Facebook goes slo-o-ow with ‘2G Tuesdays’

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The world’s largest social network starts an internal program to show employees what it’s like to use Facebook in developing countries Tuesdays will be a real drag for some Facebook employees. The social network has launched an internal program called “2G Tuesdays” to give its workers a sense of the very slow Internet connections in developing countries like India and elsewhere in Asia, as well as in Africa. When Facebook employees log in on a Tuesday, they’ll be asked on their News Feed whether they want to use the slower connection, which lasts for about an hour. That will offer … Read More

3 crucial steps to ending the year on a high note

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October marks the beginning of the end of the year for most companies. This is the final opportunity for IT leaders to finish strong. As we’re entering the final weeks of the calendar year, it’s tempting to slow down in anticipation of the holiday season and time away from work. In October, IT leaders should take stock of ongoing operations and active initiatives, and make corrections and adjustments that will have an impact in the next year. 1: Take an inventory It’s easy in March or even August to defer a task or project for “just a few more weeks,” … Read More

The cult of productivity, and the obsession with ‘getting things done’

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Organizing, parceling and simplifying life are at the heart of one of the biggest trends in tech culture. And it shows no signs of stopping Francesco D’Alessio struggled with even basic chores. He was forgetful and had trouble keeping up with his schoolwork. After failing a year at his high school in the UK when he was 16, D’Alessio began looking for answers. Some tech blogs suggested a book by David Allen called “Getting Things Done” (or GTD for short). In it, the productivity consultant discusses processes he developed to help high-powered executives manage the barrage of information coming at … Read More

Google Material Design: The smart person’s guide

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This comprehensive guide covers must-know Google Material Design details, including features, core principles, components, and and an introduction to best practices First announced at the 2014 Google I/O conference and later making its maiden voyage with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google’s Material Design represented a mobile-centric shift in the company’s approach to design. Taking cues from paper and ink, Material Design uses shadows and edges to create a minimal experience that is scalable across all major platforms and devices. To help developers, designers, and IT leaders get up to speed on Material Design, we’ve compiled the most important details and related … Read More

House panel hears retailers’ concerns about chip-and-signature cards

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Three small business owners say they support PIN-with-chip cards to protect against fraud Three representatives of small businesses said at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday that new chip-embedded credit cards need to have added PIN security instead of the chip and signature favored by most banks and card companies. The hearing took place nearly three weeks after an Oct. 1 deadline for retailers to update their payment terminals to accept chip cards or face liability for card fraud. “I am game to go the route to [chip card support] but would really like to feel what I’m doing is really … Read More

Android phones of a different breed

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If you’re looking for something different, the Android platform certainly knows how to deliver If you dig around enough, you wind up finding some interesting takes on the Android phone. This is made possible due to the (mostly) open nature of the platform. Because of this, anyone is able to fork Android to turn it into whatever their imagination and skills can manage. This also means some rather interesting Android phones have come to fruition. I’ve found a few that I thought, for whatever reason, were worth highlighting. With that said, let’s take a gander at some of the more … Read More

10 tips for spotting a phishing email

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Phishing emails flow into inboxes year-round, especially during the holidays. Here are some clues to help your users spot “fishy” emails This is a post that expands upon one of my previous posts, 3 steps to identify a potential phishing email. Every day countless phishing emails are sent to unsuspecting victims all over the world. While some of these messages are so outlandish that they are obvious frauds, others can be a bit more convincing. So how do you tell the difference between a phishing message and a legitimate message? Unfortunately, there is no one single technique that works in … Read More

How to prevent Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ feature from ruining your day

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You now have more control over what shows up in those sometimes nice, but sometimes brutal reminders of your past Earlier this week, TechCrunch pointed out an important update Facebook made to its On This Day reminder feature. For the unfamiliar, everyday Facebook will show you pictures and status updates you posted on that day’s date in prior years. There are times when the reminder of what you were doing one, two, or three years ago to the day can be fun, if not heartwarming. Then there are the posts you’d soon rather forget that Facebook seemed to always cold-heartedly … Read More

Microsoft sells out of Surface Books two weeks before launch

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The new Windows 10 laptop that converts into a tablet is no longer available at Microsoft’s online store, but you can try preordering elsewhere Still thinking about preordering Microsoft’s new Surface Book? It might be harder than you thought. On the company’s website, clicking on all five flavors of the Surface Book now triggers the message “Email me when available.” That’s because preorder supplies of the gadget have sold out, Microsoft said. The Windows 10 device, which turns from a laptop to a tablet via a detachable keyboard, is scheduled to reach consumers on October 26. It’s been available for … Read More

This Kickstarter project wants you to build your own smartwatch

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The Blocks smartwatch is meant to be customized and upgraded piece by piece to give you a choice of features like better battery life and GPS If the current crop of smartwatches fails to impress you, why not build your own? The world’s first modular smartwatch, made by London-based Blocks Wearables, is heading to Kickstarter after 18 months in development. The Blocks timepiece consists of a simple round watch face that serves as the core module, to which owners can clip in a set of additional modules, each with its own function, that string together to make up the band. … Read More