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  • How to Withdraw Cash From Stanbic Bank Instant Money

    Stanbic Bank Instant Money is a convenient and secure way to send money to anyone in Zambia, as long as they have an active mobile number.

    Here’s how it works: if you have a Stanbic Bank account with active Internet and mobile banking services, you can quickly generate a payment. The best part? The recipient doesn’t need a bank account. As long as they have an active mobile number, they can withdraw the funds.

    To redeem the money, the recipient simply goes to any Stanbic Bank ATM and presses the Instant Money button. No card is needed, and the transaction is completely free of charge.

    Instant Money makes sending and receiving money hassle-free.

    Highlights To Withdraw Cash Using Instant Money

    • You will get a 9-digit voucher through SMS
    • Get a 5-digit PIN from the sender
    • Go to your nearest Stanbic Bank ATM
    • Select Instant Money
    • Enter the 9-digit voucher number
    • Enter your mobile number starting with 0
    • Enter the 5-digit PIN and confirm.

    Stanbic Instant Money offers a seamless way to send money, making financial transactions straightforward and accessible for everyone, even those without a bank account.

    The only drawback which is very huge is the service is not instant as pronounced. It takes hours for Stanbic to send the PIN. This means you can’t withdraw the money without the pin. This thinly compares with other renowned banks like ABSA and FNB whose E-Wallet is truly an instant.

    For more facts and details you can check Stanbic Bank Zambia’s site

  • New Feature Windows Recall Raises Security and Privacy Concerns

    Windows Recall is a feature that allows users to retrace their steps on a PC by creating an explorable timeline of their computer’s past activities.

    Recall works by taking a snapshot of your PC every 5 seconds. This allows you to retrace your activities across time.

    Say two days later if you were browsing Facebook Market and someone showed you a jeans trouser you could search within Windows 11 and type something like “Blue Jeans” and Recall will pull images from your PC related to the blue jeans.

    Additionally, Windows Recall will also suggest the internet links and or shops near you based on your browsing history

    Here’s a summary of how it works:

    Security and Privacy Concerns

    Windows Recall works by taking a snapshot of your PC every 5 seconds therein lies the issue.

    Here are some concerns across the internet about Recall

    YouTube


    @eQosmic This is interesting tech, but so much of it feels like there will be major privacy concerns inbound.


    User on Reddit


    Shajirr replied to Satya Nadella’s interview “And it operates locally/on the device only”

    Doesn’t matter – it makes users’ PCs a WAY more interesting target for thieves if you might be able to get all sorts of stuff when it’s all already recorded for you to grab.

    Don’t need a keylogger being active on your OS for a long time when the OS itself already had done all the work for you.

    Another user in r/Technology “Great, now if someone wants to make a spyware, they only have to peek into that instead of trying to make something elaborate that also stays under the radar.”


    Windows Recall is optimized for select languages and helps users find and re-engage with content they’ve seen before, enhancing productivity and ease of use. But the privacy concern this AI brings is more real than it sounds.

  • Google Updates Policy On Synthetic Sexually Content

    Synthetic sexually explicit content, simply put, is digital material that portrays sexual acts or content, but it’s not real—it’s made by computers.

    This type of content is crafted using sophisticated technologies like deep learning algorithms, CGI (Computer Generated Imagery), or other digital rendering techniques. Whether it’s in the form of images, videos, or text, synthetic sexually explicit content blurs the line between reality and fiction.

    The best example of applications doing this is the app found on Facebook that turns your profile details into a hot guy or pregnant female.

    One of the most prevalent examples of synthetic sexually explicit content is the manipulation of images, especially those featuring celebrities, to make them appear nude or engage in sexual activities.

    This practice, commonly known as deepfake pornography, utilizes advanced algorithms to seamlessly blend the faces of real individuals onto the bodies of performers in pornographic videos. The result is often a disturbingly realistic simulation of individuals engaging in sexual acts without their consent.

