Even as dooms day has been predicted for search marketing, 2016 will present a new approach with the mobility shift - as growing number of individuals and businesses will migrate to native marketing. As 2015 comes to a close, more and more marketing technology companies continue vying for a piece of the pie in the burgeoning mobile market, which hitherto has been dominated by Facebook and Google.

Below are five predictions, distilled from a handful of marketing experts, for trends to watch in 2016.

Re-invention of Social Marketing

As social media adoption reaches its crescendo, a generation shift from how contents are consumed is perhaps more likely, with the likes of Facebook and Twitter losing significant grounds to newer services. Albeit, the user base will continue to grow, Facebook will face huge competition from emerging social networking platforms.

Meanwhile, Instagram has been projected to attain a growth of about 49 per cent in 2016, from the current 32 per cent.

End of the Cookies

Browser-based metrics will gradually be effaced, as the emerging measurement guideline comes to play with the growing adoption of mobile technology. The new formats won't work with cookies and can't be built upon existing legacy Web technologies.

Mobility will drive Visual Social Platforms

Social networking platforms like Instagram, SnapChat and Pinterest will increasingly attract more marketing spends as they'll be naturally appealing to more mobile consumers.

Increasing access to Big Data for Marketing

Brands will be able to incorporate data sets into their marketing campaign strategies with ease, as data exchanges continue to evolve, and will look to share their anonymized user data in exchange for access to the same from other relevant companies.

Native is the new "cool"!

Advertising that matches the platform with which it is delivered is defined as "Native advertising", and often presented in the forms of article, infographic or video, with the specific intent to promote a product, while matching the form and style of the original contents.

For all the hypes around marketing technology, it still doesn't move as fast as you think. Let us know your own predictions in the comment section and at the end of the year we'll see who has the gloating rights!

Top 5 Marketing Technology trends to watch in 2016

Lean product development (LPD) is an approach to meet the challenges of product development based on innovative solutions, and cutting costs through narrowing down on redevelopment cycles. Now, what has the Wright Brothers go to do with it, you may ask?

Notable for building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, the Wright Brothers, albeit not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.

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As we close out 2015, our traditions on looking back and looking ahead on technology trends for the coming year, continues. Acumatica, The Next Generation Cloud ERP Software company, sat down with four of its top analysts and thought leaders, to find out what happened in the ERP world this past year, and what to expect in the New Year.

While, the conversations were created originally as video series, “Deck the Cloud”, we’ll be highlighting a few of the questions discussed.

The key question each analyst was asked is: What ERP buying trends do you see in the marketplace?

The 4 Speakers in no particular order, are as follows:

Esteban Kolsky, Founder and Principal of thinkJar, a thinktank focusing on how organizations can better use technology.

Frank Scavo, President of Strativa, an IT and management consulting firm, and President of Computer Economics, an IT research firm.

Jon Reed, Co-Founder of Diginomica, a disruptive tech media blog focusing on enterprise issues and concerns.

Cindy Jutras, President of Mint Jutras, an independent research-based consulting firm that specializes in analyzing the business impact of enterprise applications.

Find their answers below:

Virtually every single enterprise application and technology purchased today is going to be on a cloud basis. Cloud is a commodity that is baked into every single decision.” - Esteban Kolsky

The first-time ERP buyers are growing and are ready to come off their small business accounting systems and get onto a real, full-blown ERP system.” - Frank Scavo

In general, today’s buyer is a much more informed buyer. They have a much better BS detector.” - Jon Reed

This year, what was a lot different was the attitude towards deployment options. There is a clear trend toward people wanting to move toward the cloud.” - Cindy Jutra

Let us know what ERP buying trends you see in the marketplace today in the comments, or you can join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #DecktheCloud.

Predictions: The future of ERP and Cloud computing for 2016

Apple kept to the promise of making its hugely popular programming language, Swift open source, allowing anyone to download, modify and to share the changes as they deem wise. While the promise was made months ago, and everyone expecting it, the stymied excitement was tied to the humorous unavailability of the codes on GitHub on launch day.

Swift has been in development for many years, and supports modern programming conventions, such as closures, generics, type inference, multiple return types and namespaces.

