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KNOW | TWELVE, MARCH 2019 

Here's How Delete Messages You Regret Sending on Facebook Messenger

Facebook now lets you delete messages from old Messenger chats, a feature only Mark Zuckerberg used to have. Facebook launched a new feature in early February that lets you delete old messages inside its chat platform, Facebook Messenger. If you’d like to clean up your old chat history or have sent messages you may regret, there is an easy way to delete them. You can even delete newly sent messages if you act within 10 minutes of sending.

First, open the Facebook Messenger app on your phone or desktop and find a conversation with messages you would like to delete. On your phone, press and hold on a message or select the three dots menu icon on desktop version. Choose “remove” next to the message. If you have sent the message in the last 10 minutes you can select “remove for everyone” to make sure the messages disappear from the indexes of the people you’ve sent them to, not just your own history. CNBC

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New Tax Break for Small Business Owners

KNOW | TWELVE, FEBRUARY 2019 

This New Tax Break Can Make a Big Difference for Small Business Owners

The IRS regulations on Qualified Business Income was a major piece of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This deduction is available for tax years 2018-2025 to eligible individuals, estates, and trusts that own interests in pass-through entities. For QBI deduction purposes, pass-through entities are defined as sole proprietorships, single-member (one owner) LLCs that are treated as sole proprietorships for tax purposes, partnerships, LLCs that are treated as partnerships for tax purposes, and S corporations. While the QBI deduction is available to individuals, estates, and trusts, the proposed regulations refer to all three as “individuals.”

Qualified business income means the net of qualified items of income, gain, deduction, and loss from an eligible business that’s operated via a pass-through entity. The deduction does not reduce your adjusted gross income (AGI). In effect, it’s treated the same as an allowable itemized deduction. The QBI deduction also does not reduce net earnings from self-employment for purposes of the self-employment tax nor does it reduce your net investment income for purposes of the 3.8% net investment income tax. The bottom line is that the QBI deduction regulations are lengthy and complex. This column only scratches the surface of the proposed rules. You may need to employ a tax professional to help you sort through the details and get the best QBI deduction results in your specific circumstances. - MarketWatch

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Google Calendar SMS Notifications Cancelled

KNOW | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2018 

Google Calendar SMS Notifications cancelled

SMS notifications for Google Calendar events will be removed January 7, 2019. The notifications will cease to work on that date and instead in-app notifications will be the main method of reminding users of upcoming events. Google has confirmed that users that have the SMS notifications set up will be automatically notified in one of two ways. If a user has Calendar open or the Google Calendar app on a mobile device, they will receive in-app notifications. If a user has SMS notifications set up for new events, changed events, cancelled events or response, they will receive an email. If you have disabled calendar notifications, then head to Settings > Apps & notifications > Find the Calendar app > Turn notifications on. Google also stated that the Calendar API will be updated to reflect this upcoming change. - 9to5Google

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Facebook Messenger Gets A Back to Basics Facelift

KNOW | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2018 

Facebook Messenger Gets A Back to Basics Facelift

Facebook is rolling out a redesigned Messenger focused on simplicity. Facebook’s Messenger was initially presented as a simple way for Facebook users to send messages while using Facebook on a desktop. After the expansion to a mobile app many additional features including games, bots and payment, were added which made the once simple Messenger feel bloated to users. The newly redesigned app is hoping to return the focus to chats and present a more streamlined experience by combining many of those extra features. The extras will still be accessible but will be hidden away where you can safely ignore them.

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Apple to Introduce New Low-Cost Macbook Laptop

KNOW | TWELVE, SEPTEMBER 2018 

Apple Is Planning a New Low-Cost MacBook, Pro-Focused Mac Mini

Apple has announced a new lower cost laptop along with a professionally focused upgrade to the Mac mini desktop later this year. Apple typically releases new Macs in October following the launch of new iPhones. Apple experts believe that the company is planning to debut three new iPhones, Apple Watches with larger screens, and new iPad Pros later this year.

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Google Assistant now gives you a quick rundown of your day

KNOW | TWELVE, AUGUST 2018

 

Google Assistant now gives you a quick rundown of your day

Google recently announced a new feature available on Android and iOS phones that will allow Google Assistant to provide a quick rundown of your day. Assistant will pull together curated personal information, like flight times, restaurant reservations, scheduled meetings, expected package deliveries, reminders and more, and lay them out in a single overview you can scroll through.

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Utilize RocketReach and Google Podcasts to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, JULY 2018

RocketReach is a handy web-based tool that helps users find email addresses and social media links for professionals. An extension for the Chrome browser is also available. RocketReach is made up of a combination of tools that look for email addresses both from a company’s domain name and for specific people.

By simply entering a name or LinkedIn profile URL into the search bar users are presented with possible email addresses and social media links associated for that person. You can also enter a company name to have RocketReach return the standard email formatting for an organization. There is a free plan that gives three lookups per month or upgraded paid plans that offer more monthly lookups. All paid plans include 24/7 support, CRM integration, the ability to export results to CSV, bulk lookups and API access.

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Facebook Updates Ads Reporting

KNOW | TWELVE, JUne 2018

 

Google’s File on Me Was Huge. Here’s Why It Wasn’t as Creepy as My Facebook Data.

Though Google has far more data about us than Facebook, because we use it for not only our internet searches but also for our emails, calendaring, maps, photo uploads, video streaming, mobile phones and web browsers, Google has sidestepped controversy while Facebook has under fire for improperly leaking user data. To find out why, I downloaded a copy of all of the information that Google has on me and compared that data to what I already knew Facebook had obtained on me. What I found was that while my Google data archive was much larger than my Facebook file it was also packed with fewer unpleasant surprises and I was relieved to find out I could delete the data. In contrast, when I downloaded my Facebook data, I found that a lot of what I saw could not be purged.

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Apple Plans to Launch a Subscription News Service

KNOW | TWELVE, MAY 2018 

Apple reportedly launching subscription news service - A premium Apple News app

Bloomberg reports that Apple has acquired Texture, known as the “Netflix of magazines” and is now planning to develop its own subscription news service. Texture, which currently offers 200+ magazines for $9.99 per month, will be rolled into Apple’s News team with a new app with subscription option is expected to launch within the next year.

 

Apple has attempted a subscription news service in the past with its Newsstand app. The original app offered digital versions of newspapers and magazines but was discontinued when Apple moved to the Apple News platform instead. There was also a previous partnership with News Corporation to create an iPad only news publication called The Daily. The Daily was discontinued after less than two years with the explanation of a lack of audience to create a sustainable business model.

 

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LOVE | TWELVE, APRIL 2018

6 Apr 2018,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Alexa For Business - Many of us are familiar with how we can use voice commands with Alexa at home, but Amazon Alexa is helping save time in the workplace by acting as an intelligent assistant. Alexa can handle tedious tasks like managing schedules, keeping track of to-do lists, setting reminders, ordering supplies or even dialing into conference calls, allowing people to stay focused on more important tasks.

 

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