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Top FBI, CIA, and NSA officials all agree: Don’t use Huawei Phones

Feb 21, 2018 | Blog

When the heads of all three U.S. intelligence agencies reach the same conclusion: “Don’t Buy Huawei phones”, we should probably listen. CBS News is reporting that FBI Director Chrostopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and NSA Director Dan Coats, each gave testimony on Capitol Hill this week to address the cyber security threats facing the nation and all admitted that they would never willingly use a Huawei handset. The intelligence community has been warning about the risk of Huawei for years, but the timing of the message here is clear: buy the new Huawei, Mate 10 Pro at your own risk.

Google Chrome says “Goodbye Ads”

Feb 13, 2018 | Blog

Earlier this year Google announced that it will be integrating an ad blocker into Chrome in order to allow users better experience and cut down spammy or intrusive advertisements. That being said, we now have an official date for this update which will be on February 15th, 2018. However, Google Chrome won’t be removing all ads, just ones that are considered aggressive, such as full page ads, ads with auto-playing sound and video as well as flashing ads. This way Google will try to clean up the web with Chrome, as Chrome is already a Browser leader by the number of users. Websites that contain these unwanted ads will be notified by Google and of a potential blocking through its Ad Experience Report tool. Sites that ignore or fail to meet those standards for 30 days will have all their ads blocked by Google, even the ones “owned or served by Google”, after which they will be able to submit for manual review to have ads re-enabled once the bad ones are removed.

Microsoft claims that Google Chrome is worse than Microsoft Edge

Feb 09, 2018 | Blog

A recent report backs up the company's claims about its browser offering better protection from phishing attacks. Microsoft is clamming that Microsoft’s Internet browser Edge is safer to use and better for battery life than Google Chrome. Chrome is far more popular than Edge, and Microsoft has long struggled to close the gap between these two browsers. Chrome had a 55.08 per cent share of the global market over the past 12 months, compared to less than three per cent for Edge, which was less popular than Safari, UC Browser, Firefox, Opera, and even Internet Explorer. Microsoft, however, argues that Edge outperforms Chrome in several key areas. It has released an ad that reveals the results of a battery test – conducted by Microsoft – in which 720p video was streamed on a loop on three identical laptops, using Edge, Chrome and Firefox.

What is Cryptocurrency?

Feb 07, 2018 | Blog

Cryptocurrencies have become a global phenomenon known to most people. While still somehow geeky and not understood by most people, banks, governments and many companies are aware of its importance. A cryptocurrency is a virtual currency (it only exists on computers) designed to work as a medium of exchange. It uses cryptography to secure and verify transactions as well as to control the creation of new units of a particular cryptocurrency. Essentially, cryptocurrencies are limited entries in a database that no one can change unless specific conditions are fulfilled. Satoshi Nakamoto, the unknown inventor of Bitcoin, the first and still most important cryptocurrency, never intended to invent a currency. His goal was to invent something; many people failed to create before digital cash, which was to found a way of how to build a decentralized digital cash system. But how does a cryptocurrency works?

Nintendo is making a Mario Movie

Feb 02, 2018 | Blog

The company has revealed that it will be making a Mario movie. The studio it’s partnering with is Illumination Films, the company behind the “Despicable Me” series and its wildly successful “Minions” spin-off. The Japanese gaming company is trying to use its popular titles to make more money outside of traditional video games. And as the company’s most well-known character, Mario is its go-to guy for building new businesses. However, on Nintendo’s Twitter official page, it was specifically said its “a movie starring Mario”, not “a Mario movie” so it’s possible that this will be something totally disconnected from the proper Mario canon- which is absolutely the sort of weirdly protective thing Nintendo would do. But Mario’s previous Hollywood venture didn’t go so well.

What are the best ways to store your passwords?

Jan 30, 2018 | Blog

It is always highly recommended that we all need to have different passwords for every online accounts that we are using, whether that is our Facebook account, emails or even finance ones. That being said, we have to agree that sometimes it is hard to keep up with all those different passwords especially if we make passwords as randomly possible with so many combinations of letters and numbers. So how should we do it? How to memorize all of them? Should we write them down in our diary, or save it on the PC, or always try to click on ‘Forgot your password?’. The good news is there are plenty of tools out there to secure our passwords and remember them for us. And here five of the easiest to use:

Grumpy Cat wins $710,000 In Copyright Lawsuit

Jan 25, 2018 | Blog

The famously moody looking cat was at the centre of a copyright infringement case in a California Federal Court which culminated with the jury ruling in favour of her human pet Tabatha Bundsen. A California jury voted to award $710,000 to Grumpy Cat Limited, a company launched to monetise the permanently scowling kitty’s popularity in a dispute over use of the cat’s name and image. Grumpy Cat Limited sued the owners of US coffee company Grenade for exceeding an agreement over the cat’s image. Bundesn’s company Grumpy Cat Ltd argued that the coffee company only had rights to use the cat to sell its “Grumppuccino” but no other products.

