EMV credit cards – New Technology and Legal Liability standards

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On October 1, 2015, new legal changes will be forthcoming which in certain circumstances will switch legal liability from banking industry to merchants who process a forged EMV credit card.  The legal liability changes may be designed to encourage retailers to move to DSS/PCI version 3 standards.  The links below share that October target date is slowly […]

Leadership – Value of Personal Transformation

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John Maxwell highlights value of making positive changes to influence and encourage team members in tackling challenging and difficult goals http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/transformation-is-within-me-transformacion-esta-en-mi How do you create positive change? How do you help others do so? How do you help an entire nation embrace transformation? Just a few weeks ago, my team and I had an amazing […]

Linux – Gnome 3.18 User interface chances

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The new Gnome 3.18 user interface is documentated in this eWeek slide show http://www.eweek.com/enterprise-apps/slideshows/gnome-3.18-open-source-linux-desktop-gets-a-makeover.html The GNOME 3.18 Linux desktop, released Sept. 23, offers a milestone feature update. Code-named Gothenburg, the new open-source desktop environment benefits from 25,112 changes from 772 contributors. The GNOME 3.18 desktop includes improvements to the Files utility that make it easier […]

Microsoft Excel – New Features in version 2016

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PC Magazine highlights some of new collaboration, portability, and other features for the newly released 2016 version of Microsoft Excel spreadsheet http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2491994,00.asp Users of recent versions of Excel will find nothing to scare them off in Microsoft Office 2016. In fact, the leading spreadsheet application looks nearly identical to its 2013 predecessor, but there are […]

Microsoft Office – 2016 version release

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Office 2016 improves workgroup collaboration and cloud capabilities as described below http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/22/9366013/microsoft-office-2016-review http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/22/microsoft-releases-office-2016-with-features-focused-on-teamwork/ http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2491223,00.asp Microsoft is giving one of its most successful products, Office, a big update. Consumers who use the software should get used to seeing more of them. The company will begin shipping on Tuesday Office 2016, an overhaul of the software suite, […]

National Security – China to work with USA to prevent cybercrime

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China has pledged to assist and cooperate with USA in combating cybercrime as shared below: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/24/daily-report-china-promises-to-work-with-u-s-to-prevent-cybercrime/ In Seattle, the talk was of cooperation. In a speech to American business leaders Tuesday night, China’s president, Xi Jinping, pledged to work with the United States to prevent cybercrime. Mr. Xi’s long-anticipated visit comes over increased tensions over […]

Facebook – New Dislike Button scam circulating

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A new version of the Facebook “Dislike” button scam is being massively spammed and should be avoided.  Following the steps contained could lead to malware infections.  http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Fake-%e2%80%9cDislike%e2%80%9d-Button-Scam-Spreads-On-Facebook.html/ https://grahamcluley.com/2015/09/right-cue-come-facebook-dislike-button-scams/ When Mark Zuckerberg recently hinted at the possibility of a “Dislike” button on Facebook, you could practically guess what would follow next: a wave of scams on […]

Facebook – Adds email PGP encryption option

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Facebook has strengthened email options by adding PGP encryption support via ProtonMail services as shared below http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Strengthens-Email-Encryption.html/ http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/22/protonmail-adds-support-for-facebook-pgp/ Facebook introduced email encryption back in June as a way of protecting users from getting their emails from the site hacked. The social media giant strengthened that protection this week, adding support from encrypted email provider ProtonMail. […]

Google Chrome – 25 advanced features slideshow

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Google Chrome users may benefit from some of advanced techniques shared below: http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/323996/25-hidden-chrome-features-that-will-make-your-life-easier Browsers have evolved far beyond their original mission of providing one-way windows into the world wide webosphere. Indeed, as more services migrate to the cloud, browsers only reinforce their new role as multi-function boxes of digital magic. All the important Internet things […]

Leadership – Watch out for the Blind Spots

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John Maxwell encourages leaders to assess weaknesses they not readily see, by assessing the four symptoms listed below http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/leadership-blind-spots Do you have any blind spots?…If you answered no, you now know where your blind spot is! Okay, I think most of us would acknowledge that we do possess blind spots. We assume there must be […]


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