Tech Sightings, February 26, 2014

Posted February 26th, 2014 at 2:05 pm (UTC+0)
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Japan Authorities Probing Closure of Mt. Gox Bitcoin Exchange

A Japanese government spokesman said authorities are investigating the abrupt closure of Mt. Gox, which was the world’s biggest exchange for bitcoin virtual currency.

GPS Tracking Shoes May Reduce Costs of Wandering Alzheimer’s Patients

A George Mason University professor hopes a shoe with GPS tracking that he designed for Alzheimer’s patients can bring peace of mind to their families and cut costs of searching for patients who wander off.

Fifty years After World Shook, Muhammad Ali Hits Twitter

“I shook up the world against Liston, now 50 years later I’m taking it to Twitter,” Ali wrote with the hashtag AliTweet to show that it was from Ali himself.

Kenyans Finalists in Google’s Africa Connected Competition

Kenya’s Steve Kyenze and Sitewa Wafula were selected from 2,200 entries from 35 countries to be finalists in Google’s Africa Connected competition. They now stand a chance to win millions to support their businesses.

Scientists Demonstrate First Contagious Airborne WiFi Virus

University of Liverpool researchers have designed and simulated an attack by a virus called “Chameleon” that can spread quickly between homes and businesses through WiFi networks and infect computers in densely populated areas as efficiently as the common cold.

Regulators Weigh in on Online Educational Services

As more U.S. schools turn to online educational services, some parents and legislators are concerned about personal information online educational services collect to understand how students learn, and whether it is federally protected from being shared or sold.

Apple’s Goto Fail Needs Massive Culture Change to Fix

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) authentication wasn’t working in either iOS or OS X. Software running on iDevices and Macs believed encrypted connections were connecting to the right place. Key SSL tests simply weren’t being done. While Apple fixed the problem, it still has some serious questions to answer.

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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