For iPhone users, the game can access location, camera and photos. Full access is given to the app when iOS users log in by using their Google account, allowing the app to “see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account” including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps and more. For Android users, the game can access a user’s USB storage, contacts, network connections, as well as, precise and general locations of the device and camera, and more.
Fingerprint locking of your phone may seem a much better way to go than having to remember a password, after all it does come across as easier, but it is important to know that hacking has even been proven possible going this route. At a 2015 Black Hat convention. It was shown that a fingerprint could be rebuilt from a file used to store it even hacking a scanner enabling the ability to get fingerprint images. Biometrics may not be as safe as you may think because you are leaving your password everywhere you leave your fingerprints. Even as early as 2008 a photograph was used to recreate a fingerprint and film of flexible rubber containing partially dried glue was proven to be all that is needed to affix to a finger to leave the print on doors, telephone or biometric readers. Recently, hackers have even shown how Play-Doh can unlock an iPhone. Passwords can be changed if you are hacked, whereas once your fingerprint has landed in the wrong hands, a fingerprint cannot be changed, it is forever. This information is troubling considering many government and private firms are using fingerprinting for authentication purposes. Fingerprints are also not protected by the Fifth Amendment, as they are physical and not “testimony”. Police would not need your permission to unlock your phone because fingerprints are often collected in their procedures. Recently, a judge in California approved a search order to police that compelled a person to press their finger against an iPhone. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld, without the need for a judge’s permission, the right of police with a valid warrant to demand that a person in custody provide physical evidence such as fingerprints.
Verizon announced on July 25th that it will acquire Yahoo for $4.83 billion; they plan to integrate it with AOL which they purchased last year for $4.4 billion. Yahoo’s decline since its peak in 2000 when it was valued at $100 billion is blamed on the inability to keep up with technology, more specifically social media and mobile devices—trailing behind Facebook and Google. If you are someone that has a Yahoo email account, you may want to update it, but not to worry right now, as you should have until 2017 when the deal is closed. Verizon will gain 600 million monthly mobile users plus one billion monthly active users with the intention of gaining revenue stream through digital advertising. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer who moved over from Google in 2012 stated in her closing letter, "Yahoo is a company that changed the world. Now, we will continue to, with even greater scale, in combination with Verizon and AOL." Unfortunately, with 10,000 people employed around the world by Yahoo, the buyout may mean thousands could lose their jobs.
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