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How Making More Informed Decisions Saves Businesses Money (And 2 Apps To Help)

As a small business owner, you’ll be faced with many decisions. While some of these decisions will be more important than others, it’s important to always think through the potential outcomes of each. In some cases, making the wrong decision could cause you to waste money.

Rushing through the decision-making process isn’t good for anyone. If you’re not taking the proper time to think through your options, you may be inclined to make a rush judgment.

Unfortunately, making decisions without all the right information could cause you to make an incorrect assumption. If you purchase the wrong product or service, this means you may waste money needing to replace it.

For small business owners in any industry, it’s important you’re thinking through every decision-making process — even if it seems small. Not only will this make your business run more efficiently, but you’ll also save money.

Let’s take a look at a few of the areas companies should think more about, as well as some apps that can make that decision-making process a bit easier.

1. The Hiring Process

When you’re looking to build a team of employees, you’re probably eager to get started. However, having the right people on your team is much more important than simply having people on your team.

If you’re hiring the first person who submits an application, you could have a difficult time creating a successful business — and it will cost you in more ways than one.

Hiring a new employee can be costly. You need to post job announcements, go through the hiring process and bring people in for interviews.

You may even need to relocate employees to get them in your office. If you’re going through this process and it ends up being a poor fit, you’ll only need to start again — wasting both time and money.

When hiring, you want to be sure you’re slowing the process down and really looking at your candidates.

While someone may be a great fit on paper, you want to ensure they actually represent the information on their resume. You can use a hiring management tool, like Workable, to help you make the right hiring decisions the first time around.

2. The Pre-Decision Prep Work

If you have a timely decision to make, you may be tempted to go to the first option available to you. While sometimes the first thing you consider is the right choice, other times you’re overlooking what could be a perfect fit.

When you’re faced with a decision you need to make as a business owner, you need to consider your various options.

For example, comparing your options by browsing through various guides and other sources of online information can help you come to the best conclusion for your problems.

You can find detailed information and project specs for nearly any business decision you could imagine online. Only a fool wouldn’t take advantage of that.

3. Investor Influence

To get your business off the ground, you may need investors and funding.

However, those investors will have a say in how you run your business. If you make the wrong decision and take money from the wrong investors, you could end up butting heads — all at the company’s expense.

Doing proper research about your investors is important.

To make the process run a bit more smoothly, you can use investment matching apps, like Gust, to help you find investors who share your passion.

As a business owner, you need to be smart about the decisions you make.

Taking the time to slow down and really consider the information at hand is important for saving money and ensuring you’re making the right choices for you, your business and your team.

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Features of Upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow

After seeing and witnessing the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop and 5.1 Lollipop update,here is a new introduction of the successor of Lollipop named Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Would you like to know about the upcoming Android 6?

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Android Antivirus Apps are Ineffective, What Next?

I have never seen a working antivirus for my Android Devices but if you think there’s then use the comment section below. It seems like we Android users can’t go a week without one security firm or another producing a statistic illustrating just how much Android malware there is in the wilds of the internet. More often than not, these reports come with a few reminders that the company’s own security suite can protect you from these nasty bits of code, which is true some of the time. However, Android is by its very nature more secure than a desktop computer, so maybe you don’t need these security apps. You’ve probably already got what you need.
The most recent Android malware report says 17% of all Android apps are malware. It was a little bit shocking and upsetting news. This is being widely reported as, “1 in 5 Android apps are malware.” These headlines certainly make it seem like your phone is ripe for infection, but the real numbers are much more nuanced.
As is common with these reports, Symantec is sampling the entirety of the Android application ecosystem. That means apps that are hosted in the Google Play Store, and those that live outside it in alternative app markets and direct download sites. It’s not clear from the report, but I’d bet warez/pirated APKs make it into the data as well. The odds that you’ll come across these apps in your journeys are slim.

Symantec has confirmed that only a very small fraction of malware apps are ever spotted in the Play Store, and they are quickly pulled. Google has an automated system that scans incoming apps in the Play Store to watch for malicious behavior. There’s also a human review process in place for anything that looks even a little bit questionable. Google just started doing this a few months ago, mainly as a way to keep copycat apps and obvious scams from slipping through the cracks.

