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JUN
26

This fancy device turns your entire room into a screen

Screen fatigue is real. Between phones and laptops and TVs, it seems as if the world is covered in glowing glass boxes.

At first glance it might seems as if Lightform, a new projector system that casts light onto any surface, is part of the problem. Then you see what it can do.

Lightform

Created by a team of engineers with a background in augmented reality, the small box works like an ultra accurate projector, mapping light onto any shape or surface. The gadget is basically a high-powered computer in a box that comes loaded with a processor and high-resolution camera. Connect it to a projector via HDMI cable, and it’s able to create a fine-tuned map of a room (including the objects in it), and map light in baffling accuracy.

What does this look like? Sometimes like a shimmering cactus.

Other times like a glowing desk.

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JUN
26

Wi-Fi security is starting to get its biggest upgrade in over a decade

Wi-Fi devices have been using the same security protocol for over a decade. But today, that’ll begin to change: the Wi-Fi Alliance, which oversees adoption of the Wi-Fi standard, is beginning to certify products that support WPA3, the successor to the WPA2 security protocol that’s been in use since 2004.

The new protocol provides a number of additional protections for devices connected over Wi-Fi. One big improvement makes it harder for hackers to crack your password by guessing it over and over again, and another limits what data hackers can see even once they’ve uncovered the passcode. Nothing will change as far as users see it; you’ll still just type in your password and connect to the network.

WPA3 adds forward secrecy and prevents offline attacks

WPA3 protections won’t just flip on overnight — in fact, it’s going to be a many-years-long process. First, you’ll have to buy a new router that supports WPA3 (or hope that your old one is updated to support it). The same goes for all your gadgets; you’ll have to buy new ones that support WPA3, or hope your old ones are updated. Fortunately, devices that support WPA3 can still connect with devices that use WPA2, so your gadgets shouldn’t suddenly stop working because you brought something new into the house.

The first big new feature in WPA3 is protection against offline, password-guessing attacks. This is where an attacker captures data from your Wi-Fi stream, brings it back to a private computer, and guesses passwords over and over again until they find a match. With WPA3, attackers are only supposed to be able to make a single guess against that offline data before it becomes useless; they’ll instead have to interact with the live Wi-Fi device every time they want to make a guess. (And that’s harder since they need to be physically present, and devices can be set up to protect against repeat guesses.)

WPA3’s other major addition, as highlighted by the Alliance, is forward secrecy. This is a privacy feature that prevents older data from being compromised by a later attack. So if an attacker captures an encrypted Wi-Fi transmission, then cracks the password, they still won’t be able to read the older data — they’d only be able to see new information currently flowing over the network.

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JUN
26

55 Free Icon Marketplaces And Websites For Your Graphic Design Needs

Are you in need of some quality icons for your website or app, but don’t want to make them yourself from scratch? We’re here to help!

Ahead is an epic A-Z list of free icons marketplaces and websites to get the most gorgeous icons from for your next design project.

1001 Free Downloads grants you unencumbered, royalty-free access to vibrant collections of icons and vectors that can be used for both personal and paid undertakings.

While AlienValley carries premium designs that come with a price tag, it also has a truckload of freebies that are no less beautiful. These top-notch graphic assets are good for commercial use too, making sure all your design needs are met above and beyond.

The ultimate resource for free design materials, All-Free-Download not only offers icons, but also high-definition photos, video clips, fonts, and graphic art. With almost 17,000 icons to choose from, it provides a wide range of styles and subjects.

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JUN
15

Infographic: 6 trends shaping the digital advertising industry

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Digital channels are dominating the advertising market.

As the landscape expands, new avenues for distribution and, ultimately, newchallenges are constantly presented.

What role will artificial intelligence play in the industry? Which channelswill see the largest growth? How is data collection going to change?

Savvy brand managers must be aware of all these facets in order to developa successful digital strategy.

Aninfographic from Digital Marketing Philippinesdives into the trends that will drive the coming year in digitaladvertising and where your marketing team should be investing its time andmoney.

