HELP!

“Ask My Buddy” is a free app for sending an alert to everyone you know, without reaching for your phone or computer. It works just by voice on a Windows 10 computer, a Google Home device or the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. Plenty more like these are coming out soon. With Windows 10’s built-in voice recognition program, Cortana, you can say “Ask My Buddy to Alert Everyone” and everyone on your contact list will get an immediate phone call, text message and email. Or you can confine it to a single person. Cortana isn’t great unless you’ve trained it by using it a lot, but the Google and Amazon devices are quite good at recognition. For Windows, we found […]

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THE FUTURE ALREADY GOT HERE

Movies versus video games, public radio app, setting your home page and finding a professional.

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OFFICE POLITICS

Topics in this column: Office politics, Losing the Internet, TED Talks, an app for Healthy Eating, Giving away a Kindle Fire, and the new Mac operating system.

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ONLINE COLLEGE AND TECHNICAL COURSES

AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org has a ton of information about online courses at accredited universities, including graduate schools. It tells you the cost of tuition and the prospects of getting a job in a given field. It also lists the salaries for a host of jobs and has info about vocational training. Who knew a dental hygienist makes around $71,000 on average? (And they’re worth every cent.)

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FINDING A JOB

JobApplicationDB.com lists 1200 companies with their job applications. It claims to be the largest direct application site and is adding more each month. Users are directed to a company’s internal career site where they can see jobs not posted on job boards.

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JOBS FOR VETS

USTechVets.org helps veterans transition into civilian jobs. It includes educational resources and a job bank. Their resume data base has almost a million resumes.

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THE NEED FOR COMPUTER SCIENTISTS

“Why the U.S. STEM Initiative Shouldn’t Ignore Computer Science,” is a fascinating “infographic,” (a pictorial presentation of statistics) from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. We’ve shortened the long web address to just tinyurl.com/USlag. The chart shows that 150,000 new computing jobs will need to be filled every year for the next ten years. In five years, there will be three times as many computer science jobs as applicants, yet nine out of ten elementary and high schools offer no programming classes. Ironically, computer science is one of the top five highest paid college degrees. See the books below.

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TOOT-TOOT TUTORS

A new start-up has drawn $4 million from investors to fuel an online tutoring service called InstaEdu.com. So far they claim to have 3000 tutors on hand. It costs $24 an hour to get tutored, and the tutors get to keep $20 of that, an unusually generous split. Tutors can work as little as 20 minutes a month. You have to be 18 and have some tutoring experience to apply. Students choose the tutors they wish by reading online profiles. We noticed that some are graduates from prestigious colleges. (Kind of a sign of the times.)

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MY BEST CAREER MISTAKE

These are all from the social networking site LinkedIn.   Deepak Chopra on ending his career to find his bliss I dumped a pile of papers on my boss and quit on the spot. Read more  Sallie Krawcheck on being sabotaged by a cat My ugly cat awkwardly upstaged Bank of America’s CEO. Read more  Charlene Li on keeping silent about body odor I waited far too long to tell my boss he stank — literally. Read more  Herb Greenberg on botching a drug raid I embarrassed myself in front of my hero, and the cops. Read more  Nicholas Thompson on being fired from his first job I managed to work at 60 Minutes for less than 60 minutes. Read […]

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SMALL JOBS

After we wrote about smartphone apps for small jobs, a reader living on a retirement income asked about apps that don’t require a smartphone. He was especially interested in “mystery shopper” jobs at retirement communities, because they pay well, and only ask that you pretend to be a customer.

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