Apple Starts Production in India; WannaCry Infects Medical Devices

Posted May 17th, 2017 at 11:12 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - Men on motorbikes ride by an Apple iPhone SE advertisement billboard in Mumbai, India, April 26, 2016. (Reuters)

FILE – Men on motorbikes ride by an Apple iPhone SE advertisement billboard in Mumbai, India. (Reuters)

Apple Starts Assembling iPhones in India

Apple has confirmed it is beginning initial production of its iPhone SE models in Bengaluru, India. The first batch will start shipping to local customers this month. Apple has been courting India, the world’s second-largest smartphone market, for some time in an effort to retake a portion of that business from China. The local production could help mitigate the cost of the iPhone SE, but at $220, it will still cost more than the average handset.

WannaCry Ransomware Infected Medical Devices in American Hospitals

Little talked about in the midst of the massive WannaCry ransomware attack that hit more than 150 countries this past week is its effect on medical devices attached to Windows computers that got locked down for ransom. In the 48 U.K. hospitals and an unknown number of U.S. medical facilities that were infected, radiology equipment and devices that monitor imaging scans were also hacked. According to writer Thomas Fox-Brewster, this is the first incident of ransomware directly affecting the operation of a medical device.

WHO Report: Rise in Screen Time Risks UK Children’s Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) is sounding the alarm over increased use of digital devices, particularly among children. In a new study in England, Wales and Scotland, WHO said the data show more than three-quarters of children between the ages of 11 and 15 are using digital devices for more than two or more hours during weekdays. The lead author of the study, Dr. Jo Inchley, said some of the risks of increased screen time and social media use include sleep deprivation and cyberbullying. Inactivity adds the risk for long-term cardiovascular disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.


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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