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Cyberattacks Abound Yet Companies Tell SEC Losses Are Few

At some point we need a grand reconciliation. The Intel Community has told us hundreds of billions of dollars are being lost, yet SEC reporting of losses is insignificant. We are our own worst enemy for diplomatic negotiations. “The 27 largest U.S. companies reporting cyber attacks say they sustained no major financial losses, exposing a […]

Israel braces for massive cyber-offensive

“Hackers around the world are plotting to strike Israel’s online presence in a coordinated cyber-attack later this week. The effort, known as ‘OpIsrael,’ which is being organized by hacktivist group Anonymous, aims to target the 100 largest websites in the country, especially those of banks, credit card companies, and communications firms. The attack is scheduled […]

“Funded hacktivism” or cyber-terrorists, AmEx attackers have big bankroll

“On March 28, American Express’ website went offline for at least two hours during a distributed denial of service attack. A group calling itself ‘the cyber-fighters of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam’ claimed responsibility for the attack, which began at about 3:00pm Eastern Time. In a statement, an American Express spokesperson said, ‘Our site experienced a distributed-denial-of-service […]

Google Does Winter Cleaning, Shuts Down “Less Popular” Calendar Features, Punchd Loyalty App, Multiple Sync Services

This seems like a big deal… “- Google Sync was designed to allow access to Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® protocol. With the recent launch of CardDAV, Google now offers similar access via IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, making it possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols. Starting […]

Tim Cook’s Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks

“We want diversity of thought. We want diversity of style. We want people to be themselves. It’s this great thing about Apple. You don’t have to be somebody else. You don’t have to put on a face when you go to work and be something different. But the thing that ties us all is we’re […]

Minecraft Reality app arrives for iOS, brings your creations into the real world for others to find

“Yet the app wasn’t built just by Mojang; it was developed by the mobile computer vision company 13th Lab. The app uses your iOS device’s camera to track your surroundings before projecting creations onto the landscape. Not only can you see the results on your screen, but you can change their size as you please, […]

The Manifest Destiny of Artificial Intelligence

“Artificial intelligence began with an ambitious research agenda: To endow machines with some of the traits we value most highly in ourselves—the faculty of reason, skill in solving problems, creativity, the capacity to learn from experience. Early results were promising. Computers were programmed to play checkers and chess, to prove theorems in geometry, to solve […]

I don’t always eat soup…

but when I do it’s …

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7 things to expect from Apple in the next 7 months

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iPad 3 – Retina display, LTE networking, and faster processor. iPhone 5 – Larger form factor, faster processor, and LTE networking. Apple can no longer ignore the big phone movement, especially with a content-consumption device. MacBook Pro Air – The 13″ MacBook Pro will be discontinued with the 13″ Air filling the void. The 15″ […]

Former Hacker MafiaBoy Hacked

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Not only was I surprised to see that this decade old unsophisticated hack warranted a book, but found it interesting that the book’s promotional site was completely overrun by hackers.

Federal Cybersecurity R&D Strategic Plan Released

“Today, OSTP is releasing Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program—a road map to ensuring long-term reliability and trustworthiness of the digital communications network that is increasingly at the heart of American economic growth and global competitiveness. ”

The holy grail, Part I

This is interesting analysis on the future of web advertising. For an example of everything that is wrong with web advertising, one need only visit this ridiculous site. To view four paragraphs of content, a user is subjected to over 40 advertisements. That is a 10-1 advertisement to paragraph ratio. I haven’t seen anything worse […]

Debunking Device Dependent Data Plans

In reviewing all the associated data plan requirements with our mobile phones, I’m becoming increasingly disgruntled. We need a formalized movement to get carriers to stop treating data plans as device dependent and focus on account-based aggregated data plans. Why do I need a data plan for our various iPhones and iPads on a device […]

The Future of Apple TV Interface is not just Siri, it is Multi-touch and Motion

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Since the release of the Steve Jobs biography, there has been a plethora of speculation regarding the interface the upcoming AppleTV. For the most part, the speculators are missing the mark. Pundits argue that voice control would be difficult to implement in a TV because of the background noise from the TV itself. You would […]

Delorme inReach Keeps You in Touch

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Last March we reviewed the Delorme plus Spot solution and found it to be a useful device with some major shortcomings. With the introduction of the Delorme inReach 2 way satellite communicator, those short-comings have been addressed. The Delorme inReach brings two way communication to any connected Android or PN60W GPS unit by pairing them […]

DJing Moves to the Cloud

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One need only browse the contents of a Shoutcast streaming radio directory to realize that there are thousands of home-brew Internet radio stations catering to just about every musical interest possible. Many of these stations are grassroots entities relying on desktop DJ software to keep the station up and running. Cloud DJ by Wavestreaming is […]

Pad & Quill Cartella Case for MacBook Air Falls Short

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Designed to look like a hardcover book, the Pad & Quill Cartella case seemed the perfect match for my Fieldfolio iPad2 case. However, the implementation of the idea leaves much to be desired in a laptop format. The case is made of high quality materials but there are several factors that result in this case […]

BillGuard Will Track Hidden Fees And Billing Errors On Credit Card Bills

I made a note to blog about this company when I first read about it on TechCrunch. While BillGuard is a novel idea, I think it represents just the tip of the iceberg on cloud-based (and beyond) fraud prevention and detection. The next level of service in this space (whether delivered by BillGuard or not) […]

On the brink . . .

Some ideas worth thinking about.

Evolution of the Ultimate Home Office

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My home office has been featured on many web sites and has been viewed almost 250,000 times on Flickr. I’ve just posted a photo set that shows the latest evolution which includes the installation of new flooring and the migration of the DJ and home studio equipment to a standing desk.. Here is a quick […]

Online hackers threaten to expose cartel’s secrets

If Anonymous follows through with this it could push the cartel to try and engage in some attribution ops of their own. “An international group of online hackers is warning a Mexican drug cartel to release one of its members, kidnapped from a street protest, or it will publish the identities and addresses of the […]

iPad Halloween Special

Worth a watch…

Gaming User Engagement – An Evil Facebook Scheme?

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It has been several weeks since Facebook introduced their updated news feed that uses some unknown heuristics to determine which stories are the most important and promotes them to the top of your feed display. I’m not privy to internal Facebook metrics, but my gut inclination is that user engagement must be down across Facebook. […]

Freedom from Photoshop

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Photoshop is one of those programs that I can’t live without. Unfortunately, it is also very expensive and also burdened with Draconian DRM that makes it increasingly unattractive as a solution. As a result, I’m always looking for solutions as a potential replacement to Photoshop and took a look at Pixelmator with it was released […]