Tech Sightings, February 19, 2013

Posted February 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC+0)
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Glass Hits Operating Theater as Wearable Tech Boosts Cancer Surgery

Surgeons at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital have turned to Google Glass to access patient records, look at MRI and X-ray information during surgery.

Kenya: Safaricom Beats Google, Facebook in Innovation

Fast Company magazine rated Kenya’s mobile network operator Safaricom number nine in innovation globally due to its role in bridging the health care gap with telecoms services and helping improve the lives of millions of Kenyans.

Google Fund Invests in Education Start-Up Renaissance Learning

Google Inc’s investment fund has bought a minority stake in Renaissance Learning, a British education technology start-up that provides cloud-based reading and assessment software tools used by nearly 20 million students and teachers.

Wireless System Could Offer a Private Fast Lane

A new technology, called pCell, is one of many techniques that companies are looking at to address increasing public demand for mobile data.

Tablet Traffic Peaks in the Evening, iPad Remains King

A new report by ad network Chitika says the highest usage of tablet devices occurs around 9:00 PM, with the iPad as the clear winner for driving traffic.

Social Media and the Perils of Looking for ‘Likes’

Teens might use “likes” to gain followers and popularity, but what they don’t understand is that the game of likes was created by multibillion-dollar companies looking to generate more traffic to glean user data they can collect and sell.

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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