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JUN
13

Review | Features :Travel and Tour Guide Joomla Template: JA City Guide

JA City Guide - A Creative Joomla template specially designed for Travel and tour guide websites is now available for download. In this blog post, we will review the core features of templates with snapshots. The template comes with an amazing flexible layout that has pre-made smart styled pages: Listings page with advanced search and filter, Location, Restaurant, Hotel page and support popular community extension Jomsocial.

JA City Guide template fully supports JA Mega Filter to build advanced search and filter page, Popular JomSocial community component to build Community page and support all Joomla default pages with special style. The travel Joomla template is fully responsive, built with robust T3 Framework, integrates Bootstrap 3 feature and fully responsive.

Travel and tour Joomla template

Core features of JA City Guide Joomla template:

Dedicated Joomla template for travel and tour guideSocial page built with JomSocialAdvanced Search and Filter extensionSupport Grid and List layoutSupport Custom fields to Add speical informationSupports Flexible menu system with Megamenu, Mobile dropdown menu and Off-canvasBuilt on T3 Framework latest versionIntegrated Bootstrap 3, Font Awesome 4Fully responsive designIntuitive admin panel: visual layout configuration, megamenu builder, theme config, etc.All default Joomla pages with custom stylesOptimized codebaseRTL Language Layout

Let's review the features with the screenshot of JA City Guide Joomla template:

Designed for Travel and tour website

JA City guide is a dedicated template designed for travel and tour websites, With powerful features and easy way of customization. You can create a Search and Filter page with JA Mega filter and social community pages with Jomsocial extension, The Joomla template gives all options that required to create a travel and tour guide sites, There are dedicated pages for search and filter, Location, Restaurant, Hotel page and Community etc.

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JUN
12

J.Y. Cousteau - Famous Quotes

"The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in it's net of wonder forever."

Never before and since (with exception of BBC2's - Blue Planet's Sir David Attenborough) has one man been so influential as the late Commandant Cousteau in taking us onto his exploration voyages around the Sea's and Oceans of the world. He has shown the intricate secrets of the Oceans to millions, if not billions and still does till today. But he has also showed us 'humanity' and it's behavior on the environment, sometimes even in first person.

I got to know about Cousteau's world through the works of 'Didi' Frederic Dumas - Le Monde du Silence. At age 10 I moved to the North Sea and from then on the Sea and I became inseparable; due to this passion the man had instilled in me.

Many continents and Oceans later (I am now 47) I can only attest to witnessing the increasingly rapid death of the Oceans for which he warned us many times more than 50 year's ago.

Let's have a look at this man's 10 + a dolphin most famous quotes and warnings.

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."

"When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself."
"Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans."
"The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it."
"The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat."
"What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on."
"We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting."
"If we were logical, the future would be bleak, indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work."

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JUN
03

A simple upgrade made my 10-year-old computer run like new, and it costs less than $70

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I've been telling friends and family members for years to upgrade their old computer instead of buying a new one. Unlike phones and tablets, which get substantially better every year, computers haven't really gotten that much better for common tasks in the past five to ten years.

Unless you're a gamer, or do demanding work like high resolution photo or video editing, you're better off sticking with what you've got.

The most substantial upgrade you can make is swapping out your computer's old hard drive for a solid state drive, which stores your data on blocks of fast flash storage (like your phone or tablet) instead of spinning platters.

I cannot overstate how big of a difference this makes — everything from booting up your machine, to launching apps, to saving files will be faster. And unlike most upgrades, which require you to buy a specific part for a specific machine, any SSD can work in basically any old computer, Mac or PC, desktop or laptop.

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JUN
03

Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now

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On the Internet, the devil’s in the defaults.

You’re not reading all those updated data policies flooding your inbox. You probably haven’t even looked for your privacy settings. And that’s exactly what Facebook, Google and other tech giants are counting on.

They tout we’re “in control” of our personal data, but they know most of us won’t change the settings that let them grab it like cash in a game show wind machine. Call it the Rule of Defaults: 95 percent of people are too busy, or too confused, to change a darn thing.

Give me 15 minutes, and I can help you join the 5 percent who are actually in control. I dug through the privacy settings for the five biggest consumer tech companies and picked a few of the most egregious defaults you should consider changing. These links will take you directly to what to tap, click and toggle for Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple.

