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In a clear bid to bolster the usage and effectiveness of its voice-driven personal assistant platform, Apple is looking to expand its in-house Siri development team by leaps and bounds over the course of the coming year. Specifically, the company is hoping to hire as many as 142 new engineers to join its Siri development […]
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You Don’t Need To Hire A Tech Expert To Understand Your IPad. Use These Tips!

It is hard to go overboard on the superlatives when discussing the amazing potential the iPad has for its army of users. It is important to realize, however, that by making an effort to learn all you can about its dizzying array of possibilities, you can get the absolute most value from your purchase. Continue perusing this piece and you will gain the insight you need.

Some newer iPads have a mute button instead of a lock orientation one. If you prefer the lock orientation feature, you should go into your settings and tap on the general section. You will be able to choose which function you want to associate with this button. Save your changes when you are done.

If you haven’t ever had a tablet before, you may be overwhelmed. The iPad is incredibly user friendly and almost impossible to screw up. Just start playing with it and see how much you can figure out alone. Even the most computer inept should be able to handle an iPad.

There is a feature you can use on your phone that will erase all the data on the phone if someone inputs the correct passcode. While this may seem like a good idea, be careful. You may put the wrong passcode yourself and end up losing all of your information.

Choose between Orientation Lock and Mute. Older versions of the iPad featured an “Orientation Lock” button on the side of the device. The button remained on later versions, but its function was switched to “Mute.” If you preferred the older function, you can access a setting in the General Settings menu to set it back to its original function.

Your iPad will now support a VPN connection. You just need to configure it first. Start by going to your Settings menu. Look under General to find Network. Choose the VPN and switch that slider to On. You can then add the VPN configuration using your account details and server.

Learn all the things the side switch can do on your iPad. It is a handy way to turn your audio alerts on and off without affecting your playback sound. You can also use it to lock your screen so that it does not automatically rotate. If you want to use it for some other function, you can change this in the General Settings menu.

Find out about other Apple products. You may be able to use your iPad in tandem with other devices in the Apple family, making your use of all of them much easier. You can look at the Apple site, or you can just search on the internet for ways that you may be able to use other Apple devices.

If you have some recently purchased apps from the app store you want to hide, it’s quite easy! Open up the App Store and click on the ‘purchased’ tab on the bottom of your screen. It should give you a list of apps and choose the one you wish to hide. Swipe over the app or right over it, and it should now grey out over the ‘installed’ button. A red button will pop up and you will now have the option to hide the app.

Want a faster than light screenshot with your iPad? It’s now quicker and easier than ever; simply hold down the home and power buttons simultaneously and your screenshot is instantly saved. Look for it later in the Photos App under saved photos albums. You don’t have to do anything else!

You can’t just change days by swiping in the calendar. The way to get from one date to the next is by using the bar located below the main calendar screen. The current day is marked in blue and should be easy to notice.

If you are writing a lengthy article or submission, finding the best hotkeys is a necessity. A quick doubletap of the space and you’ll find a full stop and space appear in its place. This is a commonly used tool when writing on the iPad and saves a lot of time in the process.

Do you want to snap a screenshot fast? You’d be surprised how easy this is. Press the ‘Home’ and ‘sleep/wake’ button simultaneously. A flash will appear, and you will have taken a screenshot. Every screenshot is saved automatically, so you don’t need to save them yourself.

Is your iPad’s screen constantly getting scratched? Although the iPad is pretty sturdy, if a lot of small scratches are beginning to become visible, you may want to add a protector to your device. This will help protect your iPad from serious damage in case you drop it, and it also prevents your fingers from making tiny cuts.

Filling out long forms using the iPad’s touch-sensitive keyboard is time-consuming and frustrating. Access the settings for the Safari browser, then select the AutoFill feature. Whenever you need to fill out a form while browsing with Safari, you can have your information plugged in automatically. This makes signing up and providing basic information much more convenient.

Back up personal information in case of loss or theft. The iPad also contains a feature allowing you to erase all personal data if an unauthorized user attempts to hack into it. Under the “Password Lock” feature, select the general settings tab, and click to delete information if an incorrect password is entered into your device 10 times.

Have you heard about the new smart covers available for your iPad? You can use one that utilizes magnets within your device, allowing you to much more easily power down and wake up your iPad. It fits great, looks great, and is a very useful and valuable tool for your device.

There can be little argument about the ability the iPad has to transform the way countless people perform daily tasks of all types. The best way to optimize your use of the device is acquire a good amount of knowledge about what it can do. With any luck, the article above has provided you with just that.

