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A decade-old vulnerability in Intel chips has been discovered, leaving thousands of Windows computers susceptible to hijacking and remote takeovers.

Intel disclosed the critical bug last week and the weakness appears to be in the Active Management Technology (AMT) feature used by IT administrators to remotely access computers for support, maintenance and software updates. Additionally, AMT allows for remote control of a computer's mouse and keyboard even when it's off.

AMT can be accessed via a web browser interface, protected by an admin password, and is available even when the remote computer is asleep.

However, security researchers from Embedi discovered that by simply leaving the password field blank on the web interface, anyone can gain access to the AMT console. This flaw appears to be due to how the default admin account processes user passwords.

"We’re able to manage the AMT via the regular web browser as if we’ve known the admin password," the Embedi researchers said. "No doubt it’s just a programmer’s mistake, but here it is: keep silence when challenged and you’re in."

Intel chips from as far back as 2008 that are running management firmware versions from 6 and 11.6 are vulnerable to this flaw. The company also stated in a security advisory that although the vulnerability doesn't exist in consumer PCs with consumer-level firmware, if a system is capable of running AMT and it's running impacted firmware 6.0 and later, then mitigation steps are required.

Embedi researchers warn that any internet-facing systems with open ports 16992 and 16993 are susceptible to the hack.

The scary part is that after the disclosure of the flaw, scans on these affected ports have spiked, meaning hackers may now be actively seeking vulnerable systems to exploit.

Intel hasn't revealed the exact number of affected systems, but a search on Shodan (a search engine for exposed ports and databases) shows that more than 8,500 systems are affected worldwide with possibly thousands more existing on private networks.

Protect yourself

Intel has these recommendations to protect systems from the AMT flaw:

  • Determine if you have an Intel AMT capable system.
  • Analyze your system for the vulnerability with Intel's detection tool.
  • Check for updated firmware for your system. Intel states that firmware versions that resolve the issue have a four-digit build number that starts with a “3” (X.X.XX.3XXX) Ex:
  • Since many of the affected systems are older and are no longer receiving firmware updates, it is advised that AMT is disabled on these computers.

Intel stated that they are working with its hardware partners to push fixes to eligible systems beginning the week of May 8.

Dell, Fujitsu, HP, and Lenovo have all issued security advisories and are expected to roll out their patches soon.

Source : This article was published in komando.com By Francis Navarro

Remember the good old days when it seemed like every new iOS feature worth knowing about leaked in the months and weeks ahead of WWDC? These days, iOS leaks are few and far in between; apparently Tim Cook made good on his promise to double down on product secrecy, the avalanche of iPhone 8 rumors notwithstanding.

With May already in full swing, Apple’s annual developers conference is now less than a month away and we know remarkably little about what types of features Apple is planning to add with iOS 11. Sure, we’ve seen scattered reports about Apple’s plans to roll out an enhanced version of Siri along with support for multi-user video chats in FaceTime, but more varied details about the next-gen version of iOS have been hard to track down.

Until now.

A few weeks ago, a Reddit user with the handle cyanhat posted a number of interesting rumors about some surprise features Apple has in store for iOS 11. The thread was quickly deleted but a tipster managed to direct us to a screenshot of the retired post. Per usual, iOS rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, but the detailed rumors below are certainly plausible, and some of them even jibe with previous rumblings from the rumor mill.

The most intriguing tidbit claims that Apple with iOS 11 will enable users to make peer-to-peer payments via Apple Pay. Not only will this help transform the iPhone into a true digital wallet, it will also help Apple compete with a number of increasingly popular payment apps such as Venmo and Square Cash. If there’s a cashless revolution afoot, you better believe that Apple wants to be a part of it.

“Apple is completely revamping the Wallet app and adding social functionality,” the rumor reads. “There will be a social feed, just like Venmo. The new Wallet app will also have an iMessage module that allows you to send cash via iMessage.”

The odds of Apple actually implementing this in iOS 11 is arguably quite high. In fact, it’s no secret that Apple has been working on this feature for quite some time. You might even remember that support for peer-to-peer payments was a feature Apple was reportedly hoping to integrate into last year’s iOS 10 release.

