Using Uber the Taxi Competitor

April 27, 2016 - 09:18

SPRING HILL- Uber is a simple alternative to taking a taxi, if you are good with a smart phone. You just install the Uber app on your smartphone. When you want to be picked up you activate the app and choose the Uber XL option and tell it where you would like to go. It gives you a range of what the ride would cost. It also tells you how long the driver will take to reach you.

You can accept what the Uber app says and a driver will come pick you up. If you do not feel comfortable going with the driver for some reason you can cancel at that point. You may be charged a fee.

Are smart home voice controllers a good idea?

April 07, 2016 - 15:49

We are rapidly approaching one of the technologies highlighted on Star Trek, you are able to talk to your house. Apple has Siri, Windows has Cortana, Amazon has Alexa, and Google has Google now. These all allow you to ask questions and receive answers.

You can ask Alexa who won the game last night between Duke and UNLV. You can inquire if it will rain sometime next week. You can ask it to list your appointments for the day. Just a few years ago, this was only seen in futuristic shows, now it is a reality.

What Hackers Want

February 29, 2016 - 10:01

It is important to understand what cyber criminals value, so you can take appropriate measures to stop them. The things that are valued by the criminals are not what you would expect. The dollar value of data below was provided by internet content security software company, Trend Micro. The of analysis of data was originally produced for CNBC. Trend Micro found that an Uber account ($3.78 on average) or a Netflix account ($.76 on average) was trading for significantly more than a credit card ($.20 on average) on anonymous encrypted networks known as the Dark Net.

A New Cellular Service Project Fi

December 05, 2015 - 16:25

Project Fi is a new cell phone service from google. It only works with three Google Nexus phones, but hopefully it will lead to changes in the way the major cell phone companies operate. Its innovation is that it can call via either a mobile network or WIFI network and the result is seamless to the user.

3D Printing to Help Identify Hernando County Jane Doe

October 13, 2015 - 08:36

Hernando Sun Staff

3D Printer

Three dimensional printing will be used for identifying a Hernando County Jane Doe murdered in 1972 estimated to be 25-40 years old. A replica of the woman’s skull was created from scans of the original at USF’s vision center. The recreated skull will be used by a forensics team this month at USF’s Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology and Applied Science (IFAAS) for facial reconstruction. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as well as the Florida Sheriff’s Association will be collaborating in this process.

Paying with a Credit Card? Soon You'll Need a Pin.

September 12, 2015 - 11:07
Credit Card with chip

The way in which stores accept credit cards in person is about to change. If your credit card came with a little gold chip on the front you will notice. When you slide your card in person you will receive a message telling you that you must use this as an EMV chip card. This means that you will insert it into the machine and you may have to enter a pin. Much like you do with an ATM card.

Preparing for hurricane season: Backing up your computer

May 03, 2015 - 21:43


Hurricane season is almost here, so it is a good time to think about computer backups. Backups are usually out of mind until you need them and then it is too late. If you have set up a backup, verify that you can restore a file. It is quite common to go to the backup and find them completely blank.

With New Computer Lab, The Arc Educational Center to provide Technology Training for Clients

February 10, 2015 - 15:48

by Julie Maglio

The Arc Nature Coast now has a new computer lab thanks to the Kiwanis of Spring Hill and Kiwanis Florida Foundation. Godfrey Eason of Kiwanis Spring Hill applied and was approved for a matching grant from the Kiwanis Florida Foundation. Each of the two organizations contributed $5,000.00 for the purchase of computer equipment. They now have a state of the art media room, complete with 12 computer stations, 3 lap tops, an integrated printer and a large screen computer with a wireless keyboard.


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