Tech Q&A: How to make iPhone's Siri less intrusive
Q: When I start to type an address into a new e-mail, my iPhone makes “suggestions” about which address I might want. That would be fine if the suggestions came just from my contacts list. But the suggestions also include several addresses that I’ve never sent an e-mail to. At the top of this unfamiliar e-mail list is the message “Siri found in apps.” How can I prevent these unwanted e-mail addresses from showing up as suggestions?—Chester Rorvig, St. Cloud, Minn.A: Siri, the iPhone digital assistant, has been given considerable freedom to search through your phone’s apps for information you m...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Qualcomm introduces third-generation 5G chips to boost speeds and performance of mobile devices
Continuing its efforts to drive 5G technology, Qualcomm on Tuesday introduced its third generation 5G mobile chip aimed at improving performance for smartphones and other gadgets.The San Diego company’s new processor and radio frequency antenna platform give mobile operators the ability to combine fragmented airwave spectrum to expand coverage, boost capacity and deliver faster speeds.The technique is called carrier aggregation. The Snapdragon X60 5G modem and antenna work across a wide range of airwave frequencies earmarked for 5G.They include high-frequency millimeter-wave bands, mid-frequen...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Fashion mogul Peter Nygard accused of sex trafficking, drugging and raping teen girls
NEW YORK — Rags-to-riches garment business legend Peter Nygard was accused of trafficking underage “girlfriends” to satisfy his sexual peccadilloes and lure new victims to drug-fueled “pamper parties” at his beachfront home in the Bahamas, a lawsuit alleged Thursday.The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Federal Court, alleges that the 76-year-old Nygard raped seven teenage girls, ages 14 to 16, at his private Nygard Cay getaway in the Bahamas — with some of the terrified teens drugged before they were sexually assaulted.Among the guests at Nygard’s luxury property over the years was Prince Andrew, w...
New York Daily News
Feds reviewing previously unreported cyber attack on Florida elections office
MIAMI — Less than five weeks before Florida’s March presidential primary, the Department of Homeland Security is investigating a previously unreported cyber attack on Palm Beach County’s elections office, according to Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link.Link, who was appointed last year by the governor to oversee the county’s beleaguered elections department, said she contacted the FBI in November after a veteran IT employee told her that the office had been infected by a ransomware virus only a few weeks before the 2016 election. The virus was not publicly disclosed in 2016.Link said t...
Not connected and no Netflix: 'It's frankly embarrassing' in these Kansas towns
COTTONWOOD FALLS, Kan. — The internet service was so bad at Citizens State Bank in Cottonwood Falls, Kan., that its computers could hardly handle a routine update from Microsoft.So not too long ago, bank vice president Matt Lindamood loaded up the PCs and drove them over to Emporia, 30 minutes away. There, he connected the desktop computers to a fiber internet connection.“What we couldn’t get done here happened in a matter of minutes there,” he said.Such is life for a small-town Kansas bank — and most everyone else, for that matter — as politicians talk about the need to improve rural broadban...
The Kansas City Star
Tech Q&A: Deciding if you need app security updates
Q: I recently bought a Windows 10 PC to replace my Windows 7 computer — I knew it would be risky to keep using Windows 7 after it stopped getting security updates in January. But then I installed Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2015 and Microsoft Office 2010 on my new PC, even though both will stop getting security updates later this year. Am I taking a big risk?—James Skakoon, St. Paul, Minn.A: I’d buy newer programs that will receive security updates. But while the importance of updates was clear with Windows 7, it’s a gray area with software apps.Why? When an operating system such as Windows 7 doesn’t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Why you can't necessarily trust your smartphone's weather app
You know the feeling. That pang of excitement or dread — or a little of both — when you open a weather app on your phone and there it is, staring back at you: a snowflake.But that snowflake can be an unreliable indicator, according to local weather experts.The best smartphone weather apps rely on information provided by the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and satellites. But apps can still vary widely in accuracy.“I think what happens is that they have computer models spitting out these forecasts seven to 10 days in advance when (forecasts) actuall...
The Seattle Times
With cybercriminals on the attack, states help cities punch back
WASHINGTON — When the computers of the city of Lodi, Calif., got hit by a ransomware attack last April, the strike disabled phone lines, forced police officers to write reports by hand and prevented workers from sending out utility bills.City officials refused to pay the ransom of 75 bitcoins — about $400,000 — and instead turned to their cyber insurance company, which sent in a legal team and security experts to investigate and help return the system to normal.“It took a lot of our energy and ended up consuming a great deal of time,” recalled City Manager Steve Schwabauer. “We ultimately file...
Lee Schafer: Hospitals and doctors have your health records. Should app makers get them too?
Two weeks ago, the founder of software firm Epic Systems asked some leaders of big health care systems to please get their objections to Washington, D.C., before it’s too late to stop proposed federal rules that promise to open up electronic health record systems.These new rules are about what’s called data blocking. But what the conflict really boils down to is differing notions of security when it comes to patient information.And money too, of course.These rules aren’t getting much attention outside of the health care industry, but you can tell this issue has gotten pretty hot or it would ha...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Top 10 jobs for 2020, according to Glassdoor
If you want — or have — a technology-related job, you’ll probably be happy to read his article. [According to Glassdoor](For its analysis of the top 50 jobs, Glassdoor weighed three factors equally: earning potential (median annual base salary), overall job satisfaction rating (5-point scale, with 5 being the best) and number of job openings.That means the highest paying job isn’t necessarily the best one. For example, No. 8’s median base salary is $71,867, but No. 9’s is $133,067.10: Business development managerBusiness development managers, [according to LinkedIn](Mean base salary: $105,240J...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution