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Mastercard Offers Free Security Assessments to Small Businesses in Canada

Mastercard Offers Free Security Assessments to Small Businesses in Canada

Mastercard is offering free security assessments to small businesses in Canada. The initiative is specifically intended to support establishments that are conducting more business online due to the social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19. In that regard, Mastercard notes that many smaller businesses are scrambling to introduce new online services, and may not be prepared…

Ericsson President Continues to Push 5G in Digital Keynote

Ericsson President Continues to Push 5G in Digital Keynote

Ericsson President and CEO Börje Ekholm kicked off the company’s UnBoxed Office series of online events with a keynote speech delivered from his home. In the keynote, Ekholm addressed some of the most pressing challenges facing the mobile industry during the COVID-19 crisis. “Our highest priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees,…

Yoti Postpones this Year’s Digital Identity Fellowships

Yoti Postpones this Year’s Digital Identity Fellowships

Yoti has officially delayed the 2020 iteration of its Digital Identity Fellowship Programme. The inaugural Programme was launched in April of 2019, leading to a cohort of three fellows selected from a pool of more than 120 applicants from upwards of 30 different countries. The Fellowship Programme was set up to provide a grassroots perspective…

CommonSpirit Health at Home Ensures Chronic Patients Receive Quality Care During COVID-19

CommonSpirit Health at Home Ensures Chronic Patients Receive Quality Care During COVID-19

CommonSpirit Health at Home is expanding the scope of its remote patient monitoring platform to reduce the strain on public health infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic. While Health at Home can help people with COVID-19, it is primarily geared towards at-risk individuals and patients with chronic health conditions who are avoiding urgent care centers and…

Report: Apple to Delay Mass Production of iPhone 12 Due to COVID-19

Report: Apple to Delay Mass Production of iPhone 12 Due to COVID-19

A new rumor suggests that iPhone 12 handsets could be in short supply when the new phone debuts later this year. COVID-19 has disrupted Apple’s usual supply chain and manufacturing operations, so the tech giant is reportedly planning to delay the mass production of its next handheld device. However, it is worth noting that that…

CT Municipal Authorities Use Thermal Imaging Drones to Monitor COVID-19

CT Municipal Authorities Use Thermal Imaging Drones to Monitor COVID-19

Draganfly’s technology is being used to carry out a series of test flights with a ‘pandemic drone’ in Westport, Connecticut. Westport is located near New York City, and is currently considered to be a COVID-19 hotspot with 17,550 confirmed cases in the state. The drones are being deployed by the Westport Police Department through a drone…

GSMA Cancels MWC Shanghai

GSMA Cancels MWC Shanghai

COVID-19 continues to disrupt the 2020 conference schedule. The GSMA has officially cancelled MWC Shanghai due to ongoing public health concerns, and in light of the travel restrictions that have been put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The news is not particularly surprising after the cancellation of MWC Barcelona in February,…

Ericsson Details its Response to COVID-19 in New FAQ

Ericsson Details its Response to COVID-19 in New FAQ

Ericsson has taken the time to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about its response to the coronavirus. The tech giant confirmed that it is continuing to monitor the situation, and that it is following the public health recommendations of local and international authorities in its various areas of operation. In the meantime,…

GSMA Extends MWC Barcelona to 2024

GSMA Extends MWC Barcelona to 2024

The GSMA has renewed its agreement with its various partners in the city of Barcelona. The arrangement extends MWC Barcelona through to 2024, and demonstrates that there is still considerable enthusiasm for the event despite the cancellation of the 2020 show. MWC Barcelona is one of the world’s premiere mobile technology events, and has historically…

New Verato Solutions Designed to Integrate Telehealth Into Patient Records Management

New Verato Solutions Designed to Integrate Telehealth Into Patient Records Management

“The aim is to give healthcare providers immediate and reliable access to patient histories, including not only hospital visits but telehealth consultations…” Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Verato has launched a new patient records system and is offering it to healthcare providers at no cost through 2020. Dubbed the ‘Telehealth Identity Bridge’, the solution is designed…

EFF: COVID-19 Policies Still Need to Respect Civil Liberties

EFF: COVID-19 Policies Still Need to Respect Civil Liberties

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is trying to protect people’s civil liberties in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The watchdog notes that many governments have implemented (or are trying to implement) new, potentially invasive surveillance measures in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. While the EFF acknowledges that stopping the spread…

Publix Begins Accepting Apple Pay and Other Contactless Payment Options

Publix Begins Accepting Apple Pay and Other Contactless Payment Options

The Publix grocery store chain has announced that it will now be accepting contactless payments at every one of its 1,243 locations. The rollout includes support for Apple Pay, and also extends to Publix’s GreenWise Market banner. The decision reflects public health concerns related to the coronavirus. Mobile wallets like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and…

GSMA Debunks Link Between 5G and COVID-19

GSMA Debunks Link Between 5G and COVID-19

The GSMA is trying to counter one of the more destructive pieces of misinformation to emerge in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the organization has condemned several incidences of arson against mobile phone masts in the United Kingdom. According to the GSMA, the arson can likely be attributed to a disinformation campaign that…

Mastercard Asks Canadian Merchants to Boost Contactless Payment Caps

Mastercard Asks Canadian Merchants to Boost Contactless Payment Caps

Mastercard is urging its merchant partners in Canada to raise their caps on contactless payments to $250. In announcing the effort, Mastercard framed it as one focused on public health, under the rationale that contactless payments help to facilitate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also may be viewed as an effort to further…

Google Releases Mobility Reports to Help Public Health Officials

Google Releases Mobility Reports to Help Public Health Officials

Google has released its first batch of COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports. The reports use aggregated Google Maps data to track the movements of people during the pandemic. The tech giant is hoping that public health officials will be able to use the information to make more informed decisions and slow the spread of the coronavirus.…

Yubico Provides Security Advice for Remote Workers

Yubico Provides Security Advice for Remote Workers

Yubico’s Chad Thunberg has some handy security tips for organizations that are trying to adjust to a remote work environment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) notes that many organizations and employees have never had to address this particular set of problems, and that they should be especially wary…

Activity Monitoring Startup Zensors Offers Free Services to Help Fight COVID-19

Activity Monitoring Startup Zensors Offers Free Services to Help Fight COVID-19

Computer vision activity monitoring startup Zensors has announced that it will be offering its platform for free to certain entities to help them take measures against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Founded two years ago from a team out of Carnegie Mellon University, Zensors was among the earliest adopters of computer vision in the…

FIDO Alliance’s Inaugural Authenticate Event Gets Pushed Back to November

FIDO Alliance’s Inaugural Authenticate Event Gets Pushed Back to November

The FIDO Alliance’s inaugural Authenticate conference has officially been postponed. The event was originally scheduled to run from June 2-3, but will now take place on November 9-10. The FIDO Alliance member plenary has similarly been rebooked for November 11-12. The venue will remain the same despite the scheduling shakeup. Both Authenticate and the member…

ABI Predicts COVID-19 Will Slow Smartphone Production and 5G Adoption Rates

ABI Predicts COVID-19 Will Slow Smartphone Production and 5G Adoption Rates

ABI Research is predicting that global smartphone production could drop as much as 30 percent in the first half of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The downturn largely reflects the considerable disruption to production lines and supply chains in China, which was the first country to be hit by the coronavirus. China also…

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