It's not only faster, but also easier to learn, and to help that process, Apple has created an 'interactive playground' for developers. And it's all good news, since the code is no longer locked up behind prohibitive licenses, the code-base is freed up for developers to use.

The company is hoping Swift will inspire the new generation to get into coding, and be able to take their ideas anywhere, from mobile devices to maybe even the cloud.

Meanwhile, with the project now open source, means that developers can choose to bring it to Windows and Android.

Developers will be able to download Swift and start building things with it from the new website: Swift.org, albeit, it won't be able to build apps that go into the App Store.

Swift supposedly faster than Objective-C, also with built-in protections against common issues and errors, currently supports iOS and OS X apps, and can also be used for tvOS and watchOS apps.

Swift Programming Language now open source; What's the big deal?

More often than not, you may have heard torrenting talked about in a negative light, as a way to illegally share movies and music, but that's not all there is to it. Actually, torrenting can be useful for sharing larger files, of course legally, such as a presentations in the form of videos and photos, or for downloading out-of-print books or non-copyrighted files.

While unfortunately, because of the bad reputation of torrenting, most internet service providers (ISPs) and probably the government may not support it, even when it's totally legal. Regardless of what you're downloading, if your ISP perceives that you're torrenting files, there's a possibility that your account may be suspended out of fear that you're breaking copyright laws.

Nonetheless, if you're downloading illegal files and the government caught up with you, you may face legal actions and possibly, jailed.

Additionally, you're also open to other risks when torrenting files, as often it means downloading content whose source is unknown, which could be choosing untrustworthy files that will do nothing but load malware unto your machine.

Below are some tips to make sure you stay safe while torrenting:

Pick Safe Contents

Your first step to protecting yourself on torrent sites is to make sure you're sourcing from legitimate sites. But, most importantly, make sure that you're downloading from a link that's been accessed and upvoted recently. There are lots of sites to torrent from, however, the most popular ones are KickassTorrents, the Pirate Bay and Torrentz.

Keep Your Anti-virus Software Updated

This may seem like something that goes without saying, but there are far too many people who don't bother to update their anti-virus software at all. While, it'll suffice that what you're doing is just for a minute or two, but if you contract a virus, you're going to have a heck of a time with it. Don't leave things up to chance, and make sure you have sorted out your PCs protection in case you accidentally download something malicious.

Use Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Rather than guessing which links are safe and hoping for the best, you should use a VPN to torrent securely. If you're unfamiliar with VPNs, they stand between you and the site that you're accessing, giving you a safer connection that won't leak as much of your information and will usually give you a head-up if you're downloading something unsafe. Not only will this protect you against malware, but it'll also hide your IP address, making it far more difficult for your ISP and the government to catch you on what you're doing and penalize you for it.

Is the Use of VPN Illegal?

While in some countries, it is illegal, but that's not the case in most countries, you'll want to make sure you're up-to-date with the local laws of course. But if it's legal to use a VPN in your country, there's no reason not to use it. Truth be told, using a VPN is kind of like closing the blinds on your internet activity. Just because you don't want the neighbors to see what you're doing doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.

Downloading torrent files may not always be the safest thing to do, but with a little foresight and research, you don't need to worry about the possible outcomes. Remember, there are plenty of legal reasons why you are doing what you're doing, so the fact that you're torrenting doesn't raise a red flag. Protect yourself against possible viruses and prying eyes, and you're good to go!

3 Ways to Stay Safe while Torrenting

Definitely, the holiday season is the time for a lot of gift collections, and nobody would want such memories wiped out in an accidental data loss. If you've got anything important on your PC or Mac, you'd always be safer to have a backup to protect those files.

While, AOMEI Backupper comes free for personal home use, providing complete backup solution to everyday Windows users, the Backupper Pro solution is for intermediate and advanced PC users.

Albeit, the standard edition remains a preferred choice for individual PC users with many of the important basic functions needed to safeguard and protect important data, business upgrades are still available for advanced users.

What are the features in AOMEI Backupper Pro?

