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It’s time to admit digital assistants are overrated – Markets Insider

Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai introducing Google Assistant last October. AP Photo/Eric Risberg It was a good week for Sears. On Thursday, its stock skyrocketed at least 20% on the news that it would start selling Kenmore appliances that can be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant on Amazon.com. Sears, which has struggled to transform its image in recent years as it closes stores and flirts with bankruptcy, finally found the…

With my cell-phone number, a private eye found 150 pages on me – USA TODAY

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE USA Today columnist Kim Komando guides you on how to test your computer’s security. Read between the lines before entering your cell phone number online.(Photo: Getty Images) Our cell phone numbers are increasingly used for identity theft, the modern-day linchpin to most personal data. Now I know that first hand. After reporting on how phone number identity theft had doubled last year, and warnings about…

Review: HP Spectre x2 (2017) – WIRED

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

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US Ends Laptop Ban On Flights From Middle East – NPR

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

The U.S. announced Wednesday that it had lifted the laptop ban that originally affected nine airlines, including Qatar Airways. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images The U.S. announced Wednesday that it had lifted the laptop ban that originally affected nine airlines, including Qatar Airways. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images Updated 12:15 p.m. ET The United States has ended the ban on large electronics in the cabins of airlines…

FBI turns over 7000 documents from Weiner laptop in Clinton-tied case – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

The FBI has turned over 7,000 new documents from Anthony Weiner’s private laptop to the State Department as part of a watchdog group’s lawsuit related to last year’s Hillary Clinton email case. Judicial Watch and State Department representatives appeared in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday over the group’s Freedom of Information Act suit seeking Clinton emails from her tenure at the State Department. It emerged during…

Laptop ban prompted after explosive test destroyed airplane, DHS chief says – CBS News

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — A temporary ban on large electronics in carry-on luggage on flights to the U.S. from eight countries announced in March came after an explosive destroyed an airplane during a test, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demanded last month that airlines around the world step up security measures for international flights bound for the United States or face the possibility of a total…

US ends airline laptop ban: New security measures make the electronics OK to carry on – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

New security measures added at international airports now allow laptop computers, tablets and other large electronic devices in the cabins of flights to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday. The federal agency that oversees airline security declined to detail the new security measures but confirmed that the precautions came in response to threats that terrorists were working on ways to hide explosives in laptops or other…

US lifts laptop ban for all remaining airlines and airports – TechCrunch

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

The U.S. has now lifted entirely a controversial ban on laptops in hand luggage for passengers flying to the country from the Middle East or via certain Middle Eastern airlines, with the Department of Homeland Security professing itself satisfied with “enhanced security measures in place”. It had already lifted the ban for three major airlines, earlier this month. But late yesterday an official tweeted that all restrictions had been lifted for remaining…

$32 million worth of digital currency ether stolen by hackers – CNBC

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

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The WhiteFox mechanical keyboard is a pricey but beautiful gadget – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mechanical keyboards are a bit of a nostalgic luxury, echoing back to the days of punchy, clacky key switches and metal springs and a sound so crisp and loud you can hear it through the walls. These days, a nice mechanical keyboard typically runs you $100 or more, with many of them marketed to enthusiasts or PC gamers and carrying switches from top-line electronics maker Cherry. However, the WhiteFox, a…

Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer, or Not? – The Atlantic

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

But this hasn’t quieted those who are concerned. In 2015, nearly 200 scientists from across the world signed an open letter urging the United Nations and the World Health Organization to develop stricter rules around wireless technology and public health. Their concerns weren’t limited to cell phones, but included a slew of devices like baby monitors, WiFi, cordless phones, and so on. In May, a group of researchers published in…

These pictures show how ethereum is taking over the digital … – CNBC

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

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US ends controversial laptop ban on Middle East carriers – Reuters

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

DUBAI (Reuters) – The United States has ended a four month ban on passengers carrying laptops onboard U.S. bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa, bringing to an end one of the controversial travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration. Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport was the last of 10 airports to be exempted from the ban, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)…

Practical Tips To Help Companies Develop A ‘Digital Mindset’ – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A “digital mindset” is an increasingly valuable skill. (Photo: Shutterstock) In a rapidly evolving environment, companies are under increasing pressure to utilize technology effectively to transform their management efficiency, collaboration and overall operations. According to a survey earlier this year from Deloitte, 51% of companies are “currently in the process of redesigning their organizations for digital business models.” Given the macro-level importance of the issue, I felt it would be…

Disneyland resort launches digital version of Fastpass, but it will cost you – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Disneyland’s Fastpass system, the ride reservation system that the park invented in 1999, has moved into the digital age. The Anaheim resort launched a smartphone version of the ride reservation system Wednesday. It operates from the park’s smartphone app, and unlike the free reservation system that dispenses paper tickets from kiosks in the parks, the digital Maxpass costs $10 a day. The digital pass underscores how the theme park industry…

Bringing a laptop or tablet on a Mexico-to-US flight? Beware of new security measures – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mexican authorities say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has instituted heightened security measures for laptops and tablets on U.S.-bound flights from the country. Mexico’s Transportation Department said in a statement that the measures took effect starting Wednesday for “electronics larger than a cellphone.” It recommends passengers carry as few of those devices as possible in carry-on bags and advises that such electronics must undergo separate security checks without cases…

Mexico announces new laptop, tablet security on US flights – ABC News

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Laptops and tablets on U.S.-bound flights from Mexico will be subjected to heightened carry-on security measures beginning Wednesday at the request of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mexican authorities announced. Mexico’s Transportation Department said in a statement that the measures apply to “electronics larger than a cellphone.” The department recommended that passengers travel with as few of those devices as possible in carry-on bags. It did not give details…

Wasserman Schultz to allow laptop scan after months of stonewalling in IT probe – Fox News

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The former head of the Democratic Party who lost her post in the fallout from a massive email breach is expected to start cooperating with federal investigators in a separate cybersecurity case, after months of apparent stonewalling.  Fox News has learned that Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz plans to allow federal investigators to scan a laptop belonging to her as part of a complex probe into allegations of computer theft,…

Discovery Hires Ex-Twitter TV Head Fred Graver as SVP Digital Content and Social – Variety

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Discovery Communications has named Fred Graver as senior VP, digital content and social for Discovery Digital. Graver most recently served as the global head of TV for Twitter. In his new role at Discovery, he will oversee the digital network teams across the programmer’s U.S. portfolio to extend its reach across all digital media platforms. Graver will be based in Discovery’s New York office and report to Karen Leever, EVP…

Augmented reality startup Blippar hopes to turn your face into a digital billboard – The Verge

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The latest product from augmented reality startup Blippar has a simple, if somewhat unnerving, pitch: what if you could turn your face into a digital billboard? The company’s new Halos feature allows you to do exactly that. You scan your likeness with the Blippar app and it saves a version of you on its servers. You can then fill out some personal tidbits, like your favorite music or latest tweets,…

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