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JUL
08

How social media could ruin your business

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Whether it comes from hackers, disgruntled customers, or is simply a backlash against something you post, negative social media content can destroy trust in your brand in a matter of minutes.

"Social media is the most immediate threat to your company's reputation," says Pete Knott, digital consultant at UK PR agency Lansons Communications.

"If not taken seriously it can and will directly impact your company financially and culturally."

Fake news remains one of the biggest challenges - despite machine learning crackdowns by networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

Image copyright Rachel Helfand GiuseppiImage caption Ilia Kolochenko says hackers pose a danger to corporate social media accounts

In May, for example, shares in the UK's Metro Bank plunged 11% before it could shake off inaccurate social media rumours that it was facing financial difficulties.

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JUL
08

4 Apple Apps That Are Always Draining Your Battery — Even When You're Not Using Them

You probably expect that the apps you use are going to drain your battery — while you’re using them.

But it’s pretty shocking to find out some apps are not only ridiculous battery drainers while they’re in use, but they continue to use up your phone’s resources even when you aren’t touching them or thinking about them.

Wondering which apps are the worst offenders?

Here are four Apple apps that are always draining your battery — even when you’re not using them.

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JUL
08

Netflix's Worst Nightmare Has Come True

If there were a stock market “hall of fame,” Netflix (NFLX) would be a shoe-in.

Its stock has soared 8,500%+ in the last decade as “streaming” video has caught fire.

Netflix achieved those gains by stealing tens of millions of customers from cable companies. Last year, half of Americans age 22–45 didn’t watch a second of cable TV. And 35 million Americans have dropped cable in the last decade.

But it’s time to come to terms with a sad truth...

Netflix’s glory days are over. And what’s coming next won’t be pleasant if you own Netflix stock.

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JUL
07

Forget about your Youtube channel. Here’s how to actually make money as a creative in the side hustle economy

Ask any vlogger, artist, or musician—it’s really, really difficult to make money as a creative.

People often think that if they just post decent content occasionally, or sign up for the right platforms, they’ll blow up just like Alessia Cara or Bo Burnham. But that’s really hard to do.

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There are more social media platforms today than ever, but each platform only does one or two things well. For example, Instagram is good for pictures, but less so for videos. Twitter is good for writers, but not great for photos.

And even if you do everything right on the platforms you’re using, algorithms can bury visibility by limiting reach—meaning you’ll only make it so far.

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JUL
07

Google Confirms Apple iPhone Bricking iMessage Bomb

Google's Project Zero exists to hunt down zero-day vulnerabilities such as the yet to be fixed Windows 10 security bomb I wrote about recently. But it's not just Microsoft that comes under scrutiny from the Google security researchers: a vulnerability in Apple's iMessage has been found that "bricks" an iPhone and survives hard resets, leaving users having to wipe the device and start factory fresh again.

The iMessage text bombing zero-day was disclosed by Google Project Zero researcher Natalie Silvanovich, who describes how the malformed message vulnerability can cause a Mac to "crash and respawn." However, as Silvanovich notes in her disclosure, "on an iPhone, this code is in Springboard. Receiving this message will cause Springboard to crash and respawn repeatedly, causing the UI not to be displayed and the phone to stop responding to input." In other words, receiving this text bomb through iMessage creates a condition that survives a hard reset and causes the iPhone to be unusable from the moment it is unlocked. "The only way I could find to fix the phone is to reboot into recovery mode and do a restore," Silvanovich said, continuing "this causes the data on the device to be lost though."

As long as you keep your iPhone up to date, however, there is no need to panic. The Google Project Zero disclosure policy is to allow the vendor, Apple, in this case, 90 days from the point of informing it of the vulnerability to issue a fix. After that 90 days has elapsed, or a fix has been made available, the vulnerability report will be disclosed to the public. That's what has happened this week, with Silvanovich hitting the publish button on her April 19 bug report. Apple actually fixed the problem really quickly as part of the iOS 12.3 release on May 13. Even so, Silvanovich left plenty of extra time to ensure the fix has been made as broadly available as possible before disclosing the existence of the problem this week.

