The German LTE market seemed to go off with a bang compared to other major European markets: the country held its 4G spectrum auctions relatively early, in 2010, selling off blocks of spectrum in four different frequency bands in one go, rather than selling separate bands several months apart. Since then, however, the momentum has slowed somewhat. Three out of the four German mobile network operators are now offering LTE on a commercial basis to consumers, but seem to be treading cautiously with pricing. "The rollout has been slow and predictable, limited initially to areas of little or no fixed-broadband connectivity, by regulatory insistence" — Emma Mohr-McClune As yet, little real innovation appears to be on offer, with tiered data rates and data allowances the only real price differentiators — although mobile analyst Wireless Intelligence has previously noted that Vodafone Germany "broke the ground with its tiered data rates (per Mbps), which marks a … [Read more...] about 4G in Europe: How far, how fast and how much is LTE in Germany?
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In the Equifax breach, hackers stole the driver's license information of more than 10 million Americans, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.That's in addition to the Social Security numbers and other personal details about 145.5 million Americans hackers took from Equifax's systems. The company said the stolen data included driver's license information, but it didn't say for how many people. What's more, Equifax said Tuesday that 15.2 million records on more than nearly 700,000 UK consumers were also compromised.Information from a driver's license includes a home address and the driver's height and weight, not to mention the driver's license number. These pieces of data would make a potential identity thief's job easier. The richly detailed consumer records were stolen between May and the end of July this year by hackers who cracked into Equifax's systems by taking advantage of an unpatched software bug, the company said.Equifax didn't immediately respond to a request for comment … [Read more...] about Equifax hackers took driver’s license info on 10M Americans
Now Playing: Watch this: President Obama signs executive order for information... 1:21 President Barack Obama on Friday plans to sign an executive order to promote sharing of information on cybersecurity threats between the private sector and government agencies.The executive order is meant to establish a framework to help businesses and and government organizations "prioritize and optimize" their spending, and quickly identify and protect themselves against cyberattacks, including those in the employ of criminal organizations or foreign nations. The framework will also improve communication across companies and organizations to better manage cyber-risks."The federal government cannot, nor would Americans want it to, provide cybersecurity for every private network," the White House said in a statement. "Therefore, the private sector plays a crucial role in our overall national network defense." Companies that have committed themselves to that framework include Apple, Intel, … [Read more...] about Obama to sign executive order on cybersecurity info sharing
Usernames and passwords leaked onto the open internet earlier this month because of a security bug that affected 3,400 websites, including popular services like Uber, Fitbit and OkCupid. You wouldn't mind if someone could break into the personal accounts you use to track your movements, your fitness and your love life, would you? While there's no indication that hackers actually accessed usernames and passwords, or a wealth of other private data that people sent over the services, the information was exposed both on corrupted versions of the websites and in cached results on search services like Google and Bing. "The bug was serious because the leaked memory could contain private information and because it had been cached by search engines," John Graham-Cumming, chief technical officer of cybersecurity company Cloudflare, wrote Thursday in a blog post detailing the flaw. Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy identified the flaw and brought it to Cloudflare's attention late last … [Read more...] about Uber, Fitbit, OkCupid info exposed by ‘CloudBleed’ flaw
OnePlus has always run into problems with the availability of their smartphones to the masses. Earlier, OnePlus sold its devices through an invite-system, which left a sour taste for many. This year, with the OnePlus 3, they’ve completely chucked the invite-system and has adopted open sales. However, it turns out, that the company was not equipped to handle the demand for the OnePlus 3 from Europe. The company has taken a decision to halt sales of OnePlus 3 temporarily in 23 European countries to get its inventory fill up again. The list of the countries includes: Austria, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. Company co-founder Carl Pei in stated in a blog post on Wednesday, "We are working hard to secure more stock and fire up more production lines so that we can fulfill our goal of putting premium products into the hands of as many people as possible." As per the blog post, the sales will be paused starting August 9, all the way up till September … [Read more...] about OnePlus 3 Sales Paused in Europe; OnePlus Mini Spotted