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Android's factory reset has a security problem. Here's how to fix it

How do you sell a phone without giving away the data on it? If you've used a phone even briefly, it's filled with all kinds of sensitive data, including passwords and login tokens alongside personal texts and photos, all of which need to be erased before you can safely put the phone up for sale. …

Meet Cyanogen, The Startup That Wants To Steal Android From Google

It’s a little hard to take Kirt McMaster seriously at first. He tends to run on his own schedule, and when he shows up 20 minutes late for a meeting on a recent weekday, there’s not so much as a mention of his tardiness, let alone an apology. In black jeans, a black hoodie that looks a half-size …

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What Tinder Did For Dating, Tableau Wants To Do For Spreadsheets

One of Pixar’s founding employees and the ex-CTO of Lucasfilm have a new mission: Reinventing data analysis for the masses.<p>You may not have heard of Tableau, the Seattle-based software firm that helps Fortune 500 companies make sense of their massive spreadsheets. You may not even care about …

What To Bring To The Job Interview

The hardest part of getting a job is getting the job interview. Once you’re invited to a job interview, your chances at getting the job improve dramatically — from about one in a hundred applicants to one in six or seven. That’s a huge difference!<p>A day or two before the job interview, make a test …

Google now lets you mirror your Android phone and tablet on your TV with Chromecast

Originally announced at Google I/O 2014 last month, Android mirroring has now arrived on the Chromecast. The feature means you can now see your phone or tablet on your TV, navigating your apps, content, and anything else you want, just in a bigger form.<p>To start mirroring, fire up the Chromecast app …

Cloud-Based Virtual Call Center Company NewVoiceMedia Raises $50M

United Kingdom-based NewVoiceMedia is a virtual call and contact center solutions company that has raised $50 million in Series E funding to accelerate its growth. NewVoiceMedia will use the funding to expand internationally, develop its portfolio of cloud solutions, and strengthen professional …

Banks Are Deploying Voice Biometrics So That You Don’t Have To Tell Them Your Mother’s Maiden Name Again

Nice Systems, one of Fast Company‘s Most Innovative Companies, is launching a voice biometric system for call centers to verify customers’ identities.<p>By now, anyone with a bank account is familiar with the identity verification process used by customer service reps. It’s your mother’s maiden name, …

This Chat App Is Way Better Than Email For Work

Email can feel overwhelming. Messages that don't feel that important can build up until unread messages can number in the dozens, or worse — and then, the task seems too daunting for reading through to be worth it.<p>Chat rooms are great for communicating with a team in real-time, but most aren't …

This Is Why It Feels Like Apple Stopped Innovating Three Years Ago

He'd say that once, when he was a kid, he was reading a science magazine and he found an article ranking animals by the efficiency of their movements.<p>At the top of the list, there were cheetahs and hawks. Way down at the bottom, there were humans — relatively slow on their two legs.<p>But then Jobs …

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Mixpanel Launches SurveyMonkey Rival But Inserts Them Into Native Apps

Big data and real-time analytics service Mixpanel is unveiling a new tool that will help app developers solicit feedback from their users in a qualitative manner. Aptly called Mixpanel Surveys, it’s almost akin to what one would find within SurveyMonkey except that it’s a native mobile experience …

Four tips to take you beyond the big data hype cycle

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>As 2013 kicked off Gartner analyst Svetlana Sicular noted in her blog that big data is sliding down into the Trough of …

Here’s the app teens use more than Facebook — and of course, it’s not Twitter

Young folks are starting to shy away from Facebook in favor of a few new sites and services — and it’s not Snapchat or Twitter.<p>According to a study conducted by research firm NextAdvisor, Tumblr and Instagram are both trending with teens; Facebook is on the downswing; Twitter’s a hit with just one …

It's Now Easier For Hackers To Crack Crazy-Complex Passwords

An update to a free online password-cracking program just made it easier for hackers to get their hands on more complex passwords.<p>When you sign up for an account on a website and create a password, that information is stored in a company database as "cryptographic hashes": strings of numbers and …

Why Samsung holds the lion's share of the smartphone market

Img Source: Flickr:iam_photo<p>Have you ever wondered how Samsung got to where it is today? A few years ago, it barely had any presence at all in the worldwide smartphone market. In fact, its very first smartphone was a huge flop. But it slowly rose to become not only one of the biggest names in the …

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