Archive for July 13, 2020

Husqvarna Launches App To Connect Canadians With Their Power Equipment

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 13, 2020 by itnerd

Husqvarna today announces the launch of its new Husqvarna Connect application in Canada. This new app connects users to their Husqvarna power equipment and provides immediate access to information about their tools, such as technical specifications, parts and accessories lists, maintenance history, and Operator’s manuals and more. Husqvarna Connect helps make outdoor projects more productive and easier to manage by keeping users updated on their power equipment from the convenience of their mobile devices.

Once users download the app, they will have access to:

  • A digital service book to create a log of maintenance activities to keep track of their maintenance history and ensure equipment is running at its best.
  • Product overviews that provide technical specifications for products all in one place.
  • Various parts and accessories lists, including part numbers and descriptions to ensure parts and products always match.
  • Dealer information, including store hours and contact information.
  • Operator’s Manuals and troubleshooting guides to reduce product downtime and keep productivity levels tracking.
  • Monthly releases of new product connectivity options, which is currently only available for zero-turn mowers and tractors.

Additional features coming to the app will include:

  • “Buy Now” option where users will be able to purchase parts and accessories directly.
  • “How-To” videos with step-by-step information for performing maintenance tasks.
  • Push notification reminders for service activities.

Husqvarna Connect is now available for download through the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Good News… Clearview AI Lets Canadians Opt Out Of Their Service….. But There’s Bad News

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 13, 2020 by itnerd

I’ve previously written about Clearview AI and how they treat Canadians who have had their faces sucked up into their facial recognition database. In short, while Canadians could find out if they were in the database, they could not opt out.

CBC News is reporting that Canadians can now opt out, which is good news:

Sometime this week, Clearview quietly posted a link on its website allowing Canadian residents to “opt out.” The company doesn’t ask for individuals’ consent before scraping their images from the internet in the first place.

Here’s the bad news:

Clearview requests a photo of anyone asking to withdraw from search results, even though some may be hesitant to provide further fuel for a company developing facial recognition software.

“To find any Clearview search results that pertain to you (if any), we cannot search by name or any method other than image — so we need an image of you,” the website reads.

Clearview says the supplied photo will not appear in search results and will be “de-identified.” But it says it will still maintain a record of the request. The firm also asks for an email address so a confirmation can be sent when the withdrawal request is completed. 

“Deidentification means that Clearview AI retains only a numerical hash of a photo for the sole purpose of removing persons in that photo from search results and preventing further collection,” the firm’s CEO, Hoan Ton-That told CBC News in an email.

Ton-That has not clarified whether Clearview intends to keep data belonging to Canadians on file despite no longer operating in the country, nor whether photos of Canadians will now be deleted.

Well, that seems sketchy as hell.

Normally I would jump to remove myself from something like this. But given the above paragraphs, I wonder if I am better off leaving my photos in their database as it sounds like my info isn’t being removed. Instead it sounds like it simply won’t pop up as readily. If Clearview AI had said that it would nuke the data that belonged to Canadians, then perhaps I would feel better. But they haven’t said that. I will have to think about what to do next as being a person of African decent, facial recognition has proven to be biased against people like me. Which makes me worry about what will happen with this data.

Intuit Canada Launches The Intuit Prosperity Accelerator

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 13, 2020 by itnerd

Intuit Canada, a leading global financial platform company known for products such as TurboTax, QuickBooks and Mint, and Highline Beta, a venture studio and venture capital firm, today announced the launch of the Intuit Prosperity Accelerator. This program aims to solve very specific problems that will help enable the future financial health of consumers and small businesses across Canada.

Since the onset of COVID-19, half (49%) of Canadians report that they are $200 or less away each month from insolvency, according to the latest MNP Consumer Debt Index. CFIB reports that 48% of small businesses are making half or less their normal sales, with 50% stating they are most concerned about their business cash flow. These are just a few of the problems this accelerator will be looking to help solve.

Successful applicants to this accelerator will pilot solutions that: 1) help Canadian consumers eliminate debt, build savings and enable financial literacy; and/or 2) help Canadian self-employed and small businesses improve cash flow, get customers, and access help.

Selected startups in the Intuit Prosperity Accelerator will benefit from four months of virtual programming, where they will have access to a mentorship network, $20,000 towards pilot execution, and the opportunity for follow-on investment from Highline Beta. The program will accept global applications from high-potential seed-stage tech startups with products in market, but is open to the possibility of pre-seed or later stage. The Intuit Prosperity Accelerator is now accepting applications until September 4th.

For more information on eligibility requirements and to apply, visit:
http://www.intuit.com/ca/prosperity-accelerator.

US iPhone Users Who Experienced ‘Batterygate’ Related Issues Can Now File To Receive A Settlement From Apple

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 13, 2020 by itnerd

If you live in the US, and you have or have previously owned an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and/or iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later, and/or an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later, before December 21, 2017, and you have had issues related to “Batterygate”, today is your lucky day.

A website has been set up where those who have been affected by “battery gate” can submit a claim or review their other options including excluding themselves from the lawsuit to retain the ability to sue Apple individually over the matter.

All claims must be submitted online or received by letter mail by October 6, 2020, or else you won’t get paid. Speaking of being paid the total payout is going to fall between $310 million and $500 million. That works out to about $25 per affected owner. Which is about the cost of a battery for one of these iPhones.

Let’s see if similar programs appear in other places on the planet in the coming weeks and months.

RiskSense First To Unify Vulnerability Management Across Infrastructure & Apps For DevOps

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 13, 2020 by itnerd

​RiskSense®​, Inc., pioneering risk-based vulnerability management and prioritization, today announced a new version of the cloud-delivered RiskSense platform that harmonizes threat analysis, prioritization and risk scoring across network-based assets as well as applications. Unlike competitive approaches which provide separate views of infrastructure and application vulnerabilities, RiskSense automatically calculates risk across CVEs and CWEs for a full-spectrum view.

Unified, Normalized, and Prioritized Full Stack Vulnerability Management

To provide visibility across both infrastructure and application vulnerability risk exposure from development through production, RiskSense aggregates and normalizes outputs from multiple data sources including SAST, DAST, Open Source Software (OSS), containers, pen testing and bug bounty programs. This holistic approach enables organizations to easily pinpoint and fix vulnerabilities in their attack surface regardless of the application stack, code weakness location, or infrastructure point.

RiskSense consumes heterogeneous vendor and application scanner data, including both CVE and CWE information, incorporates threat context, and calculates risk as a single unit of measure called the RiskSense Vulnerability Risk Rating (VRR) to deliver the highest-fidelity risk prioritization.

The RiskSense Application Security Dashboard provides developers and DevOps personnel a global view of application vulnerabilities allowing them to drill-down to detailed findings and their locations. The OWASP Top 10 and CWE Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors are also presented to help improve developer knowledge and productivity. With full support for popular ticketing systems, cross-functional teams can manage remediation assignments step-by-step through to validation, knowing exactly what to do next.

Availability

The RiskSense Full Spectrum Risk-based Vulnerability Management solution with the new Application Security capabilities is available immediately.