If you haven't turned on the automatic software update feature in iOS 12, then I recommend that you do. That way you can be sure that issues like the iMessage text bomb iPhone bricker will not impact you. Simply open the Settings app, navigate to the General section, and then select the software update option. Toggle the automatic updates button to on and you are sorted. It goes without saying, but I will say it anyway: if you are not yet running iOS 12.3, then you really should update as a matter of urgency now that the iMessage bricking technique has been made public. Sure, there are always going to be some concerns about updating to a new version of any operating system, and the forthcoming iOS 13 is not immune to these, but updating makes more sense than not if you want to reduce the risk of falling victim to known security issues that could make your iPhone unusable.

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JUL
06

Microsoft Issues Warning For 50M Windows 10 Users

Windows 10 continues to be a danger zone. Not only have problems been piling up in recent weeks, Microsoft has also been worryingly deceptive about the operation of key services. And now the company has warned millions about another problem. 

Windows 10 users have been exposed to a worrying new vulnerability

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Spotted by the always excellent Windows Latest, Microsoft has told tens of millions of Windows 10 users that the latest KB4501375 update may break the platform’s Remote Access Connection Manager (RASMAN). And this can have serious repercussions. 

The big one is VPNs. RASMAN handles how Windows 10 connects to the internet and it is a core background task for VPN services to function normally. Given the astonishing growth in VPN usage for everything from online privacy and important work tasks to unlocking Netflix and YouTube libraries, this has the potential to impact heavily on how you use your computer. 

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JUN
28

A second Florida city paid hackers thousands to get its computer systems back

Officials from Lake City agreed Tuesday to pay 42 bitcoin, roughly $426,000, to hackers who seized the city's computer systems June 10, ending a 15-day standoff.

It's the second city in Florida to fall prey to ransomware attackers this summer: On June 19, Riviera Beach officials voted to pay their requested ransom of 65 bitcoin, close to $600,000, to hackers who disabled the city's online services in late May.

Lake City police said the city paid a $10,000 deductible to its insurance company, which will cover the rest of the ransom.

In a statement, the city called the attack a "triple threat," a ransomware program that attacked the city's network three different ways and took out email systems, landline phones and online credit card payment.

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JUN
25

Exclusive: LinkedIn goes niche

Linkedin will today announce algorithm changes made over the past 12-18 months to favor conversations in its Feed that cater to niche professional interests, as opposed to elevating viral content, its executives tell Axios.

The big picture: News feeds that were fundamentally built to connect one voice to many are struggling to deliver on value as communication trends move to more personal and ephemeral conversations.

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JUN
23

Facebook unveils its Libra cryptocurrency as politicians raise eyebrows

With Libra, Facebook is getting into the cryptocurrency business.

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Facebook changed the way we communicate. Now the social media giant wants to change how its roughly 2.4 billion users think about using a cryptocurrency to make everyday purchases.

Earlier this week, the social network and its partners unveiled a global digital coin called Libra, confirming details of a project that had been leaking out in dribs and drabs for months. Libra, which will be managed by a governing body and backed by stable financial assets, is expected to debut in the first half of 2020.

Facebook and the Libra Association, the body that will govern the coin, hope to create a stable digital money that will give users confidence in its value and won't be subject to the wild gyrations of more recognized cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin. The group is also trying to alleviate concerns that Libra could be used for money laundering or black market transactions, saying it would work with authorities around the world to ensure Libra conforms to regulations in multiple countries and jurisdictions.

The efforts to woo politicians and regulators, however, seemed to fall flat. Almost immediately after the announcement, US and European politicians expressed concern about Libra, saying Facebook's history of privacy problems raised questions about whether it was a fit steward of people's financial data.

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JUN
23

Microsoft's Flight Simulator reveal this month shocked fanatics who hadn't seen an upgrade in 13 years

Microsoft's next Flight Simulator release will be available for PC and Xbox

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Long before the Xbox, Microsoft had Flight Simulator. Designed to allow pilots and enthusiasts to practice flying from their living room, the program won the Guinness World Record for the longest-running video-game series in 2012, three decades after its debut.

Now, to the surprise of its most ardent fanatics who thought Microsoft had abandoned the market, the company is planning to update its Flight Simulator X application for the first time since 2006. Earlier this month, the company said that sometime in 2020, consumers will be able to play it using Xbox Game Pass, a subscription service.

