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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Instagram releases Feature For Hiding "Bullying" Comments

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content.
Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
                                           
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The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:

Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
SMS (Short Message Service) also known as Text Message sent through devices
Instant Message (via devices, email provider services, apps, and social media messaging features)
Email.

Instagram unveiled its latest plan to combat online bullying this week when it announced a new filter that hides comments that attack a person’s appearance, character, or threatens a person’s wellbeing or health
The anti-bullying filter is automatically on, and alerts Instagram to repeat problems with bullying, along with hiding bullying comments.

“It’s been our goal to make (Instagram) a safe place for self-expression and to foster kindness within the community. This update is just the next step in our mission to deliver on that promise,” Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom said in a blog post this week.
The new filter is an addition to last year’s offensive comment filter, which hides “toxic and divisive” comments aimed at “at-risk” groups.

Bullying prevention charity Kidscape called the measure a “positive step” but said that technology such as this filter isn’t the sole solution to online bullying. “A filter is no substitute for talking about what is acceptable and what is not, supporting each other and role modelling”, the charity said in a Tweet.

"Teaching young people about healthy communication online and reminding that there is a person at the other end of their message is important in building a safer online environment. It is also vital for adults to be role models and to demonstrate kindness and respect. While technology has a role to play, every person plays a part in making the internet a healthier, safer place" Kidscape said in a statement to Happiful.

Although bullying is not the fault of the person being bullied, Kidscape recommends the following steps to prevent bullying:
Don't respond: Never get involved in arguments online, as this will only escalate the situation and make it much worse.

Block the bullies: You can easily prevent cyberbullies from being able to contact you by following our cyber safe settings.

Increase your privacy: Unfortunately, some people use the internet to cause harm to others. Don't let this small group ruin your experience, but be sensible with the information you share. Follow our privacy guidelines to keep yourself protected.


Respect your online presence: It is easy to forget that the cyber world is the real world, and what you share online can have huge consequences. It is therefore so important that you always think before you post!
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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Hangouts Chat, Google’s Slack Alternative, is now available in G Suite

When it launched in 2013, Google Hangouts was Google’s multipurpose messaging platform as it had replaced Google Talk. Only three years later, however, Google opted to sideline Hangouts for consumers in favor of Allo and Duo. Instead, Google targeted Hangouts for businesses. Then, in March 2017, Google announced Hangouts Chat along with Hangouts Meet. Despite its name, Hangouts Chat is more similar to Slack instead of Hangouts.
                         Hangouts Chat, Google’s Slack Alternative, is now available in G Suite
For nearly a year, Hangouts Chat has only been available to companies as part of an Early Adopter Program. This changes now as Google has announced that it’s making Chat generally available as a core G Suite service.

Hangouts Chat is a competitor to Slack, which is one of the most popular solutions for work group messaging and collaboration. Other competitors include Microsoft Teams, and a preliminary look at its functionality seems to show that Chat has a good enough feature set to compete with Slack.

According to Google, Hangouts Chat helps teams “collaborate easily and efficiently.” It has dedicated virtual rooms to house projects over time, including threaded conversations, which is said to make it simple to track progress and follow up tasks.
Chat is integrated with other G Suite apps. Users can upload items from Drive, collaborate on Google’s productivity suite, join online meetings with Hangouts Meet, or use Google’s search tool to search for room members, past conversations, and shared files. They can also use Google’s AI to speed up manual work, such as booking conference rooms and searching for files.

Chat is said to be secure. Google says that it builds on G Suite’s “security-first ecosystem” and offers an “enterprise-grade solution” that’s reliable as well as compliant. It has integrated support for Vault, which means that administrators can archive, preserve, search and export Chat-specific data.

