Facebook privacy fail brings apology from Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg spoke before a House oversight panel on Wednesday, seeing regulation as “inevitable.” Mark Zuckerberg spoke to a House oversight panel on the subject of Facebook privacy. He stated that he saw regulation of the social media industry as “inevitable.” He also revealed that his own data was among the personal information sold to malicious third parties through Facebook’s previous privacy loopholes. Zuckerberg spoke as a part of his testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “The internet is growing in importance around the world in people’s lives…

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MyFitnessPal mobile app security breach affects 150 million accounts

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The hack has exposed the email addresses and passwords of its users who have now been advised. The popular MyFitnessPal application from Under Armour has experienced a massive mobile app security breach. The hack extended to both mobile users and those using the official website. The cybersecurity breach occurred in February and revealed usernames, email addresses and passwords. An estimated 150 million users were affected by the mobile app security failure, said Under Armour. Users who may have been impacted by the breach are in the midst of being advised.…

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iPhone QR code reader issue sends users to malicious sites

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An iOS camera app bug could direct users to malicious websites without their knowledge. A vulnerability in the iPhone QR code reader could potentially place users at a security risk. The camera app has a bug that could potentially send smartphone users to harmful sites. The recently discovered flaw is located in the camera app’s automatic QR code reading function. The flaw could make the iPhone QR code scanner display a link but send users somewhere else entirely. If users click the link displayed, they may or may not be…

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Nordstrom acquires new mobile shopping tech to amp its digital retail

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The massive retailer has grabbed up a number of startups to solidify its m-commerce position. Nordstrom has been acquiring a considerable number of mobile shopping tech startups. This includes BevyUp and MessageYes most recently. The fashion retail chain is evidently seeking to give itself a sturdy m-commerce offering. BevyUp is a digital selling too provider. MessageYes is a conversation commerce provider. These are only the latest mobile shopping tech acquisitions. They were purchased in separate deals to enhance the Nordstrom mobile commerce strategy, said a press release from the company.…

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QR code parking solution helps to secure vehicles within the city

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Police in Islamabad recently implemented a new solution designed for smartphone using drivers. A new QR code parking technology has been installed by police in Islamabad, for the purpose of making it safer and more secure for drivers to park their vehicles. The new tech is called Park Secure and is meant to provide easy to scan parking codes. The police announced the use of the Park Secure QR code parking technology which now secures all public parking areas in the city. The Park Secure system is designed to digitally…

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Mobile ad reach was greater last year than ever before, Nielsen

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The results of a new data analysis indicate that more online consumers were reached in 2017 than previous years. Mobile ad reach has made massive progress in the Philippines where they made it in front of more consumers than ever before last year. The Nielsen media research firm released a report showing the mobile advertising performance outpaced other forms of digital ads. They also surpassed the total from the year before. This analysis was published in the company’s Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings Benchmarks report. That report involves an analysis of…

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Edible QR codes may alter dosage directions for prescribed drugs

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Researchers are developing a new way to customize prescription dosages with quick response codes. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have teamed up with peers at Finland’s Åbo Akademi University to use edible QR codes as a tool for customizing prescription drug dosages. The new technique is designed to help personalize the way patients are dosed with their medications for greater precision and improved results. The researchers have already created a white edible material on which a drug-based QR code is printed. The researchers have come up with a white…

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Starbucks cashless store rolls out, pushing mobile payments further

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The coffee chain has been among the top performers in American smartphone based transactions. A new Starbucks cashless store pilot is rolling out in the United States. The Seattle based café chain has chosen its home town to try out a new concept that rejects cash in favor of mobile payments and plastic card based transactions. The downtown Seattle store will accept only mobile payments, credit cards and debit cards. The Starbucks cashless store pilot has already generated some mixed reviews among customers. While some find that it is a…

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New Shell QR code makes it easier to pay for gas

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Customers using the stations in Thailand can scan quick response codes for a cashless fueling experience. The Shell Company of Thailand (SCOT) recently held a press event in which it announced its new Shell QR code, allowing consumers to fuel up without the need for cash. This represents the first time this type of mobile payments service has rolled out in the country’s gas stations. The press event came with a “Making Life’s Journey Better with Cashless Stations” theme. At the event, the company told the press that its Shell…

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In-app mobile commerce jumped over 12 percent on Christmas Day

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December 25 saw a considerable hike in purchases made from within mobile apps. Consumers around the globe were turning to their device screens on Christmas day, sending in-app mobile commerce figures skywards. That day, they bought 12.3 percent more on purchases made in-app, on subscriptions and on premium apps. These figures were presented by Sensor Tower Store Intelligence, a marketing intelligence provider. This in-app mobile commerce data was based on sales from both the Google Play store and the Apple App Store. Together, they brought in $196 million in sales…

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Haven app adds Edward Snowden’s mobile security to Android devices

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A newly released mobile application is designed to turn smartphones into inconspicuous security systems. The Freedom of the Press Foundation, The Guardian Project and Edward Snowden’s recent collaboration has brought the new Haven app to Android smartphones. The application was created to make the devices work like security systems while remaining unobtrusive. At the moment, the new Haven mobile security app is available to the public in its beta form. The Haven app was designed to use the sensor’s built into the phone to detect sudden environmental changes around the…

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