Symantec Research: Several iOS, Android Applications Place User Privacy At Risk

As per research of Symantec, Apple App Store for iOS and Google Play Store for Android have numerous applications that render users to confidentiality threats. There are specific applications for iOS and Android users that ask for too many consents to access the personal data of a user. In the survey, Symantec clarified how private data is collected and how suspicious applications on Google Play Store are crammed with excessive ads, putting the privacy of a user at risk.

Symantec, as the research’s part, downloaded top hundred free applications from the Apple App Store & Google Play Store and scrutinized what private data was being collected by the applications, besides the features being accessed. A majority of the confidential data collected by the applications related to email addresses of the users.

Symantec elucidated as many as 44% of Android and 48% of iOS applications in question were looking for access to data of users comprising email addresses. Apart from email addresses, the 2nd most ordinary data gathered by the applications is the surname. Further, the report enlightened that 33% of fake iOS applications and 30% of analyzed Android applications were asking for surnames access.

In terms of information relating to phone numbers, they were being distributed with 9% of Android and 12% of iOS applications. Last but not least, the address details of the users were being distributed with 5% of Android and 4% of iOS applications.

In another report by Associated Press, Google has elucidated to users that it still monitors their location even if they switch off location history. The recent investigation of AP into Google services on iPhones and Android devices that store data relating to the location of a user even if he/she has disables it once again raised security & privacy issues and put the firm in a tough spot.

Blue Whale-Akin Challenge Making Its Attendance On WhatsApp

In the newest example of social media incorrectly influencing teens and children, the suicide in Argentina of a 12-year-old teen is reportedly being connected to something dubbed as the Momo challenge. Being a social media account on Facebook, WhatsApp, and YouTube, Momo is employing the image of Mother Bird (a horror artwork) by Link Factory to tempt curiosity among kids, challenging them to interact with an unknown number, the media reported.

The creepy account seems to be linked to 3 numbers in Mexico, Japan, and Columbia. If a consumer refuses to follow the orders in the game, Momo bullies them with violent pictures. According to cybercrime experts, Momo challenge is nothing but a fraud that is intended for stealing data.

Speaking of cybercrime, cybersecurity start-up Darktrace employs AI (artificial intelligence) to fight cybercrime against companies.

“It is clear that we are now in the middle of a cyberarms race, and the battleground is going to be within network of each company and we are going to witness a battle against algorithms,” claimed Nicole Eagan, CEO and co-founder at Darktrace, to the media in an interview.

“We are going to see hackers beef up their artificial intelligence and mathematical algorithms and we are going to witness the defenders performing the same. And this is going to possibly carry on for some time period. We anticipate in fact that is going to get even worse before it turns better.”

The answer to dealing with such dangers is AI. “The AI technology by Darktrace is software that can operate in a corporate network, in a cloud, in a power facility, or in a manufacturing plant floor,” claims Eagan. Users normally ink a multiyear subscription that comprises the AI cyberdefense tool as well as authorization to experts from Darktrace. It deals with dangers from hackers gaining authorization to computer networks of the company though internet linked devices to upset firm insiders employing their position to take benefit of firm’s networks.

YouTube App Material Design Is Not Sufficient For Apple TV, What More?

The design language referred to as “Material Design” by Google is what the developers have considered while updating the YouTube App for Apple TV, that is been actively used since 2014. A lot of Android apps, which as the most prominent applications like drive, Docs, and Sheets, have implied the machine design, and it finally covered YouTube App for Apple TV in February 2018.

However, it was quite unfortunate that the YouTube app designed by ignoring the whole concept of inertia rather use the touchpad of remote control like a usual directional pad, just like a video game remote control.

And this thing leads to the inconsistency and unresponsive. You generally require to just swiping left or right to rewind or forward it, but when you are using YouTube app, what you just do is to press again and again to do the intended use.

A lot of times, working with the same design in all across different platforms creates a great user experience. When you have used a device on one device, you have the know-how of working with it on any other platform as well.

The issue here is that all the devices are not built in the same way. Few of the systems like Android and iPhone devices depends on touch controls and other devices like PCs use mouse and keyboards for inputs, and even there are devices which work best with voice controls like the streaming devices.

It is a high time for Google to understand the features of Apple TV which makes it different than other when it is planning to design/re-design the YouTube app for it. Apple TV is creating a huge impact on effective and efficient user experience with the introduction of inertial functionality in their remote control.

