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April 24, 2019 7:30
Data Breach Exposes Information About 80 Million American Households Sadly, massive data breaches have become so common that they usually surprise no one. But the latest breach is surprising lots of people because, as of now, no one knows who is behind it. On April 29, Ran Locar and Noam Rotem — who are a pair of security researchers — announced in a blog post that they had found an unsecured database on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform that was publicly accessible. This 24 GB database reportedly contains personal information about 80 million American households. This personal information includes among other things: Full names Full addresses Longitude and latitude coordinates of the addresses Dates of birth and ages Marital statuses Homeowner statuses and dwelling types Income bracets In response to the disclosure, Microsoft announced through a spokesperson that they had notified the database's owner and that this person or persons had...
April 17, 2019 7:28
There is a brand-new viral app for teenagers. It is called YOLO, and it has skyrocketed to the top of the U.S. app charts just one week after it was launched. But not everyone is in love with it. Some worry that it may be susceptible to abuse. Built upon the Snapchat's Snap Kit platform, which allows app developers to integrate their apps with Snapchat, YOLO authenticates users through Snapchat. It also uses Bitmoji profile images so that users can add an "ask me anything" sticker to the Snapchat stories that they post. It works like this: once a story is posted, friends of that user can ask this user an anonymous question through the app, which the user can then answer back through the use of another sticker. Supposedly, this is all the rage at high schools at the moment. The app is eerily similar to Sarahah. Back in...
April 09, 2019 7:27
It Hopes To Get the Planes Back in the Air in the Near Future Boeing announced it had finished updating the software of its 737 Max airplanes. This is seen as an important step toward getting the planes in the air once again after authorities across the world grounded the planes in the wake of two deadly plane crashes. U.S. investors responded positively to the announcement. Boeing shares rose nearly 3% in the aftermath of it. As part of the announcement, Boeing said that it would soon schedule what is called a certification flight with the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). In March of this year, a 737 Max airliner in Ethiopia experienced a deadly crash, which was the second fatal crash of the popular plane in less than 6 months. A failure in the plane's automated anti-stall system has been said to have been the cause of both crashes,...
April 01, 2019 7:26
University of Washington student Kona Farry develops web app that tracks city transit. The web app helps riders track the whereabouts of city buses, ferries, streetcars and even the light-rail trains around Seattle in real time. If you are like most people who regularly take a bus, you have probably more than once waited at a bus stop for a bus that was really late. Just imagine if you had an app that could have let your track where this bus was so you could have done something more useful with your time. One person, in particular, imagined such an app. His name is Kona Farry and he is a junior at the University of Washington. But Farry more than just imagined this app. He actually built it. Last month, Ferry launched a web app that lets commuters not only track buses in the Seattle area but also light-rail trains,...
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