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In The News 02-06-15

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 by | Filed Under: In The News
 
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Info Stolen For 80 Million Insurance Customers

The account information for 80 million customers of Anthem Insurance was stolen in a massive data breach. Hackers took information for current and former customers including names, birthdays, medical IDs, SSN numbers, addresses, employment information and income data. The company does not believe any credit card information or medical records were compromised.

Anthem plans to offer credit card monitoring and identify protection services for those affected by the breach.  Plans hit by the hackers include Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Caremore, Unicare, Healthlink, and DeCare.

The company is in the process of notifying customers and has also created a website where customers will be updated called Anthemfacts.com.

Apple Watch Will Ship In April

Fans waiting for the Apple Watch to arrive won’t have to wait much longer. Apple CEO Tim Cook said revealed the ship of the $349 watch during the company’s earning call.

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Apple is coming off its best sales period ever, having sold nearly 75 million phones in the last three months of 2014.

iPad sales, however, dropped nearly 20%. Experts think users are swapping the tablets for the larger iPhones.

 

YouTube Now Defaults to HTML5

If you have concerns or issues about playing videos with Flash on YouTube, there’s some good news for you. YouTube will now ust its HTML5 player as the default player for videos.

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YouTube engineers have spent the past few years working with browser developers on the issue and it will now use HTML5 video by default in INternet Explorer 11, Chrome, Safari 8 and beta versions of Firefox.

In a blog post, the company says it will provide a quality video experience for users, plus reduce buffering and bandwidth use as well as gives users a better full screen experience.

Video services such as Vmeo and Netflix already use HTML 5.

 

Harry Potter Comes To Oyster

Subscribers to Oyster’s all-you-can read eBook service can now enjoy all of the Harry Potter books plus the Hogwarts Library collection.  This comes after the service made a deal with publisher Macmillian that added 1,000 titles to their library. Though the Macmilian CEO said those were mostly backlist books that you wouldn’t find in retail stores.

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Oyster charges $10 a month for their eBook subscription service.

~ Cynthia

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