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The Best 13 YouTube Intro Makers

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If you’re looking to get the most out of your YouTube channel by cranking out a lot of videos, you’ll need to use an intro maker to quickly and easily slam some of your brandings onto the start of every video.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the best 13 YouTube intro makers and explain why each is worth checking out.

Renderforest is a great intro maker because it offers a huge number of simple templates which you can easily append bells and whistles to.

Renderforest will give your videos the appearance of professionally animated content in a few clicks.

Like many competitors, Renderforest is free and offers a lot of customization options which you can quickly implement once you’ve picked the template.

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10 reasons why JavaScript is the programming language you should learn now

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Have you ever taken a good look at your browser and wondered why it looks the way it does? Listen, you don't even have to dive into the deep, dark pits of the Internet to find out why. The answer is plain and simple: JavaScript.

You cannot be taken seriously as a developer if you are not well-versed in Javascript. It's the most popular programming language used on the web today. The sites you frequently visit, the games you play on the reg, the apps you rely on, they would not exist if it weren't for JavaScript.

So if you're thinking of picking up your first programming language, it's a bit of a no-brainer — JavaScript is the one to learn. Need a bit more convincing? Here are compelling reasons why it's THE language of all languages:

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Veil is private browsing for the ultra-paranoid

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The problem, as the MIT researchers behind Veil explain in a new paper outlining the service, is that private browsing modes, even ones using Tor and other measures, can still leave a trace of your history on the device itself, in RAM or temporary storage.

When you visit a page, even anonymously, that page and its components still have to be loaded into memory, displayed and cached, libraries or plugins perhaps accessed or modified. The browser may try to delete these traces, but success can vary depending on how things are set up. A sort of ghost version of your activity may live on in your RAM, even if it’s just a hash of some data or timestamp.

“The fundamental problem is that [the browser] collects this information, and then the browser does its best effort to fix it. But at the end of the day, no matter what the browser’s best effort is, it still collects it,” explained MIT graduate student Frank Wang, the lead author of the paper, in a news release. “We might as well not collect that information in the first place.”

Veil takes things several steps further by handling delivery of the site via what they call a “blinding server.” You enter the URL into the site and the page is retrieved for you from the special servers, encrypted in transit and in your browser cache, and only decrypted for your viewing. Links and URLs are themselves encrypted so they can’t be linked to the content requested.

Furthermore, it injects invisible garbage code into the page while also “mutating” the content (again, invisibly) so that you could load it a thousand times on the same computer and although it would look the same to you, any resulting digital fingerprints like hash, payload size and so on would always be different.

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How to find out if hackers leaked your passwords

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Has your password leaked online? Photo: AgileBits Longtime favorite password manager 1Password just teamed up with Pwned Passwords, a new service that helps you find out if your passwords have been leaked online.  The database boasts more than 500 million passwords collected from various breaches. Here’s how to use it. With hugely popular services like Yahoo, eBay, Equifax and PlayStation Network all suffering message data breaches, there’s a good chance at least one of your passwords has been leaked online.  If you’re smart, you will have already changed it. But did you forget? Password managers like 1Password and Dashlane, the official password manager of Cult of Mac, make it easier than ever to keep tabs on this scary situation. Find out with 1Password 1Password’s new feature works like this. Simply sign into your account on the web and enter the “magic keyboard sequence” (Shift-Control-Option-C) to unlock the proof of concept. Then find the login you wish to check and click the Check Password button. 1Password will attempt to find it in the Pwned Passwords databases and will let you know the result.  Here’s what the process looks like: The Check Password feature is available to everyone with a 1Password membership. It’s only available at 1Password.com for now, but it is coming to the 1Password apps for desktop and mobile. 1Password insists the feature is secure; Pwned Passwords will never actually receive your password when you perform a search. If you’d like to know more about how it all works behind the scenes, check out the explainer on the 1Password blog.  Dashlane password manager offers a similar feature Dashlane, which we reviewed last week, also boasts this type of feature. Its excellent Security Dashboard clearly shows if one of your passwords has been compromised. It also reveals just how secure your passwords are in general, telling you if any are weak, old or reused. The 1Password apps are free to download on Mac and iOS.  A membership starts at just $2.99 a month, billed annually. Dashlane is completely free to use on one device. A yearly membership, which lets you sync passwords and other secure data on as many devices as you need, costs $39.99. Original linkOriginal author: Bell
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How to Follow Instagram Hashtags for Business

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Do you use hashtags on Instagram?

