Google headlines for week of Feb 24

Hi everyone and from us here at the business desk: Some Google headlines
that made it this week.

Security Awareness Training is Essential for Small Businesses
Entrepreneur
Research from the Ponemon Institute claims that human error is responsible
for approximately 80 percent of all business data leaks. It only takes one

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/282990

Lost Or Stuck Reinventing Your Career? Try Reframing The Problem
Forbes
Whether they’ve been summarily let go, bought out of their jobs, or are
unwilling to retire, baby boomers often find themselves at a career
crossroads, …
http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/02/22/lost-or-stuck-reinventing-your-career-try-reframing-the-problem/#5e9ad35160c7

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If you think the 19th century was the age of monopolies with companies like Standard Oil Company and U.S.

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
If you think the 19th century was the age of monopolies with companies like
Standard Oil Company and U.S.
Steel, think again.
Today’s mega-corporations are staggering in their scope; spanning the world
and worth trillions of dollars.
Swatch is the largest watch company in the world, with brands that cover the
entire price spectrum and sales exceeding $8 billion
and employing 33,000 people.
Luxottica controls almost every high-end eyewear in the market. They own 80
percent of the major brands of eyeglasses. They own
Prada, Tiffany and Co., Versace, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Rayban, Oakley,
and many more.
At 926 aircraft, the American Airlines fleet is larger than the British Air
Force’s.
Out of thousands of non-alcoholic beverage brands, only about 40 of them are
billion-dollar brands, and Coca-Cola owns 20 of them. These brands help them
bring in $43 billion in annual sales.
The Walt Disney Company owns properties all across entertainment. Their
property Lucasfilm Ltd owns the rights to Star Wars and Indiana Jones. The
A&E Network includes channels like The History Channel and A&E. They own the
digital media brand Maker Studios, which owns some of the biggest channels
on YouTube.
As of 2015 Google has acquired 184 companies. It is estimated that Google
has spent $28 billion on these acquisitions, which include; Motorolla,
Double Click, YouTube, Admob and ITA Software.

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iPhone? It’s a spyphone: Apple devices can record your every movement | Daily Mail Online

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iPhone? It’s a spyphone: Apple devices can record your every movement |
Daily Mail Online
The Frequent Locations feature was quietly introduced to iPhones a year ago
It is tracking your every move – recording the exact time you left for work,
where you bought your coffee and where you like to shop.
But this isn’t a futuristic spy drone or some sinister Big Brother state –
it’s the iPhone sitting in your pocket.
Hidden in Apple phones is a function which logs every journey. The iPhones
are then able to analyse the data to figure out where you live and work,
basing decisions on the frequency and timing of trips.
The function – called the Frequent Locations feature – was quietly
introduced to iPhones a year ago. But since access to the programme is
buried beneath five layers of settings menus, few people know it exists.
Apple claims the data never leaves your phone without your permission, and
that it was only designed to improve mapping services.
But Professor Noel Sharkey, one of Britain’s leading computing experts,
described Apple’s ability to track people as ‘terrifying’. ‘This is
shocking,’ he said. ‘Every place you go, where you shop, where you have a
drink – it is all recorded. This is a divorce
lawyer’s dream. But what horrifies me is that it is so secret. Why did we
not know about this?’
Smartphones have had the ability to track their owners’ movements since they
were first installed with GPS chips and mapping functions.
But this feature, which is automatically installed on any iPhone with the
iOS 7 or an iOS 8 operating system, is the first to display the movements
clearly on a map. The phone records the date of every one of your journeys,
your time of arrival and departure and
how many times you have been to each address.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2771566/iPhone-It-s-spyphone-Apple-devices-record-movement.html

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Is your computer Listening To You?

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A Dan Thompson contribution
Is your computer Listening To You?

