Apple’s iOS 12.1 update brings an important fix for selfie enthusiasts

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Apple on Tuesday rolled out a new update to iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad users globally. iOS 12.1 comes with new features and bug fixes as well.

Apple announced the latest iteration to its mobile operating system last month. In addition to new features and UI, iOS 12 focuses on improving performance especially for older iPhones. Apple also rolled out ‘Screen Time’ with iOS 12 similar to Google’s ‘Digital well-being’.

How to download iOS 12.1

iOS 12 .1 is rolling out gradually to all users. You can check if your iPhone or iPad has received the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update. At the same time, you will get a prompt once the new update hits your device.

‘Beautygate’ fix

Apple’s new software will most importantly fix the ‘beautygate’problem faced by users in iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. Many users complained about the front 7MP camera having a beauty filter by default and with no option to disable it. The selfie camera would lighten one’s skin and smoothen out marks. Apple acknowledged the problem and promised a fix with the latest iOS 12 update.

Group FaceTime

iOS 12.1 will bring group FaceTime which supports up to 32 people simultaneously. Group FaceTime will automatically detect the most prominent speakers on call, and size each user’s photo depending on how actively they participate. Group FaceTime is integrated into the Messages app, making it easy to start a Group FaceTime right from a group iMessage chat.

“If people in a conversation have already started a FaceTime session, Messages shows the active call in the conversation list and inside your conversations,” said Apple.

New emoji

The new software update also brings over 70 new emoji to iPhones and iPads. The new emoji collection features new characters with red, gray and curly hair. There are new emoji for bald people as well. Apple will release this new set of emoji for Apple Watch and Mac through a software update.

iOS 12.1 brings over 70 new emoji to iPhones and iPads. (Apple)

Depth Control

iOS 12.1 also brings ‘Depth Control’ in Portrait Mode. Users will be able to adjust the depth effect in real-time while taking photos in ‘Portrait Mode’. Depth effect can be adjusted after taking the photo as well.

Dual SIM support

iPhone XS, XS Max and XR users will now be able to use dual SIMs on their devices. The secondary SIM on these iPhones is an eSIM. In India, Airtel and Reliance Jio are the exclusive carriers for eSIM on Apple devices.


Apple releasing iOS 12.1 tomorrow with Group FaceTime, new emoji, more

iOS 12.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will be available tomorrow as a free software update. The first significant update to iOS 12 brings a variety of features including Group FaceTime, dual SIM support, real time Depth Control for Portrait mode, new emoji, and more. iOS 12.1 is also expected to address the “beauty-gate” issue that affected the front-facing camera on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

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iOS 12.1

Group FaceTime

iOS 12 redesigns how FaceTime looks for audio and video calling with new effects like stickers, Memoji and Animoji, and filters. iOS 12.1 takes FaceTime to the next level with support for audio and video calling between up to 32 people.

FaceTime has previously been limited to video calls between just two users. The new user interface shows multiple video tiles for other people on the call, and the people actively talking remain in focus while others may be smaller or in the background.

Group FaceTime builds on iMessage and lets you easily join and leave video and audio calls without the call ending and restarting. Group video calling is supported on most recent iPhones, iPads, and Macs; some older iPhones and iPads that run iOS 12.1 and Apple Watches and HomePods are limited to group audio during Group FaceTime calls.


Dual SIM

Dual SIM support is new to iOS 12.1 and supported on the new iPhone XS, XR, and XS Max. Apple uses a physical SIM card for the primary phone number and an embedded eSIM for the second phone number. iOS also intelligently presents which phone number is being actively used and even shows both signal indicators Control Center.

In China, eSIM is unavailable so Apple offers versions of the latest iPhones with two physical SIM cards. Carrier support is required for Dual SIM to work. See our hands-on with how this feature works for more details.

Real time Depth Control

Portrait mode on new iPhones applies artificial blur to the background of subjects in photos to create the appearance of depth — something small cameras in smartphones can’t do on their own.

iPhone XS, XR, and XS Max let you edit the amount of blur applied after you take a Portrait mode photo using the Photos app. New to iOS 12.1 is the ability to adjust the amount of blur in a Portrait mode photo before you snap the photo. A new ‘f’ button appears in the top controls on the latest iPhones, then a dial appears that lets you apply more or less blur in the Portrait mode shot.

