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A lot to like in Windows 10

July 24, 2015

I was never a fan of Microsoft’s Windows 8, but so far I like what I’m seeing in Windows 10. I’ve been using the new operating system — which becomes available to some customers on Wednesday — on a Microsoft Surface 3 combination tablet and laptop but, even though the computer has a touch-screen, I’m mostly using the keyboard and touchpad to issue commands. I [...]

HP says smartwatches have security flaws

July 23, 2015

Source: HP Fortify by Larry Magid A study conducted by HP Fortify found that “100 percent of tested smartwatches exhibit security flaws.” The study is part of an ongoing series on Internet of Things (IoT) security. Vulnerabilities include insufficient authentication and lack of encryption as well as “privacy concerns.” “Smartwatches have only just started to become a [...]

Firm claims that Apple capturing 75% of smartwatch market

July 22, 2015

Strategy Analytics, a Boston-based firm, has reported that global smartwatch shipments grew an 457%  annually ‘to hit a record 5 million units in the second quarter of 2015.” The company said that the Apple Watch captured “a dominant 75 percent marketshare in first place.“ Apple has not released sales figures for the watch but, after releasing its quarterly results on [...]

Parents get emotional support and useful information from social media

July 16, 2015

Study co-author Cliff Lampe tells CBS News how social media helps support parenting It should come as no surprise that parents are heavy social media users. There are some who say that parents’ flocking to Facebook has caused teens to spend less time on the service, though I’ve never seen data to back up that assertion. A study conducted by Pew Research Center and the University of [...]

No surprise Microsoft phones never took off

July 12, 2015

by Larry Magid The news that Microsoft has laid off thousands of workers from its phone division and is taking a multibillion dollar write-off from its Nokia acquisition didn’t surprise me. Although some Windows Phones have received good reviews, smartphones running the Windows Phone operating system are not jumping off the shelves. IDC estimates that Windows Phone had a 2.7 percent market [...]

NY Stock Exchange Explains What Caused Glitch

July 10, 2015

Despite all the conspiracy theories as to why the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal site went down on the same day, all evidence points to technique glitches, not hack attacks. The New York Stock Exchange says that its problems began when they rolled out a software release that caused “communication issues between consumer gateways.” Read on for [...]

Polaroid cameras still have fans as do instant photo printers

July 2, 2015

Do you remember Polaroid cameras? They were a big part of my youth. Invented in 1948 and popular in the 50s, 60s and 70s, these “instant cameras” printed out (actually developed) your picture in about a minute. The cameras, as I recall, were pretty affordable but color film for the SX-70 cost about 70 cents a print in 1972, which is about $4 today. The company behind the product filed [...]
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