Today’s Tech Sightings:
Apart from some updates and perhaps a couple of new devices, Apple’s big event Wednesday puts the tech giant face-to-face with new challenges amid declining iPhone and iWatch sales. Apple also faces criticism on its lack of innovation as iPhones maintain the same design for three years running. The most significant change – dreaded by many – is the removal of the headphone jack.
Ten years ago, Facebook launched the first iteration of its News Feed – what probably was the first real social feed. The event was the most “inglorious launch moment in history,” according to Chris Cox, current chief product officer. When Facebook started the News Feed, users were not happy with the change that added personal notifications of events and interactions on their walls. But the feature ended up changing the way that we use the internet.
A new Congressional report says the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) failed to apply rudimentary security recommendations that might have mitigated or prevented hack attacks that compromised the data of up to 22 million people. The report comes at the heels of a probe that faulted OPM for not moving quickly to tackle early signs of the attack that began in 2014 and continued into the following year.
- India’s Smartphones Are Replacing Physical Driver Licenses
- UK’s NHS Patients to Self-diagnose Using Smartphones
- US Investigates Russia for Attempting to Hack the Election
- Ransomware Is Now Officially Everyone’s Problem
- Global Startup Competition Heads to Tanzania
- Google Safe Browsing Gives More Details to Compromised Website Owners
- New ‘Gel’ May Be Step Toward Clothing That Computes
- Sony Wins Battle Over Preinstalled Windows in Europe’s Top Court
- Snapchat Ends Local Stories to Focus on Live Events