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MasterCard Launches Developer’s Platform For App Creation

September 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
MasterCard Launches Developer’s Platform For App Creation

Mastercard has unveiled an ambitious open Mastercard Developers platform to help third-party developers easily create commerce-related apps and services. Developers will be able to use six different coding languages to work with 25 different Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) in payment, data, security and experimental areas. The experimental category includes APIs for bot commerce such as chatbots and virtual reality and augmented reality devices. In one example of how a bot commerce API... 

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Health Insurer Aetna To Offer Discount On Apple Smartwatches

September 29, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Health Insurer Aetna To Offer Discount On Apple Smartwatches

Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would provide some customers discounts on Apple Inc’s smartwatch, marking the first deal made by the tech giant with an insurer for its devices. Aetna, which has about 23 million members in the United States, will also give away the Apple Watch for free to its nearly 50,000 employees, Aetna said in a statement on Tuesday. The deal could help Apple boost the appeal of its Watch to potential customers as the company looks to target health and fitness conscious... 

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Sears Teams Up With Uber To Enhance Rewards Program

September 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Sears Teams Up With Uber To Enhance Rewards Program

Sears Holdings Corp is joining forces with ride-services company Uber Technologies Inc as the struggling retailer tries to make its rewards program more attractive to shoppers. Sears is betting on its Shop Your Way loyalty plan, which offers points and tailored deals to members, as the company looks to revive sales. The program accounted for 75 percent of the company’s sales through the first half of 2016. Riders who link their Uber account to Sears’ loyalty plan will receive up to $2... 

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Turns To Microsoft’s Azure Cloud For Connected Cars

September 28, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Renault-Nissan Alliance Turns To Microsoft’s Azure Cloud For Connected Cars

Microsoft has inked a deal to aid the Renault-Nissan Alliance in developing next-generation connected services for self-driving cars that will be enabled through Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure. Azure cloud services, the companies said, will be the foundation for more advanced navigation features, vehicle monitoring and predictive vehicle maintenance and for mobile connectivity and over-the-air updates. Renault-Nissan plans to develop connectivity technologies and features to support... 

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Samsung Says Over 60% Of Defective Samsung Note 7 Phones Have Been Recovered

September 28, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Says Over 60% Of Defective Samsung Note 7 Phones Have Been Recovered

Samsung Electronics Co announced it has received back more than 60 percent of recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in South Korea and the United States, suggesting it is making progress in its attempts to recover from the crisis. In a statement, Samsung said it was focused on replacing all affected devices “as quickly and efficiently” as possible and reiterated its request that customers affected by the current recall should power off their device and turn them in. The world’s... 

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Microsoft Acknowledges Windows 10 Adoption Rate Has Cooled

September 28, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Acknowledges Windows 10 Adoption Rate Has Cooled

Microsoft has acknowledged that the Windows 10 adoption rate has slowed when it claimed the new operating system was running on approximately 400 million devices. The company reset the Windows 10 uptake status on the same day it kicked off the 2016 edition of its Ignite conference in Atlanta. Microsoft’s last Windows 10 update was at the end of June, a month before it halted the free upgrade for consumers and small businesses running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Then Microsoft pegged the number... 

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Google Fiber Wins Installation Battle In Nashville

September 27, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google Fiber Wins Installation Battle In Nashville

Google Fiber won a victory in Nashville as the city’s Metro Council approved an ordinance called “One Touch Make Ready,” that would speed up the company’s fiber-optic cable installations. The ordinance, passed by a voice vote, gives Google Fiber and other ISPs quicker access to utility poles for deploying fast broadband with fiber-optic cable. Without the measure, each ISP has had to send out a separate crew to a utility pole to move its own line to make room for a new one. The ordinance... 

