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Talkwalker – A Unique Social Media Listening Tool

By |2017-02-08T01:18:20+01:00May 26th, 2016|Categories: Internet Tools|Tags: |

Over the past few weeks, I've been delving into a new tool - well new to me, called Talkwalker - A Unique Social Media Listening Tool.   With its multiple social data intelligence features Talkwalker  could be useful for not only Brands to listen to what people are saying about them or find out what their competitors are doing but also for companies who need to do research for marketing campaigns.  Or for instance find reach on  hashtags or information about products or even for bloggers who need to find out information about their own niche.   Basically, anything that is being talked about online you can find out about and discover really in-depth information with this tool. What is Talkwalker Talkwalker is really more than a social media listening tool - it is a leading European social data intelligence platform.  What can I say, it is huge, its a social media listening tool, analytics platform, sm monitoring tool plus more which is all intermingled to produce almost never-ending results. Talkwalker was founded in 2009 by Trediction a company that is based in [...]

End-to-end encryption makes communication on WhatsApp finally private

By |2017-02-08T01:18:21+01:00April 5th, 2016|Categories: Internet Tools, Mobile apps|Tags: |

End-to-end encryption makes communication on WhatsApp finally private - Whatsapp today have stepped up their privacy game by adding end-to-end encryption - it was one factor that was leaving them behind in the communication race with many other apps such as Telegram and Skype already using this method of secure communication. What is end to end encryption (E2EE) Whatspp end-to-end encryption was developed in collaboration with Open Whisper Systems. What it actually means is that no one - apart from who you allow - can read your chat or listen to your phone calls via WhatsApp - not hackers, cyber criminals, an internet service provider, government or indeed any other third party.  What they call cryptographic keys are used to encrypt and decrypt the messages. Basically all messages, documents, photos, videos, voice messages  are secured with a lock and key, and no one else can get your secret number unless you allow it. End-to-end encryption makes communication on WhatsApp finally private The absence of end to end encryption hasn't prevented the hoards of people using Whatsapp and signing up - with something like [...]

Who unfollowed me on Instagram

By |2017-02-08T01:18:21+01:00March 24th, 2016|Categories: Internet Tools|Tags: |

Instagram made some changes to the desktop application today. You can click on the heart button to see who has liked and commented on your posts and you can reply right from there, which is pretty handy.  But what they still haven't done is to add a followers button, like we have on the app.  Also, there is no way on either the phone app or the desktop platform for you to see if you are being followed reciprocally.  There are a number of ways to find out who unfollowed you on Instagram though. Who unfollowed me on Instagram There are a number of ways I can find out who unfollowed me on Instagram if my follower count suddenly drops.  Sadly people just follow you to get more followers and then they unfollow you so they have a larger follower to followed ratio, so I like to catch those people out and unfollow them too.  I do follow people that don't follow me, it's just those annoying users that are just following you to get you to follow back.  Its rather [...]

The Free Windows 10 Desktop Screen Recorder

By |2017-02-08T01:18:24+01:00March 16th, 2016|Categories: Internet Tools|Tags: |

I think most people by now should have upgraded to Windows 10 but many people still don’t realise that Windows 10 comes with its very own screen recording software.  This video capture tool was seemingly designed for recording Xbox games streamed on a PC but you can use it to record your own computer screen activity.  So, if you want a simple, free image and screen capture tool and you have Windows 10 you have one already. Who knew! Windows 10 Desktop Screen Recorder The screen recording tool in Windows 10 is pretty much hidden if you don't use the Xbox app because it was meant for recording games and it's actually part of the Xbox app. So, to use the screen recording tool you will need to open the Xbox App and keep it running in the background. (First, you'll need to find the Xbox App if you've never used it, you may have it in your start menu or you can just search for it) Then all you need to do is to press the Windows Key and the G [...]

Virgin Media Fastest Broadband: why are people reporting 3mbs download speeds?

By |2017-02-08T01:18:28+01:00September 24th, 2015|Categories: Internet Tools|Tags: , , , |

I'm very confused, if its true that Virgin Media are the fastest broadband supplier, why are people reporting 3mbs download speeds?  I personally am getting this problem - I pay for 100mbs broadband and for a while now I've been getting from 3mbs - 70mb through out the day - and really only after about Midnight does it go back up to 100 consistently - of course which is great as that's bedtime. Virgin Media told me this is due to traffic, basically there are too many people using Virgin Media and they are having problems fixing it.   They also said its only in peak times but this isn't true, its all day long that speeds are bad but it is guaranteed to get worse at around 7pm onwards. This example of my speedtest is from 2pm - no not as bad as some that I get with 3mbs download and 200+ ping but bad enough. 2PM Virgin Media say that, the problem is in my area, and work has to be done with a box (assume exchange) which can't be completed until [...]

