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Embedded tech – wearable tech’s next frontier

The bounty hunter Aurra Sing isn’t a central character in Star Wars. Yet, she really caught my imagination thanks to the built-in comlink antenna protruding from her head.  What a cool way to communicate (since we can’t all be Jedi Masters, able transmit our thoughts without any high-tech aids!) To me, this is the ultimate […]

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Removing your digital footprint: Better luck than Beyoncé?

Musician and actress Beyoncé Knowles – a star so bright she is mentioned by first name only – is among the world’s most powerful celebrities. She ranked fourth overall in Forbes’ top 100 of 2013, ahead of such notables as Madonna, Ellen DeGeneres, Simon Cowell, David Beckham and husband Jay-Z.

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27 days, 32 teams, 66 matches, 99 hours – all your bandwidth… It’s the World Cup! [Infographic]

The World Cup is coming: 27 days, 32 teams, 66 matches and 99 hours of soccer. A dream come true every four years for soccer fans around the world. As is always the case with major sporting events – from March Madness in the US, to the global Olympics – sporting enthusiasts will be keen […]

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MyBulletins aspires to do it all. Well, sort of.

Everybody in the IT business knows that patching can be a pain. Consumers can take the easy way out: turn on auto updates, set it and forget it. But businesses can’t afford to be quite that cavalier when one bad patch can bring the network – and the user productivity that depends on it – […]

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On the beat: The FBI’s MVP

What’s next for Hector Xavier Monsegur? Monsegur, a.k.a. “Sabu,” won leniency Tuesday and exited a New York court a free man. Busted in 2011, the hacker-turned-FBI informant faced up to 317 months behind bars under US sentencing guidelines. That’s more than 26 years. The government’s sentencing submission is a must-read. It said Monsegur, 30, “was […]

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Third party patch and vulnerability roundup – May 2014

  Please note that the roundup covers updates issued between May 1 and the time of this writing, which is May 27.

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How we patch: by the numbers

We all know how important it is to keep current with security updates, a.k.a. patches – but how many organizations are really following best practices?  As attackers get more sophisticated and researchers become more diligent, vulnerabilities in popular software – from operating system to end-user applications and even including security software – are discovered every […]

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Manual invoicing’s affordable (and efficient) alternative

Car maintenance, electrical repairs and, as Bruce Springsteen once famously sang, “Working on the highway” are important jobs that require manual effort. Invoicing customers? That’s one job that no longer needs to be manual – though this labor-intensive task remains quite common in small to mid-sized businesses.

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How to destroy your IT career in five easy steps

You probably heard about the (former) PayPal executive who went on a Twitter rampage one Friday night and fired off a bunch of nasty tweets about the people he worked with, after which his two-month-old career at that company not-unexpectedly ended. Although the exec in question later offered the excuse that a new phone was […]

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What’s your sign? The sys admin’s zodiac

Sys admins, alchemists, astrologers… all three jobs seems to be part fantasy and part mythology to people who don’t do the job. The subject came up around the table recently and we started to compare the traditional traits of the various Zodiac signs to those of the typical sys admin role and character. Of course, […]

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