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European Parliament clears drone regulations for takeoff

Regulations to protect people from falling drones moved a little closer to takeoff at the European Parliament on Thursday.Ensuring drone safety took on a new urgency this week, with GoPro's recall of its Karma drone after unexplained mid-air power failures caused a number of them to drop out of the sky.Under the European Union's proposed regulations, dro
Publish At:2016-11-10 18:10 | Read:2638 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Legal Government Consumer Technology

What about the personal data on those millions of recalled Note7s?

The users of millions of faulty Samsung Galaxy Note7s, already turned in, face a bigger potential dilemma than whether the devices might blow up: The fate of their personal data on the devices.Many of the users of some 3 million Note7 devices sold were told by Samsung and government officials to immediately stop using the devices. They most likely didn'
Publish At:2016-11-05 09:50 | Read:3548 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Privacy Smartphones Data Protection Consumer Techno

29% off Litom Solar Outdoor Motion Sensor Security Lights, 2 Pack - Deal Alert

This Amazon #1 best selling solar security light is super bright and easy to install wherever you need it. It features 3 modes: (1) Always on, (2) Dim until motion is detected, and (3) Off until motion is detected. It's designed with a large sensor that will detect motion over a larger distance, and 20 LED lights that the company claims are larger and mo
Publish At:2016-11-03 02:50 | Read:2831 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Gadgets Home Tech Mobile Consumer Technology

9% off Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera - Deal Alert

Look after your home 24/7 in crisp 1080p HD. With Nest Cam Indoor, you can check in, even when you’re out, and even at night with its built-in high-quality night vision. Nest Cam features a versatile magnetic stand that lets you put it anywhere. See who’s there, listen in and speak up to get their attention. With Nest Aware, you can get a special alert i
Publish At:2016-10-17 18:05 | Read:2459 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Home Tech Gadgets Consumer Technology

13% off AmazonBasics 17-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder - Deal Alert

This powerful shredder from AmazonBasics micro-cuts a letter-sized sheet of paper into 2,235 useless pieces of confetti, up to 17 sheets at a time. Inserted one at a time into the designated slot, it also destroys credit cards, CDs, DVDs, and Blu Rays, rendering them completely unusable. It features a generous 7-gallon bin that pulls out for easy disposa
Publish At:2016-10-16 23:40 | Read:2273 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Gadgets Consumer Technology

By 2020, your Wi-Fi-connected car will pay for parking, gas

Wi-Fi communications in vehicles, whether from the factory or in aftermarket devices, will increase from 6.9 million per year in 2015 to 61 million per year in 2020 -- and this will usher in a new era of consumer services and applications, according to a new report from Gartner.Over the next four years, the total number of connected cars and trucks will
Publish At:2016-09-30 23:35 | Read:3538 | Comments:0 | Tags:Car Tech Security Mobile Consumer Technology

Note7 iris scanner not quite ready for prime time (video)

Samsung's impressive new Galaxy Note7 smartphone is a genuine tech-spec powerhouse.Across the board, the Note7's hardware is top of the line. Its large display is glorious, for example. It comes with 64GB of built-in storage — and it supports microSD memory cards. The phone is made with premium materials, such as Corning Gorilla Glass and steel.
Publish At:2016-08-19 08:20 | Read:3254 | Comments:0 | Tags:Smartphones Android Security Biometrics Consumer Technology

How IT can limit the risk of popular messaging apps

In the fight against shadow IT, CIOs have faced for more significant challenges than modern consumer messaging apps. And the popularity of apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage and Google Hangouts has, in many cases, led to a more open IT approach to consumer communication tools in enterprise. When IT leaders let employees use their
Publish At:2016-08-18 14:00 | Read:5971 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile Apps Consumer Technology Instant Messaging Collaborat

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is infested with bugs

Last month, I warned readers that Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary Update would likely be somewhat buggy and suggested consumers should wait awhile before installing it. Unfortunately, my advice proved valid.Windows 10 Anniversary Update infestationThere are widespread reports of significant bugs in the update, and they're causing systems to fr
Publish At:2016-08-09 10:25 | Read:3059 | Comments:0 | Tags:Windows Security Consumer Technology Security Windows Operat

20% off 3M Gold Privacy Filters - Prime Day Deal Alert

Discounted by 20% for Prime Day these 3M Privacy Filters for widescreen and standard LCD monitors are the perfect fit for people who want their private data to stay out of sight.  An unprotected screen can expose sensitive and private information, trade secrets and business plans. And the reality is, a visual hacker may only need one piece of val
Publish At:2016-07-12 05:35 | Read:2019 | Comments:0 | Tags:Consumer Technology Privacy Data Protection Laptops Laptop A

IDG Contributor Network: MIT hosts the W3C blockchain interoperability workshop

The W3C is presenting the workshop W3C Blockchains and the Web, hosted by the MIT Media Lab.Exploring identity, value exchange, asset recording, consortium frameworks, and reputations systems all fall within the mystic of the blockchain. Blockchain platforms could offer distributed micro-services that can be applied to the web, enabling personali
Publish At:2016-06-30 01:00 | Read:4399 | Comments:0 | Tags:Consumer Technology Internet Internet of Things Innovation S

Thousands of hacked CCTV devices used in DDoS attacks

Attackers have compromised more than 25,000 digital video recorders and CCTV cameras and are using them to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against websites.One such attack, recently observed by researchers from Web security firm Sucuri, targeted the website of one of the company's customers: a small bricks-and-mortar jewelry shop.The
Publish At:2016-06-28 12:30 | Read:2921 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Networking Consumer Technology DDOS

IDG Contributor Network: 2016 digital consumer trends

Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers better known as KPCB focuses on early-stage ventures. They released the Internet Trends 2016 report on June 1, 2016. This report highlights global and macro business trends. KPCB identified five major growth drivers over the past two decades. First connectivity growth is slowing (internet users rose to 3 billion from 25 mil
Publish At:2016-06-03 09:20 | Read:8092 | Comments:0 | Tags:Consumer Technology Leadership and Management Security IT In

Popular messaging apps present real enterprise threat

Today's mobile device owners commonly use messaging apps to send selfies, command bots to order takeout and collaborate with their coworkers — sometimes simultaneously, and oftentimes via the same app. Nothing in particular precludes messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook's Messenger, Skype or Telegram from being used for work, play and everything in
Publish At:2016-05-12 08:05 | Read:3816 | Comments:0 | Tags:Instant Messaging Mobile Mobile Apps Mobile Management Secur

Should you worry that your car will be hacked?

The federal government's warning last week about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in vehicles is a well-intentioned public service announcement that has little value for consumers.The warning noted the highly publicized wireless vehicle hack of a Chrysler Jeep Cherokee last July, where two security experts demonstrated they could control critical functions
Publish At:2016-03-23 13:00 | Read:3572 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Consumer Technology Car Tech

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