Tech Sightings, February 27, 2014

Posted February 27th, 2014 at 2:06 pm (UTC+0)
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 The Biggest PC and Productivity News from Mobile World Congress

Have a look at the latest buzz from the key trade show in Barcelona, where PC hardware and products remain alive and well.

The Wearables of Mobile World Congress

High tech meets high fashion as wearable mania continues in Barcelona, bringing a range of gadgets from avant garde headgear to smartwatches and activity trackers. Here is a list of the best.

Mobile Phone Use Now Widely Outpacing Online PC Use

A new Nielsen report shows the average American spending more time using smartphones than PCs. In December 2013, American smartphone owners spent an average of 34 hours and 21 minutes using their devices, spread out among an average of seven daily sessions each, while American online PC usage was 26 hours, 58 minutes per month.

Eat Your Spinach and Win the Game, Too

The founder of Electronic Arts and other game companies, Trip Hawkins, has launched a new startup called If You Can Company; it enables kids to learn while still having fun. Its new game blends spinach, fantasy and adventure in a series of life lessons intended for social-emotional learning.

Lively Startup Scene Thrives in Tightly Controlled Singapore

The city has been changing over the past few years, increasingly becoming a hub where local tech startups meet and collaborate.

 Big Brother Really Is Watching You

Between 2008-2010, the British and U.S. governments covertly intercepted and collected webcam imagery from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts around the world. The two countries ran a program called “Optic Nerve” for automatic facial recognition experiments, monitoring suspects and discovering new targets of interest.

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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