Every graphic designer can benefit from taking online courses like these

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Americans spend nearly 11 hours a day glued to a screen, a recent Nielsen report indicates. It may be spent playing video games, checking social media, streaming shows, or god-forbid, working, but the fact is that the average person devotes almost half a day to the screen. Because of this, companies are continually competing for everyone’s attention. And naturally, these businesses seek the help of competent graphic designers to produce creative that will stand out. Read more…

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Welp, Steven Seagal is endorsing a cryptocurrency called 'Bitcoiin'

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Questionable ICOs have left many investors with Exit Wounds, but that hasn’t stopped Steven Seagal from backing one.

The ’90s action star became the worldwide ambassador of a cryptocurrency called Bitcoiin 2nd Generation, news that he confirmed on his Twitter account.

If the double “i” in the name didn’t prompt reluctance, there’s a couple of worrying signs regarding Bitcoiin2Gen.

As noted by Coindesk, the website for Bitcoiin2Gen lists no details about who’s actually behind the cryptocurrency. Its domain was originally registered in 2015 in Panama, but changed hands around Jan. 8.  Read more…

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Download Apple's update to protect your iPhone from the Telugu bug

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Apple issued a fix to the bug that was crashing iPhones with a single character. 

On Monday, the company released several updates, including iOS 11.2.6. If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad, you should probably download it ASAP.

Last week, a bug was discovered that crashed systems with a single character from the Telugu language, which is used in parts of India. Mashable tested the bug and found that, yes, it was a real problem

PSA: Go download iOS 11.2.6 NOW. Do it now to prevent someone from crashing your iPhone pic.twitter.com/wuOqV8NwOa

— (っ◔◡◔)っ Raymond Wong📱💾📼 (@raywongy) February 20, 2018 Read more…

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There are too many ways to DM, and it's stifling the way we communicate

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At any given moment, I have, on average, five unread text messages, a couple unread Instagram messages, dozens of unseen Twitter DMs, and close to 1,000 unread emails along with a smattering of other messages on services like Facebook, Snapchat, and Slack. 

It’s too much, and it’s becoming too hard to keep up with all of it.

All of these inboxes to check and ways to talk to one another, in theory, make communication easier, more natural, and fluid. But in practice? This disjointed way of communicating in the modern world just makes everything more exhausting.  Read more…

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The best VPNs for iOS if you're looking for more privacy

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VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are relevant tools to anyone concerned about fast-diminishing privacy on the internet. 

These days, it’s difficult to surf the web without leaving a trail of your activity. Google and Facebook, for instance, rake in billions a year by gathering and selling information about your online behavior.

While there’s certainly no foolproof privacy option, VPNs are a popular way to shroud your web identity, and they’re available for almost any device that connects to the internet, including iOS devices. Read more…

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This Chrome extension brings 'View Image' back to Google Search

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A few days ago, Google removed a feature that many people find quite usable: the ability to easily view — and download — an image found through Google’s search engine. 

While the removal of this tool does make it a bit harder to download and potentially abuse copyrighted images, it also makes life a little harder for those who use those images in a fair way. 

However, a new Chrome extension fixes this in the simplest of ways: It brings back the “View Image” button exactly where it was before Google removed it.

Called simply “View image,” the extension worked as advertised, at least in my testing. At the time of writing, more than 8,000 people have downloaded, and the reviews are great.  Read more…

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