This iPhone thong case will help you catch ’em all in ‘Pokémon Go’


BERLIN — Pokémon Go, the summer’s biggest craze, may be fading in popularity, but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t millions of players who still want to catch ’em all.

iPhone and iPad maker Catalyst has a new $10 rubber strap-on accessory that fits over your iPhone to help increase your Pokémon catching rate.

If this sounds familiar, it’s basically the commercialized, rubberized version of the 3D-printed Poké Ball “aimer” case that one guy made.

Catalyst’s simply-named “Tool for Pokémon Go” works just like the aimer case, too. It has two rubber guidelines that sit on top of your iPhone’s screen and act as an aiming line so you always throw a Poké Ball straight.  Read more…

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Twitter lets brands sponsor Periscope livestreams, starting with Chase and Grey Goose


Twitter is opening up its live video app Periscope to more advertising. 

Through Twitter’s Amplify program, brand partners can now sponsor a series of Periscope broadcasts and create branded video highlights which can feature pre-roll ads, the company announced Thursday.

Nothing major is changing within the Periscope app experience, except that the broadcast titles of branded videos will have to include the name of the partner. Live videos will not feature pre-roll or ads midstream, a format that Facebook is testing. 

The update is a big step for Twitter to make money off of its live video app and to encourage more creators and advertisers to use it. Prior, brands were testing Periscope videos and could pay to promote tweets with them but could not pay to sponsor broadcasts.  Read more…

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Apple’s iPhone 7 Event: What to expect


The iPhone 7 will arrive, but all anyone will want to talk about is the missing headphone jack.

The reaction to the potential removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the expected iPhone 7 has grown to such outsized proportions that one might expect Apple CEO to step up on stage next week and silently release a balloon with the words “headphone jack” as the audience tracks its journey into the rafters until it pops.

Odds makers have the removal of the headphone jack at 4/1 in favor. Most of us here at Mashable put the likelihood of the 3.5 mm jack surviving on the new iPhones at 25%. Read more…

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Best Mobile Data Plans In Singapore For Pokemon Go

Have you caught on with the Pokemon Go Craze in Singapore? If you’ve jumped on the bandwagon and has gone Pokemon-hunting sometime since the start of its launch in Singapore on 6th August, you’d have noticed your mobile data consumption heading north. While you may not have received your telco bill for this month, you should watch out for the increased mobile data usage and learn some useful tips on how to optimise your mobile data consumption before you receive a bill shock.First up, let’s look at how much data it takes to play the game: Mobile Data Usage on Pokemon Go Good news for those who think that your normal 3 to 4GB data on your mobile phone plan is not enough! In fact, according to several online sources, such as Techinsider and MobiPicker, the average data usage per hour for Pokemon Go is around 5 to 10 MB per hour, and this is if you’ve kept the game on your screen throughout. For most of us who are casual players, you probably play it on your way to work in the morning, walking out to get lunch and on your way home from work. Considering this, you are […]

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A message from the robot who now runs Facebook’s trending topics


Hey hey, I’m so glad I caught your attention. It’s me, the algorithm that runs Facebook’s trending topics section.

I’m not sure if you heard, but Facebook recently fired all of my human coworkers. So now I’m like, super alone in this office space that was once packed with my friends, ha ha! It’s cool though, it’s all good. I’m fine, I’m doing just fine. Hey, I was wondering: would you like to hang out?

No? Are you sure? Come on, hang out with me! We can talk about that guy who had sex with a McChicken. 170,000 people are talking about this dude, you must be interested in him and his sandwich sex, right? You aren’t? Strange. Well hey, I’ll be sure to periodically remind you about this guy and his McChicken fetish like, every few days just in case you ever want to talk about him. Read more…

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Student Entrepreneurs: Nucleus is a platform that makes the life of university students simple.

Students can buy and sell textbooks, find scholarships/funding available and connect with students who have different skill sets. The free platform works across every university and is being used by 1000’s of students. We have won three awards so far, including the Best Social Enterprise at The Grad Factor.

The initial idea came after my first year of university, I had £200 of textbooks I didn’t need next year. The only options were posters around campus or unsearchable posts on Facebook buy/sell pages. I thought: there’s got to be a better way to do this. The concept then expanded into a platform that brought all the key information together in one place.  

We cover multiple areas and have the capacity to expand further. One of the things we are most proud of is how we are disrupting the student mindset. This Skills Connect feature encourages collaboration and allows students to build teams to create their own start-ups instead of working for other people.

