All posts on March, 2016


Government

Tech Titans Tackle the Trump Problem

High-profile Silicon Valley executives last week attended a secret summit with GOP leaders at the American Enterprise Institute’s World Forum in a bid to put the brakes on the political campaign of Donald Trump, according to a report published Monday. Trump has dominated the Republican presidential race with highly charged rhetoric and out-of-the-box campaign promises.

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Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review Buzz: It’s the Bee’s Knees

Reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge came out Tuesday, and they were overwhelmingly positive. “What the S7 line does, and does smartly, is it comes back to the basics and does the basics well,” remarked Ramon Llamas, a research manager at IDC. Samsung is “hitting the right notes with improved battery life, external storage capacity and the quality of the camera.”

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Social Networks

Reviled People-Rating App Slithers Into Action

With its reputation preceding it, Peeple on Monday launched on the iTunes App Store. The goal of the app is to help people better understand each other, according to the company. It was designed for people who need to display their reputation to others, including freelancers, business owners, employees, teachers and coaches. Users can leverage social media platforms to share their recommendations.

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Cybercrime

Ransomware Plague Spreads to Macs

Researchers at Palo Alto Networks last week announced that they had found the first ransomware in the wild aimed at Macintosh computers, but Apple and one of its developers quickly neutered it. The ransomware — a malware program that scrambles data on a computer and won’t unscramble it unless a ransom is paid — was embedded in software for installing an OS X app for sharing files on BitTorrent.

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Service Providers

Google’s Loons to Glide Over India

Google has been in talks with telecom service providers in India to bring its Project Loon to the subcontinent, Rajan Anandan, Google’s managing director for Southeast Asia and India, said in an interview published Monday. The project would deliver Internet access via balloons floating thousands of feet in the air. It is Google’s latest effort to bring Internet access to remote parts of Asia.

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