Brazil Week discounts and Brasil Mais Digital courses, two initiatives of the Federal Government, were among the main subjects of September. Also in the last month, at least three new viruses have surfaced on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, while Apple has been accused of hacking music available on Apple Music. Other themes that have gained traction include the debut of a Gearbest warehouse in Brazil, news from Tinder's rival Facebook Dating, and even a pornographic site that uses hyper-realistic dolls. Here's a summary of the highlights of the past few weeks.
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1. Brazil Week Discounts
The period of discounts called Week of Brazil was one of the most talked about subjects of the month. Promoted by the Federal Government with inspiration on Black Friday, the action took place between September 6 and 15 with the objective of promoting discounts in more than 3,000 stores in electronic and physical retail in a period of poor sales performance. According to the organizers, the discounts reached 80%.
Just like the offer week that takes place in November, consumers had to take precautions to avoid falling for scams, such as checking price trends to see if the actual discount is and to be sure that the site visited is legitimate in case of online shopping.
Brazil Week promoted discounts on thousands of stores Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
2. Free courses in Brazil More Digital
The free courses offered on the Brasil Mais Digital platform was another highlight of September. Focused on technology, the courses offer certificate and cover topics such as digital literacy, basic computer concepts, software development concepts, algorithms, programming logic, and computer networking.
The platform access offered by a simple registration. The project is the result of a partnership between the Secretariat of Vocational and Technological Education of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Brasil Mais Digital in free technology courses Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
3. Apple accused of piracy
Apple has been charged with piracy in the United States in a lawsuit filed by Four Jays Music, which owns the work of several Golden Age artists of American jazz. According to the authors, the company does not have permission to make available several songs available on Apple Music, but still prefer to continue offering the material on the streaming platform.
Luis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Fred Astaire and Ray Charles, among other renowned singers, are under discussion. There is no information on the amounts surrounding the lawsuit, which was submitted on September 13 and is not expected to be concluded.
Apple accused of piracy for alleged misappropriation of music on Apple Music Photo: Reproduction / TechTudo
The Tetris Challenge was a challenge that went viral among social network profiles of police departments, fire brigades and other relief institutions in various cities around the world in September. The fashion involved sharing area photos showing people lying surrounded by several extremely aligned objects with a lot of spatial organization. The joke began on day 1 when the official profile of the Zurich Police in Switzerland shared an image of two agents lying on the floor next to six traffic cones, a broomstick, two guns and dozens of other service parts and equipment. .
Quickly, the publication gained thousands of likes and began to be imitated by other emergency services in the country, and then reproduced by institutions from other European countries, such as the Netherlands, Hungary and Germany. Later he arrived at emergency teams in the Asian cities of Singapore and Taiwan, New Zealand and Mexico.
Tetris Challenge started with Zurich Police post, Sua, on Facebook Photo: Reproduction / Facebook
Google Trends showed a spike in searches for Marvel's character Cyclops on September 15th. The reason was a joke that spread on social networks about the hero's inability to see colors other than red because of the laser-vision superpower. The joke soon turned into a viral meme and gained its own Facebook and Twitter pages and profiles.
On Twitter, @drogaciclope and @ciclopememes have amassed over 41,000 followers together so far. But it is not known who originated the viral. Interestingly, comic books themselves can invalidate the joke: One of the X-Men editions mentions that the display used by the character actually makes him see yellow.
Cyclops's meme plays with the color the character sees and viralizes on social networks Photo: Playback / Twitter
6. Phishing on iPhone and Mac Users
A Kaspersky study released in September showed that the number of phishing scams targeted at users of Mac, iPhone and other Apple devices has risen from 1.6 million. The survey points out that one third of the victims in macOS were Brazilian. In nine months, the attacks have already passed 9% of the total number of reported cases in 2018.
It is believed that Apple users may be more susceptible to taking less precautions on the Internet. Despite its focus on phishing, the firm has also detected adware and malware Shlayer, a Trojan that is upgrading to Flash Player. To stay safe, it is important to have a good antivirus on your Mac and download apps preferably only from the official store.
Phishing attacks on Mac and iPhone users broke record in 2019 Photo: Press Release / Apple
7. Gearbest Warehouse in Brazil
Gearbest e-commerce opened a warehouse in Brazil and now offers a selection of products with free shipping and delivery within 5 days. The list of items is still restricted, but the company ensures it is working to include electronics and cell phones in the coming months. There is an exclusive page for Brazil, in addition to the traditional supply of imports with a delivery time of about one month.
To start shopping, I need to create an account with email or a Facebook or Google account, plus shipping address. The site accepts payments by credit card, bank slip, PayPal and Yandex.
Gearbest stock in Brazil was featured in September Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
8. Facebook Dating integrated with Instagram
In early September, Instagram contacts were among the potential suitors on Facebook Dating, Tinder's rival dating platform. The user can add to a list of up to nine Facebook friends that he or she is up to in the Secret Crush function. If the interest is mutual, the app notifies both people. When it's time to add the suitor, simply choose the Instagram follower option from the menu that appears below. You can also enjoy Instagram posts and photo on the platform profile. Soon, the promise of being able to import Stories too.
Facebook Dating has new Secret Crush function Photo: Nicolly Vimercate / TechTudo
A different pornographic site drew attention and caused Internet poll in September. Instead of actors and actresses, the videos made available at Doll Banger star in hyper-realistic dolls and last for over half an hour. Exclusive material available only to subscribers, but anyone can watch about two minutes. The platform includes a trade of dolls of the same models that appear in the movies. The high price, commonly above R $ 8 thousand.
Dolls are treated like porn stars by Doll Banger Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa
An equation with two possible outcomes and the rabbit or crow polemic on Twitter, among other software issues in August, repeated the success among readers of the TechTudo in the next month. The first highlight involved a seemingly simple equation 82 (2 + 2) that has two ways of doing. Already the second was a video that caused illusion of optics in those who watched. Other issues involved the discovery of audio transcription by Facebook paid professionals and privacy scandals featuring Apple and Amazon.
Mathematical problem puzzled Twitter users Photo: Playback / Twitter