Today’s Tech Sightings:
Started in 2014 by filmmaker Nawneet Ranjan, a slum innovation project in India’s Mumbai has been producing mobile, open source apps to help teenage girls deal with everyday problems such as sexual harassment, water access and education. The project suffered a setback in January when a fire destroyed the homes and equipment of participating girls. But Ranjan is now trying to revive the project.
The announcement Monday that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) unlocked an iPhone belonging to a California mass shooter without Apple’s help has raised a lot of questions about the security of iPhones. The FBI had an “outside party” – allegedly an Israeli company – unlock the phone. The questions now are whether any government around the world can do the same and whether all other iPhones can be unlocked without Apple’s help? Apple has responded to this development.
A new report from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab says Windows and Android versions of Tencent’s web browser QQ transmit personal data with little if any encryption, including location information, Internet surfing patterns and device IDs. The group, which focuses on technology and human rights, says the flaws put users at risk of surveillance. An earlier report pointed out similar flaws in browsers belonging to major online players Baidu and Alibaba.
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