See our hands-on with Portrait mode on iPhone XS and real time Depth Control for more details.

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New emoji

iOS 12 added four new Animoji and the all-new customizable Memoji feature, but no new emoji. iOS 12.1 introduces several new emoji including red heads, bald people, iPhone X replacing iPhone 8, and many more characters.

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Alongside iOS 12.1 tomorrow, we expect updates for Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac. These support the latest emoji characters, Group FaceTime audio and video calling where available, and more. watchOS 5.1 also includes fixes for layout issues on Apple Watch Series 4 and may include the new ECG app.


Apple iOS 12.1 Release, It’s The Big One

There was a lot to like in iOS 12 (including a lot of great secret features) but it also came with problems, including one embarrassing one which remains in iOS 12.0.1. Consequently, Apple AAPL -3.39% has now officially announced iOS 12.1 and it’s a big one…

In an official statement, Apple has confirmed iOS 12.1 will contain three major new features for iPhones and iPads as well as one crowd pleaser. It also contains some secrets Apple didn’t announce.

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Here are the headliners:

Dual SIM – this is crucial to owners of the new iPhone XS (details), iPhone XS Max (details) and budget-friendly iPhone XR (details). It enables the phones to support a physical sim and eSIM simultaneously. This means owners can have home and work or home and travel numbers operating simultaneously. This feature was delayed when the new models launched.

Camera Depth Control – catching up with features added in both Samsung’s Galaxy range and Google’s new Pixel, this feature allows iPhones to adjust the depth of field (aka level of blur) in the background of Portrait shots. The early results look impressive.

New Emoji – another feature delayed from iOS 12, this brings over 70 new emoji to iPhone and iPad owners, including characters with red, gray, curly and even no hair. There are also new sports, animals and many of the most popular emojis have also been updated.


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Group FaceTime – will allow you to have video calls with up to a remarkable 32 people simultaneously. To avoid confusion, it will automatically highlight the current speaker and resize participant’s images depending on how active they are, ranking everything from speech duration and volume to physical motion.

One warning: Apple chose not to mention this, but Group FaceTime video calls will not be available on all iPhones and iPads. This is why.

There is also one notable hidden highlight: an end to the so-called BeautyGate. Apple quietly admitted its beautifying selfie camera problem last week and with iOS 12.1 users no longer look like they are made from plastic. Whether the option to re-enable this faux-beauty mode will be offered (some like it), remains to be seen.

When will Apple iOS 12.1 launch? No official timeframe was given, but I expect we will see tomorrow around 10 am Pacific Time with Apple also holding an event for new iPads as well.


Microsoft Monday: 1.5 Billion Windows-Powered PCs, Xbox Game Pass For PC, Fake Ad Removed From Bing

“Microsoft Monday” is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week “Microsoft Monday” features news about Xbox Game Pass coming to PCs, the fake Chrome ad removed from Bing, the quarterly earnings report and much more!

Xbox Game Pass For PCs

Microsoft has announced that it is bringing the Xbox Game Pass platform to PCs. Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service for the Xbox One console, which is known as a “Netflix for video games.” This announcement was made by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during the recent earnings call, according to Windows Central. However, a timeline was not provided for the launch of Xbox Game Pass on PCs.

Forbes contributor Jason Evangelho also pointed out that Microsoft did not detail how Microsoft would integrate Xbox Games Pass into Windows 10, but he is guessing that it will either be built into the Xbox app for Windows 10 or the Windows Store.

Fake Chrome Download Ad Removed From Bing

Microsoft has taken down a fake Bing ad that directed users to a fake Chrome download page filled with malicious content. The ad was removed following a number of complaints.

According to HowToGeek, the ad was sending users to ““ The Google Chrome browser blocked users from going to that site, but Microsoft Edge and Bing did not have it blocked at the time.


