The Puck That Tracks Your Time

Tiller in actionBilling by the hour? This could help.

By Rick Richardson

Do you ever wonder how long you spend reading emails or doing research?

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A little device named Tiller may be able to get you an answer.
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Robots Invade News Reporting

Robot typing on desktop keyboardYou may have seen their work already.

By Rick Richardson

Robots are taking our jobs, no doubt about it. Just in the past year, we’ve seen barista robots, fast-food robots and even pizza delivery robots.

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But robots can’t replace journalists, right? The dogged reporters, members of the vaunted Fourth Estate, the men and women who bring us the news stories we read every day?
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Check Devices for BlueBorne, a Silent Bluetooth Vulnerability

BlueBorne logoThe flaw resembles a digital airborne virus.

By Rick Richardson

A set of previously unknown security vulnerabilities in Bluetooth technology reportedly left billions of devices at risk of hacking, a team of Internet-of-Things (IoT) researchers has said.

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Experts from Armis, a security firm, claimed last month to have found a series of flaws that put up to 5.3 billion devices with Bluetooth capabilities at risk of a highly infectious type of attack. It could reportedly take over smartphones, smartwatches, TVs and laptops.
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Securing the Data Center on Wheels

CarCybersecurity is now part of the design foundation.

By Rick Richardson

Today’s connected car is not so much a smartphone on wheels. With so many microprocessors chatting with one another across and beyond the vehicle, it is now more aptly described as a data center on wheels.

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A tremendous influx of software content, connectivity, entertainment services and autonomy functionality is transforming vehicles. We are rapidly approaching a point at which the automobile will be built around the software, as opposed to the other way around.
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Selfie App Spots Early Cancer Signs

Male taking selfie while wearing glasses mentionedIt seems nearly as accurate as a blood test.

By Rick Richardson

Pancreatic cancer has a meager survival rate, with just 9 percent of patients surviving past five years.

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The disease, which killed Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, is one of the hardest types of cancer to treat, but detecting and treating it early can make a big difference to survival rates. Researchers at the University of Washington have come up with a simple and incredibly accurate way to test for the cancer that people can administer themselves.
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Magnify Your Smartphone Screen

Illustration of deviceThis tool is inexpensive and folds up.

By Rick Richardson

It seems no matter how big screens get on smartphones, they’ll never really be big enough.

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When Apple debuted the original iPhone in 2007, it only had a 3.5-inch display. Ten years on and smartphone screens have now ballooned up to a little over 6 inches. Some of the new “plus” models are practically tablets at this point.
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The Three Weakest Links in Your WiFi Security

Man's hand holding wifi symbolMake sure your employees understand their vulnerabilities.

By Rick Richardson

More and more traffic is being carried via WiFi networks, and as traffic figures rise, so do security concerns.

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Last year, 60 percent of mobile data traffic was offloaded onto the fixed network via WiFi according to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index. Cisco predicts that by 2021, 50 percent of all IP traffic will be WiFi (30 percent will be carried by fixed networks and 20 percent via cellular networks).
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