Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for January 22, 2014:
- T-Mobile announced yesterday a service called Mobile Money, which is designed to proving financial services to the 70 million US adults without bank accounts. The service is designed to be an alternative to predatory check-cashing or payday-loan services. The service combines a smartphone and a prepaid Visa debit card. With partner Bancor, T-mobile offers services like check cashing, direct deposit and bill paying. Read more at t-mobilemoneyservices.com.
- [An upcoming Windows 8.1 update may have new integration between the Metro style UI and the conventional interface. Leaked screenshots appeared on the Russian Web site Wzor.net, which appear to show the ability to launch Metro apps without having to switch to the Start screen. Not just that, but the Taskbar and Navigation properties window shows a new setting called "Show Store apps on the taskbar." Microsoft is reportedly working on a way to run Windows Store apps directly in the desktop, but probably not until Windows 9 comes out, which will be 2015 at the earliest. Read more at wzascok.livejournal.com.
- A large percentage of Internet traffic in China was redirected to a small house in Cheyenne, Wyoming, yesterday. For almost eight hours yesterday, many users could not load web sites ending in .com, .net or .org in the majority of Chinese regions, according to Compuware, a Detroit-based technology company. One Chinese antivirus company said the problem affected three-quarters of the country’s domain name servers. Those servers routed traffic to a company in Wyoming called Sophidea Incorporated. Read more at nytimes.com.
- The Russian government is being accused of industrial espionage by security firm CrowdStrike. The firm said this morning that hackers they believe are linked to the Russian government spied on hundreds of American, European and Asian companies. Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology officer of CrowdStrike says The attacks “appear to have been motivated by the Russian government's interest in helping its industry maintain competitiveness in key areas of national importance" and that "They are copying the Chinese play book. Cyber espionage is very lucrative for economic benefit to a nation." Read more at reuters.com.
- At $180, Motorola’s Moto G is one of the lowest-cost smartphones available. But now Motorola’s CEO implied that the company is working on a $50 smartphone. In an interview with the site Trusted Reviews, CEO Dennis Woodside said that even the Moto G is too expensive in some parts of the world. Read more at trustedreviews.com.
- The former owners of the Washington Post have relaunched an iOS news app called Trove. The service is also a web site. Rob Malda is Trove’s chief strategist and head of product. If that name isn’t familiar, you may know him better as Commander Taco of Slashdot fame. Read more at trove.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for January 22, 2014.