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Why You Shouldn’t Say “Humbug” to Your Security

The IT guy, Jacob left last month: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. He left without an exit interview, and he didn’t seem very pleased with the way the situation played out. You could never tell if Scrooge cared or not. His demands have never wavered. He expected perfection and when mistakes were made, they were approached as catastrophic affronts to the sustainability of the business, even if that wasn’t the reality.

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During the Holidays, Cybersecurity Matters at Work and Home

We’re right in the thick of the holiday season, which means two things: one, there’s a lot of data being exchanged between businesses and consumers, and (on a related note) two: there’s ample opportunities for cybercrime, targeting business and consumer both. Whichever side of the coin you are on at any moment, you need to be aware of the risks, and how to mitigate them.

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Technology Has Played a Part in Shaping How We Celebrate the Season

The holiday season has always been one of deep-seated traditions, some that draw from ancient customs, and some that are inspired by more contemporary trends. These traditions have been shaped, and often inspired by, the technology available in the day. Today, we’ll reflect on how the technologies we have now have impacted our celebratory traditions.

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Are You Accidentally Gifting a Security Breach?

The holidays are a time filled with good food, visits from dear friends and family, and exchanging gifts with those you care about. However, to keep the season bright and merry, you need to be a little cautious during your next gift exchange, as many gifts can present some unexpected risks to your recipient’s security. Be mindful if you see the following items on someone’s wish list.

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4 Holiday Tech Gifts for 2014

The holidays are again upon us and if you are looking for the perfect gift for your favorite business professional, you don’t have to look too far. There are more consumer electronics available today than ever before, and most of them have some sort of novelty attached to them. We have made a list of four gifts that are not only cool, they serve a practical purpose and will probably avoid being re-gifted or recycled.

chromecast

Google Chromecast
This device is not brand new by any means, however the Google Chromecast is a great device for that tech-savvy person in your life. Chromecast basically turns your HDMI-supported television into a smart TV, making content available through the Google Chrome browser on your PC or mobile device. With the Chromecast, a user can access dozens of streaming services and can even play some local content through the use of the “Googlecast” extension for Chrome. Some of the apps that Chomecast supports include:

  • Netflix
  • YouTube
  • Hulu Plus
  • HBO Go
  • WatchESPN
  • Showtime Anytime
  • and many more…

Priced at a modest $35, it is a great addition to any electronics aficionado’s device library.

seyvr wallet
Seyvr Power Saver Wallet
Mobile has becoming the favorite computing method for millions of people, and because of this, much emphasis is put on the battery power of devices. The Seyvr Power Saver wallet allows the person on the go the flexibility of a dynamic phone charger coupled with the utility of a high-end wallet.

The Syvr Power Saver Wallet works for almost everyone, as it is a slim and effective wallet with a 1,400 mAh Li-Po battery built in. This rechargeable, built-in element can be recharged with a USB cable in under three hours, and provides a convenient and powerful solution to the person that’s always on the go. The Power Saver Wallet comes with six card slots and a money clip for cash and receipts. Available now at seyvr.com, The Power Saver Wallet comes in brown or black and has an available model for iPhone (lightning charger on the iPhone5/5c/5s/6/6+) and Micro USB, which powers Android and Windows-8 & 8.1-powered devices.

mobi eye-fiMobi Eye-Fi SDHC Card
Millions of people love to take pictures, but if your camera doesn’t support digital transfer, you will use up your memory pretty quick. With Eye-Fi from Mobi, you can snap pictures with your point-and-shoot camera or your DSLR and immediately get the benefits of built-in wifi from your SD card. This allows you to improve mobility by cutting the cords that had you tethered to your rig. You can also share you photos via social networks for immediate gratification when you have taken the perfect shot.

Another feature that the Mobi Eye-Fi presents a user is the integration with Eye-Fi Cloud, which backs up all your pictures to the web-based platform for easy and secure accessibility of all the pictures you take. These capabilities make Mobi Eye-Fi a great addition to any amateur photographer’s cache of tools. The Eye-Fi card comes in 4, 8, 16, and 32 GB local storage capabilities.

ikettleiKettle/wifikettle
The Internet of Things is beginning to enter the consumer market with devices such as the wifikettle by iKettle. The product is a WiFi connected tea kettle that allows a user to control the kettle from anywhere your network connection reaches with a simple push of a button. Not only can you boil water from anywhere, the device’s mobile app will alert you when the water is heated to your liking.

Made from high-grade stainless steel, the iKettle/wifikettle and their corresponding apps have been designed for one distinct purpose, to allow you to boil water remotely over your WiFi connection. The device is available in five colors and features a Wake up Mode and a Home mode that allows you to customize the kettle to save you time. The iKettle/wifikettle is supported by iOS and Android mobile operating systems and is not limited to the amount of devices that have access as long as they are compatible with the app and designated app stores. You can pick one up for around $175 and is a great addition to anyone’s modern kitchen.

These four devices are all great for the tech-savvy person in your life. Do you have any other suggestions that may get the techie you know excited? If so, please elaborate in the comments.