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Samsung Delays Re-start Of Galaxy Note 7 Sales

September 27, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Delays Re-start Of Galaxy Note 7 Sales

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has announced that it will be delaying the start of new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone sales in South Korea by three days to Oct. 1, a move it says is needed for speedy completion of the ongoing recall in the country. Samsung announced on Sept. 2 a recall of at least 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets, including South Korea, due to a faulty battery causing the phones to catch fire, offering refunds or replacement devices using safe batteries. The firm hopes... 

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Digital Map Company HERE Partners With Automakers To Share Traffic Data

September 27, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Digital Map Company HERE Partners With Automakers To Share Traffic Data

German digital map maker HERE plans to roll out a new set of traffic services this week that allows drivers to see for themselves what live road conditions are like miles ahead using data from competing automakers, an industry first. The Berlin-based company, owned by Germany’s three premium automakers, will provide four services in which drivers share detailed video views of traffic jams or accidents, potential road hazards like fog or slippery streets, traffic signs including temporary speed... 

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Yahoo Hacking Takes Top Spot As Biggest Breach

September 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Hacking Takes Top Spot As Biggest Breach

When Yahoo confirmed that data from at least 500 million user accounts had been hacked, it wasn’t just admitting to a huge failing in data security — it was admitting to the biggest hack the world has ever seen. Until  last Thursday, the previous largest known hack was the 2008 breach that hit almost 360 million MySpace accounts, according to a ranking by the “Have I been pwned” website. Like the Yahoo breach, the hack was only publicly disclosed this year after data was... 

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Privacy Groups Urge Probe Of WhatsApp Data Sharing Practices

September 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Privacy Groups Urge Probe Of WhatsApp Data Sharing Practices

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should prohibit mobile messaging service WhatsApp from sharing user data with parent company Facebook in violation of earlier privacy promises, several privacy groups said. The FTC should step in to stop WhatsApp from violating “commitments the company previously made to subscribers,” the 17 groups said in a letter sent to the agency Thursday. WhatsApp has long billed itself as a secure and private messaging service. WhatsApp’s recently released... 

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Is Twitter About To Go On The Auction Block?

September 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Twitter About To Go On The Auction Block?

Twitter Inc has initiated discussions with several technology companies to explore putting itself up for sale, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, signaling the start of what is likely to be a slow-rolling auction of the high-profile but profit-challenged social media company. A sale of Twitter has been the subject of on-again, off-again rumors for many months as the company grapples with stagnant user growth, soft advertising sales and losses running at hundreds of millions of dollars... 

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Many Cisco Devices Remain Vulnerable To NSA Exploits

September 23, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Many Cisco Devices Remain Vulnerable To NSA Exploits

More than 840,000 Cisco networking devices globally are exposed to a vulnerability that’s similar to one exploited by a hacking group believed to be linked to the U.S. National Security Agency. The vulnerability was announced by Cisco last week and it affects the IOS, IOS XE and IOS XR software that powers many of its networking devices. The flaw allows hackers to remotely extract the contents of a device’s memory, which can lead to the exposure of sensitive information. The vulnerability... 

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Super Carmaker McClaren Denies Rumors Of Apple Takeover

September 23, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Super Carmaker McClaren Denies Rumors Of Apple Takeover

McLaren shot down a reports that Apple Inc had made an approach for the British Formula One team owner and supercar maker. “We can confirm that McLaren is not in discussion with Apple in respect of any potential investment,” a McLaren spokesman said. “As you would expect, the nature of our brand means we regularly have confidential conversations with a wide range of parties, but we keep them confidential.” The Financial Times newspaper, citing three sources it said had been... 

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Google Launches AI Chat App Allo

September 23, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Google Launches AI Chat App Allo

Google-parent Alphabet Inc rolled out Allo, a messaging app that integrates Google’s search feature and a chatbot that uses machine learning to “improve” itself over time. The new messaging service, which was unveiled in May, will compete with Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp and Messenger. The much-anticipated launch comes a month after Google rolled out Duo, its video calling app. Allo features a chatbot powered by Google Assistant, a virtual personal assistant like Apple Inc’s Siri. Users... 

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