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What the Tech? Coronavirus Leads to Surge in E-Sports Popularity

  The coronavirus pandemic has been terrible for the sports most of us love. The NCAA basketball tournament was canceled. The MLB season is delayed along with The Masters and Wimbledon. One sport is doing quite well though. E-sports is actually bigger than ever. At any given moment, millions of people around the world are watching people play video games….

What the Tech? Should You Worry That Your Phone Is Tracking You?

A couple of weeks ago, T-Mobile customers lost their cell signal for a few hours and some then lost their minds. In the following days, posts started circulating on Facebook, stirring up a conspiracy that the company was secretly adding trackers on all T-Mobile phones. Soon, many smartphone owners from all wireless carriers were in a tizzy over the tracker…

What the Tech? Social Media Makes Many People Unhappy

It should come as no surprise that according to a new survey, Americans are more unhappy than they’ve been in nearly 50 years. It’s easy to pinpoint the cause. Pandemic, isolation, job loss and protests that have taken over entire cities. But there’s also a secondary reason that’s related to all of those things. Social media posts and comments about…

What the Tech? How Hackers Can Steal Your Facebook Identity

If you’re on Facebook it’s almost a guarantee that you’ve either experienced social media identity theft or know someone who has. What is social media identity theft? It’s the common practice of a hacker, or ‘bad actor’ taking someone’s photo and name and using them to create other accounts. How does it happen? Here’s a brief anatomy of social media…

What the Tech? App Helps You Record Traffic Stops

An iPhone app is helping people record video of traffic stops. The Siri shortcut app “Pulled Over By Police” will start recording video with the smartphone just by saying “Hey Siri, I’m being pulled over by police”. The app is not available in Apple’s App Store, rather it must be downloaded from a link using the “Shortcuts” app that comes…

What the Tech? FBI Warns of Fake Banking Apps

During the pandemic millions of people who have primarily have stayed at home in isolation have been doing their banking using a mobile app for the first time. CNBC reported earlier this year that banks saw a 200% increase in new mobile banking registrations. In 2019 the FBI reports 75% of Americans had done some form of mobile banking. That…

What the Tech? What Can Apple’s COVID-19 Tracking App Do?

Apple’s own COVID-19 tracking app has been updated and can now share anonymous information with health officials. Available now in Apple’s App store, the COVID-19 screening tool asks a few questions about symptoms, how many people you’ve been around, whether you work in health care or an assisted living facility and which state you live in (which is optional). I…