• May 11, 2013

    Podcast Episode 18

  • A developer published a Chrome extension called Downloadify designed to let people download MP3 copies of the songs they stream over Spotify’s Web-based player. Downloadify description on Chrome Web Store stated “Simple Chrome Extension to Download all Spotify Songs,” The extension quickly disappeared from the Chrome Web Store as this violates their Google Chrome Web Store developer agreement. “Those writing Chrome extensions agree that they will not engage in any activity with the Web Store, including the development or publication of Products or other materials, that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others [or] enables the unauthorized download of streaming content or media.” Spotify is looking into the issue of how this happened as they do not want to risk any backlash from licensing agreements with major music labels.
  • On April 19, Netflix launched all 13 episodes of Hemlock Grove, a horror thriller from Eli Roth.  In Netflix’s quarterly report they stated “We’re very pleased with its early performance. Hemlock Grove was viewed by more members globally in its first weekend than was House of Cards and has been a particular hit among young adults.” This caused Netflix stocks to rise very heavily.  Putting Netflix stock at a high it had not seen in sometime since the huge drop after the whole quickster debacle a few years ago. So far more people have watched the new supernatural show than the political drama House of Cards.  Hemlock Grove along with House of Cards, clearly shows the company’s desire to be a media player similar to HBO and Showtime. It appears that Netflix’s original content strategy is paying off, with more than 3 million new subscribers signing up last quarter. That brings Netflix’s total membership to more than 36 million members. Netflix’s next original content offering is a new season of the cult comedy TV show Arrested Development. All 15 episodes of that series will be available on May 26.  Netflix original programming will also add ‘Orange is the New Black’ on July 11th.
  • May 7, 2013

    5 Must Haves For Startup Business

    Starting up a new business in the current economic climate is a risk – but one that can be rewarding, both financially and in terms of achievement. The good news is that there is a steadily growing arsenal of technological tools available to entrepreneurs; tools that allow you to make your mark in the marketplace, without exceeding the constraints of your budget. Some of the must-haves in this list are fairly obvious, but it’s often the most obvious ones that we fail to see until it’s too late. However, this list isn’t only about the apps and software you can get to grips with; there are also one or two basics worth thinking about Your web connection is important. It allows you to share data, communicate with your clients and even conduct conference calls. What you don’t want is a connection that threatens to pack up every time you share a large file or in the middle of an important meeting. This may be going against the grain, but it’s worth spending that little extra on your web connection and get a dedicated business internet connection. Not only will you be able to perform all your necessary tasks without any worry, but the standard of technical support available to business owners is far superior to that offered to domestic customers. Your company relies on data. Figures, leads and expenses are all vital to gaining an accurate overview of your business’s performance. Leads and figures can help to decide how marketing strategies perform and those vital financial figures will tell you just where your money is best delegated. However, all it takes is one computer crash and all that data’s lost. While you could do manual back-ups, these are also subject to various risks. A far better idea is to sign...
  • Commercial video games have been on the market for a considerable amount of time now, and there’s a good chance that anybody under the age of 30 was exposed to home video game systems during their youth. While advanced, high-quality computer games took a few more years to develop, they’ve been around for a quite some time as well. Traditional video game systems and computer games are still very much alive. In fact, there is some evidence that certain segments of the video game market are actually growing; however, there’s a new player on the scene that they’re already competing with: free online games.  Why Are People Playing Online Games? One reason some researchers believe that people are playing more online games is because they’ve come to accept advertising as part of their gaming experience, and they aren’t bothered by ads that interrupt gameplay from time to time. Ad-based services like these are popular in other areas of media of well – sites like Hulu, which offers streaming television shows for free, does the same thing. When asked why they play free online games, the responses are typical – for mental stimulation and to relax. Those are pretty much the same reasons people provide when asked why they play traditional commercial video and computer games. Online Games are Profitable for Companies Making Them Traditional videogames and computer games often take years to develop. In addition, they can be incredibly expensive; however, online games don’t cost nearly as much as they don’t offer the use the same depth. After all, the person playing the game isn’t spending $50-plus for the game, so this is acceptable. Companies developing online games also don’t have to take the risk of investing millions of dollars in the production of a game to have it not...
  • Nowadays, there’s a computer in almost every house. Because of this, more and more people are trying to learn how to maintain their own computers to save themselves the hassle of having to bring it to the shop as well as the money they have to pay for labor. While computer components are not as sensitive as some people would believe, there are still a few things you need to keep in mind when opening up and doing maintenance on your PC. Here are a few tips to get you on the right track: Unplug the power supply when opening the pc This may seem obvious but I’ve seen quite a number of beginners and even intermediate to advanced users who keep the power supply plugged in. While this is fine if you know what you’re doing, it’s still best to err on the side of safety and completely unplug the power supply from the socket. Use anti-static wrist straps, an anti-static mat or simply ground yourself on the case Static electricity is the enemy of every computer component. A bad electrical discharge can fry ram chips, motherboards, video cards, and add-in boards such as sound cards. So if you plan on installing any components or even just popping your pc open to give it a good cleaning, be sure to wear an anti-static wrist strap or use an anti-static mat. In an emergency, you can simply plant your feet properly and just touch the casing to ground yourself before performing any maintenance on your system. Be sure to do this constantly to keep yourself grounded. Don’t force components into place This may seem funny right now but there are a lot of people who tend to just force the components into place. Each component was designed to fit in...
  • U.S. intelligence agencies traced a recent cyber intrusion into U.S. Army database that holds sensitive information about vulnerabilities in U.S. dams.   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Inventory of Dams contains information about 79,000 dams throughout the country and tracks such information as the number of estimated deaths that could occur if a specific dam failed.   The database also holds sensitive information, including vulnerabilities, of every major dam throughout the country. Michelle Van Cleave, a former consultant to the CIA, told the Beacon that the data breach appeared to be part of a greater effort to collect vulnerability and targeting data for future cyber or military attacks.   The Corps of Engineers National Inventory of Dams was hacked by an unauthorized user believed to be from Chinese government or military cyber warriors, beginning in January and uncovered earlier this month.   “In the wrong hands, the Army Corps of Engineers’ database could be a cyber attack roadmap for a hostile state or terrorist group to disrupt power grids or target dams in this country,” Van Cleave said.   All users had been sent an e-mail notification to this effect, which apparently told them that their account username had been changed to their e-mail address and included the new password in plaintext that the Corps did not ask users to change.   According to the Corps website, the dam inventory was created under a 1972 law and was updated in 1986 to require coordination between the Corps and the Federal Emergency Management Agency   Read Full Article  
  • May 4, 2013

