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Jan

InvenSense Faces Investor Lawsuit for Not Disclosing ‘Sweetheart’ Sensor Deal With Apple [iOS Blog]


Apple sensor supplier InvenSense is facing a class-action lawsuit filed by investors accusing the company of defrauding investors by not revealing the true terms of its deals with Apple and Samsung, reports Silicon Beat. InvenSense recently joined Apple’s supply chain, producing gyroscopes and accelerometers for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

In the lawsuit, investors accuse InvenSense CEO Alan Krock of providing misleading guidance when he discussed a large new customer during the company’s earnings conference call in July 2014.

“Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer,” the complaint states.

Investors believed the new customer to be Apple and increased their stock holdings based on this assumption. During this buying frenzy, InvenSense insiders reportedly sold off their shares, making more than $5.3 million at a time when the price of InvenSense’s stock was climbing.

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Investors were surprised when InvenSense’s gross margins dropped 11 percentage points in the following quarter despite this supposed lucrative Apple contract, and the company’s share price quickly fell 20 percent. Plaintiffs in the case assert this decline in the company’s financial state was the result of overly generous supplier deals with Apple and Samsung, as well as manufacturing problems that delayed component shipments. The company’s failure to disclose these “sweetheart deals” is the basis for the class-action lawsuit.

InvenSense isn’t the first supplier to face financial troubles after inking a deal with Apple. Materials manufacturer GT Advanced last year filed for bankruptcy following a failed manufacturer agreement with Apple to supply sapphire for future Apple devices.



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13
Jan

Cricket Wireless closeout sale cuts prices on select Android phones


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Cricket Wireless is throwing a “closeout” sale on select smartphones, including a number of Android devices. Sold with VISA promotion cards, these 3G and 4G models can be had through January 29 at Cricket stores.

Android-powered models included in the Closeout sale:

  • ZTE Sonata 4G – FREE after $40 rebate card
  • ZTE Grand X Max – $99 after rebate card
  • Motorola Moto G – $24.99 after $75 rebate card

To check out the full set of smartphones offered by Cricket, head to the website. As a reminder, the prepaid carrier is also giving $100 credit for customers switching from Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile, Sprint, and other providers.


The post Cricket Wireless closeout sale cuts prices on select Android phones appeared first on AndroidGuys.

13
Jan

US Cellular bound LG G Flex 2 swings through the FCC


LG had a pretty great showing at CES 2015. Among the announcements was the refreshed G Flex, the LG G Flex 2. It really stole the show since there weren’t any phone announcements from major players that week. Not unless you count Polaroid and a few randoms. A model number of LG-US995 has now swung […]

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13
Jan

Samsung Galaxy E7 and Galaxy A7 wallpapers available


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Samsung is in the process of bringing a couple metal body mid-range devices to market, the Samsung Galaxy E7 and the Galaxy A7. As they get ready to release them Samsung has started putting pieces in place to support the devices once they land in the hands of consumers. Part of that process includes release of the stock firmware that comes on the devices in case someone needed to restore their device. 

Within that firmware, users can find the wallpaper files for the new devices. Fortunately, the wallpaper files have already been extracted from the firmware files and can be downloaded to install on your device if you are interested in a fresh background for your Android device.

The files can be accessed through the gallery below. Click on an image that you are interested in to open it one a new page. From there, use your browser’s equivalent of a right-click and then save the full-size image.

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source: SamMobile

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13
Jan

HTC One M8 unlocked and dev edition devices are seeing Lollipop rollout!


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Earlier this morning we caught a glimpse of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the HTC One M8 via an unofficial video leaked to the web. While a close up look is better than nothing, we’re sure HTC owners are eagerly awaiting the actual rollout. The good news is that, for owners of unlocked or developer edition One M8 handsets, it appears that the day has finally come!

News of the update comes from HTC’s Mo Versi, who revealed the good news on Twitter. While Mo says the OTA will start rolling out tonight, we have already heard several reports across the web that suggest some folks are already seeing the upgrade. If checking for an update yields no result for you just yet, don’t panic, as we imagine it will be a matter of hours, days or even weeks before it reaches everyone.

Keep in mind that those with carrier-branded HTC One M8 hardware will likely be waiting quite a bit longer for Lollipop, though we’ll be sure to update you as soon as we know more. As for what’s new? We don’t have a full change-log just yet, though obviously Lollipop is the biggest change here. We imagine that at least some of HTC’s apps have been updated a little bit but we have no specifics for you at this time.

For those that already received the update, what region are you in and what do you think so far? Any other notable changes outside of Lollipop? Let us know in the comments below.

