Category Archives: Tech

How to Block Scam Calls, the Top Source of Fraud Against Older Adults

Scam­mers are al­ways find­ing new ways to dupe peo­ple out of money. In the U.S., phone calls re­main the pri­mary way swindlers hook older vic­tims.

A study pub­lished last month by the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion found that 24% of adults over age 60 who re­ported los­ing money to a scam in 2021 said it started with a phone call—the largest per­cent­age of any method, in­clud­ing email, text and mail. For vic­tims 80 and older, phone calls were be­hind 40% of scams.

Scams range from robo­calls pitch­ing car war­ranties to young peo­ple pos­ing as grand-chil­dren in need of a bailout. The best way to pro­tect against phone scams, on­line-safety ex­perts say, is to not re­ceive the phone calls in the first place.

So how do you do that?

While ig­nor­ing mys­tery calls is ef­fec­tive, it isn’t al­ways fea­si-ble. Per­haps you don’t have all the num­bers of health­care providers, in­sur­ance com­pa­nies and other vi­tal ser­vices stored in your phone’s con­tacts. Also, caller ID of­ten doesn’t iden­tify the name of the busi­ness that is call­ing. Tech com­pa­nies are de­vel­op­ing so­lu­tions for di­vert­ing scam calls. And even though the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i-cans over 65 have smart­phones, there are also ways to pro­tect your­self if you’re on a land­line.

See More [Wall Street Journal]

www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-block-scam-calls-the-top-source-of-fraud-against-older-adults-11673051224

Automated Commercial Dishwashing

Employment at restaurants continues to be replaced by machines. As employee costs go up, machines and these types of services become more affordable for businesses.

Dishcraft uses proprietary robotics and AI to deliver clean dishes everyday while reducing waste, improving efficiency, and increasing reliability.

See More [Dishcraft]

Business Idea? 4 Tips to Make it Successful

Build Your Brand – 1 min.

The first work day of 2023 is today for most and many are setting goals for the year.

Start strong! Your goals and ideas will always work better when you collaborate with top performers. Think about all of your past successes. Did you do it alone? Probably not. Build your brand! Here are tips to help you do that: Design, Content, Marketing Strategy, Reliable Team

See More [R. Michael Brown Tips]

Brother and Sister had to Stop 6 Times in 1 Day on Cold Trip to Charge Rented Tesla

  • A brother and sister rented a Tesla and found they had to stop six times in one day to charge it.
  • Xaviar Steavenson and his sister Alice drove from Orlando, Florida to Wichita, Kansas.
  • They said other customers with rented Teslas had called Hertz with similar charging problems.

Xaviar and Alice Steavenson wanted to find out what it’s like to drive a Tesla, so they rented one from Hertz for a road trip from Orlando, Florida to Wichita, Kansas.

They knew that the electric car would need charging en route, but what the siblings did not expect was just how often they’d need to plug it in.

They realized it would take longer to charge the car after the weather turned so cold in late December.

However, it got to the point that the “battery would drain faster than it would charge,” Xaviar told Insider.

When they set off they could drive for at least two and a half hours before needing to charge the Tesla. “We ended up having to stop every one to one and a half hours to charge for an hour, then an hour and a half, then two hours,” he said.

“So beyond the lost time, it also got to the point it was between $25 and $30 to recharge. Just in one day, we stopped six times to charge at that cost,” Xaviar said.

Hertz said on its website that renting a Tesla was “always cheaper than gas,” according to Xaviar, but he said that claim was far from the truth.

See More [Yahoo News]


Attracting and Converting Customers with a Content Marketing Funnel

Customer Journey Content Mgmt Funnel

Content marketing is all the rage now. The big questions are, what content, where, and at what stage of the customer buying funnel? So I came up with a Content Marketing and Customer Journey Funnel infographic to help clients and content producers know the content marketing roadmap to success.

See More [R. Michael Brown Feature Story]

Suzanne Lee: Why “biofabrication” is the next industrial revolution | TED Talk

TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript: What if we could “grow” clothes from microbes, furniture from living organisms and buildings with exteriors like tree bark? TED Fellow Suzanne Lee shares exciting developments from the field of biofabrication and shows how it could help us replace major sources of waste, like plastic and cement, with sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives.
— Read on www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_lee_why_biofabrication_is_the_next_industrial_revolution/transcript

Bluetooth is bad and you should stop using it

Seriously. Turn it off.

Everyone uses Bluetooth. Perhaps they shouldn’t.

The technology that we’ve come to rely on to connect our phones, smart speakers, cars, vibrators, and toasters is problematic for reasons more serious than pairing issues. Bluetooth has been shown time and time again to be a security and privacy nightmare — albeit one that can be mostly solved with a simple toggling of an off switch.

Bluetooth has long been a dirty word for security professionals. So much so, in fact, that one of the most common pieces of advice given to attendees of the annual DEF CON hacker conference in Las Vegas is to make sure Bluetooth is disabled on their phones.

This is not just paranoia. In fact, at this year’s DEF CON researchers showed off the ability to use Bluetooth to identify vulnerable digital speakers. Once identified, hackers could take control of the devices and force them to play “dangerous” sounds that could lead to hearing loss in anyone unfortunate to be nearby.

— Read on mashable.com/article/bluetooth-is-bad

Delete Chrome Now

Your privacy is compromised.

A new tracking admission from Google, one that hasn’t yet made headlines, should be a serious warning to Chrome’s 2.6 billion users. If you’re one of them, this nasty new surprise should be a genuine reason to quit.

www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2021/08/28/stop-using-google-chrome-on-windows-10-android-and-apple-iphones-ipads-and-macs/

Apple’s new privacy feature will change the web. And not everyone is happy about it.

📸: Jimmy Benson

With iOS 14.5, Apple has introduced some new privacy features that will limit targeted advertising.

By Daphne Leprince-Ringuet
📸: Jimmy Benson

Ever been spammed with sportswear adverts after looking up gym membership fees, or been bombarded with tempting hotel discounts upon booking flights for your next getaway?

These sort of adverts, almost eerie in how relevant they are to users’ interests, are now a common part of our experience of using apps and the web. But with the new release of iOS 14.5, and with it a new feature called App Tracking Transparency (ATT), these ads might now become less of a common sight.

The Cupertino giant, in effect, is introducing some limitations to the data collection practices that constitute the bread-and-butter of creepy targeted advertising arising from our use of apps.

ATT was confirmed earlier this year, and it is a major blow to most modern-day online advertising strategies. The feature requires apps to get users’ permission before tracking their data across other companies’ apps or websites for advertising purposes.

In other words, if users decide to select “Ask app not to track,” then the app’s developers will not be allowed to collect data about users’ behavior outside of the services provided on their own platform.

See More [ZDNet]