"I don't think anybody in our industry had a clue this was going on," said Reed Stough, managing partner of Rex Game Studios, which develops detailed clouds and weather patterns for flight simulator programs. "They might hint that they did, but honestly, I don't believe it."

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JUN
23

The 10 best services for free movies

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Is Netflix putting a strain on your budget? Following a price hike earlier this year, the streaming service now starts at $9 per month, with its most popular plan now at $13 and its ultra-HD tier priced at $16.

Fear not: As long as you have an internet connection, you can continue to enjoy movie night. Granted, you may not be able to stream Hollywood's latest, but you can still watch gems such as Blade Runner, Captain Fantastic, Eighth Grade and plenty of classics, all without spending an extra penny.

Here are 10 services offering totally free, totally legal movies you can watch online. Some offer TV shows as well. Just be prepared to sit through commercials, because that's how most of these services pay the bills. And note that because selections change regularly, not all the titles listed here may still be available.

Crackle

Crackle is bringing out the Star Trek classics this month.

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Sony's Crackle is an ad-supported streaming service, one that offers both movies and TV shows -- including some original content. It's available on a wide variety of devices and doesn't even require you to set up an account, though doing so enables you to save favorites, get recommendations and resume playback if you switch between devices.

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JUN
15

9 hidden iOS 13 features you need to know about

iOS 13 is going to be a whale of an update, available for free this fall for iPhone SE, 6S, and newer models. It comes with much heralded features like a system-wide dark mode, redesigned Photos app, new Memoji customizations, and more. 

But as with previous versions of iOS, the software update also has a whole bunch of lesser-known features that aren't as flashy but are greatly welcome. Here are the eight we're most excited for — and one that we wish Apple would take back.

1. Unobtrusive volume control

People hate the current volume control. When you press the volume buttons on your iOS device, a big volume graphic pops up in the middle of the screen, blocking your content. 

Thankfully, Apple's come to its senses and on iOS 13, the volume control has been redesigned so it doesn't obscure your screen. Check it out!

Instead of covering up the center of the screen, the new volume control slides in parallel from the volume buttons and then slims down before it recedes.

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JUN
15

Can police force you to unlock your phone?

You’ve been pulled over. Or police are at your front door with a warrant. Or you’ve been arrested, and the police have asked you to unlock your phone. What do you do? Can you refuse? What are your rights? What happens if you say no?

While some of these questions have simple answers, others are not as clear cut and, unfortunately, differ somewhat depending on where you live. Here are some basic principles that should guide you if you need to make a decision about your phone when facing the police.

What are my rights?

The founding fathers built some protection for us directly into the Constitution. The primary tenets are found in the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure, and the Fifth Amendment, which protects against self incrimination.

How do these apply to your phone?

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JUN
15

24 hidden Android settings you should know about

14 Uber and Lyft tips to make your trips easier

Last week in tech: Google’s Pixel 4 Smartphone, DJI’s new robot, and E3

More electric cars means more mining, but recycling could help minimize the impact

Plastic bags are still bad for the environment, despite misleading reports

Listen to the soothing …

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JUN
15

How To Test Drive 200+ Linux Distributions Without Ever Downloading Or Installing Them

I've written about two fantastic tools that help people discover the ideal Linux distribution tailored to their needs and expectations, but a new tool just materialized on my radar and frankly, it's blowing my mind. I just took Debian 9.9.0 Cinnamon, MX Linux 18.3 and Peppermint OS for a quick test drive. But I did so without downloading any ISOs, without flashing any images to a USB, and without even firing up VirtualBox. That's thanks to DistroTest.net, a website that streams the experience right to your browser.

200+ Linux distributions at the tip of your fingers with DistroTest.net

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UPDATE 1I used the service without any issue earlier today, but it appears we may have crashed their servers, as the site is now throwing 503 errors shortly after this was published. I've reached out to DistroTest's maintainers and will update you here and on Twitter when the service is restored!

UPDATE 2: DistroTest founder Andy Klemann tells me they're receiving so much traffic that they need to rewrite their scripts. He also says the site itself should be back online today, but the servers for starting systems are still down and they're working on a solution. 

