In what some are calling retaliation to a five billion dollar fine levied against Google by the EU, the search behemoth has announced that manufacturers will soon have to pay a licensing fees for devices destined for use inside the EU’s Economic Area (EEA) that use Google pre-installed apps.
While technically the Android O/S is free to use, many of its advanced features require Google software packages to work with modern cell phones. Which means the majority of manufactures use Android with Google pre-install apps installed.
Google has said that its mobile application suite (Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, etc…) will in the near future require license fees if the phones will be used in the EU and may even need separate licenses if the phones use Google search and Google’s chrome web browser.
Google announced these new fees may go into effect as early as October 29th. Some insiders claim that this is just a shot across the EU’s bow, as the Company is currently appealing the EU’s antitrust ruling.
Microsoft plans to help / replace traditional IT administrators with the launch of its Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) service. With MMD, customers get pre configured hardware running on top of Windows 10. Along with 365 Enterprise subscriptions and cloud based system management.
The new platform allows Microsoft to monitor subscribed systems, and install security patches, O/S & software updates to said devices. This new paid subscription service is already running right now for some clients in England and the United States.
While this service may help large IT departments manage their companies networks more effectively, one has to wonder what kind of target Microsoft has painted on their backs. As a successful penetration on the new service might leave millions of systems open to attack. Time will tell…
This October, customers in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento will be able to order new home 5g wireless Internet. With average speeds of about 300MBs. The new service will go for about $50 to $70 a month. Reports are that Verizon has already started taking orders for the new plan.
While many may confuse this with mobile 5G. It is in fact a totally different offering just for home Internet users. And this move might bring some real competition in areas that have just one or two companies offering high speed access. This rollout won’t be available to everyone in these cities (yet). But it looks like Verizon is making a major push to become a national ISP with their latest offering.
On Sep 4, 2018, a group claims they managed to hack the MEGA Chrome Extension. And were then able to recover information from the user database.
The breach was accomplished by accessing MEGA’s, Chrome Store Profile. After which the group also claims that it was then able to uploaded a hacked version of the extension, (reported as ver 3.39.4.) As it seems to come from google’s store, users would go ahead and install it. Approving all install queries asked. After the install,the hackers could then steal users assets by accessing their login credentials and private keys.
The hack was first reported by a security researcher via twitter. He noticed that the tool could potentially steal user credentials from various online platforms, such as Google, Microsoft and even Amazon.