Category: Technology

Study: Cybercriminals are feeding off of America’s small businesses

A study released by data security solutions firm Datto, found that small-to-mid-sized businesses paid $301 million in ransomware – or malicious software that blocks access to a system until a ransom is paid – to hackers last year alone. The company said 5% of all small-to-mid sized businesses across the globe fell victim to a ransomware attack in 2016.


The Dangers of Human Gene Editing

Perhaps no technology yet has been poised to change the world so profoundly. All life on Earth, every living organism, now stands the possibility of potentially being “edited” on the most basic genetic level, enhancing or degrading it, but forever changing it. Talk of gene editing usually revolves around its use to treat diseases and produce super-crops and livestock to “save the world.” But as history has shown us, any technology is but a double edged sword. Whatever good it is capable of, it is proportionally capable of just as much bad.

Heads Up, Couch Potatoes: TV Really Does Rot Your Brain

A new study suggests that a major fast-track toward cognitive decline is skipping the gym and sitting in front of the TV for hours and hours. In fact, those with the lowest physical activity and the most TV watching — even in their 20s and 30s — were twice as likely to score lowest among their peers on a series of brain power tests. Or, in other words, your mom was right: sitting around on the couch binging on Netflix does, in fact, appear to rot your brain.

Verizon to buy giant cable operator Comcast?

With AT&T discovering some synergies between its wireless operation and DirecTV, especially in sales, there is now talk about Verizon picking up Comcast in what would be a huge multi-billion dollar transaction. Comcast has been trying to get into the business of providing wireless service to mobile devices. The company actually was rumored to start up an MVNO this year using Big Red’s network and 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots. But now, the latest rumor indicates a big shift in Comcast’s and Verizon’s thinking.