Saturday, 22 July 2017

How to Avoid Google's Penalty - Guidelines

In 2015, Google announced that mobile searches surpassed desktop searches in at least 10 countries. 56% of traffic on major websites comes from mobile. In light of this, Google’s decision to improve the mobile user experience by various means, such as AMP pages and a dedicated mobile index, comes across as a sound business move.



 

More than half of the 2 trillion searches Google processes each year come from mobile devices. Mobile devices have changed the way we approach search, ushering in new types of habits such as local search, voice search and more. These consumer habits have greatly affected the way search engine providers think about user search intent.

A new type of mobile improvement was rolled out by Google. The search giant has decided to launch a war against interstitials that ruin the user experience. As a result, any website found guilty of showing intrusive popups, banners or overlays (called interstitials) will see its content demoted in Google’s mobile search results. We’ll be looking at what’s being penalized, what’s allowed and some workarounds to help you cope with this new penalty.

Mobile Reality

Two years ago, Google introduced a mobile-friendly label as it began prioritizing mobile websites. The aim was to push websites that offer a substandard user experience to improve their design, code and content. These guidelines are updated quite often as Google aims to keep the mobile user experience center stage:

    Mobile-Friendly Test, Google Search Console
    AMP
    “Guidelines for Mobile Web Development,” Smashing Magazine
    “Responsive Web Design Basics,” Pete LePage, Web Fundamentals, Google Developers
    “Enabling Deep Links for App Content,” Android Developers
    “Google Algorithm Change History,” Moz

With a dramatically levelled playing field, various elements are fighting to be displayed on one small screen. Coupons, offers, newsletter registration, ads, text, photos, social sharing buttons, and live chat are all vying for some valuable mobile screen space. Often, the visitor pays the price as their mobile experience becomes a confusing mess. Google’s latest penalty aims to change how we think about mobile advertising.

Introducing The Intrusive Interstitial Penalty

One recent change made this year is the intrusive interstitial update. This algorithm update has one mission: to penalize for intrusive popup ads that affect the mobile user experience. The update rolled out earlier this year. Certain websites saw their mobile rankings in Google lowered.
Decrypting The Intrusive Interstitial Update

First and foremost, it’s a mobile popup penalty. Secondly, it’s an intrusive popup penalty. Google wants to make sure that ads and popups do not interfere with the user experience on a mobile screen. The intent behind devaluing pages with popups and overlays that take up most of the screen is to help users access the content they’ve requested in the first place.
What Is The Impact Of This Latest Update?

Google will no longer consider pages with intrusive interstitials as being mobile-friendly. Bottom line: Obstructing content on mobile with ads or other popups is against Google’s guidelines. The main target of this update is overlays that gray out the content, making the content inaccessible for a few seconds or until the user miraculously manages to tap the minuscule “X” with their sausage fingers to dismiss the ads. Ads displayed over content are no longer acceptable on mobile. This includes popups that appear when you load the page from Google or when you scroll down. For many websites, playing according to Google’s rules means removing all barriers that could prevent the user from reading the content on the page at any time.

What Is An Interstitial?

Interstitial spaces can be defined as a type of “web page” that appears before or after the page (in a website or an app) expected by the user. Essentially, it is something that blocks out the website or app’s main content. These spaces have served as a promotional tool for many online marketers. They can contain advertisements, surveys, newsletter signup forms, coupons and other various calls to action.


What Constitutes An Intrusive Interstitial?

Intrusive interstitials tend to block most or all of a page, leading to a frustrating experience for desktop and mobile users alike. These ads hinder the experience because they are unexpected and block the content that users seek. On the desktop, they’re annoying at best, but on mobile, intrusive interstitials can ruin the entire experience. Ever had to deal with popups gone rogue on mobile? Google has been relatively straightforward in its definition of what constitutes an intrusive interstitial.


    a popup or modal window that blocks most or all of the content on a page (this is basically a full-screen interstitial above the header);
    a standalone interstitial that’s not responsive and that blocks the content;
    a layout in which the content above the fold has the look and feel of an interstitial and requires dismissal or scrolling in order for the user to reach the main content beneath the fold.

If your popups cover the main content shown on the screen, pop up without user interaction or require a dismissal before disappearing, chances are that they will trigger an algorithmic penalty.

Popups that incite users to choose their country or their preferred language are also targets because they fit the description above of what constitutes an intrusive interstitial. They bother readers and are not a necessity.


What’s Not Intrusive?

Not all interstitials are targeted by this penalty. Some exceptions exist, such as interstitials that are in place for legal or ethical reasons. The following popups do not require a change of size, design or position within a page:


    age-verification blockers that act as a shield for certain content, such as alcohol-related or adult content;
    cookies that use popups that serve as consent notifications as required by the EU;
    any other type of legally required popup.

Gray Area

The official guidelines provided by Google are pretty vague at times. The company’s definition of what constitutes an intrusive interstitial is not clearcut. Many elements are not addressed, such as:

    sticky sidebars,
    related posts,
    share buttons,
    live chat boxes,
    coupon popups.

The jury is still out on whether these elements will be targeted by the algorithm update, even if they comply with the guidelines on interstitials. Navigating this gray area can be tricky. If you want to come out on top, we recommend designing these elements in a way that ensures they do not cover any of the page’s actual content. Making sure these notifications do not hinder the user experience can go a long way towards avoiding a penalty.

What Is Still Permitted (But Intrusive Nonetheless)

Make no mistake, as of 10 January 2017, interstitials are a new ranking signal for mobile SEO. It doesn’t necessarily mean that all types of popups should be banned.
Intrusive Popups Are Still OK on Desktop

This penalty targets mobile issues. Overlays, popups and other types of interstitials will live another day on desktop.

Page-to-Page Interstitials Will Not Be Penalized

Google is not looking to penalize all pages with interstitials, only the ones that searchers could land on from search results. It’s still OK to display an interstitial when a user navigates from one of your pages to another. If a user can find a page by searching for something on Google, then you’ll need to ensure that this page has no intrusive interstitials. If after landing on this page, the user decides to navigate to another page on the website that is not listed by Google, then interstitials would be allowed on that page. Sounds a bit convoluted, but this has been confirmed by Google.


Will You Be Penalized?

Google’s main objective is to make the web more accessible, intuitive and usable, especially for mobile users. If your popups serve a real purpose that add value for the user, chances are you should be OK.


How The Penalty Works?

This mobile interstitial penalty is rolling out on a re-crawling basis. Basically, the next time Google’s bot crawls your website after 10 January 2017, it will evaluate the interstitials present on mobile. The penalty could hurt, but so far the reported impact has been minimal.
How To Identify Intrusive Interstitials

Auditing your popups is a great way to determine whether your mobile website is compliant. Start by reviewing the mobile popups, because desktop popups are not going to be penalized. Prefer small messages such as banners, inlines and slide-ins for mobile pages.

Testing Tool


Google has stated that it will not release an official tool to test websites. However, there is a tool out there, Interstitial Penalty Check, that uses image recognition to identify potential interstitials on your pages. It measures how much space popups take on the screen to flag the ones at risk.


