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Daniel K. Henry

Daniel K. Henry

Monday, 30 January 2017 01:55

WhatsApp has 'bug' that could be exploited

WhatsApp has a security bug that could allow encrypted messages to be intercepted from the popular messaging app that owner Facebook has said promises end-to-end encryption.


WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014, said last year that all communications such as text messages, videos and other files flowing the service would be encrypted. The app has become hugely popular, with more than 1 billion users.

About the time that WhatsApp announced its end-to-end encryption, cryptography and security researcher Tobias Boelter at the University of California-Berkeley contacted WhatsApp about a flaw he had found in the app. He found that undelivered messages — perhaps because the receiver of the message was offline or had changed their phone number — could be intercepted either by an attacker or WhatsApp itself, he says.

That's because WhatsApp makes new encryption keys for undelivered messages and those could be intercepted by a third party that is not WhatsApp. WhatsApp itself, since it is generating another version of the message, has it on its servers, too.

In an interview with The Guardian, Boelter said, "If WhatsApp is asked by a government agency to disclose its messaging records, it can effectively grant access due to the change in keys."

Boelter also did a presentation on the WhatsApp vulnerability earlier this year — a video is posted on Twitter— and wrote about the situation on his blog in May saying that "next time the FBI will not ask Apple but WhatsApp to ship a version of their code that will send all decrypted messages directly to the FBI."

He contacted Facebook and WhatsApp about the vulnerability in April 2016 and, in May, Facebook told him the company is not "actively working on changing" it.

A WhatsApp spokesperson told The Guardian that users can change their security settings so that they know when a contact's key or code is changed. "We know the most common reasons this happens are because someone has switched phones or reinstalled WhatsApp. This is because in many parts of the world, people frequently change devices and Sim cards. In these situations, we want to make sure people's messages are delivered, not lost in transit," the company told The Guardian.

Privacy advocates had been concerned with WhatsApp on another issue, too. In August 2016, WhatsApp said it would begin sharing data with Facebook, as a way to better serve users and fight spam. But the requirement that users opt-out of the feature led privacy groups including Electronic Privacy Information Center to file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission.

EPIC called the move an "unfair and deceptive trade practice." And European Union Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Facebook "gave us incorrect or misleading information during the investigation into its acquisition of WhatsApp."

Author : Mike Snider

Source : http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/13/whatsapp-has-bug-that-could-be-exploited.html

TrustYou, the world’s largest feedback platform, today published the findings of a recently conducted travel industry study. It reveals the relevant and important factors affecting the consumer decision process during one of the main phases of the traveler journey. The study follows the path to decision during the traveler’s search for accommodation and evolution of offers, which play a pivotal role leading to the eventual decision to book. The sample for the study consisted of 920 participants of adults over the age of 18, who all must have traveled and booked an accommodation online within the past 12 months for business, leisure, or both. The study is available to download for free.

The key findings of the study include:

  • 91% of travelers turn to search engines when looking for a place to stay with the majority 81% preferring to use Google. “Google Search” is travelers’ top most common source of travel inspiration.
  • 77% of travelers search keywords relating to accommodation and/or locations. 57% of travelers search for hotels, 49% search for a location, and 31% searching for a combination of the two.
  • A hotel’s TrustScore, or average review rating score, is the second most important factor affecting the booking decision after a hotel’s nightly rate. Furthermore, 88% of travelers sorted out hotels with a TrustScore under three stars, and 32% eliminated those with a TrustScore under four stars.
  • Tracing click-through on a Google’s hotel listing, travelers are most likely (20%) to click on the direct link to the hotel’s website and also very likely (10%) to click on review data provided by TrustYou.

Valerie Castillo, Senior Director of Marketing at TrustYou, says: “Knowing the decision-making path of travelers is essential for hotels to target their efforts and position themselves ahead of the competition. Our research emphasizes the importance of reviews in this process, as they account for a vital part of the booking procedure as the second most relevant decision factor after price. Additionally, a higher review score helps hotels to remain competitive and to be shortlisted as a suitable option for the traveler’s stay, without being preemptively eliminated.”

The research shows that hoteliers must consider their presence on Google within their marketing strategies. The majority of travelers turn to Google when seeking travel inspiration, beginning with their accommodation search, and evaluating offerings between multiple hotels. Valerie Castillo adds: “By optimizing a hotel’s presence on Google, more information is available to drive travelers to the hotel website. In the course of the the study, 20% of users clicked on the hotel listing’s website. It is therefore our advice for hotels to include review information on their website, such as the Meta-Review and TrustScore, to increase direct bookings.”

TrustYou specializes in guest feedback management and direct hotel messaging, helping hotels to influence the booking decisions of travelers. This is done by obtaining and maintaining a high review score to be selected, increasing the number of reviews for a higher credibility and better average scores, and providing review summaries and widgets for a better user experience.

Download the White Paper containing all information and details about the study here for free.

More information about TrustYou can be found at www.trustyou.com.

About TrustYou

TrustYou, the world’s largest guest feedback platform, provides hotels with insights to improve their guest experience and market to future guests. Guest feedback informs 95% of booking decisions, and TrustYou’s guest feedback platform incorporates hundreds of millions of hotel reviews, surveys, social comments, and direct messages through SMS, email, Facebook Messenger and more. This information is analyzed along each step of a traveler’s journey, including booking and pre-stay queries, real-time guest request, and post-stay feedback, to generate actionable insights for 500,000 hotels. TrustYou’s platform is made up of various components, including TrustYou Meta-Reviews*, verified global review summaries displayed on travel and search sites like Google, KAYAK, and Hotels.com; TrustYou Messaging, real-time guest messaging service; TrustYou Stars, an advanced guest satisfaction survey tool; TrustYou Analytics, the world’s leading online reputation management tool and the accompanying app TrustYou Radar. PMS, CRM, IBE and other hotel software providers can make use of TrustYou Connect, a partner program to integrate TrustYou’s guest feedback platform with its products to help their hotel clients to positively influence every stage of the guest journey.

Find more information on TrustYou and the guest feedback platform at www.trustyou.com.

*TrustYou Meta-Reviews only contain verified reviews and do not include reviews from TripAdvisor

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Source : https://www.hotelnewsresource.com/article92890.html

Monday, 23 January 2017 07:07

Is Anything Private Anymore?

The invention of the home computer has changed our world. Good or bad, it is dominating our lives. Many of us are addicted. We turn our computer on first thing in the morning. Our screens glow all day and into the night. Change is constant. New programs, new ways to search for information, watch movies, or communicate are invented every day. Do you have questions or want to listen to your favorite music? We can do this on line or just ask our new Google “Home”.

In the mid-1990s, Philip and I discussed getting a home computer but we could not think of any real uses for it. We were not interested in playing computer games and we didn’t have any business uses for one. But look at us today.

Every day, every minute, every second you participate you are being stored up in the “cloud.” I have no idea what that is but I do know that others can often learn all about you from what you have put on your computer.

Do you like that? Most of us don’t. We still think we have “privacy” in our lives. The truth is, we don’t have nearly as much as we used to. Some people use computers for illegal purposes or even to hide, confuse or manipulate their identity. These are the people I am writing this column about today.

