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Top Tips for Using Canva to Create Eye-Catching Graphic Designs

Top Tips for Using Canva to Create Eye-Catching Graphic Designs

Canva is a free online design platform that anyone can use to create stunning visuals. With Canva, you can create everything from social media posts to presentations and brochures. Canva is easy to use and has a library of built-in templates and images to help you get started. I highly recommend checking it out if you are in need of any kind of graphic design.

Creating a Canva account is quick and easy. All you need is an email address. Once you signed up, you can start creating graphics right away.

The basics of using Canva

One of the things I love most about Canva is that you can start with a blank canvas or choose from one of its many templates. If you are feeling overwhelmed, the templates are a great place to start. And if you want more control over your design, the blank canvas is the way to go. Another great thing about Canva is that they have built-in tools that make it easy to add text, shapes, and images to your design. And if you need help, their customer support is excellent.

Tips for creating better graphics with Canva

Here are some tips to help you create better graphics with Canva:

1. Start with a template

As mentioned before, one of the best things about Canva is that it also offers a wide range of templates that you can use to create your own designs. Whether you’re looking for a simple layout or something more complex. There’s bound to be a template that’s perfect for you. To use a template in Canva, simply select it from the templates library and then edit it to suit your needs. You can change the colors, fonts, images, and so on until you have a unique customized design. There’s no need to start from scratch when you can use a template as a starting point.

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6 steps to erase your digital footprint and disappear from the internet

6 steps to erase your digital footprint and disappear from the internet
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OCT
23

TikTok vs YouTube Shorts vs Instagram/Facebook Reels

TikTok vs YouTube Shorts vs Instagram/Facebook Reels

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Bite-sized videos are a huge thing on the Internet these days. The trend started with TikTok and has expanded to YouTube, Instagram, and a few other places. It’s so popular that TikTok overtook Google as the number one most popular website in 2021. People seem to really like them, and it doesn’t seem like a passing trend anymore. It’s true that Vine and other services started the short video trend, but none of them have seen the success of TikTok, YouTube Shorts, Facebook Reels, and Instagram Reels.

No matter which platform you choose, you get the same kind of stuff. Short videos that you can scroll through quickly and share with your friends. We’ll take a look at the three biggest platforms and see if any of them stand out from the others.

Read more: YouTube Music vs YouTube Premium: What’s the difference?

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OCT
09

Remote jobs have tripled during the pandemic—these are the top 10 companies hiring for them

Though people are returning to in-office work, the option for remote work remains high and is likely to keep growing.

The share of jobs that explicitly say workers can be remote has nearly tripled from pre-pandemic, from roughly 4% of in 2019 to nearly 12% of jobs in 2022, according to ZipRecruiter data.

Some previous growth is now reversing as people resume in-person activities, particularly in education, tourism, agriculture and sports and recreation jobs, according to the job-search platform. Remote roles in business, arts and entertainment, and finance and insurance have leveled off throughout the last two years.

But elsewhere, remote opportunities are rapidly expanding: technology, legal, engineering and science jobs are well-suited for remote work, and organizations — especially in health care, financial services and tech — are continuing to offer them.

Here are the top 10 companies hiring for the largest share of remote-capable jobs on ZipRecruiter in 2022:

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OCT
03

How to livestream, for dummies

How to livestream, for dummies

I’ve been helping out my community newspaper, the Easy Reader, to live stream local news events lately, namely city council and school board candidate debates, and I marvel at how simple the process has gotten.

So much so, I thought I’d relay the process for you. Maybe your place of worship will ask you to live stream their events, or you’ll be called into duty during election season to broadcast from the Rotary Club or local high school.

At its core, all you need is a phone. That’s fine if it’s you talking into the camera, or comfortable with what looks like basic security camera footage of an event, but if there’s more involved, like needing to zooming in on people as they speak from across the room, you’ll want a mirrorless or DSLR camera with a good lens. Add to that a laptop, USB-C to USC-C cable and possibly a subscription to a streaming software platform like Streamyard. And a microphone for better sound. Ahem, and good internet. That’s it.

Let’s run down the process.

A good portable computer will do the trick. I use an Apple MacBook Pro. Windows computers will do just fine as well.

