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Ransomware is a term that first appeared in the news in 2013, and has been showing up more and more frequently ever since. Think back to May 2017, when the entire United Kingdom health services network was briefly hijacked...yes, that was ransomware. If this term hasn’t blipped on your radar yet, it really should. That’s because cyber security experts all agree that ransomware attacks will be one of the most prevalent forms of online theft from 2018 onward. But before we get too apocalyptic, let’s take a step back to understand what ransomware is and where it comes from…

In early 2016, Google announced that its search engine will make a switch to mobile first indexing, sending webmasters and SEO experts from all corners of the internet into a blogging frenzy. Yet after two years of pushbacks, it finally seems likely that mobile first will be rolled out near-term. If you’re anything like me, it can be hard to see the impact this change will have amidst all of the technical jargon. So to help you make sense of the switch, here’s a quick guide to what mobile first will mean for your web presence and your business.

I’m no social media junky, but even the most reclusive internet user would be hard pressed not to download Polygram. That’s because this budding social network has found a way to make emojis more, well, emotive. The secret? Facial recognition software, which harnesses your devices front-facing camera to generate emojis that match your expression. Kind of like this:

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Collaborating on a Budget Is Much Easier When Augmented Reality Enters the Mix

Sure videoconferencing is a great way of sidestepping expensive business trips and accelerating the design process, but it also has its limitations. For instance, analogue yet ubiquitous brainstorming tools like whiteboards simply don’t show up well on camera. More often than not, that sketch of your latest product iteration or next quarter’s sales targets appear blurry and faint to your colleagues sitting in on the meeting from across the country. However that may all be about to change. Cyclops – a new free video collaboration service – is using augmented reality to bring old fashioned marker-boards into the 21st century.

I, like many other liberal arts majors, found myself lacking the technical skill set and business acumen coveted by today’s market after graduation. So naturally I turned to the web in an effort to round out my resume. However, what I discovered was a rapidly growing world of over 7,000 massive open online courses (MOOCs) and a very daunting question: How do all these e-learning platforms stack up against one another in the eyes of potential employers?

For many Office 365 users, the “Enable Macros” dialogue box inspires uncertainty and trepidation. Rather than simply clicking “Cancel” every time, here’s a helpful guide for understanding when to enable and when to steer clear.

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