  • Utilities: backup schemes; make bootable discs; command line backup/restore/clone; check, explore, and merge images. 
  • Backup: easily and safely protect everything, including system, disk, individual files and partition.
  • Restore: fast and reliable disaster recovery, supporting universal restore and selective restoration.
  • Clone: step-by-step transfer OS or upgrade hard drive without reinstalling Windows and applications.
  • Multi-Language: support English, Français, Deutsch, 日本語, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

Once you launch the program you will be presented a small window with all the navigation buttons.

And AOMEI Backupper Pro has support for multiple backup options, meaning you can backup your files in the different options listed.

Folder syncing and backup: Is backup from a selected folder and also syncs files as they're added. Scheduled backups: Automates you backup preference, allowing you to sit back while you backup is carried out. Incremental backup: Is backup option that adds any changed file to old backup without creating a new backup.

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Black Friday which started as a brick-and-mortar store affair is now mainstream online, meaning you don't have to leave the sitting room to do shopping any more - right with your pajamas, you're good to go shopping at any online store at your convenience.

But, with the ease also comes other risk factors to have at the back of your mind while doing your shopping online on Black Friday.

Below are 5 tips for staying safe online, so you can start checking out items on the shopping list for Black Friday.

Use Credible Websites

Trust is the watchword to staying safe online, so it is always recommended to shop at popular and trusted sites. If peradventure you don't know the site address and wish to utilize search engines, do not drift past the first page result as only the trusted and established sites can make the cut.

Security signs to lookout

Misspellings or websites using different domain extensions like (.net instead of .com, for instance) are some of the things to lookout for online. And ensure you do not enter credit/debit card details on a site without SSL Certification, that is, the site will start with HTTPS:// (instead of HTTP://), and a padlock icon will appear in the status bar on the web browser.

Avoid Public WiFi

Now is certainly not a good time to try out a free hotspot, only use the wireless facility if you have a virtual private network (VPN) connection. And if you must use a public WiFi, stick to known and popular providers.

Create Strong Password

The humble password remains the Achilles heel in many security breaches. So adhere to rules in creating unique and strong password for your account, as shopping online involves creating account, beating this old horse isn't completely out of place.

Think Mobile

Mobile apps are quite unmistakeable in the various app stores, more reason it is recommended to use apps for online shopping. The mobile apps are provided by the eTailers directly and you can find whatever you want to buy and then make the purchase without going to the store or the website.

In conclusion, it is advised to know what is too good to be true. In other words, avoid bogus offers, as many of such "offers" will come in via social media. Stay safe shopping online as there's no need to be any more nervous about shopping online than at offline store after all.

5 Tips for safe Online Shopping on Black Friday

Black Friday, for those not in the know, is the day following the fourth Thursday of November, generally regarded as the beginning of Christmas shopping in the United States. But now, it has spread over to other parts of the world, and major retailers around the world cut prices to insanely low rate, as much as 90% off, making it the biggest shopping day for bargain hunters.

It falls on November 27, this year - and Nigerians already given to eCommerce, have come to expect much on Black Friday deals.

Albeit, the trend is relatively new in Nigeria, this year's event may perhaps be a record breaker given the growing adoption of smartphones and increasing knowledge on the activities of eCommerce in the country.

While, Black Friday isn't restricted to online shopping, as offline stores are equally caught in the seasonal fever, we'd be concerned in presenting to you our best picks for online shopping with regards to trust and low price bargain.

Jumia Nigeria

Jumia Nigeria is arguably the eCommerce store that first introduced the Black Friday deals in Nigeria back in 2013, and since then has carved a niche for itself in the heart of consumers. The online store is promising to bring an extensive selection of products from top brands at rock bottom prices to consumers this Black Friday. With perhaps the most convenient and easy payment methods available, your Black Friday shopping will be an unforgettable experience with Jumia Nigeria. Simply head to their Black Friday page for more information.

Yudala Nigeria

This relatively new eTailer is a no pushover, with quite some stunning magic up its sleeve, it has positioned itself as the eCommerce store to beat in the growing competition in Nigeria. Launched in mid 2015, Yudala Nigeria delivers a hell of shopping convenience with an online and offline presence in more than 10 locations in Nigeria. With a promise of delivery to your doorstep anywhere in Nigeria in 24 - 48 hours, you simply can't beat the reach. You can get more details on their Black Friday page.

