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LinkedIn for iOS: Stay Connected with Style

LinkedIn for iOS: Stay Connected with Style

If you’re a LinkedIn addict like we are here — we’ve discussed ways to create an online resume and how to use your LinkedIn data to create a stunning visual resume — and have an iPad (again, like we do…and we’ve told you pretty much everything you need to know about it too) then you’ve probably been waiting for a real LinkedIn app for the iPad.

Sure, LinkedIn has had an official iPhone app for a while. Sure, you could use the app on your iPad in 2X mode. But that’s hardly fun is it?

Well, I’m happy to let you know that your long (long, long) wait is finally over.

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Yes, LinkedIn has updated their iOS app to fully support both the iPhone and iPad. Oh, and not just support the iPad, but support the new iPad with Retina graphics and a gorgeously simple UI that, well…you just have to see for yourself. So, LinkedIn for iOS is a go.

Here is what my Home Screen looks like on my iPad:

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    And here’s the News Screen:

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      Both screens look as great as they are useful. Looking for news from your connections? Yeah it’s there. Groups? Tap. Got it. Now you might expect the iPhone version of this app to be, well, similar right? Sure, you’re correct—and wrong too. LinkedIn took the right features and layout from the new iPad version and applied them to the iPhone as well. Now, some of these features appeared in a recent update to the iPhone app, but I think LinkedIn added some nice touched to the iPhone version that came from putting the spit and polish on the iPad version. In case you don’t believe me, here are some screens from my iPhone:

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          In a side-by-side comparison of the two LinkedIn for iOS apps on my iPhone 4 and iPad (3rd gen), I think LinkedIn is aiming the iPad to be more of a content consumption and creation tool, while the iPhone app more of a connections tool. For example on the iPhone you can download all of your LinkedIn connections to your address book. I couldn’t find that on the iPad (of course if you sync your contacts with iCloud it doesn’t matter, really). Reading updates and news from my connections, groups, and other sources is great on the iPad, but a wee cramped on the iPhone.

          Bottom line: if you only have an iPhone and use the LinkedIn app you have a great tool to manage and tap into your connections. If you only have an iPad, the app lets you read about your connections, and connect too. Now if you have both devices…then I think you have the total package.

          Download LinkedIn for iOS (iPhone and iPad) for yourself and let us know in the comments if these apps will encourage you to use LinkedIn more — or maybe in a new way than you did before.

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          Last Updated on November 20, 2020

          How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

          How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

          Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

          Many people look up to master typists and wish that they could handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

          How can you learn how to type faster?

          In this article, you’ll learn 12 useful fasting typing tips and techniques.

          1. Improve Your Workspace

          Many people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. However, the truth is that you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not work with your laptop or computer on your lap.

          If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

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          2. Fix Your Posture

          If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

          Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture[1].

          Learn how to type faster with correct posture.

            3. Hold Your Posture

            It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

            Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

            4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

            The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several things.

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            Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

            Work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

            5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

            Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you learn how to type faster.

            6. Start Slowly With Touch-Typing

            Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your muscle memory over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be learning touch typing[2]. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type key combinations without looking at the keyboard layout, your speed will increase.

            7. Don’t Look at Your Hands

            The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

            Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

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            8. Practice, Practice, Practice

            Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

            Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

            9. Check out Some Online Typing Games

            There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here are some of the best sites:

            10. Dictation Practice

            If you don’t know what you can write, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can write, and you can even make the practice process more fun.

            Get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a TV show or talk show.

            11. Monitor Your Progress

            Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. However, it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you’re practicing. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

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            12. Get Some Formal Training

            There are many specially designed courses and typing lessons that will boost your abilities. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

            The Bottom Line

            Typing is a skill that takes time to develop, but with practice and dedication, you can learn how to get faster at typing and improve your productivity on a day-to-day basis.

            One day, you may even improve your typing so much that you reach 40 wpm!

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            Featured photo credit: Cytonn Photography via unsplash.com

            Reference

            [1] Well: Working WELL anywhere
            [2] Techopedia: Touch Typing

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