The end to another week and another tech-tock roundup of what has been happening in the world of technology. A couple of big stories have dominated this week, so let’s kick off.
In the headlines this week since Monday has been Facebook emotion testing on the site by manipulating timelines. This seems to have really stirred up the bees nest on privacy again. Where do you stand on this issue? Should companies be allowed to alter the algorithms to change what we see? Google do it all the time within search after all.
Straight over to Google now, and they have started to delete data from the search engines due to a European ruling that we have a ‘right to be forgotten’. The idea was that ordinary innocent people could have links removed that were deemed as ‘inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant’ from the search results in Europe.
However it seems that the rich and powerful, and some also less savoury characters are the ones springing up to have their history removed, especially anything that makes them look bad.
Smart Light Bulb
We are starting this week with a story about a smart light bulb. Whilst this may not sound very exciting, we believe that the cost of the smartbulb is somewhat of a break through. At only £9 you are looking at a bulb that costs just slightly more than a standard energy saving bulb, but it has the functionality to be controlled via an app.
That means if you get stuck out of the house later than expected, you can simply turn on some of your lights at home to make it appear you are in. The only downside is that it’s currently only available in the US. Here’s hoping for a quick launch over here.
In the last few months the cryptolocker virus has been in and out of the headlines. It is a type of ransomware virus that once on your computer will encrypt all your files and demand that you pay to have them unlocked. If you don’t, they get deleted. This can be disastrous for any person or business leaving them completely hostage to criminals.
One of engineers cleverly wrote a set of detections scripts that can easily be installed onto a machine or even network and carry out a regular check for the ransomware.
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