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Connections Launches Temporary and Part-Time Job Platform Giget



UAE-based recruiting firm Connections has announced the launch of the temporary jobs app, Giget. Aimed at connecting candidates and companies under a single platform, Giget is being touted to be the region’s first temporary and part-time job portal, spanning across sectors including retail (technology, FMCG, beauty), events, and hospitality.

Giget enables job seekers to find temporary sales, promoters, event ushers and warehouse associate positions to work for, on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis, while providing seamless access to companies for temporary staff. It also facilitates simplified ways to manage and measure work with next-gen tech abilities such as blockchain, smart contracts, and direct payoff.

The temporary job sector, also known as the ‘gig economy’ is growing rapidly, especially in the UAE, owing to increased flexibility and benefits that short-term jobs offer. More human resource leaders in the UAE believe that the gig economy will minimize long-term costs associated with recruitment and training while allowing candidates to develop a broader and more specialised range of skills.

As a tech-advanced platform, Giget’s tailor-made approach to catering to temporary jobs is the key attribute that differentiates it from other platforms in this market. Giget provides recruiters with skilled resources and specialized solutions to manage temporary staff activities, and work schedules, and track their sales. On the other hand, Giget benefits candidates by offering consistent temporary jobs with fair pay and convenient schedules.

Shravan Khanna, Managing Director, said, “Giget empowers companies to save up to 80% in hiring time by allowing them to interact with over 5000+ readily available temporary staff with residence visas, within 24 hours. For candidates, once they have created their profiles, they can find their next gig at their choice of time, preference, and convenience.”

Giget offers an array of beneficial features for recruiting companies. As a portal, it allows companies to post their job openings and job descriptions while setting project budgets before the hiring process has commenced. It creates staff rosters and tracks actual work hours and sales via the app. Recruiters can use the portal’s built-in features to view candidates and interview them through text, video, or in-person mediums.

The Giget app is also enabled with location geofencing to keep a record of staff punch-in activity and ensure that they are starting their shifts at their scheduled time, at their designated location. Salaries are automatically calculated based on actual working hours to release payments seamlessly.

For job-seeking candidates as well, Giget offers several key benefits. Candidates can browse through temporary jobs that are specially curated for the app users’ matches and preferences. In only a few seconds, jobs are not only found but matched to the users’ preferences. Candidates can use the app to effectively manage numerous job applications, and keep track of their upcoming interviews, while they review and accept offers with ease.

They can also manage targets and shifts simultaneously, and leverage the application’s messaging tool to stay connected with supervisors and colleagues and to get in touch with prospective future employers. For student job seekers that are learning and yet want to earn, Giget provides them an opportunity to be financially solvent. It enables candidates to get paid for work instantly, fairly, and securely, all through the app. It also equips them to get high ratings and positive reviews, to create a strong candidate profile, facilitating more jobs.

Candidates can also opt for cryptocurrency as a method of payment. Soon Giget Cash cards will be launched as another option for employees to receive their dues. Giget is here to provide an important and efficient solution to hiring challenges and simplify the process of finding temporary and part-time jobs in the UAE. It is available to download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Safari to Get Smarter? Leaked Code Hints at AI Assistant



Eagle-eyed developer Nicolás Álvarez has spotted clues in Apple’s backend code suggesting a major upgrade for Safari in iOS 18: a browsing assistant powered by artificial intelligence. MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris confirmed the existence of the code, but details remain scarce.

The assistant might leverage Apple’s privacy-focused iCloud Private Relay to transmit relevant data for analysis, potentially requiring an iCloud+ subscription. This aligns with the rumoured focus on generative AI in iOS 18, aiming to streamline iPhone experiences.

Several browsers already boast AI tools like Microsoft Edge’s GPT-4-powered Copilot and Arc Search’s webpage summarization. Apple’s assistant could offer similar functionality or even go beyond.

Another intriguing discovery by Álvarez was “Encrypted Visual Search” within the code. While details are sparse, it could be related to last year’s leak of a “Visual Search” feature for Apple’s unreleased Vision Pro headset. This feature allowed copying and pasting real-world text into apps. Perhaps Apple is refining the technology for a secure iPhone debut, or it might be an extension of the existing Visual Look Up feature for identifying objects in photos.

With Apple’s WWDC keynote scheduled for June 10th, we can expect official details on these potential features in just a few months. So, get ready for a potentially smarter Safari experience in iOS 18!

