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What Will Happen to Work From Home When Coronavirus is Over? / Digital Information World

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The current pandemic that the world is going through has lead to a lot of changes in the way we do things. One thing it’s changed has to do with how we work. Normally of course people would go to an office to get work done but coronavirus made that impossible. This lead to a rise in people working from home. While there was an initial adjustment period, a lot of people settled in and working from home became quite normal for them. While the coronavirus pandemic is still in full swing, vaccine developments and a decrease in infection rates in many countries has made some see a finish line in the distance. What will become of working from home when this finish line is reached? Well, one thing to realize is that working from home was not unheard of even before the pandemic. It was actually a pretty good option both for businesses and employees. People got to work in comfort without the stress of getting dressed and enduring a stressful commute, and businesses could avoid the costs ass

What Cybersecurity Really Looks Like In The Average American Office / Digital Information World

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Where cybersecurity is concerned, no one is immune to attacks. As increasing numbers of large companies fall victim to online infiltrators, despite having IT departments on the payroll, smaller businesses are also at risk. But how are businesses handling these potential threats? In a new study , team improvement software developer Nulab asked more than 1,000 full-time employees who spent at least four hours each day using a computer at work about their perceptions of workplace cybersecurity. The survey dives into various approaches to keep employees and businesses safe from cyberattacks, as well as some of the reckless behaviors that many employees regularly witnessed. Online Office Safety Approximately 1 in 3 respondents said they believed that cybersecurity was a moderate or major problem for their employer. Just 24% felt their company had no issues with protecting its online information. And nearly twice that percentage (44%) felt their employer only had minor problems with c

A Security Bug In Google Play Core Library Could Have Allowed Malicious Apps To Steal Sensitive Information From Other Applications On The Same Smartphone / Digital Information World

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A security bug in Android might have allowed malicious applications to steal sensitive information from other applications on the same Android device. A security bug has been discovered in Google Play’s Core Library which might have granted access to malicious applications on Android to harvest private data. Google’s wide used Play Core Library allows developers to push in-app updates as well as new feature modules to their Android applications such as game levels and language packs. The app security startup Oversecured discovered this security vulnerability in Google’s Play Core Library. An unauthorized application on the same Android smartphone could exploit the flaw in Play Core Library by injecting malicious modules into other applications that rely on Play Core Library to steal sensitive data such as login credentials and credit card numbers from inside the application. The founder of Oversecured, Sergey Toshin, told a media outlet that exploiting this security vulnerability

YouTube is experimenting with a native Picture-in-Picture mode for its iOS app / Digital Information World

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Picture-in-picture mode allows users to watch videos while using other apps. This functionality is available with the videos of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV, and users can enjoy these videos in a smaller frame while doing something else on the web. iPad users have been enjoying the picture-in-picture functionality since iOS 9 onwards. However, for a long time, iPad users also had the feature limited to the audio without picture of a video playing back while they backed out of the YouTube app, but then the functionality came for them eventually. However, this is quite ironic that to utilize the mode, iOS users have to subscribe to YouTube Premium, and pay a monthly fee of $15.99 ($11.99 per month for American users plus 30% Apple’s commission.) Apple has enabled this mode in iPhone with iOS 14. And recently, Daniel Yount has reported that YouTube has started testing this feature (with audio and picture both) in its iOS app. In fact, according to some social media users, thi

China’s new rules on AI technology exports may bring new hurdles to carry an effective trade of TikTok in the US / Digital Information World

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There does not go a single day without any new development in the world of TikTok. It looks like there is another trouble in the house now, which may hamper the plans for the sale of TikTok in the US for a time being. As per the reports from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal , China is bringing in some new rules for the sales or export of apps that employ sensitive AI technology including text analysis, voice recognition, and content suggestions. These new rules imply that for the sale of such technology, the company requires a license from the Chinese government. In this case, the Beijing-based company ByteDance needs to take a license to sell off TikTok in the US. A Chinese government official told the Xinhua News Agency that ByteDance needs to take every step very carefully and may also consider halting the process of selling off TikTok to an American company. It seems that ByteDance is caught between two giants who have their agendas and their own set of demands

Facebook Is Testing A New Feature That Allows Users To Link Their Facebook Account To News Subscription Sites / Digital Information World

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News organizations across the globe are increasingly focused on subscriptions-based models to drive their businesses, and adopting the trend, Facebook has created a new account linking feature that offers a better experience for users on its platform when they see content from news organizations they subscribe to. Last week, the social media giant revealed that it is collaborating with publishers across the globe to test a new feature that allows users to link their Facebook account to their news subscriptions so users will not need to repeatedly sign in while reading articles on Facebook’s platform. This test has been ongoing since last year and included publishers like The Winnipeg Free Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Athletic. It is noteworthy that the new account linking tool support article links to news organizations’ own sites. The idea is that when the social media site identifies that a Facebook user subscribes to one of Facebook’s publisher partners, Face

AdDuplex provides data suggesting the November 2019 update of Microsoft Windows 10 is now gaining more popularity than ever before / Digital Information World

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Finally, the November 2019 update version of Windows 10 (Version 1909) has started seeing more popularity than before as per AdDuplex’s recent reports . The reason is most likely the lack of general availability of the May 2020 (version 2004) of Windows 10. More and more users wanted to upgrade Windows10 with the last updated version in May 2020, but it is not available on all devices for everyone. Microsoft is gradually rolling it out across the world. There are several ways to get this version even if your device does not fully support it, but there are chances of getting bugs and other problems that way. So, in the meanwhile, users have turned towards Version 1909 as per some recent data collected by AdDuplex. Windows 10 version 20H2 is currently in the last testing stages, and according to Microsoft’s typical release schedule, it should be finalized in September. If everything goes according to the plan, this new feature update should get the go-ahead for production devices i

