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The DIGIT Digest | Cats, Cows and Pigs in the Stories You May Have Missed

Michael Behr

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DIGIT Digest

It’s been an interesting week for tech. Here are some of the stranger tech stories from around the internet that may have flown under the radar.

Help, I’m a Cat!

The internet was delighted this week by one Texas lawyer’s mishap as he appeared before a judge in a video-call as a cat.

“I’m not a cat,” he noted as a filter applied to his face during the call made him appear as a white and slightly upset-looking kitten.

The filter was applied by a decades-old piece of software that came pre-installed on Dell laptops.

 

Overtly Sexual Cow

Facebook has blocked images, including one of a cow, for containing ‘overtly sexual’ content.

When Mike Hall, the owner of a digital photo gallery attempted to use some of his images, including a cricket team, in adverts, he was told the pictures were restricted.

His entire account was suspended from posting ads at one point due to the block.

According to a Facebook spokesperson, the images had been blocked by mistake.

Gaming Pigs

While pigs may not be able to fly yet, they are capable of playing video games, scientists have found.

Researchers taught four pigs, named Hamlet, Omelette, Ebony and Ivory, to steer a cursor around a screen by moving a joystick with their snouts.

The pigs were given food for winning a level on the game to encourage them to play. However, when the food dispenser broke, the pigs continued playing.

The first time a computer beat a human at chess was a landmark in artificial intelligent. Nobody wants to be the first human to lose a game of Fortnite to a pig.

Rapper or Malware?

A survey of 1000 cybersecurity professionals has found that they struggle to tell the difference between the names of malware and rappers.

A poll from app security group Promon found that 39% of the experts surveyed could not distinguish whether the likes of ‘Bad Bunny’ or ‘Tizi’ were hip hop stars or ransomware.

Meanwhile, the rap fans surveyed scored a 70% success rate.

 

Barcodes Gone Bad

A case of mistaken identity has seen potentially millions of people infected with malware and one of the oldest android apps review-bombed.

While it is unclear what exactly has happened, it appears a clone of ZXing Team’s Barcode Scanner has started infecting computers with malware after an update.

The new version hits users with adware and automatically redirects them to dodgy websites without their interaction.

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Michael Behr

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