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Weekly Round-Up #275: Prank Your Friends, Hacks Of The Century & Cardio At Home

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Weekly Round-Up #275: Prank Your Friends, Hacks Of The Century & Cardio At Home

Welcome to this week’s round-up, I hope you’ve had a fun and productive week.

This week we look at breaking the circle of boredom we’ve all been feeling during lockdown with 7 geeky web apps.

We also look at 11 of the biggest cyber attacks of the 21st century. The article starts by giving an interesting history on how hacking started and then breaks down the 11 biggest hacks. There are some surprisingly large companies on the list so it shows that anyone can be a target so make sure you have anti-virus installed, use a VPN (especially on a public network) and consider using a password manager (affiliate link).

And finally, if you’re still on your new year’s health kick and are getting tired of the same exercises over again and again, we have 40 great cardio exercises you can do in your own home.

Play Geeky Pranks On Your Friends With These 7 Web Apps – MakeUseOf

Nearly every aspect of our lives has been affected by the digital age. But when it comes to pranks, most of us are still pulling the same old pranks. But you don’t have to anymore. There is a range of websites which open a whole new can of practical jokes. MakeUseOf have put together the best web apps to pull tech pranks on your friends.

11 Biggest Cyber Attacks Of The 21St Century – The High Court

Nobody is safe from malicious cyber criminals. Not even the biggest, wealthiest multinationals. In fact, large companies have experienced some of the biggest cyber attacks. That’s why they’re spending massively on cybersecurity. Even so, the truth is that cyber attacks continue to happen on a regular basis. So, how did it start? What are some major cyber attacks? And even more to the point: What is the biggest hack in history? To answer these questions, at The High Court we decided to go over the most notorious cyber attack examples from the history of cyber attacks in the 21st century.

Fiverr Vs Upwork: Which Freelance Platform Should You Use For Your Business? – Luca Tagliaferro

There are plenty of platforms you can turn to if you want to outsource your work. Maybe you need a logo designing, or perhaps you need some data entry doing. So, where do you look in order to get the best value for money – and ensure that the work is to the highest quality? In this article Luca Tagliaferro takes a look at Fiverr vs Upwork and compares, features, cost, services and more.

20 Effective Ways To Promote Your Website For Free (Ultimate Guide) – Respona

Just having a blog doesn’t automatically mean you get more visitors. If people don’t know your company, they won’t be visiting or finding your website because you have a blog, or because you publish funny articles.

The majority of visits to websites start with a search. Leaving the larger piece of the pie unattended would be crazy. 51% of all website traffic comes from Organic search. And over 40% of revenue comes from organic traffic. Content that the right people (people with a real interest in your product/service) will be able to find through search engines, will help move them further down the sales cycle. In this article respona takes a look at how you can promote your website without breaking the bank.

Top 40 Best Cardio Exercises You Can Do At Home – HomeGym101

Cardio workouts are a crucial part of any exercise regime. They are great for improving blood circulation and heart health, boosting immune system, enhancing mentality, and shredding fat. The best thing about cardio is that unlike many other forms of exercise, you can do it anywhere without any fancy equipment.

Looking for some great cardio ideas? HomeGym1010 have got a list of the top 40 best cardio exercises you can do at home with an easy to follow printable to make sure you’re doing it right.

13 Most Spectacular Flowering Succulents And Cacti – Outdoor Happens

Super low maintenance, tough, resilient, AND pretty flowers? Yep, that’s right. These spectacular flowering succulents make your gardening life easier (and more beautiful). Both cacti and succulents prefer a hot and dry environment with a rainy season in order to bloom to their full potential, but can be a great addition to any garden, whether as a groundcover or a standalone section. Outdoor Happens takes a look at some spectacularly flowering succulents for your home or your garden.

Mind Map Maker – Mind Mapping Templates & Examples – Milanote

Traditional mind mapping software focuses on static text connected by lines. But Milanote is different. Whilst you can still connect your ideas with lines, Milanote allows you to combine text, images, video and more to bring your thinking to life.

Getting down your ideas shouldn’t be time consuming. Milanote’s easy to use interface let’s you add content in seconds so you can focus on building your thinking, not learning how to use a new piece of software.

