Michael Kan

Michael Kan

Guest Writer
Reporter

About Michael Kan

Michael has been a PCMag reporter since October 2017. He previously covered tech news in China from 2010 to 2015, before moving to San Francisco to write about cybersecurity.

More From Michael Kan

Instagram

Instagram Wants to Know How Old You Are

The new policy is part of Instagram's ongoing effort to protect younger users -- and to not run afoul of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
News and Trends

Twitter: Inactive Users Need to Log In Or Say Goodbye to Your Account

The company is notifying the affected users they'll need to log back in by Dec. 11 or lose access. On the plus side, the company is reclaiming the Twitter handles so that active users can grab them up.
Social Media

Twitter Bans Political Ads as Facebook Doubles Down

'We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought,' says Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
News & Trends

Microsoft Wins $10B Pentagon Cloud Contract, Amazon Loses Out

For Microsoft, the contract is a big win for the company's Azure cloud computing service.
SpaceX

SpaceX's Satellite Internet Plans for Mid-2020 Launch in the US

CEO Elon Musk demoed the technology this past Monday night.
Instagram

Is That Instagram Email a Phishing Attack? Now You Can Find Out.

Check if that e-mail you received from Instagram is real or not by visiting this tab in the app's settings.
News and Trends

Is Instagram Making Your Photos and Messages Public? (Hint: No.)

US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry was among the public figures who re-posted a fake message warning about a purported privacy policy change at Instagram. It was a hoax in 2012 and it's still fake in 2019.
Facebook

Facebook Users Can Sue Over Facial Recognition, Court Rules

Facebook users in Illinois claim the tech giant violated the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act, which requires companies to obtain consent when collecting their biometric information.
Technology

Facebook Experiments With Mind-Reading Tech to Control VR

It involves using infrared light to measure brain activity to translate thoughts into computer commands.
Netflix

Netflix Lost 123,000 U.S. Subscribers After Price Hike

It's also facing new competition in the video streaming space later this year from Disney and Apple.
Twitter

Like It or Not, You're Getting Twitter's Redesigned Website Soon

The redesign makes the site look a lot more like the company's mobile app. But if you don't like it, you're out of luck.
Amazon

Amazon to Invest $700 Million to Retrain 100,000 Workers for New Jobs

'There is a greater need for technical skills in the workplace than ever before. Amazon is no exception,' the company said.
Apple

iPhone Designer Jony Ive to Leave Apple to Start His Own Firm

'While I will not be an [Apple] employee, I will still be very involved.'
Hackers

Florida City to Pay $600,000 to Hackers After Ransomware Attack

The attack occurred on May 29 when a police department employee reportedly opened an email containing the malicious code.
Innovation Now

LinkedIn Profile With AI-Generated Pic Tried to Schmooze With DC Insiders

The profile attempted to network with former government officials.