Archive for March, 2017

Transfer Everything From Your Old Android To Your New – Best Apps

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Getting a new smartphone should be exciting but it’s usually accompanied by the dull process of transferring all your contacts, music, apps and data from your old one. Thanks to a host of useful backup tools for Android, though, that no longer has to be the case. We’ll show you how to transfer everything to your new device, whether you’re upgrading from an Android or an iPhone.

How To Transfer Contacts

Despite all the amazing features smartphones have these days, they are still primarily a method of communication, so your contacts are probably pretty important to you. Luckily the days of having to write them all down and manually enter them in the new phone are long gone. Here are the alternatives.Transferring your contacts: Synchronize Google Account

This is probably the simplest method of them all. If you’ve previously saved your contacts to your Google account you can just log into it and pick them up on your new smartphone. Just go Settings > Account > Google and toggle the Contacts Sync switch to on.

If you have multiple Google accounts you can pick the one you use the most or merge them all.

Synchronizing any data with your Google account is one of the best long-term strategies for backup and transfer because it’s unlikely to become obsolete any time soon (Google is probably going to stick around for a few more years), it’s secure and Google’s products and services are available on most platforms – no matter what you’re switching to.

Transferring Your Contacts: Via SD Card

If both your old and new phone have SD card slots, you can transfer contacts using a microSD card. Just open the contacts section of your old phone and hit the import/export button. Then select export to storage or something along those lines.

Next, pop the SD card in the new phone, go to the address book and find import on the menu and follow the instructions from there. The only problem with this technique is the potential for duplicate contacts, especially if you’ve already synced from Google. But there is a solution at the link below.

Transferring your contacts: Via internal storage

This method is almost the same as above, except instead of selecting microSD card as your export destination, you choose your internal memory.

Following this, you must connect your device to a personal computer and find the exported .vfc file in /System on your handset (the exact directory location will be given to you when you create the file). Copy this file to an easy to find the location on your computer and then send it or transfer it to your new device.

Navigate once more to address book > import on your new phone and select internal storage. Find the .vfc file location and open it to import the contact list.

Transferring your contacts: Via SIM card

If you want to change phones but keep your SIM card, you could use the old fashioned method for keeping contacts – essentially copying all the relevant contacts to the SIM and carrying them over.

The advantage of this is you can manually select which ones to take with you (and have a bit of a spring clean) but the downside is that most SIMs are limited to about 200 contacts. The other potential issues are that the option to export to SIM is not even provided after Android 5.0 Lollipop and you are also likely to create duplicates.

Further, there’s the potential that your new phone won’t support the same size SIM card as your previous device – so this one’s probably a last resort.

Transferring your contacts: From iPhone to Android

Unsurprisingly, data transfer between the great smartphone rivals is not always easy but, for contacts, at least, there’s a fairly simple solution. On one of its support pages, Google has explained how to synchronize Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts on iPhone and iPad.

Once you have a Google account set up on your Apple device, it will appear in the Email, Contacts and Calendars field, found in Settings. You can then perform the steps listed in the Synchronize Google Accounts step above.

Transferring your contacts: From Android to iPhone

You may decide to leave Android in favor of iPhone: we won’t judge you. In this case, there are plenty of options. In your iPhone settings menu, for example, you will find an entry for mail, contacts, and calendar. Here, you can navigate to Accounts > Add account and you will find Googlelisted.

If you have your Google account synchronized with your contacts already (find out how to do that at the top of the page) – and you select this option – after you sign in, all of your contacts will appear in your iPhone’s address book soon after.

Alternatively, Apple has its own Move to iOS app available to help you make the switch (found below), or you could make use of a third-party app to get the job done for you.

Transferring your contacts: By manufacturer

Many Android phone manufacturers offer their own solutions for transferring contacts from one phone to another. We’ve outlined some of them below.

Motorola Migrate

Motorola Migrate must be installed on both the old and new devices to work. Once that’s the case, any data can be transferred by Bluetooth.

Sony Xperia Transfer

Sony’s system works in much the same way as Motorola’s and will transfer content and contact from iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone or other Android devices.

Samsung SmartSwitch Mobile

The Android market leader also has its own setup, which attempts to make the switch to Samsung as simple as possible, with Samsung Smart Switch. It can deal with the change from iPhones, older models of Galaxy devices or other Android models. There’s plenty of detail on Samsung’s support page.

HTC Transfer Tool

The imaginatively named HTC Transfer Tool works on the same basis as Motorola’s and Sony’s and must be installed on both old and new devices.

LG Back Up

LG Back Up works when installed on an old and new LG phones and uses Wi-Fi hotspot to transfer all sorts of data, including contacts, pictures, and messages.

Keeping your old texts

If you are still attached to their old text messages, the best way to move them onto your new phone is by downloading SMS Backup and Restore, a free app that does exactly what you’d expect it to.

This is a solution that works on all Android phones, but some individual manufacturer solutions (such as Motorola Migrate) bring messages over as a matter of course, so check whether yours does before you use this option.

Keeping WhatsApp Chats

One of best ways to keep all the pictures, videos, and texts that were contained in your old WhatsApp is through a third party app.

Transferring photos

The easiest solution for transferring photos is to automatically back up your photos to the cloud. Apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Google+ offer auto-synchronization when your device is attached to a Wi-Fi network so you can access your photos from anywhere.

