Tech Sightings, January 8, 2014

Posted January 8th, 2014 at 2:30 pm (UTC+0)
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2014: The Year Connected TVs Go Simple

Sony, LG, Hisense, and TCL enjoyed the CES spotlight for a deceptive innovation in TVs: Keep them simple, stupid. This may be the year Internet-connected TVs come into their own, but is that enough?

Could Video-Sharing Indians Disrupt Television Advertising?

If 3G connections begin to deliver their actual speeds in India, video enthusiasts there may force advertisers to migrate to the net altogether.

Facebook Buys India Startup Amid Push to Add Mobile Users

Facebook bought Little Eye Labs, which develops tools that Android application developers can use to analyze and enhance efficiency of mobile apps.

SingTel Unveils Prepaid Facebook Mobile Plan

Singapore telco launches country’s first prepaid mobile plan that allows subscribers to access the social networking site from 50 cents a day or S$6 a month.

Chinese E-Commerce Giant Alibaba to Ban Bitcoins on Its Sites

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group becomes the latest in a growing chorus of governments and businesses to raise questions about Bitcoin, which has seen its value rise dramatically as more people embrace the virtual currency.

Android Heads to Desktops as Reliance on Internet Grows

More PC makers are bringing Android to desktops as users increasingly turn to the Internet for apps, storage and entertainment. Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard showed inexpensive all-in-one PCs running Android at the International CES event in Las Vegas this week.

Researchers Bypass Blood Work, Favoring Lasers to Detect Malaria

Using the same tech a destroyer uses to detect a submarine, a new diagnostic tool listens for the sound of popping vapor nanobubbles — a telltale sign that malaria parasites are dining.

Kenya: JKUAT Students Develop System to Protect Land

Two Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology students have developed an innovative solution aimed at streamlining land registration and title deed acquisition processes.

Intel Promises All Chips Will Be Conflict Free

Delivering the first keynote of CES 2014, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the chip maker had been working for four years to track the minerals it uses, following the materials through the supply chain to ensure those it buys aren’t coming at a human cost.

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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