Today’s Tech Sightings:
How many times do you admire and fondle your phone every day? Well, a new study from research firm dscout found that the top 10 percent of extreme cell phone users touch their phones more than 5,400 times daily. The average user spends 145 minutes, while iPhone owners unlocked their phones about 80 times every day, or 6-7 times per hour.
Security researchers at Cisco Talos have discovered a new ransomware variety that claims to encrypt victims’ files, demands ransom, and then purports that any further clicks not related to payment will delete files. But experts say the ransom note posted by the malware, named “Ranscam” is a complete lie. It simply deletes files to pressure victims to pay up, but even if they pay, the files are gone and cannot be restored.
A survey of more than 1,000 people in tech startups in Britain found that three-quarters of respondents fear the business environment may get worse after Brexit, making it harder to attract and retain the best non-UK talent. A third said they will slow down hiring and a little under a quarter will scale back growth ambitions. About half plan to raise funds outside Britain in the next year.
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