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As we wrote earlier, the scandal surrounding Facebook is gaining momentum. In order to at least somehow reduce the wave of complaints regarding Facebook, the founder of the company urgently provided an update of the system.

On March 28th, 2018 popular social network has issued a statement with the information that the users of Facebook will receive more control over their personal data. They can easily modify privacy settings and manage data that use additional applications. Zuckerberg stated that it is only the first step that will help to ensure maximum data protection.

It is now easier to set up privacy through Facebook mobile app, see what data and when were given to the third-party applications and change access to data from other applications. Outdated options were also removed. In all the versions of the social network, there will be notifications that will encourage users to do a confidentiality check in three simple steps. The network also promises to create some boundaries regarding how other users will be able to access your information. It is also strongly recommended to check Facebook app access to calls and SMS. Moreover, Zuckerberg promises that it will be possible to delete your data from Facebook in a few simple steps.

But in order to understand why such important functions should have been introduced before, we will have a look at the past. It all started in 2011 when activist Max Shomes asked Facebook “what do you know about me” and received a CD with over 1200 files in response. Thus, he found out that Facebook collects the data of all IP-addresses from which the social network was logged in, a full archive of his actions, a history of his moves, as well as the information that was deleted earlier: a few private messages, statuses and publications. Facebook also knows your birth date, your phone number, all your personal preferences, where you are and, according to the latest data, the social network saves data about calls and SMS messages.

We can say with confidence that if you do not want Facebook to know something about you, then stop using social networks. They have already become the most important business elements and at the same time an integral part of people’s lives. And the limits and restrictions in accessing your data are just smoke and mirrors. Because social networks were created so you could share your personal information with other close (and not so close) people.

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Electric cars will soon have more recharging options

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More people are switching to electric cars, and soon they’ll be able to drive from Buffalo to Albany without having to get off to recharge.

New car owner, Steve Blake couldn’t wait to drive his new Chevy Volt off the dealer lot.

“I’ve been researching them for a long time because I think it ‘s the future,” said Blake.

And he’s not alone, Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to install 10,000 electric vehicle fast charging stations along the thruway, some of which can fully charge a car in less than 30 minutes.

Victor Chevrolet sales consultant, Doug Beck said this is one more incentive for buyers to consider electric vehicles, especially with gas prices on the rise.

“The vehicle gets 238 miles so you can pretty much drive the entire thruway without having to stop more than once, you get a whole trip in,” Beck said.

By the end of 2018, there will be 3,000 charging stations across New York State. This entire project will cost $4.2 million.

Through the state’s drive clean rebate program, people with newly bought or leased hybrids can get a $2,000.00 rebate.

Source: http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/electric-cars-will-soon-have-more-recharging-options/1188892960

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General Motors Still Awaits Permit To Test Self-Driving Cars In New York

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General Motors announced last year it would begin testing its self-driving cars in New York City—a major change from sunny California and Arizona. However, the city of New York has reportedly dragged its feet and hasn’t issued a permit yet.

According to a Jalopnik report last Thursday, there’s been zero movement on the city’s part. The original announcement between GM and the state of New York called for an early-2018 deployment of the self-driving cars. As a reminder, we’re now in the middle of May and quickly approaching the half-way mark of 2018.

The delays could have something to do with the NYC mayor Bill de Blasio’s opposition to robo taxis operating on the city’s streets.

“The Mayor has strenuously opposed this pilot on heavily traveled lower Manhattan streets,” said Seth Stein, a spokesman for the mayor’s office.

Stein’s statement added the state should “stop” GM’s plans immediately.

General Motors and Cruise Automation have continuously tested its self-driving cars, the Cruise AV, in California and Arizona. Tests in those states provide rather ideal conditions for autonomous-driving technology with clear skies, a lack of rain, and warm temperatures. New York City will likely prove a much more challenging locale.

GM has reportedly mapped a “significant” portion of NYC since the automaker announced plans to bring the Cruise AV to the Big Apple. Previously, just five square miles of the city had been mapped.

The automaker hopes to commercialize self-driving cars sometime in 2019.

Source: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2018/05/general-motors-still-awaits-permit-to-test-self-driving-cars-in-new-york/

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According to the analysis of the last quarter of 2017, the percentage of people surfing the web via a mobile device has increased up to 84%, while the sales of tablets and notebooks have grown by 23%. Mobility, portability, Internet accessibility and speed of the device are the main priorities. Therefore, the mobile devices market is growing very fast.

But there is a huge gap in the development of portable devices development: security. If we are talking about personal computers, then the security of the devices and all the data on them is quite developed. And it’s an undeniable fact that with the increase in the number of portable devices’ users, security is the main factor that needs to be thought about.

The security of corporate data is as relevant as the personal security. Allowing an employee to use a mobile device both for personal purposes and for work greatly affects the security of corporate data. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a new global concept, a technology that is growing at a high rate in the US and allows the employees to use their own devices at work. Many financial institutions, small and medium business enterprises, need a guarantee that their data will be protected.

Many companies develop their own applications to ensure security of their data. However, creating local programs is very costly. BYOD policy and VPN protection is an incentive to improve the security of mobile devices.

At the moment, the most popular operating systems in the market are IOS, Android, Microsoft and Blackberry. Speaking about Android, thousands of devices are activated every day. There are quite low-cost models of the devices using Android OS, and their popularity is increasing.

According to many experts, software for the security of mobile devices will become even more important. And many companies have already started working on such software. The leader will be a company which offers the product that will satisfy everybody. We will find out who this will be in the next couple of years.

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