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13
Jan

iPhone Buyer’s Guide: Which Model to Choose [iOS Blog]


It’s been over eight years since the iPhone made its debut, and it’s still the most popular smartphone on the planet. For years, Apple’s iPhone offerings were very straightforward: one expensive top-of-the-line model, a more affordable iPhone with fewer features or slower specs typically identical to previous year’s flagship model, and maybe even a cheap model based on the flagship model from two years’ prior. And they all had the same screen size.

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Your choices aren’t so simple now. Apple now offers four different iPhone models with different screen sizes and different prices. Confused as to which iPhone to get? Use this guide to help you decide.

iPhone models overview

Let’s go over the key specifications and differences between the iPhones, starting with Apple’s priciest offering.

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iPhone 6 Plus: Apple’s biggest iPhone. If you’ve always wanted the biggest screen possible on your iPhone, this is the model to get. Some might see the iPhone 6 Plus as a viable alternative to an iPad mini 3, but keep in mind that you’ll be using the iPhone version of apps, not the iPad versions. That means the app UIs will be designed with a smaller screen in mind.

Key specifications for the iPhone 6 Plus:

– Measures 6.22 by 3.06 by 0.28 inches and weighs 6.07 ounces
– 5.5-inch screen with a 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 pixels per inch
– 64-bit A8 processor with M8 motion coprocessor
– 8-megapixel iSight camera with optical image stabilization; 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera
– Siri voice-activated interface
– 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB of storage
– Apple Pay support
– Sensors: Touch ID, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light
– Available in three finishes: gold, silver, and space gray
– 2,915 mAh battery

The iPhone 6 Plus could be the phone to get if you’re serious about photography. It’s the only iPhone with optical image stabilization. For recording video, both iPhone 6 models offer cinematic video stabilization and continuous autofocus video, which aren’t found in the iPhone 5 models.

If you want to use Apple Pay, you have to get one of the iPhone 6 models. The NFC chip that Apple Pay uses is not found in the older iPhone 5 models.

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iPhone 6: The iPhone 6 has almost the same specs as the iPhone 6 Plus. It’s only missing features are optical image stabilization in the iSight camera and the bigger battery in the iPhone 6 Plus. It’s the iPhone to get if you want the latest and greatest but don’t want the bigger size.

Key specifications for the iPhone 6:

– Measures 5.44 by 2.64 by 0.27 inches and weighs 4.55 ounces
– 4.7-inch screen with a 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch
– 64-bit A8 processor with M8 motion coprocessor
– 8-megapixel iSight camera; 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera
– Siri voice-activated interface
– 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB of storage
– Apple Pay support
– Sensors: Touch ID, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light
– Available in three finishes: gold, silver, and space gray
– 1,810 mAh battery

Learn more about the specifications for the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6.

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iPhone 5s: This was Apple’s top-of-the-line iPhone before the iPhone 6 was released. Now it’s the high-end offering of the two smaller models.

Key specifications for the iPhone 5s:

– Measures 4.87 by 2.31 by 0.30 inches and weighs 3.9 ounces
– 4-inch screen with a 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
– 64-bit A7 processor with M7 motion coprocessor
– 8-megapixel iSight camera; 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera
– Siri voice-activated interface
– 16GB or 32GB of storage
– Sensors: Touch ID, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light
– Available in three finishes: gold, silver, and space gray
– 1,560 mAh battery

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iPhone 5c: Released at the same time as the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5c represents Apple’s entry-level model. It’s free with a new carrier contract. The iPhone 5c is very similar to the iPhone 5 that was released in 2012, as it uses the same internals.

Key specifications for the iPhone 5c:

– Measures 4.90 by 2.33 by 0.35 inches and weighs 4.65 ounces
– 4-inch screen with a 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
– 8-megapixel iSight camera; 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera
– Siri voice-activated interface
– 8GB of storage
– Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light
– Available in blue, green, pink, and yellow
– 1,510 mAh battery

Remember the iPhone 5s and 5c are missing the following features that are found in the iPhone 6 Plus and/or iPhone 6:

– Display zoom and Reachability
– Optical image stabilization (iPhone 6 Plus only)
– 43-megapixel panorama photos
– Cinematic video stabilization
– Continuous autofocus video
– Apple Pay
– Voice over LTE support
– Barometer

The iPhone 5c is also missing slow-motion video recording and auto image stabilization in the iSight camera, auto HDR in the FaceTime camera, burst mode in both cameras, and Touch ID.

