Why A Windows 10 PC Is Better Than A Mac

The iPhone reigns supreme in the smartphone category nowadays. They are definitely in a different class of its own. With its superior features, svelte aesthetics, and comfort and security it offers, their Mac counterparts are struggling to beat Windows PC in gaining the trust and thumbs of approval of the public. Well, it is true what they say that you can’t have the best of both worlds. What’s with a Windows 10 PC that everyone keeps on raving about it and got even Mac users converted into Windows users? Microsoft wasn’t able to keep up in the highly competitive smartphone market but it has proven that it definitely knows what it does by giving us a platform that has the answer to all our computing needs on different computing platforms whether on computers, laptops, or tablets.

Considering that most people are Windows users these days, some experts claim that the Windows 10 is closing the gap and can be likened to the iPhone of the PC world. Windows 10 is really out there and conquer the world while nothing special is happening to Macs. The hardware is deteriorating as compared to today’s standards that require for faster and more efficient computing power in order to keep up with the myriad of functions and features that people these days consider as the new norm. Even previous Mac users point out the more advanced and relevant features of Windows 10 as compared to existing Mac devices and it is easy to see why despite the touted seamless synching between Apple mobile and computing devices, their computer line still pales in comparison to the major advancements that Microsoft is now implementing with the Windows 10 rather than just making false promises.

Microsoft famously missed the boat on smartphones, and officially closed the book on Windows 10 Mobile just recently. This has turned into somewhat of a blessing in disguise for the Windows PC: With no new platform to jump to, Microsoft basically has no choice but to improve Windows 10 across both PCs and tablets.

This refocusing on software has resulted in something of a Windows renaissance. Windows 10 has embraced touchscreens, styluses, and even virtual reality. It’s made Windows 10 more flexible, and more useful, than any MacBook I’ve ever owned.

And while Microsoft’s own Surface computers are still the best place to experience all the benefits of Windows 10, the Dells and HPs of the world have followed in Microsoft’s footsteps, and released nifty, imaginative new devices. Apple is known as the designer of the slickest devices in the world, but the Windows ecosystem is closing the gap.

(Via: http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-windows-10-vs-apple-macos-2017-11)

Touch screens are a common thing now with some Windows 10 devices. Meanwhile, the Mac only has the touch bar but only on its high-end models that only the rich and the affluent can afford because of its ludicrously high price tag. On the other hand, it is common to see Windows 10 PCs with this feature that the masses can actually afford, a reason why the Windows 10 is fast becoming everyone’s favorite for all the right reasons.

Companies and workers are constantly reshaping how they get work done, as users get new technology tools that allow them to be more efficient and collaborate in novel ways.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 platform helps organizations of all sizes manage the evolving nature of work — where and how it gets done and on which devices — by giving them more benefits via mobility, cloud tools and security. Windows 10 also helps organizations secure collaborative work environments.

Windows 10 and Microsoft’s Office 365 productivity suite have helped companies like Wind River Environmental, the Northeast’s largest full-service liquid waste management company, expand in sustainable ways. However, Windows 10 can bring benefits to a wide variety of businesses. 

(Via: https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/01/4-industries-can-use-windows-10-boost-productivity)

It is inevitable for Windows 10 to be the operating system of choice of most computer users because it boasts of tools that will allow for efficient collaboration and performance especially now that big data makes the world go round and almost everything has gone digital. Access to the cloud is so convenient because of the could-based tools present in Windows 10. Regardless of what device you are using (computer or mobile gadget), you can count on Windows 10 to give you the best user experience without compromising quality and productivity. Big industries and corporations can also benefit the most from Windows 10 as it allows for the full expression of creativity without curtailing the productivity of employees.

While we can’t help but rave about the Windows 10, it still is not exempted from the usual computing issues we experience from time to time. Hard drive issues are the most troublesome and costly and sad to say you may still have hard drive problems even if you are a Windows 10 user. Better equip your knowledge on https://www.harddriverecovery.org/pricing.html and https://www.harddriverecovery.org/clean_room.html so you get the issue fixed the soonest without these services leaving a big dent in your wallet.

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Gear Up For More Android Surprises

Who can live without their smartphones? Almost no one, right? In this modern day and age, we can’t live without our smartphones with us. Many will even decide to go home once they realize that they left it after leaving the house. It contains almost all of your most prized data that you’d cry a river in the unfortunate event that you lose it, which can happen at times. While Apple may have introduced the smart technology to mobile phones with their breakthrough iPhone at the time, it was Android that really made it more accessible to the majority of the population. Android phone makers were free to exploit the technology which is like a knockoff of the iOS version courtesy by Google. You basically get to enjoy the same user interface features but at a more competitive price.  There are also more choices to choose from, so you’d definitely find something that meets your needs.

