Do I really need a smart firewall in my home?

By T Roy, IoT Defense Inc.

One of the most common questions we get from potential customers, at least from the more technically minded ones is – I don’t have any open ports on my home router, do I still need the protection offered by a smart firewall? This question is based on the assumption that if a home Wi-Fi router does not have any open ports, no unsolicited traffic from the internet can access the router and hence it cannot be compromised by malicious actors on the internet.

In this article, we will describe some of the functionality provided by home routers, understand the security implications of such functionality, provide some context around the above assumption and arrive at some interesting conclusions. Continue reading

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The business case for customer service chatbots

By Tobias Goebel, Aspect Software

Chatbots can provide real value to companies when properly conceived and have a tremendous amount of potential to support a business’ customer service efforts. How? Let’s look at the facts: Continue reading

How technology can make cycling a safer sport

By Victor Dano, Bike Computer

As cycling becomes a more popular sport, so do cyclist become braver aiming to cover more miles, go faster and ride further outside city limits. But besides tracking speed, elevation, and other metrics that improve performance, the current technological advancements offer nothing more. Most ignore safety even though cyclists are a vulnerable group, especially when they are on road getting passed by speeding vehicles, or mountain biking on treacherous ridges where adrenaline speed rush makes one forget about the dangers. Continue reading

Why don’t more businesses encrypt their emails?

Businesses rarely encrypt their email messages because good encryption is too hard to use.  That’s changing.

By Randy Battat, PreVeil

Most business-to-business communication involves sensitive information – stuff that the parties really don’t want others to know about. Whether it’s contracts, customer communications, supplier information, dialog with consultants and contractors, or other things, there’s a lot of sensitive information that travels via plain old email.

These emails really should be protected, i.e. encrypted. But the vast majority of B2B communication remains unencrypted, despite wide availability of very good technology and tools. Why? Continue reading

How to extend Wi-Fi range and speed

By ConnectionCafe

Browsing at the speed of a snail, unable to properly stream media, constant drops in Wi-Fi signals, and numerous dead zones can create ever frustrating situations. We live in a world where the internet has become an integral part of our lives and a slow one just won’t do.

A common problem would be the distance, if the network needs to cover a huge area with thick walls and numerous corners, then connection quality will drop. Here are a few measures that can improve your Wi-Fi experience. Continue reading

How the rise and rise of mobile is sparking a tech war for online casinos

Long gone are the days when the online casino experience meant huddling around a desktop computer and spinning your favourite slots.

And while that still goes on, the eye-watering growth in the industry comes from mobile casino gaming. Like all aspects of entertainment today, the modern consumer wants to have access whenever and wherever they like, 24 hours a day.

But the challenge for online casinos is delivering a user experience as good, and possibly even better, than the old fashioned desktop. Continue reading

Redefining the DNA of the shopping experience—or trying to

People walk by the Amazon Go brick-and-mortar grocery store without lines or checkout counters, in Seattle Washington, U.S. December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Redmond – RTSUU23

By Alan O’Herlihy, Everseen

It’s easy to point to Amazon’s lack of experience in brick-and-mortar retail as an explanation for the difficulties it’s facing as it tries to launch Amazon Go. Retail is not for the faint of heart, so entering the space and trying to transform it seemingly overnight has inevitably resulted in some skepticism—and even a little bit of schadenfreude when the company missed its self-imposed, and highly publicized, launch date.

But the same can be said of many of the industries that Amazon has reinvented. Amazon had no business getting into books, video content, clothing, warehousing and delivery, etc. And yet it continues to redefine all of these, much to the dismay of early skeptics (not to mention, the businesses it has upended). Continue reading