Monday, 29 May 2017

The 10 Best and the 10 Worst Cities to Start a Career

As regarding to this new research, New York City and northern California aren't the only places that offer young professionals a great location to jump-start their careers. Houston tops this year's rankings from Bankrate.com as the best city to launch a career. Houston heads the rankings for its large population of 22- to 26–year-olds, its high median salary, $43,500, for young professionals and its affordable rent. "Many eager new grads think they have to head to New York or Silicon Valley to make it big," said Sarah Berger, The Cashlorette at Bankrate.com, in a statement. "There are plenty of cities that offer solid job markets and long-term career growth without breaking the bank or sacrificing a good quality of life." For the study, researchers reviewed the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. based on several factors a young person should consider when starting their career, including the job market, potential for long-term career-building, affordability and lifestyle for recent college graduates. Houston and Minneapolis-St. Paul, the second best city on this year's list, replaced last year's top two of New York City and Los Angeles. While New York City dropped to eighth place on this year's rankings, Los Angeles dropped out of the top 10 altogether. Neither Houston or Minneapolis, where 88 percent of the population between the ages of 22 and 26 are employed, were ranked in the last year's top 10. Now, based on Bankrate's research, this year's 10 best cities to launch a career are:
1.Houston, Texas
2.Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
3.Washington D.C.
4.Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5.Dallas, Texas
6.Columbus, Ohio
7.San Jose, California
8.New York City, New York
9.Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
10.San Francisco, California
While the weather may look so good in Florida, those looking to have a successful start to their careers might want to look elsewhere for a job. The study found that the four largest cities in the Sunshine State – Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa and Orlando – are among the worst cities to launch a career. So on that note, here are the 10 worst cities on this year's list to start a career are:
1.San Bernardino, California
2.Miami, Florida
3.Sacramento, California
4.Memphis, Tennessee
5.Tampa, Florida
6.Orlando, Florida
7.Jacksonville, Florida
8.Portland, Oregon
9.New Orleans, Louisiana
10.Norfolk Virginia
But now regardless of this, low ranking, however, doesn't necessarily mean a young worker has to avoid a certain city, said Claes Bell, a banking analyst at Bankrate.com. When starting their careers, young professionals should determine what factors are important to their future and use research to determine what area best suits their needs, Bell said. "Not everyone is looking to climb to the top of the corporate ladder, so cities that ranked low on our list may be very desirable to some," Bell said. Thanks...

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Google gives simple sharing tools for events, notes, and photos to families

Recently Google introduced some fantastic sharing features for its Photos app during I/O, allowing you to automatically send photos based on who’s in them or set your library to sync with your loved ones. And along the line, what Google didn’t tell us is that it’s the start of a larger push to stay connected to your family. Along with Photos’ new sharing abilities, Google is also adding new features to YouTube, Calendar, and Keep to help you stay in the loop. So to this regard, a new Family Group option will allow you to easily send things like shopping lists, important appointments, and, of course, photos, with the people who need them most. Family-centric groups aren’t new to Google—we’ve seen them in action inside the Google Play store and Play Music app—but now it’s coming to more services. To get started, you’ll need to create a family group on Google with up to six people. Then, the things you share with them will be able to be edited or deleted as if they created them on their own phone. In Keep, for example, when you share something with a family group, it will be marked with a new icon of a house with a heart inside it. In Calendars, a new Family calendar will be created, which will then be added to each person’s app. Any event created within the family calendar will be synced to all members’ phones, and like Keep, everyone will be able to create, delete, and edit events. In addition to all these, you’ll also be able to send pictures and videos to the people in your group through the Photos app. Calendar events can only be shared separately with people who aren’t part of your family group, but outsiders added to Keep will be able to see that you're in a family group. All members of the family group will need to stay updated to the latest versions of the apps to properly share with each other. Furthermore, Google is also spotlighting the family groups in YouTube TV. Subscribers can share their membership with up to five family members, who will each get their own cloud DVR with unlimited space. The new family groups feature appears to be limited to Android phones and is currently rolling out to all users. Finally on this note, new apps of the various apps don’t seem to be required for the family groups to work, so it’s likely a server-side switch.
Important note: A good number of families are already hooked up with Google services, but family groups make it even easier to stay in touch. We'd love to see it expanded to include Google's other apps as well, such as Drive and Android Messages, to completely streamline our lines of communication.

