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On the upcoming iPhone 6 (or iPhone 5S, depending on Apple's whims and fancies), your password might not be that familiar mixture of four numbers. It might not be a line pattern drawn on a square grid. It might not be a unique combination of numbers, capital letters, punctuation and wingdings. It might be your pointer finger. Yes, the hot new bit of speculation on the ever-active Apple rumorsphere is that the next iPhone will include a fingerprint sensor or scanner embedded in the device, perhaps underneath the home button. This technology, analysts and pundits say, will make the iPhone more secure, differentiate it from rival products, and perhaps open up a new frontier in paying at the cash register with your cell phone. For now it's still speculation about a company that attracts rumors like ants to picnic lunches. But it's a bit of speculation that is gaining so much steam that it's worth investigating what an iFingerprint could mean, and how it could change the American smartphone. Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/iphone-fingerprint-scanner-apple-rumor_n_2529572.html?ir=Technology
Thursday, 24 January 2013 15:39

Is the Government Spying on Your Emails?

Law enforcement is asking Google for its users' data more than ever -- and most of the time, they aren't getting a warrant first. That's the takeaway from a Wednesday update to the Google Transparency Report with information that breaks down for the first time how often the FBI and local cops use a subpoena, as opposed to a warrant, to snoop on Google users' information. From July to December 2012, Google revealed, the company received 8,438 total requests for information about 14,791 users or accounts in the United States. Requests were up 34 percent from 2011 to 2012. Google has been disclosing requests from law enforcement for the past three years, making it one of the few email providers to do so. In that time, the number of requests has steadily ticked up -- no huge surprise, according to the company, since it has more users and more data. Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/google-transparency-report_n_2537153.html?utm_hp_ref=technology
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:16

Will Facebook Make You Envious?

Are you suffering from Facebook envy? Symptoms can be dissatisfaction, frustration, jealousy and anger, among other blood-boiling reactions. According to researchers from two German universities, Facebook may cause you to feel envious. The report, Envy on Facebook: A Hidden Threat to Users' Life Satisfaction?, which was released today, revealed that one in three people felt predominantly negative feelings about their own lives after using the social networking platform. Those who don't post at all, but still peruse through their friends updates, posts, albums and essentially entire Facebook existence, feel even worse. The biggest cause of resentment is vacation and travel snapshots. Social interaction, which consists of likes and comments on photos and posts, was the second most common cause of envy. "We were surprised by how many people have a negative experience from Facebook with envy leaving them feeling lonely, frustrated or angry," researcher Hanna Krasnova from the Institute of Information Systems at Berlin's Humboldt University told Reuters." "From our observations some of these people will then leave Facebook or at least reduce their use of the site." People reacted to feelings of jealousy by posting about their achievements to place themselves in a better light, according to the study.…
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 06:58

Twitter Goes Down On Inauguration Day 2013

Just as thousands took to Twitter to comment on the presidential motorcade as it made its way through Washington, D.C. after the second inauguration for Barack Obama, bam: Twitter's website appears to have stopped working. Twitter.com became inaccessible from two browsers, Google Chrome and Firefox, for HuffPost staffers starting around 4 p.m. ET. However, Twitter's iOS apps for iPhones and iPads seem to be working fine -- if you really need to scratch that Twitter itch. The website downrightnow also reported the outage, writing that it is having "Likely Service Disruption." A similar site, "Down For Everyone Or Just Me," also noted that "It's not just you! http://twitter.com looks down from here." We've reached out to Twitter and will update with comment when we receive it. UPDATE 1: Just before 5 p.m. ET, the company confirmed the issue on its status blog. "Some users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter," it reads. "Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/21/twitter-down-inauguration-day_n_2522196.html?ir=Technology
Who hasn't forgotten a password a time or two? Or ten? Coupling password forgetfulness with identity theft is pushing Google to do away with typed-in passwords altogether. Google is researching ways to replace typed-in passwords with USB key rings and smart rings. Typed-in passwords are not as safe as they were back when people first started using computers. Nowadays it's easy and quite common for sites to get hacked and gather your personal information. "Along with many in the industry, we feel passwords and simple bearer tokens such as cookies are no longer sufficient to keep users safe," said Google Vice President of Security Eric Grosse and Engineer Mayank Upadhyay in their upcoming research paper in IEE Security & Privacy Magazine, according to Wired. Google is researching options to typed-in password. One idea is using an actual key. They are reviewing YubiKey cryptographic card that the user puts in the USB port to log into Google. Another idea is to use a ring worn on your finger. Groosse and Upadhyay wrote, "We'd like your smartphone or smartcard-embedded finger ring to authorize a new computer via a tap on the computer, even in situations in which your phone might be without…
Friday, 18 January 2013 15:29

