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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  • 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

  • 10. Target could've stopped a massive 40 million card data breach, but didn't

    Target's credit card data breach that was uncovered earlier this year may have been the biggest data breach in U.S. history. But, according to a new report, the massive hack could have been prevented. An alert system that was meant to send alarm bells ringing if data was stolen or a hack was detected were not responded to, which led more than 40 million card details and 70 million addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information pouring out of the company's databases.

    Image: Target

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. “