One of the more compelling features of Chat is that it comes with 25 bots to help speed up workflows, according to Google. These workflows range from finance and HR to CRM, project management and more. Bots like the @GoogleDrive bot and the @Meet bot are integrated directly with other G Suite apps. The @GoogleDrive bot lets users know when files are shared with them, comments are made, or when people request access to their documents. The @Meet bot, on the other hand, has direct integration with Calendar to schedule meetings for users. Google adds that users can also build integrations on top of Chat to incorporate the tools they use.
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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Spotify is Testing a Driving Mode feature on Android

Spotify is a digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs. It is used by a lot of people worldwide while driving. This feature is not yet fully available to the general public, but it was tested by a reddit user Chris54721 who shared the following images online of the new spotify driving mode.
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The new spotify driving mode comes with a simplified interface. In between two large seek buttons is a large mic button which would eventually allow you to say commands to control music or speak an artist, playlist, or track name.
                           
The new Driving Mode feature has larger buttons, announces songs aloud, and will feature hands-free voice control (which isn’t currently active). These enhancements should minimize distractions for safer driving.
Also, Apple announced a similar feature in June on iOS that will auto-reply to your contacts while you’re driving called do not disturb while driving, a similar hands-free feature coming to iPhones as part of its fall’s iOS 11 update.
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It is unclear right now when this new driving feature would be available to the general public.

Read: World's Fastest Android Phone OnePlus 5 Beats Iphone 7 Plus in a Speed Test
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Google Has officially Replaced Google Talk with Hangouts

Google has finally killed off its Google Talk service and has replaced it with Hangouts, as promised in MarchGoogle said: “Hangouts offers advanced improvements over Google Talk such as group video calling and integration with other Google products. With the introduction of Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, which add further improvements in meetings and team collaboration, it is now time to say goodbye to Google Talk”.
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 Gtalk was started in 2005 and the beginning of the end started from 2013. When it was launched, Google introduced it as a simple chat experience for Gmail service users. Hangouts, meanwhile, is now being used by Google as a business application, now that the company has several new messaging services like Google Duo and Android Messages. Before this, Gmail users had the option of switching between Gtalk and Hangouts.



Despite stopping its services for Google Talk, the company still has an array of messaging services to offer including AlloDuo, Hangouts and Android Messages. But it now looks like Google wants to clearly define each of its messaging apps to serve different purposes. It also wants to push its Allo chat app and Duo video calling app as the the ones general users should choose over Hangouts.
Over the past few months, Google has improved Hangouts a lot. For instance, it does support group video calling and is tightly integrated into Google ecosystem. In March, Google announced that it would split Hangouts into two products: Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Hangouts Meet would focus on video conferences, while Hangouts Chat would be focused on instant messaging.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

how to turn off the "new map" Feature on Snapchat

The New Snap Map feature, part of a regular update, allows users to share their location with friends using a searchable map and it is tagged as a fun way to share snaps of public events.

But, tech commentators have been quick to point out that it shows a user's location every time they open the app, not just when posting 'Snaps for Our Story'.
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Reasons to turn Off The New Snap Map

* Your partner says they've got work to do at home and can't meet up in the evening as planned. You open Snapchat that night and see your partner is somewhere else chilling.

* By leaving the app on, you broadcast your location and other users could easily find out where you live.

* You keep bumping into your Ex in public places and you can't figure out how they know where you're going to be. Little do you know, your ex is stalking you using Snap Map.

* Your friends tell you they're not available and you think nothing of it until you open Snapchat and see most of them are in the same place. Later on, you find out they're at a party and you weren't invited.
* You take a 'mental health day' from work and decide to hit the beach and read. You're friends with the boss on Snapchat... and she can see you are at the beach.

How To Turn off Snap Maps

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Snap Maps is technically opt-in. It doesn't take effect until you update the app and go through its new updated features. Once you do that, though, it's fairly straightforward (as far as Snapchat goes) to opt-out of sharing your location with others. If you’re opening the app for the first time after the update, Snapchat will walk you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the Snap Map. First, it’ll show you how to pinch and zoom in the camera tool to access the map. Next, it’ll ask who you want to see your location.
You get three choices: all your friends, select friends, or only me. Choosing “only me” activates what Snapchat calls Ghost Mode. This makes your avatar disappear from others’ maps; you can see others but they can’t see you. Great for crooks! But remember,  your phone’s sensors can still track your location. 
To turn off location data altogether, you’ll need to visit your phone's settings where you can scroll down to Snapchat, click on “location” and choose to never share.
If you’ve already gone through the tutorial and want to change who can see you on their map, that's easy, too. 
Open Snap Map and click on the setting menu in the right hand corner, where you can decide who gets the privilege of tracking your every move.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

