Executives Feel Like Cyber-Security is Just an IT Problem

Cyber-security is a big issue, with people and companies finding out the hard way that their security is exposed when it turns up online for sale or they receive phone calls advertising features with details they never hand out. With big companies like TalkTalk and even the government being victims of hacks, people are acting more and more with security at their mind front. This may change though soon as a survey of executives found they felt like cyber-security is just an “IT problem”.

The survey questioned 1,530 C-level executives, that is anyone who’s job title contains chief or another word beginning with c in it. This illusion of responsibility, one which often ends up landing with executives, comes as companies spent 25% more on information security in 2015 compared to 2014.

The survey was conducted on companies that were deemed “vulnerable” resulted in 91 percent of the executives saying that they couldn’t interpret a cybersecurity report, with 40 percent of those responding admitting that they didn’t even feel responsible for cyber-security.

These figures are certainly more than a little scary, with company executives feeling like they aren’t responsible on every level for protecting your information or even being aware of the threats and dangers that they encounter. In a day and age where you are more than likely to be attacked via the internet and your computer systems than on a street, it is the responsibility of everyone, especially those in power, to make sure that they uphold their legal responsibilities, even if that comes at a weeks crash course in cyber-security.

Bill Gates Used to Memorise the Number Plates of All His Employees

All the way from school to work we are expected to give a hundred percent. Teachers take attendance in our lessons and in an interview with the BBC, Bill Gates revealed he also took attendance of his employees, by knowing their number plates.

Getting Microsoft to where it is as one of the leading technology companies in the world took a ruthless attitude and Gates is said to have had that mindset and then some. In his interview Gates stated that he “worked weekends” and “didn’t really believe in vacations”. Gates even went so far as to know “everybody’s licence plates so I could look out the parking lot and see, you know, when people come in”. This behaviour became more and more relaxed when the company got to a “reasonable size”, you can imagine trying to remember several hundred number plates just to see if Bob from accounting was in on a Saturday to finish up the paperwork.

Gates stated that he had to be careful that the same standards he gave himself weren’t forced upon his employers, a noble act when you consider how much the company grew and grew, in part, due to their hard work and commitment.

Gates also defines himself as aggressive in business, but only in the context that having “super-low prices are ruthless”. He carried on to say “it’s hard to compete with somebody who’s betting on the volume and saying ‘hey, we’re going to have… these super-low prices’. That’s very intimidating…”.

It’s always interesting to see how people who founded large companies act, and with Gates once again being the richest man alive, there really is very few you can compare on the same level. Not sure I could ever remember everyone’s number plates, without a little notepad or excel spreadsheet, just to keep track of who’s in work on time.

CHERRY Introduces New Wired and Wireless Mice for Office Work

CHERRY is mostly known for their keyboard and keyboard switches, but they have a full line-up of items that also includes mice. Now they introduced two new wireless mice, the MW 2310 and the MW 2110, as well as an updated version of the wired MC2000. All these three mice are fully compatible with the new Windows 10 and come with a precise infrared sensor and an ergonomic shape.

Gamers need high-end mice that have the best of the best features, buttons, and resolution – but office work doesn’t require that kind of hardware. You need something solid, but you don’t need the absolute precision of gaming equipment. So why should you pay for anything more than you need? The symmetrical design offers optimal control for both left-handed and right-handed users.

These mice still offer some great hardware, although not gaming grade. The MW 2310 and MW 2110 offer a three-stage adjustable sample rate where you can choose between 1000, 1500, and 2000 DPI while the resolution on the MC2000 is fixed at 1600 DPI. The MC 2000 features a 4-way scroll wheel that allows horizontal and vertical scrolling without additional buttons which the two wireless don’t.

The wireless MX 2310 and MX2110 utilize 2.4GHz technology for the connection. This energy-conserving transfer method coupled with built-in energy saving features will allow you to use the MW 2310 for up to three years on one battery pack. The MW 2110 can’t run as long, but still an impressive 12 months on one charge.

Colour wise you can get the MW 2310 and MW 2110 as deep black version while the MC 2000 will be available in a white-grey colour. All three mice are immediately available in the market for a very reasonable price. The MW 2310 will be sold for €20.00 and the MW 2110 for €15.00. The wired MC 2000 forms the entry-level model with a price of just €10.00.

