Wednesday, 08 May 2019 16:31

Number One App YOLO Sparks Many Questions

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 2017,…
Wednesday, 01 May 2019 18:00

Mystery Database Behind Latest Breach

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…
Amazon Prime members have long enjoyed free two-day shipping on any and all items they purchase from the online retail giant. But this perk is just about to get better, as Amazon will be cutting shipping times in half, allowing Prime members to receive one-day shipping on everything that they buy at the store. The news was announced during an earnings call on April 25 by Brian Olsavsky, who is the company's chief financial officer. He indicated that the company is spending $800 million this quarter in infrastructure updates to facilitate the change. Initially, the change will only affect Prime members in North America, but eventually expedited shipping will roll out to the rest of the world as well. During the earnings call, Olsavsky also announced that the company had doubled its first-quarter profits. It made $3.6 billion in the quarter, which is a record amount for the company. A…
HBO enjoys monumental success with their apps over the weekend of the season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones. This is a milestone accomplishment and showcases not only the love for this epic show but the shift toward streaming over live television and cable/satellite. The HBO Now app is the service for customers without a television HBO package and HBO GO is a mobile app for those who are already subscribers with their cable or satellite provider.  Game of Thrones has a special nostalgia about it and its popularity is almost unprecedented. It is a global phenomenon because it captures the magic of fantasy and delivers it in a mature adult format. Tales of dungeons, dragons, wizards, kings, and knights are often more family oriented such as tales of King Arthur, The Lord of The Rings, or something out of Marvel comics. GOT is truly in a class of its…