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Are E-Scooters Vulnerable to Hackers?



Article Written by Avery Phillips
 

You've most likely seen small clusters of electric scooters cropping up on your local sidewalks, seemingly overnight. These cheap and effective forms of transportation are especially popular in urban metropolitan areas where the "last mile problem" affects the ways people move through their day-to-day lives. However, these scooters come with their own problems. 

Much like any type of new technology, cybersecurity concerns seem to only be addressed once they're raised as an issue. This means that the storage and transfer of user data may not be as safe as users think it is when they open the app to rent a scooter. It follows that if major corporate entities like Amazon or Sony can be hacked and have their information leaked, then naturally it can't be that much more difficult to hack into the tiny brain of an electric scooter - especially since people have already figured out how to gut their wiring and batteries. 

While scooters can be great tools for getting around, it's important to treat them with the reservations and caution that every new piece of technology usually deserves. There are still many bugs and user problems to be worked out as the scooter industry progresses. Here are a few things to pay attention to when it comes to your security and scooters.

How Mobile App Development will Change in the Next Couple of Years

Written by Paul Matthews

There have been a number of rapid developments in technology in the last 10 years that have allowed us to create previously inconceivable things. Robot "humans", driverless cars and a ride into space on a passenger aircraft - to name a few. One of those developments has been our smartphones, something that has now become an extension of our everyday lives.

Given the rate at which smartphones have drastically adapted in such as short space of time, it's only natural to look ahead and consider just how big a part they will play in our future. See below a list of predictions from mobile app development companies that we're likely to see sooner than you think: 

Utilising Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual and augmented reality has already started to infiltrate our lives, particularly in terms of gaming - take Pokémon Go for example. However, there's more to come from virtual reality and our mobile devices. Increasingly, companies such as Samsung, Apple and Facebook are looking into ways to create a more immersive world for better user experience. One in which we don't even need to look away from our screens. This, combined with the fact that Virtual Reality is developing terribly fast with the support of applications and technologies such as SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) is probably the biggest venture for what concerns the mobile development sphere. 

Higher App Security

Zenoss Recognized in Gartner Market Guide for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools

Zenoss Inc., a leader in software-defined IT operations, today announced it was named a representative vendor in Gartner's Market Guide for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools. According to the report, IT infrastructure monitoring tools capture the availability of IT infrastructure components that reside in a data center or are hosted in the cloud as infrastructure as a service.

A Gartner Market Guide defines an emerging market and explains what clients can expect it to do in the short term, outlining the attributes of representative vendor offerings and how those offerings are likely to evolve.

According to Gartner, "With the onset of more modular and cloud-centric architectures, many organizations with disparate monitoring tools are reassessing their monitoring landscape. I&O leaders must adopt more holistic IT infrastructure monitoring tools to gain visibility into their IT landscape."

Key Benefits of Cloud-based Disaster Recovery You Should Know

According to the 2016 Cost of Data Center Outages report, partial unplanned shutdown has cost organizations $499,800 while total outages cost a staggering $946,788, or an overall average cost of $740,357. Downtime means lost of revenue and business disruption which could severely damage reputation. What is even worse? The possibility of losing that valuable data forever.

Cloud-based disaster recovery provides organizations a way to secure data, recover, and even implement a failover in the event of a disaster, whether man-made or natural, by storing and maintaining electronic data in a cloud environment. While an organization may survive and recover data after a disaster by utilizing traditional data recovery resources, there are specific benefits to business that a cloud-based disaster data recovery service can provide.

Webinar: Architectural Nexus Achieves Fast Application Performance On-Time & On-Budget

Join DataCore Software to hear the story of Architectural Nexus (ArchNexus), Inc. and Universal Systems Incorporated (USI).  ArchNexus provides customized architectural, landscape and interior design services.  As a company with over 100 power user engineers and architects, ArchNexus needed a storage solution to meet the company's high demand for performance.  With the help of USI and DataCore Software, ArchNexus found a smart and affordable storage solution.

In this webcast you will discover:

  • A business problem & how it was solved
  • The business impact
  • The on-time and on-budget solution
  • The ROI achieved
  • How the customer would change the process or outcome
Are you searching for a smart storage solution that is right for your business?  Join this Webinar! 

Presenters:

  • Steve Hunsaker, Dir. Systems Engineering- DataCore
  • Kent Hansen, CIO- Architectural Nexus
  • Johnathan Kendrick Tech. Account Exec. - Universal Systems

WHEN?  1/29 @ 2pm ET

 

Webinar: Assuring Performance in Hybrid Cloud Ecosystems - QOS and User Experience in the Digital Age

  

In the digital age, quality of service (QOS) and user experience are the keys to competitive advantage. With the rapid adoption of hybrid clouds, assuring the performance of applications running in hybrid cloud ecosystems has become business-critical.

