Archive for September, 2014

September 23, 2014

Top 6 Windows Phone Travel Apps


Planning a holiday or any vacation can sometimes become an overwhelming task. You’ve got your flights to think of, hotels to book, airport transfers and excursions to consider.

Frankly after all the planning, and procrastinating; your holiday isn’t as exciting as you anticipated– it’s just another thing to scrap off your to-do list.

If you’re one of the few super-organized types (read borderline OCD) who’ve already planned your three-day weekend, have your hotel booked, flights checked, bags packed – way to go sport!

Check out these six windows phone travel apps that are sure to put you at ease and guarantee the best hotel and flight bargains.

1. Bing Travel

This is my absolute favorite travel app at the moment! You can search for hotels and flights, check arrivals and departures and find out your flight status. You can also read travel news and the best part; you’ll get trip ideas to feed your wanderlust.

Features: * explore thousands of destinations *search flights and filter by price * select your favorite hotels and destinations and save for later.

Download Bing Travel: windowsphone.com/en-in/store

2. Hotels.com

Hotels.com is one of the top five websites, in the world, for hotel booking and reservations. The windows phone app offers the same great features as the website – ease of use, simple navigation, and clean interface. You’ll find the best hotel deals from luxury to budget hotels with this app. My favorite bit is “local deals” which helps you discover deals and discounts around you for up to one mile.

Download Hotels.com: windowsphone.com/en-us/store

3. Kayak

Known for finding cheap flights; this app will be your best friend when it comes to finding hotels, cars for hire and flights for your holiday. You’ll also be able to keep track of your flight, and get notifications on prices changes. It has a very minimalistic interface, which makes navigation pretty straightforward.

Download Kayak: windowsphone.com/en-us/store

4. Hotel Search

Have you ever wondered whether you were getting the best deals on your hotel room? Hotel Search helps you compare hotel deal prices. It combines hotels and shows you what booking.com, getaroom, onhotels and other hotel sites are charging you. The app is a mobile website, meaning limited functionality -but the “hotels for tonight” button is great for quickly finding a room near you.

Download Hotel Search: windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app

5. ATM Finder

I know you’re rolling your eyes at me right now. But this app will definitely come in handy when you’re exploring and need to replenish your stash of cash. ATM finder gives you a list of all the ATMs that are around you, with proximity of up to 200m. You can filter ATMs by bank name, the only disadvantage are the ads at the bottom of the app.

Download ATM Finder: windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app

6. PackMan

PackMan is a to-do list come hybrid travel planner. It has predefined travel requirements, like reminding you to carry your passport, to mundane actions like packing your socks. It’s a traveler’s Valium! Think of something you need for your trip, it’s already on PackMan; from charging your phone before your trip, watering the plants on your way out, to packing your toothbrush oh and in case you forgot… Packman will remind you to pack your undies (that’s if you’ll be needing them)!

Download PackMan: windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app

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September 23, 2014

Absolute Gold: Samsung GALAXY S5


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September 23, 2014

Lampard vs Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on 21st September, 2014


Lampard scores the equaliser past Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois in Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea

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Chelsea fans showed their appreciation with a banner honouring Frankie Lampard

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John Terry tackling Lampard

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September 18, 2014

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.


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September 17, 2014

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Often Seen on Resumes, and How to Correct Them, Laszlo Bock


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I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes over my career, applying for just about every kind of job. I’ve personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And at Google we sometimes get more than 50,000 resumes in a single week.

I have seen A LOT of resumes.

Some are brilliant, most are just ok, many are disasters. The toughest part is that for 15 years, I’ve continued to see the same mistakes made again and again by candidates, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job. What’s most depressing is that I can tell from the resumes that many of these are good, even great, people. But in a fiercely competitive labor market, hiring managers don’t need to compromise on quality. All it takes is one small mistake and a manager will reject an otherwise interesting candidate.

I know this is well-worn ground on LinkedIn, but I’m starting here because — I promise you — more than half of you have at least one of these mistakes on your resume. And I’d much rather see folks win jobs than get passed over.

In the interest of helping more candidates make it past that first resume screen, here are the five biggest mistakes I see on resumes.

