Instagram Update: Keep Calm and Don’t Turn On Notifications Because…

Changes to Instagram’s algorithm will present photos out of chronological order. But users should not rush to change their preferences just yet.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: Lifestyle Police


Forthcoming changes to Instagram’s algorithm, which will present photos out of chronological order, have thrown the photo-sharing app into chaos, with users asking their followers to “turn on notifications” so their updates aren’t lost to the new regime.

Don’t do it. For your sake. Not yet, anyway.

Turning on notifications for Rihanna, for example, means you’ll be told every time she posts a new photo. It is the equivalent of Rihanna texting you to tell you that she’s put a pic up on Instagram, but without the close relationship with Rihanna implicit in that scenario.

Sometimes Rihanna posts several images a day. You’d receive a text to let you know, every time. Annoying, right? Even in the case of Rihanna, arguably the only person worth following on Instagram.

Don’t turn on notifications. Your phone is already buzzing and bleeping and wishing you “a nice day” and asking if you’ve “been affected by the explosion” (?!) – you don’t need to be personally notified every time that person you don’t know posts a picture of a meal you didn’t order or a sunset you didn’t see or a coffee you really, really need right now because you just got told @badgalriri’s posted another photo to Instagram.

(To clarify: in accordance with her “dgaf” public persona, Rihanna has not asked her 36.1 million followers to turn on notifications (Ellie Goulding has).)

In short, don’t turn on notifications. And definitely don’t for everyone who asks you to. The only person you should turn on notifications for is your crush, and if you’re smart you’d have done that ages ago.

We don’t know the specifics of how Instagram’s timeline is changing. The spate of posts hashtagged #InstagramChangesover the past 24 hours seems to have been sparked by one unknown “influencer”, who spurred others to follow suit like lemmings off a cliff, panicked by a change confirmed by the platform on 15 March.

In its infinite wisdom, Instagram has decided that ordering posts from newest to oldest means you are probably missing out on “the posts you might care about the most”. It neglected to expand on what posts it thought you might care about the most but said “you may be surprised to learn that people miss on average 70% of their feeds”.

It signalled that photos and videos would “soon” be ordered “based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post”.

“If your favorite musician shares a video from last night’s concert, it will be waiting for you when you wake up, no matter how many accounts you follow or what time zone you live in. And when your best friend posts a photo of her new puppy , you won’t miss it.”

Instagram’s statement clarified that the change would affect the ordering of posts, not whether they appeared at all: “All the posts will still be there, just in a different order” – though it did preface that with “as we begin”, the obvious inference being that it’s only getting started.

Facebook, which bought the photo-sharing app for US $1bn in 2012, introduced a similar change to its news feed in 2014 – now there is no way to consistently view it in reverse chronological order. Its users complained then, too.

MTV, assumedly speaking on behalf of youth, complained that Instagram “used to be the great equalizer: The quality of your photos and your photos alone would either lead you to Insta-fame or cast you into the deep blue sea of Insta-nothingness. But, like Facebook, Instagram believes that robots hold the answer to our happiness.”

The timeframe Instagram gave for this “new experience” was “the coming months”.

“We’re going to take time to get this right and listen to your feedback along the way.”

An Instagram spokesman told Guardian Australia there were still “weeks, if not months, of testing” to go before the feature is rolled out beyond a small test group.

“We’ll certainly confirm things when the changes are made,” he said.

But going by users’ myriad pleas for notifications to be enabled on Monday, something must have spooked them. With the platform thrown into disarray, the company attempted to calm the community on Twitter.

It’s easy to see why the brands and personalities for whom Instagram is their primary platform are concerned – it’s a site of significant commerce, with individual influencers asking hundreds, even thousands of dollars to promote products on their pages, depending on their following.

Changes to the algorithm, such as that confirmed by the platform on 15 March, affect how many people they can guarantee their posts are reaching, which could affect how much money they can ask advertisers for.

Until the extent of the changes become apparent, for the majority of the platform’s 300m users, it’s another one of those irritating reminders that the places where we work, play, communicate and otherwise while away our time online are subject to the whims of teams working in “user experience”, which may or may not have our best interests at heart.

It’s annoying, yes – but it is almost certainly not as annoying as receiving notifications.

