Update to the iPhone app – adapt your search to suit you

 

The latest update to the local.ch iOS app allows you to adapt your search to suit you, wherever you are. In addition to these new personalisation options and additional new design features, Version 6.2 also includes a number of other practical adjustments.

Life is full of adventure and wonderful moments. The local.ch mobile app is your perfect companion and is ready and waiting at all times. What will the weather be like on Friday? What’s the address for the postcard again? Or where can I find the best Italian restaurant? – nothing is too much trouble for the local.ch app.

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Our team is committed to making your life easier on a daily basis so that you ultimately have more time to enjoy yourself. In addition to the popular search suggestions, you will now also be given suggestions relating to previous searches. This means that if you’re always searching for the same terms, the local.ch iOS app can now make the search process more efficient by suggesting these terms for you.

Our tip: search as normal and the iOS app will make a note of frequently used terms. To delete a suggested entry, simply swipe once to the left.

 

 

 

Pic2Selecting your locations is now also even easier and more attractive. Thanks to the new design, you can now switch quickly between your favourite places. You can add as many places as you like using the (+) icon at the bottom of the screen, and remove them with a simple swipe to the left.

If you have deactivated the tracking service or it is not available, you are no longer missing out. From now on, you determine the radius in which you wish to search.

 

 

 

 

 

The search process for the perfect restaurant, be it for a special occasion or lunch with your best friend, has also been improved. The iOS app now offers you customer reviews for food, atmosphere and service for all bookable restaurants (providing these restaurants allow customer reviews).

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Finally, we would like to express our sincere thanks for all the valuable feedback we have received from our visually impaired users (in particular the access-for-all.ch) Foundation. Based on your feedback, we have made our app even more user friendly: the Magic Tap gesture now allows you to double-tap with two fingers if the VoiceOver function is activated.

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Further minor improvements have been made and faults rectified. We are currently working on an update for Android.

Have fun trying it out for yourself!

 
 

New season, new chances to win Cup tickets!

 

As partner of the Swiss Football Cup, local.ch is giving away 200 tickets for the first round.

It all kicks off on 23 August. FC Zurich will begin the task of defending their title against second division Schönbühl. The champions, FC Basel, have been drawn against CS Italy from Geneva, GC is up against Vedeggio Calcio as they were 2 years ago and YB will play against Bavois from the first league.

Simply fill in the form by 19 August and with a little luck you could win a pair of tickets for the game of your choice.

Good luck!

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Please enter your first name.
Please enter your surname.
Please enter your street and house number.
Please enter your postcode / city.
Please enter your e-mail address.
Please select a game.
Submit the result of this calculation: 6 * 5
Please solve the math problem.

Conditions:
The deadline for participation is 19th august 2014. local.ch will draw the winners and inform them in person. No correspondence will be kept about the competition. There is no right of appeal. The winnings cannot be paid out in cash. Your data will not be used for advertising purposes or disclosed to third parties.

 
 

From the job offer to the first day as an apprentice

 

The day before the winter holidays, I got the call from local.ch. Although I’d expected them to get back to me a week later, they had made the decision already: I was accepted as an apprentice! I was extremely happy as I’d wanted this apprenticeship very much. Several months lay between this call and the start of the apprenticeship, but time went by quickly and it felt like only a week.

enterAnd then the day arrived: my first day at local.ch. You could see the excitement in me, just a knife’s edge apart from nervousness that day! But I was welcomed quickly and wholeheartedly by the staff at local.ch. By the second day, I already felt like I had been here much longer. My first department: internal services. Suddenly, it was work until 5 pm, instead of school until 3 pm, and then I usually do some sports from 7 pm to 9:30 pm – which can get very exhausting. But I seemed to adapt to this change with surprisingly few problems; at most, I might occasionally feel tired in the evening when I’m doing sports. What I like most about my ‘new’ daily life is that I can work independently, like sorting and opening the mail.

