AT&T offers customers affected by data breach one year of credit monitoring

Last week, AT&T revealed that personal customer data was exposed in a breach that occurred thanks to a service that unlocks phones for its customers. Now, the carrier is sending out letters to its customers confirming the hack — in a document posted to the state of California’s site, AT&T notes that one of its service providers “violated our strict privacy and security guidelines by accessing your account without authorization.” The breach took place between April 9th and 21st, and at that time the unnamed service provider was able to see customer social security numbers.

As is commonplace with security breaches like this (which are becoming more and more common), AT&T will be offering its customers one year of free credit monitoring to…

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Amazon’s Fire Phone doesn’t include Bluetooth LE, and that’s bad news for wearables

For its first attempt at a smartphone, Amazon’s Fire Phone includes a lot of interesting features — but it also left out one surprising one: support for Bluetooth LE, the type of connectivity that’s made wearables like smartwatches and fitness trackers so powerful lately. Mashable first pointed out the strange omission, noting that it’ll be bad news for anyone who wants to use buy a Fire Phone and regularly use a wearable. It doesn’t mean that it’ll be impossible, but you’re likely to see a lot more issues with battery life, which Bluetooth LE mitigates most issues with (the LE stands for “low-energy,” after all).

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Björk will get her own exhibit at MoMA next year

The Museum of Modern Art will host an all-encompassing retrospective next year on Björk’s eccentric career, covering her music, outfits, performances, videos, and everything else that has gone along with them over more than 20 years of her work. The exhibition will include her seven solo LPs, from 1993’s Debut to 2011’s Biophilia, as well as her collaborations with fashion designers, directors, photographers, and much more. A new work of music and film will be on show too.

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Here Are The Startups From Hardware Accelerator Highway1?s Second Batch

highway1 demo day Hardware is hot, and nowhere is that more evident than in the startup scene. But most startups don’t have the requisite experience needed to handle sourcing materials and managing a supply chain — basically taking their products from prototype to mass market product.
To help them out, consumer electronics manufacturing company PCH International announced last summer that it was… Read More

Amazon’s Fire Phone Introduces Firefly, A Feature That Lets You Identify (And Buy!) Things You See In The Real World

IMG_4446 With the debut of the Amazon Fire Phone this afternoon, the company introduced a new feature called Firefly, which is largely designed to let you identify — and then, of course, buy — things you see out in the real world. Firefly takes advantage of the smartphone’s camera to let you identify things like phone numbers, movies, books, games, CDs, food and more just by pointing… Read More

Amazon’s Fire Phone Uses Depth And 3D Effects To Stand Out

Screenshot 2014-06-18 14.31.27 We’ve been hearing about head-tracking technology on phones for a long time now. Some have ventured into this territory already, with Samsung releasing camera-based head tracking in earlier generations of the Galaxy S phones.
Today, Amazon is trying out its own version of the gimmick with new 3D effects enabled by four cameras on the front of the phone. (We totally called this, btw.) Read More

Amazon’s Mayday Service On Fire Phone Means It Might Be Able To Sell Its Unique New Features

img_4442 Amazon has brought Mayday to the Fire Phone, it announced today. The Mayday service offers one-tap access to customer service agents who can talk to phone users via video chat, and take over the screen on their devices to show them exactly how to do something, complete with annotations. The service is available 24 hours, and service representatives will respond to requests within 15 seconds… Read More

With Firefly & Dynamic Perspective, Amazon Just Opened Up All New Categories For App Developers

IMG_4475 With the introduction of the Firefly and Dynamic Perspective SDKs, mobile app developers who have grown tired of iterating on activities like messaging, photo-sharing, socializing and more now have new ways to differentiate themselves from a growing number of app store competitors. With Amazon’s newly opened up visual recognition technology, developers will not only be able to make… Read More

Yelp users can now message businesses directly

Yelp has announced that its users can now message business owners directly with any questions or feedback they have. “While some customers prefer to pick up the phone, others would much rather communicate via a keyboard, so this feature adds one more way to reach out to businesses,” the company said in a blog post yesterday. If you’re hunting for information that’s not readily available on the listing page, a new “message the business” option will let you fire off a quick note. It also offers a last-ditch chance to resolve a bad experience you’ve had somewhere before posting a review about it for the whole world to see.

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Apple Adds A New Entry-Level iMac For $1,099

21.5-inch 2012 iMac - Front Apple has a new iMac model today, an entry-level machine that brings the price of entry to the all-in-one desktop to $1,099, or $200 less than was the case just yesterday. The new version has a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive and Intel HD Graphics 5000 on board. Configuration options allow you to scale the drive up to either a 1TB HDD or Fusion… Read More

Moving Data From Cloud To Cloud, Zerto Raises $26 Million

clouds With the new $26 million late-stage financing for disaster recovery and data management software provider, Zerto, businesses can now join the meta-cloud. Zerto sells a virtualization service that businesses can use to port their data and work between private and public virtualized infrastructure. Developing its technology since 2009, the Herzliya, Israel-based startup has now raised more… Read More

LG 34UM95 Monitor Review

21:9 monitors have done a good job of filling a couple niche positions in the marketplace. For someone that wants a single display to watch movies and use with a PC, the aspect ratio can work well. With many games, the wider field-of-view enhances the game with more information on screen at once and a more immersive experience. Where they have fallen short is with their vertical resolution of 1080 pixels. Running two applications side-by-side makes everything feel cramped. For regular office work a 27” display for the same price has provided a better user experience, but what happens when we shift to a 1440 display? That’s what we aim to find out as we review LG’s new 34″ display.

How to Declare Modules in Node.js

This article was originally written by Edwin Dalorzo at the Informatech CR Blog.

One of those aspects of Node.js that took me a while to fully understand initially is how to properly declare modules. At first it looks kind of obvious and intuitively simple, but later, you realize you can expose different types of objects like functions, constructors, properties or entire object instances. So I…

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