Tech Sightings, October 23, 2014

Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 1:27 pm (UTC-4)
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Facebook Boss Speaks Mandarin In China Debate

A heavy accent it may be, but Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg managed to surprise and charm Beijing students with a Q&A session in Mandarin. China currently bans access to Facebook, but Zuckerberg said in response to a question, “We’re already in China”.

Europe Leads World in Mobile Payments

A new study from Amsterdam-based payment technology company, Adyen, puts Europe in the lead with 24% of the world’s mobile payments. Asia came second with 17%.

Ello Says Hello to $5.5 Million, Legally Vows to Not to Advertise

Ello, the latest contender in the social media arena, has turned itself into a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) and renewed its vow not to run advertising. Its promise has even been added to its charter. A PBC charter cannot be changed.

Korea’s Fastest Internet Will Leave America in the Dust

South Korea already has the world’s fastest broadband speeds. And if that isn’t enough, the country’s largest Internet Service Provider has just announced plans to introduce a 10 gigabyte per second service, which allows subscribers to download an HD-movie in about seven seconds.

Twitter: ‘We’re Getting Rid of the Password’

Twitter is looking to replace mobile passwords with a new feature that lets users log in using their phone numbers. Once the number is entered, the user receives a confirmation code that grants access to the app.

Smartphones: the Smart Way to Secure Your Logins

As hackers, criminals and thieves continue to wreak havoc with archaic password-based security systems, security experts advise that two-factor authentication, although complicated, can prevent an entire account from being hijacked when a password is compromised.

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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