10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

Summary: Behind on the news and hungry for more? Here's what we learned this week — including iOS 7.1, Android malware, Google Glass in hospitals, and Congressional hypocrisy.

TOPICS: Tech Industry

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  • 2. Android malware almost doubled in the fourth-quarter

    Android malware has rocketed during the fourth-quarter of 2013, according to McAfee — which isn't surprising considering it's the most popular mobile platform in the world by a long shot, taking in about three-quarters of all market share. During 2013, the antivirus firm collected 2.47 million new mobile samples, with 744,000 alone during the three-month period at the end of the year. Unique samples grew by 197 percent from the end of 2012, the company said.

    Image: CNET/CBS Interactive

  • 3. Upgrading to iOS 7.1 may actually speed up your iPhone 4

    iOS 7 was arguably designed with the latest iPhones in mind, both of which are more powerful and capable than their predecessors. It wasn't therefore a surprise when iPhone 4 users who received the upgrade complained their smartphone would slow down and crash even more than before. But with the latest iterative version, iOS 7.1, Apple reckons it has fixed this, making older phones running the new software even faster than ever, making the opportunity for users to upgrade almost impossible to turn down.

    Image: CNET, ZDNet/CBS Interactive

  • 4. Netflix actually got faster after it opened its wallet

    Popular television streaming service Netflix agreed earlier in late February week to pay Comcast to ensure its video content streams as fast as it should, even though Netflix will not receive any extra bandwidth for the privilege of coughing up the dough. After the video streaming firm opened its wallet (though it declined Verizon's kind offer for the same treatment) Netflix actually got faster, according to its latest speed rankings. For now, Comcast customers may see a little relief for the rights to access certain exclusive content on the Internet streaming service.

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Topic: Tech Industry

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  • a bit quicker

    i have noticed a difference in the speed of the 4 with the iOS upgrade. “