Konga Nigeria

Konga is the "YAKATA" eTailer, the huge market disruptor when it comes to price slashes in Nigeria. Konga Black Friday sales is actually starting from the 26th to the 27th of November, and they're promising free delivery to boot! Get more details here: http://www.konga.com/yakata.

Are you getting ready for the biggest online shopping of the year? You won't have anything to worry about choosing from the above online stores.

Black Friday: Where to get the best deals online in Nigeria?

Apple's new streaming set top box, Apple TV, has laid the ground work for a truly live TV experience, allowing users to order for whatsoever they're watching right on the screen. Apple TV connects to compatible big screens through HDMI input, while a dedicated App Store ensures unending entertainment contents such as movies and music videos, or even live game streaming.

The iconic fourth generation set box was unveiled on September 9, with a bevy of new features, including an awesome remote touch-pad and Siri voice recognition.

Siri support takes the obvious task off watching TV, allowing users to search and select contents through voice command, and quite capable of sifting through multiple apps at a go to find the exact music, movie or games.

While, the remote touch-pad has two microphones for picking up Siri voice commands, with built-in accelerometer and gyroscope that let it double as a game controller.

Apple's focus on a dedicated operating system, tvOS, with powerful hardware ensures better user experience, and effective tools for developers to create apps. It brings a redesigned iOS 9 feel to the TV set, with all the apps highlighted to make it easier to find contents for your TV.

Apple TV includes 2GB RAM, which is ample enough for the device to run a full-fledged App Store, with an A8 chip that's much faster than the A5 in the previous version, supporting up to 1080p video at 60 frames per second.

Albeit, keyboards are not supported, with Bluetooth 4.0 Apple TV can support third-party gaming controllers.

Apple TV is now available for US$ 149 (32GB) and US$ 199 (64GB), depending on the storage space to store apps, games, TV shows, movies, and music.

Apple TV: Is Streaming contents (videos, music and games) the future of TV?

The rumor was everywhere earlier this month about a purported Google's plan to merge Android with Chrome OS, and thereby face-out the later. The WSJ report claimed the Android/Chrome OS merger would happen in 2016, with Google set to launch new devices running the combined OSes in 2017.

While the Chromebook, the foster child of Chrome OS would ostensibly be subjected to an early death according to the report.

Lockheimer, SVP Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast has cleared the air refuting the report in its entirety, maintaining unequivocally that Android and Chrome OS will remain two separate products, and that Chromebooks aren't going away anytime soon.

What are the 7 Reasons Android will never merge with Chrome OS?

  1. Android caters for smartphone and tablet devices
  2. Chrome OS is mainly for netbooks and other lightweight computers
  3. Chrome OS is designed to work with "keyboard-based" platforms
  4. Android is optimized for all things touch
  5. Chrome OS is first Cloud
  6. Android is app-centric
  7. Security is fundamental for Chrome OS

Additionally, Chrome OS is built to run entirely off the Internet, and won't allow you to install programs or store any data locally; instead, all apps will run from the Web - with preferences and settings stored online.

Google, however, hinted that Chrome OS may eventually reach other platforms - like tablets and TVs, with a possible convergence of Android and Chrome OS. Albeit, Google is working on bringing the best features of Chrome OS and Android together, they will ever remain two distinct products.

7 Reasons Android will never merge with Chrome OS

Google started tinkering with deep learning neural networks back in 2011, resulting the first generation machine learning proprietary system, DistBelief. While, TensorFlow is the second generation iteration of that same technology, which is now a core part of its commercial products like Google Voice Search, Google Photos, and YouTube.

The company earlier in the week announced open-sourcing the platform, making the highly scalable machine learning system available for everyone from researchers, to developers - with the end to accelerate research in machine learning.

Albeit, machine learning is still in its infancy, open sourcing the library will enable researchers and developers to build systems capable of breaking down data to make more accurate decision based on the information.

What platforms does TensorFlow support?

