We can call them poisonous toxic comments. We all love doing something that we enjoy but what happens when we end up doing something that we do not enjoy? We get bored, put off and so on . We all use social media apps as a way to interact with others in the world by forming small communities of friends and probably, like-minded people and as a way to entertain ourselves.
Artificial Intelligence has been termed as being the next great breakthrough in the technology world. It has been seen to produce very impressive results and also to ease work and make life much simpler by using its deep and machine learning in conjunction with neural networks to solve problems.
This is not my usual arena but I had to share this with the world. Today I delve into some bit of the Science world to have a look at why we forget details in several occasions and I happened to find out that forgetting is not actually a bad sign as we all perceive but rather a sign of the brain working.
Facebook has been the leading social media site for years now since it was created by Mark Zuckerberg with an aim of connecting people from around the world. True to their goal and objective, Facebook has brought the world together making the world a small community.
One of the major factors that has contributed to the growth of the Facebook bringing more people together is the use of Facebook’s profile photo tool that allows users to add their own images to the profile section on their accounts. Facebook’s profile photo tool enables users, find friends and grow their connections more easily. This is because people are able to connect more with a person they see rather than believing to be communicating to a person whom they can’t see their image.
However, as Facebook continued to grow, there has been a rise on misuse of Facebook’s profile pictures. Some of the ways in which Facebook profile pictures have been misused is by using other people’s profile pictures as mask on their names to perform horrendous actions on the internet tarnishing the reputation of the owner of the profile picture, use of Facebook profile pictures setting up shady posts that do not showcase a users self-respect going against the user’s morals.
The rise of misuse of Facebook’s profile picture tool led the company to introduce a new tool to be used to protect users profile pictures from being stolen by others unknowingly for who knows what purpose. Facebook has began testing the new tool in India after conducting research alongside other Indian safety organizations. The aim of this action is to help users have control over their profile pictures and help them feel safe online. The research revealed that some women choose not to share profile pictures that include their faces anywhere on the internet because they’re concerned about what may happen to their photos from being used as scams, being used in dating sites to fake another person’s identity and creation of immoral random pictures of women, the list doesn’t stop there.
The new tool has a step by step guide on how to protect their Facebook profile pictures. The new tool known as “PROFILE PICTURE GUARD” can be viewed from the News Feed section with an option to turn on the ‘profile picture guard’. To prevent others from stealing the profile picture:
- Facebook will display a blue border and a shield around your picture to indicate that it’s protected.
- Facebook has placed measures to prevent anyone from taking a screenshot of any other person’s profile picture, however, this has only been implemented on Android phones.
- People you’re not friends with on Facebook won’t be able to tag anyone, including themselves, in your profile picture.
- Users will not also be able to share, download or send a users profile picture via messages on Facebook.
To ensure maximum protection of any user’s Facebook profile picture, Facebook teamed up with an illustrator Jessica Singh who uses traditional Indian designs to create designs users can use on their Facebook profile picture.
According to Facebook’s preliminary tests, they learned that when someone adds an extra design layer to their profile picture, other people are at least 75% less likely to copy that picture. If someone suspects that a picture marked with one of these designs is being misused, they can report it to Facebook and they will use the design to help determine whether it should be removed from Facebook’s community.
Facebook hopes to roll out the feature to all other countries based on what they learn from their pilot phase implementation in India, since such acts can happen to anyone. This will go a long way to reduce corruption of user’s reputation on the internet.
The joy of every parent is to see their children grow up and flourish into young adults with skills and talents. Meanwhile as all parents hope for the best future for their children, an Algerian father obsessed by the social media and branding craze for likes dangled his child out of a widow of a 15th floor apartment which is relatively 150 feet high to get 1000 likes on Facebook.
Content creation has been on the rise and with every content creator trying to gain traffic to their content through the social media and branding craze for likes, the Algerian dad went too far with this. This happened recently after the father’s day celebrations where fathers were celebrated for their love of their family and children.
The Algerian father saw that the common content marketing strategy for content creators was not good for him and he decided to embrace this social media and branding craze for likes by attempting to drop the child down if he got no likes on Facebook. He did this on a video he posted of the child held by his shirt 150 feet above the street with a caption ” 1000 likes or I will drop him”. I would say this an act that went beyond realism and humanity despite being obsessed with the social media and branding craze for likes.
