Week Ending: 6th April - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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A new month is here and we sincerely hope April means some brighter British weather for us all. The first Claritas I.T. and tech roundup of the month brings us stories on: smartphones in hospitals, Facebook’s changes to third-party apps and how Google is dealing with malicious cryptocurrency miners.

US hospitals plan investment in smartphones to improve communication

This week a US survey revealed that smartphones are an area in which hospitals plan to invest. In a bid to improve communication between patients and clinicians, the report found that nine out of ten healthcare systems plan to invest in the area over the next 12 to 18 months.

The survey received input from over 100 healthcare professionals and discovered that smartphones are being utilised more and more by clinicians in order to stay in touch with patients in an effective manner. Smartphones currently provided to workers are a 50/50 mix of devices built specifically for healthcare professionals and popular consumer models, such as Android and iPhone.

Hospitals now either have in place a strategy or are working on one to facilitate the increase in smartphone involvement in daily work. Read more on these changes via Computer World, here.

Facebook cracking down on third-party apps

After the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March, Facebook has got some serious work to do to regain its users’ trust. This week, the world has learned that third-party apps are the first to be punished by the social media giant - the news makes sense as it was third-party apps which amassed a wealth of data to then sell on to Cambridge Analytica.

Third party apps will have limited access to user data moving forward, meaning they’ll no longer be able to see event guestlists or private information of members of a group and will need to agree to Facebook requirements being approved to gain access to various information.

It’s undoubtedly reactionary from Facebook with many social commentators believing these relatively simple things should have been in place from the very beginning. It will be interesting to see what other steps Mark Zuckerberg and his team take to mitigate Facebook’s biggest crisis in years.

Cryptocurrency mining extensions banned by Google

A Google blog post revealed that it has seen a recent rise in malicious extensions looking to mine cryptocurrency, which has resulted in a reaction from the search giant.

Any extension that features a secret cryptocurrency miner has been banned on the Chrome Web Store. This comes after Google found that 90% had broken its rules with the blog post explaining that existing extensions that mine cryptocurrency will be delisted in late June.

Extensions with blockchain-related purposes other than mining will continue to be permitted in the Web Store. You can read the post in full here.

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