October is rushing by, everyone. The mornings are getting darker, you might have pulled out an extra blanket or two, and your Hallowe’en planning is kicking into high-gear.
In case you don’t want to tell your co-workers that you spent the last three days trying to source the perfect Groot costume, here are some tech articles you can say you were pouring over all weekend.
tl;dr — The U.K.’s Justice Secretary Chris Graying told the The Daily Mail he will be introducing a proposal to quadruple the country’s current punishment for online abuse, from six months of jail to two years.“These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life,” he said.
Ask your coworkers – Do YOU think trolls should go to jail?
tl;dr — Facebook has sent a strongly-worded letter to the U.S.’s DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) telling them to stop creating accounts on the social network to impersonate real people and try to catch criminals. This comes shortly after the government agency was revealed to have used a real woman’s identity to message others offering drugs, eventually getting the woman wrongly arrested.
Ask your coworkers – Are you eyeing your FB friends a bit more suspiciously now?
tl;dr — Blackberry is following in the footsteps of numerous messaging apps with an ephemeral “timer” feature, a trend that was popularized in recent years by Snapchat. With the timer, you will be able to control how long your messages and pictures can be viewed within BBM.
Ask your coworkers – Do you think this is a smart move for the company?
There you go, kids! Have great chats! And we’re really excited to see your Hallowe’en efforts, even if your coworkers aren’t.