I’m Sorry, Folks. STOP ALREADY. If you are worried no one is going to see your posts and YOU deserve to be a “NOTIFICATION” in my account. YOU ARE DREAMING. You are cool. I think highly of your and your business. You are not so important that you deserve to notify me when you post on Instagram. IF YOU NEED HELP POSTING BETTER CONTENT, contact me, I’ll be your fearless advisor to help you through this transition in the landscape of social media change. (Yes, had to take this opportunity to promote myself. It’s good business) I follow the work of @jenns_trends to learn about using Instagram and Twitter… and other social media stuff. Here is a quote from here recent article and I agree: “So, before you go begging for people to get notifications on your account, let me reiterate the need to create BETTER content. If you really want to know how Instagram’s new algorithm is going to affect you, my recommendation is to up your game. Half-ass photos, boring captions, lack of a good hashtag strategy, and poor community building will crush you. Which it should. So, step up and give your audience what they deserve.” Please, think about what you are doing, asking for people to get notifications is easy for you and annoying for them. Have confidence and respect for your audience. Give them good content and from this you will do well. #mydarndest #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #marketing #jennstrends #LearnFromJenn #business #instagrammarketing #instagramsuccess #instagramtraining #instagramstrategy #instagramtips #instagramexpert #socialmediasuccess #smallbusiness #socialmediatips #entrepreneur #bestpractices #visualmarketing #instagramforbusiness #smm #smallbiz #instagramnews #instagramupdate #instagramupdates #onlinemarketing #Design #GraphicDesign #ROC #typography

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This Device Allows You To Track Anything, Anytime

WITH OVER 1.5 MILLION UNITS SOLD WORLDWIDE, THIS IS THE MOST AFFORDABLE SOLUTION TO FIND YOUR LOST ITEMS!

Have you ever lost your car on a parking lot? It happens. You park and go shopping. When you get back, you don’t have a clue where your car is. Then you start roaming around clicking on the panic button on your car keys so the alarm goes off. It can be frustrating, especially on a hot, sunny day.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


No, you don’t need to install an expensive GPS system to keep track of your car. That’s way too expensive. You would need to pay a monthly subscription fee just to use it. Don’t we have enough bills to pay already?

But is there a way to track your vehicle without spending a fortune? Yes, now there is!

A California-based startup company was able to make this a reality. They created a tiny device that works with your smartphone, and it could be exactly what you’re looking for!

WHAT IS IT?

It’s called TrackR. It is a state-of-the-art tracking device the size of a quarter. It’s changing the way we keep track of the important things in our lives.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

It’s easy! Install the free TrackR app on your smartphone, connect the app to your device and you’re ready to go! Simply attach TrackR to whatever you want to keep tabs on. The entire process of setting it up only takes 5 minutes or less.

You can attach it to your keys, briefcase, wallet, your latest tech gadgets and anything else you don’t want to lose. Then use the TrackR app to locate your missing item in seconds.


“THIS DEVICE HAS SAVED ME TONS OF TIME AND MONEY!”

Forget expensive GPS systems or tracking services. Nobody wants to pay expensive monthly subscription fees. We understand how stressful these things can be, and this is the reason why TrackR was created. This device is your VIP when you need to take care of more important things in life.

Remember the car scenario above? If you have the TrackR, you can just hide it under your car’s floor mat, in the trunk or in the glove compartment. Somewhere it won’t be found if your car gets stolen.

If you forget where you parked your car, whip out your smartphone and open the TrackR app. Tap on the “find device” button on the screen and the app will tell you the exact coordinates of the last known location of the TrackR.

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With TrackR you’ll gain peace of mind, knowing you can find your car quickly.

WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW TO SEE HOW TRACKR WORKS…

HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST ME?

You’re probably thinking that this device is very expensive… False! TrackR only costs $29! That’s a small price to pay for peace of mind, isn’t it?

WHERE CAN I BUY ONE?

You can buy it directly from the company’s website by clicking here.

NOTE: As a special summer sale, the company is now offering an incredible “Buy 4 – Get 4 FREE” deal to all new customers.

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO WITH TRACKR?

As we said before, TrackR has unlimited possibilities. The device is small and unobtrusive enough that you can attach it to your pet. Put it on their collar, and the issue of searching for them as they scamper off to nearby places will be over! Attach it to your keys and wallet, and never waste a minute rummaging the whole house for it.

TrackR even comes with a double-sided adhesive so you can stick it to your laptop or under your bike seat. Track down and punish the thieves who steal your expensive things!