The next iOS 11 rumor is rather interesting. It holds that iOS 11 will make FaceTime Audio the “default calling method for iPhone users.” The obvious upside is that FaceTime Audio is incredibly crisp and delivers far superior audio than your standard cell connection. FaceTime Audio was originally introduced with iOS 7 but it still seems to be a feature that most iPhone users are wholly unaware of. The slight downside to incorporating FaceTime Audio as the default calling method is that it eats up your data, albeit not in significant portions. FaceTime Audio users can expect to use a little less than 1MB of data for every minute on the phone, which seems reasonable. Presumably, Apple will allow users to turn the FaceTime Audio default setting off for anyone with more limited data plans.

Another reported iOS 11 feature in the works is a more intelligent low-power battery mode that will be more contextually aware.

Here’s how hit works. If you leave your home wifi network and you have 20% or less, it will turn on low power mode automatically. Since you left your home wifi,  your phone know that you’re not near your charger. This obviously makes the assumption that you don’t have a charger in your car, etc. But it’s pretty smart. This feature is still being debated by the engineers and may actually not ship.

And last but not least, the report claims that Apple with iOS 11 will incorporate support for group video chats via FaceTime, with support for up to 5 concurrent users.

As for other iOS 11 rumors making the rounds, there have been a few rumblings that  Apple this year may finally introduce a Dark Model option. Additionally, iOS 11 is said to include a number of intriguing new augmented reality features that will reportedly only be available on the iPhone 8.

With WWDC right around the corner, we can only imagine that an influx of iOS 11 rumors will begin coming down the pipeline sooner rather than later.

Source: This article was published on bgr.com  by Yoni Heisler

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Your Mac is no longer immune to malware attacks.

Check Point researchers have discovered an email-phishing campaign in Europe that is specifically targeting Mac users. The trojan is the first of its kind for Apple computers, and “it phishes for credentials by displaying full-screen alerts that claim there’s an urgent OS X update waiting to be installed.” Dok then accesses the victim’s system and grants administrator privileges to the cybercriminals so that they can install malware without being noticed. (Source: Forbes)

Why this is important for your business:

Gone are the days of PC-only virus attacks.  Now malicious hackers are going after Apple devices too, so don’t think you’re safe just because you’re in an Apple environment.

2 — Apple Pay transactions have been growing astronomically.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook recently announced that the tech giant’s mobile payment service has become more popular with consumers than ever before. In fact, Cook said that Apple Pay transactions in the most recent quarter rose “450% from the same period a year ago.” Apple Pay has expanded to international markets in the past year, including the United Kingdom, Japan, Russia, Australia and Canada, which has helped it to become more accepted and widespread across the world. (Source: Fortune Magazine)

Why this is important for your business:

Apple is fully committed to their payment platform, and it is paying off. If you’re in retail or regularly accept credit cards, you need to make sure you’re also set up to take payments via Apple Pay…or you could potentially lose business.

3 — PayPal has new tools that will make it easier to start an online business.

PayPal has announced a new feature called “Business in a Box” that will provide small businesses with an easy way to access its curated partners, including WooCommerce and Xero, as well as the company’s own working capital. Amit Mathradas, PayPal’s head of small business for North America, said, "There is an ecosystem that we play in, and we should be helping to curate it, to help merchants get set up quickly, to start an online business or to take an offline business and move it online.” (Source: Forbes)

Why this is important for your business:

Apple Pay is certainly not the only game in town. I’m a big fan of PayPal and its deep roots in small business, particularly with merchants. Given these new tools, PayPal may be an even better payment option for your business to use so that you can provide the best payment choices for your customers.

4 — A new startup plans to use science to make work a more positive experience.

Humu hopes to improve people’s jobs by using machine learning and science to “ensure that employees always have good days at work.” The company’s founder has said of the new startup that people should “be constantly learning and growing, and surrounded by people who are doing the same. We all have good days and bad days, but what would work be like if every day were like our best days? Imagine what we could achieve.” (Source: VentureBeat)

Why this is important for your business:

Though still in their infancy, machine learning apps from companies like Humu will soon be widely used to track employee behaviors and will guide you on how to help them be more productive and happy. Keep an eye on this trend.

5 —  Here’s another bank that's merging technology with finance.

Capital One has launched “We Work As One,” a program that connects small businesses with local Capital One cyber-cafés for “a series of opportunities by educating café customers on industry trends, engaging consumers and the community in new ways, and addressing unique obstacles and challenges that small business owners face.” Capital One is a Marks Group client. (Source: Capital One)

Why this is important for your business:

Banks are continuing to use a combination of technology and education to attract new customers. Your business may want to do the same.