Alternatively, you can transfer individual images or albums from phone to phone via Bluetooth. But if you have a large number of photos or very high res images, this will take a long time. If both devices have an SD card slot, SD card transfer might be easier.

You can also use a PC. Just connect the phone to the PC with a USB lead, copy the images folder (or whatever photos you want) onto the desktop and the reverse the process for the new phone.

To transfer photos and videos from Android to iPhone, Apple recommends using Copy My Data, which, when installed, will give you a step-by-step guide.

Transferring music

Generally speaking, the methods that applied to the transferring of photos will apply to transferring music too. The only major sticking point with music may be the size of your collection. If it’s anything over a few gigabytes, be prepared to wait a while or be selective in what you transfer.

You’ll usually find your tracks in the Music directory and they should pop up as an openable option when you plug your phone into your computer.

If you want to transfer music from an Android to an iPhone with a Mac, you’ll need Android File Transfer. Once you’ve followed the in-app instructions, the new music will appear in the Finder section of your Mac and you can just accept the list as it shows up in your iTunes library. There’s more in-depth information on this here.

Transferring apps and their data

Assuming you log in to your new phone with your Google account, all the apps you’ve already downloaded should appear automatically – although in Android 5.0 Lollipop you’ll be asked which ones you want to keep.

Unfortunately, there isn’t currently a way to do this from Android to Apple so you’ll have to re-download all your apps manually if you’re moving to an iPhone and pay again for in the App Store rather than Play Store.

Your phone should now be completely set up and feeling a little like your old one. Except faster and shinier and better-looking, of course.

Digital Resources for Streamlining the Hiring Process

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Hiring managers and recruiting agencies are aware of one thing – the hiring process has changed immensely over the past decade. As more and more digital platforms are being created for job seekers, employers have been relying more on technology and the internet to source and hire top talent. That being said, with the boom of online job hunting, finding the right candidates for the job can be a bit trickier than you may have imagined.

With hundreds of applications coming in on a regular basis, finding the time to sift through them and find the best of the bunch can be quite the challenge. Not to mention scheduling interviews, conducting the interviews, and weeding through several top candidates to pick who you hope is the perfect fit. There’s a lot to be done, but thankfully, there is a lot of digital tools you can rely on to help streamline the process. Check out a few:

Applicant Tracking Systems

There is HR software out there that can actually help you to keep track of all of your applicants. From posting new job openings to prescreening and evaluations, hiring managers are able to effectively manage a paperless hiring process from the time the job becomes available until someone is hired for it.

Online Questionnaires

Many managers have been here before. You select an applicant for an interview based on their resume and cover letter, hoping they’re a good fit. However, after conducting the interview it becomes clear that the candidate is not qualified for the job which equates to wasted time and money. Questionnaires no the other hand allow you to weed through applicants to determine who you’d like to interview further.

Asking additional questions about their experience, the requirements of the job, and whatever else you might deem necessary prior to setting up an interview will let you know right away whether you should get to know more about them. Digital questionnaires are easy to generate and can be attached to an application or can be emailed after you’ve reviewed their resume.

Social Media

Social media can actually be a great place to recruit new employees, and many businesses are starting to notice that. As social media platforms are a great place for socializing and connecting, hiring managers are able to see the applicants in a different light than they might in an interview. Reviewing social media profiles can help you discern how this person is outside of the workplace and whether or not they would be good for your brand. Social media is also a great platform for marketing your company brand and available positions. Videos and live feed interactions can help you to attract younger audiences with fresh talent to your business.

Finding the right applicants to fill vacancies within your business in this day and age is a lot simpler than in times past. Keep in mind, however, that with the convenience of modern technology comes the influx of candidates to sift through. Using the above mentioned digital resources will help to streamline the hiring process and narrow down your options so that you have a better chance at making a hiring decision you’ll be proud of years from now

Creating An Online Business

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The first kind of businesses that you can create when looking to create an online business would be a website which serves a particular niche in the market. Many people have done on this and this is often done by trying to find an underserved niche, building a website, and then profiting off of this small but profitable match. A great place to find more information on this particular topic would be www.findhotniches.com. Here the author has created a website which finds underserved niches which you could potentially build a website around. When you’re building a website, you’re going to want to find cheap keywords that you can use to help build your business as well as create good content. By creating the content and then creating back links between yourself and other websites, you’ll be setting yourself up to have a high page rank with Google. By using AdWords to bring traffic to your website and then also developing your natural search engine traffic through building up a website, you will have built yourself a very solid business. This is just one way of creating online business.

Another way to you can build and create an online business is through eBay. This is an area which was particularly hot several years ago and still remains a solid business proposition. Many people are able to make a full-time income on eBay. You will need to find a wholesaler where you can get products at a discount to sell on eBay. The general idea when working on selling on eBay is to find a drop shipper. A definition of a drop shipper is a wholesaler sells you a product and will ship the product to a customer. You will buy the product at the wholesale price and then make money on the difference between what you buy the product for and sell the product for on eBay. Using the wholesaler allows you to focus on selling the product without worrying about stocking the product. You do not need to worry about any sort of shipping or backend but you will want to make sure that everything gets sent out. If there are problems with shipments, the customer will be coming back to you and not to the wholesaler too. If you go to worldwidebrands.com, you will find the best wholesale shipping directory on the Internet.

These are two of the different ideas in creating an online business. There are many ways to make money on the Internet but these are two proven methods. You will not have to use a lot of money up front to create these particular online businesses and these businesses can be something that you will have a great deal of success with.