Tech Sightings, January 23, 2014

Posted January 23rd, 2014 at 4:42 pm (UTC+0)
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Pope Francis Calls the Internet ‘a Gift from God’

Pope Francis said in a statement that the media can be very helfpul, especially when human communications have made great advances. He said the Internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity.

Asia Number One Market for Mobile Apps, Study Says

A new study by mobile apps research firm Distimo found Asia to be the world’s most lucrative mobile app market.According to the study, 41 percent of global app revenue in December came from Asia.

China Blames Massive Internet Blackout on Hackers

Security experts suspect China’s country-wide Internet outage, which was blamed on a hack attack, may have been occurred when Chinese government censors inadvertently blocked all global websites.

When There Are No Barriers to Technology, How Can the Government Innovate?

Governments are rarely early adapters of new technologies. And maximizing government use of technology without infringing on privacy requires a few steps to guide its way.

The Benefits of Sensors on Your Body

North Carolina State researchers are developing wearable sensors that transmit medical information and track strain, pressure and touch.

South Korea Plans 5G Wireless Network by 2020

South Korea’s science ministry announced it plans to invest $1.5 billion to build a nationwide 5G wireless service that will permit Gigabit (1 Gb/s) transmissions on compatible mobile devices.

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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Whether you are in a big city or a small village – technology is in your hands, your pocket, your car, your home. It is everywhere. And everywhere, it is becoming us.

Techtonics looks at how technology intersects people’s lives, how it empowers them or traps them in a world increasingly obsessed with technological wonders even as privacy slips through its fingers. It aims to inform, discuss, and hopefully inspire.

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