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Google Maps Helps Commuters

Google Maps Helps Commuters

Are you a commuter? Okay, in one way or another, I guess we all are. But what I mean is, do you use a public transit system to get around? If so, then Google Maps wants to help. Google Maps helps commuters. So this new feature gives you live guidance and times of your trip. They also give you updates while you're on your journey. For those of you with Androids, like me, this feature can appear on your lock [...]

Google vs Lock Screen Ads

Google vs Lock Screen Ads

Google is cracking down on certain ads because they may put you at risk. This also follows years of complaints, especially by Android owners. It's Google vs Lock Screen ads. They're going after shady ads that appear on your lock screen. This is according to Android Police's new policy. Not only does this imply to fly by night suspicious apps, but popular, established ones as well. Perhaps the most popular app under the gun is ES File Explorer. It already [...]

Giving Tuesday

IT Service Leaders Celebrate Giving Tuesday

We had Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday, then Cyber Monday. But today it probably the most important of them all: Giving Tuesday. It's an online movement urging people to give to their favorite charities/non-profits. And tech leaders play a part. Let's see how IT service leaders celebrate Giving Tuesday. So let's start with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Then add Facebook. Together, they will match $2 million in funds raised today on Facebook [...]

Can Tech Monopolies

Can Tech Monopolies End Tech Start-Ups?

My title is not sensational. I consider Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google, and Microsoft IT support's 'monopoly five'. Because they're so big nobody can compete against them. So this is a huge problem for tech start-ups...or is it? Can tech monopolies end tech start-ups? So I read this interesting article on Tech Crunch. The writer suggests this 'five power new tech order' can be good for start ups. In fact, it suggests they may force young techies to get creative, even [...]

Bring Amazon to Massachusetts

Bring Amazon to Massachusetts (Some Say)

A conversation comes up in our Boston computer service shop. In fact, it comes up everywhere I go. "Where is the next Amazon headquarters going to be?", they ask. But some say, "Bring Amazon to Massachusetts!", big emphasis on some. However, mayors all over the Bay State bend over backwards to bring Amazon to Massachusetts. That is to say, bring Amazon's second headquarters to their city. For example, Worcester, MA Mayor Joseph Petty was one of the first to file [...]

Have we Sold our Soul to Silicon Valley

Have We Sold Our Soul to Silicon Valley?

So author Noam Cohen is coming out with a book. He calls the book "The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball". It is a scathing book about IT support culture in Silicon Valley. Have we sold our soul to Silicon Valley? So the first problem Cohen has is with the tech monopolies. But I like to call them the Big 5. They are Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft. However, at first, [...]

Twitter Can't Win

Twitter Can’t Win…But Promises Even More Rules

Twitter can't win. It's been like this for at least a year. Because now, they face a boycott from women's groups like #WomenBoycottTwitter. This started when they suspended actor Rose McGowan's twitter account, as she addressed the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal. But Twitter promises even more rules. Twitter says they suspended McGowan's account because the Scream and Charmed actress tweeted a phone number, which is a privacy violation. But many aren't buying it. Some even call it a double standard. [...]

How to Protect Yourself from Data Breach

How To Protect Yourself From Data Breach

So we're just coming off the worst data breach in US history, the Equifax data breach. In computer servicing, we see this all too often. This is how to protect yourself from data breach. So this is the first thing we tell clients in our Boston computer service shop: get a strong password! Because 81% of hacking breaches start with weak passwords [like 1234567, password, baseball]. That's up from 50% just two years ago. Hackers love to take advantage of [...]

Nest Security System

Introducing Nest Security System and Accessories

One aspect of computer technology today is the security system. All the major tech companies compete in this race. But Google/Alphabet's Nest might get the edge. This is introducing nest security system. So actually, it's three systems in one. They are the Nest Secure alarm system, video doorbell, and outdoor security cameras. It also includes, through the security base, an alarm, keypad, motion sensor, and voice. They say the voice is friendly. But the voice won' t be so friendly [...]

Introducing Vocalytics

Introducing Vocalytics: Speech Improvement

Can computer technology help you with body language and public speaking? Two men think so. Because at a Disrupt SF hackathon event, these men took part by introducing Vocalytics. Vocalytics critiques your body language while studying videos of your performance. This system also looks at hands, eyes, facial movements, and posture. It even studies movements you're not even aware of. The two men to thank for introducing Vocalytics are Danish Dhamani and Paritosh Gupta. They used AI to build it. Also, [...]

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