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03

Exclusive: This is the intelligent Android lock screen Google never gave us

Exclusive: This is the intelligent Android lock screen Google never gave us

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According to details obtained by Android Authority from a trusted source, Google was working on a smarter, visual, and more contextual lock screen and always-on display for Android. This project, which was conceptualized during the development of Android 11, was abandoned in favor of the short-lived power menu interface that married Google Pay and smart home controls.

Google’s original vision was more intricate and interesting, though. We think it’s worth a thorough look, if only for the ‘what could’ve been’ factor.

Pixel ‘At A Glance’ on steroids

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The screenshots and information we obtained showcase an advanced ‘At A Glance’ (codename: Smartspace) that goes beyond its homescreen widget and integrates into the Android lock screen and always-on display too. This expansion into more areas of your smartphone would push the envelope on what we’ve come to know as the Pixels’ simple weather, calendar, and flights widget.

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How to Uninstall Programs via Command Prompt in Windows 10

How to Uninstall Programs via Command Prompt in Windows 10

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03

Face ID with a Mask is Apple's best iPhone feature since Touch ID

Face ID with a Mask is Apple's best iPhone feature since Touch ID
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FEB
02

NFTs for Photographers I

NFTs for Photographers I

The world of photography is rapidly changing. When you think about it, a photo is really just a bunch of information—a ton of metadata. And that means it can be tokenized and sold in new ways.

The power of the blockchain means that photographers, in theory, can take control of their images and make them into NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. It means they can set the rules for their photos, including how many times they're allowed to be licensed, how much money they're worth in real-time, how long each license lasts, and so on.

More importantly, it means that photographers can finally say goodbye to the big platforms and agencies that've been taking huge cuts from sales for years.

Now, with the Ethereum blockchain, there's no gatekeeper to pay off. All the profits can stay in your pocket—and all the power stays in your hands.

Imagine what could happen if a photography startup built a blockchain-based marketplace? Photography lovers could buy, sell, protect and track their photos.

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JAN
27

Over 100 million Android phones hit with malicious apps that steal your money — what to do

Over 100 million Android phones hit with malicious apps that steal your money — what to do

An Android "fleeceware" campaign has been discovered that began nearly two years ago, involved about 470 apps in the Google Play store that were downloaded at least 105 million times, and may have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from phone users all over the world.

Researchers at security firm Zimperium have named the campaign "Dark Herring." In a report posted yesterday (January 26), they explained that the apps themselves actually worked as promised — as games, entertainment apps, productivity tools, photo filters and so on.

But the apps also sent many users to deceptive web pages, tailored to the users' languages and countries of residence. Those pages asked users to enter their phone numbers for "verification," but in fact signed the users up to recurring charges that averaged $15 per month — a lot of money in some parts of the world.

The Zimperium researchers called Dark Herring "one of the most extensive and successful malware campaigns by measure of the sheer number of applications" that they had seen in 2021.

"The total amount of money scammed out of unsuspecting users could ... be well into the hundreds of millions of dollars," they added.

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27

Everything You Want To Know About NFTs, But Are Embarrassed To Ask, From The ‘King Of NFTs’

Everything You Want To Know About NFTs, But Are Embarrassed To Ask, From The ‘King Of NFTs’

Given the fast-growth trajectory of this sector, you may want to consider pivoting your career ... [+] toward this direction. If you don’t currently possess relevant skills, consider taking relevant courses to upskill yourself. Getting in relatively early into a transformative sector usually leads to excelling quickly in your career.

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In 2017, when William Quigley started an NFT platform, he wasn’t known as the “King of NFTs.” Instead, his Wall Street and tech friends wondered, with a little concern, what he was doing. In the early days, the Worldwide Asset eXchange (WAX) had around 400k members. It was decent, but not record setting. 

Fast forward to 2021 and everything has changed. A confluence of events, including the pandemic sending everyone home and having extra free time, advancements in technology, the rise of public interest in cryptocurrencies, trading meme stocks online and a more comfortable feeling for new technologies, led to the boom in the NFT market. WAX rapidly grew to over 10 million members who are buying, collecting, selling and trading NFTs.

