If you’ve opened your phone today, there’s a good chance that you’ve already seen a post with the acronym BTW in it. Here’s what it means and how to use it. “By the Way” BTW stands for “by the way.” It’s used to insert a new idea into a conversation or to bring something up (like a reminder). It can also be used to change the subject of a discussion quickly. Even compared to other slang terms, BTW is one of the most popular acronyms on the internet. Alongside being used in millions of personal messages and social media posts every day, it can also be seen in website articles, advertisements, and even professional emails. It’s even spoken out loud in real life and has its own special pronunciation. BTW can be written in both uppercase and lowercase form. However, the lowercase “btw” is much more common, especially with the rise of mobile messaging. In the early 2000s, it was common to see it written as “B.T.W.” with periods in between the letters, but that version is no … [Read more...] about What Does “BTW” Mean, and How Do You Use It?
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Instagram is one of the most popular social networks in the world. It’s a place where you can share photos you’ve taken, pictures from the lifestyle you (want people to think you) lead, and much more. While a lot of people are happy to share any old meme on Facebook and other social networks, they’re often far more careful with what posts make it to their Instagram account. With this in mind, let’s look at how to take great photos for Instagram. Use All the Tools Available to You Instagram started out as a filter app and then grew into a social network. When all smartphones were capable of taking was low resolution photos, putting a dramatic filter on top made everything look a lot more… interesting . The photos might not necessarily have looked good, but at least they didn’t look like a blurry mess taken with a bad digital camera. Now, though, things are different. Instagram is, first and foremost, a social network. Instagram still has a built-in camera, 40 filters, … [Read more...] about How to Take Better Instagram Photos
Any creative work you do is covered by copyright. This means that if you write something, take a photo, record a song, paint a picture, or do anything that creates intellectual property, you get certain legal protections. The biggest protection is that other people aren’t able just to take your work and use it how they please. This is why services like Facebook have such complicated (and scary) Terms of Service . RELATED: Does Facebook Own My Photos? But what if you want other people to be able to use your work? Well, you can grant individual licenses to anyone you want but that would get time consuming very quickly. There are entire departments in publishing houses that just deal with licensing the stuff for which they control the copyright. If instead, you want anyone to be able to use your work subject to certain requirements, you can use a Creative Commons License. The Different Terms of Creative Commons Licenses There isn’t just one Creative Commons (CC) … [Read more...] about What Are Creative Commons Licenses?
The strangely named “here documents” let you use input/out redirection inside Bash scripts on Linux. They’re a great way to automate commands you need to run on a remote computer. Here Documents Many commands in Linux have two or three letter names. This is partly what gives rise to the notion that Linux is hard to learn and full of arcane commands. But one of the weirdest names in Linux isn’t one of the cryptically short ones. “Here documents” aren’t documents, and it isn’t really clear what the “here” refers to, either. They are a relatively obscure construct, but they are useful. Of course, this is Linux, so there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Some of the functionality provided by here documents can be reproduced in other ways. Those alternate methods are usually more complicated. In programming and scripting, “more complicated” also means “more prone to bugs,” and that your code is harder to maintain. Where here documents really excel is in the automation of … [Read more...] about How to Use “Here Documents” in Bash on Linux
AirTags let you track nearby or missing items with Apple’s Find My network, which is powered by hundreds of millions of iPhones around the world . So how will Apple prevent someone from slipping an AirTag into your bag and tracking your movements? AirTags and the Potential for Abuse RELATED The 5 Best Bluetooth Trackers AirTags are small, keyring-sized item trackers that are designed to locate anything from a handbag to a bicycle wherever it is in the world. Apple’s solution works almost identically to competitors like Tile, using low-energy Bluetooth signatures to effectively crowdsource geolocation for your missing gadgets. This allows you to attach a tag to an item of value in the hope of finding it if it ever goes missing. The tag emits a Bluetooth signature that passing iPhones can detect and relay without exposing any information about either party. You can then use Apple’s Find My app on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac (or the web version at … [Read more...] about How Apple’s AirTags Prevent Stalkers from Tracking You