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Guru announces new AI and Sync features for knowledge sharing platform

It’s one thing to have a great business idea, but connecting all of the disparate pieces of information and people needed to build it can be a frustrating growing pain — and one that the internal knowledge sharing company Guru is trying to fix.<p>Guru launched in 2015 as a Chrome extension to help …

How to Remotely Delete Data for iPhone and Android Devices

As mobile phones carry a significant amount of private data including message history and details, photos, and other confidential information, losing …

The Most Secure Account of All—If You Can Stand It

There was a time when high-status people signaled their worth with an ostentatious key fob for an expensive car. Today the keyring of an important …

Major identity manager breach exposes sensitive user info

Identity and password management services are, in theory, supposed to improve your security by promoting tough-to-guess passwords and otherwise keeping logins under lock and key. However, the concentration of high-value data also makes them a juicy target for hackers -- and OneLogin is finding that …

A rising trend in hacking: locking your files and charging you to get them back

Ransomware attacks, in which hackers hold hostage the files on their victims’ computers, are on the rise. A new report found that each quarter in 2016 saw a significant increase in the number of attacks:<p>“It would be inaccurate to say the threat landscape either diminished or expanded in 2016,” …

Cybersecurity

What Economists Don't Know About Physics -- And Why It's Killing Us

<i>Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.</i> -- <b>Kenneth Boulding</b><p>(<i>Spaceship Earth: NASA</i>)<p>The mantra of classical economists is "growth." So fixated are they on growth that recessions are often referred to as periods of "negative growth."<p>…

Fossil Fuels

US shale frackers eye world conquest despite bloodbath

Dozens of indebted US shale companies face annihilation over coming months as their hedge protection runs out and creditors pull the plug, but veteran frackers insist defiantly that the slump will not stop the industry's march to world conquest.<p>"What is happening scares the heck out of you. We're …

10 Ways to Win the Thanksgiving Argument

Thanksgiving is the #1 time during the year when distant family members wind up in heated arguments. If you're going to engage, why not win?<p>I absolutely love Thanksgiving. Still, I understand that if there's anything worse a big argument at Thanksgiving dinner, it's <i>losing</i> a big argument at …

A wildly popular Google Chrome extension was being used as a giant botnet

One of the most popular Chrome extensions is selling its users' bandwidth, largely without their knowledge — and it can be used by hackers to maliciously attack websites.<p>Hola is a VPN — a "virtual private network." As streaming platforms like Netflix have risen in popularity, there has been a …

Google Chrome

Thieves find brazen way to steal your identity

<b>(CNN) —</b> A criminal could be collecting unemployment benefits under your name right now -- and you wouldn't even know it.<p>It's a crime so brazen that even police have been victims of the scheme.<p>And it's so pervasive that prosecutors were surprised by the "tsunami of fraud that we have seen around the …

Google's Project Vault is a security system disguised as a microSD card

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google wants to make your phone more secure, without having to change the way manufacturers make smartphones.<p>The company on Friday announced Project Vault, which packs a digital security system into a microSD card, which phones and computers usually recognize as a storage device. …

What Mathematics Reveals About the Secret of Lasting Relationships and the Myth of Compromise

Why 37% is the magic number, what alien civilizations have to do with your soul mate, and how to master the “negativity threshold” ideal for Happily Ever After.<p>In his sublime definition of love, playwright Tom Stoppard painted the grand achievement of our emotional lives as “knowledge of each …

Mathematics

8 Common Tech Myths You Should Stop Believing Today

Despite how often we use devices like smartphones and laptops, we have plenty of questions about how those technologies works. And with so much information out there — not all of it true — it's hard to know if we're treating our electronics properly.<p>We've dug into some of the most common myths in …

Consumer Tech