Tech Sightings, March 26, 2013

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC+0)
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Most US Workplaces Today Still Lag in Gender Equality

A study conducted by Cornell University had researchers submit more than 1,000 fake resumes to real job openings. The resumes had identical credentials, but varied on gender and whether or not the candidate had children. The fake male candidates with children were found the most hireable, followed by men and women without kids. Women with kids were the least desirable.

Bioprinting, Part 1: Promise and Pitfalls

Researchers say the ability to print small-volume organs may be coming in a year or two. The complexity of this process requires knowledge, though, of which cells to use and which cells to avoid. And that might be at least five years away.

Twitter Files Petitions for Lawsuits in Turkish Courts to Challenge Ban

Twitter says it has engaged Turkish officials in discussion since they blocked Twitter access six days ago. In the absence of a resolution, Twitter announced that it has filed petitions for lawsuits in various Turkish courts to challenge the ban on access to Twitter.

Social Media Users Migrating to Smaller Circles

While Facebook and Twitter remain the giants of social media, smaller social sharing and messaging mobile apps have been gaining the most users and surging in popularity. They allow users to send messages to individuals and smaller groups instead of broadcasting their posts to larger crowds.

Texting for Long Periods ‘Could Lower Life Expectancy’

According to the he United Chiropractic Association (UCA), the forward-leaning posture that people adopt when texting or using computers and mobile devices increases the risk of an early death in elderly people and might affect younger people, as well.

Phantom Lonely Women Online Lured Malware Victims in February

A recent report from Kaspersky Lab found that a lot of people worldwide were duped by emails allegedly sent by a single woman looking to make friends on Valentine’s Day in February. Clicking the email triggered Trojans that installed malware on users’ systems. According to the report, spam in email traffic that month went up 70 percent.

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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