DistroTest is the brainchild of Forster Tobias and Andy Klemann. It operates on the philosophy of every potential Linux user asking the "3 W's" questions:

Which distribution is the best for meWhich graphical interface I wantWhich configuration options I have

DistroTest serves up a whopping 689 versions across 223 unique operating systems. This feels like a gargantuan undertaking for the site's operators, but the end-user experience is seamless and dead simple.

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JUN
15

Facebook's cryptocurrency may be 'one of the most important initiatives' in its history, RBC says

Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks to participants during the Viva Technologie show at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France.

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RBC Capital Markets believes Facebook has a "crypto opportunity," explaining in a note to investors the firm's high expectation for the tech giant's coming cryptocurrency announcement.

"We believe this may prove to be one of the most important initiatives in the history of the company to unlock new engagement and revenue streams," RBC analysts Mark Mahaney and Zachary Schwartzman said in a note Thursday evening.

RBC expects Facebook will release a white paper on June 18 to explain the company's long-term strategy for the cryptocurrency, or "token." The company's crypto offering was reported earlier this month and is expected to allow Facebook employees to take their salary in the form of the new currency. RBC said it plans to give an analysis of the paper when it's released, "to help investors analyze the underlying cryptoeconomics of the token."

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JUN
12

How an internet mob falsely painted a Chipotle employee as racist

"I just wanted you to know there's a video of you going around with you and this person..."

Only the night before, Moran was an unknown 23-year-old student in St. Paul, Minnesota. She had moved there from Southern California to attend college on a softball scholarship. Living alone in a new city, she worked at a Chipotle to make ends meet and attended a Lutheran church.

That morning, though, she discovered she had become someone else. Strangers were calling her nasty names on social media. Her photo was plastered across internet news sites. A video was circulating online, and she was its villain. In it, she could be seen refusing to serve a group of black men at the restaurant the previous evening.

This was the image of Dominique Moran that rocketed around social media after she was falsely accused of being a racist.

Her notoriety spread so quickly that her mother called her from California the next day.

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JUN
01

I quit social media aged 24 - to the horror of my millennial friends

A few months ago, I met up with my best friends for coffee. We were chatting away when conversation turned to a girl we only vaguely knew but all followed on social media. ‘Have you see her Instagram story?’ exclaimed one. I’d always thought of my friends as kind, but suddenly they became uncharacteristically judgemental and negative, as they pulled apart what the girl was wearing and gave their opinions on the colour of her boyfriend’s shirt (dated, they decided). On and on they went. 

Deep down, I knew they wouldn’t have been so critical if social media hadn’t prompted it. I withdrew from the conversation and expected to think no more about it. But hours later, I still couldn’t get it out of...

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JUN
01

Apple will shut down iTunes, ending the download era, report says

On Friday afternoon, social media erupted after Bloomberg News reported that Apple was set to announce the end of its iTunes store, which transformed the music business when it was launched in 2003.

Apple will hold its annual developer conference Monday, and among the slate of expected announcements …

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MAY
31

Stay Up Late on the Internet and Still Get Good Sleep With This Little Magic Trick

Sleep is one of the most underrated elements of overall good health. A night of poor sleep will impact your health, productivity, concentration and mood — we all know how terrible and impossible everything feels after a night of not sleeping well. But there are many elements to getting a good night of sleep, and one of the most important is the way you wind down for bed.

When you’re staying up late on your phone or computer until late, it’s not only the stimulation that can prevent you from winding down, but the light that is emitted from the screens - blue light - can prevent you from feeling tired. Studies have shown that blue light can significantly impact your body’s ability to wind down.

That’s where Blue Wave glasses come in. If turning off your devices a few hours before bed is not possible (and for most people it isn’t) then blue light glasses are the best alternative. These glasses filter out the blue light your screen emits, so that you won’t have the same negative effects.

This way, you’ll get the best of both worlds. You’ll feel more calm and relaxed, while also being able to stay on your computer, finishing up work, watching T.V. or scrolling through social media. Some people have said it’s helped reduce the headache they get when they’ve been staring at a screen for too long, as well as drastically helping your eyes relax.

Eight Sleep gives you free shipping and one month to return it if it’s not working for you, as well as a 1 year warranty. The price of blue light glasses range from a few dollars to hundreds, so for the quality you’re getting, the price of $49 is reasonable. If you’ve never tried blue light glasses, there’s no better time to start.

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