This Week in Tech: 17th - 21st December

December 21st, 2018 - Duncan McClean

In this week's roundup:

  • PewDiePie fans hack printers around the world
  • Google stopped working on Chinese search engine after backlash
  • Google Assistant will tell you if it thinks your flight will be delayed
  • Google announces new campus in New York City
  • Facebook gave personal information to other tech giants
  • Discord Store to give 90% revenue to game developers
  • Microsoft finally release the September update for Windows 10
This Week in Tech: 17th - 21st December

Part of the message sent to printers all over the world

PewDiePie fans hack printers around the world

Fans of YouTuber, PewDiePie, have hacked printers all around the world to remind their users or IT departments to secure them.

Many printers are not secured with passwords, most are setup and connected wide open to the internet, without any protection in place.

The hackers in this case have pointed out that instead of harmlessly printing they could actually break the chips inside by continuous writing to the chip, which the chips are not designed for.

PewDiePie is at the time of writing, YouTube's most subscribed channel.

Google stopped working on Chinese search engine after backlash

A few weeks ago, we mentioned that Google were working on a filtered search engine for China. Well, now they've stopped working on that after backlash by more than 4000 Google employees.

Google Assistant will tell you if it thinks your flight will be delayed

Google is planning to launch a new feature to it's digital assistant that will notify you if it thinks that your flight will be delayed. Users will be able to ask, "OK Google, is my flight on time?" and it'll reply with information from Google's flight service.

This Week in Tech: 17th - 21st December

Google announces new campus in New York City

Google has announced a new $1 billion campus in Hudson Square in New York City. The campus is to open in 2020.

This Week in Tech: 17th - 21st December

Credit: Facebook Newsroom

Facebook gave personal information to other tech giants

It has just came to light that Facebook gave out people's personal information to other tech giants like Spotfiy and Netlifx without our consent or without any disclosure.

Facebook gave Bing, Microsoft's search engine, information about a person's friends and they gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read a person's direct messages. 

Facebook is still in hot water after the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year and as recently as last week where it was announced that a bug let developers view unpublished images of users.

This Week in Tech: 17th - 21st December

Credit: Discord

Discord Store to give 90% revenue to game developers

Gaming company Discord has announced that they will give game developers 90% of revenue from their games on the Discord store.

This Week in Tech: 17th - 21st December

Microsoft finally release the September update for Windows 10

Microsoft have finally got round to releasing their 'September update' to Windows 10 machines. Microsoft pulled the update when user's files went missing when upgrading, they then 'fixed' the bug and rereleased, however the same thing happened to users.

Hopefully, third release lucky, no-one will loose their files.


That's all for this week! We're going to take a break on This Week in Tech next week for Christmas, but we'll get back into the swing of things after that. Merry Christmas from Iamlittle Tech!


Duncan McClean

Founder of Iamlittle Tech Blog. Duncan writes most of the articles on Iamlittle Tech Blog.

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