While many website owners and bloggers are finding it pretty hard to get into the AdSense program, and good alternative ads system are increasingly hard to come by, Fomo Ads offers the best possible alternative for publishers.

Fomo Ads is perhaps the best alternative for any blogger looking to make some extra income, and most especially for new bloggers.

What is behind the name Fomo?

Typically, Fomo is acronym for "Fear Of Missing Out", and particularly a slang used by Millennials, which has come to adhere the platform to these demographics, that is currently occupying a huge portion of the general purchasing index; with recent study putting it at a whopping 69% of all age groups.

Fomo Ads employs the most innovative approach to drive up sales, engagement, and brand promotion.

How does it apply to Publishers?

Fomo ads are strikingly different from conventional display advertising, and the model is quite visually appealing, but the best part is that getting started with Fomo ads is super easy. You just have to simply sign up, and don't worry as almost all publishers of all kinds are acceptable, and insert a small code snippet into your site and you're good to go!

It is really that simple. And there is no minimum payout, as is the case with many advertising services.

Fomo caters for all publishers regardless of how much or less page views the blog is currently receiving and publishers get paid every month on the first day. The fact that there is no minimum payout, mean that you will get paid every month regardless of the amount your site generates, which makes Fomo perfect for newbie bloggers.

So if you are a blogger, both experienced and beginners, it is highly recommended that you try out Fomo Ads!

Fomo Ads: The Best Alternative to Google AdSense for Publishers

Google witnessed a huge decline in traffic on Monday owing to a brief outage that resulted the rerouting of visitors to ISPs in some countries, including China, Russia and Nigeria.

The outage affected the following services: G Suite, Google Search and Google Analytics, while traffic to the Google services were dropped off to China Telecom, with one Russian ISP also in the traffic rout.

China Telecom and MainOne, a Nigeria-based ISP mirrored the BGP AS Path, with all the traffic slamming into the great firewall, terminating at China Telecom edge router.

According to Ameet Naik of ThousandEyes, over 180 prefixes were affected by this route leak, which covers a vast scope of Google services, with indication that the origin of this leak was the BGP peering relationship between MainOne, the Nigerian provider and China Telecom.

It should be noted that MainOne has a peering relationship with Google via IXPN in Lagos with direct routes to Google, which leaked into China Telecom.

The leaked routes propagated from China Telecom, via TransTelecom to NTT and other transit ISPs and primarily propagated by business-grade transit providers which did not impact much of the consumer ISP networks.

Google had blamed the outage on incorrect IP address routing, which it confirmed has been resolved, though the search giant maintains that it would need to conduct an internal investigation to unravel the cause of the problem.

Google traffic rerouted to ISPs in some countries as a result of a brief outage

While the C language offer a general-purpose computer programming language, with support for structured programming, lexical variable scope and recursion; now the C committee (WG14) has proposed the next real revision of the C standard.

And the first draft for the next revision of the C programming language, referred to as “C2x” tend to clarify and refine how the C language should act with different implementations and as regards the C++ programming language.

The new language commonly referred to as “C2x”, where “x” stands for the digit of the year in which this new standard will be launched, will be ruled by the C2x Charter that describes and fixes the sort of improvements expected in the language function.

It won't involve new features, but rather would emphasis on refinements in line with how the former revisions to C — C11 and the just recently revised C17 — have been adapted to the function.

Albeit, the C17 was more a bug fix release, with the working papers introducing normative changes and are public; the present working papers will be “diffmarks”, that is the C17 document with marked changes, strike-outs for removals and under-wave for additions.

The roadmap of two years has been provided for the proposals to take shape, and the WG14 has pinpointed the end of 2021, with a possible 2022 publication date.

The next revision of the C language to prioritize compatibility as it redefines function

The Microsoft-owned professional networking platform, LinkedIn took a big leap into educational services with the acquisition of Lynda.com for a whopping $1.5 billion, which service has now been redeployed into LinkedIn Learning.

LinkedIn announced new developments geared into attracting more people to the Learning service, with such offerings like video tutorials and courses from third-party providers, including: Treehouse and the Harvard Business School.

And the opening up of the learning platform to third-party content partners, may perhaps position the platform as a single place for all organizational learning processes, even as the company has touted LinkedIn Learning as not just array of contents, but a corporate learning platform.

The launch of Learning Pro, that let companies publish own content or create custom learning clusters also lends to this notion, and the company's announcement of Skills Insights, which tools would allow enterprises to promote courses based on known skills gaps in their company.