Gene Marks owns The Marks Group,  a 10-person technology consulting firm and is also a small business expert, speaker and columnist at other major outlets.

Source : This article was published in forbes.com By Gene Marks

The recent technological innovations and mobile advancements are bringing about a major change in the relationship between healthcare professionals and their patients.

Patients want faster answers to their healthcare queries and greater control over wellness programs. The growth of new healthcare applications in the market was inevitable. These technologies have enabled patients and medical professionals to communicate in a more efficient manner.

Virtual Medicine

Telemedicine and telehealth apps are making healthcare more conducive to individual wellness, less expensive, more preventive and just downright better in many areas. The five apps mentioned in this article are excellent examples of modern-day ‘virtual’ health management. By creating a more competitive marketplace for health and wellness services, these apps are collectively increasing opportunities towards better results at lower costs.

Remote healthcare and telemedicine, reduce the costs by lowering access time, increasing preventive care and eliminating extra fuel consumption resulted by unnecessary trips to a medical institution. These applications and websites – and other similar options – truly aim to revolutionize healthcare.

1. Doctor on Demand

Doctor On Demand is a medically certified mobile application that allows video consultation with a doctor, have him write a medicinal prescription for you or simply get your questions answered.

Board-certified professionals can also treat non-emergency medical cases such as cold and flu symptoms, sports injuries, heartburn, respiratory infections and allergies, urinary tract infections as well as many pediatric issues.

They also prescribe medicine for travel purposes and refill existing prescriptions. Thanks to a new update on Doctor On Demand, you can now see a psychologist and have a stay-at-home lactation examination.

In the US, Doctor On Demand has more than 1400 state-licensed physicians. Sadly, there are states that still don’t allow medical diagnosis and prescriptions via video consultation. The government charges users a flat rate of $40 per session with doctors. Psychologist Video Visits cost $50 for a 25-minute session and $95 for 50 minutes.

2. HelloMD

Similar to online brain-assessment methods, HelloMD might not provide you with immediate medical care but it does specialize in finding specialists such as a neurologist, radiologist or chiropractor for a very specific rare health condition.

The application helps you connect with the right certified doctor or surgeon by setting up an appointment within 24 hours. The session then takes place in the online platform via video call.

The two basic purposes of HelloMD are to connect the user to the right doctor, so that you can see him or her in person for follow-up care, and to allow you quick access to specialists for second opinions. The prices can vary because the doctors set their own rates asking you to provide a credit card number to confirm the appointment, which generally occurs within a few days.

3. Microsoft HealthVault

Being extremely valuable to both individuals and families, Microsoft HealthVault is a professional online and mobile app healthcare service that allows the facility to keep your medical records safe and up to date. The information is only shareable with healthcare professionals and people you trust.

With a dedicated following for years, the application has helped many people with chronic conditions by tracking their daily health metrics such as blood sugar level, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.

You have the option of either inputting your data manually or have it done automatically by simply connecting HealthVault to any medical device, fitness tracker, Wi-Fi bathroom scales, and other apps.

4. Epocrates

Epocrates is an amazing mobile application for pharmacists. Along with being a comprehensive archive with tons of medical information, including drug interaction checker and a pill identification tool, the app also offers a secure HIPAA compliant, texting service that allows physicians and other hospital personnel to text each other with convenience. It keeps doctors updated with important news stories and builds essential resources for clinical guidelines, ICD-10 codes, disease information and more.

5. PingMD

A secure messaging app for doctors, PingMD allows medical health experts to connect with other professionals as well as their patients. Patients usually download the application only when their doctors are using it or recommend it to them.

If your doctor ever suggests PingMD, he or she might be aiming to virtually follow your symptom progression, assist in disease management or ask follow-up questions. Similar to the telemedicine application Epocrates, PingMD is also HIPAA compliant and allows you to connect with your physicians the same way you might communicate with a friend or colleague via text messaging, image sharing and so forth. Doctors using PingMD can also set their patients up for re-examinations with other experts on the platform to get a second opinion.

Each app is individually tailored to suit the taste and workflow of the user, but together these online resources are a futuristic vision of medical care, forming a world where doctors, nurses and all health administrators have up-to-the-minute information about their patients and can communicate with each other via a simple screen tap.