Study reveals that in-app ad issues are resolved on Google Play more quickly than on Apple App Store / Digital Information World

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In-app ads are a major source of revenue generation for a lot of developers. Around 2 million free apps across Google Play Store and Apple App Store use in-app ads for monetization. But almost 50% of the users find these ads intrusive and they uninstall the apps based on different issues that they encounter because of these ads. The researchers of Harbin Institute of Technology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Singapore Management University, and Monash University of Melbourne, conducted an interesting  study to analyze the apps and their in-app ad issues and how quickly developers resolved those issues. They investigated in-app ads in 32 cross-platform apps that rank in the top 100 apps in Google Play and the App Store. They used apps from 15 distinct categories. All these apps had more than 100,000 reviews on both Google Play and the App Store. After selecting the apps, they used a web crawler that scraped user reviews, which were then filtered and isolated based on certai

Google is still not the all-knowing, almighty search engine as 15 percent of queries are ‘never seen before’ by tech giant / Digital Information World

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Google is a powerful search engine, but it certainly has its limitations and it is not ‘all-knowing’ as we like to believe. Back in 2007 , 25% of all the queries searched in Google Search bar were considered ‘new’ and ‘never seen before’ by Google. This figure improved and got down to 15% in 2013 , 2017 , and 2018 . Recently, Danny Sullivan from Google said that the figure remains static in 2020 also. This means that on a daily basis, 500 million search queries which make up to 15% of all the queries submitted on Google Search are new and have never been seen before by Google and its algorithms! Google sees 100 billion queries every month and responds to all of them within microseconds. However, for 15% of queries submitted on a daily basis, Google’s Search engine takes a longer time to process and find the answer. And this figure is static since 2013! Google crawls more than 20 billion websites daily to collect new data that can be turned into search results. Back in 2013, Goo

Market share of popular operating systems globally / Digital Information World

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Even though Apple’s popularity knows no bounds, it must bother the tech giant that its market share is significantly less than that of Android in several countries with rising economies. However, if things go according to the plan, Apple may get to turn the tables in at least one of the markets i.e. India, in the near future. Apple is all set to launch its first stores in India, following considerable investment in a local production center. Until now, India’s dedication to protecting its markets prevented Apple from expanding its operations in the country. Moreover, Apple also had to pay heavy import duty to get its products in the Indian markets. The import duty resulted in the prices going up, rendering the phones unaffordable for almost the entire population. Currently, Apple has a 3% market share in India. However, with the locally-manufactured iPhone SE valued at $484, Apple might have hit the jackpot and may find its products in many Indian households soon. In the US and

How to Control Your Mac’s Fan Speed

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Fans inside your Mac provide a necessary airflow to cool critical components. They’re important because overheating can lead to physical damage. By default, the fans automatically start when the system gets hot and stop once it cools down. There’s no way to configure them out of the box. But sometimes, you might hear the fan too often, or maybe you don’t notice the fan running even when your Mac feels hot. We’ll explain how your Mac’s fan works and show how you can monitor and control its speed with third-party utilities. Factors Affecting a Mac’s Fans In day-to-day usage, an app might need some extra processing power to complete its task. In such cases, your fans will run heavily and make noise. But when your system isn’t experiencing heavy usage and the fan is still constantly running, that’s a red flag. Here are some factors that might affect your Mac’s fans: A faulty temperature sensor, or an erroneous System Management Controller (SMC) setting, could cause your Mac to ru

Reminder: Save 80% on the Pencil Kings Ultimate Character Drawing & Design Course Bundle

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Mix spiffy and geeky with these Justice League suits

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DC’s Justice League suits from Fun.com sure are fun to look at. They are also just as comfortable. If you enjoyed our previous lists of Avengers- and Joker- inspired suits, this collection is another one worth looking at. These sets are also perfect choices when you want to go all out geeky, but not quite. The grey suit’s lining and matching necktie and pocket square feature the iconic emblems of the Justice League members. You can see logos of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman, and the Flash among others. Fun.com’s Secret Identity line of suits focus on subtle geekery, and this one definitely keeps things simple The Alter Ego line is about the suit screaming whatever character it is based on out loud. This Dark Knight set sure does just that. Though it does look something like what Bruce Wayne would wear if he organizes a fund raiser for The Caped Crusader (with one of the older Robins playing the part). The armor details plus the utility belt portion are nic

How to Update Old Blog Posts for SEO

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Not every blog post you publish will rank in search engines. Even if you’ve done keyword research  and written great content, it’s not always possible to get things right on your first attempt. For example, we published a post about “ what is SEO ” in late 2018. It wasn’t a complete failure, but it never ranked higher than the bottom of page one or got more than an estimated 500 organic visits per month. So, in August 2019, we rewrote and republished the post. Traffic pretty much doubled overnight and kept climbing. We’ve done this several times with positive results. If you look at the number of republished posts on the blog in Ahrefs’ Content Explorer , you’ll see that we’ve republished 75 of our 200+ posts at least once. In this guide, you’ll learn how to republish old blog posts for more organic traffic in three easy steps. Find underperforming pages with content issues Refresh the content Republish the post https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HWna4hK47c Step 1. Find