Mastercard upgrades Masterpass platform in Brazil

Mastercard has brought the second generation of its Masterpass digital payments platform to Brazil. The latest version of the service includes a more responsive design for mobile devices and the ability to recover passwords via SMS or email. Other highlights of the Masterpass platform include automatic digital wallet – a feature that promises to securely store user payment and shipping… Read more →

StarHub buys controlling stake in Accel in cybersecurity boost

StarHub says it plans to acquire a 51 percent stake in Accel Systems & Technologies as part of efforts to boost its cybersecurity offerings. In an all-cash deal worth S$19.38 million (US$13.99 million), the deal was estimated to close by mid-June, subject to the fulfilment of terms and conditions. The Singapore telco added that it would the acquisition would enable… Read more →

Brazil slips in global open data ranking

Brazil slipped one position in a worldwide ranking that analyzed how governments in 115 countries used open data for accountability, innovation and social impact in 2016. According to the latest Open Data Barometer from the World Wide Web Foundation, released on Tuesday (23), Brazil now ranks 18th as governments worldwide are “slowing and stalling in their commitment to open data.”… Read more →

Artificial intelligence on Hadoop: Does it make sense?

Hadoop is becoming a substrate for artificial intelligence Getty Images/iStockphoto — MapR This week MapR announced a new solution called Quick Start Solution (QSS), focusing on deep learning applications. MapR touts QSS as a distributed deep learning (DL) product and services offering that enables the training of complex deep learning algorithms at scale. Here’s the idea: deep learning requires lots… Read more →

Amazon’s app store puts millions of Android devices at risk

(Image: CNET/CBS Interactive) Ask almost any security expert, and they’ll tell you switching on “unknown sources” on your Android phone or tablet is one of the worst things you can do for device security. But that’s exactly what Amazon has asked its app store customers to do for years. Amazon won’t say if Echo has been wiretapped Its transparency reports… Read more →

Drone regulations are up in the air

Drone invades @Dbacks – @Padres game and makes a crash landing in the stands. pic.twitter.com/OaOcPTACLM – FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) May 21, 2017 At a San Diego Padres game on Sunday, spectators ducked and reached to catch — not a baseball, but a stray drone — as it flew overhead and crashed into the stands. Fortunately, nobody appeared to be… Read more →

Final BlackBerry, Qualcomm settlement reaches $940 million

BlackBerry revealed Friday that it has reached a final settlement agreement with Qualcomm for $940 million. The chipmaker has agreed to pay the full amount on or before May 31. The two companies had agreed to arbitrate a contract dispute over whether Qualcomm’s royalty cap program applied to payments made by BlackBerry under a licensing deal. The arbitrator determined that… Read more →

Apple’s MacBooks: Still the most reliable

More speed, better battery life for Apple’s 12-inch MacBook Consumer Reports surveys its subscribers annually to learn about their experience with cars, appliances, retailers, and computers. In their latest survey, almost 83,000 readers shared their experiences with computers. Not everyone was pleased. Winners and losers read this Not your father’s MacBook: The pros and cons of Apple’s tiny ultrabook With… Read more →

Making sense of Microsoft’s Surface lineup

Microsoft’s Surface business has always been a minefield for the company. The OEMs who build PCs that run Microsoft Windows aren’t thrilled at the prospect of their partner also being a rival in the cutthroat hardware business. The competitive challenge for Microsoft, then, is to be successful but not too successful. That might explain why some Surface decisions, especially pricing,… Read more →