We all know how most brands release new models each year. With just a few upgrades compared to the previous model, it tempts the public to shell out cash and purchase a new smartphone even if their older one is still working perfectly. Now that it has been months after the New Year, we can expect companies to roll out new smartphone releases. If you are an Android user, what can you expect from these new models especially that the Samsung S9 is almost within reach of many? Some of these Android innovations are pretty similar to the ones you can see on the iPhone X that will take phone displays to a whole new level and a pretty awesome user experience. The trend is easy to tell, Android makers simply just follow suit whatever new feature is rolled out in the

In its new developer preview of Android P, Google pulled the lid off a few tasty new things you’ll start to see on Android phones in the next year or two. As usual, Google’s Pixel phone will get these features first, and the next Pixel is likely coming out around October. Once the new features launch on Google’s flagship device, they’ll start to trickle out to other phones.

To start, Google is adding support for Wi-Fi 802.11mc, which will let it give more accurate indoor mapping directions in places like museums, casinos, universities, and malls that have shared their indoor layouts. New Android devices that support the wireless protocol will be able to ping nearby networks of Wi-Fi hotspots to pinpoint your position indoors and give more precise guidance. Google Maps may soon be your go-to app when you need to navigate an unfamiliar airport.

(Via: https://www.wired.com/story/what-to-expect-from-android-phones-in-2018/)

Edge-to-edge screens will soon become the norm. That is if you can afford to purchase the new smartphone releases this year. It’s a luxury, for now, so only those who can afford get to enjoy all these perks. However, the upgraded screens will definitely bring to life the cute and equally upgraded emojis in the form of the “AR Emoji”, the knockoff of iPhones Animoji, and make your conversations with family and friends more alive than ever. Navigation will also be made so much easier as Google maps will provide more accurate direction instructions, so don’t be scared to go out and travel the world because you’ll surely not get lost as long as you can connect to the web.

As time goes by, smart phones powered by Android Operating System has increased its capabilities. The more powerful these phones are built with each passing day to cater what most people bought these phones for; gaming. With a gaming smart phone people are wanting to relive the old games built by Nintendo like Super Mario, Duck Hunt, and Pokémon Red. Playing these games is made possible with the use of a Nintendo Android Emulator, Drastic DS Emulator. This android emulator can be searched and downloaded by looking it up on your preferred search engines using “Drastic Ds emulator Apk” or simply open Google Play on an android phone and search for Drastic DS Emulator.

(Via: https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/03/14/1422651/0/en/Drastic-DS-Emulator-Makes-Nintendo-Gaming-Possible-For-Android-Smart-Phones.html)

Smartphones aren’t just made for communications, though. With the Internet of Things growing its influence over the world, everything is almost interconnected now. Gaming on your smartphone is no longer a novel idea since we’ve had it even before smartphones came into the scene. However, it is easy to see the difference what newer and more powerful hardware and software can do to elevate the entire gaming experience. There is even this thing as the Nintendo Android Emulator or the Drastic DS Emulator that will allow you to relive Nintendo games that were popular in your childhood such as Super Mario and Duck Hunt among a few. The experience is unparalleled aside from giving you all the feels.

Aside from the ones mentioned here, there are so much more new features to watch out for among Android smartphones and it is just the start of the year. There are definitely more to come. Even with computers, there are so much in store. Yet don’t let your excitement get the best of you because the risks have increased as well and the threat from hackers and other cybercriminals just looming on the horizon. Be prepared for these dangers and the possible data loss and device malfunctioning that follows with this helpful information: https://www.harddriverecovery.org/clean_room.html and https://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/hard-drive-failure-recovery-three-major-user-mistakes/.

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Computer Education Is For Everyone

It may seem that everyone is pretty savvy in using the computer seeing how it has invaded the planet. It is the case if you live in progressive countries or bustling cities like most people who are active online but unfortunately, these modern contrivances are still unheard of or just a dream in some part of the globe where food, water, shelter, and safety are of utmost importance and the only thing that matters to them. Kids grow up not knowing how a computer looks like or stay virtually clueless about the inner workings of the web. But we all know that we can’t stop technology from progressing. The rest of the world can do the impossible while these underprivileged people remain in the dark and stay rooted deep in poverty.

Meanwhile, it does not mean nothing can be done about it. If one or more people stand up and take actions about this continued ignorance and hopelessness, then these people may be able to change the course of their lives. Such is the case of a really creative and passionate teacher who took the initiative of drawing what an MS Word screen on a blackboard to show his students that they can still learn about computers despite its absence. And seeing how powerful a platform social media has become, his story trended and caught the attention of many.

