Mobile apps have certainly made a wide range of documents — including job applications, insurance claims and consumer surveys — easier to handle. But can they also silently add truth detection and emotion interpretation to increase the forms' accuracy and value to companies?A U.K. company that goes by the name Human is arguing it can. It pairs video captured from a mobile device (or, sometimes, a retailer's closed-circuit television camera) with analytics software that examines the subject's face and tries to determine the most likely emotions being felt at that instant. Does a job applicant pause and grimace before answering that he has never been convicted of a felony or that leaving his last job was his own idea?"Through a [phone's] video feed, we take up to 172,000 tiny points of an individual's face," said Joseph Willingham, Human's director of international strategy. A statement from the company said that its software "has the ability to read subliminal facial … [Read more...] about What do you get when you merge a lie detector, a job application and a mobile app?
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Wondering why you never get the job despite sending a flurry of resumes that you spent days -- maybe weeks -- perfecting? A little-known, behind-the-scenes hiring secret could be the problem. Search engines, not actual people, select the top job candidates from piles of resumes. That's right, the process is automated. If your resume does not contain the perfect mix of keywords, you will not make the cut."If this sounds like applicants are applying to a machine instead of a person, that's correct," Rob McGovern, founder of CareerBuilder.com, one of the world's largest online career sites, and current CEO of Jobfox.com, a job matching and resume writing site, told TechNewsWorld."Keep in mind; the screening software doesn't have common sense, so it is essential to incorporate a complete universe of keywords around an area of expertise," he advised.There is no doubt that this is a hiring market. Employers can afford to be very picky about future candidates and new hires. Search engines are … [Read more...] about And the Job Goes to … the Candidate With the Right Keywords
Even in the best of times, job hunting is a taxing task, but in these economic conditions, it can be a crushing experience. Fruitless replies to job notices, dead-end interviews and inhuman human resource departments can grind a job seekers' resolve to dust.One way to beat the no-job blues is to purge the word "unemployed" from your vocabulary. You're not unemployed. You've got a new full-time job. That job is finding a new job.Moreover, that full-time job is a sales job. So what could be better than applying to your employment search sales force automation techniques that have been proven to work?That's the thinking behind the Microsoft Windows application Job Hunt Express (US$29.95), introduced this summer by JRBM Software, of Cumberland, R.I. "Everything is different now," according to JRBM cofounder J.R. Rodrigues."In the past nine months, the job hunt has become an unfamiliar and overwhelming ordeal for the typical candidate," he continued. "It is no longer enough to send out a … [Read more...] about PRODUCT REVIEW Job Hunt Express: A Helpful App for Catching the Employment Train
The plethora of things you can find off eBay never cease to fascinate us. That certainly is the case today when an original 1984 Macintosh computer set was spotted on the auction site, asking collectors, Apple fanboys, or anyone with a lot of money to spare to post offers on the complete set with signatures by the design team autographed inside the computer casing.The set comes with everything you’d find in a Macintosh box had you purchased the computer in 1984: manuals, floppy disks, power cords, even the box that stored everything. The listing contains many detailed photos of the auctioned item, taking interested buyers through a complete tour of the unboxing. While the outer box shows some form of aging, it is still in an impressive condition considering minimal discoloration and looks to be quite sturdy.Another included item is the rare Macworld magazine subscription card from way before the magazine went online or had its several redesigns. While we don’t think anyone … [Read more...] about Want a complete set of the original Macintosh computer? Try eBay!