LinkedIn will offer skills-based learning recommendations to these companies via its machine learning algorithms, and open up the platform to customers with multiple content offerings to access all of the organization’s learning content.

This partnership will enable LinkedIn to apply its insights to a broader range of content that are used in enterprises today.

LinkedIn Learning adds Third-party Contents with more Interactive sessions

Facebook has launched a standalone app, Lasso that lets users add stuff like music, text and filters; also share short-form videos with filters and special effects.

Lasso app aims to help users share their favorite music video and includes video-editing tools, while users can follow creators, browse different categories of videos to find popular titles via hashtags.

The app is currently available for US users, which is perhaps Facebook's way to lure the younger audience demography that seems to be taken away by Snapchat; with most youngsters usage decreasing by over 20 percent from 2015, according to Pew Research.

Pew Research claims that about 78% of 18 to 24-year-olds use Snapchat, and a sizeable majority of these users (71%) visit the platform multiple times per day. Similarly, 71% of Americans in this age group now use Instagram, which also offers features that are similar to those of Lasso, the short-video platform.

Lasso pride itself as standalone app for short-form and fun videos, which range from comedy to fitness and more, albeit Facebook didn't blow much whistle about the launch as it maintains that it's sill gathering feedback from people and creators.

The app is available for iOS and Android, and users can share their videos to their Facebook Stories, with Instagram Stories support coming soon.

Facebook Lasso App lets users add stuff like music, text and filters

While the Windows 10 October Update was halted due to the potential data loss witnessed by early adopters, Microsoft has left everyone in limbo as to new features expected in its future releases.

The next version of Windows 10 expected in spring of 2019, which is known by the code name “19H1” has provided some hints with build 18277 as part of the 19H1 release, and there are many tweaks on various aspects of the operating system.

And these early builds offer a way to gauge the direction of Windows 10, thus we will be highlighting some of the major revamps from the Focus Assist, together with some other minor tweaks.

The Focus Assist feature works by turning off notifications about new emails and appointments, allowing you to be free from distractions and to focus on more important works.

Microsoft has improved upon the Focus Assist feature in Build 18277, as the feature is now automatically turned on when launching full-screen apps, and it can be found within the Notification tiles in the Action Center — located in the bottom right-hand corner of the display.

The improvements in Focus Assist allows it to turn on in certain conditions, like while playing a full-screen game, or watching a movie with video player, the feature is expanded that the full-screen app can automatically turn it on.

Albeit, some features are mere cosmetic, like the Acrylic look and feel of the new Windows sign-in page, but there are those that are more substantive, like the Search Indexer.

The new “Windows search settings” allow you to index the entire drive and make it available in the search box. Though a power-intensive operation and cumbersome on slower PCs, as such not recommended for all users. But if you’re constantly on the lookout for misplaced files, this enhanced Search Indexer is perhaps the solution.

And finally, Microsoft has arrived at a universal symbol for “disconnected” PC, which you’ll find on the Windows taskbar; when a PC is not connected to a Wi-Fi or a cellular connection, the icon will be displayed.

The Major Revamps on Windows 10 as revealed in early '19H1' builds

Facebook had promised to bring the message unsend feature following the fiasco with the retraction of Mark Zuckerberg's messages from its recipients' inbox, which act was criticized by users as utterly lacking merit as it portends lack of trust.

The feature has been spotted in the “coming soon” section of release notes for Messenger version 191.0 for iPhone, which have also been confirmed in testing since last month.

The company plans to roll out the “unsend” feature to its messaging service, and perhaps present the incidence as mere testing, as it vows that no such messages from its executives will be deleted again, until the feature has been extended to all users on the social network.

Albeit, it remains unclear at the moment if the feature will work for both mobile and desktop platforms, as Facebook have been concerned in offering the same messaging experience across all platforms.

According to the release notes, the Messenger unsend feature will only allow you to unsend a message from up to 10 minutes after you send it, which is quite unlike the case with WhatsApp, whereby you are given up to one hour to delete mistaken messages.

It is also expected that eventually users will be able to set an expiration time for messages, after which time they’d automatically be deleted from the recipient’s inbox.

But there is no timeline if or when the second capability will be coming, but at least having the additional feature isn't asking too much, after all Facebook demonstrated that it's possible with messages sent by top executives, as well as those sent by Mark Zuckerberg, getting deleted from the inboxes of the recipients.

