As tens of thousands of students fill Hong Kong Streets as part of the Umbrella Revolution, demanding democratic reform, Beijing blocked Hong Kong social media sites to keep mainland China in the dark. But the protesters are a step ahead with an app called FireChat, which lets them bypass centralized cellular or Wi-Fi networks to communicate freely.
As China tightens its grip on Hong Kong social media, Weiboscope, a censorship monitoring project at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Center, found that “Hong Kong” is the most widely-deleted search term on Weibo. And there are indications that mainland China is still unaware of what is going on in the former British colony.
The African School of Excellence in South Africa aims to provide the country’s townships with affordable, world class schools. The school, the only one of its kind for now, is comprised of portable classrooms, although a permanent home is planned.
Anonymous sources at Microsoft say Satya Nadella, who was born in Hyderabad, India and later immigrated to the United States, has the modesty and equanimity to keep the backing of both managers and employees, despite recent layoffs and ongoing restructuring at the tech giant.
Security researchers have discovered new flaws in the bash shell used in Unix and Linux that render earlier Red Hat fixes ineffective. The company has issued new fixes for the bug that was present for the last 22 years without being detected.
Apple’s recent update to iOS 8 brought new features and fixed some glitches. But users are still complaining that even with the update, iOS 8.02, the operating system still suffers from bugs and other maladies such as losing connectivity or having poor Wi-Fi connectivity.
Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam, founders of a startup brokerage firm called Coinbase, are on a mission to convince the world that bitcoin is not a scam and to make it the currency of the land.