Are the Amazon Echo and Google Home addictive devices?

Technology addiction is having quite a moment, as evidence mounts that electronic devices, especially smartphones, may contribute to screen-time dependence. That means more scrutiny for the big-name hardware and software companies. Just recently, Apple was chided by its investors for not facilitating more ways to protect children. Stakeholders said that the Cupertino, California-based company should “offer… Please follow and like us:

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10 reasons to buy crypto-currencies other than Bitcoin

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2018.: The sudden, perhaps unexpected spurt in the price of Bitcoin is leading investors to show interest in other crypto-currencies. While demand for about a dozen other crypto-currencies of the world remains slightly muted, indications are, their prices would also soar in coming months. Several reasons have led to the exponential increase in… Please follow and like us:

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AT&T drops plans to carry Huawei smartphones after concerns raised over Chinese spying

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei had been looking for a way to crack into the U.S. market, and it thought it had finally found a partner in Dallas-based carrier AT&T. But plans of a business deal evaporated this week after concerns about security and ties to the Chinese government, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal… Please follow and like us:

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Homeland Security data breach compromises personal info of 247K DHS employees

A data breach at the Department of Homeland Security compromised the personal information of nearly a quarter of a million current and former DHS employees, including their names, Social Security numbers, birthdays, positions and pay grades, the agency said Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of past and present DHS employees have been notified about a May 2017… Please follow and like us:

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How to find the best apps—and avoid the duds

Become an expert app hunter. Download only the best apps for your device. Apple To make your life as convenient and productive as possible, you should fill your phone with the most fun and useful apps available. But with millions of app-store listings to check out, you can easily waste time on pointless or even dangerous… Please follow and like us:

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Is Tor Browser Safe, Signal App Private? Snowden Says FBI Should Use Them

In the wake of reports that text messages between two FBI officials revealed negative opinions of then-candidate Donald Trump, former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden offered a piece of advice for those trying to keep communications private: “Use Tor. Use Signal.” The recommendation from the former government employee was directed specifically at FBI… Please follow and like us:

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Two of the Biggest Threats to the Stability of the World Economy Are Hiding in Plain Sight

In the early 1990s, transnational corporations (TNCs) in the agriculture, services, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing sectors each got agreements as part of the WTO to lock in rights for those companies to participate in markets under favorable conditions, while limiting the ability of governments to regulate and shape their economies. The topics corresponded to the corporate agenda… Please follow and like us:

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AI Could Hijack Brain-Computer Interfaces, Experts Warn

Brain-computer interfaces (BCI), such as those being developed by Elon Musk’s Neuralink startup, risk being hijacked by a rogue artificial intelligence, experts have warned—meaning a person’s thoughts, decisions and emotions could be manipulated against their will by AI. The warning comes in a comment piece in the scientific journal Nature this week written by 27 neuroscientists,… Please follow and like us:

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‘Cashless’ society and future of money

SILICON VALLEY, CA. – Just as Shakespeare created an entirely new vocabulary for the Renaissance, cryptocurrencies are emerging in our postmodern era while speaking a language all their own. Cash may still be king, but the digital revolution is now enabling global citizens to make payments electronically. Thus the need has emerged for a secure way… Please follow and like us:

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How to control your app permissions

It’s 10 PM. Do you know what your apps are doing? Keep an eye on your apps. Rami Al-zayat/Unsplash Your smartphone wouldn’t be all that useful without all the apps you’ve downloaded. Even when you’re not actively poking around within a program, it can run in the background—updating your location, checking your email, or playing music—to… Please follow and like us:

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Zcash Brings Privacy Technology To JPMorgan

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon keeps stirring up controversy by criticizing bitcoin. CNBC reported he called bitcoin a “fraud” and said anyone “stupid enough to buy” it will pay the price down the road. Meanwhile, JPMorgan just launched an open source payments platform using bitcoin’s foundational blockchain technology. This platform, Quorum, has been in the works for… Please follow and like us:

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An Introduction to ‘The Satoshi Revolution’

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller The revolution of 2009 went unnoticed by most people because it was peaceful, orderly and profoundly technological. In 2009, Satoshi Nakamoto released open source software by which peer-to-peer transfers of… Please follow and like us:

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How to find out what Facebook knows about you

The social media behemoth is watching. Facebook wants to build a comprehensive picture of you. Facebook With more than 2 billion monthly active users, Facebook can keep tabs on nearly a third of the world’s population. Whether you visit the social network daily (as 1.32 billion people do) or only log on to RSVP to events,… Please follow and like us:

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A Blockchain Stepping Stone To Fiat Digital Currency

The latest phase of the Utility Settlement Coin project, which aims to settle trades with a token linked to accounts at central banks, has seen the consortium expand. Barclays, CIBC, Credit Suisse, HSBC, MUFG and State Street are the latest participants; the project began life with UBS and the other early stage members are BNY Mellon,… Please follow and like us:

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Your Smart Devices Are Not That Smart

Internet of Things (IoT) that include a wide array of devices including smart TVs, connected cars and wearable devices have been around for quite some time. Yet not many users are aware of the security measures that can help them protect their IoT devices from hackers. A smart home, for instance, features connected thermostats and security… Please follow and like us:

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