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How To Leverage Twitter To Find Your Next Job

Fast forward to 2106, social media is more than just a platform to connect with families and friends. It has evolved into an effective marketing channel for companies both small and huge to reach their audience, strengthen their brands, and discover talents in the market pool.
Similarly, it has also become a powerful tool for job hunters to stay updated on job vacancies and company news.

Twitter is perhaps one of the highly used social media platforms by companies to announce job vacancies. Hence, more and more people these days sign up on Twitter solely for the purpose of keeping updated for job-related tweets.
But as an applicant, how can Twitter work for you? We have rounded up tips on how Twitter can help your career.

Make connections 

It may appear cliché but in its truest form, Twitter, is a platform for making new connections and strengthening existing ones. Follow the people that interest you. It may be the CEO of a tech giant company or the editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine you love, it doesn’t matter. What you are looking for are opportunities for you to connect with these people and build relationships outside of social media.
Twitter is the perfect place to meet high-level executives. Make it work for you.

Build your personal brand 

Much like the companies marketing their products and services, Twitter is an invaluable tool for you to enhance your online presence and market yourself. Your name is your brand and your tweets are like your products or services. So as much as you want to rant next time, you have to be careful with what you post online. Social media offer a quick way for companies to conduct a background check. You don’t want your potential employer having a bad impression when he or she looks at your profile. To make most of your Twitter account, tweet something that would demonstrate your skills. Re-tweet topics you are a subject matter expert of and share your opinion.

Stay on trend 

Following the key movers in the industry you are interested to work in enables you to know about innovations and trends. Through self-learning, you can use this information to further your skills. Moreover, staying abreast with the latest news also provide you with better understanding on the direction of your industry and give you time to prepare for it.

Job hunt 

As mentioned above, companies these days create Twitter handle solely for the purpose of looking for the right candidates to fill in vacant posts. Who knows? The company you want to work for may have a vacancy soon. You’ll immediately learn about it if you follow it.

Engage and make an impact 

Engage as much as you can. Answer questions posted by the people you are following or share your opinions. If one of the people you are following posted a question and you have the answer for it, don’t be afraid to interact. Let them know what you are good at. Who knows? It may be the perfect opportunity for you to get noticed.

Author bio:
Stephanie M. Braun is a social media marketer who knows a lot about Travel Guide in New Zealand

Amazon Launches Photo Print Service - Amazon Prints

Amazon Prints offers high quality, affordable prints of digital photos, delivered by Amazon. Create custom photo books and online photo prints, and receive free standard shipping and free expedited shipping on orders of $15 or more. Every time you print online photos with Amazon Prints, you can customize your order with your favorite photos, themes, paper types, and print sizes. By printing with Amazon, your custom prints are always high quality and made to order especially for you. To get started, upload your photos to Amazon Drive, select your prints, customize your order, and check out.

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Infographic: Outsourcing Industry In The US

As a delegating practice well known to successful entrepreneurs, business process outsourcing has been one of the biggest market trends over the past few years. Global competition, mobile technology and the rise of the free agent have been some of the major factors responsible for this phenomenon, and as predicted in the early 2000s, all of them have led to the rapid rise of the BPO industry.

With a growing number of well-calculated executives and managers joining the trend, business process outsourcing continues to spur new models – in addition to old variants such as crowdsourcing, the 21th century has welcomed newer, more socially aware and comprehensive concepts like impact sourcing and knowledge process outsourcing as well. So far, the increased popularity of BPO activities has made the industry’s contract values reach their financial peak, with 36 billion dollars earned a couple of years ago, and in 2015, the number of outsourced jobs increased to 2,382,000.

Instead of having to hire new staff members and to reorganize an already functioning infrastructure, the majority of United States businessmen now leverages the potential of specialized freelance talents provided by BPO suppliers and online services. Benefits of such practice are various and all equally significant for further improvement, and businesses that have outsourced a part of their operations have all reported increased organizational capacity and staffing flexibility, improved performance and cost reduction, as well as operational revenue growth and competitive advantage.

