26 Oct Android Tips & Tricks You Should Know

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1. Disable App Notifications

Bugged by annoying app notifications that just keep coming? If you don’t know already, these app notifications also drain your phone’s battery. If you want to turn them off, and you are on Jelly Bean 4.1 and above, here’s how:

  • On any of your unwanted notifications in your notification bar, long press on the notification for a message box to appear.
  • Tap on App Info > Untick Show Notifications > OK.

2. Disable Mobile Data

Whenever you don’t need to stay connected, disabling the Mobile Data can help keep your smartphone battery from draining too quickly. Turning off mobile data is as easy as:

  • Going to Settings > Data Usage.
  • Disable Mobile data by toggling the setting from ON to OFF.

3. Set Mobile Data Limit

Want to keep track of how far your usage is from your monthly mobile data limit? If you have ICS and above, there is a feature which lets you keep track of how much of the quota you have left.

  • Head over to Settings > Data Usage.
  • Set your data limit by dragging the orange line to reflect your monthly quota.
  • Set your data usage cycle based on when your “month” starts and ends, and you’re done.

You will be alerted once you hit the limit you have set. Note that the tracked data usage of your phone may vary slightly than your carrier’s tracking.

4. Add Multiple Google Accounts

You need a Google account to use an Android phone but did you know you can choose to run more than one Google account on your Android device. This is convenient if you use more than one account for several of your Google services. To add multiple Google accounts:

  • Go to Settings > Add account.
  • Select Google and setup your New or Existing Google account.
  • Once added, choose what you want to sync with the account.

Repeat all the steps above if you want to add more accounts.

5. Disable automatic App Updates

Prefer to read through app permissions and manually pick which app updates to adopt? You can, but first you need to disable your automatic app updates. Here are the steps:

  • Open Play Store and head over to Settings.
  • Tap on Auto-update apps.
  • Choose Do not auto-update apps.

If you want to enable the auto updates, follow the same path and choose Auto-update apps at any time or via Wi-Fi (available for certain Android devices only).

To update your apps manually, just open Play Store, and on the main page swipe in from the left and tap on My apps. You can tap on apps with pending updates and update them manually, or if you like to update them all at once, just tap on Update All.

6. How To Check For android System updates

For Android users that are using stock ROM, you may want to look for new updates to your system. To check for updates:

  • Go to Settings > About phone/tablet.
  • Tap on System updates.
  • Tap Check now to look for system updates.

7. Changing Default Apps

If you have already set some default apps for particular tasks (e.g. using Chrome for opening web links) but wish to change this:

  • Go to Settings > Apps.
  • Swipe right and look for the All
  • Select the app you want to remove as default.
  • Tap on Clear defaults.

8. Organize Homescreen Shortcuts With Folders

Once you have a lot of apps installed, your homescreen might be filled with app shortcuts. Unlike the app drawer, the apps on your home screen are not arranged alphabetically. So, you might want to create some folders for your homescreen shortcuts.

  • Assuming you have more than a handful of shortcuts already on your homescreen, long press on any of the shortcuts and drag it onto another shortcut.
  • A circle should now appear around the apps, indicating that a folder has been created.
  • By tapping on the newly created folder, a mini window will pop up with your apps in it.
  • You can drag and drop additional apps into the folder if you like. You can also rename the folder by tapping on the text area at the bottom of the mini window.

9. Disable Animations

Here’s a tip on how to make your Android device run a bit smoother: disable its animations. You will need to have access to Developer Options which can be found under Settings or About device.

Note: For some phones, you may need to go to Build number and tap on it repeatedly until you see “You are now a developer!”. Developer options are now enabled.

Under enabled Developer options, look for Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale. Then, turn them off (disable) them one at a time.

10. How to Turn Off Auto-Correction

Hate the fact that your phone is going English teacher mode on you? Turn off auto-correction for peace of mind when texting.

