This is the fastest wireless carrier in the US

You’re sitting in a coffee shop, your eyeballs glued to the phone. YouTube is open, and you’re waiting for the latest comic-book movie trailer to load. Instead, you get the oh-so-familiar circular loading icon instead.

And it keeps spinning and spinning.

It’s at these moments that you wonder if the time has come to switch wireless carriers. But which carrier? Each of them claims to be some variation of fastest, most reliable or even newest. It’s tough to cut through the noise.

Testing firm OpenSignal has some answers, with a surprising contest for the top spot.

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New ISP to go wireless

 

There’s a new internet service on the horizon that promises to deliver extremely fast internet speeds for cheap, wirelessly.

Called Starry, it’s exciting enough on its own terms. But the startup’s generating MJ-moonwalking-on-MTV-level enthusiasm in our newsroom not only because it rocks, but also because its competitors, frankly, are pretty bad.

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Worst Passwords of 2015: ‘Star Wars’ Terms Make SplashData’s List

Apparently a lot of folks don’t realize that The Force won’t be able to protect your data.

Popular “Star Wars”-related terms such as “starwars,” “solo” and “princess” were new entries on the annual “Worst Passwords” list compiled by password management applications company SplashData.

“Star Wars” terms aside, the 2015 list wasn’t all that different from 2014 and years prior. “123456″ and “password” once again were the most commonly used passwords, as they have been since SplashData’s first list in 2011. People apparently liked numbers that were easy to remember: Six of the top 10 passwords for 2015 were simple numerical sequences (“1234,” “12345,” “123456″ and so on).

Some new and longer passwords debuted on the 2015 list, but the longer passwords are so simple that their extra length is “virtually worthless as a security measure,” SplashData said.

“We have seen an effort by many people to be more secure by adding characters to passwords, but if these longer passwords are based on simple patterns they will put you in just as much risk of having your identity stolen by hackers,” Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, said in a statement.

“As we see on the list, using common sports and pop culture terms is also a bad idea. We hope that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will take steps to strengthen their passwords and, most importantly, use different passwords for different websites.”

 

Here is SplashData’s Top 25 “Worst Passwords of 2015″:

 

123456

password

12345678

qwerty

12345

123456789

football

1234

1234567

baseball

welcome

1234567890

abc123

111111

1qaz2wsx

dragon

master

monkey

letmein

login

princess

qwertyuiop

solo

passw0rd

starwars

 

From a post by James Eng for nbcnews.com

How are you managing the negative impact that social media could have on your business?

Social media is pervasive and can be dangerous. An internet connection means instant access to an international audience, and as we tell our children, once something has been published, you can’t undo it. It’s like a tattoo. It will be there forever.

It is easy to think of only your personal postings, tweets and photos as areas of concern, but other things you may consider private may not be. Conversations and emails are also easily shared and if salacious enough, could become viral (in addition, by posting personal photos and comments you are lowering the expectation and claims of privacy rights. When you post pictures of your children, you are putting their privacy rights at risk as well).

Users should also always keep in mind that while it’s easy to manage you own profile, postings, pictures comments, conversations and emails, it is impossible to monitor what other people are doing online.

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CIO’s need to up their game

The job of CIO is becoming increasingly difficult as we move further into the 3rd Platform era – but pressure to keep costs down, maintain a consistent infrastructure, and to innovate has left many CIOs flat-footed, playing a catch-up game trying to integrate new innovations rather than driving them.

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Roller Coaster to use Virtual Reality to enhance ride

Galactica Alton Towers Simplicity VoiP 214x300 Roller Coaster to use Virtual Reality to enhance rideUK theme park Alton Towers will combine the thrill of a roller coaster with the visual excitement generated by virtual reality in a world-first new ride called Galactica, which will launch in the next few months. Riders will climb aboard and become Galactinauts, blasted into space through a 10ft portal at the start of the two-minute ride, then out into amazing galaxies and beyond.

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Nearly half of parents say they snoop through their teen’s phone

Untag that sweet bong-rip, Chad: American parents keep close tabs on their kids’ digital lives, a new survey finds.

Nearly half say they go through their teen’s cell phone history, while a majority check web history and social media accounts. The survey, which was run by the Pew Research Center, collected responses from parents of teens ages 13 to 17. All told, 1,060 parents answered the survey.

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