Tech Sightings, January 14, 2014

Posted January 14th, 2014 at 2:26 pm (UTC+0)
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A Thousand of These Tiny Windmills Might Power Your Phone

A windmill less than two millimeters across could recharge your cell phone battery, researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington hope.

China Video Sites Confident Public Will Pay for Content

With piracy rampant and licensed content free online due to Hollywood and site operator deals in China, some companies believe the answer is to expand the mobile Internet and make it convenient for people to watch and pay for movies before the pirates get them

How to Verify the Authenticity of an iPhone

Apple’s popularity has spawned a host of manufacturers of counterfeit iPhones, which often look like the real thing. But there are ways to figure out if your iPhone is genuine.

How GitHub Hired More Women – in Part, By Encouraging Them to Talk

GitHub’s “Passion Projects,” which let female developers talk about the work they love, have proved beneficial to both sides.

More Teens Using Technology to Study for, Take Tests

As more kids go online to study and take exams, teachers have come to accept the digital world as an effective medium to teach kids.

Somalia: Mine, Not Thine – Somalia’s al Shabaab Bans the Internet

Somalia’s extremist al-Shabab group has reportedly banned the Internet on mobile devices and fiber optic networks. The militia, designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization, has given telecoms 15 days to comply.

Study: Why Anonymity Makes Players Cheat, But Can Still Be a Good Thing

A recently published study found that some anonymous players cheat because the online groups they belong to consider cheating acceptable behavior.

What Happens to Lost Bitcoins?

It might be impossible to determine the fate of dormant coins. But researchers have found that up to 64% of bitcoins have never been spent. Can they still be spent?

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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