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​Brazil’s first online bank ramps up innovation

Brazil’s first online bank is working on new innovation initiatives as challenger institutions enter the market to provide services to a tech-savvy customer base. Banco Original launched its retail banking operation in 2016 as an entirely digital bank supported by a robust infrastructure platform, in a distributed, high performance environment. According to the bank’s chief information officer (CIO) Wanderley Baccalà,… Read more →

Get a Doogee Mix unlocked 5.5-inch smartphone for $177.99

ZDNet’s Business Bargain Hunter scours the web for great deals on computers, phones, services and much more. Prices and availability are accurate at the time deals are shared. Some products and services may not be available outside the U.S. Follow BBH on Facebook and Twitter, where he’s known as The Cheapskate. The Doogee Mix (right) offers a spacious 5.5-inch screen,… Read more →

​Computer vendors start disabling Intel Management Engine

Video: AMD and Intel – Frenemies aligned vs Nvidia Hidden inside your Intel-based computer is a mystery program called Management Engine (ME). It, along with Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) and Server Platform Services (SPS), is used by Intel to remotely manage your computer. We know little about Intel ME, except it’s based on the Minix operating system and, oh yes,… Read more →

Windows Update is broken for some Windows 7 users

Windows 7 users are reporting problems checking for updates through Windows Update and Microsoft Update. The root of the problem may be an expiration date that Microsoft needs to fix on its side, noted Computerworld earlier today. A Microsoft Answers thread for those hit by the Windows Update Error 80248015 — which began at some point on December 3 —… Read more →

Something is rotten at Apple

CNET Last week was a really bad week for Apple, with both iOS and macOS falling victim to high profile bugs. Must read: The Apple products you shouldn’t buy for the holidays I won’t bore you with the details, but the TL:DR of the headaches that Apple — and more importantly, Apple’s customers — encountered was as follows: A serious… Read more →

PayPal’s TIO Networks reveals data breach impacted 1.6 million users

PayPal’s recently-acquired payment processor TIO Networks has revealed that up to 1.6 million customers have had their information stolen in a recent data breach. Last week, the Vancouver, Canada-based TIO Networks said that following the suspension of operations, evidence has been uncovered of a data breach due to “unauthorized access.” In a statement, the company said that unknown attackers were… Read more →

Venezuela’s Petro cryptocurrency tipped as way out of economic crisis

File Photo Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has revealed a new cryptocurrency which has been created in an attempt to lessen the country’s current economic nightmare. On Sunday, as reported by the BBC, the president unveiled “Petro,” a new kind of cryptocurrency which would be supported by the country’s oil, gas, and precious metals. Maduro said in an announcement on television… Read more →

Dear Tim Cook: Instead of repairing my MacBook, Apple gave me back a Thanksgiving Turkey

(Image: ZDNet) While the holidays are supposed to be about relaxation and spending time with family, they can often be stressful — and nothing is worse than having to deal with adverse customer satisfaction issues in retail during an extremely hectic time of year. In particular, it really stinks when your computer dies during the holidays, and you have to… Read more →