With just a blackboard and a talent for drawing, a Ghanaian teacher has explained in detail to his students the secrets of Microsoft Word, earning numerous headlines and worldwide admiration.

Now Richard Appiah Akoto, who gained fame last month for teaching computer technology without computers at Betenase M/A Junior High School in the southern Ghana town of Sekyedumase, is starting to appreciate the fruits of his unexpected media attention.

People and organizations are donating desktop computers and laptops to his school. And, as part of Microsoft’s promise to offer him free training, Akoto was flown to Singapore to attend the annual Microsoft Educators Exchange.

(Via: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/15/africa/ghanaian-ict-teacher-donations-intl/index.html)

He passionately taught about technology even if they themselves lack it. It only goes to show that everything is doable once you set your mind and heart into it. And his great efforts worked. They captured the attention of almost the entire world and got the donation they so desperately need. Everyone should have a fair chance of keeping abreast with the many changes going around us and the teacher’s effort is commendable in so many levels.

Owura Kwadwo Hottish, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) teacher in Ghana who became a twitter sensation in February after drawing Microsoft Word interface on a blackboard continues to get support.

Hottish’s innovative teaching method in the face of lacking teaching and learning materials earned him lots of commendation on social media.

Microsoft’s Africa office also promised to equip him with a device to help teach his children. This was after a tech entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong tweeted at the company seeking support for him.

(Via: http://www.africanews.com/2018/03/15/ghanaian-blackboard-computer-teacher-gets-microsoft-and-local-support/)

And today, this teacher hasn’t just opened up a whole new world for his students for them to see a computer for real despite their dire circumstances but also gave him a chance to learn more about his craft by being sent to a Microsoft Exchange Summit in Singapore, an opportunity that he could’ve missed if he wasn’t so brazen in his efforts to educate the ignorant and share his knowledge about computer to students who never knew these things existed when barely surviving is what they can only think of almost every single time.

For many of these kids, this just the beginning of something better in their lives and a chance to break out of the poverty and hopeless situation they are in. They have a lot to learn too. Not only it is a must to learn the basics but on what to do when things don’t turn out as planned considering that they are so far away from civilization and they can only often count on themselves to troubleshoot for potential PC issues such as https://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/data-recovery-tools/ since professional services like https://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/how-to-choose-a-hard-drive-recovery-service/ are unheard of and something they can definitely not afford. It is refreshing to come across stories such as theirs because it shows us that not all hope is yet lost and faith in humanity is once restored.

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Your Hard Drive Doesn’t Stand A Chance With This Modern Headache

Technology is the most dominant feature of today’s world. Everything is almost digital now and machines are all around us. They perform all sorts of functions and promises to make life easier and more convenient for everyone. If only they can stay that way, unfortunately, these devices are also subject to normal wear and tear and can break down when abused or not cared for properly. Now, things get more complicated once malicious outsiders get into the picture. Examples of which are malware attacks that threaten devices from all over the world with just a click of a button. These modern advancements are really a double-edged sword that will keep us on our toes if we are not careful enough about what we do.

Knowing how much digital data man saves today, encountering malware attacks is proving to be more costly. Add to that the fact that you can never really tell what hackers will do with your information is also rather scary. They can steal from you especially that many people are doing online banking now and they can easily lose a fortune once their accounts get hacked or end up with so much debt from credit card purchases they did not make. Aside from that, your device also suffers as malware introduced to your system significantly affects performance and ends up corrupting your hard drive and thereby requiring replacement.

A nation-state developed a piece of malware so powerful that it can steal everything that’s happening on a computer without even being installed on the target device itself. Instead, it resides on a router. It’s called Slingshot and it was recently discovered by Kaspersky Labs. Incredibly, the malware is so powerful and sophisticated that it hid in routers for six years before finally being spotted.

That’s likely why a nation-state is behind the attack. And while the infected routers that have been identified will be fixed via software updates, there’s no telling how many machines may have been affected.

(Via: https://nypost.com/2018/03/14/evil-new-malware-steals-everything-on-your-computer-without-being-installed/)

You may think only private individuals who consider themselves as hackers or cybercriminals would do such a thing but there are actually rumors of governments funding these things. Atrocious as they may seem but they aren’t entirely proven yet but it also gives us an idea that we aren’t safe, so we must beef up our precautions or end up regretting simple acts like backing up data or installing a firewall or antivirus software. You should also be wary of opening unsolicited emails as they may be the reason for your undoing by introducing a malware that can give you lost of headaches in the coming days or years what with professional repair services like https://www.harddriverecovery.org/repair-hard-drive.html costing an arm and a leg when done by others or the need to purchase replacement hardware parts like the hard drive. Malwares these days are getting smarter and more difficult to address that it takes multiple software updates before the damage can be reduced to the minimum.

