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Cohort analysis, responsive design, and 3 other must-know e-commerce concepts

Written on April 18, 2017

Got something cool to sell, and sites like Etsy don’t quite cut it? Guess it’s time for an upgrade. Time for you to stop dipping your toes into the world of eCommerce and dive right in. Here’s the thing about that, though – running a full-fledged online retail outlet’s a little different from selling a Read more »

US congressman to constituents: ‘nobody’s got to use the internet’

Written on April 18, 2017

Congress and the President, historically, don’t have the best grasp of how the internet works or ought to be managed. This tendency cuts across both parties, from Ted Stevens’ (R-Alaska) infamous comments about a “series of tubes,” to bipartisan (though somewhat Democratic-leaning) SOPA support, to Trump’s declaration in December 2015 that we should ‘close the Read more »

What is the dark web?

Written on April 4, 2017

The “dark web” is a part of the world wide web that requires special software to access. Once inside, web sites and other services can be accessed through a browser in much the same way as the normal web. However, some sites are effectively “hidden”, in that they have not been indexed by a search Read more »

How hackers can break into your accounts without your password

Written on March 23, 2017

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, a host of prominent Twitter accounts were compromised and, as a result, began spouting swastika-laden propaganda in support of Turkey’s president Recep Erdoğan ahead of a referendum next month which could consolidate his power. So yeah: Now’s a good time to check your own accounts and make sure Read more »

3 tools that easily unsubscribe you from emails

Written on March 22, 2017

We are often our own worst enemies when it comes to cluttering our inboxes with unwanted email, thanks to our zeal for email subscriptions. And in this time of heightened civil activity, many of us have added political emails to our already unwieldy collection of daily deals, newsletters, and alerts. The bulk of these messages Read more »

Google Maps already tracks you, now other people can too

Written on March 22, 2017

Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family—the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing. The location-monitoring feature will begin rolling out Wednesday in an update to the Google Maps mobile app, which is already installed on most Read more »

Shut up already! How to turn off unwanted web page sound

Written on March 17, 2017

Are you sick and tired of opening a new web page and being greeted by a loud, obnoxious advertisement? I sure am. Pop-up and pop-under ads were bad enough, but now it seems like I can hardly go to a site without having a video start up with a blaring voice braying about a great Read more »

An unconfirmed change in how Google ranks web pages is freaking some people out

Written on March 17, 2017

For many, if not most businesses, getting found online is critical for drawing in new customers. Today’s customer is searching for services, products, advice and entertainment on Google. The higher we’re listed, the better chance we have of getting new business. Which is why many companies employ people who specialize in “search engine optimization” (SEO) Read more »

Google vows fix for ‘inappropriate’ search results

Written on March 16, 2017

Google said Monday it was working to fix a search algorithm glitch that produced “inappropriate and misleading” results from its search engine and connected speaker. The internet giant reacted after a blog post highlighted unsubstantiated search results indicating former president Barack Obama was planning a “coup d’etat’ and that four former US presidents were members Read more »

YouTube users be aware: your viewing habits can be tracked

Written on March 16, 2017

Despite YouTube’s attempts to safeguard user anonymity, intelligence agencies, hackers and online advertising companies can still determine which videos a user is watching, according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) research. Ran Dubin, a doctoral student in the BGU Department of Communication Systems Engineering who is an expert in cyber security, presented this research Read more »