The will be welcome news for cryptocurrency fans in the U.K. and Europe.Coinbase, one of more popular and accessible cryptocurrency exchanges, has been granted an e-money license by the U.K. regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).From a regulatory standpoint, this means that Coinbase is now able to issue e-money and provide payment services in the U.K. and will have passed additional checks in terms of things like the segregation of client funds, which means that customer fiat balances (ie when you deposit funds, such as Sterling) are separated from Coinbase’s own operational funds and kept in separate bank accounts.In other words, if Coinbase goes bust or ceases to operate as a business going forward, the idea is that any fiat currency the company is looking after on your behalf won’t get absorbed with it.Note, it doesn’t mean deposits are protected by the regulator itself — as a full banking license would do — nor does it say anything about how safe your Coinbase cryptocurrency wallet is.But, either way, it is definitely a good and important step for Coinbase’s ability to better serve customers in the U.K. and the EU.
The cost of a data breach isn’t limited to financial loss.The repercussions of inadequate data handling processes can extend further and last longer than a one-time fine.On August 5, 2015, the British mobile phone retailer, Carphone Warehouse discovered a “sophisticated attack” on its systems, possibly compromising the personal information of 2.5 million customers and the encrypted credit card data of an additional 90,000 customers.Carphone Warehouse waited 3 days before alerting its customers about the breach via email.The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigated the attack and upon examining Carphone Warehouse’s data handling processes, characterized the “number of distinct and significant inadequacies in the security arrangements” as “striking.”The following ICO investigation resulted in fines of £400,000.
Kitty Hawk, an aeronautics firm funded by Alphabet CEO and Google co-founder Larry Page, is inching closer to its plans of creating Uber for flights: it’s unveiled Cora, a fully electric self-flying air taxi that can cover 100 km (62 miles) on a single charge – and you’ll soon be able to hail one with your phone.Cora has been in the works for a while now, and it’s just been cleared to begin tests in New Zealand.The goal is for Kitty Hawk to launch a fleet of its flying taxis within the next three years.You can watch a clip of the vehicle in action here.Powered by batteries and driven by a dozen rotors, the vehicle has a wingspan of 3.6m (12 feet), and can seat two passengers.It can take off vertically, which means it doesn’t need a runaway to land on – a parking lot or rooftop will do.
"Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill revealed the story behind Luke Skywalker brushing off his shoulder in the iconic moment from "The Last Jedi."Speaking during a panel at SXSW, Hamill said he found inspiration for the "dirt off your shoulder" gesture in former US President Barack Obama., director Rian Johnson toned down Hamill's performance.There's an instantly iconic moment in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" when Luke Skywalker endures a barrage of blaster fire from the First Order and emerges from the dust unharmed.Luke brushes off his shoulder like it's no big deal.Here's the moment in GIF form:During a panel discussion with "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson at the SXSW film festival on Monday, Hamill revealed the story behind the famous "dirt off your shoulder" moment.
Snap is about to undergo another round of layoffs, with this one seeing a cut of around 100 engineers, according to Cheddar and CNBC.While that’s a small portion of Snap’s total headcount — around 3,000 people — it reportedly represents about 10 percent of the company’s engineering team.The cuts are expected to come within a week and will be the first focused on engineering.Snap hasn’t commented on the report.This is the fourth round of layoffs at Snap in the past year, though the first three were much smaller, affecting a dozen or so people each.The cuts come amid struggles during Snap’s first year as a public company: the service has seen a slow growth rate compared to services like Instagram, which has rapidly expanded its user numbers since cloning Snapchat’s Stories feature; at the same time, its hardware efforts seem to be failing, with its work on a drone going nowhere and poor sales of Spectacles.
You’re all aware of the smartphone notch takeover.The Essential Phone launched with a notch, then the iPhone X made it mainstream, and now, nearly all phone manufacturers think the notch is the future of phones.Here’s the thing, though: these random Android phone makers haven’t been able to make their notch phones run seamlessly because the OS isn’t designed for that segmented screen — or at least it hasn’t been, until now.The freshly announced Android P has “display cutout support,” aka notch support.Developers will be able to test how their full-screen apps work with notches through the tools Google is releasing today.This is good and useful because a few of these notch iterations have looked horrible, mainly because the software wasn’t built to consider these cutouts.
I want to hate the HomePod.And yet, I find myself mulling over purchasing one for myself.I’ve paid for the Swedish streaming service’s premium subscription for nearly six years now and I consider myself a happy customer.That means my HomePod use has been restricted to AirPlay, which is a major compromise.In a world increasingly littered with auto-play video on social networks and news sites, this is a huge problem.And yet that’s the promise and peril of the HomePod, a device that works best with other Apple hardware and software products, as is the case with most of the company’s ventures.
