Windows XP vulnerabilities go way beyond home and office PC

Greg-Gazin-Senior-EditorEDMONTON, AB, April 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ – Windows XP is more than just a desktop and notebook computer operation system. It is also used in a significant number of retail point-of-sale systems (POS), restaurant systems and even ATM Banking machines are running it.

And with Microsoft ending support for XP today, April 8th, all of these systems will be vulnerable to severe data breaches such as theft of credit card numbers and other personal information.

Christopher Pogue, Director for Chicago-based Trustwave, an information and security company, said that everyone still using Microsoft Windows XP – and there is a significant number of them – should be concerned. “XP has been in production since 2001 and (is the) de-facto standard in many business verticals like point-of sale systems,” he said.

But even worse, he added, are those people who don’t even know their systems are running XP.  READ MORE AT TROY MEDIA

Transporter private cloud platform now open to developers

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When Connected Data introduced Transporter a year or so ago, the idea was to be able to give you your own peer-to-peer private cloud a no-fee storage alternative and offer the functionality of cloud services like Dropbox, Box and SkyDrive and private storage options like Pogoplug.

The beauty of the product is that you have control over where the device is located and vis-a-vis where your data is stored. You buy it once and there are never any ongoing fees to pay. It’s simple to use and your data is accessible – to you and anyone you wish to share it with – on-line from anywhere, but it’s private and not stored in any public cloud.

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Curl up with 15,000 Marvel comics for $0.99

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As winter seems to never want to end, perhaps this is a good time to roll up with a good comic book – or m

aybe 15,000.  For a limited time, to celebrate SXSW Interactive 2014, Marvel is offering unlimited access to their massive collection, spanning their 75 years, for an entire month, for under a dollar.

They’re not holding back on new titles, either. Selections include the top-selling Age of Ultron and all the first issues from Marvel NOW! The company says they’re also adding new and classic titles every week with some appearing within six-months after being offering in stores.  READ MORE AT CANOE TECH BLOG

 

Apple ‘iOS in the Car’ rolls out as CarPlay

Apple CarPlay in a HondaAfter a sneak preview at Apple’s iOS in the Car standard unveiled at the Apple Wordwide Developer Conference back in June, Apple is officially rolling it out as CarPlay and will be shown off through leading manufacturers this week at the Geneva International Motor Show.

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Steve Jobs to be immortalized on 2015 U.S. stamp

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Photo by Greg Gazin; Stamp Template by PictureItPostage, real U.S. postage created by Endicia

But will the design guru behind the iMac, iPhone and iPad be consulted in the design process of the “iStamp”?

EDMONTON, AB, Feb 22, 2014/ Troy Media/ – If you head to a United Stated Postal Service (USPS) outlet some time next year, you should be able to pick up a commemorative postage stamp featuring the late former CEO and co-founder of Apple Computer Steve Jobs.

Jobs’ name was included amongst a list in a document of approved subjects for future stamps posted on-line by The Washington Post in January and issued by the U.S. Postmaster General Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee.

The list covers the years 2014 to 2016. Some of the stamps are designated as approved for Reprint, Rate Change or as Collectible stamps. Jobs is listed under “collectibles” for 2015.

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HISY helps you snap the perfect selfie

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The perfect gift for the self-indulgent

EDMONTON, AB, Feb 13, 2014/ Troy Media/ – Last November Oxford Dictionary declared “Selfie” the 2013 international word of the year. Simply put, Oxford define it as a photograph – typically taken with a smartphone or webcam – of oneself and uploaded to a social media website.

And while “Selfie” may have achieved a certain status because of the venerable dictionary, many of us still consider such self-indulgence as either vain or simply downright annoying. This is particularly true in crowded areas when those trying to get the ultimate self-portrait create chaos as they push and shove others aside. But no matter, people are happily snapping selfies in record numbers, and continually flooding Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other social media sites with them.

If you are one of them, you might as well at least do it right.

Unless you have a long arm or a gadget like the QuikPod – an extendible monopod – you’re still either at the mercy of the steadiness of your hand or your device’s 10-second timer to get a decent in-focus shot or the shot you really want. With HISY – pronounced “high-see” – however, that ends.
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Apples are red – Apples are pink

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If colour is important to you or loved one for this Valentine’s Day, then you’ll be thrilled to know that many of Apple’s iOS devices are available in red or pink. And if they’re not, there are certainly red and pink cases as well as matching accessories to go along with them.

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Giftagram – send gifts with an email address

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Giftagram Toronto is an app for iOS that sends awesome gifts to people in GTA (Greater Toronto Area) via email or text–no address required. They’re not virtual gifts, but real gifts. It’s just that you don’t need to know the recipient’s physical address to order them.

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Retail Collective offers interactive in person shopping experience

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Some things like books, gadgets, and auto parts are great to buy on-line – it’s convenient, quick, and almost always automated. On the other hand, things like clothing, shoes, and other items that require personalized fitting or are very touchy-feely are best bought in person. But the in-store experience often lacks the ease at which an on-line transaction can be completed.

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Apple’s famous 1984 Super Bowl commercial aired 30 years ago today or did it?

20090129_macbday01Super Bowl Sunday XVIII was thirty years ago today. And for football fans it will be remembered as the day the AFC’s Los Angeles Raiders lambasted the NFC’s Washington Redskins by a score of 38-9 in front of a massive crowd of 70,000+ at Tampa Stadium. For gadget geeks like me it was the day that Apple formally launched their iconic Super Bowl commercial “1984″.

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