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Five Employee Training Tactics That Actually Work

As the case may be, every new job has a learning curve – and every existing job evolves over time. Consistent learning and training helps employees build and sharpen their skills, and ensures that your team is growing with their roles, rather than remaining stagnant. Now on this note, passing around a lengthy PDF or slideshow presentation may seem like the easiest method of training, but it's not going to help your team members learn how to do their jobs well. Now here some outlines business leaders offered on training methods that help employees to stay engaged and motivated throughout the process.
1. Microlearning: With busier schedules and shorter attention spans than ever, finding the spare time for learning and enrichment activities can be hard. That's why microlearning – short, focused, and often interactive learning initiatives broken down into 3 to 5-minute segments – has become so popular in the modern workforce. Matthew Brown, director of HotSchedules Train at HotSchedules, said microlearning forces companies to "deliver the most meaningful and critical content in a condensed format that is designed to be snackable and accessible in the moment of need." "E-learning strategies [like microlearning] make the transfer of learning from corporate down to front-line employees significantly more efficient and impactful," said "Especially in today's fast-paced and highly distracted world, we learn in more ways than ever before. Being able to deliver the content your employees need at the moment they need it is critical to their success." Darren Shimkus, VP and general manager of Udemy for Business, agreed that e-lear works because it enables employees to control their experience, which means learning at their own pace, on their own time, and on the topics that are relevant to them. "Online learning provides that flexibility and low-pressure environment that enables learners to more readily succeed," Shimkus said. " At Udemy, we have seen that students are increasingly downloading course content ... to consume on their mobile devices while on-the-go. Organizations can only benefit from integrating online courses to their existing learning and development programs." Because of the format, microlearning is often best applied to informal, simpler training needs, rather than a complex, in-depth skill set. In a blog post for eLearning Industry, author Asha Pandey suggests this method for training employees in things like time management, workplace compliance and professional skills development.
2. Hands-on shadowing: It's one good thing to have someone who can explain how to do something, but doing a task on the spot can sometimes be the most effective way of learning. Melissa Cohen, managing partner at Metis Communications, said her company incorporates hands-on shadowing into the new employee training process. "The shadowing process allows trainees to retain information better by applying learned skills in real time and translating them to their daily tasks," Cohen said. "In addition, it also helps new team members experiment with responsibilities in a controlled environment without risk, all while building their confidence."
3. One-on-one meetings: Kathy Thiessen, the vice president of operations at 101 Mobility, said that structured, biweekly meetings between an employee and their supervisor have been a very effective training method for her team. "Our leadership team adheres to that schedule to show our trustworthiness and our investment in the team's success," she said. "In the procedure employees are required to bring their own agenda to kick off our coaching discussion." In these meetings, Thiessen said 101 Mobility employees focus on opportunities for skills development and building self-identified strengths. "I like to close out those meetings by talking about the last 10 percent – the things that are difficult to discuss or topics an employee may be hesitant to discuss," she added. "This needs to be done knowing their confidentiality will be respected."
4. "Lunch and learn" sessions: A good number of employees learn best when they're in a more relaxed environment. Many businesses have adopted the concept of a "lunch and learn" session, in which a team member or third-party source gives a brief seminar-style presentation while refreshments are served. It doesn't even have to be a full lunch — Cohen said Metis Communications hosts optional, 45-minute Bagel or Beer 'n' Learns in the office and over video chat for its employees. "In these sessions, a senior team member usually creates a casual, interactive and engaging presentation about a topic she has personal experience with, and then opens it up at the end for further discussion," she said. "Such sessions usually lead to brainstorming among the group, as well as comfortable, open communication between team members of all experience levels." 5. Video recordings While live training sessions can certainly be engaging, you run the risk of the employee forgetting what they've learned after it's over. Recording these presentations and making them available to your team can serve as a great refresher, or as a convenient "makeup" for those who missed the meeting. "For basic training on technology tools and other standard PR and marketing practices, we provide links to video recordings and have the team make internal presentation recordings through join.me, so any team member can watch them at his or her own convenience," said Cohen.
5. Video recordings: While live training sessions can certainly be engaging, you also run the risk of the employee forgetting what they've learned after it's over. Recording these presentations and making them available to your team can serve as a great refresher, or as a convenient "makeup" for those who missed the meeting. "For basic training on technology tools and other standard PR and marketing practices, we provide links to video recordings and have the team make internal presentation recordings through join.me, so any team member can watch them at his or her own convenience," Cohen said.
Producing your training stick
Fred Mouawad, founder and CEO of Taskworld, said employee training shouldn't be tackled with a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, training programs should be tailored to each employee based on their skills and profile, because the success of those programs hinges on employee motivation. On that note each employee learns differently, so discover whether they prefer visual, auditory or kinesthetic (learning by doing) methods of instruction, Mouawad said. "It's important to convince employees about the effectiveness of training programs to boost their engagement," he said in addition. "Remember that lecture in school when you just couldn't focus on what was being said; when your mind was in a completely different place? That's exactly how employees feel when they are not interested in training programs." You should also listen to your employees and gather their feedback about training initiatives, to make sure you're not wasting your time or theirs. "Training and learning opportunities in today's workforce should be personalized and tailored to each individual user," Shimkus added. " A good place to start is by figuring out what your employees actually want to learn and what kind of skills will make them more effective in their jobs. In one sense, by aligning learning and training opportunities with the preferences and desires of employees themselves, businesses will be able to keep their teams engaged and productive." "Make training an ongoing discussion with employees to ensure it's a useful tool, not a burden, for new hires and training leaders alike," Cohen further said. "We've implemented a variety of in-depth training methods through the years, but not everyone engages in them effectively, and it would have been a disservice to keep a training approach around just because it seemed like a good idea on paper." Thanks.....

