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  1. Hey Brian! Glad to see you! Thanks for checking in. B
  2. Besttechie


    Same to you, Chuck!
  3. Hey everyone! If you haven't already, be sure to check out the TechieBytes podcast. Here's a brief podcast description: A (mostly) tech podcast hosted by Jeff Weisbein, an entrepreneur, blogger, tech guy, marketer, and early adopter. Jeff founded BestTechie.com at the age of 13 and turned it into a successful online publication focused on technology. Each week, Jeff interviews different guests from the tech industry including founders, CEO’s, executives, journalists, and more to discuss important industry topics. New episodes released every Tuesday. Would love if you listened and let me know what you think! B
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    Happy B Day

    hahaha! thanks so much.
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    Happy B Day

    Thanks Chuck!!!! B
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  7. We all have those moments where we’re seated at the computer without an activity lined up. Maybe we’ve just finished up some work or just made a purchase at an online store. We stare blankly at the screen and ask ourselves, “What now? Should I go read a book? Should I do some cleaning around the house? Or should I toss myself down into the rabbit hole that is the Internet?” Let’s be honest: most of us choose option three. The Internet provides a nearly endless stream of interesting content and mindless distractions, and if you have time (and aren’t picky about how it’s spent), you too can find an activity to engage in online. We’ve highlighted a few ways you can burn time on the Internet below, but if we miss out on one of your favorites, you’re more than welcome to leave your suggestion as a comment. StumbleUpon Want to be sent to a random website on the Internet that another person has deemed interesting? StumbleUpon is the ticket. You can opt for a site totally out of left field, or be sent to a random place related to subject matter you’re interested in. And thanks to the way StumbleUpon works, the more a site is liked by other users, the more likely you are to be transported to it. So you’re bound to come across something fascinating, and it’ll only take you a few seconds of clicking the “Stumble” button to get there. Wikipedia You may have heard tales of those sucked in by Wikipedia. They go to the collaborative encyclopedia to research a single topic, but soon, they’re pulled into pages on other topics, and further and further down the rabbit hole they go. What started as a visit to the “potato” page becomes, hours later, a read through the biography of McDonald’s founder Ray Croc. Wikipedia’s internal links make it super easy to become distracted while reading another topic, so if you want to get lost on the Web for a few hours, Wikipedia isn’t a bad choice. Gamble Online You could spend time online playing some games, but hey — time is money. Why not play something that has the prospect of making you a bit of dough? While online gambling isn’t exactly legal in the U.S., some provinces in Canada allow gaming through Live Casino Games. Take a stroll through an online casino, play a few hands of baccarat, and who knows — maybe you’ll win a little bit of cash. Or you could lose, and suddenly you’ll have the motivation needed to do something more productive. The post Bored? Here are some ways to burn time online appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  8. Before long, our cars might drive us. It’s a cool idea–but are we ready for the cybersecurity problems that entails? As we’ve brought more of our lives online, the looming threat of cybercrime has grown ever more prominent, as has the risk that human error will see sensitive data fall into the wrong hands. Today, it seems like it’s impossible to even turn on the news without hearing about a new cyberattack, a new type of ransomware, a recently-uncovered data breach, or some black hat cyberespionage incident. And the bad news is that it’s going to get worse before it gets better. See, we’re on the verge of what may be the biggest technological revolution in human history. A development that will change the way our cities our designed, the way we drive, and even the way we design our networks. I’m speaking, of course, about self-driving cars. While it will still be at least a decade before we see consumer-ready autonomous vehicles on the streets, companies like Google and BlackBerry have made enormous headway in testing and securing this new technology. It’s likely that within our lifetime, we’ll see the tech hitting the road. Before it does, however, there are a few major roadblocks we’re going to have to move past first. For one, autonomous vehicles cannot currently read body language or accurately predict human drivers. Someone driving in LA rush hour could do any number of random things that a human driver might predict and react to, but an AI driver might not understand. Not only that, an understanding of pedestrian body language is critical for a self-driving car to be road-safe – otherwise, it will be unable to determine if and when someone at a crosswalk might step out onto the road. “There are many situations that autonomous cars are still pretty far from knowing how to handle,” said Shlomo Zilberstein, a computer science professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in an interview with Popular Mechanics. “Some of the biggest hurdles standing in the way of both fully-autonomous cars and semi-autonomous cars are simple things that motorists take for granted. Eye contact, [for example], is a very significant thing.” These challenges will be overcome with time. Of that, I have no doubt. A far greater (and arguably more pressing) problem lies with cybersecurity. Consider what might happen if someone were to successfully hack a self-driving car. That isn’t like breaking into a bank account to steal money or a factory to steal intellectual property; a hacker could easily turn a self-driving car into a devastating road-bound