But in the new version of the program, FEMA has to send over only 13 pieces of data from an application to verify someone’s eligibility. Instead, it was providing more than 20 pieces, including sensitive personally identifiable information such as the applicant’s address and ZIP Code, as well as bank names, account numbers and routing numbers. … [Read more...] about FEMA shared California wildfire victims’ personal data with outside vendor
Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture has filed plans for expanding its Florida rocket manufacturing facility onto a vacant 90-acre plot of land next door, Florida Today reports. The newspaper reported today that the plans for a “South Campus” on Space Commerce Way, near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, are laid out in documents filed with the St. Johns River Water Management District. The land would be used to establish “programs complimentary to those constructed on the adjacent North Campus,” the documents say. Construction on the new site is due to begin in July, with the final building phase to be wrapped up a year from now. The buildings would provide space for manufacturing and provisioning of commercial launch vehicles, Florida Today reported. The site would include a warehouse that could be expanded later. In response to GeekWire’s inquiry, Blue Origin said it had nothing to add to the Florida Today report. Blue Origin … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin has big plans to expand New Glenn rocket factory in Florida
Sometimes covering tech news requires sitting back a few days and letting something play out. While often it may not be necessary to delay coverage, when it came to the story this week about certain Nokia 7 Plus models ‘sending data to China’ we decided to let the information flow out before jumping on the Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt coverage train. Now the news has had time to settle, HMD Global has had time to investigate. While there are still a few unanswered questions, the issues certainly aren’t as alarming as it was originally reported by some outlets. As best as we can tell, and taking HMD Global on their word a little (which at this stage we are happy to do), the whole issue centers around an ‘Activation app’ that comes with Nokia phones. The normal function of the app outside of China, where HMD have a big presence, is that at activation the device will communicate with a server in Singapore (an AWS server under HMD Global control). However, in … [Read more...] about Does the Nokia 7 Plus data leak found in Norway affect Australian users?
Two rookie spacewalkers took on a battery replacement project on the International Space Station that will continue next week with history’s first all-female spacewalk. During today’s six-hour, 39-minute operation, NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Anne McClain replaced a set of outdated nickel-hydrogen batteries with more powerful lithium-ion batteries for the power channel on one pair of the station’s solar arrays. NASA said the astronauts also accomplished several get-ahead tasks, including scraping up bits of debris on the station’s exterior and photographing a bag of repair tools and the airlock thermal cover that’s opened and closed for spacewalks. Another set of batteries for a different power channel is due to be replaced a week from today. McClain will be joined by NASA’s Christina Koch, who’ll be making her first-ever spacewalk. Women have been doing spacewalks since 1984, but always in the company of men. By coincidence, the two ground … [Read more...] about Space station’s crew upgrades batteries and prepares for all-female spacewalk
We are in the midst of the launch of quite a few different phones but there is one that is set to take place in a month or two which has been overshadowed in recent times – the OnePlus 7. Rumours and leaks around the OnePlus 7 have been very scarce of late but overnight an apparent render has appeared, albeit a sketchy one. A couple of Chinese websites are today showing off a render of what they say is the rear of the OnePlus 7 showing it in three different colours. The rear of the devices shows the rear triple camera setup which is not evenly spaced. Although we hope that the fact that the bottom lens is further from the middle lens than the top is from the middle to make way for a periscope zoom lens in the bottom camera we highly doubt that OPPO would be sharing their technology when it is in its infancy. Of course the popup selfie camera is visible which matches all other renders and leaks we have seen of the device so far. The bit that I think is sketchy is the colour … [Read more...] about Supposed OnePlus 7 renders surface online: grain of salt required