News – June 2019 – Let’s Talk Tips, Volume 9

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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:


1.) Artificial Intelligence Might Not Hallucinate After All
Computers have gotten really good at identifying what’s in photographs, and while the technology has come a long way, it’s still not entirely foolproof. In particular, researchers have found that image detection algorithms remain susceptible to a class of problems called adversarial examples. As image recognition technology is used in more places, adversarial examples may present a troubling security risk.

2.) Protecting Your Computer Against Intel’s Latest Security Flaw is Easy, Unless it Isn’t
You’re forgiven if the huge Intel chip vulnerability disclosed back on May 14th 2019 slipped under your radar. For one thing, the new problems are sort of variants of the much splashier Spectre and Meltdown bugs of early 2018. For another, Intel and the entire industry had time to work together to co-announce these new vulnerabilities alongside the patches for them.

3.) How To Use Google Maps to Save Your Parking Location
Tap into one of Maps’ most useful hidden features. Don’t let yourself get lost again. Your smartphone can help you find your parking spot — or any other location, for that matter. All you need is the mapping app you’re probably already using for navigation.

4.) Some US Cities Are Moving Into Real Time Facial Surveillance
Agencies in Chicago and Detroit have bought real-time facial recognition systems. Chicago claims it has not used its system; Detroit says it is not using its system currently. But no federal or state law would prevent use of the technology.

5.) A Laptop Filled With Six of the World’s Most Dangerous Viruses is on Sale for More Than $1 Million
Some of the world’s greatest artworks are known for their elaborate backstory or complex history, but not many are actively dangerous to those who own them. ‘The Persistence of Chaos’ might be an exception. Created by internet artist Guo O Dong, this piece of art is an ordinary laptop filled with six of the world’s most dangerous pieces of malware. It’s perfectly safe — as long you don’t connect to your Wi-Fi or plug in a USB.


1.) Bootylicious for the Summer: How to Grow Glutes in the Gym
If you want a behind like Jennifer Lopez or a booty like Beyoncé, you don’t have to go under the knife to achieve that look. With the help of fitness experts’ tips, here’s how you can get a bodacious butt without dropping thousands (or risking your life) on cosmetic surgery.

2.) Tips to Stay Healthy at College
We often hear that healthy and nutritious food is a key to our wellness, both physical and mental. Still, when it comes to eating healthy at college, very few students can boast of their ability to maintain good nutrition.

3.) 16 Things I Learnt About Weight Loss After a Total Body Transformation
In November 2017, I started an eight week transformation with celebrity personal trainer Ben Camara at his gym, No1 Fitness. Here are my results.

4.) Emmett Blois: Make Your Fitness Journey Fun, With People You Enjoy
The reality is that sometimes this journey can be hard for a multitude of reasons. If we can remember to keep it fun, light-hearted and exciting as often as possible, it becomes a lifestyle much more easily adapted.

5.) Ramadan 2019: 5 Diet and Fitness Tips to Help You Fast Safely
While fasting during Ramadan is a good way of improving one’s health, doing it the right way is imperative. Moreover, it can pose a challenge for people with dietary issues to practice it for the entire month. Therefore, eating healthy and ensuring the consumption of all nutrients during this period is essential.


1.) Universal Design: 11 Practical Tips to Make Your Sites and Apps More Accessible
Accessibility has come a long way over the last few years. It used to be a niche discipline focused on people with disabilities, but recently this focus has shifted towards inclusive design and the understanding that websites and apps need to work for everyone regardless of disabilities, hardware or software in use, or internet speed.

2.) What is Technical SEO? Aspects Everyone Should Know
Technical SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, refers to improving the technical aspects of a website in order to increase the ranking of its pages in the search engines. What should you be doing to optimize your site technically? Read on to find out.

