On Thursday, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave permission to six television and film firms, which allows these firms to use drones are Astraeus Aerial, Aerial MOB, HeliVideo Productions, Pictorvision Inc., RC Pro Productions Consulting, and Snaproll Media.
A security flaw on eBay's website has been exposing eBay's customers to malicious websites. This has been happening on eBay's site since Feburary. It has been revealed that by clicking on some of the listings on the site will automatically redirect customers to harmful sites. eBay has failed to fix and inforem users about the security flaw, despite having known since Feburary.
According to BBC News, an eBay user Paul Castle contacted eBay in order to report the problem in a chat log which outlined the problem in detail with eBay's staff. This is not the first time that eBay has been hit with a security breach. eBay had a massive security breach which happened in May. The breach affected 145 million customers, which was performed by unknown hackers. The information stolen was email addresses, encrypted passwords, mailing addresses, and birth dates.
In an interview BBC News reporter Dave Lee, a spokeswoman for eBay, "The company assures that they have a security team for the site, but the hackers used tactics capable of by passing their security. These hackers intentionally adapt to their code and tactics to try to stay ahead of the most sophisticated security team."
The site eBay is being heavily criticized by security experts for failing to react quickly to the problem and allowed it to go on for so long. This is the second time eBay has had security issues this year.
Blackberry has bought a London-based mobile technology start up company Movirtu. The company allows the users to have multiple phone numbers on one device. Blackberry has made it easier to have one smartphone instead of two. One smartphone for work and personal use.
The virtual SIM technology from Movirtu allows the users to have both a business and personal phone number on the same smartphone. The individual will have separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each phone number. This allows the corporate to switch between work and personal easily without having multiple devices.
"Clearly this fits nicely within the strategy we have so far. We are building recurring revenue streams in value-added services and providing more value to enterprises," said the Head of Blackberry's Enterprise Unit John Sims.
Blackberry is trying to appeal to the bring your own device crowd which is the corporate world. In the corporate world, many people bring their own smartphones into the office; inorder to use the phone for office activities. The technology from Movirtu allows people in the corporate world to restrict calls or emails but not affect their personal calls or emails on the same smartphone.
Blackberry was the first to dominate the smartphone market. Blackberry has reshaped itself. Blackberry with Movirtu technology makes it easier for its users to switch between both numbers. People can have a business and personal phone numbers on same device. Blackberry has eliminated the need for multiple devices.
Google is the third company to be fined by the Federal Trade Commission. The other two companies are Apple and Amazon. These companies have to refund money to consumers because of the purchases by children unauthorized by the parents consent. The lax of security on mobile app purchases on smartphones, tablets or any other mobile devices has led to fines for Google. The Federal Trade Commission is holding Google responsible for not preventing children from making purchases which were not authorized by their parents.
With many new social media platforms on the rise, people are beginning to question the status of Facebook. If you are in a room with about ten people between the ages of 13-50, eight out of the ten has an account on facebook. Two may not have an account, but have heard of it. And maybe five don't log in as much and are now thinking about deleting their account.
I myself have had a facebook account for years. Do I post pictures-No. Do I start talking and or chatting with friends-No. Do I write and give everybody a daily recap of my day to day escapades-No. But I do know some people that do. Am I going to delete my account, maybe.
According to guardian.co.uk, last month facebook lost about 6 million visitors from the United States. And within the last six months they lost almost 9 million monthly visitors in the US and 2 million in the UK. The US and the UK arent the only countries were are backing away facebook. Neighboring countries such as Canada, Japan, Spain, France, and Germany has been easing away from facebook.
One of the new biggest social platform currently is Instagram, a photo sharing site that has become so popular, that facebook decided to acquire it. Before this acquisition Instagram gained 30 million user within the 18 months. I am a frequent user of Instagram, I would have to say its rather addicted.
Technology is the greatest factor that is linked to economic growth. According to Oxford Economics emerging markets are increasing because digital technologies are growing consumer income and demand. As a result of these successes, corporations are investing in this industry in order to fuel economic growth.
According to Oxford Economics, this is considered the “third wave of capitalism”. It is considered so because of the tremendous impact it is having on societies, governments, innovations and economics. With increasing technology, there is a need for new business models in order to evolve with this megatrend.
The Aspen Institute believes that as the internet grows in scale and scope, it accelerates innovation in new and existing businesses, and enhances the creation and delivery of public goods. For example, Etsy is a perfect example of a new, successful online business model, because its innovations allow for people to sell, buy, and trade their art and clothing. The simplicity of the site’s model has led to growth, and an interest in those who would like their sites to be interactive. The Aspen Institute believes that because the internet is run by the many, there are highly beneficial qualities that go along with that.
New York City has recently become a new tech hub for computer geniuses. While the sector is growing, Tracey Samuelson of WNYC says that, “so too have the number of meet-ups, happy hours, demos and networking events – somewhere in the ballpark of hundreds a month are held throughout the city”. These events are producing new ideas through networking and ultimately revving up excitement for the New York tech industry.
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There has been a shift from a rigid, and old Silicon Valley to the bright new economical process in NYC. One way in which office dynamic is changing, is through a new practice called “co-working”. According to Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC, it’s “a communal office space where freelancers, telecommuters, and entrepreneurs can come together to share a copy machine, avoid NYC’s high rents, and make business connections (and friends).” New York leads the way with the most co-working spaces of all the cities in the world. Co-working will no doubt save valuable capital for these up and coming businesses, while also providing a playing field for ideas to bounce around.
