News – December 2018 – Let’s Talk Tips, Volume 3

Let’s Talk Tips

Saturday, December 1st 2018 – Volume 3
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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:


1.) VR Roller Skates
Do you want to really, physically walk around in virtual reality? Is an omnidirectional treadmill too bulky for your taste? A giant hamster ball too confining? Redirected walking too trippy? An empty warehouse too expensive? If so, we’ve got good news: Google is trying to patent a design for VR roller skates.

2.) Your Time on Facebook
Fifteen weeks after Facebook announced its “Your Time on Facebook” tool that counts how many minutes you spend on the app, the feature is finally rolling out around the world. Designed to help you manage your social networking, the dashboard reveals how many minutes you’ve spent on Facebook’s app on that device each day for the past week and on average.

3.) LockedIn
LinkedIn has cut off email address exports with a new privacy setting. A win for privacy on LinkedIn could be a big loss for businesses, recruiters and anyone else expecting to be able to export the email addresses of their connections. LinkedIn just quietly introduced a new privacy setting that defaults to blocking other users from exporting your email address.

4.) How to Get Air Quality Info on iPhone with Weather
The iPhone Weather app can offer information about the air quality at specific locations, including an Air Quality summary and an Air Quality Index score rating.

5.) Emoji8: Microsoft App Rates Your Expressions Against Emojis
Microsoft has launched a free Windows app that uses machine learning to guess the facial expression you’re making when imitating an emoji. Called Emoji8, the app gives you a score for how well you recreate the emoji, and it’s mostly meant to show off the capabilities of this brand of artificial intelligence in an accessible way.


1.) Do You Like It Hot?
Weight loss is a topic which comes with a wealth of different kinds of advice. When choosing a diet plan, it really comes down to which type works the best for your body and lifestyle – but if you’re looking to slim down quickly, incorporating this type of food could mean you see results sooner.

2.) Diwali Weight Loss Tips
Six smart ways to prevent belly fat and look gorgeous during the festive season.

3.) What Do Marathon Runners Really Eat?
The winner of last year’s New York City Marathon, Shalane Flanagan, will be running again in 2018. Here’s how she fuels up for a race.

4.) 7 Healthy Eating Tips To Fuel Your Workout.
Have you ever laced up your running shoes only to realize you’re hungry? What do you grab to eat – if anything? Your body needs fuel to exercise, but not all foods will benefit you. Try these healthy eating tips to help you power through your workouts.

5.) Is it True You Don’t Have To Train Like An Athlete To Stay Fit?
You might think losing weight is all about hard work at the gym and following a strict diet. Exercise is clearly good for our bodies – but you don’t have to train like an athlete to stay fit. Sometimes, even the smallest amount of effort can deliver major pay-offs.


1.) Apple’s New Holiday Ad Is Absolutely Heartwarming
Apple’s holiday commercials are an annual tradition, designed to evoke the strongest of emotions in those who watch the lengthy ads play out. This year’s commercial manages to accomplish that feat, but it looks a little different: it’s fully animated.

2.) LinkedIn Looks To Be Testing Reactions and Stories
LinkedIn looks to be testing its own versions of Reactions and Stories. Although these tests have not yet been confirmed by LinkedIn, they have been spotted in some form of testing. That means they could be for real, or they could be a limited test – meaning, basically, that they might never see the light of day.

3.) Switch Between Two Different Twitter Timelines
What’s it going to be for you, ‘top tweets’ or the new reverse chronological order timeline? After teasing us with the news last month, Twitter is finally giving users the ability to choose.

4.) TikTok Surges Past 6M Downloads in the US
TikTok is one of the world’s most popular apps, recently surpassing 6 million users last month in the US and landing in the top spot on Apple’s App Store in the United States. Now, more celebrities are joining the app, which allows people to upload their own videos using a variety of editing tools and filters. Jimmy Fallon and Tony Hawk have both recently joined, using the app to participate in current trends and try to connect with a larger audience.

5.) Google Employee Challenges The Wording of Google’s Internal Process for Granting Disability Accommodation And Wins
When Google changed the wording of its internal process for granting disability accommodation late last week, employee Cathy Fitzpatrick took it as proof that you can effect change by speaking out.


1.) The Kids Are Coming. Winning The Generation Game
Home care providers are failing to effectively engage with intergenerational markets, an industry conference has heard.

2.) Website Security Tips for Marketers
Today we are going to discuss some practical security tips that marketers can put into practice.

3.) Bucking the Geezer Stereotype
The concept of developing one’s personal brand to stand out and succeed in the marketplace is a recent phenomenon that classic baby boomers often find repugnant. Shouldn’t doing your job well all these years be enough?

4.) 8 Tips To Protect Your Small Business Against Cybercrime
The forecast is bleak for companies of any size. This is particularly true for small businesses that often don’t have enough IT security and protection to diminish or block the attacks.

5.) Current Cyber Security Tips To Ensure Your Business Is Safe
Cyber security is a huge threat to people and businesses all over the world, especially in the USA. With that in mind, this article touches on a few different cyber security tips to make sure your business and yourself stay safe and avoid potential disaster.


1.) People With Disabilities Face Significant Barriers in Education System
Ontario’s education system needs to modernize its approach to supporting disabled students at every age level and do more to eliminate persistent barriers they face in school, the province’s human rights commission said in a statement.

2.) Blind Marylanders Sue Walmart, Saying Self-Serve Checkouts Violate ADA
Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Walmart, alleging that the company violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because its self-checkout kiosks are not fully accessible to blind customers.

3.) Wegmans Adds a ‘Game-Changer’ for Visually Impaired Shopping (Video)
Grocery shopping can very stressful. Navigating crowded aisles in a store full of people is frustrating, but if you’re blind, like Kim Charlson, then grocery shopping can be almost impossible. A new tool, however, could revolutionize shopping for people who can’t see. It’s an app that helps the visually impaired navigate the world and does it using the eyes in your smartphone.

4.) Losing Touch. Finding Intimacy
I had come to believe I was unable to break through my physical disability. I was wrong.

5.) What Does Blind Have To Do With It?
The Right to Parent from a Sighted Daughter’s Perspective.

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