How To Use Snapchat's New Snap Map: To Know your Friends Location

Snapchat has just unveiled a new feature that encourages its users to get together in real-life instead of viewing each other's experiences through a screen.
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Called Snap Map, the feature lets any user share their current location, which will then appear on friends' maps and will update accordingly when users open the app. The company has begun rolling the feature to iOS and Android users.
"We've built a whole new way to explore the world! See what's happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure!" announces Snap.
Snap recently snapped up mapping app maker Zenly in what was likely one of its largest acquisitions ever, TechCrunch reported Wednesday.
And it looks like Snapchat's parent company is already using Zenly's technology.
Snap Inc., bought Zenly for somewhere between $250 million to $350 million, according to TechCrunch. It's not clear when it completed the acquisition.
French-based Zenly created a location app that allows users to see where their friends are, but in a way that doesn't drain their phones' batteries. Popular in Europe, the Zenly app feeds on teenagers' fear of missing out. Users return to the app again and again to make sure they're not missing out on a hot party or event with their friends. 
One reason Zenly was likely a hot acquisition target compared to makers of other location-tracking apps is that its app is more power efficient. Instead of constantly monitoring users' locations — and running down their phones' batteries in the process — the app only determines them when their friends look them up on their phones. 
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How To Use Snapchat's New Snap Map

Simply open Snapchat and elect to share your location with either all friends, select ones, or not at all via Ghost Mode. A user's location won't be shared if they've stopped using the app for several hours. That said, location sharing will be turned off by default, and you may choose to turn it on at any time.
To access the Snap Map screen, you have to perform a pinch gesture — just like zooming in or out on a photo — on the Snapchat camera homescreen. The app will bring up a virtual map populated with icons, called Actionmoji, representing friends and their location. Tapping these icons will either show their Stories or give you the option to hit them up and make some traveling plans.
The app automatically picks Action emojis for the user based on location, what day is it, or other metrics.
As one can imagine, the Snap Map also doubles as an alternative way to view people's Stories beyond the regular Stories feed and the Story Search feature. In the map, a user can see "heat" colors indicating that there are a lot of Stories being uploaded in that area, possibly because there's a concert, a major festival, or something along those lines.
Read: How to download Facebook videos On Android
This is a video on how to use Snapchat's new snap Map:
                        
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

13 Great Tools To schedule instagram posts

According to AdWeek, 28% of time spent online is on social networking. Here are some instances when it is appropriate to schedule Instagram posts ahead of time.


Conferences: If you’re attending or running a conference, schedule out a few updates to post during the conference, such as Instagram videos that pertain to certain sessions. Record special messages to your followers to tell them what you’re doing and that you will share more information afterwards.

Travel: Will you be on an airplane without WiFi or traveling to a location that doesn’t have the best Internet connection? Record videos or share photos of some of the places at your destination. To get your followers involved, share the location and ask for recommendations in the comments. When you get to a reliable connection, respond to your audience.
Large Blocks of Down Time: If you know you’re taking a break from your Instagram audience for a few hours (at the gym, a doctor’s appointment, taking an exam, or meeting), don’t leave your audience hanging. schedule Instagram posts so you can continue to add value for your followers. Then schedule them on Instagram.

Content Promotion: Pull out snippets from your blog posts or product you are promoting  to use in an Instagram update. This is similar to a drip campaign, but done through Instagram. The goal is to provide a valuable piece of information for your audience and to drive them back to your website to read the full article.

The top thirteen are detailed below.
As a word of caution: if you manage more than one Instagram post, always double check you are signed into the correct Instagram account before clicking Share within the Instagram app.

