OtterSpot wireless charging system hands-on: Leave the cables at the office

Apple’s new iPhones: The hurdles ahead ZDNet’s Larry Dignan outlines the big questions surrounding Apple’s latest iPhone launch and whether the company can break through the upgrade cycle malaise. Read more: OtterBox has a large assortment of protective cases and also now has outdoor products, such as coolers, with the OtterBox brand. It’s latest entry into the mobile market… Read more →

Hybrid heats up as a semi-cloud approach to data security and business continuity

No doubt about it, hybrid is hot. The latest data from the Flexera-Rightscale survey on cloud adoption finds enterprises “are prioritizing a balance of public and private clouds.” This year, while 31 percent of enterprises see public cloud as their top priority, a combined 45 percent of enterprises see hybrid cloud or a balanced approach between public and private as… Read more →

Disqus & Kickstarter hacker warns against password reuse

A hacker who made a fortune by breaking into people’s accounts and posting spam on their behalf is now warning users against password reuse. Kyle Milliken, a 29-year-old Arkansas man, was released last week from a federal work camp. He served 17 months for hacking into the servers of several companies and stealing their user databases. Some of the victims… Read more →

Samsung cruelly mocks Apple’s iPhone 11, says Galaxy Note 10 is better

Is this what’s missing in your life? Screenshot by ZDNet The excitement has largely been as muted as the colors on the iPhone 11 Pro. Apple’s executives tried so very hard last Tuesday to make its new phones seem like the 11th coming of a Steve Jobs brainwave, yet somehow it all seemed a desperate push to sell a multitude… Read more →

US Treasury sanctions three North Korean hacking groups

Pixabay/CC0 Creative Commons The US Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions today on three North Korean state-controlled hacking groups, which US authorities claim to have helped the Pyongyang regime raise funds for its weapons and missile programs. US officials cited three hacking groups whose names are well known to cyber-security experts — namely the Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff, and Andarial. Treasury… Read more →

Software delivery management: ERP for IT redux?

DevOps in the cloud: Best practices and pitfalls for cloud deployment and development from Copado David Brooks, VP of Products at Copado, explains how companies can use DevOps for large-scale cloud deployments and how to avoid common cloud development mistakes. I attended Jenkins World in San Francisco a couple weeks back. One thing that stood out was CloudBees’ advocacy of… Read more →

Fitbit Versa 2 review: Buy it for its outstanding sleep and health tracking, not for its limited smartwatch functionality

Fitbit Pay expands coverage to seven major transit systems around the world In addition to 24/7 activity tracking, Fitbit devices function as mobile payment devices and with this upgrade they can even be used in lieu of a transit card. The Fitbit Versa, see our full review, was a huge hit for Fitbit last year, but the landscape has changed… Read more →

InnfiRAT malware lurks in your machine to steal cryptocurrency wallet data

New variant of trojan malware puts your personal information at risk NanoCore RAT can steal passwords, payment details, and secretly record audio and video of Windows users. Researchers have documented the emergence of a new Trojan that specializes in the theft of cryptocurrency-related data.  Dubbed InnfiRAT, the malware includes many standard Trojan capabilities but will specifically lurk on infected systems… Read more →

How The Gap, Old Navy plan to utilize data, IT, e-commerce as they split up in pursuit of growth

The Gap is planning to separate from its Old Navy division and both companies are aiming to use a heavy dose of analytics and machine learning to hit their objectives. In February The Gap announced plans to split into two companies. A yet-to-be-named company will house the Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix Hill City brands with $8.7 billion in… Read more →

Scammer behind sextortion campaigns arrested in France

Hackers are using the dark web to target your company’s email addresses Some attackers are willing to part with large amounts of money in order to gain access to accounts they believe they can exploit in business email compromise scams. Police in France have arrested a 20-year-old man for his role in blackmailing thousands of French and international users with… Read more →

France will attempt to block Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency on European soil

US lawmakers don’t trust Facebook’s Libra They say Facebook has a “pattern of failing to keep consumer data private.” France says the country will move to block Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency from becoming established in Europe until outstanding consumer and financial concerns are addressed.  As reported by The Guardian, France’s Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire, told attendees at a cryptocurrency conference… Read more →

How this startup is using laser mapping to tackle marine waste

BMW partners Innoviz for solid-state LiDAR autonomous vehicles BMW is going with a solid-state LiDAR system for its self-driving vehicles, which it plans to put into production by 2021. Read more: Marine litter is a serious environmental problem. More than 150 million metric tons of plastic have already accumulated in the world’s oceans. It is also widely assumed that… Read more →