Security researcher Luigi Auriemma has identified a vulnerability in Philips smart TVs that hackers can use to connect to devices in proximity to the television set. Once of the scariest details is that the hole could expose Gmail authentication cookies to hackers, giving them access to a user's email address. In addition, the vulnerability allows hackers to access data stored on a USB drive connected to the TV.
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts cut its email list by 30 percent and turned up their ROI by 738 percent. The company cut 220,000 names from its list of 550,000 email subscribers and began sending more targeted emails based on the customer's demographic and purchase history. In addition, the company counted a 210 percent increase in click through rates, 95 percent decrease in opt-outs and a 90 percent decrease in spam complaints.
iPhone app MailTracker allows email senders to figure out if someone has read their email. The app works on top of Apple's Mail app, and allows users to see who has opened and read their emails. The app will send an alert to the user letting them know that the email has, in fact, been opened. The app also provides reporting on how long the recipient looked at the email and where it was viewed, as well as if it has been opened multiple times.
Cars.com has introduced an email alerts program that lets users send themselves search results pages via email. Users can search for new and used cases based on the model name, price, and location and get an email when a car that fits the profile is posted on the site.
Revenue from email is up 28 percent year-over-year, according to a new report from Econsultancy. The research firm's Email Marketing Industry Census 2014 revealed that 68 percent of marketers rate email as 'good' or 'excellent.' In addition, marketers are attributing 23 percent of total sales as stemming from email, compared to 18 percent in 2013.
Emails that have surfaced showing an exchange between Google chairman Eric Schmidt ad Apple founder Steve Jobs, that further reveal how tech companies made inside deals not to hire each other's engineers. In the exchange, Schmidt told Jobs that he had fired a Google recruiter who was caught trying to steal an Apple employee. Jobs responded with a smiley face. The emails have surfaced as part of an FTC investigation into this practice.
Google is teaching a class on how to use email to older adults at the Brooklyn Public Library. Instructors will show students how to create a Gmail account, how to organize their inboxes and how to attach documents to messages.
The Internal Revenue Service is warning about spam emails going out to taxpayers pretending to be from the government agency. The IRS said that some citizens ahem received these emails which included the Taxpayer Advocate Service logo and a fake case number. "Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error," reads the email. "Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance."
After harsh criticism in the press and on social media, Microsoft has come out with a new email policy. They promise not to read user's email, even if that user is a journalist who is looking to leak stories about the company. The policy update comes after Microsoft was accused of accessing a journalist's personal Hotmail account to find out about a leak. Google has also been accused of breaking into the Gmail account of a TechCrunch journalist to discover internal leaks.
Pakistani national Lovedeep Singh was arrested yesterday in India for allegedly using the business tool 'Fax My Way', to spy on Indian officials. He is accused of using the technology to fax and email official and secret documents to a fake email ID.