Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Software Takes On More Tasks in Today’s Cars | Autopia | Wired.com

The growing role of complex software in a wide range of products provides increased functionality and value for consumers. From gadgets to cars to the power industry, we’re seeing more industries embrace software that tailors products to our individual needs. This is especially true in the auto industry as cars grow more reliant upon software to manage everything from advanced drivetrains to elaborate infotainment systems. The Chevrolet Volt offers an excellent case in point: The plug-in hybrid relies upon 10 million lines of code, which is 2 million more than you’ll find in the F-35 fighter jet. Read more...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Five Big Problems With the New Privacy Bill of Rights - PCWorld

Senators John Kerry and John McCain have co-authored a bill designed to protect consumer rights in the age of the InterWebs. Called the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011, it's supposed to restrict the kinds of information data brokers can collect about you, and what they can do with it.

10 Things Killed by the Smartphone - PCWorld

How many consumer products and services--digital or analog--are being killed off by the big, bad smartphone? PC World assembled a list of likely victims here. While not necessarily intended to be an exhaustive list, let's start with the most obvious victims...

Obama moves forward with Internet ID plan | Privacy Inc. - CNET News

The Obama administration said today that it's moving ahead with a plan for broad adoption of Internet IDs despite concerns about identity centralization, and hopes to fund pilot projects next year.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Trend Micro TrendSetter April 2011

Thanks to the Internet, you can be more proactive and informed when it comes to managing your own health—but you can also be more vulnerable than ever to healthcare-related identity theft and fraud. You can research, join e-groups and discussion lists, and even fill out new patient forms before you go to the doctor's office. But these conveniences can come at a price. Read more...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Buxton, Input Device Milestone Timeline input history, input devices, input technology, interaction, gadgets, Bill Buxton, design, mouse, trackball, track-ball, joystick, touchscreen, touch-screen, touch screen, touch tablet, touch pad, multi-touch, lightpen, light-pen, light pen, lightgun, light-gun, light gun, tablet, graphics tablet, stylus, pen

This page is a work in progress. It is an attempt to capture some of the key events, dates, and players that have helped drive the evolution of the range of input devices, technologies and techniques that we use today. The page is organized in chronological order.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Banks, credit-card issuers warn of email breach - Yahoo! Finance

With the possible theft of millions of email addresses from an advertising company, several large companies have started warning customers to expect fraudulent emails that try to coax account login information from them. Companies behind such brands as Chase, Citi and Best Buy said over the weekend that hackers may have learned their email addresses because of a security breach at a Dallas-based company called Epsilon that manages email communications. The email addresses could be used to target spam. It's also a standard tactic among online fraudsters to send emails to random people, purporting to be from a large bank and asking them to login in at a site that looks like the bank's site. Instead, the fraudulent site captures their login information and uses it to access the real account. The data breach could make these so-called "phishing" attacks more efficient, by allowing the fraudsters to target people who actually have an account with the bank. Read more...