Thursday, 18 May 2017

How you can install the latest Android O beta on your Nexus or Pixel phone

Google is always at work in perfecting the latest version of Android, but one thing is that you may not know is that you can help test it out. Before any new version of Android is released, whether it’s a full new major “sweet treat” version (such as the new Android O beta) or a simple maintenance release, you can sign up to test it weeks or months before it’s available for public download. All you need is a Google account and the right phone. As regarding to that, Google makes it easy to sign up, as long as you have one of the newer “pure Android” handsets. Currently, the list is pretty short, but if you own a Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, or one of the Pixel phones, you’re all set. (Additionally, you can install the beta on the short-lived Nexus Player set-top box, and the Pixel C tablet.) Those phones should be good for the rest of this year, as Google has vowed that Nexus level devices will “receive major updates for at least two years.” For example, the 2014 Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 only recently dropped off the list, so last year’s Huawei and LG Nexus devices should be good at least through the remainder of 2017. Now, if you have the right hardware, head over to Google’s Android Beta Program website. You’ll need to log in with your Google account, and once you do that, you’ll be taken to a page that explains what the program is all about. The usual beta disclaimers apply, and Google warns that the updates “may contain errors and defects that can affect normal functioning of your device.” So before you enroll with your phone, it’s a good idea to back up your data first, just in case of anything bad. In the middle of the page, you are going to see a list of your eligible devices, with an Enroll button next to it. Tap it and you’ll see be taken to a disclaimer screen. Check the agree box, select Join beta, and in a couple seconds you’ll be in. If a new beta is not available, it will be business as usual on your phone. Security updates will be installed as normal, as well as any official releases, and you won’t know anything has changed. Once a beta does land, you’ll get a notification about it just like you normally would (although it will indicate that it’s a beta update), or you can check in the usual place: Scroll down to the About phone tab in Settings, and select System updates. It will install over-the-air normally, with a restart, and whenever a new one releases, you’ll go through the same process. And when the version you’re testing releases publically, you’ll be able to install that version on your phone, too. If you’ve flashed your device and just want to install the files yourself without registering for the program, you can grab them from Google Developers site. Just scroll down to the Latest section, find the version you’re looking for, and follow the link to get to the Public Beta Images page. Then, locate your device and download the appropriate file. In addition to this, with betas, Google is looking for feedback, so if you spot something that needs fixing, you can contact Google directly by heading to the Settings app, tapping About, and then Send feedback about this device. Additionally, Google hosts an Android Beta Program Google+ community, where you can share feedback with other users. Finally on this note, if you’re having serious problems with a particular beta, you can always downgrade to the most recent stable version. Simply select Unenroll device on the same Android Beta Program page where you registered your device, and Google will deliver the latest general release to your phone. However, as Google warns, it “will wipe all data on the device,” so once again, you should back up your data before downgrading. Thanks...

