt you. "Even if you somehow manage to get past the background check with the lie in your resume intact, a serious problem still awaits you once you start the job," Obeid said. "If you said you had certain skills or experiences on your resume, you can be sure your employer will expect you to demonstrate those abilities on the job. But if you can't really do what you said you could on your resume, then that will soon become apparent."
List your social media profiles: In the world of today, it's a well-known fact that many hiring managers search for potential candidates on social networks. Save them a step by providing your profile links on your resume. Seasoned applicants with an existing professional social presence would do well to include URLs for their LinkedIn profile, Twitter account and blog, if applicable. "And one thing is if, and only if, your social media accounts are filled with professional posts pertaining to your industry, listing them on your resume can be advantageous," said Richie Frieman, author of "Reply All [And Other Ways to Tank Your Career]" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2013). "They can show you have a strong network and are up to speed with modern-day marketing and communications practices. So finally, the hiring manager will see it to be that you like to keep up with what's happening, and that you care about learning more."
Make sure you use the right language stand out: Trite, lackluster descriptions of your job duties and accomplishment will not do you any favors when you're writing a resume. In one sense make sure you're using strong, action-oriented words like achieved, created, improved and managed to describe your roles and projects, said Sade. This, he said, will make you sound confident while still imparting vital information. "Try to avoid over-used, one-time trendy words that … no longer have real meaning and don't help differentiate you from everyone else," Sade said. "Words such as professional, results-driven and detail-oriented provide very little helpful information. It’s better to use actual job titles than these words." Diya Obeid, founder and CEO of applicant tracking software JobDiva, agreed, noting that "buzzwords" like best of breed, go-getter, team player and go-to person should be removed from your resume.
Go beyond your job tasks: In this regard here, hiring managers don't just want to read a list of your day-to-day routine; they want to see concrete examples of the difference you've made for your previous employers. So in this sense, Rangel noted that listing specific merits, rather than just your experiences, is more engaging to read. For example, "I have reduced operating expenses by 23 percent in six months" is much more interesting to an employer than, "I have 30 years of sales experience," she said. Similarly, Cheryl Hyatt, CEO of Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search, advised including any promotions or recognitions you've received since your last resume update. "Integrate recent achievements and awards into the existing format," Hyatt said. "Conversely, it may be time to trim off items you listed previously that are no longer relevant to your focus. You shouldn't ignore your skills section, either. And finally, Sade reminded job seekers to list any industry-relevant apps or programs they're familiar with, as well as find ways to incorporate examples of their soft skills (e.g. work ethic, multitasking, reliability, etc.) into their job descriptions.
Watch your keywords: If you're applying to a larger company, you should be aware that a real, human hiring manager may not ever even look at your resume if it doesn't fit the job criteria entered into their applicant tracking system (ATS). Trish O'Brien, vice president of human resources at Caliper, emphasized the importance of adapting your resume to the position to increase your chances of getting through that initial screen. "Make sure you've carefully reviewed the posting, and ... be sure to use the appropriate key words in your resume to get past the screener adapt your resume accordingly," O'Brien said. "Be truthful, but understand that the first pass on your resume is likely via an ATS." "Customize your resume for every single job application," added Dana Locke, certified professional resume writer (CPRW) and manager of the resume and research departments at Impact Group. "No need to totally reinvent the wheel if you have a strong resume that focuses on your accomplishments, but make sure the specific qualifications and keywords from that particular job posting show up in your resume."
Write a "career snapshot" summary: In recent years, career experts have urged job seekers to do away with the old "objective" statement and instead, include a brief summary or "career snapshot" at the top of their resume. "With the 'career snapshot' you present a branding statement that briefly explains your unique value as well as your skills and qualifications. This would then be followed by a few bullet points that highlight your experience and your accomplishments," said Tomer Sade, CEO of Wise Data Media Insights. "Whatever you list here should be relevant to the position you're applying to." "The top third of your resume is prime resume real estate," added Lisa Rangel, an executive resume writer and official LinkedIn moderator at ChameleonResumes.com. "And one other thing is, you should create a robust summary to capture the hiring manager's eye." Sade noted that some recruiters do still want to see a career objective, so if you do choose to include it, make sure it's brief. Thanks......