Let’s Talk Tips for Monday, April 1st 2019 – Volume 7
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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:
1.) People Want To Know About Algorithms. But Not Too Much.
In this article from Wired, Sarah Mazzetti helps to explain why harnessing
the power of transparency to induce greater trust in algorithms is more
difficult than one might assume.
2.) Virtual Reality Hardware Takes A Step Forward. Oculus Unveils The Rift
S. A Higher Resolution VR Headset With Built In Tracking.
Oculus VR recently unveiled its next-generation Rift headset, a
higher-resolution pair of virtual reality goggles that remove the need for
external cameras by incorporating built-in tracking. The name of the device,
as rumored by numerous reports over the last 12 months, is the Oculus Rift
S. In a surprise twist, it’s been developed in partnership with Lenovo.
Oculus says it struck a deal with the Chinese electronics giant to help it
speed up manufacturing and to improve upon the design of the original Rift.
3.) Myspace Deleted 12 Years’ Worth of Music in a Botched Server Migration.
News that the files may have been lost first surfaced a year ago when the
company said that it was experiencing an issue with any songs or videos that
were updated over three years ago. At the time, Myspace said that the issue
would be fixed, although it was unable to say when. Unfortunately, it now
seems that this fix wasn’t possible and “there is no way to recover the lost
4.) Still Running Windows 7? You’ve Got Until January 14, 2020 To Upgrade.
In a patch rolled out on March 20, 2019 Microsoft warned users of the
impending deadline, January 14, 2020, when the software giant will no longer
roll out fixes for security flaws and vulnerabilities. The deadline comes
some 10 years after Windows 7 first debuted in 2009, more than half a decade
before Microsoft’s most recent operating system Windows 10 was introduced.
5.) Facial Recognition 101. Shoplifting May Get You Banned in Places You’ve
There are hundreds of stores using facial recognition — none that have any
rules or standards to prevent abuse. Stores are already using the technology
for security purposes and can share that data — meaning that if one store
considers you a threat, every business in that network could come to the
same conclusion. One mistake could mean never being able to shop again.
1.) TV Chef Tom Kerridge’s Five Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge once weighed 30 stone. A few years ago,
when he was approaching 40, he decided he needed to dramatically change his
eating, drinking and exercise habits if he wanted to live for the next 40
2.) Weight Loss: 5 Tips Apart from Exercise and Healthy Diet to Lose Weight
Like Sonchiriya Actress Bhumi Pednekar
The otherwise bubbly and fun Bhumi Pednekar recently said that she was
‘disturbed’ when she read the script of the movie Sonchiriya.
3.) Fit Kids Fest Provides Kids With Healthy Ideas and Live Demonstrations
A large crowd gathered on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Savannah State
University for the Annual Fit Kids Fest. The free event is open to the
public each year. The event has been going on for seven years and many
people thinks it’s just for children, but it’s actually not. It’s also for
4.) Biggest Loser Contestants Share Their Fitness Advice
Ryan Nance: “The best tips I could give to someone starting to work out is
focus on your diet rather than your training. If your body does not have the
nutrition that will benefit you, the performance in the gym or where you
train will not be effective. If you put the right nutrition in your body,
and manage your eating, you can drop weight with little to no working out
5.) 9 Tips To Help A Beginner Start A Healthy Fitness Routine
Deciding you want to take that first step to start getting healthier is
great! But it can also be intimidating. No worries, here are some easy steps
1.) Dark Patterns: 12 Tricks You Should Never Use in Your Products
Making money is an essential part of any business. To create more profit,
many companies try to build a more customer-centric culture — they try to
deliver a personalized experience and create an excellent customer service
strategy. But other companies try a darker approach — they purposefully
trick users into converting, thus generating more sales. In the world of
product design, these manipulative techniques are known as dark patterns.
2.) Insurance Agency Specializing in Medicare Advantage Plans Attracts
100,000+ Facebook Followers. How They Did It.
As an insurance agency that specializes in selling Medicare Advantage plans
to seniors, we aren’t the type of business that usually generates lots of
buzz on social media. But we figured out a way to engage our core audience
using social media — and now have over 100,000 Facebook followers.
3.) Trauma Floor. The Secret Lives of Facebook Moderators in America
Content warning: This story contains discussion of serious mental health
issues and racism. The panic attacks started after Chloe watched a man die.
She spent the past three and a half weeks in training, trying to harden
herself against the daily onslaught of disturbing posts: the hate speech,
the violent attacks, the graphic pornography. In a few more days, she will
become a full-time Facebook content moderator, or what the company she works
for, a professional services vendor named Cognizant, opaquely calls a
4.) Without Attention, The Crimes Are Meaningless To The People Who
Committed Them. How The Mass Shooting in New Zealand Was Designed to Spread
on Social Media. Killing In The Age of SEO.
The horrific shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, was
designed from the start to get attention, leveraging social media to make
sure as many people as possible would hear about the deaths and the hate
5.) Instagram Launches ‘Checkout on Instagram’ to Facilitate In-App Shopping
It’s happening. After edging towards eCommerce for some time, and evolving
its various tools to better facilitate on-platform shopping, Instagram is
now taking the next step with the introduction of a new checkout option in
1.) How to Improve Website Resilience for DDoS Attacks
Part 1 of this 3 part series talks about the practices that will optimize
your site and increase your website’s resilience to DDoS attacks.
2.) Baby Boomers Upend the Workforce One Last Time
As older workers look to retire, companies reckon with how to replace
departing skill sets.
3.) 5 Global Events To Watch in 2019
Several events may adversely affect the world’s economy and businesses in
2019. According to the Frontier Strategy Group, a Washington, D.C.-based
firm that advises corporate executives focused on emerging markets,
potential risks to be on the lookout for include trade wars, domestic
fragility, geopolitical security threats and technological disruption.
4.) Make Senior Citizens a Priority as Pennsylvania Budget is Shaped |
Pennsylvania has one of the country’s largest senior populations. In fact,
three-quarters of the state’s Medicaid budget pays for the care of just one
quarter of the population — seniors and individuals with disabilities.
5.) Amplifying The Voices of Female Entrepreneurs
The celebration of the International Women’s Day was March 8, 2019. In honor
of this important event, we share salient information culled from the DAN
Female Foundry Accelerator initiative.
1.) Gaming Industry Told That “Tiny Tweaks” Equal Huge Accessibility Boosts
Certain sectors of the videogame industry seem to be under a misconception
that “the graphics make the game”. However, I am of the opinion that sound
and game mechanics can, when combined correctly, create a gameplay
experience that everyone can enjoy, regardless of any disabilities.
2.) What is the Lighthouse for the Blind?
Lighthouse for the Blind is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise
providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are
blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. Learn more here.
3.) Involve Disabled People in Policy-Making, New Global Accessibility Index
Less than one quarter of countries in a large-scale global assessment
involve persons with disabilities in digital accessibility policy making.
G3ict — the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication
Technologies — is an advocacy initiative launched in December 2006 by the
United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, in cooperation with
the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities at UN DESA. Learn more here.
4.) UK Shortbread Firm Introduces Braille to Cartons
UK shortbread manufacturer, Paterson Arran Limited, has introduced Braille
to its best-selling shortbread range, as part of its ongoing commitment to
meeting the needs of consumers.
5.) Airline Fined for Separate Disabled-Accessible Website
Offering a separate website for those with disabilities does not comply with
the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) website accessibility
requirements, the agency has made clear.
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