Microsoft Edge Security Flaws; Surprising Numbers About Video Gamers

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 11:40 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

A computer screen shows features of the Windows 10 operating system, including Microsoft's new Web browser, Edge, at the bottom left corner, Garden City, New York July 29, 2015.  (Reuters)

A computer screen shows features of the Windows 10 operating system, including Microsoft’s new Web browser, Edge, at the bottom left corner, Garden City, New York July 29, 2015. (Reuters)

With Edge Inheriting One-quarter of Internet Explorer’s Flaws, Is It Any More Secure?

On the surface, Microsoft’s Internet browser, Edge, is a new, faster and better reincarnation of its now-dead predecessor, Internet Explorer (IE). But writer Zack Whittaker questions the security of the new browser, given how much it has in common with the old, insecure IE. A recent analysis revealed 25 vulnerabilities in Edge that plagued the old browser. In fairness, IE had reportedly as many as 100 vulnerabilities.

New Social Network Koko Focuses on Mental Health

A new mobile social media network called Koko helps users under stress connect with others for a fresh look at their troubles. The app asks users to choose a topic and describe the worst-case scenarios of their problem. Once posted, other users can pitch in to help troubled individuals look at their problems from a different, more positive perspective.

Gender, Age Breakdown of Video Gamers Might Surprise You

Did you know that 25 percent of adults aged 65 and older also play video games? That’s according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. The traditional thinking is that kids and young men are the typical video gamers. And while the study found that men aged 18-29 comprise the biggest gamer demographic, it turns out up to 58 percent of adults 30-49 also play video games.

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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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