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Snapchat finally took note of its users’ demands and introduced sharing of snaps by multiple users to the same Story. They had to do it, considering the fact that people are moving to Instagram Stories now.

Anyway, the new feature, which was announced on Tuesday, lets you create Stories that can be viewed and managed by your friends as well. However, there are two parts to the new Story feature– private group story independent of location and public story based on location. The new group story will appear under “Stories” for all the people who have been selected to view and manage it.

Check out: Top 10 Snapchat tips and tricks

Private group story independent of the location

Consider the first new feature as a WhatsApp group, where in addition to you, your friends can share snaps to the Story that you have created. You have to name the group Story and select the friends that can add snaps to it. People who can add snaps to the story are eligible to view it as well. However, you can select other people who can just view the group story and not contribute to it. Any Snaps added to the group are visible by the whole group.

Also, members can see who views their snap. Furthermore, for your info, members are not hidden, everybody in the group can see other members of the same group story. The creator of the group can add and remove people even after the group is created.

Also read: Useful WhatsApp tips and tricks that you should know

How to create private group story independent of location

To do this, follow the steps:

Swipe left from the home screen of Snapchat to open “Stories”.

Tap the new Plus icon present in the top right corner.

Name your custom story.

Tap “Who can add” to select the people who will contribute to the story.

Tap “Who can view” to select people who can only view the story. People who are added in “Who can add” are authorized automatically to view the story. If you remove them from viewing the story, they will no longer be able to add snaps to the custom story.

Tap “Create Story” to create the new private group story.

Once you have created the story, people in the new story will be notified and they can add and view snaps according to the settings that you have kept.

Check out: Facebook app: Tips and tricks you should know

Public custom story based on location

Alternatively, you can allow multiple users based on their current location, to contribute to the story by enabling the second feature, which is known as Geofence. It’s the responsibility of the creator of the group to outline a geofence for the story. This is, kind of a public story, where you can choose either all your followers who are in the same location or “friends of friends” to add and view the snaps in the story.

How to create a custom story based on location

To do this, follow the steps:

Swipe left from the home screen of Snapchat to open “Stories”.

Tap the new Plus icon present in the top right corner.

Name your custom story.

Enable Geofence option and outline a geofence for your story.

Tap “Who can add” and choose from “Friends” or “Friends or friends”. Similarly, tap “Who can view” and choose from “Friends” or “Friends or friends” based on your preference.

Tap “Create Story”.

Check out: Instagram tips and tricks for beginners

In case you are wondering regarding the time limit of the new stories, nothing has changed. Individual Snaps added to a custom story are still ephemeral, which last for 24 hours, however, groups can last for more than 24 hours, until there is no activity in the group for last 24 hours i.e. if no snap is added to the custom group for 24 hours, it gets deleted automatically.

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Biggest Cybersecurity Stories of 2023 Cybersecurity Threats of 2023

After peaking in 2023 Ransomware saw a downturn and was replaced by serious threats in 2023. Here we list various big frights of this year. These cybersecurity threats created a shift in the way world handles data, vulnerabilities, and cryptocurrency.

Vulnerabilities that changed processor design

This hardware flaw was called catastrophic as it affected all processors and brought a change in the way chips are designed.


Who can forget about the most talked data scandal in March that rocked Facebook. At that time reports about how political data firm named Cambridge Analytica collected user’s personal data was floating. Data of 87 million users was compromised due to which Facebook was condemned and had to face scrutiny. This was just the tip of iceberg as after this other online service were also under scrutiny including Google.

Another biggest cybersecurity threat that made news headlines was VPN Filter a router malware that infected 500,00 devices in more than 50 countries. This malware targets small offices and range of routers to steal personal credentials and knock off infected machine by making them unusable. Moreover, VPN Filter has the potential of cutting off Internet connectivity. Not only this VPN Filter has wide range of capabilities from spying on traffic to overwriting device’s firmware. Unlike other threats VPN Filter targets device using default credentials or those with known exploits.

Another dangerous cybersecurity threat that appeared in 2023 was cryptocurrency mining. With the progress of digital currency in late 2023 hackers too became interested in it. As they got attracted to the mantra get-rich-quickly with digital currency. Malware actors tried to develop new ways to mine cryptocurrency for which they even abused Internet of things, used malicious add-ons and other things. But the only way that turned out fruitful was crypto-mining. This means threat actors used CPU power to mine cryptocurrency especially Monero for their financial gain.