Quigley, the cofounder of WAX, a cryptocurrency and blockchain investor, the first institutional investor in PayPal, with over 25 years of experience as a technology-focused venture capitalist, explained NFTs to gain a better understanding of this explosive phenomenon. An NFT, he says, is like a tiny computer that could be programmed to send something back and forth through the blockchain. The embedded software coding shows ownership of the item. This creates trust nodes that you know what you own is authentic, genuine and provides trust.

People tend to visualize the Board Ape Yacht Club NFTs that could sell for large sums of money when the topic is raised. You may have recalled reports that Mike Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, sold a piece of work for $69 million at the prestigious Christie’s auction house. The sale placed Beeple “among the top three most valuable living artists.”  

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JAN
27

A Former Hacker’s Guide to Boosting Your Online Security

A Former Hacker’s Guide to Boosting Your Online Security

Ngô Minh Hiếu was once a fearsome hacker who spent 7 1/2 years incarcerated in the U.S. for running an online store that sold the personal information of about 200 million Americans. Since leaving prison, Hiếu has become a so-called white hat hacker, attempting to protect the world from the sorts of cybercriminals he once was.

These days, Hiếu said, it doesn’t take much hacking to access sensitive details about Americans. Companies and governments routinely leave databases exposed online with little or no protection, as we’ve reported, giving cybercriminals an easy way to harvest names, emails, passwords and other info. While in prison, Hiếu wrote an online security guide for the average internet user. As he and others have pointed out, it’s impossible to create an impenetrable shield. But here are some of his tips for how you can mitigate your risks, along with some other practical online security advice.

Make 2022 the year you finally stop reusing passwords. Once a password is exposed in a data breach, as routinely occurs, cybercriminals may use it on other websites to see if it grants them access and lets them take over an account or service. To help you generate lengthy, difficult-to-guess passwords without having to commit them to memory, use an encrypted password manager such as 1Password or LastPass. These services, which typically charge $3 to $4 per month, also monitor databases of breached passwords, like Have I Been Pwned, which can identify some passwords that have already been made public.

Another benefit of using a password manager is that every time you create a new account at a website, you can log it in your password app. The app will track when you created a password and when you last modified it. If you notice that you haven’t used a website in a few years, and you don’t think you’re likely to use it again, delete your account from that website. It will mean one less place where your data resides.

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27

This Brutal Takedown of NFTs Explains How Each New Investor Is a Bigger Fool Than the Last

This Brutal Takedown of NFTs Explains How Each New Investor Is a Bigger Fool Than the Last

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The excitement around NFTs is hard to ignore, having established a cult-like following that is gaining an ever-growing foothold in mainstream technology. What if an entire financial system was built around little more than hype backed by a handful of tech millionaires?

Dan Olson of Folding Ideas has put together an in-depth critique of cryptocurrencies and NFTs, and while this deep-dive is more than two hours long, it unpacks a highly complex series of ideas and structures, and I’d argue that given the growing influence of alternative financial systems, this is essential viewing.

Ten months ago, I spent a few weeks exploring NFTs and wrote a piece arguing that it was a pyramid scheme. Olson refines this idea explaining how the entire system relies on hype: each investor evangelizes as a result of the potential value of their holdings being entirely dependent on optimism and the arrival of new investors — the bigger fool.

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JAN
25

In a mere 10 days, this young Singaporean influencer raked in a whopping $5.7 million by selling NFT’s.

In a mere 10 days, this young Singaporean influencer raked in a whopping $5.7 million by selling NFT’s.


If NFTs interest you, here is yet another shining example of how an influencer used all her influence to rake in millions in a matter of 10 days! Meet 28-year-old Singapore-based influencer Irene Zhao who not only launched these non-fungible tokens, and she broke the crypto market with her collection. The NFTs consist of her images with meme slang texts over a mint green background. The NFTs have gained a lot of sales and are listed on OpenSea, thanks to her army of ardent fans (or, more accurately, simps), amounting to 1,107 items under the IreneDAO collection.

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The cheapest NFT, “Have Fun Staying Poor,” is priced at 0.94 Ethereum, worth approximately$2,600, while the entire collection has a trading volume of 2,300 Ethereum, or $5.58 million. Before joining the NFT rat face, the influencer, a National University of Singapore alumna, was a commodity broker.


She created the IreneDAO NFTs with the help of her business partner Benjamin Tang as part of their dream to build “Social Collectibles,” or “So-Col.” This way, social media influencers can monetize their content and build communities with their fans or simps. The same word also comprises Irene’s fan club DAO core values “Simplicity, Integrity, Meaning, and Purpose.”


