Week Ending: February 2nd - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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The first of a new month, this week’s roundup contains stories on cryptocurrency, Millennial interaction and the rogue apps of 2017.

Let’s jump right in to discover some of this week’s talking points.

Samsung’s step into cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency was one of 2017’s buzzwords as the fluctuation in Bitcoin left everyone in tech, and indeed the wider world thinking “I should have invested earlier”. More and more self-proclaimed cryptocurrency experts have arisen in recent months as the currency gets more exposure in the national press.

This week Samsung Electronics announced that it is creating microchips with the ability to harvest cryptocurrency coins. The announcement comes as part of its latest earnings report, a move which is expected to help drive profit.

While the news is big, the story is still developing and the company seem cautious about giving too much away at this stage.

When the BBC enquired, Samsung responded with: "Samsung's foundry business is currently engaged in the manufacturing of crypto-currency mining chips."

The company is still being somewhat cryptic it seems, following up with: "However we are unable to disclose further details regarding our customers."

Watch this space to see how Samsung’s cryptocurrency venture takes shape.

Research reveals that Millennials don’t want to talk to you (in person)

Face-to-face conversation is less preferable than chatting online for Millennials research has revealed this week.

Cancer Research UK discovered that 44 per cent of 18-24-year-olds prefer talking via messaging apps, social media and other online channels as they feel more comfortable in those environments.

This was accompanied by just 37 per cent of this age group expressing the view that that they feel more comfortable speaking to people they’d never met before in person. In contrast, over two-thirds of the 55 and over age group preferred speaking face-to-face - showing a void in the thoughts on interaction between different ages.

University of Leeds behavioural scientist, Dr Rebecca Beeken, commented: “This research shows an increasing generational divide between how millennials and baby boomers prefer to communicate.

“While it is no surprise that young people are embracing new ways to chat, and there are supportive communities online, it is important they don’t lose the art of talking to the people around them.”

What do you think? Is this an introvert/extrovert talking point, a confidence with age issue or is technology to blame?

Bad App-les: Google binned more than 700,000 apps in 2017

Lastly, Google has revealed that it removed roughly 1,900 apps and developers from its Play store per day in 2017 crackdown. Commenting that 99 per cent of these apps were removed by tools that made sure there was little to no chance of anyone being able to download them.

As you can imagine, these apps were deemed unsuitable by Google with some being copycats looking to capitalise on another developers’ success. Google explained there were “many attempts” of getting malware into Play along with other attempted illegal activities.

The company pledged to the continued development of its AI tools to detect these and remove them promptly. The app war rages on!

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