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Todays News: Internet outage in Germany blamed on failed botnet attack

Chloe Louise Smith, 26, from Nottingham, England, uses her phone to buy plane tickets, but prefers a laptop since she can type faster. Photo by Ben Fox Rubin/CNET

Chloe Louise Smith, 26, from Nottingham, England, uses her phone to buy plane tickets, but prefers a laptop since she can type faster. Photo by Ben Fox Rubin/CNET

Todays News: Internet outage in Germany blamed on failed botnet attack

Deutsche Telekom says 900,000 customers were affected by the attack, the second such offensive in two months.

Internet outage in Germany blamed on failed botnet attack

A failed attempt to hijack consumer routers is being blamed for a series of network outages that left hundreds of thousands of people in Germany without internet service this weekend.

Around 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers of the German telecommunications giant’s 20 million customers were affected by the outages, which began Sunday and lingered into Monday, the company said in a statement. The attack was designed to quietly recruit the devices for a wider offensive, the second such large-scale attack on internet-connected devices in little more than a month, the company said.

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“The attack attempted to infect routers with a malware but failed, which caused crashes or restrictions for 4 [percent] to 5 percent of all routers,” the company said in a statement. “This led to a restricted use of Deutsche Telekom services for affected customers.”

The company said it is rolling out a software update to fix the issue. It also recommended that customers temporarily disconnect their routers from their power source to reboot them free of the malware.

A similar attack occurred in late October, when hackers used what’s known as a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) — conscripting hordes of internet-connected devices like computers, routers and security cameras into a botnet that left dozens of popular websites inaccessible for several hours.

Buying stuff on your phone still sucks. Here’s why

Buying stuff on your phone still sucks. Here’s why

On a Friday this month in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park, I chatted with a handful of people about what it was like for them to buy T-shirts, toothpaste or TVs on their phones. I got an earful.

“It’s difficult to move around and look for other options,” Munaf Tinwala, a 42-year-old chemical engineer from Long Island, told me.

“It’s just a hassle,” 22-year-old Macarena Dawson, of Queens, said.

The most striking aspect: This was the exact thing I heard from consumers last year. Despite the tech industry racing to build self-driving cars and colonize Mars, it continues to fail at the far simpler task of making it easy to purchase toilet paper on your phone.

As phones become the next big platform for retail, nailing the shopping experience on these small screens is critical for consumers, merchants and payment companies. Better mobile browsing and purchasing could change buying habits, speeding up the shift of spending from physical stores to digital.

Adobe predicts phones will be the leading electronic device for purchasing in the US by early 2018; it’s the PC, by far, today. When that switch happens, it could allow you to buy just about anything in a flash during a moment of downtime on the phone. But it may mean you’re likely to spend even more time with Amazon or eBay, ignoring more traditional retailers that haven’t invested in mobile.

“I think over time, what you will definitely see is the mobile phone and mobile platforms will be the predominant way to pay,” Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, said in an interview earlier this month.

Mobile shopping still stinks

For now, though, buying stuff on a phone is often terrible, so at least for this Cyber Monday you’re likely still buying stuff on a laptop, with its big screen and full physical keyboard.

While people are buying on mobile websites and apps a lot more — up 65 percent from last year — consumers are three times more likely to complete a purchase on a PC than a phone, according to an Adobe mobile retail report released last month. That’s resulted in PCs bringing in 75 percent of retailers’ online sales this year, versus just 16 percent from phones, the report said. (Overall, e-commerce still accounts for less than 10 percent of US retail sales.)

To consumers, phone screens are too small, pinch-to-zoom features aren’t available in mobile apps, it’s hard to find things easily, and checkout using that tiny touchscreen keyboard is a pain. When people do buy on mobile, they make smaller purchases than on desktops, Adobe found.

“You’re not shopping, you’re buying,” said Tamara Gaffney, an analyst at Adobe Digital Insights. “That’s a really big problem.”

Retailers stand to lose billions of dollars in sales if they don’t get their act together, Adobe said. And consumers will continue to be frustrated when trying to buy.

Just wait another year. OK, maybe longer

You can look ahead to a better shopping experience, even if it takes a few years.

“There’s still a lot of work that’s left to be done,” said Matt Barr, Mastercard’s senior vice president for digital payments. “But there’s clearly a light at the end of the tunnel.”

eBay said it’s adding more organization, personalization and comparison shopping tools to its catalogue of over 1 billion ever-changing listings. That should help the e-retailer fill mobile screens with more relevant information for each shopper.

