What Happens If You Don’t Use Airplane Mode in Flight?

Woman sitting on plane looking out window while holding phoneRemember roaming charges?

By Rick Richardson

You hear the warning every time you fly: Please set all devices to airplane mode. But what happens if you don't?

It’s not that long ago that airlines stopped telling passengers to keep their mobile phones, tablets, e-readers and other devices turned off throughout the flight.

Why airplane mode?

We’re asked to turn our devices off or to put them in airplane mode because of electromagnetic interference from phones, tablets, e-readers, electronic headsets and more. Because some planes were built before these became a thing, it took a while for the industry to make sure it was entirely safe to use them.

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Want Faster WiFi? Of Course You Do

LogoWi-Fi 6 devices clear the final hurdle.

By Rick Richardson

Expect to see a surge in devices supporting the new faster WiFi 6 standard.

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Wi-Fi Alliance has just announced the WiFi Certified 6 program for companies such as Apple and Samsung to officially label their devices as supporting the higher-capacity IEEE 802.11ax protocol.
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When a Doorbell Raises Privacy Concerns

The Ring doorbell


Is your police department monitoring Amazon’s Ring doorbell camera feeds in your neighborhood?

By Rick Richardson

More than 400 police agencies across the United States are working with the Amazon-owned Ring home surveillance system, and now you can check if your local department is one of them.

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Ring disclosed the number late month, and it’s double what reports had previously revealed. It also published an interactive map where anyone can check whether their hometown cops are part of the controversial effort through which police can see all the Ring cameras in a given neighborhood, can seamlessly request the footage and are encouraged to promote the device.

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IRS Clamps Down on Unreported Cryptocurrency Profits

The letters are "proposals," not bills, in IRS lingo.

By Rick Richardson

Cryptocurrency investors in the United States are receiving letters from the Internal Revenue Service that are proposing backdated tax payments relating to the trade of virtual assets.

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Some traders are reportedly receiving notices asking for input on revised tax returns, based on estimates of profit generated by cryptocurrency-related activities.
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A New Tool for Security Management

Illustration of securityEasy onboarding and offloading of new users.

By Rick Richardson

A new security product has been launched, and it’s packed with features for a reasonable price.

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Authen2cate is a single-sign-on (SSO) and multifactor authentication (MFA) service provider. Authen2cate provides a full-service, end-to-end solution that includes consulting services, implementation, integration, and ongoing maintenance and support.
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New Gadget Measures Water Purity

Hands holding deviceYou don't even have to dunk it.

By Rick Richardson

We often take the quality of the water we drink for granted.

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Food is regularly tested for hygiene and safety, but that level of scrutiny doesn’t extend to water. With water, we usually take for granted that it’s clean if it looks, smells and tastes okay. If only purity worked that way!
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The Big 8 Next Tech Disruptors

Stylized industrial 3D number 8You won't use them all yet, but they're on the way.

By Rick Richardson

Frost & Sullivan conducted a small-scale survey of 112 thought leaders from around the world to seek opinions on the technologies that will have a profound transformative impact on existing industry dynamics, value chains and business models across multiple vertical markets in the next 10 years.

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In addition to providing quantitative insight, the study also provides a top-level assessment of eight emerging technologies:
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Advanced Tech Drives Financial Services Growth

Illustration with dollar sign, chips etc. in blueFocus on emerging tech vs. operating efficiencies.

By Rick Richardson

While the financial services industry is growing more confident overall in its underlying technology, the firms with the most advanced technology operating models continue to outperform their peers in terms of revenue growth, driven by accelerated adoption of cloud, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies.

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The third annual FIS Readiness Report surveyed more than 2,000 senior executives from retail banks and buy-side, sell-side and insurance firms.
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Casinos Deploy A.I. for an Even Better House Advantage

Man crossing fingers while looking at casino website on tabletPublic health hazard or just fantastic marketing?

By Rick Richardson

Casinos and gambling websites, already adept at tilting long-term odds in their favor, are getting a leg up from technology that could inject even more certainty into their profit calculations.

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The catch: Experts worry that tweaks nudging gamers to play more – and bet bigger – could propel some toward excess and addiction.
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Anti-Robocall Legislation Sails Through House in Landslide Vote

The statute of limitation would increase from 1 to 4 years.

By Rick Richardson

A bipartisan act designed to rein in unwanted robocalls in the U.S. passed through the House of Representatives in a decisive 429-3 vote in late July, pushing the legislation one step closer to ratification.

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The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, sponsored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), aims to put an end to spam phone calls by leveling carrier requirements and bolstering Federal Communications Commission authority to take action against offenders.
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Go Off-Grid with Satellite System Iridium GO!

Satellite Iridium GO!
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Yes, there's a solar charger option.

By Rick Richardson

If you are planning any trips that are off the grid and yet still want access to phone and internet, then you need to become familiar with the Iridium satellite constellation.

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With satellites orbiting approximately 485 miles above the earth, this network offers global phone and data coverage, no cell towers or Wi-Fi hotspots required.
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The Argument for a Robot Tax

EmTech panel... and why many people still think it's a bad idea.

By Rick Richardson

Should we should tax robots? We heavily tax human workers, so why not the machines that replace them?

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Then, goes the theory aired at MIT’s Emtech Next Conference, that tax money could help provide training or benefits for workers who’ve lost their jobs to automation.
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Microsoft Issues Warning to 800 Million Windows 10 Users

System restore warningYour “backup” might not exist.

By Rick Richardson

Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS has been facing multiple problems in recent months. In the latest development, Microsoft has now released an important new Windows 10 warning to 800 million users.

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The company has identified a serious and long-running bug on its OS platform.
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