Phil Kasper

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Protect Your Small Business From Cyber Attacks With These Free Tools

Defend against hackers and cybercrime with free email theft protection and easy-to-use cybersecurity tools.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Cyber crime damages are predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015, according to a …

Hackers gain access to hundreds of global electric systems

Electrical power grids around the world have been infiltrated by hackers.<p>Researchers from Symantec, a security company, found evidence that hundreds of power grid sites across the US, Turkey and Switzerland were hit in a massive hacking campaign they are calling Dragonfly 2.0.<p>The campaign, which …

GOP approves new fines for livestreaming protests on House floor

Republicans barreled ahead with a plan to fine members who use their phones to broadcast future floor protests, approving rules for the new Congress Tuesday that codify the penalties despite last-minute objections from Democrats.<p>Before the vote Democrats including Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), a …

Here’s how Apple would build crypto-cracking software for the FBI

Apple objects to the resources it would need to dedicate to "Government OS."<p>Apple's official legal response to the ongoing encryption dustup between …

Stitch Is Slack For Healthcare Messaging

Stitch, a central messaging hub for healthcare providers, is launching today on stage at Disrupt to cut down on the $11 billion that U.S. hospitals waste each year due to breakdowns in communication.<p>You can think of Stitch as Slack for healthcare, except channels are organized around individual …

Apple Pay causes confusion on London transport

Transport for London has warned people using Apple Pay on London's transport network to use the system properly or risk being overcharged for their …

Google Earth Pro Is Now Available For Free

Today Google has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free. Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year. Google Earth is a geospatial software application that displays a virtual globe, which offers the ability to analyze and capture geographical data. Google Earth was created after …

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Republicans looking to introduce net neutrality bill that avoids Title II

'Title X' would restrict internet fast lanes without reclassifying the internet as a utility<p>2014 has seen a widescale battle for net neutrality, with the government and massive corporations clashing over just what a free and open internet will look like in the years to come. Much of that …

Iowa Launches An App For Your Drivers License

We take our phones with us pretty much everywhere these days. This gave the Iowa Department of Transportation an idea – put the state drivers license on an app.<p>The app will hold all the same information found on a plastic license. State government authorities such as police and airport security …

Sony fights spread of stolen data by using “bad seed” attack on torrents

Investigation into hack continues while Sony tries to minimize the damage.<p>Those trying to download files and films from the recent Sony Pictures …

Canadian court rules that police officers can search cell phones without warrant during arrest

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled by a 4-3 decision that Canadian police officers have the right to search cell phones without a warrant during arrests under certain circumstances: the arrest must be lawful, police need a valid reason for the search, the search must be limited to the suspected …

According to Comcast, consumers get a “real benefit” from helping Comcast

Ever since Comcast announced their merger with Time Warner Cable, they have tried to tell everyone how much they want to improve their atrocious customer service. Comcast’s CEO even admitted to being “embarrassed” by his companies customer service.<p>Yet, ever since they promised to improve, Comcast …

T-Mobile CEO Legere on iPhone Bendgate: It's horse dung

Sometimes, you need to curse to make your point.<p>In the case of T-Mobile CEO John Legere, a curseless statement is rarer than a polar bear in Silicon Valley.<p>It's heartening, then, that he dedicated the full force of his lexicon to the phenomenon known as Bendgate. In this, an iPhone 6 Plus was said …

Ello – and goodbye to the new social networking site?

The internet can seem like a winner-takes-all game – which you win when your brand becomes a verb. There is only one search engine, one auction site, one encyclopedia… and one social network. Since Facebook shrugged off Bebo and Myspace, it has had few direct competitors. Twitter succeeded with a …

Redbox Instant streaming video service shutting down on October 7th

Netflix's grip on the streaming video market is tightening. Today, Redbox Instant announced that the service will be shut down in just a few days, on October 7th. The service, which went live last year as part of a partnership between Verizon and Redbox parent company Outerwall, has struggled to …

USB has a huge security problem that could take years to fix

In July, researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell announced that they'd found a critical security flaw they called BadUSB, allowing attackers to smuggle malware on the devices effectively undetected. Even worse, there didn't seem to be a clear fix for the attack. Anyone who plugged in a USB stick …

iPad, I choose you: 'Pokémon' officially hits the App Store

Remember that <i>Pokémon</i> iPad game that was teased not too long ago? Well, if the mere mention of it stoked a fire inside that made you want to abandon Blizzard's <i>Hearthstone</i> forever, <i>Joystiq</i> has spotted that the pocket monster trading card game is available on the App Store now. <i>Pokémon TCG Online</i> is …

Adobe is bringing Photoshop to Chromebooks

The big knock against Google's Chromebooks is that they can't run true desktop-class software, with Photoshop a commonly-cited example. Google and Adobe are now looking to close that gap: the companies have just announced that Adobe's Creative Cloud software will soon be available for Chromebooks. …

Facebook Ads Will Follow You Around. Starting Now.

Good news for advertisers, but maybe not-so-great news for users concerned about their personal data: Starting Monday, Facebook will use data it …

Russia orders Google, Facebook and Twitter to comply with local storage and censorship laws

Back in July, Vladimir Putin signed a law requiring all web services handling Russians’ personal data to store that information in local data …

As Roku grows, it’s moving towards pay-to-play for successful channels

With 1,800 channels and growing, Roku is easily the largest TV app publishing platform. The company’s set-top boxes have long been embraced by both …

DipJar Raises Funding For A Tip Jar Where You Pay With Plastic, Not Spare Change

The move to a more “cashless” society has not been without its victims – namely, those whose incomes relied on the spare change and small donations that once came from customers emptying their pockets, but are now locked up in digital bits and credit card swipes. The lowly tip jar today often sits …

Swedish students play a gig with 3D-printed instruments

We might be far from 3D printing everything, but Professor Olaf Diegel from Lund University in Sweden wants everyone to know it already has real-world applications. So, he printed out some working guitars, drums and keyboards, formed a band and recently asked them to play what he claims is the …

Blizzard cancels its long-delayed “Project Titan” MMO

After seven years, the company couldn't make the game fun.<p>Never officially announced, Blizzard has been talking about an MMO project, codenamed …

Clinkle finally launches its payments service (but not the one originally promised)

After more than a year of building hype for its mobile wallet, Clinkle has finally gone public with its app and payments service – and it’s nothing …

Square Is Making a Register That Takes Bitcoin and Apple Pay

Over the past year, it's become a lot easier to buy bitcoin, thanks to services such as Coinbase. And thanks to retailers such as Overstock.com and …

AT&T tempts cord-cutters with $40-a-month broadband with HBO and Amazon Prime

If you tried to count the number of times that we'd wished cable companies would offer nothing more than HBO Go and broadband, you'd run out of limbs well before you hit the total. AT&T, however, is following Comcast's lead in offering a cord-cutter bundle that offers us exactly what we want …

Google's self-driving cars and others get permits to drive in California

Google won 25 DMV permits for testing autonomous vehicles; Audi and Mercedes each received two<p>Google's self-driving cars have made impressive progress in the past few years, logging over 700,000 accident-free miles without human intervention, according to the company (there has been at least one …

New Oculus Rift prototype brings out the best in virtual reality

Presence. It's the ability of VR headsets to fool your mind and body into thinking that you are actually in a virtual world, and that experience is what Oculus seeks to deliver with its latest prototype. Code-named Crescent Bay, it's an evolution of the DK2 headset that only recently started making …