How 5G Changes Everything

It's not time to rip out your landline yet.

By Rick Richardson

For better and for worse, our lives have been revolutionized by the internet. But a new high-tech innovation known as 5G is set to transform everything once again.

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The internet plays a pivotal role in our lives, thanks to broadband piped through our homes. But “fifth-generation” 5G will take this a giant step forward.
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Smart Devices Need 3 Features to Be Secure

Technology Security with Internet Digital Signature as ArtWhat IoT "security" really means.

By Rick Richardson

In the UK, all Internet of Things (IoT) and smart consumer devices will need to adhere to specific security requirements, under new government proposals.

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The legislation aims to help protect citizens and businesses from the threats posed by cybercriminals increasingly targeting Internet of Things devices.
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Open-Source Smart Home Standard in the Works

Logos of affiliated companiesApple, Google, Amazon and the Zigbee Alliance announce plan.

By Rick Richardson

The smart home market is currently badly fragmented because each vendor has been focusing on creating a separate ecosystem with devices that are difficult or impossible to connect with those of their competitors.

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This situation may be about to end with the announcement of a new project called Project Connected Home over IP.
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Do Not Abbreviate 2020

Calendar pages turningPredating and postdating both are problems.

By Rick Richardson

The new year is giving scammers an easy way to forge documents, but you can protect yourself with an easy New Year's resolution: Stop abbreviating the year.

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Why? This year's abbreviation is easily changeable and could be used against you.
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Replace All Your Wi-Fi Hardware with a Tiny 5G Router

photo of routerThe ultimate question? Convenience vs. cost.

By Rick Richardson

Mobile hotspots are a crucial tool for travelers needing to keep all their gear connected.

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But with the advent of 5G, Netgear’s new Nighthawk M5 5G Wi-Fi 6 Mobile Router could replace all of your home’s Wi-Fi equipment with a pocket-friendly hotspot that will provide fast Wi-Fi even when you take it on the road.

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5 Reasons to Save Money for a 5G Phone

Galaxy A90
The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Speed goes up, prices come down.

By Rick Richardson

The majority of phones sold today are enabled for 4G connectivity, but if you’re looking to get yourself a new phone with the New Year, you would be wise to bide your time and get yourself a 5G phone.

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The Top 5 Technologies for the Next Decade

Illustration of laptop with multiple screensAnd where to find each one.

By Rick Richardson

Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher of Ephesus, is credited with the quote, “The only constant in life is change.” It comes as no surprise that technology is gradually taking over all aspects of our day-to-day life.

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The rise of cutting-edge technology – including cloud-based computing, big data analysis, wearables, machine learnings, internet of things, AR/VR and drones – has been exhibiting nothing but change. Moreover, the rise of 5G technology is establishing even further growth prospects.
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Make Your Gadgets Much Harder to Find and Steal

Trailhead sign with hiker heading out"Out of sight" isn't enough.

By Rick Richardson

If you’re leaving a phone or tablet in your car for some reason, you probably put it in the glovebox or out of sight under something a fair bit less valuable. That’s just common sense.

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But in fact, your gadget’s Bluetooth may be making them way more visible than they ever could be with the naked eye.
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When Should Your Child Get a Smartphone?

Family of three using smartphones on couch5 points to consider.

By Rick Richardson

If it seems like all your friends have smartphones, you may be on to something.

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A new report by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that reports on technology and media for children, found that by the age of 11, more than half of kids in the U.S. have their own smartphone. By age 12, more than two-thirds do, and by 14, teens are just as likely as adults to own a smartphone.
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Tim Berners-Lee Launches Plan to Fix the Web

Portrait of Tim Berners-Lee
Berners-Lee

The time is NOW, he said.

By Rick Richardson

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has officially launched the Contract for the Web, a set of principles designed to “fix” the internet and prevent us from sliding into a “digital dystopia.”

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At launch, the initiative has received the backing of over 180 organizations, including tech companies such as Microsoft, Google, DuckDuckGo and Facebook, and nonprofit groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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China’s Congress Passes Cryptography Law

Computer monitors morph into chain linksIt takes effect Jan. 1.

By Rick Richardson

The Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress in China has passed a cryptography law, and it will be effective on January 1, 2020, according to a Chinese media report.

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The announcement came one day after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s call on the country to seize opportunities in blockchain technology.
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Microsoft Packs 4 Tools into 1 Nifty App

Illustration for Office mobile appExcel, Word, PowerPoint, and PDFs? Yes, please.

By Rick Richardson

Want to put Microsoft’s Office software on an iOS or Android device? Soon you won't have to download individual versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to use them.

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In an announcement from its Ignite conference in Orlando, Microsoft revealed that it's beginning to publicly test a new version of the Office app that will combine the three popular apps into one primary, centralized Office app.
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Gain 42 Workdays by Banning PowerPoint

Woman in business attire with papers flying around behind her backLet the briefing document be your ally.

By Rick Richardson

According to Jeff Bezos and Jack Dorsey, replacing PowerPoint presentations with hard-copy briefing documents is an incredible timesaver and productivity boost, so much so that banning PowerPoint might be the smartest thing a leader can do.

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If you follow their advice, what should this “briefing document” look like? The most time-honored and reality-tested briefing document is what's sometimes called an executive summary, initially developed and refined by Tom Sant, who is without question the world's top expert in sales proposals.
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