Our son, Christopher, and his longtime friend, Ashton Wolfson have founded a company called C & W Group, LLC that searches all available public information on the web. They prepare fast and inexpensive background checks on claimants and provide the results of their investigation to insurance companies and organizations that are the subject of injury claims. The companies who use their services have found that they can save money and time evaluating injury claims.

Ashton and Chris grew up in Napa living across the street from one another. They have kept in touch over the years as their paths took them in different directions.

Ashton Wolfson has a background managing companies that he founded, one of which is a medical evaluation firm focusing on workers compensation insurance claims.

Christopher is a former Marine Security Force veteran, law enforcement officer, and insurance fraud investigator.

Ashton’s father is Dr. Ron Wolfson, an orthopedic surgeon who practiced in Napa for many years and has left the active practice of medicine to do injury evaluations in workers compensation cases.

Chris was raised in a family where his father was a lawyer and judge in Napa for more than 50 years.

After graduating from college, they have come together to form this new company which combines their skills.

They have been promoting their new company around California and across the country. Their clients include school districts, public safety agencies like police and fire departments, insurance companies and large and small private companies, including some in the Napa wine industry.

My husband and I recently learned “it’s a small world” once again, as one prospective client was a major insurance company owned by a wealthy man who is in partnership with one of Philip’s high school chums in Brazil, who is now also an extremely wealthy man. Both men are now among the 20 richest men in the world.

We visited Chris in one of his offices in Roseville last June where he gave us a presentation of his company’s product. My husband was impressed and marveled at how he would have liked to have had that kind of information when he practiced law years ago. We were amazed to see how much information could be found from public records and public Internet sites about people. We were also surprised to see how unguarded and careless some people are in telling their secrets and giving up their privacy. 

Philip told me that lawyers are now searching the Internet, especially social media sites to evaluate potential jurors in court cases. Judges and lawyers around the country are having to learn how to deal with this. So, if you are called as a prospective juror in a big case be prepared to answer questions about some of your Facebook posts or Tweets.

C & W’s main goal is to help their clients evaluate cases. Sometimes they uncover evidence of suspicious activity and sometimes they don’t. When there is no evidence of anything strange or suspicious, the client can focus on evaluating the injuries. If unusual or suspicious things are found, the claim investigators can conduct further investigation into those areas.

While Chris doesn’t discuss details of their work, I have heard some general stories which sound questionable and would curl your hair. This would be especially true if you are sharing anything you would want to keep private.

It is surprising what can be found about us quickly by a powerful search engine and turned into a thorough report in less than 24 hours. Sometimes information is inaccurate, but that will be uncovered by the skillful eye of a trained investigator before the report is submitted to the client.

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Some people change their names, use different Social Security numbers, move to California to hide a past record and now have jobs or side companies they have never reported to their current employer. When these kinds of things are discovered they are an immediate red flag that certainly calls for further investigation and notification to the authorities.

A fireman in another state who claimed disability from a vehicle accident has a backhoe business on the side. One claimant turned out to be working under a fictitious name and had been reported as a “missing person” by his spouse and mother of his children. A woman who worked for a government agency in another state and who was claiming a significant disability, from a work related injury, had just filed articles of incorporation for an “escort service.” These are examples of real cases where strange or suspicious things showed up in a report.

So, the bottom line of this column is be careful what you do on the Internet and social media. Many of us might “drop our guard” when we go online, forgetting how easy it is to read our mail or get information about us from a search on the Internet.

It seems like every day the news carries stories about how our “privacy” is being invaded. Someone is “hacking” someone’s email or invading our computers with virus’ and bugs. The fact is that we really don’t have much privacy anymore where the computer and Internet are concerned.

As an example, the other night we went to dinner at Meadowood. The table captain had apparently “Googled” us. He knew all about my husband’s educational and professional background and that I wrote a column for the Napa Valley Register. We were surprised and a little flattered by the attention. But then, we have always lived in a fishbowl in the Napa Valley. But, we should all get used to these kinds of surprises.

Maybe a good New Year’s resolution would be to limit your time online. Be careful what you email or post on social media. Call your friends on a land phone or meet for lunch. Write your thank-you notes with paper and pen. Send letters to people. Sound old fashioned? I suppose so.

Will I do it? Probably not.

I wish you a happy New Year and good luck.

Dear Lifehacker, I've got my tinfoil hat on and am trying to track down and delete any old accounts on services I've signed up to but which are no longer being used. Problem is I can't remember what I've signed up to in the past. Do you know of any service where you can put in your email and it will show what sites/services it's registered to? Thanks, Cancellation Frenzy

Dear CF,

The best place to begin is the email account you used to sign up for all these services. Start by searching for phrases like "confirm email", "new account" and "welcome" to find the relevant emails — you can then follow the links within these emails to find and delete your accounts. Even if you permanently deleted the original confirmation/welcome emails, there should still be plenty of followup emails littering the darker recesses of your inbox. Finding them via search will obviously be trickier, however.

If you don't relish the prospect of sifting through your entire inbox (or no longer have access to a particular email account) there are online tools available that can help to streamline the process. One of these is KnowEm; a web app designed to track down all the sites on which you've registered a username.

Just type in your usernames, and KnowEm shows you where they’re registered. From there, you can go through and delete your old accounts with ease. You can learn more about this helpful username search site here and here. Of course, this solution is only really helpful if you stick to the one username (or can remember all the different ones you've used over the years).

Another option is the self-explanatory Just Delete Me. This provides a list of the web's most popular web apps and services with links to delete your account from them. Handily, the accounts are also colour coded — green is easy, yellow is medium, red is difficult and black is impossible. When you click on a service, you’re automatically taken to the page where you can delete your account so you don’t have to go searching for it. There's also a Chrome extension available.

Other tools that are worth considering include Account Killer (which provides an alphabetical list of services and works in much the same way as Just Delete Me) and Spokeo (an online profile search engine which lets you remove listings). They all basically do the same thing, so check out which UI you like best and go from there.

As always, if any readers have any advice to dispense themselves, please let CF know in the comments section below.

Author : Chris Jager

Source : http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/01/ask-lh-how-can-i-find-old-accounts-to-delete/

Thursday, 05 January 2017 01:32

10 paid apps on sale for free right now

As the year draws to a close, there’s just enough time to squeeze in one last list of the day’s best paid iPhone and iPad apps that are currently on sale for free. Just like 2016, these deals won’t last much longer, so be sure to take advantage while you still can.

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

File Manager


Normally $1.99.

Remote • Drive turns your iPhone or iPad into virtual USB drive, and allows you to easily transfer any file between it and your Mac.

Use Remote • Drive to utilize constantly increasing storage space on your iPhone or iPad. Take photos, videos, documents and other files anywhere you go. Using built in document and photo viewers, and video player, you can view files directly from your Mac, or download them to your device for offline usage. Stop loosing and buying new USB drives, and stop worrying about your sensitive information getting to the wrong hand.


  • Photo viewer for all photos stored on your Mac or any of its external drives
  • Video player that supports virtually all popular video formats
  • File vault with passcode protection for your sensitive files, photos or videos
  • Transfer files to and from your Mac using Wi-Fi with no limits
  • Document viewer that supports Microsoft Office documents, PDFs and more
  • “Open in” feature allows you to open files in other apps on your iPhone or iPad
  • Super easy setup

Free version is available that allows you to try it before you buy it.


