Windows 10 Privacy Scare – Be Aware, Not Concerned

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It seems as though every upgrade we make on our computers and mobile devices pushes us further into the grasp of Big Brother, or whoever else is watching. Microsoft’s latest free upgrade to Windows 10 is causing some much expected privacy concerns, but should you be worried? In short, probably not.

Understanding your latest upgrade and what comes with it is the best way to battle the breaches. This goes for all updates on all your devices. Windows 10 has a ...

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Can Mobile Apps and Technology Improve Your Health?

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New technologies in the form of mobile apps and wearable devices are changing the way we are able to control our own health. Many smartphones now come equipped with preinstalled health apps that can be used to track steps, calories, work outs, activities, heart rate, and even sleep. But does this new technology actually contribute to better health?

Research on the health benefits of these technologies is still limited, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work. Most downloaded health apps are ...

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T-Mobile Moves Influence Verizon to Kill Contracts

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T-Mobile used to be a low name on the cellular totem pole, but their contractless presence has been greatly influencing the mobile market for the last few years, bypassing Sprint and securing a third place spot in the industry. Verizon has taken note of their uncarrier-like moves and opted to eliminate their 2 year contracts.

Beginning August 13th, Verizon will now provide customers with a choice of four plans with various allotted data amounts. While this is exciting news for those ...

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Yahoo’s Livetext App Takes Daring Angle: Silent Video Chat

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On July 30th, Yahoo launched a new video chat app in the U.S. called Livetext that is interestingly lacking one key feature: sound. Senior Director of Product Management Arjun Sethi at Yahoo demonstrated their new app at a press conference in New York. The video chat feature allows users to move about and display their surroundings while simultaneously texting words and emojis superimposed over a silent video.

The main concept behind this soundless video app is the idea that typical video ...

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Google Acquires Mobile App Development Tool, Pixate

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Google has added yet another tool to its list of services available to web designers. Pixate, a mobile application development platform, allows app developers to create visual prototypes. A basic version of their Studio tool will be free, with a paid version at $5 a month or $50 a year for designers who want the option to collaborate with others.

Pixate is a service that enables designers to create mobile interactions and visual prototypes without having to use code. So far, ...

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Should Businesses Look Beyond Their Own Branded App?

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As technology cruises along at record speeds, brands are realizing the need to integrate mobile apps into their business plan. Often this means relying on external experts to develop something that is very much reliant on internal processes, details outside techs may not be able to translate properly to consumers. Businesses are missing the mark when it comes to truly engaging their customers through mobile apps. Is it time for these companies to think outside the branded app box?

Perhaps. Some ...

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Could Lasers and Drones Fueled by Facebook Bring Internet Access Across the World?

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The future of the internet is mobile, but to allow access to an increasing number of people, new technologies must exist. In what they call the Connectivity Lab, Facebook employees are working towards bringing the Internet to people around the world using state of the art lasers, satellites, and drones. Yael Maguire, a former MIT quantum computing researcher, oversees the lab and is working with his engineering team to develop technologies that can bring the internet to those who don’t ...

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Solar-Powered Plane Set Solo Flight Record

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The Solar Impulse 2 has already set records at the tail end of the eighth leg of a thirteen leg flight around the world. After the first four days, the pilot, Andre Borschberg, and his plane achieved the longest solo flight and longest solar-powered flight, with much of the trip still left.

The Solar Impulse 2 took off early Monday, June 29th, from Japan on its journey around the globe. As it flies, it must be exposed to as much clear ...

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Google Caught Spying Without Consent: Eavesdropping Tool May Be Installed On Your Device

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It has recently been exposed that Google’s Chrome has been remotely installing a component via the Chromium browser which allows your computer to perform as an “open microphone,” and largely without users’ permission. Though Google claims it is a tool meant to support its new “OK, Google” hotword detection, privacy advocates claim the component is involuntarily activated without users’ knowledge. Once installed, some have noticed their webcams or microphone indicator lights turn off and on randomly, during which time the ...

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Criptext is Here to End Your Email Nightmares

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Have you ever hit reply all on a message that definitely should have never made it to the eyes of executives in your company? Has your e-mail address line auto-filled the wrong name when typing in your sendee, only to realize it long after you’ve sent a confidential message to the wrong client? Have you mistakenly copied your boss on a very personal e-mail during work hours? We’ve all had our dose of sender remorse, but Criptext is here to ...

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