JP Morgan Still Grapples with Extent of Breech
Author: John Duckgeischel on September 15, 2014 - 9:01 PM
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Two months after hackers entered a dozen of JP Morgan’s servers, bank officials are still trying to assess the extent of the damage. They know that hackers gained access to around 1 million customer accounts through various applications installed on the banks computers. A person familiar with the investigation said that more than 90 of the bank’s servers were affected as the hackers gained access to high level administrator credentials.  The level of sophistication of the attack indicates that attack was planned some time ago and that it may have involved a foreign government, with Russia being seen as a likely active participant.
 
India First to Receive Google Android One Phones
Author: John Duckgeischel on September 15, 2014 - 8:56 PM
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Sub-$100 Android One Phones made by handset makers Spice, Micromax and Karbonn have been launched in New Delhi, India. The project was previously announced at the companies I/O conference as a project that brings smartphones to emerging markets at affordable prices. The project will help bolster Android’s global grip on the mobile OS market.  Bharti Airtel, which is India’s largest mobile carrier with 40% of the smartphone users has teamed up with Google for this launch.
 
Wide Spectrum of Reactions to Apple’s Latest
Author: John Duckgeischel on September 12, 2014 - 5:44 AM
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Was it the best of announcements or the worst?  You decide. This week Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company’s long anticipated Apple Watch, a mobile payment system as well as the new iPhone 6 along with its big brother the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple’s official website wasn’t shy about making declarations saying, "IPhone 6 isn't simply bigger — it's better in every way. Larger, yet dramatically thinner. More powerful, but remarkably power efficient. With a smooth metal surface that seamlessly meets the new Retina HD display.”  Since the company derives most of its profits from the iPhone, it has a lot riding upon this announcement.  The long anticipated Apple Watch also made its debut this week with expectations running high based on the company’s track record of innovation. "Apple Watch is the most personal device we've ever created," Cook stated. "It will redefine what people expect from a watch." This is a new category, which comes with its own risk and rewards.  The company expressed its commitment to the category, regardless of its initial reception. Although the media was generally positive about the announcements, some skeptics felt that the latest offerings were similar but later than the competition.
 
California Captures 40 Percent of America’s Electric Car Sales
Author: John Duckgeischel on September 10, 2014 - 10:26 PM
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Manufacturers of electric cars are taking note that 4 of every 10 electric cars are sold here in California. In the last four years, 102,440 out of 250,000 electric vehicle sold in the United States were sold in the golden state. Tesla Motors, located in Palo Alto California, just announced construction of its huge Nevada based battery factory.  “California’s plug-in electric vehicle market is ramping up, and we expect to see significant growth over the next ten years as customers realize how economical and convenient they are,” commented California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative executive director Christine Kehoe.  The state has a long history of pushing fuel efficient automobiles, restricting tailpipe emissions, and setting aggressive standards with its Zero Emission Vehicle program where the California’s governor has established a 2025 goal of having 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road.
 
Twitter Testing Instant Purchase “Buy Button”
Author: John Duckgeischel on September 8, 2014 - 10:32 PM
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Twitter already features news, video clips and photos and its well-known 140 character tweets.  Now it wants to make it easy for its users to make instant purchases with the click of a button.  On Monday Twitter announced plans for public testing of a “buy” button that would be embedded in posts, making it easy for users to buy a product with only a few clicks. Meanwhile Apple is expected to incorporate a new phone based payment system as part of its iPhone announcement on Tuesday.

 
Hack of Celebrity Photos in Apple Cloud Raises Questions
Author: John Duckgeischel on September 3, 2014 - 10:39 PM
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Apple confirmed yesterday that nude photos of a number actresses including Jennifer Lawrence have been stolen from individual Apple accounts. The company said in a statement that celebrity accounts were in fact, “compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that is all too common on the Internet.”  Personal posts on the internet can provide a treasure of information for criminals.  Security techniques that ask for personal information such as mother’s maiden name can too easily exploited, this is especially true when it comes to celebrities that have so much information posted on the internet.    
 
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