  • Mac computer with macOS 10.7 or newer (Mac Mini, Macbook Air, Macbook, Macbook Pro or Mac Pro)
  • iOS device with iOS 8.0 or newer (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch)
  • WiFi connection shared with your computer (Wi-Fi or Personal Hotspot of your iOS device)
  • Helper app installed on your Mac (Instructions in the app and here: https://bit.ly/mac_helper)

Download File Manager



Normally $0.99.

Bantay is a time lapse watchdog for home security:
Have a spare iOS device? Use Bantay to watch over your home. Using your device’s cameras, Bantay will monitor changes in images taken over a set time interval pointed to hot spots like your front and back doors. Images with changes can then be saved to your Photo Library. The sensitivity and resolution of image change detection can be calibrated for different situations. Alternatively, images with human faces can be detected using face detection features that come with iOS and saved. A Device Motion option also allows for instant capture of photos with the front camera if the device is moved for additional security.

Remotely access images over wireless:
If wireless is available on all devices and iCloud Photo Library with automatic “Upload to My Photo Stream” is enabled, then images can be monitored remotely and securely with any device logged into your iCloud account. No subscriptions or additional access is required. Please note images cannot be uploaded to iCloud if connected over wireless to a GoPro.

Bantay is also a time lapse camera:
Bantay can be used in time lapse photography with intervals as short as 5 seconds just up to 24 hours. It can intelligently save only images with significant changes, such as a flower blooming or snow falling. Saved images can then be played back and saved to a movie file. Bantay can also connect to and control a GoPro Hero 3/3+ over wireless to take pictures at specified intervals, as well as alternate with cameras on your iOS device. Please note the GoPro Hero 4 is currently not supported.

Bantay as an automatic camera:
Have no one nearby to take a picture of you? Use Bantay with the front camera as your automatic photographer. Group jump shots are simple with Bantay.Download Bantay

Fractal Space


Normally $0.99.

Live the memorable experience of Fractal Space, a unique first-person adventure & puzzle game by the French indie developers team Haze Games!
Will you solve the mysteries of this station and get out alive? This, my friend, is up to you…

Jump over lasers, avoid terrible moving saws, dodge giant crushers and use your jetpack and taser gun to think your way through the puzzles of this mysterious space station.


  • Control your Jetpack to fly freely around space!
  • Use your Taser Gun to activate switches remotely
  • Find lost recordings to solve the mystery that lead you to this station
  • Observe and act upon your environment to move forward
  • Full Gamepad support

While surviving the adventure through the space station of Fractal Space, dexterity is not the only challenge; activate switches, complete 2D minigames, use cubes to reach higher grounds, go through portal teleporters, orient light mirrors, search for clues to guess access codes… Your brain and mental resources must constantly be stimulated if you want to solve Fractal Space’s puzzles!

Shoot your taser-gun to power-up electric devices remotely. When you’re alone in the universe, this weapon is your best friend!

Defy laws of physics and gravity by firing up your Jetpack to fly freely through space and avoid deadly traps in the station. You cannot risk falling into the void of space, so use it wisely and make sure you have enough fuel to make your journey!

Explore and pick up hidden recordings throughout the station – they will help you solve certain puzzles, recall what happened to you and solve mysteries about your past, present and future.
Pick up health and ammunition packs as you explore space to help you get through this adventure.

Show the entire world what a puzzle mastermind you are by unlocking achievements, and sharing your Fractal Space speed run scores with your friends!

Play this game as if you were on console! Compatible with most wired & wireless gamepads!Download Fractal Space



Normally $1.99.

LEDhit converts your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPAD into a dot-matrix L.E.D. display.

LEDhit is great to SMS a LED greeting card such as “Happy Birthday” or “I Love You”, say something to people when they can’t hear you, such as at the disco, in class, in business meetings etc. All you have to do is type your message and hit the ‘Display Message’ button and LEDhit will scroll your message on the screen.

What makes it even better is that if offers the possibility of vibrating when the message has finished scrolling, so you know when it’s done (vibration is replaced by a beep on the iPod Touch).

LEDhit enables you to SMS & Text your messages in seconds, share your messages with friends and family via Social media, YouTube, Email and you can now translate your message into over 40+ languages to always impress your audience.


  • Original language translation (New)
  • SMS or Text in seconds
  • Share to Social Media and email (New)
  • Colour selection
  • Speed selection
  • Vibration. Know when your message has finished scrolling
  • Repeat. Leave your message scrolling, over and over again
  • Font style selection. Plain, bold, italic
  • L.E.D. shape and resolution selection
  • No message length limits
  • Easily save and load messages
  • Customise your background theme and selection buttons (New)


  • Announcing that you’re engaged on social media
  • SMS with Emoji’s just to be different
  • Flirting – Use it to talk to that cute girl or guy at the disco
  • Speak to your friends in class without the teacher noticing
  • Chat with your co-workers while in a business meeting
  • Display your message to the crowd in their language
  • Send a birthday card or message on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, iCloud or Instagram

Languages: English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional ChineseDownload LEDhit

Silly New Year’s Wishes 2017


Normally $0.99.

Wish Happy New Year 2017 to your friends with this silly stickers pack!

Make messaging fun with 20 animated stickers! You can use it anywhere in your iMessage chat! Customize your conversation, make it awesome and show your emotions!


1. Open a message with a friend in iMessage app and tap the “>” button to the left of the text box.

2. Tap the app button (this icon looks like a letter “A”) and then tap the button that looks like four circles in the lower left of your screen to open the iMessage app drawer.

3. Tap ‘Silly New Year’s Eve Wishes 2017’ icon and send stickers to your friends!

Download Silly New Year’s Wishes 2017

just SPENT


Normally $1.99.

The housekeeping book app just SPENT is the quickest and simplest way for tracking your expenses.

Create and manage costs the most intuitive way you can think of.
Always know how much money you’ve spent today, yesterday, the month or the year with our smart bookkeeping tool.

We’ve built just SPENT on the assumption that people are regularly buying the same stuff at the same places. For example every morning Sarah grabs a cup of coffee at the same coffee shop on her way to work. Whenever she is close to the shop, just SPENT suggests her to add the past expense.


  • Add subject, category and amount of your financial spendings
  • Edit preset categories
  • Mark the location of your expense
  • Financial statistics about day, month and year
  • Analyse your expenses via categories
  • Home-Screen Widget
  • Export your data as excel sheet and send it to yourself via email
  • Heat map: Where do you burn your money?


  • Enter past expenses
  • Currency converter

Your data remains untouched and stays on your mobile device. We do not collect any financial information. There is no connection to your bank account needed.

Activate suggested location related expenses with a single swipe.

Please support us with giving us a review. Let us know if you like just SPENT or how we can improve the app.

We are constantly developing the app and integrating new features to generate an efficient finance management. Please send us your suggestions to hello (at) justspent (dot) com.

We are not planning to have any adds on just SPENTDownload just SPENT



Normally $0.99.

1. REAL PRODUCTIVITY. Unlike lightweight, freebie or cutesy list tools, Todo 7 is useful when you have a deadline, NEED to focus, prioritize and get things done quickly–from home or school projects to dozens of detailed work tasks.

