computers

Cybercrime Costs 508,000 U.S. Jobs

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAs many as 508,000 American jobs have been lost to cybercrime, the hacking of computer networks to find confidential information and disrupt service, a new report says.  Armed with stolen data, foreign companies are able to better compete in world markets against American companies, leading to job reductions in the United States. Service disruptions, lowered consumer trust and higher costs of computer security also drag the American companies down. Touted as the first-ever report that connects cybercrime to job loss, …

‘Microsoft’ Calling? Don’t Believe It

Posted on 07/18/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsSome people deal with pesky (and usually illegal) telemarketing calls by simply not answering the phone when their Caller ID displays an unrecognized or “private” number. I answer and even engage, so I learn more about telephone scams de jour. But these calls usually end the same way: After I hear their claims, obviously conning callers get their own earful: A blast of a portable air horn into the handset. You know, the kind favored by sea-stranded sailors because it …

Douglas Engelbart: The Man Behind Your Mouse (And a Lot More)

Posted on 07/3/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf it weren’t for Douglas Engelbart, the computer on your desk might still be little more than a glorified typewriter, and you might still be struggling to remember arcane DOS commands so you could type them into a luminous green C:\ prompt on a black screen. And the multimedia marvels of the Web might not have ever existed. As computer historian Howard Rheingold once wrote, ”We wouldn’t be sitting in front of personal computers today if it wasn’t for him.” Back …

VA—Easy Target for Foreign Hackers?

Posted on 06/5/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Kevin Freking of The Associated Press At least eight foreign-sponsored organizations have hacked into computer networks at the Veterans Affairs Department in recent years or were actively trying to do so, a former VA computer security chief told Congress on Tuesday. Jerry Davis, who served as the VA’s chief information security officer until February 2013, said in written testimony to a House subcommittee that the VA became aware of the computer hacking in March 2010 and that attacks continue …

Could That Be a $671,400 Relic in Your Garage?

Posted on 05/29/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyIf you were one of the 200 or so people who bought an Apple-1 computer back in 1976 or 1977 and still have it on a shelf in the back of your garage, guess what? You’re in the chips. And we don’t mean microprocessor chips, either. The technology news website ZDNet reports that a surviving Apple-1, the computer giant’s first product, fetched a breathtaking $671,400 at a German auction. Other Apple-1s have fetched six-figure prices in the past, but this …

Augusta Ada King: If You Can Read This, Say Thanks

Posted on 12/10/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you’ve done a Google search today, you may have been puzzled by the odd illustration on the search engine site’s web page. Who is that woman in the Victorian gown and hair in a bun, scribbling what appear to be equations? Google’s decorative design is a tribute to one of the lesser-known giants of modern technology: Augusta Ada King, born on December 10, 1815, who made possible a world in which we can type a few keystrokes and dig …