How to enable WhatsApp’s two-step verification

WhatsApp is adding an extra security feature to help keep its more than a billion users safe from hacks. The company is rolling out two-step verification to its users worldwide.dsc05664

When it’s available you will find it in the messaging service’s app under Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.

WhatsApp’s approach to two-step verification differs from what other online services such as Facebook or Google do. Instead of using an app that generates one-time passcodes, WhatsApp requires you to create your own memorable six-digit passcode. To help you remember your code, WhatsApp will prompt you to enter it from time to time.

During the process to enable two-step verification, WhatsApp will also ask you for an optional email address. It will be used for the purpose of disabling two-step verification. Upon request, a message will be sent to that email address, and, once you click a link, the two-step verification feature will be turned off. During two-step verification setup this email address will not be verified, so make sure you type it in correctly.

The Facebook-owned company also warned that if you get an email to disable two-step verification, but you didn’t ask for one, do not click on any links in that email.

If you ever forget your code, WhatsApp will not allow you to reverify twice within seven days, just in case someone’s trying to take over your account. After that period, you can reverify without a passcode, but any pending messages will be deleted. If you haven’t used WhatsApp for 30 days and then try to reverify without your passcode, your account will be deleted and a new one will be created for you.

When you’re deciding on a passcode for WhatsApp, you want to make it as hard to guess as possible. Six digits from your phone number, for example, would be a terrible choice, as would your birth date or that of anyone in your immediate family. If you use a password manager, it’d be a good idea to store this passcode there in case you forget it.

WhatsApp’s two-step verification system is different from other services in that it relies on two static pieces of information. The first is your phone number and the second is the single passcode that you create. That essentially means you’re just adding a password to your account, and passwords can be guessed if they aren’t original enough. It’s not clear why WhatsApp decided on using static passcodes over one-time codes generated by an app. One-time codes are based on a shared secret stored on both your phone and the corresponding service’s servers. It may be that the company didn’t want to deal with the server overhead such as development time and effort for that kind of two-step verification. That is just speculation, however.

Hands-on: EVGA’s sensor-laden iCX technology revolutionizes graphics card cooling

Graphics cards aren’t what they used to be—and that’s a good thing. Nvidia’s ferocious GeForce GTX 1080 blows the pants off its predecessor in sheer, overwhelming performance while actually drawing slightly less power, and generating only slightly more heat overall. But here’s the thing about traditional video cards: A single sensor on the graphics processor determines how cooling is handled for the entire board.evga gtx 1080 superclocked 2 icx 1

That’s bad, popular hardware maker EVGA says, because the “Pascal” GPUs inside the GTX 10-series are so power-efficient that a graphics card’s memory and voltage controllers actually generate more heat than the GPU itself. So today, EVGA’s rolling out a revolutionary new “iCX” graphics card cooling solution that relies on not one, but ten different sensors to monitor and intelligently adjust how each and every part of the board dissipates heat.

The fancy new tech is debuting in several of EVGA’s GTX 10-series models, which we’ll dive into in more detail later. EVGA sent PCWorld one of its new GTX 1080 Superclocked 2 graphics cards—a cousin to the beastly GTX 1080 FTW that we loved so much—and an updated version of its Precision XOC software (which is also going live today) so we could dig deeper into the iCX cooling technology. Let’s go!

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 The inspiration for EVGA’s iCX cooling actually comes from a scandal surrounding the GTX 1080 FTW late last year. The Internet rioted when several of the cards died in explosive fashion. Subsequent sleuthing revealed that the hardware lacked cooling on its voltage regulator modules. EVGA acted quickly, offering free thermal pads and pushing out a BIOS update that increased fan speeds to lower on-board temperatures. Even though an internal investigation proved that the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW wasn’t failing at a higher rate than previous-gen graphics cards, the tempest provoked EVGA to examine how graphics card cooling works in the Pascal era.

