Remix OS – New OS is in town & it’s awesome + free !!

Not so long ago, I came across a Kickstarter project named “Remix Mini – The World’s First True Android PC” by Jide Tech, where they were offering a fully operational personal computer for $ 20 (1 GB version) & $ 40 (2 GB version). It definitely caught my eyes for two reasons:

# 1: World’s First Android PC

# 2: Insanely low price

I got my hand on Remix Mini in November 2015, wasn’t disappointed at all. They delivered as they promised. It was cool in design, easy to set up and fast android operating system that the market has to offer.

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Well, the Jide team didn’t just stop there. A few weeks ago, in CES 2016, they had announced that, they will release the Remix OS for FREE for everyone. On 12th of January, 2016, they opened the door for everyone to download the Remix OS for free. Before, I go into detail about its features, allow me to explain what is Remix OS?

Remix OS is a fully customized Android. But unlike other Android OS, it has a user interface. What does it mean? Imagine you are using an Android OS on your PC or Laptop or even on your TV, but it feels like a desktop operating system. In other terms, it’s like a Windowed Android OS. It has a task bar, a desktop, and support for running Android apps, like Windows OS or OS X.

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Now getting back to its features, it basically runs on any Intel based PCs, even on Macs. One of the coolest things about using an Android based OS, is you can download / use over 1.6 million of Android apps available on Google Play Store. For example, you can run adobe applications. Microsoft office, Chrome browser and what not. Just like other operating systems in the market, it offers start menu, multi-window features, ability to minimize, maximize, drag & drop etc. All you need to do is to download the Remix OS on a USB 3.0. Plug it in and run. It even gets better, you can use the Remix OS on a Windows or Mac PC. It will run without any interference. All these you get without spending a single penny. Just make sure your USB and Computer has the following minimum requirements:

  • A USB 3.0 flash drive that supports the FAT32 format, with a minimum capacity of 8GB and a recommended writing speed of 20MB/s.
  • A CPU with 64-bit compatibility.

The team behind Remix OS, is just not from any other company. This is just the beginning and they are here to change the world of technology. I am personally convinced after using my Remix mini and Remix OS. Try it out yourself. You can download it here:

 

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How much money did facebook lose in 60 minutes today?

When it comes to social media, facebook is the titan. It’s been 60 minutes now and facebook is down. Yes, facebook is down for more than 60 minutes+

Usually, facebook don’t go down for more than a minute or two. One of the major source of income for facebook is coming from advertisement revenue. Ever wondered how much money they lost in last 60 minutes?

Well, the math is simple…

According to www.fastcompany.com facebook makes 230 dollars per seconds, so if you convert that to 60 minutes, then it looks like this

facebook lost money Yes, they already lost over 0,8 million+ dollar. But nothing to worry, according to techcrunch.com, after 30-45 minutes of outage, some are reporting that it’s back online. Others are reporting it’s still down. Seems like, it’s coming back online slowly on a server-by-server basis.

According to NBCSandiego, a Facebook spokesperson said the outages were caused by a configuration issue.

Future of Selling

Future of Selling

7 simple ways to increase your ranking in LinkedIn

For a long time, I was thinking about writing an article on LinkedIn, specially focused on professionals who are in mid-level of their career or just finished their Masters and looking for a new career opportunity. There’s many blogs, articles written on how to make an ideal profile on LinkedIn. Most of the blogs touches the basic ground for sure, but I wanted to focus a bit more on how to increase your ranking in LinkedIn pragmatically.

So here’s my 7 simple ways to increase your ranking in LinkedIn…

Step # 1: Choose a professional picture

Let me get one thing straight in the beginning; “This is NOT Facebook”.

You can put your drinking, partying pictures, family pictures, selfies on Facebook, but not in LinkedIn. Recruiters appreciate a social employees, no doubt about that, but it will not help you land the dream job you are looking for. I have seen many users using their Passport photo as LinkedIn profile picture. Ask yourself this simple question…

“Are you applying for a visa via LinkedIn?”

