Beep, Beep, Blackphone

July 29th, 2015 by Jennifer Lough

baa baa blacksheepHave 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 »


A Death Sentience: Considering AI

July 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Lough

MVI Artificial Intelligence

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 »


Friends with Zenefits

July 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Lough

adp vs zenefitsIn 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 »


Micro Visions Will Be Closed July 3rd, 2015

July 2nd, 2015 by Pamela Michael

July4th

Our office will be closed on Friday, July 3rd to Celebrate Independence Day.

We wish you all a safe and happy July 4th weekend!

 

Remember, our engineers are available 24 X 7 X365 days for emergencies. If you experience an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please call (844) 776-0400 where you will be guided through leaving a message for someone to call you back  as soon as possible.