Wondering how to see posts with specific hashtags in your regular Instagram feed and stories?

In this article, you’ll discover how to use Instagram’s Follow Hashtag feature to monitor relevant topics and campaigns.

How to Follow Instagram Hashtags for Business by Jenn Herman on Social Media Examiner.

#1: How to Follow Hashtags on Instagram

To follow a specific hashtag on Instagram, you must navigate to that hashtag gallery. To do this, tap on any hashtag you see on any post in the feed, or go to the Explore page (tap the magnifying glass icon) and type in the hashtag you want to follow.

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Watch ‘Starman’ drift: SpaceX’s Tesla reaches the ultimate cruising altitude and rides off into space

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SpaceX’s Starman, drifting in a Tesla Roadster, has an incredible view of Earth on Tuesday. (SpaceX Image via YouTube)

This might be the ultimate space oddity.

High above his home planet, where millions of people are no doubt sitting in traffic in cars of their own, “Starman” drifted effortlessly through a wide open expanse on Tuesday.

The mannequin in a spacesuit — launched aboard SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday — sat in the driver’s seat of Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster. With the top down, Starman drove off toward a deep-space orbit listening to David Bowie’s “Life on Mars.”

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SpaceX beamed a live internet view of the unprecedented adventure via its YouTube feed, where more than 200,000 viewers were watching at one point.

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Why Your Friend with a Creative Job Isn't the Village Idiot - Copyblogger

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It happened again.

You were out to dinner with your Writer Friend, and the waiter came over to see if you needed anything. This led to a short, friendly conversation with him, and as he walked away your meal companion apologized for reaching into her purse to get her phone.

She opened her Notes application and explained, “I have to jot that down. What he said was so perfect for something I’m working on. It just gave me a bunch of ideas.”

You sat back and took a sip of your Syrah while thinking, “We’re supposed to be having a relaxing dinner … The last thing I’m thinking about right now is work. She’s not doing real work anyway. It’s annoying that she calls it work.”

The nonsensical nature of creative work can bewilder onlookers, but if we dig a little deeper, I don’t think creative work is all that different from other types of work.

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Small businesses' social media posts reveal optimism for 2018

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For most, January is a depressing month of diets, darknessand demotivation, but not for some of Britain's small businesses, who took to social media this month to share their optimism about jobs, investment and available support.

That's what The Daily Telegraph Business Tracker found when it analysed the Twitter posts of 25,000 British firms and businesspeople between Jan 1 and Jan 22.

Compiled by insight company, Impact Social, the tracker revealed that small businesses have more to be happy than worried about this month, with 20pc of the 8,000 tweets shared between those dates containing a positive sentiment.

Just 14pc of tweets were negative and 66pc were neutral(messages without any sentiment attached, such as January sales promotions).

Of the positive tweets, a quarter (26pc) contained excitement about new roles to fill, with many companies posting job vacancy ads via the social media website.

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The Phone Call That Changed the Way I Choose My Passwords, Forever

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This past summer, I was at an amusement park with my family, when I received a call from an unlisted number. The call was from the fraud prevention department of my bank. What she asked me to do set off a chain reaction of events that took everything I knew about online security, and threw it out the window.

"Good afternoon ma'am, this is Katherine with the Fraud Prevention Department at [censored] Bank. We are calling to confirm an online purchase for $5,791.26 placed on [censored]'s website, two minutes ago."

My heart started pounding. Even being 85 degrees in Utah, I felt a shiver down my spine, as my blood ran cold. My mind was racing faster than the rides in front of me, and I had to remind myself to remain calm.