ATTACH IT TO EVERYTHING THAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU…

Now that you’ve been informed about this brilliant invention, let me show you how easy it is to track your valuable items. All you need to do is to follow these 3 steps:

  • Step 1: Order TrackR today to take advantage of the 50% OFF sale.
  • Step 2: When you receive it, open the package and place the thin battery inside the device. Then download the free TrackR app on your smartphone and link up the unit with the app. Finally, hide TrackR in your car or attach it to the item you wish to track.
  • Step 3: Relax… Use the TrackR app to find your things. It’s easy!

Here’s a tip: TrackR is a great gift idea because there’s no monthly fee involved!

Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer – Government Study Confirms

The National Toxicology Program under the National Institutes of Health has completed the largest-ever animal study on cell phone radiation and cancer.  The results confirm that cell phone radiation exposure levels within the currently allowable safety limits are the “likely cause” of brain and heart cancers in these animals, according to Dr. John Bucher, Associate Director of the NTP.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


One in twelve (12) male rats developed either malignant cancer (brain and rare heart tumors) or pre-cancerous lesions that can lead to cancer.  Tumors called schwannomas were induced in the heart, in the same kind of cells in the brain that have lead to acoustic neuromas seen in human studies.  The NTP says it is important to release these completed findings now given the implications to global health.  No cancers occurred in the control group.

Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD of Orebro University says

“(T)he animal study confirms our findings in epidemiological studies of an increased risk for glioma and acoustic neuroma among people that use wireless phones, both cell phones and cordless phones (DECT).  Acoustic neuroma is a type of Schwannoma, so interestingly this study confirms findings in humans of increased risk for glioma and acoustic neuroma.   In 2013 we called for upgrading the risk in humans to Group 1, the agent is carcinogenic to humans. It is now time to re-evaluate both the cancer risk and other potential health effects in humans from radiofrequency radiation and also inform the public.”  says Hardell.   “This NTP evidence is greatly strengthening the evidence of risk, is sufficient to reclassify cell phone radiation as a known cancer-causing agent, and confirms the inadequacy of existing public safety limits.”

The World Health Organization’s 10-year study of human use of mobile phones concluded there is an increased risk for malignant brain tumors among the heavier mobile phone users, particularly where it is used mostly on one side of the head.  The 2010 Interphone mega-study of cancer in humans using mobile phones found higher cancer risk, but at that time there was little animal testing to support the risks identified in humans.  Now, this NTP study has shown statistically significant risks with a dose-response relationship to the amount of exposure.  It proves that non-ionizing radiation can plausibly cause cancer, not just ionizing radiation like x-rays and puts to rest the traditional scientific argument that cell phone radiation can’t do harm.

Dr. Bucher said the animals’ exposure was about the same as for people who are heavy users of cell phones.  He also confirmed that the exposure of 1.5 W/Kg is lower than currently allowed under FCC public safety limits. Testing on rats is standard in predicting human cancers.

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The BioInitiative Report (2014) documents nervous system effects in 68% of studies on radiofrequency radiation (144 of 211 studies).  This has increased from 63% in 2012 (93 of 150 studies). Genetic effects (damage to DNA) from radiofrequency radiation is reported in 65% (74 of 114 studies); and 83% (49 of 59 studies) of extremely-low frequency studies.

Dr. Christopher Portier, formerly with the NTP commented this is not just an associated finding—but that the relationship between radiation exposure and cancer is clear.  “I would call it a causative study, absolutely. They controlled everything in the study. It’s [the cancer] because of the exposure. “This is by far—far and away—the most carefully done cell phone bioassay, a biological assessment. This is a classic study that is done for trying to understand cancers in humans”.


The Wall Street Journal reports:

Multiyear, peer-reviewed study found ‘low incidences’ of two types of tumors in male rats exposed to type of radio frequencies commonly emitted by cellphones.

Reverberation chambers tested by National Institute of Standards and Technology.

A major U.S. government study on rats has found a link between cellphones and cancer, an explosive finding in the long-running debate about whether mobile phones cause health effects.

The multiyear, peer-reviewed study, by the National Toxicology Program, found “low incidences” of two types of tumors in male rats that were exposed to the type of radio frequencies that are commonly emitted by cellphones. The tumors were gliomas, which are in the glial cells of the brain, and schwannomas of the heart.