“The discovery of Slingshot reveals another complex ecosystem where multiple components work together in order to provide a very flexible and well-oiled cyber-espionage platform,” the researchers reported.

“The malware is highly advanced, solving all sorts of problems from a technical perspective and often in a very elegant way, combining older and newer components in a thoroughly thought-through, long-term operation, something to expect from a top-notch well-resourced actor.”

Slingshot worms its way onto a machine by replacing the legitimate Windows dynamic link library with a malicious version. Once done, it connects to a hardcoded IP and port, found to be a router’s IP address, and then uses the connection to download other malicious components to carry out its espionage, hence why it forms a malware platform.

(Via: https://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/3028277/sophisticated-state-sponsored-slingshot-malware-has-been-lurking-on-routers-for-years)

Unlike other malwares that target the device itself, this one, Slingshot, heads straight for the router, in a way acting more like a worm. It introduces a kernel-mode and user-mode module to your PC so they can work hand in hand in corrupting your system and at the same time stealing your data and basically do all sorts of spying aside from eventually ruining your device: https://www.harddriverecovery.org/errors/disk_read_error.html. The way it works, no wonder a government is interested in it because it can prove handy in warfare and a big boost in intelligence gathering. Also, it is interesting to note that infected routers are located in most war-torn countries but with a complexity and sophistication that screams superior and definitely prove to be a big pain to anyone who will catch the online bug and compromise their data security to who knows who.

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Macs Are At Risk Of The “Text Bomb”

Mac computers are undeniably expensive but definitely superior too. Apple has invested a lot in it over the years and it has garnered many of the most loyal Mac computer users for several decades now. Most Mac users did not switch to Windows PC even if their Mac line has not seen significant improvements in its hardware during the past few years while Microsoft has thrown in a lot of upgrades to a variety of Window PCs especially with the arrival of Windows 10. Despite the relative hiatus in Mac development, the fact that very few bugs and malware affect the Mac line is one factor why Mac users remain loyal to Apple computers over the passing of time.

Unfortunately, things have significantly changed and many online bugs are now affecting Apple PCs and devices. As if the existence of Meltdown and Specter is not enough of worry for all of us who live and breathe technology, we now have “text bomb” that threatens your device and the security of your data simply by just opening a single message. The good thing is that it’s not really directed as a threat but more of a wake-up call for the tech giant to beef up its cybersecurity defenses or risk angering millions of their consumers from bugs that can cost them thousands of dollars and not to mention the inconvenience of having no working device for days on end until the problem has been fixed by an expert.

A so-called text bomb bug that can crash an iPhone with a single message has been discovered by a security researcher.

Software developer Abraham Masri revealed that sending a message containing a link to the bug’s code was enough to crash an iPhone or Mac computer, and in some cases cause it to restart.

Masri initially posted a link to the code on programming site GitHub but has since removed it, saying: “I made my point. Apple need to take such bugs more seriously.”

He had reported the bug to Apple before releasing it online, but its removal means malicious messages can no longer be sent linking to it.

(Via: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/text-bomb-bug-hits-iphone-mac-computer)

This issue may seem petty for some but it is actually capable of stealing your personal data. And knowing how most things have gone digital these days, you have a lot to lose since most of your transactions are now done online. Even businesses and government offices have their files in the digital format for fast and easy transactions. Hence, the risks have increased and hackers found the World Wide Web a great place to build their fortune. Even Macs that have remained invincible for years are now the target of countless bugs and malware that is sure making life difficult for everyone at Apple.

Renowned security expert Graham Cluley said the newly discovered bug did not represent a major security threat. Instead, he said the “text bomb” was merely an annoyance to Apple consumers.

“Something about the so-called ChaiOS bug’s code gives your Apple device a brainstorm,” he said in a blog post published late Tuesday.

“Nasty. But, thankfully, more of a nuisance than something that will lead to data being stolen from your computer or a malicious hacker being able to access your files,” he added.

Late last year, Apple was scrambling to fix another glitch. The tech behemoth apologized to consumers in November after users of its latest Mac operating system were able to gain entry to the computer without the use of a password.

(Via: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/18/apples-latest-security-flaw-is-a-text-bomb.html)

Security is fundamental to everyone who is using the web especially on a daily basis like the majority of us who can’t live without going online every day because of our #FOMO and undeniable addiction to our smartphones and social media. Apple devices are no longer fool-proof as we used to think it is but is just as vulnerable as any device out there. Just don’t be surprised if you see a rise in complaints from Mac users as we are already starting to see now because there are definitely more to come as hackers give Apple a hard time over the past few months. Services such as https://www.harddriverecovery.org/mac-data-recovery/ will likely increase as users struggle to salvage their precious data and big servers will also do the same thing https://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-data-recovery.html in order to save and protect the data of all users in the network. At least, Apple still has time to improve their existing security measures to discourage criminals from their endless attempts at sabotaging the company and their services.

