The Pope’s Hangout; Privacy Invasions; Sleeping With Your Gadgets

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 2:16 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Francis to Address World’s Children on Google Hangouts

Pope Francis is getting ready to host his second video chat on Google Hangouts on Thursday. Sponsored by his educational entity Scholas, the Pope’s chat will feature questions from children with special needs and disabilities from Spain, Brazil, India and the US.

China to Ban Online Impersonation Accounts, Enforce Real-Name Registration

Beginning March 1, China will ban Internet accounts that impersonate people or organizations and will require all users to register their online accounts with their real names, according to the Cyberspace Administration of China. The move further tightens Beijing’s Internet control, which has accelerated since 2013, when President Xi Jinping assumed power.

US Developers Create More Sketchy, Privacy-Shattering Apps Than Anyone Else

It seems like every small mobile app developer wants access to all of your data these days. A new study from mobile security company Marble Security found that U.S. developers lead the pack with malicious and privacy-intruding applications, which challenges the conventional perception that Asian developers took the lead in that area.

Doctors Confirm Screen Time Affects Teens’ Sleep

A 2012 study of nearly 10,000 people aged 16-19 in Norway found that teenagers sleep fewer hours the more time they spend on computers, particularly before bedtime. The report, appearing Tuesday in the journal BMJ Open, argued that guidelines for use of electronic devices by youngsters should be reviewed based on the evidence.

Study: Facebook Could Make You Depressed

A study from researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia based on a sample of hundreds of students suggests that people can make themselves unhappy if they compare their own accomplishments online against their acquaintances. Researchers said users experiencing feelings of envy in these situations could potentially exhibit depression symptoms.

One Year In, It’s Still Steve Ballmer’s Microsoft

Satya Nadella set the tone in his first year as Microsoft’s new CEO when he released Office for iPad users and tagged the company as “mobile-first, cloud-first.” But how far has he moved away from the legacy of his predecessor, Steve Ballmer?

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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