TensorFlow is flexible and quite capable of running on older systems, making it ideal for every platform. It allows you to carry-out computation on one or more CPUs and GPUs on desktop, server, or mobile platforms.

Who can use It?

TensorFlow is an ongoing project, meaning it isn't complete, which opens room for everyone - including: students, academicians, independent researchers, developers and even hackers.

Google has made available a version for academic researchers with built-in binaries, and another version as API for developers. The company intends to build an active open source community and through their feedback and contributions ensure improvements to the source code.

What you need to know about Google's Open Source AI Platform - TensorFlow

Google's cutting-edge machine learning intelligence introduced with Inbox by Gmail app, is perhaps the best message management enhancement ever to hit the email system. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered app is able to automatically sort out your priority emails and also suggest/set reminders on calender events.

Now, the company has unveiled additional feature, Smart Reply, which enables the Inbox by Gmail app to analyze email contents and auto suggest appropriate responses.

As always, skeptics have already started to question the level of users' privacy exposed in the background processing involved in Gmail Smart Reply.

Gmail Smart Reply is built on a system of "recurrent neural networks", with "long short-term-memory" (most useful in predicting an accurate response) devoid of any human interception, meaning that no human is reading your email messages.

The machine learning works on data set that the developers' themselves does not have access to read and thus eliminating any privacy concerns.

How the technology works?

According to Google, the encoding of email is handled by one network, which after consuming the words of a message, produces a list known as vector. The vector captures the meaning behind the message, then a second network utilizes "the vector" to create an appropriate reply.

The feature has been rolled out on Inbox by Gmail for Android and iOS, so if you already have the app installed, you'll need to update to get the new AI experience.

Gmail AI: What's Privacy concerns about Smart Reply?

Generally, businesses have come to understand that social networking sites are great ways to build their brand. From creating brand awareness, as an online reputation management tool, to learning new technologies, and as a lead generation tool to intercept potential prospects.

Now, how does Startup founders fall in with this growing social networking trends? It's no longer optional, but inevitable for entrepreneurs to connect for support from partners, investors, customers and even their employees.

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The Internet of Things (IoT), a network of physical objects or "things" embedded into electronics, with software and sensors, which enables these objects to exchange data, is indeed the new frontier to conquer in the emerging technology landscape.

Microsoft released Windows 10 IoT Core as a streamlined version of Windows targeted at small, embedded devices with or without screens. While, Google also announced Brillo, as underlying operating system for IoT devices, derived from Android.

Albeit, little is known about Brillo at the moment, we thought it wise to make a comparison of the two platforms based on major elements involved: Core services and Platform security.

Brillo Core Services

Brillo is built on Weave, which enable devices to connect with desktop and mobile, and also ensures secure network connections. With Metrics component, to help analyze data to understand usage patterns. The reports are useful to debug remote devices employed in field works and also to make available the latest versions of the software.

Windows 10 IoT Core Services

Windows 10 IoT Core utilizes same configuration and tools as other Windows 10 editions which eases integration with desktops and mobile. It is designed to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services, which brings improvement and efficiency, leveraging on advanced data analytics in the cloud.

Platform Security: Brillo vs Windows 10 IoT Core

Windows 10 IoT Core delivers same security standards available for Windows 10, with built-in defenses to help protect critical business information from leaks or theft, employing latest technologies like Secure Boot, BitLocker, Device Guard and Credential Guard.

While, Brillo is harping on enterprise-grade encryption to limit exposure to attacks, and intuitive update system which allows recovery of compromised devices quickly.

In conclusion, it is penitent to note that Google as a late entrant in the IoT landscape, means Brillo is certainly in the early days, but with promising interest from developers may perhaps be a repeat of the Android magic.

Platform Wars: Brillo vs Windows 10 IoT Core

Google's foray into web-hosting services is no longer news; the company launched Google Domains back in January 13, which still in beta is available only for United States. It provides domain hosting and a handful of extras like: free email hosting/forwarding, blogger integration and a host of website builder tools.

Google Domains most remarkable feature is perhaps the one-click Blogger integration, which eliminates manual input of MX records and other required verification codes.

