WhatsApp launches separate app for small businesses
by Norah Spie 19th Jan, 2018
The Facebook-owned company has launched WhatsApp Business, an app that aims to make communicating with small businesses easier.
WhatsApp Business adds key features like dedicated business profiles for details like email address, business description, store addresses, and website; smart messaging tools like greetings, quick replies, and away messages; and metrics for how many messages were sent, delivered, and read.
For those who use a business number and a personal one, both the WhatsApp Business and WhatsApp Messenger apps can be used on the same device and registered with your different numbers. WhatsApp Business is also compatible with WhatsApp Web, the app’s desktop web browser client. Business accounts will be clearly listed as such. WhatsApp says over time, businesses that have confirmed their account phone number and matches their business one will receive a confirmation badge on their profile.
WhatsApp Business is free and available to download now for Android users, though there’s no mention of an iOS release yet. WhatsApp Business is currently available in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the UK, and the US, with a global rollout scheduled in the coming weeks.
WhatsApp Business could be a big boom in developing nations, where more informal platforms, like WhatsApp, are used by small businesses to advertise, liaise and sell to customers. WhatsApp is the second biggest messaging app in the world — second only to Facebook Messenger, which had 1.2 billion users as of late April.
Difference between Surface Web, Deep Web, Dark Web and Darknet
What is Surface Web?
Quite simply, if you are reading this blog then you are exploring the surface part of the web. The websites, webpages and information that you find using web search engine like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. only portray that you are exploring just the surface of the web. Search Engines use the crawling process to index the webpages. Thus, the general public access only surface web. Now, let’s go little deeper.
Did you know?
4% of the content is only available for the general public in the entire ocean of the web.
What is Deep Web?
The content that you cannot find using the search engine is termed as deep web. For example– if you search for something specific in the search engine it will give you many links and you will only find the content that you are looking for after clicking those links. Every website has its own search box. Thus the search engine’s search is limited to navigate the website. It won’t give you the links that are deep inside the website even if your search is specific. You have to go through different websites to find the particular link.
In simple terms, there are places in web that cannot be accessed by search engines but can be accessed if you have an address.
Did you know?
96% of the content is only available in the deep web.
What is Dark Web?
The data that are purposefully unrevealed and is not attainable through any standard web browsers is termed as dark web. Dark Web is mostly used for illegal and nefarious activities. The content inside Dark Web is usually found using the Tor network.
Have you heard of the Silk Road? It is an online black market, infamous for selling and purchasing illegal drugs. It has been shut by authorities but keeps popping back up.
What is Darknet?
A different network that is encrypted and is created upon the existing internet is Darknet. It can only be accessed by using some specific configuration of the tools and software. Some of the popular darknet browsers are Freenet, Tor, GNUnet, I2P, OneSwarm, RetroShare, etc.
Two types of browsers are: i. Friend-to-friend networks (used for sharing files using peer-to-peer connection) ii. Privacy networks (such as Tor).
Darknet is mainly used for doing illegal activities- computer crime, Purchase or sell illegal goods and services, news leaks, mass surveillance, pirated movies, underage pornography, etc.
5 ways to clean up your Facebook News Feed
Get the news you want without the stuff you don’t want.
Has your Facebook news feed become a jumble of uninteresting or annoying posts that you skip over to get to the stuff you do care about? It doesn’t have to be that way. Facebook offers a handful of tools that let you weed out the stuff you don’t want so you can more quickly get to the stuff you do want. These tips are based on the Facebook mobile app.
1. Hit the snooze button
Maybe your friend is over-posting about a new job, a new relationship or a new diet. If you want to hide someone’s posts temporarily, Facebook now lets you hide their posts for 30 days with its new snooze feature.
Just tap the triple-dot button next to the post of the person, brand, group or news outlet you want to banish from your news feed for 30 days and tap the Snooze option.
2. Hide post
If you want someone’s posts to remain in your news feed but with less frequency, you can tell Facebook to show you fewer posts from that person. Tap the triple-dot button next to one of their (many) posts and tap Hide post. That current post will be hidden, and you’ll see fewer posts from that person.
3. Unfollow someone
Facebook’s Unfollow option lets you stay friends with someone but stop seeing their posts in your news feed. Just tap the triple-dot button next to the post of the person you no longer want to hear from and tap the Unfollow option. You’ll stop seeing that person’s posts and he or she won’t know you are no longer following their Facebook activity.
4. Block/unfriend someone
The nuclear option is to unfriend someone. If you are ready to part ways with a Facebook friend, go to their profile page, tap the little down-arrow button and choose Block. Blocking someone will unfriend them, and they will no longer be able see your posts or tag you in any of their posts. They will not be notified that you unfriended them, but they still might see your name is no longer on their friends list.
5. Report a post
If you come across a post that you find offensive, you can report it to Facebook. Tap the triple-dot button next to it and tap Give feedback on this post. Facebook will give you a few options to describe how the post is offensive — violence, harassment, suicide or self-injury, hate speech and others. Facebook will review the post and remove it if it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards.
Tech things to look out for this year…
by Norah Spie 5th Jan, 2018
A surprisingly robust year that 2017 turned out to be! Our collective attentions now turn to the new year, and many questions arise as to what will happen in 2018.
