Brian Tankersley

525 Flips | 1 Magazine | 5 Likes | 31 Following | 70 Followers | @bftcpa | Speaker, author on accounting technology. K2 Enterprises, former Technology Editor, The CPA Practice Advisor. Publisher, http://CPATechBlog.com

UK top 500 legal firm credentials leaked on the Dark Web

The majority of file dumps include both emails and passwords for corporate accounts.<p>Researchers have discovered file dumps in the Dark Web containing …

Security

Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand government for up to $6.8B

Kim Dotcom is suing the government of New Zealand for billions of dollars in damages over his arrest in 2012.<p>The founder of file-sharing site MegaUpload is asking for up to $6.8 billion for the destruction of his business and damage to his reputation after his home was raided and business shut down …

Waymo’s self-driving minivans are coming to Atlanta

Hands-free in the ATL<p>Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, is adding a new city to its roster of testing locations: Atlanta. Today, the company announced its intention to bring its fleet of autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans to the ATL, but wouldn’t disclose many additional …

Apple may discontinue iPhone X when next model arrives

When the newest phones get old, they often get cheaper.<p>It's why people sometimes wait about a year after a phone's release, for a discount on the device. That might not be the case with Apple's iPhone X, which comes with the hefty price tag of $999 (£999, AU$1,579).<p>A report from MacRumors on Monday …

Amazon Go: convenience and concern at new checkout-free corner shop

All around me in this Seattle corner shop, people are grabbing items off the shelves, shoving them into bags or pockets, and bolting for the door. It would feel like well-mannered looting if not for the hi-tech gates where shoppers have to swipe in with their smartphones.<p>This is the first day that …

eCommerce

Linux creator slams Intel for crappy Meltdown/Spectre patches

Intel’s had a (mostly) crappy start to the year, thanks to the revelation of Meltdown and Spectre, two major security flaws affecting a wide range of its processors that are present in hundreds of thousands of devices around the world. It’s working to release fixes for them, but Linux creator Linus …

Linux

Hawaii's governor couldn't tweet about missile false alarm because he forgot his Twitter password

During that brief, scary time a few weeks back when Hawaii thought it was under attack, Gov. David Ige was conspicuously absent from Twitter, where …

Social Media

Americans are slowly warming up to self-driving cars

The fear factor surrounding self-driving cars appears to be slowly receding.<p>AAA released a study Wednesday showing that 63% of Americans are afraid of riding in a self-driving vehicle, down from 78% the previous year.<p>This is the third year that AAA has polled the U.S. population on how people feel …

Autonomous Cars

TripIt now lets you know how long the airport security line is in real-time

If you're a frequent traveller, you might have already heard of an app called TripIt. TripIt lets users streamline their entire travel itinerary by …

It's official: Samsung will announce the Galaxy S9 on February 25th

Samsung is officially announcing the long-awaited Galaxy S9 smartphone on February 25th, at a special event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.<p>Here's the invitation received by Business Insider:<p>It's pretty minimalistic, but it contains one big hint as to what this event holds. For starters, …

Galaxy S8

Fired engineer James Damore: Google is 'almost like a cult'

Damore is currently on tour of media outlets favored by conservatives. In addition to the WSJ, he has given interviews to Bloomberg, spoken at length with two YouTube personalities popular with alt-right and right-wing audiences, Stefan Molyneux and Jordan B. Peterson, and he did a photoshoot with …

Alt-Right

Apple files Touch ID fingerprint patent to catch thieves

No matter how many passwords you set, your iPhone is never totally safe. Thieves are getting craftier and hackers are becoming more and more …

Cloud Native Computing Foundation grows with new projects and members

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the open source home of the increasingly popular Kubernetes container orchestration service and related projects, is hosting its annual developer conference today and the group used the event to announce that it has accepted projects from Docker …

Peter Thiel has backed a startup that makes it easier to sue – and win

Legalist uses a database of legal records to determine the likelihood that a case will succeed, and can fund the suit in exchange for up to 50% of the judgment<p>Peter Thiel has backed a small legal startup that has developed an algorithm they say will allow a would-be litigant to learn if they are …

Peter Thiel

How big banks learned to stop worrying and love the blockchain

From its inception, banks have all but dismissed Bitcoin while embracing the technology that powers it — blockchain. Bitcoin is volatile, prone to theft and confusing for the average customer. The blockchain, however, is merely a digital ledger or transactions, a tool that could decrease costs …

Blockchain

Google Fiber flips the switch on super-fast internet in Salt Lake City

Google Fiber is live in Salt Lake City and ready to serve the internet needs of Utah's capital.<p>The web giant made the announcement Tuesday in a tweet that invited residents to check whether the super-high-speed Internet and TV services are available at their address and sign up for service. One …

Ready to run Windows programs on Android tablets and Chromebooks?

