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Fireside Office News

August 2014

Aug 19, 2014

Brain scan-vertising

You can easily buy yourself a consumer-grade brain scanning device for just a few hundred dollars. One potential use is to use the brain as a "third hand" to control video games. But researchers are worried about "brain spyware."

How grabby are your Facebook apps?

Tech-Note has been reviewing Facebook privacy settings over the past few months. This month we look at what Apps may be sharing. Not only apps you use, but apps others use, too. People on Facebook who can see your info may bring it with them when they use apps.

Top 10 “Riskiest” Websites

We all know that the Internet can house all kinds of cyber scams and exploits, but did you know that technology websites are riskier than illegal sites? 

Reader Request

Q. I work with Excel a lot. Sometimes I want to use two lines for text in a cell. Pressing Enter just moves me to a different cell. 

Honk if you love baseball like we do at Fireside!

Aug 7, 2014
congratulations on Fireside sign

Congratulations to the Bismarck Governers and the 12-year-old Cal Ripkin team. Help us celebrate by honking at our sign as you drive by our store on Bismarck Expressway! 

Tech-Note July 2014

Jul 14, 2014

A smartcup that knows what you’re drinking

A new “vessel” called “Vessyl” automatically knows what’s inside the cup.

Stop Facebook ads from using your information

Social Ads pair your actions with advertisements and shows them to your friends. 

Google’s Nest can make your home smarter

Homeowners will soon be able to talk to a Nest Learning Thermostat and complain about the heat.

Reader Request

Is it possible to have two different browsers on a computer? 

Why a hacker mindset may be good for your organization

Jul 2, 2014
Hackers by Steven Levy

The term "hacker" has come to describe someone who attempts to break into computer systems. Typically, this kind of hacker would be a proficient programmer or engineer with sufficient technical knowledge to understand the weak points in a security system.