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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  • 7. World Wide Web inventor says it 'still needs work,' even 25 years later

    Nobody's perfect, and even the technologies that have been around for more than one-quarter of a century aren't either. Maybe if the NSA hadn't blown it in the last few years with its encryption cracking, cable tapping, mass surveillance spying endeavors, Sir Tim Berners-Lee would be a little more upbeat. In speaking to sister-site CNET, the Web's inventor admitted that the Web had gone a long way but there was more work to be done, and that there needed to be more ways to "bridge cultural divides." 

    Image: World Wide Web Consortium

  • 8. ER doctors are now using Google Glass to identify patients

    Don't even think about calling this doctor a "glasshole." One tech-savvy Boston hospital developed an app for the wearable Google Glass gadget that uses scannable QR codes on patient rooms to dig up data that's viewable on the tiny prism display. That helps the doctor see vital signs, lab results, and other data. And the best bit is that because it's a custom medical app for Glass, it keeps private medical data off Google's servers.

    Image: John D. Halamka MD/Blogspot

  • 9. Samsung phones have a backdoor that can read storage, modem data

    Controversy stirred this week as the developers behind Android-based CyanogenMod claimed to have discovered a backdoor in Samsung's Galaxy devices, which could allow remote viewable access to files and data stored on the popular smartphone and tablet range. It would be an NSA analyst's dream to gain access to these devices, because according to the CyanogenMod's chief developer Paul Kocialkowski said such access would turn the phone into an advanced spying tool.

    Image: CNET

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. “