“Protecting customers from malicious content is a top priority and we have removed the ads from Bing and banned the associated account. We encourage users to continue to report this type of content so we can take appropriate action,” said a Microsoft spokesperson via ZDNet.

Often times, search engine developers rely on reports from users to take down malicious content. It’s worth mentioning that a similar problem happened with Google AdWords. “Search ad phishing seems up across multiple engines,” wrote Mozilla and Firefox co-founder Brendan Eich in a tweet.

Quarterly Earnings Report

Microsoft announced its FY Q1 earnings on Wednesday, October 24th and the results were better than expected. For the three months ended September 30th, Microsoft reported $29.1 billion in revenue, which is up 19% from the same period a year earlier. And Microsoft’s net income increased 34% to $8.8 billion.

Microsoft is now including commercial LinkedIn revenue in its Commercial Cloud revenue numbers, which is the division that includes the Redmond giant’s Azure business. The Commercial Cloud business jumped 47% from the previous year to $8.5 billion. Based on that figure, Microsoft gained a lead over Amazon as the world’s leading enterprise cloud provider for the past 12 months according to Forbes contributor Bob Evans. Revenue for Azure went up 76% and the enterprise services revenue increased 6%.

“We are off to a great start in fiscal 2019, a result of our innovation and the trust customers are placing in us to power their digital transformation,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “We’re excited to help our customers build the digital capability they need to thrive and grow, with a business model that is fundamentally aligned to their success.”

The revenue for Microsoft’s More Personal Computing division increased 15% to $10.7 billion. This division includes Windows OEM, Windows commercial products, gaming revenue, search ad revenue and Surface revenue.

And revenue for the Productivity and Business Processes division jumped 19% to $9.8 billion. This division includes Office commercial products, Office consumer products and Dynamics products.

Former Windows Head Terry Myerson To Join Investment Companies

Terry Myerson stepped down as the head of Windows at Microsoft earlier this year and it was not clear what he was planning for the next move. On a LinkedIn blog post via ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Myerson has announced what he is doing next. Myerson is joining both Madrona Ventures and The Carlyle Group. Myerson will work as a Venture Partner at Madrona and he will be an Operating Executive at The Carlyle Group.

Myerson pointed out that Madrona likes to lead Series A rounds of brand new ventures and Carlyle manages over $200 billion and considers investing hundreds of millions of dollars to scale existing businesses. So Myerson will be working on startup investments across a wide range of sizes.

1.5 Billion Windows Devices

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Microsoft said that there are now 1.5 billion PCs running on Windows across the world. This number was revealed in Microsoft’s “By The Numbers” website. Other figures mentioned in the website includes Microsoft donating over $1.4 billion in software and services for nonprofits, 137 grants issued by the company’s “AI for Earth” initiative, 6.5 trillion signals analyzed every day to identify threats and 18 billion questions asked to Cortana since launching.

LinkedIn Integrates With Google Campaign Manager

LinkedIn has announced that it is being integrated with Google Campaign Manager. Marketers will now be able to see LinkedIn ad performance along with the rest of their paid spend while also getting attribution for LinkedIn ads across all impressions and interactions measured in a cross-device and cross-platform manner. This integration was launched for several ad formats earlier this year, but it now includes Sponsored Content.

“Our customers use Campaign Manager to track and report on their ad performance in a single place, and we are really excited to offer this capability for their LinkedIn campaigns as well,” said Google Marketing Platform’s Director of Product Payam Shodjai via LinkedIn. “This new integration makes it easy for customers to see metrics and attribution for LinkedIn campaigns alongside the rest of their campaign data.”

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‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ rumored to be heading to PC

But while these rumors are compelling and have some evidence behind them, they are still just rumors. Developer Rockstar Games has not officially announced any date for a PC release, although it is reasonable to expect that such a release is likely given the popularity of the game and the number of gamers who still prefer the upgradability and flexibility of a PC to a console.

In the mean time, gamers who want to play Red Dead Redemption 2 will have to borrow a console from a friend to experience the vast open world, unique Dead Eye time dilation mechanic, looting, character appearance options, and of course the all-important horse riding that the game offers.


