February 19, 2015
F ELICITE MOORMAN, 41, of East Falls, is CEO of BuLogics, which calls itself an "Internet of Things" engineering firm. Founded in 2003, the East Falls company certifies, designs and builds wireless systems connecting everyday objects for Fortune 500 clients and individuals. Q: What's BuLogics do? A: If you have a light switch or door lock or safe or smoke alarm, and you want to make it connect to the Internet in a way it never has before, we make the stuff that does that. You want a door lock to talk to your smartphone?
February 9, 2015 |
One of the small privileges of writing a consumer column - along with an endless supply of "You've got to hear this" tales - is occasionally witnessing something that doesn't fit the script. Sometimes a company will actually come clean about persistent screw-ups, or a competitor will dime out bad behaviors and impose a little market discipline. Once in a while, I've even seen government reverse course to fix an old error. That's what happened a few years back when the Fed cracked down on credit-card practices piling extra misery onto financially stressed borrowers.
February 6, 2015 |
Tom Wheeler, head of the Federal Communications Commission, proposed unambiguous rules Wednesday that would dictate how Internet providers manage their networks for consumers, but stopped short of saying the agency would also regulate the rates telecom companies charge consumers. The stakes are high - for big content providers such as Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., and for a public that has become hugely dependent on the Internet. Supporters, who for years lobbied for the rules online and at the agency, say Wheeler's tough stance will preserve the freewheeling and open nature of the Internet by preventing telecom companies from blocking consumers from websites or slowing Internet speeds for competitive purposes.
January 14, 2015 |
Beware: Don't use the same user name and password on multiple accounts across the Internet, whether it is for Apple iTunes, Twitter, Facebook, a credit card, or a bank. You could fall prey to crooks who last month latched on to user names and passwords from some unknown website and tried them out on American Airlines and United Airlines customers' frequent-flier mileage accounts - to cash in on free travel. Thieves obtained user names and passwords and used them to log into American's AAdvantage and United's MileagePlus, guessing that the log-in information might be the same.
December 28, 2014 |
Fans of the Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel received a scare this week when rumors of his death from a gunshot wound he sustained three weeks ago swirled online. But it was all just a hoax. "He's not dead," Pleasantville, N.J., Police Capt. Sean Riggin said Friday, repeating it more than once. Detectives, he said, interviewed Sigel on Christmas Eve, the first time they had spoken to him since the Dec. 5 shooting. Riggin declined to say what was discussed. The rumors of Sigel's death appear to have started on a website called NahaDaily.com.
November 28, 2014 |
As his marriage began to crumble in 2010, and his job at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown hung in the balance, Anthony Elonis took to the Internet to vent his frustrations. He posted rap lyrics on Facebook in which he seemingly threatened to kill his wife, an FBI agent, and local police while also suggesting he might attack Dorney Park and even a local elementary school. He was soon arrested, tried, and convicted of making threats over the Internet, and was sentenced to 44 months in prison.
November 17, 2014 |
IT WAS a very exciting week for the Internet, space exploration and Al Roker . The European Space Agency's Philae landed on a comet - think about that for a sec - and reality TV entity Kim Kardashian was photographed in revealing poses for Paper magazine, resulting in memes galore. And the "Today" show weatherman was offering up weather info for 34 hours straight. The biggest news to emerge this week, in our esteemed estimation, had little fanfare comparatively: Matt Damon will be Jason Bourne once more for a film to be released in 2016.
November 12, 2014 |
Restoring "value and credibility" to American Realty Capital Properties Inc. , landlord to a big slice of corporate America, "will require the company to separate completely from founder, former CEO, and executive chair Nick Schorsch ," analyst Chris Lucas told clients of CapitalOne Securities Inc. in a report Monday. Manhattan-based American Realty Capital, whose back offices are in the Schorsch family's native Jenkintown area, has lost a third of its stock-market value since the company retracted its 2014 financial reports last month.
October 31, 2014 |
Be afraid of potentially devastating cyber attacks, and be better prepared to guard against them. But also be wary of the risks - especially to privacy - that accompany a growing focus on cyber security that may exaggerate some threats. Those are among the themes and dissents that emerge from a report Wednesday by the Pew Research Center and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center. Its authors surveyed more than 1,600 computer and Internet experts on the future of cyber attacks and found most said there was good reason to worry.
October 29, 2014 |
JUST IN TIME for Halloween, a new poll asks what Americans fear most. It isn't zombies or ghosts. These lists of fears and concerns are more than entertainment. They are a window into how we view the dangers in our lives. Researchers at Chapman University, in Southern California, conducted a lengthy survey of adults from across the country, then organized the responses into four areas of fear or concern, personal fears, crime, natural disasters and what they call "fear factors" in which researchers tried to figure out who has what fears and why. In general, Americans think crime rates are climbing, when in fact they've been declining for about 20 years.