Today’s Tech Sightings:
There is no escaping the growing symbiosis between man and machine. Writer Kristen V. Brown says we have already become cyborgs in the sense that we are tethered to electronic devices. And she argues that the breakthroughs seen in 2016 have brought people closer to a future where technology and biology could be regularly integrated.
New research from the California and Virtual Reality Medical Institute found that “regular use of social networking such as Facebook can negatively affect your emotional well-being and satisfaction with life.” Facebook ‘lurkers,’ as the study calls them, miss out on the Christmas family atmosphere and could significantly improve their well-being by taking a break from social media.
A study from RMIT University found that up to two million Australians risk being targeted by hackers every time they tap into a public Wi-Fi network to access financial services. In the past three months, at least 10 million people accessed public Wi-Fi networks in Australia, ranked sixth on the international scale of cybersecurity attacks. Up to 60 percent of users knew the public networks were somewhat insecure, but the study found that those who did financial transactions were under the impression that public Wi-Fi networks are relatively secure.
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