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When the most recent photos released by drug vendors fromdarknet marketscaptured the eye of the public, many were certain that there would be repercussions for the seemingly careless acts of defiance disguised as product advertising.

In their displays of their illegal wares, some of these online drug vendors forgot to remove or alter some crucial bit of information which could be instrumental in pointing out their exact locations based on the uploaded photos.

“Dealers Virtually Shared a Digital Map” – Harvard Seniors

EXIFis data that attaches to images taken by smartphones and digital cameras. This is especially so if the said device(s) feature in in-built GPS feature. Among the data tagged in the photos include geolocation information that is detailed enough to pinpoint exact locations based on the photographs.

Harvard seniors Michael Rose and Paul Lisker elucidate that this is basically the kind of information any discerning drug dealer from the darknet markets would want to keep hidden.

By posting pictures of their illicit goods with accurate location data, they are effectively aiding the authorities to track them down. According to Rose, the accuracy of the data points is enough to pinpoint an exact house, let alone a location.

 

North America and Europe Lead in the Number of Online Drug Vendors

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Majority of darknet vendors came from US and UK

According to findings posted on Mediumby the two Harvard researchers when they plotted the locations scraped from posted photographs, they indicated that most of the darknet markets were based in Europe and North America.

The data was slightly altered to within a mile of accuracy for privacy reasons. Differently colored spots represented different online drug markets.

Lisker and Rose relied on data dug up from the Black-Market Archives, the brainchild of an independent researcher only known by the moniker Gwern. The two Harvard seniors conducted the research as part of a project on privacy and technology.

The site proved an invaluable resource as it featured data from popular darknet markets from as far back as late 2013.

Tor Does Not Always Suffice When it Comes to Online Anonymity

Using a computer script they wrote, the two Harvard seniors were able to dig up an estimated 7.5 million photographs from darknet markets. Of these, about 2,300 featured location data. However, only 229 photos were tagged from unique locations.

 

Michael Rose was surprised to see that some of the information came from well-established darknet markets which he had suspected would automatically strip such information to protect the anonymity of the user.

Only a small percentage of location data was the result of forgetful drug vendors, however.

One notable case was that of the recently shut down drug market, Agora. 52 of the 229 unique geotagged images came from what was one of the most popular darknet markets.

In a curious turn of events, the photographs with unique location data began to disappear from Agora’s listings in the Black-Market Archives on March 18, 2014. According to Rose, this is when darknet markets began to realize their colossal blunder.

Geotagged Photographs on Black Markets are Indicators of Carelessness

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darknet seller may also be misleading authorities

Rose points out that the existence of photographs with accurate information data is an indicator of failure from both the sellers and thedarknet marketsinvolved.

However, their post on Medium suggests that the inclusion of location data to the photos posted on various darknet markets could indeed be purposeful, and a way to misdirect or manipulate the authorities by pointing them in the wrong direction.

Despite all, Rose and Lisker advise the authorities not to be too enthused as finding any useful photographs is hard and therefore, it is not the most effective way to curb the sale of illicit drugs on darknet markets.

Source : darkwebnews

On Dec. 21, 2015, a Hillary Clinton aide named Sara Solow let her colleagues on the campaign know she had some good news: Executives at Apple and Google were reacting favorably to Clinton's comments on encryption at a Democratic primary debate. 

 

In stolen emails obtained and released by WikiLeaks, Solow passed along a message she had received from an executive at Apple. "From my contact Nick at Apple," she wrote. "Looks good. Just heard that Google is good too." 

"Nick" is likely Nick Ammann, director of global government operations at Apple. Solow passed on an email from Nick that appears to show his response to an earlier note from Solow, which is not included in the chain. "Hi, Sara," he wrote. "Thanks! Yes, this was great. I got the clip to Tim last night." That is an apparent reference to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Nick said Clinton's encryption comments were appropriate: "Definitely struck the right tone," he wrote. 

Taken together, the emails seem to suggest that the Clinton campaign was seeking the approval of Apple and Google as it rolled out Clinton's position on encryption, and that Apple approved of her statements. And it gives a sense of the degree of influence and access the Silicon Valley companies have with the Clinton campaign. The email exchange came just weeks after the San Bernardino, California, attacks, but before Apple's fight with the FBI over access to the locked iPhone of one of the killers burst into public view in early 2016.

A woman holds a mobile phone with a case featuring a picture of Hillary Clinton, as she listens to her speak at a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 12, 2016.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment on the exchange. Neither the Clinton campaign nor spokespeople for Google responded to requests for comment. 

The Clinton campaign has not confirmed that the emails released by WikiLeaks are legitimate documents, and CNBC cannot independently authenticate the emails. 

In the debate that Solow and the Apple executive discussed, Clinton expressly referenced the tech company when asked about encryption. "Maybe the back door is the wrong door, and I understand what Apple and others are saying about that," Clinton said. She added, "I just think there's got to be a way, and I would hope that our tech companies would work with government to figure that out. Otherwise, law enforcement is blind — blind before, blind during, and, unfortunately, in many instances, blind after."

Solow sent an email to other Clinton staffers the next morning analyzing Clinton's comments on the issue, and asking for their input. Her comments indicate that there may have been some anxiety in the Clinton camp about how Clinton's statements would be received.

"She basically said no mandatory back doors last night," Solow wrote. "In the next paragraph she then said some not-so-great stuff — about there having to be 'some way' to 'break into' encrypted content — but then she again said 'a backdoor may be the wrong door.' Please let us know what you hear from your folks. I would think they would be happy — she's certainly NOT calling for the backdoor now — although she does then appear to believe there is 'some way' to do the impossible."

The WikiLeaks documents also show other discussions within Democratic circles about encryption. Apple's dispute with the FBI became public in early 2016, and on Feb, 16, a federal magistrate judge ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock the San Bernardino shooter's phone.

The next day, according to the documents, an email appears to be from the personal account of Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat representing part of Silicon Valley, to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

"Dear John," she wrote. "I hope that our candidate does not leap on the side of the FBI on the encryption ruling. If she is leaning that way, can I talk to her?" Podesta responded that the Clinton team was "inclined to stay out of this." 

Source : cnbc.com

patent granted to Google this week suggests the company has future plans to track where you are at all times of the day. The patent, titled “systems and methods for generating a user location history,” goes a step beyond tracking your location via GPS coordinates.

I have previously written about the personal data you’re voluntarily providing to Google when you use services like Allo, Google Home, or the Google Phone. However, the newly granted patent is more ambitious.