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MAY
27

How the Facebook Algorithm Works and How to Make it Work for You

Since Mark Zuckerberg’s 2018 announcement that the Facebook algorithm will prioritize “meaningful interactions” from friends and family over content from brands, it has become trickier than ever to ensure your organic content gets the screen time it deserves. But, Facebook is still the largest social media network in the world. Making its algorithm work for you is key to a successful Facebook marketing strategy.

Read on to find out:

Which metrics Facebook prioritizes in its News Feed algorithmHow the 2018 algorithm update affects brands on FacebookWhat “Meaningful Interactions” meanTips to increase organic reach on Facebook

How the Facebook algorithm works in 2018

On January 11th, 2018, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would be changing its News Feed algorithm to prioritize content from “friends, family and groups.”

“As we roll this out,” Zuckerberg wrote, “You’ll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media. And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard—it should encourage meaningful interactions between people.”

Zuckerberg cited “a responsibility to make sure our services aren’t just fun to use, but also good for people’s well-being” as justification for the change, admitting that businesses will have to work harder than ever to gain their customers’ attention on the platform.

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MAY
26

20 Awesome and Free Stock Photo Sites for Social Media Images

If you’re a social media marketer, you know how difficult it can be to find the perfect image to accompany a post. We all know that photos are one of the most important components for boosting engagement, but unless you’re willing to pay for it, finding a great one can be seriously time-consuming.

That’s why we put together this handy collection of free stock photo websites. Bookmark it for quick reference.

22 of the best sites for free stock photos

Every image site in the list below falls under Creative Commons—so you don’t need to worry about getting sued. If you’d like to learn more about how image copyright works on social media, check out our post Can I Use This Photo on Social Media? Understanding Image Copyright.

1. Adobe Stock

Not only does Adobe Stock have over 90 million high-quality creative assets you can use in your social campaigns, you can license them directly within the Hootsuite dashboard. That means once you’ve found the perfect image, you can download it, attach it to your posts, and share it across your social channels—all from one place.

2. Gratisography

Gratisography is one of the most interesting of the free stock photo sites due to the quirky style of photographer Ryan McGuire. All of the photos are high-resolution and royalty-free—ready for your use wherever you please. The photos are organized in a number of categories—animals, nature, objects, people, urban, and whimsical—and new ones are added every week, which McGuire shares on Twitter and Facebook.

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MAY
22

9 Tips to Create a Website Your Visitors & Google Will Love [Infographic]

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MAY
22

How Facebook Marketing is Changing (And How to Be Prepared)

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Facebook, as a platform, is barely recognizable from the social network that launched to connect Harvard University students in February 2004.

And looking ahead, the Facebook of five years from now is highly unlikely to resemble the product that 2.2 billion people use every month right now.

That’s no bad thing. If Facebook is to thrive over the next 5, 10, 15+ years, it’ll need to evolve.

Here’s where we think it’s heading…

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MAY
12

VPN: What Is VPN, How Does It Work & Which Is the Best VPN Service for You

You may have heard or read the acronym VPN in recent news stories about internet privacy and security and wondered, "what is VPN?" VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, an extension of a private network over a public one that allows users to send and receive data safely, securely, and anonymously so that hackers, websites, and advertisers can't access it. In addition to addressing privacy concerns like hacking and malware, a VPN allows users to remotely utilize the private internal systems and features of workplace and other networks without being on site. If you work from home, travel, or enjoy taking your tablet or laptop to the coffee shop to catch up on emails, social networking, or banking, it's time to join a Virtual Private Network! Before picking the best VPN service for your needs, there are a few things to learn. Let's get started familiarizing ourselves with Virtual Private Networks. 

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How Does a VPN Work?

Virtual Private Networks connect your device to one or more servers and route all your traffic through those servers with a secure, encrypted connection. This way your private data can't be stolen, even if you're accessing the internet via cellular data or an unsecured Wi-Fi network. This means several things: your IP (Internet Protocol) address is masked, so you're anonymous online; throttling is also eliminated because your internet service provider can no longer inspect your data and restrict connection speed, lowering the quality of streaming and downloads; and an additional benefit for travelers or those hoping to access content only available in another country is that VPN allows users to access geo-blocked content from anywhere in the world. Sounding good so far? Then let's move on to the next step! 

