Equifax, regulators close to signing $700m deal to settle data breach lawsuits

Equifax is close to reaching a settlement to lay to rest lawsuits brought forward by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state attorneys, and a class-action case relating to the firm’s 2017 data breach.  The security incident was caused by a failure to resolve a known security flaw in Apache Struts, despite a patch being made available two months prior to the breach.  This permitted a hacker to access the…

July 22, 2019
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Galaxy Note 10 rumors, iPad Pro 12.9, LG Pay, Unihertz Titan (MobileTechRoundup show #474)

It was good to get back online and talk with Kevin in MobileTechRoundup show #474 after dealing with some family issues. Summer is a bit slow in mobile tech, but since we missed a couple of weeks there was plenty to catch up on in this latest podcast. Image: ZDNet Amazon Prime Day: Good deals – who bought? Samsung Galaxy Note 10 expected Aug 7: What do we know? The…

July 21, 2019
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Google bought my friend’s face for $5

In search of Face ID perfection? My engineer friend George is taking a break to work on himself. Personally, I’ve always liked him the way he is, but he insists that he could and should be better. More on privacy Did I mention he’s an engineer? So he spends his time taking esoteric self-help classes and sitting around New York, watching his fellow humans help themselves to the joys of…

July 21, 2019
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Hackers breach FSB contractor, expose Tor deanonymization project and more

Image: 0v1ru$ Hackers have breached SyTech, a contractor for FSB, Russia’s national intelligence service, from where they stole information about internal projects the company was working on behalf of the agency — including one for deanonymizing Tor traffic. The breach took place last weekend, on July 13, when a group of hackers going by the name of 0v1ru$ hacked into SyTech’s Active Directory server from where they gained access to…

July 20, 2019
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InvisibleShield Glass+ Privacy screen protector: Keep your iPhone XS safe from drops and prying eyes

Since I carry my phones in my pants pocket and often with just a very slim case, I’ve been using tempered glass screen protectors for years. Given the density of people on my commute and lack of elbow room on flights, along with some sensitive data I carry around on my phone, I’ve moved to using screen protectors with a privacy filter. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been…

July 20, 2019
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Time for enterprise architects to ask the hard business questions

Enterprise architects need to stop thinking of what they do as architecture for IT, and start thinking about it as architecture for the business. With digital transformation upending so many companies, re-arrranging internal technology may be akin to re-arranging deck chairs on the digital Titanic. Photo: LeanIX That’s the word from Mark McGregor, strategy consultant for LeanIX and former Gartner analyst, speaking at the vendor’s recent Enterprise Architecture Connect Day…

July 20, 2019
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Do you make these mistakes with your iPhone or iPad?

The iPhone and iPad are probably two of the most ubiquitous, and most well-known consumer electronics devices in existence. I’m sitting in a café in the wilds of Wales, UK, and I can see half a dozen of them being cradled gently by their owners, who give them copious taps and strokes. But it’s also amazing how many people are inadvertently mistreating their iPhone or iPad by doing things that…

July 20, 2019
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Brazilian rural schools suffer from lack of connectivity

Limitations around infrastructure, as well as low connection speeds and high cost of services, are hampering connectivity in rural areas in Brazil, according to a new study. The report released this week by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) looked at the state of connectivity in the country’s schools in 2018 and found that only 34 percent of institutions located in rural areas have at least one computer equipped with…

July 19, 2019
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Another NASA moonshot? Nope. You can’t BS your way to space

On July 20, 1969, I was at a science camp in Butcher Bend, WV. I watched Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon on a 19″ black-and-white TV.  Later, I stepped outside and looked up at the moon and marveled that we were there. It was a miracle of science, engineering, and — never forget — government finance. Could we do it today? No. We, the United States,…

July 19, 2019
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Tech is top for US relocation — but one in five regret their decision

The allure of a better-paying job or a new city might be tempting, but relocating your life and family is about so much more than your ZIP code, or the state you call home. With the job market being in the employee’s favor with low unemployment, how do people feel about making drastic life changes like relocating across the US to pursue a new career? Seattle, WA-based home services platform Porch…

July 19, 2019
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