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Recall Fatigue: The Dirty Secret Affecting Millions of Cars – Reference Mark

(Media Release) Ponder this: One out of every six cars driven on American roads has an unrepaired safety recall. That’s about 63 million vehicles. So as you commute every morning, look around and try to figure out which nearby car has the wonky brakes or malfunctioning steer-by-wire system. It might even be yours, and you […]

Microsoft makes emergency security fix

(Media Release) Microsoft has released an urgent update to stop hackers taking control of computers with a single email. The  ( unusual bug, in Microsoft anti-malware software such as Windows Defender, could be exploited without the recipient even opening the message. Researchers working for Google’s Project Zero cyber-security outfit discovered the flaw at the weekend. […]

Can Amazon’s assistant stay on top?

(Media Release) Amazon surprised everyone when, in late 2014, it unveiled a standalone digital assistant that was not only good, but blew away the competition in both quality and aesthetics. The Echo – a cylindrical speaker with microphone – now accounts for just over 70% of all digital assistant use in the US, leaving its […]

Most US homes have mobiles but no landline

(Media Release) Less than half of US households now have a landline, according to a study from the US government. Of the households surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50.8% of homes had at least one mobile phone but no landline. A further 3.3% of homes surveyed had neither a mobile […]

Future of cash: Can a ‘bank in a box’ replace a branch?

(Media Release)  ( Watch a queue of shoppers for a minute and they will be preparing to pay in very different ways. Some will pull out a debit or credit card ready to put in a reader. Others might use their smartphone to complete their purchase, the rest will be paying in cash. The group […]

How to stop those annoying robocalls to your smartphone

(Media Release)(  Have you noticed an uptick in those super annoying robocalls, telemarketers, and scams hitting up your smartphone all hours of the day and night? I have, and it’s driving me nuts. Last month, I had a bogus call to lower my electricity bill. A few weeks ago, it was a pause after […]

How hackers hijacked a bank’s entire online operation

(Media Release) The traditional model of hacking a bank isn’t so different from the old-fashioned method of robbing one. Thieves get in, get the goods, and get out. But one enterprising group of hackers targeting a Brazilian bank seems to have taken a more comprehensive and devious approach: One weekend afternoon, they rerouted all of […]

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