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7 songs from The Bold Type to inspire you to be bolder and braver

Get that confidence boost!

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After watching Freeform’s The Bold Type, everything that I’ve been doing recently is a gamble when it comes to work, love, and life. As a young millennial, I was able to relate to the TV series’ three millennial women who are on their quest to discover who they are and what they want. Young millennials usually have trouble navigating their lives, identity, relationships, and career, and more importantly, speaking up for what they deserve.

While it’s easier to voice our opinions through the internet, we still find it difficult to be bolder and braver in real life. The Bold Type is the perfect millennial TV show that reflects the pressing social and cultural issues we face now. On top of that, it inspires and empowers you with its powerful moments and confidence-boosting anthems.

If you want to feel a surge of confidence in your body, here are songs from the TV show to listen to that will surely pump you up. I’m also giving a tip on when you should listen to which song and make it your soundtrack, especially when the world feels like your runway. Time to show ’em who’s the boss!

‘Black Car’ by Leon Else

Burn baby, burn baby
Can’t you feel my heartbeat?

Featured during the entrance of Jacqueline Carlyle, Scarlet magazine’s editor-in-chief, ‘Black Car’ by Leon Else gives you a blood-pumping beat that makes you hold your head high as you walk on the bullpen. Listen to this when you’re about to enter a room full of wolves aka during a meeting.

‘Phoenix’ by Olivia Holt

You got the heart of a phoenix
So let them see you rise, hey-ey-ey, hey-ey-ey

Played as an accompaniment when Scarlet writer Jane Sloan overcame her fears on being vulnerable in publishing her article, this song is worth listening to when you have a proud moment in your life and/or career. It gives you the feeling of being reborn with a renewed sense of strength and confidence. Time to feel good and lift your spirits to the highest level!

‘She sets the city on fire’ by Gavin DeGraw

I’m going up, I couldn’t get much higher
She sets, she sets the city on fire

Setting the scene for Scarlet magazine’s 60th-anniversary party, ‘She sets the city on fire’ gives a cheerful vibe when celebrating an achievement. The song feels like a man’s admiration of a woman’s strength and capacity to lead and be victorious on her own.

‘Someone to you’ by BANNERS

And if you feel like night is falling
I wanna be the one you’re calling
‘Cause I believe that you could lead the way

This emotionally charged song played when Sutton Brady fights to get her dream job in the fashion department. ‘Someone to you’ is the perfect anthem to play on repeat when you’re prepping for a job interview, fighting for your dream job, asking for the salary you deserve, or just negotiating your worth.

‘Scars to your beautiful’ by Alessia Cara

You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

When Scarlet magazine’s social media director Kat Edison embraced her sexuality and confessed her feelings to Muslim photographer Adena El-Amin, the two kissed beautifully with ‘Scars to your beautiful.’ The song felt like an anthem to the different kinds of beauty and loving someone regardless of who they are. Whenever you feel like confessing to someone, don’t forget to listen to this song and carry its message and sweep your prospect off of his/her feet.

‘Quiet’ by MILCK

I can’t keep quiet
For anyone
Anymore

On the last episode of The Bold Type‘s season 1, a stripped version of MILCK’s ‘Quiet’ played when Jacqueline Carlyle stepped up and revealed how she’s a sexual assault survivor. It’s a shocking yet powerful scene to see a woman in power being vulnerable, ready to speak up and stand up for people who are suffering like her. As a survivor of sexual assault, too, this song is extremely empowering and moving since it pushes me to talk about my trauma in hopes of making people feel they’re not alone in their struggles. Listen to this song when you’re ready to share your pain to the world.

‘Living out loud’ by Brooke Candy ft. Sia

Just thinking out loud
Screaming so loud
Foolish and proud
Living out loud

When you feel like the only way is to go up or move forward, this song will be the perfect soundtrack to accompany you. ‘Living out loud’ played when The Bold Type‘s main characters decide to go after what they want in life: Kat Edison realizing there’s more to life than social media and heads out to travel, Sutton Brady enjoys her dream job and takes another chance at love, and Jane Sloan leaving her comfort zone to pursue something that will make her grow. Listen to this song when you want to make the most out of every moment in life.

Catch up with The Bold Type

If you enjoyed the empowering moments and anthems played, give Freeform’s The Bold Type a chance by binge-watching it on Freeform app or Hulu. If you love their playlist, stream the songs and maybe give them a follow on Spotify!

