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WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!!

social mediaFor those who take photos with their smartphone, and posts them online……..THIS IS FOR YOU!

Do you take photos using your smartfone? Do you post these photos online? If you do………..watch this video so you take extra precaution……..yes, you may still take and post your photos……………with this safe feature you will need to set.

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Beware of Facebook Scams

facebook scamsThe anatomy of an Internet hoax is simple. They’re often just plausible enough to be true — but outrageous enough to shock — and contain elements that provoke an emotional reaction. As the most popular social network in the world, Facebook is fertile ground for hoaxes and scams, which quickly go viral as people share posts from friends they trust. Before you heed the plea to share a post or click a link, take a few minutes to make sure you’re not falling prey to one of these popular scams. Or have you fallen prey already?

Find out Who’s Viewing Your Profile facebook viruses

This scam feeds on both ego and natural curiosity – it is human nature to wonder who’s been checking you out, so it’s not surprising that this is such a prolific hoax. You’re promised that if you click on a link you’ll be able to see every person who has looked at your Facebook profile – sometimes accompanied by an eye-catching headline that promises to show you who has been “stalking” you – but like the video hoaxes, these links just lead to malicious apps or websites. In order to protect the privacy of their users Facebook doesn’t allow anyone to view their profile visitors, and there are no legitimate third-party apps that can do this, either.

Facebook to Start Charging Users

Despite the fact that Facebook clearly states on its homepage that the site “is free, and always will be,” variations on this theme continue to pop up. Some versions of this popular urban legend include pricing details, or claim that it was confirmed by the news; almost all of them promise that if you copy and paste the update on your own wall, you’ll be exempt from having to pay. Regardless of how credible it may seem, Facebook has made it very clear that they have no plans to make users pay a fee just to belong to the site.

“I Can’t Believe [Celebrity] Did That!” Facebook-Scams 2

There are multiple variations on this particular hoax, which often presents as a video thumbnail accompanied by a salacious headline implying that a celebrity has done something outrageous. If you’re lured into clicking on the video, you’re often prompted to share before being allowed to see the video, or redirected to a malicious app that promises to show you once you’ve given the appropriate permissions – and once you’ve clicked “Accept,” the app proceeds to spam all your friends with the same type of video that tempted you. Other versions of this scam might force you to fill out a survey (and provide personal information that can then be used to spam you) or redirect you to an external site that infects your computer with malware. Avoid clicking on videos with scandalous headlines unless they’re from a reputable site. You can see what the source is by looking beneath the title.

Malicious Scripts

Malicious script scams promise new features – such as the ability to see who views your timeline or add a “dislike” button to your posts – if you copy a piece of text into your browser’s address bar. Instead, the text is actually a script that hijacks your Facebook account to spam your friends and create events and pages. Avoid links that claim to be able to add new features to your Facebook account. Legitimate updates come directly from Facebook, not some fly-by-night third party.

Sick-Child Hoaxes  Facebook-Scams 3

You may think you’re doing a good thing by sharing posts about sick children, but in some cases you may be causing the family even more pain. One particular post that’s been circulating for a few years, for example, shows a photo of a child and her mother with the claim that if it gets shared a certain number of times, the child will get a free heart transplant. In reality, the little girl in the photo, Zoe Chambers, passed away in 2008, and her mother Julie was distraught to find out that her daughter’s photo is being circulated across the social network. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to only share such posts when you know the family. If it’s a stranger — and especially if some type of compensation is offered for each like or share — don’t repost before you research.

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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Computing & Technology

 

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Sayangtist’s 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 13,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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‘Best torrent sites’ as requested by our subscribers

Where Users Find Music and Movie Files

What is a torrent? A torrent is a file sent via the Torrent protocol. It can be just about any type of file, such as a movie, song, game, or application. During the transmission, the file is incomplete and therefore is referred to as a torrent. Torrent downloads that have been paused or stopped cannot be opened as regular files, since they do not contain all the necessary data. However, they can often be resumed using a Torrent client, as long as the file is available from another server.

Torrents are different from regular downloads in that they are usually downloaded from more than one server at a time. The Torrent protocol uses multiple computers to transfer a single file, thereby reducing the bandwidth required by each server. When a torrent download is started, the Torrent system locates multiple computers with the file and downloads different parts of the file from each computer. Likewise, when sending a torrent, the server may send the file to multiple computers before it reaches the recipient. The result is a lower average bandwidth usage, which speeds up file transfers.

Top Torrent sites (in random order after our most favorite)

TorrentDay 

This is our personal favorite. You will only find Scene (and reputable ‘Non-Scene’ Groups) releases here. – Crystal Clean files – Fast Speed – FAST PRE RELEASE TIMING – Clean & No Virus !

