THEITS-Tom Hoover “Putting it all Together”

Last week at the Tennessee Higher Education Information Technology Summit CIO Tom Hoover spoke about the changing role of IT on campus at UTC and some of the challenges the university will face in the future. “Expectations are increasing, students want better services and for their professors to better utilize technology.” he said “We have to learn how to provide better service without increasing costs, because in the long run that’s not sustainable. What we are looking for is synergy.” Mr. Hoover went on to talk about plans for upgrading  laser projectors in the classrooms while letting professors use their own devices to present from instead of utilizing podiums filled with redundant technology.


iFixit tears down the Apple Watch

You get to see the innards of the latest Apple device.


OS X Yosemite still vulnerable to rootpipe exploit

The vulnerability that Apple patched is still exploitable according to a security researcher.


Google will require sites to be “mobile friendly” to maintain search rankings

You site needs to be mobile friendly or you will be penalized in Google’s search results.


A look into modern spyware

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Microsoft to put MS services into Cyanogen

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Google Chrome to block old NPAPI based plugins including Java

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Patch Tuesday

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Changing PC background image w/stolen password leads to felony charges.

A 14 year old with a glanced password gets jail time.


Apple releases iOS 8.3

All iOS users (ipad,iphone) should update to the latest version for security updates.


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