March 31, 2017 brianradio2016

When Congress voted down broadband privacy regulations this week, it threw data security under the bus as well. Internet users who want to protect their data can expect to pay a “privacy tax” as a result.

The House voted 215-205 to repeal rules that, among other things, required broadband providers to take “reasonable” steps to protect customers’ information. The rules also would have mandated that telecoms notify customers within 30 days “after reasonable determination of [a data] breach.” And if a breach affected at least 5,000 customers, they would have had to notify the FBI, the Secret Service, and the FCC within seven business days. The privacy rules regarding notifications were slated to take effect in June.

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March 31, 2017 brianradio2016

Apple’s business has grown. The company isn’t defined by a couple of products, but by four platforms from which proliferate many products, services, and more. This morning it opened its first ever App Accelerator scheme in India, reflecting just how vast and diverse its developer community is becoming.

WWDC just isn’t big enough

Apple holds one developer event each year, the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). It’s great, but tickets are at a premium, not every developer can make it to the show (even if they have the magic beans it takes to travel there), and many developers aren’t inclined to share their social media accounts on entering the country.

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March 31, 2017 brianradio2016

U.S. internet service providers are about to face temptation.

Now that the broadband privacy rule repeal is almost certain, will they sell their customers’ data to marketers, or will they keep it private?

The U.S. broadband industry is telling consumers not to worry. Verizon, for instance, said that it remains committed to protecting users’ privacy.

What that exactly means is unclear, and some in the industry are skeptical.

Major broadband providers will be enticed to monetize their customers’ data in ad-heavy ways, said Dane Jasper, CEO of Sonic, a small ISP in California.

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March 30, 2017 brianradio2016

A new approach that centers around performance makes the Airport Extreme taller with 6 antennas at the top, three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band, creating a higher platform for dispersing the signal. Together with 802.11ac wireless technology, they let you connect faster, farther. Averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 1,800 people, the typical list price of Apple’s Airport Extreme has been discounted on Amazon by 20% to $159. See this deal on Amazon.

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March 30, 2017 brianradio2016

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed his company will begin taking orders in April for its latest product: roof shingles that are tougher than standard roof coverings and can enable an energy-independent building.

In October, Tesla unveiled four different solar roof tiles that the company plans to tie tightly into its manufacturing and sales of household and commercial battery systems; the tiles can store energy while at the same time making it available to charge Tesla electric cars.

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March 30, 2017 brianradio2016

Mozilla has long used its Firefox browser as a staging platform for other innovations. One of the first real-world applications for its fast-and-safe systems language Rust, for instance, is rewriting some of Firefox’s innards.

Now comes a project called Binary Transparency, which is an effort to ensure that every Firefox binary produced by Mozilla is the same one that everyone else has received, and not one that has potentially been tampered with.

At first this sounds like a glorified version of using hash signatures or checksums, which most every organization that supplies binaries of its apps does. But Mozilla has a more ambitious plan: To make it difficult for anyone, to distribute compromised copies of an application, even if they come from Mozilla.

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March 30, 2017 brianradio2016

A new survey indicates that mobile network connectivity problems top the list of complaints for mobile-related trouble tickets at enterprises. Network World’s Keith Shaw chats via Skype with NetMotion Software CEO Christopher Kenessey about the survey and what this means for future mobile app rollouts.