Barbara Larson

Barbara Larson

iPad Secret #1: Tapping the Title Bar and Skipping the Apostrophe

Have you ever wondered if there was a quick way to do this or a better way to do that on the iPad? Each year, Apple releases a new version of the iOS operating system that runs the iPad.  And with each new version, features are introduced that can increase productivity by helping you do certain tasks faster and more efficiently.  There's only one problem: not everyone knows about them.   Over the next few pages, we'll take a look at some of these secret features.

The First Secret Feature: Tap the Title Bar and Skip the Apostrophe

We'll start with two secret tips that will really help speed up your ability to manipulate your iPad. Have you ever scrolled down a long list or been at the bottom of a large web page and needed to get back to the top?  No need to scroll.  You can tap the title bar of the app or web page to return to the beginning.  This works with most apps and most web pages, though not every web page is designed to be iPad-friendly.  Learn to Navigate the iPad like a pro.

Skipping the apostrophe is also a great time-saver and ranks as my number one keyboard tip.  The auto-correct feature on the iPad can sometimes be quite annoying, but at times, it can also really work for you.  For example, there's no need to hunt down the apostrophe for most contractions.  Auto Correct will automatically change "cant" to "can't" and "wont" to "won't". There are some exceptions. It won't know the difference between "well" and "we'll", but it works quite well in most instances.

iPad Secret #2: Find Music, Contacts and Apps Quickly Using Spotlight Search

Did you know the iPad has a universal search feature?  There's no need to go hunting through pages and pages of apps for just the right one, and no reason to open music just to play a song.  "Spotlight Search" can find anything from music to videos to contacts to apps on your device. It will even suggest websites to visit.   

You can launch Spotlight Search by swiping down with your finger while you are on the Home Screen, which is the name of the screen with all of your apps on it.  Anytime you are on the Home Screen (i.e. not inside an app or using Siri), you can swipe down to initiate a Spotlight Search.   The key here is to swipe down somewhere in the middle of the screen.  If you swipe from the very top of the display, you will open the Notification Center.

The great thing about Spotlight Search is that it searches your entire device, so you can even use it to search for a specific text message or email.  It will even search through Notes.  You can turn on and off different results through the general settings of your iPad under Spotlight Search.

iPad Secret #3: Download Free Books on Your iPad

Everyone likes free stuff!  And you can get plenty of freebies with your iPad if you know where to look.  For book lovers, the best freebie comes from something called Project Gutenberg.  The goal of Project Gutenberg is to take the world's library of public domain works and convert them to digital. Treasure Island, Dracula, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan are just a few of the books you can download for free on your iPad.   

  • If you haven't already done so, you'll first need to download the iBooks application.  This is Apple's digital bookstore and reader.  
  • After you launch the iBooks app, tap the "Top Charts" button at the bottom of the screen.  This will bring up two lists: the top Paid books and the top Free books.  
  • Tap the "Categories" button at the top-left corner of the screen.  This will drop down a categories list.  If you are interested in reading some of the greatest literature of all time without paying a dime, select "Fiction and Literature" from the list.  
  • You will now be able to scroll through the most popular free novels available through iBooks.  You can further narrow the list by choosing a category like "Sci-Fi & Fantasy" or "Young Adult".  

Do you want a shortcut to some great books?  Check out our list of the best free books on the iPad.  

iPad Secret #4: Move an App to the iPad's Dock

Do you hate scrolling through multiple screens of apps looking for your favorite one? There are a number of tricks for finding an app on your iPad quickly, including using spotlight search, but one of the most overlooked tricks is simply docking your favorite app. The 'dock' refers to the final row of apps at the very bottom of the iPad's display. These apps are always present on the "home" screen, which means you don't have to scroll through page after page of apps to find them. And the best part is that you can move any app you want to the dock.

How to Move an iPad App

The iPad comes with five apps on the dock, but there is space for the sixth app of your choice. You can also move one of the default apps off the dock and put an app in its place. And moving an app to the dock is easier than moving it to a different page of apps.

  • First, touch the app you want to move and leave your finger on the screen until the app icons are jiggling. This puts the iPad's home screen into 'edit' mode, which lets you either move or delete an app.
  • Next, move your finger. The app icon will move with your finger. If you accidentally picked your finger up from the screen, you can still 'grab' the app by tapping on it and moving your finger without lifting it from the screen.
  • You can dock an app by moving it to the dock. You will want to place it between two existing apps on the dock and wait until those apps move apart to provide space for the app you want on the dock.
  • If you already have six apps on the dock, you will first need to move one of them off the dock before docking the app of your choice. You do this the same way you would put an app on the dock. Simply place your fingertip on the app you want to move off the dock and then -- again without lifting your finger from the screen -- move it to the page of apps. If you move it into the middle of a row, the apps will move apart to give it space. This is when you 'drop' the app on the row by lifting your finger.

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Did You Know: You Can Also Move Folders to the Dock?

This is a great trick if you have a handful of apps that you want easy access to but want to keep most of the default apps on the dock. First, create a folder of apps by moving one app onto another. Once you've moved all the apps you want into the folder, move the folder to the dock just as you would any app.