"No. Absolutely not! I've been here at the park for the last three hours. I think my card has been compromised."

The bank immediately questioned several other charges to my card. We worked backward until I recognized one as mine. Each was subsequently flagged as fraudulent. Assuring me everything would be fine, they reversed all suspicious charges. They also reverted back to my original address and phone information.

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Mark Zuckerberg is ‘rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,’ author Andrew Keen says

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Silicon Valley today is like Detroit in the 1970s, tech critic and author Andrew Keen says. Consumers are waking up to realize that they don’t like what they’re being sold, and several incumbents may soon find themselves in a bad place.

“The American car industry, in the 1950s, dominated the world,” Keen said on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. “Twenty years later, the American car industry had collapsed because they produced cars which were death traps.”

“I think we’re at a similar time in the digital economy,” he added, referring to the prevalence of advertising-driven tech products. “Consumers will and are coming around to the realization that this business model is not in their interest. What we need are entrepreneurs to come up with new ideas, trying to pioneer new business models that aren’t predicated on ‘We’ll give you our stuff for free, you give us your data and we’ll know more and more about you.’”

Keen argued that Apple is “in a better position than Google or Facebook” because its business is not dependent on collecting and monetizing consumers’ data, which he refers to as “surveillance capitalism.” He said Facebook’s recent decision to back off of news in its News Feed won’t fix the problems created by the company’s engagement-driven ad model.

“I think Mark Zuckerberg has been rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic with these latest reforms at Facebook,” Keen said. “I’d like to see him really acknowledge the problem and deal with it directly and come up with radical solutions.”

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Using page speed in mobile search ranking

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People want to be able to find answers to their questions as fast as possible — studies show that people really care about the speed of a page. Although speed has been used in ranking for some time, that signal was focused on desktop searches. Today we’re announcing that starting in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches.

The “Speed Update,” as we’re calling it, will only affect pages that deliver the slowest experience to users and will only affect a small percentage of queries. It applies the same standard to all pages, regardless of the technology used to build the page. The intent of the search query is still a very strong signal, so a slow page may still rank highly if it has great, relevant content.

We encourage developers to think broadly about how performance affects a user’s experience of their page and to consider a variety of user experience metrics. Although there is no tool that directly indicates whether a page is affected by this new ranking factor, here are some resources that can be used to evaluate a page’s performance.

Chrome User Experience Report, a public dataset of key user experience metrics for popular destinations on the web, as experienced by Chrome users under real-world conditions Lighthouse, an automated tool and a part of Chrome Developer Tools for auditing the quality (performance, accessibility, and more) of web pages PageSpeed Insights, a tool that indicates how well a page performs on the Chrome UX Report and suggests performance optimizations

As always, if you have any questions or feedback, please visit our webmaster forums.

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The Future of Human Work Is Imagination, Creativity, and Strategy

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It seems beyond debate: Technology is going to replace jobs, or, more precisely, the people holding those jobs. Few industries, if any, will be untouched. It is easy to find reports that predict the loss of 5 to 10 million jobs by 2020. Leaders must resist the temptation to think of AI as “wizard of Oz” technology that will allow them to control vast empires alone from behind a curtain. Instead, they must recognize that while machines can provide a tactical advantage, humans are needed for strategic work. Integrating AI technology into the workforce will mean managing your employees’ emotions — there’s lots to feel threatened by — as well as rethinking the role of people in your organization more broadly.

It seems beyond debate: Technology is going to replace jobs, or, more precisely, the people holding those jobs. Few industries, if any, will be untouched.

Knowledge workers will not escape. Recently, the CEO of Deutsche Bank predicted that half of its 97,000 employees could be replaced by robots. One survey revealed that “39% of jobs in the legal sector could be automated in the next 10 years. Separate research has concluded that accountants have a 95% chance of losing their jobs to automation in the future.”

