Thursday, 29 June 2017

Google makes celebration for July 4th with explosive Play Store deals on movies, games, music, and more

Just in time for the long Fourth of July weekend, Google has announced a massive sale in the Play Store. So in this regard, whether you’re looking to veg out, rock out, or work out, you can score some pretty big savings, but you need to act fast. Now, if you don’t want to brave the crowds at the theaters you can rent a flick on Google Play for just 99 cents. The sale applies to any movie in the Play Store, including recent hits such as Saban's Power Rangers and Get Out. Additionally, Google has marked down some of its top TV new releases up to 50 percent off, in case you wish to spend your weekend binging. From now, if you’re headed to the beach, you can snag some great tunes for free. Google is offering a free four-month subscription to Play Music for new subscribers. Normally priced at $10 a month, it matches the best deal we’ve seen for Google’s streaming music service. There’s also a sale running on some of the Play Store’s best-selling books, including Zero Hour, the seventh book in Tom Clancy’s Power Plays series, Douglas Coupland’s Life After God, and Wonderland by Jennifer Hilier, each for $2. Now as for gamers, Google has sliced the price of some of the most-popular titles by as much as 80 percent. Among the bargains are Star Wars: KOTOR for $3 (regularly $10), Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies for $2 (normally $7), and Final Fantasy Tactics for $6 (regularly $12). Additionally, there are savings off some in-app purchases. Elsewhere, Google Play is also giving out 50 percent discounts on subscriptions for numerous popular services, such as Peak, Memrise, Runtastic, and The New York Times. You’ll need to subscribe to a year of service to get the savings. The movie and TV promotions end run through July 13, while the sales on apps, games, books, and music end July 6. Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Much Casual? Dressing for Success in Today's Workplace

As for many employers, the days of wearing formal suits to the office each morning are a thing of the past, new research shows. The study by Robert Half Finance & Accounting revealed that just one-quarter of organizations require employees to dress formally at work. Specifically, only 4 percent make employees wear a suit and tie and just 21 percent require workers to wear dress slacks or skirts with button-down shirts. Most employers are giving employees the room to wear a little more casual attire. More than 60 percent of organizations allow workers to dress somewhat casually by wearing khakis and polo shorts or sweaters, while 13 percent let employees dress even more casual by wearing jeans and T-shirts. "Workplaces are evolving and so are office attire trends," said Paul McDonald, Robert Half senior executive director, in a statement. While a large number of employees appreciate not having to dress up every day, having a relaxed dress code is causing workers some difficulty trying to figure out what's appropriate to wear. Now in a separate study from the staffing firm OfficeTeam, 56 percent of employees said they prefer more relaxed dress codes. However, more than 40 percent said they are at least sometimes unsure if a piece of their clothing is office appropriate. Surprisingly, nearly half of the workers surveyed said they wouldn't mind wearing a uniform to work every day so they never had to think about what to wear. "As work attire skews more casual, the rules about acceptable office wear aren't always clear-cut," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. And more on this, among some of the clothing items employees are unsure on are:
An off-the-shoulder ("cold shoulder") top
A Hawaiian shirt
A baseball hat
Fishnet stockings
A tight sweater
Capri pants
A track suit
A low-cut top
Dressy sandals
A hockey jersey
Cargo pants
A political T-shirt
Colored jeans
A tank top
Tennis shoes
A short skirt
A sheer top
"Apart from thr following official company policies, employees should pay attention to the wardrobes of managers and colleagues," Britton said. "If you're uncertain about whether it's OK to wear something to work, it's best to play it safe by skipping it." To help employees, Robert Half offers four tips for dressing appropriately in today's business environment:
1.Take a cue from those in charge. When fishing out how to dress every day, take inspiration from your company's leadership. Consider how your boss, and even their boss, dresses. It never hurts to dress for the job you want.
2. Be neat. Even if it happens that you can dress as casual as you want, make sure the clothes you choose are clean and wrinkle-free.
3.Focus on the details. A dress code doesn't just encompass the clothes you wear. So you should be sure to pay attention to the accessories you choose and your grooming.
4. Think about your schedule. Lastly if you are meeting with clients or have an important meeting, you may want to dress a little more formal, even if your company has a casual dress code. In addition, you may want to keep a blazer in your office just in case your day unexpectedly changes. When interviewing for a job, its best to play it safe when choosing what to wear. While the company may have a casual dress code, you are better off dressing a little more formally for an interview. You want to make as good a first impression as possible. For a job interview, Robert Half suggests women wear a blazer or business-appropriate dress and closed-toe shoes with a low heel, with men faring best in a suit or jacket and tie. For job seekers preparing for interviews, tap your network or check out the employers' social media activity for insights on the company's corporate culture. If you're still uncertain of what to wear, err on the formal side," McDonald said. The Robert Half study was based on surveys of 2,200 chief financial officers from companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The OfficeTeam research was based on surveys of 390 workers over the age of 18 who are employed in an office environment. Thanks for reading.......

