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How Do You Protect Your Website Against DDoS Attacks?

DDoS attacks, or Distributed Denial of Service, can threaten to take your website offline, preventing it from doing its job. There are many ways you can minimize the risk from this, and make your website more scalable in the process.

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7 Tips to Make the Web More Readable on an iPhone

You probably spend more time reading on your iPhone than you do texting, calling, or playing games. Most of that content is likely on the web, and it’s not always easy to see or scroll through. Fortunately, there are plenty of hidden features that can make reading on your iPhone a much more pleasant experience.

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Google’s latest Chrome extension helps you link directly to a piece of website text

dc302360-b14a-11ea-bb7f-e7cce91c7bb2Earlier this month, Google made it easier to find the information you’re searching for on individual web pages with the launch of highlighted featured snippets. Now, it’s building on that info-specific navigation with a new Chrome extension that lets…

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How to Save a Web Page as a PDF in Google Chrome

Sometimes, you’d like to grab a “hard copy” of a website in Google Chrome, but you don’t necessarily want to print it out on paper. In that case, it’s easy to save a website to a PDF file on Windows 10, Mac, Chrome OS, and Linux.

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Apache 101: 0-WordPress in 15 minutes

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Enlarge / Hellfire missiles not included. (credit: Flickr user Mike)

Recently, we took a look at the Caddy Web server. Today, we’re going to back things up a little bit and look at the A from the classic LAMP stack: the Apache Web server.

Apache has a bad reputation for being old, crusty, and low-performance—but this idea mostly stems from the persistence of ancient guides that still show users how to set it up in extremely antiquated ways. In this guide, we’re going to set up an Ubuntu 20.04 droplet at Digital Ocean with an Apache Web server set up properly and capable of handling serious levels of traffic.


After spinning up a new $5/mo VM (Digital Ocean calls them “droplets”), the first thing we’ll do is what anyone should do with any brand-new Linux server. We check for and then install upgrades, and—since one of them was a new Linux kernel version—reboot the server.

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These Free Stock Image Sites Are Picture Perfect

Free Stock Image Sites

Stock images are handy resources for bloggers, news agencies, geeky tech review sites, and a lot more, with ready-to-use images spanning general topics and niche needs alike. The fact that many of them are free is just icing on the cake! Here’s a look at the best free stock image sites around today.

Stock Image License Types

It’s a common misconception that all stock photos are free to use and don’t require you to ever credit the artist, which isn’t always the case. There are several licensing options pertaining to stock images—each with their own restrictions and rules—and learning about them can help you steer clear of lawsuits and other legal trouble. Copyright laws vary by country, so we’ll just briefly discuss the stock image licensing within the United States.

  • Public Domain: Images that are public domain are free to use and have no intellectual property law protection (think: trademarks, copyrights, or patents). Typically, these are either older images with expired rights, or images of any age with rights that have been forfeited by their owner. The Creative Commons license is a subset of public domain images, which may require photo attribution (i.e., crediting the artist) if you want to use them. Public domain images can be modified, copied, and distributed without creator permission. All of the sites listed in this article are public domain and free for you to use.
  • Royalty Free: Images with a royalty-free license are those typically offered by paid stock photography agencies like Shutterstock. Royalty-free images require you to pay a one-time flat fee to be granted the right to use the photo (but not ownership rights to the photo itself). This type of license also gives you permission to use that image again in the future if you want. Some content creators or specific websites may also require attribution if you use an image.
  • Rights Managed: Images with Rights Managed are under a limited-usage license, and are restricted to an exclusive aone-time use basis, with details like usage purpose, size, time in use, and others agreed upon beforehand between the customer and the owner. This purpose cannot be changed, and if you want to use one of these images a second (or third) time, you’ll have to pay for additional licensing. Rights Managed images typically cost more than those that are royalty free.

As stated earlier, we’re only focusing on sites with public domain images that are free to use.

Professional Photos on the Regular: Unsplash

Unsplash stock imagesUnsplash

Unsplash (Free) is a great place to find high-quality photos taken by both professional and semi-professional photographers. There’s a search bar right on the Home page where you can type in specific keywords, or you can opt to browse through over a million images covering a variety of topics, from technology and architecture to nature and mobile wallpapers.

If you hover over a photo, you’ll see a few basic options like favoriting, adding to a collection, or downloading the image. Clicking on it gives you more options like information about the image or options for sharing it, along with size options for downloading. Unsplash’s photos are beautiful, the website is easy to use, and new photos are added weekly.

Fresh and Popular Vibes: stock

If you need bold photos that look fresh (and aren’t on everyone else’s websites), (Free) is a great resource. From the homepage, you can search for photos, scroll through the entire gallery, or click on the Categories or Trending pages. Be aware that the top images in each category are often dog-eared with a star, meaning they’re actually sponsored pay-to-access photos from Shutterstock, but below those are images you can get free from StockSnap.

