Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Many Hidden Dangers of Social Media

Social media has a lot of benefits, one of which is that it makes things easier—easy communication, easy business advertisements, easy growth. But the various advantages of social media should not overshadow its hidden dangers. Any technology that makes it so easy to display personal information—photos, locations, stories, et cetera—comes with risks that can heavily affect one’s life.

Cyberbullying

People have been talking about cyberbullying for years now, but people continue to defame others behind the comfort of their screens. Cyberbullying severely impacts people, whether they’re in high school or adults in the workforce. Derogatory comments and unkind memes—whatever the case may be—can cause irreparable damage to the target’s reputation and psyche. The convenience of social media allows bullies to post and share harmful content, making cyberbullying a huge danger of social media use.

Inability to Socialize

As social media use continues to rise, people’s inability to communicate has also risen. People are so used to communicating through text and Facebook posts that their face-to-face communication skills have suffered. But human interaction is what we should constantly strive for, as it promotes empathy, connection, and human relationships. Instead of commenting on Instagram, try saying something kind in person to witness and participate in the incredible interaction that comes from it.

Dating Apps

Many dating apps do a poor job protecting user information and even fail to implement strict age parameters. In fact, “About 1 in 7 kids have been sexually solicited online.” Because of this, both children and adults can fall victim to social media solicitation crimes. We recommend you extensively research each app you use and familiarize yourself with the associated terms and conditions. If you’re serious about dating, it might be in your best interest to skip the apps and hire a professional matchmaker instead.

Culture of Comparison

One of the main hidden dangers of social media is the negative impact it can have on an individual’s mental health. This can come from comparing oneself to others, which can lead to depression, anxiety, PTSD, and many other mental health issues. Scrolling through others’ photos, life updates, and travels produce a “less-than” feeling for a lot of individuals, which can severely impact how an individual sees their worth.
This article is not to tell you to stop using social media. Rather, this information is intended to help you use social media with mindfulness and intention. Pay attention to your mental needs and try your best to put yourself in safe situations.

Friday, April 5, 2019

5 Ways Technology in the Workforce Increases Productivity

Emerging technology often gets a bad rap. Many individuals have a negative view of technology due to social media, the prices of electronics, and less face to face interaction. However, as far as the workplace is concerned, there are many ways technology has made us more productive than ever. Discover how technology in the workforce is increasing productivity.

Increased Flexibility

Technology has provided us with a way to maintain flexible schedules. With various software, apps, and portable devices, we can now work more efficiently as well as remotely. These tools have significantly increased collaboration and communication among workers; time is no longer wasted, and schedules can be changed easily.

Track Your Time

With clocks displayed on the majority of electronic devices and time stamps available on various platforms, it’s never been easier to track how long someone spends on a project. Collecting data is incredibly beneficial for both the employee and the employer. Tracking the time can provide information regarding where the individual could improve or how to increase the efficiency of an operation. Time can go unnoticed when you are in an office all day, but technology can help you determine areas of improvement.

Health and Wellness

Sitting all day in the office can be very harmful. However, many have turned to standing desks to combat this issue. While various studies have shown how beneficial standing desks can be for your health, they can also increase productivity. Standing desks can make you far more active and attentive during work.

Improved Organization

Papers scattered all over our desks are becoming a thing of the past thanks to the Cloud. Many people worry about losing physical forms of documents, but technology has allowed for a much easier method of organization. No longer do you have to spend precious time searching through filing cabinets—all you have to do now is enter a simple search on your computer.

Tools to Help You Focus

Another great thing about technology in the workforce is the ability to listen to music. Studies have shown that there are certain types of music that can increase your productivity. Music also helps you focus on the task at hand and tune out any distractions. Thankfully, there is an array of music streaming applications that can download to a variety of devices.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Beginner's Guide to SEO for Any Business

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is an emerging asset to businesses; however, many are not taking advantage of this new practice. Today, almost everyone uses their phones to discover new business on search engines like Google. The truth is, websites reach more people than a billboard or an ad ever could. However, this has made the internet a very competitive place—this is where SEO comes into play.

If you are unfamiliar with this practice, take a look at our beginner’s guide to SEO and discover how it can help your business.

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a technique used to help websites rank higher in search engines such as Google and Bing. SEO affects the visibility of your site within a search engine’s unpaid results. These are often known as natural, organic, or earned results.

Why Is It Important?

Websites are constantly competing for top search result spots because this increases the chances of new people discovering their business. Getting people to click on your website can lead to direct sales, thus increasing your revenue. People rely on technology to a great extent today, and as a business, being easily accessible is a huge way to be successful in today’s digital world.

How Do I Perform Proper SEO Practices?

There are many different ways to accomplish SEO. Aspects such as keyword research and creating original blog content are simple yet effective methods you can easily employ. You may also want to consider enlisting the services of SEO experts, who can get your website to the top of the search engine result pages.

The internet has changed the way people and businesses connect. If you want people to notice your business, you’ll want to make sure you’re seen in this outlet. Having strong search results when a potential customer searches for your products or services should be a top priority for all business. Utilize this beginner’s guide to SEO and improve your businesses’ presence on the internet.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

5 Ways Technology Is Changing the Workplace

Technology can be a polarizing topic when it comes to benefits and harms. However, it cannot be denied that it is greatly influencing the modern workplace. Business operations are now easier than ever, and technology is changing the workplace in many ways.

