Connecting the World; Flash Malware; Apple; Twitter

Posted October 14th, 2015 at 12:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Ericsson CEO Explains How He’s Going to Connect the World to the Internet

In an interview with Re/Code, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg spoke about what is needed to connect the world to the Internet as hardware prices drop and mobile phones become more accessible.

4.2 Billion People Are Still Offline

The world maybe getting more connected, but the United Nations Broadband Commission says around 4.2 billion people are still offline. In fact, Internet access growth is expected to slow down. Languages not represented online and the gaps between rich and poor countries are some of the challenges that make Internet adoption among the world’s unconnected citizens a slow process.

Microsoft Patches Critical Security Flaw Affecting All Windows Versions

Microsoft has issued a patch to fix a serious remote code execution vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The vulnerability relates to the way the browser handles objects in memory, which could give an attacker access to the affected machine, including log-in access rights.

Flash Hit by Malware – Again

Security firm TrendMicro has reported a new Adobe Flash malware that allows attackers to install software on their victim’s computer. The attack starts with an email related to current news, though. The malware installs on the system once the victim clicks on the link in the email.

Apple Loses Patent Lawsuit to University of Wisconsin, Faces Hefty Damages

Apple could pay up to $862 million in damages after a U.S. jury ruled that the tech giant used technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison without permission to enhance the processing efficiency of its chips. A trial will now decide how much Apple will pay in damages.

Twitter Names Google’s Omid Kordestani As New Executive Chairman

Following a large round of layoffs, Twitter’s new CEO Jack Dorsey has appointed former Google exec Omid Kordestani as the social network’s new executive chairman. Kordestani was poached from Google, where he served as the company’s chief business officer.

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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