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TECHNOBYTE for 8 August 2015

Tracking your health and encourage you to be active has been the driving force of wearable technology in the last five years. Fitbit are one of the pioneers in wearable industry and we had the chance to talk to one of their founders Eric Friedman about the company and what the future holds for wearables.

http://www.fitbit.com/about

A novel nutrition app known as HealthyFood Switch was launched in South Africa as a result of a partnership between the George Institute for Global Health and Discovery Vitality. The mobile app, designed and launched in Australia in 2012, allows consumers to scan the barcode of a packaged food item and provides nutritional information on the energy, total fat, saturated fat, sugar, fibre, sodium and calcium of the product. The algorithm that governs the app displays nutrient composition either by a star rating system (1Ž2 a star to five stars) or by traffic light labelling (red, amber or green). The user is also shown healthier alternatives within the same food category, allowing them to make a switch to a healthier product before they head to the check-out counter.

https://www.discovery.co.za/portal/individual/vitality-news-healthyfood-switch

Apple is to fix a bug in its Mac OS X operating system as soon as possible amid concerns over the security of its desktop and laptop computers. The tech company will patch a serious “privilege escalation” bug in the next security update to its desktop operating system, Mac OS X 10.10.5, the Guardian has learned. The initial beta of the next update to the Mac operating system did not include a fix for the bug, in a component known as DYLD, leading to concerns it would not be fixed until the Autumn when the next major OS release, El Capitan, is planned. A second serious bug, Thunderstrike 2, which can allow attackers to overwrite a computer’s firmware using a malicious webpage, has already been partially patched in Mac OS X 10.10.4.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/aug/05/apple-will-fix-mac-os-x-bug-amid-security-concerns

More than a year ago, in a decision that stunned many American Internet companies, Europe’s highest court ruled that search engines were required to grant an unusual right — the “right to be forgotten.” Privacy advocates cheered the decision by the European Court of Justice, which seemed to offer citizens some recourse to what had become a growing menace of modern life: The Internet never forgets, and, in its robotic zeal to collect and organize every scrap of data about everyone, it was beginning to wreak havoc on personal privacy.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/technology/personaltech/right-to-be-forgotten-online-is-poised-to-spread.html

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