Need to Get Your Remote Team Collaboration-Ready? Here are 11 Tools

Planning on joining one or maybe building one yourself? Knowing what it takes to make remote teams work is an invaluable asset. From the Clarity blog, Zapier.com and Fast Company, here are some ways you and everyone else on your team could keep in touch throughout the workday:

Blue Jeans

Offering cloud-based video solutions, Blue Jeans has a presence in many international markets, such as UK and Australia. The service is easily available and convenient to use. Because it’s cloud-based, you won’t have to worry about hardware upgrades or hiring IT guys. This will run on any smart phone device. You and your mates won’t have trouble figuring this one out.

Skype

It’s free. So if you and your team want to save up on costs, this is the way to go. Do video calls, voice or text chat with everyone without putting a dent on your company’s pockets. Group call feature lets you have up to 9 people in one call. Better features come with the subscription, like forwarding calls or calling phone directly. But if basic communication is what you had in mind, this one is gold.

Trello

Need an easy way to organize everything? Hand out tasks? Inform your team of a new project? This remains one of the best ones out there. It looks like an online version of a project board, making it easy for everyone on the team what their assignments are for the day. And yes, like many of the great collaboration tools out there, it’s free.

Google Hangouts

Connecting with this one is easy. All you have to do is sign up for a Gmail account and you basically get one. Like Skype, video calling allows for as many as 9 people in one call. However, if your team’s a bit bigger, you may want to look elsewhere. This one’s also free which is a major plus point for small teams that just need an easy way to stay connected.

Huddle

Share and manage files with ease. Keep records and collaborate on projects. Manage the daily task distribution. You can do all these with Huddle. The first 14 days are free. After that, you’ll need to sign up for a subscription.

Basecamp

Create projects, assign tasks, join threads and more. Staying in touch is easy with Basecamp’s features. Every person, project and file is accessible. However, only the first 45 days of the service is free. The next ones will set you back at least $20.

Google Docs

This is one of the best file sharing tools out there. You can organize your docs, spreadsheets, pdfs, epubs and more. Send or receive files without any trouble. The best thing about it is that you and your team can read and edit files in real time. Need to send out a proposal? You won’t have to keep 99 drafts of a single document on your desktop. Google Docs keeps a revision history so reviewing previous versions is easy. Best of all, it’s free.

Slack

Need a virtual office? This one works great. A Slack group chat room can accommodate the entire team. Make sure to explore the channels. However, too many of you in one channel could get too noisy. No worries though if that happens. Simply sectioning off rooms will solve the problem.

Asana

Create projects and send assignments to your team. The ticket history is on there as well so it’s easy to track where the projects are or if one fell through the cracks. Make sure everyone has a steady internet connection though. Also, too many people in one project could slow down Asana. The free version already works great but if you want to explore more options or want to add more of your team, going with the paid version is a great idea.

GoToMeeting

The thing about GoToMeeting is that it’s basic. If you want fashionable, hip and cool, you won’t find it here. But if you and your team of 10 need to do a video call, this one packs solid audio and video quality. If you want to video call 2-3 people, Skype works great. But if you’re 10, this option is better.

f.lux

Working remote often means you work with people on different time zones. That means people work late at night or early in the morning. With f.lux, you won’t have to worry about constantly adjusting your screen—and wasting minutes every day just to get the right tint back for nighttime or early morning work settings. The app adjusts the tint so your eyes can work without the glare.  

These are simply some of the apps and tools you and your team can use to work, stay connected and improve collaboration. You don’t need to use them all. Just make sure to explore your options to find which ones your team will go for.

GIGABYTE Introduces 4K Friendly AIRE M60 Wireless Mouse

GIGABYTE makes a lot of different products and among them are also peripherals. Their newest offering in that line-up is the GIGABYTE AIRE M60 Wireless mouse with a 3200 DPI resolution for great work under a 4K resolution.

The wireless function runs on the 2.4GHz band which is something to consider if you are using the same band for wireless signals as it can have effects on each other. The nano receiver is easily placed in any system without the risk of breaking it when plugged into the side of a laptop for example.

Gamers have been used to quality sensors in their mice for a while, but office users didn’t really have the same benefit. The introduction of 4K UHD monitors has however made that a necessity and the AIRE M60 comes with a laser sensor with a native resolution of 3200 dpi. This allows for smooth movement and precise control even on large screens.

The DPI can be adjusted on the fly in three levels right on top of the mouse, 1000, 1600, and 3200 dpi. The battery life is an important factor in a wireless mouse and it is said to last for up to two years thanks to clever power conserving techniques.

The AIRE M60 also features GIGABYTE’s Free-Scrolling Technology that turns your entire mouse into a scroll wheel while pressed. This can make the art of scrolling a lot easier than turning the wheel for hours or hitting that tiny scrollbar to the right of the window.

