Today’s Tech Sightings:
The PC market has been struggling, largely due to the popularity of mobile devices. A new study from internet monitoring firm StatCounter found more people around the world are using mobile devices to access the Internet. In countries like India, mobile devices account for 75 percent of use, while in the U.S. and Britain, desktops still hold sway. But that margin is narrowing, according to the study.
The recent take-down of major websites, thanks to Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS), driven by hijacked Internet of Things (IoT) devices, was just the beginning. Researchers have discovered a new malware strain similar to the one used in that attack. The new strain, Linux/IRCTelnet, is designed to turn unsecured IoT devices into slave components for more attacks.
Twitter is trying to improve customer support. The next time you send a direct message to Twitter, you will receive an immediate response – faster than a human can send it. That means the fully-automated responses will be run by bots. Facebook has already been using customer service bots in its Messenger app.
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