Performance

Both the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6 feature Apple’s latest mobile processor, the 64-bit A8. There’s also a M8 motion coprocessor, which is used to handle data from the accelerometer, barometer, compass, and gyroscope.

The A8 is the reason why the iPhone 6 is the fastest iPhone to date, with the iPhone 6 Plus just a few percentage points behind. Looking at results from Geekbench 3, the iPhone 6 is less than 1 percent faster than the iPhone 6 Plus in both multi-core tests and single-core tests. Choosing between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus isn’t really about performance; it comes down to size, battery life, and the optical image stabilization.

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If you would rather have a smaller iPhone, the better performer is the iPhone 5s, with its A7 processor and M7 motion coprocessor. The iPhone 6 is 14 percent faster than the iPhone 5s in Geekbench 3’s multi-core tests, and 15 percent faster in the single-core tests. So the iPhone 5s is noticeably slower, but it’s speed that you’ll be happy with.

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The iPhone 5c uses an A6 processor, which was introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012, so it’s a couple of generations old. The iPhone 5s is nearly twice as fast as the iPhone 5c; the iPhone 6 is about 2.5 times faster. It’s the sacrifice you make with a free phone.

Remember, since a lot of what you do on the iPhone involves Internet connectivity, the speed of your Internet connection will affect performance. Obviously, an iPhone connected via LTE is supposed to be faster than 3G, and Wi-Fi is supposed to offer even faster connectivity. But lots of things beyond your control can affect Internet performance.

Usability

The iPhone 5s and 5c can be used with one hand by most people; the screens are small enough to use your thumb to tap all over the screen. For some people, this is important. For example, while you’re on the bus or subway, you might need one hand to hold on and the other to use your phone.

The iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 are larger, so one-handed use may not be possible for some people. Smaller hands won’t be able to use the iPhone 6 Plus one-handed, and even large hands won’t be able to touch the top of the iPhone 6 Plus screen.

One way to adjust to the larger screen size is arrange your home screen so that your most commonly used apps are located near the bottom of the screen. That way, you cut down the need to stretch your thumb to the top of the screen.


You can also use Apple’s Reachability feature in iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. Tap (not press) the Home button twice, and the screen effectively cuts in half, with the top of the screen now placed within reach of your thumb.

Another consideration is how you plan to carry your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 will fit in most pockets, but not the iPhone 6 Plus. Some people have reported their iPhone 6 Plus bent after stashing for a prolonged period in a pocket. Apple says that bending is “extremely rare,” and Consumer Reports says that the iPhone 6 “should stand up to typical use.”

Storage

It may seem curious that Apple doesn’t have a 32GB option for the iPhone 6. But the price difference between the 16GB and 64GB models is $100, so moving up in capacity for your iPhone 6 doesn’t seem like such a huge price leap.

If you like to consume media on your iPhone, you frequently try new apps, take a lot of pictures and videos, and/or you like to play games that are graphically intensive (first person shooters, adventure games, racing games), get the 64GB model. If you rely on your iPhone as a production tool for video, audio, or photography, get 128GB of storage. (If your mind is set on an iPhone 5s, consider the 32GB version.)

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The 16GB model can work, but you might have to rely on online storage. (If you are getting an iPhone 5c, you’re stuck with 8GB of storage.) You can use iTunes Match to store your music in iCloud, but you have to pay $24.99 per year for the service. You also need an Internet connection to stream the music for your account, or to remember to download music to your device for non-streaming playback.

You can also sign up for iCloud Drive, which allows you to store files in the cloud. Every video and photo that you take is saved to your iCloud Photo Library, so you can then delete those files to make room on your iPhone. iCloud storage plans range from free for 5GB, to $19.99 per month for 1TB.

Other online storage services can work with your iPhone, though in some instances, it’s not as seamless as iCloud. For example, if you have Dropbox, you can set the preferences so that new photos shot on your iPhone are automatically saved to your Dropbox account.

Other investments to make

So you know which iPhone you want. What else should you buy? Here are a few items to consider.

AppleCare+: Apple iPhones come with a one-year limited warranty and 90 days of complimentary support. AppleCare+ extends the warranty and support to two years for $99.

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AppleCare+ includes repair and replacement for the battery, the included earphones, and two incidents of accidental damage (subject to a $79 service fee). If you’ve ever dropped your iPhone before, AppleCare+ could be worth the peace of mind.

Fortunately, you don’t have to buy AppleCare+ when you buy your iPhone. Apple gives you 60 days from your iPhone purchase date to buy AppleCare+.

