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 who are the "enemies of the Internet," and can bulletproof glass protect an iPhone?


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  • 7. The U.S., U.K. are now "enemies of the Internet"

    It's little surprise that Russia, China, and many Middle Eastern countries, which restrict the free flow of information within its borders are on a list of "enemies of the Internet." But thanks to the Edward Snowden revelations, the U.S. and U.K. are now part of that list.

    Reporters Without Borders came down particularly hard on the U.K., saying: "The U.S. edition of The Guardian is still able to publish information from Edward Snowden, while the British edition is not, but the country of the First Amendment has undermined confidence in the Internet and its own standards of security." 

    Image: Reporters Without Borders

  • 8. Apple's App Store isn't as secure as many first thought

    Apple prides itself on a safe and secure app store, where users can download apps that have been security-scrutiny tested by the iPhone and iPad maker — compared to Google Play and Microsoft's Windows Store, which are littered with malware-ridden apps, and fake knock-offs. But this week Apple was under the spotlight for letting one "anonymity" app through the gates of its walled garden that was "full of adware and spyware," according to complaining users. Apple remained mum on the matter and did not respond for comment when pressed on the matter.

    Image: CNET

  • 9. Microsoft, Google, Apple can search your inbox if it suspects you're a leaker

    After a Microsoft employee was charged with allegedly leaking Windows 8 code to an unnamed French blogger, questions emerged over how Microsoft could have possibly known. The software giant skimmed through the blogger's Hotmail email account and found the source of the leak. It had the Web in uproar. Microsoft's privacy policy allowed such snooping if it suspects corporate espionage, but modified the policy in the wake of the blowback. 

    According to The Guardian, Yahoo, Google, and Apple all reserve the right to read user emails if it is deemed "necessary."

    Image: CNET

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  • how is the windows app stire littered with malware?

    knocks.. maybe, but you find those on every platforms app store. including apple.

    the windows app store as far as I know has been very clean. At worse it is in par with apples app store for security.

    I can't say the same for google though.
  • YouTube

    Google lost a court case against the German equivalent of the MIAA, GEMA, last week.

    Google had been banning videos and claiming it was at the behest of GEMA. As GEMA hadn't asked for the videos to be removed, they were upset and sued Google. As a result, Google can no longer say that the videos have been removed at the behest of GEMA, but that Google has removed on its volition, because they have not spoken to GEMA to about licensing terms for the video.
  • Encryption keys...

    I'm pretty sure I've read about people in the U.S. who are languishing in jail because they refused to comply with a judge's order to decrypt their own computer Hard Drives. These cases tend to involve people suspected of child porn violations. So I'm not 100% convinced that the 5th amendment allows you to withhold an encryption key from prosecutors.
  • I Like This Column


    I didn't know many of these items. A cool little digest. Keep it up!

  • didn't we

    we didn’t know this a week ago?!? some maybe.