Tech Sightings, January 1, 2014

Posted January 1st, 2014 at 4:58 pm (UTC+0)
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How Mobile Technology is Changing Medicine As We Know it

Technology is constantly shaping medicine and has led to a number of innovations in the past decade. But the emergence of mobile devices in the past few years has given rise to a fledgling branch of health-care technology called mobile health.

 Beirut Startup Enters Wearable Technology Market

In Beirut, Lebanon, a small sports technology startup is aiming to make a splash in the wearable technology sector with its heart-rate monitor that tracks a swimmer’s laps, turns and timing, and can be fitted to any pair of goggles.

Games Too Often Portray Women as Damsels in Distress, Says Naughty Dog Dev

User interface designer Alexandria Neonakis says, “We need to promote partnership and not continue the cycle of men versus women.”

Looking for a College Major? How About Drone Technology?

The controversial use of drones in business and everyday life is leading to more and more interest on an academic level.

The Bumpy Road Ahead for Android Tablets in 2014

The year 2013 has seen the introduction of many Android tablets. Things might not be very rosy in 2014.

Self-Driving Electric Cars Set to Change City Mobility

The first generation of autonomous cars is less than three years away – Gothenburg, Sweden will implement a pilot in 2017 with 100 cars and 100 regular drivers who will manually drive cars to roads where they then join road trains and switch to auto drive.

Africa: Laser Scanner Detects Malaria Infections in Seconds

Researchers have developed the first non-invasive method of detecting malaria infection using a laser beam scanner. The painless test appears to be 100 percent accurate and does not require using any blood.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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