Friday, November 27, 2015

For my Ethical Hacking and Computer Security students.
7 Alarming Ways Hackers Can Screw with Your Smartphone
… to get you thinking the right way, here are some real examples in which your smartphone can be hacked and used against you, and I promise you’ll start thinking of smartphone security as an everyday necessity rather than just for the paranoid.

Unfortunately, less boob-tube time does not translate into fewer boobs.
Online Streams Are Destroying Cable TV and These 3 Stats Prove It
Cord-cutting isn’t just a hypothetical dream anymore. It’s happening all over the country and the numbers are accelerating at speeds no one could have foreseen or predicted. The new age of online streaming is already here and it’s here to stay.
1. Netflix is still growing — significantly. In Q1 of 2015, Netflix’s membership grew by 4.9 million subscribers. In the quarter before that, membership grew by 4.0 million subscribers. In total, Netflix now has over 62 million users all over the world (and 40 million of those users in the U.S.).
2. Pay TV subscription rates are dropping like flies. In Q2 of 2015, the pay TV industry (which includes cable, satellite, and telco TV) lost a total of 566,000 subscribers. Compare that to Q2 of 2014 when they’d lost a total of 321,000 subscribers. The attrition rate is increasing at alarming speeds.
3. Almost every single age group is watching less TV. In Q2 of 2015, the only age groups to watch more TV in a month were 50 to 64 and 65+ — which means that people between the ages of 2 to 49 all watched less TV.

Interesting. Think of it as crowd-sourcing education. But do we want popular or accurate information? Using professionals in training might keep Wikipedia on track. We could do this in any field of study.
Batea – The clinical browser data mining project
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Nov 26, 2015
November 17, 2015 – “DocGraph publicly released Batea, a browser extension that tracks clinical reference URLs visited by medical students when they study. Batea was built by DocGraph with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Medical students across the country are encouraged to download the Batea extension for use on their personal computers. Browsing histories will be aggregated monthly and shared with WikiProject Medicine to help direct future improvements to Wikipedia medical articles. According to a 2014 study, Wikipedia is the single leading source of medical information for patients and healthcare professionals. Wikipedia’s 25,000 medical articles receive more than 200 million views per month and its 8,000 pharmacology articles receive more than 40 million views per month…. DocGraph ( is an organization that works to create, maintain, and improve open healthcare datasets. It aims to grow the open health data movement and build a community of data scientists, journalists, and clinical enterprises who use open data to understand and help evolve the healthcare system.”

Something to get my Computer Security students talking.
10 Great Security Tools You Should Be Using

Something to get my Master Data Management students talking.
How Master Data Management Demand May Change in 2016

For all my students, especially those who miss class due to a “Check engine” light.
Upgrade Your Car, Just Add iPhone: 20 Apps for Motorists

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