September 5, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Mobile Attacks Are On The Rise – Is Your Business Ready?

Is your business ready for mobile malware attacks? Most businesses in 2018 have staff and leaders who use mobile devices for business purposes, whether they are using personal or company devices. It is easy to understand why. With mobile devices, accessing work emails and opening shared files on the go is easy and efficient. Mobile […]

August 27, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Let Google’s A.I. make a mini version of you with Minis for Gboard

Emojis are so yesterday, and even stickers are slowly going out of fashion. We need a new, more personal ways to express ourselves. Thankfully, Google has responded to our needs, and Gboard is getting the ability to turn your face into a sticker with Minis on Gboard for iOS and Android. From today, August 27, […]

August 22, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Despite privacy concerns, music lovers are still grooving to smart speakers

We may like our smart home devices, especially the ever-evolving and perennially useful smart speaker, but we still don’t quite trust them yet. That is the finding of a widespread new survey by the consumer research firm MusicWatch, which released a survey detailing the privacy concerns that many consumers still harbor about their Google Homes, […]

August 21, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Facebook seems to be exploring speech recognition with ‘Aloha’ voice testing

Facebook may be testing speech recognition again with a new “Aloha” voice feature, spotted by frequent app investigator Jane Manchun Wong and reported by TechCrunch, in the latest development in the company’s voice interaction ambitions. The company was originally said to be planning a smart speaker (also codenamed “Aloha,” as well as “Portal”), but plans […]

August 17, 2018 | Seth Mayland

How to Use Your Phone When the Screen Is Cracked

Photo: Ali Abdul Rahman (Unsplash)You drop your phone and the screen shatters. Ugh. While you’ve probably been smart about putting your critical data on the cloud—right?—there might be some things you still want to extract from your smartphone before you take it in for repair or swap it out for a new one. Or you […]

August 14, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Australia Hopes to Strong-Arm Tech Companies Into Giving Up That Precious Encrypted Data

Photo: APLast year, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull became the subject of ridicule when he insisted his country’s laws would “prevail” in a war with mathematics to ensure law enforcement’s access to encrypted data. Now we know what the anti-encryption law says, and legislators have apparently changed tactics but learned very little.Like the Department of […]

August 9, 2018 | Seth Mayland

How to Recognize Tech Support Scams – Avoid a High-Cost Headache

Do you and your employees know how to recognize a tech support scam? If you are unfamiliar with the term, a tech support scam usually looks like this: the phone rings unexpectedly, you answer, the caller claims to be a representative from Microsoft or Apple, and you’re given the news that your device is infected […]

August 9, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Facebook now deletes posts that financially endanger/trick people

It’s not just inciting violence, threats, and hate speech that will get Facebook to remove posts by you or your least favorite troll. Endangering someone financially, not just physically, or tricking them to earn a profit are now also strictly prohibited. Facebook today spelled out its policy with more clarity in hopes of establishing a […]

August 6, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Facebook open sources library to enhance latest Transport Layer Security protocol

For several years, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has been working to improve the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, which is designed to help developers protect data as it moves around the internet. Facebook created an API library called Fizz to enhance the latest version, TLS 1.3, on Facebook’s networks. Today, it announced it’s […]

August 2, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Amazon patents a real-time accent translator

Amazon has applied for a patent for an audio system that detects the accent of a speaker and changes it to the accent of the listener, perhaps helping eliminate communication barriers in many situations and industries. The patent doesn’t mean the company has made it (or necessarily that it will be granted), but there’s also […]