Happy Hump Day, everyone! Here are some of the top tech stories worth checking out today:
Facebook doesn’t care if you don’t like auto-play videos
Are you distracted by the near-constant assault of national political news that has seemingly everyone frazzled? Then that’s a great time for Facebook to introduce some major changes to its social network, including videos with sound that will autoplay on most devices unless they’re on mute. Facebook calls this a new feature, along with a vertical video option and a new app specifically for Apple TV. Lifehacker already has a post up showing how to disable these auto-play videos if that is indeed your wont and you want to take your life back. Facebook explains what’s new in a video:
What’s the cost of unlimited wireless?
CNet crunches the numbers on the four major wireless carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint), comparing how much each one’s unlimited plan shakes out. The article stops short of rendering a verdict on which one it recommends, but it’s a good place to start if you’re looking to change cell-phone companies. Don’t have time for all those numbers in written form? You can watch a video version below:
Body cameras for APD stalled again
The Statesman’s Phil Jankowski reports that a judge’s order on Tuesday is another hurdle in an effort to purchase 750 body cameras for police from the company Taser. The Austin City Council will vote on the matter on Thursday on the $4 million contract.
Mac malware has Russian roots
Could your Mac laptop help swing a future election? APT28, the Russian hacking group that was linked to last year’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee, is said to be responsible for a new malware package targeting Apple Mac computers. The malware can snap photos of a user’s desktop, steal backups and steal passwords.
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