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We’ve all been programmed by PC malware, which can sneak onto your system simply because you visited the wrong website with a vulnerable browser. These “drive-by downloads” aren’t feasible on Android without a pre-existing infection. On Android, you have to physically tap on a notification to install an APK downloaded from a source outside the Play Store. Even then there are security settings that need to be manually bypassed. The solution pushed by AV companies is to install a security suite that manually scans every app, monitors your Web traffic, and so on. These apps tend to be a drain on resources and are generally annoying with plentiful notifications and pop ups. You probably don’t need to install Lookout, AVG, Symantec/Norton, or any of the other AV apps on Android. Instead, there are some completely reasonable steps you can take that won’t drag down your phone.

What You Need to do Stay Safe?
Your first line of defense is to simply not mess around with Android’s default security settings. To get Google certification, each and every phone and tablet comes with “Unknown sources” disabled in the security settings. If you want to sideload an APK downloaded from outside Google Play, all you need to do is check that box. Leaving this disabled keeps you safe from virtually all Android malware, because there’s almost none of it in the Play Store.
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Apps Verification
There are legitimate reasons to allow unknown sources, though. For example, Amazon’s Appstore client sideloads the apps and games you buy, and many reputable sites re-host official app updates that are rolling out in stages so you don’t have to wait your turn. If you do take advantage of this feature, the first time you do so a box will pop up asking you to allow Google to scan for malicious activity. This is known as Verify Apps and it’s part of Google Play Services on virtually all official Android phones
Users have been rooting their Android phones ever since the first handsets hit the market, but it’s less common these days, as the platform offers many of the features people used to root in order to acquire. Using rooted Android is basically like running a computer in administrator mode. While it’s possible to run a rooted phone safely, it’s definitely a security risk. Some exploits and malware needs root access to function, and otherwise it’s harmless even if you do somehow install it. If you don’t have a good reason to root your phone or tablet, just don’t open yourself up to that possibility.
Android apps also exist that might not be “malware”, but you might not want them on your phone because they snoop through your data. Most people don’t read the permissions for the apps they install, but the Play Store does make all that information available. If you’re worried about privacy, check apps to see if they request things like access to your contacts, SMS sending/receiving, and fine location. If an app has reason to access these modules (like a social networking app), you’re probably fine. If, however, a flashlight app is asking for your contact list, you might want to think again.
It really just takes a tiny bit of common sense to avoid Android malware. If you do nothing else, keeping your downloads limited to the Play Store and other 100% trustworthy sources will keep you safe from almost all threats out there. The antivirus apps are at best redundant and at worst a detriment to your system performance.

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Most Needed Top Instagram Tips

Are you the type that like photos and selfies? Probably I know you would have installed Instagram on your Android phone,BB10 or iPhone device.

The photo sharing application, Instagtam has more than 300 million people who use it on a monthly basis. However, just like many other apps, there are lots of hidden features that only those who are more than the common user of the app will know. Well, there is nothing to worry about if you are one of these common users as I have rounded up the top Instagram tips you need to know. Using these tips, you will be sure of making your photos become a standout among others as well as reap you some outstanding compliments.

Give your photos the Lux aspect
Underexposed Photos will for sure, look very dull and poor. What do you do? Make them Lux. After capturing your snaps, locate the sun symbol and tap on it. Using the slider that shows up, adjusts the saturation of the snap and you will see a totally different photo.

Toy around with photos
Instagram for Android and iOS is equipped with quite a number of tools. If you have ever wondered how photos of the whole earth come to look like a very tiny object, there is room for you to try it on this photo sharing app. You can use the tilt shift feature to make some amazing changes to a photo.
Just find an image and choose a filter. Follow it by tapping on the wrench icon located at the lower end of the photo and then slide right to reveal the “Tilt Shift” feature. From here, you can choose linear or radial, depending on your taste and finally, select the checkmark in order to save changes.

One image, different perspectives
If you thought Instagram was all about one image and one shape, then you are in for a shock. There are third party apps that can be used to make some amazing changes to the shape of photos and make them look almost different, or still, place several photos in a single gram. These apps can also let you add frames as well as put music to videos. Android and iOS users can make use of apps such as PhotoShake!, PicFrame and Diptic. Photowonder and Photo Grid for Android is also another option.

Creating and Uploading Video clips
Instagram made an attempt to topple the services of Vine by coming up with a video feature for its users. Using it is very easy. You can easily create 15-second video clips by sliding the tab from the camera to video recording icon and then hold down the red button to begin recording a video clip. When done, tap on “Next” and then choose whether to apply a filter or not. Proceed by selecting “Next” where you will be able to pick a frame for the cover shot. Your video clip is now ready for sharing.