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Phone Addiction Leads To Miserable Teens

If there is one tech gadget that people can’t live without these days, it is undeniably the smartphone. We hold on to it as if our very lives depend on it. It is the first thing we all look for upon arising and the last thing we tinker with before drifting off to sleep. People will not hesitate to go back home even if they already arrived at their destinations once they find out that they left this useful little modern trinket at home. The very existence of smart technology has transformed the way we live and it is also simultaneously shaping the youth of today without us fully knowing. After all, the environment has a big impact to a person’s growth and development and we can’t deny that everywhere you look is full of technological advancements that promise to make life a breeze for all of us.

Unfortunately, technology has its pros and cons. Since we rave about its perks, we must also accept its drawbacks or resist it altogether if we can’t take it. Even adults have a hard time managing their obsession with these tech gizmos that they often fall prey to this modern addiction what more for the youth who grew up seeing these devices littered in their homes and were exposed to it earlier in life than most adults do. It’s a fact that perhaps it is easier for them to navigate all these progress but it has also exposed them to the many dangers that go alongside modern living. Teens seem to be at the top of the world now when it comes to smartphone use but perhaps it is time to set some limitations after confirming the nasty effect of phone addiction on them.

Smartphones are creating a generation of miserable children, new research has found.

Young people aged 13 to 18 who spend too much time on their phones or playing computer games are unhappier than those who limit their screen time.

Researchers suggest teenagers can boost their happiness and self-esteem by spending less than two hours a day using so-called ‘digital media’.

This includes cutting time spent playing computer games, on social media, texting or video chatting.

The scientists, from San Diego State University in California, say young people would lead happier lives if they spent more time exercising and seeing friends face-to-face.

(Via: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5297679/Smartphones-creating-generation-unhappy-children.html)

Humans must not be attached to their devices but it’s no longer the case today. Some people will spend a fortune to buy their dream smartphone even if it means they live on a meager salary as they try to pay off any debts they may have accumulated in trying to procure their dream smartphone. Moreover, they lose precious time to foster relationships with the people around them because they are too hooked on whatever they are doing on their phones. This will prove costly as they mature because they have missed out on establishing strong bonds with their family and peers because they didn’t have the time for them back when they were still teens. The youth also get exposed to the countless dangers on the web especially on social media with cases of bullying and pornography that constantly plagues them.

Her newest study, in the book “iGen,” provides more backing to that connection, showing that teens who spent more than an hour or two a day interacting with their gadgets were less happy on average than those who had more face time with others. The research was published today in Emotion, a journal by the American Psychological Association.

The study — which drew from a survey of hundreds of thousands of teens across the US — also found that roughly 13{42c07f7f4ed3da5e2b17ff80184aca1c09c0d2cc98cfc328fb1b32a3f56d2786} of eighth- and tenth-graders who spent 1 to 2 hours a week on social media said they were “not happy.”

For those who responded 10 to 19 hours per week, that number was about 18{42c07f7f4ed3da5e2b17ff80184aca1c09c0d2cc98cfc328fb1b32a3f56d2786}. For those who spent 40 or more hours a week using social media, that number approached 24{42c07f7f4ed3da5e2b17ff80184aca1c09c0d2cc98cfc328fb1b32a3f56d2786}.

(Via: https://www.kxly.com/news/smartphones-the-new-teen-mental-health-crisis/689439240)

Some even dubbed it a mental health crisis if you think about the multitude of teens who are suffering from some sort of anxiety or depression brought about by their tech and social media use. There’s nothing wrong with technology, don’t be mistaken. It’s how we use it that is tainting its image. Hence it is not a good match with the raging hormones of teenagers who feel like they know and can do everything. While it sounds extreme, suicide among teens is high because of the bullying and bashing they get from other people online. It is not too late, though. While organically designed to be an addictive device, parents can still intervene and set a good example for their children when it comes to technology use. Only then can we gradually address this issue before it eats up an entire generation of the human race.

If teens are taught how to use technology right, we no longer have to worry about impractical issues such as smartphone addiction, rather we will be preoccupied with more urgent issues like actual technical glitches that can mess with our work and cause chaos. Education is still key so take the time to go over this https://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/hard-drive-failure-recovery-three-major-user-mistakes/ to avoid issues arising from https://www.harddriverecovery.org/clean_room.html because while common now, these devices still cost a small fortune to buy so you’d probably want them to last for as long as they can.

