Tech Sightings, February 12, 2014

Posted February 12th, 2014 at 3:20 pm (UTC+0)
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 Microsoft Denies Accusations of Censorship on Bing Outside China

According to a China-based freedom of speech advocacy blog, Bing has been filtering out  English and Chinese search results for politically-sensitive terms – a charge Microsoft denies.

Japan Sees Record 12.8 Billion Cyberattacks

Japan’s state-run National Institute of Information and Communications Technology reports that  cyberattacks originating from China, the United States, and emerging countries are on the rise, registering a record number since tracking began in 2005.

A Liquid That Makes Any Pair of Gloves Touchscreen-Friendly

Those wondering how to make their gloves work with touchscreens need look no further. Nanotips, which is currently running a Kickstarter campaign, proposes using a conductive, polyamide liquid solution to add touchscreen capabilities to any pair of gloves.

Foxconn Is Quietly Working With Google on Robotics

Foxconn, long associated with Apple, has been quietly working with Google on robotics. The Wall Street Journal reports the two sides recently discussed robotic technologies and ways for Foxconn to speed up robot deployment at its own factories

South Africa: Cheetah’s Tail Inspires Model for Robot’s Stability

Amir Patel, a scientist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, has decided to figure out if robotic vehicles can benefit from the same principle that allows animals like the African cheetah to use their tails to maintain stability when they run.

EU Pushes to Globalize Internet Governance

The Wall Street Journal reports The European Commission is proposing “concrete and actionable steps” to reduce U.S. influence over the Internet’s architecture and the assignment of top-level domain names that remain contractually linked to the U.S. government.

How to Protect Your PC in the Web’s Worst Neighborhoods

Any personal information you might have on your computer is fair game for crooks and hackers. Here’s how to avoid the Web’s most common dangers and make your PC more resistant to harm.

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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