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Are Bots the New Apps?

How many of the apps on your smartphone do you really use? According to The Verge, a virtual assistant named Amy made by the New York City startup X.ai, exemplifies a new frontier in personal computing: the conversational smart bot. “There is a paradigm shift about to happen in how software is being delivered,” says […]

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Taking Action on Counterfeit Semiconductors

Why should you care about counterfeit semiconductors? Semiconductors are embedded into numerous products and systems that perform critical functions in our daily lives, and the failure of a single component in one of these products or systems can have dire health and safety consequences.  Here are some key examples discovered by the Semiconductor Industry Association […]

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“Smart City” Growth from Coast to Coast

The wireless industry is clearly investing in the “smart city” concept according to FierceWireless. Both Verizon and AT&T have teams dedicated to increasing dialogue between wireless players and city officials, with the goal of installing new technologies in metro areas that proponents say will make city life safer and more efficient. Gartner, Inc. estimates that […]

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Information Security in 2016

In 2016, information security continues to be a critical topic for organizations of all types to address. In its 2016 Annual Security Report that discusses cybersecurity trends and threat intelligence, Cisco drives this point home. The report points out that only 45 percent of organizations worldwide are confident in their security measures as today’s cyber attackers […]

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Smartphones and Tablets Lead U.S. Device Growth

Smartphone ownership by Americans increased 33 percent, and tablet ownership increased 42 percent in the last five years according to recently released survey data from the Pew Research Center. As of 2015, 68 percent of U.S. adults have a smartphone and 45 percent own a tablet. Smartphone ownership is nearing the saturation point with some […]

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Malware for Macs

There has been a substantial increase this year in malicious software that affects Apple’s OS X operating system according to MarketWatch, GlobeNewswire and security firm Bit9 + Carbon Black. A 10-week analysis conducted by Bit9 + Carbon Black demonstrated the unprecedented growth in OS X malware. In 2015 alone, the research found that the number […]

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Low-Price Smartphone Maker Gains U.S. Market Share

When it comes to smartphones, what company do you look for if you do not want to pay the cost required for one made by Apple or Samsung? There is one company that is becoming a player in the U.S. market, but it is not a household name. This company is ZTE. ZTE is quietly […]

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Man in the Cloud Attacks on Box, Google Drive and Dropbox

If your company uses cloud applications such as Box, Google Drive or Dropbox to make data available to multiple users and devices, then you should be aware of Man in the Cloud (MITC) cyber attacks. Imperva, a cyber security company based in northern California, described MITC as a new type of attack in its August […]

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Fitness Tracker: A Fad or Essential?

How many steps have you taken today? This is a question that makers of fitness trackers hope people will continue to ask. If you pay attention to the technology industry, it may seem like this industry is determined to make people healthy. Wearable products like fitness trackers continue to appear on the market that are […]

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Short Messages Crash Skype and iPhone

For all of you Skype users, be careful what you type when you send someone a link. Typing the wrong characters could crash the program for the person receiving the link and require reinstallation of Skype. According to VentureBeat, Skype users recently discovered a nasty bug in the app. Sending the characters “http://:” (without the quotes) […]

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