And for those in manufacturing or production companies, the future may arrive even sooner. That same report mentioned the advent of “robotic bricklayers.” Machine learning algorithms are also predicted to replace people responsible for “optical part sorting, automated quality control, failure detection, and improved productivity and efficiency.” Quite simply, machines are better at the job: The National Institute of Standards predicts that “machine learning can improve production capacity by up to 20%” and reduce raw materials waste by 4%.

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It is easy to find reports that predict the loss of between 5 and 10 million jobs by 2020. Recently, space and automotive titan Elon Musk said the machine-over-mankind threat was humanity’s “biggest existential threat.” Perhaps that is too dire a reading of the future, but what is important for corporate leaders right now is to avoid the catastrophic mistake of ignoring how people will be affected. Here are four ways to think about the people left behind after the trucks bring in all the new technology.

The Wizard of Oz Is the Wrong Model

In Oz, the wizard is shown to run the kingdom through some complex machine hidden behind a curtain. Many executives may think themselves the wizard; enthralled by the idea that AI technology will allow them to shed millions of dollars in labor costs, they could come to believe that the best company is the one with the fewest people aside from the CEO.

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'Bloggergate' fiasco leads Dublin hotel to ban bloggers in the most hilarious way possible

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An Irish hotel has banned bloggers and other influencers after a 22-year-old YouTuber broke down in tears when she was refused free accomodation.

Elle Darby, a UK-based social media influencer first emailed Charleville Lodge in Dublin to seek a tit for tat arrangement seeking a free five night accommodation in exchange for bringing attention to the boutique hotel.

She touted her 87,000 YouTube subscribers and 76,000 Instagram followers before continuing:

My partner and I are planning to come to Dublin for an early Valentine’s Day weekend from Feb 8th to 12th to explore the area.

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Bootstrap 4

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It’s literally taken us years to do it, but Bootstrap 4 has finally arrived! Words cannot begin to describe the elation the entire team and I have for this release, but I’ll do my best. Thank you to everyone, especially to the team, and to everyone who’s contributed code in a pull request or opened an issue. Thank you.

Since our last beta, we’ve been hard at work stabilizing a few key pieces of our CSS, polishing our documentation, adding some extra surprises, and planning for our follow-up releases. We still have some kinks to iron out, but nothing’s going to stop us from shipping a stable release.

Anxious to jump right in? Head over to our documentation site and explore. Be sure to check out our new Examples and the migration docs page!

Want to know more before hitting the docs? Great, let’s dive in!

What’s new

There are no breaking changes since our last beta, but we have made some key improvements and resolved some tricky bugs.

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20 Top Social Media Tools to Try in 2018

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Now that 2018 is here and in full swing, you might be looking for new social media tools to add to your marketing stack.

According to Scott Brinker of the Chief Marketing Technologist Blog, there are now more than 5,000 tools in the marketing technology landscape1Chief Marketing Technologist Blog, 2017.

So where do you start?

As part of our State of Social Media 2018 campaign, we partnered with the team at Product Hunt to put together a list of the latest trending social media tools for marketers to try in 2018.

Keep reading to see the full list and learn how to use the tools, or click over to the Product Hunt collection with all of 2018’s best social media tools.

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Top 5 Web Design Trends for 2018

With a new year, many companies look at their websites and think: “Maybe we should do a little renovating. But, where to start?” The problem can be even worse for those just starting out with no idea what makes for an engaging website.

Presenting a visually compelling site leads to greater visitor interest. That, in turn, leads to more time on your pages, higher search rankings, more conversions, and higher revenues. But, what design trends do you need to know about to keep your site looking fresh? Glad you asked. We have compiled this list of the top 5 web design trends to look out for in 2018.

1. Animations

For the last several years, different types of animations have seen greater and greater popularity in modern design. A few recent innovations make them easier for web sites in 2018. They require less bandwidth, less processing power, and load much faster.

One such effect, “particle backgrounds” consist of java script in an HTML5 environment. Unlike fully animated backgrounds of the past, these lightweight effects can add beauty, movement, and interest to your page without taking forever to load. These backgrounds immediately attract attention, causing visitors to linger longer. Well executed, these animations can build credibility in your brand and bring visitors back for repeat performances.