In an interview with Cointelegraph, Irene explained, “We at So-Col thought it was a great idea as we wanted to create a prototype for our core concept of a community-driven creator economy. We then extended the idea into a DAO, and libevm and my co-founder Ben hacked it together within a day,” She added, “What we didn’t expect was that our test case was an instant hit. In fact, I was not even aware when it was launched — I was out for a swimming lesson! By the time I came back from the pool after 40 minutes, the entire 500 NFTs were gone. Such is the nature of a wild and viral internet storm! I didn’t even have one to myself!”

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JAN
24

11 Signs a Website Might Be Untrustworthy

11 Signs a Website Might Be Untrustworthy

Even with tons of great resources, the web contains thousands of websites (if not more) that aren't trustworthy. Unless you're aware of the red flags, it can be tricky to spot counterfeit and scam websites.

So here, we'll take a look at 11 signs a website might be untrustworthy. While one sign might not be definitive, if you see any of these red flags, you should be alarmed.

1. Domain Name

To spoof reputable websites, scammers pick domains similar to the actual websites. It works well, as most people don’t notice. Scammers use the following ploys to make their domain names look like legitimate sites:

Misspelled Domains: Since the correct spelling is registered by the legitimate site, untrustworthy websites use misspelled words. Defrauders add extra letters, punctuation, and substitute similar characters (for example, o with 0). Moreover, they can add modifiers to make the websites look trustworthy.Different Extension: To spoof legitimate sites, scammers can use a different extension than the actual site. For example, if the real website is example.com, the fake website might be example.net or example.org. Similarly, if you ever land on a website with an unusual domain extension, beware and look for more red flags.Subdomains: The actual domain name is the one appearing just before the extension. So, a website pretending to be Amazon can use amazon.example.com. Beware that the real name of this site is example.com, and it has nothing to do with Amazon.

2. Page URL

Other than the domain name, paying heed to the URL of web pages can help you spot untrustworthy sites. Usually, the URL of spam sites contain several numbers, special characters, and random letters. For example, example.com/k4-5j-9nw3.

Related: Ways to Spot Fake and Useless Reviews Online

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24

15 Podcasts That Should Be On Every Creative Entrepreneur’s Playlist

15 Podcasts That Should Be On Every Creative Entrepreneur’s Playlist

When you’re a creator, entrepreneur, or both, self-education never ends. There is always something to learn, somewhere to pivot, and someone to collaborate with. Inspiration is also a must, especially when the journey gets hard and you want to throw in the towel. We’re not saying podcasts are a magic bullet cure for any part of your hustle, but they can be a time-efficient resource for expanding your skillset. Podcasts are also an easy way to learn more about the founders who inspire you most.

 Ahead, the best podcasts for entrepreneurs, side-hustlers, influencers, and anyone with ambition.

The stories behind some of the biggest (and most successful) companies ever are frequently unearthed by Guy Raz, who interviews high-profile founders about their respective journeys. If you can’t get enough of the podcast, check out the How I Built This book too.

Unsure about whether to join “The Great Resignation” or fulfill a long-held dream of entrepreneurship? Second Life, hosted by Who What Wear founder Hillary Kerr, chronicles the inspiring career changes of women at every age. It’s never too late!

Former BlogHer speaker and VOTY 100 honoree Jenell B. Stewart shares the gift of optimism through her recently-launched podcast, a gold mine of entrepreneurial gems, including but not limited to: how to start when you have a fear of starting, the most important steps for starting a business, and self-care planning. Stewart also shares helpful insights from her own journey as an influencer and brand coach.

Author, brand expert, marketing guru, and VOTY 100 honoree Julie Solomon hosts this chart-topping podcast, which might as well be the Bible for the business of influencing. You’ll find action steps, mindset advice, growth strategies, monetizing hacks, and so much more.

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The Best Coding YouTube Channels: Learn Coding for Free

The Best Coding YouTube Channels: Learn Coding for Free

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24

James Cameron says Skynet could wipe out humanity using deepfakes

James Cameron says Skynet could wipe out humanity using deepfakes

In a nutshell: Critics of AI and robotics often talk about a Skynet scenario where machines become self-aware and rise up against their human creators, much like the story from the Terminator franchise. In actuality, Cameron believes a takeover of that scale could be done far easier and with far less energy wasted.