    In January fake nude images of Taylor Swift were widely circulated on making harder to regulate AI porn.
    In January 2024 fake nude images of Taylor Swift were widely circulated on X

    In response to the growing concerns surrounding synthetic sexually explicit content, major platforms like Google are updating their policies to create a safer and more respectful advertising environment. For instance, Google’s updated policy, set to take effect in May 2024, prohibits the promotion of services that generate, distribute, or store such content. This includes services involved in creating “deepfakes” and other manipulated imagery, as well as ads for content that provides instructions on creating synthetic sexually explicit material.

    Aside from deepfake pornography, other examples of synthetic sexually explicit content include CGI-rendered pornography, where lifelike characters engage in sexual activities, erotic chatbots that simulate human-like interaction for sexual purposes, virtual reality (VR) pornography that immerses users in computer-generated sexual experiences, and AI-generated erotica, where algorithms create written erotic content based on input prompts.

    While synthetic sexually explicit content may offer new avenues for sexual expression and fantasy, it also raises significant ethical concerns. Issues such as consent, privacy, and the potential for exploitation are paramount in discussions surrounding this type of content.

    Consequently, many platforms and jurisdictions are implementing measures to address the proliferation of synthetic sexually explicit material and mitigate its negative impacts on individuals and society as a whole.

  • Troubleshooting Windows 11 Delayed Network Connection

    I want to chat about something that has been bugging me since I upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11 and that is Windows 11 Delayed Network Connection after power interruption or when the PC had been in a long hibernation.

    I love staying updated with the latest tech trends and educating others also, but sometimes, these updates bring along a few pesky issues. Case in point: the seemingly never-ending struggle with connecting to my Wi-Fi even LAN network after upgrading to Windows 11. This case scenario bogged me, especially since my Windows both on laptop and desktop boots in under 10 seconds owing to the NVMe disks installed

    On my old laptop and occasionally Desktop running Windows 10 connecting to Wi-Fi was a breeze. But ever since the upgrade, it’s been nothing short of a headache. Picture this: I lose Zesco power suddenly before the alternative power kicks in, then I start my computer from dead mode, eager to dive back into my online world, only to find myself waiting a frustrating 5 to 10 minutes just to reconnect to my Wi-Fi and or cabled LAN.

    If you are experiencing something like this on Windows 11 then you are not alone. This delayed Connection to the Network After the Cold Start made me think I had malware on my computer.

    So, like any IT expert individual, I decided to roll up my sleeves and tackle this problem head-on. After a bit of tinkering and troubleshooting, I stumbled upon a few nifty solutions that I’m excited to share with you all.

    How to Troubleshoot Windows 11 Delayed Connection to Network

    First up, let’s try restoring the default power options. It’s a simple yet effective fix that might just do the trick. All you have to do is press the Windows key + R. This will invoke the RUN application tool. Type in the run box

    powercfg -restoredefaultschemes

    and hit enter, and give your PC a quick restart. Observe if there are any changes at the next abrupt shutdown of Windows 11. If the problem is sorted then easy peasy, right?

    If that doesn’t quite solve the issue, fear not! We’ve got more tricks up our sleeves. Next, we’ll run the power troubleshooter to pinpoint any underlying issues. Just press the Windows key + R again, and this time type in

    msdt.exe /id PowerDiagnostic 

    follow the prompts to run the troubleshooter, and restart your device once it’s done. Again observe the time it will take for Windows 11 to connect to the network after an abrupt power off.

    Still no luck? Don’t sweat it. There’s one more method we can try. Head over to Control Panel, click on Hardware and Sound, then navigate to Power Options. This solution works best on Windows Laptop. From there, click on “Choose what the power buttons do”, select “Change settings that are currently unavailable”, and toggle the Sleep option. Don’t forget to click “Save Changes” before giving your device another restart.

    And there you have it, folks! Three tried-and-tested methods to tackle that pesky Wi-Fi connection issue on Windows 11. Give these solutions a whirl and hopefully, you’ll be back to browsing the web in no time. Remember, when it comes to tech troubles, a little perseverance goes a long way. Stay connected, stay savvy, and happy computing!

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