After years of blissful detachment, the tech industry faced an unprecedented amount of pushback and scorn in 2017, as major tech companies like Google, Facebook, Uber and more found themselves in challenging political, judiciary, and legislative environments.
In 2018, the pressure that tech companies face will likely increase, and we expect that scrutiny will start to extend to their business models as well.
Alexa and other touchless computing will explode this year!
The big story in 2017 was the rise of the smart assistant, with Alexa embedded in everything from speakers and lights to cars and even furniture. This year promises even more pervasive adoption of voice computing, but the ubiquity of “touchless” interfaces should make voice assistants far more versatile in the year ahead.
“Imagine picking up your empty bottle of juice and saying ‘Alexa, order this’ and its ordered for you, since Alexa understands what you’re looking at or holding.” Welcome to the future!
Fascinating facts about the Internet …
From surfing to taking help from the internet for doing projects and collecting information, today we find it difficult to imagine our life without the internet. But not many of us know these interesting yet important facts about the internet. So, let’s have a quick look at it:
- Approximately 3.2 billion people use the internet. Out of this, 1.7 billion of internet users are Asians. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 200 billion emails and 3 billion Google searches would have to wait if the internet goes down for a day.
- China has treatment camps for internet addicts.
- 30,000 websites are hacked every day. Highly effective computer software programs are used by cybercriminals to automatically detect vulnerable websites which can be hacked easily.
- Internet sends approximately 204 million emails per minute and 70% of these emails are spam. 2 billion electrons are required to produce a single email.
- The internet requires 50 million horsepower to keep running in the current state.
- Approximately 9 million adults in Britain and one-third of Italians have never used the internet. Imagine that! While there are treatment camps for internet addicts in China, a vast population of people has never used it till date.
- The majority of internet traffic is not generated by humans, but by bots and malware. According to a recent study conducted by Incapsula, 61.5% or nearly two-thirds of all the website traffic is caused by Internet bots.
- Online dating generates approximately $1 billion dollars every year.
- Currently, 8.7 billion machines are connected to the internet. Expect this to grow to 40 billion gadgets by 2020.
- A whopping 120,000 domains are registered every single day and 43 million domain names a year. The greatest irony is that more than 75% of domains are not live. They are simply parked or not at all resolving, that’s the reason why you don’t get your desired .com domain.
- There are 14 people and SEVEN keys that control the internet. The 14 people are assigned to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and they hold seven different keys. In the case of a Catastrophe, these people can meet and restore the state of the internet. There are seven more copies of the original key in case any one of them gets misplaced or if something goes wrong.
Facebook promises to improve…
Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook has “a lot of work to do” when it comes to harassment, election interference and just making sure that it’s a meaningful platform to be on. So he’s making it his “personal challenge” for 2018 to “focus on fixing these important issues.”
Zuckerberg has given himself a personal challenge every year since 2009, but they’re usually more along the lines of “meet new people” or “read more books.” This year’s challenge comes from a very different place — and, really, it’s just what Zuckerberg’s job should have always been.
Facebook has shown more willing to accept its role as a central distributor of information over the past year, and Zuckerberg’s announcement today suggests the company is increasingly ready to address its many shortcomings in that role.
“We won’t prevent all mistakes or abuse, but we currently make too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing misuse of our tools,” Zuckerberg writes. “If we’re successful this year then we’ll end 2018 on a much better trajectory.”
This is an important point for Zuckerberg to acknowledge. While Facebook often approaches issues like harassment with good intentions, they frequently go awry when its guidelines are misapplied — banning people who shouldn’t be banned, or allowing people to stay who are clearly acting inappropriately. It’s clear this is a systemic issue.
“A lot of us got into technology because we believe it can be a decentralizing force that puts more power in people’s hands … With the rise of a small number of big tech companies — and governments using technology to watch their citizens — many people now believe technology only centralizes power rather than decentralize it,” he writes.
Zuckerberg’s acknowledgement of the fears and concerns of his users is at least a foundation on which it can hopefully start to address those problems with more vigor.
DIGITAL Digest issue 01
The case of the X!
Start saving, start queuing, iPhone X is here…
‘Our vision has always been to create an iPhone that is entirely screen. One so immersive the device itself disappears into the experience. And so intelligent it can respond to a tap, your voice, and even a glance. With iPhone X, that vision is now a reality. Say hello to the future’, says Apple about their sleek new baby.
Brace yourself for the iPhone X (pronounced as 10). Apple admits it will cost more than any other handset and they assure you it is worth your money and the extra waiting time to receive an order. Apple will release it on 27 October, 2017 as a limited edition. This is Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone, and it is set to change how the handset game forever. It leaves behind the familiar physical home button and tried-and-true fingerprint sensor.
Click here to see all the iPhone X features.
THIS WEEK’S FUTURE TIP – INTERNET OF THINGS
Africa Prepares for IoT
IT leaders and business executives are meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa on 14-15 March 2018, at the Internet of Things Forum Africa to explore the latest developments in IoT technology. The forum will showcase technologies, platforms & devices that will power the future.
So What Is The Internet Of Things?
Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet. This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices… The IoT is a giant network of connected “things” (which also includes people). The relationship will be between people-people, people-things, and things-things. Forbes.com
Internet Summit, 15-16 Nov 2017, Raleigh, NC, USA
IoT Forum Africa, 14-15 March 2018, Sandton, RSA
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