Privacy – IoT listening device rules explored in 2017 case

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In a current criminal case, listening device legal rules are being explored  during 2017 proceedings.  These developments are noteworthy for formulating legal precedence as sometimes the technology arrives faster than legal framework to protect both privacy and security. http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/prosecutors-get-warrant-amazon-echo-data-arkansas-murder-case-n700776 The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated smart speaker that plays music, gives the weather forecast and […]

Security – 2017 areas for improvement slideshow

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Several slides are shared for better online etiquette, privacy, and security by PC Magazine.  These are all worthwhile: http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/350411/tech-trends-that-need-to-die-in-2017 The tech world never sits still, but it does occasionally change direction or even go backwards. It did that several times this year, many of which left the world worse off. Want to plug your headphones […]

Windows 10 – Build 14997 previews new features for 2017

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While earlier builds are being tested by Windows Insiders program, a more advanced preview build appeared recently and highlights new advanced features that may likely stay in the final version http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-build-14997-leaks-web-new-features-and-changes For the last couple of years, around every Christmas when the Windows Insider Program is on a break, an internal Windows 10 build compile […]

Windows 10 – How to change date and time formats

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This informative article shares detailed screenshots and how to adapt WIN10 for specific date and time needs http://www.windowscentral.com/how-change-date-and-time-formats-windows-10 Not everybody needs to see time and dates the same way — if the Windows 10 default for the Taskbar doesn’t do it for you, here’s how to change it.  Windows 10 by default displays the date […]

Technology – CES 2017 Live Streaming schedule

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 will be in Las Vegas, NV during JANUARY 5-8, 2017. Opportunities to view live keynote addresses and other activities can be found in links below: CES 2017 – HOME PAGE https://www.ces.tech/ CES 2017 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS http://www.ces.tech/Register-Plan/Full-Schedule/eventsawards CES 2017 – LIVE STREAMING EVENTS https://www.ces.tech/Events-Programs/Live-Streamed-Events

Windows 10 – In-depth guide to protect device security

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With each Windows release, Microsoft improves security.  WIN10 security is much improved.  This excellent and in-depth article from Guiding Tech offers ways to further strengthen security  http://www.guidingtech.com/61991/cracking-windows-10-password-prevent/ Digital Security is paramount today. Anything with an internet connection is vulnerable and can be compromised by someone sitting on a different continent. The latest DDOS attack on DNS servers […]

Windows 10 – Folders return to START MENU in Creators Update

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The WIN10 Creators Update is currently in beta testing for release later in 2017.  Below is further documentation of a new feature that will likely appear in next WIN10 version release. https://mspoweruser.com/windows-10-creators-update-will-introduce-app-folders-for-the-start-menu-on-pcs/ Microsoft is set to release the Windows 10 Creators Update in early 2017. The company has already introduced a handful of new features […]

Smartphones – Comparison of Google Pixel XL v iPhone 7 Plus

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These two newer models of leading phone systems are compared in the following review: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brookecrothers/2016/12/31/google-pixel-xl-vs-iphone-7-plus-review-of-three-key-metrics/#23b7a12b3979 How does the Google Pixel XL stack up against the Apple iPhone 7 Plus on three main metrics? Note that this is not a comprehensive review of all the features on both phones. I will do a comprehensive long-term review […]

Malware – Vermont utility discovers laptop with GRIZZLY-STEPPE infection

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Combating attacks from the bad guys is a cat-and-mouse game … and we need smarter and more vigilent cats in 2017 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/russian-hackers-penetrated-us-electricity-grid-through-a-utility-in-vermont/2016/12/30/8fc90cc4-ceec-11e6-b8a2-8c2a61b0436f_story.html A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials.   While the Russians did […]

Twitter – 2017 improvements may include an edit button

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The capability to edit posts and more restrictive controls on fake news are possible improvements for Twitter in 2017 http://www.freep.com/story/tech/2016/12/29/twitter-ceo-we-need-edit-button/95972118/ Could Twitter be finally adding an edit button? In new tweets from CEO Jack Dorsey, the answer may actually be yes.  After asking users for what they would want to see Twitter add or improve […]


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