Business is booming for firms with hackers for hire, the MIT Technology Review reports. In the last decade, the industry has grown from a novelty into a key instrument of power for nations around the world. Even the potential failure of a major firm like NSO Group isn’t likely to slow the growth.
Once popular only with gamers, Discord has more than 150 million active users each month—up from 56 million in 2019—with nearly 80 percent logging in from outside North America, the New York Times reports. Its rapid growth was triggered by the pandemic, when young people turned to it to socialize with their peers through text and audio and video calls in groups known as servers.
It’s difficult to capture the full impacts of the shift to mobile connectivity, but an infographic from Visual Capitalist offers a glimpse into on how people are spending their time online, and which apps and tools see the most engagement, Social Media Today reports. Video streaming dominates mobile traffic, accounting for 49 percent globally.
The crypto industry exploded in 2021, particularly through individuals and institutions investing in digital tokens. But crypto payments haven't kept pace with the rest of the industry's growth, Protocol reports. Enthusiasts and evangelists think 2022 will be the year, but consumer and merchant education, regulatory questions and the state of fiat-crypto onramps are still roadblocks.
Two-factor authentication has been sold to web users as a way to secure their digital life. But academic researchers with Stony Brook University and cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks have found phishing toolkits that defeat 2FA by stealing something arguably more valuable than your password: your 2FA authentication cookies, Gizmodo reports.
The latest tool for capturing elusive pop music gold: artificial intelligence. AI tools can already create entirely new music from scratch, from apps that produce automated lyrics to others that write the chords and instrumentation, CNet reports. Software such as Alysia and Orb Composer enable users to create songs based on styles or "feel" and are the next step towards a wholly computer-generated pop music future.
With Google now seeing more than 3.5 billion searches per day, there's a massive opportunity for brands to capture new customers. But existing SEO practices may not translate—and in some cases, may actually hurt your brand in other countries, HubSpot reports. To avoid this potential pitfall, a robust international SEO strategy is critical.
An Indian rooftop dancer, a Malaysian viral comedian, and a Senegalese TikTok pantomime are among the non-Western influencers defining our era globally. Rest of World surveyed influencers across regions to spotlight six people who had a marquee year in the crowded creator economy.
A newly surfaced patent filing indicates that Microsoft has considered a device with three displays, Geekwire reports. The filing describes the ability to use a three-screen device in a variety of positions, including one in which the screens are laid flat—raising the possibility of allowing them to form one large screen collectively.
A Japanese professor has developed a prototype lickable TV screen that can imitate food flavors, The Guardian reports. The device, called Taste the TV, uses a carousel of 10 flavor canisters that spray in combination to create the taste of a particular food. The flavor sample then rolls on hygienic film over a flat TV screen.