In this issue of Recap in Tech – Home Depot Execs Given Apple Products, U.S. President Obama Calls for Net Neutrality, and Apple Makes Switching Easier.
Home Depot Execs Given Apple Products
In an effort to curb the security breaches, Home Depot has issued its senior executives with new, secure iPhone and MacBooks. The massive security breach that happened earlier this year reportedly happened due to a vulnerability in the Windows operating system architecture. Home Depot was ‘hacked’ and as a result more than 56 million credit card accounts and 53 million email addresses were stolen.
U.S. President Obama Calls for Net Neutrality
Earlier today, President Obama requested that the FCC regulate broadband internet service like a utility as a way to protect consumers’ ability to access content. This call to action could require a whole new set of internet regulations and some fear it may stifle innovation. While some people are thrilled with this announcement others are concerned for what that might mean for internet users. Senator Ted Cruze tweeted “‘Net Neutrality’ is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.” Shares of internet service providers (ISPs) fell this morning following the announcement. Nevertheless, this announcement is a dramatic move for the President. During his initial campaign, he claimed that he would fight for an open internet.
Apple Makes Switching Easier
In somewhat of a bizarre move, Apple has decided to make it easier for people to make the switch away from their mobile devices. The technology company based in Cupertino, CA has released a new tool that helps users who wish to move to an Android phone to take their text messages with them. This is a good will effort on Apple’s part to make the transition easier. The Deregister iMessage page on apple.com allows users to easily deactivate the Apple proprietary messaging service linked to their phone number. The process is fairly simple – if you no longer have an iOS device, you simply enter your phone number into the tool and you’re officially off iMessage. For more information, visit apple.com.