missile. Think of the damage they could cause – it’s a scary thought, isn’t it? CONCEPT: Inside a self-driving car.While it is worth mentioning that autonomous cars are unintentionally more secure than human-controlled vehicles, that doesn’t mean there aren’t risks. They even made a movie about it. Outlandish though it was, there’s a grain of truth there, behind the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Self-driving cars aren’t the only thing that is being brought online, either. They are just one part of what many envision as the city of the future – a ‘smart’ metropolis where everything from street lamps to traffic lights to the power grid is connected. We need to make those systems near-impenetrable. Because if we don’t, cyberattacks could cause more than financial damage – they could end lives. To achieve this, we need to work together. We need to stop looking at cybersecurity as something that only needs to be handled on a business-by-business basis, and view it as something that rightly impacts us all. Beyond that, there needs to be a few areas of focus. Vendor accountability. Self-driving cars and other IoT devices need to be hardened against intrusion – and there needs to be legislation that holds vendors responsible if they are not. And speaking of legislation… Updated road safety laws. Road safety and vehicular cybersecurity go hand-in-hand. Lawmakers and businesses both need to work together to figure out how to regulate autonomous vehicles, and what safety standards are reasonable to apply. A more comprehensive code review process. There are millions of lines of code in modern connected cars – and there are even more in fully-autonomous ones. Given the sheer volume of programming necessary for even a single self-driving vehicle to hit the road, errors are inevitable. As such, we need an ironclad (preferably at least partially automated) review process to ensure we aren’t releasing vehicles to the public that are laden with dangerous vulnerabilities. Consumer education. We need to demonstrate to people why cybersecurity is important, and their role in protecting their systems, networks, and vehicles from attackers. If a hacker cannot break into the car itself, they might instead target the driver’s smartphone, or a nearby house or building. Systems isolation. Critical systems within an autonomous car must operate in isolation from one another, while still working together to create a consistent, coherent driving experience. This is likely the challenge that will be solved first, as we’ve already seen this to an extent with modern connected cars. Over the air encryption. One of the biggest cybersecurity issues with autonomous vehicles is update delivery. We need to ensure that patches and security releases can be downloaded remotely, and that those remote downloads are as strongly-encrypted as possible. Awareness of evolving threat models. As artificial intelligence becomes more prominent in the business world, so too will it catch on in the underworld. Before long, we will see an arms race between cybersecurity-geared AIs and rogue AIs under the control of hackers. That might sound like something out of science fiction, but it’s our future – and it’s one that vehicle manufacturers, vendors, and drivers must all be aware of. Eventually, self-driving cars will become a common sight on the road. It probably won’t be tomorrow. It probably won’t be two or five or even ten years from today. But it will happen – and when it does, we need to ensure we’re ready for the wave of vulnerabilities those vehicles and their associated infrastructure brings with them. Because with connected cars, it isn’t just data we’re protecting. It’s cities. It’s infrastructure. It’s people. The post Are we ready for the cybersecurity challenges of self-driving cars? appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  9. In the month since the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal began dominating the headlines, we had Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify before Congress, learned that the number of affected Facebook users increased to 87 million, and have seen a growing number of people participating in the #DeleteFacebook movement. While I’m not happy about the way the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal has played out, I have decided to keep my Facebook account, at least, for now. Nonetheless, the folks over at Blind, an anonymous work talk app that lets you discuss things anonymously with your colleagues, conducted a survey with their users to find out whether or not people had deleted their Facebook accounts. All in, nearly 5,000 people responded to the survey and 13.7% said ‘Yes,’ which, clearly isn’t good news for Zuck & Co., however, what shocked me most about the results of the survey was that 53% of respondents didn’t delete their account and also didn’t tighten their privacy settings. The part that makes this shocking to me is that these people didn’t adjust their privacy settings at all and they represent the majority of respondents. The only thing that I could think of in terms of the overwhelming number of people who didn’t delete or adjust their privacy settings is that a majority of the people who use Blind work within the tech industry, which may (and I need to stress this: may) mean they were more careful about their settings initially. That being said, I had my Facebook account privacy settings highly customized prior to this scandal, but I still found myself going through and making some additional tweaks after this whole ordeal. Blind ran the survey from 4/13 through 4/19, you can find the complete results below: Yes. 678 (13.7%) No, but I tightened my privacy settings. 1,169 (23.6%) No, and I didn’t adjust my privacy settings either. 2,627 (53.1%) I didn’t have Facebook before the incident. 