How to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free

By |2017-02-08T01:18:34+01:00June 4th, 2015|Categories: Internet Tools|Tags: |

How to upgrade to windows 10 for free?  Have you clicked the upgrade button for Windows 10 yet, if you haven't I think you should - as Microsoft say that this offer won't last forever, you only have a year to take advantage of the offer, and  who knows they might change their minds, so get it now. As long as you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and reserve your copy you will get the full upgrade for free, as soon as it is launched on the 29th of July. This upgrade is a full version of Windows 10 not the trial and will last forever on the device you have upgraded only - you don't have to pay next year or ever. Note that if you have more than one device such as a PC, laptop and a tablet you will need to reserve a copy on each device. How to upgrade to Windows 10 for free? Just to go the Windows 10 upgrade page - Click on the small Windows icon found at the right end of the [...]

The Top How To Searches on Google

By |2017-02-08T01:18:34+01:00June 1st, 2015|Categories: Internet Tools|

As my "How To" blogs always seem get a lot of interest from Google searches - I thought I'd try to find out The top how to searches on Google. So, I hoped over to Google Tops trends, which shows you the most searched items of 2014. Google tells us we searched trillions of times in 2014! How fascinating is that!  Its hard to imagine now, what we did before Google, we would have to look in a book, buy a book or even go to the library to look up the information we needed. Or if it was something more technical such as How to make a professional animated video  or a problem on social networks (which I realise we didn't have back then) such as How to review and remove Facebook apps you might just hire someone to do that for you. You can basically find out how to do practically anything on Google web search or any search engine actually. In the past I've searched for things like how to replace an iPhone screen or how to replace a laptop hard drive and been able [...]

How to get some extra cheeky shares on your blog posts

By |2017-02-08T01:18:46+01:00January 17th, 2015|Categories: Internet Tools, Social Media|Tags: , |

If you want to know how to get some extra cheeky shares on your blog posts, you've come to the right place. A big part of the social media landscape is about sharing and reciprocation, you have probably noticed, when you share someone elses posts, they are more likely to check out what you do and maybe even share some of your posts. However there are also various other ways to get shares from other people with platforms like Triberr or Empire Ave who now offer missions. And now its time to tell you about this great platform to get more shares on social media, there has been many similar like this that have come and gone, and I don't know why because I think they are a great idea. How to get some extra cheeky shares on your blog posts Its a platform called JustRetweet owned by Chris Fong - I'm not sure if he was the founder, it doesn't say.  JustRetweet has actually been around for a couple of years, but I think at the time I signed [...]

Automated personal assistant ClickHook

By |2017-02-08T01:18:53+01:00July 31st, 2014|Categories: Business, Internet Tools|Tags: , , , |

Recently I was asked to beta test the Automated personal assistant ClickHook - I wondered what on earth it was all about so I signed up.  I love a new app or platform and I love beta testing to help out.  And just sometimes I feel compelled to write a blog or a review about the subject, to help or inform my readers of great things, just like now. ClickHook was founded by Dave Vass and his Partner Rajeev who although are from Canada and India respectively have been working together for sometime. ClickHook has only been around for 4 tiny months so its in very early stages, especially when they are a very small team and the product is self funded by Dave himself. Just wow!   The idea behind ClickHook is to offer a simpler new approach to handling leads and contacts.  I love where Dave is coming from with this, he is enjoying the thrill of creating something for us, that is more flexible and easier than anyone has created before. Automated personal assistant ClickHook Essentially ClickHook is [...]

Your desktop version of Skype is being retired

By |2017-02-08T01:18:56+01:00July 20th, 2014|Categories: Internet Tools|Tags: , |

Is your desktop version of Skype is being retired?!  People are getting emails saying that Skype are retiring their version of Skype and they are concerned that these emails might be a phishing email, scam or virus email.  Its good that people are concerned, you should never click links that ask for your passwords or to download, without checking first. Skype Email - Your desktop version of Skype is being retired The email reads like this We are now retiring older versions of Skype and it appears that you’re currently using one of these. To continue signing into Skype on your desktop you'll need to download to the latest version. The new version comes with improved performance and the latest features and security updates, so you'll get the best possible Skype experience Is this a scam email from Skype? Skype have been saying for a long time that this will happen, and last month on their own blog they said that Skype are focusing on bringing us the latest most up to date versions of Skype and to make sure we are all using them, [...]

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