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Comment by Robert on WOW: Surprising Stats on Phishing (November 22, 2014 02:44 PM)
I monitor the spam folder for a business (on gmail) I've seen over 150 spams per day fill that sucker up. What is really silly is how many are listed ...
Comment by Heidi on A Trio of Apple Security Flaws (November 22, 2014 01:56 PM)
Thanks for the info. I often wonder and have questions about the security of apple products. Everyone says they are hack proof but I guess theres no...
Comment by Jacob on HOWTO: Email Really Big Files (November 22, 2014 10:01 AM)
I am really satisfied with MyAirBridge (www.myairbridge.com). Totally for free you can send up to 20 GB, with profile even up to 100 GB!...
Comment by Richard Dengrove on A Trio of Apple Security Flaws (November 22, 2014 12:51 AM)
An MIT kid told me in 1972 that no software can be made hackerproof. This is just one more sign. For me, so far knock on wood. ...
Comment by DaraQW on A Trio of Apple Security Flaws (November 21, 2014 08:59 PM)
Count me among the faithful who hope Apple will not sacrifice itself on the altar of profitability by racing to produce "new and improved" devices and...
Comment by Dan on A Trio of Apple Security Flaws (November 21, 2014 08:14 PM)
Good lord. Will we ever go one week without reading about more security problems with these "clever" products!:-) Should manufacturers and programmers...
Comment by MmeMoxie on A Trio of Apple Security Flaws (November 21, 2014 08:12 PM)
To Apple Users --- Welcome to the real world of computing. Those of us, who do not use or like Apple products, have been saying for years ... Security...
Comment by Kirill on A Trio of Apple Security Flaws (November 21, 2014 07:58 PM)
"Every perfectly working program has at least three errors" (c) Programmer's wisdom. This is why apple people are so funny, when they claim that ever...
Comment by Jeremy on A Trio of Apple Security Flaws (November 21, 2014 07:12 PM)
Thinking on failed iOS, don't forget iOS 7. For schools, it broke supervision, meaning IT directors had to recollect all the devices, wipe them, and r...
Comment by Jake on A Trio of Apple Security Flaws (November 21, 2014 06:50 PM)
My fear is that Apple is too focused on shareholders and not enough on customers. To meet shareholder expectations they have to keep generating improv...

A Trio of Apple Security Flaws

Until very recently, Apple users didn't need to worry about malware, so long as they avoided jailbreaking their devices, and downloaded only from the official Apple App Store. But clever hackers have exploited some loopholes that could act as a conduit for rogue or malicious software to make its way into an iPhone, iPad or a computer running Mac OS X. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 21, 2014 | Category: Apple-Mac


WOW: Surprising Stats on Phishing

Researchers at Google and UCSD have released a study showing that an astonishing 14% of all phishing attempts are successful. They also reveal how the bad guys gain access to victims’ accounts and what they do once they get in. Read on, and please forward this article to a friend...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 20, 2014 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 19 November 2014

Can cloud technology heat your home for free? Why did Google just spend over a billion dollars on an aircraft hangar? And have researchers uncovered 60-year-old evidence proving that cigarettes are beneficial to your health? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 19, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Spy-Proofing Your Mobile Devices

James Comey is terribly concerned that he won’t be able to get Apple or Google to crack your phone’s password for him. The FBI Director is calling upon Congress for a “regulatory or legislative fix” that will preserve law enforcement’s ability to coerce the cooperation of tech companies in searching your computers, phones, and other personal effects.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 18, 2014 | Category: Privacy


HOWTO: Email Really Big Files

A reader asks: 'I tried to email a bunch of digital photos to my daughter, but I got an error saying EMAIL IS TOO LARGE. Sending them one at a time is a nuisance -- is there an easier way?' Well, yes! Read on to learn how to send large files...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 17, 2014 | Category: Email


Beware of Personalized Prices

Did you know that prices you pay for online purchases can be affected by your zipcode, your computer's operating system, using a smartphone for shopping, and other mysterious factors? Read on to find out why, and what you can do about it...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 14, 2014 | Category: Finance


Black Friday Ad Leaks

Have you made your holiday shopping list and checked it twice? Are you chomping at the bit to hit the stores (online and off) come Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year? Wondering where to go first; who’s open earliest, including Thanksgiving Day? Well, here’s some help planning your expenditure adventure…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 13, 2014 | Category: Finance


Geekly Update - 12 November 2014

Does Intel owe you money for fibbing about the speed of your circa-2002 Pentium computer? Which smartphone apps are hogging the most space and killing your battery? And is it finally safe to swallow those tempting little button batteries? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 12, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


EVIL: Perma-Cookies and Your Privacy

Verizon has quietly developed a way to track its mobile data customers’ web activity and the use of certain apps, and sell that private information to advertisers. It’s done without customers’ consent and there’s no way to turn it off. Are you mad yet? Read on!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 11, 2014 | Category: Privacy


Is There an Echo in Here?

Amazon just tossed a strange bone to the ever-ravenous tech media pack -- the Amazon Echo. Pundits have been scuffling over it, gnawing at it, and running with it eagerly. I’m going to worry at it in a moment, but first let’s see what it is...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 10, 2014 | Category: Gadgets


MOOCs: Free College Classes for Fun and Profit

Going back to college used to be a daunting ambition for working adults, but today it’s as easy, free, and just a few clicks away. So-called “Massively Open Online Classes” (MOOCs) presented by top universities provide opportunities to learn at your own pace, in your style, from wherever you happen to be, free of cost. Read on to learn what you can learn!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 07, 2014 | Category: Education


MUST SEE: The HP Sprout

The HP Sprout combines a PC, 3D scanner, projector, and keyless keyboard. Is it the wave of the future or a freak of nature? Read on to see what the Sprout can do and whether it’s worth its impressive price...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 06, 2014 | Category: Hardware


Geekly Update - 05 November 2014

What should you do if your watch says you've got cancer? Are robots replacing humans at your local hardware store? And which mobile phone company just got slapped TWICE by Uncle Sam for bad behavior? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 05, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Cloud Storage: Is it Secure?

Are you using cloud-based services like online backup, webmail and document sharing? Most people don't know much about the safety and security of cloud computing. Are your files and sensitive data safe and secure in the cloud, or are they vulnerable to hackers and other threats? Here's the scoop on cloud storage security...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 04, 2014 | Category: Cloud


NEW: Amazon's Fire TV Stick

When is a tech gadget too popular? When pre-orders placed on November 1 won’t be fulfilled until after Christmas. That is the current state of Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick, a streaming media player on a thumb-sized, HDMI-compatible computer – and steroids. Read on to see what makes the Fire TV Stick almost too good for its own good...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 03, 2014 | Category: Television




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