Source : This article was published in corporatewellnessmagazine.com By Kamil Riaz

Friday, 05 May 2017 03:49

Cope with Five Boss Personality Types

Great bosses share similar traits -- they're clear communicators, good listeners and confident decision makers, for instance -- but as many of us can attest, each bad (or just difficult-to-work-with) boss is bad in his own way.

Nonetheless, some boss personality types are so recognizable that they've been immortalized in pop culture. Here's how to deal with five of them:

1. The Authoritative Boss (e.g., Don Draper, Mad Men)

The authoritative boss is the ultimate risk taker and has a flair for drama. On the downside, he can be a poor communicator. He's creative and perceptive, but he's also suspicious of others.

"Most important is to acknowledge how clever they are, how they seek justice and how they find really good shortcuts to get the work done," says leadership and communication expert Sylvia Lafair, author of Don't Bring It to Work.

Lynn Taylor, author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant and CEO of Lynn Taylor Consulting, suggests that when dealing with someone who is suspicious, you should "get specific" and allow little room for misinterpretation. She also suggests putting communication in an email to prevent miscommunication.

2. The Narcissistic Boss (e.g., Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada) 

The narcissistic boss is hugely self-entitled -- often justifiably so. She puts herself on a pedestal far above subordinates, of whom she is ruthlessly critical. She does not welcome feedback and has little empathy.

Taylor recommends using what she calls the "CALM" method (Communicate, Anticipate, Laugh and Manage Up) with these bosses.

"Communicate frequently, honestly and regularly with aggressive bosses, so you understand what's behind all the blustering,” she says. “Anticipate problems before they occur or become more stressful [and don't encourage a tantrum with bad timing, either]. Taylor also suggests laughter. "A little levity goes a long way when tensions are running high," she says. "Manage up by being a role model of good behavior, using positive and negative reinforcement as you would with a child."

3. The Everyman Boss (e.g., Michael Scott, The Office)

This boss is likable enough, but he's sometimes inappropriate. He manages from the gut, and he's just too wishy-washy to lead effectively.

Janet Civitelli, workplace psychologist at VocationVillage.com, says one of the best strategies for dealing with an indecisive boss is to train him into realizing that decisions aren't so scary. "Indecision often stems from fear of making a mistake or looking bad, so try to find ways to help your boss shine," she says.

Vicky Oliver, author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Business Etiquette Questions, suggest using your boss’s lack of leadership abilities as an opportunity for yourself. “Take the lead in the discussion, but stay detached from any particular outcome,” she says. “Use logic, rather than unbridled passion."

4. The Autocratic Boss (e.g., Vito Corleone, The Godfather)

Regardless of his physicality, Lafair describes this boss as "large and in charge." He is cruel (even a bit of a bully) and sometimes very frightening.

"The best way to handle these bosses is to let them know you appreciate how they have situations under control,” Lafair says. “[Demonstrate that] you're willing to be another pair of eyes, so that when chaos and anxiety are stirring, you can be available to help find ways to calm situations down."

5. The Pace-Setting Boss (e.g., Donald Trump, The Apprentice)

This is the boss who creates a competitive environment at work. He sets very high goals and standards -- and is very demanding of employees.

With a boss who sets hard-to-achieve goals, ask for as many details as possible, says Andy Kanefield, co-author of Uncommon Sense. "Ask for details about what it means, what the steps look like, who they've seen that has done it well,” he says. “Try to get a picture of what success looks like."

Then, Lafair says, you should acknowledge how much you appreciate those clear goals -- "and then the great policies and procedures fall into place." 

This article was published in monster.com By Charles Purdy

When social media site Academia.edu hit the scene in 2008, it was hailed by some scholars as an alternative to pricey academic publishing and peer-review models. Professors and researchers could use the social platform to share their work, findings and ideas—most importantly, at no cost. For some users who have recently visited Academia.edu however, things are looking different.

http://Academia.edu now asking $ for ability to search within full-text. This is crazy... My guess they just shot themselves in the foot

The website has set up a paywalled “advanced search” option, accessible only through Academia.edu’s new premium subscription, which costs $9 per month or $99 per year. The feature allows paying users to find exact keyword matches within the full-text of papers on Academia. Without a subscription, the website’s search engine still retrieves articles with headlines containing the searched keywords.

While the website’s existing features—including uploading and downloading articles, peer-review sessions and recommendations—remain free, the company has received backlash for its new pricing model.

