Today’s Tech Sightings:
Attracted by its infrastructure and tech-favorable environment, more IT companies are flocking to Lithuania to set up shop there. Lithuania is home to 13 of the Baltic region’s 20 biggest IT firms; and its population ranks 16th in the world for their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills.
A California-based Sikh non-profit is suing Facebook for blocking its pages in India. The country’s government has requested that social media sites block content it deems conducive to religious or political discord. The Sikh group has charged Facebook with violating civil rights and practicing discrimination.
According to recent figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Android phone ownership, which is gaining in the U.S., has dropped to a 70.5 percent market share in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – a 2.3 percent drop from last year. The advantage went to Apple’s iOS, which gained 2.2 percent.
Google+ announcements were noticeably missing from Google’s recent I/O developer conference. While the tech giant claims Google+ is still alive, writer David Curry argues that out of the social service’s millions of followers, only a small number is active. Among other things, he faults Google’s “overbearing attitude” that forced the Google+ profile instead of the YouTube account on users.
Apple kicks off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, June 8. While tech observers expect some changes in iOS and OS X operating systems, the biggest news could be a new streaming music service and a move toward native, third-part apps for the Apple Watch. But the company apparently scrubbed plans to unveil a new Apple TV.
Researchers at the SANS Institute recently discovered that Macs purchased a year or more ago have a vulnerability that leaves their basic input/output system (BIOS) open to hackers once the computer wakes up from sleep. When that happens, hackers can access the BIOS and wreak havoc with the system code.
Windows 10 is coming in July and Microsoft is already sending notifications for interested users to reserve their copies. If you haven’t received an invitation or are unsure if your PC is compatible, here is a list of questions of answers you can review before you dive into the new operating system.