The US Marine Corps Force Reserve has suffered a major data leak this week that saw the personal and sensitive information of thousands of Marines, sailors and civilians accidentally exposed in an unencrypted email.On Monday (26 February), the Defense Department's Defense Travel System (DTS) sent an email with an attachment that contained highly sensitive and personal information to the wrong email distribution list, Marine Corps Times reported.The attached roster listed the personal and financial details of about 21,426 people including truncated Social Security numbers, credit card information, bank routing numbers, electronic funds transfer details, residential and mailing addresses, as well as emergency contact information.The email was inadvertently sent to accounts hosted within the official, unclassified "usmc.mil" Marine domain as well as civilian accounts as well."The Marine Corps takes the protection of individual Marines' private information and personal data very seriously, and we have steps in place to prevent the accidental or intentional release of such information."The Marine Corps said it is currently investigating the extent of the breach and plans to implement changes to better safeguard personal data and avoid any similar incidents in the future.
Smartphone chipset maker Qualcomm has launched a brand new series of its mobile powerhouse at MWC 2018, with the Snapdragon 700 promising to bring flagship features to handsets at a more affordable price bracket.The Snapdragon 700 series slips in below the firm's flagship Snapdragon 800 chipsets, and above its mid-range 600 series, which means the phones that the new chips will feature in won't be cheap, rather just more affordable than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and iPhone X.On-device AI and improvements to camera, device performance and power currently only available on the high-tier 800 chipsets, will be available for manufacturers to implement into their phones at a lower cost with the 700 series.Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 700 chipset will also offer a 30% increase in power efficiency over the Snapdragon 660, Quick Charge 4+ technology giving you 50% of charge in 15 minutes and enhanced connectivity including ultra-fast 4G and Bluetooth 5.With its aim of bringing flagship experiences to a lower price point we wonder if the likes of Motorola and OnePlus will be keen to pick up the Snapdragon 700 as they attempt to continue to undercut the competition.The first Snapdragon 700 chipsets will start shipping to phone manufacturers in the first half of 2018, so we're unlikely to see devices launched with the new chip before the end of the year.
Pixel and Nexus smartphone owners on T-Mobile will now have an easier time determining whether a voicemail is worth listening to.The latest update for Google’s Phone app adds “Google-powered voicemail transcriptions for T-Mobile USA customers.” That sounds very similar to what Google Voice customers are already familiar with.When someone leaves you a voicemail, Google does its best to transcribe that message and puts the text right in the voicemail tab.It’s not always terribly accurate, but gives a very quick idea of whether it’s an important missed call or some nonsense spam about a free vacation or impending doom over owed taxes.Google spells out that this feature is available exclusively to T-Mobile users right now, which can be seen as somewhat odd since it’s Verizon that’s the official carrier partner for Pixel devices.Hopefully Google will expand voicemail transcriptions to all the major carriers before long.
There's a new limited period offer for the iPhone X buyers.Apple has announced a collective discount of Rs 30,000 on a purchase of a new iPhone X at Apple Premium Resellers.Users can avail a minimum buyback discount of Rs 20,000 on their smartphones.Additionally, there’s a cash back offer of Rs 10,000 on purchase done via EMI transaction using ICICI Bank Credit Card.The offer can only be availed under the buyback scheme, where customers will receive the amount after 90 days.Among the eligible phones, the iPhone 6s 16GB can get you a discount of Rs 20,000 provided the device you intend to exchange switches on and is in a working condition.
"Some of the top concerns we've heard from customers include the need for frequent security updates, reliable and consistent software experiences and simplified device selection," David Still, Google's director of Android Enterprise, said in a blog post.To address those needs, Google this week launched the Android Enterprise Recommended program, a global initiative that raises the bar for what passes as an enterprise-level device and service.Google's "Android Enterprise Recommended" smartphones must meet a minimum set of standards that the company deems necessary for safe and effective use by businesses.Google has so far assembled a list of 21 "recommended" smartphones that it called "officially" enterprise ready.The list, of course, includes Google's own Pixel line of handsets as well as models from BlackBerry (KEYone and Motion); Huawei (Mate 10 and P10 models); LG (G6 and V30); the Nokia 8; and several Sony Xperia phones."Samsung is an important brand in the enterprise and B2B markets, and they've been doing many of the things outlined in Google's Enterprise Recommended program for a while," Phil Hochmuth, program director for IDC's Enterprise Mobility team, said via email.
Last month it was reported that a flaw in Tinder's security could give complete strangers access to your matches and photos, and back in October is was one of many dating services that researchers hacked to reveal user photos and location data.Now there's a new bug that's been revealed, one that could have let hackers hijack your account with a phone number.The good news is that Tinder has actually patched this bug out, so provided you keep the app updated you don't have anything to worry about.Still, it's pretty scary to think that someone could have taken over that easily.According to a report from Appsecure this bug was actually the result of two separate vulnerabilities, one in Tinder itself and another in the Facebook Account Kit Tinder uses to log people in and out.The Facebook vulnerability exposed a user's access token, which hackers could then use to access a Tinder account because the Tinder API wasn't actually checking the Client ID.
