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LinkedIn adds the voice messaging feature you weren’t missing

July 27, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Today, LinkedIn announced that it is adding voice messaging to its social network. Considering the constant email requests that LinkedIn is famous for, and the fact that most people hate voicemail, we can categorize this under features absolutely no one asked for.

But LinkedIn does have its own reasons for adding voice messaging. First, it’s easier to send a voice message while you’re away from a computer than it is to type it out. Second, your recipient can wait until they are free to listen to it, rather than quickly scanning an email and forgetting about it. (Of course, this means that the bulk of voice messages will likely never be listened to. Because truly, who needs another voicemail inbox?) And finally, “Speaking in your own voice allows you to build a more personal connection and effectively communicate,” LinkedIn said in a blog post. Okay, then.

Judging from how often many of us use visual voicemail features so we don’t actually have to listen to messages, it’s pretty baffling as to why LinkedIn would think this was a good idea. Voice messages can also feel more intrusive than email, which is an important consideration on a professional social network.

However, if you’re super into this idea, the feature is in the process of rolling out to iOS and Android devices. It will be available around the world over the next couple of weeks. Your messages can be up to one minute long.

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LinkedIn adds QR codes to make sharing your profile easier

June 28, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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LinkedIn is introducing two new features that will make the product more functional for its users. First, LinkedIn will now let you connect through QR codes. In the LinkedIn app, tap the QR code icon in the Home tab’s search bar, and there you’ll see a QR scanner as well as your own code. Scanning others’ codes or uploading an image of one from your phone will take you to that user’s profile and you can share your own code through messaging apps and email or add them to websites, email signatures, your resume or event materials like brochures, badges and lanyards.

Secondly, LinkedIn is incorporating a “See Translation” button on posts within the LinkedIn Feed, the recent activity section on a user’s profile and a post detail pages. The translation is powered by Microsoft Text Analytics API, which also provides translations for Bing, Skype, Office and Twitter, and is available for more than 60 languages. Since purchasing LinkedIn in 2016, Microsoft has worked to incorporate it into its other products. The company has released a LinkedIn-powered Resume Assistant for Office 365 subscribers, incorporated LinkedIn details into Outlook.com and added a feature to its AI-powered Pix camera app that lets users find a person’s LinkedIn profile through a snapshot of their physical business card.

The QR codes are available now for iOS and Android. The translation feature is available on the desktop and mobile web versions of LinkedIn and will roll out to iOS and Android apps in coming weeks.

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LinkedIn will tell you how far away your new job really is

June 7, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Job-hunting can be a tedious process. Polishing your resume, collecting the right referees and attending interviews all take time. Aside from GIFs and Snapchatesque filters, LinkedIn has been enhancing its business-centric service with more practical things like smart replies and the ability to ask connections for referrals. Its newest feature, ‘Your Commute’, aims to hit another serious target: streamlining your employment search.

Essentially, Your Commute calculates travel times attached to your job of choice. LinkedIn says its appeal lies in the fact job-seekers will no longer have to exit a job posting to determine whether it’s located too far away.

Your Commute covers travel times for cars, public transport and walking distances. It shows the address (either inferred or verified) of a job site based on data from Bing or the company itself, and lets you enter your home address to establish a travel route and compute how long the trip will take.

It’s also possible to record location information locally for future job searches — particularly useful if you have a temperamental internet provider — and Your Commute also allows users to filter out jobs outside their desired commuting parameters. Your Commute will roll out to all LinkedIn users on June 7th.