Twitter creates a new privacy tools as it ditches Do Not Track and expands data sharing

As the case may be now, Twitter is dumping its support for Do Not Track (DNT), changing how it shares user data with third parties, and holding any web browsing data it collects for a longer duration—all to better aid in ad targeting, of course. But at the same time, Twitter is giving users more control over what kind of user data can be used for targeted advertising, as well as more transparency about the information it collects about you. The privacy features are active now, but the new privacy policies that dump DNT, change data sharing policies, and hold your data longer don't come into effect until June 18. Here's a look at what's going on.
Checking your advertising data: If you click on the "Your Twitter data" section of your account settings, you'll see that there's a lot of information there about your activity and how you're being advertised to. You can see the locations you've visited, which Twitter also uses for targeted advertising. There are also lists of the various interest categories that Twitter thinks suit you, and categories that third-party advertisers think you're interested in. If you see any categories you don't like in either section Twitter lets you dump them. In addition, you can also request to see a list of advertisers who have categorized you into various groups, as well as see how many groups you're in. My account, for example, is "part of 19,056 audiences from 5264 advertisers" in regard to this writing.
Advertising and personalization: In this area, in Twitter for the Web, go to Settings > Privacy and safety > Personalization and Data. Here, you can see additional check boxes regarding personalization of ads based on your information. If you like, you can leave them all active, which is the default, or you can uncheck every box and turn it all off. The settings are fairly self-explanatory, but they include general personalization for ads, information about the apps you use on your smartphone, your location history, and websites you visit that have embedded twitter buttons or tweets
Do Not Track and web data: Thinking back in 2012, Twitter decided to honor Do Not Track, which is basically an honor system for web tracking. When browser users had a Do Not Track setting enabled, any service that honored DNT wasn't supposed to track that person. As part of these changes, Twitter will no longer honor Do Not Track settings. It's no surprise—DNT has turned out to be a silly system and an unrealistic idea. Anyone who truly wants to stop tracking online should be aggressive about it by using ad blockers and extensions such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Privacy Badger. Thanks....

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Business Ideas to Capture the Fast Growing Senior Citizen Market

