The Downside of the FCC’s New Internet Privacy Rules

Posted by Joey Falgout on May 27, 2016 in Android, apple, internet, Windows
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There may soon be a new cop on the privacy beat — the Federal Communications Commission. Last month, the FCC issued a 150-page document proposing sweeping new rules and regulations for broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs). But in my analysis, this is not good news for those who genuinely care about promoting consumer privacy.

Read Larry Downes’ full story on The Harvard Business Review.

VirnetX Goes After Apple for iMessage, FaceTime

Posted by Joey Falgout on May 27, 2016 in apple, iPad, iPhone
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While Apple appeals a patent verdict that could cost the company north of $600 million, victor VirnetX wants an injunction against iMessage, FaceTime, and other software features.

Read David Murphy’s full story at PC Magizine’s Website

Microsoft walks a thin line between Windows 10 telemetry and snooping

Posted by Joey Falgout on January 7, 2016 in Windows with Comments closed |

There’s a mud-slinging contest underway in the tech press again, and it’s all about Microsoft’s data gathering — again.

In particular, Yusuf Mehdi’s Windows Experience post, announcing that 200 million machines had used Win10 in the preceding month, includes details about Win10 usage — 44.5 billion minutes spent in Microsoft Edge, 2.5 billion questions asked of Cortana, more Bing searches per device, 82 billion photos viewed in the built-in Photo app — that make some folks wonder how much of their own activity is now in Microsoft’s databases.

Check out the full Woody Leonhard article at Infoworld.

Microsoft Warns Windows 7 Has Serious Problems

Posted by Joey Falgout on January 2, 2016 in Windows with Comments closed |

Windows 7 runs on 55% of all the computers on the planet, but according to news this week that is actually a bad and potentially dangerous thing. Says who? Actually Microsoft.

Speaking to Windows Weekly, Microsoft Marketing chief Chris Capossela explained that users who choose Windows 7 do so “at your own risk, at your own peril” and he revealed Microsoft has concerns about its future software and hardware compatibility, security and more.

Read Gordon Kelly’s article at Forbe’s Tech Site.

Yahoo mimics Facebook, Google with ‘state-sponsored’ attack warnings

Posted by Joey Falgout on December 29, 2015 in internet with Comments closed |

Yahoo last week followed the lead of rivals Facebook and Google by telling users it would warn them when it believes they are in the crosshairs of state-backed cyber attackers.

“Yahoo will now notify you if we strongly suspect that your account may have been targeted by a state-sponsored actor. We’ll provide these specific notifications so that our users can take appropriate measures to protect their accounts and devices in light of these sophisticated attacks,” wrote Bob Lord, Yahoo’s chief information officer, in a Dec. 21 post to a company blog.

Read more on this story at Computerworld‘s website.

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Samsung to add new Smart TVs to its Internet of Things platform, SmartThings

Posted by Logan Falgout on December 29, 2015 in Android, internet, webapp with Comments closed |

Samsung’s upcoming lineup of Smart TVs, as well as its 2016 series of high-end, 4K-resolution LCD TVs (known as SUHD TVs) will be compatible with the company’s Internet of Things platform called SmartThings, the South Korean electronics giant said Tuesday.

Read the whole story on this CNET Article.

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App Santa now discounting over 20 popular iOS and Mac applications

Posted by Joey Falgout on December 23, 2015 in Windows with Comments closed |

In the past, app developers have used the term ‘App Santa’ as a marketing term for large discounts on apps from smaller developers. The apps are tailored towards new customers who are just getting into the iOS ecosystem. This time around App Santa includes popular apps like Tweetbot for Mac, Pcalc, Screens, Deliveries, and a lot more. App Santa doesn’t last long though, so if you’re looking to get a deal on one of these apps you better get to it fast.

Find the List on the full article at Today’s iPhone.

New subscribers can get three months of Google Play Music for $1

Posted by Joey Falgout on December 23, 2015 in Windows with Comments closed |

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Today Google’s unveiling a few last minute holiday specials, with each focusing on a different section of the Google Play store. The most appealing is available exclusively to people who haven’t already subscribed to Google Play Music or YouTube Red. If you’re one of them (and live in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, Brazil, or Mexico), you can sign up for three months of Google Play Music for $1 — and yes, that includes full YouTube Red access, so you can watch all videos without ads. Sorry, existing customers, sadly Google’s not letting you tack on an additional few months for cheap.

Find out more details by reading the full story on The Verge.

Google Begins Testing Password-Free Logins

Posted by Joey Falgout on December 23, 2015 in Windows with Comments closed |

Google confirmed this morning it’s now testing a new way to sign into your Google account without having to type in a password. Instead, those who have been invited to try this new method of logging in authenticate by responding to a notification sent to their smartphone. The idea is similar to Yahoo’s recently launched “Account Key,” which also offers a password-free means of signing in involving a push notification sent to your phone that then opens an app where you approve the log-in.

Read the rest of the TechCrunch Article here.

Three reasons to hold off on Windows 10

Posted by Joey Falgout on July 29, 2015 in Windows
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