Facebook message unsend feature spotted in the Messenger version 191.0 for iPhone

While Google implemented blockade on its browser, Chrome to target ads determined as obnoxious by the Coalition for Better Ads (CBA), and to expunge only those advertisements, with Chrome 71 which is due for release in December, it will go even a step further in targeting what it calls 'abusive experience' websites for total ad blockade.

The new set of protection against “abusive experiences” include sites designed to intentionally mislead and trick users into clicking actions, like pop-ups and new window requests from sites with certain camouflage like redirecting pages.

These abusive experiences were not formerly blocked by Chrome, and nearly all tend to trick users into clicking by pretending to be a system warning or “close” buttons that don't actually close the supposed ads.

Further more, most of these sites with abusive ad experiences are used by scammers and phishing schemes to steal personal information from unsuspecting users.

Starting with Chrome 71, Google will remove all ads on sites with persistent abusive experiences, while webmasters have been availed with the Abusive Experiences Report in Google Search Console to see if their site contain any of the abusive experiences that's needed to be corrected or removed.

The site owners will be given a 30 day window to fix any of such experiences flagged in the Report before the actual removal of ads on the browser.

Google hopes to protect the users who are often faced with crafty websites with dubious codes, and the strong protections are to ensure they can interact with their destination website without any abuse in between.

Chrome 71 will target websites with 'abusive experiences' for total Ad blockade

The Web Foundation, also known as World Wide Web Foundation is the organization saddled with improvements coming to the Web, launched in 2008 by Tim Berners-Lee, and to establish the open Web as a global public good and a basic right.

While Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web has outlined his vision for protecting the future of the Internet with the unveiling of "Contract for the Web" project that he hopes agencies, governments and netizens will contribute to and sign in order to protect and enhance the future of the Internet.

The aim is to extend the benefits of the web to 100 percent of the global population to enjoy without any limitations on internet freedom.

As the web marks its 30th year in 2019, it is expected that half of the world's population will be online by 2019 and the coalition is concerned about censorship and government shutdown of the internet, the web contract is offering a framework for realizing the vision.

Berners-Lee at the Web Summit in Lisbon on Monday said that the contract is a deal to paint a picture of a world which is better than this one with hopes that we can do better than what we have now.

Google and Facebook are among the early backers, with about 60 other backers to the contract including political figures and non-governmental organizations and digital rights groups, who hopes to negotiate the contract as a document using the fundamental principles of the Web Foundation.

The Web Foundation unveils "Contract for the Web" project to protect the future Internet

Unknown to many, the so-called free Wi-Fi facilities in some major cities around the world do come with some caveat, meaning that you should beware — as it comes with certain conditions and there's perhaps some dangers lurking behind it.

And often, these “free” Wi-Fi hotspots are found in many business and public spaces, like airports, shopping malls and even some local pubs, making it easier for people to go online, but this convenience do come at a price - given up your privacy.

Once you connect to a public Wi-Fi, you are making your data liable to a third-party provider, which in exchange for your valuable personal data avails you the convenience of a free internet connection, while the information required may vary, it often include: email address, phone number and social profile, among others.

While the temptation is pretty strong not to use free Wi-Fi hotspot, but if you are really concerned about your data privacy, it is advisable to avoid using public Wi-Fi altogether. But in a case you must do, then sign up for a more secure hotspot service.

Find below some steps you can take to protect yourself from being tracked by ‘free’ Wi-Fi hotspots

  • Manually Opt-out of location tracking Location

Before hopping on free Wi-Fi, ensure you Opt-out of location tracking which option is often made available by the companies to allow users to choose how their personal information are accessed by analytical third-party service providers. It can be found in the privacy policy of most of the companies, and you’re allowed to review the policy before signing in to the service.

  • Delete Your location information

To effectively delete any tracking information, you'll need your MAC address, and if you are accessing the internet on your iPhone, you can get it from Settings > General > About; it’s listed as Wi-Fi Address. While for Android, go to Settings > Wireless & Networks or About Device. Press the menu key and select Advanced, and then you should see your device’s MAC address.

Then enter your MAC address to delete the data, albeit not all location services, as only location-tracking services under the Future of Privacy Forum’s Smart Places web portal.

In any case the free Wi-Fi provider is not on the portal, you can find the Wi-Fi provider’s email and contact them directly with your request to opt-out, and delete the data collected from you.

Simple Steps to Secure Personal and Location Data from Public Wi-Fi Hotspots