You can even use this method to create one screen for all of your apps. Put your apps into six categories, create folders for those categories and fill them with all he apps that fit the description, and then move those folders to the dock. You can leave your most used apps on the main screen, so you have quick access to them, and your other apps can be within one of the folders.

iPad Secret #5: The Hidden Control Panel

Apple loves the idea of hiding features above, below or to the side of the screen.  For example, if you swipe down from the very top edge of the iPad's display, you will reveal the notifications center.  The same is true for swiping from the very bottom edge of the iPad's screen where the display and the bevel meet.  When you swipe up from the bottom edge, you reveal the hidden control panel. 

You can do a lot of cool things from this panel such as access the AirDrop feature, turn the brightness up or down, go into Airplane mode and lock the rotation.  You can even launch a timer, and perhaps best of all, open the iPad's camera.  

You also have quick access to music controls by swiping from left-to-right on the control panel to reveal the playback section.   These controls will work whether you are jamming to a custom radio station on Pandora or playing your own music.   

Of course, if all you need to do is adjust the volume, don't forget the buttons on the side of the iPad! 

There is a similar control panel on the iPhone that includes a flashlight in addition to the features found on the iPad's control panel.

Bonus Tip: When you launch the Timer from the control panel, the iPad opens the Clock app.  This app also has a Stopwatch feature and an Alarm feature, so it is also a great way to set an alarm.

iPad Secret #6: Let Your iPad Read Selected Text to You

Do you want to give your eyes a rest?  Let your iPad do the heavy lifting -- or, in this case, the heavy reading -- for you.   The iPad has the ability to speak selected text to you, but first, you will need to turn this feature on in the accessibility settings.   The text-to-speech feature is designed to help the vision impaired, but it can be very useful to most people.   For example, the iPad could allow you to multitask by reading an interesting news article to you while your cook dinner.


How to Turn On the iPad's Text-to-Speech Feature

  • First, go into the iPad's settings. 
  • Next, choose General settings from the left-side menu.
  • Tap "Accessibility" from within the General settings.  It is just above the section for Multitasking Gestures.  
  • From within the Accessibility settings, choose Speech.  This is the last option in the Vision block.  
  • Turn on "Speak Selection" by tapping the associated slider.  This setting will add a new "Speak" option to the menu that appears when you select text.   
  • If you think you may use the feature often, you can also turn on "Speak Screen".  This allows you to slide two fingers down from the top of the display to read the entire screen to you.  This doesn't work so well with web pages where the top of the screen is filled with menus, but it works well with other apps like Mail.  
  • You can also change the voice used by tapping the Voices button within the Speech settings.  Also, pay attention to the Speaking Rate.  This can be adjusted to have the iPad speak faster or slower.  

One great way to use the text-to-speech feature is within iBooks, where the iPad can read the book to you.  This isn't quite as good as a book on tape, where the reader can give the right inflection to the words and sometimes even portray the character's voices.  However, if you choose to speak the screen, the iPad will automatically turn pages and keep reading the book.

This article was published on lifewire.com by Daniel Nations

Google is undeniably king of the search engine world, but other engines are worth talking about, especially when it comes to privacy. In the second in a series of blog posts reviewing alternative search engines, I find out more about DuckDuckGo.

Following the review of Ecosia in celebration of Earth Day, the next search engine I’m reviewing is DuckDuckGo, so get your disguise on as we’re going incognito. No, literally. This search engine sells itself on its tight privacy controls. With the roll out of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in May 2018, privacy is a subject being discussed more and more, and the conversations could lead to consumers becoming more aware of their privacy and data protection rights.

What’s it all about then?

DuckDuckGo vs Google - Dog HidingDuckDuckGo states it will not track your IP address or user agent when you’re searching, nor does it share or collect any personally identifiable information about its users. So if you are concerned about your data being collected, and sold on for marketing purposes, or even used for criminal activities – this might be the search engine for you.

The privacy limits extend to not tracking you, as you go in and out of private browsing mode. You’re staying under the radar. Don’t you worry.

Duck, duck, wild goose chase – how is the search functionality?

You can adjust the settings, much like other search engines, to filter the results you see. You may choose seeing results that are safe, moderate, or no holds barred, to customise it to your preferences. You can further refine results by selecting your country, and by allowing content from a certain time period to appear.

DuckDuckGo vs Google - SERPs - Browser Media

It is interesting to see that the only exact replication of results is where Browser Media sits, nicely in position two. The results are different, but both SERPS are serving helpful results, except both engines did return non-UK businesses on page one – Google returned a Denver based business and DuckDuckGo served up a Delhi and Brisbane based business, as well as the same Denver business:

DuckDuckGo vs Google - SERPs 2 - Browser Media

Because your IP address is not being tracked, no specific location criteria are used in the searches via DuckDuckGo. This means you may not find the coffee shop around the corner, unless you specify where you are looking for said coffee shop within your search query.

Additionally, search history is not taken into account. So, whilst it feels much less creepy than other engines, it also won’t be so tailored to your searching habits. You will see the same page of results as the next person using DuckDuckGo when entering identical search terms.

I’ve been digging around a bit to find out what people think of the results DuckDuckGo returns, and it is a fairly mixed response.

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One comment referred to DuckDuckGo changing the search titles and returning incoherent results. So instead of returning pages showing the price of gold, when the user typed in GLD (the investment symbol for gold), the search title was changed to God.

