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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Digital Digest- 20th Oct 2017

In this week’s issue, we look at:

-How are you watching TV?

-Comparison of various TV streaming packages?

-Computer life hacks…

 

Digital Digest 20th Oct 2017

 

Digital Digest- 29 Sept 2017

digital digest- 29 Sept

  1. Samsung X…the leaked details
  2. Did You Know …
  3. DigiTalk Interview

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Hold your breath for Samsung X ‘Folding Phone’

By Norah Spie 29 Sept, 2017
Are you a Samsung person like me? We all have been in some discussion which usually ends up with iPhone users being upset…well here is something that will make them not put their phones on top of the table again!

Samsung has been working for years on a smartphone that you can fold, effectively melding the old days of flip phones with today’s technology.

Samsung has already done everything the X is doing. Despite Apple claiming they’re changing the smartphone world, Samsung has already gone miles ahead. The Samsung X already has facial recognition technology, already has OLED screens, glass bodies and wireless charging. TheSamsung X is intended as a statement that will literally change the game.

While little specifics are known for the phone, it has already been registered in Korea and has passed bluetooth and radio certification – which are both crucial steps required for the sale of smartphones.

We also know it’s destined for a 2018 release, but beyond that Samsung has kept leaks to a minimum. Will this be the device of the future? It remains to be seen… but Samsung is gunning for Apple like never before and we can’t wait to find out more about the upcoming Samsung X.


Technology weird facts…

In 2012, at least 17 newborn girls were named Siri. ( iPhone;s voice assistant)

The word robot comes from the Czech“robota.” In English, robota translates to “forced labor.”

The first VCR was created in 1956 and was the size of a piano.

The world’s first camera took eight hours to snap a photo. Lifebuzz.com

About 1 out of 8 married couples actually met each other on the Internet.


DigiTalk

We caught up with a vibrant start up Afritorch Digital  which is the brain child of Michel M. Katuta and Thabo Mphate; who are doing amazing things in the digital space in Africa.

Afritorch is the first dedicated digital transformation firm with a mission to empower market research in Africa by helping insights’ players harness the power of digital technology in order to streamline and automate processes, cut down operating costs, improve flexibility and reach a wider consumer audience.

.DD: What are you trying to achieve with Afritorch Digital?

AD: We want to enable companies to act big, think smart, and move at the speed of light through the limitless possibilities digital transformation

DD: How do you classify  yourselves ?

AD : We are a digital market research company

DD: Who are your main clients?

AD: Our main target markets are market research agencies operating in Africa.

DD: What made you decide to start Afritorch Digital?

AD: There is a gap within the market research industry in Africa in utilizing and implementing digital technologies to cut down research operating costs while providing opportunity for innovation.

 DD: What is unique about Afritorch Digital ?

AD: Our value proposition is that we provide an Africa-focus digital solution, not just the technology. We are a digital transformation startup, helping market research suppliers to integrate the digital space through technology and processes built to support innovation.

DD: What advise do you have for other young entrepreneurs who want to get into digital transformation?

AD: A piece of advice for those who would like to move into digital transformation: is to pick an industry in which you have an extensive knowledge and expertise.

DD: Do you plan on expanding around the continent? And if so, which countries?AD: Yes, we do. We’ve already done some work in countries like; Nigeria, Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

Our goal is to reach African countries where research demand is showing growth.  ©

http://www.afritorchdigital.com

http://www.afritorchdigital.com/

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Digital Digest- 22 Sept 2017

Digital Digest- 22 Sept 2017

Issue 2

Online safety for kids…

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Are you worried about internet safety? Here are some tips to help today’s parent

by Norah Spie on September 22

  1. Use Virtual Private Network If you want to prevent your location from being tracked and protect your family on any network, the best thing to do is to get a Virtual Private Network. It connects your device to an offsite secure server and uses an encrypted connection to keep your data safe on that connection and your kids cannot be tracked online.

 

    1. Practice Basic Security Hygiene Your children having a safe online experience starts with you having a safe online experience. Keep updated anti-virus and malware, have strong passwords and never downloading untrustworthy materials. Train yourself and your children on how to recognize common social engineering methods such as email or social media phishing.

 

  • Know Their Skill Level If you have a better understanding of how good your children really are with computers and technology, then you will be better able to teach them about how to be safe online. If you are lacking in skills, then catch up with them!
  1. Know Who They are Talking To If your children are old enough to be talking to people online, then know who those people are. If they are classmates, relatives or neighborhood kids, it is probably fine, but strangers or someone who could be pretending to be a friend to your child in order to get close to them could mean serious danger for your children. Be on the lookout for cyberbullying or people impersonating friends and family – it unfortunately happens more often than you may think.
  2. Use Parental Blocks Parental blocks are still useful for a younger child to keep them away from illicit content and accidentally stumbling into something dangerous. Attentiveness and strategy will always trump technology when it comes to protecting your children. digitalguardian.com
  3. Write Down a Set of Rules like: I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number without my parents’ permission. I will tell my parents right away if I come across something that makes me feel uncomfortable. safekids.com

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  Back It Up!

by Staff Writer on September 22

Everyone loses data at some point in their lives. There is nothing like losing your dissertation, that annual report or family pictures. Your computer’s hard drive could fail at anytime, ransomware could hold your files hostage, or a software bug could delete your important files. If you’re not regularly backing up your computer, you could lose those files forever.

Backups don’t have to be hard or confusing, though. You’ve probably heard about countless different backup methods, but which one is right for you? And what files do you really need to back up?

 

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Let’s start with the obvious: what do you need back up? Well, first and foremost, you need to backup your personal files. You can always reinstall your operating system and redownload your programs if your hard drive fails, but your own personal data is irreplaceable. Here are some top backup options;

  1. Back Up to an External Drive (flash disk or larger drive)
  2. Back Up Over the Internet (BackBlaze)
  3. Use a Cloud Storage Service (GoogleDrive, Dropbox, OneDrive)
  4. Automate It! (activate auto backup on your machine)
  5. One Backup Isn’t Enough: Use Multiple Methods (email yourself the very important files)

 

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Digital Digest- 15th Sept 2017

Digital Digest, 15th Sept 2017

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

 

Upcoming Events

Internet Summit, 15-16 Nov 2017, Raleigh, NC, USA

IoT Forum Africa, 14-15 March 2018, Sandton, RSA

 

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