Amazon is also decluttering its app to make the experience as simple and “glance-able” as possible, said Amazon spokeswoman Angie Newman. Both e-commerce heavyweights are pushing mobile notifications to encourage customers to keep opening their apps.

Buying even more from Amazon

Since most retailers don’t have popular apps with your saved personal information or big teams of mobile software developers, big e-retailers like Amazon and eBay could have a huge leg up on the competition as mobile grows in importance. Amazon already has a massive lead on desktop.

There are several efforts involving checkout that might help all those mobile dollars spread around to more merchants. Apple Pay and PayPal are quickly expanding their mobile-payments services to more apps and mobile sites, making it easier to complete purchases. Google’s Android Pay, Mastercard’s Masterpass and Visa Checkout offer similar services, though all these options need to grow to get broad mobile appeal.

This work is starting to pay off, with this Black Friday marking the first day in US retail history to hit over $1 billion in sales from phones and tablets.

“We think the momentum is fantastic and we believe it will continue,” Bailey, of Apple Pay, said.

Other features coming from eBay and Amazon, like personalization or voice shopping, will be harder for traditional retailers to replicate. Still, some smaller sellers are getting better at the mobile game, offering attractive apps that use big pictures, app-exclusive items and easy browsing to entice customers.

Back on the street in Manhattan, Robert Broadbent, a 29-year-old from Brooklyn, clicked through the JackThreads men’s clothing app, which he said was fun to shop even if he wasn’t looking to buy anything.

“The mobile apps have to offer something better than a desktop,” he said. “Give me a reason to go on there.”

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How to Start Facebook Live Video using iPhone

How to Use the New Live Video on Facebook for iPhone
Andre Da Costa | February 16, 2016 in How-To

Some of the hottest new apps to come on the smartphone scene are Twitter’s Periscope and Meerkat; these apps let you live stream video to your followers. Twitter is even beginning to integrate Periscope live streams into the social network platform. For some, it’s more of a headache, since it will be one more thing that you have to avoid auto-loading in your timeline.
Facebook is jumping on this trend with their own version of live streaming which was recently launched for iPhone and other iOS devices. Thankfully, my local cellular carrier provides subscribers with free access to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram without affecting data use. I have had the opportunity to check out the feature for a few weeks and enjoy it.

Be ready to share the word in and out of season, bring forth the word of truth that will change the present moment and by faith a person, a family a Nations destiny future forever.

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How to Start Facebook Live Video using iPhone

How to Use the New Live Video on Facebook for iPhone
Andre Da Costa | February 16, 2016 in How-To

Some of the hottest new apps to come on the smartphone scene are Twitter’s Periscope and Meerkat; these apps let you live stream video to your followers. Twitter is even beginning to integrate Periscope live streams into the social network platform. For some, it’s more of a headache, since it will be one more thing that you have to avoid auto-loading in your timeline.
Facebook is jumping on this trend with their own version of live streaming which was recently launched for iPhone and other iOS devices. Thankfully, my local cellular carrier provides subscribers with free access to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram without affecting data use. I have had the opportunity to check out the feature for a few weeks and enjoy it.

Be ready to share the word in and out of season, bring forth the word of truth that will change the present moment and by faith a person, a family a Nations destiny future forever.

Peter Coach 646-383-4680

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Focus on your Strengths

While I believe that strengthening your strengths is vitally important I’d like to also bring you some ideas for why strengthening a weakness may sometimes be worth your time and attention.Strengthening Your Strengths

Your strengths are usually innate abilities you’ve always found yourself good at performing.

When you grow up and begin a career or business you can often shorten the “success timeline” by using your core abilities. 

Working on improving what you’re already good at will usually keep you focused on that which makes you feel passionate.

It avoids feelings of frustration and feeling as though you’re “outside your element”. 

Focusing on your strengths will naturally keep you focused on that which you can excel at. Excelling at what you do is a great source for personal happiness. When we feel good about what we do we naturally feel a sense of fulfillment.

Know what you are good at and bring other to Benicia from the goals and achievements you have accomplished.

Strength others who have given up lost their focus, got side track. We need to work and apply our strength to bring confidence and vision back in our game.

We enjoy doing what we do best

“We do Chicken Right” focus where you excel above others and bring this to the forefront of your business and daily life.