  • Go to Settings > Language & input.
  • Tap on the settings icon next to the keyboard that you are using, e.g. Google Keyboard.
  • Look for Auto-correction and tap on it.
  • Select Off to turn auto-correction off.

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26 Oct EAT RIGHT TO STAY HEALTHY

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1. Eat a Variety of Foods

You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health and no single food can supply them all. Today’s food supply makes it easy to eat a wide variety of foods whether or not you are buying fresh foods to cook, taking advantage of ready-prepared dishes and meals or buying “take-away” foods. Balance your choice over time! If you have a high-fat lunch, have a low-fat dinner. If you eat a large serving of meat at dinner one day, perhaps choose fish the next day.

2. Base your diet on plenty of foods rich in carbohydrates

Most people do not eat enough of foods such as bread, pasta, rice, other cereals and potatoes. More than half the calories in your diet should come from these foods. Try wholegrain bread, pasta and other wholegrain cereals, too, to increase your fibre intake.

3. Enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables

Most of us do not eat enough of these foods either although they provide important protective nutrients. Try to eat at least five servings a day and if you do not enjoy them at first – try some new recipes or see what ready prepared dishes are available in the supermarket.

4. Maintain a healthy body weight and feel good

The weight that is right for you depends on many factors including your sex, height, age and heredity. Being overweight increases your risk of a wide range of diseases including heart disease and cancer. Excess body fat results when you eat more calories than you need. These extra calories can come from any caloric nutrient – protein, fat, carbohydrate or alcohol- but fat is the most concentrated source of calories. Physical activity is a good way of increasing the energy (calories) you expend each day and it can make you feel good. The message is simple: if you are gaining weight, you need to eat less and be more active.

5. Eat moderate portions – reduce, don’t eliminate foods

If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it’s easier to eat all the foods you enjoy without having to eliminate any. For example, some reasonable serving sizes are: 100g of meat; one medium piece of fruit, half a cup of raw pasta and 50ml of ice-cream. Ready-prepared meals can offer a handy means of portion control and they often have the calorie values on the pack to help those who are counting. If you are eating out, you could share a portion with a friend.

6. Eat regularly

Skipping meals, especially breakfast, can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in helpless overeating. Snacking between meals can help curb hunger, but don’t eat so much as to substitute for proper meals. Don’t forget to count your snacks as part of your total calorie intake.

7. Drink plenty of fluids

Adults need to drink at least 1.5 litres of fluid a day! Or more if it’s very hot or they are physically active. Plain tap water is obviously a good source of liquid but variety can be both pleasant and healthy. Alternative choices are juices, soft drinks, tea, coffee, milk etc.

8. Get on the move

As we have seen, too many calories and not enough activity can result in weight gain. Moderately physical activity helps burn off those extra calories. It is also good for the heart and circulatory system and for general health and well-being. So, make physical activity part of your daily routine. Use the stairs instead of the liftelevator (up and down!). Go for a walk in your lunch break. You don’t have to be an athlete to get on the move!

Source:  http://www.eufic.org/article/en/expid/10-tips-healthy-eating/

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25 Oct MEASURE EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE WITH TAMS

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Employee Performance

Employee performance management is a process for ensuring that your workforce has a shared understanding of what is to be achieved at an organization level. It involves the alignment of organizational objectives with agreed measures, skills, competency requirements, development plans and the delivery of results of employees.

Clearly, achieving profitability is at the heart of every organizational function or operation. But to do this without distraction, dissipation of energy or too much drama, organizations need the aid of technology.

Deploying an automated means of measuring employee performance like TAMS ensures accuracy to the effect that an employer gets first-hand knowledge of actual performance within the organization at the click of a button.

Technology-assisted performance measurement …is a robust measurement that quantifies attendance, job KPIs, shifts, overtime, periodic evaluation of employee performance and so much more. For instance, TAMS helps to synchronize employee attendance with payroll remittance such that employee lateness or absenteeism without permission is automatically deducted from pay.