Other comments referred to small irritations when getting the results back. For example, not listing the number of results found, so the searcher is not helped in regards to whether their search should be expanded or filtered differently. As well, complaints have been made about the engine hijacking results when a user tried to use a different engine. Further to this, ‘apparently’ the engine became incredibly tricky to get rid of, not showing up in the program or app lists on desktops and devices.

On the flipside, the review site has many comments defending DDG, with users stating that they found the results to be appropriate, and it was just a case of learning how to use the engine better. I would tend to agree, queries may simply need a word or two added to serve up better results.

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There was also the usual amount of conspiracy theory talk – suggesting that certain search engines are paying folk to write false negative reviews. Such cynics…

How are they doing?

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It is hard to gauge how many users DuckDuckGo has since it does not track personal information…

…but we do know that it received over 16.2 million search queries on Monday 24 April.

Therefore, using some pretty basic maths, I have deduced that DuckDuckGo had 188 searches per second on average that day:

16,249,713 ÷ 86,400 (number of seconds in 24 hours) = 188.08

In comparison, Google averages 40,000 enquiries per second.

DuckDuckGo is placed next to Google Hungary, Croatia, and Nepal in the percentage market share tables – and just below Ask that has 0.14% share.

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Quack to the future – what impact could DuckDuckGo have on marketers?

Data from Google Analytics about DuckDuckGo will not particularly benefit marketers since no useful visitor information is tracked. It means you can’t mark your target audience based on age, gender, nor location, for example.

In addition, the engine is reported as referral traffic, rather than organic, which can be misleading when analysing traffic, but can be changed with an advanced segment. A rule is required to instruct Google Analytics that each time DuckDuckGo is seen as referral traffic, to change the medium to organic. For more on advanced segments, read Libby’s blog post on the subject. For further details specifically about the issue described above, this piece should help.

If you’re interested in paid search, bear in mind that they don’t do remarketing ads. Sponsored ads, much like all of the other engines, will appear at the top of the SERP. However, due to the audience seeing the ads being an unknown, how can anyone be sure the ads are being seen by the right audience? It seems a bit pot luck for my liking.

Although, with the GDPR roll out next year, perhaps this engine is wise not to be keeping records on its users. And if, as a consumer, you’re concerned about your privacy when browsing the internet, and do not want to be tracked when carrying out searches, this engine is the one for you.

This article was published in browsermedia.co.uk

Another branch has appeared in a huge crack on one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves, and scientists fear it’s only a matter of time before a huge chunk — potentially containing up to 2,000 square miles of ice — breaks away. If this happens, the ice shelf may become increasingly unstable and could even fall apart.

Scientists have been closely monitoring the Larsen C ice shelf, located on the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, where a large rift in the ice — now about 111 miles long — has been advancing in rapid bursts in recent years. Between the beginning of December and the middle of January alone, the crack lengthened by about 17 miles. And since 2011, it has grown by about 50 miles.

Over the past few months, scientists have noticed that the crack has stopped extending in length but has continued to widen at a rate of more than three feet per day. It’s already more than 1,000 feet wide.

And now, scientists have noticed a worrying development: A new branch has split off from the main rift, about six miles below the tip of the original crack, and has splintered off in the direction of the ocean. The new branch is about nine miles long. Altogether, only about 12 miles of ice now stand in the way of the whole chunk splitting off into the sea.

Researchers from Project Midas, a U.K.-based Antarctic research project based at Swansea University and Aberystwyth University, observed the new crack in satellite images on May 1.

The biggest concern is not whether the chunk will break off — that seems to be inevitable at this point — but what will happen after it does. The break will sweep away about 10 percent of the ice shelf’s total area, and scientists have previously speculated that the shelf will become increasingly unstable after this point.

“We have previously shown that the new configuration will be less stable than it was before the rift, and that Larsen C may eventually follow the example of its neighbor Larsen B, which disintegrated in 2002 following a similar rift-induced calving event,” Swansea University professor Adrian Luckman, a leader at Project Midas, said in a statement.

Larsen B was a nearby ice shelf that came to a sudden and dramatic end in 2002 after particularly warm Antarctic summers that caused the ice to melt and splinter. Ultimately, more than 1,200 square miles of ice collapsed over the course of just one month. Another neighbor, Larsen A, collapsed in 1995.

The collapse of Larsen C, should it occur, has the potential to unleash enough ice to raise sea levels by, at most, about a centimeter.

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The ice shelf itself — which can be thought of as a kind of floating ledge jutting out from the edge of the continent — is resting on the surface of the ocean and wouldn’t contribute to any sea-level rise by itself if it were to break off. But ice shelves generally serve as a kind of stopper at the edges of glaciers, stabilizing and containing all the ice behind them. When they break, they have the potential to unleash a flood of ice from the continent that can significantly contribute to rising sea levels.

Whether this is what happens at Larsen C remains to be seen. While researchers have explored several possible scenarios for the ice shelf’s future, its ultimate fate may still depend on a number of factors. As The Washington Post’s Chris Mooney reported in January, some scientists have expressed skepticism about how serious the consequences of a break might end up being.

One recent study points out that the key question is whether the ice that’s lost from the shelf will be “passive ice,” which doesn’t play a significant role in holding back the flow of the glacier behind it, or whether the break will remove ice from a critical stabilizing zone, unleashing a flood of ice.

