On Episode 543 of the Waves of Tech, we are diving into this penultimate episode of the podcast by sharing stories about wearables, hacking, and court cases. Over the weekend, a few teenagers with visual impairments wore IrisVision goggles from Virgin Media and experienced a football match in a new way. T-Mobile suffered a hacking job that exposed millions of users’ data and the steps they are providing to fix the problem are both good and not enough. Mastercard announced worldwide plans to shift away from using magnetic strips on credit cards to biometric data by the year 2033. California’s Prop 22 is making news again as a federal court judge has ruled the previously voted on and approved proposition as unconstitutional.
Virgin Media Debuts Visual Impairment Goggles
Southampton Football Club, based in the south coast of England, has a partnership with Virgin Media and they have developed IrisVision goggles for those with visual impairments. Over the weekend, two supporters wore the life-changing wearable technology and experienced a football match in a way they never had before. The youths were introduced at halftime and were met with a loud cheer within the stadium.
T-Mobile Faces Hacking Rebound
A few weeks ago T-Mobile announced the hacking of over 47 million users’ private information, from full names and social security numbers to driver’s licenses and more. The large cell provider is offering up two years of complimentary dark web and credit monitoring through McAfee. Some customers say it’s enough while others want more answers. Muddying the waters is that some of this data is from prepaid customers, which T-Mobile has very limited information to contact them.
Say Goodbye to Magnetic Strips
Magnetic strips have been used for decades in the financial institution industry as a way to encode user’s bank information. Mastercard announced plans beginning in 2024 to remove magnetic strips and shift toward biometric data instead. The planned shift is based on the premise of adding an additional layer of security to an already highly difficult industry to monitor and regulate. Mastercard expects by the end of 2033 to have eliminated strips entirely.
California Prop 22 Headlines
In the 2020 election cycle, California voted to pass Prop 22 which would leave ride-sharing workers as independent contractors rather than forcing companies to classify workers as employees. Well after a suit was filed challenging the passage, a federal judge has ruled the proposition as unconstitutional. This throws the conversation back into the spotlight and could potentially serve as a setback for companies like Uber, Lyft, Doordash, and Instacart.