The act performed by the Algerian father, believed to be from the city of Bab Ezzouar was not welcomed as he expected by getting the likes, instead once Facebook users got the shocking and unbelievable video clip, he was reported to the authorities. The Algerian man ( I suppose no father who loves their children can do such an act just to get on top of the social media and branding craze for likes) was tried and charged on child abuse charges according to Al Arabiya. This came after Facebook users demanded him to be tried and charged and the prosecutors took him to court where they concluded the reason for the horrendous act was to gain high views and likes to beat the rest in the social media and branding craze for likes on the facebook social media site.
Media activist Dalila Belkheir said the man was ‘not a father but a terrorist’ while rights activist Ali Ben Jeddou said told Albawaba: ‘This man should be brought to justice and punished in the most severe way’. Reactions online by one user was: “What is most striking is that it appears that the father is carrying his son with his left hand while using his right hand to take the picture, this means the picture is more important than the child’s life.’ According to Psychologist Dr Noura Rahmani told the New Arab the actions could not and should not be tolerated in Algeria, adding that the father may not have been aware he was committing a crime.
This an indication of rise of the social media and branding craze for likes and views among many people. It should be noted that we should all be aware of the social media and branding craze for likes and social media sites should take stun actions to detect such incidences just as Facebook took an initiative to fight terrorism online. SHARE and let others know and be wary of the consequences of allowing the social media and branding craze for likes and views obsession get over them.
We all like having our details secured and believe in using applications to secure our data. We all rush to google’s playstore or Apple’s App Store to download that one app that will make life easier for us. However, these applications are no longer as safe as we all believe. A new malware is on the rise known as Xavier which is symbolic for the actual name Androidos_Xavier.AXM. This comes weeks and months after another malware invaded Google’s Playstore inform of an adware known as Judy. The Xavier malware is an ad library that sends users data to a remote server quietly without users noticing anything unusual. This malware was detected by the world’s largest provider of security software for corporate servers. The Xavier malware uses nasty methods to enable it remain hidden and in disguise from its users.
Xavier malware is very cunning. It comes embedded in apps that most people use frequently like photo editing and collage apps and photogrid frame collage is one of them, in phone tracker GPS apps, ringtone makers applications and many other applications. This enables it to be downloaded by users as it targets frequently downloaded apps so that it can invade the phone. According to Trend Micro, it has discovered the malware in 800 different applications which have been downloaded from Google’s Playstore.
Xavier is also capable of installing other APKs especially on rooted devices. Be cautious of any new application that has self-installed itself within your android phone the next time you find it. It maybe one of Xavier’s invasion techniques on the phone.
Xavier does not use malicious code within the apps to make sure it remains hidden without any traces. It does this to ensure that during its submission to Google’s Playstore for approval it remains unnoticeable. This leaves us with a hard nut to crack on how to protect ourselves against this malware if it is not being detected by Google’s Playstore approval services. Once a user downloads any app that possibly has the malware, it then downloads malicious codes from a remote server which it uses to execute its processes in the phone’s background.
I would call the malware a smart malware. It performs checks on the users phones to ensure it is installed within the phone system itself and not on an emulator. The malware shuts down once it recognizes it is running on an emulated device. It goes further to hide its presence by using internet data encryption to mask its communications along with string encryption.
We should all be way of the Xavier malware. Once it self-installs itself within any device via a downloaded app, it then transmits information about the phone such as the product name, the device brand, manufacturer,hardware name or even the fingerprints on the phone (Therefore any passwords and patterns users use for their phone’s content security purpose is transmitted to the remote servers). This does not look very serious at first but once it starts getting into your email address, it transmits email addresses to remote servers including the information contained within the email address. This where we all begin getting terrified and alarmed as most of our crucial information is stored within our emails.
Trend Micro were not able to have a full list of all affected apps but provided a few from the List of Affected Apps . Unfortunately, the Xavier malware is affecting android phones. Therefore, the next time before we think of rushing and scrolling over to the playstore, let’s be cautious of the apps we download by reading reviews of an app and also we update and patch our mobile devices to keep the malware at bay.
Source: Trend Micro Security
Technology can be termed as one of the wonders of the world. It never stops amazing us and leaving us in wonder speculating what is the next surprise it has in store for us. Once again, it has left us in amazement with the introduction of MobileNets which are a set of machine vision neural networks that make use of deep learning designed to run directly on mobile phones with a small, low-latency, low-power models parametrized to meet the resource constraints of a variety of use cases.
