Wednesday, 11 July 2018

How To Manage Distracting Notifications On WhatsApp

WhatsApp as with a lot of other social media applications on our mobile devices, can be very distracting if not well managed.

Although it is a very useful tool both for private messaging, social sharing, as well as business interactions, WhatsApp notifications can become a huge source of distraction and quite interruptive.

In order to reduce the distractions and restrict interruptions, there are ways to manage your WhatsApp notifications intelligently.

Managing Individual Chat Notifications

For some persons, apart from sending normal one-on-one chat messages, they do send a lot of spammy broadcast messages which can be quite annoying.

To restrict such a distracting individual's chat notifications, simply press and hold the chat with that contact, on the pop-up menu that shows, select "Mute Notifications". 

You can then select for how long you want to keep notifications from this user muted - one day, one week, one month, or one year.

Managing Group Chat Notifications

Most users of WhatsApp, apart from individual chats, tend to belong to several chat groups that are of interest to them.

Messages from these different chats groups can be a major distraction and battery drainer.

The best way to limit the distractions from the multiple WhatsApp groups you belong to on your phone is to manage their notifications.

Simply select the particular group of which you wish to manage notifications, and navigate to the "Group Information" button.

Then click on the "Mute Notification" option.

Next, choose the option for how long you want to keep notifications from this group muted - one day, one week, one month, or one year.

Manage Status Notifications

WhatsApp statuses have become quite the thing these days, in the manner of SnapChat statuses.

Apart from being a way of updating our favorite images, videos and text moments or thoughts, it has also become a very useful publicity and lead generation tool.

However, it does have its down side and can become pretty much a distraction, particularly from contacts who post multiple or offensive content on their status.

To manage status notifications of any of your contacts, you can do this when that contact posts a text, image or video on their status.

Simply navigate to the status notification page of your WhatsApp, then scroll to the particular user's status update.

Rather than click to view the status update, simply press and hold the status message for a second.

A pop-up message will display prompting you to mute that contact's status update or cancel.

Select mute. Once done, you will no longer see status updates from that contact on your status notifications page.

Hope you find these steps helpful in managing your WhatsApp notifications and minimizing distractions.

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Thursday, 28 June 2018

AKoin: Singer Akon's "Wakanda" Crypto City In Africa

Grammy Award winning Senegalese singer and entrepreneur Akon is launching his very own Cryptocurrency which will power his Wakanda-like, futuristic Cryprocity, AKoin.

For those not too familiar with tech jargon, AKoin is a new cryptocurrency based on the blockchain technology which will power the unique, Wakanda style Akon Crypto City known as the AKoin Ecosystem.

The multi-platinum selling artist, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Akon is not new to game-changing ideas.

He is the brains behind the transformational power project Akon Lighting Africa which has provided over 1,200 micro solar grids, 100,000 solar street lamps as well as 102,000 domestic solar kits to communities across 18 countries in Africa.

Whats The Fuss About AKoin?

True to being a kind of real life Wakanda, AKoin is set to be a one-of-a-kind digital city in the West African country, Senegal that will provide platforms and experiences that enable entrepreneurs as well as consumers to exchange goods and services using cryptocurrency right from their smartphone through a suite of blockchain-powered apps.

The futuristic city is located on a 2,000 acre estate just a short drive away from the country's capital, Dakar and barely 5 minutes from the new Dakar International Airport.

AKoin Crypto city which is already in development will feature futuristic and science-fiction based architectural and planning designs; essential Government, Educational and Health services; Infrastructure - including WiFi, Solar Power, Land and Technology; Financial services covering credit facilities, micro as well as peer-to-peer lending; Professional Services including freelancing, uber-like economy and crypto based jobs; Content and Marketing Services covering music, video and advertising; all of these backed by the cryptocurrency base.

How Will It Work?

Being a digital/shared economy-based system, the project started as a pilot in March 2018 with the launch of AKoin, the digital wallet/currency powering the city.

The first phase will see platform release on mobile phones as well as the launch of 3 DApps (crypto apps), and the AKoin card utility launch enabling cash in/out transactions.

This will be followed by city-wide integration with buildings, businesses and the entire city framework taking place while AKoin branded crypto ATMs begin operation running from September 2018 till December 2019.

After which, the currency will expand globally with particular focus on developing countries with opportunities for business/vendor expansion.

Wakanda and AKoin Crypto City

For those wondering how "futuristic" the city will be, the movie Black Panther gives a clue as to what technologies and architectural designs might be expected.

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Akon Crypto City is a mixed use master-planned city, which features all city essentials you can think of, from residential to retail complexes, city parks, a stadium, light manufacturing outfits, universities, and schools.

AKoin's real life Wakanda, with its opportunities for businesses, brands and high-profile individuals to create amazing, inclusive experiences in a futuristic environment similar to those in science fiction movies, looks to being the technology jewel and truly digital city on the African continent.

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Monday, 21 May 2018

Can Games Boost Your Intelligence Quotient?

Can games boost your intelligence quotient and mental capacity?

For most people, the assumption is that games are basically for when one is less busy and has some free time to spare.

Some others, quite unfairly, classify gamers and people who love to play games as being rather unserious and perhaps not so intelligent.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Basic Cybersecurity Rules to Ensure Online Safety for Internet Users

In the wake of ever-increasing cyber-attacks, it has become necessary that internet users take some security and precautionary measures.

Cybersecurity experts at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) are of the opinion that online identity theft for fraud is now a significant threat to e-Business services and even Government.

Three major areas that offer the most susceptibility to internet users online are password management, email, and social media, which remains most used access points and communication media online.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

5 Key Aspects To Cybersecurity For Enterprises and Organizations

It is becoming more and more important for our presence online to be kept secure in the face of increasing threats to the online security of individuals, businesses and even governments.

Cybersecurity has come at the front burner of significant discussions in technology circles with the rising tide of cybersecurity attacks and a range of criminal activity being perpetrated online.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2015 Report posits cyberattacks and threats are one of the most likely high-impact risks to be faced by organizations and governments.