Everyone loves all the great technology that we can get our hands on these days, and one of the best little items that has a variety of really great uses is Skype. I know people who talk to relatives on other continents use it and when you get the bandwidth the pictures that come through are so clear you think back and wonder about where Arthur C. Clarke got his information when you watch the space station scene with Heywood Floyd in 2001. Still there are those that will perpetually argue there’s a downside to all this getting together in cyberspace and a recent article about security breaches with Android phones should play right into their hands.
It now seems that Skye has left some files with improper permissions and that means that some personal data could be easily harvested by the people who are using Android phones. According to Justin Case who wrote the article for The Android Police, the amount of information that’s up for grabs is truly frightening. Actually, it could also be just another old story. I think everyone that picks up a handheld of any kind marvels at the technology on one hand but knows there must be some kind of risk to letting all that important information float across cyberspace.
More news. It’s good to know that some of the big players in the social media world are putting their money in the right direction when it comes to green technology. There are news reports that Facebook has just opened a solar facility to go with it’s news data center in Prineville, Oregon. Although there’s nothing confirmed, it does look like Greenpeace might have had something to do with the new move as they’ve been after Facebook for quite some time about their use of electricity that was generated by dirty coal. However it came about, the new solar facility marks only a handful of data centers around the world that are using solar technology to generate power for their data centers.
Although the new solar facility will be primarily for the office spaces that will work with the data centers, Facebook did release a statement saying that they would be monitoring the situation and will be looking at expanding their solar capabilities in the near future.
The move comes at a time when data centers are under increasing pressure to find renewable resources to use. There are two pressures coming to bear on these facilities but perhaps the most important for these data centers is the federal legislation that will place caps on carbon emissions.