Includes: Projects, Sub-tasks, Start Dates, Due Dates, Recurring Tasks (with detailed recurring options), Multiple Task Alerts, Overdue Tasks, Drag and Drop, Search, Print Lists, Folders, and much more.

2. PROVEN GTD METHODOLOGY. Todo uses the popular Getting Things Done approach with Focus To-do Lists, Starred Tasks, Multi-level Priorities, Quick Entry, Context, and Projects with Layered and Prioritized Sub-Tasks—all recommended GTD approaches.

3. BUILT-IN SYNCING. Sync automatically in the background with Microsoft Outlook, Dropbox, iCloud, Toodledo, Todo Cloud 7 and to-do apps installed on your other devices. Keep everything in sync and never be locked into a specific service—your data remains yours.


  • Geotagging. Reminds you of tasks when close to task location. This way you will remember the milk when you get near a grocery store.
  • Contacts Integration. Link your task to a contact and call, text, or email “John” with one tap.
  • Context. Organizes your task by activity or location (i.e. home, work, errands…) so you won’t be distracted with your “home” tasks while you are at work.
  • Email Task Sharing. Share your tasks via email with your contacts. Keep everyone updated.

Subscribe to Todo Cloud (The KING of Collaborative To-Do App Services ) and get:

  • Shared list, shared projects, assignments, comments, notes, multiple team support and email notifications.
  • Add tasks with Siri, plus use email Task Creation (send email to add to your task list).
  • Advanced Synchronization. Supports synchronization of EVERY Todo feature within the Todo Cloud service.Download Clear



Normally $3.99.

Caramel is photo editor. It’s will change normal photo to be gorgeous and beautiful photo.

Download Caramel

Emoji Monsters


Normally $1.99.

What can iMessage louder than words? MONSTERS!!!

Monsters say it the LOUDEST!

Express yourself with Emoji Monster stickers!

Watch out for more monsters to come.

We truly appreciate your choosing Emoji Monsters over all of your other iMessage sticker options and would love to receive a 5 star rating from you. If you feel you’ve received anything less than a 5 star experience from our Emoji Monsters iMessage sticker pack, please please please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to help us continue to improve and provide the best animated monster sticker experience possible. We look forward to hearing from ya!Download Emoji Monsters

Shadow Samurai Fight:Fatal Fight


Normally $2.99.

Samurai Fight-Fatal fight is a really classic but addictive arcade fighting game,combine the features of Action Fighting, Stage Complete and Role Playing Game, together have this exciting action fighting game!You can experience the thrilling sensation with deadly Combos! Come and fight with thousands of ninjas and monsters right now!

A cool mobile fighting game in the style of Samurai Shodown and Shadow Fight, but also suitable for anybody looking for a casual fighting game
The fighting game is rich in different types of martial arts such as kung fu, ninja fight, karate and etc.
High-quality graphics! Stunning special effects! Fatal Fight present you the best gaming experience!
Our game is free to download and play

Become the mysterious, blood thirsty warrior, Samich, owner of the legendary yet forbidden sword. The sword contains godly powers as it drinks and indulges in the blood of its enemies and its wielder. By slaying the ninjas that disrupt your deep stasis and uncovering the mystery that caused them to brawl, you will satisfy the sword.

Download Shadow Samurai Fight:Fatal Fight

Author : Zach Epstein

Source : http://bgr.com/2016/12/30/best-free-iphone-apps-ipad-dec-30-ios/

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 02:55

What To Look For In Search 2017

Last week, we queried search-marketing executives about what they felt was the biggest development for 2016. We also asked them to look forward to what we should expect for 2017. What follows are their slightly edited responses.

Cross-Device Use, Voice Search and Intent

Being able to better understand cross-device use by individual users is important to stay ahead. As most households have multiple devices in play, users are shifting their behavior to specialized use of each device — e.g. browsing Christmas presents on a tablet while watching TV but deciding to use their credit card later in the evening on their laptop at the kitchen table. Understanding the kinds of ads and content that resonate at different moments to the same user will help proactively speak to these users at the right moments. To that end, cross-device attribution is becoming increasingly critical since so much browsing happens on mobile devices but so little conversion does.

There will be a continued increase in digital assistants and related products like Alexa/Echo, Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant/Home. Eventually (not likely in 2017) we’ll stop using search Web sites, except for specialized searches that require research. Once voice tools mature further, and these devices start to better understand intent, you will simply ask the machine to execute a search and it will return a short list of the most relevant results. With voice search on the rise, brands must adapt not only to how search input is evolving, but also to the broadening expectation of content from text and links to more dynamic and visual results in the form of video, social, and other emerging types of media.

Therefore, to prepare, we feel understanding intent is key to success. As Google continues to leverage AI and machine learning across its algorithm, brands need to start thinking about the right content across various devices to successfully be relevant in moments. Keywords are key to understanding intent and search is a part of every buyer journey. Search marketers need to harness this power by utilizing search to connect with users at all stages in the buyer journey. If you continue to think about search as only a direct response channel, i.e. focusing on branded terms or bidding down in mobile since the conversion rate is low, you will miss out on key opportunities to connect with your consumers. —Selina Eizik, CEO, Acronym

Mobile-First Design

Google's mobile/desktop index "flip." While RankBrain is a big deal, the index flip means that mobile-first design and implementation has gone from art to requirement. Your site must offer a great mobile experience. Google says this won't impact the rankings much. Time will tell. But regardless, it's a philosophical change. Most companies still treat mobile as an afterthought: Use media queries, make everything narrower, and you're all set. They're going to need to provide a really great, intentional experience, rather than a trimmed-down desktop experience.—Ian Lurie, CEO, Portent

Right-Side Opportunities

The removal of sponsored-search ads from the right-hand side of the result screen sets the stage for further adoption of tactics such as the use of trademark bidding to maximize ad real estate covered on a search results page and capture the most search traffic possible. When executed correctly, this practice can help optimize user experience by connecting consumers with third-party Web sites that provide the most up-to-date offers and insights about a specific brand. 

The use of direct linking is also poised to grow as brands will increasingly reach out to search affiliates to supplement their internal or agency efforts. Since many search budgets are capped, affiliates can become a brand’s de facto “agency” via direct linking when internal search budgets aren’t sufficient to sustain a campaign directly. —George Yubha, CJ Affiliate by Conversant, Network Performance Director

Audience Targeting Will Extend Capabilities

We anticipate the search landscape will benefit from another round of innovation. The most impactful, we estimate, will be the addition of audience targeting layered into search, extending capabilities beyond current retargeting features such as RLSA, moving towards the delivery of unique messaging to hand raisers higher in the purchase funnel. This type of precision will allow marketers to bid on financially restrictive upper-funnel keywords in a way that was previously unavailable. Additionally, we can expect further enhancements to mobile ad extensions, new product-listing ad formats and new ad formats designed specifically for voice search. —Chris Humber, Catalyst, Senior Partner, Head of Practice, Search 

Build A Better Site

I think that Google is getting better and better and figuring out which Web sites users prefer. More and more in 2017, the focus should shift from finding ways to convince Google that your site is better than your competitors to actually being the better site. There has been lots of discussion on how to optimize a site for RankBrain. I think that very few people actually understand what RankBrain is (including me). What we do know is that Google is constantly working on improving how they understand a user's query and what kind of results they offer that user. If we continually focus on creating the best site possible, we'll continue to improve in Google's eyes. —Marie Haynes, Search Engine

Marketing Consultant

We’ll see how those predictions pan out. Happy New Year.

