BadInternetBills site launches to oppose bills in Congress
Friday, May 26, 2023 by Freeman Lightner
Fight for the Future has recently announced the launch of badinternetbills.com, in response to a slew of bills targeting free expression and end-to-end encryption. It is a home base for people to take action against the numerous misguided bills making their way through Congress, all congregated on one easy-to-use site.
According to Fight for the Future, "De...
The beginning of a new age of innovation and creation
Monday, January 23, 2023 by Freeman Lightner
2023 will be the beginning of a new age of innovation and the creation of new products and services as never been seen since the founding of the Internet.
The end of the mobile app distribution monopoly, the convergence of different platforms, and the recovery of power by users and developers will unleash a perfect storm that will mark the next decade.
Triller calls on US gov to ban TikTok
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 by Freeman Lightner
Triller calls on CFIUS, President Joe Biden, Congress the Department Of Defense to ban TikTok calling it the largest security threat to America today in an open letter by CEO and Chairman of Triller Mahi De Silva.
As the CEO of a global company whose mission is to help creators take control of their destiny in the creator economy, leveraging transformative adaptive t...
3GoPlay subscription platform launches
Thursday, June 2, 2022 by Brittany Hainzinger
Gameloft Business Solutions has announced the launch of 3GoPlay. This new game subscription platform will bring hundreds of the world's best mobile games into the hands of Hutchison users in countries that offer the "All You Can Play" subscription model. This includes critically acclaimed premium titles such as Asphalt Nitro 2, Lego Legacy: Heroe...
Automated testing in 2022
Friday, January 14, 2022 by Richard Harris
Ajay Dawar, Alok Kulkarni, James Isaacs, and Linda Chen from Cyara discuss their 2022 predictions about real-time quality assurance, adopting automated testing, balancing employee experience and innovation, how to deliver innovative customer experiences, why AI won't displace humans for customer support, how enterprises can achieve digital transformation success, an...
Connecting with people through remote contextual research
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 by Joy Wong Daniels
In product research and design circles, a contextual inquiry is a fancy term for doing research in a user’s natural environment while they go about their typical activities. It’s an essential research methodology product designers and user experience designers rely on, a type of field study that involves in-depth interviews and observations with a small samp...
Brands and anti-racism movements
Monday, September 14, 2020 by Jenna Jackson
The death of George Floyd, a black Houstonian, has triggered waves of protests across the nation. A situation that has catapulted anti-racial demonstrations to the forefront of public issues. Hopefully, it can cause the critical change that we know is long overdue.
While 2020 will go down in history as the year of the global pandemic, the scale and sheer force of these...
Mobile marketing during the COVID-19 pandemic
Thursday, August 27, 2020 by Brittany Hainzinger
The past several years have seen shifts in retail as shoppers are doing more of their purchasing online and specifically, on their smartphones. COVID-19 is changing the way students are learning, whether that’s in-person or at home, and has subsequently changed back to school shopping. Back to school is the second-biggest shopping event for retailers in the United...
Keep kids busy with SugarCoded by SmartGurlz
Friday, April 3, 2020 by Freeman Lightner
Are you looking for constructive ways to keep your children stimulated and engaged during the COVID-19 school shutdown? SmartGurlz founder Sharmi Albrechtsen beat out 40,000 other entrepreneurs on ABC's Shark Tank and negotiated with guest "shark" Richard Branson, before closing a deal with Daymond John on her line of groundbreaking toys that use an a...
The Senate Resolution to fix app ratings
Monday, December 2, 2019 by Richard Harris
A resolution was introduced by Senator Mike Johnson to recognize the need for an independent app rating review board and for user-friendly parental controls. This is endorsed by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, a non-partisan nonprofit in Washington D.C.
“Greater transparency and accountability in-app ratings is vital in the modern digital...
New app for marathon runners
Friday, November 1, 2019 by Richard Harris
New York Road Runners in collaboration with its title sponsor, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), launched the official race app for this year’s TCS New York City Marathon. With its extensive enhancements, the award-winning app creates a best-in-class experience for runners and spectators at the world’s most technologically advanced marathon, occurring on Nove...