For now, continued close monitoring will be the key. In January, some scientists speculated that a calving event could occur within a year — meaning it may not be long before the region’s destiny becomes clear. In any case, Luckman noted in his statement that the event, when it happens, is likely to “fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula.”

This article was  published in washingtonpost.com by Chelsea Harvey

If you’re a specialist in SEO or link acquisition, then you’ll know that generic email addresses are as much use as a chocolate fireguard when it comes to outreach.

You need to develop personal connections with influencers, regardless of whether you work in PR or SEO, it’s always the same.

But finding the right person’s email address can be a draining, time-consuming task.

Who has time for that?

Well, actually, it’s not so difficult, or time-consuming.

In this post, I’m going to walk you through the exact step-by-step process our agency uses to find (almost) anyone’s email address, in 60 seconds or less!

#1 – LinkedIn & Email Hunter

LinkedIn has to be one of my personal favorites for finding anyone’s email address.

According to a report by Statista, LinkedIn now has over 450 million members – an increase of 413 million since 2009.

Finding an email address with LinkedIn is easy – but it involves a two-pronged approach, so let’s start with the first step.

Simply head over to LinkedIn advanced search and enter the name of the company who your target works for.

You’ll then be provided with a list of relevant people who work there.

Depending on the size of the company, however, you may wish to include specific keywords or titles to narrow the search.

For example, if you’re searching for someone who works in the editorial department, make sure to include the title “editor”.

Below is an example, for illustrational purposes.

LinkedIn Advanced Search

Once we have some top-notch results, let’s move on to step 2.

If you want to fetch someone’s email address in a flash, then I’d recommend you sign up to Email Hunter and download their Chrome extension. It’s free up to 150 requests per month and integrates with LinkedIn.

Once you have clicked on the relevant person’s profile, a slick red button will appear next to their profile picture.

Email Hunter on Linkedin

Click this button, and VOILA.

Email Hunter email finder on LinkedIn

Piece of cake.

Email Hunter has a super high success rate and it works well for finding most corporate emails.

#2 – Followerwonk & Viola Norbert

If LinkedIn proves unsuccessful, then give Followerwonk and Viola Norbert a try!

Followerwonk is a Moz-owned Twitter tool that has lots of great features for marketers, although Moz recently announced they will no longer be investing in Followerwonk and they intend to find a good home for it, so we’re hopeful it will be here to stay!

A simple yet powerful feature of Followerwonk allows you to search keywords within Twitter bios, allowing you to quickly track down the person you’re looking for.

For this example, we’ll include the keyword “director” with the URL “goamplify.co.uk” to quickly find my profile.

Followerwonk Search Bio Feature

Then, once you have the full name of the person you need to speak to, copy and paste his/her name directly into Voila Norbert.

Voila is a powerful tool that pings the mail host to find and confirm the correct corporate email address, so it has high accuracy.

It’s not rocket science either, simply conduct a search, and you’ll be provided with the relevant email address.

Voila Norbert Email Search Feature

Once you sign up for a free account, you’ll get 50 free leads to play with.

#3 – Google Search Operators

Sometimes, we all like taking shortcuts.

And there’s nothing better than using Google search operators to help you easily find those ‘hard to find’ web pages and contact details.

Combining the target domain, name of the person, and specific keywords in search operators can work a treat.

Head over to Google and search one of the following examples…

site:companywebsite.com + “name” + contact

site:companywebsite.com + “name” + email

Should the relevant persons contact details be published on the domain, operator shortcut should instantly provide you the page you’re looking for, along with the contact information you need.

#4 – Mail Tester

If you have an email address, but you’re not 100% sure it’s correct, head over to Mailtester to see if it’s real.

Mailtester Email Validator

Mailtester usually gives a really good indication of whether it’s a valid email address.

But the tool is dependent on how the websites mail servers are set up.

On occasions, mail servers block email verification and it will be highlighted in yellow, in which case, you’re out of luck.

If it returns in red, that means the email doesn’t exist.

Most of the time, however, it’s green, so pop this in your bookmarks, and it’ll save you a bundle of time.

#5 – All My Tweets

All My Tweets allows you to crawl and display up to 3,200 recent Tweets from any profile, all within one page.

All My Tweets

When you search for your targets Twitter handle, use CTRL + F and search for the keyword “email” or “@examplesite.com.”

Twitter Search using All My Tweets

This saves you a great deal of time scrolling through their Twitter page to find the targets email address.

Simple stuff!

#6 – Pick up the phone

If you’re having a hard time finding an email address online, then you should pick up the phone and just ask.

If you have a direct phone number for the person you’re trying to reach, then great, but make sure you get off on the right foot by talking about something of value.

If you have a super amazing piece of content that’s relevant to their audience, or an outstanding product that will get them excited, then pick up the phone.

However, DON’T call if you don’t have a good reason to do so.

Put yourself in their shoes, would you be interested what YOU have to offer?

Hopefully, you did enough research before carrying out any outreach in the first place.

Wrapping it up

Hopefully, these simple yet powerful techniques will help you to find your target’s email in a flash, and will save you a great deal of time so you can focus on what matters – building relationships.

Have I missed any of your favorite email finding tools? If I have, feel free to share in the comments below!