477 (9.6%) I’d love to hear from you, did you delete Facebook? Let me know in the comments or tweet me. The post Report: 53% did not delete Facebook or tighten their privacy settings after Cambridge Analytica scandal appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  10. Marketers have an opportunity to learn more about successful branding every time Google has a new initiative. In fact, the company’s entire evolution makes a successful case study. The brand has a name and a logo which are known to more of its billions of worldwide users. Moreover, the entire Google logo history contains some essential branding lessons many should learn. Being one of the most powerful online brands in the world, Google has stuck to a few branding principles throughout the years. Visual communication matters, so its logo has improved until it reached a peak of interactivity, friendliness and recognizability. You know a Google logo element when you see it. Also, you enjoy discovering its new forms and shapes. Learn more about your own brand by looking into the Google logo history! Brand construction Google first showed off its name and logo back in 1997. The logo’s first version is far from impressive, carrying a strong 1990s vibe. However, the Google logo history was just beginning. At the time, Google was just a Stanford University project developed by two students. The logo seems to have been created using MS Word. Even though it was a private project, Google had a name and logo. Google’s first logo should be a possibility branding lesson. Regardless of how tiny a project is, you should develop a brand around it. You can find possibilities anywhere. Moreover, you have enough time to improve your project after its release. Brand release Google’s logo history over the years.Google Beta was officially released in 1998. The world saw a very improved logo, which resembled the one we know today. The color scheme was defined, together with the font. Color order differed. Moreover, the letters kept a slight 3D shadowing from its predecessor. However, the brand’s message was loud and clear – this is who we are, and we show everyone our name and logo altogether. Many brands exist before their release version, and nobody stops you to improve and adjust before you release it. A brand needs to have a strong message and elements which tightly connect to the message it aims to send. Google’s task was difficult, as its target public consisted of everyone who uses the internet for any information. However, the brand managed to find a common message which was appealing for its public and the company could promote. Mistakes can happen Google brand managers decided to show off a logo which featured a resemblance to Yahoo!’s brand image. Between 1999 and 2010, the logo changed its color order to the one we know today. The first G changed from green to blue, in search for a more energetic and friendlier image. For one year, the logo also included an exclamation mark, which was quickly removed. 3D shadows and rounded edges were still there. However, since 2010 colors became brighter. Google eliminated soon its common element to its competitor, Yahoo! The Google logo history doesn’t include an official announcement for this change. Therefore, you might feel the need to adjust a logo element if you receive signals from the market or it resembles with a competitor’s. You don’t need to announce adjustments, if they don’t also include a rebranding campaign. Adjusting brand messages The Google logo history includes another unannounced update. In 2013, the Google logo has gone flat. This was the first step of a transition to a friendlier and more interactive version. The logo included tome minor typographic changes which the end user could hardly recognize. Logos are there for years and decades. However, you can update its elements and adjust its message. Consider reviewing your logo occasionally and see if it fits how your target audience has changed. Rebranding to digital Google announced a major change to it logo in 2015. It consisted of: A new font which was mad in-house. Product Sans is also used for Google’s mother-company, Alphabet. This font improves brand identification through contrast and use a better pixel grid. Google introduced animation to its logo by integrating more interactive elements, such as the loading dots. As screens get smaller, this version of the Google logo is now friendlier and more visible on smartphones and tablets. The brand values and message are now more in line with Alphabet company due to the common font. When you announce a branding change, make sure that you consider all aspects that might make is spectacular. Announced rebranding campaigns involves no adjustments during the year it occurs. Consider messages, purpose and possibilities before any rebranding. Moreover, if you pay attention to details you can discover new elements to brand which is exactly what Google did. Interactivity is essential Google is a friendly, yet straightforward and innovative brand. The company had to create a campaign which emphasized its message. The Google doodles were first created in 1998, as out-of-office messages. This initiative was well-received, so the brand decided to explore the option. Today, Google doodles make the news, are interactive and personalized for countries and areas. They are targeted for both grown-ups and kids, as the Halloween doodles with games are. You will need a way to outline your message. Such a marketing campaign answers to a simple question: why? Why you say your brand is in a specific way? These initiatives bring you closer to your audience and make your brand more human. The Google Logo History Success Google began as a school project and is now among the internet leaders. This was a long, yet calculated way to travel. The Google logo history includes details and fun facts which you can additionally research on the Internet. You can study the brand’s evolution and discover successful branding lessons. Google’s initiative worked for a mainstream public, even though niches, brand positioning and specific target categories now seem to rule the marketing world. The Google logo history reveals inspirational and motivational branding lessons you should acknowledge. As your brand grows, you can research your public thoroughly and see which one you can apply. The