And the fact that it's running on latest hosting technology, means up-time and delivery speed is unmatched, with added Google security and  rare domain names offerings like .coffee, .florist, et al.

How you can transfer/register a domain name in Nigeria and other countries

Despite the fact that Google Domains service as at the time of this post is only available to users in the United States, below is a detailed guide on how to register or transfer a domain name in Nigeria (other countries).

As you can see from the above image, the registration page has all countries included, so filling up your correct country information is not a problem.

However, the checkout page (Payment page) is actually where the U.S. restriction comes to play, so to successfully register/transfer a domain name from any other country, you need a U.S. issued card (e.g Payoneer MasterCard), simply fill in the card details as required.

And when it comes to ZIP CODE as most Payoneer Cards are issued from Belize City, which officially has no ZIP CODE, you can enter any nearby city's code and it works successfully.

Google Domains: How you can transfer/register a domain name in Nigeria and other countries

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Facebook at Work, an enterprise version of the social network, is designed specifically for colleagues in organizations to communicate; which has been in closed beta since January, but now opened up for businesses that want to connect employees securely.

Albeit, the company has been tinkering with Facebook at Work internally for years, it surfaced that the office tool is for external organization only recently.

The service is rather a basic, but more secure version of Facebook to be employed on an enterprise network, whereby employees can follow/friend each other to get updates posted by each user.

Now, with more than 300 organizations signed up for Facebook at Work as part of the beta, Facebook though intending to make a little money from the new product has maintained that businesses will start with the free version and only pay for extra features or analytical services.

However, it’s unclear at the moment the number of employees, for instance, that a company is allowed on-board with the service, or if they’ll be charged extra to create a large number of groups.

Facebook at Work has a standalone app for iOS and Android, while on the desktop, users are able to toggle between their professional and personal Facebook accounts.

What you need to know about Facebook at Work?

Millennial, otherwise referred to as the Generation Y, are the demographic cohort whose birth year ranges from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. The most peculiar trait of the Generation Y is that they were the first to grow up with computers in their homes, and used technology at higher rates than people from other generations.

Fluent in the language of social media and computer processes, we’ll find plenty of Generation Y on both sides of the interview table by 2020, making almost half of the professional workforce.

This report (survey) asked individuals (majority haven worked in HR for at least four years) to assess the skill-set, vision and culture of Gen Y HR pros as they break out onto the office space.

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Immersive computer-simulated experience replicated in the real world, which enable users to interact with the imaginary world, is Virtual Reality (VR) defined. While VR Games is beginning to see great uptake with several VR head-mounted displays (HMD) released for gaming by technology companies.

Andre Infante had the opportunity to tour the offices of the Army Games Studio, developers of "America’s Army," and to see firsthand how the Army is using new technology – including AR and VR – in their outreach and recruiting programs.

The Game Studio employs a number of game developers, programmers, and researchers who work on various digital products aimed at the public.

Albeit, game studios are pretty tight-lipped, much less one run by the U.S. government - this is first time the Army Game Studio has provided an inside view.

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Microsoft claimed that Windows 10 is now running in over 75 million machines, a claim Net Applications confirmed as almost certainly accurate. The company hit the high point of building an operating system that works well for people using a keyboard and mouse, and also offers the kind of flexibility needed for touch and tablet devices.

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Yahoo suffered a major breach in 2014, which led to the leakage of many users' email addresses and passwords online. The company has lately been tinkering with log-in features to replace the password, given that most of the breaches had stemmed from the humble password.

The Internet giant earlier launched a service that auto-generates a short password, which it sends to a user's phone at any log-in session, though closely tied to two-factor authentication, it differs as no initial password is required .

And as a step up, the company has extended this to its Mail app with a feature called Yahoo Account Key, which uses push notifications to provide a quick and simple way to access Yahoo account using mobile device.

Dylan Casey, Yahoo's vice president of product management, yesterday said at a press event in San Francisco that they're going to kill the password altogether.

Albeit, Yahoo's process is a take-on the common two-factor authentication, whereby a user has to first enter a username and password, before a message is sent to phone for completion of log-in, it works minus the initial factors.

If a user loses or smartphone is low on power, he/she can still log in using traditional username and password.