Besides these direct threats there were other indirect threats that were seen in 2023. This consisted of data breaches, introduction of GDPR in Europe that forced companies to change their privacy policy. If they were found handling users data incorrectly they had to bear a fine of millions in Euros or 2% – 4% of their annual turnover. Other prominent cybersecurity risk contained shutting down of Google Plus due to security flaws that affected 52 million users, unpredicted Chinese visitors at Marriott hotel chain this means Chinese hackers accessed information of up to 500 million guests including their phone number, passport number, email address and other personal data. This was said to be Chinese espionage operation.

Also Read: Why Do Cyber Criminals Want To Hack Your Phone?

This was just a glimpse of what 2023 had for us but looking at this we can surely say 2023 is not going to be easy. There’s much in the Pandora’s box for us. With the beginning of 2023 an increase in cyberwar arms race is expected. Traditional Trojans, Worms will remain a threat along with the new emerging ones that will penetrate software and lead to more dangerous attacks. Furthermore, we can see live hacking, use of AI by attackers and much more that still can’t be predicted.

In next article we will talk about cybersecurity risk of 2023.

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Create Beautiful Visual Stories With Storehouse

Everyone loves to share pictures with each other. Instagram is proof that we will take pictures of anything and make people look at them. We show off our shoes, our dinner plates, our cats, and our “relaxed” feet. We love to take pictures.

Everyone loves to share pictures with each other. Instagram is proof that we will take pictures of anything and make people look at them. We show off our shoes, our dinner plates, our cats, and our “relaxed” feet. We love to take pictures.

Storehouse is a photography app that lets you show off your daily snapshots, but once you see what the pros are doing, you won’t want to embarrass yourself with a retrospective of a year of selfies…


Once registered with Storehouse, you will be able to access dozens of beautiful stories that have been hand picked by the app’s creators as some of the best. Swipe from right to left to see more submissions. Tap on one to read more about it. Swipe upward to open the story. Scroll downward to read the text, browse the pictures, and watch the short videos.

When you are done reading a story, either swipe upward again at the end of the page, or pinch inward to go back to the main screen.

When the inspiration strikes and you are ready to create your own story, tap the plus (+) symbol at the top of the screen to add media and text.

After you’ve created a story and resized the pictures and videos to look the way you want them to, publish it to Storehouse’s feed so others can see it.

You can follow others on Storehouse to keep track of stories they publish. Find your friends and add them as well.

App Use

The first thing you will need to do is register with Storehouse. I know this can be scary for some people. However, I’ve signed up for hundreds of accounts from a wide variety of companies during my time as an app reviewer and I’ve never been spammed to death by any of them. App developers don’t usually want your email address so they can destroy your desktop. Registering your email with Storehouse is safe.

Swipe from right to left on the screen in order to see more stories. When you find one that piques your interest, tap it or swipe upward on the screen to open it. You will see the name of the person who published the story and any relevant information about them, like their profession or a website link.

Keep scrolling downward to see more pictures, videos, and written content. Some stories will be heavy on words and light on pictures, others will have dozens of pictures with only a couple of sentences. Some are nothing but 30-second videos, back to back.

Exploring the beautiful and stunning photographs that are published by these professionals will surely inspire you to dig up your best pictures to add to a story for publishing. When you are ready to create your own story, tap the plus (+) symbol at the top right corner of the screen.

After you’ve added images and videos, the template will automatically select a cover photo, but you can change it by tapping the image and then tapping “change cover.” The rest of the pictures and videos will be displayed as square images below the cover photo. You can name your story and add a subtitle at this time. This is the main image or video that others will see when they first view your story.

Then, it is time to make the body of the story look the way you want it to. First, resize images to make them fit into the story the way you want them to. Tap one of the square photos and drag it from the bottom to make it larger, longer, skinnier, or take up a full screen. As you drag an image to resize it, the others will adjust along with it and move downward or upward, depending on what you do.

You can also crop a photo if you want to zoom in on a specific section, or zoom out to show the entire shot. Tap the “Crop” icon and drag your finger around until you’ve adjusted the image accordingly.

