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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Mac: Over the weekend, nasty, but small scale little piece of ransomware was found in the Transmission BitTorrent client. One way to avoid this type of malware infection is to verify the checksums for anything you download. Blogger Jacob Salmela created a script for the Mac file manager, Hazel that verifies downloads automatically.

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Web/Android: One of the best things about Google Now is that it floats useful information right when you need it. Gluru is a new app and web service that wants to do the same, just for your productive life, by pulling from Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, Google Calendar and more.