1. Buffer

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An incredibly intuitive but powerful app, Buffer allows you to automatically schedule your social media updates to all the major social networks (including Instagram, obviously) in advance. If you’re using the free plan, you can schedule up to 10 posts for each social network. If you want more, you’ll have to upgrade.
If you find an image you want to post to Instagram, you can schedule this via Buffer’s web app, mobile app (iOS, Android), or Chrome extension).
Upload your photo or video to Buffer, write out your caption, add some popular emojis and hashtags, then schedule the post. When the time to post comes around, you’ll receive a notification from the Buffer app on your smartphone. Hit Open in Instagram, and the image along with the caption will be copied to Instagram ready for you to edit, tag people, and post.

2. Publish (Formerly TakeOff)

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With over 1 million users, Publish (free on Web, iOS, Android, and as a Chrome extension) works in a similar way to Buffer, but you can only schedule to Instagram and Twitter.
Once you’ve prepared a post in Publish and selected which accounts you want the post to be sent to (Twitter and/or Instagram), you’re then given three options. You can either publish the post now, schedule it for a specific time, or have Publish pick a time for you. Publish claims its automatically-picked times are geared toward when most of your followers are online.
When the time comes to post, you’ll be sent a reminder on your phone (provided you have installed the app). Click on the reminder, and Instagram will open, displaying your image. Your caption will have been copied to your clipboard ready to paste to Instagram.

3. Later (formerly Latergramme)

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Later is a platform more aimed at the professional marketer or Instagram power-user than the layperson.
On the free and paid accounts, you can bulk upload tons of media at once (including from Dropbox or Google Drive) ready to deal with later. Note that you can only schedule 30 posts per month on the free account.
From within Later, you can also search for other Instagram posts based on username or hashtag. Any posts you like can be saved to your media list, ready to be scheduled on your own account (get the authors permission first!)
Once you’ve scheduled your posts on the visual web calendar, including crafting a caption designed to increase likes and comments, you’ll receive a notification on your phone when it’s time to publish. You can then post the image via Instagram.

With the Latergramme mobile app you can create and schedule Instagram posts.
Where Latergramme differs from ScheduGram is that instead of scheduling and posting updates to Instagram for you, they will remind you when it’s time to post.
It’s then up to you to approve and post them from their web app or mobile app.

4. Hootsuite

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A powerful social media management suite, Hootsuite is used by over 10 million professionals. With their free account, you can manage up to three profiles, including Instagram. If you need to manage more accounts than that, you’ll have to upgrade to the $10 per month plan.
Once you’ve signed in, add your Instagram profile to your dashboard. During this process, you’ll give permission to Hootsuite to send push-notifications to your phone (from the Hootsuite app). You’re now ready to compose and schedule your photo or video post.
When the scheduled time comes, click on the push notification. This will open the Hootsuite app where you can make any final changes to the post. Then click Open in Instagram to copy that information across to the Instagram app. The image will display automatically, the caption will be copied to your phone’s clipboard ready to paste. make any final adjustments (such as applying a filter), then publish the post.

5. TakeOff

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TakeOff is part of the tool, Crowdfire, a social media management tool. Their initial plan is free for one account. After that, they increase to $10 per month.
This will get you:
2 Linked accounts
1 Team member
Hide previously unfollowed users
And more
Another great feature of TakeOff is that they offer a companion mobile app.
With the companion app, here is what you can do from your mobile device:
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Schedule updates to your Instagram accounts using their webapp or mobile app available for iOS or Android.
  • View your latest followers on Instagram
  • Unfollow your unfollowers
  • Track your competiton

6. ScheduGram

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ScheduGram is one of the most popular tools for scheduling Instagram posts.
Here are some features of ScheduGram.
Upload photos and videos from the web
Crop, add filters and text, or rotate images
Post Instagram updates now or schedule them for later
Bulk upload multiple posts for Instagram
Manage multiple Instagram accounts
Create multiple users to manage all of your scheduled Instagram content

Cost: Starts at $20 per month for 1 Instagram account
ScheduGram also offers a 7 day trial if you want to see how this scheduling tool works for your Instagram account.

