Net Neutrality – This has been a major topic in the news lately and should concern just about anybody that uses the internet on a regular basis. This week, President Obama has urged the lawmakers involved with deciding whether or not to keep the internet a neutral utility (like telephone service) to favor net neutrality. This would ensure an even playing field and would not allow companies that offer internet service to give preferential treatment to some websites and entities, while slowing down the support of others. Read more about this story here.
Viruses Spreading Through Public iPhone and iPad Chargers – If you have an iPhone or iPad, it is best to stay away from public USB chargers. Palo Alto Networks, a security company that seeks out new malware threats, has pinpointed a new kind of malware that can be transferred to Apple products through public USB charging stations. It’s called WireLurker and self-replicates once the original app is installed. That’s bad news and much more difficult to remedy than any other simple iPhone repair or iPad repair. Read more about the virus in the original story here.
New Version of Android – Android is about to get an update to their operating system. Sticking with the theme of naming their OS after a kind of candy, Android Lollipop will be released with the newest version of many flagship phones, starting with the LG G3. What will be different about the new OS? Better notifications, better security, and improvements to the OS design. Read more about Lollipop here.
Google Nexus vs. Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV – If your Wii or Xbox is broken and you went looking for a new device that would let you watch Netflix and YouTube on your television, you’ve probably already heard about the Roku and the Google Nexus Player. The Nexus Player is a cast improvement over Google’s Chromecast, but is much more expensive, and more expensive that just about any Roku device—plus Roku has lots more features. Amazon Fire TV, on the other hand, is a good competitor for Roku, and it’s less expensive, right now, than the most expensive version of Roku. See the full comparison here.