Author: Lynn Wandia

WhatsApp is rolling out two-step verification to all billion-plus users

WhatsApp is rolling out two-step verification to all billion-plus users

social media, Technology
WhatsApp is rolling out two-step verification to all of its billion-plus users, after debuting the feature in the beta version of the app last year The Verge reports. Otherwise known as two-factor authentication, this optional feature adds an extra layer of security to users’ accounts. To enable it, users need the latest version of WhatsApp and should then navigate to Settings > Account > Two-step verification > and Enable. Once this feature is turned on, users will have to enter a six-digit passcode every time they register their phone number with WhatsApp again. So, for example, if you get a new phone but keep the same SIM card and number. WhatsApp’s implementation isn’t like two-factor authentication with Google or Facebook, which generates a code with an app or sends one via
Saudi Arabia makes steps to promote the role of women in Technology

Saudi Arabia makes steps to promote the role of women in Technology

Technology, Women
The presence of women in the field of information technology (IT) worldwide is still small compared to men, according to participants at the Global IT Summit at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology(KAUST). According to Patricia Ann Hughes, vice president of human resources at KAUST, Google has only 17 percent of women in tech jobs, Facebook has 15 percent and Twitter has 10 percent. The digital engagement of Saudis is among the highest in the world, making the Kingdom fertile ground for economic growth via digitalization, said Khaled Biyari, group CEO at the Saudi Telecom Co. (STC), in his keynote speech at the summit. “This region is in an advanced stage compared with other regions of the world in terms of readiness to take up digitalization, both at a governmental a
Strong passwords provide good defense as Internet of Things grows

Strong passwords provide good defense as Internet of Things grows

Cyber Security, Internet
The IoT is expanding faster than device makers’ interest in cybersecurity. National Cyber Security Alliance and ESET Report indicates that , only half of the 15,527 consumers surveyed said that concerns about the cybersecurity of an IoT device have discouraged them from buying one. Slightly more than half of those surveyed said they own up to three devices—in addition to their computers and smartphones—that connect to their home routers, with another 22 percent having between four and 10 additional connected devices. Yet 43 percent of respondents reported either not having changed their default router passwords or not being sure if they had. Like leaving the front door of your home wide open when you leave, many people leave personal information online for anyone to find. Security
5G gets a brand Logo and becomes official name of the mobile future

5G gets a brand Logo and becomes official name of the mobile future

Internet, Technology
The Organizational Partners of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has officially announced that ‘5G’ will become the official name of the next generation of mobile connectivity technologies that would succeed today’s 4G technologies like LTE or LTE-Advanced. 3GPP  have agreed that the Project’s name and logos may be made available for use by manufacturers and service providers to declare that their products are based on the Project’s specifications. Implementers wishing to declare conformity to the 3GPP specifications may mark their equipment and documentation with the 5G logo. The Partners have registered the logo (right) as a trademark for the benefit of the Membership. According to Tech Digest 3GPP has also released the official logo for the new technology standard.
Windows 10 is getting a picture in picture mode

Windows 10 is getting a picture in picture mode

Technology
Microsoft  has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15031 to developers  and the main attraction is the introduction of so-called Compact Overlay windows. Techdigest reports that the new feature allows users to run a program in a small window that’s pinned above other applications, so it can be seen without being as intrusive as a standard window. Compact Overlay windows  appears useful when dealing with video. For example, keeping a YouTube clip or Skype call visible in the corner would make it easier for users to do things like take notes or check email while not losing sight of the video. The good news for developers is that Compact Overlay windows “work just like normal windows in all other ways,” so it should be relatively painless to adapt existing programs to be compatibl