“Open access to an ocean of articles without the ability to search through them is meaningless,” a self-described academic mathematician wrote in a recent Hacker News thread started by Ben Lund, chief technology officer at Academia.edu. The discussion initiated in response to an article that appeared on Diggit Magazine by a university lecturer (and the publication's editor-in-chief) who discovered the blocked feature while searching for materials for his students.

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Academia.edu first introduced Academia Premium and its accompanying paid search features last December. In a blog post on Medium, the company wrote that the purpose of the subscription was to “help make all scholarship and science easily and freely accessible to everyone, not just those affiliated with well-endowed institutions.” Establishing a premium account was also part of the company’s effort to become a more “sustainable operation,” CEO Richard Price wrote in a subsequent blog post in March.

“Running any site at scale has costs and you have to figure out how to pay for that,” CEO and founder Richard Price tells EdSurge. He adds that nearly 19 million papers exist and are free on the platform, and that 40 percent of users are from from developing countries with limited access to research.

Academia Premium has yet to roll out to all users. According to Price, only a “random” selection of users are currently offered the service, which also includes alerts when a subscriber’s name is mentioned in an article, analytics to see who is reading an author’s work, and a personal website option that creates a unique URL for someone’s Academia profile. 

The CEO also says premium subscription will eventually be available to all users, but is targeted for “academics themselves.”

“Our most avid users are authors, the people who are building their careers in academia,” says Price. “The premium features we have built so far are more useful to them.”

But skeptical scholars say the perks are just another way of monetizing academic information for an elite few. “The new [premium] feature is academic class politics to a new level—and it only promotes the further stratification of the academy,” Sarah Bond, an assistant professor at the University of Iowa, wrote for Forbes in January.

Critics have pointed out holes in the business plan, too. “This feature isn't going to be effective for you without some rethinking. People can simply search on Google: site:academia.edu "Potterheads" and retrieve all the results,” one user shared in the Hacker News thread.

Academia Premium isn’t the first cost to be introduced on Academia.edu, which claims 35 million people visit the site each month. Last January, the company proposed allowing authors to pay a fee that would boost article recommendations from the website’s editors. That move also garnered a slew of criticism, and the company eventually killed the idea.

This article was published in edsurge.com By Sydney Johnson

The tech industry today, has evolved into being dominated by three big players – Apple, Google & Microsoft. In fact, Apple  – for a short amount of time – was even the most valuable company on the planet. Its safe to call these three one of the most valuable firms in the world. But everything that goes up, must come down and the question arises, which of these 3 will fall first ?


When seen independently, its plainly obvious that Apple holds a higher position in the average consumer’s minds among the three. Right from the moment Steve Jobs released the very first iPod, the company has been synonymous with quality and style to such an extent that the second biggest phone manufacturer tried to rip off their designs to become the second best.

That being said, Apple is facing a turn around in fortunes. Sales of its products, besides the iPhone have been dwindling in the past few months. The Apple Watch was the first new product from the company that didn’t set the market alight. Market share and sales of the iPad have been falling steadily and Macbooks – though revered – were never a major player.

If you feel we’re over estimating the decline, consider how far Apple has deviated in the past few years from its strategy the decade before. Apple products were top of the line, but today, every product has a cheaper version ( iPad mini, iPhone SE). The iPad even released a version with a stylus, something Steve Jobs was dead set against, as commonly known. Everything that shines, isn’t gold apparently.


The company that started as a search engine and has expanded into areas as far as driver-less cars, has made Google into the the biggest brand today. Could you imagine your life with Google today? Imagine going to a new place and finding your way without Google Maps, or looking for information without a Google search. The company has become indispensable in today’s time. The icing on the cake being most of these services, aren’t charged.

This also brings along, a flip side – how does Google earn? While it is known as a web search company, in reality Google is an advertising company. If you doubt, have a look at its revenue distribution:

One way to understand Google’s business model is: Google doesn’t sell products, it sells consumers. As a marketing company, it earns its revenue by showing its consumers advertisements. The more Google products we use, the more information it has about us, the more targeted ads it can show us. The better its advertising network, the higher the ad premium. The plus side being, Google practically owns the internet advertising monopoly. There isn’t a competitor around that hold a candle to Google.

