Tech Sightings, October 22, 2014

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Survey: Harassment a Common Part of Online Life

A new study from the Pew Research Center found that online harassment is a common phenomenon, at least in the United States, with nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet witnessing online harassment, and 40 percent  being harassed themselves.

Hungary Plans New Tax on Internet Traffic, Public Calls for Rally

A draft 2015 tax bill submitted to the Hungarian parliament calls for taxing telecoms, Internet Service Providers and their customers per gigabyte of data traffic. Thousands of people rallied online after the announcement to protest the increase, which some fear will set back Hungary’s technological development.

Apple Warns Users Over Chinese iCloud Attack

Apple posted a security warning for all of its online users after conceding that iCloud has been subject to “organized network attacks.” The company advises users who get invalid certificate warnings in their Internet browsers to take them seriously and not proceed.

Google Patches Malicious Android Code Disguised As Images

An Android security flaw that lets hackers create malware that looks like an image and bypasses security apps has been patched. But users who do not regularly update their Android phones are likely to still be at risk.

Xiaomi Moves International Users’ Data Out of China Ahead of Further Global Expansions

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi started migrating its international users’ data to servers outside of China as it continues its expansion in Asia and other parts of the world. The move is important because it will allow Xiaomi to speed up its services and provide more privacy.

Polish Team Behind ‘Hatred’ Responds to Neo-Nazi Accusations

Jaroslaw Zielinski, the CEO of the Polish studio behind upcoming game “Hatred,” described as over-the-top violent and purposefully insensitive to social justice themes, has denied charges that he and his team are neo-nazi sympathizers and anti-Islamic xenophobes.

Wearable Tech to Hack Your Brain

The idea of brain stimulation isn’t new. But now start-up Thync is looking to push the concept further with a wearable headset that gives users a number of settings, including energy, relaxation and focus.

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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