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Akamai’s new AI-based Page Integrity Manager takes on malicious site scripts

The sharp rise in the number of people shopping online has increased the risk posed by web skimming campaigns, cyberattacks that compromise websites with malicious scripts to steal credit card details. To tackle this threat and other script-based attacks, Akamai Technologies Inc. today launched a new cybersecurity product called […] Click here to view original […]

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5 Skills You Should Learn During Lockdown

We all are fighting with one common enemy ‘COVID-19’. Our life has been stuck, and we don’t have any other choice but lock ourselves in the home. But due to coronavirus now you have lots of free time that you either waste or invest in learning a new skill […] Click here to view original […]

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Go Lead Digital on Adapting Marketing Strategy in Crisis

Here at Go Lead Digital – Leading Digital Marketing Agency, we’re going to take a look at what’s going on with COVID-19, what you could do in order to come out on top in the coming months and how it impacts you and your clients. Life has gotten complex […] Click here to view original […]

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Compliance for Third-Party scripts on your website and how to ensure it

A guest whitepaper publication by Reflectiz’ Dutch partner Cert2Connect It has been our privilege to partner with Cert2Connect over the last 12 months. We have discovered that they are one of the most proficient organizations in the cyber-security market. So, it didn’t come to us as a surprise that […] Click here to view original […]

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Go Lead Digital on Adapting Marketing Strategy in Crisis

“Here at Go Lead Digital – Leading Digital Marketing Agency, we’re going to take a look at what’s going on with COVID-19, what you could do in order to come out on top in the coming months and how it impacts you and your clients.” Life has gotten complex […] Click here to view original […]

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Create virtual machines from a spreadsheet and a PowerShell script

A few days ago, I was talking to someone who told me about a user calling him on the phone and immediately spewing a long list of instructions about virtual machines that they needed to create. He said that he told the user that he didn’t have time at […] Click here to view original […]

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Impact On Global Screen and Script Writing Software Market 2019: Celtx Inc., Final Draft, Literature & Latte Ltd., Mariner Software

Screen and Script Writing Software Screen & script writing software are word processors specialized to the task of writing and formatting screenplays, and are majorly used to write scripts for films, TV programs, video games, documentaries, and videos uploaded on social networking sites such as Dailymotion and YouTube. This […] Click here to view original […]

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Documents that read like a call center operator script raising concerns with state lawmakers

Posted at 5:42 PM, May 14, 2020 and last updated 3:37 PM, May 14, 2020 Waiting on hold with the Florida Reemployment Assistance Program over the phone is like listening to a broken record. “It’s the worst kept secret that the website we paid $77 million for doesn’t work,” […] Click here to view original […]

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Google Script can be the key to saving hours of lost time and extra work.

TLDR: With The Increase Your Google App Productivity with Google Script Bundle, you’ll learn how to use Google Script to integrate a fleet of other Google apps into a powerful streamlined app machine. The digital world is full of things you just can’t do. With Gmail, you can’t schedule […] Click here to view original […]

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Deno 1.0 – “Deno is a web browser for command-line scripts”

JAXenter: Hi Ryan, nearly two years ago you began developing Deno, which started out with the idea of evolving into an alternative to Node, building upon different concepts. Now, with v1 just around the corner, what would you say is the main difference between Deno and Node? Ryan Dahl: […] Click here to view original […]

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Updated: Free and Discounted Ed Tech Tools for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic

(Updated May 11, 2020; originally published March 16, 2020)As more and more colleges and universities have shut down their campuses in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, education technology companies have stepped forward to help move student learning to the virtual realm. Some companies are making their […] Click here to view original […]

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Updated: Free and Discounted Ed Tech Tools for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic

(Updated May 11, 2020; originally published March 16, 2020)As more and more colleges and universities have shut down their campuses in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, education technology companies have stepped forward to help move student learning to the virtual realm. Some companies are making their […] Click here to view original […]

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Sinorbis offers education providers free access to its digital marketing solution for China

Sydney, 23rd April 2020: Digital marketing technology company Sinorbis is giving education providers free access to their software, including their newly developed webinar integration capability. The offer is available for international education providers who are struggling to stay connected to Chinese students during the COVID-19 crisis. The announcement comes […] Click here to view original […]

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The 50 Best Remote, Work-At-Home Jobs You Can Get Right Now—So You Can Make Money While in Quarantine

(Unsplash) With quarantine and social distancing in place and so much of the population out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking for new ways to make money without having to risk coronavirus contamination and wondering about online jobs hiring now . We’ve compiled a […] Click here to view original […]

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How to Draw and Edit a Freeform Shape in Microsoft PowerPoint

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PowerPoint gives you complete customization over shapes—merging shapes, changing the curvature of a shape’s lines, and even drawing your own. If you want to do the latter, here’s how.

Draw a Shape in PowerPoint

If you can’t find the shape you’re looking for, then you can draw your own. To do this, head over to the “Insert” tab and then click the “Shapes” button.

Select shapes in Illustrations group

A drop-down menu will appear. Head over to the “Lines” section and locate the last two options. These options are the freeform shape (left) and scribble (right) tools.

freeform and scribble in shapes

Freeform: Shape

Selecting the freeform shape option lets you draw a shape with straight and curved lines. To draw a straight line, click a point on the slide that you would like to start the line, move your cursor to the endpoint, and then click again.

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To draw a curved line, click and drag your cursor.

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Daily News Roundup: Slack Will Reset Some User Passwords

Slack is resetting some user passwords after it became apparent hackers stole them in a previous breach. The hackers compromised Slack’s systems in 2015, copied encrypted passwords, and installed code to record plaintext passwords as users entered them.

In 2015, Slack discovered that hackers had compromised its systems. The hackers managed to make their way into Slack’s infrastructure and breach a database that stored usernames and passwords.

Thankfully, Slack properly hashed the passwords, which means they are encrypted and far less useful. Unfortunately, the hackers also installed code that would record plaintext passwords as users typed them in. When Slack discovered the problem, it tightened its security, removed the bad code, and reset passwords for anyone it thought had been affected by the breach.

Recently, someone contacted Slack through its bug bounty program with a list of compromised username and password combinations. The list was accurate, and when Slack investigated, it realized these passwords were in use during the 2015 breach. While the company thought it had discovered all compromised passwords at the time and reset them, that wasn’t the case.

Now, as a precaution, Slack is resetting all user passwords created at or before the 2015 breach. Slack says the reset affects about 1% of users and will contact them directly with instructions for the reset.

If Slack does contact you, you should also change your login details everywhere else if you reuse your passwords. If you do reuse passwords, you should stop. Breaches are now a common occurrence, and the safest thing to do is use a unique randomly generated password for every site. We recommend using a password manager for that purpose. [TechCrunch]

RELATED: Why You Should Use a Password Manager, and How to Get Started

In Other News:

  • Firefox will alert users of breached passwords: Speaking of breached passwords, Firefox wants to make you aware of when your passwords are compromised. If you save your passwords to the browser they will be checked against Have I Been Pwned. If Firefox finds any matches, it will notify you. [TechRadar]
  • A vulnerability in Bluetooth could reveal your location: Your Bluetooth devices are supposed to make secure connections, so only you have access to them. Unfortunately, the way many Bluetooth devices generate random connection information doesn’t prevent bad actors from tracking devices. Someone could place a series of beacons in a location, like in a mall, and track your movements. Android isn’t affected, but iOS and Windows is, and Fitbit is the easiest of all to follow. [Engadget]
  • Google removed apps designed for stalking from the Play Store: Google removed seven apps from the Play Store for violating its policies on commercial spyware. The apps touted that once installed; they could track location, record contacts, call logs, and the context of text messages (including encrypted services like WhatsApp) of a spouse, employee, or children. The apps came with instructions to install on a victim’s phone, then obfuscate the app so the phone’s owner wouldn’t know. Good riddance. [Gizmodo]
  • Microsoft showed off holographic language translation: In a novel HoloLens demonstration, Microsoft showed off a digital translator at the Microsoft Inspire partner conference. The hologram looked remarkably like the presenter and spoke with similar mannerisms as well. But it spoke in Japanese, whereas the presented spoke in English. Microsoft says live translation will be possible with this hologram, although the demo was a staged script. Pretty neat stuff. [The Verge]
  • Google starting to warn about apps not meant for children: Google previously told developers they would have to specify an intended age range for their apps. Now the company is starting to roll out “not designed for children” warning on apps that report an age range above children. Developers can even choose to apply the label proactively. Good stuff. [9to5Google]

The zombifying ant fungus is even more horrible than we already thought.

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How to Restrict Data in Google Sheets with Data Validation

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If you use Google Sheets to collaborate with others, you can prevent people from typing the wrong data in your spreadsheet’s cells. Data validation stops users from inserting anything other than properly-formatted data within specific ranges. Here’s how to use it.

RELATED: How to Create Shareable Download Links for Files on Google Drive

How to Use Data Validation in Google Sheets

Fire up your browser, head to the Google Sheets homepage, open a spreadsheet, and highlight the range you want to restrict.

Highlight all the cells to which you want to add some data validation.

Click “Data,” and then click “Data Validation.”

Click Data, and then click Data Validation.

In the data validation window that opens, click the drop-down menu beside “Criteria.” Here, you can set a specific type of input to allow for the selected cells. For the row we’ve selected, we’re going to make sure people put in a four-digit number for the year a movie was released, so select the “Number” option. You can also select other criteria, such as text only, dates, a pre-defined list of options, items from the specified range, or your custom validation formula.

Click the drop-down menu next to "Criteria" and select the form of validation you want to use.