Cases: Though it may seem blasphemous to cover up an iPhone, a cover can provide more grip and protection from short drops. Cases are as simple as sleeves or as complex and super durable as an Otterbox. Some cases has built-in stands, or storage pockets for cards and cash so you don’t have to carry a wallet. Prices from major brands typically range from about $20 to $100.

Extra cables: Apple provides a Lightning cable with your new iPhone. You might want to buy an extra one; you never know when you need it. Apple’s Lightning cables are $19, and you can find third-party Lightning cables that are cheaper, but there’s no guarantee that such cables will be fully compatible with your iPhone. For example, some cheap cables can’t be used to charge your device.

Better headphones: If you’re serious about your music, you’ll want to replace the Apple-bundled earphones with those that produce better sound quality. The Apple earphones are fine and have improved over previous generations, but headphones from Sennheiser, Grado, Audio-Technica, and many others produce sound that cater to audiophiles.

Or maybe you just don’t like the fit of Apple’s earphones, or you want a Bluetooth set. There are many reasons to replace Apple’s earphones, so make sure you make proper considerations in your budget ($20 to $500).

Mounts: You’ll probably have your iPhone with you almost all the time, including in the car. If you have a more recent car, it might have Bluetooth support, a USB port, or a line-in jack. A car mount lets you prop up your iPhone on your dashboard so you can maintain a sightline to the road. Some car mounts can clip on to your car’s air vents, or use a suction cup to hold its place on the dash, or fit in a cupholder. You’ll generally pay between $25 and $75 for a car mount.

Camera accessories: Serious about using the iPhone as a camera? You’ll need to get some gear to make the most out of the iPhone camera. There is a vast array of lenses, like the Olloclip line, as well as external flashes, night optics, infrared cameras, tripods, storage devices, and more.

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If you want to use your iPhone to create videos or take a lot of pictures, you might even want to buy a selfie stick. This stick lets you hold the iPhone away from you as you record yourself. Most sticks are adjustable, allow you to move the iPhone closers or farther away, and some include a Bluetooth remote that acts as a shutter button. The PicStick ($30), pictured above, is extendable and has a built-in Bluetooth controller on the handle for snapping pictures.

Which iPhone should you buy?

The iPhone 6 hits the sweet spot between performance and size–it’s the iPhone to get. It offers more screen than iPhones with a 4-inch display without being unwieldy. And it’s the top-performing iPhone, so it’ll handle the most demanding apps. Consider buying the 64GB version so you’ll have plenty of storage for your photos, videos, and apps.

The iPhone 6 Plus meets the demand of users who want a “phablet.” It performs just as well as the iPhone 6, since it has the same processor. The 5.5-inch screen is brilliant, but for some people the overall size of the iPhone 6 Plus is too big and a clumsy item to carry. If you’re serious about using the iPhone as a video or photo production device, the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus is the one to get, especially since it has camera features not found in the other iPhones. It’s also got the best battery life out of all the iPhones because it’s big enough to house a larger battery.

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If you like having a small phone, the iPhone 5s fits the bill. For a phone that’s a year old, it still offers great performance even when compared to the iPhone 6. You’ll miss out on Apple Pay and a few camera features, but you’ll be plenty happy with the iPhone 5s overall.

If you’re looking for the cheapest iPhone available, right now it’s the iPhone 5c. It’s available only with 8GB of storage, so you may need to rely on cloud storage to make up for the lack of space. You’ll also miss out on a lot of camera features; if photos are important but you want a small phone, opt for the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5c also doesn’t support Touch ID. Rumor has it that Apple will cease production of the iPhone 5c in 2015, so if you want it for nostalgic reason, you should buy one sooner than later.



13
Jan

Collapsible ‘TextBlade’ Keyboard for iOS Devices Uses Just Eight Smart MultiTouch Keys [iOS Blog]


WayTools today debuted the TextBlade, a compact, collapsible keyboard that’s just a third of the size of an iPhone. Instead of using traditional keyboard layout, it uses “next-gen key switch technology” to allow users to type using just eight large smart keys that represent the entire alphabet.

Described as the first MultiTouch keyboard, the TextBlade weighs 1.5 ounces and lasts for a month in between charges thanks to the lithium polymer battery built into the spacebar. Charging takes less than an hour and works through any USB port.

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The TextBlade is collapsible and uses built-in magnets snap the pieces together into a form factor thats “as easy to carry as a pen,” which was WayTools’ main goal for the product. Its keys use a technology called “MagLever,” which the company says is superior to a rubber spring keyboard with no drag, stretch, or wear.

