Apple has introduced Daisy, a robot that disassembles phone parts so they can be recycled, as part of an Earth Day promotion. Also, the company announced the "GiveBack" program, which allows customers to trade in their old iPhones for gift cards or credit that can be used to buy new devices.
Despite speculation, Apple CEO Tim Cook indicated this week Apple will not merge operating systems for iOS and Mac. He says merging them would require "trade-offs and compromises" and that "I don't think that's what users want."
LocalBlox, a social networking data aggregator, left 48 million records scraped from Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook open for anyone to view, according to Upguard, a security business that discovered the records. Upguard said the problem was caused by a misconfigured AWS S3 storage bucket, and LocalBlox secured the data after being contacted by Upguard.
The race to 5G internet service has taken on new urgency with Verizon's selection of Samsung for the first commercial launch in Sacramento, Calif. The partnership suggests Samsung can be a first-tier provider of hardware for 5G.
Amazon is the most-visited mobile and desktop website and the fastest-growing marketplace in India, CEO Jeff Bezos says in a shareholder letter. Amazon is going head-to-head with Indian rival Flipkart in an aggressive bid to capture the market.
Forbes Technology Council members highlight nine big trends that businesses should consider for bolstering cybersecurity. Biometrics, internet of things device security, increased visibility and blockchain are among the most up-to-date ways to secure data.
The restructuring of White House cybersecurity staff after the departure of two officials could cause disruption in the development of cyberpolicy, says former cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel. The departures of Tom Bossert and Rob Joyce have caused concern and uncertainty among private sector representatives.
The key to bolstering cybersecurity among employees is to teach them to do the right things outside of the office, writes Bill Duenges of Aircastle Advisors LLC. Learning the basics, such as creating strong passwords and knowing how to identify spam email without the protection of a corporate network, is critical to good cyberhygiene at work, Duenges writes.
TaskRabbit's website and app are back online after a "cybersecurity incident," and while the investigation is still ongoing, early evidence shows that identifiable information may have been accessed, says CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot. TaskRabbit says it will implement new security measures, including reducing the amount of customer data it keeps and making its login process more secure.
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