Archive for February 25, 2020

Xiaomi Joins Forces with Gupshup AI Messenger

Posted in Commentary with tags , on February 25, 2020 by itnerd

World-leading AI-based bot and messaging platform Gupshup has partnered with the global leading smartphone and smart TV brand Xiaomi on a global partnership, ensuring Xiaomi phones feature the most up-to-date technology and unmatched user experience via Gupshup’s new messenger app throughout India.

You can download Gupshup Messages Here: Google Play Store Download

Bundled onto the phones, Gupshup enables Xiaomi customers most advanced AI-powered features such asautomated classification and smart visualization of messages, and with it, Xiaomi users to more securely and efficiently manage their messaging inboxes.

The feature will be preinstalled onto the latest Xiaomi phones, including their new flagship device MI10 that is available today February 13th. It will be available as a software update on older phones. Key features of the built-in app:

  • Plain text message processing with actionable, easy-to-read card display using pre-designed templates highlighting key information
  • Additional security features that protect user privacy and data, such as software enabling the smart SMS to run independently and send no data externally
  • AI-assisted message and notification sorting that separates movie/flight/etc. ticketing information, payment reminders, or one-time login pins from messages with friends or family

Here’s a video:

Uber Driver Launches ‘DriverChatter’: A Social App For Rideshare Drivers

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 25, 2020 by itnerd

Vivek Shah, an Uber and Lyft driver from Chicago has launched a new app called ‘DriverChatter’ available for download to Uber and Lyft drivers. The app has successfully launched in Chicago, IL and aims to grow its user base in cities across the United States.

Shah has driven for Uber and Lyft for more than a year. While on a backpacking trip across the globe, he came up with the idea to connect drivers.

DriverChatter allows users to chat with their colleagues using their personal DriverChatter profile or they can enter anonymous mode. Shah wants users to feel secure utilizing the app. Uber and Lyft drivers can download the app for free on their smartphone, sign up for a DriverChatter account, and verify their profile by uploading a screenshot of their Uber of Lyft profile. The app is ultra-secure with end-to-end encryption and authenticates each driver.

DriverChatter currently has features such as image sharing and the ability to share your location with nearby drivers to meet up. More features are in development such as a walkie-talkie mode, video sharing, and the ability to create your own chatrooms.

DriverChatter is available for download on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Learn more at

PayPal/Google Pay Bug Exploited By Hackers Last Week

Posted in Commentary with tags , on February 25, 2020 by itnerd

Some potential bad news if you have a PayPal account. Hackers have found a bug in PayPal’s Google Pay integration and are now using it to carry out unauthorized transactions via PayPal accounts:

Since last Friday, users have reported seeing mysterious transactions pop up in their PayPal history as originating from their Google Pay account. Issues have been reported on numerous platforms, such as PayPal’s forums, Reddit, Twitter, and Google Pay’s Russian and German support forums. Victims reported that hackers abused Google Pay accounts to buy products using linked PayPal accounts. According to screenshots and various testimonies, most of the illegal transactions are taking place at US stores, and especially at Target stores across New York. Most of the victims appear to be German users.

Now the good news is that this was fixed over the weekend. But it illustrates the dangers of having an app or service connected to another app or service. Thus my advice is to always double and triple check every financial app or service that you use to ensure that there isn’t any sort of fraud taking place, and only link apps or services that you absolutely need to link. That way you minimize the risk being a victim of something like that.

Japanese Government Urges Companies To Get Their Employees To Work From Home To Contain The Coronavirus

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 25, 2020 by itnerd

The Japanese government on Tuesday urged companies to recommend telecommuting and staggered shifts for workers in a bid to curb the spread of the new coronavirus:

The plan, approved at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, also urged people with symptoms of cold or fever to stay at home and asked event organizers to carefully consider whether to proceed with their plans. Japan has 159 cases of infections from the flu-like coronavirus, apart from 691 on a cruise ship docked south of Tokyo. On Tuesday, broadcaster NHK reported a fourth death among passengers. Rather than trying to contain the disease outright, authorities are seeking to slow its expansion and minimize deaths. Telecommuting, or working online or from home, would reduce the infection risk from people gathered in one place.

This seems like a very good idea that perhaps other countries should look at seeing as from what I am reading, the coronavirus is potentially on the cusp of being a pandemic. Assuming that companies have the technology in place, and it is secure, this should be an option for workers who are concerned about this virus. After all, these are unique times that require a unique response.

It Turns Out That Mysterious Message That Samsung Smartphone Owners Got Last Week Was A Sign That This Was A Data Breach

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 25, 2020 by itnerd

If you cast your mind back to last week when Samsung smartphone owners globally got a cryptic message on their phones via the Find My Phone app, it was thought to be an accident by Samsung. Today The Register has a story that explains that this was not an accident. It was instead a data breach:

Samsung has admitted that what it calls a “small number” of users could indeed read other people’s personal data following last week’s unexplained Find my Mobile notification.

Several Register readers wrote in to tell us that, after last Thursday’s mystery push notification, they found strangers’ personal data displayed to them.

Many readers, assuming Samsung had been hacked, logged into its website to change their passwords. Now the company has admitted that a data breach did occur.

A spokeswoman told The Register: “A technical error resulted in a small number of users being able to access the details of another user. As soon as we became of aware of the incident, we removed the ability to log in to the store on our website until the issue was fixed.”

