Hackers use security utility to lock Macs in blackmail scheme

The “Find My X” service for Apple’s various devices is being co-opted by hackers to lock various systems and handsets in order to demand a Bitcoin ransom payment for their unlocking.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/21/hackers-use-security-utility-to-lock-macs-in-blackmail-scheme.html

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Social Marketing Grows Up

Before there was experimental data to support various contentions, it made perfect sense to believe that the likes and endorsements posted to friends on social media would drive more business. After all, didn’t we all subscribe to the idea that a disgruntled customer would tell many more people about a brand’s shortcomings than a happy customer would sing its praises? Didn’t we all accept that a social megaphone could be a brand disaster if not handled properly?
Yes, and yes, we did all that. It’s not wrong, at least not totally.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84327.html?rss=1

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Google Gets Rid of 1.7 Billion Bad Ads

Google on Wednesday said it removed 1.7 billion bad advertisements from its various sites in 2016, more than double the prior year’s totals. Google took several steps to crack down on the deceptive advertising, including updating its policies to protect users from “misleading and predatory offers.” It also beefed up its technology to help identify misleading ads and remove them, according to Scott Spencer, Google’s director of product management, sustainable ads. A free and open Web is a vital resource, he noted.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84258.html?rss=1

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How to buy the right video card for your gaming PC

Buying a GPU is tricky. It doesn’t have to be. We break down how to weigh and evaluate various cards in a way that should be applicable both today and for generations to come.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/226370-how-to-buy-the-right-video-card

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Apple's Beats 1 to live-stream 'The 1975' concert this week

Article Image After teasing its upcoming album release through various social media outlets, British alt-rock band “The 1975” on Sunday announced plans to livestream a Los Angeles concert later this week with help from Apple’s Beats 1 radio.

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End of Year Goodies

The end of the year brings out some interesting goodies from various workshops competing with Santa for big kids’ attention. Some of it is pretty good stuff. Here’s a sampling of the best end-of-year product announcements from the cloud community designed to put you in the post-holiday, already-back-at-work spirit. For starters, Xactly, the sales compensation experts in the cloud, announced Xactly Inspire the other day. It’s the kind of tool that managers will love.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/82844.html?rss=1

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OMB Prohibits 'Wasteful' PC Purchasing Practices

Consumers who purchase desktop or laptop computers are able to select various options, such as screen size or type of processor. When it comes to paying for the device, however, each consumer has the buying leverage of exactly one. If the customer is the U.S. government, which buys computers by the truckload, the transaction surely involves a lot of pricing leverage for bulk purchasing. Well, not really, says OMB, which has launched a program to change the way federal agencies purchase personal computers.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/82664.html?rss=1

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TestFlight gets support for iOS 9 features, improved notification options

Apple on Wednesday updated its TestFlight beta-testing app with support for various iOS 9 features, while also giving users more control over incoming notifications.

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Apple expands Siri support to 9 new countries, CarPlay to 6 regions

As part of its iOS 8.3 rollout on Wednesday, Apple flipped the switch on various Siri features in nine new countries, while adding CarPlay capabilities in select locales

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Move over Doom: Quake is running on oscilloscopes

Quake on oscilloscope
We’ve seen Doom on dozens of various devices, but few people have tried similar tricks with Quake. If you’ve ever wanted to play one of the most influential FPS games in history on 1960s state-of-the-art technology, now’s your chance.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/196577-move-over-doom-quake-is-running-on-oscilloscopes

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Feds Seek Advice on Privacy Tech Spending

Various U.S. government agencies have been conducting research on how best to meet the challenge of privacy in the digital age, with investigations of a wide range of technology issues including encryption, data tagging, sensors, healthcare records and clinical informatics. As useful as this research eventually may become, the fragmented nature of these efforts poses a problem that plagues many federal IT projects: Individual agencies pursue their own agendas with little coordination.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/81156.html?rss=1

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