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Google aspires to learn where you get your coffee in the morning, where you spend your lunch breaks, where you and your friends meet up for after-work drinks, your favorite places to go to dinner, and so on.

According to the patent application, using raw GPS data alone is not sufficient at determining a user’s exact location:

”Therefore, such raw location data can fail to identify a particular entity (e.g. restaurant, park, or other point of interest) that the user was visiting at the time. As such, use of the raw data in furtherance of location-enhanced services can fail to provide any contextual information that would more appropriately personalize the location-enhan

  • Emails sent and received
  • Photographs taken
  • Requests for directions
  • Social media posts
  • Receipts from mobile payments

Ideally, Google wants to be able to map out a day in the life of its users. Where they go, what time they get there, how long they stay, what time they leave, where they go next, etc.

If you’re not comfortable with Google collecting all of this data, you might be able to opt out:

”…users may be provided with an opportunity to control whether programs or features collect such information. If the user does not allow collection and use of such signals, then the user may not receive the benefits of the techniques described herein.”

What are the benefits Google is referring to? In return for your data, you will receive a recorded history of your day-to-day life, broken down by time and location. This could be useful if you need to retrace your steps on a particular day. Should Google get a location wrong, you will have the option to correct and revise your location history.

Without going into much detail, the patent says location histories can also be used to serve “location-enhanced” search results, as well as to “enhance social media, mapping applications, or other suitable applications.”

 

This is where it’s important to mention that not all patents end up going to market. Google has been granted many patents that never see the light of day, and this may just be another one to add to the list.

On the other hand, if put into practice, it could end up leading to significant advances in local search, location-based marketing, geotargeting, and more. We’ll just have to wait and see what Google does with it.

Source : searchenginejournal

Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:18

7 chronic browser bugs plaguing the web

From video glitches to memory leaks, today’s browser bugs are harder to pin down, even as they slow the web to a crawl

Web browsers are amazing. If it weren’t for browsers, we wouldn’t be able to connect nearly as well with users and customers by pouring our data and documents into their desktops, tablets, and phones. Alas, all of the wonderful content delivered by the web browser makes us that much more frustrated when the rendering isn’t as elegant or bug-free as we would like.

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When it comes to developing websites, we’re as much at the mercy of browsers as we are in debt to them. Any glitch on any platform jumps out, especially when it crashes our users’ machines. And with design as such a premium for standing out or fitting in, any fat line or misapplied touch of color destroys the aesthetic experience we’ve labored to create. Even the tiniest mistake, like adding an extra pixel to the width of a line or misaligning a table by a bit, can result in a frustrating user experience, not to mention the cost of discovering, vetting, and working around it.

Of course, it used to be worse. The vast differences between browsers have been largely erased by allegiance to W3C web standards. And the differences that remain can be generally ignored, thanks to the proliferation of libraries like jQuery, which not only make JavaScript hacking easier but also paper over the ways that browsers aren’t the same.

These libraries have a habit of freezing browser bugs in place. If browser companies fix some of their worst bugs, the new “fixes” can disrupt old patches and work-arounds. Suddenly the “fix” becomes the problem that’s disrupting the old stability we’ve jerry-rigged around the bug. Programmers can’t win.

 

The stability brought by libraries like jQuery has also encouraged browser builders to speed up and automate their browser updating processes. Mozilla is committedto pushing out a new version of Firefox every few months. In the past, each version would be a stable target for web developers, and we could put a little GIF on our sites claiming that they work best in, say, IE5. Now the odometer turns so quickly that a new version of Firefox will be released in the time it takes the HTML to travel from the server to the client.

Meanwhile, we ask the browsers to do so much more. My local newspaper’s website brings my machine to its knees -- expanding popover ads, video snippets that autoplay, code to customize ads to my recent browsing history. If my daughter looks at a doll website, the JavaScript is frantically trying to find a doll ad to show me. All this magic gums up the CPU.

All of this means that today’s browser bugs are rarer but harder to pin down. Here’s a look at the latest genres of browser bugs plaguing -- or in many cases, simply nagging -- web designers and developers.

Layout

The most visible browser bugs are layout glitches. Mozilla’s Bugzilla database of bugs has 10 sections for layout problems, and that doesn’t include layout issues categorized as being related to the DOM, CSS, or Canvas. The browser’s most important job is to arrange the text and images, and getting it right is often hard. 

Many layout bugs can seem small to the point of being almost esoteric. Bugzilla bug 1303580, for instance, calls out Firefox for using the italic version of a font when CSS tags call for oblique. Perhaps only a font addict would notice that. Meanwhile Bugzilla bug 1296269 reports that parts of the letters in Comic Sans are chopped off, at least on Windows. Font designers make a distinction, and it matters to them. When they can’t get the exact right look and feel across all browsers, web designers can become perhaps a bit overly frustrated.

There are hundreds, thousands, perhaps even millions of these bugs. At InfoWorld, we’ve encountered issues with images disappearing in our CMS editor and span tags that appear in only the DOM.

 

Memory leaks

It’s often hard to notice the memory leaks. By definition, they don’t change any visible properties. The website is rendered correctly, but the browser doesn’t clean up after the fact. A few too many trips to websites that trigger the leak and your machine slows to a crawl because all the RAM is locked up holding a data structure that will never be repurposed. Thus, the OS frantically swaps blocks of virtual memory to disk and you spend your time waiting. The best choice is to reboot your machine. 

The details of memory leak bugs can be maddeningly arcane, and we’re lucky that some programmers take the time to fix them. Consider issue 640578 from the Chronium browser stack. Changing a part of the DOM by fiddling with the innerHTMLproperty leaks memory. A sample piece of code with a tight repeated loop calling requestAnimationFrame will duplicate the problem. There are dozens of issues like this.

Of course, it’s not always the browser’s fault. Chromium issue 640922, for instance, also details a memory leak and provides an example. Further analysis, though, shows that the example code was creating Date() objects along the way to test the time, and they were probably the source of the problem.

Flash

It’s pretty much official. Everyone has forgotten about the wonderful anti-aliased artwork and web videos that Adobe Flash brought to the web. We instead blame it for all of the crashes that may or may not have been its fault. Now it’s officially being retired, but it’s not going quickly. Even some of the most forward-thinking companies pushing web standards still seem to have Flash code in their pages. I’m surprised how often I find Flash code outside of MySpace and GeoCities websites.