Author : Aaron Baar

Source : http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/292065/what-to-look-for-in-search-2017.html

Monday, 02 January 2017 04:48

SEO trends and practices to follow in 2017

Every website owner knows what SEO (search engine optimization) is and that its tendencieschange as rapidly as the Internet itself. So, if you want to keep your page optimized, you need to keep up with all the releases and search engine updates.

Quality news and content websites also need it more than ever. Great SEO can serve as a useful defense mechanism against the million fake news sites that are currently taking over the search index.

Website optimization is a practice that combines both skill and access to technology, and this time of the year is probably the best to start thinking about the steps to ensure online success in 2017.

AMP might be the most important SEO trend for 2017

The shift from desktop to mobile is now irreversible, and the ultimate proof is Google’s new separate mobile search index, which they announced months ago. This situation has helped the rise of Accelerated Mobile Pages (or AMPs).

The AMP protocol is open-source and allow websites to load four times faster than popular pages and use eight times fewer data, all on mobile. Google has also started to favor AMP sites over standard protocols.

Websites that load faster might make the difference, as users don’t tend to spend much time on the resulting page they click from a given Google Search.

Three SEO practices to follow (and to modify) right now.

1. Stay away from 301 redirects.

A precise experiment by Christoph C. Temper of LinkResearchTools recently showed that 301 redirects might affect SEO because they intervene directly with a website’s topical relevance.

Christoph tested some pages with 301, 302, and 307 redirects from another page of the same domain and not powered by any other links. He discovered that 301 prevented the linking page from passing any anchor text relevance from its redirecting links.

A full report on this new study will be available on his official blog very soon, he stated. SEO webmasters should subscribe to stay one step ahead.

2. Citations don’t matter that much locally.

Another study from Andrew Shotland and Dan Leibson of Local SEO Guide seems to show that citation building might be too overestimated by web developers for local businesses.

Their findings pointed out to citations being a lot less correlated to high rankings on local searches than other less-looked-at factors.

The real game changer has to do with knowing how to track the correct rankings, building the right backlinks, and keeping it as local as possible (which ensures higher placement on the results page). Webmasters can do the latter with the help of local social media ‘influencers.’

3. Learn whether you need to switch (or not) to HTTPS.

Website security is at an all-time high since Google announced that secured sites would rank higher on the results. However, this can sadly harm a site’s SEO if, for example, their profits come from referral traffic.

There are ways to deal with this problem, as secure websites are still desirable. Restoring referral data to an HTTP site from other HTTPS sites is a possibility, and also ensuring that a given HTTPS website passes Referral Data to non-secure links via intermediate pages.

Author : Benjamin Tobelem

Source : http://theusbport.com/seo-trends-and-practices-to-follow-in-2017/23731

Saturday, 31 December 2016 02:19

Google Apps for Work (G Suite) 2016 review


Google Apps is fast, lightweight, works on a wide range of devices, and is easy to use and administer. A very compelling product for SMEs.


  • Competitively priced,Easy to setup and administer,Excellent online collaboration,Good mobile support


  • Apps are simpler than rivals',Offline storage for browser apps currently Chrome-only

[Editor's Note: What immediately follows is a rundown of the latest developments and features Google has added to Apps for Work (G Suite) since this review was first written.]

December 2016

  • Basic Mobile Management was introduced to G Suite, which lets admins implement basic security on iOS devices with no need for the user to install an MDM profile.
  • Google Sheets received some tuning, including a new setting to keep a limit on iterative calculations, and some interface improvements were made with the Android app.
  • Gmail has been improved to make ‘bounce’ messages – the notifications users receive when an email fails to be delivered – more easily understandable and informative.
  • Google bolstered the Explore feature (introduced in September) by making it dead easy to insert citations as footnotes in Docs, Sheets and Slides.
  • Finally, this past month, we discovered that G Suite is only half as popular as Microsoft’s Office 365, at least according to one survey of European enterprises.

November 2016

  • The mobile apps for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides had a ‘trash view’ introduced whereby you can now see and restore previously deleted files.
  • Google opened up applications for the Early Adopter Program for the Team Drives feature in Google Drive, a new and more robust way of sharing files between teams.
  • Slides was tweaked to enable users to be able to save in the OpenDocument Presentation (ODP) file format for compatibility with the likes of LibreOffice and OpenOffice.
  • G Suite has introduced custom templates for Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms, so you can set up your own specifically tailored templates for colleagues to use as needed.
  • The overhauled Google Sites has been rolled out to all G Suite users, boasting a refreshed design, six new themes, and the ability to track performance with Google Analytics.
  • Google pushed out a new Gmail app for iOS with major changes including an improved design, better search functionality, and an ‘undo send’ option to retract email mistakes.

October 2016

  • It was announced that the Google Drive desktop app won’t be supported by Google for Windows XP, Vista or Server 2003 as of the start of next year, January 1, 2017.
  • The voice features of Docs got a serious boost, with the introduction of new commands to format text, and do things such as inserting links and comments.
  • Google teamed up with Slack so users of the team-focused messaging solution can directly import files from Google Drive, or create new documents from within Slack.
  • Google also announced that those using aged versions of the Google Drive desktop app should note that support for versions 1.27 or older will be discontinued in February 2017.
  • Google Docs now lets you include page numbers in the table of contents you can create for a document.
  • Google introduced integrated search functionality for Gmail, Calendar, Groups, and Drive on the web, meaning that search results will be pulled from across all of these.

September 2016

  • Google has renamed Apps for Work as G Suite, which the company says better reflects the software's mission in terms of putting the emphasis on real-time collaboration.
  • Docs, Sheets and Slides witnessed the introduction of a new Explore feature consisting of intelligent assistants that help you craft better documents.
  • A new Quick Access capability was brought to Google Drive. It uses machine learning to automatically surface files it thinks you'll need next based on your usage patterns.
  • Google rolled out a new offer for users of its productivity suite, with a free 60-day trial of Chrome device management which is good for up to 10 devices.
  • Google Drive made searching easier with the introduction of natural language processing, meaning that you can phrase your search in everyday conversational terms.
  • Google announced a partnership with Box whereby the latter will be integrated with Google Docs, allowing users to edit documents directly from Box's cloud storage.

August 2016

  • A new Google Hangouts Chrome extension was pushed out allowing for multiple chat windows to be incorporated into one, and making more chat content readily visible.
  • Google introduced a 'Cast…' function in the main menu of Chrome, and this can be used to share the contents of a browser tab – or the whole desktop – into a Hangout session.
  • Forms received a new feature which allows the insertion of images into surveys, so you can now do things like have a multiple choice question with pictures for answers.
  • The Android apps for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides were improved to make it easier to create tables and better looking charts.
  • A couple of security tweaks were applied to Gmail, the most important of which is that the webmail service will now issue a warning about a link if it leads to a known malware site.
  • Inbox got integration with Trello and GitHub, so Trello users will receive a summary of what's new with projects, and GitHub denizens will get a summary of code changes.
  • Google Drive's preview feature was improved to make viewing previews of stored files a slicker experience, with a cleaner UI and better zoom functionality.