Google and YouTube have done at par excellent job with material design, now they just require to work on flexibility.

ZTE Restarts Processes India After US-Ban Lift

ZTE Restarts Processes India After US-Ban Lift

ZTE Corp, the Chinese telecom gear maker, has restarted its operations and business in India from previous week. The company is hopeful of restoring the losses that the Indian unit made owing to the prohibition by the Government of the U.S.

The latest US prohibition had resulted in the Chinese network gear manufacturer stopping primary business processes all over the world, comprising in India. The vendor has now restarted its operation and business in India from past week along with other markets post denial instructions was eliminated previous week by Department of Commerce in the U.S.

“users are certain of ZTE, and providers supported ZTE a lot and are steady. Now the darkest age has passed. The first aim of ZTE India is to install & supply all the tools which were postponed owing to ban. ZTE is hopeful to restore all the losses shortly,” a source well known with the issue claimed to the media in an interview.

The gear maker has now restarted offering tools for 3G and 4G networks expansion of BSNL in the North-East zone, and network expansion of Bharti Airtel in particular circles. Moreover, ZTE is now getting ready to begin 5G tests with some of the top telecom companies.

The Chinese vendor, which vies with the likes of Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia, encountered some losses due to fact that it was not capable of performing service processes in the period of denial order in the nation.

“With consumers as our aim, ZTE India will additionally target users and work in accordance with lawful compliance,” he claimed.

On a related note, a media source claimed, “ZTE is also aiming to elevate the footprints in the enterprise & government market.” Apart from resuming processes, the firm has begun working to retain the talent. “If the company needs more hiring, we will surely appoint more workers,” the source claimed.

Airports Around The World To Promote Autonomous Technology

Airports Around The World To Promote Autonomous Technology

Aberdeen Standard Investment’s AIPUT (Airport Industrial and Property Unit Trust) Fund has published a report that describes how autonomous transport and logistics technologies at airports have made great strides.

This technology is used at all airports in the UK, including London Heathrow; AIPUT owns 2 million sqft of buildings at Heathrow and supports logistics and freight at the airport.

The report examines how freight transport, logistics, and passenger transport from and to airports can be made more efficient in automated transport.

Nick Smith, director of the AIPUT Foundation said, “Autonomous technology promises great benefits for airports and service companies that support them, transforming operations at airports, increasing the efficiency and safety of airport users and passengers.

“In Gatwick, for example, 90% of the air-side vehicles that are at the airport are stationary at the same time, which is extremely inefficient and occupies a huge space, and a significantly smaller number of autonomous electric vehicles will notably reduce costs, reduce emissions and improve safety as well.”

“In Düsseldorf, the new automated parking system showed the reduction of 60% parking requirement in contrast to human drivers.”

Adoption of autonomous technology has already started at different airports. The first test of an automatic air-side vehicle was performed out at Heathrow in collaboration with Oxbotica and IAG Cargo.

Gatwick was the first airport in the world to experience the use of autonomous vehicles to transport personnel at the airfields, demonstrating that autonomous vehicles can operate safely in very difficult aerodrome conditions.

The Norwegian winter tested autonomous vehicles in such a way that only Norway could do so; at the Fagernes airport, an autonomous snowplow was tested with a single machine that could clear an area of 68 hectares per hour. Autonomous technology improves the accuracy of plowing, increases safety during snow removal, and eases driving in the case of snow formation and low visibility.

The British Government announced an investment of £22.4 Million to develop off-road autonomous vehicles, which should improve performance in various sectors, including airports.

Medical Testing Company LabCorp Hit By A Ransomware Attack

Medical Testing Company LabCorp Hit By A Ransomware Attack

The leading medical diagnosis and testing laboratory in the last weekend faced a large-scale cyber attack, which could leak personal information of patients.

LabCorp is one of the world’s largest players for testing domestic laboratories and has impact on about half of the US population.

LabCorp has been attacked using ransomware, which is software hackers used to access data, and then asked payment under threat of disclosure or to prevent victims from accessing data.

Tiffany Scott, Wiggins Family Practice nurse, says, “I’d say I have about 20 patients using LabCorp.

Tiffany says patients should be suspicious for providing personal information to large companies.

“It’s a little scary, I mean, especially if there are patients who are involved in legal issues,” says Tiffany. “There are many people who can get a lot of information and these things are classified.”

Tiffany says her patients can choose where they want their results, including local hospitals.

“We give them their slip, and the patient can choose where they want to do their labs test at,” Tiffany said.