Touches and clicks

It’s not easy to juggle the various types of input, especially now that tablets and phones generate touches that may or may not act like a mouse click. It shouldn’t be surprising then to find there are plenty of bugs in this area. The Bootstrap JavaScript framework keeps a hit list of its most infuriating bugs, and some of the worst fall in this category.

Safari, for instance, will sometimes miss finger taps on the text in the <body> tag (151933). Sometimes the <select> menus don’t work on the iPad because the browser has shifted the rectangle for looking for input (150079). Sometimes the clicks trigger a weird wiggle in the item -- which might even look like it was done on purpose by an edgy designer (158276). All of these lead to confusion when the text or images on the screen don’t react the way we expect.

Video

The plan has always been to simplify the delivery of audio and video by moving the responsibility inside the browser and out of the world of plugins. This has eliminated interface issues, but it hasn’t removed all the problems. The list of video bugs is long, and many of them are all too visible. Bugzilla entry 754753 describes “mostly red and green splotches that contain various ghost images,” and Bugzilla entry 1302991 “’stutters’ for lack of a better word.” 

Some of the most complex issues are emerging as the browsers integrate the various encryption mechanisms designed to prevent piracy. Bug 1304899 suggests that Firefox isn’t automatically downloading the right encryption mechanism (EME) from Adobe. Is it Firefox’s fault? Adobe’s? Or maybe a weird proxy?

Video bugs are going to continue to dominate. Integrating web video with other forms of content by adding video tags to HTML5 has opened up many new possibilities for designers, but each new possibility means new opportunities for bugs and inconsistencies to appear.

 

Hovering

The ability for the web page to follow the mouse moving across the page helps web designers give users hints about what features might be hidden behind an image or word. Alas, hovering events don’t always make their way up the chain as quickly as they could.

The new Microsoft Edge browser, for instance, doesn’t hide the cursor when the mouse is hovering over some <select> input items (817822). Sometimes the hovering doesn’t end (5381673). Sometimes the hover event is linked to the wrong item (7787318). All of this leads to confusion and discourages the use of a pretty neat effect.

Malware

While it’s tempting to lay all of the blame for browser bugs on browser developers, it’s often unfair. Many of the problems are caused by malware designed to pose as useful extensions or plugins. In many cases, the malware does something truly useful while secretly stealing clicks or commerce in the background.

The problem is that the extension interface is pretty powerful. An extension can insert arbitrary tags and code into all websites. In the right hands, this is very cool, but it’s easy to see how the new code from the extension can bump into the code from the website. What? You didn’t want to redefine the behavior of the $ function?

This isn’t so much a bug as a deep, philosophical problem with a very cool feature. But with great power comes great responsibility -- perhaps greater than any extension programmer can muster. The best way to look at this issue is to realize it’s the one area where we, the users, have control. We can turn off extensions and limit them to only a few websites where there are no issues. The API is a bit too powerful for everyday use -- so powerful that it’s tempting to call extensions APIs the biggest bugs of all. But that would deny everything it does for us.

Source : infoworld

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 16:32

Fake Diplomas Are Being Sold on the Dark Web

Admittedly, the internet is a scary place. We have seen ransomware merchants breaking into secured computers to compromise the security and safety of users. We have also seen hackers getting unauthorized access to personal email addresses to steal sensitive information.

Perhaps the most shocking are the supply of fake employment certificates and diplomas on the dark web. Cyber-criminals are asking for a few bucks in exchange for these diplomas, and the market for these false certifications is booming.

What has necessitated the supply of fake diplomas?

For most students, spending four years in college is extremely tiresome and expensive. A degree can cost an average of $80,000. Moreover, you can spend the entire four years in college, but you may never get the grades you want.

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As a result, dark web vendors have decided to create fake certifications to attract the lazy students who want to take shortcuts and get employed as soon as possible. Research says that a fake diploma costs as low as $200.

According to Sixgill (an Israel-based threat intelligence firm), some individuals are even hiring hackers to penetrate the computer systems of various universities to change grades.

Or worse, the intelligence firm identified a dark web vendor selling a comprehensive guide on how to hack the grading systems of different universities for a price that is not worth mentioning; $15.

 

Further, the firm noted that some online vendors are selling accreditations and fake certificates that can be mistaken for their legitimate counterparts.

How are these dark web crooks being paid? The answer is almost obvious; the diplomas and certificates are priced in Bitcoin, and it is more likely that the cybercriminals may start using Monero soon to avoid being traced.

Sixgill noted that a dark web vendor is selling fake London Metropolitan University diploma, and they are not shy to boast about the quality of the papers they offer.

They claim that the certificates on offer are of an identical size to those provided by legit universities.

Moreover, the vendors promise you that you can use these papers in places where thorough cursory checks are not done without causing any suspicion.

While most dark web vendors sell fake degrees from ordinary universities such as Middlesex University, there are those who supply fake degrees from prestigious universities like Cambridge and Oxford University. Interestingly, most of these dark web operations are actually sophisticated.

Is it a wise idea to buy a fake degree?

This depends on what you are using them for. If you want to use them for something like a job with the police or somewhere where they will actually check up on the document then you will do yourself more harm than good. If it is a government agency then they can then charge you with fraud among other things.

If it is juts for a simple job application at a small employer where they probably won’t check up then it might be ok. But be warned, if they do check it then you could again be in big shit.

 

You also need to walk the walk if you are going to talk the talk. It is useless if you produce a document saying you are a doctor if you are not, you will kill someone in no time.  Just don’t be a dick head about it.

Source: darkwebnews.com

Part Of The Series “Brave Up For A Better Life”

I’ve spent 11 years now focused on career coaching, teaching and training, helping mid-career professionals “dig deep, discover their right work, and illuminate the world with it.” I’ve seen several core themes emerge around what makes mid-career professionals (and middle-aged people in general) feel the deepest regret.

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Below are the top five regrets I’ve heard from mid-career professionals around the world:

1. I wish I hadn’t listened to other people about what I should study and pursue.

Many people believe that when you reach 40, you’ll certainly be living your own life, and making your own authentic choices. Sadly, I’ve found that it isn’t necessarily true. So many thousands of people around the world feel deep regret and pain because they’re actually living someone else’s life – not their own. Most typically, they’re living a life their parents told them to live, and engaging in careers their authority figures demanded or strongly encouraged they pursue.