Should we capitalize the word Internet?

Jan 23, 2018 | Blog

The question of whether the word internet should be capitalized is so often debated that it has its own Wikipedia article. In 2016, Associated Press Stylebook, an English grammar style and usage guide created by American journalists, announced that internet and web (World Wide Web) should be lowercased. Along with them, many other publications prefer the lowercase form as well, while in Oxford Dictionaries internet still has the capital I. There are reasonable arguments on both sides. Capitalising Internet is still ongoing because lots of people do it and in general people are already used to it. There are internets (networks of networks) but only one Internet. While on the other hand, supporters who are against it consider that capital letters are unnecessary punctuation which should be eliminated where possible. The non-U.S. approach makes more sense. There is no good reason to capitalize internet.

The Top 10 richest people in the world

Jan 18, 2018 | Blog

Have you ever wondered who the richest people in the world are? Most people have a pretty good idea, even if they are not an entrepreneur, tradesman or interested in the subject at all. All of these people are the ones who helped improved and reshaped the world with their influence. We have also described what all of these billionaires studied at the university, where they are from originally and how old they actually are. You will be surprised to know that most of our top 10 personas are not younger than 40. Even though in today’s world the success is measured by the value of your wallet, success is also and more importantly years of hard work that gets people where they are today. But sometimes a hard work and dedication isn’t enough to get us at the very top, as we can see reading about these billionaires. Sometimes an original idea is all you need to turn your luck around and make it into a billion dollar fortune.

Over 500,000 Users Impacted by Malicious Chrome Extensions

Jan 16, 2018 | Blog

Most of the browsers today offer users ability to install extensions, a web based applications that can enhance the user’s overall experience, but they can also pose a threat with the ability to inject and execute a malicious code. Recently, ICEBRG detected a suspicious spike in outbound network traffic from a custom workstation which prompted an investigation that led to the discovery of four malicious Chrome extensions which managed to infect over half a million users worldwide, including employees of major organizations. Security researchers from US cyber-security firm ICEBRG have spotted four Chrome extensions featuring malicious code that were available through the official Chrome Web Store. The extensions were likely used to conduct click fraud and/or search engine optimization (SEO) manipulation, but they could have also been used by threat actors to gain access to corporate networks and user information, the security company warns.

Microsoft on its way to help blind people see with their AIs

Jan 09, 2018 | Blog

Microsoft released an app that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to help blind people know what is going on in the world around them. “Seeing AI” as it’s called has several different channels that users can switch between. Based on those channels the app will provide a feedback of what is going on in front of the users. This app can read out loud texts written on the envelope that is in front of the user for example, it can provide audio guidance for scanning printing pages, scan grocery items via their barcode and even offer instructions on how to use them. Probably one of the most impressive thing about “Seeing AI” is that this app can recognize user friends, describe them and even indicate their emotional state. The latest update regarding this app is that now it can recognize different currencies such as British Pounds, US Dollars, Canadian Dollars and Euros.

Social Media is just as bad as ‘junk food’ for children

Jan 05, 2018 | Blog

Children are in danger if they get to be allowed to see social media like some sort of sweets and treats. Parents must stop their children from being hooked on social media and consuming the time online like “junk food”, the children’s commissioner in UK, Anne Longfield has warned. The parents need to be more proactive in regulating the amount of time children spend online over their holidays and weekends. They also need to control to what are their kids posting online as well as not allowing them to post too many photos of themselves. Last year, the Internet was placed at the top media over the television which only indicates of how much we are all using and preferring it.

‘Steve Jobs’ jeans, anyone?

