Are Cyber Attacks something to worry about?

Matthew Weber Editorial Leave a Comment

There have been several high-profile cyber attacks in the last few of weeks. Chinese hackers attacked the New York Times and Wall Street Journal; Facebook and Apple were also the targets of malicious software attacks in the past. The question is whether or not this is something that regular consumers should be worried about. For the most part, cyber attack coverage is FUD If you aren’t aware FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. For the most part the media blows most of these cyber attack stories way out of proportion. In other words, the media perpetuates FUD. Nothing sells newspapers more than fear. If companies do their updates and protect their data with backups, cyber attacks are hardly ever as bad as the media makes them out to be. The Apple and Facebook hacks for instance, were the result of employees of the two companies visiting a site with malicious code on it. The code took advantage of a known flaw in Java, and some employee’s computers were infected. No consumer data was affected in either case, but the media went crazy with headlines like “Apple admits to being hacked!!!!!!!!!!” or “Facebook’s data put in jeopardy by hackers!!!!!!!!!!!” Neither …

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How Christmas is Killing Spring

T3kd Staff Editorial 3 Comments

It is getting to the point where if you like new technology you can take the first half of the year off. All the technology companies want to release their products right before the Christmas holiday, which means that the first half of the year is completely ignored. Christmas is killing Spring. Christmas Doesn’t Really Matter Sure, Christmas is the biggest buying season, but that is more because that is when all the new stuff comes out than because people give out gifts. If everything was released in March, people would buy just as much of it at XMAS time. They would also buy it in March, so they could get it when it was still cool. Tech companies mistrust consumer’s ability to buy things any time of the year, but I assure you it is there. Are you trying to tell me that if Apple released the iPhone 5S in March that they would sell less of them than if they released it in October? Come on, get real. People would buy the iPhone even if all you could do with it is look at a steaming pile of dog crap. It is just that simple. Spring is an Opportunity for …

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The Future of Music

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Back in the early part of this century, iTunes had just come out of Apple’s ovens. It wasn’t very good, and had a crappy selection of music. Now, almost 15 years later, iTunes is the dominant force not only in digital music, but music as a whole. The future, however, does not include sitting down at your computer to download the latest Adele album. No, the future for most people will include paying a subscription for access to millions of tracks. The Future is here. Streaming subscription services have been around for almost a decade. The first was Rhapsody, which was a relaunched product, and Napster soon followed in a relaunch of its own. Streaming music services didn’t really become popular until Spotify launched in Europe in 2010. By the time that Spotify launched in the US, people were clamoring madly for the service and had reached out to alternatives like Rdio. What Spotify did that made people really warm to the streaming model was give away the service for free by showing ads. This allowed them to bring in revenue without burdening the customer with a monthly bill. It also got them used to the idea of having access …

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Distracted Driving is too Dumb to Fix

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A Little Introduction If you are a regular viewer of The 3 Cast, then you are most likely aware that on March 27th, I was in a motorcycle accident involving a vehicle. My version on the scene was that a guy pulled out in front of me (which he very much did). The version according to the guy that pulled out in front of me is that someone (other than a cop) waved him to move forward, causing him to pull out in front of me. There was no construction site, no semi in the middle of the road, just as clear as day. I’ll never know what really happened, but something inside me causes me to feel that he was most likely driving distracted. Either way he’s guilty, and I’m happy, despite not being able to walk. The point is, I was most likely a victim of distracted driving, and even if for some reason I wasn’t, many innocent people are each and every day. What is Distracted Driving? Now that distracted driving has finally become a legal issue, there are many questions that are brought up as to what exactly distracted driving is. In the 21st century, most people would …

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Why is Shuffle Broken?

Matthew Weber Editorial 7 Comments

I listen to a ton of music. I listen while I’m working, when I’m in the car, while I walk, and a lot of times when I’m at home resting. I really love to just sit and listen to my favorite bands. I’m sure you’re at least partly the same. I also love to sit down and press the shuffle button on Spotify and let it just randomly play music from my collection. Of course, shuffle is broken, so it isn’t really as random as it should be. Why is shuffle broken? The Problem If you don’t listen to a ton of music, you may be wondering what I’m going on about. Basically I have a collection of music that contains thousands of tracks. I should be able to listen for days without hearing the same track twice. However, since shuffle sucks, I can hear the same track played at least twice during an eight hour listening session. How hard can it be to make sure a track that has already been played isn’t played again until the next listening session? It can’t be that hard to mark a song as played, right? The other problem is that Shuffle isn’t truly random. …

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What Will Web 3.0 Look Like?