“That really opened our eyes to take a deeper look at cooling on cards, and how we can improve the efficiency overall of cooling,” EVGA product manager Jacob Freeman said in a phone interview. “If you only focus on the GPU temperature, then you’re really neglecting all the other components of the card, which would still run really hot. On the flip side, if you focus on those other components, then you’re not offering the best noise level possible, because the GPU doesn’t really need the fans to spin that fast.”

The solution to the problem? Sensors, sensors everywhere.

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EVGA’s iCX cooling technology still includes a traditional GPU temperature sensor, of course, but it adds nine additional ones—a sensor for the rear of the GPU, three for the graphics card’s memory modules, and five for the power controllers. You can monitor them yourself, too. The updated version of Precision XOC shows the average temperature for each hardware category in its main interface, or you can see the temperatures for each and every sensor by clicking the newfound Sensor icon, which will cause a secondary window to open.

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Those sensors affect how the two fans on the front of the graphics card behave. Unlike most video cards, which run their fans in tandem based on the temperature of the graphics processor alone, the EVGA GTX 1080 Superclocked 2 (like all iCX-equipped EVGA models) dedicates the left fan to cooling the GPU, and the right fan to cooling the memory and PWMs. Each fan changes speed dynamically to react to the temperatures being put out by those individual elements of the GPU. If the memory’s heating up rapidly but the GPU itself is staying relatively cool (as was the case when I ran the Furmark torture test on the card for an extended period), the dedicated GPU fan maintains a slower—and thus quieter—speed, while the memory fan ramps up.

It’s another lesson learned from the GTX 1080 FTW’s overheating fiasco from late last year. The BIOS fix EVGA pushed to compensate for the lack of VRM cooling simply kicked both fans up a notch, and as a result the card wound up running louder, GamersNexus tests revealed. The improvements offered in iCX’s asynchronous cooling addresses that design quirk and lets EVGA eat its cake and have it too. Precision XOC allows you to set custom, individualized fan curves for both the left and the right fan if you want to get fancy.

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In my tests with the stock fan curve profiles, the iCX-equipped GTX 1080 Superclocked 2 ran noticeably quieter than the older EVGA GTX 1080 FTW, which uses the company’s original ACX 3.0 cooling solution. The main GPU temperature topped out at 69 degrees Celsius running a lengthy Furmark test, a full 8 degrees lower than the 1080 FTW—though it’s important to note that comparing the GTX 1080 Superclocked 2 against a heavily overclocked GTX 1080 FTW is far from an apples-to-apples comparison. Nor am I equipped to test the heat output from the older GTX 1080 FTW’s memory and PWMs, which is a major point of iCX. (PCWorld’s FLIR thermal imaging camera is in our San Francisco office; I work from New England.)

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EVGA’s in-house tests showing the granular temperature differences between iCX- and ACX-equipped Superclocked graphics cards.

EVGA has all of the required testing equipment on hand, however. The company says that in its tests, the iCX cooling solution drops the main GPU temps by a few degrees, but other parts of the board see even bigger benefits—up to a 5- or 7-degree temperature decline in some components. That’s huge.

 JayzTwoCents tested the iCX-equipped EVGA GTX 1080 FTW 2 with a thermal camera, applying both an overclock and custom fan curves, comparing EVGA’s new card against the GTX 1080 FTW with ACX 3.0. It’s a great video that’s well worth watching, but tl;dr EVGA’s iCX technology functions as promised.

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The iCX LED indicators on the side of the EVGA GTX 1080 Superclocked 2.

Even niftier, you can see the effects of iCX with your own eyes. The side of iCX-equipped models display separate RGB lights labeled G, P, and M, for the GPU, PWMs, and memory. The color of each indicator depends on how hot each type of hardware is running. A blue light means everything’s nice and cool, a green light means you’re actively using the graphics card but temperatures are in the safe range, and red means danger, Will Robinson! 