So far, the wave of baby boomer retirements is upon us, and as this generation reaches its golden years, new opportunities will reveal themselves for savvy entrepreneurs. Now, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 20 percent of U.S. residents are projected to be aged 65 and over by 2030, compared with 13 percent in 2010. That's roughly 65 million people, and that doesn't even account for population growth. So on that note, if you want to seize the opportunity this growing segment of consumers represent, Here are the four niche business ideas for entrepreneurs hoping to capitalize on this growing market.
1. House sitting: Seniors and retirees who enjoy traveling in their golden years will need extensive and regular house and pet sitting services. Contrary to stereotypes, many seniors are highly active and enjoy being able to take off at a moment's notice. A reliable steward of their home or caretaker for their fur babies, then, is an essential need. Beyond pet sitting services, dog-walking services are also in high demand. Whether it's the snowbird couple, the spontaneous day trippers or even just someone who needs a hand giving their canine companion the exercise they need, a compassionate and attentive dog walker can turn a decent profit while helping support the community. It is key that these types of businesses, especially house sitting services, are insured. In the event anything goes awry, you'll want to be sure you're protected from the sometimes steep libailities that come along with home stewardship.
2. Financial planning: Here, the financial aspects of retirement are important issues both for retirees and families with elderly members, who may require expensive care. Financial planning for seniors has several niches, including educating seniors who want to learn about financial and investment management. "One of the things that I've noticed is that many of them feel ill-prepared for making the very important financial decisions that could determine whether they'll have a successful retirement, or whether they'll end up living well below the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed," said Douglas Goldstein, CFP, investment advisor and author of "Rich as a King: How the Wisdom of Chess Can Make You a Grandmaster of Investing" (Morgan James Publishing, 2014). Goldstein said that he discovered that seniors want to learn how to find solutions to their financial-planning problems, and that they're also willing to turn to the Web for answers — an avenue he believes is ripe with opportunity for entrepreneurs targeting the seniors market. "I believe that the transformation of education to online forums represents a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs," Goldstein said.
3. In-home care: As for the case of elders who prefer to stay in their own homes instead of moving to an assisted living facility or retirement residence, maintenance and housekeeping may become more difficult as they age. These challenges represent many opportunities for service businesses that help the elderly around the house, including those who do specialized renovation and contracting work. "Most homeowners can relate to the difficulty in finding reliable contractors to work in their home, but for senior homeowners in particular, this can be a tremendous challenge," said Debra Cohen, founder of Homeowner Referral Network. Cohen said that unscrupulous contractors may prey on seniors, and many of this population's homes need safety modifications. "After my own experience trying to take care of my elderly parents in their home several states away, I personally realized the value a contractor referral business offers to senior homeowners who want to age in place," she said. This led Cohen to launch her business, which serves the needs of senior homeowners by pre-screening contractors to ensure they have the appropriate licenses and insurance. Home and personal safety technology represents another home-related niche with growing demand in the seniors market, said Nicki Morris, a consultant and owner of business coaching service The Neoteric Group. "Personal alarms with motion and fall-detection technology can be used to notify a loved one or emergency medical services in the event of a fall," Morris said.
4. Selling or storing possessions: On this note, not all seniors stay in the home where they raised their kids. They may downsize, or eventually move to a nursing home. If so, they'll need help either selling their lifelong possessions, or storing them. This is a busy niche, said C. Dianne Zweig, editor and founder of IAntiqueOnline.com. This site allows antique dealers, estate sales managers and others in the antique community to connect online with seniors selling antiques.
And what about seniors and retirees who downsize but don't want to sell their possessions? "There will be more demand for self-storage units where these boomers can keep possessions that they don't want to part with, everything from antique furniture to treasured sets of china," said John Egan, a content marketing professional and the former editor-in-chief at self-storage booking site SpareFoot. "Entrepreneurs seeking to capitalize on the boomer market, especially entrepreneurs with experience in commercial real estate, would be wise enough to take a look at buying or developing self-storage facilities in Florida, Texas and other states that are boomer magnets," said Egan. Thanks...

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Google is going to review web apps that want access to its users' data

In regard / response to recent attacks where hackers abused Google’s OAuth services to gain access to Gmail accounts, the company will review new web applications that request Google users’ data. To better enforce its policy regarding access to user data through its APIs (application programming interfaces), which states that apps should not mislead users when presenting themselves and their intentions, Google in this sense is making changes to the third-party app publishing process, its risk assessment systems and the consent page it displays to users. Google is an identity provider, which means other web apps can use Google as the authentication mechanism for users accessing the app. Apps use the OAuth protocol to do this. These apps can also use Google’s APIs to send users requests for information stored in Google’s services. Last week, a big number of users received a well-crafted phishing email that asked them to view a document in Google Docs. Clicking on the link redirected them to a Google OAuth consent page that said an application called Google Docs wanted access to their contacts and Gmail accounts. The reason this spoofing attack worked is that there was no mechanism to prevent a third-party app registered to Google’s OAuth service from using the same name as one of Google’s own apps—or the name of another legitimate third-party app. Since the attack, Google has strengthened its risk assessment for new apps and made other changes to better detect such abuse. So app developers may see error messages when registering new applications or modifying existing ones in the Google API Console, Firebase Console, or Apps Script editor, the Google Identity Team said in a blog post. In addition to this, based on the results of the enhanced risk assessment, some web applications will need to undergo a manual review and approval process that could take from three to seven business days. “Until the review is complete, users will not be able to approve the data permissions, and we will display an error message instead of the permissions consent page,” the Google identity team said. For now, developers will only be able to request a review during the application testing phase, but in the future, Google will also give chance for review requests during the registration phase. Until the app is reviewed, developers will be able to continue testing their app using their own account, as well as to add additional testers. Thanks.....