Previously, it was almost close to unimaginable that mobile phones can grow to have more power than just its basic tasks of calling and receiving messages, setting reminders, and alarms. Mobile phone technology has proven to surpass humans imagination on its capability. With simply a mobile phone this days, one can literally perform actions via the phone using internet connection from performing payment transactions to working, to having the directions to a certain place right at your fingertips. This had been made possible by applications which took over the former use of algorithms to transfer data. Applications have made it possible by use of cloud services to transfer data online.
We would all have agreed when told that applications have been the greatest revolution to mobile technology, but hold up, the next invention will blow your mind off. With Artificial Intelligence being a key factor in the growth of technology speculated to be the next future of technology, it has had its lion’s share with mobile technology. It has contributed to the new mobile AI whereby mobile phones can now have the ability to perform object recognition such as Facebook detection, geolocation photos, text detection, bar-code detection, image registration, detect common objects such as rectangle detection and perform fine-grained recognition tasks like identifying different species of dogs. This capability can be used in different ways including the evolved virtual reality which is a combination of Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality or even going to greater extents of creation of apps to be used by the disabled, blind and deaf.
Major companies and corporations have inculcated the MobileNets in part of their developments such as Apple which introduced machine learning API for developers to make mobile faster. Google which has made a greater step in revolutionizing this technology has made apps use this technology is object recognition without having to have an internet connection, whereby users can access this services directly on their mobile phones and the performance of each neural network differs according to the tasks being performed.
Artificial Intelligence has arrived to make a grand entry into the technology scene and has been accepted widely and welcomed. It has proven to be the next big thing in the technology scene which is where technology is moving towards. More details on Artificial Intelligence can be found on this link Artificial Intelligence
It is common for parents to ensure that their children are secured at all times. Often, parents are fond of advising their children on matters relating to the world, on how to be well-behaved, how to interact with others by avoiding strangers, precautions to take in case of any occurrence of an accident or unexpected event. I am sure this has helped shape our lives in one way or another we always give gratitude to our parents for their great parenting. Salute to all parents. The guidelines given mostly pertains to the offline part of our life.
With the rapid evolution of technology, children now have internet access at all times from the time they are young. Parents are ever cautious on what children are accessing online and some if not most can attest to having searched on ways to incorporate parenting control using applications, to what their children can have access to online and also going to the extent of trying to monitor how secure the children are through the interactions they make online.. The question remains how can we impact great parenting online?
Google has solved the question by introducing a new school curriculum that teaches children on how to identify any case of a security threat online. This is to enable students become smart, positive and kind online as Pavni Diwanji VP of Engineering for Kids and Families refers to it. The school curriculum was developed by google in collaboration with online safety companies like Internet Keep Safe Coalition, Connect Safely and Family Online Safety Institute.
The curriculum focuses on five major lessons. These lessons are:-
Be Internet Alert: Don’t fall for fake This can be implemented by students analyzing signs of phishing or pharming within a website
Be Internet Strong: Students learn to secure their secrets like accounts online to prevent hacking into their accounts.
Be Internet Kind: Students learn how to interact with others kindly especially across social networks and mediums.
Be Internet Smart: Students learn how to share with care.
Be Internet Brave: Students are taught on how to react in case they notice anything absurd while online and are advised to speak out about anything that seems fishy to them.
We all love visualized learning as it helps content to be understood much easily and to be retained within the memory longer. Google is amazing, it has made it even more possible for students to become internet awesome also outside the school curriculum by introducing a game known as Interland that enables students enhance their skills in becoming internet awesome.
Parents have also not been left out within Google’s new curriculum “be internet awesome”. Children can be difficult to control and communicate with at times especially as they near teenage hood, especially on topics that don’t interest them such as digital safety. Google partnered with YouTube creators to launch the “be internet awesome” challenge.
Google’s new curriculum is a sigh of relief to parents especially during this summer season when students are at home. It will ease their burden on having to be alert at all times checking on the children. Parents let’s all take the initiative to make our children be internet awesome. For more information check on Google Site
Microsoft recently unveiled some of the new features expected to be found in their new Windows 10 version, Creators Fall Update Build 16215. This came after other recent windows 10 patches were released earlier in the year. The New Creators Fall is expected to be released later in the year having this improved features. We are left wondering what are some of the new features to be improved? Some being a better user interface for easier interactions by users with the computer.
1. Start and Action Center Have an Improved Microsoft’s Fluent Design System
The start has very great improvements. Users can now have the ability to resize start vertically with no glitches at the bottom of the frame, horizontally and even diagonally. The start acrylic has been improved to use the new acrylic design.