Essentially, organizations stand to benefit a lot from automated performance systems like TAMS because not doing so results to loss of scarce corporate resources, time and  even energy.

Without a doubt, productive employees are the life force of every organization. Thus, to ensure standards and a culture of productivity, click on the TAMS Nigeria link https://www.tams.com.ng/ for free consultations on employee performance solutions that can best meet your organizational needs.

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20 Oct Arbico Plc Deploys TAMS

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Arbico Plc

Arbico Plc, a full-service building and civil engineering construction company has deployed the TAMS solution to effectively monitor staff productivity at its multiple locations across the country. 

TAMS will remotely manage employee’s time attendance, payroll management/salary processing, shift and leave management as well as other human resources needs

Furthermore, the salary processing enables direct remittance on salaries and other allowances, thus eliminating the burden of moving cash and facilitating compliance to the CBN’s cashless policy.

TAMS’ time-tested attendance, HRM, payroll and related functionalities enjoy acclaim across different sectors and business sizes as it saves organizations the burden of time theft, loss of productivity and 

As we in TAMS, we are building our reputation on your satisfaction.

 

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19 Oct CANCER PREVENTION TIPS THAT PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW

 

 

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Cancer Prevention Tips

· Keep Weight in Check

· Be Physically Active

Eat a healthy diet

Although making healthy selections at the grocery store and at mealtime can’t guarantee cancer prevention, it might help reduce your risk. Consider these guidelines:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Base your diet on fruits, vegetables and other foods from plant sources — such as whole grains and beans.
  • Avoid obesity. Eat lighter and leaner by choosing fewer high-calorie foods, including refined sugars and fat from animal sources.
  • If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. The risk of various types of cancer — including cancer of the breast, colon, lung, kidney and liver — increases with the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time you’ve been drinking regularly.
  • Limit processed meats. A report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, concluded that eating large amounts of processed meat can slightly increase the risk of certain types of cancer.

· Don’t Smoke

· Avoid Birth Control Pills, Particularly After Age 35 or If You Smoke

· Tamoxifen and Raloxifene for Women at High Risk

· Don’t Forget Screening

· Reduce the toxins around you

· Check your hormone levels

· Be physically active

· Reduce stress

· Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution

Sources:

https://siteman.wustl.edu/prevention/take-proactive-control/8-ways-to-prevent-breast-cancer/

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/breast-cancer-prevention-tips/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/in-depth/breast-cancer-prevention/art-20044676

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19 Oct Excel Shortcuts

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Excel Shortcuts

Ctrl+A Select All
Ctrl+B Bold
Ctrl+C Copy
Ctrl+D Fill Down
Ctrl+F Find
Ctrl+G Goto
Ctrl+H Replace
Ctrl+I Italic
Ctrl+K Insert Hyperlink
Ctrl+N New Workbook
Ctrl+O Open
Ctrl+P Print
Ctrl+R Fill Right
Ctrl+S Save
Ctrl+U Underline
Ctrl+V Paste
Ctrl W Close
Ctrl+X Cut
Ctrl+Y Repeat
Ctrl+Z Undo
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19 Oct THE IMPACT OF AUTOMATED ATTENDANCE SYSTEM TO YOUR ORGANIZATION

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Impacts Automated Attendance

Attendance tracking system is a mechanical or electronic timepiece used to keep track of the total hours that employees have worked.

It is necessary to have a tracking system because attendance at the place of work is vital in every organizational setup, be it an employer, an office, school, market place, and even at events. An employer cannot but ensure that work time is not being wasted, especially since they are paying for it.

It has been shown that companies without an automated time and attendance solution overpay employees by 1.5% to 10% of gross payroll due to time theft and error-driven calculations. Depending on company size and workforce, the cost incurred is in billions of Naira each year.

Therefore, it is imperative for a business owner or manager to place a premium on an efficient attendance tracking system as it will significantly improve the business in terms of productivity and profit.

