Today’s Tech Sightings:
Apple has pulled from its App Store an app called I Sea that claimed it could help find refugees lost at sea by showing real-time satellite footage of the Mediterranean Sea. But developers found the app only shows the same image all the time and pulls data from old Google Maps, not to mention a host of other serious problems.
The Internet is already a digital archive, of sorts. But like old buildings, it is populated with neglected links, vanishing images and outdated websites. Which parts of this cyberspace should be preserved for posterity? An arts non-profit – Rhizome – has developed an app called Webrecorder to help save worthwhile parts of the Internet for future generations.
A new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warns that at least a dozen countries are planning or have enacted laws that restrict online speech. The trend, according to the report, could impact the global Internet, leading to intrusive surveillance and cybercrime.
- Indonesia, South Korea Central Bank Websites Hit by Cyberattacks
- Chinese Hacking Slows Amid Public Scrutiny, US Pressure
- Phone Tracking, Nude Selfies See Chinese Bare All for Credit
- Russian Bill Requires Encryption Backdoors in All Messenger Apps
- China builds Fully Homegrown Supercomputer
- UK Study: We Will Not Unfriend Facebook Friends After They Die
- Instagram Hits 500 Million Monthly Users
- Google Is Making Two-factor Authentication Easier to Use
- Twitter Goes Longer With Users’ Video Uploads
- South Korea’s Netmarble Uses Marvel to Bring Mobile Games to the West
- VR Report: Consumer Interest in Virtual Reality Goes Far Beyond Games