Filmmaker James Cameron believes critical thinking can go a long way in battling the spread of misinformation in modern media.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Cameron said he has worked at the cutting edge of visual effects with the goal of creating visuals that are as realistic as possible. “Every time we improve these tools, we’re actually in a sense building a toolset to create fake media,” Cameron said.

Existing tools, like those available through mobile apps, aren’t all that powerful yet. Over time, however, Cameron believes the limitations on these tools will subside. Combined with the speed of the modern news cycle and how quickly people respond, it’s entirely possible to have some sort of major incident take place between when a deepfake drops and when it is exposed as being bogus.

“All Skynet would have to do is just deepfake a bunch of people, pit them against each other, stir up a lot of foment and just run this gigantic deepfake on humanity,” Cameron said.

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It took 12 hours and three different Apple devices, but this 30-something poet successfully minted her first NFT – and so can you. Here's a step-by-step guide to creating an NFT.

It took 12 hours and three different Apple devices, but this 30-something poet successfully minted her first NFT – and so can you. Here's a step-by-step guide to creating an NFT.

I’m no Emily Dickinson, but the latest developments in internet culture – excuse me, Web 3 culture – has me thinking I can shill my grad school poems for 1 ETH ($3,000) a pop.

And on January 20, 2022, I did. After all, imposter syndrome doesn’t have a place in a burgeoning industry where even founders admit to being in the midst of a learning curve. If I were a creator during Gutenberg’s era, I like to think I wouldn’t have passed up the chance to play around with the printing press. Why should NFTs be different?

When I first heard about non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in April 2021, I was immediately thrilled by the high-level concept of them: Artists, seemingly overnight, now had a way to own their own work and determine their own royalties. I needed to hear more.

Being a journalist, I was fortunate that my first conversation about NFTs was with Whale Shark, a prominent collector and founder of the WHALE token who once spent 22 ETH on a one-of-a-kind pair of sneakers.

Ahead, I share what I’ve learned since that first NFT conversation and my chats with dozens of creators and founders in the blockchain world. As they say in crypto, time moves so fast. One month is basically a year, and it took me about seven months – essentially one whole dog year – to finally work up the nerve to put one of my poems on a blockchain. I’d like to make it easier for you.

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Soon you can manage your Office and Xbox accounts within Windows 11

Soon you can manage your Office and Xbox accounts within Windows 11
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Microsoft is making further improvements to Windows 11 with a better way to manage your Office and Xbox subscriptions within the Settings app if a Windows Insider build is to be believed.

A Windows Insider build can allow a user to sign up to a release of Windows that’s under development, which could showcase new apps, new features, or different ways to access parts of the user interface.

This change has been in the ‘Dev Channel’ of Windows Insider since late last year and has recently moved up to the ‘Release Channel’ build, numbered 22000.466. This most likely means that we could be seeing this arrive to all Windows 11 users sooner than Sun Valley 2, the next big update to the operating system.

We’ve been pleased to see Microsoft constantly look at aspects of Windows and how it could make the operating system easier on the eye, or just easier to use. While this is a small change, it’s going to make a big difference to those who manage Office subscriptions for their family or small business, or your personal Xbox Game Pass subscription.

Going to 'Settings > Accounts > Your Microsoft Account' in the Windows 11 Release Channel will show your active subscriptions, payment history, and rewards, mirroring what you would normally see on the web.

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JAN
23

Best password managers of 2022

Best password managers of 2022

Password managers are not only among the safest ways to keep all your online accounts secure, but they also save you from one of the most annoying predicaments in the world: forgetting your password.

Gone are the days of conjuring up a mishmash of letters, numerals, and symbols for every application you’ve signed up for, as the best password managers store all your unique passwords in a secure digital vault that can only be accessed by you. Better yet, if you’re sick of creating another jumble of characters, a password manager will create a strong, random password for you. 

In a world rife with large-scale hacks that leak private information that can lead to fraud, identity theft, and ransom threats, it’s more important than ever to fortify all your professional, social and personal accounts. Using the same password with the inevitable “!” lobbed in at the end for all your profiles no longer makes the cut, as all it takes is one low-level hacker to crack the code and reap the rewards you thought were once secure.

While the best authenticator apps and best VPN services add an extra layer of protection for your daily online activity, the best password managers will keep the prying eyes of threat actors at bay. But there are a few things to think about before choosing the right password manager for you. 