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Amazon bans TikTok for employees, reverses decision in a few hours

Everyone’s worried about using TikTok now

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Amazon sent an internal memo to its employees, asking them to remove the TikTok from any mobile device that can access their company email. The memo was picked up by the mainstream media almost immediately and it served as an indication of how American companies are losing trust in the Chinese-backed app.

However, the company soon backtracked and an Amazon spokesperson said the request had been sent out in error and that there was no change to the company’s policies at the moment.

Company spokeswoman Jaci Anderson declined to answer questions about what caused the confounding turnaround or error. The original memo cited “security risks” as the reason for avoiding TikTok.

In response, TikTok failed to understand Amazon’s concerns. It did not receive any communication from Amazon before the email went out.

However, the social media app has received a lot of backlash from authorities due to its poor data privacy history. TikTok is banned in India and recently, the US suggested it’s considering a similar ban on the app.

Furthermore, US lawmakers have been concerned about the app for months now. The US army and navy instructed soldiers to delete the app from military devices in December. The biggest concern regarding TikTok is that its parent company, based in China, is required to share information collected on users with the Chinese government.

“We still do not understand their concerns, we welcome a dialogue so we can address any issues they may have and enable their team to continue participating in our community,” TikTok said.

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4K streaming could be cheaper soon

Thanks to the H.266 format

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Watching 4K videos on YouTube or Netflix is taxing on mobile data, consuming about a gigabyte or more. But a new compression method could change 4K streaming soon.

Developed by Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, the H.266 / Versatile Video Coding format aims to bring a more efficient way of compressing and streaming videos digitally. This new standard is meant to replace two existing standards — the H.264/AVC and H.265 HEVC.

Compared to the two, H.266 can transmit 4K videos at a much lower file size. The institute says H.266 can transmit a 10-minute UHD video at only 5GB of data.

This is almost 50 percent more efficient than the most advanced video format in the market, H.265 HEVC. Right now, HEVC requires 10GB of data to transmit the same 10-minute UHD video. As such, consumers can expect cheaper 4K streams with the H.266 format.

For example, a 25-minute 4K video that clocks in at 4GB can be streamed at a much lower 2GB with the new format. This will drastically reduce data and bandwidth consumption for consumers and companies.

The new video format also tries to solve the patent royalty system that has long plagued H.264 and H.265. Right now, companies have to deal with the messy system of paying licenses and royalties just to include these formats to their apps and websites. H.266 does away with these licenses, promising a better deal than the old formats.

Support and availability

As of right now, support for H.266 is being worked on both the software and hardware level. According to the institute that developed the format, Media Coding Industry Format is working on chip designs that support the new format on a hardware level.

Meanwhile, the institute is working on an encoder and decoder software which will be released this autumn.

It is worth noting, however, that H.266/VVC is not the only format that promises to improve 4K streaming on devices. Most tech companies today are adopting AV1 alongside VP9. These two formats are developed by separate organizations.

Right now, these formats — along with the H.266 — promise a better way of streaming 4K that will ultimately benefit everyone.

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Google removes 25 apps for secretly stealing your data

The apps were downloaded more than 2 million times

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Google has removed 25 apps from its Play Store for slyly collecting your data in the background. The apps were collectively downloaded more than 2.3 million times before the company clamped down.

According to French cybersecurity firm Evina, the malicious apps were developed by the same threat group. They seemed to offer different functionalities but were fundamentally designed to phish data.

The apps disguised themselves as step counters, image editors, video editors, wallpaper apps, flashlight applications, file managers, and mobile games. While offering some functionality on the front, the end-goal was always to collect user data.

Basically, what these sinister apps do is steal Facebook user’s credentials if they regularly open the account on their phone. The phishing app would overlay a web browser window on top of the official Facebook app and load a fake Facebook login page. You’d assume you’re logging in to your account, but in reality, you just handed over your username and password.

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Evina discovered the flaw in these apps and contacted Google for further action at the end of May. Once the company’s findings were verified, the apps were kicked from the Play Store. Google not only removed the apps from the Play Store but also disabled them on users’ smartphones and informs them via the Play Protect feature.

In recent times, users are increasingly aware of phishing and data collection since social platforms like TikTok have also been caught red-handed. Apple has emphasized its focus on privacy and announced a host of new features to protect the user via iOS 14. Even Xiaomi has added a range of new methods to protect the user in MIUI 12.

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