I have not personally used Google Crome’s dictation/listening option.
However, I felt it was important that other Crome users are aware of your
computer listening you. I consider it very concerning. If the micraphone
is one and activally listening, then one must ask, are others listening to
your activities while exploring the internet etc.?
So here you go.
Voice activated search image
One of the features in certain versions of the Chrome web browser is voice-
activated search. Just say “OK Google” and then you can dictate your search
query. But the existence of such a feature poses a question. If the
browser is to be able to recognise when you say “OK Google”, presumably it’s
listening to everything you say. All the time.
If you use Chrome and you want to find out whether this is indeed the case
on your computer, open your browser and type chrome://voicesearch/
in order to see the settings for that particular feature. If it says that
audio capture is allowed, and that a microphone is detected, then there’s a
good chance that your PC is listening to you.
If this is the case, head to
https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2940021?hl=en
to find out how to turn it off.

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The workplace syndrome

The workplace syndrome

For lack of a better term, this is what I call it; the workplace syndrome.
The workplace has now taken on so many new meanings and dimensions and we
need to keep this in mind as we attempt to add the needs and demands of
blind and partially sighted persons. The workplace has undergone so many
changes within the last two decades and today we find that it can apply to
any of the following: The workplace in an office environment, the workplace
in one’s home, and even the workplace on the road.

For blind and partially sighted persons, these changes can both be a
challenge as well as an exciting time but it all depends on certain factors.
Factors such as having the right type of technology to meet the requirements
of the environment of the workplace.

There is no reason why blind and partially sighted persons cannot be a part
of any of these types of workplaces. All it takes is a bit of patience,
research and a willingness on both sides to make it happen. Blind and
partially sighted persons need to ensure that they can access their
environment in an efficient manner and this means ensuring that their access
technology is able to communicate with mainstream technology.

In the case of the mainstream workplace in an office environment, blind and
partially sighted persons need to ensure that their access technology can
access the company’s intranets, mainframe environments if necessary, and
that it can communicate in an efficient manner with online screens and
databases. In case of at home workplaces, there needs to be an assurance
that access technology can communicate appropriately with company servers
and the same would hold true for an on the road workplace.

Employers need not be too worried about a blind or partially sighted person’s
ability to use hand held devices such as IPhones, IPods, or IPads. Apple
has done a marvelous job at ensuring that this is all possible. In short,
the changing nature of the workplace should not affect the abilities and
capabilities of blind and partially sighted persons to be participating
contributors.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your free lance writer and roving reporter wishing you a
terrific day.
For more of my blogs, please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog,
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm and
www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com.

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Google headlines for week of Feb 17

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Saving Your Data From Hackers: Tips For Improving Cybersecurity For Small
Businesses
ValueWalk
Some small businesses do not have the budget to be able to have an …
Working with a top internet security provider can help a business of any
size to …
http://www.valuewalk.com/2017/02/tips-improve-cybersecurity/

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Nintendo Switch hits stores March 3 2017, for $299.99

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Nintendo Switch hits stores March 3 2017, for $299.99

Nintendo doesn’t do consoles like everyone else. Microsoft and Sony are
competing with each other using traditional high-power gaming boxes that
have essentially become small form factor PCs. Nintendo’s new Switch
console appeals to a different kind of gamer. After announcing the Switch
in October , we now have all the details on this 6.2-inch tablet with a game
console inside.
The first big reveal was the price — $299.99. That’s a little higher than
the more optimistic projections, which pegged a $250 starting price. That
said, there’s plenty in the box. The Switch comes with the main
tablet/console
hardware, a dock, a left and right “Joy-Con” controller half, controller
grip, controller straps, an HDMI cable, and the power adapter. Each half of
the controller can actually be used as a separate controller for
multiplayer in
certain games, so Nintendo points out it’s almost like including two
controllers, just like the old days.
The core of the Switch is this odd little tablet device. It has a 6.2-inch
LCD with capacitive multitouch. The resolution is only 720p, but that
should look alright as long as you don’t get your face right up against it,
and the lower
resolution will save a great deal of power compared with rendering at
1080p. The Switch is powered by a custom Nvidia chipset based on Maxwell
GPU tech, and there’s no optical drive — Nintendo is going back to
cartridges.
The upshot is the carts will include internal storage for game files, so
those won’t clutter up your 32GB of internal storage.
Watch a video here:

Nintendo Switch pre-orders live now, hits stores March 3 for $299.99


The Switch will operate in three modes: TV, Tabletop, and Handheld. In TV
mode, the console is in the dock and outputting to the TV at 1080p. You
take a seat on the couch and plug your controller halves into the grip to
make
them into something that looks vaguely normal. In Tabletop mode, you set
the Switch tablet down on a surface and use the controller wirelessly. You
can also give one half of the controller to someone else to use as player
two
in either of these first two modes. In Handheld mode, you pick up the
tablet, attach your two Joy-Con halves, and you’ve got a very powerful
handheld gaming device. The controller halves also have built-in motion
control and
NFC.
The second video at the link below shows this in action.

Nintendo Switch pre-orders live now, hits stores March 3 for $299.99


A full game console that operates untethered from power is something new,
and the question of battery life is of great interest. Nintendo didn’t offer
a ton of detail here except to say the Switch will get between 2.5 and 6.5
hours of
battery life, depending on what you’re playing. As for what you get to play,
the launch lineup is mostly first-party Nintendo content. There’s a new
Zelda game called Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Mario
Odyssey. The Switch will also get games like Xenoblade 2 and Skyrim (yes,
that Skyrim) later in 2017.
The Switch is up for pre-order right now at various retailers, and it will
ship on March 3rd in Japan, the US, Canada, and Europe. The console is also
not region-locked.
Source Extreme Tech
Author: Ryan Whitwam

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list of 100 new features on ios 10