Getting started with a password manager  

While the best password managers will create, save and secure your credentials — whether it be on your laptop, tablet or smartphone — for multiple online accounts, you’ll still need to come up with a master password to access all the others. This password needs to be unguessable and unforgettable at the same time, as it’s difficult to recover this vital piece of information; it isn’t as simple as hitting “forgot password.”

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JAN
21

What is the EU Digital Services Act and how will it impact Big Tech?

What is the EU Digital Services Act and how will it impact Big Tech?

The EU is another step closer to finalising the so-called Digital Services Act that, once approved, will be a milestone in how internet giants are regulated and provide tightened security for users.

On Thursday, the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved its position for negotiations with member states and the European Commission, as they seek to hammer out the fine details before it eventually becomes law.

Big Tech companies have campaigned long and hard to water down the proposal, but what exactly is it and how will it work?

What are digital services?

Digital services play an important role in our life: we use websites, social media, e-books, cloud-based storage, music, and video streaming. All of these are defined as digital services.

What is the Digital Services Act?

In December 2020, the European Commission proposed a new legislative framework to tackle challenges like the sale of fake products, spreading of hate speech, cyber threats, limiting of competition and market dominance.

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JAN
19

Meet the ‘Covid expats’ who moved abroad during the pandemic. Here’s what they learned about work

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LONDON — Moving overseas might not seem like the most obvious thing to do during a pandemic, but for many people, Covid-19 provided the nudge they needed to take the plunge.

Around one in 10 readers of expat website InterNations said they had decided to move abroad as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, in its survey of more than 12,000 people online in January 2021.

Maria Eilersen is one of those who made the move. A PR coach and yoga teacher, she left London for Lisbon, Portugal, in November 2020, as cases of Covid were surging in the U.K.

Eilersen, who is Danish, had heard that the Portuguese capital was becoming a new hub for the international community post-Brexit. She also wanted to live somewhere with a sunnier climate than Britain. "It was very much, like, why not? We didn't really do a whole lot of research — we were like, let's just see what happens … and it was the best decision ever," Eilersen told CNBC by video call.

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LinkedIn Learning is making 30 online classes free until February 1 — the topics are focused on skills that can help you transition careers

LinkedIn Learning is making 30 online classes free until February 1 — the topics are focused on skills that can help you transition careers

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LinkedIn Learning is making 30 online courses free until February 1.The courses range from beginner to advanced and are meant to help with career transitions.You can also earn free certificates of completion for these courses until February 1.

As the Great Reshuffle continues, many job seekers are interested in pursuing entirely new career paths — or just finding better-paid jobs within their industry. While there are plenty of job openings and career options out there, snagging a higher salaried position can require some new skills or knowledge.

To reduce the costs of online classes, LinkedIn Learning is offering 30 free courses from January 18 to February 1. Led by industry experts, the classes — all focused on making a career switch — range from broad topics like interview prep and job search strategies to hard skills like SQL programming and technical SEO. They also vary in difficulty from beginner to advanced, so you could take multiple courses in one subject to quickly grow your expertise.

Typically, a LinkedIn Learning subscription is free for a one-month trial and then costs either $26.99/month or $39.99/month, depending on your plan. A membership grants you access to over 16,000 career-related online video courses, and almost all of them can earn you certificates of completion to add to your LinkedIn profile.

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Google turning the lights out on free G Suite legacy users by mid-year unless they pay up

Google turning the lights out on free G Suite legacy users by mid-year unless they pay up
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It's been a bit under a decade since Google stopped offering its email and online office suite for free to users on their own domain name, but the Grim Reaper has finally arrived for those users grandfathered on what would become known as the "G Suite legacy free edition".

In an email and notice first spotted by 9to5Google, Google is telling its legacy free users to pony up if they want to continue receiving the same service they have become accustomed to.

"If you have the G Suite legacy free edition, you need to upgrade to a paid Google Workspace subscription to keep your services. The G Suite legacy free edition will no longer be available starting July 1, 2022," Google said on a support page.

Users will have until May 1 to decide which of Google's Workspace plans they want, and if they do not, the search giant will upgrade users automatically "based on the features you currently use".

If users do not provide billing information by July 1, they will be suspended, and after 60 days of suspension, access to "Google Workspace core services" will be ended.

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