Instagram Doubles Up on Authentication; Apple Doubles Down on Privacy; More in Five for Wednesday


  1. Instagram is rolling out two-factor authentication. (2FA adds a layer of protection to online accounts; instead of relying solely on a username and password, it also required you to enter a code sent to your mobile phone). Get used to seeing this more and more on social media sites and apps.
  2. Apple is defending their stance on iOS encryption with a forceful public statement.
  3. Do you think reading stories to your kids helps them to become better people? Researchers think reading children’s stories to robots helps make them better robots.
  4. You might not use hard drives to store your digital belongings, but cloud storage services do. One of them just spilled the beans on which of their over 56,000 hard drives fails most frequently.
  5. Amazon’s Echo, Apple’s Siri, Google Now. If you haven’t noticed, voice is becoming a massively important way to control technology. Here’s a great roundup of the strengths and weaknesses of each of these three services. And this week, there’s a bonus assignment: Discover why computer voices are, well, just weird.

Joseph Sullivan

Joe Sullivan is a User Experience Designer for the Center for REALTOR® Technology.

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