Apple has agreed to let WeChat reintroduce its "tipping" feature on iOS devices, allowing users to tip individual content creators with real money, said WeChat President and creator Allen Zhang. WeChat has almost 1 billion users and 580,000 "mini-programs," which are similar to Apple and Android apps.
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Experts say technology presented during CES 2018 could mark a shift in focus from operating systems to the growing trend of virtual assistants. Google and Amazon both reduced the prices of their smart speakers during the holidays in an effort to get consumers more reliant on virtual assistants, writes JR Raphael.
Microsoft hit pause last week on its issuing of patches for the Spectre and Meltdown bugs after facing problems with "unbootable" AMD devices. The company is working with AMD to find solutions for users who are affected by issues caused by the Windows Update and Windows Server Update Services.
Use of mobile room keys is increasing in the hotel industry, raising some concerns about their security. The FBI reports no compromises in the US, but hacking has occurred elsewhere and experts urge hoteliers and customers to scrutinize their protection.
Being able to manipulate industrial control systems through mobile devices is great for easy access in an emergency but brings with it potentially dangerous cybersecurity vulnerabilities, Martin Giles writes. An assessment of 34 apps revealed 147 security issues that could enable the insertion of malicious code or trick a user into believing incorrect data.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Mark Warner, D-Va., are expected to introduce legislation today that would impose "massive and mandatory penalties" on credit reporting agencies that suffer cyberattacks and provide "robust compensation" for consumers in such cases. "Equifax allowed personal data on more than half the adults in the country to get stolen, and its legal liability is so limited that it may end up making money off the breach," Warren said.
The UK's Information Commissioner's Office has handed Carphone Warehouse a nearly $542,000 fine for a 2015 data breach affecting personal information of more than 3 million customers and 1,000 staff members. "Using valid login credentials, intruders were able to access the system via an out-of-date WordPress software," the ICO said, calling the security flaw a "serious contravention" of the Data Protection Act.
Toymaker VTech Electronics will pay a $650,000 to resolve accusations that it violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and left children's personal data accessible to hackers. The company says it has revised its data-security policies since a 2015 cyberattack.
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung unit Harman displayed its application suite for autonomous and semiautonomous vehicles; the suite prevents cyberattacks and "sensor spoofing." The system can detect and react to a vandalized traffic sign containing a fake speed limit, which would affect cruise control and other vehicle settings.
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