Hidden files hint at a possible PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2

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At launch, the long-awaited (and much hyped) western adventure that is Red Dead Redemption 2 is only available on the PS4 and Xbox One.

That might not be the case forever, though. Code hidden within the game’s mobile companion app suggests that a PC version could be in the works.

Last week, we wrote about Red Dead Redemption 2’s companion app, which lets you rip the in-game map off the TV and put it on a nearby tablet, instead. No more pausing just to figure out if you and your horse are still headed in the right direction.

Some tinkerers over at GTAForums (as spotted by RockstarIntel) have been poking around that very app, and have unearthed a few interesting parameters left behind.

Two unused parameters tucked into the app (“PARAM_companionAutoConnectIpPC” and “CommandIsPcVersion”) mention the PC platform by name, but there are also dozens of different parameters referencing advanced graphic settings that generally don’t exist on consoles.

While the original Red Dead Redemption never made it beyond the console, this wouldn’t be Rockstar’s first foray into the PC world. Many of their most popular games landed on PC… eventually. GTAV, for example, launched on consoles in September of 2013 and made its way to Windows in April of 2015. L.A. Noire shipped for consoles in May of 2011, and hit PCs near the end of the same year.

Adding fuel to the fire: A few months back, a mention of a PC build reportedly popped up in a Rockstar designer’s LinkedIn profile.

With all that said: As with all things relating to video game releases, don’t get your hopes up too high until you hear it straight from the developer’s mouth. While the signs point to a PC build having existed in some form at some point, there’s always the possibility that these parameters are left over from the company’s own internal testing, or that plans will change.


TRICK OR TREAT Steam Halloween Sale 2018 is on NOW! What are best PC game deals today and when does the sale end?

 Steam's Halloween sale should give you a few frights.

When is the Steam Halloween Sale 2018 and when will it end?

Steam’s Halloween Sale is on NOW and it’s serving up a few frights.

The bumper sale of PC games will last until November 1, 2018 – follow this link to check out the bargains but click below for our own personalised collection of games worth treating yourself with.

What are the best deals today?

  • Don’t Starve Together: Looking for a night in with your scardey cat boyfriend? Pick up this multiplayer survival game for just £4.39 (60% off).
  • The Forest: Try to survive alone in this mysterious forest after your plane crashed, leaving you the sole survivor. 653% off at £10.37
  • Resident Evil VIIResident Evil 7 is one of the best games in the series and it’s definitely one of the scariest too – just £12.99!
  • Friday the 13th: The Game: In a deal that’s practically theft, survive a night with Jason as you team up with pals at just £4.49, a whopping 85% off the RRP.
  • Alien Isolation: Horror fans are in for a treat with this first-person horror extravaganza – just surviving is difficult enough – 75% off and costing just £7.49.


Week In PC Game Releases: Halloween Horror With Agony Unrated And Call Of Cthulhu

Week In PC Game Releases: Halloween Horror With Agony Unrated And Call Of Cthulhu

This week in PC game releases (October 29 to November 4), we’re celebrating Halloween with some spooky horror thrillers. There’s Agony Unrated and Call of Cthulhu, as well as a few not-so-scary games like Project Hospital and Football Manager 2019.

Naturally, for those who are looking to check out the launches further ahead, you can always browse our updated PC game release date list.

Call of Cthulhu

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  • Release Date: October 30
  • Developer: Cyanide Studio
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

Starting off Halloween week is Call of Cthulhu from developer Cyanide Studio and publisher Focus Home Interactive. The game tells the tale of alcoholic private investigator Edward Pierce who slowly pieces together various clues to solve a murder. This eventually leads him to terrifying discoveries in the town of Darkwater.

Call of Cthulhu has your usual Lovecraftian cosmic horror tropes and a suspenseful atmosphere that slowly builds to a crescendo — or does it? There is, actually, a particular caveat. Our own Andrew Farrell reviewed the game and, while he did enjoy the story and the setting, most of the game wasn’t particularly scary. Creepy? Yes. Horrifying? Probably not.