This article was  published in searchenginejournal.com by Joshua Daniels

You often know when you’ve just made a big mistake in your job application. You forget to attach your resume. You send the wrong version. You address your cover letter to Mr. Chris Allen—then realize there’s a strong chance Chris is a woman.

But other times, you have no idea—you may even think you’re doing everything right! In fact, there are a few common job search techniques that candidates employ over and over because they think they work well. In reality, though, these very same strategies might be standing in the way of you and that big interview.

To make sure you have the very best chances of inching closer to your dream job, here are four common blunders—and much more effective techniques to try instead.

1. Applying To As Many Jobs As You Can Possibly Find

People often think that the job search is a numbers game. The more resumes you send out, the more likely it’ll be that someone will call you back, right?

Mmm, not really. Because applying to hundreds of jobs means you’re probably not taking the time to truly research the company and position, tailor each application accordingly and reach out to current employees who might be able to give you insider information. (And if you are? I’m jealous of how many hours you must have in a day.)

Similarly, candidates sometimes believe that applying to multiple positions at the same company ups their chances of getting called back for one of them. In reality, though this sends one of three messages: That you’re not sure what you want, that you’re desperate and you’ll take anything or that you don’t have a solid grasp on what each job entails. In any case, not a good thing.

The Fix: Think Quality, Not Quantity

Instead of applying to every semi-relevant job within a 60-mile radius, start your search by compiling a short list of dream companies and learning everything you can about them. When they have openings that fit your skill set, take the time to carefully craft your application—adjusting your resume bullets to show exactly how your experience aligns, writing a custom cover letter and asking your new contacts if they have advice for standing out.

Yes, this approach takes more time and energy than submitting your same ol’ resume at over and over, but your chances of scoring an interview will be much, much higher.

2. Applying ASAP

OK, so you’ve narrowed down your list of companies and one of them just posted a role that’s exactly in line with your skill set. Awesome! So you crank out everything as fast as possible and hit “send”—wanting to be the first application the hiring manager sees. Not only will you show just how excited you are about the job, but maybe the team will love your application so much they won’t need to interview anyone else.

News flash: This rarely does you any favors.

The Fix: Give It A Day Or So

Nine times out of 10, I have to toss the applications I receive within the first hour of posting a position because they’re incomplete. When you’re focused on speed over everything else, it’s easy to miss the details—getting names right, including additional materials and so on. It’s better to give yourself a day or two to write, rewrite and edit your materials, make sure you’ve included everything necessary and have someone else look them over. (And, again, total bonus if you get advice from a current employee.) A stellar application will be better than a not-quite-there-but-prompt one, every time.

3. Sending Your Resume To People Unsolicited

Let’s go back to those people who work at your dream companies for a second. Meeting them and getting on their radar: Good. Asking for their advice on working there: Also good. Sending them your resume unsolicited with a note that says, “Here’s my resume—let me know if you know of anything I’d be a fit for!” Surprisingly, not always the best.

Sure, in some cases, you might get lucky, but typically only in the off chance that the company is hiring for a role that meets your exact qualifications. But this move can also be construed as you asking your nice new contact (who’s already been helpful in talking to you about the company) to do the hard work for you—reviewing your resume, checking to see if any open positions are a fit and forwarding along your information.

The Fix: Apply Normally, Then Let Your Contact Know

Yes, you can (and should) ask your contact for advice before you apply. And if, in the process, he or she offers to pass your resume or a recommendation along, that’s great. But never make this assumption. Take those tips you’ve learned and then do the hard work, just like any other candidate would do. Look at a company’s jobs page, find your dream role, then submit an application with all the required pieces.

4. Sending A Great Application For A Job You’re Not Qualified For (Fingers Crossed)

Don’t get me wrong: I think everyone should apply to roles that are just a little bit of a stretch. It’s good to have reach goals—plus, you might be more qualified than you think, and with preparation and a little bit of luck, you could land an interview.

But there’s a difference between applying for a slightly-out-of-reach job and one that you’ll never get. For example: an executive-level job when you’ve got three years of experience; heading up a department team of 10 when you’ve never managed anyone; applying for a product management role because you think it sounds cool, and hey—you’ll figure it out. I’ve seen people in all of these situations think that they can make up for a lack of experience with passion and an awesome application, but the majority of the time, hiring managers think otherwise.

The Fix: Focus On The Right Reach Jobs

Again, your time is much better spent applying to roles that line up nicely with your current skills and level of experience. Spend most of your efforts on roles for which you meet a good majority of the requirements, sprinkling in a few “reach” jobs here and there.

If you’re making a bit of a leap, read Muse writer Katie Douthwaite Wolf’s advice on making sure you stand out among more qualified candidates. Or, work with a coach on a job search strategy that’ll help you get noticed.

Finally, consider career expert Kari Reston’s approach: “Instead of directly applying for the role that’s posted, send a speculative application to the company. Acknowledge that the position that caught your eye is geared toward someone more senior, but explain your interest and say that you’d be interested in joining the team in another capacity.”

I know—these job search techniques are done with the best of intentions! But make sure you put yourself in the shoes of the hiring manager. But applying to too many jobs too quickly, shooting too high, or expecting others to do too much won’t have the results you’re looking for. Try these simple shifts and you’ll be much more likely to get in the door for that interview.

