Welcome back to Adi’s Week in Tech News. If you are new here, this is my roundup of the week’s tech news stories. Without further ado let’s go ahead and dive in.
Twitter’s had night mode has been available to mobile users for a for a few weeks. However, as of Wednesday Twitter’s night mode is finally available to users of the website on a desktop/laptop computer. Users can enable it by clicking on their profile picture (in the top right-hand corner) and clicking on the Night Mode option.
Over in the USA there was a big data breach of a credit reporting firm called Equifax which was only discovered in July. 143 million customers were said to have been affected by the attack. The types of data stolen by the attackers includes names, birth dates, credit card numbers and addresses to name but a few things.
There’s been some research coming out of china which suggests that there is a way to trick Apple’s Siri assistant, the Google voice assistant and the Amazon echo voice assistant into taking commands. Known as the Dolphin attack, a loudspeaker can be set up to whisper to these voice assistants in a frequency that a human cannot hear. They were able to get these voice assistants to make phone calls, visit websites and take photos.
Let’s face it, we’ve all used to google as a way to lookup how to do something. but have you ever wondered what we’ve been searching the most? Well wonder no more.
Xaquín G.V. has worked with Google’s News Lab to put together a website called “How to fix a toilet and other things we can’t do without search” where you can find out the most popular ‘how to’ searches.
Last but not least Intel has decided that they will stop making Wi-Gig(802.11ad) wi-fi cards for computers. The plan is to stop shipping these cards later this year. Intel has already informed its partners that the deadline to order them is the 29th of September (a little less than three weeks from now). Wi-Gig is the most recently released generation of wi-fi technology and is still (at the time of publishing) in its infancy as very few homes even have a router with 802.11ad Wi-Fi routers.
That’s all for this edition. Be sure to come back soon for yet another edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News.