Audit Your Popups

    Identify required interstitials, such as age-verification popups and cookie notifications.
    Identify all other popups, and evaluate them according to the amount of space they take up.
    Make note of any third-party scripts present on your website that might trigger popups. You will often find these if you use a CMS.
    For WordPress users, check your plugins. Some plugins used to display popup messages for coupons, membership offers, promotions and other types of ads need to be reviewed. You might have to adjust the sizes using the plugins’ settings.

Interstitial Design Guidelines

Any banners that take up a “reasonable amount of space” will not be targeted. That’s great news! However, no exact guidelines have been communicated by Google. The recommended size is 15% or less, even in landscape mode, because it still allows readers to access several lines of text.


Keep In Mind What Google Is Looking For In A Positive User Experience

Popups aren’t being banned, but marketing efforts will have to adapt to these new restrictions. Let’s rephrase that: Marketing efforts will have to respect the user’s screen space. Try to redesign any interstitials that were previously considered essential to marketing efforts. You can replace them with a link to a separate page or an inline ad, for example.

For instance, language-selection interstitials can be phased out, in favor of a banner on the website. But first evaluate whether such an element is worth that much screen space: Users arrive with a linguistic context already if they’ve come from Google.
Workarounds Link

If your website suffers a significant drop-off in conversion following the removal of some interstitials, then you’ll have to work around the issue. Luckily for you, only pages listed in Google’s search results are being targeted. If a user navigates to another page on your website, then a popup placed there would not be a problem for Google. The entry page is the issue for the search engine. This isn’t particularly recommended, but if interstitials remain the best way to convert users for your website, then consider keeping them on the website (and away from Google by placing a no-index tag in your code). Keep in mind that this would mean cutting off organic traffic from Google to that page.
News From The War On Interstitials
False Positives Penalties

Some websites have been hit by Google’s mobile interstitial penalty even though they were adhering to the guidelines. Other websites that should have been affected have not encountered any negative impact yet. So, what do you do if you’ve been hit unfairly? Head on over to the Google Webmaster Help forum to give feedback to the Google team.
How to Recover From a Penalty?

If your traffic has suffered because of this penalty, we recommend auditing your popups and removing the ones deemed intrusive. Once that’s done, you’ll have to wait until Google recrawls your pages. You can also submit your pages via the Google Search Console’s fetch and submit tool to kickstart the recrawling effort a bit. This should remove the demotion in mobile ranking inflicted on your website.

Google’s John Mueller confirms that the demotion would be removed in real time when the pages are recrawled and reindexed. This penalty is doled out in real time, meaning that recovery will depend on how frequently Google indexes those pages. For most websites, though, “real time” means waiting until each individual page is crawled by Google and the demotion is removed.


Adapt Or Die: Looking Into New Strategies

Yes, popups are frustrating, but companies use them because they are effective. SumoMe shares recent findings that establish the interstitial’s track record: An average conversion rate is 3.09%, versus 9.28% on average for high-performing popups.

Removing revenue-generating interstitials could hurt websites at first, but losing organic search traffic could hurt their revenues even more. Designers, developers and marketers must work together to find new, non-intrusive ways to generate revenue. A sound strategy would be to leverage content marketing to educate audiences and guide them through the buying process.

This means moving away from interruption marketing towards permission marketing. The first can be defined as an annoying version of the traditional way of doing marketing via advertising, promotion and sales, whereas the latter is about promoting and selling a product to a potential client who explicitly agrees to receive marketing information. Google is aware that many websites are supported by ads.

Its AdSense is based in part on this revenue model. There are pros and cons to this new update. It could mean more time on website, more page views and a lower bounce rate, but it could still harm revenue in the short to medium term. Google representatives have stated publicly that they don’t want confusing ads — so, if there’s any question about what is an ad and what is the main content, you could have a problem. Therefore, label your ads as sponsored content, make them unobtrusive, and you should be fine.

In the meantime, audit your popups, cookie notifications, overlays and big banners to make sure they comply with Google’s new guidelines. Make sure they don’t take up more than 15% of the screen to avoid a penalty. If you do get penalized, don’t panic; fix the issues, and wait for Google’s bot to visit your website again. The bot should notice your efforts and remove the penalty.


Make no mistake, as of 10 January 2017, interstitials are a new ranking signal for mobile SEO. It doesn’t necessarily mean that all types of popups should be banned.
Intrusive Popups Are Still OK on Desktop

This penalty targets mobile issues. Overlays, popups and other types of interstitials will live another day on desktop.

Page-to-Page Interstitials Will Not Be Penalized


Google is not looking to penalize all pages with interstitials, only the ones that searchers could land on from search results. It’s still OK to display an interstitial when a user navigates from one of your pages to another. If a user can find a page by searching for something on Google, then you’ll need to ensure that this page has no intrusive interstitials. If after landing on this page, the user decides to navigate to another page on the website that is not listed by Google, then interstitials would be allowed on that page. Sounds a bit convoluted, but this has been confirmed by Google.
 

Will You Be Penalized?

Google’s main objective is to make the web more accessible, intuitive and usable, especially for mobile users. If your popups serve a real purpose that add value for the user, chances are you should be OK.


How The Penalty Works?

This mobile interstitial penalty is rolling out on a recrawling basis. Basically, the next time Google’s bot crawls your website after 10 January 2017, it will evaluate the interstitials present on mobile. The penalty could hurt, but so far the reported impact has been minimal.
 

How To Identify Intrusive Interstitials

Auditing your popups is a great way to determine whether your mobile website is compliant. Start by reviewing the mobile popups, because desktop popups are not going to be penalized. Prefer small messages such as banners, inlines and slide-ins for mobile pages.

Testing Tool


Google has stated that it will not release an official tool to test websites. However, there is a tool out there, Interstitial Penalty Check, that uses image recognition to identify potential interstitials on your pages. It measures how much space popups take on the screen to flag the ones at risk.


Audit Your Popups


    Identify required interstitials, such as age-verification popups and cookie notifications.
    Identify all other popups, and evaluate them according to the amount of space they take up.
    Make note of any third-party scripts present on your website that might trigger popups. You will often find these if you use a CMS.
    For WordPress users, check your plugins. Some plugins used to display popup messages for coupons, membership offers, promotions and other types of ads need to be reviewed. You might have to adjust the sizes using the plugins’ settings.

Interstitial Design Guidelines Link

Any banners that take up a “reasonable amount of space” will not be targeted. That’s great news! However, no exact guidelines have been communicated by Google. The recommended size is 15% or less, even in landscape mode, because it still allows readers to access several lines of text.


Keep In Mind What Google Is Looking For In A Positive User Experience

Popups aren’t being banned, but marketing efforts will have to adapt to these new restrictions. Let’s rephrase that: Marketing efforts will have to respect the user’s screen space. Try to redesign any interstitials that were previously considered essential to marketing efforts. You can replace them with a  to a separate page or an inline ad, for example.

For instance, language-selection interstitials can be phased out, in favor of a banner on the website. But first evaluate whether such an element is worth that much screen space: Users arrive with a linguistic context already if they’ve come from Google.

If your website suffers a significant drop-off in conversion following the removal of some interstitials, then you’ll have to work around the issue. Luckily for you, only pages listed in Google’s search results are being targeted. If a user navigates to another page on your website, then a popup placed there would not be a problem for Google. The entry page is the issue for the search engine. This isn’t particularly recommended, but if interstitials remain the best way to convert users for your website, then consider keeping them on the website (and away from Google by placing a no-index tag in your code). Keep in mind that this would mean cutting off organic traffic from Google to that page.



