The Right to Disconnect: The New Laws Banning After-Hours Work Emails – This Week in Tech – 08/19/2018

The Right to Disconnect: The New Laws Banning After-Hours Work Emails

A new study has found you may be suffering from excessive stress and anxiety about work expectations even if you don’t actively check work emails in your off-hours. The mere expectation of being in contact 24/7 is enough to increase strain for employees and their families, the new research suggests. In today’s ultra-connected world, with many people often getting work emails sent to their smartphones, a growing number of countries and companies are endorsing “right to disconnect” laws, recreating a much-needed boundary between work and home…


Netflix Will Now Interrupt Series Binges With Video Ads for Its Other Series

Netflix has confirmed a major change to its video-streaming service, effective as of this week for at least some users: video ads for other Netflix series between episodes…


Uber Reportedly Lost $891 Million in the Second Quarter of 2018 as Growth Slows

Uber brought in $2.8 billion in revenue in the second quarter of 2018, but ultimately lost $891 million thanks to increased spending by the ride-hailing company, according to Bloomberg…


A 16-Year-Old Hacked Apple Servers and Stored Data in Folder Named ‘Hacky Hack Hack’

Apple’s tall claims of keeping your data secured were challenged by an Australian teenager when he repeatedly hacked Apple servers and downloaded 90 GB of ‘secure files.’…


Australians Who Won’t Unlock Their Phones Could Face 10 Years in Jail

The Australian government wants to force companies to help it get at suspected criminals’ data. If they can’t, it would jail people for up to a decade if they refuse to unlock their phones…


World’s Smallest Transistor Switches Current With a Single Atom in Solid State

(Nanowerk News) At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), physicist Professor Thomas Schimmel and his team have developed a single-atom transistor, the smallest transistor worldwide. This quantum electronics component switches electrical current by controlled repositioning of a single atom, now also in the solid state in a gel electrolyte. The single-atom transistor works at room temperature and consumes very little energy, which opens up entirely new perspectives for information technology…


Motorola Phone ‘Brazen Copy’ of iPhone X

Smartphone brand Motorola has been criticised for revealing a “shameless” copy of the iPhone X as its new model…

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