Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Largest ID Theft in US History

111 people have been indicted by the New York authorities accused of participating in an identity theft scam that netted more than $13 million from the use of counterfeit credit cards.

The organized crime rings were based in Queens County, New York. They collected credit card data with card skimming devices.

Blackberry Blackout

A service blackout yesterday caused millions of Blackberry users unable to access the internet or send instant messages. RIM has not provided an explanation but reports blamed a crashed server at a data centre in Slough, UK.

RIM Acquires NewBay

According to "Mobile World Live" RIM, the Canadian smartphone company has acquired Irish company NewBay for around US$100 million.

NewBay provides an open, white label software platform, called LifeCache, that powers cloud-based services for storing, sharing, accessing and organizing digital content across any Internet connected device. NewBay employs 200 staff.

RIM Unveils Blackberry Tag

During his keynote presentation at the GITEX conference in Dubai, Research In Motion Co-CEO Jim Balsillie unveiled a new way for BlackBerry smartphone users to connect with one another and share multimedia content.

BlackBerry Tag, which will be incorporated in the next BlackBerry 7 OS update, will allow users to share contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content by simply tapping their BlackBerry smartphones together. BlackBerry Tag will also enable friends to instantly add one another as contacts on BBM (BlackBerry Messenger).

BlackBerry Tag takes advantage of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology included in the recently launched BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370 smartphones, and these are the first BlackBerry smartphones that will support BlackBerry Tag.

RIM also announced plans to expose BlackBerry Tag through APIs on the BlackBerry platform, allowing software developers to take advantage of "tap to share" functionality from within their own applications.

Haj pilgrims get Smart cards

Pilgrims to the Haj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, will be given a smart card when they enter Saudi. The cards will contain information about the pilgrim including a biometric fingerprint. Card will also be issued to tour and transport operators.

Transport operators have also been provided with software that can read pilgrims' IDs and enter their data into a system. They will be required to provide the list of registered pilgrims to MoARA. MoARA and the Ministry of Health first collaborate on verifying if a pilgrim is medically fit to take the pilgrimage, and only then is he or she issued a Haj card.

The Haj is the largest pilgrimage in the world having 1.8 million in 2010.

Smartcard solution for Blackpool airport.

Smartcards could be a possible solution to the lengthy waiting times at Blackpool airport. The long delays have been caused by queuing for the airport development fee; bosses at the square gate hub have asked there staff to come up with possible solutions.

One possible solution raised could be to give the passengers contactless smartcards when they check their bags in, which could then be used to get passengers quickly through the ADF lane.

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