With IT sectors, accounting, finances, human resources and customer services still on the top of the BPO chain, and China and India competing for the title of the best outsourcing destination, little is expected to change in the years to come. A vast number of outsourcing contracts has already been proven as successful and extended further, gradually becoming prolific long-term collaborations. Like those, BPO suppliers have also drastically improved their service, which now includes management consulting processes as well.

If predictions of global market analysis are correct, the BPO industry in the United States is expected to reach 220 billion dollars by the end of 2020. Taken together, the advantages of outsourcing strategies promise a steady growth in the future, and not solely due to cost reductions and increased efficiency – the decrease of business risks, lowered product development cycle, innovative solutions, access to expertise and new technologies and better analytics are all equally important motives that drive entrepreneurs toward outsource service providers.

The concept of business process improvement that suggests new operational models and further technological automation remains a primary force of outsourcing, and will continue to demand comprehensive, sector-specific and high quality services. In the following years, outsourced service providers will therefore be compelled to additionally boost their traditional services, as well as to include analytics and big data services, cloud infrastructure, social media technologies and robotic process automation to their current offer.

Until then, the BPO industry will proceed with what’s been achieved so far, and constant practical innovation, long-term partnerships and value-added services that this practice provides will certainly reshape for the better, if not entirely transform, the future of business.


Google launches Allo messaging app with Smart Reply and Google Assistant for iOS and Android

Introducing Google Allo, a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, doodles, and HUGE emojis & text. Allo also brings you the Google Assistant, preview edition.

Respond without typing, in your style.

Smart Reply lets you keep the conversation moving with a single tap by suggesting text and emoji responses based on your personality. For example, it learns if you're more of a “haha” or “lol” person so the more you use Google Allo, the more “you” the suggestions become.

Shout, or whisper it, to get your point across.

Add more meaning to your words by adjusting the size of your text. When you need more than ALL CAPS to get your point across, simply slide up to shout, and down to whisper.

Turn any photo into a work of art.

Get creative with the photos you send by doodling on them or adding text. Draw a smiley face, turn your friends into memes, and mix in some color.

Say it all with the perfect sticker.

Stickers in Google Allo are designed by independent artists and studios from around the world. From Drama Llama to Food Party, add some fun to the conversation when words aren't enough.

2016 Apps That Will Help You Find A Job

Job hunting used to be made up of knocking on doors and looking in the newspaper every day. Now, you can simply get an app on your smartphone and find a job or a new career. They allow you to discreetly look for open positions and respond to employers quickly with the click of a button. It is even so simple that you can just upload your resume and send it to postings with one click. Obviously some are more user-friendly or cost effective, so here is a list of the best apps to find you a new job.

One of the most accurate apps to help guide you towards a new career is iPQ career planner. This 99 cent application has a 52 question assessment to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. It will then give you job options that best match your skills and is ideal for recent graduates.

An incredible application for job hunting is Jobrapido. This is a great app to find jobs in large US and UK cities such as Birmingham or New York. This search engine groups all the career opportunities posted on the websites of job boards, temping agencies, and companies’ websites.

If you are confident in your resume and want to keep a nice format for employers, you should look at Pocket Resume. For only $2.99 you can craft a professional looking resume to store and send directly to employers. You can update it from anywhere and effortlessly reach job postings.

Hidden Jobs is a great app that tracks hidden jobs you cannot find in newspapers or job boards. They keep tabs on unadvertised jobs from organizations who are expanding and opening up new positions.

One of the most streamlined interfaces is an app called Real-Time Jobs. This is an app from the Twitter job search that makes the search process easy and effectively by reporting jobs posted on Twitter. It allows users to pitch themselves with one tap to make job searching fun and easy. More than 1000 jobs are posted every hour making it one of the best apps out there.

