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Samsung Still Facing Challenges Recovering Galaxy Note 7 Phones

December 9, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Still Facing Challenges Recovering Galaxy Note 7 Phones

Samsung’s recall of Galaxy Note7 smartphones because of exploding batteries remains a challenging task, and some users, for example, in Canada, are still not exchanging their devices for a refund or a different phone. The South Korean company has decided to cut these phones from the network, adopting similar measures to those taken last month in New Zealand and earlier this month in Australia. The company said Wednesday that starting Dec. 12, functional limitations on Note7 phones, including curbs... 

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VW’s Porsche Being Probed For Software Manipulation Regarding Emissions

December 9, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
VW’s Porsche Being Probed For Software Manipulation Regarding Emissions

Germany is looking into whether Volkswagen’s (VW) sportscar brand Porsche used software to disguise exhaust emissions, the country’s car industry regulator said on Thursday, in a fresh blow to VW’s attempts to move on from a 15 month-old scandal. Germany’s Motor Transport Authority, KBA, said it was examining software that can measure the angle of a car’s steering wheel. At stake is whether Porsche used software to detect whether its cars were being subjected to laboratory... 

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Turner Broadcasting To Create Shows Exclusively For Snapchat

December 9, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Turner Broadcasting To Create Shows Exclusively For Snapchat

Turner Broadcasting System Inc will develop additional video content for mobile app Snapchat and team up with the social media company on advertising, Turner announced, as they expand a partnership to broaden their reach among millennials. TV networks of the Time Warner Inc unit, including TBS and Adult Swim, will create original series exclusively for the unit of Snap, Inc, the broadcaster said in a statement. The companies also renewed their March agreement for Snapchat to create Live Stories,... 

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Sony Plans To Release Six Smartphone Games Next Year

December 8, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Sony Plans To Release Six Smartphone Games Next Year

Japan’s Sony Corp  will release as many as six mobile phone games in the next year, looking to build on its own gaming franchises success off of console rival Nintendo Co’s Pokemon GO. The upcoming titles will free up some of Sony’s popular gaming franchises, such as Everybody’s Golf, from PlayStation consoles to make them available on Apple Inc’s  iOS and Google’s Android mobile platforms. An aggressive push into the rapidly growing segment is seen as a necessity... 

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Google Data Centers Push For 100% Renewable Energy Usage In 2017

December 8, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google Data Centers Push For 100% Renewable Energy Usage In 2017

Google announced that it will be able to power all of its global data centers and corporate offices from 100% renewable energy in 2017, a goal the company has been working toward for years. Back in 2010 Google began signing long-term contracts to purchase renewable energy directly from solar and wind farm suppliers. The company’s first contract was to purchase all the electricity from a 114-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Iowa. Last year, Google purchased another 842MW of renewable energy, nearly... 

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‘Stegano’ Malvertising Ads Expose Millions Of Online Users To Hacking

December 8, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
‘Stegano’ Malvertising Ads Expose Millions Of Online Users To Hacking

Since October, millions of internet users have been exposed to malicious code embedded in the pixels from tainted banner ads designed to install Trojans and spyware, according to security firm ESET. The attack campaign, called Stegano, has been spreading from malicious ads in a “number of reputable news websites,” ESET said in a Tuesday blog post. It’s been preying on Internet Explorer users by scanning for vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and then exploiting them. The attack is designed to... 

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Nikola Motor Co. Debuts Hydrogen Fuel-cell 18-Wheeler

December 7, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Nikola Motor Co. Debuts Hydrogen Fuel-cell 18-Wheeler

Startup Nikola Motor Co. took the wraps off of their hydrogen fuel-cell powered 18-wheel tractor trailer truck that will have a range of 800 to 1,200 miles on a fill-up, which is nearly double that of any other semi-truck on the road. The custom-built, hydrogen-electric, 800-volt fuel cell 18-wheeler, a class 8 rig that will be able to haul 80,000 lbs., will be more powerful than any other production diesel truck on the road, the company said.  In May, the company announced that its first class... 