Automated attendance tracking system helps organizations with real time reporting/ statistical analytical features which enable on-the-spot decision making capabilities to easily convert data into actionable, valuable information instead of just reacting to them.

Furthermore, automated attendance tracking will help to avoid the hassle of auditing paper-based employee time cards and reduce costly manual payroll & data entry errors. It also minimizes payroll processing time as well as reduce the time required to schedule employees.

At TAMS we understand the importance of simplified and automated Time and Attendance software. As the pioneers of web-based computerized clock-in systems, our Time Attendance Management System is used by some of the country’s leading organizations across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, transport, retail, health and service centers.

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14 Oct ITEX Welcomes TAMS as its new Clientelle

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Itex Welcomes TAMS

ITEX Integrated Services has deployed the award-winning TAMS solution to manage her workforce. With a strong desire to manage its massive staff strength against time theft, tardiness and further harness the human resources management and remittance payroll functionalities embedded in the solution.

Welcome to a world of secure and convenient payment solutions as you discover ITEX Integrated Services Limited, one of the first organisations to successfully deploy and manage Point of Sale (POS) Terminals in Nigeria.

Their wide range of innovative products and services are tailored to meet all your unique needs and these include Online and Mobile solutions, enhanced POS applications which ease payment and revenue collections of bills, tariffs and airtime. They also make account transfers convenient and ensure ease of monitoring and control of your transaction processes.

TAMS, which is growing in popularity with organizations of all sizes, is an affordable and easy-to-use workforce management tool with functions such as payroll, appraisal, vacation, leave management and remittance- all at the fingertip of the business owner or administrator.

 

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12 Oct IMPROVING COMPUTER SECURITY FOR THE BETTER

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Computer Security

Computer security, also known as cybersecurity or IT security, is the protection of computer systems from the theft or damage to the hardware, software or the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.[1]

It includes controlling physical access to the hardware, as well as protecting against harm that may come via network access, data and code injection,[2] and due to malpractice by operators, whether intentional, accidental, or due to them being tricked into deviating from secure procedures.[3]

The field is of growing importance due to the increasing reliance on computer systems and the Internet in most societies,[4] wireless networks such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi – and the growth of “smart” devices, including smartphones, televisions and tiny devices as part of the Internet of Things.

  • Create strong passwords
  • Connect to a Secure Network
  • Enable and Configure a Firewall
  • Install and Use Antivirus and Antispyware Software
  • Remove Unnecessary Software
  • Modify Unnecessary Default Features
  • Secure Your Web Browser
  • Apply Software Updates and Enable Future Automatic Updates
  • Use Good Security Practices
  • Use caution with email attachments and untrusted links
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12 Oct IMPROVE YOUR DIET TO BOOST IMMUNITY

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Boost Immunity

It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. It turns out that eating some pretty surprising nutrients will help keep your immune system on guard.

MORE: 30 Stay-Well Secrets From People Who Never Get Sick (Prevention Premium)

You can ensure your body and immunity run smoothly by rounding out your plate with plenty of colorful servings of fruits and veggies, plus 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, at the very least. The following ingredients can add extra flu-fighting punch to your winter meal plan.

  • Manage Stress
  • Sleep In
  • Eat Well
  • Give up smoking
  • Take up regular exercise
  • Replace unhealthy snacks with the healthy ones
  • Be active during your lunch hour
  • Get tested for vitamin D deficiency and supplement if needed
  • Drink more water
  • Drink lemon water first thing in the morning.

These grains contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea, reports a Norwegian study. When animals eat this compound, they’re less likely to contract influenza, herpes, even anthrax; in humans, it boosts immunity, speeds wound healing, and may help antibiotics work better.

This potent onion relative contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria. British researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic extract for 12 weeks; the garlic takers were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold. Other studies suggest that garlic lovers who chow more than six cloves a week have a 30% lower rate of colorectal cancer and a 50% lower rate of stomach cancer.

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