“Given the widespread global usage of mobile communications among users of all ages, even a very small increase in the incidence of disease resulting from exposure to [radio-frequency radiation] could have broad implications for public health,” according to a report of partial findings from the study, which was released late Thursday.

A spokesperson for the National Institutes of Health, which helped oversee the study, wasn’t immediately available for comment. Earlier in the week, the NIH said, “It is important to note that previous human, observational data collected in earlier, large-scale population-based studies have found limited evidence of an increased risk for developing cancer from cellphone use.”

While not all biological effects observed in animals necessarily apply to humans, the National Toxicology Program’s $25 million study is one of the biggest and most comprehensive experiments into health effects from cellphones.

“Where people were saying there’s no risk, I think this ends that kind of statement,” said Ron Melnick, who ran the NTP project until retiring in 2009 and recently reviewed the study’s results.

Since mobile phones were launched commercially in the 1980s, the only widely agreed upon physical impact from cellphone radio-frequency energy is that it can heat human tissue at high enough levels. Cellphones are designed well below this thermal level.

The U.S. government’s official position is that the weight of scientific evidence hasn’t indicated health risks. In 2011, the World Health Organization said cellphone radiation was a group 2B possible carcinogen. Illustrating the ambiguity of the designation is the fact that certain pickled vegetables and coffee are also considered possibly carcinogenic.

There also are many studies showing no harmful health effects. Just this month, a survey of brain cancer rates in Australia found no increase since the introduction of mobile phones there almost three decades ago, a finding also seen in other countries.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration appointed the NTP to study cellphone radio-frequency radiation nearly two decades ago. The NTP, established inside the Department of Health and Human Services in 1978, is tasked with identifying and testing agents that are potentially harmful to humans.

In 2005, the NTP selected the IIT Research Institute in Chicago to carry out the experiments. The parameters of the tests took several years to design and build because of their complexity, researchers say.

The study was conducted in an underground lab with 21 specially designed radio-frequency chambers to house mice and rats. More than 2,500 rats and mice were exposed to radio-frequency energy in various intervals over two years.

The study explored effects from the most common type of wireless technologies, GSM and CDMA, at two common frequencies, 900 megahertz for rats and 1900 megahertz for mice. It exposed the rats to the frequencies every 10 minutes followed by a 10-minute break for 18 hours, resulting in nine hours a day of exposure.

Results from the study on mice weren’t released.

The two types of tumors the study identified also have been discovered in some epidemiological studies. Those studies, which have found instances of gliomas and acoustic neuromas, were key factors in the WHO’s decision to classify cellphone radiation as a possible carcinogen. The NTP report noted that its findings “appear to support” the classification.

It found the cancer association appeared in male rats, and didn’t find similar results in female rats. Rats that were exposed to radiofrequency energy in utero tended to have slightly lower birth weights.

Partial findings from the NTP study were released after the results were earlier reported by the website Microwave News. The NTP report said the complete study results would be released by the fall of 2017.

It’s not clear how the results may impact the government’s cellphone safety recommendations. The Federal Communications Commission, which administers safety guidelines for U.S. cellphone use, has been briefed on the findings.

“Scientific evidence always informs FCC rules on this matter,” an FCC spokesman said. “We will continue to follow all recommendations from federal health and safety experts including whether the FCC should modify its current policies and RF exposure limits.”

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Current cellphone safety standards are centered around the heating effects from radiofrequency energy, which is the same type of energy that cooks food in a microwave. Tests for safe use of cellphones were designed in the 1990s around this heating effect. The latest findings could lead to changes in safety standards, such as only talking on a cellphone while using a headset and keeping the devices out of pants pockets.

Supercharge Your iPhone In 5 Minutes With These 4 Simple Steps

Were you ever caught up in a situation where your iPhone battery was running low and you only had a few minutes to charge it?

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


This article shows you how to supercharge your iPhone in just 5 minutes.

It might sound unbelievable, but it really isn’t. Here’s what you should do:

4. Step 1 – Keep your phone cool

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Batteries don’t do well in heat. Always keep your phone away from extreme temperatures. To do so, you can remove the phone’s case when charging your device. This is because your case can be generating heat while the phone charges which can slow down the rate at which it charges.

