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December 11, 2014

Google revamps CAPTCHAs

Well, it was only a matter of time. Google tells us most CAPTCHAs -- those little tests we're required to pass online in order to prove we're actually human beings by interpreting squiggly text -- can mostly be defeated now by clever computers.

But it's rolling out a new improved system that's easier on humans and apparently offers better protection against the bad guys.

That oughta buy us a few more years. Or months.

Read more about Google's advancements in CAPTCHA technology


December 9, 2014

Thanks for the beeps and blips

Ralph Baer, inventor of the first home video game console system, died yesterday at 92.

While working at a defense contracting company in 1966, Baer had the idea of a system that would allow people to play games on television sets. His invention became the Magnavox Odyssey, released in 1972, ahead of Atari's Pong, often mistaken as the first gaming system.

The Odyssey was Baer's first, but his most popular device was the handheld Simon game.

It may be a stretch to say Baer's innovations paved the road to the Internet, but for an elementary school kid who would go on to work in web development as an adult, his devices helped spark an interest that's never been extinguished.


December 8, 2014

More cyber attacks on Apple products likely

Security attacks on Apple products are on the rise, according to computer security firm SentinalOne, and likely to increase on 2015.

Call it the double-edged sword of success. As desktops running Mac OS and devices running iOS become ever more popular, they also become more attractive targets for criminals.

On the other hand, we Mac users have been hearing this for years, and yet the threat level hasn't seemed to have changed.

Here's our best advice: No matter what hardware and software powers your cyberlife, be smart. Use common sense and take a defensive approach in your time online.


December 4, 2014

Firefox switches from Google to Yahoo

Remember when Yahoo was the go-to search engine? Today, not so much. But don't count them out yet.

This week, Firefox announced it'd be switching its default search engine from Google to Yahoo.

The change will take place for U.S. users for the next five years. Firefox had been with Google for the past 10.

Why the switch? Not surprisingly, money might be one major factor.

Read more about Firefox's switch to Yahoo


November 1, 2014

A new blog about the Internet of Things

Introducing our new information technology blog. is a news and information blog that specializes in the Internet of things (IoT). The blog features news stories and articles about the IoT and the Internet of Everything (IoE), as well as general information about the evolution of technology and ongoing efforts to electronically connect more and more of our world.

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