Category: Technology

New Anti-Phishing Technology Invented

A young man from Massachusetts, working for the Department of Public Health as a day job, is designing a piece of software that has the potential to put a serious dent in the practice of phishing, a criminal activity that costs US internet users about $200 million each year. Ben Jackson’s software, known as “Crows Nest,” keeps an eye out for domain name registrations of websites that might be used for phishing, and keeps users alerted.  His proxies are from https://proxies.com. In the future, it might be a useful tool for law enforcement authorities. Phishing, for those of you who don’t know, is the practice of imitating a legitimate online business to get someone’s login information. For example, someone might send out a spam email telling users that they need to attend to urgent business on PayPal. Upon clicking the link, they will be taken to a website designed to be a careful imitation of the real PayPal site, perhaps with a URL of paypal.net, or something similar. The unsuspecting user would type his email address and password into the box, hit login, and the damage would be done. The phisher could then use his login information to get into the real PayPal, and, say, send a thousand dollars to his own account. Although companies like PayPal go to great lengths to educate their users about the menaces of phishing, there remain enough sufficiently gullable people for phishing to be quite profitable. Crows Nest would work by looking for registrations of sketchy domain names, such as the previous example of “www.paypal.net”, and would alert the user when it found them. It would use the Mark Alert, a paid tool offered by Name Intellegence, Inc, to keep track of newly registered domains, and search through the list with keywords. Using a simple logic script, it would then rank them, singling out ones that looked particularly dangerous. It would provide a list of these, potentially weeks before the actual sites went up. Combined with proper law enforcement attention, the problem could be almost completely nipped in the bud. Although there are already anti-phishing technologies in existence, none of them are this effective and far reaching. Most current approaches primarily rely on education, teaching consumers not to give out their username and password unless they are sure they are sure they are giving it to the right party. As the internet gets more fully developed, security gets tighter, but new possibilities open up. Although new and greater menaces may loom ahead, it would be wonderful if phishing could become a problem of the past. Congratulations, Ben Jackson!…

New Technology on the Horizon – Better and Faster Than Google

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Minority Report is a cool 2002 movie that stars Tom Cruise. Fast forward into the future, 2054. Cruise is a cop who works for a special police unit called Precrime. This futuristic unit, with the help of three psychics called Precogs, who predict the future, go after and arrest people before they commit a crime. What makes the movie cool is the perceived technology of 2054. In the movie, technology has evolved to projecting a sort of virtual reality screen Cruise can interface with as he goes about his job of catching soon to be criminals. Ted Talk is working on new technology that would give its wearer their own interactive visual display of information in the palm of their hand that can be easily activated anytime, anyplace.

This new technology comes from the minds of students at MIT. More specifically, a student by the name of Pranav Mistry who has created his version of Minority Report. A wearable device that has a small battery powered camera, projection with mirror and standard web cam that are connected to a cell phone with internet access. One of the top new gadgets that will help revolutionize the way we interact with data in our daily lives. The cost of building this cool prototype little gadget; $350.00. Once all the bugs are worked out and it’s put into a more unobtrusive package , this handy little device will be around the same price as a cell phone is today.

Similar to Microsoft’s surface table, the biggest difference with this new technology is any surface can be used to display information, including your hand. Completely portable, it will be able to provide relevant information about things you interact with on a daily basis.

For example. Imagine having an ability to pick up anything in a supermarket or retail store and seeing specific information on that product just by touching it. If you have a peanut allergy, important information can be transposed onto the box or jar in your hand with data about where the product was made, if any form of peanut is present in the product or even the factory where the item came from. Giving the buyer relevant information that could save them from purchasing a product that could be harmful to them. Looking for a book at your favorite bookstore can take time. Sometimes, the buyer wants to move the process of deciding along a little faster. This new technology would put information about that particular book right on the surface of the book itself. The Amazon rating, any special facts or interesting comments that would help you make a better and more informed purchase. An ability to control knowledge that’s literally at our fingertips.

Read a newspaper like “Harry Potter”. Interactive video images can be projected onto your newspaper. Take a picture by placing your thumbs and fingers together in the form of a picture frame. Draw a watch on your wrist to find out what time it is. You can dial a phone number using nothing more than your hand. Technology the average person could never conceive of may be on our doorstep with in the next ten years.

What this new technology will give the average person is important information that today can only be found on line and make it available to everyone instantly. Our own virtual reality controlled by the wearer of this new gadget. We will be able to program what we need for our personal use to keep us safe and informed.

Those with no internet connection or smart phone with web access are at a disadvantage in today’s society. Even with access, anyone searching for specific data has to first Google a particular subject and then search the many articles found. This new technology will make relevant data immediate just by picking up a product or item. This cool little gadget has the power to drastically change how we see, use and process data in our daily lives. The folks at Ted Talk have dubbed this technology a sixth sense. If it works like they hope, it has the potential of opening up the tech world to the 21st century, much like the steam engine opened up the world of the 18th century and ushered in the Industrial Revolution. A tech revolution of instant knowledge and relevant data at a price the average person can afford to buy and use.

We have come a long way from those who couldn’t figure out how to program the clock on their VCR. TIVO has replaced video tapes and can weed out commercials. DVD recorders made storing recordings more efficient. Computers are faster and smaller. Cell phone technology unplugged us from the wall and gave us not only a traveling telephone, but a lifeline in an emergency. New technology that could give ordinary people access to a world of instant information is mind boggling today. However, as this new gadget becomes a household wonder, it makes one ponder the next mind boggling technology waiting to be developed over the next horizon.

Apple's IPhone 5s: New Design, Software, and Technology

Apple's iPhone 5s takes the 5 model's sleekness and updates it. An improved camera, sharp processer, great software options, and unique fingerprint scanner are just some of the new features Apple has to offer. Casual users and tech geeks alike can get behind this new model. People looking for an advanced phone that won't be outdated in a year should invest in the Apple iPhone 5s.

New Design

The iPhone 5s comes in a variety of new designs: from the silver model to the all-gold finish and space gray model. These colors replace the classic black model. These models are aluminum with chamfered edges, and they are more resistant to wear and tear than former models, specifically the scratch-prone black phone. The new models have a color-matched ring around the home button, and the Apple logo has a mirror finish that pops with the new design. Apple enthusiasts will note that the home button is no longer curved but flat. Users who invest in the case will note that it is sleek and light. These models come with the traditional 4-unch Retina display. Texts are easy to read, and colors appear sharp. Though the technology hasn't changed much, users will note that the iPhone 5s display offers rich resolution.

New Software

The great thing is that the iPhone 5s has new technology like a fingerprint sensor. Thus, people can unlock their phone or make purchases with a touch of their fingers. This new feature is the future of smartphones. Scrolling through all of the apps is easier thanks to the new interface. The latest models of iMovie and iPhoto make it easy to edit videos and images. Users will love the advanced camera for documenting memories. Larger pizel capabilities mean that that the phone can take improved low-light images. A True Tone flash ensures subjects do not come out looking washed out.

The iPhone 5s is easy to use, lightweight, and sleek to touch. Anyone looking for a fast smartphone with some of the latest technology will enjoy this Apple product. The iPhone 5s is the future. Users will not have to worry about their smartphone becoming outdated.…

Three reasons why a PCMac is required to use an iPad

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  1. Activation.  New iPads won’t work out of the box without being activated.  A new iPad needs to connect  to a Mac or a PC using the supplied USB cable and iTunes must be installed and running.
  2. Software updates.  When Apple releases a new software update (e.g. iOS 4.3) the upgrade is performed via iTunes with the iPad connected to the computer via USB
  3. Media transfer.  Music, videos and pictures must be transfered via iTunes and the USB cable.  In addition, Apple makes it difficult to sync with more than one computer.   For example, I have a home computer with all my music, videos and pictures but I’d like to be able to sync with my work computer to sync apps, get software updates etc.
I’ve been hoping for solutions to all these problems since iOS 3.  I’m hopeful that the upcoming iOS 5 release this summer.  Android tablets don’t have the same limitations.  What I’d like to see from Apple:
  • At a minimum, sync over wi-fi and cut the USB cord
  • A better solution to syncing with multiple computers
  • The ability to update the iOS software over wi-fi

For Better or for Worse, Technology and Me

Ten years ago I was single, childless, and just out of college. I was also without a cell phone, tablet, and a laptop. How did I ever survive? Pretty easily I must say. Technology has been life changing for me for the better and for the worse.

DISPOSABLE AND FILM CAMERAS

The biggest impact on my life has been photography. I am not a professional photographer by any stretch, but I have always loved taking pictures. Boxes of old prints, albums and film fill a bookcase in my office if I want to take a trip down memory lane. I no longer need to take a disposable or film camera with me to special events and patiently wait at the print shop to find out how the images turned out. I transitioned from photos of friends and adventures to pictures and videos of my kids that I can view and distribute instantly. I rely heavily on the ease and clarity of using my smart phone for catching the best pictures as well as cropping, editing, and adding filters to alter the images immediately. I do love my digital options, but due to the abundance of pictures I download, I rarely print my images.

MEMORIZATION AND NOTE TAKING

When I was younger, I had to memorize phone numbers of my friends or I had a phone book that I could pencil in all of my family and acquaintances. I also wrote down my grocery list just to leave it at home, but could still recall most everything I needed to purchase. Appointments were scheduled on a calendar on the refrigerator. All of these daily reminders or tasks can be easily stored in my smart phone with alerts, and reminders to call your best friend on her birthday. I battle to determine if my life is really more hectic that these notifications are warranted or realize that I just don't take the time to place importance on even the seemingly mundane events and needs in my own life.

