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Apple Card: Three fatal flaws that hinder usability (and then there's Goldman Sachs)

Apple Card is a bright, shiny idea with some notable usability problems. And that's before you start thinking about trusting your finances to Goldman Sachs.

3 Apr 2019 6:01 pm
Mueller report confirms the worst: National sovereignty is at risk worldwide

The US is being systematically attacked by Russia with our own digital technology, leaving IT professionals on the front line of this war. Here's what we need to do.

28 Mar 2019 6:30 pm
Reality shock: The #FakeWorld future of ubiquitous AR

Our big tech firms have been pushing the boundaries of augmented reality and intelligent assistants, working to create a mixed reality where both real and computer-generated views co-exist with globe-spanning artificial intelligence. David Gewirtz imagines the future of artificial reality, along with the disturbing potential consequences.

26 Feb 2019 10:31 pm
New rule: FAA requires all drones to externally display registration numbers as of February 25

As governments grapple with the issues raised by the rise of drones, agencies are regularly changing the rules to keep up. This time, it's how registration numbers must be displayed on aircraft. Read on for the details.

19 Feb 2019 10:13 pm
On the dangers of DNA data: Genealogy tests, Elizabeth Warren, and the end of privacy

Many of us simply want to know more about our family heritage. Yet, genomics and big data may be making it possible to weaponize DNA. Is this another nail in the coffin of personal privacy?

24 Oct 2018 9:05 pm
The one serious MacBook Pro security flaw that nobody is talking about

Every MacBook since 2015 and every MacBook Pro since 2016 is at risk. Here's how you can keep your machines safe.

3 Oct 2018 6:15 pm
Before taking that DNA test: Six things you need to know

As DNA testing becomes more common, more and more of us are spitting saliva. But what exactly is a DNA test? How does it work? What are the implications? We try to answer these questions here.

15 Aug 2018 10:33 pm
Flying drones near wildfires could kill people: Don't do it

The bottom line is simple: Flying a drone near a wildfire could cause catastrophic damage. Don't do it.

10 Aug 2018 8:52 pm
Wearables vs. proctors: Test taking security in the era of constant connectivity

Just as smartphones have changed everything, so too will wearables. One challenge will be securing test taking in a world where everything has an active connection.

20 Jul 2018 7:15 pm
Fireworks, food, and a great little USB hub: Share something wonderful with friends this Independence Day

America's founding fathers might not recognize our modern world, but there's one thing they passed down through the generations: camaraderie and a sense of celebration. This Fourth, we're sharing some memories, a cool tool, and best wishes.

2 Jul 2018 7:15 pm
Air-gapping the planet: How to travel safely in digitally scary places

If you're considering traveling to one of the many countries that has a dubious relationship with digital privacy, you'll need to protect yourself. While the standard advice is a VPN, David Gewirtz takes you a few steps deeper into the murky cloak and dagger world of digital tradecraft.

20 Jun 2018 10:07 pm
Inside the early days of North Korea's cyberwar factory

North Korea is a bizarre country that almost seems frozen in time -- a bizarre, frozen-in-time, armed-to-the-teeth, crazy-dangerous country. We take a deep look at the early cyberwar efforts of an increasingly aggressive cyberwar player.

12 Jun 2018 5:44 pm
World Cup 2018: Traveling to Russia? Here's what you need to know

Russia has some very restrictive cybersecurity laws, especially when it comes to VPN use. Here's what you need to know to avoid trouble.

11 Jun 2018 9:53 pm
Scam alert: Identifying and blocking Google robocall spam

Google will not robocall you unless you specifically requested a call. While it's difficult to fight phone spam, we have some suggestions that may help make things a bit less annoying.

24 May 2018 9:10 pm
The battle over 5G: What is it, who are the players, and why do we care?

In this important video roundtable, ZDNet’s David Gewirtz, Jason Perlow, Steven Vaughan-Nichols, and Scott Fulton discuss what may well be the future of all telecommunications. Hint: it’s messy.

23 May 2018 8:28 pm
Google Duplex beat the Turing test: Are we doomed?

Google’s new Duplex AI sounds human, with stammers, pauses, and all. It could be a useful addition to Google Assistant or the harbinger of something much more dark and worrisome.

14 May 2018 6:59 pm
Survey reveals: MP3 is a Star Wars robot and HTML is an STD

Just for fun, we review the wide array of technical terms that seem to be misunderstood by a whole lot of people. A motherboard, my fellow Americans, is NOT the deck of a cruise ship.

31 Jan 2018 8:56 pm
Cryptocurrency comes with one colossal caveat: Remember the tulips

If you’re considering jumping on the cryptocurrency bandwagon and gambling your hard earned cash, read this first.

17 Jan 2018 2:29 am
FCC revisited: Net neutrality changes are misleading and not benign

Opinion: Upon finding updated but disturbingly unofficial source documents, David Gewirtz recants his earlier statement that the FCC changes are benign. The FCC's intentions may be out there, but they were not published according to its own guidelines for rulemaking review.

13 Dec 2017 8:39 pm