3.) Is Your Business Space ‘Instagrammable’? 10 Ways to Make Your Offline Business Instagram Friendly
Wondering how to draw more customers to your brick-and-mortar business? Try adding design details that will boost its Instagrammability. When people post photos of your space on Instagram, you benefit from the free advertising and positive word of mouth. Plus, having an Instagrammable space is an asset when it comes to attracting customers, especially those who are willing to make a trek for the perfect photo backdrop.

4.) LinkedIn Publishes New Platform Guide: How To Spark Meaningful Conversations and Measure Success
According to parent company Microsoft, LinkedIn is currently seeing record levels of engagement – up 24% year-over-year – with more and more users coming to the platform to discover relevant content, and engage with colleagues and peers. Given that growth, and the related increase in total LinkedIn members (630 million), it makes sense for more brands to also be looking LinkedIn’s way, and assessing their best options for tapping into relevant on-platform conversations.

5.) Introducing Checkout on Instagram. Buy From Brands Without Leaving Instagram
Now, When you find a product you love, you can buy it without leaving the app. When you tap to view a product from a brand’s shopping post, you’ll see a “Checkout on Instagram” button on the product page. Tap it to select from various options such as size or color, then you’ll proceed to payment without leaving Instagram. You’ll only need to enter your name, email, billing information and shipping address the first time you check out.


1.) Growing Payments in Southeast Asia Amid a Dominant Chinese eCommerce Market
Driven by an emerging middle class, movements toward deregulation of cross-border trade and improvements in technology such as more affordable mobile internet access, the Asia market represents a huge opportunity for businesses who want to be a part of the e-commerce success story.

2.) For 32% of Baby Boomers, Retirement Looks Bleak
Retirement is a period of life to look forward to and celebrate, but many older Americans inevitably wind up dreading it — and the reason often boils down to money. Though 48% of baby boomers think they’ll be comfortable in retirement if they watch their spending, 22% say they’re apt to struggle financially, according to investment banking company Natixis. Worse yet, 10% of boomers feel they won’t ever manage to retire at all.

3.) 10 Important Ages For Retirement Planning
Each type of retirement benefit has a different eligibility age. Your age plays a big role in how much you can expect to receive from Social Security and what you need to do to avoid retirement account penalties. Remember to factor these important ages into your retirement plan.

4.) Opinion: Baby Boomers Commit The ‘7 Deadly Sins’ of Retirement Planning
“Boomer Expectations for Retirement,” a new annual study from the Insured Retirement Institute — a trade body for the annuity industry — makes shocking reading. Most boomers are unprepared for retirement, even as they approach it or enter it. Amazingly, barely one in 10 has enough saved up.

5.) Top Tips On Cyber Security for SMEs
Cyber criminals are a part of modern life, from Uber account hacks to major business data breaches, our online identities are rarely safe. And, while big-name companies under threat often make the news, it’s small and medium-sized enterprises who are actually their biggest targets.


1.) Valuing the Voice of People Living with Disabilities in Manitoba
Recently the Manitoba Government made a decision to reject a core funding application from the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) for the 2018-19 fiscal year. It can be very difficult for an organization to function without core funding which diminishes its capacity. The organization (formally known as the Manitoba League of the Physically Handicapped) has existed since 1974 as a consumer-based organization of people living with disabilities.

2.) 10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Braille
Surprising facts about the raised-dot reading system, including an asteroid named Braille and why there’s Braille on drive-through ATMs.

3.) Accessibility: A Source of Future Anxiety and a Significant Significant Consideration for Canadian Consumers Today As Canada’s population grows older, millions of Canadians find themselves worrying about decreased mobility, vision and hearing and the impact it may have on their own lives or the lives of loved ones.

4.) Disney to Produce Activity Books for the Blind
Soon children with visual impairments across North America will get to find out what Mickey Mouse “looks like” thanks to the efforts of a Windsor couple.

5.) Disabled Actors Say They’re The ‘Last Civil Rights Movement’ in Hollywood. Hardly Anyone’s Discussing It
As debates rage over what characters should appear on screen, and who should portray them, disabilities have largely remained undiscussed.


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