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Monday - October 6, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration last week released long-awaited recommendations aimed at better managing cybersecurity risks to protect patient health and information. The new standards recommend manufacturers take into account cybersecurity risks as part of the design and development of a medical device. They require device makers to submit documentation to the FDA about identified risks. [More...]

Monday - October 6, 2014
I had a chance last week to talk with the most secretive group inside Dell. They are kind of like the Q Division in the James Bond movies. These folks are pretty much unique in the industry, in that they build PCs and servers that are highly customized for firms that then place them into unusual solutions. This is the kind of machine that might go into a unique military vehicle. [More...]

Saturday - October 4, 2014
iphone-6-plus-pockets
Wearable fashion designers are flummoxed. How can they create beautiful, form-fitting apparel with pockets big enough for a 5.5-inch phone to nestle in, preferably without bending out of shape? Phablets are all the rage now that Apple has sprinkled the form factor with its magic dust, but no one seems to know where to put them when they're not in use. Hold the phone, folks -- just hold the phone. [More...]

Friday - October 3, 2014
Facebook on Thursday announced it had developed a framework for conducting research on its 1.3 billion or so users. The announcement clearly is a response to the onslaught of criticism the company recently received, when it blithely reported the findings of a study about how News Feed content affected a user's mood. Facebook withheld certain posts and promoted others to see how users would react. [More...]

Friday - October 3, 2014
pavlok
I don't know if it's worth $447 to avoid having to show up at a class dressed in whatever strange apparel I might need to shimmy into to do yoga, but I have to admit I'm on the fence about it. I'm pretty sure I'd rather keep my bad habits than shock myself out of them, though, as the Pavlok wearable device (pictured above) might allow me to do. Which means I sure could use some smart containers to keep my guilty pleasures fresh. [More...]

Friday - October 3, 2014
apple-watch
What if your favorite hockey player's stick sent tactile feedback to thousands of fans before a powerful goal shot? Tap tap tap, the defense is raging, and BAM -- the goal shot. The Apple Watch is the start of feeling what fans are already seeing. This sort of immersive communication is far from the masses right now, but the Apple Watch will be a catalyst. [More...]

Thursday - October 2, 2014
ComputerCOP software, a parental monitoring application that long has been recommended and distributed by law enforcement agencies, is little more than spyware with significant potential for abuse, the EFF reported Wednesday. The software includes a keylogger that could expose a family's personal information by transmitting what's typed to third-party servers without encryption, the EFF said. [More...]

Thursday - October 2, 2014
iphone-activation-lock-status-checker
If you're in the market for a used iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you now have an easy way to find out if the device was lost or stolen -- or even if a legitimate seller accidentally left it locked. "It's not going to stop some phone theft, but it will make a thief jump through some extra hoops before they can sell a phone," noted Chris Webber, senior product marketing manager at Centrify. [More...]

Thursday - October 2, 2014
data divination
I am by no means anything close to a Big Data expert, but I know great technology discussion when I read it -- and that was the hook that kept me focused on what Baker and Gourley had to say in Data Divination: Big Data Strategies. Experts in their fields can not always bring the importance and the immediacy of their passion to life. Neither of these authors suffers from that inability. [More...]

Wednesday - October 1, 2014
windows-10
Windows users have been treated to a breath of fresh air. Microsoft showed off its next version of the OS on Tuesday, and it appears the company has righted the most egregious wrongs of Windows 8. Although it has touchscreen functionality, Windows 10 has a much more familiar look and feel, including a Start button, something Microsoft likely will never deprive its customers of again. [More...]

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