What Your Car Will Know About You

Illustration of car interiorShould we be concerned?

By Rick Richardson

Cars will soon be able to recognize you by your eyes, skin, gait and even your heartbeat.

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This enables a host of personalized experiences but raises troubling privacy questions, as well.
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New Translator Gadget Could Be a Traveler’s Best Friend

Photo of ONE Mini deviceHave a full conversation with someone whose language you don't know.

By Rick Richardson

If you’re lucky enough to get to travel abroad, you know it’s getting easier and easier to use our phones and other gadgets to translate for us. So why not do so in a way that makes sense to you?

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This little gadget seeking funds on Kickstarter looks right up my alley, offering quick transcription and recording – plus music playback, like an iPod Shuffle with superpowers.
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Flying Taxis Could Beat Cars for Efficiency

Illustration of flying taxiDistance and capacity matter.

By Rick Richardson

Flying cars do sound cool, but whether they’re a good idea is up for debate.

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Fortunately, they do seem to have some benefits, among them, improved efficiency – at least on long trips.
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How to Beat the Online Sales Tax

logosIs a special card the answer?

By Rick Richardson

Nobody likes to pay sales tax and until recently, most of us shopped online to avoid our local sales tax.

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Nearly one year ago, the Supreme Court ruled that out-of-state retailers must collect sales tax on internet sales.
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New TSA Tech Will Let You Keep Laptops, Liquids in Bags

Agent using scannerThe scanners are in use now at 14 U.S. airports.

By Rick Richardson

Travelers might finally be getting a break from the ever-frustrating airport security rules.

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Thanks to the introduction of new carry-on baggage scanners called CT (computed tomography), travelers won’t have to take electronics or liquids out of their bags. The Transportation Security Administration announced the rollout of this new technology, which would ultimately cut down on long security lines and make the airport experience much smoother.
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How to Fix Coffee-Shop Wi-Fi

Screenshots of computer setting control panels

Step by step for Windows and Macs.

By Rick Richardson

When you’re on the road, Starbucks’ "third space" idea can become compelling. You might want to get out of your hotel room for a change of atmosphere, or you might need a better cup of coffee.

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And you probably still need to get online with something other than your phone, and coffee shops mean Wi-Fi as much as caffeine.
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Amazon+Satellites=Faster, Cheaper Web for Millions

Illustration of connectivityIs 95% satisfactory?

By Rick Richardson

Amazon has plans to establish a constellation of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit to patch up areas with poor or no internet connectivity.

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Amazon's planned push into satellite-delivered broadband is taking shape under Project Kuiper, details of which appear in three documents filed with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) last month. Kuiper Systems LLC filed the reports.
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The Technology that Helped Hikers Survive 5 Days in Mountains

Photo of LifeStrawHydration made a difference.

By Rick Richardson 

Two hikers missing for five days on California’s Mount Baldy were found alive after rescuers tracked their footprints to their camp, according to authorities.

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Eric Desplinter and Gabrielle Wallace had gone hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernardino County, California, on April 6 and were expected to return that night. But when the two hadn't returned by 8 p.m., friends reported the two missing.
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5 Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Businesses with Remote Employees

Illustration of man pushing padlock buttonMake sure your workers understand the risks.

By Rick Richardson

Currently, 3.9 million Americans work remotely, which marks a 115 percent increase from 2005. Estimates indicate that more than one-third of employees will work remotely in the next 10 years.

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The desire for greater flexibility and work/life balance is partially responsible for this trend, in addition to an ever-increasing number of businesses that are based entirely online. With cloud and mobile technologies making it easier than ever before to communicate and collaborate regardless of location, organizations are embracing remote work as a way to cut costs and satisfy employee demand.
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What to Expect from the April Windows 10 Update

If you're still on Windows 7, time is running out.

By Rick Richardson

The next big feature update for Windows 10 is right around the corner, which means it's decision time for businesses that are still planning their upgrade strategy. Here's why this update might be different from its predecessors.

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Windows 10 is nearly four years old. In a bygone era, its replacement would have been delivered last year, and early adopters would be eagerly awaiting Windows 11 Service Pack 1.
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Microsoft’s Word on Protecting Your Network

Illustration of cord on keyboardPatches aren't enough.

By Rick Richardson

Networks today are subject to many threats including ransomware, cryptocurrency-miner threats or state-sponsored hackers.

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In line with other security industry pros, Microsoft has confirmed in its 24th annual security intelligence report that ransomware has taken a backseat to pesky cryptocurrency miners.
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IBM Makes Watson Available on Other Clouds

IBM Watson logoBusinesses want tech that doesn't rely on a single vendor.

By Rick Richardson

For years, IBM has offered corporate customers its Watson data-crunching technology – but only if they used it on IBM’s cloud computing service. Now, to expand Watson’s reach, IBM is also making it available on competing cloud services.

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IBM said recently that it would allow businesses to use some of IBM’s Watson-related software with underlying data that is stored in rival cloud data centers such as Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon Web Services. Customers will also be able to use Watson with data stored in their own data centers.
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SAP’s New Blockchain Project Helps Weed Out Counterfeit Drugs

Computer monitors morph into chain linksThe solution will aid compliance with new federal law.

By Rick Richardson

SAP has launched a blockchain-based supply chain tracking system to allow drug wholesalers to authenticate pharmaceutical packaging returned by pharmacies and hospitals. That should help them weed out counterfeit drugs from their supply chain.

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SAP says it hopes to eventually expand the use of distributed ledger technology to cover a broader range of pharmaceutical supply chain processes.
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