<i>This article was originally published on our sister site TabTimes.</i><p>CrossOver is a program that allows you to run Windows programs on non-Windows platforms. The developers have been trying to bring its functionality to Android over the past three years, and now it finally appears to be working. The …

Windows Apps

Internet of things struggles as use of smart home gadgets flatlines

The technology giants of Silicon Valley have long predicted that all our fridges, ovens and light bulbs will soon be connected to the internet. But British households have yet to embrace the so-called “internet of things”, according to new research showing that sales are flatlining.<p>Figures from …

How the Clinton Campaign Is Foiling the Kremlin

Staffers are now using a “Snowden-approved” app to hide Trump-related e-mails from hackers, in Russia and elsewhere.<p>On May 17, as dusk was setting over Brooklyn, around a dozen employees from <b>Hillary Clinton’s</b> campaign, and a consultant who worked with the Democratic National Committee, walked …

There're No Jobs In Cloud Computing - Proof Of How Much Richer It Is Making Us

There’s a really quite superbly wrong piece in the New York Times about cloud computing. They’re looking at the data centres that Microsoft, Amazon and others are building around the country. There’re a couple of minor economic points, things like path dependence and even government intervention …

After DNC Hack, Staffers Told to Use 'Snowden-Approved' App, Signal

Signal isn't only for scrappy hacktivists and privacy wonks.<p>Security and privacy advocates have long, and adamantly, recommended the end-to-end encrypted messaging app, Signal, as a go-to solution for secure mobile communications. Lately, the app seems to have broken into the mainstream, even …

Popular point-of-sale system MICROS suffers big data breach

Oracle’s MICROS system — which you’ve almost definitely used to pay for something via debit or credit — is suffering from a data breach.<p>It’s not yet known how large the data breach is, but a source tells Krebs On Security it may affect up to 700 systems. A hacker collective known as the Carbanak …

‘Smart’ locks yield to simple hacker tricks

It’s an open secret that the Internet of Things (if we must call it so) is pretty terrible, whether in standards, interoperability or security. You don’t really expect good security in a smart light bulb or coffee maker, though. A smart <i>front door lock</i>, however, really shouldn’t be quite this easy …

Coffeemakers

Oracle's Data Breach May Explain Spate of Retail Hacks

Oracle has suffered a data breach within its retail unit.<p>The cloud giant discovered malicious software on systems running its network of MICROS …

All the iOS 10 beta 3 changes that make iPhone even better

Apple’s jam-packed iOS 10 update has gotten even better in its third beta, which brings a bunch of tiny new features that start to make iOS 10 feel like a polished product.<p>The list of changes in iOS 10 beta 3, which was seeded to developers this week, isn’t as long as the last update. But Apple has …

iOS

Android Nougat won't boot your phone if its software is corrupt (updated)

Ever since KitKat, Android has verified your device's boot process to make sure that rootkits and other forms of malware don't operate undetected. However, it hasn't done much more than alert you of potential problems (as of Marshmallow)... until now. Google explains that Android Nougat strictly …

Hi-tech glasses help autistic children recognise emotions

Researchers at Stanford University in the US are using special glasses to help autistic children recognise and classify emotions.<p>The so-called ‘Autism Glass’ analyses facial expressions – and instantly gives the user an indication of the emotion.<p>Researchers say the aim is to boost the confidence of …

Amazon patent proposes drone perches atop streetlights and other protruding infrastructure

Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re a delivery drone with a flight duration of 20 minutes with your current payload, but because of delays (use your imagination) you’re never going to make it in time. What do you do, hot shot? What do you do? You land on a street light that’s been converted into a drone …

Apple Security Bug Lets Hackers Nab Your Mac and iPhone Passwords With 1 Text

Apple software contains flaws that could allow hackers to steal people’s passwords by doing nothing more than sending a single nefarious message. …