StockSnap also keeps track of individual image views and downloads, which makes it easy for you to see which images are currently the most popular. Hovering over a photo shows you its view, favorite, and download counts, and clicking on a photo shows a bit more information and lets you download the image.

A Vibrant Photo Community: Pexels

Pexels stock imagesPexels

Pexels (Free) is a community-loving stock image site known for taking submissions from artists around the world. Its wide variety of beautiful photos each have relevant tags, so it’s easy to find similar photos or search new categories. You can look at all of Pexels’ image collections from the Discover tab, and even search through their massive collection of stock videos.

Hovering over the Explore tab lets you refine your image search by image popularity, color, and even community-centric choices like artist leaderboards. Pexel doesn’t give much information when hovering over a photo, but clicking on one shows you all of its relevant details, and even the option to follow a particular creator if you like their work. Pexels isn’t quite as easy to use as Unsplash, but its images are beautiful and fun (and it’s a great website if you’re interested in contributing photos and participating in regular artist challenges).

Quirky and Creative: Gratisography

Gratisography stock imagesGratisography

Created by one guy, Ryan McGuire, Gratisography (Free) prides itself on being the home for quirky, creative, and un-boring stock images. You can find images by browsing large generic categories like animals, fashion, business, and urban; or get lost in curated collections about goofy grownups, funky food, or virtual backgrounds. The site does have a few sponsored third-party photos across it, however, so be aware as you browse.

Of course, Gratisography lets you search with more traditional keywords as well like nature and animals. If you’re fed up with seeing the same old stock images everywhere and you don’t want to perpetuate that cycle, let Gratisography help you connect with your inner weirdo.

Power to the People: Pikwizard

Pikwizard stock imagesPikwizard

Sometimes, it’s nice to have resources that cater to your specific niche, and Pikwizard (Free) excels at this. Pikwizard has some of the most authentic-feeling stock images of people just being people—working out, getting their hair done, or hugging a family member. Of course, Pikwizard has tons of photos from other super-specific categories as well like Baby Cats, Street Lamps, Black and White Pics, and Stack of Books, so whatever your creative needs are, you can probably find the perfect image with Pikwizard.

Hovering over a photo shows you how many times it’s been favorited or downloaded, and clicking on it shows you options for downloading and sharing, and provides a link for crediting the artist. Pikwizard’s built-in editing tool is actually pretty robust, too. It lets you apply filters; adjust transparency; crop, resize, add text, or shapes; work with templates; and more.

A Smorgasbord of Food Photos: Foodiesfeed

Foodiesfeed stock imagesFoodiesfeed

Food is one of those topics that has always been and will always be talked about, so it’s a good thing that Foodiesfeed (Free) is stocked up on all kinds of food images. From the Home page, you can search for one of the site’s more than 1,500 photos, or browse by categories like cake, coffee, pizza, or even healthy foods.

You can get something as simple as a picture of tomatoes or a bowl of berries, to beautifully staged photos of summer barbeque feasts or produce at a vibrant Asian market. The images look bright and exciting, and are perfect for blogs and business websites alike. You can download an image simply by hovering over it and clicking the download button.

Vintage Images: New Old Stock

New Old Stock stock images

Sometimes, a super old photo works just as well as a snazzy new one. The guy running New Old Stock (Free) understands that, and has scoured Flickr Commons to find actual vintage public domain images he then curates on this site. Clicking on an image takes you to its Flickr page, which should show all of its pertinent information, like format, rights, what collection it’s part of, how many views it has and so forth. You should link back to an image’s Flickr page to mention the institution who’s hosting it by name if you use it.

Unique, Not Stocky: Reshot

Reshot stock imagesReshot

Reshot (Free) embodies the saying “out with the old, in with the new” with its bold and unique collection of stock images. Its photos look more like a beautiful photo gallery or highly curated Instagram feed, not the same old dreary stock collection that’s smothering the rest of the internet. Typing in keywords to Reshot’s easy-to-use search bar brings up tons of fun photos that span a wide range of topics, so you can quickly and easily find one that’s perfect. Clicking on a photo shows you a photo’s info, like its resolution, title, download button, and a link to view its license agreement, plus you can scroll down to see related photos.

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The Best Free Websites and Tools for Making Your Own GIFs

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a GIF must be an entire conversation! Create your own custom GIFs using these awesome websites and apps, then share them with your friends in chat or on social media.

GIFs are fun to use in any kind of conversation. They’re great for laughs and do a better job of expressing emotions than plain text does. After all, you can say you’re excited, but a GIF of a happy puppy or your favorite TV show character being excited really drives the point home.

Here are our favorite picks for the best apps and websites for creating all the GIFs from images, video clips, and other sources.