I've changed my mind about the greatest invention of Steve Jobs. It's not the iPhone, it's not the iPod, iTunes, or white earbuds. And it sure as heck isn't the iPad. While the original, friendly, all-in-one Macs certainly broke new ground, I see their basic ideas and form factors as inevitable -- someone, at some point, would have invented something like the iMac eventually.What about the App Store and iTunes, both of which deliver billions of products to consumers around the world? Pretty cool and wicked smart, but the greatest invention ever out of Steve Jobs? No way.So what did Jobs "invent" that far eclipses all those awesome products?The Apple Retail StoreAll the other products, in my mind, are natural inventions. They took a look at crappy alternatives and imagined something much, much better. Even the iPhone. Sure, it bucked the button trend and introduced the world to touchscreens and Gorilla Glass, but it was still a smartphone.The Apple Store, though, might very well be … [Read more...] about OPINION Steve Jobs’ Greatest Invention: The Apple Retail Store
Ten percent of Caucasian American men but less than one percent of women are estimated to have some form of colorblindness. Colorblind people represent a significant but often neglected talent pool and consumer segment. Identifying opportunities to make products usable by as many people as possible, without degrading overall quality or performance, is a quality assurance function that is not always well understood or practiced.Here is a guide for increasing the usability of products and the communication of information. It contains need-to-know information for anyone engaged in software and hardware product design, quality assurance or business communication. We begin with a few simple tips.Two principal tips for usability are to avoid using color alone as a sole distinguishing element or functional indicator, and to emphasize highly contrasting brightness, hues and saturations in adjacent colors. In emphasizing a hyperlink, for example, not only can a dark blue font be used … [Read more...] about OPINION Colorblindness – A Usability Guide for Commercial Applications, Part 1
Networking The three clumps of protein — a light-harvesting antenna called a phycobilisome and photosystems I and II — look like random scrawls in illustrations, but this is misleading. They are able to do their job only because they are positioned with exquisite precision.If the distances between proteins were too great or the transfers too slow, the energy would be wasted and — ultimately — all entropy-defying assemblages like plants and animals would fall to dust.But until now, scientists weren't even sure the three complexes cohered as a single sun-worshipping megacomplex. Previous attempts to isolate connected complexes failed because the weak links that held them together broke, and the megacomplex fell apart.Scientists at a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) led by Washington University in St. Louis recently reported on a new technique that finally allows the megacomplex to be plucked out entire and examined as a functioning whole. It's a … [Read more...] about Observing the Sparks of Life: Researchers isolate photosynthetic complex in its complete functioning state
The Future Enterprise, Part 2: A New Computing Vision Not all computing tasks are created equal, and the same goes for computing systems. Corporations and other organizations will be best served by systems that are designed to perform particular jobs or are flexible enough to adapt to them -- one of the core principles of engineering. In techie jargon, these are "workload optimized systems."Consider some real-world scenarios: An application for managing resource planning in a factory requires different computing capabilities than one for analyzing the turnover rate among mobile phone customers and sending them custom-crafted renewal offers in real time. A Web-based social networking tool is very different from an accounting program. And a system for monitoring the use patterns on an electricity grid has very little in common with a program for recording online banking transactions.Could a single computing setup handle all of these tasks? Perhaps. But would it do a good job on each? No … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE The Future Enterprise, Part 3: Technology Designed to Fit the Job
Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned to center stage to kick off the company's media event in San Francisco on Wednesday.Apple made a slew of announcements, mostly focused on its iPod line and iTunes software, that included price cuts, new features and capabilities, and new products.It unveiled a new version of the iPhone/iPod touch operating system as well as new iPods and a ninth version of iTunes with new features.The run-up to the media event was rife with speculation about whether or not Jobs would appear. His turning up sent a strong signal that he is firmly at the helm of the Apple ship once again following a fight with a serious illness that necessitated a liver transplant."This year, the biggest story of the event was the reappearance of company founder Steve Jobs, once again taking his place on center stage," Laura DiDio, principal at ITIC, told MacNewsWorld. "In the minds of many, Jobs is Apple. And despite evidence to the contrary, the health and fortunes of Jobs and Apple are … [Read more...] about Steve Jobs Eclipses New iPods at Apple Show
Apple is angling to reinvent the PC world 20 years after the arrival of the first Macintosh. Toward that goal, company CEO Steve Jobs has announced GarageBand, the latest addition to the iLife product family, and a 4-GB mini iPod that sports sherbet colors. However, price may be an issue: At a relatively steep US$249, the mini iPod costs just $50 less than Apple's 15-GB iPod.To kick off his keynote at Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, which was Webcast to 60,000 people in more than 100 countries, Jobs screened Apple's seminal Super Bowl ad with a minor digitized addition: The woman wielding a hammer had an iPod clipped to her shorts."It's going to be a great Mac year, [and we will] announce throughout the year things we think you'll love," Jobs said.At the beginning of his keynote, Jobs announced that the transition to Mac OS X has been completed. Already, he said, 9.3 million Apple users -- approximately 40 percent of the company's installed base -- have adopted the … [Read more...] about CONFERENCE REPORT Apple CEO Jobs Trumpets New iLife, iPods