This article was originally published on The Daily Muse

Adrian Granzella Larssen is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Muse, the award-winning daily career advice publication that's helped millions of people find and succeed at their dream jobs.

Take the utmost advantage of these best productivity apps for iPhone and iPad apps to increase your output and accomplish your goal.

These Smartphones have really changed the way we manage our lives. And these to-do apps and task managers have really made things much more different from what it would have been had there been no smartphones at all.

There are tons of productivity apps for the iPhone (or the iOS ecosystem generally). The range of diversity that developers have exercised in designing and developing their productivity apps is amazing.

Primarily based on quality and the ability to significantly increase output, these are the best productivity apps for iPhone and iPad. Let's jump over to explore them all!

Best iPhone and iPad Productivity Apps

#1. Google Docs

Google Docs iPhone and iPad App Icon“Google Docs” is one of the finest document creation apps. You can easily create, edit and manage documents on your iOS device. It also allows you to collaborate with others on the document.

You will add comments to your documents to easily remember important points. The app allows you to respond to comments with ease. You will be able to open, edit and save your Word documents. It supports a number of languages like Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, etc. More importantly, it works even offline to ensure your work doesn’t have any interruption.

#2. Fantastical 2

Fantastical 2 iPhone and iPad App Icon“Fantastical 2” has been a top calendar app for iOS. With various highly user-friendly features like natural language parsing, reminders, a beautiful week view available, you will be able to effortlessly keep an eye on the upcoming event and remain alerted to about essential things.

The main list shows all of your dated reminders and events. You can set the date, times, and even geofences for any event. You will have just to tap and hold on any event to move, duplicate or share it. The calendar app supports six languages such as English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish.

#3. Spark

Spark iPhone and iPad App IconSpark is easily the most feature-rich and best mail app for iOS. With this app, you can instantly go through your inbox and manage emails conveniently. The smart inbox quickly finds out if any email, newsletter or notification is personal and groups them so that you can glance through them with ease.

As the app is fully customizable, you can fine tune it to bolster your productivity. While composing an email, you will easily access most used signatures and select the right option. It allows you to save attachments to iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Readability, Pocket, Evernote and OneNote.

#4. Wunderlist

Wunderlist iPhone and iPad App IconWunderlist is an excellent to-do list and task manager app. You can add, organize and schedule your to-dos. The app lets you set due dates and reminders to ensure you are always up to the task and never forget to carry out important things.

The Today widget will help you keep track of your tasks with optimum ease. You will use notes, files and comments to easily remember essential things. Save web pages or your favorite articles to read later.

#5. Simplenote

Simplenote iPhone and iPad App IconSimplenote makes note taking incredibly easy. With this app, you will be able to capture ideas and make lists fast and efficiently. Use tags and pins to keep all of your important notes organized. The clean interface and easy-to-use features make it more convenience to play. You can sync your files to access them via all of your devices.

#6. Planner Pro

Planner Pro iPhone and iPad App IconPlanner Pro is a fine task manager. Combining tasks, notes, and events at one place, the app allows you to handle them comfortably. You can add, edit and delete events. If you want to have more privacy, hide your calendars.

You will add sub-tasks with projects and task. There are 25 priorities for tasks and projects. Easily create notes and manage them. Add reminders to each task to ensure you never forget to carry out any essential work.

#7. Productivity – Day Planner Productive Task Manager

Productivity iPhone and iPad App IconProductivity can enormously bolster your productivity and motivate you to achieve your goal. You can plan your tasks and complete them with the desired result.

Create your daily rules and make sure to follow them. Various effective tools can help you in manage your tasks without breaking any sweat. The simple features and intuitive interface offers better user-experience.

#8. Email- Fast & Secure mail for Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo

Email iPhone and iPad App IconEmail takes away all the stress from managing mailbox; making the task incredibly simple. It comes with an inbuilt assistant allows you to keep your expenses, shopping and travel completely organized.

You can unsubscribe from junk, snooze messages and even undo sent mail. It also discovers and suggests HTML signature from your sent box. The app supports Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, Office/ Outlook 365, Exchange and AOL, IMAP mail accounts, etc.

#9. Evernote

Evernote iPhone and iPad App IconEvernote excels in letting you manage and organize your personal and professional projects. You can capture and write your thoughts as checklists, notebooks, notes and to-do lists.

The app allows you take notes in several formats such as text, sketches, photos, audio, video, PDFs, web clippings, etc. With your iPhone camera, you will be able to scan documents, business cards, drawings and handwritten notes. It also allows you to annotate images. You can use the passcode to provide more security to your account.

#10. Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote iPhone and iPad App IconMicrosoft OneNote is a powerful note taking app. With this app, you can capture your thoughts, ideas and keep them organized just the way you want. You will use the built-in recorder to record audio notes.

It allows you to pin pages to instantly find them. You can work with your colleagues or friends in a shared notebooks. Keep your account safe using Touch ID. The app supports a number of languages like English, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, etc.

Signing Off

Make the best use of these apps to take control of your tasks, capture notes fast even on the go and bolster your productivity. Don't forget to set reminders to keep you on the charge all the time. Set a goal and make sure to achieve it by putting your best foot forward.

