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New IoT security rating to meets regulatory demands

UL, the global safety science company, is now offering an IoT Security Rating to help manufacturers demonstrate cybersecurity posture in preparation for upcoming regulations.

Looking into the truth about perception and misinformation

New research assesses why it is often challenging for consumers to internalize the types of retracted information that are issued by enterprises or from media organizations. This is symptomatic of the digital age.

Q&A: Tech CEOs are asking Congress for Federal Data Privacy Law Special

Recently 51 tech CEOs sent an open letter to Congress asking for a federal data privacy law, signalling that companies do not want a patchwork of regulations. What might this federal law look like? Chris Hertz of DivvyCloud takes a look.

Pig farmers pessimistic as China tries to talk down swine fever

Bejing - Sun Dawu sighs sadly when asked about the death of thousands of his pigs, killed by the African swine fever outbreak that has been decimating hog herds across China.

Tropical fish swim into Europe's waters as common species head north

Paris - Cod, sole and plaice might be regulars on European dinner tables but as climate change heats the oceans common species are heading to cooler northern waters -- with profound potential consequences for fish stocks and consumers.

Q&A: Why market research needs to draw insights from AI Special

Companies have typically used market research in order to gain consumer insights. But in the age of social media, consumer preferences change rapidly and data gathered from months-long research projects is static and one-dimensional. AI can overcome this.

DX survey reveals high levels of enterprise-consumer disconnect

Kony, Inc. has unveiled a new survey which looks at the global investment and effectiveness of businesses’ digital transformation efforts. The survey shows a disconnect between enterprise investments and consumer experiences.

Misuse of social networks is damaging business brands

A new study from Trend Micro reveals how the misuse of social networks can damage a business’ brand. The report also informs consumers how they might be tricked into a scam from what is believed to be a trusted source.

New York lawmakers reject data privacy act in surprise turn

New York - The New York Privacy Act’s failure to pass the New York Legislature took many commentators by surprise. Had it passed, the bill would have introduced a regulatory framework that mirrored the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Millennials are 'dramatically financially worse off': report

Millennials' spending is the same as their parents when it comes to the proportion of their income going to things such as food, restaurants, and alcohol — they just have less money to spend.

Consumers opting out this National Mental Health Awareness month

The flurry of alerts, notifications and voice services that flood our daily lives can have a lasting negative influence on our mental health. These negative influences gave been assessed in review from Accenture Interactive’s company Fjord.

It's everyday Americans who pay Trump's tariffs

Washington - President Donald Trump has repeatedly boasted that the tariffs he has imposed on trading partners are a financial windfall for the US treasury, but research shows it is Americans that bear the brunt of the impact.

How seriously are retailers taking new data privacy laws? Special

When GDPR first hit, many retailers rolled out changes to comply with the new regulations, but many smaller companies appear to have reverted back to cookies and data collection, plus other activities that fought data privacy requirements.

Facebook ordered to pay 30,000 euros in France over 'abusive' usage terms

Paris - A French court has ordered Facebook to pay 30,000 euros ($34,000) over "abusive" terms-of-use agreements that people had to accept in order to access their social media accounts, the consumer group which filed the lawsuit said Wednesday.

White paper predicts six key trends in the consumer IoT market

Smart home IoT company Viomi Technology and the International Data Corporation have jointly issued a white paper that identifies key consumer trends for the Internet of Things and the smart home.

Startup Celect uses AI to predict what customers might buy

The retail world remains tough, both online and with physical stores. The challenge is with determining what the customer wants and then creating or marketing products around this trajectory. A startup called Celect aims to use AI for this task.

Early US data show big jump in online holiday shopping

New York - Early sales data released Monday and over the weekend suggested a strong start to the US holiday shopping season but analysts said it was too soon to declare victory overall.

Supply shortage forces Canada pot shops to curtail hours

Montr - A little more than a week after Canada legalized cannabis, supply shortages are forcing Quebec pot dispensaries to curtail hours, they said Friday, while Ontario's online store is still trying to clear a huge order backlog.

Walmart warns Trump's trade war will hit regular Americans hard

About two weeks ago, Walmart Inc sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The company warned that American consumers will end up being the ones hurt by the $200 billion in new tariffs on Chinese goods.

Tech nostalgia on show at Berlin's IFA

Berlin - For many consumers, rewinding cassettes, carefully placing a needle on a record or shaking dry a Polaroid photo may all feel like long-forgotten gestures from a bygone era.

Voice assistants tool up in hope of a bright future

Berlin - Some two years after stepping into the spotlight, voice assistants are learning new languages and connecting to ever-more devices around the home -- but mass adoption and widespread ease with the new technology remain some way off.

Brand trust is needed to win over traditional consumers

The balance within business has swung more towards consumers and away from established brands. This is due to greater competition, with startups using digital technology to cut into established spaces. This gives consumers more voice.

How Canadian charities can work better with technology

Toronto - The recent Capital One Digital For Good Summit presented findings that showed around half of all Canadian charities state they are not able to keep up with today’s technology-driven society.

Thrifty Germans look to escape the rat race early

Berlin - Former meteorologist Lars Hattwig has achieved the "frugalist" dream that is gaining ground in ageing Germany: retiring in his 40s and living on the proceeds of a working life lived sparingly.

Visa outage over after transaction chaos across Europe

London - Payment systems giant Visa recovered on Saturday from a hardware issue that had left it struggling to process transactions at bars, shops and cash machines across Europe.

Visa close to 'normal' after outage blocks transactions across Europe

London - Payment systems giant Visa said late Friday it was "operating at close to normal levels" after a hardware failure left it struggling to process transactions in Europe.

Visa outage blocks transactions across Europe

London - Payment systems giant Visa was struggling to process transactions in Europe on Friday and said it was rapidly trying to fix the issue.The blockage has left some customers stuck at the tills in stores across the continent and queueing at cash machines.

Argentina's Macri vetoes curbs on utility prices amid IMF talks

Buenos Aires - Argentina's President Mauricio Macri on Thursday vetoed a law placing curbs on prices of electricity, gas and water, citing a need for fiscal discipline.

How advertisers and marketers can connect with buyers: Interview Special

Jeff Kupietzky has identified a gap in the way advertisers and marketers are trying to connect with their potential buyers: they are using their millions of email subscribers to make money. He discusses his PowerInbox solution.

EU unveils new consumer protections after 'dieselgate' scandal

Apo - The EU on Wednesday unveiled rules to bolster European consumer protections by ensuring "tougher fines" for cheating companies and stronger legal ways to compensate victims.
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