At present, there isn’t anyone who can dethrone Google from the top of its pyramid. This might change in a few years however, as most analysts predict voice to become the new medium by which we use the internet and adverting on voice search is not as easy as advertising on a webpage. Imagine you asking your phone’s AI to search for the nearest coffee shop and it plays out a 30 second ad before giving you the result, who would use such a service? Advertising in the future will look very different – if at all it lasts into the future with the increased use of Ad Blockers.

It would seem that Google is the most vulnerable at this point, but we need to consider one more aspect of the company, its flexibility. Google is one of the rare behemoths that has been able to read the changing times and is willing to change with it. One of them is it identified correctly the rise of smartphones and invested early. Even today, the company is expanding into driver-less cars, content creation(YouTube), AR with Google Glass and cardboard and even the more conventional product with the Google Pixel & Chromebooks.


Finally we come to the company at the root of the technological revolution. Most people today, would consider Microsoft of a bygone era with only one successful product in its bag – Windows. However, considering that Windows almost commands a monopoly in desktop OSes, one would be naive to write them off. Sure, it has many other products that haven’t been able to match up to their competition, but the company has one advantage the other two in this list don’t – diversity.

Microsoft’s revenue today is not dependent on any one product or service. Using its reputation at the turn of the century, the company has expanded into a host of domains. As a comparison, we present the revenue streams of Microsoft against Apple.

Just by looking at the 3 revenue distribution graphs, we can plainly see Microsoft as the only company that doesn’t depend on just one product to survive. This is the reason they’ve survived multiple failures in the past including Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows Phone. If you noticed, Windows is supposed to be their golden egg laying goose right ? Yet, 3 iteration failures in under a decade did not even dent their revenue. This alone, in my opinion proves beyond doubt which the strongest company is, among the tree.

So who will fall first ?

Its pretty clear from what we’ve discussed, Microsoft is the least likely to fail among the big three. That still leaves the question, who gets the top spot ? From revenue streams, though Google appears the most vulnerable, it has shown its ability to adapt and change. Though it hasn’t managed much success in its alternate ventures but Android, Chrome and Maps too were alternate ventures once and they have become indispensable today. This gives us enough reason to believe when push comes to shove, Google might stumble, but it will pull through.

Apple on the other hand has been unable to shake off its reliance on the iPhone. For a while, the iPad did provide diversity to an extent, but it is already in decline with nothing seemingly close enough to offer a different revenue stream. Its past attempts to move beyond its core products too haven’t been promising. Not to mention, Apple depends on its users sticking to its ecosystem. With the loyalty of modern users changing like the seasons, this leaves it the most vulnerable thus taking the top spot, followed by Google and Microsoft taking the cake with the company least likely to fail.

This article was published in techworm.net By Delwyn Pinto

Dan Russell, über tech lead, Google Search Quality and User Experience Research, shares advanced Google search techniques for research, newsgathering and verification

Digital tools and platforms are now an integral part of the role for most journalists in modern newsrooms.

However, many still do not know how use advanced Google search techniques to make their day-to-day work more efficient, said Dan Russell, über tech lead, Google Search Quality and User Experience Research.

Speaking at an Investigathon organised today in London by Google and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Russell shared tips for advanced search techniques to help journalists in research, newsgathering and verification.

1. Search-by-image

This function can be used to identify unknown objects, or the location where a photograph was taken.

To search by image, go to Google Image Search and add your photo, either by URL, uploading or dragging-and-dropping from your computer.

The search results will then show a list of sites where that image has appeared, which can then be narrowed further using contextual keywords.

This technique can also be used to identify just a smaller part of a wider image, such as a logo, by cropping the photo to its most salient point, said Russell.

Google Image Search is particularly useful, said Russell, because "it allows you to take previously unanswerable questions and answer them in seconds", sometimes quicker than a text-based Google search.

2. Search by colour

This is a useful function if you might not remember the name of, say, a book you want to use in research, but you remember the colour of it.

Go to Google Image Search and input your search query, click the 'search tools' button and then 'colour' and make your selection from the drop-down below 'colour'.

"This relies on something that's subtle about human perception," said Russell. "We've all probably heard that recognition beats recall".

3. Google Alerts

Google Alerts allow users to receive email notifications for certain keywords when they are indexed in Google's search results, and are an efficient way to track news around a certain topic or region.

To create a Google Alert, go to google.co.uk/alerts and input your search query. You can choose to get all results or just content from categories such as news, blogs, video, as well as how often you want to receive notifications – daily, weekly, or as-they-happen.