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As a teenager, I used to frequently visit the local Tower Records store on my way home from school. Back in the day, Tower was the go-to place for all things music. Living on a budget, buying a CD was a significant expense that required me to puppy eye my parents for extra cash on a weekly basis. Buying music was too expensive, and more often than not, I felt somewhat cheated into getting the full album, when all I really wanted was to listen to a track or two. Russ Solomon, Tower Record’s founder, used his father’s drugstore in…

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Uber is pushing hard to hire a CFO and top legal execs — even as others will be pushed out

New CEO Dara Khosrowshahi needs to bring a whole lot of adult supervision into the car-hailing company

Since Uber hired former Expedia exec Dara Khosrowshahi as CEO just a few weeks ago, he and its board have been intensely focused on bringing on more adult supervision to the car-hailing company.

That’s of course, the cliched Silicon Valley formula to heal hot-headed young startups in need of course correction. Except, in the case of Uber, it’s a necessity given the paucity of top managers there after the departure and/or firings of many leaders.

The main push has been to hire top legal talent, as well as a CFO to help Khosrowshahi move the troubled company forward. Its current top lawyer Salle Yoo — whom many internally have been critical of — has said to staff that she will be leaving the company, which has also been without a financial leader since its CFO left in 2015 and its finance head who was doing that job left in May.

Along with Khosrowshahi and its directors, Uber’s talent search is being conducted by Heidrick & Struggles, which also worked on the CEO search. Recode has seen numerous letters the recruiting firm has sent to a number of candidates for the critical job of CFO, who will play a key role in any public offering that Uber might initiate in the next two years.

One interesting name that has popped up at the top of the Uber list is former Orbitz CEO Barney Harford, who sold that travel company to then Expedia head Khosrowshahi in 2015. And, before Orbitz, Harford had worked at Expedia for eight years, including some when Khosrowshahi was CEO there.

Sources said that a number of other prominent candidates had been contacted for the CFO job, as well as to take on top legal jobs at Uber too.

Skift reported last night that another former Expedia exec, Burke Norton, was close to getting the general counsel role at Uber, although several sources said this was not accurate.

While Norton — who has most recently been chief legal officer and EVP at Salesforce — has talked to Khosrowshahi about the possibility of working at Uber in a high-ranking position, the job being discussed with him is much more expansive and one with purview over a general counsel and also other parts of the company. (Sources also added that separately Norton has also been in advanced job discussions with investment firms.)

Expect the search to be quick though, since there is no question that Uber will need a lot of heftier legal help sooner than later. The Waymo trial is looming in October — Alphabet is waging a lawsuit alleging that Uber swiped valuable intellectual property from it related to self-driving technology — and there are a spate of other legal nightmares left over from the tenure of ousted CEO Travis Kalanick.

And there are many other managers needed, including a chief of its engineering unit, a head of marketing, as well as more board members, especially independent ones. Last week, a very noisy rumor whipped around the company that Khosrowshahi’s former boss, IAC bigwig Barry Diller might be tapped as chairman of Uber. But that is also not so, said everyone I asked — even if I would really enjoy it because, well, Barry Diller.

Along with those headed in, sources tell me that there are several departures expected of some more of Uber’s top execs under Kalanick. I won’t name names here as yet, but expect more of those who were more close to him to go, as Khosrowshahi puts in his own lieutenants to top slots.

“While there is a lot of great talent, it’s no surprise that there is going to be a new infusion of leadership at Uber,” said one person close to the situation. “And some of the more problematic staff just needs to be cleaned out to make way for new growth.”

Translation: Welcome to the circle of life, Uber. (Also known as: What’s the opposite of Hakuna Matata?)

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Canonical: Businesses are struggling to hire IoT talent


Businesses are struggling to recruit skilled Internet of Things (IoT) developers, which could be slowing the deployment of enterprise IoT solutions. In a report from Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu OS, 68 percent of IoT professions say they struggle to recruit employees with the right IoT experience. Data analytics and big data skills are the most sought after, but 35 percent of professionals struggle to find an employee with that skill set. See Also: Four big trends pointing to a boom in healthcare IoT 75 percent of professionals surveyed said data analytics and big data were key skills…Read More

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Google announces Hire, a new G Suite recruiting app aimed at helping small businesses save on hiring costs

Finding a job can often be difficult, but more and more services have popped up over the years that have helped many (including me) find work. On the other end of the spectrum, it can also be difficult for employers to attract strong talent and fill positions (which boggles my mind, frankly). There are options for those companies to find new employees, but leave it to Google to come riding in to save the day.

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