Smartphones can be “taken over”

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Smartphone users can do “very little” to stop security services getting “total control” over their devices, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said.  The former intelligence contractor has said that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the power to hack into phones without their owners’ knowledge.  Mr Snowden said GCHQ could gain access to a handset by sending… Read more »

What Your Facebook Updates Say About Your Age

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Researchers have come up with a new way of looking at the relationship between language and social characteristics where the differences between groups are suggested by the data itself. Warning: there is some profanity in this article.   Source: Mental Floss Magazine Date: September 21st, 2015 Link: http://mentalfloss.com/article/53031/what-your-facebook-updates-say-about-your-age Discussion 1) The article says that “among the insights uncovered were… Read more »

Google may have your voice on file

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Google makes it easy to search the web by just speaking into your smartphone. But did you know your voice is actually being recorded and stored on Google’s servers? Source: HLN Date: September 3rd, 2015 Link: http://www.hlntv.com/video/2015/06/28/google-privacy-voice-commands Discussion 1) When you were conducting a voice search on Google, do you recall giving Google permission to store… Read more »

Is it the beginning of the end for online comments?

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Vibrant online communities? Or cesspools of abuse? Have comments had their day? The debate about comment sections on news sites is often as divisive as the comments themselves. Recently outlets such as The Verge and The Daily Dot have closed their comments sections because they’ve become too hard to manage. And they’re far from alone. Moderating comments… Read more »

Google Could Rig the Next Election

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By manipulating its search results, Google could decide the next election. The world’s most-used search engine is so powerful and national elections are so tight, that even a tiny tweak in Google’s (GOOGL, Tech30) secret algorithm could swing the 2016 presidential election, according to Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral… Read more »

A visit to China’s secretive tech giant

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Discussion:  Huawei Technologies has a telecom system that connects a third of the world’s mobile phones and employs more people than either Cisco or Microsoft.  However, the company is  relatively unknown in North America due in large part to a lack of presence.  The company has a young (average age of 28) and dynamic work… Read more »

Why big data is suddenly sexy

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Discussion:  The world is flooded with information, making the ability to harness this “big data” and use it to produce meaningful information, incalculable.  Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS, believes that his company is positioned to see 10% growth and expansion in the changing competitive environment by creating software that helps to “enable faster, better decision making by… Read more »

Google to show off mobile wallet for Android phones

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Discussion: Google is introducing a mobile payment platform that will turn its Android smartphone into a digital wallet.  Thanks to NFC (near field communication) technology, consumers can wave their phones in front of a reader at a checkout to purchase items or receive special offers.  The simplicity and convenience of this new e-wallet means less… Read more »

Africa’s business technology revolution gathers pace

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Discussion: African economies are known for commodities like oil and gas, but a tech revolution is gathering speed and helping to change lives across the continent.  From fighting fake medicines to developing cutting edge telescopes, a new generation of innovators is putting Africa on the technology world map. Source: BBC News Date: May 23, 2011… Read more »