While it’s never easy for any of us to ponder our own demise, we live in an age wherein many of us have an “online counterpart” of our real lives – our social media profiles.
Have you ever wondered about what happens to your Facebook profile when you die? Does it remain online forever, or does Facebook simply delete your account? Wait, how would they know for sure about someone’s death?
Like I said, it’s a thought that might make a lot of us uncomfortable, but it’s something we nevertheless have to come to grips with just in case something unfortunate happens to us.
Facebook has apparently already considered such a scenario, and has a system that can turn your page into a “memorial page” in case of death. They also recently introduced a new “legacy contact” feature.
Intel is has been rolling out a new technology called RealSense. They are taking perceptual computing to the next level by interpreting sensory inputs and movement for different applications. They achieve this using their 3D depth-sensing cameras in RealSense enabled devices. This exciting new technology has been Intel’s big highlight at CES rather than focusing on chip advancements.
Before touch identification-based security was introduced, most of our smartphones required only a passcode or a pattern to unlock. Now, after Apple introduced its Touch ID system, it seems more and more smartphone companies are integrating fingerprint-scanning technology to their models.
Companies are finding more and more ways to harness the power of 3D printing technology. At CES 2015, XYZPrinting, the company who also made the Da Vinci AiO 3D printer, introduced a 3D printer that makes use of flour and chocolate as “ink,” which you can then turn into pastries, cookies, cake decorations, and more (you still have to bake them).
Other than comfort, sound quality, aesthetic value, and a few nifty features here and there, it’s safe to say headphone technology hasn’t seen many changes during the past few decades. So when Glow, LLC, a San Francisco-based tech company, launched a Kickstarter page for their unique set of earphones, they literally unleashed a bright new feature that turned quite a number of heads online.
Billions of people are on social media these days. For those with bad intentions, that’s a worldwide pool of potential prey for them to victimize. We’ve all come across a “fake” account at one point in our lives. Though most of these are created by people who simply have too much time on their hands, other fraudulent accounts are created to serve far more malicious purposes.
Six years ago, in an effort to protect their customers, PayPal came up with a brilliant idea that turned out to be an effective solution against fraudulent email senders and domain spoofers. The company enlisted the help of industry behemoths like Google, Apple, eBay, Microsoft, Yahoo, and others, and together, they created an open Internet method called the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance specification, also known as DMARC.
While there’s been some debate as to the need for mobile antivirus apps, there’s no denying the fact that there are hundreds of malicious apps and software out there just waiting to latch themselves onto our Android device’s operating system. Because of the Android OS’ open source nature, it’s no surprise that the amount of malware targeting the platform has been steadily increasing over the past few years.
Though some may argue that Google is already doing a great job of protecting users at the device and cloud level, the risks are still difficult to ignore, especially with stories such as this out there.
If you’d like to avoid any potential security risks to your Android device, take a look at these great security apps:
When Lenovo shipped some of their notebook products worldwide last year, some users discovered they came with a piece of pre-installed tracking software. The software, Superfish, was created by a company of the same name, which apparently paid Lenovo “very minor compensation” to be able to install the software on their computer models.
Why is this a big deal?
Superfish pushes ads on the laptop owner’s browser. While this is mildly annoying, that’s not the problem. The big issue in the words of one of the first users who discovered the adware:
“[Superfish] will hijack ALL your secure web connections (SSL/TLS) by using self-signed root certificate authority, making it look legitimate to the browser.”
Sensitive issues such as government surveillance and protection of privacy notwithstanding, we are beginning to find more and more uses – some rather surprising – for drones. Will these unmanned machines be as commonplace as automobiles are today or are drones just not something that can integrate into our daily lives?