How to Choose a VPN

Not all VPNs are created equal, and there are several things to research before choosing which VPN is right for you. If you don't find a VPN that will work for you, there's always the option to create your own. I'll get into that in another article though; for now, let's stick to choosing a VPN service already available on the market. Here are some things to look into before deciding on a Virtual Private Network:

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MAY
10

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many people have grown accustomed to talking to their smart devices, asking them to read a text, play a song or set an alarm. But someone else might be secretly talking to them, too.

Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that they can send hidden commands that are undetectable to the human ear to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. Inside university labs, the researchers have been able to secretly activate the artificial intelligence systems on smartphones and smart speakers, making them dial phone numbers or open websites. In the wrong hands, the technology could be used to unlock doors, wire money or buy stuff online — simply with music playing over the radio.

A group of students from University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University showed in 2016 that they could hide commands in white noise played over loudspeakers and through YouTube videos to get smart devices to turn on airplane mode or open a website.

This month, some of those Berkeley researchers published a research paper that went further, saying they could embed commands directly into recordings of music or spoken text. So while a human listener hears someone talking or an orchestra playing, Amazon’s Echo speaker might hear an instruction to add something to your shopping list.

“We wanted to see if we could make it even more stealthy,” said Nicholas Carlini, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in computer security at U.C. Berkeley and one of the paper’s authors.

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MAY
03

Facebook announces dating feature for meeting non-friends

Facebook is invading Tinder’s space with a new set of dating features. It will let people opt in to creating a dating profile on Facebook. It will only be visible to non-friends who also opted into dating. Facebook will match you by a slew of preferences. And because it has more data on you than any other app, it could deliver more relevant matches. The feature will start testing later this year.

Facebook explains that “potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends. They’ll have the option to discover others with similar interests through their Groups or Events.” TechCrunch suggested that Facebook build a feature like this in February.

Here’s how Facebook dating will work:

Opt in to a create a profile with just your first name. Your profile won’t be visible to friends, users who aren’t on the dating feature, and it won’t show up in the News Feed.You’ll browse Events in your city and Groups that match your interests. You can select to “unlock” one for dating. You’ll then see the profiles of other dating users who’ve unlocked that surface.You can browse through people’s profiles that show off a few of their photos plus some basic information about them. You’ll be shown people based on mutual interests and friends, plus other data Facebook has on you.If you both are interested, you’ll be able to start a conversation with someone in a special inbox that’s separate from Messenger and WhatsApp. For safety, only text can be sent for now.

Tons of marriages start on Facebook already, so there’s a big opportunity for the company to build long-term relationship-focused matching — opposed to apps like Tinder that focus on quick hookups. Investors clearly think Tinder is in danger, considering shares of its parent company Match Group fell 17 percent after Facebook announced its entry into dating.

Still, the question is whether Facebook has built enough barricades between its social network and new dating feature. Users might find it creepy to do it all in one app. And if they get burned by a bad experience either in the dating chat or offline, they could blame Facebook. Still, as Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox explained, dating was always a natural fit for Facebook thanks to its ubiquity, data and trusted platform for identity.

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MAY
01

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum quits over privacy disagreements with Facebook

The chief executive and co-founder of WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging app, is leaving the company over disagreements about privacy and encryption.

Jan Koum will also step down from Facebook’s board of directors, a role he negotiated when WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for $19bn in 2014, according to the Washington Post.

“It’s been almost a decade since Brian [Acton] and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people. But it is time for me to move on,” wrote Koum on his Facebook profile.

“I’m taking some time off to do things I enjoy outside of technology, such as collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars and playing ultimate frisbee. And I’ll still be cheering WhatsApp on – just from the outside.”

Koum and his co-founder Brian Acton developed WhatsApp with a focus on user privacy and a disdain for advertising. When it was bought by Facebook, he promised users that these values wouldn’t be compromised.