If the images loaded into your story template are out of order, you can rearrange them by touching and holding one photo until it hovers above the rest. Then, drag the image to a new location.

After your pictures are laid out, it is time to add text. Tap the screen in the location you want to add words and then tap “Text” icon at the top of the screen. A text box will appear in the spot you tapped in the story. You can add a header, text body, or a quote. Each font will be different according to what you selected.

When you are finished with your story, tap “Publish” in the upper right corner of the screen and your story will be made available publicly. Keep in mind that published stories go live to the Storehouse feed. You can’t publish it privately. If you don’t want others to see your stories, don’t publish them. Once published, you can share your stories to others with a direct link on Facebook, Twitter, or through email.

To find other users to follow, tap the search icon at the top left of the screen in the main window. You will see a list of popular users to follow. You can also find people by searching for them by name. If you have a friend who is already publishing stories on Storehouse, get their username and begin following them to stay on top of their submissions.

The Good

This app is like a quick and easy blog service. You can create and publish stories with just a few taps and adjustments. Uploading large amounts of images and videos is very easy. You can literally have a story ready for publishing in less than a half hour.

I love reading stories that others have published. Most of the featured users are professional photographers and magazine editors, so they’ve got a lot of fantastic stories to share with us.

The Bad

User discovery is lacking. Once your story is up, it isn’t easy for others to find it unless they know your username. I’d like to be able to access a public feed that shows everything that is published, not just what is hand picked for me by the Storehouse curators. That way, I can choose to follow whomever I want, not just the top users.


Storehouse is free to download. The only cost is your email address, which by now you should know that it isn’t a big deal to give out to app developers. Even if you never publish a single story, it is worth downloading for the content that has already been added by others. Many stories are very interesting and feature breathtaking photos.


If you like the idea of creating and publishing mini blog style stories for the Storehouse community, you will have a great time making and sharing posts with others. If you have no desire to publish your photos with Storehouse, but still want to see what others are creating, you will enjoy reading stories from users in the community. This is a fun and interesting photography app that I recommend for anyone with an iPad. Download it in the App Store today.

Related Apps

Fotopedia Reporter is a user uploaded photography app that also lets you create stories to publish.

Do you fancy yourself a photography hobbyist? Do you think you’ll publish mini stories to Storehouse?

Use Of Variables In Qlikview To Create Powerful Data Stories


An application with good Front-end and poor Back-end is like Beauty without brains. You are awed by it initially, but you get irritated by it over time. On the other hand, efficient Back-end with poor Front-end may not excite users to use the application. In today’s world, you need excellence on both the aspects.

Sadly, a lot of people associate data visualization with only front end engineering. In today’s article, I want to bring out what does Back end engineering look like in case of QlikView and how can it add tremendous power to your data stories.

The Natural progression in a programming language

If you have learnt coding on any language, you would have experienced this progression yourself.

The first stage of learning a language is to understand its syntax, ways to print output, doing mathematical calculations etc. At this stage, you typically don’t do any thing complex. This usually isn’t very exciting or helpful. After all you don’t learn a programming language to calculate 2 + 3!

The second stage of learning a language is when you start using variables to accomplish some of the more complex tasks. With use of variables, you can create generic logic, which are more complicated and useful. So it you want to compare 2 columns with a million numbers each, you can’t do that unless you use variables (May be you can, not me!). The beauty of the process is that once you learn use of variables, it is impossible to think that there was even a stage 1 involved in the learning process!

There are some more stages in learning a new programming language, but for today’s article we will focus on what I just mentioned as second stage of any programming language – the use of variables. If you are a complete newbie to QlikView, you should first learn the basics from our learning path – Resource to learn Qlikview from scratch and become an expert

Real life situation – variables to my rescue!

I started using QlikView some time in early 2012 and I fell in love with it. We had a team of passionate developers and over next 6 months (with a lot of dark nights), we were able to replace the traditional clunky excel / access reports on a nice QlikView dashboard for entire Sales process of our organization. We were now the envy of other Intelligence units in our organization and were quoted as a successful transition across the Organization.

In September 2012, the Sales Director called me. This was the time of sales planning for next year. So, I expected him to ask the plans for the same. And I was well prepared for this. Over years, we had created an Excel based application which would simulate a whole lot of scenarios and then spit out (literally) the targets for all the sales people.