Some websites have been hit by Google’s mobile interstitial penalty even though they were adhering to the guidelines. Other websites that should have been affected have not encountered any negative impact yet. So, what do you do if you’ve been hit unfairly? Head on over to the Google Webmaster Help forum to give feedback to the Google team.
 

How to Recover From a Penalty?

If your traffic has suffered because of this penalty, we recommend auditing your popups and removing the ones deemed intrusive. Once that’s done, you’ll have to wait until Google recrawls your pages. You can also submit your pages via the Google Search Console’s fetch and submit tool to kickstart the recrawling effort a bit. This should remove the demotion in mobile ranking inflicted on your website.

Google’s John Mueller confirms that the demotion would be removed in real time when the pages are recrawled and reindexed. This penalty is doled out in real time, meaning that recovery will depend on how frequently Google indexes those pages. For most websites, though, “real time” means waiting until each individual page is crawled by Google and the demotion is removed.


Adapt Or Die: Looking Into New Strategies

Yes, popups are frustrating, but companies use them because they are effective. SumoMe shares recent findings that establish the interstitial’s track record: An average conversion rate is 3.09%, versus 9.28% on average for high-performing popups.

Removing revenue-generating interstitials could hurt websites at first, but losing organic search traffic could hurt their revenues even more. Designers, developers and marketers must work together to find new, non-intrusive ways to generate revenue. A sound strategy would be to leverage content marketing to educate audiences and guide them through the buying process.

This means moving away from interruption marketing towards permission marketing. The first can be defined as an annoying version of the traditional way of doing marketing via advertising, promotion and sales, whereas the latter is about promoting and selling a product to a potential client who explicitly agrees to receive marketing information. Google is aware that many websites are supported by ads.

Its AdSense is based in part on this revenue model. There are pros and cons to this new update. It could mean more time on website, more page views and a lower bounce rate, but it could still harm revenue in the short to medium term. Google representatives have stated publicly that they don’t want confusing ads — so, if there’s any question about what is an ad and what is the main content, you could have a problem. Therefore, label your ads as sponsored content, make them unobtrusive, and you should be fine.

In the meantime, audit your popups, cookie notifications, overlays and big banners to make sure they comply with Google’s new guidelines. Make sure they don’t take up more than 15% of the screen to avoid a penalty. If you do get penalized, don’t panic; fix the issues, and wait for Google’s bot to visit your website again. The bot should notice your efforts and remove the penalty.



Source: smashmagazine

App That Sets You Up on A Blind Dates - No Messaging

Ever needed to go out on a dates with an outsider without informing them first? Me not one or the other, however First, another dating application propelled today, needs to get that going.

Not at all like Tinder and Bumble, there's no swiping included. Rather, individuals interface First to their Facebook records and search for posted dates from an open nourish. 





 

Individuals can scan for dates through classifications like motion picture, nourishment, and beverages. There is even an alternative to seek by who is paying (counting a 50/50 split choice).

Clients who post dates at that point select from those in the region who are intrigued (however, since the date thoughts give time and area, there's no preventing another person from smashing your date).

The date closes four hours before the set time. From that point, there's no informing or trading contact information. Clients can drop twice, yet after that they are restricted.

Like Uber, clients are subtly evaluated after their dates. Individuals who go on a couple of effective dates (according to their evaluations) are then confirmed with a checkmark by their names.

Truman Kain, the 25-year-old organizer, began the application since he "detests sitting idle and needs to make things more straightforward and more compelling in various enterprises, the first is dating."

Since the application is fresh out of the plastic new, it's just accessible on iOS, and there's not a major pool of dates to browse. To start with might be more productive in getting individuals dates, however, since 33% of online daters have never gotten together with somebody, all things considered. Going on such a large number of dates, however can get entirely costly (the normal single individual in America burned through $1,596 on dating a year ago).

An IP Address - VPN

The promotion of the web has made more substance accessible to a more extensive scope of individuals overnight. You don't need to be in Japan to watch sumo wrestling or in Pakistan to watch cricket, and you don't need to live in the U.S. to watch motion pictures, TV appears, and brandishing occasions made in the United States. 


 

In spite of the fact that it's conceivable to get to all assortments of media from around the world, content limitation laws regularly obstruct. Luckily there are various approaches to get around this disappointing constraint, the most well-known of which is to change your IP deliver to one situated in the U.S. This basic measure is all it takes to trap content blockers into supposing you moved, enabling you to stay aware of your most loved shows and games regardless of where you live or where you travel.

What is an IP Address?

An internet protocol address, or simply IP address, is an identifying series of numbers given to each computer that connects to a network. Other devices are also assigned an IP address when they connect, including smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, cameras, printers, and so on. Each IP address is unique to that particular device and helps identify it for traffic routing, networking, and other common data delivery tasks.

IP addresses come in two basic forms. One is the classic layout of numbers separated by decimal points that most people will be familiar with. The other is a newer and more complex version created to allow more devices to connect to the internet. Regardless of which version you see, both are used to identify devices on a network.

Two types of IP addresses with essentially the same function:

    123.45.678.9 (IPv4)
    2001:db8:0:1234:0:5678:1 (IPv6)

What are IP Addresses Used For?

The basic purpose of IP addresses is to identify a device that’s requesting information so data can be directed straight to it. When you connect to a local service provider your device is given an IP address, and when you type in a URL you send a request through the ISP’s servers. These requests are tied to your IP so the information can find its way back to your computer once it has been fetched from the internet.

An IP address can be broken down into smaller parts to narrow down the assigned device’s location by country, city, zip code, etc. Websites can also use this information to deliver content specifically tailored to your region, such as customizing which restaurants show up when you search for something to eat. Sites can also use IP addresses to block content altogether, which is how government and business level censorship usually works.

Advantages of a U.S. Based IP Address

Having your internet connected device identify as being located in the U.S. has a number of benefits, both for citizens abroad as well as residents of other countries. With the right IP you can surf the internet as if you were sitting in the U.S., opening up a massive amount of content to download and stream.

Here are some of the advantages of using an IP address:

1. Access streaming videos blocked in your area – It’s frustrating using a service like Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, or YouTube and seeing a message that the content isn’t available in your country. International laws restrict when and where movies and TV shows can be shown, making worldwide content availability a tricky feat to pull off. If you’re interested in streaming Netflix or Hulu content, you should be aware that NordVPN, ExpressVPN and VyprVPN all provide this possibility. The majority of popular streaming media comes out of the U.S., however, which means you can easily access it with a U.S. based IP address.

2. Download games not available in your region – The U.S. gets a lot of games before other regions of the world. Timed releases are usually set to deliver content to North America first, followed by Europe, Asia, and Australia at a later date. Some online games run servers that restrict access to certain countries, but if you have a U.S. IP address, you can simply change your virtual location and download whenever you please. This works for many online game marketplaces, including some mobile app stores.

3. Circumvent censored websites – Many governments, universities, and businesses restrict certain sites on their network, making it nearly impossible for people to access common resources like Google or Facebook. By switching to a U.S. IP address, you can identify your device as being from another area and use whatever websites you want.