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OCT
01

I ditched my Garmin for the Apple Watch Ultra — here’s what happened

I ditched my Garmin for the Apple Watch Ultra — here’s what happened

As a fitness editor, I have to be impartial when it comes to the best running watches and best fitness trackers. As a runner, I don’t.

Before I did our Apple Watch Ultra review, I used to alternate between my Garmin Fenix 7 or my Garmin Forerunner 955 for tracking my training runs (I’d often forget to charge them, so I’d take out whichever had more battery) and my Apple Watch 7 during the rest of the day.

I never loved or trusted the Apple Watch 7 on my run, hence the Garmin, but as someone who quickly became addicted to closing those damned rings, I’d swap back to the Apple Watch once I got back from my run. That is, until now. 

I really believe that the Apple Watch Ultra was designed for runners like me. I run at least five mornings a week; I walk the dog for two hours a day; and I do the odd Peloton or strength training class in between.

I’m by no means an athlete — you won’t find me training for an ultramarathon or going out on multi-day adventures anytime soon, and if I do go out on a longer hike, I’ll stick to the beaten track (sorry folks, I think I skipped the map reading, orientation PE lesson at school). 

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Researchers disclose new zero-day Microsoft Exchange vulnerability

Researchers disclose new zero-day Microsoft Exchange vulnerability

A troubling new vulnerability affecting Microsoft Exchange email servers has been disclosed by researchers, though details are still emerging on the severity and exploitability of the flaw.

The vulnerability, disclosed by researchers at cybersecurity vendor GTSC, could enable remote execution of commands on a compromised server, according to the company. It appears to be a "zero-day" vulnerability, which means it was not disclosed to the software vendor before spreading in the wild and before a patch could be created.

Trend Micro said Thursday that the vulnerability was submitted to Microsoft via its Zero Day Initiative program. Protocol has reached out to Microsoft for comment.

Researcher Kevin Beaumont, who was among the first to discuss GTSC's findings in a series of tweets Thursday, said he is aware of the vulnerability being "actively exploited in the wild" and that he "can confirm significant numbers of Exchange servers have been backdoored."

Remote code execution vulnerabilities are considered a serious security risk due to the potential for attackers to take full control of a compromised system. Log4Shell, a critical vulnerability that was discovered in the Apache Log4j logging software component in December 2021, fell into the category of a remote code execution flaw.

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Capturing and Keeping Attention in Content Marketing

Capturing and Keeping Attention in Content Marketing

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Chad Reid is VP of Marketing and Communications at Jotform, a leading online form and productivity software used by 16 million+ businesses, creators, and individuals.

Chad has 10 years of marketing experience and earned his Masters in Communication at Purdue University. Chad is passionate about maximizing personal productivity and watching new developments in the no-code world.

What you will learn

Chad shares his career journey and what led him into marketingChad unpacks the lucrative collaboration between Jotform and HubSpotLearn why content marketing is a long game (and why the key to success is patience)Discover a simple guide to writing a listicle post for your blogFind out how Chad structured the SEO team of JotformStorytelling: Is it the most powerful marketing strategy?Learn how Jotform increases the lifetime value of their customersDiscover how Jotform view Google Form from a competitor’s standpoint (this is fascinating!)Find out why investment in technology is central to Jotform’s successPlus much more!

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It Happened! Meta is Being Sued for Billions

It Happened! Meta is Being Sued for Billions
Facebook will pay millions of dollars in damages to end a location-tracking dispute. This isn't an easy situation, though. According to reports, Facebook and...
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WATCH: Canva shows how Google Docs, Microsoft Word should look like

WATCH: Canva shows how Google Docs, Microsoft Word should look like

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Canva says the future is visual. It's time for Google Docs and Microsoft Word to have a glow-up.

SYDNEY, Australia– Ever since Australian company Canva launched in 2013, it has pushed the boundaries of how people present information and stories.

Almost a decade later, Canva is pushing the boundaries of visual communication once more. This time, taking on legacy products of Microsoft and Google– programs that barely updated their looks.

Canva’s recently launched Visual Worksuite flaunts a stylish Docs and a more dynamic Presentations, easily eclipsing Google Docs and Microsoft PowerPoint.