Mistake 1: Typos. This one seems obvious, but it happens again and again. A 2013 CareerBuilder survey found that 58% of resumes have typos.

In fact, people who tweak their resumes the most carefully can be especially vulnerable to this kind of error, because they often result from going back again and again to fine tune your resume just one last time. And in doing so, a subject and verb suddenly don’t match up, or a period is left in the wrong place, or a set of dates gets knocked out of alignment. I see this in MBA resumes all the time. Typos are deadly because employers interpret them as a lack of detail-orientation, as a failure to care about quality. The fix?

Read your resume from bottom to top: reversing the normal order helps you focus on each line in isolation. Or have someone else proofread closely for you.

Mistake 2: Length. A good rule of thumb is one page of resume for every ten years of work experience. Hard to fit it all in, right? But a three or four or ten page resume simply won’t get read closely. As Blaise Pascal wrote, “I would have written you a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” A crisp, focused resume demonstrates an ability to synthesize, prioritize, and convey the most important information about you. Think about it this way: the *sole* purpose of a resume is to get you an interview. That’s it. It’s not to convince a hiring manager to say “yes” to you (that’s what the interview is for) or to tell your life’s story (that’s what a patient spouse is for). Your resume is a tool that gets you to that first interview. Once you’re in the room, the resume doesn’t matter much. So cut back your resume. It’s too long.

Mistake 3: Formatting. Unless you’re applying for a job such as a designer or artist, your focus should be on making your resume clean and legible. At least ten point font. At least half-inch margins. White paper, black ink. Consistent spacing between lines, columns aligned, your name and contact information on every page. If you can, look at it in both Google Docs and Word, and then attach it to an email and open it as a preview. Formatting can get garbled when moving across platforms. Saving it as a PDF is a good way to go.

Mistake 4: Confidential information. I once received a resume from an applicant working at a top-three consulting firm. This firm had a strict confidentiality policy: client names were never to be shared. On the resume, the candidate wrote: “Consulted to a major software company in Redmond, Washington.” Rejected! There’s an inherent conflict between your employer’s needs (keep business secrets confidential) and your needs (show how awesome I am so I can get a better job). So candidates often find ways to honor the letter of their confidentiality agreements but not the spirit. It’s a mistake. While this candidate didn’t mention Microsoft specifically, any reviewer knew that’s what he meant. In a very rough audit, we found that at least 5-10% of resumes reveal confidential information. Which tells me, as an employer, that I should never hire those candidates … unless I want my own trade secrets emailed to my competitors.

The New York Times test is helpful here: if you wouldn’t want to see it on the home page of the NYT with your name attached (or if your boss wouldn’t!), don’t put it on your resume.

Mistake 5: Lies. This breaks my heart. Putting a lie on your resume is never, ever, ever, worth it. Everyone, up to and including CEOs, get fired for this. (Google “CEO fired for lying on resumes” and see.) People lie about their degrees (three credits shy of a college degree is not a degree), GPAs (I’ve seen hundreds of people “accidentally” round their GPAs up, but never have I seen one accidentally rounded down — never), and where they went to school (sorry, but employers don’t view a degree granted online for “life experience” as the same as UCLA or Seton Hall). People lie about how long they were at companies, how big their teams were, and their sales results, always goofing in their favor.

There are three big problems with lying:(1)You can easily get busted. The Internet, reference checks, and people who worked at your company in the past can all reveal your fraud. (2) Lies follow you forever. Fib on your resume and 15 years later get a big promotion and are discovered? Fired. And try explaining that in your next interview. (3) Our Moms taught us better. Seriously.

So this is how to mess up your resume. Don’t do it! Hiring managers are looking for the best people they can find, but the majority of us all but guarantee that we’ll get rejected.

The good news is that — precisely because most resumes have these kinds of mistakes — avoiding them makes you stand out.

In a future post, I’ll expand beyond what not to do, and cover the things you *should* be doing to make your resume stand out from the stack.

September 17, 2014

Rogue Wireless Access Point


A Rogue Access Point is a Wi-Fi Access Point which is setup by an attacker for the purpose of sniffing wireless network traffic.

