Programming Languages – Six New Tools highlighted for 2016

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While not all languages below are brand new, they offer special capabilities for today’s modern web and mobile applications.  Information Week highlights these tools to complement other mainstream programming languages: http://www.informationweek.com/devops/programming-languages/6-hot-programming-languages-to-add-to-your-tool-kit/d/d-id/1324042 1. Swift — If you’re writing mobile software (and who can avoid that?) almost certainly you have to target iOS devices. Mobile development is […]

Drone technology – Congress working on further 2016 regulations

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Privacy & safety considerations are being considered by Congress, as they are working on further regulations during 2016  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/drone-lobbying-turns-to-captiol-hill/ WASHINGTON — The last time Congress weighed in on rules for nonmilitary drones, in 2012, the flying machines were hardly a hit with consumers. And companies said little about using them for commercial purposes.  Now Congress is set […]

Mozilla 44 – Eleven security vulnerabilities fixed

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Mozilla Firefox 44 was recently released with both functional and security improvements http://www.eweek.com/security/firefox-44-debuts-with-improved-security.html Mozilla adds push notification support and provides 11 security advisories with its latest open-source browser release. Mozilla came out today with its first Firefox browser release for 2016, providing new features and hardened security.  Firefox 44 follows Firefox 43, which was released […]

Apple Security – Important operating system patches for JAN 2016

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Apple has recently released important operating system security updates http://www.eweek.com/security/apple-issues-first-os-x-ios-security-updates-for-2016.html Apple’s Mac OS X 10.11.3 and iOS 9.2.1 debut with patches to help improve protection against potentially exploitable vulnerabilities. Apple released its first security updates of 2016 on Jan. 19, with the debut of OS X 10.11.3 and IOS 9.2.1, which provides patches for multiple classes […]

Leadership – Living Intentionally is better than Good Intentions

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John Maxwell shares excellent leadership advice for the start of a new year 2016: Your Year of Living Intentionally http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/2016-your-year-of-living-intentionally We’re officially one week into 2016, and I love this time of year. I’ve noticed that it’s the most productive time for many people: gyms are packed, motivational quotes are tacked to office walls, and […]

Microsoft Security Updates – JANUARY 2016

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Below are resource links documenting the monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release for January 2016: https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms16-jan https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/January+2016+Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday/20605/ http://blog.talosintel.com/2016/01/ms-tuesday.html https://threatpost.com/microsoft-patches-six-critical-flaws-with-first-update-of-2016/115867/ http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/january-patch-tuesday-support-ends-for-windows-8-limited-for-older-ie-versions-17-adobe-flaws-resolved/ http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2016/01/12/january-2016-security-update-release-summary.aspx http://www.welivesecurity.com/2016/01/13/security-holes-found-windows-office-internet-explorer-adobe-start-patching-now/ In all, the patches address 26 vulnerabilities in a wide range of products including Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Silverlight, Internet Explorer, and Internet Explorer’s successor Microsoft Edge.  Of the nine security bulletins issued by […]

Internet Explorer – EOL for versions 7-10 after JAN-12

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Some excellent information by Fire Eye, as it is important that everyone move to IE 11 or other browser alternatives (e.g., Edge for Windows 10) to ensure stay protected from future security exploits.  IE 11 security advantages are well documented in this research report   End of Life for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2016/01/end_of_life_for_ie.html Microsoft has started the year with […]

Mobile Security – Best practices for new device protection in 2016

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Lookout is a leading mobile security firm and below are best practices when replacing older devices with new ones: https://blog.lookout.com/blog/2015/12/26/new-mobile-device-tips/ That’s great, but you need to make sure you’re protecting all of that data right out of the gate! Here are a few tips on how: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR NEW MOBILE DEVICE 1. Set […]

Consumer Electronics Show 2016

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Below are links for the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas at the start of 2016.  This conference often shares some of the forthcoming technology trends for the coming year: http://www.pcmag.com/ces http://www.theverge.com/ces https://www.cesweb.org/ https://www.cesweb.org/News/Press-Releases/CES-Press-Release.aspx http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2016/01/10/10-more-great-gadgets-ces-2016/78590554/

Android Security – Smart HDTVs are vulnerable to malicious applications

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As shared below, older smart HDTVs running older versions of Android are being targeted by several malicious applications. Users must be careful in any application installed and it is important to keep the smart HDTV operating system updated to later releases as they become available. http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/android-based-smart-tvs-hit-by-backdoor-spread-via-malicious-app/ How is this attack distributed? First, the attackers lure owners […]


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