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A Hard Drive Disaster

We use the Internet almost every day now. It is not just for school or work but more so for our personal pursuits. If you are not using a handy smart device, then a computer is your best bet for accessing the web and exploring its vast wonders. A PC is better in a lot of ways since you can store more data and you can do more with it. The hard drive stores all your important data that you can access whenever you want and modify too if needed. Hard drives need not be too big if you are just using it for personal use but those dealing with big data need more computing power and storage capacity in order to do all these things effectively and efficiently.

When we talk about hard drive problems, we often think of the physical damage to the device. It’s the first thing that comes to mind and it makes perfect sense as virtually everyone with a computer can relate to experiencing PC issues from malware infections to hard drive failures that affect performance and may even leave your device almost useless. But this time around, this specific hard drive failure involves the actual disappearance of the device and not just any malfunction on its part. But when you think about it, this problem may come to light when devices hold important and sensitive information that other people may find early valuable enough to lure them to steal it. This is prevalent in businesses or in the healthcare setting, where hard drives contain information of a lot of people that can be exploited by hackers and used in various ways.

A radiology lab says it has lost a portable hard drive that may contain the personal information and X-ray images of almost 9,400 patients. Charles River Medical Associates, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, mailed letters this week to patients whose records are missing. The hard drive stored names, dates of birth, patient identification numbers and bone density scan images dating to 2010. It did not have insurance information or Social Security numbers. The practice’s executive director, Brian Parillo, said ‘there are no leads on’ the hard drive’s location.

(Via: http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/10/lab-loses-hard-drive-containing-personal-details-of-thousands-including-patient-x-rays-7219303/)

While they are usually bulky and heavy, it is still possible for these gadgets to be stolen right under their owner’s noses especially when it is done in the dead of the night when there is no one in the facility and at times may even be considered an inside job. Only people with personal knowledge about the information and the specific device where it can be found will have the interest to pull off such a crime rather successfully. It is just unfortunate for everyone who data is stored in the stolen hard drive because they don’t have any idea who now has access to their personal details and how they plan of using it in the long run.

Top Dawg Entertainment’s own MixedByAli can breathe easy. On Wednesday (Dec. 20), Hawthorne, Calif. police located and recovered the ace producer’s stolen hard drive, which had been taken from his BMW while he was at Equinox gym on Rosecrans Avenue on Dec. 7. The hard drive contained more than $1 million worth of original music that was stolen

Hawthorne police tell the Los Angeles Daily News, 23-year-old Los Angeles resident Jonjairo Espinoza left his fingerprint on the handle of Ali’s car door and that’s how they were able to pinpoint his identity. A second man wanted for the crime is still on the loose.

(Via: http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2017/12/mixedbyali-stolen-hard-drive-recovered/)

Even personal hard drives of popular people can be seen as a juicy prospect for burglars and thieves especially that it may contain a landmine of materials they can use to blackmail the owner or sell to competitors of the victims for a hefty amount of money. Such is the case of a famous songwriter who also writes songs for Kendrick Lamar. He’s a known studio rat that lives and breathes music and writes songs on end in his studio. Whoever thought hard drives can be more than just a practical equipment but something of a prized possession especially when the owners are renowned people themselves.

And since the thieves don’t know possible login details of the device, it is inevitable they may also ruin the hard drive before they can even access what is inside it. They may have to look into https://www.harddriverecovery.org/errors/disk_read_error.html to address https://www.harddriverecovery.org/repair-hard-drive.html so they can make use of their stolen hard drive considering all the effort they put into stealing it in the first place.

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The World Of Big Data

Big data is the name of the game today. Considering that we now live in the digital age, almost virtually all data is now available on the web for our ease and convenience. The number of data circulating online and even offline is growing by the second that it makes perfect sense to talk about big data now. Imagine the number of people using the web these days. From social media to businesses and organizations that have taken this new platform to reach the public, just imagine the unstoppable rise of big data as more processes have become computerized. Since the data we now use is far too many for our limited human capabilities, machines take charge of dealing with big data and understanding what all these data mean. They don’t mean anything if we can’t decipher its practical application.

The Internet of Things has a lot to do with why big data kept on growing bigger and bigger. Various tech devices that hold certain data about their use now easily connect to the web, which is in a way geared toward machine learning, the future of the human race. It means the devices that we have are capable of generating and understanding data without the help of humans. Big data isn’t out there to be left as it is but for us to make something out of it in the hopes of speeding up and improving processes and services and in predicting future trends whether in business, healthcare, etc.

The big promise behind big data

Several factors have fueled the rise of big data. People now store and keep more information than ever before due to widespread digitization of paper records among businesses. The proliferation of sensor-based Internet of Things (IoT) devices has led to a corresponding rise in the number of applications based on artificial intelligence (AI), which is an enabling technology for machine learning. These devices generate their own data without human intervention.