Watching how the iCX technology affected the GTX 1080 Superclocked 2 as it hummed along in The Division wasn’t it just insightful, it was fun—and I dig how EVGA managed to use RGB lighting for a practical purpose rather than simple aesthetics.

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Diving into the new “Thermal LED” tab in Precision XOC’s options lets you fine-tune the temperature ranges for each RGB indicator, as well as alter the color for every stage of each indicator. Click the image above to enlarge it if you want to see the interface up close.

The sensors, fans, and RGB lighting is just part of iCX. EVGA’s radical cooling solution also overhauled the design of the cooler itself to keep your graphics card running cool.

The EVGA GTX 1080 Superclocked 2’s backplate.

Both the baseplate and the backplate were designed to come into contact with all the crucial components of the card, allowing them to serve as quasi-heatsinks. Raised bumps on the backplate help add to the overall surface area, helping with heat dissipation, while numerous cut-outs help airflow through the body of the GTX 1080 Superclocked 2.

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Tiny “fin pins” on the interior baseplate offer the same advantages as the backplate’s bumps.

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The actual heatsink inside the card, between the graphics processor and the fans, has also been tweaked to optimize airflow. The fins were refined both to provide more contact surface and achieve better airflow, and they were also perforated with tiny holes to allow air to flow horizontally throughout the card.

I asked Freeman if that reduced surface area harmed the cooling endeavor. He said that the increased airflow more than makes up for it, pointing to the temperature comparisons shown previously as evidence.

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Finally, iCX adds a unique safety feature inspired once more by the overheating debacle: An integrated safety fuse designed to protect your card in case that 0.01 percent chance of a catastrophic failure actually strikes. You’ll still need to send your card back to EVGA for an RMA if the fuse blows—but it’ll protect the core components of the graphics card from suffering a fiery death and possibly affecting the other hardware in your system.

One thing decidedly lacking in this write-up: Gaming performance results. I received my review sample from EVGA on Thursday, in the midst of a New England blizzard that was causing my power to flicker—not exactly the ideal testing scenario. And as I said, comparing a beastly FTW model against the less-beastly Superclocked version isn’t apples-to-apples.

But it’s not a major concern anyway, as Freeman says the iCX cooling technology isn’t likely to provide much in the way of raw performance gains. Instead, the goal was to provide a more holistic and granular approach to cooling in order to drive down both temperatures and fan noise across all areas of the hardware—which it appears EVGA has succeeded in doing. I loved the ACX 3.0 cooler on the original GTX 1080 FTW (seen at right), and the iCX cooler on the GTX 1080 Superclocked 2 is even better. Freeman also says the enhanced cooling may increase the overall lifespan of iCX graphics cards, though that’s borderline impossible to test.

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The EVGA GTX 1080 Superclocked 2 looks very similar to the ACX-equipped version on the surface, but the lip on the top says “iCX” in tiny letters. It’s also heavier and feels dense.

Intrigued? EVGA’s launching iCX-equipped models of its GTX 1060, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080 graphics cards Friday, albeit in limited quantity initially. EVGA’s existing lineups with ACX 3.0 cooling will remain, but models with the iCX cooling solution will carry a “2” designation after their name, and iCX branding on the front of the box. For example, the GTX 1080 FTW will still pack an ACX 3.0 cooler. If you want the iCX variant, you’ll need to pick up a GTX 1080 FTW 2.

The extra sensors, swanky RGB indicators, redesigned hardware, and fancy fans don’t come for free. Freeman says EVGA’s iCX graphics cards will carry a premium of roughly $30 over their ACX-packing counterparts. EVGA’s also launching a new step-up program where existing GTX 10-series owners can trade in their ACX 3.0-equipped graphics card for an iCX version for $99.

