News – April 2019 – Let’s Talk Tips, 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 data.”

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 Never Been.
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 years.

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 the parents.

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 involved.”

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 for you!


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 “process executive.”br />

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 underpinning them.

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 the app.


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 | Opinion
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 Urges
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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