I’ve heard from so many people aged 40-60 who now realize they’re in the completely wrong career, pursuing the wrong goals, because they studied in college what their parents and authority figures told them was the right thing, for security, stability and status. They also admit that there was a some unconscious or “hidden” cultural mandate they somehow felt, to become a doctor, lawyer, engineer, architect, etc., for the recognition and status that their parents thought would be achieved in these fields. The reality is that these professionals didn’t muster the courage to change directions, or say “No, I don’t want this!” And now many years have passed and they’re still not living life as they want to.

 

To live a happy, rewarding life on your own terms, it’s critical to starting saying “yes” to your authentic beliefs and values, and stop living someone else’s life that feels so wrong, even if it’s the one your beloved parents wanted for you.

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard and missed out on so much.

So many men and women in middle age share that they regret what they’ve missed out on in life, by working so hard. They missed being in the fabric of their children’s lives. Or they missed the chance to have children. They missed the opportunity to build true intimacy and closeness with their spouses, family and friends. They missed experiencing adventure, travel, enjoyment, vitality, learning, spiritual growth – not having the chance to stop and relish life, nature, good health, peace, or relaxation. They missed so much and sacrificed so much to pursue work goals that now feel meaningless and empty.
I’ve seen that too that when people get to the end of their lives – in their 80s and 90s — they’re not thinking at all about the work goals they strived so hard to achieve. They’re thinking about love and family, about the people that matter deeply to them, and how they made a difference to these people. And they deeply regret what they didn’t do with and for these loved ones.

3. I wish I hadn’t let my fears stop me from making change.

We have many different fears that stop us from taking action, but the biggest fears are around failure, loss, and pain.  Mid-career professionals share with me that they have so much fear and resistance around making change, particularly if it means they have to stretch out of their comfort zone, speak up and stand up for themselves. They fear failing, going broke, not being able to care for their families financially. They fear leaving their “comfort zone” yet they see that perpetuating the status quo is excruciating and damaging.

The fears mid-career professionals have, particularly women, often emerge from a lack of healthy boundaries, from intense people-pleasing behavior and a drive toward “perfectionistic overfunctioning” – doing more than is necessary, healthy or appropriate. Until we can get in the cage with our fears and address them head on, fear will keep us stuck in quiet desperation.

 

4. I wish I had learned how to address toxic situations and people.

When I wrote the post “6 Toxic Behaviors That Push People Away,” I heard from thousands of people (and still do) who shared how toxic their lives and relationships have become. And they shared that they have no idea what to do about it. Toxicity is rampant today, and so much of it comes from stress and from negative, damaging ways we were raised and parented, and what we were taught (or not taught) about acceptable and unacceptable behavior. It also emerges from people whose self-esteem has been severely hurt– through childhood pain, trauma in later life, and crushing experiences at work that shatter them.

Toxicity – at work, in relationships, and in our own thoughts — hurts us terribly, but often we don’t see it clearly enough until our bodies break down, or other crises hit that focus us to take brave new action to learn to love, protect, and heal ourselves.

5. I wish I hadn’t let myself become so trapped around money.

Finally, the money issue – this comes up in almost every conversation I have with mid-career professionals. Their fears around money, or their slavery to it, generate deep regret. People share that they know they’re not living the life they long to, and they’re sick and depressed about it, but they simply can’t see a way out because they’re trapped about money.

Source : forbes

Browsers have evolved far beyond their original mission of providing one-way windows into the world wide webosphere. Indeed, as more services migrate to the cloud, browsers only reinforce their new role as multi-function boxes of digital magic.

All the important Internet things are available in browser form—fromcommunication tools to productivity suites to disposable escapist entertainment. It's almost like the browser has become an OS in and of itself. In fact, you could say that's exactly where things are headed.

While there is plenty of debate out there as to which browser is best, for my money it's the sleek, minimalist package known as Google Chrome. And the data shows that most users agree: According to the latest numbers from W3Schools, 71.4 percent of people are using Chrome, more than double the next highest, Firefox (16.9 percent), with IE (5.7 percent) and Safari (3.6 percent) trailing far behind.

These numbers are based on visitors to W3's site, so they aren't a definitive representation of the greater population; Net Applications gave Chrome about 48.65 percent of the global browser market share in June, for example. But numbers aside, Chrome is a popular browser, and if you're not using it, you should at least consider checking it out.

One of the reasons for Chrome's popularity is its clean, polished UI and its versatility. While Chrome's abilities multiply greatly when you consider the near-bottomless library of extensions, there's a bounty of stock functionality embedded all throughout Chrome's guts that you may not even know about.

Click through our slideshow for a list of 30 hidden tricks hidden inside Chrome that you really need to be using. 

1-Search Directly Into Individual Sites Using the Omnibox

You can automatically search through many websites without actually going to those sites, as long as they're in your list of search engines (if not, we'll get to that below).

This is beneficial if you wanted, for example, to go directly to the Wikipedia article on orangutans and skip the stops of going to Google or Wikipedia's front pages first. If this trick is enabled, you simply start typing "Wikipedia," and the far right side of the omnibox will prompt you to press tab to search within the site (in this case, Wikipedia).

Once you press tab, a solid block will appear in the left side of the omnibox that says "search Wikipedia" after which you can type your search within in that site (in this case, "orangutans").

Hit return, and you'll be taking in the Internet's collected knowledge about our fuzzy orange friends.This function isn't even just specific to reference or search sites.

You can use the omnibox to search directly through nearly any site, even PCMag.com—as long as it's included in your managed list of search engines.

Google will automatically add these "keyword searches" to any site you visit. If a site is not included in your list, or you want to change the prompt keyword (its typically the website's name), just go to Settings > scroll down to Search and click the "Manage search engines..." button.

2-Drag Multiple Tabs at Once

Most people are familiar with the ability to drag and drop Chrome tabs into their own browser windows, or mix and match them between browser windows, but they may not know that it can be done with more than one tab at a time. Just hold down the Ctrl key and click on all the tabs you wish to move and you can move them as one. If you're on a Mac, hold the Command key. 

3-A Simpler Way to Search Words or Phrases

Highlighting a word and performing a drag and drop is fundamentally the same as performing a cut and paste, so it stands to reason that you could just highlight a word or phrase and drag it into the omnibox to perform a Web search. Conversely, you can also just right-click on highlighted word or phrase and you will prompt a pop-up option to conduct a Google search (on a Mac, Control-click on a highlighted word). 

4-Open Accidentally Closed Tabs

Have you ever mistakenly closed a tab? We all have. BUT thankfully Chrome is a forgiving browser and makes it possible to get it all back. All you have to do is press Control-Shift-T (Command-Shift-T on a Mac) and Chrome will reopen any recently closed tabs. You can keep hitting it for more closed tabs working your way back through your browsing history.

