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Checkout Challenges, Tipping Dilemmas, and a Troublesome Win11 Update
Feb 7 2024
Checkout Challenges, Tipping Dilemmas, and a Troublesome Win11 Update
* Even Retailers Are Fed Up With Self-Checkout Automated kiosks double theft rates, among other issues - Gina Carey.Self-checkout machines aren't only annoying customers, Quartz reports, as a growing number of large retailers have begun rethinking the costly tech.Last year, companies like Target, Walmart, Dollar General, and British grocer Booths have pared down (and in some cases eliminated) how the automated systems work in their chains, largely due to theft.Shoppers are 21 times more likely to slip purchases past scanners than they are human cashiers, doubling theft rates in stores.* Tipping Etiquette: When You Must Tip, When Its OK Not to Tip?* Have you installed the December 2023 Windows 11 update? You should know about how the Windows 11 update breaks Wi-Fi networks.The Windows 11 update breaks Wi-Fi networks by affecting your adapter's ability to connect with the network. The connectivity issues in the Windows 11 update aren't always consistent across all networks. While you might easily connect to your home network, your adapter might struggle to connect to others.You'll most likely experience problems if you use an enterprise, education, or public Wi-Fi network using 802.1x authentication to connect to an enterprise, public, or education Wi-Fi network.You can fix in two ways:Disabling 802.11r.You can solve the problem by using the Known Issues Rollback feature. Microsoft developed this feature to deal with non-security bugs that occur from updates.
Tech Pulse: Navigating Google's Ad Dilemma, Innovations at CES 2024, and Gaming Industry Shakeup
Jan 31 2024
Tech Pulse: Navigating Google's Ad Dilemma, Innovations at CES 2024, and Gaming Industry Shakeup
* Krebs on Security: Google continues to struggle with cybercriminals running malicious ads on its search platform to trick people into downloading booby-trapped copies of popular free software applications.The malicious ads, which appear above organic search results and often precede links to legitimate sources of the same software, can make searching for software on Google a dicey affair.* We Suggest Using: VirusTotal.com* Water from Air - CES 2024 - GenesisSystems.* Microsoft Joins Peers by Cutting 1,900 Jobs From Activision Blizzard and Xbox - NYT.The reductions come three months after the tech giant completed its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.This month, thousands of employees across the video game industry have been told they are facing layoffs, as the pandemic boom in playing continues to recede.Riot Games, which makes League of Legends, said it would lay off about 11 percent of its work force.Twitch, a video streaming platform owned by Amazon that is used heavily by gamers, announced that it would cut 35 percent of its staff.Discord, a social platform beloved by gamers, is cutting 18 percent of its ranks.Unity Software, which provides software for game developers, said it was cutting a quarter of its staff, or roughly 1,800 jobs.They all had layoffs last year as well.In the meantime, companies are shedding workers and cutting costs to stay competitive.
Google's Incognito Illusion, Facebook Scam Alert, YouTube's Job Cuts, and Tandem's Financial App for Couples
Jan 20 2024
Google's Incognito Illusion, Facebook Scam Alert, YouTube's Job Cuts, and Tandem's Financial App for Couples
* INCOGNITO BUT NOT VERY PRIVATE — Chrome updates Incognito warning to admit Google tracks users in “private” mode - Jon BrodkinGoogle is updating the warning on Chrome's Incognito mode to make it clear that Google and websites run by other companies can still collect your data in the web browser's semi-private mode.The change is being made as Google prepares to settle a class-action lawsuit that accuses the firm of privacy violations related to Chrome's Incognito mode.Many tech-savvy people already know that while private modes in web browsers prevent some data from being stored on your device, they don't prevent tracking by websites or Internet service providers. But many other people may not understand exactly what Incognito mode does, so the more specific warning could help educate users.* Facebook Scams, All the Rage!* YouTube to eliminate 100 employees as layoffs at Google continue - Lauren Forristal, TechCrunch.comLast week, Google laid off more than 1,000 workers across several divisions, including engineering, services, and voice-activated product Google Assistant.We’re only three weeks into the new year and already have seen dozens of companies across the tech industry face job reductions, including Discord, Twitch, Prime Video and MGM Studios, as well as Audible, Duolingo, Instagram, Pixar and Unity, among others.* Tandem gives ‘modern couples’ app to manage finances together and separately, Christine Hall.Tandem, fintech app for modern couples“It gives you the experience of a joint account without actually having to have one”
Cyber Shadows: Unveiling the Dark Web & Navigating AI Frontiers
Dec 13 2023
Cyber Shadows: Unveiling the Dark Web & Navigating AI Frontiers
* Cyber Security Tip: What is the “dark web” anyway?The “dark web” or “deep web” is a part of the World Wide Web we know and love that is accessible only via a special software that allows users and website operators to remain completely anonymous and untraceable. That’s why it’s the playground for hackers, cybercriminals, drug deals, human trafficking and more.Because hacking is a for-profit business, there are criminal entities that steal, combine, and sell personal information on the dark web, like passwords, social security numbers, bank account information and credit cards.If your network or one of the people in your company has been breached, your password and other credentials will show up on the dark web.* Find out what data you have on the dark web before someone uses it to gain more access to your systems – but be careful! Some websites offering this are scams designed to con you into giving private credentials.* If you want to know what’s out there on the dark web about you, your company, and your employees, join our mailing list, contact us and we’ll do a free dark web scan for you.* Is Google’s Gemini the Real Start of the Generative AI Boom? - Early impressions of Google’s Gemini aren’t great.* NotebookLM, originally called Project Tailwind, starts by creating a data set of your source * Google’s NotebookLM Aims to Be the Ultimate Writing Assistant - Steven Johnson.“NotebookLM is an experimental AI-powered note taking tool that helps you learn faster by reading and understanding your documents, generating summaries, answering your questions, and even helping you brainstorm new ideas.”