The End Of Windows As We Know It

In general web technology news, 5% fewer people are responding to email advertisements as of December 2011. More and more people are using their phones to get their email and don’t want that sort of thing clogging up their phones.

This dependence on the phone to do what the desktop used to do is a real danger to Microsoft – Windows might soon go the way of Kmart.

And then two other former giants, Yahoo and AOL, will be laying more people off.

SWIFT Privacy

Have you heard about this new nonprofit, global cooperative called SWIFT? It stands for the Society for Worldwide International Financial Telecommunication and it aims to let web surfers manage what data they have.

So instead of Facebook automatically keeping track of every link you click and every post you make, you can decide if it’s worth it to you if you share your data with Facebook (and other websites.)

Now, exactly how you would keep control over your digital history is still being worked out and the big internet companies like Facebook will fight this as this is how they make all their money.

You can read more about this in an article in the January 10, 2012 issue of Bloomberg Business magazine.

Social Media News Update

Kids are getting out of school, your workmates are going on vacation and you might be planning to travel this summer. How better to keep in touch than by social media?

And to make social media even more useful, Facebook has purchased Instagram for a cool billion. Instagram lets you share photos with your friends, so perhaps they have a key technology that Facebook wants to own. After all, you can already email, Dropbox, message and Tweet photos for your friends, let alone share them on Facebook. A billion dollars for something you can do almost anywhere?

So maybe it’s not more useful for Facebook to do that. But they are making more money off advertisers. And Google continues to work on improving Google + with changes designed to make using the service easier.

Pair, on the other hand, is a social network that only exists for couples. It’s currently valued at $10 million – and again – there is very little that Pair does that you couldn’t do with other social networking services if you just changed a few account settings.

What’s A Kill Switch And Why You Should Care

The Feb 20th issue of Bloomberg mentioned that Windows 8 will have a “kill switch.” Microsoft will be able to reach into your computer and change the software, with or without your knowledge. Your cell phone already has such features built in so that malicious code can be removed remotely.

That all seems helpful but that means your home computer will have more ways it can be accessed and is more vulnerable to attacks.

And all of our gadgets are learning to talk to one another. Pretty soon, we’ll use our phones to not only act as our wallets and open our garage doors but also change channels on our TV and start our car.

Hackers can even hack into your car systems remotely. As you know, there are a multitude of sensors and chips in your car… Imagine if some hacker triggered your car’s self parking feature in the middle of the freeway?

Or perhaps a mischievous neighbor could remotely turn your house lights on and off or change your hot water tank temperature?

You can’t get away from it. Every device you have will soon be connected. This has advantages and disadvantages.

Updates For WordPress

Do you have a WordPress blog? Periodically, the technology changes and new plugins are created or old ones become more useful.

For example, this one lets you change your site’s background in multiple ways. Design sites, product sites and artists can make good use of these options to show off their wares.

Or maybe you want to add more zing to your blog’s posts? Try this improved editor.

If you’re daring, your (or your web person) can try to add some of these useful snippets.