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Wi-Fi Continued., Vol 33

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In many of the UnGarbled-Tech columns I have written I have touched upon Wi-Fi for homes or the office. Even 10 years ago, Wi-Fi was a luxury that allowed you to sit in the backyard and answer your emails. Today the terrain has totally changed. We have telecommuters, home-based businesses, or hybrids. Many offices, GCG...

Building a Website: DIY Creator or Designer?

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I recently posted a link to an article that weighs the pros and cons of building a website yourself or using a developer. I was very excited to read the post and even more excited to share it with all of you.

As a designer, this is a question I get all the time, especially from people who have come to me after trying to build a site themselves, using tools like Wix, SquareSpace or even GoDaddy’s Website Builder. The advertisements make it look so simple. A few clicks here, a few lines of text there, and drop a photo in the middle and voila, you’re done! Ok, maybe that is too harsh. These platforms can be very simple, intuitive and useful. But building a website doesn’t take...

Paypal Buys Cybersecurity Firm, Creates Israel Hub

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Online payments group PayPal announced Tuesday it was acquiring Israeli cybersecurity firm CyActive and establishing a new security hub in Israel. The terms of the deal were not announced, but some reports this week said PayPal, which is being spun off by online giant eBay, was paying $60 million for CyActive.

“Our goal is to extend our global security leadership, and bolster our efforts in predictive threat detection and prevention,” said PayPal chief technology officer James Barrese in a blog post.

“The acquisition of CyActive will bring great talent and immediately add ‘future-proof’ technology to PayPal’s world-class security platform. With CyActive, we’ll have even...

Let There Be Lights

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When I started to write UnGarbled-Tech, I assumed I knew all the items I thought I would write about. Light bulbs were not on that list.

In my last column I wrote about IoT—Internet of Things—items in your home that you will connect to the Internet so you can control them remotely.

SmartHomes are becoming very popular. People want to turn off lights, heat—and even alert us when the dog walks too far from the home. And all of this becomes pretty impossible unless you build a brand new house with all the technology built in.

Today, even light bulbs come with connection capabilities. There are pretty much three types of bulbs today. Incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps and LED...

“No Phone Beyond”

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Week to week most IT columnists browse tech websites and talk to IT professionals looking for the most updated and current technologies to write about. This year my family was blessed to have a client fly us to California (thank God for points/miles). After some meetings with the client—traffic for an hour each way, smog, and PSL’s (Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s)—California business people turned out to be about the same as New Jersey business people, except they think 65° is the frozen tundra.

Being on vacation and staying at someone else’s home, the first question we all ask is “What’s your Wi-Fi password?” Traveling to clients who have Waze and a Wi-Fi Hotspot makes things...

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