Today’s Tech Sightings:
A decade after its launch, YouTube still gets billions of views each day. To improve content, YouTube is investing in “YouTube Spaces,” or studios similar to what it has in Tokyo that give filmmakers access to everything they need to create low-budget productions to run on its channels.
Facebook has been gaining on YouTube in video sharing popularity. Its video service delivers content to four billion viewers, up from a daily three billion views in January. Writer Owen Williams argues that YouTube should pay attention as Facebook builds a video powerhouse that may be hard to match.
Writer Armando Biondi, cofounder of AdEspresso, a Facebook partner, argues that Facebook has it in for Google and is looking to become the second trillion-dollar company within the next 5-10 years.
Google jumped into the U.S. wireless fray Wednesday with “Project Fi,” which aims to let users’ phones automatically switch between WiFi and cellular networks in areas their cell phone signal can’t reach. Using Wi-Fi networks will allow Google to cut costs and pass the savings to customers.
Do you even know where your computer, cellphone, or even your refrigerator go when they die? One of those wastelands is Ghana’s Agbogbloshie – a toxic graveyard where young people risk their lives to sift through the piles for something they could exchange for a few dollars.
Researchers at security firm FireEye claim that hackers can steal fingerprint data before it gets encrypted on mobile devices running Android KitKat 4.4 and earlier. Using this vulnerability, hackers can potentially access the kernel of the operating system to monitor and manipulate data.
On the other hand, a study by researchers at security firm Damballa found that in the United States, people are more likely to be hit by lightning than get a malware infection on their gadgets. But researchers also found that requests from mobile devices to shady parts of the Internet are significantly higher than requests to mobile malware websites.
Gadget maker Logitech International SA saw its quarterly operating profits decline 34 percent as demand for computer accessories dropped. The company, which built its global brand name around computer peripherals, is focusing now on wireless music speakers, game controllers and videoconferencing tools to offset the decline.