 

 

5-Drag a URL to the Bookmarks Bar

If you come across a website you will want continual and easy access to, you can quickly add it to your Bookmarks Bar by highlighting the URL and dragging directly down to the Bar. Boom. You can edit it later if you want to change the name. You can drag a URL in from sources other than Chrome as well. 

6-Browse Through Tabs Using Key Commands

If you ever need to read something quick on another tab, hold down the Control key (Command on Macs) and a number 1 through 9. Each number is associated with a different tab starting with 1 all the way to the left and moving incrementally through 9 tabs as you move to the right. 

7-Open Specific Pages at Start

If you use the Web like me, you end up going to the same sites every time you log on. Conveniently, you can set Chrome up to open those same websites every time you start up. In the Settings menu, go to the section "On Startup" (or just type chrome://settings/startup in the omnibox) and click on the option to "Open a specific page or set of pages." Next to that option is a "Set pages" link, which allows you to choose your starting sites (it will even auto fill from sites in your recent history or you can choose the tabs you currently have open). 

8-Open a Search in New Tab

By default, searching in the omnibox for "taco" and hitting return opens a search for everything "taco" in your current tab. However, sometimes you want to look up information, but don't want to lose the site you are on. Fortunately there is a key command workaround: Hold down the Alt button and hit return on your search and this will open in a new tab. Mac users, press the Command button instead. 

9-Create a Profile for Your Kid (That You Control and Supervise)

You wouldn't let the tiny little people in your world run free without supervision, and you shouldn't let them run wild in the digital world unsupervised either. Chrome allows you to set up a separate profile for your kid, which YOU monitor and control.

First, create a new profile by going to Settings > People > Add person. Make sure to click the box next to "Control and view the websites this person visits from [your log-on account] and click Add. These supervised identities will not be set up with their own Google identity (which means they are theoretically not being tracked and targeted by Google's ad business).

A few minutes later (in my experience, it may be up to 10 minutes later), you'll receive an email link leading you to the supervised user's page. Once there, you'll have the ability to block certain sites, keep SafeSearch on lock, and view that user's Web activities.

You can then log your kid into Chrome under their own identity by clicking the identity tag up in the top-right corner of the browser window. You also have the ability to set up multiple identities for multiple kids. 

10-Secret Pages in Chrome

If you get bored of surfing the traditional Web, there are a few dozen hidden Chrome pages that you can check out on your browser. All you have to do is type the "Chrome URL" (usually begins with chrome://) into the omnibox. Some of these addresses are pages you find via Settings, but some are only available via a direct link.

Most of these pages are hidden for a reason: because you'll never need to use them —they're just under-the-hood info for coders and developers. You can find an official clickable list by typing chrome://chrome-urls into the omnibox. If you're curious as to what they mean, Ghacks has put together a list of what each is used for. 

 

11-A Lot of Information Hidden in That Omnibox

If you didn't know, clicking the little star in the far right side of the omnibox will prompt a bookmark list, which allows you to easily add a site to your list of favorites (I honestly didn't know this until recently).

You may have also noticed on the far left of your omnibar a little icon that resembles a folded piece of paper or lock (to signify a secured site). If you click on it, it will prompt a window with all sorts of information about the site, as well as permissions particular to that site, which you can then manipulate. 

12-Chrome is a Simple Multimedia Browser

Have you ever been organizing your computer and come across some multimedia file and you have no idea what it is or how it got on your computer? Well if you just want to see what it is real quick, drag it directly into your Chrome browser window and take a quick gander. 

13-Automatically Download Files to Your Desktop

This tip may not be for everyone. However, if you're like me, you want quick access to a file you just downloaded and not have to open an additional window to get to it it. One way to achieve this is to have every file automatically download to your desktop for quick access.

To change where files automatically download, go to Settings (chrome://settings/), scroll down and click the Advanced Settings link, and then scroll down to Downloads. There you can alter where files automatically download to (in my case, I prefer the desktop). Alternatively, you can also click the option for Chrome to ask you where documents should go before every download. Use what works best for you. 

14-Add Events in Google Calendar From the Omnibox

You can use your Omnibox to access Google Calendar's "quick add" function. First thing to do is copy this line of code:

http://www.google.com/calendar/event?ctext=+%s+&action=TEMPLATE&pprop=HowCreated%3AQUICKADD

Next, go to Settings, scroll down to Search, click on "Manage search engines…" (chrome://settings/searchEngines) and a new window will open. Scroll all the way down until you see three fields labeled "Add a new search engine," "Keyword," and "URL with %s in place of quotes" (don't worry about that crazy talk in that last one).

In the first field, just write "Google Calendar," in the keyword field write "Calendar" (or whatever omnibox prompt you would like to use when you use this function). In the third field, paste the line of code you copied above. Then click done.

Now type "calendar" (or whatever you chose to put in the keyword field) in the omnibox and hit tab, and you should get a solid tab box that says "search Google Calendar." Don't let the "search" part fool you, you will only be adding information.

Use plain sentence-style English to describe a future event with all the whats, wheres, and whens. Google is fairly adept at wringing out the details and translating it into a Calendar event. In the above example, after prompting the calendar search, I typed "eat all the tuna fish in the world next Tuesday at 8:30" and then hit return to automatically open an autopopulated Google Calendar tab with all the correct information. From there, all I had to do was press "SAVE" or "Discard."

15-Zoom In and Zoom Out

On a PC, you can zoom in or out on a page by pressing Control while rolling your scroll wheel up or down (or by pressing Control-Plus or Control-Minus). Once you zoom in or out from the default, a magnifying glass icon will appear in the right side of the omnibox. You can click the magnifying glass to manually zoom in or out or hit "Reset to default" to return to the normal 100 percent view. Conversely, you can also click Control-0 to return to the default.

On a Mac, you can zoom in and out by pressing Command-plus or Command-minus. Pressing the Command-0 function will still bring you back to default.

 

 

16-Navigate Up and Down Using Key Commands

You can use the spacebar to scroll down on any webpage, and you can scroll back up by pressing Shift and the spacebar.

17-Easy Key Command to Delete Browsing History

If you ever want to delete your browsing history, including past URLs, cached images, passwords, and cookies, you can do that all through the clear browsing window in Settings. You can access it quickly by pressing Control-Shift-Delete and a "Clear browsing data" window will open. (Press shift-Command-Delete to access this function on a Mac.)

