tech we lost in 2016

Technology we lost in 2016

This year gave us some of our favorite tech yet, but it wasn’t good news for all. As with every year, companies went out of business, apps shut down and tech toys disappeared from store shelves for good. From VCRs and Pebble to Vine and Vessel and Meerkat, 2016 gave us plenty of tech fatalities.…

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What security will look like in 2017

Lately, cybersecurity has been the place where IT’s optimism goes to die. It’s been a tough road for companies and organizations the past few years as their network defenses have been bent and broken on a consistent, and often dramatic, basis. Hacks that topple over a billion user accounts are shocking and make a solution…

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The federal government wants to see foreigners’ social media profiles

The United States’ Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has begun to ask some foreign travelers about their social media activity. Who is affected? Anyone who travels to the US for 90 days or less will be asked for social media info prior to arriving. The social media request is a part of the Electronic System…

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How to use Wifi Assistant

Android’s Wifi Assistant is a handy little tool that automatically secures open public networks with a Google VPN. It’s available on every device running version 5.1 and above, so there’s no reason not to use it. The basics Public networks will always be insecure. It’s just too easy for hackers to infiltrate them, mirror existing…

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Apple Airpods: review

Apple’s new wireless AirPods are finally available. The company on Tuesday began taking orders for AirPods at its online store, and said it would start delivering the US$159 earphones to customers, Apple Stores, resellers and carriers next week. At the iPhone 7 launch in September, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said…

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Popcorn Time: the ransomware with a twist

Just when you think ransomware can’t get any stranger, a new variant comes along and changes everything. Popcorn Time is the latest ransomware that has us interested. Instead of just encrypting data your data and demanding money, the attackers have turned the infection into a pyramid scheme-style affair. You may have heard of the name before. Popcorn…

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The recent attack on Android accounts

More than 1 million Google accounts have been breached by Android malware dubbed “Gooligan,” Check Point reported Wednesday. The malware roots infected devices and steals authentication tokens that can be used to access data from various Google apps including Gmail, Google Docs, G Suite and Google Drive. It potentially affects devices running Android 4 and…

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Apple is going to be collecting a lot of data – with drones

Apple has assembled a group of robotics and data-collection experts who will use unmanned aerial vehicles — that is, drones — to obtain data for updates to its Maps app, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Apple, Google and others in the cartography space currently collect a lot of their data using motor vehicles equipped with high-tech gear.…

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The FBI malware investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday released new details about the multinational takedown of Avalanche, a multimillion-dollar malware and money-laundering network, following a four-year probe led by German police and prosecutors. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song and Assistant Director Scott S. Smith of the FBI’s Cyber Division…

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Data loss prevention will help prevent data breaches

The ethics of destroying data

Climate change is a hot topic. It played a part in the debate leading to the recent US presidential election, but its reach and the attention it is getting go way beyond. The global scientific community is not only united in its conviction that anthropogenic climate change is real, but also working in collaboration and…

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