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#107-How to File a Complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center

With cyber threats on the rise worldwide, the US citizens need to know what steps they can take when they find out they have been victim to a cybercrime. The FBI Cyber Division was established in 2002, 11 years after the world wide web was made public, to protect the US citizens from threats in the cyber world. We can understand the ability of the bureau to neutralize cyber threats and why such ability is necessary if we go through the Department of Justice Audit Report 11-22. The executive summary mentions, “Computer systems integral to the infrastructure, economy, and defense of the United States are under constant attack by a growing array of adversaries”. Who are these adversaries? The following part is redacted but it is not difficult to guess who they are. Terrorists, organized criminal gangs, people with some twisted sense of freedom … the list is long. The report goes on to mention that in 2008 alone, the Department of Homeland Security published information about 5,499 intru…
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#106-Tech Startup Landscape in Syria

A very intelligent person once said that only the dead have seen the end of war. In the 20th century, 108 M people were killed in wars. War is the biggest disease of humanity. Even in this so-called modern era, we have not learned to move forward putting our childish differences aside. In the midst of political conflicts, the fire of violence has tortured the hearts and minds of the peace-loving people of Syria for years. But, it has failed to suffocate the spirit of Syrian tech entrepreneurs. Let's explore the tech startup landscape in Syria.

Bot economy is growing very fast. Popular chat/message platforms such as facebook messenger, slack, and cisco spark are promoting chat bot culture. Mujeeb is a tech startup from Syria which allows the user to build chatbots for facebook platform. Businesses are learning that in order to ensure timely response to customer requests, chatbots are the most reliable solution. Using automation gives an edge to a business over its competitors. Ser…

#105-Where is BitTorrent's Maelstrom browser now?

On December 10, 2014, BitTorrent announced project Maelstrom's invite-only alpha on its official blog. The purpose of the project was to build a decentralized web. The post said that Maelstrom was going to be a "web browser that can power a new way for web content to be published, accessed and consumed." Its aim was altruistic, to put the power of the internet in the hands of people. The present architecture of the internet is centralized, at multiple levels. Our private life is not so private, at least not to the big corporations. There is a limited oversight on corporations that handle personal data of billions of internet users. On April 10, 2015, Maelstrom entered beta. At that point, the project had over 10,000 developers and a developer toolset. The beta version had interesting features such as DHT visualization. That means when you clicked on a magnet link in Maelstrom, you could see how the file is searched in the peer-to-peer internet in a stunning real-time an…

#104-Do You Know What Human Takeover Is?

There was a time when apps made us elated. In 2016, people spent 900 BH (billion hours) on apps, and that's 150 BH more than in 2015. The app economy will grow to $6.3 T in 2021, which was $1.3 T in 2016. People depend on apps for a significant number of daily activities, be it booking uber trips or hotel rooms on make my trip (MMT), watching movies on netflix or sending messages to friends on whatsapp, or shopping gifts on amazon. The app economy grew fast and is still growing fast. But, there is something that is growing even faster than apps did ... and that's bot economy. The central concept of bot ecosystem is automation. Suppose, in your office you and your colleagues use a messaging platform's chat room where the team discusses the progress of ongoing projects. The team lead is the admin of the chat room. Every time the top management sends a recommendation, you are tasked to discuss the recommendation with the team. So, every time you receive a recommendation mail…

#103-Does Your Company Have a Futurist?

The global tech market is expected to grow at 3-4% in 2017-18, according to Forrester Research, Inc. The report prominently mentions the ongoing battle between the forces of disruption and the forces of continuity. Let's understand that in depth. Disruptive forces are those that take us forward by creating positive disruptions. Continuing forces are those that take us forward by maintaining "status quo". You might ask, how can status quo be good at the present transient world where tomorrow starts the day before yesterday? The answer is simple. An organization cannot operate smoothly if it's IT systems are constantly getting upgraded. That is the reason why Windows XP is still running in 95% ATMs of the world, despite the fact the Microsoft ended support for the operating system on April 8, 2014. Now, an organization also cannot operate smoothly if it is running IT systems that are old and vulnerable. This puts every organization in a situation where they must balan…

#102-GIPHY for Chrome Version 1.3 Review: Colorful, Lacks a Few Features

The gif or graphics interchange format is a lossless image file format introduced to the world by CompuServe in 1987. It is the third most widely used image file format on the web after png and jpeg, at the moment. Due to the format's astounding portability, evocative crispiness, and engrossing elegance, it will continue entertaining us for years to come, that's for sure. The format uses LZW or Lempel–Ziv–Welch compression. The LZW patent is owned by Unisys. The funny thing is, CompuServe had no idea about the patent when it created the gif format. The format can now be used freely, for all intents and purposes. The gif format supports both static and animated images, although animated gifs are the main reason behind the format's widespread popularity. The format is used for logos with solid color areas but limited variations. BuzzFeed, the world-renowned news outlet that publishes hot trending stories, has started a new era of gif-powered photojournalism.

Giphy is the se…

#101-Cisco Spark Will Blow Your Mind

Cisco Spark is the solution today's teams need to get work done in the most elegant way possible. This one service takes care of messages, meetings, and calls. It does not matter whether you and your teammates are together or apart, Cisco Spark makes collaboration a comfortable experience. It has become the preferred platform for creating, sharing, and doing. The app is free which means you can get started right now and purchase a plan that suits you later. It comes with three wonderful plans that you will fall in love with, Plus, Advanced, & Premium. It comes with video meeting, screen sharing, messaging, calling, file sharing, whiteboarding, and much more. Let's see how Cisco Spark is different from others. Suppose, your team is working on a renewable energy consumption analysis (RECA) software solution. On Cisco Spark, you can create a space for the project and name it RECA. Within a space, you can have meetings and whiteboarding sessions. All the files, messages and c…