Apple Card And More Data Breaches

On Episode 457 of the Waves of Tech, we kick off the show by sharing why a 20 year AT&T customer has decided to walk away after several hiccups from the mobile provider. Apple released some additional details about the highly anticipated Apple Card by sending invitations to select and chosen iOS users. Back to school time means only one thing – HP is back offering a range of discounted computers, laptops, and printers. Finally, we share some options on whether the data breaches will ever end in the near future.

Apple Card Details Revealed

Over the past weeks, we have heard several comments and opinions on the latest Apple earnings report. It is well documented that Apple has stopped reporting individual unit sales and has pivoted to provide robust information on services revenue. A newer service is Apple Card and it is set to hit the market softly here in the United States.

  • Apple Card preview program invitations were sent out to a very small group of iOS users
  • A definitive launch date for all iPhone owners has yet to be announced by Tim Cook
  • A soft roll-out of the card service serves as a quasi beta release for users
  • Apple has noted that only certain customers with a qualifying credit score will apply

HP Back-to-School Discounts

Windows Central reported today that HP would be offering upwards of 61% off computers, laptops, printers, and other items just in time for back to school. For a limited time, anyone can pick up a wide range of items from $300 to $1,000. A few bundle packages are space savers perfect for the dorm rooms and bedrooms of students.

  • HP 15t Laptop down to $480, 8th-gen Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, and a 15.6-inch display
  • HP All-In-One 24-f1055z on sale for $500, regular price well over $1,100
  • Select computers on sale include a full free year of McAfee virus protection
  • Be sure to search Target, Best Buy, Walmart, and other retailers for discount deals

Data Breaches – When Will It End

Another week, another news story on a data breach from a major company. This is the new normal in technology reporting. We know that companies (with Equifax as the exception) are diligent with security protocols and data management. However, it seems like building in contingency for breaches and emergencies is the new way of doing business.

  • Capital One reported a hack of 100 million applications and accounts
  • CafePress hacked in February 2019 compromised 23 million customer accounts
  • Hackers continue to profit off stolen and ripped personal data around the world
  • Planning for security breaches is analogous to responding to natural disasters

Resources & Links

Apple Card
Laptop & Computer Discounts
Capital One Breach
CafePress Hacked

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