In an age when about one-third of all food gets wasted in food production, according to the UN Environment Program, one Silicon Valley entrepreneur has established a new mobile app to demonstrate her best way to combat hunger and food waste. The app is called Copia, a platform for businesses to declare excess food which is picked up and given to those in need. For founder and CEO of Copia, Komal Ahmad, giving food waste to people in need wasn’t…
Pokémon Go, a new gaming app launched last week, has skyrocketed to success, boosting Nintendo’s share price 24.52 percent on Monday, June 11, to ¥20,260 ($193) which is the highest single day surge the company has seen since 1983. The surge singlehandedly added $7.5 billion to Nintendo’s market value. But how long will the sweet taste of success last for the new app? Topping app download charts in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, Pokémon Go, according to researchers…
Facebook Inc. faces a class-action lawsuit in California over allegations of systematically scanning users’ private messages going through the social network without the users’ permission. Facebook then reportedly makes a profit from the data it obtains by sharing the information with advertisers and marketers. There’s a chance that Facebook has violated federal privacy laws. There have been several reports shared on social media outlets recently warning users of Facebook’s alleged misuse of private information. The company has the ability to…
Tension has risen between the two leading music streaming operators. Spotify recently accused Apple of making it difficult for the music streaming company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app. In a letter to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app. The letter to Apple’s lawyer was sent by Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez, detailing how Apple rejected an updated…
Despite the fact that Facebook, which owns WhatsApp messenger, cannot read its users messages because of end-to-end encryption on its messages, on Thursday, June 30, a Brazilian court blocked 19.5 million reals ($6.07 million) of Facebook funds after the social media giant failed to reveal messages related to a drugs case. It’s the latest in a long-running feud between Brazil and WhatsApp, after a Brazilian judge shut down the messaging service for 72 hours in May, affecting Brazil’s 100 million…

Seven-year-old Facebook hoax continues to trap users

Written on Thursday, 30 June 2016 09:45
Social media has provided a means for people to communicate with one another like never before – but with platforms like Facebook used by over one billion people, information spreads like wildfire – and there’s no guarantee that it’s true. For example, many Facebook users have been taken in by a seven-year-old Facebook hoax. Users are spreading a false message about Facebook introducing payment subscription. The hoax, which has been around for about seven years now, even has its own…

Google Maps and Google Earth get graphics upgrade

Written on Thursday, 30 June 2016 06:04
Have you noticed anything different about Google Maps? Perhaps the images you’re looking at look creepily real? That’s because Google has deployed new imagery from NASA’s Landsat 8 observation satellite in Google Maps and Google Earth, according to a blog post by Chris Herwig, Program Manager, Google Earth Engine, on Monday, June27. Landsat 8 launched into orbit in 2013 and is the newest sensor in the USGS/NASA Landsat Program. Herwig said it is “superior to its predecessors in many ways,”…
Deloitte’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) practices highlight the increasing trends for connectivity and mobile phone usage across the board in Deloitte’s latest report entitled: Global Mobile Consumer Trends. Both intensity in usage and ownership rates are increasing―in some categories more than doubling―pointing to dramatically changing consumer behaviors, and a shift towards non-voice communications such as text and instant messaging (IM). Deloitte conducted a survey designed to gather information regarding consumer behaviors, trends and opinions for a broad range of…
On June 20 it was reported that the Algerian government had blocked access to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites in order to stop high school students from cheating in an important exam across the country. The blockage was called for after questions from the 2016 International Baccalaureate examination paper were leaked earlier in June on Facebook. It resulted in over 550,000 Algerian students having to retake their tests. Algeria’s Ministry of Education has identified 31 suspects involved with…
At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) which took place from 13-17 June in San Francisco, the iOS 10 upgrade was finally introduced to the world during a keynote. The iOS 10 update for iPhone and iPad is a milestone software update, filled with major changes for daily smartphone and tablet routine, most notably featuring new 3D touch abilities, significant Siri updates and more protection from bugs. What’s more, it’s absolutely free to download in July. Apple’s messaging app is reportedly…
Intel Security just released its McAfee Labs Threats Report: June 2016, which explains the dynamics of mobile app collusion, where cybercriminals manipulate two or more apps to orchestrate attacks capable of exfiltrating user data, inspecting files, sending fake SMS messages, loading additional apps without user consent, and sending user location information to control servers. McAfee Labs has observed such behaviour across more than 5,000 versions of 21 apps designed to provide useful user services such as mobile video streaming, health…
Popular instant messaging app Line will list its shares in Tokyo and New York according to reports on Friday, June 10, in what could be one of the year's biggest initial public offerings. Japanese media, including the Nikkei business daily and Kyodo news agency, said the Tokyo-based firm was set to win approval from regulators Friday to go public as early as next month. Japanese reports said Line, which is owned by South Korean internet provider Naver, plans to raise…
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