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5 Best Apps You Can Use To Work From Home During The Pandemic

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These are the best apps you can use to work home from home during the pandemic. 

These are the apps you can use to work from home during the pandemic. Most people have been forced to work from home and that can be destabilizing however during these digital times you really don’t have to slow down operations. With this in mind, it’s important to consider the challenges of getting tasks done from the comfort of your own home – as well as any implications this might have.

Whether you’re an employer or employee these are the best ways to ensure that your employees are still working.

1. Serene

The biggest role Serene plays is blocking access to distracting websites and apps during work sessions while also silencing your phone. Separate studies find it takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back on track after being distracted. This gives you an idea of how much time those email notifications can cost you throughout the day.

Serene asks you to set a daily goal, which can be broken up into multiple work sessions or tasks – as long as they all contribute to the day’s end goal. These sessions run for 20-60 minutes, another feature based on studies that show the human brain tens to start losing focus on a task after 20 minutes.

2. Slack

Slack is a massaging platform designed for teams and it’s the ideal communication tools for remote workers. Instant messaging is organised into channels, which team members can join and leave, as needed, so nobody receives messages or notifications irrelevant to them.

Team members can also chat outside of main topics in separate threads which prevents these messages from interfering with the most project-centric conversations.

3. Zoom

Group video meetings and voice calls are made easy with Zoom. Once again, there’s a free version of Zoom, which will be enough for a large chunk of smaller teams.

Crucially, paid versions only require hosts to pay a monthly fee rather than everyone who attends meetings. A host is someone who invites people team members to join meetings but up to 100 participants can join and you (or your company) will only need to upgrade to a paid version if meetings last longer than 40 minutes.

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4. Chrome remote desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop allows you to access your computer securely from your phone, tablet or another computer.

Essentially, this means you can access your machine from anywhere, at any time without worrying about any security risks. You can access your computer by typing in an access URL into a web browser or download the mobile app for iOS and Andriod.

The other key function of Chrome Remote Desktop is to connect your device with fellow teammates. This means you can provide access to your computer and receive remote support, allowing colleagues to see your screen and control your computer – perfect for getting technical issues resolved.

5. Google calendar

While Google Calendar is a great free digital calendar, it doesn’t provide some of the advanced features remote workers typically need. A more feature-rich alternative is the aptly named Calendar, which connects all of your calendars into a single interface.

Aside from integrating all of your calendar apps, Calendar’s star feature is the way it handles meetings. Instead of arranging video chats or other meetings with arranging emails between multiple team members, Calendar allows anyone to choose and book meeting times during your availability hours while ensuring there are no conflicts with existing meetings or tasks.

 


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Premier League approves five substitutes for rest of season – KBC

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Premier League teams have been permitted three substitutions since the 1994-95 season

Premier League teams will be able to make five substitutions, rather than three, in each match to the end of the season after clubs approved new rules.

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Teams will also be able to name nine substitutes instead of the usual seven.

Football’s international law-makers gave competitions the option of increasing substitutes to protect player welfare on the sport’s resumption.

Premier League football will return on 17 June after a three-month absence.

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An announcement of the first few rounds of fixtures since the campaign was halted by coronavirus on 13 March is expected in the next 24 hours.

Though teams can now make five substitutions, each will only have three opportunities to make changes throughout the match in order to minimise disruption to the game.

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Clubs have also agreed in principle to the use of neutral venues if required, although the vast majority of matches are expected to be played in their usual grounds, barring local spikes in coronavirus cases.

A draft document detailing the extensive biosecurity measures required for each match has been circulated. It is believed the number of people in the stadium while each match is being played will be limited to about 300.

How to end the season, decide the league positions and the possible consequences should it prove impossible to play the remaining matches was discussed at a meeting of clubs, but any decision was delayed to concentrate on the return of action.

The International Football Association Board said in May that the temporary changes to substitutions had been made for interrupted 2019-20 competitions as “matches may be played in a condensed period in different weather conditions, both of which could have impacts on player welfare”.

Concerns had been raised about the reduced preparation time that players have had before the season’s resumption with Premier League teams only returning to contact training at the end of May.

Newcastle club doctor Paul Catterson said on Tuesday that he was expecting more injuries as the intensity of training increased.

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Facebook users can now transfer their photos to Google Photos, here’s how to do so

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After half a year of being available in certain parts of the world, Facebook’s tool for migrating photos from its platform to Google Photos is finally live for everyone around the world. Yes, including us here in Kenya. The feature has, since early March, been available in a handful of African countries.

For many an Android user – and those on other platforms as well – Google is almost the go-to place for storing our photos. With unlimited* storage for photos and videos, it is almost a no-brainer.

However, Google Photos only came to life long after those of us who have been around for much longer, had already had all the fun of the initial days on Facebook. Even then, many more people have continued using Facebook to share memories with friends and family. This means that memories and special moments are strewn all over.

If it’s been your dream to get all of your memories under one roof then, Facebook is offering you an easy way to achieve your consolidation goal using its photo transfer tool.

Here is how:

1. Log in to your Facebook account

2. Navigate to the top right corner, access the dropdown and select Settings & Privacy

 

 

3. Select Settings

4. Select Your Facebook information**

5. Select Transfer a copy of your photos or videos

6. Under Choose destination, select Google Photos

7. Choose what you wish to port over to Google Photos: photos or videos (you can only choose one, not both), then select Next

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8. Authenticate the process on Google’s end – you will be prompted to log in to your Google account then grant Facebook the  necessary permissions

9. Confirm Transfer

10. Voila! Sit and wait for the process to finish – at this point you can exit Facebook as the process will go on behind the scenes.

**Up to this point, if you are doing this process from the Facebook Android application then it will henceforth shift to the mobile browser. You’ll still see pretty much the same output as outlined in the following steps. You just need to authenticate first and it’s all good from there.

*Google Photos limits photos to 16 megapixels and videos to 1080i in order for the user to enjoy unlimited storage. Anything above that is compressed to that level.

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Amazon in talks to buy $2 billion stake in Indian telco Bharti Airtel

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Amazon is reportedly in talks to by stake worth $2 billion in India’s third-largest telco Bharti Airtel. The planned investment, if completed, would see Amazon acquire a roughly 5 per cent stake based on the current market value. Giving  Bharti Airtel a boost as it seeks to compete against the number one player Reliance Jio.

Airtel dropped to the third position from second in 2019 after Reliance Jio took the lead just three years after entering the telecom space in India.

Amazon has also expanded its digital offerings in India via its voice-activated speakers, video streaming and cloud storage, as it seeks to tap a rising number of internet and smartphone users in the market.

Reportedly, Amazon counts India as a crucial growth market where it has committed $6.5 billion in investments mainly toward expanding its e-commerce footprint.

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A deal with Bharti could help Amazon expand offerings via its smart speakers and also boost its cloud business as access to Bharti’s vast telecom fibre network and additionally lower costs. Already, Reliance’s Jio has already partnered with Microsoft for use of its Azure cloud platform which Amazon might take up with the Bharti Airtel deal.

However, the talks between the two entities are at an early stage and the deal terms could change, or an agreement may not be reached.

“If talks to buy a stake fail, the companies could also look at a commercial transaction that could give Bharti’s customers cheap access to Amazon products,”

An Amazon spokeswoman said the company does “not offer comments on speculation of what we may or may not do in future.”

Commenting on the deal, Bharti Airtel said they routinely work with all digital players to bring their products, content and services to customers. “Beyond that, there is no other activity to report,”


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