Tech Sightings, March 11, 2014

Posted March 11th, 2014 at 2:21 pm (UTC+0)
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Limitations of Technology in Tracking Missing Planes

Technology is a wonderful thing – with apps for just about everything these days. So how then can a big Malaysian passenger jet simply disappear without any electronic way of tracking it?

Crowdsourcing the Search for Malaysia Flight 370

A Colorado satellite imaging company has launched an effort to crowdsource the search for Malaysia flight 370, which recently disappeared without a trace. The project asks the public to help analyze images for any sign of the missing plane.

Mt. Gox Files US Bankruptcy, Opponents Call it a Ruse

Once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox received U.S. bankruptcy protection on Monday to stop traders alleging the company is a fraud from taking legal action.

Bitcoin Confidence Game is a Ponzi Scheme for 21st Century

As the third Bitcoin exchange hits the dust and hackers continue to tap into the coffers of the digital currency, flagging trust and demand are likely to drive Bitcoun value through the floor.

The Future of the Internet: Dark and Ubiquitous

Experts foresee the Internet becoming more integrated in everyday life in the future, with wearable technology becoming the norm. Others warn against the widening digital divide and increasing government surveillance and control.

NGOs Call for Boycott of Apple Products Over Worker Safety

Two advocacy groups hold a press conference Wednesday to call for a boycott of Apple products for allegedly endangering the health of workers at factories operated by Apple’s partners in China.

How Oculus Rift is Helping NASA Find Life on Other Planets

Oculus Rift is a gaming virtual reality headset, also known as Oculus Rift VR headset .Now, it is moving far outside the confines of computer gaming.  An ambitious NASA project to hunt for life on other planets is now using the VR headset as an engineering testing ground.

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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