Tech Sightings, November 13, 2014

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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There’s an App that Needs You: The Rise of Mobile Crowdsourcing

Today, crowdsourcing apps are used in investing, creative work, and funding start up projects. They are showing up on many smartphones with thousands of mini-reports coming in from around the internet. The mosaic of information can form a larger picture that can be used for many different purposes, from meteorology to car-sharing.

Rosetta’s Probe Sends First Photos Back To Earth

For the first time, we have photos from a comet. There were concerns about the mission following a landing glitch, but scientists managed to re-establish contact with the probe – Philae – and received the first photos from its cameras.

Meet the 20-Year-Old Who Built a YouTube Product Review Empire

Marques Brownlee is a YouTube sensation. The 20-year-old tech-review prodigy from New Jersey has 1.8 million subscribers under the username MKBHD. He tests everything from cameras and headphones to Google Glass and the latest Tesla.

What Scares Parents Most About Tech? Facebook Creeps and Nosy Ads

A new survey says the web isn’t as frightening as it used to be. More than 60 percent of parents feel comfortable about how their kids use technology, and more than half believe the benefits of tech outweigh the potential harms. However, that confidence starts to erode as the kids enter their middle teens. Some 43 percent of parents say the potentially harmful aspects of social networks outweigh the positive.

China Hacks into US Weather Satellite Network

Officials said China recently hacked into weather and satellite systems of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off vital data. Some analyst say even as Obama shook hands with China’s president this week, an unspoken cyberwar continued between the two nations.

The Security Apps You Need to Keep Your Phone Safe

Despite ongoing security threats, Apple, Google developers and security companies have worked hard to provide nearly malware-free app stores for their users.

YouTube Launches Paid Music Subscription Service

Google’s YouTube is rolling out a long-awaited paid monthly subscription service called YouTube Music Key. The subscription for the ad-free service will start at $7.99 per month and will allow users to watch videos offline and listen to music while other apps are working. The fee will also include a subscription to Google Play Music.

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