Password management company LastPass hacked, but it’s safe; inside the mind of a teenage ransomware creator; Iran is rampant in its cyber-attacks across the Middle East; Israeli hackers break into Foxconn and more devilish doings in the world of cyber space
There have been some spectacular advances in technology propelling the human race onwards and upwards. Of course, we naturally and correctly celebrate these successes. But there have also been some significant fails, but we don’t talk about them, do we? But others failures should be embraced as a way of saying welcome to the human race. And in that spirit here are some tech fails that will probably make you feel better about your own trips, stumbles and occasional headlong plunges into the abyss.
The mobile payment arena is characterised by lots of payment platforms and proprietary digital wallets, and not a lot of retailers accepting them. Apple has changed the game with Apple Pay, its astute partnerships with banks and retailers, and its security. But are mobile payments set to become commonplace?
The craze for wearable tech is just building up ahead of steam. But when interconnected wearables become common, today’s smart watches will seem like yesterday’s clunky grey box PCs. The enticing thing about wearable devices connecting with each other is the amazing potential but with great opportunity comes great risk and unless security is nailed down from the beginning we could see wearables becoming just as hackable as today’s computers.
If you’re set to move to Windows 8 or 8.1 you may be shocked, appalled, delighted at the changes over previous operating systems. It might seem a bit late in the day to offer advice given that Windows 8 and 8.1 have been around for a while now but these operating systems are preloaded on a lot of new computers and if you’re in the market for a new device a little advice won’t go amiss. However, like anything new it can take a bit of time to get up to speed with all of the changes. Some of these are big improvements while some seem to be born from an innate need to tinker. But once you are used to it, there will be no looking back so here’s a few tips to speed you on your way.
Adam is a teacher and blogger from Boston.
The ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) trend sounds like a great concept, and many employees love the idea of connecting to work via their own tablets and smartphones any time they want. BYOD in the workplace push is certainly growing, as witnessed by a survey of 1,000 ZDnet and TechRepublic readers earlier this year which concluded that 44 percent of companies already have BYOD policies and 18 percent plan to add them in the next year. Though more employees are requesting this approach, IT directors still struggle with issues like security and compliance.
With the beginning of each New Year, comes the latest round of iPhone rumors. When will the next one be launching? What will it look like? What will it be called? We fully expect more concrete updates in June, coming out of Apple.
New Apple’s iPhone 6 Launch
According to a recent report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple has 2 iPhones to launch this year. The difference? They will both have substantially larger screens – imagine something between an iPhone and a mini iPad, a so called Phablet. Reportedly the screens will be 4.5 inches and 5 inches.
We’re all waiting patiently for Google Glass to go on sale. But as we wait, consider for a minute how Google Glass would work for you should you not have perfect 20/20 vision? It’s funny because even though they look like they’re glasses, they’re not. Fear not, Rochester Optical has developed prescription lenses that can be worn with the wearable tech. These ‘digital high definition prescription lenses’ are anticipated to expand into fashion and sport lenses for Google Glass when the product launches.
You’d have to live under a rock to not be aware of Amazon’s delivery issues in the United States… after an unexpectedly large rise in last minute online shopping, Amazon was caught off guard, and failed to deliver some products in time for Christmas.
When you spend most of your time digging into cyber security, testing systems for weak points, chasing down identity theft, charting increasingly sophisticated attacks and understanding at a deep level just how vulnerable people are to online threats, it’s almost inevitable that a little paranoia creeps in.