Windows 10: Microsoft's Sneaky Pry on Users' Privacy?

Posted by John Onwuegbu | July 31, 2015 |

Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 10, is no doubt generating heated debate as concerns users' privacy, with some privacy advocates recommending total opt-out from the service. The "unusual" free upgrade to Windows 10, is perhaps marred by sneaky privacy policy, which has lead to unsettling speculations.

Albeit, the company is already notorious in secretly collecting users data through stealthy tracking activities, the latest move is even more profound as to the level of users' information involved.

According to Microsoft, “We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good-faith belief that doing so is necessary to protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services.”

Beyond that, even things like users' browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and Wi-Fi access details are also included in what you must give-up to Microsoft with the new policy.

Asides this, Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, also learns about you by collecting data about such things as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browser and search history, and more.

While some settings are outside users' control, there is a way to deactivate the automatic sync option, which is activated by default. Simply go to settings and finding “Sync your settings” in the Accounts tab to deactivate.

Although much of this is structured to improve the quality of the service, but the fact that all is tweaked to the tech company's taking greater control over users personal information, is something to really worry about.

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In the wake of the recent Hacking Team's breach which exposed customer data, software code, internal documents and emails, enterprise IT more than ever before, are up on their toes in visualizing potential attacks and threat intelligence.

The “commercialization” of malware, with attack kits available on underground forums for anyone who wants to perpetrate such attacks, is a growing concern in this regard.

In the most recent years, we've seen a disturbing trend - attackers are innovating much faster than the anti-malware industry.

As more and more attacks occur, however, the likelihood increases that some organization or group has seen the attack before.

The report on Who's Using Cyber Threat Intelligence, aims to explore how attackers reuse malware and command, control protocols and methods, adapting over time to keep ahead of the anti-malware industry and security professionals, brought to you by ThreatStream. Request your FREE copy now!

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It’s no longer news that the long awaited Microsoft Windows 10 operating system will be publicly available on July 29, and definitely most users are planning on early switch to the new OS. But eminently, during or after such upgrades, people tend to encounter some problems which will force them to go back to the previous version.

Most users don’t know how they can go back to Windows 8.1 from Windows 10, considering all the techie twists, it appears almost a herculean task for many.

And to make the downgrading job easier, this page will introduce you how to backup and restore Windows 8.1. Learn the solution, and then you can do Windows 10 upgrade job with no hesitation.

EaseUS free system go back software is a program that you can rely on to backup and restore your Windows system with only one click.

It makes the process of going back to windows 8.1 from Windows 10 effortless and possible whenever you have a need to without the supposed associated hassles.

The process is completely a no-brainer, simply launch EaseUS System Go Back Free and click "Backup System" before Windows 10 upgrade. It will quickly start to backup your Windows 8 system, which may take a little while. When the backup job is finished, you can find the backup file in D:\My Backups\EaseUS_System_Goback.

Then, when you need to revert, just launch EaseUS System Go Back Free and click "Go Back" and you’re as good as you never migrated from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 in the first place.

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How Api.ai Smart Up your Apps with Speech Recognition

Posted by John Onwuegbu | July 24, 2015 |

The era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is finally here, now every smartphone down to the tiniest IoT device, even your Home systems come with some form of voice-enabling capabilities, giving rise to the term smart home and apps.

Technological developments have literally put the world into our palms, with amazing ease and magical sophistication, making rare innovations a reality, which before now were pronounced impossible.

Api.ai is one of the latest technologies that introduce speech recognition capabilities to your smartphone or tablet and lets you interact with your device like a personal assistant.

Though it sounds a bit Greek and Latin together, API.AI speech interface is much easier to use. And if you are an app developer, this is an absolute delight to work on, effortlessly you can enable voice commands and make your app a big hit.

Below are few simple steps for you to follow:

  1. First, implement the API for your application, which takes just a few minutes depending on project requirements.
  2. Once implementation is done, the process is quite simple and easy to follow.
  3. Select what objects will interact and work on your app.
  4. Give a description about the objects.
  5. Create actions and scenario to work on.
  6. And finally, apply the commands into your application or web service, then confirm, with a few checks the technology is embedded into your apps.


Endless Possibilities With Voice Enabled Apps

Voice commands allow us to visualize our smartphones or tablet as personal assistant. But, there are lots of options with the voice enabled apps. Still curious what this API.AI is used for?

Below are few of the possibilities of this app enhancing technology:

  1. Enables voice command for any type of application ranging from smartphones to smart televisions and even smart homes.
  2. Robots or even wearables like smartwatches can also use this technology.
  3. Absolutely flexible, you can use this across any operating system.
  4. Cross platform means it works across Unix, Python, and even day to day web apps.
  5. Around 11 languages currently supported.
  6. It is a one stop solution for voice recognition, natural language and even text to voice options.


Will This API bore a hole in your Pocket? Find Out How Much It Would Cost You – You will be Amazed!

Depending upon your requirements for the API, there are different sets of packages for different requirements. However, you're allowed to download the free version and use it endlessly.

But, if you have a commercial app and want to use the API for business, there are 2 choices for you: Pay a specific amount for each request you make, which amounts to 0.003 cents per request. Or a Shared Revenue Program – For this you need to contact another developer and make a shared deal.

There are enough start up plans to let you try and experiment at a cheaper cost. With number of queries increasing or as per demand, more flexible will your payment be through different plans customized for your benefit.
The advantage is, as your app gains popularity, you can add up features to your app with its advisory council or even by your own ideas.

What's The Bottom Line Of API?