Project Hospital

Weekly Pc Game Releases Project Hospital

  • Release Date: October 30
  • Developer: Oxymoron Games
  • Publisher: Oxymoron Games

Project Hospital is the first offering from Czech game dev company Oxymoron Games. The game focuses on the management and design aspect from building your own humble healthcare center and turning it into a sprawling world-class facility.

Comparisons to a classic such as Theme Hospital and the more recent Two Point Hospital are warranted. However, based on gameplay videos, it looks as though Project Hospital focuses on a more grounded and fairly realistic take. At least we haven’t seen any ghosts of patients and monsters flying around.

Agony Unrated

Weekly Pc Game Releases - Halloween - Agony Unrated

  • Release Date: October 31
  • Developer: Madmind Studio
  • Publisher: Madmind Studio

Agony was supposed to give its rabid fanbase and supporters a memorable trip to hell. Unfortunately, technical and gameplay issues, coupled with a couple of censorship problems, led to fans feeling that promises were not kept. Thankfully, Madmind Studio decided to push through with a bloodier, gorier, and somewhat overly-sexualized version: Agony Unrated.

The studio touted that Agony Unrated would be completely uncensored and would provide fans with a glimpse of what they truly wanted the finished product to be like. It will also be completely free for Steam owners of the original.

The Quiet Man

Weekly Pc Game Releases The Quiet Man

  • Release Date: November 1
  • Developer: Square Enix; Human Head Studios
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Video games turning into cinematic experiences aren’t new. In the 90s, we had games that relied predominantly on FMVs. That was then followed by the integration of ten-minute-long CGI cutscenes — remember Final Fantasy VII? Fast forward to the present and live-action cutscenes and highly cinematic games have become fairly common.

The Quiet Man will follow this trend of games that rely heavily on cinematics and seamless transitions between scenes. The action comes in the form of fisticuffs and hand-to-hand combat. The game will have a deaf protagonist which means that players will experience a world of near silence — outside of certain key moments and cues that the game throws your way, of course. It’s a very interesting concept but we’ve also heard reports that the game can be finished in one sitting. So yes, it’s both intriguing and worrying at the same time. Will a game with this concept realize its true potential, or are Square Enix just experimenting and throwing ideas at a wall hoping that something sticks?

Football Manager 2019

Weekly Pc Game Releases Football Manager 2019

  • Release Date: November 2
  • Developer: Sports Interactive
  • Publisher: Sega

The Football Manager franchise has been around for two and a half decades. Starting out as Championship Manager when developer Sports Interactive was partnered with Eidos, and then as the Football Manager series we know today when they buddied up with Sega. It’s become a phenomenal success owing to the global love of the beautiful game and the franchise’s cornerstone emphasis on simulation, scouting, and statistical analysis.

Perhaps one particular example of how far-reaching this franchise has become is how it’s shaped football here in the Philippines. To be completely honest and fair, only a handful of folks liked football in my country. The only sports that people tend to focus on were basketball and boxing (Manny Pacquiao, of course).

Suddenly, in the mid-2000s, a Football Manager player discovered that two brothers playing in Chelsea’s youth squad were eligible to represent the Philippine Azkals team. Those two were Phil and James Younghusband. Yes, the game, even back then, was able to track their eligibility to play for our national squad. Naturally, the two were scouted and they eventually joined our team. As a result of their memorable plays and their dashing, made-for-TV good looks, football’s popularity in my country skyrocketed to new and hitherto unknown heights.

Although our team has never won a major international tourney, and we are ranked 116th globally (I know, quite depressing), I’m still surprised by how much football has grown in our little corner of the world. All of that was thanks, in part, to Football Manager.


How Big a Role Does Social Media Play in Homegrown Terrorism?

A man takes a moment at each of the Star of David memorials with the names of the 11 people who were killed at the Tree of Life synagogue two days after a mass shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 29, 2018.

In the 17 years since the 9/11 attacks, America’s tendency has been to look outside of its borders for the looming threat of violent extremism. Yet a sense of guilty introspection swept over the country when it was discovered that enemies from within had carried out two hate-fueled plots in the span of less than a week.

