Today’s Tech Sightings:
Twitter has a huge problem with trolls, online bullies and people who are using the platform for hate speech and even threats of violence. But since that not-so-friendly environment has scared off potential buyers of the micro-blogging platform, Twitter is now promising “meaningful” changes. The company hopes the new changes to its safety policy will give users more control over their experience. It remains unclear though if this will be enough to rein in enough hate spammers.
Nipping at the heels of Microsoft’s big Surface Desktop reveal. Wednesday, Apple’s big event took aim at the company’s aging MacBook line, particularly the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. Among other announcements, the San Francisco event launched a new MacBook Pro laptop with a Touch Bar on the keyboard that changes functions depending on the programs you are using.
Internet security experts are still shaking their heads after a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack took down major websites on the U.S. East Coast last Friday. Now, DNS provider Dyn, which was a direct target, says hackers used an estimated 100,000 devices for the attack. Many of the devices that included cameras and DVRs were infected with the Mirai malware. And some security experts are warning things are about to get a lot worse. Are your gadgets vulnerable?
- Twitter Is Killing Off Vine
- Google Gives Away Almost $4 Million to Social Good Tech Projects
- IBM: In 5 Years, Watson AI Will Be Behind Your Every Decision
- Who Will Protect You From Drone Surveillance?
- Microsoft Adds Macro Blocker to Office 2013
- Software Firm Adobe Patches Critical Flash Player Flaw in Windows
- Yahoo Launches App to Help You Find Its Bots
- Twitter Plans to Surface Content for Your Special Interests
- Samsung’s Mobile Division Profits Collapse by 96 Percent Year-over-year
- Microsoft’s Windows Chief: Surface Dial Is Just the Beginning