Magic Lantern: The Hidden Truth

Magic Lantern

Magic Lantern

The Federal Bureau of Investigation or the FBI, as they are more commonly known, is notorious for their covert surveillance activities which have frequently caused public outcries. The Bureau’s history with Magic Lantern is one such example. Soon after the arrest of crime boss Nicodemo S. Scarfo in 1999, the agency, which was previously thought to have the best interest of citizens at heart, began development of Magic Lantern when it realized it needed a more comprehensive monitoring solution to aid in their investigations of harassment, extortion and identity theft. [Read more…]

The History of Data Storage:Infographic

Data storage technology has undergone an unprecedented explosion in development and evolution over the last three decades. You may have probably seen a photo about data storage that has been circulating in Facebook and other social media networks. In that clever photo, one panel showed a 250 MB hard disk developed by IBM. The hard disk was as huge as the external unit in a split type airconditioner and required a trolley for it to be transported. The other photo showed a 32GB microSD card. That photo clearly illustrated in stark contrast how much data storage technology has grown and developed – that data that used to fit in a storage medium as large as a refrigerator can now be just a blip in a storage medium as small as your fingernail. Even blog-software cannot fit in the very first hard drives!
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Facebook: Stats of Dire Straits?

Facebook misuse

Facebook misuse
Who isn’t on Facebook these days? We’re all connected and joined together with pictures, status updates and a whole lot more – and most of us do it without an inkling of the perils that we face on the social media network, day in and day out. Facebook gets a lot of flak for being unsafe for kids, adding to an employer’s woes, and even messing up a relationship or two – and not without reason.

The social media giant has boomed in the last half decade or so, with more than a billion users to its name. The magnitude of the impact it can have on people has not gone unnoticed. The harmful stats are sure to throw anyone for a loop. From Facebook depression to stalkers, from a loss of productivity to slander – the problems that are part and parcel of the social media network are aplenty. [Read more…]

Instagram Shut Down Hurt Twitter [Infographic]

instagram shut down hurt Twitter

When Twitter cut off Instagram from its API there were questions about the effect the move would have on Twitter. As it turns out the shutdown hurt Twitter’s quarter-over-quarter engagement per photo fell, while Instagram’s own engagement increased by 30 percent.

While Twitter has put a lot of stock in the Twitter Cards system, specifically Twitter Photo Cards, it turns out that most users would rather click on a link to view Instagram photos.

The team at Column Five visualized the entire shift from Twitter to Instagram in a new infographic. Column Five worked with Simply Measured in February 2013 to determine the shift caused by the Twitter shut down of Instagram.

What Column Five and Simply Measured discovered was that engagement with brands since that time has grown by 35% on Instagram while brand follower count grew by 41%.

They also offer some helpful tips for tracking your social media photo sharing, for example, use Instagram for photo sharing on Facebook to increase engagement.

If you want to increase Twitter engagement you need to upload pictures directly to the Twitter photo sharing system and not through Instagram.

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Kim Dotcom and Mega

Some of you in the crowd may remember the file-sharing site, Megaupload. They used to be the go-to option for cloud storage and easy access, yeah? As many of you know, that site hasn’t been around in ages, 1 year to be exact, but as the saying goes, ‘when one door closes, another one opens.’ From the ashes of  Megaupload’s destruction rises MEGA, founded by Kim Dotcom.

What is MEGA?

Mega stands for Mega-Encrypted-Global-Access, and it may or may not put you at ease considering where you stood this time last year when Megaupload bit the dust. The site is geared for brilliance no matter which way you look at it, though:

  • 3 low-cost plans, 1 free plan
  • Awesome traffic ranking thanks to some massive back-linking efforts
  • More files than you can shake a stick at, 50M and going strong
  • Privacy and Protection, as only 1 user has ever been fined for piracy

This certainly is not the Megaupload of yore, folks. They have a 10 Gigabit throughput and that delivers you some of the best speed from any file-sharing or cloud storage site. Ever.

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SEO in 2013: year of the consumer

If you have a website and you actively monitor keywords (and you should do the latter if have the former!) to bring in traffic, then you probably know the situation on the Web has changed a bit in the past year or two. Algorithms have been altered to help content creation get a kickstart; from a users point of view, this is great news. From a strict SEO view, however, things may appear more dicey.
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An Educators Guide To Pinterest [Infographic]

Educators Guide To Pinterest

Pinterest for EducatorsPinterest grew by 4,377% from March 2011 through March 2012. The social networks growth is largely credited with its ability to engage users in a simple but effective way. The site has become so popular that the average user now spends 98 minutes per month simply browsing through Pinterest boards.

With engagement increasing and users discovering new recipes, tech tips and other information the teams atWorldWideLearnandQuinstreethave built a case study around how a virtual pinboard works for showcasing a students work to creating a sense of community through pictures.

The study includes information obtained from top-tier Universities who have used the social sharing platform to engage with students. [Read more…]

Your Computer Can Kill You

Working from home or in an office is one of the biggest factors for people living an extremely sedentary life. By spending so many hours every day in front of the computer, the average worker is not getting the physical activity needed to keep fit. So what happens is that various health problems arise because being cooped up in front of the computer.

This infographic shows the many health problems that arise from extensively using a computer. Problems like obesity, insomnia, and chronic pain, among others, are caused by using computers for long periods of time. Fortunately, there are also solutions to solve these health problems, which is also incorporated in the infographic. [Read more…]