Lithuania’s IT Power; Facebook Sued; Android Drops in EU; Mac BIOS Flaw

Posted June 4th, 2015 at 2:08 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

The Rise of Lithuania’s IT Power

Attracted by its infrastructure and tech-favorable environment, more IT companies are flocking to Lithuania to set up shop there. Lithuania is home to 13 of the Baltic region’s 20 biggest IT firms; and its population ranks 16th in the world for their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills.

Facebook Sued in US Court for Blocking Page in India

A California-based Sikh non-profit is suing Facebook for blocking its pages in India. The country’s government has requested that social media sites block content it deems conducive to religious or political discord. The Sikh group has charged Facebook with violating civil rights and practicing discrimination.

Europe Android Phone Ownership Drops Considerably

According to recent figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Android phone ownership, which is gaining in the U.S., has dropped to a 70.5 percent market share in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – a 2.3 percent drop from last year. The advantage went to Apple’s iOS, which gained 2.2 percent.

It’s the Beginning of the End for Google+

Google+ announcements were noticeably missing from Google’s recent I/O developer conference. While the tech giant claims Google+ is still alive, writer David Curry argues that out of the social service’s millions of followers, only a small number is active. Among other things, he faults Google’s “overbearing attitude” that forced the Google+ profile instead of the YouTube account on users.

12 Things to Expect from Apple’s 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple kicks off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, June 8. While tech observers expect some changes in iOS and OS X operating systems, the biggest news could be a new streaming music service and a move toward native, third-part apps for the Apple Watch. But the company apparently scrubbed plans to unveil a new Apple TV.

Mac Attack! Nasty Bug Lets Hackers Into Apple Computers

Researchers at the SANS Institute recently discovered that Macs purchased a year or more ago have a vulnerability that leaves their basic input/output system (BIOS) open to hackers once the computer wakes up from sleep. When that happens, hackers can access the BIOS and wreak havoc with the system code.

Microsoft Windows 10 Free Upgrade Questions and Answers

Windows 10 is coming in July and Microsoft is already sending notifications for interested users to reserve their copies. If you haven’t received an invitation or are unsure if your PC is compatible, here is a list of questions of answers you can review before you dive into the new operating system.

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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