Is IBM going to bring us to the quantum world?

IBM has just set up a new division, IBM Q, which will be dedicated to providing quantum computing power to the consumer.  Which means the computers we are working on today will suddenly go the way of the dinosaurs.  While IBM has created this division, don’t get too excited just yet, this type of technology…

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Children’s toys, espionage and cybersecurity

Germany has become the first country to ban a children’s doll, my friend Cayla, over concerns of espionage.  This “smart” doll connects to via Bluetooth to a cellphone with an app installed.  When a child talks to this doll, it listens and transmits the data to the app, which then translates the sound to text,…

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No more free lunch, NVIDIA ties promotional game codes to hardware

One common marketing practice in the GPU industry is to include bundled games with the higher end GPUs.  These games are usually on the cutting edge, showcasing the graphical prowess of the new chips.  Many times these manufacturers offer a choice of different games as well.  The current promotion features the up and coming games,…

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16 Percent increase in identity fraud in 2016

  The Javelin Strategy and Research organization released a 2017 Identity Fraud Study and the numbers have shown an increase in people falling victim to identity fraud. Two million more people have experienced this crime, than 2015. To add perspective to these figures, 6.15 percent of consumers in general had fallen victim to these crimes. …

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D.C. hacks straight out of a novelists political thriller

    The incident reads as plot device for a Tom Clancy novel, hackers take down security cameras before a huge political event, giving terrorists time to do something to sabotage a political event.  This is precisely what happened a week before President Donald J. Trumps inauguration.  70% of D.C.s closed circuit camera system was…

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The Samsung galaxy S8 may be coming March 29th

                The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 edge are rumored to be releasing March 29th of this year.  These phones have the responsibility to prove Samsung corrected the issues with their last flagship launch, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was plagued with pesky spontaneous combustion issues which lead to a worldwide recall of…

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Own a HP laptop between 2013 to 2016? You may have a fire hazard.

            Unfortunately the trend of batteries becoming fire hazards have expanded to the consumer laptop field.  Hewlett-Packard laptops from the HP, Compaq, ProBook, Envy, Presario and Pavilion lines are at risk of overheating and catching fire.  There have been 8 documented cases of overheating and 1 fire which lead to property damage due to these…

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