Microsoft took into consideration users feedback and integrated their suggestions within the action center by providing clearer information showing separation and hierarchy. The Fluent Design System has been integrated to include the acrylic design in the action center and the improved version, gives users ability to customize the quick action by going to setting, then system then notification and actions.
2. Improved Cortana
Cortana, which is Microsoft’s digital assistant similar to Apple’s Siri, has been improved. Cortana will be able to scan through recent pictures within your phone gallery and search for events within the pictures. It will then automatically prompt users to set a reminder for the searched image. With this improved feature we can say goodbye to missing out on important events. For now, cortana will only work when a user is plugged onto a power source or un-metered network.
For the lovers of the pen tool, cortana will now be able to predict future events on a users screen.
3. Improved Handwriting Experience
Microsoft is sure to listen to its users feedback to ensure satisfaction is achieved by users. The handwriting experience has been improved with new features like:
New gestures and users can make corrections using the ink gestures, reduced chances of palm rejection, this is for the pen users to prevent ink being drawn over the handwriting panel, ability for users to select text to edit, new conversion and overflow model, this enables users to write as much as they wish to write on the handwriting panel. This was not enough for users satisfaction, Microsoft included emojis and more symbols for users to have a greater and more fun experience. The people emoji’s can also have a skin tone alteration with the new build 16215 version.
4. Dictation on The Desktop
One can be able to dictate to the computer or tablet using a microphone on the desktop on the top left corner or using the Win+H to start dictating to the computer. Some examples of the dictating commands are: ‘press backspace’ to delete a character, ‘delete the first two words’ it deletes the first two words of the document. Also, one can use editing and input punctuations.
5. Microsoft Edge Improved
Pinned sites feature is back. Users can pin sites to their Windows taskbar similarly to how apps are pinned to the taskbar. This is possible with an option to “Pin this page to the taskbar” from the settings menu on Edge browser.
Users can now have a full screen mode view which can be switched on or off by pressing the key F11 on the computer’s keyboard.
These are a few of the new features Microsoft has in store for us in its new Windows Version the Creators Fall Update. More is in place like a new share feature, night-light improvements and improved HDR monitors support. More of the features expected to come along with this new update can be found on Microsoft’s blog site Microsoft.
Cybersecurity has been on the rise with everyone wondering about how secure is their data and how secure are their desktops. On whether they are secure and protected from attacks from viruses and malwares. This became a major concern from earlier on in the year when a strong giant virus attacked most computers, the Wannadecryptor Virus also referred to as the RansomWare. Desktop Users became more cautious and were looking for solutions to have their computers protected by an Antivirus.
The question comes in on which is the best Antivirus in the market? Wars arose between one of the leading manufacturers of Operating Systems, Microsoft, and one of the best leading independent Antivirus Software creators, Kaspersky. Most can agree with me that Kaspersky has been the best Antivirus over the years, securing their desktops from malicious viruses, malwares and Trojan horse’s. However, recently Microsoft is taking advantage of its ability to have control over the Windows operating system and having it’s own antivirus, Windows Defender AV inbuilt in the operating system. This comes as Microsoft tries to implement one of its competitors strategy in the industry, Linux which has a very strong inbuilt Antivirus installed within its operating system, that is free from attack of any virus. Microsoft’s decision to have its own AV inbuilt especially within its new Windows 10 versions was not welcomed happily by independent antivirus owners.
Kaspersky, a leading AV company, saw it as a major distraction to its Business and said that Windows Defender was only a lure to its users as it does not offer full protection to users Pc’s compared to the kind of protection offered by Kaspersky. According to a statement filed by Kaspersky Labs Company, they said that Microsoft should allow independent AV industries to have their AV within the users desktops. This is because, Microsoft has limited the number of AV on any desktop running on the Window’s Operating system.
Microsoft has designed the Window’s 10 version in such a way that, once a user upgrades their Window’s version, the system changes settings, uninstalling user-installed apps, and replacing them with standard Microsoft apps. This is the same situation on installed AV, the system deactivates previously user installed AV and activates Windows Defender which is not fully secure. Also for any other AV installed by a user it can only run for only the specified period and once the trial period Is over, it automatically turns on its Window’s defender AV, and it does not give users a prompt to renew their license for the expired AV. A user can only get their deactivated AV from a hidden dialog box within their PC. I would particularly prefer that users can have freedom to install their preferred antivirus software on their desktops without any limit.