The personal information of more than 6,460 US military and security personnel was put at risk by fitness app Polar, per De Correspondent and Bellingcat. Names, activities and locations of personnel were easily accessible until recently, giving hackers access to activity maps that showed where users worked and lived.
A new virtual reality standard, VirtualLink, could significantly cut down on equipment clutter by allowing connection via a single USB-C cable. The new standard was developed by Microsoft, AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus and Valve to pave the way for next-generation VR equipment.
Western Digital will reportedly close a disk drive factory in Malaysia next year to expand its presence in the solid-state drive sector. The factory closure would leave only six major drive facilities left, with half of them based in Thailand.
Connected vehicles are becoming more popular, and the growing number of them on the roads makes it more important than ever to be aware of the new technology's dangers, writes Eugene Bekker. He offers information on security risks and ways to mitigate these threats, including applying updates when needed and staying up-to-date on vehicle recalls.
Many airport public Wi-Fi networks aren't secure, are unencrypted and aren't configured properly, putting users at risk of being hacked. A recent study by Coronet ranks the top 10 airports that put travelers at risk, with San Diego International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Houston's William P. Hobby Airport topping the list.
Virginia-based robocalling company Robocent left files containing voter data exposed through an Amazon S3 bucket. Thousands of records revealing voter names, political affiliations, addresses, phone numbers and other personal information were accessible by the public until Robocent secured the files.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, says that President Donald Trump should work to create a "cyber NATO" that would defend against Russian attacks. Castro also stressed the importance of investing in election security and creating laws to establish basic cybersecurity protections.
A significant portion of consumers who are using smart speakers say they're doing so in part to reduce the amount of time they spend gazing at screens. That's per a report by Edison Research and NPR, which found that 38% of those who've had a speaker for less than a year appreciate the reduction in screen time.
Apple has released a third beta version for iOS 12 to the public, with the final version expected to be released in September. The beta includes a Screen Time feature to monitor time spent on each app, a Do Not Disturb setting for meetings, and updated power and Siri features.
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