It is a proven fact that anyone will enjoy the power of voice more than giving inputs through typing words in their smartphones or tablets. API.AI is greatly and widely acclaimd for those extra benefits that it provides users. And when you choose to develop your website or app with API you are sure never to regret your choice.

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EXCLUSIVE: The Ultimate Marketing Automation Glossary

Posted by John Onwuegbu | July 20, 2015 |

Sometimes, it sounds like marketers are speaking another language, especially when using terms associated with newer forms of marketing like "internet marketing" or more generally e-marketing, online marketing, or digital marketing.

It gets even more complicated with non standard terminologies associated with specific tools and platforms.

If you are confused by all of the technical jargon and confusing terms that are used in Internet Marketing then you're at the right page.

Sort your way through the marketing automation jargon by getting to know the marketing terms associated with Marketo, Pardot, HubSpot, Act-On and Eloqua. Learn how to speak "marketing automation" with the help of this cheat sheet. Request your "Free Cheat Sheet" on the Ultimate Marketing Automation Glossary now.

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Google employs Machine Learning to cut down Email spam

Posted by John Onwuegbu | July 13, 2015 |

Email spam is unsolicited bulk email (UBE), a subset of electronic mail involving nearly identical messages sent to numerous recipients. Spam, also referred to as unsolicited commercial email, may include malware as scripts or other executable file attachments.

It has steadily grown overtime, with networks of virus-infected computers, accounting for about 80% of spam worldwide.

Google's spam filtering technology, albeit as effective as it is, still there are rare occasions a couple of spam messages get through to the inbox or a valid message is mistaken as spam. Hence, the launch of Postmaster Tools, to help enterprise users analyze email performance, and help Gmail route messages to the right place.

Google Postmaster utilizes machine learning algorithm to enhance more effective email filtering, while improving through individual user experience.

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven filter will learn through users reading habits and correspondingly reflect in their preferences when serving messages. With the changes, Google intends to tighten the leash on spam and make sure your messages ends up in the right folder.

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The Digital Age is characterized by the shift from traditional industry process that came about through industrialization, to an economy based on information computerization. How the work done in providing primary care, secondary care, and tertiary care, as well as in public health is aligned with this paradigm shift is what we're concerned with in this report.

Healthcare providers, including hospitals, are united under one central mission: to provide exceptional care to patients while keeping costs down.

Increasingly, that's being accomplished through technology, and healthcare providers are becoming incredibly dependent on IT for their day-to-day operations. The application of information processing that deals with the storage, retrieval, sharing, and use of health care information, data, and knowledge for communication and decision making is now the norm.

Furthermore, the use of information technology is expected to improve the quality of health care, reduce the paperwork, and improve the health care service efficiencies and reduce health care costs.

Get a head-start with multi purposes behind the use of health IT within the health care industry by requesting your FREE Whitepaper now.

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Data-driven security concerns the use of data analysis, visualization and dashboard tools to protect databases (potentially including the data, applications or stored functions, the database systems, servers and the associated links) against compromises of their confidentiality, integrity and availability.

Security professionals need all the tools at their disposal to increase their visibility in order to prevent security breaches and attacks.

Using a hands-on approach with real-world examples, this eBook shows you how to gather feedback, measure the effectiveness of your security methods, and make better decisions. You'll understand how to harness and wield data, from collection and storage to management and analysis as well as visualization and presentation.

Everything in this eBook will have practical application for information security professionals, so they can be able uncover hidden patterns of data and respond with countermeasures to thwart attacks in their networks.

Lock down their networks, prevent hacks, and thwart malware by improving visibility, all through the power of data and security using data Analysis, visualization and dashboards.

Request your complimentary eBook on "Data-Driven Security: Analysis, Visualization and Dashboards ($40.99 Value) FREE until July 15.

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Music Streaming: What did Apple Music bring to the table?

Posted by John Onwuegbu | July 03, 2015 |

Apple has released iOS 8.4 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and with it comes one of the company’s most anticipated services – Apple Music. It represents Apple's long awaited debut in the streaming music space which gives Spotify another huddle to scale even as Google stepped up its own music streaming offering.

Albeit, Apple Music is arriving years later than many anticipated, it remarkably debuts as a well rounded service.

And Perhaps most importantly, the fact that it fuses some of the best aspects of Google Music and Spotify into one. So what did Apple Music bring to the table?

Music lovers' will for the first time be getting a bespoke, human curated, playlists - and the right to upload 25,000 of own tracks free, which will increase to 100k with iOS 9 (in contrast to Google Music's 50,000).

And a longer 3 month free trial period compared to one month on Google Music and two months on Spotify. Additionally, users' get a manned ‘Beats One’ radio service that steps beyond the automated radio playlisting of Google and Spotify.

However, details on how Apple Music will work offline and audio tracks max out at 256kbps verses the higher quality 320kbps of Spotify and Google Music remains sketchy. While Apple Music will break new ground with a Fall release on Android, Google Music and Spotify are already available on iOS with the latter also on Windows Phone.

Apple will be giving out subscriptions free for two years with the purchase of a new iPhone or iPad. And afterwards, charged at $14.99 per month ‘Family Pack’ for up to six people against the $9.99 per month single user option on Google Music.

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The concept of the Death Star were the first in a long series of superweapons developed to execute the Tarkin Doctrine, also known as the Doctrine of Fear and officially known as Imperial Communiqué.

But, the Death Star projects failed spectacularly. Both Death Stars were destroyed by the Rebel Alliance shortly after they became operational.

Learn from the Empire’s mistakes and keep your projects from falling to the Dark Side! Original Infographic brought to you by Wrike - Tools For Agile Project Management.

10 Reasons the Death Star Project Failed

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