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Friday Five: 6/20 – 6/24

Allison Raeck


It’s Friday! To celebrate, catch up on this week’s tech trends.

Mark Zuckerberg Covers His Laptop Camera. You Should Consider It, Too.The New York Times

Just weeks after Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts were hacked (with a repeated password of “dadada”), he may have partially redeemed himself through simple laptop security tricks. After Zuckerberg posted a photo that showed his laptop in the background, a freakishly-observant commenter noticed that he used tape to cover his webcam and microphone jack. Security experts supported this, noting how hackers can access devices by using remote-access Trojans in a process called “rattling,” and even the director of the FBI said he uses the same tape method. Though taping webcams is the simplest form of cybersecurity defense, it’s probably worth a try.

Fans angry over 'missing' iPhone 7 headphone socketBBC News

After online reports suggested that Apple may ditch a headphone socket in hopes of making the iPhone 7 thinner, early-adopters are reacting with staggering panic. More than 300,000 people have signed a petition asking Apple to keep a headphone jack on the new model, likely for fear of having to shell out $200 for a pair of Bluetooth headphones that they will probably just lose on the subway anyway. Though Apple has not formally gone public to confirm or dispel these rumors,  Apple fans continue to investigate what many consider to be the quintessential Millennial controversy.

YouTube now lets you livestream right from its mobile appVentureBeat

At VidCon this week, YouTube announced that it was hopping on the livestream bandwagon with live video capabilities coming soon to its mobile app. Product lead Kurt Wilms explained that, though YouTube has had livestreaming capabilities before, the new tool is more accessible and can be recorded through a user’s phone. The development is likely a response to Facebook’s live video and Twitter’s Periscope. Social media has yet again revolutionized the modern world, as we can now watch cute cat videos as they happen in real-time.

Wearable For Kids With Autism May Help Predict, Avoid MeltdownsForbes

Tech wearables can do more than tell how many steps you’ve taken in a day. Reveal, a new wearable for kids with autism spectrum disorder, is a bracelet that detects and reports when anxiety and stress may be on the rise by monitoring heart-rate, body temperature and sweat levels. The device alerts caretakers before problem behavior may occur, which could have a huge impact in the home and classroom. Thanks again, technology!

4 ways gamification is advancing cybersecurityThe Next Web

With data breaches rising and a widening cybersecurity talent gap, many companies are turning to gamification (a big word for using games to learn something in non-gaming situations). In this way, cybersecurity tasks come less complex, and people are motivated to learn how data breaches may occur. For example, one consulting firm launched “Game of Threats,” a software program aimed at educating board members and senior executives about security principles through real-world threat detection simulations. Whoever said cybersecurity education wasn’t thrilling clearly had no idea what they were talking about.