That’s nothing to sneeze at. I’m guessing many people won’t be interested in spending that sort of scratch for minimal performance gains, especially since EVGA’s stock ACX 3.0 cooler already does such a bang-up job. This new iCX technology feels like a glimpse into the future, but I’m not sure how enticing it will be in the present, arriving nearly a year after the GTX 10-series launch.

On the other hand, EVGA’s iCX is more comprehensive than any other air-cooling solution you’ll find on the market today and a stunning response to the overheating fiasco (that wasn’t). The iCX technology’s cooler, quieter peace of mind may well be worth the upcharge for some folks. Overclocking and aftermarket water-cooling enthusiasts will likely adore the level of information EVGA’s new cooling technology provides.

And those RGB temperature indicators are just plain badass.

Obsidian unveils Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire with a crowdfunding campaign

RPG guru Josh Sawyer is busy these days. Yesterday we wrote about Francis Ford Coppola’s studio turning Apocalypse Now into a video game with Sawyer’s help. And today? After a week of very obvious teasing, Obsidian’s officially announcing a follow-up to its acclaimed Infinity Engine-style CRPG Pillars of Eternity, on which Josh Sawyer served as lead designer.Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Titled Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, it’s also embarking on a crowdfunding campaign today. Obsidian’s hoping to raise $1.1 million through Fig—no surprise there, since Obsidian’s CEO Feargus Urquhart is involved in Fig’s advisory board.

 Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Judging by the description, Pillars of Eternity II will be a direct sequel. The announcement says:

“Eothas has returned. The god of light and rebirth was thought dead, but he now inhabits the stone titan that sat buried under your keep, Caed Nua, for millennia. Ripping his way out of the ground, he destroys your stronghold and leaves you at the brink of death.”

Whether you’ll be importing your character and his or her stats, I’m not sure. Regardless, looks like it’ll dovetail right off the last story, a la Baldur’s Gate and its sequel. You’ll be exploring the new Deadfire Archipelago, which judging by the screenshots and art features everything from jungle to a Petra/Ellora-like structure embedded in a desert cliff.

The announcement also mentions the return of certain companions from the first game (along with concept art for Pallegina, Eder, and Aloth), and promises new ones along the way.

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Most interesting is a section that reads “The people of Deadfire have lives of their own, jobs to do, and appointments to keep. They will carry on with their affairs even when you’re not watching. Quests may even present different opportunities depending on when and where characters and environments are approached.”

This sort of AI modeling has been done in bigger-budget RPGs (think Skyrim) but it’s a huge change from the stagnant, always-in-one-place characters in most isometric CRPGs. I’m interested to see how it changes things.

Cue Urquhart himself, who said:

“Our goal for Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is to improve on what fans loved about the original while adding features our fans want to see, truly living cities, more freedom to explore the open world, and pushing what we do best at Obsidian—letting players define and play the role they want to play.”

People seem to be pretty tepid towards crowdfunding nowadays, but less so when it comes to a studio following up on an earlier title. Hopefully that’s the case here and Deadfire gets funded (and then some) because I’d absolutely love another Pillars of Eternity. And hey, another Tyranny while we’re at it. Keep ‘em coming, Obsidian.

Nvidia’s monster Quadro GP100 GPU brings big Pascal, HBM2, and NVLink to workstations

Nvidia’s Quadro GP100 shares many features with the company’s most advanced Tesla P100 GPU, but it also brings the superfast NVLink to Windows PCs and workstations.Nvidia's Quadro GP100 GPU

The Quadro GP100 isn’t targeted at gaming—it’s aimed more at virtual reality content creation, simulation, and engineering applications. The GPU is based on the Pascal architecture and is capable of supporting up to 5K displays at 60Hz.

The GP100 delivers 10 teraflops of 32-bit floating point performance, while the P6000 offers 12 teraflops.

The GP100 also delivers 64-bit floating point performance of 5 teraflops via 1,792 cores for more precise calculations.

The Quadro GP100 has four DisplayPort 1.4 slots and one DVI slot. It will be shown for the first time at the SolidWorks World 2017 in Los Angeles, which starts on Sunday. The GPU will ship worldwide, but pricing was not immediately available.

