This attack reportedly utilizes spyware known as Pegasus – more on that shortly – which allows your phone could be infected via a simple WhatsApp call, that even more disturbingly, doesn't even need to be answered.The good news (relatively speaking) is that WhatsApp has already patched this security hole.From a broader perspective, this incident also prompts us to consider whether encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp can ever be secure enough to truly protect our personal communications and data.The company explains: “We provide the tools that support official authorities to lawfully address the most dangerous issues in today’s world.Oppressive regimes can potentially use powerful spyware to police citizens, and perhaps root out dissidents, spy on political opponents, or human rights activists – the sky’s the limit when it comes to how this spyware can be abused (or perhaps the bowels of hell would be a more appropriate limit, seeing as we’re gazing in a downwards direction in this case).At the end of 2018, a Saudi dissident filed a lawsuit aimed at Pegasus alleging it was used against murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Amnesty International has just filed a suit claiming that there are an “abundance of reports pointing to governments’ deployment of the Pegasus spyware platform to surveil human rights defenders”.
A major financial services company, First American Corporation, has left millions of records publicly accessible on its servers.The data included bank account details, bank statements, mortgage records, driver’s license images, and Social Security numbers, and was available to access without authorization by anyone who connected to an area of the company’s website.The company provides title insurance and settlement services, and is a major player in the real estate and mortgage industries.The publicly accessible data was discovered by a real estate developer who reported it to the company but got no response.He then shared the finding with an online security blog.“Closing agencies are supposed to be the only neutral party that doesn’t represent someone else’s interest, and you’re required to have title insurance if you have any kind of mortgage,” Ben Shoval, the developer who discovered the leak, said to KrebsOnSecurity.
With some solid discounts from Vizio, Samsung, and LG, now is a great time to pick up a nice smart TV for less.Today’s Best Memorial Day 4K TV DealsSince there’s a limited amount of stock set aside for the best deals, you’ll need to act fast to score one.That means time can’t be wasted researching the TVs on offer — a matter of seconds can be the difference between scoring a bargain or missing out.Fear not, though, for we’ve sifted through the hundreds of TVs deals up for grabs and selected four that are just too good to miss.Samsung 40-inch 4K LED Smart TV — $230
Since its launch in 2016, PlayStation VR has seen the emergence of some terrific exclusive titles, from Astro Bot: Rescue Mission to Tetris Effect.Who better to lead the charge than Sony’s own in-house London Studio and its ambitious PSVR title Blood and Truth, a London-set gangster thriller that’s all about transforming the player into an action hero."Everyone had a lot of fresh thinking and and no preconceptions of what games needed to be."These include the EyeToy, a webcam that essentially turned humans into the controller, Singstar, which seen the studio develop a unique pitch detection Fsystem to make karaoke a competitive party experience, and Wonderbook, which combined AR marker tech with the motion controls of the Move controller to literally create magic.“VR felt like the right piece of tech for us to focus our skillset on,” says Saunders.With new tech, we build on each iteration to do something bigger and better with everything we’ve learned.”
"Winter Is Coming" begins by setting the stage for the Army of the Dead, which was marching down from the north to end all life in the Seven Kingdoms.In anticipation of tonight's finale, we decided to look at where Game of Thrones' surviving characters were when the show started to see if there are any clues for where they'll be when it all ends.His first bit of dialog occurs while Jon helps Bran during an archery practice session."Father's watching," Jon says, adding, "and your mother."Fans all now know this purposeful possessive pronoun set up Jon's bastard lineage, but it's more explicitly explained later in the episode, with Jon outright saying "I'm not a Stark" when the family stumbles upon a pack of direwolf puppies in the woods.In the intervening seasons, we learned this isn't true: Jon is actually the child of Lyanna Stark, Ned's sister, and Rhaegar Targaryen.
Its ZenFone 6 is the one of most concerted efforts to change that since the series began in 2014.Phone design seems to have reached a stable norm.It has a dramatically curved glass front, which makes what small bezels exist seem to melt into the phone’s sides.This style is often used by challenger manufacturers who want to make lower-cost Galaxy S10 (and co) alternatives.News flash: flat glass is cheaper to produce and employ than the curved stuff.The S10 has IP68 water resistance, the Asus does not.
