Staff picks for the week of May 30, 2016

Staff PicksIt was a short week following the Memorial Day holiday, but there’s plenty of tech news to highlight, from the escalating fight against ad blockers to a growing trend of cities accommodating “petextrians.” Catch up on these and more stories you might have missed with our staff picks!

Why you should delete the online accounts you don’t use anymore — right now (Read by Camillia S.)

Up until last Friday, your old social media account credentials weren’t worth anything, not even to you. You probably don’t remember the password anyway. But all of that changed when a data dump of over 33 gigabytes, consisting of 360 million MySpace usernames and passwords, was listed for sale. Hackers can use this information for phishing and to wreak other kinds of havoc. On Tuesday, MySpace announced that it has disabled all affected passwords so no one can gain access, so while you can’t go in and update your Top 8 right away, you should be able to change your password and delete your account for good. Unless you’re still into MySpace, in which case … no judgment. Continue Reading…

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Staff picks for the week of May 23, 2016

Staff Picks GeneralBefore you pack up and hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, take a look at our top tech picks for this week!

Boom makes your music sound boomin’ and/or slammin’ (Read by Camillia S.)

If you’re an audiophile, then this is the app for you. Boom for iOS adds some surround-sound quality to those flat MP3 music files on your phone. Instead of playing music through the Music app on the iPhone, you play it through Boom, which gives you a selection of effects including “3D surround sound simulation” and other boosters. If you’re like me and have been struggling to find a decent pair of headphones without having to shovel out a ton of money, then this app may be worth a try. Continue Reading…

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How one health care provider learned that compliance does not equal security

Health care compliance and securityWhich causes business leaders to buy into an IT security assessment quicker: ransomware or a data breach?

Both.

Unfortunately, that’s just the situation a regional health care provider network faced a few years ago. Although the IT staff knew a review of the security of the network and file server was overdue, the C-suite remained focused on existing HIPAA compliance guidelines.

That’s when a ransomware attack hit, resulting in a data breach. A user simply clicked on a popup, ransomware was then installed on the machine, and health care records stored on the user’s hard drive were compromised.

After the breach was fixed and the damage assessed, management realized many questions needed answering: Why did this attack happen? What should be IT’s first step in protecting data? What data should be secured? How could the organization balance compliance and security to stop attacks in the future? Continue Reading…

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Staff picks for the week of May 16, 2016

Staff Picks GeneralHappy Friday! This week we’re talking origami robots, the benefits of buying used electronics, and more. Wrap up your week by checking out what’s new in technology with our staff picks!

Origami robot may operate from inside the body (Read by Camillia S.)

A tiny, foldable robot made out of dried pig intestine will soon be able to operate from inside the body — untethered. It’s swallowed as a capsule, which dissolves to allow the origami robot to unfold and get to work. Researchers are expecting the robot to be able to repair wounds or remove small objects that were accidentally swallowed. The demonstration looks like a Lego being jostled around a cavity, but is interesting nonetheless. If any advancement in science can help alleviate doctors’ stress and give them more time to tend to life-threatening matters, then I’m all for it! Continue Reading…

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Staff picks for the week of May 9, 2016

Staff Picks GeneralHappy Friday! Wrap up your week by checking out what’s new in technology with our staff picks!

These grad students didn’t know their teaching assistant was a robot (Read by Camillia S.)

I completed my grad school education last year, and after reading this article, I’m wondering if one of my online course instructors had some robotic assistance as well. Grad students at Georgia Tech were floored when they found out the teaching assistant (TA) they had been interacting with, named “Jill Watson,” was a robot created on the IBM Watson platform. The professor already had eight TAs, but with 300 students every semester and a whopping 10,000 messages in the online forum, the team needed a hand. A virtual one. This is just one more example of how AI is impacting our lives and how it’s here to stay. Continue Reading…

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In strong Q1, SHI opens new Integration Center, doubling our capacity to deliver integrated software and hardware solutions

Earnings-releaseWhat’s spacious enough to house 630,000 laptops, is secured with advanced facial recognition controls, and can process over 3,500 systems, servers, and devices a day? It’s SHI’s own Integration Center in Piscataway, New Jersey, the most efficient and secure site in our company’s history.

After opening in February, the state-of-the-art facility doubled SHI’s capacity to warehouse, configure, and ship mobile devices, end-user systems, and advanced data center hardware solutions. Take a look: Continue Reading…

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Staff picks for the week of April 25, 2016

Staff Picks GeneralHappy Friday! Wrap up your week by checking out what’s new in technology with our staff picks!

Comcast will let you replace your cable box with an app (Read by Camillia S.)

Comcast looks to be the first TV service provider to switch to an app-based cable platform. In other words, they’re getting rid of the cable box — you know, the one you have to take time off of work to get installed. Now customers will be able to access their channels on their smart TVs, and mobile or streaming devices. The shift is the cable company’s answer to the young demographic that’s cutting the cord in favor of streaming devices and standalone subscription services. I think the switch is genius because as a “young person,” I enjoy the convenience of app-based entertainment on my phone, but I also like the randomness of television and surfing the channels.

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Staff picks for the week of April 18, 2016

Staff Picks GeneralTechnology plays roles both practical and pleasing, from keeping our skies and our payments safe to making life more enjoyable through headphones that know exactly what sounds you don’t want to hear. Read on for your weekly dose of tech news, including these stories and more!

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