Dec 29, 2017 | Blog

An Italian company started by the brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato, after years of legal battles has won the right to use the tech icon’s name ‘Steve Jobs’ for their company including, some might say, a slightly demolished version of Apple-style logo. The brothers decided to use Steve Job’s name in 2012 when they were starting a clothing company and noticed that Apple had never trademarked his name. “We did our market research and we noticed that Apple, one of the best known companies in the world, never thought about registering its founder's brand, so we decided to do it", as the brothers said. The logo that they designed is the letter “J” topped by an Apple leaf with a semi-circular cut on the side that looks a lot like the bite out of the Apple’s apple.

Top Google Searches in 2017

Dec 26, 2017 | Blog

It’s only been 25 years since “World Wide Web” was made and available to the public, but in that time the Internet has already become an integral part of everyday life for most of the world’s population. The latest statistics from 2017 has pointed that today more than half of the world’s population uses the Internet, with more than 3.75 billion people online. When it comes to social media it’s important to say that the number of social media users across the globe grew by more than 20% which makes it nearly 2.7 billion of users. We should also mention that the number of mobile users continues to grow too, with average mobile connection being faster as well. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s population now uses a mobile phone and with 55% of all active connections coming from smartphones.

Tips on How to Secure Your Phone

Dec 22, 2017 | Blog

Smartphones became a necessary part of our lives. Some might say that they are more precious than our wallet, keys or actual computers when it comes to sensitive information. We are using them not only for personal use, but also for shopping, socialising, browsing, banking, playing all kinds of games and more. While doing all of that, our accounts always stay logged in for easier use, which means whoever has access to it or try to access it, essentially has access to our whole lives too. Securing data on your smartphones is becoming more critical than securing your PC or laptop. One the most worrisome issues that can occurred is if your phone gets infected with malware, which can gain access to your phones via the apps you download from third-parties. Needless to say that nobody can properly protecting our own mobile phones but us.

US blames North Korea for cyber-attack

Dec 19, 2017 | Blog

White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert, said that United States believes North Korea was behind the “WannaCry” cyber-attack earlier this year. This is the first time that the accusation of another country for the cyber-attack was made officially. The US has evidence to support this, while UK and Microsoft came to similar conclusions in their analyses of the attack. The “WannaCry” attack was one of the most devastating acts of cyber-terrorism in recent times. In May, Windows computers that were hit by this cyber-attack had their contents locked, with users asked to pay a ransom in order to have their data restored. This fast-spreading malware locked down several computers in the UK’s NHS hospitals and displayed a message prompting users to pay $300 in Bitcoin to decrypt the files and restore them to working order.

The most influential celebrities on social media

Dec 14, 2017 | Blog

With social media everything changed, especially the way fans can interact with the stars. Celebrities are using social media as their own publicists, getting more and more fans each day, and even more than any TV appearance could give. Some celebrities are at the very top with the number of their followers, making them the most popular people on the planet. Those celebrities have the power to influence millions of people around the world with a single post, and by now they all have mastered just how to do it. Whether they have the most compelling feeds or just the most loyal fandoms, the celebrities with the biggest followings say a lot about the year in pop culture so far—whose feeds we're thirsty to scroll though for endless glam shots and what makes us hit that "like" button. We all follow at least one celebrity on social media, but which ones are the most influential?

Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV

Dec 08, 2017 | Blog

Six months since Apple announced it and years of rumours, we finally have Amazon Prime Video app on Apple TV. Starting from today, customers will be able to watch whatever they want, with library showing up if there is connection to any other Apple device. Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue said “Amazon Prime Video is one of the most eagerly anticipated apps to come to Apple TV, so we’re excited to bring all of that great content to customers”. The sports tab in the Apple TV app will make it even easier for fans in the US to track the teams, games and moments that are important to them.

Facebook launches a version of Messenger Kids app

Dec 05, 2017 | Blog

In order to join Facebook or its free chat app Messenger, user needs to be at least 13 years old. But today, the most popular social network has announced a version of Messenger for younger users. This version is designed specifically for kids younger than 13 and it’s tied up to new account separate from regular Facebook or Messenger accounts. The main focus on this is to neutralize children predator threats that is sadly already a common thing. So how does this work?

Why YouTube is not for kids

Dec 01, 2017 | Blog

Most parents are letting their children watch something on YouTube just to keep them amused. That being said, we might as well be calling YouTube the babysitter of this generation, which it most certainly shouldn't be. There are thousands of videos on YouTube that may look like popular cartoons but in fact most of them are animated by amateur, being fake versions of it with disturbing and inappropriate content and images that are not suitable for children. And that is not the worse part. Most of these videos despite being violent and weird are insanely popular with millions of views and likes.