Hashtag Trending – Ditch cellphone during breaks; Apple reissues security patch; Apple saving Amazon rainforest

Using phones during breaks can prevent your brain from resting, Apple re-issues a security patch, Tim Cook pledges to help save the Amazon rainforest.

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That’s all the tech news that’s trending today. It’s Wednesday, August 28th, and I’m your host, Tom Li.

Trending on Reddit, using your phone may prevent your brain from recharging. In a research study conducted by Rutgers University with 414 undergraduates, students who used cellphones during their breaks had poorer performance in solving anagrams. They performed only slightly better than those who took no breaks, and was even worse than computer users. In its conclusion, the research paper says that breaks might be better spent without the cellphone. So the next time you feel tired, go for some fresh air.

Trending on Reddit, Apple is re-patching an unpatched security patch in iPhones. Update 12.4.1 for iOS fixes an arbitrary code execution vulnerability. The bizarre part, though, is that it had already been patched in May and somehow was removed in June. Now that Apple has re-issued the update, it’s encouraging all iPhone users to upgrade once again to maintain security.

Trending on Reddit again, amidst the raging fire in the Amazon rainforest, Apple CEO Tim Cook has pledged to donate to the preservation effort. In a Tweet, Cook said that the Amazon rainforest is indispensable and is one of the world’s most important ecosystems. In 2019, the number of fires in Brazil is up by 85 per cent compared to 2018. Experts attributed the cause to climate change and Brazil’s environmental policies.

That’s all the tech news that’s trending right now. Hashtag Trending is a part of the ITWC Podcast network. Add us to your Alexa Flash Briefing or your Google Home daily briefing. I’m Tom Li, thanks for listening.

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Tom Li
Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT World Canada. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at [email protected].

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