The high performance comes thanks to the latest memory and throughput technologies. It has 16GB of HBM2, a form of 3D memory that is also in the Tesla P100. It also the latest superfast two-way NVlink interconnect, which helps get data in and out of the GPU faster.

The GP100 plugs into PCI-Express 3.0 slots on motherboards. So why does the GPU have the NVLink interconnect? Windows PC motherboards don’t have slots for the NVLink interconnect, but Nvidia has figured out a way to use NVLink in dual GPU configurations.

NVLink is used as the main throughput mechanism to separately link up two GPUs in a PC, and that facilitates faster GPU communication than regular SLI configurations.

NVLink, though faster, isn’t expected to replace PCI-Express 3.0 in Windows PCs anytime soon, so this is an intelligent way to use the superfast interconnect technology, said Allen Bourgoyne, product marketing manager for Quadro at Nvidia.

This is the first time NVLink is coming to Windows systems. NVLink can slot directly into the motherboards of IBM Power8 systems and is used in Nvidia’s DGX-1 server, which runs on Linux.

The faster communication will help Windows PCs and workstations with two Quadro GP100s take on more demanding rendering and visualization applications.

NVLink won’t need a specific driver, and it will work only on GPUs. Nvidia is abstracting the NVLink interconnect at the hardware level. Applications will, however, need to be tuned to take advantage of NVLink. Nvidia provides CUDA parallel programming tools to harness the computing power of multiple GPUs.

For content creation, the GPU will work with all major VR headsets. Though the GPU isn’t designed for gaming, it can be put into a “gamer developer mode,” Bourgoyne said.

“If you want to force the Quadro in the GeForce [gaming] mode, you can,” Bourgoyne said.

Like the Tesla P100, it can also be used for deep learning. Learning models can be tested on the Quadro GP100 and then ported to servers.

Nvidia also introduced new Quadro GPUs including the P2000, P1000, P600, and P400, which deliver varying levels of performance. Those GPUs don’t have the NVLink interconnect or HBM2 memory.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to correct the power of the GP100. It has 10 teraflops of double-precision performance, not 12.

8 Types of Blog Posts to Drive Huge Traffic Easily

The content of a blog is often an amalgam of a blogger’s experiences, thoughts, and research. With the changing trends in search engine optimization and social media communications, the bloggers cannot confine themselves in self-constructed premises of creativity. The world of blogging has gloriously changed now. People want you to interact in a simpler, yet interesting way. They need you to connect with them and create a bond, which should be strong enough to bring the visitors back to your blog.


The techniques of driving huge traffic to your blog are based on two steps i.e. to maximize the number of regular visitors and to generate more leads. If you are looking for more shares, likes, and visits then the following types of blog posts will keep your business up!

1.     Long List Posts

  • Easy to scan
  • Highly informative
  • Easy to read
  • To the point
  • Selective and focused information
  • Easier bonding with the reader
  • Expanded
  • More links
  • Simple

The aforementioned reasons explain why long list posts boost the traffic drive!

2.     Data-Driven/Researched Content

The use of complex words and fancy connotation makes a blog post visually confusing. A majority of the blog visitors wants to see the stats in numbers. They need facts that prove the authenticity of your research. Data-driven and well-researched content not only attracts more visitors but it also keeps them hooked.

3.     Tutorials, Practical Tips, and How-To Guides

‘How to write a blog post that drives traffic’ – You wrote this phrase or something similar that landed you here. How-to: these two words are the most repeated words on the search engines. Tutorials, practical guides, and how-to tips assists the visitors in fulfilling day-to-day tasks.

4.     Checklists

Going on vacation? Here is the checklist!

Traveling with baby? Checklist!

Ready for delivery? Checklist!

Preparing to move? Checklist!

