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Michaels Confirms Malware Attack This week, Michaels confirmed that payment card information, including payment card number and expiration date, was obtained through a malware attack.  There is no evidence that other information, such as name, address or PIN, was obtained. At Michaels stores, the attack occurred at various stores between May 8th of last year through Read more

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Apple’s Operating Systems Heartbleed Free The HeartBleed bug affects the encryption technology designed to protect email, instant messaging and e-commerce related to online accounts.  The problem affects only the version of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) known as OpenSSL.  Unfortunately, this happens to be one of the most common on the Internet.  Unlike most Read more

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Microsoft’s Office for iPad Wildly Successful Microsoft’s Office for iPad has had more than 12 million downloads in the week since its release.  Each of the apps —Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote — are free but require an Office 365 subscription to be able to create and edit documents.   Word, Excel and PowerPoint take Read more

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Facebook Getting Into Virtual Reality After recently purchasing Whatsapp, Facebook bought a virtual reality company, Oculus VR, this week for $2 billion in stock and cash.  Mark Zuckerberg’s plans for Oculus include having it provide “completely new kinds of experiences”, of which gaming will obviously be one. Mr. Zuckerberg is certainly no stranger to controversy and Read more

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New Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, announced that Microsoft Office apps are now available for iPads. Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint are available for free in the App Store. In order to create and edit documents, however, customers will need subscribe to Office 365. Eligible subscriptions include Office 365 Home Premium, Office 365 Small Business Premium, Read more

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What Was Your First Tweet? Twitter celebrated the eighth anniversary of the first Twitter message this week by providing a tool to look up your first tweet.   If you are on Twitter, you can look up your first tweet (or anyone else’s) with this tool. DCT’s first tweet was posted on December 4, 2011 Read more

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Amazon Prime Price Going Up If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, you received an email this week announcing that Amazon is raising the price of its popular service to $99. According to Amazon’s website, the price change is set to occur on April 17th.  From my personal experience, that is not true since my Read more

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This week, Apple released iOS 7.1, the latest version of its mobile operating system. While this is not a major release, it is more than just the usual bug fixes, hence 7.1 instead of 7.0.7.  So exactly what is in iOS 7.1? The most significant update in iOS 7.1 is the addition for CarPlay support. Read more

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Samsung Rolls Out Milk Music Samsung is now offering a free radio-streaming service in the U.S.   The service, Milk Music, combines content from Slacker Radio with exclusive music deals from artists. Milk Music joins the somewhat crowded music streaming field along with Pandora, Spotify and iTunes Radio.   In an effort to retain and Read more

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