Why Hackers Love Social Media


It’s undeniable that social media has become part of the lives of us 21st century human beings. We regularly update our Twitter accounts to air our 140-character thoughts or updates, and carefully curate our Instagram feeds. We’re constantly on Facebook for updates from our friends and family and, increasingly, to check on the latest news-worthy headlines and celebrity buzz. Everybody can’t seem to get enough of social media – and hackers love it.

Here’s how hackers make the most out of our social media addiction.

12 Fraud Awareness Tips to Protect Yourself Online

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With the holiday season approaching, this year is set to break records for the number of purchases made online. In addition to all of the gifts to be bought, parties to be booked, and special little “I deserve it” purchases, there may be a few surprises lurking in dark corners.

Sadly, when it comes to dark corners of the Internet, they aren’t all dark and they aren’t all in corners. Information crime including the theft of credit cards and even identity are also on the rise despite the best efforts of Internet providers and search engines to identify and block them.

The end of November is a very significant time for online shopping. It includes:

  • Black Friday
  • Cyber Monday
  • Online holiday gift shopping
  • International Fraud Awareness Week

In consideration of this very busy time, I have created a simple website http://www.DealsForTech.com to help educate people on Fraud Awareness.

This website was created in under 20 hours using free website software and an eCommerce add-on (WordPress, premade theme, and WooCommerce). I encourage you to try out the website. Select an item or two of interest, proceed to the checkout, and be educated as to how easy this is. Don’t worry, it won’t ask you for payment information and won’t cost you anything.

Here are some tips to help you make safer online shopping choices:

Charge your Electric Vehicle while you drive

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What’s the biggest factor that seems to be hindering more consumers from diving in and purchasing an electric vehicle? The lack of a full infrastructure for charging. But it looks like there’s hope for EV owners out there – at least in the UK.

In Britain, sales for electric vehicles have been increasingly exponentially in recent years, something that the government has been paying attention to. Part of the UK government’s future plans is to install plug-in chargers every 20 miles along the highways.

But that’s not all. Highways England, the government company in charge of England’s major thoroughfares, is currently testing a much better solution that could very well prove to be a game changer: highways that directly transmit power to electric vehicles.

Why Apple made antivirus iOS apps unavailable


Earlier this year, Apple cracked down on antivirus apps, pulling a huge number of them from the AppStore. Many believe the reason behind this move is to eliminate concerns about whether or not iOS devices are susceptible to virus and malware attacks.

Apple informed many of them that their app descriptions were misleading and could potentially lead customers to believe that viruses are present in iOS.

Why is Apple so confident in their ability to protect against vulnerabilities?

The Evolution of Portable Computing


There was a time when we wanted everything to be smaller. We seem to be going in the other direction lately of wanting bigger. I am seeing a convergence of technologies occurring. It all comes down to convenience. Desktop computing is converging with portability.

Desktops evolved to laptops, and many laptops shrunk to netbooks. Mobile devices got smart and now we want bigger displays (iPhone 6 Plus / Galaxy S6). There is a convergence occurring with wanting the convenience of quickly accessing a touch screen tablet, yet enough horsepower and versatility to run common desktop applications.

Technology Recap for Back to the Future


October 21, 2015 is the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to in Back to the Future II (1989). Interestingly the movie predicted some tech that does exist today such as hands-free games (e.g. Kinect), flatscreen TVs, and biometric scanners. However we fell short of having flying cars, self-drying jackets and self-lacing shoes. Oh, don’t forget the most anticipated one, hoverboards! Recently we did hear about a creative Texan who had a good attempt using leaf blowers, you can read it here if you missed the article.

Makerarm – a super versatile 3D device that can make almost anything


Imagine a single device that can 3D print, carve, etch, mill, solder, plot, assemble, laser cut, and even ice a cake! A new device called Makerarm can do all that and more, anywhere on your workspace. Though still currently a Kickstarter campaign and not an actual product just yet, Makerarm promises to be a complete digital fabrication system that can create “just about anything.”

The device is a swivelling robotic “arm” that can be mounted onto a desk. It uses interchangeable tool heads to perform its wide variety of functions. It can also work in collaboration with another Makerarm to perform more complex tasks.

Astronauts eat first ever space salad


It was, quite literally, a bite that was out of this world. And it tasted “awesome”, according to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

The very first outer space lettuce was grown in a small, microwave-sized box for more than a year, and exposed to LED lights. The crew members first used sanitary wipes to clean the lettuce before trying them raw, and then with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and Italian balsamic vinegar.

The astronauts said it tasted “fresh” and “kind of like arugula” – a great alternative to the usual packaged, freeze-dried space food.