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Today is Information Overload Day: Here’s How to Lower the Overload

Do a search on the term “Information Overload” and what follows will be nothing less than Information Overload, over 3.5 million search results that provide conflicting definitions and descriptions and a fire hose of information.
Come to think of it, this aptly defines the issue.
The problem of Information Overload is a relatively new one. The amount of information available to us has so dramatically increased over the past quarter century that …

Lobby Bar – October 19: Meet the Flintstones, Paging Dr. Emmet Brown, and ‘I’ll Take Fugitive Korean Air Executives for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: Caveat Emptor Here and We Mean It
Cheech and Chong. Weed became legal in Canada on Wednesday. This happened in large part because the stoner-in-chief, Justin Trudeau, found out that Canada was, on a per capita basis, the sixth largest user of recreational marijuana. “Sixth? We’re only sixth?” he was heard to cry out upon assuming the office of prime minister.
“We’ll have a gay, old time.”  Virgin Atlantic is …

Review: Apple Watch Series 4 with Infograph Watch Face

After three iterations of essentially the same watch, Apple introduced the Apple Watch Series 4, which features a completely new design with a slimmer body, a significantly larger display, a thinner case, sensors that can take ECG readings, and Fall Detection.
The Series 4 watch went on sale on September 21 and this review comes later than usual because Apple first provided it on that date. Since its arrival, however, I’ve …

Facebook Hack: Users Who Connected to Other Sites Through Facebook May Be at Risk

Ten years ago, when Facebook introduced Facebook Connect, a quasi universal login that website owners could implement to get quick signups without requiring users to fill out a form with their details, I made a conscious decision not to use it, reasoning that the risk was too great.
If Facebook were compromised, any collateral damage would be limited to my Facebook account, not dozens of accounts, or so went my thinking. …

14 Brand New Things You Can Do in Apple iOS 12 and watchOS 5

Today is iOS 12 and watchOS 5 day, something you may have noticed if you saw friends and colleagues huddled over the iPhones and Apple Watches starting around 1 p.m. EDT, watching the upgrades progress.
First announced in June, the final versions of Apple’s latest mobile OS and watch OS are being pushed out to eager Apple fans across the globe.
The new mobile operating system will work on an iPhone 5C …

Review: Dark Sky 6.0 Weather App

While weather is a frequent topic of conversation for all, having an accurate weather forecast is vital to many travelers and the weather apps typically built into iPhone and Android devices aren’t usually up to the task.
Enter Dark Sky.
Produced by the Dark Sky Company, which bills the app as “most accurate source of hyperlocal weather,” the app offers eerily accurate forecasts based on either current location or inputted address. It …

Dust Begins to Settle in Marriott-Starwood Loyalty Program IT Merger

The monumental task of combining billions of data points for the 110 million members of Marriott International’s three guest loyalty programs into a unified platform was fraught with peril but, after the main integration work was completed over the weekend, things are beginning to settle down.
With perhaps one keystroke but thousands of man hours of work, Marriott combined Starwood Preferred Guests, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Marriott Rewards into one, as-of-yet unnamed, …