There’s a ton of tech news to get to! Maybe you didn’t get to it all, because who’s got time for that? Well, that’d be us — here are a handful of stories from the week that was that might affect you!
Last month, word got out that the Equifax hack was actually even worse than previously reported, with the revelation that they also had some tax identification numbers, email addresses, even more credit card numbers, and issue and expiration dates for drivers licenses compromised. That’s why this sub-headline looks familiar! This past week, things got even worse again, with it being reported that the hack affected 2.4 million more people than previously known. I guess that’s not a big deal in the grand scheme, though. The extra 2.4 million only had names and some driver’s license numbers compromised, with Social Security numbers and credit card information staying safe. I guess the other reason it’s not that big of a deal is that 2.4 million is, for this hack, a drop in the bucket! It takes the total affected from around 145 million people to about 148 million.
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is a yearly consumer electronics get-together, and it’s usually the one that sees the year’s first batch of premium Android smartphones announced. This year, that included the Samsung Galaxy S9, which features an improved camera and AR face emoji that aren’t as good as the iPhone X Animoji. We also saw what could end up being ZTE’s main mid-range options for the year and a great Sony phone in the Xperia XZ2, which also looks to have an incredible camera.
Things suck for Harley Davidson right now. Dwindling interest in their kind of classic motorcycles has led to shrinking profits, and a consequence of the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum could be the imposition of tariffs in the EU on motorcycles. The only thing left to do might be to look to the future, and that seems to be exactly what they’re doing. This past week, Harley Davidson invested in Alta Motors, a California firm that makes electric dirt bikes. It’s part of Harley’s new initiative to put more money into electric, which reportedly will result in an electric Harley sometime next year. Whether or not that will change the brand’s fortunes remains to be seen.