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iOS 16 Reviewed

iOS 16 Reviewed
The next generation of Apple's iPhone software is out now. Read what critics think about it, if it's worth installing, the features you need to try out first, and more.
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These are the 10 safest countries for digital nomads—and the U.S. isn't one of them

As the digital nomad movement remains popular, remote workers around the world continue to seek out new places to call home.

Lemon.io, a marketplace of software developers, analyzed data from the 2022 Global Peace Index by the Economist Intelligence Unit to determine the safest countries that offer digital nomad visas.

The study ranked 163 countries according to the following categories: level of societal safety and security, the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarization.

No. 1 safest country for digital nomads: Iceland

Iceland topped the list as the safest country — a position it has held since 2008.

According to Iceland's Directorate of Immigration, the country's digital nomad visa is referred to as a long-term remote work visa. It allows holders to live there for about six months.

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When is the best time to post on Instagram and other social media platforms? It depends.

In 2021, Instagram had over 1.21 billion active monthly users, amounting to over 28% of the world’s internet users, according to Statista. By 2025, the social media platform is expected to become even more popular with 1.44 billion active monthly users, or 31.2% of global internet users. 

Whether you use Instagram to keep in touch with friends or for your business, finding the best times to post is a great way to have as many people as possible see and interact with your posts. The best time to post, however, can change depending on the day of the week.

Just curious?: We're here to answer life's everyday questions

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The Ultimate Guide to Search Engine Marketing (SEM)

The Ultimate Guide to Search Engine Marketing (SEM)

Wish you could figure out how to get your business to appear at the top of search engines? It’s easier than you think, all you need to do is pay for the spot!

Search engine marketing is the most efficient way to promote your products and services so you can grow your business.

By creating paid listings at the top of search results you can more easily attract qualified leads for your business.

A lot of marketers avoid SEM because they don’t know where to begin. Or how to successfully run a campaign that will generate new leads for their business.

That’s why we’ve created this guide, so you can understand search engine marketing and how it works.

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Ireland fines Instagram €405 million over protection of children's data

Ireland fines Instagram €405 million over protection of children's data

Ireland's data privacy regulator is slapping Instagram with a fine of €405 million after an investigation found the social media platform mishandled teenagers' personal information in violation of strict European Union data privacy rules.

Instagram plans to appeal against the fine, a spokesperson for parent company Meta Platforms Inc said in an emailed statement.

The investigation, which started in 2020, focused on how Instagram displayed the personal details of users ages 13 to 17, including email addresses and phone numbers. The minimum age for Instagram users is 13.

The investigation began after a data scientist found that users, including those under 18, were switching to business accounts and had their contact information displayed on their profiles. 

Users were apparently doing it to see statistics on how many likes their posts were getting after Instagram started removing the feature from personal accounts in some countries to help with mental health.

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How much a TikToker with about 20,000 followers earns from sponsored posts and how she sets her rates

How much a TikToker with about 20,000 followers earns from sponsored posts and how she sets her rates
Setting rates as a micro influencer can be tricky, with many creators undervaluing their work.Lillian Zhang, a TikTok creator with 20,000 followers, was determined to not undersell herself.Here's the formula she uses to set rates for sponsored content and UGC, and how she came to it.

For many micro influencers who are just starting to partner with brands, it can be hard to figure out what rates to charge for sponsored content.

The creator industry has surged in the past few years, with influencer-marketing spend in the US set to surpass $4 billion by the end of the year. And influencers with a following of between 10,000 and 50,000 have seen a 1,291% increase in average payment per post.

But the chances of a creator undervaluing their work when starting out are still high, because of a relative lack of experience and knowledge of the industry.

Lillian Zhang, a TikTok creator who posts college and early-career job advice content, knew from the get-go that she wanted to be compensated properly for her work, and would not settle for low rates.

Zhang, who has about 21,400 followers on TikTok, started posting consistently on the platform in January 2022.

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120 Texting Abbreviations & Acronyms To Understand Internet Slang

120 Texting Abbreviations & Acronyms To Understand Internet Slang

The only reason I know that I'm still culturally relevant at my age is the fact that I mainly know all of the texting abbreviations and Internet acronyms people use on Reddit, through texting, and across social media.