The checklists cater with routine life of the visitors. They have a problem and you can solve it. Meanwhile, it also generates a virtual bond with the traffic to keep it returning to your blog.

5.     Review

Again, reviews deal with the routine problems of your audiences. They are willing to spend money on something and they need a review. However, the audience is clever enough to differentiate between honest reviews and paid ones. Ideally, you should focus on honest reviews only to establish loyal traffic base.

6.     Personal Stories

Among these viral content writing tips, writing personal stories is a tactic that not only generates a loyal traffic base but it also becomes a source of your catharsis. It connects the alike minds and help you build a loyal community of visitors.

7.     Case Study

Authenticated information, supported with well-researched data is highly valued in practical world. Case studies are admired more because the market in case study is always highly focused. You can post case studies about your own profession.

8.     Rebellion Posts

The politicians have been inciting and generating votes in the name of different types of rebellion wars. It is against religion, race, stereotypes, society standards, personal interests, or any other thing. The political market could be saturated but the social media space has a lot of room for generating such fan-base. Above all, you will become the leader.

Here, we have discussed eight types of blog posts with technical and social perspectives to drive huge traffic easily. Leave a comment below if you have a workable type of blog post idea in this regard!

Simple Business-Building Strategies That Will Keep Your Organization Growing

Generally, business growth is one of the corporate leader’s primary concerns. Luckily, business owners can access hundreds of unique strategies that will work to optimize conversion, broaden the base of loyal clients, and extend the company’s sphere of influence. Below you will find just three of numerous business-building techniques that can keep your organization growing:

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1. Optimize Your Equipment.

One great way to keep your business moving forward is by optimizing your company’s equipment. This can include anything from attaining regular HVAC maintenance services to updating your CRM software. In the event that you make use of PVD technology, you can obtain new coatings and equipment from organizations like Vergason Technology, Inc. As you begin looking for the right retailer from which to obtain your equipment and maintenance services, make sure that the organization in question has a great reputation and extensive experience in the industry.

2. Hire A Public Relations Company.

Another technique that can empower you to make your organization more profitable is hiring a public relations company. Doing so will help you advertise your brand in a savvy, sophisticated way that accelerates and optimizes the conversion process. Some of the PR services you may want to invest in to engender these brand-optimizing outcomes include:

• Product Placement
• Media Relations Strategy & Outreach
• Social Media Optimization
• Content Optimization
• Digital PR
• Launch Strategies
• Media Desk-Side Tours
• Events
• Brand Activation
• Design Consulting
• Experiential Marketing
• Blogger Collaborations
• Brand Liaison
• Influencer Engagements
• Celebrity Endorsements
• Collateral Materials Development
• Lifestyle Brand Photo Shoot
• Campaign Video Direction

3. Start A Blog.

Starting a blog is a wonderful business-building tool. This technique works by ensuring that you can interface with your current clientele and prospective customers in a dynamic, ongoing, personalized manner. There are numerous topics that you could cover in your blog, but it’s typically a good idea to make most of your themes relevant to your brand. Thus if you manage a finance company, you might want to offer your readers tips and strategies regarding some or all of the following areas:

• Advertising
• E-Commerce
• Company Branding
• Finance
• Insurance
• Business Development
• Franchise
• General
• Marketing
• Forex Trading
• Human Resources
• Manufacturing
• Investing
• Management Business
• Money Making Ideas
• Mortgage
• Real Estate Industry
• Retail
• Small Business

Start Growing Your Business Now!

If you want your organization to grow dynamically, you can realize the objective. Three techniques that can help facilitate outstanding growth include optimizing your equipment, hiring a public relations company, and starting a blog.

Applying Filters to a Video with Movavi Video Editor

At first when you try to understand what filters really are it may seem confusing, but essentially the best way to wrap your head around them is to think of filters as a type of effect that alter the visual appearance of your videos. In short, filters can help you give your video a specific look, change its mood and tone, apply artistic effects, or even fix its colors.