The deadly rampage on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., and the letter bombing campaign that targeted prominent Democrats cast a spotlight on the vicious political environment, the mounting threat posed by homegrown terrorism and the rise of far-right extremism in the social media age.

As details about the suspects, Robert Bowers and Cesar Sayoc, came into public view, the similarities were difficult to ignore. Both were single, middle-aged, working-class men without social standing. Both were driven by political motivations to carry out their plots. And both sought out — and disseminated — spurious hate-tinged information on social media websites.

While neither Sayoc, nor Bowers, has been officially linked with any particular right-wing extremist organizations, both seized upon talking points espoused by such groups which is defined by online trolls, racist activists and hate-filled misogynists. Such connections may come to light in the days and weeks to come, as more is learned about these men and their involvement online.

Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, anti-government militants, and other like-minded organizations have long been a source of anxiety to terrorism analysts who have watched the groups step up violence inside United States in recent years. The Anti-Defamation League, the left-leaning nonprofit that tracks anti-Semitism, found in its annual report that the number of murders conducted by white supremacists in the U.S. more than doubled last year to 20 people, compared to 2016. The report documented how right-wing extremist sentiments shared online often spill into real world, including the march on Charlottesville, Va., which resulted in the vehicle ramming attack that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, far-right extremists were responsible for almost three times as many attacks as Islamist extremists: 62, as compared to 23, according to a 2017 Government Accountability Office report. Over that time, the report said far-right attacks killed 106 people in the United States, while Islamist-inspired extremists killed 119.

Around the world, the number of terrorist attacks dropped last year, according to the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database. However, terrorism in the United States is on the rise. The reason, at least in part, is due to the spate of attacks motivated by far-right extremists.

“The data suggests we’re potentially seeing a new wave of violence by these groups,” said Seth Jones, a former U.S. counter-terrorism official now with Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. “After years of focusing on the international violent extremism, we’re starting to see an increase in resources on the threat here at home.”

The Trump Administration acknowledged “domestic terrorism in the United States is on the rise” in its new “National Strategy for Counterterrorism” that was published earlier this month. The 34-page document said there was “a persistent security threat from domestic terrorists who are not motivated by a radical Islamist ideology but are instead motivated by other forms of violent extremism, such as racially motivated extremism, animal rights extremism, environmental extremism, sovereign citizen extremism, and militia extremism.”

A large part of combating the threat hinges on stopping the spread of terrorist ideology online, the document said.

Since the dawn of the Internet, hate-seekers have been able to find chat rooms or websites in the dark corners of the Web. But the emergence of social media sites, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, has since made hate speech and misinformation far more accessible to anyone with a smart device. The troubling question in the wake of this last surge of violence is whether social media makes attacks by extremists more likely.

“Social media has connected those who would otherwise be unable to connect, been used to inspire those who would otherwise not be reached, driven viral ideas that would previously have been limited to the margins, and mainstreamed political leaders who have given legitimacy to the conspiracy theories and hate that extremist groups and individuals thrive on,” said Peter W. Singer, author of “Like War,” a book on the weaponization of social media.

As more misinformation pinballs around the internet, experts in terrorism and information warfare point out that a deadly pattern has emerged.

While the world’s attention was on the letter bomb threats last week, another attack occurred. Gregory Bush, a 69-year old white man who also shared racist imagery through social media, shot and killed a black woman and man in a grocery store parking lot in Louisville, Ky. Earlier he tried to break into a black Baptist church, but failed. Federal investigators are examining whether the attacks can be classified as “hate crimes.”

The FBI recently reported that hate crimes reached their highest mark since 2012. The bureau recorded 6,121 criminal incidents in 2016 motivated by bias against race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender, according to the most recent data. Most incidents were motivated by race or ethnicity, the FBI said.

Earlier this month, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray told a Senate committee that the bureau was investigating 5,000 terrorism cases in every U.S. state. About 1,000 of those cases involved domestic terrorism, a category that includes both far-right and far-left extremists. “We have assessed that that’s a steady, very serious threat,” Wray said, adding: “It’s something we take very seriously.”