The reality is that the explosion of new cloud-based IT services may not simplify performance management. In fact, since clouds are operating models the heterogeneous nature of hybrid and multi-cloud deployments makes performance management even more challenging.

This 30-minute webinar will provide a quick overview of the key steps to take to assure the performance of digital business services as applications are migrated to various cloud services and show some examples of how you can retain end-to-end visibility along the way.

Join this educational webinar by Bala Vaidhinathan, CTO at eG Innovations and John Worthington, Director of Product Marketing at eG Innovations and learn:

  • How unified, consistent views of performance can enable effective service delivery
  • How to baseline services before, during and after cloud migrations
  • How to get started on your hybrid cloud journey

WHEN? Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 12 PM EST  |  9 AM PST  |  5 PM GMT  |  6 PM CET

 

Avaya Introduces Private Cloud Delivery of Its New Avaya OneCloud UC and CC Solutions

Avaya Holdings Corp. today introduced a new private cloud delivery model of its Avaya OneCloud solutions for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS), providing enterprise organizations with a fast, convenient and automated path to the benefits of cloud communications. The new Avaya OneCloud ReadyNow private cloud offerings feature preconfigured, per-seat consumption and standard bundles of both UCaaS and CCaaS solutions, reducing risk, cost and complexity from the transition to a cloud platform from on-premise solutions.

The Avaya OneCloud private offering is being introduced as part of Avaya's new Avaya Intelligent Xperiences - or Avaya IX - solution naming architecture unveiled this week at the company's annual ENGAGE user group conference. Based on input from customers and partners, the new nomenclature streamlines the company's portfolio of solutions and reflects the wealth of experience Avaya brings to bear for customers as they transform digitally and move their solutions into the cloud.

With over 3.5 million cloud seats and growing, Avaya brings experience with the full spectrum of business communications in the cloud, leveraging its leading SaaS capabilities. Avaya OneCloud private solutions are customizable, with experts to help design, customize and manage applications that meet unique and often complex digital transformation needs.

HID Global Launches Cloud Platform To Help Create a Worldwide Innovation Ecosystem for the Connected Workplace

HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced the availability of its HID Origo cloud platform that opens a brand-new world of opportunities for partners to create more seamless and intuitive workplace experiences that are built on HID's proven access control infrastructure. The platform combines HID's technologies for mobile IDs (and location services in the future) with its expansive access control architecture to bring together physical security and a wide range of building applications, services and IoT use cases via a unified cloud experience.

"HID Origo lays the foundation for a broad ecosystem of cloud-based access control technologies, products, services and business models that will accelerate workplace innovation; it dramatically increases our partners' capabilities to create more connected and seamless building experiences for end users," said Hilding Arrehed, Vice President of Cloud Services, Physical Access Control, with HID Global. "The platform will remove integration barriers between access control systems and smart building applications, and we will continue to expand its value with capabilities that further improve how people securely move through a facility and interact with its services."

DataGryd Announces its Plan to Build MegaSuite 6

DataGryda leading data center provider in New York City, announces today its plan to build MegaSuite 6, a high-density and high-performance data center suite. MegaSuite 6 is designed to meet the increasing demand for data processing and data storage, providing customers with a secure, reliable infrastructure while supporting global networking requirements.

DataGryd's MegaSuite 6, the high-power data center offering cost-effective megawatt configurations, is housed in the largest single-footprint data center space available in New York City. The facility features 1,000 kilowatts (kW) of utility power generators and cooling towers with a cooling load of 280 tons. DataGryd's power source is a direct feed from the utility, with dual power feeds completely separate from the building. The turnkey data center leverages future-proofed technology with a cost-effective IT infrastructure to drive operational efficiencies and deliver the highest value in energy efficiency and power reliability in Manhattan.

Even Without Kubernetes, Google Dominates Code Commits Across Cloud Native Computing Foundation Projects

Google dominates all code contributions made across projects of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), dwarfing all other contributors, according to analysis done via Stackalytics, an open source code analysis framework hosted by the OpenStack Foundation. Google is not only the largest contributor with 52.9% of all code commits, but it has seven times more contributions than the second largest contributor, Red Hat, with only 7.4%.

CNCF is an open source software foundation dedicated to making cloud native computing universal and sustainable. Cloud native computing uses an open source software stack to deploy applications as microservices, packaging each part into its own container, and dynamically orchestrating those containers to optimize resource utilization. Cloud native technologies enable software developers to build great products faster. CNCF projects include Kubernetes, Prometheus, Envoy and a number of others.

"Many would assume that Google's dominance over CNCF code contributions is because of its work in Kubernetes (which originated in Google), but Stackalytics data reveals that this is not the case," said Boris Renski, Co-Founder and CMO at Mirantis. "In fact, it is GRPC, a Google dominated distributed queuing project that is still in CNCF incubation, that has the most all-time commits from Google, with Kubernetes in second place."