France’s data protection agency said Thursday that it had fined the US ride-hailing group Uber €400,000 (RM1.9mil) over a 2016 data breach that exposed the personal data of some 57 million clients and drivers worldwide.
Uber drew the wrath of users and regulators after the company waited a year before revealing in November 2017 that hackers had infiltrated its systems.
The French Data Protection Authority said the breach would have been prevented “if certain elementary security measures had been in place.”
Uber has already paid US$148mil (RM619mil) to US authorities to avoid a potentially embarrassing court case, and vowed to improve its security efforts.
Apple joins streaming market, says can coexist with Netflix
Far from being a Netflix Inc killer, Apple Inc envisions its forthcoming Apple TV+ streaming service as one that could sit alongside other services that viewers buy, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Tuesday.
Apple in March said it will launch a streaming service with original content from big names including Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. It plans to spend $2 billion on programming but has not said how much the service will cost.
Investors are keeping a close eye on Apple’s television efforts because subscription services are an increasingly important part of its financial results as iPhone sales decline.
Apple is entering a crowded field, including Walt Disney Co’s $6.99 per month service launching this fall. At the other end of the price spectrum, Alphabet Inc’s YouTube this month said that it was raising the price of its YouTube TV online service, a cable-like bundle of more than 70 channels, to $49.99 per month.
On a conference call with investors on Tuesday, Cook indicated that Apple will not try to give viewers everything they want.
“There’s a huge move from the cable bundle to over-the-top,” Cook told investors during a call on Tuesday, referring to streaming television services delivered over the internet rather than a traditional cable service.
“We think that most users are going to get multiple over-the-top products, and we’re going to do our best to convince them that the Apple TV+ product should be one of them.”
Apple Watch helps save 80-year-old woman in Germany
The ECG feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 gets the lion’s share of headlines about potentially life-saving incidents. However, it’s the wearable’s fall-detecting ability which is the hero of the latest story of this kind.
In Munich, Germany, an 80-year-old woman fell in her apartment. Fortunately, her Apple Watch recognized what had happened and called emergency services.
“The watch transmitted the coordinates of the accident scene. The police used the data to identify an address to which an ambulance had been alerted. The ambulance crew found that the door was locked and the retiree could not open it. Then they called for the fire department, which opened the apartment door by force. During this action, the smartwatch alarmed the son, who had deposited his phone number as an emergency number. Since the woman was not injured, the ambulance crew cared her only until the arrival of the son. He took over the further care.”
This isn’t the only similar story of this kind that we’ve heard. Earlier this year, a 67-year-old man in Norway was home alone when he fainted and suffered a hard fall in his bathroom. Luckily, he was wearing an Apple Watch Series 4, which alerted first responders.
Apple Watch fall detection
Fall detection was introduced as a feature with last year’s Apple Watch Series 4. It uses data from your device’s accelerometer and gyroscope to identify when users have suffered a fall. When an incident like this happens, the Apple Watch will then initiate a call to emergency services. If the user is unresponsive after 60 seconds, the emergency call is placed automatically. Your emergency contacts will also be notified and sent your location.
For anyone with elderly relatives, this could be a massive game-changer. It’s the kind of technology which truly justifies owning an Apple Watch. Check out Apple’s video about the feature below.
New sets of Samsung phones enter Nigeria
Samsung has revealed the new Galaxy A Series, designed with incredible improvements to the essential device features.This includes immersive viewing experiences, longer lasting performance and ground-breaking cameras.
The new phones include Samsung Galaxy A70, A50, A30, A20 and A10.
According to Head of Information and Mobile Technology, Samsung Electronics West Africa, Adetunji Taiwo, “this is a series that has also embraced affordability in a big way and is set to capture the imagination of more people, in many more ways. Ultimately, the new Galaxy A Series is designed for the way that people are connecting today – sharing, capturing and consuming live content on-the-go.”
The new series offers diverse, powerful devices that can keep up with these spontaneous, collaborative interactions.
To the Managing Director at Samsung Electronics West Africa, David Suh, the firm is committed to providing meaningful innovation to everyone for a better mobile experience, which starts with the all new Galaxy A Series. “People are changing the way they connect, and their smartphones need to keep up. Our new Galaxy A Series offers improvements to the essential features that will support these live interactions, with diverse options to meet their ever-changing needs,” he added.
With the Galaxy A Series, consumers can also seamlessly experience the Galaxy ecosystem using key services such as Samsung Health, Samsung Members, and Bixby. The all-new Galaxy A Series is filled with enhanced features across the range.
The entire A series is power-packed with innovations and upgrades that empower people to do so much more. The series will also bring better value to more people, effortlessly.
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