Sayoc, who is suspected of mailing 14 pipe bombs to Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump, posted right-wing conspiracy theories on Facebook and Twitter. He was Facebook friends with an account called “Killgeorge Soros,” a reference to the liberal billionaire who was sent one of the packages.

Bowers, who stands accused of killing 11 people inside a synagogue, also spread misinformation on a social media site called Gab, which has become a haven for right-wing extremists as an alternative to the more restrictive Twitter.

Two hours before the attack, Bowers took to Gab to lambast HIAS, a Jewish-American organization that helps international refugees resettle in the United States and elsewhere. He wrote: “HIAS likes to bring invaders that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I’m going in.”

Free speech advocates and some who work at social media platforms say trying to suppress hate speech is more dangerous than allowing it to be aired and defeated.

Gab was established two years ago after Facebook and Twitter were pressured by the federal government to be more proactive in policing racist and anti-Semitic posts. Gab’s commitment to unfettered “free speech” has made it popular with many fringe right-wing groups, including the so-called alt-right.

“We’re very worried about people’s rights,” Utsav Sanduja, Gab’s then-Chief Operating Officer, told Vice earlier this year. “A lot of political speech is being labelled as hate speech and is simply being wiped off the map.”

The former employee told TIME he thought it was important for sites like Gab to exist.

“Frankly, I would rather have that sort of content above ground as opposed to being underground,” Sanduja said. “When you censor people and deprive their rights to speak freely, unfortunately, some of them go criminal, and they go underground.”

Gab was temporarily shut down after GoDaddy, the site’s webservice provider, pulled its support Sunday night following the synagogue attack. The next day, Gab issued a statement promising users the site would return.

“Gab isn’t going anywhere,” it said, in part. “You can’t stop an idea.”


How To Avoid A Social Media Faux Pas That May Damage Your Job Hunt

There’s no denying that social media plays a role in today’s job search process. Networking sites such as LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter and even Facebook allow for both potential employers and job candidates to research one another. For candidates, these sites provide the perfect opportunities to read up on job opportunities and the interests, brands and stories tied to specific companies. Likewise, companies can research potential new hires outside of what is written on their CV or how they appear in the interview.

Horror stories have been told about candidates who completed perfect interviews only to be given the cut for a social media faux pas. So, how can job seekers prevent their social media presence from harming their job search efforts? What should be avoided in order to prevent bad impressions? Below, 15 members of Forbes Coaches Council provide their top tips for avoiding social media faux pas and making an impact with social media — in a good way.

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1. Be Intentional About Posting

First impressions matter, and oftentimes your social media impressions ought to align with who you are. If you are going to use social media, be intentional and mindful of everything. The information you consume, share or create reflects who you are. Have a goal, adhere strongly to it and use social media strategically to amplify issues and perspectives that align with your core values. –Dr. Flo Falayi,Hybrid Leaders, Inc

2. Keep It Clean And Professional

Inappropriate use of social media can be considered “career suicide.” Think before you post and consider what the outside world would think from an objective viewpoint. Delete inappropriate photos and refrain from entering into online debates about topics that can diminish your professional persona. When it comes to your professional reputation, you are the perception you give to the outside world. –Wendi Weiner, Esq.,The Writing Guru®

3. Make Your Posts Not Always About You

One of the most effective social posts I saw recently was of a COO in search who wrote on LinkedIn to employers about four other candidates he’d recently met — how fantastic they were, about their talents and successes and included the links to each of their profiles. He wasn’t talking about himself! How he did this said so much about his character and “hireability.” Putting others first counts. –Joanne Meehl,Joanne Meehl Career Services, LLC


4. Be Consistent, Clear And Concise

Establish your brand consistently across all social media accounts. Your voice, tone and imagery should all reflect who you are and what you stand for, and visual consistency is important. Be sure that any social media engagement reflects your skills and most importantly, provides value rather than simply filling empty space. –Tracey Grove,Pure Symmetry Coaching and Consulting

