Tech Sightings, September 10, 2014

Posted September 10th, 2014 at 2:45 pm (UTC-4)
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Botnet Twists the Knife in iCloud Security

After stealing pictures of nude celebrities from Apple’s iCloud accounts, hackers are now using a botnet – Kelihos botnet – to send their victims emails, purportedly from Apple, asking them for ID information to address alleged iTunes purchases .

Printable Solar Panels May Be Coming to a Device Near You

Australian scientists developing power cells that can be printed on plastic say they are close to making printable solar panels available for market. The team, which includes chemists, physicists and engineers, hopes to see printed solar panels used for low-power applications within a few years.

Uber Sued for Allegedly Refusing Rides to the Blind, Putting Dog in Trunk

The California chapter of the National Federation of the Blind filed a civil right suit against Uber, saying the app-based ride-sharing service refused to give a ride to a blind customer who summoned it and allegedly left blind travelers out in extreme weather conditions while charging them cancellation fees.

Tim Cook Era Emerges as Apple Enters Two New Product Categories

At Apple’s event Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook appeared to distinguish himself from his predecessor Steve Jobs. While Jobs linked his Apple to liberal arts, Cook seemed to forge new paths between the tech giant and the fashion and banking industries.

Once Again, Apple Has No Women on Stage

Aside from the video presentation models, not a single woman showed up among Apple’s featured speakers during Tuesday’s event to announce its latest products, despite the company’s declared efforts to increase diversity.

Facebook Tests Feature that Lets Users Delete Their Posts

Facebook is experimenting with a pilot feature that will allow iOS users to schedule the deletion of their posts. Early indicators suggest Facebook is allowing users somewhere between one hour to seven days to schedule their posts to self-destruct and disappear from view.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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