18-Hidden T-Rex Game

Did you know that Chrome has a hidden game featuring a monochromatic T-Rex? You can access it by manually disconnecting your device from the Internet and then opening a new tab. This will prompt a page that says "Unable to connect to the Internet," and will feature a little 8-bit style T-Rex at the top (if you watch, you'll notice he/she blinks every few seconds).

To play, just hit the space bar and you'll enter a forever-runner game in which the T-Rex runs along a desert landscape. Press the spacebar to make it hop over the various cacti and vultures it encounters. It's great fun for like 40 seconds.

19-Drag Links Directly to Your Desktop

There are numerous ways to store and organize links you want to click on later. However, one method you may not be utilizing—or even aware of—is the ability to create a link icon directly on your desktop. All you have to do is highlight a URL from the omnibox and drag and drop it on the desktop. Chrome automatically creates a clickable icon that you can use later, or organize as you would like.

20-Get Experimental With Chrome

Chrome recently celebrated the 1000th "Chrome experiment" submission. These experiments are user-submitted projects that take advantage of Chrome's capabilities, and you can check them out at the aptly named chromeexperiments.com (though most of them seem to work just fine in other browsers as well).

21-Chrome Mobile Flip (Android Only)

Here's a neat little trick that will probably only be of interest to those most desperately in need of diversion. Open your mobile Chrome browser on Android (it only works on Android), go to Tab view, swipe up five times and your tab(s) will do a little barrel roll. Note: It only appears to work when vertical. Enjoy!

22-Task Manager

Just like your Windows PC, your desktop browser has its very own task manager, which you can use to monitor the various processes it is undertaking and how much resources it is diverting to each.

To access the manager in Windows, click the hamburger in the top-right corner > More tools > Task manager. (The little grayed-out note next to the menu option says that Shift + Esc should also be able to prompt the manager, but I couldn't get it to work for some reason.)

Once you open the task manger, you will see all the plugins, extensions, and tabs that are currently in progress. But you'll also see how much of your browser's resources each process is using (things like memory and image cache). If one of those processes seems like it's causing a problem (like slowing down or stalling your browser), you can highlight it with a click of the "End process" button at the bottom of the window. #Boom.

23-Translate Anything

Chrome already has built-in Google Translate for entire webpages. But if you just want information on a select phrase or passage, you can get it with just two clicks. First, install the official Google Translate extension. Then you can highlight any unfamiliar text (that's one click) and click the little Google Translate icon that sits in the top-right side of your browser screen (that's two). Look at you, Mr./Ms. polyglot-by-proxy!

24- 100 Tabs (Mobile Only)

Bored? Like really really bored? Open your Chrome mobile browser and open 100 tabs. You'll notice that the little tab counter at the top right-hand corner becomes a little grinning emotion :D

This trick doesn't work on desktop. And, yes, I tried. The things I do for you people...

 

 

25-Add Some Color With Themes

Tired of the default look on Chrome? You can download some (mostly free) "themes" from the Chrome store. Just click over to the Theme section and click to install; no need to re-start.

These themes mostly just change the edge of your browser, unless you go to the default apps page (chrome://apps), in which case it becomes your background, as you can see in the image above. (in this case, I used the free "Night Time In New York" theme.)

26-Enable Cloud Printing

As you might expect, Chrome plays nicely with Google Cloud Printing (the default printing method for Chromebooks). Cloud printing allows users to print to any connected printer from anywhere. It's easy to set up any "Cloud Ready" printer, just follow your manufacturer's provided instructions (or click here).

But if you have a "classic printer," you can still hook it up to Cloud Printing—as long as it's connected to a computer on which Chrome is installed and any remote printers are logged in to the same Google account. To set up your printer, on the associated computer's Chrome browser go to Settings > Show advanced settings... > add new printers Google Cloud Print.

27-Update Autofill For Easier Shopping

With everything going on in the world right now, I feel like a jerk complaining about the need to retrieve a physical credit card from my wallet in order to purchase something online. But yet here I am.

Thankfully Chrome has a little trick to mitigate this first-world annoyance. Just go to Settings > Show advanced settings... > Manage Autofill settings (under "Passwords and forms"). Here, you'll be able add /edit addresses and credit card numbers.

You have the ability to store numerous credit cards. When Chrome identifies a form to purchase something, the credit cards you've saved will automatically show up in a drop-down list (you'll still have to enter the CVC number). This feature is particularly handy on mobile as Google has linked the desktop autofill to the Chrome mobile apps.

28-One-Tap Mobile Search (for Android)

As we went over earlier, you can search any term in Chrome for Desktop just by right-clicking it, but there's a handy equivalent for the Android mobile version. Just highlight any word or phrase via a long tap and Chrome will create a search for that term via a pull-up menu—just slide up once you see the prompt at the bottom of your screen.

29-Opt Out of Flash Muting (Don't Do This)

Flash is dying (finally). That's a good thing; it's a huge resource hog. To that end, Team Chrome wisely decided to place Flash in a special category where it will "intelligently pause" content (like Flash animations) that "aren't central to the webpage" in order to spare battery life.

If you really wanted to opt out of this default feature (you don't want to), go to Settings > Show advanced settings > Content settings... (under Privacy) > Manage individual plugins... > check the box next to Adobe Flash Player.

Later this year, HTML5 will become the "primary experience" on Chrome, if a website offers it. If you visit a site that requires Flash to work, Chrome will display a prompt at the top of the page asking if you want to run Flash.

 

 

30-Add to Desktop

Earlier in this slideshow, we showed you how you can drag a URL to your desktop (this is actually just dragging the URL text to the desktop, which can be used as a kind of bookmark). But Chrome offers an elegant, baked-in feature that allows users to add a clickable link to your desktop for later use.

Just click the hamburger in the top-right corner > More tools > Add to desktop. This will prompt a pop-up window, which will allow you to name the link file (and a checkbox that gives you the option to open this page in a new window). This creates a clickable link on your desktop with an icon to represent the page. This feature is of limited use, but there ya go.

Source : pcmag

If you’re doing your best to improve your Wi-Fi at home, you might be curious about who’s using your network, and if they’re slowing it down. It’s possible that your internet provider is just lying about the speeds that you should really expect on your network, but it’s also possible that there’s someone other than you (and your roommates or family members) using your Wi-Fi network. So how do you find out whether your network feels sluggish thanks to your household’s Netflix habit or thanks to an unauthorized user stealing your bandwidth?

