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20 Mar 2017

A New Wave of IoT Security Threats Are Coming -- Here's How to Mitigate Them

Phil Goldstein, BizTech

A New Wave of IoT Security Threats Are Coming -- Here's How to Mitigate Them

The Internet of Things poses a cybersecurity challenge for many companies, but there are practical steps IT and business leaders can take to diminish the threat.

New potential threats include manipulating connected vehicles in fleets or delivery services, locking and encrypting IoT devices via ransomware, using connected devices to carry out attacks and more.

Posted in IT & Computing

20 Mar 2017

Which Responsive Design Framework Is Best? Of Course, It Depends

Jen Kramer, Smashing Magazine

Which Responsive Design Framework Is Best? Of Course, It Depends

In 2017, the question is not whether we should use a responsive design framework. Increasingly, we are using them. The question is which framework should we be using, and why, and whether we should use the whole framework or just parts of it.

With dozens of responsive design frameworks available to download, many web developers appear to be unaware of any except for Bootstrap. Like most of web development, responsive design frameworks are not one-size-fits-all. Let's compare the latest versions of Bootstrap, Foundation and UIkit for their similarities and differences.

Posted in IT & Computing

17 Mar 2017

Google's new algorithm shrinks JPEG files by 35 percent

David Lumb, Engadget

Google's new algorithm shrinks JPEG files by 35 percent

For obvious reasons, Google has a vested interest in reducing the time it takes to load websites and services. One method is reducing the file size of images on the internet, which they previously pulled off with the WebP format back in 2014, which shrunk photos by 10 percent. Their latest development in this vein is Guetzli, an open-source algorithm that encodes JPEGs that are 35 percent smaller than currently-produced images.

As Google points out in its blog post, this reduction method is similar to their Zopfli algorithm that shrinks PNG and gzip files without needing to create a new format.

Posted in IT & Computing

17 Mar 2017

Think encryption is cryptic?

Sandesh Anand, FactorDaily

Think encryption is cryptic?

Crypto -- the art of writing or solving codes -- is not just part of history. It continues to influence our present, and is bound to play a big role in defining our future as well.

While in ancient times, crypto seemed to be a tool used mostly for tactical purposes by governments and militaries, with the advent of the internet, it is being used by every individual and organisation with a digital presence, whether or not they are aware of it.

Posted in IT & Computing

14 Mar 2017

Trringo A First of Its Kind Tractor and Farm Equipment Rental Business

Sujata Sangwan, Business World

Trringo A First of Its Kind Tractor and Farm Equipment Rental Business

Founded in March, 2016, Mumbai-based Trringo is a farm equipment rental business. It aims to bring the sharing economy to rural India by creating a large inventory of farm equipments on rent. Farmers can place order for tractors and implements through a toll free number or through the app. The digital backend finds the nearest tractor and passes order to the driver. The driver arrives at the location and completes the work and charges on an hourly basis.

Posted in Agriculture

11 Mar 2017

The tech industry needs more designers -- are hybrid designer-developers the answer?

Ken Yeung, VentureBeat

The tech industry needs more designers -- are hybrid designer-developers the answer?

The growing need for tech designers is driving the industry to seek out multi-disciplinary talent and leading to more inclusive hiring practices. Highlighting this trend, John Maeda, former design partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has published a new report on what companies are looking for.

But who are these designers? Are they limited to certain areas of expertise? Maeda thinks the profession is changing to include hybrid designers, those who are also developers with some skill in programming, whether in JavaScript, PHP, or Ruby on Rails. In a survey of designers, a third stated that they had engineering training.

Posted in IT & Computing

11 Mar 2017

Top 7 Technology Trends in 2017 That Are Moving Faster Than Ever

Alekhya Sai, Interesting Engineering

Top 7 Technology Trends in 2017 That Are Moving Faster Than Ever

These past 3 months of 2017 showed us that technology trends are moving at a faster pace and they might experience huge changes this year.

2016 has been an amazing year for all technology enthusiasts with the pioneering technology trends that were available. With the progressing year, the technology diversified ways in which we could communicate and retrieve the information from the pocket fitting devices. Technologies such as IoT, automation, and cognitive computing moved beyond the conceptual stages in 2016.

As the year takes up, companies throughout the world are developing their business strategies. In order to move forward in the competition, companies are turning towards major investments in technology.

Posted in General

10 Mar 2017

MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking

Thomas Claburn, The Register

MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking

To protect mobile devices from being tracked as they move through Wi-Fi-rich environments, there's a technique known as MAC address randomization. This replaces the number that uniquely identifies a device's wireless hardware with randomly generated values.

But it turns out to be completely worthless, due to a combination of implementation flaws and vulnerabilities. That and the fact that MAC address randomization is not enabled on the majority of Android phones.

Posted in Telecommunications

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