1. Britain's Yahoo webcam spying

According to a recent report from the Guardian, the Government Communications Headquarters, Britain's surveillance agency, collected photos from users of Yahoo's webcam chat tool with help from the NSA. One photo was taken every five minutes from chats conducted between 2008 and 2010. A document obtained by the Guardian says that between 3 and 11 percent of the photos captured contained “undesirable nudity.”

Read more: British spies tapped Yahoo webcams and saw a lot of nudity, report says(Digital First Media)

2. Siri could seriously become your next personal trainer

You could use some feedback on your workout skills, and Moov is a new fitness tracker that provides just that. A former Apple engineer is the co-creator of this new wearable device that doesn't just collect and track your fitness, but gives reminders when you should improve things like your pace or form.

Read more: Meet Moov, the fitness tracker that turns Siri into your new personal trainer(The Verge)

3. 1 in 5 Macs now lacks support as Apple sunsets Snow Leopard


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If you have a Mac operating on OS X 10.6, also known as Snow Leopard, your operating system will no longer be supported. The move comes as part of a push to get Apple users to adopt OS X 10.9, also known as Mavericks.

Read more: Snow Leopard is the latest victim of Apple's planned obsolescence strategy(ReadWriteWeb)

4. Google just launched a new interactive learning tool

Google has introduced Oppia, a new platform for users to create online interactives called “explorations” that can be built by multiple people to help others learn.

How does it work? Oppia acts as a mentor and provides a series of questions, and rather than just giving answers, decides what question to ask next, whether feedback is needed, and so on. Some features include:

  • Customized feedback after answers are submitted
  • The ability to embed an exploration in any webpage
  • You can collaborate on the creation and editing on each exploration

Read more: Google debuts online education tool Oppia to let anyone create interactive activities for teaching others(TheNextWeb)

5. You no longer need a bar to become king or queen of karaoke

Smule, the maker behind a series of music apps, has just released Smule Open Mic – a feature that allows you to upload karaoke songs from the web and share them with your friends.

The feature is part of the Smule Nation social network and lets you record a capella or with your own soundtrack. You can record from anywhere and other users of the network can add their own touch, remix or create something completely new.

Read more: Smule's Open Mic uploads your karaoke songs from the Web (exclusive)(VentureBeat)