Tech Sightings, February 18, 2014

Posted February 18th, 2014 at 4:12 pm (UTC+0)
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Africa: Toilets, Trash and Social Status – the Top 10 Emergency Hygiene Challenges

A 2013 survey features the most urgent needs in emergency water, sanitation and hygiene promotion services in Africa presented by more than 900 beneficiaries.

Food Tech Startup Gobbles Up $23 million in Funding

Up to $30 million has been invested in Hampton Creek Foods, a food technology company that hopes to displace conventional chicken eggs with an organic product that tastes like the real thing.

The Woman Fighting Female Stereotypes, One Photo at a Time

Pam Grossman, director of visual trends at Getty Images, has recently teamed with LeanIn.org — the feminist non-profit created by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg — to create stock photos that show women as they really are.

Apple Exploring Cars, Medical Devices to Reignite Growth

Apple has been getting into a slew of mergers and acquisitions in recent months. And if recent information is any indication, Apple is dreaming big.

Seeking Privacy, Teens Turn to Anonymous-Messaging Apps

Backchat is one of a growing breed of social-media apps that mask users’ identities and can create messages that self-destruct. Amidst this boom, teens are increasingly looking for alternatives to Facebook and Twitter.

Zeus Banking Malware Hides Crucial File Inside a Photo

Newly discovered Zeus is one of the most effective tools to steal online banking details. The variant, called ZeusVM, hijacks login details as a person accesses his account and masks secret transfers in the background.

First US Bitcoin ATMs to Open Soon in Seattle, Austin

Robocoin has announced that it will install the first automated teller machines in the United States later this month. The ATMs will allow people to swap bitcoin for cash or buy more bitcoin.

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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