The Future of VR; User-Aided Hack Attacks; Android’s ‘Trusted Voice’

Posted April 14th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Google Malaysia Service Disrupted by Hackers

Users of Google’s Malaysia website got redirected Tuesday to a hacked site. A Google Malaysia spokesperson told Reuters the company has contacted the group that administers the domain name to address the issue. Likewise, Chinese hackers are said to be spying on governments in Southeast Asia and India, according to researchers at the Internet security company FireEye.

Nearly One Million New Malware Threats Released Every Day

According to a new report from the Internet security company Symantec, in 2014 directed attacks and data breaches increased 40 percent over the previous year, with five out of six large companies being targeted by cybercriminals. The report said more than 317 million new pieces of malware were created in 2014 – nearly one million new threats per day.

Verizon, Symantec Studies Show User Mistakes Aid Most Cyber Attacks

Two new reports released this week said the vast majority of hack attacks are successful because users click on suspicious and tainted links in their emails, companies don’t patch regularly for security flaws, or technicians fail to configure the systems correctly.

Android Gets ‘Trusted Voice’ Smart Lock

Google has just added a new security feature to its Android devices – a “trusted Voice” smart lock that uses your voice as a password. However, when the feature is enabled, users get a warning that “Trusted Voice” is not as secure as traditional lock screen methods.

Where Will Virtual Reality Be in 2020?

Virtual Reality (VR) is evolving quickly, offering intriguing new perspectives and possibilities for interacting with everyday things. But it remains unclear who will ultimately use this technology, other than early adopters. Never the less, a new report from Digi-Capital predicts that the VR market will grow into a $30 billion market by 2020

How Not to Be a Jerk While Wearing the Apple Watch

Apple claims it wants to free people from the tyranny of their smartphones, but its watch only brings more bells and whistles into their lives, adding to the distractions already created by mobile devices. Writer Stephen Pulvirent offers some dos and don’ts to keep Apple watch wearers from becoming a beeping, tapping, peeking nuisance.

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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