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Microsoft Patch Alert: Major bugs introduced in May fixed, plenty of problems remain

Once more we have a monthly Windows/Office patch scorecard that needs a guidebook. Or two.

How Android Phones Hide Missed Security Updates From You

Google has long struggled with how best to get dozens of Android smartphone manufacturers—and hundreds of carriers—to regularly push out …

Windows Has a Plan to Make Its Update System a Little Less Garbage

Installing updates on Windows has always been a pain in the ass. Not only does Microsoft seem hellbent on forcing users to update their machines …

Ad retargeters scramble to get consumer consent

Desperate times call for desperate in-browser messages.<p>With Apple already making moves against ad tracking in its Safari browser and the General Data …

Faulty BLU Life One X2 software update locks users out of phones

As infrequently as budget phones are updated, owners of low-cost phones should be glad their phone is continuing to receive support. However, a …

Frequent Software Releases, Updates May Injure App Security

The more frequently you release apps, the more security vulnerabilities you are likely to introduce in the code, a new study confirms.<p>The frequency …

UX Case Study: HBO GO App

While traditional television still commands the majority of the public’s viewership, the small screen is slowly surrendering its audience to an even …

Want Nazis Out of Your Twitter Feed? It Helps to Be a VIP.

The abuse-reporting process is far from automatic, ex-employees say, and allows moderators to fast-track complaints they deem fit for people they …

NBD: Adobe just dumped its private PGP key on the internet

<b>Updated</b> Change the name to A-d'oh!-beAn absent-minded security staffer just accidentally leaked Adobe's private PGP key onto the internet.

San Francisco

Failure to patch two-month-old bug led to massive Equifax breach

Critical Apache Struts bug was fixed in March. In May, it bit ~143 million US consumers.<p>The Equifax breach that exposed sensitive data for as many as …

Web Servers

Microsoft releases KB 4039396, its fourth Win10 1607 update this month

If you’ve ever wondered why I recommend folks hold off on Windows monthly updates, permit me to introduce the latest hiccup in a whooping-cough-sized …

Sonos says users must accept new privacy policy or devices may "cease to function"

The sound system maker will not allow existing customers to opt-out of the new privacy policy.<p>Sonos has confirmed that existing customers will not be …

Best Prototyping Tools Recommended for 4 Different Design Scenarios

Prototyping is an effective approach to turn your ideas into a crowd-funding product, but it’s not easy to pick <b>the best prototyping tools</b> for your …

URLs are UI

What a great title. "URLs are UI." Pithy, clear, crisp. Very true. I've been saying it for years. Someone on Twitter said "this is the professional …

Software Development

WannaCry Forces Honda to Take Production Plant Offline

Work on over 1,000 vehicles affected at automaker's Sayama plant in Japan while systems were restored.

Here's what we learned from Travis Kalanick's hidden 2007 Twitter account

Tbones fancies himself a dancer.<p>Oh, and his opinions about women have long been a bit retrograde.<p>This, and so much more, can be gleaned from Uber CEO …

The UX Mistakes That Cost Companies Millions

My friend is a steel structure engineer – his company has been involved in putting up enormous structures, like the iconic Gherkin in London. If he …

Web Design

When the Mac was introduced 33 years ago, people thought graphical user interfaces were a real problem

GTFO GUIs<p>This week marks 33 years since the debut of the Apple Macintosh, the first computer to bring graphical user interfaces (GUIs) to the masses. …

How to See Everything Your Browser Knows About You

The second you log onto the internet, you start leaving a trace that’s more telling than you think. Browsers can not only identify where you are in …

Mobile Design Best Practices

Apps are now a mainstream, trusted way to deliver content and services. But in a crowded market, how does a mobile app become useful, relevant, and …

A/B Testing Made Simple: 4 Optimization Blunders to Avoid

Congratulations! If you’re considering working on conversion optimization for your website, then I’ll assume that you’ve built healthy traffic to …

Visual Design

Who owns your data when you're dead?

AFTER we die, our bodies are reduced to dust or ash, through burial or cremation. The fate of the digital corpuses we leave behind is rather more …

Admiral to price car insurance based on Facebook posts

Insurer’s algorithm analyses social media usage to identify safe drivers in unprecedented use of customer data<p>One of the biggest insurance companies in Britain is to use social media to analyse the personalities of car owners and set the price of their insurance.<p>The unprecedented move highlights …

Is Google Scholar a Filter Bubble?

A major goal of net-based mass media is to customize the feed that is delivered to each viewer received a unique screen that matches their interest …

Google Introduces Free Version of Site Usability Testing Tool

Google has introduced a free version of a tool designed to help organizations deliver more personalized experiences for users visiting their websites.<p>…

Google Analytics

A Usable Guide to Cognitive Dimensions

Usability is is an assessment of how easy user interfaces are to use. It’s about asking the question: “How easily can users understand and use my …

UX Design

Business software and applications: UX and your bottom line

Research confirms what those of us working in the field have long understood: good UX is good for business. But how do you convince the …

Just Tell Me What I Need to Know! The FTC Delves Into Disclosures to Consumers

“Bad UI leads to bad UX” is one of the most common sayings in Silicon Valley. Translated, this means that bad user interface (UI) – the look, feel and relative usability of an app or website’s design – will inevitably create a bad user experience (UX). Silicon Valley spends considerable resources …