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

When Writing a Business Contract, Check It Over Before Anyone Signs

Regardless that launching a new business brings with it potential opportunities for growth, there are also plenty of pitfalls to look out for. What often separates business failures from success stories is the ability to handle details, anticipate problems, and make sure business agreements are clearly written and understood. When small business owners rely on verbal agreements, boilerplate contracts and do-it-yourself approaches to contract management, they may be unknowingly setting themselves up for costly legal problems. As attorney John C. Woodman advises, it's better to err on the side of caution than leave yourself exposed to possible lawsuits and contractual disputes. So in this regard, he recommends anticipating and addressing all issues that could arise, regardless of whether a potential misunderstanding or disagreement seems likely to happen. For example, some business owners balk at the idea of signing formal contracts with people they consider good friends or with whom they have a long-standing relationship. However, "it is always best to have a written agreement negotiated between the pertinent parties," Woodman said. With the look that damage control is much more expensive, stressful and time-consuming than preventive action, Woodman urges business owners to get legal advice before a potential issue turns into a crisis. "A reliable attorney can ensure you're buttoned up from a legal perspective, so you can focus on running a successful business instead of facing a 'do-over' or putting out a legal fire down the road," said Woodman, a business litigation and creditor/debtor rights attorney at North Carolina-based Sodoma Law P.C. "Too many times, I've seen business owners seek legal counsel when matters are 'hot,' rather than preparing for all eventualities.
Covering your bases with business contracts: To steer clear of misunderstandings, false assumptions and ambiguity, Woodman recommends that contract terms should be clear and concise. One method of assuring that all parties fully understand the intent and meaning of contract provisions is to include definitions of important terms in the document. He also said that "the subject matter and the material terms should be ironed out beforehand" to reduce costs and keep the process moving forward efficiently. A letter of intent is typically used to lay the groundwork for many business agreements, he explains. Woodman believes one of the primary mistakes small business owners make is to use generic contract templates. So along the line, he pointed out that state-specific clauses often need to be incorporated into business contracts and that every agreement should be customized and fine-tuned to fit the situation. "Each vendor, financing or employment agreement should be carefully crafted to ensure all eventualities are covered," he said.
Corporate legalities to consider: Setting up a corporation improperly is likely to create a ripple effect of problems when it comes to contracts, especially regarding the way your company is taxed, pays its employees and limits liability. Woodman in this sense, noted that documents like shareholder agreements, partnerships and operating agreements are the constitution of a company and need to be accurate. "If, for example, your agreement states that your business is a corporation when in fact it should be a limited liability company, that's going to be a problem [in the future]," he said. One important detail executives and business owners sometimes overlook is whether a contract should be executed by an individual or a business entity, such as a corporation. Woodman says that's a potential error that can and should be avoided. "If the party to sign is the corporation, execute the contract in the name of the corporation. If the party to sign is the individual of a corporation, sign only in the individual's name and not the capacity of the corporation," he added. An ever-present legal threat Woodman strives to protect clients from is financial liability. He noted that if your company isn't set up correctly and you're unaware of that fact when contracting in your company's name, any disputes could fall back on you as an individual. "If you follow the correct corporate formalities from the outset, anyone with whom you engage who turns [a business situation] into a dispute is less likely to be able to reach your personal assets," Woodman further said. Thanks...

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

How you can use Google Home's built-in ambient audio to get some rest and relaxation

As it is now, Google Home has picked some cool high-profile features over the past few weeks, including support for multiple accounts and access to millions of recipes, but a new feature that has flown in under the radar might be even more useful. Now in regard to that, instead of paying top dollar on a bulky white noise machine for you or your newborn baby, your Google Home can now fill your room with soothing ambient sounds. There are 15 in all, ranging from a crackling fireplace to a babbling brook. And since they’ll most often be used when you’re already tired and stressed out, Google has made it super easy to operate. Here’s is a breakdown on how it works. If you say, “OK Google, help me relax,” your Google Home will play a random ambient noise for the next hour (or until you tell it to stop). Alternatively, you could ask it to play it for a specified amount of time, something we’re not able to do when playing music. In addition, you can also ask it play a different sound if the one you hear doesn’t fit your fancy, or ask for one of the specific tracks in its catalog, including:
Relaxing sounds
Nature sounds
Water sounds
Running water sounds
Outdoor sounds
Country night sounds
Babbling brook sounds
Oscillating fan sounds
Fireplace sounds
Forest sounds
Ocean sounds
Rain sounds
River sounds
Thunderstorm sounds
White noise Just as it is also with the random sounds, you can set a specific time limit for an individual track by saying, “OK Google, play thunderstorm sounds for 2 hours,” if heavy rain and distant rumbling happens to be your thing.
A sleep aid: Ambient noise is cool and for all, but one major thing is that we’re most excited about the automatic shut-off timer. Now, we just want to be able to use it for our music, too. Pretty please?!. Thanks...

