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Critics say Cyber Information Sharing Act could violate privacy and be unproductive

July 30, 2015

A controversial cybersecurity bill working its way through Congress has raised concerns not just of civil liberties groups but also of some leading scientists and security experts who worry that it could be counterproductive. The Cyber Information Sharing Act, or CISA, encourages private companies to share information with the federal government and local law enforcement. The bill, according to [...]

Online reputation matters but a few blemishes don’t spell disaster

July 30, 2015

by Larry Magid A lot of people worry about how their social network posts will affect their future. Will something stop them from getting into college, or perhaps keep them from getting their dream job? Your online reputation does matter, but if there are some blemishes, it’s not the end of the world. Last year, Challenger Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based outplacement service [...]

A lot to like in Windows 10

July 24, 2015

I was never a fan of Microsoft’s Windows 8, but so far I like what I’m seeing in Windows 10. I’ve been using the new operating system — which becomes available to some customers on Wednesday — on a Microsoft Surface 3 combination tablet and laptop but, even though the computer has a touch-screen, I’m mostly using the keyboard and touchpad to issue commands. I [...]

HP says smartwatches have security flaws

July 23, 2015

Source: HP Fortify by Larry Magid A study conducted by HP Fortify found that “100 percent of tested smartwatches exhibit security flaws.” The study is part of an ongoing series on Internet of Things (IoT) security. Vulnerabilities include insufficient authentication and lack of encryption as well as “privacy concerns.” “Smartwatches have only just started to become a [...]

Firm claims that Apple capturing 75% of smartwatch market

July 22, 2015

Strategy Analytics, a Boston-based firm, has reported that global smartwatch shipments grew an 457%  annually ‘to hit a record 5 million units in the second quarter of 2015.” The company said that the Apple Watch captured “a dominant 75 percent marketshare in first place.“ Apple has not released sales figures for the watch but, after releasing its quarterly results on [...]

Parents get emotional support and useful information from social media

July 16, 2015

Study co-author Cliff Lampe tells CBS News how social media helps support parenting It should come as no surprise that parents are heavy social media users. There are some who say that parents’ flocking to Facebook has caused teens to spend less time on the service, though I’ve never seen data to back up that assertion. A study conducted by Pew Research Center and the University of [...]

No surprise Microsoft phones never took off

July 12, 2015

by Larry Magid The news that Microsoft has laid off thousands of workers from its phone division and is taking a multibillion dollar write-off from its Nokia acquisition didn’t surprise me. Although some Windows Phones have received good reviews, smartphones running the Windows Phone operating system are not jumping off the shelves. IDC estimates that Windows Phone had a 2.7 percent market [...]

NY Stock Exchange Explains What Caused Glitch

July 10, 2015

Despite all the conspiracy theories as to why the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal site went down on the same day, all evidence points to technique glitches, not hack attacks. The New York Stock Exchange says that its problems began when they rolled out a software release that caused “communication issues between consumer gateways.” Read on for [...]
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