FTC cracks down on stalking apps
Thursday, October 24, 2019 by Freeman Lightner
The Federal Trade Commission has barred the developers of three “stalking” apps from selling apps that monitor consumers’ mobile devices unless they take certain steps to ensure the apps will only be used for legitimate purposes. The settlement resolves allegations that these apps compromised the privacy and security of the consumer devices on which th...
FTC extends comment deadline on COPPA Rule
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by Freeman Lightner
The Federal Trade Commission is extending the deadline to submit comments on the effectiveness of the amendments the agency made to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA Rule) in 2013 and whether additional changes are needed. The deadline was originally October 23, 2019; it is now December 9, 2019.
The FTC announced that it would accep...
Enjin blockchain platform to be used by BREC
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by Brittany Hainzinger
The Blockchain Robotics Engineering Consortium (BREC) has announced they will utilize Enjin’s blockchain platform and ERC-1155 token standard for their upcoming robotic engineering system Makerverse.
In addition to a virtual 3D engineering and simulation space, Makerverse will give engineers, enthusiasts, and gamers of all levels the ability to participate in t...
Gamification can transform your software security program
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by Pieter Danhieux
No matter the organization, or indeed their individual circumstances, there is one problem I have identified time and time again over the course of my career: AppSec managers, CISOs, CIOs and cybersecurity experts all over the world are rarely able to positively engage their dev teams on security best practice and training. It’s a source of conflict between teams,...
How Pycom wants to help IoT developers
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 by Richard Harris
Although IoT development is increasingly on the rise, challenges still exist in the development and manufacturing process that prevents a streamlined workflow for developers.
In this interview, Fred de Haro, CEO, and co-founder at Pycom discusses the company’s new consumer-focused developer offering, and shares insight into the current challenges developers are...
Get your hyperlocal news fix with the Patch
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by Richard Harris
Patch has launched a new app for iOS and Android. The Patch app allows users to subscribe to a personalized newsfeed from multiple cities and towns across the U.S. Following a soft launch earlier this year, the app already has over 233,000 downloads and averages a 4.5-star rating on both the Apple and Android app stores.
“Everyone has a different idea of ...
ARena Space VR parks coming to America
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by Richard Harris
At the international exhibition IAAPA Attractions Expo, the virtual reality provider ARena Space will present the format of the new generation VR park. The event will be held in the world capital of theme parks, in the city of Orlando (USA). IAAPA Attraction Expo is the largest event for employees in the entertainment sector, where companies from all over the world demo...
Biometric authentication for messaging apps is now available
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
ID R&D has announced the release of biometric authentication technology for messaging. The new solution, SafeMessage, offers multi-layer continuous authentication across messaging platforms without any impact to the user experience. ID R&D will be demoing SafeMessage, as well as its other voice and behavioral biometric products, at FinovateFall.
Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures app launches by Mattel
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Barbie is giving an inside look into her famous Dreamhouse with the launch of Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures, a brand new app based on the animated Netflix series by the same title that’s now available on Android devices. The popular iOS version, which debuted on the App Store last month, has already hit the #1 spot for Top iPad Kids App in 100+ countries.
Best GPS tracking app
Thursday, August 23, 2018 by Richard Harris
When the freedom of Summer has come to an end for millions of students starting School, kids fret about what a new year brings, but parents, rejoice! However worry at the same time because despite their best preparation to ready kids to start the year - it’s just part of being a parent to be concerned about everything, especially knowing the location of their kids...
Information security event Black Hat USA celebrates 21 years
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Black Hat has highlighted their 2018 event programming and new initiatives that will help make Black Hat USA 2018 its most successful show to date. The event welcomed nearly 19,000 of the most security-savvy professionals across the InfoSec spectrum - spanning academia, world-class researchers, and leaders in the public and private sectors. The event’s robust line...
Google cracks the whip with new policy updates
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by Richard Harris
Google’s Developer Policy Center has recently updated their platform policy for Google Play to include new measures that may affect future apps introduced to their app market. Google has sent out the mass email notification to all of its developers and says in the email that:
“We encourage you to review these policy updates carefully in case any of your e...
Grom acquires Bonnie Boat and Friends
Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Grom Social Enterprises announced that it had acquired the preschool entertainment and consumer products brand “Bonnie Boat & Friends.” Grom will work closely with Top Draw Animation, for enhancements in the production of the Bonnie Boat & Friends animated series. The brand will also appear in the Company’s centerpiece Grom Social website as an ecology education...