post How the Google logo has redefined branding appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  11. I’ve written about web hosting services before as finding good web hosting for your site can be a challenging thing to do. The web hosting market is extremely saturated, there’s so many options out there which can make it difficult to weed through the bad hosts and find the good. I recent stumbled across an interesting new web hosting provider that uses the power of Google Cloud to offer web hosting services. The company is called Templ.io and I’ve been testing their services for over a week now and I have to say I’m impressed. Getting started with Templ.io The team over at Templ.io have built an easy-to-use dashboard that offers a seamless experience to setup a WordPress site on the Google Cloud infrastructure. In my tests, smaller sites were easy to migrate over to Templ.io while larger sites required me to get the [friendly] Templ.io team involved to help me out. While receiving help from the folks at Templ.io they were always very kind and professional and worked quickly to ensure that my questions were answered and that my site was fully functioning. While the Templ.io team is very helpful and knowledgable, they do realize that providing easy migration tools is of the utmost importance. When I spoke with them in detail about this, they assured me that it is a top priority of theirs to streamline the migration process via a new migration plugin. When you are setting up or migrating your site to Templ.io you will have the choice to select which Google Cloud datacenter you want to utilize. All of the Google Cloud datacenter’s are the same, so it’s recommended that you pick one that is located closest to you and your audience. Additionally, I should note that the cost of data and traffic may vary based on datacenter location, with North America and parts of Europe offering the cheapest data rates. Once you start start setting up or migrating your website, Templ.io will then set up a Google Cloud server, install Ubuntu linux, NGINX, MySQL, SSL (via Lets Encrypt), and fully configure and optimize the server for WordPress, including installing the latest version of PHP (PHP 7). The Templ.io dashboard As I mentioned before, Templ.io offers an easy-to-use dashboard to manage your website(s). Once you setup (or migrate) your site, you will see it listed in the dashboard. By default, Templ.io will assign a random name/word subdomain (e.g. arthur.templ.io) as a temporary placeholder domain until you add your actual domain from their dashboard. Once you add you domain, you can also add additional features like email and file access (or SFTP). When it comes to file access, it’s not like most traditional hosts which provide you with a username, password, and host, you need to provide an SSH key in the dashboard in order to be able to connect via SFTP. Luckily, if you don’t know how to do that, the folks at Templ.io have created documentation showing you how. I should also note that the team has created a lot of much needed basic documentation for their service already, however, it would be nice to see more in the future. From the dashboard, you can also get easy access to your site home page, WP Admin panel, and site database using conveniently placed buttons right on the site management page. That’s a small thing, but it’s a nice touch. The database management tool is fairly basic, but it seems to get the job done, though I’d prefer to see something a bit more robust like PHPMyAdmin. The benefits of Google Cloud web hosting There are a lot of benefits to using Templ.io and hosting your site on the Google Cloud infrastructure. For one, it’s extremely fast. It’s also extremely scalable. Using Templ.io you always have dedicated CPU and RAM for your site — so there’s no shared resources. In my tests, running BestTechie with Templ.io without any caching plugins was nearly as fast as my site running on DigitalOcean. And remember, that’s without the help of any caching plugins. It was really snappy. Additionally, because you’re site is being powered by Google Cloud you can easily scale up your plan with Templ.io as you grow with little or no downtime. You can also easily change the datacenter your site is being hosted in with the click of a button, again, with just a few minutes of downtime. Templ.io also offers automated daily backups that are kept for a month without any additional cost (it’s factored into the plans pricing). Lastly, another great benefit to using Templ.io and Google Cloud is that it’s much more robust. For example, if you run a site on a single server, if that server goes down, your site goes down. That isn’t the case with Templ.io and Google Cloud. Final thoughts While the team at Templ.io is definitely mostly focused on WordPress-based sites, they are flexible in terms of working with customers and I’m told would be willing to setup other platforms in addition to WordPress (e.g. how my site runs on WordPress but my forums run on Invision Power Board). I think that flexibility is important, so that’s nice to see. The team has been extraordinarily helpful to me throughout my testing and I think they have developed a great service. Sure you can setup a Google Cloud web server on your own, but it likely won’t be as optimized as the ones at Templ.io or have the added benefit of being completely managed. Overall, I like the service and would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a great managed cloud hosting solution. Pricing for Templ.io starts at $29/month for their small plan, $79/month for their medium plan, and $149/month for their large plan. They can also create fully customized and scalable plans based on your specific needs. The post Review: Templ.io Google Cloud web hosting appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  12. Maximizing your influencer content is key to increasing on-site conversions. You need to know what type of influencer suits your target audience, attract your chosen influencer, and then build a relationship that can benefit you both. Learn the value