Tech Sightings, October 1, 2014

Posted October 1st, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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iOS Trojan Spies on Hong Kong Protesters

Lacoon Mobile Security has revealed that the phones of protesters demanding more democratic reform in Hong Kong are being targeted by “Xsser mRAT,” which is spyware believed to be the work of the Chinese government. The spyware is disguised as a fake application aimed at monitoring protesters’ communications.

Meet the Game Developer Who Codes Entirely with His Feet

Max Strzelecki, who was born with no arms, uses a regular mouse and keyboard to code – with his feet. His latest project is an action-platformer called Warlocks, which is close to reaching its Kickstarter funding goal.

App Teaches Kindergartners Basic Computer Coding

According to researchers in Massachusetts, this is the first basic coding app especially designed for children as young as five. ScratchJr allows kids to put together graphical programming blocks to create various elements or characters that can walk and talk.

The Shellshock FAQ: What you need to know

If you haven’t heard of Shellshock, the latest vulnerability in Linux, Unix and some other operating systems, this is a good place to start.

The Internet is Broken

If you are looking for something these days, odds are your first move is to google it. More and more of your personal and sensitive data is now on the Internet, despite the lack of privacy and the absence of a reliable way to validate users’ credentials when accessing financial data, for example. The problem is the Internet is becoming an increasingly dangerous place.

Reddit Plans Its Own Cryptocurrency

Social news website, Reddit, is looking to create its own cryptocurrency, backed by allocated company shares. According to the plan, the shares will be divided into smaller parts that will be represented by a code snippet, or Redditcoin, given to members of the Reddit community to use as they like.

Windows 10: Return of the Axed Start Button

The next version of the Windows operating system will be Windows 10, Microsoft announced Tuesday. While skipping Windows 9 entirely, the new OS is intended to run on all platforms and will be available in mid-2015.

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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