Today’s Tech Sightings:
Internet of Things (IoT) devices rely on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies to connect to the internet and other gadgets within range, which renders them vulnerable to hackers. Writer Tom Merritt offers a few tips to help improve IoT security.
If you thought young people wasted their lives away on social media, think again. Middle-aged Americans use social media more than their younger counterparts, according to a study from media information and analysis company Nielsen. Users aged 35-49 spent an average of six hours and 58 minutes on social media per week. But 18-34-year-olds spent 39 fewer minutes per week on social networks, compared to four hours per week for people 50 and older.
Robo-laborers are already a reality. Writer Jamie Condliffe notes that robots are assuming jobs in workplaces in the United States that rely on migrant labor, such as oil rigs and farms. Now, companies are leaning toward using robots to lower wages and tackle labor-intensive tasks, such as digging oil wells and tending crops. Ironically, some of these robots might come from China, which is investing heavily in robotics and artificial intelligence.
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- The End of Terrible Wi-Fi Is Near