Stop Motion by Michele Doying / The VergeA former Google engineer is suing the company for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination, according to court documents filed today.Tim Chevalier, a software developer and former site-reliability engineer at Google, claims that Google fired him when he responded with internal posts and memes to racist and sexist encounters within the company and the general response to the now-infamous James Damore memo.Chevalier said in a statement to The Verge, “It is a cruel irony that Google attempted to justify firing me by claiming that my social networking posts showed bias against my harassers.” Chevalier, who is also disabled and transgender, alleges that his internal posts that defended women of color and marginalized people led directly to his termination in November 2017.He had worked at Google for a little under two years.Notably, Chevalier’s posts had been quoted in Damore’s lawsuit against Google — in which Damore sued the company for discrimination against conservative white men — as evidence Google permitted liberals to speak out at the company unpunished.
Photo by Dan Seifert / The VergeT-Mobile and AT have added their commitments to sell the new Windows 10 Always Connected PC devices that use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile platform when they arrive at some point this year.Verizon and Sprint announced their commitments earlier this year.Always Connected PCs run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 or 845 processors and provide a cellular connection, much like how a smartphone or tablet works.They also boast longer battery life than Intel-powered PCs, though they do have some limitations with what they are capable of.In addition to T-Mobile and AT, Qualcomm says Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, France’s Transatel, China’s CMCC, Ireland’s Cubic Telecom, Spain’s Telefónica, and Swisscom in Switzerland have agreed to sell Always Connected PCs.
Qualcomm is keen on acquiring NXP and it has been on the pursuit since 2016.In time past, the company made a $38 billion US bid at $110 per share.At the time, NXP was worth a little less than $100 per share but Elliott Management, which owns a 7.2% stake in NXP, considered Qualcomm’s offer too low and underestimated the value of NXP Semiconductors.Now, NXP Semiconductors shares have exceeded $110 thus Qualcomm has no choice but to raise its offer.Now, Qualcomm has announced an agreement to raise its bid to $127.50 per share.With the current values, the total deal will be up to the tune of $44 billion.
Just when you though the leaks had told us everything we really needed to know about the Samsung Galaxy S9, some cleverclogs manages to take apart the official Unpacked 2018 event app and discovered there was something hiding away inside.The Unpacked 2018 app is designed to help people stay on top of the event, with things like confirming attendance and staying on top of the latest news and information Samsung releases.Clearly Samsung was also hoping to use it as a launch gimmick, letting everyone with he app view 3D renders of the phone in AR.That means Reddit users thesbros was able to extract the phone's renders from the app.The post has since been removed, but not before the denizens of the internet managed to save everything.The models themselves weren't actually inside the app, so the modifications made ended up having to download them from Samsung itself using a proxy.
It turns out that card issuer Visa is in fact the culprit in an increasingly messy Coinbase customer support nightmare that’s seen multiple users’ cryptocurrency accounts hit with multiple transactions, unauthorized withdrawals, and other unexplained fees.The issue began picking up steam in online crypto communities earlier this month, and Coinbase first responded last week citing a change in how credit card companies classify digital currency transactions.Late Friday, Coinbase disclosed on Twitter that it was Visa that was actually reversing multiple weeks’ worth of old transactions under a new so-called merchant category code, or MCC, which is used to classify a business or purchase by the type of service it provides and helps dictate how the Internal Revenue Service handles appropriate taxes for such purchases.According to Coinbase, Visa switched to a MCC “that allows large banks and card issuers to charge consumers additional fees,” resulting in what effectively looked like erroneous charges.3/ Coinbase is actively working with major card networks to create a new MCC for digital currency purchases.— Coinbase (@coinbase) February 16, 2018
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has just handed down a set of indictments, charging 13 Russian citizens and three Russian organizations with interference in the U.S. presidential election in efforts dating back to 2014.The indictment names the Internet Research Agency, a bot farm and disinformation operation based out of St. Petersburg, as one of the sources of the fake accounts meant to create divisions in American society.Those accounts were active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and the indictment brings up specific examples from the internal review results that these tech companies handed over to Congress.Congress has taken an active interest in these ads and the companies that facilitated their dissemination, calling the heads of Facebook, Google and Twitter to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee last October.The House and Senate Intelligence committees, both conducting their own parallel investigations into election interference, investigated the content of these fake accounts and the circumstances that led to their spread.Mueller is spearheading the far-reaching ongoing investigation into meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.