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Python: One Of The Computer Coding Basics Worth Knowing

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Computer coding might sound scary for some. If you don’t have any kind of computer background, it’ll definitely be intimidating to even give it a thought. Even a regular computer user can get pretty intimidated at the thought of learning some computer coding basics.

Truth is that there’s really nothing to be scared of. In fact, it’s a good idea to learn some computer coding basics. To start with, no one is really too old to learn some of it. So, if you’re interested in learning some computer coding basics, go for it. One computer language worth knowing is Python.

If you’re looking to learn coding or want to pick up another programming language, Python is a good choice. One of the terrific things about Python is how closely it resembles the English language, so you’ll often see words like “not,” “in,” and “or” in its scripts. Because of its readability, Python is commonly the first programming language schools teach. It’s a great launchpad for an aspiring coder.

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There are actually a lot of computer languages you can choose from. However, Python is considered one of the computer coding basics. If you don’t have any coding experience, it’s a good language to start with.

Thanks to its clean syntax, it’s very easy to learn this particular language. It doesn’t have too many semi colons or brackets, unlike the other languages. In other words, the commands are easy to understand. Python is also a very versatile language. You can really do a lot with it. It’s also one of the languages that will stay for a very long time.

It’s also likely to stay relevant for years to come. According to the 2018 Stack Overflow Developer Survey, nearly two-fifths of coders on the Q&A site said they use Python. The language has gained in popularity from last year, surpassing C# and taking the seventh spot among coding languages. So you’ll find plenty of tutorials, explainers, and a large active online community to help you along your coding journey.

“Trends in language popularity reflect what is important in the software industry overall,” says Julia Silge, a data scientist at Stack Overflow. “Important shifts, like the rise of Python, show us how much impact data science and machine learning are having in the real world for real companies.”

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If that’s not enough to encourage you to learn Python, then this should. Did you know that Python powers a lot of the major tech companies?

Python is the official language of Google, it powers Instagram, and it even runs on chips Intel tests. It’s a scripting language that can automate all sorts of tasks, big or small. You can do just about anything with Python that you can do with other languages.

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The Latest Trend: Foldable Phones

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Picture this. A solar-powered phone that turns into a tablet, a watch, and a media player. How cool is that? This flexible phone shows all the possibilities of nanotechnologies. Unfortunately, this particular phone is pretty much just a concept called Morph.

The Morph concept came about after the Nokia Research Center and the Nanoscience Centre of University of Cambridge conducted a joint study on the future trends of smartphones. From that particular study, the Nokia Morph was conceptualized. The year was 2008.

Believe it or not, it was in 2008. The animation featured a ridiculously thin slab of glass that, after you were done sending messages and taking calls, could tri-fold down into a small surface and then fold around your wrist — like a slap bracelet — and essentially transform into a smartwatch.

(Via: https://www.cnet.com/news/if-this-is-the-future-of-foldable-phones-count-me-in/ )

At that time when the Nokia Morph was presented, it seemed pretty impossible that it would move on from being a mere concept to reality. After all, the year was 2008 when smartphones were just booming in the mobile market. Smartphone technology was definitely not as advanced as the futuristic Nokia Morph concept phone.

Nokia’s research team produced the most imaginative response to the iPhone with the Nokia “Morph.” Of course, the technologies to bring the Morph to life were not nearly advanced enough in 2008.

(Via: https://www.cnet.com/news/if-this-is-the-future-of-foldable-phones-count-me-in/ )

A lot has changed since the Nokia Morph concept phone was launched more than a decade ago. With the latest advancements in nanotechnologies, the Nokia Morph concept phone is slowly seeing the light of day.

The Morph was mostly science fiction, but the tech industry knows the power of science fiction to inspire real-life products. The foldable OLED displays on phones that we’re about to see in the coming weeks and months are an important step forward on that journey.

Foldables have already slipped into pole position as the next big thing in mobile, despite the fact that most of you probably aren’t sure why you’d want one at the moment.

(Via: https://www.cnet.com/news/if-this-is-the-future-of-foldable-phones-count-me-in/ )

Apparently, 2019 is the year of the foldables. But don’t get too excited about it. At least, not just yet. Although the major smartphone brands are competing to tease the market with their latest design, the foldable technology still has a long way to go.

The reality is that the foldable phones you’re going to see in 2019 are mostly teasers. You won’t have much trouble thinking of reasons why you wouldn’t want the foldable devices that are about to dominate the headlines. They’re going to be twice as thick as today’s phones when folded, and too big to fit in most pockets when unfolded. With all that extra screen to power, they’re going to be battery hogs. There will also be very few apps and software experiences optimized to take advantage of their possibilities.

The most interesting thing about

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Siri Shortcuts To Level Up Your iPhone And iPad

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Here’s a trivia for you. Do you know the name of the actor who provided the voice for Siri? Well, her name is Susan Bennet. Yes, she’s actually a real person. According to her, she recorded Siri voices in 2005. At that time, she had no idea where those recordings were going to end up.

Fast forward today, you now have the famous Siri in your iPhone and iPad. Surely, you use Siri a lot. That’s good. Now, are you aware of the Siri Shortcuts?

The Siri Shortcuts app was introduced in June, but a lot of people don’t even know what it is.

That’s too bad, because Siri Shortcuts is the best way to use Siri to control apps. You might ask Siri to open CNBC and begin playing live TV, for example.

(Via: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/siri-tips-and-tricks-for-iphone.html)

Thanks to Siri shortcuts, it’s now easier for you to take on the variety of tasks on your iPhone and iPad. Siri is now more than just a voice that provides information. With the shortcuts, Siri can actually perform the tasks for you. Interestingly enough, there’s no need to even talk to Siri. With just a simple tap, Siri Shortcuts can get the task done for you.