Within Movavi Video Editor, you’ll find a huge selection of different filters, ranging from artistic filters such as VHS, camera shake and oil painting to animated flying objects such as stars, snowflakes, and so on. It also has more mundane filters that will let you adjust the colors of your video, blur or sharpen it, and much more.

Long story short, learning how to apply filters to your videos using Movavi Video Editor will open up some tremendous new avenues for you to give your video a unique feel. The best part is that all you need to do to apply these filters is:

  1. Launch Movavi Video Editor and select ‘Create project in full feature mode’.
  2. Click ‘Add Media Files’ and select the video that you want to edit.
  3. Open the ‘Filters’ tab, browse the selection of filters and choose one of them then check the ‘Preview’ window to see how it appears.
  4. Apply the filters that you want by dragging and dropping them onto the video in the ‘Timeline’.
  5. To adjust the colors of your video, select it and click the ‘Clip Properties’ icon (i.e. the cogwheel) then find the ‘Color Adjustments’ setting under ‘Tools’.
  6. When you’re satisfied, save the video by clicking ‘Export’ and choosing a format.

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Assuming you really want your video to look and feel professional, you should definitely experiment with the other features in Movavi Video Editor as well. In just a few clicks you could cut and join videos, improve their quality, add customizable text, insert audio tracks, enhance audio quality, and much more.

By trying out these features and seeing how they work in conjunction with one another you’ll be able to develop a feel for how to best edit your videos. In no time you should be well on your way towards using Movavi Video Editor and getting your videos to look great.

Five Activities to Explore the World of IT

Information Technology (IT) continues to be an astounding area for career growth. The areas you choose to explore depend on personal preference but what makes it so exciting is that any interest in tech can become a career opportunity.

You may fall in love with website development after building a personal blog or want to work with businesses to reach customers and fans through social media. You make tech what you want it to be and if you choose to pursue the area in a professional manner then you’ll be handsomely rewarded for your efforts.

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The trouble, in my mind, is how to get started because there are so many options.

Since every tech interest has its place, you may be frozen in your decision. The good news is that there are plenty of free tools and resources to dabble in an area without the heavy investment into the educational process you’d find in other industries.

Here are some of the ways I’d recommend to explore your opportunities:

  1. Develop and manage a website

A website is highly recommended if you want to explore a bit of coding with project management. With a site you’re going through a wide range of design and development that’s not only fun but can be very rewarding once it’s launched (monetarily and because you have a platform to share your ideas).

Other aspects of operating a site come into play, too. For example, you’ll want to manage your files and get into a good routine of doing backups and security. Because this is a strong area to learn, you may do a search for services (for me it was Toronto server recovery services) and by reaching out and working with these professionals you (and I) begin to learn new aspects of web-based projects and more.

  1. Build a computer (and network)

Computer builds are a fantastic way to get into the physical side of the industry. There are thousands of tutorials on building computers on YouTube and websites. Building is quite easy but enough of a challenge that once you sink your teeth in you’ll want to continue learning more about the parts and tweaking for performance; this can later push you into hardware within the industry.

A fast track into the networking area of the industry is through a CompTIA Network Certification; this cert is industry praised and will help you find placement just about any location which has an in-house network (which… as you can expect… is everywhere).

  1. Try editing videos (and mix media)

YouTube is a great platform to share your creativity with video. A cell phone that has a decent video camera and free editing software is all you need to get started. Once you have a grasp of the basics you can learn the advanced editing techniques through online tutorials.

An exploration into video editing could find yourself in the content creation end of the industry!

  1. Sell something online

Everyone can give selling items online a test whether it’s Ebay, Amazon, or Etsy (to name a few).

Find an item you no longer want or create something people want and get it listed on the large online retail websites. The setup only takes a few minutes. Once you’re on you just need to optimize and learn the ropes of what makes a product attractive then start pushing heavily on the promotional side.