Torrent Funk   

Torrent Funk is a crowd pleaser. TF employs ‘verified torrent’ tagging to help reduce the number of fakes you will experience. Additionally, the cross-movie recommendations are very helpful, and multiple About.com readers have strongly recommended Torrent Funk.  Give this site a try and let us know if you like it.

Isohunt  

Isohunt is offered at three different servers:  ‘Isohunt Lite’,  ‘Isohunt.hk’. and the original Isohunt.com. The Canadian Recording Industry Association forcibly compelled Isohunt in April of 2010 to change its torrent indexing, or else be prosecuted for secondary copyright infringement.  Accordingly, Isohunt Lite is formatted to be a form of ‘Web-wide torrent Google’, but with the sorting, ranking, and user rating features of Isohunt.com.  Isohunt.com continues to operate under an umbrella of threat of being shut down, so don’t wait to use this service while you can. Details of the CRIA lawsuit are available at the Isohunt Lite web page above.

2011:  Isohunt.com has been fueled by adult advertising.  It’s not quite pornographic, but Russian dating service ads abound.  This will be a turnoff for some users, but the Isohunt.com service is still one of the very best torrent indices you will find online.

BitSnoop  

NEW: BitSnoop was recommended by reader Ricardo, who speaks very highly about its navigability, reliability, and clean design. Using a growing community of users to help police the content, BitSnoop offers minimal advertising and reassuring tagging of good torrents. Look for the green ‘verified’ tags, and you’re bound to find good downloads here. Definitely try BitSnoop.com, and let us know what you think of this newer site.

Demonoid  

Demonoid is the benchmark private torrent site. All other private P2P communities compare themselves to Demonoid, and even with the massive competition, Demonoid still remains a top site in the eyes of downloaders everywhere. If you successfully get a registered membership at Demonoid, do not abuse it. Thousands of people are happy to take your spot if you do not share files and maintain your requisite ratio.

The Pirate Bay  

Back in April 18, 2009: the Stockholm district court sentenced the four Pirate Bay founders to a year in prison, and over $USD 3.5 million in fines. This is as punishment for violating their country’s copyright laws. Since then, TPB has come back with a revised format hosted in a different country.  TPB is a resilient fixture in the P2P world, and loyal users continue to support this excellent site.

Torrent Pond  

Torrentpond.com has been recommended by several users.  As a meta-searcher, Torrentpond will scour other sites for you, atempt to filter out old and fake torrents, and then offer you an easy-to-browse list.  It also showcases recent torrents, which is a good feature for regular downloaders. The advertising is plentiful, and you will need to tune it out and go around some popups, but the thorough searches are often worth it.

CinemaTorrents.com offers something really unique: IMDB ratings and vote information right on the search page. You can see public opinions on the movie itself before you download.

Torrentz  

Special thanks to reader, RJ, for this recommendation. The “verified” filtering feature of this site makes it a good choice for downloaders.

ShareReactor  

ShareReactor is a search engine for both bit torrents and eDonkey 2000 (“ed2k”) file formats. While eDonkey is not nearly as popular today as it was in 2002, some people still use ed2k networking.

GPirate claims to be the largest torrent search engine today. It does have an amateurish look and feel to its interface, but it does yield large result sets. Give GPirate a try, and let us know if you like the service.

Blues Brothers is a private site with a strong community and file-sharing ethic. As a private site, you can expect the leeching (selfish) users to be reduced. The BB community also strives to police itself by carefully watching each member’s upload ratio… if you abuse your ratio, you are blocked from downloading until you donate. This policy may seem a bit harsh, but members seem to really appreciate it.

Fenopy  

Fenopy has some compelling features. Fenopy is fully integrated with IMDB and Last.fm radio, so it has some friendly methods for browsing and discovering movies and music. A graphics gallery of large and motivating thumbnails adorns the home page, and the fake finderfeature is also very useful for avoiding bad files. Definitely give Fenopy a try.

 

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Basics of Blogging!

What is a Blog?

A blog (also called a weblog or web log) is a website consisting of entries (also called posts) appearing in reverse chronological order with the most recent entry appearing first (similar in format to a daily journal). Blogs typically include features such as comments and links to increase user interactivity. Blogs are created using specific publishing software.

There was a time when the Internet was just an informational tool. In the early life of the World Wide Web some 20 years ago, websites were simple and provided a one-sided conversation. As time went on, the Internet became more interactive with the introduction of transaction-based websites and online shopping, but the online world remained one-sided.

That all changed with the evolution of Web 2.0 (the social web) wherein user-generated content became an integral part of the online world. Today, users expect websites to provide a two-way conversation and web logs (or blogs) were born.

It seems inevitable that blogging will become even more powerful in the future with more people and businesses recognizing the power of bloggers as online influencers. Anyone can start a blog thanks to the simple (and often free) tools readily available online. The question will likely become not, “Why should I start a blog?” but rather, “Why shouldn’t I start a blog?”

So, what would you like to talk about? Comment below.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Computing & Technology

 

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