The best way to resolve the question is to use one of a few simple tools to take a look at what’s going on with your network, and to check whether the devices that are connected to it are ones you recognize, or ones that look suspicious and can’t be accounted for when you take stock of the Wi-Fi-connected gadgets in your home. Depending on your level of interest and your technical ability, there are some easy ways to find out. The New York Times’ J.D. Biersdorfer notes that there are a couple of easy ways to determine who’s using your Wi-Fi.

Check your router’s administrative page

One way to see what devices are connected to your Wi-Fi network (and to check whether you recognize all of them) is to log on to your router’s administrative page and check its DHCP Client TableDHCP Client List, or the list of Attached Devices. From there, you’ll be able to see all of the computers, smartphones, tablets, and any other devices connected to your wireless router.

The website of your router’s manufacturer (or the print manual that’s been collecting dust since you purchased the router) should include instructions on how to log in to your router, which Biersdorfer notes usually requires typing the router’s Internet Protocol (IP) address into your web browser, and logging into the page with the administrator name and password.

 

You can also find your router’s IP address using text-based commands on either a Windows machine or a Mac. For instance, PC users can type “cmd” in the Start menu’s Search box, open the Command Prompt (cmd.exe) program, and enter “ipconfig” to find the router’s address, which Windows calls the Default Gateway. Or, Mac users can find the router’s IP address by opening the System Preferences icon, clicking the Network icon, and looking at the number that’s listed next to “Router.”

Use an app to scan the network

Wi-Fi router

 

If you don’t want to bother with logging in to your router’s administrative page, you can download an app that will do the dirty work for you. There are a number of apps that will scan your network for connected devices. In fact, your router’s manufacturer may have its own app, like Netgear’s GenieLinkys Connect, or Apple’s AirPort Utility for iOS.

Or, if you don’t like the manufacturer’s software or prefer to find another option, there are plenty of programs from third-party developers, apps that are equally capable of lending a bit of clarity to the assortment of devices that are connected to your network. A few choices include NirSoft Wireless Network, WatcherWho’s on my WiFi for Windows, or the Fing network scanner for Android and iOS.

How to use the list to determine who’s using your Wi-Fi

Once you’ve gotten the app of your choice to show you a list of the gadgets that are connected to your network, you can determine which ones are yours, and see if there’s anything suspicious going on with your network. Your computer should show up, as well as your smartphone and your tablet (which you’ll probably be able to identify in the list by the manufacturer’s name).

If the list is confusing and the device names difficult to parse, you can turn off each of your gadgets or disable their Wi-Fi in turn to figure out their names. It’s possible that all of the devices on the list will be accounted for, but if you find a device connected to the network that doesn’t belong to you, you know that someone else is using your Wi-Fi. It’s possible that the unauthorized user is connecting to your network only sporadically, so you may need to perform checks a few times to determine if the device is responsible for slowing down your Wi-Fi.
 

Biersdorfer notes that some “sophisticated network moochers” are resourceful about disguising themselves while using your bandwidth. But if you have suspicions about who’s using your network, or if you’ve noticed that there are more devices connected than you and your household can account for, then you should consider changing your network’s password.

 

It should go without saying that you should ensure that your network is appropriately secured, but if your network is already encrypted and someone is still connecting, then the least you should do is change your Wi-Fi password immediately. After that, you should check on the network periodically to ensure that the only devices on the network are yours. If an unauthorized user manages to connect to your network again, you should return your router to factory settings and configure it again from scratch.

If, on the other hand, you determine that no unauthorized users are connecting to your Wi-Fi network, and you’re still experiencing problems with the speed of your network, you probably have other problems to troubleshoot. You should test the speed of your internet via both ethernet and Wi-Fi, and if your Wi-Fi speed is much slower than your wired connection speed, that may indicate that you need to replace your router. There are some other straightforward ways to improve your Wi-Fi’s performance. But if those tips don’t solve the problem, you may want to get in touch with your internet provider and see if there’s a problem that the company can help you resolve.

Source : cheatsheet

As technology gives us the freedom to work from anywhere, more and more people are prizing the ability to do so.

Many companies are responding with flexible work schedules, and seeming to acknowledge the trend, the Department of Labor just announced that in 2017 it will resume its contingent workforce survey, which was last conducted in 2005.

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FlexJobs, an online service devoted to listing telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time and freelance work opportunities, is a prime resource for the segment of the workforce in search of such opportunities.

While one might find many spam emails or subway flyers promising work from home opportunities, FlexJobs offers up legitimate and professional listings for jobs in 50 career categories with positions ranging from entry-level to C-suite.

The third annual list is based on an analysis of more than 40,000 companies and the jobs they posted on FlexJobs in 2015. (Check out the 2015 and 2014lists, as well as the top 35 companies hiring remote part-time workers in the first half of 2016.)

Overall, the site saw a 36% increase in the number of remote listings, with computer and IT jobs topping the list of fields offering such opportunities, followed by medical and health, sales, administrative, customer service, education and training, and finally, marketing.

Some of the most popular telecommuting jobs included writer, engineer, marketing manager, healthcare consultant, case manager, development director and recruiter.

 

“These companies clearly understand that integrating telecommuters into their workforce is a smart business strategy,” said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, in a statement. “Remote working is on the rise, and this acceleration is great news for anyone wishing to trade the office for a telecommuting job.”

Here’s the top 100 list. If you’re looking to make a financial overhaul, check out these 101 ways to save money, plus tips below the list on ways to make more money:

  1. LiveOps
  2. TeleTech
  3. Amazon
  4. Sutherland Global Services
  5. UnitedHealth Group
  6. Dell
  7. IBM
  8. U.S. Department of Agriculture
  9. Working Solutions
  10. Humana
  11. Aetna
  12. Intuit
  13. Kaplan
  14. Kelly Services
  15. Cactus Communications
  16. Westat
  17. Salesforce
  18. PAREXEL
  19. CyberCoders
  20. American Express
  21. VMware
  22. SAP
  23. Xerox
  24. First Data
  25. US-Reports
  26. Oracle
  27. CACI International
  28. A Place for Mom
  29. Anthem, Inc.
  30. Dell SecureWorks
  31. World Travel Holdings
  32. ADP
  33. Aon
  34. University of Maryland University College
  35. Allergan Inc
  36. K12
  37. U.S. Department of Transportation
  38. CSI Companies
  39. Robert Half
  40. Nielsen
  41. Red Hat
  42. Adobe Systems
  43. Overland Solutions, Inc.
  44. BCD Travel
  45. Connections Education
  46. Deloitte
  47. Apple
  48. McKesson Corporation
  49. Thermo Fisher Scientific
  50. Precyse
  51. Haynes & Company
  52. Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc.
  53. IT Pros Philadelphia
  54. Cigna
  55. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  56. Sungard Availability Services
  57. Infor
  58. Sodexo
  59. About.com
  60. Altegra Health
  61. GE – General Electric
  62. Western Governors University
  63. Grand Canyon University
  64. Walden University
  65. Vivint
  66. BroadSpire
  67. Covance
  68. Ellucian
  69. HD Supply
  70. Perficient Inc.
  71. Teradata
  72. Wells Fargo
  73. Symantec Corporation
  74. Real Staffing
  75. Science Applications International Corporation – SAIC
  76. AmerisourceBergen Corporation
  77. Appen
  78. Hartford Financial Services Group
  79. RetailData
  80. SYKES
  81. SRA International
  82. Citizens Financial Group
  83. CVS Health
  84. Healthfirst
  85. American Heart Association
  86. BMC Software
  87. hibu
  88. inVentiv Health
  89. Rosetta Stone
  90. Erie Insurance Group
  91. Worldpay
  92. CleverTech
  93. Achieve Test Prep
  94. Deluxe
  95. DataStax
  96. CDK Global
  97. Teleflex
  98. Aquent
  99. Parallon
  100. U.S. Department of the Interior

 

Source : forbes

I was talking with my good friend Sheryl Sleeva last week and discussing that there will be a day in the not so distant future where your refrigerator will re-order food for you automatically. Out of Honest Tea and So Delicious dairy free ice cream? No worries, it arrives in less than three hours. At 4pm, your thermostat goes from 65 to 72 degrees. Your home, lightbulbs and all appliances will be getting ready to welcome you when you return from work.

Often referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT) or the Internet of Everything (IoE), our many interconnected devices create a massive online infrastructure many of us use throughout our daily lives. Our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and even refrigerators make up the Internet of Things. In fact, any device which is connected to the internet makes up the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things has grown into a powerful shaping force for both our personal and professional lives. Throughout the past two decades, technological innovation has changed the face of humanity unlike any other period in history, and the sector continues to expand and re-shape how we see entertainment and business.

The History of the Internet of Things

Despite the growing impact of the Internet of Things, nearly 87 percent of individuals have never heard the term. Most people are connected to the Internet of Things in some way, but few have any idea as to how the system impacts their day-to-day life - both in the office and in the home. It seems like a concept for those tech-y people and engineers out on the West Coast.

The Internet of Things may sound like a new term, but in actuality it’s been around since 1974, when Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) took their place as the first member of the IoT. Since then, this network of interconnected devices has grown exponentially - in 2008, the number of devices in the IoT surpassed the number of people in the world.

 

What Makes Up the Internet of Things?

Currently, there are roughly 5 billion devices connected to the internet. This number is expected to reach 50 billion by the year 2020, and will include hundreds of new devices. Today’s most common devices include smartphones, tablets, and computers, but newly designed refrigerators, thermostats, and even light bulbs are beginning to take their place in the Internet of Things.

Self-Driving Cars

Among the most interesting of these newly developed, interconnected devices is the self-driving car. Experts predict we’ll see over 250 million cars connected to the internet by the year 2020, and many of these will be self-driving. While self-driving cars are still in their early stages of development, companies like Google are logging over 10,000 miles per week with their fleet of fully autonomous vehicles. It will take a number of years for self-driving cars to become a staple of garages everywhere, but as they become more mainstream and more readily available, they’ll become an important addition to the Internet of Things.

Wearable Technology

While the invention of self-driving cars is enough to excite the inner sci-fi enthusiast in all of us, the development of smaller devices will also have a major impact on our lives in the coming years. Over the past five years, the development of wearable technology has grown into an established market, with smart watches and FitBits becoming an important addition to many of our wardrobes. In fact, the wearable device market grew 223 percent in 2015, with millions of FitBits and Apple Watches being shipped shortly after their release. These devices are still fairly new to many members of today’s society, but they form an important sector of the Internet of Things. Wearable technology is expected to pave the way for new innovation, wherein devices like smartphones and tablets become a thing of the past. When I bought the Apple watch last April, my friend Dan said “Julie, now your devices have devices.” I was sitting at the table and my purse was in the other room. The phone rang on my iPhone and on my watch I could see it was my daughter calling, so I answered my watch at the table.

Smart Clothing

As of now, wearable technology is confined to watches, FitBits, and Google Glass, but internet-connected clothing is currently in development. Experts expect roughly 10.2 million units of smart clothing will hit shelves in 2020, such as fitness-tracking shirts which are designed to monitor the wearer’s heart rate, body temperature, and other vital signs. Just ten years ago, smart clothing would have sounded like a work of fiction devised in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but as of 2013 over 140,000 units of smart clothing were shipped worldwide.

 

How the Internet of Things Impacts Our Shared Economy

The Internet of Things plays an important role in our personal lives by giving us new ways to learn, work, travel, exercise, communicate, and entertain ourselves, but it also plays a massive role in the world’s shared economy. As the internet grows, economies of the world become increasingly connected. This has a major impact on jobs and trade, as well as the world’s GDP - in fact, GE recently stated that the Internet of Things (or the “Industrial Internet,” in their terms) will add between $10 trillion and $15 trillion to the global GDP over the next two decades. In addition, the McKinsey Global Institute believes the Internet of Things will have a total economic impact of roughly $11 trillion by the year 2025. These estimations show that as people of the world become more connected because of the IoT, so do their economies.

The Internet of Things is only going to grow, and it’s going to have an utterly major impact on the people and economies of the globe. Today’s devices make up only 0.1 percent of all new innovations expected to connect to the internet, meaning our lives are going to change significantly as this technological sector grows exponentially. The devices we currently use have had a significant impact on how we work and relax, but the devices we can expect to see throughout the next 20 years have immeasurable potential for the people and economies of the world. Technological innovation holds limitless opportunity for society and business worldwide, making the Internet of Things one of the most innovative new factors of modern life.

Are you ready?

Julie Kantor is CEO of http://www.twomentor.com/"}}" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(46, 112, 97);">Twomentor, LLC a management consulting firm that helps companies reach greater heights and better retain employees by building mentoring cultures. She will be chairing the http://www.womeninstemconference.com/"}}" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(46, 112, 97);">Global Women in STEM Conference in Dubai this October for women from 12+ countries for the Meera Kaul Foundation.

Source : huffingtonpost

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