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

The Super Chat feature was launched last year by YouTube to allow viewers to be able to leave comments alongside livestreams; and of course, it is a paid service and given special preference as it helps them in generating revenue.

While the feature generates quite some thousands of dollars in revenue, YouTube typically collects about 30%, with the creators keeping the rest, but any of the proceeds from Super Chats that violate its policy will be donated to charity.

The Wall Street Journal in a recent report revealed that in the wake of the mass shooting at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue, Pennsylvania that some users of YouTube tapped the Super Chat feature to have anti-Semitic comments alongside a livestream by far-right YouTube celebrity Ethan Ralph.

And the livestream channel had some 22,500 subscribers, with users having topics that can be wide-ranging, from events like the tragedy in Pittsburgh and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to critiques of the media and internal debates among members of the far-right online communities.

The use of Super Chats to spread racism and hate speech is perhaps the latest headache for YouTube, and the biggest video platform is now poised to moderate contents even more strictly.

In response, YouTube has permanently banned Ralph's YouTube channel, and stated that it's now using machine-learning technology to spot hateful comments and would hold them up for closer inspection, according to the Journal.

How the Super Chat feature on YouTube can be hijacked to spread hate speech

Earlier in the week, WhatsApp announced the possible introduction of direct ads to the app status section, which is coming after several attempts to arrive at a primary monetization method for the messaging service.

While the Facebook owned messaging platform has been grappling with monetization problem, with plans of bringing ads to the platform, but there has been confusion as to where or how to place the ads.

The company had previously launched the WhatsApp Business API, which is a way for businesses to reach its customers; and in turn, it charges the businesses for using the platform.

Albeit, the monetization of the service has been an issue within the organization, with the WhatsApp co-founder, Brian Acton had to leave the company owing to major differences with the Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Though it remains unclear as to the area of differences, but Acton had commented on disagreement on the plans to place ads on the service.

The company had been conducting surveys about the extent to which users talk to businesses on WhatsApp, and whether there are issues of spam, according to revealed documents.

And perhaps, WhatsApp is wary about its users having to put up with spammy messages, citing instances such as a user talking to a bank about fraudulent transactions or to an airline about delayed flight.

Why the Introduction of Ads to WhatsApp Status could infuriate its users

The Wi-Fi standards nomenclature, 802.11n and 802.11ac are both previous Wi-Fi standards, with the successor to 802.11ac supposedly to be called 802.11ax, but now the WiFi Alliance has simply renamed it as Wi-Fi 6.

While Wi-Fi 6 is expected to make its way into new installations come 2019, with a host of technological upgrades aimed at simplifying wireless-network problems, and at the same time making it easier to find routers and devices that support the new standard.

On the other hand, WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access, and there are older standards like WPA1 and WPA2 which aren’t quite secure anymore with the increasing risks associated with modern networking connections.

The WPA3 standard brings new security features not present in WPA2 and manufacturers must fully implement these features to their devices to be “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ WPA3™” as the new specifications require compatible WPA3 devices and WPA3 routers.

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, devices with support for WPA3 will be coming later in the year, even as Qualcomm has already developed chips that supports WPA3, albeit it’ll take quite awhile for manufacturers to integrate them into new devices.

The new security features in WPA3 include fixes for using “individualized data encryption” which if connected through an open Wi-Fi network, encrypt the traffic between your device and the Wi-Fi access point, even without a password at the connection.

Also, if a device connects to a Wi-Fi access point, it carries out a “handshake” that ensures the correct passphrase is used and that the connection is encrypted.

The security issue with public Wi-Fi hotspot would soon be a thing of the past, as WPA3 promises to “simplify the process of configuring security for devices” and it would be a lot like the current Wi-Fi Protected Setup, that involves a push button to connect a device.

Jargon Buster: What's the related facts about Wi-Fi 6 and WPA3 Standards?

Twitter is working on implementing changes that will make it super easy for users to choose to see a chronological feeds, instead of the machine-learning algorithmic timeline that tends to surface tweets based on interactions.

While the argument that users with massive followers on Twitter — maybe tens of thousands — can feel like they’ve missed some of the most important tweets with real-time update, which Twitter cited for the switch notwithstanding, many users had revolted in a campaign against the switch to algorithmic timeline.

Now, Twitter is testing a feature that will allow users to easily switch the order of the tweets from algorithmic to chronological, and vice versa, right from the homescreen.

The test is currently with a small number of iOS users having the button on the home screen that will allow them to switch between a display of tweets based on machine learning algorithm to that which shows the most recent tweets from people they follow.

Twitter had earlier updated to "Show the best tweets first" Setting that aims to allow users to easily reverse to the chronological order, and to only see tweets from people they follow. Albeit, the feature is tugged away in complicated settings requiring some work to find, making it a relatively difficult option to switch the timeline.

This new feature when live, will give users an easier way to switch option of a timeline to display tweets in reverse chronological order right from the home screen.

Twitter working on instant switch to Chronological/Algorithmic timeline from home screen