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Apple Watch Sales Off To A Strong Start During Holiday Season

December 7, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Watch Sales Off To A Strong Start During Holiday Season

Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers racked up an impressive record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product, Apple Inc  Chief Executive Tim Cook told Reuters. Cook said the gadget’s sell-through – a measure of how many units are sold to consumers, rather than simply stocked on retailers’ shelves – reached a new high. Cook’s comments followed a report on Monday from technology research firm... 

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Smartphone-based Bank Number26 Expanding

December 7, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Smartphone-based Bank Number26 Expanding

Mobile phone only bank Number26 is now offering its services in 17 countries in the euro zone, expanding from a smaller core of European markets it entered a year ago, it said on Tuesday. The Berlin-based company is backed by Li Ka-shing, one of Asia’s richest men and Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, along with other investors including Berlin’s Earlybird Ventures and Zurich-based Red Alpine. The company, which received its own banking license from... 

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BMW To Accelerate Push Into Pay-per-use Personal Transport

December 6, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
BMW To Accelerate Push Into Pay-per-use Personal Transport

BMW will begin road testing autonomous vehicles in Munich next year as it attempts to maintain pace with ride-hailing firms like Uber, which have spent billions on pay-per-use personal transport. The German carmaker will have about 40 vehicles with self-driving functions in Munich’s inner city and then expand the project to other cities, BMW executives said on Friday. “There is a trained test driver behind the wheel of every car,” Klaus Buettner, BMW’s Vice President in... 

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Mozilla’s Search Deal With Yahoo Appears To Be Paying Off

December 6, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Mozilla’s Search Deal With Yahoo Appears To Be Paying Off

Mozilla has reported that revenue for 2015 was up 28% over the year before, the biggest increase in three years. Nearly all the $421 million booked by the Mozilla Foundation came from royalty payments, the bulk of which originated, as always, from search deals that set defaults in the Firefox browser. Mozilla Foundation is the nonprofit organization that oversees Mozilla Corp., the commercial arm which builds and maintains Firefox for personal computers and smartphones. According to a financial... 

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Panasonic Explores ZKW Group Acquisition, Push Into Automotive Electronics

December 6, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Panasonic Explores ZKW Group Acquisition, Push Into Automotive Electronics

Japan’s Panasonic Corp  is holding discussions to acquire European automotive light maker ZKW Group, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, a person familiar with the matter said. The deal could be worth up to $1 billion and the two companies could reach a basic agreement as early as this month, the Nikkei business daily reported Monday. An acquisition of ZKW would expand Panasonic’s automotive lineup, which currently centers on batteries and navigation systems,... 

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GM To Release Super Cruise Technology Next Year In The Cadillac

December 5, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
GM To Release Super Cruise Technology Next Year In The Cadillac

Information obtained from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) communication with GM revealed some of the details about how the “Super Cruise” advanced-driver assistance system (ADAS) will function, including its ability to enable hands-free operation for extended periods. In March, GM asked the NHTSA if its “Super Cruise” system’s ability to stop a vehicle and automatically activate hazard lights would pass safety regulations. In a response... 

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Researcher Prove iOS Activation Lock Can Be Bypassed

December 5, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Researcher Prove iOS Activation Lock Can Be Bypassed

Two researchers report that they have discovered a way to bypass the activation lock feature in iOS that’s supposed to prevent anyone from using an iPhone or iPad marked as lost by its owner. The first report came Sunday from an Indian security researcher named Hemanth Joseph, who started investigating possible bypasses after being confronted with a locked iPad he acquired from eBay. The activation lock gets enabled automatically when users turn on the Find My iPhone feature via iCloud. It... 

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‘Distributed Guessing’ Hacking Turns Focus To Credit Card Numbers

December 5, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
‘Distributed Guessing’ Hacking Turns Focus To Credit Card Numbers

Credit card fraud has been added to the list of things that distributed processing can hasten. An e-commerce site will typically block a credit card number after 10 or 20 failed attempts to enter the corresponding expiry date and CVV (card verification value), making life difficult for fraudsters who don’t have a full set of credentials. But there are plenty of e-commerce sites out there, and it’s possible to obtain missing account details by submitting slightly different payment requests... 

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