of quotes and use them to promote your product. Realize that advertising has changed a lot, and that influencer content is your best tool to staying competitive in this new atmosphere. Choose the right influencer for your audience Focus your marketing efforts around your audience, since they are where your conversions (and money) will come from. You want to find out who they are influenced by, or at least the type of influencer. It’s more effective to use an influencer, seen as more trustworthy and independent, than to just blanket advertise without one. Who are the top influencers in your target industry? Are you looking for someone who will influence your readers to act, or change the way they think? Sure, your ultimate goal is to increase on-site conversions, but do you want to achieve this goal through increased traffic on your website or through getting your brand out there on social media? Answering these questions will help you choose the right influencer. Attracting an influencer Social media is your friend when it comes to landing your preferred influencer. You might want to start by checking out if any influential people are already aware of, and talking about, your brand. Look at what your influencer is talking about on social media. What kind of content are they interested in and talking about? Do your best to find common ground between your brand and their content. Join in on the discussions they’re having and explore collaborative possibilities. You know you can both help and promote one another, so show them what you’re worth. Building relationships Your collaboration with the influencer is going to benefit both of you, but someone’s got to start it off. Take the lead by promoting them on social media, using their services, and introducing them to useful contacts. The influencer will do the same for you once you’ve demonstrated your value. The best use of a relationship with an influencer is to make it an ongoing thing, rather than a single collaborative effort whose benefits will fade over time. Influencer quotes “One of the most valuable aspects of your relationship with an influencer is being able to quote them. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Quotes, in general, are very effective since people love to be quoted and people also love sharing quotes,” recommends Daniel Gould, marketing manager for EliteAssignmentHelp. Perfect for social media, by the way. Every time you quote your influencer, you can tag them, keeping your brand fresh in their mind (maybe reminding them how fantastic your services are when they return) and encouraging them to promote you again. Just make sure it’s okay for you to quote them, or you risk backlash on their social media and negative publicity. And yes, there is such a thing as bad publicity. It’s a new era in advertising The world has changed a lot in recent years, and so has advertising. People see so many ads in a day, on many different platforms, that they begin to tune them out. You can reach people by combining real content with your ad. Using an influencer is a great way to accomplish this task. People will move towards brands that provide information they actually want and need. If you know who influences your target audience then you know how to get their attention. And that’s not just a massive accomplishment in the current environment of dwindling attention spans, it’s the key to increasing your on-site conversions. Writing your content Writing doesn’t come easily to everyone. You don’t want to look like a goof by cranking out some sub par influencer content. That’s not going to help you attract your desired influencer. Get some help if you need it. Here are some resources that will help you write perfect influencer content: ViaWriting and Grammar Checker are useful grammar tools. PaperFellows and Oxessays are good proofreading tools, recommended by Huffington Post. StateofWriting and MyWritingWay are writing guides you will find useful. Academized and BestBritishEssays are great content marketing agencies. SimpleGrad and AcademAdvisor are writing communities you will find helpful. Keys to success It can feel like a daunting task to recruit and work with an industry influencer. Just choose the right influencer for your audience, attract your influencer, build a working relationship, cross promote one another, and utilize the power of the quote. Don’t forget to use the writing and grammar tools above to polish your influencer content. Follow this guide and you’ll see how useful influencer content is for increasing your on-site conversions. The post How to use influencer content to increase on-site conversions appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article
  13. Since it was released in 2009, Bitcoin has had a dedicated following of people who believe in the cryptocurrency. However, last year (2017), was the year when Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies (such as Ethereum and Ripple) really went mainstream. The price of a single Bitcoin went from around $1,000 to almost $20,000, making some skeptics rethink their stance on cryptocurrencies. Since then, the price of Bitcoin has cooled off a bit, but is still hovering around the $8,000-range for one Bitcoin which is crazy to think when originally you could buy a single Bitcoin for a few cents (that’s quite the return on investment). Nonetheless, the explosion of popularity for Bitcoin has resulted in more and more places starting to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. What that means is now you can pay for your coffee or new computer using Bitcoin instead of USD. The fine folks over at 16Best have compiled a helpful chart identifying the growing list of places that accept Bitcoin payments, including Nike, Dell, Amazon, Starbucks, Newegg, and many more. It’s already quite an impressive list, but expect it to continue to grow as Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies become even more mainstream. Click to enlarge.The post The growing list of places that accept Bitcoin payments appeared first on BestTechie. View the full article