How Much Do You Know About The Internet?

The internet is a vast, possibly infinite sea of information. Never has there been a technology that enabled such easy access to any conceivable existing written thought. 99% of all published books are online, movies, music, lectures, research and innovation. It is all there. How? How did this network emerge? What does it mean? What can you be doing to better utilize this new technology that has already shifted how people interact in their daily lives? How much about the internet do you already know? The internet emerged as a direct result of electronic computers in the 1950’s. As early as 1960 the US Government was awarding contracts to labs that were building ‘packet networks,’ which were basically larger networks of CPU’s, with computers the size of bedrooms but could only really do very, very basic computing. Think about how much power is […]

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How To Pick a VoIP Provider

 The telecom market is saturated with choices. There are providers for just about any functionality and any price point you can need, but how do you determine your best fit, in this sea of options? We’re going to do your homework for you. By the end of this brief article you’ll have the tools and knowledge you need to investigate your business communications and determine how to pick a VoIP provider that fits your needs.   There are five high level facets of any VoIP provider which should be essential: if you don’t see one of them or your potential provider isn’t transparent, move on. Reliability/Quality Scalability Experience and/or Expertise Service Expertise/troubleshooting expertise Cost These are in no particular order, and that is about it. If you’re interested in learning more about each point, continue reading. If not, go forth and find a […]

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5 Amazing Things Done with Artificial Intelligence

First and foremost, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a type of machine learning characterized by intelligent decision making similar to our own cognitive abilities. Key traits of effective AI are learning and problem solving. The key issue yet to be solved is independent thought. No machine, so far, is capable of independent thought and reason at the same ability of a human. Once this is achieved, the line between what makes us different than machines will be a hot issue for a generation. But in the meantime here are some pretty cool things that we can do with AI before our machine overlords inevitably conquer the observable universe. AlphaGo Defeats Lee Sedol in 2016. AlphaGo, created by DeepMind (acquired by Alphabet in 2014) beat the world grandmaster go player 4-1. Go, a more mathematically complex game of wits than chess, was a challenge for […]

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On the Heels of WannaCry: “Judy” Hits Millions of Android Users

Judy is an automated clicking malware that has infected between 8 and 37 million users. Check Point, a security solutions provider, is unsure of the extent of malware infection. Nor is it entirely clear which countries have been infected. “Some of the apps (that were infected) we discovered resided on Google Play for several years, but all were recently updated. It is unclear how long the malicious code existed inside the apps, hence the actual spread of the malware remains unknown,” Check Point added further. The malware generates revenue for the perpetrators by automating large amounts of clicks on advertisements. The Android user is unaware of these automated clicks. Check Point notified Google of the 41 infected apps, which were promptly removed from the Google Play store. Judy arrived on the heels of the WannaCry attacks that focused on outdated versions of Windows, […]

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“Essential” Smartphone Released, from Mind Behind Android

via Essential Andy Rubin, creator of Android, unveiled the PH-1, the first phone from his new company, Essential.  Essential is a “New Type of Company” designed for living in the 21st century. Their new phone offers impressive specs: 128GB HD, 4GB RAM, and a QualComm SnapDragon 835 processor. The screen and phone are larger than the standard iPhone 7, and offers a 13 megapixel camera and front facing 8 megapixel camera, both offering 4k video. The phone is impressive. The phone sans contract will run you $749 for advanced orders, and is unavailable outside the US at the current time. It comes unlocked, which means it can be used with any provider. The available colors are glossy black, matte dark grey, glossy white, and glossy dark green with bronze. In addition to Android powered mobile devices, Essential is working on an assortment of home devices to […]

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