4. Access accounts while abroad – Some U.S. based banks only allow online access from IP addresses located in the United States. If you’re traveling and need to check your transactions, you’ll have to switch virtual locations before signing in.
Best Option: Use a VPN for a U.S. IP Address

The easiest, the most reliable, the most secure, and the most feature-rich way to use a U.S. IP address is to get a VPN. Virtual private networks are services set up to help protect your privacy while browsing. They act as sort of a tunnel between your computer and the internet, encrypting data so that ISPs and hackers won’t be able to identify the source or the content of the traffic. With a VPN server’s IP address attached to your encrypted information, you can browse the internet safely and securely.

The best side benefit of using a VPN is location variability. VPN providers run networks of hundreds of servers located around the world. You can access these servers with just a few clicks, changing your virtual location from Portugal to Paraguay in an instant. Each server has its own IP address that will identify your device as being in that region. So, if you need access to content in the United States, simply open your VPN software, find a fast server in the U.S., connect, and suddenly you have a U.S. IP address, just like that.

Finding a good VPN requires a little research. There are a number of sub-par providers on the market that will charge too much money, offer poor support or server selection, and endanger your privacy more than they’ll protect it. For every shady VPN there’s a reliable one, however. We used the criteria below to find the best VPN services that offer U.S. IP addresses no matter what country you live in.

Server distribution – If you want a U.S. IP address, you need servers located in the U.S. Most good quality VPN providers have dozens of servers located throughout the United States. Any of these will provide the IP address you need, but if there are more options closer to your physical location, you’re likely to have a faster connection.

Logging policy
– If you’re using a VPN, you’re sending all of your data through another company’s servers. Those companies can keep logs of user activity and store them indefinitely, making it easier for hackers or government agencies to get their hands on the information. The best way to ensure your privacy is to only use VPNs with zero-logging policies. If no logs are kept, no data can be leaked.

Kill switches and DNS leak protection
– An often overlooked area of VPN security are small data leaks that can happen when connecting to the service or if you forget to open your VPN software. The best VPN providers check for this, and they also have built-in kill switches to stop any data from escaping in case of an outage.

Speed –
The U.S. is an ocean away from most of the world, making latency and server speed a serious issue when connecting from another continent. Good VPN providers compensate for this by fine tuning their network to deliver faster connections.

Business jurisdiction
– Although U.S. IP addresses offer a number of content availability advantages, servers located in the country do have a serious drawback: government oversight. Laws in the U.S. do very little to prevent digital surveillance or protect user privacy, which can put your data at risk. A simple workaround is to use VPNs that aren’t based in the U.S. but who still operate servers inside the country. This allows them to be governed by foreign regulations while gaining the benefits of U.S. IP addresses. All of the providers below are based outside of the United States but still have dozens of servers within the country’s borders.


Source: addictivetips

Friday, 21 July 2017

Send GIFs in WhatsApp on Android and iOS - How To

The wait for GIFs within WhatsApp was long, but in early 2017 the company finally started allowing users to send moving images to each other quickly and easily – but the feature is a bit hidden.

To be able to send them, you’ll need to be running a recent version of the WhatsApp software and if you read down below we’ll show you exactly how to do it.




 

It’s different for iOS and Android though, so be sure you’re reading the right section before you begin to test it out.

To send GIFs on Android you'll have to really dig deep, as it's not at all obvious how to do it. It's hidden behind a small button in a sub menu, so first off you'll want to press on the emoticon face in the bottom left corner of the screen.

Here you'll be greeted with the yellow emoji that you can send within WhatsApp, but in the center of the bottom of the screen there's a small button that reads GIF.

Press on that, and you'll see a selection of GIFs pulled directly from the service Tenor GIFs.

The most popular GIFs will appear at the top and then you can scroll down to see more options. If you want something specific, press the magnifying glass in the bottom left and enter your search.

Once your search has been entered, you can then scroll to the right to see all of the options that match your search.

Then just tap on the GIF you're interested in to view a full screen preview. From here you can add a message if you want, and tap the arrow to send it.
How to send GIFs in WhatsApp on iOS

It's not easy to find GIFs in WhatsApp on iOS either. You'll need to press the plus icon in the bottom left of the screen to open up multimedia options, then you'll be greeted with an option that reads 'photo and video library', which you should press.




 

In the bottom left again you'll see a magnifying glass icon with the word GIF next to it. Press here and you'll be able to search for whatever GIFs you want to send.

Then just tap on the GIF you wish the send, and you'll be able to push that out to your chat.

There's also a starred GIF option that will allow you to save your favorite GIFs or those you use regularly, so you won't always need to re-search for them each time you want to use them.
What if you have a different keyboard?

Some virtual keyboards offer an alternative way of sending GIFs alongside the method shown above.

For example, if you're using SwiftKey you can find GIFs within the keyboard when you hold down the enter button in the lower right hand corner.

You won't be able to search for GIFs if you use this method, but it does give you options such as 'Angry', 'Bored' and 'Happy' so you can quickly find a GIF to show the emotion you want to send.

Source: Techradar

Samsung Confirm Galaxy Note 8 Launch Date

Samsung appears to have addressed the biggest concern of the curved ‘Infinity Displays’ found on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in a tweak to the Galaxy Note 8 design. The leak shows a new screen for the Note 8, along with even smaller bezels.







Ice universe, which previously nailed the Galaxy S8 design in February, has issued an update on the famous phablet. Tweeting new renders which it describes as “Galaxy Note8 v2.0”, it claims Samsung has altered the smartphone’s display to make the bezels even narrower

The result is an alteration to the Infinity Display design seen in both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus with their soft curved corners made notably sharper and edgier. If true (and Ice universe will point to its track record) then it would mean claimed press renders from SlashLeaks were made before the change.

The South Korean company has invited the world’s press to an event in New York City at 11am on August 23rd. Not only that, but we have an indication when the Note 8 will go on sale.

Samsung Mobile’s DJ Koh, speaking at a meet and greet with local journalists in Taiwan has confirmed that the Note 8 will launch in late August and go on sale in two waves, starting in September.







 

When Bugs Can Be Dangerous

There are times when you can forgive a smartphone for being a bit temperamental. There are times when it absolutely, positively, just has to work. One of those is when you have to make a call to the emergency services, which makes the latest issue with the OnePlus 5 disturbing. Some users are finding that their handsets reboot when they connect to 911 (in the US) or 999 (in the UK):


Coming to light on Reddit’s Android forum, the fault appears to be at the point of connection between the handset and the emergency services. This is the point where many smartphones will provide additional data (such as location) to the dispatch desk. There could be an issue with part of the code or it could be a completely separate issue.

Source: Forbes

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Google's Fact Check - How it Work

Google on Friday reported the augmentation of the Fact Check highlight it presented the previous fall in organization with Jigsaw. Distributers now can show a Fact Check tag in news stories wherever that Google News is accessible.

The organization likewise has presented the Fact Check include all around in Google Search, in the majority of the dialects it underpins.



"Surprisingly, when you lead a hunt on Google that profits a definitive outcome containing actuality checks for at least one open cases, you will see that data unmistakably on the query items page," noted Jigsaw Product Manager Justin Kosslyn and Research Scientist Cong Yu in an online post.

