Computers

FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees’ W-2 forms — scams that can put workers’ Social Security numbers and other crucial information in the hands of thieves. The government said 200 businesses, public schools, universities, Native American governments and nonprofits were victimized by these scams during this year’s tax filing season, resulting in the theft of several hundred thousand employees’ data. That’s…

The Great Tech Panic: The Internet Is the Uncanniest Valley – WIRED

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Of course, every metaphor carries its own baggage. For example, maybe bitcoin is “money.” Money surfaces all the emotional chaos surrounding credit, debt, thrift, riches, banks, bankruptcy. Or maybe bitcoin is a weapon, or cult esoterica. Maybe it’s the dark internet or benign nonsense. With any of those hypotheses comes a set of associations, aversions, even attractions. At the same time, metaphors are poor things that never adequately illuminate the…

Microsoft announces Age of Empires IV – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

It’s been a while, Age of Empires. More than a decade after Age of Empires III was released, publisher Microsoft Studios has announced that Age of Empires IV is in development and coming to PC. There’s no release window for the game; just the launch trailer above, filled with concept art of historical battles. But even that will be enough to get fans of the series excited. The first Age…

This Innocent Email Habit Makes People Think You’re Not Very Good at Your Job – Inc.com

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

From entry-level to the C-Suite, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, employees around the nation are suffering. From the deluge of email. Email is how we communicate at work. There’s no avoiding it, especially with the growth of remote work culture and work-from-home policies. You may rarely see some of your colleagues face to face. Emailing could be your main means of day-to-day communication. So how do you come…

Why the alt-right can’t build an alt-internet – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

After the August 12th hate rally in Charlottesville, online platforms that have long tolerated or ignored white supremacists are very publicly kicking them off. The crackdown spans a broad range of sites and apps, some of which are household names, like Uber, Facebook, and Spotify. But some of the most notable companies to purge their ranks are those we don’t often consider: the web hosts, domain registrars, and other services…

Microsoft Isn’t Saying Whether Xbox One Will Keep ‘Battlegrounds’ Off PS4 For Good – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bluehole Battlegrounds There wasn’t too much news made during Microsoft’s Gamescom press event yesterday, some new trailers for old games and a few debuts like what appears to be a Jurassic Park RTS from the creators of Elite: Dangerous. But one game was focused on somewhat significantly, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which has been a massive hit on PC, and a game Microsoft has previously announced is coming to Xbox One for…