TextBlade is brimming with advanced technology, including the World’s first physical MultiTouch Keys, ultra low energy Bluetooth Smart, and the first MultiLayer Keys, bringing symbols and editing to home row … all engineered into the most compact touch-type machine ever produced.

TextBlade uses the same character map as a traditional QWERTY keyboard, allowing people to use the same fingers to select the same letters as they would on a standard keyboard. This function makes typing on the TextBlade “instantly familiar” according to WayTools. The keyboard’s eight smart MultiTouch keys are also described as “MultiLayer,” allowing them to be used to select symbols and make edits quickly. All keys one might expect to find in an iOS-compatible keyboard, including keys for accessing audio controls and Siri, are included in the TextBlade.

Keyboard covers shrink keys, and fatten your tablet. Not TextBlade.You get full 19mm finger spacing – the same as a desktop.Precision keys outperform a MacBook Pro, with full 2mm travel and extra large keytops. TextBlade’s innovative frameless array eliminates all keyboard shudder, with rock-solid grip that hugs the table closer than a MacBook Air, so it’s even easier on your wrist. TextBlade’s ultra-low profile is half as thick as an iPhone 6.

TextBlade can be pre-ordered from the WayTools website for $99, and will begin shipping out to customers in February.



13
Jan

Trivia Crack may be the next big thing in mobile gaming, and Windows Phone is ready


I do not consider myself exactly on the edge of trendsetting, nor do I claim always to know what the next ‘big thing’ is, but Trivia Crack (TriviaCrack.com) has recently caught my attention.

I started playing the game a few months ago as it came to Windows Phone back in September. Sure, it is fun, but I thought it was just another game for Windows Phone. Then, all of a sudden a few weeks ago, I started getting requests from friends on Facebook to play the trivia game. I had no idea it was even on other platforms. Weeks later and friends of friends are telling me it is all the rage.

13
Jan

Trivia Crack may be the next big thing in mobile gaming, and Windows Phone is ready


I do not consider myself exactly on the edge of trendsetting, nor do I claim always to know what the next ‘big thing’ is, but Trivia Crack (TriviaCrack.com) has recently caught my attention.

I started playing the game a few months ago as it came to Windows Phone back in September. Sure, it is fun, but I thought it was just another game for Windows Phone. Then, all of a sudden a few weeks ago, I started getting requests from friends on Facebook to play the trivia game. I had no idea it was even on other platforms. Weeks later and friends of friends are telling me it is all the rage.

13
Jan

Obama renews push for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation


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Barack Obama’s last effort to get some cybersecurity legislation through Congress stalled in 2011, when it successfully cleared the Republican-held House, but withered in the Senate. After some high-profile attacks on government social networking accounts, Sony and others, he’s resurrecting those plans. It will be one of the many things the president discusses during his upcoming State of the Union address, but he is delivering a preview of those plans today in a speech at the Department of Homeland Security. Obviously many of the details will need to be worked out by Congress, but Obama is pushing for some liability protection for companies that quickly respond and share information about attacks. The White House says there will also be strict requirements for the protection of personal data.

Some of those protections for the consumer were already proposed on Monday, such as the creation of a federally mandated privacy standard and disclosure requirements for companies that fall victim to hacking. There is still some concern, though, about what the guidelines will look like regarding the collection, retention and sharing of data related to cyber threats. Especially when the government is still struggling to win back trust lost over the NSA scandal.

Much of today’s proposals focus on beefing up law enforcement’s abilities to investigate and prosecute cybercrimes, however. The president wants to give authorities the ability to prosecute for selling botnets, spyware and stolen credit card information — even if those sales are overseas. He also wants to give courts the ability to shut down botnets, especially if they are used in a denial of service (DoS) attack designed to bring down a website or service. One thing that will not be allowed though, is for companies to retaliate on their own against those that attack them.

Lastly, Obama announced plans for a cybersecurity summit on February 13th, that will take place at Stanford University.

How these proposals shake out remains to be seen. With the opposition controlling both the House and the Senate, President Obama faces an uphill battle getting any legislation passed. Not to mention his track record on issues of cybersecurity and personal privacy is spotty at best. In addition to the ongoing NSA scandal, the White House appointed Michael Daniel as its Cyber Security coordinator, who has freely admitted to his lack of technical knowledge.

That being said, the administration has done quite a lot to strengthen the nation’s digital defenses (and offenses) and the president has made it a focus of his time in office. In addition to creating rules of engagement and shifting both Homeland Security and Military resources to cyberprojects, he’s also pushed to create a cybersecurity insurance market to help protect private industry from online threats.

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