Tech Sightings today:
In a new twist on ways to fight the Ebola virus, IBM and scientists at Scripps Research Institute in southern California have come up with a way to enable users to donate processing time on their PCs and various digital devices to researchers.
Michael Porter, an economist at the Harvard Business School and James Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC, argue that the Internet of Things (IoT) may be the most significant event since the arrival of the Internet because of its potential to usher a new era of prosperity.
Sony is still trying to restore its systems eight days after suffering a crippling cyberattack with a data-wiping virus. Employees were given new computers as investigators search for clues that might reveal the attackers’ identities.
Leading security experts expect hackers to flourish in 2015 and increasingly go after Apple devices. They also project that the cyber espionage scene will expand to include new comers from developing countries anticipating high economic growth.
An upcoming Bluetooth update will improve connectivity, give users more privacy controls, and make it much more difficult for snoopers to get covert access to a user’s mobile device.
New tweaks announced Tuesday enhance Twitter’s blocking and reporting mechanisms for handling Internet trolls.The update, which is still a limited release, lets users report abusive behavior via Twitter’s mobile app.
You’d better watch out! Christmas is just four weeks away. But Google’s Santa Tracker website is already in action so that visitors can track Santa’s sleigh as it travels the world on December 24.