Wiping Out Sony; Girl Scouts; GTA 5; Best Android Apps

Posted December 4th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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The Princess Trap

A New-York based software engineer, whose four-year-old daughter is already going for cultural gender cliches and predesignated social roles, writes about the uphill battle he and others face getting kids – especially girls – interested in science.

Inside the “Wiper” Malware That Brought Sony Pictures to its Knees

The malware used to attack Sony Pictures’ systems, which effectively wiped out data and crippled the studio, uses Microsoft Windows file sharing features and files named for Windows components to spread, control computer functions, and wreak havoc on the systems it infects.

Selling Girl Scout Cookies Online Can Have a Dark Side

After decades of selling their cookies the traditional way, The Girl Scouts are going online. But the decision has raised concerns that girls as young as 13 could end up as targets for cyberbullying and online predators.

Kmart Australia Halts Sales of Grand Theft Auto 5

This is the second Australian chain to stop selling Take-Two’s Grand Theft Auto 5, following an online petition of more than 40,000 signatures that condemned the game’s depiction of violence against sex workers. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick expressed disappointment for the decision, saying the critically-acclaimed game is played by tens of millions of people around the world.

Lawyers Say Apple Deleted Rivals’ Songs From Users’ iPods

Lawyers representing consumers in a class-action antitrust lawsuit against Apple told jurors Wednesday that the tech giant deleted music users had downloaded on their iPods from rival services between 2007-2009 without telling them and prevented them from restoring it.

How High-Tech, Temporary Tattoos Want to Hack Your Skin

If technology has its way, temporary tattoos will never be the same again. The Center for Wearable Sensors at the University of California San Diego has been experimenting with temporary tattoos equipped with sensors to leach data out of the wearer’s body and transmit its findings using WI-Fi or Bluetooth.

The 12 Best Android Apps of 2014

Google’s Android operating system had a busy year in 2014, between new toys and related updates and an impressive array of mobile apps.

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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