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Friends and Family is Not the Best Source of Career Advice

If you are looking for career advice, You might want to steer clear of your family and friends, new research finds. So now on that note, whether it's being told by their parents not to be friends with their co-workers or having a friend suggest that resumes should be long and detailed, many employees admit that those closest to them have given them bad suggestions on how to get a job or advance in the workplace, according to a study from the staffing firm Accountemps. Specifically, 35 percent of the employees surveyed said their friends have steered them in the wrong direction when it comes to their careers. Additionally, 14 percent have parents and 10 percent have other family members who have offered up bad career advice. "Whether you're a first-time job seeker, an experienced professional trying to climb the career ladder or someone looking for a career change, it's not uncommon to ask a trusted confidante for guidance," Mike Steinitz, executive director for Accountemps, said in one statement. "Friends and family members typically have good intentions, but in one sense, they may steer you in the wrong direction." There is one family member whom employees can usually count on to set them straight. The research found that just one percent of employees have gotten bad career advice from their spouse. The study shows that employees are much less likely to get poor recommendations from those they work with. Just five percent of the employees surveyed said they were given questionable career guidance from co-workers and only four percent said a manager or supervisor gave them problematic advice. So now when employees do need some guidance, they should make sure the person they ask for help has the experience to provide helpful tips, said Steinitz. "Cast a wide net when reaching out to those in your network and ask specific questions pertaining to each person's experience," Steinitz said. "Weigh all the pros and cons in any situation and make the decision based on what is best for your career and your personal priorities." Finally on this note, in order to help employees who receive bad advice, Accountemps offers these four time-tested career tips:
1.Be prepared. On this note, when applying for a job, be sure to tailor your resume for the position, practice answering tough questions hiring managers may ask and don't be late for interviews.
2.Honesty is the best policy. Don't embellish or lie on an application or resume. Regardless of how small or innocuous you may think the lie is, it can cause long-term damage to your career and reputation if it is uncovered.
3.Don't be afraid of change. Here...while looking for a new job may seem scary, working in a job you are not happy in can always be a worse feeling. If a time comes where you are no longer in love with your position, it might be time to look for something better.
4.Push yourself. Without minding where you are in your career, you should always challenge yourself to get better. You should regularly set professional goals and don't be scared to take on assignments outside your comfort zone in order to expand your skills and expertise. Thanks...

Here's how you can edit roads right in Google Maps

Back to that time when Google shut down its crowd-sourced Map Maker on March 31, it promised to integrate “many of its features” into Google Maps. However, while the options to edit descriptions and suggest missing places is prominently displayed in Maps, Google has also added the ability to edit road segments, but it’s a little harder to find. In April 27 update to Google’s Local Guides Connect board, moderator CorrieD announced that Google has launched “the first part of a revamped editing flow in Google Maps targeting road segment editing.” The new Maps integration features “a new selection UI and the ability to report issues on multiple road segments” on both the desktop version of Google Maps and the Android app. To use the new road editor, you need to head over to the Send feedback tab in the sidebar. Inside you are going to find options to add a missing place, report a missing road, and report a location issue as before, but now there will be a new one called Edit the map. Tap it, and you’ll be brought to a new screen that shows you all of the roads around you and enable you tap to select all or part of one. Once you’ve pinpointed the area you want to change, tap Next, and you’ll be able to choose from a series of problems: incorrectly drawn, one-way, two-way incorrect, closed, or private. You can choose as many that apply, add a note describing the issue, and send it to Google for review. The feature looks like to have been pushed out with the most recent update, but if you’re not seeing it, you can side-load the latest Google-signed APK from APKMirror. It’s unclear whether Google will bring the feature to the iOS app as well.
Open road: Map Maker was a big way for the public to help Google make Maps even better, and it’s even more useful built right into the app. We wouldn’t mind Google making it a little easier to find in the future, but we’re very happy it was integrated so quickly.