A misconception about big data is that the term refers solely to the size of the data set. Although this is true in the main, the science behind big data is more focused. The intention is to mine specific subsets of data from multiple, large storage volumes. This data may be widely dispersed in different systems and may not have an obvious correlation. The objective is to unify the data with structure and intelligence to allow it to be rapidly analyzed.

(Via: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/definition/big-data-storage)

The role and use of big data are so prevalent in today’s world. Even in your use of social media, you’d see how popular search engines and social networking sites make use of big data in organizing everything and in the posting of advertisements depending on specific user behaviors and clicking patterns. And as such, big data is housed in big servers that are capable of safely storing it and pulling it out in short notice for analysis and use.

Big data can bring an organization a competitive advantage from large-scale statistical analysis of the data or its metadata. In a big data environment, the analytics mostly operate on a circumscribed set of data, using a series of data mining-based predictive modeling forecasts to gauge customer behaviors or the likelihood of future events.

Statistical big data analysis and modeling is gaining adoption in a cross-section of industries, including aerospace, environmental science, energy exploration, financial markets, genomics, healthcare and retailing. A big data platform is built for much greater scale, speed and performance than traditional enterprise storage. Also, in most cases, big data storage targets a much more limited set of workloads on which it operates.

(Via: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/definition/big-data-storage)

The most important factor for big data to be useful and relevant in our modern times, the structure must be high up on its list or else we have no use for haphazardly stored data that we don’t have much use of after. Now that big data comes from virtually everywhere in the globe, it is a must for these large chunks of data to be stored in servers that can shed light to what this information and numbers actually mean. Variety, velocity, and data volume are three things that are crucial to big data as this information are often produced in large volumes at different speeds using a variety of formats. With trillions of data produced each second, it is a must that everything must be streamlined so we can easily transition to machine learning someday, the ultimate goal in the tech world.

When data is already up there in the clouds or stored in big servers, you may no longer have to worry about common data storage and loss issues that the common people face on a regular basis. Meanwhile, smaller privately-owned servers can experience technical glitches regarding data use. Understanding https://www.harddriverecovery.org/seagate-data-recovery.html and https://www.harddriverecovery.org/raidcenter/raid-10-data-recovery.html may come in helpful and help you overcome data recovery problems without spending a fortune.

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Random Servers For Bitcoin Mining Found

The bitcoin business has reached unprecedented heights last year and has maintained its momentum until today. Everyone wanted to get a piece of these digital currencies that prices have soared to the ludicrously high prices that it still has right now. However, bitcoin mining is not that easy and it requires powerful computers in order to do so. Knowing how resourceful miners and hackers are, it no longer comes as a surprise that they were able to hack three computer servers at the University of Wisconsin to help them run their bitcoin mining malware. Cybersecurity is at an all-time high now that there have been various reports of miners hacking different sites and servers so they can anonymously mine these digital currencies while stealing computer power from these big brands and institutions.

Mining bitcoins require too much computer power in order for them to complete and verify a blockchain or transaction record and get bitcoins from it after. With the growing popularity of digital currencies such as bitcoin and other alternative currencies, we should all be wary of more hacking attacks in all forms especially when browsing the web as these miners will do what it takes to make use of your device in their mining operation. Servers are prime targets as they can provide higher computing power than individual devices and consequently help spread the malware especially if individual users connect to these servers on a daily basis.

Computer servers at three UW System schools were accessed by bitcoin miners in December, a spokeswoman confirmed to News 3 on Thursday. 

Software to “mine” for the virtual currency  bitcoin was found on computer servers at UW-Madison, UW-Stout and UW-Superior, according to UW System director of communications Stephanie Marquis.  

The software requires powerful computers, and a nationwide alert was issued Jan. 5 that noted “numerous reports from university and research institutions” that attackers were attempting to run “bitcoin mining malware.”

(Via: https://www.channel3000.com/news/bitcoin-mining-software-found-on-servers-at-uw-system-schools/684519802)

And it does not stop there even if servers remove this malware or botnets because they just look for another vulnerable server or device to hack and install more mining tools, especially on servers owned and ran by big organizations and businesses. And they’re not just mining bitcoins but relatively newer currencies such as zCash and Monero because they are more difficult to trace by law enforcement and thus more attractive to cybercriminals who makes use of these digital tenders the most than us average people.

Mecklenburg County government has been paralyzed by an unknown computer hacker after a county employee unknowingly opened an email attachment Monday that unleashed spyware and a worm into the county’s computer system.

County manager Dena Diorio said Tuesday night that the hacker has essentially frozen the county’s electronic files. The hacker is seeking $23,000 for an encryption key that would release the files.

