February 2021 Tech News Wrap

February 2021 Tech News Wrap

What happened in February 2021 tech news? We know it can be challenging to keep up with the ever-changing tech news cycle, so we have gathered this month’s most notable stories and broke them down into easily digestible reads. Take a read through our February tech news wrap.

 

SpaceX Starlink Satellite Broadband Speeds Will Double This Year 

 

One of the most promising events in the February tech news was Elon Musk confirming that Starlink will double download speeds on SpaceX’s satellite broadband service. SpaceX’s satellite broadband service Starlink will begin producing download speeds of 300 Mbps, or double the speeds users can currently get on the beta service later this year.

Read the full article here (ZDNet)

 

Texas Was Minutes Away From Months-long Power Outages

 

Texas faced record low temperatures this February, which amongst other complex and linked factors, lead to the largest forced power outage in the U.S. The state’s electric grid operator lost control of the supply, leaving millions of residents and businesses without access to power. Since the disaster, there have been many opinions about the blackouts. What caused them and who should take the blame? There is no wonder why this February news event left many of us puzzled. How could a state so abundant in energy resources be brought down on its knees by a winter blizzard, leaving millions without power? As the blackouts’  total cost is being measured, the finger-pointing and litigation are continuing. 

Read the full article here (Bloomberg)

 

A Hacker Tried to Poison a Florida City’s Water Supply 

 

In tech news earlier this February, a city water supply system in Oldsmar, Florida was hacked. It turned out that the system was  unbelievably still running on Windows 7. The water treatment system was modified to increase the amount of sodium hydroxide. It was caught quickly—but still, frightening stuff. Despite being one of the most loved Microsoft operating systems ever, support for Windows 7 ended in January 2020. This hacking event is a prime example of why IT security is only as good as keeping up with the latest updates and developments. Most importantly, businesses must ditch the outdated software. If IT systems are business-critical, oversights can be fatal.

Read the full article here (WIRED)

 

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Landed on Mars 

 

NASA’s Perseverance rover safely landed on Mars this February, beginning its greatest effort to study whether there was life on the red planet. Perseverance is the biggest and fastest rover that has ever reached the surface of Mars, initiating a decade of work leading to the sample return mission.

We all continue to be amazed by this announcement in February tech news. The innovations and all the hard work behind the curtain are awe-inspiring.

Read the full article here (NASA)

 

Facebook Stopped Australia from Sharing the News

In tech news this February, Australian Facebook users were forced to read their news elsewhere after Facebook announced that they would be limiting users in the country from sharing or viewing news links on Facebook. This move was a way to protest against Australia’s government who wanted digital platforms to pay local publishers for their content. It highlighted the power that social networks have over peoples’ sharing and using of news and their ability to take that away. 

Australia has now passed a new law requiring Facebook (along with other digital platforms like Google) to pay local publishers to link their content on the news feeds or search results. This new law is set to ensure that news media businesses are fairly compensated for the content they provide. 

Read the full article here(Cnet)