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How to DIY Your Next Move Without Going Insane

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Moving is stressful, no matter what—but it’s also expensive. That’s why many people opt to go the DIY route and keep costs down. Here are some tips for doing your next move yourself.

Let’s look at the details for a DIY move, such as recruiting your friends, hiring extra help, the best boxes to use, and some packing and unpacking tips. Don’t worry—you totally got this!

Recruit All Your Friends

Try to spend moving day surrounded by as many friends as possible. The more hands you have on deck, the easier and more fun it’ll be. Those who aren’t strong enough to lift heavy boxes can do random jobs, like hauling last-minute donations to the thrift store, picking up pizza, or cleaning.

You can wrangle friends, coworkers, relatives, and even your kids’ babysitter to help out. The more, the merrier—and the faster you’ll get done.

It’s also worth hiring some help. They’ll help you load and unload, but don’t drive the truck. They’re also paid an hourly rate (plus tip). You can look into Hire A Helper, as well as smaller companies that enlist local college students. Just make sure the hired helpers are bonded or insured.

Definitely reimburse your friends. Most are happy to help in exchange for some pizza, ice cream bars, snacks, or a cold beer at the end of the day. Don’t forget to have some chilled bottled water on hand, too. If you’re moving locally, a home-cooked meal for everyone after you’ve settled into your new place is a nice bonus.

Make sure to blast some catchy tunes to keep everyone’s spirits high, and try to avoid making anyone feel overworked.

Book Your Vehicle and Equipment

When it comes to DIY moving, you have to coordinate and schedule everything yourself. Make sure you plan well in advance, as trucks and trailers can book out—especially if your move falls on a long weekend or the day college lets out.

Here are some details to consider when booking your moving equipment.

Renting a Truck

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Geek Trivia: Tech Giant Hewlett-Packard’s Name Was Decided By?

Tech Giant Hewlett-Packard’s Name Was Decided By?

  1. A Game of Darts
  2. Random Phone Book Pages
  3. A Coin Toss
  4. An Arm Wrestling Match

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Wyze’s New Bulb Is the Fastest, Cheapest Way to Modernize Your Home’s Lighting

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The Wyze Bulb is a cheap, easy way to expand smarthome functionality. Michael Crider

So, you want to get in on the smarthome craze, but aren’t crazy about the initial cost? Wyze’s new Bulb can help you out.

While it’s not the first all-in-one smart bulb on the market, it’s the cheapest from a reliable supplier. It also works with popular platforms, like Google Home and Amazon Alexa, right out of the box. At $8 a bulb, with no need for a Hue-style hub (which is barely more than a conventional “dumb” LED light bulb), it’s an excellent choice for those who are just getting started or those who want to expand basic connected lighting to their entire home on the cheap.

There’s not much to the packaging: they sent me a four-pack of the new bulbs in a box that doesn’t look much different from something you’d pull off a hardware store shelf. It helpfully informs you that the bulbs inside work with Amazon, Google, and IFTTT, and they’re rated for 800 lumens of brightness.

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The inexpensive bulb works in all standard lamps and lights. Michael Crider

What it doesn’t tell you (and what you might not assume) is that the bulbs are white only, offering a color temperature of 2700-6700 K. That covers a broad spectrum of “warm” to “cool” in conventional bulb terms, but Wyze’s budget bulbs won’t give you the rainbow colors you might associate with smarthome lighting.

That’s pretty much the only downside to this bulb, though, and it’s not much of a problem. If you want a cheap way to check out smarthome functionality, this works. And if you want to expand smart lighting to your entire home—with the small caveat that you can’t do it in Technicolor—it works there, too.

Wyze’s app is surprisingly adept at handling its myriad products, and the Bulb is no exception. You can add shortcuts, set them to different rooms (or “groups” in the Wyze app), change scenes for waking up or sleeping, and schedule events in an interface better than the major omnibus options (no surprise there). Link it to Amazon or Google instead, and it works exactly as you’d expect. For an inexpensive and simple gadget, you can’t hope for much more.

The Wyze app makes it easy to set up and manage the Bulbs. It also interfaces with Google and Amazon.
The Wyze app makes it easy to set up and manage the Bulbs. It also interfaces with Google and Amazon.

The bulb, at five ounces, is heavier than even the hub-free bulbs I’ve tried from other budget manufacturers. But unless you plan to use it in lamps that are oddly fragile or rely on tension to stay in place (like a Pixar-style desk lamp), this won’t be an issue for most people.

As a value proposition, next to products like Hue (which cost $15-$20 for a white-only bulb, not including the mandatory wireless hub or more expensive Bluetooth versions), the Wyze Bulb is phenomenal. It’s even cheaper than some of the no-name bulbs out there, and it doesn’t give you headaches from its branded app or when connecting to Google or Amazon.

Fill your smarthome up with these bulbs, and your bank account will thank you.