Funnier Ways to Say “Sent From My Smartphone”

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You’ve received plenty of emails that ended with “sent from my iPhone” or another mobile email signature.

Whatever your opinion of these generic signatures, they do serve a purpose. When communicating with clients and business contacts via mobile, you may end up sending emails with typos or formatting errors.  Your message may be brief and sound abrupt, versus friendly.

A mobile email signature lets people know why. You’re sending from a smartphone!  Ah … that explains it.

However, there are more creative ways to tell your contacts that you’re using a mobile device to communicate with them. Some business people have figured out how to have a little fun with those mobile email taglines.

Blaming Technology

Certain smartphone features, such as autocorrect and voice recognition, are meant to make your life easier. But at times  they do just the opposite. Your colleagues and clients can likely relate to these issues, so making a note about them in your signature can be both helpful and funny.

Ivana Taylor of DIY Marketers has an email signature on her phone that reads, “Excuse any typos – darn autocomplete!”

And Mike Blumenthal of Local University, has a mobile signature that accomplishes a similar task, while placing the blame on a different smartphone feature.  It reads, “Sent from a typical smartphone. If this is illiterate, it’s the voice recognition’s fault.”

Missy Ward, co-founder of Affiliate Summit and FeedFront magazine, also pokes fun at the potential for typos.  Hers reads, “Sent from my iPhone.  Random auto-corrects and typos are my special gift to you.”

Claiming Smartphone Ignorance

Sometimes it isn’t the phone’s fault. Sometimes it can just be more difficult to communicate on the go or with such a small device.

Matthew Goldfarb of Corporate Renegade has a signature that jokes, “sent from my almost always misspelling iPhone.”

Becky McCray, co-author of Small Town Rules, contributes one used by Sheila Scarborough, of Sheila’s Guide. It says, “Sent from my phone;  if there are typos I will still be quite annoyed at myself.”

Even Small Business Trends’ own Chief Operations Officer, Staci Wood, has joked about creating a mobile email signature to highlight her minimal smartphone knowledge.  She said if she could figure out how, she’d change hers to: “Apologies for any spelling errors – sent from my stupid ‘smart’ phone.”

Having Fun With Siri

Siri, in case you’re not aware, is the voice-enabled command prompt and answering feature that Apple calls “the intelligent personal assistant.”  It’s available on the latest iPhones and iPads. Some people like to have fun with Siri in their email signatures on their iPhones.

Deborah Shane, branding consultant, has an email footer that reads, “Sent from Siri, My Personal Assistant.”

Small business author and all-around funny guy, Barry Moltz, also has fun with Siri. His reads, “Sorry so short … the keys are small on the iPhone 4S.  Uh, oh..there are no keys. Maybe Siri can help.”

Random Acts of Email Taglines

Just because you have a smartphone with access to email doesn’t necessarily mean you should have to respond to every single thing right away.  Ramon Ray of SmallBizTechnology.com has a mobile signature that says, “from my phone (hopefully not while I’m driving or with my family).”  It pokes fun at the over-reliance many Americans have on their mobile devices. But it also lets contacts know that there are times he may not be able to respond right away.

Joel Libava, who has created a trademarked brand around the moniker “The Franchise King” manages to continue the brand emphasis in his email tagline.  His reads, “The Franchise King®, Joel Libava, sent this from his Royal Droid.”

Brent Leary, technology analyst, conveys that he’s an equal-opportunity technology user. His tagline says,  “Sent from my BlackBerry, … or iPhone.., or iPad… or… well you get the idea … .”

Making Jokes

But you don’t necessarily need to be specific about which device you use, for people to get the point. You can simply make a joke that lets people know you’re sending the email from your mobile device.

“Sent via carrier pigeon,” or “Sent from my rotary phone,” or “Sent from my payphone,” let people know that you’re communicating on your phone. But you’re making a joke about technology that isn’t misconstrued as snobby or exclusive.

On the other end of the spectrum, “Sent from my iPhone because I’m better than you,” or “Sent from my $400 smartphone,” poke fun at using certain mobile devices as status symbols. Just be aware that sarcastic email lines can be misinterpreted as gloating if others don’t “get” your humor.

What Mobile Email Signature Do YOU Use?

Have you come across any funny mobile signatures? Or do you use one yourself? Share it in the comments below – we want to hear!

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Microsoft Finally Making It Easier to Say No to Windows 10 Update

Microsoft Finally Making It Easier to Say No to Windows 10 Update

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The new prompt will roll out to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users
  • The prompt will have clearer options to decline the upgrade offer
  • Microsoft will end its free Windows 10 upgrade offer on July 29

Microsoft is finally stepping back from making it difficult for users to say no to the Windows 10 update. The Redmond-based giant has for months received criticism from users for forcefully installing the update even when users weren’t interested in upgrading to Windows 10.

The move is interesting considering Microsoft is just less than a month away from ending the freeWindows 10 upgrade offer, which ends July 29. Microsoft will start rolling out an update to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users that will replace the prompt that currently promotes the free Windows 10 upgrade.

Microsoft’s Senior Director for Windows Lisa Gurry told Siliconbeat that the company heard complaints from users that the upgrade prompts were “confusing” and thus the company is changing them. “We’re working really hard to address it. We’re working hard to deliver a Windows that everyone will really love,” added Gurry.

Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group, in a statement toldZDNet, “We started our journey with Windows 10 with a clear goal to move people from needing Windows to choosing Windows to loving Windows. Towards this goal, this week we’ll launch a new upgrade experience for millions of PCs around the world. The new experience has clearer options to upgrade now, choose a time, or decline the free offer.”

