Today’s Tech Sightings:
Thailand’s idea of controlling Internet traffic through one gateway is not sitting well with a lot of the country’s citizens. Several groups that include privacy activists – even gamers – have united to take down government websites with coordinated Distributed Denial of Service attacks. The groups have created a fictional character to represent their struggle on Facebook, called Nong Kalaland.
Following the devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal earlier this year, Patrick Meier of Humanitarian UAV Network has been using drones to map affected areas. The aerial photos and 3D models generated by the drones help track recovery efforts.
As billions of people in countries like India and Bangladesh and others adopt mobile devices for their Internet use, Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, asks about the quality of content they are getting, given a survey released earlier this year by Quartz that said millions of Facebook users don’t even know that they are on the Internet or how much access they are getting. Surman calls for access that allows for education and openness.
According to a recent report from Ericsson, Nigeria boasts around 150 million active mobile phones. And when those gadgets break down, people try to have them fixed at market stalls. But a new startup called SuperGeeks has found a market niche for maintaining and repairing the country’s mobile toys.
A study from global research consultancy firm TNS shows that daily use of instant messaging (IM) has risen 12 percent over the past year with platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Viber. Up to 55 percent of global Internet users are now using IM on a daily basis. About 76 percent use it weekly.
Until recently, the question of relevance – or irrelevance – plagued Microsoft for years. But writer Brad Chacos argues that Microsoft’s vision of unifying hardware and software in a holistic way is finally coming to fruition, although it remains to be seen if the world will embrace the new Microsoft.