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Software is a highly competitive field. This is great because it gives users a large number of options to choose from when they need something, but the downside is that it makes it complex to choose the right tool for the job. When a business or an individual makes a choice with technology, and then builds systems or processes on top of that choice, it creates something called Technical Debt, which can influence decisions later on in subtle and not so subtle ways.
By way of illustration . . ....
Each day, the amount of devices in our lives grows: from the tablet your child(ren) just had to have to the kiosks that you use to order McDonald's at lunch. Now more than ever, you're likely to have some device that isn't working the way it should, and inevitably someone is going to drop one of those expensive conglomerations of tech, only to find that it stopped functioning entirely. Warranties are a good thing to have for these devices—as many times they offer an insurance t...
Chicago-based Orbitz was in the news this month for a data breach. The consensus seems to be that the breach took place sometime between October 2016 and December 2017. If you're wondering how a company that builds itself on successfully looking at logistics data to get travelers the best deals can only offer a very broad window of when the breach was likely to happen, unfortunately, this is actually a pretty common thing. Intrusion detection and logging systems are an area where the IT secu...
One of the more ridiculous aspects of technology is just how quickly a piece of tech can become outdated. There's an old joke among hardware enthusiasts that by the time you can afford the best hardware available, it's already been usurped by something better and more expensive.
Speaking of which, you think my new rig will run Crysis?
But as networked electronics begin to work their way into all aspects of our lives, this doesn't have to be the case. While your old Windows ...
Let's be upfront: it's 2018, and if you've been paying even partial attention to the news, you know that the trend for technology stories is [Company] Data [Breach/Leak] day after day. According to self-reported data, companies in the US unintentionally leaked 2 billion consumer documents—that's a 2 followed by 12 zeros—and that number is known to be under-reported. There are companies vulnerable to these attacks that are not aware or cannot confirm that thi...
General Security News
In the good news column for April, Dutch Police raided and took down the online DDoS marketplace Webstresser, which sold DDoS attacks for relatively low prices.
Additionally for the first time ever, Microsoft developed their own Linux Kernal. Azure OS is designed to work in concert with a custom Microsoft chipset to bring security to every level of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The OS and chip combined will secure both hardware and software, and the plan is to uti...

Smart Phones. They're magical. They are with us every second of every day, providing us with communication, answers, and entertainment in just a few touches or swipes.
But for something that is so incredibly useful, they still have terrible battery life. This is an ongoing problem for all manufacturers and all phones. Over time, battery life drops significantly, and it's such a huge issue that large companies like Apple are applying scorched earth updates to the underlying softwar...
Picture it: you're on Facebook doing the usual—checking on family, clicking links to interesting articles that might come up in your feed, or even playing those (sometimes ridiculous) Facebook games. Out of nowhere, a window appears over your Facebook—the dreaded pop-up. It's HUGE! It's making unwanted, loud noises. Everytime you click the X to make it go away, it just keeps coming back. It's like your computer has stopped functioning, only to host the malicious pop-u...

Picture it: you're coming home from a long day of work or school and you're ready to kick back, relax, and pwn noobs on your game console. You sit down, grab your controller and start up your console, only to be greeted with a black screen and a "No signal... TV going to sleep" message. There's nothing worse than starting your presumably working console, only to see that something is off, and there's more work ahead of you today. The unfortunate truth of the matter ...
In 2018, it's uncommon to see anyone without a mobile device. It's even rarer to come across someone who hasn't had issues with their device, from screen cracks, to broken charging ports, and just about everything in between. With our devices integrating into our lives even more with each passing day, it's a good idea to be aware of the best practices for prolonging the life of the device. Check out these four tips for maintaining and preserving your mobile devices.
 
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