Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The six cool things we learned about Android P from Google's Reddit AMA

After four developer previews and a chunk of stage time at Google I/O, we arrived at havning a pretty good idea of what’s in store for Android P when it releases later this summer. For everything we don’t know, however, Google’s engineering team hosted a Reddit AMA, in which they answered as many tough questions as they could about the next major version of Android. s
So on that note, h ere are the six biggest things we learned.

1.Share sheets aren’t getting quicker: One of the long-lasting pain points in Android is the brief pause between when you open the share sheet interface and when you can actually start using it. In this case, the problem is the time it takes for the direct share panel to load (those icons at the top the lead to specific targets). According to engineer Adam Powell, that’s a known problem with Android, but it won’t be fixed in Android P: "We’ve had some ideas for improving it over the last couple of releases that didn’t make the cut for schedule reasons. ... We’ll see how far we get in future releases".

2.A true dark mode isn’t coming: In the latest developer preview, we got a new switch in the Display panel called “Device theme.” Once it's selected, it lets you switch from light to dark mode, which puts a black background on the notification shade and app drawer. Sadly, there are no plans to bring this dark theme to the rest of Android or Google’s apps, as it still has more of a practical use than a aesthetic one: “Night light is less about the classic idea of dark mode (black background and white text) and more about blue light filtering after the sun has gone down,” as Ben Poiesz explained. “We don’t have anything to announce about a unified dark mode.”

3.Batteries will be smarter and more consistent: Battery life and optimization is one of the big components of Android, both with how long they last and how they work with background apps. Project manager Madan Ankapura emphasized this point when asked about battery optimizations on different phones, saying that Android P will be “providing guidance that is aiming to drive consistency across OEMs.” Furthermore, he confirmed that there will not be a switch for resetting the adaptive battery, which uses AI to learn when to shut down apps and save battery life. Rather, it will only reset after a factor reinstall. However, Ankapura assured users that the system will “learn on a short schedule and adapt quickly so there should never be a need to reset.”

4.Android might be becoming more like Chrome OS: For the past year, Chromebooks have gained support for Android apps through the Play Store, but the two OSes are actually much closer than they look. Or at least their development is. As Dianne Hackborn explains, ever since the Android and Chrome OS teams working together to modify the Android app platform to run on Chrome OS, the two teams “have since then been bringing the teams more closely together, pulling some of that Chrome OS work back in to mainline Android and having the Android team work more directly with Chrome OS as a formally supported platform configuration.” The most intriguing development to come out of the new partnership is that Chrome's support for Android apps could eventually swing back to Android: “We have always seen desktop-style UIs as one of the potential targets for Android, so their use of Android apps there fits well with our own roadmap.”

5.It won’t be called Pickle Juice: As regarding to Oreo, Google’s engineers threw out a few names that didn’t make the Android P cut, and, well, we're kind of glad they died on the cutting-room floor:

Ben Poiesz: pâte à choux
Chet Haase: The P is silent, as in pneumonia and psoriasis
Adam Powell: Pickle juice
Brian Carlstrom: Pavlova
Dan Galpin: Pfeffernusse

6.The Android P tablet experience still needs work:The one big constant about Android over the years is that the experience on tablets has paled to that on our phones. Unfortunately, that’s not about to change in Android P. While our phones are going to get new gesture-based navigation, Ian Lake explains that the larger-screen Android experience is still being worked on: “Navigation and tablets is actually something I’ve talked to the Material and Chrome OS team quite a bit about. One factor that has considerably influenced the design space for large screen devices has been the introduction of multi-window modes, particularly free-form windows that are fully resizable as you can find on Chrome OS devices. ... We’re well aware that there’s more to be done.” Thanks....

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Monday, 16 July 2018

The Six Resume Mistakes to Avoid if You Want the Job

A major point to note is....resumes are your key to scoring an interview and landing a job. Other than the cover letter, it's the first document that employers assess before deciding to move forward with an application, so you want to be sure that it accurately represents you and your experience.
On this note, here's what hiring and HR experts have for you in order to help you tackle some common resume errors and wow your future boss. Here are six mistakes to avoid.

1.Making it too long: One thing to know is that your resume should never be longer than necessary. A multipage resume works if you're at the senior level and have a long, varied work history, but if you apply for a lower-level role and have only had a couple of jobs in the same industry, there's no reason it shouldn't all fit on one page, said Sasha Surman, who handles client experience at LiftForward, Inc.

Working with formatting can bring it down to one page, as well, Shannon Plush, coordinator of strategic HR projects for Pittsburgh Public Schools, told Business News Daily.

"Tighten up your language and adjust your formatting so that your resume content can fit on one page," Plush added. "Otherwise, it looks sloppy and highlights for the employer that you don't have enough to offer to fill up two pages."

2.Writing passively: Duncan Murtagh, co-founder of Vetter, said job seekers always write their resumes in a passive rather than active voice.

"They treat their resumes like applications you'd fill out at an entry-level position for high schoolers and simply list previous experience duties," Murtagh said.