The hacker’s deadline: 1 p.m. Wednesday.

(Via: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article188227084.html)

Any device or server is at risk now whether it is used privately or in public. Countless reports on computer and server hacking proliferate in the web these days and they do so through various ways such as phishing. If you don’t trust where an email came from, avoid opening them or risk introducing a headache-inducing malware that will make your device mine bitcoins in a frenzy from spyware and worms working its way around your computer system. You know some as ransomware where the hackers will demand a ransom often in the form of bitcoins like what the Mecklenburg County government went through after an employee opened a random email that unleashed the malware havoc that surely left everyone in the office at a standstill as their devices are now infected of these high-tech worms.

Instances like this will often leave your device useless, hence requiring you professional services like https://www.harddriverecovery.org/server-recovery/ and https://www.harddriverecovery.org/clean_room.html in order to get your lost/stolen files back and establish a semblance of normalcy once more in your office or organization.

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The Burgeoning Smartphone Addiction Shows No Signs Of Stopping

Kids don’t stand a chance against the dangers of excessive technology use yet they are also too young to decide on their own what they can and can’t handle when it comes to modern digital living. They may be surrounded by technology and it seems normal for them to live and breathe with it but that’s not what nature designed humans to be – to be slaves to the modern trinkets that give them pure enjoyment but at a high cost. For starters, these devices are expensive and they end up badgering their parents to buy them the latest gadgets so they can keep up with their peers. Second, they can access the web with it. The Internet may be helpful a lot of times but there are hidden dangers. Their smartphones give them the freedom to navigate the web on their own, often without parental guidance and this can be a scary thing on a lot of levels.

Kids these days can usually be seen with a smartphone or a similar smart gadget on their hand most of the time. They are addicted to these devices and use it as much as adults do. They play games for hours on end and tinker with all the latest apps that promises them a boredom-free life. And because the world is highly becoming digital, we can only expect more of these gadgets to rise in the coming years, along with our children growing up. As early as now, many of today’s youth can no longer live without their smartphones and thrive in their own little virtual bubble where they can be whoever they want to be and portray a life unlike their own. If kid’s don’t learn how to deal with the presence of technology in their lives as early as they can, then they may have a hard time coping with life later on because one thing is for sure, modern technology is here to stay for good.

It’s a logical move — even their designers admit smartphones are built to be addictive, slowly trickling out “likes” users have received so they keep checking their phones, in one devious example.

And they’re distracting. As the Globe and Mail recently reported, the University of Texas business school did an experiment last year where three groups of people took a test. One group had their phones face-down on their desks, one had them in their bags or pockets and the last group had them in another room.

The group that performed the worst? The one with the phones on the desks.

In fact, even though no one was allowed to check their phones, the further away the phones were, the better they did.

(Via: http://www.timescolonist.com/life/smartphones-they-re-addictive-distracting-and-have-no-place-in-the-classroom-1.23150108)

The very existence of technology has made our lives easier yet in a way also harder. We no longer have to work on things manually as before and we now have access to a wide-range of information at the tip of our fingers but it comes at a price especially for the young ones who still know so little of this world. We lose essential skills because of our over-reliance on machines to do things for us. Kids, for instance, develop poorer cognition because they are too preoccupied with their smartphones while browsing their various social media accounts day in and day out.

For some teens, the constant potential feedback loop from notifications and messaging might create a fear of missing out, or FOMO. And although there is currently no official medical recognition of “smartphone addiction” as a disease or disorder, the term refers to obsessive behaviors that disturb the course of daily activities in a way that mirrors patterns similar to substance abuse.

(Via: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/well/family/is-your-child-a-phone-addict.html)

In as much as we care about the amount of time our children spend on their smartphones, we must also give attention to the types of materials they access on these devices especially on their own. It can give you an idea as to the types of dangers your children may be exposed to, so you’re not necessarily clueless about it and you can intervene at any given time. There is no doubt that smartphone has evolved to become an addiction and the best thing we can all do now is to put some limitations to your child’s smartphone use and most importantly make them understand why you are doing it. If you don’t, they may rebel and everything else backfires on you. Also, offer other interesting activities and hobbies they can pursue so their minds aren’t always thinking about their smartphones and the web when it can be avoided.

Apart from smartphones, youngsters can also connect to the Internet through computers. If there’s one major headache from the use of PC, it has to be the technical glitches one may encounter when using one. The hard drive is the most susceptible and it can render your device unusable until you get the problem sorted out. Avoid https://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/hard-drive-failure-recovery-three-major-user-mistakes/ so there is no need for you to deal with https://www.harddriverecovery.org/clean_room.html anytime soon.

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