Staff picks for the week of Nov. 14, 2016

Staff PicksHappy Friday! Here are the most interesting tech stories our staff read this week.

Kaspersky eyes launching a real-time back-up service for social media leavers (Read by Camillia S.)

If you’re one of those people who keeps their Facebook account active just because it stores all of your pictures, you may soon have an out. Our partner Kaspersky is considering launching a back-up service for social media accounts. This could be huge, especially for those who don’t have enough space to save years’ worth of pictures on their smartphones. Kaspersky is still doing preliminary research to see if it’s worth pursuing, and the app wouldn’t be launched until some time in 2017, so hang tight. Relief from obligatory social media may be on the way.

Protecting your digital life in 7 easy steps (Read by Heidi B.)

It should come as no surprise that in today’s tech-centric world we are constantly surrounded by security threats. But rather than just crossing your fingers and hoping your bank account doesn’t get hacked, what steps can you take to ensure your personal privacy and protection? This article lays out seven easy ways to protect your digital identity, from using a third-party texting app that encrypts messages to installing a browser plug-in that always sends you to the secure version of websites. Check out the other ways to safeguard your sensitive data now!

The 45 best tech gifts for every budget (Read by Heidi B.)

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means ‘tis officially the season to bundle yourself in sweaters, eat way too much, and start thinking about what gifts to buy for your loved ones. Chances are you have at least a couple of techy people in your life, so check out this list of the 45 best tech gifts for every budget. Featuring everything from selfie sticks to virtual reality headsets, the list also spells out pros and cons to each gift, as well as who it’s best suited for. Time to start building out your holiday shopping plan!

Microsoft releases an app that helps correct colorblindness (Read by Alexandria H.)

Microsoft is making the world just a little more colorful for those who suffer from colorblindness through its new app Color Binoculars. The app helps differentiate similar colors by applying a filter to your phone’s camera. The filter, which increases color contrast, can be seen through your camera’s viewfinder and adjusts the colors that are affected by all three types of colorblindness. When you consider that approximately 8 percent of the population is affected by colorblindness and color-correcting options are typically expensive, I’d say Microsoft’s app is genius.

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