PRIVACY

As a teenager in the '90s, I could be reached solely at home on our land line phone and even had to seek privacy by taking the cordless phone into my room. Today I can be reached while out at the park, shopping, or on a vacation. I'm available anywhere and anytime I bring my phone with me. If you want to preserve some or all of your privacy, you must set your ever-changing "options" accordingly or make the effort to disconnect from all of the modern conveniences. While technology has been very helpful and eased the stress of life, it has added strain to my ability to preserve the special moments and privacy.…

Logitech Harmony 880

See the source image I recently purchased a Logitech Harmony 880 in an attempt to consolidate the multitude of audio/video remote controls and I have to say, I’m impressed. The key differentiator of this device is that it allows for setup and configuration via a USB cable connected to your computer. Via a web interface, you are prompted to enter the manufacturer and model of your devices via a wizard (e.g. cable box, DVD player, AV receiver etc.). The remote control is then automatically configured based on the devices entered. One of the key features of this device is the ability to setup activities. For example, the “Watch TV” activity on my remote is programmed to turn on the TV, turn on the cable box and change the TV’s input to cable box. Other activities I have programmed include “Watch DVD”, “Watch VCR”, “Listen to Digial Music (via my Netgear MP101 digital music player). The remote have a full color display as well as a base charging unit to keep the battery charged. I did have some initial problem with navigating the website but once I figured these out, I was in business. The Logitech Harmony 880 is a valuable, and worthwhile addition to my audio/video system. I wish everything worked this well!…

Technology Built a Bookstore

I don't have a cell phone. I don't use GPS. I don't own a Kindle. I don't need one. I can read a map. I prefer real books. I still enjoy the newspaper.

Technology changes everything. When, I got my first computer. I didn't feel I needed it. It wasn't required for work. I was self-employed as a personal trainer and a massage therapist.

Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter didn't exist. I didn't need my computer for networking or scheduling appointments. I mostly used it to email friends, and get news that wasn't covered in my daily newspaper.

In November of 2003, the wellness center where I was employed closed. I decided to move. It was close enough that I still had some of my massage clients, but I needed to supplement my income.

I had always enjoyed reading, and loved books. One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday afternoon was to wander around book shops looking for a new book to read, or a cherished favorite. I decided to sell my used books on eBay.

I started small. Just the books I didn't plan on reading again. After all, a mystery is not a mystery once you've read it. I could part with a few, and it'd give me space on my book shelves again, and I needed to pay my rent.

I listed some books, arranged them where I could find them once I sold them, and bought some shipping supplies. I quickly sold several books, and wrapped them for the post. I learned the difference between first class, parcel post, and media mail.

I was off to a great start, but I needed more books. This was my favorite part. When I didn't have massage clients, I would comb thrift shops and yard sales to find books. I found new books to read and then I could turn around and sell them. Soon, I had more books than when I started.

I love books and so does my wife. I didn't know she was going to be my wife when I met her, but I knew she had to love books. She had recently moved back to our hometown, and was also selling books online.

We joined inventories and our love of books and took the leap to Main Street and opened our store, From My Shelf Books in 2006 with only 3,000 used books and dreams of filling the 800 square feet.

It's been just over ten years since I sold my first used book. Today, From My Shelf Books & Gifts has outgrown the original location and now has over 50,000 used and new books, and is bursting with puzzles, cards, games, book-related gifts, and general good cheer. Some bibliophiles fear that technology will kill the bookstore, but it helped build this one.…

When to Buy Technology Stocks

Technology stocks can be huge growth stories, but buying them is all about timing. As technology stocks grow, they have periodic corrections, followed a period of flatlining and building support, then an upswing to more growth. You do not necessarily want to buy a technology stock such as Apple, Netflix, or Google when it is in its growth period. You also do not want to buy a technology stock when it is in its correction period, because the technology stock could still drop more. So when do you buy technology stocks? The answer is you buy technology stocks after the correction when the stock is building support. You will know that a technology stock is building support, because it will be in the doldrums. For up to weeks or months on end, the stock will be trading in roughly the same range. The technology stock might have days up half a percent and days down half a percent, or even more extreme gains or declines, but the overall range will be steady. A period of building support is a signal that the correction in a technology stock is over and it is time to buy. The time after a correction is also the perfect time to buy a technology stock, because all the hype and red hotness of the stock has temporarily faded. Therefore you will get a chance to jump on the technology stock before it gets red hot again. Of course, take profits when you are up high, and reinvest them after a correction.…