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Do Some Good, Explore, or Stay Safe With These Apps

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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2017 is here and this is as good a time as any to find ways to turn those New Year Resolutions into reality. There are a few apps that help with that and more. Some are free, though they will track you and your information. You’ll have to pay for some of the others if […]

2016 Was Year of Ransomware, Exploding Devices, AI, Social Media Lies

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Looking back at this past year’s tech scene, 2016 distinguished itself as the year of ransomware and fake news. It witnessed the ongoing battle over privacy and Samsung’s exploding phones, and saw the continued rise of artificial intelligence and the proliferation of drones. Here are some of the year’s leading stories: The ransom year While […]

How NORAD Has Been Tracking Santa for 61 Years

Posted December 23rd, 2016 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)

Every Christmas, for the past 61 years, NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, looks to the skies, tracking Santa as he distributes gifts and good cheer to children everywhere. Techtonics talked with NORAD volunteers last Christmas to learn how this is done. Here’s an updated rerun of the story. Millions of people are tracking […]

Taking Your Data to the Cloud? Read the Fine Print First.

Posted December 16th, 2016 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Every time you reach for your smartphone to access your social media feed or dig up a contact, you are tapping into remote servers that house your data, also known as the cloud. And while most people probably don’t give this a second thought, they should – if they want to keep their information private […]

For Developing World, 2016 Brought Education, Drones, Big Data

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 11:18 am (UTC-5)
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2016 opened new technology frontiers for developing countries in education and healthcare, thanks to mobile devices and a little help from nonprofits and tech giants. In parts of the developing world, mobile technology has been bridging the gap where there is spotty or no traditional internet connectivity, a lack of teachers, limited school resources, and […]

Ransomware Gets Bolder as Bigger Players Join the Game

Posted December 2nd, 2016 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Ransomware attacks are becoming more brazen if the November 25 assault on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) is any indication. And cybersecurity experts project a surge in these types of digital assault as new players get into the act. “Unfortunately, this is a trend,” said Comodo Senior Research Scientist, Kenneth Geers. “And it works.” […]

By the Way

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Techtonics is taking the day off. Please check back with us on Tuesday.

By the Way

Posted November 24th, 2016 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Techtonics is taking a couple of days off. Please check back with us on Tuesday.

Teaching Kids About Cybersecurity? Ask Garfield.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Children are spending more time online, chatting up strangers and sometimes giving them personal information that could put them in harm’s way. But a new collaboration that enlists a particularly troublesome cartoon feline is looking to teach kids a few things about cybersecurity. Mobile devices have become the babysitters of the technology age, engaging and […]

US Social Media Campaigns Are Playbook for Future Elections

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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The level of social media engagement in this year’s U.S. presidential election has been unprecedented. And experts say it will serve as a template for influencing voters in future election campaigns in the U.S. and beyond. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a Republican who dropped out of the race, were the […]