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Facebook sees teen usage sharply decline, as rival apps gain in key demo: Report

Facebook sees teen usage sharply decline, as rival apps gain in key demo: Report

Technology
Facebook, the behemoth social media platform that has faced a raft of challenges in the past year, got more worrisome news yesterday: a new report showing its usage among teenagers sharply declining. A new survey from Pew Research Center says 51 percent of teenagers aged 13 to 17 reported using Facebook -- a 20 percentage-point drop from the center’s previous 2014-2015 survey. The decline reflects teens shifting to other apps and platforms, with YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat all overtaking Facebook in the coveted demographic. Eighty-five percent of teens reported using YouTube in the new report, while 72 percent and 69 percent said they used Instagram and Snapchat respectively. Facebook, formerly the most popular of the platforms in the survey, fell to fourth. Those numbers re...
Are ride tracking apps helping bike thieves?

Are ride tracking apps helping bike thieves?

Technology
Police and cybersecurity firms are warning cyclists to be careful with the data they share on ride-tracking apps because they could be helping bike thieves.Peter Murtagh, from Dublin, is a keen triathlete - but recently had his top of the range racing and road bikes stolen in a daring, daylight raid on his house."I came downstairs and noticed one of my bikes, it was gone. That was in the front of the house," Mr Murtagh told Sky News."Little did I know, the thieves were still in the house, they'd got in with a crowbar, they broke three windows and they stole my second bike too."Mr Murtagh cannot prove it, but thinks he might know why the thieves knew exactly where to look.He had been using an app that logs cycling data, called Strava, to track his cycling speeds and compete against other us...
Drones, solar and apps: It's not your father's sector rotation anymore

Drones, solar and apps: It's not your father's sector rotation anymore

Finance
Many individual investors fail to manage their equity portfolios with an awareness of "sector rotation" — ups and downs in different sectors' performance, stemming from changing economic conditions and inevitable shifts in market favor.Historically, determining which sectors were likely to do well at a given time was basically a function of the economy. Different sectors tended to perform well at different points in the economic growth cycle, from recession to expansion and then back down again, affected variously by such factors as commodity prices, the broad state of corporate earnings, interest-rate shifts and consumer confidence.Some of this wisdom may still apply, but things are much different now, especially regarding consumer sectors. As relentless technological advances change cons
Apple's iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps

Apple's iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps

Technology
Owners of iPhones and iPads who install the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system will find that some older apps will stop working.The move will generally affect apps that have not been updated in the past two years. Although many will have been abandoned by their developers, owners will still use some of them frequently.It is a consequence of iOS 11 being restricted to running apps written in what is known as 64-bit code.The number signifies how much data a processor can handle at once - the larger the figure, the faster a computer can potentially operate.Dropping support for 32-bit software lets Apple streamline its operating system and helps it run more quickly since it no longer needs to load software libraries to make sense of the older programs.Apple has explained in the ...