Majority of the people use LabCorp owing to their work requirements or insurance.

Jerry Scott, sterile process engineer at Baptist Health says, “Hospital work is stern and this also applies to patient confidentiality. You know, if you close breach that agreement, you lose confidence in the company.”

Whether it is drug testing, blood sampling, or any other testing, local hospitals offer the same services as LabCorp.

Jerry says his doctor recommends that local hospitals should be used for testing, as they are less targeted at cyber attacks. “Dr. Wiggins specifically asked me to go to the hospital, not to these places,” he says.

LabCorp informed its employees that it did not actively inform customers, but worked to counter to definite customer requests.

Kristen Doute Believes James Kennedy Is Cheating On Raquel

Kristen Doute Believes James Kennedy Is Cheating On Raquel

Kristen Doute from Vanderpump Rules is strongly believing that James Kennedy is cheating on Raquel Leviss, his girlfriend. Kristen asked at her launch party for James Mae Collection on June 28 if people really believe that James is being loyal to Raquel and stated that she doesn’t think so. She added that just how she had stated at the reunion, she doesn’t believe so and her stance has remained unchanged since the reunion. She stated that she has stopped being in vicinity of James and emphasized that there is nothing that James could do that would make her think any other way about her feelings previous year.

Kristen dated James, who is a 26 year old DJ, from the time when season 2 of Vanderpump Rules ended in 2014 till season 4 in 2015. She advised Raquel via media to run hard and fast from him.

The fans are aware of the unrest in the relationship between Raquel and James and hence this advice from Kristen is not very surprising. There have been a lot of accusations for cheating and offensive arguments. James has always refused cheating Raquel at any point of time and also very recently at the time of reunion of season 6.

At this occasion, Kirsten clarified the gossip about the line of t-shirt by her named James Mae that the same has been named after her ex. She stated that the same is named after her nephew and niece. She also stated that she feels that the name has a beautiful appeal to it and is gender neutral to a great extent, something that she had looked forward to having in the brand since there was a redevelopment of the brand. She added that although the brand is mainly intended for women, they provide tees for men as well.

A strategy to combat First Nations suicide in Saskatchewan

A motion on suicide prevention for First Nations was tabled on Thursday, the second day of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) annual meeting.

This is the first time a provincial strategy for this purpose has been developed by First Nations people for people in these communities.

To prevent suicide, the motion suggests no less than 75 actions to be taken, divided into 9 main commitments.

For example, it is recommended that children and young people be better equipped to deal with negative emotions, and to strengthen care with regard to addiction and addiction problems.

Too many of our young people are losing hope in Saskatchewan, particularly in the North. Something has to be done.

David Pratt, vice-chief of FSIN

This strategy also highlights the importance of achieving health equity between First Nations and non-Aboriginal people.

In this report, David Pratt recalls that the figures for Aboriginal suicide in the province are alarming and continue to grow.

Between 2005 and 2016, 30% of those who committed suicide were First Nations, excluding cases where ethnicity is unknown.

The suicide rate among First Nations people in Saskatchewan is 4.3 times higher than non-Aboriginal people in the province, while rates are even higher among youth.

The vice-chief indicated that he has the support of the Minister of Aboriginal Services and Crown-Aboriginal Relations and Northern Affairs.

The arrival of right whales forces the closure of a new fishing area

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is announcing the upcoming closure of another fishing area adjacent to the exclusion zone due to the arrival of right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The federal agency explains the decision after at least two right whales were seen Sunday.

The area covered by this temporary closure is adjacent to the exclusion zone already delineated by the federal government. This 14,000-square-kilometer region of the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been closed to fishing since April 28 to protect right whales, which is where 90% of marine mammals were observed last year.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is announcing the upcoming closure of another fishing area adjacent to the exclusion zone due to the arrival of right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The federal agency explains the decision after at least two right whales were seen Sunday.

The area covered by this temporary closure is adjacent to the exclusion zone already delineated by the federal government. This 14,000-square-kilometer region of the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been closed to fishing since April 28 to protect right whales, which is where 90% of marine mammals were observed last year.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada reminds fishers that they are required to consult the advice issued by the government agency.

Lockers seized

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans also confirms that fishery officers seized snow crab traps in the exclusion zone.

An investigation is underway.

At least 18 right whales died in Canadian and US waters last year. Scientists who conducted the autopsy of carcasses concluded that many of these whales have died entangled in fishing gear or struck by ships.