Microsoft and Sony are pretty fierce competitors in the gaming space, so the mere suggestion that they’d partner for anything gaming related is certainly a strange one.Yet here we are, with both companies announcing just that today.Sony and Microsoft have revealed their intention to “collaborate on new cloud-based solutions for gaming experiences and AI solutions,” though this partnership is still very clearly in its early stages.Still, the scope of it seems to be pretty large.The statement released today says that they’ll “explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure” as those solutions apply to their respective streaming services.Microsoft is looking to break into game streaming with Project xCloud, while Sony of course already offers game streaming through PlayStation Now.
the European investment bank (EIB) has signed a principuppgörelse with Northvolt if a miljardlån.It should be used to build a factory for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries in Skellefteå.the Negotiations, however, is not yet fully completed, according to a press release from the EIB.”pending the completion Of the so-called procedure of ”due diligence” and negotiations are finalised, it is planned to EIB funding amount to 350 million euros”, writes the EIB.the EIB has previously helped to raise loans for Northvolts testfabrik in Västerås, sweden.”The loan of 350 million euros to Northvolt as today approved in principle by our board of directors is the most direct EIB financing ever approved for battery technology, and we look forward to working together with Northvolt in the coming months to conclude the agreements”, said EIB vice-president Andrew McDowell in a comment.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to bring speedy broadband to the world.Achieving that lofty goal relies on 60 satellites tucked neatly away inside a Falcon 9 payload bay.Now he's going to have to wait at least another 24 hours.The Starlink mission is set to deliver those first 60 internet satellites to orbit Thursday, after upper level winds delayed the original launch set for Wednesday evening.Starlink's successful launch will pave the way for a megaconstellation that will eventually contain over 12,000 of the miniature internet-providing beasts.The launch window i snow scheduled to open at 7:30 p.m. PT and close at 9 p.m. PT on May 16.
Nearly 4 billion people haven’t been online once in the past three months—the UN’s comically low threshold for counting someone as an internet user—which means they miss out on the many social, economic, and educational benefits that come with an internet connection.The 500-pound “flat panel” satellites will be boosted to nearly 275 miles above the Earth by a Falcon 9 rocket, at which point they will use their onboard ion thrusters to reach a final orbital altitude of about 340 miles above the Earth.They won’t include many planned features, including the laser crosslinks that will allow the satellites to communicate with one another while in orbit.But they represent the first big step towards the company’s long-range plan.By 2027, SpaceX plans to have as many 12,000 Starlink satellites in orbit beaming high-speed internet to tens of millions of customers around the planet.“I do believe we’ll be successful, but it is far from a sure thing.”
How do you know if your tech startup idea is good or not?Why do startup founders look so generic?Arrif Ziaudeen, CEO and founder of Chope, answers some questions about entrepreneurship from the internet.
Uber is finally giving users its most requested feature: an in-app way to request minimal conversation during your ride.The “Quiet Mode” feature is free and will be available to everyone in the US tomorrow, but only on Uber Black and Uber Black SUV premium rides.The desire for silence might convince more riders to pay for Uber’s more expensive vehicle types so they can work, nap, take a call, or just relax in the car.Quiet Mode comes as part of a new slate of Rider Preferences features that users can set up before they hail an Uber Black or SUV.A Bags option lets users signal that they have luggage with them so the driver knows to pull over somewhere they can help load them into the trunk.The Temperature control lets them request the car be warm or cold so drivers know whether to crank the air conditioning.
Försäljningen blev 33 procent högre jämfört med samma period 2018.Även i april blev tillväxten densamma vilket betydde ett nytt säljrekord på 215 miljoner kronor.Apotea nådde också en ny toppnotering för försändelser under första kvartalet.Dessa uppgick till nästan två miljoner och bolaget har nyligen valt en automatisk plocklösning vid logistikcentret i Morgongåva.Systemet har en plockkapacitet på 1 400 ordrar i timmen och kommer vara helt implementerad senast i oktober.Läs mer: Här är techbolagen som slåss om snabbleveranserna
EU-kommissionen kommer att formellt utreda Apple för konkurrensbrott, rapporterar Financial Times.Det var i mars som Spotify anmälde Apple till EU-kommissionen och hävdade att elektronikjätten hade agerat konkurrenshämmande.Bland annat vände sig Spotify emot att Apple tar en andel av sina konkurrenters försäljning i App Store och därmed premierar egna tjänster som Apple Music.Avgiften på 30 procent av det första årets prenumerationsintäkter gäller abonnemangstjänster som Spotify men inte till exempel tjänsteappar som Uber.Apple besvarade anmälan genom att kritisera Spotify och påpeka att bolaget vill hindra att ersättningen till låtskrivare höjs i USA.I en intervju med Di Digital i mars uppgav EU:s konkurrenskommissionär Margrethe Vestager att Spotifys klagomål prioriterades högt.