Peter Coach www.mylifecoach.co

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Tips for Launching Skype for Business

Tips for Launching Skype for Business

In April, Microsoft rebranded its Lync unified communications product as Skype for Business. Here are four things businesses should know about the product change.

It’s Still Enterprise-Grade

The Lync user interface becomes more Skype-like, which leverages the familiarity that many employees have with the consumer version. That could reduce help desk calls. Under the hood, though, it’s still a business tool.

“The most important thing to know is that it’s not consumer Skype. It’s Lync 2015 if you boil it down,” says Patrick Borka, a Microsoft solutions architect, who helps businesses implement UC and other collaboration technologies. “The Skype moniker is a very powerful brand: a noun that became a verb.”

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Spreed ® Hands-free Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built-in Microphone for Smartphones and Tablets (White)

Spreed ® Hands-free Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built-in Microphone for Smartphones and Tablets (White)
Product DescriptionThe Spreed Conference Speaker is a compact wireless speakerphone with built-in microphone. Due to its small size and low weight you can take the Spreed Conference Speaker anywhere. It is compatible with every Bluetooth device such as iOS and Android smartphones/tablets as well as PC, iMac or MacBook. The lithium-ion battery’s lifetime is 8-10 hours, making it easier to stay connected all the time for what matters: Calls, Web meetings or music playback – wherever you are – at home, on the road, during a picnic or in your lunch break.

The digital amplifiers output power of 2 x 3W guarantees a perfect sound quality at an incredible Bluetooth range of up to 10 m. Audio devices that do not support Bluetooth can be connected to the Spreed Conference Speaker using the supplied 3.5 mm audio cable. Also included in this package is a USB power adapter and cable to charge your speaker.

The Spreed speakerphone enables you to easily make or answer calls wherever you may be. There is no better choice for conference rooms as well: Due to the latest echo cancellation technology and automatic sound adjustment for close and wide range, the microphone reduces ambient noise and guarantees perfect sound quality. Your online meeting, Skype call or Google Hangout meeting has never been better.

Spreed ® Hands-free Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built-in Microphone

Product parameters:

Bluetooth specifications: Bluetooth V2.1+EDR

Transmission distance: ≤ 10 m

USB recharge voltage: DC 5V

New: High-capacity lithium-ion battery (8-10 hours runtime)

Output power: 3Wx2

Frequency response: 90 Hz – 20 KHz

Sensivity: 80 db ± 2 db

Signal to noise ratio (SNR): ≥ 76 dB

This package includes:

Conference speaker

3.5 mm audio cable

USB power cable

Power adapter (European plug)

User manual

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Skype Translator For Windows Desktop With Support for 50 Languages!

Skype Translator For Windows Desktop With Support for 50 Languages!

 

Skype Translator

Skype has been doing several experiments to improve the user experience since 2014 by using Skype Translator. Last month, Skype made it easy for the users to download and try Skype Translator preview by removing the sign-up requirement. And there was a huge response from the users to try this innovative technology from Skype. Right after the removal of sign-up requirement, the popular calling app saw 300% hike in Skype Translator usage.

As per the blog posted on Skype, Skype Translator Preview will be launched for the Windows users (using Windows 8.1 or Windows 10) by the end of August and they can try this translator in 4 different speaking languages. They are English, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin. Additionally, it will also have 50 written instant messaging languages to translate from one language to other.

Features of Skype Translator:

  • By using this translator, you can call anyone of Skype and your conversation will be translated to the respective language of the opposite person in real time.
  • If somebody talks to you in Spanish language, the conversation will be translated in English on the fly and you can immediately answer back in English which will then converted into Spanish.
  • The transcript of the call will also be displayed on your screen
  • Messages too can be translated in real time with 50 instant messaging languages

How Does the Translator Works?

According to the company, “the training data for speech recognition and translation is fetched from the different sources such as  translated web pages, previous conversations, videos with captions etc. It records the conversations to help the machine teach better and hence, giving the users the best translation in all the four languages during Skype calls.” Same goes with the instant messaging, but it’s not hard as converting the live conversations. You can see the video of how to setup Skype Translator on your windows desktop right here:

Who Will Find it Useful?

Anyone in the world can use the Skype Translator Preview on their windows PC or laptop. However, the ones dealing with clients in different country with different language preferences will find it more immensely useful. There are times someone approaches you with a project, but he/she is unable to speak in English and can only speak the native language. This is the time when you, as a business owner, will find it pretty easy to deal such situations.