The nice thing about this area is that so many businesses want to sell online but don’t always know how to get started. If you learn these basics and offer it as a service, you could find yourself deep into the world of Ecommerce.

  1. Launch a community

A community is fairly difficult to form because there are so many vying for attention but if you manage to build one on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other social channels than you’ve hit on something special.

Companies pay big money for social media mavericks. Your experimentation with building online communities for fun can quickly lead into a fantastic career with just about any type of company you have on your short list. The best part is that starting these communities are free – you just need to be willing to put in the time.

I must say that some of these may take a bit of time before they *click* since there is a learning curve but even if you bounce to a new interest you’re still learning a valuable skill that can realistically fit into just about any other career. So, in the end, it’s a win/win! Once you have a grasp on the topics you can venture out and try to find work in the field or through freelancing! It’s amazing fun and you won’t regret giving these a shot.

We are becoming digitalized

We live in a digital age when everyone wants to get their hands on a smartphone — including your child. Studies show the average American kid becomes a smartphone owner at 10.3 years old. However, the decision about when to purchase smartphones for children is a personal one that should take into account not just their age, but their personal situations and maturity levels. We’ll help you understand when your child will be ready for a smartphone.


Your Child Rarely Loses Things

Some children guard their possessions carefully and rarely misplace anything. Others are more scatterbrained and frequently leave toys at friends’ houses or sweaters at school. What type of child do you have? If your kid has been responsible with items in the past, they’re likely to keep a smartphone safe. If your child hasn’t been so reliable, holding on to a smartphone may be more challenging to them.

Your Child is Regularly Away From Home

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Children who only leave the house to attend school have very little need for a smartphones. Children who spend time between two homes, are babysat regularly, or have active social lives often have more need for these devices. If your child is often away from home, a smartphone can keep the lines of communication open between you.

Knowing you can call your child to clarify plans or whereabouts, no matter where he or she is, can be invaluable for your peace of mind. Remember to choose a modern smartphone connected to a provider with a comprehensive network, such as T-Mobile, to make sure your child’s device is always in range.

Your Child is Financially Responsible

Most parents know from an early age whether their children are spenders or savers. Spenders live on their pocket money from week to week, rather than hoarding it to make major purchases. They’ll often buy on impulse, rather than considering whether they really need something or not. The habits of spenders don’t suit smartphone ownership. If your child is a spender, you might be concerned about excessive call costs or in-app purchases. If you have a saver, he or she will be more likely to listen to your instructions about responsible usage.

Your Child Understands the Impact of Technology

When you hand children a smartphone, you’re giving them the keys to a world of technology. Some can handle this responsibly, but others can’t. When children understand the impact of technology, they tend to behave better with it.

Does your child understand that an explicit picture message may not stop with a boyfriend or girlfriend because it could be shared throughout the school? Does your child know teachers, future employers, and college admissions staff can see anything posted on social media? Does your child understand that other children have harmed themselves and even taken their own lives after being cyberbullied?

Before you get your child a smartphone, you should talk about these topics. If your child is receptive to listening to what you have to say and understanding of your concerns, it’s a good sign he or she may act responsibly with a smartphone.

Your Child Respects Screen Time Limits

Many parents limit the time their children spend staring at screens for their health and wellbeing. Some children accept screen time limits and use time away from screens to enjoy active play and socialize with friends. Others resent the limits and will do anything they can to bend the rules. If your child hasn’t respected screen time limits in the past, getting a smartphone is likely to exacerbate the problem.

Smartphones facilitate many of the screen activities children love, like playing games and watching TV. But as these devices are much smaller, they make it easier for children to indulge in these habits in secret. They can simply go to their rooms and plug in headphones to participate in restricted activities.

It takes real maturity and responsibility to become a smartphone owner. Is your kid ready for that? Trust your own instincts to guide you when deciding whether your child is ready for a smartphone.