Tech Sightings, January 22, 2014

Posted January 22nd, 2014 at 4:42 pm (UTC+0)
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Bill Gates Talks to TIME About the Three Myths of Global Aid

Bill Gates says improvements in the human condition have laid the foundation for improvements in their entire societies. He tells Time why a reduction in child mortality hasn’t led to population

The Elevator that Learns to Read Minds

Microsoft researchers use a Microsoft Kinect camera to enable an elevator to detect the likelihood that a person walking by will want to board it.The collected data served to identify behaviors to allow elevator doors to open automatically as a person intending to board approaches.

Secrets and Lies: Whisper and the Return of the Anonymous App

Whisper, founded in 2012, is a smartphone application that goes back to the roots of the Web when anonymity, not identity, was the norm.

Scientists Detect “Spoiled Onions” Trying to Sabotage Tor Privacy Network

Scientists identify almost two dozen computers attacking Tor privacy network to degrade encrypted connections between end users and servers.

Be Careful Which Facebook Page You ‘Like’

Facebook’s “like farming” is a technique often used by scammers and spammers to make easy cash, at worst, using seemingly harmless images that tug at heartstrings.

‘Facebook Could Lose 80 Percent of Users By 2017′

Princeton University Researchers in the United States predict that Facebook will undergo a rapid decline in the coming years between 2015-2017.

 

 

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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