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Topics from this week’s show
- Legal Challenges over the Streaming Tax in Chicago
- Major Outages this week at the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street Journal, and United Airlines. The NYSE reports their 3 1/2 hour outage was due to a software upgrade. United Airlines claims network router issues for their outage. The Wall Street Journal’s outage was isolated to a portion of their website–users were getting a 504 Error (No response from the server). Bruce suggests it could have been a possible Denial of Service attack?
- Windows 10 PIN Login Option – The Techies highly discourage users from enabling this option.
- Man Tracked down by a drone loaned by Fire Department
- Mastercard to use selfies for online payments; another company to use Emojis to replace PIN numbers
- Google and Blackberry to form partnership to develop smartphones for the enterprise customer
- Microsoft to lay off another 7,800 people
- FBI Director gets grilled by Congress over Security
- Are Screensavers still needed to prevent burn-in on your monitor?
- Security Cameras – We asked Bruce to discuss the different options if you want to install cameras in or around your home. Several vendors/products were recommended. Make sure to avoid the all-in-one systems (like the one that are sold at Sam’s Club, etc). These have very limited upgrade capability.
- Android OS based Blackberry images leaked
- ‘iPhone 6s’ Logic Board Suggests 16GB Base Model and Updated NFC Hardware
- Minecraft in the Classroom
- Pluto or not
- Soon you will be able to have your own real Star Trek Communicator for your smartphone
- iPhone users are being tricked into calling 9-1-1
This Week in Tech History:
July 4, 1956 (59 years ago) – MIT’s Whirlwind, which had been completed five years earlier, becomes the first computer in the world to allow its users to enter commands through a keyboard. Previously, all input was accomplished through dials, switches, and/or punch cards. http://thisdayintechhistory.com/07/04/keyboards-and-computers-together-at-last/
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