Although I had to be trained at the beginning, I was quickly able to stand on my own two feet and the first week went by extremely quickly. After the first full week at work, the vocational school started. Suddenly, I’ve only got two days of school per week. At school, the pace was very fast right from the start. Just an hour to acquaint ourselves; we had to use the breaks to get to know each other better. The school for the ‘Berufsmatura’ was and is exhausting, but I also settled in well there, just like at work.

Welcome Day

After the first few weeks I was invited to the Welcome Day at local.ch. Along with other new employees, I was introduced to all local.ch products, for example, the 360 degree camera or Local Guide. Meanwhile, I was feeling more and more comfortable at the office. I was no longer getting lost in the building and everything was getting a bit easier.

Company outing with the internal services department

I was allowed to participate in a great company outing. We went to Lenzburg with the internal services department (about 30 people), where we pursued the foxtrail track, a kind of scavenger hunt, and enjoyed fine dining in the evening at a nearby restaurant. The trip was great. I especially enjoyed the scavenger hunt, which was a welcome change to the daily office routine.

Department change

After all I’ve been through here, the time to leave the internal services department is slowly approaching. The first three months at local.ch have been exciting, bringing a sudden change to my life. The work at local.ch has been interesting and diverse and I’ve had a lot of fun here. I have learned a lot in my first months at work and I look forward to the next educational year. I’ve settled in very well and I don’t regret the decision to join local.ch, not in the slightest. I look forward to reporting further on what the life of an apprentice at local.ch entails!

 

Picture: Robert Couse-Baker bei Flickr.com (CC BY 2.0)

 
 

Search more easily and get better results with the new local.ch app

 

Attention please: we have released our biggest mobile update yet. The whole design has been revamped and now include large photos and photo galleries of local businesses. In addition, we have greatly simplified and improved the search function.

And here are the most important changes:

New introduction image on landing page

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The app now shows a localised display with an image. One click on the image opens the location. The weather is also displayed at the top right. This may not look much different but it’s easier to access: a click is all it takes. Further improvements include an easier search field and more generous spacing in the category search and results list to simplify typing.

Search suggestions

A drill in autosuggest DESearch suggestions are popular searches, categories and terms. The new app suggests search terms to save the user from typing everything out. It’s also possible to change search locations quickly by clicking, for example, on the suggested term ‘Bern’ to narrow your search to Bern. Clicking on the plus sign (+) inserts the term into the search field and rapidly refines the search. You can also search within results.

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Phone number prompt DEWhen a user copies a phone number or an address on the smartphone, the app will ask on start up if it should be used as a search term.

Photo gallery on restaurants’ detailed entries

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Detailed entries now include photo galleries.

The app also shows nearby hotspots under a new category and features many small improvements. It is currently only available for Apple. An Android version will follow as soon as possible. Enjoy exploring!

 
 

Team spirit in bookkeeping

 

Many people don’t know what bookkeeping involves, let alone understand how a team of bookkeepers work together.

tassenBefore I moved to the accounting department, I’d never have thought the work would be so varied and complex. I’d imagined it would be much duller, but the work is very diverse. For example, we receive bills every morning that need to be paid. But twice a month, we also receive employees’ expenses, which are checked and then paid.

 

I’m also in charge of the monthly settlements, which is particularly stressful and exhausting. But having a great team around makes the work a lot easier as we help each other out and lend a hand whenever necessary.

To further strengthen our team spirit, we planned an outing together with another department, pursuing the foxtrail track in Lenzburg. That was a lot of fun, as you needed a lot of different skills to chase the trail. Our team had the prefect mix: our group leader could detect and solve the clues and puzzles quickly. I could lead the group confidently through the map of clues. Another team member found the clues faster than anyone, which gave us an advantage over the other teams.

Even back in the office, we make a pretty good team. This became clear during the last monthly settlement period, when a few of team members were ill in bed. Fewer people meant more work for each of us, but we were able to manage well by helping each other and working as a team. I hope to see this team spirit in many other departments because it really makes a difference in making the work more varied and exciting.

 

Picture: srqpix on Flickr.com (CC BY 2.0)