Amazon insists it’s helping small retailers grow

The future of retail is still very much in flux — and several major retailers are still stumbling through their digital transformations — but Amazon on Friday released some stats to suggest it’s not the problem. If anything, Amazon seems to be saying, it’s helping small and medium-sized retailers thrive. Specifically, the e-commerce giant announced that in 2018, more than… Read more →

Amazon insists it’s helping small retailers grow

The future of retail is still very much in flux — and several major retailers are still stumbling through their digital transformations — but Amazon on Friday released some stats to suggest it’s not the problem. If anything, Amazon seems to be saying, it’s helping small and medium-sized retailers thrive. Specifically, the e-commerce giant announced that in 2018, more than… Read more →

DNC says Russia tried to hack its servers again in November 2018

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) claimed today that Russian hackers tried to break into its servers in November 2018, shortly after the conclusion of the US midterm elections. The claim was made in an updated complaint in a lawsuit the DNC filed in April 2018 against the Russian state, Russia’s military intelligence service GRU, the hacker known as Guccifer 2.0,… Read more →

WiFi firmware bug affects laptops, smartphones, routers, gaming devices

Details have been published today about a vulnerability affecting the firmware of a popular WiFi chipset deployed in a wide range of devices, such as laptops, smartphones, gaming rigs, routers, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Discovered by Embedi researcher Denis Selianin, the vulnerability impacts ThreadX, a real-time operating system (RTOS) that is used as firmware for billions of devices…. Read more →

Verizon to roll out free robocoll spam protection to all customers

Verizon announced today plans to roll out its spam and robocall detection and screening feature to all customers for free. The feature will be made available to all wireless and wired customers starting with March 2019, Verizon senior vice president of network operations Joe Russo said today. Named Call Filter, previously Caller Name ID, this is a premium service that… Read more →

Windows Phone users: Your reminder that support ends in December 2019

Just a reminder for those still using Windows Phones: Microsoft is ending its support of the Windows 10 Mobile platform on December 10, 2019. That’s a little more than two years after Microsoft released Windows 10 Mobile 1709 in October 2017, which was its last version of the Windows Phone operating system.  End of support means no more free hotfixes… Read more →

Firefox to remove UI dark pattern from Screenshot tool after months of complaints

Image: ZDNet After months of user complaints, Mozilla will remove a misleading “dark pattern” from its page screenshot utility. The problematic feature is the “Save” button that appears when Firefox users take a screenshot. The issue is that the Save button doesn’t save the screenshot to the PC, as most users would naturally expect, but uploads the image to a… Read more →

Information Builders names Frank J. Vella new CEO

Information Builders, Inc. (IBI), the New York City-based business intelligence (BI) provider, has named a new CEO. Frank J. Vella, who had come aboard in November of 2017 as Chief Operations Officer, will succeed founder Gerald Cohen in the CEO spot. Cohen, who is 83, will stay on as IBI’s Chairman and senior advisor. IBI, a privately held firm, was founded… Read more →

iPhone sales slowdown hits Foxconn

Foxconn, the largest assembler of iPhone smartphones, has shed around 50,000 contract jobs since October, claims a report by Nikkei, which points the finger of blame at slowing iPhone sales. And this is not an isolated case, with Pegatron, which is the second largest iPhone assembler, also cutting seasonal contract jobs far earlier than expected. And this is also having… Read more →

Amazonshitcar show: The Grand Tour promotion at its finest

Amazon Well played, Amazon. When I visited Amazon’s website this morning, the glaring orange of the e-retail giant’s latest marketing campaign flashed in front of me. The orange background is gaudy and personally offensive to my eyes, but the message is, too — should you read it in a particular way. #amazonshitcarshow. Your eyes can’t help but navigate towards a… Read more →

Canon Brazil appoints new leadership

Canon has appointed a new president and chief executive for its Brazilian operation after a decade and a half of unchanged leadership. The new local head is Masaharu Choki, who took over this month. He replaces Jun Otsuka, who was transferred to Canon Panama. According to the Japanese camera and printer manufacturer, Choki will be leading the operations in South… Read more →

These malicious Android apps will only strike when you move your smartphone

Malicious Android apps have been uncovered in the Google Play store which will only trigger when a smartphone moves, researchers say. On Thursday, the cybersecurity team from Trend Micro said that the two apps in question were disguised as services that many of us would find useful, a currency converter and power saver. The applications were named Currency Converter and… Read more →