802.11 (Wi-Fi) utilizes SSIDs (Service Set IDentifiers) to authenticate NICs to wireless access points.

There is no similar protocol for authenticating wireless access points.

It is possible to place a rogue wireless access point into an 802.11 network. This rogue wireless access point can then be used to hijack the connections of legitimate network users.

When a legitimate network user turns on his computer, the rogue wireless access point will offer to connect with the network user’s NIC. All traffic that the user enters, including usernames and passwords, will go through the rogue access point. This enables a form of wireless packet sniffing.

September 17, 2014

Industrial Internet of Things Offers Significant Opportunity for Growth of Digital Services


Integrating Digital Services with Products is Key to Future Revenue Growth in Expanding Industries

The Industrial Internet of Things represents a tremendous opportunity for innovative companies looking to unlock new revenue sources by packaging their products with new digital services, says Accenture (NYSE: ACN) in its new report, “Driving Unconventional Growth through the Industrial Internet of Things.”

Combining sensor-driven computing, industrial analytics and intelligent machine applications into a single universe of connected intelligent industrial products, processes and services, the Industrial Internet of Things generates data essential for developing corporate operational efficiency strategies. However, the Accenture report finds that the Industrial Internet of Things also provides a rich opportunity to drive revenue growth through new, innovative and augmented services for a rapidly expanding marketplace.

The potential payoff is enormous. Third party sources predict that global investment in the Industrial Internet of Things is predicted to reach $500 billion by 20201: a 2,400 percent increase from the $20 billion spent in 2012. Companies that introduce automation and more flexible production techniques to manufacturing can boost productivity by as much as 30 percent2, and predictive maintenance of assets can save companies up to 12 percent over scheduled repairs, can reduce overall maintenance costs by up to 30 percent and can eliminate breakdowns by 70 percent3.

“Industrial companies have long supplemented their product revenues with services,” said Paul Daugherty, chief technology officer, Accenture. “But innovators, companies that understand that every business is a digital business, are using this technology to create product-service hybrids that provide new growth opportunities and pave the way for pioneering the next generation of industrial products.”

According to the report, innovative industrial companies can capture growth in three ways. They can:

Boost revenues by increasing production and creating new hybrid business models
Fuel breakthrough innovations through intelligent technologies
Transform the workforce to cultivate the new skills required for Industrial Internet of Things jobs

Boost revenues and production and create hybrid business models
Companies are already spending heavily on digital services to help increase production and efficiency. Accenture’s report explains that many of these same companies are also investing in their own solutions to improve the performance of existing assets and processes that stretch across the entire supply chain. These product-service hybrids, by connecting intelligent physical assets capable of producing data for use in digital services, have the ability to combine product sales and leasing with recurring income streams from digital services. These services also enable firms in industries such as resource-extraction (such as mining or oil companies) and process industries (such as food or chemical manufacturers) to make better decisions, enjoy better visibility along the value chain and improve productivity.

Fuel innovation through intelligent technologies
Manufacturers soon will be building intelligence into every machine they produce and the innovative applications that accompany these smart machines will be vehicles for driving new revenue streams out of product-service hybrids. To reap the full benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things, says Accenture’s report, companies must exploit sensor-driven computing, industrial analytics and intelligent machine applications and weave together enterprise and machine-generated data to create new monetization opportunities.

Transform the workforce to cultivate new skills and talent
The Industrial Internet of Things will open up new workforce needs as it simultaneously creates redundancy in others. It will digitize certain tasks and workflow, especially repetitive jobs that, up until now, have resisted automation. Accenture’s report forecasts that to efficiently capture these burgeoning opportunities, companies will need to look for skills in data science, software development, hardware engineering, testing, operations, marketing and sales. And they will need to expand their talent base to handle the creation of new service sectors that support these diverse users of industrial products and services while mastering new ways of working.

“Business customers will always need products and services that create more value for them,” said Daugherty. “For example, Michelin Group is using sensors inside tires that, combined with analytics, can coach truck fleet drivers on how to save fuel. Daimler AG, the carmaker, has created a rental service called Car2Go that forgoes the typical centralized rental office in favor of a downloadable smartphone app that allows users to access cars directly wherever they are parked. For those companies looking to build a more innovative mousetrap – a new product-service hybrid that will completely revolutionize their company or industry – now is the time to harness the emerging Industrial Internet of Things to identify new growth opportunities and, with the right vision and leadership, turn them into reality.”

