Don’t have time to keep up with the tech headlines of the month? Don’t worry TNS has you covered! Here is the top tech news from October.
Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, posted a blog announcing his vision for a fairer web. Berners-Lee believes the current web is abused by the wealthy to push their own agendas. He hopes the new web will create equal opportunities for all users as he always intended the web to be.
As a result to receiving pressure from Senator Bernie Sanders, Amazon announced that they are raising minimum wage to effective November 1, 2018. This increase will effect approximately 250,000 employees of the tech company. Senator Sanders commended CEO Jeff Bezos’ decision and encouraged other tech giants to follow suit.
Amazon is encouraging customers to purchase Amazon brand products instead of name brands by adding a link under search results. If a customer is shopping for body wash for example a link will appear with a link to one of Amazon’s brands that says, “Similar from our brands.” Amazon is receiving political backlash from this feature because it limits competition.
Google discovered earlier this year that about 500,000 Google+ users’ personal information was exposed, and they failed to report it out of fear of receiving regulatory scrutiny as Facebook did with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. After the Wall Street Journal article was published, Google announced that it closed down Google+ for consumers.
A research hardware group at Facebook called Building 8 created an armband that lets your skin “listen” by transforming words into vibrations. This is the first project toward Facebook’s initiative to create devices that are embedded and controlled by our brains. Building 8 is also working on a device that will convert thoughts into text.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) met with Amazon in June to discuss potentially using Amazon’s real-time facial recognition surveillance technology, Rekognition. This technology could be used to target immigrants in “sensitive locations “ such as hospitals or house of worship, which is against policy but has been carried out recently.
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