Thursday, 15 June 2017

How You Can Get More Online Reviews for Your Business

Anytime someone does a search for your business, there is a very big probability that they get someone else's opinion about it. Even if your business efficient, well-run and has a great mobile presence, all it takes is a lack of reviews – or some persnickety comment – to derail a potential sale. So what should you do? Here are a few suggestions to help you manage this critical part of your online identity.
Be proactive: The first thing you can do is a small old-school marketing. If you have a traditional retail location, put a placard or sign somewhere asking people to leave a positive review on Google Maps, Facebook, Yelp or another service where you see a lot of traffic. You can also offer a discount, such a small percentage off a service or an inexpensive freebie, in exchange for an honest review. Check-ins are worth promoting as well. If someone checks into your store on Facebook or a service like Swarm, people in their timeline get a chance to see what they're up to. None of these are a guarantee, but they're a solid place to start.
Take digital control: Every site on which you can receive reviews has a platform where you can manage your presence. The Facebook Business Manager has a ton of tools (of varying ease of use) that let you tweak the appearance of your page. It's also the main hub where you can see the number of reviews, check out visitor stats or respond to those who have left a comment. In addition to this, Google has ramped up the capabilities of how your business appears during a Google search, particularly on mobile, So on this note, you need to be sure that you grab the Google My Business app to take charge by adding pictures, information, or the details about your business. A similar tool is available for Yelp, which remains a popular source of reviews. By having an active presence, you're more likely to get reviews and can nudge your customers to send in a few. This is especially critical on Facebook and Google, where they play a major role in how your brand's presence is analyzed by those who may find it.
Respond to reviews (even if they're negative) There's a big probability to be a time when you get a review that you're not thrilled about. In this case, the question is what do you do about it. Facebook, for example, doesn't let you delete reviews just because they're less than five stars. You can report one if it violates the company's guidelines, but your best move may be to gently push back. Google offers some suggestions for this process if you need some guidance. The key takeaway is to be professional and courteous. Offering a refund or explaining the situation in more detail may be enough to assuage an irate customer. At the very least, it will demonstrate to others that your business is responsive and listens to feedback. While this may sound like just another thing to manage, there's great value in paying attention to user reviews. A survey by BrightLocal found that 84 percent of those surveyed trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. If you aren't tapping into the potential with online reviews, you're missing out on the chance to convince some new customers to give you their business. Thanks.....