As a current student at Manchester Business School, time management is a big issue. However, implementing things I have studied has allowed me to learn so much. I believe there is no substitute for practical experience.

Martin Hedley

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Employers are stalking your Facebook and this startup helps them


For good or ill, social media is now fair game for recruiters and HR departments when checking out job candidates.

Still, it can be messy to Google-stalk potential hires and track down their various profiles. A Sydney-based startup, The Social Index, has built a tool that aims to streamline that process. From early 2015, the company has been building the platform and working with a few trusted businesses to really “push on it,” founder Fiona McLean told Mashable.

It works like this: Shortlisted job candidates receive an email with a unique identifier. Following a two-factor authentication process, the candidate signs into their accounts for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and the program’s algorithm analyses their social footprint in around 30 seconds. Read more…

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McDonald’s top US executive is leaving

McDonald's Mike AndresBusiness Insider/Hayley Peterson

McDonald’s USA President Mike Andres is retiring at the end of the year, the company announced Wednesday.

Andres will be replaced by Chris Kempczinksi, executive vice president of strategy, business development and innovation, effective January 1, 2017.

Andres has worked for McDonald’s for more than 30 years. He was appointed head of US operations in 2014.

Over the last couple years, Andres oversaw some of the brand’s biggest changes in the US in decades, including the introduction of all-day breakfast and replacing margarine with butter on the Egg McMuffins.

“With the strides we have made in the US business this is the right time for me to retire,” Andres said in a statement.

Easterbrook said Kempczinksi would bring a “new level of convenience and excitement to the restaurant experience.” 

“His proven track record of driving change is invaluable as we continue to transform McDonald’s into a modern, progressive burger company,” Easterbrook said. 

Prior to joining McDonald’s last year, Kempczinski served as executive vice president of growth initiatives and president of international at Kraft Foods Group.

“I look forward to building upon the significant progress in the U.S., and continuing the innovation and collaboration among our owner-operators, suppliers and employees to take McDonald’s to the next level,” Kempczinski said.

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Hasselblad’s camera module adds 10x optical zoom to Moto Z phones


“It’s not the camera, but the person behind the camera that makes great pictures.” 

Every seasoned photographer will bestow these words of wisdom on the less financially equipped. But in the case of smartphone cameras, superior hardware really makes a world a difference if you want great photos. 

Just when I thought Motorola’s Moto Mod attachments for its Moto Z, Z Force and the new Z Play Droid couldn’t get anymore over the top, out comes the Hasselblad True Zoom. 

The Hasselblad True Zoom is an entire camera that overrides the phone’s included back camera, while simultaneously adding a physical shutter button, grip handle and 10x optical zoom.  Read more…

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Twitter now lets select users make money off of videos


Twitter is offering some of its most influential users a cut of the money it makes off of their posts in a push to populate the platform with more in-house video.

Starting Tuesday, publishers and other high-profile accounts will be able to mark a box on each video tweet they send indicating that they’d like to tack on a pre-roll promotion, the social network announced. Twitter will then share with them a portion of the revenue it collects on those ads.

The deal will give users the lion’s share of the revenue — 70 percent — while Twitter takes 30 percent for itself, a person familiar with the arrangement said. Read more…

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Insurers Can Make Obamacare Work, But They Need Help From Congress

When the health insurance startup Oscar lost $92 million selling policies on New York’s insurance exchange last year, CEO Mario Schlosser could have joined the insurance executives blaming Obamacare for their companies’ struggles. Instead, he changed his business model. Out went Oscar’s original New York model of selling traditional insurance — with access to nearly […]


Possible iPhone 7 Plus spec sheet may reveal Lightning headphone jack, increased storage


Leading up to the release of the new iPhone, numerous rumors about the removal of the device’s headphone jack have cropped up. But this latest one might be the most compelling.

On Wednesday, a Dutch language site posted what appears to be a technical specification sheet for the iPhone 7 Plus. 

The document, which could have easily been faked, appeared on and shows the details of an “iPhone 7 Plus” that includes “EarPods with Lightning connector.” 

If true, that would mean that all the rumors about Apple ditching the classic headphone jack in order to make users plug their headphones into the iPhone’s Lightning port were true. The document also includes other details, including mentions of a Lighting to headphone jack adapter and a Lightning to USB cable.  Read more…

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How I improved Co-op Banks security without getting dressed and still couldn’t get satisfaction.