För en månad sedan presenterade Di Digital vår granskning om fördelningen av det svenska riskkapitalet under 2018.Den visade att en knapp procent av investeringarna gick till bolag grundade av enbart kvinnor, 15 procent till mixade team och 84 procent till bolag grundade av män.En ny genomgång av materialet i databasen Nordic Tech Lists nyhetsbrev (där underlaget till granskningen kommer ifrån reds anm.)visar att 189 bolag fick investeringar på över 2 miljoner euro, drygt 20 miljoner kronor.Av dem gick en investering till ett bolag grundat av enbart kvinnor.Det var Stockholmsbaserade Seezona, som startades 2014 av Carina Helander and Ana Krndija.
Yet, despite these investments only 8% of companies we recently surveyed are engaging in practices that enable AI (technologies that can perform cognitive functions associated with human minds) and other advanced analytics at the level of scale required to unlock the greatest value.Such practices include having a unified AI vision among leaders, using standard methodologies and agile development teams, tailoring talent strategies to enable AI at scale, and embedding AI in decision making processes.Clearly, IT’s vast experience in massive technology deployments enables it to help drive these and other efforts needed to scale AI such as workflow redesign, communication to all employees and value tracking.We’re finding CIOs who are successfully scaling AI focus on three key activities–forging partnerships with business and analytics, prioritizing initiatives based on a network effect, and building foundational technology and tools for adaptability.As the bank launches new use cases, the CIO dispatches IT SWAT teams to work side-by-side with business experts, data experts and designers as part of agile delivery teams to preempt any technology bottlenecks that may affect deployments or end-user adoption.When issues arise, such as a data access issue, IT is on hand to get them back on track quickly.
The last few years have seen a rapid expansion of national regulations that, in the name of data protection, govern how and where organizations like healthcare and insurance companies, financial services companies and others store residents’ personal data that is used and collected through their services.But keeping abreast of and following those rules has proven to be a minefield for companies.There will be more products launched covering payment, transaction and health data later in the year, co-founder and CEO Peter Yared said in an interview.The funding — a seed round — is coming from Caffeinated Capital , Felicis Ventures, Ridge Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, CRV, Global Founders Capital.InCountry is founded and led by Yared, a repeat entrepreneur who most recently co-founded and eventually sold the “micro-app” startup Sapho, which was acquired by Citrix.Other companies he’s sold startups to include VMWare, Sun, and Oracle, and he was also once the CIO of CBS Interactive.
Huawei will reportedly release an 8K 5G TV later this year.According to Nikkei Asian Review, the Chinese electronics giant is looking to challenge Samsung and Apple by building out its ecosystem.Huawei is the second largest maker of phones in the world behind Samsung, but currently does not sell TVs.This is a developing story.
Cars in 2019 are marvels of technology and connectedness.Everything is easier — and safer!New vehicles typically have some sort of smartphone interface (Apple CarPlay or Android Auto) or enable a certain degree of smartphone integration with a car's infotainment system.Even if all that's lacking, you can still remain connected via your phone.Prior to all that, I drove a 1989 Honda Accord and a 1983 Buick Regal.If it sounds like torture to lack all 21st tech in a vehicle ... well, it actually wasn't.
Bitcoiners are using cryptocurrency mixers three times more often than they were nine months ago.Mixed cryptocurrency transactions – or CoinJoins – now account for over 4 percent of all Bitcoin BTC transactions, according to a report from blockchain data firm Long Hash.CoinJoin or mixing services group many transactions together before sending the correct amounts to their final destinations.In doing so, it attempts to obscure the connection between the sender and recipient in each transaction.CoinJoin transactions are also at their highest point since late 2013 and early 2014.That said, overall Bitcoin transaction volumes were much lower five years ago.