The Reach app helps local professionals find jobs in their industry faster than ever. Once you are logged in through LinkedIn or email you can connect with other users to network within your area. It is the best networking application out there to help you find a great new opportunity.

Last but not least is the Linkedin app. This popular social network has a great app that allows you to connect and stay in touch with other professionals and potential employers. It allows you to upload your professional information equivalent to your resume and easily apply to hundreds of new jobs. 

Apple Releases macOS 10.12 Sierra

Apple has just released macOS 10.12 Sierra bringing new features to the Mac including Auto Unlock, Universal Clipboard, Siri, and more!

Siri makes its debut on Mac, with new features designed just for the desktop. Your Mac works with iCloud and your Apple devices in smart new ways, and intelligent capabilities make your photos, music, and messaging even more enjoyable.

Get things done by asking Siri, the intelligent assistant now on your Mac. • Enjoy your favorite features from iOS as well as new ones optimized for Mac.
• Send messages, create reminders, search the web, and more while you work.
• Drag and drop or copy and paste Siri results into your documents.
• Pin Siri results in Notification Center and reference them later.
• Find files, adjust settings, and get system information just by asking Siri.

Copy and paste between your devices with Universal Clipboard.
• Copy a quote, image, or video from an app on one device and paste it into an app on another device.

Automatically log in with Auto Unlock.
• Log in to your Mac automatically when you wear your Apple Watch — no need to type your password.

Enjoy the convenience and security of Apple Pay when you shop on the web.

• Use Apple Pay to make easy, secure payments when shopping in Safari on your Mac.
• Complete your purchase with Touch ID on your iPhone or with your Apple Watch.

Access files on your Mac desktop from your iPhone with iCloud Desktop and Documents.
• Automatically store all the files on your desktop and in your Documents folder in iCloud, and access them from all your devices.
• Keep the same desktop and Documents folder on your other Mac. Easily free up space on your Mac with Optimized Storage.
• Automatically store seldom-used files in iCloud, where they’ll be available on demand.
• Additional tools help you remove files you don’t need, to save even more space.

Get control of your desktop with tabs in apps.
• Use tabs to manage multiple windows in Maps, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, and more.
• Work with tabs in your favorite third-party apps — no developer adoption required.

Keep an eye on the big game or your favorite video with Picture in Picture.
• Float a video window from Safari or iTunes over your desktop as you work.
• Place the Picture in Picture window in any corner, and it stays put when you switch spaces or work in full screen.

Rediscover the most meaningful moments in your Photos library.
• Enjoy favorite and forgotten occasions from your photo library with Memories.
• View your images by who’s in them. Photos uses advanced face recognition technology to automatically group photos of the same person together.
• Search your photos by what’s in them, such as beaches, dogs, or concerts, thanks to intelligent search that can recognize objects and scenes.
• Track your photo expeditions across an interactive world map.

Enjoy an all-new Apple Music experience in iTunes.

• Easily navigate your library with the redesigned Apple Music.
• Discover great new music thanks to expert curation and advanced machine learning that give you the best recommendations.

Liven up your Messages conversations.
• See web content previews and watch web videos right in a conversation.
• Respond to messages with quick, handy Tapbacks.
• Express yourself with 3x larger emoji.
• View the stickers, Digital Touch, invisible ink, and handwritten messages that friends send from their iOS devices.

Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages. Some features have hardware requirements. Some features require an iCloud storage plan.

You can download macOS Sierra from the App Store for free.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Google Sends Out Press Invites to October 4th 'Pixel Phone' Event

Google has sent out press invite to an event on October 4th at which the company is expected to unveil a new Pixel phone.

Google also posted a teaser video and teaser site which appear to confirm those rumors.

4 Lesser-Known Smartphones Worth the Change

While the masses flock to the iPhone or Galaxy, there are plenty of other smartphones available that may meet your needs more effectively. Many come at a lower price point than the major brands, and offer just as many — if not more — features. Whether your priorities are customization, camera abilities or storage, there is an alternative smartphone out there for you. Instead of getting in line for the latest release from Apple or having to return a flaming Galaxy, take a look at some other options available in the market.