July 2016

  • Google introduced a new scheme to help train employees on its productivity suite, with the system designed to act like a 'virtual coach' to help users learn when IT staff aren't around.
  • Google tweaked the Admin app for Android to let delegated admins (and not just super admins) use the software to access functions while out and about.
  • Google gave the Admin console some attention in terms of two-step verification, allowing admins to view the real-time status of where each user is in the 2SV enrolment process.
  • Apps for Work is apparently being muscled out by Microsoft's Office 365, at least if sentiment from Redmond's Worldwide Partner Conference is on the money.
  • Google launched the new Quizzes feature in the Forms app, designed to allow teachers to easily create and mark assessments for students.

June 2016

  • Google Springboard was announced, a search tool (currently being tested) that can be used to quickly find things across Google Apps, plus it makes proactive recommendations.
  • Google Sites got revamped with a new preview version boasting a simple drag-and-drop design which is more intuitive, and support for real-time collaboration was introduced.
  • A 'new and notable' section was introduced to the Google Apps Marketplace, in order to highlight the best third-party apps available to businesses.
  • The Android and iOS apps for Google Docs and Sheets gained the ability to edit content in Print layout view, and to edit existing conditional formatting rules in Sheets.
  • Google tweaked Docs, Sheets and Slides so notifications of comments made not only arrive via email, but you can also get a notification on your Android device or web browser.

May 2016

  • Google announced its new Spaces messaging app designed for small groups – but there's no news as yet on when (or indeed whether) it will come to Apps for Work.
  • At Google I/O new APIs were introduced for Sheets, giving developers a "new level of access" to some of the most popular features in the app.
  • New APIs were also brought to Slides allowing developers to easily push data from other third-party apps into Slides for maximum convenience.
  • Google revealed that Android apps will be available for Chromebooks, and this opens up more productivity possibilities including using the Android version of Microsoft Word.
  • Google integrated its BigQuery service with Google Drive, allowing users to query files directly from Drive, and save query results from the BigQuery UI directly to Google Sheets.
  • Google Slides benefited from a new Q&A feature that lets audience members submit questions to the speaker directly from their mobile devices during a presentation.
  • The Synergyse service was fully integrated with Google Apps, a virtual assistant that helps train users in the various apps and was previously a Chrome extension.
  • Google Drive and Evernote were integrated, allowing Evernote users to seamlessly access any file on Drive.

April 2016

  • Google Apps for Work received two new certifications: ISO 27017 for cloud security and ISO 27018 for privacy.
  • A new 'Find a Time' feature arrived in Google Calendar for Android, allowing mobile users to find convenient times for meetings when they're on the go.
  • Google's scheme of providing Apps for free to medium-sized firms who want to migrate over but are locked into an Enterprise Agreement was extended until the end of 2016.
  • Reminders pitched up in the web version of Google Calendar, and said reminders will sync across browsers and mobile devices.

March 2016

  • The Google Admin app received bolstered mobile device management capabilities, allowing for admins to handle security breaches even when they're out and about.
  • Research into the most-used business apps on the web ranked Google Apps for Work in fourth place – behind Office 365, Salesforce.com and Box.
  • Google launched its #maketime website, which aims to help you prioritise how you spend time during work hours, and highlight how Google Apps for Work can save you time.
  • Google expanded support for its Identity Platform to cover logins for far more third-party apps in the Google Apps Marketplace, including Office 365 and Facebook at Work.
  • A whole bunch of new templates were added to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.

February 2016

  • Gmail's existing Data Loss Prevention features got a boost with the addition of OCR for scanning attachments and additional predefined content detectors.
  • Google also gave Gmail the ability to flag email accounts that it deems 'insecure'.
  • Google Docs was enhanced with voice typing, allowing users to dictate to their word processor, and also access editing and formatting commands.
  • Google Forms gained support for add-ons and the ability to edit Apps Scripts, plus work and education-related templates were introduced to the home screen.
  • The Gmail for Android app received support for rich text formatting, and an option for one-tap instant RSVPs was introduced.

January 2016

  • Instant comments were introduced to Google Docs, allowing users to click a simple icon to add an immediate comment to a document.
  • The ability to add comments arrived in the Sheets and Slides apps for both Android and iOS.
  • Google further bolstered the Sheets Android app with the ability to open and edit CSV and TSV files, along with additional files supported for import and export.
  • Google Calendar for Android and iOS apps was graced with smart suggestions that pop up suggested event titles, places and people.
  • Search became more powerful across Google's productivity suite, so when users search from Docs, Sheets, and Slides home screens, they get results from across all three apps.
  • Google rejigged device management in the Admin console, categorising the various settings to make everything easier to find.

Now move on to Page 2 for our full review and detailed look at what Google Apps for Work offers, including an evaluation of features, pricing, and ease-of-use.

Darren Allan contributed to this article

For decades, the gold standard of office productivity software has been Microsoft Office – it inherited IBM's status as the technology nobody got fired for buying. But while Office is undoubtedly powerful, many of its users don't use many of its features. So why pay for things your organisation doesn't use?

That's the rationale behind Google Apps for Work, or G Suite as it is now known. Where Office tries to do everything imaginable, Google's suite is much more basic. That said, it's much more powerful than it was when the package debuted in 2006, but the emphasis on simplicity and speed remains.

Apps and pricing

Google Apps for Work (G Suite) is organised into four categories spanning eleven products. Under Communicate you'll find Gmail, Hangouts and Calendar; under Store there's Google Drive; under Collaborate there's Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides and Sites; and under Manage there's Admin and Vault. That final one is designed to archive corporate email in organisations that have to retain data for regulatory compliance.

And as ever, the pricing is refreshingly simple. The base product is £3.30 ($5.66) per user per month, and the Premium version is £6.60 ($11.32) per user per month. If your organisation is an educational establishment, Google also has a version for you: Google Apps for Education is free.

While we're on the subject of free apps, you can of course get Gmail, Docs, Sheets and other Google apps for free – so why spend money? The short answer is that the paid-for version gives you more storage, management, and the ability to use your own domain – so emails come from @yourcompany.com instead of @gmail.com.

Users on the base version of G Suite get 30GB of storage, which is twice the amount of the free products, and users on the Premium version get unlimited storage, while you also get improved admin controls and the Vault email archive. Both the base and premium versions come with HD videoconferencing via Hangouts and 24/7 phone, chat and email support.

Slides, Google's presentation module, covers the basics well enough

How does it compare to Office?

Google's main rival here is of course Microsoft, and Redmond's Office 365 comes with a number of price tags attached depending on which version you want and how many users you're planning on giving it to.

Microsoft has cut the price of Office 365 to make it more competitive, and it now comes in four tiers: Office 365 Business Essentials, which is £3.10 per user per month; Office 365 Business, which is £7 per user per month; Office 365 Business Premium, which is £7.80 per user per month; and Office 365 Enterprise E3, which is £14.70 per user per month. The first three plans are limited to a maximum of 300 users per year.

