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Our 9-1-1 system is vulnerable to attack

A telephony denial of service (TDoS) attack is a specific type of DDoS attack that originates from or is directed towards a telephone system with the intent of bringing down the targeted system. These attacks commonly focus on commercial businesses and may often include ransomware requests. In reality, these attacks can affect anyone, including our nation’s 911 infrastructure, because even it is not isolated from or immune from these types of attacks. And based on its mission, in many ways, it is more fragile.

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10 Great Tech Gifts for the New Grad

Whether they’re just finishing high school and gearing up for college, or wrapping up a long sought-after Ph.D, the students in your life deserve some celebrating. And while cold, hard cash is often the graduation gift of choice, if you want to be certain your present isn’t blown in a post-finals bender, you’re advised to give something that requires wrapping paper. These 10 tech-centric presents are great for students past, present, and future, not only because they keep them connected, concentrating, and curious, but because they’re fun, too.

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Comtel Communications & Simplicity VoIP Ranked 31st in Richmond for Charitable Donations

In their annual list of top charitable businesses in Richmond, Richmond Biz Sense ranked Comtel Communications & Simplicity 31st out of the top 50 companies listed. With donations to The Richmond Ballet, Make-A-Wish, Steward School, Montessori School, Bandit’s Animal Rescue and many others, Comtel & Simplicity have demonstrated their commitment to being good stewards of their community. These two partner businesses are continuing their efforts through a 2017 campaign called “Gifts of 25”, in celebration of their 25 years in business. Each month, a charity selected by an employee is given a gift in keeping either with the number “25” or related to technology. FeedMore received 2500 meals, B.A.R.K of Ashland received 25 bags of dog food, and Make-A-Wish received a video conference phone. If you’d like to see the entire list of businesses on the Richmond Biz Sense list, click here. To […]

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Listen up Twitter! Mastadon’s sudden popularity is your wake-up call

There’s a hot new social network these days and it’s called Mastodon. Well, it’s not that new — it’s been around since September 2016 — but it’s gained tens of thousands of users in the last few days. The reason for the growth? According to its founder, Eugen Rochko, it has a lot to do with people getting increasingly fed up with Twitter, especially the recent decision to nix @usernames from Replies. Mastodon — named after an American heavy metal band — is mopping up users seeking an alternative. Sure, Mastodon is still small and relatively unheard of, but the very fact that it spurred this much interest is a sign that the established social networks like Twitter are fundamentally failing at one thing: keeping users happy.

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Shock absorber, flotation patented for iPhone

Apple has patented bumpers that pop out to cushion the impact when an iPhone is dropped. These shock absorbers will also allow the device to float. The newly-patented technology uses sensor that can detect when the device falls, calculating the height and velocity of movement to determine whether it has been dropped or just set down. If it decides the phone has been dropped, corner bumpers will spring out. By cushioning a fall, and allowing the phone to float if dropped in the pool, bath, sink or toilet, the risk of irreparable damage is minimized. Once the phone has been retrieved, the corner bumpers ca be retracted. In the meantime, you can always get the Mota Bumper case for your phone. The bumpers don’t retract, but the risk of damage is still minimized from a drop (not a flotation device). From it-online.co.za | […]

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