She added: “We will be contacting those affected by the issue with further details.”

Well, at least Samsung admitted to it. Eventually. But you have to think that the trust level of Samsung has taken a hit because of this. After all Samsung sells a pile of phones every year. Thus anything that the screw up on is going to get a lot of eyeballs looking at it. In this case, I expect that the EU and the US will be asking questions about this incident. And Samsung will have a “interesting” time answering them.


Gartner Says Over 40% of Privacy Compliance Technology Will Rely On AI In The Next Three Years

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 25, 2020 by itnerd

Over 40% of privacy compliance technology will rely on artificial intelligence (AI) by 2023, up from 5% today, according to Gartner, Inc.

Privacy leaders are under pressure to ensure that all personal data processed is brought in scope and under control, which is difficult and expensive to manage without technology aid. This is where the use of AI-powered applications that reduce administrative burdens and manual workloads come in.

AI-Powered Privacy Technology Lessens Compliance Headaches

At the forefront of a positive privacy user experience (UX) is the ability of an organization to promptly handle subject rights requests (SRRs). SRRs cover a defined set of rights, where individuals have the power to make requests regarding their data and organizations must respond to them in a defined time frame.

According to the 2019 Gartner Security and Risk Survey, many organizations are not capable of delivering swift and precise answers to the SRRs they receive. Two-thirds of respondents indicated it takes them two or more weeks to respond to a single SRR. Often done manually as well, the average costs of these workflows are roughly $1,400 USD, which pile up over time.

Global Privacy Spending on Compliance Tooling Will Rise to $8 Billion Through 2022

Through 2022, privacy-driven spending on compliance tooling will rise to $8 billion worldwide. Gartner expects privacy spending to impact connected stakeholders’ purchasing strategies, including those of CIOs, CDOs and CMOs.

The 2019 Gartner Security and Risk Survey was conducted from March 2019 through April 2019 to better understand how risk management planning, operations, budgeting and buying are performed. The research was conducted online among 698 respondents in Brazil, Germany, India, the U.S. and the UK. Qualifying organizations have at least 100 employees and $50 million (USD equivalent) in total annual revenue for fiscal year 2018.

Gartner clients can read more in the reports “5 Areas Where AI Will Turbocharge Privacy Readiness” and Predicts 2020: Embrace Privacy and Overcome Ambiguity to Drive Digital Transformation.” Learn more about Gartner’s 2020 Predictions in the Special Report “Predicts 2020: Barriers Fall as Technology Adoption Grows.”

Additional analysis on driving business performance will be presented during Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2020, the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and other IT executives. IT executives rely on these events to gain insight into how their organizations can use IT to overcome business challenges and improve operational efficiency. Follow news and updates from the conferences on Twitter using #GartnerSYM.

Upcoming dates and locations for Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo include:

March 2-4, 2020: Dubai

May 11-14, 2020: Toronto

September 14-17, Sao Paulo

October 5-7. Cape Town

October 18-22, Orlando

October 26-29, Gold Coast, Australia

November 3-6, Kochi, India

November 8-12, Barcelona

Keyfactor Announces wolfSSL Partnership At The RSA Conference

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 25, 2020 by itnerd

Keyfactor today announced at the RSA Conference its partnership and technology integration with SSL/TLS crypto-library provider wolfSSL. The integration provides greater security control to IoT (Internet of Things) device manufacturers at design and through a product’s lifetime.

Recent research analyzed IoT device vulnerabilities, emphasizing inherent design constraints and limited entropy as critical factors contributing to IoT device security risks. Solid yet flexible cryptographic libraries are critical in ensuring embedded and connected IoT devices can scale with evolving security requirements and best practices.

The integration combines wolfSSL crypto libraries with Keyfactor PKI-as-a-Service and certificate lifecycle management to secure next gen connected IoT devices. Keyfactor Control enables device designers and manufacturers to leverage technology and PKI to continuously replace, manage and update cryptography on IoT devices, while wolfSSL SSL/TLS libraries support resource constrained IoT systems across industrial control systems, medical devices and connected vehicles.

WolfSSL and Keyfactor will introduce the partnership and integration at 4:00pm on February 25th and 26th in the South Hall at Booth #3211 at RSAC in San Francisco.


Review: 2020 Hyundai Tucson Preferred – Part 2

Posted in Products with tags on February 25, 2020 by itnerd


This is the 2.0L four cylinder engine that comes as part of the Hyundai Tucson Preferred. It puts out 161 HP and 150 pound feet of torque. These numbers don’t exactly set the world on fire. But I will say that this is more than enough to power this compact SUV and do the things that you expect of it. Such as merge onto the highway, pass slower vehicles and the like. Though I will admit that you may have to occasionally push the engine more than you perhaps would want to to get the most out of it. It’s paired to a six-speed automatic and gets the power to the ground using Hyundai’s HTRAC AWD system. It snowed a couple of times during my review and it along with the winter tires really helped to keep the Tucson shiny side up.

Handling is pretty good as I was able to park it easily and make sharp turns in parking lots and the like. While more uplevel Tucsons feel more sporty than this, the target audience of this vehicle will not care. But what the target audience will care about is fuel economy. I am currently getting 9.4L/100KM’s in mixed city and highway driving. I am expecting that to go down as the week goes on.

Tomorrow I will discuss the interior which can be described as “functional” for the most part. Tune in tomorrow to find out what I mean by that.