All posts on August, 2017


26% off Qwerkywriter BlueTooth Mechanical Keyboard with Integrated Tablet Stand – Deal Alert

Qwerkywriter connects wirelessly to any phone or tablet with BlueTooth. It features vintage inspired round typewriter keycaps and industrial strength mechanical switches that provide a unique clicky tactile feel, similar to the old vintage clacky typewriters. A mechanical keyboard promotes a more accurate typing experience and the clicky feedback is very satisfying. The Qwerkywriter is made of metal from top to bottom, the type of quality you don’t get from a modern keyboard. The Qwerkywriter’s list price has been reduced 26% to $259. See this deal on Amazon.

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$150 Price Drop on Pico Pro Craft Beer Brewing Appliance – Deal Alert

Pico Pro is an automated craft brewery that brews fresh craft beer using recipes from award-winning breweries. Brew any style of beer you desire – from IPAs to session ales to stouts to porters – starting with just the press of a button. Your beer will be fermented, carbonated, and ready to enjoy in a little over a week. Built-in steam cleaning and dishwasher-safe components make for a simpler cleanup. The list price has been reduced by $150, so if you’ve been interested in a super compact and automated homebrew setup, you may want to consider the current pricepoint. See this deal on Amazon.

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Microsoft exec leaves Commerce Dept.’s Digital Economy Board

Friday saw a mass exodus of members of the Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors. Created by then-Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker just over a year ago, to “provide recommendations on ways to advance economic growth and opportunity in the digital age,” the board appears to be on the brink of collapse.

Nancy Scola at Politico reports:

Those no longer participating as of today (Friday, Aug. 18) include co-chairs Zoë Baird, president and CEO of the Markle Foundation; Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of the tech organization Mozilla; David L. Cohen, senior vice president and chief diversity officer at Comcast; Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer; Handy CEO Oisin Hanrahan; Karen Bartleson, president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Marta Tellado, president and CEO of Consumer Reports; James Manyika, director of the McKinsey Global Institute; Sonia Katyal, chancellor’s professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law; and Corey Thomas, president and CEO of cybersecurity firm Rapid7.

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6 iOS 11 iPad improvements in video

With iOS 11, Apple made a range of great changes for iPad users, and has produced six useful videos to guide you through using some of these. (You’ll find a range of other great improvements for enterprise users here). These have implications on enterprise and personal iPad users.

What hasn’t Apple told us?

It is interesting that Apple’s has decided to introduce this short collection of feature-focused videos, because when the company announced the tablet improvements within iOS 11 it quietly promised even more. Speaking at the WWDC launch, Apple VP Greg Jozwiak stressed, “you haven’t heard the full iOS 11 story yet as relates to iPad.”

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How to switch from Android to iPhone

iPhone sales regularly exceed analysts’ expectations, and millions of people who are purchasing an Apple smartphone for the first time are switching from Android devices. So, if you are an Android user thinking of switching to iOS, you aren’t alone. This guide should help you enjoy a smooth transition.

Apple’s Move to iOS app

You needn’t abandon all your photos and messages when you migrate from Android to iPhone; you can easily bring them with you by using Apple’s Move to iOS app, which is available for free download on Google Play.

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NIST: In mobile authentication, think hardware, not software

Retail is in an awkward in-between stage when it comes to online security. In shifting their purchasing to online options, shoppers are using both desktop computers and mobile devices. Had they moved straight to mobile, authentication options would be numerous, including selfies and other biometric authentication such as fingerprints.

But the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is trying to bolster security and authentication on desktops and mobile devices. It was spurred to tackle its Multifactor Authentication for e-Commerce project because of the realization that increased security in the physical world (with such steps as cards with EMV chips) means that thieves are going to start to focus more on card-not-present transactions.

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