Where to Make GIFs from Your Desktop

You can make a custom GIF using images or videos stored on your computer’s hard drive, or create a new one live with your friends or your cat using your webcam. Even if you don’t know how to make a GIF, these websites make it easy to create one in minutes.


Giphy web GIF makerGiphy

With Giphy (Free), you can make your own GIFs on the website and on your iOS or Android device. From Giphy’s homepage, click on the “Create” button at the top, then you’ll be on the GIF Maker page, ready to get creative. Giphy gives you the option to make a GIF out of a photo, video, existing GIF, or using a URL from YouTube, Giphy, or Vimeo.

For GIFs created from videos or URLs, you can select the duration and trim your clip. For those created from images, simply select the ones you want to use from your hard drive, then Giphy will automatically connect them together as a GIF. You can switch up the order each image appears in then decorate your GIF with stickers, filters, a drawing, or add a colorful caption. Before uploading your GIF, you can add a source link and relevant tags, which will make it easy for others to find your GIF! It was also recently announced that Facebook purchased Giphy for $400 million.

GIFSdotcom web GIF (Free) lets you create GIFs from video URLs or files from your computer. You can source content from Instagram videos, Vines, YouTube videos, Facebook videos, and other options. GIFs can be up to 15 seconds long and uploads up to 150 MB. Once you’ve thrown in a link, you can select GIF’s start time and apply other edits to the clip like cropping the image, adding a caption, or even blurring or inverting the image if you want to add an artistic flair. For captions, you can add a general caption, or go frame by frame for extra precision, and customize fonts, font color, alignment, and even add a border. You can add effects, like a Thug Life filter, Pokemon stickers, or other images. It’s easy to personalize the GIF you make, and you add on tags to make it easier to find, and you don’t need an account to make a GIF.

MakeAGIFdotcom web GIF

With (Free), you’ve got plenty of choices for sourcing your GIF material. It works with photo and video files from your computer, lets you upload content from YouTube or Facebook, or allows you to take new photos or videos with your webcam. This website has an impressive GIF editor that gives you granular control over start and end time (and GIF length) down to hundredths of a second, as well as adjustable GIF speed. You can also add simple captions or choose a sticker from their small gallery to put on your GIF. also offers a Premium Membership option for $11.95 per month, which gives you access to lifetime GIF storage, high-definition GIFs, personalized watermarks, faster editing and uploading, and removes annoying ads. You can try this out with a three-day free trial.

and then i was like…

and then i was like... web GIF makerand then i was like…

Cartoons and random animals are cute, but you are adorable. With and then i was like… (Free), you can make GIFs of you (and your friends and your cats and doggos) to your heart’s content using just your webcam. That’s right, no Shocked Joey reaction GIFs here—just whatever you bring to the table. All you need to do is record for three seconds. Once you do, you can move the sliders to adjust the start and end time, and toggle a few of the other limited editing options, like reversing the video, creating a back-and-forth loop (like Boomerang), and speeding up or slowing down the video. And voila! Go share it with your friends!

Where to Make GIFs from Your Phone or Tablet

If you need to make a GIF but you’re away from your computer, you can still make a GIF on the go right from your phone with one of these cute easy-to-use apps.


5 Seconds App GIF maker app5SecondsApp

Many GIF maker apps limit you to three seconds of video, but 5SecondsApp (Free) gives you, as you may guess, five whole seconds to do your thing. And it’s simple to use, so you can easily create, edit, and share your new GIF with your friends within just a few minutes. The app can make a GIF from both videos or photos you have on your iOS or Android device, or you can add effects to existing GIFs you’ve downloaded. 5Seconds has a really good selection of effects you can add to your GIF plus it allows you to add text or stickers then share your new creation with your friends and followers with just a few taps.


ImgPlay GIF maker appImgPlay

It’s super easy to make a custom GIF (or meme) with ImgPlay (Free). You can use images and videos stored on your iOS or Android device, edit an existing GIF, import images from cloud storage options like Dropbox or Google Drive, or create a brand spanking new one with your device’s camera. Once you’ve got your media selected, you can crop the GIF’s frame, trim its length, and adjust its speed until it’s perfect. You can then add multiple text boxes with customizable text, add colorful filters to it as you would on Instagram, and export it anywhere once you’re done. So easy!


Gif Me! GIF making appGIF Me!

With GIF Me! (Free), you can import videos, images, and GIFs from your iOS or Android device or create new photos or videos with your camera. The app lets you alter the image sequence for photo-sourced GIFs and adjust its animation speed before you add other edits. You can add captions, borders, and stickers to your new GIF, and even apply a fun colorful filter to make it pop. GIF Me lets you export your GIF creations to social media and even to Giphy to share with other GIF enthusiasts.


