Facebook’s new Viewpoints app pays users for completing surveys
Facebook launched Viewpoints, an app that will reward users for filling out surveys, testing new products, and more.  The opening act is called the “Well-Being Survey,” and it’s meant to help Facebook “limit the negative impacts of social media and enhance the benefits.” The survey tak
Hackers target 100+ nursing homes in ransomware attack
A ransomware attack has hit a tech services provider, locking more than 100 nursing homes out of patient records, payroll systems, and medication-ordering services. Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Virtual Care Provider notified clients of the attack the day after it was discovered. About 20% of the co
Microsoft releases developer guidelines for dual-screen apps
Microsoft doesn’t expect to ship its Surface Duo and Surface Neo before the 2020 holiday season, but it is already helping developers prepare software designed for two-screen use. Both the Duo and the Neo will feature Microsoft’s foldable-screen technology that allows apps to expand to full w
Russia to ban sale of devices lacking Russian software
Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, has approved legislation banning the sale of smartphones, computers, smart TVs, and other devices that do not have Russian software installed on them. The ban applies not only to Russian-made gear, but to electronics manufactured by other countries.
Change your age in real time with Snapchat’s new Time Machine Lens
Smartphone users can now choose the age they appear in Snapchat photos. Snapchat’s new Time Machine lens lets users change their apparent age using a simple slider. Like other lenses, it’s an augmented-reality enhancement that lets users add 3D details to photos, changing the look of objects,
Commerce Dept. OKs Windows sales to Huawei, but not Android
Microsoft is one of roughly 70 companies granted a limited trading license with Huawei by the U.S. Department of Commerce.   The license was granted after the Commerce Department said in July that it would allow some manufacturers to resume sales to the Chinese telecommunications giant, previou