In this video, Mark Rober shows you a now common a hack for pin codes on debit cards using an iPhone infrared add on camera accessory and how to prevent them
This Wired.Com story details how two businesses may have been affected by hacked Google Maps business listings.
A Vox article shows you how to better understand the Internet via forty maps. Some of the information is truly stunning, like who has the world’s best overall broadband speeds.
I had a staff member ask me how they could permanently delete/erase a file off an Apple Mac hard drive. I thought it was a good question for a “Tip of the Week”.
The below Macworld article talks about two built in Mac utilities that you can use to permanently delete/erase a file off a hard drive.
This week’s “Tip of the Week” concerns shortcut keys for Windows 8 and Windows 7. The link to an online Yahoo Tech Article below by well-known tech writer David Pogue notes eleven useful shortcut keys for Windows 8.
However, eight of those shortcut keys also work for Windows 7 (I tried all the shortcuts on my Windows 7 workstation). Only shortcuts #3, #10 and #11 listed in the article work for Windows 8 solely.
This is an excerpt from the record Years, created by Bartholomäus Traubeck, which features seven recordings from different Austrian trees including Oak, Maple, Walnut, and Beech. What you are hearing is an Ash tree’s year ring data. Every tree sounds vastly unique due to varying characteristics of the rings, such as strength, thickness and rate of growth.
Keep in mind that the tree rings are being translated into the language of music, rather than sounding musical in and of themselves. Traubeck’s one-of-a-kind record player uses a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to its control arm. It relays the data to a computer with a program called Ableton Live. What you end up with is an incredible piano track, and in the case of the Ash, a very eerie one.
Hats off to Traubeck for coming up with the ingenious method to turn a simple slice of wood into a beautiful unique arraignment. It makes you wonder what types of music other parts of nature would play. (see video below)
Apple’s “Find My iPhone” feature has been very helpful in law enforcement tracking down stolen Apple iPhones, Apple iPads and Mac laptops. In fact, the New York City Police Department highly recommends the use of “Find My iPhone”.
But some iPhone victims are using “Find My iPhone” to take the law into their own hands by tracking down thieves themselves. As a result, it’s potentially putting those victims at risk.
Microsoft, along with several news organizations this morning, is warning users this morning that there is a newly found security flaw in all version of Internet Explorer and that there have been known attacks by malware software writers to take advantage of this flaw.
Microsoft, as well as KrebsonSecurity, a well-known IT Security news web site (which I highly recommend), is recommending that users download and install EMET, which will protect Internet Explorer from potentially being hacked due to this security flaw. EMET stands for “Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit”. EMET by default protects all Microsoft Office Suite products and Internet Explorer. I currently run EMET on my computer. You can download and install EMET by clicking on the link below.
Here’s a screenshot of EMET protecting Internet Explorer.
Also I recommend not using Internet Explorer as your web browser until the flaw is fixed, unless absolutely necessary due to programs you may run such as ACES or Millennium (both of which require Internet Explorer). You can use Chrome or Firefox as your browser on windows computers. The security flaw only affects Internet Explorer.
The Information Technology Department has several Microsoft Word Training videos that help users on various Microsoft Word functions such as Macros, Mail Merges and Shortcut Keys. You can find them on our Panopto Microsoft Word Training Video Site.
Research firm Canalys notes that tablets will make up nearly fifty percent of the PC market share in 2014. Samsung and Apple will lead the way, but their sales will lessen due to new competitors.