According to Donate Life
NY, “more than 114,000 people are
waiting for organ transplants in the United States, and of these, more than
92,000 await kidneys, more than 16,000 need livers; and more than 3,000 need
hearts”. Moreover, “in 2011, a total of 6,669 patients died while waiting for
organ transplants, and on average 18 people died each day because of the
shortage of donated organs”. Now wouldn’t it be awesome if there were a way to
fulfill this demand for organ transplants so that the amount of deaths per year
Well, Surgeon Anthony Atala has
been in the process of discovering a cure. According to TED, “ Dr. Anthony
Atala is the director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine,
where his work focuses on growing and regenerating tissues and organs. His team
engineered the first lab-grown organ to be implanted into a human – a bladder –
and is developing experimental fabrication technology that can “print” human
tissue on demand”.
In a 2011
TEDTalk, Dr. Atala spoke about the field of regenerative medicine, which
consists of specific materials and cells you could implant in patients to help
them regenerate. During the TEDTalk, Dr. Atala also walked his audience through
the first use of a natural biomaterial in a human for tissue regeneration,
which occurred in 1996 and helped replace and repair that patient’s organ
structure. The biomaterial in the human acted as a bridge so that the cells in
the organ could walk on that bridge and repair the gap, and regenerate that
Dr. Atala also spoke about how him
and his team could “take a very small portion of the tissue of a deceased or
injured organ, tease the cells apart, grow the cells outside of the body, take
a scaffold, shape that material, and use those cells to coat that material one
layer at a time; they then would place it into an oven like device, create that
structure and bring it out”. In the presentation he showed the audience an
engineered heart valve, human bladder, and liver, which had the same shape and
movement of that body organ.
Moreover, Dr. Atala and his team used
a CT Scan to go layer by layer using computerized 3D reconstruction to get
right down to the internal organs and take the information and scan it in a
computerized form to go layer by layer in that organ, allowing the printer to
design the new organ for that patient.
An example of this occurred about
11 years ago, when Dr. Atala had a 10-year-old patient named Luke Massella
receive an engineered bladder that was made up of his own cells; 11 years later
Luke has been well ever since. According to Luke, the surgery prevented him
from living the rest of his life of dialysis, and it allowed him to “…become
captain of the wrestling team…and be a normal kid with his friends”. Seeing how
well Dr. Atala’s experiment worked on Luke is amazing because this advance in
medicine is truly a way of the future.
The emergences of various digital and networked technologies have
dramatically changed the ways in which we do business today. An example of this
is the “Square” application
for Android's, iPhone's, and iPad’s.
to USA Today, Square is a company that has an application, and a
mobile credit and debit card reader that plugs into the audio jack of an
Andriod, iPhone, or iPad, and allows merchants to swipe customer credit cards.
With each swipe or transaction, square charges 2.75% for American Express,
Discover, MasterCard, and Visa cards, and then the money is deposited right
into your account. Users can also choose to use the $275 per month
package, which eliminates the per-swipe fees for small businesses that process
up to $250,000 a year.
small businesses have begun using the Square application because it is so small
and easy to use. I for one can vouch for the efficiency of Square because I use
it when operating my accessory business. This technology has significantly changed the way
that I do business because it has opened up my customer base tremendously. Many
times when I used to do showcase events for my accessories, I would lose
customers because I only accepted cash, but now when I do showcases I gain
customers because I am able to accept most payment methods.
other small businesses have also had a boost in their sales because of Square.
In a Boulder County Business Report article, it was stated that Square readers were
becoming increasingly prominent around Boulder County, “particularly around
farmers markets, said Matt Aboussie, owner of Wild Alaska Salmon LLC. His
company sells wild-caught salmon online, to retailers including Alfalfa’s and
at farmers markets."
device is not only beneficial for small businesses but big corporations like
Starbucks as well. According to The Economist, “On August 8th, 2012 Starbucks announced
a $25 million investment in the company, which will now process the coffee
shops chains billions in credit-card charges (and receive an undisclosed fee
that Starbucks currently pays other companies)."
All in all, this tiny
device has dramatically changed the way that businesses big and
small function in a positive way.
Below are two short
videos promoting the Square application:
It's believed by many people that in order to keep their homes or workplaces secure, some kind of security device is needed. However, in the technologically advanced world of today, many people are finding ways to hack into these security devices, specifically cameras, and spy on people in the privacy of their homes and workplaces. So I pose this question: Who's Watching You??
A blog called Console Cowboys brought to the attention of many that some models of a home security camera made by the company Trendnet can be hacked into. The blog even went as far as to post instructions on how to access these devices. All one has to do is get a code from the firmware of Trendnet, attach it to the IP address of any camera of that company and VIOLA!!! You're watching your neighbor paint their toes tickle me pink.
Katie Notopoulos of The Verge received an email from Zak Wood, the director of Global Marketing for Trendnet, issuing this statement:
"We became aware of it when it was reported on a public forum, very recently. This is a major concern and we dedicated significant resources to fix this issue immediately."
He also advises that Trendnet customers update their firmware over a secure, wired internet connection.
Hacking into security cameras is starting to become a dangerous trend. In the UK 1.85 million security cameras were put up to decrease the crime rate. Andrea Petrou of TechEYE.net reports that a security expert, who is going unnamed, warns this new technology will become a new target. He states that "although this isn't a new risk, we've seen this increase over the past few years as this technology becomes more of a tool to provide evidence and put people away." Hackers will try to break the encryption of the cameras and get in to rid of any evidence if a crime were to occur.
Knowing that an average person can do this, makes me wonder about the capabilities of an expert hacker. They will eventually get tired of watching people on security cameras and want to take it to the next level. Possibly hacking into people's personal information or worse the government's.