Skype is getting better with usage and user feedback. Translation ability will expand as more and more people use application.

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Office Delve New Way of Office 365

A new way of working

Companies recognize that the open and transparent exchange of information enables quicker decisions and more rapid innovation. Delve plays a pivotal role by unlocking the valuable knowledge held by each individual in an organization, and making it easy for people to discover and build upon the work and expertise of others.

With easy search and discovery capabilities of Delve, you can learn about a coworker before a meeting, hit the ground running on your new assignment, and stay in the loop on the latest updates from your team. Delve brings the right information to you proactively, saving you the time you used to spend riffling through email threads, asking around or looking for documents.

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As coworkers communicate, create and share documents, Delve becomes a central place for people to discover connections between their work and the work of others.

Delve’s dynamic card-based interface puts the content that matters most to you and your teammates right at your fingertips. Familiar features like views, profiles and boards make Delve intuitive to use, and ensure that relevant information is readily available, easy to discover and simple to share. And as always, Delve never changes any permissions, so people can only see the information they already have access to.

Delve draws in more content from across Office 365

The Office Graph automatically learns who and what is important to you. Then based on these insights, Delve proactively surfaces content from across Office 365 into a single view, so you no longer need to move between different apps to discover the information that’s important to you. Today, Delve helps you discover content from wherever it lives within various Office 365 apps and experiences, including:

•SharePoint and OneDrive for Business—Delve surfaces content saved on SharePoint Online team sites or your OneDrive for Business cloud storage.

•Office 365 Video content—Delve incorporates Office 365 Video portal content so you can discover trending videos relevant to you.

•Yammer—Delve now incorporates links shared in Yammer so you can discover even more from across Office 365. Soon, Delve will also enable inline conversations so you can share and discuss any content in Yammer directly from within the Delve experience.

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Lync is now Skype for Business – Let’s see

Lync is now Skype for Business — see what’s new

If you already use Skype to stay in touch with friends and family in your life away from work, you’ll appreciate the power and simplicity of Skype for Business where it’s easy to find and connect with co-workers. And you can use the devices you already have to reach businesses through an enterprise-grade, secure, IT-managed platform. If you’re coming to Skype for Business from Lync, you’ll recognize all of the features you already use but in a fresh new interface with simplified controls and some great new additions:

  • New look and feel
  • Call from Skype for Business using your desk phone for audio
  • Integration with the Skype directory
  • Call Monitor
  • Rate My Call
  • Quick access to call controls
  • Emoticons

New look and feel

If you’re a regular user of the commercial version of Skype, then Skype for Business will seem very familiar: the Contacts list, presence indicators, buttons and icons, and even the app sounds should make you feel right at home.Learn more.

Skype for Business Contacts listOf course, all the essential Lync features are still there—like the Quick Actions buttons, which let you IM or call a contact (and more) with just one click or tap.

Contact quick actions: IM, audio, video, contact card, and moreIn the Skype Meeting window, the simplified arrangement of controls and menus makes it easy to find the command you need. In the conversation window, chat text is formatted so you can easily see who’s talking, and tabbed conversations allow you to keep track of several discussions at once.

IM window with two conversations, and meeting window with Present menuIf you’ve ever had someone send you a file during an IM conversation, then file transfer preview is another feature of the new Skype for Business look and feel you’ll appreciate. When someone sends you a file, select Download in the IM window to update the file’s icon, or right-click or tap and hold to forward, preview, or delete it.

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Using Skype for business is great for Government organizations that want to expand their communication and office integration, increase performance, clarity, and audit trail with Skype IM log.

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Mikogo Free Online Meetings Organizer Tutorial

Homepage http://www.mikogo.com. Watch this video to gain insight into using Mikogo as a meeting organizer.
Mikogo is a free online meeting tool full of features. Take advantage of the opportunity to share your desktop in true color quality across the world with up to 10 participants simultaneously.

Free for commercial and private use.

Mikogo can be employed for a range of professional, academic, or personal uses, including web conferencing online meetings, product demonstrations, online presentations, or remote support.

– Screen Sharing with up to 10 participants
– Switch Presenters
– Participant Pointer
– Remote Control
– Pause Transmission
– Application Selection
– File Transfer
– Meeting Scheduler
– Recording & Playback
– Whiteboard
– Back Monitor
– Copy/Paste/Email Meeting Info
– Voice Conferencing Service
– Instant Screen Build Up
– 256-Bit AES Encryption

Duration : 0:5:15

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