Instead of a bland, bulleted list of duties, show results: Hiring managers like to see concrete, quantifiable data of your accomplishments.

3.Lying (about anything) While you might think that exaggerating your experience or stretching the truth on your resume will help "get your foot in the door," lying is never the way to do it.
"An embellished resume can actually ruin your chances of success since most details can be verified through interview questions and checking references," added Chavez. "Make your accomplishments shine, but stick to the facts."
Outdated experience that is no longer relevant may not be an outright lie, but it does detract from your credibility. Dana Case, director of operations at MyCorporation.com, said that outdated skills make a candidate appear not to be genuine.

"Irrelevant work experience only shows that the candidate had a job in the past while showing nothing about what they can offer to a company," Case said. "If [your resume] states you are fluent in a language and you are asked about it, then admitting it has been quite some time since you spoke fluently never looks good."

4.Making simple mistakes: You know the line: everybody makes mistakes. In fact, you should expect to make them, and actively seek them out while proofreading your resume. You don't want your resume to be tossed, and to lose your chance at your dream career, because of one minor and preventable error.
"Documents with easily avoidable mistakes help hiring managers to weed out sloppy job seekers when sorting through applications," said Chavez. "Print it out, read it aloud and ask a friend to give it a second look."
Make sure everything is up-to-date, relevant and formatted properly. Finally, keep in mind that submitting a resume in a format other than PDF could hurt your chances of getting seen. If you do choose to send a Word document, be sure to double-check everything, especially if you've tracked your edits.

5.Making it too obvious: "I constantly see candidates listing obvious duties in bullet points under a job title," said Yahya Mokhtarzada CEO of Truebill. "If an applicant was a host at TGI Friday's for three years, I can assume they undertook common host/hostess duties such as greeting guests and seating them at tables."

Mokhtarzada suggested using the bullet-point space to list things you've done that an employer wouldn't guess or to illustrate instances when you went above and beyond.

6.Being too informal: Here, you're applying for a professional position, so you want to appear matured and qualified. That means using proper grammar, avoiding acronyms you might use when texting and adhering to a consistent format.
One common mistake that many applicants is listing an inappropriate email, like that embarrassing username you've used since middle school, as your contact email. Doing so might come off as unprofessional, said Jodi Chavez, president of Randstad Professionals and Life Sciences at Randstad US.

"Ditch your nickname in favor of an email that includes your name or an abbreviation of it – after all, this will likely be the first direct line of communication between you and your potential employer," she said.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Three ways you can use to stop your Samsung Galaxy phone from randomly texting out your pics

If you are one of those in possession of a new Galaxy S9, there's no doubt-you’re probably using Samsung Messages for your texting needs. The default messaging client on all new Galaxy phones, the app lets you text your friends and family with modern features and strong search, and integrates with all of Samsung’s other apps. In short, if you're locked into the Samsung ecosystem, you have every reason to use it. Regarding to this, there's a reason not to use it. According to reports, the app has been sending out photos to random contacts without the user’s permission, a massive privacy issue and a potential embarrassment for victims of the bug. It’s unclear how widespread this issue is, but it’s major enough to warrant more than 200 comments on this Reddit thread.
Samsung says it’s investigating the issue. In addition, the company also asks affected users to call the company’s support line at 1-800-SAMSUNG with any complaints. But until it releases a fix—or even an explanation—here’s what you can do to limit any damage to your personal life:

Revoke Messages’ access to your pics: With the reason that Samsung Messages is presumably accessing your photos directly through the app, you can shut off its access right at the source. Open the Settings app on your phone and select Apps > Messages (the Samsung one) > Permissions to turn off Messages' access to your phone’s storage. That should prevent it from being able to see your photos when it tries to access them.

Change your default messaging app: here you can’t delete Samsung Messages from your phone, but you don’t have to use it to send texts on your Galaxy phone. Options abound in the Play Store, including Facebook Messenger, Pulse SMS, WhatsApp Messenger, and a bunch of others. But your best (and safest) bet is Android Messages. You can download it from the Play Store for free, and there’s also a cool new web component that lets you text from your PC.
To switch to a different default messaging app, download the new app first, then head over to Settings. Select Apps, tap the menu button in the upper right corner, choose Default apps, and then Messaging apps. You’ll see a list of any messaging apps installed on your phone, and you can select any of them as the new default.

Delete photos from the Gallery app: While we’re not fully sure of how Samsung Messages is accessing your photos, we’re 99.999 percent certain that Google Photos isn’t the issue. So use it. Once you back up your phone's photos to Google’s cloud servers, you can safely delete them from your Gallery app. Open the app, long-press on a photo until a check mark appears, tap the All button at the top left corner, and select Delete. While you’re at it, you can shut off Samsung Cloud in Settings too (accessible via the menu in the right corner). That way even if Samsung Messages goes rogue, there won’t be any photos for it to send.
This story, was originally published by PCWorld.