The most basic version of Office 365 offers web-based versions of Office apps, 1TB of storage per user plus a 50GB email inbox, unlimited online meetings and HD videoconferencing, plus business-focused social networking for collaborating across departments.

The next step up, Business, offers full Office apps for desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone along with 1TB of storage, but not the extra 50GB email inboxes. If you want that and the desktop/mobile apps too, you'll need Office 365 Business Premium. As with Google there's 24-hour web support and phone support for "critical issues".

One deal-breaker here might be compliance: Microsoft's compliance tools are limited to the Enterprise product, which is twice the price of Google Apps for Work Premium.


The sign-up process takes mere seconds and once you've created your account you'll be taken to the Admin Console. This has eight key options: users, company profile, billing, reports, apps, device management, security and support.

It's possible to add users in two ways – manually, or by uploading a CSV file containing multiple user details. Once you've done that you can then specify which apps they can use, so for example you might want to let users access email but not Google Hangouts. You can also disable unwanted apps globally.

One of the most interesting sections here is Mobile Device Management, which enables you to mandate passwords and Google Sync on user devices, to encrypt data, configure Wi-Fi and to enable or disable automatic syncing and the device's camera.

You can also remotely wipe devices either manually or automatically if they haven't been synchronised for a specified period.

Sheets is Google's equivalent of Excel
The Admin Console also contains some additional tools: group creation, third-party apps, domain management and settings for other free Google services such as Google Analytics, AdWords, Google+ and Google App Engine.

The optional Vault, which doubles the per-user price from £3.30 ($5.66) per month to £6.60 ($11.32), is designed for organisations that need to retain email and chat data and other digital information for regulatory compliance.

You can set data retention options globally or based on particular dates, groups or search terms, search the archive using the familiar Google search field, and you can audit the data and export it for further analysis. It doesn't store all communications, however – any chats marked off the record aren't stored.

If you're not sure whether you require Vault or if it isn't currently necessary, it's possible to upgrade to the with-Vault version from within your Google Apps for Work (G Suite) Admin Console.

Create: Docs, Sheets, Slides and Sites

Google's apps come in two forms – cross-platform, browser-based apps and mobile apps for iOS and Android. Microsoft's mobile OS isn't supported beyond Google Sync for mail, contacts and calendars.

It's worth noting that the browser apps only use local storage if you're using the Chrome browser or Chrome OS, although the standalone Google Drive desktop app keeps everything in sync if you prefer a different web browser (and of course Gmail is widely supported by desktop email software and mobile email apps). The features available offline differ from product to product and platform to platform.

Docs, Sheets and Slides are Google's equivalents of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, although a more accurate comparison would be to Apple's most recent iWork apps – the emphasis is on simplicity and ease of use rather than power features.

That's particularly apparent in Slides, which also appears to prize simplicity over making presentations that don't look absolutely awful.

We wouldn't want to craft a massive, complicated manuscript in Docs, but then that isn't what Docs is designed to do. It's a fast and user-friendly way to create everyday documents and to share them with colleagues and clients. The companion Drawing app adds functions such as WordArt-style text effects, simple image creation, diagrams and flow charts.

It's a similar story with Sheets, which covers the most common Excel functions (including pivot tables) but doesn't have the power of Microsoft's offering. It is improving, though, and now that it supports Google's App Script add-ons it's possible to automate workflows and develop custom apps – although it's still way behind Microsoft here.

There are two additional apps for creating content: Forms, which as the name suggests is for creating and completing online forms, and Sites, which can be used to create shared pages on the intranet or public internet. Sites is a template-driven affair and while it won't give professional web designers any nightmares, it's an effective way to publish web content without any knowledge of web content creation.

Docs is a fast and user-friendly way to create documents, and share them with no fuss
Collaboration and compatibility

Online collaboration has been baked into Google Apps from the outset, and sharing documents with colleagues or clients is effortless. The Revision History panel tracks changes and there's a separate panel for comments, which can be notified via email as well as in the app.

Sharing is a one-button affair, with options including public, anyone with the correct link, anyone within the organisation, or sharing only with a specified group of people. These options only apply to unpublished documents, however – anything published via the Publish to the Web option, which makes an online copy of the current document, is publicly available.

In addition to the obligatory Microsoft Office formats, Google Apps also supports documents including Open Document Format, Rich Text Format, PDF, plaintext and zipped HTML. Spreadsheets can be saved as CSV and tab-delimited files, and presentations can be output in SVG and PNG formats.

The big selling point here is importing rather than exporting, however – it's useful to be able to bring non-Google documents into G Suite and make them editable and collaborative.

Google Apps also includes Google's Hangouts service, which you can make available for text, voice and video calls with anybody or limit conversations to just those people who are members of the same organisation. Hangouts can be shared with up to 15 people and used for video chat, presentation sharing or screen sharing.

We liked

Google Apps for Work (G Suite) is very competitively priced and easy to administer. While the various apps aren't quite as fully featured as power users might like, they're more than adequate for most everyday office work.

We disliked

The apps may be too simple for some organisations, and not everybody loves Google's software interface – although it's much better than it used to be. You also might not be comfortable with the thought that your company's communications are being scanned by Google.

Final verdict

Rather than be all things to all men and women, Google's suite is content to cover the basics and to cover them well. It's fast, lightweight and works on a wide range of devices, and it's both easy to use and easy to administer.

If Google's apps cover the features your users will need every day, it's a very compelling product for SMEs – and with 30 days to put it through its paces without providing any billing details, it's a product you can test risk-free.


You guys just absolutely wouldn’t believe the mind-boggling array of cosmic beauty I got to comb through in pursuit of the most intriguing and beautiful images from space. If we had eyes like spacefaring mantis shrimp, so that we could see in dozens of different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, this is a tiny, non-representative sample of the rockin’ loveliness we’d see. Here’s a comprehensive set of space shots, with some images that were new this year and some classics worth revisiting. After a year like this, including the loss of Carrie Fisher yesterday, we can all use it.

Spacewalkin’ in a winter wonderland

Credit: NASA. Source
Located within the Milky Way, about 5,500 light years from Earth, frosty-looking NGC 6357 is actually a “cluster of clusters” containing at least three clusters of young stars as well as the rest of the older, dimmer population of local stars. X-ray exposures from Chandra and ROSAT reveal hundreds of point sources, which are the young stars in NGC 6357, as well as diffuse X-ray emission from hot gas, supernovae, and even cavities like bubbles that have been blown by the radiation and material blowing away from the surfaces of massive stars. This composite image contains X-ray data from Chandra and ROSAT in purple, infrared data from Spitzer in orange, and visible-spectrum data from the UKIT’s SuperCosmos Sky Survey in blue.

Pismis 24-1

Credit: NASA, ESA and Jesús Maíz Apellániz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Spain). Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble). Source

This genuinely stunning and somehow very 80s tableau from the emission nebula NGC 6357, in Scorpius, depicts two different big names from the interstellar who’s who list. Pismis-1, the bright star in the cluster above, was once believed to be 200-300 solar masses, which would have been crazy huge.

