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  • Hospital Pays Ransom to Crooks

    Earlier this week we reported how a Hollywood hospital’s computerized system had been infected by cyber-criminals demanding a huge ransom. In the end, the hospital paid up, and really, who could blame them. This was a very serious situation; ambulances were diverted, electronic medical records disappeared, digital communications were unavailable, and there was zero access […]

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    The End of Adobe Flash Player

    Gone in a Flash! From it’s humble beginnings as an animation tool, Flash has come a long way. Flash made the internet come alive with movement, from whimsical banner ads to your favorite YouTube video. Flash was ubiquitous in the world of computers. In 2005, it became the most widely distributed media format, overtaking Java, […]

  • Ransomware Demands $3.6 Million from Hospital

    In what constitutes new a new high and low in Ransomware attacks, a Hollywood hospital’s computerized system has been severely crippled by cyber-criminals demanding a whopping $3.6 million ransom. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center declared an emergency as machines critical to CT scans, laboratory, and pharmacy work went offline over the last week. Medical staff have […]

  • Google Set to Retire Picasa

    Google has announced that it will be shutting down its Picasa Web Albums service on 1st May, 2016 and no longer supporting the Picasa desktop application as of 15th May, 2016. Picasa Web Albums It’s been almost 12 months since Google launched its new “Google Photos” service and the decision to drop Picasa online in […]

  • A Bleeping Lawsuit That You Should Definitely Know About

    I’m mad! You should be too. You see, computer people have their favorite tools. Tools they’ve found through trial and error, tools they’ve come to trust, tools they’ve used for years, and tools they’ll recommended to others. Ask a computer “guy” how to do something and he will more than likely suggest you use a […]

  • New Processors Only Supported by Windows 10

    Microsoft has announced significant changes to its Windows 7 and 8.1 support policy which will effectively force owners of PCs fitted with the latest processors to run Win 10. Until now, Windows users have enjoyed considerable freedom to combine older operating systems with newer hardware per medium of Microsoft’s commitment to providing updates supporting new […]

  • Get Amazon Prime’s Discount Rate

    This weekend only! To celebrate their Golden Globe award for Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy for Mozart in the Jungle, Amazon is offering its Amazon Prime membership for $73 for new members only. The $26 savings is valid through 11:59pm PT on Sunday, January 17th. In addition to free 2-day shipping on a wide variety […]

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    Amazon Echo Getting A Smaller, Portable Version

    For those of you who missed the opportunity to get the Amazon Echo for its launch price of $99, you may be able to get one in the coming weeks for less than the current $180 price tag. That is, as long as you don’t mind (or maybe even prefer) a smaller, portable version. According […]

  • David Bowie – A Personal View

    A one man revolution I first became aware of David Bowie in the early 70s whilst serving the last three years of a twelve year boarding school sentence at the age of fourteen when, to have the album was a passport to popularity; a kind of currency if you like. Space Oddity came a little […]

  • Fitbit Blaze Giving Apple Watch Some Competition

    New Fitbit Blaze, due to launch in March 2016, now available for pre-order. When I say Fitbit, does the name ring a bell? There are so many wearable fitness trackers out there and Fitbit is just one of them. However, Fitbit also happens to be the leading market sharer in its field. I’ll bet you […]