Myerson further explained that the new Windows 10 upgrade prompt will have “clearer options” to say no to the upgrade. “If the red-x is selected on this new dialog, it will dismiss the dialog box and we will notify the device again in a few days. We continue to recommend all of our customers upgrade to Windows 10 before the free upgrade offer expires on July 29. Thousands of engineers have been working on making Windows 10 the most secure version of Windows, helping to protect people from viruses, phishing, identity theft and more. We’d like our customers to upgrade and improve their experience with Windows and Microsoft,” added Myerson.

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three Of Bihar’s 243 Legislators Say they may return government’s presents

3 Of Bihar's 243 Legislators Say They Will Return Government's Gifts

On Friday, the country‘s schooling department had given microwave ovens really worth Rs. 11,225 eachto 243 legislators.
PATNA: a day after snap shots of Bihar’s 243 legislators being gifted a microwave oven each by using thekingdom‘s training department caused outrage, the competition BJP says its senior leaders will go backthe present.

Senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi introduced his intention on Twitter. “Lakhs of faculty teachers(are) without earnings for last 4 months. Prem Kumar, Mangal Pandey and myself will return presents like micro oven back to executive (sic),” Mr Modi tweeted.

protecting the exercise that has gone on for two decades, consisting of while the BJP was in strengthfor 8 years, education minister Ashok Chaudhary had stated, “Our MLAs want to tour to their constituencies to look into mid-day food. So when they pass, they are able to take the microwave oven with them and warmth meals and consume.”

“GOB has given ridiculous justification that Bihar MLA’s are terrible & will use micro oven to flavor Mid Day Meal. MLA’s paid 1.5 Lakh according to month,” Mr Modi said in another tweet.

It isn’t clear even though whether or not different BJP legislators will observe fit. The BJP has fifty threemembers in a house of 243.

The Bihar government though keeps to protect the pass to hand out microwave ovens to the legislators from a branch that is suffering to pay teachers‘ salaries in time. “it’s been a lifestyle from starting. Theitems given had been cheaper than last year. It become an revolutionary idea to display the middayfood,” Mr Chaudhary repeated today.

Ransomware Hackers Are Borrowing Customer-Service Tactics, Say Experts

Ransomware Hackers Are Borrowing Customer-Service Tactics, Say Experts

When hackers set out to extort the town of Tewksbury, Massachusetts with “ransomware,” they followed up with an FAQ explaining the attack and easy instructions for online payment.

After baulking for several days, Tewksbury officials decided that paying the modest ransom of about $600 was better than struggling to unlock its own systems, said police chief Timothy Sheehan.

That case and others show how cybercriminals have professionalised ransomware schemes, borrowing tactics from customer service or marketing, law enforcement officials and security firms say. Some players in the booming underworld employ graphic artists, call centers and technical support to streamline payment and data recovery, according to security firms that advise businesses on hacking threats.

The advancements, along with modest ransom demands, make it easier to pay than fight.

“It’s a perfect business model, as long as you overlook the fact that they are doing something awful,” said James Trombly, president of Delphi Technology Solutions, a Lawrence, Massachusetts, computer services firm that helped three clients over the past year pay ransoms in Bitcoin, the virtual currency. He declined to identify the clients.

Ransomware victims reported total costs from such attacks of $209 million (roughly Rs. 1,386 crores) in the first three months of this year, the FBI said, citing a tally of complaints it has received. That’s up dramatically from $24 million (roughly Rs. 159 crores) for all of 2015.

(Also see:  New Generation of Ransomware Is Emerging)

Costs for victims, beyond ransom, can include large bills for technical support, consultants and security software.

In the December 2014 attack on Tewksbury, the pressure to pay took on a special urgency because hackers disabled emergency systems. That same is true of additional attacks on police departments and hospitals since then. But all sectors of government and business are targeted, along with individuals, security firms said.

Some operations hire underground call centers or email-response groups to walk victims through paying and restoring their data, said Lance James, chief scientist with the cyber-intelligence firm Flashpoint.

Graphic artists and translators craft clear ransom demands and instructions in multiple languages. They use geolocation to make sure that victims in Italy get the Italian version, said Alex Holden, chief information security officer with Hold Security.

While ransomware attacks have been around longer than a decade, security experts say they’ve become far more threatening and prevalent in recent years because of state-of-the-art encryption, modules that infect backup systems, and the ability to infect large numbers of computers over a single network.

Law enforcement officials have long advised victims against paying ransoms. Paying ransoms is “supporting the business model,” encouraging more criminals to become extortionists, said Will Bales, a supervisory special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

But Bales, who helps run ransomware investigations nationwide from the Washington, DC office, acknowledged that the payoffs make economic sense for many victims.

“It is a business decision for the victim to make,” he said.

Run-of-the-mill ransomware attacks typically seek 1 bitcoin, now worth about $420, which is about the same as the hourly rate that some security consultants charge to respond to such incidents, according to security firms who investigate ransomware cases.

Some attacks seek more, as when hackers forced Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles to pay $17,000 to end an outage in February.

Such publicized incidents will breed more attacks, said California State Senator Robert Hertzberg, who in February introduced legislation to make a ransomware schemes punishable by up to four years in prison. The Senate’s public safety committee passed the bill on Tuesday and sent it to the appropriations committee for further review.

Some victims choose not to pay. The Pearland Independent School District near Houston refused to fork over about $1,600 in ransom demanded in two attacks this year, losing about three days of work from teachers and students. Instead, the district invested tens of thousands of dollars on security software, said Jonathan Block, the district’s desktop support services manager.

“This threat is real and something that needs to be dealt with,” Block said.

The town of Tewksbury has also upgraded its security technology, but Sheehan says he fears more attacks.

“We are so petrified we could be put into this position again,” he said. “Everybody is vulnerable.”

© Thomson Reuters 2016

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