Daily Bytes 08/06/2016: Morning Bits

Facebook have recently patched a flaw in their Messenger app that was made known to them by Check Point security. The potential security breach made it possible for an energetic third party to access your chats. With access to your chats this person could edit the contents of your chat history, and with that ability they could put a link in that directed the user to malware. The problem stems from Facebook having similar access to messages being sent on the Messenger app or through Facebook chat due to the messages being stored on their servers. A suitable fix is employing end-to-end encryption so the messages will be stored on the users’ phones. Facebook are rumoured to be working on this, however it may be opt-in and might go unnoticed by most of the 800 million users.

The adoption rate of Android 6.0 Marshmallow has improved. From a mere 2.3% of users, on the latest Android operating system in March, to 10% of users in early June. This is not stellar by any means as Apple’s latest iOS offering (9.0) has been installed by more than 75% of users. The problem Google has in competing with Apple on the software update front is the fact that it does not have control over a roll schedule for all devices using Android. Google is trying to change this by possibly naming and shaming manufacturers that delay in releasing the latest version of Android to their devices, but it all remains to be seen.

Following the example set by Blizzard with cheaters playing Overwatch, Ubisoft have taken a similar stance with those gaining an unfair advantage over over others in Rainbow Six Siege. The publisher announced on the game’s website that cheating will not be taken lightly and will result in a permanent ban on a player’s first offence. A full description can be found in the updated code of conduct for the game regarding cheating, modding, or hacking. I believe this is will reduce cheating in games however in the case of the person that just wanted to play Overwatch after being caught cheating and thereafter purchasing new copies of the game to do so, how do you handle the situation? New games are expensive, particularly triple A titles, so what happens to the new copy of the game after you find you cannot access it thanks to the ban you received?
Talking in public happens naturally with most of the population, speaking in general is the primary form of communication (maybe it has competition from texting now thanks to teens). Most of the time we don’t care who can hear us. So what is the big deal if what you are communicating with happens to be your smartphone? It turns out not so big since 98% of the people that took a survey admitted to speaking to the virtual assistant Siri, found on Apple smartphones and tablets. The twist though is that only 3% admitted to doing so in public. This may be a grand technological age, but people still find it awkward to speak to their mobile device out in the open when others can hear.

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