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Hey everyone, it is Friday, and we have a bunch of tech news to cover in this week’s Friday Buzz Report. Before we start talking about the news, let’s take a moment to thank all of you who follow our blog and follow us on social media. We hit an important milestone in our social media journey this week as we hit 3000 followers on Facebook. Meanwhile our LinkedIn, Google Plus, and Twitter game is also going strong. Thank you for all the love and support, we will keep bringing any and all things related to tech to you. So let’s get to it.
Felix Krauss of Fastlane fame published an article recently where he explained that iPhone Apps not only have the capability to spy on you, but they have your permission to do so. When you install an app on your iPhone and give it camera permission, you are telling it that it can access both the front and the back camera, it can run facial recognition in real time, and it can take pictures, record videos, and upload it to its overlords as and when it pleases. Sounds scary? Read the original blog post here.
The Verge did a thorough review of Google Pixelbook and explored whether the latest device by Google is worth a thousand bucks. With a seventh-generation core i5 processor, decent RAM (8 GB to 16 GB), decent storage (128 GB to 512 GB), a 360° hinge, and a battery that gives 2 hours of usage after being charged for 15 minutes, the super thin laptop looks like a good deal. Read the full review here.
You remember that captcha security check that makes sure you are not a robot before you enter certain sections of different websites? Yeah, bots can now go through that. They can now identify the combination of numbers and letters on captcha images and effectively render the captcha test useless. We have said it before and we will say it again, it’s time to wake up people, the rise of the machines is coming. Read the full blog post here.
WannaCry impacted thousands of systems across the UK and EU earlier this year. An investigation by the National Audit Office revealed that NHS Digital had already warned organizations to patch their systems and to migrate away from old software. However, most organizations failed to follow the instructions and ended up being affected by the ransomware. Read the full blog post here.
That’s it for this week’s Friday Buzz Report. See you guys next week. Have a great weekend.
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