Tech Sightings, October 15, 2014

Posted October 15th, 2014 at 1:50 pm (UTC-4)
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Study Confirms First Case of Google Glass Addiction

A U.S. serviceman who recently checked himself into a substance abuse rehabilitation program for alcohol addiction started displaying withdrawal behavior after he was stripped of his Google Glass. After wearing Glass for 18 hours a day for two months, withdrawal symptoms included feeling irritable and lacking focus, among other issues.

Anita Sarkeesian, Video Game Critic, Cancels Speech After Threats of Massacre

Feminist cultural critic Anita Sarkeesian canceled a public speech after Utah State University in Logan, which was scheduled to host the event Wednesday, received threats of violence. Sarkeesian, who has been a target of harassment by gamers, hosts an online video series that challenges female stereotypes in video games.

Egg Freezing as a Work Benefit? Some Women See Darker Message

Tech companies like Facebook and Apple are now paying the expenses for women to have their eggs frozen. While some suggest the approach frees women from biological confines, others  question if paying women to delay pregnancy is not intended as a way for tech companies to avoid putting in place family leave and flexible work arrangements.

Google Reveals ‘Poodle’ Web-Encryption Bug

Google researchers uncovered a bug in SSL encryption standard 3.0 that allows hackers to compromise email, financial and other online accounts. The bug, which is dubbed Poodle for  “Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption” is less severe than Heartbleed and Shellshock.

Online Ads Are Attacking You

It is being called “malvertising.” And what it means is that hackers load malware into legitimate-looking online advertisements that download automatically when you visit a website displaying the ads. And the frequency of these types of attacks is on the rise.

Birds vs. Drones: The Battle for the Skies Continues

Just recently, a hawk that took offense when a drone invaded its space charged and brought the intruder down. Drones may well become more prevalent, but they will have to contend with the real rules of the sky – birds.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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