Digital Digest- 23 Feb 2018

In this issue;

1. Smartphone addiction
2. Basics tech skills you
should know
3. How men and women use
social media

 

Digital Digest- 23 February 2018

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Digital Digest- 19th January 2018

WhatsApp launches separate app for small businesses 

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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

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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                                   newsfeed

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.

Digital Digest- 12 January 2018

The  evolution of the TV set

Thinking of buying a new TV set? Read this before you do…

by Norah Spie, 12 Jan 2018

Buying a new television is an overwhelming experience. Prices vary widely for TVs of the same size. TV manufacturers and salespeople use extra features, alien-sounding technologies and hyperbolic claims about picture quality to get you to spend more. You need to consider the size, picture quality, smart tv connectivity, curved or straight, thin or thick style, the brand, etc. Then you also have to know what you are going to use the TV for? Is it for just watching movies and news, as a computer, for games, for work presentations, etc? Do you see how this is starting to be complicated? And just when you got the hang of OLED, Samsung is promising to prong it and bring us QLED.

When it comes to TVs, bigger really is better. I recommend a size of at least 40 inches for a bedroom TV and at least 55 inches for a living room or main TV — and 65 inches or larger is best. You may notice there are no small TVs in this round-up, and that’s because the best TVs only come in larger sizes. According to toptens.com, the best brands for TV sets are ;

Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Toshiba, Philips, Sharp, Vizio, Mitsubishi and HiSense, in that order. Bottom line? All of the best TVs are 4K TVs with HDR. If you’re shopping for a medium-sized or larger TV, you’ll probably end up with a 4K one anyway, and chances are it’ll do HDR too.  Now, lets look at the best TVs and the breakdown the jargon…


Quick Tips to consider before you buy a TV set….

Here are the most important things to consider before you buy a television;

1.Don’t buy a TV with less than 4K resolution (i.e., avoid 1080p sets) if you want a future-proof set.

  1. Expect to pay about $500 for a solid 50- to 55-inch bargain 4K TV and at least $900 for a 65-inch model.
  2. Don’t buy a TV with less than a 120 Hz refresh rate. For state-of-the-art models, look for an HDR-compatible set, which offers more realistic colors and better contrast.
  3. OLED TVs look much betterthan a typical LED LCD, but they are considerably more expensive. Also remember, QLED is to be released later this year– a better version of OLED.
  4. Ignore contrast-ratio specs: manufacturers fudge the numbers. Trust your own eyes.

6.Look for at least four HDMI ports; 4K shoppers should ask about HDCP compatibility.

7.Curved TVs are a fashion statement. They don’t benefit image quality.

8.Most TVs are “smart TVs” these days with easy access to Netflix and other online apps. Don’t be tricked into thinking this is a big deal.

  1. Plan to buy a sound-bar.TV speakers are worse nowadays because the screens are thinner.

So which is the best TV?

Best Overall: Samsung UN65MU9000 Flat 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 9 Series SmartTV Samsung’s newest MU9000 earns our top spot for the best overall TV due to its stellar picture quality, impressive motion handling and sleek design. Its high SDR peak brightness overcomes any glare, but this 65-incher really shines in dark rooms, where it produces very deep blacks courtesy of its superior native contrast ratio of 6000:1 and excellent black uniformity.

Second best: is the mind-blowing 4K models,- the Sony XBR55X900E, a 65-inch beast with picture that will knock you off your feet. This model has support for high dynamic range (HDR), which makes whites brighter and blacks darker, and even non-HDR content can be upscaled to look amazing because of the Sony’s new 4K HDR Processor X1.  Happy TV shopping !


Computer Life Hacks….

The term “life hack” refers to all skills, shortcuts and novelty methods employed to increase levels of productivity. One of the most basic and easy-to-master life hacks is learning your most useful keyboard shortcuts. You can do more than you might have guessed with just your keyboard! Using the mouse less often can reduce painful strain on joints, muscles and nerves.

  1. Save your laptop battery life by not overcharging

You can prolong your laptop battery life by as much as four times by charging your battery to 80 percent and then letting it drain to 40 percent. The reason is explained: “each cell in a lithium-polymer battery is charged to a voltage level. The higher the charge percentage, the higher the voltage level. The more voltage a cell has to store, the more stress it’s put under. That stress leads to fewer discharge cycles.”