GIFGuru GIF making appGifGuru

GifGuru (Free) is a great Android-only GIF-making app that’s powerful and easy to use. If you’re making a GIF from photos on your device, you can add over 200 images into a single GIF, which is way more than any other app. You can also adjust the aspect ratio of the GIF, control its speed and, of course, add stickers, captions, and filters so it looks just right.

If you’re making GIFs from video files, you can crop and trim the video, or apply other basic edits for up to 50 frames. GifGuru also lets you search for GIFs from Giphy and edit or add effects to any of those GIFs before saving or exporting as well, from adjusting the speed to flipping the image and compressing the GIF size. GifGuru’s editings are powerful and user-friendly.

GIF Maker

GIF Maker GIF making appGIF Maker

GIF Maker (Free) works on iPhones, iPads, and iMessage, and lets you create GIFs from photos and videos already saved to your device, create new memes, and make Boomerang videos for Instagram. Or you can use your device’s camera to create new videos or photos to then turn into a GIF. Once you’ve selected your media, you can adjust the speed and add captions, filters, stickers, and emojis.

You can also upgrade to a Premium subscription for $9.99 per month, $59.99 per year, or for life with a one-time payment of $99.99. Upgrading gets you unlimited GIF and meme creation, premium fonts, stickers, and filters, and removes ads.

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‘GrokNet’, the AI behind Facebook Shops, looks for body type, skin tone, location, socioeconomic class in photos


• Yay, Clearview AI but for shopping!

Facebook Mark Zuckerberg today announced the launch of Facebook Shops, an e-commerce feature to allows business users to list and sell products on Facebook and Instagram.

Here’s the Facebook blog post launching the new shop feature.

Today we’re introducing Facebook Shops, which will make it easy for businesses to set up a single online store on both @facebookapp and @instagram, and soon @messenger and @WhatsApp too

— Facebook (@Facebook) May 19, 2020

Here’s more at CNBC about Facebook Shops.

Separately, Kyle Wiggers at VentureBeat reports on some of the very creepy personal details examined for the shopping experience by Facebook’s artificial intelligence:

Facebook says its AI-powered shopping systems segment, detect, and classify images to know where products appear and deliver shopping suggestions. One of those systems — GrokNet — was trained on seven data sets containing images of products that millions of users post, buy, and sell in dozens of categories, ranging from SUVs to stiletto heels to side tables. Another creates 3D views from 2D videos of products, even those obscured by dim or overly bright lighting, while a third spotlights apparel like scarfs, ties, and more that might be partially obscured by their surroundings.

Facebook says that GrokNet, which can detect exact, similar (via related attributes), and co-occurring products across billions of photos, performs searches and filtering on Marketplace at least twice as accurately than the algorithm it replaced. For instance, it’s able to identify 90% of home and garden listings compared with Facebook’s text-based attribution systems, which can only identify 33%. In addition to generating tags for colors and materials from images before Marketplace sellers list an item, as part of a limited test, it’s tagging products on Facebook Pages when Page admins upload a photo.

In the course of training GrokNet, Facebook says it used real-world seller photos with “challenging” angles along with catalog-style spreads. To make it as inclusive as possible for all countries, languages, ages, sizes, and cultures, it sampled examples of different body types, skin tones, locations, socioeconomic classes, ages, and poses.

Rather than manually annotate each image with product identifiers, which would have taken ages — there are 3 million possible identifiers — Facebook developed a technique to automatically generate additional identifiers using GrokNet as a feedback loop. Leveraging an object detector, the approach identifies boxes in images surrounding likely products, after which it matches the boxes against a list of known products to keep matches within a similarity threshold. The resulting matches are added to the training set.

Well, that’s not creepy at all.

Facebook details the AI behind its shopping experiences

[Kyle Wiggers, May 19, 2020, via]

FB is working on some very powerful stuff here -> Facebook details the AI behind its shopping experiences, accounting for consumer traits like body type, skin tone, location, socioeconomic class, age, and poses

— Glenn Gabe (@glenngabe) May 20, 2020

“Our long-term vision is to build an all-in-one AI lifestyle assistant that can accurately search and rank billions of products, while personalizing to individual tastes.”

— Emil Protalinski (@EPro) May 19, 2020

it also may give average people the heebie jeebies in a world in which people are growing uncomfortable about tracking.

— Tony Romm (@TonyRomm) May 19, 2020

This must give @Pinterest the heebie-jeebies:

“The new products are powered by a family of new AI and ML systems that can search and rank products, while personalizing its recommendations to individual tastes.”#GrokNet

— Chris Messina (@chrismessina) May 19, 2020

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Facebook’s redesigned website finally starts rolling out to everyone

9c143b80-9134-11ea-bfdf-54dbdb5316e4After the better part of a year, Facebook has started rolling out its redesigned desktop website to all of its users. The company announced today it plans to complete the rollout over the “next few weeks.” Moving forward, “The New Facebook” will be t…

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