September 17, 2014

Today’s Bible verse of the day is …Content With Both Good and Bad


Philippians 4:11-12
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

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September 15, 2014

Vodacom Offering Free Messaging Services to Mothers


Healthy Baby Text Messaging Service (HPHB) which is also known as the “Wazazi Nipendeni SMS Service” provides expectant women and new mothers in Tanzania with information on gestation and early child care.

HPBP also disseminates information to users on among other things; impending post natal visits, breastfeeding and family planning.

Sofar, over 225,000 Vodacom subscribers have registered for the HPHB free text messaging service and have to date received over 18 million messages and reminders on pregnancy and childcare for new born babies.

“In July 2014 Vodacom through the Vodacom Foundation committed to ‘zero rate’ these messages for at least one year,” Tanzania’s Chief Officer of Corporate Affairs Georgia Mutagahywa said at the launch event in Dar es Salaam, Vodacom.

The value of our investment in this initiative will be an estimated USD 750,000 (over Tshs 1,200,000,000 /-) by July 2015. Mutagahywa goes on to say that the Vodacom Foundation, through its partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and CDC, with support from the US.

President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), aims to continue to play an active role in the addressing of maternal and early childhood health issues in Tanzania. “The foundation has a dream… to see as many as half a million of its subscribers using this free life saving information by the end of 2016.

Access to life-saving information is not a luxury but a necessity and we at Vodacom Tanzania through our Foundation, are proud to be able to use our technology to do so,” he said.

For his part, the Minister for Health and Social Welfare Hon. Dr Seif Suleiman hailed the Vodacom Foundation, CDC and other partners for supporting maternal and early childhood health campaigns in Tanzania.

She said that the foundation’s partnership with the ministry to finance the costs for the HPHB maternal health and early childcare reminders and informative messages sent to Vodacom subscribers was an important contribution from the private sector towards sustaining the important service.

With support from PEPFAR, through the CDC, the project has been financing the service implementation and partnership coordination as well as the messaging costs to date.

“Over 50 per cent of the registrants consist of Vodacom subscribers. The Vodacom Foundation’s commitment to financing the messaging costs for at least one year, for its subscribers is an important step towards sustaining a service that supports the government’s goal to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4, 5 and 6.

The company is the market leader in the country and has introduced many firsts in the Tanzanian market. Perhaps the one service that really stands out is its M-PESA money transfer service which has over 4.5 million active M-PESA users. Over 200 organizations today, accept bill payment via M-PESA.

Vodacom Foundation operates on three main pillars which are health, education and financial inclusion. The foundation has over the years supported over 120 projects targeting those who are most in need across the country.

September 15, 2014

Cape Town to start using drones for security surveillance


South African City of Cape Town is set to to test drone-300x199drones within the next two months.

This was revealed by the City’s Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith, who said in a meeting with the police last week that the City aims to test drones within the next two months.

Smith confirmed and elaborated on the City’s plans. He said that different departments within the City – metro police, disaster management, fire and rescue and engineering departments – have had to spend money on hiring helicopters for aerial surveillance.

The acquisition of a drone (for about R600 000) could be more cost-effective. Drones would be used to monitor land occupations, crime, scrap yards suspected of harbouring stolen copper, shack fires and disasters.

Sofar, two companies are set to demonstrate their products to the City in the near future. Drones are already widely in use in South Africa – in commercial filming, anti-poaching operations and for recreational use.

In June, a Pretoria-based company, Desert Wolf, made international headlines for developing a drone (marketed as a “riot control copter”) that could spray tear gas and fire rubber bullets at protesters. At the time, the company revealed that an unnamed mining company had ordered 25 such units.

However, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has warned that, in the absence of legal guidelines for drone use, operators are breaking the law when flying these devices.

Smith said that he is aware of the current restrictions on drone use. The City already has a comprehensive closed-circuit television (CCTV) system, which it uses to monitor crime, including social protests.