The First Lady is on Twitter

First Lady Michelle Obama rang in her 49th birthday with a brand spankin' new Twitter account. Her handle, @FLOTUS, jumped to more than 15,000 followers in the two hours after it sent its first tweet Thursday morning, and the number continues to climb. Obama's staff will manage the account. Tweets sent by the social media-saavy First Lady herself will be signed "-mo." Another account run by Obama's campaign team, @MichelleObama, has more than 2.6 million followers but hasn't consistently tweeted since the election.She follows a handful of official government and military accounts. Her husband and President Barack Obama posts updates and photos on his official account, @BarackObama, which has more than 25 million followers. Other White House heavyweights who tweet include Vice President Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) and United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice). New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) is also active on the social network. Read more:http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/michelle-obama-launches-new-twitter-account-article-1.1241903#ixzz2ILEOWCW2
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 16:32

Holograms: The Future of Technology?

On Monday, a hologram of the father of electricity, Thomas Edison made its debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This latest innovation is a prime example of modern technology's most recent developments. What might surprise you is that holograms exist all around us in places we tend to take for granted. They're in our wallets, on credit cards, and within the discs we watch and listen to. Movies and television have already jumped on board, and some of the largest communications companies are considering turning your cell phone into a third dimensional device. 3-D is beginning to take on a 'life' of its own, literally. One cannot help but to witness such novelty and wonder what it means for the future of technological evolution. For some, the question of ethics enters a discussion involving images that so closely resemble real human beings. This latest milestone in technology is remarkable and at times, somewhat creepy to witness 'up close and personal'. While no life can ever be duplicated, holographic images come about as close as possible to replicating its physical form. The possibility of figuratively reincarnating historical figures, celebrities, and even our loved ones is shocking…
Monday, 14 January 2013 18:25

6 Weirdest Gadgets at CES 2013

The International Consumer Electronics Show would be incomplete without a "best products" shout-out (equipped with an awards show of sorts). The typical highlight includes highly-anticipated, high-tech goodies and cutting-edge products, but where's the love for the bizarre, strange products? This year's weird products include a compilation of training tools and monitoring devices like the HAPlfork, which is designed to measure how much you eat and buzzes when you eat too fast. Read more: http://www.blackenterprise.com/technology/6-weirdest-gadgets-at-ces-2013/
No matter where you turn these days, you see social media icons for Facebook on business billboards, emails and marketing materials. But few businesses seem to make the most of this extensive platform. Although people don't always agree with Fox, they've got a winning social media strategy when it comes to Facebook. The Fox News Facebook page was the most commented on brand page in the world last year, according to reports. AllFacebook Track Social found that Fox News received an average of 7,443.5 comments per day. While increasing fan engagement doesn't happen overnight, it's possible and brands just need to commit to a strategy that works for their business. Facebook allows businesses to improve customer relationships as well as market to new clients, yet businesses continue to inundate fans with nothing but marketing messages. And when sales don't skyrocket, it's automatically assumed that social media does not work, which is far from the truth. If you're wondering how you get fans to comment and "like" your brand posts, here are four ways you can get the conversation going. It's all about timing Statistics show that it's best to post during times when fans are not at work, between the…
Thursday, 10 January 2013 16:25

