Cuba Expands Wi-Fi; WeChat; iPhone OS X Flaw; Ello Goes Mobile

Posted June 18th, 2015 at 3:32 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Cuba Says It is Expanding Wi-Fi Access, Making it Cheaper

Cuba’s government announced Thursday that it is expanding Wi-Fi access in state-run Internet centers and slashing hourly online costs by more than half. Cuba’s state communications company said 35 computer centers around the country will have Wi-Fi access, beginning in July.

WeChat Faces Shutdown in Taiwan

China’s local Want China Times reported this week that WeChat provider Tencent could be forced to leave Taiwan. The paper cited a regulator saying Tencent’s registration in Taiwan does not cover its popular chat service, currently used by more than 6 million people on the island.

YouTube Launches 3 Projects to Help Find, Verify Genuine Eyewitness News Videos

Google, in conjunction with social news agency Storyful, is launching three new YouTube initiatives to help citizen journalists and professional users unearth genuine eyewitness footage from YouTube, verify user-generated content, and focus on human rights.

Samsung SwiftKey Vulnerability: How to Protect Yourself

Following reports that Samsung Galaxy devices are open to hackers due to a vulnerability in keyboard software SwiftKey, both Samsung and SwiftKey assured users they are working on a solution. Meanwhile Tripwire security experts have a few recommendations to help users protect themselves until the patch arrives.

Major iPhone Security Flaw Lets Hackers Steal All Your Passwords

A team of researchers from Indiana University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Peking University have uncovered a very serious flaw in the Apple iPhone’s OS X operating system. The vulnerability allows hackers to steal passwords saved in Apple’s Keychain and its native apps, as well as third-party apps.

Why Unmasking Hackers Is Harder Than Ever

The reality is that tracking sophisticated hackers after they compromise a major network or business is a very difficult task, particularly if the attackers are based in another country, or work for a state government. But experts say even if the assailants are never arrested, unmasking their identities is a crucial part of creating a viable defense against them.

Ad-Free Social Network Ello Goes Mobile

Ello started in 2014 as an invitation-based social service with no mobile option. But the company, which says it has several million loyal users, now is launching a mobile app and lifting the subscription requirement.

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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