If you have an iPhone, you probably know the basics of what Siri can do. But Siri Shortcuts super charges it by letting you control third-party apps with just your voice. You don’t even have to touch your iPhone in most instances.

You might ask Siri to start navigating to work with Waze instead of Apple Maps or ask your HomePod to play a Pandora station (yes, you can do that!). You can even ask Siri to snap a selfie, which is useful if you’re trying to fit a bunch of people together in a photo and your iPhone is across the room.

(Via: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/siri-tips-and-tricks-for-iphone.html)

Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? With Siri Shortcuts, you really have an assistant who does everything for you. In a way, you don’t have to spend so time navigating your phone since Siri Shortcuts automates it to do certain tasks. However, Siri Shortcuts only recommends the apps that you normally use.

A word of warning: Siri is always learning, so the shortcuts it recommends can largely be based on whether you’ve used an app already or not.

(Via: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/siri-tips-and-tricks-for-iphone.html)

So if you want Siri Shortcuts to launch and automate a particular app, you would have to play around with that app  first. In case you want to listen to some music on Pandora, you would have to open Pandora first before Siri Shortcuts can launch it.

You can ask Siri to play music from Pandora, even on a HomePod. That means you don’t have to worry about AirPlay or subscribing to Apple Music just to listen to tunes on Apple’s smart speaker. You do this using Siri Shortcuts in

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Why Digital Decluttering Can Do Wonders For Your Devices

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Digital decluttering is important. It’s as important as decluttering your physical space. Holding on to all those unused apps, nonsense emails, redundant photos, useless files will just slow down your devices. At some point, digital decluttering is what you have to do to save your devices like smartphone, computer, and tablet.

The first thing you want to do, is delete anything you don’t need on your phone. Like the 10 pictures you got of the same image, delete the extras. Or the applications you never use, get rid of those. It is the same with your computer, but with this, there may be programs you are unaware of that take up space like a temporary start-up program. On a Windows computer, you can run a disk clean-up to get rid of files that are no longer of any use. It’s always good to have some sort of an external hard drive or pay for a subscription to a cloud storage service.

(Via: https://whotv.com/2019/02/25/digital-decluttering-to-speed-up-your-devices/)

You probably have a thousand and one photos in the gallery of your smartphone and those are just the ones you took with your camera. You haven’t even counted the Viber images and videos. Add to that the many downloads and screenshots you never bother to trash. Now, that’s a lot of stuff in your smartphone.

The same thing with your computer. You probably have a million files in it. That’s why it’s time for some serious digital decluttering.

“There are like I-cloud, for example with iPhones, Google Drive has a bunch of popular services that allow you to save that stuff directly onto the internet essentially, which is good because it’s cheaper to go about having it stored online most of the time it’s like a monthly subscription rather than the part itself.”

(Via: https://whotv.com/2019/02/25/digital-decluttering-to-speed-up-your-devices/)

Online backup is not bad at all. It’s actually very convenient. The best thing about it is that it’s very easy to access files. Since all your files are backed up online, you can access your files from any computer or smartphone. All you need is a secure internet to access all your files.

You can choose a backup service that automatically transfers all your files online. You won’t even have to think about it because once your computer or smartphone is connected to the internet, your files are automatically transmitted. The thing you need to remember about some online backup services is that it does not really declutter your computer or smartphone. Basically, it just backs up everything on your computer or smartphone. It doesn’t really clean it up. You would have to keep all your files on your computer for them to be backed up online.

That’s the advantage of using external hard drives. Once you’ve backed up your files to an external hard drive, you can start decluttering your computer and smartphone. You can delete as …

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Do You Have A Security Strategy To Protect Your Backups?

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It’s not enough to back up data. That doesn’t necessarily guarantee total protection. Even if backups are hidden away in the network, you should never eliminate the thought of losing data.

The question you should ask yourself is this. Is the network safe enough to protect backups? If you think it is, then good for you. Still, that shouldn’t stop you from creating a security strategy to protect backups.

One sure way to avoid total data loss is to protect the network itself. With advanced persistent threats continuously progressing, no network is safe. That is scary.

Ransomware is one of the advanced persistent threats to networks these days. It stays quiet and undetected within the network. Eventually it steals data so that the ransom writer can sell it back to the owner. It’s simple extortion that could put any company out of business in no time.

There has been a tactical pivot in ransomware. It seems that ransomware writers have realized that large organizations have lots of money, and some do not have the best protection against infections. Newer ransomware is behaving as an advanced persistent threat, a piece of malware that tries to stay undetected in your network for some time to do the maximum amount of damage.

The APT will usually spread through your network, infecting as many computers as possible. Often, the malware will try to connect to a command-and-control server over the internet to report the progress of the infection and await the command to attack.

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Unfortunately, these days the use of command and control or C &C server is evolving to do more damage to the network. It stays silent and undetected in the background so that it could have access to the network for a very long time, eventually endangering computers and backups.

A ransomware APT attack may start by stealthily spreading itself through your network and infecting all of your computers. It will then seek out file-based backups and valuable but older files to encrypt. The aim is to get as much of your infrastructure infected and encrypted — over a period of weeks or months — before you are alerted and can protect backups from ransomware. By slowly encrypting files, the ransomware is making the process of recovering from backups slow and expensive, perhaps more costly than paying the ransom. Once the infection is complete, and your backups contain a mix of encrypted and clean files, then it is time to detonate the ransomware. All of the infected machines will suddenly encrypt recently used files, and your applications will stop working.

Because the APT ransomware has been in the network for weeks before it detonates, it probably has been backed up numerous times. Your backups now contain both encrypted files and the ransomware application itself.

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That’s where the danger lies. Restoring backups could mean restoring ransomware …

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