So, please get a professional photo taken by a photographer. If you are a fresh graduate, can’t afford a photographer’s service charge. Just ask one of your friends, to take a picture of in outside in a park when it’s a sunny day or even you can take a picture in the university premises. Make sure your face is clearly visible and don’t forget to smile.

LinkedIn Profile Picture

Example : LinkedIn Profile Picture

Step # 2:  Start networking

Start connecting and networking with your colleagues, ex-colleagues, classmates. Spend a few minutes in sending a personalized invitation. LinkedIn provides standard templates, but it’s always appreciated / liked by recipients when you a little personal touch to it.

Also, don’t hesitate to add professional in your business fields or recruiters, but please add a line or two in the invitation, why you would like to connect to them. Don’t just send out add request, just for a sake of it, be professional.

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Example: Personalized message LinkedIn

Networking professionals will land you jobs and career opportunities before you know it.

Step # 3: Get your profile proofread by a professional

You may have a brilliant CV and excellent achievements, but you have grammatical mistakes in your profile, the likely hood of your getting called for an interview is lower. I work closely with HR colleagues in my current professions and I have seen CV’s getting rejected due to poor grammar skills. According Harvard Business Review, people who care about their writing demonstrate credibility, professionalism, and accuracy in their work.

Example: Good Profile Content

Example: Good Profile Content

Firstly, get your profile’s contents checked via free grammar checking software’s (for example: www.gingersoftware.com). Then ask your friend who is good in English

Step # 4: Don’t apply for just any jobs, because you are desperately looking for one.

A lot of fresh graduates and experienced professionals start applying for jobs out of desperation. Remember one thing, every time, every single hasty job application you send out, you are closing door to that company.

Example: LinkedIn Job

Example: LinkedIn Job

Read the job profile thoroughly, see the language requirements and skills. For example, usually in the Netherlands, if the employer is looking forward expats, they post the job in English. Don’t apply for a job where language requirement is Dutch or German or a language which you don’t know.

Most importantly, think through and adapt your CV accordingly based on the job you want to apply for.

Step # 5: Add achievements & extracurricular activities

While counselling many of professional networks and friend about how to make an ideal profile on LinkedIn, I encounter many saying “I don’t have any achievements in my professions”.

You have worked 3-4 years and at a mid-level or managerial position, but don’t have any achievements??

Think again? Achievements, not necessarily means that you have received a certificate for something. If you have an award or certificate, that’s great, put in on the LinkedIn profile under respective jobs or academic degrees.

Example: Achievements LinkedIn

Example: Achievements LinkedIn

On the other hand, if you don’t have any awards in paper, think once again. Maybe you have optimized or reduced cost to the company or achieved your KPI 100% or beyond. Or maybe you introduced or came up with an idea to make a project more efficient, which resulted in an increased sales.

It’s just a food for thought. End of the day, even the laziest man has achievement, you must be wondering how. As rightly quoted by Bill Gates, “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”

Last but not the least, don’t forget to add your extra curriculum activities. It represents your personality. For example, you were the class president, it shows your leadership skills or you were part of football team, which showcases that you are tend to be a team player.

Step # 6: Ask for recommendation and endorsement

You can always ask your colleagues and classmates to write a few lines about you, your work as a recommendation in the LinkedIn. You don’t necessarily have to ask via email. You can always casually ask them to do it in their free times. Remember one thing, Recruiters doesn’t know you as a person or doesn’t know your excellent interpersonal skills. The best way to showcase that, via your network or people who knows in professionally and personally via LinkedIn recommendation feature

Example: Recommnedations in LinkedIn

Example: Recommendations in LinkedIn

Step # 7: Add the projects

Add the name of the completed projects that you have worked. By including the name of the projects, you will not only showcase that you have experience in handling / managing / contributing projects, but also it will work as keywords; and will increase your ranking in LinkedIn.

Example: Projects in LinkedIn

Example: Projects in LinkedIn

What is LinkedIn: it’s the world’s largest professional network with 300 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe. If you are looking for a job or want to take your business to the next, this is the right place to be.