"The scrap will show data on the claim, who made the claim, and the reality check of that specific claim," they said.

Not all stories will be truth checked, and not all distributers will be qualified to utilize the Fact Check name. The individuals who need to have the alternative must utilize the Schema.org ClaimReview markup on the particular pages where they actuality check open articulations.

Or, then again, they can utilize the Share the Facts gadget created by the Duke University Reporters' Lab and Jigsaw.

Just distributers algorithmically resolved to be a definitive wellspring of data will meet all requirements for consideration. The substance must hold fast to the accompanying:

the general approaches that apply to every organized dat markup;

the Google News Publisher criteria for reality checks; and

the measures for exactness and straightforwardness, intelligibility, or appropriate site portrayal as verbalized in the Google News General Guidelines.

At its carefulness, Google may overlook a site's markup on the off chance that it neglects to stick to these arrangements.

How Facebook Messenger Hits 1.2 Billion Users

Typically including 200 million clients in 8 months to an item that as of now has a billion would decrease the normal engagement, yet most applications don't have Facebook Messenger's system impact. Presently with 1.2 billion month to month dynamic clients, "we expanded engagement hugely as far as number of messages sent per dynamic client. We had twofold digit development rate savvy" Facebook's head of Messenger David Marcus lets me know.


In spite of its bots not satisfying the buildup, Messenger had another flag year. It became a tad slower, since last time it got from 800 million to 1 billion clients in only six months. Its day by day US iOS App Annie download rank is up from a year prior, however somewhat down from a high point in June. In any case, Marcus says the visit application is rising above being the place individuals "discover their Facebook companions they don't have a telephone number for." For some it's turned into "an essential interchanges station."

As indicated by Sensor Tower, overall iOS and Android downloads of Facebook Messenger grew 5.66% from 145.3 million in Q1 2016 to 153.5M in Q1 2017.

Presently Messenger is attempting to wind up noticeably something other than the most prevalent SMS substitution in the Western world.

One approach is duplicating what's working somewhere else. Marcus says the application's Snapchat Stories clone Messenger Day is headed toward a decent begin. "Use with teenagers is considerably higher" than some may have expected, "which is cool" Marcus says. "We've fabricated an item that high schoolers use on Messenger!" It's extremely disseminated. It's going sensibly well. The interest rate is great contrasted with our best Stories item" he notes, suggesting Instagram Stories.

Detachment Day has a major open door since its host application has twice the same number of individuals on it as 600 million-client Instagram. However at any rate among authors at TechCrunch, Messenger Day hasn't exactly taken off. Possibly we're quite recently old.



Delegate likewise included a Snapchat-esque camera with crazy energized selfie veils and represented channels, as Facebook locks onto the visual correspondence drift. In video, it propelled replicated Houseparty's part screen bunch video visit. "Bunch video calling is turning into a major thing with adolescents particularly with covers and impacts since it's live" Marcus notes.

In the interim, Messenger is stretching out past customary individual to-individual correspondence. Amusements have given individuals something to do while sitting tight for message answers, or motivation to begin a discussion with a high score challenge. What's more, now its opening up its counterfeit consciousness associate M to furnish clients with recommendations of Messenger utility elements they could utilize like area sharing, installments, stickers, updates, and ride hailing.

Presently the question is the means by which Messenger can profit through advertisements, not taking a cut of installments, without intruding on the experience. Marcus says auxiliary changes to the application coming at F8 ought to give it new open doors in this domain. It's tried supported messages from organizations you've as of now conversed with, and a merry go round of advertisements in the inbox. What's more, it's driving income back on Facebook with News Feed advertisements that begin a Messenger discussion with an item deals rep or bot when clicked.

However regardless of the possibility that Messenger doesn't begin producing money, it's contributing greatly to Facebook's prosperity by locking individuals into its biological system. When visit has developed as the focal point of the versatile universe, and Facebook's greatest rival Snapchat is established in private correspondence, Messenger has invigorated the blue application kingdom.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Set Your Wifi Connection Priority In Android - How to

Mobile phones and desktops are not generally exact with regards to picking the most grounded association with interface with. Your PC or your cell phone will interface with a system construct exclusively in light of its flag quality. This is not really the best approach since different variables, for example, solidness and speed are imperative when interfacing with a system. In case you're running Windows 10, there's a quite simple approach to set WiFi association arrange. To set WiFi association need in Android, you require an application called WiFi Prioritizer. 




Introduce WiFi Prioritizer and open it. It will list all WiFi systems saved money on your gadget. Inside this rundown, you can drag and drop the associations with set their need. The association at the highest priority on the rundown, will be the favored system to interface with.

Turn on the 'Empower Scheduled Job' switch and in view of the rundown's request, your gadget will interface with the favored system. WiFi Prioritizer judges which association with interface with in light of how solid and feeble the flag is. It continually verifies which association is the most grounded and after that goes down the rundown to interface with the best, favored one.

You can change the base flag quality that an association must have all together for your gadget to interface with it from the application's settings. In like manner, you can set the base flag quality that if an association drops to bring about your gadget to disengage from it. Similarly, you can likewise change how frequently the application checks the flag quality of accessible systems.

With WiFi Prioritizer running, you absolutely never need to physically switch WiFi systems. When you set WiFi association need utilizing the application, despite everything it takes a gander at the flag quality of an association yet in the event that you have two in number or two powerless associations, you can choose one to be favored over the other. In the event that you'd like for your gadget to overlook an association however would prefer not to expel it, essentially uncheck the association in the application's rundown. The application will no longer associate with it in any case how solid the flag is.


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Samsung Galaxy S8 Leaked - See Details

These pictures affirm that the new telephones are bezel-less, and that they'll be accessible in two sizes — one will have a 5.8-inch screen, and one will brandish a 6.2-inch show. Both seem to utilize Samsung's "edge" shows with a bended edge on both sides of the screen, so it's not clear how the organization will separate the two. Already, Samsung has depended on the "edge" brand to recognize its littler telephones with routinely formed boards from the models that offer maybe a couple bended edges.




The two gadgets are codenamed "Dream" and "Dream 2" and both game QHD Super AMOLED screens, as per the Guardian. These are like the presentations that Samsung has utilized as a part of the past, to great effect.

The new bezel-less outlines rules out catches or even a logo on the front of the gadget, so marking, unique finger impression scanners, and logos have all been moved to the back. Fanatics of the 3.5mm jack can celebrate — different gadgets may abandon the standard, however Samsung appears to have gained from the Galaxy S6 and its doomed endeavors to strip ports. Both of the new Samsung Galaxy S8's bolster standard earbuds.

Both S8 gadgets will be founded on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, with an expected 11% CPU execution change and 23% speedier design. The 835 is based on Samsung's 10nm procedure and is as far as anyone knows 20% more proficient than its forerunner. Samsung will require that effectiveness on the off chance that it expects to drive a screen that expansive; VentureBeat reports that the batteries are a generally svelte 3000mAh and 3500mAh for the 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch gadgets, with 4GB of RAM and at least 64GB of capacity.

Samsung is said to be preparing some of extra elements, including another docked alternative that would permit the S8 to associate with a screen by means of a HDMI-prepared dock. Clients would have the capacity to connect a console and mouse and surf their telephone in such mold. Android's console and mouse bolster isn't what I'd call extraordinary, however this opens up intriguing choices given that Microsoft has ported its Office suite to Android and Google Docs has constantly upheld the stage.

