Beware What’s Under Your Christmas Tree

December 22, 2016 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

Charlie Brown once said, “It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters. It’s who’s around it.” It’s a lovely sentiment, but it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit when the special toy you’ve chosen for your child is taking photos of your child and recording his or her conversations, then transmitting this data via the Internet (for speech recognition processing, for example), where it can easily be associated with your phone records and Internet ID’s, analyzed by p [...]

Astounding Trump Tweet you are not going to Believe

December 01, 2016 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

“Astounding Trump Tweet you are not going to Believe” – – This headline is just one example of a “fake news” item you might see on Twitter, Facebook or some other social network. Fake news is believed (by analysts and spectators across the political spectrum) to have played a large role in the 2016 presidential election, likely swaying election results in some states. In fact, a BuzzFeed analysis reported that top fake election news stories generated more total [...]

The Race to Control Your Home: Artificial Intelligence is Here

November 18, 2016 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

Even as early adopters today are already speaking with their household appliances, lighting systems, home security network, and computing devices through cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) enabled systems, one question comes to mind. Which AI system will lead the way to eventual mass market adoption: Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s homeKit, Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant, or perhaps the recently announced Google Assistant? Each system offers a fast-growing dose of cloud-enabled arti [...]

Nevermind Zombies and Ghouls; SEC Audits are a Real Nightmare for RIAs

October 31, 2016 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

This recent article, written by Equities Contributor Destiny A. Lopez, features RPost. The article discusses how the SEC has increased the number of enforcement actions against Registered Investment Advisors (RIA’s). The article also offers some suggestions as to how RIAs can comply with SEC guidelines, including using RMail® Registered Email™ services. [...]

Crowdfunding: Raising $6.3 Million for a Backpack

September 22, 2016 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

In the summer of 2016, Peak Design was hoping to raise $500,000 for a new line of backpacks when they began their Kickstarter campaign. (It was their 6th Kickstarter campaign.) Consumers were so excited about the new line of bags designed with photographers in mind (but also usable by the rest of us) that they invested over $6.3 million. Peak Design is now the 2nd most funded company on Kickstarter. Kickstarter is one of many players in the crowdfunding industry, an industry t [...]

The Certified Mail Envelope Was Empty

September 06, 2016 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

You show up in court with a US Certified Mail “Green Card” delivery receipt, evidence that supposedly proves you delivered a timely notice. The other party simply stands up and says quizzically, “Sure we got the certified letter, but no one in our office could figure out why we were sent an empty envelope!”  And of course, there’s no proof of what was or wasn’t inside the envelope. Did the mail room attendant or administrator forget to insert the letter? Maybe. May [...]

Russian Hackers and Pig Latin

August 03, 2016 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

With the recent media focus on cybersecurity, whether it is talk of Russian hackers scheming to influence US presidential elections or “Brexit” votes, or the pervasive pressure to comply with HIPAA (healthcare privacy regulations) or other consumer data privacy requirements, “encryption” is one of the solutions that is often introduced. When sending email, email encryption can indeed protect your strategic dialog from potential exposure, and its mere use can demonstrate [...]

Lease vs. Buy Decision – First Cars, Now Software

July 22, 2016 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

When it comes to getting a new car, one of the first decisions many consider is whether to buy or lease. Of course, there are pros and cons to either approach. Buying a car means you own it (and perhaps get positive feelings about owning it), and you have more freedom over its use; you aren’t subject to mileage restrictions, for example. But, buying a car is a significant financial commitment and could make changing cars impractical, at least before the car is either sold or becomes inoperable [...]

LinkedIn Acquisition Illuminates Microsoft’s Vision for the Business World

June 15, 2016 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced its acquisition of social networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, summarized the acquisition as follows: “We are in pursuit of a common mission centered on empowering people and organizations.” What will this mean to the 1.2 billion Microsoft Office users around the world? Microsoft will invest significantly to con [...]

4th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling Could Hasten the End of Personal Privacy

June 08, 2016 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

A 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling seems to cement the notion that one’s electronic footprints and communications are fair game for unfettered search and seizure (i.e.: are not protected by 4th Amendment rights). By a 12-3 vote, appellate court judges in Richmond, Virginia, ruled that tracking your movements does not require a warrant. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld what is known as the Third-Party Doctrine: a legal theory suggesting that consumers who knowing [...]