Sure, anyone with an internet connection can open a site up and snoop around as much as they want, but it takes a hip and socially "with it" person to actually navigate the oddly nerdy/geeky terrain, and interact with the people who spend their time there.

The regulars have their own little world going on, and if you want to become a part of that world so you don't feel totally strange when you ask a question or comment on a thread, it's important to learn how to speak their native language.

Sure, you may already know what TTYL (talk to you later) and BRB (be right back) means, but those two probably won't help you very much now. Like, even a little. Or at all, even.

RELATED: 65 Gen Z Slang Words That Will Help You Pass The Vibe Check (No Cap)

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How to recall an email in Outlook

How to recall an email in Outlook
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We've all felt the fear of sending an email too early, without the proper attachment, or to the completely wrong person, and then having to quickly craft an anxious email with a creative excuse -- or simply succumb to embarrassment. 

Microsoft Outlook is one of the few email platforms that allow you to recall emails. With this feature, you won't have to feel as fearful of your Monday brain and can move on with your week mistake-free.

It's important to address a few feature requirements and caveats. First, for the recall and resend feature to work:

Both you and your recipient must have Microsoft Outlook email addresses.The email can only be recalled if it was not read or opened by the recipient.The permanent recall feature is only available on a PC. Mac users will have to resort to the Undo toggle, which gives you up to a 10-second grace period to edit or rescind an email after sending it. I'll explain how to do that later in the article. 

With that said, keeping in mind when you can use it, it's a great feature. 

Also: How to encrypt your email and why you should

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Reasons why I left Instagram for Flipboard and Vero

Reasons why I left Instagram for Flipboard and Vero

Instagram has been a huge part of my life for the past 10 or more years. I've been using it to capture moments and connect with friends and family. But recently, their changes have made it difficult for me to use the app how I want. So I decided to move over to another app called Vero, which offers more control and privacy than Instagram. It's also much more aesthetically pleasing. Plus, I like the fact that it now allows me to have multiple "stories" per day instead of just one. Now I can post photos, videos, articles, and even music! I also enjoy the fact that I can follow other accounts on Vero as well. Finally, I found an app that lets me share the things I'm passionate about without feeling like it's taking over my life!

When I signed up for an Instagram a long. I never thought it would one day become my main source of entertainment and information. It has allowed me to connect with others who share similar interests, but it's also introduced me to many new things that I would have never known about otherwise. It has allowed me to see the world through someone else's eyes, which is something I've never been able to do before.

But all of that is changing now thanks to recent changes to Instagram's policies. These have made it difficult for me to express my opinions and connect with people how I want to.

Endless algorithm updates, favouring short form over long-form content, constant changes to the interface, and increasing pressure to lean into short-form video content -
Long story short is I’m TIRED of it.

And now that I've discovered another app that allows me to post what I want without censoring my content, it feels like a breath of fresh air. I'm much happier now that I'm using Vero instead of Instagram!

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How Web3 Will Change Marketing Landscape Forever

How Web3 Will Change Marketing Landscape Forever

At the beginning of the Internet, users relied on multiple software and services to accomplish a single task. To play a video game, you had to purchase an online game and connect with your friends via IRC (Internet Relay Chat) and Ventrollo. This is Web1 — a decentralized platform operating in a pluralistic framework. Now, all of the tasks mentioned can be accomplished on Twitch and Discord — this is Web2. Web2 enabled giants like Meta and Alphabet to consolidate crucial auxiliary objectives such as gaining followers, sharing updates, promoting products, and building an online persona into a single website/application.

Welcome to Web3

Web3, also known as 'the new internet' is a term used for a brand new rendition of the internet that presents the option of decentralization. You've surely read and heard about this brand new Internet, but how does Web3 embed into our properties? It's pretty simple: through user behavior.

Although it sounds like a succession — something like 3G, 4G, and 5G — Web3 is not an upgrade from Web2. Instead, it exists simultaneously and is supported by the Web2 frameworks. You don't have to upgrade from Web3 to Web3.

The Need for Web3

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