Memorial Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. You may have the day off tomorrow. You may relax and enjoy yourself. But, take some time for somber reflection on the sacrifice made by men and women who died while serving their country in the military. That is what the day is for. This is Martin Mahlon Georges, my father, who died while serving in the Army Air Corps, in a training plane crash in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when I was 5 years old. I have flashes of memory of him; but, no more than that. His sacrifice impacted many lives, and there are millions like him. Say a prayer for them tomorrow.
Google set to kill passwords by end of this year with 'Project Abacus'. What if your computer or device didn't need a password to verify who you are? What if it could analyze your voice, face, and the way you swipe the screen? We all have unique identifiers that can be analyzed by our devices, with the help of Google engineer created algorithms. Of course, having a computer, or device, or Google, have that depth of knowledge just by the way we look, sound and move is a little creepy. In addition, law enforcement will cheer this development since physical attributes probably aren't protected from search; just like fingerprints. A password, or key, inputted into a device from our brain cannot be forced from us. What do you think? Will the convenience be worth it?
Google Photos Is 1 Year Old -- Here's What's Next For Photos | Digital Trends. In the one year since its introduction, Google Photos has taken over the Internet, with 200 million users. It is such a joy to be able to know that every photo is stored, catalogued, and available with a click on every device. With the seemingly limitiless storage capacity of Google Drive, and the power of the Google Search algorithms, I can't contemplate using any other method to store my photos. Thanks, Google, and Happy Birthday, Google Photos.
HoverCam Mini 5 Document Camera HCM5R B&H Photo Video. I have been fine tuning my presentation go bag. This Saturday, I located my HoverCam Mini 5, which is a tiny camera that sends documents and solid object images to the computer via USB. In the old days we used huge projectors and equipment to perform this task; now, I can project any image with a tiny six inch long device that plugs into any USB port. While modern attorneys usually have pdf copies of trial documents on computer, and project them directly, the HoverCam permits the manipulation of solid objects, and can also record video for real time projection, or later use. Just one more thing to take with me to presentations.
Stealing your passwords is much easier than you think. Use 2-Step Verification to add extra security. | AndroidGuys. Sometimes, I think that I am talking to myself. I keep writing posts about computer security, and many of you ignore them. Well, today I am going to tell you about the most important security tool you can use to protect your online and mobile life. If you don't use it for every app for which it is available, you are risking everything. Your online identities can be stolen. Your data can be held hostage. Read this article about two-step authentication. Learn about it. First thing, set it up for your Google account. The good news is that you are probably using it already for banking and other financial accounts, because the banks are making you do it. Just do it.
You know you wanted to go. Google I/O is the place where the future of computing is revealed. Now, all sessions can be watched from the comfort of your desk. What announcement interested you most? Check it out.
Execupundit.com: Tired. This post by Execupundit got me thinking about aging. I, too, have noticed the tiredness factor. But, recently, I have been focused on the fact that recovery from illness also takes a lot longer. It is cruel irony that, as our days get shorter, our recovery times get longer. A cold, like my current one, lingers for several weeks instead of coming and going like a rainstorm. Surgery creates lasting effects that can last a lifetime. I'm not complaining, just observing. Our pursuits need to become more brain oriented. The brain is where our joy comes from anyway. Wait, what was I talking about?
Dear Satya Nadella: Make sure the Microsoft Surface phone has these features | Computerworld. Okay, by now you are either a PC person or an Apple Mac person. You either like Android or you like iPhones. Yes, you could buy a Windows phone; but, Microsoft finally saw that it couldn't compete and shut down the Lumia line and pretty much its entire mobile phone shop. Or did it? There are strong hints that Microsoft will be making a Surface phone that looks and acts just like the popular and expensive Surface tablets and laptops. On paper, this looks like a win,win. A phone that runs the same apps as your tablet or laptop. Syncing would be a snap. Usage would be easy. Or would it? This article talks about the features a Surface phone would need to compete with Android and iOS. Would you buy one?
Anti-malware for Mac | Malwarebytes Labs. So, grasshopper. You think that because you have a Mac, you are impervious to malware? Well, Macs are probably more secure than PCs, but that is more a function of small market share than the security of the OS. This article debunks the myth that Mac users don't need anti-malware. Adware, info stealers, Trojans, Ransomware, and other nasties can infect any computer, and some users of both PCs and Macs have had their data entirely destroyed. Read and weep.