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Google gets more personal with search results

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Google is sifting through the photos and commentary on its blossoming social network so its Internet search results can include more personal information. The additional personal touches coming out Tuesday mark another step toward one of Google’s most ambitious goals. The Internet search leader eventually hopes to know enough about each of its users so… Continue Reading Google gets more personal with search results

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Needles, haystacks and the new work force

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So I’ve started teaching at a prominent university in Baltimore. I signed up mostly because I like to hear people call me “Professor DeVries,” but I also thought it might be fun to see what kids are all about these days. As usual, I was completely unprepared for what I would find there. The Internet… Continue Reading Needles, haystacks and the new work force

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A holiday e-card just for me? (yawn)

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The holidays are fast upon us, and as we huddle up for yet another recessive year-end, the thought of lavish corporate celebration is far from our minds. Yet it’s still important to thank clients and strategic partners for their business. Oh! I have it! Let’s make an E-Card. Stop right there. Just stop it. News… Continue Reading A holiday e-card just for me? (yawn)

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Happy Hacknukka and Merry Credit Card Fraud

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. There’ll be much mistletoeing, and hearts will be glowing when credit fraud comes near… yes you heard me correctly. While the rest of the world has sugar plums dancing in their heads, phishing and credit card scammers are keeping network security defenders up all night every night.… Continue Reading Happy Hacknukka and Merry Credit Card Fraud

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Local tech business might leave town

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ModusLink Global Solutions is considering moving Tech for Less jobs to Bloomington, Ind. ModusLink bought Tech for Less in 2009 and said this week it may consider moving jobs. A former employee said this week that the company plans to move some operations to Bloomington, shut down one of the facilities, and possibly move customer… Continue Reading Local tech business might leave town

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There’s a new cyber threat. Small and medium businesses are being targeted by cyber criminals using fake social media posts. Some are using email spoofing to send fake Twitter and Facebook updates, while others are sending direct messages from legitimate user accounts that have been hacked. In both instances, the sender will post a short… Continue Reading Cyber criminals target businesses with social media phishing scam

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Unanswered questions about the Nerd Herd

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I’ve noticed two things lately; first that everybody is going nerdy with their iPads, Xooms, and laptops. Second; today’s nerd customer service needs are under served. Now that we’re working from home or launching side businesses (because no one is sure they’ll have a job from week to week,) the need for free wi-fi and… Continue Reading Unanswered questions about the Nerd Herd

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Mobile media is creating a demand for professionals who can help companies beef up their mobile presence. That’s creating more information technology jobs, according to a 2012 salary guide from Robert Half Technology. Companies also want access to increasing amounts of data, more secure networks and ways to grow online collaboration, the report said. “The… Continue Reading IT salaries expected to increase dramatically in 2012

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Tech Talk: Losing my (OS) Religion

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Behold the great conundrum: After you choose Mac or PC for your office network, which operating system (OS) should you pick for your mobile devices? Do you go with Droid, Windows or iPhone, and what mobile OS works best with each laptop OS? Operating systems loyalists have created something akin to a religion about their… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Losing my (OS) Religion

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The problem with overseas tech support

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It’s obvious that technology jobs have been outsourced to India and other developing nations. The U.S. technology community watched sadly as hundreds of thousands of technology projects, development hours and maintenance contracts moved to the other side of the world. But I’m not worried, even though many think I should be. Here’s why: I understand… Continue Reading The problem with overseas tech support

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