Have you any wool? No? We’ll check with the black sheep instead. How about a high-security cell phone designed to ease the minds of the more paranoid among us (including the author)? Silent Circle, an encrypted communications firm based in Switzerland, will be releasing its Blackphone 2 in September 2015 to anyone with $629 burning a hole in his pocket (not including the author). Features include encrypted call, video, and text, no roaming charges, Burn functionality, and a private, Android-based operating system. For anyone concerned with privacy from apps the Blackphone 2 has a private, secure App Store and will either block apps requesting sensitive information or fool them into thinking they got it (supposing applications are anthropomorphic, that is). Other features and specs can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone who’s seen The Terminator knows that artificial intelligence (AI) could be a dangerous achievement, and anyone who hasn’t (me) can take the internet’s word for it. On the other hand, science has never been a strength of Hollywood, so perhaps we ought to take the idea of a malicious artificially intelligent robot cum grano salis. Either way, computer science experts are beginning to predict the development of a computer as intelligent as a human (naturally, that will be followed by computers becoming more intelligent than humans). Whether or not superintelligent computers are hostile will likely depend on human error and designated purpose (e.g. continually improving paper clip production).
Ideally, creating an artificial general intelligence system, that being the AI that acts like the human brain: many areas of intelligence and learning that adapt over time and experience, would permit humanity to improve itself. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s happened to all of us: At the very second we hit the send button, a previously overlooked typo now seems to be illuminated on the screen. Thankfully, Google now offers a solution to end the shame. Previously available only in Gmail Labs and more recently Inbox, Undo Send is now available as a formal setting on Gmail. The feature allows you to cancel delivery of any email within 30 seconds of hitting send. Great news for those of us who’ve ever forgotten to attach a file or inadvertently hit “Reply All.” Read the rest of this entry »
In the wake of Zenefits and ADP’s recent catfight, the 850 businesses integrated with both systems are stuck in limbo and may have to replace either their payroll or HR provider. They’re in a tight spot (unless they suddenly realize they love manual payroll, which is unlikely). However, it is anecdotally true that the smart learn from their own mistakes and the wise from others’ mistakes, so it’s time to start churning out backup plans. To make that a little easier, we’ve found a few things you’ll want to keep in mind if and when third parties start sticking their fingers in your data. Read the rest of this entry »
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