This is a long way from the first occasion when we've seen the telephone as-PC idea touted by different organizations, yet advanced cell phones are turning out to be sufficiently intense to make a constrained contention for themselves in that part. Samsung's Galaxy S8 could offer genuine rivalry to Microsoft's Continuum thought — and keeping in mind that desktop control clients may lean toward a telephone that runs Windows as a desktop, the total absence of real Windows gadgets implies Android is significantly more essentially valuable.

The Galaxy S8 will make a big appearance on March 29 and ought to be accessible in late April. Samsung requirements to nail each part of this dispatch — while its business hasn't by and large endured in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, regardless it needs to show that the Note 7 was only a fluke.

China to Cancel VPN From Their Country

China this week reported new terms to additionally confine its nationals' entrance to the Internet.

The 14-month crusade seems intended to get serious about the utilization of Web stages and administrations unapproved by the legislature, and on virtual private systems, which can used to get to those stages and administrations secretively. 




While China's Internet organize get to administrations market is confronting numerous improvement openings, there are indications of "tumultuous advancement" that demonstrate the critical requirement for control, the nation's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology clarified in a notice presented on an administration site.

The coming "tidy up" of China's system get to administrations will institutionalize the market, fortify system data security administration, and advance the solid and methodical improvement of the nation's Internet industry, the service noted.

With a specific end goal to work legitimately, Internet specialist co-ops, VPN suppliers, server farms and substance conveyance systems should get a permit from the legislature and hold fast to strict confinements.

Incredible Firewall


The tidy up additionally puts extreme new confinements on cross-fringe business exercises. It requires that administration endorsement be gotten to make or rent lines, including VPN channels, to perform cross-outskirt business exercises.

Those confinements basically will obstruct any Chinese national from utilizing a VPN - essentially, concealing their IP address and rerouting their associations with servers outside their nation - keeping in mind the end goal to get to sites the administration doesn't need them to see.

China is renowned for controlling the data its nationals can see on the Internet with its "Incredible Firewall," which screens Internet activity amongst China and the outside world. Any solicitations to see data Beijing esteems wrong are sent to an Internet memorial park.

Among the 171 of the world's main 1,000 sites the Great Firewall pieces are Google, Facebook and Twitter, as indicated by Greatfire.org, a restriction checking administration. VPNs offer an approach to get past the firewall, which is the reason the administration needs to square them.

China additionally has adopted a more proactive strategy to managing sites that it doesn't care for. It made a Great Cannon, which it uses to dispatch DDoS assaults on spaces reproachful of Beijing.

Molding the Narrative

China's administration has endeavored to limit VPN access before, especially at touchy circumstances, for example, when the national Communist gathering assembles. Such a meeting is planned for the finish of this current year.

The colossal tidy up might be a takeoff from the past, nonetheless.

"This new order might be an indication that the confinements may turn out to be more precise," said Cynthia Wong, senior Internet scientist at Human Rights Watch.

Previously, implementation of VPN limitations appeared to be spotty. At times they worked; at times they didn't.

"Clients are frequently left asking why their VPN isn't working. Is it as a result of specialized issues or is it as a result of the administration?" she pondered. "This should be seen as a major aspect of a more extensive crackdown on any sort of autonomous media by the Chinese government. As of late, the legislature has multiplied down on endeavors to confine any data that wanders from its official story."

VPNs are utilized for some reasons in China, however - among them to keep organizations' talks about their protected innovation and market procedures secure.

"I would trust industry pushes back on this, since it will be considerably more hard to run imaginative organizations in China without full access to data," Wong said. "It's to their greatest advantage for this to be a sympathy toward them, and they ought to be worried about corporate reconnaissance also."

Not Good for VPN Sales

Once the colossal tidy up gets going, it will be hard to offer VPNs in China.

"What they're stating is they need to tune in on VPN associations," clarified Glenn Chagnot, VP of promoting for Uplevel Systems. "Keeping in mind the end goal to meet that necessity, we'd need to re-draftsman our item."

That is on the grounds that with Uplevel's item, the encryption keys dwell with the client, so the VPN supplier has no chance to get of decoding the client's activity.

Uplevel has constrained its deals to the United States since offering VPNs universally can challenge, Chagnot noted.

Rent Profile UK's Online Landlord Profile Checking

David Munday was a college understudy when it happened. He was searching for a place to lease, and discovered one on Gumtree. Subsequent to review the property, David chose to move in, and exchanged cash for the store and first month's lease to the landowner.

On the day he was because of move in, the landowner was mysteriously absent. He had fled the property, bringing David's cash with him.




Successfully destitute, David needed to move in with his senior sibling Paul in London, and drive back to his college for the rest of his reviews.

It's a tragic story however one that is very normal. David, now 25, was one of eight understudies at the college conned by a similar trick, at lost more than £20,000 between them. Activity Fraud got 3,193 reports of rental misrepresentation in 2015, a figure the Local Government Association recommends speaks to only five percent of casualties as shame keeps most from announcing the wrongdoing. It assesses that £63 million is lost to such cons each year.

The two siblings from Oxford incubated an arrangement to keep others experiencing a similar trick. Paul, 35, was then head of record items at Betfair, caring for regions, for example, login and enlistment.

"When you join a site that way, there are quite a considerable measure of watches that go ahead out of sight," he says. "I think the vast majority have been through an inhabitant check, and we felt why isn't there a landowner check?"

Monday, 23 January 2017

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Samsung Sets to Restore Image

Full-page promotions set by Samsung in the US guarantee to share the discoveries of an examination concerning what turned out badly with the Note 7.

The advert is an open letter keep running in various US daily papers, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today.





"At Samsung, we advance to convey leap forward innovations that improve individuals' lives," Gregory Lee, president of Samsung Electronics North America, wrote in the letter.

"A vital fundamental of our central goal is to offer best-in-class wellbeing and quality. As of late we missed the mark on this guarantee. For this we are really sad," he included.

A similar official a week ago talked amid the GSMA Mobility Live occasion around 2017 being focused as a time period for revamping its image and trust in the US.

The current week's letter has all the earmarks of being an encouraging start to that battle.

The letter said: "A watchful Note 7 examination is in progress and the discoveries will be shared when the investigation is finished. The procedure will be careful and incorporate a portion of the best autonomous specialized specialists on the planet to advise and approve our work."

Samsung propelled the Note 7 in August however was compelled to execute it in October after a portion of the gadgets burst into flames or detonated. The organization said on 5 November that in regards to 85 for every penny of the reviewed gadgets in the US have been supplanted.

The organization is endeavoring to draw a line under the undertaking, in front of the arrival of its lead Galaxy S8 telephone in a couple of months' chance.

An adaptation of the letter additionally showed up on its European site. The Note 7 did not go on general deal in Europe, which means less influenced clients.

WhatsApp Launch Video Call Worldwide

WhatsApp is officially launching video calling for its over 1 billion users worldwide on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Its debut follows a series of reports from people who recently found the feature had been enabled in beta versions of WhatsApp on Android and on Windows Phone – an indication that a public debut was on the near horizon.



To use the new feature, WhatsApp users can hit the call button in the top right corner of a conversation, which will bring up an overlaid interstitial asking if you want to voice or video call the friend or family member you’re chatting with. To kick off the video call, you simply select the “video call” option from this screen.

During the call itself, you can switch between the forward-facing and rear camera, mute the call or press the red button to hang up. It seems the user interface varies slightly on Android and iPhone in terms of where the picture-in-picture video feed is displayed, as well as the buttons’ size, lineup and placement. (See images and video below).

WhatsApp already supports a number of standard features for communications apps, including group texting and voice calling. But the company says that video calling has remained one of its top feature requests from users.



With video calling, WhatsApp is belatedly catching up with a number of rivals, including Facebook’s own Messenger app, for example, as well as Skype, Apple’s FaceTime, Viber, LINE and Google’s recently launched Duo, to name a few.

Though a late entrant, WhatsApp still has a massive user base and the addition of the feature could help them from fleeing to other messaging and calling platforms. In addition, WhatsApp touts its cross-platform support as one of the reasons to use video calling in its app, instead of elsewhere.

“…we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks,” the company said in its announcement, published today.

That’s a direct shot at things like FaceTime, which only works on Apple devices, as well as newer arrivals, like Google Duo, which only runs on later versions of iOS and Android (Jelly Bean and up, or iOS 9 and up).

You may not immediately see video calling in WhatsApp today, however. The rollout is staged, meaning it will arrive over the days ahead as it reaches the entire WhatsApp user base.

Video calling isn’t the only new addition to arrive recently. The company also rolled out two-factor authentication in some of its beta versions, hinting that its next big release could be a security-focused upgrade.

By retaining its simple interface but embracing more vivid connections beyond texting, WhatsApp could flourish with users no matter how they want to communicate

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Many Brazilian Homes Lack Broadband Access

According to the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel). Some 75 percent of Brazilian households still lack broadband access,

Expanded access to broadcast communications administrations will be a key need at Anatel, as indicated by its new president, Juarez Quadros, who says the rate is because of the absence of scope of administrations in more remote regions of substantial urban areas.



The test, as per Quadros, is to accomplish the objective of widespread access to broadband in Brazil.

Italy's €6bn broadband arrangement: Spread 100Mbps far and wide, fill in the country notspots

Italy's €6bn broadband arrangement: Spread 100Mbps far and wide, fill in the country notspots

The administration has set down €6bn to give Italy better broadband, and it's trusting nearby telcos will do likewise.

"There are still numerous territories without access to advancements, for example, versatile and altered communication, broadband, or even 3G and 4G availability. We have to convey access to media communications to each side of Brazil," Quadros told journalists at the occasion on Monday, which denoted his first day at work.

Another key fundamental issue behind the absence of broadband crosswise over Brazil - where network is packed in vast urban focuses, for example, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro - is the administration identified with the relationship amongst administrators and the legislature.

As per Quadros, there is a need to disentangle and encourage the giving of grants to convey systems.

"We require the modernization of enactment with the goal that administrations can be given all the more rapidly and at a top notch standard," he said.

The official included that proposed enactment that is expected to be voted by Brazil's lower place of Congress will address the issue of stipends.

As indicated by partitioned explore from the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) somewhere in the range of 47 percent of all Brazilians matured 10 or more seasoned utilize their cell phones to get to the Internet instead of altered broadband.

Be that as it may, the South East district of Brazil concentrates 60 percent of the versatile Internet clients. On the other hand, the North, where the Amazon is found, has just 35 percent of all clients.

The Brazilian broadcast communications market is the fifth biggest on the planet and records for 4 percent of the nation's GDP.

Many Brazilian Homes Lack Broadband Access

According to the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel). Some 75 percent of Brazilian households still lack broadband access,

Expanded access to broadcast communications administrations will be a key need at Anatel, as indicated by its new president, Juarez Quadros, who says the rate is because of the absence of scope of administrations in more remote regions of substantial urban areas.



The test, as per Quadros, is to accomplish the objective of widespread access to broadband in Brazil.

Italy's €6bn broadband arrangement: Spread 100Mbps far and wide, fill in the country notspots

Italy's €6bn broadband arrangement: Spread 100Mbps far and wide, fill in the country notspots

The administration has set down €6bn to give Italy better broadband, and it's trusting nearby telcos will do likewise.

"There are still numerous territories without access to advancements, for example, versatile and altered communication, broadband, or even 3G and 4G availability. We have to convey access to media communications to each side of Brazil," Quadros told journalists at the occasion on Monday, which denoted his first day at work.

Another key fundamental issue behind the absence of broadband crosswise over Brazil - where network is packed in vast urban focuses, for example, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro - is the administration identified with the relationship amongst administrators and the legislature.

As per Quadros, there is a need to disentangle and encourage the giving of grants to convey systems.

"We require the modernization of enactment with the goal that administrations can be given all the more rapidly and at a top notch standard," he said.

The official included that proposed enactment that is expected to be voted by Brazil's lower place of Congress will address the issue of stipends.

As indicated by partitioned explore from the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) somewhere in the range of 47 percent of all Brazilians matured 10 or more seasoned utilize their cell phones to get to the Internet instead of altered broadband.

Be that as it may, the South East district of Brazil concentrates 60 percent of the versatile Internet clients. On the other hand, the North, where the Amazon is found, has just 35 percent of all clients.

The Brazilian broadcast communications market is the fifth biggest on the planet and records for 4 percent of the nation's GDP.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Edtech Giant Bought Ranku's eC-College Optimizer for $25 Million

The online learning market is becoming as crowded as the app stores. Ranku offers the equivalent of SEO assistance to make sure colleges with electronic courses convert visitors into students.

Now Ranku (pronounced ran-koo) is being acquired by publicly traded education conglomerate John Wiley & Sons. A source familiar with the deal confirms to TechCrunch that the acquisition price was around $25 million.



That’s not “F-You Money”, but it’s a strong exit for a startup that had only raised $650,000. The startup scored that seed round in 2014 from Mark Cuban, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Microsoft Accelerator, Archangel, and Deborah Quazzo. They should see healthy returns on their small investments.

Ranku’s story is also a testament to the power of pivots. The startup changed directions several times.

Ranku launched in 2013, founded by Kim Taylor and Cecilia Retelle. Ranku was a comparison shopping site for legitimate universities offering online degrees. It was designed to save people from enrolling in scammy for-profit schools like University Of Phoenix Online, Kaplan, and Everest.

By 2015 Ranku had refocused on naive international students who might not know which schools are actually prestigious. Eventually it began working directly with schools, providing them with analytics about their web traffic-to-enrolled student funnel, and helping them tailor their courses to demand.

Ranku’s product could fit nicely amongst Wiley’s many tentacles that reach across the education space. It sells print reference books and journals, professional development training, test prep, and online course management tools for schools, amongst other services. Ranku should be able to optimize Wiley’s various offerings to match the fast-moving trends in what people want to learn.

“There are so many affordable online degree programs within state systems and community colleges but without the right strategies and tools, many are going undiscovered” writes Taylor. ”With Wiley’s support, Ranku can ensure that potential applicants are discovering the programs that are right for them and enable both the student and institution to be successful.”