Then came the bomb! The Sales Director said that this time he wants the planning to happen on our QlikView application. He said that he wanted a new sheet in our dashboard, where the sales people could enter parameters for their efforts (e.g. Taking 10 sales calls a day) and the application provides an estimate of where they would end taking seasonality and past trends in account.

I had no clue how to do this in QlikView, so I just listened to him. I didn’t want all the efforts from last 6 months to end and the people to go back to older ways of running business intelligence. Thankfully, I came across variables and their use to run what-if scenarios, which we went on to build in our application.

What is a Variable? What are the methods to create it?

Variables store data (static or calculated) of any type (numbers, string, boolean, float) and get referenced using expressions or directly by using its name. There are a few ground rules of variable naming convention in QlikView:

Rule 1: Whenever we create a variable for static value, we prefix variable name with “v” (lowercase).

Rule 2: Whenever we store an expression in a variable, we prefix variable name with “e” (lowercase).

After the first character, we should keep relevant names so that it is developer friendly. There are various methods to create a variable. The commonly used are:

Method 2: By using SET and LET statements.

Let’s look at them one by one:

Method 1:

Note: You can define a variable with an expression also.

Method -2:

This is because, these are the variables that QlikView creates using Set Statement. You can also use “Set” statement for defining variable(s) in script.

Let’s see how do we do it. Look at the below syntax of defining variable:

Syntax: Set Variable_Name=Value; Example: Set vPrevYr='2014';

Another method of variable creation is using “Let” statement. Let statement evaluates the expression on the right side of ‘=’ and assigns it to the variable on the left side of ‘=’.

Syntax: Let Variable_Name=Expression;

Example: Let vTest=5+8;

If you will use Set statement to store expression output in a variable, it will store the expression as a value. I’ll show the detailed effect of defining a formula with Let and Set statement in the coming up sections.

Example: Set vTest1=5+8;

In the screenshot below, you can see all the defined variables(vPrevYr, vTest, vTest1) after running script. Similarly, new variables can also be defined / found here.

Also Read: How to implement incremental load in qlikview?

How can we access variable?

The value of a variable can be accessed using equals (=) sign. If the variable is prefixed with equals ‘ = ‘ sign, QlikView tries to evaluate the value as a formula (QlikView expression) and then displays or returns the result rather than the actual formula text.

Let’s understand it by accessing above created variable “vTest” (created using Let) and “vTest1” (Created using Set).

Let’s create a text box object and put an expression as “=vTest” and similarly in another text box, we put “=vTest1” (as shown below).

Just notice that, the variable (vTest) created using “Let” has got evaluated well. On the contrary, variable (vTest1) created using “Set” has not been evaluated. This is the difference between creating a variable using Set or Let statement.

Now, to evaluate variable vTest1, we can use Dollar Sign Expansion (DSE). It is method to evaluate a formula. Let’s look at this method of using dollar sign expansion. Also, this is also a standard way of accessing a variable in QlikView.

Syntax: $(variable_Name)

Also Read: The concept of synthetic keys in Qlikview – Simplified !

What are most Common Uses of variable(s)?

Variables are the mainstay of data visualization softwares like Qlikview, chúng tôi etc. Optimizing the use of variables always reduces application development time. Let’s look at the some common uses of variables:

Portability: Variables are used when we want to store values and use them in multiple objects / charts without wanting to type those values again. Variables are also used when we want to perform dynamic calculations. For example: A variable created for representing previous year as “vPrevYr=$(=Max (Year)-1)”, refers to a dynamic calculation as per current selection and can be accessed by all objects of the document.

Use in Chart Objects: We can make use of variables in charts at multiple places using:

Conditional enable or disable dimension / expression / object:

 Think of a scenario where you have segregated your charts objects in two categories. Then, you want to show only one category at a time. This can effortlessly be done using button or variable. Let’s follow the below steps to perform this:

Step 1: Create a variable “


” and assign the value as zero (0).

Step 3: Assign the value to variable as zero (0) and provide the name to variable as “Category1”. Similarly create another variable as “Category2” and assign the variable (vVisible) value as 1.

What-if analysis: We can use variable in what if analysis expression also using “Input Box” or “Slider Object”. In such cases, we take value of variable from these objects (Input, Slider) and used them in expression.