CARU refers Musical.ly to FTC
Monday, April 30, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
The Children’s Advertising Review Unit has referred The Musical.ly Inc., operator of the Musical.ly mobile application, to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), after the company said it would not comply with CARU’s recommendations regarding children’s privacy.CARU is an investigative unit of the advertising industry’s system of self-regulation. CARU monitors websites and...
Apple's new education focused tablet seems dead on arrival
Monday, April 16, 2018 by Ilan Kaps
Apple as a company are used to dominating a market, if not in terms of sheer numbers than in terms of visibility and branding. Just think of how many macs you see in coffee shops, or in TV shows or on University campuses, yet they are massively outsold by windows computers. The iPad is usually the first tablet people can name and ditto for the apple watch and smart watc...
The robot that's teaching kids to code
Thursday, March 22, 2018 by Richard Harris
Jett, a coding and programming robot designed for students of all ages, started school this week. The 22-inch-tall, 12-pound interactive learning companion is already teaching students in Texas and New Jersey the critical skills needed to ignite a lasting interest in STEM - without requiring teachers to change a single lesson plan.Jett gives students the thrill of teach...
AR app from The Red Cross shows the devistation of war
Thursday, March 8, 2018 by Richard Harris
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has unveiled “Enter the room,” an augmented reality experience for iOS app users. In a narrative told through the eyes of a child, the free app provides a visceral, first-person experience of war at a family’s doorstep. Entering through a portal on the screen of their device, users see the brutal impact of years of fig...
Buying Aitheon at the North American Bitcoin Conference
Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Richard Harris
AI segment headliner at the North American Bitcoin Conference, Aitheon launches worldwide token presale on their website. The company is building a digital ecosystem to simplify many processes through AI, robotic, and human symbiosis.The architect of this innovative ecosystem, Andrew Archer, has been described as Creator of Disruptive Technologies through Inno...
72M data points collected on children in spite of COPPA
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by Richard Harris
New research released shows that adult ad technology is collecting vast amounts of personal data on kids while they’re spending time online. Behind the scenes of many kids apps and games, advertising technology built for adults captures more than 72 million data points on a child before they reach the age of 13. The findings were provided by SuperAwesome.SuperAwesome’s ...
The battle of biometric security coming in 2018
Friday, November 3, 2017 by Kevin Tussy
Fingerprint sensors first appeared in smart devices in 2007 and then gained momentum as a 4-digit PIN code replacement in 2013's Apple iPhone 5S. Hailed as the future of authentication by some, fingerprint's security weaknesses were quickly exposed by the children of sleepy dads, cats' paws and gummy bears. Still, the lure of convenience today and the promise of securit...
Four privacy questions every developer needs to answer
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Morgan Reed
Over the past twelve months, the internet-connected doll My Friend Cayla went from one of the hottest toys of the holiday season to an internationally-classified "espionage device." The doll was the subject of an FBI warning, banned from sale or ownership in Germany, and eventually dropped from every major retailer in the United States. Despite the nearly universally hi...
Motorola and AI company Neurala are going to make intelligent cameras
Friday, July 21, 2017 by Christian Hargrave
Motorola Solutions announced that it will work with artificial intelligence (AI) company Neurala to develop intelligent cameras for public safety users. The goal is to enable police officers to more efficiently search for objects or persons of interest, such as missing children and suspects.The companies will work together to integrate Neurala’s AI capabilities with Mot...
IFTTT report shows we love talking to connected devices
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by Richard Harris
Almost everything is connected, or wants to be. Taking a stroll down the isles of any electronics store and it’s not so much about the device can do by itself anymore, but what it can do online. I can testify personally that 80% of my own home is connected now. My electric source has two amp-clamps on it that report live power usage back to me. Most of our lighting...
IBM Watson and Sesame Workshop launches AI vocabulary learning app
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by Richard Harris
IBM and Sesame Workshop have announced that Georgia’s Gwinnett County Public Schools, one of the nation’s top urban school districts, has completed an initial pilot of the industry’s first cognitive vocabulary learning app, built on the IBM and Sesame Intelligent Play and Learning Platform. The new platform, based on IBM Cloud, enables an ecosystem of software developer...