To get started, you'll need to turn on Account Key, and register your smartphone. While on opening the app you'll be sent a push notification. And simply clicking on the notification gets you verified. The Account Key is now available globally on iOS and Android.

Yahoo rethinks two-factor authentication: Is this end of the Password?

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The hard disk configuration in Windows falls into two types: Basic and Dynamic Disks, while most PCs are configured as basic disks, which are the simplest to manage. But the partitions on a basic disk cannot share or split data with other partitions, as each partition on a basic disk is a separate entity on the disk.

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Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk without Losing Data

EaseUS Partition Master has the features to convert dynamic disk containing simple or mirrored volumes to basic disk without losing data. Find the step-by-step instructions to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk below:

  1. Download EaseUS Partition Master, and go to main screen.
  2. Select dynamic disk on the disk map.
  3. Right click on the dynamic disk and choose "Convert to basic disk".
  4. Click "Apply" to convert dynamic disk to basic disk.  
  5. Congratulations.

You will now see that the dynamic disk has become basic disk in Windows Disk Management. Then you can use "Resize/Move partition" feature to resize partitions on the basic disk.

While, disk management for Windows 10 partition allows you to resize hard disk partitions under Windows 10 (32 bit and 64 bit) OS.

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Kali Linux is developed by Mati Aharoni and Devon Kearns of Offensive Security, derived from the recoding of BackTrack, a previous forensics Linux distribution based on Ubuntu which also was credited to them.

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Microsoft HoloLens is untethered holographic device, enabling high-definition holograms to integrate with the real world. It is part of the Windows Holographic AR Platform incorporated into Windows 10 OS, which unlock all-new ways to connect, create, collaborate, and explore.

The wireless headset is able to project high-definition virtual content or holograms over real world objects, and works with apps developed for the technology; including Skype, Office and gamification.

It features high-definition 3D optical head-mounted display, with advanced sensors to allow interaction with AR applications through head movements, gestures and voice command.

Microsoft, however, believes that Windows Holographic project will be the future of computing, while bringing the digital experience into the analogue world.

Albeit, the potential of the HoloLens is enormous, but the real sizzle didn’t quite match the buzz generated. For instance, using HoloLens to play a game of horror genre, is not only terrifying, but capable of some psychological aftereffect.

The onus, therefore falls on the developers, if they can create apps with worthwhile experiences, HoloLens might perhaps be the next way to consume contents. And as Microsoft chirped, it belongs to the future - until we get there.

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Baby boomers often associated with a redefinition of traditional values; denotes people born during the demographic post–World-War II baby boom approximately between the years 1946 and 1964. They remains the wealthiest, and most active generation up to that time, and amongst the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time.

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Software as a service (SaaS) model is on-demand software license based on subscription and typically hosted in the cloud, accessed by users through the web browser. It has become the common delivery method for enterprise applications (including office and messaging software, payroll processing software), and general software development, gamification and virtual services.

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As Social Media popularity is on the rise and coupled with the possibility of becoming a search engine ranking factor, it's important to incorporate Social Media into all facets of your content Marketing efforts.

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How to Integrate Social Media into 6 Facets of Marketing

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Java is an all-purpose computer programming language that is specifically designed to have as fewer implementation dependencies as possible. While, Java EE - Enterprise Edition, is a widely used platform for enterprise server programming in the Java programming language.

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Microsoft Office 2016 is perhaps the perfect definition of the next generation Office Suite for collaboration, as the operating system has evolved into allowing individual applications to work within one another. Before now, Office applications like: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint can only work on its own.

The company's slogan of "taking the work out of working together" has finally been met in the revolutionized new Office Suite.

The new Office Suite, Microsoft Office 2016, is purposely crafted to cover enterprise users, and mostly bearing in mind the different device types, hence opening up the Office applications to work with all platforms - Apple systems and Android.

Microsoft Office 2016 come bundled with several new features that makes collaboration as easy as a click away.