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Android Gets Supercharged Find My Device Network: Locate Lost Devices Even When Offline



Android users rejoice! Google has finally launched its highly anticipated Find My Device network, offering a significant upgrade to lost device recovery. This new feature goes beyond the limitations of the previous Find My Device setting, which only worked for powered-on and connected devices.

The key lies in Bluetooth. This new network leverages Bluetooth signals to locate missing phones, smartwatches, earbuds, and even trackers, even if they’re disconnected from Wi-Fi or cellular data. It’s like a digital bloodhound, sniffing out your lost tech.

Here’s what the network offers:

  • Offline Tracking: Lost your phone with a dead battery? No problem. The Find My Device network can locate Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro phones even when powered off.
  • Expanded Range: The network finds any compatible Android phone or tablet, regardless of online status.
  • Bluetooth Tracker Integration: Starting in May, use the Find My Device app to locate items like keys or luggage attached to Chipolo and Pebblebee Bluetooth tracker tags. These tags are designed specifically for the network and offer additional security features, like unknown tracker alerts across Android and iOS devices.
  • “Find Nearby” Feature: (Also coming in May) Can’t find your phone under a pile of laundry? Use Bluetooth tags to pinpoint its location, even if it’s hidden nearby.
  • Nest Integration: The Find My Device app will show you the location of a missing phone or item relative to your home Nest devices, giving you a helpful reference point.
  • Sharing Device Tracking: Permit trusted individuals to track your device with you.

This launch comes after a delay announced in September 2023. Google prioritized user privacy and addressed concerns about the potential for misuse of Bluetooth trackers. Reportedly, the upcoming iOS 17.5 beta includes security measures that address these concerns, paving the way for Google’s network launch.

While only Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro benefit from powered-off tracking, the network itself works with any Android phone running Android 9 or later.

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Google’s Vids: Aiming to Be the Next Big Productivity App



For years, the office grind has been dominated by the trinity: documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. But Google is throwing a wrench in the mix with Vids, a new app designed to make creating collaborative, shareable videos easier than ever. Forget fancy editing software – Vids is all about practicality. It’s built for the everyday tasks we juggle at work: pitching ideas, updating teams, or explaining complex concepts. Think of it as Google Slides transformed for video.

“Anyone who can make a slide deck can make a video with Vids,” says Kristina Behr, Google’s VP of product management. “No video production experience needed.” The process is refreshingly simple. Drag and drop assets from Drive or other sources, arrange them in a timeline, and add your voiceover or on-camera segments. The result? Think recorded presentations, video calls, or those ubiquitous training videos with a talking head and supporting graphics. Vids might not win Oscars, but they can churn out a variety of useful content.

But Vids is more than just a creation tool. Share your creations with colleagues, and they can comment, leave notes, or even jump in and edit themselves. It’s all about seamless collaboration, much like Google’s other productivity apps. “Imagine a spreadsheet, but in video form,” says Behr. Sharing a Vid isn’t just handing over a file – it’s opening a conversation.

Vids isn’t the first player in this space. Tools like Loom and Descript offer similar video-focused functionality. Even project management platforms and Vimeo are getting in on the act. Google might be late to the party, but their bet is clear: the future of work is video-centric. With remote work on the rise and video communication booming, Google believes employees will spend less time hunched over emails and more time crafting impactful videos. Their secret weapon? Tight integration with the existing suite of Google tools, with even more to come, including mobile support.

One surprising omission? YouTube, Google’s video giant. While there’s some shared technology under the hood, Behr emphasizes the distinct purposes: “The audience and use cases are completely different. Vids is for work, by workers. We’re laser-focused on that specific need.” Vids is slated for a public beta launch this summer. Early testers within Workspace are already seeing trends emerge – short, focused videos under three minutes, perfect for pitches, training, team updates, or celebrating achievements. Behr herself has ditched her email recaps in favour of Vids, finding that viewers appreciate the added layer of personality.

Vids could have easily been bolted onto Slides or Docs. But by giving it its own space, Google sends a clear message: this isn’t just another presentation tool, it’s a paradigm shift in information sharing. While Google’s app graveyard is vast, the Docs-Sheets-Slides trio remains a tech titan. Vids aspires to join those ranks, permanently altering how we communicate in the digital age.

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