3 tech trends that COVID-19 will accelerate in 2021
Spending 2020 under the shadow of a pandemic has affected what we need and expect from technology. For many, COVID-19 accelerated the rate of digital transformation: as employees worked from home, companies needed AI systems that facilitated remote work and the computing power to support them. The question is,... Read more
DDoSers are abusing Microsoft RDP to make attacks more powerful
Enlarge / Hacker attacking server or database. Network security, Database secure and personal data protection DDoS-for-hire services are abusing the Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol to increase the firepower of distributed denial-of-service attacks that paralyze websites and other online services, a security firm said this week. Typically abbreviated as RDP,... Read more
Multi-Cloud Cost Optimization
The popularity and confidence in cloud computing platforms continues to grow unabated.  More and more businesses are moving mission-critical workloads to public clouds.  Forbes recently projected that by 2021, 32% of IT budgets will be spent on public cloud platforms.  Forbes also points out that cloud spending has grown... Read more redirects to White House website as trolls needle Biden
White House If you point your browser to, don’t expect to see black-outfitted protesters challenging racists and far-right extremists in a tense face-off. Instead, the URL will take you to President Joe Biden’s spiffy new White House website, which has recently been redone to include accessibility features and... Read more
A New Project Maps the Pacific Coast’s Critical Kelp Forests
This story originally appeared in Canada’s National Observer and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. An ambitious project to map and monitor sea kelp forests along the entire British Columbia coast is afoot, and scientists are using seemingly disparate tools—both ancient and modern—to do it. Researchers are using... Read more
Vicarious Visions’ merger with Blizzard is bad for gamers
Today, Activision announced that it is merging Vicarious Visions with Blizzard Entertainment. Vicarious, a studio that had found a niche creating superb remake compilations like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, will no longer work on its projects. Instead, it will be a support... Read more
Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S20: Digging into price, features and more
Last week, we got a first official look at Samsung’s Galaxy S21 phone line at the company’s Unpacked event, on the last day of CES. The latest version of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy phone is the successor to the Galaxy S20 line, released in 2020. If you’re in the market... Read more
Let Fire Stations and EMS Crews Administer Covid Vaccines
Vaccinating the masses against Covid-19 is fraught with challenges. Despite deployment in sophisticated health care institutions, less than 46 percent of the available vaccine stock has reached the arms of United States residents since its emergency release last month. Administering vaccines to the general population will be even more... Read more
Microsoft reverses Xbox Live Gold price increase, free-to-play games set free
Earlier today, Microsoft announced a price increase for Xbox Live Gold, the subscription service that lets Xbox users play games online. Somehow, Microsoft was surprised to find out that this was an unpopular move. So less than 24 hours later, Microsoft is backtracking. Xbox Live Gold will not see... Read more
The Future Is Clear: Connected Glass Will Redefine Commerce, Lifestyle Trends
How we shop, how we work out, how we receive medical care – you name the sector and odds are good that it underwent some major transformations during 2020. That being said, many of the most dramatic changes were less the result of the COVID-19 pandemic than accelerated by... Read more