Volkswagen is to use commercetools’ cloud-based software to launch a new group-wide e-commerce platform. The partnership will help the car manufacturer deliver new commerce functionality and online channels.
Concerns have been raised by several watchdogs about Amazon’s “manipulative” design techniques that make it unreasonably difficult to unsubscribe from its Prime service. A study by The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) said that the process of cancelling an Amazon Prime subscription is “riddled with a combination of manipulative design techniques, known as ‘dark patterns.’”
A UK-based COVID-19 digital passport, developed by tech companies Mvine and iProov, is moving into a live testing phase. The passport, backed by Innovate UK, enables a person’s test result or vaccination status to be registered and proved without disclosing their identity, and without the need for extensive new infrastructure.
DNS (domain name system) services are the most attacked part of telcos’ networks during the pandemic, but cloud protection is the hardest to deliver, according to the Telecoms.com Annual Industry Survey. Of 500 telecoms professionals questioned for the survey, 16 per cent said DNS services suffered the most attacks, followed by attacks on network infrastructure elements like network bandwidth and network protocols (15 per cent).
Parler, the self-proclaimed alternative to Twitter, could be cut off permanently, its chief executive John Matze told Reuters on Wednesday. Parler is currently in the process of suing Amazon Web Services (AWS) over its decision to suspend the social media platform.
Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is reportedly forming an engineering team that will focus on self-driving technologies. According to Reuters, job posts have revealed that the business is hiring engineers for auto electronics, autonomous driving, and in-car software.
Environmental researchers are set to benefit from a powerful supercomputer that will slash their data workload processing times. Plymouth Marine Laboratory is offering out its first HPC (high performance computing) service for applying artificial intelligence to earth observation data.
The majority of European businesses say COVID has accelerated their use of data in operations, but many are still struggling to win the confidence of customers when it comes to safely handling that data. Over 800 senior managers responsible for data in companies of 100-plus employees and 4,100 consumers across the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands were questioned about the effect of the pandemic on data analytics and management as part of research commissioned by data analytics company Splunk.
General Motors (GM) has announced plans to develop a flying Cadillac that will transport passengers across cities. The self-driving vehicle, which is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone, will be able to carry a single passenger, and will travel from city rooftops at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour.
A new ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could have major implications for how data is transferred around the world. On 16 July, the Data Protection Commissioner vs Facebook Ireland case was ruled upon, following up on the ECJ’s 2015 ruling in Maximillian Schrems vs Data Protection Commissioner, in which it invalidated the adequacy decision underlying the EU-US Safe Harbour arrangement.
Many were prepared for a cyber onslaught, while ill-equipped businesses fell victim when the COVID-19 hit. Alexandra Leonards explores how the pandemic drove cyber-crime and looks at the UK response to the rise in online attacks. The disruption of an atmosphere of crisis and an influx of workers into home offices has created an online haven for cyber criminals.
With many more people using apps and websites on a daily basis since the pandemic took hold, it has never been more crucial to make sure consumers are safe when logging in to use products and services. With that in mind, National Technology News editor Peter Walker had a chat to Andrew Shikiar, the executive director and chief marketing officer of FIDO Alliance about the work that’s being done to unite companies and industries around one common standard for cyber security.
The recent wave of protest sparked by the killing by police of George Floyd in Minneapolis has raised the issue of racism for corporations across sectors and geographies – and none more so than the tech industry. As young and cool as many big technology companies portray themselves, the majority are still overwhelmingly white, particularly in leadership and technical positions.