Connecting Employees and Businesses


The way businesses communicate started changing once telephones were created. Today, email is one of the most common ways businesses stay connected, but other social networking apps have paved the way for more interaction through technology, too. Applications such as Skype and Facebook have brought companies from around the world together in a conference room for face-to-face meetings.

Increased Productivity


Working on the go is far more efficient with various app capabilities across multiple devices and platforms. Cloud storage has also made your hard work immortal and easily accessible. Employees listen to music to be more productive and stay focused on the task at hand.

The Ability to Work from Home


Working from home is becoming more common due to the capabilities of technology. Most office work performed today can be done on any laptop or computer. Commuting to the office, being stuck in traffic, and blowing through your gas tank is becoming a thing of the past. Remote work also gives employees more flexibility with work schedules and keeps business plans intact.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Web Page Doesn’t Look Right in Facebook App? Check Setting to Turn Off Facebook’s In-App Browser, and Use Your Preferred Mobile Device Browser

In August 2018, Facebook modified their app to include an in-app browser that refers you to web pages in their own in-app browser. Many people don't even realize that they're not being sent to their favorite default web browser on their mobile device.

When you use Facebook's app and you view a website that someone shares with you, there is no referral clear and free out of the Facebook app.

With the in-app browser, there's a chance that the web page you are referred to might not look exactly like the web page that you would see in your own default browser on your mobile device, such as Chrome on Android or Safari on a iOS.

In some cases, a reported bug on Android, cuts off a bottom portion of the web page — leaving a black void. We know because we're the publisher and web developer for Arlingtoncardinal.com … and ever since Facebook rolled out the in-app browser feature, Android users viewing articles on Arlingtoncardinal.com have been complaining about seeing a bottom portion of web pages blocked with a black void. The bug apparently did not affect Apple iOS users.

Another disadvantage is that your default (free and separate) browser has features, such as bookmarking, saving to the home screen, and possibly the added security settings or whatever other settings you might prefer with your browser of choice. Many users aren't too happy about being forced to use an in-app browser in any app — Facebook or otherwise.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Apple Expected to Continue Using Lighting Instead of USB-C in Apple iPhones

The next generation of Apple iPhones is expected to continue using the Lightning port and a USB-A charger data and charging, instead of changing to the USB-C. Apple was involved in development the USB-C port. Almost every other current generation Apple device, including the latest iPad Pro to the Macbook and Macbook Pro feature the USB-C. However, according to tech site Macotakara, the bottom line is the cost of keeping the Lightning port on new iPhones for the next few years is said to be more profitable for Apple.   Previously, Apple was believed to be opting for the switch to USB-C


USB-C is a 24-pin USB connector system, which features a two-fold rotationally-symmetrical connector. USB-C cables and connectors connect hosts to devices, replacing a variety of ports and electrical connectors including USB-A, USB-B, HDMI, and 3.5 mm audio cables and connectors.


In August 2014 the USB Type-C Specification 1.0 was published by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and was finalized. USB-C was developed about the same time as the USB 3.1 specification. 


In July 2016, USB-C was adopted by the IEC as "IEC 62680-1-3".


In September 2017, USB 3.2 was released, replacing the USB 3.1 standard. Speed is the major feature upgrade utilizing existing USB 3.1 SuperSpeed and SuperSpeed+ data modes and introduces two new SuperSpeed+ transfer modes speeding beyond the USB-C connector using two-lane operation, with data rates of 10 and 20 Gbit/s (1250 and 2500 MB/s). USB-C defines the connector; the ability to deliver speed depends on the device.


Lightning is currently slightly slower than USB C 3.1.


Apple's iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X support rapid charging where batteries can go from flat to 50% in 30 minutes, but users need to purchase a USB-C charger and a USB-C to Lightning cable adapter. 


See also …

www.macotakara.jp/blog/rumor/entry-36840.html (mixed English/Japanese language site)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Louis Rossmann Repairs a Dead Mac After Best Buy and the Apple Store Declined Repair

Awesome Louis Rossmann tells a story of a dead MacBook Air taken to Best Buy and the Apple Store, where personnel said the Mac can't be fixed. Next Rossman fixes a corroded pad that houses an SMC chip and the Mac is fixed. 


Rossman first rules out keyboard and trackpad trouble by disconnecting. Rossmann finds very little current draw and fan still doesn't work with the keyboard and trackpad disconnected.

Finds corrosion near pad PP5 es 5

Three Step Fix after removing a bad SMC

1. Add solder around pads in the area

2. Scrape

3. Then use wick to make sure that any solder that was added, wasn't added on top of corrosion.


Rossman added flux and new solder on top of the pad, while installing a new chip. The MacBook Air started once again.


The System Management Controller (SMC) is a subsystem of Intel processor-based Macintosh computers -- similar in function to the older SMU or PMU of non-Intel Macintosh computers (PowerPC).

The SMC has roles in controlling thermal and power management, battery charging, video mode switching, sleep and wake, hibernation, and LED indicators. The SMC also enables enforcement of the macOS End User License, allowing it to identify when it is running on non-Apple hardware.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Testing an Opteka 650-1300mm Lens


The Corridor Crew tests a $160 Mega Zoom Lens (650-1300mm) with a 2x converter (2,600mm).

Corridor Digital produces viral videos with special effects on the Internet. One of their most popular videos is "World's LONGEST Lightsaber" published on June 30, 2018.


Corridor: World's LONGEST Lightsaber.