You are already meticulous about which links you click, you understand the warning signs of an adware infected app, and you have tight security on your computer – but, a new breed of malware can get past all of those precautions! According to Gizmodo, the new malware leaps between devices using audio signals that are undetectable by the human ear. So, how are you to prepare yourself?
Over the last few years, the global enterprise software market has experienced significant uncertainty, much of which has resulted from the ongoing turmoil in the Eurozone. However, it seems that there may now be some light on the horizon. According to a recent report by industry analyst IDC, there was an encouraging uptick in enterprise software sales globally in the first half of 2013 – with the analyst firm calling out a fledgling recovery in the Eurozone as a major contributing factor to the rise.
Ever considered a career in the IT? If you think that our job is all about installing new software or fighting malicious viruses, read on for some compelling stories. There is actually more than meets the eye.
Before we start, do you think that your PC or any other data storage device is indestructible? Well, if you do, at some point you may end up realizing that you have just lost all your data, as the device got destroyed. Even despite the recent advancements in the field of data recovery, sometimes the users get just too creative. And we mean it – although we’ve been working in the IT field for quite a while and saw lots of weird things, some people do not cease to amaze us. So, we decided to compile a list of the most awesome, or just awesome, cases of data loss we had to face. Although we succeeded in most of them, sometimes that was just too difficult.
Sometimes Your PC won’t cooperate
Remember when your computer got lags and you were waiting forever while trying to open some important website? How about the error message popping out when you wanted to enter your company’s e-mail account? Well, we can all relate to that. Most people turn the computer off and just walk away. Indeed, this is a far better decision than hitting the PC, throwing it through the window, or even kicking it. Try to imagine, what damages you might do to your computer by doing this. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the data losses may be so huge that any recovery would be a tall order. Even the best and the brightest data recovery professionals might not be able to save the data lost after a hard disk got destroyed. See the picture below to get the idea of what we faced and how mission impossible it was to recover the data from the totally massacred hard drive one of our hot-headed clients brought.
Cats’ Love for Laptops Is Not Mutual
Some time ago, we had a curious case of Mrs. Smith, a devoted cat lover. Her laptop just broke down. As it turned out, the device ceased to work after some mysterious substance was poured onto it. And, guess what! It wasn’t coffee or tea. Unfortunately, the beloved kitty mistook the PC for a tray. The good news is, we were able to recover the data, but the smell is still around. 😉
Donating to charitable institutions has become fast and easy in recent years owing to the advancement in internet technology. Thanks to organizations that have established websites, online charitable giving is now made possible in just a few clicks. In 2010 alone, online giving experienced a surge although experts still see social giving to grow more in 2011-2012. The human service sector receives a large chunk of donations done online followed by health and public benefit, international, education, animal and environment, arts and religion. Specific charity websites were recipients of more than half of online donations in 2010. Other donors prefer to use certain sites including social networks that provide a list of various charities.
Yesterday, Intel announced a new feature on their next-generation Core chips. Dubbed Insider, the feature offers studios the incentive of providing access to more high definition movies via online streaming. The main issue of studios with regard to high definition movies and online streaming is the fact that users can copy the movies. Of course, once a movie has been copied onto one’s hard drive, so many complicated questions arise.
Insider is Intel’s answer to the concerns of the studios – the feature has an end-to-end protection layer that will ensure that streaming movies will not be copied. Tomorrow, January 5, we will be hearing more about this new generation of Intel Core processors with Insider as Intel conducts the official launch.
On the one hand, this is good news. With such measures in place, studios will be more comfortable offering their premium quality movies online. This means one thing: the choices that we have will only become more varied, and for those who are nitpicky when it comes to visual quality, then HD streaming will only sweeten the pot. On the other hand, I will not be surprised to hear grumblings here and there about how restrictive this move is.
On to less controversial news: the next generation of Intel chips are going to have seriously beefed up graphics features. Now who can complain about that?