The mouse looks pretty ergonomically formed and shaped and should be a joy to use over a stock mouse or trackpad for any user.

GIGABYTE did not reveal an MSRP or launch date yet, but it looks like it could be a mouse to look forward to for many casual and office users.

 

Guy Makes Device Which Can Open Combination Locks in a Matter of Seconds

Not really what you were looking to hear if you have a locker at work or school that relies on combination locks to keep people from snooping through your personal belongings, huh? Well, someone was bound to do something like this sooner or later and it’s not like combination locks were the best security option on the planet anyway.

This new high-tech process looks to follow the manual process used by experienced crackers, but drastically reducing the process with the help of computerized algorithms. The device is made out of a stepper motor, a servo motor, a 3D printed harness and an Adruino to help with the AI/computerized side of things.

But now to the real question… how useful is the process? Well, not that useful. Experienced crackers can open these type of locks in a matter of seconds too (not as fast as a robot, but pretty fast nonetheless). So that’s why combination locks are made to keep out nosy people from snooping through your personal stuff and not keep your family values safe.

Still, this can be useful when you really have no experience and desire to learn how to crack these things and want to prank your friends. You can watch the video below to see how it is made and tested.

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Ikea Planning to Sell Wireless Charging Lamps and Tables

We live in an era where our smartphone and/or tablet battery is one of our top priority for the day. Often we forget to plug them into a charger while at home or at the office, only to notice we can barely unlock them to see a notification once we are outside.

Ikea seems to have been thinking about the same problem and appears to have a rather high-tech solution, offering its customers a range of lamps and tables that come with wireless charging technology. Floor, table and work lamps are just a few of what Ikea offers in terms of lighting solution, along with a pair of bedside tables that come with individual pads which would add more charging locations to homes.

It seems that the furniture supports the Qi wireless standard, which is the leader in the wireless charging standard around the world. Since one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers which sell their handsets with built-in Qi wireless charging technology is Microsoft and its Lumia series, Ikea is also offering to sell charging covers for Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S handsets in order to use them with its furniture.

Ikea is said to start selling the furniture in the US and UK in mid April, having a starting price of around £40 in the UK. Pricing in the US is still to be confirmed.

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AT&T to Release Sonim XP6, Rugged Anti-Smartphone

American mobile operator AT&T has just announced a new product under the ‘anti-smartphone’ category – the Sonim XP6. Said to be extremely rugged in design, this new smartphone incorporates a physical keyboard and button support into its architecture. This announced device has been marketed as a phone that can support most common features as seen in regular smartphones, but provides the user with a rugged alternative useable in all scenarios and situations.

The Sonim XP6 can be used with AT&T’s EPTT press-to-talk service, giving consumers another way to manage their clients, management and staff easier whilst on the work site. They’ve also been given IP68 and  IP69 certifications, meaning it is resistant against splashes of water, mud or any other liquid you may come into contact with while on the grind.

Marketed as drop-resistant, said to be able to be comfortably dropped onto a concrete floor, the Sonim XP6’s screen can also be seen in direct sunlight. AT&T have further included an extremely loud 103 db phone ringer capability, said to help identify when calls are coming over the sound of heavy machinery.

There hasn’t been an announced release date or price for this phone yet, but given it’s ‘industrial’ nature – you can exepct it to be quite pricey. This is a common trend amongst companies who cater products towards a commercial audience, why should they lower the price when it’s a company paying for the goods?

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Drink Coffee During the Day… At the Scientifically Proven Best Times!

Most people drink coffee early in the morning, during the day or at night in order to last the night. Either at work, at home or out with friends, it seems that most people go out for a coffee as a way to socialize nowadays. But the question is, when is it the best time to drink a cup of coffee?

Neuroscience doctoral student, Steven Miller, seems to explain that the best time for drinking coffee is between 9:30 and 11:30. He states that careful timing of when you get your daily dosage of coffee is important and prevents people from building up a tolerance to it. Miller says that it is the same as with painkillers and antibiotics, having them administered only when needed so as to prevent individuals from becoming resistant to their effects. Coffee however does not alter the body’s pain or pleasure, it is merely a way to alter its alertness to fatigue, prolonging the daily activity.

This is why Miller suggests to avoid drinking coffee during time periods when the body is naturally more alert. Just as nobody takes a prescription painkiller for a mild headache, coffee should only be drank at certain times in order to feel the desired effect. More information about the body’s internal clock, the hormones it releases periodically throughout the day and other coffee-drinking best times throughout the day can be found on Miller’s blog here.

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