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AI: Hype or Reality?

The report is based on an April 2018 survey of 182 technology professionals involved in purchasing. Fifty-three percent work in an IT management role; 40% represent enterprises with more than 1,000 employees.

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Snapshot: Online Image Theft

Here’s some theft info from Website Magazine.  Click on picture for full story.

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Protection from Software Publishers Ripping You Off

Do you ever wonder why software licenses are so complicated, and what you can do about them?

Beyond simply waiting for the software industry to clean up their act, there are a few ways that customers can better protect themselves when purchasing software. For example, never trust the spoken word of your software sales representative. Some will say anything simply to “lock in” a deal. That includes lying about how you’re allowed to use their software. Unfortunately, this means you’re going to have to read the fine print. Even better, have an attorney that specializes in IT and licensing matters review the license for you. They can then explain the agreement in a way you can better understand.

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Microsoft rushes emergency fix for critical antivirus bug

Microsoft’s security team fixed a type confusion flaw in its malware engine that affects practically all of its security products.  The point of antivirus is to keep malware off the system. A particularly nasty software flaw in Microsoft’s antivirus engine could do the exact opposite and let attackers install malware on vulnerable systems. Click on the picture to get the full scoop.


Privacy bites the dust

The FCC and Congress are working hard to ensure nothing stands in the way of ISPs profiting off your personal data

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Not sold on Windows 10? How to hang on to Windows 7 for the long run.

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Your reasons for staying with Win7 may range from mere convenience to mental inertia to an abject fear of the Win10 info borg. Whatever your reasons for remaining with Win7, there are steps you can take right now to ensure Win7 keeps working.

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Please Don’t Drill Headphone Jacks Into Your iPhone 7

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This should probably go without saying, but by no means should you drill a headphone jack into your iPhone 7.Great. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, you might be asking why I felt the need to say that? Well, because drilling holes into a brand new iPhone 7 is exactly what some people are doing after seeing a new YouTube video showing someone doing just that. The video, however, is a prank, whereas people actually trying to reintroduce a headphone jack in their iPhone 7s is anything but funny.

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