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Harvard Laws School report says law enforcement worries over encryption may be exaggerated

February 1, 2016

Here is the full report from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School which found that: End-to-end encryption and other technological architectures for obscuring user data are unlikely to be adopted ubiquitously by companies, because the majority of businesses that provide communications services rely on access to user data for revenue streams and product [...]

Data Privacy Day: Passwords are broken, but here’s advice on what you can do to secure your systems

January 28, 2016

Just about everyone I know in the tech security field agrees that passwords are broken. They have the unique distinction of being hard for legitimate users and easy for hackers. As hard as it is for us to remember and use our passwords, it’s relatively easy for bad guys to guess them, steal them or circumvent them. We’ve already seen massive password theft with attacks on Sony, Time [...]

Amazon’s Echo brings to mind Star Trek and Hal

January 22, 2016

In a previous column I mentioned the Amazon Echo ($179 on Amazon.com) as a useful device for listening to music and podcasts. But, after using the Echo for the past month and hearing others talk about it as CES, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s far more than that. It’s reminiscent of the voice command computers in Star Trek and Hal, from Arthur C. Clarke’s A Space Odyssey. I bought [...]

Zum: Like a child-friendly Uber just for kids

January 19, 2016

Zum founder and CEO Ritu Narayan Uber, Lyft and traditional taxi and car services are great for adults who need to a ride now and again, but if I still had a young child, I don’t think I’d want to chance it by having him or her picked up by one of those drivers. I’d not only want someone who is vetted as an excellent driver and safe around kids, but I’d want to know that they are good [...]

Streaming audio gains popularity

January 16, 2016

Live streaming of music is mainstream with the likes of Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music becoming increasingly popular. In the meantime, we're starting to see progress when it comes to news, talk, audio books and podcasts. [...]

CES caters caters to health and fitness fanatics

January 7, 2016

Fitness products were all over the Consumer Electronics Show this year. Fitbit announced a fancier Fitness tracker called the Blaze. Unlike previous Fitbit products, it has a color touchscreen with swapable bands. And, like most smart watches, it can be used to answer or decline calls and check text messages and your calendar. It’s arguably more attractive than the company’s standard [...]

Auto manufacturers use CES to highlight advances

January 7, 2016

I spent the last several days at CES in Las Vegas with about 150,000 of my closest friends and more than 3,500 companies. CES used to stand for Consumer Electronics show but it’s now officially called International CES. The sponsoring trade group was known as the Consumer Electronics Association but now it’s the Consumer Technology Association or CTA. Although I have never fully [...]
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