Apps to Prevent Texting and Driving

We know it’s dangerous, yet some of us still do it. Whether by sheer reflex or the need to know what is going on, checking a text at the wheel of our car is probably one of the most costly things we can do. And, even if you expose your teen to lengthy lectures and graphic driver’s ed videos depicting the hazards of texting while driving, it can still be difficult for them to put their phone away when they are at the wheel. Numerous cell phone providers trump this temptation with text blocker apps.

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What’s that worth? Find out on the Dark Web

It’s no secret the dark web is where bad guys go to conduct business. But beyond being the place where cybercriminals share information and buy/sell illicit goods (stolen information, counterfeits, drugs, weapons, etc.), the dark web can also serve as a key resource for the above ground business to understand what is of value to others – and how to quantify the value an organization places on its data.

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5 Non-App Related Reasons Your Phone Battery Dies So Quickly

Whether you have an iPhone or an Android smartphone, you’re probably pretty familiar with the struggle to keep your smartphone running like new a few months or even a couple of years after you bought it. After all, phones are expensive, and keeping your current device running as long as possible will help you defer the expensive process of buying a new phone just a bit longer. But sometimes, your smartphone’s battery is uncooperative, and won’t let you get through a day without worrying that your phone will die. Ahead are some common reasons why your phone battery dies so quickly.

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How businesses can deal with bandwidth spikes

Among all the various issues faced by businesses, and small businesses in particular, sudden spikes in bandwidth often rank some way down the list of priorities. Businesses are often understandably focused on core business tasks, and with day-to-day operational matters, finance, marketing and HR to deal with, IT problems can sometimes end up taking a back seat. But while IT issues are often overlooked, the impact that they can have on small businesses cannot be underestimated. Given that almost all businesses today make use of some form of technology, problems with the IT infrastructure can have huge effects on business productivity and performance. While there are often many different factors that feed into this issue, IT slowdown resulting from spikes in network traffic can be a significant contributor.

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These apps are killing your cell phone battery

PIXABAY Whether your smartphone is an iPhone or Android phone, there’s one thing all smartphone users can agree on: our batteries don’t last nearly long enough. Even as our smartphone batteries have gotten bigger, larger screens and more demanding apps mean battery life has remained in the “disappointing” range. Considering how much we rely on our smartphones, it’s no wonder that we’re all carrying around charging cables and backup batteries.

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The business move towards messaging: more than just an afterthought

Today, messaging has already surpassed email as the most popular digital communication channel. By 2018, 3.6 billion people are set to be using some form of messaging — that’s 90 per cent of all Internet users. Last year, Facebook launched the business use of its Messenger platform. Now, with over 800 million active monthly users, it has signaled a calling point for other companies to consider messaging as much more than simply a secondary form of communication. So with its undeniable growth and popularity, how and why has business messaging become so in demand?

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Six tools terrorists use to stay online

Ever wonder how groups such as ISIS remain active online, no matter how hard people, or groups like Anonymous, try to kick them out? Data and intelligence firm Flashpoint asked the same question, and came up with six tools they use in their digital operations. The answers were published in a new research report entitled Tech for Jihad: Dissecting Jihadists’ Digital Toolbox.

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Smallest hard disk to date writes information atom by atom

Every day, modern society creates more than a billion gigabytes of new data. To store all this data, it is increasingly important that each single bit occupies as little space as possible. A team of scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University reduced storage to the ultimate limit: They stored one kilobyte (8,000 bits) representing each bit by the position of a single chlorine atom. “In theory, this storage density would allow all books ever created by humans to be written on a single post stamp,” says lead scientist Sander Otte. They reached a storage density of 500 Terabits per square inch (Tbpsi), 500 times better than the best commercial hard disk currently available.

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