When starting a new mind map it can be inspiring to begin on a blank canvas, like opening up a new notebook. But if you want to start with a more traditional structure, you can use Milanote’s mind map template to help save you time.

Benefits Of Exercise: The Importance Of Regular Physical Activity – Cardiozero

Working out is an excellent way to feel great, cut medical expenses and achieve other goals in your life. In this article, Cardio Zero discusses the physical, mental, social, and economic Benefits of exercise: The importance of regular physical activity.

Stages Of Sleep: Rem And Non-Rem Sleep Cycles (The Definitive Guide) – Insider Living

Prior to the 1950s, we didn’t really know much about sleep — it was thought of as a passive activity that helped restore our bodies overnight. But, in 1953, scientists discovered that sleep consists of different stages. During an average night’s sleep, our bodies go through several sleep stages, and each is incredibly important for our overall health, memory and development. We spend around a third of our lives sleeping, but what actually happens when we sleep? In this article Mattress Insider takes an in-depth look at what goes on when we’re asleep, the stages of our sleep cycles and how much sleep we really need.

What Is A General Contractor And What Do They Do? – Ownerly

Some home projects are easy for any DIY-er to tackle, but when it’s time to remodel the kitchen or upgrade the master bath, most people need to call a pro. The question is, who do you call?

Home renovation pros have different areas of expertise. A handyman, for example, can switch up your bathroom cabinets or replace the fixtures to give your master bath a facelift. A plumbing subcontractor can install the infrastructure for a new shower or jacuzzi tub to upgrade the room’s functionality. But if you’re completely overhauling the space—changing the layout and adding new elements—a general contractor is the way to go. In this article, Ownerly looks at what a General Contractor is, when you should hire one and what to look for when you do.

Student Budgets Around The World – Teaching Abroad Direct

In the western world, the level of government spending on education has been a sore topic. Unions and teachers are often campaigning for improved pay with often little change. In fact, there are only 5 countries globally where teachers make above the local average ‘cost of living’, or GDP (PPP), with the US being 19th in the list overall (salaries are 14% lower than the cost of living nationally) and the UK not making the top 20 at all (18% lower).

Teaching Abroad have analysed how government spending on mandatory education has fluctuated through the years from country-to-country. Here, we can see which countries are investing the most, not just in teachers, but in every aspect of education that goes into the investment they make in their students’ futures.

The Best Eco-Friendly Bathroom & Kitchen Cleaners – Safe Household Cleaning

Safe Household Cleaning have spent hundreds of hours reviewing the cleaning power of bathroom and kitchen cleaners, and have had their resident chemists analyze and assess the formulations and have listed the top 10 on the market today. And in addition to that, they’ll also explore how these cleaners work, what to look for and what to avoid.

Ecommerce Statistics And Trends For 2020/2021 – Website Builder Expert

The rapid growth of ecommerce is perhaps the only news of 2020 that isn’t shocking. With the coronavirus pandemic keeping most of us indoors, 60% of our interactions with companies are now online. In the first 10 days of November alone, US consumers have already spent $21.7 billion online – that’s a 21% increase year-over-year.

But even without the effects of coronavirus, ecommerce was set to be on the rise in 2020. Internet sales have made up an increasing percentage of total retail sales year-on-year, growing from 7.3% to 19.2% in Great Britain alone from 2010-2019.

Between February and April 2020, internet sales skyrocketed from 19.0% of total sales to 30.2%, which should come as no surprise. But there’s a lot to learn about the digital-first world we’ve suddenly found ourselves in – and the more you know, the more you can make the most of this new retail climate.

13+ Troubling UK Student Debt Statistics [Updated In 2020] – Mark in Style

Around 66% of graduates have taken student loans, UK student debt statistics confirm. When we turn the percentage into real numbers, the student loan number reaches a whopping £17 billion every year. In this article, Mark In Style looks at the history of student loans and uncovers some interesting stats that may surprise you.

Have A Great Week

I hope you have enjoyed this round-up, as always if you have any links you like to share with me and my readers please contact me through the website or send me a tweet.

Until next time, Stay Productive!

About The Author
Katy is always trying to be more productive one day at a time! Whether it's analogue, digital, motivational or psychological who'll try any system that will help her get things done and get organised. As well as running, she also loves making music and reviewing things.
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