Tech Sightings, April 2, 2014

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 2:18 pm (UTC+0)
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Giant Six-Legged Robot Crab to Walk Ocean Floor

Developed by the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, the six-legged Crabster CR200 will undertake the most dangerous undersea exploration.The name comes from the robot’s architecture, which mimics the design of crabs and lobsters that live in stormy waters.

Navy to Test Seafaring, Firefighting Robots

This summer, the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research plans to test anthropomorphic fire fighting robots to help fight fires at sea and overcome the limitations of humans dealing with the hazards of fire.

Bitcoin Wallet Service Coinbase Denies Security Breach

The Coinbase Blog posted a statement saying “there has been no data breach of names or emails at Coinbase.”

Silicon Valley Boosts Fortunes of India’s Most Exciting Political Party

India’s  Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been rising quickly in the political arena, partially due to the efforts of a group of Silicon Valley techies. Sensing an opportunity to tackle India’s rampart corruption, the group provided AAP with a technology platform for connecting people and attracting funds from donors worldwide.

Vatican Super-Charges Social Media for Canonization of John Paul II

The Vatican has set up several social media accounts to reach out to millions of pilgrims expected to attend the canonization of John Paul II. In addition to the www.2papisanti.org official website, the new pages include 2popesaints on Facebook, @2popesaints on Twitter, 2popesaints on YouTube and #2popesaints on Instagram.

The Reality of Sexism in the Game Industry

Sixty percent of women in the game industry have experienced sexism – any discomfort or discrimination caused as a result of a person’s gender. Almost 77% of women and about 55% of men have female friends in the game industry that have experienced sexism.

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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