This article was published on igeeksblog.com

Monday, 01 May 2017 13:39

Microsoft To-Do app Tips & Tricks

Microsoft To-Do is already a buzz in the mobile application world. And you probably might be one of the users. We recently saw how to use Microsoft To-Do app and also discussed troubleshooting common To-Do problems. In this post, we intend to cover some Microsoft To-Do Tips & Tricks that might help you if you are going to use the app regularly.

Microsoft To-Do app Tips & Tricks

Using ‘Ok Google’ with To-Do

The latest inclusion in Android Nougat was the Google Assistant. And Microsoft To-Do app supports voice commands that are compatible with the assistant. You can simply start the assistant by saying “Ok Google”. Then say “Take a Note”. The assistant would prompt you if you have more than one note taking applications. Once you’ve selected Microsoft To-Do from the list, you are good to go. Now say whatever you want to save as a note. All the notes go into To-Do list by default and the settings cannot be changed for now.

Microsoft To-Do app Tips & Tricks

Using Siri with To-Do

The pre-requisite for using Siri with To-Do is that you must have registered your Microsoft Account with iPhone. If you have a work account then you need to register your Exchange account with iPhone. Now fire up iPhone’s settings, tap Reminders > Default List and then select the desired list. Now you use the voice commands to add reminders or notes to To-Do. Just say ‘Hey Siri, remind me to…’ and your reminder will be synced with To-Do.

Using 3D Touch with To-Do

Microsoft To-Do supports the most anticipated pressure sensitive touch feature of the iPhone. You can press the To-Do icon to get a list of three options available. You can create a new To-Do, view ‘My Day’ and search between To-Do from that menu itself.

Sharing anything to To-Do on Android

Just imagine that you got an important message or an email and you want to reminded about that. You can just select the message or the text, hit the share button and select To-Do from the app list. Now you would be taken to the To-Do application where you can customize more settings. You can easily add any reminder or To-Do using this sharing technique available on Android.

Add Icons to List name

While I was using the app, I noticed that I was not able to add icons to the lists. There is a workaround, just rename the list and add the desired emoji at the beginning of the name of the list. The emoji would be treated as the list icon. The icons look cool and can help you easily identify a list. Basic emojis are supported but some complex ones are not yet supported.

Magic Number

A perfect schedule is that when you are not overbooked and you are carrying out an optimum number of tasks each day. Magic Number works the same way. It predicts the optimum number of tasks that you must add to your day to be as much productive as possible. Doing less but doing what you’ve decided creates a sense of accomplishment rather than a demotivating thought.

Prioritize yourself

Create a new list where you can add some simple off the beat To-Dos like listening music. These entertaining tasks can help you stay productive and refreshed for the whole day. Although the app doesn’t offer any particular option to create such lists. But you can create recurring tasks to ‘My Day’ section. This way you keep yourself entertained even in your hectic schedule. Also, you can prioritize tasks by adding due dates. The app does not support priority levels for now.

Productivity and To-Do

Microsoft To-Do is meant to be a productivity focused application. That is the sole reason behind the My Day section in the application. It is suggested that you should add tasks to this section every morning so that you can have a complete sense of what you are going to do throughout the day. Planning your day before hand has always proved to be a successful way of accomplishing tasks. Hit the bulb icon to get more productivity suggestions.

Accomplishments and Suggestions

Hit the bulb icon to know what tasks you accomplished yesterday and the tasks that are overdue. Based upon your usage, the app can suggest you the tasks that you should consider doing today. Before actually updating your My Day section in the morning, it is advised to have a look at what the app has for you. More you use the application, more precise suggestions it will make over time.

Adding Due Dates

A great way to stay productive and keep track of your tasks is by adding due dates. Adding a deadline to a task makes you mentally more focussed about it and you complete it on time. Also, if you add a deadline, the app can remind you about that and can show that task in suggestions. The application can automatically show you suggestions based upon the upcoming tasks and the overdue tasks.

Recurring Tasks

Want to achieve a goal and devote some time to it daily? Simply create a task and set it to repeat daily. Now all you need to do is add that task to ‘My Day’ and you will be reminded about it daily and the app can simply help you achieve a goal. I’ve added swimming and meditation to my schedule so that I can take out some time for my health from this hectic college schedule.

These were some tips and tricks that can help you utilize the application in a better way. And yes, don’t forget to see your magic number and plan your schedule accordingly. All the changes you make to the application will be synced to all of your devices.

This article was  published in thewindowsclub.com

Humans are still evolving, So, where will evolution take us in 1,000 years?
Chances are we’ll be taller. Humans have already seen a boom in height over the last 130 years.

In 1880 the average American male was 5’7’’. Today, he’s 5’10’’.

We may also merge with machines that can enhance our hearing, eyesight, health, and much more. Right now, there are hearing aids that let you record sounds, generate white noise, and even come with a built-in phone.

Another example is a team out of the University of Oregon which is developing bionic eyes that help the blind to see. But it’s not impossible to imagine that this technology could become a tool for seeing what we currently consider invisible, like different energies of light such as infrared and x-rays.

There will eventually be a day where prosthetics are no longer just for the disabled.

However, it’s not just our outside appearance that will change – our genes will also evolve on microscopic levels to aid our survival. For example, an Oxford-led study discovered a group of HIV-infected children in South Africa living healthy lives. It turns out, they have a built-in defense against HIV that prevents the virus from advancing to AIDS.