4. Google Trends

Many journalists already use Googe Trends to discover the most-searched for terms around a particular topic or area, noted Russell, but users can also "incentivise the query trends" by region or by time.

To do this, navigate between the 'location' and 'time range' options in the right column (there is also the option here to compare multiple search terms).

As well as being a useful tool to inform content based on what people are searching for, journalists can also use the service to see the terminology their readership is searching for and therefore understands, said Russell, helping to optimise stories for search.

For example, see the difference below in results for 'flu' and 'influenza' around the time of the H1N1 scare in 2009.

Google Trends
Screengrab from Google Trends showing the difference in results between 'flu' and 'influenza'

5. Google Correlate

Google Correlate allows users to see how a specific search query coordinates with real-time trends, and varies in popularity over a certain time frame.

Sort of like a reverse Google Trends, users can also enter their own data to receive a list of search queries which follow a similar pattern.

This is a useful tool for journalists, said Russell, because correlated search queries will give journalists ideas for topics to investigate that they may not have thought of.

However, users should be aware that the tool currently only uses search data from the US.

6. Google in other countries

News and opinion can differ wildly around the world. So for journalists seeking perspectives on a subject from a country other than their own, Russell recommends doing a search for the Google site for that specific area.

"Google is not this single unitary super planet-sized organism," he said, adding that while many people are familiar with Google UK and Google US, there is "basically a Google per country".

"When you go to a particular country's Google, you're getting content for that country primarily," said Russell, explaining that a search query on Google UK would not necessarily yield the same results as Google US.

Therefore, to find information on, for example, what India thinks of the Eurozone crisis, users should search on google.co.in rather than searching their country's native Google, he said.

7. Custom Search

Although you can do a Google site search to search within just specific cites, if there are a number of sites you do this for on a regular basis you might want to create a a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE).

This allows you to search just one site or individual pages from a site.

To do this, go to google.co.uk/cse and click the blue 'create a custom search engine' button, add the name and URL of the sites (or pages) you want to search and click 'create'.

CSE will then generate a URL for your custom search engine, which you can bookmark. You can also embed custom search within your site.

Below is a site search we created for Journalism.co.uk.

Custom Search Engine


This article was  published in journalism.co.uk by Abigail Edge

Samsung's latest phone, the Galaxy S8, is packed with a lot of thoughtful features that you won't find on the iPhone.

While the iPhone still has a slight edge over the Galaxy S8, there are plenty of things that set it apart from its biggest rival.

Here are the most important Galaxy S8 features you won't get from the iPhone.

1. There's an iris scanner that can be used to unlock the phone and access secure folders.

1. There's an iris scanner that can be used to unlock the phone and access secure folders.
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Samsung says it's more secure than a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone only has a fingerprint sensor.

2. More screen. The S8 has a 5.8-inch screen. The S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen.

2. More screen. The S8 has a 5.8-inch screen. The S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen.
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Compare that to the iPhone: The iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen.

3. You can charge the Galaxy S8 with a wireless charging pad. There's also fast charging, which charges the S8 faster than normal.

3. You can charge the Galaxy S8 with a wireless charging pad. There's also fast charging, which charges the S8 faster than normal.
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The iPhone does not have wireless charging. There's also no fast-charging option.

4. You can plug in standard headphones thanks to the headphone jack.

4. You can plug in standard headphones thanks to the headphone jack.
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Apple famously removed the standard headphone jack on the iPhone 7. You have to use a dongle if you want to plug in your regular wired headphones.

5. Samsung Pay can make payments on standard magnetic credit card readers.

5. Samsung Pay can make payments on standard magnetic credit card readers.
This is an older Samsung phone using Samsung Pay, but it works the same on the Galaxy S8.Antonio Villas-Boas/Tech Insider

You don't need a special NFC pad like you do with Apple Pay.

6. The Galaxy S8 comes with its own virtual reality software, powered by Facebook's Oculus.

6. The Galaxy S8 comes with its own virtual reality software, powered by Facebook's Oculus.
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The iPhone can work with some VR headsets like Google Cardboard, but it doesn't natively support VR and content is extremely limited.

7. The S8 has a heart rate sensor on the back.

7. The S8 has a heart rate sensor on the back.
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Get your pulse on the go! You'll have to buy an Apple Watch or another accessory if you want to measure your pulse using the iPhone.

8. You can attach the Galaxy S8 to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse with a special dock and run a desktop version of the smartphone's operating system on a normal computer.

