Ransomware attacks are getting more and more clever as the public gets wise to them. The latest involves hiding a malicious macro inside a Word document attached to a seemingly harmless PDF file.
It seems the old curse "may you live in interesting times" has come true. We now live in a world where "fake news" and "alternative facts" are part of our vernacular and something we must guard against. But one of the challenges of the online world is that misinformation can be spread quickly and become "fact" before there's a chance to verify it. Google is having a crack at verifying sources and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is as well.
Every once in a while, an app like Unroll.me pops into the spotlight to remind us that we all tend to authorise a lot of apps to access our email and social media accounts without much thought. Sometimes, as in the case of Unroll.me, those apps get busy selling off our data. Now's a good time to audit any other third-party apps you've given access to your accounts.
There are very good actual Nintendo Switch cases on the market, but sometimes the best solution to moving your console around can come from unofficial avenues.
In the world of The Sims 4, life is a lighthearted cartoon. You can die of laughter and turn into a ghost. You can sleep with characters, but it's not sex: instead, "Woohooing" happens out of sight, all giggles and hearts. For some people, The Sims 4 doesn't go far enough in its portrayal of intimacy. (NSFW warning!)
The recent United Airlines debacle shows the worst side of overselling flights. There's the grossly oversold flights to begin with, the complete refusal to entertain any thought of the airline taking a hit as a result of its stuff-up, and then the heinous communications afterwards. But it doesn't have to be that way. There's a smart way to do it, and it's a method that can benefit many other businesses as well.
Yesterday, The New York Times went deep into some of Uber's shady business practices. In the article, one small section revealed that one service we've talked about extensively over the years, Unroll.me, has been mining and selling off your email data, and Uber used that data to gain intelligence on Lyft.
As you read this, I should be somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, en route to Las Vegas. I'll be attending SuiteWorld. This is NetSuite's annual event where the company shares what's new, gets customers to tell their stories and tells us what's we can expect from their cloud-based business software in the coming year.
User interface design is hard, but we've been getting better at it over the years to the point where even a thermostat is easy to use. Automakers, however, seem to have their heads in the sand, taking their design inspiration for their infotainment consoles from old Winamp skins instead of any type of modern interface.
One of the side effects of the Trump campaign and presidency is an expanded understanding of the power social media has. In a number of tweets, President Trump not only set parts of the political agenda but also altered the value of large companies such as Boeing and influenced international relations. And while many large companies have had social media policies I think it's time to take another look at them and reconsider what an effective social media policy and strategy looks like, and what an ineffective social media plan looks like.