If you're looking for a smartphone that's different from the norm, the LG G5 is a great option. You've likely heard of LG electronics in regards to their home appliances and televisions, but their smartphones also have great and reliable technology. The all-metal uni-body creates a sleek and modern look, and truly represents the phone. It features a dual camera with an ultra wide-angle lens, allowing you to capture amazing photographs. The 5.3-inch Quad HD screen is bright and big, making it a very user-friendly device. Plus, it has big storage capabilities and a strong battery life. The brand you know continues to provide high-quality and trustworthy products.

Huawei P8

Huawei is one of the most popular smartphone brands in China, and it garnered its popularity for good reasons. The P8 delivers top performance speeds and one of the best cameras available on a smartphone. It has a DSLR-level image signal processor, a 13 MP rear camera, time-lapse capabilities and more. It even has a light painting feature and Director mode so you can create professional-grade art right from your phone. For creative minds always seeking a new project, this is a phone to consider.

Nextbit Robin
The Nextbit Robin is a game changer for those who are always reaching their storage limits. This phone is smart — it merges cloud and onboard storage, allowing for much greater capabilities. The Robin archives apps you don't use and restores them when needed in order to intelligently save space. Another exciting feature is the touch capabilities on the side button. Just press the side button to wake up the phone, and leave it there for another second to unlock, eliminating the need for passwords or codes. The creators also encourage users to make it their own, by choosing their own carriers, uploading custom ROM and more, so developers may find it a good fit.

Fairphone 2

The Fairphone products are a great choice for those interested in sustainability and social change. It's easy to feel good about buying a phone when you know where it comes from, down to the source materials. It's also a modular phone — an extremely unique feature in the market. If something breaks or gets damaged on the Fairphone, replacement parts can easily be purchased in their online shop, and the phone can be fixed in minutes. With most mainstream phones you need to go to a special technician or get a completely new smartphone, so this could be a time, money and stress saver. 

Before you hop onboard with the trendiest smartphone release, take time to consider the other options that are available to you. There are many phone manufacturers besides Apple and Samsung, and they are creating great products that may be even better for you.

GoPro Karma Gets Official - GoPro's first official drone

More than a drone.
Capture amazingly smooth footage in the air, handheld or mounted to your favorite gear.

Ultra Compact

Karma goes with you. It folds into its own lightweight, compact case that’s comfortable to wear during any activity.

Easy to Fly

Never flown a drone before? New pilots will fly with confidence while seasoned pros will enjoy Karma’s performance.

Take your friends for a ride.

The GoPro Passenger™ App lets friends view your flight and control your GoPro while you fly. Available 10/23.


Karma’s removable camera stabilizer attaches to the included Karma Grip for shake-free handheld shots. Perfect for hikes, chasing your kids through the park and wherever your adventures lead you.


Capture smooth body- and gear-mounted shots. Karma Grip can be used with most GoPro mounts including Karma Case’s shoulder strap mount.

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Text mining: What It Is And How It Can Help Your Business

Text mining is becoming increasingly useful for all kinds of businesses. Say you have an incredible amount of data and you are looking for important patterns or phrases in the form of documents. Text mining uses algorithms to read and analyze documents on behalf of the user and can understand much more than simple text searches. There are new companies doing this for emerging businesses on a daily basis and one of the strongest at the forefront is Expertsystem. By using their knowledge management software solutions you can effectively increase the productivity of any business with rapid analysis of huge sets of data. Let us look at some ways knowledge management systems can aid your business.

If a business wants to research new marketing techniques for example they can mine text on this subject. This means texts must be accessed, copied, analyzed, and annotated. Big data is the hot topic in the business world and text mining programs or knowledge management systems are racing to become better and faster. The businesses who can take advantage of these programs will be able to have a leg up on their competitors. Spotting trends faster than ever before will enable businesses to become more profitable in this so called information age.