Accessing Instagram on the Web
Instagram is not just a mobile application meant for use on iOS and Android devices. If you feel like using your PC, there is still room for visiting and once you sign in, you will be able to access your feed, comment and like photos, as well as carry out various searches. However, this Web version will not let you add or edit photos on your account.

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Apple Iphone 6 Plus vs OnePlus 2 – Is OnePlus 2 Better than Apple’s Phablet

one plus 2 vs iPhone 6 plus

While chatting and flexing with my pals someone just said that OnePlus 2 is better than iPhone 6, this caused argument and today am here to discuss with you people the comparison between the two phablets and am sure you would be able to know which is a better option. Although we all know Apple smartphones are widely known than the Oneplus owns, but iPhone 6 Plus has pretty much been the King of its segment since its launch almost 12 months ago. Can we just say because it’s the king then it is better than the OnePlus 2?

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How to Use Google Now to Send Whatsapp Messages

send whatsapp messages with google now

Have been using Google Now on my Android Smartphones and I found it useful alot. I do use it to send voice messages,voice notes and also for searching google for any keyword. Now there’s an update that adds the ability to send whatsapp messages via Google Now.

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Battery Saving Tips for Android Smartphones

Have already discuss here about some apps for saving Android battery life but today I would be explaining tips and tricks to save more battery. Android smartphone is the popular and most use mobile device all over the world but not all this device have better battery life. Even if you are using an Android device with long lasting battery you can still make your battery last longer than you have been using it before. Today, our discussion would base on what you can do to save more battery on your Android device which simply implies how to improve the battery life of your Android device.

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How to Get APK Files of Installed Apps on Android Devices

backup app on Android

The Android application package file, is the package file format used to distribute and install application software and middleware onto Google’s Android operating system, and certain other operating systems, such as Blackberry 10 Devices with the OS version 10.2.1. When you download apps from the Google Play Store on your Android device, it installs automatically without letting you have access to the APK file but do you know you can get the apk file either for sharing or saving as backup on your device if anything funny happens.

Why You Need the APK file?

Some Android users do install apps from Google playstore and they will think the APK file is of no use. They mostly think that since the app is already installed on my phone, why do I need the APK file again? Anytime Google Play Store installs an app for you and you don’t have the APK file, when you want to change your phone, you will have to download it again. With the APK files of your apps, you are saving your limited internet bundle indirectly and also not all apps are found on playstore. So it’s advisable you have the apk files of installed apps stored on your external memory card.

How Can I get the APK file of your apps

I have different ways to introduce to you so as to get this done but I would only discuss the simple and easy to use ones here.

1. Back up and Restore: This works for ONLY Androids with OS 4.0 and above. There is always a “Back up and Restore” app that is installed on the phone from manufacturer

  • Open the app.

Android backup app

  • Back up the app you are willing to get the APK file.

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  • Open your file manager
  • You will see a folder “Back up”, that is where your backed up APK files are.

If you don’t have the Back up app pre installed, you can always download app back up and restore application and install it.

2. Flash Share/Zender: This app is used to send apps between Android devices. To get your APK file using Flash Share, send the app to a friend through Flash Share and tell the friend to send it back. Open your file manager, flash share folder, app folder and you will see your APK file there. You can download FlashShare app here if you don’t have.

3. CleanMaster App: This is a app for saving more battery by cleaning background running apps but at same time can also be used to get apk files of already installed apps.

– Download and Launch Cleanmaster App

download cleanmaster.apk

– Click on App Manager

– Now mark the apps you need their default apk files

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– Finally click on backup found at bottom left.

-Your apk files would be stored in cleanmaster/backup folder on your SD card.

That would be all for today, let me know if you need any help.

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LG G4 vs HTC One M9 – Comparison with Specifications & Price

LG G4 vs Htc one m9

Both the LG and HTC companies are among the top brands of Android Smartphone since mobile phones started finding its way to the market since 2010. The availability of the latest generation high-end smartphone from injury – the LG G4 – has once again shaken up the smartphone segment in a better way. It will compete head-to-head with the HTC One M9+, which is a slightly different version of the One M9. Shall we talk about this two device today.

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Mobile Tips: How to Save Data on Chrome Browser

Google Chrome Data Saver

Recently I discussed about How to Speed Up Chrome Browser and now am still bringing in a new feature about this same browser. The Popular Chrome Browser has a feature that allows it mobile users to save browsing data but most of us doesn’t know about this. It’s now time to stop using those data saving apps on our smartphones because the Chrome mobile browser can now be used to save data on its own. The browser has the capability to compress browsing data pretty much like Opera Mini browser does.

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