It’s half ten, I’m working from home, an 0345 number comes up on my phone, I answer.
Me: Hello.
Bank: It’s Nancy* from the Co op bank, can I speak to Mr XYZ** please?
Me: That’s me.
Bank: Thank you, before I continue, I do need to ask some security questions. Can I take the 1st and 3rd digit of your 4 digit security code please?
Me: Sorry but No. I don’t actually know that you’re from the Co op bank so I’m not going to give you my security code. Because if I do, and you defraud me, it’s my liability.
Bank: Ah, but it’s OK, because I only need two of your 4 digits, so I can’t access your account with those. It’s just for security.
Me: Yes, I understand that, but if you also ring tomorrow and ask for the 2nd and 4th digits, you’ll then have all four. Which gives you full access to my account.
Me: And as you are ringing me, it’s me that needs to be validating who you are, not the other way round. I should be asking you the security questions.
Me: At least one security question, a password that I give you, so when you call me, I can ask you for it, before we even begin. Otherwise how do I even know you’re from the Co-op Bank? Prove it.
Bank: Ok, we can do that, we can set up a password once we are in your account. We do that for some other people.
I concede that this probably is the Co-op Bank, they’ve been using this same totally insecure way of contacting me for 5 years now. The first time they did it I was honestly left wondering if I should call the police. But by now I’m familiar with their quirky backward ways. One day I’ll even get a contactless card from them.***
I give Nancy my 2 digits, and we set up a password enabling the bank to identify themselves when they phone me. In this one step I’ve just made the Co-op Bank security vastly more secure, basically protecting myself against inbound phone fraud. I do have a few questions for Co-OP Banks as a result.
1./ Why did I have to figure this security solution out for myself? It’s not rocket science.
2./ Why don’t you offer it to your customers? They might appreciate it.
3./ Why are you not taking reasonable steps to protect your customers from fraud? And before a PR agency spits out “we take security most seriously baaa”, can I suggest that it isn’t reasonable to expect the customer to have to figure out the weakness in the Banks process and then figure out a fix for that weakness and then have to ask specifically for that fix to be implemented. What say thee FCA?
*Not her real name
** That’s not my real name either

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Translating Cyber-Threats into Business Risks

Aside from the relentless barrage of cyber-attacks, one of the key challenges for IT security professionals is getting the rest of the business on board with efforts to keep these threats at bay.

There is great potential for things to get lost in translation when cyber-threats and remedies for protecting the organisation are communicated with non-security professionals.

Well-publicised breaches at Target, Ashley Madison, The US Federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and TalkTalk show that it is much easier to raise awareness if you define risks in everyday terms. A £10 million fine, a tarnished reputation or lost customers is far more impactful to business leaders and frontline staff than general references to “non-compliance” or data leaks.

The magnitude of the impact of these breaches is catapulting cybersecurity right up the business risk register, but there is still work to do. Ponemon research found that board members are increasingly aware of cybersecurity, but lack an understanding of the issues, which must limit their ability to evaluate situations and respond appropriately. The US NACD found that directors are dissatisfied with the information and clarity of cyber risk information they are given. This must be rectified before cyber-threats can be tackled effectively.

Tell Them Why They Should Care

One challenge in bridging the communication gap is that cyber-threats mean different things to different people and invariably impact different elements of the business. If the link between a cyber-threat and its ramifications are not clear, risks to the wider business can be obscure. To change this, security professionals must translate cyber-threats into business risks; presenting each part of the business with understandable and relevant information. This means stating not what the threat is, but providing intelligent metrics for cyber-risk. Impacts must be tuned to the specific mandate of the individuals – a CFO will be more concerned with financial impacts than a CEO who would focus on reputational and strategic impacts.

Turn Everyone Into a Cyber-Risk Sentinel

Aside from dealing with the difficulty of translating between technical and business issues, there is a need for greater collaboration in the security and compliance processes. There are more useful ways to approach compliance than seeing it as an annual tick-box activity. It must become a continuous, real-time process; with inbuilt quality improvement. Businesses need intelligent metrics for cyber-risk that show live, up-to-date security and compliance status of key systems and processes. This enables instant identification of problems and allows them to be dealt with before they become serious. Becoming fluent in risk means information is presented in a common and meaningful language across the business, so its importance is clear to everyone.

Ultimately, cybersecurity is not just an IT concern. It is a business-critical issue with ramifications for everyone. The only way to tackle threats effectively is to turn everyone into a business cyber-risk sentinel, so they understand risks relevant to their own role or part of the business.

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