7. ViralTag

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If you Instagram and Pinterest play a big role in your business, you may want to give Viraltag a try.
Not only can you schedule Instagram posts, but Viraltag also let’s you schedule posts for Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and more.
Another feature they offer is the ability to customize your Instagram posts according to your brand.
With this feature, you’ll be able to add multiple product links to your Instagram posts to help you sell on Instagram.
Some other useful features of Viraltag include:
Identify the best times to post on Instagram (and other social networks)
Find quality content from customers on Instagram
Curate content from RSS feeds
When you compare pricing, Viraltag runs $24 per month for:
1 User
Up to 10,000 followers
Unlimited posts
If you want to be able to make your Instagram account shoppable, you’ll need to upgrade to their higher plans.
Overall, Viraltag offers a lot for businesses looking to not only schedule Instagram updates, but also sell on Instagram.

8. Onlypult (formerly Instapult)

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Onlypult is another tool for scheduling posts to Instagram.
With Onlypult, you get a number of additional features besides just scheduling content to Instagram.
Upload photos and videos from a computer to Instagram
Manage up to 40 Instagam accounts
Create multiple user accounts
Track and measure Instagram analytics
Track your competitors
Onlypult starts at just $12 per month. There is also a 7 day trial available if you want to compare it to other scheduling tools.
With their base plan, you can:
Manage 3 accounts
Schedule posts
Add 1 manager
Track up to 10 users

 9. Machinegram

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There are a lot of Instagram scheduling platforms available.
If you schedule a lot of Instagram content though, you’ll want to be sure you check out each tool. Some limit how many updates you can schedule.
One that doesn't is Machinegram.
For around $10 per Instagram account, you get unlimited scheduling.
You also get the following with Machinegram:
Schedule Instagram updates
Manage multiple Instagram profiles at once
Repost pictures and captions
Share Instagram updates to your Facebook Page
Share Instagram updates to Twitter
Automate the management of your Instagram accounts
And more

10. Mass Planner

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Mass Planner is a social media automation tool.
Like Hootsuite, Mass Planner is an Instagram scheduling tool, but can also be used to manage other social media channels.
Here are some additional features of this Instagram scheduling tool:
Auto-follow other Instagram users
Unfollow Instagram accounts from Mass Planner
Auto-comment on new posts
Delete Instagram posts
And more
Because Mass Planner can manage additional social media accounts, it is priced comparably to Hootsuite at $10 per month.
You can also try Mass Planner for five days to see if it meets your needs.

11. Autogrammer

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One last Instagram scheduler is Autogrammer.
Autogrammer provides similar functionality to the other Instagram scheduling tools mentioned.
With Autogrammer, you can:
Schedule your Instagram posts
Manage multiple accounts
Edit photos (crop, filter, rotate, color correct)
Bulk upload images
Autogrammer costs $19 per month per Instagram account, which can add up quickly if you need to schedule updates to multiple Instagram accounts,
One thing that they don’t do is let you upload videos.
If Instagram videos are important to your business, you might want to look at some of the other tools such as ScheduGram or Latergramme as they let you do more on Instagram.
Autogrammer is $19 per month per Instagram account.
There is a 7-day trial of Autogrammer if you want to test out the Instagram tool to see if it meets your needs.

12. Sprout Social
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Sprout Social. Makes it easy to upload your image, finalize your content and schedule it. Simply schedule your post from Sprout, and when it’s time to post you’ll receive a push notification from the mobile app.
When you get the notification, tap the “Share on Instagram” mobile button to send the post to the native Instagram app. There you simply paste the caption (which is automatically copied to your clipboard after you tap to share) and make your final edits to the post.

13. Busy

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Instagram publishing for agencies & professionals. Upload your media and schedule a time — it does the rest.
Schedule months ahead, or make last-minute changes — in real-time. Our calendar gives you a weekly overview of what you have planned.
You simply drag photos or videos off your media pool right onto the calendar, type a caption and your post is scheduled.

I’ve tested some of the apps mentioned in this article, and they all worked like a charm. Which you choose to use will of course depend on your budget, how much of an Instagram-power user you are, and how many social media profiles you want to manage.

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