3. Step 2 – Switch to airplane mode

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This simple step can make all the difference when you want to charge your phone quickly. Doing so stops all the activity that usually drains your battery such as searching for a Wi-Fi signal, receiving push notifications or connecting to Bluetooth devices. In fact, switching to airplane mode can cut the charging time down to half.

2. Step 3 – Leave your phone alone while you charge it

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This might sound obvious, but once you put your iPhone at charge, don’t use it. Turning on the display will use up more battery power and slow down the charge. While using your phone while charging won’t damage the battery, it will definitely take you longer to charge it. If you do this, your phone will charge twice as much in the same time period.

1. Step 4 – Use an iPad wall charger

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Make sure you always use manufacturer approved chargers when charging your device. If you want to supercharge your iPhone, use the iPad wall charger instead of your regular charger.

The larger adapter charged an iPhone 6 Plus 40% faster than a smaller one when put to the test.This is because it is capable of delivering a greater number of amps (or electricity per second) when compared to your usual chargers.

For example, a computer USB port delivers just 0.5 amps and an iPhone charger delivers 1.0 amps. On the other hand, an iPad charger delivers 2.1 amps. This makes a huge difference if you want to charge your device quickly.

Why Science CAN’T EXPLAIN These 7 Strange & Creepy Mysteries ?

Why Science CAN’T EXPLAIN These 7 Strange & Creepy Mysteries ?

By Anthony Von Dari@VOP Today


Strange & Creepy Mysteries Science Can’t Explain

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Through the detection of rapid eye movement we can tell precisely when someone is dreaming, and using brain imaging technology we may even be able to view your dreams one day.

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We also need to consider our definition of extra-terrestrial life, because even though NASA predicts we may find something in next two decades, it’s likely to be in the form of miniscule organisms that aren’t really capable of holding conversation.

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If you’re watching this video you’re probably conscious. If someone hits you with a baseball bat you’ll be rendered temporarily unconscious. And if they hit you a few more times before burying you in a shallow grave in the woods you’ll be permanently gone from this world.

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It is often said that we know more about space than we do the ocean, and whilst this is hardly something you can accurately measure it is true that we have a huge knowledge gap when it comes to the Earth’s soggy bottom.

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Ever since Pluto was given a dishonourable discharge for being too small and puny you may think the answer to this is simple, eight. Or seven if you believe the conspiracy that Venus is a secret fiery death star waiting to annihilate us all.

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Unless you’re a certifiable moron you know that to make a bicycle go forward you get on it and pedal real hard, but in terms of the actual physics involved in making a bicycle stay upright, scientific opinion seems to disagree with itself with every passing week.

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Do you know your own blood type? If not there’s a very easy way you can find out. Simply extract two litres of blood, walk to your nearest Starbucks, drink the blood in front of the barista, and when you wake up in the hospital just ask the nurse.


This 13-Year-Old Invented a Tesla-Inspired Free Energy Device for $14

Inspired by the geniuses Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein, teenager Max Loughan loves to invent things, in fact, he says he has known his entire short life that his purpose was to change the world with his inventions. And he may just do it.

By Anthony Von Dari@VOP Today


Wearing a lab coat while speaking in a televised interview with KTVN Channel 2 in Reno and Tahoe, Nevada, Max explains the free energy device that he made in his parents’ boiler room turned laboratory.

“As cheesy as this sounds, from day one, on this planet that I knew I was put here for a reason,” said Max. “And that reason is to invent, to bring the future.”

His invention looks somewhat reminiscent of Tesla coil, and operates on some of the same principles described by the electric visionary. The device is rather simple, harvesting electromagnetic energy from the atmosphere, then converting it to direct current which can be used to power electrical devices.

What’s even more incredible is that Max built his free energy device out of materials he purchased for less than $15. That’s right, for the price of an average lunch, it appears that anyone can have access to free energy.

“He created an electro magnetic harvester out of a coffee can, some wire, two coils, and a spoon.”

In a demonstration with KTVN, Max uses current created by the machine to power a strip of LED lights that he had wrapped around his twin brother, astonishing to both his own family and the visiting news crew.

The harvester conducts radio waves, thermal, and static energy, and turns it into electricity. “This wire takes energy from the air.” And the inside the coffee can, “We turn it from AC to DC.” 

Max’s achievement is impressive, to say the least, and the fact that works of Nikola Teslaare now inspiring the next generation of inventors is quite inspiring, although one has to wonder why Tesla’s ideas have taken some 75 years to reach the mainstream.


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