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APR
30

Electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for trying to extend computers' lives

Lundgren, 33, has become a renowned innovator in the field of electronic waste, or e-waste, using discarded parts to do things such as construct an electric car, which in a test far outdistanced a Tesla on a single charge. He built the first "electronic hybrid recycling" facility in the United States, which turns discarded cellphones and other electronics into functional devices, slowing the stream of harmful chemicals and metals contained in those devices into landfills and the environment. His Chatsworth company, IT Asset Partners, processes more than 41 million pounds of e-waste each year and counts IBM, Motorola and Sprint among its clients.

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APR
20

Logging in with Facebook may let Javascript trackers steal personal data

ChristopherSimon/GettyImagesUsing Facebook to login to certain websites may open you up to data theft attacks if those sites also employ particular Javascript trackers. Although the vast majority of sites that were found to contain the malicious trackers are relatively small operations, there are also quite a few that enjoy millions of regular visitors. Some of them are even in the top few hundred sites in the world for overall traffic.This news first came to light as part of a report from the Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy website, Freedom to Tinker. It highlighted that the vulnerability allowed third parties to piggyback the Facebook login process to scrape usernames, email addresses, age ranges, genders, relative locations, and possibly even profile photos, as per Engadget.In total the report cited seven different scripts that were collecting user data using the Facebook access system. Those scripts were found in 434 of the top one million websites as ranked by Alexa. Some sites have responded to the news by disabling and removing the offending scripts, though many others are still susceptible to this particular exploit.“Scraping Facebook user data is in direct violation of our policies,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to Engadget. “While we are investigating this issue, we have taken immediate action by suspending the ability to link unique user IDs for specific applications to individual Facebook profile pages, and are working to institute additional authentication and rate limiting for Facebook Login profile picture requests.”The report does suggest, however, that although Facebook could take steps to prevent this exploit from being viable — such as the previously announced anonymous login feature — that this problem was more of an indication of security problems in modern web standards, than Facebook’s own fault.Although the report authors admit that they don’t know how the scraped data is being used, this comes at a very poor time for Facebook. It is already embroiled in a scandal surrounding the harvesting of user data by companies like Cambridge Analytica, which purportedly used it for politically targeted adverts during a number of electoral campaigns over the past few years. Mark Zuckerberg even had to testify to Congress over the matter.With the impending implementation of the GDPR, reports like this do little to curb fears of Facebook security and handling of personal data.
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APR
20

Google's plan to fix texting on Android is really about the death of SMS

Google finally has a plan to fix Android's texting problem.

This week, the company confirmed its long-rumored plan to improve messaging on Android and bring its features up to par with other popular messaging apps like Apple's iMessage.

Google being Google, though, the plan is much more complicated than simply improving its own Android Messages app (though that's certainly part of it). Instead, Google is beginning what will be a years-long effort to get carriers and phone makers to all agree to work together and commit to using the same standard for messaging, called Rich Communications Services (RCS).

That may sound like little more than the typical boring, behind-the-scenes negotiations that telecoms do all the time. But for anyone who uses an Android phone, this switch is actually a pretty big deal.

That's because the more modern RCS standard will ensure Android users access more advanced messaging features — think read receipts, stickers, GIFs, and everything else you expect a messaging app to be able to do in 2018 — in a much more consistent way.

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Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.

It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on their own. By solving simple challenges and answering quiz questions, you’ll soon get the hang of basic JavaScript.

The gamified app, named after programming pioneer Grace Hopper, currently includes three sets of lessons, which cover the fundamentals of coding (calling functions, using variables and objects, and so on), as well as animations. The idea is to spend a few minutes a day with it, so you can have the app remind you to hop in daily and take on a few challenges.

When you’re done with the content in Grasshopper, you can move on to recommended Coursera classes to learn more about JavaScript, HTML, CSS, algorithms, and web design for a fee, or simply muck around in Grashopper’s online playground and make your own JS animations. Naturally, you can also explore alternatives for learning to code, such as the courses offered by edX and FreeCodeCamp.

I’ve been meaning to get back to coding for a while now, having ditched my chops when I graduated from high school. The app is fun and easy enough to get through a few challenges when you’re on a commute, and feels like a good alternative to scrolling through social media feeds mindlessly.

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