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
list of 100 new features on ios 10
by paul morris
http://www.redmondpie.com/60-ios-10-hidden-secret-features-for-iphone-and-ipad-list/
contributed from lindy van der merwe site
here’s the list of ios 10 features that you likely don’t know about as yet:
1.
read receipts by conversation in imessages
2.
icloud drive desktop folder
3.
air quality
index for china
4.
faster camera launch
5.
continuity clipboard
6.
autocorrect improvements for korean & thai
7.
notes collaboration
8.
unlimited tabs in safari
9.
male and female siri voices for russia, spain & italy
10.
definition dictionary in danish
11.
live photos stabilization
12.
markup in messages
13.
side-by-side mail compose ipad
14.
location suggestions in calendar
15.
new ipad camera ui
16.
live filters for live photos
17.
conversation view in mail
18.
discover in ibooks
19.
improved auto enhance in photos
20.
faster facetime connectivity
21.
carplay
app
reordering
22.
split view in safari on ipad
23.
rest & type ipad keyboard
24.
sort favorites in apple news
25.
icloud drive documents folder
26.
bilingual dictionaries in dutch & italian
27.
apple pay in safari
28.
mail suggested move folder
29.
air quality in maps for china
30.
found in messages
31.
brilliance adjustment slider in photos
32.
mail filters
33.
carplay on ultra wide screens
34.
bedtime alarm
35.
siri in south africa & ireland
36.
definition dictionary in traditional chinese
37.
live photos editing
38.
avoid tolls in maps
39.
mailbox column
40.
faster attachment sending in messages
41.
no game center app, service is still there
42.
delete stock apple apps
43.
re-
download
stock apple apps from app store
44.
panes in control center
45.
new animations for opening and closing apps
46.
3d touch in control center
47.
new back button
48.
new folder view
49.
app store gets back categories tab
50.
slide to unlock is gone from lock screen, replaced by “press
home to unlock”
51.
read receipts for individual contacts in messages
52.
new keyboard sound
53.
cellular data option in 3d touch quick actions
54.
take photos while listening to music
55.
optimized storage for music
56.
ios 10 kernel is left unencrypted intentionally
57.
widgets now show up on left side of home screen, as well as
left side on lock screen, and even on left side of notification center
system-
wide
58.
low light, medium light, bright light options for
torch/flashlight in control center
59.
new file system called ‘apple file system’
60.
home screen widgets in 3d touch quick actions
61.
get notifications on where you last parked your car
62.
in-line video playback in messages, safari and other apps.
63.
replaykit now allows live video streaming from apps and games,
as well as screen-casting
64.
ipad as hub for homekit instead of apple tv
65.
raw support in camera app
66.
notifications for publishers in apple news app
67.
continuity keyboard (tvos 10 required on apple tv)
68.
magnifier feature under accessibility setting
69.
100+ new emojis
70.
warning when connected to open and unsecured wi-
fi
networks
71.
raise to wake
72.
warning if liquid is detected in lightning port
73.
“hey siri” now activates only one device at a time
74.
“rest finger to unlock” option is still there
75.
photos app can detect 7 facial expressions
76.
photos app can detect 4432 type of objects
77.
prioritized app downloads
78.
warning for apps that aren’t 64-bit compatible
79.
improved landscape mode for safari on small screen devices
80.
close all tabs in safari at once by tapping and holding on the
tabs button.
81.
3d touch to clear all notifications at once in notification
center
82.
search bookmarks and reading list in safari
83.
tap and hold links in safari to get new “share” option,
clicking on which invokes share sheet
84.
swipe up on a photo to view related photos in photos app
85.
spotlight search
can now search icloud drive app
86.
markup in photos app
87.
song lyrics in
music app
88.
siri now provides suggestions when editing the query manually
89.
access spotlight search from anywhere system-wide
90.
system-wide look up feature
91.
3d touch on app’s icon on the home screen to share that app
92.
3d touch to rename folders on home screen
93.
3d touch on the app’s icon on home screen which is being
downloaded from the app store to pause/resume or cancel the
installation
94.
3d touch on folders on home screen to see pending notification
at a glance
95.
3d touch on spotlight search suggestions
96.
calendar now suggests events based on prior events
97.
emergency bypass in contacts for do not disturb
98.
find my apple watch available in find my iphone app for
watches running watchos 3
99.
split view on ipad works for app store
100.
health app redesign
101.
health app adds new organ donation option
so, are you updating to ios 10?
you may also like to check out:
review: ios 10 for iphone, ipad, ipod touch
found at this link:
http://www.redmondpie.com/review-ios-10-for-iphone-ipad-ipod-touch/

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to shred or not to shred?

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to shred or not to shred?