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

How you can use Android's In Apps search to find your phone's content faster

In one sense, on this note, Google is all about helping you find what you want as fast as possible. But if there’s one place where tracking down the right information can be painfully slow, it’s your Android smartphone. Messaging apps, the browser history, text messages, and articles to read are often siloed into their own little fiefdoms. So now, if Google’s mission really is to organize all the world’s information, this is a place that could use some help. Google’s In Apps search is a wonderful useful tool, but it’s a little buried. This functions similarly to Spotlight on iOS, which those who have dabbled with the Dark Side may be familiar with. Getting the most out of it, however, takes a little know-how. And if you want quicker access, there’s a trick to add it to your home screen. So without going too far, here’s how it works.
Search party: The Google app indexes many of the company’s apps and those from third parties that are willing to let Google scoop up the content. In practice, when you initiate a search from the Google search widget or app, you are going to see an option at the bottom of the suggestions to look deeper into your phone’s contents. When the Google search bar is spinning through its algorithm to give you suggested websites, links from your history, and the content that been indexed, you may also see a link at the bottom to Search In Apps. When you tap it, it will pull up another page that may be what you’re looking for. You can select More under each of these to get a more extensive list of results. For example, Google found this collection of articles that it thought would be relevant to my search. Using Google’s search this way enables you to get to a message or app without needing to think about when you had a conversation or even which app you want to dive into. It can be a great one-stop shop, although it’s not without some caveats.
Understanding the exact behaviour: Getting to the In Apps search is somewhat of a pain. I’ve found that once you start typing you may have to wait for Google to “decide” that this search also includes indexed content. Or, you’ll need to choose from the categories at the bottom of the search bar and swipe left to reach the last tab titled In Apps. If it’s actual app content you want to search, there’s a faster way to get there. Long press on the Google app, and then touch and hold Search In Apps and drag it to the home screen. You’ll then have instant access to begin a search of your content. If you’ve come from iOS, it’s certainly less elegant than just swiping down on the home screen to initiate the search. But it’ll do the job. In addition, the other challenge is which apps are supported. Google only introduced this capability last year, so it’s possible that your favorite messaging app isn’t on board yet. Facebook’s apps, Dropbox, Twitter, and other services are nowhere to be found, although surely the politics of letting Google index content plays a part of this.
Opting apps into search: Fortunately, there’s a way to find out which apps are using the feature, and to activate or deactivate it for specific ones. In the Google app, go to Settings and then In Apps search. Then you can deselect any box for an app you don’t want indexed. By default, every new app will be opted in. To remove one of them from the list, just tick the box, and you’re done. When it comes to day-to-day use, my preferred method is to just tap the Google search bar (or the pill-shaped widget on a Pixel phone) and just start typing. In most cases you have to get a few characters in before the In Apps results start to populate, but they generally show up pretty quickly. However, if you know that you want to find a text message about a topic or just the name of a contact, then heading straight to the In Apps section is definitely the way to go. There are so many ways to search on Android, but this method is helpful for getting into the innards of an application without racking your brain as to which app you need to find. We’d love to see more services get on board, but in the meantime, putting this trick to use should save you some time and give Google more test data to make the feature stronger over time. Thanks...

Sunday, 4 June 2017

OneLogin Hack Hits More Than 2,000 Businesses

OneLogin, an identity and access management company with over 2,000 enterprise clients, has been hacked. The breach, which lasted just minutes, was a major blow for both OneLogin and their clients, and the fallout isn't over. OneLogin's success was built on their single-sign in service and their ability to maintain sensitive information securely in their cloud. During the security breach, private information about users, apps, and various keys may have been obtained by the still unknown hackers. All we currently know is what OneLogin has announced on their company blog where they mention the breach, the data that may have been collected and the fact that the hacker or hackers may have figured out a way to decrypt data. While you take note of that, if you are a OneLogin customer you should have already received an email from the company, but if you didn't, you should do the following immediately:
1.Reset OneLogin directory passwords for every user.
2.Generate new API keys for all services.
3.Create new tokens for account logins.
On one note, there are several other steps you need to take to protect your company's data, and you can find them all detailed on the service's support site. For now, that's all the information we have on the hack. Law enforcement and third-party security experts are currently working with OneLogin to investigate the scope of the hack and identify the guilty parties involved. Thanks...