Today’s Tech Sightings:
Cuba’s government announced Thursday that it is expanding Wi-Fi access in state-run Internet centers and slashing hourly online costs by more than half. Cuba’s state communications company said 35 computer centers around the country will have Wi-Fi access, beginning in July.
China’s local Want China Times reported this week that WeChat provider Tencent could be forced to leave Taiwan. The paper cited a regulator saying Tencent’s registration in Taiwan does not cover its popular chat service, currently used by more than 6 million people on the island.
Google, in conjunction with social news agency Storyful, is launching three new YouTube initiatives to help citizen journalists and professional users unearth genuine eyewitness footage from YouTube, verify user-generated content, and focus on human rights.
Following reports that Samsung Galaxy devices are open to hackers due to a vulnerability in keyboard software SwiftKey, both Samsung and SwiftKey assured users they are working on a solution. Meanwhile Tripwire security experts have a few recommendations to help users protect themselves until the patch arrives.
A team of researchers from Indiana University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Peking University have uncovered a very serious flaw in the Apple iPhone’s OS X operating system. The vulnerability allows hackers to steal passwords saved in Apple’s Keychain and its native apps, as well as third-party apps.
The reality is that tracking sophisticated hackers after they compromise a major network or business is a very difficult task, particularly if the attackers are based in another country, or work for a state government. But experts say even if the assailants are never arrested, unmasking their identities is a crucial part of creating a viable defense against them.
Ello started in 2014 as an invitation-based social service with no mobile option. But the company, which says it has several million loyal users, now is launching a mobile app and lifting the subscription requirement.