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If you think about it, web 2.0 was first a thing about a decade ago. It seems an awful long time for the web to have stayed on the same version. Are we on 3.0 yet? If not, what will web 3.0 look like? A Web of Apps In web 3.0, web apps will reign supreme. More and more sites you use will cease to be websites and become full fledge applications that live on the web. It is already happening with some sites like news aggregator In a world where the web is apps, each app will have much more functionality than a traditional website. Things like the ability to interact with your computer in new ways, better graphics and speeds, higher resolutions and more. You will use the apps on the web just like you use apps on your computer or smartphone. You will be able to store the icons in a folder or on your desktop or home screen, and access them individually instead of through a browser. Apps should also have the added benefit of being more secure. Since Apple, Google and Microsoft are requiring and building in sandboxing into browsers and web apps, things …

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Do you really want a bigger iPhone?

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Yesterday I was reading a Gizmodo post “Battery Life Is the Only Spec That Matters” which had some valid points and others that were assumptions. However there was one good point, we are possibly to blame for the thinner iPhone 5. The reason I bring it up is because it is pretty much a common idea now that most people would have rather had a thicker iPhone 5. But although we say that and think why did Apple make it “Lighter” and “Thinner”? Perhaps we are the ones to blame. So ask yourself “Do you really want a bigger iPhone?” Confused now well just bear with me and it will all make sense. So the new argument is that the size and heft of the iPhone 4/4s was great. So with the new machining process and materials used for the iPhone 5 having it at the same size and weight would have resulted in more battery. More battery would have resulted in phenomenal battery life and we would have all been over the moon. But would we? have been over the moon that is. It is easy to say it in hindsight but with competitors hot on the heels of …

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Yahoo Has BANNED Working From Home – Will It Work?

Paul Shirey Editorial 1 Comment

It seems that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer really wants to make some drastic changes in the company to turn it around, because if you haven’t heard already, she has banned employees from working from home, a practice that is often praised and well accepted at other large corporations. Whether you agree with this or not, the real question is whether or not it will work. Let’s look at some basic pros and cons of working from home. Pros Relaxed environment Snack whenever you want Work in your PJs, or no clothes at all if you want Avoid traffic completely Cons Not in the office Will require more self motivation Conversing with coworkers will require video conference or phone call Now, those are just some very basic pros and cons that came off the top of my head. I’m sure that you could come up with a few more as well. However, those are the main ones. A Personal Experience Being mostly a freelancer/entrepreneur at the moment, I would be considered someone who works from home all the time. A few months ago, I got started on Elance, and I was doing tons of work to the point where I was …

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Is the iWatch the Future or just a Fad?

Matthew Weber Editorial 1 Comment

Apple rumors are always around us. Even when there is a ton happening elsewhere in the technology industry (like Mobile World Congress), Apple rumors are there to keep the tech press occupied. For a while now we’ve been hearing rumblings of an Apple smartwatch, which we’ve started calling the iWatch. Is a watch something that we really want, or is it just the next Apple flop? Who would wear an iWatch? I don’t know about you but I stopped wearing a watch years ago. I don’t even know if I could go back to wearing a watch again, it would just seem to weird. Though I suppose I would get used to it. My question when people start freaking out about how awesome an iWatch would be is to ask what is it for? The main rumor regarding the iWatch is that it will be able to receive notifications from your iDevices. If this is the main purpose of the iWatch, frankly I can’t see the point in it. How freakin hard is it to pull out your phone when it vibrates? I don’t think it’s that hard. So really who the iWatch is for lazy people. I can understand …

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War on Piracy: Soon to Be the Most Expensive War

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According to an article from the New Zealand Herald, The Recording Industry Assocation of New Zealand has spent $250,000 trying to chase down music pirates, but has only been able to collect $616.57 in damages, and that was only from one person, might I add. If you do the math however, that’s a profit of -$249,383.43.The article goes on to state that there is a 3 strike policy for copyright notices, and after a third strike the association can order an offender to pay up to $15,000, which has yet to actually happen. Why has the Assocation spent so much money on chasing down pirates which usually won’t be able to pay the outrageous fees anyhow? According to the Rianz, they must pay $25 for each copyright notice they have an ISP send out. Rianz lastly goes on to say that they have tried to convince the government to lower the fee down to $2 a piece and would be sending around 5000 notices a month if they fee was lowered. Now here’s the deal. Why would any company or organization continue to spend that kind of money when they aren’t getting results. Do the math and so far the …

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