    Podcast Episode 17

    The Technology Geek – Episode 17 Today in this podcast we discuss May 11th US Armed Forces Day June 21 – 22 Field Day Iron Man 3 Star Trek Trailer Microsoft System Center To Prepare Your Environment For Cloud Chinese Hackers Steal Info from top secret U.S military data Bitcoin mining malware found in E-Sports Entertainment (ESEA) software World’s most secure messaging service offers £10,000 if you crack it Netflix loses 2000 titles Sirius XM Channel Lineup Change Google pays $31,336 bounty to hacker for reporting critical vulnerabilities in Chrome The Pirate Bay co-founder charged for hacking and stealing money Amazon Kindle Fire to go 10-inch Spyware used by governments poses as Firefox, and Mozilla is angry Google Now For The iPhone Google Fiber Sparks Yet Another Gigabit Internet Service YouTube users now watch 6 billion hours of videos a month Netflix continues its original programming onslaught with ‘Orange is the New Black’ on July 11th Check Those Check-ins: Foursquare To Start Selling Your Data Barnes & Noble adds Google Play store to its tablets Google adds remote desktop Hangouts to Google+ Blockbuster rolls out iOS app Apple counting up to 50 billion App Store downloads Facebook puts account security in the hands of your friends Fedora 19 To Stop Masking Passwords Staples Starts Selling 3-D Printer Lenovo To Drop Iomega Brand On Joint EMC Products Google bans Facebook and other self updating Android apps How can I get my business undeleted from Google? Is there a PC cleaner that will get rid of my viruses? Should I buy a slingbox? My favorite soap is now on hulu how can I watch it on my TV? Do I need a SIM card for a Verizon phone? Why does my computer shut down while playing games? How do I get my...
  • May 4, 2013

    Netflix Loses Almost 1,800 Titles

    Netflix users will see nearly 1,800 titles disappear from the video streaming service.  The video streaming service is losing titles from MGM, Universal and Warner Bros. because its licensing agreements with the movie studios have expired.  Classic movie titles like “Dr. No,” “Goldfinger” and “Thieves Like Us” will no longer be available for Netflix instant streaming. Netflix titles have a tendency to come and go from the service, and are rotated out if they are not watch frequently enough.  Netflix will add more than 500 titles May 1, but we also have titles expiring, this ebb and flow happens all the time. This isn’t Netflix’s first major loss of content. In 2012, Starz let its licensing agreement with the video streaming service expire and Netflix lost another 800 hours of programming from the History Channel and A&E Nexflix says losing the titles won’t hurt its business because it doesn’t want to be a clearing house of rentals. Netflix goal is to be an “expert programmer,” not a “broad distributor” of online content.
  • The ESEA gaming network has been exploiting its users’ powerful graphics cards to mine Bitcoins without their knowledge. “Mining” is the way Bitcoin is created — it involves dedicating some or all of a CPU or GPUs power to solving hashes, which in turn generates the virtual currency. The mining began on April 13th and affected thousands of gamers, who unwittingly mined over $3,700 worth of the currency. ESEA, which describes itself as “the largest competitive video gaming community in North America,” wasn’t aware that the Bitcoin mining was taking place, and blames the behavior on a rogue employee out for personal gain. The full story on how and why the Bitcoin-mining software made its way to users’ computers isn’t yet available, but ESEA had been exploring the idea of adding a Bitcoin mining option to its client. The idea was canned on April 12th, but the next day, the rogue employee secretly distributed the code without permission. The code, which was embeded in the ESEA client, used the gamers’ powerful computers to mine the virtual currency without their knowledge.