It’s been since revised down to “just” a hundred solar masses, which still means we can expect its life cycle to include a supernova — possibly a hypernova — and then a black hole. Below, there’s a bright young star blowing a stellar bubble inside the nebula. Its ultraviolet glow is part of what made it so hard for us to measure the mass of Pismis-1 and its fellows. Is it just me, or does it really look like this is painted on black velvet?

The spice must flow

Credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA. Source

It was not immediately clear to me that this was not from another planet. I thought it was from somewhere on the slopes of Mars, where the CO2 ice sublimates and makes water-like traces in the sand as it scoots down the dunes — but it is in fact from the Anti-Atlas mountain range bordering the Sahara in western Algeria. While it wasn’t an image of an exoplanet per se, we’re an exoplanet according to everywhere else in the Universe and this was taken from space by the Copernicus satellite, so here are some geological fractals for your viewing pleasure. The neat circular crater in the center is from an asteroid impact some 70 million years ago, which took place before the K-T boundary and while the dinosaurs were still quite alive.

Mystic Mountain

Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI). Source

Splashy and sexy, the Mystic Mountain is actually one region of intense turbulence and high-energy stellar activity within the larger Carina Nebula. Pairs of opposing jets at the ends of these collapsing columns of gas are flung from accretion jets: hallmarks of stars being born. All that activity is eating the columns away from within, while it’s being burned away by other stars in its neighborhood. The denser, more opaque regions here have been resistant to the erosion. In this composite image, different colors correspond to the glow of different elements: oxygen in blue, hydrogen and nitrogen in green, and sulfur in red.

The Pinwheel Galaxy

Credit: European Space Agency & NASA. Source

Messier 101 is found within Ursa Major, and it’s riddled with fun stuff. Supergiant star-forming regions litter the arms of this face-on spiral galaxy, of roughly equivalent size to the Milky Way but 23 million light years away. This composite image integrates data from the visible and infrared, and also used photographs from the ground-based Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT).

Orion, the Hunter

Orion, the Hunter with his belt and sword, is a familiar presence in the night sky almost everywhere on the planet. It’s composed of very bright, faraway stars and nebulae, which means that long after apparent motion has distorted most of our other constellations beyond recognition, Orion will still shine as a beacon to people around the world. But not everywhere gets to see views like these. Observatories around the world worked together to make these composite images of the violently beautiful star nurseries in and near Orion, with data from many different parts of the EM spectrum. Looking at the sky in different spectra reveals very different portraits of the visible universe, including the deepest view of the Orion Nebula ever taken. 

The Horsehead Nebula, imaged in the visible spectrum, with an opaque cloud of dust silhouetted against a luminous cloud of gas. The bright but unrelated star in the lower left foreground is Zeta Orionis, the easternmost star in Orion's belt. Credit: T.A.Rector (NOAO/AURA/NSF) and Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA/NASA)
Stellar nursery in Centaurus
Credit: ESO. Source

“Nursery” might be in the name, but these places are anything but peaceful or serene. Nebulae shine so brightly because their component matter has been so thoroughly irradiated that it’s excited to a higher energy level and gives off photons as it calms back down. Bombarded by radiation in the UV, X-ray and gamma bands, star nurseries are even hostile to themselves.

This star nursery lies at the center of a nebula in Centaurus that’s wracked with explosions and radiation so intense that they’re actually eroding away the dark, backlit clouds of dust you can see here silhouetted against the glow. In the ESO’s own words, the clouds — called Thackeray globules — are sizzling away in the onslaught like “lumps of butter dropped onto a hot frying pan.” They’ll probably be destroyed by their environment long before they can collapse to form new stars.

The Eagle Nebula

Credit: ESO. Source

The Eagle Nebula spreads its wings here in the visible spectrum. Also visible near the heart of the nebula are the Pillars of Creation, themselves an iconic and much-photographed place in space.

The Medusa Nebula

Credit: ESO. Source

The Medusa Cascade might be a figment of the Doctor Who universe, but we’ve a gorgeous Medusa of our own in the real world — the Medusa Nebula. As the Sun-like star at the core of this nebula died, it exploded and left behind these wisps and filaments of gas and dust. Stars like this one end their lives as white dwarf stars. At the end of its life span, our sun will become an object like this.

Bonus: Paranal is charging their laser

Credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky. Source

Full disclosure: this one is more like eye candy of the tech that makes the other eye candy. This laser on the Very Large Telescope excites atmospheric sodium, thought to be left over from ancient meteorites. (You might recognize in the laser beam the flat yellow color of a sodium street light.) It’s creating an “artificial star” at an altitude of 90 km, whose interference characteristics help cancel out interference from water vapor and atmospheric detritus.

The whole process actually reduces optical noise and gives the telescope a view almost as clear as if there were no atmosphere at all. 15,000 feet up in the Atacama Desert, where there’s barely a visible atmosphere to begin with, the ESO radio telescopes can take advantage of some of the clearest skies on Earth.

Author : Jessica Hall

Source : https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/241617-eye-candy-space-beautiful-panoramas-photos-universe-around-us 

Google help document has been released, defining exactly what counts as impressions, positions, and clicks in the Search Analytics report of Google Search Console.


An impression is recorded whenever a link URL appears in the search results pages for a user. When a page from the search results is opened, an impression is recorded for the URL which the search snippet points to. Considering the URLs in search snippets are not hyperlinks, nor are they necessarily the full URL of the page being clicked on, Google may not record an impression for the exact URL contained in the snippet (which may be truncated).

When it comes to search elements that contain multiple links (think Knowledge Graph cards), impressions can be counted by URL or by site, depending on which view you’re looking at in the Search Analytics report. When grouped by site, only one impression is counted for the whole card. When grouped by page, an impression will be counted for every URL contained on the card.


As Google points out, search results pages are comprised of many different elements. After performing a query, you may end up with the blue link section, carousels, Knowledge Graph cards, and other elements on a single page. Google counts positions from top to bottom on the primary (left hand) side of the page, and from top to bottom on the secondary (right hand) side of the page.

Let’s say you had a search results page with 4 blue links and an AMP carousel down the primary side, and a Knowledge Graph card on the secondary side. The elements on the primary side would be counted numerically from top to bottom — 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc. The Knowledge Graph card on the right hand side of the page would be counted as showing up in the 6th position. 

All links within a single search element share the same position. So if there are 5 articles in an AMP carousel, for example, they would all be counted at position 2. If multiple links to your site are included on the same page, then only the topmost position is recorded.

Google cautions not to get too caught up in position values when looking at the Search Analytics report for your site:

”A position number can mean different things in different situations, and so you should not make simple assumptions. We recommend that you monitor change in position over time, particularly sudden position changes, as well as absolute position.”


In most cases, any click from the search results page that sends a user to a page outside of Google Search is considered a click. If for some reason a user would click a link to an outside page, go back to the search results, then click that same link again, it would still only count as one click. Clicks are assigned to the URL which the searcher ultimately lands on. So if a page in the SERPs redirects to another page when clicked on, the page that the user is redirected to gets credit for the click.

That’s how Google defines impressions, positions, and clicks. Definitions may change in the future, as Google says this is a living document. If any major changes to these definitions occur in the future, we will be sure to update this article accordingly.

Author : Matt Southern

Source : https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-defines-counts-impressions-positions-clicks/170008/


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