And with gene-editing tools like CRISPR, we may eventually control our genes and DNA to the point where we make ourselves immune to disease and even reverse the effects of aging.

For more news videos visit Yahoo View, available now on iOS and Android.

Another way to jump-start the human evolution on a different path is to move some of us to Mars. Mars receives 66% less sunlight than Earth. Which could mean humans on Mars will evolve larger pupils that can absorb more light in order to see. And since Mars’ gravitational pull is only 38% of Earth’s, people born on Mars might actually be taller than anyone on Earth. In space, the fluid that separates our vertebrae expands, which led American aerospace engineer, Robert Zubrin to suggest that Mars’ low gravity could allow the human spine to elongate enough to add a few extra inches to our height.

However, not even a move to Mars could spark the biggest change in human evolution that we may have coming in the next 1,000 years: immortality. The path to immortality will likely require humans to download their consciousness into a machine. Right now, scientists in Italy and China are performing head transplants on animals to determine if you can transfer consciousness from one body to another. They claim their next big step is to transplant human heads.

Whatever happens in the next 1,000 years — whether we merge with machines or become them — one thing is certain: The human race is always changing — and the faster we change and branch out from Earth, the better chance we have of outrunning extinction.

Author: Rob Ludacer and Jessica Orwig
Source: yahoo.com

The most expensive security systems running on the most advanced devices can now be circumvented using nothing more than a $5 tool and access to a USB port. Even password-protected machines are at risk as there's little they can do to prevent the attack besides filling their USB ports with cement.

The attack was developed by hacker and security researcher Samy Kamkar, who built the tool using only some code and a Raspberry Pi Zero. PoisonTap, as he's dubbed the device, is able to siphon cookies, expose internal routers and install Web backdoors on even locked machines.

Web-Based Backdoor

When plugged into a locked or password-protected PC, PoisonTap is able to momentarily take over all Internet traffic by spoofing the IP addresses of the top 1 million Web sites. It then siphons and stores all the HTTP cookies placed by those Web sites on the target machine.

The tool also exposes the internal network router, making it accessible to the attacker remotely. It then installs a Web-based backdoor in HTTP cache for hundreds of thousands of domains. That backdoor persists even after the device is removed, giving the attacker the ability to hijack the machine remotely at a later time.

PoisonTap works by emulating an Ethernet-over-USB device. The computer than attempts to make a DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) request to the device, which returns an IP address while making it appear as though almost all IP addresses on the Internet are actually part of the LAN (local area network). The response forces the target computer to route its Internet traffic to PoisonTap instead of the actual Internet.

The strategy allows PoisonTap to exploit any browser running on a machine, even in cases where it is running in the background. Any automatic HTTP requests made by an advertisement, AJAX request, or dynamic Web content, causes PoisonTap to respond with attack code that is then interpreted by the browser. Once executed, the code launches 1 million hidden iframes to the top Web sites, stealing all the cookies being sent.

Use File System Encryption

There is little device users can currently do to protect their computers against the PoisonTap attack other than enabling file system encryption and putting their machines to sleep whenever other users can gain physical access to them. Only the Web servers can defend against a PoisonTap attack by using the secure flag on cookies and only allowing the HTTPS protocol to be used, instead of HTTP.

The device also poisons the cache of each domain, indefinitely force caching a Web-based backdoor that produces a Web socket to a command and control server run by the attacker. Whenever the socket is open, the attacker can remotely send commands to the target machine and force its browser to execute JavaScript code.

The attacker can also make requests from Web sites as the victim, with the user's cookies, and view the responses from the site without the victim being aware of the penetration.

This article was published on newsfactor.com By Jef Cozza

Word on the Internet is that a team of German scientists — made up of psychologists and clinical doctors — has proven that life after death does, in fact (and in science), exist. An article on World News Daily Report noted that the team, which is said to be based at the Technische Universität of Berlin and led by a Dr. Berthold Ackermann, was purportedly able to prove such a thing after the following was performed:

This controversial process that was repeated on 944 volunteers over that last four years, necessitates a complex mixture of drugs including epinephrine and dimethyltryptamine, destined to allow the body to survive the state of clinical death and the reanimation process without damage. The body of the subject was then put into a temporary comatic state induced by a mixture of other drugs which had to be filtered by ozone from his blood during the reanimation process 18 minutes later.-World News Daily Report

This is not the first time this rumor has circulated (a quick search on Twitter shows people sharing the same article two years ago), but it was then and continues to be a fake story.

Debunking this one is as easy as going right to the source. WNDR’s Disclaimer page goes through a lot of “legalese” before ending with the following statement:

WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.

Even if you didn’t see that, there are some other clues that give it away. Among them is the low-res stock photography that accompanies the article. A second clue is that a Google search results in mentions of Dr. Berthold Ackermann only as it relates to this article on WNDR. Had this been true, all of the top results for his name would have been related to such a study. Additionally, it says that this is only possible using a CPR machine called AutoPulse, which allows patients who have been dead for anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour to be resuscitated; however, earlier in the article, “the study” is reported to claim that the patients were only clinically dead for 20 minutes, so the information is contradictory.

All said, this is a hoax story on a site devoted to fake news. Don’t buy it!



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