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  2. Visual Insights: With the ever increasing data set, a forecasting intelligence model that allow users to cut down on the massive information with automatic insights.
  3. Skype Sharing: Sharing documents on Skype is now a breeze away, with options to mail or share on Skype, you can now reach your group members on Skype.
  4. Focus: Outlook now incorporates machine learning to know what a user considers important and filters your emails, cutting off spam extensively.
  5. Smart Lookup: You can now research on any given topic form within the application by right clicking on a phrase and selecting Smart Lookup, which utilizes Bing machine learning algorithm to provide relevant results.

Essentially, Microsoft has demonstrated with Office evolution that cloud technology is no longer an option, but the core of its services. From Office 365 to the newest Office Suite, the mantra has been consistently "cloud" and that is the base of the new possibilities that have endeared the Office Suite to enterprise.

5 Features in Microsoft Office 2016 for Collaboration in the Workplace

Crowdfunding in practice implies raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, usually utilizing the internet resources. It serves as an alternative finance method, quite typically outside the traditional financial institutions.

Crowdfunding is driven by individuals or groups who support an idea; and a platform that helps bring the parties together to launch the idea.

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Definitive Guide to Crowdfunding Sites

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Social media is all the rage nowadays, and businesses that have not implemented any social marketing plans may perhaps be likened to as still groping in the dark. Increasingly, brands are now implementing social media monitoring tools that allow them to search, track, and analyze conversation on the web about their brand.

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The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) enacted in 1986 specified protocols allowing law enforcements access to electronic communications with it's associated data, which now importantly portends privacy concerns to emerging wireless and Internet technologies subscribers.

Albeit, the original intent was to protect the privacy of online communications, an approach for the time when very few Americans used the email systems, however as the Internet evolves into more business and personal hub of information systems, the law did not evolve as well.

Meanwhile, Internet technology has advanced drastically since 1986, and the ECPA has been proportionally stagnated.

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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, yesterday held a hearing on reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), with the intent to introduce legislation that would bring the ECPA in line with the realities of the digital age.

And given that America strategically dictates the norm for protecting online communications, necessitates that the U.S. Congress pass the ECPA Amendments Act and Email Privacy Act.

The ECPA reform may perhaps transcend the Geo-political line, as amending the ECPA is an issue that has brought all civil agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) together to fight on behalf of all Americans to strengthen privacy protections online.

ECPA Reform: Why it's necessary to Protect the Privacy of Online Communications?

LinkedIn requires no formal introduction for any modern or tech-savvy entrepreneur, as being a business-oriented social networking service, it already commands a great following within the fold. The professional world has long realized the importance of LinkedIn as a business platform that serves multiple objectives.

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Microsoft released Windows 10 with an edge-bait, and making the operating system free for the first time, ensured millions of users of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 taking advantage to get their copy in no time, in fact about 75 million people upgraded to Windows 10 within just a month.

StatCounter’s global stats, puts Windows 10 adoption rates to about 5.34%, just after one week of the release, comparing Windows 7 which only reached 4.05 percent usage after its debut six years ago, and Windows 8 only achieved 1 percent of usage.

Now, how does Windows 10 adoption impact Microsoft's newest browser, Edge? If you had set Firefox or Chrome as your default Web browser in Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 upgrading to Windows 10 will automatically reset it to Edge.

And given the technical tussle required for people to reset their browser, introduced by Microsoft in Windows 10, now taking more than twice the number of clicks, while scrolling through hidden settings. So many people find it difficult to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows.

Albeit, when a user upgrade from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10 with "express settings" selected, it does indeed reset all default apps and their file associations, but requires a bit more effort to set new default apps.

Still, StatCounter notes that usage of Microsoft’s new Edge browser has steadily decreased since late July, and perhaps, many users haven’t really hit the “make default” button on Windows 10 to Edge, keeping in their old comfort zone usually with Chrome or Firefox.

How Microsoft Edge adoption stacks up against other major browsers

Linux remains an excellent, and low-cost alternative to Microsoft Windows; been open source opens it up to numerous distributors. Whether you're new to Linux or need a reliable update and reference, this resource is an excellent place to start.

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The first step to implementing a connection culture is changing the mindset of the leaders. While, creating a successful connection culture depends on whether or not the best practices that connect, including attitudes, language, and behavior, are acted upon by each individual.

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