5. Take Your Digital Life Seriously

If you are seriously in a job search it’s time to take your whole life seriously. First, conduct a close inventory of your online presence. Remove any posts that you think will negatively impact how prospective employers would perceive you. Ask someone close to you for their assessment of your online posts as well. Second, stop posting things that you know will not present you professionally. –Warren Zenna, Zenna Consulting Group

6. Don’t Forget Tagged Posts

Everyone knows to clean up their online footprint and what should remain visible. But most forget about “tagged” photos and posts by family and friends. These by far are the biggest liability my clients face. I recommend performing a comprehensive public search of your name and social media profiles to see what surprises show up. Then quickly fix them! –Candace Barr,Strategic Resume Specialists

7. Put Yourself In Your Potential Employers’ Shoes

Before posting on social media, ask yourself, “If someone took a screenshot of this and sent it to my prospective employers, how would I feel?” If the answer makes you want to press backspace, backspace, backspace, then apply that rule to real life and do not post. Err on the side of caution. Just because your profile is private doesn’t mean that screenshots of your posts will remain private too. – Chizzy Igbokwe,The Art of Global Citizenship

8. Express A Clear Career Focus

One of the biggest mistakes I see on professional social media sites is the inability to express a career focus. Everything from your profile photo to the content you share defines your brand. Be sure to highlight relevant experience, accomplishments, awards, projects, publications and skills to focus your value-statement. Make sure all of your social media content is relevant to your focus. –Erin Urban,UPPSolutions, LLC

9. Avoid Non Value Added Content

Since employers will often develop an impression of you based on your social media accounts, make sure you put as much value-added content on them as possible. Don’t be seen as a person who stays on social media all day with nothing interesting or helpful to say. Often times, less is just better. –Donald Hatter,Donald Hatter Inc.

10. Don’t Say ‘Seeking New Work’ In Your Headline

Besides the obvious misspellings, grammatical issues, tendency to gripe away your day on Twitter or poorly chosen profile photo, choose a positive headline that represents who you are, what you’ve done or ways you can help a business. Placing “seeking a new position” or “currently looking for work” doesn’t help your positioning. Showcasing your gap in employment can sound desperate to people. –Joanne Markow,GreenMason

11. Avoid Sharing Employers’ Competitive Intelligence

In sharing your accomplishments, consider whether the information will violate an employer’s competitive intelligence. This may include information regarding technology or product innovations, market development strategies, mergers, acquisitions or pending sale of the company. Potential employers check social media and may consider you a risk if you’ve shared sensitive information. – Beverly Harvey,HarveyCareers, LLC

12. Articulate Your ‘Good Impression’ In The First Place

In order to prevent making a bad impression, you should articulate what a good impression about you means. Jot down the adjectives that you want any public readers, including future employers, to know about you. This helps determine posts and photos that you share with the public. Keep anything that doesn’t support your personal brand private by utilizing the privacy setting of social media. – Amy Nguyen,Happiness Infinity LLC

13. Tone Down Politics And Personal Bias

If you’re not posting on-brand specific topics, your career and job search risks go up. Every day I see posts during the day on Facebook, Twitter and even LinkedIn on things political, personal and social. It may show personality but it risks demonstrating your bias and opinion on things that have nothing to do with why you may be hired. Stay on brand and resist strong political or personal opinions. –John M. O’Connor,Career Pro Inc.

14. Consider Anonymous Accounts For Some Activities

I have a colleague in the HR industry who loves to engage in vigorous political debates online through Twitter but her role as an executive recruiter could be negatively impacted by her lively debates. Her solution is a pseudonym for her political online engagement, which she never ever discloses to anyone in her professional life. This boundary gives her freedom in both realms without risks. –Jenn Lofgren,Incito Executive & Leadership Development

15. Google Yourself And See If You Like What You Find

I always encourage people to Google themselves (in incognito mode) — to see what is out there on the web. Then determine if what is out there is in alignment with your personal goals. It might be as simple as making your Facebook private or making your LinkedIn account open. Also, tools like BrandYourself can help you do a risk or reputation analysis for free to see if you have a problem. –Maresa Friedman,Executive Cat Herder