Entries by Steve Marr

Facebook points finger at Google and Twitter for data collection

“Other companies suck in your data too,” Facebook  explained in many, many words today with a blog post detailing how it gathers information about you from around the web. Facebook product management director David Baser wrote, “Twitter,  Pinterest and LinkedIn all have similar Like and Share buttons to help people share things on their services. Google  has a popular analytics service. And Amazon, […]

Microsoft built its own custom Linux kernel for its new IoT service

At a small press event in San Francisco, Microsoft  today announced the launch of a secure end-to-end IoT product that focuses on microcontroller-based devices — the kind of devices that use tiny and relatively low-powered microcontrollers (MCUs) for basic control or connectivity features. Typically, these kinds of devices, which could be anything from a toy to a household gadget […]

TaskRabbit’s app is offline while it investigates a “cybersecurity incident”

TaskRabbit, the on-demand errand service acquired by IKEA last year, announced today that has taken its website and app offline while investigating a “cybersecurity incident.” The company also said that people who use the same password on TaskRabbit  as for other services should change them immediately as a precaution. “We understand how important your personal information is and […]

Minds aims to decentralize the social network

Decentralization is the buzzword du jour. Everything – from our currencies to our databases – are supposed to exist, immutably, in this strange new world. And Bill Ottman wants to add our social media to the mix. Ottman, an intense young man with a passion to fix the world, is the founder of Minds.com, a New York-based startup that […]

Firefox updates its iOS web browser to turn Tracking Protection on by default

At a time when web users are becoming more concerned about their online privacy and personal data, Mozilla  today is launching a new version of its Firefox for iOS web browser that includes Tracking Protection turned on by default. That means when you use the browser, websites won’t be able to track your activity and capture your personal information, unless […]

What you need to know to exploit the cloud

A well thought out cloud strategy can save your organisation money, time and resources. As digital transformation shakes up traditional business models, organizations of every size, in every industry, are exploring better ways to keep pace with change. Adoption of cloud computing technology has significantly increased over the last few years, promising a great opportunity for innovation […]

BT lets SMBs offer free public Wi-Fi to customers

New router feature allows for creation of virtualized hotspot BT is to let SMB users offer free, unlimited Wi-Fi to their customers through the same broadband connection. The new feature for the BT Business Smart Hub 6 will allow for the creation of a virtualised public Wi-Fi hotspot completely independent of the business network. Businesses will no […]

Is your Android phone hiding security updates from you?

Researchers claim some Android devices might not be telling lies about their latest updates Android smartphone users may be being left at risk of attack due to a lack of security protection – despite thinking they were properly protected. Security researchers have claimed that many Android devices could be lacking proper security protection due to vendors not making the […]

What does the Ofcom 5G auction mean for the UK mobile industry?

The long-awaited auction is over, paving the way for 5G After months, years even, of speculation and legal action, the first phase of Ofcom’s 5G spectrum auction is finally over. The £1.4 billion raised for the treasury was a tiny fraction of the gargantuan sums generated by the infamous 3G auction of 2000, and less than the […]