Taiwanese authorities launched an investigation into whether China’s leading smartphone maker, Xiaomi, poses a cybersecurity risk. The probe started following reports that some of Xiaomi’s phones automatically send user data to its servers in mainland China. The results of the investigation will be released in three months.
Facebook’s drone-based initiative, which plans to use light to beam data to people from drones and satellites, could launch its solar-powered drones by 2019. Several tech giants are working with Facebook and looking to create drones that can operate for months in the sky at altitudes ranging between 60,000-90,000 feet.
Cameroon has a serious shortage of medical staff, particularly in remote areas. That often costs the lives of pregnant women and their children because they are unable to get the attention they need in time. But a new project sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund encourages people in need of medical help to use mobile texting and instant messaging to direct health officials to their location to get the help faster.
PalPal’s announcement Thursday that it will partner with several bitcoin payment processors is a small step toward allowing its customers to use cryptocurrency to buy digital products.
U.K.-based digital thermostat maker, Heatmiser, has alerted its customers to possible security risks in its popular Wi-Fi thermostat. The move follows a report by a security researcher who found vulnerabilities in several of the company’s products.
Microsoft will stop providing its partners copies of Windows 7 to be preinstalled on new PCs after October 31, 2014. Mainstream support for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 will continue until January 13, 2015. After that, Microsoft will not provide new features, but will continue its security updates until the end of extended Windows 7 support in 2020.