8. You can attach the Galaxy S8 to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse with a special dock and run a desktop version of the smartphone's operating system on a normal computer.
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While features like this haven't been proven, it could appeal to enterprises. You can only mirror your iPhone screen on an external display.

10. Samsung's Galaxy S8 screen is more power-efficient and produces better colors.

10. Samsung's Galaxy S8 screen is more power-efficient and produces better colors.
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That's because Samsung uses a screen technology called OLED. The iPhone still uses LCD, which doesn't look as good as OLED.

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This article was published on businessinsider.com

Saturday, 29 April 2017 05:33

Want to Succeed? First, Become Self-Aware

“Yes, but, it wasn’t my fault….”

“Yes, but, I didn’t know….”

“Yes, but, they said….”

That’s what Julie’s manager heard whenever he gave the new junior software engineer feedback. Whenever he would suggest a way she might improve her work, she’d respond with a “yes, but” and some defensive excuse. While the young engineer’s technical skills were acceptable, they weren’t stellar -- unlikely to improve if she couldn’t handle hearing constructive feedback, let alone criticism.

So when the company president called for staff reductions, her manager remembered Julie’s “yes, but” responses. After being told her position was terminated, Julie tweeted to her friends, “I just got fired! They expect too much! It’s not fair!”

Are You Aware of Your Habits?

When I heard about Julie’s defensiveness, I wondered if Julie knew the real reason she was fired. Did she understand that engineering skills weren’t the issue? Was she aware of her defensive ‘yes, but’ habit?

Emotional routines like Julie’s operate below the level of our conscious awareness. Think about what happens when you take a photo with your smart phone. You provide the “trigger” of pressure on the phone, the device does the rest with information it has stored. The same happens with habits. An emotional trigger occurs and you respond using the routine stored in the part of your brain called the basal ganglia. For Julie, when she heard “criticism,” her brain kicked into its automatic “yes, but” defense.

To change your phone, you need to know what happens after you press the button. Then, you must modify the software it triggers. The same is true for our habits. Before you can change an automatic emotional response, you have to be aware it exists. You need self-awareness.

Why Self-Awareness Matters

For Julie, lack of awareness of her defensive reactions cost her a job. Self-awareness, one of the four key components of emotional intelligence, underlies the other three. Without knowing what we’re feeling, we can’t take steps to control those emotions. Such self-management is the second component. Lacking self-awareness, we can’t have the third, social awareness. We don’t understand how we impact other people and can’t tune in to what others feel. Moving beyond awareness of others to interaction, without self-awareness, the fourth – relationship management – is impossible.

How to Develop Self-Awareness?

Does Julie want to develop self-awareness? Do you? That’s the first step, to have a desire to be aware of your emotions. Perhaps ask yourself why, then take these steps.

Stop: Practicing mindfulness is a superb way to develop self-awareness. Recognizing that our minds wander about 50% of the time, “mindfulness” refers to that move where you notice your mind wandered. With mindfulness, you monitor whatever goes on within the mind. It sounds simple, but it is more challenging to put into practice. The way I learned mindfulness is through meditating, sitting quietly, stepping back from a busy brain to focus on the present moment. I’ve shared several techniques for mindfulness in my audio CD Cultivating Focus.

Look: Once you’ve stopped, notice and name what you’re feeling. It’s helpful to practice this at different times of day, in different situations. Take a few moments to tune in to yourself. Our counter-productive habits, like Julie’s improvement-blocking kneejerk defensiveness, come up over and over. One key signal we’re in their grip is the bodily sensations they trigger. Notice, for example, are you breathing slowly or holding your breath? Does your pulse feel slow or fast? Are you sweating? Do your muscles feel tense?

Listen: One of the best ways to become aware of yourself is to ask others how they perceive you. That’s the value of 360-degree feedback tools. You fill out a survey about your behavior and ask trusted others to fill out the same survey. A good coach can help you review the differences between your perceptions and the experiences of others.

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If you’d like to learn more about developing self-awareness and how to change self-defeating habits, I encourage you to join Tara Bennett-Goleman and I at Omega Institute in August for Connecting Emotional Intelligence with Mindful Habit Change: A Gentle Path to Awakening. Tara is a teacher, psychotherapist, and author of Mind Whispering and the New York Times best-seller Emotional Alchemy.

This article was  published on linkedin.com by Daniel Goleman


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