Connectivity vs. Privacy; Huawei Thinks Big; US-EU Digital Gap

Posted March 3rd, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings


The Disturbing Consequences of Ultra-Connectivity

The meaning of connectivity is taking on a whole new meaning as it extends to everyday gadgets, cars, implants and much more. And that opens up new possibilities for abuse of privacy and security.

Mobile World Congress: Huawei Wants to Take on Apple

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress, Huawei CEO Richard Yu said his company will continue to grow and will be ready to take on Western competitors in the future.

Barcelona Highlights Widening US-Europe Digital Gap

Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, boasting more than 85,000 attendees, has become emblematic of a widening rift between European telecoms, who first set the GSM mobile standard, and U.S. and Asian rivals who are setting the pace for today’s mobile technologies.

The World’s Richest Tech Billionaires

Looks like building a tech business might be the ticket to join the world’s billionaires’ club. Alibaba’s Jack Ma shot to the top with his company’s 2014 IPO and a net worth of $22.7 billion, but it is Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates who continues to lead the pack for the 16th year out of the past 21 with a net worth of $79.2 billion.

​Google: Chronically Dabbling or Disjointed?

Google is constantly dabbling and tinkering, but writer Larry Dignan asks if the company has become a chronic dabbler or is simply losing coherence and focus.

Google Quietly Backs Away From Encrypting New Lollipop Devices By Default

Last year, Google announced that its next Android version would require full encryption on new phones and that Android Lollipop 5.0 would make encryption a standard feature. But new Lollipop phones made by Google partners are showing up without default encryption. And it looks like it was Google which made the decision at some point to relax its requirements.

Free Encryption App Promises to Put Privacy First

Peerio, an encrypted messaging and storage app for the leading browsers, sets itself apart from other messaging and file storage utilities by making end-to-end encryption enabled by default so that the information is rendered unreadable to potential hackers.

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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