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Ready, Aim, Fire! Magic Leap is Bidding on an Army Combat Contract

Ready, Aim, Fire! Magic Leap is Bidding on an Army Combat Contract

Magic Leap Inc. is pushing to land a contract with the U.S. Army to build augmented-reality devices for soldiers to use on combat missions, according to government documents and interviews with people familiar with the process. The contract, which could eventually lead to the military purchasing over 100,000 headsets as part of a program whose total cost could exceed $500 million, is intended to “increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy,” according to an Army description of the program. A large government contract could alter the course of the highest-profile startup working on augmented reality, at a time when prospects to produce a consumer device remain uncertain.

Read the complete story here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-21/magic-leap-is-bidding-on-an-army-combat-contract

20 Years Later, Regulators Ask “Is Google Too Powerful?”

20 Years Later, Regulators Ask “Is Google Too Powerful?”

Twenty years after Larry Page and Sergey Brin set out to organize all of the internet’s information, the search engine they named Google has morphed into a dominating force in smartphones, online video, email, maps and much more.

That resounding success now has regulators and lawmakers around the world questioning whether the company has become too powerful as its ubiquitous services vacuum up sensitive information about billions of people hooked on its products.

Not bad for a company that started 20 years ago Friday with an initial investment of $100,000. Google and its sibling companies operating under the umbrella of Alphabet Inc. are now worth $800 billion.

Google’s search engine remains entrenched as the internet’s main gateway, and its digital advertising business is on pace to generate about $110 billion in revenue this year. Much of that revenue now flows through Google’s Android operating system, which powers 80 percent of the world’s smartphones. Google also runs the biggest video site in YouTube, the most popular web browser in Chrome, the top email service in Gmail and the maps that most people use to get around.

Read the complete article: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/ct-biz-google-20-years-20180907-story.html

C3/Cloud Computing acquires SFDA service division

C3/Cloud Computing acquires SFDA service division

C3/Cloud Computing Concepts has completed the acquisition of the South Florida Digital Alliance’s (SFDA) service division, which it has managed since January.

The SFDA is a nonprofit charitable foundation whose mission is to expand digital literacy for South Florida residents regardless of their income levels. Don Slesnick III, executive director of the SFDA, leads its executive team with Jim Osteen, director of community relations.

The division provides internet access services to universities, schools, nonprofits and large commercial accounts throughout South Florida. Delray Beach cloud-based technologies provider C3 did not disclose the terms of the deal.

“Our team is excited to formally welcome our new friends and colleagues to the C3 family,” said Rick Mancinelli, CEO of C3. “As part of C3, they will enjoy access to a much broader product portfolio, competitive service pricing, and an engineering team steeped in both experience and expertise.”

By Emon Reiser – Digital Producer, South Florida Business Journal
Read the complete article: https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2018/08/28/c3-completes-buy-of-sfda-serivce-provider-division.html

Surviving Ransomeware

Surviving Ransomeware

Made famous by the WannaCry attack that crippled the Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) in 2017, ransomware is continuing to hit businesses. According to security research firm Symantec, infections have steadily increased every year since 2013, reaching record levels in 2017.

Generally, if a firm is hit by ransomware, they will have no problem realising. Infected computers will be inaccessible because key files have been encrypted, with a ransom note displayed on-screen.

Even over the last few months, ransomware has impacted multiple organizations, including the PGA of America, and the borough of Matanuska-Susitna in Alaska – where government workers were forced to use typewriters to carry out their daily tasks.

Email still remains the top attack vector for all malicious activity

Read the complete article here:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahertyuk/2018/08/17/how-to-survive-a-ransomware-attack-and-not-get-hit-again/#4c1b0d6f6cd3

MDC Launches Cybersecurity Center of the Americas

MDC Launches Cybersecurity Center of the Americas

Miami Dade College (MDC) will launch its new, state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Center of the Americas at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus. MDC’s President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, Adi Dar, CEO of Cyberbit and others will deliver remarks.

Open to students and professionals, trainees will experience live cyberattacks and learn how to respond to today’s advanced cyber threats. The unique training, coupled with theoretical learning, will give students a competitive advantage as they enter the workforce and will give working professionals the opportunity to advance their careers.

Read the complete article on MDC blog here: https://news.mdc.edu/press_release/miami-dade-college-to-launch-groundbreaking-cybersecurity-center-of-the-americas-aug-22/

Are we being scammed by dark pattern design?

Are we being scammed by dark pattern design?

If you’re a UX designer you won’t need this article to tell you about dark pattern design. But perhaps you chose to tap here out of a desire to reaffirm what you already know — to feel good about your professional expertise.

Perhaps an app you were using presented this article in a way that persuaded you to tap on it rather than on some other piece of digital content. And it’s those sorts of little imperceptible nudges — what to notice, where to tap/click that we’re talking about when we talk about dark pattern design.

The darkness comes into play because UX design choices are being selected to be intentionally deceptive. To nudge the user to give up more than they realize. Or to agree to things they probably wouldn’t if they genuinely understood the decisions they were being pushed to make.

Perhaps the best eample of this is the impossibly long EULAs that we ware presented with when our phones update or we subscribe to a nnew online service.

Reandthe complete article on TechCrinch – https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/01/wtf-is-dark-pattern-design/