Archive For July 27, 2017

4 Reasons Why Every Blogger Needs To Write A Book

4 Reasons Why Every Blogger Needs To Write A Book

Why Every Blogger Needs To Write A Book

Imagine you have a friend who excitedly tells you that he’s learning to cook. Every day he spends hours planning out recipes, buying ingredients, chopping, grilling, and seasoning until he finally has the perfect creation.

And then, after all of his hard work, he takes a few bites and throws away the rest.

Frustrating, right?

If you’re anything like me, you want to yell at him to enjoy the meal, or invite some friends over for dinner, or donate the leftovers to a local shelter. It’s ridiculous to put in so much work and not make the most of it! read more

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Microsoft slips four more features into the Fall Creators Update with Build 16251

Microsoft slips four more features into the Fall Creators Update with Build 16251

Microsoft isn’t quite finished developing Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update after all: Four new features were added as part of Windows 10 Insider Build 16251, including new Cortana capabilities and more communication between Windows and your phone.

If there’s a theme to the new build, it’s following up on promises that Microsoft made earlier. At its Build developer conference, Microsoft promised that phones and Windows would begin to communicate with one another, so tasks begun on the phone could be completed on the desktop. Voice commands to shut down and reboot your PC have also been enabled via Cortana—who now has greater freedom to provide answers without launching a browser. Finally, if you do need to reboot your PC, you can program your PC to skip the authentication process. read more

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How To Protect Your Users With The Privacy By Design Framework

How To Protect Your Users With The Privacy By Design Framework

In these politically uncertain times, developers can help to defend their users’ personal privacy by adopting the Privacy by Design (PbD) framework. These common-sense steps will become a requirement under the EU’s imminent data protection overhaul, but the benefits of the framework go far beyond legal compliance.

Note: This article is not legal advice and should not be construed as such.

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Let’s give credit where credit is due. The global political upheaval of the past 12 months has done more to get developers thinking about privacy, surveillance and defensive user protection than ever before. The risks and threats to ourselves, and to our users, are no longer theoretical; they are real, they are everyday, and they are frightening. One need only look at the ongoing revelations regarding Cambridge Analytica, a British company with odd links to Canada, which ran a complex data-mining operation on behalf of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to aggregate up to 5,000 pieces of data on every American adult1, to fathom what is at stake for all of us. read more

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It’s Official: Walmart Has Cancelled All SNES Classic Edition Preorders

It’s Official: Walmart Has Cancelled All SNES Classic Edition Preorders

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The SNES Classic Edition debacle continues.

Some things are just too good to be true. Apparently, one of those things is a Walmart pre-order for the upcoming SNES Classic Edition.

Last week, Nintendo’s highly anticipated follow-up to the NES mini went up for sale on Walmart’s website. In a development that shocked literally nobody, available units sold out in a matter of minutes, leaving many gamers frustrated and empty-handed. Some lucky individuals, however, did manage to snag a reservation for the in-demand plug-and-play machine and, until earlier today, were sitting happy in their secured retro glory. But much to the dismay of customers, cancellation emails started going out to anyone with a proper pre-order, and just like that, the 16-bit dream died. Actually, that may be a little dramatic, but the whole debacle is rather ridiculous and is undoubtedly rubbing people the wrong way. read more

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Facebook Reports Strong Second Quarter; Sales Growth Beats Estimates

Facebook Reports Strong Second Quarter; Sales Growth Beats Estimates

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Facebook reported a strong second quarter earnings on Wednesday, with revenue and earnings that beat analysts’ estimates.

reported a solid quarter on Wednesday, with sales growth that beat analysts’ estimates, thanks to growing demand for the social network’s mobile ads and the company’s ability to attract new users across its suite of apps.

Revenue in the second quarter, ending June 30, rose 45% to $9.32 billion, from $6.43 billion in the same period a year earlier, topping the $9.2 billion and 43% year-over-year growth expected on average among analysts polled by Yahoo Finance. The gains represent Facebook’s ninth straight quarterly revenue beat, buoyed by mobile video ads sales, including those on Instagram. Mobile ad revenue represented about 87% of total ad sales in the latest quarter, up from the prior quarter (85%) and up from 84% in the same period a year earlier. Facebook’s global ad revenue is expected to total $36.29 billion this year, up 35% from 2016, according to forecasting firm eMarketer, making Facebook the largest ad seller after Google. read more

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Google’s Pixel 2 could be the next major smartphone to ditch the headphone jack

Google’s Pixel 2 could be the next major smartphone to ditch the headphone jack

Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 smartphones might not come with a headphone jack if the latest unofficial render of the device is accurate.

Indeed, it just so happens that the latest render, made by tech site MySmartPrice.com, was a collaboration with one of the most prolific and accurate gadget leakers, Steve Hemmerstoffer, who’s better known on Twitter as @onleaks. That’s a powerful backup behind the rumor that the Pixel 2 smartphones won’t come with a headphone jack. 

You can check out the render below: read more

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Overwatch League Players Will Get Health Insurance, At Least $50KA Year

Overwatch League Players Will Get Health Insurance, At Least $50KA Year

In an interesting turn of events, Blizzard has laid down hard line rules for how Overwatch League teams are expected to treat their players.

In a new blog post, Blizzard outlined the stipulations, which franchise heads like New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon will have to follow.

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The short version? They’ll be required to give players one year contracts, salaries of at least $50,000, health insurance, retirement savings plans, housing during the season, and at least 50 percent of “performance bonuses,” which Blizzard defines as “money from winning playoffs and other League events.” During season one, those winnings will amount to a total of $3.5 million, with a minimum of $1 million awarded to the champion team. Blizzard’s post does not, however, mention revenue from merchandise or anything of that nature. read more

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New Windows 10 Fall Creators Update test build adds Cortana voice commands, phone-PC linking

New Windows 10 Fall Creators Update test build adds Cortana voice commands, phone-PC linking

Microsoft is continuing to add new features to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update via its Fast Ring Insider builds.

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In Windows 10 test Build 16251 for PCs, which Microsoft rolled out to Fast Ring Insiders on July 26, Microsoft is enabling users to use Cortana voice commands to lock, sign out, show down or turn off their PCs. Users can say things like “Hey Cortana, restart PC” or “Hey Cortana, lock PC.”

These commands can be invoked above the Lock screen if users choose to do so. For now, this feature is available only in English. read more

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How to Display Ad Blocks in Specific Posts in WordPress

How to Display Ad Blocks in Specific Posts in WordPress

Do you want to display ad blocks within specific WordPress posts? This ad placement allows you to show ads when your users are highly engaged with the content. In this article, we will show you how to easily display ad blocks in specific WordPress posts… Read More » The post How to Display Ad Blocks in Specific Posts in WordPress appeared first on WPBeginner. ...

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MeetEdgar Review: Is This The Ultimate Social Media Automation Tool?

MeetEdgar Review: Is This The Ultimate Social Media Automation Tool?

MeetEdgar Review

I have a love-hate relationship with social media. While I understand it can boost my blog’s traffic and increase my social media following, I don’t like spending hours on it each day hoping to “make it happen”.

That’s why tools like CoSchedule, Social Pilot, Agorapulse, and Hootsuite all appeal to me. I’ve tried them all at one point…

All these social media automation tools help save time and effort and let me focus on doing more important things.

I thought I’d seen it all — being a lazy social media marketer — until I discovered MeetEdgar. read more

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