 2. Charge your phone in a hurry

If you don’t have much time to get your phone juiced up, put it onto airplane mode while it’s charging.

3. Use keyboard shortcut

using helpful keyboard shortcuts on a PC could save you an hour a day, which can add up to three hours a week., here are some useful shortcuts;

Alt +Shift+D displays the current date

Alt+Shift+T displays current time

Ctrl+T opens new browsing page

 

Digital Digest- 5th January 2018

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Alexa by Amazon

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 …

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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:

  1. 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.
  1. China has treatment camps for internet addicts.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. The internet requires 50 million horsepower to keep running in the current state.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Online dating generates approximately $1 billion dollars every year.
  1. Currently, 8.7 billion machines are connected to the internet. Expect this to grow to 40 billion gadgets by 2020.
  1. 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.
  1. 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…

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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 27th Oct 2017

Unsend on Whatsapp finally here!

by Norah Spie 27 Oct,2017                      

In an age in which so much of our communication occurs digitally, WhatsApp, one of the most widely used apps on the planet.

Most of us have sent at least one text or image we later wished we could take back. And thanks to WhatsApp’s latest update, that wish has now become a reality. WhatsApp has introduced a new ‘delete for everyone’ feature, allowing users to unsend an embarrassing message within seven minutes of sending it.

The feature is currently rolling out to users on Android and iOS, although it is unclear how widespread and quickly the launch will take place.

WhatsApp has updated its FAQs page to explain the new feature. The FAQ page says: ‘Deleting messages for everyone allows you to delete specific messages you have sent to either a group or an individual chat. ‘This is particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake’, says WhatsApp.

To delete a message, open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you want to delete. Tap and hold the message, then choose Delete from the menu. Tap ‘Delete for everyone’ and the message will disappear. Messages you successfully delete for everyone will now be replaced with ‘This message was deleted’ in your recipients’ chats.

Remember , this only works within 7 minutes!


Did you know?
Email existed before the world wide web

You probably don’t even think before composing a one-line email message and sending it. But it wasn’t always so easy.
You had to use a computer and a rotary telephone to connect to a service called Micronet. This was pre-WWW, so there were no URLs, just numbered webpages. For emails, the webpage number was 7776.

 


Top websites you need know and use…

theinternetfireplace.com– if you want some real fire while you are surfing online.

accountkiller.com– removes personal data online. If you open a social media account and you want all data pertaining to that account wiped out, then this is the site!

ted.com– TED has become a powerful organization in spreading ideas and knowledge. The nonprofit organization hosts conferences around the world where people of all walks of life share their amazing ideas and experiences through short speaking gigs.

hotelwifitest.com– before booking a hotel and wifi is very important to you, then this site that can tell you if the hotel’s wifi is good.

keepmeout.com– blocks sites while you are working on your computer if you are easily distracted.

medium.com/personal-growth– excellent site if you want to learn more and improve yourself. Credible online courses.

goodthingsguy.com– tired of all the bad news reported by mainstream media, this site only does the good stories.

boredpanda.com– Could the name of this website be any more appropriate? Bored Panda is the place you want to be when you want to discover interesting and visually appealing content.

funnyordie.com– Love comedy? Then Funny or Die is where you need to be. This website is completely dedicated to featuring hilarious sketches from users, comedians and celebrities.

norahspie.com– this is how a personal site should look like.


 Computer Life Hacks….

  1. Most people know that holding down the space bar on a webpage scrolls downwards, but if you hold down SHIFT+space bar, it takes you right to the top of the page
  2. If your printer is out of black ink, and you urgently want to print, change the colour font to #010101, which is 99% grey and will look like black on paper.
  3. You can set a timer on Google by typing on the search bar : ‘google set timer for 5 minutes’ or whatever minutes you want
  4. When you want to show someone one picture on your Android phone, zoom in a little bit so that they cannot swipe to other pictures.
  5. If Word crashes or shuts down before you save your document, search ‘.asd’ in File Manager and the document will be there!
  6. If you type in the flight number in Google search, you can get information of where exactly the plane is.
  7. Want to know if your house is the only one without power, search for other Wifi, if there is none– then you are not the only one without power.

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