The problem solving advancements in text mining are incredibly useful in the business world. The data is not only mined but also analyzed which is becoming the most advanced aspect of this technology. By having simplified forms of massive amounts of data, people can solve high-value knowledge discovery problems. For example, a program can create charts, graphs, tables, and mind maps to make analyzation faster and easier to complete. Say a company wants to test out new marketing techniques or advertisements, they will be able to collect a sufficient amount of data and receive the results in real-time by using a text mining system. This is revolutionary for the business world because it allows them to adapt without having to guess as much or make anticipated claims.

There is no doubt that text mining is the future of business. The people who can collect and understand the world of big data will be able to become the most profitable. From marketing to sales analytics, text mining programs provide an incredible competitive advantage. Research will be done at speeds never before seen and articles will be picked apart for analysis rapidly and effectively. Academics are at the forefront of developing this type of technology to decipher massive amounts of scholarly articles and this will soon translate over to the business world. In many respects it already has and there are already knowledge management systems that can help comb through consumer data to help people directly market to millions of people by using their own data. It is a miraculous feat technologically speaking and it will only become more advanced over time. The world is quickly figuring out what people want before they even know it!

GoPro HERO 5 Annonced

Simply the best GoPro, ever.

2-Inch Touch Display

Preview and play back your shots, change settings and trim your footage, all on your GoPro.

Rugged + Waterproof

Durable by design, HERO5 Black is waterproof to 33ft (10m) without a housing

Advanced Video Stabilization

HERO5 Black can capture stunningly smooth video handheld, mounted to your favorite gear, and more.

Available October 2nd.

- $399
- Voice-Control
- 2-inch Touch Display
- Rugged + Waterproof
- One button control
- Advanced Video Stabilization
- Access + Share from anywhere in the world
and advanced photo features

Croissant logs over 2M minutes of coworking; launches in San Francisco

Croissant (www.getcroissant.com), the passport membership to inspiring workspaces, announced today that it is launching in San Francisco and Bay Area. Croissant helps creators find a convenient place towork whenever and wherever they need it. Croissant is responding to growing member demand for locations in large US cities, with the #1 requested city being San Francisco, where many of their tech and startup members travel regularly.

Croissant was born from a frustration the four founders, David Idell, Zoltan Szalas, Adam Chew, and Nisha Garigarn, felt while working on a completely different startup idea. They would arrange to meet in coffee shops to collaborate, but would often show up to places with no seats available, scarse plugs, and spotty wifi. "We wanted to get out of the house and workfrom different places for inspiration. Coffee shops were a hassle but we didn't think it was worth it to pay hundreds of dollars for a coworking desk that we weren't going to use every day. We still had full time jobs, so just wanted some places to workon nights and weekends," says CEO David Idell.

At a hackathon, the founders created an MVP to reserve seats at coffee shops by the hour to address these pain points, but quickly pivoted to coworking spaces since they already had the infrastructure in place, such as a like-minded community and amenities. Since inception, over 1000 freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote workers have relied on Croissant to cowork by the minute in New York City. "Coworking is a growing trend as folks choose to say no to the cubicle and instead choose to make work into an experience. We've had members tell us that Croissant has completely changed the way they do work."

What makes Croissant so addictive? "There is ample evidence to support the idea that changes in workplace, whether a change of location or just simply getting up and taking a walk, is important to foster an environment of innovation and productivity.", says CEO David Idell. Croissant members can choose from a huge variety of workspaces available on the app - whether they want to work from a sunny rooftop in Brooklyn, or a zen space in downtown San Francisco. And if they don't like one space's vibe, there's no worry - over fifty other locations await, all with their own unique vibe and commmunity. Some locations even have 24/7 access. Croissant gives people the variety they need to make every day inspiring.