Can someone legally dig through your trash looking for tasty credit card
receipts, account numbers, or even your Social Security number? In the
decision California vs. Greenwood, the U.S. Supreme Court stated that the
“expectation of privacy in
trash left for collection in an area accessible to the public… is
unreasonable.”
In other words, when you throw something in your trash and then drag that
container to the street for pickup, it is available to anyone willing to
overlook the disgusting
smells and textures of your trash can or dumpster.
Think that doesn’t happen? Well, think again. It has, it does and sadly, it
will
continue.
WHY SHRED
In 2015, more than 13 million people fell victim to identity theft felonies
in the U.S.
Identity fraud is a serious issue as this band of thieves have stollen $112
billion in the past six years. That equals $35,600 stolen per minute, or
enough to pay for four
years of college every four minutes.
Some of these victims could have prevented this from happening by simply
shredding their uniquely identifying documents.
If you do not know how to effectively shred your most important documents,
it’s
time to learn.
WHAT TO SHRED
The rule of thumb is to shred any paper or document that contains personally
identifying information such as your signature, name, address, phone number,
Social Security
number, account numbers and any other information that is uniquely yours.
That means anything and everything from the address labels on junk mail and
magazines to luggage
tags, pay stubs, ATM recipes and airline tickets; photocopies of birth
certificates and expired passports to tax returns older than three years.
When in doubt, always err on
the side of shredding.
HOW TO SHRED
As difficult as it is for me to imagine, some shredded documents can be
reconstructed through painstakingly tedious work by motivated identity
thieves with pressure-sensitive tape. If the “shreds” a machine produces are
fairly large strips, that
becomes yet another potential hazard to your identity. That makes the idea
of just tearing up your documents before you put them into the trash a total
waste of
time. Even a child could put them back together.
Generally, paper shredders range in size and price from a small and
inexpensive unit designed for a certain amount of pages, to large units used
by commercial shredding
services. Shredders also vary in the way that they cut or shred paper.
Strip-cut shredders are the least secure, using rotation knives to cut
narrow strips as long as the original sheet of paper. These strips can be
reassembled, making a strip-
cut shredder the least secure.
Cross-cut shredders use two contra-rotating drums to cut rectangular,
parallelograph or diamond-shaped shreds. Much better, because the shreds are
much smaller pieces which makes it unreasonable if not impossible to
reassemble.
Micro-cut shredders create tiny square or circular pieces. Even better
because these debris cannot be reassembled.
BEST INEXPENSIVE HOME SHREDDERS
If you do not have a paper shredder you need to look into getting one. This
is something you need now and into the future. The need will not go away
until you do. That means
you want a quality shredder that performs well, can handle more than a
couple of pages at a time and is convenient to empty.
Amazon has come out with its own AmazonBasics brand of excellent home
shredders, three of which are my picks for the best inexpensive home
shredders,
dependent of course on what your budget can bear.
AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder. This is a
nice machine that can run for up to two minutes before needing to cool down
for 30 minutes. It has a
6-sheet capacity and also shreds plastic credit cards (one at a time). Comes
with small trash can on which it sits. To empty, one must lift the shredder
off the trash can.
About $25.
AmazonBasics 8-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD and Credit Card
Shredder. While this model produces tiny, almost confetti-like shreds and
operates for up to 2 minutes before needing a 40-minute cool down it handles
33% more
paper per pass, making it more efficient. It too will shred one credit card
at a time, but also CDs. The pull out basket is very easy to About $45.
Amazon Basics 24-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper, CD and Credit-Card Shredder.
This is the heavy-duty, industrial strength home shredder in that it will
shred up to 24 sheets at a time, can run for up to 25 minutes before needing
to cool down. This is a
great machine and well worth the price. About $125.
Shredding, while mandatory for the paper in your life, doesn’t address at
all your private information in the hands of merchants, service providers
and social
media. That’s where LifeLock Identity Theft Protection comes along side to
protect you. For more info on LifeLock, take a look at this post.
” A Startling Red-Hot Alert Made My Day”

A Startling Red-Hot Alert Made My Day


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Google headlines of the week

Hello there and welcome to our Google news round up for week ending Feb 11.
We hope ou find them informative.
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Globe editorial: Baby Boomers, please don’t retire just yet
The Globe and Mail
Back in 1971, fewer than one in 12 Canadians were seniors. … That’s
because the aging of the Baby Boomers means a reversal of one of the
dynamics … An across-the-board increase in the age of eligibility for
government retirement
programs … News. Trump offers to ‘destroy career’ of Texas lawmaker …
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/globe-editorial-baby-boomers-please-dont-retire-just-yet/article33946731/

Baby Boomers: Movers, and buyers, too
theday.com
Aging Baby Boomers will continue to have a positive impact on housing
demand. As Baby Boomers grow older, their housing needs will continue to …
http://www.theday.com/real-estate/20170210/baby-boomers-movers-and-buyers-too

Brian Jones: 9 to 5 to death
The Telegram
If a wave of baby boomers retired at 65, it would open up opportunities for
young … people no matter what their age — raised the retirement age to 67
from 65. … bulge that has hogged and clogged most of the good jobs for
decades.
http://www.thetelegram.com/opinion/columnists/2017/2/10/brian-jones–9-to-5-to-death.html

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