5 Game-Changing Devices to Expect in 2013

With a new year upon us, we can expect numerous new gadgets and repackages spinoffs from today's most popular brands. The Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple's reigning smartphone champion, the iPhone 5, both went out making lots of noise last year. However, technology just keeps getting better and better; not to mention, dozens of other companies in the tech industry are creating innovative things that keep us glued to their brands. Take a look at several game changing devices expected to launch this year: Apple iPhone 5s/iPhone 6 Will there be another iPhone release? Most likely. Apple's only option to stay ahead of its class is to release newer versions of its bestselling item, the iPhone, to compete with Google's multi-platform monster, the Android. There are typically minimal changes and enhancements to each newly-released iPhone, but this means a lot to consumers who pride themselves in toting the latest gadgets. According to leaked information, Apple has been testing new hardware, referring to it as the "iPhone6.1," powered by a device running iOS 7. It's expected to be released by Apple in the middle of this year. Apple's current iPhone 5 has the "iPhone5.1″ and "iPhone 5.2″ identifiers, which are based…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 15:51

4 Must-Have Social Media Management Tools

The plethora of social media monitoring tools, which vary from inexpensive to exceptionally pricey, is only matched by how functional the tools are for customers. By using one or more social monitoring tools to track your social media presence, you can capitalize on the power of this form of marketing while staying on top of any buzz surrounding your business. Social media tracking ensures your resources are being maximized, which, in turn, leads to sales. After all, marketing online is less of a popularity contest and more about meaningful customer engagement that boosts sales and complements your overall marketing plan. With this in mind, how is one to make a decision as to which one to use? It inevitably comes down to your needs and budget. Take a look at these four popular monitoring tools for your business: Wildfire Wildfire, a division of Google, is one of the world's largest social media marketing software providers, with over 21,000 paying customers worldwide, including 30 of the world's 50 most valuable brands. Wildfire's technology combined with Google's advertising solutions provides a more holistic way for brands to manage and optimize their marketing efforts, as well as spend across all digital channels, including…
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 14:34

Would You Make Phone Calls on Facebook?

(The Root) -- In what seems like a continual quest for complete world domination, Facebook is testing some new changes that would allow all of the social network's billion users to make calls for free. Canadians are the first to test out this new feature, which is part of the upgrades to Facebook's Messenger app. The phone calls will be made using VoIP technology, which is the same process currently used by Skype. This means that your phone calls get sent over the Internet, as opposed to normal cellular-telephone networks. The benefit of VoIP is that you can still make a phone call even if you're in a location where you can't get a cellular signal, as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. The idea of "free" is relative, though, since the calls will be counted against your data plan. The Messenger app already lets you send free text messages to your Facebook friends, and the latest update allows everyone to send free voicemails as well. You will need to install or update the app on your phone, and the people you want to communicate with also have to have the app installed. If successful in Canada, the phone-call…
We've all heard what not to do on social networking sites, from writing inappropriate statuses to posting inappropriate pictures and making inappropriate comments. All of those are actions that can hurt your employment options. Now in the new year, it's time we switch it up a little and shed light on what employers want to see on your social networking profiles that will have them calling you in for an interview. Indication of current work: If you are currently employed while applying to other jobs, it may not be a bad idea to list the company that you work for in your profile. When potential employers view your page, it will show that you already have experience in a professional setting and that you are eager and ready to work. High engagement: Social media plays a major role in many careers and when employers view a future employee's profile, they want to see that they know how to use the site. Actively updating your status with new statements and retweets on Twitter can show that you are engaged with your followers, well-versed on the latest happenings in the world and in your industry, and will hopefully be engaged with other…
Thursday, 27 December 2012 05:42

Protect Your Cell Phone

SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) - Noting that over 5,000 wireless devices were reported stolen in Michigan this year, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is reminding all individuals to safeguard their belongings. The MPSC suggests that all Michigan residents read over the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) consumer guide that provides tips on how to shield against wireless theft, how to protect data on cell phones, and what to do if a wireless device is stolen. "The popularity of wireless devices continues to grow at a rapid pace," MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush said in a statement. "The Commission encourages customers to take a moment to protect themselves against theft by following the helpful tips provided out by the FCC." The FCC announced the PROTECT Initiative earlier this year to combat cell phone theft. It consists of establishing a national database – scheduled to launch in late 2013 – to track stolen phones; putting in place automatic prompts on smartphones and tablets for consumers to set up passwords and take steps to secure their devices; and launching a public education campaign to urge customers to use applications to increase security and reduce the value of stolen devices. In addition, many wireless companies are…