In the future, Croissant wants to not only provide access to workspace, but also provide recommendations on how people can optimize their creativity and productiity. They plan on creating a customized coworking experience for each member, where plans are tailored to their current behavior and moods. This will be accomplished using artificial intelligence. They have already started implementing a beta version for select small teams. These teams are getting customized offers so they only pay for what they need, and they don't get bogged down in large commercial real estate bills.

Croissant is also a member of 500 Startup's current batch.

About Croissant:
Croissant is the membership that makes creating from anywhere possible. They've partnered with over 50 workspaces in NYC, SF, Boston, and DC, and bundled them into one passport membership that is the fraction of a cost of a traditional coworking space. Members love the flexibility and versatility of Croissant because they can go to any of the spaces at any time, giving the chance to explore their city while remaining productive. The company is also a member of the startup accelerator 500 Startups.

Video: iPhone 7 Water Resistance Tested in Soda, Coffee, and Water

Here is one of the first videos that tests the iPhone 7's resistance to soda, coffee, and water.

PEEL - Super Thin Case, Now for iPhone 7

Peel is the original & best ultra thin iPhone case. It’s designed to keep the original look of your phone while still protecting.

We believe minimalism is beautiful, that’s why we chose not to put our logo on Peel. You’ll forget you have a case on.

At just 0.35mm thin, Peel wraps seamlessly around your iPhone. A subtle lip protects the protruding camera lens.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Has The Google Mobile Update Hit Your Search Positions?

Unravelling the Latest Changes 

Companies have seen their SERP listings change almost overnight – so what's going on?
During the past few weeks, Google has been tweaking its mobile search results, and people were quick to notice the difference the update made. So what does this new update involve – and will the changes we've seen so far be permanent? To help you out, here's a simple guide to Google's latest changes, and what you can expect from them.

The Update 

This update revolves around Google's search results on mobile devices. The company has long been keen to make sure that the Google experience is consistent across all devices. So whether you are using your laptop or mobile phone to browse the web, you'll be able to find the best online content. In a blog post dated 23rd August, Google said that they were updating their search results to reflect which sites were offering the most user friendly experience for mobile users. Sites that had intrusive pop up ads or text that was too small found themselves bumped down the list of search results. However, this mobile update appears to have made its way to desktop SERPs too.

What the update meant for businesses 

Have you seen changes in your site's ranking? If so, you're not alone. As of the 2nd of September, a number of companies were reporting that their sites had dramatically changed position on SERPs. A blogger who had previously ranked #3 for a particular keyword couldn't find their site on the first page of Google search results. After looking into it further, it turned out that they were now ranked around #80. Other businesses sat tight despite the sudden change, hoping that the update would right itself. However, after a couple of days some found themselves as low as page 10 on desktop devices. Given that there's a big divergence between mobile and desktop SERPs, these companies had the right to be surprised. Perhaps you were one of them – in which case you'll be wondering what to do next.

What should you do?

So what can you do to ensure that your site gets back up to the top of the search results where it belongs? Well, there has been no word as yet from Google on what these see-sawing search rankings mean. The general consensus is that there's a big update on the way, with these mobile search results being the tip of the iceberg. It may not be worth overhauling your SEO strategy just yet – but do try to offer a good user experience for mobile users, as this seems to be where Google is focusing its efforts right now, working on making your mobile site functional and free of obtrusive ads is a good place to start.

What will the future hold?

Changes to search engine algorithms take a while to implement, but in this case Google has sprung a surprise on site owners. Will these changes be permanent? It's hard to say – although if Google wants there to be no difference at all between the desktop and mobile browsing experience we could continue to see search results behave like this. If your SEO strategy is now looking a little uncertain, call in the SEO experts to make sure that your online presence is as strong as ever.

Author bio:
Danielle Haley is co-director at Freelance SEO Herts, which offers bespoke digital marketing services to businesses in and around Hertfordshire. Freelance SEO Herts is part of the FSE Online group of companies.

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