More traditional animations also have a place in the web design playbook for 2018, though. As browsers become more advanced, the ability to implement interesting animations becomes more viable. Smaller animations in areas of interest will draw a lot of attention and can explain something much faster than a paragraph of text or a full-blown video. For example, an animation could show product assembly, show something humorous while the page loads, or integrate in unique ways with navigation and page scrolling.

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With Entrepreneurs Freaking Out After Facebook's Drastic Newsfeed Change, Here Are 4 Things You Can Do Right Now to Survive

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In the hours following the announcement from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday that the social network wanted to focus more on "meaningful interactions" between people, pandemonium struck in the business world.In Facebook’s effort to reduce news feed noise, posts from friends and family now have even more priority over posts originating from Business Pages, including ads. 

If you run a business on Facebook, you’re affected by this news feed update Mark Zuckerberg announced last week. With a reduction in organic reach for content that originates from brands, small businesses and news publishers, it will become even harder to share important information without venturing into paying for Facebook ads.

So who is most impacted by this update? Small business.

With less news feed space available for public content, videos and posts from smaller Facebook Pages may continue to see a decline in reach, a valuable tool for those with smaller marketing budgets. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

As owner of The Ad Strategist, we’ve created and analyzed content (organic and paid) that’s made it into the timeline of millions of Facebook users. My prediction is that certain businesses will get hit hard and be forced to use Facebook ads to show content to their audience. Yet for other businesses, they will continue to evolve and dominate their markets by focusing on engagement and connection, the main facets of this week’s update.

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The more you endlessly scroll on Facebook, the bigger the risk to your mental health

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Facebook FB, -4.47%  chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wants to prioritize family and friends over brands. But, he says, that could result in lower user engagement. That’s potentially bad news for investors, but could be good news for excessive Facebook users.

“We’re making a major change to how we build Facebook,” Zuckerberg announced in a blog post on Thursday. “I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions.” He added, “By making these changes, I expect the time people spend on Facebook and some measures of engagement will go down. But I also expect the time you do spend on Facebook will be more valuable.”

Over the course of a lifetime, people spend 5 years and 4 months on social media instead of interacting with the real world. That’s only second to TV.

Facebook’s 2 billion users can’t seem to get enough of themselves — or each other. People stay connected with friends and family near and far, share intimate photos, reconnect with friends from college and high school, and even rekindle relationships. Last year, the most popular social network on the planet even rolled out an artificial intelligence suicide prevention program. It aims to detect posts or live videos where someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide.

But a slew of other studies have said too much Facebook is bad for you. Here are some of the effects on excessive engagement on the site:

Don’t miss: There is one person you should never unfriend on Facebook...

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8 Actionable Instagram Marketing Tips

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At Buffer, we’re big fans of using data and research to guide our social media strategy. So when it came to finding the best Instagram strategy, I turned to social media studies.

I read through more than 20 studies on Instagram marketing from companies like Facebook, Simply Measured and News Whip. Some analyzed the top Instagram accounts while some even studied tens to hundreds of thousands of Instagram posts.

Related: 10 Free Tools to Help You Understand Your Social Media Audience

Here’s what I learned from my look at the research.

8 Actionable Instagram marketing tips, backed by 20+ studies

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3 Ways Marketers Can Rise Above the Facebook Noise

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More than 60 million brands have Facebook pages. These were created for marketers to connect directly with millions of current or would-be customers. But it’s getting harder and harder to be successful through brand pages.

Engagement ratios for brand pages are dropping. The engagement ratio per brand—average interactions per post, per brand, per 1,000 followers—has fallen more than 8 percent.

Why? Because competition for attention is unending and relentless. Even as time spent on screens surges, the speed at which people decide whether to consume pieces of content has also dramatically increased. So, billions of Facebook page posts fall flat each year—even with ad dollars behind them.

And yet we all see page posts in our feeds. The game can be won. The fact is, every brand has an equal opportunity for attention-grabbing on Facebook.

So, what makes for a good page content strategy?

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