Add USPS to the growing list of hacked organizations. In other news, Sony’s SmartWatch 3 launches from the Play Store and Verizon finally supports Google Voice MMS.
It seems to be a good year for hackers. Major companies like Target, Home Depot, Kmart and JPMorgan Chase have been been subject to attacks and things don’t seem to be improving. Today we are learning even the USPS (United States Postal Service) has had its share of intruders.
Why would hackers want to get the USPS’ data? We are not sure, but we do know customers are mostly safe. The only ones affected would be those who called customer service from January 1st to August 16 and offered information.
Otherwise, the hackers only had access to USPS employees, which still includes a list of about 800,000 people. Stolen information includes names, social security numbers, addresses and other personal details. The breach was discovered nearly 2 months ago, but it was kept secret for the sake of resolving the issue in a much quicker manner.
Opinion: If I were a USPS employee I would start monitoring my identity and credit information very closely. The USPS is offering a free year of credit-monitoring services for its employees, so ask how you can benefit from this.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is joining the party a little late, but some of you may be happy to hear about its arrival to the Google Play Store. Sony’s new Android wear device is now available from Google’s official outlet for the price of $249.99.
It is shipping within 1 to 2 business days, which means it’s in stock and available for shipping. Some specs include a 1.6-inch 320x320p display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and a 420 mAh battery. Not bad!
Opinion: It’s not a good time for Sony to be releasing its smartwatch. It’s simply not a great product compared to other Android Wear devices. Especially the ASUS ZenWatch, which launched yesterday for just $199.
We have seen clues and proof that Verizon is playing nicely with Google Voice MMS, but today we are getting an official announcement from Google. This would mean that now all carriers in the USA and Canada are supported, marking a new era in Google’s long-loved service.
Google is also announcing support for MMS messages via Hangouts, no longer requiring MMS messages to send a link instead of a native file. Furthermore, Google is also letting us know group MMS support is in the works.
Opinion: It was always annoying to try and send/receive MMS via hangouts. Not fun at all, and many of you will know this was the case for years. Better late than never, right?