Major tech brands such as Apple, Google and Facebook have rolled out initiatives to help consumers cut back on the time they spend online as part of a digital well-being program. An example of this comes from Apple, which aimed to limit screen time with a "Do Not Disturb" function in iOS 12, its new operating system.
The number of US broadband households that tune in to streaming TV services has risen by 58% in the past year, per comScore data, to hit 5% of the total market, or 4.9 million viewers.
Google is postponing any plans for a launch of a search engine app in China after employees called for more transparency and oversight with the project. A Chinese official said a 2018 release of the search engine would be unlikely, and Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said once the company comes closer to developing a plan of record for the project, it will be more transparent.
Twitter will no longer allow access to API features due to "technical and business constraints," warning some third-party applications will not function the way they did before the change. One such app, Tweetbot, is working to add the lost features, but developers warn the problem is "totally out of [their] control."
Hackers are targeting connected devices, so it's important for consumers to remain aware and vigilant against potential attacks, writes Nina Zipkin. Third-party apps, connected appliances, connected vehicles and point-of-sale systems are among the surprising places where hackers are now hiding, Zipkin writes.
Automated technologies often aren't enough to counter ransomware attacks on K-12 schools, writes Karen Scarfone. Additional precautions need to be taken to protect schools from ransomware, such as managing vulnerabilities with system updates, protecting endpoints and using application whitelisting.
While the number of data breaches is down so far this year compared with 2017, email exposure has grown, per a study from Risk Based Security. Of the 2,308 data breaches this year, 45.4% of the data exposed were email addresses, up from 32.4% in the same period last year.
A team at the University of California, San Diego, has developed a low-cost tag dubbed LiveTag that can be attached to everyday, nonelectronic items. The tag reflects radio signals from Wi-Fi routers and can control certain devices by emitting unique signals.
Google has partnered with GN Hearing to provide direct audio streaming to assistive devices via Android. The new Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids specification promises to use little power while improving the ability to monitor device status.
Sony recently announced that it has sold 3 million virtual reality headsets and 21 million copies of PlayStation VR games. Overall, the company has sold 82 million PlayStation 4s, indicating that only a small portion of users have purchased the VR add-on.
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