Source: Techcrunch

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

How To Delete Your Facebook Password Stored By Windows 10

Social media has become such an important part of people’s lives that operating systems, both desktop and mobile, have integrated popular services like Facebook and Twitter right inside them. When done right, as they are on Android, iOS, and OS X, they aren’t a problem. Windows 10 does it differently, very differently. It might surprise you to learn that even if you aren’t signed into the Facebook app, and Edge hasn’t stored your login credentials, Windows 10 might still have your username and password stored. When you sign into an app, such as Deezer, via your Facebook account, Windows 10 will auto-fill both the username and password fields for you if does indeed have it stored. Here’s how you can permanently remove it from your system and a look at where it came from.


Open Control Panel and go to User Accounts. Click Manage Web Credentials and you will be able to see the login information that has been saved for a myriad of accounts. The good news is you might be able to tell which app stored it since Windows 10 identifies it when it can. In my case it was an unknown app. Expand the login information from the dropdown arrow and click the ‘Remove’ button at the bottom to remove the information.

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What’s troubling here is that if you click the ‘Show’ button you can actually look at your Facebook password. If you were to accidentally leave your system unlocked then you run the risk of exposing your password to someone who knows where to look for it.

If you ever let Edge save your Facebook credentials then simply removing them from Edge will ensure they are removed from Windows 10 but the same can’t be said for other apps which, as seen above, Windows 10 fails to identify at times. It’s unlikely that Edge or even the Facebook app are the culprits so the only thing that can be done is to be selective with apps that we sign into Facebook with.

How To Add Alt Text To An Image On Twitter

An extensive volume of media is shared on Twitter day by day. It may not verge on matching Facebook as far as pictures shared yet pictures are in any case an extremely mainstream method for sharing substance. Twitter extended its picture sharing abilities by permitting clients to share up to four pictures on the double and notwithstanding giving them a chance to hunt down and add GIFs to a tweet from inside the versatile applications. The most recent change made for picture sharing on the stage is the capacity to add alt content to a picture when it's tweeted. The component is intended to help clients with visual hindrances comprehend pictures they run over in their courses of events. Obviously, individuals need to add an ALT content to a picture all together for anybody with a disability to exploit it. Here's the way you can empower and utilize the component.

Before you can begin including the ALT content, you need to empower this element. It is for cell phones just at present. Go to the Me tab and tap the Settings catch. In the activity menu, tap Settings and go to Display and Sound. Inside the Accessibility choice, turn on 'Create picture portrayals'.

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Now you’re ready to add ALT text to an image you’re tweeting. Compose a tweet and add an image to it. There will be an ‘Add description’ button on the image you add. Tap it and you can enter a description of the image up to 420 characters long. Once you’ve added the description, tap tweet and you’re done. twitter-alt-text twitter-image-alt-text
In order to ‘see’ the alt text, a user must have accessibility features on their phone turned on as that is what will read the text out loud to them and/or give them an option to read it.

Report A Player For Cheating In iOS Game Center

Diversion Center in iOS is truly wonderful with regards to multiplayer recreations. Titles like Letterpress, Tallchess, and Fruit Ninja can associate with Game Center and permit a player to challenge a companion or locate an irregular match to play against. Diversion titles like Temple Run use it to send difficulties to your companions challenging them to beat your score. The thing is, not everybody plays reasonable and a few players cheat. In the event that you know a player is bamboozling you can report them in Game Center. Here's the means by which.

Open Game Center and go to the Friends tab. You can just report a companion for swindling so on the off chance that you played a round of chess with a more unusual who looked for assistance from IBM's Watson, you can't report them.

Inside the Friend's tab, tap the name of the companion that has been tricking and tap the more activities catch at the upper right. In the activities menu that appears, tap the 'Report a Problem' alternative. There are diverse sorts of issues you can report a player for, for example, a wrong picture, epithet, or status, yet the principal choice on this screen is 'Cheating'.

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You will have to describe the problem it is you were having playing a game with said friend that convinced you they were cheating and this is likely going to be the tricky part. Game Center will investigate impossible scores but whether or not it will investigate the use of actual cheats within games isn’t clear. It’s also unclear what punishment Apple will give to cheaters.
For anyone wondering whether it’s actually possible to use cheats etc in an iOS game like you can on a PC game, the answer is Yes. King of Thieves is a fairly popular title released last year by the makers of Cut the rope and in the initial months of its release the game had a very serious cheating problem. If a player is dedicated enough to a game, it’s possible they might invest the time to find and employ cheats to win or get insanely high scores in it.

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How To Turn Your PC Into A Hotspot For Your WiFi Connection

Cell phones make it incredibly simple to transform an information association into a hotspot for others to interface with. In the event that nothing else you can utilize it to associate your portable PC to the web. Transforming your PC into a hotspot is an alternate story however. It's altogether conceivable yet not as simple as it is on your telephone. In case you're searching for the most straightforward and speediest approach to transform your Windows PC into a hotspot, Hosted Network Options is the best approach to do it. It's a free Windows application that will give you a chance to transform your framework into a hotspot with practically zero exertion required.

Download Hosted Network Options and run it. It comes in an installer and portable version. Click the Play button at the top to configure the hotspot. You must of  course be connected to a WiFi network. In the Hosted Network Options window, enter the name of your network and its password. That’s really all it takes to get the hotspot going and once you click ‘Start’ the hotspot will be active.

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Hosted Network Options lets you choose which device you allow connections to come through. You can route them through your ethernet port, through your PC’s WiFi adapter, or through a Bluetooth connection. To set how a device connects to your PC, select the ‘Share the internet and the network from the following connection’ option and from the drop-down, select which port you want to allow connections to come through.

Hosted Network Options is a pretty simple way to turn your PC into a hotspot. It’s ridiculously easy to set up and given there is a portable version of the app, it’s all the easier to use. Hosted Network Options is available for Windows 7 and up.

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Text Formatting Features In Whatsapp - How To

Whatsapp has been in the news starting late to add end-to-end encryption to both content based and voice based messages. It additionally unobtrusively included another component toward the end of a month ago; message organizing. Content organizing implies you can now make content seem striking, emphasized, and struck through in your discussions. The component doesn't come as devoted catches that will let you select content and apply the designing style. Rather you need to utilize the right punctuation around the content you need to apply the organizing to.

There are four types of formatting you can apply to text; bold, italics, strike through, and bold & italics. The syntax for each one is as below;
Bold: *bold text*
Italics: _italics_
Strike through: ~Strike through~
Bold & Italics: *_Bold & Beautiful_*
Please note that the symbol used in the Italics and bold & italics format is the ‘underscore’ symbol and not the dash or minus sign.
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You type the text in the compose field where it will appear surrounded by the symbols in the syntax. Once the text has been sent, it will appear with the applied formatting in the conversation. This change appears to not be tied to the app version you’re using and wasn’t part of the change log in any recent app update (so far as iOS is concerned) so it stands to reason that it’s a server side change. This means your recipient doesn’t have to be running a specific version of the app in order to see the formatted text and that it’s available for both iOS and Android users.

The syntax method might not be the fastest to use and there’s no doubt that dedicated buttons for adding these styles would be far more useful. Now that support for text formatting has been added however, perhaps someone will come up with a useful keyboard app that makes adding the syntax easier.

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