This week on the Waves of Tech 240, we dive into the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Cryptowall 2.0, and Facebook’s new app Rooms, and the use of WiFi to predict wait times. It’s definitely a bizarre mix of topics but that’s what we bring! Cryptowall needs to be discussed to illuminate the importance of taking security serious. Rooms breaks the cycle for Facebook by allowing users be remain anonymous on the application. Finally, the latest in-home media device from Amazon continues to show the future of the tech giant. Enjoy the show!
If you are familiar with as Cryptowall 2.0, the latest ransomware, you know it’s a nightmare. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, the virus holds your data hostage and encrypted until a dollar ransom is paid for a key. Steve’s customer got hit by the ransomware, causing a landslide of issues both in terms of personnel, resources, and money. As a constant reminder, take security serious and be sure to invest in protecting your data. Because without data, we have nothing.
The latest application from Facebook, Rooms, is a bit of a departure from the usual confines of how they operate their business. In Rooms, users can customize points or areas of interest and share photos, videos, and text. You can also did this anonymously, which is drawing attention to the application. Create places, create conversation, and create friendships with the latest from the social media giant.
Travelling can be incredibly stressful, especially when it comes to getting through the security lines before boarding. In an innovative approach, Passpoint (powered by Boingo Wireless) is tapping into user’s WiFi and Bluetooth signals to provide travelers with an accurate display of wait times. In test runs, it predicted accurate wait times within 99%. In essence, this will allow visitors an opportunity to choose the shortest lines. Sounds like a strange case of Big Brother but let’s see how it plays out.
We saw this coming. Initially, Amazon released the Amazon Fire TV, their answer to the growth in set-top boxes such as Roku and Apple TV. We witnessed Google release the Chromecast and Roku presented the Streaming Stick. Amazon has now released the Fire TV Stick at a low price point of $39. If you are a Prime Member, you can pick it up for $19. As a selling point to non-Prime members, Amazon is giving a 30-day trial of Netflix and Prime to those that place an order.