Is the digital divide the Hurricane Irma of inequality?

The yawning gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” has become, alongside climate change, one of the major challenges of our time. Like climate change, we ignore it at our peril. The signs are clear: the longer that the majority of our global citizenry are denied access to the economic engines that drive a world […]

Google Drive App for Mac and PC Will Shut Down on March 2018

Google has officially announced in a blog post that its Drive application for desktop is being shut down to make way for the next generation cloud synchronization solutions. Support for the existing app shall be stopped from December 11, 2017, and it will cease to work permanently on March 12, 2018. Do note that the Google Drive […]

European court gives employees more online privacy at work

It’s always worth remembering that when you’re online, someone could be watching. That’s the situation a Romanian man ended up in when he was fired from his job in 2007 for chatting online with his brother and fiancee while at work. His company used surveillance software to track the conversations and used the information as […]

How to spot a phishing email

Security threats come in all shapes and sizes. You’ve probably heard of viruses, trojans, keyloggers and, more recently, ransomware. Want to know what they all have in common? They can all be the result of phishing. The word itself is a homophone; hackers use bait — usually in the form of a seemingly legitimate file or […]

Man claims UPS ‘trapped’ him in his house with Amazon delivery

When Amazon starts delivering by drone, perhaps this sort of thing won’t happen. Until then human error may occur. At least that’s what Jessie Lawrence likely believes after he posted a photo of an Amazon package — delivered, he said, by UPS — that left him with little room for maneuver, a constantly crashing Twitter app […]

Speedtest now has a monthly ranking of global internet speeds

Speedtest has long been the go-to for measuring internet speed, and now it’s launched the Speedtest Global Index, a monthly global ranking that allows you to see how your country stacks up when it comes to internet speed. The Global Index compiles data from the billions of tests consumers run on the service, and shows […]

We must debunk this millennium bug myth

Please don’t perpetuate the falsehood that the millennium bug was a myth (Hard to stomach, G2, 30 August). The widespread use of two-digit years in computer systems was a serious threat. I led the Y2K teams for Deloitte Consulting internationally in the 1990s and those of us who spent years successfully finding and fixing many of the […]

Google rolls out new protections against phishing plugins

Google is making it even harder to accidentally install a malicious plugin. Today, the company announced new changes to the way Google services handle plugins, adding new warnings for users and a more involved verification system for apps. The result is more scrutiny on apps plugging into Google services, and more active involvement from Google when […]

Google introduces the feed, a personalized stream of news on iOS and Android

Google today is rolling out its take on the news feed, a personalized stream of articles, videos, and other content. The feed will appear in its flagship app for Android and iOS, simply called Google. The feed, which includes items drawn from your search history and topics you choose to follow, is designed to turn Google’s app into a […]

Microsoft confirms it’s cutting Windows 10 updates for Atom PCs

Microsoft has been preventing PCs with Intel Atom Clover Trail processors from obtaining the latest Windows 10 Creators Update. While many devices with Intel’s Atom Clover Trail chips were released in the Windows 8 era, Microsoft offered a free Windows 10 update to keep the tablet / laptop hybrids up-to-date. ZDNet revealed earlier this week that compatible drivers […]