Social media impairs gambling decisions and other mobile tech news for Apple and Android users.
There’s always something going on in the world of mobile
technology. Updates here; upgrades there; new device releases and app
launches are a constant. But today, August 29, 2019, has some very
interesting headlines to share – more than the usual ‘new stuff
to buy and/or download‘.
Thanks to research reports and trending Reddit threads, we learned
three fun facts this morning. We now know that social media addicts
are terrible gamblers, Apple is interupting their users’ relationship
with Siri, and Android users found a nasty trojan lurking in a
popular PDF scanner app.
Social Media Impairs Gambling Decisions
This story came from a research
report published by the University of Michigan in the Journal
of Behavioral Addictions. The document reported the finding of a
study in which researchers aimed to find out whether excessive use of
social network sites (SNS) like Facebook could be linked to a deficit
in “value-based decision making”. They gathered their data by
testing the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT) performance of 71 participants.
The results were quite telling. The more a person uses social
media, the less likely they are to make good, strategic decision when
weighing risk-for-reward situations. The study concluded that
“excessive SNS users may have difficulty specifically with decision
making under risk.”
Long story short, if you find yourself tapping every notification
the moment it comes through on your mobile device from Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, etc., you probably shouldn’t be
spending too much time in casinos – or any time in casinos, for
that matter. Have you considered taking up knitting?
Apple to Update Voice Command Technology
If you’re the type who constantly asks questions of Apple’s Siri
or Amazon’s Alexa, you probably heard about the big scandal earlier
this year over these companies allowing human workers to analyze your
voice commands. Basically, they were giving employees the right to
listen in on private speech and conversations.
The purpose was not to be nosy, but to improve their products.
Still, it didn’t coincide with their privacy policies, and for that,
the public was outraged. In fact, Apple is in the midst of a
class-action lawsuit over the situation.
The companies have promised to put a stop to the practice – at
least, until they receive your permission to continue. Apple
suspended human transcriptions for now while they update
their voice command apps. Users will be required to update Siri and
other voice-based apps, and at that time, must choose to opt-in or
opt-out of the program. Your decision can be changed later in the
Trojan Found in CamScanner App for Android
The Google Play Store has officially removed the CamScanner app
from its index after Kaspersky
researchers found a trojan within the application. CamScanner
is a popular app that scans and takes photographs of .PDF files. A
trojan is a malware virus capable of all sorts of nasty things – as
annoying but harmless as launching adverts on your device, to
something as malicious as hijacking all of your content with
According to reports, the trojan first appeared in the June 16
update of CamScanner. It was still buried in the file in a June 25
update, but seemed to have disappeared as of the June 30 update.
Whether the trojan is gone or not, if you have CamScanner on your
Android device, delete it. Adobe Scan and Microsoft Office Lens will
do the same job, without the lack of company trust. Or just use the
default Google Drive that came with your phone.
That’s all for today’s brow-raising mobile tech news. Au revoir et
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