Trump’s Android Phone Garners Widespread Media Attention from Tech Community
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump is still using his Android phone, and the tech media immediately went ablaze about the security concerns. The insecure device leaves an open door to hackers who can potentially access the President’s location through any one of the many apps running on the device. There’s also the potential threat for malware and phishing attacks with one link easily leading to a compromised situation. According to Android Central, Trump most likely uses a Samsung Galaxy S3, which was first produced in 2012. Although Google is diligent about releasing monthly Android updates, most of those updates are not available for older models. For instance, according to Wired, less than one percent of Android devices currently run the most recent major release, Android 7.0, which was released last summer.
China Tightens Firewall in 14-month Crack Down on VPN Services
This week, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has launched a 14-month campaign to crack down on virtual private networks (VPN) and unauthorized internet connections. The new requirement places the majority of VPN providers to the 730 million internet users in an illegal status. According to South China Morning Post, “China’s internet connection service market has signs of disordered development that requires urgent regulation and governance,” the ministry said. China notoriously blocked access to 135 of the top 1,000 websites worldwide including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and most recently LinkedIN. The notice stated the “clean up” effort will last until March 31st, 2018.
Porsche Unveils 2018 Panamera 4E-Hybrid to Retail at $113,400
Porsche is releasing the 2018 Panerma 4 E-Hybrid shown at the Paris Auto Show last September. The plug-in hybrid will first arrive in Canada and have a MSRP of $113,400. The car will have a twin turbo, 2.9-litre V6 with 330 horsepower, and an electric motor that generates 136 hp, for a 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. The Panemera 4 E-Hybrid can travel up to 50 km on electric power, and up to 140 km/h.