Apart from the uses mentioned above, we can also use variable for incremental data load and in various scripting methodology to improve our data models.

End Notes:

In this article, we looked at the importance of variables, methods to create it and the common uses of variable in daily development. Basically, we have looked at two methods (Set & Let and Variable Overview) to create them.

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This Week’s Top Stories: Ios 13.4 Changes, Carkey, New Apple Tv Rumors, More

Apple this week also released its latest round of developer betas: macOS Catalina 10.15.4, iOS 13.4. iPadOS 13.4, watchOS 6.2, and tvOS 13.4.

One of the biggest changes in these updates is that developers can now sell macOS and iOS versions of their apps as a single purchase. This means that a developer can list an iPad app in the App Store and a Mac version in the Mac App Store. When the customer buys either version, it automatically unlocks for all platforms.

The updates also bring support for iCloud Drive folder sharing, as well as Screen Time Communication Limits on the Mac, tweaks to the TV app, and more. Read our full roundup of all of the changes here.

Under the hood, 9to5Mac discovered that iOS 13.4 contains references to a “CarKey” API, which will make it possible to use the iPhone and also the Apple Watch to unlock, lock, and start a car. Users will be able to use CarKey in NFC-compatible cars, as they only need to hold the device near the vehicle to use it as a key.

Last but not least, there’s also evidence of a new Apple TV. Details here remain unknown, but code findings suggest that it would at least feature the A12 or A13 processor, as well as 4K resolution.

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Starting A Whatsapp Group And Importing Contacts

WhatsApp is a messaging and voice over IP application that enables users to send text messages, record and send voice and video messages, and make voice and video calls. You can also create customized statuses visible to contacts for 24 hours.

WhatsApp is currently the most widely-used messaging platform, with over 2 billion active users. It has steadily increased its features since Facebook acquired it in 2014. In most countries, WhatsApp is the primary medium of digital communication.

The popularity of WhatsApp and its ease of use have fuelled efforts by Facebook to include business features into the application. WhatsApp Business allows businesses to use the app to reach their customers on the WhatsApp platform. In some countries, WhatsApp is offering payment options through the application.

However, one of WhatsApp’s best features is its group feature. Similar to chat rooms, members of the group can instantly share messages with everyone involved. WhatsApp groups have become very popular and are common in schools, workplaces, and all forms of social activities. It is easy-to-use and oftentimes the preferred way to keep coworkers connected, even over apps like Slack.

Start A WhatsApp Group And Import Contacts

If you use WhatsApp regularly and want to stay connected with everyone in your contacts, it is important to know how to create a group. A WhatsApp group has the following features:

You can add up to 256 members to a group. WhatsApp may limit you in your group members, unlike Telegram which is unlimited, but 256 is a pretty sizeable amount.

Anyone who uses WhatsApp can join the group, even if they are not in your contact list. However, those who are not on your contact list will have to join using an invite link that you can share with them.

To start a group on WhatsApp, follow the steps below.

Step One

You need to have WhatsApp installed on your mobile phone before you can use its services.

If you don’t already have WhatsApp installed, visit Google PlayStore on your mobile device and search for WhatsApp. Download and install.

Upon installation, WhatsApp will ask you to verify your phone number.

After the phone number verification, if you already have an account registered with that phone number, the account will now be activated on your mobile device. If no account is already registered with the phone number, then WhatsApp will register you as a new user.

On your mobile phone, tap on the WhatsApp icon to launch the app. It will open to the Home page which shows you your recent chats.

Step Two

At the top of the page, there is a ribbon with tabs: Chats, Status, and Calls.

Above the tabs, at the top right of the page, there are three vertical dots.

Step Three

Once the pop-out appears:

At the top of the page, find Add participants. Add the participants you want in the group.

Step Four

To add a participant, tap on the contact.

Step Five Step Six

The next page will load requesting you to provide a group subject and an optional group icon.

On the space provided, type the name of the group.

To add an icon, tap on the camera icon beside the space where you typed the group name. It will open your gallery. From the gallery, you can select the image of your choice.

Step Seven

Tap on the green circular icon with a mark inside.

You have now created the group and it will open with a message telling participants that you created a group.

You have successfully created a WhatsApp group and added your contacts. Go ahead and start engaging your members!

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